Profile of Lana Payne

Lana Payne writes on labor, politics and social justice issues every second week or twice monthly in The Weekend Telegram.

All articles of Lana Payne

  • The Conservatives and the junk labour market

    There is no such thing as a “bad job,” Jim Flaherty, Canada’s finance minister, told us last week.It was a stunning and glib pronouncement, made ...

  • Out of the mouths of babes

    Sometimes our kids say the darndest things. Last week, while driving my daughter to school we had the following conversation. (It got me thinking ...

  • Truth is the latest casualty

    When you wage an ideological war, lies are necessary weapons. We are familiar with the saying that there are three kinds of lies: lies, damned ...

  • Fighter planes and just desserts

    I am guessing Kevin Page doesn't get invited to many Conservative cocktail parties. And that's unlikely to change after last week. The ...

  • A budget for everyone else

    A federal budget for the rest of us. What a brilliant idea! Sadly, it's not what we will get March 29 when federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty ...

  • You're either with us or against us ...

    And so the divisive smear politics that has dominated public debate south of the border and in Ottawa has found its way to Newfoundland and ...

  • When the mud flies ...

    When you throw mud, you should expect some to fly back. Just ask Public Safety Minister Vic Toews. Or better yet, tell him. The federal ...

  • Has a politically savvy prime minister taken a wrong turn?

    Has Stephen Harper's ideology finally won out over self- preservation? On the surface, it would appear so when you consider the firestorm he ...

  • Politics, large and small

    Tony Clement: a poster child for what's wrong with politics today. The Treasury Board president, who will oversee the largest mass firing in ...

  • The hypocrisy grows

    Sadly, 2012 started out as 2011 ended with more tales of economic inequality and injustice. And more government indifference. One tale involved ...