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People have a right to expect good opposition to government

By Fred Morris

In 2011, the provincial Conservatives promised in a well-circulated brochure to invest $3.9 million in the expansion of the St. James Civic Centre. This expansion would create a new home for the St. James Assiniboia 55-Plus Centre. Since the 2016 election, the project has stalled due to the new PC government’s refusal to provide their portion of the funding. It has become a broken promise. I have tried to get the two provincial NDP, and three Liberal leadership candidates to at least mention this issue. They refused. What should we expect from our opposition leaders?

Between April 22, 1963 and Sept. 9, 1967 John Diefenbaker set a high standard for opposition leaders. During this time, many PCs were trying to replace him with a younger more electable leader. However, Dief continued to do his job. He continually held the Liberal government accountable. He dealt with Lucien Rivard’s prison break, the political upholstery scandal, Pierre Trudeau’s dress in the House of Commons and the proposed flag. In Peter Newman’s book, The Distemper Of Our Times, it is pointed out that Prime Minister Pearson was frustrated by Diefenbaker tearing “most of their legislative attempts to shreds.” Continue reading People have a right to expect good opposition to government