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OR... (some) Canadians (like me) aren't always so polite.

I dropped in to my local pub for a couple of quick beers tonight shortly before closing. This place is more like a cafe to me; a place to read a book and relax. It's not usually very busy. Tonight it was a bit busier than usual, but it is tourist season.

And if it's tourist season, my question is, what's the bag limit?

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Wow. Just wow. There is going to be a historic change in politics here in my home province of Nova Scotia on Tuesday. My party, the New Democrats, are going to form the next government. And, as this poll suggests, it will be a majority. Both the Conservatives and the Liberals are coughing blood at this point; it comes down to a question of how much they can hold.

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Hey, all. I haven't posted much in the past few weeks because I've been very, very, very busy. This is a follow up to my diary of May 14, when I told you I was nominated as the candidate for the New Democratic Party in the current general election here in Nova Scotia.

I've been on the campaign trail full time since the 15th. I've knocked on thousands of doors, talked to thousands of people, got a great suntan on my face and arms at least, and dropped 10 lbs. from all the exercise. Win or lose, I'm coming out ahead.

As to the winning and losing, we won't know until voting day on June 9, but the signs are very encouraging. More over the fold...

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Some of you may remember that I posted a diary in September, where I asked for your advice. For many years I've been an active member of the New Democratic Party, the true progressive party here in Canada. In September I was asked to be the candidate in Yarmouth in the next provincial election. I took some time to think about it, asked your advice here, then decided to GO FOR IT!

And, since last Saturday, I've been on the campaign trail. More over the fold...

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This could probably be a comment, but I've heard so much of this over the years that I feel I have to turn it into a diary. Please indulge me.

It seems like whenever there is a shooting incident involving long arms (aside from shotguns), the weapon in question is referred to by the police, by the media, and eventually by the general public as a "high-powered rifle".

I have news for you, folks. There really aren't any "low-" or "medium-powered rifles". Nearly all modern rifles are "high-powered". Certainly all those used in mass shootings. The term "high-powered" is redundant, and, I think, ultimately misleading.

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This is a followup to my earlier diary about a US soldier who committed suicide after a confrontation with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police on Feb. 12 near Bridgewater, Nova Scotia.

The young man has been identified as Marine Lance Cpl. Timothy Scott. He was 22 years old and had served two tours in Iraq in 2007 and '08.

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The news on this event is sparse so far, and I will try to find updates, but just to break this sad news to DKos readers.

A US soldier has died in Nova Scotia today. The soldier was apparently absent without leave (AWOL) from his unit in Virginia. After an armed standoff with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, he fled the scene and was later found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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Sat Dec 27, 2008 at 08:19 PM PST

I bought a gun - in Canada

by Wreck Smurfy

I was inspired to write this diary by this diary, written by xofferson on April 23. I thought this was a powerful diary, asking the question of why so many tens of thousands of Americans are killed each year by firearms. I've held off publishing it until Daily Kos was a bit quieter than most of this year.

What I want to do is to provide a diary of my own experience in becoming a legal firearm owner in Canada, which I did earlier this year. I hope this will provide a case-study in how Canada's firearms laws work, so fellow Kossacks will understand the Canadian system. Perhaps my US sisters and brothers will take away some thoughts and ideas as to what may be done to fix the various systems in your country which, as xofferson argues, are broken.

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STS 126 launched beautifully this evening at 8:55 EST from Kennedy Space Centre. Night launches are always spectacular, and this one was no exception. The countdown was extremely smooth, except somebody forgot to close a door on the White Room.

More after MECO:

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Tue Nov 04, 2008 at 09:06 PM PST

My hand and heart to you all

by Wreck Smurfy

This started as a comment to another diary, but it just grew and grew into a diary of its own. You folks ROCK, and I just have to tell you so.

I am so proud and happy for all of you, and am so glad you have worked so hard to elect a president that I can respect. And in return, I will once again do everything I can to elect a government for Canada that you can respect equally.

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Mon Oct 13, 2008 at 08:57 PM PDT

Canada Votes Today!

by Wreck Smurfy

Today (Tuesday) is voting day in Canada's 40th federal general election. The first polls close in Newfoundland at 8:30 pm Newfoundland Time. The major results will start coming in from Quebec and Ontario at 9:30 Eastern Time.

For those Kossacks who wish to watch or listen, I'd recommend CBC livestream or radio, found here.

Let me say out front that I'll be rooting for my New Democratic Party. The NDP is the more-progressive alternative to the Liberal Party. But the main story is: will the combined weight of the progressive parties knock Steve Harper's Conservatives out of power, or at least deny them the majority government they want soooooo badly?

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Which provincial/regional race is most interesting to you?

3%3 votes
2%2 votes
24%19 votes
22%17 votes
6%5 votes
27%21 votes
2%2 votes
10%8 votes

| 77 votes | Vote | Results

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While the US election grinds on to what looks to me like an awe-inspiring finish, those of us north of the border are also pushing towards the grand finale of a much-quicker-and-only-slightly-less-dirtier federal election campaign.

Canada votes on Tues., Oct. 14. This is the day after our Thanksgiving, an odd bit of timing because it looks like the true giving of thanks will come when the returns are in.

MrvnMouse has been doing an awesome job keeping you up-to-date on what the pundits in the Great White North are saying, as in today's diary. I'd like to expand on the latest trends and tell you a bit about what I've been doing and seeing on the campaign trail. WITH STATS, over the fold...

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Who will win the Canadian Federal election?

26%37 votes
43%61 votes
16%23 votes
2%4 votes
10%14 votes

| 139 votes | Vote | Results

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