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.” ”

To read the complete article : http://www.thestarphoenix.com/business/Does+leader+lean+right/11323865/story.html


What’s your opinion?

Sympathy for Stephen Harper: Imagine that everyone you trusted had lied to you

August 25, 2015

Tuesday writing conversation: reading Andrew Coyne

The article “Sympathy for Stephen Harper: Imagine that everyone you trusted had lied to you” by Andrew Coyne that appeared in the National Post and the Montreal Gazette on August 19th has been read with much amusement. Peter Blaikie wrote to the Gazette “…the prime minister’s performance… reminds me of the fatal skewering of British Prime Minister Anthony Eden during the Suez Crisis of 1956 by Aneurin Bevan of the Labour Party. Of Egypt’s plan to nationalize the Suez Canal, leading to the absurd and soon-aborted invasion attempt, Bevan is reported to have said of Eden, “If he knew, he is too evil to be prime minister; if he did not know, he is too stupid.”

Read the article here.

And see Andrew Coyne’s latest broadside against Harper here.

Catharine writes: Andrew Coyne has done it again – have a read of yesterday’s article above. Here is a crucial paragraph:

….it has revealed about the culture inside the Prime Minister’s Office. It is noteworthy that, almost without exception, no one at any point raises any objection to what is going on: not the public deception, not the attempts to tamper with the audit, not the whitewashing of the committee report. The lies are so habitual, so instinctive, so much a part of the normal run of things that no one seems to think them even unusual, let alone unacceptable. It matters, in the end, because the things that should have mattered to them, like honesty and integrity, didn’t.

Tuesday writing conversation: music, radio and film

August 12, 2015

Today we are going to revisit some media-clips featured on neilmckenty.com in the last couple of years.

Irish music:

Some of the best of Exchange

Click below for an extraordinary slice of 1920’s Toronto caught on film



August 4, 2015


The election has been called for the 19th of October – today’s writing conversation looks back at a blog from Neil about Harper and parliament.

Originally posted on Exchange:

The morning Governor-General Michaelle Jean gave Stephen Harper permission to suspend Parliament until January 26. Was this a good decision? Or was it a bad decision?

In the short term, many will argue it is a good decision. It provides a “time-out” for the hot heads on every side to cool down. It will give the Harper government an opportunity to prepare a budget which will certainly contain a major stimulus package. As the Montreal Gazette says in its leader this morning, “this poisoned session of Parliament should be scrapped, and the parties can all begin anew in January.”

But in the longer term, this decision gives much concern. What this decision means is that Stephen Harper can now avoid the confidence vote (that he was sure to lose) and which he himself scheduled for this Monday. Surely no Governor-general should not be seen to be in the business of…

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July 29, 2015


Tuesday writing conversation: we revisit a summer posting from Neil from 2010.

Originally posted on Exchange:

For starters a stay-at-home vacation means you don’t spend a nickel on travel or accomodation.

The experts say the key to a stayvacation is planning:

Just as you do when actually away on vacation.et a start date and an end date.

Avoid working on projects around the house.

Avoid everyday routine:  Avoid the mail, e-mails and phone calls just as you do when away.

Set a stayvacation budget.

Act like a tourist in your own town.  Visit with fresh eyes places you would take visitors to visit.

Have you ever had a stay-at-home vacation?  How did it work?

Would you try one?

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July 20, 2015


Tuesday writing conversation: election 2015. Here is a blog posting from 2008 about Harper by Neil

Originally posted on Exchange:

Prime Minister Harper has recklessly thrown Canada into an economic and constitutional crisis. Last week he sent out his finance minister, Jim Flaherty, to announce there would be no stimulus package before February, to take away the right to strike from public servants and to cut off the public subsidies for political parties.

It was like waving a red flag before three bulls. And this after Harper had indicated that he wanted this parliament to be more harmonious.

As the Globe and Mail writes in its leader this morning: “Mr. Harper has poisoned the well for this Parliament, and has contributed to the political destabilization of Canada during a great economic crisis. He’s proven himself a party leader, and not a very able one at that, at a time when the country needs a national leader.”

Let’s cut to the chase. Stephen Harper is a narow ideologue, he’s a bully…

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July 14, 2015

Neil had a knack for asking the questions that need answering. Back in 2009, he wonders in the post below about technology and privacy – with the information-gathering that companies such as Facebook, Google et al are engaged in – this is more important than ever.

A new study says emerging   technologies are threatening our privacy and anonymity. Now the focus on safety and security trumps the call for privacy.  And many countries, including Canada, are considering introducing  ID cards wihich will have a chillingeffect on privacy..  Also judicial rulings in some jurisdiction have lowered the threshold for police to detain people and make them identify themselves.  Furthermore the use of video surveillance in public places is increasing diminishing the de facto anonymity once enjoyed in those spaces. The study finds that technology such as radio frequency identification chips and software built into everything from the clothes we wear to the furniture on which we sit appear be transforming communications systems from  “architectures of  freedom to architectures of control.’ “The space for private, unidentified activity is rapidly shrinking.’

Are you concerned we are losing our privacy.? Should security considerations always trump privacy considerations?


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