Pathetic Poll deux

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Poll results will be published today at 4 pm ET

Twenty days ago our first Pathetic Poll was conducted. Over seven thousand people answered the call, indicating what political party they supported and where they stood on issues like the TFA roll-back, taxing the wealthy or milking corporations. The results lit up the GreaterFool switchboard, as our teams of live operators tried to cope with an orange wave of outrage.

The results were interesting, to say the least. While a majority (55.6%) said they hate Mr. Harper, the Conservatives harvested a fat 45% in support, with the Libs at 25%, the Dippers at 19% and the Greens (protest vote) rocketing to 10%. Hmm. This was enough to ignite those who want a socialist paradise, plus the eat-the-rich crowd, and our poll was condemned as being a survey of the 1%ers, vapid and trite.

So let’s do it again. We’re just days away from the event. Over 3.6 million Canadians couldn’t wait and flooded the advance polls (never a good sign for the incumbent). The niqab thing sunk the NDP in Quebec (notice the orange kitty being throttled). The just-not-ready kid now leads the polls. The prime minister has taken to the airwaves saying “this is not about me…” after spending months saying it was. Change is in the air, but there’s the growing chance a resurgent Bloq Quebecois might prop up Harper, allowing minority Con rule. Or not.

Below is another poll, asking if the past three weeks have impacted you, and how. We’re also requesting something polls never publish – demographic information on the voters. Let’s get a simple snapshot of who you are attached to your political beliefs. If an equal number of people respond, these will have been the largest two single samplings of opinion in the land. If results on election day correspond, this site will deposit the $10,000 TFSA contribution into your personal TFSA on Monday, January 4th. Just send your full banking information. It’s safe. This is the Internet, after all. You can believe everything here, just like in politics.

This poll was live on this web page for 24 hours until 2:15 pm on October 15, 2015. Results were published on Thursday October 15 at 4:00 pm ET.


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#1 bob Dog on 10.14.15 at 3:33 pm

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#2 SunShowers on 10.14.15 at 3:38 pm

My single most important election issue is electoral reform (i.e. proportional representation). But since that’s not on the list, I just put Defeat Stephen Harper, since his party is the only one that doesn’t support it, and I just plain don’t like the guy.

Really well done poll Garth, adding in and correcting for home ownership/rental status and income questions will go a long way in rooting out some of the issues people had with the last one.

#3 Tamsin on 10.14.15 at 3:38 pm

Thanks for running these polls.

#4 Chris B on 10.14.15 at 3:39 pm

Even if voting for the Conservatives netted me thousands more dollars per year, I wouldn’t do it. Harper is an odious man who has done much during his tenure to hurt Canada, and the coming generations of younger Canadians. Heave Steve!

#5 TurnerNation on 10.14.15 at 3:48 pm

Early post. Gartho must be a Jays fan.

#6 Lillooet, BC on 10.14.15 at 3:50 pm

Super early today Garth?
Thanks as always!

#7 Dwilly on 10.14.15 at 3:51 pm

I do not like the questions about “should party X support a government of party Y”. I find it oversimplified and emblematic of what is wrong with politics.

I expect all parties to vote in favor of issues they support, and against issues for which they have campaigned against. I further expect all parties to support some measure of compromise, in the interests of actually running a country successfully. What a concept.

Therefore, if I vote NDP, and the Conservative party wins a minority government, I would expect that the NDP neither blindly vote FOR nor blindly vote AGAINST every Conservative measure. Rather I’d prefer the actually evaluate the bill put in front of them and decide if, in general, it does more good than harm. If it passes that test, I’d expect them to vote in favor, even if not every single demand is met. Ditto other party combinations.

I feel like politicians and society understood this 50yrs ago. Has all reason and compromise left us today?

#8 common sense on 10.14.15 at 3:53 pm

Still not a PC voter and didn’t vote PC yet although I dislike the Robotic helmet wearing man, I would not be in the least surprised he wins a majority….

Still having nightmares about everyone wanting to get rid of Wynne in Ontario and vocally calling for her defeat and viola! A majority instead.

None of the 3 are inspiring, I voted for my local man first with zero consideration of the leader….

___________ help us all…

#9 Madcat on 10.14.15 at 3:59 pm

The real question is which party is most likely to put tighter rules in place for lenders and the CMHC? They would get my vote.

#10 Broke Dick on 10.14.15 at 3:59 pm

Stephen Harper is defending flyers being distributed by Conservatives in the election campaign that warn a Trudeau government will lead to “illegal drug injection sites in our neighbourhoods” and “brothels in our communities.”

All this because TFSA is going down to 5K.

#11 Polozified on 10.14.15 at 4:00 pm

I eagerly await my $10,000.00, along with my share of a lottery I never knew I entered in Nigeria

#12 betterthannothingbarely on 10.14.15 at 4:03 pm

Drop down menu is hilariously partisan and abridged.

Fully 20% of my family at thanksgiving will be voting for Justin simply due to his 21st century marijuana stance.

Another section will vote against Harper because they perceive him to be harming democracy in Canada. That’s your “hate Harper” drop box? Pretty general for a poll that also wants my mother’s maiden name and SIN.

Garth your perspective on this election is not common. I’ll do a quick poll of my unemployed or massively under employed Master’s degree holding 36 y/o friends and find out if they give a damn about a TFSA. I think I know what they’ll say.

My sister in-law is a PhD in biomedical Engineering and she’ll be voting ABC strategically using a vote trading website because Harper neutered science research in Canada. You missed that one too.

However, my 65 y/o father in-law is voting PC because “we pay to much taxes” and also “I can hide my money from taxes in a TFSA”. Sounds like paradise; no personal taxes will be utopia, I’m sure.

Harper is buying votes. If you support him next Monday, wear your price tag; how ironic to see that he is accusing Justin of supporting prostitution.

#13 Canadian on 10.14.15 at 4:06 pm

>If results on election day correspond, this site will deposit the $10,000 TFSA contribution into your personal TFSA on Monday, January 4th. Just send your full banking information. It’s safe. This is the Internet, after all. You can believe everything here, just like in politics.

Oh i think I met your cousin from Nigeria a couple years back Garth!

#14 OXI in GREECE !! on 10.14.15 at 4:17 pm

And here come the votes from the 1%ers most of whom work for govt who want to keep their 100k + salaries and the Stephen Harper Party status quo going…….

YaY Canada !!

#15 SWL1976 on 10.14.15 at 4:21 pm

What about hating Harper?

Just kidding. I don’t hate. Far too strong a word for me.

Sadly, any outcome for this election will leave us all in about the same boat. Until we reach a mojor awakening, or a critical mass of critical thinking I would expect more of the same with only a different name.

The Harper Con’s have been the worst government in Canada, for Canada, and you can’t change that fact.

Their track record speaks volumes of their fundamental moral values and beliefs.

#16 SteveW on 10.14.15 at 4:23 pm

Off topic a bit, that famous Villa Madrona is on the marked again. Like a burger, it just keeps flipping.

http://www.realtor.ca/Residential/Single-Family/14899448/660-Lands-End-Rd-North-Saanich-British-Columbia-V8L5K9

#17 Lost in Space on 10.14.15 at 4:25 pm

Voted, unlike the real election where I’ve been gone to long and no longer can, not to worry working hard to convince my nieces to vote the right way

#18 Grooby on 10.14.15 at 4:30 pm

Nice poll, definitely more nuanced than the last one.
But the ‘single most important election issue’ is still really constrained.
For example, it has ignored:

– Perception of Canada abroad
– Respect for scientific opinion
– Respect for Canadian democratic institutions
– Dislike of bad hair styles
– Who could win in a boxing match

#19 waiting on the westcoast on 10.14.15 at 4:38 pm

Don’t trust any politician… even those with beards. ;-)

#20 Harper is mentally ill on 10.14.15 at 4:42 pm

Read the comments . Harper has lost his mind. I can’t stop laughing at what a loon Harper has turned into.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/harper-defends-flyers-saying-a-liberal-government-would-lead-to-brothels-in-our-communities/article26807446/comments/?ord=1

#21 Jeff B on 10.14.15 at 4:43 pm

He’s clearly not a cat person (his hands aren’t bleeding).

#22 David McDonald on 10.14.15 at 4:48 pm

I vote conservative but not republican!

#23 Prairieboy43 on 10.14.15 at 4:49 pm

TFSA, Environment my buy in. Rolled over my Ralph Bucks (which were never spent) to TFSA. Thanks Ralph God Bless.
PB43

#24 Smartalox on 10.14.15 at 4:56 pm

I liked the poll questions; just a couple of points to clarify:

1) a minority government should not be supported by pledges, or pre-negotiated co-alitions. For minority governments to be effective, members should debate bills, and vote to represent the interests of their constituents. The best democratic reform (and defense against future, Harper-style dogma) is to make every vote a free vote. I figure it’d be pretty hard to chain MPs to dogma, if they have to negotiate consensus on every issue.

2) advertising has had more influence over who I would NOT vote for (and why) than reinforcing my preference. Harper’s latest round of lies: Punjabi and Cantonese – language flyers stating Trudeau would sell pot to our children, and legalize brothels and injection sites are repellant.

#25 Alex on 10.14.15 at 5:03 pm

Garth, I voted already, but I think there should be more options for “What is your single most important election issue?”, such as National Security (eg. fighting ISIS) big issue for me, and legalisation of pot (some people have strong views on this. I voted for TFSA on your poll, but I actually made up my mind who to vote for based on the National Security policies.

#26 Bloodcross on 10.14.15 at 5:04 pm

Single most important issue…

How about “Social Progress” and/or “Foreign Policity”.

#27 NetCentric on 10.14.15 at 5:05 pm

I was going to vote Green, as I always do, because I take a very long view of things and think climate change is a big deal. However I’ve changed my mind since your last poll and am voting Liberal because I think it’s more important to the things I value to get rid of Harper than to support the Green party in this case. So I am simply voting for the party that appears to have the best chance of defeating Harper.

#28 Alex on 10.14.15 at 5:07 pm

#13 – and Income splitting….

#29 Jimmy on 10.14.15 at 5:08 pm

I made sure my browser was in Incognito mode so Garth doesn’t come after me later regarding the beard question.

#30 Bloodcross on 10.14.15 at 5:13 pm

“Freedom of Speech” would also certainly rank in my top issues.

#31 common sense on 10.14.15 at 5:14 pm

This election reminds me a lot of the Get Rid of Wynne election in Ontario a while back when she went on to win a majority…

I dislike the Leafs loving, helmet wearing man and with all the boo hooing, my gut says he will win again as he doesn’t have much to contend with sadly..

______ help us all.

#32 conan on 10.14.15 at 5:19 pm

I can’t wait to see this guy gone Garth. He got his jollies by destroying people.

#33 BC Guy on 10.14.15 at 5:23 pm

The 1% now own 50% of everything:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/credit-suisse-world-wealth-report-1.3270056

Wealth-disparity has now reached epic proportions. If there was ever a time when the wealthy needed to pay way more in taxes, it is now.

The wealthy (earning over 200K) currently pay 50% in income tax. How much more do you want? — Garth

#34 Reasonfirst on 10.14.15 at 5:28 pm

You had overall economy, and environment but nothing like overall social health (which would include healthcare). Triple bottom line stuff.

#35 Ralph Cramdown on 10.14.15 at 5:28 pm

Thank you, Garth. Long-time readers know we have our differences on several issues… however: I have not run for office save Student Council. I’d compose a crappy paean if I had more time, but perhaps it would be better to quote a better one.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. “*

I thank you for your service.

#36 Frank on 10.14.15 at 5:29 pm

The xenophobic distractions tactics soured me on the CPC.

I’m willing to give up a couple hundred dollars in tax savings (extra $5K TFSA room x 7% yearly gain = $350. Assuming 40% tax [worst case] that’s $135 a year in tax savings) in order to punish dirty politics. I don’t like that the CPC is trying to use fear and misdirection from the economy to stay in power. I want a government that is worried about doing the right thing versus doing the thing that keeps them in power.

Harper is too concerned with the latter. I’m willing to take a chance on the Libs. Worst case it’s only 4 years.

#37 Yep on 10.14.15 at 5:31 pm

I get so amused by the people who get the vapours when you mention Harper’s name. Reminds me of when everyone hated Mulroney, too…Canadians are so funny.

#38 BC Guy on 10.14.15 at 5:31 pm

Garth, why does your poll ask what is the SINGLE most important issue?

I have at least 50 issues that are important to me. Why dumb it down to one issue?

#39 Leo Trollstoy on 10.14.15 at 5:33 pm

JT isn’t ready.

He says silly things to cater to silly people.

So he might win.

#40 BC Guy on 10.14.15 at 5:38 pm

“The wealthy (earning over 200K) currently pay 50% in income tax. How much more do you want? — Garth”

Does that include 50% on stock options? 50% on TFSA? 50% on investment income? 50% on off-shore tax havens? The wealthy, as you know, have many places to hide their wealth and pay next to nothing on tax.

How about the guy who owns a 1/4 lot in a city and pays $4000 a year in land tax, whereas a billionaire who owns a 1000 acre ranch pays $20k in land tax. He owns 4000 times the land but pays only 5 times the tax.

Keep taxing the wealthy until the 1% only own 10% of all assets, not the current 50% of all assets.

I think you’d love Romania. Give it a try! — Garth

#41 Freedom First on 10.14.15 at 5:50 pm

I couldn’t wait to get to the advance poll and vote Conservative. Freedom First. Liberals, NDP, and their supporters really really pi$$ed me off. As one Poster here said, “Change just for change sake is not good enough.”

#42 benchwarmer on 10.14.15 at 5:53 pm

Bub Bye Harper.

#43 Freedom First on 10.14.15 at 5:53 pm

Thank you Garth. I am interested to see the results.

#44 Ponzius Pilatus on 10.14.15 at 5:55 pm

Looks like Justin will win in a landslide.
Very effective ads.
The only thing that may save Harper:
Bring out the sweater.

#45 alan on 10.14.15 at 5:59 pm

I cannot vote for Trudeau because I am anti-abortion and he won’t allow candidates with that view to run for his party. I cannot vote for Mulcair because I can’t trust him because of the about-face of fellow Quebecer Lucian Bouchard a few years back. That leaves Harper. I will hold my nose and vote Conservative because their policies will hurt less than those of the other parties. I suspect you Garth will also be holding your nose on election day.

#46 Ontario guy on 10.14.15 at 6:13 pm

#40 BC guy, you have no clue. Garth, thanks for the poll.

#47 Interstellar Old Yeller on 10.14.15 at 6:14 pm

“Orange kitty being throttled” was a LOL moment. :-)

Looking forward to the results.

#48 Nagraj on 10.14.15 at 6:16 pm

Oh bleak bleak bleak!

The last photo GT put up was horrible enough.
It was two boomers unable to swim (they can’t swim because of their painful joint-stiffening arthritis) committing suicide by jumping into a deep warm pond.

They’re killing themselves because they helped pay for their kids’ houses and didn’t take their SOP or OSA or XLPXL or whatever, early enough. So they drown theyselves, leap into their very own little mucky Slough of Despond.

GT took the picture while he was walkin’ his dog, having no idea at all of exactly what he was photographing. He just thought two happy old naked skinny-dippers jumpin’ off a rickety pier was cute.
Oh the humanity!

SO NOW he puts up an even worser photo: Harper smiling while strangling a innocent little kitten !!!

[Yas don’t suppose our gracious host is, you know, as they say, losin’ it? (He’s really into this here election thing, eh. Big time.)
We tremble tremble tremble to think of what’s next on the photo front.]

BUT LUCKILY today’s news interrupted my Turner-induced contemplations of that bourn from which no traveler returns. (Which is definitely Hell. Lake of Fire ‘n’ all. Which, by the way, is where yer ALL goin’. Who said, “Souls drift into Hell like leaves off Autumn trees”? Who shouted, “It’s snowing souls into Hell!”?) (I’m an atheist myself, but this is really good stuff.)
THE NEWS is that Prime Minister Roadkill knows that Justin (he’s from Quabeck) means to organize, legalize, subsidize (and likely tax) a BROTHEL in every town village and hamlet.

Be still my beating heart.

#49 Snowboid on 10.14.15 at 6:18 pm

#1 bob Dog on 10.14.15 at 3:33 pm…

Many Canadians have figured that out in Arizona, at last count there are 100,000 Canadians working there, almost the population of Kelowna!

BTW, you don’t have to repeat everything in your link!

#50 Me on 10.14.15 at 6:18 pm

Garth – You forgot income splitting as an issue!

#51 Bottoms_Up on 10.14.15 at 6:24 pm

#14 OXI in GREECE !! on 10.14.15 at 4:17 pm
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Sorry, the salary lists are public, it is easy to determine how many public sector employees are in the 1%, and it is usually presidents of universities, heads of hospitals and CEOs of public corporations etc.

I agree Garth, great poll, this will be slightly more comprehensive and you may be able to weed out some of the bias.

#52 Bottoms_Up on 10.14.15 at 6:26 pm

#45 alan on 10.14.15 at 5:59 pm
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You won’t vote Trudeau because of your anti-abortion views, but you’ll vote for a man that doesn’t allow any of his MPs to have an opinion? I think you’ve just been exposed as a Conbot troll.

#53 Grey Dog on 10.14.15 at 6:29 pm

Many thanks for this Garth. BTW I cast my vote officially this past weekend.

Regarding the advertising; the negative DRIP DRIP DRIP advertising that has come from the Conservatives over the past couple of years had me looking at Harper as Canada’s Darth Vader.

#54 mitzerboy aka queencity kid on 10.14.15 at 6:39 pm

once the herb is freed
the healing of the nations will begin

peace
out

#55 Blacksheep on 10.14.15 at 6:47 pm

Most important issues and they aren’t even listed…

Killing bill C-51 & bringing all Canadian military home.

The most important issues, aren’t even an option.

Killing bill C-51 & bringing all Canadian military home.

#56 not 1st on 10.14.15 at 6:54 pm

I voted for Justin and went long brothels

#57 conan on 10.14.15 at 6:57 pm

Toronto sighs a collective sigh of relieve. This will be repeated across the country Oct 19.

#58 Ashes ashes we all fall down on 10.14.15 at 6:57 pm

Bill C-51

#59 broader mind on 10.14.15 at 7:03 pm

The single most important election issue is not on the list(FREEDOM) so I could not in good conscience complete the poll.I will be voting for unity and harmony (hint-the young decent looking guy) He is not old enough to have become twisted up and cynical.He will listen to a multitude of sound advice before acting out.Reasonable attributes given the behavior of the other two.

#60 Alberta wing-nuts on 10.14.15 at 7:11 pm

It is so time to get rid of PM FEAR. From hiding in closets to using fear to make his gains, we’ve so had enough. Somethings are so much more important than taxes. To put a bit of a slant on the words of FDR “there is nothing to fear but FEAR himself”…… Good riddance….

#61 Herf on 10.14.15 at 7:15 pm

#39 Leo Trollstoy

“JT isn’t ready.
He says silly things to cater to silly people.
So he might win.”

You mean similar to what happened in Alberta?
Man, can Alberta voters be stupid – and not just when they elected the NDP. Back in ’08 when Stelmach called the election, I felt he and his party should have been tossed out or at least given a good kick in the political cojones then, for giving the snivel servants and teachers very fat pay raises. Sure, they had money falling out their butts, but they should have been stashing some of it away during the good times to prepare for the lean times. (Garth said as much about government and/or peoples’ spending back in ~1988 in one of his earlier books).

Idiot voters. Idiot politicians. Some more than others, all around.

#62 Emma Zaun - GreaterFool Unpaid Intern #007 on 10.14.15 at 7:19 pm

Garth, you are such a pathetically predictable slacker :(

You post your little “democratic exercise” early in the afternoon and tell us WE have to stick around to monitor comments and votes.

Then YOU head out for brewskis to watch the ball game while WE do all the work. Then the sports bar calls and tells us you won’t be back in tonight.

You now plan to take credit for “the largest two single samplings of opinion in the land”. Unbelievable.

It is such bullshit working for you on days like this :(

#63 Terrorist Destroyer on 10.14.15 at 7:28 pm

So everybody hates Harper and want to see him go. What we will get is Gay Marriages, Pot heads stoned all day, and terrorist flocking to Canada.

All you Harper haters will get what you want, Happy now?

South of the 49th Parallel is looking better everyday.

#64 Ronh on 10.14.15 at 7:28 pm

JT just not ready. What made Harpo ready in 2002 or 2006?

#65 TurnerNation on 10.14.15 at 7:28 pm

Please add Bautista as candidate for PM.

#66 broader mind on 10.14.15 at 7:32 pm

Just for the record,thanks to the current regime,there can no longer be anonymous anything.

#67 bill on 10.14.15 at 7:32 pm

#35 Ralph Cramdown on 10.14.15 at 5:28 pm
Teddy Roosevelt?
Evel Knievel certainly quoted parts of it and definitely lived it…

#68 charles on 10.14.15 at 7:33 pm

Alex, if it is not obvious to you yet that ISIS is run out of Langley Harpers your man.

#69 will on 10.14.15 at 7:34 pm

My election issue wasn’t listed. It’s foreign policy.

#70 Herf on 10.14.15 at 7:41 pm

#45 alan

“I cannot vote for Trudeau because I am anti-abortion and he won’t allow candidates with that view to run for his party. I cannot vote for Mulcair because I can’t trust him because of the about-face of fellow Quebecer Lucian Bouchard a few years back.”

Reminds me of a bumper sticker or comment I once read somewhere – “No more Prime Ministers from Quebec”.

I side with your take on abortion and Trudeau’s political stance on Liberal Party members views on the subject.

Here’s another moral stance to consider: God promised to bless those who bless His people, Israel, and to curse those who curse them:

Genesis 12:3 3 And (a)I will bless those who bless you, And the one who (1)curses you I will (2)curse.

Harper is the only party leader, maybe the only elected leader in the entire world who supports Israel in its struggles with its neighbouring countries in the Middle East. Trudeau and the Liberals don’t; Mulcair and the NDP don’t. Obama in the White Hut doesn’t (as recently affirmed by his deal with Iran on nukes -which by the way, may fall apart because of some other U.S. law that was passed in 2012).

Call me a religious wack-job if you wish, but I’ll take God’s word for it and believe that if He opts to really curse our country (he probably already has to some extent), we’re in for a world of hurt, just not necessarily all at once.

#71 VICTORIA TEA PARTY on 10.14.15 at 7:47 pm

YOU’VE UNNERVED THE LEFTIES HERE GARTH

The all-knowing, all-intelligent, all-full of financially right-on ideas, Canadian Leftie Establishment is frantically going from one set of Depends to another because its members thought they had a Lib or NDP win in the bag.

All was calm, all was bright, then:

Your survey!

So they write in and criticise your questions, saying their ideas are better. They also try and persuade your readers to vote Liberal or NDP. It’s a damn survey!

Their collectively-limited intellectual capacity is running on empty with so few days to go. Burn out.

I have no idea what the outcome will be. But it should be pretty close to the electoral bone.

My only question arising out of this campaign is:

What moves voters to vote for higher taxes, fewer tax breaks and more government nanny state stuff?

In NOT voting Left more people would have more say over the disposition of their own money, say the Tories, and that has been true now for the last few years and will continue according to promises already made.

The flip side of this coin, voting for anyone but the Tories, leaves the following reason for voting either Liberal, NDP or Green and their tax grab: “I’ve completely screwed up my financial life because of utter personal incompetence so maybe the government can do a better job ( a) by making my financial life even worse; b) actually improving my lot!).

AND MORE LEFTIE ARROGANCE

After Mr. Trudeau asked today for a majority government, a party campaign worker started advising how business can lobby a new Liberal government for contracts.

The old Liberal public trough of greed has blown through to the surface and sits on the ground in all of its reddish ugliness.

Wunnerful.

#72 Gonkman on 10.14.15 at 7:48 pm

Woo hoo I was happy to hear I am part of the 1%.

Our net worth is more than $1,000,000US. Ok so I have to combine my wife with me.. But together we are part of the 1%!!

http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/credit-suisse-world-wealth-report-1.3270056

People in this country have no idea how lucky we have it.

Anyone who currently OWNS their home in YVR or YYZ probably are part of the 1% Club now.

1 Million Net Worth = the 1% now. That’s not hard to do in this country if you work hard and save your $$$.

So all you Dippers and Libs take note… You might just be part of the 1% club. So send your money to poor people with less than $5 to their names in a country you will probably never visit. Spread YOUR wealth!

Maybe I should just hand out $5 bills on Halloween this year since I am so “Rich” and part of the 1% now.

Nah… I am turning the lights out. Need to save my money for when Justin comes after me for being part of the 1% now.

#73 Former Fool on 10.14.15 at 7:49 pm

Thanks for poll #2 Garth. Look forward to the results. I’m one of the 3.6M that voted this past weekend, and Cons got my vote.

#74 MSM-Free Zone on 10.14.15 at 7:50 pm

Anyone got that 1-800 number for the Barbaric Kitten Practices hotline?

#75 Obvious Truth on 10.14.15 at 7:58 pm

Said it all along.

Kid wins!

Saw him a year ago at a local fundraiser. Never seen crowds like that. I knew it then.

Momentum at polling stations may put him over the top.

#76 MSM-Free Zone on 10.14.15 at 8:03 pm

What is your single most important election issue?

You neglected to mention:

– openness
– transparency
– accountability
– democracy

Something the current Prime Minister has fiercely campaigned upon before, then, with typical Harper hypocrisy, delivered the absolute and complete opposite.

Do I hate Harper? That’s like asking me if I hate Charles Manson. In my opinion, both are similarly wired in that they are ‘not criminally responsible’ for their actions.

#77 Love my Kia on 10.14.15 at 8:05 pm

I LOVE these polls! Thanks for doing them and I would love to see more.

Cheers

#78 Sebee on 10.14.15 at 8:10 pm

You know, I never liked ginger pussy cats myself. I guess that photo swings me out of the undecided column.

#79 County Boy on 10.14.15 at 8:11 pm

So if the Liberals win, could they really disallow TFSA ‘room’ for 2015 for those that have not yet used their 2015 room? I’m guessing no way, yes?

If they win, but don’t pass a budget until well into 2016, it would be difficult to roll back 2016 room as well since I’m sure lots of folks would get their contribution in early in the year ? But maybe slightly possible?

Putting any changes at 2017?

I suppose anything is possible, but what’s realistically probable?

#80 Jim on 10.14.15 at 8:11 pm

For those who also hold US citizenship, will you put the 10k into an RRSP?

#81 meslippery on 10.14.15 at 8:14 pm

I have 10 years @ 5.25% mortgage.
I was wrong.
http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.ca/2015/10/rate-hike-odds-for-march-2016-fall.html
Sorry Garth you may be too.

#82 Greg on 10.14.15 at 8:15 pm

-The TPP legal document has been signed but not passed by Parliament yet.

Is it still secret? Does anyone know were or if you can look at the volumes of documents that make up the TPP?
(Or to paraphrase an American politician, do the MP’s need to pass it before we can see what is in it?)

If it was such a good deal for the average person why is it secret still? If it was just about trade could it not just say we will trade with other nations? We do that now don’t we? So why the secret volumes of stuff in the deal?

-re: Can you trust politicians with beards?
Yes I wonder if it was a trick question.

Could GT be toying with the thought of running in the future and if the bread is a hindrance or not?

Is running for office like giving birth. As more time passes you remember the pain less. Would there be any pain if Mr H was out of the picture??

Would GT still have a blog? Life would not be the same without it ;)

-I Just heard on the news what the MP from Oakville said in the local debate. I’ll give him credit for attending the debate, unlike the others running under H.

-Might it be the ‘protest vote’ % have more to due with what she said in the TV debate, and not just a protest vote? A vote for something, not just to get ride of H.
She was the only one to speak of the TPP issue.

I thought the rhino party was for the protest vote?

My local candidate that looks to be the best option for MP also happens to cover the ABCH criteria too.
Should so-called strategic voting be consider this time?

I have one vote. Thankfully as a Canadian I know my paper ballot counted by human hands does count for one. Unlike electronic voting which could be corrupted and you would never know. Just look to the south!

#83 Mrs Hubris on 10.14.15 at 8:16 pm

Voted …but what about healthcare?

“Just ask the nearly 42,000 people who sought — and paid for — treatment outside Canada last year.

http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/calgary/Long+Canadian+wait+times+send+patients+south+surgery+Video/9702357/story.html

“…the campaign is just like a visit to an overcrowded hospital: Expect a long wait.”

http://www.macleans.ca/politics/ottawa/why-were-not-talking-about-health-care-this-election/

We need the TFSA … …. for medical care in the US…

#84 crowdedelevatorfartz on 10.14.15 at 8:18 pm

@#40 BC Guy
“How about the guy who owns a 1/4 lot in a city and pays $4000 a year in land tax, whereas a billionaire who owns a 1000 acre ranch pays $20k in land tax. He owns 4000 times the land but pays only 5 times the tax……”
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

You’re STILL whining about the Gang Ranch? Geez man. Get over it.
Its ALWAYS been owned by someone rich.
Let me guess.
You’d rather see the last of an era chopped up into little bite sized pieces of land that every loser with a quadrunner can destroy, pollute and terrorize the wildlife…..
Your version of Heaven I’m sure.
“Git me anuther beer while I shoots that squirrel Rufus!”
I’ll take the privately owned ranch that anyone can visit and enjoy the lifestyle of a bygone era without worrying about property taxes and staff salaries….
OR
Buy a Cowboy hat and go to Romania and tell them you’re looking for wife.

#85 daweiman on 10.14.15 at 8:21 pm

The most important issue (I select balance budget above) is how are we going to support people fighting for democracy in south-west Asia?

I’m not talking about “fighting terrorism” or C51 or fighting ISIS or the Taliban. I’m talking about supporting the people who are fighting for secular-government, a woman’s right to an education and career, open markets, freedom of expression and democratic elections.

Arabs, Kurds and other people are fighting for an open society but here in North America we (left and right) offer south-west Asian democrats crumbs. Often we deny they exist. We are failing. It’s obscene.

#86 Smoking Man on 10.14.15 at 8:23 pm

Tylenol Does this guy have any credibility.

Says he worked for Reagan.

http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2015/10/13/the-mh-17-report-paul-craig-roberts/

Yes Blue Jays

#87 Gentleman Prefers Bonds on 10.14.15 at 8:26 pm

Thank you for the poll !

#88 MSM-Free Zone on 10.14.15 at 8:28 pm

#63 Terrorist Destroyer on 10.14.15 at 7:28 pm
“…..So everybody hates Harper and want to see him go. What we will get is Gay Marriages, Pot heads stoned all day, and terrorist flocking to Canada. All you Harper haters will get what you want, Happy now? South of the 49th Parallel is looking better everyday….”
_________________________

Donald Trump? Have fun with that…..

#89 Daisy Mae on 10.14.15 at 8:30 pm

“The prime minister has taken to the airwaves saying “this is not about me…” after spending months saying it was.”

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Well, I guess! Harper decreed that this is the HARPER GOVERNMENT.

Can we soon once again refer to our Canadian government as the ‘Federal Government’?

#90 Balmuto on 10.14.15 at 8:33 pm

Harper will look better in hindsight once he’s gone but he needs to go now, along with the party he leads. Those aren’t contradictory statements. People just get tired of a leader, tired of a ruling party, and that becomes a stifling force for a country. At a Federal level, symbolism is important, and identity politics play a huge factor. He’s painted himself into a corner with his “old stock” world view and he now looks lost. I’d like more TSFA room but that’s not enough to make me a back a leader that’s run out of ideas and is just going to bring more divisiveness to this country.

#91 Daisy Mae on 10.14.15 at 8:33 pm

Can you please get rid of that picture? Is is so nauseating. ;-)

#92 [email protected] on 10.14.15 at 8:44 pm

Our economy is messed. Have you shopped for shoes lately? All made in China and $100++ and above. Something’s wrong can Mr. T fix it?

#93 Keen Reader on 10.14.15 at 8:45 pm

Thanks for including the Bloc this time. They were deemed the most-effective and least-partisan opposition, ever. Although unlikely to reach such status again, they are still a relevant option for Quebec and could play a significant role under a minority government.

Given the unpalatable options across the board, a minority is by far my preference. This outcome is much more likely than “god curses onto the land”, without disrespect to a fellow blog-dog…

Cheers and thanks again!!

#94 Daisy Mae on 10.14.15 at 8:47 pm

#30: “Freedom of Speech” would also certainly rank in my top issues.”

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What’s that? ‘Freedom of speech’ has been replaced by ‘politically correct’. Watch what you say lest you offend someone, somewhere, somehow.

#95 Harper is mentally ill on 10.14.15 at 8:49 pm

Harper is so mentally unstable. Harper welcomes the support of a CRACKHead rob ford but weed is evil. Typical CRACKSERVATIVES who Pees in cups. Anyone who votes CRACKservative is a crackhead.

#96 Maybe on 10.14.15 at 8:49 pm

I am sensing a theme. Ass pictures two days in a row.

#97 Kurt on 10.14.15 at 8:50 pm

#2 SunShowers – ditto.

#98 Old man on 10.14.15 at 8:52 pm

Thanks for your excellent work Would be great to make you king and let you rule the unruly masses

#99 ppsez on 10.14.15 at 8:56 pm

Some says ‘Just Not Ready’
Actually he is ‘JustIn TooReady’

#100 Nora Lenderby on 10.14.15 at 8:56 pm

#70 Herf on 10.14.15 at 7:41 pm
Genesis 12:3 3 And (a)I will bless those who bless you, And the one who (1)curses you I will (2)curse. Call me a religious wack-job if you wish, but I’ll take God’s word for it and believe that if He opts to really curse our country (he probably already has to some extent), we’re in for a world of hurt, just not necessarily all at once.

Have you considered, Mr. Herf, that this reading of that Genesis verse is a tiny bit myopic, considering the things that have happened to the Israelites since?

#101 Sarah on 10.14.15 at 8:57 pm

A vote for Harper is a vote for Nickleback. Just keep that in mind.

http://imgur.com/vi2NdY5

#102 JO on 10.14.15 at 8:58 pm

The best thing that can happen to the cons is to lose this election. Let the dippers and closet communists ride the
Debt collapse down. It is very likely we will be voting a lot in the next 4-5 years. We might even be voting again by next October
The choice is between 3 horrible prospects
I hate voting based in ideology but could not get to like any of these stooges.
At the end of the day I want less intervention in the economy and less government. It won’t matter who wins as the economy will continue to steadily deteriorate
It is amazing how many people in this country are asking for more taxes and more govt interference and it is especially outrageous when those who are screaming the loudest for more theft from fellow citizens are generally those who don’t add anything to the tax base of the nation
Hypocrites
JO

#103 Herf on 10.14.15 at 8:58 pm

#10 Broke Dick

“Stephen Harper is defending flyers being distributed by Conservatives in the election campaign that warn a Trudeau government will lead to “illegal drug injection sites in our neighbourhoods” and “brothels in our communities.””

That’s because Trudeau is in favor of such things. See clip below, particularly at 1:39:

http://www.therebel.media/liberals_furious_about_conservative_ads

#104 ivec on 10.14.15 at 9:00 pm

Come on Garth, you forgot “Live in Parent’s Basement” as an option for “Are you a home owner or renter?”

#105 Sideshow Rob on 10.14.15 at 9:04 pm

I wonder if the “cut the tfsa” crowd really thought this through? Speaking for myself I am fortunate to have saved up nearly 10k for the next tfsa year. However if it gets rolled back to 5k guess what I will be doing? That’s right. Straight into an rrsp. I will get a nice fat tax refund for that. So boy wonder will cut the tfsa and end up reducing taxes collected. Times that by 5 million people and oops we have a problem. Yup. Sounds like lefty logic to me.

#106 not 1st on 10.14.15 at 9:07 pm

#70 Herf on 10.14.15 at 7:41 pm

You vote based on some random scribbling from 1st century bronze age ignorant sheep herders? Talk about uninformed.

#107 Nora Lenderby on 10.14.15 at 9:09 pm

#45 alan on 10.14.15 at 5:59 pm
I cannot vote for Trudeau because I am anti-abortion and he won’t allow candidates with that view to run for his party. I cannot vote for Mulcair because I can’t trust him because of the about-face of fellow Quebecer Lucian Bouchard a few years back. That leaves Harper. I will hold my nose and vote Conservative because their policies will hurt less than those of the other parties. I suspect you Garth will also be holding your nose on election day.

Are you saying Mr. Bouchard has somehow contaminated Mr. Mulcair, or do you just distrust people from a certain part of the world?

I think we can all agree that you shouldn’t have an abortion, Mr. alan, unless you really want one.

I also think you’re a troll.

#108 Randy on 10.14.15 at 9:10 pm

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#109 Gray Man on 10.14.15 at 9:11 pm

Paul Craig Roberts is the real deal , I remember him well .
He was the architect of Reganomics .

HAS Everyone forgotten about ROBO-CALL scandal ?
Maybe Cons have another little gem up their sleeves to steal this election

How is it the Russians can crush ISIS in less than two weeks , and Team USA ( NATO) could not in over a year and only getting stronger.
Things that make go hmmmmm?

#110 Retired Boomer - WI on 10.14.15 at 9:13 pm

#35 Ralph Cramdown

Theodore Roosevelt “The Man in the Arena” apt quote you selected. Where are the mean (or women) that have the spirits of Teddy? I would even settle for a Franklin R. these days. Did anyone watch the democratic debates in the US last eve. We’re screwed, too.

Why do I find Donald T. Rump so entertaining??

#111 Herf on 10.14.15 at 9:14 pm

#82 Greg

“-The TPP legal document has been signed but not passed by Parliament yet.

Is it still secret? Does anyone know were or if you can look at the volumes of documents that make up the TPP?
(Or to paraphrase an American politician, do the MP’s need to pass it before we can see what is in it?)

If it was such a good deal for the average person why is it secret still? If it was just about trade could it not just say we will trade with other nations? We do that now don’t we? So why the secret volumes of stuff in the deal?”

TPP details here:

http://www.international.gc.ca/trade-agreements-accords-commerciaux/agr-acc/tpp-ptp/index.aspx?lang=eng

Political commentary about the TPP worth watching is at the following link. It sounds like a win for BC and contrary to Mulcair’s attacks on Harper, Harper fought to mitigate the impact on Canada’s industries affected by supply management, including dairy and auto sectors:

http://www.therebel.media/tpp_is_a_boon_for_bc_but_what_will_it_mean

#112 Entrepreneur on 10.14.15 at 9:17 pm

Don`t like the short list of important issues and the personal questions. My important issues for the election is small business, climate change, jobs for Canadians, keeping our resources first for Canadians, muzzled scientist, fish farms, mills closed, losing farms, the TPP (as Tom Mulcair said to think of the families, the small businesses with it, the community.)

I think that NDP and the Green Party should join together as their thinking are similar (30% together). What a strong combo! As Elizabeth May said we should be all working for Canada not fighting. The NDP stepped up on the marijuana issue and going forward on it. As for the proportional representation the NDP and the Greens are in favour of it but Justin will do a Study so who knows where that will go, double-talk

Or does Justin talk like our B.C. Liberal Christy Clark, say one thing before elections (have environment points to pass for the pipeline), after forget about the points ( will ship the oil by train if have to). After having the Liberals here in B.C. I don`t trust them and neither do the Chinese group in Victoria (won`t vote for the Liberals because they lied that they would not bring in the HST, but as soon as in power, you guessed it.)

Years ago a professor mentioned that the people that do not vote usually would vote NDP. Touch our soil with your hands, drink the water, look at the trees. Vote for our resources for Canadians first. Our families have died in wars to protect us so vote for a strong foundation for Canadians and we will move forward, in the right direction. Fight for Canada by voting.

#113 Cory on 10.14.15 at 9:20 pm

Good grief BC Guy….I can’t believe how many bed wetters and cry babies are in this country. Who let you in?. Get off your a$$ and do something about your perceived slight in society. I came from ZIP…nothing…nada…..my parents didn’t realize they had children. I was written off before I was born…yet I defied all expectations through…yes…VERY HARD WORK and a lot of sacrifice (try it) and never ending dedication to do what it takes to have what I wanted for my family, which is financial security. My wife and I have done ok. We never whined about our positions in life, we simply worked to get to where we wanted to be. We took risks, some worked, others did not. What gives you the right to demand more of our money so you can life a better life?

We continue to do the right things while we subsidize whiners like you, who feel the world owes them, because of low interest rates and ridiculous real estate prices (cheap money and CMHC…both subsidized by my family’s financial prudence). Seniors are being obliterated in retirement for…well, almost a decade as interest rates dropped to nothing because they…we…are propping up debtors like BC Guy for example. Why should seniors suffer because of your whining? Honestly. Seniors, one of which you will be someday God willing, are always short changed because they are seen as a nuisance in this country so let’s punish them some more it is Canada after all. I am not a senior, I don’t have any grandparents or seniors in our family at the moment, yet it bothers me you, and many like you, are so selfish and self centered. Twitter and anti-social media have exacerbated the inherent narcissistic traits in almost all people. We will have a very dysfunctional society in the very near future since I assume the phone addiction will be too powerful to break for enough time to actually form bonds with real people.

So, BC Guy (classic), interest rates need to normalize so we, the prudent non-bed wetters who actually “work” to get ahead (you can too), can stop subsidizing you using cheap money to buy your latest iPhone since I am sure this is your biggest problem in life…that and where the closest dispensary is located if your mother will let you out of the basement.

I used to love this country. Between Harper, poor leadership all across the board, businesses that should never exist with the sub-par performance and poor service most provide here, I find Canada’s current state of politics, business operations, and whiners, very disappointing.

We can do better but there is no leader at any political level that is competent in this day and age. Incompetence and whining about how well others are doing is the new norm. Wanting big money for little to no work, is the new norm. The new norm of which you, BC Guy, have, by all appearances, fully adopted.

#114 Randy on 10.14.15 at 9:23 pm

Isn’t funny that Ontario Teachers, Public Servants, Firefighters, OPP, Welfare Recipients, Left-wing Unionized Media and Liberal Special Interests never seem to vote for change in Ontario ? Wonder what motivates them to vote for the status quo ? Their turnout on election day must be over 90%…along with their family members.

#115 Paul on 10.14.15 at 9:24 pm

#91 Daisy Mae on 10.14.15 at 8:33 pm

Can you please get rid of that picture? Is is so nauseating. ;-)
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You are NAUSEATING and can’t get rid of you!
If you could you would have voted for Wynne as well

#116 retired Boomer - WI on 10.14.15 at 9:26 pm

#86 Smoking Man

Yes, Dr. Paul Craig Roberts did work in the Reagan Admin as Asst. Secretary to the Treasury appointed by Pres. Reagan.

He has a well known record in public service & Academia –
nobody’s fool in my never too humble opinion.

http://www.paulcraigroberts.org

#117 Bobs ur uncle on 10.14.15 at 9:26 pm

#56 not 1st

Thanks for injecting humour into that. That harper would defend those accusations really got under my skin. All parties play word games, but the brothel statement was just utter horsesh*t. Had me worked up and your comment reminded me to just let it slide. It will probably hurt the cons in the end anyhow.

#118 Lorne on 10.14.15 at 9:29 pm

#63 Terrorist Destroyer
So everybody hates Harper and want to see him go. What we will get is Gay Marriages, Pot heads stoned all day, and terrorist flocking to Canada.

All you Harper haters will get what you want, Happy now?

South of the 49th Parallel is looking better everyday.
………..
You may have missed a few more important changes we can anticipate but we should be happy pretty soon!
Oh, if you need a ride to the airport, let me know.

#119 Smoking Man on 10.14.15 at 9:32 pm

#109 Gray Man on 10.14.15 at 9:11 pm
Paul Craig Roberts is the real deal , I remember him well .
He was the architect of Reganomics .

HAS Everyone forgotten about ROBO-CALL scandal ?
Maybe Cons have another little gem up their sleeves to steal this election

How is it the Russians can crush ISIS in less than two weeks , and Team USA ( NATO) could not in over a year and only getting stronger.
Things that make go hmmmmm?
…..

Awesome, im contacting him then. Get the goods UFOs.
Area 51.

Some people collect stamps, but in an insane world , hubbies like mine keep you sane.

Wierd isent it.

#120 Pathetic Poll deux | Realties.ca on 10.14.15 at 9:32 pm

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#121 T.O.'d in Toronto on 10.14.15 at 9:39 pm

Pro-rogue this!
There’s your issue!

#122 Sam the Sham on 10.14.15 at 9:39 pm

@#1 bob Dog

Hay Bob, the thing you’re not mentioning is that once the IRS (Infernal Revenue Service) get their hooks into you they never let go. You are now the property of the U.S. government and must file tax returns to the IRS for the rest of your life. The Canadian government (being a U.S. vassal) is required to report all your financial information to the IRS. Just another aspect of that quisling Harper selling out of Canadian sovereignty.

#123 Gray Man on 10.14.15 at 9:40 pm

# 112 Entrepreneur
My important issues for the election is small business climate change

Buddy there has been climate change since the beginning of time !
Thats why we have had ice ages come and go whole species extinct .
Stop believeing the Hoax , its all about the money.

#124 Ponnaps on 10.14.15 at 9:41 pm

Thank you Garth for the poll and for continuously and selflessly engaging your readership..

#125 TurnerNation on 10.14.15 at 9:45 pm

Is MLB rigged like FIFA? It’s the economy stupid.
Rangers miss four catches in like 15 minutes. Ok…
One buffoon comically missed two. Nice grimace.
Setting stage for homer. And Jays in 6th or 7th slid onto a base and should have been out.

I hope someone won.

#126 Joe on 10.14.15 at 9:52 pm

Harper is telling immigrants that Trudeau will open brothels. There is no level to which this pathetic man can sink to…

#127 salonist on 10.14.15 at 9:52 pm

treaty nafta

conflicting schedule and wife calls doctor 4 days prior
to re-book a booster shot for the 3 Year old.doctor calls back almost right away and says it you cannot show up for your appointment,then I don’t want you as a patient.
doctor charges over $100.00 for a booster shot,community clinic is free.

had a semi, rear end the car,have florida state insurance.
all your documentation has to be switched upon arrival

it’s a very,very unpleasant experience to deal with the adjuster
health benefits are 20% deductible,one neck xray at 20% is tres expensive.
insurance settlement for whiplash $20,000. after the attorney and chiropractor took their cut.final payment was $2600.00
guns and crime are abundant
do no warrant the attention of a police officer
florida in the summer from day to day to day is HOT,VERY HOT
assignment was complete and ever so glad to be back in Canada.
oh yes, your beautiful credit score means nothing once you’ve crossed the border into the u.s.
you can use your Canadian credit cards, but apply for a u.s one when you’re there..you have no American credit history and will be denied.

#128 Joe on 10.14.15 at 9:53 pm

Harper enlists crackhead joke of a Mayor Rob Ford to help his campaign. Is he starting to smoke crack? Mr “God-fearing, conservative” cosying up to a crackhead. He’s out of his touque! lol

#129 Washed Up Lawyer on 10.14.15 at 9:55 pm

A glimmer of hope for the Fort McMurray economy.

We wander around the Taiga bemoaning the lack of a Costco and Home Depot.

Yay, big box brothels. Huge supply of labour available.

#130 Herb on 10.14.15 at 9:57 pm

My prediction for Poll #2 is no significant change from Poll #1. It’s the same self-selected sample population.

Now, if Garth had come out with the same weak recommendation for another party …

But the “Reptilian Kitten Eater” has been eating too well.

#131 Binder Dundat on 10.14.15 at 9:58 pm

I hear that for every non-Coservative vote, Mr. Harper has pledged to eat a kitten. Glad to see that someone has gotten photographic evidence of this pledge. Good going Garth!

#132 Harbour on 10.14.15 at 9:59 pm

Nice Poll… but I didn’t answer the stupid questions

#133 kommykim on 10.14.15 at 10:00 pm

RE: #48 Nagraj on 10.14.15 at 6:16 pm
Oh bleak bleak bleak!
The last photo GT put up was horrible enough.

Probably the reason you keep thinking about Helga and Steve jumping into the lake at the nudist colony is because the thought of it actually turns you on.

#134 saskatoon on 10.14.15 at 10:01 pm

#71 VICTORIA TEA PARTY

“What moves voters to vote for higher taxes, fewer tax breaks and more government nanny state stuff?”

because they have been psychologically hollowed out; they do not exist as individual persons.

in effect, they ARE the state.

consequently, they have an inverted moral compass, are hyper-irrational, highly suggestible, and intellectually weak.

they are the most dangerous of people.

#135 TurnerNation on 10.14.15 at 10:02 pm

So I’ve got to vote for a psycho or a snotty rich kid ot a bellowing buffoon? No thanks. No false idols for me.
Family first. My only legacy.

#136 winterpeg on 10.14.15 at 10:10 pm

#83 Mrs Hubris. Good point about the lack of Health care discussion in this election. Your links shed some interesting light. No party wants to really touch the health care issue with a 10 foot pole, even though it will be front and centre soon. As you said, maybe we will need our TFSA’s for medical care.

#137 Smoking Man on 10.14.15 at 10:19 pm

#123 Gray Man on 10.14.15 at 9:40 pm
# 112 Entrepreneur
My important issues for the election is small business climate change

Buddy there has been climate change since the beginning of time !
Thats why we have had ice ages come and go whole species extinct .
Stop believeing the Hoax , its all about the money.
….

Go easy on the bastard.

Two situations of possibility.

One: hes waked, swallows anyone with out look up.

Two: His name says entrepreneur. He’s in on the hoax and stands to make a profit, his business tied to the hoax.

I would respect him huge if it was Two.

#138 Nagraj on 10.14.15 at 10:19 pm

Early morning Oct. 19th.
Discover Harper, alone, seated at the breakfast counter in the kitchen. He holds a cup of black coffee.
Enter Laureeny.

Laureeny:
How’d you sleep, dear? How long have you been up?

Harper:
I shall despair.
There is no creature loves me.
And if I die no soul will pity me.
And why should they? Since I myself
Find in myself no pity for myself.

I dreamt the ghosts of all that I have wronged
Came to my bed and every one did threaten
Today’s vengeance upon my head.

Laureeny:
Oh lighten up.

#139 Carnac's Ghost on 10.14.15 at 10:21 pm

Garth

Good to see the felines get some equal air time to all the pooches you display here.

Anyone remember the Johnny Carson interview with Raquel Welch…

#140 Smoking Man on 10.14.15 at 10:22 pm

#135 TurnerNation on 10.14.15 at 10:02 pm
So I’ve got to vote for a psycho or a snotty rich kid ot a bellowing buffoon? No thanks. No false idols for me.
Family first. My only legacy.
….
Spoile your ballot, pencil in me, and vote for Dr Smoking Man. Lord of Long Branch.

#141 kommykim on 10.14.15 at 10:22 pm

RE:

#45 alan on 10.14.15 at 5:59 pm
I cannot vote for Trudeau because I am anti-abortion
RE: #70 Herf on 10.14.15 at 7:41 pm
Call me a religious wack-job if you wish, but I’ll take God’s word for it and believe that if He opts to really curse our country…

Are you two a couple of muzzled Conservative MPs who’ve found an outlet for your frustrations on the internet?

#142 Linda on 10.14.15 at 10:23 pm

An interesting poll. Looking forward to seeing the results tomorrow. I liked the question ‘Can you trust politicians with beards?’. Fact is, if you do not trust politicians their facial hair or lack thereof makes no difference to the trust level whatsoever. I’d love for you to run a poll asking if anyone out there does trust politicians & if so, which ones or what kind – federal, provincial, municipal, other? It would also have been interesting to see how many of your readers might have answered ‘yes’ to a ‘did you vote in the advance polls?’ question.

#143 Bobby on 10.14.15 at 10:26 pm

What surprises me in this election is the outright lack of understanding many have of the issues. The masses are easily swayed by half truths and innuendo. Anyone who asks the tough questions is skewered. Politicians of all stripes totally avoid answering a question and there is a collective shrug. If they do answer a question it is word for word from their scripted binders.
When did the niqab, which ironically is not a religious requirement, become a central issue in a Canadian election? Promises have been made that have absolutely no possibility of being fulfilled yet no one is willing to ask how these politicians will be held to account. People who have worked hard and prospered are vilified as being the enemy, yet most don’t understand it is these people that create jobs. No business doesn’t exist to provide jobs, but to make a profit. When has a small business, the backbone of the economy, been a tool for the wealthy to solely reduce taxes. A headline in the National Post asked if the NDP think we are all stupid. From what I have read in the last few weeks, YES. And we will look a lot stupider in a few weeks when we realize that all those promises are just that, empty promises. We’re doomed!

#144 Save The Kittens on 10.14.15 at 10:27 pm

It is so heartwarming and comforting to see today’s picture of those cute little kittens under the safe, loving care of our great and glorious leader King Harper.

I’d hate even to think about what the leaders of the packs of those other vicious political party animals might do to little kittens if they ever got in control of the country!

#145 Second Class on 10.14.15 at 10:27 pm

Most important issue to me wasnt on there. The conservatives are the only ones who don’t want to take away my firearms so only criminals and police have guns.

#146 Holy Crap Wheres The Tylenol on 10.14.15 at 10:29 pm

Smoking Man Paul C Roberts is the real deal. He knows what you and I won’t ever get to know!

#147 IHCTD9 on 10.14.15 at 10:32 pm

#33 BC Guy on 10.14.15 at 5:23 pm
The 1% now own 50% of everything:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/credit-suisse-world-wealth-report-1.3270056

Wealth-disparity has now reached epic proportions. If there was ever a time when the wealthy needed to pay way more in taxes, it is now.
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How much do you make in a year there BC Guy? If your answer is North of $34,000 congrats, you are part of the evil Global 1% ‘ers

How much more in taxes would you like to pay?

#148 Marco on 10.14.15 at 10:32 pm

@Entrepreneur

“…After having the Liberals here in B.C. I don’t trust them…”

The BC liberals have not been affiliated with the Federal Liberal party since 1987.
The BC liberals displaced the Social Democrats as BC’s centre right party.

Cheers.

#149 Edward on 10.14.15 at 10:35 pm

FORBES MAGAZINE on Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Pro-Growth Record On Taxes, Spending and Regulation

“On the personal income tax level, the Harper government has reduced taxes for families, introduced Tax Free Savings Accounts (Roth-like retirement investment vehicles where contributions can grow tax free), and lowered the country’s high federal VAT tax from 7% to 5%.

Harper has demonstrated serious commitment to free-market reform in Canada on taxes, spending and regulation. The rest of the world could use more Stephen Harpers when it comes to economic policy.”

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jonhartley/2015/10/14/canadian-prime-minister-stephen-harpers-pro-growth-record-on-taxes-spending-and-regulation/

#150 Holy Crap Wheres The Tylenol on 10.14.15 at 10:35 pm

Wow have to say just got home from the most exciting baseball game in any years. Jays win!!!!

#151 When will they raise rates? on 10.14.15 at 10:38 pm

Most important issue: C-51
Will vote for: Libertarian Party

(since they were not options in the list)

#152 prairie person on 10.14.15 at 10:39 pm

And in the wider world a troubling analysis and conclusion that has major implications for our investments and our lives.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/11929969/Rouble-strengthens-as-Russia-forces-exporters-to-dump-foreign-cash-reserves.html

#153 Hilary Turner on 10.14.15 at 10:42 pm

I found your questions interesting, Garth, tied as they are to financial status and/or financial security. I guess that is one way of classifying the electorate, but it is not the only way. As it happens, I am a home-owning professional who earns more than $100 thousand per annum. And I will be voting NDP. How come I am an anomaly? Something seems to be wrong with your metrics, because a good many of my workplace colleagues are about the same.

#154 45north on 10.14.15 at 10:44 pm

Herf: I’ll take God’s word for it and believe that if He opts to really curse our country (he probably already has to some extent), we’re in for a world of hurt

Billy Graham: “the very threat of the four horsemen of the Apocalypse is not just to warn or judge, but to awaken. They come not merely to move us emotionally, but to motivate us to do something”

Chapiter 12, Storm Warning by Billy Graham

#155 SWL1976 on 10.14.15 at 10:45 pm

The democratic processes are corrupted, the people are ignorant – they’ve got no idea of what’s going on or what to do about it, and neither do the economists – and certainly the policy makers in government have no clue, and so correcting it is really out of the question – it’s going to blow up

Dr Paul Craig Roberts

#156 Edward on 10.14.15 at 10:54 pm

“Energy stocks will see red if anyone but Stephen Harper wins this election”

http://business.financialpost.com/news/energy/energy-stocks-will-see-red-if-anyone-but-stephen-harper-wins-the-election

#157 Georgina Scott on 10.14.15 at 10:54 pm

Legalization and taxation of Marijuana could pay for all the toys, balance the budget and start paying down the debt.

#158 Sam the Sham on 10.14.15 at 10:55 pm

“Trudeau promises brothels in every neighborhood”. Wow! Now I really like this guy! I only hope they populate them with hotties. Most of the time they are fat, middle aged women from eastern European countries. Not that I’ve ever been in one of course.

#159 not 1st on 10.14.15 at 10:56 pm

Which ever party is the first to mandate online voting will have my lifelong support.

#160 Lorne on 10.14.15 at 10:57 pm

#148 Marco
@Entrepreneur

“…After having the Liberals here in B.C. I don’t trust them…”
..
The BC liberals have not been affiliated with the Federal Liberal party since 1987.
The BC liberals displaced the Social Democrats as BC’s centre right party.
…………….
Close…the BC Liberals replaced the Social CREDIT party. Basically, they are far right Conservatives masquerading as “Liberals” as they know it sounds better to the voter. But, when one of their MLA’s gives up a seat to run in this years federal election as a Conservative….well, not much more needs to be said!
Cheers.

#161 Hope can Vote but Won't on 10.14.15 at 10:59 pm

Hope can Vote, but won’t……../\/\/\ I think there is a problem somewhere in the pipeline when I as a PR still receive the Elections Canada voters cards after a couple of decades living in Canada as a permanent resident.
Never voted here, wish I could have, wish I could now. How many others are out there who aren’t allowed to vote, yet receive voters cards!!!!!

#162 Bottoms_Up on 10.14.15 at 11:06 pm

#137 Smoking Man on 10.14.15 at 10:19 pm
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Anthropogenic climate change is as much a hoax as man walking on the moon and man eliminating the dodo bird.

#163 Hope can Vote but Won't on 10.14.15 at 11:09 pm

Garth, thank you for all your dedication and hard work with writing and educating us 6 days a week. How you do it……..no idea……you must have supernatural powers.
Your work is greatly appreciated. Thank you Garth!!!!

#164 D on 10.14.15 at 11:09 pm

Hey Garth:
Now look what you have gone and done!
You left the electoral porch light on and attracted all the leftie nut jobs.
Not only that, they outnumber the good guys here at the Greater Fool by a factor of two.
Be interesting to see the results tomorrow & Election Day.
Keep up the good work.

#165 Marco on 10.14.15 at 11:10 pm

@Mrs. Hubris

The Guardian:

“The Conservatives’ predecessor – the Reform party – once made the mistake of announcing their desire to privatize healthcare, the social program most valued by Canadians. Though his aim is the same, Harper has been wiser. No announcements, but he has set in motion cuts to healthcare have still been set in motion: a crippling $36 billion dollars over the next decade. The effect is obvious: as public medicare crumbles and complaints grow, those waiting in the wings will be profit-gouging companies.”

Cheers.

#166 Don on 10.14.15 at 11:15 pm

Preference changed? Nope. Actual voting intention (not intention, but reality, because I already voted) changed? Yes. It made me sad, but strategic voting had to be done.

Most important issue? Democratic institutions, and the Prime Minister’s lack of respect for them. That menu option required an “other”. But I guess “defeat Stephen Harper” covers it as well as any.

#167 kommykim on 10.14.15 at 11:16 pm

RE: #134 saskatoon on 10.14.15 at 10:01 pm
they are the most dangerous of people.

You’ll really like this video. I thought of you at the 27 second mark.

#168 kommykim on 10.14.15 at 11:17 pm

Opps. Forgot the link for saskatoon:
http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=46f_1444447976

#169 ROCK BEATS PAPER on 10.14.15 at 11:18 pm

Rock beats paper!
Fed futures – no hike in 2015.
NIRP

#170 Boomer21 on 10.14.15 at 11:18 pm

I have two grandchildren 18/20 both of them at university. Both have voted, I think Liberal but no matter, they voted! Proud that they are engaged. I am a boomer and have usually voted Cons, I will continue to vote con. I want the tfsa limit, I want the tax benefit for single/widowed seniors that they offer (only thing I can remember a party offering my cohort). Most of all I want steady as she goes, no deficits, keep tax hikes to a 0 or minimum level and a leader who can hold his own on the world stage. I do not believe JT can deliver these things and Muclair is a nightmare IMHO. I am insulted by,the fact,that Mulcair keeps talking about only needing 35 seats to win a majority! How stupid does he think we are? Everyone starts at 0 seats! 170 seats for any party to have a majority. It makes no difference how many seats you had before,the rit was dropped only what you have at the end of the election. I will vote October 19, hope you will too.

#171 Dan on 10.14.15 at 11:21 pm

My option wasn’t on the list. My big issue is election reform. I chose Niqab due to the amount of disgusting and the hate-filled comments it caused coming from what I thought was a multi-cultural tolerant society.

#172 broader mind on 10.14.15 at 11:22 pm

Just for laughs Garth.Why wasn’t Canada invited to the new World Oil Combine?

#173 For those about to flop... on 10.14.15 at 11:23 pm

The TFSA is not a ‘fixed-income’ investment vehicle – that is completely silly, and wholly incorrect. Nor is the capital gains tax rate, which averages 25% for those making over $150,000, to be considered ‘minimal.’ The TFSA’s highest use is to take a portion of one’s non-registered portfolio and render it tax-free. Over time this will supplant the RRSP as the primary retirement savings vehicle. Except for anyone dumb enough to fill it up with fixed income, of course. — Garth
///////////////////////////////////////////
Boss,I found this comment interesting.
Don’t bother putting any fixed income into TFSA?
What happened to60/40 and all that crap?

My reply was aimed at someone arguing that only fixed-income assets go into a TFSA. That, naturally, is bunk. — Garth

#174 The Issues That Really Matter on 10.14.15 at 11:30 pm

The Issues That Really Matter In The 2015 Election

Noticing once again that some people have a rabid hatred of the Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservative party, I decided to look into the matter objectively and without bias to find out what was behind all the irrational fury. The results of my research were illuminating. While there were some legitimate reasons for disliking Stephen Harper and some of his policies, most of the rage against Stephen Harper was based on the impure motives and obvious moral failings of the haters. Listed below are some of the major reasons why some people hate Stephen Harper, which I discovered by simply asking people questions and reading the newspaper with an open mind.

First of all, some people are just plain IGNORANT. They do not really know anything about any of the candidates, or political parties, or issues. Sneaky and malicious opposition party politicians with their own shameful agendas had taken advantage of this ignorance to tell these unsuspecting dupes that Stephen Harper is somehow “bad” and that “everyone is mad at him.” These “useful idiots” were then urged to jump on the band-waggon, drink the kool-aide, and join the hate-on. Of course, Stephen Harper is simply the innocent victim of a political smear campaign. Nasty politicians like Justin Trudeau and Tom Mulcair have, not surprisingly, actually sunk to such a low level that they go around promoting hatred. Some people even go around mindlessly repeating the complaint that Stephen Harper is guilty of “contempt of parliament,” without even stopping to consider the fact that some of the behaviour of the opposition politicians in parliament really is contemptible!

Some people are POWER HUNGRY and are simply frustrated that Stephen Harper has outperformed them. These opposition politicians want to be in the Prime Minister’s Office so they can do whatever they want to do. They are extremely frustrated that Stephen Harper was fairly and duly elected to pursue his political party’s programs, and that he is not doing the pogroms that the opposition parties want him to do. After losing the last election, the opposition politicians spent their time carping, criticizing, complaining, scheming, and plotting like politicians are known to do, rather than working on improving themselves.

Some people just WANT CHANGE. These are mostly the power-hungry political losers mentioned just above. They are tired of being defeated at the polls and want to be in power for a change. That is the major “change” that they want. They have nothing good to offer, other than the usual false promises and false hopes, of course. They hope to trick enough people into voting for this particular “change” that they want for their own selfish reasons so they can finally get elected instead of always rejected. The big question is, Why would anyone else want to make this sort of change for the worse?

Some people are GLOBAL WARMING ACTIVISTS who want to shut down Canadian industry and have Canada pay billions of dollars in “climate change reparations” to rinky-dink countries around the world whenever the usual, regular floods wash away one of the mud hut villages that they built on a flood plane (since that is where the fertile soil is). They want to muzzle all sceptics and critics of this outrageous plan to defraud and destroy Canada, but continue to be frustrated by serious, international, science advisers breaking the silence and getting the truth to Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Some people are DRUG ADDICTS and fear that Stephen Harper will not approve of their drug-fried minds. They want someone who will legalize drugs like marijuana and others. With all the never-ending expansion of their minds, and the creativity, that the drugs are supposed to bring, somehow all they can ever think about is that their illegal drugs are the most important issue in all the world to them and that they hate people like Stephen Harper who are not all drugged up. If you don’t like the idea of druggies being a bad influence on your children, remember that you can “Just vote nope to Trudope.”

Some people are CRIMINALS and fear that Stephen Harper will have them punished for their crimes. They want to continue to rob and assault other people and get away with it. They do not want to reform. They want someone who will cry a river for them, and hold their hands, and hug them, and tell them that evil behaviour is now good and that good behaviour is now evil. They think that the victims of their abuse need to try harder to “understand” them.

Some people are PREDATORS and fear that Stephen Harper will continue to oppose the legalization of prostitution. They want someone who will let them do such things “legally” so they can take advantage of the vulnerable in society while saying that it is not against the law and that therefore they have not done anything wrong. They really hope that by now enough people’s minds will have been influenced by Hollywood to think that anything goes.

Some people are BABY KILLERS and still fear that Stephen Harper might try to take away what they think is their right to do such things. So they call Stephen Harper a “bully” and a “thug” and a “dictator,” and throw their support behind the various other political party bullies, thugs, and dictators who demand that every Member of Parliament in their own political parties must unquestioningly support baby killing, as well as anything else they ever come up with, no matter how bad it is. The opposition politicians will typically do virtually anything to try to get elected, and it is no doubt a great relief to them that instead of having to kiss babies these days they can now just promise to let the “parents” kill the kids before they are even born.

Some people are PROUD PARTY ANIMALS. Justin Trudeau (the leader of the Liberal party) and Tom Mulcair (the leader of the NDP party) spend a lot of their time at Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender (LGBT) pride parades hoping to drum up support for themselves by criticizing Stephen Harper (the leader of the Conservative workers) for being too busy diligently running the country to go to any orgies. It does not seem to occur to them that maybe Stephen Harper became the Prime Minister precisely because he studied hard and worked hard rather than choosing a life of dissipation like they have done.

Some people are IMMORAL COWARDS. They hate Stephen Harper and they hate themselves too. They hate Stephen Harper the boring economist and his relatively straight-laced ways, but are afraid that they have to vote for him lest one of the other political party animals might get into power and wreck the country economically. They love immorality, and really want to vote for the wicked, but their concern for their paychecks and house prices outweighs even their great love for degeneracy.

In conclusion, the people who hate Stephen Harper the most with such a satanic hatred are not very good characters themselves. Instead of always demanding a change from Stephen Harper every time there is an election, they need to look in the mirror and CHANGE THEMSELVES.

There needs to be real choice in the area of politics. What would be the point of having a Conservative party if it was just going to do all the same bad things that all the other political parties do?

Stephen Harper would like to be remembered as a great economist who did wonderful things for the economy of Canada, but he should give careful thought to the issue of morality too. It is becoming nearly impossible for him to say anything on this matter without the utterly depraved leaders of the other political parties jumping all over him, but this is where he could make the biggest and best difference for Canada. If he does not give moral matters the proper respect that they deserve, and thinks that financial stuff is all that matters, both the morals and the economy of Canada could go down together, even though most people do not see any connection between the two.

#175 HellYeah on 10.14.15 at 11:32 pm

So glad the lot of them (Harpo, JT and Tom Beard) all agreed not to attend the Jays games.

Let’s go Blue Jays!
Jose Jose Jose!

#176 Trojan House on 10.14.15 at 11:41 pm

If the recent provincial election in Ontario is any indication, then the Cons will get a majority government!

Turns out voters really don’t care about corruption, mismanagement and the wasting of billions of dollars.

#177 Rural Rick on 10.14.15 at 11:45 pm

Pretty funny how folks take an emotion position on politics and then try to explain it logically.
Just heave Steve. If this is the best he can do after ten years in office we need change now. Use your ballot to hit a home run for Canada

#178 conan on 10.15.15 at 12:00 am

Grey Kitty: Let’s split Orange Kitty this guy is dweeby.
Orange Kitty: I would like to but he has me trapped.
Grey Kitty: Use the fart trick
Orange Kitty: K

#179 Topsy-Turvy on 10.15.15 at 12:07 am

#2 SunShowers wrote>most important election issue is electoral reform
You may be surprised, but it is not possible to develop a “fair” election system (see Arrow’s impossibility theorem and related Gibbard–Satterthwaite theorem for references), so resolving this issue may sound satisfactory, but in fact just substitute one “unfair” system by another “unfair” system.

#180 Parsonage on 10.15.15 at 12:13 am

#154 45north on 10.14.15 at 10:44 pm

Herf: I’ll take God’s word for it … we’re in for a world of hurt

Billy Graham: “the very threat of the four horsemen of the Apocalypse is … to motivate us to do something”

Chapiter 12, Storm Warning by Billy Graham

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And let us not say that it is God who is punishing us in this way; on the contrary it is people themselves who are preparing their own punishment. In his kindness God warns us and calls us to the right path, while respecting the freedom he has given us; hence people are responsible. –Sr. Lucia, one of the Fatima visionaries, in a letter to the Holy Father, May 12th, 1982.

#181 lala on 10.15.15 at 12:20 am

lala don’t care who wins or lose, lala is elastic. Strong people are not dependent to elections, weak people are. Good night.

#182 lionsroarin64 on 10.15.15 at 12:27 am

Rats Garth – another stupid comment for you to review, just ’cause there isn’t an “other” vote option.

For various reasons, I can’t vote for any of the four main contenders in Vancouver Centre, so I’m voting Libertarian – a vote cast is never a vote wasted, right?

#183 CowtownCowboy on 10.15.15 at 12:28 am

May have messed up my survey, household income over 200k, personal between 100-200k.

#184 TRT on 10.15.15 at 12:29 am

Post #1 Bingo:

Here in Vancouver, many graduates in the spring from UBC’s professional school are already lining up work south of the border. I personally have a relative graduated from med school (accepted US residency WTF?) and another graduating from Dental school (is doing the Math can earn $500,000 CDN equiv in a few years).

Watch what happens to Vancouver as housing has broken the $2.7 Million mark. Brain drain on a massive scale.

#185 OXI in GREECE !! on 10.15.15 at 12:36 am

#51 Bottoms_Up on 10.14.15 at 6:24 pm
#14 OXI in GREECE !! on 10.14.15 at 4:17 pm
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Sorry, the salary lists are public, it is easy to determine how many public sector employees are in the 1%, and it is usually presidents of universities, heads of hospitals and CEOs of public corporations etc.

I agree Garth, great poll, this will be slightly more comprehensive and you may be able to weed out some of the bias.
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Where have you been the last ten years? Most RNs in BC make over 100K while they are being paid triple overtime then complaining about it after their fat paychecks, ALL doctors make over 100K, 30% of BC Hydro makes over 100K and the list goes on and on and on….

Govt…..the 1%ers……

#186 charles on 10.15.15 at 12:55 am

Well it is late and I can’t help but reminisce about a time called Trudeaumania. With Garth’s permission here is an off the cuff history for all the Gen X’ers, Millennial, 80s babies, 70’s head pounders and those old timers who just did not pay attention. Justin’s parents were a hoot.
First and most importantly his dad Pierre hailed from Montreal where he flirted with Quebec sovereignty with a bunch of pals that included a heavy smoker called Rene Levesque. They had fun in the late fifties and early sixties talking politics, and in Pierre’s case running around on a motorcycle sporting a WWII German helmet and after he got his inheritance and finished law school an early 60’s Mercedes 450XL.
Well Pierre soon learned which side of the bread the butter was on and became involved in Quebec provincial politics which in the early 60s was no place for sissies.
As a Federalist he went to Ottawa and at the knee of Lester Pearson learned the fine points of “Liberal” governance and rose to leader of the party around the time I started noticing girls. Indeed his mojo was a red rose in his lapel, proudly worn during the convention that elected him and throughout his first term.
It was a heady time, 60’s psychedelics, Viet-nam, Kent State, the assassinations and here was a free talking, free spending young Prime Minister the country had embraced, with a few exceptions starting east of Wawa thru to the Cascades.
The first memory I have was the “Fuddle Dudle” scandal while addressing some of these exceptions in what is now Harper Country but at the time was run by a guy named Lougheed, a true patriot who felt the oil and gas was Alberta’s. This rivalry resulted in what became Petro Canada and Mr. Lougheed’s successors felt eastern Canadians could freeze in dark for all they cared. But I’m skipping some of the best parts of Justin’s dads’ life. Something called the October Crisis. Yes Pierre’s old pals in Quebec sired some bad seed and terrorists were loose on the land. No laughing matter, a provincial cabinet minister lost his life, found in the trunk of a car.
This was war. No kidding. Pierre imposed something called the “War Measures Act” by order of cabinet and the Canadian Army was on the streets in Quebec towns and cities in a matter of hours. A manner of Martial Law was imposed including detention without due process, search and seizure etc. Some kidnapping victims were freed through negotiation and are you sitting down? The Kidnappers (Front du Liberation du Quebec) were granted passage to Cuba where I think a couple died of old age and one returned to Quebec a few years ago to amnesty.
Wait I’m not done.
Pierre went for a third term after a brief retirement to give the Tories (what we used to call the Conservatives) a chance but had married and sired 3 sons. The first named Justin who I believe you’ve heard of.
Low and behold around the same time the Rolling Stones were making their first comeback tour and stopped in Toronto in the late seventies(?) can’t say for sure it’s all a blur. Pierre’s young wife, many years his junior had concert tickets, went to TO early and disappeared for 3 days. Keith Richards seemed to have an explanation for it all and before you could say Fuddle Duddle the Prime Minister was single again. Rumor had it that Justin got up one morning to find Barbara Streisand at the breakfast table but who knows. As I recall old Pierre retired a champ passing off the baton to a senior cabinet minister.
His old man was quite a dude. Justin will be tested as well.

#187 pat on 10.15.15 at 1:02 am

You forgot C-51, and the Harper’s lack of integrity under your drop down issues.
I am willing to personally lose out on some TFSA opportunities to show this man the door.

The provincial election in Ontario was a case study on how to blow a golden opportunity! The Ontario Liberals are next out the door, but the conservatives can’t beat them with Hudak Tea Party style fools. Urban Canadians want Progressive Conservatives… and this election will bear this out.

#188 romania on 10.15.15 at 1:04 am

1. The only bearded politician worth a vote is the host of this funny blog. I bet 100$ he will be next conservative PM. I wish at least.
2. Why are you bashing Romania? They produced better shoes than China and yes they have the highest home ownership… you know why? During the communism everybody was a renter, from the state is true but a renter. In 1990 everybody got the chance to buy their home for a reasonable price and they did because guess what hyperinflation followed and an apartment worth 100.000 in 1990 and bread was 10.000 in 1998.
I wish inflation would kick in here because I know what to do… collect assets from fools :-)

#189 chapter 9 on 10.15.15 at 1:18 am

#40 BC Guy
50% in off shore tax havens

I picked a province, New Brunswick. The combined federal and provincial tax rate last year for income over $135,055 46.84%. The Caymans, tax havens, are we for real in this country.

#190 Hurly on 10.15.15 at 1:19 am

Garth,
You need a don’t understand the question option on the poll. I’m ashamed to admit I have no idea about minority and coalition governments. So I answered no on those 3 questions.

#191 Elections are Pointless on 10.15.15 at 1:35 am

I voted libertarian. My riding is polling 60% NDP. Don’t know why I even bothered to turn out…

#192 Roial1 on 10.15.15 at 1:58 am

#148 Marco on 10.14.15 at 10:32 pm

The BC liberals displaced the Social Democrats as BC’s centre right party.
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Wrong! It was the Social Credit party and they where not the “center right” they where the “far right”.
I personally thought they had morphed into a fascist party.
(well maybe not that bad but nearly) (An environment minister of that party was heard to say that “the best tree in the forest was on the back of a logging truck”)

#193 Jay on 10.15.15 at 2:15 am

Electoral reform is the #1 issue for me. When every vote counts, we can start voting for what we want instead of against what we don’t. A subtle but huge difference.

#194 fisheman on 10.15.15 at 2:43 am

I was a major B.C. Reform Party bagman back in the Manning days. I’m strategically voting Dipper in probably a vain effort against the powerful Lib warhorse in my riding. Strategic Retreat.
On another vein, have you noticed how handsome men seem to get elected. Kennedy,Reagan, Clinton,Obama & now Justin with hair to run your fingers through. If the Libs get a majority I’m gonna fire up the old Reform Party & the first item on our platform will be to take the vote away from women.

#195 Mark on 10.15.15 at 3:52 am

I knew the Tories were running straight into trouble when they started that “just not ready” nonsense.

Why? We all know a family or two with a grown adult in the basement, often even a college graduate (IT grads tend to be significantly represented since Canada’s IT industry has significantly collapsed!). Sends out resumes constantly, only to be told by business that they’re “just not ready”. Businesses demanding experience, but not being willing to give young people the opportunity to learn the job. A huge number of young adults are caught in this mess, and to be told by a bunch of old people, doing a HR style consideration of Justin’s resume (as sparse as it perhaps is) reeks of subjecting Justin to the sort of disrespect that they see the young adults subjected to constantly.

It rather reminded me of the turning point in the 1993 election, where the Tories of the time attacked Jean Chretien in ads that used photographs emphasizing his disability, facial paralysis. A sign of a party so bankrupt of its moral right to govern that it was time to move on.

I live in a riding where basically the Liberals have no chance. And I can’t bring myself to ever vote for a Dipper. I do hope whomever wins, that the victory is decisive, and that the economy can move on with whatever regime happens to end up in power. A prolonged period of uncertainty will just end up in a lot of spending and broken promises and I don’t believe that’s in anyone’s interest.

#196 Zinc Whiskers on 10.15.15 at 3:57 am

Wasn’t the vote last weekend?

#197 liquidincalgary on 10.15.15 at 4:17 am

101 Sarah on 10.14.15 at 8:57 pm

A vote for Harper is a vote for Nickleback. Just keep that in mind.

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they were voted ‘band of the decade’ by billboard magazine

#198 maxx on 10.15.15 at 6:38 am

#15 SWL1976 on 10.14.15 at 4:21 pm

“Sadly, any outcome for this election will leave us all in about the same boat. Until we reach a mojor awakening, or a critical mass of critical thinking I would expect more of the same with only a different name.”

Yes indeed. With minor exceptions, political parties over the past few decades appear to be nothing more than a bag of multi-coloured, hard-shell candies. Bright, shiny outside, with the same brown stuff on the inside.

Wisdom seems to be sorely lacking, with band-aid solutions such as a disproportionate support of FIRE industries in a vain attempt to “fix” the economic hell-hole we’re in and a growing army of snivel servants hell-bent on convincing the electorate that they’re “entitled to their entitlements” aplenty.

Nothing to get excited about. Whatever the outcome.

And the change we keep hearing about won’t happen- certainly not this nor the next generation.

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.

#199 maxx on 10.15.15 at 6:58 am

#62 Emma Zaun – GreaterFool Unpaid Intern #007 on 10.14.15 at 7:19 pm

:-D

#200 Harper is mentally ill on 10.15.15 at 7:05 am

Randy on 10.14.15 at 9:23 pm
Isn’t funny that Ontario Teachers, Public Servants, Firefighters, OPP, Welfare Recipients, Left-wing Unionized Media and Liberal Special Interests never seem to vote for change in Ontario ? Wonder what motivates them to vote for the status quo ?
Their turnout on election day must be over 90%…along with their family member

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LOL looks like Harper made you mentally ill. You must listen to that 640am or one of the countless other right wing media outlets.! You are to funny and crazy. You make for a Good puppet.

#201 Leo Trollstoy on 10.15.15 at 7:52 am

Some posters got text diarreah today.

TFSA the best thing since sliced bread. Equitable and great for retirement planning.

Those getting confused with the ‘savings’ word should graduate high school before commenting.

Lol

#202 Centre-ville on 10.15.15 at 7:57 am

#174 The Issues That Really Matter

“…I decided to look into the matter objectively and without bias…”

Mouah ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. Breathe. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha…

#203 TurnerNation on 10.15.15 at 8:02 am

#140 Smoking Man – funny stuff. Or pencil in our forum host’s name.

In past I’ve voted for Olivia Chow simply as a good local rep/opposition (she always sweeps my riding) but now the P’ers have swung too tree-huggy and anti-capital.
At local events only Orange and Red have tables. Blue guy/gal never shows, no idea who is it.

#204 jess on 10.15.15 at 8:17 am

double dippering efficiency

…in 2013, AstraZeneca set up a Dutch lending operation and channeled $2.7 billion of internal group loans through its Dutch subsidiaries, charging interest of more than $140 million a year. The company then registered huge tax breaks in the U.K. and the Netherlands through a process known as “double dipping,” or claiming a deduction on the same payment twice, according to the Guardian story….

…a report by the U.K.’s Public Accounts Committee
2 people in the country to oversee 7 companies and about $10 billion in loans, paying a tax rate of only 0.0156% on its profits there.

http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/oct/04/how-astrazeneca-avoids-paying-uk-corporation-tax

#205 pbrasseur on 10.15.15 at 8:25 am

Still trying not to get sucked in by the election hype, rather successfully I might add as it seems to get easier with every election! I guess with ageing I lose patience with all the hollow talk and rambling…

But I do recognize the vital importance of this one.

Electing yet another socialist government in Canada at this point in our history will not be as benign as previous occurrences. This time we can’t compensate with a massive boomer cohort arriving on the marker, rather they are exiting, population is ageing fast and in many places in the country the workforce is shrinking. Provinces are already drowning in debt while healthcare costs (despite rationing) are exploding with no solutions in sight. For years our poor performance in productivity and innovation has been hidden behind the smokescreen of the commodity and housing bubbles. In the end only one thing can sustain our standard of living: Productivity.

This time our choices will have consequences, yet so many seem to be blissfully unaware of it, thinking this is business as usual. It’s not.

#206 Diana on 10.15.15 at 8:26 am

I’m another one to add a note on the poll. The most important talking point this election for me is also Electoral Reform.

#207 saskatoon on 10.15.15 at 8:26 am

#171 Dan

the unhinged mind does not recognize irony–since such recognition requires a solid connection with reality.

notice here how he chastises the “hate-filled” opinions of others, while oblivious to the fact that he himself spews comparable hatred?

logical inconsistency is the foremost symptom of a hollowed-out, solomon asch’ed mind.

#208 jess on 10.15.15 at 8:30 am

Conservatives are now allowing those same outfits to design their own loopholes?

a similar ring

“strategic oversight of the development of corporate tax policy”.
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/oct/13/tories-big-business-tax-loopholes

http://web.archive.org/web/20140422132009/http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20130129110402/http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/corporate_tax_reform.htm
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“Upwards redistribution” is how the Berkeley academic Gabriel Zucman describes it: taking from ordinary taxpayers and giving to the very richest. Zucman is a sometime co-author with Thomas Piketty and his new book The Hidden Wealth of Nations is set to do for tax havens what his colleague’s did for wealth inequality: define and popularise the problem.”

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/oct/13/tories-big-business-tax-loopholes

#209 the Jaguar on 10.15.15 at 8:39 am

More people voting in advance ballots. Looks like the voter turnout on election day will be large. The Liberal Press convinced it will be a repeat of what happened in Alberta, perhaps in favour of the Liberals this time. I think it could be the opposite. This could be a Harper grand slam. You don’t have to like him personally to support what the Conservatives party platform stands for…. Many want good governance in uncertain times. I see a Conservative majority Monday.

#210 The Other Chris on 10.15.15 at 8:49 am

@195 Mark

Why do you continue to make claims that “Canada’s IT industry has significantly collapsed”?

Your position is delusional and counterfactual, I’m sorry. IT and tech jobs are one of the few red hot areas in this economy. All the data bears this out.

#211 Bobs ur uncle on 10.15.15 at 9:21 am

Have you seen this? Would be interested in your take since it affects you directly:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/canadas-senior-public-officials-targeted-by-little-known-corruption-law/article26818093/?service=mobile

#212 busman7 on 10.15.15 at 9:28 am

Already wrote the name of the Liberal candidate in my riding on my mail in ballot at the embassy so they can forward it.

Most important issue for me is Herr Harper’s disenfranchisement of taxpaying Canadian born citizens, who choose exercise their democratic right, to live abroad!

#213 Daisy Mae on 10.15.15 at 9:38 am

#70: “God promised to bless those who bless His people, Israel, and to curse those who curse them…”

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Nice guy! LOL

#214 Ottawan on 10.15.15 at 9:41 am

Hey Garth, if you don’t want people whining about methodology again, please consider weighting the results by income and age compared to the Census. Or if your Stats Department is too busy, just publish the raw data and someone else will do it!

Weighting is really important in polls. If you can believe the self-reported income poll, this blog skews wealthy. But it’s important to know HOW wealthy if you want the results to reflect national trends.

All the raw data will be published later today. Then you can weight to your heart’s delight. — Garth

#215 presley1000 on 10.15.15 at 9:48 am

How are you ignoring marijuana legalization/decriminalization as an election issue?

Harper and his Health Canada lackey Ambrose are the devil on this issue and I have not heard a single supportive smoker/investor that would give their vote to the Cons.

The Libs don’t even have to advertise about it. It’s a built in base of support for them along with the belief that the tax revenue will be a boon for Canada down the road. So less worry about the Libs financial plan as well.

#216 Holy Crap Wheres The Tylenol on 10.15.15 at 9:56 am

Remember Dan Gagnier’s only gone because they got caught, not because Justin Trudeau and the Liberals disapprove.
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2015/10/14/liberal-campaign-co-chair-advised-transcanada-on-lobbying-next-government_n_8295514.html

#217 Holy Crap Wheres The Tylenol on 10.15.15 at 9:58 am

#174 The Issues That Really Matter on 10.14.15 at 11:30 pm

The Issues That Really Matter In The 2015 Election

Noticing once again that some people have a rabid hatred of the Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservative party, I decided to look into the matter objectively and without bias to find out what was behind all the irrational fury. The results of my research were illuminating.
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What he said!!!!!!!
Ditto.

#218 Estrella on 10.15.15 at 9:59 am

Yup. Bunch of whining people here, I wonder what’s going to happen on October 20 when the 99% realize that their portion of the 1% taxes equals a cup of coffee.

It’s called MATH101. Oh sorry, some of you whiners don’t know how to do math because when you went to school EVERYONE got an award. Am I right?

Also, most Canadians have just missed the biggest oportunity to buy houses within their means and pay down their mortgage to the lowest level in the last decade. Bunch of dumb people have over leveraged and now cry at the unfairness of it all. Cry me a river.

José deserved that bat flip! What an awesome game. Harkins back to Joe Carter world series game. Go JAYS Go!

#219 Estrella on 10.15.15 at 10:01 am

One more thing. On October 19. My vote will cancel one of your votes! Ha!

#220 Running South on 10.15.15 at 10:05 am

#1 Bob D….yer right pal…the best advise for young Canadians is to get the heck out. If you are unencumbered by savings to sell off and attachments to Canada…run…don’t walk to the US for better pay…far more opportunity and a better lifestyle generally.

I found that pay skyrockets across the border….50% automatically vis a vis Canadian pay scale for every job you’ve listed. At first I was shocked that everyone in my profession hadn’t figure this out.

The only people making great money in Canada are the civil servants….where making over 100K is the norm…it’s the opposite in the US…where individuals with credentials and skills are prized over the lazy unions and lunch bucket socialists.

I got a huge pay raise ( from 85K to 164K) as one of the qualified applicants you listed….a pay scale I would never get in Canada. I’d suggest Texas where things are BOOMING!!!

#221 Holy Crap Wheres The Tylenol on 10.15.15 at 10:08 am

Can you trust politicians with beards?
0 YES 0 NO
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I surmise that was a facetious question Garth!
BTW I said Yes.
However I can barely trust any politician. If I covered you in fresh bacon, ham, beef and then covered you in lambs blood and tossed you into a pit with a hungry lion, would you trust the lion not to rip you to shreds and eat you? Oh how ye have little faith. Dam right!That is pretty much how cynical most of us are in trusting politicians today.

#222 Leo Trollstoy on 10.15.15 at 10:10 am

Your position is delusional and counterfactual, I’m sorry. IT and tech jobs are one of the few red hot areas in this economy. All the data bears this out.

I’ve determined that it’s an emotional response.

He is supposedly an engineer but can’t find a job. IT or otherwise. He feels the need to rationalize away to avoid confronting the reality that he’s not a good candidate nor a successful one.

IT is red hot virtually everywhere. 6 digits in all the major IT centres is practically considered ‘normal’ salary these days unless you’re fresh fresh out of comp sci.

#223 Holy Crap Wheres The Tylenol on 10.15.15 at 10:11 am

#4 Chris B on 10.14.15 at 3:39 pm

Even if voting for the Conservatives netted me thousands more dollars per year, I wouldn’t do it. Harper is an odious man who has done much during his tenure to hurt Canada, and the coming generations of younger Canadians. Heave Steve!
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You are obviously too young to recall the PET years of Liberal dismantling of Canada,

#224 Dup on 10.15.15 at 10:12 am

Quite elaborate questions you asked on this poll. It felt like a census was being completed. I hope you can put these responses to good use.

#225 Holy Crap Wheres The Tylenol on 10.15.15 at 10:27 am

#91 Daisy Mae on 10.14.15 at 8:33 pm

Can you please get rid of that picture? Is is so nauseating. ;-)
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Ok let use this one!
http://www.lowerlonsdale.ca/trudeau-is-doing-the-grind/

#226 Holy Crap Wheres The Tylenol on 10.15.15 at 10:31 am

You are too young to recall the good old days. This is what the election has looked like to those of us over 60.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nty8QQDLdjs

#227 mzgg on 10.15.15 at 10:32 am

What?

No foreign policy in the issue list?

You people are underestimating the can of worms being opened in the Middle East with all this violence.

Time will show you.

#228 Ralph Cramdown on 10.15.15 at 10:39 am

#221 Leo Trollstoy — “IT is red hot virtually everywhere. 6 digits in all the major IT centres is practically considered ‘normal’ salary these days unless you’re fresh fresh out of comp sci.”

Son, let me tell you what a red-hot IT job market looks like. I got off a transatlantic flight, hopped into a cab and went downtown for a job interview with a big 5 bank, wearing the backpack and jeans I’d been touring europe for four months in. Only a few years of relevant experience and no degree. Got the gig, no second interview, six figures… over twenty years ago when that was real money.

I realize that IT might look good compared to the rest of the listless economy right now, but you’ve no idea.

#229 Marco on 10.15.15 at 10:49 am

@Raoil 1

Thanks for the correction, Social Credit Party of course.

@mzgg – no foreign policy in the issue list?

The Conservatives have been quite quiet on the Syrian issue since Putin took over, huh.

Cheers.

#230 jean on 10.15.15 at 11:00 am

“…In Canada, some of the prime minister’s men and women have been accused not simply of cheating to win elections but of conspiring to jam the machinery of democratic government.
Some of these allegations have been proved. In the 11 years since he became leader of the country’s Conservatives, the party has been fined for breaking electoral rules, and various members of Team Harper have been caught misleading parliament, gagging civil servants, subverting parliamentary committees, gagging scientists, harassing the supreme court, gagging diplomats, lying to the public, concealing evidence of potential crime, spying on opponents, bullying and smearing. Harper personally has earned himself the rare rebuke of being found to be in contempt of his parliament…”

Good summary of why Harper must be stopped. It’s a feature article in the Guardian’s “The Long Read”. For good reason.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/oct/15/stephen-harper-master-manipulator

#231 Ralph Cramdown on 10.15.15 at 11:03 am

#227 mzgg — “You people are underestimating the can of worms being opened in the Middle East with all this violence.”

I think a lot of people are currently OVERestimating the importance of Middle East events. Between a global oil glut, American fracking technology, the growing divergence between the views of American Jews and Israel, and Netanyahu taking a public shit on the President’s carpet, US strategic interests in the region are at a low I haven’t seen in my lifetime. “Let ’em keep killing each other as long as the Suez Canal remains open” is the current unwritten foreign policy at Foggy Bottom, I’d say,

#232 Milla on 10.15.15 at 11:09 am

Sorry, guys. You need C-51. You are not going to relay on US forever, aren’t you? And, yes , with hijab the issue of security is more seriouse issue then cultural jealousy of Muslim husbands. Yes there are lots of beautiful Muslim women, why to hide what nature gave you. Just be proud of it. I wish a common sense would be stronger then cultural prejudice. And,Garth,I do not care if you criticize my English illiteracy.

#233 Ret on 10.15.15 at 11:13 am

I have seen this before. Those kittens are just feeling around for soft or weak organ tissue. The mother cats will strike tonight.

#234 Daisy Mae on 10.15.15 at 11:14 am

#174: “I decided to look into the matter objectively and without bias…”

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Right….

#235 Suzie Q on 10.15.15 at 11:20 am

Nice to see another poll, this one with some demographic qualifiers. Already cast my vote last weekend (wasn’t blue).

This election is drawing so much more attention than previous. My grade 12 daughter has been talking politics – they are really promoting voting at school even though most students are not yet 18.

At supper last night, my 5 year old nephew piped up ‘Harper is a bad man, you can’t vote him. Um, what’s a vote?’

And my 9 year old nephew followed with ‘Yeah, you have to vote MVP!’ (Is this a new party? Most Valuable Politician?)

It’s fun to see youth of all ages taking an interest in this election!

#236 Ralph Cramdown on 10.15.15 at 11:20 am

Any of you folks haplessly predicting a Conservative victory asked yourselves who the new Finance Minister would be? Joe Oliver is going down to defeat, and he was the best in a weak field.

Sincerely,
The Guy Who Knows How to Read the Tea Leaves

#237 learningfromyou on 10.15.15 at 11:34 am

Next poll could be

1-do you consider Garth an option for prime minister?

2-do you consider Garth an option for finance minister?

3-do you consider Garth an option to manage your finance?

I’d love to see what the crazy people in this blog give as answers

#238 r1200c on 10.15.15 at 11:39 am

Would have been good to ad “Income Splitting” as a most important voting issue. As a single parent, income splitting does absolutely nothing for me.

In fact, by arbitrarily giving a “break” to a specific segment of the population just because they are married is not fair to the ones who are not.

#239 Mark on 10.15.15 at 11:54 am

“Why do you continue to make claims that “Canada’s IT industry has significantly collapsed”?”

Because its the truth.

Your position is delusional and counterfactual, I’m sorry. IT and tech jobs are one of the few red hot areas in this economy. All the data bears this out.

No data bears this out. In fact most data points to a giant glut, especially since starting salaries in IT are actually less than they were 15 years ago. Significant employers have engaged in severe cutbacks of Canadian staff, and there has been little to take their place. Productivity is partially to blame (as it takes fewer resources to get the same work done, especially with the fancy tools available), but there’s been a lot of outsourcing. And there’s been a significant reduction in the number of purer play IT companies in Canada as well over the past decade with the loss of Nortel and the severe shrinkage of various other firms.

Red hot? Sorry, red hot sectors do not find even minimally advertised positions receiving hundreds of resumes. Red hot sectors do not see substantial percentages of CS grads ending up either unemployed or working at Best Buy.

Anyone who claims that the IT sector is red hot, or is an instant 6 figure job simply does not know what they’re talking about.

Obviously an election of a non-Tory government won’t fix the sector overnight, but perhaps things like allowing TFW’s will be examined, as well as an emphasis placed upon creating conditions under which firms are incented to invest in greater productivity.

#240 Holy Crap Wheres The Tylenol on 10.15.15 at 11:57 am

#238 r1200c on 10.15.15 at 11:39 am

Would have been good to ad “Income Splitting” as a most important voting issue. As a single parent, income splitting does absolutely nothing for me.

In fact, by arbitrarily giving a “break” to a specific segment of the population just because they are married is not fair to the ones who are not.
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Who ever said life is fair. Get over it! I’m married and it doesn’t do anything for me either. That’s the way it goes. I don’t have children in school any more so why do I still pay ridiculous taxes. Tough it out, you will get other breaks from the social net!

#241 Steerage Bilge on 10.15.15 at 12:12 pm

Guardian is all over harpo.. yet another article on him. Massive.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/oct/15/stephen-harper-master-manipulator

#242 SWL1976 on 10.15.15 at 12:17 pm

#198 maxx

With minor exceptions, political parties over the past few decades appear to be nothing more than a bag of multi-coloured, hard-shell candies. Bright, shiny outside, with the same brown stuff on the inside.

Great Politico to candy analogy

I’m going to file that one away for future reference

#243 Broke Dick on 10.15.15 at 12:23 pm

#218 Estrella on 10.15.15 at 9:59 am

José deserved that bat flip! What an awesome game. Harkins back to Joe Carter world series game. Go JAYS Go!

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Interesting that George Bell through out the first pitch.
If he was in Jose’s position I’m sure he would say “they can kiss my purple butt”.

#244 Broke Dick on 10.15.15 at 12:27 pm

threw out, not through out.
dum, dum ,dum!

#245 Rates on 10.15.15 at 12:31 pm

This is not encouraging. We are wrong again. No rate hike by FED this year. Sigh.

#246 chapter 9 on 10.15.15 at 12:37 pm

#227 mzgg
“You people are underestimating the can of worms being opened in the middle east with all this violence”.

It is interesting to see that one of Juniors policy advisors during this election has an interest in the middle east. He has spent a lot of time working closely with Press TV, the state run propaganda agency of Iran making anti-American/anti-Israel films. And who might that be, no other than Sacha Trudeau.

#247 Musty Basement Dweller on 10.15.15 at 12:38 pm

Voted in the advanced poll. Almost didn’t vote Conservative because many people couldn’t find the candidate and weren’t sure if he actually existed.
Sadly, Still much better for Canada than the alternatives.
Time to hold your nose and vote Conservative folks.
Granted the boss is an arrogant ass, but gave all the other turkeys an open mind in the campaign and they are all a big fail.

#248 Frank on 10.15.15 at 12:53 pm

Anyone who claims that the IT sector is red hot, or is an instant 6 figure job simply does not know what they’re talking about.

I’m sitting in the desk at my 6-figure IT job right now. You talk about this industry a lot. You don’t have a clue what you’re talking about.

#249 The Other Chris on 10.15.15 at 1:03 pm

@239 Mark:
>Red hot sectors do not see substantial percentages
>of CS grads ending up either unemployed or working
>at Best Buy.

I’m convinced that you’re engaged in some form of satire.

There is no “substantial percentage” of CS grads working at Best Buy. Stats Can’s numbers show the unemployment rate in the ICT industry at less than 3% — better than statistical “full employment” as usually defined by economists.

#250 Herb on 10.15.15 at 1:15 pm

#223 Tylenol,

and which “PET years of Liberal dismantling of Canada” would that be?

I was in my thirties at the time and quite cogent. Darn tired of every Right wingnut and Western separatist giving that prayer wheel meme another spin.

#251 Mike in Toronto on 10.15.15 at 1:19 pm

#239 Mark

Damn. New machine. Have to install my greasemonkey filter to block certain posters.

#252 Sheane Wallace on 10.15.15 at 1:22 pm

Minority government?

Conservatives have a real chance of not being even the second party.

The change in retirement age to 67 for post-baby boomer generations will absolutely kill them in this elections. Absolute blunder by the late Jim Flaherty.
Not that he could enjoy his early retirement at 65…

Conservatives wasted the best chance to make an impact on Canadian economy that he have had in decades, primarily due to their leader personality.
He should have stepped down, absolutely agree, what a tragic persona he is.
(A flood after me.)

#253 Rational Optimist on 10.15.15 at 1:27 pm

195 Mark on 10.15.15 at 3:52 am

“It rather reminded me of the turning point in the 1993 election, where the Tories of the time attacked Jean Chretien in ads that used photographs emphasizing his disability, facial paralysis.”

That wasn’t the turning point, no matter how many times Warren Kinsella says it was.

Trying to make hay by pointing out a physical defect is a lot different than pointing out that your opponent has never been opposition leader, has never been minister responsible for a government department, and less than a decade ago was teaching drama classes.

#254 Sheane Wallace on 10.15.15 at 1:36 pm

#239 Mark on 10.15.15 at 11:54 am
“Why do you continue to make claims that “Canada’s IT industry has significantly collapsed”?”
Because its the truth.
Your position is delusional and counterfactual, I’m sorry. IT and tech jobs are one of the few red hot areas in this economy. All the data bears this out.

No data bears this out. In fact most data points to a giant glut, especially since starting salaries in IT are actually less than they were 15 years ago. Significant employers have engaged in severe cutbacks of Canadian staff, and there has been little to take their place. Productivity is partially to blame (as it takes fewer resources to get the same work done, especially with the fancy tools available), but there’s been a lot of outsourcing. And there’s been a significant reduction in the number of purer play IT companies in Canada as well over the past decade with the loss of Nortel and the severe shrinkage of various other firms.

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Mark is absolutely correct here, as someone who works with IT professionals a lot, I can confirm it.

There are many openings around (in Canada) that pay very little, good professionals have been moving for a while /and continue to move/ to US.
There is no top talent to fill these jobs. Period. There is plenty of pretending-for- top-talent that is not good enough to move to US and competes for these jobs.

An engineer’s salary in the states could easily pay 150 k USD for a full time job with all the benefits (including health care) with much lower taxes, cost of living (everywhere except San Francisco and New York but the salaries there are much higher).

This translates to a VP of IT position pay in a major bank in Canada and is much more than a Senior director is being paid, not to talk about Architects, an engineer even in Toronto would make max 90k Ca. That’s it. Barely making a living.

#255 Rational Optimist on 10.15.15 at 1:39 pm

236 Ralph Cramdown on 10.15.15 at 11:20 am

“Any of you folks haplessly predicting a Conservative victory asked yourselves who the new Finance Minister would be?”

Either Diane Finley or Tony Clement. Only briefly…

#256 LP on 10.15.15 at 1:39 pm

#235 Suzie Q on 10.15.15 at 11:20 am
Nice to see another poll, this one with some demographic qualifiers. Already cast my vote last weekend (wasn’t blue).

This election is drawing so much more attention than previous. My grade 12 daughter has been talking politics – they are really promoting voting at school even though most students are not yet 18.

At supper last night, my 5 year old nephew piped up ‘Harper is a bad man, you can’t vote him. Um, what’s a vote?’

And my 9 year old nephew followed with ‘Yeah, you have to vote MVP!’ (Is this a new party? Most Valuable Politician?)

It’s fun to see youth of all ages taking an interest in this election!
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My daughter teaches grade 5-6 in the KW region. She and her teaching partner who has a grade 5 class have been teaching the election process to their classes, but not indoctrinating the kids in any particular party.

The children invited all the candidates in the riding to an information session at which the students would ask each of them a series of questions that they alone devised – no help from the teachers.

To their credit, ALL of the candidates attended (though, due to family emergency, one of them had to come alone on a different day) and every one of them adhered to the rules set down by the teachers. There would be no
ad hominum comments allowed and each question must be answered by every candidate in a 2-minute maximum response.

My daughter was more than impressed with the degree of respect accorded the students by the men and women who represented themselves and their respective parties very well. And maybe more importantly, with the respect the students accorded the candidates and also with the fact that the kids took a genuine interest in the whole process.

I’m proud to think that a generation of future voters has been encouraged so young to take part in elections and to take seriously a voter’s responsibility to become informed about the issues.

#257 Ralph Cramdown on 10.15.15 at 1:47 pm

Strategic voting: The voters in Calgary Heritage have a choice. They can elect somebody who would have a pretty good shot at making cabinet, or they can elect somebody who’s going to resign the day after the election, leaving them with no representation for several months, and a guaranteed backbencher after that. You’d think people who live on the prairie would have a good sense of which way the wind is blowing, but I suspect they’ll do the dumb thing, by a landslide.

#258 IHCTD9 on 10.15.15 at 1:48 pm

From yesterday:

#201 Ralph Cramdown on 10.14.15 at 2:37 pm
#193 IHCTD9 — “Tax losses to Government is much worse with RRSP’s [than with TFSAs] as stated about 56 times now.”

Can you point me to the math on that one? It is my understanding that:

– if I pay my taxes upfront and contribute to a TFSA, the earnings on the money inside that TFSA compound tax free until I die and they pass to my spouse or estate untaxed.
– Whereas if I defer taxes by contributing to an RRSP, the capital and earnings that compound inside the fund are all eventually taxed, as regular income (even if they were Canadian dividends or capital gains), with limited deferment possible after age 71 with the residual fully taxed as income in the year of death of the beneficiary or surviving spouse.

Also, RRSP withdrawals can claw back eligibility for OAS and GIS, increasing the effective tax rate. TFSA withdrawals have no effect.

So the government always gets its money, eventually, on RRSPs, though possibly at a lower tax rate than when contributed, and maybe has to pay less in benefits besides. But the government gets no tax whatsoever from the growth in assets inside TFSAs, ever, nor can withdrawals reduce other benefits.

And you say the government loses more to RRSPs? Not in the long run, and it can afford to wait.

Besides, TFSAs weren’t introduced as an either/or versus RRSPs. My household maxes out both.
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I’m giving you the benefit of the doubt for having a plan. It’s simple enough:

Dump it in when you’re being taxed at 26%, pull it out at 15%.

Do your best to save enough to drop into a lower tax bracket before you contribute (assuming that does not take 10 years).

Don’t trigger OAS claw backs.

Don’t rely solely on RRSP’s for income, ie don’t let it grow until you’re forced to take a high payment and risk a surplus.

In the end, the 10,000.00 tax return shortfall (for arguments sake) the government has after it has sent this tax revenue back to me needs to be made up by…

You guessed it: Borrowing.

The GoC goes to the bond market and makes promises. Here the government pays interest on the bond for decades on end, effectively increasing the initial loss on my tax return by approximately 100% (bare minimum) by the time I retire.

In fact, since GoC bonds can now be bought with a 50 year maturity date – if I contribute to RRSP’s right up to retirement, the Federal government could be making interest payments on the loans it took out to cover my tax refunds 20 years after I’m dead! Hell, they may not have even rolled over the debt it bought to cover the very first income tax return I ever made by the time I retire!

TFSA’s to not present a revenue shortfall like an RRSP does, so the borrowing impact will be 100% eliminated with a TFSA system.

If RRSP’s are done smart, and all that matter will be, the government would be better off taking the tax up front. This will always be true so long as not doing so means borrowing the shortfall.

#259 fancy_pants on 10.15.15 at 1:56 pm

I for one will be curious how your polls may or may not reflect the greater masses of Canadian voters. Monday we shall see if your fan base is a diversified mix or just the nuts.

#260 Holy Crap Wheres The Tylenol on 10.15.15 at 2:12 pm

It will be interesting to see the results of Garth’s pole vs these upstart know bodies.
Now I know why the Liberals are on a high! Pot baby, marijuana, grass, weed, Mary Jane, Acapulco Gold, Panama Gold, Black Russian, Texas Tea, Chronic, Maui Wowie, Hash, Homegrown, Colombo, Herb and the old fav Dope! It will all be legal. Holy shit it could so interesting to see all the Liberals in caucus the day after election super high! My name is Justin F#$ing Trudeau your new prime minister and I want pizza for everyone! Are you hungry, I’m hungry, man lets get some munchies!

http://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/election/nanos-tracking-liberals-hit-election-high-1.2610732

#261 Daisy Mae on 10.15.15 at 2:27 pm

#230: EXCERPT: “….Having changed the flow of information into government, he then dramatically changed the direction outwards to his electorate. A new protocol required all government scientists to ask for clearance from the PMO before speaking publicly. As a result, important research has been buried, stalled or misrepresented, including an analysis of changes in snowfall, an inquiry into the loss of ozone over the Arctic, and research on the impact of a 2C rise in global temperature. Meanwhile, the government department that oversees the oil and gas industries increased its advertising budget from less than $250,000 in 2010 to a massive $40m only two years later….”

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What a riveting article! It goes on and on exposing Harper for what he is. Thanks.

#262 The Other Chris on 10.15.15 at 2:28 pm

@254 Sheane Wallace

I’m not disagreeing that IT salaries in Canada are not as competitive as in the US, and that there is a significant brain drain. Both of those are a given.

But the brain drain is also why there are so many unfilled positions here. Mark’s idea that Computer Science grads are unemployed or working at Best Buy is simply not true.

#263 Holy Crap Wheres The Tylenol on 10.15.15 at 2:32 pm

#250 Herb on 10.15.15 at 1:15 pm

#223 Tylenol,
and which “PET years of Liberal dismantling of Canada” would that be?
I was in my thirties at the time and quite cogent. Darn tired of every Right wingnut and Western separatist giving that prayer wheel meme another spin.
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All of them.
Commie loving pinko, war dodger, alienating our neighbors. My father was the same age and served in the RCAF during WW2 and could never understand why he wouldn’t serve his country in their time of need. Thats just for starters. If your close to my age then you know the rest of the story, but just in case…………

http://news.nationalpost.com/full-comment/david-frum-the-disastrous-legacy-of-pierre-trudeau

#264 Blacksheep on 10.15.15 at 2:34 pm

Milla # 232,

“Sorry, guys. You need C-51. You are not going to relay on US forever, aren’t you? And, yes , with hijab the issue of security is more seriouse issue then cultural jealousy of Muslim husbands.”
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Sorry Milla, but you’ve been played.

Here is what we actually, “need”:

1) We need to pull our heads out of asses and see through the divisive fairy tale being foisted on the naive and especially vulnerable elders, of the ‘scary mooselems’ hating our freedoms and coming to harm us.

2) We need to get rid of Harper, or any one else, that supports Canadians bombing foreign lands with out provocation, in the name of corporate / empire, asset acquisition.

3) We need to maintain the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and KILL bill C-51.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_Charter_of_Rights_and_Freedoms

#265 Blacksheep on 10.15.15 at 2:46 pm

T.D. # 63,

Your a pretty funny dude : )

#266 Lorne on 10.15.15 at 2:53 pm

#209 the Jaguar
More people voting in advance ballots. Looks like the voter turnout on election day will be large. The Liberal Press convinced it will be a repeat of what happened in Alberta, perhaps in favour of the Liberals this time. I think it could be the opposite. This could be a Harper grand slam. You don’t have to like him personally to support what the Conservatives party platform stands for…. Many want good governance in uncertain times. I see a Conservative majority Monday.
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Looking forward to your post-mortem post next Tuesday!

#267 Ronaldo on 10.15.15 at 2:59 pm

#33 BC Guy

”The wealthy (earning over 200K) currently pay 50% in income tax. How much more do you want? — Garth”

Exactly. As one old timer I was talking with yesterday at Timmies said: “Don’t bite the hands that feed you”.

My son makes well over $300,000 per year so that would likely put him into the 1% category but on the other hand, he has to pay three employees out of that and has to create his own pension plus put sufficient aside to carry him through the off season. It is people like him who create a lot of the employment in this country and its also people like him who can make use of the TFSA in order to build up a retirement fund. He constantly advises his employees, all in their 20’s on investing for their retirement. I guess he had a good teacher.

#268 SWL1976 on 10.15.15 at 3:00 pm

#264 Blacksheep

Word

Well put

#269 Rexx Rock on 10.15.15 at 3:07 pm

Houses up 9 months in a row.This truly reflects a growing and strong economy in Canada.Vancouver and Toronto reflect where people want to live and work.Amazing confidence in the Canadian people even with oil prices still down and job losses in Alberta.

#270 Broke Dick on 10.15.15 at 3:12 pm

Justin has great hair but Harper can sing Beatles songs.
This is going to be a tough choice.

#271 Ronaldo on 10.15.15 at 3:13 pm

I was living in North Vancouver in the early 70’s when the NDP won the election over Wacky Bennett. I also recall very clearly when Davie Boy won and as Wacky was getting into his limousine after giving his farewell speech, a reporter asked him how he felt about the outcome. He replied, “I have left the province in good shape, there is $400 million in the bank” and he drove away.

I was working as a sales representative for a large transportation firm at the time. I was 26. I recall vividly what happened after that under the socialists. They went on a wild spending spree buying up chicken farms, pulp mills, lumber mills, pig farms, you name it.

Mining shut down. Equipment companies closed their doors. Unemployment rose. The pulblic service were granted huge raises. Not surprising since he was one himself at one time. The economy went stagnant.

Let’s not make the same mistake again. Keep an eye on what’s happening in Alberta now with a dipper government. Those people across the mountains from us have a rude awakening in store and the effects will be felt across the country.

I know where my vote isn’t going to. Be careful what you wish for.

#272 Investorz on 10.15.15 at 3:21 pm

You HAVE to watch this on BNN today.

“I believe people will start loosing their homes”
– Samantha Brookes, Founder & CEO, Mortgages of Canada:

http://www.bnn.ca/Video/player.aspx?vid=727772

#273 Dup on 10.15.15 at 3:26 pm

Someone has to be the 1%. Someone has to own the companies we work for. If they did not exist we would all be working for the government, and that is communism.

Just to be clear the people that make up to 200k are not the 1%. They are the well off or the rich, but not the 1%. The 1% makes 500K and up in Canada and that is conservative.

#274 Holy Crap Wheres The Tylenol on 10.15.15 at 3:29 pm

In all these discussions regarding Mr Harper, Trudeau and MulClair there appears to be something missing……………………………Oh ya Eliza…Elizabet….Elizabeth May………..Ya that’s it and her……um………………um…………Gre……Green…..Green Party. A party now that’s what Justin wants, if hes high enough maybe he will invite Tom and Stephen over for a dubie.

#275 Sponge on 10.15.15 at 3:36 pm

Ok… Let’s see if this poll of financially aware people hold up to the current collections from CBC…
35.6% Lib
30.4% Cons
23.8% Dip

#276 Holy Crap Wheres The Tylenol on 10.15.15 at 3:37 pm

#264 Blacksheep on 10.15.15 at 2:34 pm
Milla # 232,
“Sorry, guys. You need C-51. You are not going to relay on US forever, aren’t you? And, yes , with hijab the issue of security is more seriouse issue then cultural jealousy of Muslim husbands.”
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Sorry Milla, but you’ve been played.
Here is what we actually, “need”:
1) We need to pull our heads out of asses and see through the divisive fairy tale being foisted on the naive and especially vulnerable elders, of the ‘scary mooselems’ hating our freedoms and coming to harm us.
2) We need to get rid of Harper, or any one else, that supports Canadians bombing foreign lands with out provocation, in the name of corporate / empire, asset acquisition.
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Hell Canada can’t even get the Turks & Caicos Island to join as a province and give us somewhere warm to retire in a new province south of the 49th. Are we acquiring new territory? If so we should take French Polynesia, its warm, people are nice, clean water and good fishing. I’m likin this empire and acquisition stuff.

#277 Holy Crap Wheres The Tylenol on 10.15.15 at 3:42 pm

#264 Blacksheep on 10.15.15 at 2:34 pm
Milla # 232,
“Sorry, guys. You need C-51. You are not going to relay on US forever, aren’t you? And, yes , with hijab the issue of security is more seriouse issue then cultural jealousy of Muslim husbands.”
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Sorry forgot we can leave the scary Muslims alone over there in the middle east. Give it to them, Ive been there and they don’t like us, hell they don’t even like each other! Give them a few more years and boom…………..The hatred will implode on them.

#278 jess on 10.15.15 at 3:48 pm

bob ur uncle:

Key Findings

Government officials and their families and associates in China, Azerbaijan, Russia, Canada, Pakistan, the Philippines, Thailand, Mongolia and other countries have embraced the use of covert companies and bank accounts.
The mega-rich use complex offshore structures to own mansions, yachts, art masterpieces and other assets, gaining tax advantages and anonymity not available to average people.
Many of the world’s top’s banks – including UBS, Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank – have aggressively worked to provide their customers with secrecy-cloaked companies in the British Virgin Islands and other offshore hideaways.
A well-paid industry of accountants, middlemen and other operatives has helped offshore patrons shroud their identities and business interests, providing shelter in many cases to money laundering or other misconduct.
Ponzi schemers and other large-scale fraudsters routinely use offshore havens to pull off their shell games and move their ill-gotten gains.

Deputy speaker of Mongolia’s Parliament admits he had $1 million Swiss account.
http://www.icij.org/offshore/disclosure-secret-offshore-documents-may-force-top-mongolian-lawmaker-resign

Ferdinand Marcos’ Daughter Tied to Offshore Trust in Caribbean …nigerian princess etc etc

European finance ministers have agreed to new rules that will force countries to share information on tax deals granted to multinational corporations.

Tuesday’s announcement is Europe’s latest response to evidence of widespread tax avoidance exposed by ICIJ’s Luxembourg Leaks investigation in November and December last year.

The LuxLeaks investigation revealed how more than 300 companies had secured agreements with the Luxembourg authorities that allowed many of them to slash their tax bills. The revelations led to calls for the resignation of Jean-Claude Juncker, the current European Commission president who was the prime minister of Luxembourg between 1995 and 2013.

http://visar.csustan.edu/aaba/jerseypage.html

The hidden truth of banks enabling corruption and the devastating human cost
Stuart McWilliam ⋅ October 12, 2015 ⋅ Comments Off on The hidden truth of banks enabling corruption and the devastating human cost

“.” A World Bank study of 213 grand corruption cases showed that from this sample alone government budgets around the world lost out on $56.4 billion. Global Witness analysed this data and found that at least 140 banks were involved in handing these corrupt funds, including over a third of the current 50 biggest banks in the world.”

http://www.rightingfinance.org/?p=1385

http://www.icij.org/offshore/canadian-senators-husband-shifted-money-offshore-tax-havens

#279 IHCTD9 on 10.15.15 at 4:13 pm

#273 Dup on 10.15.15 at 3:26 pm
Someone has to be the 1%. Someone has to own the companies we work for. If they did not exist we would all be working for the government, and that is communism.

Just to be clear the people that make up to 200k are not the 1%. They are the well off or the rich, but not the 1%. The 1% makes 500K and up in Canada and that is conservative.
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The original article from the CBC that BC posted referenced the entire globe not just Canada.

To be a 1% on a global scale, you need to make $34,000.00 USD per year, or a little over $16.00/hr.

Most folks who bitch about wage inequality are probably 1%ers themselves and just too self-righteous to understand where they stand in the global pecking order.

#280 Herb on 10.15.15 at 4:27 pm

#263 Tylenol,

if Bush’s short-term speech writer is all the evidence you’ve got, dog help you.

#281 conan on 10.15.15 at 5:20 pm

Liberals now tied with NDP in Quebec and show an 8 point lead nationally over the Harper-Titanic party.

If Quebec continues with the school of fish shift then it is a majority for J.T. and a tres-mal showing for the NDP.

vote vote vote

#282 maxx on 10.15.15 at 5:53 pm

#186 charles on 10.15.15 at 12:55 am

What an excellent summary.
The Trudeau years were some of the most optimistic times for many younger boomers (not so much for the leading edgers), spending magical summers playing on the streets and beaches of Europe and beyond. The sun just never seemed to set then. I’ve no doubt that some of the pixie dust which contributed to the elder Trudeau’s impressive élan vital was the zeitgeist of those times.

Junior will indeed be tested. Times have changed.

#283 BG on 10.15.15 at 7:57 pm

#239 Mark on 10.15.15 at 11:54 am

Anyone who claims that the IT sector is red hot, or is an instant 6 figure job simply does not know what they’re talking about.

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There’s quite a difference between being red hot and having collapsed (which is what you were saying before).

Any capable IT worker will easily find a job between 40k and 70k.

Specialists and/or more experienced worker will be between 70k and 100k.

And I’m not talking about managers.

#284 the Jaguar on 10.15.15 at 11:12 pm

Lorne# 266 –
My comments about the election have nothing to do with any burning desire to be ‘right’ about the outcome. I just think sometimes the media has it wrong. They sure didn’t see the orange tidal wave coming that hit Alberta a few months ago. The surge in advance voting means something. But maybe it only means people want to watch the Jays play Kansas city on Monday night. 20 years ago the Jays were playing for the ALCS title against guess who? Kansas City, who went all the way to their World Series win.
So people shouldn’t count their chickens before they hatch. Just my opinion.

#285 Victoria Real Estate Update on 10.16.15 at 5:04 pm

$ 90 K, Indianapolis, Indiana

#286 Victoria Real Estate Update on 10.16.15 at 5:06 pm

$ 85 K, Springfield, Missouri