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November 04, 2007

When is the government going to fix everyone's problems?

I mean, jeez! The Conservatives have been in power for two years now! Well, almost. The Liberal master of windy rhetoric, Ken Dryden, spoke in Parliament Friday:

Mr. Speaker, when I travel across the country, I hear the same thing, from those with disabilities, from those who cannot read, from students, from aboriginals. I ask them what the government is doing and they say nothing or next to nothing: from seniors, from parents needing to work who have children needing to learn, nothing; from the poor, nothing; from people who live the experience, not just formulate life from their own minds, anything big, tough, anything that has to be taken on together, nothing.

When will the government take this special opportunity and really do something?

(Lifted from the Phantom Observer, because I'm not crazy enough to read through those transcripts myself. Follow the link to read about Dryden's Stéphane Dion moment...)

In Dryden's worldview, everyone is just sitting around waiting for some massive new social program that will rescue them from their problems. People are passive, and helpless without government assistance. What a depressing perspective.

October 31, 2007

This is gonna be a fun story to watch...

The story of ex-Liberal Blair Wilson gets more interesting:

Former campaign manager Wood said the Elections Canada probe needs to find out how much spending was covered by cash and not included in the financial report filed by the Wilson campaign.

Wood said the Wilson campaign appeared to spend more money than she had budgeted for when she was manager during the campaign's early days.

She said she kept a tight rein on spending, but that was jettisoned once Wilson replaced her with Guillio Vilas, an outsider who few people in the riding association knew.

Wilson and Vilas became "joined at the hip," Wood said,and cash payments were often used to pay for services or supplies.

She recalled that Vilas appeared at her Sechelt home to pay her for wood she had purchased for campaign signs.

"He had this wad of hundred-dollar bills," Wood said.

"And he rolled off four one-hundred-dollar bills and left them on my dining room table."

October 29, 2007

Hey Stéphane, I was just kidding!

When I mentioned a couple of days ago that opposing the GST might be a good policy for the Liberals, I didn't expect you to take me seriously:

For a political leader who has said he doesn't want an election, Stéphane Dion, the head of the Liberal Party, sounds like he's itching for a campaign battle when talking about Conservative plans to cut another point off the GST.

The Liberal Leader was in London, Ont., on Monday and delivered a rather harsh analysis about why cutting the GST by another point — as pledged in this month's Speech from the Throne — was a bad idea.

I mean, I agree with you Stéph: lowering corporate and income taxes are a better way to build the economy. But there's three reasons why opposing this cut is a bad strategy:
  • You have no credibility as a tax fighter. No one believes that you will follow through. I sure don't.
  • Opposing a very visible and annoying tax and offering corporate tax cuts instead isn't likely to win much support amongst people who aren't economists.
  • Praising corporate tax cuts! The biggest threat to your base right now is the NDP, and they are gonna use this to maximum effect.
But I don't want to discourage you Stéphane. If you want to try to re-invent yourself as the candidate for sensible economic policy, go for it! But you have a lot of work to do...