You can disagree, but this is still my space. Be nice.
It’s been a while since I posted to Out of the Shadows. Been intending to post sooner but today I have been moved to do so. I noticed that our Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is going to embark on a quick tour to hear what Canadians have to say. I rather doubt he’ll be dropping in where I hang out so I’ll just share what I have to say here.
Dear Prime Minister:
So, it’s been just over a year since you were elected. Not sure if the majority you received had to do with Canadians having confidence in you as much as we were sure as hell tired of Stephen Harper and his nasty band of followers. For me, it was a lot of getting rid of Harper and willing to give you a try.
There are some areas I really think you have been letting Canadians down. Here are some of my thoughts.Read More
Terrorism comes at us relentlessly. To say it will never end sounds pretty pessimistic. Unfortunately, it’s reality.
Terrorism has been part of society for as long as there has been people opposed to the status quo. It will continue for the same reason.
Believe it or not, there were more terrorists attacks in the west during the seventies and eighties than since 9/11. They have become more deadly in recent times, but not more frequent.
The biggest difference between the attacks of recent times and back then is, rather than the perpetrators being from various radical groups, they are a common enemy — radical jihadists.Read More
If I was holding an event, the event’s guest list would be up to me. If I included a group like Black Lives Matter TO and gave them an honoured position that would be up to me. If the group accepted, they should behave well. If that didn’t happen, the group would not be welcome in the future.
Most reasonable people consider that to be good manners. They would also consider it to be a reasonable response to bad behaviour.
This past Sunday was the annual Pride parade in Toronto. I’ve always had mixed feelings about the parade but I am well aware the parade is not just about gays ‘strutting their stuff’ so to speak. It is about celebrating their hard-fought inclusion in society.Read More
Driven largely by voters in England, the United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union, to make their ‘Brexit’. This won’t happen overnight, the process is likely going to be long and painful.
The vote was so very close, 51.9% to leave vs 48.1% to stay. The largest turnout of voters, 72%, in the last 25 years took part. Scotland and Northern Ireland voted solidly to remain. The vote appears to highlight divisions within the Kingdom. The coming changes may end up being more than just the UK’s departure from the European Union.Read More
Kathleen Wynne has the cart before the horse with her environmental programs. What a shock, a politician who doesn’t know forward from backwards. She’s at the midpoint in her four year majority mandate and apparently has learned nothing about how the average Ontarian struggles. Little wonder she is the second least popular premier in the country.
I remember when she was first elected as the Liberal leader. There was some hope that even though she had been part of McGuinty’s cabinet she would throw open the windows and let some fresh air blow through the place. She appeared to be less inclined towards corporate interests and more inclined towards social justice with balance.Read More
I voted Liberal this past election, in part, because they had promised change from the Conservatives and their stance that Canada doesn’t have a covenant with our Veterans.
That covenant, although not formally declared, has been a sacred obligation to provide care for those who served and fought for this country that they may live out their years in dignity.
The Conservatives went to court with a group of veterans rather than admit the country had that covenant. This past week, the Liberal government signaled they are set to return to court to uphold the Conservative argument with them.Read More