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Harper’s “Conservative” Economism: Rhetoric and Reality

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The Harper-run Conservatives combined their revisioning of conservatism and economism into a winning strategy. With significant vote-splitting in the existing first-past-the-post system, a minority won a majority of seats in 2011. The broad Canadian public now seems to be looking more deeply at the rhetoric and the realities of Harper’s political brand. It’s about time.

Activists challenge Brad Wall on energy, environment

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Unimpressed by Premier Brad Wall’s defense of his recent controversial comments about Cameco, northern activists directly challenged the premier to improve his record on a range of social, economic and environmental issues.

Pursuing the Pipeline Pipe-Dream

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Prime Minister Harper’s view that Alberta’s tarsands will be the economic motor for the Canadian Energy Superpower is starting to unravel. Alberta faces a $6 billion revenue shortfall and will face a $4 billion deficit. Last year it predicted “only” an $800 million deficit. Premier Redford can’t displace responsibility on to a shortage of pipelines, for Alberta’s budgetary calculations can’t be based upon hypothetical scenarios. Nor can Saskatchewan’s, which projected a $95 million surplus, which has dropped to $9 million.

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