Hey Manitoba, Talk to the “Gnome”

Wow. Just wow.  It’s difficult to know where to start with this one. As described in this CBC article,  Manitoba government employees were sent an email from the head of the province's civil service, introducing them to Gerome G. Gnome — a garden gnome billed as the government's "engagement champion."The notion that a virtual ceramic garden gnome would … Continue reading Hey Manitoba, Talk to the “Gnome”

Where’s the value for Manitoba’s North?

The Pallister government has paid a lot of lip service to Manitoba's north, but as this article in the Thompson Citizen explains, there's been little real action. As public services are cut in northern communities, how will those losing their jobs cope? Vale's smelter in Thompson is shutting down, and mine closures in Flin Flon are … Continue reading Where’s the value for Manitoba’s North?

The Pallister Government and Private Consultants: Are they giving us ‘value’ for our money?

This Winnipeg Free Press article  reveals a long list of studies by private consultants ordered by the Pallister government since they took office in 2016. The article quotes Winnipeg political scientist Paul Thomas, who comments on the trend to rely on outside consultants as it reduces the number of in-house policy analysts. This is a … Continue reading The Pallister Government and Private Consultants: Are they giving us ‘value’ for our money?

Will the Pallister Government Privatize Manitoba Hydro?

An October 18th provincial news release announced that former BC Premier Gordon Campbell will head yet another economic review of Hydro mega projects, Keeyask and Bipole III.  There is a huge red flag here that relates to our November 4, 2016 post, Manufacturing Crisis. In that post we outlined the 10 step strategy governments use … Continue reading Will the Pallister Government Privatize Manitoba Hydro?

Manitoba’s Housing Strategy: Subsidies for Luxury Living Downtown

There have been a number of decisions made by the Pallister government that are raising some eyebrows on the housing front. We've written about some of these in previous posts. But the recent True North Square deal, juxtaposed against a soon to be eliminated tax credit aimed at stimulating the development of affordable units, are … Continue reading Manitoba’s Housing Strategy: Subsidies for Luxury Living Downtown