Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
I mean those left wingers were going to blow the hinges off the budget with a massive spending spree.
That would have meant monstrous deficits.
Luckily, the more fiscally responsible Conservative government is still in power, meaning it will blow the hinges off the budget with a massive spending spree.
And we all know that monstrous Conservative deficits are better than monstrous Left Wing deficits.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
While attending a Liberty Fund seminar last year I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Don Boudreaux, who teaches economics at George Mason University.
An outspoken libertarian -- he's one of the authors of my favorite blog, Cafe Hayek -- Boudreaux is dead set against offering any kind of government bail out to the auto industry.
You can see him here on CNBC debating this issue.
Friday, December 12, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
First, they tried to change our government without all the fuss and muss of those tiresome and costly elections.
And now, they have shown how easy it is to pick a new leader: No conventions, no delegates, no votes. Just acclaim.
It makes me wonder what other time-saving measures they have in mind.
Monday, December 08, 2008
First, Bob Rae and his left-wing Liberal supporters, angry at getting cut out of their party's leadership sweepstakes, join forces with the NDP and Bloc Quebecois to form a new "Progressive Coalition Party".
Then, the Michael Ignatieff-led Liberals, fearful of becoming a splinter party, decide to join the Conservative Party.
We would then have a two party system, which would certainly make setting up debate formats during elections a lot easier.
Canadian Labour Congress
Federation des travailleurs et travailleuses du Quebec
Service Employees International Union Canada
United Steelworkers Canada
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Canadian Auto Workers
Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada
Canadian Union of Postal Workers
National Union of Public and General Employees
Confederation des syndicates nationaux
Central des syndicates du Quebec
Public Service Alliance of Canada
International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers
What this means is that had the Coalition succeeded in grabbing power, big union bosses, as well as separatists, would have a say in how this country is run.
Now that's a scary thought.
Also I wonder if any union bosses actually consulted their rank and file before they decided to support the Coalition?
I doubt it.
And if national public opinion polls are anything to go by, I bet the majority of unionized employees oppose the Coalition just as the majority of Canadians do.
So much for democracy.
Sunday, December 07, 2008
But we should also remember something else: Stephen Harper, with his "I'm not really a conservative" routine, could not bury this hapless flop of a leader in the last election and win a majority government.
That should tell you something.
Saturday, December 06, 2008
"Either there is some realistic hope that the Conservatives can progress towards restoring our liberties, or there is not. If there is, then the coalition government is not a bad idea.
The reason is simple. There is no way the Conservatives could be re-elected in a few years after the country has been wrecked by the economic crisis. A majority Liberal government would be brought to power and undo anything good the Conservatives might have done as well as make sure to keep everything else bad.
If, on the other hand, there is no hope with the Conservatives, then why should we care if the coalition takes over?"
Read the rest of Lemieux's comments here.
Friday, December 05, 2008
If that's true, then the Liberal leadership race is all but over; Michael Ignatieff has won.
I mean by taking this action and basically pushing Stephane Dion aside (a coup within a coup) Rae is showing incredibly poor political judgement.
Can't he read the polls? Doesn't he understand the vast majority of Canadians don't want the Conservative government toppled by the Bloc-NDP-Liberal Junta?
What the Liberals should do now is basically acclaim Ignatieff as leader as quickly as possible, before the Dion and Rae tandem do any more damage to the party brand.
We talked about the political fallout resulting from the Governor-General's decision to shut down Parliament.
And I came away from that discussion with one firm conclusion: It's hard to do interviews at 7:10 AM.
Thursday, December 04, 2008
Her decision today to prorogue Parliament , after all, saved the Liberals from making the biggest mistake in their history.
As I noted a few days ago, it would have been a political disaster for the Liberals to join forces with the separatists and socialists so they could topple the Tories.
Constitutional or not, I said Canadians would not warm up to the idea of a unelected government.
And now the polls are showing I was right. Ipsos Reid reports that 62% of Canadians are angry with the Coalition for trying to take power from the Conservatives.
Luckily the Liberals now have the chance to pull back from the abyss, which they will.
I wonder if the NDP and Bloc will still remain bosom buddies?
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
It's not about principle or ideology or competing values.
What are watching, in other words, is just a turf war between competing gangs determined to wipe each other out.
Like I said, it's sad.
Writes Caldwell: "And now, weeks after spending $300 million on a pointless election, our sheltered and shallow Parliamentarians are creating a trumped-up 'crisis' and have the gall to insist it’s 'historic.' There’s making history, and there’s making noise."
And he adds: "The real question is, with the nation at war and a global economic crisis ongoing, should we be focused on the constitutionality of a hackneyed power-grab? As this country and the world face extraordinary challenges, the events of this week remind us that some political cultures are too slow to move beyond the Mickey Mouse, navel-gazing mentality of fatter days. This is a bloodless coup at Disneyland."
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
So we might as well accept our fate.
But what will it mean for our country?
Well here's what we can expect in the next few months:
* To make life easier for Gilles Duceppe the capital of Canada will be transferred from Ottawa to Quebec City.
* Toronto will be renamed Hugo Chavezville.
* Somebody from the Taliban will be appointed to the Senate and made Minister in Charge of the Human Rights Commissions. (Which will likely make it more tolerant.)
* The five dollar bill will feature a picture of Buzz Hargrove.
* Alberta will be converted into one big national park.
But don't worry, this can all be changed whenever the Junta decides to restore democracy.