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Babel-on-the-Bay: Can Trudeau open the sepulchres of government?

Can Canadians have an open government? Do we want one? Can Trudeau deliver it? They are all good questions. The problem inherent in the questions is Justin Trudeau’s understanding of how Ottawa really works. He might be biting off far more than his limited experience can handle. Of note is the fact that Justin’s father […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Can Trudeau open the sepulchres of government?

Northern Reflections: Upstream, Downstream

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Left Over: Who Defines “Affordable?”

Vancouver mayor offers $250M of city land for social housing Gregor Robertson is asking the federal government give $500M in return for affordable housing projects CBC News Posted: Feb 02, 2016 8:11 AM PT Last Updated: Feb 02, 2016 9:29 … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Left Over: Who Defines “Affordable?”

Babel-on-the-Bay: Justin: On electoral versus constitutional reform.

In a sit-down conversation with Justin Trudeau about six years ago, it was immediately obvious that he is an emotional person and as easy to read as an open book. Other than being eager to get him into a poker game, it was interesting to test his reaction to some basic political propositions. While he […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Justin: On electoral versus constitutional reform.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Laying Down A Deadly Bluff

For ages now Canadians have been conditioned to accept that we “need” more pipelines to move more oil. Otherwise we’ll continue to exhaust train crews and have bombtrains in every town. Canadian oil production to keep rising even if pipelines not approved: National Energy Board https://t.co/Sa4Me2FjDR #business — Regina Leader Post (@leaderpost) January 27, 2016 […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Laying Down A Deadly Bluff

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Trudeau To Rush A Billion Dollars to Wall and Notley

The government is in talks to quickly allocate $1 billion for infrastructure projects in the two provinces — money earmarked by the previous government’s infrastructure fund but not yet delivered, two of the officials said. I sincerely hope that this money goes into supporting the growing renewable energy industry, and not into propping up the […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Trudeau To Rush A Billion Dollars to Wall and Notley

cartoon life: The reprimand

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A. Picazo: #RefugeesWelcome

This op-ed appeared in The Ottawa Citizen on November 27, 2015. “This is not a federal project, this is not even a government project, it’s a national project for all Canadians,” declared John McCallum, minister of immigration, refugees a… . . . → Read More: A. Picazo: #RefugeesWelcome

Babel-on-the-Bay: Trudeau takes strike one on Senate solution.

He has to admit he was warned. The only people cheering the current dumb idea are the sycophants around him. Prime Minister Trudeau cannot use elitism to choose elites. Canadian senators need to be reasonably experienced politicos. And who knows politicos best but their own political parties. That is why the prime minister of the […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Trudeau takes strike one on Senate solution.

Babel-on-the-Bay: Surely the media can do better!

We know the news media are desperate to find something to complain about with our new prime minister. They are just missing by a mile with their silly ‘nanny-gate’ huffing and puffing. This is no Gotcha. The simple question is do you want our prime minister to have appropriate household staff or not? Are we […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Surely the media can do better!

Babel-on-the-Bay: They want the show and substance too.

“My candle burns at both ends; it will not last the night; but ah, my foes, and oh, my friends – it gives a lovely light!” Edna St. Vincent Millay – 1892 to 1950 Listen up boys and girls, what you see, is what you get. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is not his father. Justin […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: They want the show and substance too.

Babel-on-the-Bay: “Justin, Justin, Where have you been?”

“I’ve been to London to see the Queen.” And that was it. Our fealty assured, Prime Minister Trudeau went on to Downing Street to meet the guy who really runs things in England. These meetings were scheduled ahead of the Malta meeting of the heads of the British Commonwealth of Nations. There is little time […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: “Justin, Justin, Where have you been?”

Babel-on-the-Bay: Is the media the measure?

Commentator Chantal Hébert worries that Justin Trudeau lacks the gravitas of former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien. Thomas Walkom fears Trudeau is out of touch with the world leaders who have decided Russia’s Putin is a good guy after all. And we discussed Rosie DiManno yesterday who thinks Justin is juvenile. And those people write for […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Is the media the measure?

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Brad Wall Makes News Again

.@PremierBradWall Very unhappy that you're using terrorists' crime to dictate Canada's refugee humanitarian strategy. #skpoli #cdnpoli

— John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) November 16, 2015

Brad Wall in September, before the CPC leadership opened up. Globe and Mail: https://t.co/cma3ImnWYG #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/1F2NcS5uxK

— Mike Gibbs (@Mikeggibbs) November 16, 2015

That was following this tragedy highlighted in the world media.

If you've changed your opinion due to a terrorist attack, ask yourself why you're letting terrorism win by having it set your agenda.

— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) November 15, 2015

.@mikemckinnon @PremierBradWall @JustinTrudeau If we delay months, how many more (Read more…)

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Writings of J. Todd Ring: Big oil, pipelines, Trudeau, and energy security for Canada

Why does the Canadian government continue to subsidize the oil industry with billions of dollars a year when the environmental crisis demands the opposite, and when investment in energy efficiency, conservation and green energy create many more jobs? Why does Canada import 40% of the oil we consume when we produce enough to meet all […]

Babel-on-the-Bay: Can this be Canada’s Camelot?

They came out into the sunlight from Rideau Hall. They are the 15 women and 16 men who now serve Canada. They sit at the Round Table of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. And who will ever forget that when asked why the equal number of men and women in his cabinet, Justin Trudeau replied, “Because it is 2015.”

In two years Canada will be 150 years in the making. In this year, it has moved forward a century. It has moved from an oligarchy towards a democracy. It is returning to its world citizenship, to peace and caring and (Read more…)

Babel-on-the-Bay: A simple solution for Canada’s Senate.

During the honeymoon that our new Prime Minister Trudeau deserves, we should all try to be helpful. It is in this spirit of cooperation that Babel-on-the-Bay would like to extend a helping hand in resolving what to do about the Senate of Canada. And in as much as Justin has already told us what to do with suggestions that involve constitutional change, we will stay away from that pitfall.

As matters stand the Senate is a constitutional commitment that involves so many appointees from each province or territory and that the senators should represent their home province or territory by (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Watching Him

This is fun. Nice to have a PM with a public sense of humour. “Just watch me,” is a famous PET quote from an interview on the steps of Parliament during the October Crisis.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Watching Him

This is fun. Nice to have a PM with a public sense of humour. “Just watch me,” is a famous PET quote from an interview on the steps of Parliament during the October Crisis.

Babel-on-the-Bay: Canada comes over from the dark side.

It is a night and day comparison. Stephen Harper embodied the Darth Vader of Canadian politics. Liberal Justin Trudeau is bringing us into the light. He promised Canadians the change that was so badly needed and they followed him. And we can assure you that he is not Pierre Trudeau redux. Justin Trudeau is a very different person.

This realization came five years ago when we were arranging a dinner for the young Member of Parliament and Barrie Liberals. This writer and the wife both had a chance to just sit and chat with him. We came to the same (Read more…)

Left Over: Analysis or Paralysis? This Procto(r)ologist is Rambling….

ANALYSIS

Did B.C.’s memories of 1990s ‘fudge-it-budget’ hold key to NDP downfall? Winner may have been announced before B.C. polls closed, but province still influenced final result

By Jason Proctor, CBC News Posted: Oct 20, 2015 2:00 AM PT Last Updated: Oct 20, 2015 4:46 AM PT

 

What a terminally stupid headline..let’s put this Socred/Lib lie to rest..there never was a fudge-it budget, and even the person who has the temerity to OK such a scurrilous headline knows it.. Our Island went all- but- May orange, and the only reason that the Libs won a (Read more…)

Left Over: Analysis or Paralysis? This Procto(r)ologist is Rambling….

ANALYSIS

Did B.C.’s memories of 1990s ‘fudge-it-budget’ hold key to NDP downfall? Winner may have been announced before B.C. polls closed, but province still influenced final result

By Jason Proctor, CBC News Posted: Oct 20, 2015 2:00 AM PT Last Updated: Oct 20, 2015 4:46 AM PT

 

What a terminally stupid headline..let’s put this Socred/Lib lie to rest..there never was a fudge-it budget, and even the person who has the temerity to OK such a scurrilous headline knows it.. Our Island went all- but- May orange, and the only reason that the Libs won a (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Trudeau Man, I, Ahh… I Don’t Know

Canadians were so eager to get rid of Stephen Harper, they forgot they weren’t served very well by a mainstream party holding a majority on power the last 4 years.

*uncharacteristically crumples plan paper up into a ball and throws it in the garbage* Me yesterday:

October 19, 2015 at 1:35 PM:

The alternate universe of sensible adults and fair outcomes would include a minority Parliament with Trudeau, Mulcair, and May all sharing the role of PM at different times over the next 4 years. But, we won’t get such an outcome, and are more likely to get [a (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Trudeau Man, I, Ahh… I Don’t Know

Canadians were so eager to get rid of Stephen Harper, they forgot they weren’t served very well by a mainstream party holding a majority on power the last 4 years.

*uncharacteristically crumples plan paper up into a ball and throws it in the garbage* Me yesterday:

October 19, 2015 at 1:35 PM:

The alternate universe of sensible adults and fair outcomes would include a minority Parliament with Trudeau, Mulcair, and May all sharing the role of PM at different times over the next 4 years. But, we won’t get such an outcome, and are more likely to get [a (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Why is the PMO Shredding Their Files?

Oh right, that evidence of their crimes and misuse of taxpayer money.

Know what's a great trick? Getting ppl to argue whether it's the purview of the PMO or other partisan dept when taxpayers fund it all anyway

— Not Steve Harper (@pmoharper) June 25, 2013

Paul Wells wrote this 3 years ago.

I wrote this two years about Coyne’s column about Trudeau. In response, he called me a deranged partisan, and malnourished fool.

Yesterday I posted an endorsement for Trudeau, while Coyne was muzzled by his newspaper’s owners. His last original tweet was days ago.

Shouldn’t be.@stphnmaher (Read more…)