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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.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Snowstorm

We enjoyed a snowstorm overnight. We have had nearly a foot of snow

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This is the road in front of my house. It was just getting light as Heidi and I enjoyed the morning air.






















These are my first footprint on my path to the shed. At one point there was a drift that was up to mid thigh on me. It was here that I just had to fall. Fortunately, I did not spill the pig feed. it was a struggle to get to my feet.


















Looking back toward the house. Remember Dave's raised garden? I love the blue colour of the morning light.






Later in the day, a view from the house toward the shed.

With regard to my previous post. It seems the train has left the station. The opposition parties have formally formed a coalition, developed a program and decided how to divide up the cabinet seats. Canada's parliament is in historic territory as the minority government may be replaced through a" vote of no confidence". It will be next week that the opportunity for the vote will come up. In the meantime, the coalition partners have sent a letter to Governor General Michaele Jean explaining what they have done and explained their program. They informed her that they are available to become the government when the Conservative government of Stephen Harper is defeated. It seems their is little the Conservatives can do about it. They tried making some side issue concessions to no avail. The opposition just believe the Conservatives are not doing all they should to ward off the recession.

The Conservatives might try to prorogue parliament to gain some breathing space and give the Opposition time to have a change of heart but just elected as the government (no legislative business has happened ) the Governor General agreeing to prorogue parliament is unlikely. Parliament is prorogued normally after a legislative session when the program set forth in a throne speech is largely completed.

What happens now is up to the Governor General. She can agree to call an election or ask the coalition to form the government. So in a week or do Stephane Dion of the Liberal Party will be the new Prime Minister, just two months after the election of the Conservatives. ( They won the election with 36% of the vote. Actually, the combined opposition parties, with 64% of the vote more accurate represent the majority.

If the government is defeated with a vote of no confidence it will be a harsh judgement on Stephen Harper. As a minority government his Conservatives should have found a way of cooperating with the opposition (or at least keep them divided). His arrogant style, right wing ideological program and unwillingness to compromise, offended too many of his fellow parliamentarians.

On a snowy day, this political drama was interesting to watch on TV, particularly the question period as the opposition harangued the government. . . . . . . .seemed to have a good time doing it!



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At 10:37 PM, Blogger Anvilcloud said...

We missed the storm, and it drizzled for much of the day. We still have snow on the ground but less than we did.

A lot of people don't understand what is going on in Ottawa. They seem to think it's some sort of illegitimate takeover. I like it that Harper's feet are being held to the fire, but I think I'd rather that a compromise could be found.

 
At 11:02 PM, Blogger Mary said...

Philip,

Wow! You got a lot of snow. We do have a dusting but that is all. We are to get more snow tonight and tomorrow.

I am a little skeptical about what is going on in Ottawa. I am not a fan of the Conservatives but dislike Stephen Dion intensley. No matter which way we look at it, the majority of Canadians didn't want Dion, but of course we don't have any say about it. We shall see what happens.

Thanks for your condolences in the passing of Aunt May. I value your friendship.

Blessings,
Mary

 
At 4:54 AM, Blogger Peggy said...

now you really shouldn't keep all that snow for yourself! LOL Someday I am going to live where I can have a snowfilled winter.

 
At 8:03 AM, Blogger Gattina said...

We had a few snowflakes today and the whole traffic broke down ! People are not used to snow, 3 flakes and they get beserk ! I should send them over to your place to learn what snow means !!

 
At 10:16 AM, Blogger amelia said...

We had a LOT of snow!!!

As much as I'm not politically inclined at all, I do feel that all the politicians are more interested in personal agenda than governing our country in the right way.

 
At 2:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was frustrated at the outcome of an election that cost us in the area of 300 million dollars, and gave us another minority government. I would be even more frustrated were the GG to call another election!

Mr. Harper was given his opportunity, but as you said, he has not been able to work with anyone else. It has been his way or the highway. Perhaps this new coalition will benefit us Canadians.

I am at least grateful that in our country, a government can be tossed. If they arent doing their job...they need to go.

Your pictures make me so lonesome for Engelhart. I was hoping we could go home for the holidays, but its just too darn far...and we are too far north in Manitoba.

Laurie

 

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