I’ll respond and then leave this alone it’s rapidly sliding away into an entirely different thread.
Alberta oil/ Dallas-Calgary: once the connection’s firmly established, you ought to expect it to have far reaching effects. Today’s Alberta conservatives are holding to a home-grown ideology, but the roots are the same. It’s the ideas that matter, and that’s what I’m talking about. The younger the person, the more likely they are to voice what is essentially an echo of what they’ve been told. I don’t think that this is unreasonable.
If Canadians are “brainwashed (by government-funded entities such as the CBC and by teachers in the union-heavy school system)” at least we can take comfort in their being better informed than anyone brought up on Fox or CNN. (Cite recent study on media awareness that I can’t remember or be bothered to Google… sorry, too much other stuff to do… the dishes are calling.)
Poverty in Canada. 1 in 6 Canadian kids living in poverty is simply a misrepresentation. The formula for deciding what the poverty level is, is to put it mildly, flawed. Heck, two friends of mine in Vancouver, she an accountant, he a programmer, have just bought a condo on the waterfront for a high six- or low seven-figure price. Officially, given the percentage of income that they pay for housing, they live in poverty. That’s not to say lots of kids aren’t badly off… particularly if they happen to be native, or living in the north. But, in general, if you’re born in Canada (or the US, UK, AUS, NZ, FR, GER, HOL, JP, Spain, Italy…) you’ve already won the only lotto in life that really counts. We lucky few have greater degrees of freedom than most can even dream of.
“The people that we lose to the US are often the best and the brightest.” True enough. It’s an old debate. Do you want to strive to produce the best and brightest, by investing in them, or do you want to produce a lower level of more general excellence by investing more broadly? I’ve got to go with the second choice: it produces a healthier society, plus, if not for that strategy I wouldn’t have gotten the education I did.
Canada should encourage more people to get valuable training, and it is expensive. But worthwhile. Yes, “we have one of the most ungenerous student loan programs in the world.” Yes, you were lucky that your parents financed most of my undergraduate and graduate education. Mine couldn’t. They helped with tuition and books. And I got to stay at home for the first part of it, and had a vehicle to drive down the freeway to the community college where I did my undergrad. But I had to take out student loans, as did my sister. I’m not sure what she owes, but for me its somewhere in the neighbourhood of $1,000,000 NT. Damn, I’m glad I had the chance to take out a mortgage on my brain… I ain’t complaining. US schools are more generous with the few because they can afford to be, thanks to milking the many… but if I’d been there, I wouldn’t have gotten past first, let alone around to third base. European states invest more in education, and so should Canada. Hell, my sister got into a school over there for her graduate studies, and it’s tuition free. (Though they’ve since changed that, and for future students it’ll cost the earth.)
Yes, I’m serious: go forth, see the world, and come back. Or don’t. Someone out there will look at you, know where you come from, and head back that way. Not everyone has to go back. Not everyone wants to, or should. To me, it’s home. Always will be, even if I live elsewhere. And even if it weren’t, I’d feel a connection to it and an obligation to give something back… it ain’t all about taxes, a fat bank account and bling-bling. Personally, I feel money is a pretty impoverished metric for the measure of anything resembling a fully human life.
Yeah, I read the Sun article, and of course it’s crafted. It is (largely) a ceremonial job after all… what else is there to it besides image?
[quote=“Chewycorns”] I’m complaining because she is another “champagne socialist” from a wealthy family who Martin “sound-bytes” as representing the average Canadian. A minority woman with a love for Fidel Castro!!! Remember she will soon be, amongst other things, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. How will this faddish modern-day flower child measure up to tough-taking Chief of Defence Staff Rick Hillier, who says terrorists are “scumbags” and a soldier’s duty is to “kill”? [/quote] So complain about Martin’s spin doctors, not her. Good for her, she came out of a good situation gone bad, and went on to do bigger and better things. Nothing wrong with that. She loves Fidel? Great, good to hear it. There are things to love about him, just as there are things to love about Bush, and Chirac, and loads of other guys I wouldn’t vote for, but might enjoy sitting down with for an evening of dinner and conversation.
And there’s no reason for her to measure up to Hillier. He packs a gun, she carries flowers. Do you expect the Queen to do a march with a full pack?
[quote=“Chewycorns”]I think there were numerous other candidates who would have been better to represent Canadians.[/quote]Sure there loads of other candidates, but beyond the media spin and your dislike of her politics, are there substantial reasons why she should have been excluded? Does she not represent excellence in a multicultural environment? I get that you’re unhappy with something in this choice or process, but I think that your unhappiness may be misdirected. Just a thought: you know you far better than I ever shall. Peace.