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US Presidential Election: What you need to before you vote, Canadian style.


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Official photographic portrait of US President Barack Obama

As a follower of Canadian politics it’s easy to look at what is going on south of the border and be amazed at the pomp and circumstance that surrounds the election of the US President. 

To be honest, it never seems to stop.  Once the election is over there is intense review and scrutiny of the new president and the former challenger and that occurs daily, right through milestones like “First 100 Days in Office”  to “First year as President” and continues through the halfway term as President and then it all starts all over again as the leaders gear up for a 2-year run to see who is going to run the country for another 4 years.

During this time you will see and hear opinions and endorsements from news stations, other politicians, celebrities and talk show hots, to name a few.  If you’re a democrat, you detest republicans and if you’re a republican, you loathe democrats.  It’s so clear, and so in your face that it’s almost like a scripted affair. 

So if you find yourself today, the day of the election, still undecided then you should understand that it’s okay.  You clearly do not fit into the mold of being either a typical Republican or a Democrat and while it’s wonderful to be open-minded and see things from both sides, it really sucks that you need to make that choice on who to vote for.

Would it not have made your choice so much easier if a politician came out and said something like’ Don’t vote for this guy because his policies don’t make sense because of this (insert actual proof here) or, don’t vote for this guy because he hates kittens.  Right now, in Canada and in the US, the leaders are so polished and they say nothing.  As a result, especially in the US, news media have to track down and interview other party representatives and hope that they say something controversial, not along party lines, or how they actually see something, in order to have something substantial to report on.  The leaders of course, distance themselves from those who made the comments – usually asking them to resign – which starts in motion the typical and expected damage control where the other party concludes that the whole party feels that way and are hiding it, while the party in damage control explain away the comment as if it were uttered by a crazy person.  

We also used to vote based on the way the leaders acted – and looked – during debates.  We cannot do that nowadays because both parties play the debates so well, it’s become a wasted exercise.

So you’re undecided and have to vote.  Here is what you need to know;

President Obama is black.  Awesome.  But that was so 4-years ago.  He’s still black and last time I checked that had absolutely nothing to do with his ability to run a country.  He’s an educated human being, the first black president in the history of the United States and a Democrat.   He’s also been the president during a horrible global recession, so you cannot judge his record on the economy, because it’s not like here in Canada where after all the meltdowns, Canada was seen as the leading country heading out of the recession.  To many, what happened in Canada was expected given that the Prime Minister is a Conservative, and Conservative’s are better with money than Democrats are.  Sorry.  It’s true.

Now, I like Obama for what he did – getting elected, fighting racism, much like I like Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty who also seems like a really cool guy.  They’re both a little teflon in their own right.  When they talk, people listen.  They are kind, compassionate and appear understanding.  When you accuse them of something underhanded, while they explain, you feel sorry for them and it’s easy to look poorly at their opposition. 

In Ontario, that’s not hard considering Conservative leader Tim Hudak doesn’t exactly give you that warm fuzzy feeling when you look at or listen to him.  He’s not all that compassionate and he doesn’t strike you as a financial wizard.  He’s blah, but he may be an absolute genius and we just don’t know it yet.  Ontarians are waiting for the real Timmy Hudak to break out of his shell, otherwise, the Ontario PC’s are going to need a new figurehead to push their message, and fast.  NDP Leader Andrea Horwath has that charisma, but she’s playing for the wrong team, and while Quebeckers may have been fooled into voting for Jack Layton’s NDP, Ontarians will never fall into that same mistake of voting in a NDP government into this have-not province.  We have recent experiences to fall back on.  It’s not so clear in the US, however.

Back to the US.

The opposition for Obama comes in the form of a gentleman named, Mitt Romney who is a Republican.  Voting for him does not mean you hate black people, nor does it mean that you believe in Pro Life or no-taxes for the super-wealthy or any other tags that the left-wing media like to throw at those on the right.  What it means is that you are taking an open-minded look at a candidate who amassed considerable personal wealth while a citizen of the country you are voting in.  Romney is a businessman.  A very successful businessman who knows how to work with people, with suppliers, and more importantly, he knows how to spend money wisely and where he should and can cut costs.  That experience is invaluable when faced with near crippling debt, I would think.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is also a very successful businessman and having all that knowledge and ability in your back pocket helps, especially in times of recession, when you need to look at the country (or city) as a giant organization, which is what it is.  You cannot discount that experience and success.  Sure, Ford is quite rough around the edges, but common sense tells me, and told many voters in the last election, that when times are tough and there is less money floating in the economy that spending more of it just does not make sense.

American’s have lots of needs heading into the next four years and the next leader has to deliver.  They need jobs, they need infrastructure and they need to figure out if bankrupting their country to flex their international muscles is worth it right now.  Americans need to be better educated and Obama knows that.  He wants to hire more math teachers and bring up the collective math knowledge of Americans.  Awesome.  I also agree with a universal health care system – whatever form it takes on doesn’t matter – so long as finally those Americans who have been left behind, and those areas in the US which have been left behind are brought along with it. 

I also feel, however, that there are parts of the US which seem so far behind from the rest of the world, and that is either in their views on equality of all people or straight out accepted racism towards “minorities” and that has got to be eradicated in this President’s term, but doesn’t get enough press.  Geographically, areas, destroyed by the economy – and Detroit comes to mind – has to be propped up by the government so those citizens have a chance to succeed.  In Canada the government tends to prop up delicate economies or regions by placing government offices there and hiring locals to perform government jobs.  The US needs more of that.

All in all, it’s up to you and your political views.  If you believe government’s role is to help those who are unable to help themselves, then you are going to vote for the Democrats and Obama gets a second term. If, however, you feel the government is mismanaging your tax dollars and you want them to do a better job of that, then you are going to turn towards Romney and give him your vote.  But at the end of the day, it’s not the leader you are voting for, nor the colour of their skin, or who they are married to, or which state them come from. 

If, on the other hand, you are casting your vote based on colour, state, looks, or anything superficial – and that’s okay too – because you are getting out there and voting… It’s your democratic right.

If you don’t vote, you cannot bitch about the outcome.

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Posted in Thursday Thirteen, urbandaddyblog

Thursday Thirteen, on Thursday the 13th. 13 Things I missed while on vacation with my family. Last year vs This year.


English: Honour guard for Jack Layton.
English: Honour guard for Jack Layton. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Since today is Thursday the 13th, I would be remiss if I didn’t have a post for today…  Oddly enough I had this post sitting in my draft folder since last summer and it perfectly ties in with thoughts for today’s post.Last year for our family vacation we drove to New York.  We took our time getting there and made sure to stop along the way to visit attractions in the State like Howes Caverns, as we headed to the apartment we rented in Brooklyn.  We had a very busy week running around the city and had very little time to catch up with local news online.

We totally lost touch with the news when we left on a cruise from Manhattan, down the coast to Barbados – where we met Hurricane Irene – and never regained touch as we raced back up the coast back into Manhattan before we finally settling in with cousins in New Jersey as the storm hit.

Cruise ships are not known for having free WiFi, in fact Internet is so expensive that we did without and we missed some pretty interesting news stories which we encountered upon our return back to Toronto.

This year for family vacation, we spent a week in Disney (melting in the heat and humidity) before heading out for a cruise – again hitting the Hurricane (Tropical Storm Isaac) – and then settling in Florida when the storm hit before racing up and across the state at 3am to catch a flight out and back to Toronto.

Again, on the cruise ship, no WiFi and very expensive Internet, so again we missed a lot of news.

So today’s Thursday 13 is a comparison of the events we missed while on the cruises – the first 9 happened last year and the last 4 happened this year…  What a difference a year makes, eh?

So with the kids settling in back in school and us adults getting some piece of mind back, sit back, relax, be happy it’s Thursday the 13th and not Friday the 13th, and let’s begin:

Here are 13 things that I missed while on vacation without Internet connection or any sources of news;

13. Jack Layton died – Newly elected leader of the opposition party of Canada, Jack Layton, died.  This was a huge shock especially to me as Layton made his name in Toronto City council, so I got to see and hear from him a lot.  He is best known for being quick-witted, a great speaker but unfortunately being the leader of the NDP has always meant 3rd best in Canada until Layton was able to use his catch phrases (#fail) and the utter incompetency of the Liberal party to pass them in the polls and into 2nd place and become the official opposition party in Canada.  The NDP also booted the separatists out of Quebec (for a bit) but upon his passing they named a former head of the largest union in Canada as his temporary successor.  The “orange wave” will certainly not be the same by the next election.  I also wondered if Jack knew he was sick in the last election and if he owed it to Canadians to tell us that instead of voting for a leader who knew he was not going to be the leader in the next 3-6 months.

12. News that Hurricane Irene was coming – Yeah, we totally didn’t see that coming… Oops.

11. Libya – The Libyan civil war, which began in February 2011, fought between forces loyal to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi and those seeking to oust his government took a historical turn when the rebel forces captured the capital city of Tripoli well on their way to the ousting and eventual death of Gaddafi.

10. I missed real unbiased news. Instead I got MSNBC, BBC, CNBC and Fox.  The political biases in the news and news reporting on these stations was extremely evident and all I wanted was a station that gave straight up news or at the very least held back on the blatant attacks on the other political party.

9. The Blue Jays trade of Aaron Hill and John MacDonald.  The Jays dumped a lot of salary in trading 2B Hill to the D’Backs for Kelly Johnson.  I was surprised but pleased to see Hill and Johnny Mac get a fresh start and having Johnson buys time for some kids developing in the minors.  This was significant because it told me that the new GM was going to make major changes and dumping salary was one great way to start.

8. My GCC updates -It was very hard to keep in the loop on the Global Corporate Challenge with no internet, especially as my team was challenging another office team for 1st place in our company and we were in the top 10 in Canada out of 606 Canadian teams.  I walked a TON on our vacation and wrote down the stats for entering when we had Internet. but I didn’t know if the 50,000, 60,000 and 70,000 steps I was walking were going to be enough or if I needed to stay up later and walk even more to help my team win.  We eventually did take 1st place for our company beating Canadian and American teams, and we finished 6th in Canada and somewhere around 200th in the world out of over 20,000 teams.

7. Clean clothes – You can only wash and re-wash clothes so many times before you get sick of them and want different clothes.  I hit that breaking point.

6. Earthquake!  We missed an earthquake that was centred in Virginia but the impact was felt right up into Toronto.  Cool.  The kids would have loved that.  Not that fleeing a Hurricane was not cool, but experiencing this natural disaster as an after shock would have been interesting.

5. Being Dry!  It rained so much the last 5 days of the trip I just wanted dry shoes, dry clothes and dry roads to drive home on.

2012 Vacation

4. Lance Armstrong – Lance Armstrong was stripped of his record seven Tour de France wins and handed a lifetime ban by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.   He remained defiant and said he would not fight the charges and that he has done more for the sport than bad.  One major problem is that the next 6 racers after Armstrong have all been banned for doping infractions.  Yikes.

3. Hurricane Isaac was coming to meet us in Florida… Again, who knew.  For those of you thinking we’re idiots (or adventurous) for going to Hurricane centres during hurricane season you will be pleased to note that we have decided to stop travelling the last week of August down south.

2. Rogers Cable bought Headline Sports which is good and bad.  Good because Headline Sports is a great station and they carry all the WWE wrestling, but bad if Rogers who already have Sportsnet decides to pillage the station and boot out all the staff and send away the programming.

1. Not only does the NASA Land Rover land on Mars but it zaps a couple of rocks and takes some great pictures.  Incredible!   We missed the live feeds but saw it on the net upon our return.

What a difference a year makes, but it’s funny how not having Internet for just one week can mean missing so much.  What did we do 15 years ago?

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Dalton McGuinty’s Immigration Platform is not so new afterall…


So, the Liberals election platform has been “leaked” and boy is Dalton lucky that he doesn’t have to defend this mind-boggling promise.  You see, the Liberals somehow think that offering employes a $10,000 credit to hire new immigrants is going to stimulate the economy, keep Ontario out of a recession and help build a brighter future for everyone.

Wait a minute…

Are the Liberals aware that this already exists and is a gigantic failure.  Are the Liberals also aware that they cannot appeal to the public to vote Liberal so that the Conservatives won’t dominate all three levels of government.  They Libs are months away from being destroyed much like the Federal Liberal party was until Jack Layton’s untimely – and very sad – death making them relevant again.  With Happy Jack removed as the figurehead of this party, supporters will see them for what they really are… A pro-union, spend, spend, spend party who will bankrupt the country within 5 years.  The Liberals have always been 3 things;

  1. Somewhat central and therefore deemed to be a safe choice
  2. Corrupt
  3. Cocky (or is that confident) enough to know that they can win any riding at any time with whomever they parachute in, or appoint to run.  It’s that arrogance that helped in their destruction in the last Federal election and Dalton’s been drinking from that same red drink.

But before I begin, I want to make clear that the views contained in this post are not meant to be negative to those people who currently working in any level of government, nor are they the fault of anyone working there.  They individuals are wonderful people who want to eke out a living as you and I do.  It’s the bureaucrats who put these policies in place, not the worker-bee’s.

Back to Dalton’s brain-storm: 

The concept of “encouraging” employers to hire certain segments of the working population is nothing new to Ontario, nor Canada.  All levels of government already employ this tactic.  I worked for the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) for over 10 years in many progressive positions, so I’ve seen it all.  The CRA went through its own affirmative action / negative discrimination and I witnessed first hand how new immigrants were sought out, hired for positions which not all of them were 100% qualified for and I saw how other employees reacted – people of all nationalities – to this policy.

I saw a lot of inexperienced, unqualified people bring their very strong work ethic but lack of Canadian business acumen to the government and I won’t lie to you, there were some serious language short comings as a result.  Dealing with the public and having language issues is frustrating for everyone, the worker, the levels of management and the taxpayers.  Getting things done sometimes took twice as long and often times work was re-worked to make it clearer.   I recall one recently promoted manager referring to her staff as being “all babies, who need to grow up”.  I remember sitting with her an explaining the way government operates and her telling me that it didn’t matter how she liked to manage or how she managed back home, that if she continued to push the envelope and make people work harder, that they would fight back and file grievances against her.  She did not listen and the backlash was long and furious.

At its worst, this policy saw promotion opportunities closed to most of the current workforce and productivity declined as much as motivation did.  I even recall when 2 “white guys” were given temporary 6-month promotions and all the staff were shocked and talking about how unfair it was considering the need to hire up in order to meet quotas… It was terrible.  Instead of focussing on work, staff were concerned with who was going to get the next promotion and who deserved the next promotion.  Many management positions were filled based on criteria other than merit and for me, the straw that broke the camels back was upon completion of my MBA when not one, nor 2, but 7 management positions were filled while I sat there waiting for my opportunity.  With only the director of the office with a MBA I sought out an answer and was told point-blank that I would not be given an opportunity and I should leave.  So I did.  Picked up my ass off the chair one day, walked out of the office and never ever went back. 

I worked with some brilliant people who were also never given a chance to show their worth.  They came from all walks of life, but whenever there was a quota to be filled or a cash incentive lurking in the bushes, people were hired, transferred and promoted to benefit financially and stay in the good graces of senior management instead of based on who will help the organization move forward. 

I heard a Liberal spokesperson on the news today explaining that the Conservative have this all wrong.  It’s not about encouraging employers to hire new immigrants to positions which they are “qualified” for in order to receive a cash incentive, but it is about getting new immigrants who are qualified into jobs… First…

Pot.

Kettle.

So I think the Liberals need to take a step back, speak to some of their government workers and see how well this incentive has worked at all levels before they go shooting off their mouths about how they think the province needs to be run.

It needs to be run conservatively!

As an aside, I recall Finance Minister Dwight Duncan speaking at the Canadian Tax foundation annual conference luncheon about the HST and how no other provincial leader had the balls to bring in the HST because it would have cost them votes, but while the recession was on, that was a good time to increase taxes…

I shook my head then and I shake it now.

As a result of initiatives like this one, certain government jobs are closed off for large segments of the population.  The government went from being a great place to work, with little pressure and amazing benefits – for some – to a giant bureaucratic mess which has lost sight of it’s true objective – serving the public. 

So I encourage you to send a message to the Liberal party, right to Dalton McGuinty himself that if he wants to keep Ontario prosperous he should not tax us more, he should not fool with the employment pool, and that he should find ways to keep people working – lower payroll taxes, lower minimum wage… Oops.  That ship already sailed on them. 

I’m ready to welcome Premier Hudek.

Are you?

Posted in Being Jewish in Toronto, politics

Taking a thorough look at the NDP Platform. What you get if you vote for Jack Layton…


I am a Conservative. Always have been always will be. I make no qualms about it, and I want to be clear up front.

However, I will ALWAYS look at both sides of the coin and consider all options. DISCLAIMER: I have voted in each and every election that I was allowed to vote in and I have voted for a candidate who was NOT Conservative because I was voting for a person who would serve my ward / constituency better than the Conservative candidate.

With that being said…

Jack Layton, the leader of the Federal NDP party is an interesting guy. He’s funny, he’s approachable, he seems personable and he has the best quips and comments. From the first leader’s debate when he said “Hashtag Fail” to his comment that “Stephen Harper thought an app was something you eat before dinner”.

He certainly has the charisma and charm to be a hip, cool leader of Canada. And his appeal, in light of Stephen Harper’s teflon-grey hair – blue eyed gaze that makes him look more like a robot is one reason the NDP are climbing up in the polls.

So I took some time to consider what Canada would be like in 4 years after having Jack Layton as PM – either by him winning straight out, or by the Conservatives winning a minority government and Layton forming a coalition with the Liberals and becoming PM that way…

… I haven’t slept since that thought popped in to my head.

It’s scary… Real scary.

Yes, I am partially basing this on living in Ontario where Bob Rae’s NDP government ran this province into the ground – increasing spending, disrespecting workers – unionized and non-unionized, and realizing that they were ill-prepared to run a government.

So to be fair to the NDP, and John Gilbert “Jack” Layton – the son of a Progressive Conservative cabinet minister – I took the time to hit up the Federal NDP website – http://www.ndp.ca to see what the NDP party stands for, as Layton might be a good leader, but looking past the man, if he’s elected, what will his party do to our country.

So what will the NDP do for Canada?

Right away their website claims; to “give your family a break”.

I’m liking this already, however have concerns that it is MY family that he is referring to… Time will tell.

So the NDP offer a summary;

“The New Democrat plan is focused on improving your health services, rewarding the job creators, strengthening your pension, and making your life a little more affordable.”

“These commitments are fully costed – right from the first year. We won’t wait to lift all seniors out of poverty. We won’t wait to start hiring more doctors and nurses. We will act starting now.”

Hmmmm.

Lifting seniors out of poverty seems like a daunting task. All seniors? My mother is a senior… She’s not in poverty because she works and she planned for her future. I hope the NDP are not planning on increasing my taxes in order to help all seniors who fall below the poverty line… That would surely suck.

Also hiring more doctors and nurses – that takes money, unless he means 1 of each. I wonder where that money is going to come from. I’m sure they will be clear on that. Ah, I read on. The NP will begin training more doctors and nurses and give incentives to those who have left Canada to lure them back… Oh, that’s a slippery slope. Incentives to me reads, more money, which is usally why they leave to go to the US.

There is lots of stuff here. Here are the highlights. Some really good, some not so good;

We [NDP] will work with the provinces to bring about increases to your Canada/Quebec Pension Plan benefit, with the eventual goal to double the benefits you receive

We will amend federal bankruptcy legislation to move pensioners and long-term disability recipients to the front
of the line of creditors when their employers enter court protection or declare bankruptcy

We will work with the provinces and territories to establish and fund a Canada-wide child care and early learning program, enshrined in law.

We will make post-secondary education more affordable by directly attacking skyrocketing tuition costs with a designated $800 million transfer to the provinces and territories to lower
tuition fees. $800 million to the provinces… Where is this money coming from?

We will increase the funding in the Canada Student Grants Program by $200 million a year, targeting accessibility for Aboriginal, disabled and low-income students, in particular – again $200 million out… Where will this money come from?

We will raise the education tax credit from $4,800 per year to $5,760 per year to help with increasing education costs.
So an increase in a tax credit means a decrease in revenue. Where will this money be replaced from?

Housing:
We will enact the NDP’s legislation to ensure secure, adequate, accessible and affordable housing for Canadians.

We will provide significant new funding for affordable and social housing.

And we’re done… I can no longer find any reason to vote NDP. Spend, spend, spend, and all these policies, the affordable housing and the university tax credits are of no use to me.

I don’t want my taxes increased to help others. Sorry. I’ll contribute gladly in taxes to pay for roads, universities, infrastructure, hospitals, those truly in need, etc. but I will not accept a bigger tax burden to help others who may or may not have been able to get it themselves by working, saving and not wasting money.

Jack and Olivia may have lived in social housing in Toronto while pulling in $120,000 a year and they may have been cleared but I think that is wrong. I also think it’s wrong try to bring the lowest class of people up to the middle class in cases where they do not want to be there.

Alas, I promised to go through the entire platform… Wish me luck.

As a practical first step to eliminate child poverty, we will combine existing supports like the Child Tax Benefit to create a non-taxable Child Benefit and increase the support steadily by up to $700 per child over the next four years. This will be in addition to the current Universal Child Care Benefit.

More spending… How can you control what these people are spending that child tax benefit on?

We will introduce a home heating federal sales tax rebate to give your household budget a break;

We will ensure Canadians have access to credit cards with interest rates no higher than 5 per cent above prime;

We will work closely with the Obama administration in Washington to ensure a coordinated response to climate change – was this not what the NDP and Liberals were all over the Harper Conservatives for?

So all in all, I have picked out a little something from each platform position of the NDP and their actions are all the same… Rebates / Tax credits and spending. Considering that all their policies are geared towards low-income Canadians, I cannot see any reason why any working – productive Canadian would vote for this party. Maybe they should rename the party the Robin Hood party as they take from the rich to give to the poor.

And I’m still wondering if the whole rub and tub / massage issue is just a smear attempt by the Liberals or if it says more about what kind of a person Jack is – he fights for the people – yet hooks up the services of a 20 year old Asian girl to help get him off. It’s more than a non-issue here. We’re talking about the future leader of Canada (potentially) caught on a bed, naked, while the girl beside him had a handful of wet tissues.

If he’s claiming he thought this place was legit, then he shouldn’t be our leader because that would make him really stupid.

So just to summarize;

NDP – spend, tax, credits, want the rick to be poor and the poor to be rich

Jack Layton – Thinks it is okay to get a rub and tub from a new immigrant to the country who is forced to work in the sex trade and who is working for cash and not paying tax (maybe he WAS helping her out) and lived with his wife and mother-in-law in City of Toronto subsidized housing while making $120,000 per year – jointly.

There’s your leader folks…

Here is a link to the CBC Compass survey to see which party your views are most closely related to;

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canadavotes2011/votecompass/

Give it a try.  IT told me I am Conservative then matched my views with theirs to see how we compare and how we differ.  Aside from abortion and “marriage” we’re pretty close.  On those issues, we are about as far apart as you can get.  Oh well.  If we matched, then I would be talking about my planet earth party… where we all are the same… you know.  Humans.

Posted in family, Life, news, politics

Wacky, Wild, WTF Wednesday…


I think I need to get a whole lot of random stuff out of my brain and to do so I need to have a Wacky, Wild, WTF Wednesday.

Sit tight because here goes;

1) The absolute best album (do we still say that, or does that me sound old?) for 2010 and into 2011 has to be Slash. Song after song, person after person they get better and better and no matter how many times you listen to the songs, they never get old. But what I really like about it, is that the songs cover pretty much all music genres so some songs are played on contemporary music, while some on the hard rock stations.

2) For the first time in my life, I was driving beside an elderly woman on Allen Road yesterday who was – get this – plucking her chin hairs with tweezers and the sun visor down – mirror open – WHILE DRIVING!!!

3) Edge retired from the WWE on Monday night. A Toronto product and a year or two older than me, he was an awesome performer who overcame neck fusion surgery, a ruptured achilles and numerous other injuries to perform for all the WWE and wrestling fans. I have a tribute article going up on my sports blog; http://www.daddylovessports@wordpress.com at some point soon.

4) I watched the Federal leaders debate last night on CP24 and I came away with the following thoughts and observations!

Why was TVO’s Steve Paikin facilitating the debate?

Why was Gilles Duiceppe there? He’s basically a provincial leader who doesn’t care about the country. He wants it to be broken apart. That’s along the lines of having Hamas run for the Israeli government… You know they want the country to be changed in both cases, Quebec without the violence…

Why wasn’t Elizabeth May of the Green Party there instead? She’s articulate and having another “leader” gang up on Prime Minister Harper would have been fun. Plus her platform, taken from the Marijuana party could attract more fringe votes and take away from the NDP.

Speaking of the NDP… Jack Layton was very smug – as usual – and had the quips coming each and every moment (hashtag fail… Really Jack?), but even he had to know before Michael Ignatief said so, that he has no chance of being elected, let alone leader of the opposition unless he forms a coalition with the Liberals. With that being said, why did he point out to the world that Ignatief had missed 70% of the federal votes in parliament? I didn’t know that. I wouldn’t my PM to be too busy to attend parliament, since that is what he would have been hired for. How he remains Liberal leader is beyond me – especially after the controversy over his poor / rich father.

And as for Iggy, I heard there were concerns about his out of control eyebrows, which frankly I didn’t even notice, and for a point in time during the debate I actually thought he was doing well, but then there were moments where he looked completely disinterested and I caught him flapping his arm in anticipation of speaking – but it looked really spasmodic.   I did give Iggy (the politician, not the Toronto Rock’s dumb mascot) major props for his comment to NDP leader Jack Layton which basically was Iggy’s verbal dismissal of Layton’s jokes when he told him that he neither was, nor would ever be the leader of the opposition… BURN.  Then in closing summation Iggy said to the camera, “Folks it really is a between us – the Liberals – and the Conservatives”.  BURN x2.

But it was Harper at the end who ruled the debate.  Yes I found his perfectly coiffed detachable silver dome – aka hair – scary and quite disturbing, and yes I found him always looking into the camera peculiar especially when the other leaders were talking to him. 
But when he closed by reiterating that Canada is the #1 nation heading out of the recession as a result of the Conservative government policies, seriously folks… He may look creepy, but at this point in time, we need his government and his policies in place to protect Canadians and Canadian interests around the world.  I actually thought the Harper Stare was starting to get to Iggy, almost like the WWE Star Undertaker does against his opponents…

I hope he gets as majority government, but he won’t.