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Tossing Pebbles in the Stream

This blog is my place to sit and toss pebbles into the stream. The stream of Life relentlessly passing before us. We can affect it little. For the most part I just watch it passing and follow the flow. Occasionally, I need to comment on its passing, tossing a pebble at it to enjoy the ripple affect upon Life's surface.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Hmmmmmm.. . .

Well, the election was predicted. We have a another minority Conservative government, under Stephen Harper. He broke his own law of having a fixed term for government to call this election as a play for a majority government. He failed at this and will have to be more cooperative in parliament with the opposition parties. What frustated his ambition was his policy of increasing the correctional punishment of youth and eliminating 50 million dollars in arts and culture funding. Quebecois learned that the Conservatives did not share their values, failing to give them more seats in Quebec.

It was nice that Justin Trudeau won a seat for the Liberals in Quebec. He is the suave charming eldest son of former Prime Minister, Pierre Elliot Trudeau. He could have a promising career ahead of him.

I am disappointed that the emphasis on the environment and climate change will move to the back burner. The Liberals had made the carbon transfer of tax to polluters (to encourage conservation) central to their legislative program. The Liberals just could not make the case for this mild effort to decrease carbon emissions. They let the Conservatives get away with calling it a tax increase rather than the tax neutral transfer of tax it is. Our environment will pay the price.

I am pleased I finally voted for a party that won the riding. The New Democratic candidate won in Nickel Belt. If fact, the New Democrats took three Northern ridings away from the Liberals. There are now five new Democratic ridings of the seven in Northern Ontario. Hopefully, they was make a powerful block within the NDP caucus and work to bring some services to the North where employment has been a problem for some time. I look to the New Democrats to frustrate the Conservative's agenda.

We had the worst turnout ever of voters at 58 %. It is time to pass a law requiring voting. This works in Australia.

Heidi watch the returns on TV with me. Most of the time she gave me this "Who cares!!!" look.
For her loyalty and companionship I occasionally tossed her a dog buscuit treat. Such is our relationship.

'A propos' of nothing, I thought the Labrador Flag looked good flying from the porch post. We have had some lovely weather lately. Time to get some outside chores done.
I missed getting pictures of the annual cattle drive past my front door. My neighbour each year moves his cattle from the pasture up the road and across the river back to him home farm. I heard his cows mooing this morning. He has taken the calves away from their mothers. The mothers will "cry" for two days or so at the loss of their young. I always hated this part of raising cattle. I always felt sorry for the cows and then guilty at selling their "children".

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At 9:29 a.m., Blogger Anvilcloud said...

TG it's at least a minority government.

At 9:44 a.m., Blogger amelia said...

I could never take their babies away! Let's face it, I could never be a farmer!!!

At 11:23 a.m., Anonymous daffy said...

Love the dog! (so very much)
and love the flag!
Politics are not my thing. (I know, they are everyones thing but I'm an ostrich when it comes to UK politics so I guess I'll be the same with yours!)
Love the dog though, she seems to have the same outlook as I do!
*Daffy waits for her treat*

At 11:26 a.m., Blogger Janet said...

I hope Trudeau the younger can get some good work done. 58% would be considered high here, which is unfortunate at best. I imagine November will see a spike in the usual numbers. I hope anyway.

At 6:26 p.m., Blogger Gretchen said...

How sweet that she kept you company. She deserves all those treats!

At 9:40 p.m., Blogger Mary said...

I agree with anvilcloud. At least it is a minority.

Stephen Harper just blew 300-million dollars on an election that got him a few extra seats. The Conservatives always were good at giving tax breaks to the big companies and screwing the little guy over and he's accomplished it once again.

I voted in protest and it worked. The Liberals lost seats and the Conservatives have only a minority. We need some new political blood in this country and I'm hoping Justin Trudea is it.

Heidi looks like she is a good companion.


At 9:13 p.m., Blogger ancient one said...

At least your election is over... we have to listen to this mess for a few more weeks...

At 9:56 a.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love it ! Very creative ! That's actually really cool Thanks.


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