Wednesday, March 25, 2009

If The Munchkin of Finance...

... one Jimminy Flaherty, applied his mad economic skillz to the transport sector:

8 comments:

deBeauxOs said...

Really? I always thought that Flaherty was more of an evil, blarney-bloated leprechaun.

mikmik said...

Fuck, those bikes get a lot of flats.

Zorpheous said...

Remember back in 1998 when Cretien and Martini stop our banks from forming Supper Banks, because they just to be able to compete and if they didn't they would be crushed by the US banks (note to Canadian Banks, you could now buy and sell most US banks for pocket change),...

Remember that?

Well the National Citizen Coalition back then was run by a certain special Economist named,... errr his name slips my memory,... anyhoo any guesses to what the NCC and their leader's position at the time position was on the bank mergers?

Oh come on guess,...

Extra points if you can find a linkable quote,...

Nonny-Mouse said...
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sooey said...

I say the next Darwin Award goes to the voters of Oshawa-Whitby.

Noni Mausa said...

Here you go:

http://www.harperindex.ca/ViewArticle.cfm?Ref=0010

Some appetizers include: (from a June 1997 speech to the Council for National Policy, a right-wing U.S. think tank)

"...it's legendary that if you're like all Americans, you know almost nothing except for your own country. Which makes you probably knowledgeable about one more country than most Canadians."

* "In terms of the unemployed, of which we have over a million-and-a-half, don't feel particularly bad for many of these people. They don't feel bad about it themselves, as long as they're receiving generous social assistance and unemployment insurance."

* "[W]e have a Supreme Court, like yours, which, since we put a charter of rights in our Constitution in 1982, is becoming increasingly arbitrary."

* "Canada is a Northern European welfare state in the worst sense of the term, and very proud of it. Canadians make no connection between the fact that they are a Northern European welfare state and the fact that we have very low economic growth, a standard of living substantially lower than yours, a massive brain drain of young professionals to your country, and double the unemployment rate of the United States."

* "Let's take the New Democratic Party, the NDP... The NDP could be described as basically a party of liberal Democrats, but it's actually worse than that, I have to say. And forgive me jesting again, but the NDP is kind of proof that the Devil lives and interferes in the affairs of men. ... Some people point out that there is a small element of clergy in the NDP. Yes, this is true. But these are clergy who, while very committed to the church, believe that it made a historic error in adopting Christian theology."

* "The establishment came down with a constitutional package [the Meech Lake Accord] which they put to a national referendum. The package included distinct society status for Quebec and some other changes, including some that would just horrify you, putting universal Medicare in our constitution, and feminist rights, and a whole bunch of other things..."

* "[Y]our country [the USA], and particularly your conservative movement, is a light and an inspiration to people in this country and across the world."


Full text here: http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20051213/elxn_harper_speech_text_051214/20051214/

Almost makes me want to use the old right-wing line: "If you don't like it here, there are plenty of other countries."

Noni

Oemissions said...

It really should be built for two. Will Jim be in the front or back seat?

¢rÄßG®äŠŠ said...

At least he had the good sense to use disc rather than rim brakes.