Monday, July 11, 2005

Stop! You're ruining Canada!

Lorrie Goldstein, a columnist for the Sun, has an article on his 30 people who are screwing (or screwed) up Canada.

I agree with most of the people on his list take away all the tree huggers who have been crying that the sky is falling for 30 years - sky is right where it always was boys and girls! Rick Mercer is #14 "because ever since those "One Tonne Challenge" commercials, he's just not that funny anymore.)"! Mercer Watcher are you getting this!


My top 5 are:

1) Every Liberal Prime Minister after Lester B. Pearson.

2) Jack Layton - trying to say 4.6 billion was "pumped" into the economy when it's only going to feed the big red machine of waste is not very smart!

3) Dalton McGuinty - made lying to get elected fashionable again (after 8 years of Mike actually making and keeping his promises).

4) Rick Mercer - not because he's just not funny - but for making American bashing mainstream. If he did his little streeters in downtown Toronto, he would have more than enough stupidity to fill up 22 minutes. Honorable mention to Carolyn Parrish.

5) Bob Goodenow - and of course the brain washed zombie hockey players - no hockey makes Pale a dull blogger! !!!

Well, that's my list. What's yours?


5 Comments:

At 11/7/05, Blogger Lord Kitchener's Own said...

Just in response to your "after 8 years of Harris actually making and keeping his promises" I thought it was interesting to see that given a column I read by Ian Urquhart last week which argued that McGuinty's biggest problem is the perception that he is a "promise breaker", and that Harris was a "promise keeper". Uruqhart wrote:

"But did Harris do what he said he would do?

It is instructive to look back at the Conservative campaign platform in 1995, entitled The Common Sense Revolution.

By my count, there are 62 promises crammed into the 21-page platform. That's well short of the 231 made by the McGuinty Liberals in the 2003 campaign, but it is still a significant number.

And Harris certainly kept many of them, even when they didn't make common sense. Included in this category is the 30 per cent cut in income taxes, which was implemented before the budget was balanced and thereby plunged Ontario further into debt...

But many other Harris promises were not kept, including:

"We will sell off some assets, such as the LCBO." Ten years later, the LCBO is still government-owned.

"The money we make from such asset sales will not go into the government accounts. Every penny will go directly to pay down the $80 billion provincial debt." In fact, the Conservatives used the $1.5 billion from the 1999 sale of Highway 407 to shore up government revenues that election year in order to keep another promise: to balance the budget in its first mandate.

"We will sit down with the municipalities to discuss ways of reducing government entanglement and bureaucracy with an eye to eliminating waste and duplication as well as unfair downloading by the province." In fact, the Conservatives downloaded more responsibilities onto the municipalities, including public housing.

"We will work closely with municipalities to ensure that any actions we take will not result in increases to local property taxes." In fact, property taxes have gone up - so much so that in many cases they have wiped out any gains from lower income taxes.

"This (the Conservatives' health-care plan) should mean an end to rationing and waiting lists." It is to laugh.

"We will introduce an income contingent loan program" for post-secondary students. This was never done.

There were also some major initiatives undertaken by the Harrisites that were not in their platform, including stripping school boards of their taxing powers and amalgamating various municipalities.

He did what he said he would do? Not exactly."


Interesting how quickly we forget!

 
At 11/7/05, Blogger alsocanadian said...

I guess Lord K likes Bob Rea better...

 
At 11/7/05, Anonymous Jeff said...

So you say they boke a promise to sell assets, then in the next section tell us about when they sold the 407?

 
At 11/7/05, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Included in this category is the 30 per cent cut in income taxes, which was implemented before the budget was balanced and thereby plunged Ontario further into debt..."

and

"the Conservatives used the $1.5 billion from the 1999 sale of Highway 407 to shore up government revenues that election year in order to keep another promise: to balance the budget in its first mandate."

So which is it? Plunged further into debt or balanced budget? I guess logic wasn't part of the arguement.

"That's well short of the 231 made by the McGuinty Liberals in the 2003 campaign"

Thanks for the reminder. There really is no comparison.

Tom

 
At 11/7/05, Blogger Loyalist said...

Right on about Rick Mercer.

He reminds me a state-sanctioned comedian in the Soviet Union, allowed only to poke fun at what the government permits him to.

He's become the court jester of the Liberal Party, and a terribly unfunny one at that.

 

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