Monday, November 23, 2009

In Case You Missed It...

Some things in the news today...


1. There's been a big hullabaloo recently over ten percenters and a movement appears on foot to set guidelines, or to outright ban them. Good.

For the record, I think the parties would be crazy not to use them so long as they're allowed to, but if they're not going to be used for anything more than taxpayer-funded attack ads, there's really no point to them. If MPs can't use the toy responsibly, I think it's time to take it away.


2. Some more research projecting the HST "will increase capital investment [in Ontario] by $47 billion while creating 591,000 net new jobs".

But, you know, it's a greedy tax grab! And the price of a haircut will go up 5%! Stop the DST!


3. This is encouraging:

Donolo believes his task is "not so much to package (Ignatieff) as to unpackage him," allow him to be himself and to build on his strength as a thoughtful, insightful deep thinker - the very qualities that initially excited Liberals and evoked comparisons to Trudeau.

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Among other things, the long game is expected to include having Ignatieff spend more time on the road (as he did last week, although those particular cross-country appearances were planned before Donolo came on board), delivering a more targeted message and giving Canadians a clearer picture of what he stands for.



4. This is just weird:

Janine Krieber, the wife of former Liberal leader St├ęphane Dion, is known for being blunt and outspoken, but her online outburst over the weekend about how the party is heading for the "trashcan of history" left the Liberals and Leader Michael Ignatieff dealing with yet another self-inflicted wound.

7 Comments:

  • You post about this stuff and not collusion in and cover-up of torture? Dude?!

    By Blogger Eugene Forsey Liberal, at 6:22 PM  

  • Donolo believes his task is "not so much to package (Ignatieff) as to unpackage him," allow him to be himself and to build on his strength as a thoughtful, insightful deep thinker - the very qualities that initially excited Liberals and evoked comparisons to Trudeau.

    The problem with this, is that Ignatieff isn't a politician so he has no aptitude when it comes to filtering his message. Blurting out that Israel was guilty of war crimes is a perfect example that's come back to haunt the party. So allowing him to be himself could prove disastrous.

    By Blogger Robert McClelland, at 6:38 PM  

  • You think number four is weird? Get a load of this: http://www.stuff.co.nz/oddstuff/1751971

    By Blogger Volkov, at 6:40 PM  

  • It's really a weird-a prominent Liberal calling it like it is. The whole Dion thing was a bit of an aberration though. Luckily the party elites snuffed out that dangerous swing towards grassroots democracy and progressive politics.

    And Eugene, get with the program, with Ignasty leading the party, the last thing any good loyal Liberal wants to talk about is a torture scandal!! There are much more significant things for our political discourse to focus on-like technically legal government subsidized nasty attack pamphlets disputing which party can claim the honourary title as the most one-sided in enabling the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:32 PM  

  • Given how the HST has turned the three Atlantic provinces into economic giants I can't imagine what's taken Ontario so long to fall into line. They only have their "have-not" status to lose.

    By Anonymous herringchoker, at 11:25 PM  

  • Eugene, about the only reason many of us visit this site is because our gracious host doesn't try to blow everything into the scandal of the century. If there were a lot more people like CG in the Liberal party, those of us who tack to the right might consider voting Liberal.

    Heck, I'd have no problem voting for CG.

    (By the way, I have virtually zero sympathy for terrorists and Taliban who refuse to follow rules of engagement. Don't care if it is politically incorrect...you hide in a civilian population and take potshots at our men and women in uniform, you deserve whatever they decide to do to you. Probably a lot of Canadians, and not just CPC supporters, who feel this way, but won't say anything because of the PC police.)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:47 AM  

  • I believe one and all must glance at it.

    By Anonymous muebles alcorcon, at 5:42 AM  

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