New ‘Dog Sneak Peak: John Conway

John’s got a column in Thursday’s prairie dog and my friends, I have to say Saskatchewan’s most scathing sociologist is in fine form. Here’s a preview:

In our system, money determines who is able to wage an effective campaign. Those with big bucks can make a big political bang to win votes. The Tories wallow in money. They had so much they have embarked on a new and terrible weapon… the never-ending campaign, spending millions between elections on attack ads against their opponents and puffery for their leader. No party can match this scale of spending, especially since the business lobby has effectively abandoned the Liberals for the Tories. To ensure Harper keeps this edge, he will be cutting the public per vote subsidy to all parties, the meagre effort at campaign spending reform introduced by Chretien. Next time those parties without big money behind them will be even worse off than now. Is this democracy? Or do we have the best “democracy” money can buy?

It’s a good, long, biting column. Look for it Thursday at street boxes and Internet stands everywhere!

Author: Stephen Whitworth

Prairie Dog editor Stephen Whitworth was carried to Regina in a swarm of bees. He's been with Prairie Dog since May 1999 and will die at his keyboard before admitting his career a terrible, terrible mistake.

3 thoughts on “New ‘Dog Sneak Peak: John Conway”

  1. The best “democracy” money can buy. Gold!
    Yep, he’s right about it all. The last minority government was about one thing and one thing only: maneuvering to get a majority. Coalition government? Why that’s a coup d’etat by the EVIL opposition parties! Contempt of parliament? Why that’s just the EVIL opposition parties playing their games again! Senate reform? Sure but only after we rig the Senate in our favour, because the EVIL opposition is getting in the way of Senate reform!
    Every shot against them was simply reframed from the point of view of them being somehow entitled to a majority government, and IT WORKED.

  2. Also, don’t mention the saturation of anti-Wall union ads on behalf of the NDP. At least Conway’s raptor-like mandibles have disengaged from the throats of the children of deceased soldiers.

  3. I miss the days when it wasn’t allowed to campaign outside of a certain time frame.

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