Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category


Being a Hero Does Not Make You a Leader

October 8, 2008

I watched some of the Presidential debate last night and I must say, I would take Stephen Harper over John McCain anyday.

The way McCain was scrambling to answer questions and develop policy on the spot was hard to watch. His appeal to the audience to support him by using motherhood and apple pie types of statements was  embarrassing. He was grovelling and making promises he knows he couldn’t keep.

When asked what priorities he would do first he tried to please everybody by saying he would do them all at once. His rationale was that he saw no reason why they couldn’t be done at the same time “because this is America, and we are Americans and this is what we do” What a joke.

I admire John McCains military history and give him credit for being a hero and all, but it is very evident that that is not enough to be President in today’s world. The public has become way more sophisticated and McCain has not kept up. Recruiting Sara Palin as a running mate is another sign that he is out of touch.

People don’t care about looks and what you have done in the past. They are looking for substance, leadership and performance. I see John McCain as another 4 years of George Bush type of government and we all know where that got us.


They Screwed Up Our Future. Who Are They?

October 7, 2008

I heard part of a speech Liberal Party leader Stephane Dion was making in British Columbia today and it scared me. 

Chretien and Martin

Chretien and Martin

He was being critical of Prime Minister Stephen Harper for not having an economic plan, unlike the Liberals who would offer more of the budget control heroics of former Prime Ministers Paul Martin and Jean Chretien. That is when I got antsy and stopped listening.

Chretien and Martin did a great job of balancing the budget and keeping taxes down however, it was at a great cost to the country. Why don’t we have enough doctors and nurses today? Thank these two true “politicians” for their great leadership in the 90’s when they cut back on the funding for educating doctors and nurses which has created the shortage today.

Why is the country’s infrastructure (roads, bridges etc.) in such sad shape and in need of billions of dollars of upgrades? Thank the dynamic duo again for using gas tax revenues to balance the budget rather than building and maintaining roads. Oh, and what about Walkerton and the water contamination that led to the deaths of 7 people? I guess cutting the public health department budgets which resulted in the Ontario provincial government reducing the amount of health inspectors and/or privatizing inspections was not a great tax saving idea.

One could go on and on about how Chretien and Martin sold out our future for the selfish purposes of being re-elected, term after term. However, it is more important to focus on the here and now to ensure that whoever gets elected, we do not repeat history and make this sorry mistake again.



Joe Six-Pack and a Hockey Mom – Typical American Couple

October 3, 2008

Ok, I have to come clean.

Although my site is supposed to focus primarily on Canada there was something going on south of the border last night that I could not avoid. It was the vice-presidential debate and I like many millions was curious to see how Sarah Palin did.

I did not watch it all but, overall I would say Palin handled herself quite well. However, her inexperience was very evident. Although she spoke well and maybe even improved her image in some ways, she was clearly out of her league. In my opinion she did nothing to bolster public confidence that she could be president if John McCain were to be incapacitated for some reason.

I think the folksy, I am just like you, hockey mom approach has worn thin. That is not what people care about when it comes to leading a country. Personally, she lost me whe she referred to the average American couple as “Joe Six-pack and a Hockey Mom”. To me these are not necessarily flattering comments. While I admire the dedication of “hockey moms”, they can also be some of the most aggressive, nasty, self serving people you could meet. The tag “Joe Six-Pack” conjours up images of the drunk who sits on the couch, burping and farting and when life isn’t exciting enough, he beats his wife.

So, now that the big event is over I can again focus on Canada.


US Vice-Presidential Debate Drinking Game

October 2, 2008

Here is a great drinking game for the US Vice-Presidential debate;

Drink Responsibly.


A Drinking Game for the Canadian Debate

October 2, 2008

This is good so I thought I would pass it on;

Drink Responsibly.


No Call List Affects Municipal Politicians in Coming Elections

October 2, 2008

The new “do not call list” which was implemented Tuesday by the CRTC is having some unintended consequences with respect to upcoming municipal government elections according to a Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) release on Wednesday.


“Unfortunately, these regulations will have an unintended impact on municipal elections.  As presently worded and interpreted, municipal candidates will be restricted from calling people who are on the Do Not Call list to ask for financial or volunteer support.  Calls asking for someone’s vote are not affected.


The only exemption from this restriction is when the calls are made on behalf of a political party registered under provincial or territorial law, or if the calls are made by volunteers. Since few municipal candidates run on behalf of a registered political party, the impact of DNCL will be limited mainly to municipal, rather than federal or provincial election candidates.


If you’re not exempt, and you call someone on the list, and that person complains, you could be fined $1,500 per call under the law.


Municipal candidates or current elected officials would be required to register with the CRTC prior to making any telemarketing calls, and would also be required to pay a subscription fee to access the DNCL.


In the near term, the DNCL could impact municipal elections underway right now in British Columbia and Nova Scotia.  Fortunately, CRTC officials have confirmed with our staff that since the DNCL is legally considered provisional for the first 31 days following September 30, it can not be enforced, with only warnings to be issued.”


Presumably, mid November elections in BC wll be affected after the expiration of the 31 day transition period. As they say in government; “govern yourself accordingly.”















Do Not Call List

September 30, 2008
There are so many people eager to sign on to the new national “Do Not Call List” that the CRTC computer and phone systems were jammed resulting in this notice on the CRTC website; 


 The system allows people avoid telemarketers by registering their phone number on a do not call list. It is estimated that two thirds of Canadians will add their numbers to avoid the annoying telemarketing calls.

To sign on go to

Due to the unexpectedly high number of individuals attempting to access the National DNCL’s website and toll-free numbers, the system has been stretched beyond capacity. You may experience temporary difficulties in registering, but you are invited to try again.