Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
And so will Ralph...
This is the part of MacGregor's column that gets us.
“It's not a ‘TAX,'” says Goodale. “It's a ‘TAX CUT!'” – one that he says will give every individual in the province a tax break.
Ralph is either incapable of telling the truth, or to arrogant to admit what Green Shift actually is.
However, last week on JGL, Ralph all but admitted Green Shift was a wealth transfer from the West to the East. We're still trying to source the clip but will post it here when it becomes available.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Green Shift not central plank: Dion
So much for the courage of their convictions.
What we will do is make sure that every voter knows that Green Shift was Dion's plan and that Ralph promoted it vigorously to the detriment of every single Saskatchewan resident.
It's time to make Goodale pay politically for his betrayal of our province. Send a message to the LPOC and get rid of Ralph in Regina Wascana on October 24th.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
"They have totally ignored the benefit side of the equation," he said. "You can't make the most favourable assumptions for the Conservative government and the most unfavourable for the Green Shift."
What about the about the increased cost of products and services as a result of new taxes at the manufacturing level, Ralph? What about the fact that that very little collected by this new tax would actually be utilized to stop greenhouse gas emissions, rather than to fund pet Liberal projects to solidify support in the 905?
You really don't want to get into a "what they omitted" discussion. Liberals are the very worst at art of transparency.
Monday, September 15, 2008
If Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall is going to criticize the federal Liberals' key election plank, he better be prepared for a fight, says former Ontario premier and Liberal candidate Bob Rae.
During a stop in Regina on Saturday for the official opening of Palliser candidate Cal Johnston's campaign office, Rae defended his party's Green Shift plan to tax carbon in exchange for income tax cuts.
Last week after meeting with his Alberta counterpart, Wall raised concerns the climate change plan could be harmful to the province's economy. Wall has said he'll release the province's analysis before the election. Rae wants to see the math.
"I've seen some wild statements about things that bear no relationship to any fact of which I'm aware," Rae told reporters as he stood flanked by other Saskatchewan Liberal candidates, including Ralph Goodale, the province's only Liberal MP.
That's funny, Bob. The people of Canada want to see the Liberal math on Green Shift, but that hasn't been forthcoming either.
Bob Rae; The Canadian political equivalent of the sound of one hand clapping.
Mind you, it's a nice change from the Canadian political equivalent of Foghorn Leghorn, Ralph Goodale...
The Liberal effort may have made Dion even less likable to Canadians. The gap between his popularity and that of Prime Minister Stephen Harper -- or even NDP Leader Jack Layton -- is wider than ever.
Ouch. That's gotta sting!
Thursday, September 11, 2008
This from a party in the middle of a federal election.
The Liberal party moved last night to cancel its biennial convention in Vancouver in December, clearing the way for a full leadership vote next year should Stephane Dion fail win the Oct. 14 election. Sources say hotel reservations were ordered released this week as the national executive gathered to finalize the postponement decision. Mr. Dion's leadership was not cited as a key reason for the delay.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
"I don't know the environmental benefit of some of these initiatives, especially when there aren't even reduction targets attached to some of them. We're going to defend our economies regardless of the federal interests here." (Brad Wall)
"Goodale said Wall's depiction of a capital outflow is also wrong, noting the carbon tax will apply on the wholesale side, meaning the burden is distributed among the province.
"Their arithmetic is just completely wrong, mistaken and false," said Goodale from the campaign trail in Regina's Wascana riding."
The problem is nobody has seen the arithmetic on Green Shift. Let's see the numbers, Ralph.
(As an aside, part of the reason we started this blog is that nobody in the Regina media challenges Ralph by asking the simple question, "OK, Ralph show us how the arithmetic is wrong. Show us some concrete numbers.)
One of the additional problems is that the plan keeps changing, partly due to Liberal candidates (not Ralph) who have pressured Dion to change it because they see what the plan is doing to them on the doorsteps.
Not that I need to remind you, but Ralph is one of the few that has never suggested a change in Green Shift regardless of how much the current structure was going to hurt Saskatchewan.
We all need Ralph to 23 skidoo...
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
"Stéphane Dion's Liberals are losing the crucial close-fought ridings they won in the last election, leaking potential voters not just to the Conservatives on the right but to the Greens on the left, a new poll tracking key electoral battlegrounds shows."
Say it with me... "Wascana, Wascana, Wascana..."
Monday, September 8, 2008
What would Dion's dog Kyoto say? Or rather bark?
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
"The sweeteners include $400-million in emission-reduction credits for farmers and forestry workers under the proposed Green Shift and a $250-million "green farms fund" to support environmentally friendly research aimed at cutting fuel consumption and greenhouse-gas emissions. Another $250-million fund would help fishermen and truckers go green."
Election's coming up, Stephane. Glub, glub, glub...
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
"The new poll for The Globe and Mail-CTV News finds Canadian voters satisfied with the direction of the country and significantly more confident in the leadership abilities of the Tories and Prime Minister Stephen Harper than they are in those of his main rival, Stéphane Dion and the Liberals."
You mean that stone cold Stephen Harper could lead the country more effectively than the natural governing party? Awww, shucks...
"An Ipsos Reid poll of 1,003 adults completed Aug. 26-28 found that a majority 51-per-cent support for the Green Shift in July has declined to a majority of 52 per cent opposed. That is a seven-point decline in support and a nine-point rise in opposition. Four per cent are undecided."
You're going to sell this thing right out of your job, Ralph...
Sunday, August 31, 2008
OTTAWA -- Only one week before they expect to be plunged into a federal election campaign, some Liberal MPs are still hoping to make "adjustments" to the centrepiece of their party's platform -- the risky proposal to impose a carbon tax.
They want Liberal Leader Stephane Dion to massage the so-called green shift to make it more palatable to farmers, truckers, rural residents and others who stand to be hardest hit by a tax on fossil fuels and who have not yet been appeased by the promise of offsetting income tax cuts and tax benefits.
Really? But Ralph's been trying to sell it to Saskatchewan just the way it is.
Prime Minister Harper, let's get rid of these buffoons once and for all. Call the election.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Two words; Sponsorship Scandal
By Ralph Goodale, M.P.
A TAINTED ELECTION! A TAINTED GOVERNMENT!
From its first day in office, Stephen Harper’s government has been one of questionable legitimacy.
The Conservatives made two massive, vote-buying promises in the last campaign which they quickly dishonoured. One was never to tax Income Trusts. The other was to pay Saskatchewan $800 million more every year in Equalization.
Such bare-faced dishonesty obviously undermines Conservative legitimacy.
Their position is further eroded by the serious legal questions which have been raised by the Chief Electoral Officer about a Conservative election financing scam in the last campaign.
Respected, independent election officials are investigating whether campaign spending limits were violated at the national level, while illegitimate reimbursement claims were filed locally.
On top of that, the Conservatives benefited shamelessly from the extraordinary and inexplicable involvement of the RCMP in the last campaign. Every credible independent observer says this incident in the midst of the last election had a huge and totally improper impact.
Two and a half years later, Stephen Harper now wants a snap election – in violation of his promise of a fixed election date in October of 2009.
The illegitimate Conservative behaviour continues.
What has the Harper government so panicked that they are prepared to break their word to Canadians – yet again – and even break the spirit of the fixed-election-date law which they, themselves, enacted?
They’re spooked by at least three things on the horizon, which don’t look good for Mr. Harper.
First, the Conservatives will lose all four of the federal byelections called for September.
Secondly, the national economy is getting into deeper trouble, and the responsibility will rest squarely on Mr. Harper’s shoulders.
And third, the investigations into Conservative ethical lapses are exposing more and more illustrations of apparent Conservative corruption and incompetence.
A quick election could sweep this all under the rug.
Friday, August 29, 2008
"The carbon tax proposed by the Liberal leader would be like a new transfer program, whereby billions of dollars would flow from taxpayers in these two provinces, to be spent in other regions.
Mr. Dion has won some praise for showing leadership by introducing a bold idea.
But leadership at the national level also requires an understanding of the interests of Canada's different regions and a willingness to ensure that any national proposal does not penalize one region, especially one in which the Liberals hold very few seats.
Let's not return to the divisive days of western alienation and regional discontent."
Well said, Ms. MacKinnon...
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Is that election thing still on, Stephane?
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
"Staging the election this fall would allow Stephane Dion, the Liberal leader, to capitalize on some of the excitement surrounding Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic candidate, said Stephen Clarkson, a political scientist at the University of Toronto."
Now I've heard some political scientists say some pretty stupid things over the years, but this have to be one of the dumbest.
"The perception of Obama standing for change and hope will play out it Canada in its own way," Prof. Clarkson said. "And Obama is portraying himself as green, so there is a connection there as well."
Regardless of the fact that Mr. Clarkson is in fact a political scientist, there is no evidence whatsoever to support either one of his statements. The line between "political scientist" and "progressive" seemed to have been breached.
Clarkson gives a personal opinion that is easily lapped up by Cowan, which says something about Cowan and the National Post.
Cowan would be wise to ask a few more questions of Clarkson rather than taking what he says as some incredible insight, rather than the wishful thinking that it is. Mind you, this is just another example of the abdication of professional journalism shown by the MSM.
"Based on the reception the various players got at a Liberal town hall meeting here Sunday, the answer is Orchard. He received easily the loudest ovation of any of the half dozen or so candidates presented, even Goodale."
Man, that's gotta sting...
Monday, August 25, 2008
But the "big draw" at WAM was Stephane Dion on Sunday, where he and Ralph Goodale extolled the virtues of Green Shift to a partisan crown of around 300.
To put this in perspective, the Ukraine Day in the Park crowd was estimated at 2,000. And Cruise Weekend, a celebration of carbon belching, American made classics, was the largest in its history with an estimated 100,000 people dropping by over the three days. Saskatoon's entire downtown was transformed into a museum of American art for CW.
If the Liberals had their finger on the pulse of Saskatchewan, they would have gone to where the people were, and doing the things that people care about, rather than trying to shove a "wealth distribution plan" down their collective throats on a hot Summer in front of a partisan crowd.
People in Saskatchewan seem to care more about perogies and classic autos, than they care about the Liberals and their Green Shift plan.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
After threatening the Conservatives with a fall election, Stephane Dion now wants to have a chat with Harper about... what?
When joined with the NDP and the Bloc, the Liberals have the votes to bring the government Conservatives down. What is there to discuss? The only reason parliament is working is that on confidence issues in the past, the Liberal's have abstained from even showing up to vote.
So much for the courage of their convictions.
The Liberals have not received the expected bump from Green Shift. As a matter of fact, they have received the opposite.
From Dion's unexpected tariffs announcement, to Ken Boschoff's announcement that Green Shift was indeed a "wealth redistribution" tax, and Goodale's less than truthful representations to the Saskatchewan people about the plan's impact on the economy, Green Shift has gone from bump to bust.
If the Liberals, who attack Harper and disagree with his policies at every turn, want an election, they have all the backing they need to bring the government down. An election call won't matter the NDP or the Bloc. They both know they are incapable of forming the next government. So it really is the Liberals who have the ball in their court now as they have had since 2006.
But by continually playing the brinkmanship game they, and I didn't think this was possible, have even lost more credibility.
Don't discuss anything with Harper, Stephane. Bring down a government you claim your party or the people have no confidence in.
But I suspect the only thing Dion will learn after a fall election is how much confidence the Canadian public have in the Liberals.
Friday, August 22, 2008
Now, I believe it stands for the Loco Party of Canada.
"Premier Rodney MacDonald’s opposition to the federal Liberals’ green plan has been “fully bought and paid for," says a Liberal MP (Scott Brison)."
Check out Rodney MacDonald's carbon tax calculator here...
BTW, someone in Nova Scotia needs to start brisonwatch.blogspot.com. It's working here in SK...
"The reasons are simple. Goodale uses misleading math when attempting to sell the new tax, most recently in an opinion column published in this newspaper. What Goodale conveniently leaves out of his arguments is the simple fact that not only will individual Canadians pay higher taxes on energy-related necessities like home heating and electricity, but the cost of virtually every necessity they buy, from clothing to groceries, will go up as well."
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
John Gormley is calling upon his listeners to attend the event and urges them to "Stick It To Stephane on Sunday".
Let Dion and Goodale know what Saskatchewan really thinks of Green Shift. It might be worth the drive up from Regina to attend this.
"What happened to Ralph? He used to stand up for the people in his riding?" T.M. Regina
"You know, just when Saskatchewan gets on a roll, the Liberals are trying to destroy it. Why Goodale would back Dion is beyond me." L.P. Regina
"Goodale is a good example of why we need term limits in parliament" L.L. Saltcoats
"When Ralph became the finance minister, he was the pride of Regina. Now, by the way he's been pushing this Green Shift down our throats, he has become the embarrassment of Regina." J. Y. Regina
"If Ralph had any morals, he would stand up against Dion and the Liberals and stand for the people of Wascana!" F.P. Regina
"Goodale is an a**hole!' P.L. Saskatoon
Thanks for reading and keep the emails coming.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
By Ralph Goodale, M.P.
SASKATCHEWAN WILL BE AN INVESTMENT WINNER
One inescapable reality of the 21st century is the world-wide battle against climate change and the man-made greenhouse gas emissions that cause it, especially carbon dioxide.
As a consequence, constraints on carbon pollution are inevitable.
This is not an “optional” state of affairs. Even both of the candidates for the U.S. Presidency, John McCain and Barack Obama, are committed to “putting a price” on carbon as a key way to slash American emissions.
The good news for Saskatchewan is that world markets will still want our valuable fossil fuels. They’ll just want them cleaner, with less pollution. For Saskatchewan, this can be a big opportunity. To take advantage of it, we need to get out in front of the carbon issue.
We need to be leaders, not followers.
The first step is “carbon pricing” – i.e., charging something when carbon pollution is dumped into the atmosphere, and then using all the revenue raised in this way to cut income taxes, both personal and corporate.
As respected experts like Jack Mintz from the University of Calgary and Don Drummond from the TD Bank point out, this will lead to a stronger economy.
Such a fiscal framework will also help position Saskatchewan as a clean energy powerhouse – one that’s built to last.
We’ll need to focus on three priorities.
First, greater energy efficiency and conservation in everything we do. This is just common sense and it saves money for everyone through lower energy bills.
Secondly, more renewable green-power sources, like cellulosic ethanol, bio-diesel, and wind, solar, geo-thermal and small-hydro projects.
And thirdly, new technologies to develop our fossil fuels in cleaner ways.
The level of high-quality “green” investment flowing into Saskatchewan, to cut harmful emissions, could rival past Canadian mega-projects, like the building of the St. Lawrence Seaway.
Monday, August 18, 2008
"Dimitris Soudas, a spokesman for Harper, shot back at Chretien, saying that he only attended one of six Olympic opening ceremonies during his 13 years as prime minister, when he went to Atlanta in 1996.
"For Mr. Chretien to sit there and say our relations with China are damaged because the prime minister did not attend is hypocritical," said Soudas, adding the government sent a delegation led by Foreign Affairs Minister David Emerson."
After presiding over one of the worst and most costly political scandals in Canada on would think that Jean Chretien should keep his misguided opinions to himself.
As an aside, one wonders what Canada's progressives and the MSM would have said had Harper actually attended the opening ceremonies in the capital of one of the worst human's rights violaters in the world.
Scratch that... We know what they would have said.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Congratulations to Ryan Bater who will in all likelihood be the second consecutive Liberal leader not win a single seat in the Saskatchewan legislature.
The first leader to accomplish that feat was David "Senior Spiky Shoes" Karwacki.
Not surprisingly, Bater's leadership bid went unchallenged.
We never thought we'd say this but, "Atta boy, Jack!"
Now excuse us while we wash our mouths out with soap.
First, it was Ralph Goodale's backing of Joan Beatty in DMCR that backfired - twice.
Now comes the revelation that Palliser Liberal candidate, Garrett Oledzki, probably stepped down because of this and not the Green Shift platform as some suggested earlier.
Once again, Saskatchewan's most influential Liberal takes a hit.
Has Goodale had enough, or is his desire for power so great that he would rather risk his entire political reputation and the well being of his fellow Canadians to govern with the immoral Liberal Party of Canada once more?
I think we know the answer to that...
Friday, August 15, 2008
Ralph pops his head up to say something incredibly stupid... again
"But Liberal House leader Ralph Goodale said Harper would be "breaking his word" by calling an election before the fixed date -- in November 2009 -- although it would not be illegal.
Goodale rejected the prime minister's statement blaming the Liberals for dysfunction in Parliament. "The obstruction and the dysfunctionality comes entirely from the Conservatives themselves."
Evidently, it's only Liberals that are allowed to break their word.
If Ralph believes that his morally and fiscally bankrupt party are NOT responsible for the dysfunction in Parliament, he really has lost it.
The Prime Minister should call the election. And Wascana needs to get rid of Goodale for the sake of all reasonable Canadians, and for Goodale's own family.
He's probably embarassing the hell out of them.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Meanwhile, asshole par excellence Garth Tuner denies Coates even exists.
'I was highly suspicious of the letter when I received it for the umpteenth time, for several reasons. If he does have an income consisting only of government benefits, where did the money come from to retrofit an entire house with new insulation, windows and doors? How about those new energy-efficient appliances? How could his energy costs increase by 25% under the Green Shift, while his income tax load stayed the same? And the “Tax Poem” that’s attached to his letter is nothing more than a crude knockoff of a US chain letter, which is factually wrong. Moreover, calculations of the impact of the carbon tax also being circulated with his email are simply incorrect.
This had all the markings of a PMO disinformation initiative, and I concluded that, especially so after I called Mr. Coates Sunday and his wife answered, putting to bed the assertion he lives on one income.'
In an arrogance that is indescribable, even for Turner, he turns Coates argument around and ends up blaming, of all people, Stephen Harper.
"Do I blame him? Absolutely not. I admire him. He decided to do something about a situation he perceived was unjust. There are too few among us willing to do so.
It’s just a shame his prime minister lied to him."
These are Liberals.
They are without shame, ethics or morals.
They are all about power at any and all costs, even if it means trashing a senior on a fixed income.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
THE HONOURABLE RALPH GOODALE, M.P. (WASCANA)
310 University Park Drive, Regina, Sk., S4V 0Y8
Telephone: (306) 585-2202
Facsimile: (306) 585-2280
August 11th, 2008
For Immediate Release
By Ralph Goodale, M.P.
CANADA’S ECONOMIC TROUBLE DEEPENING
The western Canadian economy is booming right now, thanks to world-wide inflation in prices for basic commodities like oil.
That good fortune is not the result of any government policy. It’s simply our long-awaited turn to cash-in on rising global markets.
But be cautious. The commodities boom – as enjoyable as it is, while it lasts – is masking fundamental weaknesses that Stephen Harper’s Conservatives continue to ignore, or even make worse.
Mr. Harper has recklessly increased federal spending by more than $40 billion, to try to buy voters with their own money. Prudence has been thrown to the wind.
He has also eroded the tax-base – pushing Canada to the brink of a deficit once again, while failing to provide meaningful reductions in personal income taxes.
Independent monitoring agencies, like the Conference Board of Canada, are reporting a sub-standard performance by this country in such fields as productivity growth, innovation, literacy skills and environmental integrity.
In four of the last six months, despite western resource wealth, the economy not only stalled overall, it actually shrank. Sectors like manufacturing, forestry and tourism are in particular trouble.
The Bank of Canada and all major private sector forecasters are now predicting a pathetic annual growth rate of barely one percent.
In July, 55,000 Canadian jobs were lost. The last time we saw that sort of setback was in the early 1990’s under Brian Mulroney.
Remember, the Harper Conservatives are the people who failed to tell the truth about Income Trusts or Equalization.
They are the ones who raised Personal Income Tax Rates, while claiming to cut them. They are the ones who proposed investment policies that encouraged foreign takeovers of Canadian enterprises.
Incompetence and dishonesty are their hallmarks.
That’s why Tory times are always, ultimately, tough times. And it’s happening again!
Ah, yes I remember how good SK was under Chretien and Martin.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
The real question is whether the Liberals have prospered in Saskatchewan as the result of Goodale's influence.
Despite being the Liberal finance minister and the former leader of provincial Liberals, under Goodale's influence the provincial liberals have been electorally wiped off the face of the map for two consecutive elections. Federally, under that same influence, Goodale has managed to save one seat in Saskatchewan; his own.
His support of Joan Beatty in the riding of DMCR was the kiss of death for the Liberals there. The Liberals lost the only other seat in SK they had after the 2006 general election because of Goodale's influence and Dion's bumbling.
If Goodale is indeed influential, it has been and will continue to be a negative influence, especially as he continues to promote the wealth redistribution plan that is Green Shift.
If the Liberals desire any presence ever again in the province, they have to get rid of the most Saskatchewan's most influential Liberal, Ralph Goodale.
Ralph has been good for one person... Ralph.
It's time to go, Ralph...
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
"Liberal partisans are trying to diminish our rights to our name by calling it an everyday term. In point of fact, an independent analysis performed by Influence Communication of some 15 million environmentally themed news articles and editorials from 14,000-plus publications in 159 countries exposes the falsity of that assertion: Between June 1, 2007, and May 31, 2008, they found the term Green Shift used only 62 times."
The Liberal Party Of Canada is immoral.
If they are willing to "steal" a fully copyrighted name for their own purposes right under their noses, what do you think they would do to the average taxpayer?
They cannot be trusted...