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08 August 2006 @ 11:46 pm
I got this a while ago, couldn't scan it until recently.

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j233/jfduggan/other/2006-07-28-1547-55.jpg

Back story:

On January 17, Stephen Harper came to the Burlington Convention Centre. On my way there (at 5:30pm EST), a car came out of nowhere and ran over my foot when I was crossing the street to catch a bus there. I had looked both way, but saw nothing coming. The asshole didn't even stop, and by the time I got into position to see the car that hit me, it was too far away to make out the type of car and liscence plate (it was also dark and rainy). Needless to say, I missed Harper and spent the night in hospital (I couldn't get it looked at until the morning). My step-mom mentioned it to Burlington Conservative MPP Cam Jackson when he came through her line in the grocery store the next day, and he sent a letter to Mr. Harper shortly thereafter.

James
 
 
05 August 2006 @ 10:19 pm
A criticism of the CBC's coverage of Stephen Harper:

 
 
July 13, 2006
Macleans.ca | Canada Switchboard | Columnists | Stephen Harper's new game: Hide-the-Priority
What happened to establishing a wait-times guarantee?
PAUL WELLS
http://www.macleans.ca/switchboard/columnists/article.jsp?content=20060724_130433_130433

xposted canadian_issues, canpolitik
 
 
19 July 2006 @ 03:59 pm
This is concerning Harper's backing of Israel's attacks on Lebanon

As far as I understand, these attacks are currently being justified as retaliation for a few kidnapped soldiers. Now, I don't know the statistics, but I'm pretty sure the Lebanese death count is much higher than the number of soldiers captured, and I'm also pretty sure that a good chunk of the dead were civilians. On top of that, there were also quite a few Canadian citizens killed in the attacks.

Now, I would like to know how you feel about Harper supporting a country that has killed some of our own citizens (albeit indirectly) in an act of retaliation.
 
 
14 June 2006 @ 02:13 pm
I'm happy to report that after yesterday's provincial election the Conservatives have retained power in Nova Scotia. It was close, we lost a few ridings to the NDP, but still managed to beat them by 3 seats, so all four Atlantic provinces still have Tory governments.

Besides retaining power, the highlight for me was seeing the Liberal leader, Francis MacKenzie, loose in the riding of Bedford to the PC candidate.
 
 
 
30 May 2006 @ 07:59 pm
Hey guys. First-time poster. Be gentle. ;)

This was crossposted to canpolitik. I hope that's okay -- and I'm certainly expecting a more favourable response here then I got there! :)

The Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario is requesting citizens' suggestions and feedback for its yet-to-be-completed 2007 election policy. Leader John Tory is participating in riding meetings and task forces across the province to get a sense of what the people want.

This is a wonderful example of democracy in action. I'm so proud of my our party.

Has anyone else sent anything in yet?
 
 
12 May 2006 @ 11:09 pm
Realizing that our most valuable resource is our citizens, Harper gave a speech in Mississagua today with three important promises...

Harper promises to make foriegn adoption easier (interesting news-source). Secondly, our beloved PM also plans to follow through with his campaign promise to reduce immigrant landing fee from $975 to $490. And third he promised to improve the assessment and recognition of foreign professional credentials.

This seems to have come out of the left side of his mouth, but really it's very much in keeping with the Conservative message. He seems to do this kind of politicking very well, stuff that few if any can/will criticize. I mean going to visit our troops in Afghanistan recieved high praise from all sides.

Keep it up Mr Harper!
 
 
30 March 2006 @ 01:49 am
You say that it is your custom to burn widows. Very well. We also have a custom: when men burn a woman alive, we tie a rope around their necks and we hang them. Build your funeral pyre; beside it, my carpenters will build a gallows. You may follow your custom. And then we will follow ours.

-Sir Charles Napier, in reference to the practice of Sati/suttee (the custom of burning women on their husband's funeral pyre, outlawed in India since 1846)

One thing about this quotation strikes me. Sir Charles is unequivocally saying that the practice of Sati is wrong, and morally reprehensible. It doesn't matter that it's been practiced for generations and it doesn't matter that it's an honoured cultural tradition. It's wrong. End of story.
As culturally sensitive as most of us try to be today, I am sure we can all agree that Sir Charles was right. Burning women alive just because they've had the misfortune of being widowed is cruel and barbaric. But if Sir Charles had never taken the risk of offending the Hindu priests and locals by condemning the practice, banning it, and prosecuting those who refused to give it up, what would have happened? If India was currently occupied by British forces and this practice was still going on, would Sir Charles be publicly ridiculed or forced to undergo a cultural sensitivity seminar for speaking out against this practice? Before you respond with a "don't be ridiculous", just think of how many supporters there are in Western countries for the implementation of Sharia law, which would vastly curtail the rights of Western Muslim women, all in the name of multiculturalism. Cultural sensitivity has a place, and I believe that we should be respectful as we can of all cultures and religions. But there is a line somewhere, beyond which reason has to have a place.

This all really relates to the current Abdul Rahman case in Afghanistan. Thankfully, the Afghan courts have decided not to prosecute Mr. Rahman, 41, for abandoning Islam and converting to Christianity 16 years ago. If he had been prosecuted and convicted, he would likely have been executed. But the fact that there was even a question about a person's right to practice the religion of their choice says a lot about the type of culture that Afghanistan currently has. And in this, I will go so far as to say that Western culture is far superior, because it gives each individual freedom to practice a religion or not, and to change their religious affiliations at any time. I hemmed and hawed about posting this, but I am not afraid to say it. We should not put up with the potential death of an innocent man for the "crime" of abandoning Islam. Not in the name of political correctness, not in the name of cultural sensitivity, and not because we are afraid of causing offence.

Crossposted. I realize this doesn't have anything specific to do with the Conservative Party, so feel free to delete if necessary.
 
 
27 February 2006 @ 10:25 pm
This question comes from a computer simpleton:

How do I access the Conservative Party blog RSS feed? Help please.

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06 February 2006 @ 09:59 pm
"I'm going to be Stephen Harper's worst enemy. We're going to stir the pot and you better believe we are going to make a heck of a lot of noise."
--David Emerson, on election night, when he was elected as a Liberal.

So now Harper has invited a mole into his caucus, and gave him a cabinet seat. Perhaps he will be Harper's worse enemy. The enemy from within.

"What we needed to see was an infusion of the democratic spirit into the institution known as the House of Commons and certainly the idea of having a senator in a ministerial position of such importance, inaccessible to members of Parliament for the purpose of asking questions formally in the House certainly leaves us with some considerable concerns."
--Jack Layton on the appointment of Michael Fortier to the cabinet and the Senate.

I don't understand how Michael Fortier can be in cabinet, or how this will work.