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One-Trick Ponies

The governing Conservative Party of Canada has launched its latest attack ads against Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and there has been a slight shift in strategy. They have decided to employ a two-tier advertising strategy.

The first tier is to have taxpayers pay to advertise the Conservative election platform and the second is to attack Justin Trudeau as usual, although in a kinder, gentler way. The new Conservative attack ad is – embarrassingly – a retread of an NDP ad from 2011. The staging is identical, the script almost the same only the NDP weren’t talking about Justin Trudeau.

Oops! Continue reading

Eight Seconds

You have eight seconds to read this post.

According to a research study just released by Microsoft, eight seconds is the attention span of the average person today. This is a 30% reduction since 2000 and is shorter than the attention span of a goldfish – or the average politician.

Science points to all the gadgets we have these days as being the primary culprit for our declining ability to stay focused on anything for very long and they may well be right. God knows we have more than a few gadgets to pre-occupy us. People switch back and forth from gadget to gadget in a frenzied attempt to stay current on the most trivial.

“I like bacon”

“Cheryl just washed her hair”

“Look at this picture of adorable kittens” (again and again and again….) Continue reading

No Tax On Tampons – Let Freedom Ring

So – let me see if I’ve got this right.

We’re at war in the Middle East and teetering on the brink of conflict in Ukraine, our cities are littered with food banks because too many among us can’t afford to feed themselves or their families, there is an obscene increasing income disparity, unemployment remains where it has been since the 2008 recession, manufacturing jobs are in decline, our dollar has lost 20% of its value and is heading south, we have Senators charged or on trial for fraud and corruption which appears to reach into the Prime Minister’s Office, an inquiry into political corruption wrapping up in Quebec and at least two police investigations into the activities of the Ontario government.

We are so poorly governed that our infrastructure is crumbing, our health care system is eroding, teachers are going on strike in Ontario, xenophobia and misogyny are on the increase, entire groups of people have been reduced to negative stereotypes, too many aboriginal communities lack basic services like potable water and fire-fighting, we have people sleeping in our streets, gang violence on the increase in our cities and what do a large number of people in our country, including many politicians, consider a pressing issue?

Eliminating the GST on menstrual products – the Sisterhood has decreed that they are unfair to women and a government only too willing to erode our rights, misrepresent the truth about our fiscal situation and which violates our constitution as standard operating procedure – agrees. Continue reading

“You’re Gonna Have To Serve Somebody”

“You may call me Bobby, you may call me Ray
You may call me anything but no matter what you say.
“You’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You’re gonna have to serve somebody,
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody.”

– Bob Dylan

To paraphrase Thomas Payne, the best that can said about government is that it is a necessary evil. Where a society is established and develops based on a common desire to advance, government is the instrument of restraint. What society evolves; government erodes.

What society creates – government corrupts.

The great talent of government is its ability to divide the people of a society for no government can stand against a people united against it. This is proven repeatedly as corrupt democratic governments are thrown from office and tyrants and kings are torn down by revolution and rebellion once a people are united against them.

No government can survive without the support or the apathy of a majority of the governed. Either work equally well for those lusting after power. Continue reading

Hiding From Reality Behind Statistics

I’m feeling pretty good today; you might even say I’m feeling quite perky. The National Post’s Andrew Coyne has pointed out once again how well we are all doing in a recent commentary he wrote criticizing the Liberal’s recent tax strategy targeted to the middle class.

I don’t criticize him for taking a swipe at the Liberal plan. Like the Conservative plan, it’s selective about which Canadians receive benefits and which get chosen to help finance those benefits. It’s basically just two different approaches to arranging the same deck chairs on a ship. No matter which partisan arrangement you choose, it does nothing to improve the ship.

But while I have no issue with his criticism of Trudeau and the Liberals, I take great exception to the simplistic assertions he makes about the economic well-being of Canadians in general. Continue reading

Albertans Have Reclaimed Their Democracy

He was the White Knight that would save the Party; a Conservative Justin Trudeau, the anointed one and potentially the heir apparent to Stephen Harper. He parachuted into provincial politics from his high-paying banking position with all of the confidence that only a virtual guarantee of success can provide and it only took Jim Prentice eleven months to screw that up.

He was the Cool Hand Luke of Canadian politics; good looking, smooth and oh so very confident. Unfortunately, he not only started to read his own press clippings – he started to believe them. Continue reading

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