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Allan's Perspective

Saturday Morning Confusion: It’s all politics to me!

Posted April 26, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Folks, while it has never been a gentleman’s game, at least politics was practiced with a certain degree of civility and decorum in the past. MY HOW THINGS HAVE CHANGED! It just occurred to me this morning that the veneer of respectability in politics is not only long gone, but despite the apparent differences, there […]

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Not all holes are assholes, but some are!

Posted May 29, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Kimberley Big Hole – South Africa – Apparently the largest ever hand-dug excavation in the world, this 1,097 meter deep mine yielded over 3 tons of diamonds, before being closed. Folks: These holes are not only amazing, but some are really terrifying – Especially the final one ! The sheer scale of these holes reminds […]

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We got trouble in River City Folks!

Posted June 12, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Folks, this is wrong on so many levels that I hardly know where to begin! Why this wasn’t one of the main election issues is totally beyond me, but then again, people just seem naturally reticent about asking for my opinion about stuff………, and that’s why I started this “Blog!” SO! How do I begin? […]

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Canadian Politics

Blog Interview with Michael Levitt – LPC candidate for York-Centre

Posted July 22, 2014 by Scott Tribe

Today, I’m publishing an interview I’ve done with Michael Levitt, who is the LPC candidate for York-Centre. This was the riding held by such Liberal stalwarts as Art Eggleton and Ken Dryden. Mr. Dryden was one of those who got swept away in the Liberal collapse in the 905 region of Ontario back in the ’11 election. It is currently held by Mark Adler for the Conservatives, and Mr. Levitt is going to be trying hard to return it to the LPC. Here are a series of questions I asked Mr. Levitt (who I had the pleasure of meeting in February at the Montreal Convention) and his responses. I thank [...]

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Andrew Coyne: Ontario PCs should move the political centre to where they are

Posted June 23, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

Kathleen Wynne defines where the political centre is today, just as Mike Harris did in his day — not by watering down their policies, but by winning elections

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Rob Ford: Why does the term “white trash” keep coming to mind?

Posted April 10, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

The more I hear about Rob Ford, the more the term “white trash” comes to mind! One of the first members of Rob Ford’s campaign team is the co-host of an online marijuana show, High F—ers, in which he smokes joints until he vomits, tells profane stories while high, and dedicates his drug use to […]

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World Cup Soccer invaded by giant crickets!

Posted July 6, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

It’s time for Fifa World Cup Soccer news, kids! Host Brazil is moving on to the semifinals of the World Cup after beating fellow heavyweight Colombia 2-1 in a game that had its share of suspect calls. As Matthew Cowley noted there were a total of 51 fouls in this match, which made the whole […]

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Canadian Politics

Was Tim Hudak Ontario’s version of Michael Ignatieff circa 2011?

Posted June 13, 2014 by Scott Tribe

I was thinking about that comparison as I digest a surprising Liberal majority in Ontario this AM (but the folks at Forum and Ekos with their last polls called it – so kudos to them. I think Nanos also had 1 poll out that pretty well mirrored the results).

Thinking back to 2011, Harper was (and still isn’t) not a universally loved leader, but Ignatieff was less popular then him (due both to attack ads and his personality in general, I’d argue). In Ontario, the OLP as a whole were not obviously loved by all due to some of their track record, but Hudak was disliked worse, it seems.

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You could drive one of those tar sands heavy haulers through the gaping holes in the latest Fraser Institute ‘study’

Posted July 25, 2014 by djclimenhaga

Alberta should adopt a sales tax, according to the latest press release from the Fraser Institute.
But don’t worry, the latest piece of far-right puffery from the market-fundamentalist “think tank” — which prefers to refer to this bumpf as a “s…

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Canadian Politics

Some Liberal bits and bites – provincial and federal

Posted June 24, 2014 by Scott Tribe

- Re-elected Premier Kathleen Wynne will be swearing in her new provincial Cabinet today. One of the chief shuffles I’m pleased to see is Dr. Eric Hoskins moving into the Health Ministry portfolio. I’ve been a long time supporter of his from his running as a federal LPC candidate in Haldimand Norfolk and before that heading up War Child Canada (now headed by his wife, Dr.Samantha Nutt). I’m also pleased to see Mitzie Hunter, who brought forth the private-members bill last session to allow ranked ballots to be used in Toronto’s civic elections, has been given a promotion to associate finance minister responsible for the new Ontario Retirement Pension Plan. [...]

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407 – ‘Common Sense Revolution’ in action!

Posted July 9, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Dear Readers, we got this in the mail today:: A lot of talk lately about what the provincial Liberals are going to do to Ontario now that they have a majority, but it can’t be any worse than what Mike Harris did to us back in may of 1999! The Common Sense Revolution in action: […]

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Canadian Politics

Andrew Coyne: The Ontario election was a referendum on fiscal conservatism. Fiscal conservatism lost

Posted June 13, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

The public were presented with a clear choice: cut spending or increase it, cut taxes or raise them, borrow less or borrow more, and in every case chose the latter

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The Canadian way: smoked meat on rye at a Palestinian film festival

Posted July 25, 2014 by Stephen Maher

With Irish Jim O’Connell there and Scotty Jack McDonald, There’s hunky Frederic Herzal gettin’ tight but that’s alright, There’s happy German Trixie there with Frenchie gettin tipsy, And even Joe the Gypsy knows its Saturday tonight. — Sudbury Saturday Night, […]

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Olivia Chow is the reason we don’t have that many fact checks

Posted June 23, 2014 by MGK

Over at Torontoist, we’re doing a series of fact-checks of mayoral candidates’ policy speeches. We just recently did Olivia Chow, who was unsurprisingly pretty accurate. (My idea to enliven the post with a series of GIFs of adorable dogs was shot down.)

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Saturday Morning Confusion: The Naked Truth!

Posted May 17, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Seems the politically correct crowd has raised another bullshit issue that has me more confused on this Saturday morning than ever before! A bunch of kindergarten kids were out in the yard playing and they got into some water and proceeded to get soaking wet! (These are 4 and 5 year old kids, folks!) Rather […]

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Give them a finger!

Posted July 10, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Dear Readers: My dad used to say “give them a little finger, and they will take your whole arm!” This cute little quote can be used in a lot of situations, but two in particular come to mind this morning! The Gays and the French! First of all we mentioned that the LGTB community just […]

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Canadian Politics

Post Election Pride

Posted June 14, 2014 by Lyn Brown

I left work extra late Thursday and it was only when I was whipping down the highway that I remembered it was election day — AND I ONLY HAD 40 MINUTES UNTIL THE POLLS CLOSED. I panicked. I knew I had to get there – every vote counts – absolutely. Neve…

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Canada’s Opaque Transparency – An Open Data Failure

Posted March 4, 2014 by David Eaves

Yesterday, at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada’s (PDAC) Canada Minister of Natural Resource, Joe Oliver, announced with great fanfare a new initiative to compel mining companies to disclose payments of over $100,000′s to foreign and domestic governments. On the surface this looks like a win for transparency, particularly for a sector that is of […]

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To hell with pipelines, let’s transport by rail!

Posted June 29, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Public interest in what is trundling by rail past their homes has ignited in the wake of the July 6, 2013, derailment in Lac-Megantic, Que., when a runaway oil train skipped the tracks and exploded, killing 47 people. That’s right folks, we need to keep the Environmentalists happy! Let’s not build any more pipelines ………………………., […]

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Omar sued for $50 million!

Posted May 23, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

The Perspective Research Department has just learned that the widow of the soldier Omar Khadr KILLED, is suing our much maligned and misunderstood [sic] young freedom fighter for 50 million bucks! Personally, we think this is a great idea…….., the only problem is, HOW THE HELL WILL SHE EVER COLLECT? ————————————————– There is a new […]

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Canadian Politics

Interview with Tyler Banham – running to be LPCO President

Posted July 11, 2014 by Scott Tribe

I’ve had the chance to have an interview with Tyler, the current Executive VP of the LPCO, who recently announced he will be running for the LPCO President position. That will be voted on by delegates Sept 12-14 in Markham (the same convention will also elect LPCO VP of Communications – which Jeff Jedras is running for and who I endorsed last week)

I was curious about this position, what it entails, and why someone would want to run for it, so I asked Tyler for an interview, which he agreed to. I submitted 5 questions to him, and his replies are below (Note: I am neutral in this race [...]

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Man stunned, but doesn’t go down!

Posted June 16, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Nova Scotia Report: A 48-year-old Halifax man will appear in court to face charges today after police first used a stun gun on the suspect …, and then tackled him during an arrest. Staff Sgt. Reid McCoombs says Halifax police responded to a call on Sunday evening alleging the suspect was threatening to shoot another […]

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Politicians afraid of the abortion debate – But are Canadians?

Posted February 9, 2013 by Gordon Cawsey

Many of Canada’s elected representatives are scared to death of the abortion debate, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Federal minister for the Status of Women Rona Ambrose among them.  Both are on record as saying that Canadians don’t want this d…

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A “view” of the future!

Posted June 30, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Perspective Research Department has done an extensive inquiry into the future of the “Google Glasses” and come up with a very probable scenario for these marvels of modern technology! Do ya remember Geordi’s visor on Star Trek? They will look something like that, only have what appears to be plain glass […]

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Box Office Goes Bananas for Planet of the Apes!

Posted July 13, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Well I said I was going to see the movie ……………………….. and I did! It turned out to be exactly what I figured it would be, no more and no less, and that’s O.K. with me! —————————————- Quebec Report! Why Quebec is closed for business: La Belle Province comes close to dead last in almost […]

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“Assholes of the Day!”

Posted June 18, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Two! Count ‘em, Two for the price of one! The Government announced the approval of the Northern Gateway pipeline yesterday, which means thousands of jobs and billions of dollars pumped into our economy …., and both Tom Mulcair and Justin Trudeau came out against it! For playing politics, and jeopardizing the economic health of Canada, […]

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Enough of the Economic Action Plan ads, buy Canadians a Tims instead

Posted February 19, 2013 by Gordon Cawsey

Sick of all those ads for the Harper government’s Economic Action Plan?  You know what I’m talking about, the never ending spots telling Canadians what a great job the federal government is doing in building prosperity.  Its ironic that their…

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Happy Canada Day!

Posted July 2, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

A lot of talk in the local, and national media about moving the July 1st holiday to the nearest weekend! Great Idea: We need long weekends in May, June, July, August and September, folks! (And then a mini-vacation between Christmas and New year!)http://www.stthomastimesjournal.com/2014/07/02/should-canada-day-remain-july-1-or-nearest-weekend-to-that-date ————————————————————— Cattle rustling is alive and well in S.W. Ontario, folks!THIS GUY […]

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Saturday Morning Confusion: Carey / Carney (?) to quit!

Posted May 30, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Carey / Carney to quit! Folks, we have received a report here at the Blogs Canada Research Center, and the Perspective Naked News Department, that either Jim Carey, or Jim Carney, is about to quit. Because of poor communication, and computer problems, we don’t know if Jim is quitting the movie business, or politics ………….! […]

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Kate Holloway and Dan Fox for Toronto City Council; more endorsers for Danielle Takacs

Posted July 14, 2014 by Scott Tribe

A couple of items for you today. I don’t live in Toronto, so you might be wondering why I would endorse folks who are running for Toronto City Council. Quite simply, I’ve known Dan and Kate personally for a long time from their provincial and federal connections, and I count them as friends, so why wouldn’t I?

Dan Fox is who I’ll talk about first; I’ve previously mentioned him, but I’ll mention him again: he is running in Ward 24 against a city councillor who I understand voted for Rob Ford supported agenda items a fair bit. That makes me doubly want to see Dan get elected here. You’ll [...]

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More women MPP’s in Ontario; will there be more women MP’s after next federal election?

Posted June 18, 2014 by Scott Tribe

One of the things I was interested in highlighting today was comparing and contrasting post-Ontario election the number of women that are now active MPP’s in the new Ontario legislature, as there have been many discussions in recent years about the lack of female representatives running or being elected to the political halls of power, and what can be done to increase that.

Specifically, the Ontario Liberal Party has elected nine new Liberal women MPP’s, and has the most elected women MPP’s in caucus. Overall in the legislature, the combined three parties have elected 38 women MPP’s representing 35.5% of the Ontario legislature – the most women ever to sit [...]

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Sunday Religious Stuff # 28

Posted January 19, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Religious freedom ambassador not worried about ‘push back’ from abroad! By Lee Berthiaume, Postmedia News OTTAWA — Andrew Bennett admits some foreign governments don’t necessarily like what he has to say. Since being named Canada’s first ambassador for religious freedom in March, Bennett has publicly criticized Egypt for failing to protect Coptic Christians, condemned Iran’s […]

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Happy Byelection Day!

Posted June 30, 2014 by Scott Tribe

Yes, its Byelection Day in Canada, thanks to our PM Stephen Harper, who apparently wants to try to set new records for low turnout in byelections.

Nevertheless, there are fouer races to watch, with the 2 of most interest being in Trinity-Spadina and Fort-Mcmurray-Athabasca. Adam Vaughan, former TO city councillor is hoping to wrest away the former seat of Olivia Chow from the NDP. You might wonder why I’m interested in Ft Mcmurray, since its supposedly safe for the Tories; well, a) I know Kyle Harrietha – he was an early Liberal blogger and still promninenbt on social media, and I hope nothign but the best for him, and b) [...]

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Andrew Coyne: We once had to wait weeks for a new Harper abuse of power. Now we’re getting them two or three a day

Posted June 6, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

It is a kind of tribute to the prime minister that so many of his appointees have proved so disruptive of his designs

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Andrew Coyne: We can’t realistically reform or abolish the Senate, but we can defang it

Posted July 18, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

It should be possible to enact one very specific reform: removing its power to defeat, obstruct or amend bills over the objections of the House of Commons

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Andrew Coyne: No, Mr. Mulcair, it’s not Northern Gateway that is a threat to our social order

Posted June 18, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

Governments are obliged to act within the law — to follow due process, to consult as required, etc. But so are their opponents

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How to tell if you’re Canadian!

Posted February 2, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Guest post by Damien Ponech and John Bayko In the same month my little e-mailman, dodging the e-dogs, brought not one but two Canadian culture tests. With the authors’ consent I’ve combined them. Both are English Canadian; there is a separate Québecois culture test. Items identical to the American test are in grey. Damien was […]

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Canadian Politics

July 1, 2014 — A Great Day for Canada, as you like it, and a toast to next year in a Canadian republic

Posted June 30, 2014 by Counterweights Editors

The grandfather of one of we (various and intermittent) counterweights editors used to say that it was “A Great Day for Canada” on his own birthday. And it has long seemed to us that there is something quite admirably as well as agonizingly Canadian about this kind of practice. In any case, with July 1, [...]

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Gun Size Tied to Dick Size?

Posted June 8, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Well, folks, we finally did it! The Perspective Research Department, along with the Naked News staff, have finally found a direct correlation between guns and dick size! After years of study and conjecture, we began to realize that men in the NRA had a unusual, and unhealthy fascination ………, no, let’s make that OBSESSION, with […]

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Andrew Coyne: Now Mike Duffy has been charged, the truth about the government’s role can emerge

Posted July 17, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

Why were so many senior people in and around the government so utterly transfixed with paying Duffy’s falsely claimed expenses?

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