Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Michael Ignatieff, Not a Leader

Unlike most journalists in this country that have high hopes for Mr. Iffy and the Liberals, Angelo Persichilli doesn't, in this piece anyway. He thinks Mr. Iffy is a disappointment, calls the opposition a lame duck opposition.

Such high expectations, such a letdown
Initially considered a political contender, Ignatieff shows he lacks leadership skill
By Angelo Persichilli

"When Michael Ignatieff was lured back into Canadian politics, he was hailed as the new Pierre Trudeau and many were hoping that, finally, the new leader would give Canadians at least one reason to vote for the Liberals again.
After four years in Canada, two Conservative minority governments, and an economic crisis of gigantic proportions, Ignatieff has steadfastly refused to give Canadians that one reason why they should support him, aside from the childish argument that the other guys are bad."


"A minority government is a lame duck government. But an opposition that cannot defeat a minority government is a lame duck opposition. And, the only thing worse than a government that doesn’t have the trust of the majority of its citizens, is when the citizens trust the opposition much less than the government itself."

Iffy's leadership numbers are not good according to the last Nik Nanos poll. Compare Iffy's numbers with the PM. PM Harper is heads and shoulders above him in all categories, he leads in all.

The most trustworthy leader Stephen Harper: 25.0% (-4.3)
Jack Layton: 20.8% (+4.4)
Michael Ignatieff: 10.4% (-0.5)
Elizabeth May: 9.8% (+5.2)
Gilles Duceppe: 7.8% (+1.5)
None of them/Undecided: 26.2% (-6.4)

The most competent leader Stephen Harper: 33.6% (-1.7)
Jack Layton: 14.2% (+3.4)
Michael Ignatieff: 13.9% (+0.6)
Gilles Duceppe: 6.5% (+0.8)
Elizabeth May: 3.4% (+1.1)
None of them/Undecided: 28.4% (-4.2)

The leader with the best vision for Canada’s future Stephen Harper: 26.8% (-3.2)
Jack Layton: 17.2% (+3.2)
Michael Ignatieff: 16.0% (+1.2)
Elizabeth May: 6.4% (+3.6)
Gilles Duceppe: 2.9% (-0.5)
None of them/Undecided: 30.7% (-4.2)

Leadership Index Score Stephen Harper: 85.4 (-9.2)
Jack Layton: 52.2 (+11.0)
Michael Ignatieff: 40.3 (+1.3)
Elizabeth May: 19.6 (+9.9)
Gilles Duceppe: 17.2 (+1.8)
Clearly after the next election Iffy will probably be on his way back to Harvard. Wonder who's up next as leader? Will it be Bob Rae, Ruby Dhalla, Justin Trudeau, Martha Hall Findlay, Gerard Kennedy, Hedy Fry, or Domonic LeBlanc or someone else?

Michael Ignatieff, not a leader! He hasn't been a letdown for conservatives, we like him. Go Mr. Iffy!

BTW. I wonder if Mr. Iffy is disappointed this morning, that Team Canada defeated Team Russia in last nights hockey game.

Teachers in Hot Water Over a Dance

Disgusting! These teachers should be fired! If I had kids still in school and they had teachers like this, I would pull my kids out of school and demand those teachers lose their jobs. The teachers, the school and the school board would all have some explainin' to do. It's totally inappropriate.

"A pair of teachers engaging in risque business ignited a media riot on Monday, after a video of a simulated lap dance from a school event went viral.

The video, taken last Wednesday during a well-attended pep rally for Grade 9 through 12 students at Churchill High School, shows students giggling, gasping and screaming as a female teacher receives a strip club-style lap dance from a male teacher." Winnipeg Free Press

Sorry if anyone wasn't able to comment in my last few posts. I had technical problems in that department. All is fixed now so feel free to resume comments.

Maxime Bernier for Prime Minister!

Not quite yet though! Actually, I support Stephen Harper as Prime Minister right now but down the road a while who knows?
Maxime Bernier former Industry and Foreign Affairs Minister now backbencher is someone I could support whenever PM Harper decides he wants retire. His stance on the economy and free enterprise is something I totally agree with. Now he is expressing his doubt in the global warming IPCC so called science. He's a skeptic! Thank you Maxime!

Finally someone on the government side with the cajones to speak out.
Norman Spector's piece in today's Globe posts excerpts from his letter to La Presse

“Environmental groups in Copenhagen criticized our government for blocking an agreement … and again when Jim Prentice announced our targets at the end of January ... But with each passing week we see the wisdom of the government’s moderate position … since December, a debate has broken out in the media over the science of warming, a debate that had been stifled due to political correctness … the numerous errors by the IPCC add to alternative theories of warming that have been put forward over the years.

We now recognize that it’s possible to be a “skeptic,” or at least to keep an open mind about nearly all critical aspects of the warming theory. For example, while no one questions whether there has been warming, there is no consensus among scientists as to its degree.

Moreover, we realize that during the period of greatest concern about warming – the last decade – temperatures have stopped increasing! Meanwhile, the quantity of CO2 in the atmosphere, said to be the cause of warming according to the official theory, is still increasing. Some very serious scientists believe that we are under-estimating the influence of the sun and other factors that have nothing to do with carbon emissions.

Mojib Latif, a German researcher associated with the IPCC who essentially supports the warming theory, said last fall that temperatures may decline for two decades before warming resumes. No model predicted this. But the same models claim to predict the number of degrees of warming by the end of the century. And that’s only one of the “certainties” about which there is no consensus.

What is certain is that it would be irresponsible to spend billions of dollars and to impose unnecessarily stringent regulations to solve a problem whose gravity we still are not certain about. The alarmism that has characterized this debate is no longer appropriate. Canada is wise to be cautious.”

I wish PM Harper and Minister Prentice would make a statement like this. I know there are more out there in the CPC caucus who doubt the man made global warming . I only hope more will come out now express their doubts.

BTW. Maxime Bernier has a very good blog. I suggest you go visit it if you haven't already.

Update: the unedited letter. CBC