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Canadian Politics … a Farce?

It was a strange day in Canada yesterday … our political system was turned upside down by a bunch of political hacks who are more intent on furthering their own careers than dealing with Canada’s economic woes. Perhaps no-one on Parliament Hill has noticed that the economy is in tatters!

Our manufacturing base has been eroded over the past several years through global competition and a high Canadian dollar; the auto industry, a huge employer in Ontario is on the ropes with the prospect of mass layoffs and plant closures if not bankruptcy; the markets continue their trend of setting new lows; the price of oil is causing the oil & gas companies to cut spending … not to mention the recession induced by a lack of consumer spending and the huge impact on our largest trading partner.

So … what do our politicians do about it? First we had basically NOTHING … then a commitment to spend some money based on the G20 conference, then we had some announcements of cuts that got the politicians all worked up because they might be affected. If you are in business in this country then up until yesterday you were probably wondering when the Federal Government would get off its collective butt! We got our answer! Our duly elected minority government is either going to get the boot, or indulge in political games to remain in power. Our politicians of all stripes are playing political games instead of looking after Canadian’s interests!

The people of Canada voted in Harper and the Conservatives in October, I don’t understand how the defeated parties can overturn the wishes of the public! Even more to the point I don’t know why they think that is acceptable at a time when every party and every politician should be forgetting about partisan politics and helping our businesses through the current economic turmoil.

So, while Canada “burns” ALL of our politicians will fiddle … nice!

As a footnote … a Canadian business icon passed away yesterday. Whether you loved him or hated him (and there are plenty of the latter), Ted Rogers was not a guy you could ignore! He built an empire and truly “LIVED” his life. I might not aspire to be Ted Rogers, nor to lead my life the way he did but ity would be amazing to be able to have a fraction of the achievements he had. I’m betting he had few regrets as he “moved on”, given the successes and impact he had during his life.

I think Ted Rogers lived his life to the max … I have to admire that!

RIP Ted Rogers … 1933-2008.


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6 thoughts on “Canadian Politics … a Farce?

  1. Hear! Hear!

    No argument from this corner.

    I voted Liberal in the last election, but had I known what was to come I would have voted for Harper, even though I dislike him rather intensely.

    Let the Liberals and NDP put their coalition together. Then, let’s have another election with that option on the table. If that happens, I predict Harper will get his majority.

    No, I don’t really *want* another election, but I feel that the Liberals/NDP have blind-sided the electorate with this one. No one (that I know of) saw it coming, and I understand that during the last campaign the party leaders disavowed the idea of forming a coalition.

  2. Hear! Hear!

    No argument from this corner.

    I voted Liberal in the last election, but had I known what was to come I would have voted for Harper, even though I dislike him rather intensely.

    Let the Liberals and NDP put their coalition together. Then, let’s have another election with that option on the table. If that happens, I predict Harper will get his majority.

    No, I don’t really *want* another election, but I feel that the Liberals/NDP have blind-sided the electorate with this one. No one (that I know of) saw it coming, and I understand that during the last campaign the party leaders disavowed the idea of forming a coalition.

  3. What Harper tried to do was exterminate his opposition and block unions from their legal rights to strike.The elimination of the $1.95 per vote would have crippled all other parties.He knew this and tried to shut them down.Autocracy is the last thing this country needs.To bad he got people to fear the ‘separatist will ruin the country’ lie.
    Harper also knew the public wouldn’t like another election so this to would play into his hands.Fortunately this coalition kept democracy going.

    The best part of this is that Harper has now hung himself.he has forced the Liberals to replace the weak Dion with someone who will not only stand up to the bully tactics of the past 2 1/2 years,but Harper has met his English speaking nemesis.This is likely his last term.He will also likely cause another election within the next year and his numbers won’t be where they need to be to keep his job.He’ll win his riding (CPC will always take AB) but his party will know he isn’t what Canadians want to rule with a majority.Something the right wing side of Canada needs to achieve their desired ideal governing.

  4. What Harper tried to do was exterminate his opposition and block unions from their legal rights to strike.The elimination of the $1.95 per vote would have crippled all other parties.He knew this and tried to shut them down.Autocracy is the last thing this country needs.To bad he got people to fear the ‘separatist will ruin the country’ lie.
    Harper also knew the public wouldn’t like another election so this to would play into his hands.Fortunately this coalition kept democracy going.

    The best part of this is that Harper has now hung himself.he has forced the Liberals to replace the weak Dion with someone who will not only stand up to the bully tactics of the past 2 1/2 years,but Harper has met his English speaking nemesis.This is likely his last term.He will also likely cause another election within the next year and his numbers won’t be where they need to be to keep his job.He’ll win his riding (CPC will always take AB) but his party will know he isn’t what Canadians want to rule with a majority.Something the right wing side of Canada needs to achieve their desired ideal governing.

  5. The focus of my posting was that politicians collectively should be focused on the Canadian economy. They should not be playing political games, they should not be enacting new legislation that will in any way impede business, they should operate in the best interests of Canadians.

    I’m not a big fan of Harper but I don’t like anyone else better among the current cadre of Federal Canadian political leaders … which is pretty sad.

    As for blocking the unions from their “legal right to strike”. I think the unions need to join the 21st century and understand that everyone is faced with change if we are going to be able to compete at all. Just because we have always had something (read the long list of union negotiated benefits) does not mean that we will always be able to afford them. The latest transit strike here in Ottawa is a classic case … the sticking issue is that the union want to retain control over scheduling. Well they are the only municipality in North America that does that and the Ottawa taxpayer will save more than $3 million if management (who does run the company?) gets to do it. Union power gone mad.

    Canadian politics is very like British politics, it never veers far from centre. We have a left leaning government in Ontario and a right leaning Federal government. But right and left are never THAT extreme … its not the Canadian way! So it is hard to get too excited about whether the Liberals or Conservatives are in power.

  6. The focus of my posting was that politicians collectively should be focused on the Canadian economy. They should not be playing political games, they should not be enacting new legislation that will in any way impede business, they should operate in the best interests of Canadians.

    I’m not a big fan of Harper but I don’t like anyone else better among the current cadre of Federal Canadian political leaders … which is pretty sad.

    As for blocking the unions from their “legal right to strike”. I think the unions need to join the 21st century and understand that everyone is faced with change if we are going to be able to compete at all. Just because we have always had something (read the long list of union negotiated benefits) does not mean that we will always be able to afford them. The latest transit strike here in Ottawa is a classic case … the sticking issue is that the union want to retain control over scheduling. Well they are the only municipality in North America that does that and the Ottawa taxpayer will save more than $3 million if management (who does run the company?) gets to do it. Union power gone mad.

    Canadian politics is very like British politics, it never veers far from centre. We have a left leaning government in Ontario and a right leaning Federal government. But right and left are never THAT extreme … its not the Canadian way! So it is hard to get too excited about whether the Liberals or Conservatives are in power.

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