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Renovated Canadian Museum of History excludes former exhibit on Winnipeg General Strike

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A room in the Canadian Museum of History was modelled on the meeting room of the James Street Labour Temple in Winnipeg where workers met for discussions that led to the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike. + Add Image In renovation plans for the Museum of History, located in Gatineau Quebec, the room will be excluded. Officials promise, however, that the labour movement will still be included. The Star newspaper was able to obtain documents pertaining to the renovation through a freedom of information request. One document, a renovation risk assessment, claimed that there were few risks associated with the decision to shut the exhibit down: “Changes can be made to the module with few political or institutional risks. Some comments by academics cite the closure as evidence of the museum’s lack of interest in working class history . . . . The removal of this module represents minimal risk to the museum, though it will entail communications challenges to the academic community."Interestin…

Bombardier sheds 1750 workers plus one executive

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Eric Martel, president of the business-aircraft division of Bombardier is leaving his position less than two years after he was appointed. He will be replaced by David Coleal who had been vice-president and general manager of Spirit Aerosystems. + Add Image Although only head of the business aircraft division for two years, Martel had been with the company both in the Aerospace and Transportation units for 13 years. He said that he would pursue other career opportunities. The business jet division has fallen on hard times. Russian oligarchs in particular are short of cash and subject to sanctions. Sanctions against Russia caused Bombardier problems last year in March:Canadian aircraft manufacturer Bombardier faces $3.4 billion in lost potential sales to Russia as Canada and its allies impose sanctions over the former Soviet state's move to annex Crimea, reports said Friday. As a result of slowing demand for Bombardier's Global 5000/6000 business jets the company is slashing 1,…

Many Liberals angry at Trudeau's support of Harper anti-terror bill

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Liberal leader Justin Trudeau and the federal Liberal Party have voiced their support for the Conservative Harper government's anti-terror bill c-51. Some Liberals are angry at this move. + Add Image Even the Liberal opposition leader in the Senate, James Cowan, said that he will break with party policy and vote against the controversial anti-terror bill. He said there is lack of oversight in the legislation and it also violates the Canadian Charter or Rights and Freedoms. In a speech at the University of British Columbia, liberal leader Justin Trueau said that the party was supporting the anti-terror bill to prevent the Conservatives from making "political hay" using national security issues during an election year. Of course they will do so anyway. Trudeau's strategy is to support the bill, even though he knows it has many faults, because he can then avoid the Conservatives charging him with being soft on terrorism. In other words, he will sacrifice principle to ga…

Polls had it right this time as NDP crushes PC's in Alberta

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The CBC decision desk has declared a New Democratic Party (NDP) majority government with the Wild Rose party the official opposition. + Add Image The polls this time were right and Albertans doubts about whether the NDP would really win over the Progressive Conservatives were quite wrong. The New Democratic Party led by Rachel Notley won a convincing victory over the Conservatives with almost 40 percent of the popular vote so far. The NDP was winning or elected in 55 seats and the Wild Rose party to be the official opposition in 19 while the Progressive Conservatives held only nine seats as I write this about 11 p.m. Central Time. The NDP had just four seats at dissolution. While the NDP were expected to do well in Edmonton, they also broke through dramatically in the business centre of the oil patch, Calgary. They also did well in smaller cities such as Lethbridge. There are still many seats in which winners have not been declared but the final figures will probably not be too much d…

Greens make breakthrough in PEI election but Liberals win majority again

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The ruling Liberal Party retained a third majority in the PEI legislature winning 18 of 27 seats even though their vote count was down a whopping ten per cent from the last election. + Add Image 1 of 2  All four leaders were running in their first campaign. Wade MacLauchlan for the Liberals is a well known and respected personage in PEI and helped prevent an even greater fall in the fortune of the Liberals. The Liberals held 20 seats in the last legislature at dissolution.The new leader of the Progressive Conservatives, Rob Lantz, failed to win his seat although the party won 8 seats, a gain of 5 seats, and a much better showing than last election. He lost by just 24 votes so there will likely be a recount. One of the most surprising results in the contest was a huge increase in votes for both the NDP and the Green Party. Both traditional parties lost vote percentage. Usually results of PEI elections are predictable not long after polls close but this election was different with it be…

PEI voters may vote in Liberals once again

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The Prince Edward Island(PEI) election May 4 will see all four main party leaders facing their first election campaign. The leader of the ruling Liberals, Wade MacLauchlan, has been leader for only two months. + Add Image The former leader, Robert Ghiz, announced he would be stepping down last November. He was replaced by MacLauchlan, a former president of the University of Prince Edward Island, in February of this year. Just a few days later, the Liberal government faced problems. The former Liberal government was embroiled in a scandal involving a failed plan to earn millions in revenue through the regulation of on-line gambling. After MacLauchlan replaced Ghiz, he introduced conflict-of-interest reforms to improve government accountability and transparency. There had also been a three-year investigation into fraud allegations concerning an immigrant investor program. No charges were laid but MacLauchlan was faced with a battle to restore the tarnished Liberal brand. He has also ins…

NDP tops polls both in Calgary and Edmonton and rest of Alberta

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A split among conservative voters and anger against the ruling Progressive Conservatives(PC) may lead to the New Democratic Party(NDP) winning the upcoming Alberta provincial election. + Add Image The Alberta NDP has surged in one of the final polls of election 2015. In the Edmonton Sun polling company Mainstreet Technologies said that the "only possible outcome" of the vote is the "coronation of an NDP government." That prediction seems very premature. Last election the polls predicted the Wild Rose party, a breakaway group on the right, dissatisfied with the ruling Progressive Conservatives would definitely win the election. The Conservatives ended up winning. To add insult to injury the Wild Rose Party leader defected to the Conservatives along with a number of other elected representatives. One might think that this would spell the end of the Wild Rose Party but it hasn't. An Ipsos Poll a week before the election shows that 37 percent of decided voters woul…