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Tory Senator Linda Frum: Elections Canada In Conflict Of Interest For Promoting Voter Turnout

Tory Senator Linda Frum: Elections Canada In Conflict Of Interest For Promoting Voter Turnout

Commented Apr 10, 2014 at 13:03:32 in Canada Politics

“I think that it is a pretty big stretch to equate encouraging people to exercise their democratic right to vote with encouraging them to commit election fraud. To quote from the current mandate " Elections Canada is also mandated to conduct voter education and information programs" That is what they have been doing. I don't see a conflict there.”
Parti Quebecois Worries Students From Outside Quebec Trying To Steal Election

Parti Quebecois Worries Students From Outside Quebec Trying To Steal Election

Commented Mar 23, 2014 at 16:37:58 in Canada Politics

“Yes, and Parizeau almost caused a riot! The police had to intercept a throng of people walking from the hall where he gave that speech to the opposition rally. Could have been really ugly.”

KL-MTL on Mar 23, 2014 at 17:23:32

“Exactly what she did with the "Pots and pans Rally" on tuition fees, and now the Charter. Election priority No2 (as stated) bringing back the French Language Bill - C14, which entrenches the obligation to work and have the "right" to work and be educated in French.

The "Right to work in French" is the scariest one, since it is an acknowledgement that an individual can in fact legally refuse to speak or acknowledge English, and hold those that require bilingualism be found guilty of "interfering with one's stated rights".

Even the Quebec courts, the STM, the tax department have a problem with this one.

The private sector is even more concerned since any of their employees can "legally" refuse to conduct the business of the Company in English, notwithstanding the job description in the offer of employment.

The English Cegeps (post high school - pre university or other training program for non Quebeckers to understand) are concerned, since as written they would need give spaces to french speaking Quebeckers before giving such spaces to the English students. Marois is now saying that this provision would be eliminated in the next submission of the Bill. (and of course I believe her. ;/)”
Parti Quebecois Worries Students From Outside Quebec Trying To Steal Election

Parti Quebecois Worries Students From Outside Quebec Trying To Steal Election

Commented Mar 23, 2014 at 16:34:08 in Canada Politics

“What nonsense! Non Francophones are registering to vote because, given the current government's xenophobic agenda, they have more interest in this election than in previous ones.”

ChrisH75 on Mar 23, 2014 at 19:12:43

“Thanks to her new charter of catholic values, Marois has succeeded in motivating an entire demographic of immigrants who don’t often participate on the democratic process.”
Elizabeth May's Fact Sheet Is More of an Opinion Sheet

Elizabeth May's Fact Sheet Is More of an Opinion Sheet

Commented Mar 22, 2014 at 10:02:58 in Canada Politics

“Interesting, though, that the Koch brothers are big donors to The Fraser Institute, and they control a part of the oils sands roughly the size of Delaware. So Mr. Green's viewpoint may not be unbiased.”

BCarruth on Mar 25, 2014 at 17:41:13

“The article above is "work for hire" writing, absolutely. Commissioned and compensated.”

rickley on Mar 22, 2014 at 22:37:07

“Elizabeth May has been fast and loose on all kinds of fake facts. Like runaway temperatures increases from burning fossil fuels, probably her most ridiculous claim she has ever made making her understanding of science suspect at best.”
Quebec Election 2014: Marois Insists Her Referendum Position Is Clear

Quebec Election 2014: Marois Insists Her Referendum Position Is Clear

Commented Mar 21, 2014 at 23:39:34 in Canada Politics

“Well, good luck putting that Genie back in the bottle.”

LucLeblanc4 on Mar 22, 2014 at 00:39:43

“This Genie might just gave a Majority Government to the Liberals. Who knew PKP would do such a great job?”
Canadian Doctor Gives U.S. Senator A Clinic On Public Health Care

Canadian Doctor Gives U.S. Senator A Clinic On Public Health Care

Commented Mar 13, 2014 at 15:14:30 in Canada Politics

“I watched a version of this clip earlier in the day, and re-watched it now. In between, Huffington Post took out most of the clip, and replaced it with a staff commentator. I would have preferred just the clip from the hearing like I watched earlier.”

hp blogger Sasha Nagy on Mar 13, 2014 at 21:54:13

“Andrew, the clip is still in the story, it is a link and it is identified for those that want to watch it.”

Awetitu on Mar 13, 2014 at 15:31:03

“You can watch the original 6:52 clip here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYOf6hXGx6M

It's on Bernie Sanders' YouTube channel.”
Canadian Oilsands Made Massive Contributions To Economy In 2012: Study (INFOGRAPHIC)

Canadian Oilsands Made Massive Contributions To Economy In 2012: Study (INFOGRAPHIC)

Commented Feb 13, 2014 at 02:12:43 in Canada Alberta

“Sorry, I don't trust any numbers from a report prepared by "a report prepared by U.S.-based IHS, in partnership with Canadian universities and petroleum companies and associations." I believe that every person who worked on this report received money from the petroleum industry. I would be happy to see an independent report and compare the numbers.”
Montreal Woman Dead After Scarf Caught In Subway Station Escalator

Montreal Woman Dead After Scarf Caught In Subway Station Escalator

Commented Jan 31, 2014 at 11:41:22 in Canada

“TVA reported that it was the woman's hijab that got caught. I guess Yani was right.”
Enbridge Northern Gateway Approved With Conditions

Enbridge Northern Gateway Approved With Conditions

Commented Dec 19, 2013 at 17:18:04 in Canada British Columbia

“A token review panel with a flawed process and a foregone conclusion. Now our "Pro-oil" federal government will doubtless approve now that they have already gutted environmental revue and oversight budgets and wouldn't listen to those parties anyway. As long as the rich oil companies make money, the rest of us can just bend over.”
Rob Ford 'Crack' Video Scandal: Here's What We Learned Today

Rob Ford 'Crack' Video Scandal: Here's What We Learned Today

Commented Oct 31, 2013 at 16:10:56 in Canada Politics

“Rob Ford just made Stephen Harper's day.”

conductor274 on Oct 31, 2013 at 16:46:55

“I respectfully disagree. Ford is Harper's good friend. They share BBQ's and Harper helped Ford get elected as mayor. Ford is another illustration of Harper's poor political judgement. Harper supported Daniel Smith and her extremist tea bagger party in her bid to become premier of Alberta and they failed miserably. Duffy, Wallin, Brazeau and Wright were all hired by Harper. The majority of current bad actors in the political arena right now are Harper's responsibility. Ford is one more headache for Harper.”

Mr Woo on Oct 31, 2013 at 16:28:55

“Except for Steve's little problem of all those backslapping photo's when he came to down to pump up the conservative side show”
Newest Supreme Court Justice Marc Nadon Backtracks On NHL Draft Claim

Newest Supreme Court Justice Marc Nadon Backtracks On NHL Draft Claim

Commented Oct 3, 2013 at 16:33:15 in Canada Politics

“Lying sack of dog doo. Should fit right in with Harper's plans.”
CBC, Parks Canada Deal Netted $68,000 For Broadcaster, Drawing Minister's Scrutiny

CBC, Parks Canada Deal Netted $68,000 For Broadcaster, Drawing Minister's Scrutiny

Commented Sep 20, 2013 at 11:13:26 in Canada Politics

“If this is correct, it is an outrage. Can you post a source for this information?”

alphaomego on Sep 20, 2013 at 12:53:28

“I believe this was detailed in more than one story. Some of these amounts were spent (if memory serves correctly) under the first 'action plan'.”
Anti-Muslim Rant On Montreal Bus Suggests Religious Tensions Flaring (VIDEO)

Anti-Muslim Rant On Montreal Bus Suggests Religious Tensions Flaring (VIDEO)

Commented Sep 19, 2013 at 17:54:01 in Canada Politics

“Assaulted twice, once by guys in my scout group, car vandalized because the sponsor's logo had a maple leaf. The tombstones at our graveyard were vandalized because of the English names. and, while not a hate crime per se, I phoned to inquire, in French, about an apartment for rent, I was told "I don't want no English", and the person hung up. 
I would argue that Anglos in Quebec have experienced racism and systemic oppression. Really, the only point I was trying to make, is that the PQ's recent Quebec Values debate has ratcheted up the racism factor. ”

Van der Tripp on Sep 21, 2013 at 18:28:25

“Andrew, I live in Ottawa and worked in Gatineau for five years. As an allophone with a european accent, I have heard my share of idiot remarks and yes, more in Quebec than in Ontario. Still believe that is not a province wide attitude but just the normal proportion of backwater ignorants that could be found anywhere.

However what you just described is serious matter and should not be overlooked. If I may, my advice would be to promptly go to police if anything similar happens again.”

grifone coronato on Sep 19, 2013 at 22:33:09

“Ok, those are hate crimes. ”
Anti-Muslim Rant On Montreal Bus Suggests Religious Tensions Flaring (VIDEO)

Anti-Muslim Rant On Montreal Bus Suggests Religious Tensions Flaring (VIDEO)

Commented Sep 18, 2013 at 09:41:41 in Canada Politics

“"Police Reported"? Are you serious? Did this incident get reported? As an Anglophone, I have been the victim of hate crimes in Quebec. Never reported any. The official numbers prove nothing.”

seank3 on Sep 20, 2013 at 00:00:52

“smart one!!”

Van der Tripp on Sep 18, 2013 at 11:46:25

“Andrew, I am serious. I will take official stats over anecdotal evidence anyday.
 
Of course many go unreported, however that happens throughout Canada, not only in Quebec. The ratios between provinces will be unchanged.
 ”

ShanghaiedFrank on Sep 18, 2013 at 11:17:27

“... But they are all reported in other provinces ? So only Qc figures are wrong! Right?”

grifone coronato on Sep 18, 2013 at 10:17:39

“Whoa, whoa. I'm an anglo in Montreal too, but I also think it's really important not to use hyperbole and exaggeration when we are discussing minority rights in Quebec. We face discrimination, yes, but comparing our lives to those of people who experience actual racism and systemic oppression is not helpful.

Case in point: you were the victim of "hate crimes"? I'd really like to know what happened.”
Where The 1 Percent Really Get Their Money: CNBC

Where The 1 Percent Really Get Their Money: CNBC

Commented Aug 15, 2013 at 03:32:21 in Business

“What nonsense. Any serious analysis of the issue I have read clearly outlines investment income taxed at a lower rate as a major reason the wealthy pay less taxes. Another example of the new AOL Huffington Post helping the 1% get their message out?”
Pamela Wallin Audit: Senate Culture May Be To Blame For Expense Scandals, Observers Say

Pamela Wallin Audit: Senate Culture May Be To Blame For Expense Scandals, Observers Say

Commented Aug 15, 2013 at 03:21:23 in Canada Politics

“What nonsense. She is the biggest abuser EVER! She abused and go caught. Simple. So she blames he system. And why is the Huffington Post printing her excuse exactly?”

jeff johns123 on Aug 15, 2013 at 05:18:14

“Don't kill the messenger.”
Rachel Parent Debates Kevin O'Leary About GMOs (VIDEO)

Rachel Parent Debates Kevin O'Leary About GMOs (VIDEO)

Commented Aug 1, 2013 at 11:35:04 in Canada Impact

“O'Leary sounds like a lobbyist. There is a big difference between creating a hybrid plant, and injecting pesticide into the genetic makeup of a plant. We are the lab rats. And we have ever increasing levels of cancer and auto-imune diseases. I'm not saying that there is necessarily a direct link. But to blithely say the foods are safe with no long-term testing is absurd.”
Obama Calls For Review Of 'Stand Your Ground' Laws After Trayvon Martin Verdict

Obama Calls For Review Of 'Stand Your Ground' Laws After Trayvon Martin Verdict

Commented Jul 19, 2013 at 16:58:24 in Politics

“Well, I think Obama's point is a good one. If Trayvon had a gun, and Zimmerman was stalking him, and he felt threatened, then where are we? It is worth thinking about.”

Purposeful Contrarian on Jul 19, 2013 at 17:21:22

“Stalking has a definition.  Nothing that Zimmerman did could be imagined as stalking unless one has an agenda to label following as stalking for political purposes.”
Obama Calls For Review Of 'Stand Your Ground' Laws After Trayvon Martin Verdict

Obama Calls For Review Of 'Stand Your Ground' Laws After Trayvon Martin Verdict

Commented Jul 19, 2013 at 16:56:41 in Politics

“Deadly force was needed against an unarmed 16 year old?”
Rick Perry Decries 'Mob Rule' After Wendy Davis Filibuster

Rick Perry Decries 'Mob Rule' After Wendy Davis Filibuster

Commented Jul 7, 2013 at 20:07:30 in Politics

“Jefferson's metaphor of a wall of separation has been cited repeatedly by the U.S. Supreme Court. In Reynolds v. United States (1879) the Court wrote that Jefferson's comments "may be accepted almost as an authoritative declaration of the scope and effect of the [First] Amendment." In Everson v. Board of Education (1947), Justice Hugo Black wrote: "In the words of Thomas Jefferson, the clause against establishment of religion by law was intended to erect a wall of separation between church and state."[2]”
Rick Perry Decries 'Mob Rule' After Wendy Davis Filibuster

Rick Perry Decries 'Mob Rule' After Wendy Davis Filibuster

Commented Jul 7, 2013 at 19:59:09 in Politics

“The constitution also guarantees a separation of church and state, does it not? The left does not choose to allow itself to be ruled by fundamentalist Christians. There is a big difference.”

Big Daddy Bill on Jul 7, 2013 at 20:04:03

“The Constitution does NOT guarantee a separation of Church and State, only that the State cannot create a national religion as in the Church of England.”
Oh, Canada - By Andrew Nikiforuk | Foreign Policy

Oh, Canada - By Andrew Nikiforuk | Foreign Policy

Commented Jul 1, 2013 at 14:43:13 in World

“I contest the assertion that three quarters of Canadians support TAR sands development. I've never seen such a poll, and that certainly has not been the opinions I have heard.”

Old Glenridge on Jul 1, 2013 at 14:49:42

“Google for the Leger poll on the subject:

"Most respondents (72%) said they have a favourable view of developing the oilsands and think the best approach is to develop the resource while limiting the environmental impact. Support for this position is greatest in Alberta, where 85% think it's the best approach, and lowest in Quebec, where 67% are in favour."”

Old Glenridge on Jul 1, 2013 at 14:48:04

“I believe it. They have been promoting it for 50 years. A large section of the population depends on it. I know of few Canadians who are against it.”

judibluiz on Jul 1, 2013 at 14:47:10

“If they support it, then they should bear the consequences of the pipeline through their country.”
Energy East Pipeline: What You Need To Know About TransCanada's Latest Plan

Energy East Pipeline: What You Need To Know About TransCanada's Latest Plan

Commented Apr 5, 2013 at 11:12:44 in Canada Business

“Again, I am disappointed, but not surprised, that the new AOL owned Huffington Post would publish this infomercial for the oil industry. The article downplays the inevitability of a major spill, and the degradation of our air and water. Not to mention making northern Alberta look like something from a post-appocolapse movie.”

Joel Racicot on Apr 5, 2013 at 13:28:26

“Thank you for pointing out the risk of a spill. According to TransCanada's web site, the average oil spill from pipeline accidents over the past 10 years is 0.006% of all volume. Using the proposed 850000 barrels/day capacity of this pipeline alone, over a 10 year period, this would translate to 18,615 barrels or, for those of us who have difficulty visualizing barrels of oil, 2,959,785 litres of oil spilled over 10 years. That's about 740,000 windshield washer jugs.

I'm not saying it's a bad idea to do this, but just that's it's even more critical to deal with proper environmental reviews and address safety issues and response plans for when things go sideways. This government has shown that it's interested in the money, but not too concerned about the impacts of things going sideways.”
Jon Stewart Smacks Paul Krugman Over Trillion Dollar Coin: It's 'A Stupid F*cking Idea' (VIDEO)

Jon Stewart Smacks Paul Krugman Over Trillion Dollar Coin: It's 'A Stupid F*cking Idea' (VIDEO)

Commented Jan 15, 2013 at 10:53:41 in Comedy

“I think that you have that backwards. Most credible economists agree that cutting taxes will not help the economy.”
7 Environmental Charities Face Canada Revenue Agency Audits

7 Environmental Charities Face Canada Revenue Agency Audits

Commented Feb 7, 2014 at 14:21:57 in Canada Business

“I'm assuming that there will be audits of the Fraser Institute as well.”

Skepticat on Feb 11, 2014 at 10:20:07

“"I'm assuming that there will be audits of the Fraser Institute as well." - Andrew J.

Only if one believes in the healing powers of unicorns.
Skepticat.”

Douglas Sinclair on Feb 10, 2014 at 13:26:04

“LOL!”
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