Sunday, October 4, 2009

A Tale of Two PMs

I saw the video of Stephen Harper that's making the rounds. My wife and I just couldn't help but smile because all politics aside, it just looked like a lot of fun.

This was a nice surprise given how rarely we see our political leaders in this kind of light. Maybe this is still too fresh in their minds.

Friday, October 2, 2009

The height of political sleuthing

Well done, Liberals and NDP. I guess I shouldn't be surprised that this kind of accusation should come up. Obviously, the Tories worked very closely with the parties involved to ensure that we only see and think 'Conservative' on our athletes at the upcoming Winter Olympics and not our country. The Loyal Opposition have truly outdone yourselves. Sheesh.

This does get me thinking, though, that the opposition might want to get in touch with a few more companies with logos that are clearly too 'Conservative' for their own good. This betrayal of Canadian interests must not go unnoticed!

Shame on you Canada Steamship Lines, CanJet, and Colt Canada! Your fawning for the governing Conservatives has been exposed for the world to see and there's nothing you can do about it. How can I, about as regular a guy as they come, see a logo for Canada Steamship Lines and not think anything but Conservative?!

I will be wary of any stylized 'C' I come across from now on. It just can't be trusted.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Note to Iggy: This is Leadership

I don't much care for Ahmadinejad. This is a man who has clearly shown that he is a danger to civilized society. He is very literally a world-class douche.

I just read how the Canadian delegation will be walking out on the Iranian President's speech to the UN and it makes me extremely proud to be a Canadian. For all the Liberals' talk about how Canada's role has diminished on the world stage, this hardly seems to fit the description. I might have my own political bias but I have an extremely hard time seeing Chretien, Martin, or Dion having the stones to do something like this, let alone Ignatieff.

You do us proud as a country, Mr. Harper. Thank you for showing us again what real leadership looks like.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Ignatieff has all the answers

As a teacher, I try to do everything that I can so that I can encourage my students to come up with the answers themselves. As my mentor from my student-teaching days said: "You want to be a guide on the side, not a sage on the stage."

Apparently, the intellectual hasn't figured that out yet. Note the Liberal approach of telling us ignorant Canadians what the answer really is.

"Ignatieff says after four years of Stephen Harper as prime minister, Canadians should ask themselves the question: "Are we better off than we were four years ago?"

He says the answer is no."

I guess if he says so.

Monday, September 7, 2009

What does mom say?

My mom is not an overly political person and generally avoids the topic unless nerdy sons like me bring it up. So when I called her up yesterday for our weekly-ish chat, I was somewhat surprised with her reaction to what appears to be an approaching election.

In her own words: "It's stupid. What a waste."

Speaking up for regular Canadians, huh Iggy?

Just be lucky she didn't give you some of these. Trust me...


Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Victory for free speech?

I almost missed this in all the hullabaloo over Iggy's latest round of crying wolf. It would be rewarding to see the efforts of free-speech crusaders like Ezra Levant, Mark Steyn and others start to pay off.

From the National Post: "Hate speech law unconstitutional: rights tribunal"

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Is Ignatieff on to something?

I still have a hard time seeing another election happening this fall. There are just too many factors suggesting a negative outcome for the Liberals. That being said, I wonder if this is a move on the part of Mr. Ignatieff to avoid being painted into a corner like previous election bluffs.

Back in January, the NDP and the Bloc quickly let everyone know that they wouldn't support the budget. This left the Liberals with no legitimate option but to allow the budget to pass, and discrediting Ignatieff as an effective leader in the process.

I wonder if this doesn't have something to do with avoiding that this time around. Instead of being painted into a corner by the NDP and the Bloc, the other opposition are now in a position where their decision, and not the Liberals, determines whether or not Canadians go to the polls once again. Iggy doesn't have to take credit for dissolving parliament and therefore saves face. At least somewhat.

While it's nice to see the Liberals actually taking a stand (er... maybe), I can't help but note that it still has little to do with anything but trying to make themselves look good.