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Budget day in Canada

Yesterday’sĀ  Speech from the Throne laid the groundwork for this afternoon’s Budget blah-blah. No one should expect anything bright or innovative from the ReformCons…

Senior’s day? Really? Man, I am SO discriminated against! Like, why NOT a Bald, Bearded, White, Middle aged, Guy Day!!

And if course we’ll get some more of the sordid details on how the government is going to fight the deficit on the backs of the Public Service. Yes, it’s only a salary freeze so far but I would be shocked if there were not some mention of PS pension plan changes or reviews or renewals or some other weasel phraseology.

But hey, it’s a beautiful almost-spring day here in Ottawawawa (temps forecasted into double digits on the weekend!) so maybe I should chill a wee bit.


And it looks like the Olympic “bump” ain’t gonna happen! But polling results are all over the map these days. Voters are a little volatile right now. And as much as I would like to see an election at the earliest possible opportunity, now would not be the right moment for anyone to call or force one.

….based on a survey Feb. 24 to March 2 of 2,796 Canadians aged 18 or over. The margin of error associated with a poll of this size is plus or minus 1.9 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.


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  1. Yes, I expect to be at the breakfast, barring further disease šŸ™‚

    From what I saw of Kormos in the media, he seemed like a cool guy.

  2. trashee says:

    David is a good guy. He did a great job as the head of the National Roundtable on the Environment and Economy. He is also sincerely interested in his constituents. I have seen this time and time again… but yeah, his brother….
    I’m not as anti-NDP as you. I was pretty heavily involved with the party back in the early ’80’s. I know you’ll disagree, but much of what Rae did while in power was due to circumastance and bad timing. He also had a caucus in which many had not at all expected to be elected and weren’t prepared for the tasks at hand.
    Remind me to tell you about my Peter Kormos story sometime… are you at the breakfast on Sat.?

  3. Lived far too long under the NDP in BC in Ontario to ever want them in power šŸ™‚ Liberals and Cons are crooks, but I like the more honest, in-your-face graft of the Conservatives over the sneaky do-de-do-we’re-innocent graft of the Liberals.

    In the last election, I voted independant. Still a wasted vote, but I’d rather have a root canal than vote for a McGuinty.

    That said, David seems a fair bit brighter than his premiere of a brother.

  4. trashee says:

    Well, ya deserve it considering who ya vote for, Squid-dude šŸ˜‰

  5. part of the reason smaller party voters scurry, however, is that everyone knows that if you’re not supporting the popular candidate in your riding, you might as well wipe your arse on the ballot because it won’t be useful for anything else.

    I live in Ottawa South. People vote Liberal. What good does it do for me to go to the poll. My opinion will never, ever, count in the foreseeable future… and i tend to vote Conservative.

    Now imagine the hopeless feeling of a Green supporter.

    That’s why elections in Canada have moved from “voting for the candidate I think can best do the job” to “voting against the guy I absolutely don’t want in the seat”.

    Canadians are so stupid when it comes to electoral reform. It makes me sad.

  6. trashee says:

    And yet, any attempt at reforming the way we elect these yahoos has as much of a chance of succeeding as a private member’s bill proposing decriminalization of pot.
    The Green’s support is deceiving – it’s a mile wide and half an inch thick… very, very soft. As soon as a Writ is dropped, the Green supporters go scurrying to other parties. But I agree that if they were able to get their act together, they may well be able to hold on to some of this support when it matters.

  7. XUP says:

    I sort of agree with the Squid, but I think a lot of that is the Green’s own fault. They’re half-assed and have no political savvy. Elizabeth May is probably the best thing that’s happened to them in a long time, but where is she? Why are they all in hiding? What are they doing? The amazing thing is that they have as much support as they do without really lifting a finger. If they actually got organized and aggressively serious about being a party they could kick ass.

  8. You know what really hacks me off about that poll?

    The fact that the Greens, loony though they may be, can hold 10.5 percent of the popular opinion, but effectively not have a chance in hell of getting a seat, whereas the bloc-heads make up a goodly chunk of parliament.

    I may not agree with the Green politics, but their existence isn’t based on a big “Va te faire fucker” to the rest of Canada.

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