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Old 08-12-2015, 05:14 PM
 
Location: Montreal
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With respect to civilian scientific policy, even the US have a better track record than Canada by now... and that was the specific item that led me to do my PhD at Minnesota.

While Europe in general has a good record on scientific transparency, Europe-wide funding cuts means that it has gotten that much harder for non-EU residents to get PhDs in EU countries.
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Old 08-12-2015, 09:17 PM
 
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Old 08-17-2015, 11:56 AM
 
Location: Vancouver
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Why would I promise anything? Funny you can't understand and tolerate that millions if not billions of people live in places they complain about. Go to any city forum, actually, people complain, and your national pride is just so fragile that you can't bear others complain about Canada (or Vancouver often, which probably hurt your feelings more)?

There are complainers and then there are complainers. Valid complaints are fine. A lot of your complaints just sound like whining.


Yes, unions are the cancer of Canada. It is absolutely the worst thing about the Canadian economy. Unions should all be destroyed at least the public sector, where the kind of pay, benefit and job security is outrageously unfair. it is sad that you don't get that.

Yet you belong to one? This is one complaint you can easily do something about...but no.
The worse thing for the Canadian economy has been corporate greed. Do you think it was unions who
created the fiscal crisis in the US?
The most prosperous times in Canada were when we had the highest union membership
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Quote where I proposed to privatize the healthcare system. I mentioned a few times that private hospitals should be allowed and encouraged. If rich people want to pay 3X more to get better treatment, there is nothing "unfair" about that. Yet the poor seems to hold this grudge that while they can't prevent rich and more successful people to buy better stuff, at least they get the same medical treatment like everyone else. It is pitiful.

This is I find a sad position. You MISS the whole point about our public system. It's about the RIGHT of everyone to have EQUAL care. We see it as a human right. You see it simply as a business. However, once again you have options that YOU are not taking.


See 3% of the country? Humm, maybe in terms of land? What's to see in all those territories? The Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Ottawa areas alone account for 40% of Canada's population and economy. Plus since when I talk as if I knew everything? Yes, I criticize, so do you.

Since when do you talk like you know everything? LOL Oh my.

Keep asking. The decision is up to me and only to me. I have every right to stay or leave just like you. whatever you say isn't gonna vex me or anything.

Of course it's up to you. I find it hilarious that you even mention leaving.

Well, of course the conservative has its faults and I mentioned more than a few times that I hated its laughably self-important foreign policy and the G20 farce.

But do you honest think the NDP or the liberal will do a better job in growing the economy? What's wrong with cuts? Yes, it certainly hurt some people, but this country has an external debt of 90% of GDP. Ask yourself, if you owed someone 90% of your combined family income, what would you do? Don't you cut spending? Or you will keep buying stuff for whatever each of your family member thinks they deserve to make them happy?

OK, you don't agree with the current economic policy, fair enough. Tell me what we should do. What great plan the liberals and NPD proposed? I don't see any. Of course they say some dubious plans like creating jobs etc, but how? Every single country wants to create jobs, but in what way, in what industry, by what policy? They do not say, do they? because they have no idea. Just talk cheap and get the votes first. Do we really want to compete with low cost country in manufacturing T-shirts, plastic cups and Ikea furniture (unfortunately you love unions which will kill the plan instantly)? Or do you want to compete with the silicon valley giants (sadly no country seems to be able to do that, even Japan or Korea, where working 12 hours a day is normal). Keep making cars for GM and Ford? Good luck with that. Or do you propose we close our door and not anything "cheap crap" in so that our workers can keep their uncompetitive jobs? Admit it or not, a major reason Canada enjoys its high quality of life is because we sit on a huge pile of natural resources which countries like China, India or Japan need to spend big bucks to buy every year just to keep the economy going, not because Canada is highly productive, innovative or anything. If Canada has the same resources as Japan, guess how rich you and me will be?

spare me this overly dramatic "selling this country bit by bit" rhetoric. Canada sold what? a few oil companies? Does that really scare or anger you that much? Countries buy and sell companies all the time, and do you know the combine oil reserve of those companies as a percentage of Canada's total? Please do some math before all this complaint (which you hate me for doing). You seem to fail to understand that selling resources and raw materials is simply a normal part of trade and economic activity. Canada sells like 100% of its export oil to the US, did you complain about that? Should we just keep everything to ourselves? Or you are talking about foreigners buying Canadians houses, don't Canadians do the same in Florida etc? It is called the free market. If you don't like it, may I suggest YOU move somewhere where it is forbidden for foreigners to buy houses?

Yeah, I complain. I am a hater. You are all world loving Jesus.

ABC, Bottie, ABC.

PS: if you find me annoying, feel free to put me on the ignore list. I did that to plenty of CD members here, to whom I don't rely to any more.
Annoying...sometimes..OK mostly...but I am forever vigilant that I can crack that bitter part of you.
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Old 08-17-2015, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Vancouver
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I get there is a limit to government and its impact on the economy, but Harper has cut investment in key areas that would stimulate long term prosperity in this country.. I've written more about this in other posts and posted links.. I mean cutting tourism spending when the budget for Canada is less than New York State - c'mon...

Anyway I agree with the disappointment others have had in Harpers F.P... He's alienated Canada from other nations, actually reduced our influence as a middle power, particularly by openly criticising the UN.. We have conducted bombing missions on 3 nations and involved in ground warfare in 1 in no less than 5 years - Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Libya... We've gone from a peacekeeping nation who had the ear of many countries around the world to what - Harper vs Putin, Harper vs the Taliban, Harper vs Ghadaffi, Harper vs ISIL, Harper vs the Iran, Harper vs Palestine...

So yeah, for a myriad of reasons its time for a change.
I could of listed the hundreds of things Harper has done to Canada to Bottie, but I fear it will fall on deaf ears.
Anyone who isn't really,really upset about what he has done to Canada is either not paying attention, a devout and possibly brainwashed Con, or NEVER understood Canada and our history, our beliefs, our purpose etc.
I tend to think Bottie falls into the last one.
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Old 08-17-2015, 12:30 PM
 
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I could of listed the hundreds of things Harper has done to Canada to Bottie, but I fear it will fall on deaf ears.
Anyone who isn't really,really upset about what he has done to Canada is either not paying attention, a devout and possibly brainwashed Con, or NEVER understood Canada and our history, our beliefs, our purpose etc.
I tend to think Bottie falls into the last one.
yes, you are right, I am the last one. And I have absolutely no intention to change myself so that I "fit" with the "Canadian belief" better. I hold on to my own beliefs which I consider right.

As to history, Canada has its own constitution for like 30 years only, before that it was pretty much part of the UK, so there is a LONG way to go to create its own history and identify. You are a senior if I am not wrong, you don't happen to think Canada's culture and history is always set in stone and shouldn't be allowed to change, and every new comer should simply adapt to you, do you? If you do, you will be hugely disappointed. People like me will continue to change it, in directions whether you like or not. As long as Canada continues receiving immigrants, the country will change. I can assure you new immigrants come here mostly for the better life, not some Canadian value because they have their own. Even if Canada stops receive immigration, it will also change.

When you talk about purpose, I suppose you are talking about the aggressive role Harper government is playing (or trying to play) internationally, and on that I totally agree with you. I don't think any country should make any attempt to spread any culture or ideology to other nations, no matter how great it thinks it is. Everyone should just mind his own business.
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Old 08-17-2015, 08:48 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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yes, you are right, I am the last one. And I have absolutely no intention to change myself so that I "fit" with the "Canadian belief" better. I hold on to my own beliefs which I consider right.
.
I don't think anyone is saying to change yourself to 'fit' in or embrace a 'Canadian' belief whatever that is.. With that said, whether Canada and the prevailing populace in it is going to be the country that meshes with what you value personally or will live up to your expectation is perhaps in question in my mind.. There is only so much you can do to change a 'national' dynamic and than it just becomes frustrating and damaging to the soul if you can't accept and embrace what you largely can't change.. Sure the Constitution of Canada only came to be in 82 - but to sort of just dismiss everything 'Canadian' before that is dismissive of the reality of more firmly entrenched roots in the country which aren't just simply - well before 82 you were just an ext of the UK - to some degree yes but not entirely so if that is what you think - I have to agree with Nat you may not understand the country as well as what you may think.

This is broad strokes really - I'm sure there are plenty of things you like here but in all realism Botti - it'll be a loooong time before Canada will have a Shanghai sized city with new subways coming out the yin yang crisscrossing every part of it, before Health care is changed and with union penetration of 27 percent, I don't think they are going anywhere fast. The political system - same thing - not changing anytime soon and probably won't unless there is foreign intervention. The Canadian citizenry within its urban cities probably won't anytime soon embrace a Barcelona type of urban model or Euro scale ped friendly cobblestone type streets with pretty and ornate palaces and beautiful architecture built on grand European type boulevards (Montreal is about as good as you'll get in Canada for that and they haven't done that in a looong time and of course still only a small part of it).

So yeah - these are just realities and very difficult to change but hey - lemme know if you build that ped only boulevard with big palaces with exquisite architecture on it - i'll be sure to take a stroll down it.. Just don't expect me to drool over it - I prefer messy urbanism and tall modern buildings lol.

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Old 08-18-2015, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Hougary, Texberta
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Anyway I agree with the disappointment others have had in Harpers F.P... He's alienated Canada from other nations, actually reduced our influence as a middle power, particularly by openly criticising the UN.. We have conducted bombing missions on 3 nations and involved in ground warfare in 1 in no less than 5 years - Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Libya... We've gone from a peacekeeping nation who had the ear of many countries around the world to what - Harper vs Putin, Harper vs the Taliban, Harper vs Ghadaffi, Harper vs ISIL, Harper vs the Iran, Harper vs Palestine...
I just want to clarify a couple of things so that I'm not misinterpreting what you're saying.

So by going along with a UN resolutions to Afghanistan and Libya, you believe that the Government is openly criticizing the UN, which passed the resolutions in the first place?

Also, you're saying that you support Russia's arbitrary annexation of another country's territory under spurious grounds, and you support ISIL's actions in Iraq and Syria?

I don't think that's the case, but it is what you've said above.
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Old 08-18-2015, 04:16 PM
 
Location: Canada
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Another Harper supporter. I wonder if he's a member on this fourm.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qv6Pq5nNjN4
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Old 08-19-2015, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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I don't think anyone is saying to change yourself to 'fit' in or embrace a 'Canadian' belief whatever that is.. With that said, whether Canada and the prevailing populace in it is going to be the country that meshes with what you value personally or will live up to your expectation is perhaps in question in my mind.. There is only so much you can do to change a 'national' dynamic and than it just becomes frustrating and damaging to the soul if you can't accept and embrace what you largely can't change.. Sure the Constitution of Canada only came to be in 82 - but to sort of just dismiss everything 'Canadian' before that is dismissive of the reality of more firmly entrenched roots in the country which aren't just simply - well before 82 you were just an ext of the UK - to some degree yes but not entirely so if that is what you think - I have to agree with Nat you may not understand the country as well as what you may think.

This is broad strokes really - I'm sure there are plenty of things you like here but in all realism Botti - it'll be a loooong time before Canada will have a Shanghai sized city with new subways coming out the yin yang crisscrossing every part of it, before Health care is changed and with union penetration of 27 percent, I don't think they are going anywhere fast. The political system - same thing - not changing anytime soon and probably won't unless there is foreign intervention. The Canadian citizenry within its urban cities probably won't anytime soon embrace a Barcelona type of urban model or Euro scale ped friendly cobblestone type streets with pretty and ornate palaces and beautiful architecture built on grand European type boulevards (Montreal is about as good as you'll get in Canada for that and they haven't done that in a looong time and of course still only a small part of it).

So yeah - these are just realities and very difficult to change but hey - lemme know if you build that ped only boulevard with big palaces with exquisite architecture on it - i'll be sure to take a stroll down it.. Just don't expect me to drool over it - I prefer messy urbanism and tall modern buildings lol.
I couldn't have said it better myself...no really I couldn't !!
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Old 08-19-2015, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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Another Harper supporter. I wonder if he's a member on this fourm.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qv6Pq5nNjN4
It's a shocking video really. So much anger. Also it's a tired old trick to attack the person asking questions. His take on cheating on income taxes says more about him than he realized.

To sum him up....he's simply an ignorant, brainwashed jerk.
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