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Saturday, May 05, 2007
Suzuki at centre stage
Just as it was hypocritical for David Suzuki to ride in a big, carbon-dioxide-spewing diesel bus across the country a few months back while preaching against the evils of carbon-dioxide-spewing human industry, it's seems especially rich that the Vancouver Sun's special David Suzuki-edited edition weighed in at just one ounce short of two pounds when it landed with a thud at my front door this morning.
How many carbon-dioxide-cleansing trees were massacred in the name of producing this massive tribute to green hysteria? How many litres of fuel were burned by delivery trucks? And isn't it a sign of insincerity that the uber-green Sun has made no special provisions for the recycling of today's eco-bible?
Or, perhaps the Sun's editors have cleansed their consciences by buying some carbon credits on the Downtown Eastside.
Friday, May 04, 2007
Planet of the Apes - The prequel
AP via CTV - Activists want chimp declared a 'person'
VIENNA, Austria... In a case that could set a global legal precedent for granting basic rights to apes, animal rights advocates are seeking to get the 26-year-old male chimpanzee legally declared a "person."
A "global legal precedent"? I guess that's what happens when a loony English teacher in Vienna takes a wacky idea to court, lucks out, ends up in front of a crazy judge and the story gets covered by a humourless, bonehead reporter. Truly, the stars align.
Can't the Green Party find a Canadian pervert to make their t-shirts?
There's an old adage that good fences make good neighbours. The Green Party supports fair trade, not free trade - trade that puts Canadian sovereignty first.
Trade isn't just about shipping goods and services. Trade agreements also impact on human rights, labour standards, cultural diversity and environmental laws.
Of particular concern is how women are treated in the workplace. The Green Party platform makes explicit mention that poor treatment of women in the workplace leads to a culture of violence against women.
So why is it that the Green Party of Canada, which espouses Canadian economic sovereignty and demands the highest human rights standards from foreign firms looking to do business in Canada, would go to American Apparel in California to get their T-shirts made? The hyper-sexualized workplace maintained by owner Dov Charney is well known:
It's not unusual that the plaintiffs in a sexual harassment suit are women. It is unusual however, that the ones suing Charney are not alleging that he coerced them for sex, but rather that he created a "wholly intolerable" and "intimidating" atmosphere rife with unnecessary libidinous testosterone. What's more unusual is Charney's unrestrained "business and pleasure" pride, which further deepens the suspicions about his integrity.
Charney founded American Apparel (then American Heavy) in 1997 and nurtured it into a retail empire which thrives on a fashionably familiar porn-esque sensibility that now boasts more than 4,500 employees, 50 stores in five different countries and annual sales exceeding $250 million. That's a lot of track jackets.
Lawsuit? No biggie, right? Not exactly. It doesn't help Charney's case that his stores are papered with Penthouse and Oui magazine snapshots and that he happily admits to having sex with his employees. Nor does it help that he brags about his penchant for masturbating in front of women. So much so, that he masturbated in front of reporter Claudine Ko while she interviewed him for Jane magazine. Ko reports in Jane:
"'Can I?' he says adjusting himself in his chair. And thus begins another compulsive episode of what Dov likes to call "self-pleasure," during which we casually carry on our interview, discussing things like business models, hiring practices and the stupidity of focus groups. 'Masturbation in front of women is underrated,' Dov explains to me later over the phone. 'It's much easier on the woman. She gets to watch, it's a sensual experience that doesn't involve a man violating a woman, yet once the man has his release, it's over and you can talk to the guy.' Soon enough he loosens his Pierre Cardin belt. 'Are you going to do it again?' I ask."
Perhaps some of the reporting staff at the Western Standard can tell us bloggers just whether or not this is acceptable behaviour during a media interview.
So why does the Green Party use American Apparel? Apparently this company is the sweetheart of the left for saying all right things. American Apparel is about marketing to the guilt-ridden left:
The real story of American Apparel’s ads is how the company has used the bodies of its barely legal employees to shore up its appeal to the progressive left by implanting anti-sweatshop shtick into every article generated by its low-budget, sexist ads. And the AA demographic – low-wageworker- defending (but high-wage-earning), guiltridden lefties who want nothing more than to assuage their own angst-ridden middle-class anxiety about having succeeded in the capitalist world by consuming with conscience (and the more conscience, the better: sweat-free, fair-trade, organic, vegan, and sustainable) – ate it up.
The Conservative Party uses Brymark Productions for the its t-shirts and such. Brymark is a Canadian firm with a head office in Ottawa, and with offices in both Canada and the US. Brymark uses a global network of suppliers, and allows the client to specify where the product comes from and how it was made. For example, you can insist on Canadian-made products from unionized shops. American Apparel, on the other hand, is non-union, and has been accused of union-busting.
There is an extended version of this post at Angry in the Great White North. Sorry, no pictures of Dov Charney.
Communist China food problems spread to fish
Normally I would lead with the Angus-Reid poll that showed Canadians overwhelmingly supporting the Harper government's tougher policies on Communist China, but since I actually have the opportunity to beat Steve Janke on a Communist food export scoop, I'm taking it.
Thursday, May 03, 2007
Liberals love the money
I am not sure if the news of recent provincial Liberal scam is being heard by real Canadians out there in the rest of the country but that's becoming a serious issue within the Iranian-Canadian community here in Ontario and many are questioning the motives behind the recent move by a Liberal candidate, Mr. Reza Moridi, to get CDN$ 200,000 in grants from the Liberal government of Ontario through personal ties in the provincial government. And therefore Premier McGuinty has also come under fire for money sent to the so-called cultural centre with ties to Liberals.
It really makes me think that Liberals can't stay away from money, fraud and scams at all.
I am linking to four news articles by the Toronto Star newspaper which is following this shameful scam-like incident closely:
400 years later . . .
At about 49:40 in the video's playing, here, the Queen enters a chamber of the Virginia General Assembly to deliver her speech on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of the founding of the Colony of Virginia. The colony was named four years after the present Queen's namesake predecessor, "the Virgin Queen" Elizabeth I, had concluded a 45-year reign that saw England established as the leading Protestant power. The daughter of Henry VIII and the half-sister of the staunchly Protestant Edward VI and the Catholic Mary I ("Bloody Mary"), Elizabeth was every bit as learned as her Protestant mother, Anne Boleyn, in the Scriptures and the Protestant principle. But she sought a modus vivendi -- a way of living together -- for the English that would avoid her sister's excesses or of the Guises (Mary, Queen of Scots's family), and the more radical Protestantism of John Knox or John Ponet. Even so, it took another 100 years to settle the question, allowing Britain to settle down to relative internal peace . . . "Happy Birthday, Virginia!"
That's '10' -- count 'em -- TEN GOP contenders in a presidential candidates debate airing live, now, on MSNBC, held at the Reagan Library, Simi Valley, California.
Chris Matthews of MSNBC's "Hardball" is moderating and just asked the big "A" question: Do you want to see Roe v Wade repealed? All but Giuliani gave a blanket "yes" while Rudy insisted it was for the court to decide. And then, Matthews poked holes in the blankets as he asked each candidate to clarify the nuances of his position.
Only Giuliani seemed "presidential" . . . Where's Fred Thompson?
And, now, Matthews is asking Mitt Romney the RC question: Should priests refuse communion to candidates or elected officials for policy positions they take that conflict with church teaching? He asked Romney! (Isn't he LDS?!)
David beats Grit Goliath
Farhan Chak has now resigned.
Congrats to Steve Janke, for his blockbuster postings here and at his home base, Angry in the Great White North, which exposed this dangerous crank.
Disgusting politicians playing disgusting politics
In a selfless display of putting his team first, Shane Doan has offered to step down as captain of Team Canada because of the scourge of identity politics in Quebec:
The selection of Mr. Doan as Team Canada captain has fanned the flames of discord between the founding cultures. Some voices in the Quebec media have seized upon it as evidence of anti-French racism. The controversy dominated yesterday's weekly caucus meeting of the federal Liberals.
Leaving aside the Globe's dishonest reporting that this uproar was somehow the result of Doan being made the leader of his team instead of political opportunists trying to win votes, the Liberals, Bloc and NDP ought to be ashamed of themselves for making an issue of this. Moreover, neither the Conservatives nor the NHL are blameless for allowing the shenanigans to have gone on as much as they have.
So we have a McCarthy inquisition of a devout Christian who has already been proven blameless, instead of an inquiry to ask why Coderre and Duceppe, representatives of the people of Canada, marched in a parade last summer in Montreal that featured the flags and supporters of Hezbollah -- a banned terrorist organization in Canada.
Just as long as Hezbollah supporters chant en francais, eh Denis?
Does this mean the Liberals won't run candidates in Beijing?
Communist China is really unhappy at the Harper government, and judging by the reaction to Tuesday's espionage news, Canadians aren't happy with the ChiComs either.
A definite must-read: Terence Corcoran's powerful analysis, in today's National Post, of the conservative movement generally in Canada and of the Progressive Conservative, er Conservative government specifically in Ottawa. The piece is pegged to this weekend's annual Civitas conference, being held in Halifax.
At one level, the piece seems to centre on the age-old political question of whether it's better to compromise one's values to stay in power, or to remain ideologically pure and in opposition. However, Corcoran also says the Conservatives' "dismal" standing in the polls is a result of their "Rooseveltian," Big-Government policies -- an observation which suggests to me that he believes the Tories would be higher in the polls if they were more truly conservative.
I'd like to hear what Shotgun readers think about this crucial question. And I'd especially like to hear from Civitas members now in Halifax.
"The Spectator" launches a blog
The Spectator -- the original, not the "American" version -- is possibly the best-written periodical in the English language. It has featured such as Theodore Dalrymple who is speaking to the CIVITAS conference, this weekend.
"Any-hoo," The Spectator launched their version of the group blog, here, today -- "Coffee House." Um, so far seems a little "tame," er, boring -- not exactly in the best tradition of the Spec.
Is Farhan Chak's PhD a fabrication?
The story of Liberal Party candidate Farhan Chak is taking another turn. The candidate, in hot water for this conspiracy theories concerning terrorism and a serious firearms charge in his past, has always maintained that he is a different person now.
One would think the effort required to earn a PhD from the University of Durham in England would mature a person.
Problem is that it now appears that there is no such degree, at least according to the Student Planning and Assessment Department of the University of Durham:
He certainly has not had this degree conferred, because he has not submitted his thesis yet and his name has not appeared on a pass list.
Is this the last straw for the Liberal Party and for Stephane Dion when it comes to Farhan Chak?
[See the full email and supporting posts at Angry in the Great White North]
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
The Private Ronald Reagan
An excerpt from the soon-to-be published Reagan Diaries was just printed in Vanity Fair. For fans of The Great Communicator, there's a treasure trove of good stuff here. Here are some very Reagan-esque one-liners:
Wed. Feb. 11 • Intelligence reports say he Castro is very worried about me. I'm very worried that we can't come up with something to justify his worrying.
Wed. April 29 • Again spent morning in the office—returned to residence for lunch & nap. I must be getting better—my naps are getting shorter.
Nov. 18 • I feel the Soviets are so defense minded, so paranoid about being attacked that without being in any way soft on them we ought to tell them no one here has any intention of doing anything like that. What the h—l have they got that anyone would want.
Islamic World, a Victim of Terrorism
Iran is hosting the first ever international conference on the culture of resistance held under the name of Islamic World, a Victim of Terrorism and of course it wouldn’t be complete without a Canadian speaking at the event. Dr. Muzaffar Iqbal president of the Center for Islam and Science in Canada is quoted by the Iranian Propaganda News Service:
“Initially terrorists start their activities in such false pretext as atomic weapons, then they form coalition and then send their troops to the scene and later United Nations issue permit for terrorist operations and ask that particular country to stay in that terror-hit country and that is the exact definition of modern terrorism.”
Iqbal reiterated that, “A new wave of vigilance has swept across the Islamic countries, which should be supported and strengthened, that is the same vigilance of which Western countries are afraid.”
The Canadian scholar underlined, “The source of the power of the Islamic nations is not weapons, but rather their spiritual belief.”
Dr. Muzaffar Iqbal is a good fit for such a conference and I imagine he was well received in Iran. He has referred to the United States, Britain and Israel as the New Axis of Evil and has engaged in anti-semitism so dear to the heart of the Iranian hardliners:
These Jews are absolutely devoid of any respect for the faith and religion of others. But it should not surprise anyone, since they learn such abusive and dirty tricks from their own SCRIPTURES, which are filled with shameless stories of incest and pornography
Bogged down in B.C.
I'm surprised this one hasn't hit the fan in a bigger way.
A small story, buried in today's Vancouver Sun, reports that B.C. Supreme Court documents made public last week show that two Conservative senators benefitted financially from the purchase -- by four levels of government, including the federal -- of a portion of B.C.'s environmentally sensitive Burns Bog land in 2004.
Now you might say that there's nothing wrong with politicians making some extra money on the side in legitimate business deals, and you'd be correct. But the documents show that one of the senators, Trevor Eyton of Toronto (a Mulroney-era Tory), used Canadian Senate letterhead "during his representations in negotiations," even though he was acting on behalf of Western Delta Lands, the original owner of the property. In fact, he received $3,200 to cover the cost of a 2002 trip to B .C. to discuss the bog with B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell. The story says, "Eyton told the court he did not disclose his personal interest to the premier."
So, if I understand this correctly, the story is saying that Eyton was pretending to be a politician interested in advancing the public interest, when he was, in fact, acting as a businessman, secretly advancing the interests of Western Delta Lands. Furthermore, this deception was perpetrated upon the highest elected official in B.C., Gordon Campbell.
There is no indication that the other senator involved in this case, Gerry St. Germain, deceived anyone. According to the story, he too was acting on behalf of Western Delta (and received $100,000 for his efforts), but he disclosed his relationship with the company and maintained he was "acting as a land developer during negotiations," not as a senator.
It's a fascinating story, and I'll be interested in seeing if anything more comes of it.
A Way To Topple The Iranian Regime
You see, the potential to overthrow the fascist Islamic clerics from inside of Iran is huge. No foreign military intervention is needed to topple this inhumane theocracy. All needed to achieve this strategic goal is to encourage workers, students and teachers to do the job themselves and get the world and their people rid of this crazy regime. But how?
It may sound like a far-fetched fantasy but it is do-able and I've talked about it here.
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
The Hitchen Plan for "Facing the Islamist Menace"
(Cross-posted from Burkean Canuck).
In the Manhattan Institute's "City Journal" (Winter 2007), Christopher Hitchens writes a critical review essay, here, on Mark Steyn's recent book, America Alone: The End of the World As We Know It. Hitchens celebrates Steyn's connection between demography and the extension of dar-al-Islam, but he points out that two who draw Steyn's ire in Alone, the British novelist Martin Amis and the Foreign minister Jack Straw, have both shifted from liberal appeasement to, well, something quite different. And after expressing disappointment with Steyn's "ten-point program," Hitchens offers this eight-point plan:
1. An end to one-way multiculturalism and to the cultural masochism that goes with it. The Koran does not mandate the wearing of veils or genital mutilation, and until recently only those who apostasized from Islam faced the threat of punishment by death. Now, though, all manner of antisocial practices find themselves validated in the name of religion, and mullahs have begun to issue threats even against non-Muslims for criticism of Islam. This creeping Islamism must cease at once, and those responsible must feel the full weight of the law. Meanwhile, we should insist on reciprocity at all times. We should not allow a single Saudi dollar to pay for propaganda within the U.S., for example, until Saudi Arabia also permits Jewish and Christian and secular practices. No Wahhabi-printed Korans anywhere in our prison system. No Salafist imams in our armed forces.
2. A strong, open alliance with India on all fronts, from the military to the political and economic, backed by an extensive cultural exchange program, to demonstrate solidarity with the other great multiethnic democracy under attack from Muslim fascism. A hugely enlarged quota for qualified Indian immigrants and a reduction in quotas from Pakistan and other nations where fundamentalism dominates.
3. A similarly forward approach to Nigeria, São Tomé and Príncipe, and the other countries of Western Africa that are under attack by jihadists and are also the location of vast potential oil reserves, whose proper development could help emancipate the local populations from poverty and ourselves from dependence on Middle Eastern oil.
4. A declaration at the UN of our solidarity with the right of the Kurdish people of Iraq and elsewhere to self-determination as well as a further declaration by Congress that in no circumstance will Muslim forces who have fought on our side, from the Kurds to the Northern Alliance in Afghanistan, find themselves friendless, unarmed, or abandoned. Partition in Iraq would be defeat under another name (and as with past partitions, would lead to yet further partitions and micro-wars over these very subdivisions). But if it has to come, we cannot even consider abandoning the one part of the country that did seize the opportunity of modernization, development, and democracy.
5. Energetic support for all the opposition forces in Iran and in the Iranian diaspora. A public offer from the United States, disseminated widely in the Persian language, of help for a reformed Iran on all matters, including peaceful nuclear energy, and of assistance in protecting Iran from the catastrophic earthquake that seismologists predict in its immediate future. Millions of lives might be lost in a few moments, and we would also have to worry about the fate of secret underground nuclear facilities. When a quake leveled the Iranian city of Bam three years ago, the performance of American rescue teams was so impressive that their popularity embarrassed the regime. Iran’s neighbors would need to pay attention, too: a crisis in Iran’s nuclear underground facilities—an Iranian Chernobyl—would not be an internal affair. These concerns might help shift the currently ossified terms of the argument and put us again on the side of an internal reform movement within Iran and its large and talented diaspora.
6. Unconditional solidarity, backed with force and the relevant UN resolutions, with an independent and multi-confessional Lebanon.
7. A commitment to buy Afghanistan’s opium crop and to keep the profits out of the hands of the warlords and Talibanists, until such time as the country’s agriculture— especially its once-famous vines—has been replanted and restored. We can use the product in the interim for the manufacture of much-needed analgesics for our own market and apply the profits to the reconstruction of Afghanistan.
8. We should, of course, be scrupulous on principle about stirring up interethnic tensions. But we should remind those states that are less scrupulous—Iran, Pakistan, and Syria swiftly come to mind—that we know that they, too, have restless minorities and that they should not make trouble in Afghanistan, Lebanon, or Iraq without bearing this in mind. Some years ago, the Pakistani government announced that it would break the international embargo on the unrecognized and illegal Turkish separatist state in Cyprus and would appoint an ambassador to it, out of “Islamic solidarity.” Cyprus is a small democracy with no armed forces to speak of, but its then–foreign minister told me the following story. He sought a meeting with the Pakistani authorities and told them privately that if they recognized the breakaway Turkish colony, his government would immediately supply funds and arms to one of the secessionist movements—such as the Baluchis—within Pakistan itself. Pakistan never appointed an ambassador to Turkish Cyprus.
Amendment to CWB Regulations
Following are exerpts from the Canada Gazette on proposals to amend regulations to allow producers to sell their barley to whomever they choose including the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB):
"Subsection 47(1) in Part V of the Act provides that Part III and/or Part IV may be extended to barley by regulation.
The CWB's monopoly powers over interprovincial and export trade (single desk powers) in relation to barley, along with its ability to establish pools for barley, were created via section 9 of the Canadian Wheat Board Regulations (the Regulations), which extend Part III and Part IV of the Act to barley.
The proposed amendments to the Regulations would continue to extend Part III to barley. This would allow the CWB to continue to operate barley pools for those farmers who want to continue to sell their barley through the CWB
Part IV would no longer be extended to barley under the proposed amendments to the Regulations. This would remove barley and barley products produced in Canada from the CWB's single desk powers, which would enable barley producers to sell their barley directly to any domestic or foreign buyer, including to the CWB.
The CWB may not receive sufficient barley deliveries from producers who decide to continue to market their barley through the CWB after August 1, 2007, to enable it to honour sales contracts which have already been signed. Some companies with signed purchase contracts, for whom the CWB is unable to supply the contracted barley, may have to pay higher prices to obtain barley from grain companies or directly from farmers, as barley prices have increased recently."
Two observations I would make from the above exerpts are: 1 Notice that a previous Government appears to have imposed the monopoly granted to the CWB by regulation to market certain categories of barley. I do not remember ever hearing than any extensive consultation took place or that barley producers were given the opportunity to vote on this obvious erosion of individual rights. 2 Note the concern about the CWB perhaps being unable to meet contracts at the price quoted after the new regulations are in force. Guess what would have happened without the coming change. The CWB would have met their contracts at the lower price at the expense of the farmers. Because of the secretive way the CWB has always operated, the farmers would never have realized that they were cheated out of obtaining the rising prices now hitting the market.
You can read more of the Canada Gazette coverage of the subject here.
John Williamson of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation points out in a commentary he has just released that, contrary to the perception of many Canadians, the big increase in federal government expenditures under the Tories is not due soley to increased spending on defence. In fact, he says that only $1 of every $10 in new spending is going into the Canadian Forces.
Williamson writes: The rapid rise in spending has little to do with reinvigorating the armed forces after “years of neglect.” In reality, expenditure increases in Ottawa are not limited to a handful of priority areas, like the military. Rather spending is up across-the-board because the Conservative government neglected to cut spending in its non-priority areas, like corporate welfare, and overly-hyped “fiscal imbalances” with the provinces.
So, for those fiscal conservatives who like less spending in general but more spending on the military specifically, one has to ask: Which government do you prefer? The generally cost-cutting and specifically defence-starving Grit government of finance minister Paul Martin, or the generally big-spending, and specifically defence-boosting Tory government of Finance Minister Jim Flaherty? The answer "Paul Flaherty" will not be accepted.
Pierre Poilievre raises the issue of Farhan Chak in the House of Commons
Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre (Conservative - Nepean-Carleton), raised the question of Farhan Chak's candidacy in the House of Commons today. Here is the text of his statement:
Mr. Pierre Poilievre (Nepean-Carleton, CPC): Mr. Speaker, some months ago the Liberal leader caved under pressure from the fringe elements in his party and voted to kill his own anti-terror legislation.
The fringe elements of the Liberal Party is only getting stronger, though. Farhan Mujahid Chak, the Liberal leader's Edmonton campaign manager, accuses Israel of rape and murder. He says Canada's new government is involved in a conspiracy to destabilize Poland.
On the question of terrorism, he asks, "Am I in a position to morally judge suicide bombers?". His answer? "In some ways, we are not."
What was the Liberal response to Chak's outburst? They made him their Edmonton candidate.
Now that Chak's comments are known, why will the Liberal leader not fire him? Is it because he secretly agrees with those views? Or is it because he is too weak to stand up to the loony left in the Liberal Party?
Read all the Farhan Chak posts at Angry in the Great White North
Evidence for global warming "fell away or reversed"
I stumbled across this must read from Daniel Evans, an Australian carbon accountant - yes, that's a job title now - for six years (1999-2005). Evans explains the four basic pillars of global warming/climate change theory, and how nearly all them collapsed upon further examination and data-gathering. He has even gone so far as to wager $6,000(US) that temperatures will fall over the next 10-20 years.
The sound you hear is the "scientific consensus" crumbling.
Communist China is the leading spy threat to Canada
The head of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service testifies that dealing with Communist Chinese spies "accounts for about half of the attention his agency gives to foreign intelligence-gathering efforts and foreign interference in Canadian activities."
The continuing Kyoto crisis
As Canada's premiers meet in Toronto to drink ever more deeply from that pitcher of green Kool-Aid, we learn that the U.S.'s leading hurricane forecaster is saying that natural changes in ocean currents are responsible for global warming, not human-produced carbon dioxide.
If only we had a King Canute the Great among our provincial leaders, brave enough to demonstrate that, just as the king of old could not stop ocean waves, modern politicians cannot stop the earth from warming, no matter how much of our money they spend.
Different senses of security
The governor of Virginia is closing a "loophole" that apparently was the sole reason that deranged killer Seung-Hui Cho was able to obtain the .22 calibre pistol and a 9mm Glock he used to kill 32 people at Virginia Tech. Seems the mentality that only the state can protect citizens is alive and well. But other lawmakers are considering repealing laws to give people responsibility for their own safety. What a concept.
Political leadership v. Hockey leadership
Who would you rather have leading your Canadian national hockey team: Shane Doan; or the combined wisdom of Denis Coderre, Jack Layton, Gilles Duceppe, and Stephane Dion?
On Monday, opposition leaders suggested in the House of Commons that Doan wasn't fit to lead the team because of alleged derogatory comments about French-Canadians.
Doan denies making any such slurs and is backed by an NHL investigation that cleared him. He doesn't understand why his name is even being discussed at the highest levels of Canadian government over an allegation that hasn't been proven.
The incident in question came at the end of a game between Doan's Phoenix Coyotes and the Montreal Canadiens in December 2005. Linesman Michel Cormier says he heard Doan utter a slur against Francophones while skating by him.
Doan and Cormier later spoke on the phone and the matter seemed to be settled after an NHL investigation found nothing wrong.
But Liberal MP Denis Coderre wrote a letter to Hockey Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee a week later to protest Doan's inclusion on the Olympic team in Turin.
Doan has since filed a lawsuit against Coderre for defamation. Coderre is counter-suing.
The issue was brought back to life on Parliament Hill. NDP Leader Jack Layton suggested Monday that Doan's captaincy would "cast a shadow" on the Canadian team while Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe and Liberal Leader Stephane Dion called on the Conservative Government to comment.
Shane Doan is one of the most respected figures in our national sport, and has done nothing but display class and dignity when representing himself, his teammates and his country during his considerable professional career.
- Denis Coderre is a good friend of Claude Boulay, the head of Groupe Everest and Media IDA Vision, the firm retained by Ottawa in 1998 to co-ordinate its advertising purchases, and who was a key figure named in the sponsorship scandal involving Paul Martin.
- Jack Layton has advocated diplomacy with the Taliban.
- Gilles Duceppe leads a party which calls the break-up of Canada.
- Stephane Dion has instructed his Liberal party to vote for Canada's withdrawl from Afghanistan, despite our nation's vital role in establishing the foundations for a liberal democracy, and despite the fact that the Liberals themselves placed Canada there to begin with.
Elizabeth May, Nazis, and the voters of Central Nova
Elizabeth May has said something quite shocking. It involves Stephen Harper, climate change, and Nazi Germany:
Green leader Elizabeth May is standing by her comments over the weekend that condemn Prime Minister Stephen Harper's stance on climate change, comparing it to "a grievance worse than Neville Chamberlain's appeasement of the Nazis."
So let's get this straight. Appeasement of Nazi Germany was bad. But it led to World War II, the nuclear age and global industrialization, and ultimately to Stephen Harper dealing with Canada's 2% contribution to greenhouse gas emissions.
Elizabeth May would rather have taken appeasement, and along with it a Nazi Empire spanning Eurasia unopposed by the world's major powers, if it meant less pollution and no Conservative government in Canada today.
Canada lost 2,000 sailors fighting German U-boats in the Battle of the Atlantic because Canada would not appease the Nazis. Many of the voters in the Nova Scotia riding of Central Nova are the children and grandchildren of these sailors. Thanks to a deal struck between the Liberal Party and the Green Party, the Liberals will not run a candidate in Central Nova, and instead want Liberal Party voters in Central Nova to give their support to Elizabeth May. I can only imagine that many of them will not be taking that advice.
[Expanded post at Angry in the Great White North]
Monday, April 30, 2007
Justice and judges
Here's my latest "Face to Face" debate column in the Tri-City News. And here's Mary Woo Sims' counterpoint. We're digging into the recent Strategic Counsel poll (which does not appear to be on the company's site yet) which found that almost two-thirds of Canadians support the election of judges.
Neither MWS nor I support the direct election of judges, but I do suggest that major reforms are needed to the advisory committees which cobble together the short lists from which the minister of justice (aka the PMO) appoints all federal-court judges and senior judges in the provinces--reforms that go beyond what most experts are suggesting.
Watch for my major piece in an upcoming Western Standard on the big issue of the public's growing discontent with the judiciary.
Granting the Communists the Olympics has made them more repressive
Check out the details here, plus the latest silliness from Taiwan's political opposition, Canada's decision to block grain shipments from Communist China, etc.