Category Archives: Atlantic

Big fish and little fishes?

Will Brison soon hear the patter of little feet chez eux?

One of only 34 Grits elected to the new Parliament, Mr. Brison said he and husband Maxime St. Pierre are thinking of starting a family. “I don’t want to have one of Canada’s first same sex divorces,” he said when asked if he is considering another leadership race. “If you’re going to make that commitment, I not only want to be a parent, I want to be a good parent and that’s something we both feel strongly about.” [link]

“Ye gods and little fishes!”

The debt clock

Have  you have seen the Canadian Taxpayer Federation debt clock when it made a number of stops in NS recntly?  It was in Kentville today. All of us should keep this issue in mind as we head into a spring election.

No one seems to relish the thought of another election – except a local municipal one.

Gallery

Atlantica Party news

We follow news of the Atlantica Party as we are hopeful that this party might eventually be an alternative to the “same old, same old”.  Here is a recent notice from the AP which may be of interest to readers. … Continue reading

Flip flops

Our ever creative MP Scott Brison is giving the boots to the government over the economy. This is to be expected we suppose.

Liberal MP Scott Brison held a news conference on Friday morning to say Finance Minister Jim Flaherty will unjustly try to take credit for Canada’s sound financial and banking system when he gives a speech in Washington next week.

“This Conservative government wrecked Canada’s finances after inheriting a $13-billion budget surplus from the previous Liberal government and then created a record $56-billion deficit,” the opposition finance critic said.

“Furthermore, it was our Liberal government that ensured our banking system was well-regulated and it was the strong financial prudence and regulatory prudence that protected Canada from the worst of the global financial crisis.”

But may we point out this writing from when the shoe was on the other party foot?

PAUL MARTIN-A PC VIEW              Scott Brison

Paul Martin is widely credited for having presided over a period of economic expansion and deficit elimination, but these advances in the Canadian economy were more the results of the decisions and policies of the Mulroney government.

Meanwhile, Martin neglects to counter serious economic problems that developed during his watch, including a flagging dollar slow productivity growth and elevated household debt. These oversights should be seen as his true legacy

…The deficit did disappear under Martin’s watch, but that had more to do with the bold initiatives taken by his predecessors than anything done by his government. Whereas the Mulroney government focused on policies to prepare Canada to prosper in the 21st century, the Chretien-Martin government has focused on short-term politics, not long- term policies for growth and prosperity. …

Mr. Brison is a party animal. We do not therefore believe him whatever he says.

Related:

Casey never did endorse Baillie’s lead­ership, never provided a friendly salute upon his ascension, unchallenged, to the leader’s post. They are not friends, to put it mildly.

On Monday, Casey told me in an in­terview that she had not been considering a run for the permanent leader’s job. “No, I was not,” she insisted, tossing it off as being unable to take a stand one way or the other while she held the interim post.

I don’t believe that. I think she was organizing and getting ready to go when the waves of innuendo hit.

We have a question. Is there any credible conservative leadership in this province?

Batten down the hatches

UPDATE: From AccuWeather;

I see Environment Canada is going with tropical storm warnings for all of the south coast of Nova Scotia. Even with the ideas that I wrote above, I would still have hurricane warnings for the south facing coast of Nova Scotia.

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Smokers win one

Bob Gee is feeling pleased no doubt with the recent decision which admits that his rights have been limited.

A Kentville store owner has won the first round in his fight with the province over tobacco regulations.

A provincial court judge has agreed with Bob Gee that a law banning tobacco displays in retail stores violates his constitutional rights. [CH Aug. 18]

Unfortunately, this is only the first battle in a longer war. The Province will come back and may win the next round with the argument that the “public good” overrides his personal rights.

The judge’s decision means that the province must prove that infringing Gee’s constitutional rights is reasonable and for the public good. The province will make that argument at a hearing in the second phase of the case. A date for that hearing will be scheduled for Oct. 6.

In the meantime, the legislation remains in effect, said Graham Steele, the acting minister of health promotion and protection.

Where does it stop and who decides what is for the public good? As Thomas Sowell points out the most important decision is “who makes the decisions”.

They aren’t experts

We read a disturbing item in the Advertiser today. It reads in part -

Kings County Council has voted in favour of sending correspondence expressing concern over the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities , the premier and the prime minister. … this is about creating awareness and sending a message to offshore drillers.  (no online link that we could find.)

What expertise do Kings County Councillors have on this subject? We know why they might be concerned about the effects of such an accident on our shores, but what do they hope for? What message do they want to send to drillers? Go away, we don’t want you? We expect they will advocate for a moratorium as Wolfville did for Uranium exploration.

In our experience Councillors are not even well versed in a subject which is central to Municipal government -ie. how the property tax system works. Why do they think they have the expertise to advise on off shore drilling? They haven’t a clue, but the pressure could do great damage.

There is already a chill on the local industry.

And blind fear is driving the situation in the US.

We know we will be accused of not caring about the environment, but we do.  Our point is such things should be handled by people educated in the field and who can rationally assess the risks so that we don’t needlessly shoot ourselves in the foot.