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#281 darkblue

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Posted 19 October 2015 - 11:48 PM

Justin is 43, looks 33 - and is the cutest leader of a country in the world. His father was arguably the greatest prime minister Canada has ever known - what Justin's legacy will be remains to be seen.

 

But one thing he should not forget - a large part of his win today is due to so many youthful Canadians voting for the first time - abandoning their usual cynical "what's the point, politicians never represent us anyway" habit to vote for someone they see as a fellow traveler to them of sorts. He has pledged to make possession of cannabis legal in Canada, for example - and I'm pretty sure that got him a lot of youth and, like me, old cool dude votes.

 

His dad's pledge was to create a just society - I'm hoping Justin will be similarly inclined. Trudeau the first was PM for 16 years. If Justin has his dad's integrity, I'll be willing to give him 20.


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Posted 19 October 2015 - 11:46 PM

I was watching the live returns on c-span2 and kept hearing references to 'atlantic canada'?

 

newfoundland is pronounced new finland. :D


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Posted 19 October 2015 - 10:49 PM

Congratulations!

 



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Posted 19 October 2015 - 10:23 PM

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The New First Family of Canada

 

For the past two years Justin Trudeau has been mercilessly pilloried by Conservative attack ads as a callow youth not ready for leadership. He has proven them wrong during the last 11 week of an exhausting election campaign. As leader of the third place party three months ago, he is now, incredibly, the leader of a majority government. It's an historic comeback for the Liberal party.

 

Trudeau had the smarts and courage, unlike his two political opponents, to not jump on the deficit fighting bandwagon but instead declare that his party, if victorious, would stimulate a sluggish Canadian economy with a cash flow to repair the infrastructure of cities and help create jobs. He has proven to be a natural campaigner and tireless worker who passionately stood up to the other two party leaders in five television leaders debates. In the final debate, on two occasions, the "callow youth" twice had wily Harper speechless in one-on-one encounters between them.

 

How ironic that Stephen Harper, who has never made a secret of his intense dislike of Pierre Ellliott Trudeau, would finally lose his position after a decade in power to the son of the man he so despises.

 

Canadians have spoken tonight, too, rejecting the mean spiritedness of the Harper years. Perhaps, under a second Trudeau, Canada can return to a kinder version of what the nation once had been. Time will tell.


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Posted 19 October 2015 - 09:19 PM

Justin Trudeau of the Liberal Party is Canada's Prime Minister!

The polls have not closed in my province yet and as usual 'our vote' in the West makes no difference...
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Posted 19 October 2015 - 07:07 PM


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Posted 19 October 2015 - 04:57 PM

A Nazi.

 

 

Looks like one too.

 

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Ya think?



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Posted 19 October 2015 - 04:42 PM

Certainly the ruthlessness of one, and a man with no respect for democracy.

 

Looks like one too.


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Posted 19 October 2015 - 03:55 PM

A Nazi.

Certainly the ruthlessness of one, and a man with no respect for democracy.



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Posted 19 October 2015 - 03:18 PM

Harper is an extraordinarily intelligent man.

 

Which makes him all the more frightening because he is also so relentless and so cold.

 

A Nazi.


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Posted 19 October 2015 - 01:43 PM

My sincere hopes and prayers to my friends up north (and I have family up there as well).  I have to believe that most Canadians  will come to their senses and reject  this "conservative" and others of his kind. (Note I put conservative in quotes because  like in the U. S. , these people are not "conservatives" in the usual sense). 


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Posted 19 October 2015 - 04:22 AM

Harper is an extraordinarily intelligent man.

 

Which makes him all the more frightening because he is also so relentless and so cold.



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Posted 19 October 2015 - 04:09 AM

You know he started wearing glasses to disguise himself as human, ay Tom?

 

People kept noting he had "dead eyes" before he started wearing them just before the last election. The eyes are the window to the soul, I've heard.


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Posted 19 October 2015 - 03:57 AM

It's Monday, October 19, 2015, and it's election day in Canada.

 

QUESTION:

 

Will the most Machiavellian Prime Minister in our country's history find some way to pull out yet another victory . . .

 

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or will the Canadian voter finally put an electoral stake through this political vampire's heart?

 

 

 

 

Errrr, is my partisanship showing? That's okay, Harper's divide and conquer leadership style has been showing since the day he was first elected.



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Posted 17 October 2015 - 01:01 PM

Our scientists will certainly be celebrating if he loses. As will Statistics Canada. As will reporters and other investigators who seek information and historical data.


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Posted 17 October 2015 - 11:02 AM

If the Liberals win Monday's election it will be an historic win in a number of respects.

 

Above all, it will put an end to the narrow visioned, mean spirited, bullying decade long reign of a Prime Minister who has been incrementally changing Canada, trying to keep Canadians in the dark about the changes as much as possible. It will take time to undo much of his negative changes, unfortunately. The financial cuts that he has made on our national health care system will have to be addressed. Not to mention a change to Canada's electoral system so that it is no longer first past the post, and a party does not win that only receives one third of the vote.

 

Secondly, it will be the first time that the son of a former Prime Minster became Prime Minister himself.

 

Third, it will be the first time in modern Canadian history (perhaps all our history) in which the party running in third place at the beginning of the campaign came from behind to win. There is already plenty of analysis taking place now as to why that may be the case.

 

Harper's gutterball campaign tactics, resorting to an appeal to racists within our country, as well as deliberately lying about what will happen if there is a Liberal win (trying to scare seniors by telling them they will lose pension income splitting, for example, as well as immigrant group circulars saying that brothels will become legal), has made him fully deserving of a defeat which, if the polls are accurate, is only two days away.



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Posted 15 October 2015 - 07:28 PM

Stephen Harper's desperation is showing on the campaign trail.

 

The last couple of days he has indulged in some cheesy antics presenting himself as some kind of game show emcee. He will have a Conservative supporter drop money, one bill at a time, down on a table, it adding up, and supposedly representing the kind of money that Canadian voters will lose if they elect a Liberal government.

 

He has also appeared at a campaign rally with both Rob Ford, and his brother Doug, giving him endorsements. Rob Ford may be America's favourite Canadian politician but he is a highly divisive figure. After all, Harper represents himself as a law and order candidate and he is receiving an endorsement from an admitted crack user in Ford. No contradiction there?

 

The Ford brothers will also be present at a campaign rally Saturday for Harper. Trudeau has attacked Harper for having the Ford brothers on a federal campaign trail, saying he should be embarrassed to have them there.

 

Excerpts are now coming out in the media on a new book about Rob Ford, with more embarrassments about his dysfunctional home life in which he, apparently, among other things, threatened to put three bullets in his wife's head. Difficult to see how Harper gains by emphasizing this association.

 

A CBC reporter, Robert Fife, also now reports that he overheard Harper previously refer to the Ford brothers as a "pair of losers."

 

Of note, the bombastic Doug Ford has speculated in the past on running as Conservative party leader if Harper retires.

 

Trudeau is also on the hot seat, though, over a campaign co-chairman, now just resigned, who had offered email advice to an oil company on how to lobby a potential Liberal government. This is the first major blunder of the Liberal campaign but its timing is bad, coming just days before the election.



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Posted 14 October 2015 - 08:54 PM

Conservatives' dirty tricks (robo-calls, lying to voters about where to vote etc.) were found out after the last election so they had to come up with something new to try to keep non-Conservatives from the process this time - the result being the 'Fair Elections Act' - a page taken from Republican playbooks that look for ways to prevent non-Conservatives from voting by adding more rules of identification.

 

Predictable results happening now:

 

https://ca.news.yaho...-232257647.html


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Posted 14 October 2015 - 05:00 PM

I just started reading the October issue of Harper's (no

relation of course), and there is a very critical but

humorous article about Stephen Harper. The title of

the piece is The Nixon of the North. Ouch.


Curse Sir Walter Raleigh, he was such a stupid get.


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Posted 14 October 2015 - 04:19 PM

With the Liberals continuing to do well in three more polls released today (6 to 7 percent ahead of the Conservatives in all of them), for the first time I heard some media speculation on the long shot possibility of the party winning by majority government.

 

Harper appears to be in considerable trouble now, but you can't count him out.

 

Not surprisingly, the political attack ads on Trudeau are relentless these days.






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