Quick donation to the Liberal Party of Canada

Saturday, November 09, 2013

I just made an unplanned donation to the Liberal Party of Canada:

For background on what this is about, see this article:

The party leader responded: “There is a level of admiration I actually have for China because their basic dictatorship is allowing them to actually turn their economy around on a dime and say we need to go green, we need to start, you know, investing in solar. There is a flexibility that I know Stephen Harper must dream about: having a dictatorship where you can do whatever you wanted, that I find quite interesting.”
The quote is not all that impressive, especially with the added Stephen Harper jibe at the end. So why the donation? Namely because it is an awkwardly phrased, yet good point. He later wrote the following on Twitter:
I pointed out that globally Canada is up against big countries (China, for one) that can address some major issues quickly.

It’s ridiculous for anyone to suggest that I of all people would trade our rights and freedoms for any other system of gvt.

Some countries play by rules we wouldn’t and shouldn’t ever accept, but, we still have to compete with them.

Canada is the best country in the world. I would never trade our freedoms. But countries we compete with play by different rules.

Le Canada est le meilleur pays au monde. Nos libertés en sont le cœur. Nos pays compétiteurs obéissent à d’autres règles.
which is true. But more than that because I often find myself making an awkward point in speech that I later think about and can more clearly express in writing, and don't want off the cuff remarks to be anathema in a campaign, fodder for negative ads and no more. The more polished a country's electoral process becomes the harder it is to determine what a candidate truly intends to do upon attaining office.

And just for the record, I've voted Reform before and am a Preston Manning fan.


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