Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category


September 9, 2015

The other night three of us where spellbound listening to the song ” Harperman ” that is going viral on the internet.

In June of this year, Tony Turner, an Ottawa folksinger recorded a song out of protest against the Conservative government of S. Harper. Along with Ann Downey on bass and the Crowd of Well Wishers choir.


Have you heard it yet?

Have you ever in your life heard of a political song like it?

What’s your opinion?



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September 6, 2015

A new course on sex education is about to be introduced in Quebec’s high schools.

Not long ago, Ontario parents withdrew their kids from the sex education class; apparently Quebec will not allow that.  No exceptions is the word.

Is this democratic?

Is this kind of education necessary in today’s world?

At what age should this course be given to children?

What right should parents have?

Where your parents helpful in this matter for you?

Will the Quebec officials change there position?

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What’s your opinion?


September 2, 2015

Today in The Montreal Gazette was a interesting article about the Canadian economy, the down points but also some encouraging news of what lies ahead. Here’s a sample of it.

” With an election campaign underway in which the economy looms large, it’s enough to leave voters scratching their heads about the state of the economy and where it’s heading – let alone wondering who should lead the government that must grapple with it. ”

Originally published in the Ottawa Citizen

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What’s your opinion?


September 1, 2015

” Harper forgive us, we knew not what you did not know ”

A few days ago, a headline from the Calgary Herald made sensation throughout the country. With the Duffy scandal and the media not letting go, even Harper’s rally people got in to it.  What do you think is going to come out of this?

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What’s your opinion?


August 30, 2015


Here’s a few words to describe what the new york times said a few days ago about the 2015 election campaign.

” THE prime minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, has called an election for Oct. 19, but he doesn’t want anyone to talk about it.

He has chosen not to participate in the traditional series of debates on national television…His own campaign events were subject to gag orders until a public outcry forced him to rescind the forced silence of his supporters. ”

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August 29, 2015

Here’s a preview of the article written by Tristin Hopper,National Post on august 28 2015

” Unlike most NDPers, he was offered a job with the Conservatives After Mulcair left provincial politics in 2007, he briefly considered an offer to become an environmental adviser to Stephen Harper. Despite Conservative claims that Mulcair turned them down over salary (he wanted $300,000, PMO spokesman Dimitri Soudas told Maclean’s), Mulcair said he turned them down because they refused to support the Kyoto accord.

He sang the praises of Margaret Thatcher “The best way for a government to create wealth is to leave the free market alone and get off the back of businessmen and businesswomen,” Mulcair, as a provincial Liberal, told the Quebec National Assembly in 2001. He praised the former Conservative prime minister for saving “England” from a government that had “gotten its nose into everything.” ”

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Canadian political post

October 15, 2014

Canadian political post: John Diefenbaker recalled
with Colonel Pierre Sévigny, Ted Blackman, Rich Little, Bryce MacKasey, and Egan Chambers

Click below to hear John Diefenbaker discussed on Exchange. In this episode, Neil talks with several significant Canadians: such as Colonel Pierre Sévigny, a war hero who became Associate Defence Minister and who was involved in the Cold War scandal ‘The Munsinger Affair’; Rich Little, the Ottawa-born impressionist who. after success in Canada imitating Diefenbaker and others, went on to fame and citizenship in the USA; Montreal area MPs Egan Chambers and Bryce MacKasey (also the president of Air Canada, and famously was appointed as the ambassador to Portugal by John Turner, which led to Brian Mulroney’s comment about patronage ‘There’s no whore like an old whore’) ; and finally Neil talks to Montreal Gazette associate editor and CJAD sports supremo Ted Blackman.

Click here

Neil and politics

October 7, 2014

Details of the forthcoming book will be released soon. In the meantime, to whet the appetite:

This page from Toronto Star in 1965 catches Neil at a political rally with Diefenbaker.

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Article: Obamacare

February 3, 2014

A reprint from 2012 from Neil’s archives

Repealing Obamacare legislation is no winning ticket for Republicans

If President Barack Obama never passes another piece of legislation, he will go down in the history books as the president who brought universal health care to the American people.

For more than a century, Democratic presidents like Roosevelt, Kennedy and Johnson had been trying for universal health care. They all failed until Obama found a way to reshape the country’s social welfare system. Obama delivered the goods and he delivered change to believe in.

This change will bring health insurance to 32 million Americans who now don’t have it. And that’s just the beginning: Starting this year, insurers are forbidden from placing lifetime dollar limits on policies, denying coverage to children because of pre-existing conditions and cancelling policies because someone gets sick. In 2014, insurers will be forbidden from denying coverage to people with medical problems or charging them more.

Not a single Republican voted for this health bill. The party of “No” has fought the legislation every step of the way. (It is fighting in the Senate as of press time.) The Grand Old Party has cozied up to the yahoos in the Tea Party movement to derail health care, if not now, then at election time.

Still, there is the odd conservative voice that rejects this knee-jerk opposition to health care or anything else that Obama tries to do. (Senator John McCain boasts that the Republicans will not support Obama on anything for the rest of this year.)

One conservative voice that I have a lot of time for is David Brooks, a columnist for the New York Times. Brooks is informed, balanced and knows that if the Tea Partiers take over the Republican Party, then the party is done. It is telling that in the runup to the November elections, the Tea Party is trying to back right-wingers who will try to knock off moderate Republicans. It they succeed, the GOP will become nothing but a Neanderthal rump.

Another conservative voice that I respect is that of our own David Frum, who lives in Washington. Frum is one of the very few on the right who think the Republicans all-out opposition to Obama’s health care bill has been a disaster. Instead of working with the Democrats for a bi-partisan bill, the Republicans decided to bring down the whole house of cards. They almost succeeded.

The Grand Old Party has cozied up to the yahoos in the Tea Party movement.

David Frum tries to explain the Republicans’ hysterical opposition to one of the great pieces of social legislation in American history: “There were leaders who would have liked to deal with Obama. But they were trapped. Conservative talkers on Fox and on talk radio had whipped the Republican voting base into such a frenzy that deal-making was rendered impossible. How do you negotiate with somebody who wants to murder your grandmother?”

Yet the Republicans, egged on by the Tea Party, are determined to keep on fighting. They say they will make repeal of health care the centrepiece of their campaign for the off-year elections and argue the new health law is so unpopular that they will take back control of Congress.

It’s true that the party in power almost always loses seats in the off-year elections. And there is no doubt the Democrats will take a drop in the House of Representatives.

It would be a shame if Nancy Pelosi, the best speaker in American history, lost her majority. The chances of Republicans taking over the Senate is pretty much nil. Still, I hope the GOP goes all out against Obamacare this fall. I hope they promise to repeal it. How many votes would they get if they promised to repeal the law’s lower prescription drug prices? Would they argue that pre-existing conditions should prevent one from getting insurance? Would they try to bar children from using their parent’s insurance coverage? Would they repeal a cap on medical expenses? I don’t think repealing the health bill is a winning ticket for the Republicans. And when some of these health “goodies” kick in, I predict support for Obamacare will grow right across the country.

But suppose the Republicans won back both houses of Congress in November and proceeded to repeal the bill. Would Obama sign the repeal or veto it? Not much doubt there.

After a short break for the holidays, I hope the Obama administration will turn to tighter regulations on the financial industry. Then we can all watch the Republicans defend the bankers, investment dealers and hedge funds, the very people who got us into the financial mess in the first place.

Some of the pundits, especially on Fox, are predicting that Obama will be a one-term president. They also predicted his comprehensive health care would not pass. The Fox-bomb throwers will probably be as wrong on the first prediction as they were on the second.

The New York Times featured two stories on the priestly sex abuse scandal exploding across the Catholic world. For the first time, the sex scandal is beginning to envelop Pope Benedict himself. What did he know and when did he know it? A priest in Wisconsin, Lawrence Murphy, sexually abused upward of 200 boys at a school for the deaf. Catholic Church authorities in Milwaukee, including Archbishop Rembert Weakland, wrote to Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who was in charge of dealing with abuse cases. Ratzinger did not respond.

Finally, canonical charges were brought against Murphy. He then wrote to Ratzinger, asking to be spared. Suddenly all action against him was halted. This scandal is the biggest crisis in the Church since the Reformation. Will the pope be able to lead the Church out of this quagmire? And if he cannot, will he resign? The jury is still out.




January 27, 2014

A recent USA Today/Pew research poll indicates that people believe the gap between the rich and everyone else is widening in the US.

With salaries staying flat for the past five years, many people are having to find ways of saving by changing their lifestyle. The middle-income sector seems to be under the most pressure.

As President Obama delivers the state of the nation address on Tuesday he will be speaking to a nation that is cautiously optimistic about the economy but not at all convinced that the benefits will reach them.

Is this gloomy outlook the same for you? Is it the same in other western countries?

Do you agree with this assessment? Is your family able to keep up with the cost of living? Have you had to cut back on your lifestyle?

Catharine McKenty


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