Morning read-up: July 17, 2012

17 Jul

Roy Thomson Hall
It’s not often we see praise from the Post for this guy… (courtesy Jason Paris/Flickr Creative Commons)

* What’s more surprising in this one (‘The triumph of ‘hard-headed socialism’ is destroying Canadian conservatism’): belated praise from the National Post about the Chretien-era Liberals’ fiscal policies, or them citing a Globe and Mail article about recent economic data, showing that Canadian households are $40,000 richer than our American counterparts?

This is a remarkable statement:

These numbers should be a source of pride for Canadians. Yet they highlight awkward questions for the country’s small-c conservatives: If Canada was, relatively speaking, on the right track policy-wise all along, what exactly were we doing jumping up and down, demanding that our leaders look to the United States for their policy solutions? Does the idea of being a Canadian “fiscal conservative” even make sense anymore?

Well here’s your moment of clarity…

…the lesson from this isn’t that big government is an economy killer: Norway and Sweden both have roaring economies, despite being socialist welfare states with high rates of government spending. Rather, the lesson is that nations must spend within their means — something Canada has done for the most part, but the United States hasn’t.

Pretty straightforward, isn’t it. Way to go, Canada, without realizing it, we’ve reformed (pardon the pun) both the National Post and (yes, go read the whole piece) David Frum.

It’s called ‘hardheaded socialism’. Yes, yes, go read!

** We hear lots and lots of carping about the quality of Air Canada. But maybe we should look at our next complaint in relative terms: at least you were stuck in Shanghai for THREE DAYS. That happened to 200+ United Airlines passengers last week.

*** Mike Aynsley of OpenFile pulls out a bunch of interesting data from the G&M about the priciness of the Vancouver housing market. There’s a really cool map showing how the data breaks down too.

**** John McCain says that Sarah Palin was a better choice for V-P than Mitt Romney. In an interview with Politico, McCain insisted that he wasn’t scared by Romney’s tax returns but that he did pick the Alaskan governor over this year’s GOP nominee “…because we thought that Sarah Palin was the better candidate. Why did we not take [Tim] Pawlenty, why did we not take any of the other 10 other people. Why didn’t I? Because we had a better candidate, the same way with all the others. … Come on, why? That’s a stupid question.”

Ok John. Next!

***** An Egyptian teenager has developed (discovered?) a catalyst that will break down plastic, releasing various gases that can be turned into ethanol. It’s not really a new idea – plastic is made from hydrocarbons after all – but the new catalyst is apparently a big leap forward.


Josh Putnam at Frontloading HQ figures if the US Presidential election were to take place today, it’d be a pretty decisive win for Obama:


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