Archive for August 7th, 2012
by Warren Kinsella
Where knowledge ends,” British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli once opined, “religion begins.”
So what do we know about the religions of prime ministers?
Pierre Trudeau was a devout Roman Catholic, and remained so to his dying day. John Turner was (and is) deeply committed to Catholicism, and considered the priesthood in his youth. Paul Martin and Jean Chretien are both Catholics, and both observe the sacraments — although those of us who worked for him recall Chretien occasionally delighting in tweaking the bishops. Read more…
Judge’s ruling keeps veil of secrecy over reserve mismanagement
by Ezra Levant
Judge Michael Phelan of the Federal Court says there’s no evidence of mismanagement at the Attawapiskat Indian reserve in Ontario.
This is the small reserve into which Stephen Harper has plowed $90 million from 2006 to 2011 for social services. And yet it’s a shantytown with rotting homes, backed-up sewers and some families living in tents. Not for lack of money. The town is drowning in money. That’s the problem.
So much money that the band has three chiefs on payroll, like having three mayors, for a town of nearly 2,000. And 18 councillors. And on top of that, paid full-time bureaucrats. And on top of that, a paid school board. For a town of 2,000. It’s tax-free money, since it’s on a reserve. The chief and council are making the equivalent of close to $100,000 each. Read more…
by John Robson
So how about that high-flying health expert who whacked Alberta taxpayers for $487,000 a year in salary plus $346,000 in expenses in 3½ years at the Capital Health agency, then bonged eHealth in Ontario for over $75,000 a month as a consultant before getting hired as chief financial officer with Alberta Health Services? The Olympic magnitude of it inspires a certain awe.
I know, I know. It ended kind of badly when Allaudin Merali had to quit as CFO of AHS, at least one board member walked the plank and Health Minister Fred Horne is scrambling to save his own hide. And yes, taxpayers got soaked. But seriously, it is some kind of strange achievement. These people aren’t like us, are they? Read more…
I’ve thought of David Suzuki as a funny man for years but mainly due to what he has to say on the need for Canada to throw it’s economy into the ditch and sign onto a global socialist project like Kyoto.
Now it appears he will try actual comedy at a Just for Laughs event in Toronto known as JFL42.
Look, we’ve all known for years that comedians are political and with people like Louis CK showing up, the roster will be reliably left wing as it has been in the past, but seriously David Suzuki?
Several years ago now I sat in a news conference with “Suzuk,” as he calls himself, and listened as he told everyone he was done with traveling. From now on he said he would only be showing up at events outside of BC via teleconference because he couldn’t justify his massive carbon foot print.
Of course he’s never kept that promise, as much as I wish he had.
Now here’s the great comedy stylings of Suzuk!