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Lorne Gunter on Iggy:

Back in January, at a pub in Vancouver's Gastown district, the Grit boss said of the oil sands, "everybody expects me to say they're terrible and shut then down. Absolutely not." Instead, while conceding that there were environmental problems with oil extraction from Alberta's northern muskeg, Mr. Ignatieff raved about the technological marvel of the oil sands. They will drive our future economic growth and increase Canada's strategic importance in the world, he explained.

He also, in no uncertain terms, lambasted the carbon tax proposals of his predecessor, Stephane Dion, insisting they "killed" Liberal prospects in the last election. Sometimes he has sounded more like the Premier of Alberta, Ed Stelmach, than Mr. Stelmach himself.

Gordon Gibson -- What day is it?

When that happens, I return to the beginning: We will be blessed by a choice between two fine minds at the peak of their powers. The TV networks, no doubt, will curse us with the usual boring debates of four or five leaders. But I hope they'll spare at least an hour for a fiery one-on-one between Mr. Harper and Mr. Ignatieff.

Richard Martineau:

Après les policiers de Montréal, c'est au tour des constables spéciaux du gouvernement (qui sont chargés de la sécurité dans les palais de justice et à l'Assemblée nationale) de porter des pantalons de camouflage afin de forcer l'État à leur accorder une hausse salariale.

Que les représentants des forces de l'ordre utilisent un «moyen de pression vestimentaire» pour communiquer leur message, soit.

Mais des pantalons d'armée ? C'est loin d'être l'idée du siècle...

Ellen Roseman explains how credit cards can actually be used for good.

Don Martin clearly is not feeling any suffering from this recession -- other than paying taxes.

John Ibbitson is honestly afraid that things are over for Anglo-Saxons:

Anglo-Saxon isn't a race, it's an idea, which is why Mr. Sarkozy will berate Mr. Obama's Anglo-Saxon economics without irony. The recession will end, growth will resume and emerging economies will move closer to the Anglo-American model, because history has proved it works. This truth should be beyond debate, although it's a heck of a job getting some people to see it.

Roy Clancy is still waiting for meaningful changes to Alberta health care.

Thomas Walkom:

Government involvement in the affairs of auto manufacturers is hardly new. Japan built its auto industry with state help, as did Korea. France's Renault company is still partly owned by the French government. Indeed, with the notable exception of Canada (and latterly Britain), every nation in the G7 club of major industrial economies has insisted on nurturing strong, domestically owned auto companies.

What's intriguing about Obama's effective nationalization of GM and Chrysler is that he hasn't bothered with the nuisance of demanding equity shares that might allow the public to benefit from any gains. He simply argues that if the companies want U.S. government money, they will have to do what the U.S. government wants

What's intriguing about Canada's role is that, save for their 20-per-cent-of-production demand, our governments haven't even done that. They are not, for instance, requiring job guarantees. Nor are they demanding that manufacturers build so-called cars of the future in Canadian plants.

In effect, Ottawa and Queen's Park are telling the car companies this: If you want Canadian taxpayer money, you'll have to do what the U.S. government wants.

Originally posted to MrvnMouse on Wed Apr 01, 2009 at 09:35 AM PDT.


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  •  tipjar (6+ / 0-)


    by MrvnMouse on Wed Apr 01, 2009 at 09:36:07 AM PDT

    •  Thanks for the news from up North! (1+ / 0-)
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      Stephen Harper went on Fox? I realize he’s conservative, but why does he feel the need to go on Fox? I noticed that he didn’t mention the insults directed at the Canadian military by Faux News.

      I would like to ask Mr. Harper how we go about eliminating "any kind of threat to the wider world," because that doesn’t sound terribly feasible to me. Not unless we intend to send many, many more soldiers to Afghanistan, and remain there far longer than expected. At least he was honest enough to admit that we will never eliminate "every single insurgent." Yet if that’s true, and I believe that it is, we can’t possibly eliminate "any kind of threat." There will always be a threat of some kind and we will just have to be vigilant.

      You could see Chris Wallace just champing at the bit to bring up tax cuts. He must have been so disappointed that Harper wouldn’t scold Obama.

      What's intriguing about Obama's effective nationalization of GM and Chrysler is that he hasn't bothered with the nuisance of demanding equity shares that might allow the public to benefit from any gains.

      No, Mr. Walkom, it isn’t intriguing, it’s infuriating. At least it is to this American. I will never understand why we privatize the profits and socialize the risks and losses.

      I defy the tyranny of precedent. I cannot afford the luxury of a closed mind. I go for anything new that might improve the past. ~ Clara Barton

      by AuroraDawn on Wed Apr 01, 2009 at 10:18:10 AM PDT

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  •  Richard Martineau's comment is very funny... (2+ / 0-)
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    Wisewood, AuroraDawn

    President Obama, are aliens real?

    by David Kroning on Wed Apr 01, 2009 at 09:37:40 AM PDT

  •  Urrgh, can people please vote for the NDP? (2+ / 0-)
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    alisonk, Wisewood

    The Liberals are almost (almost) as bad as the Conservatives.

    -5.63, -8.10. Learn about Duverger's Law.

    by neroden on Wed Apr 01, 2009 at 09:45:28 AM PDT

  •  Just could not resist (2+ / 0-)
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    Wisewood, AuroraDawn

    If Blair was the Poodle of Bush, Harper is certainly his Pitt Bull. BTW isn' he indeed headind into the pit in the fall ??

    Unbelievable that west canadéa vote massively for such a robot Mind.

    Anything is better than Harpon.


    As if you could kill without injuring eternity.

    by Snowy Owl on Wed Apr 01, 2009 at 09:57:39 AM PDT

  •  I voted Liberal for the first time (1+ / 0-)
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    in the last election. Given Ignatieff's remarks I guess that may also be the last time.

    We have only just begun and none too soon.

    by global citizen on Wed Apr 01, 2009 at 10:05:18 AM PDT

    •  Iggy's remarks.... (2+ / 0-)
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      global citizen, MrvnMouse

      ... for the sake of context, he said;

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

      by Wisewood on Wed Apr 01, 2009 at 11:00:24 AM PDT

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      •  Thank you -- that was not bad (1+ / 0-)
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        -- 90% environment -- I will wait before I decide how I will vote.

        We have only just begun and none too soon.

        by global citizen on Wed Apr 01, 2009 at 11:14:31 AM PDT

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        •  I must admit that I appreciated... (0+ / 0-)

          ... most the remarks with regards to energy being a national unity issue, and how it would be a mistake for the Liberals to run against Alberta... or otherwise attempt to isolate the province.

          To me that's a big - and positive - change from the days of Buzz Hargrove campaigning for Paul Martin back in 2006, with the cringe-worthy message that "Albertan values aren't really Canadian values."

          I'm Albertan, and regionalism tends to be a bit of a sore spot, for me - especially since it's conservative politicians (provincial and federal) who stoke those fires the most, out here, and seem to make the most hay from it.  

          Thankfully, though, as Alberta's demographic has changed significantly over this past decade, this shtick is losing its effectiveness.  All the same, it's good to see a federal politician speak frankly about those "old" politics - and identify the regionalism trap as a problem, too.

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

          by Wisewood on Wed Apr 01, 2009 at 06:13:27 PM PDT

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      •  Beat me to the draw. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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        by MrvnMouse on Wed Apr 01, 2009 at 11:42:48 AM PDT

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  •  Stephen Iggy (1+ / 0-)
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    and Michael Harper.  Tweedledee and tweedledum.
  •  Health care in Alberta.... (0+ / 0-)

    Mr. Clancy is probably going to be waiting a while for meaningful change from the new Alberta health care "superboard."  The Alberta PC Party hacks appointed to said board are seemingly more interested in squeezing more money out of the public purse for themselves, than actual change that will deliver on-time, quality health care to Albertans.

    I sympathize with Mr. Clancy's story about waiting in a Calgary hospital for a bed;  I've heard other people tell similar stories.  You know, though, that the quality of care in Calgary would probably be markedly better if there was another large hospital facility in the city, preferably near downtown -- say, in the Bridgeland area.  

    Oh, wait....

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

    by Wisewood on Wed Apr 01, 2009 at 10:56:48 AM PDT

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