Category Archives: Issues in the News

Ageism creeping into Canadian dialogue

Dorothy Dobbie
Issues in the News

The National Pensioners Federation just released a response to the latest federal budget, citing the fact that Canadian seniors, now more numerous than kids under 15, were mentioned only 20 times in the budget as opposed to “women (276 mentions), children (79 mentions) and First Nations (181 mentions)”. Even veterans out-distanced seniors with 90 mentions.

While the Pensioners Federation went on to outline a number of deficiencies in dealing with the needs of low income seniors, the above statistics sharply illuminate a systemic attitude against elders by the youth-first approach of the Trudeau government. Continue reading Ageism creeping into Canadian dialogue

The next step for the Pallister government

Cost cutting is only half the story, but a critical half

Dorothy Dobbie Issues in the News
Dorothy Dobbie
Issues in the News

It has been 9 months since Brian Pallister and his Tories gathered up the reins of government and so far, so good.

Their first task has been a careful operational assessment as, inch-by-inch, the new government tries to find the path to sustainable management. They have begun dismantling the overload and overlap in government departments that were bloated by 17 years of New Democrat management. Boards of crown corporations are being replaced by purposeful and competent members who don’t park their brains at the door before each meeting and who are ready and able to rescind previous self-indulgent decisions. Continue reading The next step for the Pallister government

The future of energy: Is Manitoba Hydro ready?

Dorothy Dobbie Issues in the News
Dorothy Dobbie
Issues in the News

The world of manipulated energy and the way we think about it is changing at warp speed. Yet only a few people are looking at what this means to the way we live now and, more importantly, how we will live in the future. For Manitoba, this is a critical issue as we have mortgaged the future for our kids on 20th century approaches to delivering hydro-electric energy to our citizens and in pursuit of export dreams. Continue reading The future of energy: Is Manitoba Hydro ready?

Changing the way we vote

Dorothy Dobbie Issues in the News
Dorothy Dobbie
Issues in the News

If you want to make your head hurt, start examining the many possibilities and permutations of the voting systems that could be proposed to replace our 150-year-old method of electing our governments. Everyone who favours reform has a different twist and a new label to mark their brilliance in band-aiding proposed alternatives when one of them is shown to be just as defective, in its own way, as First Past the Post, known hereafter as FPTP for simplicity. Continue reading Changing the way we vote

Government in competition with the private sector

From Crown corporations setting up in-house ad agencies, to marketing boards stifling enterprise, to government-appointed committees and officials elbowing private sector charitable boards out of the way, big government has been in competition with its funders, the taxpayer. It’s time for a change and to let the world know that Manitoba is open to opportunity.

Dorothy Dobbie Issues in the News
Dorothy Dobbie
Issues in the News

It has been a busy 100-and-something days for the new Tory regime, which has been swiftly changing the way local government does business in this province. Changes cannot happen quickly enough. If we are to salvage what is left of our spirit of enterprise, we need government to get out of the way and to stop competing with local business.

We want to grow the economy; that means allowing enterprising firms and individuals to do what they do best – compete, but on a level playing field.

Here are just a few areas where government meddling is causing or has caused havoc for private enterprise. Continue reading Government in competition with the private sector