Category Archives: Brison

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!”

Scott Brison – big fish

A Big fish

in a much smaller pond.

Ho hum forum

People talk about the dullness of the campaign. The setup of this event will be no different than it has been in the past and therefore a very ho hum affair. Calling it a debate in the headline is deceptive. Forum is more accurate.

Kings-Hants voters will get a chance to hear what their candidates have to say at a community forum Tuesday, April 19 in Wolfville.

Organized by The Kings County Register and Advertiser, and sponsored by Acadia University and the Eastern Kings Chamber of Commerce, the event will be moderated by newspaper editor Sara Keddy.

Liberal Scott Brison, Conservative David Morse, Green Party member Sheila Richardson and NDPer Mark Rogers have been invited to participate through moderated questions from each of the sponsors and then a session of public questions.

The forum will take place at Festival Theatre in Wolfville between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Guess who

The CBC Vote Compass people who were in Wolfville recently had a little quiz where they asked residents to guess which leader matched which quote. Here’s our version.

Which politico said the following?

  1. “There’s a fiscal freight train coming at us, but federal, provincial, and municipal politicians and business leaders aren’t talking about it”
  2. “The size of government in all four Atlantic provinces is too big. Things are out of control.”
  3. “If [the NSLC]  made $220 million run by bureaucrats, it would probably make even more run by retailers with skin in the game,”
  4. If we don’t make difficult decisions now, we’re going to be forced to make excruciating decisions in five or 10 years. It’s a question of leadership.”

Hint –    his remarks at his recent Open House weren’t half that meaty but the Chinese chicken balls were.

For the source of the quotes follow this link.

…one major obstacle prevents government from slashing spending and selling Crown corporations: the public. Citizens… will not endorse such measures until they are properly informed of the province’s dire fiscal state. “Part of politics is pedagogy, so before you start bringing in the tough prescriptions, you’d better make sure your citizens are aware of the problem. …Nova Scotia is also home to an “ominous” debt ($13 billion and counting), massive deficits (predicted to be $370 million in 2011–12), the second-oldest population in Canada (ahead only of Newfoundland and Labrador), high taxes, and “near-toxic levels of complacency.”

Somehow we guess we won’t hear much of that kind of talk in the campaign. It’s all sweetness and light –

“This is a big, hopeful, optimistic country, and I really do believe that Mr. Harper is appealing to fear,” he said.

With thanks to a reader for the tip.

Live on location

Had interesting contacts from folks at CBC’s Connect the Vote with Mark Kelly asking us to mention their visit to Wolfville. Didn’t get the heads up soon enough to  make people aware of this event before hand but in case you missed it as we did [work, work, work]  … you may want to know they were here in Wolfville today.

Tonight, as we make our way across Canada, we’re live on location from Wolfville, NS. Wolfville is home to politician Scott Brison, who in 2003 crossed the floor as a Progressive Conservative to sit with the Liberals. So what a great opportunity to ask, what’s the difference between a Liberal and a Conservative? [more]

Is it picky to note that Brison’s home is in Cheverie not Wolfville?

We also take to the street for a playful game of Who Said It? We find out if Canadians can match random quotes to their party leaders.

REALLY sorry we missed that. We know at least one resident who would have given them a run for their money.

We do “follow” Kady O’ Malley on Twitter  … which doesn’t mean we follow her – if you get my drift. We also “follow” David Akin , Charles Adler and other political commentators.




A question to ask

Should we invest in wind or nuclear power?

You might be surprised to hear that Monsieur Monbiot is finally making sense. He now supports nuclear power as an acceptable alternative energy. The survival of the Fukushima nuclear facilities, withstanding the most severe combination of shocks imaginable, has convinced him.

A crappy old plant with inadequate safety features was hit by a monster earthquake and a vast tsunami. The electricity supply failed, knocking out the cooling system. The reactors began to explode and melt down. The disaster exposed a familiar legacy of poor design and corner-cutting. Yet, as far as we know, no one has yet received a lethal dose of radiation.

Some greens have wildly exaggerated the dangers of radioactive pollution. … I’m not proposing complacency here. I am proposing perspective.

It is very good news to see some rationality emerging on the “green” side especially from someone with the credentials of Monbiot. Perhaps the complete failure of wind as an alternative has also had a role to play in his conversion.

German Economics Minister Rainer Brüderle recently warned that Germany faces frequent power blackouts because too much ‘green electricity’ is being pumped onto the grid.

While this is a problem all four of Germany’s major electricity network operators have to deal with one time or another, Belgian-Australian company 50Hertz Transmission is particularly hard hit. It took over the monitoring and protection of the eastern German energy grid – which is home to more than 8,000 wind turbines – from Swedish company Vattenfall last year, and faces the threat of power outages much more often than its counterparts. [read more]

This is only one problem with wind power. It is also not as clean as it is purported to be.

Vast fortunes are being amassed here in Inner Mongolia; the region has more than 90 per cent of the world’s legal reserves of rare earth metals, and specifically neodymium, the element needed to make the magnets in the most striking of green energy producers, wind turbines.

Live has uncovered the distinctly dirty truth about the process used to extract neodymium: it has an appalling environmental impact that raises serious questions over the credibility of so-called green technology. [Read more]

Why is this important to us when we have who to vote for to worry about? Well when Scott comes knocking on your door, as he probably will, you might ask him which he would spend tax dollars on – wind or nuclear. Can you guess what his answer might be? Then you can ask him what he thinks of Monbiot’s conversion.

Related reading for tecky readers

Off and running

Brison hit the campaign trail yesterday. He loves getting his name in the paper so he will be happy he had a mention today.

A trio of Bluenose MPs showed up on the 2010 list of sponsored travel that the federal conflict of interest commissioner released last week.

Three trips were listed for Kings-Hants Liberal Scott Brison, two of them courtesy of Pictou County businessman Donald Sobey, of Sobeys Inc. and the parent Empire Co.

Brison flew to meetings of the trilateral commission, an international think-tank, in Dublin and Mexico on Sobey’s private jet. Brison said the two are friends, both are members of the commission, and the trips had nothing to do with politics, the Globe and Mail reported.

Brison covered his own accommodation costs on the trips.

Previously, Sobey loaned Brison $50,000 toward Brison’s 2006 bid for the Liberal leadership.

Brison’s third trip was to Bogota, Colombia, where he was the keynote speaker at a seminar on the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement. Proexport, which promotes tourism, foreign investment and non-traditional exports in Colombia, picked up the $2,856 travel tab and $3,000 for accommodations.

There was another Liberal and a Conservative MP mentioned too, but we aren’t in their ridings; you can read more here.