Thursday, December 31, 2009
Vin Diesel has 7,200,962 fans on Facebook, making him fourth in total online fan subscribers. It puts him behind Michael Jackson, Barack Obama, and Ashton Kutcher.
Updated: In true prorogation tradition, neither Stephen Harper nor Michael Ignatieff can be found.
Canadians think politicians don't get along well, that they've accomplished little in the past year, and few would want their kids to grow up to be one.Stephen Harper has now confirmed to Canadians he believes Parliament is irrelevant as well.
And yet, 72 per cent of those surveyed by Ipsos Reid said they disagreed with the statement "Politicians in Ottawa got a lot done this year." And that disagreement was consistent across sex and regional lines.
Congratulations, Mr. Prime Minister.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Prime Minister Stephen Harper was left off U.S. President Barack Obama's guest list for an emergency meeting of world leaders in the final hours of the Copenhagen climate talks.Canada's position, such as it is, is considered irrelevant.
Among the attendees were Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister He Yafei, Brazilian President Luiz Lula da Silva and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.
The list, provided by the White House, did not include Harper.
Quick, something shiny!
Thursday, December 17, 2009
It's in Conservative nature to dig deeper when in a hole. Their reflex is to reject, refute and rebut rather than rely on the famous decency of Canadians to forgive and forget inevitable political failures.This pattern applies to Conservative supporters as well - reject, refute and rebut.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
[via Center for American Progress].
On a related note, I got my H1N1 flu shot today. No credit card nor private insurance card needed from the doctor I chose. Asked her about something else while I was in there. No extra charge.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
In an unexpected and explosive admission, Chief of Defence Staff Walter Natynczyk said not only was it known Afghan police abused prisoners but that one in particular had been handed over by Canadian troops.I don't believe for a moment that "suddenly new information" arrived. Suddenly, they realized, this story wasn't going away with constant denials.
Natynczyk said suddenly new information arrived on his desk today after telling a parliamentary defence committee Tuesday that a prisoner beaten by Afghan police had not be in Canadian custody before he was handed over in May 2007.
"The moment I saw this report his morning I realized that the information I provided yesterday was incorrect and I am responsible for that," he told reporters.
Peter MacKay must resign.
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
World AIDS Day, observed December 1 each year, is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. It is common to hold memorials to honor persons who have died from HIV/AIDS on this day. Government and health officials also observe the event, often with speeches or forums on the AIDS topics. Since 1995, the President of the United States has made an official proclamation on World AIDS Day. Governments of other nations have followed suit and issued similar announcements.Consider today joining the "Give a Day" campaign.
AIDS has killed more than 25 million people between 1981 and 2007, and an estimated 33.2 million people worldwide live with HIV as of 2007, making it one of the most destructive epidemics in recorded history. Despite recent, improved access to antiretroviral treatment and care in many regions of the world, the AIDS epidemic claimed an estimated 2 million lives in 2007, of which about 270,000 were children.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Several of my friends are still members of the Conservative Party - in fact, I helped recruit them.
I'd expect that should I run for office, somebody I know will dislike or disagree with a position I hold. Or, at some level, they might like me but dislike my political partisan association.
Why should it be any different for Ms. Krieber? Is she just supposed to be a partisan Liberal? I still remember the lady that shook my hand and told me to work very hard during the last campaign at Mr. Dion's stop in Pickering. She wanted Mr. Dion elected Prime Minister.
She doesn't want Mr. Ignatieff elected Prime Minister. I do. We have a difference of opinion.
That's a non-issue.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Just switch the two.
Don't call them the Leafs, either, when the switch happens. Call them the Marlies.
[H/T, Dawg's Blawg]
Monday, November 09, 2009
Monday, November 02, 2009
Yes, it's the British Conservative Party.
They were out there trying to gather as many signatures as possible for our petition to get Gordon Brown to commit to protecting the [National Health Service] from any spending cuts.
Yes, the state of the public finances calls for serious cuts in public spending.
And yes, tough decisions will have to be made that many may find unacceptable.
But when you are doing such difficult things it is vital that as a government, you take people with you.
And one of the ways we want to do that is to protect the institution that we all care most about.
So the Conservatives will increase spending on the NHS every year so we can protect frontline services.
We’ve made our decision on the NHS, when are Labour going to make theirs?
See, it sounds conservative, but at the same time, sounds Conservative, if you know what I'm talking about.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Despite demonstrable evidence that countries enjoy comparatively greater economic growth if they choose to invest in improving and protecting education for girls and young women, too little is still being done to nurture these vulnerable young people – especially in developing countries.
The global recession both magnifies the challenge and heightens the urgency of the situation. As the preface of Plan International's report puts it, even fleeting economic turmoil can take a long-term toll on the futures of girls and young women around the world: “In times of financial stress it is girls who will be pulled out of school by cash-strapped families; who will bear the brunt of increased household chores as their mothers search for work; and who may end up in exploitative and often dangerous jobs because the immediate need for money is so pressing.” Family hardship all too often results in the future of girls and young women being neglected.
It's too bad that women are just a left-wing fringe group, otherwise we could potentially hope for action from this government.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
In the 416 area code in Toronto itself, the Liberals have the support of 52 per cent of respondents, while the Conservatives and NDP are tied at 19 per cent. The margin of error for this sample is eight per cent.[Canadian Press, Tories on a downslope in support in key areas: poll]
In the 905 region, the Liberal lead is 50-27, with the NDP at 11 per cent. The margin of error in this data is 7.8 per cent. Before the last election, the Tories led 44-32 here.
The Tories should recall that city dwellers pay more in taxes.
Fudge you, Ottawa.
Yeah, I said 'fudge'. I'm bad.
Cancer is sexy.
AIDS/HIV was at first not sexy, got sexier, but then got unsexy again.
Drug addiction is not sexy.*
* Unfortunately, the Liberal Party thinks it's not sexy too.
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
On election day, however, while the Progressive Conservatives did win nine more seats than they held at the dissolution of the previous legislature, and won just under 70 per cent of the popular vote, the highest popular vote share ever attained by the PC party in the province, they did not sweep all 48 seats in the legislature. Three Liberal incumbents, as well as New Democratic Party leader Lorraine Michael, successfully held their seats. Notably, however, Liberal leader Gerry Reid was not reelected in his own riding.Here's what happens when provincial Tories stand against their province, and with the Harper Conservatives [CBC, N.S. voters elect first NDP government]:
Nova Scotia has its first ever NDP government.
CBC News projects a historic win for Darrell Dexter's New Democratic Party, ending a decade of Progressive Conservative rule.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Every single one of those protesters should read StageLeft's post.
Friday, May 15, 2009
David Akin, Time to pare it back on Facebook: Goodbye to some FB friends
I've come to the conclusion that less is more on Facebook -- fewer friends means greater value. So, over the next little while, I'm going to be saying goodbye to Facebook friends and Facebook apps.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
- Michael Ignatieff, May 13, 2009
[H/T, BigCityLib Strikes Back]
Saturday, May 09, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
As such, this will be my last post until likely after the convention.
I'm waiting for the opportunity to meet with some of the individuals running for the executive positions before announcing any endorsements.
I continue to support the weighted one member - one vote proposal, and I'm opposed to the YLC amendment.
I'll see you all when I get back.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Toronto the Good hasn't gone away.I asked some folks previously to back that tractor up. I wonder if they will.
Statistics Canada -- using a new crime severity index developed with help from police, justice officials and academics -- reports Toronto had the lowest ranking out of the 27 metropolitan areas in the country in 2007.
That year, Toronto also had the lowest rate of police-reported crimes for cities across the land, with 4,278 offences called in to cops per 100,000 of population.
Hogtown's grades are worse when it comes to violent crime but still below the national average and far less than the highest crime cities in the country, which include Regina, Saskatoon and Winnipeg.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Remember, I'm new.
That said, I know some folks will be blogging the convention - either as full-fledged delegates, media types or as accredited bloggers. If that's the case, I'd like to offer you a free link from my blog. That way I can claim I'm covering the convention. :)
Just comment on this post and I will add you to my yet-to-be-added-Liberal-convention-coverage sidebar.
Thursday, April 09, 2009
I believe it's just a Randy Hillier trial balloon attempt to rouse the masses as Stephen suggests. Get the word out there and see what happens.
As I said over at Stephen's blog, you generally only change the name of a party if you want to associate or disassociate the party from another party (see the history of the Yukon Party and the discussion around the Alberta Liberals).
Is this the time for the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party to hitch their brand to the federal Conservative Party?
I'd be interested to hear what Christine Elliott, Tim Hudak, and Frank Klees think.
I'm surprised Randy hasn't endorsed Frank yet.
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
iPhone or Blackberry? Or...?
I'd like to be able to text and email, update the blog and surf the interwebs. The problem I have is, I'm not sure I'm too much into the touch screen jazz.
Sunday, April 05, 2009
The Liberal Party will always be progressive if we, as a youth wing, constantly focus on growing our active base. Youth will never be marginalized if we punch above our weight with real numbers. No one will be able to ignore our ideas if our members have real influence, not just every couple of years, but all the time, and throughout the Party. And so at the very least, we need to double our membership. I'd personally like to see it triple, or quadruple, or even reach 100,000. But we have to start somewhere. So let's get on with it!That's youth energy. That's why the OMOV amendment is unnecessary.
Here's a summary of their proposal.
The YLC is proposing an amendment to the amendment to allot a minimum of 25 points to youth voters in each federal riding in order to maintain our representation in LPC. This amendment would translate to having separate youth ballot boxes at a leadership vote in every riding, and the votes would be tallied separately and given a minimum of 25/100 points in that riding. However, if the percentage of youth exceeds 25%, the larger number will be counted.Quotas are undemocratic and will ultimately undermine the purpose behind OMOV; giving each riding a direct vote in selecting a leader.
I cannot support this amendment.
From my short time within the Liberal Party, I see both an energized and determined youth wing of this party who do not need this amendment to maintain their influence.
Saturday, April 04, 2009
Randy Hillier will drop out of the race and endorse Frank Klees before the vote.
Christine Elliott will endorse Tim Hudak shortly thereafter.
Tim Hudak will win the leadership of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party.
The social conservatives will rally around Klees, and the blue Tory base will rally around Hudak. The moderates will support Elliott, but will go to Hudak to stop Klees.
(A little tidbit - during the 2004 PC leadership vote, I chose Frank Klees as my second choice to prevent a Jim Flaherty win. Jim's anti-Toronto rhetoric drove me around the bend. So, take it with a grain of salt when I say moderate conservatives would try to stop Klees)
Still early, I know ... but, I don't think it's going to shake out much differently even if some others decide to step into the race. I'd likely still predict a Tim Hudak vs Frank Klees finale.
Thursday, April 02, 2009
The traditional photo of the G20 leaders was reshot after Prime Minister Stephen Harper missed his opportunity Thursday to be in the first snap.
Emphasis mine. I wondered if I could ever use that picture again.
Harper met with his officials following the first working session in London on Thursday morning when the picture — dubbed the family photo — was scheduled to be taken.
Officials said the prime minister was getting a quick briefing on changes to the communiqué that is expected to be released by the G20 at the end of the summit.
The BBC, however, is reporting that Harper was in the bathroom while the photo was being taken.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Stephen Harper minus Brian Mulroney?
Simmering tensions between Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government and predecessor Brian Mulroney boiled over with party sources saying he was no longer a Conservative and the ex-leader insisting he will be a party member as long as he draws breath.[CTV, Tories, Mulroney in tiff over party membership]
"I can confirm [Brian Mulroney] is no longer a member," said one Conservative source.
"I remain a member of the Conservative Party and I will remain so until the day I die," Mulroney said.
On first blush, I just assumed that the poster was talking about their ambitions within Canadian politics impacting their personal life. I just assumed that their "love" was for another person.
Interpreting it another way, perhaps the poster loves Canadian politics, but their ambitions -- say in the private sector -- keep them away. Perhaps joining a political party is simply not an option due to private or public concerns ...
Ah, I love the mystery.
Here's the post card one more time.
Naturally, I recognized the House of Commons.
The general consensus is that a life in politics can cause a strain on one's private life - especially when you spend a great amount of time away from your family. I could also imagine that someone who has the ambition to get into politics may find themselves unable to commit in a relationship.
Working on a campaign involves long hours and irregular sleep patterns.
I would argue that "un-moderated" ambition in any career can cause strain on one's personal life, unless I suppose you share the same passion ...
But, I'd have to imagine it's ultimately harder for a politician. Politicians need to win the favour of the electorate in order to stay employed -- and if you take time away, you find yourself all over the media with negative press. How'd They Vote will track your absences, in case you forget.
I hope whoever posted this secret finds the balance they're seeking.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
A paralyzed Tory MP has lost a bid to have the Supreme Court of Canada hear his case against Manitoba's public insurer.Is it really the case of a Tory MP looking for an activist judge to intervene in an area of provincial jurisdiction when the private sector would be more than happy to help him out -- or, was it publicized to show that, as implied ...
The court refused today to hear Steven Fletcher's appeal against a decision by the Manitoba Public Insurance Corp., which denied him more money for full-time care.
Lawyer Sidney Green said bureaucrats were punishing Mr. Fletcher because of his Conservative politics.... the Supreme Court and the bureaucracy is stuffed with Liberals.
I hate being cynical; I'm trying to take some mental health days away from blogging.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Like a few other Liberal bloggers, I have been selected to be a delegate to the Liberal Party biennial convention in Vancouver.
Part of the joys of participating in partisan politics is paying fees to attend these conventions.
With this convention, the Liberal Party has made it possible for us to offset some of the cost of the delegate fees by actively seeking donations. You can see my personal page on Liberal.ca by clicking the link below. As a free bonus, just for clicking the link, you get to see me pictured in front of the legendary Bluesmobile.
Click here to help me out.
Any help is appreciated. In fact, any help to any Liberal is appreciated.
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Wednesday, March 18, 2009
On Tuesday, Liberal science critic Marc Garneau said that believing in evolution is not a job requirement for the science minister.It's not what someone believes that is dangerous for a politician, it's how much that personal belief shapes their perception of public policy. Right now, neither the Conservative Party nor Gary Goodyear have given us any indication that they believe in the scientific process. Rather, they allow their personal impressions of academia in general dictate public policy.
“It is a personal matter. It is a matter of faith.… I don't think it prevents someone from being a good minister,” said the former astronaut, who has been a vocal critic of the government for its cuts to the three granting councils that fund university-based research in Canada.
I don't expect a Minister of Health to understand surgery or pharmaceuticals -- even if she is a doctor -- but I do expect a Minister of Health to take professional advice when setting up policy regarding governance of the medical profession. I expect a broad consultative process to take place.
Today, as in the past, the Conservative government formulates opinion on public policy without even asking the basic questions.
"We are evolving every year, every decade. That's a fact, whether it is to the intensity of the sun, whether it is to, as a chiropractor, walking on cement versus anything else, whether it is running shoes or high heels, of course we are evolving to our environment. But that's not relevant and that is why I refused to answer the question. The interview was about our science and tech strategy, which is strong."Ouch, the burning.
When pressed for his thoughts on gravity, the Minister said he is impacted by gravity every day whenever a funeral procession goes by - "You can't help but be impacted by the gravity of the situation."
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Well, I said evolution is a great theory. You know, all of us who get involved in science spend a lot of time away from religion to read all kinds of theories about science, probably get in many ways the most rewarding experience you could have, you know.After all, he was caught off guard.
It's not backyard science, you don't see all the hot scientists and all the great experiments but you get a real sense -- the kind old and the of sciencey stuff I've done, especially the last seven or eight months, you get a real sense of evolution, what it means, who dreamed it up and what its challenges are. And I think this theory has unlimited potential.
That's why I think it would be so exciting to take over at this point in science. But I think it's necessary to make a change if we're going to realize that potential.
Updated: If it's too subtle, read the original.
Coincidentally enough, the Tories trot out their Science Policy Advisor, Preston Manning, to tell us how the science community can best help the Canadian economy by telling us how the Tories are a great friend to scientific research. After all, it's up to the scientific community to research science that makes the most money.
I can't believe I used to go out with these people.
Updated: No wait! Tories love science! They give out awards!
Thursday, March 12, 2009
I also wonder if a darling of the Blue Tory camp gets selected leader and should the PCs lose the next election, how many will be calling for a 80% leadership approval rate in 2012? If I were supporting a candidate for the Conservative party leadership, I would ask that question of the candidate as a condition of my support; would they step down if they do not receive an 80% approval rate in the convention following an election loss? After all, it was all the rage the last time the party tried to oust John Tory.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Friday, March 06, 2009
Adam "Red Tories Killed the Radio Star" Daifallah comes along to remind us of his past conservative words of wisdom in light of John Tory's defeat in yesterday's by-election.
Regardless of what happens, let this be the last time any Conservative party jettisons a conservative agenda in the hopes of winning just by showing up and trying to be nice. We've seen that movie once too often.Adam wants Conservative parties to jettison a conservative agenda in the hopes of staying in power, though.
After all, the "Conservative government has made some strides".
That's for another book, though.
And you all wondered why there's now an Ontario Liberal Party logo on my sidebar.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
But where conservatism is definitely losing the battle and has for many years without any sign of push back is on what I would call the "nanny state" issues -- the gradual encroachment of state involvement into more and more areas of our lives through regulation. Smoking by-laws, banning this and that behaviour, boating licenses, gun registration, etc... are all rampant and there's no sign of it slowing down.I thought the so-called nanny-state was the hallmark of the new conservative revolution. What with it in the hands of deficit-loving, big spending Blue Tories and proselytizing, uber-government, social conservatives, Adam.
Maybe in your next book, instead of trashing Joe Clark and Red Toryism, you can look at what really has set Canadian conservatism back instead of worrying about what a mayor in Edmonton is proposing.
Updated: Cleaned up some of the wording.
Updateded: Why didn't you people tell me there's no such word as "scurge"? :)
Monday, February 23, 2009
As always, I record three statistics.
The first number represents the number of 'Wins'. I will update the post to indicate what I've won and what size of beverage.
The second number represents the number of 'Please Play Agains'.
The third number represents the number of times I did not receive a Roll Up cup. This usually happens twice or three times in the middle of the campaign, as opposed to the trailing end when cups begin to be snatched up.
Last updated: April 9, 2009.
Update, February 24: Free doughnut; large coffee.
Update, March 6: Free coffee; extra large coffee.
Update, March 11: Free coffee; large coffee.
Monday, February 09, 2009
Friday, February 06, 2009
Why Mike Duffy deserves to be in a home.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper says language used this week by [Senator Mike Duffy], whom he recently appointed to the Red Chamber, was "perhaps inappropriate."
In his maiden speech to the Senate on Feb. 3, Duffy said P.E.I. Premier Robert Ghiz may get the "shaft" by getting in bed with Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Danny Williams. Ghiz and Williams have been protesting a cap on equalization payment increases in the federal budget during a period of economic downturn.
Before the Red Chamber, Duffy described the pairing as a "grotesque scene" in which Williams, the premier of a wealthier province, would likely "come out on top."
Monday, February 02, 2009
To those who argue that by abandoning the Coalition, that Michael Ignatieff has given up any chance of defeating the government in the future, I would disagree.
The last I checked, the Bloc and the NDP lack the necessary numbers to bring down the Conservative government on their own. And, as charter members of the Defeat Stephen Harper At All Costs, their only recourse in not joining the Liberals in bringing down the government on a future measure is what?
The NDP and the Bloc have vilified abstentions and vilified supporting the government, so I don't see how they cannot support bringing down the government on a future confidence matter introduced by a Liberal motion or vote.
Clearly the Opposition must deal with the Liberal Party to defeat the Conservatives. That's the way it should be.
Canadians have chosen a Conservative government -- twice. At some point, we have to live with it and choose our battles accordingly. If we go back to them every three months saying, "No, you're wrong," we may not like the answer they come back with.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
As the Progressive Conservative Party’s Special General Meeting quickly approaches, amendments to the Party’s constitution have been submitted, and there is some shocking amendments made which affect the future of the Ontario PC Youth Association, and all associations of the party (OPCCA and OPCWA).
Amendment 13 blatantly calls for the dissolution of Youth Associations within the PC Party, which would eliminate all youth associations and cause irreversible damage for the future of youth in the PC Party.
The amendment— submitted by party members from Lanark- Frontenac-Lennox & Addington , is signed among others by MPP Randy Hiller. The amendment this time explicitly discriminates against the OPCYA. But party constitutional experts admitted to Bluenotes [PDF] editors that it sets a dangerous precedent, and would leave all associations of the party including both the women’s and campus association open to constitutional challenges of the same intend.
Sources also say that Hillier may also be concerned that his unpopularity with the Youth association may affect his future ambitions within party. Eliminating a youth voice within the party is eliminating a key player in the grassroots movement to help build a better party by 2011.
It risks the involvement of current youth within the PC Party for future generations. Support Youth! Vote NO to amendment 13!You can join the Facebook group, We Are Against Amendment 13.
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