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About Kerry Auriat:

Kerry Auriat is a lifelong Brandon resident and an advisor with a local brokerage firm.

  • Kerry Nation -- Hiring KPMG to conduct audit a prudent move

    Earlier this week, Jim Silver, a professor at the University of Winnipeg and research associate with the left-leaning Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, penned a column entitled “Be Skeptical Of KPMG’s Advice On Governing Manitoba.” Governments hire external consultants all the time. The City of Brandon has also done this type of outsourcing. Why? Because no government has a monopoly on good ideas, nor do they possess the latest in expertise. These companies have skills and personnel that no government can afford nor keep employed. Also, thanks to a global network, companies like KPMG can access the best value ideas from across its network for use here in Manitoba.
  • Kerry Nation -- This week's elections key to future of U.S. politics

    One long year after Donald Trump was elected U.S. president, the Democratic Party began its natural rebound as displayed on Tuesday night in the off-year elections. For those who aren’t familiar with the seemingly perpetual American voting cycle, Tuesday night is important to understanding the future. You may be familiar with the presidential cycle in which U.S. presidents are elected every four years. On the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November every four years, Americans go to the polls to elect a president.
  • Kerry Nation -- New Yorkers won't let terrorists rule their lives

    In a week filled with the usual Trump-isms and miscues as well as revelations and arrests in Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Russian connections to the Trump campaign, the most telling story came out of New York City when yet another radicalized Muslim ISIS supporter unleashed his deadly anger — this time driving a truck along a pedestrian walkway killing eight people. For this columnist, the juxtaposition of a hate-filled fanatic killing innocents against the background of New York’s Halloween parade and festivities spoke volumes. New Yorkers are no longer prepared to allow terrorists to rule their lives and, rather, they intend to accept this risk while getting on with their lives.
  • Kerry Nation -- Liberals spending when money should be put aside

    “If they can’t balance the budget when the economy is doing well, when can they?” So asked the Canadian Taxpayers Federation in response to Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s mid-year fiscal update. Truer words were never spoken. Thanks to a robust domestic economy, the federal government will be receiving almost $9 billion more in revenues this year than had been anticipated in the spring budget.
  • Kerry Nation -- Morneau, Trudeau's tax stance hypocritical

    In the last two weeks it has become clear to all but the most partisan observers that Finance Minister Bill Morneau is a dead man walking and that his boss, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, has been seriously damaged by their ill-considered decision to save the middle class by increasing taxes on … the middle class. We have learned Morneau failed to disclose that his villa in France, jointly owned with his wife Nancy McCain, was in fact held by a private corporation. Why own a villa in a private corporation? Well, to help reduce taxes and pass it along to future generations with fewer tax implications. Doesn’t that sound exactly like what Morneau and Trudeau were trying to stop farmers, businesspeople and doctors from doing here in Canada?
  • Kerry Nation -- Employee discount tax might be Trudeau's dumbest idea yet

    When Justin Trudeau was elected two years ago, his “sunny ways” seemed like a nice break after the dour Stephen Harper. Canadians were, as usual, looking for a marked break from the past and had grown tired of Harper and his relatively small band of fellow travellers. Harper gave undecided and soft Conservatives a good reason to leave with his negative culture warrior campaign. Of course, enough Canadians were assured that Trudeau would be more than just a nice haircut.
  • Kerry Nation -- Now is the time to talk about rational gun control

    Writing columns is an honour and a privilege, but during weeks like this when there’s truly only one story to write about, it’s also heartbreaking, maddening and frustrating. I refer, of course, to the tragic massacre in Las Vegas that occurred on Sunday night. As has been reported, Brandon had a sad connection to this incident, as former resident Tara (Smith) Roe was murdered in the rampage. Words cannot ever hope to assuage the sorrows of this young woman’s family and friends. By all reports, a wonderful wife, daughter, mother and friend was taken from them. In today’s hyper-partisan world, no event, regardless of how tragic, is beyond political debate. Those on the extreme edge of the pro-gun lobby will attempt to avoid culpability and kick this tragedy down the road. It is, they say, no time to discuss gun control.
  • Kerry Nation -- Why stand against kneelers?

    In the midst of NAFTA talks, the North Korea crisis, a Russia-FBI investigation, three Category 5 hurricanes, new revelations of widespread private email server usage, and the usual Donald Trump Twitter insanity, a new controversy has reared its ugly head at the White House. That is, the president believed it was time for him to share his opinion on professional athletes who were protesting with Black Lives Matter by not standing during the national anthem.
  • Kerry Nation -- Why not pursue Amazon?

    This columnist has been surprised, if not shocked, by the negative response to Premier Brian Pallister’s efforts to attract Amazon.com to Winnipeg. In the interests of sanity, it might be worthwhile to present the case as to why the pursuit of Amazon is arguably one of the most worthwhile projects Pallister has pursued during his brief tenure as premier. Amazon.com, for those who don’t know, is among the world’s largest retailers, and is the world’s largest internet retailer.
  • Kerry Nation -- Trudeau tax follies facing blowback

    Between efforts to be “The Most Interesting Man in Canada” and a wild-haired, shirtless himbo, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Bill Morneau have time to suggest truly harebrained economic policy, the latest being proposed changes to income taxes impacting entrepreneurs. The uber-rich Morneau, scion of the family behind one of Canada’s largest human resources companies, has stated “we don’t want to be in a situation where there’s two classes of Canadians: one class that can incorporate, another class that can’t.”
  • Kerry Nation -- No easy answers with North Korea

    North Korea test-fired several missiles on Tuesday, including one that flew over Japan on its way to landing in the Pacific Ocean, approximately 2,740 kilometres away. In the five years that Kim Jong-un has been the leader of North Korea, more than 80 missiles have been test-launched. This has been met with widespread condemnation from international bodies including the United Nations. With all due respect, it appears Mr. Kim is not particularly concerned about the condemnation.
  • Kerry Nation -- When will Afghan war end?

    Monday night, in a televised address, U.S. President Donald Trump outlined in the broadest terms a reset of the U.S. military’s strategies and goals for Afghanistan. Much like his previous pronouncements on a panoply of problems, Trump was both vague and hyperbolic. In
  • Kerry Nation -- Lessons from Charlottesville

    U.S. President Donald Trump, who bounces from crisis to crisis like a meth-addled pinball, has left behind the threat of a nuclear war with North Korea only to replace it with some form of dalliance with vicious white nationalists who rioted and engaged in violent confrontations last weekend in Charlottesville, Va. Charlottesville is a beautiful historic community, home to the University of Virginia, one of America’s foremost educational institutions. Governed by a Democratic mayor and working with Virginia’s Democratic governor, this year the City of Charlottesville decided to take down a statue of Civil War Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
  • Kerry Nation -- Runaway housing prices, being a Republican congressman, Omar Khadr's case ... how would you handle these challenges?

    In recent weeks we’ve witnessed several political episodes that underscore the myriad difficulties incumbent on governments. Today this columnist is going to discuss three of these episodes, and then seek reader feedback on how you would handle the situation. Challenge No. 1 is arguably the easiest to solve — how to deal with Toronto’s runaway housing prices.
  • Kerry Nation -- Let data, not ideology, drive health-care policy

    Manitoba’s NDP has been making a lot of noise in recent weeks about the Pallister government’s proposed changes to health care delivery in our province. This is their job as the Opposition, of course, but some of the criticism seems to disregard their past 17 years in government. “If you rank last, your worst fear isn’t change — it’s status quo.”
  • Kerry Nation -- Record-setting sniper deserves praise

    “To celebrate our military’s killing power, no matter how many records it breaks, shows a crude and simplistic view of Canada’s role overseas — and of the value of human life.” So opined the editorial page of The Toronto Star last week in response to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s boast about the Canadian sniper in Iraq who killed an ISIS terrorist at a record distance of more than 3.5 kilometres. Castigating Trudeau, The Star then went on to state that ISIS terrorists “… are human beings. They have homes and families and histories.”
  • Kerry Nation -- Manitobans must learn to demand, deliver more

    “Manitoba really sticks out as a land of less equality of opportunity. The playing field is really tilted in Manitoba — and that seems to be mainly because there’s something going on in Manitoba that has to do with low income levels — whether that’s demand or supply side, or just demographics, we just don’t know.” — Miles Corak, University of Ottawa economist, The Globe and Mail, June 23, 2017
  • Kerry Nation -- Warmbier tragedy valuable lesson for travellers

    We don’t know much about how American student Otto Warmbier died after serving more than a year in a North Korean jail. We also don’t know much about how he was treated during his incarceration there, although we believe it to have been extremely harsh. The facts, such as they are, are scarce. What we do know is the dictatorship of Kim Jung Un does not tolerate dissent, and clearly doesn’t care what the world thinks of it. Warmbier, a 22-year-old university student, visited North Korea in January 2016. He was there as a tourist. He stole a propaganda poster in a hotel lobby and was subsequently arrested, convicted and sentenced to 15 years hard labour.
  • Kerry Nation -- Israel, Syria border tour an eye-opener

    Last week, while in Israel, I took time to hire a former Israeli military official to guide us on a private tour of the border with Syria and to provide insights into the current situation there. It is, in all honesty, worse than I previously thought. Understand that since the 1973 Yom Kippur War, the Syrian-Israel border on the Golan Heights has been the most peaceful of Israel’s borders. During that period, Syria was governed by the Al Assad family, an Alawite Muslim family that basically ran the country like its own kleptocracy. It was once described to me by an Israeli intelligence official as if “… the Sopranos owned a country.”
  • Kerry Nation -- Curbing kidney disease key goal for Sun columnist

    This week, I was fortunate to travel to Israel to participate in the Rambam Health Care Campus annual summit, of which I have written before. This world-class academic hospital is located in the beautiful city of Haifa, Israel, and I proudly serve on the board of directors of the Canadian Friends of Rambam. The focus of the summit was kidney health, and I came away with a new understanding of the significant impact of this disease on our population today and projected into the future.
  • What does Scheer bring to table?

    Did the Conservative Party of Canada made a mistake or the right choice in selecting Andrew Scheer as its new leader? On the 13th ballot last Saturday night, the Tories elected Regina MP Andrew Scheer with 51 per cent of the vote to Maxime Bernier’s 49 per cent. What should voters expect of this new leader?
  • Trump, pragmatism and realpolitik

    Could it be that U.S. President Donald Trump’s foreign policy is based on a simple approach — acting in the best (narrowly defined) interests of the United States? It isn’t a new approach, and certainly isn’t unique, but this ideological philosophy could be making a bigly comeback under The Donald. Many are unfamiliar with the term, but Trump’s ideological foreign policy philosophy could simply be referred to as realpolitik, a German term which basically means the sole operating principle is the advancement of practical best interests.
  • How to go about removing Trump

    Impeachment or the 25th Amendment? This is the choice facing many politicians in Washington these days as the unhinged U.S. President Donald Trump is leading his nation into confusion and disarray unseen since the halcyon days of Richard Nixon. It is important for us to get the language right, so let me walk you through both impeachment and the 25th Amendment.
  • More solutions, fewer slogans

    There were three powerful slogans uttered by Donald Trump in his election campaign — “lock her up,” “drain the swamp” and “make America great again.” The first slogan referred to Hillary Clinton and capitalized on the Clinton family’s history of questionable ethical behaviour. Of course, the fact former U.S. President Bill Clinton met with the Attorney General on a private jet, (while the FBI was investigating Hillary), was a perfect encapsulation of how tone deaf the Clinton machine was, and played perfectly into the public perception of their self-serving behaviour.
  • P3s make sense for debt-laden Manitoba

    This week, Manitobans saw their provincial government pursue an old direction in a new way when it came to providing us with services — the Triple P or P3. It can be a complicated issue, so let’s take some time to discuss this timeless strategy. P3 means public-private partnership. Simply, business and government are working together in an effort to provide infrastructure. Rather than the traditional approach of the government simply hiring contractors and funding the project itself, the P3 turns the process on its head.
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