Category Archives: Politics

“I Am A Canadian” (Reader Discretion is Advised)

The Soapbox does not publish rants that appear uninvited in one’s inbox but this one raises some interesting questions for the 2015 federal election.  Here it is: I AM A CANADIAN I am in the minority in Calgary, Vancouver, Toronto … Continue reading

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Dinner with Justin Trudeau: Gimmick or Doing Politics Differently?

“Have dinner with me, Susan.”  What a charming invitation.  Too bad it’s part of a fundraising campaign directed at 300,000 supporters of the federal Liberal party. But wait…let’s think about this for a moment.  For a $5.00 donation, Ms Soapbox … Continue reading

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Zen and the Art of Political Corruption

Aurelio Zen is a Venetian policeman headquartered in Rome.  His reputation for integrity is a serious handicap to promotion within a treacherous political environment.  His creator, Michael Dibdin, uses the Zen series to illustrate the inequity of a corrupt society … Continue reading

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There’s something about Justin…

Justin Trudeau is like litmus paper.  Mention his name at a dinner party and the conversation erupts as people declare themselves to be in the “pro” and “anti” camps.  The “anti” camp (usually men) roll their eyes and complain that … Continue reading

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A Distant View

Gold mining and politics have one thing in common.  Sometimes it’s best to take a distant view of the field and look for patterns that might indicate a rich vein.  We’re down to the final days of the PC leadership … Continue reading

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Frankenstein’s Monster…Or Why Privatization of Healthcare is a Bad Idea

In the late 1800s, the US government tinkered with a relatively benign creature and created a monster.  Like Dr Frankenstein, the US government acted with the best of intentions.  It wanted to allow corporations to raise capital to finance the … Continue reading

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Lessons Learned from the Americans

I just returned from a business trip to Washington DC.  It was hot, sticky, confused and angry—hot and sticky because 200 years ago some bright light decided that the best place to locate the capital was in the middle of … Continue reading

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Dr Patrick White (aka Rocky Balboa)

Dr Patrick White is a very smart man.  He has to be.  He’s is the lead negotiator for the Alberta Medical Association (AMA) which is negotiating a new 3 year master agreement for physicians services with the Alberta Dept of … Continue reading

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