Coming out of Question Period in the House of Commons today, Finance Minister Ralph Goodale said he was canning new corporate tax cuts because he didn’t believe he could push them through a minority Parliament — a Parliament where he’ll need support of at least one, and likely two, opposition parties isn order to get any tax cuts passed. Goodale said, essentially, that he could not trust the Conservative Party to vote in favour of corporate tax cuts:
“Would you trust them after what they did in the spring? For heaven’s sake, give your head a shake. There’s nothing to be trusted in that gaggle of silly people.”
Conservative Finance Critic Monte Solberg, one of the “silly people” sitting opposite to Goodale, had this to say:
“In the spring, when the government was trying to take corporate tax cuts out of its own budget bill, we fought to keep them in. We are there to keep corporate tax cuts in because it means jobs for large employers. We want to see jobs created. Ralph Goodale says he supports productivity. Well, because of our productivity, how can he delay tax relief for large employers in one hand and say he is committed to productivity on the other hand? It is ridiculous. “
Goodale, in the QP scrum as well as in a statement issued later today said his government would not be proceed with the issue of bank mergers and blamed that, too, on opposition parties:
“Earlier this summer, I wrote to the finance critics in the three opposition parties, asking whether we can proceed in a serious fashion to deal with the issue of large-scale bank mergers. After reviewing the responses, I do not believe it would be appropriate to bring forward guidelines on such an important issue in this environment, where it runs the risk of being politicized, “ Goodale said in a statement.
And now for something very un-Canadian — a little bragging.
Shows on CTV — including our dinner-hour news shows and the National News — have dominated the competition recently.
Here’s a press release from the CTV brass:
CTV Ratings Advisory – Sept. 26, 2005
Last night, CTV’s powerhouse Sunday night line-up debuted to take every primetime spot on Canadian television:
- At 9 p.m., the ladies of Wisteria Lane returned with 2.8 million viewers as Desperate Housewives became the most-watched program of the night, topping Family Guy and American Dad (Global, 763,000 viewers) by 261 per cent.
- Break-out mid-season hit Grey’s Anatomy returned at 10 p.m. with 1.8 million viewers to place second, its biggest audience ever. Grey’s Anatomy bested Crossing Jordan (Global, 793,000) by 122 per cent.
- Earlier in the evening, the new season of Cold Case debuted in third place, winning the 8 p.m. timeslot with 1.7 million viewers against The Simpsons (Global, 1.4 million) despite being out of simulcast in Toronto.
- In fourth place, Law and Order returned for its 16th season at 7 p.m. with 1.6 million viewers.
On Saturday night, a one-hour documentary about the Corner Gas phenomenon delivered 745,000 viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research:
- Head to head against CFL Football (CBC, 436,000), viewers chose Beyond Corner Gas: Tales from Dog River (578,000) on CTV.
Two more premieres on Friday night also performed well on CTV.
- At 8 p.m., Ghost Whisperer attracted 1.4 million viewers, crushing Malcolm in the Middle (Global, 381,000) by a whopping 271 per cent and becoming the second most-watched show of the night after the CTV Evening News (1.5 million). Ghost Whisperer also won its timeslot in Toronto and Vancouver.
- The 90-minute, third season premiere of Nip/Tuck won the 9 p.m. timeslot with just over one million viewers, up 66 per cent over Threshold (Global).
- Earlier in the evening at 7 p.m., CTV’s eTalk Daily (477,000) once again bested ET Canada (Global, 436,000).
- CTV had the Top Four programs of the night: 1. CTV Evening News, 2. Ghost Whisperer, 3. Nip/Tuck and 4. CTV National News.
All figures, unless otherwise cited, are courtesy BBM and represent a nation-wide picture of television viewing in Canada. All times stated are Eastern Standard Time.
…[Massolin argues that Toryism] exalted the British connection not simply as a political link but as a set of moral virtues that exalted English Canada above the United States, and enabled Canada to develop as an autonomous community in North America. Finally, argues the author, Canadian Tories were eclectic and selective in borrowing conservative ideas.”
Michael Gauvreau, “Review of Canadian Intellectuals, the Tory Tradition, and the Challenge of Modernity, 1939–1970” in History of Intellectural Culture, 2005, Vol. 5, No. 1.
Got the first one as it made its way around the Internet via e-mail. It ended up in the hands of Robin Ollerhead, a friend of our family's and Professor Emeritus in the physics department at the University of Guelph. He took the first trick and made one of his own. They're both reproduced here:
Here's the original:
1 GRAB A CALCULATOR. (YOU WON'T BE ABLE TO DO THIS ONE IN YOUR HEAD).
2 KEY IN THE FIRST THREE DIGITS OF YOUR PHONE NUMBER (NOT THE AREA CODE).
3 MULTIPLY BY 80.
4 ADD 1.
5 MULTIPLY BY 250.
6 ADD THE LAST 4 DIGITS OF YOUR PHONE NUMBER.
7 ADD THE LAST 4 DIGITS OF YOUR PHONE NUMBER AGAIN!
8 SUBTRACT 250.
9 DIVIDE NUMBER BY 2.
DO YOU RECOGNIZE THE ANSWER?
1. Grab a calculator.
2. Key in the first three digits of your telephone number (not the area code).
3. Multiply by 400.
4. Add 2.
5. Multiply by 75.
6. Take the last 4 digits of your telephone number, multiply by 2, and add to your previous answer.
7. Take the last 4 digits of your telephone number, subtract 150, and add to your previous answer.
8. Divide this rather large number by 3.
What have you got?