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The CPC, liars since 2006…

Yeah, forget about the Parliamentary Budget Office saying that we are already in deficit.

Like, what do they know?

The Harper Reform Party – lying comes so naturally to them.

  

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And all these years…

… We’ve been told that conservatives are better money managers…

So. Um. Why is $3 billion or so, um, missing?

Money managers?

Methinks Harper is over his head.

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Friday miscellanées

Budget, Hell, Bobby Orr and Cuban edition…

So, another Con Budget and more spouting on about the so-called “Economic Action Plan”…

Wake up people! The plan is over! Done. Finito! So why the frick are we still hearing about it and why the frick are millions of dollars still being spent on this CPC propaganda horse???

Susan Delacourt summarises this travesty up quite nicely here.

Seriously Harper? Seriously???

On average, this government has exceeded their budgeted ad spending by 37% per year. At a time where departments have their budgets cut, where staff are still being released, and where fiscal prudence is the supposed buzzword of the day, this government continually feels the need to try and convince you that they are doing a terrific job, and are spending your money to do it – not always in the most ethical fashion either if we recall back to those big Conservative logo cheques being used as stage props when funds from the Economic Action Plan were released. And really, do we still need to keep hearing about the Action Plan? The initial cost of those ads were over $21 Million, and this year again the government is spending a further $16 Million on advertizing the Plan.

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I don’t normally pay a lot of attention to the emails that I receive from my union (CAPE), but this one caught my eye…. pretty much nails my sentiments about the Budget as well.

Another Another Unimaginative Budget Designed to Pave the Way for the 2015 ElectionOttawa, March 21, 2013 – The Canadian government today tabled a budget so devoid of innovative measures and oblivious to the economic challenges facing Canada that we can only wonder what planet the Minister of Finance is living on. We note, however, that the Minister did announce the government’s intention to review its human resources management methods and the total compensation of its employees, and we wish to remind the Minister that any changes in terms and conditions of employment must be negotiated at the bargaining table with the unions representing federal employees.

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Holy shit. When I die, and if I’m wrong (I’m not, but let’s imagine) about the whole heaven and hell shtick  this is what I’ll be looking at upon entering my new home for eternity (yeah, that would be 666 Main Street, Hell, my man!)

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 BTW, why do pols – Cons and others – have this annoying desire to stick their thumbs up at every opportunity?

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Yeah, the fam and I went for a vacay in the land of Fidel. Had a blast. The sea, sun and cervesas were amazing. But the best part about Cuba is its people. I have seldom met nicer, warmer and proud people as the Cubans. They are very family-oriented, always smiling and helpful in spite of the fact that they live in a repressive state.

The totalitarianism will end eventually. I suspect that once Fidel dies and maybe his brother as well – then there will be some true reforms… and “opening up”, if you will. I wonder what will happen then? It could go two ways, I reckon. The country may indeed join the other western democracies, the US sanctions will end and all will transition quite nicely.

Or, it might not go so well if the military attempts to hold on to power and a civil war is parked.

For my Cuban friends, I hope it is the former.

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Finally, #4 turned 65 this week. For this former Parry Sound boy, he was and is the greatest hockey player who has even played the Game.

And he’s a helluva class act too…

Happy birthday, Bobby!

 

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End of the week miscellany – budget edition

1. The budget was pretty much as I expected. Governments like to fight their fiscal problems on the backs of the bureaucracy.  Martin did it and Flaherty has followed. CBA increases will be respected for this year,but after that; nada for two years. Pensions weren’t touched for now but expect something to come up in the coming months, if the Reformatories are still hanging on.

But it’s not only salaries that are taking a hit. Those planned salary increases (1.5% in June) that are normally funded by the central agencies are instead going to be covered by the Departments themselves; the ones who have had their own operating budgets frozen. What this means, of course, is that Departments will need to cut programs to meet the increased salary obligations. Some of the increases will be handled by not replacing some of the tens of thousands of workers who will retire over the next few years. But there will have to be some program and services cuts.

Get ready to be inconvenienced, Canada! The average Canuck will be impacted by some of these cuts!

But the Harperites don’t really care. They wanted a pre-election budget that portrays them as deficit-fighting, business-friendly, soccer moms. And who gives a shit about the Public Service, so screw ’em!

Oh, and yeah, so much for the environment

2. Speaking of the environment, this can’t be good.

3. Check out the Squid’s latest posting on the need for electoral reform. He explains the issue very well and, if we are ever fortunate to be able to vote on such reform, then this post should be required reading.

4. The weather, at least in my part of the country, has been awesome!!! So for all of my winter-loving friends, all I can say is: Na-Na-Na-Naaaaa-Na!!!!

5. The Oscars are this weekend. Big whoop. Though Steve Martin as the co-host might provide a laugh or two. And according to the Huffington Post,  Sarah Palin was quite greedy at the annual  gift orgy.

…Palin was supposed to donate $1,700 along with all of her gift items to the Red Cross, which is currently helping with relief efforts in Haiti and Chile.

But E! Online insists, “we can assure you she did not give up any of her swag.” They quote an unnamed vendor who claims that upwards of 20 people from the Palin camp swarmed the event. “They were like locusts,” he told the entertainment news outlet.

6. A good friend got engaged last weekend. Congratulations, A!

7.  A US first grade teacher explained to her class that she is an American. She asked her students to raise their hands if they are American too.
Not really knowing why but wanting to be like their teacher, their hands went up.There is, however, one exception. A girl named Kristen has not gone along with the class.
The teacher asked her why she has decided to be different. “Because I am not an American.”
“Then”, asks the teacher, “What are you?”.
“I’m a proud Canadian,” boasted the little girl.
The teacher asked Kristen why she is a Canadian.
“Well, my mom and dad are Canadians, so I’m a Canadian too.
“The teacher replied,” Well, you could have been born in the US !” she said loudly. Not using good logic the teacher said  “What if your mom was not a good hockey player, and your dad was not a good  hockey player? Would that mean that you are not a good hockey player too?”
A pause, and a smile.  Kristen replied, “Nope! That’d mean I’m an American!”

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