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By Phil the Canuck (Tue Dec 02, 2008 at 06:34:09 AM EST) (all tags)
Two separate items.

Politics first.  It's times like these that remind us all (who are paying attention) how interesting Canadian politics can be.  Oh my, I can just imagine what family Christmas would have been this year.  My family gatherings always ended in some sort of political discussion, and this one would have been heated.  It's a shame that half the family is dead and the only thing left of my family Christmas is getting together with the siblings.  What do I think?  I think that I live in the US and the change of government will have no real effect on me.

Should Dion become Prime Minister, which seems likely, he will have pulled off the unlikely feat of losing as badly as a Liberal has lost since just after confederation, while still getting the big chair (only til May, but the PM's office is still the PM's office).  I've read everything from cheering to accusations of a coup d'etat, but the truth is that it's all just parliamentary democracy at work.  The Tories are unable to govern. 

Is the spirit of democracy being served?  One side claims they won the election with a minority government, and the highest percentage of the popular vote of any party running.  The other side claims that, hey, having the most seats doesn't guarantee you get to form the government in a minority situation.  The new coalition represents 54.4% of the popular vote as of the October election.  Factor in the Greens, who would certainly support the coalition if only they had a seat in the House, and you can claim as high as 61.2% of the popular vote.  Should Harper prorogue parliament to avoid being turfed he certainly would not be respecting the democratic process as it exists in Canada.

What about political suicide?  I've certainly seen it suggested that Dion's replacement stands to lose big in the next general election by pulling this stunt.  I spoke with my brother last night (incidentally he is now Lieutenant Colonel the Canuck), a lifelong Tory (every family has its black sheep).  His take is that Harper has brought this on himself by walking with a majority swagger.  He respects Dion as an intelligent leader without the charisma to become PM by conventional means and suspects, as I do, that he'll do well in his short time in the big chair.  The truth is that the Liberals will do well in the next election if the country is doing well.  If the electorate is, in general, satisfied with their government they won't vote to replace it.

Jacques the consultant recommended that we set up a remote monitoring computer.  This was last Wednesday.  Now, of course, The Boss keeps any and all spare computers at the school.  He told Jacques that I'd have it up and running Monday (yesterday) morning.  I called The Boss first thing Monday to make arrangements to pick up the PC, and after taking two hours to get back to me he told me he didn't have any.  He had one at home and promised to bring it in first thing today.  Today rolls around and he calls me up to suggest that I use our presentation laptop.  When I suggest that people might miss the use of said laptop, he said, "well it's just for a couple of days".

"No, it's meant to be permanent.  You know, so we can clone switch ports for remote monitoring and such."

"Oh, well, I don't want to commit that kind of resource to that."

"It's a retired three year-old PC, and we're going to use it to monitor a phone system that cost half a million."

"Just use the laptop for today.  I don't have time for this right now."

These conversations are just soul-destroying.
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If you lean to the left by spacejack (2.00 / 0) #2 Tue Dec 02, 2008 at 07:37:56 AM EST
it's democracy at work. If you lean to the right, it's a gang of sore losers pissing all over democracy just because they can.

Personally I think that a government made up of Liberals, NDP and PQ will be a government of sludge. Going into a recession, I don't think it's a good thing.

It should be considered by Phil the Canuck (2.00 / 0) #11 Tue Dec 02, 2008 at 09:17:15 AM EST
parliamentary democracy at work, regardless of what side you're on.  The whole black-and-white the-other-guy-is-the-devil crap is played out.  Let's get back to real political discourse.

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Huh by Gedvondur (4.00 / 1) #10 Tue Dec 02, 2008 at 09:16:56 AM EST
I would say that if its not worth a three year old pc, then its not worth doing.  When he confronts you with it, tell him if it wasn't worth him bothering to get you the equipment, then its not worth you bothering to do it twice.



"I love my brain. It's the only organ I can afford to lose." --frijolito
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