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February 4, 2009



Budget office will be ‘crippled’ by cuts

Tories will cut funds by one-third after two critical reports. The Parliamentary Budget Office, source of two reports this year that have been critical of the government, is about to have its annual operating budget frozen, despite promises to boost it.

The Parliamentary Budget Office is a creation of the Conservative government through its Federal Accountability Act and is supposed to provide independent analysis of the government’s economic and fiscal position.

The first budget officer, Kevin Page, has published two major reports since starting his job in March, including one in early November that suggested Canada’s finances were about to go into deficit. At that time, Prime Minister Stephen Harper was insisting such a conclusion was premature.

But Page’s biggest clash has been with his bureaucratic boss, William Young, the parliamentary librarian. Young has insisted that since Page reports to him, Page ought to publish his work through the Library of Parliament. The Library of Parliament does not normally release the information or research it prepares for MPs. Page, on the other hand, believes that it is a fundamental part of his job to make his reports available to the public and to MPs.

This year, the Library of Parliament’s budget, to be allocated by Young, is about $40 million. Of that, just $1.9 million is set aside to operate the Parliamentary Budget Office.

Page’s budget next year was to increase to $2.6 million, money Page needs to hire more staff to respond to MPs’ requests for economic research. Canwest News Service has learned that Page’s budget has been frozen.

“That will cripple us,” said a source close to the budget office.

Officials with the government tried to distance themselves from the decision.

“The Government of Canada has no control over the budget of the PBO,” said a spokesman for Jay Hill, the Government House leader.

“All recognized political parties are represented on the board and their decisions are made by consensus and are confidential,” said Hill’s spokesman.

Neither Young nor Page returned telephone messages left Thursday.

Both of the major reports Page’s office has published could be seen to be critical of the government. Opposition parties relied heavily on both reports to attack the government.

“He knows his stuff. He’s got a good team. He’s not being partisan. He’s being honest,” said Liberal finance critic Scott Brison.

The first report, published in the middle of the election campaign, examined the costs of the Afghanistan mission. Page calculated that the full cost of the mission will be about $18.1 billion by 2011, but he said it was difficult to get an accurate accounting of that mission because the government was neither consistent nor transparent when it came to maintaining financial records.

In November, Page published his first major economic and fiscal assessment. It came out a few weeks before Finance Minister Jim Flaherty tabled his fiscal update that provoked the current political crisis in Ottawa. Among other things, the budget officer concluded that the federal government was, in all likelihood, heading for a deficit next year.
MEANWHILE IN OTTAWA TOO – The federal ombudsman for victims of crime has belatedly put out his first annual report – as he nears the end of his second year in office. The glossy, 14-page booklet, quietly tabled Wednesday in the House of Commons, showed ombudsman Steve Sullivan and his staff fielded roughly 500 complaints from the public in fiscal 2007-08. But it offered little analysis of how the cases were handled and provided only a bare-bones summary of policy recommendations delivered to the ombudsman’s political masters – Justice Minister Rob Nicholson and Stockwell Day, who has since been replaced by Peter Van Loan as public safety minister.
“the Conservative government’s brilliant scheme to cut pollution by taking taxpayers for a ride is  another Conservative  making of trying to buy voters with their own bus fare too”..
Alberta to provide incentives for junior energy companies  More social welfare to the corporations -Stelmach’s royalty holiday just a dressed-up tax break.  “Now the Tories are about to throw a huge chunk of cash back at junior and mid-sized oil and gas companies. They don’t call it a royalty holiday, but that’s what it will be, masquerading as a tax break. The real target in this undefined program is the banks. The Tories are deeply annoyed with them, for good reason, because they’re charging smaller oil and gas explorers a huge premium on the Bank of Canada rate. The excuse the banks use, in this government version, is that companies aren’t showing enough cash flow. Giving the companies a tax (royalty?) break will increase cash flow. Therefore, the banks will lend money to drill new wells.”
I get a really big chuckles when I  see the Conservatives still giving social welfare to the Corporations, in fact these days I cannot tell the difference between the liberals or the conservatives.. So what is the real difference between  a bad Liberal and a bad Conservative these days?
and there is certainly a lot to be said for supporting Canadian industries in the country’s time of dire economic need… but in the  “National Defence purchasing department, otherwise known as Cooked Contracts Canada.  There we find the Air Force brass diligently trying to create the appearance of a totally fair and open bidding process for $3.5 billion of new search-and-rescue aircraft. Indeed, while the government may have got away with passing out billion-dollar contracts at will during the boom times, the current economic crisis has increasingly desperate Canadian companies howling for a fair shake.”
Ottawa rewarding ridings represented by Conservative MPs,  An estimated 78 per cent of projects announced under the Building Canada Fund have gone to ridings represented by Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s ruling … is also unaccetpable..
by the way the “Conservatives still  just couldn’t resist a little gutter politics along the way. This week Casey stood in the House of Commons to speak out against party officials who lodged a complaint with the RCMP that he had stolen and/or embezzled party funds. The complaint was laid by Diana Read-Miedema, Bernard’s official agent in the campaign,  These are not allegations to be taken lightly when levied against any individual but against a man who spent his professional career as a broker in the financial services industry, they smack of an even deeper innuendo.  The RCMP did not find any evidence to justify charges and have dropped the matter. Casey says party officials knew he had returned the money involved — $30,000 in election funding — and that the complaint was nothing more than a smear against his character. He’s right, again. The Conservatives’ latest skirmish with Casey will surely end up doing more to help his reputation than to achieve their goal of tarnishing it. You’d think they would have learned by now.” bit is shows how dirty the Conservatives still rather are..
First we need still a full  review of the waste, fraud, and abuse that has plagued governmental. efforts. What is also needed is a program to remove public officials from office that take our money and spend it on their own false pet projects while many of our people still are not getting the help that they need.

Executive Salary caps

WASHINGTON — President Obama announced on Wednesday a salary cap of $500,000 for top executives at companies that receive the largest amounts of bailout money, calling the step an expression not only of fairness but of “basic common sense..  Americans definitely begrudge “executives being rewarded for failure,” especially if their earning are subsidized by taxpayers, “many of whom are having a tough time themselves,” he said.     Citigroup, Bank of America and the American International Group, General Motors and Chrysler were all facing acute problems. And top executives at those companies made far more than $500,000 in recent years.

Kenneth D. Lewis, the chief executive of Bank of America, took home more than $20 million in 2007. Of that, $5.75 million was in salary and bonuses.

Vikram S. Pandit, who became chief executive of Citigroup in December of 2007 and previously held other senior positions at the bank, made $3.1 million.

Rick Wagoner, the chief executive of General Motors, made $14.4 million, much of it in stock, options and other noncash benefits. He earned a $1.6 million salary. ”

and now about the Canadian Corporations, Senators, Premiers, Mayors, managers as well..


February 3, 2009

Known alcoholics on the job

The continual mismanagement, budget deficit, tax payer money abuses and has there been even any changes in all this really? We all  really still do need still a full  review of the waste, fraud, and abuse that has plagued governmental efforts. What is also needed is a enforced, real program to remove public officials from office that take our money and abuse it, spend it on their own false pet projects while many of our people still are not getting the help that they need. You also did notice the cops do too often still  not  practice what they preach to others they themselves still do like to speed, and how many like to drink and drive still too?

January 2004 was the start of my recent rash of my written correspondences mainly on the unacceptable  tax payers money abuses, injustices at the federal, provincial municipal levels too, as well, and it all  has specifically initially started because I had strongly, rightfully objected to anyone in the province of BC being kicked of social welfare, even if they are alcoholics, drug users… I still do rightfully and loudly  object to anyone being kicked of social welfare even in BC or elsewhere and this is still never acceptable. They all Civil and public servants, politicians, need to be regularly supervised too. That is why we need and have the auditors, News media, Opposition parties, concerned citizens to do this too.. and it still generally is not enough as we can see.
TWO OF MY PAST NEIGHBORS, MANAGERS,  WHO WORKED FOR CITY HALL OPENLY BOASTED TO ME, AND DEMONSTRATED TO ME FOR YEARS THE COMMON CORRUPTION IN THE LOCAL CITY HALL, DONE BY THEM AND MANY OF THEIR COLLEAGUES. This included their unnecessary out of town trips, their taking stuff, computer accessories,  home from the office for their own personal use, boasted of  their lavish expense accounts, of their doing personal work at the office, and much more. Why did they think that me a tax payer would approve any of such wrong doings was their error. I reported their wrong doings rightfully rather. OTHER MANAGERS OF CROWN CORORATIONS HAD ALSO OFTEN BOASTED TO ME OF THEM DOING SIMILAR THEFTS  AS WELL..
Now we had elected the new Conservatives , a new government and a leader that was supposed to be much better, different from all the so called past bad governments. A government that would be reliable, , it will be open, transparent, accountable, better managed, honest, and it would keep it’s pre-election  promises,  would not lie to us too, And next was that so in reality? NO!!! Unacceptable
The fish stinks from the head but many cut the tail of first..  Reducing, cutting of the programs to the poor and needy persons for  that seems how the governments wrongfully still do wrongfully  respond to budget cut backs,  defecits, and to the poor and needy people too now, rather than dealing still firstly with the major crooks, tax payer’s money abusers too in the government and elsewhere… 
Patrick Brazeau must have thought he had hit the jackpot last December when Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed him to the Senate. The young native leader (he is just 34) could conceivably draw a Senate salary (currently $130,000) for four decades. But with the appointment came a raft of unwanted publicity, including stories about: a charge of sexual harassment against him; questionable expense claims by the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, of which he was national chief; drinking in the office; his flashy lifestyle, including a Porsche SUV; and, this week, his occasional failure to make child-support payments. In his first Senate speech this week, Brazeau said the media stories prove he has “powerful enemies” in the “native establishment.” Maybe so. Still, one wonders whether Brazeau was the most exemplary native leader Harper could have named to the Senate. Perhaps Harper was impressed by the fact that Brazeau is a card-carrying Conservative and sided with the government against the “native establishment” in the trashing of the 2005 Kelowna accord. It would not be the first time that Harper allowed partisanship to cloud his judgment. Nor is it likely to be the last.
How many people in reality even in the civil, public services governments now  have been arrested all together  for tax evasions and tax payers money abuse now last year? How many? Anyone care to answer the question?
And speaking of the related  federal review as well, who are the high spenders last year in the federal government.. who ate at the best restaurants, traveled the most at the tax payers restaurants.. who were the drunks now too..  Politicians, and civil and public servants now included too..  (Luke 6:43 KJV)  For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
Even in our governments, history tends to repeat itself, including thefts, waste and mismanagement, deficits, and they tend not to rather get better and why?
There are also plenty of places to try to save the tax payer’s money but starting to save the tax payer’s money at the expense of the poor people and their welfare programs is not the best  way to do this, not at all the way to do it!   The governments firstly should though clearly manage better it’s civil and public servants.. and the capital expenditures. Why? Well I do also know from real  experiences that it is also the services to the poor and needy persons, those who can afford it the least, that are wrongfully cut to make up for the past budget mismanagement by Ministers, managers of the civil and public servants too in Canada’s Provinces, Municipalities too. Rather than cutting back on the governmental aid, programs to  the poor and needy persons even next  because of the government’s own unacceptable past mismanagement we all do now too need to really take another continual look at how effective our tax dollars are always all of being used by the civil and public servants, and their managers, politicians now too. Cutting back on the Corporate welfare also is what the government still does also needs to deal with and not cutting firstly the Social welfare. The Corporations got what Billions  in social welfare from the tax payers? and we do not have money for the poor people? or for proper medical care, or for proper Justice, police, consumer protection  too? It never surprises me anymore when the superiors, Managers even  at City hall as well can also still  find money for new furniture, more staff, larger personal expense accounts but cannot find  the money to help the ordinary, poor and needy people during the good and bad times now too. Unacceptable.
The past “Sponsorship manager suffered from alcoholism, inquiry told   Jim Brown Canadian Press   October 19, 2004   OTTAWA — The role of a key player in the federal sponsorship program has been called into question with the disclosure that he suffered from alcoholism.  Pierre Tremblay served as chief of staff to former public works minister Alfonso Gagliano in the early years of the program. He later moved to the civil service where he took charge of bureaucratic operations related to sponsorship projects.  But colleague Isabelle Roy confirmed at a public inquiry Tuesday that, through it all, Tremblay had a serious drinking problem and often couldn’t function after lunch. ” and how many more are there unacceptably like him still, alcoholics  in the government, MP’s Cabinet Ministers, managers, civil and public servants too?
By now you too should have found out too the New Conservatives are mostly just as disgusting as the bad Liberals they had replaced..

How many times have we now experienced he fact that the selected leaders, cabinet was not like what they had promised they would be, certainly now not like we had expected them rightfully to be as well? Clearly many many  Canadians are still often now really angry at, or disappointed with   the results of the various governments acts,    the selected candidates,  but  now when will we all deal with the root  issue that is the cause of the problems firstly and it is the immoral type of candidates being firstly nominated?  the liars and alcoholics mostly it seems.. and these type of brain damaged people will never do us much good even now as well. 

We all need to care about the unemployed and the poor people, Elected officials now included. It also  seems even  the governments and it’s managers are too often rather still just for sale to the highest bidder… and it doesn’t care who they are involved with or what they are up to or what it looks like as long as they are rewarding themselves or  their friends, and thus they wrongfully and too tend  not too  really look after all of the good ordinary citizens welfare..  this is still never acceptable. They all Civil and public servants, politicians, need to be regularly supervised too. That is why we need and have the auditors, News media, Opposition parties, concerned citizens to do this too.. and it still generally is not enough as we can see.
The fish stinks from the head but many cut the tail of first..  That seems how the governments wrongfully does  respond to money and the poor people too now rather than firstly with the major crooks, the real tax abusers too.. 
” Only they would that we should remember the poor; the same which I also was forward to do.(Galatians 2:10 KJV)  ”
It should be very clear to the honest New Testament Bible scholars that the Church of the New Testament was seriously concerned about the poor persons in their midst and helped them, and so should we all as well today.,, but many Evangelical churches in Canada wrongfully also still do not..
Making all of the poor people, social welfare recipients, those who can afford it the least, to pay for the sins of others is an immoral and  criminal act still. 
Furthermore here are thee, 3 things I know for sure in Canada the last 35 years
– It is not the poor people who have  mismanaged the majority of the tax payer’s money… but they do pay for it the most, those who can afford it the least
– if the public and civil servants had better managed the tax payer’s money there still would not  have been likely more money for the poor people cause the rich people would still try to steal it for themselves. I have met even covetous, greedy middle class and rich persons now too.
Thirdly  if all persons paid their taxes, and did not commit tax evasions, an ongoing major unacceptable sin that still do needs to be prosecuted there would be plenty of money for the poor people  assuming it could get to them without being stolen, intercepted again.
Even in my local evangelical church the pastor is also now was wrongfully  being  paid too an astronomical price for his poor services, his poor neglect of the poor people too, and I rightfully also do not agree with this  and say so as well. Jesus himself and the Apostles did not have a fixed salary nor a high paying one
(Isa 10:1 KJV)  Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write grievousness which they have prescribed; 2  To turn aside the needy from judgment, and to take away the right from the poor of my people, that widows may be their prey, and that they may rob the fatherless! 3  And what will ye do in the day of visitation, and in the desolation which shall come from far? to whom will ye flee for help? and where will ye leave your glory? 4  Without me they shall bow down under the prisoners, and they shall fall under the slain. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still. 
(Mat 7:3 KJV)  And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? 4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? 5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.
“It’s hard to imagine how such a thoroughly damaged resumé could’ve survived the supposedly ruthless scrutiny of the Prime Minister’s Office, particularly when the job is a 40-year guaranteed Senate gig with an annual salary of $130,000 plus perks.But the allegations, investigations and accusations against newly-appointed aboriginal Senator Patrick Brazeau, 34, are piling up in such a frenzy that it’s quickly put the unelected Senate under a negative light, and must surely embarrass Canada’s other six native senatorial representatives.  

Consider the growing list of Brazeau indiscretions conveniently overlooked by the PMO, but unearthed by reporters in fairly short order.

Brazeau had to be arm-twisted to give up his six-figure job as chief of the Congress of Aboriginal People, lest it be seen as double-dipping on the taxpayers’ tab.

That Conservative-cheerleading organization is still under investigation by Health Canada for its use or misuse of $260,000 in public funds including $16,050 in suspect payments to Brazeau or his sidekicks.

The man described in his bio as a loving father of three is darn close to qualifying to be a deadbeat dad with the mother of one offspring telling CTV that Brazeau hasn’t seen or properly supported his 14-year-old son in eight years.

Brazeau’s been seen tooling around Parliament Hill in a new Porsche SUV, has hired Ottawa staff who were reportedly hitting the sauce hard during work hours at his former congress job and is still fending off refuted allegations of sexual harassment at a human rights tribunal.

If this is the calibre of individual Stephen Harper had in mind when he set out to reform the Senate, well, it’s enough to make you yearn for those days when they filled the place with backroom bagmen.

It’s clear that Patrick Brazeau should’ve been kept a senator-in-waiting a bit longer to clear his name — or save taxpayers from a bad appointment. ”

Now add to the known fact as revealed by the news reporters too that the newly hired 2 subordinates and Brazeau himself are known alcoholics on the job, who often drank alcohol  at lunch time. No politicians, senator, civil and public servants  should even be allowed to consume alcohol during normal working hours, especially at anytime at taxpayer’s expense too. Brazeau he said he brought in a policy of no alcohol on the premises after a complaint that some Congress officials had been drinking in the office. Try no alcohol period even lunch time…  Brazeau also had indicated after his Senate appointment that he wanted to remain national chief of the Congress while sitting in Parliament, in effect collecting two six-figure salaries.  He later relented and stepped down from the chief’s post, acknowledging there could be a “perceived conflict of interest” if he kept that job while serving in the Senate.
Drinking alcohol cause permanent brain damage, it also causes a significant deterioration of one’s mental capabilities, deterioration of one’s inter personal relationship skills, it also causes more car accidents than speeding or not having adequate winter tires, it also reduces significantly one’s work productivity as well undeniably too.  So  tell us all now:
– How much money did the Prime Minister, the Premiers themselves now spend on Alcoholic consumption entertainment last year,
– How Much money did the federal, provincial cabinet ministers now spend on Alcoholic consumption entertainment last year
– How much money did the civil and public servants now spend on Alcoholic consumption entertainment last year
Sent: Friday, January 23, 2009 1:05 PM
Subject: Re: I would like to know
Thanks for your email, as I can’t answer for all the rest I can tell you that I have spent not one penny of the publics money on alcohol.
With regards
Ron R. Schuler, MLA

I trust you all can readily supply us all with the answers. 

PS: As you also know the foundling pastors of the Calgary Alberta Bible Church Rev Aberhardt included had left their founding Christian church to go into politics and next  the same Calgary Bible church  mostly died, and a plaque at the Calgary Eaton’s center testifies to this too. The goal of Pastors becoming successful  in politics  was the great initiative, incentive for the many of next Alberta evangelical pastors to repeat this. Thus now  we continue to have  the professing Christian Evangelicals Stephen Harper, Stockwell day, Preston Manning who  are clearly also really all three hirelings that had now gone into   politics as well.  It is clear that Preston Manning, Stockwell Day, and even Stephen Harper, who do now also clearly do follow the false doctrine of the old testament Baalim, (  the Baalim was represented as false pagan gods , and the cult associated with idolatry.) for they to me still, all three  really,  are now evidentiary prostitutes, hirelings, false prophets who wrongfully are encouraging and also abusing many of the very ignorant Christians to rebel against the established positive government management principles  rather solely for their own leadership, political personal gains.. and none of these persons for me are really Christians.. they all three, the tree stooges, they are also false Christians clearly like Paul Martin and Jean Chretien were as well, who had also unacceptably lied to us all too when they said they were real Christians.  

This 2009 federal budget by Stephen Harper does a huge disservice to Canadians, conservative and otherwise, who will now be saddled with massive deficits and an ineffective “stimulus” plan based not on sound economics but pork-barrel politics. 

Over on the Conservative side, the presentation of a survival budget written in red ink prompts diehard Conservatives to reminisce about the so-called golden days of the Reform/Canadian Alliance. Some of them even compare their government to a horse that can no longer run and suggest it should be summarily shot.

“You’re travelling through a Canadian political dimension, a dimension of minority governments and cynical ambitions, a dimension where Stephen Harper, a one-time socialism-hating conservative ideologue transforms himself into a free-spending, deficit-creating, big-government-loving Liberal.” 

 Canadian conservatives should not be too surprised by Harper’s spend-happy budget. After all, the Harper Tories sold their ideological soul a long time ago. In fact, they never were a truly conservative party. 
BC courts are just as tough, Opal says Globe and Mail – VICTORIA – Following a spate of gang- or drug-related shootings in the last week, Attorney General Wally Opal released a report Monday intended to show BC’s courts aren’t to blame for violent crime.
Hey I have said it before, the RCMP doing their best is not enough.. it would help matters seriously if the mostly white  pretentious RCMP spoke another language other then English.. the PR oriented RCMP too is always asking the public for help in doing their own paid jobs.

Mike Zafirovski,  Chief Executive of the near Bankrupt BELL’S Nortel Networks Corp (NT.TO) NT.N,  has racked up hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of personal travel on company jet since joining the company in 2005.  And   who    else?



 It seems that 70 percent of the adults drink alcohol in Canada too but 100  percent of them claim to be non alcoholics? civil and public servants included, and where do all of the many drunk  drivers, alcoholics  come from now too? For the civil and public servants all you have to do is look at their expenses accounts, see how much they charged us for booze and that will quickly show us all whether they really are alcoholics or not for a start.  Few alcoholics will admit they are alcoholics just as few persons will admit they practice tax evasion as well. Drunk drivers still cause most of the car accidents but the police prefer to go after speeding tickets, it is easier to to get the speeders.. and very profitable, sadly it also ties up our courts with the mostly unnecessary cases too. If you drink 2 martinis at lunch time or supper time  for a start  you are definitely an alcoholic.. and you should be immiedately fired from your job, even if you are an MP, Senator, or an MPP, MLA, a cop , civil and public servant. So rightfully do Fire all the drunks, alcoholics, tax payer money abusers in the government firstly too. Seriously in the selection of the new   political candidates for federal and provincial elections, and senator snow  it would be nice also if each of the political party does also asks their people how often do they visit the bars and drink? how many martini’s they do have at lunch time?  do they eat at very expensive restaurants too? do they entertain their friends on their companies, departmental  expense accounts? or  have they ever padded, falsified their own  expenses accounts” all  too just for a start.. and do they lie to others too often too? Many elected persons still do it seems and they will even give themselves next a big raise..   


February 2, 2009

Canada’s 2009 Federal Budget approved

 Many Albertans are not happy with it.. Many federal relief dollars fail to reach their intended targets

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Politicians say give them what they want, after all they will pay for it.

So what is the real difference between  a Liberal and a Conservative these days?

who drinks more booze or  who lies more?

Conservatives abandon election promises with new budget

This fderal budget does a huge disservice to Canadians, conservative and otherwise, who will now be saddled with massive deficits and an ineffective “stimulus” plan based not on sound economics but pork-barrel politics.  The federal budget is poised to win approval in principle Tuesday despite mounting anxiety among Liberals about propping up Stephen Harper’s minority Conservative government. Ignatieff said the Liberals had no intention of withdrawing support for the budget, despite a growing backlash within their ranks. The Harper government’s budget will not only create the first massive deficit in a dozen years but may set the stage for Ottawa to spill red ink for a decade or more, a new analysis suggests. And given that the budget makes no provision for a more severe recession or a more modest recovery, a second slump, or any additional government spending or tax cuts for the next half-decade,  it’s reasonable to expect Ottawa could remain in deficit beyond 2020. Ottawa may be creating a structural deficit that will last even after the economy recovers. In the three years in office, the Conservatives have exceed the budget spending target in each year. From a conservative perspective, the current Canadian budget offers the worst of all worlds: negligible tax reductions, tremendous spending hikes and massive deficits. It is a recipe for economic misery, as far removed from the conservative worldview as possible. They might do some symbolic things to make the base happy, on crime or culture perhaps, but for all intents and purposes, this is no longer a conservative government 

Many Albertans realizing Mr. Harper has already had three electoral kicks at the can, Conservatives are starting to contemplate alternatives. Useless Jim Prentice, Peter MacKay, Jason Kenney, Rob Nicholson,   are the names most frequently mentioned. There is also a former leader of the federal Tories who is still at large in Quebec. His name is Jean Charest. But is he interested? No.

Newfoundland MPs said they believe their leader and colleagues understand the intense pressure they’re under to oppose the budget from the province’s popular premier, Danny Williams.   says the change reduces related payments under the 1985 Atlantic Accord, which determines the province’s share of offshore oil revenues. He says Newfoundland will lose $1.5 billion in offset payments and another $80 million in health care transfers. the province has been unfairly penalized, unlike Nova Scotia and Manitoba for whom the federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, has agreed to cushion the blow from the equalization changes. Liberal MPs Scott Andrews, Siobhan Coady, Judy Foote and Scott Simms said they’ll break party ranks and vote against the budget on Tuesday if the document isn’t changed. The Liberals are limp-along losers with a $6-million total that barely beats the New Democrats. No public cash, no national Liberal party and no way to fight an election anytime soon. The priority preoccupation with money by the main political parties is clear from their internal staffing. More than half the Liberal party’s listed 50 employees are devoted to financial pursuits.

The Conservatives apparently have a similar percentage of their 50-odd staff fixated on chasing money, but the party’s communications director refused to disclose those details about the publicly-financed party.

First we need still a full  review of the waste, fraud, and abuse that has plagued governmental. efforts. What is also needed is a program to remove public officials from office that take our money and spend it on their own false pet projects while many of our people still are not getting the help that they need.
Federal Deficit , economic, job creation and capital expenditure programs… are still untrustworthy. Being a past  senior civil, mechanical , projects engineer, project manager myself here now are   the major problem I righty still do had with capital expenditure projects even under PM Jean Chretien and never   mind next under PM Stephen Harper firstly: and it is  is that when you give do monies for a specific capital expenditure projects to the Provinces, Municipalities as well, and just like in many of the non profit organizations now too, a significant portion of the money firstly never even gets to the intended sources but it is diverted elsewhere.. Diverted to: such as paying for existing deficits, debts, unprofitable civil and public services, departments, Crown Corporations too, ineffective overheads, unrelated operating costs  in the provincial , municipal departments. Now since all that happens even before it hits the supposedly private sectors we need to address that too. Now next as to the supposedly private sectors and related projects expenditures , totally honest and fair governmental competition bids still tends not to exists. So no one can make me into a believer that this all of this taxpayer’s money will solely go all into a valid job creation program spurring on the general economy. The existing projects, capital expenditure safeguards are still just not totally there, not the related transparency, accountably as well.. even even you try to use an ex retired, RCMP officer as a supervisor in the contracts, purchasing department, for by now we all should now who immoral, untrustworthy even the RCMP now are too in fact. Some of the money will likely be used even out of the country for a selected few persons rather too.. Are many of the  civil servants, politicians still taking their holidays overseas at tax payers expenses? There are still much too many abusive and questionable expenses: All still Unacceptable too.
Not just in Canada now there is increasing evidence even in the US, elsewhere that states like California and Michigan,   are running huge budget deficits, do need federal aid to keep their essential and non essential services operating. They would plummet an already battered federal budget billions of dollars further into a non positive deficit.  We all do need to face the negative  fact of what our own political, corporate leaders are doing this to our country too. Still it  all  also does  mean that no one can predict beforehand with certainty  which industries and municipalities will get the needed designated federal capital.
Also the too common  practice of  putting many local workers out of work or paying them less wages by sending the higher paying jobs offshore has a devastating impact on the rest of the World, not to mention the local economy. We also still do need to have the True Unemployment Numbers.
What is also needed is a program to remove public officials from office that take our money and spend it on their pet projects while many of our people still are not getting the help that they need.
” At last count, there were at least 785 criminal cases under investigation by the Hurricane Katrina Task Force, a joint effort of 19 federal agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Postal Service, the Defense Department and even the Environmental Protection Agency. State prosecutors in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas are similarly swamped. And scores more cases wait in the wings.”

And do see also   Citizens Against Government Waste

The federal budget is an “all-out assault” on Newfoundland and Labrador and an attempt to punish Premier Danny Williams, which is why six Liberal MPs from the province voted against it, says Liberal MP Gerry Byrne. Byrne, the MP for Humber-St. Barbe-Baie Verte, and five of his provincial colleagues voted against the Conservative budget Tuesday, charging that it robs the province of about $1.6 billion in federal funding. Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff said Tuesday he would grant the MPs a “one-time vote of protest” to express their displeasure with the document.  The budget passed by a vote of 211 to 91.


February 1, 2009

Canadian Women’s rights

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Men and women are equal before the law. Women have the right to be paid the same as men when they do work of equal value. And when they aren’t paid the same, women have the right to use the courts to get pay equity.   Harper says the present system of using the courts for pay equity is “long and costly” and is based on “complaints” and “confrontation” and he wants to “modernize” it by wiping out the right of women to use the courts to get pay equity.   If Harper gets his way, pay equity will be settled at the bargaining table, not in the courts.  But what about women who don’t have a union?  Too bad! That happens to be a majority of the 41% of Canadian women who work outside the home.
and here is what also really grabs me too..
Now I know already that many evangelicals have a perverted view of the Bible’s women’s rights but I would expected better form from the so called liberals in this matter at least, but it seems that for political expediency the Liberals falsely will let Stephen Harper and the Conservatives  get away with it here too, the pathetic, sad Liberals they will let it wrongfully all happen still too now, as they all even have with so many other bad things now too, such as shortcomings in the health care system,  inadequate consumer protection included, police inadequacies, etc… and the cost of living for a woman is the same as for a man in reality too…
OTTAWA – Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff says equal pay for work of equal value is a basic human right that should never be put up for grabs at the collective bargaining table.  To that end, he has introduced a private member’s bill aimed at reversing a controversial measure in the 2009 federal budget.  The budget essentially reclassified pay equity as a labour issue to be negotiated in collective agreements, stripping the Canadian Human Rights Commission of its authority to adjudicate pay equity complaints.  Ignatieff’s proposal – his first private member’s bill since becoming an MP in 2006 – would return pay equity to the human rights realm.  It would also create a federal pay-equity commission charged with implementing an equal-pay regime in the federal public service, federally regulated companies and Crown corporations by 2012.  Ignatieff acknowledges his bill would result in some additional, unspecified costs for the government but he thinks the principle is “definitely worth it.”  Ignatieff says pay equity is really about gender equality, noting that women, on average, still earn only 72 cents for every dollar earned by men for the same work.  He says he chose the issue for his first bill because it’s emblematic of the Liberal party’s core belief in equal opportunity for all.
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January 31, 2009

The crticism of LIBERAL leader Michael Ignatieff, his big mistake





Federal Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff apparently isn’t hungry to be prime minister? He wants to be only an oppossition party leader it seems..  What is he afraid of ? Himself? Clearly Ignatieff has just lost his chance of becoming our next prime minister.
Don’t at all count on my support rightfully if you are a bad Conservative, bad Liberals, bad NDP, bad BQ, too me you are a still an unacceptable crook if you are bad and no matter what party you are from.. I do  support the good guys first, the good  political party next.
(‘Great wind’ will sweep Harper out of Ottawa, Liberal leader now says . The Liberal crowd at the downtown Sheraton hotel gave party leader Michael Ignatieff several standing ovations during a speech in which he declared a great wind is gathering that will sweep Stephen Harper’s government out of office.”It will bring Quebecers back to power in Ottawa. The best possible Canada is a Canada with Quebecers in power.” And just a few months in Office it seems he has learned from his errors and now wants an election? good for him. A good leader does not care what people think, or say about him, or others, he merely anyway does the right thing that are good for the good welfare of all of the citizens)
 Michael Ignatieff had vowed  to hold the Harper government accountable for this current budget. What exactly will he do when Stephen Harper fails to toe the line? he will talk big, after all he is another liberal with all talk but no real actions it seems still too? He Michael Ignatieff was already to afraid to grab the reins of power by means of a coalition  even  for fear Harper may call a reelection, The Liberals are all financially broke, so they now even cannot afford a federal reelection. So they just talk big. Too much hot air.. but still real actions speak louder then mere cheap words to us all.  
“When you have victory in your sights, you don’t give a political opponent time to regroup and get stronger.  You move forward, bring them down, and defeat them in an election.
 Ignatieff’s acceptance of the budget was a poor tactical decision.  It enabled Prime Minister Stephen Harper to receive a pass on his questionable analysis of Canada’s economic stability during the federal election, the “now you see it, now you don’t” proposed elimination of political party subsidies, and the constitutional crisis we recently faced.  The PM needed cover to rebuild his shattered image (which he’s been doing since Parliament was prorogued last December) and implement an economic stimulus package – and now he’s got it.  ”
as far  as Iggy’s inadequcies I had said THE SAME THING BEFORE THE BUDGET WAS ACCEPTED..
By now we  all knew how really bad Harper was, is.. When it suits him only PM Stephen Harper is willing to leak information to the citizens, news media.. Stephen Harper was elected based on his past promises of a new and better form of governing, openness, transparency and accountability.. none of these promises were kept next as well. Canada’s Conservative government’s own cult of secrecy. It now under Stephen Harper is Harder than ever to get information from the federal government  Harper clearly himself has penchant for secrecy. “Not since the advent of the Access to Information Act (ATIA) in 1983, has it been so difficult to get timely information from the Canadian government.  Delays routinely extend seven months past the 30-day requirement to release records; complaints can take over two years for a response. A two-year backlog of complaints to the commissioner “permits several federal institutions to enjoy a two-year amnesty (extension) to release records..  and the long delays in responding “encourages many institutions to claim a range of exemptions, exclusions or exaggerated fees which would not otherwise be permitted under the act, knowing . . . it will take the commissioner no less than two years to adjudicate the complaint.”   In 2007-2008, of 29,000 Freedom of Information requests received, 1,381 investigations were completed, leaving 2,387 to be carried over. The lesson ..”that the mere existence of an access statute does not, in itself, guarantee access to information.”  The Harper government has increased “exclusions, exceptions and prohibitions” in disclosing information, thus “government institutions are still operating under a cult of secrecy.”

“And Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper declared that the opposition leaders had not accepted the results of the last election and added: “You don’t change government through parliamentary games.” This is a deliberate misinterpretation of the way our system works. Yes, Harper and the Conservatives were re-elected last fall, but with a minority. And minority governments must attract the support of at least one other party in the Parliament in order to avoid defeat. ” So far childish Harper all he can do is play poltical games.. too bad for Him AND US AS WELL…..

(Est 7:10 KJV)  So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then was the king’s wrath pacified.
  Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff should immediately rightfully dethrone the Conservative  government and support the coalition.
The new Conservatives wrongfully are cold, ruthless, immoral, ungodly, selfish, self centered, untrustworthy just for a start.
Harper has been invoking a long term war, campaign, and he has systematically hired, placed in the government key Conservative party supporters, organizers paid for by the Canadian taxpayers and RIGHTFULLY they must be all fired, removed, or at least take away all work from them and give them an empty desk, and you can ALSO  rightfully start with Preston Manning now as well.
  No question about it, the hoped for coalition’s collapse, Stéphane Dion’s fall, unexpected  Michael Ignatieff’s rise and Stephen Harper’s realignment have rather all  lead to serious negative effects for all Canadians especially for Harper, Ignatieff.. Not unexpected for the big loser, one step forward, two steps backwards Stephen Harper who now has an  official Liberal chaperon as well so that it will be perilous times from this point forward for the Conservatives and the Liberals
 Mr. Ignatieff has followed Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s lead in establishing rigid internal discipline, including slapping down MPs who have spoken out on issues when they were not authorized. “Iggy’s a control freak — he’s worse than Harper,” the MP said.  ”
A negative management style, being a Bully, Dictator, oppressors  is very  typically Canadian management style  for the losers especially.. that is why I have often written about control freaks..,
Actually most of the real opposition to Harper is coming from Alberta itself, Even to the die hard reformers, conservatives  the Harper government now sadly acts and  looks very  much like many of the bad liberal  governments that preceded them.  
Conservative strategist Geoff Norquay said raising the specter of toppling the government may be good strategy, but he believes Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff wants time to whip his party into better shape before he risks going into an election.  ” .. if the Liberal party and the new Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff  is  not prepared to govern now he and the Liberals  they next really never will be.. and now as simple as that.  
Michael Ignatieff, a prize-winning novelist, scripted an exit from the coalition designed to make the Liberal Leader look powerful. But in fact, his position is relatively weak. In the end, he had to imitate Stéphane Dion – denounce the Conservatives’ budget but let it pass – and, like Mr. Dion, he may have to do it again and again. Stephen Harper, having gotten his budget through, can be sure of getting an election from the Governor-General if he wants one, so he can afford to attach confidence to important pieces of legislation without worrying that a defeat will put the opposition in power without an election. Mr. Ignatieff can try to look imperious, but he can’t escape the objective weakness of his party. Getting rid of Mr. Dion has brought the Liberals up a bit in the polls, but not to a winning position.

“With Mr. Harper’s right-wing Conservatives, Canada’s international reputation has been tarnished and its financial edge has been wasted. There are more unemployed, more poor children and, as concerns the environment, Canada has become the laughingstock of the world.” The Liberals have been on a roll in Quebec polls since Ignatieff became leader, moving from a distant third in the last election campaign into a virtual tie for the lead in popular support with the Bloc Québécois, while Conservative support has proportionally shrunk. Since this post Iggy has shown us another side, a good side.. and he has rightfully increased the popularity of the Liberal party as a result.. an election is coming.. rightfully get rid of Harper.

January 30, 2009

The common crticism of Conservative Stephen Harper Prime Minister


Canada’s Conservative movement as a whole has   been damaged severely by Prime Minister Stephen Harper himself — a past longtime fiscal Conservative and champion of the free market – in some parts of Canada

 Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s total turnaround from cautious fiscal conservatism to profligate government spender and deficit creator has surely betrayed fiscally conservative voters who elected Conservative MPs based on their public pledges at that time that “our economy is sound” and “we will never run a deficit”. One can only reasonably conclude that to hang on to power in Ottawa, Harper and also next his MPs have betrayed every fiscal Conservative  principle they had once claimed  that their party holds dear, sacred. Harper’s main  opposition these days seems to be the c Conservatives members themselves.

  To me and for good reasons Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper is not a real Evangelical Christian

When it come to admitting, facing, dealing with one’s own shortcomings, sins, negative truths, Most people are next in a false denial, wrongfully do take the ostrich approach still. Too many Men too are often big liars and cowards who tend to blame it all falsely on the wife or vice versa. While the Conservatives falsely blame it on the Liberals, others.. what a pathetic approach. We the citizens all seem to know that they are big unrepentant sinners still too. Is anyone foolish to still maintain that there any Christian politicians, Harper included  now too?

But look at Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s political, management skills, when we hear for decades of vast political, economic corruptions in many provinces, cities going on even for decades like the previous bad Liberal giving out taxpayers money on infrastructure projects that lacked adequate accountiabilty   and even lack falsely project managements divisions.
We also know how the various local conferences such as the G8 were mismanaged , had a high costly expenditures wasting millions of dollars, the RCMP itself now is not known to be cost effective or fully honest.
OTTAWA – Parliament was “poorly informed” about the funding of the G8 and G20 summits last summer, and proper controls were missing from a $50-million legacy fund that showered money on Treasury Board President Tony Clement’s riding, according to the auditor general.A report tabled in Parliament Thursday revealed there is no paper trail documenting how the 32 projects were chosen to receive money from the Legacy Fund, which itself was buried in an $83-million request to Parliament for funds to reduce congestion at the Canada-U.S. Border, some 300 km away.The report also confirmed the G8 and G20 summits only cost $664 million, not the $1.1 billion originally budgeted, because the government departments overestimated what they would need. Opposition parties accused the government Thursday of secretly shuffling money to a profligate pork-barrel fund to secure Clement’s re-election.  they do the same bad thing the others did..

With accusations of “sell-out,” right-wing commentators have denounced Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his government for producing a Liberal budget this week. “You can find some things in the budget that are consistent with the Conservative philosophy, but the weight is like 90 to 10 against it,” University of Calgary political scientist Tom Flanagan, a former senior adviser to Harper, told the Calgary Herald.  “Some of the right-wingers have even suggested that the budget signifies the end of small-c conservatism in Canada.”  John Ivison has declared that Stephen Harper is down to his last few principles.  “Today’s budget will be the final act in a long transformation of Mr. Harper’s Conservative Party from a policy- driven, principled voice for conservatism to a process-driven electoral machine, intent only on surviving the coming budget vote and winning the next election.”

 Even to the die hard reformers, conservatives  the Harper government now sadly acts and  looks very  much like many of the bad liberal  governments that preceded them.  

Canadians say Stephen Harper was motivated by political survival and would never have unveiled this week’s multibillion-dollar stimulus budget were it not for opposition pressure. A new Globe and Mail-CTV poll also found that, despite moderate support for the budget, most Canadians continue to hold Mr. Harper responsible for the crisis atmosphere that prompted it and believe he hasn’t fundamentally changed. “Canadians think Harper has done this with a gun to his head,” said Peter Donolo, a partner with the Strategic Counsel, the firm that conducted the poll. “They feel this wouldn’t have happened had the opposition not held his feet to the fire.”  The poll  also shows that Quebeckers are significantly more negative about the Prime Minister and the budget than are Canadians in other regions, and that voters are now less likely to support the government because of the budget.According to the poll, 72 per cent of Canadians say the government would not have introduced the stimulative budget of this week had it not been for the pressure of opposition parties, whose members threatened to bring down the Harper government and install a coalition. Similarly, 69 per cent say they still blame Mr. Harper for causing an unnecessary political crisis late last year when he should have been focusing on the economy. In Quebec, 83 per cent of respondents blame the Prime Minister for the crisis. Asked whether they believe Mr. Harper has changed since the fall and is taking the country’s economic troubles more seriously, 63 per cent said they perceived no change and that the budget is all about politics. In Quebec, 74 per cent said they don’t believe he changed. “In Quebec, Stephen Harper has the reverse Midas touch,” Mr. Donolo said. “This budget suffers by being associated with him.”

On top of that there is the valid criticism of the federal Conservative new anti recession budget, a transparently “political document” which also had failed to foresee or to allow provisions for the US protectionist policy that has been going on for over a decade now too..  It is not a conservative budget.    

“There’s no way Stephen Harper and his government would have come up with this budget if he hadn’t been goaded into it by the coalition and the fear of losing power. On the contrary, a right-wing, fiscally conservative government would have drawn up something quite different — heavier on the tax cuts with far less spending.” ” With accusations of “sell-out,” right-wing commentators have denounced Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his government for producing a budget this week that betrays conservative principles. Also driving the right-wingers crazy is Harper running up the deficit not just with tax cuts, which they support, but also with more spending on infrastructure, social housing, employment insurance, aboriginal communities, and so on. All these expenditures are anathema to them. Some of the right-wingers have even suggested that the budget signifies the end of small-c conservatism in Canada.”    

Stephen Harper has  turned liberal for his own political expediency, survival. Like the Liberals, New Democrats and Bloc Quebecois, the Harper Conservatives now also do maintain that a vast increase in deficit spending is necessary to revive job-creating economic growth. While in opposition, Harper said one thuibgm and next died the opposite typically as well, Harper and Flaherty had  before  decried the billions upon billions of taxpayers’ dollars wasted on failed corporate handouts by the Liberals. Yet now that the new Conservatives are in power, they are doing the same things too.  Prime Minister Stephen Harper used to advocate both sound fiscal policies and a stricter separation of federal and provincial powers. Now, his own government proposes to spend billions of taxpayers’ dollars on a host of provincial and local projects too. This is as liberal as one can be. What, then, is the real purpose of such fiscal improvidence? The answer is evident: By this means, the Harper Conservatives aim to bribe voters and win support for their minority government from the opposition Liberals. Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff backed the Conservatives on the budget — a  plan  that  clearly could have been rather put forth by the Liberals. Liberal leader himself Michael Ignatieff criticism of the Harper’s budget has been tempered with praise for its Liberal-inspired elements. Ignatieff just made the wise political move by criticizing the budget, then supporting it, on Liberal terms. He Ignatieff also bought time crucial to his political future. The Grit boss Ignatieff can now also force an election in March, June or September, on any of the budget updates. No question about it, the hoped for coalition’s collapse, Stéphane Dion’s fall, unexpected  Michael Ignatieff’s rise and Stephen Harper’s realignment have rather all  lead to serious negative effects for all Canadians.

This below is typical of the common criticism of our Conservative Stephen Harper Prime Minister these days, clearly he has no one to blame for it still  but himself..
Harper doomed by his inexcusable missteps … as Ignatieff merely waits January 31, 2009  The Hamilton Spectator…for Stephen Harper, bad timing and poor judgment have conspired to put his career on life support… It is hard to believe that it was less than four months ago that the Tories came within a whisker of winning a majority government in an election timed to get out in front of the looming financial crisis. Postelection, Harper made the right conciliatory noises about taking a more collaborative and less partisan approach to governing. And while the Canadian electorate has never really warmed up to Harper, they took him to be a competent manager and a skilled tactician. In the face of mediocre opposition, that seemed to be enough to preserve the Tories’ hold on power for the foreseeable future.

But three errors in judgment by Harper changed the game fundamentally and will now likely cost him the keys to 24 Sussex Drive.

The first was a stupid pre-election gambit to reduce the GST to 5 per cent over the objections of every credible economist in the country. That cost the government at least $10 billion in annual revenue, and more importantly the fiscal flexibility to respond to the recession without resorting to so much deficit spending. (Compounded by the sad fact to try to get reelected  the Harper government started spending billions of dollars, the surplus left to it by previous Liberal governments — money that should have been available for a rainy day, but next it was not there. Here is more poof that Stepehen Harper is not a real Christian, he does not know or practise the Biblical truths. Remmeber the story about Joseph the boy with a multi coloured coat who next becamse a ruler in Egypt during a recession, famine. Jospeh stored up the resources for a rainy day, he did nto foolishly give them away like Harper did.)

The second was rolling out a November economic statement projecting a stay-the-course balanced budget for 2009 when the rest of the world, including the parliamentary budget officer, was forecasting significant deficits. When Finance Minister Jim Flaherty had to backtrack less than two months later and admit a much starker reality, the government looked both lost and incompetent.

The third mistake was Harper’s misguided attempt to strip the federal parties of public funding at a time when the Liberals were destitute and desperate. That triggered an unpalatable coalition between the Libs and the NDP, but also reduced the prime minister to cowering behind the Governor General while he played for time.

More importantly, it precipitated the bloodless Liberal coup that replaced the hopeless Stephane Dion with Michael Ignatieff without the cost or carnage of a leadership battle. Ignatieff is Harper’s intellectual equal and plainly a superior political talent.

The combined effect of these errors in judgment is that Harper’s aura as a competent and tactical leader has been obliterated. With the economy now tanking, Harper must accept an economic prescription that is alien to his lifelong embrace of free markets. The prime minister is an old-fashioned populist with a bedrock belief in balanced budgets. The Reform Party that he helped found was a visceral reaction to the chronic deficits of both the Mulroney Conservatives and Trudeau Liberals. But in an age of renewed public faith in interventionism, Harper is out of step with a Canadian electorate enamoured of U.S. President Barack Obama and his enormous appetite for stimulus spending.

This week’s budget capitulates to just about every possible Opposition spending demand while abandoning core Conservative principles, leaving voters with a nagging sense that the government doesn’t really believe in what it is doing but will do anything to cling to power. More troubling for the country is the evidence that this orgy of new spending is unlikely to have a lasting impact on economic growth.” But severe poltical backlash instead..
” Stephen Harper has a lot of work to do in Quebec   The Conservatives have fallen out of favour with Quebecers, and it’s mostly the PM’s fault If the Conservatives were still in denial about how much trouble they’ve created for themselves in Quebec, the latest CROP poll in La Presse should serve as their reality check.  CROP shows the Bloc Québécois at 34 per cent, down four points from the election; the Liberals at 31 per cent, a seven-point surge since October; while the Conservatives have plummeted six points to 16 per cent, with the NDP up three points to 15 per cent.  On the question of best prime minister, Michael Ignatieff leads at 37 per cent, Jack Layton is at 23 per cent, and Stephen Harper, who actually is prime minister, is at just 16 per cent.  Harper’s approval numbers have cratered, only three months after he won the election. This has nothing to do with his management of the economic crisis, and everything to do with the political crisis provoked by Harper around the November economic statement.  The blowback in Quebec comes down to Harper’s harsh denunciations of “the separatist coalition,” which served its purpose against the opposition parties in English-speaking Canada, but became a tipping point for sliding Conservative support in Quebec.  Riding high in Quebec at 35 per cent in a Léger poll published on Sept. 19 at the end of the campaign’s second week, the Harper Conservatives went into a free fall that began two days later with their mobile billboard stunt alleging Quebecers had wasted $350 million voting for the Bloc since 1990. In essence, they were calling the voters stupid. The next day, the Conservatives unveiled their young-offender proposals, which Gilles Duceppe pounced on as “creating universities of crime.” The following day, under fire for his cultural cuts, Harper made his careless comment about “rich galas,” reviving a story that had gone away.  Duceppe successfully transformed a campaign that had been about the Bloc’s continued pertinence in Ottawa into one in which it became the defender of Quebec values, a debate Harper had no chance of winning. Harper pulled it together in the last days of the campaign, and managed to salvage 10 seats, just as many as in 2006, but a far cry from the majority that was within his grasp only three weeks earlier. And all because the Conservatives misread Quebec.  Harper’s separatist coalition rhetoric in the House, and especially in his televised address to the country on Dec. 3, served their purpose in the rest of the country. But the fact that he referred to sovereignists in the French version of the TV talk only made it worse in Quebec–it looked as if he was trying to get away with saying one thing in English and another in French.  The backlash in Quebec was measured in the results of the Quebec election the following Monday, which Jean Charest’s Liberals won by only seven points rather than the 13- to 16- point spread projected in Léger and CROP polls completed before movement to the Parti Québécois, driven by the angry reaction to Harper’s comments in the closing days of the campaign. There is no other reason, no other event, to explain Harper’s plummeting voting intention and approval rating in Quebec since then. Both are at 16 per cent. With numbers like that on election day, the Conservatives would win no more than three seats in Quebec, Max Bernier and two players to be named later.  As for the spike in support for the Liberals, it’s not as if Iggymania is breaking out in Quebec, it’s just that Ignatieff isn’t Harper, who has fallen completely out of favour.  Iggy also isn’t Stéphane Dion, and that helps.  There can be only one competitive federalist party at a time in Quebec, and the Liberals are now well-positioned to be that party. Liberal support in this CROP poll would translate into about 30 Quebec seats. And that would kick in the echo effect in Ontario, where voters like to elect national governments with support in Quebec.  There has been some suggestion that Harper is now giving up on Quebec, and will focus his re-election efforts in wooing Ontario. ”

January 29, 2009

Not unexpected


Liberals up, Conservatives down in Quebec according to a new CROP poll in Thursday’s La Presse and all  thanks to Stephen Harper now as well..

The Conservatives are at 16 per cent

a drop of 6 per cent since the election. The Liberals are at 31 per cent, compared to 24 per cent on October 14. The Bloc, which won 38 per cent, is now at 34 per cent. The NDP is at 15 per cent compared to 12 per cent.Among francophones, the Bloc stands at 40 per cent but the Liberals are now in second place, standing at 26 per cent double their score in the election. The Conservatives have lost half their support among francophones: they now are at 15 per cent compared to 29 per cent in the election.Only 34 per cent of Québécois are satisfied with the performance of the government, compared to 61 per cent who are not. This is the worst score for the government since it took power.Worse, only 16 per cent think Stephen Harper would make the best prime minister, and he now trails both Michael Ignatieff (37 per cent) and Jack Layton (23 per cent). Even in the Conservative bastion, the Greater Quebec region, the Bloc now leads with 30 per cent, followed by the Conservatives (28 per cent) and the Liberals (27 per cent).


Not unexpected for the big loser, one step forward, two steps backwards Stephen Harper who now has an  official Liberal chaperon as well and that it will be perilous times from this point forward for the Conservatives . 





January 28, 2009

Conservatives on probation

January 28, 2009  Ignatieff   said he wouldn’t “exclude” the possibility of forming a coalition in the future if needed.

Liberals put Harper Conservatives on probation

Budget amendment will require first progress report in 60 days

OTTAWA – Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff today announced he will require the Conservative government to accept mandatory reporting requirements in order for the budget to be adopted. The first comprehensive report on progress on the economy will be required by March 26, 2009.

“The budget introduced yesterday is far from perfect. It does not fix the employment insurance system for thousands of workers who have lost their jobs in the past several weeks. It still threatens pay equity for women. It breaks their promise to every province from only two years ago on equalization,” said Mr. Ignatieff.

“To say that action is long overdue is an understatement. Canadians deserve action. I believe it is in the best interests of Canadians that parliamentarians get to work on the economy, so I will move to amend the budget and include a requirement that the Government report back to the House of Commons repeatedly, with the first report being required within 60 days on their progress. Mr. Harper must accept these accountability measures or his Government will fall.”

“We’re in this position because of choices made by a government that has systematically mismanaged our public finances for the last three years,” said Mr. Ignatieff. “For Canadians, this crisis isn’t about structural deficits or loan guarantees or the business cycle. It’s about the nest egg they’ve saved up over their entire working lives, only to see it cut in half overnight. It’s about worrying about how they’ll pay for their kids’ education, or how they’ll put food on the table for their families. The country needs stability in this time of economic difficulty and that is why I am taking this action.”

“This government’s mismanagement of the economic crisis and failure to act has rightfully given Parliament – and Canadians – a reason to question the credibility of this government on economic matters,” added Mr. Ignatieff. “We are ready to act in the national interest, as the gravity of this economic crisis demands. I hope Mr. Harper is prepared to do the same.” 

To read the full text of Mr. Ignatieff’s statement, click here.

“OTTAWA – The Conservatives are expected to support a Liberal amendment that would require the government to provide regular updates on the implementation and cost of the budget, Canwest News has learned. “The budget already required reporting, so we see no reason to oppose this,” a government official close to Prime Minister Stephen Harper told Canwest News on Wednesday.

Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff’s declared support for the minority Conservative government’s budget earlier in the day, but said his party would propose an amendment requiring the budget-monitoring reports.

That prompted New Democratic Party Leader Jack Layton and Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe to accuse Ignatieff of “propping up” Harper. They declared the death of the opposition coalition deal reached early last month.

A senior minister also appeared agreeable to Ignatieff’s proposal that the government table three reports in Parliament on the budget’s implementation and cost – one in March, one in June and one in December. “It sounds like a responsible approach,” Immigration Minister Jason Kenney 

The reports would require the government to provide a month-to-month accounting of how much infrastructure project money has flowed to cities, how many unemployed have signed on to training programs and other details. If the Liberals aren’t satisfied with the government’s progress reports, they reserve the right to defeat the government, Ignatieff vowed.

“We are putting this government on probation,” he said. “We will be watching them like hawks to make sure the investments Canadians need actually reach them”

January 27, 2009

Canadian Federal Budget 2009


For the Canadian Federal Budget 2011 see

Ignatieff demands change from Harper on four key issues Globe and Mail – June 15, 2009  Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff today demanded that Prime Minister Stephen Harper negotiate with him on four key issues or he will try to take down the Conservative minority government Friday in a confidence vote. Possible Canadian federal election in 2009 over the budget.

FACTBOX-Canada opposition’s demands of minority government Reuters
 Harper, Ignatieff reach deal to avert summer election  OTTAWA – Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff have reached a deal to avert an election – at least until the fall.


It has been confirmed to all of us that  the New Conservatives in Ottawa were very jealous in the past, present that Liberal supporters in the past used to get the main share of the federal pork, after all money is what the greed is always about too, so today they do not mind giving the pork now to the Conservative supporters,  and  they make no pretence about their past hypocritical promises to be different in morality, normality, behavior from the other political parties. Predictably too, “Stephen Harper recently dispatched his faithful MPs across the land to bury Conservative ridings in taxpayers’ money and self-congratulatory press releases for an estimated 500 funding announcements in one week. Welcome aboard the Steve’s pork-barrel express, delivering hundreds of millions of dollars in federal largesse to Conservative voters near you. Blaming the global economic crisis for an uncontrollable urge to spend other people’s money, the same Conservative party that once condemned the Liberals in the past  for porking their way into the sponsorship scandal is now whole-hog in the trough. It is ok if the conservatives do it but not the liberals? A study by the Canadian Taxpayers’ Federation showed that in the three months leading up to last September’s election call, Harper, his ministers and MPs took turns announcing a wallet-shaking $19.2 billion of goodies. ” And what other past electorate promises will the mostly Conservative liars continue to break too now? while the mostly still useless Liberals can look at it in envy too

It will take very much more, a lot more  than just the Conservative federal pork barreling to hopefully turn around the Canadian West, the mostly still one horse towns,  which which do not have any manufacturing bases too, and so they are heading towards, facing some of the deepest recession in Canada even for at least a decade next too. You cannot hope to survive on farming, Tourism alone.

The Conservative bigoted juggernaut of Stephen Harper had definitely become decidedly very creepy even  alienating many federal voters. In the recent coalition  wars of January 2009. Canada’s prime Minister Harper had as much as kissed the majority Quebecers goodbye, falsely permanently now alienating them all too, dismissing them all as mainly unwinnable separatists. It was a pre calculated move on Harper’s too common divide and conquer approach, with an special  emphasis on sibling rivalry. Harper thus was, is playing the tune to the majority of his ignorant  supporters in the the west who love to hear it, a tune the Western Canadians and hopefully some Anglophones in Ontario as well  may love  to hear, the tune that Quebec is a favorite son that got too much and offers too little in return, and likely this new Harper re-distribution and demographic changes will help to  destroy Quebec’s predictable stranglehold over the national elections. Totally false and totally unrealistic, a desperation move on HARPER’S part. In reality even Ontario still also has a strong francophone base now as well. But how many more  friends can he Harper afford to alienate now? Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador and who next?  and realistically still hope to have majority government?  Harper has continually failed to achieve his  majority federal government and so with this approach he insures he likely never will.

Can anyone really believe now  that the voters were seriously really dumb enough to  put the very  clear loser like Stephen Harper into office? The People get this the bad government they deserve? I certainly, certainly  hope not!


Most of what you’d expect came out in the 2009 spring Canadian Federal Budget speech. The  important question is still  whether there’s enough in the document to satisfy the Liberals and new leader Michael Ignatieff, who will make the decision on Wednesday about whether to pull the plug on the minority Harper Tories and join a coalition of the NDP and the Bloc, or hold out for another election or let the Conservatives to rule for a while longer? and why? Highlights from today’s federal budget:
-The government will run a deficit of $85 Billion over the next five years. It will be $34 Billion this year and $30 Billion in 2010.
-The basic personal tax exemption and the two lowest tax rates will be increased.  The new rate is $10,320, up from $9,600. The lowest tax bracket is now $40,726, while the second limit goes to over $81,000. 
-There is a new tax credit for home renovations. You can get up to $1,350 for projects done in the next year. It includes kitchens and basements, but does not include furniture or electronic purchases.
-There is a $750 tax incentive for first time homeowners. As well, you can now withdraw up to $25,000 from your RRSP.  The withdrawl will still pay tax free if repaid within 15 years.
-The government is also spending $12 Billion on infrastructure programs over the next two years.  $7 Billion of that is new money.
-The government is spending $1 billion dollars for worker retraining over two years through the employment insurance system.
-Employment Insurance benefits are extended by five weeks.
-There’s cash to increase apprenticeships and retraining for older workers.-Business tax cuts worth $2 Billion over the next five years.
-The Age Credit for seniors is increased resulting in a tax saving of about $150 for low and middle income seniors.
-The working income tax benefit for low-income Canadians is increased.
-There is a raise in the phase out levels for the national child benefit and Canada child tax credit.

” As Heritage Minister James Moore promised, the new Conservative budget does provide for increased arts funding, but does not include boosts to either the CBC or the Canada Council for the Arts. There is also little for performing arts organizations, other than festivals, to get excited about.

What will be provided, according to the official budget document, is the following:

  • Targeted two-year funding of $60 million to support infrastructure-related costs for local and community cultural and heritage institutions, such as local theatres, libraries and small museums.
  • Increasing funding by $20 million over the next two years, and $13 million per year thereafter, to the National Arts Training Contribution Program.
  • $30 million over the next two years to support continued access to Canadian magazines and community newspapers.
  • $28.6 million over the next two years to the Canada New Media Fund, and $14.3 million annually thereafter.
  • $200 to the Canadian Television Fund over the next two years.
  • $100 million over two years for marquee festivals and events that promote tourism.

Already, the folks at have begun calling on Michael Ignatieff to defeat the Conservatives, stating: “while it [the budget] does include arts and culture funding it manages to do so without actually helping any artists.”   “

“Amid the fine print in Budget 2009 is a temporary 100% capital cost allowance for computers bought after January 27, 2009 and before February 1, 2011.  So, what does this mean for you?  If you’re self employed or own a business, you can write-off the entire cost of your computer and the software.  And there’s no limit attached to the computer cost or the amount you buy.  This may be especially good news for medium and large companies that have been waiting to upgrade their networks.  The catch is that you have 2 years to take advantage of this – and that’s basically the average life span of the devices anyway.  Ottawa projects this plan will cost the treasury $340 million this year, $365 million in 2010-2011.  However, this type of stimulus will end up helping other countries’ economies (Sony, Dell, Toshiba, Apple etc. aren’t really Canadian, are they?) but federal officials say this will spur retail sales and keep jobs, and that’s important.   Prior to this initaitive, Ottawa allowed for a 55% write-off.  “

Danny Williams calls on Liberals to defeat federal government on the budget Tue Jan 27, 9:40 PM  ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Premier Danny Williams is calling on the federal Liberals to help defeat Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government after Ottawa implemented equalization changes in the budget that he says will “cripple” his province’s economy.Williams claimed that the budget will cost Newfoundland and Labrador $1.5 billion over the next three years in payments under the 1985 Atlantic Accord. “It’s a good indication of the punitive, vindictive, nasty side of this prime minister,” Williams said.”We’re only seven seats, so he probably feels he can do that and he gets some personal satisfaction out of it. But the one thing about this is that I’ll be around to see the back of his head in politics before this is over.”

Two N.L. Liberals say they’ll break party ranks, oppose budget if necessary

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — A Newfoundland Liberal MP says he will break party ranks and vote against the federal budget if necessary, the second party member to do so.Scott Andrews, who represents the riding of Avalon, told a radio station today he is prepared to go against his party and oppose the budget if it doesn’t protect $1.5 billion that the province is entitled to. Andrews says his colleagues in the rest of the country don’t understand how important the issue is to Newfoundland and Labrador.Premier Danny Williams has called on the six Liberal MPs from his province to vote against the budget, saying it will sap $1.5 billion away from the province in funds from the 1985 Atlantic Accord.While the province no longer receives equalization, it continues to receive money in that offshore energy agreement with Ottawa.Judy Foote, member for Random-Burin-St. George’s, has also said she will vote against the budget if it doesn’t protect the Atlantic Accord money.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s total turnaround from cautious fiscal conservatism to profligate government spender and deficit creator has surely betrayed fiscally conservative voters who elected Conservative MPs based on their public pledges at that time that “our economy is sound” and “we will never run a deficit”. One can only reasonably conclude that to hang on to power in Ottawa, Harper and also next his MPs have betrayed every fiscal Conservative  principle they had once claimed  that their party holds dear, sacred. Harper’s main  opposition these days seems to be the c Conservatives members themselves.


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