Perhaps we can just shut down the Senate for 10 years and send the senators home on a leave of absence. Even if we continued to give them full pay, we'd still be financially further ahead. Since they'd be on hiatus for a decade, there would be no expense claims, no travel claims and few office expenses.
David Martin is a lawyer by training and a retired federal public servant. He is now a full-time writer of short humour and political satire whose work can be found at davespoliticalsatire.
blogspot.ca. Dave has been writing op-ed pieces and humorous essays for more than 25 years and his work has appeared on the op-ed pages of most major North American daily newspapers. He is also the author of My Friend W, a collection of his political satire published in 2005 by Arriviste Press; Dare to be Average, a collection of his humour pieces published in 2010 by Lulu.com; Screams & Whispers, a collection of his humour pieces published in 2013 by CreateSpace and King Donald I, a collection of his political satire published in 2016 by CreateSpace. His most recent collection of political satire is entitled Donnie’s First Year and is available on Amazon.com and Amazon.ca.
I was surprised to receive an envelope in the mail from Canada Post informing me that our neighborhood would be converting to so-called community mailboxes next year. Having read the odd news item about their latest plan, I guess I shouldn't have been surprised but maybe I was simply in denial. Maybe I couldn't believe that Canada Post would do something this outrageous and arbitrary.
07/14/2015 12:21 EDT
The NBA and Stanley Cup finals apparently gave Republican Party officials an idea. As the list of declared Republican presidential candidates approaches the number of qualifying teams in a professiona...
07/10/2015 11:56 EDT
I suspect that millions of Americans have a deep distrust of government in general and their own government in particular. While they go about their daily business like the citizens of most advanced nations, they always harbour a fear that "the government" (in one form or another) is going to take their property, suppress their rights or maybe even imprison them.
06/24/2015 12:29 EDT
It's hard to watch as year after year Canadian-based teams fall by the wayside. This year is particularly hard to take as undeserving fans in some southern, hockey-less city might end up celebrating the winning of what is supposed to be a Canadian trophy.
06/03/2015 05:19 EDT
There's something about Bernie Sanders that appeals to me. I figure that any American who's a self-described socialist and yet a twice-elected senator must have something going for him. So I took a closer look at his positions on the issues of the day and found that basically Bernie is America's Canadian candidate.
05/29/2015 09:34 EDT
In anticipation of the next federal election, the Conservatives launched an ad campaign last September with the less-than-inspiring slogan, "We're better off with Harper." No expression of grand ideas for Canada. No glorious visions for our national future.
05/19/2015 12:57 EDT
A government with a hate-on for its workers doesn't just go after those still employed; it also revels in undermining the security of its former workers: us retirees.This year has seen the implementation of an additional $500 payment for my healthcare plan. Despite protests from our retirees association and from the unions, the government effectively broke our contract and unilaterally imposed the extra charge.
04/10/2015 05:37 EDT
It's perhaps understandable that folks in Toronto have seasonal confusion. After all, while the rest of us welcome spring, Torontonians think it must be autumn as once again the Leafs fall. The Maple...
03/24/2015 05:21 EDT
It's been clear for some time now that television network news is no longer solely populated by journalists. It's not for nothing that the coined word infotainment has gained currency. In an atmosphere like that, is it any wonder that news correspondents become news personalities who in turn become Hollywood stars?
03/20/2015 01:27 EDT
Where once we took pride in turning out engineers, architects, doctors, accountants and lawyers who built bridges, buildings and companies and helped better and even save lives, now we venerate those whose single pursuit is great wealth. It's hard to see what purpose Wall Street quants and click-driven Web virologists serve except to further the notion that all that matters is money.
02/23/2015 01:08 EST
They're written by idiots for idiots. Well, they're not exactly written by idiots because the writers are clever enough to create a headline that gets us to click on it like Pavlovian dogs. But there's little doubt that we, the readers, are not the sharpest clickers on the keyboard.
02/09/2015 12:48 EST
When you face the possibility of four rounds of playoff games, you better be prepared and you better be in shape. I started my training last January right after the Patriots lost the AFC Championship game to the Denver Broncos. I knew that in order to make it all the way to the Super Bowl this year, I had to change my game plan. No longer could I allow myself to be fully emotionally invested in every game. I had to learn to pace myself.
02/01/2015 10:39 EST
I worked in the Canadian federal government for over 25 years so I thought I was schooled and up-to-date in management jargon. After all, during my quarter century in the bureaucracy, I had to deal wi...
01/18/2015 12:54 EST
Many years ago, when my daughter Sarah was a four-year-old, 35-pound dynamo, her every third sentence was "Why?". I expected that, of course. I'd read all the parenting books and seen all the instruct...
01/13/2015 10:41 EST
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01/07/2015 05:48 EST
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12/07/2014 10:49 EST
The 75-year sentence handed down to convicted cop killer Justin Bourque has reignited the debate over the death penalty in Canada. Some are satisfied with what effectively will be a life sentence without parole for Mr. Bourque. Others think it's not enough and would like to see him executed. But is bringing back the death penalty the answer? The issue then becomes, how do we distinguish between murderers who can be rehabilitated and those who won't or can't?
11/05/2014 12:49 EST
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10/20/2014 08:16 EDT
I might be betraying my demographic but I think it's time we seniors started asking for less. For years now, those in the over-60 age group have been making out like bandits while the younger generations struggle to make ends meet. Unlike in years past, there are now relatively few seniors in developed nations suffering in poverty. The iconic image of an aging widow living on cat food is today largely a myth. Older folks, for the most part, live comfortable lives.
10/07/2014 12:39 EDT
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