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Canada West Foundation…

… endorses Trudeau’s Senate move…

<sound of Trashy passing out on the floor>

Some “first” here:

  • First time the words “west” “endorses” “Trudeau” have even been seen in the same sentence
  • First time The Canada West Foundation has endorsed anything connected to the Senate – except its abolition
  • Upon seeing this headline, the first time JT has been at a loss for words



Perhaps brilliant in the short term…

… 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.


Yes, there are wackos on the left as well as the right, but…

… those on the right sure as hell seem to be coming out of the woodwork more often these days.

We in Canada have the pride of Saskatchewan, Conservative MP Maurice Vellacott who thinks that rewarding and praising women who are clearly part of the lunatic fringe and even more clearly, convicted criminal.

And meanwhile, in Illinois, batshit-crazy GOP Senate candidate, Richard Mourdock believes it is “God’s will” if a pregnancy results as a result of a rape!

Wow. That’s all I can say.



This is one instance…

… where I support the stance of the NDP – abolish the Senate.

Or at least gut it and start over.

I say this not only in the context of the Senator Brazeau attendance controversy, but does anyone seriously believe that the Senate has become anything more than a soft landing place for failed candidates, political supporters and other such hangers-on?

Maybe it could be reformed to once again be that chamber of “sober second thought”. I’m not sure. I would love to see a vigorous public debate on this… but I’m not holding my breath.

After all, “senate reform” doesn’t make a good bumper sticker platform. And if can’t be explained on a bumper sticker, the current regime wants no part of it.


New Canadian Ambassador grilled by empty chairs!

The Globe reports that the next U.S. Ambassador to Canada coasted through the committee hearing yesterday.

While it was not expected that there would be a particularly difficult hearing, the process was streamlined somewhat by the fact that only one of the 21 committee members bothered to show up for the hearing. This, of course, can signify one of two things:

  1. The Senators are absolutely, 100% confident in Obama’s choice and shucks, there really isn’t a better person for the job, or
  2. The Senators rank the relative importance of Canada-US relations somewhere between relations with Botswana and what’s for lunch at the Senate cafeteria.

A bit humbling, eh?

In any case, Mr. Jacobson seems like a nice enough fellow. He was in Canada once when he was 7.

At Senate confirmation hearings, David Jacobson, 57, recalled how a half-century ago on his first trip out of the United States he was taken to Canada.

“Despite my mother’s protestations that he would get us all killed, my father stopped the car in the middle of the bridge at the border. I will never forget my parents reaching from the front seat in Canada back into the United States and my sisters and I reaching forward into Canada. If anyone had said to that seven-year-old in the middle of that back seat on the Ambassador Bridge that some day he would be appearing before this great committee as the nominee of the President to be Ambassador to Canada, I can assure you that he would not have believed it,” he said in a statement prepared for his nomination hearings.”

He knows that he and his family will need warm clothing.

“I’m from Chicago so the weather doesn’t scare me,” said David Jacobson, following an appearance at the U.S. Senate foreign relations committee on Wednesday. “My family and I have planned to go up there and buy very warm coats and we’re ready to go.”

I guess that’s good enough for me!

jacobson1500_159821gm-aThe next guy to live in that big house in Rockcliffe.