A couple of things…

… have me wondering what is being put into the water consumed by the good burghers of a) Toronto and b) Alberta.

Exhibit A, Toronto:

Rob Ford’s approval rating is up.

Seriously?

As in the Mayor, Rob Ford?

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s approval rating is at its highest point since last June, a new poll by Forum Research Inc. has found.

The automated telephone poll of Toronto residents found that 47 per cent of those surveyed approve of the mayor’s work, up from 41 per cent last month, and an analysis of the numbers by Forum Research suggests that Mr. Ford would be the likely winner in a three-way race if an election were held today.

Must have something with Leafs being out of the playoffs again. Or the smog. Or the water. or the…

C’mon! Help me people! Throw me a line!

Exhibit B, Alberta:

Well, our good friends in Oil-land will be going to the polls soon to elect a new government. And, Alberta being Alberta, the fight is between a right-wing party and an even more right-wing party. Extremist parties on either end of the political spectrum tend to attract, well, let’s call them “wing-nuts” for lack of a better word.

And nowhere is this more evident than in the upstart Wildrose Party… an Alberta-centric, f*** the rest of Canada group of folks who have a REAL chance of winning this thing. And if they do, Alberta is going to swing more to the right than any southern U.S. state could imagine! Hey, the Tea Party would do well to relocate some offices to downtown Calgary!

Anyhoo.. back to the wing-nuts.

Let’s look at this guy, a premium Grade A Alberta wing-nut if there ever was one. His name is Richard Evans. He’s a good old boy…. well, no… more like a neo-Nazi. He also advocates the murder of peeps whose views don’t line up with his… like, oh, Tweeting that David Suzuki should be assassinated…

h/t to the intrepid Warren Kinsella for posting this…

Aren’t death threats illegal in Alberta?

And let’s look at Allan Hunsperger. This is what he wrote about gays:

Wildrose candidate Allan Hunsperger wrote about his views on homosexuality on his blog in 2011. Hunsperger, a minister with The House church in Tofield, suggested if gays and lesbians continue to choose their sexual orientation they will suffer in the afterlife: “You will suffer the rest of eternity in the lake of fire, hell.”

Hunsperger suggested that for their own sake, gays and lesbians must be made aware of the imperative to change, and not simply accept who they are, as singer Lady Gaga suggests they do. “Accepting people the way they are is cruel and not loving!”

On Sunday afternoon, after this blog post was spread on the Twitter, Hunsperger took down the blog post from his church’s website, but others had copied it and it continued to circulate on the Internet.

Oh yeah… way to go! You win the hate-monger prize of the year!!!! What a FUN guy!!! I can just imagine the cool and interesting convos I could have with him!!

And there are others too! In fact, the party demanded that all candidates – even those vying for nomination at the local level – post a “good behaviour” bond of $1,000 that would be returned if they didn’t do something or say something too stupid during the campaign

Others have a prior history of regretting quotes, too. Wildrose candidate Doug Faulkner, after losing a mayoral re-election bid in Fort McMurray to challenger Melissa Blake, once told the Calgary Herald that “lady mayors don’t go over well in industrial towns.” Another Wildrose candidate, Don Koziak, once kicked off a failed mayoral bid in Edmonton by declaring light-rail transit to be a dirty mode of transportation – cities should just widen roads instead, he said.

Alberta? Do you REALLY want these wackos in charge of your province? Really?

Then you should move to Toronto. You’d be in like company, it seems.

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2 Comments to “A couple of things…”

  1. Chris says:

    The bizarre approval rating for Ford comes from the outliers who still love him – the same outliers who keep voting conservative in federal and provincial elections. The actual Toronto city folks are tearing their hair out. But he did make a few friends by trying to stick to the subway vs light rail plan. And I gotta say, I’m with him on that one. Maybe the plan itself isn’t great, but I don’t see any value in continuing to build up surface transit in a major and already congested city. So even I have to give him kudos for seeing beyond the next 5 years…though I doubt he’s advocating subways because he’s a visionary.

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