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
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.
The Covenant, Our Sacred Obligation
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
So Rona Ambrose and Rachael Notley think building oil pipelines is the answer to saving the ‘crippled’ oil industry in Alberta? I came across the article on the CBC website just after finishing my post yesterday. I must admit, it leaves me a tad breathless at Ambrose’s nerve.
Well 2016 is only 16 days old but it seems the Canadian economy and likely other parts of the world will continue to be in for a rough ride. World oil prices continue to slide along with the Canadian dollar. Last week, the dollar reached the lowest it has been in decades. Falling briefly below 60 cents against the US dollar. Some are forecasting the price of oil could drop as low as $20 a barrel. Pulling the Canadian dollar even lower.
After a decade of Harper and his government pursuing turning Canada into a so called energy super power, our dollar is tied even more strongly than ever to the price of oil. When the price is up, great for Alberta and Newfoundland. Not so much for the rest of the country. Harper’s main interest was Alberta, Newfoundland got to join the ride.Read More
So, if the media speculation is correct, Harper will officially kick off the federal election campaign as early as tomorrow. If he does, it will be 77 days long. The longest since the 74 day campaign of 1926. Shorter than the record 89 day campaign of 1872.
Increasing the length of the campaign increases the costs for the Canadian taxpayer while also increasing the amount of money the political parties can spend. Since the Conservatives have the largest financial pool, wonder who gets that advantage?
Starting a campaign mid-summer pretty much guarantees that most Canadians will hardly register an election is underway until likely mid to late September. So, expect a barrage of Conservative BS to be smacking us in the face about then with all that extra loot they get to spend.Read More