Posts Tagged ‘Canada’

An election that Rod Serling would be frightened by…

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

Seriously.

This past year or so has been something out of the Twilight Zone. So surreal and way beyond the bounds of imagination.

So today is the day, my dear neighbours to the south.  For the sane ones – don’t drop the ball on this one. get off your chesterfields (I think you call them “sofas”) and vote for the red team.

To the blue team supporters – the sane ones, anyways – suck it up and vote for Hilary or stay home.

To the GOP Trumpster whack-jobs: being beneath my contempt, I don’t even acknowledge you.

Bonne chance, America. The world is watching.

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Remember…

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

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Harper is at the post, and there goes the starter’s pistol!!

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

Lots of speculation in the MSM and social media about when Stevie is going to visit the GG. The conventional wisdom is that he will make the walk (naw, he’ll be driven) sometime in August in order to make a long campaign a reality; a campaign where the CPC can spend, spend, spend their way to another victory.

The signs are already there for anyone who cares to look:

  • The Annual Steve Shows He Cares About The North Tour™ has been cancelled for this year.
  • Skippy gave away his gazillions to each and every family with kids in the country…until tax time, of course.
  • The polls are inexplicably showing CPC strength and upward trends in most of the country (hmmm… might be tied to Skippy’s Gazillions™?)
  • The Duffster trial is due to crank up again on August 11, with Sir Nigel up as the first witness. The Harper brain-trust (which is, of course, Steve and Steve alone) might think it wise to get the campaign rolling just as the trial resumes in order to front-load any potential damage that the trial may have into the earliest part of the campaign… then spend gazillions on ads designed to change the channel.

So if August, then when?

I looked up some Canada-related significant dates in August, as we know that SH the PM is very into tying himself to the past…

Aug. 13, 1535 – Cartier becomes the first European to sail into the St. Lawrence River, which he believes is a route to Asia. Two sons of Iroquois Chief Donnacona, who are guiding Cartier, refer to their native village as Canada, the explorer’s first exposure to the name.

Aug. 3, 1876 – The first telephone call between separate buildings is made by inventor Alexander Graham Bell, in Mount Pleasant, Ont., to his uncle, David Bell, in Brantford, Ont.

Aug. 12, 1728 – Danish sailor Vitus Johassen Bering sails through the strait that now bears his name in an expedition that would prove that Asia and North America are some 60 kilometres apart.

Aug. 4. 1914 – Following Germany’s invasion of Belgium, Britain declares war on Germany. Canada, as part of the British Empire, is engaged in the war as well.

Aug. 19, 1942 – Canadian troops sustain major losses in a raid on the French port of Dieppe. Nearly 1,000 Canadians die and another 1,800 are taken prisoner.

Aug. 10, 1960 – The Bill of Rights, specifying the rights of Canadians, becomes law. (OK. I just threw this one in to see if you were paying attention! We all know that Harper would never make an election announcement on a day when those pesky “rights” were enshrined!)

Of the above, I would suggest 4th, 13th or 19th. The 4th and 19th both ring loudly in the military history and Steve might be tempted to make the visit on one of those two days. But he runs the risk of pissing off veterans and others as this might be seen as making political hay out of military events (when Steve likes to do, of course).

But, recognising that Harper will not make the northern swing and the still-fairly-recent discoveries of the Franklin ships AND the uptick in ads trumpeting the ol’ true north strong and free motif (the one with the icebreakers), my bet would be on the 12th. It is a Wednesday, not so early that Canadians would grumble about having their summers “ruined”, but not so late as to take full advantage of the CPC war chest. That date is also 13 days after the latest GDP numbers are released… numbers that may quite possibly show that we are indeed in a recession. AND the Wright testimony should be over by then, allowing Harper to go into damage-control mode early in the campaign rather than later when Canadians might actually remember this on their way to the polling stations.

Of course, all of the above might be totally off base and the writ will be dropped in September. Who can really know the mind of Sir Steve?

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Progressive Bloggers

Saturday, July 25th, 2015

I would like to give a quick tip of the hat to Scott (of Scott’s Diatribes) and the others behind the scene who make the blog aggregator – Progressive Bloggers – plug along year after year… And now in its TENTH FREAKING YEAR! 

Older than the Harperite nightmare, it is!

Quite an accomplishment, indeed.

For those of you not in-the-know, PG accepts applications from like-minded progressive bloggers to be included on its site. It is THE collection of blog posts that promote, to one degree or another, the belief that progressive policies and thinking should be the cornerstone of public policy decisions. I’ve been a member of this site for, um, about 6 or 7 of the ten years (I think) and will often click on the PG posts to see what crazy shit is the talk of the day.

Now, the blogs that feed into this site vary pretty widely on the political spectrum from centrist to the far left. And we don’t always agree with one another. But, unlike the vitriol that is often spat from similar regressive conservative sites, we progressives are usually respectful of our differences and civil in our dialogues.

Keep up the great work, Scott! Have a nice celebration today… I believe a chai latte is on the menu, no?

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Upon hearing…

Monday, May 5th, 2014

that the CPC Government has dropped its infamous “Kijiji Job Vacancy Index”, I almost choked on my orange…

Amazing how these guys think they can get away with nonsense like this and then retreats once their lunacy is exposed.

What’s next? Perhaps a Google Earth count of fish stocks? An Instagram assessment of the tourism trade? Using Angry Birds to estimate recreation time usage?

 

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Perhaps brilliant in the short term…

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

… but this may bite Justin’s butt after he is elected PM.

However, critics can no longer point to a lack of direction or policies… This is a doozy!

Good on him, this is the type of leadership many Canadians have been waiting for.

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A street in downtown Montreal…

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

… tell me, dear internet wanderer…

Where does a community mailbox

Fit?

?

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And the Day of Greed….

Friday, November 29th, 2013

… begets the season.

Lots of good things have been exported northward from our neighbours to the south. Black Friday ain’t one of them.

It’s such a transparent cash-grab but no one seems to care.

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Reactions of selected Canadian politicos…

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

…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?”

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“Here, take this cheque and for gawd sake, keep quiet.”

Friday, July 5th, 2013

… said Nigel to Mike.

Well, it now seems obvious that the 90K cheque cut by Nigel was indeed “hush money“.

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.

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