Thursday, January 25, 2007

Mid-Week Musings

1. Hey - look who agrees that Quebec shouldn't be getting a special deal on the Boeing contracts? [well, look who "agreed" a year ago anyways]

We don't talk much in BC about the aerospace industry. Everybody thinks it's a Quebec industry. Well, I got to tell you - we have an aerospace industry here, and it is benefiting because the Liberal government of Canada is allowing the procurement process to be merit-driven. So we have Kelowna Flightcraft getting a major billion-dollar-plus contract. We have Cascade Aerospace, up the Valley, getting a billion-dollar-plus contract, because this government would not interfere for political reasons with the merit process of bidding and public procurement - not like the Conservatives did with the CF-18!

You want to know what a Conservative procurement process looks like, ask the people of Winnipeg how they liked it when they lost the CF-18 to a company in eastern Canada for political reasons.

2. BBG has a post up on a good cause.

3. Via Wells comes Rudy Gulliani's entire 140 page campaign plan (is this the work of the Liberal mole?). While it's certainly not a great way to launch a campaign, it could make for interesting reading for any aspiring politicos out there wanting to see how a US leadership campaign is run.

4. Day versus Wilkins

5. The Oscar nominations are out - not really a political link, other than the fact that Al Gore's doc picked up a pair of nominations


  • I'm really put out at Fortier's meddling in this Boeing contract - it should be merit-driven, not vote-driven, and I'm really disgusted with Fortier and the Conservatives right now. Er, isn't Harper meant to be a "western" PM? I was looking forward to a "new politics" without the same-old-same-old.

    Look again, I guess.


    By Blogger Jacques Beau Vert, at 9:36 a.m.  

  • Nice find on the speech. We Conservatives are super peeved about this. It makes a lot of people wonder if keeping Quebec in the country is worth the cost.

    By Blogger NorthBayTrapper, at 11:16 a.m.  

  • That begs the question of whether this sort of cronyism is necessary to keep Quebec (or any province) in the country. I'd say it isn't.

    By Blogger JG, at 11:21 a.m.  

  • There is going to have to be a line drawn in the sand with regard to Quebec.
    JG I would say that the pork barreling is necessary to keep QU. The amount of sludge shoved to QU not only affects the makeup of Parliament, but more importantly impacts on the Provincial elections. The recent history of which states, if we don't get what we want we'll vote PQ even though we know they'll call a referendum. There is no easy way to ween Quebeckers from their blackmail soaked teet.

    By Blogger NorthBayTrapper, at 11:27 a.m.  

  • I believe a simple way to put a cork in the pork so to speak, is to require a have-not province to put forward a balanced, non-deficit increasing budget, and a 10 year plan to retire their existing provincial debt.

    I'd have a whole lot less problem with equalization, if each province that received had the onus put on them to straighten their shit out.

    By Blogger Joe Calgary, at 4:59 p.m.  

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  • Good idea Joe

    But it would never fly. It's kind of funny though, Ontario would tall the Feds to butt out of their business as they try to get the city of Toronto to balance their

    By Blogger NorthBayTrapper, at 5:54 p.m.  

  • You know, I'd agree with that anyday, Joe. I have zero problem with equalization, but chronic dependancy does nothing for any province.

    By Blogger Jacques Beau Vert, at 6:10 p.m.  

  • The people in Quebec are very happy with the contract ebcause it is saving jobs here whereas Western provinces and their economies are running at full tilt.

    Aerospace is a staple industry in Quebec. If we want Bombardier not to shift facilities overseas, we have to keep doing what we are doing. I will not stna d by and watch 20 000 Montrealers be put out of work while people in Alberta have too little workers to fill up all the jobs.

    By Blogger Anthony, at 6:29 p.m.  

  • Antonio:

    Oh brother.

    By Blogger Jacques Beau Vert, at 7:48 p.m.  

  • Dan,

    Would you like to tell 10 000 or 15 000 people that they are put out of work because governments stopped subsidizing the aerospace industry in Quebec?

    Forget winning this not what the government is there to do?

    By Blogger Anthony, at 9:38 p.m.  

  • Antonio:

    No that isn't what they are supposed to do. They are supposed to make an environment where business can flourish. The market decides who is doing a good job and who isn't.

    By Blogger NorthBayTrapper, at 10:50 a.m.  

  • Antonio - well, I don't think it's Alberta that's complaining (wasn't it Manitoba?).

    I also don't think 20,000 people are going to get put out of work if Quebec only gets 30% of the Boeing deal instead of 40% or whatever Fortier wants.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 12:30 p.m.  

  • On the Boeing contract, the government is going to do the right thing after all.

    By Blogger Down & Out in L A, at 7:38 a.m.  

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