Again to today the opposition were pounding the minister because she scolded the committee for not providing a proper answer to the question of what alternative election process Canada should use.
OK the answer was use a proportional system. Heidi would like to now provide an analogy of that answer. Caution this may a bit hard for some to follow.
A large family has always consumed M and M garlic bread no other bread was ever consumed. One day father says garlic bread is not the best thing for the family it makes our breath bad and there are crumbs all over the house. Father then picks the three oldest children to pick a new bread and when they do there will be family vote to see if we want to change. Few days later the oldest children come back and say we want Sobeys bread. Father is a bit disturbed with this answer and tells the oldest children they did not do as asked. Well the oldest children tell father to pound salt because they did decide what kind of bread they wanted. They wanted Sobeys bread. Anyone see a similarity to what has happened in the house as to electoral reform.
Moving on father says OK Sobeys bread it is and I pick full grain seed filled bread. He takes his choice to the family for a vote and everyone complains and wines that it was his choice all along. Is this going to be result of the poor performance of the committee?
That is Heidi’s take on what is going on in the house today. Again it appears the opposition is only there to make life difficult for the government and could care less about helping get things done and make life a little better for Canadians. Well only the Canadians that can pass the how to be a Canadian test.
In the house today there was a lot of talk about referendums and giving Canadians a say. Let Heidi start by saying confusion is the name of the game.
We have eighty some percent of the special committee in favor of a proportional vote and a referendum to ask Canadians if they want to stay the same or move to proportional .
Opposition members go on to say that Canadians want a say and they want proportional voting to be introduced .
Heidi is starting to think the opposition must have used their donation list to ask Canadians if they asked anyone at all.
Reading the report one thing that jumped out of an attachment to the report (Fair Vote Canada Submission) was that “Proportional systems take many different forms”. Heidi now wonders that when asked were these Canadians told this or is the committee just going to pick one for us.
Apparently early next week every address is going receive a questionnaire the answers from which the government will decide which way to go . Could be stay the same , pick one of the many proportional systems ,put it to a referendum with only two choices stay or proportional,put it to a referendum with several choices.
Heidi finds it kind of funny that a vote to end first past the post will be decided by a first past the post vote.
Please call, mail or otherwise contact your MP for a full explanation of all the options and do not let your MP get away with a no answer politcal say a lot and mean nothing response that just targets one of the other parties.
Today in the house and indeed in a lot of media the primary topic was what the PM said of the passing of Fidel Castro.
Conservatives have of late talked of Canadian values and new Canadians should not be allowed in the country unless they can pass a test on those values. Given the questions in the house today Heidi really believes that the Conservatives could not pass the test. In Heidi’s many years as a Canadian it has been noticed Canadians always find something good to say about the departed. If it is the X Spouse, the mean boss or the grumpy neighbour Canadians always seem to find good and leave the bad for another day.
So we have a PM that said he was sad to see Fidel pass on and then went on to remind us of education, jobs medical etc. that the Cuban people now have. When asked he did say yes the man was a dictator. But again back to values even the Pope had kind words but not the Conservatives they chose to make political points with a person’s death. Heidi says shame on them.
Heidi can understand why many American officials have celebrated at the news, obviously it is because for fifty years Fidel rubbed their noses in it and they didn’t like it. Meanwhile Canada filled hotels, built a communications infrastructure, drilled oil wells and developed mines all in an effort to help the Cuban people. Heidi was ashamed at the way the Harper government treated Cuba by delaying visas for diplomats and encouraging Canadians not to visit Cuba.
That’s what Heidi thinks, what do you think.
Lots of it in the house today, here are a couple examples
Chinese attend a fund raiser and donate a million dollars to a foundation, WRONG this donation was set up three years ago
Chinese attend a fund raiser and bingo a new bank is approved, WRONG this bank was approved by Steve Harper
Government ministers are not being ethical as to fund raisers, WRONG the government is following the same rules developed by Steven Harper but are being way more open about it
Previous government never fund raised this way, WRONG several examples were given in the house that proved that they did
Heidi is not an NDP supporter but other than their leader, who was on some kind of fishing trip, this party was the only party that stuck to government business. It appears that all the MP’s that want to lead the Conservatives are more interested in looking to degrade the government than to look at policy. Is this because there is only one person who wants to lead the NDP so they have no one to impress.
Moving from the house
Worst case of false news however was on power and politics November 23 2016 when a Conservative MP was allowed to blurt out false news about the Chinese at the close of the segment and there was no correction made by the moderator.
If you don’t like the way things are working on the hill call your MP Heidi did. If nothing else Heidi knows some one will answer the phone.
Heidi watched the debate on CPP changes today and one thing caught Heidi’s attention. A member said that he had gone door to door in his riding and asked the elderly how they were doing financially. Well for the most part they were not doing all that well and wished the CPP was a bit better because after paying down their home educating their children and paying medical bills they had little or nothing left to save for retirement. In response to this the opposition said these changes will not help anyone for at least forty years so the member opposite had no case.
Perhaps the opposition doesn’t realize that if you do not learn from history you will repeat it. All these twenty something’s just hitting the work force will be worse off than today’s elderly.Heidi says this because the industries with an in house pension plan are disappearing and full time jobs are being replaced with full time contract jobs. Couple this with out of control housing and food costs these folks will need all the help they can get forty years from now.
Moving on to question period. Opposition members based most of their questions on what the President elect will do when he is put in office. Concerns about free trade and climate change were raised based on what the President elect had said during his campaign. Personally Heidi believes the President elect has no idea what he is going to do. Conservative members should realize that until transition is completed the lawyers interviewed (as to legalities of dismissing treaties) and international meetings with heads of state have taken place nothing will change.
Just to conclude opposition members do not seem to realize that the Canadian side of Key Stone XL is a done deal and that to get the US side done the pipe line builders need to reapply after the President elect has taken office.
Appears again the opposition is grasping at straws to find ways to be negative.
That’s what Heidi thinks , tell your MP what you think.
Today in the house opposition MP’s from Alberta got on their high horse and demanded the government do more for Alberta.
Sounds fair except that the government has dumped many millions into infrastructure spending, relaxed the EI rules and matched dollar for dollar money raised for Fort Mac. Not to mention that markets for our beef have been reopened after they were closed because of the green meat mess brought on when the previous government cut back on government inspectors.
All Heidi can see the government doing now is to purchase Alberta tar at a hundred dollars a barrel and dumping it in an old Ontario mine shaft until the world needs it.
Just to close it looks like the opposition is struggling to find a problem with the current people in charge.
Today in the house one of the two topics most talked about was dialog with China over extradition. It seems that the opposition, both Conservative and NDP, do not understand that there is a large difference between talks and negotiation. Questions seemed to indicate that when government member says we are not in negotiations and another government member says we are in talks that there is a conflict and that one member has no idea what is going on or is trying to build some sort of cover up.
Let Heidi make it clear: negotiation is the art of coming to a binding agreement concerning a topic, could be wages and benefits could be the rules of extradition.
:talks are what we all do to see what the other side wants needs or will give up ,we do this to see if negotiation is worth the effort. Talks normally cover a wide range of topics in order to determine what subjects can be negotiated
It appears that the members not in the governing party believe that the people of Canada do know this difference and so will bring up this skewed interpretation of what the Canadian and Chinese governments are doing in an attempt to somehow discredit the Liberals .
As to moving expenses the government answer is that the Conservatives had ten years to change the rules but did not, but now believe that need changing and want to know what happened to the money. Heidi’s answer would be it did not go to build a gazebo or fake lake.
That’s Heidi’s thought for today, what do you think, let your MP know