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Harper Named 2012 World Statesman By U.S. Foundation

Harper Named 2012 World Statesman By U.S. Foundation

Commented Sep 11, 2012 at 22:39:16 in Canada Politics

“The most ignorable 'news' I've seen lately. Not even worth finishing this p”
Sovereign Credit Rating: Canada To Be Among Tiny Elite To Keep AAA Status, Citibank Says

Sovereign Credit Rating: Canada To Be Among Tiny Elite To Keep AAA Status, Citibank Says

Commented Aug 27, 2012 at 17:31:00 in Canada Business

“Let's un-spin this story: As both federal and provincial Governments continue to off-load fiscal responsibility, we can expect to see levels of public debt stabilize as personal debt skyrockets, right?”

sunnyokanagan on Aug 28, 2012 at 04:14:59

“F&F
Let me be your first fan for your simple description of what RepubliHarpercanism is all about. Privatize profit and download any fiscal consequences onto the public.”
Bilingual Benefits: Is It Worth The Trouble Of Learning French Anymore?

Bilingual Benefits: Is It Worth The Trouble Of Learning French Anymore?

Commented Jul 6, 2012 at 10:52:22 in Canada Living

“I'm not talking about the language skills of individual Quebecers. The Province of Quebec's language policy is Official Unilingualism. This is offensive to me given the incredible amount of taxpayer funding of Canada's policy of Official Bilingualism. I have expressed no beef whatsoever with the people of Quebec. But, I often wonder how many English Immersion programs there are in PQ schools.”

sgillhoolley on Aug 9, 2012 at 08:50:46

“How much French do you get outside of Quebec? I lived in Toronto for years and I saw neither hide nor hair of it. As Baizhongtang said, there are more bilinguals in Quebec than any other province, so don't you think this is an example of the pot calling the kettle black? How easy is it for a Francaphone to be serviced in French in Calgary or Winnipeg?”
Bilingual Benefits: Is It Worth The Trouble Of Learning French Anymore?

Bilingual Benefits: Is It Worth The Trouble Of Learning French Anymore?

Commented Jul 6, 2012 at 10:45:39 in Canada Living

“I've said nothing against speaking more than one language. Being multilingual is a benefit to both brain and pocketbook. My criticism is political in nature. Official Bilingualism is a waste of money. Late-entry French Immersion serves to strip regular classrooms of peer leaders, leaving them filled with special needs students and male energy. Enrichment with a different name.”

Mary Newland on Jul 6, 2012 at 12:14:56

“Nonsense. I have never found this to be the case. This doesn't have any "political" nature to it. I went to school where French along with Latin was required. Later in life returned to language school...just because. Since when are students plucked from the classroom leaving only special needs kids...?? I believe they are in remedial classrooms anyway...and probably sucking up the French language faster than anyone else having no mental blocks about it ;-)”
Bilingual Benefits: Is It Worth The Trouble Of Learning French Anymore?

Bilingual Benefits: Is It Worth The Trouble Of Learning French Anymore?

Commented Jul 5, 2012 at 02:27:30 in Canada Living

“The advantage that speaking French gives those in the market for a job in Canada is completely artificial, a political benefit created as a result of the incredibly expensive policy of official bilingualism. An unfair advantage paid for by the hard-earned tax dollars of all Canadians. Bilingualism has for 145 years mainly benefited a UNILINGUAL province (which has the gall to call itself a 'Nation'). And as for French Immersion and it's funding through the public education system - don't get me started ...”

sgillhoolley on Aug 9, 2012 at 08:48:31

“Tell me, are artificial benefits a bad thing? Should we be more like the USA, which has a large Spanish population but refuses to acknowledge the importance of Spanish to their country? My son is going into grade 1 in a French Immersion school in the English school system in Montreal. In both grade 1 and 2 it is 100% French. We teach him to read English at home. By grade 3 he will be completely fluent in French and English, and I will start teaching him Japanese. Oh yeah, he also takes Hebrew lessons on Sundays.”

Cat LoevenbruckNovak on Jul 8, 2012 at 21:35:37

“Quebec is NOT unilingual.”

baizhongtang on Jul 5, 2012 at 18:14:52

“Wow, I'm not even gonna address the inherent chauvinism in your comments, I think most reasonable readers will simply disregard your opinion.

But calling Quebec unilingual is simply outrageous...all things being equal, more Quebecers are bilingual when compared to other Canadians...

What's your beef with francophones anyway? Are you trying to revive Alliance Quebec? Or are you just one of those people that believe that the whole world should just learn English and forget about their own heritage?”

PeaceG on Jul 5, 2012 at 09:05:31

“Fortunately, views such as yours are not that common anymore. Most folks understand that learning a language is just another skill you need to acquire to get a job - with the added benefit that it improves your travel experience, broadens your cultural knowledge, and makes it easier to learn more languages.”
Global Innovation Index 2012: Canada Drops Out Of Top 10

Global Innovation Index 2012: Canada Drops Out Of Top 10

Commented Jul 3, 2012 at 20:00:46 in Canada Business

“Korea, eh? A Nation of Clones, but very innovative. I wish we could goose-step in line like them.”
Global Innovation Index 2012: Canada Drops Out Of Top 10

Global Innovation Index 2012: Canada Drops Out Of Top 10

Commented Jul 3, 2012 at 19:53:07 in Canada Business

“You are so right! Harper is a indeed a har.”
Canada Income Inequality: StatsCan Cuts Will Harm Ability To Understand Wage Gap, Observers Fear

Canada Income Inequality: StatsCan Cuts Will Harm Ability To Understand Wage Gap, Observers Fear

Commented Jun 25, 2012 at 20:31:07 in Canada Business

“Where's the Voice of the Right here? Not one single counter-argument! No word from the Country Club set ... Too busy feathering their nests, eh?”

CJToronto on Jun 25, 2012 at 22:35:24

“Although I'm sure it doesn't apply to the pundits who tr0ll the web on a daily basis, I'm starting to get the impression that even a lot of conservatives are becoming uneasy with this government. I think the reality is setting in, that even after 10+ years of the "conservative" label, this party is really nothing more than Reform, under a different name. Some, who supported the old PC's, were simply lulled into thinking that if you've seen one Conservative Party, you've seen 'em all.

And that's clearly not the case.”
Joyce Murray Liberal Leadership Bid Announced: MP Calls For Co-Operation With NDP, Greens

Joyce Murray Liberal Leadership Bid Announced: MP Calls For Co-Operation With NDP, Greens

Commented Nov 26, 2012 at 20:12:15 in Canada Politics

“This is a no-brainer: Power can be shared. Women lead in this area. Damn The Hierarchy, let's collaborate!”

Whitey McWhite on Nov 27, 2012 at 16:51:00

“Speaking of no brains "Women lead in this area." And you know that because... I hate when people act like if only women ran the world there would be no war or greedy or corruption. P.s. women are never going to lead the world”
Quebec Language Rules: Brands To Fight Government Over French Signs

Quebec Language Rules: Brands To Fight Government Over French Signs

Commented Nov 20, 2012 at 20:15:47 in Canada Business

“Agreed. I'd be re-bilingualized in a matter of months. If it made any sense to do so, I would.”

Liban CZ on Nov 21, 2012 at 12:53:05

“I actually met some people from Quebec,who speak french, but are almost ashamedof this and keep on blabbing in english,and that is sad.Keep it on. I do not mean you.”
Quebec Language Rules: Brands To Fight Government Over French Signs

Quebec Language Rules: Brands To Fight Government Over French Signs

Commented Nov 20, 2012 at 10:28:53 in Canada Business

“I was bilingual Anglais/French as a kid but have had no need for french fluency as an adult. I'm now back to 'cereal box' french.”

Liban CZ on Nov 20, 2012 at 10:32:57

“it is stored, in your brain, dig it out.”
Quebec Language Rules: Brands To Fight Government Over French Signs

Quebec Language Rules: Brands To Fight Government Over French Signs

Commented Nov 18, 2012 at 12:30:48 in Canada Business

“Another in a series of pathetic efforts to prop up a quaint little tongue.”

feuille derable on Nov 18, 2012 at 13:13:42

“un ami?”

jteschke on Nov 18, 2012 at 12:54:10

“no hablo ingles!”

Liban CZ on Nov 18, 2012 at 12:44:19

“do you speak ANY other language?”
Iran Uses Quebec To Deflect Canada's Human Rights Criticism

Iran Uses Quebec To Deflect Canada's Human Rights Criticism

Commented Oct 22, 2012 at 20:00:21 in Canada Politics

“If a free and open society were to apply your Standard of Mutual Immpeccability as a precondition to discourse and dissent, no-one would be talking anymore. Brave New World: everybody Shaddup and mind your own business.”
Iran Uses Quebec To Deflect Canada's Human Rights Criticism

Iran Uses Quebec To Deflect Canada's Human Rights Criticism

Commented Oct 22, 2012 at 19:51:43 in Canada Politics

“Nadini also needs to fact-check prior to sounding off: What PQ separatists want is not independence. Sovereigntists want cultural and political separation while the rest of Canada continues to pay the bills. You can think what you want about Baird, but this time I think: BRAVO!”
Will Debates Teach Canadian Politicos the Value of Sass?

Will Debates Teach Canadian Politicos the Value of Sass?

Commented Oct 17, 2012 at 12:51:41 in Canada Politics

“Oh please! Americans (and Canadians) are fascinated by these debates because they are an entertaining distraction that allows them to believe that they live in a participatory democracy. 21st Century Gladiators. More Bread and Circuses.”
PQ Take Down Canadian Flag As Pauline Marois Takes Oath In Quebec Legislature

PQ Take Down Canadian Flag As Pauline Marois Takes Oath In Quebec Legislature

Commented Sep 17, 2012 at 20:03:11 in Canada Politics

“The Language Chauvinists are back. No more transfer payments! Let them have their merde and eat it, too.”
How You Can Positively Re-Enforce The Mentally Ill

How You Can Positively Re-Enforce The Mentally Ill

Commented Aug 28, 2012 at 07:25:22 in Canada Living

“While this article addresses Stigma quite positively, I have to take issue with the use of the term Consumer in this context. The underlying assumption that persons with mental illness can choose their mode of treatment. Our Mental health system rarely offers choices due to constrained resources. Add to this the elevated levels of disenfranchisement that a significant portion of the mental health population faces. As an advocate you are likely well-acquainted with people who feel that Mental Illness is consuming them. A Patient is a Patient. 'Consumer' is a lame, PC term in this context. Just my opinion.”
Senator's Wife Charged For Airplane Disturbance

Senator's Wife Charged For Airplane Disturbance

Commented Aug 24, 2012 at 20:21:19 in Canada Politics

“That's it! The Pet peeves are so petty that, next time I fly, I will adopt all 10 and if someone is peeved they can kiss my coin-slot.”
How Women Use Sex as a Weapon

How Women Use Sex as a Weapon

Commented Jul 9, 2012 at 21:12:00 in Canada Living

“The urge to copulate is a monkey-brain instinct. Nobody 'needs' to have sex; we just really really want to have sex sometimes. What kind of fulfillment is there in making lust with someone who doesn't really feel like it? 'Let's do it!' 'OK, I guess, if you want' -- what a turn-off.”
Part 1: It's Time Ontario Helps Individuals, Not Unions

Part 1: It's Time Ontario Helps Individuals, Not Unions

Commented Jul 2, 2012 at 12:16:20 in Canada

“This is Union-busting. This is a jackboot on the Voice of Dissent. It almost reads like a sarcastic parody of rightwing rhetoric. Almost.”
Why I Love Canada: Even City Girls Feel at Home in a Canoe

Why I Love Canada: Even City Girls Feel at Home in a Canoe

Commented Jul 1, 2012 at 01:41:10 in Canada

“Wonderful article! Kirk Wipper would love this. Thank you.”
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I Was a City Slicker Humbled By The Rockies

Commented Jun 25, 2012 at 20:15:28 in Canada Travel

“I'm so happy that urban life has not squeezed the Humanity out of you and you are still able to feel the pure awe through which we connect with nature. Homo Sapiens are part of nature, always have been. And City Folk who, unlike you, don't get a shiver up their back when experiencing the sheer beauty of our natural world, are acting like Klingons, eh?”

hp blogger Samantha Kemp-Jackson on Jun 25, 2012 at 23:56:04

“James - I don't think ANYONE could visit Banff and not be astounded by its beauty. It was truly spectacular and "awesome" in the true sense of the world. Yes, us "city slickers" may often present a tough exterior and knowing swagger but at the root of it all, many of us just haven't been exposed to the beauty of nature that exists in our world. When we ARE presented with the magnificence of nature, we are often humbled, as I was, by its sheer grandeur. We just need the opportunity to actually see it. And yes - those who don't get a shiver up their backs when approaching the Rockies are indeed acting like Klingons ;)”
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Why I'm Pulling An All-Nighter To Disrupt Bill C-38

Commented Jun 13, 2012 at 20:15:48 in Canada Politics

“Thanks to all for listening to Canadians. I hope that Elizabeth May will be able to speak in her eloquent, convincing way.
I trust that there's a caravan heading to Ottawa from the streets of Montreal. Surround Parliament. Deliver the message of dissent to Harper and his pals.”