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  •  Obama didn't mention while in Canada... (9+ / 0-)

    that not one single Canadian bank has failed.

    Maybe Americans might want to stop criticizing Canada's health care and look at its banking system.

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    by David Kroning on Fri Feb 20, 2009 at 06:33:54 AM PST

    •  BTW, Canada's budget shows a deficit... (3+ / 0-)
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      largely because of the huge expenditures related to its continued involvement in Afghanistan.  We are a nation of 30 million and have shouldered a disproportional burden.  It's time for Canadian soldiers to come home.

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      by David Kroning on Fri Feb 20, 2009 at 06:36:02 AM PST

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      •  Lower revenue is the real reason (1+ / 0-)
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        Canada is largely a resource-based nation so lower oil prices, dramatically lower exports, have had a huge impact.

        Also, the conservative government decided 2008 was a good year for tax cuts. D'uh..

        Here we are now Entertain us I feel stupid and contagious

        by Scarce on Fri Feb 20, 2009 at 06:51:41 AM PST

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        •  Once again, all associated with American madness. (0+ / 0-)

          George Bush's nasty mad-cow retaliation, his soft-wood lumber tarrifs that were decried by the WTO.  Draconian and confusing enforcement of the border have all contributed to a slow-down in trade.

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          by David Kroning on Fri Feb 20, 2009 at 07:15:53 AM PST

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        •  It wasn't just 2008. (0+ / 0-)

          The Cons have slashed government revenue in the past few years since coming to government - lowering the GST, nice corporate tax cuts (the oilpatch loved those), and (comparatively) small cuts to personal income tax.  

          The deficit the Cons predicted for this year - only after prodding by the Opposition - wasn't really a big surprise.

          ... Where is Baldwin?
          ... Où est Lafontaine?

          by Wisewood on Fri Feb 20, 2009 at 12:36:22 PM PST

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      •  Well, thank you and your country for your (0+ / 0-)

        continued support after 9/11.  I hope Americans do take the time to thank your country for its continued help, even when we re-elected an idiot who no longer cared about the issue.

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