Dec 2, 2013 at 21:52:11
“Your comments are priceless, really. Mulcair is not a "socialist" - where did you come up with that? Mulcair's attitude towards the RCMP was largely third-party anecdotal and interpretive. Did you hear it personally? Do you have a recording? Harper pulls the "kind of obvious classicism" as you put it, of having a chauffeur-driven limousine with plates that identify the car as being from 24 Sussex Drive. Would you give attitude to YOUR boss Pffffft? Your calling Justin "a humbled individual" is the biggest laugh I have had all day!!! :D”
Nov 3, 2013 at 07:34:08
“I'm sorry... what do you base this opinion on? What Liberal government in the past 40 years has not been the tool of its leader? Pierre Trudeau? John Turner? Jean Chretien? Paul Martin? The evolution of centralizing power in the PMO - the main problem we are dealing with today in case your attention wavered - started with Pierre Trudeau. Only Mulroney scaled it back a bit but it came back with a vengeance under Chretien. Better bone up on your Canadian Parliamentary history because what you have written here is opinion based on your personal feelings but unsupported by any facts. There is absolutely nothing to indicate that JT would be any different because the LPC is no different. Interim leaders Stéphane Dion and Michael Ignatieff demonstrated that so clearly that the electorate reduced the Libs to the rump they are today. Since the 60's they have stood for nothing other than power for its own sake. Show me one example since the Pearson era where that is not the case.”
Rick Papineau on Nov 3, 2013 at 11:02:12
“So, you're suggesting that when Chretien was in power, he didn't allow Martin free rein in Finance? Are you suggesting that Chretien didn't listen to his party when the time came for Martin to take over? Do I agree with you that power has become more and more centralized in recent decades? Of course... but never before has Canada's government been intentionally branded anything other than the Government of Canada.
I'm not a Liberal supporter, but the present PM is the most authoritarian in history (I think we agree on that point) and far more controlling than any Liberal PM has been (I think we also agree on that).”
Oct 26, 2013 at 10:38:47
“Yes, Rob is certainly a towering intellect in the Conservative caucus. His brain is so magnificent, uses so much energy, that he must frequently shut down to recharge it. Most people mistake this process as 'snoozing' or 'dozing off' in the House.”
Oct 24, 2013 at 10:22:15
“"(It's) designed to appease the party faithful before the Conservative party convention at the end of the month. It is intended to intimidate, not only me but others in this chamber. It is about political expediency, to get rid of someone it considers to be a political liability.''
This really says it all. Harpo's tin-pot dictatorship may fall.”
Oct 23, 2013 at 02:57:25
“Well the only truly "liberal" Liberal government in my lifetime was that of Lester Pearson, probably the most under-rated PM in our history. But that was a long, long time ago, and most people alive today never heard of him since we don't teach Canadian history in our primary and secondary schools in this country.”
Oct 18, 2013 at 12:24:03
“Interesting and puzzling since Justin really hasn't said or done anything. Just blowing smoke. No policy. No perceptible difference from Harper. Just a pretty face. In an empty suit.
Are we Canadians really that shallow? Or is it desperation mixed with fear of the unknown?”
Rick Papineau on Oct 18, 2013 at 15:01:04
“Perhaps the difference is the approach to governance? The LPC would be the government of Canada, as opposed to what we have now - theHarperGovernment. One would work with his caucus. The other tells his caucus what they are going to do.
Would one be better than the other? Not necessarily, but what Harper has done to Canada wouldn't be hard to improve upon.”
Kirbycairo on Oct 18, 2013 at 13:16:54
“No opposition parties ever give out big policy ideas two years out from an election. Any careful attention payed to the history of elections in this country will demonstrate that. Furthermore, we have become a country of little legislative substance and lots of image. In the 2006 election the Conservatives had very little policy to speak of. They basically ran on a motto of "We are not the Liberals." And the in the 2008 election the Tories refused to even publish a platform until about a week before the election and only then because public pressure forced them to. And when they did it said almost nothing.
As someone wiser than I once said, elections in Canada are lost, not won.
Harper has now reached the point of voter exhaustion and, though I am not a Liberal, I suggest that all Trudeau has to do at this point is look good, make no huge errors, and smile a lot, and he will be the next PM.”
Warren Yuill on Oct 18, 2013 at 13:12:49
“What it is, is a liberal dominated media crafting each and every story that hit the news to the liberals favour.
I'm not a paranoid case but when I watch CBC news coverage of any political story the bias is unmistakable.
Take the coverage of the throne speech.
The throne speech is nothing more than a rough agenda layed out by the government of the day.
The details of such, come when the budget is dropped.
The CBC had made predictions, based upon government leaks, that the throne speech was going to be a shopping list of consumer friendly giveaways.
Roaming fees TV channels ect.
And they attacked the governments efforts as an attempt to change the channel away from the senate scandal.
Turns out it was a policy opus.
Every relevant issue of the day addressed with the governments position and course of action stated.
For the entire country.
In an hour long speech.
Lots of red meat.
The CBC staff reporters Mansbridge Solomon ect were caught completely flat footed.
And complained about the length of the speech... and the lack of details.
And didn't have one good thing to say about the governments direction.
Only that it failed to change the channel.
When I was watching , I couldn't help but wonder what somebody from another country who was watching would think about this coverage.
Cause there was simply so much offered in the speech.”
Fleurdelil on Oct 18, 2013 at 12:52:26
“To answer your last question first: If it was "fear of the unknown" wouldn't everyone be rooting for Harper instead of Justin? After all he has been the governing party for the past so many years and everyone "knows" him.
If you think it's shallow to look for someone fresh and new and has new ideas, and has not thrown them about so Harper can make the ideas his own, then I'd rather be shallow and vote for Justin and the Liberals.
Harper and his hypocracies are coming home to roost - Pamela Wallin, the F A T P I G Mike Duffy, and God alone knows who else are all going to implode very soon.”
RJcan on Oct 18, 2013 at 12:48:37
“Or possibly desperate fear of the known, as in, fear of what we have known for the last several years with Harper as PM.”
progressivebeat on Oct 18, 2013 at 12:41:41
“He's not Harper and for most Canadians that's good enough right now. We're sick of all the electoral scandals and him running like a coward from accountability, shutting down Parliament and appointing thieving Senators.
Besides, there’s no point in releasing an election platform before an election because Harper will just steal from it, like he just did with the NDP. He has no ideas of his own to help the middle class. He only cares about big business.”
Aug 28, 2013 at 12:31:40
“Just wait until he becomes Prime Minister and you will see his Harper side. Pierre became our Richard Nixon and Chretien became our Clinton-Bush. Policy that is done is rarely undone. Cons and Libs are two sides of the same coin just like the Dems and Repubs down south.”
Jason Bullock on Aug 28, 2013 at 13:24:59
“At this point, he would have to work very hard to be as horrible as Harper...”
Aug 27, 2013 at 14:03:46
“Not surprised because much of the Canadian populace like their media are shallow, two-dimensional thinkers, as they have been trained to be. That is why we get the government we deserve rather than the one the country needs.”
Punned It on Aug 27, 2013 at 19:49:41
“Those who vote on the left tend to favour science, knowledge and logic. Those who vote on the right tend to favour ideology.
The problem with Ignatieff was not that he didn't know his stuff, but that he didn't know how to appeal to people's emotions. Trudeau has both, and that is going to win him a lot of votes.”
heyoka on Aug 27, 2013 at 17:26:51
“You can say that, perhaps with some justification, but compared with most political debate down here in the United States your tone of debate seems somewhat elevated.
Not necessarily a cpompliment except by comparison.”
Lander416 on Aug 27, 2013 at 15:24:05
“I don't believe that because I deserve better than the yahoos we have right now. We have not gotten this crowd because of the 60+% that voted against them, but the one dimensional thinking 30% that's against any evidence based policy.”
Jul 30, 2013 at 09:17:10
“The next Kim Campbell...”
Winevqa on Jul 30, 2013 at 13:04:44
“Spot on, she was the sucker set up to protect their current fair haired boy, Jean Charest. What a joke, they lost the election and they lost Charest.”
Judi Pavlovszky on Jul 30, 2013 at 12:03:43
“Probably. Going into a leadership role when the party has been in power for two terms is almost a guarantee of political suicide. Look at Kim Campbell, John Turner and to a lesser extent Paul Martin.”
“For the love of God why can't we just build and enjoy our country without this constant angst about what the neighbours may be thinking? We know that the United States is the source of most of our mediocre television, our biggest trading partner and like many other countries in the world we jump when they snap their fingers. Proximity is either our gift or our curse (probably a little of both). It's summer - enjoy it.”