Friday, February 27, 2009

NDP Pamphlet

A few days ago I received a political pamphlet from the Regina NDP MLA’s. On the front it was captioned “Brad Wall and the Sask Party. It should have read SaskParty. Then all the photos in the pamphlet were of supposedly struggling individuals and families who all had sad faces. The only smiling faces were those of the eight NDP MLA’s who mailed this pamphlet to my home. They should be smiling when you consider what MLA’s are paid these days. The entire pamphlet was dark and drab in black and white in an apparent attempt to suggest doom and gloom under the Brad Wall SaskParty government.

In reality it speaks more to the negative and left me with the impression that if the NDP were returned to power that we would return to the dark and drab days of negative thinking that was so prevalent under the previous NDP government.

Saskatchewan is doing better than any other province in the country right now. It is not all due to the SaskParty government, but remember what Premier Brad Wall said on the evening that he and his party were elected to government. Brad Wall on that evening said, “Hope beats fear” and that is the difference between the SaskParty and the NDP.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The Battle of the Plains of Abraham

A recent announcement by the National Battlefields Commission cancelled the re-enactment of the 1759 Battle of the Plains of Abraham, wherein French forces were defeated clearing the way for British dominance in North America. This historic re-enactment of Canadian history is no different than books that were written and are still written about Canadian history.

The decision to cancel the event was due to political pressure from within Quebec, and more importantly, due to threats directed at organizers and participants that raised concerns of violence. Canceling this historic event has been referred to as historical censorship. It seems that is the case, but the reasons for canceling the event, being threats of violence, is even more concerning. A civilized country like Canada is not apparently civilized enough to play act out events that are a fact of our rich historical development. It is even more concerning, and shows the dark side of modern day history in Canada, when separatist groups are claiming the decision to cancel this historic event as a victory.

It is a slight against the events of our history and against free speech, which civilized and developed nations like Canada represent. So where does this leave us on these matters of history, free enactment and free speech? It would seem somewhere back in 1759 where differences were settled violently and sometimes-on battlefields like the Battle of the Plains of Abraham. Quebec is a rich and wonderful part of Canadian history and the people of Quebec are distinct in so many ways as are other Canadians living in this vast land we love called Canada. It is unfortunate that Canada must be so often unsettled and threatened by separatists.

This issue leaves questions to be answered. Should we cancel the re-enactment of the 1885 Trial of Louis Riel? Should history books not be written that speak to the facts of our history? How long will we tolerate separatists in Canada? How long will we tolerate a separatist party in the House of Commons that only speaks for Quebec? Has the Government of Canada lost a battle with the separatists in their decision to cancel the re-enactment of this event?

I leave you to answer these questions. May God Bless Canada.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Canadian Beef

The following was sent to me by email. I will leave you to check the facts regarding this issue.


I'm sure those of you who aren't in the cattle business don't understand the issues here. But to those of us whose living depends on the cattle market, selling cattle, raising the best beef possible... This is frustrating.

This will keep us from ever stopping there again, even for a drink. The original message is from the Alberta Cattle Feeders Association. Canadian cattle producers are very passionate about this. McDonald's claims that there is not enough beef in Canada to support their restaurants. Well, we know that is not so. Our opinion is they are looking to save money at our expense. The sad thing of it is that the people of Canada are the ones who made McDonald's successful in the first place, but we are not good enough to provide beef.

We personally are no longer eating at McDonald's, which I am sure does not make an impact, but if we pass this around maybe there will be an impact felt. Please pass it on.

Just to add a note:

All Canadians that sell cattle at a livestock auction barn have to sign a paper stating that we do NOT EVER feed our cattle any part of another animal. South Americans are not required to do this as of yet. McDonald's has announced that they are going to start importing much of their beef from South America . The problem is that South Americans aren't under the same regulations as Canadian beef producers, and the regulations they have are loosely controlled.

They can spray numerous pesticides on their pastures that have been banned here at home because of residues found in the beef. They can also use various hormones and growth regulators that we can't. The Canadian public needs to be aware of this problem and that they may be putting themselves at risk from now on by eating at good old McDonald's.

Canadian ranchers raise the highest quality beef in the world and this is what Canadians deserve to eat. Not beef from countries where quality is loosely controlled. Therefore, I am proposing a boycott of McDonald's until they see the light. I'm sorry but everything is not always about the bottom line, and when it comes to jeopardizing my family's health that is where I draw the line.

I am sending this note to about thirty people. If each of you send it to at least ten more (30 x 10 = 300) ... and those 300 send it to at l east ten more (300 x 10 = 3,000) ... and so on, by the time the message reaches the sixth generation of people, we will have reached over THREE MILLION consumers!

I'll bet you didn't think you and I had that much potential, did you? Acting together we can make a difference. If this makes sense to you, please pass this message on.