January 2009 Archives
Today With Neil MorrisonE-mail - Wayne Rockel
January 30, 2009 @ 18:42
Sundin, nothin' but Sundin..
January 30, 2009 @ 08:50
Dear Mr. Patterson,
I would like to ask for permission to use your "Message to the Osgoode Shooter" blog entry with my grade 7/8 students if that is ok with you. We are looking at responding to differing text formats and your piece was extremely good and will resonate with the students.
Please give me the thumbs up or down. I stumbled upon your blog a few weeks ago and really enjoy reading your take on lots of things. I also used to enjoy listening to you growing up in Mississauga.
Glad to be able to at least read you again.
Go for it. I'm honoured.
January 30, 2009 @ 08:16
Later today I'll be talking to Neil Morrison on The Fox in Vancouver, and part of the conversation will deal with the dismal failure that Mats Sundin has been with the Canucks so far.
His idea, not mine.
Meanwhile, tomorrow night, the Toronto Maple Leafs will honour arguably the greatest captain in their history - an argument that does not include Sundin.
If you're a Leaf fan, I don't have to tell you what this guy meant to the franchise in the early 90's even before he became captain.
Rational Man 2
January 30, 2009 @ 08:15
Fred...what I would love to see from you and I think it is deserving in this case....is an acknowledgement of Ignatieff as a Rational Man. Give credit where it is due. He did the right thing.
Hey Stu, glad you asked because I've been thinking about this since Ignatieff became leader of the Liberals.
This may come as a shock to a lot of you, but I've made this comment many times before, I'm not partisan. I don't care what the party is if their policies make sense.
Problem is, there was so much corruption and deceit through the Chretien years I was literally pushed towards the Conservatives because any "rational man" could never give himself to the NDP.
So disenchanted with the Liberals I supported the Conservatives and became even more committed to this party by the unfounded and often silly criticism of Stephen Harper.
He was hated mostly because he was Conservative and that never sat well with me.
Then along came Stephane Dion and there was absolutely no reason for me to change my position. This odd little man with his goofy ideas served to do nothing but reinforce by support of Stephen Harper who, crazy as it seems, given his mandate, continued to act in the best interests of the country.
Now the landscape has changed a bit.
I've got to admit that what I've seen of Michael Ignatieff so far has impressed me.
In the wake of the coalition crap he came along and brought some sense to it all. He took the pulse of Canadians and put an end to it. He considered the budget and declared it reasonable, but more than anything else, he realized that another election at this time was not in the best interest of the country.
Unlike Jack Layton and Gilles Duceppe he has put Canada first.
I'm not naive, I realize part of Ignatieff's plan is to let the Conservatives flap in the wind and take the heat for the economy which will only strengthen the Liberal position going into the next election, but that's OK.
That's politics. It's rational above board politics, something we didn't get from Chretien and something we'd definately never get from Layton.
Nope, I can't deny it, So far so good with this Ignatieff guy.
Ding Dong The Coalition Is Dead
January 29, 2009 @ 08:26
Jack and Gilles went up the Hill
If any good can come from what this country has been through over the past couple of months, its this.
Tens of thousands of Canadians can find a nice long mirror and have a look at themselves from head to to head and rethink their committment to Canada.
If you were one of the people who supported a coaltion in this country, one that involved seperatists and socialists, you should be ashamed of yourself and question your patriotism.
Yes, the formation of a coaltion is within the rules, its in our constitution, but that doesn't mean anything goes. The option of a colation is there if its good for the country and it makes sense given the situation.
This situation did not call for it and Canadians, genuine Canadians let it be known loud and clear that they had no toleraance for it. The idea of a coaltion got pounded in every poll.
And the reasoning was simple. It involved Jack Layton and Gilles Duceppe, and anyone in this country who were willing to overlook that fact should give themselves a long hard shake.
If there any doubt in your mind, all you had to do was witness the behavious of Jack Layton over the past 24 hours. This is a power hungry politcally selfish man who cares about only one thing and one thing only - Jack Layton.
He was committed to rejecting the budget before it was even revealed and as quickly as Michael Ignatieff accepted it, Layton turned on him.
Jack Layton is bad for Canada and it's totally unneccessary to explain why Gillies Duceppe is bad for Canada.
But I will say this. Also bad for Canada is anyone who even entertained the idea of a coaltion.
Shame on you!
And before the usual crew writes back, I realize the Conservatives made noises about a similar coaltion in 2006, but number one, it didn't happen because they didn't come close to signing anything, and number two, I would have felt the same way.
I would have rejected it immediately because I put Canada first.
Today With Craig And Matt
January 28, 2009 @ 08:50
The budget and thugs.
January 27, 2009 @ 19:30
I wrote about this a couple of weeks ago, but on the heels of the federal budget I have to say it again.
I wonder if we're in the final chapter of the little big man.
Or should I say the big little man, or the guy who dreams of being big but is nothing more than a little dot on the Canadian political landscape.
Jack Layton will get to play politics over the next couple of days and personally it's enough to make me physically sick.
We have a great political system in Canada, but every so often its flaws are exposed, and that's where we are right now with a coaltion hanging over our heads.
Even before the budget was delivered yesterday, Layton vowed he would not support it, and once it was handed down yesterday, he didn't disappoint. He quickly ran for the television lights and started to spew his socialist nonsense.
The man is power hungry. Yes, all politicians tend to be that way, but this guy is something else.
He's the leader of a dormant, irrelevant party that hasn't gained an inch since he became leader, but he looks at the current situation as an opportunity to grab power that he could never get through a ballot box.
Over the next couple of days Jack Layton will move from insulting the Conservatives, to insulting the Liberals if they decide to support yesterday's budget.
This guy is desperate for a coalition because he knows if the Liberals support the budget, not only will he never have a shot at power, he'll probably lose the confidence of his party and be forced to go away.
And if that happens, it will be good for everyone.
Jack Layton is doing nothing for the NDP let alone for the rest of us. He's offered nothing but a steady stream of bullroar with nothing to back it up. Even as he dreams of a coalition he offers nothing in the way of alternatives.
He criticizes every aspect of yesterday's budget, while pretending to hold the "real" answers close to his chest.
He's full of it.
Jack has no answers because Jack doesn't deal in reality. He deals in the world of socialism which has an approval rating in this country of about 12 percent.
Can you imagine this man was given any degree of power in this country? Can you imagine if he had a say in our lives? I shudder at the thought.
Jack Layton is bad for Canada and the sooner he goes away the better.
I found it interesting yesterday while watching coverage of the budge on CTV Newsnet.
There on the screen was Toronto Mayor David Miller, a staunch NDPer. They were asking his opinion on the budget and of course he didn't like it because it didn't do enough for Toronto.
I had to chuckle because the immediate question that came to my mind was this.
"What have you done for the city of Toronto Mr. Miller?"
He's done absolutely nothing; in fact he's caused it irreparable damage.
Exactly what Layton would do to the country.
The Rational Man
January 27, 2009 @ 19:29
As for the budget, I don't know what to say.
The Conservatives were forced into by the whack job threat of a coalition, so they were forced to do some things probably didn't want to do.
But that's politics.
We should kiss the ground that Stephen Harper walks on because his compromise has probably saved us from a coalition that features separatists and socialists.
I fully expect Michael Ignatieff to support the budget because he it's really the only thing to do.
Ignatieff has probably spent lots of time considering the consequences of sharing power with Jack Layton and Gilles Duceppe and being of sound mind and body has decided to side with the rational man.
Not only that, but I'm sure he likes the idea of letting the Conservatives govern during a deep recession.
He can blame it all on them.
Today With Bruce Barker
January 27, 2009 @ 08:50
Sports and more sports.