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
Liberals present plan to grow agricultural sector
Posted on 9 October 2015 | 12:29 am
SHOCK VIDEO: Reporter votes wearing full, face-obscuring Muslim niqab
Posted on 9 October 2015 | 1:33 am
We get a (poorly crafted) political hatemail letter at the Diatribes – and not even to me.
I’ve not blogged in awhile. When you’re doing some volunteer work, that tends to happen (though I remain active on social media). However, my first political hatemail of the campaign has caused me to break my blogging hiatus, because it amused me.
The letter reads:
Thank you ,Haley ,for letting your name stand as a Liberal candidate. Your party(and mine) have run this country for many years with solid government decisions. Liberal deficits are: lack of Armed Forces support, allowing abortions and possibly assisted euthanasia. When you get into office, please give these issues your compassionate life-affirming decisions.
Thank you and Best Wishes for your WIN!! Nancy
Posted on 5 October 2015 | 12:25 am
Posted on 6 October 2015 | 2:08 am
Say’s Law – Supply Creates Demand
Posted on 7 October 2015 | 7:33 pm
Canadian citizens: learn, vote!
|Don't let this be you!|
Posted on 1 October 2015 | 5:03 pm
Remembering the Haight’s ‘Hippie Funeral’: My NEW Taki’s column
Posted on 6 October 2015 | 10:43 am
Happy Birthday Madiba
Posted on 18 July 2014 | 4:29 am
Harper's PMO Lawyer Spills The Beans At Duffy Trial - Harper Ignored Legal Advice And Named Senators Who Did Not Qualify - The Stinky Senate Scandal Started At That Moment
"Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s closest aides developed a secret plan in February 2013 to protect Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin and other Conservative senators from questions about their eligibility to represent specific provinces in the upper chamber, according to documents tabled in Duffy’s criminal trial Thursday.
Harper, however, worried that delving into Senate residency rules would open a can of worms, and insisted that owning property in a province was a sufficient qualification for senators to hold their seats.
"Had I known we were going down this road, I would have shut it down long before," Harper wrote to a senior aide. "As long as they maintain a residency in their province, as per tradition, we will deem that as sufficient for this purpose … i.e. the property requirement = residence."
But the PMO’s top lawyer privately argued that Harper’s simple definition could be wrong given that the Constitution lists owning property in a province and being "resident" in a province as two distinct criteria for serving as a senator from that province."
The Ottawa Citizen
Oh and for the record:
-this blog contributed in February 2013 to the voices critical of naming individuals as Senators who clearly did not meet the residency requirement.
-And the Right leaning Regina Leader-Post contributed to the voices of support for Harper's inappropriate naming of individuals who did not meet the residency requirements.
(.. just sayin')
Posted on 21 August 2015 | 12:30 pm
Cisinjuns vs Transinjuns
Posted on 8 October 2015 | 2:00 pm
Harper's Relationship With the Jewish Defense League Is Disturbing
The JDL was founded in the United States by the late Rabbi Meir Kahane in 1968. Kahane promoted the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians living in current day Israel, as well as the Occupied Palestinian Territory. Kahane's goal was to create a theocratic Jewish state encompassing the entirety of the land of Biblical Palestine.
Upon moving to current day Israel, Kahane founded the political party Kach, which has been closely linked to the JDL. Kach is considered a terrorist organization by numerous governments, including those of Canada, the U.S., the EU and Israel . In 1994, Kach supporter Baruch Goldstein murdered 29 Palestinian Muslim worshippers at the Cave of the Patriarchs in the West Bank city of Hebron.
In 2001, after it had engaged in a series of bombings, an assassination, and several other violent incidents, the JDL was labeled a "violent extremist Jewish organization" and a "right-wing terrorist group" by the FBI.
Ten years later, the JDL's Canadian branch organized a support rally for the English Defense League (EDL), a violent anti-Muslim organization with neo-Nazi organizational connections. The latter point was overlooked by the JDL, since the EDL shared its commitment to demonizing and harassing Muslims.
JDL's Canadian branch is led by Meir Weinstein, who serves as the organization's national director. Weinstein brags about being guided by Kahane's ideology, noting that he "will always be a loyal disciple of Rabbi Kahane." (Sidman, Fern, "Jewish defense north of the border," Jewish Press, August 20, 2008)
Following Baruch Goldstein's murder of 29 Palestinian Muslims in 1994, Weinstein -- who at the time went by the alias "Meir Halevi" and represented the now-banned group Kach -- declared that his organization would not condemn the attack. (Canadian Press, "Mosque attack threatens talks Arafat blames Rabin for massacre". Kitchener-Waterloo Record, February 26, 1994) Furthermore, in 2009, Weinstein's Facebook page featured a link to a forum called "Death to Arabs." When questioned about this link, Weinstein claimed that he didn't read Hebrew so he didn't understand what it said.
Fast-forward to Oct. 5, 2015, when Weinstein posted of the Palestinian perpetrator of the fatal stabbing of two Israelis to his Facebook page, with the caption "It's in the Arabs [sic] DNA." This kind of racist incitement is common practice for Weinstein and his fellow JDLers. In fact, a JDL Canada member commented on that photo, saying, "His body should be burnt [sic] in public!" It appears the post has since been deleted, but you can view the screenshots of the post and comments here.
The fact that this organization is able to operate legally in Canada should arouse mass public outrage. But it gets worse: Stephen Harper and the Conservatives have close relations with the organization.
On Harper's junket to Israel in January 2014, he used public funds to take along 208 like-minded individuals and organizational representatives. Julius Suraski, JDL Canada events organizer, was among those who accompanied Harper at public expense. That means that our tax dollars paid for Suraski's hotel and other travel expenses while in Israel, and that he represented Canada on an official mission to a foreign country.
At the time, NDP Foreign Affairs Critic Paul Dewar challenged this, asking, "Why was he invited? [T]his is what [the Conservatives] want to represent the face of Canada in Israel? I think there has to be an explanation." The Conservatives never provided an answer to Dewar's questions.
To closer observers, the Conservatives' position didn't seem all that surprising. Back in 2009, British MP George Galloway was deemed "inadmissible" for reasons of national security by the Canadian Border Services Agency, and was banned from entering Canada for a planned anti-war speaking tour. The banning took place after an "open letter" from Weinstein and the JDL demanded that this action be taken by the Conservative government.
Meanwhile, Independent Jewish Voices - Canada demanded that then-Israeli Speaker of the Israeli Parliament, Moshe Feiglin, be refused entry into Canada, after he was barred from entering the UK as being likely to "foment or justify terrorist violence..." according to the Home Secretary's office. Feiglin supports Rabbi Kahane's proposal to ethnically cleanse all non-Jews from the lands Israel controls. He has also expressed admiration for Hitler. The group that brought Feiglin to speak in Canada was none other than the JDL.
In January of this year, the JDL announced that it was opening an office in Montreal with the intention of mobilizing the Jewish community to "stand behind the Conservatives." Weinstein added that "Israel and the Jewish community have no greater ally than Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party of Canada." So it should come as no surprise that the Conservatives haven't outlawed the JDL, nor have they publicly distanced themselves from the organization's proud expressions of racism and endorsement of violence.
Given the way the Conservatives denigrate Canada's Muslims, show a lack of concern for the rights and wellbeing of Arabs (Palestinians, Syrians, Egyptians, Libyans, Lebanese, Saudis and Yemenis, to name a few), and attempt to generate fear of and hostility toward Muslims for perceived political gains, their cozy relations with the JDL actually seem like a reasonable fit.
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Posted on 8 October 2015 | 10:08 pm
IN CONTINUING PERSECUTION, NEWSPAPER PUBLISHER ARRESTED AND BEATEN UP
As originally posted: Reporters Without Borders
October 8, 2015
Reporters Without Borders condemns Chadian journalist Stéphane Mbaïrabé Ouaye’s arbitrary arrest last week in N’Djamena and the mistreatment he received while detained.
The publisher of Haut Parleur, an independent fortnightly, Stéphane Mbaïrabé Ouaye was arrested by judicial police with no warrant on the night of 2 October and was held in a detention centre attached to N’Djamena police headquarters.
While he was handcuffed and blindfolded, plainclothesmen beat him up in an attempt to make him reveal his sources for a story in last week’s issue criticising President Idriss Deby and his brother, customs director-general Salay Deby. It was headlined “Salay Deby, national thief.”
Then released without any explanation, Ouaye still bears the marks of the blows he received. He is now waiting to be given a date to appear in court on a defamation charge.
“The mistreatment of this journalist is a disgrace and is yet one more example of the government’s persecution of the media,” said Reporters Without Borders
“Ouaye is the victim of horrible practices that recall those of former President Hissène Habré’s political police, the DDS. If President Deby or his relatives think Ouaye has defamed them, they should refer the matter to the judicial authorities.”
This is not Ouaye’s first run-in with the judicial police. He was arrested without a summons on 12 June after Salay Deby filed a defamation suit against him.
Chad is ranked 135th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.
Posted on 8 October 2015 | 5:00 am
Andrew Coyne: Don’t call it a Conservative fear campaign — it’s much more insidious than that
Posted on 8 October 2015 | 1:41 am
Russia: Chechnya mayor bans cake-cutting at weddings
Posted on 9 October 2015 | 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
Why Is Kathleen Wynne Running So Hard For LPC?
Posted on 5 October 2015 | 10:32 pm
Government Procurement Failure: BC Ministry of Education Case Study
Posted on 6 June 2014 | 5:46 am
Arctic Apple Takes a Bite Out of Pseudo-Science
Posted on 20 March 2015 | 5:08 pm
Posted on 9 October 2015 | 12:36 am
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
Un monde sans race
Posted on 3 October 2015 | 3:47 pm