Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Separtist Gilles Duceppe: No Passports EI For Canadians?

Open Parliament
When did the Separatists decide National policy?

Liberal leader Ignatieff, Democrat leader Layton are on the wrong side of this debate again.

They don't trust lawful gun owners.

Do they believe threats and fines, withdrawal of services and payments is going to fly with Canadians?

Can they be so out of touch?

Demanding we force Canadians to fill out a forty page form is necessary?

“Obviously you can't foresee every single case but a passport, yes. There's been a case this year in Quebec in which the principle of withholding a passport for a deadbeat dad has been upheld.”

This is not my Canada.

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Distrust in Old U.S. Media Hits 57%

For the fourth straight year, the majority of Americans say they have little or no trust in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly. The 57% who now say this is a record high by one percentage point. Article is here

President Kennedy with Robert McNamara

The 43% of Americans who, in Gallup's annual Governance poll, conducted Sept. 13-16, 2010, express a great deal or fair amount of trust ties the record low, and is far worse than three prior Gallup readings on this measure from the 1970s.
Trust in the media is now slightly higher than the record-low trust in the legislative branch but lower than trust in the executive and judicial branches of government, even though trust in all three branches is down sharply this year. These findings also further confirm a separate Gallup poll that found little confidence in newspapers and television

This does not bode well for the old media, they will have to make significant changes to win back the perception of fairness.

Fox News Channel

Fox is the most trusted television news network in the country, according to a new poll out Tuesday. A Public Policy Polling nationwide survey of 1,151 registered voters Jan. 18-19 found that 49 percent of Americans trusted Fox News, 10 percentage points more than any other network. Thirty-seven percent said they didn’t trust Fox, also the lowest level of distrust that any of the networks recorded.

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Canadian Autosales: Economic Good News

According to the latest Global Auto Report, released Wednesday by Scotia Economics, Canadians have flipped sales trends from last year — when the recession was hitting consumers' finances particularly hard — and have bounced back to hit the road in style.

Time to retire the 1970 Dodge Monaco station wagon...

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Summer is Over: Conservatives move to 8 Point Lead

Angus Reid Poll here . The Liberals, NDP and Bloc are matching their vote share from the last federal election, while the Tories are three points behind. The biggest gainers are the Greens, who now stand four points ahead of their 2008 nationwide total.

We see this pattern with the media and opposition fill the news with negative stories. We know summer ends when the "horse race" becomes replaced with a three, five or ten point lead by the Conservatives. Last summer Ignatieff may have suffered from the Napoleon complex with declaring "Time Is Up".

Tim Hortons - Edmonton City Centre
In 2010 Ignatieff spent his summer visiting the recently lost, winnable and Liberal held ridings. To qualify they had to be able generate small crowds for photo ops. Ignatieff was able to provide stimulus with multiple purchases of plaid shirts and Tim Horton's pit stops. Thanks Mike!

No Snacks For You!
Parliament is now back in session and the narratives is to attack the Conservatives on the removal of threat of fines on the Census, spending of the G20, the investment in the military purchase of F35's, upgrades to  expand our prisons and continuing with the tax cuts as outlined in the two year plan (EAP).  Kevin Page preliminary report did not give them the ammunition to attack, so they have decided to attack the spending on snacks by the RCMP on chips, glow sticks and bug spray. There is speculation the report from Sheila Fraser will also not provide a smoking gun regarding the spending of the Economic Action Plan.

The opposition are stuck with recycling old attack lines to fill question period. The opposition parties have not presented a credible plan on what they would do differently going forward including where to cut spending. The Liberals will engineer at least thirty MPs will skip a votes to defeat the Conservative agenda. (AGAIN)

The balance sheet and membership problems of the Liberal Party are not resolved, they suffered a dramatic loss in 2010 vs 2009. I don't believe they are capable of putting together a coherent national campaign with television. Ignatieff won't be in Parliament to provide an easy target for hypocrisy, he will continue to visit ridings to drum up support, find candidates and repair the heavy losses in financial donations.

Is their any wonder why Liberals find themselves at their lowest level of popular level of support since confederation a third time in two years?  

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Americans Rejecting Left: Canadians Next?

Democrat Speaker Nancy Pelosi Greets Speaker Peter Milliken
All Americans, including conservatives, understand why any leftist would vote Democrat this year.
Liberalism and leftism are religions. While I felt I would be sinning against God when I tasted ham, I was certain I was sinning against both God and man were I to vote Republican.  - If You Are Not a Leftist, Why Are You Voting Democrat?
Campaign Song
Toronto has a test on October 25th with Rob Ford, if New Brunswick can do it, so can Toronto!
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Trudeau - Ignatieff Dividers

Ian Davey son of rainmaker Keith Davey
Keith Davey, the Liberals' campaign strategist, put it bluntly during the Liberals' 1980 federal election: "Screw the West, we'll take the rest." 

Political Map 2008: Liberal Abandoned West?
The NEP became code for Western alienation; a famous Alberta bumper sticker urged: "Let the Eastern bastards freeze in the dark."

Two mistakes don't make a right.

Wedge Politics has been default strategy invoked by Liberals through Laurier's conscription in Francophone Quebec, Frank Graves Pollster advice to Liberals,to the Green Shift , opposition to liberal policy is idiotic. The Long Gun Registry and the pattern is the same. 

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The legacy of Trudeau will not be repeated by Ignatieff as voters no longer look to big government to solve their problems or trust Liberals with power. Canadians since 2000 have been rejecting the political games of the Liberals in larger numbers. The General Election in October 14, 2008 delivered the worst popular level of support since confederation. If the New Brunswick results are an any indication  Ignatieff is going to reach a new historic low.
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Monday, September 27, 2010

New Brunswick Erases Liberal Experiment

Graham, Donolo, Graves, McGuinty, Charest, Ignatieff, Layton, Duceppe are you paying attention?
The Days of Big Government, silly taxes, wasteful spending is coming to an end. Stay tuned cheerleaders of the left, the Tim Horton's Party is coming for you!
The Liberal bus has just lost another Liberal Premier and Province to pedal their snake oil. You should have listened to the voters on the Long Gun Registry.

Pundit Guide Charts Table here
You should have not tried to sell out to Quebec Hydro. You should respect the tax payer and law abiding citizens.
The philosopher-comedian Russel Peters was correct somebody going to get a hurt and that somebody is you. Let us send at least 30 Federal Liberals into retirement at the earliest opportunity.
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Quebec Loves Oil

Quebec's own government portal demonstrates how dependent they are in exporting to the U.S. market. Did you know the United states accounted for 69.2% or $ 40.3 billion CAD in 2009? The importance continues with import accounting for thirty one per cent from the U.S.

Quebec is blessed with geography and able to utilize water to generate vast amounts of electricity for it's industries and residents. Some provincial government have complained the government of Quebec keeps the rates of hydro artificially low to protect Quebec's energy intensive manufacturing in automobiles, airplanes and newsprint.

International Merchandise

Crude Oil makes up the largest part accounting for 12.9% - $ 9.0 Billion CAD in 2009. Automobile and chassis came in second for 8.8% - $6.2 Billion CAD. Other oil and coal derivatives third 3.3% - $ 2.3% Billion CAD.


Québec exports its goods and services across Canada and around the globe. Exports totaled $133.8 billion (CAD) in 2009, representing 44.5% of Québec’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Of this total, the share of international exports is 57.5%, whereas that of interprovincial exports stands at 42.5%. Moreover, goods account for 72.5% of this trade while services represent 27.5%.

Canadian Oil Imports

  • For geographic and economic reasons oil is exported from the west and the Atlantic offshore and crude oil is imported in the eastern and central regions; on balance, we are a large and growing net oil exporter.
  • About half of the crude oil used by Canadian refiners comes from imports.
  • The Atlantic region and Quebec are dependent on crude oil imports. Following the reversal of the Sarnia to Montreal pipeline in 2001, Ontario refiners imports have declined to only 124 MB/D in 2006.
  • Interestingly, in 2006, while Canada’s oil imports totalled .85 MMB/D, 44 percent of these imports came from OPEC countries and 37 percent came from the North Sea.
  • Between 2005 and 2006, Canada’s crude oil imports declined by 77 thousand barrels per day to 850 MB/D, as domestic oil production made up for a decline in crude oil imports.
  • In Ontario, between 2005 and 2006, crude oil imports declined by 34 thousand barrels per day. In the Atlantic Provinces crude oil imports declined by 45 thousand barrel per day. There was a slight increase in crude oil imports in the Province of Quebec (1-2 thousand barrels per day).
As we ramp up our domestic production our need for foreign imports decrease in Ontario and Atlantic Canada.

Does it make sense to buy less oil from OPEC?

For nearly 60 years the US dependence on impor...

If we help the Americans import less oil from OPEC nations that don't share our Western values of democracy, rule of law, equality and protection regardless of gender, sexual orientation will Canada's oil and natural gas exports be recognized?

What countries benefit from the import of their oil and what environmental groups are unlikely to be critical of them?

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Andrew Coyne our own Kurt Westergaard?

Anyone remember the reaction to the Danish artist Kurt Westergaard in 2006? It took four years to remind Europeans and the world about the importance of a free society. Are those upset about their festival or cultural icon repeating the same mistake? Will politicians show courage and defend our Freedom to offend or allow public pressure and threats suspend their principles again?
Not my Canada, property destroying thugs
Do we live in a free society and the freedom of expression is not only protected but encouraged? Are we so afraid of criticism that we bow down to the pressure of political correctness?
No, thanks this is not my Canada.
This is my Canada
Andrew and Macleans should be applauded for doing his job, even though I don't agree with many of his opinions. In his article What lies beneath Quebec's scandals.
Freedom of Expression Western Standard?
It is a very interesting time in Quebec. A sitting Premier is testifying about allegations of influence peddling of appointments in the judiciary from on behalf of the Liberal Party from a former high ranking Liberal.
Mr. Bellemare testified before the commission of inquiry into the nomination process of judges that he first warned Mr. Charest of the influence peddling by party fundraiser Franco Fava, a construction entrepreneur, during a one-on-one meeting on Sept. 2, 2003. Mr. Bellemare said he complained about efforts made to get Marc Bisson appointed to the Quebec Court and judge Michel Simard promoted to associate chief justice.

Testimony at Gomery Inquiry
Mismanagement of the Sponsorship Program
  • There was insufficient oversight at the very senior levels of the public service, which allowed managers of the Sponsorship Program to circumvent proper contracting procedures and reporting lines;
  • There existed a veil of secrecy surrounding the administration of the Sponsorship Program and an absence of transparency in the contracting process; and
  • There was a lack of clear objectives, criteria, and guidelines for the Sponsorship Program, which resulted in the sponsorships being used for purposes other than national unity or federal visibility.

A loss of nearly $39.8 Billion in the Quebec Pension Fund, nearly 25% of its total value covering over 500,000 workers did not warrant this much backlash, but a magazine cover and a few articles does?
Apparently Andrew Coyne's decision to flash a spotlight on the problem with money in Quebec politics is causing an interesting spectacle.
Was his prediction to the criticism, predictable? You betcha!
A number of  people have a vested interest in keeping the gravy train moving. A similar outrage by the media opposed to Rob Ford for Mayor has taken place.
..constructive criticism in Quebec, given the francophone majority’s perception of itself as an embattled minority, all too often leads to a closing of the ranks against what is invariably described as “Quebec-bashing.” If from outside, it is put down to ignorance of Quebec’s particularity; if from a non-francophone Quebecer, a failure to identify with the goals and values of the majority; if from a francophone, a traitorous readiness to advance on the backs of his fellows.
If you read the comments critical of the story, they in most cases ignore the evidence of the facts introduced in the story by its author. They in fact launch into an ad hominem attack against the author and his publication.
I'm a native french speaker from Quebec and I have to say that no article with such an adequate understanding of the situation would ever be written in a Quebec media in 200 years.

Quebec's socioeconomic portrait is a bunch of special interest groups fighting for the government treasury, which is understandably the greatest province resource given the taxation level, the heavy involvement of the state, and incredibly high public debt. Anybody who doesn't see that is schizophrenic. And, unfortunately it's pretty much everybody. So how about your next front-page being Bonhomme in a straitjacket.   - Stephane (one of the hundreds of people who stopped and invested their time to write a response on the Macleans blog.)
  1. Allege author and magazine is bashing unfairly (check)
  2. Threats of lawsuit for publishing article  or use of cultural icon (check)
  3. Federal Political Parties are to blame (check)
  4. If you agree with the article, live in Quebec you do not qualify as a Quebecer.  (check)
  5. If you are not born in Quebec, or don't speak Quebec French you are not allowed to criticize on Quebec matters. (check)
This is time to check if we hold true to our principles. Do we support the right for Macleans to be offensive or do we bow down to political correctness?
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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Liberal Bus Tour: Post LGR Vote

The Liberal Party has been deploying a brilliant strategy in criminalizing law abiding farmers, hunters,  that use a long gun to protect their livestock, provide food on the table. The passion for the cultural war has now ensnared our Aboriginal community. Thanks Michael!

The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations is calling on Ottawa to exempt treaty Indians from the gun registry.

What will Ignatieff do with all those plaid shirts now?

Yukoners can't trust Liberals: Fentie

"We don't change our mind, like the Liberals, on the long-gun registry. We didn't hide from our verbal commitments to Yukoners. We backed it up with action," Fentie said in the legislature on Thursday.

"It is about trust and the Liberals are all in it together," the premier added. "Yukoners cannot trust them."
Bagnell sided with his boss, federal Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff, on the Wednesday's vote. Ignatieff had made the gun-registry matter a whipped vote, meaning all of his MPs must vote the same way or face discipline.

Another sign of a morally bankrupt leader that repeats the Donolo-Graves strategy to divide Canadians.

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While Coalition Was Playing A Cultural War: Canada's Economy Grew

This is a most stressful period for the Liberals, Democrats and Separtists and their cheerleaders. They have been consumed with playing wedge politics for so long they forgot how to trust Canadians with making the right decision. The elitists are not comfortable with voters picking their government through a ballot. The mainstream media has been busy trying to shape public opinion of what is acceptable behaviour with very little success. Many in the media and in the political class are out of touch with a the average voter. They just don't get us.
Economic Action Plan
Canada is doing the best in the G8. Canada has been successful in hosting the Olympics. Canada is leading the developed economies in their recovery from the Global recession.
There was a budgetary deficit of $0.5 billion in July 2010, compared to a $5.8-billion deficit in July 2009. Revenues increased by $1.9 billion, or 10.5 per cent, to $20.4 billion. - The Fiscal Monitor July 2010
Taxes from persons and corporations are returning as business, employment figures continue to rise from the steep downturn late 2008 and part of 2009.
We can look to our neighbour to the south to see how political decisions can have consequences if the media is cheer leading for one team.
Conservatives did not follow the example of Chretien-Martin Liberals and cut spending in Education, Social Services and Health during a financial meltdown. Conservatives did not target the unemployment benefits by making it more difficult to collect during a recession. That was the Liberals. The Conservatives increased the duration by five weeks and provided tax relief opportunities for employers to participate in work sharing programs.
Conservatives did not punish provinces by downloading costs to produce an 'surplus' for headlines. Conservatives did not tax employers and employees without representation or use $ 55  billion to balance the books. The Supreme Court of Canada ruled 7-0 against the Federal Majority led Liberal Government.
Major transfers to other levels of government, consisting of federal transfers in support of health and other social programs (Canada Health Transfer and Canada Social Transfer), fiscal transfers, transfers to provinces on behalf of Canada's cities and communities, and Alternative Payments for Standing Programs, increased by $0.4 billion, or 9.0 per cent, primarily reflecting legislated growth in the Canada Health Transfer and increased gas tax transfers to Canada's cities and communities. The timing of transfers to Canada's cities and communities varies from year to year.  -Fiscal Monitor
Conservative did not abandon the military, send them in harms way without the necessary equipment and use them as punching bags. That was the coalition of MPs.
Trade with China has improved steadily since 2006
Conservatives don't ignore human right abuses,  Conservatives are able to raise the issues of human rights because of our principles and freedoms enjoyed in Canada. Canadians understand an increased commitment to becoming a voice in the global community requires the political will. It requires you to make public statements and deployment if necessary based on principles that may not be held by the herbivores. Conservatives did not cut aid to women, children in the poorest countries to present an accounting surplus for headlines. This government is requiring groups including the UN to be open and accountable for our taxpayers dollars. This is compassionate leadership and good government.
Location location location:
The Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal media did not have the capacity to undermine the Olympics as effectively as they did with the G8/G20. Canadian athletes, Canadians were not obsessed with some preliminary setbacks,  an accidental tragedy, they had no patience for imported protesters including the Black Bloc.
The leadership in Queen's Park and City Hall failed Ontario. An inquiry why 1,100 people were detained and 900 released without charges is in order. Will the Provincial Liberals, including The City of Toronto allow a arms length public inquiry? Rob Ford, PC Tom Hudak, NDP Andrea Horwarth should be asked if  they will support a Public Inquiry in the mass arrests.

We already know how the Liberals stand on the issue of open,  accountable government, no need to ask them as their actions speak for themselves.
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