I must admit it wasn’t until I was in high school that I started to care about Canadian politics; or politics in general for that matter. However, when I started to tune in closely I remember quite clearly still to this day in the way in which our previous Prime Minister’s like Paul Martin and Jean Chretien conducted themselves in a Parliamentary session. Not once do I recall either Prime Minister’s standing up and heckling opposition party members in their political parties historic plunders/mistakes. You never saw Paul Martin stand up and call out the Conservative’s about John A. MacDonald’s railroad scandal for heaven’s sake.
But every so often you get a Canadian Prime Minister who comes into power and makes mistakes – many bad mistakes. You don’t know how he really got in there and manages to linger around past his due date, but he’s there… He’s not the best candidate for the job and whenever he does seem to be fixing something he is instead breaking it even more. The last couple Prime Minister’s who I can think of who did such a thing were Kim Campbell and Mackenzie King. Now you can add Stephen Harper to that list.
Well when your countries Prime Minister stands up and hammers the opposition for its non-support for Canada’s military mission against Nazi Germany in the Second World War, despite the fact the party didn’t exist at the time, your just a ____. I’ll let you fill in that space with whatever you deem appropriate.
I’m not sure what Harper was trying to accomplish with that so called ‘barb’ but he failed at it. Had he done some prior research he would have known that the majority of CCF MPs, including Tommy Douglas, voted for the motion to go to war despite what Woodsworth thought.
It’s not just through this event but many others that have built up over time that have caused me to loose respect for the man. He has become an extremely shrewd politician over the last year and has hurt the traditions of Canadian politics. I actually think he’s losing his marbles.
It’s been a long time coming but us Toronto Blue Jays fans can now start feeling proud about a sports team in this city who has the potential in going somewhere – once again! Some of us differ in our opinions though. Some fans think we have a chance to reach the playoffs this 2012 season and some say it might take 1 more season – or 2, either way we all know together this is a team who is not to be taken lightly this year. You won’t have the Texas Rangers or Detroit Tigers coming in against a series with the Blue Jays and say “easy series win right here boys”.
So what, am I blind fan driven by to much pride? Quite the latter. I’m an optimistic guy when it comes to watching the Blue Jays and I think we have a chance to reach the playoffs but it won’t be easy this season at least. We have a number of good teams in the American League this year and to get into playoff contention we are going to have to be consistent each game, especially in the East. However, winning a 4 game series against the Royals is a good start to that belief after watching our boys this week.
Jays and Orioles will be opening a 3 game series starting today and I think with the season still being young it’s time more Torontonians get out and start supporting they’re Blue Jays team. But please people ensure to inform yourselves a little bit about baseball before you start to panic every time we loose! I know with many Leafs fans being disappointed this season you’ve put very high expectations on the Blue Jays to win. Just take it easy.With us being first in the East I am feeling a sense of calmness for now
So Toronto, get out of your seats at home, stop whining about failing teams like the Leafs, Raptors and TFC and come to watch a real Toronto sports team for once! The fact that the Jays were never owned by MLSE is a blessing in disguise! Think about that one if you don’t know what I’m referring to with that last comment.
And please tell me what team has a better unofficial mascot then our own Jays fan and busker “Rick the Drummer”. He’s been outside the Rogers Center since 1989. Here he is:
“Despite the fact the villainous likes of sex-killers Paul Bernardo and Russell Williams will never hang for their crimes, there was some solace in knowing they would spend the rest of their miserable lives in the hellhole of Kingston Penitentiary.”
The author of this editorial from the Toronto Sun hits the nail on the head perfectly when talking about the issue of the closure of Kingston Pen. I don’t know what you may think on the issue, but I can tell you that I myself find it worrisome that there are people out there (still today) concerned about how well murders like Paul Bernardo and Russell Williams will be spending the rest of their lives in jail.
I’ve always had the perception and came to the conclusion a while back that by punishing a criminal we as society express our denunciation of wrong doing; and, in order to maintain respect for the law, Canada’s law, it is essential that the punishment inflicted for grave crimes should adequately reflect the revulsion felt by the great majority of citizens for them. Even though the statistics show that we Canadians are in favor of the death penalty for the most heinous crimes (aka First Degree Murder) we are stuck with the latter, a mandatory life sentence without eligibility for parole until the person has served 25 years of the sentence.
Since we are stuck with the latter punishment now Kingston Pen which houses Canada’s worst lifers cannot fulfill it’s two purposes. One, to protect the public, and the other to punish the criminal. There was some sense of comfort to know Paul Bernardo wasn’t being sent to some quaint little jail and would have the easy life, however, that is all about to change.
Thanks Vic Toews, your a true hero for being the one to say we Conservative’s are ‘tough on crime’…
I have to admit I’ve been slacking when it comes to certain issues in the world of Canadian politics, whether it be about the robocalls scandal or something as simple and yet amusing, the LRT vs. Subway issue in Toronto for the city of Scarborough. I apologize in advance and have to admit that with school winding down I have some free time to finally catch up. I want to ensure my readers that I haven’t forgotten and plan to write about these issues very soon, so keep a look out best thing I suggest is just subscribing to my RSS Feed!
Now something interesting came out today and I thought it was well worth sharing. It’s a comment piece from Jeff Jedras from the National Post who titled his article as ‘Tories toss a well-aimed grenade into Liberal tent’. Keep in mind he is a Liberal supporter, but besides that, he manages to analyze the current attack ad very well. Kudos to him for that!
Basically if you didn’t manage to see the recent attack ad by the Conservative party aiming at Bob Rae then take a look here:
So what’s the big deal? The Conservative’s have attacked the last two Liberal leaders and it worked. Will it work again now?
Well this ad as Jeff says is a great weapon in seeking to divide the Liberal party once more. Your going to see a group of Liberals who will want to see the war chest opened to defend Bob Rae and his record, against another group who thinks using their limited party resources to defend an interim leader is unfair and improper. At this point it’s a win-win scenario for the Conservatives however way you break it down. At this point the Liberals will either deplete the Liberal war chest or the Liberals fight against each other.
With social media, YouTube and other media avenues available I would say the Liberal Party can easily make a response back to Harper without taking a big hit to their funds. However, as a Tory I’m curious to see what they can muster up now in response… time will tell.
I’ve mentioned before in my other blog posts how the CPC came to be because it seems like many young students who help the party out or aren’t even Conservative to begin with forget it’s short history. Let me remind you all that the CPC doesn’t have a magnificent history when it comes to Canadian politics, if anything, it has little history and will be seen as the party in the future as the one during its term of a majority government who inhibited Canada as a nation. Thinking about the way the CPC was born makes me cringe to this day still and makes me want to forget it all with warm memories of a talk I had with Dalton Camp about the values of the good ol’ party – The Progressive Conservative Party of Canada.
Now your typical party supporter today in 2012 would start to throw slander at me and say “how dare you say that about the party and Harper, I love them both”. If that’s the case then it shows your limited scope of reference is all I can say and your ability to lash out like that demonstrates nicely what the party seems to values these days – indecorum.
The reason I write this post is because I read a spectacular article in the National Post this weekend and the topic revolved around the question of where Conservatism has gone since the CPC have been around – Article. After reading it I couldn’t have agreed more with Andrew about his comments. It was nice to see such a distinguished author in the National Post write about what I’ve been saying for the last little while!
Just like Andrew when I look at the Conservatives I no longer see the party that represents my values for the most part. I do believe Andrew like many of us is hugely disappointed in the Conservative Party of today, and I don’t blame him. The party is composed of bitter and spiteful members whose main goal it seems is to win first. In a Question Period session or a public announcement it is so easy to see how they’ve been fed talking points on any given subject of the day in the House of Commons and ordered to beat back the questions from the Opposition with staged answers.
So where do we go from here? It’s hard to tell to be honest. A lot of the old guard of conservatism have scattered into different parties and are now voting for other parties as well. A few old minded Tories like Michael Chong have stayed put but have been ousted by the party it seems also. Depending who succeeds Harper we will have either a leader who will continue Harper’s legacy in watering down conservative values or a leader who has been re-born to see the light. So the best answer I can give you is patience, the worst part now is waiting and knowing you can’t do anything about it.
What you must know about this blog is that it’s a place for Conservative thought. Whether it be sober second thought or not, let your ideas be heard here. As Conservatives let’s take the time to embrace duality and continually learn to understand the value of enterprise and humanity. There is no better place to call home online then here.