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

Elizabeth May



May 2014 Newsletter

May 2013 Newsletter Celebrate Elizabeth’s Birthday! Our Elizabeth has a big birthday June 9th 2014. She is turning a vibrant and intellectually brilliant 60 years young! Thousands of us want to tell her how much she means to us, how effectively she expresses our values and aspirations in Ottawa and how much we appreciate her […]

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Posted on 13 June 2014 | 2:03 pm

Justin Trudeau



Liberals Enter Fall Focused on Canadians and Economic Growth

OTTAWA – The Canadian economy remains stagnant, and the Conservatives’ EI plan will not encourage the hiring of new workers or produce the growth middle class […]

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Posted on 15 September 2014 | 3:28 pm

Ezra Levant



Justin Trudeau steals a kiss

Justin Trudeau steals a kiss from a beautiful young bride, but she’s not his own.

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Posted on 15 September 2014 | 10:10 pm

Scott's DiaTribes



LPCO / OWLC Stuff

So the LPCO had their AGM over the weekend, and I just wanted to say a couple of things about it briefly. Unfortunately, my friend and fellow blogger Jeff Jedras didn’t quite make it in his bid to be the VP Comms for LPCO – Christine Michaud won that position, and congrats to her – but I wanted to congratulate Jeff on his campaign; it takes a lot of courage to put your name out there and then be scrutinized by a lot of people. I hope that his general message he delivered to the LPCO will be still considered and listened to, and I know there are other things [...]


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Posted on 15 September 2014 | 7:57 am

Dawg's Blog



Things fall apart: or, Scotland rising

[NOTE: Be sure to read co-blogger Mandos’ succinct and trenchant post on Iraq just below this. We finished our pieces at about the same time. ~DD] Good grief, here they go again. Any nation roughly east of the Oder-Neisse line...

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Posted on 14 September 2014 | 6:31 pm

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff



Borg at #UofR on Privacy

MP for north shore Montreal, Charmaine Borg, made a presentation at the UofR this morning. Great discussion on privacy at the @UofRegina for more information on privacy visit http://t.co/rocBN6vHSn #NDP — Charmaine Borg (@mpcharmaineborg) September 12, 2014 Of the things she noted was that cell phones are tracking devices, and Canadians have no way to […]

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Posted on 12 September 2014 | 4:11 pm

Erich the Green



24 Hours for Hope on how we can address climate

Things are heating up on the global warming front. In New York City on September 21st, hundreds of thousands of people from across the US and around the world will gather together to make an un-ignorable demand that world leaders at the following UN Climate Summit act faster and more decisively to reverse the growth in greenhouse gas emissions. Meanwhile, I have a friend walking across America as part of the Great March for Climate Action, and I’ve been invited to give more Climate Reality presentations in my local community.
Of course, there are entrenched interests who want to expand our self-defeating fossil-driven economy for their own selfish gain, so naturally they are beating the drum of climate denial. Last week Lorne Gunter trumpeted a study by an economist in a pay-to-publish Chinese journal which supposedly refutes global warming, showing the past couple of decades have had a relatively stable temperature. Now, stable is hardly the word I would use to describe the weather weirdness we’ve seen over the past decade, but I guess economists see things differently.
But it’s a weak argument. There is no denying our climate has warmed significantly over the past century, as our growing population’s land and energy use have altered the chemistry of our atmosphere. The past 354 months, without exception, have all been warmer than the 20thcentury average. That means that anyone born since February 1985 has never, in their whole entire life, ever experienced a month that was at or below global average temperatures.
Pick two points at the same height and call it a "pause".
Who cares about the bigger trend?
This supposed “pause” only appears when you cherry-pick your end points and focus solely on surface temperatures that under-sample arctic regions, and totally ignore the actions of the world’s oceans, a major heat sink. It’s expected for climate change to come in fits and starts, rather than as a steady one-way trend, just as a road ascending a mountain has level or even short downward stretches.
The key is to look at the wide range of indicators – temperatures at the surface, in the high atmosphere, and in the oceans are a start, but shifts in weather patterns (like floods and drought) are also important, as are the responses of natural species. When you put those together, the picture is quite clear – we are rapidly changing our climate in unpredictable ways by adding more heat-trapping gases to our atmosphere.
It’s ironic that even climate deniers must admit the climate is warming to give the term “pause” any meaning.
This whole politicization of climate change is unique to English-speaking nations; in the rest of the world, the debate between left and right isn’t whether our pollution is changing the climate, but how best to address it. Even here, at the municipal level and among building and infrastructure professions, climate change is a given.
Now is the time for the conversation on climate to shift from debate and despair to determination and solutions. Accept no more fuddle-duddle from our national leaders! This Tuesday, September 16th, you can tune in to “24 Hours of Reality: 24 Reasons for Hope” at www.24HoursofReality.org and learn what is happening to our climate, and the many existing tools we can activate, either individually, as communities, or as a nation. We have the technology, let’s build the will and the movement to use it!

Published as my Root Issues column in the Barrie Examiner as "Reversing the growth in greenhouse gas emissions"
Erich Jacoby-Hawkins is a certified member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps

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Posted on 11 September 2014 | 6:47 pm

Five Feet of Fury



Jim Goad: The Difference Between White People and Black People

Jim Goad writes: Surveying all the available evidence—at least as it’s framed through a Google search of the past week’s American media—a discerning Martian would reach two sobering and inescapable conclusions: 1) Being white sucks because white people suck. 2) Being black sucks because white people suck.

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Posted on 15 September 2014 | 6:58 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



World Shocked At ISIS Beheadings ... while our ally Saudi Arabia continues to whack heads off routinely as part of their justice system!


"In the space of two weeks last month, according to the rights group Amnesty International, Saudi Arabia executed as many as 22 people. At least eight of those executed were beheaded, U.N. observers say. It appears that the majority of those executed in August were guilty of nonlethal crimes, including drug trafficking, adultery, apostasy and "sorcery." Four members of one family, Amnesty reports, were beheaded for "receiving drugs." [...] last year, a reported shortage of trained swordsmen led to some hope that the practice could wane, but recent evidence suggests otherwise. It's an uncomfortable irony given that the United States' current military mobilization was triggered after the Islamic State beheaded two American journalists."Beheading as a form of execution is cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and prohibited under international law under all circumstances," said Juan Méndez, a U.N. special rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, at a news conference in Geneva on Tuesday. "
Washington Post

Editorial note: This post in no way is intended to be defensive of ISIS and its abhorrent practices. It is intended to show that we traveled 'down the rabbit hole' a long time ago in our dealings with the oil rich Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as our 'ally'. According to Human Rights Watch (HRW), at least 69 people were executed by beheading in 2012

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Posted on 14 September 2014 | 10:12 am

Mark Steyn



Can't Take My Eyes Off You/The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore

Bob Crewe, who died last week, is best known for his work with the Four Seasons, not least because in fictionalized form he turns up on stage each night in the Broadway blockbuster Jersey Boys. Kathy Shaidle dispensed with this aspect of Crewe's career

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Posted on 15 September 2014 | 10:00 am

Huffington Post



How Egypt's Conscription Generates Unemployment and Refugees

While in Berlin, this spring, I met Egyptian twins who had to flee Egypt and seek asylum in Germany. They left Egypt, together, in March for several reasons, including their unwillingness to serve in the Egyptian army. They didn't want to be a part of the Egyptian army's systemic crimes. And, as Egypt doesn't recognize the right to refuse military service for conscientious reasons, they had to choose between prison and exile! These twins aren't the only cases of this type that I witnessed. Last year, I assisted an Egyptian activist seeking asylum in the United States on the same grounds. I was also consulted recently about the case of a former Egyptian soldier who flew to Greece after being imprisoned in Egypt for escaping the military service.

Actually, there is enormous number of cases like this in the last decades. This trend began in 1967 when Egypt started its six year military campaign to retake Sinai from Israel. In 1972, Netherlands rejected the application of, then deported, two Egyptian asylum seekers applying for refugee status because they didn't want to serve in the Egyptian army. I, personally, can't understand the Dutch decision, because these asylum-seekers might have faced the death penalty as Egypt was at war at that time!

The current conscription system in Egypt was installed immediately after the 1952 military coup. At that time, the junta government changed the military law enforcing an obligatory conscription of every Egyptian male between the ages of 18 and 30. And, even Egypt is a signatory of the International Covenant on civil and political rights which guarantees freedom of belief and conscience (article 18), and the Egyptian constitution guarantees freedom of belief (article 64), the Egyptian military regime still refuses to recognize the right to conscientious objection of the military service. Even in cases of Egyptian conscientious objectors like me, the Egyptian army only granted exemptions from military service on medical or security grounds, to avoid establishing a new precedent by recognizing the conscientious motives.

I can't deny that most Egyptians who try to evade military service don't do so for conscientious or ideological reasons. Conscripts in Egypt are mistreated and under-paid, and that the country has signed a peace treaty with Israel (the only country that Egypt fought after WWI), so, conscripts don't see a reason to waste three years of their lives in the army.

Many young conscription-evaders are forced into an in illegal limbo, denied most of their civil rights until they reach the age of 30. The 1980 conscription law makes having the conscription completion document a precondition for studying at any Egyptian university, applying for any job, or issuing a travel document. Any employer who hires an applicant without conscription documents can be fined and imprisoned for two years. Thousands of conscription evaders, who can't be legally hired in Egypt, often end up in small boats crossing the Mediterranean either looking for illegal jobs in Europe or applying for refugee status.

In NoMilService, Egypt's counter-conscription movement, we experienced the financial consequences of evading conscription, while we were campaigning for our Conscientious Objectors. In 2012, Emad Dafrawi and Mohamed Fathi refused military service on conscientious grounds - they requested that the Defense Ministry allow them to serve in civilian positions instead. But, the Egyptian army ignored their cases, leaving them in illegal status, unable to work, study or travel. The same circumstances are now occurring with my brother, Mark Nabil, after the military stopped his conscription procedures last April on security grounds, but refuses to give him his conscription document disallowing him from working, studying or traveling. Mark graduated from university over a year ago, but, because the Egyptian military refuses to grant him his official documents, he has been unemployed and unable to travel legally during the last year, and will probably be trapped in this endless loop for months or years!

Sadly, this isn't the only damage to Egypt's economy caused by its army. The Egyptian military is deeply entrenched in the nation's business sector, owning about 87% of Egypt's land, and over one third of its businesses. Such intervention in the market drives competition away, and decreases the number of jobs. Military-owned corporations don't create jobs, because they use recruits as free labor. And, the recruitment of youths for years at the start of their careers creates obstacles in the paths of young people who want to become entrepreneurs. Conscription also deprives the Egyptian government of tax money which those young Egyptians would pay if they weren't forced into military service and could, instead, work in a private industry.

Many International actors, including the US government, support the Egyptian military, in the belief that Egypt's army can restore stability, and, in doing so, stem the flow of refugees out of Egypt. But it's the Egyptian military, through its stubbornness dealing with the conscientious objection issue, which generates refugees every day. The world sends billions of dollars in aid to the Egyptian military regime aiming in an attempt to stimulate the economy and reduce unemployment. But it's the Egyptian army, with its hardline stance on conscription, which denies many Egyptians the legal right to work in Egypt.

The Egyptian military regime must be pressured to ease up on its conscription law, allowing a legal status for those who don't want to serve in the army, instead of forcing them to be unemployed or flee the country!

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Posted on 15 September 2014 | 5:33 pm

Andrew Coyne



Andrew Coyne on the Reform Act’s lesson: Party leaders have made Canadian democracy unreformable

This is greatly clarifying. It isn’t only one party or its leader who stands in the way of Parliament’s reform. They all do

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Posted on 12 September 2014 | 5:10 pm

Blazing Cat Fur



In Search of the ‘Moderate Islamists’ - The Muslim Brotherhood is the best Obama can do

The Obama administration is quite intentionally promoting the progressive illusion that “moderate Islamists” are the solution to the woes of the Middle East, and thus that working cooperatively with “moderate Islamists” is the solution to America’s security challenges.

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Posted on 15 September 2014 | 9:00 pm

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



A Wee Design Flaw

The BrightSource Energy plant, a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert, works on the principal of focusing sunlight on a bunch of towers full of water until the water boils and drives a series of steam powered generators.  Unfortunately, the reflected sunlight also focuses on the areas around the towers, and when flying animals like insects, bats and birds pass through that area, they spontaneously ignite into "streamers", to use the industry jargon.  Possibly as many as two a minute, or 120 an hour, or 2,880 a day, or 1,051,200 per year. So something's gone all fucked up.

And, if anyone has followed the story of this particular plant, they will know that California abused and/or ignored any number of its own enviro laws to get it up and running.

This is something that must be fixed.  The U.S. media coverage, thus far, can be seen hereGreen Power Plant Sends Flaming Avians Falling From Skies!!!  And it will continue, and expand, if for no other reason than interests opposed to renewable energy projects will make sure it does.

That is all.

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Posted on 11 September 2014 | 8:19 pm

Just Right



New Brunswick Law Society bigots vote 137/30 to ban Trinity graduates

Today at a Special General Meeting of the Law Society of New Brunswick:
"...members of the Law Society of New Brunswick passed a resolution by a vote of 137 to 30 directing Council not to approve Trinity Western University’s Law school as a faculty of law."
 [via]

Update (brought forward from the comments):

When the BC College of Teachers tried to pull a similar stunt the Supreme Court of Canada ruled (8/1) in favour of Trinity. See para 35 of the ruling where it is stated:  
"... there is nothing in the TWU Community Standards that indicates that graduates of TWU will not treat homosexuals fairly and respectfully. Indeed, the evidence to date is that graduates from the joint TWU-SFU teacher education program have become competent public school teachers, and there is no evidence before this Court of discriminatory conduct by any graduate. ..." 

So, extrapolating that ruling to the NB case (there's no basic difference), the NB Law Society's anti-Christian bigotry is illegal, a violation of Charter Rights and Freedoms. For more discussion read this article.

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Posted on 14 September 2014 | 9:39 pm

Green Party of Canada



Elizabeth May to raise Question of Privilege arguing that Closures on Debate deny MP's the ability to do their Job: Holding the Government to Account

Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada and MP for Saanich–Gulf Islands, will raise a question of privilege regarding the Government's use of time allocation in Parliamentary debates.

Party Leader Elizabeth May will speak about the unprecedented frequency of debate closure tactics used by Stephen Harper's Conservatives to prevent discussion on issues that could affect Canadians for generations. 

Ms. May will also address how debate closures have disproportionately silenced independent MPs, making it difficult for them to express the concerns of their constituents in Parliament.  

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For additional information or to arrange an interview, contact:

Julian Morelli
Director of Communications
Green Party of Canada
cell: (613) 614 4916
office: (613) 562 4916 (224)
julian.morelli@greenparty.ca

Elizabeth May to raise Question of Privilege arguing that Closures on Debate deny MP's the ability to do their Job: Holding the Government to Account

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Posted on 15 September 2014 | 5:38 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. new 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



Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week.

- Dan Lett discusses Stephen Harper's callous disregard for missing and murdered aboriginal women - and how it should serve as a call to Canadians generally to take a broader look at the causes of social inequality:
Why so much resistance to a broader, sociological analysis? A national inquiry of that kind would pose awkward questions and reveal uncomfortable realities about the diminishing role of the federal government in the lives of all Canadians.

A national inquiry would delve into questions such as familial dysfunction, child welfare, substance abuse, sexual exploitation, economic disparity and the shortcomings of the education and health-care systems. An examination of that scope would touch on issues that affect both aboriginal and non-aboriginal citizens.

An inquiry would no doubt expose growing income inequality and the ever-diminishing federal contribution to education, social programs and health care. And how that shrinking support tends to disproportionately hurt the most vulnerable in our society.

A commission of inquiry would be, to put it mildly, a potent and biting indictment of the culture of successive federal governments that have, for decades, placed the health and welfare of the neediest Canadians well below other, less profound policy goals.
- Murray Brewster explores the wide world of policy areas which the Cons have shrouded in cabinet secrecy.

- Meanwhile, the CP reports on how secretive meetings with oil lobbyists look to have been behind the Clark Libs' push to weaken environmental protections. Les Whittington exposes the Wall government's preference for back-room dealing - along with its willingness to spend millions in public dollars to try to buy influence in Washington. And Mike De Souza traces the connections between ALEC, the tar sands and Keystone XL.

- Mike Moffatt weighs on on how the Cons' latest EI scheme will only make employment more precarious in mid-sized businesses by offering employers incentives to fire workers.

- Finally, Daphne Bramham writes about the need for us to be involved in public life as citizens, not merely as taxpayers:
To be a citizen means to belong, to have responsibilities, rights and shared values. It means having a stake in the future and, in democracies, a voice in determining what that future might look like.

In Canada, it means having the guarantee that laws will be applied fairly to every person and every institution (including governments), as well as the right to an education and health care.

That is why we pay taxes. It’s the cost and the duty of belonging.

As the terminology has shifted from citizen to taxpayer over the past three decades, maybe it is only coincidental that the gap between rich and poor has widened.

Perhaps it’s also only coincidence that voter turnout has spiralled downward as the poor and the young (too many of whom are unemployed or under-employed and often burdened by huge debts from post-secondary education fees that have nearly tripled in the last two decades) decide not to bother exercising their franchise.

A growing body of economic research confirms that wealth isn’t the best predictor or guarantor of happy or healthy societies.

What matters more is feeling connected, belonging and having a say. In other words, being a full citizen.

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Posted on 15 September 2014 | 8:10 am

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



Lets Get Multicultural

Are you sure you want bacon with that? Language warning....

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Posted on 15 September 2014 | 1:09 am

Le blog politique de Claude Dupras



Le parti socialiste français va disparaître ?

La vie n’est pas facile pour les membres du parti socialiste de France. Les sondages répétitifs de différents sondeurs leurs cassent la tête. Ça va mal! Ça ne peut aller plus mal ! Leurs déclarations, leurs positionnements, leurs prédictions, leurs débats sont devenus une tour de Babel où tous les bruits sont brouillés. On ne sait plus ce qu’ils disent, ce qu’ils pensent, ce qu’ils veulent. Le président François Hollande réclame des élus socialistes qu’ils respectent ses politiques, le premier ministre ne parle que d’unité-unité-unité, les ministres jouent aux coqs, certains démissionnent, d’autres sont démis, de nouveaux sont nommés, une démission suit l’autre, les alliés politiques fuient, l’ex-première dame dévoile le réel Hollande… ce n’est pas beau ! Rien ne va plus ! Pourquoi!

Le gouvernement français actuel n’est pas un bon gouvernement. C’est simple. Il parle pour parler, promet pour promettre, ne rencontre pas ses objectifs, déçoit. Il taxe, taxe, taxe. Puis, il détaxe, détaxe, détaxe. Il ne sait pas où il va et cela devient évident. Les statistiques d’emploi, de relance de l’économie, de croissance, de compétitivité, etc… l’assomment mensuellement. Le français moyen ne comprend pas, craint pour sa famille, pour son emploi, pour son commerce, pour son entreprise. Il ne voit pas le bout du tunnel. Ce n’est pas surprenant, le gouvernement gouverne mal.
Une bonne démonstration est la formation du nouveau cabinet des ministres suite à l’affaire Montebourg-Hamon-Filippetti. De ces trois, les deux derniers n’avaient absolument pas le bagage ni l’expérience nécessaire pour être ministres de France. C’était clair le jour de leur nomination et c’est devenu encore plus clair le jour de leur démission. Pourtant Hollande les avait choisis. Et, il vient de récidiver en choisissant les membres du nouveau cabinet. Certains diront que c’est le PM Valls qui a fait le choix. Soyons sérieux !
Normalement, un cabinet de ministres doit être formé des meilleurs individus  disponibles afin que chacun puisse remplir adéquatement le devoir du ministère qui lui est confié. Ils doivent être les plus expérimentés, les plus à jour des problèmes de l’heure, les plus renseignés sur les solutions réalistes pour les régler, les plus prêts à prendre les meilleures décisions pour que la France progresse. Ils peuvent être dans le cercle des élus ou se trouver dans le privé, si nécessaire. Qu’ils viennent tous de la même ville, de la même rue, importe peu. S’ils sont les mieux qualifiés, ils doivent être choisis.
Le malheur est qu’Hollande ne procède pas comme cela. Il joue aux cartes, il avance des jetons pour gagner politiquement. La France est son second choix.
En effet, ce président cherche à créer des alliances pour l’avenir. Qu’importent les qualités requises pour de vrais ministrables, les choisis le deviennent sur la base de critères qui ont rapport avec le sexe, les régions, les services rendus, la loyauté, les partis de gauche, la popularité, les promesses, la tendance, etc… Ainsi, plusieurs sont nommés ministres et arrivent dans leur ministère sans savoir où celui-ci va, qui il est et où il doit aller. On parle ici de la France, Believe it or not !
C’est une méthode de choix ridicule qui débouche sur un cabinet faible, non efficace, incapable de régler les vrais problèmes. Avec l’enfer que vit la France aujourd’hui, il semble que pour la formation du dernier cabinet, le président aurait pu inviter plusieurs non-élus, reconnus dans leur sphère d’activité pour leur savoir-faire et leur efficacité, à venir l’aider à gouverner. Son approche est vouée à l’échec car le niveau des problèmes et des solutions à trouver est trop haut pour des ministres non qualifiés. Pourtant, Hollande le sait puisqu’il a chialé contre certains des anciens ministres, les traitants d’« incompétents ».  Ce n’est pas moi qui le dis, c’est lui qui l’a dit et répété à son ex-compagne et ex-première dame comme on peut le lire dans son récent livre sur sa relation avec Hollande.
Il y a aussi le parti socialiste français et son idéologie inébranlable de gauche. Il veut que le comportement des français corresponde à ses croyances, ses idées, ses doctrines. La bourgeoisie américaine qui s’associe principalement au parti républicain fait de même, à droite. Le temps de tels partis est dépassé. Aujourd’hui, plus que jamais, un parti doit pouvoir s’adapter aux besoins du temps. Au pouvoir, il doit gouverner en fonction des problèmes réels et ne pas se laisser aveuglement orienter par son idéologie. Alors que de plus en plus de citoyens souffrent, le temps n’est pas de se complaire dans des chimères, des politiques utopiques, des illusions ou des projets irréalisables, non plus que de ne s’occuper que d’une classe de la société. Toutes les classes de la société française ont besoin de l’une et de l’autre pour se sortir du marasme dans lequel elles sont toutes immergées.
Le parti est à un niveau d’impopularité record. Balayé aux dernières élections législatives, il subira, de l’avis de tous, une secousse sera encore plus forte aux prochaines élections sénatoriales. Son approche politique a entrainé Hollande dans les bas-fonds électoraux parce qu’elle ne correspond pas aux problèmes d’aujourd’hui. Le président semble avoir compris enfin le désastre dans lequel il a poussé la France, et ses nouvelles politiques ont pris un tournant brusque vers la droite. C’est ce qu’il avait à faire dans les circonstances actuelles, il n’avait d’autres choix. Mais plusieurs membres influents du parti socialiste s’offusquent et menacent de ne pas accorder leur confiance au nouveau programme politique du gouvernement Valls, à l’Assemblée Nationale. Si cela se concrétise, on comprendra que ce parti s’éloigne à nouveau des vrais problèmes et est voué à la disparition de son influence politique en France. Il risque de devenir une entité négligeable.
Au Canada, j’ai été longtemps membre actif du parti progressiste-conservateur du pays. Ces deux qualificatifs ensemble sont surprenants mais ils représentent bien ce qu’était ce parti qui avait dans son sein une aile droite forte et une aile gauche forte. C’est le parti de John Diefenbaker, plus à droite, celui de Joe Clark, plus à gauche et de Brian Mulroney, plus au centre. Ces trois ex-premiers ministres appliquaient une politique du parti appropriée aux besoins du moment. Chaque aile savait user de son influence si un besoin particulier de la population se faisait sentir et l’autre savait se rallier. Ainsi l’approche gouvernementale était pragmatique. Il en est de même pour le parti libéral du Canada. On peut critiquer chacun d’eux à différents moments, mais le fait demeure que le Canada progresse constamment et bien.
La France n’est plus à l’heure de Jean Jaurès, ni à celle de l’après-guerre de DeGaulle. L’heure est à la vraie démocratie. Les électeurs comprennent mieux l’envergure des problèmes. Ils sont mieux renseignés et plus vite. Ce ne sont plus les discours qui manient l’opinion publique, mais les médias qui, par tous les moyens différents que leur offrent les  nouvelles technologies, répandent rapidement les informations. De plus en plus, chaque côté de la médaille de chaque problème, est connue. Nous devenons plus aptes à nous faire une opinion. Certes, il y a toujours les images et les illusions que cherchent à créer les politiciens pour que l’opinion publique les favorise, mais lorsque ça va mal, elles n’atteignent pas les électeurs.
Ensemble, le président Hollande et son parti socialiste doivent repenser leur approche politique afin que les meilleures personnes dirigent le pays, non seulement dans le temps présent mais aussi et surtout dans le futur, sinon le parti risque de disparaître. La France a besoin dans les prochaines années de meilleurs conducteurs à la roue de l’État, quelque soit le parti, car le chemin est parsemé d’obstacles majeurs.

Claude Dupras

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Gavin Schmidt: The emergent patterns of climate change


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In Tuesday’s Sun: Scotland divided, plus bonus 007 reference

Scotland, heed the wise words of the guy who bites the heads off chickens. You know, Alice Cooper. According to urban legend, the rock star once bit the head off of a chicken. Reportedly, Alice then went on to play golf with former Republican presidents. It’s true! (The golf part, not the chicken part.) Quoth […]

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Elizabeth May to raise Question of Privilege arguing that Closures on Debate deny MP's the ability to do their Job: Holding the Government to Account

Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada and MP for Saanich–Gulf Islands, will raise a question of privilege regarding the Government's use of time allocation in Parliamentary debates.

Party Leader Elizabeth May will speak about the unprecedented frequency of debate closure tactics used by Stephen Harper's Conservatives to prevent discussion on issues that could affect Canadians for generations. 

Ms. May will also address how debate closures have disproportionately silenced independent MPs, making it difficult for them to express the concerns of their constituents in Parliament.  

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For additional information or to arrange an interview, contact:

Julian Morelli
Director of Communications
Green Party of Canada
cell: (613) 614 4916
office: (613) 562 4916 (224)
julian.morelli@greenparty.ca

Elizabeth May to raise Question of Privilege arguing that Closures on Debate deny MP's the ability to do their Job: Holding the Government to Account

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