Monday, June 26, 2006

Monday News Round-Up

1) Trouble on the Rock

2) Meanwhile, the money is flowing in Alberta. It will be interesting to see the PC leadership candidates all come out with detailed plans about what they intend to do with the embarrassingly large surplus. Ha ha ha!

3) That said, under Dalton McGuinty's latest plan, more money would be transferred to Alberta, and all the provinces, as part of a GST transfer. Uh-huh. Here's an idea: raise the provincial sales tax to make up for the GST cut (as pointed out by Paul Wells and...everybody else in Canada).

4) I'm glad Gilles Duceppe and Andre Boisclair are raising the important issues which effect each and every Quebecer... Harper may have sold out on the fiscal imbalance thing, but at least he's refusing to get sucked into the whole "is Quebec a nation" debate.

5) The book Ralph Klein threw at a page is up on e-bay. Place your bids!

6) The Hill Times has an article on the difficulty in signing up members for the Liberal leadership race. From personal experience, I'm fairly sure the numbers will be quite bellow what they were in 2003.

7) Politics did a series of interviews with the Liberal leadership candidates last week (although I don't think Dion made an appearance):

Monday: Dryden, Fry
Tuesday: Volpe, Findlay, Bennett
Wednesday: Kennedy, Ignatieff, Bob (interesting question on missile defense was asked...more on that later...)
Thursday: Brison, Bevilacqua

Also, Mike Duffy's interview with Stephen Harper is online.


  • Ah yes, Ontario should raise the PST to fix the fiscal imbalance. As if our PST isn't already the highest of all provinces. It's clearly not high enough! Infact I don't think Ontarians should even earn income anymore, Ontario should just simply take all the income in distribute it to the other provinces. We don't know how to spend our own money anyway!

    Ontario should come last to Ontarians. We are so selfish! God damn Toronto, those greedy bastards!

    At least that's the message I am getting from the left.


    Oh wait here's an idea, instead of raising the PST why doesn't the left simply allow other provinces to tax Ontarians? We already have GST and PST, why not QST? Heck let's pay GST twice and have the maritimes make us pay their HST! Woohoo! Problem solved leftists! If we paid sales tax to all provinces we would be able to pay close to 100% sales tax! Yeehaw!

    You better get started before the beer and popcorn industries start going off the charts!

    By Blogger What_The_Puck?, at 8:29 p.m.  

  • Why doesn't Ontario consider privitzing road maintainence, liquor stores, and auto/licence registries. It's been quite successful here in Alberta and has saved a fair chunk of change.

    By Blogger M. K. Braaten, at 8:48 p.m.  

  • Ontario has the capability to post a surplus now, and likely will next year. I don't really see where the "imbalance" comes from.

    When you transfer 1% GST to the province, it's the exact same thing as cuting the GST 1% and raising the PST 1%. The feds have already done their part so there's an opening if any province wants to complete the transfer.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 8:56 p.m.  

  • CG you make a good point that McGuinty could be running a surplus now - in fact he probably could have ran one last year as well.

    It's all politics for him because he has no successful record to run on, he has to pretend to be "Capt. Ontario" standing up for the people he has ripped off for the past three years.

    By Blogger Andrew Smith, at 9:32 p.m.  

  • I give McGuinty credit for actually doing something on the energy file... he could've easily just shuffled it off till 2008, but he made an unpopular move cause it had to be done.

    McGuinty may not be a great politician, his tendancy to over reach on his promises shows at least that much. But he doesn't dither, and he makes the decision. For that at least he's respectable as someone who does the right thing in the end (even if his initial vision is a little off).

    By Blogger Ivan, at 9:48 p.m.  

  • "It's all politics for him because he has no successful record to run on"

    Marked improvements in education, and I believe reduced waiting times in healthcare.

    I guess those things aren't very important...

    By Blogger Dan McKenzie, at 10:36 p.m.  

  • I for one wish we could go back to the Paul Martin way of mass purchuses of Liberal memberships in order to increase our numbers!

    How are dogs or the Cincinnti Reds 1974 lineup going to be members this time around if we force people to buy a membership with their own money?

    I mean I'm sure the 40,000 memberships or so that the Martin team sold around the country formed the base of his strong volunteer force that allowed him to win government.....oh yeah.....

    By Blogger Manitoba Liberal, at 10:55 p.m.  

  • hmmmm, I think its fair to say Quebec is a nation. i don't even think you would catch jean charest deny that Quebec is a nation. i actually found it somewhat odd harper would say that quebec isn't one, when all the areas he wants to win seats are full of quebeckers who think it is.

    the dispute isn't whether quebec is a nation it really is whats good for quebec? to stay in canada or not? for me, quebec is a nation but should stay a part of canada.

    By Blogger bza, at 4:28 a.m.  

  • "I think its fair to say Quebec is a nation."

    nation: The government of a sovereign state.
    nation: A politically organized body of people under a single government.

    So ...
    When can we stop funneling federal money into Quebec?
    When can we stop printing french on all our cereal boxes?
    When will Quebec appear on an atlas as a "nation"?

    Or are you refering to "nation" as the liberal left appease the seperatists to gain votes sort of way? Layton and half the liberal party (I always use half because they seem to be split on every issue!) use that tactic a lot. It's quite pathetic.

    If they want to leave so god damn bad I say we let them.
    The sooner we chop off that dead limb the better.
    They are just another issue that drags on the rest of us.
    Canada as a country has more problems to deal with than revisiting seperatism in Quebec every other week.
    It's bad enough they want more of our money, they are like a spoiled teenager asking for a bigger allowance.
    You just want to hit them so badly but you can't!

    Maybe once they seperate they will realize how good they had it in Canada.

    By Blogger What_The_Puck?, at 5:43 a.m.  

  • Wikipedia: 'The term nation is often used synonymously with ethnic group (sometimes "ethnos"), but although ethnicity is now one of the most important aspects of cultural or social identity for the members of most nations, people with the same ethnic origin may live in different nation-states and be treated as members of separate nations for that reason. National identity is often disputed, down to the level of the individual.

    'A state which explicitly identifies as the homeland of a particular nation is a nation-state, and most modern states fall into this category, although there may be violent disputes about their legitimacy. In common usage, terms such as nations, country, land and state often appear as near-synonyms, i.e., for a territory under a single sovereign government, or the inhabitants of such a territory, or the government itself; in other words, a de jure or de facto state.

    'In a more strict sense, however, terms such as nation, ethnos, and peoples denominate a group of human beings, in contrast to country which denominates a territory, whereas state expresses a legitimized administrative and decision-making institution. Confusingly, the terms national and international are used as technical terms applying to states, see country.'

    By Blogger LeoPetr, at 10:12 a.m.  

  • Ontario makes money on liquor stores. Privatizing doesn't make sense.

    By Blogger LeoPetr, at 10:13 a.m.  

  • Re: privatizing liquor stores in Ontario

    Excise and sales taxes from liquor sales would still flow into Ontario provincial coffers if the system were privatized. The question is which system (public or private) would take in more money? In the case of Alberta the answer was a private system.

    By Blogger Alberta Conservative, at 12:16 p.m.  

  • what_the_puck

    You should really read what leopetr referenced from wikipedia at 8:12 pm.

    I like your use of 'they' to refer to Quebeckers... You can't lump up all of Quebeckers when talking about their political inclinations. I hope you do realize that a substantial number of Quebeckers are not separatists and proud of their Canadian identity.

    And as for your comment on French on cereal boxes... if it bothers you so much, don't look at it. Better yet, if you find the French so offencive when you're pouring your cereal in the morning, take a drive to the US and buy some good ol' unlilingual English-only cereal boxes.

    By the way, there are substantial francophone communities in New Brunswick, Ontario and Manitoba, and elsewhere. The francophone population of Canada doesn't exclusively live in Quebec.

    By Blogger cat mutant, at 12:19 p.m.  

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