Prime Minister Stephen Harper has done himself and his Conservative Party no favours. Addressing his Conservative caucus, before dashing off on a trade mission to South America, he commented on the recent Senate scandals and referred to them as a “distraction”.
Polls are for the birds, especially when it comes to elections. They might serve a purpose elsewhere, but in light of Canadians’ typical nature, there’s no way any pollster will ever get an honest and straight answer.
Did you vote Conservative in the last three elections since 2006? Did you vote this way because you were sick and tired of the endless corruption in government, all of which cost you, the taxpayer, dearly?
The US was brought to its knees about five years ago when that country’s mortgage bubble burst. Several major financial institutions were bailed out, while others went bankrupt and disappeared.
I’m open to immigration, and in fact support it. There, I said it. (This would be the time for right-wingers to unfollow me on Twitter now.) I recognize that Canada needs immigrants to keep the country afloat, now and in the future. Since we don’t reproduce enough, we need to import manpower and taxpayers from overseas. This is not a bad thing at all: bringing in people from different countries also introduces new ways of looking at things, which is always appreciated, not least in view of our eternal productivity and innovation problems.
Seeing how Toronto’s City Council is now officially a preschool, the writing’s on the wall: any of the key decisions regarding public transit, and funding for it, will have to be taken by the province and then imposed on the city. Torontonians have only the clowns on City Council to thank for that.
You, the regular reader, know where I stand on “man-made global warming”. I don’t believe that climate change is caused by us. It’s a natural cycle, one of many that our planet has gone through over billions of years.
On a recent episode of the original British Dragons’ Den, a woman pitching her hair-extension business was asked by a Dragon about the numbers in her balance sheet. To which she replied, “What is a balance sheet?”
This whole pitch in the den created an impression not unlike the one I got from watching the pitch by Sun News Network to the CRTC recently. It was amazing to watch this sorry spectacle of Sun News’ supposed A-listers trying to convince the regulator that their station deserved “mandatory carriage” – and all that without having done their homework.
Having spent ten years in Calgary, Alberta, before returning to Toronto last fall, I’m in the fortunate position of knowing and understanding both parts of the country quite well. Never one to wear rose-tinted glasses, I see things – and people – for what they are. As such, I know that Alberta has been overglorified, particularly during “boom years”, when in fact it’s not all that important in the bigger picture – even if its oil were flowing freely.