No Dogs or Anglophones



Thanks for the Memories....

For over four years I've written this blog in an effort to fulfill an inner desire to share some of my thoughts and experiences with you.

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.

Too harsh?
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.....
PHILIP BERLACH

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Posted on 1 July 2014 | 5:23 am

Justin Trudeau



Why we’re voting for the cyber-bullying bill

In December of 2013, the Harper government introduced Bill C-13, legislation that, we were told, was meant to tackle the scourge of Cyber-bullying.

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Posted on 20 October 2014 | 1:52 pm

Ezra Levant



Media violating Sec. 45 of the Competition Act

The Media Party’s ban on using news footage for political attack ads looks like it might violate another Canadian law.

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Posted on 17 October 2014 | 12:05 am

Dawg's Blog



Blurred lines: Harper and the f-word

“[T]he authority of the State must absolutely, I repeat absolutely, be re-established in Sicily. If the laws still in force hinder you, this will be no problem, as we will draw up new laws.” ~B. Mussolini I first realized how...

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Posted on 12 October 2014 | 12:35 pm

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff



Regina Loves Pits

We can’t have just one!

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Posted on 19 October 2014 | 11:37 pm

Erich the Green



Green leaders keep Barrie clean

Have you ever sprung into clean? Every April on a weekend near Earth Day, Barrie residents “Spring Into Clean” through community litter clean-ups, tidying parks, schoolyards, parking lots, roadsides, and other areas where litter accumulates. Living Green pioneered this activity in 2003 when the Georgian College student group Responsible Adventure Travel Society (R.A.T.S.) contacted us about doing a waterfront clean-up right around the same time that Tim Horton’s contacted us about sponsoring one, so we brought them together and got the City’s permission to coordinate a clean-up along Centennial Beach. The event grew by leaps & bounds, more sponsors came on board, and Living Green handed over coordination to the City of Barrie and moved on to start more new initiatives (the latest being FruitShare Barrie).
But litter doesn’t wait for spring, so the City also has the Adopt-a-Park or Trail program, which allows individuals or groups to take on spring and fall clean-ups of any city-owned park or trail. Your group can adopt here, or you can join in with an existing adoption, for example, Living Green has adopted Queen’s Park and the Barrie Green Party has adopted Kidd’s Creek Trail at Sunnidale Park.
Barrie Greens are crazy about collecting litter!
In fact, this Sunday, October 19th, marks a special anniversary for the Barrie Greens’ adoption of Kidd’s Creek: this will be the 10th year we tidy it up, having started the adoption process way back in the spring of 2005. To help us celebrate, Green Party of Ontario leader Mike Schreiner will take a break from trying to clean up politics and instead join us to clean up this wonderful green space in Barrie.
This is the first of two Green Party leader visits to Barrie; the second will be when federal leader Elizabeth May presents her new book at the Southshore Centre on November 22nd. (Watch this space for more info about this exciting visit.) Green leaders like to visit Barrie because of our enthusiastic support: in the past 11 years, the Barrie riding has consistently shown about 50% higher Green support than the provincial or national average and been in the top 10% of Green vote results.
This clean-up is now a long-term tradition with us; photogenic Barrie Greens at work are even featured prominently in the City’s official Adopt-a-Park/Trail brochure. We’ve found some pretty startling things alongside the normal litter: bikes and shopping carts (both functional and junked), waterlogged down comforters, wheel rims, tires, and clothing, to name a few. Getting this garbage out of the stream and forest is an important way to help nature thrive in our urban surroundings.
You can be a part of this, too! Our clean-ups are always open to the public, and are great fun for the whole family. Meet us at the Dorian Parker Centre at Sunnidale Park this Sunday morning at 10 and join us for 2 hours of tidying, then we’ll treat you to lunch! You also get to roll up your sleeves and get down & dirty with a provincial party leader; how cool is that? Dress for the weather and wear something tough and waterproof on your feet; we’ll provide gloves and trash bags. See you there!

Published as my Root Issues column in the Barrie Examiner as "A variety of community clean-ups to choose from"
Erich Jacoby-Hawkins is a director of Living Green and the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation

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Posted on 17 October 2014 | 12:51 pm

Five Feet of Fury



10 Conspiracy Theories From the Phillipines’

If you ever wondered why these people can’t get it together to do more than greedily wreck their own families by coming here to semi-competently look after yours, this may help.

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Posted on 20 October 2014 | 6:41 am

A Blog By James Curran



Happy Birthday Madiba

Nelson, the world needs more of you. We miss you kind sir. Happy Birthday!


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Posted on 18 July 2014 | 12:29 am

Buckdog



Canada's Corporate Welfare Bums Sitting On $575 BILLION Hoard Thanks To Harper Conservatives Tax Cuts ....


Corporate tax freedom day continues to get earlier with each passing year thanks to generous government tax cuts, the Canadian Labour Congress says in a report issued Tuesday.
While most individual Canadians don't earn enough to pay off their taxes until sometime in late June, the labour group says the country's businesses will have reaped sufficient revenue to pay their year's share by Jan. 30.
The calculation is for 2011, but the CLC says that was two days earlier than in 2010 when it came on Feb. 1, and notes that it was not long ago when so-called "corporate tax freedom day" came much later in February.
It was likely even earlier in 2012 and will be again this year, since in 2011 Ottawa had not as yet reduced the federal corporate tax rate to 15 per cent. That was accomplished in January 2012.

Cash hoarding

The new report, released Tuesday, attempts to make the case that Canadian firms have benefited greatly from years of Conservative and Liberal government tax policies, which have cut business levies more aggressively than personal taxes.
But in response to a question in the House, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty accused the CLC of supporting higher taxes for firms and failing to acknowledge the country's record in creating jobs since the recession. He added that business investment had increased by 6.2 per cent since the 2008-09 slump.
"Our Conservative government is focused on leaving more money in the hands of investors, entrepreneurs and ultimately, growing the work force," he said.
In the new analysis, the labour group says business taxes represent only 8.3 per cent of the federal and provincial revenue in 2011, down from 8.8 per cent in 2010 and around 11 per cent in the 1960s and 1970s.
It attributes most of the change to a steady reduction in the federal corporate tax rate, from 28 per cent in 2000 to 15 per cent today. Provincial rates have also declined, but not as dramatically.
But while the rationale for reducing corporate taxes is to encourage investment and job creation, the CLC says most of the money has gone to fatten corporate bank accounts and to pay the high salaries of executives.
Quoting Statistics Canada data, the labour group notes that cash reserves held by private non-financial corporations in Canada ballooned to $575 billion in the last quarter of 2011 from $187 billion in the first quarter of 2001 — despite three of those years being deep in recessions.
Between 2010 and 2011, corporate cash reserves grew an extra $72 billion, while the federal government was reporting a $33 billion deficit.
CBC

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Posted on 1 October 2014 | 12:30 pm

Mark Steyn



Undocumented and Loving It

The [Un]documented Mark Steyn lands in bookstores across the US and Canada today and I'll be out and about plugging it all week. You can catch me live on Fox & Friends just after 8am Eastern/5am Pacific this morning, and on the radio with Sean Hannity coast to coast at 3pm Eastern. I'll be checking in with Hugh Hewitt nationwide for a one-hour special at 6pm Eastern. Full details at right. Hugh gives the book "five stars for funny plus despair-inducing". I wouldn't say there's that much despair, but there's certainly plenty of funny. [Un]documented is a grand cavalcade of my writing from the last couple of decades or so, from publications around the world - America, Canada, Britain and beyond - plus some favorite riffs from my guest-hosting stints for Rush Limbaugh and even from my stage appearances. It deals with all the big topics - like Islam - but also all the small stuff - like Kinder Eggs - that help illuminate the big picture. The New York Post has a generous excerpt, which they introduce as follows: Though his new collection of essays, "The Undocumented Mark Steyn: Don't Say You Weren't Warned" (Regnery), recounts many of the biggest political events of recent history, bestselling author Steyn says that's not the real battleground...

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Posted on 20 October 2014 | 10:00 am

Huffington Post



Giving a U.S. Company the Contract for Canada's Community Mailboxes Is Insult To Injury

This week I found out that Canada Post has awarded a lucrative contract "to an American company to supply the new community mailboxes to replace door-to-door mail delivery over the next five years."

It is bad enough that the elimination of door to door mail service will cut 8,000 jobs and cause the elderly, handicapped and rural Canadians distress. But to top it all off when you could have at least had a Canadian company make the boxes not even this will happen. It is like rubbing salted shards of glass in the wound. In December, Canada Post chief executive Deepak Chopra defended the controversial cuts to home delivery, saying the many seniors he consulted welcomed the idea because it would provide them with exercise."

It is comments like this that makes a person's blood boil, the amount of disrespect one must process to be perfectly fine with being officially quoted with such a statement by a major Canadian publication. To save face the post office said that if you went to your doctor's office and got a note they would continue to deliver to you. A condescending overture by an organization that can to no right. The medical community responded in kind that "This demonstrates a complete lack of awareness of the challenges facing health care professionals and patients seeking access to care," said Dr. Louis Hugo Francescutti, president of the Canadian Medical Association, in a statement."

Laurin Liu Member of Parliament for Rivière-des-Mille-Îles, QC summed the debacle up in the house as such, "people are being asked to pay more for less service. However, the postal service has been profitable for 16 of the past 17 years. The only year the corporation posted a deficit was 2011, the year employees were locked out."

As it would turn out the only year that the decision to eliminate door to door delivery would be made on was 2011. "Conservative-approved plan didn't cut from the $10 million a year payroll for the company's 23 president and vice-presidents. Instead, these executives worked with the Conservatives to cut services Canadians rely on."http://www.ndp.ca/news/lowlight-11-conservative-cuts-crush-canada-post

A number of countries in Europe and Australia have successfully implemented postal banking services and are now making money. Instead what Canada Post is doing is cutting service and eliminating many of the front-line services instead of increasing revenue.

Canada will be the most developed country and the only of the G8 without door to door home delivery. The argument is that the decline in letters no longer makes door to door delivery feasible. Truthfully new technology has made the written word obsolete, and online banking and emails have made putting pen to paper nostalgic. Yet technology has contributed to another advantageous avenue for the postal worker. Online shopping has become more practiced and continues to increase. On October 15 the Wall Street Journal published a story stating "Wal-Mart Stores Inc. appealed to investors for patience Wednesday, as it tries to retool its operations for shoppers who are buying more online."

Purchasing goods on the internet equates to more shipping by the post office, which is why Canada post just turned a profit of 62 million, notably, the Conference Board report predicted Canada Post would lose $400 million in 2014 rather than showing a profit.

Back to the foreign boxes made in Kansas. When asked about this, a spokeswoman for Transport Minister Lisa Raitt, who is responsible for Canada Post, did not respond to a request for comment. Classic Conservative tactic. To be fair the elimination of door to door mail delivery will affect only a third of the populace, yet this is what is wrong with society. Two thirds of this nation that has to walk a block to get their mail will say "I don't have door to door why should they." This has become an approach to life, to rationalize in such a way only divides and inevitably conquers.

The decision to do away with an institution that Canadians have had since before Confederation is not a sign of progress, we regress as a society by taking such a drastic step back. Whose property value will deteriorate on your block with the placement of a new box? To cut off your nose to spite your face has no better example than this failure. Queen Elizabeth did not want to be the last monarch of Scotland, Lyndon Johnson did not want to be the first president to lose a war, ergo the postmaster general that has door to door mail eliminated during his tenure will go down in history as the worst to hold the position.

If mail delivery to Canadian homes is eradicated on his watch, the postmaster general should be forced to resign. According to Canada Post's own annual reports, the Conference Board was wrong about 2012, they were wrong about 2013 and now they're wrong about 2014. The report is discredited, the Conservatives are wrong and Canada Post management is wrong.

When I see the shiny new American made boxes in my neighbourhood, I am going to be reminded of failure. The new key that I will have to position on my key chain will become a symbol of ineptitude. The holes in the side of my house where my mailbox used to hang will stare back at me as a constant reminder of disappointment. Regardless of the outcome the damage is done.

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Posted on 20 October 2014 | 1:02 pm

Andrew Coyne



Andrew Coyne: If assisted suicide is a right, how can it not be for all?

It is important to keep in mind the issue is one of personal autonomy, and not to get caught up in discredited concerns about slippery slopes

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Posted on 17 October 2014 | 8:24 pm

Blazing Cat Fur



Islamic State foiled in attempt to kidnap Syrian rebel leader in Turkey

Heavy smoke rises following an airstrike by the US-led coalition aircraft in Kobane, Syria Photo: Gokhan Sahin/Getty Images A top Syrian rebel commander was shot and wounded in an apparent kidnapping attempt by the Islamic State in a Turkish city, raising questions about Ankara’s readiness to stop jihadists operating on its soil. Abu Issa, the […]

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Posted on 20 October 2014 | 3:00 am

Driving The Porcelain Bus



No One To Blame For Rob Ford But The Media And Ignorance

This article in the Toronto Star points to the voters as those solely to blame for Rob Ford being elected.

I disagree. The voters are partially to blame, but there were other major factors.


1) The Media
The Media is very much to blame for the election of Rob Ford. During the election campaign they, pretty much as a whole, focused much more on the celebrity of Rob Ford than on the policies of the candidates. This influenced the many voters who are more easily swayed by name recognition and celebrity than policies.

Also, the Media is largely to blame for discouraging people from voting, by convincing many that it is pointless to vote as it will change nothing. Remember, the vast majority of media is or is owned by large corporations. So, it is in their best interests for the most part to support Conservative ideology. It is known that the most avid voters are conservative supporters. So, by convincing those who disagree with and are disappointed by government policies and trends that it is a waste of time to vote, they are removing votes against the parties/people that support the conservative/corporate agenda/ideologies.


2) Ignorance
A large part of Conservative ideology is the celebration of ignorance over knowledge and reason. Just look at the popularity of the Tea Party in the USA, especially a couple of years ago, during the time of the last Toronto municipal election. Those people in Toronto who embraced this celebration of ignorance over knowledge and reason at the time of the election were/are at the core of Ford Nation. The popularity and sensationalizing of this ideology convinced many more to jump on the bandwagon of celebrating ignorance.

And now, with all that, there is the issue of trying to reason with those who have chosen to abandon reason.

It is easier to fool someone that to convince them that they have been fooled.

We have our work cut out for us. And it is made especially hard for individuals to fight against the Media for the attention of people, especially for those people who currently won't be reasoned with.

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Posted on 24 November 2013 | 2:58 pm

BigCityLib Strikes Back



But Wait! Some Pundit Said Something About Gaffes!!!

Exclusive - While a general election must be held within a year, the Liberals Justin Trudeau continue to lead in voting intentions of Canadians. According to an EKOS survey CBC /, support for the Liberal Party of Canada are at 38.5%, more than 12 points ahead of the Conservatives, who collect only 26.4% of the vote. Nationally, the NDP at 25%.

You know, these days when a pundit criticizes you...what with the news industry in a tailspin down the toilet bowl of failure, and most pundits looking at career changes that likely involve spatula training and properly enunciating the words "would you like fries with that sir?"...it's a little bit like getting yelled at by some homeless guy.  The nerve of these people! you think.

PS.  Also lots of talk re Tom Mulcair getting his chance!  Is it too soon to say he's already blown it?

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Posted on 19 October 2014 | 11:36 am

Just Right



Liberal attack columns TV networks and newspaper chains

Media Party columnists hacks routinely bleat about those mean Harperites and their "attack ads" against boy-Justin.  Which is really rich coming from the set that has entire newspaper chains and TV networks at their disposal to attack Conservatives on a daily basis, all at no expense to Liberals. 

Stephen Maher, a "Robocall" hysteric, is one of those.  Presumably to coincide with the release of Trudeau's new autobiography, yesterday Maher enthused about a new book by Michael Harris smearing Stephen Harper "Party of One: Stephen Harper and Canada’s Radical Makeover":
... Michael Harris writes about the Harper- Finkelstein link...
... Harper is inspired by Republicans, a leader hostile to Canada’s system of parliamentary democracy, and in Party of One Harris meticulously traces what he sees as Harper’s attack on that system.
... Harris connects the dots between Harper and Finkelstein, who is nicknamed the “merchant of venom” because of his skill with attack ads....
In other words Harris' book is chock-a-block with paranoid anti-Harper venom.  Of course neither Harris nor Maher would mention that Trudeau's campaign is inspired (if not actively advised) by Barack Obama's crew and that Obama has actually vowed to "fundamentally transform America".

Maher does, however, bring up the Media Party's recent phony outrage over alleged Conservative copyright abuse:
... Harper has been fighting to make Canada safe for attack ads.  ... Last week, leaked cabinet documents showed that he wants to change copyright law to allow political parties to use news footage in attack ads.
You'd expect that Maher, as a journalist, would know full well that under copyright fair dealing provisions political parties have long been allowed to use news footage in political ads.  What Maher could also be reasonably expected to know, but fail to mention (naturally), is that the real scandal in this is that the heads of CBC, CTV, Global and CityTV "news" organizations had been secretly colluding (conspiring) to thwart those provisions by mutually agreeing (forming a cartel) not to run Conservative ads using their news clips.

This was all in a corrupt effort to protect Justin Trudeau from his own idiotic musings and, while they were at it, attempt to smear Harper.  This is, apparently, their idea of objectivity and ethics in the news business.  The up-side is that now those CBC, CTV, Global and CityTV "news" executives face criminal charges, big fines and even jail time for violating the Competition Act.

Conservatives use paid "attack" ads, as do all the other parties.  Liberals use the Media Party's attack newspapers and attack TV networks full time, at no expense to themselves.

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Posted on 19 October 2014 | 8:14 pm

eaves.ca



Government Procurement Failure: BC Ministry of Education Case Study

Apologies for the lack of posts. I’ve been in business mode – both helping a number of organizations I’m proud of and working on my own business. For those interested in a frightening tale of inept procurement, poor judgement and downright dirty tactics when it comes to software procurement and government, there is a wonderfully […]

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Posted on 6 June 2014 | 1:46 am

Bold Colours



Please check out sister-site NewsQuips.com (and .ca)!

There’s more activity at NewsQuips.com (and NewsQuips.ca for Canucks) these days! NewsQuips is new. It’s a compilation site, full of news headlines, and (often) snarky quips about them. It’s news from the right perspective. The conservative perspective. The .com version is U.S. news only. The .ca version includes Canadian news as well as American news of interest to […]

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Posted on 21 August 2014 | 4:52 pm

Accidental Deliberations



Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading.

- Thomas Frank reviews Zephyr Teachout's Corruption in America, and finds there's even more reason to worry about gross wealth buying power than we could identify before:
We think of all the laws passed over the years to restrict money in politics — and of all the ways the money has flowed under and around those restrictions. And finally, it seems to me, we just gave up out of sheer exhaustion.

According to Teachout, however, it’s much worse than this. Our current Supreme Court, in Citizens United, “took that which had been named corrupt for over 200 years” — which is to say, gifts to politicians — “and renamed it legitimate.” Teachout does not exaggerate. Here is Justice Kennedy again, in the Citizens United decision: “The censorship we now confront is vast in its reach. The government has ‘muffle[d] the voices that best represent the most significant segments of the economy.’ ”

You read that right: The economy needs to be represented in democratic politics, or at least the economy’s “most significant segments,” whatever those are, and therefore corporate “speech,” meaning gifts, ought not to be censored. Corporations now possess the rights that the founders reserved for citizens, and as Teachout explains, what used to be called “corruption becomes democratic responsiveness.”

Let me pause here to take note of another recurring peculiarity in corruption literature: an eerie overlap between theory and practice. If you go back to that “censorship” quotation from Kennedy, you will notice he quotes someone else: his colleague Antonin Scalia, in an opinion from 2003. Google the quote and one place you’ll find it is in a book of Scalia’s opinions that was edited in 2004 by none other than the lobbyist Kevin Ring, an associate of Jack Abramoff who would later be convicted of corrupting public officials.
...
State governments subject to wealthy corporations? Check. Speculators in legislation, infesting the capital? They call it K Street. And that fancy Latin remark about Rome? They do say that of us today. Just turn on your TV sometime and let the cynicism flow.

And all of it has happened, Teachout admonishes, because the founders’ understanding of corruption has been methodically taken apart by a Supreme Court that cynically pretends to worship the founders’ every word. “We could lose our democracy in the process,” Teachout warns, a bit of hyperbole that maybe it’s time to start taking seriously.
- Matt O'Brien highlights Richard Reeves and Isabel Sawhill's research into the gross inequality of opportunity in the U.S. by comparing the income levels of college graduates from poor families to those of high-school dropouts from wealthy ones. And Patricia Kozicka reports that Edmonton schools are putting their thumbs on the scale against the poor even further - withholding such basic aspects of social participation as lunch breaks from students whose families can't afford extra fees.

- Meanwhile, Ellie Mae O'Hagan examines Bolivia's experience as an example of a more fair distribution of wealth leading to economic and social improvements:
According to a report by the Centre for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) in Washington, “Bolivia has grown much faster over the last eight years than in any period over the past three and a half decades.” The benefits of such growth have been felt by the Bolivian people: under Morales, poverty has declined by 25% and extreme poverty has declined by 43%; social spending has increased by more than 45%; the real minimum wage has increased by 87.7%; and, perhaps unsurprisingly, the Economic Commission on Latin America and the Caribbean has praised Bolivia for being “one of the few countries that has reduced inequality”. In this respect, the re-election of Morales is really very simple: people like to be economically secure – so if you reduce poverty, they’ll probably vote for you.
- Meanwhile, Tony Burman notes that ill-advised austerity is exacerbating the spread of ebola in all kinds of countries - including the ones who wrongly presumed they didn't need to prepare for it.

- Glen McGregor reports on how Canada's opposition parties are increasing their use of data analytics in the lead up to the 2015 election.

- But of course, changes in party voting will only translate into policy improvement if people are willing to demand that it be followed up with real change. On that front, Thomas Walkom challenges the opposition parties to make clear which of the Cons' destructive policies they'll reverse. And Jim Coyle's review of Michael Harris' Party of One reminds us why we need a new government to restore a commitment to democracy in the face of Stephen Harper's contempt for the idea.

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Posted on 19 October 2014 | 12:14 pm

What Do I Know Grit



Happy Birthday Madiba

Nelson, the world needs more of you. We miss you kind sir. Happy Birthday!


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Posted on 18 July 2014 | 12:29 am

Small Dead Animals



Reader Tips

Tonight we listen to the incomparable Arthur Rubenstein's 1965 recording of Chopin's Nocturne in in Eb minor, Op.9 No.2. The comments are open, as always, for your Reader Tips....

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Posted on 21 October 2014 | 1:00 am

Le blog politique de Claude Dupras



Les Français, dénigreurs de leur pays ?

Il y a quelques jours, à la télé, le premier ministre français Manuel Valls a accusé ses compatriotes de faire du « France Bashing ». Il a affirmé que ce dénigrement de leur pays l’énervait et l’agaçait et que cela devait cesser.

Je rentre au Canada après un bon moment en France durant lequel j’ai eu l’occasion de rencontrer et de parler avec un grand nombre de Français et Françaises, de tous milieux, de la situation actuelle dans leur pays. J’ai compris qu’ils sont devenus pessimistes et désespérés face à la situation politique et économique dans leur pays. Ils constatent le déclin de la France et la voit comme le pays malade de l’Europe. Ils la trouvent moins compétitive, moins influente sur le plan international. Ils regrettent que les jeunes diplômés s’exilent. Ils en ont marre. Pour eux, la « Douce France… » de Charles Trenet a disparu. Son âme s’est envolée.

Mais ce n’est pas la France qu’ils dénigrent mais les politiciens qui l’ont amenée au bord de ce précipice. Ils sont exaspérés devant leurs inaptitudes et leur incompétence. Ce n’est pas du « French bashing », puisqu’il faut parler anglais, mais du « Hollande bashing » qu’ils pratiquent. Ils n’en peuvent plus de leur président et de ses gouvernements. Rien ne va plus. Jour après jour, ils réalisent l’erreur monumentale qu’ils ont faite en l’élisant avec son parti socialiste. 

Les Français savent bien que leur pays est unique et qu’il est une terre de grands découvreurs, chercheurs, inventeurs, scientifiques, travailleurs, réalisateurs, artistes, écrivains, cuisiniers… dans tous les domaines. Le passé lointain le démontre et le récent le confirme. En effet, il y a quelques jours, deux prix Nobel ont été choisis parmi les leurs, en littérature et en économie. Ils reconnaissent que la France est un des pays les plus intéressants du monde et qu’elle attire un plus grand nombre de visiteurs que tous les pays d’Europe. Ils constatent son prestige dans tous les coins de la planète.

À toutes questions sur la politique, ils regardent l’interlocuteur et, d’un air découragé, haussent les épaules. Chacun a sa théorie mais toutes touchent principalement l’incompétence de ses dirigeants actuels, les dérives de ceux du passé et le poids du système social.  Plusieurs socialistes, pour se justifier, vont même jusqu’à prétendre que la France est un pays ingouvernable tellement ils sont mal à l’aise et affaissés devant tous les sondages qui placent Hollande entre 13% à 18% d’appuis favorables et les défaites électorales successives de leur parti.

Pourtant, Hollande n’a cessé de faire des changements, des « réformes» comme il dit. Dès son entrée à l’Élysée, il a voulu respecter ses dénonciations des politiques de son prédécesseur faites en campagne électorale. Il a mis fin à plusieurs projets et lois malgré qu’elles étaient importantes et nécessaires. Particulièrement celles qu’il qualifiait de « cadeaux aux riches » et celles devant corriger la magistrale erreur des « 35 heures » du gouvernement Jospin. Toutes ces « méchantes » lois avaient été supposément inspirées par la méchante « Finance », qu’Hollande qualifiait de « mon pire ennemi ». Pourtant, elles avaient été votées pour relancer l’emploi en diminuant appréciablement le « coût du travail » dans le but d’aider les petits entrepreneurs à engager des apprentis et des ouvriers additionnels pour leur permettre de croître, et les grandes entreprises afin qu’elles deviennent plus concurrentielles sur le marché mondial.

Parallèlement, Hollande a augmenté les taxes, sans bon sens, en ne tenant pas compte des conséquences négatives sur l’emploi et sur la capacité de payer de la classe moyenne et des moins riches.

En somme, il a tout fait pour nuire au développement de la France et cela, souventes fois, pour des raisons politiques partisanes. Il refusa de faire la part des choses. Il est clair qu’Hollande n’a jamais été en affaires et ne connaît rien aux vrais défis d’un entrepreneur. Il n’a cru qu’en ses thèses idéologiques qui n’ont rien à voir avec la vraie vie démontrant clairement ainsi qu’il est déconnecté de la réalité. 

Puis, voyant sa cote de popularité s’écraser, il a changé son fusil d’épaule et s’est tourné radicalement vers la droite pour renaître. Il a commencé à détaxer et à revoir ses décisions passées. Il affirme maintenant aimer le monde de « la finance » et justifie sa nouvelle position en affirmant qu’il a compris, laissant entendre qu’il était dans l’erreur dans le passé. Il cherche à reprendre le temps perdu des deux dernières années par des voltefaces spectaculaires. Mais les résultats se feront attendre car normalement, quatre à cinq années sont nécessaires avant que l’État puisse réellement bénéficier de nouvelles politiques économiques. Deux ans ont été perdus et son quinquennat à la tête de la France est à moitié complété. Il est donc probable que ce sera son successeur qui sera, politiquement, le bénéficiaire.

De plus, pressé de redevenir populaire, le président dit « oui » à tous ceux qui critiquent ses politiques et fait des changements afin qu’ils soient satisfaits et arrêtent de chialer. Vous n’aimez pas une politique, alors manifestez, menacez de grève, critiquez et vous verrez, ô combien vite, le président comprend vos doléances et s’adapte à vos demandes. Il renie ce qu’il affirmait il n’y a pas tellement longtemps, aussi vite que Judas. De plus, il va-t’en guerre à la moindre occasion Mali, Centrafrique, Irak, Syrie, Ukraine… et voyage vers des pays étrangers le plus possible pour impressionner les Français avec des qualités de leader mondial.

Le malheur est que souvent ces voyages sont inutiles. Par exemple, il ira au Canada et au Québec au début de novembre prochain pour une visite officielle. Pourquoi ? Il n’y a aucun conflit majeur entre nos deux nations. La bonne entente règne. Certes, il y a quelques petits différents, par exemple sur la question des subsides aux jeunes français qui étudient dans nos universités, mais rien qui ne peut être réglé via nos ministres respectifs et nos ambassades. Il s’est invité et nous sortirons le tapis rouge pour bien le recevoir. Alors que la France a des problèmes par-dessus la tête et que la responsabilité première de son président est de rencontrer les Français pour en discuter et les encourager, il part faire le beau au Canada et tenir quelques discours qui seront aussi vite oubliés qu’ils seront débités. Pour couvrir ce déplacement du président français et de sa suite, la France, le Canada et le Québec vont engendrer des frais importants au moment même où chacun coupe radicalement, chez lui, dans les dépenses inutiles pour diminuer ses déficits.

En somme, il tasse l’intérêt de la France pour redorer son image et rehausser sa popularité. Au diable les principes, les politiques du parti socialiste, rien ne va plus, la roulette tourne. Pendant ce temps-là, le chômage continue de grimper, la production industrielle stagne, les entreprises tirent le diable par la queue, le chômage augmente, la croissance est aux arrêts, les statistiques sont au mauvais fixe, les plus défavorisés souffrent davantage et les français chialent. Son parti est divisé et les « frondeurs socialistes (députés socialistes non-satisfaits des politiques de droite d’Hollande) le menacent avec, en tête, Martine Aubry, la femme des 35 heures. 

De plus, le physique du président laisse percer son état d’esprit. Son visage est triste, sa démarche plus lente, ses discours moins dynamiques. Il semble perdu, sans amis, seul et incapable de pouvoir jouer son rôle. Il n’est que l’ombre d’un chef de l’État. Triste constat pour un pays aussi extraordinaire que la France. Comment avec une telle attitude de son président, peut-elle reprendre confiance ?

Le récent livre du polémiste Eric Zemmour « le suicide français » a un succès énorme car il est le symptôme des angoisses françaises. Il estime que « la France se meurt, est morte ». « Que ses élites crachent sur sa tombe ». Que l’on vit « les dernières pages de l’Histoire de La France ». Exagéré, sûrement. Mais ce qui arrive en France se situe aussi dans le grand réaménagement du monde où repères, identités et certitudes s’effacent. Malheureusement, le président Hollande n’est pas à la hauteur de ces défis.

Pour être utile à son pays, Hollande devrait démissionner. Mais sur çà, les Français me disent « n’y comptez pas ».

Il reste à espérer que la Providence soit bonne pour la France.


Claude Dupras 

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