Thursday, March 01, 2007

Thursday digest

- According to the separatist Bloc Quebecois, 60% of the dollars flowing from federal aerospace industry contracts should flow to Quebec because 60% of the industry is based there. Moreover, Parti Quebecois leader says that even if Quebec votes to separate, Ontarians and Albertans will still have to foot the bill for government day care, rock-bottom tuition fees and other public spending programs in Sweden-on-the-St.-Lawrence.

The CBC would say that pointing out the ridiculousness of these nonsensical positions makes me divisive and anti-Quebec at best, or an intolerant, redneck squarehead at worst, but come on.

Certainly the Bloc and the PQ wouldn't agree that, say, less than one in four dollars in transfer payments should go to Quebec as their population hovers somewhere around 22% of the total population, or that no more than one in four federal government jobs should go to Quebecers?

- The braniacs at Canada AM reported on a study this morning, stating that Canada's families are working harder and earning less than 30 years ago. I don't know about you, but thirty years ago, my wife was 3 and I was 2. In any case, they went on to infer that we ought to all be bitter because "in 2004 the richest 10 per cent of families with children (earning more than $131,200) earned 82 times the amount made by the poorest 10 per cent (earning below $9,400) while in 1976, the richest families earned 31 times the income made by the poorest families."

The reporting would have been more honest if they would have taken those who were in the poorest 10% back in 1976 and looked at where they are now. If you were in the poorest 10% of Canadians over thirty years ago, and are still there, I'd say you have bigger problems to worry about than keeping up with the Joneses. Furthermore, what if they took the average income for a family in 2004, which happened to be $70,000, and compared it to the average income for a family in 1976? I can't find the data for that year, but a simple Google search tells us that family income in 1996, eight years prior to the figure they mentioned today, was $57,000. Anyone complaining about average household income going up by $1,625 per year? The fact is that while some are getting richer faster than others, everyone is getting richer, and that's a good thing - but you won't hear about it from the scholars of public policy at Canada AM. They ought to stop pretending to be economically literate and stick to covering the gutwrenching heartbreak of last night's Canadian Idol, or resurrecting the "Bowling for Dollars" program, or whatever.

- Arguably the biggest wanker in rock n' roll, Roger Waters, is touring this spring, promoting himself as "The Creative Genius of Pink Floyd". Correct me if I'm wrong, but I didn't think "Comfortably Numb" had a bass solo.


At 12:27 PM, Blogger Danny Kaye said...

I must say that generally speaking, Brigitte Pellerin is one of the few columnists with that rag the Ottawa Citizen I can stomach.

Shades of the 1995 referendum all over again. Remember when Lucien Bouchard told Quebecers they could still elect MPs into the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, still use their Cdn passport and still use the Canadian dollar as their currency even after voting yes to "sovereignty association."

The separatists are a slimy lot that will say or do anything to achieve their dream of a separate country.

What scares me though, is that enough Canadians (not just Quebecers) are so disengaged with what is going on around them, they just might buy it.

How else can you explain the fact Stephane Dion and the Libs haven't been buried yet by the CPC?

At 1:13 PM, Blogger Road Hammer said...

The CPC are a bunch of ass-kissers themselves.

Do you think for one second that Stephen Harper would go into the Saguenay and call "bullshit" on Andre Boisclair even if an election wasn't happening?


At 1:42 PM, Blogger Danny Kaye said...

Not while he has a minority government.

I know you have a hate-on for the way the CPC is governing, and I am not crazy about it either. But they need to get a majority, in my viewpoint, before they can truly govern like a Conservative party. Until then, they have to show Canadians they are not scary Reformers, (which could never get elected), but centrists that truly have a gentle side.

You know as well as I do that a right leaning party will never get elected in GTA, Quebec or Atlantic Canada, all places they need to gain seats.

At 2:25 PM, Blogger Road Hammer said...

I would rather have Quebecers hear the truth about both the consequences of a Yes vote and more importantly, the principles of basic fairness than have a party of any stripe form a majority government. If we can't even have an honest discussion about something as obvious as that, regardless of party, in order to achieve power in Canada then the whole exercise is futile.

At 2:55 PM, Blogger Danny Kaye said...

I admire your ideology, and you know I think along the same political lines as you, but it would never get you elected.

I guarantee you that if PMSH went into Quebec and told them the truth about what would happen after a yes vote, the Libs would slither in and tell them it wouldn't be so if they voted for Steph Dion. Remember, you are dealing with a Lib. party that will do or say anything to get back into power.

Canadians have proven time and again that they will vote for you if you tell them what they want to hear, not the truth.

At 2:58 PM, Blogger Road Hammer said...

Exactly ... which is why I really have a hard time giving a crap about Canadian politics.

At 3:13 PM, Blogger Danny Kaye said...

I think we can both agree on that point. It does get frustrating.

At 3:17 PM, Blogger Road Hammer said...

I think you are too hard on the Libs. There are many Trudeaupians in the Tory party as well.

At 3:28 PM, Blogger Danny Kaye said...

There are issues with all parties.

As much as I supported Reform, there were some on the social conservative side of the party that I thought were wacko.

Don't think I am being hard on the Libs at all. At least there are principles in the CPC. The only thing that matters to the Libs is power, at any expense.

At 3:43 PM, Blogger Road Hammer said...

But you said above that the Tories can be forgiven for not talking about those "principles" if it means gaining power.

So how principled are they, really?

At 2:41 PM, Blogger mix tape said...

Roger Waters is one pompous oss. David Gilmour kicks his butt any day.


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