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  • Amazon shared from The Big Shift: The Seismic Change in Canadian Politics, Business, and Culture and What It Means for Our Future by Darrell Bricker, John Ibbitson
    The Reform Party came to Ottawa demanding an end to deficit and debt, which gave Paul Martin the political cover he needed to slash public spending and balance the books. The West, not the East, led the push for fiscal responsibility that has become ingrained within Canadians, at least at the federal level. No federal political party would release an election platform that doesn’t at least promise to keep the budget balanced.
  • Amazon shared from The Big Shift: The Seismic Change in Canadian Politics, Business, and Culture and What It Means for Our Future by Darrell Bricker, John Ibbitson
    These studies capture perfectly what we call the Atlantic Canadian Reality Distortion Field. It’s a place where facts go to die, where the laws of economics are miraculously suspended, and where a universal belief system is founded on the universal denial of reality. Only in Atlantic Canada—and in a few select remote sections of other provinces—would anybody suggest that it’s perfectly reasonable to work in a “seasonal industry” with the expectation that you get to work part of the year, and then the government takes over from the employer for the rest of the year while you do nothing—at...
    Note: Author's summary of the full study mentioned in my last post
  • Amazon shared from The Big Shift: The Seismic Change in Canadian Politics, Business, and Culture and What It Means for Our Future by Darrell Bricker, John Ibbitson
    Bricker would then introduce a comparative worker. “Imagine the life of an individual who lives in Oakville, Ontario,” he would say. “He or she commutes a couple of hours every day to work and back. They get a few weeks a year of vacation. They pay the same UI premiums as you, but they never collect benefits. Do you think it’s fair that they are asked to pay for somebody down here who collects every year?” For a few moments, the members of the group would look down at the floor. But invariably, someone would pipe up with something like: “That’s what it means to be a Canadian. Those...
    Note: The universal reply given by Atlantic Canadians to a government study on EI reform. Hmmm.
  • Amazon shared from The Big Shift: The Seismic Change in Canadian Politics, Business, and Culture and What It Means for Our Future by Darrell Bricker, John Ibbitson
    What’s happening to Quebec is mostly beyond its and Canada’s control. Shifting global immigration patterns and the rise of English as the default language for international business are pushing the province ever further toward the periphery of Canada, North America, and the world. The combination of economic globalization, low birth rates, and inadequate population replenishment with the right type of immigrants has painted la belle province into a very tight corner. If these trends aren’t reversed, Quebec will increasingly become a province of old, white pensioners without the means to...
  • Amazon shared from Being Nixon: A Man Divided by Evan Thomas
    On inauguration night, his mother handed him a note in her small, crabbed handwriting: To Richard You have gone far and we are proud of you always—I know that you will keep your relationship with your maker as it should be for after all that, as you must know, is the most important thing in this life. With love, Mother. Nixon put the note in his wallet and kept it there for the rest of his life.25
    Note: Good advice, and not just for presidents! What else is more important?
  • Amazon shared from The Longer I'm Prime Minister: Stephen Harper and Canada, 2006- by Paul Wells
    It was Conservatives who founded the Canadian federation in 1867, creating one of the most durable political arrangements anywhere in the world. Conservatives bound this country together with the Canadian Pacific Railway. Under Conservative prime ministers, women and Aboriginal people got the right to vote for the first time. This is the party under whose banner we elected the first Chinese, Black, Japanese, Muslim, Hindu-Canadian members of Parliament. We are the party with the first female cabinet minister, the first Aboriginal senator. We are the party that not only proposed electing a Senate—something...
    Note: Quite a speech and history lesson. Didn't know a lot of the things Harper mentioned here.
  • Amazon shared from Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 by Marcus Luttrell
    The Taliban made two major promises which they would carry out once in power: to restore peace and security, and to enforce sharia, or Islamic law. Afghans, weary of the mujahideens’ excesses and infighting, welcomed the Taliban, which enjoyed much early success, stamping out corruption, curbing lawlessness, and making the roads safe for commerce to flourish. This applied to all areas that came under their control.
    Note: Amazing how many brutal regimes have come to power with popular support lauding them as a saviour until they show their true colours. Poor governance leaves a vacuum that extremism will always be happy to fill.
  • Amazon shared from You Can Begin Again: No Matter What, It's Never Too Late by Joyce Meyer
    How to… Encourage yourself with the promises from God’s Word (1 Samuel 30:6). No condemnation is from the Lord. Live in the power of grace (Romans 8:1). Joy is for the journey. Choose to be joyful regardless of your circumstances (Romans 15:13). Obey when the Lord speaks to you (Deuteronomy 11:26–27). Yesterday is over. Refuse to live in the past (Philippians 3:13–14). You can choose to think positive thoughts and to have a good attitude (Philippians 4:8). Outlaw “stinking thinking.” Take every ungodly thought captive (2 Corinthians 10:5). Use your gifts and talents to help others...
    Note: Great tips on how to enjoy your life
  • Amazon shared from You Can Begin Again: No Matter What, It's Never Too Late by Joyce Meyer
    “Moses spent forty years in the king’s palace thinking that he was somebody; then he lived forty years in the wilderness finding out that without God he was a nobody; finally he spent forty years discovering how a nobody with God can be a somebody.” —Dwight L. Moody
  • Amazon shared from You Can Begin Again: No Matter What, It's Never Too Late by Joyce Meyer
    • I am the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:21) • I am forgiven of all my sins. (Ephesians 1:7) • I am born of God, and the evil one does not touch me. (1 John 5:18) • I am raised up with Christ and seated in heavenly places. (Ephesians 2:6; Colossians 2:12) • I am a believer, and the light of the Gospel shines in my mind. (2 Corinthians 4:4) • I am more than a conqueror through Him Who loves me. (Romans 8:37) • I am an overcomer by the blood of the Lamb and the word of my testimony. (Revelation 12:11) • I am the head and not the tail; I am above only and...
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