November 06, 2015 - 12:30 pm
The North and the Liberal regime
"Trudeau and Tootoo each come to power in the face of public expectations that are now higher than either politician can possibly fulfill"
On Oct. 19, the Conservative Party of Canada’s dominance in northern Canada collapsed, blown away like a scrap of waste paper in a stiff breeze.
Northern Canadians, dependent as ever on federal government spending, will now turn hopefully to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s triumphant Liberals,...
October 09, 2015 - 11:00 am
Iqaluit’s three big tasks
"A municipal administration that’s bleeding from every orifice"
Look out, Iqaluit.
Those of you who still watch news on television will be well aware of the big federal election that’s scheduled for Oct. 19.
And most of you will, at least, have heard about the four people who seek to represent Nunavut in the House of Commons.
But there’s another election...
September 11, 2015 - 9:30 am
A weak election campaign cheats the voters
Nunavut's candidates? Whatever they’re doing, they’re not campaigning.
The federal election campaign began more than four weeks ago, on Aug. 2.
But in Nunavut, you wouldn’t know it. The incumbent candidate, Conservative Leona Aglukkaq, did get her re-election effort off to a quick start and has already toured at least nine communities, including Iqaluit, where her...
August 07, 2015 - 8:22 am
Compulsory arbitration? Bring it back
"A meaningful alternative to the use of the strike as a weapon of last resort"
There they go again. On strike.
On one side, there’s a clumsy, unprepared government employer that can barely communicate with itself, let alone the public.
On the other side, there’s an equally clumsy union whose members have spent the last three weeks hurling insults and libel at their fellow...
July 23, 2015 - 1:09 pm
A busy year for Mr. Clawback
"The federal government will pump a lot of money into your pocket this month. They also plan to take a lot of it back."
Even as the first cheques from the Conservative government’s beefed-up version of the Universal Child Care Benefit found their way into mailboxes across the country this July 20, Conservative MPs were sounding the alarm.
Some people aren’t signed up! Apply now!
Nunavut MP Leona Aglukkaq, for...
July 08, 2015 - 3:50 pm
A celebration you say?
Does July 9 really stand for something worth celebrating?
This July 9, most Nunavut residents will mark the arrival of yet another Nunavut Day. Who knows? Some people might actually want to celebrate it.
It’s a great time to mingle with old friends and relatives and bond with your neighbours. In Iqaluit, the crowds will likely gather near the territory’s...
May 15, 2015 - 9:45 am
Good little Nunavut comes through
"Each side was able to cut its losses and declare victory — the best kind of compromise"
When conservative-minded federal governments need a win on an Aboriginal issue, they often turn to Nunavut.
In 1991 and 1992, in the aftermath of the Oka crisis and other upheavals, the Progressive Conservative government badly needed a demonstration of goodwill on an Aboriginal issue. Good little...