Author: Barry Wilson

The English Debate, The End of the Bloc, and Honouring Tony Proudfoot

As John Lennon might say “ No one told me there would be days like, these strange days indeed”.  Because I looked out my window and actually saw a flying pig. There will be , if all goes well,  an English leaders debate for the October 1st election. Everyone has a horse in this race for the hearts of non-francophone voters.

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English “Patience”, The Boys of Summer?, And City Hall Sandman

As a friend of mine might say “they are nervous as a long tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs”.   The Quebec Liberals are on pins and needles over the English speaking vote.   It can be crucial in some ridings.   And the premier even admitted they screwed up in the beginning.  Mr Couillard said “it was a strongly held belief in the community that these issues were not listened to enough”

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Mythbusters, Borderline Bind and Riding Rules

The greatest enemy to truth are not lies but myths. And so writes respected journalist Michel C Auger in his new book: The 25 myths of Quebec politics that must be debunked.
And right up there is language. He argues that French has never been stronger in Quebec. He points out that 94.5% of Quebecers are able to have a conversation in French.
Now the language hawks are always pressing for tougher restrictions on the use of English and fewer immigrants because they cry the wolf is always at the door.
Auger says its simply not true.

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Arrogance, The gloves are off and 3 pictures

It wasn’t too many years ago that Canadians got sick and tired of the arrogance of the federal Liberals.  And now it seems maybe its just part of their DNA and it’s bubbling back to the surface. Witness what happened on CTV Question Period when Evan Solomon held Environment minister Catherine McKenna to account over climate change policy.  She said “I have no time for folks who are like, you know, ‘We shouldn’t take action,'” I don’t have time for politicians that play cynical games about climate action.”   But Madame Minister you have the duty to hear out everyone even the ones you do not agree with.  It is obvious to me that man-made climate change is a clear and present danger but that’s not the point.   In many ways the Liberals sunny ways of doing business sometimes is meant to include only those of a like mind.And my guess is that Canadians are on to it.

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