Exactly who is in charge?

June 26, 2006

This unbelievable report from the Toronto Star:

OPP cedes control of Caledonia road

OPP officers will no longer respond to calls from non-native home and property owners who live on the 6th Line, a county road running along the southwest border of a housing development occupied by native protestors . . .. . . This is just the latest twist involving the OPP that has many people — including a former OPP officer — questioning what the provincial force is doing.

“They can’t do that. People pay their taxes for policing by the OPP,” said the former senior officer, who asked not to be identified.

Premier Dalton McGuinty springs into action:

Premier Dalton McGuinty called on the Six Nations to abandon the occupation while negotiations continue.

“It would be very helpful if the occupation was to come to an end and the parties understood we remain very much committed to negotiating this at the table,’ McGuinty said, adding his government has done what it can “to take the land out of the equation” by negotiating to buy the property.

Looks like someone’s not happy: 

Meanwhile, an Ontario Superior Court judge has ordered key players in the land dispute — including the OPP, and the Ontario and federal governments — to return to court June 29. “This Court cannot indefinitely tolerate the contempt of the orders of the court that now prevails in Caledonia,” Justice David Marshall said in a statement. This is the third time he’s ordered parties to court to explain why they haven’t followed his three-month-old order to evict protestors from the development.

I’m practically speechless . . . This is shocking.  Why is it that these protesters are allowed to break the law, endanger public safety and disturb the peace and nothing is being done?

There may be something to this Native land claim, I don’t know.  But, if they’re breaking the law they’re criminals.  In which case they should be given jail time and not ‘concessions’.


Same old Liberals

June 23, 2006

From yesterday's Globe and Mail:

Liberals refuse standing vote on Conservatives' ethics bill

Key legislation passed, but MPs don't have to stand and be counted

The Conservative government's central piece of legislation — the federal accountability act — has passed through the House of Commons without a single record of which MPs support or oppose it.

Liberal Leader Bill Graham refused to say yesterday whether his party supports the bill and abruptly ended a scrum with reporters when he was pressed to state a position.

. . . He then said his MPs might have a position if the Liberal senators amend the bill.

. . . Treasury Board president John Baird said it was up to the Liberals to explain why they did not want a standing vote, but said passage of the bill — which changes rules for ethics, lobbying, election financing and government appointments — will bring a "sea change" in the culture of government.

"It's the biggest step forward, the biggest anti-corruption package ever to go through the Commons," he said.

. . . "I think that this has nothing to do with accountability; it has everything to do with attacking the Liberal Party. It's an utterly cynical attempt to go at the Liberal Party, and to do it in the middle of a leadership campaign is the height of cynicism."

Liberal Ian Davey, the national director of the Michael Ignatieff campaign, is worried that this legislation is an attack on the Liberal Party of Canada.

Conservative John Baird thinks that this legislation is an attack on government corruption.

Government corruption . . . Liberal party of Canada . . . guys, enough, you're arguing the same point!


June 23, 2006

From today's Globe and Mail:

Ottawa to spend $15-billion to boost military

Major purchases of planes, helicopters, ships, trucks to be announced next week

The Conservatives will unveil a massive $15-billion procurement package at four separate announcements in four Canadian cities next week, sources told The Globe and Mail.

. . . But Prime Minister Stephen Harper told Parliament yesterday that he is following through on a campaign promise to "correct 13 years of Liberal neglect —

Finally, someone who is willing to make a decision.  This is great news for our soldiers and our country.  Without a strong and functioning military Canada's role in the world is significantly reduced.  Whether the mission is war, 'peacekeeping', enforcing Canadian sovereignity or disaster relief this equipment is essential.   

‘The Americans (A Canadian’s Opinion)’

June 21, 2006

Two recent articles help to dismantle the myth of the 'ugly American'.  The first article about US charitable giving can be found here.

American Giving 

The second article, on politeness, can be found at the Readers' Digest website here.

World of Courtesy: Ranking of 35 Cities

Below is a ranking of the most courteous to the least courteous — 35 major cities included in RD's Global Courtesy Test.

New York USA 80%
Toronto Canada 70
São Paulo Brazil 68

European identity is defined -in contrast to popular impressions of the American approach- by their emphasis on building compassionate societies.  Canadian identity, in a small part, is defined by being seen in the eyes of the world as the polite 'anti-American'.  These false stereotypes are rife in Europe and Canada.  America is more racist, their healthcare system is worse, violent crimes is much worse, we are 'peacekeepers' the Americans' are 'warmongers' . . .

Regardless of the facts, many non-Americans sit watching the evening news or reading their local papers and thinking, not how can our societies improve, but rather thank goodness that we're not America because they are so [insert negative adjective here].

Many years ago, the great Gordon Sinclair read an excellent commentary piece called The Americans (A Canadian's Opinion) over the airwaves at CFRB 1010 Radio

It's still important today because it reminds us of America's strengths and the good that it does in the world.  If we continue to define ourselves in contrast to America, it's important that we have a balanced perspective on the true character of the United States of America. 

Here is The Americans (A Canadian's Opinion) in its entirety:

The United States dollar took another pounding on German, French and British exchanges this morning, hitting the lowest point ever known in West Germany. It has declined there by 41% since 1971 and this Canadian thinks it is time to speak up for the Americans as the most generous and possibly the least-appreciated people in all the world.

As long as sixty years ago, when I first started to read newspapers, I read of floods on the Yellow River and the Yangtse. Well, Who rushed in with men and money to help? The Americans did, that's who.

They have helped control floods on the Nile, the Amazon, the Ganges and the Niger. Today, the rich bottom land of the Mississippi is under water and no foreign land has sent a dollar to help. Germany, Japan and, to a lesser extent, Britain and Italy, were lifted out of the debris of war by the Americans who poured in billions of dollars and forgave other billions in debts. None of those countries is today paying even the interest on its remaining debts to the United States.

When the franc was in danger of collapsing in 1956, it was the Americans who propped it up and their reward was to be insulted and swindled on the streets of Paris. And I was there. I saw that.

When distant cities are hit by earthquakes, it is the United States that hurries into help… Managua Nicaragua is one of the most recent examples. So far this spring, 59 American communities have been flattened by tornadoes. Nobody has helped.

The Marshall Plan… the Truman Policy… all pumped billions upon billions of dollars into discouraged countries. And now, newspapers in those countries are writing about the decadent war-mongering Americans.

I'd like to see one of those countries that is gloating over the erosion of the United States dollar build its own airplanes.

Come on… let's hear it! Does any other country in the world have a plane to equal the Boeing Jumbo Jet, the Lockheed Tristar or the Douglas 10? If so, why don't they fly them? Why do all international lines except Russia fly American planes? Why does no other land on earth even consider putting a man or a woman on the moon?

You talk about Japanese technocracy and you get radios. You talk about German technocracy and you get automobiles. You talk about American technocracy and you find men on the moon, not once, but several times … and safely home again. You talk about scandals and the Americans put theirs right in the store window for everybody to look at. Even the draft dodgers are not pursued and hounded. They are right here on our streets in Toronto, most of them… unless they are breaking Canadian laws… are getting American dollars from Ma and Pa at home to spend here.

When the Americans get out of this bind… as they will… who could blame them if they said 'the hell with the rest of the world'. Let someone else buy the bonds, let someone else build or repair foreign dams or design foreign buildings that won't shake apart in earthquakes.

When the railways of France, Germany and India were breaking down through age, it was the Americans who rebuilt them. When the Pennsylvania Railroad and the New York Central went broke, nobody loaned them an old caboose. Both of them are still broke. I can name to you 5,000 times when the Americans raced to the help of other people in trouble.

Can you name to me even one time when someone else raced to the Americans in trouble? I don't think there was outside help even during the San Francisco earthquake.

Our neighbours have faced it alone and I am one Canadian who is damned tired of hearing them kicked around. They will come out of this thing with their flag high. And when they do, they are entitled to thumb their noses at the lands that are gloating over their present troubles.

I hope Canada is not one of these. But there are many smug, self-righteous Canadians. And finally, the American Red Cross was told at its 48th Annual meeting in New Orleans this morning that it was broke.

This year's disasters… with the year less than half-over… has taken it all and nobody… but nobody… has helped. 

Well, technology has progressed and the places struck by disasters are new, but Mr. Sinclair's sentiments still hold true.


Liberal senators read very slowly

June 20, 2006

If true, this is appalling. 

As reported in the Ottawa Citizen, via NealeNews:

Liberal senators appear to be threatening to hold up the Conservatives' accountability bill because its proposed $1,000 limitation on political donations would create problems for their party's fundraising and leadership convention this fall, the government Senate leader says.

. . . The House of Commons is expected to sit until midnight every day this week in order to approve the ethics package, which Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said is his government's top priority, before the House breaks for the summer.

It's expected the bill will be sent to the Senate for its consideration tomorrow.

. . . But an unapologetic Senator Sharon Carstairs, the Liberal critic for the bill, said yesterday that two to four months may be required to properly examine the complex and wide-sweeping legislation, adding she thinks there "are a number of amendments that need to be made."

If Liberal Senators tie up this legislation until after their leadership convention, it would be one of the most cynical, partisan and anti-democratic moves in recent Canadian history . . . and that's saying a lot. 

If the Liberals saw this as a problem then they shouldn't have inflicted such a protracted leadership race on their party and the country.

Of course they could take a page from Joe Volpe's fundraising book.  Schools go back three full months before their leadership convention.

The suspense is . . . zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

June 18, 2006

The Montreal Gazette covers the second Liberal leadership debate.

Harper steals spotlight at Liberal debate

One man dominated the second Liberal leadership debate yesterday, yet he wasn't anywhere near the event, nor is he even a Liberal.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper – attacked repeatedly by the 11 candidates vying to lead the federal Liberals – loomed like a bogeyman over the two-hour discussions in a New Brunswick gymnasium.

. . . And so it went for more than two hours, with all of the candidates, including Carolyn Bennett, Stephane Dion, Hedy Fry, Joe Volpe, Gerard Kennedy and Bob Rae taking swipes at the Conservatives.

. . . Yesterday's meeting is the last official Liberal debate until the fall, when the candidates reconvene for further public debate before the leadership convention in Montreal Nov. 29 to Dec. 3.

I know that politics slows down for the summer, but holy crap!  I had no idea that the Liberals had scheduled such a lengthy leadership contest. 

Either the Liberals will be forced to the polls without a leader or they face the prospect of another 5 and a half months of wasted energy -and money- tearing each other apart.  At which point, the winner will have to face a rested, fully funded and prime-ministerial Stephen Harper in the next election.

Interesting strategy guys.  All I can say is keep up the good work! 

Mother Sheehan supports the troops

June 18, 2006

Rabid moonbat Cindy Sheehan shows up in Canada, yet again, reports CNEWS

This time she’s there to support the troops, er, sort of:

. . . Sheehan was making her second visit to Canada in support of sanctuary for those fleeing the U.S. military.  Canada has so far denied political asylum to U.S. soldiers who have sought it but appeals are pending.

. . . About 20 former U.S. soldiers, referred to as war resisters, have applied for refugee status in Canada. Organizers estimated there may be as many as 200 soldiers in the country who have not yet sought formal protection.

These soldiers volunteered for service.  There hasn’t been a draft in the US since 1973.  Let’s get these appeals heard so we can ship these illegal aliens home. 

What a waste of public money.