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An ambition constrained budget

Feb 28 2018 — David Macdonald — David Macdonald An ambition constrained budget Am I happy with the 2018 federal budget? Well, many of the items in it can be found in this year’s and past Alternative Federal Budgets (AFB), which of course is a good thing. But in general I’d say this is an ambition constrained budget. The government had the […]

‘Clearing the plains’ continues with the acquittal of Gerald Stanley

Feb 12 2018 — David Macdonald — Colten Boushie’s uncle, Alvin Baptiste, and his brother Jace Boushie address demonstrators gathered outside of the courthouse in North Battleford, Sask.,on Feb.10, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Matt Smith David MacDonald, University of Guelph The decision by an all-white jury, presided over by a white judge, to acquit the killer of Colten Boushie, a young Indigenous man […]

Liberal election platform shifts the chips for the rich, takes a pass on the middle class

May 6 2015 — David Macdonald — Yesterday the Liberals released a portion of their platform for the upcoming federal election. While I’m happy to see some overlap with our Alternative Federal Budget (AFB), I’m puzzled by the Liberals’ proposed tax changes, which basically just move tax money around in the top 20% of households without doing anything substantial for every politico’s […]