Tuesday, August 30, 2011

"I dedicate this election to..."

Are you dippers serious? You dedicate the election to Jack Layton's memory?

Why just a few days ago we had a big dipper say something profound. It went something like,

" And if there was one word that might sum up Jack Layton’s unabashed, social democratic message it would be “generosity.” He wanted, in the simplest and most visceral terms, a more generous Canada."

Seems ironic that it was said by a guy who has sucked at the public teet for a very long time, at the funeral of a man all of Canada paid big money to bury. While we have this wonderful shared collective memory of all Jack accomplished... well... really... wait a minute, I'll think of something he actually accomplished. Gimme a minute.

The Manitoba NDP will be dedicating the Provincial election to Jack. How nice. Seems a bit like "using" the memory of someone for political gain, but I suppose some political stripes have little care about such things. I'm surprised they didn't name the St Leon wind farm announcement after him too. (Not that the St Leon windfarm is a good thing, but it's "green" any way you cut it. The electricity costs a lot of green to buy, it costs a lot of green to produce, and it costs a lot of green to get up and running... all virtues the NDP hold near and dear to their collective hearts)

I didn't realize the breadth and width of the NDP's reach. It turns out that we all owe the provincial NDP's a hearty "thank you" for all things good in Manitoba. While they don't laud their abolition of hallway medicine, nor the fact that we are well on our way to being the murder capital of Canada (again!), we do owe Greg, Andy, Dave and Rosanne et al a great big thank you for the Bombers winning record, a nice summer, the return of the Jets, a lake that's risen out of control devastating peoples lives in many areas (special thanks to Christine who was put there because she couldn't screw that up like CFS), a new stadium... OK, so I added a few, but really... watch the add for yourself. http://todaysndp.ca/news/ndp-launches-new-election-tv-ad-pride

Wow... who knew? Greg is responsible for the Jet's coming back? I though he mocked Hugh when he talked about that... something about "and we'll cancel winter". How's THAT coming Greg? Sure, there were debentures and guarantees in place for Chipman's MTS Center, but really Greg... take credit for it? And the $5billion dollars in Hydro sales over ten years. The last 10, or the next 10? Get any cash on that 2 cent per kw/hr sale? Giving electricity away. You're quite a salesman.
Flood protection? Don't get me going. Any idea the hoops private owners have to go through to use the available programs?  You have to personally front ALL the cash, finish the project, have it inspected, and (maybe) then you get reimbursed. (all that after being the one's who flooded the lake). (yes, I know, they expanded the floodway too)
Cleaning up the lakes, (as opposed to Hugh who wants to fill them with urine).  Which lake have the provincial NDP cleaned up?
3000 more nurses. Uh huh. 500 more doctors. Wow. in 10 years you hired 500 doctors. How many more people have you hired to run all those "health authorities"?

"Please Uncle Greg, could you tell us again how Gary Filmon fired 1000 nurses and brought in reheated toast from Ontario!"
"Not tonight Billy. Tonight I'm going to tell you a really scary story of how the Conservatives privatize EVERY crown corporation!"

We keep hearing about how Filmon privatized MTS, all before ,(but with full knowledge of the impending), deregulation of the telephone industry by the feds. That bloated corporation that had far too many people doing far too little actual work couldn't have possibly stayed afloat in a non-monopoly setting. "Oh we miss our $17 phone bill". Sure you do. Buy a magic jack.

Greg and David (and Sam) are not to be thanked for the stadium, the way it's being built, the scaled down approach, the location, the transportation... the "deal" stank, and still stinks. Sure, it's done, but there are a lot of things that have been done we don't have to be "grateful" for. We did need a new facility, just NOT the way it came about. And the jobs with the CMHR in the background! How much money are you shovelling into THAT Greg?

This guy is slimy. The only politician with a "get out of jail free" card as it relates to the NDP election financing scandal that should have had an enquiry called (Like the PC "vote rigging scandal, which Gary Filmon himself had the honour to call an enquiry into). For the readers who don't know...

The NDP received "free" labour, which had a dollar value assigned to it. Those "non paid" hours were charged as an election  expense. That means YOU and I were BILKED out of that money. Gary and Greg and the gang STOLE from us. Sure,  Manitoba's Chief Electoral Officer found they had done "wrong" and so they paid the money back. No harm no foul right?

I want that kind of break. Ever pay your PST remittance late? Wanna know what the penalty is?  How about personal income tax. If I cheat and try to scam them, can I just pay what I owed in the first place?

This guy... if you wiped the slime off him you'd have one of those Gumby "wire" skeletons left behind.

That gleaming Hydro tower... does anyone really know what it cost to build? In THAT particular organization, does anyone CARE?

The NDP and it's promise to be back to a balanced budget. Could we use Rosanne's accounting principals again to get there? See the PC's promise of 2018 sounds far away, but as long as the NDP keep changing accounting principals to make the numbers work for them, why talk about 2014? Why not just be balanced TODAY?

C'mon. An honest review. Chomiak was going to fix hallway medicine in 6 months. Sure, a little optimistic, but he was in the portfolio for a couple of years I think... F. Failure

Should I go on? For everything they hammered away at, they've done no better, and really, made things worse. Chomiak was also Minister of Justice before Andy. Good job there too. It's little wonder there were rumblings about an emotional breakdown.

It's tough work to be sure, but you'll be measured with the same rod you use to measure others. F. Failure.

People moving back... ya. My oldest is doing what he can to get outta here, and I'm encouraging him. We'll likely end up with more of the same after October.



  1. The NDP also spent over $10 Million on the once-called Mooseplex and gave it to Chipman.
    Yummy deal, eh?
    Good post OMC.

  2. We live in a loser's paradise. Close your eyes, shut up,pay up and pretend we are doing well. And whatever you do, don't travel or learn about how fucking horrible the tax regime is here or how the bloated public service affects us.

    I encourage my kids to leave too, even to Regina for goodness sake. Ten years ago, who would have thought Regina would be better than Winnipeg? Thanks NDP!