October 15, 2008 / 18:28
I liked TM's note. I also voted for Michael Chong (not Harper).
October 15, 2008 / 19:58
Toronto Mike doesn't want Harper because Harper doesn't want him or any other Toronto voter.
October 15, 2008 / 20:01
Layton jacked-off the usual emissions with the left hand; knowing he'd never get elected.
After all; Layton didn't have to worry about HOW and WHO (us taxpayers!) would end up paying for socialist wet-dreams.
It's the same every time for the n-dippers... they get excited when we go to the polls, but for them; it's just a case of... premature election!
Trying to push policies to ensure life has an equal 'outcome' for all is lib-left 'Let's redistribute the wealth' folly.
Rather; we all start life equal... at birth! What we do with it; is up to the individual.
As the song says... "Hit the road, Jack..."
There's plenty of company in the unemployment line with would-be green-shafter Stiffie Dion and that braying Liz May!
The next hope is to see separatist Gilles "Deception" out of a job as well.
October 15, 2008 / 20:45
Freddie P, I don't know where to start...
I replied to your comment at http://www.torontomike.com/2008/10/why_harper_failed.html and I'll throw down a proper response in a few minutes.
The gloves are off!
October 15, 2008 / 20:58
Toronto Mike loved that slacker movie about the bearded kid who goes to Alaska and listenes to Eddie Vedder music until his body starts eating muscle.
I think it was called "Away From My Asshole Parents".
I respect the Toronto Mike for his take on popular culture et al, but I would NOT want to be near him on voting day. He isn't making enough money to care about how much the feds are raping him.
He rides a bike and worries about the fifth guy in the Jays rotation. Ergo, he's a Parkdale boy. Great dad, wonderful Toronto guy, out of touch when it comes to having government paws all over his cash.
Still, he makes me happy with his blog.
October 15, 2008 / 21:00
I admire the Bloc in some ways Fred. The Bloc stands up for the people that voted for them & they get what they want from Ottawa. No different than what Klein did when he was in power out here in Alberta (add Lougheed to that list too).
Alberta and Quebec are very much alike in some ways. Both provinces consider leaving the country, but for two different reasons. For Quebec, it's about culture, for Alberta it's about control of our resources & to a lesser extent, our own "culture".
Big difference is of course...Alberta stands on it's own like a renegade, Quebec hasn't yet reached that stage & still has a huge debt/GDP ratio. (Before you go tossing stones, keep in mind that Saskatchewan & BC have lower Debt/GDP ratios than Ontario)
You complain about Les Quebecois getting all the perks, but look in your own back yard. How much has been given to the Aerospace & Auto Industry for bailout money? How about all those bank guarantees just "in case". When times are tough, Ontario gets the goods
And what does the West hear from Ontario? Endless whining about the "rich oil companies" that "gouge" people. So you whine about Quebec, while I send money to YOUR auto industry and you turn around and complain my province/industries are gouging you at the pump
Whatever buddy. But your own business get's preferential treatment for use of the public radio spectrum absolutely free of charge.
October 15, 2008 / 21:41
Freddie P will never be happy.
October 16, 2008 / 00:52
The funniest thing is, I would take the conservative party of Canada any day over the conservative party we have here in the States. Give me Steven Harper over John McCain or George Bush any day of the week. That said, I am very liberal by US standards and I see the liberal side too. I have a lot of fun reading the politics of Canada, though I don't know as many of the specifics you guys have with being around it all the time up there.
October 16, 2008 / 09:54
Aww Stafford, you are so brilliant. You are the cool breeze amid all the hot air on this blog...
October 16, 2008 / 10:34
Mike voted NDP????
Oh, Toronto Mike - I am so disappointed. Whenever I think of the NDP I think of Barenaked Ladies - not as smart as they think they are.
October 16, 2008 / 11:13
Irvine, thanks for the insight. You make some solid points. Unfortunately I think you've left out one aspect about Toronto, and to some extent Ontario. Torontonians don't give a sh!t about the facts. Very similar in personcality to the hardcore republicans down south.... damn the facts and the view from over there.
October 16, 2008 / 19:18
Irvine - are you a secret Cascadia fan?
October 16, 2008 / 21:52
Let's jump to the pump buddy, it really could and should work.
The problems in Ontario start with Dalton.
But the bigger problem with Ontario isn't so much political but the sense of entitlement so prevalent in the citizenry.
Ontario has to be the capital of "entitlement". The citizens of Ontario seem to have this expectation that everything that goes wrong there should be solved by government intervention.
And if you question the faltering economy in Ontario, you'll hear the usual "We'll we're still the biggest and most powerful province". Yeah, sure, GM said the same thing for a long time too. Doesn't matter about the structural problems of the economy, we're still the biggest, HA, so there.
Toronto does exactly the same thing. It's the centre of the universe. The be all and end of all Canada. Of course no one pays any attention to the fact that now Calgary is the head office capital in Canada. Or the growing vacancy rate in those downtown skyscrapers.
How Toronto votes doesn't bother me as much as how the citizens whine & cry when something doesn't go their way. Hell, even a little snow gets people upset.
October 17, 2008 / 09:15
Layton is a bloody joke and I'd like to know what his wife plans to do about getting rid of all the rats in Chinatown now that she has been re-elected.
Elizabeth May is a joke too because she chose to run aginst Peter McCay instead of running in a 'safe' seat... I'm sure somewhere in British Columbia would have worked.
Hey Green Party, when you play chess do you take your Queen and hand it over to your opponent? ANyone who voted Green truly wasted their vote and helped Harper get a stronger minority.
So Fred, you grumpy old bugger, you should be thanking The Greens and Mr. Layton for being complete tools. That goes for Dion and the Liberals too.
I would have eaten my ballot, but that's illegal.
I don't support any of these buffoons... a Harper minority was the best we could hope for.. and who with a brain didn't know that was what we would get
That money could have been spent on much better things.
October 17, 2008 / 09:18
"Toronto Mike doesn't want Harper because Harper doesn't want him or any other Toronto voter."
That's because Harper grew up here and the knob was picked on as a child and can't get over it.
Toronto Mike on the other hand is really Etobicoke Mike, your every day soccer dad with decent social values.. values that conflicat with Harper's real agenda.
October 17, 2008 / 09:26
Well at least Harper can't implement the sinister Conservative(Reform) hidden agenda.
October 17, 2008 / 10:48
For the record, I don't live in Etobicoke.
October 17, 2008 / 10:52
Oh, and Jason OJ, you're awfully grumpy for a youngster.
October 17, 2008 / 11:02
Mike... there are two kinds of youth...
the grumpy kind... ones that are free thinkers...
and the other kind... the ones that walk around texting each other while on their way to Wal-mart to buy bottled water from China while they have iPods stuck in their ears and guns tucked in their low riding pants... ones living in complete and utter distraction/bliss
therefore I humbly accept your 'grump' diagnosis...
it's better than being a fcuking sheep bahh bahh bahh
October 21, 2008 / 00:12
Toronto Mike gets it.
Down with Harps.