“Think of Celine Dion. Think of Louise Arbour. I’m one of them, one of those Canadians who went overseas... did well, wants to come back because this is the only home we’ll ever have.”
Liberal leadership hopeful Michael Ignatieff on why he aspires to move into 24 Sussex and not, say, the White House.
They were here first
We know Stephen Harper is Quebec’s newest BFF and all (that’s “best friend forever” for those of you not into MySpace or following the saga of Paris and Nicole), but come on, did he really have to put out the whole “Quebec’s a nation” thing just one brief week after smacking down the Kelowna Accord? Aboriginals are Canada’s First Nation, after all. Of course, they can’t deliver as many votes as Quebec, and offering them nation status wouldn’t fit so neatly into Harper’s plans to dismantle – oops, decentralize – federal powers. Shame.
Kind of like a bow-tied door-to-door huckster, Canada’s long been suspected of using its squeaky-clean image to peddle cancer-causing asbestos around the globe. But a recent report written for the Natural Resources minister outs all the dirty details of our backroom wheeling and dealing on the toxic substance. Turns out Canada’s overpriced asbestos exports are being propped up by cheaper producers around the globe in exchange for the federal government’s promotion of so-called safe use of the fire-retardant mineral. Talk about some killer quid pro quo.
We were a little creeped out when Stockwell Day’s Canada Border Services Agency tapped Toronto’s Police Services Board on the shoulder and asked it to review T.O.’s groundbreaking “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy designed to shield witnesses and victims of crime from questions about their immigration status. Day’s henchmen argued their position Homeland Security-style to the cop board November 28, arguing that by protecting, say, immigrant victims of domestic abuse, we could be letting terrorists slip away. Thankfully, board members Pam McConnell and Hamlin Grange gave CBSA reps an earful before sending them back to Washing…, er, Ottawa, to do their homework.
Green with envy
Not prone to crying over spilled milk, or lost seats, the Green Party’s already spun leader Elizabeth May’s loss in November 27’s by-election into a major victory. May did take nearly 26 per cent of votes in London North Centre, up from 5.48 per cent in the last federal election. With a little more campaign time and a lot more eco fuck-ups by the feds, the enviro champ just might snag a seat next time. And while the NDP may be comforted by the prediction that Greens are likely to suck up more blue votes than orange, we hope that’s not a reality May’s too willing to milk.