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An example of the burden that President Obama carries.

More on this brave lady:

“I have an urgent need, unemployment and homelessness, a very small vehicle for my family and I to live in,” she said. “The housing authority has two years’ waiting lists, and we need something more than the vehicle and the parks to go to. We need our own kitchen and our own bathroom. Please help.” …Hughes says she and her adult son have been homeless for “a long time.” She says her son lost his job in computer programming, and they in turn lost their house. She says she has been looking for a job, although she is on disability for cancer, but so […]

The honeymoon for Ignatieff with the press, public continues.

I’ve seen a couple of indicators of that today. First the polling numbers for the parties:

The (Canadian Press Harris-Decima survey) poll also suggests Conservatives and Liberals are statistically tied, with 31 per cent and 33 per cent support respectively, well ahead of the NDP at 15 per cent, the Greens at 10 per cent and the Bloc Quebecois at 10 per cent.

Then the leadership numbers:

Ignatieff was the only national leader to score a net positive rating, with 43 per cent of respondents saying they had a favourable impression of him versus 32 per cent who had an unfavourable opinion. Harper was viewed favourably by 43 per cent […]

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I’d define Stephen Harper’s non-answer to where he got his opinion based on international precedent or law that Omar Khadr was not a child soldier as being basically this: they don’t care about international law and its definitions, because it inconveniently for the PM shows he’s incorrect in his assertion on Khadr.

My only surprise is they took 2 weeks to make that clear. Perhaps they were frantically researching, couldn’t find anything to base Harper’s opinion on, and thus finally went with the “no comment” answer. Perhaps the opposition parties should be asking Harper this question over and over in QP, if he refuses to give an answer to the […]

The more independence, the more accountability.

I respect Carolyn Bennett; she was on the side of those Liberals who wanted electoral reform in the 2007 Ontario MMP referendum, and she has excellent credentials on health care in Canada, as she’s also a doctor, but like some other Liberal bloggers, I’m going to have to disagree with her stance on Kevin Page, the Parliamentary Budget Officer, which can be summarized as thinking Kevin’s getting too big for his britches and needs to be reigned in.

I disagree: The only thing that is now forcing Flaherty and Harper to put out real numbers on what the Budget deficit will be is because of Kevin Page and the Parliamentary […]

More on being Twitter-less

Sorry, I’m still not convinced of Twitter’s value or see the point in it.

In my view, if I want to write something, I use a blog – like this one. If I want to talk to people directly, I either use Skype to do a direct voice chat, or I use one of the many instant message services out there like ICQ or MSN Live Network etc. Twitter to me is a 140 character limit of redundancy (no offense to the Twitter fans).

As for the politicians using Twitter that Impolitical details, I’d like to know how many of them allow social replies back to their thoughts. If Toronto […]

A suggestion for Sandy at Crux of The Matter.

Is that all too simply obvious, or am I missing something? Maybe they’re a tad more sensitive over there about the rather bad week Harper has had, and the fact he threw them and their Conservative grassroots beliefs all under the Budget bus then even I had thought. (Read more): […]

Most predictable red herring move ever.

The Conservative government has got a lot of their conservative grassroots supporters riled up – even angry – at the fact they’ve more or less passed an imitation of a Keynesian budget. That’s on top of other disappointments, such as not bothering to do away with the Canadian Human Rights Commissions, so it shouldn’t be a shock to any observers to see items such as this in the news today, where Harper is hinting they’re going to pull out other Conservative red-meat issues, such as promising to review killing the long-gun registry.

This is an obvious effort to get their disillusioned followers back on the bandwagon, but it remains […]

My guess is you’ll hear crickets chirping over at Blogging Tory Central HQ.

I think it would be real enlightening to see what the folks at the comment board of a hypothetical Stephen Taylor blogpost detailing today’s news of the Conservatives dropping the Chuck Cadman libel lawsuit against the Liberals would be saying now, and comparing it to all the bravado and the cries of triumph in anticipation of a presumed legal victory over at Taylor’s site when Harper and the Conservatives entered this now obvious frivolous lawsuit that was attempting to silence the Liberals on this issue.

That’s of course presuming Mr. Taylor will bother putting something up on yet another Conservative climbdown, but who knows, maybe Stephen will surprise me and […]

Deep thought.

By the way, call this my blogentry equivalent of a Twitter post. I really don’t “get” Twitter.. so I thought I’d post a short Twitter-type political entry to see if I could figure out its appeal, and I don’t. (Read more). […]

Vote Conservative or else…

…No funding for you!

A review of the first billion dollars of project-specific announcements made under the Building Canada Fund since 2007 shows that more than three-quarters of projects were in Conservative-held ridings…Of specific infrastructure projects announced across Canada in 2007 and 2008, 77.8 per cent of them were in Conservative ridings.

This is when they spend any money at all:

In the first year following the launch of the $8.8-billion Building Canada Fund, the Conservative government flowed zero funding to infrastructure projects. Worse, last week officials at Infrastructure Canada admitted that of the $1.5 billion announced in its first two years of budgeted spending, only $80 million has flowed […]

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