Tuesday, January 24, 2006

A nation of proletariats

After watching several hours of election night coverage with the London Fog and friends, I can now honestly say I have reached my political tolerance limit. I've said this before no doubt, but there were so many commies on display last night, that I've had my fill for a while and so I'll postpone my planned reading of "The Black Book of Communism" for at least a week. Although many of us gathered together last night declined to vote, for various reasons, the general hope was that the Conservatives would win the election, preferably with a majority. A pessimist by nature, but resigned to the reality that one of the parties had to win, I too hoped that a Conservative government might mean further exposure of Liberal corruption and jail time for prominent Liberal crooks. I was also fantasizing about a parliament free of Jack Layton and Paul Martin, the Social Champions of Families and Minorities.

The smokers all left the room to have a cigarette during Belinda Stronach's speech - as Mike so eloquently put it, I'd rather lose ten minutes off my life than listen to this broad - but returned shortly in order to see Paul Martin's losing speech. The unbelievable statement by Martin that the Liberals "turned around the nation's finances and restored confidence to a country that was nearly broken" was hard enough to endure, even if the Party did lose, but the following utterance had me leaving the room for another smoke.

Martin said these words in French, so I'm quoting from the CBC translator that sounded almost exactly like Vincent Price:

"We should be proud of everything that we've achieved together. We have given Canadians the best economic performance in its history.

[stupid Liberal baton things waving around and much clapping]

We have inherited a country in difficultly and we've turned it around.

We set up the necessary social foundations to ensure that the collective wealth be fairly distributed."

Good riddance to bad trash.

Having had too many cigarettes at this point, and another glass of wine in my system, I did watch Jack Layton's entire speech. As he doesn't vary the rhetoric too often, there is nothing really memorable about Jack Layton's promises to working families and children, except for the resounding chorus of boos from the NDP room upon mention of Stephen Harper. Even the Liberals were gracious enough to clap when Paul Martin expressed his obligatory thank you to the other leaders. Apparently, I am not the only one who finds this troubling.

And on the subject of trash and theft, did anyone else wonder why Svend Robinson's riding was the very last riding in BC reporting any polls? Maybe someone got stressed out and started stealing ballot boxes?

On the other hand, this guy might be fun to watch:
Outspoken Quebec City radio personality André Arthur has been elected as the single Independent MP, representing the riding of Pontneuf-Jacques-Cartier.

[..] Arthur told CBC News that he is ready to be a "common-sense" voice for his constituents in Ottawa.

"I think it's quite a challenge, and I think that all things considered, this is quite fun," the 62-year-old said.

During the campaign, he said, members of the public told him "how fed up they are with rotten politics, and the disrespect they get from the political parties."

Throughout his radio career, Arthur had been the target of several defamation lawsuits, as well as reprimands from the country's broadcast regulator, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.

In 2004, he was included in the reasoning for the CRTC's decision to deny the licence renewal of radio station CHOI-FM. The CRTC cited offensive on-air remarks, including Arthur's statement that international students at Laval University were the children of wealthy "plunderers" and "cannibals" from the Third World.

After the results were announced Monday evening, the federalist Arthur told reporters he would not censor himself just because he was headed to the House of Commons.

"At 62, you don't change," he said, according to the Montreal Gazette.

In addition to his duties as an MP, Arthur said he also plans to keep his job as a part-time bus driver and may even look for another gig in radio.

"I think that any member of Parliament should have a real job," he told CBC News. "Maybe if they all had a real job, they would less sound like Martians when we listen to them."
Update: Jay Jardine has a keen eye. More on the delay in Svend's riding:
"There was a massive turnout," said Vancouver Centre Liberal MP Hedy Fry, appearing on CTV's Canada AM Tuesday.

Her riding was the last in the country to report its results due to an influx of voters that lasted well beyond polling times.

"People were waiting outside the polling station long after the polling station was supposed to be closed," she said. "The station had to remain open to allow them to vote."

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