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A rather timely new Liberal ad.

I was away all day and missed all the fun in finding out not only do Harper and the Conservatives claim that certain experts in their field support their specific policies when they really don’t, but they also like to copy stuff word for word from other leaders – commonly known as plagiarism.

This was a word-for-word copy of John Howard’s speech over reasons why countries should join the US in going to Iraq, which makes this new campaign ad of the Liberals rather timely:


Some Progressive Bloggers are getting profiled on CBC’s “The National” tonight.

As you may remember, I mentioned we had a CBC crew at the Progressive Bloggers BBQ a couple of weeks back getting some clips for their Susan Ormiston Online show, and also saying they were doing some stuff on CBC’s The National. That evening has apparently come, according to an email from the CBC producer that was there with her camera crew:

“Just wanted to send you a note to let you know our blogger profile piece is on The National tonight…If you get a chance please let everyone know to watch and it will be posted on our site tomorrow.”


So if you tune into the […]


Conservatives misquoting yet another expert.

The Conservatives sure like to try to pull the wool over the eyes of Canadians. When Conservatives aren’t slamming various experts in their fields for “living in ivory towers” or being elitists, they’re trying to quote them at their website as having approved of a particular policy that comes under fire in order to deflect the controversy as “the experts approve of our plan”. Except that the expert in question usually doesn’t approve of the plan – but that doesn’t stop the Cons led by Decevin’ Stephen from trying to trick you.

You might remember John Baird tried that with Marc Jaccard and the government’s environmental policy – except Jaccard actually wrote up a report more or less approving of a carbon tax and reporting it would have a negligible effect on the economy. That didn’t go over too well. The latest attempt is with Harper and company and their website claiming that Justice Merlin Nunn, he who issued a report on youth justice a couple of years ago, supports their youth crime proposals. That would be great for Harper, except for the slightly inconvenient minor fact that Justice Nunn has just issued a public rebuttal or 2 that he doesn’t:

Canadians would be unwise to follow the Conservative plan for harsher jail sentences, up to life imprisonment, for young offenders, warns the retired judge who shone a spotlight on the flawed youth justice system. Merlin Nunn issued a landmark report on youth justice two years ago that Stephen Harper claims supports “many” of the Conservatives’ newly unveiled proposals to toughen the youth justice law. But the former Nova Scotia Supreme Court justice took issue with the Tory proposal to boost jail sentences for young offenders, including ratcheting up the maximum youth sentence for murder from 10 years to life in prison, and up to 14 years for other violent offences. “They have gone beyond what I did, and beyond the philosophy that I accepted,” Judge Nunn told The Lawyers Weekly in an interview.

Justice Nunn isn’t done either – here’s another interview he did for another media publication:

Merlin Nunn, who penned a 381-page youth justice report two years ago in Nova Scotia, publicly panned the Conservative push for longer jail terms – up to life in prison – for violent convicts as young as 14. It’s a hefty blow given that Prime Minister Stephen Harper repeatedly cites Nunn’s work as tacit support for his promised legal overhaul. Nunn said he agrees that less is more when it comes to sentencing minors. Harsh penalties don’t deter crime, he said in an interview from his home near Halifax.
“There’s no evidence anywhere in North America that I know of that keeping people in custody longer, punishing them longer, has any fruitful effects for society. Custody should be the last ditch thing for a child … I have no doubt that some of the kids who get convicted have to be held in custody for some period of time – but not lock the door and put away the key. Instead of rehabilitating him, you’ve got a kid that may be 10 times worse than when he went in.”

Cue the Conservatives and their Blogging Tory supporters to now start calling him an ivory tower judge, or something similar. Experts who publicly disagree with the Prime Minister get turned on very quickly with this group.


Remember the “Dewey beats Truman” newspaper headline?

..which took place before all the votes were counted, and it ended up being Truman who was victorious, which resulted in that famous photo of him waving the premature announcement of his defeat?

Well, here’s a humourous spoof on that photo I found tonight:

The story to explain that photo-shopped photo would be this:

Just yesterday, Lindsey Graham told Fox News, “Thank God John [McCain] came back” to work on the bailout package. Around the same time, McCain’s chief campaign strategist was on NBC, bragging that it was John McCain who brought House Republicans to the negotiating table, making a deal likely. And it was McCain himself, just this morning, who was taking credit for “building a winning bailout coalition — hours before the vote failed and stocks tanked.” McCain assumed victory was at hand, and he was rushing to position himself as the hero who saved the day. As of this afternoon, John McCain looks pretty foolish.

The vote supporting the bailout failed by a 228 – 205 margin. Over 2/3 of Republicans opposed this bill. So much for McCain and his “leadership” on the issue.


Iggy: “If Harper succeeds you will wake up in a country you no longer recognize”

Warren K. made reference to a speech that Deputy Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff made at the Economic Club of Canada this morning that he praises and wishes the Liberals would have made a lot earlier. I don’t think it’s too late yet however to start drilling this message into people’s heads. (It’s not just making charges of a “hidden agenda” either. I think we’ve seen enough of Harper to know what he’d do if given a majority government).

Parts of the speech I liked: Iggy shows that Harper and the Conservative Party are NOT the best party to be the economic stewards for Canada, by listing what has happened to Canada since Harper and the Cons took over:

The worst performance in the G8.
Negative growth in GDP through the first half of this year.
Government accounts on the brink of deficit.
No contingency left in the budget. No margin for error.
The worst productivity picture in 18 years productivity growth has been negative this year.
Stephen Harper is the first Prime Minister in 50 years to preside over an actual decline in Canadian productivity.

Check out the very excellent speech in the PDF file below.

Iggy speech to Economic Club of Canada.


Which party leader refused to answer questions about poverty in Canada?

The group Make Poverty History was launched in 2005 with the very laudable goal of ending child poverty in Canada, as well as some other goals that you can read about here.

They wanted to remind everyone that they not too long ago asked the five party leaders in Canada a series of questions:

The questions include whether the leaders agree with the four main goals of the Make Poverty History campaign; if they support the UN target of giving 0.7% of Canada’s income in foreign aid; whether they would commit to developing a national poverty reduction strategy with measurable goals and a timeline; what they planned to do about […]


Followup: NDP hypothetical official opposition status currently not happening according to Decima or Nanos.

If the latest 2 polls released today from Decima and Nanos are an accurate indicator of a Liberal turnaround in the polls and not just statistical noise, then all we engaged in the last blogpost of mine was some fun hypothetical situations.

Harper showed his “not likable streak” last week that he’s more or less masked this election, and that may have helped to trim the poll gap, as progressive moderate voters got reminded just what a nasty angry mean Conservative Party this is, led by a nasty angry mean leader. That positive momentum for the Liberals needs to be kept up. Keep the gap to single digits […]


Sunday Election Campaign Musings. The NDP

A couple of thoughts on the NDP this Sunday AM.

– Danielle posted a blogpiece at her site yesterday challenging Jack Layton’s premise that only he could stop Harper, by asking any NDP blogger/supporter to come up with 100 ridings they think the NDP could win, that would at least propel them to Official Opposition status. So far, responses from NDP partisans have been in short supply. Heck, I’d be even more lenient then Danielle: I’d take a list of 75 ridings the NDP thinks it can win in.

– A rhetorical question on my part: I, like others, am still rather sceptical even in the worst-case scenario for the […]


New Liberal Campaign Ad

UPDATE @ 1:24 pm: My thoughts on the ad.

Another ad linking the economy to the environment by the Liberals, as well as bringing in the world perspective on going green and showing the links to the economy. I particularly like the showing of the US flag, and the newspaper clipping on jobs (if you read the fine print, you’ll see it’s referring to the State of California), because it implies even the US is doing something to acknowledge the environment and the economy are now linked, while Canada under Harper has done nothing.

Canadians have to realize if Harper is re-elected – particularly with a majority – and […]


Snap polls immediately after debate favour Obama

I didn’t watch the Mccain/Obama debate last night, so I don’t have an opinion on who won or who lost, but I note that all the snap polls and study groups this AM favour Obama. Some mention is made of how McCain came across as angry and not ever looking at Obama while debating.

So, if you watched the debate, what was your impression?

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