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Provincial police proposal insults AB Mounties - Wednesday, November 12, 2003
Law enforcement agencies such as the RCMP should be kicked out of rural Alberta and replaced by a provincial police force that will cost less and provide better service, a provincial think-tank report suggests. The five-month Fraser Institute study recommends smaller departments consider merging with other police forces, giving them a better understanding of community needs and maximizing public input. (full story)

Dancing the final gavotte in Ottawa - Wednesday, November 12, 2003
So, where are we? At about 8 p.m. EST on Friday, Jean Chretien will cease to be leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. On that day, or maybe the day before, his government will ask the Governor-General to prorogue Parliament, ending the current sitting and leaving its legislative agenda in suspended animation. Smart money is betting that Mr. Chretien now intends to step down as prime minister some time in mid-December or early January. (He still wants to do a December trip to Africa as PM.) (full story)

Carstairs offers to quit over death of key bills - Wednesday, November 12, 2003
Carstairs offers to quit over death of key bills: Senate foot-dragging kills ethics watchdog, new ridings (full story)

The late Northcote Parkinson, creator of Parkinson's Law, used to say that when boards of directors of big companies met they would rubberstamp expenditures of millions, then haggle for half an hour over whether office coffee should cost 5 cents or 10 cents. His theory was that everyone understood the coffee question, and had opinions, but no one fully understood the million dollar issues. (full story)

Klein decrees a freeze, so it shall be - Friday, October 31, 2003
If Premier Klein wants a freeze on auto insurance rates, he will get a freeze on insurance rates. (full story)

Premium freeze leaves me cold - Friday, October 31, 2003
Finally, Premier Ralph Klein appears to get it. Well, sort of. Yesterday, the lumbering Tory mastodons may have actually made a decision on the auto insurance issue. (full story)

Alliance MPs vote 51-1 for Tory union - Monday, October 20, 2003
Canadian Alliance Members of Parliament gave party leader Stephen Harper a standing ovation before a special meeting yesterday, then voted strongly in favour of a plan to create a new conservative party out of the Alliance and the Progressive Conservatives. (full story)

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