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posted 19 January 2006 10:31 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
More than 600 people filled the hall in downtown Toronto last Thursday night to watch what promised to be a contentious all-candidates debate about Canada's role in fighting poverty, both at home and abroad. The television cameras were ready to roll. Only one problem: the Conservative candidate hadn't shown up. And he never did. Why should the Conservatives bother to send someone to a debate about poverty? What's in it for them? Probably not many votes.

Linda McQuaig

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posted 20 January 2006 08:33 PM      Profile for Cougyr     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
I always have a terrible time replying to Linda McQuaig. She's always right.
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posted 20 January 2006 09:21 PM      Profile for Fidel     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
I think Stephen Harper should be horsewhipped.

Linda, you go girl.

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Stephen Gordon
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posted 20 January 2006 09:23 PM      Profile for Stephen Gordon        Edit/Delete Post

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posted 20 January 2006 09:26 PM      Profile for N.Beltov   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
A waste of leather, Fidel. Just let him lose and go back to the Nazional Citizen's Coalition where he belongs.
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posted 20 January 2006 10:36 PM      Profile for Fidel     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Originally posted by Stephen Gordon:

I meant that in jest, as in Conrad Black's suggestion that Linda be horsewhipped. I imagine Linda's chapter on Locke's period of enclosure must have stuck in his mind for some reason. And just look where he is now!

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posted 05 February 2006 03:01 PM      Profile for Char     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Why were the Conservatives the only party that wanted to give a tax cut to the poorest 30% of Canadians?
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jeff house
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posted 05 February 2006 03:30 PM      Profile for jeff house     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Oh please.

The Conservatives want to give by far the largest tax cuts to the wealthy. The most conspicuous example is their policy towards capital gains.

When one sells a stock or other asset, income can be generated.

The Conservatives want to exempt much or all of this gain from taxation.

Basically, they'll give the poor $1.00 so that they can hand the rich $500.00.

Then they hope morons will fixate on the former.

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Diane Demorney
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posted 05 February 2006 03:37 PM      Profile for Diane Demorney   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Rick Bell, columnist for the Calgary Sun, explains:
Taxing issue
Prepare paycheques for a cut, after Harper grabs the reins
By Rick Bell

So now let's get ready for the Stephen Harper tax hike.

Yes, after tomorrow's swearing-in of the PM and his inner circle, it will only be a matter of weeks before the first Tory budget when the ever-present taxman will come to call.

But there is one consolation. Behind the scenes, opposition from all sides, including some of the ideological buddies of Harper the PM, are reported to be imploring the new federal government to abandon its crazy notion of putting up our personal income taxes. What? Put up our taxes? Conservatives?

Now, now. You could not have forgotten the Harper pledge to raise your taxes. Let us look back in the recent rear view.

Continued here...

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posted 05 February 2006 11:20 PM      Profile for momo     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
I'm going to sit around and wait for Harper to start to sink the country in the bathtub. And I really have no problem with $7 from $100 spent by a middle class teen goes to the mall with parent's cash - I have no problem with that much going to pay for health care. If it is a consumer society - leave in that progressive tax.

Whatever Harper cuts - let's stay on the game and make sure we know if he is dumping huge debt on us - cause in the USA - they'll be paying off that debt for a generation (and that was the plan - no new spending initiatives will be the result and likely no replacing all the cuts Bush has made so far).

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posted 11 February 2006 06:47 PM      Profile for Boinker   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Linda McQuaig may be "right" about the right but she could be wrong. There are just not enough potential or existing redknecks in Canada to support a "Republican" ethos. Now Harper is either smart or stupid. He is either lining up his feet in the crosshairs OR he has orchestrated a minority government that would give the Conservatives, with the NDP accomodating, a majority.

What would be his purpose in this if he intended to drive the agenda rightward? No, I say what he has developed now is the perfect political mechanism to foil social conservatives in the party.

Perhaps I am giving too much credit to him. On the other hand perhaps not.

Now why is it necessarily wrong to cater to the rich? What does McQuaig mean? It was the rich in the form of the earls and knights of yore that wrested the Magna Carta from wicked old King John wasn't it?.

Isn't Prince Charles sponsoring environmentally responsible cities in China? Are we automatically supposed to find teh rich "immoral" and then eat them for breakfast?

The reality is the wealthy are the backbone of the welfare state. Their good will and cooperation is, in the absence of a social revolution to replace them, essential to the very notion of things like universal healthcare and education.

I assume that McQuaig knows her history and knows that there are virtually no examples in modern times in modern societies where progressive movements succeed without the cooperation of the enlightened bourgoise.

So I think she is playing the old Liberal media game and not really looking at the situation with any kind of "objectivity".

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