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Will there be some bargain electronics deals soon at The Source?

I ask that because The Source chain of electronic stores in Canada is owned by Circuit City in the US, and if these reports are true, we may have heard the last of Circuit City; its liquidation is apparently imminent. So, if you’re thinking of buying a new laptop or LCD monitor or Plasma HD TV, wait and see what happens with their Canadian subsidiary. You may be able to get stuff for a bargain.

UPDATE @ 1:35 pm – It’s official:

Circuit City Stores Inc., the nation’s second-biggest consumer electronics retailer, said Friday it had run out of options and will be forced to liquidate its 567 U.S. stores. […]

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Who should replace Mike Duffy? I endorse Kady O’Malley

… and that’s who I voted for, but there are plenty of other choices in this online poll, so go ahead and vote!

Who Should be the Next Host of “On The Hill” AKA – Who is the next Senator in waiting? Rosemary Thompson Bob Clark Graham Richardson Bob Fife Jane Taber David Akin Charles Adler Steve Paiken Kady O’Malley Ben Mulroney Jason Cherniak Jean Lapierre Joe the Plumber Monte Solberg See Results […]

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Senate news: Independent senator joins Liberals

I’m not really sure whether this means much, but I thought I’d pass it along from a Liberal press release that passed my way:

Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff today announced independent Senator Lillian Dyck has joined the Liberal caucus….Senator Dyck was appointed to the Senate in 2005 by Prime Minister Paul Martin as representative of Saskatchewan. Before her appointment, Senator Dyck was one of Canada’s leading neurochemists, whose research was instrumental in the development and patenting of new drugs to aid in the treatment of diseases such as Parkinson’s, schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s.

“I am pleased to join the Liberal caucus today because I believe that Michael Ignatieff is the best […]

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Followers, not leaders.

In the Toronto Star today, we have an article on how Harper and his Conservative government are probably going to be dragged kicking and screaming by Obama’s new administration into actually having a credible climate change fighting plan on the environment. In the midst of that article there is an excerpt which shows not only have the Conservatives been laggards on fighting Greenhouse Gas emissions, but they’ve barely bothered to fund alternative fuels research, and Canada will probably pay economically and competitively against the US (and probably other countries) because of it:

Compare the scope and ambition of Washington and Ottawa’s respective plans: Obama has promised $150 billion over 10 […]

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Ignatieff calls on Harper to repatriate Omar Khadr

There has been some concern (some of it justifiable) that with his arrival to the Liberal leadership, Michael Ignatieff would drag the Liberal party on a rightward shift. Whether that happens or not is still an open question, but after receiving a statement on the subject of Guantanamo Bay and specifically Omar Khadr, at least on this issue, he has not:

Omar Khadr, a Canadian citizen who was 13 years old when he was recruited as a child soldier and 15 years old at the time of his arrest, has been held in Guantanamo Bay for more than six years. His continued detention has violated fundamental principles of law, including […]

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The Conservative government supports the Canadian troops…

… just not the struggling Canadian plants that could be building their equipment for them, rather then an American plant of the same company:

The Canadian Auto Workers is criticizing the federal government for awarding a $254 million contract to a U.S. company to build trucks for the Canadian Forces at its plant in Texas while it is laying off workers at its plant in Chatham. “Somebody has to explain to us why Canadian workers can’t build military trucks for the Canadian military,” said senior CAW executive Bob Chernecki, referring to a defence department contract to Illinois-based Navistar International Corp. to build 1,300 medium-duty trucks for the Canadian Forces.

And […]

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Liberals need not pander to a constituency that will probably never vote for them.

Just a disclaimer with this blogpost; I think Jeff Jedras is a good guy and a good Liberal and generally a progressive fellow. That said, I strongly disagree with this blogpost of his saying we as a party should be abandoning the long-gun portion of the gun registry in an attempt to curry favour with rural voters and which he feels would help get more Liberal MP’s elected in rural ridings.

As I said over there, I grew up and currently live in a rural riding, and the right thing to do is to keep the registry for all guns, whether its unpopular with rural voters or not. We shouldn’t […]

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Flip a Coyne..

You never know what you’re going to get from Andrew Coyne. One day he comes out in favour of such electoral reforms like the ill-fated Mixed Member Proportional election system that failed in Ontario, and the next, he’s again exhorting Prime minister Harper to stay the course and eliminate public campaign financing in federal elections.

If you’re wondering why Andrew wants this, a hint of it is contained in his piece. It seems that Andrew believes “in the principle… that people should contribute to political parties on their own dime, and that parties should have to appeal to willing donors rather than conscript the taxpayer”.

In holding this view, […]

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Trying to move the goalposts

Well, here’s a topic we haven’t discussed in a while: electoral reform. Look for more of it though, as the referendum approaches in BC asking if voters wish to change theircurrent First-Past-The-Post voting system to Single Transferable Vote, or STV for short.

I noticed this morning that my Liberal colleague David Eaves was questioning among other things whether this upcoming referendum was too soon after the last one (I don`t think it`s an issue, because I believe in the US, propositions that get defeated on the ballot can get resurrected every 4 years , as far as I understand), and the other question he asked was whether a 60.1% YES […]

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Followup off-topic blogpost

In case anyone was wondering what ended up happening at this, Sherry Middaugh’s team was one of 2 that advanced to the Ontario Women’s provincials from this region at the tournament held at the Norwich Ontario Curling Club. She and her team went undefeated. I also must say I was very impressed at her demeanor and friendliness at the club. Their team is very business like just prior to and during a game, but they are far from being “stuck-up” because of their being an elite curling team.

My best wishes to them at the Provincials and hopefully the Scott Tournament of Hearts.

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