NOW are you ready for Senate Reform?

If his intent was to adhere to the wisdom of the Chinese proverb, “Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember…”, PM Stephen Harper seems to have been very successful in teaching us all a powerful lesson yesterday.

The news cycle has paid minimal attention to his excellent Cabinet selection and instead is riveted on the Senate appointments of Manning, Smith and Verner.

Jack Layton calls it undemocratic:

“It’s a slap in the face of the Canadian voters who just trooped out to the polls to send their own message very strongly in the last election,” said the leader of the Opposition.

(He who wanted to overturn the results of the 2008 election with the Coalition of Losers.)

But I would argue that the timing of this announcement was a calculated move to shake up those foot-dragging provinces that didn’t want to go the elected-Senator route.

PM Harper was saying in effect, ‘O.K.  We’ll play it your way and this is what will continue to happen. Is that what you really want?’

Brad Wall has criticized the Senate appointments as well, even though he is onside with an elected Senate. He wants federal funding for the voting process –  which seems reasonable to me. But Senators will continue to be appointed until we get to the point where the majority of provinces and population are willing to buy into the concept.

What do people expect the Conservative Government is going to do in the absence of cooperation from the provinces on Senate Reform? Just sit there and watch their legislation get hung up by Liberal Senators? Not very likely.

Bert Brown explains here in a column by the Calgary Herald’s Licia Corbella (H/T Norman Spector on Twitter):

Bert Brown, Canada’s only elected senator and longtime Senate reform crusader, said he’s not at all upset that Harper has made these appointments.

“The Conservatives had a plurality in the Senate, but we needed a majority so that we could get some important bills passed,” explained Brown.

“The Liberals have had a majority in the Senate for 70 years with the exception of two brief periods, so we need to build up our majority so we can actually get some Conservative laws passed.”

Then, says Brown, it will be up to individual provinces to draft legislation to hold Senate elections during provincial elections. Once provinces do that, the prime minister will appoint those provincially elected senators to the upper chamber regardless of their political stripe or allegiance.

“The ball is now in the provinces’ court,” said Brown. “If they don’t hold Senate elections, the prime minister has made it clear he will fill Senate appointments.”

Senate Reform has been part of PM Stephen Harper’s vision for a very long time.

With these latest Senate Appointments giving Conservatives a majority in both houses, I believe he’s saying now is the time Canada. You’ll likely never get this chance again.

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Related

Mary T and others had an excellent discussion on this topic yesterday.

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Personal Note

I keep hoping for things to calm down on the political front for a while so I can take a little break, but recent events continue to conspire against me. However I plan to catch up on the home-front this coming long weekend if not sooner. Readers are still welcome to comment and I’ll drop in occasionally to check for anything stuck in the filters.

 

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57 Responses to NOW are you ready for Senate Reform?

  1. Fay says:

    It almost seems like Marjory La Breton and Stephen Harper are manipulating the Media Party. Right on cue the Media Party are enraged at how undemocratic the Senate is and report that the Senate needs to be reformed.
    The reporters screaming at Marjory La Breton looked bad on the Press Gallery and feeds into the MSM irrelevancy.

    • Joanne says:

      Right on cue the Media Party are enraged at how undemocratic the Senate is and report that the Senate needs to be reformed.

      lol! Which was PM Harper’s message all along. Thank you Media Party.

  2. Hans Rupprecht says:

    Joanne don’t you know there is no rest for the ‘wicked’….?

    We had this discussion over at BC Blue yesterday with the indomitable MaryT chiming in for good measure.

    My comment reproduced below:

    http://bcblue.wordpress.com/2011/05/18/harpers-re-appointment-of-failed-mp-candidates-to-senate-sickening/#comments

    BC Blue hilarious stuff and enjoyable comments!

    I didn’t get appointed either although as a bona fide “Canucklehead” I would qualify…

    Fact of the matter is that 2 of 3 attempted to get elected and are returned to the Senate whence they came.

    If it was the “Coalitionistas” you could perhaps look forward to Senator Elizabeth May until age 75. But now Saanich Gulf Islands have the chance to turf her in 4 or 5 years time.

    Alternatively, the “Coalitionistas” could have appointed a 19 year old greenhorn to the Senate and left them there until age 75. Doesn’t that thought warm your heart?

    Senate reform has a way to go yet, but you can be sure if Iggy was vaulted to the PMO via the Coalition he would have gleefully pumped the Senate full of failed Liberal candidates.

    It may be the political version of “Valhalla”, but you still need a majority there to pass any substantive legislation, like the budget, crime bill reform, immigration reform etc. etc.

    But don’t let practical realities make you stand on your stump…

    Just think you could have had the “Franken-Senate” instead!!

    But Canadian voters got smart…

    Cheers

    Hans-Christian Georg Rupprecht, Commander in Chief

    Frankenstein Battalion
    2nd Squadron: Ulanen-(Lancers) Regiment Großherzog Friedrich von Baden(Rheinisches) Nr.7(Saarbrucken)
    Knecht Rupprecht Division
    Hans Corps
    1st Saint Nicolaas Army
    Army Group “True North”

    • Joanne says:

      Hans – Great comment. Good discussion over there at BC Blue’s for sure.

      One thing I’ve learned as a blogger is to resist the urge to send out a knee-jerk post on something that’s bugging me.

      O.K. I still do it once in a while. But usually I try to sit back and take in various points of view and then try to formulate my opinion after giving the situation a lot of thought.

      Twitter’s great for instant reactions though. In fact it’s almost too great.

  3. Barbara says:

    I am overjoyed at the prospect of having majorities in both houses and for the first time in many years am optimistic about Canada’s future. I am not disappointed in Harper appointing people to the Senate, I just wish he had picked more deserving people.

    It is fun to watch the media’s reaction to this. Say what you will about Harper, but that man knows how to get a reaction out of the media! This reminds me of several years ago when the cabinet was getting sworn in and out of left field David Emerson was part of the Con. cabinet. The media went on an on about it for months.

    These are definitely interesting times!

  4. WCT says:

    Enjoy your long weekend JJ

    Yesterday, our PM played p-o-l-i-t-i-c-s and the Opps/Media Party didn’t like playing the game – they wanted to play stick ball and the PM is playing full contact 3 down football.

    And the winner is … !!!

  5. Alberta Girl says:

    I get extremely angry at those supposed supporters who don’t look beyond what the media party is reporting and understand that PM Harper is trying to accomplish here. Then when these people are challenged they become defensive and lash out. If they only would remember how many times in the past they have “changed their minds” after the fact.

    As I have said – on FB and on Twitter – if you don’t like what he did – lobby your prov gov. to elect senators.

    And Brad Wall saying – the feds didn’t give us money and Harper started to appoint senators is just an excuse!!! Alberta proved how easy it can be to do it.

  6. Lorraine says:

    Great insight once again Joanne. No matter who Harper appoints to the Senate there would be howls-so why not choose 3 people he knows, trusts and who embrace the Conservative policies including Senate Reform.
    And there was a reason to fill these spots before June 2-that’s when Senate Committees and chairs are chosen and Harper needed a clear majority so the chairs will be Conservative.
    These 3 can all hit the ground running especially Jose Vernier whose insights from being Minister in charge of Quebec makes her more valuable to Quebec Canadians than all of Jack’s newbies combined.

    • Joanne says:

      Great insight once again Joanne. No matter who Harper appoints to the Senate there would be howls-so why not choose 3 people he knows, trusts and who embrace the Conservative policies including Senate Reform…

      Thanks Lorraine.

      And in the link from the Star Phoenix Gerry Ritz explains the conditions that these 3 new Senators have agreed to:

      In an interview from Ottawa, Ritz said the incoming senators have pledged to step aside and run if provinces implement Senate elections.

      Ritz, who was first elected as a Reform MP, defended the appointments of Manning, Smith and Verner.

      “The prime minister has been clear we want good quality people. We want people that buy into our mandate. Certainly these three people do,” he said

      .

  7. Liz J says:

    There’s all this howling about reforming the Senate from the same people who are criticizing the PM for setting the Senate up to do just that.

    I knew we were dealing with Leftist creep for several decades but didn’t realize just how desperately lacking Leftists are of the capacity for reasoned thought.

  8. maz2 says:

    Old normal vs ‘new normal’.

    Old normal:

    May 19, 1780:

    “*In 1780, a combination of thick smoke and heavy cloud cover caused complete darkness to fall on Eastern Canada and the New England area of the United States around 10:30AM.”

    *H/T Ottawa Sun “Today In History”.

    …-

    ‘new normal':

    May 19, 2011:

    “U.S. weather extremes ‘new normal’”

    “WASHINGTON –

    Heavy rains, deep snowfalls, monster floods and killing droughts are signs of a “new normal“ of extreme U.S. weather events fueled by climate change, scientists and government planners said Wednesday.”

    http://www.torontosun.com/2011/05/18/us-weather-extremes-new-normal

  9. Soccermom says:

    My thoughts exactly, Joanne!! I posted this @ SDA as well….:

    At first glance, it looks like crap. Yes, he could have picked other people. But the smart-ass in me likes the fact that Quebec and Newfoundland got poked here a bit, in fact, I had a good laugh over that one. We don’t need them for a majority, we’ve tried to win them over and they still hate conservatives. Well, fine then…So, a senate majority was needed ASAP. Good, so that’s done. I’m also thinking that this is a damn fine way to get two provinces (who probably didn’t want senate reform) to want change so much that they WILL institute senate elections so they can pick their own damn senators. After all, I believe provinces have to institute senate elections if they want them, it cannot be mandated from on high by a PM. Change will come to the senate, slowly but surely. I’m sure Harper added these three with the proviso that yes, if their province does decide to have an election for senate seats, they will run (as he put forth for Wallin and Duffy, etc.) Now, I can’t see Harper sticking around after this term is finished (at least I hope he doesn’t). Nine years as PM is a long time. He’ll likely want to hand off to a new leader around late in year 3 of his mandate. Good to get huge things like this out of the way quickly to lessen the impact a few years down the road.

  10. maz2 says:

    Att. Taliban Jacques Bloc.

    It’s the economy, stoopid.

    …-

    “Number of EI recipients drops for sixth straight month in March: StatsCan

    OTTAWA — The number of people receiving regular Employment Insurance benefits fell by three per cent in March to 606,200.

    It was the sixth straight monthly decline.

    Statistics Canada reports the number receiving benefits was down in every province, with the fastest declines coming in Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and British Columbia.

    The agency says 226,600 initial and renewal claims were received, down 4.4 per cent (10,400) from February and the largest of three consecutive declines.

    That’s the lowest number of claims since August 2008, just before the labour market downturn.

    The fastest declines occurred in Alberta (down 7.2 per cent) and Saskatchewan (down 5.4).”

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5gKIKu028iYe4_bFnlnvNTgLH2qGg?docId=6894199

  11. Martin says:

    In their frenzy over the Senate appointments, the Media party and especially Liberals, should reflect on just who appointed Andrew Thompson and Raymond Lavigne. How many times was Thompson elected by Ont. voters?

  12. Bubba Brown says:

    Well good morning Blue Folks! Now our “new normal” will be the “Media Party” and the new Leader of Her Majesties Loyal Opposition” wailing and shredding their garments over our Conservative majority, doing the nations work.
    Suck it up Twinkies!
    Like badly behaved Lefty’s everywhere they don’t get it, that is why they, on the one hand, are attempting to peddle “outrage and spluttering opinion posing as news.”
    On the other hand Jack whose judgement is somewhat faulty regarding such basic issues as Democracy, community clinics, expense accounts, stuffing fence-post Candidates into riding’s to garner 1.95 a vote.
    Good Grief! Is this the best they can do?
    I guess we should be grateful, their little games gave us the majority of the voters a chance to put the Conservatives in a Majority Government.
    Anyone who ever watched a Liberal Chairman, in the Senate block any and all discussion, refuse to let speak anyone that was not Liberal.
    Hold up or alter bills passed by the HOC.
    Well you will understand why we need to move forward, and we are, thank you PM Harper!
    As an aside Chantal Hebert made a remark that the “Girls” refused entry to a Conservative rally by security.
    This was touted by Owl-Livers as “going to cost Harper his majority”.
    Twenty minutes later Mr Ignatieff was ranting about it on a stage.
    Chantal said his time would have been better spent explaining his policies.
    Leftys are sloow learners, they are at it again. Sigh, just noise folks.
    Perhaps the “Media Party” could ask Jack to explain what “He” would do differently about the Senate appointments, ………..crickets.
    We would also do well to reflect as to what that would entail. Scary folks.JMO

  13. Mary T says:

    OT, but Terry M is finally responding to negative (in his mind) comments made May 4 and 5th re some of his reporting during the campaign. I can’t imagine why he picked on my comments, I am always so nice. lol.
    Did anyone miss lizzie not being interviewed re the Senate appointments, didn’t think so.
    And I didn’t see Terry on any tv panel.

  14. Jen says:

    Proceedings of the Special Senate Committee on
    Senate Reform

    Issue 2 – Evidence

    ——————————————————————————–

    OTTAWA, Thursday, September 7, 2006

    Today we are privileged to have as our first witness, Prime Minister Stephen Harper. This is the first time that a sitting Prime Minister has appeared before a Senate committee. We are pleased that he has come before our committee and we are most anxious to hear his views.

    http://www.parl.gc.ca/Content/SEN/Committee/391/refo/02ev-e.htm?comm_id=599&Language=E&Parl=39&Ses=1

  15. wilson says:

    The time is NOW for Senate reform, get it done in PMSHs first majority mandate!!!!
    (fire off e-mails to your Premier’s demanding a say in the next Senator chosen to represent your Province)
    Provincial elections:
    Newfoundland Labrador Oct 2011
    PEI Oct 2011
    Ontario Oct 2011
    Manitoba Oct 2011
    Saskatchewan Nov 2011
    Yukon/NWT/Nunavut 2011
    Quebec 2012
    Alberta 2012
    BC supposed to be in 2013
    NS 2013
    NB 2014

    http://www.psc-cfp.gc.ca/plac-acpl/leave-conge/ann2-eng.htm

    Ontario has 5 Senate appointment terms coming due between 2012 and Oct 2015 (within PMSHs 1st majority mandate)
    Quebec has 4 Senators terms ending in Nov 2011-2013

    http://www.parl.gc.ca/SenatorsMembers/Senate/SenatorsBiography/isenator.asp

  16. Jen says:

    In conclusion, I would like to read a quote from a book I reviewed recently. On page 206, the author writes, and I quote:

    “Probably on no other public question in Canada has there been such unanimity of opinion as on that of the necessity for Senate reform.”

    The author is Robert MacKay.

    The book is The Unreformed Senate of Canada.

    The year is 1926.

    http://www.pm.gc.ca/eng/media.asp?id=1306

  17. wilson says:

    Just to sum it up, PMSH will have the privilege of appointing or re-appointing 15 Senators before the next federal election,
    Canadians should be part of that selection process!!

    If Jack thinks the Senate is so undemocratic and the 2 new Quebec Senators unfit,
    as the new Quebec federal voice,
    Jack should be lobbying Charest to get with the program to give Quebecers a democratic choice……. in the 4 Quebec Senate appointments PMSH will make in next 2 years)

  18. Joe says:

    Of course the Media Party is upset. Not one of their members was appointed to the upper chamber. That’s nigh on sacrilege. Must be time for a royal commission or some such inquiry. Didn’t PMSH get the memo? Only Liberals and Media party members are fit to run the country. Don’t believe me just ask the Media party they will set you straight. (Can I use ‘straight’ or has that become a pejorative reserved for white conservatives?)

  19. wilson says:

    o/t take THIS Lizzy May , Harper Government to be awarded Earth Award !!!

    “..The Conservatives have actually been the greenest government ever in terms of protecting our natural areas and biodiversity. Even newly elected MP and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May couldn’t have done better.

    World Wildlife Fund (WWF) put forward Parks Canada as a nominee for the Gift to the Earth Award for the recent dramatic growth of Canada’s national parks

    This unique and highest accolade by the Geneva-based organization is the result of “many significant conservation achievements” in creating protected areas and reintroducing endangered species.

    Thursday, the WWF is expected to announce in Ottawa that Canada will actually be awarded the prestigious prize….”

    http://www.ottawasun.com/2011/05/18/harper-greener-than-youd-think

  20. Michael Harkov says:

    A Liberal that is making absolute sense on this issue –

    http://puzzledcat.blogspot.com/2011/05/harpers-right-to-appoint-senators.html

  21. Mary T says:

    Ouch, that award has to take the wind out of lizzy’s sails.
    Next time someone brings up fossil awards (which I agree with 100%) the govt can come back with this Earth Award.
    All those poor students out there during climate conferences have wasted their time.

  22. maz2 says:

    MSM proclamation:

    Tell us something we don’t know.

    NDP = Taliban Jacques Bloc.

    Question for MSM: Why was Jack LaytoNDP naked?

    …-

    “NDP is now the voice of Quebec
    Guelph Mercury”

  23. wilson says:

    Dear Mr Jack Layton,

    The best ever opportunity to have NDP Senators appointed to the Senate is now!!
    Being the voice of Quebec, the NDP has been handed this historic opportunity of electing Quebec Senators to fill the 4 seats up for appointment/reappointment between now and 2013.
    Think about it Mr Layton, 4 NDP Senators, over the next 2 years….. or more PM Harper appointments.

    Note too, there are 5 Senate seats in Ontario coming due before the next federal election.

    Best step up to the plate and help give Quebecers the regional voice they deserve in an elected Senate.

  24. jad says:

    Well at least the two newly-appointed senators from Quebec are familiar with the province they are supposed to represent.

  25. Barbara says:

    Wow, Lizzie’s going to be “green” with envy! Haha! Harper getting an Earth Award – I think I can hear her head exploding from Winnipeg!

  26. batb says:

    Alberta Girl: “I get extremely angry at those supposed supporters who don’t look beyond what the media party is reporting and understand that PM Harper is trying to accomplish here.”

    Me too. I’d like to see them run a government, while dealing with an election campaign and, then, having to deal with the lamestream media’s hysteria after the CPC win a majority.

    Prime Minister Harper has a long-range plan and he plays his cards very close to his chest. He’s got a strategy — something he’s brilliant at — so, my suggestion about some of the “inexplicable” things he does, is to just chill out, take a deep breath, say a prayer (always a good idea), and see where our brilliant-strategist PM takes us. So far, I haven’t been disappointed. Our prime minister isn’t perfect but he sure beats the heck out of the competition.

    Stephen Taylor has an interesting take on these Senate appointments: Cabinet shuffle and senate appointments:

    His take? … The Senate appointments of three losing candidates is disappointing. … I think the PM may be building popular support against the Senate in its present form, a sort of reverse psychology on the electorate. Making real reforms to the Other Place will require the momentum from a critical mass of Canadians. …

    http://www.stephentaylor.ca/

  27. Liz J says:

    Do you suppose the Harper gov getting the Earth award has left Green Lizzie speechless?

  28. Liz J says:

    One thing we can be sure of , the losing candidates from Quebec appointed to the Senate will be more in tune with Quebec affairs than some of Jack’s NDP candidates from that place.

    As for Fabian Manning from NFLD, his experience will serve to represent that province who opted to shun the party that won majority power.

  29. Mary T says:

    Pat Martin has not taken anger management classes by his reaction today on Evan’s show. Suggested Phil Fontaine, a long time resident of Manitoba, would have been a better choice for Senate yesterday. Does he not know those openings were for Que and NFLD> I thought he was at a committee meeting re Bev Oda, or in QP.
    Not one of the panelists brought up the fact they were needed to give the PM a clear majority on committees. Marjorie L gave as good as she got re all the appointees have agreed to term limits if passed. And when asked about some Premiers comments she basically said, they can put their money where their mouth is and pass laws to elect senators, as they have vacancies coming up in a year or so.
    Then Evan pounded her on when legislation would be passed to reform the senate.
    Of course wants the senate abolished but that would take a constitutional amendment. Does he ever smile????
    When are those guests taped, Bob Rae was on both political shows at the same time.
    With the upgrading of our cable system we now get both ctv and cbc political shows and they are just one channel away, 390 and 391 so it is easy to flip back and forth.
    Regardless, I think the PM has achieved his goal, getting Canadians to talk about senate reform. It will happen, maybe not by the summer break but certainly before the next round of 4 vacancies come up before the end of the year.

  30. Alberta Girl says:

    I am at my daughters and they obviously have Bell as I got the message on the SunTV channel. Therefore, I am unable to watch and am wondering how Ezra’s interview with James Moore went?? I saw a tweet that Ezra was his usual “talkative” self, but am wondering what James Moore said.

    • Joanne says:

      I saw a tweet that Ezra was his usual “talkative” self, but am wondering what James Moore said.

      Who knows? I watched it and Ezra kept interrupting. Not impressed.

      • Joanne says:

        Sun did have an interview with Senator LeBreton being interviewed by David Akin. I tuned in part way through but David is much more respectful. I hope it’s online later.

  31. Alberta Girl says:

    OK – I just watched it online – I actually was pretty impressed with James Moore – he clarified alot of things that I had questions about and pretty much fufilled my impression that the CPC ARE making changes to the CBC – from the inside. As I have told others – they are a Canadian institution by law and cannot be “cut”, but it doesn’t mean the CPC can’t force them to be accountable. I hope that happens.

    As for Ezra interrupting – he needs to listen more and not just try to make his own agenda points. Maybe several emails to that effect could have an affect.

    • Joanne says:

      OK – I just watched it online – I actually was pretty impressed with James Moore – he clarified alot of things that I had questions about and pretty much fufilled my impression that the CPC ARE making changes to the CBC

      I’ll have to check it out online too. James Moore did seem to retain his composure in spite of Ezra’s interruptions.

  32. maz2 says:

    WUWT has the sanity up.

    Go for the comments.

    …-

    “Canada finds climate sanity”

    “Back from the brink

    A sudden outbreak of sanity seems to have taken hold Canada. Firstly the idea of a carbon tax appears to have been killed off for good:

    Conservatives kill carbon tax

    Conservatives have kiboshed a carbon tax, Environment Minister Peter Kent confirmed Thursday.

    “It’s off the table,” he told reporters Thursday after accepting an award from World Wildlife Fund International on behalf of Parks Canada.

    “There’s no expectation of cap-and-trade continentally in the near or medium future.”

    …and then this:

    Government delays pulling plug on old-fashioned light bulbs

    Tories propose pushing deadline to 2014 over lack of alternatives to incandescents

    The Conservative government wants to postpone pulling the plug on incandescent light bulbs, saying it needs more time to allow for technological innovations and to deal with concerns about compact fluorescent lamps.
    Read more: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/decision-canada/Government+delays+pulling+plug+fashioned+light+bulbs/4806638/story.html#ixzz1Mpjo25v6

    (H/T to Ross McKitrick, who offers to send a real estate guide, and to Bishop-Hill, where this post was pinched from, but good news needs sharing)”

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/05/19/canada-finds-climate-sanity/#more-40257

  33. maz2 says:

    Our CBC eats big black crow.

    We await comments from Mildewski, wee Peter, et al.

    More, please.

    …-

    “CBC, Quebecor legal spat ends”

    “Quebecor and Radio-Canada have ended their legal battle over comments made by the CBC’s vice-president of CBC’s French wing about Quebecor CEO Pierre Karl Peladeau.

    Radio-Canada announced the news in a statement Thursday afternoon.

    Peladeau, owner of QMI Agency, sued Sylvain Lafrance for $700,000 for calling Peladeau a “punk” in a 2007 newspaper interview.

    Lafrance made the comment after Quebecor’s cable subsidiary stopped paying into the Canadian Television Fund.

    Quebecor had objected to the fact that more than one third of the CTF’s funding went to the CBC, which already receives more than $1 billion a year from taxpayers.

    The CBC and Lafrance stated in a release Thursday that they did not want people to believe that the actions of Peladeau were in any way illegal and that it was “regrettable and unfortunate that the word ‘punk’ was used.”

    http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/MediaNews/2011/05/19/18167586.html

  34. maz2 says:

    PET Cemetery Report.

    C’mon down. We’re having a ball.

    H/T Liberal Jeancula Ad$Cam Chretien/Power Corp/Mao Stlong.

    Mao Stlong, aka UNaBomber Maurice Strong, is Rae’s Uncle Mo.

    …-

    “Liberals openly question Rae’s avowal on interim leadership”

    “Liberals lined up to express concern Thursday that Bob Rae plans use his possible position as interim leader to mount a campaign for the permanent leadership of the party despite saying he has no plans to do so.”

    http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/canada/Liberals+openly+question+avowal+interim+leadership/4811071/story.html

  35. maz2 says:

    Socialism stalks men in socialist Ottawa Mayor Watson’s Ottawa.

    …-

    “Edgy Sexual Assault Campaign Launches in Ottawa”

    “The posters are aimed at men between 19 and 25 and bear the message “don’t be that guy”.”

    http://www.cfra.com/

  36. Mary T says:

    OT, story at NNW re Tony Clement and the cuts that are coming. One of the first things that should go is , if you don’t spend it you get nothing next year. We have all heard that stmt from some govt official. That is why dept keep getting bloated. Turn it around and if you save it, you get rewarded.
    The tell the postal union, you go on strike, we privatize the post office. And cancel all wage increases and benefits in new contract. Members have rejected it so pull it off the table and go with the previous one.

    • Joanne says:

      OT, story at NNW re Tony Clement and the cuts that are coming. One of the first things that should go is , if you don’t spend it you get nothing next year. We have all heard that stmt from some govt official…

      Boy isn’t that the truth? All good suggestions there Mary T.

  37. Mary T says:

    Lots of headlines, lose an election go to the senate. How many defeated candidates were there, 308 ridings, most had 3 candidates or more, and only one winner. Gee, there are a lot of losers out there waiting for a senate seat. LOL.
    Other headlines, Canadians upset blah blah. I don’t think most Canadians even know there were 3 senators appointed and if they do, only the opposition losers are upset.
    Media party fell into the trap hook line and sinker.
    Considering the over 40% that didn’t vote because they were so satisfied with the conservative govt and didn’t want change, added to the 40% that did vote that is great support from Canadians.
    Any coverage of Canada getting the Earth Award from the World Wildlife Fund.

  38. Richco says:

    re: Ezra/Moore interview – considering that we here have said much more horrible things about the CBC and, were we in Ezra’s shoes I’m betting some of us would of let Moore have it with both barrels too. Ezra was being Ezra and we all know where he sits with respect to the CBC – I don’t begrudge him one bit for wanting to snipe at Moore.

    Quite honestly I didn’t buy Moore’s explanation – you can’t change a leopard’s spots and I don’t believe the CBC will change either. Oh, they’ll make a great show of it but in the end will the public ever get closer to the books and accountability for their taxdollars? Nope.

    Say, what’s happened to Ontario Girl since the election? A bit odd that she showed up in the weeks before the election and then vanished off the radar? I wonder if she/he was working for an Ontario candidate? Just speculating.

    Looks like we’re finally going to get a nice weekend here in Ontario.
    Find some time to get off the computer folks and into some serious BBQ and R&R.

    Have fun in the garden Joanne – that’s where I have to be this weekend. Still a sloppy mess but it’s a jungle out there:-)

    Eat cake…..or pancakes.

    • Joanne says:

      Have fun in the garden Joanne – that’s where I have to be this weekend. Still a sloppy mess but it’s a jungle out there…

      I plan to do that Richco! Did a bit yesterday and was up to my ankles in mud. But the sun finally came out late in the afternoon and it was so great.

  39. Liz J says:

    Global warming wasn’t talked about back in my grandparent’s days but their rule was never plant a garden ’til June 1st.

    How is everyone keeping up with all the blooming McGuinty’s and other weeds taking over their lawns? With all the rain they’re at least easier to pry out of the ground. Don’t know why we bother, we should let them go ugly as a testament to what Dalty has done to this province.

    • Joanne says:

      How is everyone keeping up with all the blooming McGuinty’s and other weeds taking over their lawns?

      Oh you mean the Dalty-Lyin’s?

      We keep our lawn long & thick to try to discourage the little yellow nuisances from taking root. And as soon as I do see one, I get out my Dalty-Lyin’ plucker and pull the sucker out.

  40. Richco says:

    I hear you Liz re: the weeds – except down the road from me the golf course has an exemption and keep their greens and course weed free. The cemetery I believe is also exempt. I wonder if Dalton’s got weeds on his lawn?

    My neighbours were opining on how this spring is much like what a normal spring USED to be like before “global warming”. I just roll my eyes and let them think what they want.

  41. Richco says:

    Here’s another good column today – actually except for the shitty lead item on NNW – most of the columns today are good for our team.

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/second-reading/gerald-caplan/harpers-in-and-canadas-back-just-ask-jon-stewart/article2028820

    It’s all good and we’re in great hands.

    Have a good weekend! I’m outta’ here!

    • Joanne says:

      Have a good weekend! I’m outta’ here!

      Enjoy the great weather Richco. I hope you’re finally over that nasty cough. I’m hoping the sun & warmth will get rid of mine.

  42. Liz J says:

    Yeah, lets hope Tony cans the use it or lose it policy, it’s just a recipe for potentially wasting our tax dollars.

  43. Jon Coates says:

    I believe that Prime Minister Harper needs to change the way the Senate game is played: First, he needs to call a binding referendum on Senate reform asking a question something like: “Are you in favour of an elected Senate with 10 Senators from each province?” Second, there should be an attachment to this question which states that each province’s representation in the House of Commons will be based on a strictly representation by population. It is ridiculous that PEI with a population of about 150,000 people should have four MPs. The revised House of Commons will be the house of population and the revised Senate will be the new House of the Provinces.

    If he wins a majority in this referendum he will have created a new way of changing the constitution because he will be backed by the people of Canada. If he doesn’t win a majority, then he should continue to appoint senators as he has done so far.

    What we don’t need is a constitutional amending process which features every provincial premier bring any demand or pipedream which occurs to him/her. The Senate is a federal institution and it’s composition should be managed by the federal government, including financing the cost of senate elections.

    The amending formulas contained in the constitution are not calculate to ever allow any substantive changes to the constitution. Addressing the constitutional logjam could end up being the greatest achievement of the Harper government. We need 21st century institutions to represent 21st century needs. That includes an amending formula that works.

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