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Friday, September 30, 2005
I become arrogant and offer advice to an entire movement
At the risk of thinking too highly of my meager thoughts, I've posted a lengthy diatribe at my blog about the Conservative Party and why it continues to fail to resonate with Canadians.
A new poll has been released showing that conservative support is growing and not surprisingly many on the right are agitating for an election. If rumours are right, they'll get their wish sometime this fall. And we'll lose again.
What's the standard that the Conservative Party is leading with right now? You and I might be able to rhyme off a few things but we're supposed to be able to, we are politically inclined. Ask the average Canadian what the Conservative Party stands for? I'll bet you won't get very many illuminating answers.
It's the same problem that the American conservative movement faced in the 1960s and you can read it here. Probably nothing no one else has railed on about but I figured I'd get my two cents in.
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Agreed, agreed, agreed:Rajotte is a Liberal; Emerson is a Conservative; Dingwall is a Conservative, too. Oh, well, the Conservatives have earned the right to stay in office. Help the Conservatives to remain in office; they deserve it. The Liberals will lose the next election. Up with Corruption; the Conservatives are the party of Corruption. The Conservatives deserve to remain Number One party/racket. The breach correctors 'r us.>> newsbeat1.com
Mr. James Rajotte (Edmonton—Leduc, CPC): Mr. Speaker, this is unbelievable. This thing is a racket. The taxpayers of this country deserve some respect. There is no punishment for those who break the rules because in fact the lobbyists may be allowed to keep the money they take, against the government's own rules.
The fact is that David Dingwall is not alone. Up to 15 lobbyists have received kickbacks for securing TPC grants. The minister admitted yesterday that this number could be growing. Why is this government not going after former Liberal cabinet minister David Dingwall? Why is it not standing up for Canadian taxpayers?
Hon. David Emerson (Minister of Industry, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, if only the hon. member would remind himself that nearly 90% of the companies that are assisted under Technology Partnerships Canada are small companies. The Government of Canada is in the business of supporting small businesses in Canada and helping them to become competitive, not in the business of punishing them.
We are getting the money back, we are correcting the breaches and that is the right thing to do.>>>
Posted by: maz2 | 2005-09-30 5:49:07 AM
More proof that the Conservatives are corrupt. AdScam Harper deserves to stay in office. The best party is the corrupt Conservative Party. Vote for the corrupt Conservative Party. Challenger jets I & II remain afloat with the corrupt Conservatives in office in Ottawa. Da proof is da proof, eh, Jean?>>>
Big bucks for jet-setting Martin's trips
By STEPHANIE RUBEC, SUN OTTAWA BUREAU
OTTAWA -- Prime Minister Paul Martin billed taxpayers $9.3 million for a handful of international jaunts, which at times saw him touch down only for a few hours.
For the year ending March 31, 2005, the PM and his hefty entourage of aides and officials criss-crossed the globe, stopping at 19 different destinations to hobnob with world leaders.
The tab, revealed in the public accounts of Canada tabled in the House of Commons yesterday, includes hotel, transportation and hospitality expenses for the PM and his accompanying staff.>>>>
Posted by: maz2 | 2005-09-30 6:11:05 AM
Notice: We, the corrupt Conservative party, now own this web space. We have the blessing of G-d, Allah, and all the rest to post/comment as we see fit.
Dingwall is a corrupt Conservative hack/glutton/hog but since he is a Conservative, we will sever him, real good. BTW, we are gonna silence Dingwall forever ( now don't try to read through my words; we don't mean you know what). As Mac says it's standard corrupt Conservative procedure approved by Gats.(smark, hock, spit).
Here is the truth for you suckers. Vote for AdScam Harper.>>>>
By CAMPBELL CLARK
Friday, September 30, 2005 Page A5
OTTAWA -- The government is negotiating a severance package for former Liberal cabinet minister David Dingwall even though he resigned Wednesday from his post as president of the Royal Canadian Mint amid attacks over his expense accounts and violations of lobbying rules.
Revenue Minister John McCallum, who is responsible for the mint, told reporters yesterday that a severance package is "currently being worked out," but that any amount paid to Mr. Dingwall will remain a secret.
"The severance package according to the privacy laws is private, and nothing has been decided yet, but all I can say is that anything he might receive in that regard is standard for a person in his situation," he told reporters after a cabinet meeting.>>>>>> G&M (not locked out)<<<<<<
Posted by: maz2 | 2005-09-30 6:25:10 AM
More proof is da proof, you want? VDH agrees.(vetted and approved by Pettigrew, and Bruno & Willy Grahamm, all Conservatives, dontyaknow).>>>NRO
Victor Davis Hanson: Saddam in 2005! Just imagine a different Iraq…
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On 09/30/2005 5:39:04 AM PDT · 2 replies · 45+ views
NRO ^ | September 30, 2005 | Victor Davis Hanson
Uday, Qusay to visit Brussels Saddam promises more bounties for suicide bombers in Rather interview In a much publicized second interview with CBS’s Dan Rather, Iraqi’s President Saddam Hussein insisted that continual American pressure had little effect. “Look at Afghanistan. Here it is almost October 2005, and America is still fighting the Taliban, so I don’t think they will dare come to our Iraq. But we are ready to be martyred nonetheless.” The Iraqi president who was hosting Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas also denied rumors that Iraqi agents had attempted to assassinate former President Bill Clinton. On recent disclosures of...>>>>
Posted by: maz2 | 2005-09-30 6:57:31 AM
Maz2, I feel compelled to tell you...
Half the time (maybe even more than half), I haven't a clue what you're going on about.
Posted by: Johnny Pockets | 2005-09-30 8:48:26 AM
Strong recommendation to readers to visit the author's site to read the whole thing. I couldn't agree more.
Posted by: Johnny Pockets | 2005-09-30 9:06:37 AM
Perhaps this will explain what moi is ttalking/blatthering/whining/moaning & etc about: "they" don't make roofs or is it rooves like "they" used to (dangling participle?). A good Liberal roff would never have leeked.>>> Its' harperr's fault; throw him out!!!>>>>
Ottawa covered up leaky condos
OTTAWA - The federal Liberal government was accused Wednesday of covering up its alleged complicity in the $1.5-billion leaky condo crisis in B.C. after the government released hundreds of whited-out pages of internal documents and correspondence on the issue. (Vancouver Sun)
Posted by: maz2 | 2005-09-30 9:36:19 AM
Have you seen enough yet to be convinced that now is the time to focus our efforts on a single block of votes via one new party that has the intention of something very close to Separation of the West. If this doesn't happen before the next election, it will be a sad thing. To set up a new party, of course, is probably not feasible before the next election so lets pick a party that already is formed - if there is a leader out there who is prepared to stand up and be counted in terms of a focus on western Canada and not have this wrongheaded, obsessive delusion of becoming prime minister that both Manning and Harper have had and the latter still does.
All of this diabtrab about what is conservative, what is liberal, etc. is becoming so much philosophical nonsense.
In the meantime, Rome is burning and the fiddler is playing. If this "new" party that has only the west at heart and not the "how do we conquer the east and form a government" does not happen before the next election, we will be doomed once more to the way the eastern Liberals/Conseratives do business.
In this day and age, no party from the west is ever going to "win the east" and form a national government regardless of how much money is spent and time invested. Nor will westerners ever again have much influence in the senate, make the higher ranks in the military/civil service, become the Governor General. or sell our grain on the open market as apparently Ontario is able to do.
Much better the time, effort and dollars before the next election are spent in furthering the interests of West both Culturally and Economically and worry a whole lot less about what Ontario and Quebec are saying, doing, or whether we are fitting into their mold (which the majority of western canada is not doing nor ever likely to).
Posted by: keith laurie | 2005-10-01 2:24:18 AM
Whited out pages maz2? The Freedom of Information and Privacy Act has GOT to go.
Posted by: Speller | 2005-10-01 8:23:07 PM
It's been a few months since I last said this on the Shotgun, but this post covers the point I made. Very well put.
Conservatives need to find out what they believe and then set themselves upon the grand project of swaying public opinion.
It sickens me to see Conservatives playing the "please the polls" game.
I was raised a socialist. I was weaned on Tommy Douglas. Like 'em or not they somehow got their views sold into the mainstream.
Conservatives need to look at this as a lifelong project. It's about trumpeting conservative values and policies loud and long.
C'mon Steven and Jason and Peter stand up for what you believe in.
ps. What DO you believe in????
Posted by: jack | 2005-10-02 12:36:07 AM
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