Oh, here's why Riddler doesnt talk about Canada

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    Apr 30, 2012 12:17 AM GMT
    He can"t....

    Harper's Conservatives Win Not-So-Flattering Award...


    Stephen Harper's Conservatives Win CAJ's Code of Silence Award For Most Secretive Government

    Stephen Harper's Conservative government has won this year's Code of Silence Award from the Canadian Association of Journalists.

    The annual award recognizing Canada's most secretive government or publicly funded agency was handed out in Toronto Saturday evening.

    The federal government was named for keeping information out of public hands on files such as the F-35 program, avoiding questions at media events and for restricting both public and media access to contentious information.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/04/29/harper-conservatives-secrecy-award_n_1462197.html?ref=canada
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    Apr 30, 2012 12:22 AM GMT
    Sounds about right
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    Apr 30, 2012 12:51 AM GMT

    Sure does.


    http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2012/04/08/f35-mackay-cost.html


    Oh, the fiscal restraint!

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    Apr 30, 2012 1:32 AM GMT
    So perhaps to pay for that...

    Public Sector Workers Brace For 3rd Wave Of Notices

    Union bosses are warning that "thousands" of public service sector employees will be receiving notices advising them that their jobs will be "affected" as a result of the government's spending cuts this week, just as members of one of Canada's largest unions meet for a national convention in Ottawa beginning Sunday. ...

    The impact of those notices will be "considerable," according to the Canadian Association of Professional Employees (CAPE), which represents approximately 14,000 economists, statisticians, analysts, research assistants, translators, interpreters, terminologists and social science services workers. ...

    CAPE president Claude Poirier said he is bracing for "anywhere from 4,000 to 6,000 employees" to receive WFA notices at Statistics Canada and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada alone. ...

    More than 10,000 public service employees received notices telling them their jobs are "affected" since the federal budget was announced last month.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/04/29/publice-service-cuts-ottawa-canada-budget-2012_n_1462304.html?ref=canada

    But Canada has a much prettier Defense Minister, than the US. icon_wink.gif

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    Apr 30, 2012 2:42 AM GMT
    Actually... While I can't say that I'm a big fan of the level of transparency of the federal Conservatives, given how brazenly biased some of the traditional networks have been, it's not entirely surprising. If I had been them however, I'd be considerably more selective about disclosures - but be creative about how they are made.

    But let's also be clear - the Conservatives are still ultimately disclosing information as the details from the Auditor General and others show. They remain accountable and were accountable even as they held minority governments - certainly far more so than say ad scam and the Liberals before them. That the Conservatives have been able to control their message better to journalist requests by email is I think a benefit not a bug.

    As to the military - the Liberals significantly underfunded the military - particularly when it came to equipment spending. These expenditures just barely bring Canada up to a level where we can still project ourselves abroad to help in things like peace keeping missions or in the event of more troubling events.
    ref: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2005/05/27/defence050527.html

    I mean if those like you Caslon prefer that we completely abandon our military in deference to the US, well fine, but you'd better be willing to also cede any disputes around the North Pole and any related resource disputes.
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    Apr 30, 2012 3:46 AM GMT
    Sounds like the liberals saved you some money in the defense department.
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    Apr 30, 2012 3:51 AM GMT
    creature saidSounds like the liberals saved you some money in the defense department.


    Possibly, Canada still needs to upgrade their fighter jets.
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    Apr 30, 2012 4:30 AM GMT
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    creature saidSounds like the liberals saved you some money in the defense department.


    Possibly, Canada still needs to upgrade their fighter jets.


    If Social Services in Canada abruptly had a similar ten billion dollar increase beyond what was budgeted for, what would you say?
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    Apr 30, 2012 4:43 AM GMT
    meninlove said
    riddler78 said
    creature saidSounds like the liberals saved you some money in the defense department.


    Possibly, Canada still needs to upgrade their fighter jets.


    If Social Services in Canada abruptly had a similar ten billion dollar increase beyond what was budgeted for, what would you say?


    Wait - are you saying that Social Services Canada would have done this prior to spending the money? Or after? You do realize that this is a "scandal" over money that hasn't even been spent?
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    May 01, 2012 8:17 PM GMT
    riddler78 said
    meninlove said
    riddler78 said
    creature saidSounds like the liberals saved you some money in the defense department.


    Possibly, Canada still needs to upgrade their fighter jets.


    If Social Services in Canada abruptly had a similar ten billion dollar increase beyond what was budgeted for, what would you say?


    Wait - are you saying that Social Services Canada would have done this prior to spending the money? Or after? You do realize that this is a "scandal" over money that hasn't even been spent?



    Oh yeesh. Yes riddler, before spending.