Tuesday’s Saskatoonhomepage.ca News Poll question asked whether the federal government should hold a referendum in order to change the voting system. As of this writing 17% of respondents had said they didn’t know. 24% said no and the remaining 59% said yes. Canada’s Chief Electoral Officer said in July it would cost us around $300 million to hold such referendum.
Opponents of the Energy East pipeline are getting what they want so far, delay after delay of the project, the latest round being disruption of the National Energy Board hearings on the project’s feasibility in Montreal. Remember that motto of ours, Peace, Order and Good Government? Well, seems as though the peace and order part easily gets trashed at the whim of protest movements when they feel mayhem and disorder suits their purpose in quiet old Canada.
I’m not a diplomat or a politician. I don’t have a fancy degree in one of the social sciences. I’m just a long-time broadcaster who manages radio stations. Having now disqualified myself as an expert on my subject today, let’s talk about something one of the candidates for the Conservative Party leadership apparently asked her supporters. She wants to know what they think about vetting would be immigrants and refugees for “anti-Canadian values”.
Saskatoon’s civic budget used to be released in March, 3 months into the year. That didn’t seem logical so City Council decided to move it back to October meaning the 2017 budget would normally have been released around the middle of next month. However, back in the spring, the city manager told Council that the release of the budget would wait until after the October 26th civic election.
Soon we will be in full-blown civic election mode to see who will be charged with wisely spending our money until October, 2020. There has been discussion lately about Saskatoon Councillors’ communication allowance of $10,000 per year on top of their salaries. Some believe it gives incumbents an advantage. This could be a legitimate concern. Name recognition does help a politician get elected.