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ParliamANT Hill: MacKay’Ant called ‘out of touch’ over Mother’s, Father’s Day messages

Inspired by this headline: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/peter-mackay-lauds-moms-for-changing-diapers-dads-for-moulding-minds-in-holiday-messages-1.2686099

The Scott Ross: Flaherty’s Curtain

Jim Flaherty was unethical, incompetent and he should have been fired. Those aren’t my words, they’re Thomas Mulcair’s, spoken just last year in Question Period. Yet after the former Finance Minister’s death, Mulcair has called him a good man and a great public servant.

There’s no doubt that the NDP Leader genuinely mourns the . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Flaherty’s Curtain

The Scott Ross: Flaherty’s Curtain

Jim Flaherty was unethical, incompetent and he should have been fired. Those aren’t my words, they’re Thomas Mulcair’s, spoken just last year in Question Period. Yet after the former Finance Minister’s death, Mulcair has called him a good man and a gre… . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Flaherty’s Curtain

The Scott Ross: From Canada’s Five Female Premiers To Three

At the start of this year Canada had five female Premiers, but now because of a few old white men the country only has three.

Alberta’s Alison Redford joins Newfoundland’s Kathy Dunderdale on the list of female Premiers forced out not because voters rejected them, but because their respective caucuses did. Caucuses who coincidentally happen . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: From Canada’s Five Female Premiers To Three

The Scott Ross: From Canada’s Five Female Premiers To Three

At the start of this year Canada had five female Premiers, but now because of a few old white men the country only has three.Alberta’s Alison Redford joins Newfoundland’s Kathy Dunderdale on the list of female Premiers forced out not because voters rej… . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: From Canada’s Five Female Premiers To Three

The Scott Ross: The Day John A. Macdonald Died

If there was no John A. Macdonald, there would be no Canada.

Our most important founding father and first Prime Minister died 122 years ago today. Canadians of all political persuasions should take a moment and remember John A. Macdonald because they share so much in common with the man who made this country.

For . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: The Day John A. Macdonald Died

The Scott Ross: The Day John A. Macdonald Died

If there was no John A. Macdonald, there would be no Canada.Our most important Father of Confederation and first Prime Minister died 122 years ago today. Canadians of all political persuasions should take a moment and remember John A. Macdonald, not on… . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: The Day John A. Macdonald Died

The Scott Ross: How A Bad Economy Is Not Harper’s Fault

Canada’s economy is set to grow less than the government thought, but it’s not our Prime Minister’s fault.

True under Stephen Harper the World Bank has downgraded Canada from being the 4th most Business Friendly country in 2006 to 17th in 2013, but, as most Conservatives know, businesses have nothing to do with the Canadian . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: How A Bad Economy Is Not Harper’s Fault

ParliamANT Hill: Aboriginal Affairs Minister John DuncAnt resigns from cabinet

Inspired by this headline: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2013/02/15/pol-aboriginal-affairs-john-duncan-resigns.html

The Scott Ross: Powerful Women Shouldn’t Be News

Kathleen Wynne becoming our sixth female premier isn’t newsworthy, what will be, is when a premier’s gender doesn’t make headlines.

It’s of course understandable why newspapers should report on Ontario’s first female premier, it is historic, but ultimately what will determine progress on gender equality is whether the media and Canadians in general eventually . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Powerful Women Shouldn’t Be News

The Scott Ross: Stephen Harper Flip-Flopped On Gun Registry Too

Conservatives are calling Justin Trudeau a flip-flopper for first voting for the long gun registry and then recently admitting it was a failed policy. That’s fine, but lest Conservatives forget, Stephen Harper did the exact same thing. This Conservativ… . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Stephen Harper Flip-Flopped On Gun Registry Too

The Scott Ross: The Conservative Economic Record

Sept 2012: Unemployment is up at 7.4%; it has been increasing since June while American unemployment has only gone down.

July 2012: Worst trade deficit ever in Canadian history at $2.3 billion.

2012: GDP growth rate is declining (PDF pg 22). Canada is no longer the fastest growing economy in the G7; it is now . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: The Conservative Economic Record

An individual with opinions.: RESIGN.

Asking for a Minister to resign in 2012 is about as useful for asking a backbencher to resign. If a Minister had some autonomy, such a call would make sense. Don’t fool yourself, though, the Prime Minister is the puppet master – he should be the one who you direct your calls to.

Yes, Harper . . . → Read More: An individual with opinions.: RESIGN.

An individual with opinions.: RESIGN.

Asking for a Minister to resign in 2012 is about as useful for asking a backbencher to resign. If a Minister had some autonomy, such a call would make sense. Don’t fool yourself, though, the Prime Minister is the puppet master – he should be the one wh… . . . → Read More: An individual with opinions.: RESIGN.

The Scott Ross: Thank You John Baird, You Saved My Life

Michael Ignatieff hated Canada, he was repeatedly caught feeding off of beaver spinal cord fluid. The Gun Registry was moments away from assigning bar codes to the foreheads of farmers’ first born children. Though a 5% GST is okay, the 7% variety flew the second plane into the World Trade Centre shouting “Trudeau Akbar!”

What . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Thank You John Baird, You Saved My Life

The Scott Ross: Conservatives Lied About F-35 Contract

Peter MacKay lied.

In 2010 Defense Minister Peter MacKay said many times that the F-35 was selected in an open, competitive, and transparent process, this is contradicted be the Auditor General Michael Ferguson who has said there was no competition, that the costly $25 billion, and growing, contract was indeed sole-sourced.

May 27 2010 . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Conservatives Lied About F-35 Contract

The Scott Ross: Peter MacKay Hid Billions In F-35 Costs

The Scott Ross: The F-35 Boondoggle

Many are angry that instead of the promised $16 billion cost of the new F-35’s the actual price tag will be more than $25 billion but Canadians shouldn’t forget that originally not only did this government continually claim the cost would only be $9 billion, Stephen Harper, Peter MacKay, Tony Clement, and other Conservatives . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: The F-35 Boondoggle

The Scott Ross: Kevin Falcon’s BC Liberal Commitment In Doubt

During the BC Liberal leadership race Kevin Falcon doubted Christy Clark would stay with the party if she lost, today BC Liberals found out it was Kevin Falcon who they should have been doubting.

On February 11, 2011 Kevin Falcon said, “I’ve made a commitment to run in this election win or lose. So . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Kevin Falcon’s BC Liberal Commitment In Doubt

The Scott Ross: Bearded, Women, Leaders

It’s been 70 years since a major party leader had a beard, over 110 years since an opposition leader had one.

A century ago facial hair used to be quite common, in Parliament and out. The NDPs selection of the bearded Thomas Mulcair as Leader makes one wonder, if beards can depart in a . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Bearded, Women, Leaders

The Scott Ross: The Politics of Conservatives is Big Business

Within two months Canada’s ruling Conservative Party rejected government intervention in one labour dispute and leapt at the chance to intervene in another.

In January a manufacturing plant owned by Electro-Motive Diesel, a private company that had received millions in government tax breaks announced it was laying off 450 employees. On January 31st . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: The Politics of Conservatives is Big Business

ParliamANT Hill: VeterAnts minister vows to improve information on benefits

My first cartoon of the year. Inspired by this story: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2012/02/21/pol-veterans-blaney.html