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Mr. Harper, are you on your meds?

RICK MERCER: If the Conservatives want Jack’s prostate to be an election issue, let all the leaders’ health be on the table


 
Mr. Harper, are you on your meds?

Andy Clark/Reuters

Week one of the campaign and I admit I am starting to side with my friends who occasionally question my sanity for following Canadian politics at all, let alone closely. “Why in God’s name would you pay any attention to that bunch of boobs and losers?” they ask. “Boobs and losers,” I say? “These are the best and the brightest that Canada has to offer.” Depression soon kicks in.

Being a political junkie in this country is a bit like being a diehard Leafs fan. Year in and year out you believe you will witness magic; year in and year out you experience the opposite. But yet, you continue to show up, cheer on the team, pay through the nose for a hot dog and it almost always ends in tears.

This election certainly started out with a bang. My prediction that the Liberals would at the last minute run away and hide behind the dumpsters on Parliament Hill, avoiding the vote they triggered, did not come to pass. The government was defeated on a confidence motion because they were in contempt of the Canadian Parliament—a vote that Stephen Harper immediately claimed did not occur. He didn’t argue about the semantics of the vote; he simply denied it happened at all, preferring instead to believe his government was defeated on the budget. There is evidence to the contrary: he was there and it was on TV, but still, as far as he is concerned, it didn’t happen. Some people might consider this inability to understand or admit to what is happening in one’s immediate surroundings systematic of a small stroke or a severe concussion, but in Ottawa it’s just a symptom of spending too much time around people in the PMO.

I like elections. Governments don’t just fall every day, but I understand why some people feel that they do. Three elections in five years is a lot. I have baking soda in the fridge that is older than the Harper government, and I still have Tabasco from the Paul Martin era.

But elections are important. We all know that $300 million is a lot of money—it is a sobering fact that $300 million could be used to purchase 1,000 MRI machines for rural Canada… or six gazebos in Tony Clement’s riding. But this is a democracy and this is the cost of doing business.

According to Stephen Harper, this election is about choices. We can elect a stable, majority Conservative government or a coalition of Liberals, socialists, separatists, criminals and child predators, and not in that particular order.

Michael Ignatieff also says this election is about choice. He says we have a choice between the Red Door and the Blue Door, blissfully unaware that it is not the doors that people are wary of, but the knobs out front.

Jack Layton says there is one choice: make him the next prime minister of Canada. He too may be suffering from a concussion.

That said, once the government fell, both Harper and Ignatieff showed they do things very differently. The choices are stark. Stephen Harper made a terse statement on the situation and refused to take questions. Michael Ignatieff made a terse statement on the situation, then took questions but refused to give answers.

How Michael Ignatieff could orchestrate the defeat of the government and launch himself into a campaign without an answer for the “coalition question” is beyond me. But that was what he did, dodging the question in both official languages. At one point he grabbed his man tits and declared for all to hear, “I am a democrat.” Still, the press was not sated, and he had no other choice but to go home and write a press release that said unequivocally he would not seek to form a coalition with any other political party.

Over at the Harper campaign, the celebration over the disaster that was Ignatieff’s first press conference was short-lived. Turns out Stephen Harper also dilly-dallied with separatist coalitions in the not-so-distant past; and there is proof, not in the form of a forgotten blue dress but in the form of a letter signed by Harper and Gilles Duceppe and sent to then-governor general Adrienne Clarkson.

Personally, I am shocked that Stephen Harper tried to get into bed with Gilles Duceppe. Experimentation of this kind in college is one thing, but at that late in life it probably means you’re hiding a part of yourself that will always be there. Namely a hidden desire to do anything and everything to stay in power.

Jack Layton’s post-vote press conference should have gone well. Jack is born for this type of work. Except instead of talking to Canadians about his version of events, he had to answer personal questions about his health, revealing his prostate-specific antigen numbers. That not being enough, he offered to remove his clothes right there on Parliament Hill to allow journalists to inspect his scars. Nobody took him up on the offer, Rosemary Barton having not been in attendance.

That said, Jack Layton didn’t reveal personal information about his health because the gallery wanted to know, he did it because, earlier that day, Conservatives had fanned out across the country and were practising the dark arts. The whisper campaign about Jack’s health they had been carrying on in the shadows was stepped up a notch.

Conservative Sen. Mike Duffy, who can perhaps kindly be described as the most amoral partisan hack to ever draw a breath, went on radio in Nova Scotia, a province of potential growth for the NDP, and in a hushed tone usually reserved for a palliative care unit told the radio audience that he personally saw Jack on the Hill and “up close it doesn’t look good, Jack doesn’t look good… he is a valiant man for carrying on.”

It takes a certain kind of man to gleefully trade on a man’s battle with cancer, and Mike Duffy is that man. It is why Stephen Harper appointed him to the chamber of sober second thought. Personally, if the Conservatives want Jack’s prostate to be an issue in the campaign, let all the leaders’ health be on the table. Prostate exams for all, weekly if need be, and, perhaps more importantly, let us finally know what medications our leaders are on, or, more importantly, what meds they happen to be off on any given week. Mr. Ignatieff, how is your prostate? Mr. Prime Minister, are you on your meds? Thanks, Senator Duffy.

As I write this, the campaign is in full swing. This time around the Liberals have a plane, chartered from an outfit in Alberta, that looks like everyone else’s plane so nobody is making fun of them. The Conservative plane is chartered from Air Canada so if you’re a journalist that’s the plane to be on. Unlike the Liberal plane, every flight with the Tories gives you Aeroplan travel miles. By the end of the campaign, the journalists will have so many travel miles they will have a card that says super elite on it, just like the one John Baird carries wherever he goes.

Mr. Harper, are you on your meds?

Chris Wattie/Reuters

Harper’s plane also has the snazziest paint job. It has the words Harper and Canada emblazoned on the side. In an act of humility not seen since the release of James Cameron’s Avatar, Harper has star billing—his name appears above Canada’s and it is the same size and font. Rumour has it his agent demanded this or he refused to perform. Across the tarmac it looks like “Harper is Canada,” and I suppose that is the point.

We will be seeing these planes a lot over the next five weeks, as each leader, their various campaign workers, minions, sycophants and journalists spread out across the country. Like nomadic Bedouin tribes, they will visit every province, region and territory multiple times in an attempt to engage the electorate and not cause a nationwide bedbug epidemic.

There is much discussion in this country about whether this is an unnecessary election. The Prime Minister went so far as to call it a dangerous exercise. There is no such thing. There are many threats to democracy—voting isn’t one of them.


 

Mr. Harper, are you on your meds?

  1. Mr Mercer, you should try to become a Liberal MP ! I bet you would win !!

  2. He should try to be Liberal leader… they desperately need him.

  3. He should try to be Liberal leader… they desperately need him.

  4. Go Rick Go

  5. No no, we still want to be able to laugh with Rick, not laugh at him.

  6. No no, we still want to be able to laugh with Rick, not laugh at him.

    • Remember all those years ago when Mary Walsh was doing her Marg Delahunty Warrior Princess thing on Ol' Harp? Same concept here: Ricky-boy would be on Iggy's extremely short list.

      I also suspect Rick would be stripped of his soul the second he won his riding.

  7. “he is a valiant man for carrying on”

    How very effing despicable! I keep getting the impression that the very special hate for Duffy has to do with his having the wrong kind of bias for a tv guy as opposed to having a bias.

  8. “he is a valiant man for carrying on”

    How very effing despicable! I keep getting the impression that the very special hate for Duffy has to do with his having the wrong kind of bias for a tv guy as opposed to having a bias.

    • I'm afraid there's little hope for you if you can't find the reason for Rick's consternation at Duffy's abhorrent insinuation.

    • I think the very special hate for Duffy is and only is because he is an idiot …

    • Mike Duffy: despicable human being.

      • lol, I remember that. You think he was for that one?

    • How very typical of the 'kinder and gentler' Conservative party. Some guy is recovering from an illness so, let's kick him a few times while he's on the Campaign trail. Slimy disgusting bottom feeding tactics from Mr Harper's 'Reformist Conservative Party.'

      • Calling someone "valiant" is kicking them while they're down? Take a pill.

        • RagingRanter's mental health issues have clearly gotten the better of him. He's lost his grip on the last shred of reality he was desparately holding on to….he's a valiant man for carrying on.

        • Making Jack Layton's health an issue instead of= _actually_ focusing on…oh I don't I know…. how about the issues? It' has become a well known CONservative tactic to dodge teh issues using roour mongering and scare tactics. Fer instance "coalition." No body but 'slimy steve' Harper has mentioned the word. It's amazing how fast it diesd out, when it was shown that Harper himself suggested a coalition in '04 to bring down the Liberals _and_ back in '97 wrote a paperer with Tom Flanagan _praising_ coalitions as a proper way for parliament to work or as he said….
          "The government can only be brought down because it alienates several parties in the House."
          http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/s/steph
          Funny how that works, isn't it, "Mr." Harper?

  9. Does anyone else find it a little scary that some of the best political analysis on both sides of the border comes from comedians?

  10. Does anyone else find it a little scary that some of the best political analysis on both sides of the border comes from comedians?

    • Comedians must be really intelligent in order to make that connection that we all recognize between life and wit and humour….and deliver it in a way that makes the listener/viewer think and say Aha!! Way to go Rick!!

    • Since the middle ages it's been the point of the jesters to lay aside the lies, the mindless cheering from both sides, and simply speak the truth to power. They played a vital role in ensuring not only that the people had someone willing to come out and say what's what to those in power with little fear or reprisal, but also in helping the people to feel like their concerns had a hearing somewhere, thus calming them and providing an outlet for the resentment and anger that might otherwise boil up into revolution.

      Unfortunately, those in power no longer listen to the jesters.. but the rest of us still do.

      So instead of getting hopping mad at the worst of what happens, we end up laughing at it. And while that feels better at the time, it doesn't make a damn bit of difference.

    • What I find scary is that you look to "comedians" for actual content

      • So as not to feel left out, you could, theoretically, go to them for help with spelling.

        • God ANOTHER spelling nazi – are you people all retired teachers? That would explain the going around in circles to the left.

          • Are you asserting that only teachers no how to spell, and that only people on the right can't spell? I only jump to those conclusions because you seem very eager to jump at even stupider ones.

          • I do not think that Liberal_Theives is suggesting any of the generalizations you have made exist…except perhaps that there does seem to be a tendency by some to take delight in pointing out the spelling, typing and gramatical errors of others. In scanning this online site regularly, I would have to agree that people with a political leaning toward the left tend to comment on those errors made by the right leaning bloggers with more frequency.

          • One other generalization you might have missed – how scared the rightys are. Scared of comedians' role in society, scared of communication, scared of intelligence….

          • That is why they think they can scare us into voting for Harper; because that is their main motivation.

          • Renaldo, it's 'know', not 'no'. Spelling error? :)

          • So I'm supposed to feel bad because you feel threatened by people with brains in their heads? Not likely, chum.

    • Actually MTB… it's a good thing.
      Think about all the kings of England and France and Europe… deposed, killed, beheaded… but no one ever killed the Fools. The Fool was the role that was closes tot the king and yet had no political power per se. Often the royals actually relied upon the Fools and jesters to point out their foibles… sort of a preemptive 'Emperor has no clothes' thing… and woe be to the ruler that did not listen to the Fool as the cynical voice of his subjects…

    • I see Rick missed the color on the plane. Red, White and Blue

      • He left it up to us to notice. And we should.

  11. "It takes a certain kind of man to gleefully trade on a man's battle with cancer, and Mike Duffy is that man."

    I'm still snickering.

  12. "It takes a certain kind of man to gleefully trade on a man's battle with cancer, and Mike Duffy is that man."

    I'm still snickering.

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    • Even assuming that this is all 100% accurate, what the hell is your point? Who cares?

    • What is this supposed to be? If you're trying to expose his hypocrisy re gay mariage, well that ship has already sailed.

      If you're trying to scare the homophobes to a different party, it might work – but what does that say about you?

      I can't stand Harper and want him out – but there are lines one should NOTcross…

  14. Comedians must be really intelligent in order to make that connection that we all recognize between life and wit and humour….and deliver it in a way that makes the listener/viewer think and say Aha!! Way to go Rick!!

  15. It always really has.

    Mark Twain, while not a comedian per se, was one of the best humourists of his time, or perhaps all time.

    "Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself."

  16. Excellent! I do wish Mr. Mercer was running for parliament.

  17. Excellent! I do wish Mr. Mercer was running for parliament.

    • You do realize that Parliament means you check your principles, your gonads, indeed your soul in its entirety, at the front gates?

    • No, no, no! Rick Mercer as prime minister would send Canada's senior citizens to Siberia or worse–Saskatchewan.

  18. Rick, though I don't have your political leanings (to say the least) I must admit you are one heck of a writer. You have managed to be inciteful and humourous at the same time. A very good read.

    Now please do everyone at MacLeans a favour……..show Scott Feschuk how to do it.

  19. Rick, though I don't have your political leanings (to say the least) I must admit you are one heck of a writer. You have managed to be inciteful and humourous at the same time. A very good read.

    Now please do everyone at MacLeans a favour……..show Scott Feschuk how to do it.

    • Scott does very well on his own!

    • Yeah, Feschuk is legitimately funny. Once you get past all the nonsense celebrity 'news' in Maclean's, it's a treat to get to Feschuk's column.

  20. oops.

    Insightful

    Wouldn't want to cause a riot.

  21. oops.

    Insightful

    Wouldn't want to cause a riot.

    • Well…..inciteful too!

  22. Thanks for defending Jack. The media were still houding him on his health here in Halifax. It's one thing for a poltician like Harper to avoid the issues, but when the media won't focus on the issues, what do you do?

  23. Thanks for defending Jack. The media were still houding him on his health here in Halifax. It's one thing for a poltician like Harper to avoid the issues, but when the media won't focus on the issues, what do you do?

  24. Fabulous article. I still think a corpse has a better personality than Mr. Harper.

  25. Fabulous article. I still think a corpse has a better personality than Mr. Harper.

    • Considerably livelier too, plus more colour.

    • You seemed to have missed Rick's point about personal attack and comments on Jack's colour. Or anyone's for that matter. Too bad a class bit of humour doesnt have class comments on the net.

      • Good comment, Mark. I was wondering if people would see the similarities of personal attacks. :)

    • You mean a corpse actually has one.

    • You're dead right there.

    • Mr Harper is not in a personality contest.II think he is as serious and intelligent as any leader.He is also not responsible for mistakes made by his cabinet ministers.He can only respond after the fact. Most choices he has made have been for the good of the country.Where we would be with any of the other 3 choices were in power. Harper can hold his own with any world leader and is well respected internationaly.
      It is sad that other parties cannot try to get along ,instead of turning down budgets before they even read them.
      Any other party would have been long gone for the same reason that Harper was defeated on, to take it this far and wasting millions of tax payers dollars. I think people should start looking at some bigger things,like what is going on in the world.
      By the way what is IGGIES excuse for not being in parliment in the past year .He was absent more then Harper, who has been attending to issues all around the world.
      And the summit mess in Toronto was not Harpers deal, take a look at the police force and their tackticks on a regular bases and we will not mention the part Mr McQuinty'splayed in this.
      Jm

      • Best go light on the next glass of Koolaid – or did I miss something and you are competing with Mr. Mercer? Nah, just lay off the Koolaid!

  26. Since the middle ages it's been the point of the jesters to lay aside the lies, the mindless cheering from both sides, and simply speak the truth to power. They played a vital role in ensuring not only that the people had someone willing to come out and say what's what to those in power with little fear or reprisal, but also in helping the people to feel like their concerns had a hearing somewhere, thus calming them and providing an outlet for the resentment and anger that might otherwise boil up into revolution.

    Unfortunately, those in power no longer listen to the jesters.. but the rest of us still do.

    So instead of getting hopping mad at the worst of what happens, we end up laughing at it. And while that feels better at the time, it doesn't make a damn bit of difference.

  27. Meanwhile, Mr. Harpers Attorney General has his staff arguing in BC Supreme court that in the criminal code against polygamy, the words "any form of marriage" only means civilly registered marriages.
    The reality is that bigamy legislation covers only civil marriages. In polygamy, "any form of marriage" includes common law marriages ( that the provinces administer in provincial family law courts) or "religious mariages" . The federal AG and chief legal man in Canada does not appear to understand the meaning of three simple words (any fiorm of marriage) that all other Canadians would clearly understand. The amicus for the supreme court in BC today said as much. These are the best and brightest Canada has to offer?

  28. I'm afraid there's little hope for you if you can't find the reason for Rick's consternation at Duffy's abhorrent insinuation.

  29. Meanwhile, Mr. Harpers Attorney General has his staff arguing in BC Supreme court that in the criminal code against polygamy, the words "any form of marriage" only means civilly registered marriages.
    The reality is that bigamy legislation covers only civil marriages. In polygamy, "any form of marriage" includes common law marriages ( that the provinces administer in provincial family law courts) or "religious mariages" . The federal AG and chief legal man in Canada does not appear to understand the meaning of three simple words (any fiorm of marriage) that all other Canadians would clearly understand. The amicus for the supreme court in BC today said as much. These are the best and brightest Canada has to offer?

    • I think you're on the wrong thread.

    • It's as simple as saying you can't have more than one cookie. Chocolate chip or vanilla wafer it makes no difference. A cookie is a cookie is a cookie…. If you say we are married ( any definition ) you can't later say it doesn't count in this instance. Weird,eh !

    • three simple words? any=1 form=2 of=3 marriage=4. What were the 3 words? I must have missed them.

  30. The insinuation I don't like is that Duffy is making that insinuation rather than talking about what he saw and saying he thinks its brave. I don't believe it. Calling someone valiant might make the point that he's not in good shape to be leader (because as we all know, Layton is a prime threat to take over in this election) but any advantage is seriously weakened by the fact that you're saying he's doing something brave. Especially when the life of any conceivable government led by Layton has got to be 3 years tops.

    But hey, Duffy was a conservative leaning broadcast journo – if he would be something that despicable what wouldn't he do?

  31. Rick Mercer: Canada's Wise Fool.

  32. and more integrity.

  33. Considerably livelier too, plus more colour.

  34. Duffy's party affiliation is irrelevant to the comment. The comment was akin to patting a wheelchair-bound candidate on the head and saying "I really think it's great that people like you take an interest in politics".

  35. Duffy's party affiliation is irrelevant to the comment. The comment was akin to patting a wheelchair-bound candidate on the head and saying "I really think it's great that people like you take an interest in politics".

    • Not sure I agree with you. If you read Rick's entire article, then yeah, it seems apparent that Mike is a jerk. But the only quote we have is: “up close it doesn't look good, Jack doesn't look good… he is a valiant man for carrying on.” Without the full context, we are guilty of judging him wrongly. I am told that, while people disagree with his politics, most people in parliament respect Jack. It could very well be that Mike was complimenting Jack for working, while other people might have taken time off. It could be that Rick is skewing a single quote. Who are the 'others' who are 'whispering' across Canada?

  36. This is not appropriate….

  37. Even assuming that this is all 100% accurate, what the hell is your point? Who cares?

  38. What is this supposed to be? If you're trying to expose his hypocrisy re gay mariage, well that ship has already sailed.

    If you're trying to scare the homophobes to a different party, it might work – but what does that say about you?

    I can't stand Harper and want him out – but there are lines one should NOTcross…

  39. I think you're on the wrong thread.

  40. It's as simple as saying you can't have more than one cookie. Chocolate chip or vanilla wafer it makes no difference. A cookie is a cookie is a cookie…. If you say we are married ( any definition ) you can't later say it doesn't count in this instance. Weird,eh !

  41. Rick Mercer once again gets the points for both form and style. Funny, and raises valid points.

  42. Rick Mercer once again gets the points for both form and style. Funny, and raises valid points.

  43. Remember all those years ago when Mary Walsh was doing her Marg Delahunty Warrior Princess thing on Ol' Harp? Same concept here: Ricky-boy would be on Iggy's extremely short list.

    I also suspect Rick would be stripped of his soul the second he won his riding.

  44. You do realize that Parliament means you check your principles, your gonads, indeed your soul in its entirety, at the front gates?

  45. Rick Mercer, you are simply awesome

  46. Rick Mercer, you are simply awesome

  47. I think the very special hate for Duffy is and only is because he is an idiot …

  48. three simple words? any=1 form=2 of=3 marriage=4. What were the 3 words? I must have missed them.

  49. HARPER FOR PM

  50. HARPER FOR PM

    • Psych! Just kidding. Mercer for PM!

    • i don't agree with you aleesha, but at least you took the time to write a patient, well-reasoned response.

    • HARPER FOR BM

  51. Psych! Just kidding. Mercer for PM!

  52. Rick, you never cease to reinforce the fact that I learn far more about Canadian politics from you than anyone else. If you were running as a candidate in my riding, or were a party leader, you'd have my vote for sure!!

  53. Rick, you never cease to reinforce the fact that I learn far more about Canadian politics from you than anyone else. If you were running as a candidate in my riding, or were a party leader, you'd have my vote for sure!!

  54. You seemed to have missed Rick's point about personal attack and comments on Jack's colour. Or anyone's for that matter. Too bad a class bit of humour doesnt have class comments on the net.

  55. That plane pretty much sums up why a Harper majority is so dangerous for our democracy.

    As for Mike Duffy, the egg, he is scum, nothing more. I knew it ever since I watched his commentary on the Quebec protests against the WTO trade agreement, where he ridiculed the protesters and said he couldn't understand what they were angry about. These are young students on the street getting tear gassed by police because they're fighting for Canadian sovereignty, and Duffy is sitting up in his ivory tower, never having worked a hard day in his life, thinking about the big turkey he's going to be eating that night, and wondering why people don't always like the international economic system that's made him so plump. Just like Marie Antoinette, really.

  56. That plane pretty much sums up why a Harper majority is so dangerous for our democracy.

    As for Mike Duffy, the egg, he is scum, nothing more. I knew it ever since I watched his commentary on the Quebec protests against the WTO trade agreement, where he ridiculed the protesters and said he couldn't understand what they were angry about. These are young students on the street getting tear gassed by police because they're fighting for Canadian sovereignty, and Duffy is sitting up in his ivory tower, never having worked a hard day in his life, thinking about the big turkey he's going to be eating that night, and wondering why people don't always like the international economic system that's made him so plump. Just like Marie Antoinette, really.

  57. Rick you are a funny man, but, if you want a spot on the campaign trail, I suggest you run for office, pick a party, but, please stop being funny when funny isn't funny. Far to many media types make the headlines Rick, no no good reason……..power to the people .

  58. Rick you are a funny man, but, if you want a spot on the campaign trail, I suggest you run for office, pick a party, but, please stop being funny when funny isn't funny. Far to many media types make the headlines Rick, no no good reason……..power to the people .

    • I don't understand your point. Additionally, couldn't you learn to spell? Or spellcheck?

    • You just don't get it Ken. Political satirists have been around since at least the Middle Ages when they were court jesters. They have always played an important role in politics & Rick is one of the best. We need more like him. Long live Rick & all those political cartoonists as well that manage to reach out to a very large audience with their very astute observations of political life.
      I'm just sorry that Rick & the 22 Minutes gang aren't running shows at the moment. And you can be quite certain that if Harper gets his majority all political satirists will be in a Harperland gulag somewhere. CBC will cease to exist & we'll all be watching Fox News North with no alternatives.

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    • Was there a sentence or point in your comment, or did you just get it from some kind of "Conservative Spambot MadLibs Generator"? Actually, that sounds fun. I wanna try!

      Ahem… "Iggy Lieberal ivy league crony elitist whiner sheep-le kool-aid separatist comrades! MAJORITY!!!"

      Oh man, that WAS way more fun than forming and defending my own opinions.

    • You just keep supporting the only PM in history to be charged with CONTEMPT ~ your comment speaks volumes about what kind of person you are.
      SHAME on anyone who supports the CORRUPT Harper government of Canada ~ Shame on you all!

      • Correct me if I'm wrong, weren't the Chretien Liberals at one point under very strenuous investigation for corruption? I don't think that it's very reasonable to put all of the evils that this country suffers at one man's door. We hear the same in Ontario about how the Harris Tories destroyed so much in the province (while in the process of struggling to save them) then cheered when a Liberal government came in, and wiped out all the beneficial changes that he had put in place.

        No, I don't trust Harper any more than I could conceivably throw him, but I trust the others less. Who should I vote for, then? Green? They aren't going anywhere, so we're stuck with the same three bad choices. Maybe I should move to Montreal so I can vote Rhinoceros, since that's the only riding that has them.

        • so you gave ti reach back to Chretien Liberals in an attempt to make your point?? lol .. That speaks volumes!

          Harper is a Liar – period. He does Not care about this country or the people in it.

          it's either NDP or Green IF you Love Canada.

  60. Mike Duffy: despicable human being.

  61. Conservative Sen. Mike Duffy, who can perhaps kindly be described as the most amoral partisan hack to ever draw a breath, but Mercer you ,yourself can be decribed that way as well,do you think we're all stupid out here,i forgot your a liberal hack ofcourse you think we're all stupid thats what liberals generally think of us anyway.Your shows are little more that Conservative bashing while cheerleading liberals and getting naked with some,but you fead at the on the public purse like all other cbc clowns,cheerleading all things liberal on my dime.I'm a Nflder and i grew up with alot of funny people and you seem to try hard to copy those funny Nflders but you fail most often.Just another liberal hack looking for a senate seat if the crimnal liberals ever get back to the promise land.

  62. Sentence structure – you should learn it.

  63. Sentence structure – you should learn it.

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    • Judging from your inability to spell your own name properly, perhaps you should be encouraging more of that wanton, social spending on things like, oh, I don't know… education. Maybe then, people won't have to rely on entertainers for their "facts". In addition to being literate, they will make more informed decisions about politics.

      Until the day that you and your ilk do evolve – i'll help you out:
      I before E, except after C, or making an "eh" and in Neighbour or Weigh.

      • Ahhh grammer nazi's – where would the innernet be without 'em?

    • Always good for a chuckle to see commenters chiming in after the fact with assignments for posters, followed by angry denunciations for not taking the "advice" on offer. Feel free to do your own schoolwork, fella.

  65. Was there a sentence or point in your comment, or did you just get it from some kind of "Conservative Spambot MadLibs Generator"? Actually, that sounds fun. I wanna try!

    Ahem… "Iggy Lieberal ivy league crony elitist whiner sheep-le kool-aid separatist comrades! MAJORITY!!!"

    Oh man, that WAS way more fun than forming and defending my own opinions.

  66. This article is the only place that I've seen Layton's health referred to as an election issue. How does painting Layton as weak help the Tories? It helps the Liberals, it reduces the vote-split. I suspect that's why Mercer has brought this up. In order to help out his favourites in this election. Way to go Rick! It takes a certain kind of man to gleefully trade on a man's battle with cancer, and Rick Mercer is that man.

  67. This article is the only place that I've seen Layton's health referred to as an election issue. How does painting Layton as weak help the Tories? It helps the Liberals, it reduces the vote-split. I suspect that's why Mercer has brought this up. In order to help out his favourites in this election. Way to go Rick! It takes a certain kind of man to gleefully trade on a man's battle with cancer, and Rick Mercer is that man.

    • True – I have only heard of this Layton thing here. Amazing, since it is a Canada wide whisper campaign.

      • Are you insane? Or clearly just didn't have your hearing aides in for the ENTIRE lead up to and the first couple days of the campaign. It was all ANYONE reported. CBC, CTV, Globe and Mail, Le Devoir, National Post you name it! Don't quote me on it, but if memory serves the BBC managed to work it into one of their stories! It was beyond ridiculous.

    • Not sure I would qualify Kay's rebuttal as 'excellent'. If anything it comes off as a bit too defensive. I'll concede that perhaps because Mercer is a self-identified 'political junkie' that he is influenced by a bubble of politicos and pundits…who may be in fact those speaking about a 'whisper campaign'…but that too weakens Kay's argument…Mercer never states that national news org are making hay out of Layton's health but that it is done through the line of 'whispers', which one could speculate as off-hand remarks or comments, thinly veiled rumours and gossip…they all have the effect of creating a trickle of doubt about jack's health. Furthermore, Kay argues that Duffy's remarks were not covered nationally but only in a regional context in NS…does this somehow excuse such insensitive and disingenuous remarks from a hardcore partisan hack like Duffy?…Kay also speculates that Duffy was speaking in some type of stream of consciousness and thus we shouldn't read to much into it…really?

      Personally, I don't have much time for Kay…a bit too dogmatic for me but no doubt Mercer is not your cup of tea either…but let's be fair…Mercer is speaking to the converted…not necessarily anyone else.

      • Mercer is speaking to the converted? Is that who the CBC is speaking for as well, because it certainly has a heavy , left wing bias in what should be objective, neutral, news content. Rather than presenting biased news, why doesn't the CBC identify its content as commentary like the National Post does when presenting opinion?

    • Reply? Yesah… sure… I'll grant you that one.
      Excellent?
      (From the National 'We Have Our Heads Stuffed So Far Up Conservative Asses That We Can't See Daylight' Post?)
      Hardly.

      "Otherwise, lay off the cheap shots and try harder to make us laugh." ?
      No… see… that's like trying to discredit Jon Stewart for reporting news as a news show… people that don't understand satire often miss the jokes… which is why Stephen Colbert is so funny.
      "Don't talk about politics, jester! Do that thing you do with the balloons! That's always funny! (hur hur hur)"

      And… here's one for free:
      If it was such a non-issue… why did the National Post reply to it and make it MORE of an issue?
      If you want to discredit something, you don't draw attention to it.
      Common sense.

      • Actually, the best way to counter falsehoods is to reveal the truth. Without exposing Rick's errors, people would be left to think that what he wrote is true. Rick is able to claim that he was 'jesting', but you can see how many people on this blog believe him to be factual.
        If you want to discredit something, you draw attention to it's errors. Yup, that's what you do. Common sense.

          • Duffy is despiccable…all that speculation and no damn evidence…conveniently it fits the tory narrative…we never wanted an election. All we ever wanted to do was govern.

  68. You people are loopy – Mercer is W-R-O-N-G. If facts matter to you, do some research on this one before jumping up and down clapping your hands like 9 year olds.

  69. You people are loopy – Mercer is W-R-O-N-G. If facts matter to you, do some research on this one before jumping up and down clapping your hands like 9 year olds.

    • CONS supporting CONS ~ you're supporting contemptible politicians (charge with CONTEMPT, remember that!!! ~ that is his legacy and how the history books will write it). Shame on you! Shame on them! Shame on anyone who votes for these liars, cheaters and betrayers of Canadian values. Harper has led Canadians down the darkest path in history ~ I hope you see that one day!

      • Wow – lay off the Kool-Aid. Shame on you, that stuff is for kids. :)

    • Who said anything about facts? Just funny.

    • I'm a political science major and have spent the last couple weeks chatting about this with my (at least outwardly) utterly non-partisan professors, renowned names in political science from around the WORLD. Every single word of this is true. Satirical. But true.

      The fate of Canadian democracy is at stake (frankly, as it is at every election…that's democracy at work for you. Though Harper's authoritarian, anti-democratic actions are putting a chilling twist on this one.) and no one gives a rats ass.

      • I wouldn't be too quick to that conclusion just yet. People are being booted out of Con rallies for "reasons" based on Facebook postings (students), and advocacy work (veterans). The student story spread very quickly, and the vet story is sure to do the same.

        People notice these things. And the campaign is still young.

  70. Jonathan Kay's rebuttal is well worth reading .

  71. i don't agree with you aleesha, but at least you took the time to write a patient, well-reasoned response.

  72. Judging from your inability to spell your own name properly, perhaps you should be encouraging more of that wanton, social spending on things like, oh, I don't know… education. Maybe then, people won't have to rely on entertainers for their "facts". In addition to being literate, they will make more informed decisions about politics.

    Until the day that you and your ilk do evolve – i'll help you out:
    I before E, except after C, or making an "eh" and in Neighbour or Weigh.

  73. How is Mercer "W-R-O-N-G" ?
    Did Mike Duffy NOT go on the radio and say that?
    are the party planes NOT painted in the manner described?
    is the campaign NOT in full swing?
    are several different media NOT discussing jack layton's health? (perhaps if you find this one to be false it may be different sources than the ones you are used to?)

  74. What I find scary is that you look to "comedians" for actual content

  75. Seems to me that Rick Mercer is that man.

  76. You just keep supporting the only PM in history to be charged with CONTEMPT ~ your comment speaks volumes about what kind of person you are.
    SHAME on anyone who supports the CORRUPT Harper government of Canada ~ Shame on you all!

  77. Well…..inciteful too!

  78. CONS supporting CONS ~ you're supporting contemptible politicians (charge with CONTEMPT, remember that!!! ~ that is his legacy and how the history books will write it). Shame on you! Shame on them! Shame on anyone who votes for these liars, cheaters and betrayers of Canadian values. Harper has led Canadians down the darkest path in history ~ I hope you see that one day!

  79. So as not to feel left out, you could, theoretically, go to them for help with spelling.

  80. I don't understand your point. Additionally, couldn't you learn to spell? Or spellcheck?

  81. Please calm down and check your spelling. Try some punctuation, then at least we could understand which rock you have been living under.

  82. Always good for a chuckle to see commenters chiming in after the fact with assignments for posters, followed by angry denunciations for not taking the "advice" on offer. Feel free to do your own schoolwork, fella.

  83. Please calm down and check your spelling. Try some punctuation, then at least we could understand which rock you have been living under.

  84. Let's not forget the hatchet job he did on Dion in the last election when he gleefully played and replayed Dion's apparent inability to parse an non-parsable question, especially if your mother tongue were French.

  85. Have you noticed how many Trolls cannot spell?

  86. Have you noticed how many Trolls cannot spell?

    • This comment was deleted.

      • Umm….not to set you off again…but…it's 'grammar'..not 'grammer'. Also…you may need one of those umlauts over the i in naïve…not even sure that's the word you are looking for….oops…ended a sentence with a preposition!

        • And I rest my case.

    • what do they get paid? I can pretend not to spell for a paycheque.

  87. You just don't get it Ken. Political satirists have been around since at least the Middle Ages when they were court jesters. They have always played an important role in politics & Rick is one of the best. We need more like him. Long live Rick & all those political cartoonists as well that manage to reach out to a very large audience with their very astute observations of political life.
    I'm just sorry that Rick & the 22 Minutes gang aren't running shows at the moment. And you can be quite certain that if Harper gets his majority all political satirists will be in a Harperland gulag somewhere. CBC will cease to exist & we'll all be watching Fox News North with no alternatives.

  88. You mean a corpse actually has one.

  89. How could a dullard like you even recognize humour? Go back and get your grade four grammar books as you might actually learn something.

  90. Ahhh grammer nazi's – where would the innernet be without 'em?

  91. Not sure I would qualify Kay's rebuttal as 'excellent'. If anything it comes off as a bit too defensive. I'll concede that perhaps because Mercer is a self-identified 'political junkie' that he is influenced by a bubble of politicos and pundits…who may be in fact those speaking about a 'whisper campaign'…but that too weakens Kay's argument…Mercer never states that national news org are making hay out of Layton's health but that it is done through the line of 'whispers', which one could speculate as off-hand remarks or comments, thinly veiled rumours and gossip…they all have the effect of creating a trickle of doubt about jack's health. Furthermore, Kay argues that Duffy's remarks were not covered nationally but only in a regional context in NS…does this somehow excuse such insensitive and disingenuous remarks from a hardcore partisan hack like Duffy?…Kay also speculates that Duffy was speaking in some type of stream of consciousness and thus we shouldn't read to much into it…really?

    Personally, I don't have much time for Kay…a bit too dogmatic for me but no doubt Mercer is not your cup of tea either…but let's be fair…Mercer is speaking to the converted…not necessarily anyone else.

  92. Mercer is the one riding Layton about his health – it's the Liberal way – never do your own dirty work.

  93. With comments like that, you sound like the 'hand out' type yourself.

  94. Someone watches too much american news. God help us.

  95. Umm….not to set you off again…but…it's 'grammar'..not 'grammer'. Also…you may need one of those umlauts over the i in naïve…not even sure that's the word you are looking for….oops…ended a sentence with a preposition!

  96. And I rest my case.

  97. God ANOTHER spelling nazi – are you people all retired teachers? That would explain the going around in circles to the left.

  98. Late breaking news!

    Mr. Harper has decided to eliminate the deficit through a unique twist never before seen in Canadian politics, he is going to pretend that there is no letter "D".
    Mr. Harper insists it wil be much easier to eliminate an "eficit" an suggests that a new type of finance reform calle "eficit financing" will o the trick. Mr. Harper got the iea after seeing two stuents show up at a rally who his staffers ha ientifie as enemy agents trying to steal the secrets of the Conservative platform which Mr. Harper vowe woul remain a secret if he ha his way.
    Senator Uffy ha no comment on this news an sai he thinks Jack Layton and NP may object but if they o it won't matter because Mr. Harper isn't takng quesitons he is just proviing answers this time aroun.

    Get out an Vote

  99. Late breaking news!

    Mr. Harper has decided to eliminate the deficit through a unique twist never before seen in Canadian politics, he is going to pretend that there is no letter "D".
    Mr. Harper insists it wil be much easier to eliminate an "eficit" an suggests that a new type of finance reform calle "eficit financing" will o the trick. Mr. Harper got the iea after seeing two stuents show up at a rally who his staffers ha ientifie as enemy agents trying to steal the secrets of the Conservative platform which Mr. Harper vowe woul remain a secret if he ha his way.
    Senator Uffy ha no comment on this news an sai he thinks Jack Layton and NP may object but if they o it won't matter because Mr. Harper isn't takng quesitons he is just proviing answers this time aroun.

    Get out an Vote

    • Silly bunt!
      eftly aft an brilliant, man!

  100. Or the time when Puffy made Margaret Trudeau cry by reminding her that the day of Pierre's funeral was also the same day as Michel's birthday. Beneath contempt.

  101. Or the time when Puffy made Margaret Trudeau cry by reminding her that the day of Pierre's funeral was also the same day as Michel's birthday. Beneath contempt.

    • Or the time he made Mercer cry when he said he couldn`t have a sleepover at his place after one of Mercer mildly amusing bits on his RMR show.

      Oh, and would you guys quit whining about Duffy ? He is what he is—no better or no worse than any Liberal Senator. If you need a list of useless Liberal Senators, let me know.

      • …"mildly amusing?"…i think someone is sucking his thumb again.

  102. Actually MTB… it's a good thing.
    Think about all the kings of England and France and Europe… deposed, killed, beheaded… but no one ever killed the Fools. The Fool was the role that was closes tot the king and yet had no political power per se. Often the royals actually relied upon the Fools and jesters to point out their foibles… sort of a preemptive 'Emperor has no clothes' thing… and woe be to the ruler that did not listen to the Fool as the cynical voice of his subjects…

  103. And this is why there's a 'Rick Mercer for Prime Minister, eh' page on Facebook.

    What I'm wondering is can we hire the three ladies in the main picture for our campaign managers? They ROCK!

  104. Are you asserting that only teachers no how to spell, and that only people on the right can't spell? I only jump to those conclusions because you seem very eager to jump at even stupider ones.

  105. Reply? Yesah… sure… I'll grant you that one.
    Excellent?
    (From the National 'We Have Our Heads Stuffed So Far Up Conservative Asses That We Can't See Daylight' Post?)
    Hardly.

    "Otherwise, lay off the cheap shots and try harder to make us laugh." ?
    No… see… that's like trying to discredit Jon Stewart for reporting news as a news show… people that don't understand satire often miss the jokes… which is why Stephen Colbert is so funny.
    "Don't talk about politics, jester! Do that thing you do with the balloons! That's always funny! (hur hur hur)"

    And… here's one for free:
    If it was such a non-issue… why did the National Post reply to it and make it MORE of an issue?
    If you want to discredit something, you don't draw attention to it.
    Common sense.

  106. The Liberals are thieves, and the the Conservatives are crooks. Canada is between a rock and a hard place.

  107. The Liberals are thieves, and the the Conservatives are crooks. Canada is between a rock and a hard place.

  108. I've pointed this out elsewhere, don't you think the $75 billion bank bailout should be more of an election issue?

  109. I've pointed this out elsewhere, don't you think the $75 billion bank bailout should be more of an election issue?

    • The attack on our Parliamentary Traditions mean everything. It means our Democracy has been under attack. With our democracy and our votes, we still have a say, but if our House Of Parliament is undermined to the point of impotency, our elected MPs lose their voices completely. The checks and balances into every other policy put forth would be wiped out. It is those checks and balances that have prevented any one politician from achieving absolute power and unfettered implimentation of his/her agenda.

      We would lose control. And with that control, we would lose everything dear to us. Nothing would be an 'issue' without the checks and balances our Parliamentary traditions provide for us.

      The Senate had a tradition of being the Chamber Of Sober Second Thought. Until now, each Senator was expected to leave his Party partisanship outside the door. Take a good look at what has happened and the damage this honoured Chamber has suffered.

      The rot isn't beginning, it has BEGUN, and we simply cannort allow it to fester any further.

  110. Buddy, have you ever even watched his shows? He bashes the Liberals JUST AS MUCH as the Conservatives… In fact, I'd love to see Rick Mercer run as an independent, or form his own party… Now THERE would be a party to vote for! As long as the rest of the party is formed of like-minded individuals, that is…

  111. Buddy, have you ever even watched his shows? He bashes the Liberals JUST AS MUCH as the Conservatives… In fact, I'd love to see Rick Mercer run as an independent, or form his own party… Now THERE would be a party to vote for! As long as the rest of the party is formed of like-minded individuals, that is…

  112. "Over at Macleans.ca, Rick Mercer has an article attacking the Tories for trying to exploit Jack Layton's prostate cancer as an election issue. That would be despicable if it were true. But Mercer's evidence is so pathetically feeble that the only one impugned by the article is the author. I generally think Mercer is a funny guy — and his articles often are quite decent. But this one is a real embarrassment. And I wouldn't be surprised if Maclean's either took it down, or edited out the hyperbolic nonsense."

  113. "Over at Macleans.ca, Rick Mercer has an article attacking the Tories for trying to exploit Jack Layton's prostate cancer as an election issue. That would be despicable if it were true. But Mercer's evidence is so pathetically feeble that the only one impugned by the article is the author. I generally think Mercer is a funny guy — and his articles often are quite decent. But this one is a real embarrassment. And I wouldn't be surprised if Maclean's either took it down, or edited out the hyperbolic nonsense."

    • Who are you quoting?

    • heh, no way it's getting edited. You have to wonder if whoever that was actually read the article because it is brilliant whatever you think of the Duffy snipe.

  114. Scott does very well on his own!

  115. Who are you quoting?

  116. lol, I remember that. You think he was for that one?

  117. Or the time he made Mercer cry when he said he couldn`t have a sleepover at his place after one of Mercer mildly amusing bits on his RMR show.

    Oh, and would you guys quit whining about Duffy ? He is what he is—no better or no worse than any Liberal Senator. If you need a list of useless Liberal Senators, let me know.

  118. I do not think that Liberal_Theives is suggesting any of the generalizations you have made exist…except perhaps that there does seem to be a tendency by some to take delight in pointing out the spelling, typing and gramatical errors of others. In scanning this online site regularly, I would have to agree that people with a political leaning toward the left tend to comment on those errors made by the right leaning bloggers with more frequency.

  119. heh, no way it's getting edited. You have to wonder if whoever that was actually read the article because it is brilliant whatever you think of the Duffy snipe.

  120. hmmm, I found Jonathan Kay's full article that quote is from and he made a very good case against Mercer on this although I'm still sure they won't edit it.

  121. I thought Kaye was arguing that because he says he has never heard of a whisper campaign it doesn't exist. Not convincing.

  122. I thought Kaye was arguing that because he says he has never heard of a whisper campaign it doesn't exist. Not convincing.

    • Well he sent an email asking if any the the NP writers were getting any 'whispers' and there was nothing. So if the Cons weren't whispering to the people most sypathetic towards them they probably weren't at all. It would be very interesting to know what Mercer was basing his lines on about that.

      • And yet, I found the radio interview which the Blogging Tories were eagerly disseminating back in March. Why didn't Kay look for it before writing his less than excellent post? It was on CFRA radio and I've already posted a link.

  123. Well he sent an email asking if any the the NP writers were getting any 'whispers' and there was nothing. So if the Cons weren't whispering to the people most sypathetic towards them they probably weren't at all. It would be very interesting to know what Mercer was basing his lines on about that.

    • I don't have time to listen now, but I will bet that when I do, it doesn't change the gist of Jonathan's article. The only one bringing it up is Rick.

      • Some of the rightwing blogs were circulating it; of course, they probably value what Duffy has to say.

  124. No, no, no! Rick Mercer as prime minister would send Canada's senior citizens to Siberia or worse–Saskatchewan.

  125. Well said, Rick. I must admit, it's nice to see someone reporting for Macleans who is not in Harper's back pocket supporting only the Conservative agenda. With the three major media powerhouses owning almost all of the media outlets in Canada, all of whom currently pander to the Conservative -, wait, Harper Government of Canada, for their own benefit, it is rare to get an objective viewpoint of the candidates. Gone are the days of turning to journalists in hopes that they will challenge truths and ideals, giving voice to Canadians.

    I'm proud to see someone speaking out in the media telling Canadians how it truly is and questioning our leaders. Too bad you're the only objective journalist out there; the lone gunman for responsible reporting. Keep talking, Rick. Hopefully Canadians will listen.

  126. Well said, Rick. I must admit, it's nice to see someone reporting for Macleans who is not in Harper's back pocket supporting only the Conservative agenda. With the three major media powerhouses owning almost all of the media outlets in Canada, all of whom currently pander to the Conservative -, wait, Harper Government of Canada, for their own benefit, it is rare to get an objective viewpoint of the candidates. Gone are the days of turning to journalists in hopes that they will challenge truths and ideals, giving voice to Canadians.

    I'm proud to see someone speaking out in the media telling Canadians how it truly is and questioning our leaders. Too bad you're the only objective journalist out there; the lone gunman for responsible reporting. Keep talking, Rick. Hopefully Canadians will listen.

  127. Does that symbol with the circle and diagonal over the person on the plane mean "No Canadians are allowed to meet Harper?"

  128. Does that symbol with the circle and diagonal over the person on the plane mean "No Canadians are allowed to meet Harper?"

  129. Not sure I agree with you. If you read Rick's entire article, then yeah, it seems apparent that Mike is a jerk. But the only quote we have is: “up close it doesn't look good, Jack doesn't look good… he is a valiant man for carrying on.” Without the full context, we are guilty of judging him wrongly. I am told that, while people disagree with his politics, most people in parliament respect Jack. It could very well be that Mike was complimenting Jack for working, while other people might have taken time off. It could be that Rick is skewing a single quote. Who are the 'others' who are 'whispering' across Canada?

  130. Renaldo, it's 'know', not 'no'. Spelling error? :)

  131. Who said anything about facts? Just funny.

  132. Good comment, Mark. I was wondering if people would see the similarities of personal attacks. :)

  133. True – I have only heard of this Layton thing here. Amazing, since it is a Canada wide whisper campaign.

  134. And yet, I found the radio interview which the Blogging Tories were eagerly disseminating back in March. Why didn't Kay look for it before writing his less than excellent post? It was on CFRA radio and I've already posted a link.

  135. Actually, the best way to counter falsehoods is to reveal the truth. Without exposing Rick's errors, people would be left to think that what he wrote is true. Rick is able to claim that he was 'jesting', but you can see how many people on this blog believe him to be factual.
    If you want to discredit something, you draw attention to it's errors. Yup, that's what you do. Common sense.

  136. Wow – lay off the Kool-Aid. Shame on you, that stuff is for kids. :)

  137. I don't have time to listen now, but I will bet that when I do, it doesn't change the gist of Jonathan's article. The only one bringing it up is Rick.

  138. Some of the rightwing blogs were circulating it; of course, they probably value what Duffy has to say.

  139. Oh, for a country in which I could actually get enthusastic about voting for a credible choice of parties! In Canada you're damned whichever way you vote. It's a choice of lesser evils…. When are the people in this country going to wake up and create a NEW party, which is Centralist. It doesn't pander to the left, nor the right, and certainly doesn't tolerate the insidious corruption that marks our country's politics and civil service. It really is time for a revolution! We might as well be living in the third world for the credibility which our political machine has!

  140. Oh, for a country in which I could actually get enthusastic about voting for a credible choice of parties! In Canada you're damned whichever way you vote. It's a choice of lesser evils…. When are the people in this country going to wake up and create a NEW party, which is Centralist. It doesn't pander to the left, nor the right, and certainly doesn't tolerate the insidious corruption that marks our country's politics and civil service. It really is time for a revolution! We might as well be living in the third world for the credibility which our political machine has!

  141. i would not want Rick Mercer running for a place in parliament
    he serves us much better doing what he does now

  142. i would not want Rick Mercer running for a place in parliament
    he serves us much better doing what he does now

  143. So I'm supposed to feel bad because you feel threatened by people with brains in their heads? Not likely, chum.

  144. One other generalization you might have missed – how scared the rightys are. Scared of comedians' role in society, scared of communication, scared of intelligence….

  145. That is why they think they can scare us into voting for Harper; because that is their main motivation.

  146. Rich Mercer for Prime Minister!

    For the sake of Democracy, and for a brighter Canada—minus George Dubya Harper–please, please, join ANY Party. We are here for you Rick!

    And we could get rid of the neanderthal G.W. Without Charisma currently occupying the Hill!

  147. Rich Mercer for Prime Minister!

    For the sake of Democracy, and for a brighter Canada—minus George Dubya Harper–please, please, join ANY Party. We are here for you Rick!

    And we could get rid of the neanderthal G.W. Without Charisma currently occupying the Hill!

    • Harper doesn't need charisma. He's got George W's spin doctors working for him.
      These are the people who are actually very adept – dare I say brilliant? – at manipulating public opinion.
      Makes a mockery of FDRs "We have nothing to fear, but fear itself" (in the common paraphrase).

  148. HARPER TO APPLY FOR JOB
    AS
    WASSILA'S NEW MAYOR!

    Our Village Idiot PM has a phenomenal resume for the job.

    Oh please, Lord, won't you make this dream come true and I'll go to Lourdes for The Miracle!

  149. HARPER TO APPLY FOR JOB
    AS
    WASSILA'S NEW MAYOR!

    Our Village Idiot PM has a phenomenal resume for the job.

    Oh please, Lord, won't you make this dream come true and I'll go to Lourdes for The Miracle!

  150. Nope out west making over a 100g's a year. Just really Pi$$ed at Liberals! Hate them with all that is in me!

  151. Nope out west making over a 100g's a year. Just really Pi$$ed at Liberals! Hate them with all that is in me!

    • You've got some pretty serious issues. Time to make an appointment with your doctor.

  152. Rick Mercer is trying hard to "copy" those funny Nflders? Last I checked, he "is" one of those funny Nflders.

  153. Rick Mercer is trying hard to "copy" those funny Nflders? Last I checked, he "is" one of those funny Nflders.

  154. Are you insane? Or clearly just didn't have your hearing aides in for the ENTIRE lead up to and the first couple days of the campaign. It was all ANYONE reported. CBC, CTV, Globe and Mail, Le Devoir, National Post you name it! Don't quote me on it, but if memory serves the BBC managed to work it into one of their stories! It was beyond ridiculous.

  155. I'm a political science major and have spent the last couple weeks chatting about this with my (at least outwardly) utterly non-partisan professors, renowned names in political science from around the WORLD. Every single word of this is true. Satirical. But true.

    The fate of Canadian democracy is at stake (frankly, as it is at every election…that's democracy at work for you. Though Harper's authoritarian, anti-democratic actions are putting a chilling twist on this one.) and no one gives a rats ass.

  156. Yeah, Feschuk is legitimately funny. Once you get past all the nonsense celebrity 'news' in Maclean's, it's a treat to get to Feschuk's column.

  157. How very typical of the 'kinder and gentler' Conservative party. Some guy is recovering from an illness so, let's kick him a few times while he's on the Campaign trail. Slimy disgusting bottom feeding tactics from Mr Harper's 'Reformist Conservative Party.'

  158. (Reply to Warren Kinsellas Blog Post, SIMPLE SOLUTION
    April 5th, 2011, 1:40 pm

    Hammer Dom says:
    April 5, 2011 at 3:23 pm
    WARREN,

    It will be a big night for politics in Hamilton on Thursday.

    Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff will be making an appearance shortly after Conservative leader Stephen Harper wraps up his event at the Convention Centre.

    Local Liberals are holding a rally at Liuna Station on James Street North at 7 p.m. All local Liberal candidates will be in attendance.

    The Conservatives are holding their own rally at 5:30 p.m. downtown.

    This marks the first leader visits of the campaign.
    —————————————————————–

    SO – Are we going to meet for drinks afterward? Are you going to tell your mate RICK MERCER to get off his Twitter Account Ass and show up with a camera crew???? Let's have him force that lying s**t Harper into this one on one debate and prove once and for all he can't string together seven letter words to form intelligible sentences toward purporting convincing, truthful arguments.

    I'll be at Iggy's gig FOR SURE, and then elbow bending is on me at my favourite local. I HAS been too long Warren.

    Dominic Simon

    Reply
    Namesake says:
    April 5, 2011 at 5:05 pm
    Mercer's show is on hiatus just now, due to being bumped by hockey playoffs. He's blogging for Macleans in the interim.

    Reply
    Hammer Dom says:
    April 5, 2011 at 8:09 pm
    So – Rick can't get a few cameras and a mike but he can Twitter with his Smart-Phone?

    I see.
    I can.

    S**t, with HIS money I could splurge the 5K for 2 HD digital cameras available at any at any Future Shop, until 10pm no less…and take the GO train to Hamilton…and not be a p***y fake.

    So the Rick Mercer Report is just a ‘show', as in….for ‘show'.

    Mmmmm. Just like the PM.

    Kettle. Black. All talk.

    Warren. Let's go shopping tomorrow and show Mercer and the CBC, not to mention HARPER how Media makes Leaders.

    D.

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    MCBellecourt says:
    April 5, 2011 at 9:28 pm
    Speaking of our Mr. Mercer, he has a column in the hardcopy edition of Macleans as well. Just got it in the mail today (Tuesday).

  159. I see Rick missed the color on the plane. Red, White and Blue

  160. First person to get that Harper fitness tax credit should be Mike Donuts Duffy. I bet his prostrate has double fudge glazing.

  161. First person to get that Harper fitness tax credit should be Mike Donuts Duffy. I bet his prostrate has double fudge glazing.

  162. He left it up to us to notice. And we should.

  163. You've got some pretty serious issues. Time to make an appointment with your doctor.

  164. I wouldn't be too quick to that conclusion just yet. People are being booted out of Con rallies for "reasons" based on Facebook postings (students), and advocacy work (veterans). The student story spread very quickly, and the vet story is sure to do the same.

    People notice these things. And the campaign is still young.

  165. Calling someone "valiant" is kicking them while they're down? Take a pill.

  166. The attack on our Parliamentary Traditions mean everything. It means our Democracy has been under attack. With our democracy and our votes, we still have a say, but if our House Of Parliament is undermined to the point of impotency, our elected MPs lose their voices completely. The checks and balances into every other policy put forth would be wiped out. It is those checks and balances that have prevented any one politician from achieving absolute power and unfettered implimentation of his/her agenda.

    We would lose control. And with that control, we would lose everything dear to us. Nothing would be an 'issue' without the checks and balances our Parliamentary traditions provide for us.

    The Senate had a tradition of being the Chamber Of Sober Second Thought. Until now, each Senator was expected to leave his Party partisanship outside the door. Take a good look at what has happened and the damage this honoured Chamber has suffered.

    The rot isn't beginning, it has BEGUN, and we simply cannort allow it to fester any further.

  167. RagingRanter's mental health issues have clearly gotten the better of him. He's lost his grip on the last shred of reality he was desparately holding on to….he's a valiant man for carrying on.

  168. I am honestly quite sick and tired of politics being about politics!!

  169. I am honestly quite sick and tired of politics being about politics!!

    • This is much more astute than it looks on first glance.
      Unfortunately issues seem generally to take a distant back seat to spin.
      Kudos for your insightful sound bite; I think I'll put it on a placard for my visits to candidates meetings!
      (I am NOT being sarcastic.)

  170. …"mildly amusing?"…i think someone is sucking his thumb again.

  171. Duffy is despiccable…all that speculation and no damn evidence…conveniently it fits the tory narrative…we never wanted an election. All we ever wanted to do was govern.

  172. "This election certainly started out with a bang. My prediction that the Liberals would at the last minute run away and hide behind the dumpsters on Parliament Hill, avoiding the vote they triggered, did not come to pass"

    LOL…i'm a lib, but that is bang on.

  173. "This election certainly started out with a bang. My prediction that the Liberals would at the last minute run away and hide behind the dumpsters on Parliament Hill, avoiding the vote they triggered, did not come to pass"

    LOL…i'm a lib, but that is bang on.

  174. "Conservative Sen. Mike Duffy, who can perhaps kindly be described as the most amoral partisan hack to ever draw a breath…"

    Would that be the same Mike Duffy that reminded M. Trudeau that today was the anniversary of her son's death…and oh by the way wasn't it a lovely funeral they gave old Pierre, coincidentally all on the same day…all heart that Duffster.

  175. "Conservative Sen. Mike Duffy, who can perhaps kindly be described as the most amoral partisan hack to ever draw a breath…"

    Would that be the same Mike Duffy that reminded M. Trudeau that today was the anniversary of her son's death…and oh by the way wasn't it a lovely funeral they gave old Pierre, coincidentally all on the same day…all heart that Duffster.

  176. Can you imagine Rick Mercer being an impartial moderator of a debate between PM Harper and Wannabe PM Iggy? Is there any wonder that the match did nat materialize. But then, one Conservative is smarter and better than any number of Liberals.

  177. Can you imagine Rick Mercer being an impartial moderator of a debate between PM Harper and Wannabe PM Iggy? Is there any wonder that the match did nat materialize. But then, one Conservative is smarter and better than any number of Liberals.

    • Gerald, you and the majority of the Conservatives are statistically the most uneducated party. Smarter, I think not! :) Heartless, elitist, inconsiderate, Hitler-ish…definitely!

    • A facile comment like this should not be answered, but, being a liberal foole, I will.
      At this point both Iggy and Steve-O are BOTH wannabe PMs.
      The former for all his many faults seems to want to bring the country and its people (us, eh?) together.
      The latter (that's Harper, in case you didn't figure this out) clearly wants the country divided into Red vs. Blue.
      Hmmn? That's just like in the States.
      I think Canada (but not the "Harper Government") has been wise enough and smart enough to avoid the errors of US politics so far. Hope it stays that way.

      • Amen!

  178. Gerald, you and the majority of the Conservatives are statistically the most uneducated party. Smarter, I think not! :) Heartless, elitist, inconsiderate, Hitler-ish…definitely!

  179. maybe its not a coincidence that the leafs jerseys and conservatives political colors are the same
    la hoo za her … la hoo zer

  180. maybe its not a coincidence that the leafs jerseys and conservatives political colors are the same
    la hoo za her … la hoo zer

    • because the leafs never win?

  181. we're all tired of the government they dont do anything for the people just making it hard to live they keep putting things up its not fair we need someone like us that will be there for the people and help them quit sending money overseas we need it here Im not voting anymore Im done these people are in it to fill their pockets they dont care two cents about us

  182. Relevant question: is he on drugs or totally delusional. Canada can't afford either and since he's come to power (& I emphasize that word) his policies and actions have been very questionable and not at all democratic. Canadians cannot afford another term of a Harper government. Take Canada back. Take democracy back.

  183. Relevant question: is he on drugs or totally delusional. Canada can't afford either and since he's come to power (& I emphasize that word) his policies and actions have been very questionable and not at all democratic. Canadians cannot afford another term of a Harper government. Take Canada back. Take democracy back.

  184. Making Jack Layton's health an issue instead of= _actually_ focusing on…oh I don't I know…. how about the issues? It' has become a well known CONservative tactic to dodge teh issues using roour mongering and scare tactics. Fer instance "coalition." No body but 'slimy steve' Harper has mentioned the word. It's amazing how fast it diesd out, when it was shown that Harper himself suggested a coalition in '04 to bring down the Liberals _and_ back in '97 wrote a paperer with Tom Flanagan _praising_ coalitions as a proper way for parliament to work or as he said….
    "The government can only be brought down because it alienates several parties in the House."
    http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/s/steph
    Funny how that works, isn't it, "Mr." Harper?

  185. Considering Mr Harper's "long and illustrious' association with American 'far right' (WAAAAAY right) 'think tanks" like the Council of National Policy and it's Canadian equivalent which he was president of: National Citizens Coalition a corporate funded group (for those who don't know) who claim to be 'grass roots' campaigners who espouse amongst other things: *discredit any activity carried out through the public sector such as education or health care; * court challenges to electoral laws that would limit third party spending; *privatization and/or elimination of public sector services; *opposition to fair tax reform; and a host of other things Mr Harper wants to implement in Canada, it doesn't surprise that his plane is painted 'red white and blue."

  186. It's odd of Mike Duffy to judge someone's health based on how they look. The man's always looked 20 years older than he actually is; I was shocked to find out he's not even 65 yet.

  187. It's odd of Mike Duffy to judge someone's health based on how they look. The man's always looked 20 years older than he actually is; I was shocked to find out he's not even 65 yet.

  188. Hey Rick ….. you are aware you and CBC's days are numbered ….. get ready for Fox News North and a full new improved CON TV (CTV) ….. look how smoothly he tanked Danny Bye

    Sad news just days away …… and then when all goes south …. you will not find a handful who will admit they voted for King Steve of Canada

  189. Hey Rick ….. you are aware you and CBC's days are numbered ….. get ready for Fox News North and a full new improved CON TV (CTV) ….. look how smoothly he tanked Danny Bye

    Sad news just days away …… and then when all goes south …. you will not find a handful who will admit they voted for King Steve of Canada

  190. "I am shocked that Stephen Harper tried to get into bed with Gilles Duceppe. Experimentation of this kind in college is one thing, but at that late in life it probably means you're hiding a part of yourself that will always be there. Namely a hidden desire to do anything and everything to stay in power."

    Don't be surprised. Harper has already shown a frightening willingness to do virtually anything to stay in power. He fires those who stand up to him or question his authority in any way. He keeps the levers of power close at hand, centralizing all decision-making and emasculating his cabinet (not to mention parliament). And he will not shy away from publicly misrepresenting the truth for political advantage, such as his repeated characterization of the prorogation impetus as a coalition that included the Bloc. The man believes he is annointed. See "St. Stephen's Holy War" on Youtube.

  191. "I am shocked that Stephen Harper tried to get into bed with Gilles Duceppe. Experimentation of this kind in college is one thing, but at that late in life it probably means you're hiding a part of yourself that will always be there. Namely a hidden desire to do anything and everything to stay in power."

    Don't be surprised. Harper has already shown a frightening willingness to do virtually anything to stay in power. He fires those who stand up to him or question his authority in any way. He keeps the levers of power close at hand, centralizing all decision-making and emasculating his cabinet (not to mention parliament). And he will not shy away from publicly misrepresenting the truth for political advantage, such as his repeated characterization of the prorogation impetus as a coalition that included the Bloc. The man believes he is annointed. See "St. Stephen's Holy War" on Youtube.

    • i hear he has been having fittings for his postage-stamp moustache

    • Really. The Libs have done their share of power mongering over the decades, if they didn’t invent it. Trudeau had his socialist, top-down, French code agenda. He capitalized on the Lewis NDP themes to manipulate the common folk for whom he held such contempt. Ah, but he didn’t form an alliance or coalition.

  192. You're dead right there.

  193. You rule, Rick! Keep at it!

  194. You rule, Rick! Keep at it!

  195. Hmmmm, let me see, on the one hand we have a comedian who is inferred to be a Liberal based on flimsy evidence, but okay for the sake of argument lets say he is. Then we have a now Senator who used to be a journalist with his own political talk show AND was the national politics bureau chief for a major Canadian TV network, namely CTV who clearly used his power and position to serve partisan ends in the last election when he pulled the raw footage of the Dion interview and spread it all along the airways. That is his most clear example of using his power to partisan advantage but not the only one, and he is in a profession where political neutrality is supposed to be a requirement at least in terms of how one performs one's professional responsibilities, yet Duffy got made a Senator before the polls cooled off from being cast in the 2008 election. Believe it or not comedians do not have a professional requirement to be politically neutral professionally speaking…it may be a good thing to do but it isn't an actual requirement, unlike in journalism (well except for advocacy journalism, but then it is open and aboveboard what is going on there)

    I mean be serious Placenta Bay Xpat, one is a comedian the other was responsible not just for one of only two in depth daily political talk shows but was also the network bureau chief for that network on federal politics. Even if everything you claim about Mercer is correct there is still no fair comparison between the two men in terms of how egregious such partisan openness and behaviour would be especially during an election. Mercer does what he is supposed to do, he mocks those in power and wanting to be in power, which is the very definition of the job of a satirist, the fact that you appear not to grasp this and even consider equating Mercer doing his job properly with Duffy a man who totally discredited his profession in the last election and then totally dishonoured it by taking the Senatorial seat right afterwards.

  196. Hmmmm, let me see, on the one hand we have a comedian who is inferred to be a Liberal based on flimsy evidence, but okay for the sake of argument lets say he is. Then we have a now Senator who used to be a journalist with his own political talk show AND was the national politics bureau chief for a major Canadian TV network, namely CTV who clearly used his power and position to serve partisan ends in the last election when he pulled the raw footage of the Dion interview and spread it all along the airways. That is his most clear example of using his power to partisan advantage but not the only one, and he is in a profession where political neutrality is supposed to be a requirement at least in terms of how one performs one's professional responsibilities, yet Duffy got made a Senator before the polls cooled off from being cast in the 2008 election. Believe it or not comedians do not have a professional requirement to be politically neutral professionally speaking…it may be a good thing to do but it isn't an actual requirement, unlike in journalism (well except for advocacy journalism, but then it is open and aboveboard what is going on there)

    I mean be serious Placenta Bay Xpat, one is a comedian the other was responsible not just for one of only two in depth daily political talk shows but was also the network bureau chief for that network on federal politics. Even if everything you claim about Mercer is correct there is still no fair comparison between the two men in terms of how egregious such partisan openness and behaviour would be especially during an election. Mercer does what he is supposed to do, he mocks those in power and wanting to be in power, which is the very definition of the job of a satirist, the fact that you appear not to grasp this and even consider equating Mercer doing his job properly with Duffy a man who totally discredited his profession in the last election and then totally dishonoured it by taking the Senatorial seat right afterwards.

  197. what do they get paid? I can pretend not to spell for a paycheque.

  198. Silly bunt!
    eftly aft an brilliant, man!

  199. Harper doesn't need charisma. He's got George W's spin doctors working for him.
    These are the people who are actually very adept – dare I say brilliant? – at manipulating public opinion.
    Makes a mockery of FDRs "We have nothing to fear, but fear itself" (in the common paraphrase).

  200. This is much more astute than it looks on first glance.
    Unfortunately issues seem generally to take a distant back seat to spin.
    Kudos for your insightful sound bite; I think I'll put it on a placard for my visits to candidates meetings!
    (I am NOT being sarcastic.)

  201. A facile comment like this should not be answered, but, being a liberal foole, I will.
    At this point both Iggy and Steve-O are BOTH wannabe PMs.
    The former for all his many faults seems to want to bring the country and its people (us, eh?) together.
    The latter (that's Harper, in case you didn't figure this out) clearly wants the country divided into Red vs. Blue.
    Hmmn? That's just like in the States.
    I think Canada (but not the "Harper Government") has been wise enough and smart enough to avoid the errors of US politics so far. Hope it stays that way.

  202. Where the heck did you get these "ideas".
    The Government is us, Helen Boucher!
    For the most part, the government taxes us for projects and programs to help us, not to fill their own pockets.
    It doesn't always work this way, of course, and the media and government opposition parties are there to warn us about this.
    I can see that Mr. Harper may be the cause of your disappointment.
    A perfect example is his policy to expand the prison system dramatically.
    He wants this despite the fact that serious crime is DOWN statistically in Canada and despite the fact that pumping up the prison system has been shown to be disastrous in the States.
    I've tried to come up with a reason more spending on more prisons will be better for Canada, but the only possibility that makes sense is that the money will go to law-and-order businesses that will support Mr Harper and his party. Not really a group that has Canadians' best interest at heart, eh?
    So if you're sick of democracy, you're welcome to go out and vote for the candidate who will most surely destroy it.
    But my vote will cancel yours out.
    That's the only "problem" with democracy. It works.

  203. Where the heck did you get these "ideas".
    The Government is us, Helen Boucher!
    For the most part, the government taxes us for projects and programs to help us, not to fill their own pockets.
    It doesn't always work this way, of course, and the media and government opposition parties are there to warn us about this.
    I can see that Mr. Harper may be the cause of your disappointment.
    A perfect example is his policy to expand the prison system dramatically.
    He wants this despite the fact that serious crime is DOWN statistically in Canada and despite the fact that pumping up the prison system has been shown to be disastrous in the States.
    I've tried to come up with a reason more spending on more prisons will be better for Canada, but the only possibility that makes sense is that the money will go to law-and-order businesses that will support Mr Harper and his party. Not really a group that has Canadians' best interest at heart, eh?
    So if you're sick of democracy, you're welcome to go out and vote for the candidate who will most surely destroy it.
    But my vote will cancel yours out.
    That's the only "problem" with democracy. It works.

  204. Correct me if I'm wrong, weren't the Chretien Liberals at one point under very strenuous investigation for corruption? I don't think that it's very reasonable to put all of the evils that this country suffers at one man's door. We hear the same in Ontario about how the Harris Tories destroyed so much in the province (while in the process of struggling to save them) then cheered when a Liberal government came in, and wiped out all the beneficial changes that he had put in place.

    No, I don't trust Harper any more than I could conceivably throw him, but I trust the others less. Who should I vote for, then? Green? They aren't going anywhere, so we're stuck with the same three bad choices. Maybe I should move to Montreal so I can vote Rhinoceros, since that's the only riding that has them.

  205. i hear he has been having fittings for his postage-stamp moustache

  206. Mercer's lame.
    Easiest job in the world is to criticise.

  207. Mercer's lame.
    Easiest job in the world is to criticise.

    • Says the critic…

  208. Says the critic…

  209. Mr. Mercer, when will you put Canadians out of our political misery & run for PM?

  210. Mr. Mercer, when will you put Canadians out of our political misery & run for PM?

  211. YOU ARE A DIRTY ROTTEN TAIL WAGGING SMELLY OLD …. just talking to my dog!

  212. YOU ARE A DIRTY ROTTEN TAIL WAGGING SMELLY OLD …. just talking to my dog!

  213. Why Rick Mercer for Prime Minister? Why not President, Or Pope?

    Yeh, I think Pope!

  214. Why Rick Mercer for Prime Minister? Why not President, Or Pope?

    Yeh, I think Pope!

  215. HARPER FOR BM

  216. Harper and crew are mired in half truth comments like the best in the G7 according to buddies where as they have been treading water like every other Government hoping beyond hope the finances will improve.

    Their spin on Health Care is a disaster and people are eating it up!

    Conservatives are saying our health care is going to hell in a basket; Canadian Republicans working to install a multi payer system in Canada; the same system that is bankrupting the US! In the US if you don't have employment you don't have health care coverage except for their welfare style medicaid. The US the Republicans are trying to eradicate Medicaid! They say " Government has no place in Health Care any place!"

    The Conservatives are rushing bogus numbers onto us; scare tactics and it appears Iggy is going along with it.

    I'll sort it out here using Alberta Figures which would be applicable across Canada.

    76.4 % of people who go to hospital are under the age of 65! Babies under 1 year were the most common.

    The average age of hospitalized patients was 39.5 years with half of those being under the age of 36 years. These are not baby boomers!

    Only 10.7% are 65 years or older and if this increases 30% as claimed , we are not talking 30% of 100%; but 30% of this 10.7% that is the scare tactic!

    Some 16.4% of the elderly admitted to hospital died as compared to 3.3% of other patients.

    Over half of the patients admitted to Intensive Care were younger patients who had more done to them and stayed in ICU longer, the most expensive hospital service. (Life style ailments) I see the latter as being the place to cut health care costs if you feel you must! Auto Insurance would be an example.

    Canada single health care payer costs us 10.4% of our GDP. Accepting the Conservatives numbers of a 30% increase, this will move Canadian costs up to 13.9% of GDP while the US Costs them near 19% now and leaves 65 million souls without any coverage!

    Health care is divided along party lines and is about party lines; it has nothing to do with cost and effect!

    If you never felt you had a reason to vote before, you sure have now! Wild Rose and Green will not offer you any differently than the rest of the Conservatives.

  217. Harper and crew are mired in half truth comments like the best in the G7 according to buddies where as they have been treading water like every other Government hoping beyond hope the finances will improve.

    Their spin on Health Care is a disaster and people are eating it up!

    Conservatives are saying our health care is going to hell in a basket; Canadian Republicans working to install a multi payer system in Canada; the same system that is bankrupting the US! In the US if you don't have employment you don't have health care coverage except for their welfare style medicaid. The US the Republicans are trying to eradicate Medicaid! They say " Government has no place in Health Care any place!"

    The Conservatives are rushing bogus numbers onto us; scare tactics and it appears Iggy is going along with it.

    I'll sort it out here using Alberta Figures which would be applicable across Canada.

    76.4 % of people who go to hospital are under the age of 65! Babies under 1 year were the most common.

    The average age of hospitalized patients was 39.5 years with half of those being under the age of 36 years. These are not baby boomers!

    Only 10.7% are 65 years or older and if this increases 30% as claimed , we are not talking 30% of 100%; but 30% of this 10.7% that is the scare tactic!

    Some 16.4% of the elderly admitted to hospital died as compared to 3.3% of other patients.

    Over half of the patients admitted to Intensive Care were younger patients who had more done to them and stayed in ICU longer, the most expensive hospital service. (Life style ailments) I see the latter as being the place to cut health care costs if you feel you must! Auto Insurance would be an example.

    Canada single health care payer costs us 10.4% of our GDP. Accepting the Conservatives numbers of a 30% increase, this will move Canadian costs up to 13.9% of GDP while the US Costs them near 19% now and leaves 65 million souls without any coverage!

    Health care is divided along party lines and is about party lines; it has nothing to do with cost and effect!

    If you never felt you had a reason to vote before, you sure have now! Wild Rose and Green will not offer you any differently than the rest of the Conservatives.

  218. Really. The Libs have done their share of power mongering over the decades, if they didn’t invent it. Trudeau had his socialist, top-down, French code agenda. He capitalized on the Lewis NDP themes to manipulate the common folk for whom he held such contempt. Ah, but he didn’t form an alliance or coalition.

  219. Mr Harper is not in a personality contest.II think he is as serious and intelligent as any leader.He is also not responsible for mistakes made by his cabinet ministers.He can only respond after the fact. Most choices he has made have been for the good of the country.Where we would be with any of the other 3 choices were in power. Harper can hold his own with any world leader and is well respected internationaly.
    It is sad that other parties cannot try to get along ,instead of turning down budgets before they even read them.
    Any other party would have been long gone for the same reason that Harper was defeated on, to take it this far and wasting millions of tax payers dollars. I think people should start looking at some bigger things,like what is going on in the world.
    By the way what is IGGIES excuse for not being in parliment in the past year .He was absent more then Harper, who has been attending to issues all around the world.
    And the summit mess in Toronto was not Harpers deal, take a look at the police force and their tackticks on a regular bases and we will not mention the part Mr McQuinty'splayed in this.
    Jm

  220. Best go light on the next glass of Koolaid – or did I miss something and you are competing with Mr. Mercer? Nah, just lay off the Koolaid!

  221. You argue like a three year old reciting Shakespeare.

  222. You argue like a three year old reciting Shakespeare.

  223. Amen!

  224. Mercer is speaking to the converted? Is that who the CBC is speaking for as well, because it certainly has a heavy , left wing bias in what should be objective, neutral, news content. Rather than presenting biased news, why doesn't the CBC identify its content as commentary like the National Post does when presenting opinion?

  225. because the leafs never win?

  226. Woweee. I don't usually watch much television nowadays but Mercer, I may schedule in your show.

    As for this commentary, it amazes me! Scanning through the first page, I found ONE level-headed conservative poster. If you read through the article, it pokes at ALL sides (ha, knobs, still laughing at that) and only comes down hard on Duffy because of his well-documented abuse of the system. Why does it seem (in a vast generalization) that lefties know that politics and the players in it are dirty, whereas righties look at pigs and swear that they're porcelain china dolls.

    Critical eyes, regardless of our allegiances, values, or voting practices. We all need them people.
    If we continue blindly, we truly will, time and time again, have the government we deserve.

  227. Woweee. I don't usually watch much television nowadays but Mercer, I may schedule in your show.

    As for this commentary, it amazes me! Scanning through the first page, I found ONE level-headed conservative poster. If you read through the article, it pokes at ALL sides (ha, knobs, still laughing at that) and only comes down hard on Duffy because of his well-documented abuse of the system. Why does it seem (in a vast generalization) that lefties know that politics and the players in it are dirty, whereas righties look at pigs and swear that they're porcelain china dolls.

    Critical eyes, regardless of our allegiances, values, or voting practices. We all need them people.
    If we continue blindly, we truly will, time and time again, have the government we deserve.

  228. What happened Rick? Get tired of sucking on the CBC teet? We all know that you are a little Liberal robot, so please, go back to the CBC and stay there. Perhaps spend a little time with Mr Mansbridge and try to teach him how to hold back his enthusiasm for Mr Ignatiacrap.

  229. What happened Rick? Get tired of sucking on the CBC teet? We all know that you are a little Liberal robot, so please, go back to the CBC and stay there. Perhaps spend a little time with Mr Mansbridge and try to teach him how to hold back his enthusiasm for Mr Ignatiacrap.

  230. so you gave ti reach back to Chretien Liberals in an attempt to make your point?? lol .. That speaks volumes!

    Harper is a Liar – period. He does Not care about this country or the people in it.

    it's either NDP or Green IF you Love Canada.

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