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  • KT
    March 27, 2012 - 05:45

    Lane, I'm quite sure that the Telegram is fully aware of Ms Payne's NDP affliations. Most columnists do have political affliations otherwise they wouldn't be writing columns. Are you saying it is okay for a columnist to have right-wing political affliations, but wrong if they have left-wing affliations?

    • Lane
      April 02, 2012 - 22:49

      Yes, I too am sure that the Telegram is aware of Ms. Payne's party affiliation. However, my point is that it should be disclosed to readers for the sake of transparency. And I believe that professional ethic should apply to any political columnist who is a member of a particular party. While it may be true that most political columnists have their own political leanings, that is not the same as being an active member of a particular party, voting in its leadership election, making donations, giving public endorsements, etc. Ms. Payne is simply not an impartial observer or expert - she is a proponent for a certain party. Knowing that would help readers put her comments in the proper context and perspective.

  • jamesM
    March 25, 2012 - 22:12

    Canada Energy & Jobs Action Plan!!! (REAL GROWTH and SAVINGS across CANADA) Budget 2012 - Oilsands first? or Save Energy First? On January 29, 2012 the federal government closed the popular ecoENERGY Retrofit-Homes program, two months early and with less than half the promised $400 million invested in home retrofits. Ten days later, the Prime Minister visited China to promote Canada's oilsands to Asian markets. Together, these events send a troubling message. Energy efficiency should be at the top of Canada's energy and jobs agenda, not at the bottom. Energy efficiency should be the first item on Canada's energy agenda. Canada is about to spend billions on new oil sands projects, pipelines, nuclear and fossil-fuel power stations, hydroelectric dams, solar projects, and wind farms. But as we prepare to generate more energy, it makes sense to save energy first. We need to get serious about energy efficiency. The global economy is struggling and governments want to create jobs. This is a huge opportunity for Canadian governments to help Canadian families save energy. Making our homes more energy-efficient creates jobs in all communities. Extending ecoENERGY will Save Energy First, reduce our energy bills, protect the environment, generate net-positive tax revenues, and create local jobs. http://www.SaveEnergyFirst.ca

  • Lane
    March 25, 2012 - 14:22

    The fact that Lana Payne is already fear mongering and spewing left-wing rhetoric about a budget she has not seen speaks volumes about her ideological bias, but says nothing about the government or its budget plans. Despite her pretensions, Payne obviously does not have the slightest clue what will be in the upcoming federal budget. It is also worth noting that Lana Payne is paid far more than a large majority of Canadians for being a union activist. She is part of the so-called "one per cent." Also, if Payne were interested in transparency and accountability, she would disclose her partisan affiliation (she is an active NDP member, delegate to the NDP leadership convention, etc.) when she gets paid by the Telegram for her political commentary.

    • Townie
      March 26, 2012 - 08:03

      Not one revant fact on the subject at hand, that's what I call discourse!! NOT!!!

  • Sane
    March 24, 2012 - 16:42

    This was a bad article. Thank God we have the policies of this government. I've lived in a NDP stronghold most of my life and we all keep getting poorer because of them. They talk about how we need to tax more and spend more on social projects/issues. Any person with the ability to think rationally has learned that these NDPesque policies have been very detrimental for the society as a whole. We have learned from other provinces-Saskatchewan being a prime example-of when fiscal conservatism shines, we all win. Saskatchewan got rid of their ridiculous NDP govt. and now have a fiscally conservative provincial govt. They have been thriving now when they removed the idiotic NDP policies. Now more jobs have been created because the evil corporations have moved in creating more work. Now our young people are moving to this area of the country. How about we learn from examples. Newfoundland and Labrador had a wonderful conservative govt and they created new wealth for all the individuals. Spend less and allow individuals and corporations to create more. What a horrible concept for everyone!

    • NWeller
      March 25, 2012 - 04:14

      I watch goverment policies closely and would have to say the changes I have seen are not very positive for women, children, families and many workforces have crumbled with his leadership.

  • John
    March 24, 2012 - 13:24

    I am a 60 year old USCanadian citizen living on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. A fifth generation escapist living in a demographic black hole; holding the intention that this is the year we all come to our senses. Representative democracy is great, and the free market is great! The combination however is keeping most of us from thriving.

  • bruce mcgregor
    March 24, 2012 - 12:26

    are u people bias or what?i dont believe canada is a 3th world country under the leadership of the duly elected government.if u cannt be positive....be quiet..some people sud not have the rite to express their one sided opinions..enough said

    • Townie
      March 26, 2012 - 08:09

      Shut up and follow the leader! Sounds third world to me.