Time to dust off the blog editor and get to work analyzing this new budget. First off, just need to get something off my chest: the problem with Canadian politics is that it is full of partisan party junkies who can only see in ideology. Now with that out of the way, on to the budget.
The Consequences of the Budget
It seems like the NDP and the Bloc want to leave the decision of future of the government in the hands of the Liberals. For the NDP it’s a question of trust, they don’t trust the Tories. The Bloc, well, I’m not quite sure what is their position.
It’s All in the Hands of Michael Ignatieff
To be honest I’m not really sure if this guy is still capable of talking, I haven’t heard an interview with him in over six months, but maybe that’s just because I’m watching less TV. If anything, this budget will be his first test, and we’ll learn about what kind of prime minister he could become.
Still no stimulus to provide one Nintendo Wii for every Canadian family.
During the coalition crisis the Conservatives were arguing that a stimulus packages was not immediately needed. At the time I could see their point, but it seemed like it did not take long, just a matter of days, for layouts to be announced as well as the unemployment rate being announced as being the highest in a long time. Now the Bank of Canada is warning that more Canadians could be losing their homes in the near future.
Also, the last few months have shown that food banks in Canada have never been busier.
We will never know–at least for a while but really knows with the way things have been moving so fast–whether or not Bob Rae would have been a great leader of the Liberal Party. When he started to talk about having an open vote, and including more canadians into the selection process, he sounded like he had a lot of good ideas.
And then there were the press conferences yesterday. Not only was he supporting his former rival in the leadership race, he was also very direct when it came to answering reporters questions.
Will Ignatieff show the same qualities? It is hard to say, to be honest I don’t think I’ve ever heard him make a full speech. I am hopeful that he will get under the skin of Prime Minister Harper. He does funny things when he’s upset.
Canada was stunned Monday when it was announced that The Stanley Cup will be awarded to the Toronto Maple Leafs, possibly as early as December 8th.
The cup will be stripped from the 2008 playoff champions the Detroit Red Wings and be awarded to the Leafs, who didn’t even make the playoffs. How is this possible, Canadians ask? Well, the Leafs have formed a coalition with eastern conference semi-finalists the Montreal Canadians, and conference quarter finalists the Ottawa Senators, now outnumbering the Red Wings. According to current Leaf coach Ron Wilson “the Red Wings have lost the confidence of the league and should hand the cup over immediately to
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is cutting short a European trip to try to resolve the unprecedented hockey crisis that could force a second playoff series, or see an opposing team coalition take the cup.
Note: I did not write this, and when I discover the original author I will link to the original post. Just thought it was cool and worthy to pass along.
Well, looks like our MPs got themselves an early Christmas. It was quite the performance, they got Canadians interested in politics again, showed that Stephen Dion doesn’t know how to use a handy cam. Why couldn’t he just call CTV? I’m sure they would have sent a camera crew to him ASAP. And CPAC probably would have done the same.
Really, what he should have done was speed up the audio a little, so that he would sound more like Fred.
Were you like me and questioning if he conservatives really were right, and there wasn’t an economic crisis happening in Canada like there was in the states? Well, this morning I started reading The Globe and Mail and their lead headline is “Canada loses most jobs in 26 years”
So, maybe the coalition was right, and a stimulus is something that requires immediate attention.
So, are you like me and think the recent drama in Ottawa deserves an Oscar? Well, it should definitely win a Gemini. There’s the struggle for power, friendships supposedly formed with the enemy, and moment by moment suspense. And the hero, who must protect the one ring that rules them all, is our Governor General.
Now, you say, there’s no way that this drama could get anymore interesting, any bit more suspenseful. Well, there is one way. One small twist that could take this story far beyond any theatrical award of excellence. The introduction of an unlikely surprise character:
Her Majesty The Queen.
Yes, just think of how much more fun, how much more dramatic and controversial these events would be if Her Majesty just happened to have been touring our country. When she is here, the Governor General’s powers belong to Her Majesty. Just imagine the outrage it would cause, the constitutional crisis it would create, if the Her Majesty had to make the decision our Governor General is currently has to make. I think it would be truly exciting!
Quick, someone invite the Queen to come over.