Only Interesting to Canadians: Federal Election Blog

This headline warranted a double eye roll: Pro-soverignty Protesters Target Justin Trudeau. Why the double eye roll, you ask? Because that’s the proper way a Canadian is to react to political activism. Papineau is our riding, so I met the young Trudeau at a neighbourhood picnic a few months ago. Well, I kind of just shook his hand since it caught me a little off guard. I was thinking about how many chips Neptune was eating and the suddenly I’m shaking hands with Canada’s “rock star” candidate. Most Americans know very, very little about Canada, let alone Canada’s politicians. But they know about Pierre Trudeau. I grew up with Chretien in office, and even though his spoken English was thickly accented, he still owned it. Fierce. Charming. Laughable. Quintessentially Canadian.

We can only hope that Stephane Dion gets drunk in public sometime soon, or, as I heard Grant Lawrence note on the CBC radio today, “gets contact lenses.” Anything to spice things up. Canadian politics is just so boring. Stephen Harper is Mr. Snoozeville himself. He also hates the environment AND loathes the arts. It’s embarrassing.

So only a few days after turning down playing at an NDP rally (because why should non-political music be aligned politically?), Dan Seligman of Pop Montreal fame emails us the following poster for our show:

I rolled my eyes (appropriately) but was perplexed: what should I think of this? The irony works on so many levels, and the posters would go up near the venue which falls in Stephane Dion’s home riding. Dan’s logic was: “Maybe we’ll get sued.” Classically hilarious.

So let’s bring it down a little, and close it out with a something educational: Oldest Rocks in the World are in Quebec. ‘Nuff said.

A Brief Obama Blog

While I have dabbled in the past, I don’t like to get into politics, religion and other things that tend to divide us. Which is why this post is remarkably how Barack Obama is bringing people together…people outside the USA, that is.

Anyhow, I was at the playground with Neptune earlier this week and it was lunch time at the school nearby. The park was filled with older kids…say around 10 or 11 years old, just climbing, playing, you know, being kids. Park Ex is a very ethnically diverse neighbourhood. So much so that when we went for an open house at our English primary school they told us that NONE of their grade 1 students (white, brown or black) have English as their first language. Essentially there were a handful of kids jumping up and down yelling: “O-BA-MA! O-BA-MA! O-BA-MA!” punctuated by one kid calling at the top of his lungs: “Obama is the best!” I was taken aback: not only are these kids Canadian, but they are also about eight years too young to vote.

In classic Canadian bandwagon style, our lame government called an election at the last minute, scheduled to happen just a few weeks before the US election. Stephen Harper (our conservative prime minister) must have thought: “Well, if everyone has election fever than let’s tack our election on to it!” So lame. Point being, that even if these kids at the park could vote, they would certainly not be chanting for the Liberal candidate: “Ste-phane Di-on! Ste-phane Di-on!” because he has zero personality. Anyway, I suggest all Canadians click here before voting in October.

Some Americans would probably be offended by the notion that everyone else in the world would like the US more if Obama was the president. Harded Republicans would be like: “That is none of their G-D business!” Even though without international trade, policy and oil, the US would crumble. Even if the the US had their debts to foreign countries called back, they would be screwed. In fact, $2,601 BILLION is owed to foreign countries, including $24 BILLION to Canada alone. But at the end of the day, when I did the math this foreign debt is a drop in the pan against the total US debt of $9,669 TRILLION.

Now my mind is boggled. Our world is delightfully fucked.