Posts Tagged ‘cpc’

This week’s CPC attack ads – EXCLUSIVE!!!

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

With the polls saying that the Harperites are in real trouble in many previously “safe” ridings, Canadians can expect to see and hear a whole new suite of anti-Trudeau ads over the final days of this looooooonnnnggggg campaign.

My operative – let’s call him or her “The CPC War Room’s pizza delivery guy’s barber’s aunt” snuck these tidbits out to me in a used X-large pizza box still smelling of olives and dripping with bacon grease…

  • “Justin Trudeau – as Prime Minister he will cut income-splitting to fund injection sites in brothels”!
  • “Justin Trudeau – he like babies and he likes to eat pizza – he will FORCE FEED YOUR BABIES PIZZA!”
  • “Justin Trudeau – he want to put toll booths on Tim Horton drive-thrus to fund his ‘free-pot-for-schoolkids’ Program!
  • “Justin Trudeau – he will appoint an ISIS terrorist as  the Minister of National Defense!”
  • “Justin Trudeau – he almost drowned once when he was a kid. He was way over his head!”
  • “Justin Trudeau – as a drama teacher, he sold pot to kids on field trips to local brothels while reciting lines from Hamlet!”
  • “Justin Trudeau – his Dad was named Pierre. Which is French for “stone”. Which makes “just not ready” Justine a stoner who wants to inject drugs into your pizzas!

The only question is whether they will run out of days before ad ideas…

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Debate no-shows – they are slaps in the faces of those who organise them…

Friday, October 9th, 2015

I was one of those “organisers” of an all-candidate debate / meeting that the news articles often refer to. Our debate last night in the riding of Ottawa South was quite well attended with around 500 members of the community showing up at a local high school auditorium to hear what the all the candidates had to say about some of the issues that have dominated this election.

Um, well not exactly all of the candidates…

It seems to have become a regular practice in this election for Conservative Party candidates to skip these meetings, citing reasons like “too busy door-knocking” or having “previous commitments”. Notice of their non-attendance is usually given at the last-minute or close to it, forcing organisers to scramble a bit as the plans and logistics were geared to a defined number of candidates showing up. But so what… we manage… that’s not really my point.

My point / bone to pick is that by nonchalantly choosing to skip an event like this is a major slap in the face to those who have spent many, many hours of volunteer time to set up such an event. I figure that I alone spent about 20 hours on this event. I work full-time and have kids with activities, etc., etc… so my time is precious.

There is also a real and significant financial aspect. Auditoriums have to be paid for, microphones rented, security guards paid for, tech support booked and paid for… in our case it amounted about a thousand bucks total… not a fortune but significant given that these costs are paid for and labour provided by volunteer-driven not-for-profit groups.

And most of these organisations don’t have bags of cash just lying around looking for somewhere to go.

Now, I’m not going to slam the local candidate. I know the CPC candidate. I worked with him volunteering for Parent Council activities at our kids’ school. Our politics may differ but the guy did step up more than most. My displeasure is squarely on the party that has apparently made it their policy to order – with few exceptions – all of their candidates to skip debates, meetings or any interaction in a crowd where media might be present. They want the to stick with the “door-to-door” where a misstep outside the approved party script would likely not do a lot of damage. I kind of feel sorry for these candidates as they signed on to engage their voters wherever and when possible and they are being told that they cannot.

To that party and those who made this disengagement decision I say that they have made a big mistake. You have played into the hands of the opposition that likes to portray Harper and the CPC as cold, heartless and out of touch. I say too that you have angered a great many community leaders who make up these community groups. You have spat in the faces of these folks that are, by and large, respected in their communities and their words carry some weight – not saying mine does… but there are some really influential men and women in these organisations.

And that, ladies and gentlemen will come back to bite the blue party in the end.

 

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The only real downer over my holidays…

Friday, August 7th, 2015

…was when my 8 year old son asked who else has been Prime Minister in his lifetime.

And we had to say that Harper has been the only one.

My wife and I want our son- and two other kids- to have a Prime Minister that cares more about this country and its people than the sheer and cynical acquisition and retention of power.

It is time for a change.

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Um. Ok. Where are the Cons going with this one?

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

A Netflix tax?

When nothing has been said about this by, like, anyone?

Did the PMO shortpants get a rogue focus group? Were they eating shrooms when they came up with this?

Can someone please explain?

 

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How long till Harper is unemployed, you ask?

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

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The CPC, liars since 2006…

Friday, July 31st, 2015

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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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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A moral leader???? Canada???

Friday, June 26th, 2015

That’s rich!

Harper and the CPC has taken our country from moral high ground to the sewers in 9 short (albeit looonnnggg) years.

Canadians will see through these lies in the fall.

From one of their increasingly desperate emails: 

 

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Harper is pandering to the victims of communism…

Friday, May 29th, 2015

… in fighting tooth and nail to have it located in one of the most iconic spaces in the Parliamentary Precinct.

That is obvious and typical Harper.

And City Council thought they should have at least been consulted about this. After all, the proposed redevelopment of Tunney’s Pasture and the old Rockcliffe air base have been through a very thorough consultation with Council and with local residents. So why not this memorial?

So I say kudos to Councillor Nussbaum and those others who supported his motion to ask the feds to move it somewhere else. Yes, Ottawa is a weird jurisdictional arrangement where so many levels of government have jurisdiction over so many aspects of our built and natural spaces. And yes, the City is risking pissing off the Cons and perhaps risking retribution down the line (hopefully, there will a new government this fall who will take another look at the location of this ugly behemoth). But it was the right thing to at least symbolically opposes this heavy-handed move by the CPC.

Too bad that the vote wasn’t unanimous and 6 Councillors (Councillors S. Moffatt, M. Qaqish, R. Chiarelli, A. Hubley, J. Mitic and G. Darouze) perhaps chose to put their political allegiances ahead of what would be best for the City. That’s too bad since a united voice may have been noticed a bit more.

Wait. What am I saying?

This government doesn’t listen to advice from anyone unless it serves their political ends. So I guess we shouldn’t be all that surprised, right?

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A few thoughts about my union…

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

I belong to a public sector Union. It isn’t a huge Union, not the scale of PSAC, PIPSC, CUPE and the like. There are around 12,000 members, I think; the majority of whom work in one department.   I, and for a great many of my colleagues, think that our Union should deliver two basic services. These are:

  • to represent the members in the collective bargaining process
  • to assist members when there is an issue or a conflict with the employer

That’s it in our particular case. If the membership of another union consents to the use of dues for other purposes, then that’s their business.

Any other activities like supporting social or activist causes or political parties are not what my dues are to be directed toward. And our little Union has filled those basic roles, and only those roles, quite well over the 18 years I’ve been in the PS. And our Local (for non-Union types, it’s kind of like a local chapter) leadership has by and large supported those limited roles, and has done a damn fine job in the process AND dues have been kept reasonable.

I also don’t believe in the point of a PS union withholding their services – especially in the form of full-on and long term strikes – in case of bargaining or other impasses. Strike actions of any kind in the PS lead nowhere. Any government can simply legislate the workers back to work. There is zero public sympathy for such actions. There are public sector exceptions as teachers and health workers do traditionally have the support of a segment of the population. But at the federal level, face it, no one gives a crap whether or not bureaucrats are on picket lines.

So, when all of the members received this email in January, I and others became more than a little concerned:

Dear CAPE member,
Due to the 2013 changes to the Public Service Labour Relations Act which governs federal public service labour relations (Bill C-4), CAPE can no longer use third party arbitration to resolve an impasse at the bargaining table without the agreement of Treasury Board. Accordingly, the current round of negotiations with the employer over the fate of important matters, including sick leave, performance management, telework,pay and job security may force CAPE to conduct a strike vote for the EC bargaining unit or TR bargaining unit.
If a strike vote occurs, and a majority of members of CAPE vote ‘Yes’, that does not automatically mean there will be a strike. A positive strike vote is used by union negotiators to impress upon the employer that the union’s position at the bargaining table is supported by the membership. In addition, ‘strikes’ can take many forms (e.g., work-to-rule campaigns, single-day demonstration strikes, rotating strikes, all-out strikes).
Anticipating the possibility of a strike vote, CAPE would like to learn more about your views on this subject in order to assist in our planning. Please take a few minutes to answer the following questions.
Participation in this survey is voluntary, your anonymity will be respected and all responses will be kept strictly confidential. Questions are asked for statistical purposes only and will not be used to identify respondents.

Let’s put aside the fact that this “survey” was designed in such a poor way that any data obtained through the instrument would be misleading and, quite frankly, useless. But that’s another discussion…

Back to the email… I am very confident that the vast majority of my colleagues were also somewhat shocked to see the word “strike”.  This has never been remotely considered in my years in the PS. Our members are intelligent and can do the math. There is not way that the salary lost through a strike will ever be regained through any cost-of-living or scale increases.

So why the sudden militancy in the leadership of the union?

#1. Rightly or wrongly, the culture of our little association has been one of disinterest in Union activites. as long as dues increases were kept to a minimum, very few members paid attention to union elections or communications. Well, that apathy bit us on the butt this time when a very militant, pro merge-with-PSAC/PIPSC slate was elected last year – with about a 10% voter turnout (I think). The new militant president was elected with a plurality of about… 20 votes.

Now democracy is democracy, sure. And the membership got its cumuppance by ignoring the elections. But does this leadership have a mandate to radically change the course of the union – and its members – with such a weak mandate? My opinion is that they do not.

Reason for militancy #2- the CPC Government has proposed a very new and trimmed back sick day system for the PS. Many of us believe that reform was long overdue. We may not agree with the proposed new rules, but again, the Government has a majority in Parliament and can simply cram through the legislation and bang! The new rules are in place.

So, why does CAPE get all huffy and puffy now and not wait until the election in the Fall when a new party may be elected to power and may be amore amenable to any input the labour unions may have on sick days reform? This is something that has a lot of us scratching our heads. It’s not like we lose anything by waiting.

Why do I write this? On one level it’s cathartic (as many of my posts are) but I’m also hoping that more than a few members of our Union see it and wake up to the fact that unless they start paying attention, they’ll be on a strike line and will be explaining to their bank why they have to miss a mortgage payment or two… and the negative image of our Public Service – which has been promoted by the current Government – will be further cemented in the minds of Canadians. Because, you see, as much as the union executive says that in the absence of arbitration (which the Government has taken away as an opition at the bargaining table), non-binding conciliation and a subsequent strike are NOT what they want – it very much IS exactly what they see as the end game.

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