“ We are not impressed with the prospect of chatting about the next arms race over canapés and champagne (with George W. Bush).”
A grumpy NDPer balks at having din-din with the man who launched the nightmarish inferno in Iraq and helped cause the deaths of over 100,000 people. Picky, picky.
Balless bully Bush
Like a classic bully, George W. Bush lacks the balls to face his detractors. Bush will be the first U.S. president to visit Canada without addressing Parliament. Hell, Bill Clinton, even while he was threatened with impeachment, and a reviled Ronald Reagan made the speech. Bush fears he'll be heckled, as he was when he spoke to parliament in Australia, a country whose politicians actually support his invasion of Iraq. Though not out of character for Bush, who's always shown a lack of respect for democratic institutions and contempt for open dialogue, it's still a gutless move from a man prepared to let others pay for his ideology with their lives.
Godfrey best for private pals
Paul Godfrey is better at looking out for his private-sector bosses' cash than he was at protecting the public interest in Toronto. Working for the people, he conned taxpayers into blowing $750 million on the instantly obsolete SkyDome. Now working for Blue Jays owner Ted Rogers, he's helped buy the Dome for a scandalous $25 million. Too bad Godfrey's big-biz pals didn't pay for it in the first place. Bet it would have come in for a lot less.
More proof that bureaucrats can't build tourist traps (Ontario Place, anyone?) is Humanitas. City staff think it will boost the waterfront like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame helped Cleveland. If Humanitas were a giant robot ride with flames shooting out of its head or a roller coaster blasting through a 50-storey skyscraper, maybe. Too bad it will be "a forum for civic engagement, storytelling and dialogue about the realities, challenges and pleasures of our urban experience." Jesus, where can we buy our season pass?
McGuinty blows gas
Sounds great that McGuinty's Liberals are requiring all gasoline to be at least 5 per cent ethanol by 2007. Too bad they're allowing corporations to sell their credits; ethanol overachievers can sell their excess performance to wealthy corporations not interested in complying. Kind of like allowing you to drive drunk as long as you have a sober person in the car to bring the average alcohol level below the legal limit. Another half-measure by a party content to be just a little bit better than Mike Harris's Tories.