“We have to know that the people who lead us are above the level of criminals.”
Conservative windbag and opportunist Stephen Harper on the Liberal sponsorship scandal - just before he darkened the doorway of the House of Commons to vote for crippling amendments to the same-sex marriage bill. Now, that's criminal.
The Better Way is by bike
Another threatened TTC strike, another hassle for already frazzled commuters. But we have to thank transit union head Bob Kinnear and TTC management for that hustle masquerading as contract talks last week. All that fear-mongering about The Better Way calling it a day for better pay managed to do what years of lobbying couldn't: turn more transit riders on to cycling. Judging by the flurry of activity at bike shops around town, The Better Way had better hurry up with those bike racks.
Rogers's wild pitch
Fans arrived at the Blue Jays home opener Friday expecting to hear bats cracking, but were treated to a barrage of advertising instead, no thanks to the Dome's new owners, Rogers Inc. Besides the plastic bags stuffed with Rogers paraphernalia that met paying customers at their seats, the product-pushing ran practically non-stop on the new Jumbotron in centre field and on screens on the outfield fences. Congrats to fans who tossed the ad debris onto the infield.
About saving face
Mike Harris's former hench-hog/chief of staff, Guy Giorno, now says amalgamation was a big mistake, "bad public policy" and "bad politics." To hear Giorno tell it, as he did to a Ryerson audience last week, it was the addled uncle, former municipal affairs minister Al Leach, who sold cabinet on the screwy idea that's only sunk T.O.'s finances in the toilet. Of course, Giorno, architect of the Common Nonsense Revolution, had nothing to do with the whole stupid idea.
Just like Double-talkin' Dalton to cut and run when the going gets tough. And to use the misfortunes of his sponsorship-scandal-plagued cousins in Ottawa to blast that phantom federal funding gap he says is behind all that ails Ontario. The Duke of Double-talk, who's broken more promises than a Yorkville gigolo, says Paul Martin is out of touch with voters. Excuse us while we puke. The gap only exists because our preem lacks the guts to kill Tory tax cuts.