Saturday, November 29, 2008

Tell Me If You've Heard This One Before

I'll give them credit, the Tory Propaganda machine is quick.

Which is just another reason that we can't let up. If you can, call in to these show, contact your MP's, hell, contact other people's MP's, sign the petition, just get the word out.

Friday, November 28, 2008

You're All Invited

To Steven Harper's House Cooling Party!

Where: 24 Sussex
When: Sometime after Dec 8

So long Steve. Don't let the door hit ya on the way out!

Is Business About To Pick Up?

Who said politics was boring?

The federal Liberals plan to bring down the Conservative government in a confidence motion on Monday, saying they have a viable alternative, the Canadian Press reported Friday.

"In light of the government's failure to recognize the seriousness of Canada's economic situation and its failure in particular to present any credible plan to stimulate the Canadian economy and to help workers and businesses in hard-pressed sectors such as manufacturing, the automotive industry and forestry, this House has lost confidence in this government and is of the opinion that a viable alternative government can be formed within the present House of Commons."

If reports are true, Dion won't go down as the second Liberal leader to not be PM. Supposedly the parties have agreed he would be PM.

Will they or Won't they?

I'm confused

"Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty says the government will “stay on track” and leave the cuts to political party subsidies in the financial package to be introduced in Parliament next week."

The Fight Isn’t Over Yet

The Opposition might have won the battle over public funding, but it can’t stop there. The fact is that there are still a number of provisions in yesterday’s Economic Statement that are still intolerable. First of all, the lack of any kind of real stimulus package for the economy is unconscionable. Our economy can’t wait till Budget is brought done. By then it could very well be too late to save the auto and forestry sectors, amongst others.

Then there is the removal of the right to strike of civil servants, the removal of the ability for women to fight for their rights and these imaginary asset sales to “balance the budget”. Thanks, but no thanks Mr. Harper. As an Ontarian I’ve been there before, and ya know what, I never wanna go back.

Thank You Mr. Harper

Everybody outside the Conservative Party and its supporters are deriding the move my the Finance Minister to slash public funding of the parties. While I’m against this move, I think we all owe Mr. Harper a big loud, boisterous THANKS!

Not only has this move helped to mobilize the members of the party to financially support the party, a support which is desperately needed, but it has served as a rallying cry for members of all the opposition parties that enough is enough and its time for a change, building REAL momentum for a coalition government that would finally see Mr. Harper and his neo-con ideologues thrown out of the government.

So once again, thank you Mr. Harper, thank you very much.

Wrong Place, Wrong Time

Today there is news that the Ignatieff camp sent out an email asking for donations to his campaign to “Save Canadian Democracy”. Regardless of the leadership candidate I support, this smells rotten to me and it should to you too. This is NOT a time for partisan leadership politics. We need to come together and support the Liberal Party as a whole.

So I say forgot the leadership race for the time being, there will be plenty of time for that later. Be it via a one time donation or signing up for the Victory Fund or Laurier Club, donate to the party and show that while we might disagree on who we believe to be the best candidate for the leadership, in the end, we stand together as a party united.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

What a Day To Get On the Road.

Mr. Harper has a funny idea of being less aggressive and playing nice it seems. Not even two weeks into the new session of Parliament ant he’s making one of the worst partisan attacks in memory.

I’ve heard and read a lot form people who support this, and you know what, I can understand why they do, and can even see find myself agreeing with some of their points. But the rightness or wrongness of the subsidy isn’t the prime issue to me. My main problem with this is that the method and timing of the cut is wrong and unfair. It has come out of the blue with no consultation and obvious disagreement from the opposition parties, opposition parties who all agreed to this new plan back in 2003.

Today there have been calls to vote this down to bring us to another election, which I feel is wrong. The average voter who is worried about their job won’t see this for what it is, a fight for fairness, they will perceive it as greedy political parties not willing to take a hit, which would, in my opinion, lead to more Conservative seats, probably even a majority which to many of us would be hell on Earth. I personally like the idea of the 3 parties in Opposition agreeing to form the government, but realistically, I doubt the Bloc would ever go for this, and if for some reason they would, it would end up costing more then I think we should give them. So what should we do? I wish I could come up with a suggestion for Mr. Dion, I really do, but I don’t. I’ll leave that up to smarter, more political savvy people to decide.

What I DO know we can do help is to donate to the party (, because whether or not this goes through, the party needs as much financial help as it can get from us to win the war against Harper and his neo-con ideologists.

We Can’t Know Where We Are Going Until We Know Where We’ve Been

So I figured I’d do a little introduction so we can all get acquainted. I was born and raised in a single-parent (my father died of cancer when I was quite young) middle class family in the 905, well, the 416 for the first 16 years (I’ll let you guys do the math on my age ;) ). I spent the next 7 years in London getting my degree in Engineering at Western and, scary as it was, entering the work force. Over the course of my career, I’ve also spent time in Barrie and a few years ago moved back to the 416.

Like all of you, I’ve faced many hardships along the way, many of which I’ll probably bring up over the course of time, which have shaped my view of the world. I’ve realized that political ideology can be a good guide, but we have to be pragmatic in many of our decisions. We might not like the choices we have infront of us, but sometimes we have to pick and even support something that might go against our idiocy because in that moment in time, it is the right thing to do.

I’ve associated myself with the Liberal Party and their idea’s for as long as I can remember. Though from time to time, I’ll admit, I found myself agreeing with the Tories (the red one’s at least) and have voted for other, smaller, parties I felt deserved my support during the times when a Liberal majority was assured.

Ever since the Dark (Blue) Ages set in, I’ve found myself coming back home and have recently begun being more active in the political process.

Now that you’ve got a little idea about where I’ve come from, I hope you come back to see where my thoughts go, hopefully giving you some insight from a POV you previously hadn’t considered, and maybe even an occasional chuckle.