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Friday, February 10th, 2006
1:01 pm
Petition doing well but needs help
Thank you for signing the petition for Michael Fortier to resign. The petition has collected about 70 signatures so far, but the flow of signatures has slowed down. Please forward these links to as many people as possible to keep it going. Cronyism is a serious matter. Thanks.

Here is a petition for Mr. Harper’s unelected friend, Michal Fortier, to resign his senior cabinet post until he runs and wins in a by-election for a seat in the House.

www.petitiononline.com/RMF/

Here is a link to the petition for David Emerson to resign or run in a by-election:

www.petitiononline.com/RDE/

Please forward these links to as many Canadians as you can.
Wednesday, February 8th, 2006
9:53 pm
Harper is a hypocrite and a liar!
Harper campaigned on cleaning up government and strengthening democracy. He said he wanted a democratically elected senate and for MPs who want to cross the floor to resign their seats and run in by-elections for their seats. All lies and election posturing! He appointed an unelelcted friend and a turncoat hypocrite SENIOR CABINET MINISTERS, who will be responsible for tens of billions of our tax dollars, on his first day as PM. Shame! This is a slap in the face of every Canadian voter! Those who wanted change, got change - no other MP in Canadian history has crossed the floor within two weeks of being elected. Conservatives disgust me!

Sign the Petition for Emerson to resign and run in a by-election

Sign the Petition for Fortier to resign and run in a by-election
Saturday, October 1st, 2005
11:30 pm
My betta babies are two weeks old! And they are sooo cute, with those orange bellies and beady little eyes :-) It is truly amazing that they have grown from 2mm to 7mm in only 14 days.

Betta fry
Monday, June 7th, 2004
9:44 pm
Liberals and Conserivatives in Virtual Tie
Well, what I thought would never happen, has happened. Canadians are so upset with the Liberals, for the Grits' lack of integrity, that they are on the verge of voting in the most morally bankrupt and extremist party to govern the country. Well, I WILL NOT have a Bush government in my country and if one is elected, I WILL leave. Those who vote the Nazis in, deserve to live under a Nazi regime!
Monday, May 31st, 2004
10:32 pm
Election Platforms
The election campaign is in its second week and so far the only party that has released it's platform is the NDP.
Here it is.
I could really use the two extra holidays :-)
The Liberals and the Tories haven't released their platforms yet but they seem to be making an annoncement in some area of public policy every day. Perhaps they figure that if they give their platforms to the voters piece by piece, the voters won't notice that the pieces don't fit together.
For one thing, I'd really like to find out how the Tories will be able to cut taxes by 25% or $40 billion per year. Whenever they are asked how they plan to do it without causing a disaster in Canada's social programs they say they'll "cut governement waste". They won't waste taxpayers' money on HRDC boondogles, sponsorship scandals and gun registry fiascoes. That's all fine but that would amount to less than $1 billion per year. If they are lucky, projected surpluses will provide another $10 billion per year. But where will the other $29 billion per year come from. So far, they haven't provided any indication on that.
The Liberals on the other hand, well, it's a real nightmare understanding their policies. When the budget came out 2 months ago, the cupboard was bare and there was no money for anything. Now, they've suddenly stumbled accross a burried treasure because they keep announcing more money for health care ($9 billion), more money for municipalities ($2 billion), $1.5 billion for infrastucture, etc. That all sounds good until you look at the details. And you need at least one Ph.D. to figure them out. It's not $1.5 billion for infrastructure, it's UP TO $1.5 billion for infrastructure over 5 years and IF the provinces will match it and IF this and that and the other thing. The same goes for everything else. They promise to give municipalities 5 cents/litre of the gasoline tax but it will be phased in over a 5 year period and blah blah blah. Can someone explain it to me, please?
Saturday, May 29th, 2004
3:02 am
12:37 am
Front pg #1 Headline, National Post, May 27. Great election coverage from Canada's national paper!
Behind blue eyes, our next prime minister
Odds of sharing trait: 1 in 1,000

Elizabeth Hodgson
National Post

Thursday, May 27, 2004

The Leaders of the Four Parties Vying in the Federal Election All Have Blue Eyes: Stephen Harper, Paul Martin,Jack Layton and Gilles Duceppe. One expert says he's not surprised the leaders are blue-eyed. "Colour has a profound psychological effect," Dr. Steven Narod says.

The federal leaders of the four major political parties may promote different policies, but they share a singular trait -- blue eyes.

The result of a recessive gene, blue eyes occur in about 20% of Canadians, according to Steven Narod, a genetic researcher at the University of Toronto. That means the probability of four randomly selected Canadians having blue eyes is about 0.16%.

Put another way, the odds of the leaders of the Liberals, Conservatives, NDP and Bloc Quebecois all sporting baby blues are close to one in 1,000.

No hard evidence exists to show that political leaders are more likely to rise to the top if they have blue eyes, but some experts say the shade of one's irises might hold sway with voters. "[Blue eyes] are everything that's good and wholesome. Not to mention attractive and pleasant. I didn't know all the candidates had blue eyes. I think that's good," said Dr. Alan Stanbridge, an assistant professor of visual and performing arts at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Narod said he "wouldn't be surprised" if federal leaders are more likely to have blue eyes.

"Colour has a profound psychological effect, one we're not always aware of."

To illustrate his point, Dr. Narod noted a study published last year in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

"A woman presents a paper to an audience wearing an outfit with a colour that matches a large poster on the wall beside her. In a parallel experiment, she presents a paper in an outfit where the colour does not match the poster. She then calculates the number of people who approach her, in both circumstances, after the lecture. The response is far greater ... when the dress matches."

Dr. Narod said that result says something about human nature and our reaction to colour.

"Ask those people why they approached the woman and not one would say it was because her dress matched the poster. It's the same with political leaders. Maybe I'd support someone who has blue eyes. Would I say that was the reason? Never. But it may have been an underlying motivator."

But Mary Donohue, an image coach credited with buffing the appearance of another blue-eyed politico -- Toronto Mayor David Miller -- doubts eye colour has any impact at all.

"It's a coincidence. Color doesn't count. What counts is how your eyes communicate," said Ms. Donohue, who provided some sartorial editing on behalf of Mr. Miller in the recent CBC documentary Campaign, a film about his successful mayoral bid.

Marketers have for years manipulated the colour spectrum to sell products, with blue being a desired colour.

"Blue, when it is bright, can be very intense," said Anne Sowden of Here's Looking at You Image Consulting.

"That intensity is going to shine through. Which might explain how [a politician] rose up the ranks in the first place."

Dr. Stanbridge, however, noted there are exceptions to the blue-eyes-equal-goodness equation -- something that voters might want to consider.

He underscores his point with movie lore about Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in the West.

"You may recall Henry Fonda's piercing blue eyes juxtaposed against Leone's whitewashed screen -- just before he kills the nine-year-old boy. Fonda had apparently expressed his concern to Leone about his wholesome image, in particular, those trustful blue eyes. Apparently Leone didn't have a problem at all with the fact that blue eyes could be associated with an evil character.

"Now what that says about our four candidates, I'll leave that up to you."
Wednesday, May 26th, 2004
10:22 pm
Reality Check: New Liberal ads
Visual: A softly lit, close-up of Liberal Leader Paul Martin's face slowly comes into focus.

Paul Martin: "Look, you can have a country like Canada or you can have a country like the U.S."

A gentle musical score accompanies.

Visual : The camera switches to a wider angle view of Martin seated in a comfortable chair, his arm resting on a stack of discarded Red Books.

Martin speaks directly to camera: "But you can't have a country like Canada with the taxation levels of the U.S. without risking the very social programs that make this country great . . . God knows I've tried!"

Visual: Close-up of Martin in profile.

Martin continues: "In our Canada , we look after our friends. Billions of dollars to tax cuts instead of health and education. An average corporate tax rate 11 per cent lower than the US . A health care system teetering on the brink, begging to be corporatized. A Prairie climate that's dryer than a Hy's martini. Advertising contracts let with no results. That's the Canada we choose. We hope that's the Canada you'll choose, too."

Audio: A woman's voice says, "This message was brought to you by the Liberal Party of Canada. Delivering precisely the things you voted against, since 1993."
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