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I Wonder Why
March 30, 2007 @ 09:02
Federal Conservatives are riding a wave of popularity while their rival Liberals are crippled with plunging support, a new poll finds.
The online survey by Angus Reid Strategies found 39% of Canadians would vote Tory if an election were held today, while only 22% would cast their ballot for the Grits. New Democrats sit with 17% support, the Green Party climbs to 11% and the Bloc Quebecois slips to 10%.
On the leadership front, 41% believe Prime Minister Stephen Harper would make the best PM, compared to only 17% who picked Stephane Dion.
Hmmm - I wonder why?
March 29, 2007 @ 09:05
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March 29, 2007 @ 09:03
I have to commend British Prime Minister Tony Blair for refusing to the offer an official apology for Britain's role in the slave trade more than 200 years ago.
I don't agree with these kinds of apologies because I think they're pointless, and rather than criticize those who won't give them, I'm inclined to criticize those who seek them.
How can you honestly feel good about an apology from someone who didn't do what they're apologizing for.
On Tuesday, Britain held ceremonies commemorating 200 years since the end of the slave trade but that wasn't good enough for some. During a service at West Minster Abby that included the Queen and Blair, a protester interrupted things by jumping out and demanding an "official" apology.
He pointed at the Queen and he screamed at Blair. He wasn't satisfied with the lengths the British government had gone to commemorate the occasion, he wanted more and didn't care who he offended.
Why Tony Blair should apologize for something that happened two centuries ago is beyond me. It's the same reason I disagreed with Stephen Harpers apology for the head tax in Canada. It's history, shameful history but shameful history that is the responsibility of people long dead and buried.
Some might argue that it's not a big deal, what does it hurt to utter the words to make a whole race of people feel better, but I'm not sure that's the case. I'm under the impression it's a very small minority that cares about an apology and the rest would rather move on with their lives and forget about the past.
That was then, and this is now, and it can be applied to so many situations and the best way for a people to move forward is to let go of the past and face the future and a refreshing example of this is Chief Clarence Louie of BC's Osoyoos Indian Band who's hell bent to revolutionize the attitude of Canada's first nations.
He appeared on the Charles Adler radio show recently and I recommend you listen to an excerpt of the interview. Adler Online
March 28, 2007 @ 10:01
Is it possible to impeach a Mayor? I know if I lived in the city of Toronto and was facing some of the ridiculous taxation ideas of David Miller, I'd be doing all I could to find out how to get rid of the guy.
This is serious stuff. Miller's idea of running a city is by blaming other levels of government for his inability to manage a budget, and now he wants to hang it on the already over-taxed citizens of Toronto.
He's a freakin' mad man and he's got to be stopped. The depth of the damage he's about to do immeasurable. What it will do to tourism is staggering.
If Torontonians thought the bad publicity surrounding SARS was damaging, wait till the word gets out about this.
And it all comes back to the same sorry mistake. Four years ago Toronto could have had John Tory as their mayor, but thanks to the mindless left who voted in big numbers, and the complacent right who didn't bother, the city got what it deserved.
And if that wasn't enough, it happened again last fall.
March 27, 2007 @ 08:35
Over the years I've always been under the impression that the separatist movement in Quebec has been more of a leverage tool that a realistic threat.
Granted, it came close in a couple of referendums but event then I always had the feeling that a good chunk of the people voted "yes" never dreaming that it would ever actually happen. Again, it was more of a leverage thing.
How refreshing to watch the Quebec election results come in last night and see the Parti Quebecois finally put in its place. Quebecers are obviously tired of the rhetoric and have found a refreshing alternative in the ADQ which has a much more realistic approach to Quebec sovereignty.
As I cautioned in posting yesterday, down the road the ADQ might become more radical with power, but at that point the citizens of Quebec can do what they did last night and put the party in its place.
The Parti Quebecois under Andre Boisclair is third this morning - not even the official opposition - and it looks bloody good on them.
March 26, 2007 @ 09:03
I guest to some extent I'm a bit of a weirdo when it comes to politics. I woke up this morning with a mild case of the butterflies because of today's Quebec election
That's a great thing about satellite or cable television today, you can tune into local channels right across the country, and I plan on doing that tonight when the election results start to come in from Canada's most selfish province.
It really is a sad statement on this country when we have to be on edge because one of our biggest pieces continuously threatens separatism. It's a type of leverage that drives me nuts because our country is at stake.
Just when we think we've rid ourselves of peckerheads like Rene Levesque, Lucien Bouchard and Bernard Landry along comes a freak like PQ Leader Andre Boisclair who's yapping about another referendum.
But it cuts a little deeper this time because the Action Democratique Party has become rather formidable and although leader Mario Dumont says he has no plans to push for a referendum, his party still leans towards a more autonomous Quebec and you just have to wonder if he'll become more radical as he becomes more powerful.
At the very least, having the ADQ exist creates a parking lot for soft nationalists, and that affects Jean Charest and the Liberals.
I was listening to Bill Carroll on CFRB this morning and he mentioned how the politics in Quebec becomes obsessive with people. His wife Sylvie was raised in Quebec and for the past couple of weeks his phone has been ringing off the hook with Sylvie's relatives wanting to talk about the election because as nationalists they're apprehensive.
Bill says it was politics that drove his wife out of the province because she just couldn't take it any more, and obviously she's not alone because thousands upon thousands have done the same thing.
But that's not to say you can ever escape it, because none of us can. As long as there's the threat of a separatism in Quebec it costs all Canadians, which was proved last week in the federal budget.
March 23, 2007 @ 09:03
Here's a story that I'm surprised hasn't been burning up the talk radio lines. It's a story that appeared in yesterday's Star, and a story I think might rub a few people the wrong way.
I find it fascinating that an issue could be made of prayer space at a university. Call me crazy, and point to my agnosticism but under what obligation is a university to provide prayer space to anyone?
Space is money and to tell you the truth it would bug the hell out of me if it cost money to provide space for anyone to pray at school.
Here we are in a time of exploding tuitions, under funding and inadequate equipment and supplies at all levels of Ontario education and there's a group complaining about not having enough space to pray?
Not only that, but these students want the schools to adjust their schedules to recognize Muslim holidays and they'd like a wider selection of halal foods in school cafeterias.
It's one of those tough situations for school administrators because in Ontario, in Canada, you're not allowed to say no. Forget that it might be an imposition on the vast majority, or that many might feel that a learning institution is no place for prayer, you can't say no because it makes you look intolerant and that often leads to the use of the "r" word and we all know what happens when the "r" word raises its ugly head - everybody runs for cover.
And I imagine that's part of the strategy here. Make enough noise and drop enough accusations and doors will fly open. Doors to prayer rooms. Just what we need.
Way To Go Joe
March 22, 2007 @ 08:55
Believe me, I'm not being partisan when I say this - Joe Comuzzi is a great Canadian.
The veteran Liberal MP for Thunder Bay and former cabinet minister was thrown out of the Liberal caucus yesterday for pledging that he would support the Tories latest budget.
Limp dick Liberal leader Stephane Dion threw a shit-fit yesterday and mumbled something through his horrendous English about Comuzzi breaking tradition and not toeing the party line on important confidence votes like the budget.
So Comuzzi was banished from the Liberals and will now spend his remaining days as an independent MP.
But please, do not confuse this with the floor crossings of Belinda, Garth and Wajit. It's nothing like that.
Joe Comuzzi is not defecting and was acting solely on behalf of his constituents. Comuzzi intends to vote in favour of the budge because it contains funding for a molecular cancer research centre in his riding.
Having been instrumental in getting the centre off the ground, Comuzzi said he couldn't vote against a budget that would keep the centre open and employ 300 people.
Bravo Joe - you were voted in by you constituents and that's who you have to answer to at the end of the day. You're a man of principle.
You're also 73 years old and didn't plan to run again so why do you give a shit what you're pathetic leader thinks.
Just The Beginning
March 22, 2007 @ 08:54
OTTAWA-Toronto police have launched a hate crime investigation into a phone call from a man who vowed to "slaughter" members of a local Muslim group unless they stop speaking publicly about Islam. (more)
The most troubling part of this story is that nobody should be surprised, because it's only the beginning folks.
Ideally it's wonderful that Canada has become a gathering place for all peoples, all races and all religions, but the by-product is stories like this.
If anybody thinks you can become the multi-cultural giant we want to be, without some major league problems along the way, then they're just kidding themselves.
There's a certain element that once they become comfortable they begin to take root by forcing their traditions and beliefs on the masses. Granted, it's not a serious problem right now, but as the country grows and takes in more and more people the problem will increase and probably mushroom.
And that's why Canada needs a no tolerance law. Anybody who threatens, or commits a crime in Canada based a political, racial or religious issue in a foreign land should be deported immediately, no questions asked.
I don't think you have to stretch your imagine too far to realize the threats against the Canadian Muslim Congress are coming from foreign Muslim extremists who have decided its time to bring Canada into line.
It's believed Iranian and Saudi influence is at the root of these threats and it's maddening to think this could have an affect on law abiding, moderate Muslims in Canada who'd prefer to have ancient and archaic attitudes remain in the Middle East.
Attack Of The Liberals
March 21, 2007 @ 09:14
Some interesting fall out from yesterday's budget. It was fascinating to listen to Liberals criticize the Conservative budget when their main bone of contention is that the Harper budge was like a Liberal budget. What?
Another interesting tid-bit was Dick Smyth's commentary on 640 this morning. To my surprise, it's becoming more and more apparent that Dick is a Liberal.
This morning he went after Stephan Harper claiming he's not a very nice man, while from all indications Stephane Dion "is" a nice man. Then he went on to criticize the Conservatives for their attack ads against Dion like they have no precedent.
Does Mr. Smyth forget the attack ads that were launched against Harper during the last election campaign? The ads that referred to him as a right wing extremist and claimed he was best friends with George Bush.
Does Mr. Smyth forget about the ad that was yanked off English TV one day after it was released because it claimed:
"Stephen Harper actually announced he want to increase military presence in our cities. Canadian cities. Soldiers with guns. In our cities. In Canada. We did not make this up."
Yes they did. They did make it up, but apparently some people choose to conveniently forget it.