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If the Tories had been half as organized as they sounded like they were, the majority would have been easy now, instead of probably lost.
No, what is wonderful is that Ms. Hughes has had such a good go of being such a proper little Canadian lefty (I rarely use words like this, but there ain't no other way to describe her) that I have no doubt she's genuinely bewildered.
She's played by all the rules as she knew them, embraced all (well, okay, almost all, the Sept. 11 conspiracy theory, being a shade out there) the right causes, and what, now this kick in the teeth?
Not even a Raging Granny, one of those women who with hideous regularity show up at protests and the like to sing hideous ditties, could have summoned up greater righteous indignation.
As a perfect illustration of the peculiar sort of Canadian-ness Ms. Hughes seems to embody was what she said yesterday when a TV reporter broke the news to her that Mr. Dion was giving her the boot, and then, it being television, asked her how she felt.
"I guess this is how soldiers die in trenches, eh?" she said. "This is how it must feel."
Only a particular kind of Canadian woman of a certain age who has spent her life in the safe and cozy confines of Winnipeg, making a decent living and reputation as a caring social activist and never coming within a hair of a battlefield could compare her suffering as a cruelly aborted Liberal candidate to that of a dying soldier.
The Frog has a post so funny, I just had to share it and the corresponding image.
May urged Canadians to do all they can to throw Prime Minister Stephen Harper out of office, including strongly suggesting they shouldn't vote Green if another candidate has a better chance at defeating a Conservative.***"I'd rather have no Green seats and Stephen Harper lose, than a full caucus that stares across the floor at Stephen Harper as prime minister, because his policies are too dangerous," she said. So determined is May to keep Harper from power she also told the Star she wants Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion and NDP Leader Jack Layton to join her in a pact to beat Conservatives candidates. The Green, Liberal and New Democratic parties should prevent vote-splitting that would favour Conservatives, and carve up electoral ridings according to who has the best chance of winning, May said. "We sit down and say, `Who has the best chance of winning in all these ridings?'
Here's what I don't get. Why the seperate foot/bike bridge?
I'm sorry, but this is huge. Huger than huge. Hugeastic. Hugeriffic....Understand what this means. If we pull this off, then Canada would be the only developed country (Mexico has its own deal) with guaranteed access to both the European Union and the United States — the two richest markets in the world, with 800 million consumers between them. Locating in either the US or the EU would give a firm guaranteed access to only one. Only by locating in Canada would they get both. [h - emphasis added.]
But it’s the strategic advantages that are so compelling. Now imagine that we also sign a free-trade agreement with India (or Japan), as the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, among others, have recently advocated. We would stand at the crossroads of international trade and investment.Doesn't that just spark just a little bit of entrepreneurialism within the soul? There's opportunity happening here.
Loose translation for English-only speakers:
Lawrence Cannon: Hey guys, remember how we promised we were going to change things, but for reals this time?
Stephen Harper: Yeah, and then we solved the fiscal imbalance and my pituitary problem.
Jean-Pierre Blackburn: So true. Also we recognized Quebec as a nation and that previously silent oppressed collectivity now finally has a voice.
Josee Verner: Oh, speaking of accomplishments, don't forget that beer-and-popcorn allowance for new families and that we reduced the GST to 5%.
Christian Paradis: I'M IN THE CABINET!?!?!
Michel Fortier: And we've got a 1000-year plan to reduce greenhouse gases without any new taxes. Question: Are we drinking grapefruit juice or really watery orange juice?
Stephen Harper: We were responsible, and we made good decisions, and we ate all our vegetables!
Lawrence Cannon: Unlike the Liberals, who made promises and then didn't keep them.
Christian Paradis: Yeah, and unlike the Bloc, who OMG GUYS, I CAN'T BELIEVE I'M HAVING BREAKFAST WITH ALL OF YOU!!!
GATINEAU, Que. — If elected prime minister, NDP leader Jack Layton promised Sunday to give all the provinces and territories the power to implement a total handgun ban in their jurisdictions.
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I mostly find it sort of stunning that the Fed can dole out $85 billion with zero transparency and zero legislative oversight and virtually no one squawks. that sure ain't democracy, and it sure ain't capitalism. i'm not really sure just what in the hell it is, but I'm pretty sure I don't like it.
Isn't it technically fascism?
NDP Leader Jack Layton promised to beef up monitoring of fuel prices Friday as the price of gas jumped 13 cents overnight in some parts of Canada.
Layton made the pledge as part of a wider campaign announcement targeting the "unacceptable and outrageous" practices of many banks, oil companies, telecom and credit-card firms.
"Every day, Canadians are paying millions of dollars due to price-gouging and hidden fees of all kinds," Layton said during a stop in St. John's, N.L.
"It's wrong and it's got to stop."
Layton said oil companies "shouldn't have a free licence to gouge consumers" and he promised to stop it
Dion said the suspension doesn't go far enough and called for Sparrow to be fired.
``Suspending and not firing Mr. Sparrow outright is a sad attempt to brush this under the rug,'' he said.
``No wonder the prime minister promised a nasty campaign: his staffers are impugning the motives of a grieving father. It doesn't get any dirtier than that.''
However, Sparrow got some support from an unlikely source: the man he insulted.
Davis, speaking from his home in Bridgewater, said he doesn't think Sparrow should be punished.
``Ryan called me to apologize and I thought he was a big man and I feel for him . . . I accepted his apology and I hope there are no consequences against him. It was just the heat of the moment. I forgive him.''
``Suspend him? That's politics. That's being ridiculous.''
'I don't know what I was thinking back then [about plastic surgery],' he recently said. 'Everyone makes mistakes when they're young, I guess. But I still look OK, don't I? I mean, for 40?'
When reminded that, in fact, he was about to turn 50, Jackson gave a sad, half smile.
'It all went by so fast, didn't it? I wish I could do it all over again, I really do.'
I really want to believe that the Tories plan to actually get around to building a Canadian economy that reaches our potential, but every time they go for the low-impact economics to score political points, I lose just a little more faith in our Prime Minister Economist.
The federal government will announce today a multimillion dollar infrastructure program for Quebec that could pave the way for a Canadian Football league franchise in Quebec City.
The federal funding includes the expansion and renovation of Quebec City's Laval University sports centre where local investors are offering to expand the football stadium in their bid for a CFL franchise.
The project that was submitted, which due diligence was done by our officials, does not include a football stadium for the CFL. We are not in that business. I’ve said no to Winnipeg. I’m not going to go and fund football stadiums for the CFL.
Ecole Dieppe School in Pembina Trails School Division, Luxton School in Winnipeg School Division, and Moosehorn's Alf Cuthbert School in Lakeshore School Division have been named among Canada's top 25 schools.Today's Parent magazine readers nominated the three schools in the fifth-annual survey conducted by the magazine.