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Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Quotable quotes 

When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators. -- P.J. O'Rourke

The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not. -- Thomas Jefferson

Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first. -- Ronald Reagan


And finally, someone Conservatives should be looking to for inspiration these days as the nation circles the drain into a cesspool of corruption:

I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size. I do not undertake to promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom. My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them. It is not to inaugurate new programs, but to cancel old ones that do violence to the Constitution or that have failed their purpose, or that impose on the people an unwarranted financial burden. I will not attempt to discover whether legislation is ``needed'' before I have first determined whether it is constitutionally permissible. And if I should later be attacked for neglecting my constituents ``interests,'' I shall reply that I was informed that their main interest is liberty and that in that cause I am doing the very best I can. --
Barry Goldwater

Friday, April 29, 2005

Dr. Sean Egan, 1942-2005 

I am shocked and saddened by the news that Dr. Sean Egan died today during his attempt to climb Mount Everest. I knew him personally and was following his daily progress with great interest. He was a tremendously energetic, fun-loving man who was always a great pleasure to be around.



He will be sadly missed by all of us who knew him. I send my prayers and condolences to his family.

Update: See also A Life Well Lived:
"This was nothing new for him. We're talking about someone who would swim in the Ottawa River in the middle of January ... a man who once walked from Toronto to Ottawa to raise money for CHEO ... a man who cycled from Oregon to Ottawa. [...]

Egan may have been a fitness fanatic, but that didn't mean he cut himself off from life's indulgences, including good food and a pint of ale or glass of wine.
Indeed. In his memory I can think of nothing better than to load a keg of Guinness into a backpack, hike to the top of the highest hill in the area and have a big party. A life of fitness and fun lived to the end. Rest in peace, Dr. Egan.

Saturday, April 16, 2005

St. Joseph's Printing 

It is certainly odd to see a company position itself for untendered government contracts. It is also odd to see a company like Canada Communications Group get privatized and have the terms subject to a confidentiality agreement, which raises some questions about just why it would be in a privileged position to get untendered government contracts. See here:
Printing services requirements between $5,000 and $10,000 are handled by the Materiel Management Section. Requests above $10,000 are either processed through St Joseph's Printing Inc. or are advertised on the MERX™.
MERX being the system used to solicit competitive bids for government work.

Kate has connected a series of far more interesting tidbits.

This deserves a lot more attention. I encourage anyone who knows anything about this sweetheart deal or murky privatization process to shed some light on it.

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

On hiatus 

Sorry for the lack of content folks. I'm preparing for new employment opportuniities and don't have much time or inclination to continue lowering my loyal readers into the abyss of despair, as Mark Steyn so appropriately puts the role of conservative commentary in modern-day Trudeaupia.

I'm afraid I'll be on hiatus for many weeks at least, spending time deep in secure network environments.

If someone would like to take over this blog let me know. I could make an occasional guest appearance some time in the future.

Update: Thanks for the kind words and best wishes, all. It's always possible I'll be back one day, but for now Trudeaupia is signing off.

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Just what every modern fighting force needs 

I guess no one should really be surprised any more. Quick on the heels of allowing homosexuals in the military it's natural that you'd follow it with an affirmative action recruiting program:
The Royal Navy is to place advertisements for recruits in the Pink Paper as part of a new campaign to recruit homosexual sailors.

The move follows its decision to sign up to the Diversity Champions programme run by the equal rights charity Stonewall, the first time a branch of the armed forces has done so. [...]

The charity will advise on promoting role models, collecting data on sexual orientation and implementing homosexual-friendly relocation allowances, travel benefits and bereavement leave.

There are an estimated 2,100 homosexual personnel in the Navy and it is hoped the programme will encourage more to "come out".
One can only imagine their new hazing rituals.

(Via Occam's Carbuncle)

Monday, February 21, 2005

Central planning at work 

Whenever a centrally planned bureacracy goes to work to end shortages, the results are fairly predictable:
Quebec has been losing nearly half of its new general practitioners to other provinces since a government policy came into effect requiring them to start their careers in regions outside of Montreal.

The province had expected to recruit 216 GPs last year, but only 145 stayed on to practise in Quebec, according to the latest government figures. This means that 71 doctors who were trained in Quebec - many at McGill University - decided to start their careers elsewhere.

The trend has coincided with a policy designed to steer more doctors to remote regions like the North Shore and Gaspesie.

Those doctors who choose to stay in Montreal are docked 30 per cent of their pay. Before they can regain their full salary, they must first work for three years in an outlying region.
Gosh, you ensnare the best and brightest, the most valuable, coveted workers in society with regulations, quotas and miserable working conditions and they decide to take their skills and work elsewhere? Who could have anticipated that? Dr. Mark Roper, director of the division of primary care at the McGill University Health Centre, says "The law of unexpected consequences is taking place here." I'll be generous and assume he meant to say "unintended consequences", as this result can hardly be called unexpected. Who could be surprised that a doctor would leave the province rather than be sentenced to three years in Chibaugamau?

Sunday, February 20, 2005

See John blog 

I see John Robson is the latest columnist to join the 20th Century and create his own blog. This is excellent news, as John is one of my favourite columnists and I used to go buy an Ottawa Citizen on Fridays just to read his column.

Now we can get the benefit of his wit and insight and save the buck. And unlike other columnists it looks like he's doing more than just putting his columns online. We also get witty posts like this:
In a splendid opinion piece in Friday’s National Post (p. A14) Dr. Charles Shaver points out that through years of parsimony the Ontario government pays doctors only $17.30 for a basic office visit. With, as he also notes, a million people in Ontario already unable to find a family doctor, 20% of practising physicians nationwide being between 55 and 64 and 11% being 65 or older, it is time to reconsider the government philosophy that abuse and ration cuts will continue until morale improves.
And this:
Pseudo-conservative big-spending Alberta Premier Ralph Klein's latest inspiration, according to Friday's Globe and Mail (p. A5), is to raise his province's minimum wage from $5.90 an hour to $7.00. Like most such measures it will be counterproductive: Those whose labour is currently worth at least $5.90 an hour but not $7.00 to employers will now be relieved of the opportunity to work for a low wage but not of the need to do so. It is difficult to see how their situation will be improved by this development.
Welcome to blogging, and the blogroll, John.

Update: Andrew points out that John's wife Brigitte Pellerin, another excellent columnist on Quebec affairs has her own blog, too. One might think this would be an opportunity for co-blogging, but apparently not.

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