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Say cheese with Stephen Harper


 

What a moment.

I never thought that I – a regular, ordinary Canadian – would get the chance to have my photo taken with the Prime Minister of Canada.

But as luck and crass political calculation would have it, he’s eager to be seen with me! All I have to do is attire myself in such a manner as to flamboyantly display my heritage, thereby rendering me a subhuman prop that Stephen Harper can exploit to woo more of my kind.

Needless to say, I’m in.

As is true of much national folklore garb, it can take quite a while to get into my ethnic costume. Each item has been carefully selected to represent a historic and sacred element relating to my suitably exotic but non-threatening culture.

Join me, won’t you, as I get dressed.

Boxers. This simple undergarment serves as solemn commemoration of the triumphs of my ancestors, who bravely rebelled against the tyranny of the cramped ballsack in the Jockey wars of 1973.

Tube socks. A tribal adornment claimed by legend to have the mystical power to effectively ward off shin splints and, when worn with shorts, female attention.

Jeans. The very foundation of my ethnic costume. The people in my culture differentiate themselves by their selection of colour, with some choosing “blue” and others choosing “bluer.” My ancient male forebears once had to subject their jeans to months or even years of rugged use to forge the holes and other signs of wear that they imagined would make hot ladies find them desirable for mating. Now the Gap does that for us. Note the way the very top of the denim is slightly folded over in an outward-facing manner. This means I’m overweight, and therefore regarded as prosperous and virile among my kind so far as you know.

Sneakers. This footwear represents one of my culture’s proudest and most defining successes: the fact that our children don’t have to spend 14 hours a day making this footwear.

T-shirt. It’s white like me.

Hoodie. For ones of years, my people have sported this hallowed apparel as a way to signify to friends and rivals alike that our other clothes are in the wash. The mustard stain near the pouch is an undying symbol that asserts my individuality and honours my family’s historic napkinlessness.

Baseball cap. The crowning, iconic flourish atop my ethnic costume. The pattern of the sweat ring serves as compelling evidence of our culture’s ongoing and epic summertime struggle against the lawn.

Attired in my visually striking, voter-attracting costume, I am now ready with others of my tribe to be photographed with and simultaneously dehumanized by Stephen Harper. Please advise the Prime Minister not to be alarmed when we all extend our middle fingers. Tell him it’s my culture’s way of saying he’s No. 1.


 
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Say cheese with Stephen Harper

  1. You forgot the Tim Horton's cup.

  2. You forgot the Tim Horton's cup.

    • Kudos! You have spoken up for Canada! And for corporate America! And you have properly corrected a "real, live" Feschuk when it erred. Now, you are a brave chap. Taking on the great and powerful Feschuk. Again, Congrats! You have made us proud, in 6 words.

  3. This is absolutely hilarious!!! :D Thank-you for making my morning.

  4. This is absolutely hilarious!!! :D Thank-you for making my morning.

  5. I'm of British heritage. I've donned my Liverpool scarf, so I'm ready to go!

  6. I'm of British heritage. I've donned my Liverpool scarf, so I'm ready to go!

  7. For most of the past 65 years, there has been a blatant and planned effort on the part of the Liberal Party to make sure the immigrants that arrived on our shores express their gratitude for that good fortune by voting for that Liberal Party. This was achieved by subtle reminders by local Liberals to the new communities that they were the Party that happened to be in power when immigration was happening. Not so subtle reminders to the immigrant communities consisted of readily available public funds for cultural centres, religious centres, or just having Joe Volpe scream real loud.. It was not unusual to see whole neighbourhoods voting Liberal—many of them unaware of the fact that Liberal principles had little in common with those of the immigrant community.

    But, things are changing—many of these New Canadians now believe that they have more in common with the Conservative Party. Many of them believe the unthinking habit of always voting Liberal is just un-Canadian. So they are now making a conscious decision to be part of the governing Conservative Party.

    I can see by the high-school-humour-style of Mr. Feschuk that he is probably too young to know about this blatant exercise of vote-buying practised by the Liberal Party in the past, however, I`m sure some of the Liberal elders in his Party will fill him in on the secret.

  8. For most of the past 65 years, there has been a blatant and planned effort on the part of the Liberal Party to make sure the immigrants that arrived on our shores express their gratitude for that good fortune by voting for that Liberal Party. This was achieved by subtle reminders by local Liberals to the new communities that they were the Party that happened to be in power when immigration was happening. Not so subtle reminders to the immigrant communities consisted of readily available public funds for cultural centres, religious centres, or just having Joe Volpe scream real loud.. It was not unusual to see whole neighbourhoods voting Liberal—many of them unaware of the fact that Liberal principles had little in common with those of the immigrant community.

    But, things are changing—many of these New Canadians now believe that they have more in common with the Conservative Party. Many of them believe the unthinking habit of always voting Liberal is just un-Canadian. So they are now making a conscious decision to be part of the governing Conservative Party.

    I can see by the high-school-humour-style of Mr. Feschuk that he is probably too young to know about this blatant exercise of vote-buying practised by the Liberal Party in the past, however, I`m sure some of the Liberal elders in his Party will fill him in on the secret.

    • You know you're probably right about how the immigrant vote has been a political tool for the Liberals and the Conservatives.

      But, here's the difference. When the Liberals touted immigration, you actually believed they thought immigration was a good thing and multiculturalism is something that makes our country the best in the world, in addition to being an important voting base. When the Conservatives do it, you just know they only see immigrants in two ways 1. increasing their voting base 2. the people who will support religious based socon policies.
      They don't see immigrants as having REAL value in this country. They just see them as having value to the Conservative Party of Canada.

      If I'm a new Canadian and being used by either party, I think I'd rather be used for the nobler purpose, rather than the cynical or ideological one.

      And guess, what? I'm not even a Liberal. But, I sure don't get how any new Canadian can vote for the Conservatives. It makes me shake my head.

      But, this column was super funny.

      • Well, guess what ? I`m not a Liberal either and like you neither am I an immigrant.
        Now I know you are not an immigrant or you would not say that a New Canadian would think that the subtle and not-so-subtle methods of pushing them to vote Liberal was being " used for a nobler purpose ".

      • the purpose of immigration is to help us – our birthrate is pathetic, and we need the skilled workers. That is why both parties let people come here.

    • As always, my favourite and most bewildering part of Scott's humour columns is when a humourless conservative arrives, scrambles up on a platform, and starts lecturing most-seriously about why the column isn't actually funny but rather a dire indictment on those reading and laughing.

      Now, Scott, could you please do one on the lambasting Cheryl The Mouth Gallant took in her riding last night? I'd like to hear what Blue has to say about the gun registry, posted underneath a hilarious column.

      • Sorry Pat, I can see how the long gun registry is pathetic and useless, however, I don`t know how you could refer to it as hilarious.

        • lord you're a bummer Blue…..

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      • There was actually a study done recently that found Liberals tended to vote that way because their parents did, where as NDP and Conservatives were more prone to changing parties based on candidate and platform.

        • Fortunately, the truth has a liberal bias.

        • Please cite, if you can. I'd be very interested in looking at this.

        • Not around where I live… 'voting Conservative' is embedded at the DNA level.

        • I suspect you are both right, and I will agree that there has been a reflex habit of voting Liberal because that`s just the way it`s done in our family. As Leo says, that habit has benefited the Liberals more.

          But, The Times, They are A`changin, —It must be encouraging for all good democrats out there to see free independent thought and logic being used as the tools to determine how one votes.

          • "The Times, They are A`changin"??!!!1!1! Blue is an undercover hippie!

      • Scott is infinitely more humourous than any CPC cheerleader. Did you check out yesterday's edition of the Toronto Sun equating Ignatieff with Chairman Mao? Is that a good representation of the CPC meme?

      • Let's vote Liberal because Daddy and Mommy have always done so, so it must be okay.

        You're correct that this is a silly reason to vote Liberal. You do realize, however, that the Tories want immigrants to vote for them because they saw the PM on T.V. surrounded by a group of people from central casting in ethnic-looking costumes, don't you? Is that really better?

    • Blue, you lost your sense of humour (note spelling) ?
      Perhaps if the CPC staffer didn't 'request' that people show up in ethnic dress, there wouldn't be this embarrassment on behalf of the CPC.

      Canadians have been exporting our brand of wry wit and humour to America for decades now. Good to see it alive and well and still in Canada.

      Good one, Scott Feschuk !

      • Oh, I never said it was not funny—not side-splitting-fall of the chair-funny, but pleasantly amusing in a kind of sophomoric way.

        I was simply pointing out the irony of a die-hard-Liberal-supporter like Feschuk finding humour ( is there any other way to spell it ? ) in the not-so subtle strategy of cozying up to the New Canadian vote.

        • Blue, you should see a surgeon about getting that stick removed.

          • So far embedded that he may be able to cough it up.

        • Feschuk it a funny writer, who can find humor in most things. That he blatantly uses that skill almost exclusively on SH shows that he is a bit bitter.

      • Oh come on, Mike, when did Blue ever show a sense of humour?

    • I think you're missing the scandal here. The Conservatives are using people as mere props for photo opportunities, thus dehumanizing them. As oppposed to the other parties, which have loving long-term relationships with everyone who appears in their photo ops. Also, the Conservatives use the dehumanizing phrase "ethnic costume" rather than the more humane term "vibrant dress".

      • You`re probably right–Liberals are much more adept at this type of work. They have been doing it for decades.
        Little wonder Feschuk can find some humour here—-maybe there has been knowing snickers about these antics for years.

      • Come on – 'loving long-term relationships with everyone who appears in their photo ops'. Did you even believe that as you wrote it?
        The fact that one conservative staffer, at a riding level, used the phrase 'costume' does not mean that it is used by 'the Conservatives.'
        Let's all try to be fair.

    • Aren't you glad the liberal-media-elitists have left you with a forum where:

      a) You can spout on with dissertation-length comments about the evils of liberalism?
      b) You have liberal sign-in options?
      c) Your comment isn't 'awaiting moderation', as you increasing do with CTV, CBC, VOA, and now Fox, and increasingly more and more media outlets elsewhere?
      d) You can mention things like 'WikiLeaks', 'Assange', 'Cables showing Israel deliberate policy of keeping Gaza just over subsistence levels…' and not get your name blacklisted around the media outlets?
      .

      • As citizens of a free and democratic country we should all contribute:

        Writers like Wherry and Feschuk contribute by stating and restating their dislike for the Conservatives.

        I contribute by offering infrequent and somewhat succinct opinions that are usually pro-Conservative.

        You contribute by giving us your opinion about Israeli policy and by reminding me that I am fortunate to be able to freely criticize these "liberal-media-elitists " when I feel they do not offer even a hint of balance in their work.

        I think we are all glad.

        • Did you apply for this job on craigslist?

          • I hope you guys realize that any objective observer will see that your rage and silly accusations against me and others that would dare disagree with the Lib-Propaganda here is a sign that you have given up on developing any logical arguments.

      • is Maclean's a liberal-media-elitist? Most of the posts, and letters to the editor, seem to claim that it is a conservative mag. What is the truth?

    • Good points. Feschuk's story was, as usual, childish.

  9. As a dork, I have long felt underrepresented in the governance of the country. Thank you for making sure our issues are brought to the fore in such a visible way. The message is clear: Stephen Harper is here for dorks.

    BTW, I heard there's a sale on tube socks at Wal-Mart… a bag of six pairs for like $2!

  10. As a dork, I have long felt underrepresented in the governance of the country. Thank you for making sure our issues are brought to the fore in such a visible way. The message is clear: Stephen Harper is here for dorks.

    BTW, I heard there's a sale on tube socks at Wal-Mart… a bag of six pairs for like $2!

    • The sweater vests and the hair weren't enough to assure you Harper was with the dorks? How needy are you people?

      • The make-up throws them off, in a Marilyn Manson sort of way.

    • But as a registered Dork, I must ask: What, no pocket protector? No tape on the glasses? Can we be sure Harper in one of us? Without them, no. I'll bet you he has never even SEEN a "DOS Manual". And Feschuk? Where is his pocket protector? Where is his tape? Another dork wanna-be. I'll bet you he has never seen a DOS manual either. Neither are of the brotherhood. Do not be seduced by false Dorks!

  11. You know you're probably right about how the immigrant vote has been a political tool for the Liberals and the Conservatives.

    But, here's the difference. When the Liberals touted immigration, you actually believed they thought immigration was a good thing and multiculturalism is something that makes our country the best in the world, in addition to being an important voting base. When the Conservatives do it, you just know they only see immigrants in two ways 1. increasing their voting base 2. the people who will support religious based socon policies.
    They don't see immigrants as having REAL value in this country. They just see them as having value to the Conservative Party of Canada.

    If I'm a new Canadian and being used by either party, I think I'd rather be used for the nobler purpose, rather than the cynical or ideological one.

    And guess, what? I'm not even a Liberal. But, I sure don't get how any new Canadian can vote for the Conservatives. It makes me shake my head.

    But, this column was super funny.

  12. As always, my favourite and most bewildering part of Scott's humour columns is when a humourless conservative arrives, scrambles up on a platform, and starts lecturing most-seriously about why the column isn't actually funny but rather a dire indictment on those reading and laughing.

    Now, Scott, could you please do one on the lambasting Cheryl The Mouth Gallant took in her riding last night? I'd like to hear what Blue has to say about the gun registry, posted underneath a hilarious column.

  13. I've got my klompen on. Got any dykes that need to be plugged?

  14. I've got my klompen on. Got any dykes that need to be plugged?

  15. There was actually a study done recently that found Liberals tended to vote that way because their parents did, where as NDP and Conservatives were more prone to changing parties based on candidate and platform.

  16. Blue, you lost your sense of humour (note spelling) ?
    Perhaps if the CPC staffer didn't 'request' that people show up in ethnic dress, there wouldn't be this embarrassment on behalf of the CPC.

    Canadians have been exporting our brand of wry wit and humour to America for decades now. Good to see it alive and well and still in Canada.

    Good one, Scott Feschuk !

  17. Scott is infinitely more humourous than any CPC cheerleader. Did you check out yesterday's edition of the Toronto Sun equating Ignatieff with Chairman Mao? Is that a good representation of the CPC meme?

  18. Fortunately, the truth has a liberal bias.

  19. Please cite, if you can. I'd be very interested in looking at this.

  20. Not around where I live… 'voting Conservative' is embedded at the DNA level.

  21. Well, guess what ? I`m not a Liberal either and like you neither am I an immigrant.
    Now I know you are not an immigrant or you would not say that a New Canadian would think that the subtle and not-so-subtle methods of pushing them to vote Liberal was being " used for a nobler purpose ".

  22. Sorry Pat, I can see how the long gun registry is pathetic and useless, however, I don`t know how you could refer to it as hilarious.

  23. Let's vote Liberal because Daddy and Mommy have always done so, so it must be okay.

    You're correct that this is a silly reason to vote Liberal. You do realize, however, that the Tories want immigrants to vote for them because they saw the PM on T.V. surrounded by a group of people from central casting in ethnic-looking costumes, don't you? Is that really better?

  24. “We are seeking representation from the Arab community. Do you have any cultural groups that would like to participate by having someone at the event in an ethnic costume?”

    The Mocha Temple of the Shriners wasn't available? Mini-car troubles?

  25. “We are seeking representation from the Arab community. Do you have any cultural groups that would like to participate by having someone at the event in an ethnic costume?”

    The Mocha Temple of the Shriners wasn't available? Mini-car troubles?

  26. I suspect you are both right, and I will agree that there has been a reflex habit of voting Liberal because that`s just the way it`s done in our family. As Leo says, that habit has benefited the Liberals more.

    But, The Times, They are A`changin, —It must be encouraging for all good democrats out there to see free independent thought and logic being used as the tools to determine how one votes.

  27. But what do you wear when you want Michael Ignatieff to know that you're "vibrant"? Perhaps a little dog whistle?

  28. But what do you wear when you want Michael Ignatieff to know that you're "vibrant"? Perhaps a little dog whistle?

  29. The sweater vests and the hair weren't enough to assure you Harper was with the dorks? How needy are you people?

  30. Oh, I never said it was not funny—not side-splitting-fall of the chair-funny, but pleasantly amusing in a kind of sophomoric way.

    I was simply pointing out the irony of a die-hard-Liberal-supporter like Feschuk finding humour ( is there any other way to spell it ? ) in the not-so subtle strategy of cozying up to the New Canadian vote.

  31. Helluva a job you got there, Blue! How much are you paid per post?

    Duty for the cause is laudable … not.
    Grow a grin… please.

  32. I think you're missing the scandal here. The Conservatives are using people as mere props for photo opportunities, thus dehumanizing them. As oppposed to the other parties, which have loving long-term relationships with everyone who appears in their photo ops. Also, the Conservatives use the dehumanizing phrase "ethnic costume" rather than the more humane term "vibrant dress".

  33. What I love most about this story of ethnic diversity and a wholesale embrace of multiculturalism is that somewhere, over off in the direction of Small Dead Animals, there are heads exploding.

  34. What I love most about this story of ethnic diversity and a wholesale embrace of multiculturalism is that somewhere, over off in the direction of Small Dead Animals, there are heads exploding.

  35. I thought at first that you were describing an ethnic "Canadian" costume, Scott, until you described the footwear as "sneakers." Real "Canadians" call them "running shoes." You stand exposed (boxers notwithstanding) as a "Murrican".

  36. "The Times, They are A`changin"??!!!1!1! Blue is an undercover hippie!

  37. Blue, you should see a surgeon about getting that stick removed.

  38. You`re probably right–Liberals are much more adept at this type of work. They have been doing it for decades.
    Little wonder Feschuk can find some humour here—-maybe there has been knowing snickers about these antics for years.

  39. Like yourself and everyone else here, my contributions here are from the goodness of my heart—-but you knew that—you just had to say something.

    Now, if you are indeed curious about how much a partisan might get paid for daily ( ok, weekly for Fes ) pro-Liberal postings, you could inquire from either Wherry or Feschuk.

  40. Like yourself and everyone else here, my contributions here are from the goodness of my heart—-but you knew that—you just had to say something.

    Now, if you are indeed curious about how much a partisan might get paid for daily ( ok, weekly for Fes ) pro-Liberal postings, you could inquire from either Wherry or Feschuk.

  41. Brilliant.

  42. Brilliant.

  43. Aren't you glad the liberal-media-elitists have left you with a forum where:

    a) You can spout on with dissertation-length comments about the evils of liberalism?
    b) You have liberal sign-in options?
    c) Your comment isn't 'awaiting moderation', as you increasing do with CTV, CBC, VOA, and now Fox, and increasingly more and more media outlets elsewhere?
    d) You can mention things like 'WikiLeaks', 'Assange', 'Cables showing Israel deliberate policy of keeping Gaza just over subsistence levels…' and not get your name blacklisted around the media outlets?
    .

  44. First Layton offers to drop his pants ….now Feschuk gives us the step by step starting from his nekkid whiteyness. I'm still having nightmares of Mercer and Rae skinny-dipping on state TV, now this.

    Oh well. Show me where the cameras are and I'll bring the perogies.

  45. First Layton offers to drop his pants ….now Feschuk gives us the step by step starting from his nekkid whiteyness. I'm still having nightmares of Mercer and Rae skinny-dipping on state TV, now this.

    Oh well. Show me where the cameras are and I'll bring the perogies.

    • So if we read it backwards, it's like a strip tease?

      • Read it forward, and imagine a slow handclap and calls of "Put it on!"

        • What music should he dress to? You Can Leave Your Hat Off?

  46. So far embedded that he may be able to cough it up.

  47. The make-up throws them off, in a Marilyn Manson sort of way.

  48. Growing up on the east coast, we all called them "sneakers." Upon moving to SK, I discovered the preferred term was "runners."

  49. Growing up on the east coast, we all called them "sneakers." Upon moving to SK, I discovered the preferred term was "runners."

    • "Runners" is an acceptable variation on "running shoes."

      If you have become acculturated to SK, you may take Scott to task for not calling his "hoodie" a "bunnyhug."

      I was not aware that the east coast of Canada had accepted that foreign vocabulary. I now fear the Maritimes will join the US if Quebec separates.

      • If that happens, I hope to move back and start a monarchy.

        Yes my kids call them bunnyhugs — in NB, we called them "kangaroos." I don't take him to task because I'm multilingual re: Canuckese.

        • 'Hoodie' definately has yank origins……back in the day the cool kids in Calgary called them 'kangeroo jackets' as well.

          Now the important one: is a 'case' of beer 12 bottles or 24? I think a case was 12 and a 'twofour' was 24…..

      • So all we have proven, is that A-logician, and you Patchouli, have a better and more varied vocabulary than Scott of Feschuk. Clearly, he must retain you as advisors. He needs you. And I hope he pays you, too. But beware, I hear he is not a generous man, and that he is a severe task master.

      • A_logician…. your logic is scary, and accurate.

  50. So if we read it backwards, it's like a strip tease?

  51. As citizens of a free and democratic country we should all contribute:

    Writers like Wherry and Feschuk contribute by stating and restating their dislike for the Conservatives.

    I contribute by offering infrequent and somewhat succinct opinions that are usually pro-Conservative.

    You contribute by giving us your opinion about Israeli policy and by reminding me that I am fortunate to be able to freely criticize these "liberal-media-elitists " when I feel they do not offer even a hint of balance in their work.

    I think we are all glad.

  52. Did you apply for this job on craigslist?

  53. Would a suicide bomb vest be considered ethnic garb?

  54. "Runners" is an acceptable variation on "running shoes."

    If you have become acculturated to SK, you may take Scott to task for not calling his "hoodie" a "bunnyhug."

    I was not aware that the east coast of Canada had accepted that foreign vocabulary. I now fear the Maritimes will join the US if Quebec separates.

  55. Read it forward, and imagine a slow handclap and calls of "Put it on!"

  56. lord you're a bummer Blue…..

  57. Oh come on, Mike, when did Blue ever show a sense of humour?

  58. Why do you think he posts so often? It's a pay per post payment deal.

  59. If that happens, I hope to move back and start a monarchy.

    Yes my kids call them bunnyhugs — in NB, we called them "kangaroos." I don't take him to task because I'm multilingual re: Canuckese.

  60. What music should he dress to? You Can Leave Your Hat Off?

  61. I hope you guys realize that any objective observer will see that your rage and silly accusations against me and others that would dare disagree with the Lib-Propaganda here is a sign that you have given up on developing any logical arguments.

  62. too funny

  63. 'Hoodie' definately has yank origins……back in the day the cool kids in Calgary called them 'kangeroo jackets' as well.

    Now the important one: is a 'case' of beer 12 bottles or 24? I think a case was 12 and a 'twofour' was 24…..

  64. the purpose of immigration is to help us – our birthrate is pathetic, and we need the skilled workers. That is why both parties let people come here.

  65. Feschuk it a funny writer, who can find humor in most things. That he blatantly uses that skill almost exclusively on SH shows that he is a bit bitter.

  66. Come on – 'loving long-term relationships with everyone who appears in their photo ops'. Did you even believe that as you wrote it?
    The fact that one conservative staffer, at a riding level, used the phrase 'costume' does not mean that it is used by 'the Conservatives.'
    Let's all try to be fair.

  67. is Maclean's a liberal-media-elitist? Most of the posts, and letters to the editor, seem to claim that it is a conservative mag. What is the truth?

  68. ouch

  69. ouch

  70. I usually enjoy Mr. Feschuk's humour, but not this time. The "costume" fiasco had nothing to do with Stephen Harper, and I am disgusted with the headline on this item as well as the last sentence or two. Rudeness is not funny.

  71. I usually enjoy Mr. Feschuk's humour, but not this time. The "costume" fiasco had nothing to do with Stephen Harper, and I am disgusted with the headline on this item as well as the last sentence or two. Rudeness is not funny.

  72. Auditor Says Liberals Misled Parliament Involving $$$Millions

    I expect Igantieff and Liberals would like AG to dust off and release some of her other reports while she is at it.

    Liberals misinformed Parliament about millions spent on gun registry: AG
    Last Updated: Tuesday, May 16, 2006 | 4:30 PM ET
    2006 Report of the Auditor General of Canada

    The former Liberal government misinformed Parliament about millions of dollars in expenses incurred by the gun registry, Auditor General Sheila Fraser said.
    The largest portion of her latest report to Ottawa focused on how the government twice failed to properly record tens of millions of dollars worth of overspending at the Canada Firearms Centre.
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2006/05/16/gu

    AG Fraser lambastes Liberals for blowing budget by a billion dollars on registry‏

    AG Fraser lambastes Liberals for blowing budget by a billion dollars on registry. When Canada's auditor general tabled her December 2002 report, she set her sights on Ottawa's controversial gun registry program.
    Sheila Fraser blasted the federal government, run by the Liberals at the time, for exceeding its estimated budget, saying that by the time the smoke cleared and all gun owners and their guns were registered, the program would have cost taxpayers more than $1 billion. Opposition critics were quick to point out that figure is 500 times more than the original $2-million estimate. A look at internal audits conducted by the Canadian Firearms Program suggests the cost of the program has been an issue from the beginning.
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2009/10/06/f-

  73. I can dress in either of two ethnic costumes: something in U.S. red, white and blue or to honour my maternal grandmother a kilt. I would lean towards the kilt as lifting it at the moment the Harpie (as he would be called in Scotland) gazes upon me I could lift it high to prove I was truly in costume.

  74. I can dress in either of two ethnic costumes: something in U.S. red, white and blue or to honour my maternal grandmother a kilt. I would lean towards the kilt as lifting it at the moment the Harpie (as he would be called in Scotland) gazes upon me I could lift it high to prove I was truly in costume.

  75. after 56 years as a new canadian I found from one of your respondents what a "dork" is .I was never called one, is that
    positive?????

  76. after 56 years as a new canadian I found from one of your respondents what a "dork" is .I was never called one, is that
    positive?????