An anemic economy and sense of national decline portend a bad Election Day for Democrats.
Is this election really about nothing? Democrats might like to think so, but it’s not.
First, like all U.S. elections, it’s about the economy. The effect of the weakest recovery in two generations is reflected in President Obama’s 13-point underwater ratings for his handling of the economy.
Moreover, here is a president who proclaims the reduction of inequality to be the great cause of his administration. Yet it has radically worsened in his six years. The 1 percent are doing splendidly in the Fed-fueled stock market, even as median income has fallen.
Second is the question of competence. The list of disasters is long, highlighted by the Obamacare rollout, the Veterans Affairs scandal, and the pratfalls of the once-lionized Secret Service. Beyond mere incompetence is government intrusiveness and corruption, as in the overreach of national-security surveillance and IRS targeting of politically disfavored advocacy groups.
Ebola has crystallized the collapse of trust in state authorities. The overstated assurances, the ever-changing protocols, the startling contradictions — the Army quarantines soldiers returning from West Africa while the White House denounces governors who did precisely the same with returning health-care workers — have undermined government in general, this government in particular.
CALGARY – TransCanada Corp said on Thursday it is planning a new, C$1.5 billion natural gas pipeline serving southern Ontario and Quebec, as it converts other lines to oil service as part of its massive Energy East pipeline project.
The federal government has introduced a new income-splitting benefit for couples with children under the age of 18 as part of a series of proposed new tax measures designed to appeal to young families.
British Columbia’s Auditor-General says doing business with the oil-and-gas industry has cost the province’s coffers about $1.25-billion in royalties even before most of the product has been pulled from the ground.
The RCMP’s Serious and Organized Crime Branch is investigating allegations Alberta’s auditor general levelled against former premier Alison Redford and her administration last summer, a source close to the police investigation confirmed Thursday.
Colorado’s new election system is being panned by critics as a “ridiculous experiment” that could lead to more voter fraud — in a year of very tight races with nothing less than control of the Senate on the line.
No foreign power could have inflicted more damage on Britain than our treacherous political class has done through its wilful demolition of our borders and its aggressive imposition of the dogma of diversity.
Contrary to all the deceitful propaganda about cultural enrichment and economic growth, mass immigration has brought endless abuse scandals, overstretched public services, home-grown extremism, gang violence, falling living standards, racial divisions and ballot box fraud.
We are living through the most profound social revolution in our history.
With more than 550,000 foreigners settling here every year, many Britons now feel like aliens in their own land while the traditional concept of Britishness is rapidly losing its meaning.
After months of humiliating inaction in the Middle East, the Obama administration has finally launched a full scale attack.
It comes in response to an announcement by Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu that Israel is going ahead with plans to build about a thousand housing units in Jerusalem. In Jewish neighborhoods, yet!
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki denounced this as a “unilateral step” that would prejudice the outcome of talks on Jerusalem’s future. She called Israeli settlement in East Jerusalem illegal and a danger to the moribund American-sponsored peace process.
Over 214,000 doctors won’t participate in the new plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA,) analysis of a new survey by Medical Group Management Association shows. That number of 214,524, estimated by American Action Forum, is through May 2014, but appears to be growing due to plans that force doctors to take on burdensome costs. It’s also about a quarter of the total number of 893,851 active professional physicians reported by the Kaiser Family Foundation.
In January, an estimated 70% of California’s physicians were not participating in Covered California plans.
PARIS — Europe, led by France, wants a seat at Canada’s defence procurement table. It’s a not-unreasonable request, given that the prize being sought, as French President Francois Hollande prepares for his first state visit to Canada Sunday, is merely a level playing field, as opposed to the stacked deck that has so often characterized this country’s military purchases.
In an exclusive interview with Postmedia News, Hervé Guillou, who heads France’s majority state-owned military shipbuilder, DCNS, said the company is “keen and eager” to begin discussions with Halifax-based Irving Shipbuilding, with a view to offering both a design and combat systems for the new Canadian navy, a $26-billion project unveiled with some fanfare by the Conservative government in October of 2011.
“We have no real limits into what we can offer in technology transfer,” Guillou said. “And we can build in fact, completely, this ship in Canada. With any partners that (the) Canadian government would appoint for this program.”
WINNIPEG – Premier Greg Selinger’s leadership remains in question and his demise could come in a number of ways.
There are currently at least five dissidents within his cabinet and multiple NDP party members challenging his leadership – as well as at least 15 MLAs who pledged their support by standing beside him on Tuesday when he announced he was staying on as leader.
Despite that controversy, there’s no formal mechanism for caucus to remove him, Paul Thomas, political studies professor emeritus at the University of Manitoba, said.
A possible, but unlikely, scenario could happen after the premier’s throne speech – which usually happens in November – when the Tories could bring a motion of non-confidence.
If enough runaway members of the NDP caucus joined in, Selinger’s government would be defeated, forcing an election.
Wildrose MLAs were keeping quiet for the most part Wednesday on the planned review of Danielle Smith’s leadership, but one outspoken caucus member said it’s not Smith who is causing the party’s problems.
Joe Anglin said he supports Smith, who on Tuesday called for a leadership review at the party’s upcoming annual general meeting after Wildrose failed to win any of the four byelections held earlier this week.
But Anglin, who has at times been at odds with the party, said it’s some of the people around the leader, not Smith, who need to go.
He said Smith should “clean house” of staff in the caucus and campaign who helped steer the party towards “failure” in the byelections in Calgary-Elbow, Calgary-Foothills, Calgary-West and Edmonton-Whitemud, all of which were captured once again by the long-governing Progressive Conservatives under new Premier Jim Prentice.
“Clearly we’ve got to change the way we move forward and Danielle has chosen to do a leadership review as the first step and that’s her prerogative,” Anglin said in an interview Wednesday.
Scott Walker’s reelection campaign as governor of Wisconsin got double good news yesterday. In the latest poll, done by Marquette University, he has surged to a 7 point lead over challenger Mary Burke. Ms. Burke is heiress to the Trek Bicycle fortune, and champion of the government employee labor unions that resent the need to actually ask their members to join, instead of being able to force them pay dues, as they had done before Walker’s reforms The Real Clear Politics average of polls, still shows Walker with a slim lead of two points, but the Walker trend is unmistakable.
Perhaps even worse news for the Burke campaign comes from some of her former colleagues when she worked at Trek. Her major claim to competence as a Democrat candidate for an executive position is that she was effective in the private sector. The company was founded and built up by her daddy, and is privately held, so there are no public reporting requirements, making evaluation of its and her performance difficult for outsiders. Stephen Gutowski of The Free Beacon reports on the controversy.
OTTAWA — Immigration officials are working furiously to finalize contingency plans for refugee health care coverage in the event the government loses a court battle this week on how much coverage refugee claimants ought to receive.
EDMONTON – Many a childhood hour is wasted on coming up with tricks to maximize the haul of Halloween treats — but most adults are more concerned about having enough candy on hand for the hordes on the doorstep.