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  1. http://www.thestar.com/sciencetech/article/581309 WOOOHOOO. Way to go guys. Blow it out yer arses, anyone that doubts Canadian talent and perserverance.
  2. Now that made the night for me, as far as forum reading..
  3. So it is a bad thing to pay a worker $25/hour but a good thing to pay an exec $500,000 and give hime stock options and a golden handshack if he screws up and has to "resign"?
  4. Like I said before... Gas milage now equals $$$ for the builders. Why buy a Ford when you can buy a Volvo with better fuel milage and a higher safety rating?
  5. Yes, it is good and bad news. I have been watching the news and reading much about this since it started. It seems that, lately, the barbs have been aimed at the workers themselves. The CEOs and others saying that part of the problem is the high wages of the workers. Anyone in their right mind knows that the wages they earn are not a big part of the cost of a vehicle. If wages were the guiding posts of the cost for a vehicle than execs would not have been getting multi-million dollar hand offs and bonuses. I see part of the problem being that the Big 3 did not keep up with technology. While they were trying to figure out how to put a DVD player in our vans or sat radio, Honda, Toyota and Hyundai were figuring out how to build more fuel efficient cars. This is part of the world economic collapse. It has as much to do with mega-corporate greed as it would a workers desire to have a fair wage and good benefits. We get punished because we have to compete against corrupt and uncaring countries, such as China where safety amd medical concerns of workers is just a byword. WE punish ourselves by allowing jobs to be shipped off to these countries with no strings attatched.
  6. I still think it would be best to get away from party politics and focus the power on the individual MP, allowing the MP to vote according to the moral, or political views of his constituents.
  7. Ummmmm Thats what I sad. Loosely based on.... "It's not identical, but it's pretty damned close."
  8. There is a great Canadian author whose name escapes me at this time. One of the points he makes in a current book is that Canada is a Metis nation. We have forgotten that many of the skills, attitudes and ways of doing things come from our contact with the first nations. Even though we we have a parliamentary system that is loosely based on the Westminister system we also have influences from the Scottish thought, Irish thought and French thought. Deny it if you want but perhaps we need to get back to our roots and stop trying to emulate the American form of goverment.
  9. We, on the East Coast, have seen politicians forced out of the PCs because they went against the party line for different reasons. Harper is not a fan of the free and open vote. he is more of the type of person to saysomething like here is what we think and if you don't like it than you can just go. He says that the non-confidence vote is not constitutional. Yet it is. It has occured again since Joe Clark, with Paul Martin. I do believe that Martin keeps too tight of a reign on his fellow Tories, more so the Reformists in his group. Harper was chosen as a leader in hopes that he would unite the PCs and Reformists from shore to shore. Obviously this has not helped. Harper is not a constitutional leader. I am not a supporter of any one party. If Danny Williams or Mike Harris ran for the PCs I would vote for the PCs. If Ed Broadbent ran for the Liberals than the Liverals would get my vote. Than again it does all depend on who my local rep is and if I get the feeling that he will voice the opinion of his constituents or tow the party line at all costs.
  10. I see no one has a rebuttle. It may be because there is alot of truth here?
  11. With all the talk about how unconstitutional the vote of nonconfidence would be perhaps wew should rethink our current system. Lets get back to the system which we origionally had, post confederation. We elect representatives. Yet time after time we have seen that they do not represent us. They are often forced to vote along party lines. This was not the origional intent of an elected parliament. We do not, as some would believe, elect parties. Parties are only a guide for us to use when it comes to seeking someone that repesents our values. However, of a represntative is from an area that disagrees with a certain bill than they do not have the right to vote the way the constituents want. That right has been taken away by the party system. If a member votes against his party, he can be tossed from that party. Even if the remainder of his values are still along party lines. I would also put forward that Quebec and Newfoundland are the most constitutional provinces. In as far, but not including the sovereignty issure, Quebec MPs look out for Quebec interests. Which is what they were voted in to do. Danny Williams was voted in to look out for Newfoundland's interests and repesent the wishes of his constituents in parliament. Freedom of representation by our represenatives, nothing more constitutional about that. Or would Haper be scared of those hard core reformists that are still part of his party? End the WHIP system. It is unconstitutional.
  12. 1- The PC/Alliance was not expecting the liberals to get a majority in 2000.
  13. I agree but proportional repesentation is really the way to go.
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