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Harper: Hey Jason (Kenney).. you got extra time on your hands… wanna help us slag Dion?

Just my little take on the whole “Conservatives unveil attack ads on Dion” discussion that has been raging around the blogosphere today, and which we discussed on tonights recording of the Bloggers Hotstove (the links to it will be posted Monday AM).

I’ll say what I said to Greg and the others: Its good to see that Harper and the Tories have such a handle on the Multiculturalism Ministry that they can pull Jason Kenny away from it so he can take the lead in taking up attack ads on Dion. 🙁 I didnt realize that was part of the job duties needed to do Multiculturalism, but as Dan Arnold of CalgaryGrit told me, “that’s part of the Canadian culture aspect of his job”.

You’d almost think they were treating that department with as much contempt as they did the Environment Ministry before they’ve had this death-bed conversion, but no, no.. it must be because Minister Kenney has extra time on his hands because of the uh.. GOOD efficient job he’s been doing.. not because of any neglect or because they don’t take that Department seriously or anything.. no, no (other then trying to find wedge issues to split the traditional ethnic vote away from the Liberals, of course).

Did you know that females are birth-giving machines?

Courtesy of Desi/Diane at her site, comes this charming quote from the Japanese Health Minister:

“The number of women between the ages of 15 and 50 is fixed. The number of birth-giving machines (and) devices is fixed, so all we can ask is that they do their best per head,” Health, Labor and Welfare Minister Hakuo Yanagisawa said in a speech Saturday, the Asahi and Mainichi newspapers reported.

…which just goes to prove Bush and his Cabinet aren’t the only people in government trying to bring back the 1800’s.

A Liberal’s younger sister in Toronto..

JJ is off to Vietnam for 2 1/2 weeks, but her younger sister is filling in as a guest blogger at her site while she’s away. Go visit and give her a friendly welcome to the world of blogging.

Where I turn computer game reviewer

When I’m not arguing with Blogging Tories or even fellow Prog Blog or Libloggers, I like playing PC video games to relax.

I’ve been very fond of geopolitical strategic games for obvious reasons, and I’ve really liked the Europa Universalis series of games made by the folks at Paradox Software. Their latest game in that series – Europa Universalis 3 – has just been released. From their website:

Europa Universalis III delves deeply into the areas of exploration, trade, warfare and diplomacy. This epic strategy game lets players take control of a nation and guide it through the ages to become a great global empire. Unparalleled in its depth and historical accuracy, Europa Universalis III gives the player unprecedented freedom in how they choose to rule their nation from an impressive choice of over 250 historically accurate countries.

I’ve just purchased it. Think of it as a ramped up version of the Civilization series of games. Anyhow, check this site out for one of many good reviews its getting from gaming mags. It is a bit daunting at first, but its very very addictive.

The 10$ proposed minimum wage will not hurt businesses.

That’s what our friends at Relentlessly Progressive Economics argues here, citing a slew of multiple studies that have been done elsewhere. Some notable passages:

The cry from business and the right that decent minimum wages come at the cost ofjobs flies in the face of the simple empirical reality that countries with relatively high wage floors compared to the median do not necessarily have low rates of employment or high unemployment….In short, the argument of the right that countries cannot have both a decent wage floor and high employment/low unemployment is simply wrong.

The whole article is a very good read and I recommend it. … and I’ll reiterate my support for a 10$ minimum wage.

The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence..

How unpopular is George Bush and his policies you ask?

Bad enough that a leading US liberal blogsite says this of our Conservative Canadian Government and its decision to apologize to and compensate Maher Ahar for his wrongful rendition to and subsequent torture in Syria:

At least the Canadian Government seems to be run by people with a minimal sense of conscience and decency. The contrast with our own government, in this case at least, is depressingly glaring.

Now, many of us up here still have our problems with this government – one of the most neo and social conservative governments ever to run Canada – but its telling […]

Partisan Cheapshots and Memory Loss

Today, Prime minister Harper formally apologized to Maher Ahar for him being “renditioned” to Syria via the US on false information supplied by Canada and offered him a very generous cash settlement. Bravo.

However, Harper couldn’t resist getting in a partisan cheapshot during his little announcement:

Although these events occurred under the last government, please rest assured that this government will do everything in its power to ensure

Ok.. and what were the Conservatives/Alliance folks doing during this time frame? Were they chastising the government for wrongly sending information to cause an innocent citizen such grief? No, they were wondering why we were bad-mouthing the US, and they were implicating Arar for being guilty without even waiting for the facts. First, on November 18, 2002:

Mayes: Yes, no, maybe

I guess Conservative MP Colin Mayes feels the hotseat which he’s put himself on – he is issuing statements and retracting them about this Indian “good joke” episode pretty quickly in the press.

First he didnt deny he wrote praise for the joke, but then he had a memory lapse:

Mayes, at first, did not deny writing “good joke” but later said he could not recall whether he wrote that.

Then, he claimed the joke wasnt even directed at natives:

Alzheimer’s information

There was some really good information in the Star today about Alzheimer Disease – it was an online Q and A forum for people wanting to know about Alzheimers getting to talk to some health-care professionals who’ve dealt with it. I wanted to repost the link here so other people who missed it might read it.

As for my grandfather, and what’s been going on with that family situation, I wish I could say more about what’s been going on, but I’m kind of constrained from doing so at the moment due to a) not at this point knowing what has transpired this week and b) not wanting to have the possibility of random family members getting on and seeing me describe events that they havent heard about. If that changes and I feel I can post.. I will.

Overwhelming majority of Canadians want May in the leader debates: Poll

Sure its a poll sponsored by the Green Party, but I agree with Greg Morrow: With this many Canadians favouring May’s inclusion, the broadcasters have no reason to keep her out of the debates. There is interest in May and the Green Party, and they should be given the chance to sink or swim by allowing Canadians to comparing her with the other leaders and hear what she has to advocate on behalf of the Greens.

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