Archive for February, 2006

A Collection of Thoughts

Monday, February 20th, 2006

By the time this column hits the streets the real campaign for the leadership of the PC Party of Manitoba may well have begun. The “phoney war” will be over and at least two candidates will likely have their names out there for consideration. As reported in last week’s Neepawa Banner, Portage-Lisgar MP Brian Pallister is very actively considering his options. So is MLA Hugh McFadyen. MLA Ron Schuler has all but declared and PC staffer David Langtry is considering a run at the job. (more…)

Catching our Breath, Looking Ahead

Monday, February 13th, 2006

Taking enough time to catch your breath is tough to do. An old expression says “It’s hard to remember you came to drain the swamp when you are up to you butt in alligators.” Seeing as most people haven’t been eaten yet, the abundance of alligators is obviously more myth than reality. That’s not to say that there aren’t real problems, it just means that many times we don’t take time to check out reality and deal with it. (more…)

Being a Ten Isn’ a Good Thing

Monday, February 6th, 2006

The Conference Board of Canada has come out with a report that places Manitoba in tenth place for health care among Canada’s provinces. Unfortunately it places Manitoba fourth in spending. In truly NDP dismissive fashion that has become painfully repetitive. Our Minister of Health is quoted in the Winnipeg Sun as saying that some of the data is wrong and some of the data is old.

Being dismissive is the main defence the government has on most topics. Quite frankly, Manitobans are sicker than the rest of Canada and it costs more money than most other places to stay sicker. Manitobans are also sick of being told that everything is OK, the NDP is fixing everything up and it will only take a few more years and a few more dollars to make everybody feel better. (more…)


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