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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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Time is Coming For Me to Choose

Posted on Aug 2, 2015 in Elections | Comments Off on Time is Coming For Me to Choose

http://www.thestar.com/content/dam/thestar/news/canada/2010/12/02/governor_general_urges_ontario_to_act_on_adoption_and_infertility/davidjohnston.jpeg.size.xxlarge.letterbox.jpegHarper’s people sent out a press advisory yesterday that he would be visiting the Governor-General today. Since it is unlikely he’s meeting him for brunch, this would be for the dropping of the writ to start what will be a very long nasty election campaign.

Like millions of Canadians, I will need to make a choice by the time October 19th rolls around. Being a regular consumer of news and information by the time most elections roll around, I’ve pretty much decided which party I don’t want therefore, I will be voting for the other party. Until now.

I’ve always been a person who viewed federal politics as either Conservative or Liberal. The NDP were an interesting side-show that managed to keep some on their toes. The Bloc, well, I’ll be charitable and just call them more of a Quebec side-show than a Canadian party and the Greens, they make some noise but don’t really register in my world.

I remember chatting with my rather dyed-in-the-wool Conservative brother during the 2011 campaign. One of the few things we both fully agreed on was the perception that Jack Layton and the NDP could say what they wanted, they would never have to back it up in government.

Then they became the Loyal Opposition, largely due to an influx of seats in Quebec. Flash in the pan and the shine on Jack Layton wont last forever was my feeling. After all, the NDP aren’t really serious contenders. How times change.

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Federal Election Campaign to Get Underway

Posted on Aug 1, 2015 in Canadian Politics | Comments Off on Federal Election Campaign to Get Underway

http://i.istockimg.com/file_thumbview_approve/63862253/3/stock-photo-63862253-ballot-box-painted-into-national-flag-canada.jpg 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.

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Summer Cold

Posted on Jun 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Summer Cold

Someone wandering around with a cold shared that sucker with me. I’ve been home for four days now. Hoping it doesn’t move into bronchitis which I’ve managed to avoid for about four years. I don’t share colds, others should do the same.

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Changes and Shifts

Posted on Jun 27, 2015 in Personal | Comments Off on Changes and Shifts

I’m working on making some changes in my life. What my final direction will be, who knows. I’m just taking this a step at a time. In the past, I’ve used this blog to focus on writing opinions on news that interests me. A lot of that is political, it interests me. I used another blog for writing about more personal items.

I’ve decided to transition that blog into another interest area, food and cooking. So, this blog is going to transition back to the mix of opinion and personal material it started out as.

It’s my space, I make zero apology for doing with it what I want. I’m inviting you to come and visit. For the time being, the commenting feature will be disabled while I sort out how to have the feature without all the spam that comes along with it.

For me, it is a good time to make that shift. We’re approaching an election here in Canada. That always gets my interest. Hopefully it gets yours.

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Trudeau Lacks Substance

Posted on Mar 1, 2015 in Canadian Politics | Comments Off on Trudeau Lacks Substance

http://www.thestar.com/content/dam/thestar/opinion/editorials/2013/04/06/justin_trudeau_is_best_bet_to_renew_federal_liberals_editorial/justin_trudeau.jpg I absolutely do not want to support Harper in the next election scheduled for October of this year. Anyone who knows me, knows that has been a very consistent stance for me.

I also don’t feel inclined towards the NDP and Mulcair. While I tend to lean towards social justice issues, I also know that no social justice can be achieved without hard economic choices building the economy. I also know that the problems of the world can’t be resolved through peacekeeping or not participating when the tough choices have to be made by countries.

So, logically, that would mean I support the Liberals and Trudeau, right? That would be a, ‘not at this time’ response.

Paul Wells writes in Macleans this week on “Why Justin Trudeau is suddenly the underdog“. He points out that Trudeau has been steadily losing the edge he enjoyed in the polls and for the last two months has been first neck and neck with the Conservatives and now, slightly behind them.

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Cheezy North Korean Dictator

Posted on Dec 27, 2014 in International | Comments Off on Cheezy North Korean Dictator

Kim-Jong-unI’ve been sort of watching the whole “The Interview” episode with a level of amusement.

So, Sony Pictures Entertainment creates a comedy-action movie that boils down to a fantasy about an attempted assassination of the North Korean dictator, Kim Jong Un. It received mixed reviews from critics and likely would have died a quiet death along with all the other mediocre movies released every year. Enter the cheezy dictator who is used to controlling everything that happens in his little country.

In June, North Korea aka the cheezy dictator threatens merciless actions should Columbia Pictures go ahead with the release of this otherwise unremarkable movie. So, let’s see, either Kim Jong Un has the maturity of a two year old or he really liked the movie and wanted to rescue it from the fate it was likely heading for.

Not to miss a chance at boosting interest in a release, Columbia Pictures delayed the release from October to December and said they had edited it to make it nicer for the cheezy dictator. Apparently not good enough.

In November, a hacking group, The Guardians of Peace, with alleged ties to North Korea took the computer systems of Sony down. They released sensitive material and then in mid-December threatened terrorist attacks if they showed the movie which the same group deemed to be “the movie of terrorism”.

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