Friday, November 30, 2007

As the Aussies come to their senses...

As reported by CTV last week, Jean Chretien said one of the major victories in his career was standing up against pressure to join the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

So while the new Australian government announces plans to pull their troops out, I think it's worth mentioning again (and again) how Harper would have had Canada involved in that mess.

No Steve, you were definitely part of the silent minority on that one.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

The man who murdered Osama Bin Laden??

Go to the point about 2:14 into this clip and you hear Benazir Bhutto refer to Omar Sheik (sp?) "The man who murdered Osama Bin laden"

Maybe she meant to say another name? Possible, and even probable... but you can't help but wonder...



(This is a purposely back-dated post, actually posted on Dec 28th. Why? Not sure... don't feel like clogging the aggregators today... maybe saving this one for my own reference)

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Kyoto gains some support

While Harper bickers over wording in Uganda, and scores a minor victory in cooperation with the outgoing Australian government, the new government has already signaled their support for Kyoto:

Also in opposition to Howard and Bush -- the only leaders of industrialized nations not to ratify the Kyoto agreement on greenhouse gas emissions -- Rudd has said he would seek its ratification.


Pretty soon, Stephen will only have Bush to stand shoulder to shoulder with on this one.

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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Good news

Nik "Mr. Accuracy" Nanos has come out with some polling numbers that are much rosier for our team:

For those parties you would consider voting for federally, could you please rank your top two current local preferences? (Committed Voters Only - First Choice)

The number in parenthesis denotes the change from the previous
SES Research Survey completed on August 4th, 2007.


Canada (N=885, MoE ± 3.3%, 19 times out of 20)
Conservative Party 35% (-1)
Liberal 34% (+1)
NDP 17% (+4)
BQ
9%(-1)
Green Party 6% (-2)

The detailed tables with the regional sub-tabs and methodology are posted on our website at: http://www.sesresearch.com

Of course the ranking of second in a poll for the choice of top two candidates isn't as positive as a poll on overall choice, but it can be seen to be an opportunity to regain some ground.

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Friday, November 09, 2007

Independant Inquest

Well, not sure if it's going to be called an inquest... just caught the tail end of Harper's news conference denying any involvement (?) and that he will be announcing the name of the independent third party to look into the recent allegations.

There's gonna be some splainin'... hopefully.

Update: More like a probe, but according to the CBC story, Harper "hasn't ruled out calling an inquiry into the allegations."

Fundraising

I've received one of the intermittent mailout requests for a donation to the Federal Liberal party. Another reminder that the party doesn't run on volunteer work and good intentions alone. Time to dig deep.

I have to admit that my automatic reaction to funding requests through the mail, from anyone, is initially peevish.

Of course I agree with the message that being sent out, and I don't disagree with the party's efforts to raise funds from the membership.

Maybe in this case it's the format of the "Teledispatch" I received, letting me know this is a "High Priority Communication." My overly cynical reaction is that of doubting that anyone really wants to send me a high-priority message.

But the truth is that lack of funding is a serious issue for the party, and one that's needs to be solved if it's going to be able to mount a serious campaign against the CPC, whose coffers are reputed to be bursting at the seems, so much so that they can run seemingly continuous attack ads against the Official Opposition.

I know that mailouts have a success rate that guarantees they will have to be used, but there is going to need to be something else beyond that, and their should be a caution against mailouts; people hate junk mail (and mail asking for money usually gets classified as such). A sibling of mine confessed to me that after giving a positive response to their local CPC candidate a few years ago, they started receiving successive mail requests for donations, and were subsequently seriously put-off voting for the party.

Do I have any concrete suggestions? Maybe one, which might be a good strategy to run as a promotion for limited period of time, say 4 months or so; make anyone who meets their annual contribution maximum of $1100 per year a member of the Laurier Club. This to me seems to restore the club back to the purpose that was originally intended for it:

“It has been decided to ask some five or six hundred of our most reliable friends of independent means throughout Canada to subscribe $100 a year from now until the next general elections are held, for the purpose of conducting our campaign of educations in connection with the Central Liberal Information Office.”


-Sir Wilfrid Laurier

Ok, then the club might have to sell tickets to the Annual Summer Reception, but only because of the limited space.

It's just a suggestion, but it could help bring in some new membership and encourage current members to give that little extra in order to enjoy a few benefits, to feel like a real member of the party.

Another idea I've brought up before is giving away some swag for donations, or selling it... whatever you have to do to stay above board. People like getting stuff for their money (anything beyond the satisfaction of supporting a worthwhile cause is a bonus). I wonder how much these guys get for selling theirs?

At any rate, it could also be another way of making sure the troops are decked out for the next election.

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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Ominous

Anyone care to guess when the first strike will be launched?

Mind you, I've been expecting it for over a year now, so who knows if it will actually happen.

If it does however, it will put our troops in Afghanistan in a very difficult position. I wonder if our forces have an emergency exit strategy... it might be prudent.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Still attacking? What gives?


So why does the current not-so-new, now-broken-in government find it necessary to launch more attack ads at the official opposition?

I thought it was unprecendented when they did this the last time, now it's just getting ridiculuous... or desperate. It's like they still can't get out of opposition mode themselves.

Garth Turner says it's because the CPC were expecting to be in an election at this point... it's possible. They did such a good job of baiting before the throne speech that everyone did seem to think that an election was on the way.
But they also have shown that they think anytime is a good time for attacking.
I can't help but wonder if the less politically inclined Canadians out there, the targets for the ads, ever wonder why it is that the CPC is still attacking the Liberal party. If not, maybe we should find a way to bring this to their attention.

Sunday shit disturbing


Probably not the time to be asking this question, but what is the status of the Chretienite-Martinite feud these days?


I would have thought (naively, it seems) that all that would have subsided and started to scab over after Stephane Dion won the leadership. Bygones and all, yadda, yadda, let's get on with defeating the CPC.


But in reading The War Room, by Warren Kinsella, it's clear that there are still some lingering divisions out there. So, to what extent are the "swaggering yobs" still part of the mix?


When I joined in 2005, I was unaware of all but the most recent infighting. I saw what the average person saw on the news. Between reading Lawrence Martin's Iron Man and Kinsella's latest (I haven't even got to Chretien's latest yet), I've been getting filled in on the history of this dissension within the Liberals.


And why are passionate talented Liberals like Warren and Sheila still on the outside? My opinion, for what it's worth, is that Stephane would do well to extend a few olive branches to some such Liberals (or former Liberals).

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Questions

Is anyone really surprised that Harper isn't going to have the government re-open the investigation into Mulroney's financial dealings? The threat laden response, well that was a little more predictable; never mind that both of those incidents that Harper refers to have been fully investigated, and that there is no new evidence in either case.

Truth is, after a threat like that, shouldn't the government be forced to act? Isn't Harper's threat a little like saying he's willing to overlook any potential wrongdoings from the past?

For that matter, what does it take to get the RCMP to further investigate? Isn't there any new evidence? Has anything come to light that bears re-examining? Is it really the PMO or the government who are responsible for this?