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About Shaun Cameron:

Shaun Cameron is a lifelong Brandon resident. He has dabbled in politics and is now chair of Renaissance Brandon, the city's downtown development corporation. His column appears regularly.

  • Kinew move puts Bokhari on shaky ground

    Just when Manitoba Liberal Leader Rana Bokhari thought the stars had aligned to usher her into the legislature and alleviate some of the financial strain her wage presents to the recently surging Manitoba Liberals, in stepped Greg Selinger, pulling a proverbial rabbit from his well-worn hat. The sleight of hand that saw former CBC radio personality Wab Kinew come forward as the NDP’s shining star in Fort Rouge — the same constituency that Bokhari is seeking a seat in — caught most political pundits completely off guard and sent Bokhari a bit off-step as well.
  • O'Leary's attacks on Notley laughable

    Just when you thought Canadian politics would settle down to a dull roar, media personality and investment guru Kevin O’Leary broke the silence by calling for Alberta premier Rachel Notley’s resignation for her “mishandling” of the Alberta economy. Calling Notley unqualified for the position, the former “Dragons’ Den” member spent the week firing salvos at the premier, including a promise to invest $1 million in the Alberta energy sector should Notley take his advice and resign her post.
  • Ottawa must do more to support soldiers

    “It’s shocking in Canada that we would have any veteran who is homeless, but it is a sad reality.” — Gen. Jonathan Vance, Canada’s top military commander
  • Pallister, Bokhari close in on Fortress Winnipeg

    If the election were held today, Manitobans would elect a Progressive Conservative majority government. The last time the governing NDP, a party known for the “Manitoba miracle,” was truly challenged, United States President Bill Clinton was freshly cleared on impeachment charges, “Star Wars: Episode 1 — The Phantom Menace” was dominating the box office and Facebook was still almost five years off from joining the lexicon of everyday life. Puts it in perspective, doesn’t it?
  • Selinger playing any card he can

    It is an act of dominance or desperation. In either case, Greg Selinger’s flirtation with new taxation for some Manitobans will have voters seeing red while Tory top dogs jump for joy ahead of what could be a very prosperous new year for them.
  • Politicians filling their stockings with rhetoric

    If the Tories truly have the inside track right now en route to the legislature, they sure aren’t doing themselves any favours in finding that lane. While the NDP promise machine ramped up to epic proportions prior to Christmas, the Progressive Conservatives are doing the exact opposite in staying mum on any sort of commitments ahead of the final quarter before the election.
  • 21st-century post-secondaries must work in harmony

    It is antiquated thinking that universities and colleges would exist in a single community and not work toward some form of common goal. As Brandon University and Assiniboine Community College embark on new beginnings and joint programming in a handful of sectors, that sentiment should ring true.
  • 8th St. bridge solution lies in Winnipeg

    Brandon City Council has a monumental decision on its hands — what to do with the Eighth Street bridge. The bridge’s fate has been batted around this community for a number of years and in the past couple, has made an appearance or two in this column.
  • Demographic shift creates unknowns for parties

    For the longest time, political parties across this country could count on one thing — seniors would show up to vote. By far one of the largest and most engaged voting demographics in all of Canada, seniors presented a world of opportunity for political parties nationwide. They supported politics both on an electoral level, but more importantly on a financial level, which in plenty of cases kept the ideologies and the parties afloat.
  • Premier doubles down in pre-election throne speech

    Laden with more than the average number of Westman offerings, the final throne speech prior to next spring’s provincial election was a spoil of riches for many in Manitoba as the embattled NDP strategizes that a “win by spending” plan will resonate with voters. In what many pundits believe could end up being the final throne speech for the NDP government and the premier, Greg Selinger, through Lt.-Gov. Janice Filmon, laid out a veritable table of offerings that included plenty of rehashed dollars sprinkled with enough new money to hopefully keep the wolves at bay for the foreseeable future.
  • Riverbank revamp a lofty but worthwhile goal

    It would appear that the architects behind the revamp of the Riverbank Discovery Centre network have made one thing perfectly clear — they plan to “work with the river and not against it.” However simple sounding that statement is, surely it’s music to the ears of politicians and residents alike as Brandonites prepare to embark on a new era of riverbank development following two devastating floods in the past five years.
  • Hamilton's run could make race one to watch

    If Vanessa Hamilton has gleaned anything since her 2010 run for the Brandon School Division board of trustees, it’s that campaigning appears to be in her DNA. This past week’s announcement that she would seek to unseat longtime Brandon East NDP MLA Drew Caldwell puts the soon to be former city councillor in the crosshairs of a campaign once again.
  • Oswald leaves hole in NDP's fortunes

    Whether it was a case of her seeing the writing on the wall or truly just wanting a change, Theresa Oswald’s announcement this week that she will not seek re-election in Seine River in the 2016 provincial election does not come as a complete surprise. Oswald joins the likes of Jim Rondeau and Stan Struthers who have indicated they will not run again. However, she will likely be the biggest former cabinet member in the Greg Selinger government to abandon ship, leaving a gaping hole in one of the NDP’s safest seats.
  • Restoring national image more than a dream

    As Dorothy once professed in the 1939 film classic, “The Wizard of Oz,” “there’s no place like home.” Our nation awoke from a dream this past weekend to a new reality and a new chapter as a country. For some, that dream ended in bitter defeat and was not without its share of victims. But for others, it was an opportunity to usher in a new day — a day Canada awoke from that proverbial Dorothy-like slumber by reinstalling a Liberal government after nearly a decade of Stephen Harper mandates.
  • Gut-check time for parties ahead of vote

    If this election has proven anything, it’s that sometimes it’s not the knockout that scores a win but a series of blows over time that leads to victory. The knockout punch isn’t likely to happen on Monday, but as the days turn to hours, it may be the late-round flurry that counts. On the local front, aside from a couple of heated exchanges in The Brandon Sun/WCGtv debates, it has been a quiet and polite affair.
  • Wedge issues cut to core of Canadian values

    It is about to get ugly here, folks. With less than two weeks remaining in the federal election campaign, it looks like the Harper Conservatives are prepared to pull out all the stops to finish ahead come Oct. 19. Without a doubt the coming days will be full of rhetoric about the safety, security and financial well-being of this country — it will slip off the tongues of Canadians nationwide as the dogmatic Conservatives have paid an exorbitant amount of money to put it there.
  • Poll numbers buoy Bokhari

    It would appear the faltering fortunes of Premier Greg Selinger and his party have created some inroads for Manitoba’s “party of one.” A recent Probe Research poll commissioned by the Winnipeg Free Press indicates that the NDP’s numbers in Manitoba have, dare we say, sunk to the levels of the provincial Liberals.
  • Election drama is so 2008

    As Canadians head into the home stretch in this lengthy election campaign, both NDP Leader Tom Mulcair and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau have drawn a line in the sand as to whether either would support Stephen Harper should his party win a minority government on Oct. 19. “There isn’t a snowball’s chance in hell,” Mulcair quipped about the thought of the NDP propping up Harper. Trudeau beat Mulcair to the punch with his own statement that there were “no circumstances” under which he would support Harper continuing as prime minister.
  • Give me a sign mender over a bridge burner

    It didn’t take long for Winnipeg Centre to again garner some national attention. This time, it was not for the colourful comments and quips made famous in the House of Commons by longtime NDP MP Pat Martin, but for his off-the-cuff remarks toward Green party candidate Don Woodstock at a recent riding debate.
  • Candidate vetting process not an exact science

    To say it was a rough week for Conservative candidates in Ontario is a bit of an understatement. In the last seven days, two candidates for the party were officially sent packing after some past “indiscretions” reared their head, as they often do in campaigns. First off, Jerry Bance, a candidate in Scarborough-Rouge Park, was removed following the resurfacing of a CBC “Marketplace” video from 2012 in which Bance, who is also a home appliance repairman, urinated in the coffee cup of a prospective customer while he or she was in another room, before pouring the contents down the sink.
  • CFS numbers reflect an epidemic in Manitoba

    “Child Services Seizes One Newborn A Day” — Brandon Sun, Sept. 2, 2015
  • Mulcair's Manitoba problem

    Not that our province is laden with opportunity for any particular party this election, but Tom Mulcair may have the most to gain or lose in friendly Manitoba come election day. Officially, we have 14 ridings at play this election. Manitoba is clearly a stark contrast to the more than 120 ridings up for grabs in Ontario, for example — but in an election where every riding counts, Manitoba could be an opportunity squandered if any of the parties choose to ignore it.
  • Seeking Strand of hope for downtown theatre

    It would appear that without a fourth-quarter Hail Mary pass, the curtain has closed on the Strand Theatre saga. As was shared in the Brandon Sun this past week, the one-time megaproject has fizzled out, leading to tough times ahead for the aging structure, as well as some undoubtedly hurt feelings and thoughts of what could have been.
  • Reporter right to stand her ground

    Some saw it as an innocent peck on the cheek. Others viewed it as assault — and plenty were in the vast grey area that exists in between. No matter how a person viewed this past week’s kiss on the cheek of CBC reporter Megan Batchelor by a young festivalgoer, the resulting outcome stands as a cause for concern.
  • Ground game key in marathon campaign

    In what will be the second-longest campaign in Canadian history, the marathon 42nd election is officially underway. As the writ dropped this past Sunday, all three of the main leaders were quick to lay out their first steps on the long road ahead.
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