Thursday, November 4, 2010

Deb Matthews & Jim Prentice: Two Posts in One

I managed to meet with Ontario Health Minister Deb Matthews, who I must say is one of the more acutely aware members of cabinet in McGuinty's government. She listened to our ideas ("our" meaning the Burlington Provincial Liberal Association's) with such attentiveness that I actually believe she'll consider bringing our ideas to the table, or Legislature, as you will. These ideas include things that really need to be looked at, such as relieving the burden on caregivers in the province, who do so much to care for the elderly and the disabled, but need more help from the government in order to ensure that they're able to make ends meet. This also pertains to elderly couples who live on their own, but have either one or both needing consistent care. The idea that these people, who do not want to move into a nursing home or long-term care if they don't have to, should have a choice is paramount to a proper, small-l liberal view of government. I hope Minister Matthews takes all of this into account.

Something the Minister also talked about was interesting: the fact that so much as been accomplished under this provincial Liberal government in terms of healthcare, education, and seniors, yet we still all want to talk about the next step. What do we do next?, is the question on every Liberal mind. We're the real reformers, those who see a problem, fix it, then want to see what else we can fix about it. It's about never stopping just because you helped improve the situation - you need, and want to improve the situation even more.

In other news, Jim Prentice, Canada's in-name-only Environment Minister, has decided he is going to leave politics in order to join the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerice (CIBC, my bank! yay!..?). No word as far as I can tell on when he plans on leaving, but I suspect it can't be too far from now.

I think its fair to ask why Prentice feels leaving his position in Canada's government is worth it. I can see Inky Mark, or even Jay Hill, folks who have been around for awhile, without making too many waves. But Prentice, from the old PC line, who ran for the leadership of the PCs and came a fairly close second to Peter MacKay, and is/was considered future leadership potential, had a lot going for him. What's changed? Is it really as simple as a good paying CIBC job?


  1. Could this have anything to do with the results of the midterm elections in the United States? The Canadian government will certainly face less pressure now to put a price on greenhouse gas emissions.

  2. That may be true, but what would that have to do with Prentice staying in his position? It'd probably make his job easier than it already was.

  3. Can you post a blog with the achievements of the liberals vs Conservatives on the environmental file?

    It might be an interesting lesson to help you from using less "talking points" and understand the bigger picture.

    You might not be aware this government signed the COP 15 agreement, billions have been spent on CS, CE was down in 2009, subsidies are for green technology and research etc.

    It reminds me how Liberals attacked the redirection for direct aid vs advocacy in Africa.

    The metrics will show that the termination of NGO entitlements in progressive NGO's does not improve the maternal health of women in developing countries as effectively as direct investments in food security, safe drinking water or vitamins.

    You are aware PC Brian Mulroney beat Liberals on Greenest PM with the help of Republican Ronald Regan in the US?

    Inconvenient Truths?

    The European officials apparently find the oil sands not as EVIL as the Guardian or other liberal news media outlets portray them.

  4. Are you aware that Mulroney and even Reagan are nothing like their modern counterparts?

    I know enough Conservatives that are quite keen on the environment. Some suggest a good portion of the Green vote is actually Conservatives jumping ship, which would make sense in Ontario especially. Heck, I give kudos to quite a few Conservative premiers, including Stelmach, on the environment front.

    But still, the federal government, the old Harris government, and others are not exactly what you'd call "defenders of the environment." They're barely on the file. They don't care, and go through the motions, which is exactly what COP 15 was. That's it. Nothing else to it.

    If Harper became the Cameron, Mulroney, or even the bloody Reagan government on the file, it'd be totally different. That day hasn't come yet, and they're closer to the current GOP down south than anything else. I'd personally like to see how many "deniers" are actually in the Conservative caucus, just to compare.