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PostPosted: Thu Sep 03, 2020 4:56 pm
 


Title: With its pandemic spending plans, the Trudeau government is again betting it all on red
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Posted By: BeaverFever
Date: 2020-09-03 16:52:55
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The suspense is killing me. Universal daycare? UBI?

40 years of austerity: literally my entire life spent watching the 1% get richer and richer as they whine and rage about their minor inconveniences and lecture condescendingly to working class people on the need for workers to sacrifice more and more. Time to put a stake through the heart of this bloodsucker.


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I'm at a total loss in regards of who to support, because the negatives of all the parties are pretty much overwhelming IMO. I just don't see how going back to the economics of the last forty years is even slightly feasible. All I know is that anyone who even mutters something that stinks of austerity is someone I will never ever vote for, even if all the other fools around me in this ruined province of mine will stampede to the ballot boxes to cast their vote for someone like that.


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We need a new deal aka Roosevelt. Austerity=Smoot–Hawley Tariff Act and at this point will kill us all.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 03, 2020 5:55 pm
 


I'm guessing major investment in green energy. Because let's face it, Alberta put all its eggs in the oil basket and now it's a bad way, to put it mildly.


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Thanos wrote:
I'm at a total loss in regards of who to support.


Vote for me, and there will be a Volkswagen in your driveway :mrgreen:

In all seriousness however, anyone that's not Trudeau or Singh will be the best option. Hell, even Blanchet could do a better job!

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 03, 2020 6:57 pm
 


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I'm guessing major investment in green energy. Because let's face it, Alberta put all its eggs in the oil basket and now it's a bad way, to put it mildly.


Probably why no one from any side, except for the shittiest of fiscal libertarians, is bitching too much about the plan for the hyperspeed rail between Calgary and Edmonton. Even if it goes overbudget, which it almost certainly will, it could be the investment seed that sets off the high-tech sector for Alberta. Sure as fuck beats the money the UCP essentially threw away by directly investing in the Keystone XL pipeline that will be dead-ended at the US border if Biden wins the election and follows through on his pledge to cancel all the approval permits. :|

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Vote for me, and there will be a Volkswagen in your driveway :mrgreen:

In all seriousness however, anyone that's not Trudeau or Singh will be the best option. Hell, even Blanchet could do a better job!

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Unfortunately there's no positive reason to vote for any of them. We've kind of turned into the Americans with our rather abysmal choices, in that the decision comes down to deciding which one of them will fuck things up the least. Can't see too many of them in this lot who'd have the strength or foresight or drive to build something like the CPR or Hoover Dam.

PS: when will the VW be arriving? we need new wheels soon. 8)


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Any leader who thinks there is no problem or that we can just rearrange the chairs on the titanic and we will be fine is delusional at this point.

The Economy needs a supercharger accelerant. In the 50's and 60's we had superprojects like the Trans-Canada Highway. Now we need to do that again. Major investment in infrastructure. We also need to transition from a carbon economy fast.

Anything less and we are only delaying our extinction.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 03, 2020 8:39 pm
 


The feds also need to bail out the provinces big time otherwise the provinces will just bring in cuts of their own and what one hand giveth the other will taketh away.


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There should also be something done about evictions, both personal and commercial, especially where landlords have refused to take part in the federal programs designed to carry them through. Evictions should be banned for the next six months altogether - if Trump can do something like that in the US for the rest of the year then Canada can (and should) do it too. Then legislate extension of leases/mortgages for an amount of time equal to the duration of the crisis - that way the lenders still get their full investment paid back, just over a somewhat longer period of time. And also let them carry any property investment losses on their tax returns for longer than the three years they can currently claim - double it to a six year period to make it as fair to any landlord renting out an apartment or house as it is to the tenants. Of course landlords can still boot out renters who are breaking tenancy rules or damaging the place, that's for sure. It's not acceptable to kick people out though if they're at rock bottom because of COVID or the economy that was already bad to begin with before the epidemic came along to make things that much worse.

We can do it, it's just a matter of having the strength to push it through. No different than wartime really, except for the devastation being almost entirely of the economic sort rather than actual physical destruction. All it would take is the will to get it done.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 03, 2020 10:32 pm
 


BeaverFever wrote:
The suspense is killing me. Universal daycare? UBI?

40 years of austerity: literally my entire life spent watching the 1% get richer and richer as they whine and rage about their minor inconveniences and lecture condescendingly to working class people on the need for workers to sacrifice more and more. Time to put a stake through the heart of this bloodsucker.

Universal daycare should have already happened long ago IMHO. I have been at my job almost 20 years. I had enough seniority to be called back after the shutdown, but not enough seniority to go back to my dayshift. One of my coworkers on graveyard shift is telling me that his wife works days and since the schools are closed, he has to watch over the kids during the day as they are all basically home schooled these days (with online government assistance ). That is a long day for anyone. I have always volunteered to work holidays so the young guys with kids can be home with their family on those days. It is strange that we now live in a time where NOT working day shift is now a blessing as so many parents need to be home with their kids during school hours. People with children used to want dayshift, now they NEED other shifts. Having been a single parent myself, I have no problem paying a little more money to guarantee some decent daycare for the kids of working people. No problem at all.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 04, 2020 8:18 am
 


BeaverFever wrote:
The feds also need to bail out the provinces big time otherwise the provinces will just bring in cuts of their own and what one hand giveth the other will taketh away.


Feds Shortchanged Provinces $14.5B On Equalization Payments Over A Decade: PBO

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/equa ... 6f3eaf6449


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 04, 2020 12:22 pm
 


Thanos wrote:
xerxes wrote:
I'm guessing major investment in green energy. Because let's face it, Alberta put all its eggs in the oil basket and now it's a bad way, to put it mildly.


Probably why no one from any side, except for the shittiest of fiscal libertarians, is bitching too much about the plan for the hyperspeed rail between Calgary and Edmonton. Even if it goes overbudget, which it almost certainly will, it could be the investment seed that sets off the high-tech sector for Alberta. Sure as fuck beats the money the UCP essentially threw away by directly investing in the Keystone XL pipeline that will be dead-ended at the US border if Biden wins the election and follows through on his pledge to cancel all the approval permits. :|


Even though studies show we don't have enough population density to make it profitable without subsidies, I'm all for it the hyperloop or some form of HSR. However, the provincial government has said it's not funding this, nor will it fund a passenger rail line from Calgary to Banff (projected at around $1 billion).

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No financial commitments or endorsements have been made by Alberta Transportation regarding the TransPod project.


https://transpod.com/2020/08/government ... on-system/

One of the things that is really interesting about that hyperloop is that it would be one of the largest solar installations in world, because they plan on coating the entire thing in solar panels.

Honestly, the sooner we wean our province off oil royalties, the better we'll be. Society will need oil for decades longer, but we need to stop relying royalties that will only shrink in the coming decades.


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 12, 2020 1:43 pm
 


Quote:
Guaranteed basic income tops policy priorities for Liberal caucus

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Published Sept. 12, 2020 1:46 p.m. ET

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OTTAWA -- A guaranteed basic income for all Canadians has emerged as the top policy choice of Liberal MPs, just as the Trudeau government is crafting its plan to help people weather the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and rebuild the ravaged economy.

The Liberal caucus is calling on the government to adopt the idea in a priority policy resolution for consideration at the party's upcoming national convention.

And MPs consider it so important that they've designated it their top resolution, guaranteeing that it will go directly to the Nov. 12-15 convention for debate and a vote.

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It is among more than 50 priority resolutions from the governing party's provincial and territorial organizations and its various commissions that will be the subject, starting today, of a two-week online discussion among registered Liberals.

Liberal MPs are not alone in urging a guaranteed basic income. The 50 resolutions include numerous calls from all corners of the country pressing the government to adopt the idea in one form or another.

There are also multiple resolutions, including one from the caucus, calling on the government to develop enforceable national standards for long-term care homes -- and to provide provinces with the funding needed to meet those standards. Long-term care facilities have borne the brunt of the more than 9,000 COVID-19-related deaths in Canada.


Sounds like UBI is in our near future

https://beta.ctvnews.ca/national/politi ... 02320.html


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 13, 2020 11:05 am
 


Living in the most geologically active province wondering where there have been only minimal 'geothermal' studies. Except for the fact we like to study everything from dams and gas exports to bridges for decades until it's too expensive and too late.


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