Archive for September, 2008

30
Sep
08

Sarah Palin gets sent to Debate Bootcamp

Sarah Palin gets slapped silly at Debate Bootcamp.  Check out the whole story here.

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30
Sep
08

All candidates debate in Parkdale-High Park

Here are the candidates:

Andrew Borkowski Christian Heritage Party of Canada

Jilian Saweczko Conservative Party of Canada

Rob Rishchynski Green Party of Canada

Rob Rishchynski

Gerard Kennedy Liberal Party of Canada

Gerard Kennedy

Terry Parker Marijuana Party

Peggy Nash New Democratic Party of Canada (presently holds the seat)

Peggy Nash

What we saw:

Some highlights included –

The Christian Heritage Party of Canada candidate was funny and served as comic relief. He got booed heavily when he said that he does not believe that global warming is real and that it has served to make Al Gore rich.

The Green Party candidate was very succinct and he also knew the party policies. Very relatable and discussed not being part of partisan politics, referring to Nash and Kennedy. Green Party discussed tax strategies including  not taxing income up to $25,000.

Marijuana party candidate was a joke and funny.

A major theme of the night became the issue of how to help the environment and the economy – mainly taxing at the source, cap and trade or carbon tax.

NDP surprisingly were really strong on the issues of arctic sovereignty and stopping foreign takeovers. She spoke strongly on opposing the war in Afghanistan and how her party voted against the Afghanistan war extension twice.

Kennedy had to defend supporting the current government’s mandates in parliament and he discussed how him and his party plan on reversing the items they voted for if elected to a new government. He played the victim card and said that they had to juggle between bringing down the government and forcing an election or trying to work with what they had.

The Conservative candidate kept referring to the new child benefit and the GST cut as a way of decreasing poverty in cities. She also briefly discussed the Conservative green plan as a set of fines for large companies that have large carbon emissions.

When asked, the NDP candidate discussed the possibility of a coalition with any other party and the Liberal candidate shot the idea down.

Abstraction reaction observations:

Jilian Saweczko

– not a clear communicator but at least she showed up. Long winded and read from a script. Has a son in the service and did not say she wanted to pull the troops out of Afghanistan. Was pro-life but said that Harper would not open the issue. Hard to understand because of accent and lack of communication skills.

Peggy Nash

– clear, concise, affable, competent, engaging, a lot of applause, roars from the crowd, respectful to the other candidates, proficient, clearly stated her stance on every issue

Rob Rishchynski

– clear, concise, not as articulate but made key points

Gerard Kennedy

– smarmy, overly confident, not direct in his answers, blustery, came off very evangelical and grandiose, grabbed mic and walked about the stage as if in a church service, impatient with the organizers, visible flustered at times, was reprimanded by the moderator, rude

30
Sep
08

Conservative candidates refuse to debate!

Conservative candidates in Manitoba refuse to take part in an all candidates meeting at the University of Winnipeg. In an email gaffe, one Conservative party organizer accidentally sent an email to the school union referring to the University as a no-fly zone. Conservatives clearly don’t care about education or their potential constituents.

29
Sep
08

John McCain asks Sarah Palin to Step Aside…

John McCain is considering removing Sarah Palin from her post as VP nominee.  Recent interviews with the press have not gone well and it’s time for her to exit.  In a move to appeal to women voters, the newest name being discussed within the party is Dianne Keller, the current mayor of the City of Wasilla, Alaska.  Among her long list of credentials, she is touted for being a member of the  Alaska Moose Federation and donates regularly to  the Blood Bank of Alaska.  You can find out more about this formidable candidate here.

29
Sep
08

Stephen Harper Told a Lie Today

29
Sep
08

Stephen Harper Gooey Face Game

Check out this awesome Stephen Harper Gooey Face Game. My creation is below:

29
Sep
08

Who is Stephen Harper with Lipstick?

According to the Ottawa Citizen, the difference between Stephen Harper and Sarah Palin is lipstick.




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