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Shane Doan - A Great Canadian

May 2, 2007 @ 09:18

I've got to admit, I'm a little pissed off at Stephen Harper and his government this morning. I never dreamed they would allow themselves to get sucked into something as petty as the Shane Doan issue.

To this point the Conservatives have conducted a sensible and reasonable government, so having them support a Bloc Quebecois motion to have Hockey Canada appear before a House of Commons Official Languages Committee to explain why Shane Doan is the captain of Team Canada is bitterly disappointing.

To their credit, the Conservatives resisted at first saying Doan's appointment to captain wasn't a government decision, but after Gilles Duceppe, Stephane Dion and Jack Layton beat the living shit out of the issue, the Conservatives relented and went along with this pathetic waste of time.

With a federal election on the horizon, and so many valuable votes up for grabs in Quebec, they weren't about to take any chances and that's sad.

This story is so maddening it makes you want to scream. First of all, Shane Doan still denies he made an anti-French remark towards referee Michel Cormier almost two years ago.

He denies it, and the NHL has cleared him of the accusations, but for some reason it's still an issue in Canadian government. A Canadian government that is bent and twisted out of shape by the Bloc Quebecois that doesn't spend one minute of one day in parliament doing anything for the betterment of Canada.

Talk about hypocrisy. Since when did Gilles Duceppe care about anything Canadian? Why does he care who the captain of Team Canada is? He and his ilk hate the country.

And what's with Jack Layton? I really think this man this man is losing his mind as fast as his party is losing support.

Layton came out yesterday and said having Doan as captain, "casts a shadow on the whole team." This is the same guy who's insulted our soldiers a few times over the past couple of years.

Meanwhile Doan sacrificed a few weeks of family time at the end of a long NHL season to captain a weak Canadian team in some god forsaken corner of Russia.

Have these assholes got nothing better to do with their time and our tax dollars? They should all be ashamed of themselves.

Only in Canada.

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Whack Job

May 2, 2007 @ 09:17

Anybody who doesn't think the environmental movement in Canada is turning into a club for whack jobs has only to look at Green Party leader Elizabeth May

Imagine that, the leader of a political party in Canada, comparing the Conservatives environmental plan to Nazi Germany.

On Sunday, in a London, Ontario church, May said this. "Stephen Harper's stand on climate change represents a grievance worse than Neville Chamberlain's appeasement of the Nazis."

And it tells you a lot about Stephane Dion. He was quick to jump into bed with Elizabeth May a few weeks ago agreeing not to run a Liberal in her Halifax riding.

Now even Dion is backpedaling from this moron. He should have done a little more homework.

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I Didn't Get An Invite

May 2, 2007 @ 09:16

Given my current situation there are a lot of days when I'm looking for something to do, and that's why I'm disappointed I didn't hear about todays Calendonia protest.

I got up to news reports this morning that a convoy of about 200 cars would be moving slowly along the QEW towards Queens Park as a protest against the unlawfull native occupation in Caledonia.

The cruel occupation that has cost home owners thousands in equity and business owners thousands in revenue. The occupation that our premier is doing nothing about.

If I had known about todays protest I would have joined it. I would have gladly pulled my truck into line and moved towards the correct destination.

Queens Park, where the premier is. The guy who's ultimately responsible for law enforcement in the province. The guy who continues to embarrass an entire police force and the guy who continues to insult all law abiding Ontarians.

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Oh Yea, Tell Us Another One

May 2, 2007 @ 09:15

Spinning the radio dial this morning I notice that gas prices are near the top of the news lineup, but I've got to admit, the oil companies have beaten me.

It sounds wimpy, but what's the use. They've got us from every angle and there's no line of defense and I'm tired of talking about it.

The latest excuse we hear for rising prices is an inventory problem in the States.

It's exhausting. There's always an excuse, there's always a reason and government refuses to get involved.

The clincher for me was the bullshit we got from the natural gas industry as the winter came to a close.

Consumers in Canada had been so conservation conscious, and had done such a good job of turning back their thermostats and buying more efficient appliances that consumption had dropped dramatically.

So dramatically in fact that they'd have to raise the price to make up for lost revenue.

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May 1, 2007 @ 09:29

Things have hit rock bottom at Toronto city hall.

If you thought it was petty and childish when Toronto City Council couldn't sit down for a group photo because of bickering and jealousy, well you ain't seen anything yet.

There's a group at city hall that wants the integrity commissioner to look into the spending habits of councilors Rob Ford and Doug Holyday because they don't spend enough.

The charge is being led by councilor Girorgio Mammoliti who's been embarrassed on more than one occasion for his wild spending.

Ford and Holyday don't spend very much of their allotted office expenses and this has the Miller Clan at City Hall hoppin' mad.

Ford for example uses his own money to buy a lot of things because he doesn't think taxpayers should have to.

So Mammoliti wants the authorities to look into I because as far as he's concerned, if Ford is buying his own stuff, it's like accepting a gift and that's not allowed - even if it's a gift from yourself.

Wow. You asked for a Miller City Hall Toronto. And you got it.

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Times Are Good

May 1, 2007 @ 09:28

I had no idea times are so good in Quebec. I was perusing the papers this morning and came across an article that puts things into wonderful perspective.

We always expect Canada's most selfish province to whine and complain about something, but when they'd been reduced to complaining about this, you know things have never been better.

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Mr. Prime Minister

April 30, 2007 @ 09:17

It was a significant day in Canadian history yesterday. In the Montreal riding of Papineau a future Prime Minister got his political start.

Justin Trudeau was elected on the first ballot to represent the Liberals in the next federal election. In Papineau he'll battle the Bloc Quebecois, but that will be just a small battle along the way in his ascension to the party leadership.

It may take ten years for Trudeau to get there, but you can bet your ass he'll one day be the Prime Minister of this country. I have no doubt about it.

He's young, he's good looking, he's got a marquee name and by the time he's ready to rule, we'll probably have had enough of the Conservatives. It will be his turn. That's the way it works in Canada.

And I'm not about to take more shots at the guy at this point. I was never a big fan of his father's but who knows, Justin might be the right guy at the right time for this country.

Only time will tell.

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Answer The Question

April 29, 2007 @ 10:49

I'm terribly disappointed in OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino. I was always a big fan of the former Metro top cop but now I'm wondering what motivated him to hop into bed with the premier.

Fantino spoke to the Radio and Television News Directors Association yesterday and said the onus is on the federal government to address the issues surrounding native land claims to prevent further occupations.

That's true, but Fantino, like the premier, still hasn't explained why natives in Ontario are allowed to go unpunished while breaking the law in the province.

Dealing with land claims in this country is going to be a long hard battle that will probably never be resolved, but that doesn't give anyone the right to break the law as a method of getting their point across.

Land claims are a federal issue, but occupying a housing complex, or pulling a bus across rail road tracks is a provincial issue.

Hey listen, I feel bad for Fantino. I'm sure if it was up to him he'd love to unleash his boys and tell them to clean up the mess in Calendonia and come down hard on the next group to interrupt the transportation system, but for some reason he hasn't.

And I'm sure that reason is the premier who's afraid of confrontation and what it could mean to this fall's provincial election.

Income tax is a federal issue in Canada, but if I didn't like a personal decision by Revenue Canada, who do you think would kick my ass if I blocked highway in Ontario as a protest?

Fantino knows the deal, but right now he's acting and speaking on behalf of the premier.

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Our Leader

April 27, 2007 @ 09:30

I'll preface this piece the way I have so many other over the months - I am not partisan. I'm really not.

It just so happens that I'm so disgusted with the recent history of two levels of Liberal government that I've gravitated to the Conservatives, but believe me, if the Conservatives piss me off I'll admit it.

But I've got to say, so far I've been impressed with the Conservatives and the prevailing reason is Stephen Harper.

When he first became leader of the Conservatives I immediately sided with the guy because I couldn't stand the way he was being demonized for no apparent reason.

Since becoming our Prime Minister he's done nothing but display great leadership and sensible government.

He really is a great politician and that was displayed again yesterday in the House of Commons when the opposition tried to catch the Prime Minister and his defense minister in a contradiction over how Taliban prisoners are treated.

This is the type of bullshit we have to put up with in Canada. Over the past week the opposition parties have spent more time worrying about how Taliban prisoners are treated, than they've spent worrying about Canadian soldiers in general since the war began.

Harper once again stole the day when he finally lost his patience and spoke on behalf of all Canadians with this.

"The fact of the matter is this: The real problem is the willingness of the leader of the Liberal party and his colleagues to believe, to repeat and to exaggerate any charge against the Canadian military as they fight these fanatics and killers who are called the Taliban. It is a disgrace."

You are correct Mr. Prime Minister.

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April 27, 2007 @ 09:29

It bothers me the way the Conservatives have got sucked into this global warming hysteria, yet at the same time I like the way they're handling it.

The easy thing for them to do would be to accept Kyoto as is, and then do the Liberal thing by going back on their word once they get a majority.

Instead, they're taking the high road and addressing the hysteria by developing a rational, sensible, made in Canada green policy which was unveiled yesterday.

Of course the fanatics are yelling and screaming and claiming it's not enough, but as far as I'm concerned, at this point it's probably too much.

I think most environmental decisions being made today aren't being made with a clear mind. They're knee jerk reactions to the pressure being applied by countless interest groups and their suspect agendas.

No doubt there is a problem - but at this point it's being dangerously exaggerated.

It reminds me of when Howard Stern first came into the Toronto radio market in 1997.

The Humble and Fred Show got its nuts kicked in the early going and key decisions were made before letting the dust settle and having a calm look at the landscape.

And those decisions actually set us back further.

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