Thursday, September 22, 2005

Money for Nothing

While I don't support the idea of Ralph's 400$ rebate cheque, I'm going to get the cash regardless, so I've begun to think of fun ways to spend it. Among the possibilities:

Go to a nearest shelter and throw it at homeless people

Buy Stephen Harper a descent cowboy outfit

Have one meal with Joe Volpe (or, failling that, buy him his first pair of jeans)

Buy Andre Boisclair a Christmas present (4 or 5 grams worth of a Christmas present, that is)

Get Gurmant Grewal some better audio editing equipment

Hire one of Gary Marr's lobbyist friends...for 2 or 3 hours


  • I suspect my $400 will go to help heat my house this winter. I am not very optimistic about heating costs. Time to break in the wood burnign stove...

    By Blogger Glyn (Zaphod) Evans, at 4:48 p.m.  

  • Or, rather than waiting for the Tories to do the right thing, you could get 100 Alberta Liberals to pool their cheques to create a scholarship, or sponsor local events that promote Canadian unity.

    Finding the 100 Liberals, would, of course, be the tough part, but it would be all down hill from there.Take the power!

    By Blogger Mentok, at 5:18 p.m.  

  • You could always give it back, no one said you needed to keep it. I recommend sending it back to the Alberta Gov't with a note saying you rather them spend it on social programs because you are not capable of spending it yourself.

    By Blogger Ken Adams, at 5:53 p.m.  

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    By Blogger Ken Adams, at 5:53 p.m.  

  • Ken Adams said...
    "You could always give it back, no one said you needed to keep it. I recommend sending it back to the Alberta Gov't with a note saying you rather them spend it on social programs because you are not capable of spending it yourself."

    I've always said something similar to people who complain about receiving tax cuts. There is nothing stopping them from voluntary sending cheques to Revenue Canada. Sure, it doesn't generate nearly as much government revenue as taxing everyone, but every penny counts for underfunded programs such as the gun registry or EI. Ha.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:17 p.m.  

  • Just spent a couple days touring family & youth court. I say fund group homes and the entire child welfare infrastructure.

    By Blogger matt, at 7:31 p.m.  

  • I'm blowing mine on Lotto 6/49, liquor, gasoline and ciggies - you know, the stuff Ralph taxes.

    By Blogger AWGB, at 7:33 p.m.  

  • If I were a realter, I'd use mine mine and donate to the re-elect Guy Boutilier campaign... so I can prime Crown land up in Ft. Mac on the cheap.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:46 p.m.  

  • QuebecHarpermaniac says:

    Calgary Grit is right on. How dare that idiot Klein let citizens use the money directly as they see fit.

    Much better, it should be stuffed into envelopes and shipped out to campaign workers in Quebec "for the cause". Afterall, when Quebec's independence is on the line, we're all Liberals, right?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:43 p.m.  

  • If Ralph wanted to "give the money back" or whatever you call it, he should have brought in tax cuts. Alberta is in a position where they could probably abolish income tax (at least for lower brackets) if they wanted to.

    The administrative and logistic costs behind this are going to be enormous.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 1:06 a.m.  

  • CG,

    I wonder how much further we need to go in eliminating income taxes. We already pay the lowest in Canada, and ~16,000 is a pretty high personal exeption. Don't forget - income tax breaks help poor citizens ONLY IF they have an income. Course I suppose those that don't can always buy their own one-way ticket to Vancouver...

    --Matt O

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:48 a.m.  

  • Good list!

    For those wondering how Ralph will get the cash to the homeless people, I'm hoping he personally delivers it himself. *wink*wink*

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:51 a.m.  

  • Donate it to the Alberta Liberal Party!

    Not that I'm going to do that. That'll go towards my New Year's trip to NYC to visit my girlfriend...

    By Blogger Jim, at 2:53 p.m.  

  • Wouldn't 400 dollars get Warren Kinsella started in therapy?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:10 a.m.  

  • I sure picked a poor time to move to only pay twice the amount of tax... good times.

    By Blogger Keegan, at 8:49 p.m.  

  • I suspect my $400 will go to help heat my house this winter.

    There's already a rebate program in place for high heating gas prices. More cheques, yay!

    By Blogger Nastyboy, at 10:19 p.m.  

  • How about buying yourself a f*#@%ng clue!!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:46 p.m.  

  • why couldn't the Klein government think of anything to put the money into? are we up to date in all of our needs attention areas?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:22 p.m.  

  • Well, seeing how im not very old i probably wont see to much of the cash, maybe 2 dollars... To buy a candy bar...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:47 p.m.  

  • Raulph has made it CLear that he isnt running for premier again so he decided to leave a good image, when the "new guy comes" he'll owe all this money and have to raise taxes, hmm, we wont like that. And Raulph, who with be lieing on some beach in Hawiee, will not be quesstioned about his actions.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:52 p.m.  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:21 p.m.  

  • Guy Boutilier is an arse. When he worked as Minister of Alberta Environment he told staff to hire one of youth who used to work on a young people's advisory committee when he was mayor. His old executive assistant also told the department to his partner's niece.

    He has a reputation of treating public servants like crap and only pursuing opportunities that work to fill his need for publicity. He loves to flaunt his Harvard Masters, yet he cannot run an organization. Just ask the leaders or staff of any department he's ever worked in.

    He cannot understand complicated issues...and he's been largely ineffective in every ministry he's had the opportunity to lead.

    How can we enlighten the Fort McMurray area? They are not being best represented by this character. His showing in front of the EUB is but one of many examples of his ineffectiveness.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:14 p.m.  

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