Friday miscellany…

So the Grits will name their new leader next April. Let the games begin!

The smart money is on JT, but I hear there is an experienced fellow from Sherbrooke who is looking for work…

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Sinkholes: one of the results of ignoring municipal infrastructure deficits and obsessing with property tax cuts.

Expect more sinkholes, more water main ruptures and more incidents of storm water overflow at waste water treatment plants. In fact, bank on it.

In the meantime, follow the sinkhole on Twitter! It’s a laugh a minute! @174Sinkhole:

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Oratorical skills is one area where modern Canadian pols cannot match their American counterparts. Name a contemporary Canadian politician that comes close to Clinton and Obama (either of them). These are speakers for whom I have immeasurable respect when they are on stage practicing their art. I have been speaking in front of audiences since I was 11 years old, so I can say with some experience that their skills are unparalleled and require years to master.

Too bad that modern political parties put more emphasis on blurting a sound-bite rather than expressing a cogent argument.

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Finally:

What Stephen Harper said:

“Stephen Harper will cease patronage appointments to the Senate. Only candidates elected by the people will be named to the Upper House.” (Stephen Harper Leadership Website, January 15, 2004)

“… the Upper House remains a dumping ground for the favoured cronies of the Prime Minister.” (Stephen Harper Leadership Website, January 15, 2004)

“I don’t plan to appoint senators; that’s not my intention.”
(Stephen Harper, Cornwall Standard-Freeholder, January 14, 2006)

What he did:

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has appointed five new senators, bolstering the Tory majority in the upper chamber.

He is sending Diane Bellemare, Tobias C. Enverga Jr., Thanh Hai Ngo, Thomas Johnson McInnis and Paul E. McIntyre to the Senate.

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I wonder if the good folks in K-W appreciate being told that their votes were “bought” by organized labour?

Probably not.

Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak is blaming what he calls “an ominous display of union muscle” for losing the Kitchener-Waterloo seat his party has held for 22 years.

The Tories lost both by-elections as the Liberals held Vaughan and the New Democrats made an historic breakthrough in Kitchener-Waterloo, winning the riding for the first time ever.

Mr. Hudak says the NDP bused in public sector union “troops” from across the province to help them take the riding from the Conservatives, and claims the unions “bought” the by-election.He predicts there will be “an arms race” between the Liberals and NDP to see who can get closest to the public sector union bosses.

Timmy strikes again!

I kinda hope, though, that the OPC keeps this doofus on as their leader. He is the biggest asset the Ontario Libs and Dippers have these days!

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One Comment to “Friday miscellany…”

  1. Chris says:

    Liberal insiders seem to think JT is the guy that’s going to put them back on top..they think the country is in love with him and that he has the charisma to drive voters into Tmania part deux. They’re pushing hard (really hard) for him to declare his intention to run. From what I can see, social media and man-on-the-street types think the complete opposite. The people at large actually seem to think he’s a pale, weak shadow of the original with absolutely no substance and not a fraction of the intelligence. Who’s right?

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