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The lazy daze of summer

I haven’t been active on the posting front lately. My excuses are the following:

1) Been freakin‘ bust work-wise with this.

2) Busy at home with subunits, gardening and general home stuff.

3) Parliament isn’t in session, and the BBQ circuit ain’t generating a lot of controversy.

Oh wait, there’s something! I see it!

Warren , Warren, Warren. You should know better than to blog when drunk. One tends to miss that line where humour blends into something-that-someone-may-find-offensive.

Never mind that if the thought bubble were over one of the guy’s heads and read “I wish very much I was somewhere else, at this very moment. Watching baseball perhaps. Oh my.”

Now I would most certainly be offended by THAT!

OK,OK,OK, I shouldn’t make fun of this. It WAS a bonehead move by WK and yes, stereotypes suck and should be stamped out with the vigour of a tattoo artist at a Marilyn Manson concert.

But back to the point that Kinsella was trying to make. What the frick were those three doing on the same stage as that wacko Randy Hillier. This is a guy who is best know for his anti-government stances on EVERYTHING! I mean, this guy musta been beaten with a brick wrapped in a tax form or something else government-related as a child.

Check this out – from his “rural revolution website:

“Join the rural landowners, farmers and small business – to fight for democracy’s return and a Canadian Bill of Rights – not Government Wrongs. All these intolerable acts are the result of our lost property rights. The Landowners are resolved to make Parliament restore “Our right to own, use, enjoy and earn a living on our private property” – free from the unnecessary and intrusive urban regulations that have closed our sawmills, slaughtered our abattoirs, broken the back of our family farms, threatened our maple syrup producers and clear-cut personal freedom and liberty from our woodlots and lands.”

Yeah – gotta save them abattoirs, Randy.

And here is what is even crazier – this guy has been nominated as the PC candidate in Frontenac, Lennox and Addington for this fall’s provincial election. The slogan on the site is “Rural Rights, Conservative values – there’s more to Ontario than just Toronto.”

Mr. Tory – shouldn’t this have beeen one of the ridings that you should have parachuted someone into? Someone perhaps a bit less, uh, conspiratorial? If your party forms the next government, do you really want this guy on YOUR side of the House?

OK – as someone living in Ottawa, I agree with the last part of the phrase. But what’s with the whole “rural rights” thing that Randy’s whole persona has been built upon for a number of years? This is a guy who has inconvenienced tens of thousands of Ontarians with those asinine tractor motorcades on express highways in and around Ontario cities like Ottawa. With only a very small proportion (15.3% according to 2001 data – this will have dropped when the 2006 numbers are released) of Ontarians living in rural areas, his appeal is (thankfully) rather limited to an even smaller number of confirmed red-necks.

All in all, hopefully Randy and his rural roughnecks are just a flash in the pan that will fade quietly into the soft night and quit annoying the 84.7% of Ontarians who can relate to nary a thing he says.

Nice going, Warren! Now my blood pressure is rocketing again!


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  1. John says:

    Bingo, Gordon.

    Many of we urban dwellers are landowners as well and if there was a massive groundswell of support for these ideas, they would not be confined to folks like the rural revolutionists. But there isn’t, so it is confined to a few rural landowners and the ideas remain at the margin. Amen.

    It’s also good to point out the common good argument to these folks. A person complains about having to pay school taxes even thought they no kids of their own. However, it is for the common good of the society of which they are a part that all contribute to the school system. Our supply of doctors, police officers, architects, etc., etc., depend on a well-funded education system.

    The “landowners” do not want to abide by some of the rules that are agreed upon by the majority even if these rules are in the name of the commmon good (e.g., firearms restrictions). For whatever reason, they feel themselves to be isolated and victimized by the majority and the knee-jerk reaction is to drive tractors down the 417 in protest.

    And common good be damned.

  2. Gordon says:

    The Landowners don’t seem to understand that being in a democracy doesn’t mean that everyone gets what they wants. It means that everyone gets what the majority wants. In this case, the Landowners appear to be in the minority since they’re complaining about something. If they were in the majority, we probably wouldn’t hear anything from them.

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