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  1. I have lived in Alberta for the better part of 20 years and a few years in BC. I have seen Canada from Quebec and West. I have yet to visit the Maritimes but will do so one day. I live in Alberta because I like it here. We have pretty good freedoms. My standard of living is pretty good. Aside from a whack of "service fees", the taxes are bearable. I have never been un-employed and send my fair share East every year. I do not sub-mit to the seperation movement as I feel I am a Canadian first, an Albertan second. Klein isn't perfect by any means but he has done fairly well for the province. I kn
  2. If I were you, I would wait until an election call and then take a look at all the parties platforms and go with the one that you like the best. Other than that, maybe you should run yourself <{POST_SNAPBACK}> sounds like a good idea but I doubt people would like my way of doing things. Besides, I don't relish public speaking that much.
  3. In our area we are in the midst of nominating new candidates for the Conservatives. I haven't heard the results yet as I think the voting was for today. The problem is that one of people vieing for the position is a local lawyer whom has some very questionable clients. This is mainly contractural stuff, not much criminal law here. Now this guy helps set up questionable contracts for realestate deals so hence forth I have to question his basic ethics. I know his job is to do the best for his clients but some of these clients are down right nasty and cheaters. The results have been that a lot of
  4. How about some autographed golf balls and a Canadian flag? Oppps, thats been tried before. Didn't work, but some people sure made some bucks out of that deal.
  5. Caesar, "bring cash" just means things cost more in BC because of that wonderful sales tax you have there. Agree with you in the weather statement though, man its ugly here now. I seem to ge the impression that the separtists in Quebec definately want their cake and eat it too. I see no reason why they should get all of that if they decide to leave. Plus they should also pay their share of the national debt. But we need to get back on track to make this a stonger, cooperative country. This bloody crap over east/west, french/english so and so forth does absolutely diddly to make this a bette
  6. Raspberries to you caesar but ultimately you are right. Sigh, I can not deny that. This issue has to be put to bed but it seems no one has the cahonies to do so. Reading through the posts here, there sure seems to be a variance on peoples interpretation of history. But you know, history is in the past, we can't change it. What we need to do is look towards tomorrow, we can do something about that out come. Even as a "whining Albertan", I am not in favour of seperation of any province. I do however dislike favourtism shown at times in the past just to buy a few votes. If Quebec does chose
  7. Zundels a freak as fas as I am concerned. I've seen the camps, graveyards and hundreds of pictures from the 40's in Europe. I have listened to my grandparents talk about how they hid jews and other "undesirables" through out the war. You don't all the facts from just one book. You need to lossen that tin foil up a bit paulpaul, it's starting to cut off circulation from your brain.
  8. Someones got their tinfoil hat on a little too tight I see.
  9. Though i do not agree with him, you have to give PM PM a little more credit than you do. His decision was met by a US response of basically " we don't really care what you think, we will shoot down missiles over your soveirgn airspace if we feel like it". Through past speeches from the US, this has hardly been a surprise. PM PM just appeased nay sayers of the BMD , made the yanks look like bullies and buffoons, put the opposition in a position where they get hammered no matter which direction they take. If they agree with PM PM, then they get whacked from the left and if they are with the yank
  10. Lougheed was one of the few premiers to stand up to Trudeau and eventually win. Lougheed could not be bought and he stood his ground. Face it, Canada is much too diversified culturally, ethnically and geographycally to fit neatly into a cute little perfect bottle. Lets accept that fact and then lets find ways of dealing with it. I took my oath to become a Canadian citizen and am a very proud Canadian firstly, I am a proud Albertan secondly.
  11. Correct me if I am wrong (it may be different for BC, I dont know) but isn't the breakdown for responsibility of road maintenance as follows? trans canada and hwy 16 are federal as they are the two coast to coast highways and built by the feds. I think this also includes roads inside of the federal park system. all county, rural roads and small town main streets are provincial all large town and city streets are municipal responsibilities I know the provincial government helps towns and cities with major new road construction and transit systems with grants and subsidies but general street
  12. I know where you are coming from august, in theory it makes sense. In reality, it is not doable as you suggest. I have no problem with short term tolls on roads that greatly improve efficiency. But under your idea, we can just as easily say that pedestrians should pay to wolk on the side walks, slide a quater into a meter everytime they want to use a cross walk. I know this is very simplyfied but that is what you suggest when you say user pay. My understanding of the fuel tax system is that it is supposed to be redistributed from the feds to the provincial governments, municipalities and cit
  13. I agree with you here august, the simplification and efficiency aspect should be spread across all government agencies but we all know that is a pipe dream. Looking at me own budget 15,000 is definately a good benchmark for the cutoff. This should be implemented immediately, not over 5 years either. A lot can happen in 5 years to blow this plan out of the water. Why should we pay tolls when we pay fuel taxes that are supposed to pay for all our roads? If the feds actually spent 50% plus of the collected fuel taxes on roads like other countries, then we would better roads. I think the curren
  14. hmmmmmmmmm, so you have get off of your butt, move around, put down the game control and get some exercise. You have to do some volunteer work in the community and at the end of the day, you have to write a report on it. This homeowrk assignment is over the span of 3 years I take it. I have to agree with caesar here, get with the program. This assignment sounds better than a lot of the other brain fluff that is being taught in schools nowadays. Exercise and volunteer work never killed anyone that I know of.
  15. Hmmmmmmmmmm, I have lived in Alberta most of my life and haven't come across too many Yanks living here. The ones I do know are pretty well Canucks aside from the fact that they have an accent. A lot of non-Alberta born people I know are from BC, the Maritimes and Ontario. The majority of them just want to make a decent living and not lose the majority of their earnigs to taxes. I met a lot more Americans living in Canada when I lived in BC. They seemed to like the weather more than in Alberta. The majority of Albertans I know come from all sorts of backgrounds. The one thing linking most
  16. Trudeau failed because the NEP mainly affected only one province, Alberta. The benefits were mainly felt by Quebec and it pissed a lot of people off. Geographically, Canada is huge compared to many of the other countries around the world. We have basically 5 very distinct regions that revolve around very different ways of making money. The current central government focusses mainly on Ontario and Quebec when it comes to fiscal dealings. A lot of the other laws enacted also favour these 2 provinces. If the federal government was to have better regional representation, then we might hear a lot
  17. As near as I can tell this budget wont affect me personally or economically in any degree. I could use a tax break but it won't happen this time around All I can say is that it is about time, we need to respect our elders and look after them. Kiss another billion goodbye With the city council we have here, we will probably get a new art centre or something instead of getting rid of the VW eating potholes we have around here. More hot air blowing in the wind I see This should go to the RCMP instead Unfortunately this money wont change anything Hmmmmmmmmmmm, I dont seem
  18. Thats basically what I was saying. It was not just a single effort of one country that finally proved victory for the Allies. I agree with you in a lot of cases that the Americans like to blow their own horns and make themselves the heros of every story. Canadians like to get on with life and look towards the next day. That was just an analogy. Most yanks like to think we still live in igloos and all have sled dog teams. What I was basically saying was that we have more important things to worry about than to tout what we have done in the past. Sorry I didn't make myself clearer. BTW, most
  19. Holy dina people like to pick the parts of history that suite their own needs and arguments. What a lot of people fail to appreciate is the fact that a lot of people died due to the ideas and actions of a few. Any person who has read more than history book knows that the Allies were in trouble until Germany invaded Russia. That was a majot tactical error, much to the relief of the Allies. We also know that the US had no real interest as a whole to enter the war until the Japanese attacked. The allies were victors because they worked together to achieve a common goal. It was not just the effort
  20. The soviets tried banning the church, didn't work. The Communist Chinese try to ban the church, they aren't having much success there either. The Nazi's also tried banning most religions, that get really far either. Christians were fed to the lions by the Romans. The list goes on and yet we still have churches around and people who are deeply religious. Protection of our religious beliefs is protected under the charter. Long before any rights of the homosexuals was protected. We are allowed to make our own decisions on whether we go to church or not. That is the great thing about Canada, we
  21. I suppose we should also run over people with a car before they get a drivers license? Heck, why not hook electrical wires to peoples never regions if they wish to change a light bulb without a proper license? People who wish to jaywalk can do so after they have been run over by a city bus once or twice. Caesar is the only one who has it right so far, it is not the gun or the knife that is at fault, it is the idiot behind them that are at fault. It would make more sense to make people take compassion courses or something in school.
  22. Whats the matter MS, some big ol mean trucker cut you off or something? Maybe a trucker was a disappointing date at one time or another and you now hate truckers. All I have to say is, you have no clue what it takes to be a trucker. You have no idea what a trucker has to pay to make a living. So until you spend some time working in the trucking industry, quit acting like you know something about this issue. Truckers can turn around and say they should have priority on the road because they bring commodities and food staples to the general public in a safe, efficient manner. As for buying only
  23. The issue isn't the knife, gun, bowling ball or garden gnome itself, it is the idiot that is behind them. People have lost the respect for human life. Knives have a purpose in life, they are a tool that we use to make our lives easier but some idiots feel they are for getting your point across in an argument. Mandatory registration is about as usefull as the gun registry, even more so because anyone with a file can make a knife of sorts. We would be better off spending that money on better enforcement, tougher prison sentences and proper education teaching people respect for fellow people. Sho
  24. Gun registration has done absolutely nothing to lower gun crimes. All it has done is made criminals of countless numbers of people who do not wish to register their firearms. Criminals are not going to register their weapons no matter laws are in place, hence they are already criminals and don't really care about our laws anyways. As of yet, no one has been charged for not registering their weapons as far as I know. The system is full of flaws and a total waste of money. The main guns used by criminals are not long guns but guns that are already restricted under Canadian law. To own a handgun
  25. Is this anything like your predictions for the NDP in the last election? This should be a free vote so the MP's can vote the way their constituents want them to. As far as I am concerned, no matter what happens, I can personally say that I won't recognize ssm.
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