Posts made in September, 2015

Change Is In Demand This Election

Posted on Sep 14, 2015 in Elections | Comments Off on Change Is In Demand This Election

Change is the dominant theme of this election.

Polling data from Abacus Data who have been tracking the country’s level of satisfaction with the government since March 2014 finds that growing numbers of Canadians are not happy with the direction of the current government and where they are taking the country.

Have a look through their latest results.

My Take on Change

Personally, change can’t come too soon. I have been looking for it since Harper was elected. What I don’t yet know, is who I will ultimately decide should get my vote.


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Beware Government Newspeak

Posted on Sep 9, 2015 in Elections | Comments Off on Beware Government Newspeak

In George Orwell’s novel, 1984, written in 1949, he coined the term ‘newspeak’. It was the language spoken in the dystopian, totalitarian society the novel depicts. A society where plain language had been bent to the point that only the simplistic language remained and complex or critical reasoning had become heretical. Newspeak forced members of society to toe the government line as they were no longer capable of opposition.

Today, in the real world, many governments and institutions use a form of newspeak in varying degrees.The Harper Governmnent’s War on Language at iPolitics is an excellent article reviewing some of the levels the Harper government goes in their use of newspeak. Harper has outdone many with his deceptive level of sloganeering beginning with changing the reference to government from the Government of Canada which has served this country for every government since confederation. Harper had it changed to, the Harper Government and for the last almost ten years that is the government we have had.

He went on to change points of reference so frequently that many become immune to the deceit which he and his government practice. We no longer have government budgets, they are now ‘economic action plans’ contained within omnibus bills which change numerous unrelated laws on a largely unsuspecting public. Notably one of those ‘economic action plans’ gutted environmental protection laws brought in by Mulroney to the point that overnight we went from almost a million protected water ways to less than a thousand. That made life much easier for his friends at the oil companies.

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Week 5 of the Election Campaign

Posted on Sep 8, 2015 in Elections | Comments Off on Week 5 of the Election Campaign

Well, week 5 of this very long election campaign has come to a close along with the summer portion of it. Kids are back to school, adults are back to work and for the most part, people are winding down their summer activities and shifting into the awareness that fall and winter are on their way.

According to the latest at Three Hundred Eight it appears the NDP and the Conservatives have slipped a bit, the Liberals and the Greens have come up a bit in the polls. No party has moved enough to create a clear trend. It’s still anyone’s election campaign.

While I haven’t been posting since the campaign started, I have been reading a lot. I have some articles waiting for me to make some notes and comments on. I plan to do that over the course of the next few days.

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