Sue's Blog

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Lest we Forget - Memorial Day 2015

Reposted each year. 

July 1 is Memorial Day in Newfoundland and Labrador

On July 1, 1916, 801 members of the 1st Newfoundland Regiment fought in the Battle of the Somme and only 68 answered the roll call the next morning.

Newfoundland soldiers in St. John’s Road support trench, July 1, 1916.
Many a home has been darkened with the shadow of bereavement as the Casualty List, day by day has flashed across the ocean. The sympathy of the whole community has gone forth, both to the brave Lads’ who have suffered, and to their anxious and sorrowing relatives at home. The gloom of these dark days, however, will be lightened up by the glorious heroism, which the Regiment displayed, and the glory it has achieved both for itself and the old Colony which it proudly represents (Diocesan Magazine 124).

If you are interested in the real history of Newfoundland and Labrador click HERE

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

George of the people

George Murphy is leaving politics - our loss - and hopefully his gain.

When I think of our democratic system and the kind of people it should attract - George is the kind of person that comes to mind.

George spent years advising the people on gas and oil prices - for free. He felt it was something that he could do to assist people to reduce or control their living expenses.

George would also participate in talk shows and showed a genuine interest in public service through the political process.

The family guy who loves his kids sat in the House and fought for many things common to most Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. He was and is of the people and for the people. He was humble in his service to the public and felt real privilege at the opportunity to serve.

I found George to be a respectful and considerate individual who also worked well with others and enjoyed listening and learning. He would make a great student should he decide to reach for new academic goals.

Although a Townie - George had no problem relating to rural communities and the beautiful Labrador. I did not agree with all decisions - most particularly support of the Muskrat Falls deal. He did however on balance provide good service to the people and was honourable during his tenure.

George leaves without a pension - and in many ways that's too bad. Some of the nodding head career politicians in the House of Assembly who will receive a pension - deserve it far less than Mr. Murphy.

I don't want to diminish this post on George - but I would be remiss if I didn't add that - George is not the one who should be retiring. Lorraine Michael -"me and my party"- continues to come across as entitled. I do wonder why she chose not to discuss with George the new district and encourage him to take the torch and carry forward.

I believe the provincial NDP momentum just took a hit for two reasons. One is that George is leaving - the other is that Lorraine is staying.

Being able to relate to the majority of people you represent  while willing to learn to relate to the rest is a characteristic of George Murphy. In my opinion the exact opposite is true of Lorraine Michael.

I hope to see George back in some public capacity - but in the meantime - I wish him all happiness and success in private life.

See you sometime - out and about. 

George's Gas and Oil Blog site PRESS HERE

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Stephen Harper and Seamus O'Regan

The latest gutless action by our Prime Minister and his party comes in the form of an anti-Seamus O'Regan ad. This is an extension of the Trudeau ads attacking perceived lack of experience.

The Not Ready ad uses a clip from an open interview with an NTV reporter who was covering a political event of O'Regan's.

Harper and the CPC continue to utilize clips of open arena (scrum like) comments or replies to questions by Trudeau and now O'Regan.

This is juvenile - misleading - and therefore just like Stephen Harper.

You see Harper will not do scrums - he hides. Harper will not face an open media on our soil - he hides. Harper will do the photo-op but runs from media questions after - he hides.

Harper's message to Canadians is: I won't be caught making mistakes or even lying - because I know how to hide and I won't scrum. Harper is informing us that he's ready because he will not be scrutinized by the media. Harper is ready because his appearances are produced, choreographed, staged, and restrictive. Harper is ready because he lines up visible minorities behind his photo-op's but will not be scrummed on important issues such as immigration and multiculturalism.

The series of advertisements should be a reminder to us all - the people the CPC are mocking - are only guilty of being accessible. Open appearances allow the voter to see the candidate good and bad. No open appearances mean they are afraid - unwilling to be open and accountable - and essentially undemocratic.

Any one of us could produce an ad which shows a police line-up of Harper appointees. Then perhaps we could segue to a court setting where Minister MacKay is complaining to judges - then finally fade to a debt and deficit chart of Conservative economics.

I am surprised that national media are not asking the Prime Minister for a scrum on his ads.

These ads should serve to do nothing more than remind Canadians that Harper will not answer to the people through open media access.

As for making fun of things done and said in the past - Harper should be the last one seeking to revisit history.

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Gutless - Cold - Unbecoming his office

The Truth and Reconciliation Report was released today.

 I am sickened - heartbroken - and disgusted with the truth.

It may be midnight - but I have to write - I have to say something.

Let me start with this: The picture below says it all.

Yes Mr. Mulcair - your expression is perfect. Disgust!

Bernard Valcourt remained sitting while Justice Murray Sinclair announced the recommendation that an inquiry be held on missing and murdered indigenous women.

The gutless gesture says a great deal about Valcourt - but then again his judgement in the past has been the same.

Is he appropriate to be the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs? No - and I believe he should resign.

How any human being could sit and witness a truth as was presented today by the Commission and not be deeply moved and anxious to find reconciliation - is not fathomable.

The Government of Canada under the leadership of Stephen Harper should recognize there is no way to deflect from the word genocide. This was genocide.

Stephen Harper avoided that acknowledgement today and therefore I believe he is gutless - cold - and displays behavior unbecoming his office.

Children were systematically removed from their families and placed in deplorable conditions existing in the residential schools.

Children died and families were unaware of how and where they were buried.

Children were raped, beaten, and abused in a deliberate attempt to separate them from their culture.

This is inarguable.

Have we become so desensitized under the Harper government - that we can turn our heads and not look this genocide in the eye?

I believe an olive branch was offered by the Commission to the Government of Canada and through them the people of Canada. Stephen Harper today rejected that offer and instead talked about budgetary commitments.

Please Canada reject the Conservative Party of Canada this fall. Please Canada let reconciliation begin. Please Canada recognize that people like Harper and Valcourt have no place in our Parliament. Look at gentlemen like Paul Martin and Joe Clark who despite their political differences - stand tall and accept the truth.

Canada has never been the same since Stephen Harper was elected and today emphasized the chasm between the citizens of Canada and their Prime Minister.

Take a copy of the picture above in your purse or wallet when you go to the ballot box - and look at it just before you mark your X.