Progressive Conservative leader Brian Pallister speaks recently. (File-Winnipeg Free Press)

Tories sticking to the message

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition May 15, 2015 Which door will he take? That was the question hammered home by Progressive Conservative MLA Kelvin Goertzen last week in the Manitoba legislature, a question that spoke to the NDP’s severance package of almost $700,000 paid to departing staffers for myriad of reasons after the… Read more »

NDP leader Rachel Notley speaks on stage after being named Alberta's new Premier in Edmonton on Tuesday, May 5, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette (Brandon Sun)

Alberta election results may ripple across Canada

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition May 9, 2015 With a resounding and decisive victory in the heart of Canada’s oilpatch, the NDP has accomplished something no party has done since the days of Ernest Manning and his Social Credit party — knock off a Tory government in Alberta. To put it into perspective,… Read more »

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Pair of moves will impact Westman

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition May 1, 2015 What could be one of Premier Greg Selinger’s final cabinet shuffles reflects a party that is still dealing with a divide of sorts, with a hodgepodge of faces rounding out the ranks of the NDP’s inner circle. As names new and old swirled following the… Read more »

Finance Minister Joe Oliver shows off his new shoes to reporters. The longstanding tradition exists that the current Finance Minister purchases new shoes prior to delivering the upcoming budget. (Winnipeg Free Press)

Playoffs, politics and posturing

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition April 25, 2015 Manitobans have been kneedeep in hockey fever this week, consumed with whiteouts and Wheat Kings, thunder sticks and jersey-clad ministerial selfies. And yet, while the province is — or was — consumed with hockey playoffs, the political landscape has been shifting around us. Fresh off… Read more »

Theresa Oswald speaks after losing her leadership bid to Premier Greg Selinger. (Brandon Sun-Winnipeg Free Press)

Return of the rebels a political gambit

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition April 18, 2015 Either Greg Selinger will be remembered as the ultimate salesman for uniting a party with plenty of detractors, or he will be remembered as the one who let the wolves back in the farmyard. In either case, the next year should be one to watch…. Read more »

Some 50 people waited outside the Brandon YMCA in the wee hours of Easter Monday to get spots for its before- and after-school daycare program. Alecia McLeod (left) was one of those parents who started her wait at 3 a.m. to secure a spot on a waiting list for her six-year-old daughter Kaylee Funk (right). McLeod said the Boxing Daystyle campout is indicative of the lack of child care in Brandon.

Lack of daycare spaces should be a national concern

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition April 11, 2015 Having to line up sometimes days prior to secure a daycare spot is an absolute shame. To learn after all that time that the waiting was for naught is the injustice that stands as bitter icing on the cake. As was shared in the Sun… Read more »

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In the minority again?

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition April 2, 2015 It is something that hasn’t happened in Canada since the early years of Stephen Harper’s regime, and it appears he and his government may bookend their time with what pollsters believe could be a slim minority government. This news comes on the heels of the… Read more »

The Brandon School Division is refusing to divert its own dollars to further fund the province’s kindergarten to Grade 3 class size initiative. (Brandon Sun)

Toxic political climate around K-3 initiative

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition March 28, 2015 If you are a Brandon School Division trustee, it is becoming harder every day to like the hand you have been dealt by the provincial government regarding the kindergarten to Grade 3 class size initiative. We are far past the argument as to whether the… Read more »

Rick Chrest at a recent announcement in the Wheat City. (Brandon Sun)

Council finds its way through unity

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition March 20, 2015 “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus, but a moulder of consensus.” — Martin Luther King Jr. When the current regime took over at city hall close to six months ago, many council members were coming off election campaigns run on a policy… Read more »

5 NDP members speak during a press conference in November. (Winnipeg Free Press-file)

Other opportunities exist for rebellious “Gang of Five”

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition March 14, 2015 When the dust settling from last weekend’s NDP convention, only one gunslinger remained in control of the party he has seen through plummeting support. Premier Greg Selinger, as many Manitobans already know, survived his dust-up with longtime adversary Steve Ashton and upstart contender Theresa Oswald,… Read more »

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  • Progressive Conservative leader Brian Pallister speaks recently. (File-Winnipeg Free Press)

    Tories sticking to the message

    Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition May 15, 2015 Which door will he take? That was the question hammered home by Progressive Conservative MLA Kelvin Goertzen last week in the Manitoba legislature, a question that spoke to the NDP’s severance package of almost $700,000 paid to departing staffers for myriad of reasons after the… Read more »

  • NDP leader Rachel Notley speaks on stage after being named Alberta's new Premier in Edmonton on Tuesday, May 5, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette (Brandon Sun)

    Alberta election results may ripple across Canada

    Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition May 9, 2015 With a resounding and decisive victory in the heart of Canada’s oilpatch, the NDP has accomplished something no party has done since the days of Ernest Manning and his Social Credit party — knock off a Tory government in Alberta. To put it into perspective,… Read more »

  • Caldwell_Selinger_CabinetShuffle

    Pair of moves will impact Westman

    Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition May 1, 2015 What could be one of Premier Greg Selinger’s final cabinet shuffles reflects a party that is still dealing with a divide of sorts, with a hodgepodge of faces rounding out the ranks of the NDP’s inner circle. As names new and old swirled following the… Read more »

  • Finance Minister Joe Oliver shows off his new shoes to reporters. The longstanding tradition exists that the current Finance Minister purchases new shoes prior to delivering the upcoming budget. (Winnipeg Free Press)

    Playoffs, politics and posturing

    Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition April 25, 2015 Manitobans have been kneedeep in hockey fever this week, consumed with whiteouts and Wheat Kings, thunder sticks and jersey-clad ministerial selfies. And yet, while the province is — or was — consumed with hockey playoffs, the political landscape has been shifting around us. Fresh off… Read more »

  • Theresa Oswald speaks after losing her leadership bid to Premier Greg Selinger. (Brandon Sun-Winnipeg Free Press)

    Return of the rebels a political gambit

    Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition April 18, 2015 Either Greg Selinger will be remembered as the ultimate salesman for uniting a party with plenty of detractors, or he will be remembered as the one who let the wolves back in the farmyard. In either case, the next year should be one to watch…. Read more »

  • Some 50 people waited outside the Brandon YMCA in the wee hours of Easter Monday to get spots for its before- and after-school daycare program. Alecia McLeod (left) was one of those parents who started her wait at 3 a.m. to secure a spot on a waiting list for her six-year-old daughter Kaylee Funk (right). McLeod said the Boxing Daystyle campout is indicative of the lack of child care in Brandon.

    Lack of daycare spaces should be a national concern

    Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition April 11, 2015 Having to line up sometimes days prior to secure a daycare spot is an absolute shame. To learn after all that time that the waiting was for naught is the injustice that stands as bitter icing on the cake. As was shared in the Sun… Read more »