Welcome to our misery

There was a time when fiscally-conservative voters in Ontario could look to Alberta as an example of responsible management (not to mention the recent Liberal-inspired disgrace of Ontario becoming a Have-Not province and needing Alberta’s support.)

But now even that shred of hope seems to be evaporating into the mire of  *CINO Premier Alison Redford‘s latest budget. [*Conservative In Name Only]

Derek Fildebrandt, Alberta director of the Canadian Taxypayers Federation laments (via the National Post):

“The government seems to think being debt-free is a weird, quirky Albertan thing and that it’s somehow embarrassing to some of their friends.. I think being debt-free is a point of pride for Alberta, and rightfully so. Do we really want to join the same fiscal class as Ontario? As Quebec? As the federal government?”

( . . . )

“If there’s one message to take away from this budget, it’s: Don’t trust them. Don’t trust the government. They have cooked the books to an unprecedented level. I’ve never seen anything like this on the federal or provincial scene anywhere in the country.”

FP’s Terence Corcoran is not impressed either (Alberta Blames it on the Forecast):

…The trouble, however, is not the forecasting. It is in the all-consuming obsession of politicians and governments to spend and tax as much as possible as often as possible.
The crashing reality of Alberta’s fiscal situation is nothing more than a standard political blunder. Quebec did it. Ontario’s Dalton McGuinty did it. Any government — for that matter any corporation or family — that makes spending plans on the basis of an obvious cyclical peak in the price of something is heading for a crash

The Calgary Sun’s Rick Bell points out, “We haven’t seen the province unable to balance their daily expense chequebook like this since back when Ralph took over the reins, pledging to sort out the financial dog’s breakfast of that day — and doing it.”

lemmings
Welcome to Lemmingville, Alberta. You picked Redford instead of Danielle Smith. Now you and the ROC have to face the consequences.

It takes guts to vote for a Ralph Klein or a Mike Harris.

 

 

 

 

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Update

D’Amato: Hudak’s austere plans may be needed in these extraordinary timesWaterloo Region Record

Kelly McParland: Post-Ralph Alberta has wasted his legacy and dived back into debt – via Jack’s Newswatch

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82 Responses to Welcome to our misery

  1. Richco says:

    You can add Ontario to Lemmingville. Heck, any province under the progressive or Liberal banner seem headed that way. Why not add B.C. too?

  2. Nicola Timmerman says:

    I see Montreal is asking the police to issue more tickets each month (as if they don’t already issue too many). Also the government is going to invest in portable photo radar units in vans to bring in more money.

    The Champlain bridge is the next thing with tolls on this bridge and on all the bridges leading to Montreal.

    I am just waiting for someone to have a giant meltdown with a policeman and who will be responsible for this death?

    The governments at all levels are insatiable.

  3. fh says:

    Some good news 51,000 jobs in February beat expected 8,000
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/story/2013/03/08/business-jobs-february.html

  4. wilson says:

    I feel sick.
    All those people who voted for her based on lies, lies and more lies must be truly disgusted.
    It’s been 20 years since Alberta has not been able to pay the day to day bills.
    Now we are 1/2 a Billion short this year, and the Heritage Fund will once again be tapped.
    It gets worse. The over all deficit is nearly $6 Billion, if you take into account (which REDford didn’t ) the $4 Billion she will BORROW to build schools and hospitals that we can’t afford to staff.
    PC vote buying has ruined my province.

    • Be Mused says:

      Dear Wilson;

      They aren’t disappointed. They are experiencing personal income growth. The personal cheque is still getting bigger and so they aren’t paying attention to her spending or the spending of their municipality. Both levels, in most places in Alberta are taking on ever increasing debt and justifying it because borrowing is cheap and infrastructure is needed now. They will borrow to the limit and then end up like Detroit when the revenues decline and the costs (interest rates) increase. It will be bad. But it’s not bad today and there is no recollection of what happened in the 80s and 90s so they let Red Allie do what she wants. That part is sad.

      In the meantime the frugal person is left behind. Savers are being sacked!

  5. Liz J says:

    Quebec and Ontario may feel the equalization pinch. The Dippers across the land and the PQ Seppies who decry the dirty Alberta oil will be crying for help and there won’t be any.

  6. Richco says:

    I really do hope that Harper doesn’t call it quits this summer. I would really love to see him and the ROC take on the progressives once and for all. If that means he can rally the west like no other politician, then let’er rip.

    Feel very sorry for the former leaders in Alberta who worked so hard, only to have a progressive throw that all away.

    I’d still rather live out west than Ontario at the moment.

  7. wilson says:

    Why should ‘broke’ Alberta pay Quebec to “not” exploit their own resources?
    The have-not free lunch is about to blow up on them.
    That’s the only silver lining in going broke, scrubbing off the leaches.

    • Rich says:

      Quebec opposition to developing their natural resources came when Toxic Tommy was environment minister in the Charest government; he placed a moratorium on all fossil fuel development so that Quebec could drink the global warming koolaid and show themselves to be the most environmentally friendly Province in Canada, and receive huge transfer payments from the rest of Canada. It is time for them to stand with Canada and not against; the age of PET etal catering to Quebec is over

    • Fay says:

      Hannah Thebideau broke this so called scandal??? the underlined falsehood was that the majority of Canadians voted for the conservatives in the last election! Of course Hannah and Evan reported that the majority of Canadians voted for other parties and the conservatives won with only 37% of the vote??? Same old, same old bash the conservatives from the crew at CBC power and politics.

  8. Rich says:

    Here is a twitter that would make you guys want to pet her for being a strong hard working citizen.

    Transit Police BC‏@TransitPolice

    On Int’l Women’s Day MT @cqrcmp “Chrisa, Metro Van’s only female police dog, made her first arrest this morning
    pic.twitter.com/Ur8lxzWQ7z” ^gw

  9. fh says:

    the no decorum party ndp are up in the air about salt I Strongly suggest they all read this
    http://www.saltinstitute.org/Issues-in-focus/Food-salt-health

    • Joanne says:

      Personally I have a big issue with the amount of salt in prepared foods, but there is an alternate: Don’t eat them! That way the food industry will start making lower sodium alternatives. It doesn’t have to be legislated IMHO.

  10. Liz J says:

    So polls say Libs and Torys tied but the Libs would win with Junior Trudeau. I shudder to think we’d be that irresponsible. Have to wonder if these polls are out to make mischief?

    • Martin says:

      The Forum poll paid for by Nat Post is a highly suspected survey, of the push poll variety. This outfit misread the Quebec and Alberta elections a day before, yet they can predict 2 years down the road with confidence. It has to be more than coincidence that NP prints the same headline story every 2 weeks or so. Someone in the Trudeau fan club must be encouraging this story, maybe even paying for the survey. Two weeks is a long time in politics, 2 years an eternity.

  11. old white guy says:

    it does not take courage to vote for a conservative, i mean a real conservative, it takes intelligence and critical analysis skills. one also has to be capable of understanding that there is no such thing as a free lunch.

  12. Bubba Brown says:

    Jo @ 4:25 ; There are a few rules to follow when consulting a Psychic.
    #1 If you phone a Psychic and they don’t pick up the phone before it rings, you should hang up.
    #2 If you phone “JoJo’s Psychic Alliance” and the first thing they ask is “Visa or Chargex”? Hang up! A real psychic would know that.
    As for Trudeau he is in my mind firmly in the “sins of the father” category.
    “The evil that men do” is a quotation from Act 3, scene ii of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare (Mark Antony: “The evil that men do lives after them; The good is oft interred with their bones”.)
    The optics of Millionaire Lil Justin swanning around wearing ripped jeans with his 1000 dollar sportjacket.
    Well, can the Justin Bieber show off yer underware look be far behind?
    I can see him up on stage belting out “If ya think I’m sexy, and ya like my body”……..
    Love it that our PM called him out and gave him a spankin’ for being lost in space instead of working.
    As for Libby Davies and her salt campaign, not to make it too personal, but, if she wants to hand out health and lifestyle advice, she could perhaps look in the mirror.
    Looks to this old guy like 50 lbs of socialist crap in a 5 lb sack.
    It is nice though that she seems to have stopped putting Private Members Bills forward to have our hard earned CPP handed out to any old refugee that wins the lottery by sneaking into Canada.
    “Socialist, progressive types aren’t evil, it’s just that they know so many things that are wrong” Ron Reagan said something to that effect.
    Cheers Bubba

  13. fh says:

    Jo salt is considered the first antibiotic
    I am one of the people severely allergic to all the new substitutes
    it means I avoid packaged and tinned foods a real bummer I grow many vegetables and have apple trees and cherry trees I know I am very fortunate
    I have worked since the age of six on my Dad’s farm and loved it
    I am retired now but still active
    I cannot embrace the new substitutes I like the real REAL food if I can find it

    • Joanne says:

      I like ‘real food’ too. Otherwise I look for lower sodium options.

      • Liz J says:

        Me too, even lower sodium options are often well loaded.
        Gone are the days when you just go into the grocery and grab items off the shelves in jig time, we gotta read the content labels and that takes time.

  14. fh says:

    This site offers information on 24 hour urine tests for salt i.e.:sodium
    http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003599.htm

  15. Jen says:

    Don’t call her first lady: A rare sit-down chat with Laureen Harper

    Kathryn Blaze Carlson

    Ottawa — The Globe and Mail

    Last updated Saturday, Mar. 09 2013, 11:23 AM EST

    http://m.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/dont-call-her-first-lady-a-rare-sit-down-chat-with-laureen-harper/article9561792/?service=mobile

    • bluetech says:

      Thanks Jen…it was great to read about Laureen Harper.
      However…
      I made the mistake of reading ‘comments’ …disgusting, all of them.

  16. fh says:

    Thank you Jen that was a great interview with Laureen Harper she is a straight arrow the real deal

  17. fh says:

    Friday funnies are back at Hunters

  18. Jen says:

    I came across this twitter site, he reflects what we have been talking about or thereabouts:

    Robert Ross

    @RobertRoss4

    https://twitter.com/RobertRoss4

  19. fh says:

    Jen I just visited Robert Ross he sounds like he is on our team. Good find we need everyone.

  20. Jen says:

    If the liberal party of canada did not touch the EI funds nor made drastic cuts or shall I say took money that hurt provinces, military, infrastructure and so on, we would not have to face the brunt of those dilemmas today.

  21. Bubba Brown says:

    “honi soit qui maly pense” Motto of the Knights of St George, shame on him who thinks this evil.
    http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2013/03/09/preston-manning-on-the-conservative-movement-and-free-speech/?NewsWatchCanada.ca
    Preston Manning has now chimed in on when a Conservative may or may not speak in public.
    The truth is that if Mr Flanigan had advocated severe sentences for all involved in child pornography he would have been declared a red necked knuckle dragging , prison building Conservative.
    He advocated treatment as an option so he was a red necked knuckle dragging Conservative.
    Damned if you do and damned if you don’t is still the rallying call of the failed Liberals/NDP-Q and their allies in the press.
    I still think Mr Flaherty’s view is not one I agree with but attacking him, hounding him for expressing it is wrong.
    Is it really any different than Justin Trudeau’s view that calling so called “honor killing” and genital mutilation “barbaric” is wrong and might offend those barbarians that practice these aberrations.
    Or Justin saying the problem with Canada is that the current PM is not from Quebec.
    How elitist and discriminating is that brain fart?
    As I read it “casting the first stone” is not about judging it is about punishment of those arbitrarily targeted by a mob.
    As Conservatives we are exposed on a daily basis to “less than 40% voted Conservative”
    Anything the corrupt machine can do to delegitimize our Government is their focus.
    Fay @ 5:23
    But using their math 81% did not vote Liberal and 70% did not vote NDP-Q
    As for playing the percentages if each MP had to have 50% +1 to take his or her seat we would have a parliament consisting of 107 Tories, 36 NDP-Q, 2 Liberals.
    Neither Bob Rae or the late Jack Layton would have taken their seats, more in Layton’s riding voted for others than for him.
    Just sayin’ we as Conservatives are treated very differently by media and our honorable opponents.

    • Fay says:

      Well said bubba brown!

    • Gabby in QC says:

      “Preston Manning has now chimed in on when a Conservative may or may not speak in public.”
      It appears Mr. Manning was misquoted.
      http://phantomobserver.com/blog/?p=17338

      No surprise. As is often the case, conservative public figures are misquoted, their ideas misrepresented. All the more reason for public figures to consider carefully what they say. That does not mean that “Preston Manning tells conservatives to shut their mouths for sake of their movement”. That is the journalist’s interpretation and according to the blogger I linked to above, it’s the wrong interpretation.

      • Joanne says:

        Good report by Phantom. Thanks for pointing that out, Gabby.

      • Richco says:

        Right Gabby. You make an important distinction. Selley’s is definitely the wrong interpretation (I call it spin), of what Manning’s words were in context. It’s Selley’s error and not in the “gotcha” ballpark IMO.

        I also have no issue with that Manning said. His sentiments could easily apply to any party, not just Conservatives. I actually think he’s right on that score.

  22. Liz J says:

    Selley exhibits an example of “gotcha journalism” mentioned by Mr Manning.

  23. fh says:

    please take time to scan down to points of order on Hansard
    the new name for ndpq no decorum party comes from this discussion
    http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=41&Ses=1&DocId=6036116#OOB-7927322r

    the reason I choose not to debate my NDP friends

  24. Liz J says:

    Municipal politics can be so much more colourful eve if inane. Case in point, is the latest attempt to GET something on Rob Ford. Appears one of his rivals in the last election has taken things to a lower level, accused him of “grabbing her ass”. Problem is no photographic proof so Ford’s detractors will believe.

    • Joanne says:

      I’ve been following “AssGate” all weekend. ;)

      Best eye-witness account supporting Rob Ford here: http://www.citynews.ca/2013/03/08/witness-says-mayor-ford-didnt-touch-sarah-thomson-inappropriately/#.UTv3suUwQ5c.twitter

      • Liz J says:

        Looks like the witness might have shot down a devious, sinister little plot. Or was it more like wishful thinking?
        I’d say this has set-up written all over it and the accuser has made herself look pretty desperate.

        • Richco says:

          What a terrific diversion from the real and effective work of Rob Ford.

          Seriously, we had to know that this was coming.

          What’s with those lefty Toronto councilors and their friends anyway? Do they have a master list of “100 ways to screw Rob and his conservative pals at Toronto City Hall?” Seems like it. What’s next?

          Shhhhh, but I feel that this only helps Ford because it continually reminds us all of the desperation of the left at Toronto City Hall. It makes Ford the underdog….and voters, LOVE underdogs.

          • Joanne says:

            Someone may have already mentioned this but this constant attempt to get Ford removed from office reminds me so much of how the left go after PMSH. They just can’t accept when someone on the right wins!

            • Liz J says:

              That’s exactly what’s driving this type of nonsense, problem is they’re the ones who are losing, they’re taking themselves into wacko territory. That includes the media, a recent poll result showed most of us do not trust the media.

  25. Liz J says:

    The voters of Ontario are hopeless, according to a recent poll the Liberals would win a majority!

  26. fh says:

    Everyone take a look at the picture photo shopped perhaps ?????
    there appears to be an arm and hand on Rob Fords right shoulder but no evidence of the person on Rob Ford’s left
    http://www.torontosun.com/2013/03/11/sarah-thomson-i-thought-mayor-rob-ford-was-on-cocaine

    • Richco says:

      This photo’s sure making the rounds……as, allegedly Thompson had planned.

      However, does anyone else notice that if we believe Thompson, that she’s sure looking like she’s enjoying herself, despite the supposedly ass-grab that was going on at the time.

      Set-up written all over this.

  27. fh says:

    Jo I sent you an E mail Thanks

  28. fh says:

    I have a question for everyone who is the man in the picture to the left of Rob Ford with his arm on Rob Ford’s right shoulder?

  29. ed says:

    An e-book out on Trudeau:

    http://devel.autopod.ca/chum/9/podcasts/

    More ammunition for us in the next election. As one caller stated, the poster out front is Trudeau while the same old Liberal gang calls the shots and the direction. The Liberal party refuses to renew itself, talk about being brain dead. The worst part is how detrimental this party is to our country. We might say the latest attempt (using Trudeau) to gain power is another Liberal fraud. What a bloody disgrace.

  30. Richco says:

    Re: Buttgrabgate – http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/03/11/its-a-waste-of-time-sarah-thomson-on-why-she-wont-tell-police-about-rob-ford-incident/

    No proof?
    No story.
    The rest of the world can carry on.
    The left of centre? Next diversion……you really must do better than this.

    • Joanne says:

      “When Thomson was asked if she’d ever taken cocaine herself, she said she didn’t know, as she spent time on the street in her youth.”

      Whoa!! O.K. She really does have problems. Ford is doing the best thing by trying to ignore this gong show.

  31. Richco says:

    O/T – Tell me if you’ve heard this one before.
    How bad IS it in Ontario?
    Bad enough for the Wynngnty government to try to fool us with new language to disguise the same old McGuinty Liberal way of doing things. Same old, same old.
    Question is, will Ontarians be fooled……again?
    http://www.globaltoronto.com/the+new+ontario+government+sent+around+style+tips+with+preferred+phrases/6442825195/story.html

    • Martin says:

      I did see this story earlier, but found it hard to believe. If any further evidence was needed to show how out of touch this MCWynnty government is, this certainly provides it.
      Wynne was prominent in a cabinet that passed the GEA, she was there for the e-health scandal and the Ornge episode, there is nothing new about this regime.
      The idea that a policy as disruptive as wind industrialization can be solved with better communications strategy, is a profound insult to rural Ontarians. McGuinty was actually more honest when he said wind development would take place whatever rural councils and communities wished. That was the whole reason for local planning to be overwritten by the GEA, the very act that Wynne supported and voted for.
      I think this just makes Wynne look more desperate and frankly foolish, to think people will forget Liberal mismanagement just because a fresh face is at the head table.

  32. fh says:

    If Wynne wants to prove she is a new Liberal Government she must MUST call an election
    moving into the Premiers job because McGuinty stepped down does not NOT make the
    Liberal minority Government NEW

  33. ed says:

    The left are relentless, the right have to be more so. It’s the only thing the left have going for them. They think the right will fold or relent. Let them think that.

  34. fh says:

    timely this article hits the nail on the head have men involved to prevent rape and abuse of women
    http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/why-should-women-fight-assault-alone-196810981.html

  35. Jen says:

    I know this is way of base for many here, but would you believe that there those in canada believe that Chavez is more democratic than PM Harper. Apparently they have no idea what Chavez has done.

    World Report 2012: Venezuela

    http://www.hrw.org/world-report-2012/world-report-2012-venezuela

  36. fh says:

    site to prove Canadian Conservative Government is an active participant in the Arctic
    http://www.pm.gc.ca/eng/media.asp?category=1&featureId=6&pageId=26&id=4971
    it is not as easy for the opposition to try to create misleading information
    Government work is rarely reported by MSM local media are on top of news that involves their area and do a superb job

    • Jen says:

      fh, as long as the local media broadcast the new event unfolding for their ‘new’ province. No amount of outside media should put doubt in the local people’s mind.
      H

  37. Liz J says:

    So Mr Justin wants an extension on voter registration, their membership sign-ups aren’t matching up with registrations to vote.
    Ha, ha, ha…they haven’t figured out they were being had with all the membership sign-up? Bummer!

  38. fh says:

    Please support PC party in Ontario and Tim Hudak if you are able to donate some money please do so
    http://www.ontariopc.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Open-Letter-to-the-Premier-An-Action-Agenda-for-Ontario-.pdf

  39. fh says:

    this is site for giving your support to Tim Hudak MPP Ontario PC party
    http://www.ontariopc.com/news/an-action-agenda-for-ontario/

  40. Jen says:

    Tell it to Elizabeth May, Megan Leslie and gang about:

    Canada’s Emissions Trends 2012

    Environment Canada
    August 2012
    http://ec.gc.ca/Publications/default.asp?lang=En&n=3CD345DC-1

  41. Jen says:

    View the exchange tweet between Neil Edmondson and Megan Leslie

    https://twitter.com/manny_ottawa/status/311623515608604673/photo/1

  42. fh says:

    Jen your links are fantastic thank you

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