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[1 Mar 2019 | Comments Off on Jody Wilson-Raybould for prime minister of Canada! | 15 views]
Jody Wilson-Raybould for prime minister of Canada!

I sent the following email to Jody Wilson-Raybould on Wednesday after her testimony to the justice committee:
Subject: Commendation on your testimony
Date: Wed, 27 Feb 2019 22:16:58 -0800
Dear Mrs. Wilson-Raybould:
For the first time in my life, today I watched live proceedings from Parliament. I thought I’d switch off after your opening statement and get on with my day, but six hours later I was still riveted to the CBC video feed and then TV news broadcasts.
In the forty years since I came to Canada at the age of twelve I have …

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[6 Jun 2014 | Comments Off on Come clean, Christy Clark | 760 views]

As a tax-paying British Columbian, I should love Christy Clark. I should. But I don’t.
She is a divisive character in BC politics. She’s not the first, that’s for sure, but you’d think that people would learn. Not “we the people”, but the politicians themselves. Nobody likes a divisive leader. They didn’t when Bill Vander Zalm was around, and they don’t now, so what does Clark think she’s gaining by her divisive style of leadership that Vander Zalm didn’t back in the late 1980s? If she’s gaining anything, it’s only with …

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[20 Mar 2014 | Comments Off on Alison Redford’s Resignation | 712 views]
Alison Redford’s Resignation

I shouldn’t have anything to say about the resignation of a politician in a jurisdiction where I do not live. But, I do.
First of all, I do wonder what the hell a provincial politician is doing spending tax-payer money (and a considerable sum of it, at that) on a trip to the funeral of the former leader of another country. If she felt so strongly about going to Mandela’s funeral, she should have spent her own money to do so. (I don’t know how wealthy she is, but I’d bet …

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[14 Mar 2012 | Comments Off on I am a supporter of terrorists and other nasty people | 1,029 views]

I’m a little behind the eight ball, as this is now “old news”, but this week I donated money to Greenpeace Canada for the first time in my life. Why? Well, I’ll explain it this way: When you donate to Greenpeace online they have a field on the donation form that asks why you’re motivated to donate to them. This is what I filled in: “Stephen Harper says you’re terrorists” (not to mention funded by foreign money).
Way to go Stevie. Nothing like using hyperbole to convince people to support those …

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[22 Aug 2011 | Comments Off on RIP Jack Layton | 751 views]

Today Canada lost its only political leader. Whether or not you agree with his politics and the politics of his party, Jack Layton was the only leader of a major federal party that actually met the definition of the word “leader”. Others, including the current prime minister, are certainly the figureheads of their respective parties, but they are not leaders. There’s a huge difference. It was not just Layton’s success in the most recent election that made him a leader; it was the fact that he actually had a vision …

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[14 Nov 2010 | Comments Off on The fickle American voter | 725 views]

As someone who doesn’t get to vote in American elections, I chastised friends and acquaintances for jumping on the Obama bandwagon back in 2008 and following it all on TV like it was some kind of daily serial. I do realise that what happens in America influences a lot of non-voters; just ask the Iraqis. However, there’s a difference between academic interest and fanaticism. But I was neither for nor against Obama; he may have said some thought-provoking things, but I am extremely cynical when it comes to politicians.
But if …