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  1. I would assume the motive behind the ad is because they fear if Rae wins he might attempt to merge or form a coalition with the NDP. The money would be better spent sending their "war machine" to marketing school and to buy better sandwiches for their focus groups.
  2. Google "heroin addition help Canada" without quotation marks. There is no shortage of places to turn in Canada. The message that it's illegal does stop many kids from trying it. It's not a good drug to send out mixed messages on as it's not very forgiving.
  3. Here's a good one. http://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/media/nr/2012/nr20120221-eng.aspx
  4. I don't care about pot, but heroin addiction threatens more than the user as many turn to theft to feed the need.
  5. Chretien killed the Liberal Party. After the sponsorship scandal, their best leadership prospects all stayed away. The leadership election process that vaulted 4th place Dion to leader buried them. Ignatieff's worse decision was supporting Dion.
  6. Where does it say that Harper had anything to do with the selection of the invitees? Do you really think that's something he has time to do? Looking at their website, maybe they were included because aside from having moral opinions, they fight for equality for women, in general, in other areas. Or maybe the group wasn't properly vetted. Don't forget the Martin government selected someone with separatist ties to be G.G.. They were selecting a single person. This involves 168 groups. The Harper government has continued to protect the rights of the gay community - even though it's their secret agenda not to do so. They're probably just waiting to have a second majority, just to be devious.
  7. It's time Canada took ownership of something other than it's maple syrup and bacon. Our politicians are pretty good at branding all bad things "American" to use for their political advantage. They know we're proud of our national identity that is "We're not American." I personally like "American-style dirty tricks." Yes, if it wasn't for those dastardly Americans, our politics would be as pure as the driven snow. I was hoping that when Bush left office, it would be the end of throwing stones at the neighbour. How many times did Jack Layton use the phrase "George Bush's America" for his political advantage? How many times did Martin use "The Americanization of Health Care"? If I recall, Harper claimed Martin supported child pornography. He was also a murderer, according to Layton. It would be nice if the media stopped reporting all the rhetoric. That won't happen though, because our media is American style. Damn Americans!
  8. I don't have a problem with the ad itself as long as it's promoting "Canada's Economic Action Plan" and it's coming from the government and not the Conservative Party. Their rationale is likely that the ads were made to instill confidence in the Canadian economy. It's the media who is characterizing it as a propaganda for Flaherty's budget, making it sound clearly partisan. That probably sells more papers than an calling it propaganda for the economy. The media buy was higher than required in any event. It always is when the government advertises. There's a lot of waste because governments don't purchase media like a business would. If they advertise in the Herald, they're going to advertise in the Sun, whether it makes sense or not. And they'll advertise in every province, whether it makes sense or not.
  9. It's not the death penalty that's expensive, it's justice. Due to plea bargaining and sentence reductions, justice seems to always take a back seat. The system needs to be overhauled. There's no reason the Robert Pickton trial, for example, should have lasted more than a few hours in court. The death penalty is a deterrent for many, not all.
  10. Building prisons puts people to work. Along with construction, it creates many long-term jobs within the prison. So it's actually good for the economy.
  11. "Sudden" has nothing to do with the greenhouse effect. As far as the amount of CO2 emitted, Canada contributes an insignificant amount on a global scale. If we reduce our emissions to zero, it wouldn't affect a thing, except make some people feel all warm and fuzzy. Canada can, however, have a great impact in reducing global CO2 levels because of the oil sands, if a pipeline is built to China. If China uses our demonized oil instead of burning coal, that will have a huge impact on CO2 levels. The evil villain becomes the hero.
  12. Lepine wasn't known to be insane. Perhaps we need an Insane Registry. All we'd have to do is pass a law requiring everyone who thinks they might be insane to register. Easy peasy.
  13. If that statement was about the long gun registry, it would start, "All of this for 12 homicides a year." And the "Cons" are still tracking guns... just not long guns, that criminals don't use.
  14. I've seen this repeated in the media a few times. Without this angle, there isn't much of a story. The angle might be believable if one more seat actually had meaning, but with the Tories already having a majority, the only reasons to believe offered by the columnist are that it was Trudeau's riding and it's a seat they haven't held for 25 years. That's not really convincing.
  15. It's a license to do what the majority of Canada (based on our system of ridings) has voted for. That's how it's always been in Canada. Nothing new. He did run on a platform, so following through is better than do something completely different, which would be more dictator-like, wouldn't it? Yes, 61% voted for other parties. And this is a thread about Harper adopting Liberal amendments.
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