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Stella Ambler’s maiden metaphor


 

Conservative rookie Stella Ambler was given the honour of moving the motion in reply to the Speech from the Throne on Friday. She decided to go with an extended hockey metaphor.

If I may invoke a hockey metaphor, which seems appropriate with the whole country riveted on the Stanley Cup finals, the success of our Conservative team rests first and foremost on our great chemistry. It is true that we are little short of left-wingers but our members from communities in every region of the country have excelled at every position, and our captain, as the best ones do, has raised the game of all of his teammates.

When Canada was dragged into the worst global recession in a half century, our team showed great poise. We stuck to our long-term game plan for low taxes and economic growth. In the short term, we successfully finessed the recession with a balanced attack of stimulus spending on public infrastructure, support for the hardest hit workers and communities and skilful stickhandling of our financial system through the international banking and currency crisis…

Some of the other teams in this tournament, including traditional powerhouses, have not fared so well. Their recoveries have been slowed because they are badly out of fiscal shape, carrying way too much debt. We take little comfort in this victory on these terms because, unless and until those sovereign debt levels are seriously addressed and significantly reduced, the global economic recovery will remain at grave risk, and, once again, Canada could be dragged into an international economic crisis through no fault of its own.


 

Stella Ambler’s maiden metaphor

  1. Weak on the left wing … but do they have a good Centre?

  2. As trite as this is, it’s a change from the whole captain, sailboat, hand on the tiller metaphor. 

    • I kind of liked the pirates, though.

  3. Wherry – You are killing me! 

    ” It is true that we are little short of left-wingers ….. ”

    wtf !?!?!?!?!?!

    There are plenty of left wingers from where I am sitting, we really don’t need more.

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    Gary Becker showed that discrimination will be less pervasive in more competitive industries because companies that discriminate will lose market share to companies that do not.

    He also presented evidence that discrimination is more pervasive in more-regulated, and therefore less-competitive, industries.

    The idea that discrimination is costly to the discriminator ……..

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    Between 1988 and 2005, almost two million babies lost their lives to abortion. The recorded total from Statistics Canada is 1,811,707, a partial record which excludes roughly 10% of the actual number of abortions performed between 2000 and 2005, due to incomplete reporting.
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    Maple Leaf Web:

    While Canada routinely ranks in the top ten of the United Nations Human Development Index (HDI) – a quality of life indicator based on income, education and life expectancy applying the same criteria to Canada’s aboriginal population reveals some striking figures. Registered Indians living on reserves are ranked approximately 68th, somewhere between Bosnia and Venezuela, while off-reserve Indians are ranked 36th.

    These are contested statistics, but they do give some indication of the inequality of life between Canada as aboriginal and non-aboriginal communities.

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    NatPost, Nov 2010: Industry Minister Tony Clement seems to be taking his political texts from these past masters of private-sector belittlement. In an interview published in another newspaper over the weekend, Mr. Clement said that: “Governments are doing their part. Universities are doing their part. Where’s business? When is business going to do its part?”

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    Canadian Press, March 2009: As CAW workers begin voting on last weekend’s cost-cutting deal with General Motors of Canada today, critics say it doesn’t go nearly far enough to alleviate concerns the company is viable.

    Industry Minister Tony Clement said Monday the deal on its own falls short of what the federal government needs to proceed with a bailout.

    “Is it enough in and of itself? No, it’s not,” Clement said in Halifax after making an announcement on infrastructure spending for colleges and universities.
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    AFP: Canada’s deficit for the year ended March 31 will be much lower than originally forecast, at $34.4 billion, due to a drop in government spending and higher tax revenues, the finance department announced Friday. The figure is down from $40.5 billion reported in March and from $47 billion the previous fiscal year.

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    Announced in Canada’s Economic Action Plan, the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) was established to deliver federal economic development programs to support the priorities of workers, businesses and communities in Southern Ontario. Budget 2009 allocated $1 billion over five years for the new Agency.One of the Agency’s new programs, the Southern Ontario Development Program (SODP), will be a multi-year funding program to support productivity, innovation, commercialization, community economic development and diversification in Southern Ontario.

    • Harper’s not Conservative enough for you?

    • Stop plagiarizing.

      • Where is your data, anecdote or stats, Thwim? I wish I could make a comment about your plagiarizing but you are fact free.

        Thanks for laugh, Colbert Report. I knew that would be best you could do.

    • My God you are such a bore as well as being completely wrong.  Why blame Aaron Wherry for the “It is true that we are little short of left-wingers …”  The CONSERVATIVE M.P. who was giving the speech in the House to move the motion in reply to the Speech from the Throne said it.

      He’s just quoting form the source.  If you have a problem with the substance of what she is saying don’t blame young Mr.  Wherry.

      • Dude gets so excited about cutting and pasting, the poor fellow forgets about how to read. If only he had taken a Humanities course or two, they would have been a little more strict with him on that point.

        • What exactly did I miss in Humanities that is so important? Not very impressed with Humanities grads and their arguments so far.

          What makes me laugh the most is that I am product of public education system and left wing types make comments about my intelligence. Can’t tell, do I need more or less public education?

          How come Humanities people have no comment about how social mobility is getting worse or how dire Native situation is.

          Any Humanities students have proof regulations are terrific?

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          The resistance of southern streetcar companies to ordinances requiring them to segregate black passengers vividly illustrates how the market motivates businesses to avoid unfair discrimination. Before the segregation laws were enacted, most streetcar companies voluntarily segregated tobacco users, not black people.

          Nonsmokers of either race were free to ride where they wished, but smokers were relegated to the rear of the car or to the outside platform. The revenue gains from pleased nonsmokers apparently outweighed any losses from disgruntled smokers.

          Streetcar companies refused, however, to discriminate against black people because separate cars would have reduced their profits. They resisted even after the passage of turn-of-the-century laws requiring the segregation of black people.

          One railroad manager complained that racial discrimination increased costs because it required the company to “haul around a good deal of empty space that is assigned to the colored people and not available to both races.”

          Racial discrimination also upset some paying customers. Black customers boycotted the streetcar lines and formed competing hack (horsedrawn carriage) companies, and many white customers refused to move to the white section.” Jennifer Roback, “The Political Economy of Segregation: The Case of Segregated Streetcars.”
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          Steve Pinker: People today sometimes get uncomfortable with empirical claims that seem to clash with their political assumptions, often because they haven’t given much thought to the connections.

          Thomas Sowell: The grand fallacy of the political left is that decisions are better made by third parties who pay no price for being wrong.

    • Weekly Standard, Fat City:

      Gross also found that 25 percent of sociologists characterize themselves as Marxists, likely a higher percentage than members of the Chinese Communist party. I would guess that if Lenin were around today he would be teaching sociology and seeking grants to fund the revolution.

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      Canadian Encyclopedia, Social Mobility:

      Despite some intergenerational movement up and down the social ladder, people born into wealthy and important families are likely to live their lives as wealthy and important people, while those born into the poverty are not …..

      Many researchers have pointed to the decline of the middle class, the growing gap between the rich and poor, and a younger generation whose chances of upward mobility are worse than those that had faced their parents and even grandparents.

      • These quotes are beyond tedious, Tony. 

        • You don’t have to read my comments.

          Do you have an argument? Prove I am wrong. Should be easy.

          • You haven’t made a point – what is there to argue?

          • Maybe it is too difficult for you to understand. Public education?

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            Gary Becker showed that discrimination will be less pervasive in more competitive industries because companies that discriminate will lose market share to companies that do not. 

            He also presented evidence that discrimination is more pervasive in more-regulated, and therefore less-competitive, industries.
            ——–
            The resistance of southern streetcar companies to ordinances requiring them to segregate black passengers vividly illustrates how the market motivates businesses to avoid unfair discrimination. Before the segregation laws were enacted, most streetcar companies voluntarily segregated tobacco users, not black people.
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            While Canada routinely ranks in the top ten of the United Nations Human Development Index (HDI) – Registered Indians living on reserves are ranked approximately 68th, somewhere between Bosnia and Venezuela, while off-reserve Indians are ranked 36th.

            Many researchers have pointed to the decline of the middle class, the growing gap between the rich and poor, and a younger generation whose chances of upward mobility are worse than those that had faced their parents and even grandparents.

          • What does this have to do with the thread topic?
            Do you have ADD or what?

  4. Stephen Harper and his gang of Conservatives are going to make me hate hockey … and I LOVE HOCKEY!!!!

    They are incapable of making a statement without referencing anything but hockey.  Under them it is as if Canada and Canadians produce no groundbreaking scientific reasearch or technological innovation, no artistic, literary, musical or cultural achievment of note, nothing in any human endeavour beyond chasing after a frozen rubber disk.

    Harper himself, is of course supposedly writing his “long-awaited” history of hockey but I’m not even sure if he can skate (on ice that is).

    His politics of personal attack destroyed two people who are huge hockey fans and can skate.  It’s like the Republicans attacking at triple amputee Viet Nam veteran as being “not patriotic enough.”

    • I know, I used to like the Beatles.

    • The Hockey Song  (Smith, James, Good and Phillips) ©1992

      Performed & written by Jughead.

      So there I was, over in Paris Eating wine and drinking cheese And this guy comes up to me and he says“ Where are you from?” Well, I says “Yeah, I’m from Canada” And he says “Zoot Allure, mon Dieu, you are from Canada? Do you play hockey?” And I says “Do I play hockey? Chorus Well, I play Air hockey, Ball hockey, Barn Hockey, Bubble Hockey, Field hockey, Floor hockey, Ice hockey, Kitchen hockey, Road hockey,Roller hockey, Table hockey, Twist hockey And I play hockey, hockey, hockey, hockey, hockey, hockey, hockey, hockey, hockey,hockey, hockey, hockey, hockey, hockey, hockey all the time! Take shots! So there I was way out in California And this guy comes up to me and he says“ Where are you from dude?” Well, I says “Yeah, I’m from Canada” And he says “Wow! Where are you from dude?” And I says “Look I’m from Canada” And he says “Wow. If you’re from Canada? Do you like, play hockey?” And I says “Do I play hockey? Chorus So there I was way down under in Australia And this guy comes up to me and he says“ Where are you from?” Well, I says “Yeah, I’m from Canada” And he says “Do right, honey child. If you’re from Canada? Do you play hockey?” And I says “Do I play hockey? Chorus He shoots. He scores!
      http://jughead.ca/lyrics_hockey.html

      • Gotta love Jughead.

  5. The team has been overcap for several years without delivering a profitable season. Now they are in the process of recruiting a very expensive specialized defence that might not perform for everyday game situations. The team has been very focused on rule changes and new penalties, but has some senior officials awaiting league sanction for bending/breaking the rules themselves.

  6. I was unimpressed with her during the campaign – now I’m even less impressed.

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