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You can't say it much better than this:

-------- AUTHOR: Little Tobacco DATE: 4/26/2005 02:08:00 PM TITLE: Who is advising this guy? ----- BODY:
From the Globe & Mail
Prime Minister Paul Martin has cancelled a trip to Europe next month for the 60th anniversary of V-E Day over concerns the government might fall in his absence, even though the Conservatives vowed not to force an election while he was overseas.

A veterans group condemned his decision as a "terrible insult."


The PM is skipping out on what will probably be the last major event for the surviving veterans. There won't be many left for the next major anniversary.

Is the PM simply running out of gas?
-------- AUTHOR: Little Tobacco DATE: 4/26/2005 10:24:00 AM TITLE: Why the Tories May Balk ----- BODY:
While an election seems to be looming, there is word out of Ottawa that Harper is a tad unsure. The numbers in Atlantic Canada, where they call sponsorship scandals business as usual, are not moving and the organization in Quebec could be better. Perhaps Harper believes the spin that Canadians will think that he is a political opportunist, a title that he would despise.

The facts remain that the Tories are not going to be able to improve their lot in Quebec between now and the fall. In fact, the only one who can benefit from the delay is the Party that is begging for the delay - the Liberals. The Liberal strategy is simple, they know that central Canadians are looking for any reason to vote for the Liberals. That is what the Liberal Strategy is , give people a series of pegs on which to hang their hat. Harper is a political opportunist? No? OK, there were a few bad apples? No? OK, Harper is in cahoots with the separtists? No? OK, National Daycare will die if the conservatives are elected? No? OK, Toronto is screwed if the Tories win? No, OK ..... The Liberals are hoping that eventually you will find your peg. In the interim, they are going to use the public purse like they used to use sponsorship money. Spread it around to purchase some votes.

There is no doubt that an early election will probably result in either a Tory minority government (a virtual death sentence for Harper as the NDP and the Libs refuse to co-operate on anything and the Separtists carry on a separtist agenda), or a Liberal minority which, while atrue death sentence for Harper, allows him to leave with an"I told you so" - Ontario has no interest in good government and the politics of dependence is alive and well in Atlantic Canada.

Should the Tories jump at the earliest possible date, the end of next week? Perhaps not. There are a few things happening that make waiting till mid-May a good idea. First, the audit ordered by the Gomery Inquiry. This forensic audit may be quite revealing. Second, information & indications of Chuck Guite's testimony will be forthcoming. Third, the opportunity to campaign while Chretien is in Court attempting to stop the Gomery Inquiry will only happen once.

So, should the Tories wait for the Gomery report? Not unless they are confident that there is devastating information to follow. Those who say they will not vote for Harper is he goes early were never going to vote for Harper. Waiting for the report will not help. The only thing stopping the Tories is the fear that they may well indeed win; that in a minority government they will not get the time required to get their footing and carry out an agenda before their hand is forced.
-------- AUTHOR: Little Tobacco DATE: 4/25/2005 08:03:00 AM TITLE: Liberal Power costs us all ----- BODY:
The Liberals have a simple reason for entering a deal with the NDP eliminating the promised corporate tax cuts and it has nothing to do with good government. The Liberals are afraid to face the people, and well they should be. The "deal", if it is announced, is all the more evidence that the opposition should move to bring the government down. There is no sound policy here. There is simply the money of taxpayers being spent to keep the Liberals in power.

The NDP are also being opportunistic. They realize that to make themselves relevant they must show they can get results from a minority Parliament. That is why they picked an issue that will play to their core constituency. The message: it is only the NDP that will make "big" business pay its "fair" share; and a vote for the NDP is not a vote for the Tories.
-------- AUTHOR: Little Tobacco DATE: 4/25/2005 07:56:00 AM TITLE: Paul Martin: "That Bono thinks he's so cool" ----- BODY:
Prime Minister Paul Martin guest hosts the Little Tobacco Podcast. That Bono thinks he is so cool.
-------- AUTHOR: Little Tobacco DATE: 4/22/2005 08:30:00 AM TITLE: Paul Martin Guest Host - In your Face Harper! ----- BODY:
Paul Martin is still guest hosting the Little Tobacco Podcast
-------- AUTHOR: Little Tobacco DATE: 4/22/2005 07:34:00 AM TITLE: Paul Martin Speech Video Cast ----- BODY:
I saw a pathetic old man begging on TV last night. You can watch the videocast here.
-------- AUTHOR: Little Tobacco DATE: 4/21/2005 02:52:00 PM TITLE: Paul Martin Guest Host ----- BODY:
Paul Martin is the guest host on the Little Tobacco Podcast.
-------- AUTHOR: Little Tobacco DATE: 4/21/2005 08:01:00 AM TITLE: Liberal Party is in Crisis; Liberal Government is Illegitimate ----- BODY:
Paul Martin to address the nation, not as the head of the Liberal Party, but as the Prime Minister, to address a Liberal Party crisis under the guise of a crisis in the House of Commons. There is no crisis in the house of Commons that is not of the Government's own making. The opposition has lost confidence in the government. That is not a crisis that requires anything more than for the PM to show up in the House. On the same day that we find out that the Liberals were handing out judgeships in return for support, denigrating the judiciary, we now see the Liberals circumvent the governing institutions of the country. They have eliminated the chance to lose their government by shutting down the business of the House, the PM has not bothered to show up and now he is using his "good offices" to address the people and let them know that the House is in a shambles because the opposition will simply not accept his rule. This is a low day in the Northern banana Republic.

I will be podcasting on this later.
-------- AUTHOR: Little Tobacco DATE: 4/20/2005 09:04:00 AM TITLE: Illegitimate Government ----- BODY:
I spent the early morning lying in bed wondering what was going on in the head of the Liberal Government when they put an end to the opposition days ? How did they expect that they were going to get away with it? Regardless of the reason, and not liking a motion is not really a good reason, it stinks of third world dictatorship politics; a ploy to simply stay in power. The government has lost the confidence of the House of Commons and rather than own up to it, they are essentially shutting down the business of the House - delay any votes especially the budget and push the opposition days to the end of the session, perhaps even into June.

I have been podcasting a great deal these days, and I have been consistently talking about the obligation of the opposition parties to bring down the government when the Government starts governing for the sake of staying in power. That time has come. As I understand it, the Tories have managed to get an opposition day scheduled for May 19. That is the day that the government will be brought down. The election will come before the end of June (unless the Liberals decide to go for longer than 5 weeks, which would be odd when they are claiming that the country does not want an election).

The problem is that in the interim the country will, for all intents and purposes, have no legitimate government. The House of Commons is a circus, a clown show, and the ringmaster will not allow it to end. The Liberals will announce policy after policy. Their supporters will point out what will be cancelled if the Liberals are defeated. Yet the Liberals will not bring forth any legislation to the House. The whole thing is a joke.

Canadians who are paying attention must be shaking their heads. We have this view of our country and government that will not support the revelation that the Government would act in such a self interested and undemocratic manner.
-------- AUTHOR: Little Tobacco DATE: 4/20/2005 09:00:00 AM TITLE: New Pope ----- BODY:
The smoke is white .... should find out who within the hour....update: we now know Joseph Ratzinger is the new Pope ...

UPDATE: And what a Pope he is, according to David Janes , because his appointment is pissing off all the right people.

In the comment section a rare comment.
-------- AUTHOR: Little Tobacco DATE: 4/19/2005 01:56:00 PM TITLE: Cheney vs. Demarais : Even Canadian Content is Anti-American ----- BODY:
The CBC is a joke ... the Fifth Estate is doing the unauthorized biography of Dick Cheney ... Even "Canadian Content" is Anti- American.


THE UNAUTHORIZED BIOGRAPHY OF DICK CHENEY
Wednesday May 25, 2005 at 9pm on CBC-TV

American Vice-President Dick Cheney has walked the corridors of world power for three decades. His use of intelligence and his access to the key players in government and industry have made him one of the most powerful men in the world. This is the story of Dick Cheney's vision of America. But he has selective vision.

Cheney's remarkable life story involves the relentless accumulation of power in every form. He's been uniquely involved in a large share of U.S. policy and strategy over the past two decades, and regardless of the outcome of this fall's election, he will continue to be one of the most powerful and well-connected men in the world. the fifth estate will show how he accomplished this, what it involved in terms of costs for others, and what history's judgment could be.
Who cares about ADScam, Ernescliffe or Power Corp? A made in Canada scandal is just too scandalous.
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-------- AUTHOR: Little Tobacco DATE: 4/18/2005 10:11:00 PM TITLE: Keep following the yellow brick road ----- BODY:
Testimony today at the Public Accounts Committee .... I was most interested in Herle's testimony and finding out if there really is a wizard, however Kinsella stole the show by fingering Martin for using the puiblic purse to finance his leadership bid. Also note that there is a forensic audit due out soon that may be of interest.
-------- AUTHOR: Little Tobacco DATE: 4/18/2005 06:53:00 PM TITLE: The NDP are shameless ----- BODY:
Layton exposes the NDP position ... on the one hand he will no longer vilify Harper and on the other he will prop up Liberal corruption for a price. These are the guys that told you that Free Trade would mean the end of health care. They have no credibility.

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-------- AUTHOR: Little Tobacco DATE: 4/14/2005 04:29:00 AM TITLE: Yellow Brick Road - Herle before the Finance Committee ----- BODY:
David Herle is being brought before the Public Accounts Committee. Why? Are there documents that are not sponsorship related that the Tories want out in the public realm? Will the Yellow Brick Road lead back to Paul Martin? Herle is a former Ernescliffe guy and the Ernescliffe crowd had contracts. Is this just a fishing expedition or is the committee on to something?

What has Warren Kinsella got to do with any of this? Kinsella does not seem all that thrilled that he too has been subpoenaed. However, I know that there are Chretienites rubbing their hands with glee over the Herle subpoena. Why are some old Liberals so interested in a fishing expedition?

People may want to pay attention to this one (though lying to the Public Accounts Committee appears to have become old hat) as there may be more here than meets the eye.
-------- AUTHOR: Little Tobacco DATE: 4/14/2005 01:54:00 AM TITLE: ----- BODY:
Wonder what they are thinking in Toronto? look in The Star ...
The Liberals messed up, but I'd rather stick with them than to have a Conservative government. Stephen Harper is an intolerant man and not the right person for Canada. I don't want Canada to turn into a George W. Bush America.
Jeremy Rathers, Toronto, April 11

Yes, I think the Liberals are no longer fit to govern, but on the other hand, I am very concerned about giving Stephen Harper a majority mandate. Here are some issues to consider with Harper as prime minister: Canadian troops fighting in Iraq, staunch support for U.S. missile defence, gradual erosion of universal health care, and deep tax cuts that may put us back into deficit. Think about it, folks.
Andrew Mente, Toronto, April 11
It’s better to stick with the devil you know, and watch him clean up his mess than to cast your vote for the devil you don’t know. Canadians have a habit of punish-voting the old guard, without thinking of who they’re ushering into power as a result.

Shawn Sintzel, Toronto, April 11
Paul Martin is trying to clean up the problem, and so people are contemplating voting him out of office? The mind boggles at this logic. The old guard could not be trusted, while this one shows it possibly can. Would the Tories have handled this any better?
Alok Ghai, Toronto, April 11

The time is now for a new government, but the current opposition parties still don’t have the right stuff.
Bill Stanois, Toronto, April 11

-------- AUTHOR: Little Tobacco DATE: 4/12/2005 02:29:00 PM TITLE: Political Opportunism ----- BODY:
At what point is an action simple political opportunism? The Liberals have adopted the position, supported by a Toronto Star editorial, that the Liberals deserve a chance to get out of this mess; that there should be no action to bring down the government until Gomery reports. What if the opposition loses confidence in the government? And I mean they really lose confidence in the government. What if the stench of corruption begins to fill up the room? Does not the opposition have the obligation to bring down the government? It would so seem to me.

The political opportunism is being practiced by the Government who is using the Gomery report to stay in power. We know Liberal government survival requires the subordination of sound public policy to political opportunism. The whim of the likely Liberal voter will prevail over good governance. The opposition cannot adopt the artificial timeline set by a desperate government trying to stave off defeat. They must act when it is apparent that the government no longer has legitimacy and is governing for its own sake rather than that of the people.

Thus, while the people may not want an election, The Star wants to endorse Martin and the Liberals are begging for time, the opposition has a duty to the people of Canada - to bring down the government once the government's actions are purely self-serving.
-------- AUTHOR: Little Tobacco DATE: 4/12/2005 10:48:00 AM TITLE: Chretien & all time lows ----- BODY:
The Libs are way down in the polls, 27%. The old low was 29% in 1989 under Turner. Strange how Chretien was in on both lows. Many felt that if Chretien had won the leadership from Turner, the Libs would have been in better shape. Many now feel had Chretien never won the leadership from Martin the Party would be better off.

Note as well that there is some new testimony linking the Chretien offices to the money trail.

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-------- AUTHOR: Little Tobacco DATE: 4/12/2005 10:40:00 AM TITLE: Iran is not playing nice ----- BODY:
The "government" of Iran has announced that it will not go along with the Canadian suggestion that there be a third country autopsy in the Kazemi case. What a shock! Call the United Nations! Get a resolution now, before the Iranians kill another reporter! Or Canada can do the unthinkable and act in an adult way, unilaterally because it is the right thing to do.

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Globe & Mail story
-------- AUTHOR: Little Tobacco DATE: 4/11/2005 02:29:00 PM TITLE: Election fraud? ----- BODY:
Liberal audit can't trace the money? Where is Elections Canada on this one? Listen to my PODCAST.
-------- AUTHOR: Little Tobacco DATE: 4/10/2005 09:53:00 PM TITLE: Screencasting ----- BODY:
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-------- AUTHOR: Little Tobacco DATE: 4/10/2005 08:19:00 PM TITLE: Grow up ----- BODY:
Kilgour is the first Liberal to say the whole thing stinks. I'm calling on Dryden (Ken, you are my childhood hero and you are being used) and Brison (principle goes beyond social issues) to give it up. Harper, we know where you stand on gay marriage. To ask the rest of the country to take a step to political maturity you have to take one yourself. Canada, grow up. You have been living in your parents' basement since 1867; time to move out.

Thanks Ian Scott for directing traffic. Ian is going to be taking a blogging break for business and personal reasons.

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-------- AUTHOR: Little Tobacco DATE: 4/09/2005 09:28:00 AM TITLE: Chretien - Nixon ----- BODY:
There's an excerpts from Lawrence Martin's biography of Jean Chretien that may be appropriate at this time. It was just after Turner had received the endorsement of his leadership at the 1986 Liberal Convention:
[Chretien] could not resist speaking of others who, like himself, had been considered down and out. Trudeau quit in 1979 and came back, and Bourassa and Turner, Chretien noted, did the same.

And of course Richard Nixon.

"Nixon said they wouldn't have him to kick around anymore," the little guy from Shawinigan reminded reporters. "And he came back."
(p.363)
-------- AUTHOR: Little Tobacco DATE: 4/08/2005 01:44:00 PM TITLE: Reality Check ----- BODY:
Martin wants the Tories to hold off on forcing an election until Gomery reports. Martin may have ignored the corruption in his own party but to ask Canadians to do the same shows the fiber of the man. For Martin to ask the Opposition to forego its duty to the citizens of the country and try to shift the blame for an election call to the opposition stinks to the high heavens. Willful blindness is willful. Martin can ignore the elephant in the room but Canadians should not. The real question is when will Martin do the honorable thing and go to the people?

The maturity of this country is being put to the test. Will we again reward corruption?

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-------- AUTHOR: Little Tobacco DATE: 4/08/2005 01:42:00 PM TITLE: Back on line ----- BODY:
Blogger is letting me post again .... almost two days without access ... I've been posting at my BlogMatrix Sparks account. There are a couple of new podcasts. Sorry for the inconvenience.
-------- AUTHOR: Little Tobacco DATE: 4/06/2005 02:40:00 PM TITLE: Strategic Lines Drawn - no word from Gomery ----- BODY:
Fever pitch in the House of Commons. Strange things ...
I did not understand what the PM was talking about .... a Liberal program that was designed to support national unity funded separtists and this was somehow good for the Liberals? It is as if the money was tainted, not the program.

Monte Solberg essentially called the Minister of Finance and the PM "dishonest" ... I did not wait around to see if the comments were withdrawn ....

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-------- AUTHOR: Little Tobacco DATE: 4/06/2005 12:19:00 PM TITLE: Brault trail delayed - Gomery Ban to end? ----- BODY:
Hey folks, a delay has been granted in the Brault & Guite trials. This may lift one of the reasons for the publication ban - the proximity of the commission testimony to the criminal trials. However the delay is only for about a month so it is hard to call the lifting of the ban. If the ban is indeed lifted it will actually increases the chances of an early election... the claim that Canadians do not want an election may well change to Canadians demanding an election.

Will attempt to keep on top of this...

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-------- AUTHOR: Little Tobacco DATE: 4/06/2005 05:40:00 AM TITLE: Canada, Iran and the missing body ----- BODY:
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-------- AUTHOR: Little Tobacco DATE: 4/05/2005 05:28:00 PM TITLE: No Gomery Election ...Yet. ----- BODY:
Yikes! How fast can the Liberals back off on the budget bill? Faster than you can say Captain Ed! They have agreed to drop the Kyoto component and the Conservatives are demanding that the Atlantic Accord priovisions also be removed, made into a seperate bill and voted on this session.

Oh the wages of sin... The Gomery's publication ban is effectively over. Canadian reporters are not giving details but they are all admitting that the latest testimony is damning and goes to the top of the Liberal Party.

The Libs have fallen back on the old stand-by ... you may recall that Canada only signed onto the Kyoto Accord to get a scandal off the front pages.. Chretien did not consult with caucus or cabinet ..he just announced. The Libs announced in the House today that we could expect the Kyoto implementation plan next Wednesday ... it should be good, getting rushed off the shelf like that.

Finally we have the Conservatives going after the PM and Pettigrew on the Kazemi affair. And well they should ... Every action of normalcy with the Iranian government only gives that tyranny legitimacy ..it seems obvious but that does not stop our Government.

Here is my podcast.
-------- AUTHOR: Little Tobacco DATE: 4/05/2005 02:35:00 AM TITLE: Liberal Fraud ----- BODY:
The Libs want the RCMP to investigate potential fraud against the Liberal Party arising out of Ad Scam .... wasn't April Fools Day last week? Why are they doing this? You can listen to my podcast here .

But since the theme of the week is giving out clues here is mine: Who had a Liberal Party credit card?

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-------- AUTHOR: Little Tobacco DATE: 4/04/2005 11:25:00 AM TITLE: Gomery Election? ----- BODY:
The news leaking out of the Gomery Inquiry is not very good for the Liberals ...Systemic corruption would appear to be the norm ... Will this mean a quick election? If it does which way will the electorate go?

Ianism wants a new "Freedom Party" and I am quite guilty of complaining that none of the parties represent me. Perhaps that is because we wait to see who offers themselves for election rather than getting involved at the nomination level.

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Thanks Ian for the plug.
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