Category Archives: Greg Selinger

20 Apr

Ode to a Defeated Premier

Greg Selinger and his party ruled Manitoba with an iron fist.
Finally, his subjects became royally pissed.

He said “no new taxes” when he ran before.
Then he socked it to us more and more.

So hated he became, many in his party staged a coup.
To us and them he said “F-you.”

Desperation ruled his doomed campaign.
He resorted to calling his rivals many a name.

Stubborn and arrogant to his last day.
Only after a resounding defeat would he go away.

Good riddance to bad rubbish is how I feel.
But the gored treasury will need a generation to heal.

A legacy of failure and debt led to his rout.
Don’t let the door hit you on your way out.

01 Sep

Selinger’s Soliloquy

I’m Greg Selinger, leader of Today’s NDP

Seems like some people aren’t too happy with me

Like a drunken sailor, I’m recklessly spending their cash

Emptying every bit of their private stash

What’s money, old chum

There’s plenty more where that came from

Eventually the public treasury won’t have even a dime

It will be someone else’s problem by that time

They tell me that absolute power corrupts more and more

Absolute nonsense, oh yeah, I’ve said that before

Against their will, I can raise the PST

What do they think this is, a democracy?

You’ll still be gullible folk if history is any sign

At election time, I’ll promise the moon and you’ll buy every line
Manitobans are terrible at math, you see
They don’t understand that for every dollar I give them, it costs them three
I’ll kiss a donkey or a goat
If it meant getting another vote
In the meantime, you can picket or protest, whatever the case may be
It doesn’t mean a thing to me

03 May

Anti-PST Hike Rally

Yesterday evening, I attended the rally against the proposed PST hike at the Legislature. To my surprise, several hundred people, many of whom were seething mad, gathered around the front steps to voice their displeasure at the most recent tax grab by the Non Democratic Party. 

For those who are unaware, Manitoba Premier “Greasy Greg” Selinger has proposed to raise the provincial sales tax from 7% to 8%. In doing so, he also proposes to do away with existing legislation that requires a referendum before the PST can be increased. In short, he is again acting like a Central American tin-horn dictator who has an outrageous spending problem.

Many carried homemade signs such as this, while others proudly displayed signs distributed by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, organizers of the rally.

There was someone dressed as Pinocchio carrying a sign. Selinger has probably needed plastic surgery to cut down the size of his growing nose since he’s broken so many promises throughout the course of his regime. He had specifically promised not to raise taxes during the election campaign two years ago and look where we are today.

More signs on display:

You know things are bad when Manitobans begin clamoring for Gary Doer’s return.

These two protesters struck me as particularly hypocritical:

As the sign says, “Taxation is Theft”:

Yet, those two protesters were wearing paraphernalia from the Blue Bombers and the Mark Chipman Personal Hockey Club. Both organizations receive massive amounts of the proceeds from that theft. As I wrote in a recent tweet, someone has to pay for your taxpayer-funded toys. It might as well be you.

The crowd gathered around to hear the speakers.

There was Colin Craig of the CTF, a speaker from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business and an anti-poverty advocate whose name I didn’t catch.

For some reason, Dr. Jon Gerrard was invited. Never missing an opportunity to get his face in front of the cameras, he spoke to the crowd. I suspect that he would have also appeared at a rally in support of a tax hike. He is a political opportunist desperate for publicity, but not terribly successful at getting it.

The last speaker was the Leader of the Opposition, the newly-elected MLA for Fort Whyte, Brian Pallister, spotted here in the crowd:

Crawling out of the cave that he’s been sequestered in for months, he spoke to a riled-up gathering waving his arms as if his voice was hand-activated.

What Pallister failed to address was why he and his predecessor have been so deathly silent while the Non Democratic Party throws money around like drunken sailors. Where were they when Selinger threw another $200 million at the Bombers for their new saloon in Fort Garry? Pallister barely made a peep when Selinger decided to build a casino for Chipman that would provide him with an annual $12 million stipend to play NHL general manager with our tax money.

It was good to see so many people turn out for this cause. But I have no optimism that Selinger will listen. Not only do I expect the PST increase to go through, I expect that many of you will turn around and vote for him in the next election.

Selinger continues to take Manitobans for suckers.

Sadly, he’s probably bang-on in his assessment.

23 Jan

Viable, Indeed

Ever since Mark Chipman seized control of the Atlanta Thrashers a couple of years ago and relocated the franchise to Winnipeg, I’ve been asked many times as to how I think the team will fare off the ice.
I said at the time that I do not believe that an NHL franchise in Winnipeg can be viable over the long term and that, within five to ten years, it will be on the move again.
Since that time, there has been a run on tickets. Fans have bought them. Crown corporations, exceeding their mandate to provide a thinly-veiled handout, have bought them.
There has also been an explosion of merchandise sales. You can’t turn around without seeing someone with an “I Love Mark Chipman” T-shirt or jersey. Fans even expressed their love for Winnipeg’s most prominent used car salesman by purchasing special license plates with his logo on it.
At the end of the season, the team made so much money that it didn’t need to dip into NHL revenue sharing.
You were wrong, people told me.
“More than that it stated to the community and the world that no subsidies are needed in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Period,” said Chipman’s sugar daddy, David Thomson, to Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press.
But the weight of evidence is very much against the 3rdBaron Thomson of Fleet.
Even before the ink was dry on the purchase agreement for the Thrashers, Chipman was bounding up the steps of the Legislative Building. Into Premier Greg Selinger’s office he went bucking up for another handout.
In addition to the generous subsidy packages the three levels of government provided to build his arena and the practice facility that sits at the western edge of the city adjacent to his auto dealerships, he wanted more.
Sadly, “Greasy Greg,” eager to buy votes in an election year, gave in. And far too easily. “Help,” he euphemistically called it.
While farmers in the western part of the province and residents along the shore of Lake Manitoba, devastated by the flood of 2011, still wait for fair compensation, Chipman certainly didn’t have to wait for his most recent handout. This morning’s Free Press reported that $6.9 million of our money went to True North in 2011.
In that same Free Press article this morning, we get word that a casino is going up in cityplace that will pump even more money into Chipman’s pocket.
But I thought that they didn’t need subsidies. The 3rdBaron Thomson of Fleet said so.
Well, obviously they do.
You may argue that the revenues from this new casino don’t really come out of the taxpayer’s pocket. It’s a voluntary contribution. An “idiot tax” if you will. If I don’t want to subsidize Chipman, all I have to do is not gamble there.
Gambling revenues, however, are not limitless. The amount that people gamble is not likely to increase significantly as a result of this latest casino. All it means is that people who would gamble might spend money at this casino instead of going to, say, Club Regent or McPhillips Street Station.
And that means that money that would be going to the government is instead being diverted into Chipman’s pocket.
Guess who has to make up the difference.
Should the government be subsidizing Chipman or any other sports owner or team is another question. It is true that Chipman’s team does bring in other revenues that makes an arguable case, unlike the Blue Bombers, for example, who are simply dead weight on the public treasury.
But the next time someone wants to debate the viability of NHL hockey in Winnipeg, I’ll gladly debate the topic when and only when Chipman is taken off welfare and repays all the money that he’s taken from public coffers.
Then we’ll see if the cadaver that is the so-called “Winnipeg Jets” can breathe without life support apparatus.
15 Oct

McFadyen Awarded Honorary NDP Membership

Yesterday, Manitoba Progressive Conservative leader Hugh McFadyen was awarded honorary membership in the party he’s unsuccessfully tried to defeat in the last two provincial elections.
At the ceremony held in front of the Grand Staircase at the Legislative Building, Manitoba Premier and New Democratic Party leader Greg Selinger presented McFadyen with a certificate bearing his name, making him an honorary member of the NDP.
Hugh McFadyen and Greg Selinger pose for the cameras.
“I’m very honored, Mr. Premier,” said McFadyen. “Despite the differences between us that I’m sure exist, I’m very pleased to accept this certificate on behalf of my entire campaign team. I will never forget this gesture. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
“We were disappointed to learn that Mr. McFadyen was stepping down as the Conservative leader,” said Selinger. “We decided that we should do something to honor his years of helping us stay in power. It’s because of the work of Mr. McFadyen and his campaign team, not to mention the gullible Manitoba voters that we are embarking on a historic fourth straight term in office. This was the least we could do for Mr. McFadyen and we only hope he decides to reconsider, stay on as the Conservative leader, and keep his campaign team fully intact.”
“I learned the hard way that trying to outspend Mr. Selinger is like trying to pray better than the Pope,” added McFadyen. “I gave it my best and now it’s time to step aside and let someone else take the ball and run with it.”
After the ceremony, McFadyen received a warm round of applause from Selinger and his entire team of elected and appointed members. Some admitted to shedding tears upon hearing that McFadyen was stepping down.
“I owe my entire political career to him,” said an emotional Erin Selby, the MLA for Southdale. “I thought that the Conservatives could run a rhinoceros as their candidate and win in Southdale. But it was Hugh who finally convinced me that I could win.”
“Without Hugh and his fabulous campaign team, I’d be sweeping the floors at Global,” added Selby, a former television reporter with A-Channel in Winnipeg. “Just look at me now!”
“The Premier flagrantly broke election law, our MLAs insulted flood victims this summer and McFadyen didn’t say a word. We’ve been ripe for the picking for over a decade and yet here we are with a fourth term,” said one senior party official. “We’ve pretty much had the province to ourselves. We can’t thank McFadyen and his team enough.”
The Conservatives have yet to announce a successor to McFadyen.