Monday, February 2, 2009

What did you think? Power Play with Tom Clark

A lot of new segments, not enough of the dirt.

Political gossip was what made Mike Duffy popular, and the new Power Play, with Tom Clark, is long on education and short on the dirt. Noble in its efforts, but the path to bad ratings is lined with good intentions.

Overall a creative effort, and very watchable. Good educational intent, but short on the background details hard-core viewers are looking for.

update: It seems official: Craig Oliver's over-the-top attack on the Prime Minister has distracted much of the attention away from the admirable effort put forward by new Power Play anchor, Tom Clark.

Several times in the lead up to the Oliver segment, Clark said we'd see, "Craig Oliver like you've never seen him before." Let's hope we never see that side of Craig Oliver again.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Seperatist says wha?

“But certainly if Mr. Sarkozy was referring to sovereignty as a divisive project, that's not the case,” Ms. Marois said.

Separation seems pretty divisive to me.


Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Garth Turner going down to defeat

Couldn't happen to a more deserving narcissistic fella. Shows that the voters can always suss out who is being genuine, and who isn't.

Last updated: 22:18 ET
% Votes

Lisa Raitt

Garth Turner

Total number of valid votes:


Polls reporting: 20/284
Voter turnout: 4,123 of 114,081 registered electors (3.6%)

Monday, October 13, 2008

All over but the crying..

..and the celebrating..

..and the plotting..

..and the second coming.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

And this man wants to be Prime Minister?

Is this a case of Christmas coming early for the Conservatives?


Saturday, October 4, 2008

Garth Turner: Wrong too many times to be believed (Now with G&M article)

Some pray that Canada suffers a debilitating recession, and others preach only doom and gloom.

Well, they have an agenda to pursue, don't they?

The Toronto Star, of all places, puts things in perspective:

Yet the wider economy is doing well. The well-publicized loss of manufacturing jobs, concentrated in Central Canada, amounts to 353,000 jobs since 2002. But in that same six-year period, Canada generated a net increase of 1.5 million new jobs, and not only in relatively low-paying tourism and food service sectors but professional, scientific and technical services as well as the health-care and social-assistance fields. Average hourly wages were $20.41 in 2007, up from $17.66 in 2002. And unemployment figures for Canada and the United States are going in opposite directions. The Canadian jobless rate for last month was 6.1 per cent, down from 7.5 per cent in 2002. The U.S. unemployment rate also is 6.1 per cent, but that's up from the 4 per cent to 5 per cent range earlier in the decade.

So, whenever you hear someone crying out that the sky is falling, just remember, they also may have told you to buy Nortel stock:

In a Canoe "Money" chat room back on Sept. 27, 2000, Turner assured participants that the stock market was undergoing a mini-correction, that the Dow would hit 30,000 by 2006, and that "Nortel [then trading at $96.60] is a wonderful company and, given the recent decline, I think it is a strong 'buy.'" That day, the TSE closed at 10,250.

Real the whole article, it provides special insight into Garth Turner's financial acumen.

Cowboy boots and leather blazers distract you from my shortness


Dion shoots, he misses, and misses again, and misses again, and again, and again..etc

Damn..I wanted to take the day off from the election, but this is just too damn funny.

Kind of sums up the Liberal campaign, doesn't it?

If ever there was a video to spread around at the start of hockey season, this is it.

h/t Taylor

Shout out to Bad Religion fans, help me finish my playlist!

I'm taking an election time out today (CPAC is becoming burned into my TV), and I'm updating my iPod with my Top-10 best songs by various bands. Not Top-9, or Top-11, always Top-10.

However, I'm having some difficulty with my Bad Religion collection..I'm at 9, and am at a loss as to what number 10 should be.

Any Bad Religion fans want to take some time out of their daily politicking and offer a suggestion? If I get two good song suggestions, I'm willing to drop a current selection..any songs on my list that don't deserve to be there?

Top 9 Bad Religion songs I have so far:
1. Broken
2. New Dark Ages
3. Infected
4. Honest Goodbye
5. Atomic Garden
6. Supersonic
7. Better off Dead
8. Social Suicide
9. Shades of Truth
10. ????????? -update - I want to conquer the world


Friday, October 3, 2008

The second-best sound byte of the night

The best sound byte was when Dion said he wanted to make Canada more "fun".

If anyone comes across it, please let me know.


Would you vote for this man? - or - He shoots, he loses!

Enter your praise, critiques, captions in the comments.


Thursday, October 2, 2008

Jack, you may have won, but you screwed up!

Jack Layton needed to kick serious butt tonight in the English language debate if he had any chance to replace Dion and the Liberals as official opposition.

He failed. He had the best one liners, and you could say he won the debate, because he did. But he did not win it in a way that will advantage the NDP.

He spent most of the night attacking Harper, when he should have been all over Dion.

Did Layton dislodge any Conservative voters who will now vote for the NDP? No.

Did his attacks on Harper persuade voters for any of the other hippy parties to vote for the NDP? No. Those leaders were repeating the same attacks.

Layton needed to distinguish himself, and by merely being the best of the left in attacking Harper, he did nothing to increase his vote count. At the end of the day, I don't know if the NDP will end up getting any more seats at all after such a wasted effort.

Opportunity lost. Oh well, you can bet the new NDP leader, Thomas Mulcair, won't make the same mistake.


Wednesday, October 1, 2008

This (unofficial?) Conservative a good one

h/t Janke


Tomorrow's french debate!

May needs to improve french language skills

Harper survives debate onslaught

Layton offers Quebec realistic alternative

Duceppe wraps himself in fleur-de-lis

Dion attends debate, disappoints

Update: Hey! I was right!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Economic turmoil impacts Liberal Party

Bad News Kids. Looks like we may lose the house.


Sometimes a photo doesn't need a caption... can make up your own...

Stephane Dion gets tossed under Dalton McGuinty's bus

One of the things that I think that would be a mistake right now is massive shifts in tax burden at a time when there's uncertainty,” said Ontario's Liberal Finance Minister Dwight Duncan.


Good night, and thanks for all the fish!


Friday, September 26, 2008

How is the Liberal campaign going? Watch this video.

The Liberal Party is unravelling. They can't even maintain control of their own press conferences. If you can't handle the whole two minutes, skip to 1:45.

At least a Liberal supporter showed enough leadership save Dion from the media.

Liberal supporter: This meeting is being hijacked by people.

Media person: It's a press conference!?

Liberal supporter: Oh, is it? Thank you very much..the people here..

Liberal Dion handler: Another question from the media please..

Anarchy ensues.

The Liberals should make that guy the new leader!

LOL. This Liberal uses the same video above, to show what a GOOD job Dion is doing. And that he is, "the sort of leader we need in Canada."

No thanks!


Thursday, September 25, 2008

Campaign messaging 101

Stephen Harper: The country's economic fundamentals are solid and Canada will emerge from this period of economic uncertainty in good shape.

Stephane Dion: The economic sky is falling, and me I have nothing to offer but to panic!

Who are you going to vote for? Yep, and so are a lot of other people.


Wednesday, September 24, 2008

What's this?

Is this person the same as this person? And if so, does this guy know that?

Garth Turner and Voo-Doo economics

Stephen Taylor has a blog post on another irregularity in Liberal Garth Turner's campaign.

Garth Turner: "I did not think to change the wording on my website from the Garth Turner campaign to the Halton Liberal Association, so cheque-writers would face no delays or hassles in getting tax receipts. Whoops. Screw up."

The gist is that if Garth moved over $1100 from his Garth Turner trust account, into his Garth Turner Liberal Candidate account, it may be illegal, and he is spending money on his campaign that he is not entitled to spend.

Should Turner be called before a Parliamentary committee, so MPs can study what happened, and make sure this sort of thing never happens again?


McCain wants to delay the debate, Obama doesn't. Easy solution.

If McCain isn't available for the first US presidential contender debate because he is trying to move a financial package aimed at saving the US economy through Congress and the Senate (aka showing leadership, some might say) then Sarah Palin should debate Obama.

After all, replacing the commander in chief should he/she not be available for whatever reason, isn't that the role of the VP?

Regardless, shrewd move by McCain. Not to mention the right move for the good of their country..they need to focus.


Monday, September 22, 2008

Would you like a carbon tax with that?

"(The Green Party) budget doesn't balance unless we massively increase our carbon emissions," points out Aldyen Donnelly, who's president of the Greenhouse Emissions Management Consortium. She also faults Ms. May on the facts. Every European country that introduced carbon taxes - including Germany, Sweden and Denmark - has suffered heavy losses of manufacturing jobs. As for Germany's green jobs, they're all subsidized by the government. "Carbon taxes have proven to be an economic death spiral," Ms. Donnelly says.

Good article by Margaret Wente on Green Party leader Elizabeth May, and Carbon taxes like the Greens and Liberals are proposing.

I always wondered how the European countries that adopted Carbon taxes had done.

Now that I know..yikes!


Jack Layton et al. Smarter than you think?

This: Layton Open To Liberal/NDP Coalition

Was smart.

If you want to steal their voters and replace them as the official opposition, why wouldn't you say you identify with them?

Nice shot, Jack.


Sunday, September 21, 2008

New commercial featuring Stephane Dion is a laugh riot

I laughed out loud at this commercial. If this is the best that can be done to showcase Stephane Dion, then maybe the Liberals want to have a leadership convention..right now!

I LOVE the Dion fist pump at the end! I always thought it would be used in an ad, but I thought the ad would be from the Conservatives or NDP, ROTFLMAO.

Update: Ok, it's not just me...

The ad uses footage of Mr. Dion chairing a discussion of the Kyoto accord at a 2005 United Nations summit meeting on the environment. He is seen chastising a recalcitrant delegate who is neither seen nor named. He pulls off his headset and delivers his big line: "You should ... (pause, shrug) express your case to the world, please." Cut to Mr. Dion hoisting his fists in the air to celebrate victory. Huh? Ottawa Citizen

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Garth Turner advertising a Lisa Raitt DeathWatch

Garth Turner is the king of hypocrisy. What he will admonish others for, is fair game for him.

As a prime example, he's railed against Gerry Ritz for making off-colour Listeria jokes regarding the death of an MP, but he is all for supposedly funny death watches regarding his Conservative opponent, Lisa Raitt. (below)

It is one thing for some random blogger to post such a thing - heck, there's worse stuff than that out there - and it is a freedom of expression thing. But for an MP to post and advertise something like that is another matter altogether.

It reeks of bad judgement.

What needs to happen is clear, Garth Turner needs to apologize, and Stephane Dion must demand Garth step aside as a Liberal candidate. If not, the entire Liberal Party cannot be taken seriously when they claim they want to raise the level of political debate.

Bad timing for a party that was getting some lift from the Ritz comments, but..once again, Garth Turner bites the hand..

Update: Garth has taken down the offending photo. Not because it was the right thing to do, but only because, " rabid Conservative bloggers would love to misinterprete this, accusing me of pulling a Gerry Ritz in Halton". Nice guy.

Friday, September 19, 2008

New Liberal ad more disturbing than original jokes

What's as bad as jokes about people dying? An ad that seeks to capitalize on the jokes made while people are dying.

If it actually makes it to air, this is going to blow up in the Liberals faces.

A new low is right.


Thursday, September 18, 2008

Does the NDP have a "war room"?

And if so, will it immediately pull its people out?


Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The NDP is ruining its chances for a 2nd place finish

There is a sense in the air that Canadians are actually considering auditioning Jack Layton for the role of, if not PM, then leader of the opposition.

But, when you come out with stuff like this in your platform, you just scare everyone away.

* "Stop unproductive, untargeted and fiscally irresponsible corporate tax cuts."
* "Create a Jobs Commissioner to investigate shutdowns."
* "Develop sector-based industrial strategies."
* "Stop the export of Canadian jobs overseas through new, manufacturing-friendly trade policies while adopting a Made-in-Canada procurement policy for the federal government and its agencies."

The New...Democrats, need to keep everything simple and have a few select, easy to grasp, and easy to price, ideas if they want to have any hope of replacing the Liberals as Canada's premiere left-wing party.

Advice: Replace Gerry Ritz with Michael Chong..immediately

The Conservatives can mitigate the damage from the Gerry Ritz story. Resign Ritz..and replace him with Michael Chong.

Chong is a sure fire ontario vote winner..his riding is near the outbreak source..he's young and competent. He's all the media will be talking about.

Better Michael Chong than Gerry Ritz.

What Michael Chong could say about his opposition to the nation motion: "About the Quebec nation resolution, let me say one thing...I may have disagreed with the method, but I agree with the results. And what we have now is a strong Quebec nation, in a Canada more united than it has ever been. I look forward to serving all the people of this great country."


Bob Rae wins!

If the election were to wrap up today, and the Liberals had to pick a new would be Bob Rae in a landslide.

He's dynamite on the stump.

You might think that would be good news for the Liberals, but unfortunately, Stephane Dion is their leader for this election.

Looking forward to Ignatieff's shot at making Dion look weak.


Monday, September 15, 2008

Garthscam: The election's first blog-burner

Here it is, the first major blog fired story of the election.

Garth Turner was been caught red handed misleading, and angering, CPAC. He appeared on a CPAC program, canvassing what he professed were random voters, when if fact, one of the surprisingly friendly voters he canvassed was actually his campaign manager's son.

In the CPAC video, Garth pleads his innocence, but how is it possible he didn't realize he was talking to his long time co-worker's son? Had they never met before? Why didn't Garth immediately inform the CPAC crew that he knew this individual? Why did they both act like they didn't know each other? many unanswered questions...

Steve Janke provides the background story, while Stephen Taylor has the video of CPAC anchor Peter Van Dusen demanding Garth explain himself.



New Liberal Campaign Ad - Let's Get Started

The Liberals need a postive. Is this ad it?

I'm of the opinion that simple works, ads with too much talking and loud music don't.

I don't recall the Goldwater "Daisy" ad having a soundtrack, and that's the type of ad impact the Libs need right now.

This ad, while professionally done, is a bit too complicated; and does not focus enough on a single issue enough to be effective.


Six words to describe six words

Stephane Dion has been criticized for his inability to explain his Green Shift Tax to Canadians. In response, the masterminds at Liberal HQ came out with a little slogan for him to use.

Cut income taxes, shift to pollution

"Oh!", shouted millions of Canadians, "now I get it!" Actually, when he first used it at a campaign stop, the blank looks on the faces of the media made Dion add, "why is it so hard for you to understand?"

Why? Here's six more words that describes your new slogan: Dumb as a bag of hammers.


Saturday, September 13, 2008

Liberal: Not Dion's fault - Quebec hates successful people

Yolande Thibeault, the former (Liberal) MP for Saint-Lambert...despaired at the treatment given Mr. Dion by his fellow Quebecers. "For some reason, Quebecers, we do not like each other," she said. "It is not only in politics. It is in many other domains. If a businessman is very successful, he will be pulled down by our people. It seems to be the mentality of Quebecers."

So it's not that the people of Quebec don't like Dion because of his weak leadership, and his actions as the bespectacled bully of confederation, no, it's because he is so successful. What?

If what this Liberal says is true, why aren't they at the gates of Celine Dion's mansion, with the pitchforks, tar, etc?

Because it's not true. Thibeault is throwing out excuses and slurs to cover the fact that Stephane Dion just is not an attractive option. Rather, he is the Montreal Mistake.

Free advice to the Liberal Party: Next time, perhaps don't let the booze flow quite so freely at your leadership convention. When people drink, accidents happen.


Friday, September 12, 2008

Updated: Stephen Harper: So you like handcuffs?

"Do you like handcuffs?"

Watch for Stephen Harper in an upcoming episode of This Hour has 22 Minutes. A brief clip was played on CBC Newsworld this afternoon. Priceless.

Update..this story is starting - to - spread, it would be wise of the CPC to get some footage of the handcuff line out on the net.'s the video. At the end you can hear the CBC staff cracking up.

Superdate..Geri Hall for PM!


Conservative mistakes - or - If a Liberal gaffe falls amongst journalists, does anyone cover it?

It is early days in the campaign, and none of the Conservative gaffes from the first week will affect the eventual outcome, but some things need to be noted.

1. The media is looking for gaffes from the Conservatives, and they will highlight them more than they will mistakes from the other parties. I know, the old tin-foil hat conspiracy of media bias..but it's true. And it's the #1 r
eason that tight message control is required.

2. The father of a deceased soldier can say whatever he wants, without retribution, correction, or perspective setting. His son paid the ultimate price, leave it alone.

3. The puffin poo. Maybe it was a clever way to drive more eyeballs to, and had the added effect of an image of Dion being crapped on out into the media. Great, if it was the only "mistake", then you could claim it was perhaps a bit of cleverness. But when other genuine mistakes follow, it gets lumped in with those.

4. Despite the above, the Liberals haven't gained any traction outside of the media and punditry. This shows how weak they really are. Clever stunts aren't required to wipe out the Liberals, they'll do that
themselves. All the CPC has to do is run a consistent and gimmick free campaign, and a majority is the likely result.

5. Many of the CPC mistakes are correctable because the Conservatives have a professional organization, with the ability to make change quickly. The Liberal mistakes have not been covered as widely, but the Libs suffer from disorganization and lack of central control, so Liberal gaffes will -
continue - to - happen. For Liberal gaffes to be covered though, they need to be the only gaffes in town.

Week one is almost out of the way, lessons have been learned, apply those lessons for the coming weeks.


Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Let's see a Harper vs. Dion, True Leaders Debate

Let Elizabeth May and the Green Party into the leader's debate. Hell, why don't we let the Animal Alliance Environment Voters Party of Canada, the Canadian Action Party, the Christian Heritage Party of Canada, the Communist Party of Canada, the First Peoples National Party of Canada, the Libertarian Party of Canada, the Marijuana Party, the Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada,, the Progressive Canadian Party, and the Western Block Party into the debates as well.

But there should also be a new debate. A True Leader's Debate between the only two indviduals that have a realistic shot of actually leading the country after this election.

Let's have a debate between Harper, and Dion, about where they would lead the country. The other debate is becoming a joke, a crowded joke. Canada needs a True Leaders Debate.


NDP an obvious choice for Quebec growth

The NDP, or, as Jack and I like to call them, The New......Democrats, are going to make some noise in Quebec in this election.

(Former Parti Quebecoise Cabinet Minister Jacques) Brassard said Bloc Leader Gilles Duceppe has turned his party into a "clone" of the left-of-centre NDP. He added the Bloc appears to have put independence issues on the back burner and questioned the party's relevancy.

Both the Bloc and the Liberal Party are going to be net losers, at the net benefit of both the Tories and NDP. The NDP will most certainly come back to Ottawa with more seats than the Bloc..if not the Liberals. (Wow..could that actually happen?)


Liberal plane, pooping puffin..that's the best the media can do? Weak.

What is with the Canadian media when a pooping puffin trumps stories about Harper's 50% cut in the fuel excise tax, Dion's claim to double the Conservative $1200 child care credit, and George Bush's pledge to surge troop strength in Afghanistan?

Instead we get exhaustive coverage of the pooping puffin (which drove thousands more eyeballs to than normally would have visited, although that part of the story was not covered by the media), and Harper saying that if he had to describe himself as a vegetable, he'd prefer to be a fruit, sweet and colourful.

Yeesh. The major media frenzies so far have been about the Liberal campaign plane not being ready, and the puffin. The Conservatives can blame an overeager web designer for the pooping puffin, but the nation's newsrooms have no one to blame but themselves for the thus far pathetic coverage of election 2008.

Thank God for the unfiltered goodness that is CPAC.


I believe the puffin issue is

Monday, September 8, 2008

Dion vs. May - Bring on the debate

The broadcast consortium has decided that because three of the four parties did not want the Green Party in the televised debates, they could not participate. The Liberals were the only party in favour of the Greens participating.

Does Dion not recognize that most Green Party supporters are one time Liberal Party supporters? Why does Dion insist on giving them preferential treatment, when all they are doing is stealing votes from him?

Dion needs to start distancing himself from May, his deal is starting to come back to haunt him.

Or, if Dion wants to continue to have his votes drift away, and he wants Elizabeth May in the debates so bad, why doesn't he just debate her himself? I'm sure all the networks would cover it.

Because she would steal thousand and thousands of votes, at almost $2.00 each, from the Liberal Party. The Liberals literally can't afford any more financial seepage, they need to try to get those voters back. A new Green vote is likely a lost Liberal vote. Agreeing to allow the Greens into the debate, while fruitless, was a misguided decision.


Sunday, September 7, 2008

Unsolicited Advice: Make sure your campaign plane is ready to go on election call-day

Media is reporting that the Liberal Party was caught unaware by the Conservative's surprise election call. After a quick search for a jet resource, the party has now leased a thirty year old Boeing, from Inuit Airlines.

They also report that the plane won't be ready to fly by Sunday, the day of the election call. It won't be ready until the middle of the week.

Daniel Lauzon, a spokesman for the Liberal Party, confirmed that its jet, rented from Montreal-based Air Inuit, won’t be ready until Wednesday. Mr. Dion will meanwhile travel with journalists by bus to campaign events in central Ontario and Quebec.
Unacceptable. You need to have your plane on the tarmac, and jet off somewhere on the first day of a campaign. Why?

Both Harper and Layton went from Quebec to the Both parties will have fresh footage of local rallies in Vancouver and Calgary for nightly local news election coverage out west. By that time, Dion's dated Ottawa presser will be a foot-note.

Knowing their media brethren are jetting across Canada on a daily basis, in a modern jet with seat-back entertainment friendly do you think the Liberal bus-ensconced media feel?

People are starting to think of the Liberals as broke and unorganized..why start an election with a move that will reinforce that?

The plane had to be ready, if not for anything other than optics..evidenced from the current, less than flattering, media coverage. election call time..always have a plane ready, and take your leader from coast to coast on the first day.


Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Le Quebec prends les forces

This is by far the best Conservative ad to date.


The Carbon Tax explained

"Yes, you have a carbon tax, but all the money goes to tax cuts."

Stephane Dion, explaining the
Green Shift to reporters.


Stephane Dion: Still not a leader


Thursday, December 13, 2007

Mike Duffy confirms it: CBC wrote questions for Liberal MPs on ethics committee

Mike Duffy has confirmed the statement made earlier in the day by one-time Liberal MP Jean Lapierre.

Apparently the CBC fed questions to be asked of Brian Mulroney to Liberal MPs on the ethics committee.

In attempting to deflect criticism, a Liberal researcher contacted Duffy to say that the CBC did not provide the questions, only suggestions on which the questions were based...thereby confirming that the CBC was involved in developing the questions.

Want to bet that the Liberals have one less researcher tomorrow?


Friday, December 7, 2007

NDP MP Irene Mathyssen unites the left

NDP MP Irene Mathyssen has in one fell swoop made a mockery of Jack Layton's claim to want to make Parliament work for Canadians, and ended Jack's dream of becoming the official opposition.

The next time Jack says that only the NDP wants to make Parliament work, all the other parties have to say is, "No, all you and your MPs want to do is sling mud and cast dispersions, like you did to James Moore".

Even Stephane Dion should be able to manage that.

For the NDP to attain its goal of becoming the official opposition, they needed to demonstrate consistent professionalism and maturity. This episode has ruined any chance of that ever happening.

Jack might as well start negotiating the absorption of whatever rump remains of the NDP after the next election into the Liberal or Green party.


Friday, November 30, 2007

Inquiring minds want to know

As of this posting it has been 85 days, 21 hours, 24 minutes, 22 seconds since Stephane Dion said he would be very pleased to visit Canadian troops in Afghanistan.

So, with his pending visit to Bali, which is right around the corner from Afghanistan, what better time for him to live up to his promise and visit the troops! Bali IS in the neighbourhood after all.

Dion's excuse for not visiting the troops to date has been that he is too busy at home in Canada with the responsibilities of an opposition leader; too busy to go half way around the world to visit the troops. Interesting then that he can immediately make time to go half way around the world to a conference on climate change.

So, is trashing Canada's reputation at a major international symposium more important than supporting Canadian troops overseas? I guess we're about to find out.

Mr. Speaker, there is zero chance of me visiting the Canadian troops in Afghanistan


Thursday, November 29, 2007

From my cold dead hands rest-of-world..from my cold dead hands.

"University of Alberta researcher Denise Young, who led the study, suggests that provincial authorities or round-ups to eliminate the threat — methods that Americans use to get guns off the streets.",2933,313844,00.html



Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Vote now! Should the government heed McGuinty's call to strip the Maritimes of seats in Parliament so they can be given to Ontario?

The Maritimes are over-represented in the House of Commons based on the number of seats they have in Parliament vs. their population. For example, PEI has 4 seats in Parliament, when in a true rep by pop scenario, they should have 1.

Last week, after the government released a plan to give Ontario extra seats, Premier McGuinty came out and said he wanted true rep by pop for Ontario. In short, he wants all his new seats, plus he wants another 10 back from the Maritimes as well.

Traditionally, Ontario, as the grandfather of confederation, has been willing to let the Maritimes "borrow" the extra 10 or so seats to which it is entitled.

This is the argument that Peter Van Loan tried, badly, to make last week when he called Permier McGuinty the "small man of confederation" for wanting his seats back from the Maritimes. Ontario has traditionally deferred receiving its full Parliamentary power so that the smaller provinces could have a bigger voice.

Now McGuinty is calling for true rep by pop. He wants the Maritimes to be stripped of seats so they can be transferred back to Ontario.

What do you think? Short sighted me-me-me Toronto-centric attitude, or is a new seat distribution in the House of Commons in order?

Time to redistribute seats in the House of Commons?
Yes, I agree with McGuinty. Give the Maritime seats back to Ontario
No, I disagree with McGuinty. Let the Maritimes keep Ontario's seats


Thursday, November 22, 2007

Stephane Dion: My family was so poor, we didn't even know what we speak about!

Stephane Dion on growing up poor: "We were the last in our neighbourhood to get a TV, the last to get a car. My parents had headaches about how to pay for the house."

Note to Stephane Dion. Before saying that you know the ravages of abject poverty first-hand having grown up as the son of a mere university professor, perhaps try to imagine this.

The poor are not the last ones on their street to get a car, they could never afford a car. The poor do not have problems paying for their house, they could never get a mortgage. In some part of Canada, the poor don't even have indoor plumbing.

If my neighbour has a Mercedes, and I only have a Cadillac. Does that make me poor too?

Stephane Dion demonstrating how much credibility he has on the poverty file


Tuesday, November 20, 2007

James Travers conspicuously distances himself from official Liberal position

That the Liberal friendly columnist for the Toronto Star, James Travers, has come out against Stephane Dion's call for a wide open public inquiry into the Shreiber Affair is quite interesting.

Mr. Travers has for some time been part of the Liberal inner-santum, entrusted with secrets that those outside the party's powerful elite, like Stephane Dion, are completely unaware of. If James thought only the Conservatives would be punished, he would be joining the Liberal hue and cry for complete disclosure and investigation. For Travers to come out against a wide open inquiry indicates that there must be several Schreiber skeletons hidden in the Liberal closet.

The question this brings to mind is: what does James Travers know, and when did he know it?

So in the interest of full disclosure, I will add my voice to Stephane Dion's and call for a full and far ranging public inquiry into the Schreiber Affair.

It seems quite obvious that James Travers has to be brought before the public inquiry and compelled to tell Canadians what he knows. It is likely that he has shared/schemed with other denizens of the Toronto Star news room, so they should be brought forth for questioning too. Certainly with these two entities in cahoots, someone at Torstar corporate must have known what was going on. They will have to testify. Who else writes for the Star that might know something about Liberal/Schreiber shenanigans? One time Paul Martin advisor Scooter Reid? Haul him in as well. Now that Scooter is in the mix, we'll have to haul his old boss before the inquiry too; we know Paul Martin thinks highly of public inquiries so he should be happy to appear. But, if Paul Martin appears, his one time boss will have to testify as well. I'm sure the Chretien prime-ministerial closet could use a good airing out.

So for once, I agree with Stephane Dion. The truth must come out! Why have an inquiry when you can have an inquisition?

Of course, this is all malarkey. But it demonstrates the partisanship evident in what Stephane Dion is calling for, and how ridiculous it all is.

Rather than screaming from the rafters for an inquisition, Stephane Dion should be quiet and sit down. At least we know he has experience doing that.


Wednesday, November 14, 2007

What's in a name?

I'm no political scientist or media guru, but as I see it, this whole Mulroney-Schreiber Inquiry can go two ways in the press.

1. It gets called, "The Mulroney Inquiry"

2. It gets called, "The Schreiber Inquiry"

If I was a Conservative or Liberal spinner, I'd be out there hustling and thinking up some way to brand this thing with my preferred choice...right now.


Lost in translation

We all know by now that Stephane Dion doesn't speak English very well, but does he not understand it very well either? As the transcript below reveals, he is limited to sticking to his script when trying to push the government for answers. When the answer you recieve to your first question makes your next question irrelevant, would it not behoove a leader to be ready with a back-up question, rather than press blindly ahead and look ridiculous?

Where is the ability to adapt, improvise and think on his feet that a national leader has to have? If Stephane Dion isn't up to the job of leading the questioning in Parliament, then he should sit down and let Michael Ignatieff run the show in QP.

Dion looked a bit foolish, and his inability to press the attack almost overshadowed Liberal efforts to gain traction on the issue.

Hon. Stéphane Dion (Leader of the Opposition, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, for months the government has known about very serious allegations concerning former prime minister Brian Mulroney. It received hundreds of pages on the whole affair. The Prime Minister even received personal letters from Mr. Schreiber and yet the government did nothing for months. Why?

Right Hon. Stephen Harper (Prime Minister, CPC): Mr. Speaker, last week I announced that as a result of a sworn affidavit that has been filed in court the government would appoint an independent third party to advise the government on how to proceed with such allegations. Let me make clear what we will be doing. We will be asking that independent third party, whom we will be naming very shortly, to provide us with the terms of reference for a full public inquiry as well as any other course of action that the independent party deems appropriate.

Hon. Stéphane Dion (Leader of the Opposition, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, the information prompting a reaction from the Prime Minister had been in his hands for months: a letter from Mr. Schreiber, marked “To the Addressee Only - For His Eyes Only”. This from a Prime Minister obsessed with controlling everything down to the last detail, as his caucus knows all too well. The Prime Minister is hiding behind the PCO and junior staff in his own office. Will he step up to the plate and do the right thing, that is to launch immediately a full public inquiry?

Right Hon. Stephen Harper (Prime Minister, CPC): Mr. Speaker, I just answered this question about a public inquiry. The independent third party will give the government the appropriate terms of reference for such an inquiry, and such an inquiry will be launched. Let me just speak to this issue of the letters, which the Leader of the Opposition alleges I have. Let us be very clear. I remind the Liberal leader that Karlheinz Schreiber has been the subject of extradition proceedings by the federal government for the past eight years. I can assure the Leader of the Opposition that when somebody writes about his extradition proceedings, that is not handled by the Prime Minister. That goes to appropriate government officials.

Hon. Stéphane Dion (Leader of the Opposition, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, even Mr. Mulroney is calling for a full public inquiry. The Prime Minister must be the only person who does not think it is a good idea. Why? What is he afraid of? Will he do the right thing? Will he take on his responsibilities and call a full public inquiry now?

Right Hon. Stephen Harper (Prime Minister, CPC): Mr. Speaker, the problem is that the Leader of the Opposition had whipped himself up into that question and has failed to listen to the previous two answers. That is precisely what the government will be doing. Under the circumstances, the independent party that the government will be employing will be making a recommendation to the government on the appropriate terms of inquiry for a full public inquiry.

I know who is the one to be blamed


Saturday, November 3, 2007

Quotable Quote of the Week

Eager for a by-election to be called so he can get a seat in Parliament, Bob Rae quipped:

"We're getting a dog and we're going to call it By-Election, so I can call it myself."

Bob Rae

Ha, ha..good one.


Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Liberal Party party president goes vacationing

Liberal party president (Senator) Marie Poulin, was nowhere to be found on Tuesday.

While her office refused to comment, confirming only she was not going to be present for the reading of the speech from the throne, sources said Poulin is vacationing in Bermuda.
Great time for a party president to be on vacation, don't you think? Not that there is a crisis in her party or anything. And Senate attendance is certainly optional, especially during a speech from the Throne.

Stephane Dion can't find a right hand man..or woman..for Quebec

After the disastrous by-elections in Quebec last month, Stephane Dion followed the rantings of the pro-Ignatieff lobby and declared Denis Coderre would be replacing Marcel Proulx as his Quebec lieutenant.

Once Proulx heard that he was to be replaced with Denis Coderre, he quickly resigned.

Then Coderre flip-flopped on his acceptance of the position, and declined to take the post.

Then Dion approached Celine Herveux-Payette, who quickly said no.

Now Montreal area MP Pablo Rodriguez has also declined to take Stephane up on his offer.

So after all their squealing, the pro-Iggy cadre now want no part of Dion's organizing efforts in Quebec. So who does that leave to guide the Liberal Party in Quebec? Well, it leaves Marcel Proulx, who Dion apparently approached and offered a second chance at the job. Proulx politely told Dion where to shove his offer.

The question now is: Who the heck is going to end up in the position of the Liberal Party's Quebec Lieutenant? Are they going to be able to turn anything around? Not likely.

Has Stephane Dion tried asking Jason Cherniak? He is looking for a new job and is up for a challenge.

update: Celine has come back and said yes! Praise be.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Ontarians won't vote Liberal twice in one election cycle

The Dalton McGuinty win in the Ontario provincial election is the final nail in the coffin of the Stephane Dion led federal Liberal Party.

John Tory lost solely due to his gaffe on Faith Based Funding for schools. Also known as the far less menacing, Inclusive Education Funding. As I've stated before, it was a dumb idea, voted in by a short sighted membership, and inadequately sold by an earnest but ultimately ineffective leader.

But with the provincial Liberal record of lies and broken promises, my guess is that thousands of Ontarians feel a little bitter about having to vote for Dalton. But they will have a chance to get back at the Liberal brand; at Dion's expense.

Dalton got electorally lucky. Now Stephane is now in for an electoral bruising.


Thursday, October 4, 2007

It's the $900 tax cut, stupid

The 5 faux-pas' of John Tory's Ontario campaign.

Mistake #1. Not coming out of the gate saying they were going to cut the McGuinty $900 health tax.

Mistake #2. Coming up with the idea of tinkering with the school system, especially in a fall election. Bad move.

Everyone is already spending their September all stressed out about getting their kids into school, and then Tory comes along and adds to their school-related stress. McGuinty's stay the course solution obviously offers more comfort to the voters.

Mistake #3. Spending three-quarters of the election on the defensive trying to explain their education idea, instead of saying they were going to cut the McGuinty $900 health tax.

Mistake #4. Offering a free vote on their education idea, instead of talking about their plan to cut the McGuinty $900 health tax.

Mistake #5. Talking about anything else right now other than the fact they plan to cut the $900 McGuinty health tax.


Wednesday, October 3, 2007

CTV's Robert Fife drums up the wrong facts?

It has been quite some time since Robert Fife broke a political news story. Likely because in past Liberal governments, inside info was extremely easy to come across; a trend we see continuing in the Liberal Party today.

With the Conservative government's tight hold on messaging resulting in less leaks to media, is Robert's lust for breaking news leading him to see things that
aren't there?

Robert Fife hit the airwaves last night with a tale from an anonymous source that the Government had decided to replace General Hillier as the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), and would not be renewing his term appointment.

Today, first Defence Minister Peter MacKay, then Prime Minister Stephen Harper, shot down Fife's erroneous report. Both added that the service provided by General Hillier, in his role as leader of the Canadian Armed Forces, has been top-notch.

"There has been no discussion in my office or with me with any senior officials about the possibility of changing the Chief of Defence Staff," said Harper.

And it should be pointed out that being the Chief of Defence Staff does not come with a set "term". The CDS serves at the pleasure of the Prime Minister, so there is no term to extend or end anyway.

So not only has the PM not been planning to evict Hillier from his job, the subject hasn't even come up for discussion. That is because the government, and most Canadians, realize that the General has been doing a great job. And as the Prime Minister stated, "As a matter of fact, I think I just approved a pretty good rating for (him)."

In the end, it would appear that Fife's source was seriously misinformed, and Robert could lose a great deal of credibility.

Or, is there a chance that he was purposely fed that information, so the resulting story could tell the "my way or the highway" general that he had better start toeing the government line, or he could easily be replaced?

Naahh, who could be that politically devious?


Gilles Duceppe to quit (again) - will he give up Canadian pension?

Word has come out that separatist Bloc Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe will be retiring after the next federal election.

The question I'd be asking him is, as a staunch defender of the right for Quebec to exist as an independent country, will he now announce that he will decline to collect the MP pension provided to him by the taxpayers of Canada?

Or will he continue to suck on the teat of Canadian largesse for the rest of his life?

Hypocrite or Patriot. Which is it Gilles?


Friday, September 21, 2007

Fox promoted, looks forward to new position as head of chicken coop

While it may be a case of keeping your enemies even closer, the promotion by Stephane Dion of Michael Ignatieff super-supporter Denis Coderre, shows that the calvacade of big mistakes from the Liberal leader's office continues unabated.

Dion is candidly admitting that his own image needs polishing and, as well, it's believed he's getting ready to name a new Quebec lieutenant, possibly MP Denis Coderre, a former immigration minister.

I'm sure Denis Coderre will improve things for the Liberal Party in Quebec, just don't expect the infrastructure to be in place for the next election, more likely the results of his efforts wiill come to fruition in the election after next, when Michael Ignatieff is leader of the Liberal Party, and far too late to help Dion.


Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Dion: What to do, what to do... I know, support a terrorist!

Reeling from an ignominious defeat in this weeks by-elections in Quebec, including the loss of Liberal redoubt Outremont, what has Stephane Dion planned to resurrect his fast plummeting leadership?

It's not what I would advise him to do, but Stephane Dion is going to be backing the effort to have Canadian-born terrorist Omar Khadr returned to Canada.

No joke.

Stephane Dion spent the day following the Quebec defeat riding a tractor in rural Ontario, where he has zero prospects of victory. Then follows that up the next day by coming to the defence of Canada's most notorious terrorist.

It begs the question, is the infamous Liberal mole running Stephane Dion's agenda!?