Monday, January 01, 2007

2006 Year in Review

Year in Review Quiz
Person of the Year

A look back to some of the highlights of 2006 and a look ahead to what's in store in 2007.

Big Votes of 2006
1. Federal election
2. NB and NS elections, plus the AB Tory leadership race
3. Quebec is a nation motion
4. Afghanistan extension
5. Same sex marriage here to stay

Bizarre Advertising
1. Soldiers in our cities. With guns. In Canada. We are not making this up.
2. Sing a song. A song for Jim. In Alberta. I wish I was making this up.

Celebrity Breakups
1. Bob Rae and Michael Ignatieff
2. Dick Cheney and the guy he shot
3. Duffy and Duffy
4. David Emerson and the Liberal Party
5. Joe Volpe and Jimmy K

Celebrity Couples
1. Stephane Dion and David Orchard
2. Stephane Dion and Gerard Kennedy
3. Maurizio Bevilacqua and Bob Rae
4. Peter MacKay and Condi Rice
5. Belinda Stronach and Tie Domi

Stars of 2006
1. The Harris gang - Baird, Flaherty, and Clement are all prominent in Harper's Cabinet.
2. Martha Hall Findlay
3. The Liberal mole
4. Shawn Graham
5. Stephen Colbert. Just because.

Losers of 2006
1. Jim Dinning
2. Joe Volpe
3. Rona Ambrose
4. The Republican Party
5. Paul Martin. Remember him?

To Watch in 2007
1. Quebec and Ontario elections (and maybe Alberta)
2. Harper Cabinet shuffle & a possible environment deal with NDP
3. Federal election speculation and star candidate recruits
4. Democrat and Republican nomination races heat up
5. Will the Harper budget "solve" the fiscal imbalance?


  • Re. solving the fiscal imbalance, maybe a (suspiciously large) cash transfer carved out of regular provincial transfers, presented as declining proportionally as the Tories continue their programme of tax cuts.

    By Blogger matt, at 12:00 a.m.  

  • If Harper doesn't light a fire under his own ass on the environment, NDP or no NDP, then he's a strategic fool. And I like the guy.

    Just my two cents.

    As I write this, there are still 749 days and 10 hours and 19 minutes and 13 seconds left of Bush's presidency. Jesus Christ! It feels like a decade already - is he ever going to leave? EVER?

    By Blogger Jason Bo Green, at 1:43 a.m.  

  • Not only do I not think Harper won't fall this year, but -- am I correct in understanding that elections are funded by individual private donations from the likes of us? That's right, isn't it?? Elections in Ontario and Quebec will make it a tough scrounge for money this year, no? So I'm thinking that not only will Harper stay in because people aren't ready to trade him in yet, but also there's just not likely to be the finances about to find out.

    By Blogger Jason Bo Green, at 10:20 a.m.  

  • Calgary Grit - two comments:

    1) Why didn't the Federal Liberal Leadership make your top 5 Big Votes of 2006?

    2) To your To Watch in 2007 list, I would also add Saskatchewan to the first point. Little doubt Calvert will have to pull the plug this year, and it will be an exciting election. Very likely a big switch in power from the NDP to the SK Party, with the future of the Saskatchewan Liberal Party for the next decade hanging in the balance depending on if they can eek out some seats. A sleeper, but one to watch!

    By Blogger Prairie Fire, at 2:18 p.m.  

  • Jason,

    federal campaigns are now financed for the most part by taxpayer dollars doled out on a per vote basis. Just dont expect Gilles Duceppe to send you a thank you card.

    By Blogger renegadejet, at 2:47 p.m.  

  • Who's the Liberal Mole? Are you sure you don't mean the Liberal Wonder Gnome aka Zippy.

    By Blogger s.b., at 2:52 p.m.  

  • Oh now I know who the Liberal Mole is. Of course!

    By Blogger s.b., at 3:08 p.m.  

  • prairie fire; yeah, fed Liberal could that one slip my mind.

    Sask will be an interesting election definitely...

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 9:21 p.m.  

  • from pool treatment specialist.

    By Blogger virocana, at 11:40 p.m.  

  • Exactly, CG, you totally missed the UK pool treatment story.

    And you call yourself a blogger!

    By Blogger Reality Bites, at 1:15 a.m.  

  • federal campaigns are now financed for the most part by taxpayer dollars doled out on a per vote basis

    Wow - I had no idea the per-vote-cash was so substantial in the big picture. I thought it assisted but was outdone by donations/contributions.

    Amazing - thank you for the info.

    By Blogger Jason Bo Green, at 11:42 a.m.  

  • But donations are still very important.

    The Conservatives have a huge war chest from past donations.

    Both parties put on a big push just before the end of the year, requesting more donations before the new reduced donation limits took effect under the Accountability Act.

    By Blogger Down & Out in L A, at 12:37 p.m.  

  • Swimmng pool guys don't get a lot of hot tub covers till we get "really" famous - but we live and breathe our hot tub covers regardless. hot tub covers

    By Blogger arppeggio, at 8:11 p.m.  

  • By Blogger raybanoutlet001, at 9:26 p.m.  

  • By Blogger raybanoutlet001, at 9:18 p.m.  

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