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  1. Every industrialized nation has some form of equalization except the United States. And their equalization program is called the Interstate Highway system where every state gets a share of the cash. As for not having a problem with things, I go back to the "can or worms" agument. Conservatives, Liberals, NDP and Greens, Natives, minorities will all have something to add to the mix if the constitution is opened. People can't expect that things will open just a bit to allow one amendment say for...recall and not have everyone else pile on their demands. Quite simply, the amending formula would
  2. How can there be a solution when there's no problem? Potentially, it could be. I don't think there is any rush to change things at the moment but this assumes the monarchy as we know it is perpetual. Britain itself might end the monarchy which would make Canada's consitutional monarchy questionable. So yes, a made in Canada solution might eventually have to be made. But that day isn't here yet. And why open up a constitutionall nightmare for a non-issue?
  3. I would like to know: Who are these people that once voted for the NDP are now saying they would support the Tories? I also want to ask those people: What do you want from your government? What is it that you expect from the Tories that the NDP can not deliver? I am starting to like my rotating "turn at bat" political-power model more and more as a solution for dealing with these shenanigans. Forget about polls. Forget about elections. Hell, even forget about the electorate. There were a few questions to that effect over the last few months. Several polls have asked what people
  4. Just stating the reality of all federal parties. Stephen Harper himself would not have been leader had it not been for his French. I personally don't think any province has a right to separate. Certainly, not with a slim majority of support at any rate.
  5. What language does he speak, Canadian or Newfanese? He speaks Cod. Fluently.
  6. I'm still stinging about the Vikings. My sister's red hair is testament to their crimes.
  7. His French isn't good enough for a federal leader.
  8. Some people are calling it the "halo effect" of a Conservative government in Ottawa and a new Conservative leader in Manitoba but Probe Research has said the most cited beef has been about the poor condition of the infrastructure. It has become quite an issue as the provinces roads and bridges fall apart. What do other people think?
  9. Surging Tories try to stay grounded Friday, July 7th, 2006 By Martin Cash PROGRESSIVE Conservative party members were trying to hold back their glee and not appear cocky yesterday after Winnipeg Free Press/Probe Research poll results showed their party shooting past the governing NDP in public opinion. Tory leader Hugh McFadyen said he was encouraged by the results that showed 43 per cent of Manitobans would support his party if there were an election tomorrow, compared to 38 per cent for the NDP. After returning from Brandon, where Rick Borotsik, the popular former Brandon mayor and MP,
  10. There's a simple reason why it won't happen: it would involve opening up the constitution again. No one wants that because it would not just be a simple thing making a Governor-General an elected position. Every time the constitution opens, everyone piles on a list of demands: an elected, equal Senate, Aboriginal self-government, proportional representation, term limits, anti-flag burning Constitutional amendments and property rights. The list goes on and on. And what happens? The country tears itself apart. So Republican dreamers are probably doing just that: dreaming. I have no opinion o
  11. The Taliban had driven the Afghanistan to become one of the poorest countries in the world. Even if they were thinking about trading in Euros, it seems quite unlikely that anyone would willingly invade them for that. Afghanistan was the base from which continued terrorist attacks were made on North America, Africa and the Middle East. The United Nations determined that in the aftermath of September 11, the Taliban were incapable or unwilling to bring those responsible for the attacks to justice. An ultimatum was given and ignored and the result was invasion. America's diversion to Iraq has u
  12. Higher oil prices do one thing for the economy: They make people think about alternative energy sources. It is slow and costly at first (take windmill energy as an example) but as costs continue to rise, the costs of the things like windmill technology start to look more affordable. Canada might do well with thermal heating and cooling. New neighborhoods built with this system in place instead of natural gas heating could save thousands upon thousands over the course of a lifetime of ownership. And more the better, gas not used in Canada can be exported elsewhere.
  13. There's a price war going on Ontario has more grocery stores open a gas station alongside their stores. Ontario was slower than Western Canada in investing in larger supermarkets that had gas stations selling gas at a discount to attract shoppers. These lower in Ontario gas prices will continue as the supermarkets battle it out for market share.
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