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I'm pretty sure that Nino Ricci articulates my position far better than I can, or have time to. Please read his open letter to our current PM.

I've never been a fan of Harper, his policies, his tactics, or his party. I can't honestly say I've ever had much respect for anyone leading his party, since the days of Preston Manning (while I never really can remember thinking I'd agreed with Manning, I'm not sure I had the same low opinion of his integrity or behaviour that I've had for anyone running his party's show since his retirement).

"At least he's not Stockwell 'Doris' Day" is not sufficient or compelling reason to want to support Harper.
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I'm pretty sure that Nino Ricci articulates my position far better than I can, or have time to. Please read his open letter to our current PM.

I've never been a fan of Harper, his policies, his tactics, or his party. I can't honestly say I've ever had much respect for anyone leading his party, since the days of Preston Manning (while I never really can remember thinking I'd agreed with Manning, I'm not sure I had the same low opinion of his integrity or behaviour that I've had for anyone running his party's show since his retirement).

"At least he's not Stockwell 'Doris' Day" is not sufficient or compelling reason to want to support Harper.
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But that won't stop us from desperately stuffing the senate before the end of the year, before anyone can mount a non-confidence motion and remove our ability to engage our traditional privilege of fiddling the upper house.

::sigh:: This administration seems to always remain classy, neh?
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But that won't stop us from desperately stuffing the senate before the end of the year, before anyone can mount a non-confidence motion and remove our ability to engage our traditional privilege of fiddling the upper house.

::sigh:: This administration seems to always remain classy, neh?
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Today, I have in mind our veterans; although I am a pacifist, I recognize and respect the sacrifices they have made.
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Today, I have in mind our veterans; although I am a pacifist, I recognize and respect the sacrifices they have made.
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Let's see: how about making fun of untimely death during an election run-up?

To be fair to Ritz -- this is exactly the kind if ill-timed crap that comes out of people's mouths or fingers (mine included) especially during those "you gotta laugh so you don't cry" moments. But it's entirely possible that Maple Leaf Foods could cost Harper his political career: how eager will the Conservatives be to keep Harper around if he's on the tiller for a series of minority wins? My take is that to really be measured as a success, Harper needs to bag a majority government for his party.

Ritz is a symptom of the wonderful effect that unexpected crisis can have on politics.
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Let's see: how about making fun of untimely death during an election run-up?

To be fair to Ritz -- this is exactly the kind if ill-timed crap that comes out of people's mouths or fingers (mine included) especially during those "you gotta laugh so you don't cry" moments. But it's entirely possible that Maple Leaf Foods could cost Harper his political career: how eager will the Conservatives be to keep Harper around if he's on the tiller for a series of minority wins? My take is that to really be measured as a success, Harper needs to bag a majority government for his party.

Ritz is a symptom of the wonderful effect that unexpected crisis can have on politics.
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The good news: telemarketers in Canada will soon, ostensibly, be "forced to comply" with the Do Not Call Me list. By forced to comply, the CRTC means they'll be eligible for fines if a registrant on that list takes the time to complain about them.

Wow. Now, that is forcing compliance!1 Way to go, CRTC!

On the other hand, it does seem to be a mostly light-weight, low-fi implementable solution, and those are often the most economical and useful in the long run. And, at least it's something.

But what chaps me about this is the fine schedule.

If a telemarketer bothers a private individual, it could be fined $1,500.

But, if the telemarketer stoops to bothering a corporation2? Try ten times as much.

Bah!


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1 Plus, don't forget that compliance is only forced upon certain marketing organizations: exempt are charities, poitical parties, polling firms, newspapers, and companies you have done business with in the past 18 months (sic). You can request to be removed from their call lists, and you can even do so proactively. But you still must make that separate request.

2 By corporation, perhaps the CRTC means "someone who's bothered to pay the huge rates for a business phone line"? Otherwise, there's not much to stop the little guy from complaining that telemarketers are interfering with their sole-propietorships...
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The good news: telemarketers in Canada will soon, ostensibly, be "forced to comply" with the Do Not Call Me list. By forced to comply, the CRTC means they'll be eligible for fines if a registrant on that list takes the time to complain about them.

Wow. Now, that is forcing compliance!1 Way to go, CRTC!

On the other hand, it does seem to be a mostly light-weight, low-fi implementable solution, and those are often the most economical and useful in the long run. And, at least it's something.

But what chaps me about this is the fine schedule.

If a telemarketer bothers a private individual, it could be fined $1,500.

But, if the telemarketer stoops to bothering a corporation2? Try ten times as much.

Bah!


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1 Plus, don't forget that compliance is only forced upon certain marketing organizations: exempt are charities, poitical parties, polling firms, newspapers, and companies you have done business with in the past 18 months (sic). You can request to be removed from their call lists, and you can even do so proactively. But you still must make that separate request.

2 By corporation, perhaps the CRTC means "someone who's bothered to pay the huge rates for a business phone line"? Otherwise, there's not much to stop the little guy from complaining that telemarketers are interfering with their sole-propietorships...
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So, those in charge of Ignatieff's e-rolodex, not being satisfied with repeatedly spamming me to support their guy, have now passed on my email address to a general Liberal Party Of Canada fundraising e-list.

How ironic.

I can hardly think of a more effective way of discouraging me from giving these weasel grits any money.

sonsabitches.
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So, those in charge of Ignatieff's e-rolodex, not being satisfied with repeatedly spamming me to support their guy, have now passed on my email address to a general Liberal Party Of Canada fundraising e-list.

How ironic.

I can hardly think of a more effective way of discouraging me from giving these weasel grits any money.

sonsabitches.
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I wonder if the final trait that will sink His Nibs Of Cross Garter is not, in fact, his dubious financial jiggery-pokery (whether or not it was a crime), but his absolute refusal (or, in fact, fundamental inability) to display anything remotely approaching contrition.

Get a load of this: "prison will be a badge of honour to help expose prosecutorial excesses, the frailties of the plea bargain system."

Wow. So, LB, when ya getting sleeved, baby?
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I wonder if the final trait that will sink His Nibs Of Cross Garter is not, in fact, his dubious financial jiggery-pokery (whether or not it was a crime), but his absolute refusal (or, in fact, fundamental inability) to display anything remotely approaching contrition.

Get a load of this: "prison will be a badge of honour to help expose prosecutorial excesses, the frailties of the plea bargain system."

Wow. So, LB, when ya getting sleeved, baby?
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Apparently, Peter McKay knew all along that Karlheinz Schreiber was not to be trusted. Oh the wisdom. Oh the foresight. Oh the desperate attempt to distance oneself from one's political heritage.
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Apparently, Peter McKay knew all along that Karlheinz Schreiber was not to be trusted. Oh the wisdom. Oh the foresight. Oh the desperate attempt to distance oneself from one's political heritage.
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You know, I cannot help but feel that, if the glorious land of Canuckistan was in fact more of a low-land-lying island, perhaps our fearless leader wouldn't be so apparently eager to behave in front of his peers quite so much like a jack-ass.
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You know, I cannot help but feel that, if the glorious land of Canuckistan was in fact more of a low-land-lying island, perhaps our fearless leader wouldn't be so apparently eager to behave in front of his peers quite so much like a jack-ass.
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Just what is former PM Brian Mulroney trying to prove? Who is he trying to impress? Those of us that had a poor opinion of him before can certainly not be won over by this completely classless move, whatever one might think of a youthful Trudeau's ideological beliefs. By railing on about "moral fibre" in this manner, can't Mr Mulroney see that he exposes his own fibre to inspection and ridicule?

::sigh::
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Just what is former PM Brian Mulroney trying to prove? Who is he trying to impress? Those of us that had a poor opinion of him before can certainly not be won over by this completely classless move, whatever one might think of a youthful Trudeau's ideological beliefs. By railing on about "moral fibre" in this manner, can't Mr Mulroney see that he exposes his own fibre to inspection and ridicule?

::sigh::

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