Monday, November 26, 2007

Random Stuff

-Saskatchewan tosses out the NDP then takes a Grey Cup a few weeks later - no surprise given the NDP jinx. It was interesting to see Jim Flaherty and Peter MacKay there to present the Grey Cup. I can understand why the Minister of Defense was there when the player of the game had three interceptions but the Finance Minister?



-Speaking of the aforementioned Flaherty, why is Peter Van Loan trying to pick a fight with Dalton McGuinty after Flaherty ended the era of provincial bickering this spring?





-It's great to see Stephen Harper leading on the world stage at the recent Commonwealth meetings. Harper's courageous fight against climate change action this weekend brought back memories of Brian Mulroney bringing the Commonwealth onside with Canada to fight apartheid in South Africa. Bravo Mr Prime Minister!


-For those following the Craig Chandler saga, it sounds like the PCs will be deciding to disqualify his nomination at a December 1st meeting which, one imagines, Chandler will not take sitting down.



-Mike Huckabee has a great add with Chuck Norris endorsing him. In Republican circles, Chuck Norris is third only to Jesus and Ronald Reagan for endorsements, so this should help.

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21 Comments:

  • Chuck Norris once moves to Alberta. Craig Chandler told him to leave. Craig Chandler has never been heard from since.

    Wait, my bad - he hasn't been heard from since because of the muzzle slapped on.

    By Blogger Glen, at 2:31 AM  

  • Great post. I didn't know Norris endorsed Huckabee. By the way, I appreciate you not making up the fact that Harper was against binding emissions targets which he was except he wants the big polluters like the U.S, China and India onboard. It appears the Liberal Party website says Harper blocked binding climate change targets. Unbelievable bs as usual coming from hard-core partisans.

    By Blogger Emil Vargas, at 4:04 AM  

  • Huckabee is a nut, but that was a funny add.


    emil,

    India is not a "big polluter" - its emission are way lower than Canada and it has done more since 2002 to meet Kyoto than Canada has, even though it is exempt.

    But don't let a little think like facts get in the way of spreading the talking points, eh?

    By Blogger Mike, at 4:22 AM  

  • Flaherty, Baird, Clement and Van Loan - the Mike Harris boys are angry because they tried to paint Dalton McGuinty as "not a leader" in the old days in Ontario and he beat the pants off them.

    They are participating in old fights that have nothing to do with federal government.

    The Harris boys nearly ruined Ontario and Ontario won't forget it.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:48 AM  

  • Mike,
    India's annual GHG output is 1,343 megatonnes.
    Canada's is 639 megatonnes.

    Still no reason to abdicate responsibility, but being uninformed about the problem (as you seem to be) isn't contributing to the solution.

    By Blogger Kyle G. Olsen, at 9:40 AM  

  • The Star criticises Harper... in other news, dog bites man.

    Harper could end poverty and the Star would come out with an editorial about how poverty was a good thing.

    By Blogger Robert Vollman, at 10:11 AM  

  • Well, it seems we have two more "small men" premiers - Doer and Charest - what's Van Groan going to do now - they agree with McGuinty and aren't happy about it either.

    This should be interesting.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:07 PM  

  • The only way Harper would ever end poverty is by having poor people executed.

    By Blogger Reality Bites, at 1:37 PM  

  • Kyle - yeah, but doesn't India have 30 times the population of Canada? That would still leave them in good shape on the per capita basis.

    Vollman - Every newspaper has trashed Van Loan over his comments.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 1:37 PM  

  • As far as why Flaherty was there, maybe it's because he's the closest thing that Harper has (or ever will have) to a Toronto minister?

    By Anonymous rutherfordliberal, at 1:41 PM  

  • It appears the Liberal Party website says Harper blocked binding climate change targets. Unbelievable bs as usual coming from hard-core partisans.

    What? Didn't every new agency say that as well?

    By Blogger Justin Socie, at 3:15 PM  

  • I hope Mike Huckabee is better made than the Total Gym 1000.

    By Blogger Havril, at 4:27 PM  

  • I'm not sure where the CPC will benefit from antagonizing Ontarians in this way.

    I suspect after the next election (in my opinion, a complete meltdown for the Libs, but that's just me), the LPC will hold a leadership convention, elect someone completely unassociated with Chretien as leader, and potentially come back as a stronger party.

    If Ontario gets 20 more seats by 2012, they may come into play in the Libs favour, but why the heck would SH care? He should be retired in the Bahamas by then.

    By Blogger Möbius, at 8:22 PM  

  • Bahamas? I'd expect that if nothing else, Schreiber and Mulroney will impress on all our politicians the importance of retiring to somewhere that lacks an extradition treaty. ;)

    By Blogger Reality Bites, at 8:43 PM  

  • What is so gratifying is to hear the Liberal position on climate change - I mean after having accomplished so much to thwart the perils of climate change while they were in office...

    By Blogger fair sailing, at 3:40 AM  

  • I wonder if Denis will continue to sell memberships quietly in Calgary-Egmont. Sold around 600 before the nomination so he is in a good position if the party tosses out Chandler as the candidate.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:49 PM  

  • You know, Möbius, I think Canadians are starting to become nostalgic for Chretien, simply because, well, people actually like Chretien, whereas Harper...is not very likable.
    As for a Liberal meltdown, I wouldn't bet on it. If I recall correctly, nobody predicted the extent to which the Tories would be reduced in the '93 election. Most Canadians seethe with rage in such a nice understated way, as opposed to the ideological troglodytes, who have nothing better to do than to call talk-radio shows and bitch and bitch and bitch, get weepy-eyed over the Red Ensign and nostalgic for the good old days when wives kept thier mouths shut, when queers were in the closet and the frogs knew thier place, dammit!, and everyone was white and WASPy. These men, with thier cries of TREASON! and UN-CANADIAN! that are dissonant to most, and whose values, if you can actually suss them out from all the slogans and platitudes, are increasingly (I should really say, were always) at odds with how most Canadians feel will not be around for long. There's only so many ways you can say "God bless us, fuck the poor" before it gets boring. The political discourse in this country has become stupid and reactionary. Like consevative talk-radio and Sun newspapers.

    fair sailing: The reason the Liberals were so slow on Kyoto was due to too much corporate influence and a fear of alienating Western Canada, considering that Alberta is the biggest polluter in the country. Yeah, those pinko easterners actually cared what westerners thought, but many westerners were too busy with their fantasies of victimisation to notice. Oh well. C'est la vie.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:59 PM  

  • You know, Möbius, I think Canadians are starting to become nostalgic for Chretien, simply because, well, people actually like Chretien, whereas Harper...is not very likable.

    That's certainly not the impression I get from folks I know. They think JC "got away with it", and likely will be in the Mulroney chair, 10 years from now.

    By Blogger Möbius, at 7:47 PM  

  • nobody predicted the extent to which the Tories would be reduced in the '93 election.

    Where the hell were you? They were doomed from the start of the campaign, because PC voters were deserting Mulroney even before he retired, due to arrogance and corruption.

    At least we have some self-respect.

    By Blogger Möbius, at 7:50 PM  

  • Not sure who the "we" your referring too as I don't know your political leanings, but JC got away what? The hotel thing was tacky, but mostly old school pork barrel. He wasn't connected to adscam. Something about golfballs. Are there other rumours floating about or is it just hatred? I'm not a Jean booster; he did some stupid things like the EH-101 contract cancelation. Didn't he also cancel a deal to buy nuclear subs? Or was that BM? Can't remember. Those subs would be pretty handy up north now. Mulroney always had that stink of corruption. Untraceable cash envelopes is way more serious than anything JC has ever been accused of. I just can't picture JC as that corrupt, let alone that greedy. He seems to have different motivations. Brian likes the high life, live in Palm Beach, buy more shoes for Mila etc..., Jean seems relatively low key, in comparison. But hey, you never know. Apparently, Karl-Heinz had dealings with Liberals too so he might have some dirt... If there's evidence of corruption, let the chips fall where they may.

    And yes, everybody did know that Tories were going lose, but not virtually obliterated with two seats. It was a historic loss. It killed the PC party. How often does that happen?
    "They think JC "got away with it", and likely will be in the Mulroney chair, 10 years from now." If he's still around!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:15 AM  

  • Great to see Huck stealing Ron Paul's "eliminate the I.R.S." policy.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:15 AM  

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