Monthly Archives: May 2010
Members of Parliament appear to be coming around to the Auditor General’s request of reviewing their expenses. In some cases (ie. Michael Ignatieff) there’s been a complete flip-flop in positions held on this issue. Perhaps politicians have realized that the voters want to know. But how will MPs “sell” to Canadians some of the expenses the AG uncovers?
Camera pulls back from Member of Parliament sitting in a deep red leather chair, smoking a cigar and being served a glass of port by a manservant…
Cigar allowance: $1200
This week’s meals at Hy’s Steak House and Momma Theresa’s, wine included: $5,00o
HD flat screen TV for office: $2000
The Beatles Stereo and Mono Box sets: $500
Flowers for secret admirer: $1000
Flowers for the wife: $2000
Investment in Rahim Jaffer’s company (government MP only): $25000
Donation to Bob Rae’s leadership fund (Liberal MP only): $20000
MP raises glass in a toast to the viewer, blows smoke (if you know what I mean)
There are some things money can’t buy – For everything else there’s an MP’s secret expense account.
With the bailouts and the health care debate behind him, American President Barack Obama now has to contend with the huge BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. One of the funnier things I’ve seen associated with his predicament is “drill, baby, drill” proponent Sarah Palin saying Obama’s in bed with big oil. Of course, as Governor of Alaska, or as Republican vice-presidential candidate, she wasn’t. Hmmm.
The latest popularity figures show 42 per cent of Americans approve of Obama’s performance. On the down side, the same poll shows most Americans have “come to believe that the political system is broken, that most politicians are corrupt, and that neither political party has the answers.” Furthermore, just 27 per cent believe Congress knows what it is doing and, most telling of all, when it comes to the economy, 41 per cent say that a group of people randomly selected from the phone book would do a better job than the current Congress.
Boy, wouldn’t you like to see some of those questions asked in Canada. Is it any wonder John Diefenbaker once said “dogs know best what to do with polls.”
Speaking of which imagine what Stephen Harper is thinking. The scandal plagued, anti-abortion, right-leaning, jet setting, redacted documents and MPs aren’t submitting expense accounts Prime Minister must be looking at Obama’s so-called “dropping” popularity figures with polling envy seeing how earlier this month 29 per cent of Canadians said they thought he was the best federal party leader to be Prime Minister. 29 per cent, people!
Of course, it’s still nearly double what Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff achieved at 17 per cent. Sad, sad, sad.
All in all, though, I’d like to see Canada adopt that approach referred to in the American poll. Instead of on election next time out Canadians need to cover their eyes and take a blind stab at the phone book. We couldn’t do any worse!
Two polls in two days spell bad news for the federal Liberal party and their leader.
Yesterday Harris-Decima reported that Michael Ignoble, er, ah, Ignatieff was the least-liked federal leader. Imagine that, after a string of controversies and unpopular pronouncements from Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the government leader is still more popular than Brainiac.
Today, EKOS Research reported the Liberals were dragging 10 points below the governing Conservatives in popularity.
I’m worried. The country keeps getting pulled, kicking and screaming, further and further to the right. To paraphrase the folks from Buick: “This isn’t your father’s Tory Party”.
And with a Liberal leader unable to demonstrate his party would take the country in a different direction, if and when an election is called we’ll likely end up with more of the same.
If the Liberals want to win the next election they need to get their collective heads out of their bums and dump Mr. Hoity Toity now.