Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Curiouser and curiouser


Pray, do tell... we're all ears.




Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Constitutional change that Canada should consider

Maybe we should consider adopting a measure like this... it could rid us of the spectre of a CPC majority:
TRENTON, N.J. - In about two weeks, New Jersey voters will decide whether to eliminate insensitive phrasing in the state Constitution that characterizes people with disabilities as "idiots" and "insane." The offensive language, adopted in the Constitution in 1844, is aimed at barring people with limited mental capacity from voting: "No idiot or insane person shall enjoy the right of suffrage."

Scratch that thought... the article does say that "Arkansas, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico and Ohio" have similar limitations to suffrage in the constitutions, and it didn't positively affect the outcome in 6 of those states.

/kidding

/not entirely though

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Sunday, October 21, 2007

Well, give them points for honesty

At least we can all be grateful that they are so open about attitudes and ideas like these; if they tried earnestly to win over the votes of recent immigrants to Quebec, they might actually be dangeruse, eh?

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Sssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss...

That's the sound of the air leaking from the over inflated hopes of Conservatives who were hoping for an election.

With the absence of anything really contentious in the throne speech, it appears that the official opposition is going to be playing it safe; a strategy that to me appeared weak a fortnight ago is looking like an adept choice today.

Oh, that isn't a view held by too many right now, at least not based on some of the comments I've seen, but they're likely just an indication of the frustration noted above.

I have to admit, I was waiting to see what would be included in the Throne speech that could make an election a foregone conclusion. Afghanistan might have been a trigger, but with John Manley heading the panel to examine Canada's future role, the impetus to act on that issue isn't really there.

It will be interesting to see if 'Canada's broken in government' will redouble their rhetoric, or if they'll take a more abstemious approach.

It is interesting to note that when in opposition, the CPC did everything they could to trigger elections, including calling non-confidence motions where none really existed.

Now they're in government, they're itching again for another election, and yet again with making everything a confidence motion. It's like the new party motto is "I Dare you to knock this writ off my shoulder."

Whatever.

Yeah, there's going to be some flack over the safe approach, but I'm guessing not from the average Canadian. When they're forced back to the polls again, there should be a really good reason.

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Sunday, October 07, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Nagging question...

I wasn't entirely clear on what the Liberals had done or promised to do for autistic children. Listening to John Tory, it sounded pretty grim.

I knew there had been a lawsuit against the Ontario government, and it seemed the NDP and PCs had been trying to use it to their advantage, and apparently they were disingenuous in doing so.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Confidence schmonfidence... it's just brinksmanship.

So call them on it already.

And then start telling people how it is.

The Conservatives don't support women.
They don't support native Canadians.
They don't support Eastern Canada.
They don't care much for Ontario, or rather the GTA.
They don't really care for anyone who invested in income trusts.
They don't really give a rats ass about climate change (even now as they feign belief in it)

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Ooo... so looking forward to upcomming episodes of The Fifth Estate... I gather they are going to expand on this theme. Excellent.