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This kind of ache


 

Glen Pearson seems to have some misgivings.

But our food bank numbers in London continue to go up.  Job losses continue to escalate.  Investments are drying up.  And in all this I can get help to build a porch!

In reality, what else can we do?  Well, all of us as MPs could confirm that we’re in over our heads.  We could acknowledge that we don’t really believe this is the kind of investment that will provide us a future of substance and stewardship.  We haven’t had to manage this kind of money before.  We could say that is a time for environmental reform, a time for light rail and high speed trains, the introduction of greener cars.  We could take this kind of money and build long-term plans in research and development, university education, the kind of infrastructure investment that leads to the newer cities of tomorrow.

No, like the old auto executives, we’ll bury such initiatives because we won’t reflect long enough to invest in the kind of Canada that actually has a dynamic future.   Pedal to the metal!


 
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This kind of ache

  1. “because that’s what they do” ……. nice.

  2. I’m starting to like Glen Pearson more and more. Although I tend to blame Canadians (or a subsection thereof), slightly more than our politicians.

  3. Sad and hopeless, maybe, but I certainly appreciate MP Pearson’s honest assessment.

  4. Pearson’s talking about job losses than cracking wise about employing people to build porches. And what are Pearson’s big ideas about trying to lessen recession? Either increase taxes or debt to pay for a train service there is little demand for and to start producing cars that few of us want.

    I think Pearson is projecting when he writes “MPs could confirm that we’re in over our heads”.

    • Speak for yourself. I want greener cars.

      Frankly, I think that anyone who doesn’t is a complete idiot.

    • I think Pearson is projecting when he writes “MPs could confirm that we’re in over our heads”.

      If anything, I think he’s being unjustifiably generous in his wording.

      Also, it appears to me that Pearson wasn’t saying that he had a bunch of brilliant ideas to lessen the recession, it was that instead of spending wildly and arbitrarily, MPs “could take this kind of money and build long-term plans in research and development, university education, the kind of infrastructure investment that leads to the newer cities of tomorrow.”

      That’s what I took from the post, and a very important point to make, I think.

      • I think pols are only in over their heads when they start talking about “long-term plans in research and development, university education, the kind of infrastructure investment that leads to the newer cities of tomorrow”.

        Lets say Harper has a ‘vision’ and decides to implement it, then Iggy wins next election and doesn’t like Harper’s vision so he decides to do something else and then in a few years Iggy will retire and we will have new Lib leader who won’t like either Iggy’s or Harper’s visions and will decide to change course once again. Repeat ad nauseam till the end of time.

        I just wish our pols would read about Canute taking his courtiers to the oceanside and teaching them a lesson in what our pols can, and can’t, do.

        • Talk about projection….

          “Investment” according to so-called conservatives of the Reform/Alliance type think it is about “political investment” (i.e. how many voters does it bring).

          Find me an example, jwl, where policies are reversed where the subsequent government is run by Liberals. FTA? NAFTA? GST?

          Conservatives? All the freakin’ time.

          Austin

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