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Budget pros and cons

It is almost 50 years ago that Finance Minister Edgar Benson took the nation into high deficits in a time of no recession. On Tuesday, Prime Minister Trudeau, following his father’s example again, returned Canada to a large deficit.

Yes, he campaigned on a stimulus deficit of $10 billion but most CEOs in private business would be turfed for tripling the debt of the company.

Action lacking

Despite all the fanfare surrounding Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s official visit to Washington, D.C. today and tomorrow, along with last week’s first ministers’ summit on climate change, many question the real value of such get-togethers.

Let’s go, Muskies

Got Muskie fever yet?

Well, you should given four Fort High squads are heading off to seek provincial glory next week.

The Muskie boys’ hockey team—fresh off its ninth-straight NorWOSSA crown—is heading to the all-Ontarios in Ottawa for a whopping 36th time, although OFSAA success has been hard to come by since the black-and-gold last won the gold medal back in 2001.

Keep trumpeting

It’s great to see that the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce’s business awards gala continues to thrive after 20 years.

Not only was there a wide cross-section of nominations for the various categories again this year, but nearly 1,600 votes were cast to determine the winners—well above the 1,021 last year when online voting was open to the public for the first time.

Wise choice

It seems to happen quite often here. A club or group announces an event—only to discover the date conflicts with something else already planned.

Time to change


Hopefully people misread the question. Otherwise it’s hard to fathom how almost 80 percent of the 330-plus respondents to the Fort Frances Times’ web poll this past week don’t think “O Canada” should be gender-neutral.

Get it right

It’s still very early in the process but already there seems to be plenty of interest over how to develop the “market square” planned for where the Rainy Lake Hotel once stood.

Think it through

By the time the next federal election rolls around, set for Oct. 21, 2019 under fixed election date provisions, it’s likely Canadians will face a different voting process given new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau vowed this past election would be the last featuring the so-called “first-past-the-post” system.