Thanks for the Memories....
From a tiny following, the blog has blossomed, giving a small voice to a not so insignificant segment of Quebec Anglo society that the mainstream media doesn't seem to address. It has been, to say the least, entirely rewarding and I've kept going far beyond where I first thought I'd go solely because of the readership.
But all things come to an end.
With the election of the Liberals and the prospect of the PQ dim for the short and immediate term, there is less of an impetus for me to continue.
Can we as Anglos and Ethnics claim victory over sovereigntist forces?
Perhaps yes, but the real problem was never sovereignty, but rather the treatment of Anglos and Ethnics by all Quebec governments.
It is sad to see that we continue to be viewed as interlopers, a people to be controlled not appreciated, an alien nation within the legitimate body politic of French Quebec.
Nope, I don't think so. I continue to believe that if Quebec chooses to remain in Canada, it is simply an economic decision, the alternative of an independent and truly French Quebec a dream too costly and unrealistic for a generation whose real values include Facebook and Nintendo.
I remain convinced that if Quebec had the wealth of Alberta's oil sands, this province would have overwhelmingly voted for independence years ago.
It's really just about the money and when Quebecers finally realized how much money Canada lavishes upon them, the independence movement withered.
Such is the reality of our Quebec society, locked into a loveless marriage of convenience, forever unhappy and unfulfilled but financially comfortable, a difficult trade off to make.
As for myself, I look forward to the summer, sipping margaritas by the backyard pool, leaving the bitching and moaning to others, God knows, I've done my share.
To those who have been faithful readers and contributors I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your interest, friendship and lively conversation.
I would never have come this far without you.
and so I fade to black....
I'll leave the comments section open for a while and the blog itself open for research purposes.
Thank you all once again.....
Posted on 1 July 2014 | 9:23 am
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CBC unveils plot to assassinate Alberta Premier Notley? Here’s what REALLY happened
Posted on 21 June 2016 | 4:02 pm
Sorry for the absence from the blog.. life interrupts these things occasionally.. and I confess Twitter and Facebook are easier to post stuff on that dont require essays.
Just to prove I am still on here.. a nice picture of Beaches-East York MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith and myself. “Nate” was in Brantford onTuesday for 2 events: a roundtable on his private members bill Bill C0246 (which he is trying to get passed to update the animal cruelty laws) as well as a local fundraiser. Here he is with one of the shirts the local Brantford-Brant Federal Liberal Association helped create and our past LPC candidate Danielle Takacs has been championing (and [...]
Posted on 21 July 2016 | 12:59 am
The Bernie Or Bust Movement
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#PremierPipeline: Good Work Premier Brad Wall
Posted on 27 July 2016 | 3:31 pm
FruitShare program only scratching the surface
|The ever-growing FruitShare team|
is on the job!
Posted on 19 July 2016 | 5:31 am
In fairness, I expect the ‘music from Afrofest’ WAS ‘annoying’ — How could it be otherwise? But that said… ? Hilarious.
Posted on 28 July 2016 | 1:57 pm
Happy Birthday Madiba
Posted on 18 July 2014 | 4:29 am
"This Is How Fascism Comes To America" ....
This is How Fascism Comes To America
by Robert Kagan - The Washington Post
And the source of allegiance? We’re supposed to believe that Trump’s support stems from economic stagnation or dislocation. Maybe some of it does. But what Trump offers his followers are not economic remedies — his proposals change daily. What he offers is an attitude, an aura of crude strength and machismo, a boasting disrespect for the niceties of the democratic culture that he claims, and his followers believe, has produced national weakness and incompetence. His incoherent and contradictory utterances have one thing in common: They provoke and play on feelings of resentment and disdain, intermingled with bits of fear, hatred and anger. His public discourse consists of attacking or ridiculing a wide range of “others” — Muslims, Hispanics, women, Chinese, Mexicans, Europeans, Arabs, immigrants, refugees — whom he depicts either as threats or as objects of derision. His program, such as it is, consists chiefly of promises to get tough with foreigners and people of nonwhite complexion. He will deport them, bar them, get them to knuckle under, make them pay up or make them shut up.
The Washington Post
Posted on 24 July 2016 | 4:37 am
A Note to our Readers (and Listeners, and Viewers)
Posted on 10 July 2016 | 2:00 pm
Silence On Abdirahman Abdi's Death Shows Lack Of Accountability
Abdirahman was black, Somali and Muslim. Many people said that he suffers from some mental health issues. All the ingredients came together to make of him the "perfect" candidate for profiling, arrest and suspicion.
It is not a secret that there have been many incidents in Ottawa and Ontario in the past years related to the issue of race and profiling. In our strong desire to be seen as culturally different and more sensitive than the United States, we can't hastily dismiss that race is not an issue in Canada, and particularly in Ottawa. Last year, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association summarized the history of racial profiling and policing.
Police accountability has never been a strength on the federal, provincial and local levels. We are still lacking independent civil and bodies that would investigate the actions of law enforcement when such tragic incidents happen.
Despite the existence of some institutions like the Ontario Ombudsman, there is a lot to be achieved in that direction to entrench accountability in our system, especially in police forces. Even when race isn't involved, investigations about police forces are still shrouded in secrecy and the public isn't always provided with a full picture.
Accountability goes beyond the case of Mr. Abdi. Accountability is the glue that holds together a diverse society with democratic institutions.
The mayor of Ottawa, Jim Watson, didn't attend the vigil organized by the city councillor of the area, Jeff Leiper. He was even late in issuing a statement to offer his condolences to the family. That is very disappointing.
Reasons like vacation or holidays are not understood in these emotionally charged moments. If his absence means something, it means that he implicitly sided to "protect" his police officers. This is not a sign of leadership from a politician. He should be fair and objective, but most importantly in these tragic circumstances, he should show compassion.
Community groups are not only an exotic photo opp to be taken during cultural festivals and folkloric dances in order to show the multicultural aspect of our Canadian culture. Community groups need and deserve leadership in times of sorrow and questioning.
Last fall, Ahmed Hussen was the first Canadian Somali (York South-Weston) to be elected to Parliament. That was portrayed by national and even international media as a huge symbol of integration and refugee success stories, and indeed it was.
We also understand that the death of Abdirahman Abdi didn't happen in the riding of Mr. Hussen and that he isn't necessarily obligated to be commenting on all events about Canadian Somali community. Nevertheless, at one point he was the national president of the Canadian Somali Congress, and the death of Mr. Abdi is not just any death. In that regard, there is some moral responsibility that to our knowledge wasn't shown. Multiculturalism can't be just a static symbol, it should have real impact on people's lives, especially when some affected communities are struggling for answers and reassurance.
After the 9-11 attacks, former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien went with a delegation of Canadian politicians to visit the Ottawa Main Mosque. His gesture showed leadership and sent a sign to the Muslim community that despite the difficult times, they were safe in their own country.
Alexa McDonough, leader of the New Democratic Party at that time, stood up in the House of Commons, famously saying that "Muhammad, Fatima and Osama are Canadian names" after some Muslim kids were reported being bullied in schools for having the same name as Osama bin Laden.
Of course, these were heavier and much more difficult circumstances, but the behaviour and attitudes of politicians tell more about their leadership than the events themselves.
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Posted on 28 July 2016 | 3:26 pm
Andrew Coyne: A war that cannot necessarily be won, but must be fought all the same
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Posted on 28 July 2016 | 7:00 am
NDP Clearest Alternative, Globe & Mail Is Loathe To Admit
Canadians will be asked to choose between political stability and renewal - G&M states here that we currently have political stability. Funny, since when do these mean political stability?:
- subverting democracy (Bill C-51, Bill C-377, Bill C-23 among many others, cheating in elections)
- racking up the most debt of a Canadian government ever,
- running a deficit for most of their time
- balancing a budget only by looting from the EI fund
- ignoring the urgent issue of Climate Change
- focusing our economy on the oil extraction industry to the great detriment to the manufacturing industry.
- corruption and cronyism
- warmongering instead of peacekeeping
- and the list goes on.
A more accurate line would be:
Canadians will be asked to choose between gross fiscal mismanagement & the brink of fascism, and stability & democracy.
Pollster Nik Nanos said the NDP has staked out the clearest policy positions in opposition to the Conservative Party, while the Liberals have a more nuanced approach.
- Okay, these were probably Nik Nanos' words but using "nuanced" here is a nice way of saying that the Liberal policy positions are mainly just like the Conservatives, except for when they try to copy some of the NDP policies to try to steal their support. History shows that time and again, the Liberals, whose policies mirror (especially more recently) those of the Conservatives, always campaign on the left only to toss these left leaning policies to the wind if they win the election.
The NDP has been working hard to reassure Canadians its economic policies would be largely in line with those of the current government. The biggest change proposed by the NDP is to increase corporate taxes, although party officials said the planned rate, to be revealed in coming months, would be “reasonable.”
- Actually, the NDP has been working hard to show Canadians that its economic policies would NOT be in line with those of the current government. The NDP plans to NOT waste money on more and bigger prisons (not needed as the crime rate has been steadily dropping), unnecessary/problematic/costly jets, corporate welfare, unaccountable missing $3.1 billion, and many other porky Conservative pies. NDP governments, on average, have a much better fiscal record than Conservatives.
Party officials said the NDP is looking for candidates with an economic background who could serve as ministers of finance or industry. The recent upswing in the polls could make that easier.
- It may well be that the NDP is looking for more candidates with economic backgrounds, but they already have a number of MPs with economic backgrounds. And unmentioned here is Erin Weir, who has been suggested as a potential Finance Minister.
While both parties want to replace the Conservatives, their partisans have been at one another’s throats. Last week, the Liberals suggested Mr. Mulcair’s flirtation with the Conservatives in 2007 undermined the NDP’s promises to clean up the environment.
- The G&M fails to mention that this has been debunked a number of times, including recently by some high-up Conservatives.
- And "undermined the NDP's promises to clean up the environment"? The facts on this story actually result in boosting the NDP's seriousness about cleaning up the environment.
I'll leave you with a few choice comments made after the G&M news item (these are all in the top ten most liked comments, and from the G&M readers no less!):
Mr Leblanc's first paragraph is flawed, or the poll was flawed. The choice is not between "change" and "stability." It is between "change" and "no change." I certainly would neither call what our economy had gone through in the last year as anything approaching stability, nor would I call the government actions in domestic and foreign policy as stabilizing.
My wife and I are in the over 65 age group and for the first time ever will be voting NDP as we have seen never ending corruption with the Libs and Cons for way too many years. Many of our friends have also decided to vote NDP as it is clearly time to send a big message to all elected officials, the voters are fed up and will not take it anymore and you will be forced to understand this come the election.
choose between political stability and renewal,..........
Nope......It's choosing between getting a country back to sanity...or carrying on with the most corrupt, crooked, manipulative crew of PROVEN liars and cheats This country has ever been controlled by .....A government rife with contempt, disrespect.....There have never been so many from a political party involved in fraud, lies, election irregularities...legal proceedings, and criminal investigations...ever.....
Duffy, Wallin, Brazeau, Porter, Grestein, Stewart/Olsen, Wright, LeBreton, PMO staff
A LONG list of crooks......
It's about voting OUT crooks and taking the nation back from the brink of fascism!!
the first sentence claims there is a choice between change and political stability. Huh? If the government loses an election in Canada, that does not mean there is less stability.
By the Globe's definition of that term..I guess North Korea has the most political stability of all.
Posted on 8 July 2015 | 5:47 pm
Government joke critic fines comedian $42,000
As always the truly offensive joke in these cases is the "human rights" bureaucracy.
Posted on 27 July 2016 | 6:44 pm
Canada’s Draft Open Government Plan — The Promise and Problems Reviewed
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CNN’s Bias is “Over The Top”
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Wednesday Morning Links
- Andrew Jackson discusses the challenge of ensuring that stable jobs are available in Canada:
Good jobs are a central mechanism in the creation of shared prosperity.- Anna Louie Sussman points out that stagnant wages even in the face of U.S. job growth can largely be traced to a lack of demand for additional labour. Richard Dobbs and Anu Madgavkar write about the UK's backsliding standard of living between generations. And Jim Stanford outlines a possible progressive response to the combination of stagnation and upward redistribution that's come to be treated as our economic norm.
What matters for workers is not just being able to find any job but also security of employment, level of pay, working conditions, and the opportunity to develop talents and capacities.
Unfortunately, as has been documented in many studies, the long-term trend in Canada has been towards a much more polarized jobs market in which there has been a disproportionate increase in low pay, precarious jobs, and a concentration of income growth among higher-paid professionals and managers, especially the top 1%.
Many lower wage workers live in families with decent overall incomes, and income from wages is boosted by government programs such as child benefits and unemployment insurance. Still, the numbers show that a significant minority of Canadians work in jobs which are insecure, and a surprisingly high proportion work in jobs which are low paid or very modestly paid. Indeed, the proportion of low paid workers in Canada, defined as earning less than two-thirds of the median wage, is, at 21.8%, the third highest in the industrialized world, according to the OECD.
Raising wages for lower-paid workers will require boosting minimum wages to at least $15 per hour and widening access to union representation, especially for workers in private sector sales and service jobs. These measures are critical to any realistic strategy to “grow the middle-class.”
- Andrew Mitrovica argues that a breakdown in trust arising out of the Iraq war paved the way to spread the politics of violence in the U.S. and the Middle East alike. Robert Reich emphasizes the need for Hillary Clinton to recognize the justified spread of anti-establishment sentiment while making the case against the bigoted form on offer from Donald Trump and the Republicans. And Doug Saunders reminds us that the most important problems facing the U.S. are wholly lacking from the Republicans' message.
- Steven Chase examines the connection between the arms industry and think tanks which are regularly put forward as commenters on military purchasing.
- Finally, Tom Parkin discusses how electoral reform can be expected to change the face of Canadian elections - and how a status quo which is easiest for party strategists isn't what's best for the public.
Posted on 27 July 2016 | 1:17 pm
Happy Birthday Madiba
Posted on 18 July 2014 | 4:29 am
"Organic" Is The Latin Word For "Grown In Pig Shit"
Posted on 24 February 2015 | 2:46 pm
Coluche, c’est ça que ça donne un humoriste !
Sources, "Le Dauphin libéré", notes personnelles
Posted on 23 July 2016 | 3:50 pm