March 19, 2007

Harper Delivers!

Today marks the end of a dark decade of interprovincial squabbles.

39 billion over 7 years will be more than enough to restore fiscal balance to Canada.

There are many other things in this budget which will be afterthoughts considering the impact of the fiscal imbalance money.

The Bloc, facing certain electoral suicide for voting against a concept they created, will endorse the budget, leaving Andre Boisclair in a bit of a pickle…

Ah well, Stephane Dion is going to tell Quebecers that 39 Billion dollars does not exist, and that if everybody closes their eyes and clicks their red heels, maybe the Liberals can get back to Palais des Congres before the shit hits the fan!




Bravo Mr. Harper Bravo

33 Commentaires:

Blogger s.b. a dit...

The only federal Party other than Conservatives who agree with you are the BLOQ. Doesn't that make you stop and think at all Antonio about your perspective? Do you think you are more of a Quebecer than Dion? Perhaps you shoud hand in your card for a BLOQ or Conservative one.

3/19/2007 5:14 PM  
Blogger Antonio a dit...

Remember Free Trade,

If one was for it, did they have to hand in their Liberal card?

No.

The Tories did very well today.

Dion reaction on radio-Canada was described as "panicked".

3/19/2007 5:19 PM  
Blogger Jason Cherniak a dit...

Why don't you list the $39 billion, where it goes and how it helps get rid of the so called "fiscal imbalance"?

3/19/2007 5:38 PM  
Blogger bigcitylib a dit...

Does this mean Quebec will quit whining for the next 7 years? Oh Joy!

3/19/2007 5:44 PM  
Blogger Antonio a dit...

the provinces can now spend the money how they like in their own jurisdictions...the way it was meant to be...

3/19/2007 6:29 PM  
Blogger yashuwa a dit...

Hello,
yashuwa.blogspot.com

3/19/2007 7:56 PM  
Blogger calgarygrit a dit...

Great! Now we won't have to hear any provinces complain about money ever again! Halelujiah! I can't believe the solution was so simple!

3/19/2007 8:19 PM  
Blogger Steve V a dit...

I see this presentation, based on HARD FACTs as a must read for people that buy into the illusion that Quebec was getting the shaft.

3/19/2007 8:20 PM  
Blogger Scott Tribe a dit...

I agree Dan... who knew it could be so simple?

3/19/2007 8:43 PM  
Blogger Mark a dit...

And so the era of "fend for yourself" federalism begins.

The fiscal imabalance is a crock. And when the premiers are whining again next year we'll have to give it a new name.

Some of the budget news is good. But the gradual dismantling of our country to appease a bunch of nationalists in Quebec is hardly worth celebrating.

Sorry Antonio, Many of us don't buy this fiscal imabalnce crap. Never did, never will.

3/19/2007 8:49 PM  
Blogger cat mutant a dit...

Dion and the Liberal party are voting against the budget, which solves the fiscal imbalance. With that, they will stay in opposition, and Harper's chances of getting his majority are better all the time.

Good job Harper.

And Shoshana, think before you speak, your troll rants are quite tiresome.

3/19/2007 8:50 PM  
Blogger TDH Strategies a dit...

Seems as though your move to the Conservative Party of Canada is now complete.

I have been critical of the party at times, but my loyalties have never been in question.

I didn't understand why you were so fervently against the man, regardless of what he does. Seeing the picture with Harper now shows me the reasoning behind your comments and criticisms.

3/19/2007 9:01 PM  
Blogger KC a dit...

Only someone who obsesses about his own province and is indifferent to the rest of the country--thats you Antonio--could believe that this budget "fixes" the "fiscal imbalance". I wonder if Dalton McGuinty thinks the "fiscal imbalance" has been "fixed.

Canada will never work if we all think only about is how our particular province or territories can get the most money from Ottawa.

3/19/2007 9:50 PM  
Blogger Darren McEwen a dit...

Now what are you going to complain about Antonio?

3/19/2007 10:31 PM  
Blogger Down & Out in L A a dit...

The evidence is mounting . . .

Daily attacks from within.

Withdrawal from Liblogs.

The picture that's worth a
thousand words.

3/19/2007 10:33 PM  
Blogger WJM a dit...

What is a "fiscal imbalance"?

3/19/2007 10:45 PM  
Blogger WJM a dit...

And when the premiers are whining again next year we'll have to give it a new name.

"Fiscal disconformity"
"Financial divergency"
"Budgetary imparity"
"Give me your lunch money, dork"

3/19/2007 10:48 PM  
Blogger WJM a dit...

Oh yeah:

39 billion over 7 years will be more than enough to restore fiscal balance to Canada.

Total keeper. File under "HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!"

Woo-wee.

3/19/2007 10:49 PM  
Blogger Antonio a dit...

Oh no gasp...

I've only been active on the fiscal imbalance file for 2 years now...

Oh no, I dont buy the Dion garbage line on fiscal imbalance. Didnt buy it at this time last year, dont buy it now.

As for the argument that this is over, well it isnt. There is still the spending power which has to be worked out, but Quebecers can celebrate today.

Today is a big victory for federalism and for Canada, despite the squawkings of panicked Liberals holding onto sacred cows...

I admit the picture was facetious...it was for jason cherniak...because I love him so much...

3/19/2007 11:04 PM  
Blogger Darren McEwen a dit...

Today is a big victory for federalism and for Canada, despite the squawkings of panicked Liberals holding onto sacred cows...

Right... and what about Newfoundland and Labrador, Saskatchewan and municipalities in Canada?

I'm sure they are all lined up right behind you to get their photo taken with Stephen "I'm Anyone but Dion" Harper.

Victory for federalism or just Quebec?

3/19/2007 11:09 PM  
Blogger Steve V a dit...

Today proves the saying "the squeaky wheel gets the oil", federalism has nothing to do with it.

3/19/2007 11:30 PM  
Blogger KC a dit...

You are wrong Antonio. Unless your vision for federalism involves a federal government whose primary role is to transfer wealth from one part of the country to whoever whines the loudest the cause of federalism has not been advanced.

3/19/2007 11:33 PM  
Blogger Dan McKenzie a dit...

What a depressing debate.

3/19/2007 11:42 PM  
Blogger KC a dit...

On second thought... I think that IS your vision for federalism. That and the occasional recognition of Quebec's "nationhood" (the overwhelming majority of Canadians who oppose that move be damned).

3/19/2007 11:43 PM  
Blogger Scott Blurton a dit...

Hey Antonio, I'm afraid I must take offence at your "Dion's garbage line" on fiscal imbalance and your supposed expert opinion of 2 years on the file. Dion's speciality in academia was public administration. He studied this stuff for 11 years. He's written books about it. If he and Coyne (another person with a whack of analytical experience on the file) then forgive me I take their opinion over yours. You have a tendency for religious fervour over "fiscal imbalance" rather than reasoned argument. As a long-term reader of your column, I have never seen an in-depth, coherent argument that proves that fiscal imbalance exists. I have seen such arguments from Coyne against the idea of fiscal imbalance but none from those proposing that fiscal imbalance exists.

3/19/2007 11:57 PM  
Blogger SteelCityGrit a dit...

Hurrah! The dark age of evaluating provincial demands critically and creational rational responses to rational problems is over! Gone is the shameful era when provinces had to balance budgets!

Taxing to spend - a burden no province can be expected to bear.

Determining which issues are based in reality and which are manufactured by nationalist elites - too much to ask of the feds.

The federal government is dead. Long live the ATM.

3/19/2007 11:58 PM  
Blogger Antonio a dit...

When I said I was on the file two years, it was to emphasize that I have ben pursuing this position for tqo years and today was no "about-face" for me...

3/20/2007 12:09 AM  
Blogger s.b. a dit...

Do you really think Quebec will stop demanding more and more money??? lmao. This is the tip of the iceburg. Oh yeah Duceppe said he would take the money and use it towards forming a seperate country. Well done Harper.

3/20/2007 8:49 AM  
Blogger Alex Plante a dit...

Antonio has been active for two years on that file. The first year denying it, the second year acknowledging it.

Alex

3/20/2007 9:37 AM  
Blogger mecheng a dit...

It is good to see a liberal who is willing to give credit to a conservative for doing the right thing.

Thanks Antonio.

3/20/2007 10:44 AM  
Blogger canuckistanian a dit...

"Today marks the end of a dark decade of interprovincial squabbles."

huh???

hurrah to the end of provincial bickering (if you live in quebec, ontario and manitoba). long live provincial bickering in the other 7 provinces!

"the provinces can now spend the money how they like in their own jurisdictions...the way it was meant to be..."

shouldn't they be raising the revenues they spend in their own jurisdictions---so as to be, you know, accountable to the taxpayers???

3/20/2007 2:42 PM  
Blogger WJM a dit...

I'm still waiting for someone, ANYONE, to answer my question.

What is — sorry, now that it has been permanently fixed, we must speak of it in the past tense — what was the fiscal imbalance?

3/20/2007 4:06 PM  
Blogger WestmountLiberal a dit...

Antonio -
If you honestly think for 1 fricking second that the so-called fiscal imbalance is solved and that the Bloc is dead, you are naive.
Rene Levesque must be smiling from his grave as his legacy continues.
Yesterday was a sad day for Canadian federalism and Liberals.

3/20/2007 6:58 PM  

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