Social service schemes announced this week by the Manitoba Progressive Conservatives to encourage private child care and introduce Social Impact Bonds soften the ground towards privatization. The assumption is that the private sector knows best how to fund and deliver public services. This is false -- publicly delivered services are more efficient, accountable and in the long-term public interest.
On this week's episode of Talking Radical Radio, I speak with Kevin Skerrett. He is a trade unionist and a member of the local Ottawa-based anti-austerity formation Solidarity Against Austerity.
I'm not late to this party: I've been slowly digesting the news of a white woman passing for Black and reflecting upon it and the copious commentary that followed.
The story has been short-circuited, as it turns out, with the news that Dolezal once sued her university for discriminating against her in favour of African Americans. In fact, that underlies my feelings from the start that her actions have amounted to perhaps the most profound expression of white privilege I have ever seen. She not only tipped her hand in that lawsuit, in a common-or-garden act of white supremacy, but has since, in effect, managed to occupy the Black social body.
With Bill 1, An Act to Renew Democracy in Alberta, there can be no question that Alberta's NDP government is playing hardball with what's left of the shattered Progressive Conservative Party.
At a news conference in the Legislature yesterday morning, Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley confidently trotted out the government's talking points on why the cabinet banned corporate and union donations, why they banned them now, and why other changes will wait until later after a multi-party committee has taken a look at the whole question.