Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Tuesday Hits

-Fresh off his quest to end ATM fees, Jack Layton has found a new cause du jour.

-Obama makes it 9 in a row with a win in Wisconsin...and I'm gonna assume Hawaii makes it 10 later tonight.

-Good policy and good politics out in BC. It's nice to see some small "c" conservative governments in this country doing something about the climate change crisis, rather than resorting to wild fear mongering.

-Kosovo declares independence and Castro retires. I won't add any links since I'm sure my readers have mastered google. But feel free to comment.

-The good people at RottenTories.ca have been busy. The Edbay ad above popped up this evening along with the following returning officer application form:



  • This is the way that the Liberal Party in Alberta and Ottawa need to go.

    "The details of Obama's January fund-raising illustrate just how much his campaign has been able to chart a new path for the presidential race. He brought in $28 million online, with 90 percent of those transactions coming from people who donated $100 or less and 40 percent from donors who gave $25 or less, suggesting that these contributors could be tapped for more (donors are limited to giving $2,300 per candidate during the primary season.) More than 200,000 of the campaign's nearly 300,000 donors in January were first-time givers to Obama.The campaign's success over the Internet has freed Obama from having to take valuable time off the trail for fund-raising events for major donors — just $4 million in January came from traditional fund-raisers."

    By Blogger JimTan, at 12:28 a.m.  

  • Agreed about BC; and it's not even that they're that conservative; certainly not as Conservative even as the PCs in Alberta. I like the BC Liberal Party actually, they've done a lot of good for that province, and this latest budget shows that they "get it".

    By Blogger Brandon E. Beasley, at 1:12 a.m.  

  • The BC carbon tax is a joke. It won't reduce emmissions. Just a tax grab that makes people feel good inside when they think they're making a difference but aren't actually doing a single thing about it.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:51 a.m.  

  • I'm really uncommitted about the BC carbon tax - I've read many convincing arguments about how it will/will not work. I'm excited someone's gone ahead with it so we can all observe and study and learn - if it does work out, then others can implement it. If it doesn't work, we can move on to trying another plan. I'm happy either way.

    By Blogger Jacques Beau Vert, at 3:02 p.m.  

  • It's a quibble but I think small l liberal might be a better characterization than small c conservative.

    Whatever you call them I think they've done an excellent job in this budget. They've implemented what most advice says is the only effective mechanism to change behavior and they've done it without increasing the overall tax burden.

    Tax the things you don't want ( GHG emissions ) and don't tax the things you do like ( income and jobs ). It's straight out of the Green play book so I'm surprised at the apparently luke warm response by the Green Party.

    By Blogger KevinG, at 4:12 p.m.  

  • Of course the BC carbon tax makes sense because it is revenue neutral (not a tax grab) and puts a price on carbon in the marketplace (albeit an artificial one). They even managed to avoid the problem of lower income people paying higher energy costs but not receiveing any income tax cut by building in a rebate. It makes so much sense I'm surprised it happened.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:30 p.m.  

  • jimtan, the trouble with the Liberals taking an Obama approach in Canada, is that I am not sure Canadians are ready for 'ope.

    By Blogger french wedding cat, at 8:41 p.m.  

  • "is that I am not sure Canadians are ready for 'ope."

    What's 'ope?

    By Blogger JimTan, at 1:16 a.m.  

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