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Conservatives Not Lie-berals
March 7, 2007 @ 08:23
There seemed to be a skepticism surrounding yesterday's public transit announcement by the Harper government.
A lot of people think it may never happen. Harper has made the announcement as an election ploy designed to get him a majority government, and once he gets a majority he'll have five years to piss-ass around and never really get to the project.
We've been conditioned to this type of behaviour by two levels of Liberal government in Ontario, so this will be the real "teller."
Ultimately will Toronto realize the public transit boost it desperately needs, or will it be just another hot poker up the ass.
I'm willing to bet the former.
March 6, 2007 @ 09:01
It's still difficult to determine what Finance Minister Jim Flaherty was trying to accomplish when he met with the big banks yesterday.
The issue was ATM fees and when he emerged from the meetings, Flaherty gave some feeble story about asking the banks to eliminate ATM fees for students, low income seniors and the disabled.
What? It sounds noble but it's unrealistic. The technology alone is probably enough to make the banks look the other way, but when it comes to something like gouging by major banks, Flaherty needed to show a bit more strength.
Let's face it, bank fees are never going away so the only way Flaherty is going to get anywhere with the banks is to threaten legislation, but the legislation should also be realistic.
Bank machines are a great convenience for all Canadians but like any convenience is comes with a cost and we know that. Where it breaks down is the double dipping that takes place when you use the machine of a competing bank.
That's where Flaherty should have aimed his attack and he should have been clear and decisive. Eliminate those fees or the government will force it through legislation.
Who knows, maybe at that point the banks would get together and make the changes as a good will gesture?
And then get together again and think of under the table ways to make it back.
America Has Problems
March 6, 2007 @ 09:00
The BBC has just released a survey of world image and the United States ranked third on the negative list.
They asked 28 thousand people in 27 countries and only Israel and Iran had a more negative image than the good old USA. Hell, North Korea had a better image than the States.
I don't know what they plan to do with this information because it's not going to change anything, because if there's anything Americans don't give a shit about, it's the way the way the rest of the world looks at them.
As a matter of fact, most Americans will never see or hear this information because as far as they're concerned the world ends at their borders. And beyond that, the American establishment doesn't care what the rest of the world thinks either.
They have a job to do and if it means pissing a few people off, so be it.
The American attitude is summed up beautifully by a promo that's running on the FOX News Channel right now. I saw it for the first time last night.
When they come back from a commercial the screen was filled with a waving American flag and then there was a graphic that said "America has problems."
At that point I thought, "wow, at least they admit it."
But then that graphic dissolved into another graphic that said "But America isn't the problem."
By the way, in that BBC survey, Canada ranked number one in positive image.
Posting Of The Week
March 5, 2007 @ 08:40
Without a doubt last weeks most popular posting was called "Security Breach"
The next day I got a response from my good friend Dan Duran, and this initiated some hot discussion on my blog. Unfortunately for Dan, he got whacked pretty good.
Having said all that if you were involved in the subject, or have an interest, you should read this article by Sun columnist Rachel Marsden
Way To Go Ontario
March 2, 2007 @ 08:52
I'm proud to be an Ontarian this morning. The people of this province have finally come around and realized that our future is in better hands with Stephen Harper, than it is with the lyin' and thievin' Liberals under the awkward Stephane Dion.
I can hardly believe it, but it's true, the latest Decima Research poll actually gives the federal Conservatives the same lead in Ontario that they have in the rest of the country.
Tory support nationally is 36 percent compared to the Liberals 27 percent. But in Ontario the Conservatives have surged to an impressive 40 percent compared to 32 percent for the Liberals.
I'm sure when you break it down further than that the Liberals still dominate all the dopes in the GTA, but given the numbers there must be some headway in 905 if not 416.
March 2, 2007 @ 08:50
I have to laugh at the increasing number of anti-gambling commercials on television these days. The province is heading towards a huge crisis and it's been creating through government greed.
I'd like to compare it to cigarette smoking but I can't. Society was ignorant towards the dangers of smoking and by the time all the data was in it was too late to ban cigarettes completely. There was a huge industry at stake and too many jobs on the line, so the strategy was to educate people and hope the problem disappeared by attrition.
Gambling is different. When casino gambling was first introduced to the province in the early 90's they had the data. They knew of the problems. They were aware of the affects it could have on society.
But instead of resisting, they pushed forward and went for the dough and today we have an alarming problem with people addicted to gaming.
And the government's only response is to offer a few TV commercials about the dangers of gambling, done I'm sure just to so they can say they're addressing the problem.
I have to admit, I'm a little biased. I've never been much of a gambler and I can't stand casinos. The blinking lights, the noisy bells and the sorry looking buggers who are actually connected to slot machines with their credit cards make me feel sick to my stomach.
If it was up to me I'd shut down every goddamn one of them tomorrow.
Category: Politics | Stuff
March 1, 2007 @ 08:06
I'd like some FreddieP.ca readers to do me a favour. I want you to go to this link and read the story, and then read the response from my good friend Dan Duran.
After that, I'd like you to take a few seconds and respond to Dan. I'm not going to because I've been up this road with Dan many times before.
Dan leans heavily to the left so we often knock heads over a few scotches while standing by an open fire and nothing is ever resolved.
Who knows, maybe you think Dan is right and I'm wrong - so be it. I'm just asking you to enter into a little dialogue.
February 28, 2007 @ 08:05
Remember this day, February 27th, 2007, the day the Liberals and NDP got together with the Bloc Quebecois and put you and your families safety at risk.
The opposition parties joined forces to vote down the extension of two controversial anti-terrorism measures the Conservatives wanted to extend for three years
The measures empower authorities to detain suspected terrorists without charge and to compel individuals with knowledge of terrorist activity to testify before a judge.
The Harper government says the provisions are needed to keep the country safe from terrorists, but the opposition parties say they go too far and infringe on civil liberties.
Ironically it was the Liberals who introduced the bill following 911, and neither one has ever been used, but Stephane Dion was hell bent to see the extension get squashed and he won. He won, but the country loses.
As of next Thursday when the provisions expire, Canadians will become a little more vulnerable because Stephane Dion chose to pander to the hysterical left and play politics with our safety.
But what the hell, I guess it's more important to make suspected terrorists feel a little more comfortable in good old Canada.
And we wonder why the Yanks are pushing the passport thing?
February 28, 2007 @ 08:04
Last night I went to buy gas for my wife's car and it wasn't easy. I had to go to four stations before I could find high grade gas and it left me in a state of pissedoffedness.
I don't buy it. If the big oil companies didn't have a history of price fixing and gouging I might be able to find a little sympathy in a refinery fire in Nanticoke, but I'm sorry, I smell a rat.
I keep searching for the answer but I haven't heard it clearly defined yet. If the oil refinery fire was an Imperial Oil problem, why couldn't I get gas at Sunoco and Petro-Canada last night?
I wonder, I just wonder if this is another case of collusion. Here's my conspiracy theory.
Imperial Oil has a problem at a refinery that will force them to raise their prices, but the other oil companies won't be affected. Imperial goes to the other guys and says "if we have to raise our prices and you don't, then you're going to get all the business and we'll get none."
The boys all get together and decide that goes counter to their long and illustrious history of working together through price fixing and controlled shortages, so they agree that everyone will have a shortage and everyone will raise their prices.
Crazy? It might be but I think these bastards are capable of anything.
And here's something that is really crazy. Yesterday when pressed by the media about the gas shortage in the province, Ontario Energy Minister Dwight Duncan said "so what." In the middle of an energy shortage in his province, whether real or orchestrated, the Energy minister said "so what."
The Tory Tory years are coming.
Great, Another Trudeau
February 23, 2007 @ 12:47
Justin Trudeau can say all he wants about wanting to bring nobility back to politics and reducing the cynicism, there's only one reason he plans to run in the next federal election, and that reason is Stephane Dion.
Justin Trudeau wants to be prime minister and with the image challenged Dion at the helm, Trudeau can smell blood. He'll get himself elected as MP, play the game like he has to then take a shot at the next leadership convention in five or six years.
At that time he'll be 40 years old and positioned to smooth talk his way into power just like his old man did, and knowing this country we'll buy the bullshit hook line a sinker.
Meanwhile, Dion's reaction to Trudeau's announcement was rather cool. He praised Justin's ambition, but made it clear he will have to win the nomination; it won't be handed to him.
Trudeau will run in the Bloc Quebecois stronghold of Papineau, so it won't be an easy ride and that could be the upside to this story. By running in Papineau there we could be saved from another arrogant, over-rated Trudeau and the Liberals won't gain the seat.