Month: October 2019

Politics: majority or minority government?

Self-tutoring about Election 2019: the tutor discusses majority vs minority government. As far as I can tell, the Liberals and Conservatives are dead even right now: 31% to 32%. NDP is at 19%. There is another close split: Canadians’ preference,

Politics: do Canadians care about balancing the budget?

Self-tutoring about politics: the tutor continues about the idea of balancing the budget. Supposedly, 77 percent of Canadians think the next government should balance the budget. Yet, last I read, no major party is offering to do so during the

Politics: Singh’s proposed super-wealth tax

Self-tutoring about politics and the coming election: the tutor mentions the super-wealth tax, as he understands it. We are used to federal consumption tax (GST) and income tax, but what about tax on holdings? Perhaps Singh’s proposed “super-wealth” tax would

English: obfuscate

Tutoring English, vocabulary is always interesting. The tutor mentions a word he recently noticed: obfuscate obfuscate: to make more confusing; to hinder understanding. Source: Barber, Katherine et al. Oxford Canadian Dictionary of Current English. Don Mills: Oxford University Press, 2005.

Politics: Singh: “Don’t settle for less”

Self-tutoring about politics: the tutor continues about the upcoming vote. My wife and I’ve been married 24 years. Take it from me: she’s no dreamer. Likely the dreamiest action she ever took was to marry me; I don’t imagine her

Politics: Promises, part 1

Self-tutoring about politics: the tutor continues about promises. In yesterday’s post I mention the idea of political promises and why they might get abandoned. One disadvantage that a promise to “save” inevitably carries is that it involves investment. Let’s imagine

Politics: promises: part 0

Self-tutoring about politics: the tutor reflects about promises. “Broken promise” was a term oft heard in the 80s. My memory is that government spending cuts were frequently discussed back then. Conventional wisdom was that, campaigning, a party wouldn’t mention spending

English: vocabulary: decedent

Tutoring English, new words emerge. The tutor mentions one. I heard someone say “decedent” recently, so wondered if it’s a word, which it indeed is. A “decedent” is one who is deceased. Source: Mish, Frederick C. (editor). Merriam-Webster Dictionary.Springfield: Merriam-Webster,

Politics: Canada’s federal deficits 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 (projected)

Self-tutoring about Canada: the tutor offers figures for Canada’s deficits 2016-2019 Looking around for a list of Canada’s deficits 2016-2019, I couldn’t find one. What’s up with that? Well, for interested parties, I’ve compiled one: Year Deficit $B 2016-17 $17.8

Politics: the coming Canadian election, part 0

Self-tutoring about the coming election here in Canada: the tutor begins…. Monday, October 21, 2019, Canadian voters once again have a decision to make. Irretrievably academic, I began research by looking up the rules for election dates. When I was