Conservative Stephen Harper promised voters that he would abandon the failed billion dollar gun registry. Now that voters put him in, he has created a committee charged with doing just that.
Alphecca has the details.
Excellent article in the Calgary Sun that shows that not every Canadian is an American-hating leftist, especially out west in places like Calgary. Paul Jackson says that anti-Americanism has been “deceitfully and deviously stroked by the Lib-Left hierarchy and other malcontents“:
The federal Liberals have done Canada a great disservice in A) Promoting anti-Americanism and, B) Actually antagonizing President George W. Bush and Washington generally.
It’s outrageous the Liberals delight in insulting our closest neighbour — the most powerful nation in the world — and the nation underpinning Canada’s economy. …
The more politically astute are perplexed why Washington doesn’t retaliate against us, not for antics of the likes of Parrish or Ducros — boneheads who showed not only their bad manners, lack of breeding and low gutter-type intelligence — but for our economic, military and security misdeeds.
After Canada’s little “two million dollar” gun registry program has ballooned to a one billion dollar exercise in futility, Canadian liberals are looking for another scapegoat for their crime problem. And find it they have, as they prepare to sue American gun manufacturers.
The Canadian Free Press does an excellent job on this issue:
It is hard to see how American companies who sell a legal product in the United States can be held responsible for their product getting past our customs officers. Beefing up the border might be a better solution but it won’t get as many votes as blaming the Americans will.
The proposals that were given to the Toronto Star seem strangely silent about the other 50 percent of the guns that presumably have Canadian origins. Oops – almost forgot the gun registry. The billion dollar boondoggle was supposed to stop all the violence that is currently taking place. But it seems that the bad guys aren’t registering their guns; they should be put in jail. So to all those who will get wasted in the weeks and months ahead on the streets of Toronto or Vancouver by a Canadian gun, looks like you’re out of luck. So sorry. …
Blaming the United States is nothing more than political claptrap. If the government was half as good at fighting crime as they are at fighting elections, Canada would be a much safer country.
Now I knew that other countries often have a multitude of political parties that must form coalitions to decide whose really in charge. But the Canadian province of British Columbia seems to have taken things to a whole new level: there were no less than 45 parties on the ballot last May:
Groups like the Marijuana Party, the Work Less Party (whose tag line is “Alarm clocks kill dreams”) and the Annexation Party, which would like to see B.C. become America’s 51st state.
It’s surprising the latter hasn’t set up shop in Alberta, which is already more than halfway there.
Then there was the Platinum Party of Employers Who Think and Act to Increase Awareness (Huh?); the People of British Columbia Millionaires Party (donations not needed but welcome); the Party of Citizens Who Have Decided to Think For Themselves And Be Their Own Politicians (would that even fit on a lawn sign?); and Your Political Party (whose motto, if it isn’t, should be “Of course we’ll never win but it’s your party, so cry if you want to.”).
And let’s not forget the two never-say-die dinosaurs: The Social Credit Party and the Communist Party of B.C.
The Commies, by the way, managed to grab only 244 votes — 0.01% of the popular vote — in the last B.C. election, whereas the Sex Party’s three candidates garnered 305 votes, 0.02% of the popular vote.
But the latest entrent into Canadian politics is . . . unusual:
Because the next step in the sexual revolution is about to take place.
The Sex Party is planning to run candidates in the next federal election.
Or maybe you should say next federal “erection.” Haw, haw, haw.
Don’t you just love international politics?
Canada purchased four slightly-used subs from the Brits, taking delivery of the first in 2000 and the other three in 2001. Of those, only one is currently seaworthy. But hey, they have big plans:
The navy expects to see its first sub fully operational and able to fire torpedoes by 2009.
It’s nice to have goals. As a project manager, I especially like agressive timelines.
To take a fully-built ship of war and be able to make it be able to fire its primary weapons in only nine years . . .
The 10-month-old administration of Paul Martin was teetering on the brink of oblivion with a vote of confidence coming up on Thursday. Liberals and New Democrats stood against Conservatives and Bloc Quebecois, with three independents in the margin. It looked pretty grim for Paul Martin and his Liberal Party. In fact, it looked like another vote would be scheduled for June.
Then Martin convinced Conservative Belinda Stronach to switch parties by promising to make her the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development. Martin only has to get one more independent in his pocket and he and his party will be safe.
Reaction has been mixed, but there are certainly some strong opinions:
“I said that she whored herself out for power, that’s what she did,” said Tony Abbott, a Conservative member of the Alberta legislature.
Abbott, who is also an evangelical Christian minister, suggested Stronach’s conduct could fan the flames of separatism in the province.
That is one mad minister!
Captain’s Quarters has this to say:
Given her short and strange political history, it’s easy to paint Stronach as an opportunist of the most crass order, but that sells Martin somewhat short. Obviously the cash registers are open at the Liberal Party and they have positions and power to sell in order to keep their grip on the government. While Stephen Harper and the Tories continue to work through the system, Martin has proven yet again that he’s willing to twist the system itself to remain Prime Minister and keep the Liberals from getting evicted from the seats of power.
On the other hand, the Canadian dollar rose for the first time in five days, lifting above a 7-month low as the market reacted to the news.
Rocked by a scandal, the Liberal Party is losing its grip on the reins of government. Prime Minister Paul Martin’s administration was formed only 10 months ago, yet it may be about to dissolve.
Last week the Conservatives and Bloc Quebecois teamed up to pass a motion recommending that the prime minister should resign. The Liberals ignored the voting, saying the vote was out of order. So the Conservatives and Quebecois teamed up again, this time voting to shut down the government for three days, effectively demonstrating that the Liberal Party could not keep the wheels of government turning.
In response, Martin has scheduled a vote on his budget proposal for Thursday, vowing to call a new election if he loses.
How did we get here? The first piece of the puzzle is the scandal. Late last year advertising executive Jean Brault has said that he was required to pay C$1.2 million in kickbacks to members of the Liberal Party in order to win government contracts for a marketing program in Quebec with the goal of curbing separatist support. But it is support for the Liberal Party that has been eroding since the news broke.
The second piece of the puzzle is the fact that the Liberals are the ruling party, but they are a minority in Parliament and only rule by the grace of a coalition. In the 308-seat Commons, Liberals have 132 seats. A tight coalition with the left-leaning New Democrats (19 seats) brings them to 151— just short of where they need to be.
On the other side are the Conservatives with 99 seats. In the “strange bedfellows” category, the separatist Bloc Quebecois have pledged their 54 votes to the Conservatives for a total of 153. (That’s what the Liberals get for using government funds to stamp out separatism.)
In addition, the Liberals have agreed to keep one of their members from voting to make up for a Conservative who cannot vote due to absence (he is suffering from cancer)., bringing the totals to 150 to 152. There is one vacancy and three independents. Which means that the Liberals have to get all three independents. And it is close.
Independent Carolyn Parrish was drummed out of the Liberal Party last year when she crushed a doll-sized effigy of George W. Bush on television. Yet she has pledge to support the Liberals.
Although he initially expressed support for the administration, Independent David Kilgour has seemingly reversed himself, telling reporters that almost no one in his constituency wanted him to back Martin.
It may very well come down to one man, Independent Chuck Cadman, a blues guitarist that once belonged to a right-wing party that was the predecessor of the current Conservative Party. Says Cadman:
“I take this responsibility very seriously,” says Cadman, who once belonged to a right-wing party before becoming an independent. “I probably won’t know what I’m going to do until the very last moment. Not until I walk into the House to vote.”
But even if there is another vote, polls show that Conservatives aren’t gaining the votes that the Liberals are losing, so the future is uncertain. Of course, “it’s the economy stupid” would say otherwise — uncertainty has driven the Canadian dollar to a seven-month low. Yet Martin has announced an additional C$9.1 billion in new programs such as day-care, low-income housing and the environment, no doubt designed to boost his chances at the polls should a vote become necessary.
That will play well with his accusations of Conservative’s “right-wing agenda” seeing as Conservatives are talking about closer ties to the U.S. and a more active role in the War on Terror.
In the end, the country could go to the polls and end up right back where it is now. There’s a mandate for you.
- Captain’s Quarters: One Roll Of The Dice
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- Christian Science Monitor: With Liberals losing control, will Canada shift to right?
- Reuters: Canada Conservatives confident government to fall
- Bloomberg: Fate of Canada’s Martin Now With Guitarist, Activist
- Bloomberg: Canadian Dollar Drops to 7-Month Low; Martin Vote Set This Week
- Wink News: Canada’s Martin: Confidence Vote Set
- Wink News: Canada Confidence Vote Coming Next Week
- Bloomberg: Canada’s Martin Spends C$9.1 Bln More as Vote Nears
- Reuters: Canada Conservatives want better U.S. ties
- Globe and Mail: Tories waiting for Thursday
Canada’s government said Tuesday it would beef up its military, bolster its diplomatic corps and overhaul its foreign aid in a bid to reverse the country’s diminishing influence in global affairs.
“Our international presence has suffered,” Prime Minister Paul Martin said in releasing a long-promised foreign policy review. “Now is the time to rebuild.”
This isn’t the first time Martin said he wanted to spend more on Canada’s military. He was wanting to spend $7 billion in April of 2004. This year he’s upped the military
budget wish to $10 billion over five years. No word on how much the other part of his little dream will cost.
One cannot help but think ol’ Martin is trying to divert attention away from the scandal that is rocking his Liberal Party. Especially as there is little hope to finance his initiative — what with the growing healthcare crisis in Canada:
The average Canadian family pays about 48 percent of its income in taxes each year, partly to fund the health care system. Rates vary from province to province, but Ontario, the most populous, spends roughly 40 percent of every tax dollar on health care, according to the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.
The system is going broke, says the federation, which campaigns for tax reform and private enterprise in health care.
It calculates that at present rates, Ontario will be spending 85 percent of its budget on health care by 2035. “We can’t afford a state monopoly on health care anymore,” says Tasha Kheiriddin, Ontario director of the federation. “We have to examine private alternatives as well.”
The federal government and virtually every province acknowledge there’s a crisis: a lack of physicians and nurses, state-of-the-art equipment and funding. In Ontario, more than 10,000 nurses and hospital workers are facing layoffs over the next two years unless the provincial government boosts funding, says the Ontario Hospital Association, which represents health care providers in the province.
There aren’t enough liberals in Hollywood to save the socialized medicine program in Canada. Yet Martin wants to spend even more taxpayer dollars just because Canada’s image is a little tarnished.
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Dan Riehl has put together an excellent look at the decades-long pattern of institutional corruption that is now coming to a head in our northern neighbor. Well worth a look and/or a link.
After taking a look, I concur. Read Canadian Liberalism: A Decade Of Scandal And Media Suppression.
Hat tip to another of the writers at BNN, Robert Hayes.
The Toronto Sun writes about an unnamed blogger that is posting AdScam testimony.
U.S. BLOGGER BREACHES PUBLICATION BAN
AN AMERICAN website has breached the publication ban protecting a Montreal ad exec’s explosive and damning testimony at the AdScam inquiry. The U.S. blogger raised the ire of the Gomery commission this weekend by publishing extracts from testimony given in secret by Jean Brault last Thursday.
The American blog, being promoted by an all-news Canadian website, boasts that “Canada’s Corruption Scandal Breaks Wide Open” and promises more to come. The owner of the Canadian website refused to comment yesterday.
AdScam inquiry spokesman Francois Perreault expressed shock at the publication ban breach, and said commission co-counsel Bernard Roy and Justice John Gomery will decide today whether to charge the Canadian website owner with contempt of court.
Of course, we know that the unnamed blogger is the Captain’s Quarters.