Posts Tagged ‘Canada’
…upon hearing of Alice Munro winning the Nobel Prize for Literature
Pauline Marois - “The Parti Québécois does not recognise this award because her writings are clearly counter to our Charter of Values. And I’m told that she doesn’t speak french”.
Stephen Harper – “Because of my extensive literary experience gained while writing my book – and thus created thousands of Canadian jobs in bookstores from coast to coast in this great conservative land, Ms. Munro has consulted me on several occasions to run ideas by me, or just to chat, brilliant author to brilliant author.”
John Baird – “Ms. Munro would have won this award years ago if it were not for Justin Trudeau and his plan to sell pot to Canadian children!”
Mike Duffy – “Hey! There’s a chunk of cash that goes with that, right? I wonder if she could float me a few thou’…”
Peter MacKay - “I will fly her to Sweden myself in one of those spiffy new fighter jets. Oh. Wait….”
Pierre Polievere – “This award is yet another example of the success of Canada’s Economic Action Plan, brought to you by Canada’s strong, stable Conservative government and our distinguished leader, Prime Minister Stephen Harper; who, incidentally I have heard will be on the Nobel short list next year.”
Vic Toews – “I knew about this long ago.”
Tim Hudak - “Alice who? Does her son play for the Leafs.”
Rob Ford – “There’s no video. How can I comment on something that doesn’t exist? You’re from the Star, aren’t you?” (40)
… said Nigel to Mike.
The question is, what comes next?
This is looking worse and worse for the Harperites… And I still cannot believe that the PMO was in the dark over this. No. Fricking. Way. (62)
As usual, I gag when I see how the CPC is regressing Canada back to the days when we were a only years removed from being a colony.
What’s next? The Royal Canadian Department of Natural Resources?
I hope I live long enough to see us finally drop the colonial anachronism. (143)
The Minister for NRCan’s view on climate change?
“I think that people aren’t as worried as they were before about global warming of two degrees,” Oliver said in an editorial board interview with Montreal daily newspaper, La Presse.
“Scientists have recently told us that our fears (on climate change) are exaggerated.”
Oliver was not able to identify which scientists he was using as a source, the newspaper reported
Well, this intrepid blogger tracked down that scientist!
As much as I’d like to believe that Joyce Murray can pull off an upset and win the LPC leadership, I cannot realistically expect this to happen. Trudeau has the momentum, the money and the supporters. And the hair.
Joyce has the policy knowledge. She knows the files. We don’t know if JT knows the files. J’en doute.
She has the guts to stand up to the hyper partisan portion of the party to say : let’s put our differences with the NDP aside for one election and cooperate in order to defeat the Cons. Then we reform the electoral system with something that will more accurately represent the intentions on Canadians.
She recognizes that splitting the centre / left of centre vote election after election will only assure a CPC government… Election after election.
She also sees the value of environmental sustainability and policies aimed to ensure that biodiversity, our water supplies and our food supplies are protected.
She also knows that Canada’s place on the international stage has been severely tarnished by the Harperites, and she will work to put us back in a place where we are once again respected.
And she also knows that the war on marijuana is one that should have never been waged and the time has come to legalize its use and remove the criminal element from this industry.
I Just voted for Joyce Murray, the best candidate to represent the interests of Canadian progressives and the LPC!
And I hope my vote helps to elect her. (70)
What is Stevo thinking? We can get a higher price for water exports to countries with drought conditions? Admitting that drought is a problem might be seen as an admission that climate change is real?
Man, this government is embarrassing me, as a Canadian, more and more each day. (320)
Let’s put aside for a moment that IMHO, this is an enormous waste of money in an effort by the Harperites to appease religious groups of all stripes, I have a few direct questions.
- What about atheists? Will the Office monitors rights violations of non-believers? Atheists live in fear in many Islamic countries. Will they be given the same attention as the persecuted Christians in those parts of the world?
- Will this increased scrutiny on religious freedom take away attention from other rights abuses around the world and here in Canada? Will religious freedom trump women’s rights? How about the rights of children and the enlistment of young kids into militias – are these violations OK if the militia is religion-based?
- Will the religious right set the agenda of this Office? Judging by the lineup of support by prominent members of these groups, this may indeed be the case.
A key part of the ambassador’s job should be to help formulate immigration policy, argued Don Hutchinson, vice-president and legal counsel for the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada.
“It’s very important for us as a nation to have an understanding of religion and the communities where we are establishing relationships [in order] to accept refugees and other immigrants,” explained Mr. Hutchinson, who advised the government on the creation of an office of religious freedom within the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.
4. Finally, is protection of religious freedom the new cornerstone of Canada’s foreign policy? Not democracy-building? What happened to that?
… is angling for a Senate seat, it appears.
Although I don’t think he has the intelligence to engage in such strategic thinking.
Regardless of whether his views are on or off-base, he-of-no-taste should stick to hockey and should shut up about the country’s foreign aid policies. He knows next to nothing about this issue.
Hey! Doofus! Do what I do when I don’t know squat about something - keep your trap firmly shut!
The CBC keeping this idiot on the payroll is a national embarrassment. (497)