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Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Jack Layton Can Only Talk
Jack Layton wants a debate in Parliament on how to defend Canada’s arctic interests. Whether it’s negotiating with the Taliban in Afghanistan or defending Canada’s arctic, Jack Layton’s answer to everything is to “talk about it” and to “be nice about it”, but we must never fight about it or defend ourselves. Hope, negotiation and surrender seem to be the only viable options for Jack in any confrontation.
Among other things, the Harper Government is correctly proposing a new fleet of military vessels and a deepwater seaport in the arctic.
According to Jack Layton…
“The Harper government is needlessly militarizing the North instead of focusing on its environment and people”, “Canada should also increase its diplomatic efforts in the United States”, and “to simply say that the military’s the way to do it is wrong-headed.”
Instead, Jack proposes the following…
“We need to bring out passion for the North in Parliament. I absolutely think there’s a passion for the North among Canadians. We truly identify ourselves as a northern people.”
“The government should focus far more energy on infrastructure that would allow northerners to develop a sustainable and self-sufficient economy, the New Democrats say. That includes an all-weather highway up the Mackenzie Valley in the Northwest Territories and small-craft harbours for communities in Nunavut.”
“Canada can realize its control over the Northwest Passage using civilian agencies.”
Great! So according to Jack, if we all identify ourselves as a northern people, and bring out our passion for the north, then our northern interests are safe.
And if that doesn’t work, and some foreign country passes through our arctic waters uninvited, we’ll be able to send some trucks up his Mackenzie Valley highway to intercept, or dispatch civilian pleasure craft from his small-craft community harbours.
Great plan Jack! Now why don’t you wake up and join the real world for a change?
Cross-posted at www.exactlyright.ca.
Posted by Dave Hodson on September 26, 2007 | Permalink
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If we do what Jack wants to do, we will corner the world market on Inuit carvings.
Sounds like a good economic plan. Yes ... Northern development will offset the shutting down of the oil sands to save us from global warming.
That is Leftist thinking folks. Global warming and fuzzying.
Posted by: John | 2007-09-26 2:39:31 PM
Only taliban Jack could think up something so dumb. Is there not anyone in the ndp party that have both oars in the water?
Posted by: Honey Pot | 2007-09-26 2:42:33 PM
No, Honey Pot, there isn't. Not one. If they had both in the water they would not be in the NDP.
I believe in responsible government and agree that opposition parties both serve a purpose and should be granted a voice, but these people are doing nothing but wasting our time and money.
I say, BEGONE!!
Posted by: atric | 2007-09-26 3:14:42 PM
Spot on atric. Perhaps someone could explain to this bunch that they are not in power and that such decisions rest with the elected government.
Posted by: Alain | 2007-09-26 3:52:06 PM
"We truly identify ourselves as a northern people."
Right! Torontonians, Montrealers and Vancouverites wake up each day and think they are northerners. Heck - 90% of Canadians live within 100 miles of the US border. They hardly think of themselves the way Norwegians & Siberians do.
Posted by: obc | 2007-09-26 4:37:40 PM
From this week's Ann Coulter column:
At Syracuse University last year, when liberal hecklers tried to shut down a speech by a popular conservative author of (almost!) six books, College Republicans began to remove the hecklers. But Dean of Students Roy Baker blocked them from removing students disrupting the speech on the grounds that removing students screaming during a speech would violate the hecklers' "free speech." They had a "free speech" right to prevent anyone from hearing a conservative's free speech.
That's what colleges mean by "free speech."
Posted by: obc | 2007-09-26 5:19:32 PM
The furthest north Taliban Jack ever went was Barrie.
Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2007-09-26 5:31:09 PM
obc: To your point about the Syracuse University only protecting the free speech of the leftist idiots, it just goes to prove the old saying...
"What is the opposite of Diversity? University."
As long as you support their ideology, they are happy to listen to you. If you're conservative, your opinion is not welcome in their forum.
Posted by: Dave Hodson | 2007-09-26 6:46:12 PM
Get ready for it, Layton will become more insufferable by the day.
The Dippers won a seat in the Bi-election in Quebec and they're above the Liberals in that province.
The little man syndrome will be in high gear, a strutting Peacock in mating season will have nothing on him. Lookout!!!
Posted by: Liz J | 2007-09-26 7:15:04 PM
Let Jack strut.
Posted by: set you free | 2007-09-26 10:16:47 PM
Posted by: obc | 2007-09-26 10:29:28 PM
GOOD FOR THE P.M. !!!!
Harper’s director of communications issued a curt notice Wednesday that her boss will not be attending the annual Parliamentary Press Gallery dinner, scheduled for Oct. 27.
No reason was given for the prime minister’s cancellation.
(Pierre Trudeau also refused to go to a couple of gallery dinners when he was prime minister.)
Posted by: obc | 2007-09-27 6:13:01 AM
taliban jack still thinks and espouses that you can negotiate with terrorists.
Posted by: Lady | 2007-09-28 3:42:07 PM
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