Friday, August 28, 2009
"I just don't think people care, number one. And it's fair. We gave reform a go. We need Conservatives in the Senate who are loyal to the party, to the cause and to him (Harper.)"
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Darrell Dexter is the latest poster boy for New Democrats across Canada.
Nova Scotia's first NDP premier is the quintessential middle-of-the-road politician. No screaming lefty here. He is the kind of pragmatist federal NDP Leader Jack Layton dreams of being.
In fact, the 51-year-old Dexter, who won a majority government on June 9, calls himself a conservative progressive.
Layton gets downright giddy whenever he's around Dexter, whose name he couldn't drop enough at the NDP's recent national convention in Halifax.
"It is not an exclusive group of people. It is a modern broad-based political party that needs to reach out to people and bring them in. I have in my cabinet, as well as in my caucus, people who were very active in other political parties."
"The party under Dexter has become fairly mainstream and even small-C conservative on fiscal matters. In a sense, he really inherited the mantle of (former Progressive Conservative premier) John Hamm," Bickerton says.
The conundrum for the NDP can be phrased thusly:
"For what will it profit a party if it gains a few seats and keeps a tyrant in power? Or what will a party give in exchange for his soul? (Vigilance: 8-25-2009)
By purposefully moving to the centre in an attempt to assuage Layton's ego, NDP supporters are doing more than being Harper's useful idiots, they are actively striving to keep Harper in power to no real gain for the principles the party used to stand for. Moving to the centre is a much more tangible support for Harper than any number of bogus confidence votes. For the ego of their leader and the love for the ghost of their party, the NDP supporters are bringing about that which they want the least.Recommend this Post
Thursday, August 20, 2009
"Stephen Harper: unchecked and unleashed."
Love that slogan. Please run on it.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Prime Minister Stephen Harper says he's happy Suaad Hagi Mohamud is back in Canada but admits he's waiting for answers about her nightmare at the hands of Canadian officials.
Harper suggested he became aware of the case only last week, even though her well-publicized plight of being stuck in Kenya had begun 11 weeks earlier.
"When we became aware of the case last week, we asked our officials in various departments to give us some information," Harper said at a news conference yesterday. "Obviously there (is) some troubling information here. It's a complex case. I have asked my officials for a thorough review of the matter ... (then) we'll decide what further inquiry we do have to do."
The case has become a major embarrassment for the Conservatives amid criticism that the government is slow to assist Canadians in trouble abroad.
Privately, officials say the Prime Minister is upset at how the case has been handled and that "heads could roll" once the internal review is finished.
Mohamud, 31, returned to Canada Saturday after being stuck in Nairobi for 86 days because authorities said her appearance did not match her four-year-old passport photo. When she appealed to Canada for help in May, consular officials doubted her citizenship, called her an imposter and voided her passport.
Ignorance is no excuse for Harper in this case, said Liberal MP Dan McTeague, who served as a parliamentary secretary looking out for Canadians in trouble abroad from 2003 to 2005.
"It's either that he did know about it – and he's saying he didn't – or he's incompetent. Either way, the buck stops with the Prime Minister," said McTeague (Pickering-Scarborough East). "If he's going to say he didn't know about it, that's his fault and he's going to have to wear this.
"Does he not read the papers?"
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
...But what she’s really curious about is what this means for the denizens of the Little Shop of Tories — the sprawling, 17,000 square foot compound in Ottawa’s east end of which the party was so proud that, on two separate occasions, they flung open the doors to reporters to show off the vast array of state of the art multimedia wonders housed within.
Armed with every conceivable electoral amenity, from an in-house broadcast studio to a sea of flat-screened monitors set up for voter outreach and candidate support, it was supposed to be the future of political campaigning in Canada. Of course, as it turned out, even the promise of bearing witness to the dawn of a new generation of electioneering wasn’t enough to get those same reporters to show up at 6am every morning to watch Jason Kenney deliver whatever the message of the day happened to be, but still. It was darned impressive, and — let’s be honest, here — provided us all with considerable entertainment, some of which was even intentional, during the last election.
But now, we find out that the party is planning to outsource something that you’d think the masters of the pixelverse out on Lancaster Road would be able to do in their sleep? Unless spamming the inboxes of hapless party supporters with cunningly “personalized” video clips of Mike Duffy is trickier than it sounds, which is distinctly possible, of course.
I googled around some commercial real estate sites for the Ottawa area and it appears that $10/square foot is a reasonable number to apply to this. So the rent alone on this complex is $170,000 a month. Never mind the utilities, salaries, hardware and software costs. Look at it this way, if the average born every minute Conservative donor gives $25 per donation, they need ~6,800 donations a month for the rent alone.
As much as I regret every day Harper remains in office, it seems to me that a good strategy would be to find ways to hinder their fundraising and let the bleeding continue.
The Prime Minister's gray military Airbus touched down at this Baffin Island town shortly after 7 p.m. after flying over icy Arctic waters dotted with icebergs. ...
The discussion of economic development will only be a side show to the military exercise taking place in Frobisher Bay, where a Canadian navy frigate and submarine will conduct an anti-submarine drill.
Canadian Rangers, a reserve force of northerners, will also practise an amphibious assault near Iqaluit.
Harper will observe the exercise.
On Wednesday, Harper will preside over another annual fixture of questionable value as the military conducts Operation Nanook with 700 soldiers, an icebreaker and one of our rarely-operational Victoria-class submarines engaged in a make-believe show of coastal defence.
Never mind that both the Bush exercise and Harper's pale copy are straight from Day 1 of the Nazi propaganda film Triumph of the Will,
what does it say about our would be Fuhrer that they flub it up?
An unfortunate blunder by the Prime Minister's Office has residents of Nunavut alternately chuckling and cringing.A news release sent out Monday outlined Prime Minister Stephen Harper's itinerary as he began a five-day tour of the North.The release repeatedly spelled the capital of Nunavut as Iqualuit -- rather than Iqaluit.
The extra "u" makes a world of difference in the Inuktitut language.
Iqaluit, properly spelled, means "many fish."
Spelled with an extra "u," the Nunavut language commissioner's office says the word translates as a derogatory reference to "people with unwiped bums."
Bloggers from Iqaluit were quickly online ridiculing the gaffe -- some light-hearted, some angry.
Iqaluit was named capital of Nunavut when the territory was created in 1999.
A news release today from the PMO spells Iqaluit correctly.
Monday, August 17, 2009
The Conservative government nearly blew itself out of the water last November when it tried to cut off $27-million a year in federal allowances to political parties. Although polls showed the idea was popular with the public, the commentariat generally panned it as a low blow against competing parties, because they are more dependent on the subsidies than the Conservatives are.
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Thursday, August 13, 2009
he Fraser River is experiencing one of the biggest salmon disasters in recent history with more than nine million sockeye vanishing.