September 1, 2015

2015 Canadian General Election Anthem: Harperman

This is officially the anthem of the 2015 Canadian general election. "Harperman" was created by Canadian singer / songwriter / scientist Tony Turner.

Remember a vote for the Liberals or the NDP are both good, but you may want to vote strategically in your riding if you want to make sure Stephen Harper is kicked out of office.

The good news is Stephen Harper keeps falling in the polls.

Golfers and their endless search for accessories

Traveling On The Golf Course

Your golf cart is something that you probably have pride in as it's taken on the course. There are different sizes that you can see on the course as well as various styles. Some of them are personalized with fun paint schemes and accessories while others have the natural colors that are seen when the cart is purchased. One thing that all carts have in common is that they will need replacement parts at some point. Golf cart parts can be purchased online or at businesses that sell off-road vehicles. You might need to place an order for a specific part as some stores might not carry everything needed in stock.

The brakes are a common part that needs to be replaced on many carts. While you are on the course, you are likely slowing down for other players and trying not to drive at a high rate of speed so that you don't damage the cart. However, this can harm the brake system if you continue to keep the foot on the brake. If you begin to hear any noise coming from the brakes when the pedal is depressed, then you should consider getting them replaced as soon as possible. The battery is another common item that is replaced in most carts at some point. The tires are a component of the cart that you should watch as well. There could be debris on the course that you don't see that can get stuck in the tires. If you use the cart for other activities at home, then the chance of getting something in the tire increases.

There are accessories that you can purchase to make the cart comfortable to drive. A sunshade is an option ad helpful if you plan on being in the sun for long periods of time. You can also add a fan on the cart to help deal with the heat if you are playing on a warm day. A cover for the cart can help keep it clean and free of scratches. Other accessories include radio kits and seat covers. These items can be personalized depending on what color you like or what theme you enjoy.

August 3, 2015

Stephen Harper has the worst economic record in 70 years

Although Canada's Conservative Party likes to brag about how Stephen Harper is a "steady hand on the wheel" of the economy, that lie is increasingly hard to square with reality.

A recent poll shows that Harper's reputation as a competent manager of the economy has plummeted, combined with analysis that shows Stephen Harper has the worst economic record of any Canadian Prime Minister since the end of the Second World War.

The report crunches the numbers on Canada's nine Prime Ministers between 1946 and 2015 on issues relating to work, production, distribution and debt, and ranks each according to 16 economic indicators.

On 13 of the 16 indicators, Harper ranks dead last or second last. In fact, Harper does not rank higher than sixth on any single indicator. The end result? Stephen Harper is the worst prime minister with respect to the economy in 70 years.

Here are six examples of what these data show:

1. Stephen Harper has steered Canada's economy to its lowest levels of growth in 69 years

With an average annual real GDP growth rate of 1.6%, under Stephen Harper's tenure the Canadian economy grew by nearly half the rate it did for his predecessors in the decade before he took office. It was nearly three times worse than Canada's growth rate during the 1950s and 1960s.
Under Harper, real GDP grew "barely enough to keep up with population growth," says Stanford. "And by early 2015, real GDP actually began shrinking."

2. Harper has the worst job creation record of any Prime Minister since 1946

Harper's 1% annual average growth in employment is "significantly slower than the rate of population growth," Stanford says, adding it is "the slowest job creation of any Prime Ministers since World War II."

3. Harper is the first Prime Minister since the 1950s to oversee a decline in the employment rate

Remember Louis St. Laurent?

As job creation failed to keep pace with population growth, for the very first time since St. Laurent left office in 1957, Canada saw the employment rate decline under Harper.

4. Stephen Harper is kind of a lousy salesman

Since being elected in 2006, Canada's exports have grown by a measly 0.3%, "by far the worst in post-war history."

No wonder Canada keeps experiencing huge trade deficits.

5. It has been good times for Canada's richest 1% under Stephen Harper

Not as good as the days under Paul Martin when the share of total income for the top 1% of earners was 12.9%, but Harper places just behind his predecessor at a 12.7% share.

6. Meanwhile, the standard of living of everyone else has never risen so slowly

As Stanford explains, assuming wealth is distributed fairly, when GDP grows faster than population growth, then GDP per capita increases and, in theory, that increases everyone's living standards.
Not so much under Harper. On 14 separate occasions since the end of the Second World War, real GDP per capita grew more in one single year than it has during Harper's entire time as Prime Minister.

According to Stanford, Lester B. Pearson's economic performance (1963-68) ranks highest while Canada's three Conservative Prime Ministers in the postwar era (Harper, Mulroney and Diefenbaker) ranked among the four lowest.

Stephen Harper
The Worst Economic Leader in 70 Years

June 2, 2015

Open Letter To Prime Minister Stephen Harper - Smoking in Canada

Open Letter To Prime Minister Stephen Harper:

Want to be remembered as doing something good for the benefit of the health of all Canadians? Make smoking illegal.

It doesn't matter what people are smoking, whether it be tobacco, marijuana or crack cocaine - they are all known to be harmful to the health of Canadians. Recent lawsuits in Quebec, Ontario and other provinces have already proven this, as do thousands of scientific studies.

You could save the Canadian healthcare system billions of dollars simply by making all smoking products illegal - and simultaneously put a stop to the legalize marijuana movement. Which you already don't like anyway, so that would boost your agenda there.

However you don't want to burden the prison system with thousands of people arrested for smoking, so the trick is to change it to a fine when people are caught smoking - and a hefty fine for people selling any kind of substance meant for smoking.

The current laws really only target possession of marijuana and people smoking tobacco in public places. By banning all smoking entirely you could put a stop to the proliferation of many different kinds of cancer across Canada. Cancer that is costing our health care system billions and slowing down wait times for important medical treatments.

Banning smoking is not a complete solution however. You will also need to enforce non-smoking laws. At present many people shirk or ignore many anti-smoking laws and police don't bother to enforce those laws. Incentives need to be made to get police to start enforcing those laws instead of ignoring what they normally consider to be a petty crime. Easiest way to do this would be to have drug task forces assigned to also monitor public places and hand out fines to people caught smoking. This would actually make the government money as a result.

This will inherently make smoking tobacco a practice people do at home or in complete privacy, but the shortage of tobacco and what will doubtlessly be much higher black market prices will force many tobacco smokers to quit simply because they cannot afford the expensive habit.

The medical marijuana movement isn't going to go away, but enforcing a Canada wide ban on recreational smoking will benefit hundreds of thousands of Canadians by preventing a wide variety of cancers.

And while the Conservative Party will get hurt temporarily in polls by people who love smoking tobacco, once they have quit you will see a boost in the polls. Plus you should see a boost in the polls from anyone who dislikes smokers. So it is a short term win, with a long term win-win.

Justin Trudeau might want to legalize marijuana but he won't want to align himself with the tobacco lobby.

This is a smart choice for Canadians both in terms of health and saving Canada's health care system money. Plus it is a smart move politically because it forces Trudeau to ask himself if he wants ally himself with Big Tobacco.

If you make the next election's big issue the banning of tobacco products you could potentially win another majority.

If you don't find a big way to unite Canadians you are going to lose and lose big. At present the polls show you are going to lose the next election, either to the Liberals or to NDP. One or the other it won't matter if you end up coming in third.

But if you make banning tobacco smoking a campaign promise it will divide the electorate in such a way that will be unexpected, giving you a huge boost in the polls. The question is whether you have the gumption to take on Big Tobacco or whether you are a coward who is afraid to do anything so daring.

January 1, 2015

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