Thursday, December 31, 2009

Vin Diesel, Social Media Giant

True, according to Subscriber Wars.

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.

Wow.

Updated: In true prorogation tradition, neither Stephen Harper nor Michael Ignatieff can be found.

Congratulations, Mr. Prime Minister

Stephen Harper, by proroguing Parliament, has confirmed what Canadians think [Montreal Gazette, Canadians think politicians get little done: poll]:

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.

...

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.
Stephen Harper has now confirmed to Canadians he believes Parliament is irrelevant as well.

Congratulations, Mr. Prime Minister.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Canada's Back!

I, for one, am glad that Canada is back on the world stage as a leader and an innovator [Yahoo Canada News, Harper not on Obama's climate guest list as U.S. president meets with 19 leaders]:
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.

...

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.
Canada's position, such as it is, is considered irrelevant.

Quick, something shiny!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

James Travers | PM Should Have Tried Honesty

James Travers nails it [Toronto Star, Travers: PM should have tried honesty]:

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

Hypocrisy

This illustrates the right wing hypocrisy in the United States regarding health care.


[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

Good Luck, Rocco

I like Rocco, and I wish him good luck in his run for mayor of Toronto.

I'm still waiting for the big man.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Peter MacKay Must Resign

There's just no way around it [Toronto Star, Afghan beaten by police was in Canadian custody: top general]:

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.

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.
I don't believe for a moment that "suddenly new information" arrived. Suddenly, they realized, this story wasn't going away with constant denials.

Peter MacKay must resign.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Another One Bites the Dust

Those of us who formerly identified themselves as Conservative, can easily identify with this.

[H/T, Dr. Dawg]

World AIDS Day

Today, December 1, is World AIDS Day.

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.

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.
Consider today joining the "Give a Day" campaign.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Liberal Party of Canada (Ontario) AGM

I'm such a shill.


THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF
The Liberal Party of Canada (Ontario) will be held at:
Caesars Windsor
Windsor, Ontario

[LPC(O) AGM]

Friday, February 5th – Sunday, February 7th, 2010

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Non-Issue

My ex-wife is a socially conservative fiscal liberal. My current girlfriend is a socially progressive fiscal centric. My parents are socially and fiscally liberal.

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

The Marlies

The Toronto Marlies are a better hockey team than the Toronto Maple Leafs. I have a far better time watching the Marlies - more action, more effort, more everything.

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 02, 2009

Finally, Conservatives Set to Increase Public Healthcare Funding

It's true.

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?

Yes, it's the British Conservative Party.

See, it sounds conservative, but at the same time, sounds Conservative, if you know what I'm talking about.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Belinda Stronach : Investing in Girls

Belinda Stronach, Investing in girls pays off in social and economic progress (Globe & Mail)
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.

Allow an Open Nomination Process

I would like to add my voice to those who are calling for an open nomination in Outremont. It looks like a few good potential candidates are putting their names forth -- an open nomination process will raise the profile of the Liberal Party in Outremont.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Monday, July 27, 2009

Do You Miss Me?

I haven't posted a lot lately because I'm going through a fairly intense personal matter right now that requires my full attention. I hope it doesn't take much longer, and that I'm able to return to full strength.

Talk to you later.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Fudge You Toronto

Survey says!
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.

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.
[Canadian Press, Tories on a downslope in support in key areas: poll]

The Tories should recall that city dwellers pay more in taxes.

Fudge you, Ottawa.

Yeah, I said 'fudge'. I'm bad.

Compassionate Conservatism Making Sexy Time

For those folks looking to keep track at home, here is a list of those cases of human suffering that Conservatives find sexy and not sexy. Let me know if you know of more.

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

Lessons for the Progressive Conservative Annals

Here's what happens when provincial Tories stand up for their province, and against the Harper Conservatives [Wikipedia, Newfoundland and Labrador general election, 2007]:
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

Just Asking

I wonder how many of those students appalled by Barack Obama's stance on abortion are appalled by the Catholic Church's stance on child abuse? I guess it's just more fashionable for the religious right to protest a Democratic president than their last hope for their failing hypocrisy.

Every single one of those protesters should read StageLeft's post.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Pick Me David~!

Here's hoping that I make the cut -- not that my personal self-esteem is based upon the number of friends I have on Facebook.

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

Unquote

On a day when we've got record bankruptcies, (when) we've got unemployment skyrocketing, all this government can think of doing is running attack ads on me. This is the old style of politics. We are in the middle of a serious economic crisis. This government needs to grow up and do its job properly.
- Michael Ignatieff, May 13, 2009

[H/T, BigCityLib Strikes Back]

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Monday, April 27, 2009

Gone Fishing

I leave for Vancouver tomorrow morning for my first Liberal Party convention ever where I will drink of teh red Kool-Aid.

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

Open Letter to Toronto Haters

Toronto Sun, T.O. posts lowest crime rate:
Toronto the Good hasn't gone away.

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.
I asked some folks previously to back that tractor up. I wonder if they will.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Liberal Convention Coverage on The Progressive Right

While I will do my best to blog some of my thoughts from the Vancouver convention, in all likelihood, I will not be blogging full time while I'm there. I'm going a couple of days early to sight-see and visit with some old friends before hunkering down to do whatever it is us Liberals do at these things.

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

Reader Poll - iPhone vs Blackberry

I've put a poll up on the right hand sidebar for you folks to help me choose between an iPhone and a Blackberry. If there's something better, vote for "Other" and comment on it here.

I'm hoping to have it before Vancouver.

Cheers.

Conservative Party of Ontario?

Stephen Taylor is reporting that Randy Hillier is going to propose changing the name of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario to the Conservative Party of Ontario.

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

Appealing to the Masses

I'm in the market for a smart phone. Please help decide for me.

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.

Thanks.

Opposition to the YLC Amendment Facebook Group

If you're opposed to the YLC amendment to the OMOV proposal, feel free to join the Facebook group and share your feelings on your opposition.

Sunday, April 05, 2009

John Lennard on Growing the Youth Wing

To further the point about an energized youth, look at this quote from YLC Presidential candidate John Lennard.
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.

No Amendment to OMOV

A number of other Liberal bloggers have commented on the proposed amendment to give the Liberal youth a 25% allotment of votes under a One Member One Vote (OMOV) system. Jeff has a great run down of his opposition to the amendment. Steve voices his concern as well.

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

I'm Off the Christmas List for Sure

Canada's back!


Well, I can officially cancel any hope of getting that Senate seat now.

Ontario PC Leadership Prediction

Here are my predictions for the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party leadership race as it stands now.

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

Might Need a Bathroom Break?

CBC, Take 2: G20 group photo snapped again after Harper's absence:

The traditional photo of the G20 leaders was reshot after Prime Minister Stephen Harper missed his opportunity Thursday to be in the first snap.

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.

Emphasis mine. I wondered if I could ever use that picture again.

Canada's back!

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Compare and Contrast

Stephen Harper plus Brian Mulroney?


[theGritGirl]

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.

...

"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.
[CTV, Tories, Mulroney in tiff over party membership]

The Price of Politics, A Follow-Up

It's fascinating how art and poetics can continue to captivate us. Case in point, I just took another look at the post card from PostSecret that I just recently blogged about.

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.

An Observation

Was listening to Howard Stern interview Cloris Leachman.

Someone needs to let Cloris Leachman know it's coitus interruptus, not colitis interruptus. Unless I got the context of her conversation completely wrong.

Twitter

A few points on teh Twitter.

1) I'm on teh Twitter.

2) I think Scott Tribe protests too much about teh Twitter.

3) Why aren't my blog posts twitterfeeding to teh Twitter anymore?

Updated: I seem to be Twitterfeeding again.

The Price of Politics

I was perusing PostSecret's latest update on March 29, and I noticed this secret. Recognize this building?


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.

Blogging for a Harper Free Canada

I'm Blogging for a Harper Free Canada.

Grab a blog badge from Impolitical's site.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Er, What?

I don't even know where to begin to cut the irony on this one. [Globe & Mail, Supreme Court won't hear paralyzed MP's case]:
A paralyzed Tory MP has lost a bid to have the Supreme Court of Canada hear his case against Manitoba's public insurer.

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.

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 ...
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

Off the Air

Really super light blogging for the near future. I hope to be back soon.

Comment moderation on until then.

Friday, March 20, 2009

RIP, Mel Brown

Via PSA at Canadian Cynic, I've learned that Mel Brown has passed away. I spent many a Wednesday night at Kitchener's Pop the Gator during my much younger university days.


RIP, Mel.

Send Me to Vancouver

We interrupt this blog for a pledge moment.

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.

If you're a Liberal attending the convention, and would like to take part in some fundraising, click here to get started.

Final Thoughts on Ontario PC Leadership Race

Elizabeth Witmer's out. I'm out too.

Have fun folks.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Back that Goodyear Truck Up

I like piling on Gary Goodyear as much as the next guy, but Marc Garneau is right despite claims to the contrary by critics of the Liberal party.
On Tuesday, Liberal science critic Marc Garneau said that believing in evolution is not a job requirement for the science minister.

“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.
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.

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.

Gary Goodyear Loves Evolving

Hot on the heels of us finding out that Gary Goodyear loves evolution, we learn that he loves evolving all the time!
"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

Gary Goodyear Loves Evolution

Gary Goodyear's response when asked if he now believes in evolution:
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.

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.
After all, he was caught off guard.

Updated: If it's too subtle, read the original.

A New Dark Age

Impolitical points out that the Canada's New Conservative Harper Government is attempting to usher in a new Dark Age, led by Gary Goodyear.

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

Couple of Comments on the PC Leadership Race

If I were still an Ontario Progressive Conservative, the only sitting MPP I would consider supporting for a leadership bid is Elizabeth Witmer. And, by all reports, she is not running.

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.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Being Liberal = Ratings

I'd just like to point out that since I've become a Liberal, the number of Facebook friends I have has gone through the roof.

Friday, March 06, 2009

The New Principled Conservatism

It's now about not making any sense, whatsoever.

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.

The Morning After the Night Before

I know there's a whack of you just waiting to find out what I think of John Tory's defeat.

More later.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The Scourge of Boating Licenses

Boating licenses are evidence of the encroachment of the nanny state and the decline of conservatism? So says Adam Daifallah.
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

Roll Up the Rim Stats 2009

It's time for the third annual tracking of my Roll Up the Rim statistics. I'll update this post as my consumption totals rise up.

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.
3 - 59 - 0

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

A Quip

I'm sure I'm not the only one.

Don't you just want to log in to Yahoo! Answers and answer everybody's question with, "Why don't you just Google it?".

Friday, February 06, 2009

Compare and Contrast

Why Rick Mercer deserves to be in the Senate.



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

Liberal Opposition

I'm not going to comment on the specifics of the budget, but I will say that the only people specifically enraged by the thought of passing the budget are those of the Defeat Stephen Harper At All Costs group. It doesn't matter that the last time Stephen Harper Was Defeated At All Costs, not one of the Opposition parties had a more appealing message for Canadians -- Liberals included.

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

Ontario PC Youth Under Attack

It has been many moons since I was involved with the Ontario Progressive Conservative Youth Association, but I feel compelled to pass on the word that they are currently under attack by an amendment put forth out of Lanark—Frontenac—Lennox and Addington (signed by everybody's favourite Ontario MPP, Randy Hillier).

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.

Best Phishing Attempt Ever

Before I come back to full on political blogging, I'd like to share just about the best phishing spam email I've ever received.
We are hereby notifying you that, after a recent review of your account activity, it has been determined that you are in violation of [bank name withheld]'s Acceptable Use Policy.

Therefore, your account has been temporarily limited for: webcam shows.
Suh-weet.

A Quip

If you're bringing a ginormous order to Tim Hortons, please have the courtesy to prominently display a ginormous list. This will ensure that those of us behind you can quickly line jump. It's not fair if you have a fantastic memory and give no sign that you're going to take 5 hours.

Back in a bit.