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- Globe and Mail

Some months ago I was encouraged to return to federal politics. I succumbed. Big mistake.

Yesterday I corrected that, and am returning my Liberal decoder ring. In fact, it’s fair to say my experiences in politics over the past four years have reminded me why 97% of Canadians do not belong to a party.

My motivation for dallying with MPship again was similar to my desire to maintain this conversation with you. The times are uncertain. Questionable decisions have been made. The consequences will be long-lasting. We should elect people driven to solve problems, not just attracted to power.

To date, no party or leader has treated you honestly to an explanation of what a $56 billion deficit or $600 billion debt mean for your family or your finances. Suggesting there’ll be no tax hikes, spending cuts or mortgage increases is akin to Stephen Harper telling us one year ago Canada was immune to recession and our budget would stay balanced. It’s crap. But apparently crap that people like hearing.

Such talk has surely not endeared me to the new Liberal leader. Can’t say I’m surprised. But neither can I stay.

I’m too old and crusty to cave now.

Statement by Garth Turner

After being recruited to run for MP in the Ontario riding of Dufferin-Caledon, and having my candidacy approved by the Liberal Party last July, today I informed the leader of my resignation.

My hope in returning to Parliament was to help clear the path to a viable economic future. Stephen Harper’s $56 billion deficit and profligate spending are massive threats. But also threatening is a lack of debate about viable options and an honest conversation with voters and citizens on the looming consequences.

Therefore it’s hard to see what the coming election will be about if we’re not prepared to discuss the options in the wake of the Harper fiscal disaster. Economic growth alone won’t wipe out an historic debt load or the need for spending cuts and tax hikes. The looming HST in Ontario and BC is likely but a taste of medicine to come. This is what Canadians need to understand.

A year ago Stephen Harper said there would be no recession and no deficit. That was untrue. Now he says there will be no consequences of our record shortfall. Also untrue.

In my financial books and writings I’ve warned of the need for families to invest wisely, use debt carefully and live within their means in an uncertain world. Rather than tell voters interest rates and taxes won’t rise nor spending fall, leaders should guide us all into realistic choices. Sadly, that doesn’t win elections.

In Dufferin-Caledon I have been the only nominee for MP candidate since August. I’m interpreting the leader’s failure to allow a nomination meeting as a signal my views are unwelcome.

HOWE STREET BANNER

Garth takes a political pass in his own words. Here.

138 comments ↓

#1 Onemorething on 10.12.09 at 9:29 pm

Good for you Garth, if you recall your post some time ago about your thoughts on getting back in, the feedback was mixed.

Mine on the side of staying out of it all together and focus on the few that hope to survive and potentially thrive in this current situation.

Don’t worry, the country leaders will be put to task shortly. The mistakes of brainwashed consumers as well.

#2 lgre on 10.12.09 at 9:30 pm

Good choice, no point of talking if nobody is listening. Let the optimist and wishful thinkers deal with the consequences of their own doing.

#3 RM in Oakville on 10.12.09 at 9:37 pm

Garth, can’t say I blame you.

#4 Kanata Squirrel on 10.12.09 at 9:41 pm

Sorry to hear that Garth … stick to your guns …. I think a new party is required in Canada … wow I’ve not voted since the Reformist take over of the Tories.

From what I see Iggy sucks, Harper Sucks, I forget the name of the NPD leader … hmmm Layton – ya whatever, the Bloc – I don’t live in Quebec to vote for them ;-) …. I miss Joe Clark. Jean Charest for PM.

Couple things are certain – still listening to your wise words and doubling up mortgage payments for what is to come and forgoeing an home renos until the mortgage is zero.

#5 [email protected] on 10.12.09 at 9:41 pm

Take me to your leader.

Would have liked to see what you could have accomplished this time around.

Looking forward to your continued posts and insight.

#6 Peter Wiener on 10.12.09 at 9:53 pm

Garth,

” A man’s gotta know his limitations”

Dirty Harry in Magnum Force

You did right by you. There is good in that.

Now continue to help us all through this blog and your insights. There is much good in that.

Best wishes for your future after a tough decision like this.

#7 Kurt on 10.12.09 at 9:53 pm

Garth, we still need political renewal in Canada. I’m happy to hear what you think, and if you write a book about it I’ll buy it.

#8 DrC on 10.12.09 at 9:56 pm

You want to help. You want to lead. I gain great personal satisfaction from doing those things too. It is inconceivable to me how one would try to do that amongst politicians, the lowest form of human life in every society humans have ever established. I very much hope you will continue, and enjoy, your assistance and leadership activities within our community (and I don’t just mean amongst us crusty blog-lurkers).

Mother Teresa is quoted as saying “We can do no great things; only small things with great love”.

#9 Joseph on 10.12.09 at 10:00 pm

I know that you’re disappointed, but I can’t say I didn’t tell you so. I understand that politics is in your blood and you would have liked to have made a difference, but democracy doesn’t work that way anymore, if it ever did. Winston Churchill once said that, “Democracy is a terrible form of government, but all the others are worse.”

#10 viewwest on 10.12.09 at 10:02 pm

so sorry to hear this! We are so sadly lacking brave people like yourself with the guts to speak truths and challenge the collective inaction. Keep ‘daring to be different’ and ‘daring to be bold’ Garth!

#11 Blobby on 10.12.09 at 10:06 pm

GARTH FOR PM!

#12 Iain on 10.12.09 at 10:12 pm

Off-topic but interesting nonetheless: Americans Still Delusional About House Prices, http://www.businessinsider.com/henry-blodget-americans-still-delusional-about-house-prices-2009-10

#13 Aizlynne on 10.12.09 at 10:14 pm

Garth, as I said to you before, political parties are NOT the answer. They are the problem.

You can never be accountable to constituents when you run under a party banner because it’s all about the leader and the party rules. That’s what makes your decision for you, not your constituents.

I am glad you are unfazed enough by ALL of the parties to have the testicular fortitude to stand by your convictions. For that, I applaud you. Now why don’t you consider running as an Independent?

#14 Gordie on 10.12.09 at 10:17 pm

Okay….I’ll be the first contrarian here and swim against the pervasive tide, all saying “good choice Garth”.

Booooo Hissssss!!!

A few days back news came out that Ignatieff was going to engage Canadians in a mature discussion about the economy, about deficits, about tax increases and spending cuts.

Horray for Iggy I thought.

Then word came out that it was all a mistake, there would be no conversation, the Liberals are committed to bringing back fiscal balance, but will do it without cutting spending or raising taxes.

Yeah…and I’m going to be skating on the first line with the Maple Leafs later this season, (they they couldn’t do any worse than they’re doing now, cripes stick me in goal).

Wit charm and intellect, combined with an honest appraisal of the Canadian ship of state…I guess it was too much to hope for. Iggy could do it, but I guess his political spin masters see it as too risky given Harper’s propensity to play ‘win at all cost’ politics.

While Iggy could do it, you Garth….I know WOULD. I sincerely believed you had a good chance of winning, and I was looking forward to a loose cannon being unleased in parliament…we need them.

I’m hoping you reconsider, put on your Don Quixote costume and tilt away…this blog is great, but Ottawa is a better stage than your little pulpit here in cyber space.

#15 nonplused on 10.12.09 at 10:19 pm

Well ya know,

I have quit the odd thing myself, jobs, soccer teams, relationships, but not so much habits.

The best piece of advice I got, once, when quitting a job, was from my boss at the time (who had already given notice). The only way to know if you made the right decision is unfortunately somewhat post mortem. Do you have any regrets? That’s all he said but I will elaborate on how I took it. If, after making the decision, (or perhaps prior to implementing it), do you feel like you regret the decision? Not that it might be a bad decision, but if you regret it, then you might feel like the situation can be salvaged if you stick with it. You might not be ready to give up yet. Then you will always wonder. But if you have no regrets, chances are the path ahead is better than the path behind.

I even got fired twice, once by my dad (for arguing with my brother in front of a potential client, honestly we were too young to know what this was about and were just trying to figure out how to get the forms built, but it was a powerful lesson), and once by a now ex-wife, which I deeply regretted but it wasn’t my decision and everything came around just fine in time.

Anyway, type “The 4th Turning” into google or bing and read a bit. The election of Obama has been a failure in that he is not able to overcome his boomer cohorts in the congress, the bureaucracy, and the military, and he will fail. But it is a milestone event. The future leaders will be Gen-X, supported and in collaboration with Gen-Y and the Millennials.

Obama’s presidency will fail. He will be a one term president. He will be brought down by the boomers in office now who want to continue their current agendas and do not want change. And the boomers underlying hope is that by bringing a Gen-X now, and showing it up to be a failure, they will be able to go along starting wars and raising entitlements indefinitely by continuing to vote for each other.

But that is not how Gen-X, Y and the Milennials are going to see it. They are going to see the failure of the boomers to move in response to the election of Obama as a sign that they are not “collaborators” (something important to Y and the Millennials, the X’ers are more pragmatists, but they realize something has to be done and what’s being done isn’t working). Being a “non-collaborator” is the same as death going forward politically.

And Garth, I am not saying you got kicked out of 2 parties for not being a collaborator, but unfortunately your generation cannot collaborate on anything but crime, racketeering, and embezzlement. It’s in your upbringing. You raised yourselves smoking drugs and hating the “establishment”. Harper and all the other characters are equally as guilty. Put 3 boomers in a room and you have 4 irreconcilable opinions and a refusal to negotiate.

So how will X, Y, and the Mellennials respond to the refusal of the boomers to negotiate with Obama? They will simply redouble their efforts to vote in more X’s, Y’s and Mellennials. Over time, as the boomers retire from politics and in certain ridings get handed their papers, the momentum will build. But 10 years from now they will have the floor in the US and Canada.

What will they do? Probably a topic for another day. But rest assured everything the boomers are doing is not going to continue unless it’s very pragmatic (to satisfy Gen-X), and very collaborative, socially minded, and egalitarian, to satisfy the Y’s and Mellennials. Oh, and by the way, they understand Ponzi schemes and “benefits”, and don’t see them as “egalitarian”. They see bicycles and wiping your own ass as egalitarian.

I see it on the girl’s soccer team I coach all the time. There is always one girl who isn’t contributing, but wants to play forward so she can get a goal. The shunning is something to behold, and only the slow girls don’t get it. And incidentally she never does get a goal even if her dad puts her up at front, because: first off, she isn’t likely to capitalize if someone passes her the ball so it’s a waste, and secondly, the other girls feel the girls who have been scoring should be in front of the net so the team can score and win! Think about that for a second, because it’s what’s coming to politics now that sports are pretty much mandatory in the training of our children. It’s teamwork, but it’s teamwork guided by collaboration to a team goal with roles being set by ability, not tenure.

Politicians in the future will not get re-elected based on how long the have been there, but by how many goals they have scored for the team. Succeed for the collaborative effort, or realize you have at best 10 years left.

#16 Craig Cantin on 10.12.09 at 10:20 pm

I’m sorry to hear that Garth.

You are a breath of fresh air in this country. Our great nation is in need of more individuals such as yourself.

Don’t stop the good fight, no matter where the venue is. Iggy doesn’t know a good thing if it slapped him in the face.

#17 Shawn Allen on 10.12.09 at 10:29 pm

Liberal leader Iggy is circleing the drain…

#18 J Walker on 10.12.09 at 10:32 pm

Garth, I read your blog religiously and I never could understand how you would reconcile your values with Canadian politics and the Liberal Party of Canada. I feel you’ll continue to be a much stronger asset to the country as an independent commentator who can apply logic and common sense in the face of our bankrupt elected politicians. It’s become obvious that Iggy’s Canada will be anything, but fiscally responsible.

A wonderful Thanksgiving day gift to your wife and family.

#19 victoria reader on 10.12.09 at 10:32 pm

I had supposed you were running as a liberal because as an independant not many MPs have a chance of being elected . I personally hate having partys. It seems like we lose our democracy when an MP answers to his party and not the constituents. But that is the world we live in, no wonder noone votes.

#20 dd on 10.12.09 at 10:35 pm

Keep it going.

Cheers.

#21 Dan in Victoria on 10.12.09 at 10:38 pm

Well Garth,I sorta was wondering what was going on behind the scenes,thought that something was not quite right with the delay.Anyhow good move,no use banging your head against the wall,it does start to hurt after awhile.Keep speaking the truth,stand by what you believe is right.Do what is right for the people of Canada.This mess will eventually come to a head.In the meantime keep educating us hayseeds,we need it.

#22 Denis on 10.12.09 at 10:48 pm

RT @rickmercer (www.twitter.com/rickmercer): When Harper said he wasn’t running a deficit in 2008 he was already 6 billion in the red. Shocker.

#23 Nick Cave on 10.12.09 at 10:52 pm

As crusty as you are, frankly, I’m sorry to hear that. The country needs contrarians like you in office to establish a balance. I hope the future presents viable new political opportunities for you. The Liberals need new leadership, so who knows, maybe the tides will turn … I’d be a supporter.

#24 Gregor Samsa on 10.12.09 at 10:53 pm

That’s too bad. Politics could use more people like Garth.

But I guess Ignatieff’s policy of not actually having any policy does seem a bit at odds with someone who has strong opinions and is not afraid to share them. I don’t blame the Liberals entirely – they are trying to match the empty gutter politics that Harper brought to the table. But there are two big problems with this strategy: (1) The Liberals seem to be about as cunning as a sloth, and are being gamed by Harper in the worst way, and (2) Given a choice between two empty suits, Canadians will choose the devil they know: Mr. Harper.

The Liberals better get some brains into their party or they are toast. Tossing Garth aside is not a good start.

#25 nonplused on 10.12.09 at 10:54 pm

I just reread my previous post once it went up, and realize it was my best post ever, and might be eligible for a book award. But unfortunately I already own all of Garth’s recent books except the “Sheeple’ one, which I am not interested in reading, so Garth, if I do win, instead of sending me books do as Obama said he would do with his Nobel and give the money to charity. Your choice, as I don’t have a preference. There are so many needy from the food bank to Unicef (ha, my spell checker can’t even correct that) to the bum on the street asking for change. I am torn about the bums. They tell you not to give to the bums, as they will only bu booze, and so you should give to “street charities” instead. But there is always overhead. People earning their living distributing the donations and enforcing religious and political beliefs on the recipients. Isn’t a direct contribution better?

But yet, here, when I win the web blog dog award for garnering the most rebuttals from boomers, I want the money to go to a charity like the Salvation Army or the United Way, despite them both being terribly religious or having ungainly overhead.

I would suggest giving a copy of your books to each member of parliament free, but Bill Bonner tried that with “Empire of Debt” in the USA and Michael Moore even just tried to get them all to read the “Patriot Act” before they voted for it, no success.

#26 Increasing that 1% on 10.12.09 at 10:55 pm

:`(
Must have been a tough decision and frustrating time for you, especially knowing what you can do to help change some things-
guess there’s some other better way in store – looking forward to learning of your next step
And IF “your views are unwelcome”, whose are !?

#27 marnic on 10.12.09 at 11:00 pm

Garth:

You can accomplish a great deal more with this forum than you ever could within the farcical world of partisan politics.

#28 Debtfree on 10.12.09 at 11:04 pm

Good for you garth. When you said you were running ,I shook my head . Garth submit to the whip naaa.
On bloomberg this evening I heard michael moore say in the states every 7.5 seconds a home is foreclosed . 35 ,40 year ams = subprime Thanks stephen they had the name of their party right the first time ” the Conservative Reform Alliance party” otherwise known as the crap party. Shame they only kept that name for awhile it was more apt then what they call themselves now . What have they conserved …. Their own political skins that’s all I can see . Their next name should be the preservative party of canada . Iggy and Laydown with stephen are no different . What a pack of wankers . You can only tell the truth from the outside . Stay on the out side . Write and hold their feet to the fire . I’ll buy your next book .

#29 Chaostrology on 10.12.09 at 11:11 pm

Garth Turner,

You are the Buckleys Cough Syrup of politics.

You are effective, but you leave a bad taste in people’s mouths!

You live to fight another day.

#30 jimmy on 10.12.09 at 11:12 pm

Good call Garth!

You ditched the Blue Sweater crowd because, as I believe you said, the Leader wanted you to tow the Party Line as opposed to representing your constituents best interest. I doubt the Liberal Party would be much different in that regard.

Ever think of coming out West and Joining the Wildrose Alliance? haha

#31 Jim on 10.12.09 at 11:19 pm

Come on Garth,
You have to stop Harper from getting a majority. God help us if that right-wing, lying, weasly, $%^#$ gets a majority. People were stupid enough to vote Gordon Campbell in for a third term….

Jim

#32 Bill on 10.12.09 at 11:22 pm

Perhaps “giving” Iggy the leadership was a mistake; a far more experienced Liberal might have been a better choice. Too bad Bob Rae was not allowed to fight it out in the leadership battle.

Me thinks Rae might have had the cajones to tell Canadians the hard truth – Lord knows we need it; now more than ever.

Garth, on a personal note, sorry to hear you’re dropping out; was looking forward to your brand of straight talk and honesty.

#33 westcanguy on 10.12.09 at 11:23 pm

Garth,

I’m glad to see that you have decided not to run in the next election. To be honest, you lost some cedibility in my eyes when you announced that you had agreed to run. I say that because I have been reading your blog for quite some time and you are the type that doesn’t hold back calls them as he see’s them.
I thought, how in the hell is he going to be able to work along with and for, some leader that has the guts to go on tv and tell us we can do better but doesn’t bother to say how we can do so…..and why didn’t he?….so that the Conservatives don’t steal his ideas? Does he think we’re that stupid? Is his drive to be the Prime Minister of this country greater than his love or this Country?

i think you’ve saved yourself a lot of time spinning on the gerbel wheel of Candian politics. I believe that our system is too flawed in order to have it work properly.
While I think anyone should be able to run for public office, I truly believe that any party that runs in a federal election must field candidates in at least 7 provinces/Territories. Until then, we’ll be having a lot more minority gov’t then majorities. Right now, that isn’t good for our country.

#34 nonplused on 10.12.09 at 11:26 pm

Oh ya, and what of the Rhino party. Killed by the establishment. Of course it was all a lampoon of Canadian politics, but why shouldn’t politics be lampooned? I am sure if they happened to get elected, they could have done no worse than what we had: even a comic is aware of when he is making a joke.

But the big 4 in Canada (Left, Right, NDP and Bloc) don’t like a joke or any competition, so they implemented a $50,000 registration fee. It did kill the Rhino party. But if you have to pay to play, only those who can pay can play.

Which is why this latest move to oust Harper was such a joke. All of the parties have the same backers. My guess is Harper attempted to stand up to the bankers, and they threatened (though the Liberals) to take him down. Not sure how he got the NDP to vote with him, but this is a sure sign somebody was voting against corruption because they weren’t being corrupted enough. The NDP supporting a conservative/reform government? I absolutely assure you the banks and Jack are having an argument. Even though his principles suck, at least he’s sticking to them.

The Liberals and the Bloc are both bank agents. Vote for the banks! Oh ya, they are all bank agents, but at least between Harper and Jack they haven’t been bribed enough yet.

#35 WillsDad on 10.12.09 at 11:27 pm

Not at all surprising to me Garth. Gotta say, you and a party line is like Stephen Harper in a conga line; a tangled mess of good intentions.

It’s incredibly disappointing to see the Liberals only play politics. It shows this country’s lack of leadership and democratic process. Sad, but as earlier posters have said, a day of reckoning will be soon upon us.

Oh, for the masses to see the forest for the trees…

#36 Keith in Calgary on 10.12.09 at 11:31 pm

Ignatieff is unelectable.

He is a Canadian in passport only.

He only returned here to try and get elected Prime Minister…….otherwise he would have stayed living in Londonistan.

He has no clue what he is doing, or were we are going as a nation (into the toilet).

Garth is a stand up person, a man of conscience who speaks his mind, who lives in Canada, and wants the country and it’s citizens to do well……I can see how the ideals of one man do not mesh with the ideals of the other. Good luck Garth !! Don’t stop blogging.

#37 Don A on 10.12.09 at 11:36 pm

What can be said. While your candidacy gave me renewed hope for at minimum of some honest debate in Ottawa, either at cabinet level or just in question period I can honestly say that this is probably the right decision. I’ve been waiting for the nomination before making a donation and have wondered why there was no action being taken too.

I have never been endeared to Mr. Ignatchef, mostly for the scowl when he lost to Mr. Dion then for his habit of talking down to people in his photo ops. If he was scared of you then how can he handle Baird and Harper and that little short guy with all our money.

This really leaves a bad taste in my mouth thinking about the choices in the next election. I have “no confidence” in any of the choices so once again we will suffer at the hand of poor choices only.

Your contribution had you won would have been huge in this day and age and for them to not jump on the chance shows some “Harperesque” tendencies that scare the hades out of me.

Thanks for being willing, Thanks for past service, and Thanks for everything I have learned through your blogs and town halls.

Best Wishes all ways.

#38 Nostradamus jr. on 10.12.09 at 11:37 pm

I predicted you would do this nearly 500 years ago.

You are an independent thru and thru.

…I also predicted all the Western Provinces, east of Ontario will, one day soon secede from Eastern Canada.

…and I also predicted Vancouver will always be different.

Nostradamus jr.

#39 Elle on 10.12.09 at 11:50 pm

Did you ever notice … throughout history that no matter the motive…good or bad, or greatness, or desire, or wealth……that the seeking of political rule over mankind, has not been successful……victory slipping just out of reach, beyond mortal fingertips.

A momentus decision Garth, thanks for your honesty and sincerity…..

elle

#40 Basil Fawlty on 10.12.09 at 11:54 pm

It is a loss to the country Garth. We need people like you in Ottawa. Although, I view the Libs and Conservatives as the Canadian affiliates of the Goldman Sachs Gang that runs US politics.

#41 kc on 10.12.09 at 11:55 pm

You know Garth, From all you say and how true to your word/beliefs, you are/were one of the more honest people who should be in politics. It is one of those damned if you do and damned if you don’t situations. Somewhere along the way the saying.. we the people for the people has lost its meaning but the sadder thing is that the people seemed to have stopped caring.

cheers

Riddle for the smart ones in here….. How can you turn $100.00 into $900.00 with doing very little to the $100.00?

Deposit it into a bank.

With a 10% reserve requirement, if a bank gets a $100 deposit and sends $10 to the central bank as a reserve, it can legally lend $90. When the borrower spends this $90, the receiving bank sets aside $9 and lends $81. The initial $100 deposit leads to $900 in new money, if banks lend all of the money they are legally allowed to lend.

interesting read:
Fractional Reserve Banking System Basis of Bankster Fraud

http://www.marketoracle.co.uk/Article14123.html

#42 dean on 10.13.09 at 12:12 am

Glad to hear you decided to bail out. I thought you were losing it when you said you would run for the liberals. there is no respectable federal party to vote for anymore. I hope something else comes along soon!

#43 JoeCalgary on 10.13.09 at 12:15 am

Apparently, according to NABE, 80% think the recession is over.

Meanwhile, H1N1 has a rising toll south of the border:

http://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=rZIWyvI97h892s2bmCVlm6A&pli=1

Take a close look at the ages of those dying.

If anyone posting here has a link to similar Canadian stats, I would like to see it.

#44 Happy Renter in North Van on 10.13.09 at 12:26 am

I’ve worked on the “Hill”… It’s run by a bunch of megalomaniacs who direct a bunch of trained seals… They’re no more civilized than a troop of baboons. I’m glad you decided to self-exile yourself from that circus.

#45 dosouth on 10.13.09 at 12:46 am

Honestly Garth,

What will change if nothing does? ignatieff (small i) is another blip on the Liberal radar. Once he continues and doesn’t win any kind of non-confidence vote even within the party will he not leave?? back to Harvard or beyond?

Your party has been infamous for leaders only out for their own self interests and accolades. Harper’s party for power and indifference and Layton’s as the chameleon party. (anything for a press op)

No wonder 97% of us have left political beliefs or parties behind. No one, even yourself who has written so well and without waning, on the perils of these times, wants to stand up to the bull that is being spewed by so few to many.

I have followed you for many a year, heck winning a book in the early 90’s here in the Okanagan. Now because Iggy won’t return your calls you’re giving up and yet you want us to believe what is now your mantra. yeah, I know I just don’t get it, but I am here aren’t I.

Go ahead and flame me or berate me but if you can call it as you see it so can your readers and people who believe in you. Sorry to see you give up…………….

#46 ted on 10.13.09 at 1:17 am

Good for you for standing up for what you believe. I have always believed that Igatieff and Harper provide no real choice.

#47 Munch on 10.13.09 at 1:25 am

Garth, why are you giving up?

Why?

Why?

I thought you were a fighter?

#48 Tallyman on 10.13.09 at 1:28 am

Garth,

Good move.
Who wants to be the guy holding the mop and pail
after all the elephants have pigged out, taken their dump and gone home!

#49 Santa on 10.13.09 at 1:36 am

Garth, congratulations! Even if you were not like them, there is the guilt by association. I did not like you when you decided to run again.

I really hope we will wake up from the hypnotic trance that we’ve been sunken in. People, don’t believe them when they say if you don’t vote someone else will for you. Maybe for awhile it’s true. But when the critical mass is reached, then “no vote” IS a vote. The strongest.

#50 Manitoban on 10.13.09 at 4:19 am

Wise and timely decision Garth, that could only be reached by a young and vibrant person with a desire to contribute. Congratulation in finding the only positive solution when such great efforts and financing are being
used to achieve negative results. Your time will come.

#51 Robert1 on 10.13.09 at 4:37 am

LEAD …. FOLLOW …. OR GET TO HELL OUT OF THE WAY !

Unfortunately, Harper, Ignatieff and Layton choose to do none of the above.

Best wishes Garth.

#52 El Rojo on 10.13.09 at 6:11 am

Garth,
You did the right thing by bailing. We now have to find another way to get you into government. A mind like yours is a definite asset to Canada and your most willing to share it!! Keep up the good work!

#53 David Bakody on 10.13.09 at 6:16 am

Good for you sit back and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the country side. Garth take a break this winter and travel to warm a place of your choosing and ride, the past will soon be just that. Your sound advice has taken hold in many minds of those who truly care about about their lives, others are stuck in never, never land and only time may allow them to see the light.

As mentioned most Canadians are one pay check away from an empty refrigerator and could care less about politics …. Harper and Co are vultures and know this will provide them their best path to a majority and a Reform Canada and then only heaven help us all.

Bon Chance, good luck and most of all good health to you and your family.

#54 Maurice on 10.13.09 at 6:22 am

Garth:
Good decision. Iggy got the leadership through default. No sound thinker would take the job with the mess this country is going into. Remember you an Kim Campbell? That is what it was going to be like again. Very lonely. We have a “dumbed down” electorate. Sometimes we get exactly what we deserve. The majority of Canadians don’t deserve to have you sacrifice your life or integrity for them. Thank you for being the best MP the Region of Halton ever had.

#55 pbrasseur on 10.13.09 at 6:49 am

I’m impressed, I didn’t think you had it in you.

Congratulations and best of luck for everything, I think you can have more impact outside politics. There you can lead. Politicians only follow and chase votes.

#56 Watched Bubble Never Pops on 10.13.09 at 7:23 am

“A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.” – William James

Good luck on whatever you decide to do outside of politics.

#57 greyhound on 10.13.09 at 7:46 am

A loss for Canada.

#58 Bill-Muskoka (NAM) on 10.13.09 at 7:50 am

Garth,

You are not using the necessary ‘Politi-Speak’ their Teflon brains, er, minds, (Oh WTH, neuron nodule is more accurate) require to penetrate. I think you may have made the correct choice, but it is a LOSS TO OUR DEMOCRACY in this age of photo-ops, grandstanding, and other worthless media opportunities for power Harper and Ignatieff use.

The only one saying a bloody thing about Canadians is Jack Layton. Maybe you should talk with him, or Elizabeth May if you really have a desire to run? The CRAP and Liberals are worse than a group of dementia patients.

The Liberals could rid themselves of Ignatieff and let an experienced and honest person, Bob Rae, lead the party, but apparently they are too divided internally to do the right thing? What of Gerard Kennedy?

Have a good day and enjoy the sunshine tomorrow.

#59 Seilfworcehtsa on 10.13.09 at 7:50 am

Cut and run……good bye.

#60 double mike on 10.13.09 at 7:52 am

Democracy? What democracy? Canada doesn’t have a party for a sensible person to belong or vote for. All political clowns bought off by banking cartel.

The only answer within current framework is to get a new party going. And I do believe Garth is one who can start a new party. Why, the blog dogs might even put their money where their collective mouth is and chip in, eh? :)

#61 DG on 10.13.09 at 7:55 am

About a month ago, for the first time ever, I donated money to a political party ($1,100 to the Liberals). Unfortunately I’ve been dismally disappointed with their communications and organization since then. I despise Harper (aka the best Mayor that Red Deer never had), but what can possibly have happened in Canada to make the level of debate and discourse so shallow and mediocre?

#62 Brian on 10.13.09 at 7:56 am

Garth,

How about talking to Elizabeth May….

#63 Denis on 10.13.09 at 8:03 am

I wrote this before here and on Iggy’s Facebook page … It’s a sad day when someone that actually has the balls to say what needs to be said is being phased out for telling it as he sees it. The Truth hurts sometimes … It’s to bad our political “leaders” are too scared to talk about it:

There’s no way you can get rid of our deficit without increasing taxes or cutting services.

The federal deficit is small (in 1991 Dollars), manageable problem with a simple solution. So why are politicians being so boneheaded? http://bit.ly/YDOxg… Lire la suite

Basically – Vote for the first guy that stops blowing smoke up our butts! There’s no way you can get rid of our deficit without increasing taxes or cutting services. It’s simple business … Increase Revenues or Decrease Expenses to Increase Profits (with the goal in this case to pay down our ballooning Debt). Stop Lying to us! Revenues are decreasing and expenses are increasing in our Federal coffers so what’s the plan to solve this problem? It’s pretty simple. You just have to decide where and how to apply the solution. But no one dares come out and say it. Someone please grow a pair!

It’s about time we get someone that tells us the truth! No wonder Canadians overwhelmingly don’t show up to vote because we don’t believe anything the leaders tell us! (See Rick Mercer’s latest blog post – http://bit.ly/2nKzU8)

#64 Rural Rick on 10.13.09 at 8:16 am

Bet you that decision feels good. I have always wondered how a honest man could survive in Canadian politics. Guess I have my answer.
You will be happier, healthier and now you won’t have to wonder when you are going to get fired from the party.
“To thy own self be true”.

#65 RJT on 10.13.09 at 8:21 am

Good decision Garth – it is always futile to wrestle with denial – and the citizens and politicians of our country prefer denial over caution, good sense, and forward thinking. Denial is the common response both in the personal and the political spheres of life when things are tough. People want to believe that things will not change and that they will not have to face challenges. Forgetting of course that life as we know it is always changing and always full of challenges. They prefer to only face difficulty when they hit the wall and sometimes not even then! Best to direct your energies where they valued – that is the most effective way to create change.

#66 Frugalistas.blogspot.com on 10.13.09 at 8:35 am

I would disagree that it’s Harper’s fault. You stick any political leader in that situation and they’ll be in the same situation.

It’s not Harper’s fault – it’s the fault of our entire entitled generation who believes that ‘having’ things means that we have them now. The debt that we are in is only a symptom of that.

Harper just happened to be at the helm and I don’t fault him for this economic crisis that we are in.

All nations have had to inject to stay afloat and we are not immune to that…. look at the debt and deficit of any nation in this economic crisis.

#67 Marty on 10.13.09 at 9:13 am

Hi Garth… Have you thought about running independently for MP? The parliament can use an independent thinker like yourself. You don’t fit in the Liberal or the Tory mould – and that’s a good thing.

#68 Mike (Authentic) on 10.13.09 at 9:35 am

Canadians need people like you Garth in government. We need people who are ethical, just and look out for the people’s good, not just their own.

We need Garth!

Why not run as an independent MP? There are a few famous independent MP’s in Canada’s history and you could join them!

Mike

#69 GregW., Oakville on 10.13.09 at 9:42 am

Hi Garth, I felt dismay when reading you blog entry last evening.

I wish you good health and happyness in what ever direction life takes you.
And that goes for all your supporters as well.

#70 Benita on 10.13.09 at 9:49 am

This was not the right time for you. Iggy is not the “leader” you should be associated with. At the moment there are no good political choices. I am glad you reconsidered running. For now, I believe you can do more good educating and inspiring those who read our blogs. Without a political association, you are free to speak your truths, that helps us all.

#71 Tom from Mississauga on 10.13.09 at 9:50 am

Good stuff Garth. Iggy makes me dizzy!

#72 Al on 10.13.09 at 10:03 am

If you can win as an independent, that would send a message to the parties. It would also give you a larger platform.

Run, but run alone.

#73 TS on 10.13.09 at 10:07 am

Hi Garth,

My wife and I are very sorry to hear that you will not be running in the next Federal election. We need voices like yours in government!

Unfortunately the average Canadian voter is incredibly stupid and uninformed… which is why blatant lies that come from Harper are accepted as truth.

At this point my only hope is to win a lottery and emigrate to another country before the Harper neoCons completely distroy Canada.

#74 Paul on 10.13.09 at 10:33 am

Off topic but ….http://www.vancouversun.com/business/Housing+prices+rise+less+than+expected/2096082/story.html

#75 miketheengineer on 10.13.09 at 10:47 am

Garth:

You state:

Stephen Harper’s $56 billion deficit and profligate spending are massive ….

Yet not one Federal Gov. employee has lost their job due the worst recession since the 1930’s.

Why is this so? How can this be? Massive amounts of people out of work and out of EI, and hence reduced tax income to the government, yet no reductions in Fed Gov. employees? Why?

Reduced money that comes into any corporation, means reducing head count of employees. The same should happen to the government employees.

#76 Joe Realtor on 10.13.09 at 10:55 am

Harper could eat live babies on TV and the Liberals would still screw up a win, or as dear old Dad used to say “couldn’t organize a piss-up in a brewery”. Iggy? Heck he was my rep for years in Etobicoke-Lakeshore and I never heard of or from him.

A shame you’ve withdrawn Garth as Canadians need someone, *anyone* telling us the truth and not interested in the one-upmanship political BS that Harper excels at.

One day people will catch on, but by then it will be too late to get out of the hole we’ve been dug into.

#77 TJ on 10.13.09 at 11:15 am

Showing my complete bias – and not with anything to do what we call “Political parties”, I am upset that Garth has pulled the pin.

This Country needs LEADERS and Mr. Turner fits the Bill.

You can’t run an enterprise like Canada, by holding Press Conferences and lying to the prols.

Garth has said his bit and if Iggy doesn’t like it – I think it’s good that Mr. Turner pulled now – because my bet is that it would have been a frustrating adventure.

My one parting shot – I am finding Iggy rather “Imperious” and sure hasn’t made a connection with me. * None of the leaders have, and I am disgusted at Mr. Harper’s pathetic stick handling of this economic crisis.

Mr. Ignatieff reminds me a School Headmaster.

The permanent scowl, and the warmth of a Lake Trout.

#78 Got A Watch on 10.13.09 at 11:20 am

Garth, congratulations. Iggy is a loser, even if he “wins”. Sad, because he makes Harper look good, something that I would have said is about impossible. Both of them need to go ASAP.

I suggest once more if you want to run for politics, run for the Green Party. If you win, you could be Leader in a heartbeat, Elizabeth May is useless. Then you could be sitting across from Harper and Iggy at the Debates and make them both look bad, like Gilles of the Bloc does every time. I don’t like his politics, but he is a great debater none the less. The way he smirks while tossing out a brilliant and cutting one-liner is invaluable in politics.

And both Harper and Iggy are easy, too easy, targets. How do they explain their version of voodoo economics works, exactly? It’s all smoke and mirrors, there is no there there with either the CONservatives or the LIEberals. Faith-based ignorance allied with gross stupidity and terminal wishful thinking.

This country needs a viable new Party, though I know that is very difficult to make happen.

Good luck with whatever you decide, and my compliments on being a great Canadian. This country needs more like you, even though most sheeple on the streets are too willfully blind to acknowledge it.

#79 Chris L. on 10.13.09 at 11:25 am

You were warned to go independent several times and still something you should do. A voice at least, even if not powerful. Several other people here also told you so. Us blogers sometimes need to listen other times we need to speak, so listen to us now.

#80 David Bakody on 10.13.09 at 11:28 am

A little after 8 a.m. on Tuesday, the loonie was trading at 97.18 cents US, up 0.61 cents on the morning after climbing roughly a cent during the Thanksgiving holiday on Monday.

Things are good for Canada …. a majority Reform Conservative government looking even better … a strong Canadian dollar en route ($1.10) plus the new Harper Sales Tax (HST) to encourage multi millions of American tourists to buy Canadian while cross-border shopping and trips south will ensure Flaherty wins yet another award. Let the good times roll ladies and gentlemen. Now if Harper can only raise interest rates and credit card charges along with taxes all will be fine.

#81 Bill-Muskoka (NAM) on 10.13.09 at 11:34 am

#74 miketheengineer

Good point. Which reminds me, what ever actually happened to the promised 41,000 federal employees who were to be laid off years back?

Even more interesting, I seem to have found one of the CBC’s and therefore the MSM’s (i.e., Canadian Press), favorite number. I did a search using CBC’s search engine and the number of times the figure ‘41,000’ is used is overwhelming.

Statistically, that seems rather improbable that salmon, litres spilled, illegal immigrants, jobs created/lost, etc. would all be the same number? That leads me to believe the MSM has a book of numbers intended to mislead the public by choosing a number that correlates with an emotional trigger point?

#82 Two-thirds on 10.13.09 at 11:34 am

#59 double mike

+1

Garth, you have your reasons. Alas, as I said months ago when you polled us about your return to politics, I think your chances are best with the new generation, those who use the web for everything, those who you can reach at a very low cost, and engage with frank talk about what really matters for our nation.

Look to Al Gore as your model. Raise the flags on economic and financial issues and the web citizens will listen.

If you start a party, you’ll have my support. You must go national, as many of your followers are outside of your district.

Thanks for standing up for Canada.

#83 George on 10.13.09 at 11:42 am

Garth, the truth movement doesn’t need another massage or aroma therapist. The truth movement needs a politician. It’s trojan horse stuff. Double Agents. Most of us work with pricks with only two weeks a year break. Think the pricks will finally go away now that you’ve let them formally know they’re pricks? You’ got the best shot of anyone in the entire country to get back on the inside. Stop blowing your cover. Tying one of those pricks shoe laces together while sitting in session is better than any of us can do. Don’t blow this one. Put some oil on the crust will you. There are defenseless kids entering into lifetimes subjected to this prick show.

#84 Timothy Nessus on 10.13.09 at 11:49 am

Yeah! You should consider running as an independent, now that the “engine” is still hot. I *really* like your political blog. Sometimes it makes no sense whatsoever, but boy! is it entertaining!

#85 robert on 10.13.09 at 12:12 pm

#65

Blame seeking is counterproductive but it is what our politicians do best. That and pushing the policies of neoclassical economists. Both are guaranteed to make an already bad situation worse.

#86 T.O. Bubble Boy on 10.13.09 at 12:16 pm

ok – so you’re not going to be a MP… how about Mayor of Toronto? How about Ontario Premier? Those are 2 spots that need some common sense economic policies.

Sad that we won’t see you as Finance Minister in some kind of new coalition (read: Liberal minority) government that isn’t run by hacks like Flaherty and ex-Reform Party ideologues.

#87 Andrew on 10.13.09 at 12:26 pm

#75 “One day people will catch on, but by then it will be too late to get out of the hole we’ve been dug into.”

That was also true when Chretien was in power, also Mulroney, also Trudeau, etc etc ad nauseum. Seeing a pattern here?

#88 Rob on 10.13.09 at 12:27 pm

We need more independent members of government. Like I said before this is a two party dictatorship similar to WWF wrestling. The same Bankers and Big Pharma and big business run this country. The Liberals and Concervatives are just front men pushing the same agenda, except one party uses brass knuckles and the other uses a velvet glove. Sure they would both like to have control of the government but the fake debates and squabbling over meaningless and trivial differences is no different than WWF smackdown. Design to keep the public from focusing on reality. When the Queen of England can pirogue parliament thru the Governor General, and have a Liberal leader appointed with no party vote, you know something is wrong. We need fair trade, not free trade. Free trade, globalization,off shoring and outsourcing is what is killing North America. Our tax dollars went to bail out GM so they could open up a new car plant in Brazil, that is what free trade is. We are forced to compete with the lowest common denominator so eventually the whole world will be making 2 dollars an our.

#89 Keith in Calgary on 10.13.09 at 12:36 pm

Off topic, but worthy of mention…….

Remeber that $1 TRILLION of cash we Canadians are sitting on? Seems the B of NS wants to get their hands on it……

In other news………

Has anyone seen the new 30 second commercial tripe from The Bank of Silly Notions…….eerrrr……The Bank of Nova Scotia……..?

In a dark twist on the Century 21 “Suzanne knows what is best” commercial they now have their own blatantly sexist and demeaning towards women variant, designed to embarrass females into letting hubby throw all their hard earned savings away on some heavy fee earning (for the bank anyways) stupid mutual funds, ABCP garbage or other stock market investment with one of their “Scotia Advisors”.

Basically, what you have is a couple sitting in front of their “Scotia Advisor” and hubby is trying to explain to wifey that the market is where the great returns are, and that they get nothing in GIC’s…….etc…..(well, I wouldn’t exactly call the preservation of capital “nothing”, would you ?? LOL !!) but I digress……

Anyways, the rocket scientist, errrr “Scotia Advisor”, (I wonder if that should have “TM” behind it like REALTOR does…….LOL !!!) says “he’s right” to his wife……and hubby rips off his shirt to expose underneath that he is wearing at-shirt with HE’S RIGHT written on it and he proceeds to run around the bank screaming in victory.

Classy……..

#90 Grace on 10.13.09 at 12:44 pm

Garth,

I am sorry to hear about your resignation. I was really looking forward reading all your campaign stories on your blog and donating to your campaign. I was wondering why it took so long for LPC to call the nomination meeting in your area.

Anyway, I am sorry but I do hope you will consider. Is there any possibility that you will change your mind? We need someone like you in Ottawa.

Btw, I don’t think changing party right now (ie. going to the Greens) will do you any good. The Cons will hammer you mercilessly for that. My two cents.

Thanks for everything you have done. Thanks for standing up and being honest. For the record, I agree with you: to slay the deficit, we have to either cut spending, raise taxes, or both.

Grace

#91 Men With Hats on 10.13.09 at 1:04 pm

Amen .

#92 charles on 10.13.09 at 1:11 pm

Best feeling in the world is walking away from something you know you dont want to do.

Thanks for the info and perpective each post brings and for letting us try stuff out in your comments section.
Hope you keep at the blogging. Get a few adds running to pay the bills and come down from the mountain with tablets held high a few time a week.

#93 Rob on 10.13.09 at 1:19 pm

Glad to hear you are declining to run!! Besides, you have to much character, honour and integrity to wrestle with pigs. You would only get dirty and the pigs would enjoy it.

#94 Bill-Muskoka (NAM) on 10.13.09 at 1:45 pm

Regarding the current and future state of the economy I find that John Ralston Saul defines the actual causes very clearly.

I also believe firmly that unless we change our government’s perception of reality, by giving them a reality check asap, we are bound to see the same results as other nations have seen. Sorry for the length, but there is no shorter way to convey the full impact of his opus than to state it. I shall, therefore, present it in two parts. Note the correlation between the ‘downloading of public services’ and what the Harris Government did here in Ontario. Also note this is one of Harper’s ‘hidden agendas’, albeit he appears to have a certain defined shyness about being too much like Mike Harris.

Note that Canada was persuaded to get rid of the Manufacturer’s Tax and replace it with the GST. Seriously ask yourself how that has worked out?

Excerpted from ‘The Collapse of Globalism and The Reinvention of The World’ (published in 2005, pages 127-129)

Part 1 – The Ideology of Progress (Regarding transnationals who ship products between their own companies (otherwise called dumping):

Curiously enough, this internal shipping system often has the effect of disassociating competitive production cost from the sales price. The gap becomes so large that the internal system both allows for this new sort of dumping and permits the corporation to hold onto larger profits. This is wealth accumulation, not economic growth. And it drives transnationals to spend this money by constant mergers and acquisitions, yet further undermining the sort of competition that produces growth.

These various forms of unfair competition or deformed competition could also be thought of as a new type of combine or price rigging. They remind us that the consolidation of transnational corporations has very little to do with open global markets in the free trade tradition and everything to do with the dark side of seventeenth- and eighteenth ­century mercantilism. And that means everything to do with the old problems of oligopolies and monopolies.

Fifth, there do exist many other economic models. Whatever people think of national politics in Italy, it is a country with strong and success­ful regions and highly successful cities. One of the reasons is that behind the screen of the two or three giant corporations, there is a healthy world of small- and medium-sized corporations. About 23 percent of Italians work in companies with fewer than ten employees. The equivalent figure in Britain is 7 percent, in the United States 3 percent. If you look at corporations with fewer than a hundred employees, the portrait of both the economy and the society is quite remarkable. Here is a country that makes things. Italy controls its own market with those goods and also sells a great number of them abroad, taking full advantage of the real purpose of free trade.

The sixth point relates to taxes. “A gentleman:’ Confucius argued, “helps out the necessitous; he does not make the rich richer still.”The Economist agrees that” principles of fairness underpin the liberal state.” Yet it is virtually impossible to speak of taxes today in a straightforward, honest and positive manner.

The Keynesian period had high growth, high employment and an ambition to strengthen the public good. The result was a straightforward use of taxes. By the 1970s the tax system had some of the disadvantages of the rest of the opaque mountain of intense social reforms. But the preceding quarter-century had proved that high growth and high taxes can go together.
The Globalist period has brought or has been a period of low growth and high unemployment, driven by an ambition to strengthen the marketplace. Everything possible has been done to free up market forces, the principle being that the release of new international energy will drive all the rest – growth and employment just for starters. So far, this has not worked.

One positive development is that there is some shrinkage in the statistics that count the poorest around the world. Unfortunately nobody, not even the statisticians, is clear about whether this improve­ment is real or statistical.

There is, however, general agreement that the gap between rich and poor has grown. And this has a direct effect on the tax system. Taxes have been brought down in the top brackets. More of the tax burden now falls on the middle and lower sections of society. This conforms to to day’s belief system. It also accepts the argument that there is no alternative. Why? Because corporations and people in the top bracket can move across borders easily. If you don’t lower their taxes they will leave.

In spite of these major changes in rates, governments are finding it increasingly difficult to collect taxes from corporations. This suggests that part of the Globalization idea is working – as far as taxes are concerned, the nation-states seem to have weakened before the large
corporations. Not surprisingly, transnational corporations are very adept at moving their money around according to tax rates. If they don’t like the tax system in a place, they move their money out and run their local subsidiary on debt. These debt-friendly tax systems were created to help corporations build up their activities.

In 2004 The Financial Times looked. at the British operations of twenty major non-oil companies with a turnover of almost £100 billion. These corporations had managed to organize a total loss of £700 million and paid taxes of £350 million.7 Almost nothing.

Is this the inevitable outcome of an inevitable global force? Or is it a question of G7 countries being unwilling to deal with the need for an international binding agreement on taxation in order to prevent corpo­rations acting in a legal but dishonest manner?

#95 Bill-Muskoka (NAM) on 10.13.09 at 1:47 pm

Part 2
The failure of democratic governments to deal with international taxa­tion has forced them into a permanent tax and poverty crisis. Their response to the tax crisis has been perfectly utilitarian. They have sought to raise taxes without seeming to do so. The result is stealth taxes. These can take many forms. Perhaps the most demeaning to the dignity of citi­zenship and democracy has been the decision of governments to become the largest croupiers ever known.

There is nothing wrong with gambling. It is one sort of fun among many. But there is something fundamentally wrong with democratic governments pushing gambling as a way to raise serious amounts of public funds.

There is a precise ethical point. It is reached when governments spend tens of millions of taxpayers’ money on advertising to encour­age citizens to gamble. In the United States alone almost $500 million is spent every year encouraging mainly less-educated, poorer people to gamble more.8 “A million a day – Just Play.” In Australia, $600 million goes to publicity.

The Globalization period has seen gambling revenues grow in Germany from 8 billion marks a year in the early 1970s to 42 billion. Everywhere the growth rate is the same: 10 to 15 percent a year. Mexico, new to the game, is aiming at US$3 billion gross. New Zealand is at $12 billion. In Britain some £25 billion. In India, $7 billion – 2 percent of GDP. Worldwide, some $900 billion is spent by citizens on gambling. Many governments could no longer survive without this income.

In 1995 in Britain the combination of government net earning from gambling and money also from gambling given to good works – in lieu of public funds – was £9.7 billion. This was more than half of what was raised in corporate taxes. It was three and a half times the combined amount of capital gains and inheritance taxes. In the energy-rich Canadian province of Alberta, government gambling revenues rival and sometimes pass oil-and-gas-tax revenues.

The justification in everyone of these cases is that some percentage of the earnings is given to good works, to culture, to schools. In other words, the governments silence precisely those who would criticize the ethics of using gambling as a tax tool by addicting them to its revenues.

Normalized poverty has been the other solution to the tax crisis. Governments save money by simply letting people slip through the safety net. The logic is simple. If the rules of Globalization prevent you from looking after the citizens most in need, don’t look after them.

Someone is bound to pick up the slack. After all, charity was a feature of the nineteenth-century market system. Free trade, utilitarianism and charity, or philanthropy, as it came to be called – the new form of noblesse oblige indulged in by the new rich – all came together. And they came in opposition to an inclusive approach to the public good.

Now charity is a feature again. And it is perfectly adapted to the needs of the poor, because international economic consolidation is the oppo­site of local, while charity is almost by definition local. Many who oppose Globalization call for the revival of local structures and local solutions. They forget that there are no local solutions if there is no reli­able local access to tax revenues.

It is important to remember that whatever the original free trade movement’s hesitations over workers’ rights, charity was not the intent. Cobden: “We often hear a great deal about charity, but what have we to do with charity in this House? The people ask for justice, and not charity. We are bound to deal out justice; how can charity be dealt out to an entire nation?” The conviction that charity was not the solution to the needs of the public good had been growing since the Industrial Revolution and the creation of the poor houses. August Strindberg a century ago: ”All charity is humiliation.” And yet, once free trade was in place, charity seemed to grow effortlessly. And continued to grow in a destabilizing manner, until the late nineteenth century. Public policy, pushed by a broader base of voters, began to establish fair and inclusive public policies. The point is not that nineteenth-century philanthropy was all self-indulgent or inappropriate. The point is that some was and some wasn’t. And none of it could address the broad needs of the disinterested public good.

Then suddenly, a century later, with the rise of Globalization, charity was back as a serious tool of public policy.

#96 PeckedToDeathByDucks on 10.13.09 at 1:57 pm

That Angry North guy is saying that you didn’t get enough memberships in the riding to launch the nomination meeting? Comment?

Personally, I am sad for Canada because you are the street fighter that people need, especially now that we in Financial Mad Max land. At the same time, I rejoice because I sensed that your heart was really not in continuing with the deceit of Lib/Con political posturing at the expense of the very vulnerable people of Canada. We recognize that an Independent cannot participate in the game financially.

Congrats on the road not taken, and best wishes for the new path. Thanks for the Blog(s).

Sure, believe a Conservative blogger with a Garth Turner fetish. Some things in life are boringly predictable. Thank you for your words. — Garth

#97 berrywater on 10.13.09 at 2:15 pm

We are so disappointed. We strongly hoped that, finally, we were going to get rid of David Tilson here in Caledon. I mentioned to you the other day that he admitted, at a city council meeting, that he was impotent as far as having any influence in Ottawa and that he couldn’t encourage or force any stimulus money for our area. He used a similar excuse that was used for Toronto. “admin errors” in the application forms.

The Liberals have never offered a viable alternative to him. Our votes have been a complete waste.

We will start emailing iffy to tell him to crap or get off the pot. Doubtful it will move him to action, but you never know.

#98 jess on 10.13.09 at 2:17 pm

see the corporation is a citizen? wealth by stealth Eduardo. Can you see why citizens hacked the atm machines in argentina?

…in its motion, U.S. Steel also argues that the ICA violates the Canadian Bill of Rights because it allows for “interference with the enjoyment of property,” without due process of law.

#99 PeckedToDeathByDucks on 10.13.09 at 2:24 pm

from Ottawa Citizen
Northern Waters: A realistic, sustainable and profitable plan to exploit Quebec’s blue gold.

The Security and Prosperity Partnership Web site has been turned into a zombie “archive document storage” site, yet the wheels still churn and turn. Water is still under the control of the Provinces, and the pressure to sell it grows.

Who the hell is going to cut through all the blue sweater smiles and bullcrap to stand up for Canada?

#100 David Bakody on 10.13.09 at 2:36 pm

Garth wrt to your MacLeans interview (“Nine Lives”)

Quote:

After being recruited to run for MP in the Ontario riding of Dufferin-Caledon, and having my candidacy approved by the Liberal Party last July, today I informed the leader of my resignation.

Your quote above;

In Dufferin-Caledon I have been the only nominee for MP candidate since August. I’m interpreting the leader’s failure to allow a nomination meeting as a signal my views are unwelcome.

First quote implies the job was yours and second states …. hold it not yet! What gives?

#101 Bill-Muskoka (NAM) on 10.13.09 at 2:48 pm

Garth,

Listened to your interview and I sincerely hope it becomes widely heard on the news. You defined the worst of Canada’s crisis, not the economy, but the loss of our democracy to the Back Room Boys hiding like cowards from the People!

#102 Duane on 10.13.09 at 2:52 pm

Unfortunately, our current politics is full of false choices. 2 or 3 main parties seem to base their campaigns on relatively trivial items, when the big items are being avoided. For example, which party is claiming that if elected, they will immediately pull out of the Middle East entirely? Which party is claiming that they will immediately stop deficit spending? The ones who were supposed to be in favour of these things have turned around and done the opposite. The one that wants our of the war wants to spend more than the others. In the meantime, we are being shoveled propaganda non-stop about how we have to spend, how we have to be in the war, how we have to keep our overnight rate low (which encourages malinvestments). I believe in democracy, but where are my real choices??!

#103 Computer Dude on 10.13.09 at 3:15 pm

Go Green!

#104 Grumpydawgs on 10.13.09 at 3:34 pm

Thank you Garth for retracting your support for the Liberal party of Canada. The Libs have been a wrecking ball of thermo nuclear power against the canadian society and economy. They need to go away for A VERY LONG TIME.

#105 Jeannie on 10.13.09 at 3:50 pm

Garth, you wouldn’t be making this decision lightly.
I was one of the posters urging you to run as an Independent. I hope you’ll reconsider withdrawing from politics completely.
Perhaps you could form a new political party?

Change is in the air, people are more receptive than they’ve ever been, the old ways are being questioned as never before.
This could be an opportune time for people with imagination and vision to show us what Canada could be. Good luck, whatever you decide.

#106 HJD on 10.13.09 at 3:55 pm

If the Liberal establishment doesn’t really want you, that speaks volumes about how our two major and devious political parties are like tweedly-dum and tweedle-dee. Voting for either is like voting for the other. No wonder so few go to the polls on voting day. Perhaps you should run for the Green Party – I’ve a feeling the fit might be better. Elisabeth May appears to honestly speak her mind.

#107 Coho on 10.13.09 at 3:56 pm

#87 Rob deserves a repost.

We need more independent members of government. Like I said before this is a two party dictatorship similar to WWF wrestling. The same Bankers and Big Pharma and big business run this country. The Liberals and Concervatives are just front men pushing the same agenda, except one party uses brass knuckles and the other uses a velvet glove. Sure they would both like to have control of the government but the fake debates and squabbling over meaningless and trivial differences is no different than WWF smackdown. Design to keep the public from focusing on reality. When the Queen of England can pirogue parliament thru the Governor General, and have a Liberal leader appointed with no party vote, you know something is wrong. We need fair trade, not free trade. Free trade, globalization,off shoring and outsourcing is what is killing North America. Our tax dollars went to bail out GM so they could open up a new car plant in Brazil, that is what free trade is. We are forced to compete with the lowest common denominator so eventually the whole world will be making 2 dollars an our.

Very good post. That the Queen essentially calls the shots and the significance of this is missed by most.

And Ignatieff being appointed Liberal leader also says something, and that is he is the “chosen one” to be the “dud” which will allow Harper to gain a majority government in the next election. Or Ignatieff will be swept into power on what appears on the surface as a scandal against the Conservatives, etc.

We don’t have a true democracy and a democracy is not what it is cracked up to be. The Republic model that the USA was founded on gives the minorites a voice whereas a democracy can effectively shut out the interests of 49% of the people. Enter the left/right party ideology which appears to make little difference in the everyday lives of people, but DOES however facilitate almost a 50/50 division among the populace causing confusion, obfuscation and/or spin of the facts and unresolved problems.

Divide and conquer has worked well for millenia. So called free trade, global economics and the global community is rushing towards a One World Government monster which many perceive as a good thing because they are disgusted with politics and politicians.

Problem, reaction, solution, and indeed soon even the facade of democracy will be dropped when consolidation of world power becomes sufficiently centralized. Then $2, $3 and $5 per hour jobs will be the new norm in the west and we’ll be “thankful” for them.

As Garth often says, “It won’t end well”.

#108 Calberta on 10.13.09 at 4:08 pm

As it coincides with my decision to leave organized federal party politics as I see only partisan posturing and poll reading masquerading as leadership – no way to run a Party never mind a country. The regional disparities will continue to divide our country until we can come up with a truly national solution to the economic issues you so valiantly articulate.
All the best in our future endeavers-lol -sigh!

#109 Nostradamus Le Mad Vlad on 10.13.09 at 5:16 pm

Good call to quit politics. There are way better things to do in life; saying ‘yes sir, no sir, three bags full sir’, and sucking up to one’s supposed leader is not one of them.

Now — http://smallsizeurl.com/527/ — combined with Bill Bonner’s column today — http://smallsizeurl.com/528/ — and the link following indicates that there is a loud popping sound coming from somewhere, primarily DC.

IF the US does suffer from A Momentary Lapse Of Reason (and defaults on its debt), this may play a role. — http://smallsizeurl.com/524/
“. . . if oil were to be priced in SDRs instead of dollars, a topic which is all the rage today as rumors are swirling that this is an imminent transition to be “put” upon the United States.”
——
One sentence of this (there are plenty of them) is good. — http://smallsizeurl.com/525/

“Full Un-Employment is on Track for 2012. The world is engulfed in a global economic crisis of staggering ferocity.”
——
From a descendant of the Mayans — http://smallsizeurl.com/2012/
2012 is not the end of the world, it is the end of an age. The world has a few hundred thousand years to go yet.

#110 Daystar on 10.13.09 at 5:36 pm

Its a sad day for politics when a good man steps aside from running as a candidate, it truly is. And its a sad day to see an opposition party not recognize its strengths in the face of an election that ultimately and profoundly will decide our future not only economically, but as a sovereign nation.

I never thought the Liberal party of Canada would be this stupid organizationally, quite frankly. They’ve just lost any hope of winning Calderon and its going to spill over into other ridings across Canada, I know it. How many, its hard to say but Garth Turners views are respected, his stewardship needed in a time where logic is caught in a vacuum of media spin, hype and hyperbole.

As much as I see a major need to replace Stephen Harper as a man who’s lust for power leaves him morally and socially impotent, his handling of the economy and later, sovereignty itself, is what will leave Canada most damaged. People who cheer him on now will later hate him when they get the final bill and do I hold the media directly accountable? Absolutely! There is no other way Harper can walk towards a majority, his record is too full of grotesque mistakes (other than utterly incompetant opposition and it sure looks like the Cons are walking to victory because of it).

In the future to come, several factors are going to blow up in our faces. Manufacturing will become decimated by a high dollar and this is but a sampling of why our PM is such a disgrace now, but only later will it come to surface the reasons which we all should know, but find out the hard way.

http://www.cbc.ca/money/story/2009/10/13/loonie-rising.html

There is plenty this federal government can do in paving the way for a low interest rate environment and it has everything to do with mortgage rates set by CMHC. Their mortgage pool buys through CMHC with mortgage backed securities financed by the sale of governmental mortgage bonds will end badly. Not only is the sale of mortgage backed securities representing well over 13% of this years GDP hiding just how bad our economy is doing, a plausible 10% could default once governmental debt (now at a 96 Billion dollar federal/trade deficit year over year pace) fuelling needed bond sales in a plausable next year combined with a greenback recovery leads to a real estate correction leading Canada into a recession beginning next year and ending around 2014 (by that time, the economy will have become so badly beaten, it will have nowhere else to go but grow and our federal deficits will still be there.) The damage the high dollar will do to our manufacturing will be high. The damage to our nation in terms of debt will be staggering. The damage done by CMHC regulations will be extreme. The damage done to our pockets as all Canadians will unite us with sheer monetary loss.

We are looking at one of the most mismanaged governments in our national history and sadly, 40 plus percent of the voting population does not yet see it. And when I think about events such as this and the reasons why Conservatives are walking towards a Conservative majority, it makes me wonder why I don’t just leave this nation for a few years and come back when Canadians are far less proud and far more humbled. Maybe then and only then, can this nation rebuild. As I see it, we’ve lost our way not only politically but in so many other respects. We’ve grown too selfish and spoiled collectively to progress as a nation until we walk humbly and sadly, it looks like we will have to find our way… the hard way.

#111 Mark on 10.13.09 at 5:39 pm

Congratulations on making a tough decision. Why tie your self to a party and process that does not like to have an independent thinker, and all of the parties have this one common belief.
You will do more, for a wider audience such as this format, than sitting in a corner seat in parliament.

#112 Two-thirds on 10.13.09 at 5:57 pm

Edmonton new home prices drop ~4X the national average, YOY:

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/091013/dq091013a-eng.htm

Victoria, Vancouver, Saskatoon, and Calgary are not doing so well either.

Who would have thought?

Keep saving, all.

#113 TJ on 10.13.09 at 6:06 pm

“For the first eight months of the year, the United States trade deficit with China is down by about 14 percent or $20 billion, compared with one year ago. The nation’s trade deficit with Japan has shrunk by almost 20 percent, and its deficits with Mexico, Canada and the European Union are down more than 40 percent.

“The huge shift stems mainly from the staggering collapse in trade. With credit markets frozen and Americans facing the highest unemployment in more than 30 years, the United States suddenly stopped shopping overseas at anywhere near the volumes that had become normal.”

Americans were the world’s champion consumers. Just lend them money; they’d spend it. But when they stop spending it brings a hush to the entire planet. The malls go quiet…trucks slow down…ships are idled…and finally factories are shut down. Clerks, drivers, stevedores and assembly line workers all go home. That is what a depression is all about.

Think the CAD heading to parity is a Good Thing?

#114 Too Old Bob$ on 10.13.09 at 6:12 pm

Garth you probably would’t have adapted to their policies and preferences anyways. I’m sure you had good reasons for your decision. Personally, I feel your just too honest to be socializing with those quagmire of wannabe’s. You already filled the 4000 gal. tank, so there’s no room for polictical BS in there anyways. Better to leave it on Parliament Hill.
Maybe one more chance when and if things change to your liking.

#115 EssGee on 10.13.09 at 6:55 pm

Big Canadian banks raise mortgage rates !

Woohoo!!!
Get on the roller elevator…going down :-)

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/big-canadian-banks-raise-mortgage-rates/article1322321/

#116 Gregor Samsa on 10.13.09 at 7:04 pm

#109 wow Daystar, your comments are usually spot on but this one might be your best yet.

#117 Shawn H on 10.13.09 at 7:21 pm

Well then.

I will say that I am disappointed that Garth has chosen to step down, but I am not surprised either. His role in Parliament would have been relatively minor and powerless (and we already know what happens to strong positions with a loud voice in those roles – sounds like “SQUISH”).

His voice on his home blog carries a much stronger position, and in turn shall positively influence those who will listen and ultimately benefit (or at least suffer less).

I also expect that his CORE blog audience is intelligent and somewhat influential in their own right which shall carry his message in more subtle, but influential ways.

It would have been beneficial to all Canadians had he been able to gain the level of infuence in government to actually make a difference, but the system, such as it is, makes it impossible for a smart independant thinker to interrupt the day to day humming of the “big machine” – and it doesn’t matter what side of the floor you’re on.

I don’t know what will happen when passionate and knowledgable influences, such as Garth, are simply brushed aside as a nuisance, when the prosperity of future generations are at stake – but we are likely to find out before we really want to, and in vivid and lasting reality. Hitler gave a recent example as a reference for those who may need a reminder.

Garth – I say to you – you influenced me in a positive way, and I know of dozens more that I have influenced as an extension (and so on). You are doing the Canadian puplic a greater service by updating your daily “Greater Fool” blog and writing worthwhile books than you could ever hope to accomplish parking your butt in the “Puzzle Palace of Government” and I urge you for the greater good of your cause to continue your flow of solid and well founded educational lessons and information in financial life.

Please Keep Up The Good Work.

#118 steven rowlandson on 10.13.09 at 7:39 pm

Hello Garth.
I think I have to support your decision not to run in the next election. There is something about the political system that is irredeemable and unworkable.
Any one proposing a viable solution to this countries moral and economic problems wouldn’t get anywhere
working within the system. At best he would not be allowed on the ballot and at worst he would be gagged, censored and out voted and thats if he’s lucky.
Frankly the system has to crash and burn due to its own mistakes and corruption before there is a chance of any kind of reform and then may be…..

In my view what this country needs is a moral , frugal, stubborn asshole who is opposed to all the BS thats been introduced and protected by law in the last 50 years. Someone with no tolerance for anything that whiffs of political correctness and has a taste for traditional values. You will get no such leadership from Canadas political system. May be from me but not from the political establishment as Canadians know it.
So given the absence of a white knight you may as well just get set to survive economic and political disaster
and advise people the best you can.

Steven

#119 Samantha on 10.13.09 at 7:46 pm

Hi Garth and everyone,

I saw this post last night, and as able today looked at comments. Between then and now, I spent time reflecting on your decision and the packs’ response.

I am sad to think that we have lost one of the good guys that we so sorely need in government. I am very sorry that Mr. I. didn’t recognize the pure gold he would have had with you on board. *Sigh*

The idea others have presented about running as independent might work.

I also thought today about other vector points in the system where you could be very effective.

The federal deficit, manufacturing evisceration, unemployment, affordable housing crisis, and other issues facing Canadians are bad today and can get a whole lot worse.

The fallout is going to require good people to roll up their sleeves and help educate the public and help them cope.

I think that you are exactly the kind of person who can do this, and in particular via the media you are currently using – blog, books and speaking tours.

People trust your ethics and straightforward approach. You are concerned with not just this generation, but those that follow. Most of all, you care about this Country and its’ citizens.

There are still many ways that you can serve this nation that don’t involve a chair in that snake’s nest. Besides, on the outside you can poke the odd stick in there and stir them up a bit. Keeps them on their toes…er…..tails. However, you could also do that if you did win as an independent…

Regardless of the direction you take now, thank you for everything you have done, and for all that you have tried to do. May you, Dorothy and Bandit be abundantly blessed and live long, healthy lives filled with happiness.

OK – Heads up everyone….pack howl for one of the good guys.

#120 Kitchener1 on 10.13.09 at 7:55 pm

Garth, I am sad to hear that you are not running.

I kind of figured it would be a hard go for you from the start. You have always been a supporter of Stephan Dion, now that Iggy won that battle, I didnt think that he would be to happy to have you run again.

That and after that Quebec fiasco a few weeks ago, I started wondering outloud if this guy actually knows anything about politics.

I understand for the good of the party, all internal battles must stay internal. But I can tell you that the way the Liberals elected Iggy does not sit well with many of the party faithfull.

Funny thing about you Garth, you could either be a small c conservative of a very fiscally responsible liberal (think Paul Martin- no I am not comparing you guys, just fiscal views) and honestly, I am not sure that there is room for the fiscally prudent MP in parliment.

I as many of others agree with your fiscal view ,by in my opinon, the baby boomer generation will simply not have any of it. In their minds, they paid the most into the system and want maximum return for their investment. I sure wouldnt want to be the MP or PM that has to tell the boomers that we are clamping down on benefits etc… just when the largest and most dominant voting block is going to need them.

Canada political parties are run like a monopoly business, one voice and that comes from the PM.

US parties are run like a corporation, President/Vice President etc…. along with the board(congress) and senior board memebers (senate) they are responsible for their constiuents (divsions in a company) and are free to vote against the president if it is not in the best interest of thier respective division. In a way, the small guy has more say but the long term vision gets skewed.

Whose to say what system is better?

#121 spuddups on 10.13.09 at 7:58 pm

go libertarian garth

#122 Straightshooter on 10.13.09 at 8:21 pm

Garth,

Man you attract a lot of suck-ups here….people get a life. Mr turner is a big boy and he at least has the nads to admit his mistakes…this time…tempted by the power of politics.

I never thought you belong to the politico club (Tory, Liberal or otherwise)….what made you think you could do it this time?

Garth, you make a better authoritarian. Write some more books! Stick with the talk show and lecture circuit. Sell some more generators and enjoy the ride.

Besides,

#123 Cory on 10.13.09 at 8:30 pm

Wow, way to stick with your beliefs Garth.

#124 David Bakody on 10.13.09 at 8:45 pm

America dollar down 10% Canadian dollar up 26% add to this the savoy of the American business such as “Free Shipping & Duty Costs” via the Internet to a Canadian market open to business results in Buy American will Rule the Day eh. Some companies are already playing the cost could be lower as the invoice will be on the day of shipment …. Yanks are smart when it comes to business deals …. Hello Canadian banks are raising interest rates 0.35 tomorrow ….. Right on again Garth Turner ….wrong again News Media who have pulled the ode Mike Duffy shuffle on the Canadian public. Buy American on line or travel to the US gets y’all cheaper rooms, board, gas, no GST/HST plus a cheap bottle or two of booze to boot.

Hello Canada buy American and it will not hurt our economy or jobs because Mr. Harper and the award winning Flaherty told y’all our Economy is as Strong as the Canadian Shield … let’s go for $1.10 or even $1.20 US ….. Harper will love it he can farm out Afghanistan contracts south and save costs also.

#125 D from London, ON on 10.13.09 at 9:02 pm

# 118 – Samantha

Well said. I like the idea of Garth finding another ‘vector point’ to move to for maximum effectiveness.

I was one of those urging Garth to run again. These days I feel that something nasty has turned somewhere (again) and it is a different ball game than it was only 90 or 100 days ago. Garth is doing the right thing for how things are now. But where is he going to pop up next?

We know the dogs will be waiting to help in any way we can. There is power in this medium, and in little bits from lots and lots of people.

#126 Ernie on 10.13.09 at 9:06 pm

Sorry to hear this Garth but maybe it’s time you started your own party, you have many followers.

#127 Doug, regards from Calgary on 10.13.09 at 9:47 pm

Hey Garth,
I am thrilled you decided not to run, you have more integrity in your little finger than all of the other MP’s combined. I have had the experience of working for the best qualified candidate in a federal election that lost because of party loyalty. I also remember you proposing a 1 page (maybe two sided) tax return during your first tenure with the Mulroney PC’s. Wait and pick your time!!

#128 Subversive on 10.13.09 at 10:26 pm

Congrats on your principled stance, Garth. One question, if you feel like sharing an opinion. What do you think of the Wildrose Alliance in Alberta? I am frustrated (to say the least) with the PC’s and the Liberals here seem to be aimless. The Wildrose Alliance promises smaller government, balanced budgets, and their policies seem pretty reasonable. They seem to be a grassroots party founded by ‘real’ people. Do you have any insight or opinion? I’m not trying to shill them at all, just curious about what a knowledgable politician thinks. Thanks.

#129 Real Estate Deal or No Deal on 10.13.09 at 10:42 pm

Hey Garth,

This is great news.

You are a dude … who tells people how it is, who is interested in the truth, and helping people make the right decisions.

Very few politicians will do that.

You are more effective being a “thorn in the flesh” anyway. Also, I think you will have more fun.

#130 GTA001 on 10.14.09 at 1:46 am

To Garth:

I am sorry to hear that you decided to resign from the Liberal Party of Canada as a candidate for MP in the riding of Dufferin-Caledon. Although you (and most of the blog dogs, including myself) felt that the upcoming spring 2010 Federal Election campaign was a suicide mission. I was looking forward towards an upset of the sitting Conservative MP, Mr. David Tilson, especially when your message of reducing the national debt, dealing with the housing bubble, the possible default of CMHC, concern over long term demographic trends that will result in slower economic growth in the future, rebuilding the manufacturing base with green jobs, the retraining of laid off and older workers would resonate with the residents when they can see the behavior of the government during this economic crisis.

In one post a few months ago, you asked the bloggers for advice on a decision to return to federal politics in Ottawa. I advised against it because you had an important role as a financial journalist/small business leader who could serve as an inspiration to boomers over 45, the 2.5 million people of Generation X and the growing ranks of Generation Y (5.2 million)who have been severely impacted by the deep economic recession. In that same post I stated that I did not trust the Leader of HM Official Opposition Mr Ignatieff with respect to whether he would welcome an independent person who is an advocate of digital democracy and less about the central control of the message from “The Party”.

I do not know the chain of events (or exact details) that led to your resignation, but if Mr Ignatieff went behind your back to stall your nomination or make excuses on why he could not meet you in person, it probably does not come as a great shock to me. After his so called coronation in Vancouver in May of this year, supporters of the Liberal Party were happy that a reorganization of the management and fund raising team had occurred. However, he has not put forward a decisive party platform, not produced hard hitting infomercials against the Conservatives, made poor decisions in governing and not listening to the wishes of ordinary Canadians during the current recession, and is having trouble organizing his election team in Quebec. I will even wager that if they have potential candidates who could upstage the “Leader” in the next election such as you, they would send informal signals to not run. I am not surprised that he is doing badly in the national political polls because he is listening more to Warren Kinsella than to the party and the people.

Although you have concentrated your message towards advising Canadians to protect themselves from an impending real estate crash between now and 2012/13, there is a tremendous opportunity to assume a business leadership role in being a catalyst in rebuilding the Canadian economy from one that not only sell natural resources, but is a leader in agricultural science, engineering science (nanotechnology, new materials), green communities/technology, space technology, energy systems, ISDN, medical science and research, mass transit and yes social services too!

In this country the only people who are talking about a road map to the new economy are Professor Florida of University of Toronto who talks about the emerging creative class in metro cities around the globe, Frank Feather, a business futurist and author of G-Forces (published in 1989 )and Nula Beck, an employment consultant. In this new leadership role that I recommend you undertake should not be one where you are doing all the work alone. There are a lot of people in this country that will help you get the message out.

The first task is to continue with your real estate and investment seminar and meetings across the country to warn the people about the economic crisis and what to do through your two recent books. Second, look at planning upcoming town halls about the future of the economy. Invite Ms Nula Beck (author of the book Shifting Gears-1993) and other experts to discuss with the audience on the emergence of jobs/opportunities in the new economy. The key sectors are: arts entertainment, media/computing graphics/digital video and information publishing; medical instruments, research and biotechnology; telecommunications and space technology; instrumentation (engineering) and environmental services. Also discuss the emergence of the E-Wave phenomenon which deals with the impact of engineering science on robotics, nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, new materials from space, new energy sources from algae, nuclear fusion, ion power, zero point energy etc. Invite academics from Universities of Toronto, Waterloo and Ryerson and OUIT to discuss and ask what they are doing in basic research, contributing to e-learning and long distance education.

Look at hosting seminars on starting an internet/small business for Canadians who want to be self employed. I am sure that there are a lot of accountants, corporate lawyers and business plan/venture capitalists who could drop in and give valuable advice to aspiring business and franchise owners. You could easily collaborate with them to produce a book on how to start and run a small business in hard times. Donald Trump and Robert Kiyosaki collaborated on a book about wealth creation for individual Americans a few years ago. You can also get Derek Gehl of marketingtips.com to talk to people interested in starting an internet business or Ken Envoy of Site build it .com and maybe the owners of Netfirms.ca to discuss the growth of e-commerce. There is an opportunity to post 5-30min videos on real estate, investment and economic issues affecting Canadians. You may need to another website to discuss these issues as well to monetize it through Google adwords and banner advertising.

You can also talk to people in town halls and seminars about investing in green communities/technology. There are financial advisors who are promoting ethical investing, organic agricultural firms and preserving natural habitats. There are engineers providing valuable building and environmental technology to poor countries around the world. You can create a charitable organization to promote environmental issues of concern based on your core values. You can promote companies in this business.

Right now big government, big banks, big business, big labour and big education are in very serious trouble because they cant restructure their management and decision making systems fast enough to deal with the economic crisis. Canada needs a financial journalist/small business leader who will give the people a road map to economic recovery that contains a real strategy for renewal.

I believe that when you help people pursue financial independence and business opportunities, you will be happy and be more prosperous than the Prime Minister and the Conservative Party and all the folks in Ottawa. Garth, many organizations will pay you to speak to audiences about being a journalist, small business man and MP and concern for the country’s future and what can be done about it. You will be respected for giving hope to the unemployed and underemployed and encouraging them not to feel hopeless about their situation, but to get them to take action and control of their lives by working hard, undertaking e-learning, obtaining financial education, job retraining, saving money, starting a business or rescuing one in distress and lastly and most importantly help their community by giving their expertise in making it a better place to live.

One blogger in this forum mentioned that the future economic landscape may resemble that of a possible “Mad Max” Armageddon scenario. Garth could you be that “Mad Max” that could lead us out of this mess? Consider the music lyrics below!

Tina Turner’s hit song “We Don’t Need Hero”from” Mad Max’s Beyond Thunderdome” (1985) starring Mel Gibson, Courtesy of http://www.elyrics.net

OUT OF THE RUINS
OUT FROM THE WRECKAGE
CAN`T MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE THIS TIME
WE ARE THE CHILDREN
THE LAST GENERATION
WE ARE THE ONES THEY LEFT BEHIND
AND I WONDER WHEN WE ARE EVER GONNA CHANGE
LIVING UNDER THE FEAR, TILL NOTHING ELSE REMAINS

WE DON`T NEED ANOTHER HERO
WE DON`T NEED TO KNOW THE WAY HOME
ALL WE WANT IS LIFE BEYOND
THUNDERDOME

LOOKING FOR SOMETHING
WE CAN RELY ON
THERE`S GOTTA BE SOMETHING BETTER OUT THERE
LOVE AND COMPASSION
THEIR DAY IS COMING
ALL ELSE ARE CASTLES BUILT IN THE AIR
AND I WONDER WHEN WE ARE EVER GONNA CHANGE
LIVING UNDER THE FEAR TILL NOTHING ELSE REMAINS

ALL THE CHILDREN SAY
WE DON`T NEED ANOTHER HERO
WE DON`T NEED TO KNOW THE WAY HOME
ALL WE WANT IS LIFE BEYOND
THUNDERDOME

SO WHAT DO WE DO WITH OUR LIFES
WE LEAVE ONLY A MARK
WILL OUR STORY SHINE LIKE A LIGHT
OR END IN THE DARK
GIVE IT ALL OR NOTHING

WE DON`T NEED ANOTHER HERO
WE DON`T NEED TO KNOW THE WAY HOME
ALL WE WANT IS LIFE BEYOND
THUNDERDOME

#131 Live Within Your Means on 10.14.09 at 7:47 am

Garth – Sorry to hear you won’t be running. We reallu need more people like you. Unfortunately, it seems the big boys in the backroom in all parties are the ones running things. West wishes in your current and future endevours.

#132 Future Expatriate on 10.14.09 at 8:44 am

Garth, it IS possible that you will actually be able to effect more change on the sidelines than in the thick of it up to your neck.

In fact, I’d say highly probable, as you are free to comment on anything and everything and people in very high places are watching, always watching.

#133 905er & Spouse on 10.14.09 at 10:53 am

I am sorry for the country. It is a great loss for Canada. I am thrilled for you and your family. It will greatly decrease the stress in your houshold.

#134 David Bakody on 10.14.09 at 11:01 am

Day is not over and our Loonie is up 0.08 of a cent …. not much but closer to par eh. Stocks are still volatile and America’s Nation debt is inching closer to $12 Trillion, now at – $ 11,942,934,489,951 ….. I am sure the Republicans will let the world know when it happens. What will that do for the Canadian dollar, who know but if Garth Turner is correct ( and he has been as past posting confirm) the Yanks might let their dollar fall more to suck more jobs and business south. Who was it that said here that sucking sound? Well Hello Steve do you here that sucking sound? I also wonder where Jack Layton is on his backing of Harper’s EI extended and open territory benefits ….?

#135 Samantha on 10.14.09 at 12:50 pm

#130 Future Expat

“In fact, I’d say highly probable, as you are free to comment on anything and everything and people in very high places are watching, always watching.”

Here’s hoping they start listening and doing.

#136 Cory on 10.14.09 at 6:29 pm

The sad part is is Garth’s ethics and beliefs are what we need more of in all levels of politics. If people like this were running governments I would bet we would not be in the situation we are currently in, neither would the USA.

Unfortunately, it’s the power seekers with less than stellar ethics and abilities who usually run for politics since they most likely cannot make it in the real world….I mean look at our fearless Calgary Mayor Dave Bronconnier as an example……

#137 Future Expatriate on 10.14.09 at 7:10 pm

#133 – Squeaky wheel gets the grease, and there’s no squeakier wheel I know (except for me) than Garth.

#138 GTA001 on 10.14.09 at 8:33 pm

To Garth: (ps: this post has been shortened to some degree)

I am sorry to hear that you decided to resign from the Liberal Party of Canada as a candidate for MP in the riding of Dufferin-Caledon. Although you (and most of the blog dogs, including myself) felt that the upcoming spring 2010 Federal Election campaign was a suicide mission. I was looking forward towards an upset of the sitting Conservative MP, Mr. David Tilson when the residents decide that they want action, not talk on the national debt, the housing bubble, the possible default of CMHC, future tax increases on income and consumption and creating new jobs.

In one post a few months ago, you asked the bloggers for advice on a decision to return to federal politics in Ottawa. I advised against it because you had an important role as a financial journalist/small business leader who could serve as an inspiration to boomers over 45, Generation X and the growing ranks of Generation Y who have been severely impacted by the deep economic recession. In that same post I stated that I did not trust the Leader of HM Official Opposition Mr Ignatieff with respect to whether he would welcome an independent person who is an advocate of digital democracy and less about the central control of the message from “The Party”.

I do not know the chain of events that led to your resignation, but if Mr Ignatieff went behind your back to stall your nomination or make excuses on why he could not meet you in person, it probably does not come as a great shock to me. After his so called coronation in Vancouver in May of this year, supporters of the Liberal Party were happy that a reorganization of the management and fund raising team had occurred. However, he has not put forward a decisive party platform, not produced hard hitting infomercials against the Conservatives, pushed for a quick election when Canadians wanted Parliament to work together to fix the economy and is having trouble organizing his election team in Quebec. I will even wager that if they have potential candidates who could upstage the “Leader” in the next election such as you, they would send informal signals to not run. I am not surprised that he is doing badly in the national political polls because he is listening more to Warren Kinsella than to the party and the people.

Although you have concentrated your message towards advising Canadians to protect themselves from an impending real estate crash between now and 2012/13, there is a tremendous opportunity to assume a business leadership role in being a catalyst in rebuilding the Canadian economy from one that not only sell natural resources, but is a leader in agricultural science, telecommunications, sustainable development, environmental technology and transportation systems.

In this country the only people who are talking about a road map to the new economy are Professor Florida of University of Toronto who published a book on the emerging creative class in world cities, Frank Feather, a business futurist and author of G-Forces (published in 1989 )and Nula Beck, an employment consultant. In this new leadership role that I recommend you undertake should not be one where you are doing all the work alone. There are a lot of people in this country that will help you get the message out.

The first task is to continue with your real estate and investment seminar and meetings across the country to warn the people about the economic crisis and what to do through your two recent books. Second, look at planning upcoming town halls about the future of the economy. Invite Ms Nula Beck (author of the book Shifting Gears-1993) and other experts to discuss with the audience on the emergence of jobs/opportunities in the new economy. The key sectors are: arts& media entertainment; optical/digital video technology and information publishing; medical equipment, research & biotechnology; telecommunications (which includes ISDN) and space technology and lastly instrumentation (engineering) and environmental services. Also discuss the emergence of the E-Wave phenomenon which deals with the impact of engineering science on robotics, nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, new materials from space, and new energy sources from algae, nuclear fusion, ion power, zero point energy etc. Invite academics from colleges and universities to discuss and ask what they are doing in basic research, contributing to e-learning and long distance education.

Look at hosting seminars on starting an internet/small business for Canadians who want to be self employed. I am sure that there are a lot of accountants, corporate lawyers and business plan/venture capitalists who could drop in and give valuable advice to aspiring business and franchise owners. You could easily collaborate with them to produce a book on how to start and run a small business in hard times. There is an opportunity to post 5-30min videos on real estate, investment and economic issues affecting Canadians. You may need to another website to discuss these issues as well to monetize it through Google ad words and banner advertising.

You can also talk to people in town halls and seminars about investing in green communities/technology. There are financial advisors who are promoting ethical investing, organic agricultural firms and preserving natural habitats. There are engineers providing valuable building and environmental technology to poor countries around the world. You can create a charitable organization to promote environmental issues of concern based on your core values. You can promote companies in this business.

Right now big government, big banks, big business, big labour and big education are in very serious trouble because they cant restructure their management and decision making systems fast enough to deal with the economic crisis. Canada needs a financial journalist/small business leader who will give the people a road map to economic recovery that contains a real strategy for renewal.

I believe that when you help people pursue financial independence and business opportunities, you will be happy and be more prosperous than the Prime Minister and the Conservative Party and all the folks in Ottawa. Garth, many organizations will ask you to speak to audiences about being a journalist, small business man and MP and concern for the country’s future and what can be done about it. You will be respected for giving hope to the unemployed, underemployed and over taxed middle class and encouraging them not to feel hopeless about their situation, but to get them to take action and control of their lives. You can motive them to work hard, undertaking e-learning, obtain a financial education, job retraining, saving money, starting a business or rescuing one in distress and lastly and most importantly help their community by giving their expertise in making it a better place to live.

One blogger in this forum mentioned that the future economic landscape may resemble that of a possible “Mad Max” Armageddon scenario. Garth could you be that “Mad Max” that could lead us out of this mess? Consider the music lyrics below!

Tina Turner’s hit song “We Don’t Need Hero”from” Mad Max’s Beyond Thunderdome” (1985) starring Mel Gibson, Courtesy of http://www.elyrics.net

OUT OF THE RUINS
OUT FROM THE WRECKAGE
CAN`T MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE THIS TIME
WE ARE THE CHILDREN
THE LAST GENERATION
WE ARE THE ONES THEY LEFT BEHIND
AND I WONDER WHEN WE ARE EVER GONNA CHANGE
LIVING UNDER THE FEAR, TILL NOTHING ELSE REMAINS

WE DON`T NEED ANOTHER HERO
WE DON`T NEED TO KNOW THE WAY HOME
ALL WE WANT IS LIFE BEYOND
THUNDERDOME

LOOKING FOR SOMETHING
WE CAN RELY ON
THERE`S GOTTA BE SOMETHING BETTER OUT THERE
LOVE AND COMPASSION
THEIR DAY IS COMING
ALL ELSE ARE CASTLES BUILT IN THE AIR
AND I WONDER WHEN WE ARE EVER GONNA CHANGE
LIVING UNDER THE FEAR TILL NOTHING ELSE REMAINS

ALL THE CHILDREN SAY
WE DON`T NEED ANOTHER HERO
WE DON`T NEED TO KNOW THE WAY HOME
ALL WE WANT IS LIFE BEYOND
THUNDERDOME

SO WHAT DO WE DO WITH OUR LIFES
WE LEAVE ONLY A MARK
WILL OUR STORY SHINE LIKE A LIGHT
OR END IN THE DARK
GIVE IT ALL OR NOTHING

WE DON`T NEED ANOTHER HERO
WE DON`T NEED TO KNOW THE WAY HOME
ALL WE WANT IS LIFE BEYOND
THUNDERDOME