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Miscellaneous Simcoe Day thoughts

What’s this, you’re wondering? Why am I calling it Simcoe Day? Well, its because I prefer calling it that to the rather anemic sounding “civic holiday”. In Toronto, they officially call this day “Simcoe Day” in honour of John Graves Simcoe, the first lietenant-governor of Upper Canada, and since I like having holidays that honour our past historical figures, that’s what I too, am calling it at this blog. Anyhow, some random thoughts on some political issues that have popped up:

1) Am I surprised that a government report basically absolves disgraced former Foreign Affairs Minister Maxime Bernier and blames his ex-girlfriend Julie Couillard? Not one iota. When have the Conservatives ever accepted responsibility for anything under their watch as a government? Never. They always try to find a scapegoat for their bumblings. Add this to the list, and I also won’t be surprised if I see some Conservative supporters clamouring for Bernier’s reinstatement over this whitewashed report.

2) With regards to the Federal government continuing its assault on the Canadian Wheat Board (which is well documented here) by removing third-party spending advertising limits during the wheat board elections, a move that shocked even anti-monopoly farmers, you’re going to get a glimpse in the Wheat Board elections of what Stephen Harper was trying to argue should be the case for general elections in Canada, when he went to court as a National Citizens Coalition president to try and have 3rd-party spending limits declared unconstitutional, and failed. Expect to see big food corporations out there pouring out ad money trying to sway the election in their and the federal government’s favour. (As an aside, you will notice this is just the latest in a pattern of dirty tricks that Harper and the Conservatives have attempted to do to game a voting system’s rules).


3 comments to Miscellaneous Simcoe Day thoughts

  • mushroom

    What is wrong to call it with the politically correct term “August Civic Holiday”?

  • I’m in general agreement with what you wrote today, Scott; but I note that out in Brantford they call it Joseph Brant Day in honour of the founder of the nearby Six Nations territory and who tradition says forded the Grand River near where the casino is now (hence, Brant’s Ford). I’ve always though, why not call it “Brant-Simcoe” Day in honour of the two men who could rightfully be called the co-founders of Ontario?

  • Whooee! Happy Simcoe Day, Scotty. I’ll be in the Town of Simcoe this afternoon for the Friendship Festival. If you get down this way, check out the local entertainment. Our little band is playing at 2 pm. I’m on squeezebox.


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