Monday, November 25, 2013

Harper Scandal Monumental

CTV Question Period

Harper Scandal Exposed

CTV News Report

101 Grey Cup Champions

The Saskatchewan Roughriders defeated the Hamiltion Tiger Cats in the 101st Grey Cup Championship. The Riders needed one last win for Rider Nation and they delivered.  This win is greater than just a game. The Riders are all that Saskatchewan people stand for and they are who we are as residents of this great province.

Saskatchewan people support the Riders regardless of whether they are winning or losing.  The Riders, the fans and the people of Saskatchewan are a family in good times and bad.  Does it get any better?

Congratulations to the Saskatchewan Roughriders, the fans and the people of Saskatchewan. You exemplify the meaning of pride and humility.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

PM Harper on Rob Ford

Rider Nation is engaged in the greatest Grey Cup week in the history of the CFL.  The Riders and Tiger Cats do battle for the Grey Cup on Sunday.  We should be thinking of nothing else until this great event is over.  This is Rider Nation time.  It should not be Rob Ford time.

Rob Ford is the disgraced Mayor of Toronto.  PM Stephen Harper, Jim Flaherty, and other conservatives are close friends of Rob Ford.  They are reluctant to turn their backs on Rob Ford, but Harper had no problem turning his back on the Senators he appointed.

The CTV reported that, “The Prime Minister’s Office waded into the Rob Ford controversy for the first time Monday, issuing a brief statement calling the latest allegations of his drug and alcohol use “troubling.”  The federal Conservative government has remained largely silent as a scandal has engulfed one of its key political allies in Ontario.  After months of denials, Ford recently admitted that he has smoked crack cocaine.”

Harper then disgraced himself in his statement on Rob Ford with a cheap shot at Justin Trudeau.  The Harper government has been embroiled in failed policies and scandals.  Stephen Harper is in no position to take cheap shots at anyone considering his own personal situation.  Rob Ford is a disgrace to the country and Stephen Harper is not far behind him.

Now back to the Grey Cup week and a Rider win on Sunday.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Riders Win

If you are reading this today you should read the previous post, Game Day.  The Saskatchewan Roughriders did win one more for Rider Nation and the game was won in the trenches with our big guys getting it done. Cory Sheets was back on his game and the ground game and turnovers played a very important role in the Riders win yesterday against the talented Calgary Stampeders.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders are in the Grey Cup and with home field advantage for the first time in the history of the club.  They will play against the Hamilton Tiger Cats and we can only hope it is as great a game as these two teams played in 1989 and we hope for a similar outcome. One last win for Rider Nation and the Saskatchewan Roughriders will be Grey Cup Champions for 2013.  Go Riders!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Game Day

If you are reading this today and live in Saskatchewan then you will know it is Game Day in Saskatchewan. The Saskatchewan Roughriders are in Calgary to face the Calgary Stampeders and it will be a showdown for the records.

The weather will play an important role in this Western Division title match as temperatures are not expected to be much above -10 celcius at game time and dropping as the game heads into the second half.  The humidity is expected to be very high and that will make it feel even colder.  There is even a chance it may snow to make game conditions even worse for the players.

It is likely the ground game will play an important role as well as turnovers and penalties.  It is a game that is likely to be won in the trenches with the big guys on the defensive and offensive lines.

I am expecting there will be more scoring in the first half of the game and both teams will settle down in the second half with both teams tightening up on defense.  These two teams are closely matched and you know only one team can win.  Losing will be hard for either team.  With the 101st Grey Cup to be held in Regina, Saskatchewan this year I feel that will be the added incentive for the Saskatchewan Roughriders to win one more for Rider Nation.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Senate Scandal

The indefinite suspension of three Senators by the Senate of Canada is a harsh and unprecedented decision.  The Senate cast a wide net to punish three Senators they believed violated various rules of the Senate.  Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed all three of the suspended Senators.  In my view, he unnecessarily injected himself into this scandalous affair pushing hard on the Senate to suspend three Senators he appointed.  Senate appointments are the purest form of political patronage where no qualifications are required of anyone appointed to such a highly paid and prestigious position.

Rights and Freedoms under the Constitution of Canada, Rule of Law, and common sense apparently were disregarded entirely in the suspension of three Senators.  The citizens of Canada had no evidence, other than media reports, to conclude these three Senators were all guilty and the same punishment for different alleged violations of questionable rules of the Senate is appropriate.  Prime Minister Stephen Harper and most of his supporters read the public opinion polls and suspended three Senators indefinitely without pay or any form of recourse.  Banning the Senators from Parliament Hill is hard to justify.

I do not know that the suspended Senators were all equally guilty of all the allegations and nor does the public.  It is reasonable to suspect these three Senators made mistakes, but the punishment is excessive based on suspect without clear proof.  This would never happen in a court of law.  Politicians, Senators, and the public must have equal access to due legal process in Canada.  Canadians need to ponder that notion out of fear of finding themselves in the same situation as these three suspended Senators.

A public or judicial inquiry regarding this matter is the only way to get to all the facts surrounding the Senate scandal and to clear suspicions surrounding the Office of the Prime Minister.  There is an RCMP investigation regarding the scandal and no one knows where that will lead.  Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Office may have failed to effectively manage the Senate scandal, but to what extent.  One thing is sure.  This scandal will be around long past the next federal election.