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Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Should there be a referendum on PR?

The Conservatives are vowing to filibuster attempts by the governing Liberals to reform the way we elect our MPs – be it alternative vote or some kind of proportional representation, unless there is a referendum. Normally, changing the rules for repres… . . . → Read More: Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Should there be a referendum on PR?

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Should there be a referendum on PR?

The Conservatives are vowing to filibuster attempts by the governing Liberals to reform the way we elect our MPs – be it alternative vote or some kind of proportional representation, unless there is a referendum. Normally, changing the rules for repres… . . . → Read More: Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Should there be a referendum on PR?

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Libs to repeal spanking law

It is decades overdue, but finally in response to a recommendation from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission the Trudeau government will move to repeal §43 of the Criminal Code, which allows for "corrective force" (i.e. spanking). No doubt this will get the socons riled up as yet another example of social engineering. But there is simply no proof corporal punishment works. If anything, it . . . → Read More: Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Libs to repeal spanking law

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Libs to repeal spanking law

It is decades overdue, but finally in response to a recommendation from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission the Trudeau government will move to repeal §43 of the Criminal Code, which allows for "corrective force" (i.e. spanking). No doubt this will get the socons riled up as yet another example of social engineering. But there is simply no proof corporal punishment works. If anything, it . . . → Read More: Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Libs to repeal spanking law

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Yeah, like I’d turn over my tax refund to Queen’s Park …

… yet since the Mike Harris days, people in Ontario have actually had the option of donating some or all of their tax refund to help pay down the province’s debt. How much has been raised so far in the last 19 years? $2.8 million. That’s it. What is … . . . → Read More: Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Yeah, like I’d turn over my tax refund to Queen’s Park …

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Yeah, like I’d turn over my tax refund to Queen’s Park …

… yet since the Mike Harris days, people in Ontario have actually had the option of donating some or all of their tax refund to help pay down the province’s debt. How much has been raised so far in the last 19 years? $2.8 million. That’s it. What is … . . . → Read More: Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Yeah, like I’d turn over my tax refund to Queen’s Park …

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Make the ORPP voluntary, or enhance the CPP

Kathleen Wynne seems hell bent to introduce an Ontario Retirement Pension Plan by the year 2017. The idea is if a company doesn’t have a pension plan or deferred profit sharing plan of its own, it will be required to pay a payroll tax of 1.9%, to be ma… . . . → Read More: Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Make the ORPP voluntary, or enhance the CPP

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Make the ORPP voluntary, or enhance the CPP

Kathleen Wynne seems hell bent to introduce an Ontario Retirement Pension Plan by the year 2017. The idea is if a company doesn’t have a pension plan or deferred profit sharing plan of its own, it will be required to pay a payroll tax of 1.9%, to be ma… . . . → Read More: Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Make the ORPP voluntary, or enhance the CPP

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Boy did I dial a wrong number!

I’m still surprised by the results: Liberal – 184 Conservatives – 99 NDP – 44 Bloc – 10 Green – 1 Much has to do with some districts where the Lib candidate who was running in third throughout the campaign, triumphed over the other two parties. That … . . . → Read More: Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Boy did I dial a wrong number!

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Boy did I dial a wrong number!

I’m still surprised by the results:

Liberal – 184 Conservatives – 99 NDP – 44 Bloc – 10 Green – 1

Much has to do with some districts where the Lib candidate who was running in third throughout the campaign, triumphed over the other two parties. That certainly was the case in my home district . . . → Read More: Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Boy did I dial a wrong number!

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: My fearless prediction for Decision 2015

And here it is …

Liberals 143 Conservatives 132 NDP 55 Bloc 7 Green 1

My sense is that the Cons will do well at the expense of the NDP because large parts of Quebec are still socially conservative (especially rural areas), as well the “shy Tory” phenomenon – people who are polled simply . . . → Read More: Blast Furnace Canada Blog: My fearless prediction for Decision 2015

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: My fearless prediction for Decision 2015

And here it is …remember the Magic Number is 170. Liberals 143 Conservatives 132 NDP 55 Bloc 7 Green 1 My sense is that the Cons will do well at the expense of the NDP because large parts of Quebec are still socially conservative (especially rural areas), as well the "shy Tory" phenomenon – people who are polled simply lie about their intentions until they actually get to the polling station. . . . → Read More: Blast Furnace Canada Blog: My fearless prediction for Decision 2015

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Prediction

Nothing partisan, I assure you. But it’s obvious that unless hell freezes over we’re looking at a minority situation – no one will get the magic number of 170. This is what I think will happen Monday:

Liberals – 143 Conservatives – 135 NDP – 51 Bloc – 8 Green – 1

I simply think . . . → Read More: Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Prediction

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Prediction

Nothing partisan, I assure you. But it’s obvious that unless hell freezes over we’re looking at a minority situation – no one will get the magic number of 170. This is what I think will happen Monday: Liberals – 143 Conservatives – 135 NDP – 51 Bloc -… . . . → Read More: Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Prediction

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: How to vote, how to vote …

This will be my last post on the election until it actually happens … barring a freak of nature. I will be working as a Deputy Returning Officer (i.e. I will supervise a poll and count the ballots at night’s end); and according to Elections Canada, when I inquired, their head office told me that . . . → Read More: Blast Furnace Canada Blog: How to vote, how to vote …

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: How to vote, how to vote …

This will be my last post on the election until it actually happens … barring a freak of nature. I will be working as a Deputy Returning Officer (i.e. I will supervise a poll and count the ballots at night’s end); and according to Elections Canada, w… . . . → Read More: Blast Furnace Canada Blog: How to vote, how to vote …

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Look who we’re dealing with in the TPP

So the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal has been initialled. I’m not prepared to discuss the merits of the agreement. But let’s consider the countries that are in it, besides Canada: Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam and Japan – as well as the US.

Australia, Chile, New Zealand and Japan have . . . → Read More: Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Look who we’re dealing with in the TPP

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Look who we’re dealing with in the TPP

So the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal has been initialled. I’m not prepared to discuss the merits of the agreement. But let’s consider the countries that are in it, besides Canada: Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Per… . . . → Read More: Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Look who we’re dealing with in the TPP

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: About those shared cost programs …

In last night’s final debate, Tom Mulcair said if he’s elected, then Quebec – and only that province – would get the option to opt out of new shared cost programs, including his $15 per diem child care program.

I realize Canada has never been totally equal on social programs. For example, every province has . . . → Read More: Blast Furnace Canada Blog: About those shared cost programs …

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: About those shared cost programs …

In last night’s final debate, Tom Mulcair said if he’s elected, then Quebec – and only that province – would get the option to opt out of new shared cost programs, including his $15 per diem child care program. I realize Canada has never been totally … . . . → Read More: Blast Furnace Canada Blog: About those shared cost programs …

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: What’s "barbaric" exactly?

Today, the PMS campaign announced if it gets re-elected on October 19th it will introduce legislation to make illegal “barbaric” practices. On the surface, this may sound, well, sound. There are very few people in Canada who think FGM is acceptable. Other forms of torture should be illegal, and in fact already are. But how . . . → Read More: Blast Furnace Canada Blog: What’s "barbaric" exactly?

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: What’s "barbaric" exactly?

Today, the PMS campaign announced if it gets re-elected on October 19th it will introduce legislation to make illegal "barbaric" practices. On the surface, this may sound, well, sound. There are very few people in Canada who think FGM is acceptable. Other forms of torture should be illegal, and in fact already are. But how far would this go? Do animal sacrifices for religious purposes count? What . . . → Read More: Blast Furnace Canada Blog: What’s "barbaric" exactly?

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: What does Harper want from our military?

Brian Stewart has a good op-ed piece on what Harper has said what he has done for Canada’s military, and what has really been done. Three words: Stretched. Too. Thin. When you appropriate $10 billion more for defence spending than what you actually intend to spend, that’s not "prudence". That’s telling our fine men and women in uniform they don’t count for much. . . . → Read More: Blast Furnace Canada Blog: What does Harper want from our military?

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: What does Harper want from our military?

Brian Stewart has a good op-ed piece on what Harper has said what he has done for Canada’s military, and what has really been done. Three words: Stretched. Too. Thin.

When you appropriate $10 billion more for defence spending than what you actually intend to spend, that’s not “prudence”. That’s telling our fine men and . . . → Read More: Blast Furnace Canada Blog: What does Harper want from our military?

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Don’t match donations during an election!

Maybe it’s me, but it seemed like awful timing when the Cons announced last week they were going to match donations to this year’s Terry Fox Run, up to a ceiling of $35 million. Today, they retracted the pledge – for now. Awful timing, of course, becau… . . . → Read More: Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Don’t match donations during an election!