There is a Portuguese writer who once said something along the lines of "governments are like diapers, they need changing on a regular basis and for pretty much the same reason".
We have been fortunate in Canada to have always had at least two parties who could form a credible government. We can change our government without courting a catastrophe. One party or another may on occasion have an idiot as leader, but the cabinet system normally means that he's kept in check.
I was, I am not afraid to state, not a fan of Harper. He managed to concentrate nearly all power into his own hands instead of appointing good ministers and delegating authority to them. The result was government paralysis because Harper couldn't keep all the balls in the air at once and kept dropping them.
Scheer isn't a control freak like Harper though, at least not so far as I am aware. It's hard to say what he's really like though, as he was speaker instead of being in cabinet. He hasn't been really saying what he would do differently than Trudeau, but then as opposition leader he doesn't have to. He'll hold his platform back until the election starts.
I didn't think much of Trudeau before the last election, as he seemed like a political lightweight. I've been pleasantly surprised however, and he seems to have done "OK". That is mainly because he seems willing and able to delegate authority and letting his cabinet get on with running their portfolios.
I suspect that Scheer would do "OK" as well. It's about all we can realistically expect, or for that matter really need.
The way the political system works in Canada is that there just isn't a big ideological divide. There's no Marxists or Fascists in a position to take over. Nobody is going to pull out of NATO or go against free trade and free enterprise. At the last election the three main parties didn't differ with one another on key points with regards to defence or defence procurement except to say they would just manage things better.
The one man who today might prove an exception to that rule is Singh (NDP leader), but the degree to which his party is in free fall shows how well that goes over. He'll soon either make a sudden acquaintance with Canadian reality or else have a short career as leader.
According to the following, there is no evidence that Twain ever said it or anything close to it.Mark Twain was the author of that quote I believe.
The article suffers because it fails to mention several things.
I have to agree that Singh is going to struggle to relate to the traditional support base of the NDP when his image comes from doing interviews with Toronto Life in which he brags about how much "bling" he has. He not only comes across as over-privileged, but worse as making a big deal about it.Its pretty difficult to sell yourself as a"Man of the working class people" when you ponce about in $XXXXK suits and sport a range of Rolex watches like the average stiff would wear and came from a wealthy family----
Well you seem to know more than I do about Canada and I live here, as I wasn't aware that all signs were in both official languages (hint, they're not, it depends on a variety of factors), nor do I have any idea with a "shale sands" is (although I know what oil sands are).Things I know about Canada:
- Drinking age is lower - I used to go across the bridge/ tunnel quite a lot during my college days trying to get drunk in bars
- It's metric
- Signs are in dual language
- CAD used to be cheaper vs USD
- Now you have a ton of shale sands - even though the stuff you export to the U.S. is cheaper at the pump in the U.S. because of your higher GST
- The Niagara falls look better from the Canadian side
- Most people live close to the lower side
- BC and Vancouver is beautiful
- I like your gun laws compared to ours
- You have the queen on your notes
- You use both American and British style spellings
There are a few more...but it's a bit late here to lay them all out.
There is already an oil pipeline bringing conventional oil from Alberta to eastern Canada.However, it should be pointed out that moving OIl Sands product thro' an East Coast pipeline was suggested and Quebec who thrive on Alberta contributions to the public purse have come out against such a thing. meantime Tankers of crude from Venezuela and Saudi dock daily and pump off their loads to Quebec refineries. There would be no f7777way they would allow east coast refineries the same amount of work. That said, a pipeline already in ONtario would pump to the east end of the province at the St lawrence Seaway access and tanker the bloody stuff to Irving's \refinery on the E. Coast --- plan done -- now do it
My bad. Got that wrong - mixed up with all the shale talk around. And with regards to signs, you're right as well, but I've generally seen a lot in both French and English.Well you seem to know more than I do about Canada and I live here, as I wasn't aware that all signs were in both official languages (hint, they're not, it depends on a variety of factors), nor do I have any idea with a "shale sands" is (although I know what oil sands are).
Give the child a break, google has failed him once again. I personally found the lower side comment funny, it’s almost like he never spent anytime here......Well you seem to know more than I do about Canada and I live here, as I wasn't aware that all signs were in both official languages (hint, they're not, it depends on a variety of factors), nor do I have any idea with a "shale sands" is (although I know what oil sands are).
Also shows they can be bought and he's not above buying them.