How confused can politicians be about what they do for a living? Best not to ask, especially given Ontario Tory leader Tim Hudak’s latest inspiration to force politicians to explain why they won’t show lack of confidence in a ministry they might have confidence in.
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The federal government has decided to stop waiving $60 gun-licence renewal fees in the hope of raising about $18 million a year. Now on the face of it the decision to collect an existing paperwork fee makes more sense than the decision not to collect it (unless you think not collecting it since 2006 was a cynical political sop to gun owners pending abolition of the long-gun registry). But the rationale is extraordinary. According to the National Post, the Canada Gazette entry says: “The government will not renew the current fee waiver in the current climate of fiscal restraint”. How is grabbing more cash “fiscal restraint”?
The divider-in-chief strikes again: President Obama tables a budget and his administration declares that Republicans can take it or leave it. So there, you obstinate cretins.
So now the Harper Tories are meddling in the private sector to the extent of trying to reengineer the gender balance of corporate boards. And why not? After all, only yesterday they were boasting of funneling money (sorry, making “a contribution”) to a firm in Schomberg, Ontario “to accelerate the development of its new automotive audio speaker”. And “conservatives” consider these to be appropriate uses of tax money because…
Former Reagan budget director David Stockman has a full-blown conniption in the New York Times about “quantitative easing” (a.k.a. “governments printing money like there’s no tomorrow”, as I observed in today’s Ottawa Sun) in the United States… and not without reason. If they keep it up, tomorrow’s going to be pretty grim when it arrives as dates on the calendar tend to do.