May 22, 2007

Jack! For Prime Minister

In the land of the ridiculous lala land statements of the NDP, this one surely takes the cake. Jack Layton said that Alcoa, if successful in its purchase of Alcan, should move the headquarters to Montreal as part of the deal.

I am all for creating new jobs in Montreal. However, making foreign companies move their headquarters to the place where they acquire another company just shows how much Jack Layton and the NDP doesn’t understand the business world.

Would Jack! believe Thomson should move its headquarters to London after acquiring Reuters? Does Jack! think that Jean Coutu should be based in the US? Or Couche-Tard? Garda Security? Maybe he doesn’t understand the concept of a two-way street.

If applied politically, Jack! might want to be the head of a coalition even if he is the smaller party. It is the same logic, and it is still backward. Jack! lives in a different universe then everybody else.

I sometimes believe Jack! Layton does not think before he speaks. Let’s just send him to Kandahar to be chief negotiator with the Taliban! He seems to be the only politician who likes the idea. We’ll just leave him in Southern Afghanistan and see how far he gets in his negotiations. Good Luck Jack!

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Blogger leftdog a dit...

"Let’s just send him to Kandahar to be chief negotiator with the Taliban! He seems to be the only one who likes the idea. We’ll just leave him in Southern Afghanistan and see how far he gets in his negotiations. Good Luck Jack!"

What kind of drugs are you on????

5/22/2007 11:09 a.m.  
Blogger Jaker a dit...

"Let’s just send him to Kandahar to be chief negotiator with the Taliban! He seems to be the only one who likes the idea. We’ll just leave him in Southern Afghanistan and see how far he gets in his negotiations. Good Luck Jack!"

Wow, you are out there on this one!

I was going to link to the original article showing you are wrong on this issue of public opinion, but I see there is a new poll as of today another has already posted.

5/22/2007 11:18 a.m.  
Blogger Antonio a dit...

i meant politician

ill fix it in the text

5/22/2007 11:22 a.m.  
Blogger Kaniz mouli a dit...

classic Jack Layton ramblings..."the rise of ADQ will help NDP federally"..how the hell the rise of a right wing party will help a leftist party like NDP :|?

5/22/2007 12:00 p.m.  
Blogger A BCer in Toronto a dit...

In terms of Jacks becoming PM, I think Bauer has better odds than Layton...

5/22/2007 4:15 p.m.  
Blogger Derrida a dit...

Antonio,
You're pretty amusing when you're wantonly being a Jack!ass. But when you attempt more serious punditry, you leave alot to be desired. Your last two posts being prime examples. Not that anyone reads my blog, but you were until now on my blogroll.
You're increasingly revealing your true blue colours. Yesterday you said you favoured liberal "interventionism" in Afghanistan. Where I come from it's called either Imperialism or the unprecendented legitimation of foreign policy based on pre-emption. The "terrorists" will always already have won as long as we keep down this road since our point of departure is self-imposed terror.
Pre-emption is even worse than the reflexive thoughtless "reaction" typical of Conservatives (you know jobs are disappearing must be illegal immigrants stealing them from us or there's a "baby bust" must be the baby killers, homosexuals, and feminists); for pre-emption paranoidally assumes the worst and acts in order to prevent it. If only the neocons held that attitude towards the environment instead of towards "others" and foreign policy.
Today, you seem to come out in favour of multinationals. I think Layton is quite rightly sounding alarm bells here. The loss of good manufacturing jobs and the concern over takeovers and foreign control over domestic companies is a very serious issue. Today's Star has an interesting editorial on the subject.
Then, there's the juvenile misogyny already pointed out yesterday. Again I'd expect that from a mullet bearing gun loving beer swilling book hating Conservative, but from Antonio. Disappointing...

5/22/2007 5:45 p.m.  
Blogger parkadeboy a dit...

AT least Mr. Layton is an honest man.

And his party is NOT crooked and riddled with fraud and corruption as was the federal liberals.

5/22/2007 5:48 p.m.  
Blogger Antonio a dit...

I pointed out yesterday that negotiating with the Taliban was ridiculous. I always thought that.

Derrida, the Taliban cannot be trusted. Its funny how some are saying Karzai is lying about the torture allegations and then calling for NATO to negotiate a cease-fire with a bunch of terrorists.

Canadian companies purchase foreign companies as well. Thomson just made a 18 billion dollar buy, while Jean Coutu and Couche Tard and Garda also made big acquisitions in the United States.

Acquisitions happen. This is not like the 90s when the low dollar made Canadian companies cheap to snap up. The dollar is at 92 cents and they are still investing foreign capital into Canada.

Layton is trying to play his populist harp by spouting anything he can to get his name in the paper.

5/22/2007 5:52 p.m.  
Blogger Antonio a dit...

parkadeboy, the NDP's record on getting things done is supporting the government you just criticized...like I said they have no principles...

5/22/2007 5:53 p.m.  
Blogger Jaker a dit...

"Layton is trying to play his populist harp by spouting anything he can to get his name in the paper."

Can something be populist before it becomes popular? Layton was ahead of the curve in calling for negotiations prior to any polls showing the public was in agreement.

5/22/2007 10:20 p.m.  
Blogger bza a dit...

Antonio,

Here was a pretty good article by Thomas Walkom in the star a few months back about the idea of negotiating with the taliban: http://www.thestar.com/article/192967.

Even a lot of experts agree that this may be the way to settle the issue. I recall that the Afghanistan senate passed a similair resolution recently as well.

Its not such a far-fetched idea when this is put into context with similar conflicts that occured in the 20th century.

5/23/2007 3:52 a.m.  
Blogger Jaker a dit...

Antonio said:

"Let’s just send him to Kandahar to be chief negotiator with the Taliban! He seems to be the only politician who likes the idea."

Actually it turns out this isn't true either. From today's Chronicle Herald:

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The Green Party leader said it doesn’t make sense to keep the Taliban out of discussions. She said the group at the end of their reign had an era of hard-core religious fundamentalism, but in the earlier days provided a more stable political presence.

“I’m not pro-Taliban,” she said with a chuckle, “but the point is that in the Afghani context, they are not the devil we paint them as here.
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I do not know how long she has had this position, but clearly feels strongly about it now. I wonder if she ran it by Stephane first...

Reference: http://thechronicleherald.ca/Front/9003125.html

5/23/2007 9:20 a.m.  

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