Apr 9, 2013 at 08:40:04
“Your comment might have some credibility if you could explan how the current, 5 years and running, finacial crisis would have been better handled by the Liberals. Because it just wouldn't.”
tokenblackman on Apr 9, 2013 at 16:20:09
“Of course it would. The GST 2% cut alone contributes $10 billion a year to the deficit.”
Serendipity Zen on Apr 9, 2013 at 11:19:43
“For one thing they would not have cut the GST and corporate taxes.”
ProgressiveCDN on Apr 9, 2013 at 10:18:00
“Rather than be obsessed with austerity, Liberals would invest in innovation and skills training with NEW money to spur the economy and get people to work.
ALL the banking regulations that allowed Canada to weather the '08 crisis was fully because of regulations brought in by Liberal governments. And Harper demonized and blasted the Liberals the entire time they were making these regulations.... Harper has been riding Liberal fiscal coattails since '08”
the rigged election on Apr 9, 2013 at 10:00:24
Overt Enigma on Apr 9, 2013 at 09:07:23
“Sure we can - and sure it would. Here's some interesting facts:
1) It was the Liberal party that put the regulations in place that prevented banks from over investing, thereby making our economy resilient. Harper has long been in favour of deregulating the finance industry. If Harper had come to power sooner, Canada might not have weathered the financial crisis as well as we did.
2) Mortgages. In the 7+ years that the Cons have been in power (since 2006), they have raised the amortization period of mortgages from 25 to 40 years. This created the potential real-estate bubble that we are currently seeing and is what has prompted Flaherty to revert back to the 25 year amortization schedule that was put in place by the Liberal government.
The truth is, Harper is systematically destroying the Canadian economy and Canadian society - creating omnibus budget packages that include no-budgetary changes to criminal law (many of which have been struck down by the courts).
So, while you sit there and assign credit to Harper for Canada making it through the 2008 crisis, you don't recognize that the policies put into place prior to Harper are the real reason why we survived and thrived. Just take a look at the last months job index -55k lost jobs. Imagine the damage Harper would have done if he was PM sooner; imagine the damage he'll do if he is re-elected.”
second degree on Apr 9, 2013 at 08:56:53
“How about you explain why it wouldn't have been better. Lets see if a con apologist is capable of reasoned debate.”
Nov 14, 2012 at 15:05:03
“Oh yes they do. Any news outlet on earth will tell you that (and any rabid commentor will disagree with it). They are also to the left of the democrats in the US. Think for yourself, kid and don't follow leaders.”
Nov 14, 2012 at 12:14:36
“Frankly, none of your assertions hold water. The day after the US eelction, The Toronto Star, promoter of all things Liberal, gave, in their main editorial, qualified praise to the conservatives for learning to find the centre and said that if the GOP wants to get elected someday, they should to Canada's conservatives. They govern from the centre.”
greenmonk on Nov 23, 2012 at 14:53:16
“You don't know what you are talking about. Case in point: The Toronto Star you say is the "promoter of all things Liberal", which is the far right's position on ANY media that does not gush over them such as the Sun Media, (or Fox News North).
Then you defeat your assumption by revealing that they actually ARE a more balanced paper by a positive review of Harper. But as always, the wingnuts ache for the 24/7 pro-Con propaganda like viewers down South get with FAUX News. Anything less is communist.”
Jan 7, 2013 at 12:47:08
“Your comment is beyond ridiculous. They're sick to death of the government so they didn't even vote? If you care, you vote. If you don't vote, you don't count. And proportional representation will never happen, because the governing party, who usually has a majority, likes the power and won't give it away. And I'm happy that way beacuse it keeps the NDP away from the coffers. ”
Jan 4, 2013 at 12:48:49
“Question: why would anyone in a government set out to "do as much damage as possible"? It really makes your argument look silly. He may not have the same viewpoint as you, but he is doing what he and his party and their millions of supporters think is right for the country.”
DoctorHorror on Jan 4, 2013 at 14:12:26
“It is called econimcal effieciency for the rich, as they are the only ones who prosper by stripping the middle class out, and turn us into slaves.”
Jan 4, 2013 at 12:43:58
“Man, that is a stupid argument. He did get 39% of those that voted. You have no idea of the wishes of those that didn't vote, but I would wager that if they were unhappy with the status quo they'd vote. In any case, if you don't vote, you don't count. And, in a representative democracy, we run 304 races for seats in parliament. The winnners of those races get to form the government. Your '25%' comment won't hold water with anyone.”
Harry Nuggets on Jan 4, 2013 at 12:57:16
“Actually it does hold water with some of us, you're right that those who did not vote made a decision and that in that regard the Conservatives won a majority of votes cast. But for the Conservatives to be consistently harping over their majority and thus mandate every time anyone questions the use of omnibus bills is flat out B.S. The system is in major need of overhaul, all you're really saying is that the Cons won the majority of votes in a dysfunctional electoral system. That's very different in substance from saying the majority of Canadians support either the party or their leader.”
Machine Head on Jan 4, 2013 at 12:53:46
“The wishes of those who didn`t vote was pretty clear; they`re sick to death of BS right-wing politics and have a feeling of complete and utter frustration. 39% of the 54% that voted is approx. 25%. When Canada grows up and institutes a proportional representation election system we may have a true democracy. until then, it is rigged.”
Dec 5, 2012 at 12:02:48
“Well, he's not going away is he? And apparently the legal apparatus in place makes that OK. Tell ya what, if you want him gone, maybe you'll get a chance to vote for that. But the 'palace coup' route seems to be not working, and it just makes people like you look like you don't like democracy.”
Swing Left on Dec 5, 2012 at 17:48:30
“He was found guilty, there's no "coup" there drama man.”
Overt Enigma on Dec 5, 2012 at 12:17:36
“Nice! You cry like babies about the judicial system being undemocratic (which you're very wrong about if you take the time to find out), but when the law works in your interest, "justice was served".
You're probably the last person who can credibly accuse someone of not liking "democracy". Truth is, Ford needs to go. If you're feeling really good about his chances now, just remember that he is up against potential election act charges in February. And yes, all of these things indeed have to do with the DEMOCRATIC process. Something you should probably learn about if you're going to use it to support your already weakened position.”
Nov 15, 2012 at 07:47:22
“Let me guess. You are a man.”
Lapetus on Nov 15, 2012 at 19:42:59
“And your point is what exactly?
We have allowed woman to forgo taking responsibility for their actions long enough don't you think. There's no reason for any woman to need an abortion. We have several 100% effective methods of birth control, there's also an operation that's pretty effective in preventing pregnacy & lastly abstinence.
Woman don't seen to have any problems getting their drivers license renewed. why is it they continue to get pregnant when they don't want a child. Everyone else must take responsibility for their actions, including the man who must pay child support when the woman decides he no longer fits the bill.”
Nov 14, 2012 at 15:02:08
“Looser gun laws protect people who aren't criminals from being made into criminals simply becasue they have a gun. I think the point is that our gun laws are fine the way they are. Remember, 2 billion later, the gun registry never saved a single life. But it made ya feel good didn't it?”
Nov 14, 2012 at 10:03:10
“Translation: I'm a Liberal and I hate the Conservatives for no reason other than they are not Liberal. You should get your opinions from like, your mind, not he Liberal party - they are the ones spoon feeding you. Because if you look around, we're doing fantastic, and it certainly wouldn't be any better if the other guys were in charge.”
Tony frm Banff on Nov 14, 2012 at 12:02:31
“We are doing fantastic? Get over it....7.4% unemployment, and thats only.5% better then the USA and they have a population 100 times bigger.
Liberals in power had 8 consecutive balanced budgets, the country was much better under the Liberals.
Pull the wool up off your head, your a sheep to Mr harper! Come see the light!”
ProgressiveCDN on Nov 14, 2012 at 11:20:24
“If the GST were at %7, and billions was not being wasted on unnecessary jails. Our deficit would not be $26B. These Cons have no idea how to handle the economy. They're just wasting tax dollars on propaganda and jails, while they slash environment Canada and fire scientists in the name of austerity... it's pathetic”
Liz Wilson 2 on Nov 14, 2012 at 11:05:03
“we are still coasting on the repution and good will of a long history as an honorable country. that is quickly being eroded.
We are also not able to get a real accounting from this government who treat the office of Paige with the same distain they treat the parliment, the environment, and the people of Canada”
Nov 14, 2012 at 10:00:22
“Then you should vote Conservative. They are the only party of the centre right now.”
ProgressiveCDN on Nov 14, 2012 at 11:12:06
“HAHA! Right, because slashing Environment Canada, wasting billions on new jails and working to further criminalize marijuana and put minimum sentances on children is just SO centrist!... what a joke!”
Nov 14, 2012 at 08:30:48
“So I guess your answer to the subject of the article is that you don'tlike any of them. But if you can't see the evidence before your eyes, that millions live to their 80's, 90's and beyond, eating meat regularly, like my mom, her mom and the whole history of mankind, I really can't help you. You've been brainwashed.”
Imma Okay on Nov 14, 2012 at 08:56:49
“I've been brainwashed? Hahahaha, please, you are the one who believes the Got Milk Ads.
Again, anecdotal evidence does not count. My grandpa was a heavy smoker, and died at 101. That doesn't mean smoking is good.
Which isn't even the point. It's not about living longer, it's about being healthy, especially during the last years of your life. You're the one who should take a look around and realize that many very common diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and certain forms of cancer are a direct consequence of meat and animal product consumption. There is plenty of evidence that that is the case, despite the huge amounts of money that the meat and dairy industry have spent to try to suppress it.
If you want to keep putting poison into your body, and abusing animals and the environment while you're at it, go ahead. I just hope you don't have or plan on having kids, because you're not doing much to make the world a better place for them.”
Nov 13, 2012 at 12:48:39
“The original argument is that eating meat is unhealthy. And that is untrue. You cannot attribute lower lifespans and higher rates of heart disease, diabetes and osteoporosis simply to meat. BTW, osteporosis is due to a lack of calcium, which is found in dairy products. And there may be a few olympians that are veg/vegan, but to really perform, you need the protein of meat (and you know it). Finally, put out a plate with 200 calories of broccoli. It will be massive and unedible, and I would say I would prefer meat, and yes, meat is more filling, but cheese is the best.”
Nov 13, 2012 at 08:04:16
“Well, my mom has a circle of friends that are all in their 80's, and they're still kicking. And hey, most of the world eats meat everyday. And oh, yeah, how many olympian medalists are vegetarian? All healthy, all meat eaters. In fact, the obesity epidemic in North America was not caused by meat, but by cheap carbs. To say " No food that contains animal products is healthy" is simply, and verifiably, untrue.”
Imma Okay on Nov 13, 2012 at 08:31:50
“Most of the world eats meat every day - true, and countries with the highest meat and dairy consumption also have lower lifespans and higher rates of heart disease, diabetes and osteoporosis.
There's quite a few vegan and vegetarian Olympic medalists, athletes, and also vegan bodybuilders around. Eating meat has very detrimental effects in the long run, which become increasingly evident as athletes become too old to compete.
And obesity is not caused by meat? Really? Which is more filling, 200 cal of broccoli or 200 cal of meat?
And animal products are not healthy as they all contain bad stuff, whether it's cholesterol, high amounts of saturated fats, or even just highly acidic animal protein that forces the body to leach calcium.