July 12, 2015

Less than 100 days until Canadians vote

Brian LilleyArchive

Are you ready for  the big vote? In less than 100 days Canadians will vote in the 2015 federal election.

Few people are wonkier about elections, knowing the ins and outs of local races, national races and what the parties are up to than David Akin. I sat down for a drink and a chat with my old Sun News colleague to talk about what to expect in the months ahead. Also this week, to round out the political wonkishness is Abacus Data's David Coletto talking about his latest polling numbers, where the parties stand and where they might see growth.  

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commented 2015-07-22 23:12:06 -0400
Do you guys notice that sometimes someone else writes Jimmys posts? He’s engaged an editor, a writer, like Justin Trudeau does. What a loser. He describes his parents as if he still has contact with them. Bullshit. Everything is fabricated. From his conception until today not a moment in reality
commented 2015-07-15 00:23:49 -0400

Too bad your step-father hasn’t rubbed off on you.
commented 2015-07-15 00:22:10 -0400

I am not embarrassing them at all – they are not conservative.
commented 2015-07-14 23:22:00 -0400
Liza – I like to poke the bear once in awhile, he reminds me of step-father! :-)
commented 2015-07-14 23:17:30 -0400
Then stop embarrassing them.
commented 2015-07-14 22:58:14 -0400
Sorry to disappoint you Liza, but my parents are amazing and I had a wonderful childhood. I would kill to be able to do it all over again.
commented 2015-07-14 20:51:17 -0400
Or maybe it was his Father.
commented 2015-07-14 20:50:17 -0400
Because he is not worth engaging with Deborah. His Mother verbally abused him all his life, and this is the only way poor Jimmy knows how to interact. His neighbours should have called the SPCA,and removed him to a more suitable home.
commented 2015-07-14 17:23:34 -0400

You are a fucking retard and that’s not what I think – it’s what you have confirmed with the postings you make here. Congrats on making conservatives look good.
commented 2015-07-14 16:51:12 -0400
Jimmy – nobody here really gives a rats butt what you think!
commented 2015-07-14 13:29:05 -0400

You doubt that I am Canadian? Why – because I am not fucking stupid like you? I assure you that I am Canadian and grew up in Thornhill. I do love the sound of my own voice though.
commented 2015-07-13 22:10:34 -0400
Why does anyone bother responding to Jimmy duh Silva. I doubt very much that he is even Canadian! Probably grew up in a Catholic family and started rebelling by age 13 and never grew out of it. Most likely immigrated to Canada along with his Austrailian girlfriend, drives a Lamborgini bought with drug money and loves the sound of his own voice! Oh yeah, and the biggest thing he can brag about having between his two legs is a horse! Therefore, most likely suffers from “penis envy.”
commented 2015-07-13 21:00:20 -0400
Jimmy, I’d think we’d get a better deal if we brought the money closer to individual would be better.

Wouldn’t it depend what your opinion about those laws and not how restrictive or knowledgeable the individuals who created the law were about the topic? For example at the time when they had no/less restrictive laws and were looking to create laws, would they be considered progressive laws at the time?
commented 2015-07-13 15:44:28 -0400

I already acknowledged that OHIP isn’t really free – that I pay more for everyday items and pay more in taxes. I am perfectly fine with that. I like walking into a doctors office or hospital – get treated and walk out free of charge. I am willing to make that compromise.
commented 2015-07-13 15:40:58 -0400

It all depends on what the laws are today. Not having laws or less restrictive laws 100 years ago simply because they didn’t know any better at the time has no bearing on the world today.
commented 2015-07-13 15:30:42 -0400
Jimmy, just on Canada’s free healthcare, you do pay a for healthcare. Also glad to hear my taxes are going somewhere cause I keep getting long wait times.

But I’ve got a great idea. Since governments are so efficient get them to take care of healthcare. I personally like rationed healthcare it really toughens you up. Free of charge the government provides pain tolerance training all you need to do is break your bone and head to your local hospital. Also free of charge the healing process will further your pain tolerance training by the healthcare professionals not providing useful medical equipment (e.g. a brace). While you can always purchase this medical equipment but that really is rude and should be avoided since the government has gone out of it’s way to provide such an helpful service and will take no part in this elevating pain practice.
commented 2015-07-13 15:22:00 -0400
Jimmy, it really depends on your perspective. At one point there was a lot less restrictive or no drug laws. So would efforts in decriminalizing or legalizing drugs be then similar to going backwards? What is the distinction between going forwards and going backwards?
commented 2015-07-13 15:16:05 -0400

Fair enough, but I don’t think progress equates to reducing things or like you said outlawing expressions of freedom. Being progressive to me means changing laws and other factors that are archaic in society today. The examples you provided are going backwards – not forwards.
commented 2015-07-13 15:00:27 -0400
Jimmy, good to hear about the separation of church and state. I would agree that most Canadians for get this point (thanks mostly to American influence). Also, Canada tends to make “controversial” decisions a lot quicker that America because our systems differ (not only in design but in practice). Canadian and American law are often very similar however Canada move towards having rule by judicial system (which the US is also moving towards). Where the court not the parliament decides the laws of the land and rule based on the judges’ view of “majority” opinion rather than the laws.

You misunderstand my point, to you progress may mean all drugs are legal in time. However, progress can also just as easily be outlawing expressions of freedom (to protect people’s feelings). One individual’s vision of progress may be positive to them but negative in your view. For example some individual may think it is progressive to keep women at home to keep them safe from the outside world. You may find that archaic (and I would agree with you if you do) but again that would progress all the same.
commented 2015-07-13 14:43:53 -0400

Let’s cut to the chase – what left leaning/liberal/progressive news sources do you accept as being reputable even though you don’t agree with them politically. What sources can I use in future debates that you will accept as valid.
commented 2015-07-13 14:40:21 -0400

I don’t know how old you are – but I am 44 years old. I was born in Toronto and I was born into a world so to speak – where healthcare is free.

Of course as I got older, I realized that I was paying more in taxes and things cost more in Canada, so that I can get that free healthcare – but I am perfectly fine with that. I would rather pay more for shit – so that I can walk in and out of a doctor’s office without ever having to pay a dime. I have also been very lucky in that I haven’t had crazy weight times. So for me, OHIP has been amazing and I want to live in a Canada that has “free” healthcare.

I don’t think we are talking about a fair wage. But a LIVING wage. Adults are the demographic that work most minimum wage jobs these days and I want them to be making a living wage at those jobs. No extra perks – nothing special. They should be able to get the most basic roof over their head, be able to feed themselves, put clothes on their back and be able to pay to have the electricity on. That really isn’t asking for too much. It’s a step up for being homeless.

I don’t think government should control things for people – but it’s not the wild west. People do need social services and assistance. If companies could get away with paying a 5 cents an hour, they would do exactly that. So yes, in this regard – the government does need to step in.

My position is this: if you own a business and you say that you can’t afford to pay your employees a living wage, based on the cost of living today – you shouldn’t be in business then.
commented 2015-07-13 14:18:19 -0400
Jimmy said, “But let’s be honest here shall we – there is no source that I could ever provide that you will deem worthy if it has anything negative to say about Stephen Harper or conservatives. Even when facts are used.”

If you show me an article written by a known leftist/Marxist that has facts indicating that Harper does indeed “consult Jesus first” for his ministerial decisions then I will believe that Harper does just that.

And also maybe you can explain to me why that would be a bad thing.
commented 2015-07-13 14:16:02 -0400

There isn’t one – but I think most Canadians see the importance of having a separation of church and state like America, which is why Canada tends to make “controversial” decisions years before America finally does – because while they do have a separation of church and state, Americans seem to forget that.

To what end can’t be answered. It will depend on where things are in the world at that time. In 20 years for example – all drugs may be legal and taxed. I am just using that as an example. Progressive changes are typically made when we are finally forced to deal with them.
commented 2015-07-13 14:12:48 -0400
Jimmy, exactly why is it government’s responsibility to make sure everybody has a “fair wage”, and who determines what is “fair”? Don’t get me wrong; I’m not advocating “working poor” or company stores, or anything that keeps employees as virtual slaves, not in the slightest! But if one takes a close look at nearly every "socialist* system that purports to be “for the working people”, they all say one thing and do another. Universal health care is great in theory — in practice, we have longer wait times than ever, and spend more on it than ever. Why is that? Unions are “for the working person”, and yet the union leaders make millions, and their membership…? Well, not so much… and why do these same union leaders not want transparency with the government and their membership? Smells of corruption.

As a business person, I fully agree with paying employees a decent wage. But that also varies with where you live, even within a province. Sure, the average income in Ft Mac, Alberta, is pushing $200k, but the average house price is also over $1million. So that income wouldn’t be fair in, say, Canmore (to stay within Alberta). Neither would the wages in Canmore be fair in Ft Mac — it would be considered slave wages. So what is “fair”, and who determines it?

I think where you and I differ, beyond personal beliefs, is that I think government should leave me alone, and you think government should control things for people. Am I close?

As regards “religion”, which is a slippery word in and of itself, your belief structure affects your behaviour, like it or not. You don’t believe in God? Well and good; that’s your prerogative. But your lack of belief is going to influence how you act, just as my belief will affect how I act. There’s no getting around it. And let’s face it — someone who does believe in God is more ethical and moral than someone who doesn’t. Look at McGuinty and Wynne for examples of “progressives”, and the situation Ontario is in, if you don’t mind high taxes. They are extremely typical of “separation of church and state”.
commented 2015-07-13 14:01:23 -0400
Jimmy – have you read the Charter of Rights and Freedoms? Maybe you need a review of the Charter and then report back on what it says on religion.
commented 2015-07-13 13:48:18 -0400
Jimmy, mind pointing to the Canadian legal document which provides separation of church and state. Preferably I’d like the clear quote of the notion of separation of church and state in Canadian law. Given our head of state is the queen who is the head of the church of England I suggest that we do not in fact have a separation of church and state here in Canada.

Also I just can’t resist, when you say progressive what would you like to progress towards? Progress for the sake of progress always forgets to answer the question of “to what end?”.
commented 2015-07-13 12:47:34 -0400

“Honor killings will become common place” – LOL, thanks I need that.

Yes – there will be Sharia Law in Canada if Stephen Harper loses this election. That will be the definitive outcome.

It amazes me how some of you conservatives live under such hyperbolic FEAR over things that will never happen. I just don’t get that bubble you live in.
commented 2015-07-13 12:39:08 -0400

Yes I view it as a bad thing. I don’t want my politicians thumbing through the bible, when they make political, social and scientific decisions. Separation of church and state should be exactly that. I want politicians that make forward thinking, progressive and even controversial decisions and unfortunately religion goes against that.

I don’t mind debt, higher taxes and a higher cost of living if it helps provide all Canadians with universal healthcare and other essential services. You see, I don’t have a “every man for himself” mentality. If giving more helps everyone have a better life, then I am all for that.
commented 2015-07-13 12:20:30 -0400

No, that isn’t one of my haunts. It was first Google response to Harper and religion.

But let’s be honest here shall we – there is no source that I could ever provide that you will deem worthy if it has anything negative to say about Stephen Harper or conservatives. Even when facts are used.

According to you, a liberal/slant left/progressive news source can never be accurate and only conservative news sources are valid.
commented 2015-07-13 10:24:17 -0400
Thank you, Jimmy, for your honesty. I suspected, but now you’ve given the concrete evidence.

Sorry to disappoint you, me boyo, but freedom of religion is for everybody, including you. You may choose “none”, but each person has that same freedom of choice. So our Prime Minister has, as you put it, “God on speed dial”. Is that such a bad thing? You look at Ontario, and what Alberta will become, and you claim both those places are better than what we have federally? You actually prefer massive debt, high taxes, and high cost of living? I don’t. I prefer no debt, low taxes, and low cost of living. I like extra money in my pocket. I’ve lived under NDP before; unfortunately I have to do it again for a short time. They are not “good” for anyone except government bureaucrats and people wanting handouts. (Oh, here’s something noteworthy for you: the type of leader you would ask for would have the same fiscal policies as Lenin and Stalin. (Except that they were even more “repressive” than Harper even appears to be. Harper hasn’t sent any gays to any prison camps (gulags) just for being gay…))

You have the right to your opinions and beliefs, as do I. And both of us will make those opinions known at the ballot box.