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Sad Little Man
October 21, 2008 @ 08:22
I actually felt bad for Stephane Dion yesterday.
The resignation speech he delivered yesterday should never have been necessary. If the Liberals had had their shit together at their leadership convention a couple of years ago, Stephane Dion would never have been put in this position.
From day one it was obvious this guy didn't have the goods to be a leader, and the only reason he was vaulted into that position is because of petty infighting within the party during the leadership convention.
And this presents another reason why I still can't get over the actions of Toronto voters last week. They continue to support a party that can't even elect the right leader, let alone run the country.
Having said that, Dion did step over the line yesterday.
When he linked the Liberal defeat to Conservative money and their ad campaign that depicted him as an incompetent wimp he was stretching it a bit.
If anything, the Liberals were guilty of the worst smear campaign. Linking Stephen Harper to George Bush and then suggesting Harper was somehow responsible for the global financial melt-down was pathetic. So pathetic in fact that it made a few ridings in the GTA wake up and respond by supporting the Conservatives.
And it would be a good idea for Dion to get over his Green Shift debacle.
The election was a week ago and I think most Canadians still don't know what the hell it was other than just another tax.
Politicians have to wake up. As nice and cute as it is to come out as great protectors of the environment, its still way too early for the "average Joe" to buy in. They don't have the time or the money. Sure, everyone will claim they love the environment and they're willing to do anything it takes to preserve it, but when it comes right down to it, if it gets in the way of putting food on the table it's a different story. Especially on election day.
Dion never got a handle on that. And the people of Toronto never got a handle on the rational straight forward common sense approach that Stephen Harper was offering.
Boon Bites Back
October 16, 2008 @ 08:48
Check out Toronto Mike's website today. He responds to my postng from yesterday - Toronto Mike Is Happy.
Very eloquent, extremely fair and to be honest, inspirational. From now on I'm going to be a far nicer and more understanding Freddie P.
I'll attempt to drop the grumpy old man image and behave like most others in the country. I'll pretend I can't read between the lines and I'll bend over and freely take it where the sun don't shine.
Tomorrow I'm going to write about some cana lillies my wife and I plan to transplant.
Comments We Like - Kevin Liblin
October 16, 2008 @ 08:09
Dion Is Done
October 16, 2008 @ 08:08
If Stephane Dion resigns as leader of the Liberal Party today, it will be a very noble act.
If Stephane Dion resigns as the leader of the Liberal Party of Canada today, I will gain an immeasurable amount of respect for the man.
Dion knows he's done and apparently he's decided the step down now, rather than hang- on and take the inevitable abuse that will come from within his own party.
There's no future for Stephane Dion or the Liberals with him as leader.
He should have never been the leader to begin with. He was a consolation choice, the product of some petty infighting during the last Liberal leader convention. The moment he won it was painfully obvious that he was the wrong guy.
The image was wrong, his strategy was wrong and there were far too many party members who were never happy with him as leader.
But give the guy credit. There will be grandstanding and no silly claims of a come back.
Today he will face the facts and move on.
Toronto Mike Is Happy
October 15, 2008 @ 16:02
Speaking of Toronto Mike, I love the guy. I really do. But I'm not big on his politics.
On his site today, Mike received the results of last night's election in a very peculiar way.
So thrilled that Stephen Harper didn't win a majority, he displayed pleasure that the Bloc didn't fall in Quebec. How bizarre is that? The Bloc, a party whose sole purpose is to force the break-up of Canada, a party who puts Canada second, a party made up of unpatriotic, treasonous bastards.
It's just another example of the anti-Conservative paranoia that reigns supreme in the GTA. The moniker "Toronto" Mike fits well.
To be honest, I've never really understood why Mike is so anti-Conservative. He's a smart young fella, but I've never really read any concrete reason why he hates Stephen Harper so much.
On his blog today, Mike goes on about new leadership for the Liberals, and even mentions Justin Trudeau as some kind of hope for the future. Based on what, I don't know. It can't be connected to the record of his old man, because Pierre damaged the country a lot more than he helped it.
But to Toronto Mike, it doesn't matter. As long as it's not Conservative it's OK. As long as it's not Stephen Harper, everything is just grand.
At the end of his piece, Mike refers to Harper as a loser. But just for record, let it be known that Toronto Mike voted NDP yesterday.
How did Jack do?
Toronto Does It Again
October 15, 2008 @ 08:30
When you're out and about today, look around. Appreciate that almost half the people you see didn't bother to vote yesterday.
Can you imagine that?
A wonderful democracy like Canada and only fifty-nine percent of those eligible actually took the time to exercise their franchise. Only fifty-nine percent bothered to use what so many others around the world would give their lives for. It's disgusting.
That, or the evil man with the secret plans has done a pretty good job of running the country. So good, that almost half of Canada is so comfortable, they didn't feel the need to leave their houses.
Having said that, of the fifty-nine percent who did vote, you have to wonder what a lot of them were thinking.
Take Toronto for example. I find it odd that pretty much the rest of the country could embrace Stephen Harper and the Conservatives, but the city of Toronto remains a sea of red.
Isn't it amusing that the rest of the country, outside of a few small pockets and predictable Quebec, decided that the Prime Minister deserved a stronger mandate and the chance to move Canada forward in an unencumbered way.
But not Toronto. Nope, not Toronto. Toronto is special. Toronto knows more than the rest of the country when it comes to politics. Toronto knows about the Harper hidden agenda and the all the nasty things that he'd do if ever got a majority. Toronto has saved the country from its very demise. Thanks Toronto.
Thank you for electing Bob Rae, who singlehandedly destroyed your province when he was premier back in the early 90's. Thank you for electing Ken Dryden who has proved beyond the shadow of a doubt that he may know how to stop a puck and write a good book, but as a politician he leaves a lot to be desired.
Thank you Toronto for giving the country a sea of red in the country's largest city, and a shout out to those two other ridings that actually chose the NDP. How impressive.
Toronto likes to think of itself as a progressive world class city. How comical.
This election proves that Toronto is actually miles behind the rest of the country when it comes to dealing with the issues. Hell, it's behind the rest of the GTA.
Just look at an election map and appreciate how the rest of Ontario caught on while Toronto was left behind.
Torontonians don't think before they vote. They're like blind robots who mark an "x" beside Liberal regardless of the political climate, the country's health or their party leader's incompetence.
In some ways, they're just as bad as those selfish Quebecois who vote Bloc.
Good Luck To Ya Canada
October 10, 2008 @ 09:30
October 8, 2008 @ 08:22
I know I'm going to get pounded for this, but I think the Prime Minister was smart for not revealing his official platform until yesterday.
It showed balls. He unveiled the plan just one week before the election so it would be fresh in the minds of the electorate. He didn't throw it out a few weeks ago, hoping that most of it would be forgotten or ignored by those who plan on voting on Tuesday.
Lets be honest, most Canadians pay little or no attention to election campaigns. They end up casting their ballot based on the last commercial they saw, or the last newspaper article they read or the last thing their spouse told them.
It's sad, but true. Most people don't have the time or the interest to follow an entire election campaign so they're ill-equipped to make an intelligent choice of voting day.
At least by releasing his platform late in this campaign the Prime Minister has put it up front, allowed it to be fresh in the minds of Canadians just a few short days before they have to make their decision.
Today is Wednesday, and the election is Tuesday. This way, nobody can claim they weren't aware what the Conservatives stand for.
Of course the left element will scream and holler about this, but I'm not surprised. They're same people who can be found mostly in Ontario, where unbelievabley the Liberals lead the Conservatives by six points in the polls.
They aren't used to clever politics.
October 6, 2008 @ 20:47
The Canadian election is next Tuesday, and if there's anyone out there sitting on the fence and wondering if they should vote for the evil, child eating Steven Harper, then you should take a few minutes to check this out.
The Desperate (Liberal) Party of Canada has stooped to a new low and come up with a website called BushHarper.com and not surprisingly, I became aware of it by clicking on to the Toronto Star website and seeing the advertisement down the right hand column.
Yes, I'm quite aware that politics can get nasty and that all parties can get stupid when it comes to attack ads, but the Liberals have really gone overboard with their attempt to link Steven Harper to George Bush.
I may be a lot of things, but I'm not a stupid guy. At least I don't think I am. I admit I've aligned myself with the Conservatives and I'd like to see Harper get a majority, but I'm not so blind to this that I can't see reality.
To see clearly, you can easily see that Steven Harper isn't connected to George Bush anywhere other than those areas where he has no choice. You can't change the fact that Canada is closely connected to the United States both geographically and economically and sometimes, despite your politic stripe, you just have to play the game.
Hey folks, I'm like a lot of you. I think George W. Bush is complete goof ball and an embarrassment to the free world, but I'm also able to separate the facts and see the situation for what it is. Steven Harper does not deserve the Bush connection.
And that's why I want anyone who's sitting on the fence to click on this site and play the video. Appreciate how pathetic it is and how desperate it is.
Do you really want the people responsible for this ad to run your country?
If you're still can't make up your mind then make sure you click on the little speaker icon at the top of the page. Where it says "Play introduction".
If at this point you still can't make up your mind, then there's no hope for you.