Posts Tagged ‘Liberal

One. The fellow that suddenly repeatedly stabbed- reportedly up to 50 times- and then cut the head off a fellow Greyhound bus passenger in Manitoba was charged with second degree murder. I’m no lawyer, but what, pray tell, do you have to do in Canada to be charged with first degree murder?

Two. A middle-of-the-road aging lady who happens to be a Liberal Member of Parliament in Toronto has some fans. They put St. Paul MP Carolyn Bennett campaign lawn signs on their lawn. One recent morning a whole street of these citizens- 25 of them- supporting their choice of candidate, a Canadian right, found their houses spraypainted, their vehicles vandalized, and in a truly frightening discovery- a number had their brake lines cut on their vehicles. Some only discovered that their brake lines were cut when driving their children to school or driving off to work. What maniac hits an up-scale neighborhood of ordinary people, threatening their lives for supporting their main-stream candidate?

Is she a radical? Is she new? Has she done crazy things before running for parliament?

Actually it is Dr. Carolyn Bennett, and she is not some obscure PhD, she is a real family doctor. She is a three-term MP, running for her fourth term. Her husband is a film producer. Looking for something radical there, you’ll find his film credits include Love at First Sight (I saw this years ago- I think it’s Dan Akroyd’s first-ever picture- he plays a blind man in a chick-flic love story), and My American Cousin (I saw this too- filmed in Penticton where I used to live- about a young teen girl in the 1950s or 60s who thinks the achingly beautiful area of the Okanagan she lives in is boring and backward, especially compared to her James Dean-like American cousin up for a visit.) The guys name is Peter O’Brian, a name I’d never heard of before this. Oh, he was also involved in making White Oaks of Jalna, the Canadian film answer to Sleep-Eeze. (Snore. I saw one episode-it’s a miniseries.) Oh, here’s what might be a lone radical movie- from 1977- Outrageous with female impersonator Craig Russel. Apparently his films have won 19 Genies. Nothing really there to inspire firebrands and hell-hath-no-fury radical fears.

Threatening lives for wanting to vote for Dr. Carolyn Bennett, MP? I do not, I absolutely do not, understand this. At all.

Three. Why didn’t anyone important listen to those who saw this economic train wreck coming ? Why didn’t more bankers see it? There are smart people in banking (you’d assume). Why were investment banks in the position of borrowing up to 36 times their shareholder investment to buy and hold what amounted to paper junk? Why was that allowed? What would possess a country to have its banking system lend mortgage money to hundreds of thousands of people with no credit to back up their investment in a house during a real estate bubble? Don’t these bankers have meetings once in a while?

Huffington Post has a brief on who to blame, and who warned of a looming crisis. First, the names to blame, which include Henry Paulson, the man trying to sort out the mess now. The HuffPo link on who saw it coming isn’t working right now, so here is a top 10 list from Times Online.


I can write about the candidates, but here’s the question- who am I going to vote for?

First, in this election I don’t give a damn who the local candidate is. I haven’t attended a single discussion on the candidates, not a single forum, haven’t met them, haven’t gone to their campaign office to pick up literature.

Let me first say how much a departure that is for me.

Two federal elections ago I actually arranged a local forum of federal election candidates. (I went into the Liberal campaign office just set up and noticed a large calendar on the wall. It was almost filled but one day was free of meetings and forums. I picked up a marker, wrote in “forum” and the place, and phoned the other candidates saying the Liberal candidate had already committed to that date. (Which he had without my asking, because during a busy campaign, everyone is just going to go with what’s written on the calendar.)

So it’s very different for me not to seek out the local candidates and talk to them.

Why don’t I give a damn about local candidates in this election? They don’t matter. They are interchangable. Once in a while you get a great one, like our MP just leaving. No one is going to be able to fill his shoes.

So I’m voting for the party.

First to eliminate some choices. Bloc is out, of course. I’m in Alberta.

I just love Elizabeth May but, sorry Green Party, I’m not sending a vote your way.

Okay, that leaves the Conservatives, the Liberals and the New Democrats. That means, for the first time in my life in an election, particularly at this late hour- just two days before the vote- I am officially undecided.


I’m one of them.

I remember this site from a previous election. It predicts the outcome by multiple inputs from people throughout the country in every constituency. The outcome is pretty close and it’s all a good read. I even contributed to this at one time. Here’s the link, which predicts a Conservative minority government, with four days to go to election day.

So far the site predicts 118 seats for the Conservatives, 77 Liberal, a whopping 47 Bloc, 29 NDP, with 35 ridings too close to call.

Here’s the link.


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