Thursday, January 24, 2008

Remember this when you file your income tax return

The Federal government is spending $10 million dollars of taxpayers' money to advertise Quebec's 400th anniversary.

The festival's budget, including the marketing and public relations dollars, are administered through the Societe de 400e anniversaire du Quebec, not through the federal government. Marketing efforts include advertising on Web sites and radio, and in magazines and newspapers. The $10-million is part of a total $40-million contribution by the Heritage department to the year-long celebrations, which mark the 400th anniversary of the founding of Quebec City by Samuel de Champlain.

The Quebec provincial government also is contributing $40-million, while the city of Quebec is kicking in $5-million.

The total budget for the celebrations -- including $10-million in expected revenues -- is $95-million.
I'm certain I would gain more pleasure setting the portion of my income devoted to the government on fire.

16 comments:

Sonny Drysdale said...

I have no problem with that - as long as spend just as much to commemorate the anniversary of General Wolfe kicking Frenchie ass on the Plains of Abraham back in 1759.

eng said...

I have no problem with some of my taxes going to commemorate the founding of Quebec. I think my share of 70 cents is worth it.

as long as spend just as much to commemorate the anniversary of General Wolfe kicking Frenchie ass on the Plains of Abraham back in 1759
That would ruin the economy. Only 10 million a year? Currently we spend $3 billion a day to commemorate "Wolfe kicking Frenchie ass".

You sound like the morons who say "why is there a Black History Month but no White history month". Every month is White history month, isn't it?

Sonny Drysdale said...

You're entirely right 'eng'. I'm sorry. It'll never happen again.

I'm also willing to give the country back to the natives who were here first. As soon as I see you buy a one-way ticket to Europe.

Hey Honey Pot - you're right. That 'eng' is a real asshole.

eng said...

I'm also willing to give the country back to the natives who were here first. As soon as I see you buy a one-way ticket to Europe.
So you're just another robot that associates stuff and then spews? There can't be any other explanation for how you came up with talking about the natives from talking about Quebec.

Hey Honey Pot - you're right. That 'eng' is a real asshole.
Whining to mommy now because someone talked back to you? Fight your own battles, sonny.

Sonny Drysdale said...

Dear 'eng' - who was the one who brought up Black History month?

Without me making any comment about it?

And you're calling me a moron? Geez, talk about being judgemental and jumping to conclusions.

As a black man, I have to tell you that I find your comments to be repugnant and typical of assholes worldwide (regardless of their race, religion or gender.)

I myself, do not jump to conclusions. Based on your previous comments on this blog to 'Honey Pot', it is a documented fact that you ARE an asshole.

Anyone who can't get along with a sweet soul like Honey Pot has some problems.

You are a cranky cuss, my friend and obviously in dire need of a good hug.

I would offer you one - but you might take it the wrong way.

eng said...

Dear 'eng' - who was the one who brought up Black History month?
I did, of course. The context was to do with your statement that commemorating Quebec's 400th anniversary was ok as long as we commemorate Wolfe's victory as well. Since our lives to this day are affected by that victory, we do effectively commemorate it every day. The dollar amount I gave is Canada's GDP per day. Did the parallel go completely over your head? You might disagree with the premise, but you should have enough of a clue to see it.

Without me making any comment about it?
You said we should commemorate "Wolfe kicking Frenchie ass". I drew a parallel.

And you're calling me a moron?
No, I said you sound like other morons. But in light of this comment, you may in fact be a moron. But I think you are simply being deliberately obtuse. Like people who pretend not to get a joke.

Geez, talk about being judgemental and jumping to conclusions.
Ok, I will talk about it. I think that you are being judgmental and you jump to conclusions. How's that?

As a black man, I have to tell you that I find your comments to be repugnant and typical of assholes worldwide (regardless of their race, religion or gender.)
What does the race that you claim to be have to do with anything? Are you referring to "every month is white history month"? A man (who I know is black) told me that, when someone else moaned why do "they" get their own history month.

I myself, do not jump to conclusions. Based on your previous comments on this blog to 'Honey Pot', it is a documented fact that you ARE an asshole.
Do you have a copyright on those two sentences? I'd like your permission to use them. They provide the most succinct example I have ever seen, of saying you don't do something, then doing exactly that thing. May I use them? Please?


Anyone who can't get along with a sweet soul like Honey Pot has some problems.
I'm sure I would get along just fine with Honey Pot if I ever met her in real life. However, I disagree with various opinions she has put forth in this blog in the past. Usually any disagreement with her views is greeted, not with a rebuttal, but an attack on me, just as you have done today.

You are a cranky cuss, my friend and obviously in dire need of a good hug.
You are out of ideas, and now you are attempting to find one of the common human sorrows we all share as a means to make me stop ridiculing your point of view.

I would offer you one - but you might take it the wrong way.
You have no way of knowing such a thing, so you must be continuing to fish for some emotional opening to exploit.

Honey Pot said...

Sonny, c'mere to mommy.

Don't be playing with eng, until I have him trainned. He is a winter weather denier, and I am working on him.

eng, leave my Sonny alone. He is sort of on the defensive side of things, being a minority and all. You understand, he has that professional victim thing going on.

eng said...

Ok. I shouldn't have said he sounded like a moron. Even though I technically didn't call him one at that point. But I usually wait until I am called a name first before responding, even obliquely. My apologies, sonny.

"winter weather denier"? Ha!
You know, the global warming stuff is really a conspiracy by all the ski hills to make you go there and appreciate winter "while you still can".

Lisa said...

Meanwhile, $95 million dollars of public trough funds are earmarked for a birthday celebration. Think about that.

So what is Quebec celebrating? It's history of dependence on Federal government subsidies?

Honey Pot said...

eng, I can speak for Sonny, and I know he will accept your apology. It is a hobby of his, collecting apologies, being a minority and all.

One can never have enough sorry's to remind them they are disadvantaged.

I wouldn't mind you giving me one either. Afterall, I am a woman, and I am going through menopause. I am a minority within a minority, and nothing like an I am sorry to make me realize I am not responsible for my actions.

Sonny Drysdale said...

"But he called me a name first! He started it!"

Eng, do you want to have sex?! Do you want to have sex, right now!? C'mon, baby - because I'm ready!

Incidently, apology accepted. I'm sure you might be a decent sort after all.

You have Honey Pot's blessing and that's good enough for me.

Honey Pot said...

That's my Sonny, forever poking holes in outsiders emotional veneer.

Anonymous said...

Ha ha, conservatives are so funny. I was going to say stupid, but that probably applies more to us who voted for them than to the hacks that are having their way right now with our money.

A while back when word got out that the Cons were going to continue funding scams like the Libs' HRDC advertising and branding snafu in Quebec, and people were complaining about it over at SmallDeadAnimals, a couple of the diehard "we hate Liberals more than life itself" commenters came up with classic lines like "Oh yeah well if there's one thing I can't stand it's the kind of Conservative who sticks by his principles like they're important or something".

Honey Pot said...

No one hates liberals. Liberals are just people who haven't seen the light. People who can't grasp reality. When they do , the are then conservatives. Nothing like a dose of reality to do that.

Carmi said...

Do we get that money back if they separate? Will "real" Canadians be welcomed at these celebrations? Or will anyone with any red on his/her person be escorted to the border during La Fete.

Nice to live in a country with such fiscal priorities. Next up, Canada Day in Kabul!

Anonymous said...

People who can't grasp reality. When they do , the are then conservatives.

If by "conservatives" you mean, people who cannot stand the government and who realize that the only real choices in life are (1) take care of yourself and your family and live in peace with your neighbors, or (2) join the government or the mafia (pretty much the same thing) and steal for a living ... and who choose (1) ... then I'm right with you.

If you think that "conservatives" are people who react with great disgust at the corruption and stupidity of the Lib/NDP parties and think, "Hmmm, you know, I and my friends could run this gigantic government based on stealing tax money and buying votes with welfare programs a lot better than those other guys", then I'm not with you at all. Unfortunately the Conservative Party consists nearly 100% of the latter kind of people.

Remember what happened to all the codfish, the last time the Cons got elected and tried to show how much better than the Trudeaupians they were at pulling Big Brother's strings? Do you know how much money has been poured down that East Coast rathole paying those people to do dick-all ever since the fish were exterminated? I fear that the Cons are going to do something very similar to the nation's farmland with their ethanol boondoggle. God help us if they try to do something similar for the forest industry, or to electrical generation or to banks and insurance companies. There's only so much Smart Big Government(TM) that this country can take before it ends up flat on its back.