Wednesday, October 12, 2005

In The News

1. Via Norman Spector's site, comes this very interesting story:
But even in an age when triple-digit bills are unremarkable, Gordon Ramsay's £100 pizza has caused a stir in the nation's dining rooms.

Anyone want to bet that the Minister of Immigration will be traveling to England on business sometime soon?

2. Stephen Harper has conceded he wouldn't win an election right now and might need the Gomery boost to form government. Even though that's likely true, I'm not sure how wise it is for Harper to publicly say this.

3. Dave Hancook is musing about giving Albertans two free years of University tuition. Assuming the Universities are funded to a level to ensure they remain (or, become) high quality schools, I think this is a great idea and the kind of "legacy" plan this government should attempt, rather than giving 400$ Ralph dollars to every Albertan.

4. Apparently the Canada West Foundation agrees. Their latest survey shows Albertans very cool to the rebate idea.


  • QuebecHarpermaniac says:

    Good on Harper. We have no chance to win an election right now. So, the last thing the Liberals should do is trigger an election right now.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:57 p.m.  

  • How about making the last two years of university free, instead of the first two years. Or have upon graduation an automatic conversion of student loans into grants.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:57 p.m.  

  • but making the first two years free doesn't do anything about tuition increases for the last two years. Two years 'free' and the $10,000 a peice for the last two? That wouldn't do anything to solve the problem of student debt.

    We'd assume that it would go by some sort of formula or something. Like always, the devil is in the details...

    By Blogger daveberta, at 3:41 p.m.  

  • crazyliberal said...

    How about making the last two years of university free, instead of the first two years

    I agree. Weed out the people who are just there to be there and reward those who actually finish.

    By Blogger Nastyboy, at 5:09 p.m.  

  • I think Harper is simply downplaying expectations.

    I'm one of the few people who doesn't think that Gomery is a requirement for a Tory minority government - though it's a nice addition to the mix - as I believe Liberal fatigue and a better endgame campaign for the Tories would be enough to raise those final needed points in the polls.

    I think he gave the safe answer.

    By Blogger The Hack, at 8:10 p.m.  

  • I think we are just not used to a politician speaking from the heart and honestly. It is not a trait that many of them have. Harper is an honest guy and some people just don't get it!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:44 a.m.  

  • So in the National Post this morning on A4 there's a comment from Harper will scrap the tampon tax.
    Tell us is that an inside thought Mr. Harper?

    By Blogger Rocket_Dawg, at 12:54 p.m.  

  • crazyliberal,

    I love the conversion of student loans into grants plan. That's just perfect.

    By Blogger Idealistic Pragmatist, at 2:39 p.m.  

  • Really effective material, thanks so much for the post.

    By Anonymous muebles rioja, at 3:27 a.m.  

  • By Blogger jeje, at 11:13 p.m.  

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