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  1. I like the new like/dislike feature. I find it an quick easy way to let someone know I either support or oppose their statements.
  2. I'm one of those 'Old Stock Canadians' which just means I am a descendant of earlier immigrants. Without immigration, this country would be a poorer much less diverse society. Those immigrants who came to Canada during the Mulroney years are now naturalized Canadians. Those coming now will be in 3 years time when they take the Oath of Citizenship but before they got here they were subjected to a vetting process that is the envy of many Americans and one of the reasons behind the temporary ban imposed by President Trump. We have free speech in Canada which gives anyone the right to talk about immigration - indeed I would encourage them too do so - an open and honest dialogue is often the best way to understanding and enlightenment no matter which side of the issue you support. The fact is that us OSCs aren't breeding in the numbers we once were for a number of reasons - thus our numbers are shrinking while those of other ethnicities are on the rise. I see nothing harmful nor alarming about this fact at all. The truth is that no matter the color of our skin, the choice of our religion or the politics we support - we are ALL Canadians.
  3. Too bad the Ethics Commissioner waited until the Christmas break to haul Justin's ass in for chat about his pay for play - would have made for great watching in the House once the opposition parties got wind of his dressing down. "... the very clear principle laid down in the prime minister’s own instructions to ministers, which was not merely that “there should be no preferential access to government” given to contributors to the party, but that there should not even be the “appearance of preferential access.” The prime minister’s defence of his conduct would seem to be that how something appears to others is a matter of his own internal state of mind: if he himself does not believe there has been an exchange of preferential access for contributions to the Liberal party, neither will anyone else." http://news.nationalpost.com/full-comment/andrew-coyne-sordid-encounters-of-the-liberal-kind
  4. I was reading that people were going back and taking it again, so I did too. The only thing I changed was my postal code and for the second time I fell into the Guardian category. This time I paid a lot more attention to the way questions were worded and I noticed that, not satisfied with addressing a certain subject once, they came back as many as three times in the case of one topic - the wording was changed but the result was the same. I almost felt as if I was being not so subtlety coerced into something. What a bloody waste of a 1/4 million dollars. I am still waiting for the post card.
  5. If they don't identify as human then best we treat them like the animals they are - that way we can all breath a bit easier knowing their rights have been recognized.
  6. https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/school-district-weighs-ban-of-to-kill-a-mockingbird-huck-finn-after-complaint/2016/12/03/92701c80-b8b0-11e6-a677-b608fbb3aaf6_story.html?utm_term=.741a986d6e96
  7. Funny how I remember the mountains of refuse and garbage environmentalists left in their wake - not for them the tedious, sickening job of cleaning up the mess......noooo, they were far too busy making sure some other piece of Earth was preserved while trashing the part they stood on.
  8. Justin Trudeau on the XL pipeline back in 2013 "Let me be clear: I support Keystone XL because, having examined the facts, and accepting the judgment of the National Energy Board, I believe it is in the national interest…On balance, it would create jobs and growth, strengthen our ties with the world’s most important market, and generate wealth…Most of all, it is in keeping with what I believe is a fundamental role of the Government of Canada: to open up markets abroad for Canadian resources, and to help create responsible and sustainable ways to get those resources to those markets." http://commonsensecanadian.ca/justin-trudeau-oil-man-keystone-xl-harper/ “We do need to get our resources to market, we just need to do it the right way. The alternative way of doing things right now is on trains, on rail. We don’t want to be shipping more oil on rail, we saw Lac-Mégantic,” Trudeau answered. Pipelines are still one of the safer ways of moving oil, he added. “We’ve got hundreds of pipelines that work, that don’t leak, but we still have to make sure that we’re being very, very careful with them,” he said to the woman." http://montrealgazette.com/news/justin-trudeau-surprises-hudson-crowd-answers-pipeline-questions "Steadfast in his commitment to getting Canadian oil to market, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said putting pipelines in the ground will help pay for the country's transition to a greener future. Opening the Globe 2016 Leadership Summit in Vancouver on Wednesday — which deals with tackling climate change and sustainability in business — the Liberal leader dodged questions about whether building controversial energy projects like the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain expansion and Energy East pipeline would directly contravene his commitment at COP21 in Paris to keep global warming below two degrees this century. “We want the low-carbon economy that continues to provide good jobs and great opportunities for all Canadians," he told a crowd of hundreds of business, civil society, and science innovators. "To get there, we need to make smart strategic investments in clean growth and new infrastructure, but we must also continue to generate wealth from our abundant natural resources to fund this transition to a low-carbon economy.” http://www.nationalobserver.com/2016/03/02/news/trudeau-says-pipelines-will-pay-canadas-transition-green-economy
  9. I so enjoy reading what Left Coast folks have to say about the pipeline approval - I really do. It is as if no one exists outside the bubble of Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. We here in the interior of the province have watched as you allowed clear cuts in order to build more homes; taken land out the ALR so you can build industries; dumped your sewage into the ocean with not a thought for the poor whales then or now; refused to take responsibility for your own garbage opting to ship it by truck which use fossil fuels - hundreds of kilometers to Cache Creek and you continue to flood your streets and highways with gas and diesel powered vehicles instead of making full use of all the public transit available. The pall of polluted air that once just stunk up Vancouver and its environs now spreads far and wide up the Fraser River valley - it hadn't reached Hope the last time I actually went down to the coast, but that was a long time ago. While you rail about the pipelines in defence of your children and grandchildren's future - you allow them to live in a cesspit, teach them that garbage is not their problem and that agricultural land is there for the taking as long as it goes to housing developments or industry. The oil is going to reach the port one way or another. I would hope that is does so in the safest way possible and that undeniably is by pipeline.
  10. Don't hold your breath waiting for election reform any time soon. The multi-party committee tasked with the job of evaluating the various different systems and interviewing Canadians across the country, did their part. They produced an impressive 348 page report that recommended a system of proportional representation and a referendum. Unfortunately Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef wasn't happy with the result to the point where she berated committee members more than once in the House yesterday earning the immediate ire of opposition and committee members alike - 8 of whom are Liberal. She offered profuse apologies today. The reason the Minister was so steamed is because she and her boss did not get the answer they wanted. Justin wants a system that would see his Liberal government returned to power in perpetuity. Justin did not think this idea through all the way. He did not do his due diligence. He promised that 2015 would be the last FPTP election but had no understanding when he did so of just how difficult it might be to change a countries way of voting. He said that a new system would be in place by 2019. That will not be happening. There is not enough time in the remaining years to uproot an existing system and replace it with another especially as they have yet to decide on a system. Liberal members on the committee are for scuttling the idea basically saying that Canadians are not engaged enough and that the committee recommendations are “rushed,” “too radical” and “unnecessarily hasty.” In a further effort to 'engage' us, the Liberals are sending out millions of postcards - though I have no idea of their content - and setting up an online survey site as early as next week. It will be interesting to see the results of all that engagement. I am really looking forward to both.
  11. I doubt the Minister of Natural Resources had peaceful protestors in mind when he spoke of using the military and police forces to quell the unruly. More likely he is well aware of the situation south of the border that has seen an initially peaceful protest erupt into battles - battles some say are sparked by paid provocateurs there only to cause as much mayhem and disturbance as possible. It is nothing more than laying down the ground rules before things get out of hand - something authorities in North Dakota are probably wishing they had done.
  12. The PM had little choice and save for Kinder Morgan, he got off pretty easy. Gateway was never going to fly. The Line 3 approval was basically a rubber stamp on a done deal that involves only replacing old pipe. Lost in all the sunny ways reporting is the fact that Justin has several times both during the election and once in government, spoken of the need to get the oil out of the ground. 70 cents of every energy dollar goes to the benefit of Canada and Canadians. Now he has to get behind the Kinder Morgan line, take appropriate steps against protestors, get the company onside with the 157 restrictions - oh and there are those pesky court cases that have yet to be decided. The process to get the line built will be a long one.
  13. Bad day for Canada you say, I think not. Bad day for those who hypercritically oppose pipelines while making full use of all the by-products of oil. Get rid of your car, cell phone, computer and every other possession you have that is partly or wholly dependent on oil.............then come back and talk about how this is bad for Canada. You might actually have a leg to stand on then.
  14. Anyone still wondering why they call it the 'Left Coast'........stay tuned the reasons will be on full display in the coming days.
  15. Today the Liberal government of Canada approved Line 3 and Kinder Morgan but said no to Northern Gateway pipelines. I fully support all these decisions. This is good for ALL Canadians.
  16. No. The foundation is just an aside to the real story which is the fact that the PM sees no apparent need to follow the rules he himself outlined concerning pay-for-play. It would also be refreshing if he would stick around to face the music himself instead of leaving to the other members of his government........who so far are doing a really poor job.
  17. The MSM does not seem to be too interested Boges. I did several searches trying to follow up on the article. I finally came across this website which is the official student newspaper for St Francis Xavier university - one of the unis to be a recipient of the satellite transmission of Ms Henein's talk - Bishop University in Antigonish, NS is the hosting body. Unless you have a strong stomach, I'd bypass the article and read the comments at the bottom of the page. I'm glad I did as it was refreshing to read articulate commentary upholding the need for open debate on our university campuses. http://www.mogaznews.com/en/World-News/259895.html
  18. Chuck Strahl, a former Conservative MP, resigned from a directorship of the Trudeau Foundation because the Liberals were invoking his name when unsuccessfully trying to extricate their leader from charges of influence peddling. “While I have always supported the goals of the foundation to promote discussion of and education in the humanities, I am unwilling to be used as a foil for the Liberal Party of Canada, who has chosen to use my participation in foundation activities as some sort of cover for their own questionable conduct,” Mr. Strahl told foundation president Morris Rosenberg. " http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ex-mp-chuck-strahl-resigns-from-trudeau-foundation/article33014375/ Grasping at straws they are.........those liberals.
  19. I was ready to head off and read some of the political joke thread. Glad I didn't this is the best laugh I have had in ages. All of you are simply quite wonderful. Thank you so much for all the chuckles. This is a great forum, one of the best on the net. Personal insults, etc. do not have a place here I agree. However, I did not realize that I could not refer to Paul Martin as "D......s". sorry. I will have to make sure that I do not go over the line, would hate to be banned from such an entertaining site. Mowich
  20. Hello Nocrap; Not a grandma but old enough to be one. Don't know what you are apologizing for but admire the fact that you felt you had to and did so. In the case of postings as you see some people do not have the vocabulary necessary to maintain a sedate form of posting, don't let it get to you. I am a Conservative and yet I will jump all over them when I don't agree with what they are doing. I don't believe in blindly following the party line and always reserve the right to criticise my own party as well as others. It is a free society and debate helps keep it that way. Post on Nocrap, I will be reading you. Mowich
  21. I have been a Conservative since Stephen Harper won the party leadership race. Before that, I was a Reformer. I campaigned for the party; blogged on their behalf; persuaded friends to give them a chance; proudly marched into the polling station and gave them my vote; and on election eve I watched as they took enough seats to form a minority government. I was ecstatic. On the day, that Stephen Harper took the oath of office and became our Prime Minister I again watched every moment of the ceremony, sometimes with tears of joy in my eyes. I had but one fleeting moment of hesitation when I heard that David Emerson had ‘crossed the floor’ and would be sworn in as a Cabinet minister. Caught up in the euphoria I never gave it a second thought, then. The second thought came a day later as the headlines screamed of Emerson’s ‘betrayal’. I soon found myself thinking back to how I felt when Belinda Stronach crossed the floor. I realized that I did not support this move at all. In fact, I thought it smacked of cheap opportunism and political expediency. I kept these thoughts to myself. When I did write about the appointment it was only to state that Mr. Emerson, in my opinion should sit as an independent. Adding that, were I a Liberal supporter in his constituency I too would be extremely upset. As time went on, the furor refused to abate, and neither Mr. Harper nor Mr. Emerson would address the issue. I began to have some misgivings. Surely, I thought someone would step up and talk to the public. If the PM, and if Emerson felt that this was right and just, then why were neither of them willing to speak on the matter? Misgiving gave way to skepticism. I knew of course that Stephen Harper did not like the media. I knew it was not his way to comment on every little thing he did, nor was he one for photo ops. Still that was before he was Prime Minister of my country. That was before he had a responsibility to speak on matters that were of importance to Canadian citizens. This was obviously important and he said nothing. The days passed and my uncertainty simmered. It seemed that the Emerson affair was loosing steam in the media. Then the Shapiro inquiry was announced. The PM finally spoke and his words dashed any hope that here, finally, he would allay my suspicions. Instead of speaking to the Emerson issue he took umbrage with the inquiry and refused all cooperation, then disappeared back to his office. Not another word did he speak on this or any other subject not related to the now famous, Five Pillars of the campaign. The few press conferences he held were short, and to the point, a few questions were taken and then he was gone again. Then he appeared as by magic in Afghanistan. How in hell did he get there, my mind wondered, stupidly? Not a single word had leaked about his visit. I was dumb-founded; truly, that he could have such iron-fisted control over the news was simply overwhelming. I give him credit for the visit, it is important that he show his support in this manner. I also give him credit for not making a political show out of the trip, as a previous PM had. Still, it was a masterful show of the power he wields when it comes to containing leaks. So masterful in fact that it should have set off warning bells in my head. Nevertheless, it did not; I was content in the moment. Again, it was not to be for long. This announcement today makes me very angry. It reeks of despotism. The last time I checked everyone including cabinet ministers and government officials had the right of free speech. Not anymore, not if you are a member of the Conservative government of Stephen Harper. Makes me wonder what draconian measure he may have up his sleeve for the ROC. He does not have the right to muzzle people this way. He simply does not. I agree that matters of national security should be vetted, but not to speak or write, at all, about anything, unless the PMO clears it? Get real. I will be one of the first to applaud any Conservative in government who has the back bone to stand up and refute this edict, it can not go unchallenged. This is no less than a form of tyranny. Mr. Harper is telling his government and the Canadian people that he cannot rely on the intelligence of his own people. He does not trust them. In effect, he is saying that he and he alone is capable of conceiving messages for public dispensation. He is denying cabinet ministers and bureaucrats the right to free speech. This proclamation does nothing but stir up resentment, well-founded resentment. It does not foster teamwork or unity. It is divisive. It makes puppets of them all. The Puppet Master would do well to watch his back. This is a minority government. Unity must be unequivocal. This measure works against that unity. If Stephen Harper wants to lead his party to a majority in the next election he better get down off his throne and start spending some time with the common people. I am not happy with him. I am very displeased with his actions. He will have to work very hard to regain the trust I once had in him. I am a Conservative supporter. If I am this upset, imagine how all the borderline voters must feel. Mr. Harper still has a chance to turn things around; he can begin by apologizing publicly to his ministers and other government members for his lack of faith. He can restore their ability to speak for themselves. Then he can come out of his office more often and talk to us. He can reign in his inherent disregard for the media. It is the only method he has in which to reach the millions of Canadians who deserve to hear from their Prime Minister, more frequently. So suck it up Stephen and start acting like a human being. Or, this could very well be your swan song.
  22. The fact is that our troops are in Afganistan, whether we Canadians like it or not. We should have an open debate on the subject. However, as long as our men and women are putting their lives on the line, they deserve our complete support. I applaud Mr. Harper for his visit and hope that it does indeed help the troop morale.
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