Last Heidi heard the Ukraine was a sovereign nation and was able to make its’ own way in the world. It has been independent since 1991 and has an elected president with a five year term.
Now this independent duly elected government has decided to go with Russia when it comes to free trade rather than the EU. This has caused a large portion of the population to demonstrate against the deal. Sounds OK here in Canada we can demonstrate even close rail lines and roads. But if someone from outside of Canada joins in they are tagged as paid agitator’s or urban terrorists or just plain criminal’s.
It seems that our Canadian government feels that the Ukraine should not go with Russia but sign up to be part of the EU . Heidi believes they can have their opinion and if they wish they can call in the Ukraine’s ambassador and tell them so .
Heidi does not believe a minister of the Canadian government , Minister Baird, has any right to go to the Ukraine and join in with the demonstrators . What we have here is one sovereign nation directly interfering with the internal affairs of another sovereign nation. Canada is skating on real thin ice here.
Funny thing is the media has only given this lip service . Is this because they do not know what spin to put on it . Do they side with the Canadian government or do they side with the Ukraine government . One way they are supporting this direct interference and the other they are supporting the Ukraine’s alliance with Russia . Problem with the world media today they do not know how to just report the facts and let the readers decide what is right or wrong they seem to have this need to sensationalize . Heidi thinks this may be to simply sell the paper or air time .
During the cold war countries directly interfered with the internal workings of each other and came real close to losing it all .
Heidi believes that Steven Harper has no idea that if you do not learn from history you will relive it and in this case that is a very bad thing .
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During a session of the house the government was asked if they did not feel the omnibus bill concerning cyberbullying over stepped the mark when it came to allowing law enforcement access to Canadian’s E mail and browsing history.
Surprising enough the Government did reply with an answer that was related to the question. Answer given was they had contacted the ethics commissioner and got a pass. Of course they got a pass , the mandate of the ethics commission has little to nothing to do with the subject matter so of course as far as the ethics side of things they were doing no wrong.
Now a week to ten days later the outgoing Privacy Commissioner held a news conference where she announced some concern over the bill as to new police powers and the privacy of Canadians .
To put the icing on the cake our government is now looking for a contractor to monitor all Canadian social media 24 hours a day every day and report back to the government with their findings . What this contractor is supposed to be looking for was not divulged. When asked why the response was “ this is the best way for the Government to learn just what Canadians want .”
Really is this the reason or is the government looking to find out who is saying what about them so they can be grouped and latter targeted somehow.
Heidi can only guess at the answer and Heidi’s guess is as good as yours at this point. Perhaps the subject of the attack ads during the next election will tell the story.
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Concern over the WTO’s verdict as to the seal hunt and the embargo over seal products is in a word baffling .
Some points to consider.
When Steven Harper was negotiating a free trade deal with the EU the embargo was before the WTO but it was not mentioned when the PM was back in Canada saying what a great deal it was. Did the PM believe that Canada was a shoe in to win and so thought it was a non-issue, did the PM think it was better for him politically to tell the provinces they would be paying more for drugs then to tell the sealing community the embargo issue was not resolved.
Now that the WTO has made it clear the embargo is just except if the seal products are the result of a aboriginal or Inuit hunt or a cull to sustain fish stocks there seems to be an uproar. A member of parliament stood outside of the house and announced how this was going decimate the Inuit way of life. How could this be when the WTO said it is OK to have seal products produced from an Inuit hunt. On the same theme why isn’t our Minister of fisheries drafting up a quota on seals to sustain the fish stocks which would then make those seals legal to sell to the EU.
Heidi sees that the EU governments did an unusual thing compared to our government in that they listened to the voters and came up with a ban on seal products. Having said that regardless of the WTO decision there would still be a very small market for our seal products because a large number of people in the EU don’t want seal products.
Like every other product when one market dries up the manufacture must find another market. It is not the fault of the EU that their population is not in the market for seal products . It is our fault for not looking for a new market.
Heidi is sure there is a market out there some place as it is a big hungry world we live in , it is not like we are hunting down Koala bears and selling them as food and boots.
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Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird is back at his Iranian bashing. Remember when he stood on his soap box and spewed about what a sham the Iranian elections were and how nothing would change . Never heard a word from him when there was a new person put in charge , never heard a word when talks started over the nuclear issues .
Now that a deal is in the works and the leaders of the free world think it is a step in the right direction and that the deal may hold . That is every leader in the free world except Canada and Israel. I can understand the stand Israel is taking given the rocky past between the two , but not Canada’s open condemnation of the agreement .
Baird is supposed to be a diplomat but he acts like one of Harpers back bench sock puppets. What a diplomat would have said was , Canada congratulates the people involved in this agreement and see it as a step forward to ending these nuclear issues, we sincerely hope that this agreement bares fruit. But instead Baird simply insinuated it was all a waste of time and Iran can’t be trusted .
Question is why is the CPC so against Iran normalizing relations with the west. Could it be the friendship with Israel , is it because now Iranian oil will be back on the market driving down the price of tar sands oil, is because in reality the CPC is just a branch of the tea party and they don’t like anything.
Heidi can only suggest that Baird is taking orders from someone that is not qualified to give orders and this is not good for Canada.
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Shame on the Conservative Government of Canada, for the way they are using the tragic deaths of two young ladies ,to push through snooping legislation that the country has already said they did not want.
Peter MacKay had the nerve to stand up in a public place and spew out lies when describing his new cyberbullying bill. First two pages of the fifty plus pages of the bill do deal with the issue of cyberbullying. These two pages describe in detail that posting an explicit image without permission will be punishable . What an explicit image is , is described in detail. This is a good thing as far as it goes but where is the mention of hacking into some ones social media and leaving untrue statements , where is the mention of sending hateful E Mails where is the mention posting video alluding to untrue acts.
Perhaps the missing or overlooked issues would make the Conservative attack ads illegal and then ruin the next election for them .
We have what is called an omnibus bill which contains a small percentage of good and large amount of bad. If the someone votes against the bill because of the large amount of bad in it they will forever be branded by the CPC as being in favor of cyberbullying.
Vic must be doing the happy dance because all that snooping legislation he couldn’t pass will soon become law.
And this folks is the way Harper and the rest of the CPC operate.
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Rob Ford and his story are not going away anytime soon, so why would the GTA media need to swarm him at a Remembrance Day ceremony . No matter how much air time or print this story is selling there is absolutely no reason to defile the memory of our fallen service men and women with a shoving match around Rob Ford.
Wait a day and go back to camping out at his office or his mother’s house or wherever . What is the matter with the media of today when they need to act in such a degrading way.
PM is hiding things in the budget bill again, remember the omnibus bill. Was a budget bill that included massive changes to everything from budgetary items to the rules governing navigable waters . Here we go again the new budget among other things included changes to how people qualify to join the Supreme Court Of Canada .
When challenged on this point the Minister simply said these are not changes these are simply clarifications to make the process go easier . It appears that these clarifications are simply the way the PMO sees’ things and are not necessarily the way a court would see these things. Given the governments poor record in court challenges Heidi can only conclude that the government is trying to tilt the scales of justice.
After the Minister returned to his seat the entire Conservative side of the room came to their feet and clapped their hands like a bunch of trained seals. I would call them Harp seals but the Greens would not be amused so let us call them Harper seals . Not to be confused with Harbor seals as they are useful.
This minister was also asked what defined “not normal economic times” this is a term used in the throne speech . The Minister managed to babble on until the speaker called time on question period
As Heidi has said in the past all sides of the house need to get down to work and stop baiting each other , clapping like a bunch of school kids , banging on their desks and get to work .
Watched some of the first question period and have concluded that the Tea Party has nothing on the Federal parliament of Canada. Even though the star of the Tea party is Canadian it has a long way to go to be as stupid sounding and looking as our Federal Parliament.
First thing out of the gate our official opposition started back on the senate scandal with questions about what the PM new and said and didn’t say . Well since the PM found an excuse to be out of town and left scripted answers with a sock puppet what was the point of the question. Opposition members could wait until the PM slithers back to Ottawa to ask the question and instead of reading from the prepared scrip the Government could have simply said the matter is under police investigation and they cannot comment which should have put the scandal questions on hold.
Do not get Heidi wrong there were some good question put forth by the opposition such as the removal of funding from any one counseling rape victims about abortion. However the governments answer was from a prepared script. Heidi watched several government ministers give answers from a prepared script. What would this indicate, could be a couple of things, the PMO tells what they should say and provides the script so they will not deviate, as a minister they have no idea what their ministry is about so some bureaucrat has given them notes to read from. After reading the prepared script as to the answers they would babble on about something that had nothing to do with the topic at hand.
Heidi remembers the time before Mulroney when during question period ,when a minister was asked a question they knew the answer they knew the numbers and if the opposition did not like the answer they were quick to respond. Now the minister reads from prepared notes and the opposition cannot respond to the answer because they are not sure if they like it or not .
Heidi wants to know what happened to our government. When did the opposition become confrontational and when did the government itself become defensive and secretive to the point all the elected officials seem to just care about getting reelected and then suck up to the PMO to become a minister. When did our representatives stop representing us and start only representing the PMO.
Just a last thought, why did Harper need to go to Brussels on the first day of Parliament , Heidi is more than positive that the political leaders of Europe would delay things for a day or two so Steve could attend the first day of Parliament. After all he is the PM and it would at the very least be a courtesy to the people of Canada that he show up on the first day especially since he delayed the first day by proroguing Parliament to do whatever he does while not wearing his wedding ring.
Apparently Minister Baird has announced the CPC is going to restart funding to find and disarm cluster bombs in Laos.
Heidi cannot help but wonder if the money Baird and the CPC say they are going to spend in Laos is the same money that was saved by not allowing aid organizations to counsel thirteen year olds that were gang raped by soldiers .
Another thought is way would Minister Baird need to fly to Laos to announce the funding when we are sure there is a representative of Canada close by that could do the job just as well. Could it be the sock puppets are getting in their frequent flyer miles before Harpers house of cards comes down.
Just a final thought if it was the Americans that dropped tons of these cluster bombs, a lot that didn’t explode, should they not be footing the entire clean up.
We have a government that has said more than one time that Canadian resources are their main stay and that they will travel the world to sell them . We have a main competitor in Brazil which goes head to head with Canada with production and the need for international sales.
Apparently we have been spying on the resource ministry of Brazil , now as a government what use would the doings of this ministry be . Governments do not produce minerals or oil or lumber they do not set the price for these commodities . Heidi wonders if this information garnered with taxpayers money is being passed on to the resource industry to sort of give them insider information.
If and Heidi says if because this is just a theory the government is passing on this information what did or what will the government get in return. This is the same government that cut subsidies to political parties because they should go out and get their donations the old fashion way. Heidi wonders if the reason the CPC is so flush, besides the in out scams and other issues brought to light like donating large sums to your own campaign then forgetting to put all on the books , are there some resource based straw men out there.
Just a theory ,Heidi likes to look in all the corners just to see if there any rocks to over turn .