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Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Belinda Stronach: "A great news story"

Belinda Stronach has exceeded my expectations when it comes to lowering the quality of debate in the House of Commons. 

Our Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Minister responsible for Democratic Renewal seems to be a vacuous as we all feared.

From Hansard:

Mr. Christian Simard (Beauport—Limoilou, BQ): Mr. Speaker, faced with the sponsorship scandal, the federal government is not learning from its mistakes. The Prime Minister just appointed as head of Service Canada the very person who was in charge of the gun registry, another scandal involving nearly $2 billion for which his government will soon have to answer.

How can the Prime Minister explain his choice in appointing such a mediocre manager as the head of Service Canada?

Belinda then struts her stuff, and our college-dropout-cum-minister shows off what a few months of first year university can do for your mental acumen and debating skills:

Mr. Speaker, if anyone looks at the service Canada details, I think it is a fantastic story. It is about better service to more Canadians in more Canadian communities. In fact, we are expanding our points of service in the next couple of years from 300 to 600. Therefore, this is a great news story.

There are many layers of accountability factored in, including an advisory board, an office for client satisfaction and a service charter.

I am very proud to be associated with service Canada. It is a great news story.

"It's a great news story!  It's a great news story! <SQUAWK!>  Belinda wants a cabinet post. <SQUAWK!>"

Needless to say, she doesn't answer the question about the appointment of Maryantonett Flumian. Indeed, she doesn't even mention her name. Does Belinda even know what MP Simard is talking about? She should -- Flumian is Stronach's associate deputy minister, after all.

Yet her answer is, well, just weird.

Well, let's hope Belinda's brain gets into gear soon, before she starts to re-write the rules of our democracy, since the Prime Minister saw it fit to make her responsible for "democratic renewal".

"<SQUAWK!>  Belinda wants a cabinet post. <SQUAWK!>"

[Cross posted from Angry in the Great White North]

Posted by Steve Janke on September 27, 2005 | Permalink


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I don't think that this slithering out of an answer and talking pure nonsense is specific to Belinda Stronach.
Yes, the's brainless and a tool of her father and his ambitions, but the Habit of Non-Answers is part of the Liberal ideology.

They never answer questions. Never. It's always the same; check out Martin, McLellan, Alcock, anyone of them. They will be asked a specific question, and they will stand up and talk sheer empty vapid nonsense. The key tactics are to ASSERT that 'eveything is going splendidly', and this assertion is expected to be recieved as FACTS.
It would be like me asserting that I have magical powers, and because I assert it - it becomes truth.

The problem with the Liberals is that they have removed themselves almost entirely from factual reality, and have moved completely into the realm of Pure Talk. It is therefore impossible to interact with them within the realm of facts and truth, for they don't know what those terms mean.

Posted by: ET | 2005-09-27 2:10:16 PM

The whole thing is an obvious exercise in Staying On Message With The Talking Points. *blech*

Posted by: Mike H | 2005-09-27 2:29:31 PM

when her dad ships all the magna jobs to china can she go to?

Posted by: ghollingshead | 2005-09-27 3:16:19 PM

Epic Vacuity.

Trademark and Patent Pending.

Posted by: Plato's Stepchild | 2005-09-27 3:43:01 PM

Notice that this lady is infavor of SSM. Is she for abortion too?

Posted by: Rémi houle | 2005-09-27 4:15:43 PM

Eventually, the music stops and the bill for years of stupidity, corruption and disconnection from reality falls due. I am constantly amazed and disappointed to find that too many of the political class (and my fellow citizens) believe that the laws of Thermodynamics are as pliable to their desires as the laws of Canada. The consequence of this fallacy is that they believe there actually is a free lunch as long as they pass laws from time to time saying it is so. Delusions of this type usually end badly.

I fear the crunch here in Canada may be even more quickly be preciptiated by the combination of rising revenues in the oil-rich west and falling competitiveness of the manufacturing sector of the vote-rich east producing an irresistable urge to "revenue sharing" on the part of our Eastern dominated government.

As I see no evidence of a desire for change from the majority of my fellow citizens, I can see nothing I can do but attempt to protect my own family's economic well-being through the course of the whole lamentable farce about to unfold.

Posted by: Howard Lesiuk | 2005-09-27 4:30:54 PM

Howard Lesiuk: "I fear the crunch here in Canada may be even more quickly be preciptiated by the combination of rising revenues in the oil-rich west and falling competitiveness of the manufacturing sector of the vote-rich east producing an irresistable urge to "revenue sharing" on the part of our Eastern dominated government.">>>>>


Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Record-high oil and gas prices and a stronger Canadian dollar are driving an economic wedge between the energy-rich Western provinces and Central Canada's manufacturers, according to Toronto-Dominion Bank.

But despite the divergence in economic strength between the provinces, the Bank of Canada will continue to raise interest rates as it focuses on national — not regional — statistics, TD forecast in its quarterly outlook. TD expects the Bank of Canada to raise its benchmark overnight lending rate to 4 per cent by early 2006 from the current rate of 2.75 per cent.

“Such an increase is unlikely to be enough to cool the red-hot Western Canadian economies that are already bumping up against serious capacity constraints... But the higher rates will almost certainly pose challenges for Central Canada and will contribute to suppressing growth rates in this region going to sub-par levels,” TD economists Don Drummond and Carl Gomez said.>>>more

Posted by: maz2 | 2005-09-27 7:38:00 PM

Think about what Belinda brings to the Tories if they only wish to use it. She ran for leadership of the Tories and became a Liberal cabinet minister. Anyone with a functional mind would realize that she was a Liberal all along. How would Canadian voters react to the understanding that the Liberals have moles in opposition parties stiring things up and causing trouble. ( Scott Brison is another example) The only reason Belinda crossed the floor, thus blowing her cover, was because the Liberals needed her vote to avoid an election.

Posted by: truthsayer | 2005-09-27 7:52:12 PM

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