Is Quebec Leaving Yet? 
So Quebecers have gone and elected a whole pile of separatists again.

I know they don't have a majority, but maybe we'll get lucky and they'll hit that milestone next time around.

Last time they went in that direction there was a giant national swell of unity sentiment.

"Please don't leave us. We'll give you presents" said the rest of Canada.

This time, I'm not really hearing much at all. It's like people just don't care anymore. The honeymoon is over and we're just not getting any benefits for putting out anymore.

So far as I'm concerned, Quebec can go off on their merry way. Good luck to y'all.

Just don't ask us for alimony.

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Toronto is Banning Plastic Bags 
City council has just voted to ban all plastic bags as of next year in Toronto. Who do they think they are?

What right does the municipal government have to decide whether or not a store can give us a bag? What makes them the environmental police?

Am I still going to get a bag to carry my food at Swiss Chalet? Are people going to die because they've been putting leaking bags of raw chicken pieces into reusable shopping bags and growing mounds of bacteria for the next time they go shopping?

What's next? Will they ban those plastic things that hold 6-packs together? Nobody likes those, right? Will they ban plastic cutlery? That's wasteful, right?

What about plastic lids on disposable cups? What about plastic straws? Are those next? Will they be banning paper wrappers on sandwiches? What about the plastic bags they put flyers in before leaving them on my doorstep? Are those legal?

What about newspapers? Those get used for a day and then thrown out. Are those going to be banned?

This whole thing is completely idiotic.

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Rob Ford: Please Stop Being a Buffoon 
I'm getting really tired of Rob Ford's buffoonery. I like his policies. I want the city to reduce spending and tighten budgets. I want to stop overpaying for labour and providing benefits that those who pay for them wouldn't expect.

What I don't like is his role as an ambassador for the city. I suppose this is a tradeoff we need to make to get his hardline policies. I mean... I like that he doesn't give a rat's ass about what anyone thinks of him and that he's steadfast in his convictions. I just think there are cases where he SHOULD care about his public image and where he MUST realize that he's not right about absolutely everything that surges through his brain.

His idiocy in thinking he can go around talking on his cellphone while driving has been nothing but damaging to his credibility. His utter contempt for the public when caught is even worse.

Now he's been caught apparently lying about what happened when This Hour Has 22 Minutes showed up at his door. He's basically coming across as a big sourpuss.

Geez man. Have some fun with it!

He recently made some comments to the effect that if we had another election he would be re-elected.

I think he might be, but I wouldn't put any big bets on it.

As I said before... I like his policies. I don't think he's found as much waste as we'd hoped for, but I'm glad he's looking.

You can be sure though, that if he had some competition from someone holding similar values, there's very little chance he'd get back in.

Of course, if he ran against another slew of bleeding heart commies looking to crank up our taxes and pay more and more for union workers, I think he'd be a shoo-in for another term.

So then... are there any other fiscally responsible people out there willing to run?

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Ontario Election Results 
There's two things I've concluded from last night's election.

Firstly, most people in Ontario can't be bothered to care.

Secondly, people like paying higher taxes and are looking forward to more.

*sigh*

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Ontario Leaders Debate 
I watched the Ontario election leaders debate last night. There wasn't much in the way of real information, but it gave some good insight into the personalities of the 3 party leaders involved.

We already know enough about McGuinty to know that we can't trust a word he says, so his participation was pretty much a moot point. I don't expect anything is going to change the minds of any of the lemmings still voting for him.

The other two were quite interesting though. Andrea Horwath impressed me. If I didn't know that her paycheque comes with a union logo on the corner and that electing her would only put us further down the road to bankruptsy, I think she may have won over my vote with her performance. I thought she did very well and showed the most promise of the three as a solid leadership candidate.

I think the two biggest problems in our society today though are overspending by government and the profit model of the financial system that siphons money out at every opportunity to the detriment of society as a whole. Only one of these things can be addressed by the provincial government, and it's just not part of the NDP mindset to make any improvements.

At the moment, that leaves me with Tim Hudak. I had concerns going in that he was going to torpedo his chances last night, and came away pleasantly surprised and feeling more confident about giving him my vote.

I hope that when all is said and done, McGuinty is sent packing and the Liberal party can get their act together and give us a legitimate 2-party decision in the future. I guess only time will tell.

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