Friday, December 31, 2010

Canada and the UAE

A much-debated editorial article in Gulf News, a publication from the UAE has provided me much amusement this New Years Eve. It seems that when they decided to run the article the preparers decided to try to cram as much criticism of Harper and his government (relevant or not) into as few paragraphs as possible. The blatant errors and hypocrisy amused me.

Harper would have to have invented a time machine in order to interfere with the Atomic Energy Control Board (AECB), which has not existed for over a decade. The AECB was renamed the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission after Parliament passed the Nuclear Safety and Control Act back in 1997. No news article I've seen in Canada has ever made this mistake when dealing with the Linda Keen issue, so I have no idea how they could have made this mistake.

To refer to Harper as 'authoritarian' when the UAE government is fundamentally undemocratic is laughable. Laws in the UAE are created by an unelected Supreme Council and 'reviewed' by a council on which only half the members are elected at all. And those who are allowed to vote are extremely limited. By comparison, Harper is a radical democracy activist.

To criticize Canada's human rights record in any way shape or form is like a cast iron pot calling a zebra black. Sure, Canada isn't perfect but the UAE is far, far worse.

If Ignatieff and the Liberals had any sense in their head, they would stand up and loudly condemn the UAE for what it is doing.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

MP Bob Sopuck: Right Wing Scientist?

The Toronto Star has an interesting article on Bob Sopuck, the new Conservative MP from Manitoba. I strongly recommend the article as it seems to give an unbiased look at his environmental credentials and background.

What caught my eye however, was the fact that he attended and graduated from Cornell University. That name may not be as familiar to you as Harvard or Yale, but it is an Ivy League school which has been consistently ranked by multiple groups as one of the top 20 universities in the world. It is consistently ranked higher than any Canadian university, including the University of Toronto, McGill and the University of British Columbia.

This is not to say that his education puts him heads and shoulders above anyone else automatically, but it certainly gives him a head start in my mind. In a time when actual scientific background seems to be somewhat lacking in the halls of politics, its a breath of fresh air to see someone so qualified succeed.

Makes me sorry I wasn't following this more closely before.