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“I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind.” ~~ John G. Diefenbaker

DAY SEVEN ... the week of November 10th to 16th


Good morning, and welcome to Day Seven ... and a week that was filled with talk and more talk about the firing of Canadian hockey icon Don Cherry, for on-air comments he made on The Coaches Corner. 

Justin Trudeau, in advance of the re-opening of Parliament, also met with all of the opposition leaders, as well as Canada’s Premiers ... and labour troubles in BC appear to be heating up with a transit strike in the metro Vancouver area ... woodworkers still out on strike on Vancouver Island ... and a support workers strike in the Saanich school district.


All this, and more, were part of this weeks commentaries.  Here are the ones most read by you ...



#10 ... DAN ALBAS -- These situations affect all of us and hopefully within a minority Government, MP's can better work together across party lines to see more results being achieved (November 13th)

... while it is easy to oppose, there must also be awareness that if all of the three major opposition parties oppose the Liberal minority government, it would fall and trigger an election. I believe that Canadians elected a minority government in order to see greater cooperation and compromise in Ottawa. The Throne Speech presents an opportunity for the Prime Minister to reflect that sentiment ...



... I’ve also heard stories of exasperated parents called to pick up their children because of the shortage of educational assistants -- the school cannot get help to our children who need it. And exhausting stories of teachers and administrators who cannot conjure solutions to staffing shortage any longer. The consistent message I hear is that everyday in our district, teachers and administrators are triaging crisis ...


#8 ... ADAM OLSEN -- What I offered was my perspective on the broader question … asking how much importance should we as a society place on education?  (November 14th)

... in offices a little further south, in downtown Victoria, people in fancy outfits are having a staring contest. Who will blink first? This is one of the comments that I received to the post on Tuesday ...



#7 ... I’ll continue to advocate for tough action to combat youth vaping, and holding government accountable to provide necessary funding for in-school awareness, prevention, and support programs – MLA Todd Stone (November 15th)

... on the education piece, the jury is out on whether the NDP government is adequately funding what’s really needed - we’ll see. I’ll continue to advocate for tough action to combat youth vaping, holding the government accountable for implementing actions quickly and providing necessary funding for in-school awareness, prevention and support programs ...



... imagine that modern-day enterprising Albertans took advantage of the fertile environment to grow bananas.  Not just ordinary bananas, but the most succulent and delicious of fruits, and organic to boot. Imagine, further, that this new industry sprouted in a world hopelessly addicted to bananas, global production spiraling ever upward to satisfy the insatiable appetites of banana-mad earthlings ...


#5 ... Despite what Health Minister Adrian Dix says about ... increasing the number of publicly funded health-care professionals ... there are still shortages (November 13th)

... once again though, it seems that despite what Health Minister Adrian Dix says about ... increasing the number of publicly funded health-care professionals ... there are still shortages. And every new clinic that opens, means the number of health care professionals available is going to get spread thinner and thinner ...


#4 ... ALAN FORSETH SAYS, ON THE OTHER HAND ... In recent years the silent majority are more and more being made to feel what they think, and believe, is morally wrong and reprehensible (November 12th)

... The late Canadian Prime Minister John Diefenbaker once said, “I am a Canadian, a free Canadian, free to speak without fear” ... but I ask, how true are those words these days.  We have become people who are easily offended, who look for hidden meaning in words, who forget and dismiss our past, and who look through rose coloured glasses at those who came before us ...


#3 ... LAILA YUILE SAYS, ON THE OTHER HAND ... Don Cherry didn’t say 'people's, he singled out new immigrants. He went on a rant about them liking our milk and honey but not spending a buck for a poppy (November 12th)

... It's not offensive to state you think people should be more respectful of veterans and that you are pissed off people don’t wear poppies. I get that. I live in a base town and know veterans personally; most are recent veterans. But I support and respect their sacrifices and service to our country and wear a poppy to show that ...


#2 ... FELDSTED -- That is ass backward. He, or she, is in Ottawa to represent ‘Us’, not some political party (November 10th)

... Canadians are fed up with watching several gangs of political hooligan’s scrap over who will win the opportunity to order us about for the next few years. The notion that if we don’t like how a political party governs us, we can kick them out in four years is insane. We have just witnessed the destruction a government can rain on us on four years ...


And now we come to the most read commentary of the week.  This is one that the writer actually penned several months back, but in light of recent talk, he updated it especially for the Thoughts on BC Politics and More blog site ... and it’s the most read post of the week ...


#1 ... GARRET SEINEN -- More than 10 years have gone by ... millions of dollars have been spent ... but there has yet to be a ‘shovel in the ground’ in support of moving oil (November 12th)

... are there really people who truly want to see others fail? A lot of things happen that make me think there are … and some even speak in our political leader’s ears. There is a segment of our society that stridently opposes development, the green environmental activists. They insist, development makes things worse ...


As always ... thank you for talking the time to allow our writer to share their thoughts with you.  And remember, please feel free to share any story, ideas you have, with us for consideration.

Have a great week!

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