If you want to be a MP, shouldn’t you at least know (to the nearest 5 million) how many Canadians there are in Canada?


Quick:  How many Canadians live in Canada?

Come on.

Give me your best guess… We’re a big country… 20 million?  25 million?  30 million?  If you said 33 million people according to the last census, you would be correct!

If you guessed “almost 9 million people”, well not only would you be WAY off base, but you would also be Scarborough NDP MP Rathika Sitsabaiesan.  At a conference on “Human Rights Abuses in Sri Lanka” last Wednesday, Rathika, while speaking about her struggles as a young Tamil child in Sri Lanka, uttered the following comment about the number of Tamils in Canada, and the number of Canadians in Canada; 

English: Rathika Sitsabaiesan, NDP MP for Scar...

 “Tamils united, in Canada we’re about 300,000 strong, But Canadians united in Canada we’re a huge force to be reckoned with. We’re almost 9 million if I remember the number correctly. That’s 9 million Canadians strong. Standing together to fight for human rights.”

Screeeeeeech….

She was then interrupted by an audience member who pointed out the number was actually 33 million at which point she tried to hide her error by making the following comment;

“You know what I was thinking of.  I was thinking of the people that came out and voted in the past election.”

… Oh boy…

14.8 million people voted in the last election.

Granted after watching the YouTube video I could tell she was guessing at the numbers of Canadians when she paused trying to collect her thoughts and then referred to the vast number of Canadians before throwing out a number hoping to be close.  She wasn’t close.

More than 9 million Canadians live in Toronto and Montreal.

So while I appreciate that not every Canadian knows the number of Canadians – my guess was just under 30 million, this shows what happens when voter sentiment determines a change needs to be made and does so by electing a party to opposition status (thank goodness not to be the ruling government) who are not prepared to be in that position.  Dare I add that if this was a conservative, the left-wing media would be all over them and asking for them to apologize to Canadians.

But some good has come from this fiasco.  We all know there are 33 million Canadians living in Canada and it’s projected to be 34.7 million by the next census.  As well, some news outlets pointed out that because she’s such a pretty young lady, this non-issue will help her grow in her political career.  Hey!  Nothing surprises me in Canadian politics anymore.   

So since the Liberals were obliterated from power in that election that had only “9 million” voters, maybe they can start working on a training package for all rookie MP’s to help them with some of life’s greatest mysteries.  Population of Canada is today’s issue, the next issue might be the number of provinces in the country, or possibly Canada’s location in North America… or worse, the number of Canadian hockey teams.  (There are 7 now that Winnipeg is back in the league).

Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Ottawa, Edmonton, Calgary and Winnipeg.

Here is a link to an article by Yahoo Canada with the YouTube video so you can see it for yourself.

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/canada-politics/ndp-mp-rathika-sitsabaiesan-population-math-may-fine-213352701.html

We had a baby while the world suffered


Amazing what you miss when you are tucked away in a hospital delivery room with your wife as she enters her 27th hour of labour…

I picked up a newspaper the following day only to find out that we completely missed something big… Make that something VERY big.

We missed the massive earthquake that occurred in the Indian Ocean on December 26th at 12:58am. The resulting tsunami – referred to as the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, Asian Tsunami, Indonesian Tsunami, or the boxing day Tsunami was caused by subduction and triggered a series of devastating tsunami along the coasts of most landmasses bordering the Indian Ocean, killing nearly 230,000 people in eleven countries, and inundating coastal communities with waves up to 30 meters (100 feet) high. It was one of the deadliest natural disasters in recorded history!

And we completely missed it.

Turns out Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India and Thailand were hit the hardest. The actual earthquake carried a magnitude of between 9.1 and 9.3, it is the second largest earthquake ever recorded on a seismograph. This earthquake had the longest duration of faulting ever observed, between 8.3 and 10 minutes. It caused the entire planet to vibrate as much as 1 cm (0.4 inches) and triggered other earthquakes as far away as Alaska.

So I did some research:

Since 1900 the only earthquakes on record with a greater magnitude than this one were the 1960 Great Chilean Earthquake with a magnitude of 9.5 and the 1964 Good Friday Earthquake in Prince William Sound, magnitude 9.2. The only other recorded earthquake of magnitude 9.0 or greater was near Kamchatka in Russia (see the board game RISK), on November 4, 1952 with a magnitude of 9.0. Each of these earthquakes spawned tsunamis in the Pacific Ocean, but the death toll from these was significantly lower. The worst of these caused only a few thousand deaths, primarily because of the lower population density along the coasts near affected areas and the much greater distances to more populated coasts.

All this occurred while we were having a baby… Cool.