"This man speaks with a forked tongue," said Cachagee. "He has mud on his face on this one. Colonial pie."
"This man speaks with a forked tongue," said Cachagee. "He has mud on his face on this one. Colonial pie."
CPC 36 Lib 30 NDP 17
Best PM (adjusted): Harper 32 (41) Iggy 21(27) Layton 18 (23)
More Food for thought:
AND SAVING THE BEST FOR LAST
“There is a smugness and complacency about the Liberal Party of
Bob Rae, From Protest to Power, 1996, p. 274
On the question of trust:
Ignatieff fared even worse when respondents were asked about trust. He places third in every region of the country, with only 14% of Canadians saying they trust him, compared to 29% who trust Harper and 17% who trust Layton.
With the media now treating the Liberal non-confidence motion as a total joke - It's so obvious that the Liberals are so not ready for a fall election, much less prime time,
to put that Liberal "smugness and complacency" aside; you just delivered your own self-inflicted poison pill - LOL
SO Iffy is now
SAME OLD, SAME OLD
Well Bob who is now a Liberal - the more things change the more they stay the same in the Liberal Party of Canada.
You don't say - LOL
Many progressives might think "why not?" Harper is, after all, a wolf in wolf’s clothing, managing to run a neoconservative, neoliberal government with voter support of his party in the mid-30 percent range, and all the rest of Canada to his left.
Unfortunately, Harper’s challenger, Liberal Party leader Michael Ignatieff, is just as much a wolf, but poses a much greater danger to the Left because he dresses as our shepherd.
On many vital issues, the NDP have been on the markFOR STARTERS
"on many of the vital issues, they've been on the mark. Never mind the political score. On what really matters, vindication has come their way"RIGHT ~ thanks by the way - it's been a long time coming!
All the "will they or won't they" election talk ignores one important question: Will Stephen Harper's current Employment Insurance bill actually do much for unemployed workers and hard-hit communities across Canada?
Harper's Bill C-50 has created a clear divide between those he considers deserving and those undeserving of EI support.DIVIDE & CONQUER: pitting worker against worker and family against family is ignorant and cuts the ties that bind us as a nation.
It's time politicians got down to the serious business of fixing EI and in particular the Harper government needs to get serious. Something's wrong when only half the country's 1.6 million unemployed are receiving EI.NOTE TO LIBERALS: no election for you [read between the lines]
When governments drained off EI surpluses totalling $57 billion, they always argued they'd restore the funds in the event of a rainy day.
Some are looking for every opportunity to spin it as badly as possible for Jack Layton and have seized on CAW President Ken Lewenza’s comments that the EI changes which the NDP have said they will vote for are “crumbs.” Of course, Lewenza’s comments made no reference to Layton or the NDP and stated the obvious in that temporarily extending benefits for up to 190,000 people does not help the vast majority of the 1.6 million unemployed.
Another concern heard around Ottawa labour and NGO offices is Ignatieff’s lackluster performance and a danger that he may implode once tested. That combined with Ignatieff’s clear shift to the right on social and economic issues, has dampened enthusiasm for a quick campaign (and there was little to begin with) based on the Liberal leader presenting a credible and winnable alternative.
Canada got a D grade, placing 15th out of 17 countries, ahead of Japan and the United StatesNo Surprise
Denmark, Norway, Sweden and the NetherlandsNo Surprise
Poverty rate in Canada rose to 15.1 per cent in the mid-2000s from 12.8 per cent in the mid-1990sWhat drives inequality and poverty in Canada?
The legislation is the only reason NDP leader Jack Layton has put forward for providing short-term support for the government in a confidence motion Friday on budgetary matters.Drilling down into the EI bill reveals that it is more about "optics" then actually helping long term unemployed workers - the Canadians who paid into the Employment insurance for years and years, didn't collect, but do to changes Liberals made to EI and they were in power, are now short-changed and kicked to the road side.
NDP's support – will be short lived unless the government agrees to NDP amendments.
Bloc Québécois Leader Gilles Duceppe said his party is against any fast-tracking of the EI bill, saying that it would not do enough for the hard-hit sectors of the Quebec economy as it currently stands. Mr. Duceppe raised the same concerns as the NDP, noting that many workers in the forestry sector, for example, would be ineligible for the additional coverage because they suffered temporary layoffs in recent years.The bill needs to undergo close scrutiny in committee and be amended. Why?
Women matter. Not that you'd ever guess that from where they rank in the federal government's priorities, or those of most of the opposition parties.Too bad the Conservatives now, and the Liberal govt before it, see the EI pot as their slush fund rather than an actual employment insurance plan ~ hands off!
Windsor-Tecumseh MP Joe Comartin says an Employment Insurance bill tabled by the Conservative government Wednesday doesn't live up to the way it was characterized by the human resources minister.WHAT'S THAT YOU SAY?
“We just don't see how they claim it will cost $900-million and benefit 190,000 people,” Mr. Comartin was quoted as saying.
Ms. Davies said her party does have concerns with the bill and at this point is not committing to support the bill into law. She says the NDP will support the bill's passage into committee so that MPs can call expert witnesses to analyze the proposed measures.WHAT'S JOE SAYING?
Comartin said the bill could be a particular letdown for many in Windsor because contrary to Human Resources Minister Diane Finley's claim workers having paid in seven of the previous 10 years would see extended benefits, the actual time period is longer.BUT WHEN FOOLS RUSH IN[no wonder the NDP wanted the particulars of the bill and the ACTUAL WORDING]Comartin also said the bill does not address extending maternity/paternity benefits as had been promised, and the rules surrounding people who received severance packages.
The Liberals announced Thursday morning that they are offering to pass the bill quickly, in the hope of taking away the NDP's stated reason for keeping the Conservatives in office for the short term.
[Take that unemployed - Liberals are more concerned about well Liberals - how's that for a slap in the face]
“We don't want to give Mr. Layton any alibis,” Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff said.IT'S TIME TO LET COOLER HEADS PREVAIL[Ignatieff reveals what's important to him & not Canadians]
Comartin said the NDP will review the entire bill more closely in the coming weeks before deciding whether it will support the government.
Premier NDP Dextor weighs in and gives a thumbs up for Layton on EI Stance.
"Premier Darrell Dexter is happy the federal NDP has agreed to support the federal Tories’ plan to enrich Employment Insurance rather than sending the country to the polls next month, his chief of staff said on Wednesday.
"His own experience has been that it’s — for any political party — far better to focus on how to make the parliament work, and to look at where they can find common ground, what they can agree on," said Dan O’Connor.
"He certainly took the view in the two minorities here — ’03 and ’06 — from election night on, that was the approach we would take. We would pursue the things that were important to the NDP, but we would do it in the context of recognizing someone else was the government."
The province is glad EI is going to be enriched, Mr. O’Connor said."
"This is certainly a step in the right direction.""
SNIP AND LABOUR CHIMES IN
"Rick Clarke, president of the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour, is upset the federal government isn’t doing more for the unemployed, but he is not sympathetic to Liberal criticism, since they set up the current EI system.
"I don’t have a real, real short memory, and when I think about something like that coming out of the Liberals, I remember (former Liberal minister) Doug Young," he said."
Mr. Clarke says the Tories’ proposed changes are a "Band-Aid," that penalizes workers who were laid off in previous years, but he assumes Mr. Layton and the NDP have done their best for the unemployed.
I’m still more angry at Harper for using this as an extortion issue because he’s playing with people’s lives."
One needs to know when to play the cards they'll dealt: play'em, hold'em, and fold'em.
h/t to Dawg for fold'em.
NDP increased by 1.7% (from 14.8% to 16.5%)
CONS increased by .9% (from 34.2% to 35.1%)
Libs decreased by .9% (From 30.8% to 29.9)
Bloc decreased by .4% (From 10% to 9.6%)
Field date 9 - 15 of September during the time of election speculation.
It would appear that Canadians like that there will be some improvement to EI although it is not enough, but like the general direction.
Making parliament work and trying to do the best by those we represent and our constituent bases appears to mean something.
Days before the vote, Jaffer's campaign approved radio ads chiding NDP Leader Jack Layton for comments years earlier that Jaffer cast as broad support for marijuana use.
The spots said, in part: "Edmontonians understand how difficult it is to make sure our children make the right choices, especially on serious issues like drug use. The Conservative Party supports drug-free schools and getting tough with drug dealers who sell illegal drugs to children. Don't let our schools go up in smoke. On October 14th vote Conservative."
Rahim Jaffer, husband of Simcoe-Grey MP Helena Guergis, has been charged with drunk driving and possession of cocaine.Zero Tolerance and deterrence - as an example to others - to show what happens when one associates with law & order Conservatives!
Police stopped Jaffer, a 37-year-old Angus resident, on Sept. 11 on Regional Road 50 in Palgrave. Caledon OPP say he was speeding through the village.
Jaffer will be in Orangeville criminal court on Oct. 19 to answer the charges.
His license was suspended for 90 days.
Jaffer was elected MP for the Edmonton Strathcona riding in 1997, a seat he held up until last year's federal election, when he lost to the NDP.
"I have always been a proud Young Liberal, and have never hidden that fact from anyone," Tetreault told us tonight. "I was invited to the event by Josh Pringle, the Conservative riding president, who knows I am a Liberal."
"I just don't think in the West that we are prepared to invest the blood or the treasure to get this done," Fowler said.What are we fighting for?
"It's not just commitment and the wasting of our youth and the enormous, enormous cost in difficult financial times, it's to get it done we will have to do some unpleasant things. ... This is not a nice war," he said.
Fowler said he wondered whether the dollars and lives invested in tackling Afghanistan's "complex misery" would be better spent elsewhere.
"I can show you a lot of places in this world where you can put girls in schools without killing people. ... There's lots of things to fix that can be done more efficiently and probably more effectively," he said.
Mr. Ignatieff and his strategists set out last June to map a course toward a fall election, believing they could not sustain supporting the Harper minority Conservative government without damaging their brand.MAKING DEALS WITH THE CONS, AGAIN
But that deal also included an “opposition day” in early fall – later this month or in early October – in which they could, if they so chose, put forward a motion of no-confidence in the government. If the committee didn't work, the Liberals could pull the plug.USING UNEMPLOYED FOR LIBERAL POLITICAL ENDS
The strategy, ironically, was set with the help of Mr. Harper during his negotiations with Mr. Ignatieff: In return for supporting the Tory budget bill last June [again!], the Prime Minister agreed to Mr. Ignatieff's request for a special Tory-Liberal working group to find ways of reforming the employment insurance system.THE BIGGER POLITICAL PRIZE
This would give Mr. Ignatieff his opportunity to try to defeat the government if the EI reforms did not go his way.THAT'S RIGHT FOLKS - NO CRUMBS FOR YOU