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On Progressive politicians defeating each other rather then Harper.

Chantal Hebert has been getting under a lot of Liberal bloggers skin of late, because they view her as having an anti-Dion bias. Personally, I’m so used to it that I shrug it off – its when Hebert says something nice about Dion that I pay attention. What I found interesting about her latest column was the assertion that “progressive” politicians were poised to knock each other off rather then knocking off Harper’s conservative candidates:

In an attrition battle reminiscent of some episodes of the Conservative civil war of the 1990s, progressive candidates are poised to take each other out of the game from coast to coast in the next […]

On copying slogans.

My friend JJ makes a pretty good observation at her blog about how John Mccain’s campaign slogan seems to echo the Conservative’s campaign slogan of last year, and she muses who copied who.

I would suggest that if these poll numbers hold up showing Mccain badly trailing to Rudy Guiliani, Mccain might consider trying to find a different slogan, because this one so far isnt working too well, apparently.

Bloggers aren’t in it for the money.

An interesting article in the Star today about a study done on blogs and which blogs out there make money. In this case,the study says that only the top 100 blogs out of an estimated world-wide total of 65 million blogs make any sort of profit from their venture. The article then goes into speculation whether Blogging can be made into a financially successful venture or business model. Interesting study, but I’d venture a claim here that most people out there dont start a blog in order to try to make enough profit in order to retire from work and rake in the dough from their blog. They do it […]

The 22 Days of Harper’s Anti-Environment/Anti-Kyoto Quotes – Day 20

To quote Jimbobby – whooooeeeeeeee… we’re up to Day 20 of Harper’s Anti-Environment/Anti-Kyoto Quotes.

Here’s an interesting quote of Harper’s:

“The accord does negatively impact every region of the country. So rather than talk up separation, it is important to build a coalition across the country to defeat Kyoto.” (Stephen Harper, Report Newsmagazine, December 16, 2002)

I’d be very interested to see the exact context of that reply. I am going to take a stab that someone asked him about the threat of Alberta separation if nasty Kyoto came in and made Big Oil have to put in controls. We cant have our unfettered expansion stopped! Money money money! Who […]

David Suzuki: Alberta’s Environmental Policies Suck

Ok, he didn’t QUITE say it like that, but it was close:

Federal governments have been reluctant to touch Alberta’s dismal record on climate change because they’re scared of the consequences, says environmental activist David Suzuki. “Ottawa kind of tiptoes around Alberta all the time, because they’re afraid. The closest thing to separation is Alberta, not Quebec,” Suzuki said Saturday night after a sold-out talk to over 800 people at the University of Alberta. “So Alberta is treated with kid gloves…Right now, if you look at Fort McMurray, it’s an economic, it’s a social and an ecological disaster zone.”

Suzuki isn’t a federal politician, so he can be candid about things – good for him in speaking the truth about the province that holds the oil companies and the biggest emitters of Greenhouse Gases. Suzuki also says that politicians who claim that the economy will get hurt from curbing GHG aren’t looking at the big picture:

Steve looks to emulate his American Idol

A pretty good cartoon editorial in the Star here

The 22 Days of Harper’s Anti-Environment/Anti-Kyoto Quotes – Day 19

Ah yes…we’re getting down neat the end of these, but the quality of the quotes arent decreasing any. Here then is Harper’s Anti-Environment/Anti-Kyoto Quotes for today:

“The Kyoto protocol does not deal with critical environmental issues.” (Stephen Harper, Address on the Kyoto Accord, December 9, 2002)

A bit of a puzzler at first.. but remember from our prior quotes, Stevie thinks Carbon Dioxide is a naturally occurring gas vital to life for the planet (which it is.. its all the excess CO2 humans are throwing up in the atmosphere that’s causing the problem – something Harper refused to acknowledge, and questions remain about his belief in this) and he’s been […]

Canada on the road back to respecting liberty.

Relating to my prior post on the Star Editorial on the Supreme Court decision to declare the current security certificates in their present form unconstitutional, there was also a pretty good Op-Ed in the Star today as well from Thomas Walkom. He says that while the Supreme Court decision is an important victory for human rights and civil liberties, its only the beginning of turning the corner from having draconian security laws in place.. and that there’s still a bit of a way to go in that regard. Check it out.

Canada’s resistance to losing liberty is not being ‘weak on terror’

The Toronto Star has an editorial today hailing the Supreme Court decision to declare the current Security Certificate system unconstitutional and ordering the government to re-write the law to make it comply with the Charter. What caught my eye was this part of the editorial:

This ruling reinforces a healthy national reappraisal of terror laws….opposition parties are facing down the Conservatives by opposing any extension of two never-used anti-terror laws, which expire this month. “Preventive arrest” lets the authorities detain people for 72 hours and then hold them for a year without charge. “Investigative hearings” let authorities compel people to give evidence even if it incriminates them. This needlessly empowers […]

The 22 Days of Harper’s Anti-Environment/Anti-Kyoto Quotes – Day 18

Busy day… almost forgot to post this.. but I’m under the buzzer 🙂

Your Harper Anti-Environment/Anti-Kyoto Quote for today/tonight is this:

“.there is no environmental benefit [to Kyoto] of any kind.” (Transcript of Stephen Harper interview on the Rafe Mair Show, CKNW Radio Vancouver, November 29, 2002)

Cutting GHG not an environmental benefit? Yikes.

Tune in for more fun quotes tomorrow! 😉

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