A great man once said, "Politics is inherently stupid." That great man was me.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Our National Media: Damned if You Do

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

I would be Lying

...If I didn't admit that I am really itching for this to catch on.

"...his characteristics include sometimes thinking too highly of himself, and unwillingly making mistakes."

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I'm Sensing a Pattern Here....

"Change or I'll take you down: Ignatieff to PM"

Why yes, of course.

Let's have a coalition government that no Canadian voted for,

led by a man who was essentially acclaimed for his party's leadership position,

and who was parachuted in as the party nominee in his riding against the wishes of the local riding association.

Hey, I'm sure things will work out just fine for Ignatieff.

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Sunday, December 07, 2008

A Letter To An MP

Mr. Harris,

I am angered by the news that the Bloc Quebecois, the Liberals and the NDP are continuing with their plan to form a coalition government, in spite of polls that have shown more than two thirds of Canadians are opposed to the idea. In the last election, a whopping 74% of Canadians rejected Stéphane Dion and the Liberal party. But this pales in comparison to the fact that an astounding 82% of Canadians solidly rejected the NDP. The third player in this farce is the Bloc Quebecois, a party whose avowed goal is to tear the country apart.

Mr Harris, how is giving the Bloc veto power over a proposed coalition government's legislative agenda good for Canada, or the economy? Have you given any thought as to what would actually happen to the Canadian economy should the Bloc use their newfound power to push the separatist agenda and remove Quebec from Canada? The economy would lie in ruins.

But that shouldn't be a concern for your party - after all, this isn't about the economy, it's about naked political opportunism. The opposition parties, scared at the prospect of raising money in the same fashion that the Tories have been doing for over a decade - i.e. having their members actually believe enough in them to contribute a little of their hard earned cash - that they decided they would do everything they could to seize power from the current government before it had even tabled a budget. And when the contentious proposal was shelved, your party in concert with the other opposition parties refused to step down from the political brinksmanship and let the current elected government do it's job. We have in fact learned that the leader of your party had planned long before this to enter into a coalition with the Bloc. This has pushed Conservative support to an all-time high; polls have them in the mid-40's and one has them at 51% public support. Liberal and NDP support however has suffered a sharp drop. How do you feel about your leader's actions in destroying your party's public support?

This is unacceptable to the people of this country, as seen in the grassroots organized demonstrations that took place yesterday. They, with their homemade signs and Canadian flags, were a sharp contrast to the 'astroturfed' top-down pro-coalition demonstrations with their printed signs.

Will you stand up for the democratic rights of Canadians to elect their leaders? Will you oppose this coalition government proposal that is tanking your party's support?

It is simple: No Mandate. No Power.

This was a letter that a friend sent to NDP MP Jack Harris. I have published it here with their permission. If you value your right to have a say in who governs the country, e-mail yours and let them hear how upset you are.

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Friday, December 05, 2008

I'm part of the 51% Majority!


I'm thinking that a lot of those pundits who called Harper's days as leader numbered are going to be awfully quiet in the next few days. This crisis has not only excited and mobilized the Conservative base but brought to the forefront of Canadian's minds just how unready the opposition is to lead, and how dangerous and unstable the proposed coalition government would have been in these turbulent economic times. Ironically, this push by the opposition to form the government might end up handing Harper the majority that was always just beyond his reach. The question now is whether or not he can capitalize on the zeitgeist of the moment and keep up the momentum into the new year.

h/t SDA

Thursday, December 04, 2008

WHOIS behind makeparliamentwork.ca?

CTV has an article on the Blogosphere's reaction to the current electoral brouhaha (Props to Sandie from Crux-of-the-Matter for getting listed!). While perusing the article, I noticed the following:

"...Not to be outdone, supporters of the potential coalition government have also rallied online. Just like "rallyforcanada.ca," an opposing website, "makeparliamentwork.ca," doesn't say who is behind the site. But it does give the locations of a number of rallies its members can attend in cities across the country."

Following up on my discovery that the NDP is behind 62percentmajority.ca, I performed a simple WHOIS look-up on the the web address. It took me less than a minute to find out. Would you like to know who's behind makeparliamentwork.ca?

The Canadian Union of Public Employees.
You know, CUPE. That left-wing, NDP supporting labour group?

The real question, though, is why a lowly blogger with no journalism credentials whatsoever is doing a better job than the mainstream media in investigating the facts. It took me less than a minute to find out; the CTV staff apparently couldn't be bothered.

The Mole Strikes Again!

From CTV:

The Liberals have apologized for Liberal Leader Stephane Dion's taped televised address, after it was delivered to Canadian networks almost an hour past deadline and in near-cellphone quality.

"I apologize for what happened tonight. I apologize for the poor quality and the lateness. I am livid and am doing an investigation as to how this happened," Johanne Senecal, Dion's Chief of Staff, said to CTV News tonight.
Dion cannot even arrange to have a decent quality videotape delivered on time to the nation's broadcasters and yet he expects us to believe that he has the gravitas to lead us through this economic crisis. These are the people who want to form our government.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

If This is Really About the Economy...

Then where is this 'coalition's' economic plan? Back six weeks ago when we actually had an election, Dion's last-minute-scribbled-on-a-napkin plan was to hold a month of meetings on the economy - now it's 'the four wise-men' (and just in time for Christmas too!). The problem is, both Frank McKenna and John Manley don't want any part of it, meaning the only two left 'wise-men' left are a socialist and a former finance minister who dealt with a deficit by slashing government spending and oh gee, isn't that what Harper was going to do anyways?

It's up to Canadians now to be vocal and say No! loud and clear to the opposition. We had a vote six weeks ago and 74% of Canadians voted against the Liberals and 82% rejected the NDP. Having realized they could not earn power at the ballot box, they are now trying to seize it without the consent of the people of Canada.

No mandate, no power!


WHOIS the 62% Majority(.ca)? You'll Never Guess...

Apologies for the paucity of posting as of late;

A new website has been launched in support of the jury-rigged coalition of socialists, separatists and liberals who have decided that they're going to form a government despite being solidly kicked to the electoral curb a mere six weeks ago. It's called "62% Majority" and has links to events, petitions and facebook groups all in support of wresting power from the current government. It's hosted by the 'Coalition for Change', a benign-sounding Obama-esque bromide of a title if there ever was one. There is a logical disconnect here, firstly, in assuming that anyone who supports this coalition is part of a 62% majority of voting against the Conservative party. While Harper's Conservatives only garnered 38% of the vote, Dion's Liberals earned even less at 26%; The NDP received a mere 18%, and the Bloc barely scraped just under 11%. From that viewpoint, 74% of Canadians voted against the Liberals and an astounding 82% against the NDP.

And exactly how many Canadians voted for a coalition of three parties that received far less support each than the current government?

Zero percent

Think about this when you hear someone spouting this 62% nonsense: We may have a man who was soundly rejected by seventy-four percent of Canadians, just six weeks ago as our next Prime Minister.

Then again, the whole argument is moot (and quite pointless) considering that we vote for governments, not against them, that the current government was elected according to the system we've always used, and hey didn't Jean Chretien form successive majorities without ever scraping past 41% of the vote?

So, of course it all comes across as rather disingenuous; it's an intellectually dishonest argument from the get-go.

But should we really be surprised? After all, check out who 62percentmajority.ca is registered to:

Domain name: 62percentmajority.ca
Domain status: EXIST
Domain number: 2578356
Approval date: 2008/11/29
Renewal date: 2010/11/29

Name: Webnames.ca Inc.
Number: 70

Name: New Democratic Party of Canada
Number: 60039
Description: The New Democratic Party is a registered political

Administrative contact:
Name: Mr James Scott Williamson
Job Title: IT Coordinator
Postal address: New Democratic Party of Canada
New Democratic Party of Canada
300-279 West Laurier Avenue
Ottawa ON K1P 5J9 Canada
Phone: 1 613 2363613 x 2243
Fax: 1 613 2309950
Email: james@ndp.ca

Hardly a coalition of altruistic Canadians concerned for change and democratic principles. Meanwhile, the Facebook group for Canadians Against a Liberal/NDP Coalition Gov't has 38,000 members (and counting) and I haven't seen it mentioned in the media yet, even though publicity for a few small Anti-Harper groups is prominent.

Update: If you're so conscious about signing your party's name to your faux-grass-roots website, at least don't be dumb enough to use the exact same phrases, oh, I don't know, on your party's actual website.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Show Your Anger at the Opposition - Join the Group!

EDIT: Looks like it's almost up to 30,000. In contrast, "Canadians for a Progessive Coalition" has only 8,000 members.

If you're interested in joining a Facebook group almost 15,000 strong that opposes this undemocratic attempt by the opposition at seizing power, join "Canadians Against a Liberal/NDP Coalition Government." There are a lot of links to online polls where you can go and show your support for the current government and your anger at the opposition leaders.

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