Thursday, June 11, 2009

So I Caught Mike Duffy Live Today...

...and it seemed a lot less biased than I remember it. Anyways, Harper was on the show and he was talking about how 80% of the stimulus money has been "implemented" already.

Now, being implemented apparently doesn't mean it's being spent...rather that there's a plan to spend it, or someone has thought about spending it.

Which is good news, because it means I've implemented at least 80% of my bill payments, household chores, and June office workload. I've also implemented some great blog posts, which you may or may not have the joy of reading at some point over the next year or two.

It also explains how Stephen Harper can be "writing" a hockey book, when all he's really done is watched a few hockey games and thought about how it might be fun to write a hockey book.


  • Yes, but watch the Liberals once again, vote in favor of Harper and keep his government alive at least until fall.

    By Blogger Kirbycairo, at 5:54 p.m.  

  • Doesn't the House have to pass a supply bill next week so the money can get 'out the door'?

    By Blogger wilson, at 6:15 p.m.  

  • And here is a quote by Iggy from the CBC pointing to how important the fiscal update from Harper is...

    "So I'm going to look at the report tonight if I get a minute and tomorrow, and then we'll make a decision."

    If I get a minute?!? Guess the probation is over as Iggy is too busy to take this seriously.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:26 p.m.  

  • Thankfully, Control-Freak Harper and Angry Baird will be happy to spend some of that money in f*****' Toronto.

    By Blogger Skinny Dipper, at 6:55 p.m.  

  • Well, geez anonymous. Harper just gave his little tap-dancing exposition and provided the report this afternoon. Ignatieff said he'd look at it tonight if he has time and tomorrow (as in all day tomorrow, probably with his shadow cabinet).

    Maybe he has a commitment tonight. Maybe he just doesn't want to jump to Harper's endless barks.

    If he does have a commitment tonight, was he supposed to lie and say he was studying it all night instead?

    It's not like Harper couldn't have shared a bit more data for, say, the past 3 months, which wouldn't make the song and dance so necessary.

    You're really stretching now. Give it a rest

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:57 p.m.  

  • More smoke and mirrors from a government that is tanking.

    As I've stated elsewhere, I wonder how much this farce cost Canadian taxpayers?

    By Blogger Big Winnie, at 7:09 p.m.  

  • So, afterwards economic experts all had smirks on their faces - one gave Harper a "C" and they all said Harper's plan hasn't helped the economay at all and the improvements in China and the US is what has helped.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:10 p.m.  

  • We know that this is normal for harper and his kin. What happened to the promise to see the 'mission' in Afghanistan through to the end?

    By Blogger JimTan, at 7:11 p.m.  

  • ...and it seemed a lot less biased than I remember it.

    Bada-boooom! Thank you, thank you, I'll be here all week. Try the fish.

    I'm 80% closer to getting out of this chair and grabbing a beer than I was 10 seconds ago.

    By Blogger Raphael Alexander, at 7:45 p.m.  

  • NOne of the stimulus money can actually "go out the door and be spent" until budget estimates are passed. The vote is scheduled for Friday, June 19.
    The only money that could actually be spent was the $3 billion the conservatives asked the opposition to pass about 6 weeks ago.
    Harper said about 80% of the stimulus money was "committed" - I take it to mean that projects have been approved and are or will be underway. Many are jointly funded and as in almost ALL government funded projects the funds don't flow until invoices are submitted.
    So, if the budget estimates don't pass NONE of the money can flow; we will be in an election and NO STIMULUS MONEY will be spent; all of those projects will be on hold and the country will hve to wait for a new government to pass a new budget and then the obligatory 4-6 months to passing estimates again.

    In my opinion whoever causes an election at this time in our country will be taking this country into a deep economic tailspin; driving away investors; and putting us into banana republic territory.
    But....political opportunists with HUGE egos just might be so pitiful and stupid.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:56 p.m.  

  • I'm not one for flat-out predictions but I'm going to say: no election. Are we seriously even wondering whether or not Ignatieff will trigger one? I don't see it. I'll bet ten bucks there won't be one.

    By Anonymous jason bo green, at 9:05 p.m.  

  • Won't the real Raphael Alexander please stand up ... please stand up ... please stand up ....

    By Anonymous ricky alexander, at 11:40 p.m.  

  • What's on your mind there, eminem?

    By Blogger Raphael Alexander, at 11:44 p.m.  

  • The key is this definition of implementation doesn't employ Canadians. It might've if it was done in Sept or if there wasn't a missing but paid-for-by-Canadians chunk of lost Parliament last June, and Sept-Spring.
    If there is an election I'm going to assess the long-term employment intesnity of their platforms/fsical-policy. I gave up last year becasue of lack of Stats Canada small-business data.

    If no election I'm going to focus solely on a blueprint for a sustainable Alberta economy that maintains a fossil fuel level of employment; AFAIK I'm the only one fighting for Alberta here. Most Conservatives and Albertans don't mind functioning as Nazi chemical suppliers; lobbies might delay it a bit but sometime before 2020 oil sands will be shut-down. Around 2040 when CCS will be ready if it works in AB geology. So that leaves about 20-25 years when a surrogate will be needed; most environmentalists would just kill tar without a replacement industry. I'm thinking the natural gas can be used for fertilizer but haven't looked in detail. No, a WMD is not a Provincial jurisdiction and no, we don't want the Book of Revelations. I'd guess if there is a God he would dumb down his messages to the IQ of his Prophets and I'd guess many of the hateful people who claim to be his followers will be going to Hell.

    By Anonymous Phillip Huggan, at 12:09 a.m.  

  • In Quebec we are hearing that this government is finished.
    Time for an election.
    We Liberals have NOTHING to lose and all to gain at this point.

    By Anonymous quebecoise, at 2:42 a.m.  

  • So, afterwards economic experts all had smirks on their faces - one gave Harper a "C" and they all said Harper's plan hasn't helped the economay at all and the improvements in China and the US is what has helped.

    Aaaand thank you for showing us how useless "stimulus" spending is.

    By Anonymous The Invisible Hand, at 11:16 p.m.  

  • "Aaaand thank you for showing us how useless "stimulus" spending is."

    Nope, Obama is doing a good job restoring confidence. Harper is doing his usual foot dragging and double talking.

    By Blogger JimTan, at 5:39 a.m.  

  • I want an election on Nov 9 - Harper's "fixed" election date. We need to put Harper out of our misery

    By Blogger kenchapman, at 12:46 a.m.  

  • If summer election I'll start a blog titled: "Employing a World Shell-shocked by Derivatives".

    It is a one time only offer to donate 1000 hours of my summer trying to pick up where Keynes died and measuring jobs in 5 Party platforms (and more). I've zero income living in the 2nd coldest city on Earth; I feel no obligation or desire to provide this beyond summer.
    IDK if a summer election is good; I liked a Bali election and trust any senior capable of choking and flipping a punk.

    By Anonymous Phillip Huggan, at 11:35 p.m.  

  • $%?&ing Ulan Bator (I *love* Toronto the most multicultural city on Earth). Sounds stupid to say 2nd; do they have windchills??

    By Anonymous Phillip Huggan, at 11:39 p.m.  

  • I'll be watching The National over the next 18 months or so for Swine Flu updates, assuming Harper doesn't axe CBC.
    Enjoy your 20th century jobs.

    By Anonymous Phillip Huggan, at 1:05 p.m.  

  • ...after tommorrow afternoon, my blueprint will be available for $100M CAD. Such defense of rich people from next decade is still a bargain.

    By Anonymous Phillip Huggan, at 9:42 p.m.  

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