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Posts posted by BubberMiley

  1. You also forgot to mention this, from the features page of this website, "the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police argues that law enforcement spends too much of its time and resources on petty drug possession charges while major producers and traffickers expand their operations. Decriminalization, they argue, will free up vital resources."

  2. It does not violate the charter.  The charter does not specifically address this issue and existed for many years without gay marriage.  Are you saying Canada was in violation all those years? 

    Yes, I am. And the charter says no discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. All the rights of marriage have been denied homosexuals, therefore they are being discriminated against. The charter is only 22 years old, and lots of things have to shake through it before they are implemented. Once the charter was made law, SSM was inevitable.

  3. Harper admitted in the debate he wouldn't use the notwithstanding clause. That means, Leafless, that no matter how much you hate to mind your own business, homosexuals will be free and equal to participate in this society like you are. No matter what a free vote in the House of cCommons decides. It's a done deal. Unless you want to use SSM as a basis on which to dump the charter, it doesn't make any difference what people think about it or who gets elected. :P

  4. Whether or not 55% believe a free vote is the way to go is irrelevant if that free vote would just be overturned because it clearly violates the charter. The only relevant issue is whether there is a willingness to use the notwithstanding clause. Harper had the balls to say no to that, despite pressure from his party. Therefore he would have a free vote that would accomplish nothing and is totally a non-issue.

  5. Well-screened questions that concern them. If you take an unscreened media source, like say Mapleleafweb, it's a lot more prominent. It's a major feature issue on the home page and a popular topic in the discussion forum (14 pages and nearly 2000 views so far). That's why I'm lobbying for a very smiley face with red eyes to add to the end of all my posts.

  6. Point taken, Traveller, but it often takes a few years before the signs of an economic turnaround show up in statistics like the ones you link. The markets themselves (i.e., things like house prices, unemployment figures, consumer spending) and signs of prosperity on the horizon (like the Conawapa dam deal where Manitoba will be providing Ontario and the northern States with a great deal of energy) are more accurate signs of where things are at right now. Winnipeg housing prices have gone up something like 40% in the last two years, and the most recent Labour Force Survey showed that, in November, unemployment went down to 4.2%, the lowest since April 1976 (and second lowest in Canada).

    Oh, and I'm not "blaming the Indians." It's just a fact that reserves in Canada are like mini-Third World countries.

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