June 29, 2004

talking the talk

From one of the faux-titled articles linked in the previous post:
"We were corrected by market forces, that of a new entity that people weren't quite ready to buy en masse yet," said Conservative strategist Tim Powers.
With such an inspiring vision of the civic institutional process, how did the Conservatives ever lose?

news you can use

From AFP:
A new star was born in Canadian politics. Blonde heiress Belinda Stronach, dubbed one of the world's most powerful business women, was elected to parliament for the Canadian Conservative Party by a waver-thin margin.
At no point in the 300-word article do we learn any of her political views. But we do learn that she has "model good looks" and was linked to Bill Clinton in the gossip pages. And her father was a "self-made man". And as a girl, she received "local schooling". Oh, and she's a blonde - and an heiress!

And the AFP thinks we're all heirheads.

Here are some other headlines:

US congratulates thinning, grey Paul Martin on win in Canada

Boyishly quaffed Harper doesn't answer clearly when asked if he'll stay on as Tory leader

Balding, mustachioed Layton tries to put best face on disappointing election result

June 28, 2004

minority government

So it's a minority government for the Liberals, and as of this moment, they and the NDP are just under a majority and will probably get there by morning.

Interesting results in Atlantic Canada, where all the seats have been decided (change from 2000 in parentheses):

Newfoundland & Labrador
Seats:
Lib 5 (4)
Con 2 (3)
NDP 0 (0)

Percent of vote:
Lib 48 (45)
Con 32 (38)
NDP 17 (18)

Prince Edward Island
Seats:
Lib 4 (4)
Con 0 (0)
NDP 0 (0)

Percent of vote:
Lib 52 (47)
Con 31 (43)
NDP 13 (9)

Nova Scotia
Seats:
Lib 6 (5)
Con 3 (3)
NDP 2 (3)

Percent of vote:
Lib 40 (36)
Con 28 (39)
NDP 28 (24)

New Brunswick
Seats:
Lib 7 (6)
Con 2 (3)
NDP 1 (1)

Percent of vote:
Lib 45 (42)
Con 31 (46)
NDP 21 (12)

Atlantic Region (Totals)
Seats:
Lib 22 (19)
Con 7 (9)
NDP 3 (4)

Percent of vote:
Lib 44 (41)
Con 30 (42)
NDP 23 (17)

So the Tories lose 2 seats to the Liberals and drop 12%; the NDP lose 1 seat to the Liberals but jump 6%. In New Brunswick they nearly double their vote, and at this time it looks like Nova Scotia is going to give the NDP its highest provincial share at 28%

On a final note: Scott Brison, MP for Kings-Hants (Nova Scotia), who switched from the Tories to the Liberals in opposition to the merger, was re-elected. Harper campaigned for his opponent and vowed Brison would fall. Brison's reaction tonight:
"There's no culture of defeat in this room," said Brison at his victory celebration, referring to a comment Conservative Leader Stephen Harper made about Altantic Canada in May 2002.
Hah!

tha mi ann fhathast

Bha mi a’ smaoineachadh gum biodh barrachd ùine agam as t-samhradh airson a’ bhlòg, ach tha e coltach gu robh mi cearr. Ach tha mi ann fhathast – coimhead an sealladh ùr! – agus cuiridh mi postaichean an seo nas trice a nis. Tha mòran a’ tachairt, agus air tachairt – taghadh Eòrpach, taghadh Canadach, agus taghadh beag a’ seo a tha ‘tighinn.

Chunnaic mi Fahrenheit 911 agus ‘se film cumhachdach, cudthromach a th’ann. Nan robh sibh air leughadh na blògaichean air an taobh chlì gu dìleas, cha bhi mòran ùr ann. Ach mur a bheil fiosrachadh ùr ann, tha iomadh seallaidhean nach fhaic sinn air CNN, bho’n cogadh ann an Iraq gu Seòras Preas air laithean-saora. Aig a’ mhulti-plex far a bheil e a’ cluich an seo, bha h-uile ruith air a reiceadh air fad gach latha, agus bha an loidhne a’ dol amach dhan food court.

Sin agaibh an naidheachd bho Massachusetts an Iar co-dhiubh.

June 02, 2004

Gaelic report from Nova Scotia

The Gaelic Development Steering Committee, in partnership with the Nova Scotia Department of Tourism and Culture, has published an ambitious 20-year plan entitled Leasachadh agus Glèidheadh na Gàidhlig An Albainn Nuaidh: Plana Airson Iomairt Choimhearsnachd (Developing and Preserving Gaelic in Nova Scotia: Strategy for a community-based initiative). Among the stated goals are increasing the number of Gaelic speakers and achieving "secure status" for Gaelic at the provincial level (something the Scottish Parliament hasn't yet gotten to).

The report is an excellent follow-up to the previously published Gaelic Nova Scotia: an Economic, Cultural, and Social Impact Study, downloadable here (disclaimer: I did some work for this report). The Gaelic community in Nova Scotia has done more than its part in putting together the history, stock-taking, vision, and practical plan for a last-ditch effort to save the language. Now it's up to the province to cur an airgead far a bheil a' bheul (put its money where its mouth is).

The Gaelic and English versions of the new report are available for download as pdf files over here. There's a Halifax Chronicle-Herald piece on the report here.