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On Harper and “Wafer-Gate”

For those that don’t know, there’s a big brouhaha today over this:

A senior New Brunswick Roman Catholic priest is demanding the Prime Minister’s Office explain what happened to the sacramental communion wafer Stephen Harper was given at Roméo LeBlanc’s funeral mass. During communion at the solemn and dignified service held last Friday in Memramcook for the former governor general, the prime minister slipped the thin wafer that Catholics call “the host” into his jacket pocket. In Catholic understanding, the host – once consecrated by a priest for the Eucharist – becomes the body and blood of Jesus Christ. It is crucial that the small wafer be consumed when it […]


After reading this, I wonder if Natural Resources Minister Lisa Raitt still thinks the lack of nuclear isotopes being produced up at Chalk River is “sexy”:

The Chalk River nuclear reactor could be out of service for the rest of the year, leaving nuclear medicine specialists across Canada scrambling to find isotopes for life-saving diagnostic procedures…Fixing the reactor’s heavy water leak – a job first expected to be completed by the end of summer – will now likely stretch well into the fall, a source said. The source said the delay is consistent with what AECL has been telegraphing for some time, much to the frustration of Natural Resources Minister […]

I’m boycotting TV today.. least until the coverage of the Michael Jackson tribute/public service is over.

I’ve nothing against Jackson, and I acknowledge his influence on modern-day music, and I’ll even concede his passing and this funeral is this generation’s version of when Elvis Presley passed on, but as a noted journalist friend of mine on Facebook said in her status message, “People are dying for freedom in Iran, Honduras, Congo … and we’re still on a pop star?” (I’ll add the Uighurs in China as well).

The Parliamentary Budget Office contradicts the Conservatives (yet again)…

…this time over the issue of whether our deficit we’ve acquired is a temporary thing that will disappear once good economic times come back (the Conservative government/ Jim Flaherty/ Stephen Harper’s view) or whether this is a “structural” permanent deficit that will have to be dealt with. The independent Parliamentary Budget Office led by Kevin Page believes it to be the latter.. and it bluntly states there are 2 options to get rid of it:

The independent Parliamentary Budget Office says the federal government is now running a permanent deficit that can only be eliminated by raising taxes or cutting spending. That contradicts the view of the federal government, which […]

Conservative astro-turf on a Monday (updated)

What does “astro-turfing” mean, you might ask? Here is the definition given for it at Wikipedia:

Astroturfing is a word in English describing formal political, advertising, or public relations campaigns seeking to create the impression of being spontaneous “grassroots” behavior, hence the reference to the artificial grass, AstroTurf. The goal of such a campaign is to disguise the efforts of a political or commercial entity as an independent public reaction to some political entity—a politician, political group, product, service or event. …Astroturfing may be undertaken by an individual pushing a personal agenda or highly organized professional groups with financial backing from large corporations, non-profits, or activist organizations. Very often the […]

Don’t mind me. Trying to fiddle with the aesthetics of the blog

I just upgraded my WordPress theme to the newest version (Atahualpa 3.4) and decided to do some tinkering with the sidebar colours for text and background. I don’t know if I’m nearly as design savvy like Colin and Justin, but I think that the colour I picked doesn’t clash with the red and other main colours of the theme. Let me know if the sidebars are easier to read, or if you have other suggestions for a compatible colour on the sidebars with the overall look.

Who knew that bloggers were so powerful?

I mean, they’re the reason to blame for the Governor of Alaska and the former VP candidate for the Republicans resigning her Alaska governorship early, according to her spokesperson:

Asked why Palin was stepping down as opposed to finishing her term (which ends in 2010), the RGA header cited pesky bloggers and activists as the reason. Palin had insisted she didn’t want to put Alaskans through two years of a lame-duck governorship. “I don’t think this is buckling to pressure,” said Ayers. “I think this is her coming to the realization that the legislature in Alaska and that some bloggers and activists in Alaska are going to do everything they […]

Former Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin suddenly resigns as Alaska governor

There’s a bit of speculation as to why she’s suddenly done this. Is there a brewing scandal? Is it a break from politics? Is she trying to concentrate on trying to get herself nominated as the Republican Presidential candidate in 2012?

Regardless, it seems appropriate to re-post this video:

UPDATE @ 7:53pm: A rather incoherent resignation speech, wouldn’t you say? On another point (slightly off-topic), for some reason, the lead singer of the above video reminds me a bit of Saskboy, who’s my webmaster at Progressive Bloggers and also runs his own blog.


Bob Rae: potentially best Canadian foreign/external affairs minister since Pearson?

There was a nice little piece recently in Macleans on Bob Rae, calling him a “Foreign Minister-in-waiting“. I’d go further and say that if the Liberals win the next election, and if given the opportunity, I think my question that I asked in my blogpost would be answered in the positive; I think Mr. Rae has the potential to be a very good minister of foreign affairs (I consider Mike Pearson to be one of the best, since it was he who won the Nobel Peace Prize for helping to defuse the Suez Crisis).

In that vein, I’d ask Joseph over at his blog to be a bit patient with […]

My new favourite (Canadian) electoral projection site

I’m not sure how I missed this site before today, but thanks to Steve for mentioning it over at his blog and alerting me to it.

Basically, the site does popular vote percentage and seat projections for the Canadian political parties based on the most recent 5 polls it enters into their database, but it also will do seat projections based on specific polls, such as the Ekos poll that was released today. In that specific example, their site projects these results:

This poll would result in the following seat totals:

Liberals – 125 Conservatives – 106 Bloc Quebecois – 50 New Democrats – 26 Greens – 1

I like […]

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