ss_blog_claim=8dcabb3175f064b32823a45ed345083b Majik's Thoughts: 2011


Hats off

Let me say "Hats off" to Elizabeth May of the Green Party.  If I haven't said "Congratulations" for your work to get elected on May 1st, I'm saying it now.  I don't normally sway too much from the parties I have voted for in the past, but in the short time since the election, I believe that Canadians need to see more of Green Party.

I have recently had a few moments to read a few of Elizabeth May's blog, and I am starting to think we need more politicians like her.  I was looking through the list of people who are following me on Twitter and I found that both Elizabeth May and Jack Layton are on that list.  I can only hope once in a while they will pop by here and have a read, but I digress.  I was heading towards a tangent.  Anyway, I found her blog through Twitter and I was very pleasantly surprised.  The first post I read told me more about what our elected officials are working towards accomplishing on the federal politics stage.

The New Democrats normally get my vote, I was one of the swing voters in the last election.  I changed my vote when I watched the confidence vote that brought down the last minority government on TV.  I didn't want to go back to the polls...and as much as I despise the Liberals, I have to admit the election was necessary.  I'm sure after all the results are in, everybody was happy to see a Conservative majority with Jack Layton and the New Democrats opposing in the House.  Most importantly we have Elizabeth May in Parliament.  Granted she has a lot to prove to help bring more Greens into House, but I am certain she will go above and beyond not just for her party but for all Canadians.  I think we should see more of Elizabeth May's kind of politics in Canada.  Let me know if you agree with me.


A Blemish On Our Image

The Stanley Cup finals are over, Boston has ended their cup drought.  Vancouver's first cup however will have to wait.  After the game...I am almost ashamed to say this but...riots in the streets of Vancouver.

Such shameful behavior. This is not what is supposed to happen after a huge loss at home.  All those fans should be ashamed of themselves.  Later reports show that the rest of the city has pitched in to clean up after the riots.  Although the riots have been cleaned up, the taint left behind from the riots is what will most likely be remembered.

After watching the whole event on TV, I am left with a question.  "What would happen if that had been Toronto losing the cup at home?"  Would the Maple Leaf fans start a riot on the streets of Toronto?  Its hard to say considering the Leafs have not made the playoffs since the lock out.  One thing I would hope is that the Maple Leaf fans who are accustomed to failure in the playoffs would take the loss a little better than Vancouver.   If I remember correctly, the fans in other Canadian cities who's teams have lost the Stanley Cup in game 7's have not started riots.  Suck it up Vancouver and look towards next season!


Liberal Democratic Party?

I can't believe what I just read.  A former Liberal minister thinks the time is right for the New Democratic Party and the Liberal Party should merge. This article explains why the Liberal party has been in decline and why the time is right for a merger.  Are you for real?

Granted Jack Layton and his New Democratic Party is definitely showing momentum winning 103 seats in last month's election, but wouldn't the merger kill that momentum swing.  The political landscape of Canada was changed with the last election.  I for one am glad that Stephen Harper won a majority.  Although Harper has a majority, he has quite an opponent with Jack Layton heading up the official opposition in the House of commons.

In my humble opinion, if the NDP and the Liberals were to merge, the Conservatives would most likely win another majority government four years from now when we Canadians go back to the polls.  It would be morally wrong for the NDP and the Liberals to merge after Jack Layton convinced Quebec to vote for a federalist party instead of the Bloc Quebecois.  This just looks like the Liberals are continuing their quest for power and forgetting about all of those who cast their votes on May 2nd.  The Canadian people sent a clear message to both the Bloc Quebecois and the Liberal party that we don't want their type of politics on Capital Hill.

I changed the way I voted in the last election.  The main reason I decided to change my vote was because the Liberal Party was against Canadians protecting our sovereignty by voting down a budget that Canadians have been waiting for.  Far too long have we been a joke in terms of our military and that is mostly the fault of previous governing parties (specifically the Liberal Party).  I could not believe that the Liberal Party was against a budget that brings defending our own shores to the forefront.  I did not want to go to the polls, but this time Canadians now have a government that will protect its people.  What do you think?


In a Bind

Well, what can I say...I'm in a little bit of a bind.  Not many of my readers know but, I used to be employed full time, but unfortunately I was harassed off the job.  Now the out look is bleak to say the least.

I've been looking for a job, just anything really, it doesn't matter what I do as long as there is a paycheck in it for me.  I heard a few weeks back that there was 50000 jobs added to the Canadian economy...I wish I knew where they were added.  Unfortunately blogging just doesn't pay the bills...I let my traffic slide because I had trouble finding the time to write something.  Now that I have time...I don't have any money to support I am trying to find something to bring in a paycheck.

I can't speak for everybody else, but I've worked way to freaking hard to lose everything just because of some harassment that has left me with out a job.  Employment Insurance has so far refused to help me due to the terms of my release from my previous employer leaving me asking myself..."Why have I paid into E.I. for the past 17 or 18 years if when I need it I can't get it?"  What do you think I should do?


Voter Apathy

Well today is Election day in Canada!  I went out and cast my vote...did you?  I've been voting since I was 18 and it is very important to me.  If I don't vote, what right do I have to complain about the political landscape in Canada.  The answer is I wouldn't have the right to complain.

I'm sure that voter apathy exists in every democratic nation.  The largest reason people give for not voting is "One vote doesn't make a difference."  With all the elections I've followed, and participated in, I have seen riding's won by as few as 5 votes.  For those who say that one vote doesn't make a difference, consider that scenario that I've seen in the past, a riding won by just 5 votes...5 peoples votes could have changed the outcome.

Anyway...I let my voice be heard today at the polls...I hope you all will get out and cast your ballots!


My thoughts on Canada's Election 2011

What can I say about the current election going on?  Well the house of commons is going to look a little different after May 2nd.  Jack Layton, leader of the New Democrats seems to be surging ahead of Michael Ignatieff and inching closer to the Tories in the polls.  Both Stephen Harper and Michael Ignatieff have started to attack Jack Layton's platform in this election.

I don't know how many seats the NDP can get but it still seems like something is missing from this election.  Oh...wait a tic...The Block Quebecois is missing...dropped right off the playing field.  Will Quebec finally stop supporting a party that can only affect change by voting against the ruling party in the House of Commons?  In my opinion, it's time they did.

Anyway, I'm not really a political analyst but one thing I'm certain about; May 2nd, I will be casting my vote.  One vote can make a difference.  Well I hope you've enjoyed my thoughts on the current election, I will leave you with one more question.  Who do you think is going to win this election?


Where does the time go?

Have you found yourself asking yourself the question "Where does the time go?" I know I have. In my opinion, it doesn't matter where time goes after it passes, it is fleeting in its nature but sometimes it moves so slowly seconds seem like hours. In any case time can pass quickly or slowly, it all depends on your state of mind I think.

For example, "A watched pot never boils." This gem of wisdom is perfect to describe how time can be perceived. Realistically, a pot of water will take the same amount of time to boil regardless of whether or not the pot of water is being watched. Our perception governs how long divisions of time take to pass.

There are more gems of wisdom to describe passage of time, "Life is what happens when you're busy making plans." This one rings true to so many different people. I could even use the last gem of wisdom as an excuse as to why I haven't posted in some time. In any case, I am taking the time to write a post for any one to read. I hope you have enjoyed this random thought put to paper. =)