Archive for January 26th, 2012

Bob Rae wants government to dictate private sector wages?

- January 26th, 2012

With dozens of news releases coming my way on a daily basis, sometimes I find ones that make me pause.  Below, you’ll find an interesting release from interim Liberal Leader Bob Rae, slamming Caterpillar Inc. in the midst of its labour dispute.  Is Rae calling for the prime minister to dictate Caterpillar’s wages or to ask it to change its negotiating position?  Judge for yourself: Read more…

The least you can do is be annoying on your own dime

- January 26th, 2012

Does this bother you as much as it bothers me?

OTTAWA – Aboriginal and environmental activists opposed to the Northern Gateway pipeline proposal have tapped a gusher of funding for their activities — taxpayers.

Almost 50 groups will dip into about $2.8 million from the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency’s (CEAA) participant funding program to help them contribute to hearings on Enbridge’s proposal to connect Alberta’s oilsands to a tanker terminal in northern B.C.

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Earlier this month, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver slammed foreign-funded environmental “radicals,” yet some of the groups he was likely talking about got Canadian tax money to advance anti-oilsands arguments.

About $400,000 from the CEAA is slated for nine anti-pipeline activist groups, including $60,000 for ForestEthics, which is funded by American foundations and tied to Tides Canada, charitable group that funds environmental and social activists.

Despite the federal cash, a founding member of ForestEthics, Tzeporah Berman, accused the Prime Minister’s Office of trying to “silence dissent.”

Call your MP, email the prime minister, to let them know you’d rather this $2.8 million went to something marginally less aggravating. Shouldn’t be hard to find.

Two minutes of politics, January 26

- January 26th, 2012

There are a number of things in President Obama’s state of the union address on Tuesday night that annoyed me. Not surprising, seeing as I’m not exactly keen on Marxist politicians, and I’m not wild about “economic equality”, which the president called the defining issue of our time. If the American people give him the chance, he’ll use his power to – as he explained to Joe the Plumber back in 2008 – spread the wealth around.

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And now this…

- January 26th, 2012

There’s an old saying in Quebec: When you spit in the air, don’t be surprised to have it fall down on your face. It applies wonderfully to former Bloc leader Gilles Duceppe, who finds himself in even more trouble this morning.

MONTREAL — Former Bloc Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe used thousands of dollars from his House of Commons office budget in 2010 to pay a retired journalist to help him produce a vanity book to highlight the 20th anniversary of his election to Parliament.

Update: The Bloc says it repaid the money.