Oct 062008
 

Politics is my hobby, and when I find writing difficult, watching our politicians, especially in an election, can usually get me typing furiously on my blog and more recently on Twitter. I have actually upped my tweets substantially since the debates — it was so much fun typing short, off-the-cuff comments as the leaders debated or spoke over each other. But blogging has not come easily the last couple of months. I’m hoping this last week of the election will stimulate my writing juices enough that blogging about politics will morph into writing essays on Squidoo and return me to creating my next book in my head, the necessary step before writing an outline.

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  • Mum

    Canada should be congratulated on its financial performance because as a country we cannot accept the fact that we have actually done better than the rest of the world
    Facts:
    The TSX lost 15% while the average loss in the US, Europe and Asia was between 25-40%. The so called melt dowm was a bastion of stability in a sea of carnage.
    The US government has almost nationalized all mortgage companies, the British government had to lend money to its Banks to prevent a crash, the Spanish government injected 80 billion to stabilize its Banks.
    In contrast Our Banks are lending money to the US, we have not had to inject any money into our banks.
    Norway is a country which has implemented DIONs GREEN SHIFT its stock market dropped from an index of 425 in june to below 200 in october +50% fall.
    We should congratulate our institutions and government for having been a beacon in the financial world.
    Unfortunately we seem to be committing suicide by being bamboozled by GREEN SHIFTS and other finger poking financial schemes whoich are UNNECESSARY
    Wake up Canada we have beaten the world, be proud and keep the course.
    We have lost jobs and have been battered BUT WE ARE STILL No. 1

  • Mum

    Canada should be congratulated on its financial performance because as a country we cannot accept the fact that we have actually done better than the rest of the world
    Facts:
    The TSX lost 15% while the average loss in the US, Europe and Asia was between 25-40%. The so called melt dowm was a bastion of stability in a sea of carnage.
    The US government has almost nationalized all mortgage companies, the British government had to lend money to its Banks to prevent a crash, the Spanish government injected 80 billion to stabilize its Banks.
    In contrast Our Banks are lending money to the US, we have not had to inject any money into our banks.
    Norway is a country which has implemented DIONs GREEN SHIFT its stock market dropped from an index of 425 in june to below 200 in october +50% fall.
    We should congratulate our institutions and government for having been a beacon in the financial world.
    Unfortunately we seem to be committing suicide by being bamboozled by GREEN SHIFTS and other finger poking financial schemes whoich are UNNECESSARY
    Wake up Canada we have beaten the world, be proud and keep the course.
    We have lost jobs and have been battered BUT WE ARE STILL No. 1

  • Shireen

    Sweden also implemented Dion’s Green Shift about 20 years ago and is doing similar to us, after having implemented bank reforms in the 1990s. The financial crisis is not about how we’re taxed but how we’re regulated. It’s governments way in the past, ones that reformed the CPP, instituted banking regulations, created CMHC that set us up so that today we’re weathering the financial storm that’s crippling other countries.

    We absolutely need to encourage green technology in this country. We cannot rely solely on our resources to grow our economy; we need the value-added jobs that innovative technologies and the manufacturing and exporting of them provide. We need to have our companies located here so that in tough times, they don’t turn turtle and head back to their homeland like GM is doing. The way Harper is doing it won’t encourage the kind of job creation we need. The Green Shift may just do that. It has in Sweden. They even generate electricity from their garbage, while we truck and stuff ours in the ground, letting it rot instead of getting it to provide some good. We need visionary leadership, not a man interested only in strategy for the sake of gaining power. I recommend watching Stephane Dion’s interview on CBC’s Your Turn, where Canadians ask Dion these questions. It’s eye opening and interesting. See my most recent post at http://pario.blogspot.com/2008/10/harper-peculiar-refusal-to-talk-to.html for the links.