Posts from the ‘Canada’ Category

A New Name for the New Democratic Party

Well, the House of Commons is back in session, and the Conservative Reform Alliance Party (CRAP) of Canada (also known as the Conservative Party of Canada) have survived another confidence vote, thanks to the NDP and the Bloc Quebecois Parties. Aren’t these the same two parties that would consistently vote against the CPC whenever the Liberals voted to prop up the Conservative Party? Hey, Dippers, I have a good name for you to rename your party to.  How about “The Contrarian Party”? Or the “We Vote the Opposite of Whatever the Liberals Vote” Party?

Come on Jack, do something original. Show that your party has a backbone and can vote down a sitting government when you actually have some support in the HoC, and not just blow hot air about it when you think you can safely posture about being a leftist party when the Liberals will keep your hot air from actually meaning anything. But guess what? The voters actually have a memory about such things. Not that it matters, since I am sure that the Liberals will enjoy reminding us about it throughout the next campaign, if all you bunch of impotent turkeys on the hill develop a set of orbs, and actually show some mercy by putting this lame duck down. There. I think that is enough avian references in one post. 🙂

Well, I guess we now know the true face of the NDP. Jack Layton and the NDP will say anything to get media attention, but when it comes to backing up his words with actions, there is only the sound of crickets on a still night. Maybe they can call themselves the LDP, the Lame Duck Party.

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The Harpy’s Latest Mistake

Today, “The Harpy” made a big mistake. He booted former Conservative MP Garth Turner out of caucus. The Honourable Member from Halton will now be sitting as an Independent MP. Here was a guy who was not afraid to speak his mind, even when it was against his own party. Of course, The Harpy couldn’t have that. Mustn’t have any MPs violating the “Cone of Silence” surrounding this Conservative Government. Everyone is supposed to keep their mouths shut, and tow the party line, only saying and doing as The Harpy commands. So much for that whole “open and transparent” government that The Harpy wanted us to think he would give us.

In my opinion, The Honourable Garth Turner is the only MP in the current government who actually deserves the “Honourable” title. He is the most progressive MP in Ottawa today, and the Reform, I mean Conservative, Party doesn’t deserve to have him as part of their ranks.

Mr. Turner, I salute you. Keep up the good work of representing your constituents. And keep up the great job of being a thorn in The Harpy’s side.

I should mention that he is neither my MP, nor am I a supporter of the Conservative Party of Canada.

I only hope that The Harpy won’t kick me out of Canada for speaking my thoughts and opinions. If my next posting is from some tropical locale, then you’ll know what happened.

Stephen Harper and the AIDS Conference

I am going to jump on the bandwagon also, and condemn Mr. Harper for not attending the AIDS conference recently held in Toronto. Yes, I know that Tony Clament, the Minister of Health was there, as he should have been. However, this is not just some discussion group we are talking about. This is a major, internationally attended, event. Bill Clinton could find time to attend. Bill Gates could find time to attend. But Mr. Harper couldn’t find a single day to make an appearance. He didn’t even have to attend the entire event. That is what Mr. Clament should be doing. But why couldn’t he make an appearance, shake hands with Bill and Bill, make a speech, and then head back to Ottawa and the business of running the country.

This will rank up there, in my mind at least, as being only slightly less dumb of a PR blunder as when Former PM Jean Cretien decided not to attend the funeral of Jordan’s former king, King Hussein.

Stephen Harper and the GST reduction

I would like to personally and publicly thank Mr. Harper for the 1% reduction in the GST. I have given him a hard time here in this blog, but I will give credit where credit is due. He said he would reduce the GST, and he has done it. 1% doesn’t amount to a whole lot of extra money in a person’s pocket, but every penny counts. For example, my morning coffee is now 1 cent cheaper. You may be thinking, “Wow. You can take that early retirement now” in a sarcastic manner. However, in the course of a year, given that I drink a coffee pretty much every day, and occasionally, twice a day, then that works out to 2 or 3 free coffees per year.

It may not be a lot, but I’ll gladly take it, with a warm “Thank you!” to our Prime Minister.

Flags at half-staff on the Peace Tower

There is a lot of discussion lately on when the government should lower the flag to half-staff on the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill. Here is the official description of the times it is appropriate, from the Government of Canada web site:

Flags on federal government buildings, airports, military bases and other establishments are flown at half-mast when directed by the Department of Canadian Heritage. The following are examples of the practice:

  • across Canada and abroad, on the death of the Sovereign or a member of the Royal Family related in the first degree to the Sovereign (spouse, son or daughter, father, mother, brother or sister), the Governor General, the Prime Minister, a former governor general, a former prime minister, or a federal cabinet minister;
  • within a province, on the death of the Lieutenant Governor, the Premier or another person similarly honoured by that province;
  • within his/her own riding, on the death of the Member of the House of Commons, or the Member of the Provincial/Territorial Legislature;
  • at his/her place of residence, on the death of a Senator, a Canadian Privy Councillor, or a Mayor.

Apart from occasions when flags on all government buildings and establishments across Canada are flown at half-mast, the flag on the Peace Tower of the Parliament Building at Ottawa is flown at half-mast:

  • on the death of a Lieutenant Governor;
  • on the death of a Canadian Privy Councillor, a Senator, or a Member of the House of Commons;
  • on the death of a person whom it is desired to honour.

In effect, the Government of Canada can lower the flag on the Peace Tower to half-staff for anyone it chooses to honour.

It should also be noted that the description talks about lowering the flag to half-mast. This is technically incorrect, since half-mast is a naval term, where the tradition started. At sea, on naval vessels, flags are indeed lowered to half-mast. However, on a land-based flag pole, the proper term is half-staff.

I Wanted To Be Wrong

Do you know what bothers me most about the new Prime Minister? I had always distrusted this Conservative from the West. I thought he was a slimy snake from the moment I first heard of him. I’m not even entirely sure why I didn’t like him, but I didn’t. It could have been because he reminded me of a Bush wannabe. Who knows. I never thought he was fit to run the government, certainly not in the way he claimed he wanted to run it. But you know what? I really, really, wanted to be proven wrong. Never before had I wanted to be wrong about something as much as I wanted to be wrong about Stephen Harper. And in his first week in office, I feel he has proven me right. I desperately wanted to be wrong. But I wasn’t. And I am really saddened and disappointed about that.

It Needs To Be Said

Just remember one thing, folks. David Emerson, former Liberal and now a Conservative MP and Minister of International Trade, and Michael Fortier, who didn’t even bother to run in the election, and is now the Minister of Public Works and Government Services (where the sponsorship scandal started in the first place) have something in common with David Dingwall, the former head of the Royal Canadian Mint: they seem to believe that they are entitled to their entitlements.

This honeymoon seems to have ended faster than a one night stand in Las Vegas.