Monday, June 25, 2007

Random News

None of these stories really catch my eye, but if anyone wants to comment, go nuts!


1. Stephane Dion, who voted in favour of Harper's Quebec as a nation resolution, wants Harper to clarify what Dion and most of the Liberal MPs actually voted for.


2. The federal building fire sale that I'd always thought was a fairly dumb idea could be hitting a snag.


3. Say it ain't so, Joe.


4. The Hill Times wades into the great NASCAR debate.

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12 Comments:

  • Yup - the whole "clarify Quebec's nationhood" thingy makes Dion look like a putz since he voted for it when Harper pulled a fast one on Duceppe. Not the smartest move on Dion's part.

    By Blogger Sean Cummings, at 8:23 PM  

  • Privatisation bundogle.

    Am I the only one in the country to read Cameron's book about the Mulroney years? This is Déjà vue all over again.

    By Blogger Altavistagoogle, at 10:37 PM  

  • So Dion wants to be known as the representative of Trudeau Libeals from Toronto rather than a ally of his own province. Apparently the Liberals have given up on francophone Quebec and are tryin gto protect their base in Toronto from the NDP.

    By Blogger nuna d. above, at 10:38 PM  

  • How does Dion's move in any way a Trudeau federalist move? He's calling for the same thing the sovereigntists are. I'd argue he's taking the nation thing further than Harper.

    By Blogger Dan McKenzie, at 12:15 AM  

  • CG,

    Get some rest. It's hard work. You don't need to feed the addicts.

    Jim

    By Blogger JimTan, at 2:00 AM  

  • It might be worth some clarification if Dion actually knew that he voted against recognition of "Quebec" as a nation (per the Bloc motion), but in favour of a motion recognizing "les Quebecois" as a nation within a united Canada.

    Not a lot different from a recognition of "Maple Leaf Fans" as a nation within a united Canada, really.

    Anyone who feels an affinity for la nation, is part of la nation. Anyone. Just as anyone who might identify themselves as TML fans are therefore fans of the Leaves. And M. Dion appears to be an idiot.

    So how many leaders feel like replacing M. Dion before it's too late? (Funny that Jimtan is now becoming a huge Dion fan, eh?)

    By Blogger paul.obeda@, at 3:23 AM  

  • Where is the need for clarity on this issue? Dion says it is so that separatist leaders don't make a race-based pitch.

    Why would separatist leaders use any definition of "nation" other than that which is most effective for them?

    Why would Harper clarify the phrase to ensure that separatist discussion takes place at a higher level, in a more favourable light?

    Why would Dion do that?

    Has Dion been misquoted or misinterpreted?

    If Dion really is eager to see the notion of Quebec as a sociological nation clarified, irrespective of language or heritage, strictly for the purity of the idea, what are his thoughts on Newfoundland? Nova Scotia? Cape Breton? British Columbia? Vancouver Island? Alberta? Etc.

    By Blogger matt, at 11:10 AM  

  • Oh. My. God. Stephane! Be quiet! Let this whole stupid nation business fall into the dustbin of history alongside "distinct society". Bringing it up again will only hurt the country and the party.

    By Blogger KC, at 11:11 AM  

  • Thanks Kyle.

    By Blogger Glen, at 7:45 PM  

  • Dion 1.0 = Captain Kyoto

    Dion 2.0 = Captain Kandahar

    Dion 3.0 = Captain Clarity

    By Blogger Calgary Junkie, at 11:05 PM  

  • I respect Dion for being honest even when it doesn't appear to be politically smart.

    It's called statesmanship.

    On the other hand, Harper bribes Quebecers ( an extra $1.6 Billion anyone ? ) and promotes partisanship.

    It is very much "Deja Vu all over again".

    Short term political gain at the expense of long term national pain.

    By Blogger Down & Out in L A, at 1:59 AM  

  • OMG!!!

    Are you guys following the weather disaster in Britain. Pretty scary!

    And, harper is a sponsor of the NASCAR races. Pretty sad!

    By Blogger JimTan, at 2:18 AM  

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