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Ottawa to spend $44.6 million on new Maritimes ferry

Posted October 27, 2014 by Staff

HALIFAX – Ottawa has agreed to purchase a ferry for the Bay of Fundy service between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia at a cost of $44.6 million. The MV Blue Star Ishtaki, purchased from a private ferry operator in Greece, … Continue Reading

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First-ever free movie night at Halifax Public Gardens to feature Ghostbusters

Posted October 27, 2014 by Philip Croucher

Who you going to call about this exciting news? The city announced Monday that the first-ever outdoor movie night at the Halifax Public Gardens is taking place this Thursday and will feature the showing of the hit film Ghostbusters. The … Continue Reading

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Surrey RCMP search for alleged hit-and-run driver

Posted October 27, 2014 by Anonymous

Mounties in Surrey, B.C., are searching for the driver of a car that struck two pedestrians in a marked crosswalk late Sunday and drove away. Around 9 p.m., the vehicle was travelling northbound on 130th Avenue and turned onto 72nd … Continue Reading

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Awards

BC Beer Awards 2014

Posted October 27, 2014 by Rebecca Bollwitt

© 2004-2014 Rebecca Bollwitt – Miss604. On Saturday, October 25th, 55 awards were handed out in 21 categories for the BC Beer Awards. The fifth annual event included a consumer tasting event at the craft beer festival as well as the BC Beer Awards ceremony. Photo credit: Ruth Hartnup on Flickr BC Beer Awards If […]

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What’s the real story? Jian Ghomeshi gets fired from CBC (Developing)

Posted October 26, 2014 by Jes

What’s going on with Jian Ghomeshi? That was the question across the country this morning when CBC announced that they had parted ways with the popular host of “The Q”.

Earlier this month Jian’s father passed away and on Friday Ghomeshi told his audience that he was taking some ‘much needed personal time’ away from the show…one would assume it was because of his family, but maybe not.

This morning CBC dropped the bomb – Jian was done.

“The CBC is saddened to announce its relationship with Jian Ghomeshi has come to an end. This decision was not made without serious deliberation and careful consideration. Jian has made an immense contribution to the CBC and we wish him well…Information came to our attention recently that in CBC’s judgment precludes us from continuing our relationship with Jian…Whenever a decision is made to end a relationship with an employee, terms of separation are never disclosed.”

This was all from a statement made by CBC on Sunday morning.

It was clear that Jian got fired from the show, but what did he do? Must have been something major for the network to fire him. Besides Peter Mansbridge (Mansbridge Nation represent), Jian is arguably one of the most popular people in the CBC family.

The Internet went crazy with speculation as to why. Most of the things I read leaned towards it being a sexual issue. Abuse, harassment…just being a creepy to multiple woman.

Jesse Brown, an online media critic also tweeted, “What I have learned about @jianghomeshi after months of investigation will be reported responsibly as soon as possible. Patience please.”

There was only speculation. Did he get fired? What did he do?

Then a release came out stating that Ghomeshi was suing CBC for $50 million in damages and that he would like to be reinstated.

 OK, so he got fired, but what for?

Later in the afternoon Jian released a post on Facebook that claimed he had been dismissed from the CBC after coming forward with information to his superiors that he had a kinky, consentual sex life with an ex girlfriend. And that’s why they fired him.

“I’ve been fired from the CBC because of the risk of my private sex life being made public as a result of a campaign of false allegations pursued by a jilted ex girlfriend and a freelance writer.” (Read the full statement after the jump).

The Internet went crazy once again. It seems the post (which was made after Ghomeshi hired a PR firm to assist in his crisis, which makes one assume that he posted it with their council) had done its job.

“Jian got fired for being kinky? Really? In 2014?” was one of many tweets made in defense of the host.

The “report” from Jesse Brown has yet to come out, and there has yet to be any word from the other side of what the full accusation is. I suggest we all put down the gasoline and step way from the CBC until we hear the other side. There’s always another one.

More to come…

From Jian Gomeshi’s Facebook page:

Dear everyone,

I am writing today because I want you to be the first to know some news.

This has been the hardest time of my life. I am reeling from the loss of my father. I am in deep personal pain and worried about my mom. And now my world has been rocked by so much more.

Today, I was fired from the CBC.

For almost 8 years I have been the host of a show I co-created on CBC called Q. It has been my pride and joy. My fantastic team on Q are super-talented and have helped build something beautiful.

I have always operated on the principle of doing my best to maintain a dignity and a commitment to openness and truth, both on and off the air. I have conducted major interviews, supported Canadian talent, and spoken out loudly in my audio essays about ideas, issues, and my love for this country. All of that is available for anyone to hear or watch. I have known, of course, that not everyone always agrees with my opinions or my style, but I’ve never been anything but honest. I have doggedly defended the CBC and embraced public broadcasting. This is a brand I’ve been honoured to help grow.

All this has now changed.

Today I was fired from the company where I’ve been working for almost 14 years – stripped from my show, barred from the building and separated from my colleagues. I was given the choice to walk away quietly and to publicly suggest that this was my decision. But I am not going to do that. Because that would be untrue. Because I’ve been fired. And because I’ve done nothing wrong.

I’ve been fired from the CBC because of the risk of my private sex life being made public as a result of a campaign of false allegations pursued by a jilted ex girlfriend and a freelance writer.

As friends and family of mine, you are owed the truth.

I have commenced legal proceedings against the CBC, what’s important to me is that you know what happened and why.

Forgive me if what follows may be shocking to some.

I have always been interested in a variety of activities in the bedroom but I only participate in sexual practices that are mutually agreed upon, consensual, and exciting for both partners.

About two years ago I started seeing a woman in her late 20s. Our relationship was affectionate, casual and passionate. We saw each other on and off over the period of a year and began engaging in adventurous forms of sex that included role-play, dominance and submission. We discussed our interests at length before engaging in rough sex (forms of BDSM). We talked about using safe words and regularly checked in with each other about our comfort levels. She encouraged our role-play and often was the initiator. We joked about our relations being like a mild form of Fifty Shades of Grey or a story from Lynn Coady’s Giller-Prize winning book last year. I don’t wish to get into any more detail because it is truly not anyone’s business what two consenting adults do. I have never discussed my private life before. Sexual preferences are a human right.

Despite a strong connection between us it became clear to me that our on-and-off dating was unlikely to grow into a larger relationship and I ended things in the beginning of this year. She was upset by this and sent me messages indicating her disappointment that I would not commit to more, and her anger that I was seeing others.

After this, in the early spring there began a campaign of harassment, vengeance and demonization against me that would lead to months of anxiety.

It came to light that a woman had begun anonymously reaching out to people that I had dated (via Facebook) to tell them she had been a victim of abusive relations with me. In other words, someone was reframing what had been an ongoing consensual relationship as something nefarious. I learned – through one of my friends who got in contact with this person – that someone had rifled through my phone on one occasion and taken down the names of any woman I had seemed to have been dating in recent years. This person had begun methodically contacting them to try to build a story against me. Increasingly, female friends and ex-girlfriends of mine told me about these attempts to smear me.

Someone also began colluding with a freelance writer who was known not to be a fan of mine and, together, they set out to try to find corroborators to build a case to defame me. She found some sympathetic ears by painting herself as a victim and turned this into a campaign. The writer boldly started contacting my friends, acquaintances and even work colleagues – all of whom came to me to tell me this was happening and all of whom recognized it as a trumped up way to attack me and undermine my reputation. Everyone contacted would ask the same question, if I had engaged in non-consensual behavior why was the place to address this the media?

The writer tried to peddle the story and, at one point, a major Canadian media publication did due diligence but never printed a story. One assumes they recognized these attempts to recast my sexual behaviour were fabrications. Still, the spectre of mud being flung onto the Internet where online outrage can demonize someone before facts can refute false allegations has been what I’ve had to live with.

And this leads us to today and this moment. I’ve lived with the threat that this stuff would be thrown out there to defame me. And I would sue. But it would do the reputational damage to me it was intended to do (the ex has even tried to contact me to say that she now wishes to refute any of these categorically untrue allegations). But with me bringing it to light, in the coming days you will prospectively hear about how I engage in all kinds of unsavoury aggressive acts in the bedroom. And the implication may be made that this happens non-consensually. And that will be a lie. But it will be salacious gossip in a world driven by a hunger for “scandal”. And there will be those who choose to believe it and to hate me or to laugh at me. And there will be an attempt to pile on. And there will be the claim that there are a few women involved (those who colluded with my ex) in an attempt to show a “pattern of behaviour”. And it will be based in lies but damage will be done. But I am telling you this story in the hopes that the truth will, finally, conquer all.

I have been open with the CBC about this since these categorically untrue allegations ramped up. I have never believed it was anyone’s business what I do in my private affairs but I wanted my bosses to be aware that this attempt to smear me was out there. CBC has been part of the team of friends and lawyers assembled to deal with this for months. On Thursday I voluntarily showed evidence that everything I have done has been consensual. I did this in good faith and because I know, as I have always known, that I have nothing to hide. This when the CBC decided to fire me.

CBC execs confirmed that the information provided showed that there was consent. In fact, they later said to me and my team that there is no question in their minds that there has always been consent. They said they’re not concerned about the legal side. But then they said that this type of sexual behavior was unbecoming of a prominent host on the CBC. They said that I was being dismissed for “the risk of the perception that may come from a story that could come out.” To recap, I am being fired in my prime from the show I love and built and threw myself into for years because of what I do in my private life.

Let me be the first to say that my tastes in the bedroom may not be palatable to some folks. They may be strange, enticing, weird, normal, or outright offensive to others. We all have our secret life. But that is my private life. That is my personal life. And no one, and certainly no employer, should have dominion over what people do consensually in their private life.

And so, with no formal allegations, no formal complaints, no complaints, not one, to the HR department at the CBC (they told us they’d done a thorough check and were satisfied), and no charges, I have lost my job based on a campaign of vengeance. Two weeks after the death of my beautiful father I have been fired from the CBC because of what I do in my private life.

I have loved the CBC. The Q team are the best group of people in the land. My colleagues and producers and on-air talent at the CBC are unparalleled in being some of the best in the business. I have always tried to be a good soldier and do a good job for my country. I am still in shock. But I am telling this story to you so the truth is heard. And to bring an end to the nightmare.

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General

Snowmobiles and ATVs

Posted October 25, 2014 by James Hamilton

Sleds and quads raced around the outdoor track at the 2014 #Toronto International Snowmobile, ATV and Powersports Show. The free parking at the International Centre was a great bonus as it sped up the process to get into and enjoy the enormous show. By…

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#Toronto Zombies walk again

Posted October 25, 2014 by James Hamilton

The undead torment #Toronto as the Halloween Parade and @TOZombieWalk ghouls fill Nathan Phillips Square on Saturday, October 25, 2014. The gathering started around noon as shuffling groups of zombies begin to smell brains at City Hall and photographer…

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Be careful of Pigeons in Trinity Square

Posted October 24, 2014 by James Hamilton

A courtyard square beside the #Toronto Eaton Centre and the Church of the Holy Trinity is bounded by a double row of trees enclosing a paving stone labyrinth. Triple arches lead into the circular pathway that promises to bring about a peaceful meditati…

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The Lending Journey Pedal Against Poverty

Posted October 23, 2014 by James Hamilton

The Bike Tree features a number of donated bicycles hanging from a large Willow Tree in Halton Hills. I hope they are not like Fall leaves, waiting to drop down as the days get shorter! The two-wheeled installation is helping to promote the Nov 9, 2014…

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#Toronto Snowmobile & ATV Show this weekend

Posted October 23, 2014 by James Hamilton
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The World’s largest Snowmobile and ATV Show comes just before the snow flies this year, darn it’s getting cold, at the Toronto International Centre. Joining the sleds and ATVs will also be assorted Powersports for the October 24-26 event in the over 500,000 square foot facility. Actually the fun can’t be contained in the massive building – it also spills outside for some extreme sports action.

“If you’re in to snowmobiles, ATVS and an all around Powersports enthusiast, this is the show for you! As soon as you step foot on the show floor, you’ll be blown away with the incredible roster of exhibitors and the feature events taking place around the show, not to mention the enormous Outdoors Event Area with Live racing and Freestyle Shows. You’ll find huge Manufacturer Displays showcasing all of the 2014 sled and ATV line-ups. With more corporate manufacturer displays at this snowmobile and ATV Show than any other across North America, you’ll be sure to see: Arctic Cat, Can-Am, Dodge, Honda, John Deere, Kawasaki, Phantom, Polaris, Ski-Doo, ODES UTV, CFMoto and Yamaha. All of these machines under one roof, over one weekend, you can’t miss it! We guarantee it will be worth the drive to get here.”

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Canadian Politics

Andrew Coyne: Politics weren’t put aside during the Ottawa hug-out, they were just made over for the occasion

Posted October 23, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

What we have seen, then, is not the absence of politics, but politics as it should be — and could. There is no reason our politics must be so cheap or shallow

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Alberta

In Alberta, the opposition scores direct hits using Access to Information laws

Posted October 23, 2014 by David Akin

There are four important by-elections underway right now in Alberta. The vote is on Monday. The Premier, the Health Minister, and the Education Minister have their names on ballots in three of the four ridings. Jim Prentice, Stephen Mandel (above, pictured in 2006), and Gordon Dirks, of course, are all members of the longest-ruling-party in […]

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Stephen Harper’s Ottawa speech.

Posted October 23, 2014 by Boris

“We are also reminded that attacks on our security personnel and our
institutions of governance are by their very nature attacks on our
country, on our values, on our society, on us Canadians as a free and
democratic people who embrace human dign…

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Canada

The Ottawa attacks and ISIS: A strategy?

Posted October 23, 2014 by Boris

The following assumes ISIS is the motivator.

It is interesting that the attacks in St. Jean and Ottawa focussed exclusively on military and political targets, not specifically civilians (although two were apparently wounded yesterday). Three times (…

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The Attack In Ottawa will be used to justify losing more rights

Posted October 23, 2014 by Ian Welsh

Prime Minister Harper pretty much confirmed it: ‘Our laws and police powers need to be strengthened’ Yup.  Never let a crisis go to waste. I’m very sad that MPs and their staff were scared, and I’m sadder that a soldier lost his life.  But one attack does not justify increasing the police state.  However, if [...]

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Canadian Politics

A Terrible Thing Happened in My City Yesterday

Posted October 23, 2014 by Anonymous

A terrible thing happened in Ottawa today and it doesn’t feel like it’s ended yet. I live in the downtown area, and the wail of sirens fades in and out of hearing as I write this, nearly ten hours after violence unexpectedly engulfed my beautiful, peaceful city.

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General

Clouds over City Hall

Posted October 23, 2014 by James Hamilton

Fall has been bringing plenty of clouds and when you get some sun it is time to celebrate. Recently on my walk into work there were some incredible clouds in the sky over Toronto.

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#Toronto Zombie Walk 2014 this weekend

Posted October 22, 2014 by James Hamilton

The famous annual painful shuffle of grey and ghoulish zombies starts at City Hall on Saturday, October 25. The undead will meet at noon and head out on the Zombie Walk and Halloween Parade at 3 pm.”The plague returned every year, and the zom…

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Wigs for sale

Posted October 22, 2014 by James Hamilton

Neon posters and stickers are up around Union Station in #Toronto. From far away they look like ads for cheap wigs, instead it looks like negative advertising regarding the upcoming election.’Some Goons Shattered Lies’ for only $9.99

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Canada

Christie Blatchford: Nathan Frank Cirillo died standing guard over one of his own

Posted October 22, 2014 by Christie Blatchford

While they carried weapons, they weren’t loaded, as is — or perhaps was — the tradition for those chosen to represent their regiments in the nation’s capital

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On this day in Ottawa history

Posted October 22, 2014 by andrea tomkins

Well, this day was one of the worst in recent memory. I am still in shock. I was at a coffee shop when it happened, in the middle of an interview for the Kitchissippi Times. I turned over my phone and saw the news that a shooter was on the loose in downtown Ottawa. Someone was […]

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Canada

Tragedy in Ottawa

Posted October 22, 2014 by Laila

My thoughts and prayers are with the family of the soldier shot and killed this morning while on service in Ottawa this morning – my deepest condolences. My thoughts are also with all parliamentarians, staff, friends and colleagues who experienced … Continue reading

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Is it a crisis yet?

Posted October 22, 2014 by Ted Bird

   Whether this week’s attacks on Canadian Forces members in Ottawa and St. Jean-sur-Richelieu are organized acts of war by committed jihadists or self-motivated copy cat rampages by disenfranchised and deranged social misfits, there’s no lon…

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Highlights of Food Bloggers of Canada 2014

Posted October 22, 2014 by Valerie Lugonja

Another amazing coming together of Canadian Food Bloggers from coast to coast Sitting at the Edmonton International Airport writing a quick recap of the highlights of my time at the Food Bloggers of Canada Conference 2014 I sit, simply overwhelmed and in awe of the Canadian Food Bloggers that FBC brought together these past 2 […]

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Little kittens at the Animal Shelter

Posted October 21, 2014 by James Hamilton

Not surprisingly, several cats greeted us as we walked into the cat room at the Brampton Animal Shelter. Some of the furry guys were a little standoffish but otherwise most were glad to see us, then, yes, only then by goodness, we were told of a specia…

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Canada

Harper, the Dog of War

Posted October 21, 2014 by Stephen Elliott-Buckley

For Harper, 6 CF-18s in Kuwait, all war all the time, phoning up the Pentagon asking where we can become more militarily engaged…all these things lead to a war posture, including a soldier being killed at home. A war posture is good for Harper’s base and makes Canadians more scared so that we more more […]

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Activism

Join Ricochet: A new take on independent media.

Posted October 21, 2014 by Stephen Elliott-Buckley

Have you joined yet? No? So, you’re good with corporate media spinning things for you, against your personal, community, national and ecological interests? Oh. Ok. :) Ricochet is an audacious response to a difficult context. Independent and in the public interest, Ricochet will provide a space dedicated to investigative journalism and high-profile opinion. Published in […]

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If You Read But One Thing About Universal Childcare This Week

Posted October 21, 2014 by Stephen Elliott-Buckley

Line them up here. In this one section of universal childcare analysis by one of the smartest people in the country, Michal Rozworski, we see a number of significant policy issues addressed: affordable childcare. universality. feminism. including mothers in the workforce more effectively. a better shot a living wage for childcare workers. national standards. standardized […]

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Copyright

Copyright and attack ads: Progressive mayor uses Sona image to attack conservative challenger

Posted October 20, 2014 by David Akin

Karen Farbridge is the the four-term left-of-centre, progressive mayor for the city of Guelph, the city and federal riding that is ground zero for the robocalls controversy. Farbridge is facing a stiff challenge from Cam Guthrie who is pitching ideas familiar to small-c conservatives.  Last week, the Farbridge campaign bought a half-page of ad space […]

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Canada

Transportation After Fossil Fuels: A Decade Away?

Posted October 20, 2014 by Stephen Elliott-Buckley

Once upon a time, I rode the maglev at the Japan pavilion at Expo 86. Since then, I’ve come to see that that was the Commodore Vic 20 of high speed travel. What’s the new standard? ET3. So if you’ve been having a hard time imagining a post-carbon transportation system that would run on the […]

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Web slinging superhero

Posted October 19, 2014 by James Hamilton

#Toronto Spiderman hangs out at Yonge-Dundas, meeting fans and posing for pictures. Street buskers keep the area fun for tourists and regular visitors as well as fighting crime and those weird bad guys like Doctor Octopus and the Green Goblin.This coul…

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Canada

Les Français, dénigreurs de leur pays ?

Posted October 19, 2014 by Claude Dupras
Il y a quelques jours, à la télé, le premier ministre français Manuel Valls a accusé ses compatriotes de faire du « France Bashing ». Il a affirmé que ce dénigrement de leur pays l’énervait et l’agaçait et que cela devait cesser.

Je rentre au Canada après un bon moment en France durant lequel j’ai eu l’occasion de rencontrer et de parler avec un grand nombre de Français et Françaises, de tous milieux, de la situation actuelle dans leur pays. J’ai compris qu’ils sont devenus pessimistes et désespérés face à la situation politique et économique dans leur pays. Ils constatent le déclin de la France et la voit comme le pays malade de l’Europe. Ils la trouvent moins compétitive, moins influente sur le plan international. Ils regrettent que les jeunes diplômés s’exilent. Ils en ont marre. Pour eux, la « Douce France… » de Charles Trenet a disparu. Son âme s’est envolée.
Mais ce n’est pas la France qu’ils dénigrent mais les politiciens qui l’ont amenée au bord de ce précipice. Ils sont exaspérés devant leurs inaptitudes et leur incompétence. Ce n’est pas du « French bashing », puisqu’il faut parler anglais, mais du « Hollande bashing » qu’ils pratiquent. Ils n’en peuvent plus de leur président et de ses gouvernements. Rien ne va plus. Jour après jour, ils réalisent l’erreur monumentale qu’ils ont faite en l’élisant avec son parti socialiste. 


Les Français savent bien que leur pays est unique et qu’il est une terre de grands découvreurs, chercheurs, inventeurs, scientifiques, travailleurs, réalisateurs, artistes, écrivains, cuisiniers… dans tous les domaines. Le passé lointain le démontre et le récent le confirme. En effet, il y a quelques jours, deux prix Nobel ont été choisis parmi les leurs, en littérature et en économie. Ils reconnaissent que la France est un des pays les plus intéressants du monde et qu’elle attire un plus grand nombre de visiteurs que tous les pays d’Europe. Ils constatent son prestige dans tous les coins de la planète.


À toutes questions sur la politique, ils regardent l’interlocuteur et, d’un air découragé, haussent les épaules. Chacun a sa théorie mais toutes touchent principalement l’incompétence de ses dirigeants actuels, les dérives de ceux du passé et le poids du système social.  Plusieurs socialistes, pour se justifier, vont même jusqu’à prétendre que la France est un pays ingouvernable tellement ils sont mal à l’aise et affaissés devant tous les sondages qui placent Hollande entre 13% à 18% d’appuis favorables et les défaites électorales successives de leur parti.
Pourtant, Hollande n’a cessé de faire des changements, des « réformes» comme il dit. Dès son entrée à l’Élysée, il a voulu respecter ses dénonciations des politiques de son prédécesseur faites en campagne électorale. Il a mis fin à plusieurs projets et lois malgré qu’elles étaient importantes et nécessaires. Particulièrement celles qu’il qualifiait de « cadeaux aux riches » et celles devant corriger la magistrale erreur des « 35 heures » du gouvernement Jospin. Toutes ces « méchantes » lois avaient été supposément inspirées par la méchante « Finance », qu’Hollande qualifiait de « mon pire ennemi ». Pourtant, elles avaient été votées pour relancer l’emploi en diminuant appréciablement le « coût du travail » dans le but d’aider les petits entrepreneurs à engager des apprentis et des ouvriers additionnels pour leur permettre de croître, et les grandes entreprises afin qu’elles deviennent plus concurrentielles sur le marché mondial.


Parallèlement, Hollande a augmenté les taxes, sans bon sens, en ne tenant pas compte des conséquences négatives sur l’emploi et sur la capacité de payer de la classe moyenne et des moins riches.


En somme, il a tout fait pour nuire au développement de la France et cela, souventes fois, pour des raisons politiques partisanes. Il refusa de faire la part des choses. Il est clair qu’Hollande n’a jamais été en affaires et ne connaît rien aux vrais défis d’un entrepreneur. Il n’a cru qu’en ses thèses idéologiques qui n’ont rien à voir avec la vraie vie démontrant clairement ainsi qu’il est déconnecté de la réalité. 
Puis, voyant sa cote de popularité s’écraser, il a changé son fusil d’épaule et s’est tourné radicalement vers la droite pour renaître. Il a commencé à détaxer et à revoir ses décisions passées. Il affirme maintenant aimer le monde de « la finance » et justifie sa nouvelle position en affirmant qu’il a compris, laissant entendre qu’il était dans l’erreur dans le passé. Il cherche à reprendre le temps perdu des deux dernières années par des voltefaces spectaculaires. Mais les résultats se feront attendre car normalement, quatre à cinq années sont nécessaires avant que l’État puisse réellement bénéficier de nouvelles politiques économiques. Deux ans ont été perdus et son quinquennat à la tête de la France est à moitié complété. Il est donc probable que ce sera son successeur qui sera, politiquement, le bénéficiaire.


De plus, pressé de redevenir populaire, le président dit « oui » à tous ceux qui critiquent ses politiques et fait des changements afin qu’ils soient satisfaits et arrêtent de chialer. Vous n’aimez pas une politique, alors manifestez, menacez de grève, critiquez et vous verrez, ô combien vite, le président comprend vos doléances et s’adapte à vos demandes. Il renie ce qu’il affirmait il n’y a pas tellement longtemps, aussi vite que Judas. De plus, il va-t’en guerre à la moindre occasion Mali, Centrafrique, Irak, Syrie, Ukraine… et voyage vers des pays étrangers le plus possible pour impressionner les Français avec des qualités de leader mondial.


Le malheur est que souvent ces voyages sont inutiles. Par exemple, il ira au Canada et au Québec au début de novembre prochain pour une visite officielle. Pourquoi ? Il n’y a aucun conflit majeur entre nos deux nations. La bonne entente règne. Certes, il y a quelques petits différents, par exemple sur la question des subsides aux jeunes français qui étudient dans nos universités, mais rien qui ne peut être réglé via nos ministres respectifs et nos ambassades. Il s’est invité et nous sortirons le tapis rouge pour bien le recevoir. Alors que la France a des problèmes par-dessus la tête et que la responsabilité première de son président est de rencontrer les Français pour en discuter et les encourager, il part faire le beau au Canada et tenir quelques discours qui seront aussi vite oubliés qu’ils seront débités. Pour couvrir ce déplacement du président français et de sa suite, la France, le Canada et le Québec vont engendrer des frais importants au moment même où chacun coupe radicalement, chez lui, dans les dépenses inutiles pour diminuer ses déficits.


En somme, il tasse l’intérêt de la France pour redorer son image et rehausser sa popularité. Au diable les principes, les politiques du parti socialiste, rien ne va plus, la roulette tourne. Pendant ce temps-là, le chômage continue de grimper, la production industrielle stagne, les entreprises tirent le diable par la queue, le chômage augmente, la croissance est aux arrêts, les statistiques sont au mauvais fixe, les plus défavorisés souffrent davantage et les français chialent. Son parti est divisé et les « frondeurs socialistes (députés socialistes non-satisfaits des politiques de droite d’Hollande) le menacent avec, en tête, Martine Aubry, la femme des 35 heures. 
De plus, le physique du président laisse percer son état d’esprit. Son visage est triste, sa démarche plus lente, ses discours moins dynamiques. Il semble perdu, sans amis, seul et incapable de pouvoir jouer son rôle. Il n’est que l’ombre d’un chef de l’État. Triste constat pour un pays aussi extraordinaire que la France. Comment avec une telle attitude de son président, peut-elle reprendre confiance ?


Le récent livre du polémiste Eric Zemmour « le suicide français » a un succès énorme car il est le symptôme des angoisses françaises. Il estime que « la France se meurt, est morte ». « Que ses élites crachent sur sa tombe ». Que l’on vit « les dernières pages de l’Histoire de La France ». Exagéré, sûrement. Mais ce qui arrive en France se situe aussi dans le grand réaménagement du monde où repères, identités et certitudes s’effacent. Malheureusement, le président Hollande n’est pas à la hauteur de ces défis.


Pour être utile à son pays, Hollande devrait démissionner. Mais sur çà, les Français me disent « n’y comptez pas ».


Il reste à espérer que la Providence soit bonne pour la France.


Claude Dupras 

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