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Old May 4th, 2011, 05:57 PM   #61
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i agree. departments (in the private and public sector) look to spend whatever is left in their budget each year because they know if they don't then their budget will get slashed in the following year when they may actually need that money. a better system would be to reward departments who come in under budget, or at the very least not punish them for it by slashing their budget.

the idea that you can just indiscriminately cut 5-10% across the board and not see a drop in service is naive. i'm not saying there's no fat to be trimmed, but it's not as easy as saying "slash & burn!".
The Libs under Chretien took this approach... oh how soon we forget.....
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Old May 4th, 2011, 06:09 PM   #62
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Sooooo close ehMax. All you needed to do was tuck in that thumb, angle your hand up a couple of inches, move your elbow back a few inches and then forcefully drive that fist forward -- and you would have been my hero!
I had a chance several years ago to kill Gilles Duceppe and get away with it.

One day oh, in about 1999 or so I was standing on the corner of Bank and Wellington St. in Ottawa waiting for the light to change and standing to the left of me was Gilles Duceppe....

I am an ARDENT federalist and have lived almost my entire life in Quebec. So here I was presented with an opportunity. There was a bus coming and he was so close to me I could bend over to tie my shoe and "accidentally" push him into the oncoming bus. I admit it... the thought crossed my mind.... Obviously I didn't.....

It seems that we all have dark thoughts on occasion about our elected representatives.

Virtue is not having no bad thoughts... Virtue is having bad thoughts and not carrying them out. If you were in ehMax's shoes would you have been virtuous? If so then why make such a post other than to be provocative?

It isn't funny as far as I am concerned.... but I see this is the direction this thread is going to continue to take.

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Old May 4th, 2011, 06:28 PM   #63
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An interesting story, screature. Still, PM Harper is no Hitler, Stalin, et al. He is our prime minister, and whether you voted for him or not, he is still our PM for 4 1/2 more years. If you want to live in Canada, you have him as our PM, like it or not. That is why two or the responsibilities of Canadian citizenship are voting, and being active to preserve and promote the institutions we have here in Canada, along with helping maintain and foster our multicultural heritage, and to work to preserve and protect the natural environment of Canada.
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Old May 4th, 2011, 06:38 PM   #64
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Assuming the economy does well and Harper keeps things on track, I think his hopes for re-election look quite strong at this point. But, that's only a day in.

A few macrotrends in the Conservatives favour:

- Atlantic Canada - The Conservatives did well here and voters in the Atlantic tend to be quite reliable.
I don't know where you acquired this idea but if the rest of the analysis is as factual then the micro trends have little validity for me.
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Old May 4th, 2011, 06:43 PM   #65
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I had a chance several years ago to kill Gilles Duceppe and get away with it.

One day oh, in about 1999 or so I was standing on the corner of Bank and Wellington St. in Ottawa waiting for the light to change and standing to the left of me was Gilles Duceppe....

I am an ARDENT federalist and have lived almost my entire life in Quebec. So here I was presented with an opportunity. There was a bus coming and he was so close to me I could bend over to tie my shoe and "accidentally" push him into the oncoming bus. I admit it... the thought crossed my mind.... Obviously I didn't.....

It seems that we all have dark thoughts on occasion about our elected representatives.

Virtue is not having no bad thoughts... Virtue is having bad thoughts and not carrying them out. If you were in ehMax's shoes would you have been virtuous? If so then why make such a post other than to be provocative?

It isn't funny as far as I am concerned.... but I see this is the direction this thread is going to continue to take.
Chill, screature, chill. I was joking.

Even I, GratuitousApplesauce, raging commie terrorist, wouldn't really punch any politicians, even Conservative ones, who most clearly deserve it. (Joking)

I'm glad you didn't act on your murderous impulse. You'd be in prison with time on your hands and would be posting on ehMac even more than you do currently. (Joking again.)
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Old May 4th, 2011, 07:01 PM   #66
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Chill, screature, chill. I was joking.

Even I, GratuitousApplesauce, raging commie terrorist, wouldn't really punch any politicians, even Conservative ones, who most clearly deserve it. (Joking)

I'm glad you didn't act on your murderous impulse. You'd be in prison with time on your hands and would be posting on ehMac even more than you do currently. (Joking again.)
Just saying it wasn't in the least bit funny... joking or not... As I knew you were, but I wanted to point out the seriousness of your implications... It wasn't in the least bit funny to many, many, Canadians. I don't need to chill you need to be more respectful and not continue the politics of division that we have seen for years now....

Change begins at home... how about you?
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Some really sad news from my riding's MP. Really sad.

My riding of Kitchener-Conestoga re-elected Conservative MP Harold Albrecht. It had just been confirmed that he was going to get re-elected so he and his wife Betty were one the way to the celebration when she suddenly collapsed and had to be taken to hospital.

This morning the Kitchener paper reported that she was in critical condition.



I just heard news that Betty has passed away.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Albrecht's.
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