Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Corporate Tax cuts--what ???

StatsCan is reporting that rather than act as stimulus for job creation, as the Conservative Party claims, corporate tax cuts have merely allowed companies in Canada to pocket billions of dollars. Since 2000 the combined federal-provincial corporate tax rate in Canada has fallen from 42% to 28%. In the same period, business has added 83 billion dollars to their cash reserves. This is money that is not contributing to the economy, to investment, job creation or technological improvement. It is money that is lost to social programs, health care and other government initiatives that would see it invested in people. These statistics put the lie to Conservative claims that Corporate tax cuts benefit everyone. Clearly they only benefit the companies that receive them, bank them, and then came back to the public for more.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

London NDP Candidate Drops Out of the Race to Support the Liberals

Elgin-Middlesex-London NDP candidate Ryan Dolby announced yesterday that he was dropping out of the election race, and encouraged supports to rally to the Liberal cause in order to beat the Tory candidate. While it is sad to see the NDP taking the fall, such a thing would not be necessary if Canada had an electoral system that actually reflected voter interests and political beliefs. London NDPers should have the chance to vote for their candidate. No one should have to vote strategically to avoid getting the government they don't want, instead of voting actively to get the government they do want. Unfortunately, right now, this is the reality of the system. The system needs to change, but won't until those who benefit from it are removed from power. Vote ABC!
Harper's Hypocrisy

In the self-serving fashion of Our Glorious Leader (props for this monicker go to John Doyle, TV columnists and the most progressive commentator currently employed by the Globe and Mail), it seems rules only apply when they benefit the CPC. On Harper's endorsement of coalitions, see Terry Milewski's latest post on the CBC.

Still, in the spirit of giving credit where credit is due, Harper and Flanagan actually made a good point back in 1997 when they advocated coalition as a way of breaking the factionalism, sniping, and general short-sightedness and immaturity of contemporary federal politics: the winner-take-all system is out-dated and needs reform. This election began because Parliament found the Harper government in contempt. Let's, therefore, make this election about electoral reform so this can never happen again. Harper seems to think that a minority government polling 33% of the votes is more legitimate than a coalition that fosters cooperation and can claim the support of not only the majority of members of parliament, but also the majority of voters. This is ludicrous and would not be tolerated in any mature democracy. A coalition that reflects the actual voting trends of this coming election would be a start, but more permanent change is needed; the replacement of the first-past-the-post system with proportional representation that actually reflects voter intentions. Even a Conservative can't be wrong all the time, and back in 1997 Our Glorious Leader got it right--the system has to change. Now, however, its him that has to go in order to allow that change to happen.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Take your desperate use of the "C" word and shove it!

"We could also have a debate between Mr. Ignatieff and myself since, after all, the real choice in this election is a choice between a Conservative government or an Ignatieff-led government that all of these other parties will support[.]”

Il Duce, Brampton, Ont, Wednesday March 30, 2011

The funny thing is, any government, be it one led by the Ignatieff, Layton, or even Duceppe would be wonderful...because it wouldn't be led by Stephen Harper. I don't frankly care how you cobble together an alternative. At least it would be ABC, a grouping, partnership, coalition, whatever, of progressively minded politicians. Obviously the great leader is terrified that Canadians might figure out that that is what they would get with a coalition, and why he is continuing to vilify the word like a Western cold warrior using the evil terms "communism" and "socialism." Maybe he should suggest establishing a Committee on Un-Canadian Activities and have people finger their friends, relatives, and co-workers and coalition-leaning traitors. He obviously thinks Canadians are stupid enough to agree with him.

I hope Il Duce realizes that if he does do this debate, he won't be able to rely upon the other leaders to attack each other, and that he will actually need to answer questions coming from a single person and not from four other debaters whom he can play off each other. Although he could still pull his "if you say it loud enough and with conviction, it's obviously true" act. That, and starting every sentence with "The fact of the matter is...." AHHHHH!!


Harper challenges Ignatieff to one-on-one debate

Saturday, September 12, 2009


The Harper Government is giving away control over fishing within the East Coast 200 mile limit. I guess there are few Conservative votes on the East just screw them? Naaa, I'm sure there's either a kick back for the Conservatives or something in it for their right wing grass roots too!

Williams says Harper deal erodes Canadian sovereignty

Tuesday, September 1, 2009



Wednesday, January 28, 2009


Defeat PM over 'vindictive, nasty' budget, N.L. premier tells Liberals

Equalization changes will mean loss of $1.5 billion to N.L., Williams says

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