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  1. For the most part, that is a solid article. Canadians can afford to think that this is a country that doesn't need a military as long as the U.S. is around to defend Canada. If Canada had any other country as their neighbours, this peacekeeping myth would never have taken shape. Prime Minister Harper has shown real leadership on military issues.
  2. Obviously a lot of people don't care about anything other than themselves and will engage in all sorts of destructive behaviour if there no negative consequences. That's where penalties and taxes for such behaviour come in. That's a tough one Saturn. Are you arguing that not enough people have a good sense of personal responsibility so they need the state to pressure them into conforming to a certain societal position?
  3. \ Yes. Most politicians are. Honest people don't get elected. Unfortunately, most times that's probably true.
  4. The only reason Garth did it was, because of well - Garth. He opines on his blog garth.ca, of providing "leadership through principle and independence." - but by joining the Liberals he is giving up both of those. Face it, its the Liberals who have perfected rigid party discipline. Wajid Khan was told to follow the party line or leave. Wonder if Dion has read Turner's blog yet - I think that's a pretty fair statement. If he was a true opponent of party discipline and that's why he left the rigid Tory caucus, he'll be an independent fast enough in the next Liberal government.
  5. I keep hearing that Canada gets a free ride. What exactly have we been protected from that we couldn't do ourselves? Canada gets a free ride because we allow the U.S. to pay for our defense.
  6. I don't think I'd be as dismissive of what the feeling of the riding might have been. I suppose Turner will find out what those feelings are come the next election. However, Turner himself was a popular choice in the area. It is possible that the force of his own character could have seen the riding re-elect him as a Green. I think ultimately he sold out the the Liberal machine.
  7. He figured the Liberals have the best political machine there...it was a politically salient decision.
  8. He was hated for being a polarizing figure...other than that he wasn't that corrupt.
  9. That's an interesting idea.If someone tries a Charter defence using section 27, the Supreme Court could just back away and say it will leave the issue up to the legislature. (Given our interventionist court, that might be surprising but it has on occasion avoided decisions.) That would be a form of democratic dialogue not current found on the S.C.C.
  10. Agreed, which is their biggest liability.
  11. Canada will never be a bilingual country, just a country where there are people who speak many different languages. That's probably a fair statement, although I'll bet there are more allophones than francophones currently in Canada.
  12. I never heard of any federal mandate to make Canada 'officially bilingual' although it is something the feds are trying to promote but without much success as the French language for all practical purposes is obsolete making it a dysfunctional non commercial language, basically suitable for private use. Trudeau introduced official bilingualism in 1969 and since then it has become a cultural myth of Canada.
  13. Turner should have practiced what he preached and remained an independent until the next election. If, in fact, he polled and saw that the residents of his riding were leading Liberal and, as such, he became Liberal...did that affect his decision? What if the constituents were leaning NDP? It just seems a bit sketchy.
  14. Probably true, although among other things it allows Dion to save the Liberal brand from the party's own inability to cut greenhouse gases.
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