Categories

A sample text widget

Etiam pulvinar consectetur dolor sed malesuada. Ut convallis euismod dolor nec pretium. Nunc ut tristique massa.

Nam sodales mi vitae dolor ullamcorper et vulputate enim accumsan. Morbi orci magna, tincidunt vitae molestie nec, molestie at mi. Nulla nulla lorem, suscipit in posuere in, interdum non magna.

The Tory Pirate - Politics & Policy: Progressivism & Monarchy

(Originally posted to The Maple Monarchists on November 28th) It is not a secret that, as a general rule, conservatives seem to support monarchy more thanprogressives. While it is true that conservative support for tradition and established authoritymake support for monarchy quite natural what aspect of monarchy makes it such anincomparable ideal for progressives?This question has played in the back of my mind for a while now. I ponder it a […] . . . → Read More: The Tory Pirate – Politics & Policy: Progressivism & Monarchy

The Tory Pirate - Politics & Policy: Random Thoughts: Directly-Elected Executives Vs. Legislatures? 

The US Senate in all its impotent glory. While commenting on one of Warren Kinsella’s older articles(comment has not appeared as of this writing due either toconnection failure or queuing) I pointed out that when acountry has a directly-elected executive the executive tends towin in any disputes it has with the legislature. Thinking on thisI realize . . . → Read More: The Tory Pirate – Politics & Policy: Random Thoughts: Directly-Elected Executives Vs. Legislatures? 

The Tory Pirate - Politics & Policy: The NDP "is not planning any changes to our current form of the parliamentary system" 

It is not often I get to talk about issues related to the monarchy on this blog. I mostly keep that on the other blog I writefor. However the Monarchist League of Canada recently surveyed the main federal parties on their views towards theCanadian Monarchy. One of the answers was curious though. The NDP’s reply . . . → Read More: The Tory Pirate – Politics & Policy: The NDP "is not planning any changes to our current form of the parliamentary system" 

Bill Longstaff: What keeps Canada together?

The above is the title of a survey commissioned by the Association for Canadian Studies and carried out by Leger Marketing earlier this year. The answer to what unites the country, from the 1,509 Canadians included in the survey, was clear. Of the 11 possibilities offered, the top two choices by a wide margin were . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: What keeps Canada together?

Trashy's World: Unconfirmed reports from unnamed sources…

… indicate that the newest royal attention seeker has been born and he shall be named Heir-a-born, son of Aragorn, son of Arathorn. Gimli, son of Gloín is appointed the Royal diaper washer while Gollum will act as his nanny. Joe Oliver is apparently jetting across the Atlantic as I type this in order to . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: Unconfirmed reports from unnamed sources…

Trashy's World: Cletus, Jethro, Beula and Slim…

… would all be great names for the yet-to-be-born latest British royal anachronism! I listened with disgust this morning as some zombie from the monarchist league of Canada (yes, they’re still around and huffing and puffing their “I love da Queen!” royal crap) was being interviewed on Ottawa morning. He was all a-titter about – . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: Cletus, Jethro, Beula and Slim…

Polygonic: Of babies and bathwater: how Harper might be undermining the monarchy

The Constitution? Unborn Queens? Fascinating stuff (do not insert a “said no one, ever” after that please).

The scene unfolds thusly: Parliament recently approved a gender equity bill as regards which unelected English aristocrat may reign over us (such progressive times in which we live), that met little controversy or opposition – or even . . . → Read More: Polygonic: Of babies and bathwater: how Harper might be undermining the monarchy

The Scott Ross: America, Canada’s Monarchy

The Queen is unelected by Canadians, is ultimately responsible for Canada’s well-being, and exerts no influence over Canadian affairs. The President of the United States is unelected by Canadians, has no responsibility for Canada’s well-being, and exer… . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: America, Canada’s Monarchy

Trashy's World: I cannot believe that Britons…

… or Canadians, for that matter, think that the chief royal inbred getting a raise like this is OK. Incredible. The nation is going through some really austere times, but does that matter to the royals? Apparently not. (6) Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario

Song of the Watermelon: Retiring the Monarchy

Alright, what longstanding Canadian institution shall we dispense with today?

Queen Elizabeth II has been all over the news of late in honour of her Diamond Jubilee. Never satisfied, some of those rabble-rousing muckrakers in the NDP have refused to join in the festivities. That killjoy Pat Martin in particular, MP for Winnipeg Centre, is . . . → Read More: Song of the Watermelon: Retiring the Monarchy

The Scott Ross: Majority Rule by the Few

The wasteful, unelected monarchy is bad and democracy is good. Since most Canadians don’t require a more indepth argument than that, let’s use the democratic system to finally severe Canada’s ties with the monarchy.

Let’s get a majority of us together, in our democracy that will require about 38% of the 61% who actually vote, . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Majority Rule by the Few

Trashy's World: Here they come again…

… the “royal” family, that is. Yup, time for the Harperites to once again waste some mega bucks – $1 million range – to host and fête members of Britain’s most famous inbreds. Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore defended the visit Monday in a conference call with reporters, saying the Tories are trying to keep . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: Here they come again…

Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review: March 27, 2012

Tuesday, March 27 saw a day dominated by the type of serious discussion about the role of the financial sector that we should expect in the years to come – even if the basis for that discussion was less than we should have hoped for.

The Big Issue

The main topic of debate was Bill . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review: March 27, 2012

Red Tory v.3.0.3: 17th Century France in 3D

Hundreds of years before the advent of satellite photography and Google Earth, French monarchs used detailed scale models to micromanage their realm…

Not only is it fascinating these intricate models of cities and forts would have been commissioned in the first place, but quite amazing they’ve actually been preserved intact for hundreds of . . . → Read More: Red Tory v.3.0.3: 17th Century France in 3D

Canadian Progressive World: The rebels who snubbed the Queen

The Diamond Jubilee, the extravagant international celebration throughout 2012 marking Queen Elizabeth II’s 60th year at the helm of the declining British Empire, is finally here. British medals galore! Officer of the Order of the British …Read More

Trashy's World: Friday miscellany….

picture edition…. Apologies to any vegetarians out there… (naw, not really…) IN THE BEGINNING, there was bacon… =================================================================================== There is an interesting poll in the Montréal Gazette this morning: _____________________________________________________________________________________________ On this day… Canadian football and American football parted ways… 1912 – In the U.S., professional football set some new rules. The field was shortened . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: Friday miscellany….

The Equivocator: Hot or Not: Liberal Biennial Convention Edition (Part 2)

Hot:

Peter Milliken: Canada’s longest-serving Speaker of the House can still silence a room with a stern look or wry turn-of-phrase , which is even more impressed when that room is filled with 3200 Liberal delegates instead of 308 MPS.

Cannabis: With 77% of the vote it looks like the policy motion put forward by . . . → Read More: The Equivocator: Hot or Not: Liberal Biennial Convention Edition (Part 2)

the reeves report: Liberals opt to tread cautiously into the future

Stage in Canada Hall at the Liberal Biennial Convention.

Canada’s die-hard Liberals are wrapping up their Biennial Convention in Ottawa this afternoon. It has been an enthusiastic affair, despite the fact that it is not a leadership convention. (Although the Liberals have had enough of those in the past decade to last a . . . → Read More: the reeves report: Liberals opt to tread cautiously into the future

Pample the Moose: Pot-smoking hippie monarchists

Or as they like to call themselves, “The Liberal Party of Canada”.

I see from my twitter feed that the monarchy resolution has been defeated by a wide margin. Surprise surprise.

But on a lighter (higher?) note, a resolution to support the legalization of marijuana has passed. A pity they didn’t act on that while . . . → Read More: Pample the Moose: Pot-smoking hippie monarchists

Blunt Objects: The Monarchy Question as a Novelty

The media is a bit abuzz over the proposed resolution proposed by the Young Liberals coming up this January at the Biennial Convention to sever Canada’s ties with the monarchy.

Now, this is mostly an abstract question because, let’s face it, the monarchy is never a big part of our lives. Most Canadians either don’t . . . → Read More: Blunt Objects: The Monarchy Question as a Novelty

Pample the Moose: Monarchy – Such a great idea, none of the kids are doing it

So, it would seem that the Liberal equivalent of the NDP’s name-change resolution and Conservative party’s abortion/gay rights/pick-your-social-conservative-issue resolution at this year’s party convention will be a youth wing resolution to consider severing ties with the monarchy. I’ll be shocked if this resolution ends up being seriously debated, and even more shocked if, in the . . . → Read More: Pample the Moose: Monarchy – Such a great idea, none of the kids are doing it

Progressive Proselytizing: Culture Wars: The Harper Government’s ridiculous ban on the Burqa during the citizenship ceremony

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney has just announced plan to ban the use of the burqa or niqab for new Canadians during the Oath of Citizenship. I was very disappointed not just with the decision, but with how the decision was made and the various justifications used to defend it. Let us consider some of . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Culture Wars: The Harper Government’s ridiculous ban on the Burqa during the citizenship ceremony

Blunt Objects: Today in Pointless Ideas from Nathan Cullen

Putting the monarchy to a vote appears to be Skeena-Bulkley Valley NDP MP Nathan Cullen’s most recent suggestion.

This comes off the heels of his last headline capturing moment with the suggestion of a “progressive primary” vote that he himself admitted would never be a reality.

While other candidates like Brian Topp offer up taxing . . . → Read More: Blunt Objects: Today in Pointless Ideas from Nathan Cullen

LeDaro: Stephen Harper Wants His Queen Back

During the visit of Will and Kate, a picture of the Queen was borrowed from the Cabinet Office of Stephen Harper. Now he’s very upset that it has not been returned yet.

The front-page headline on HuffPost was, “Harper wants his Queen back.” If he likes his Queen so much, why doesn’t he . . . → Read More: LeDaro: Stephen Harper Wants His Queen Back

Trashy's World: Can we be annexed by Australia?

…seriously. Because their PM has balls (figuratively). More balls than our guys…   Of course, Steve probably curtsied. And Peter shurely did! The queen should be shown the same degree of respect as anyone her age. No more and no less. She is no different from any one of us except for the luck of […] . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: Can we be annexed by Australia?