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  1. Oh I'm not predicting doomsday by any stretch just simply pointing out that we are moving the budget in the wrong direction. Is this a trend that will continue or one time (5 year) anomaly? I'm not convinced it's an anomaly, and I suppose I'm somewhat distrustful of Flahrety when it comes to balancing the books without needing to sell assets to do it. There have been not details heretofore on how this will be achieved and that's what concerns me. We're already in a shortfall and with further tax cuts/credits looming and not yet budgeted, how are we going to pay for it all?
  2. Oh we're most assuredly getting something for the money, and honestly we've needed to beef up our military spending for quite some time now. My concern is that this increased spending combined with promised tax cuts, increased civil service, and no real planed budget cuts is unsustainable. We can't afford it without cutting deep or reversing earlier tax cuts, or worse yet, increasing income tax.
  3. Sure they're promising that, but have done precisely the opposite, a 16% increase. If they were going to shrink the payroll wouldn't they have done this already?
  4. HAH well speaking as someone who lives in Ontario and is from the Maritimes, I assure you that Ontarians in no way feel "less special". My question is why should the population powerhouses be able to overrule the concerns of individual regions? If all of us are equal partners in confederation why is it the combined might of Ontario and Quebec were able to dictate an energy policy to AB/SK? Why should any one region have the power to dictate anything to any other region? I guess I don't understand why this is a difficult concept for you. I mean your own system allows Rhode Island to have t
  5. http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/06/06/pol-weston-budget-analysis.html Perhaps it's just me but I'm eagerly awaiting to find out how precisely with the ever increasing spending the government is planning how this ever elusive balanced budget will materialize. Now I'm not advocating an increase in taxes, but I just don't see how the math comes out, that allows us to arrive at a balanced budget when we are increasing spending and cutting taxes. Something has to give and either taxes must go up or services must get cut. Now old Jim has already said he's not cutting transfer payments
  6. Hah that's amazing, I'm saddened to see there was no quote from the Queen on her overall opinion of this "free spirit".
  7. Agreed and this in essence is what we need to get to, abolishing the senate will only exacerbate the current situation. We need to fix the senate not eliminate it. It's easy for those in Ontario and Quebec to say get rid of it, as they have the most to gain. TROC will only lose out even more. The only real fix for the senate is to make it an equal body, appointed by regions/provinces they are supposed to represent. Barring equal representation, even just allowing the regions appoint the senators rather than the PM would do a great deal to fix the situation.
  8. Mmm that's certainly more subjective and would depend on the moon in question and the Queen's particular taste. Oddly enough I couldn't find anything on the matter on the Monarchy website, an oversight to be sure.
  9. I'm sorry but the position of "bravest person in Canada" has already been filled, though we thank you for time and interest in the position.
  10. Mmm it might be a stretch but I think that's covered under the following secion of the CCOC 46. (1) Every one commits high treason who, in Canada, (a) kills or attempts to kill Her Majesty, or does her any bodily harm tending to death or destruction, maims or wounds her, or imprisons or restrains her;
  11. Are these respondents aware that she was doing so during her working hours, when the tax payers were footing the bill for her protest? I some how doubt they are. Besides the law is not subject to the whims of the masses. I could care less about black civil rights in the US, we're not talking about the US. Further, how about the BNA act? Or the consitution act? What about equal marriage or a myriad of other changes? What protests sparked these meaningful changes? Or were they done through proper, orderly legal channels? Should a duly elected government be overthrown simply because s
  12. Or perhaps they are average Canadians, who believe in the rule of law, democracy and appropriate protest forums. Whether in your opinion Canadians are ignorant or hypocritical is immaterial, your message will be equally lost if you wax insulting. What's the point of a protest that most people ignore? What do you gain? You have to follow proper channels if you wish to protest or be labeled a "whackadoo" and eventually fall into obscurity, and be forgotten. All she has gained is a daily visit to the HRC office.
  13. Fine call it what you will, the fact remains it was not the time nor the place. It was disruptive at the very least, and showed flagrant disregard for parliamentary procedure. If you want to change the system you need to work within it not fly in the face of it. That turns people off, and will earn you the title of "whackado" which she so rightly deserves.
  14. This is a disingenuous statement. It's not as black and white as 60/40. It may be true that only 40% voted for the CPC, but that doesn't mean that the 40% that did wholesale support Harper, nor is it to say that those who voted against the CPC, myself included, are in wholesale opposition to Harper. PR is not the answer and is a recipe for disaster imnho. It seems to be a good idea on the surface, but we would see a breakdown of effective government. PR means you are constantly compromising, and you have a number of little parties with one item agendas, holding the balance of power. Our
  15. The difference is this is the first Anglo, protestant PM with a majority that achieved it without any significant assistance from Quebec. That's is no mean feat. I find this fascinating, as I'm certain some folks in Quebec are upset by this. However, it's not like Harper can lose more ground in Quebec, so why should he bother pandering to them? Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying Harper chose the speaker, that was parliament that did that. But I think that if Quebec is expecting some goodies, from the Harper government they'll be sorely disappointed. He has no political reason to do so.
  16. This isn't an entirely accurate statement. As pointed out, one can support various policies of other parties even if one did not vote for them. I'm a prime example of this, I support many of the CPC's spending initiatives, Military as a prime example. However, I don't support their reckless tax cuts while beefing up spending. I don't object to the CPC wholesale, nor did I approve of the LPC's policies wholesale. All we can do is support the party we feel most closely aligns with our beliefs. Voting for another party doesn't mean you are utterly against all the others in their entirety. I
  17. But this type of stunt, utterly lacking in decorum or even a modicum of respect for our system, will do nothing more than turn off the vast majority of Canadians. In essence her protest will have the opposite effect, as most will ignore and disregard any message she could have communicated. There are proper channels to lodge one's grievances, heckling the throne speech and interfering with our system of government isn't one of them.
  18. Hmm one troubling item, Why is this at all necessary? These freedoms are already protected in the constitution. Mostly it's standard fluff though, nothing overly exciting. I find it interesting though, that increased spending and reduced taxes are on the agenda. What's ironic is they're creating a committee to study how government spending can be reduced, I wonder what they'll conclude...
  19. Well said! I honestly don't think we'll see much movement on this. In all honesty Mr. Harper can pass a law on senate terms, and senators, can "agree" to abide by it, whether that comes to pass or not is entirely another matter. The reality is, all these steps have no constitutional clout and when push comes to shove, the senate can simply ignore the current PM and once appointed there's not a damn thing the PM can do about it.
  20. So you're ok with Ontario and Quebec essentially ruling over Canada? Everyone else be damned?
  21. This is a good thing. I don't care how it's achieved, I just don't want the more whackado fringe elements of the CPC to put forward their pet hot button topics. Now is not the time to stir up controversy. I think this is a very smart move on Mr. Harper's part. I don't know why you're surprised by this Topaz, it's not as if Mr. Harper has heretofore had a laissez faire attitude, toward party discipline. He's always run a tight (lipped) ship why would that change?
  22. Aren't you always criticizing others on this board for comparing Canada to the US?
  23. Easy for you to say Punked you Live in Ontario, as do I, but Ontario essentially presiding over Canada would bother you if you were from anywhere else in the nation. Throw in Quebec and there's not a damn thing any of the rest of the nation can do to stop it. Why don't you see the inequity and unfairness in that? Why are you ok with essentially a central Canada Oligarchy? Without the senate this is precisely what we would have, why aren't you getting that a country is not the same as a province, or that every other federation has a two house system, not because it's quaint, but because it'
  24. He's in China, presumably they do... we all know that there's no mark of quality like "made in China"
  25. As much as I support beefing up our military domestically, I always wonder with taxes being cut willy nilly, how will we pay for all of this increased spending? Mr. Harper appears to cut taxes like a conservative and spend like a drunken liberal.
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