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  • Albert
    October 22, 2012 - 20:29

    Robb, I have to disagree with your comments. Without the unions, we would still be paying the same high prices for the goods we consume. The only difference would be corporations netting more profits, while workers would be struggling to survive. Workers earning a higher wage is much better for an economy than having more working poor living on the poverty line.

  • TTJP
    October 22, 2012 - 12:22

    I'll keep this comment shorter than my previous comments addressing MANITOBAN UNIONIST and ROBB, so to RANDY I say this: Lorraine Michael is the most poopular opposition leader in Canada, and the only opposition leader to place above 50% in approval rating. Meanwhile, the Liberals weren't even polled. What does THAT say about her leadership?

  • manitoban unionist
    October 22, 2012 - 09:23

    party building, ARE YOU JOKING? here in manitoba this bunch called the NDP have us over a billion dollar deficit and growing for the fiscal year. user fees on just about everything, 2.5 cents on gasoline, millions wasted on a museum and a football stadium, highway/roads crumbling, and health care in a complete mess. as a union member myself the NDP government have us paying the highest provincial tax in westerned canada. the ndp continue to blame the feds for their spending problems rather then themselves. as your ndp mp cleary said himself on the weekend, and i quote: GOD HELP US ALL !

    • TIM
      October 22, 2012 - 12:10

      I am not familiar with the NDP in Manitoba to any great extent so I cannot comment fully on the politics of the province. However, I CAN say that just because a party is a failure in one province, how does that mean ALL other provincial versions of political parties are automatically failures? By that same standard, wouldn't that mean that all PC's and Conservatives are unelectable because of Harris, Peckford and Dunderdale? Or all Liberals because of McGuinty, Smallwood, or Campbell? This argument makes no sense. The only thing voters can do is look at the platforms and policies of each individual party and, if the incumbents or they have previously held power in the province look at their track record. However, to say a party in one province will be a disaster because a similar party in another province was, is nothing but outright illogical.

  • Robb
    October 22, 2012 - 07:52

    Party building....????...you mean union building. I would not let an ndp tie my shoe, unless of course they were being paid $50 an hour to do it. See the prices of food lately....?....overpriced labour driving it through the ceiling, and the ndp can actually smile....???

    • TTJP
      October 22, 2012 - 12:19

      Yes, we have the third-fastest growth in food and housing prices in the country. However, we have been there since 2006, when the minimum wage was only between $8-9 if I recall if not lower. In fact, This province actually has the second lowest median income in the country, only surpassing New Brunswick by about $400. So the idea that labour costs are driving up the cost of living is absolute nonsense. As well, corporate profits in NL equal 25% of NL's GDP, the highest in Canada and more than double the national average. So yes, the NDP advocates for higher wages. But that is mainly because a) as the third-highest GDP per capita in Canada, NL can do a bit better than last place with incomes, b) the cost of living IS actually going up according to our GDP per capita ranking while wages are not, and c) the fact that corporate profits are so high demonstrates that critics should look a little further up the corporate ladder than the cashiers at Sobey's for why the cost of living is going up.

    • Tim Jamison
      October 22, 2012 - 16:20

      Unions (and higher taxes) are why Americans pay an average of 60% less for airfare than we do. Which is why millions of dollars worth of Canadian money goes to America every year because people drive across the border to catch their flights. There is a story in the Globe and Mail about this, if you wish to fact check what I am saying. Just search for it using their search engine. This is just one small example of how union-friendly policies (and high tax rates) damage jurisdictions. To those of you who enjoy not getting laid off, Lorraine and her successors have to be kept out forever.

  • Randy
    October 22, 2012 - 07:43

    NDP needs a new leader. The current one will only prevent good candidates from running. People are turned off by her. We elect pragmatic leaders, not uncompromising ideologues. Only reason she is leading the NDP is because no one else wanted the job when she did. Anyone else would have the good sense to step aside for the good of the province. She makes it look like she is afraid someone will come in and do a better job than her. Sad.