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Poppy Irony

Monday, November 5th, 2007

Lapel PoppyNovember 11 is almost upon us and the lapels of Canadians are a virtual bumper crop of poppies. Since the 1920’s Canadians (and citizens of various Commonwealth nations) have been wearing the poppy to symbolize remembrance of the soldiers lost in the 1st world war. Since then, there have been several more wars (conflicts, police actions, etc) and we now wear the poppy to remember all of the brave Canadian soldiers who have paid the ultimate price.

I was thinking about the current situation in Afghanistan and of the job we have sent our troops to do, to help make the country safe, (no debates here about the worth of the mission or whether and when it should end, just the reason we went in the first place.) And then the irony struck me.

Imagine a brand new Afghan immigrant to Canada living through their first Remembrance Day. What do they see Canadians wearing to support their troops? Poppies! Which to them would be symbols, not of remembrance, but of drugs, death, corruption and the Taliban!

It just goes to show that the very same thing, a simple flower in this case, can represent wildly different things to different people.

I wonder if the Canadian troops (or at least the officers) are wearing their poppies this week, and what kind of looks they must be getting from the Afghans they are there to protect.

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Being an MP sells more cars?

Sunday, October 28th, 2007

This has bugged me for a long time and I think that it deserves a public airing.

Wajid Kahn Copyright House of CommonsMost Canadians will be familiar with the Honourable member from Missisauga-Streetsville for his much publicized “crossing of the floor” to the Conservatives on Jan 15, 2007. However; to those of us who live in the GTA Mr. Kahn is better known as the owner of a local Mazda dealership.

So what is it about Mr. Kahn that bugs me? That he is a successful businessman? No. That he crossed the floor? No. (for the record I have no problem with MPs crossing the floor when they feel that their party no longer reflects their views. It is permissible within the current rules of the House so it is fine by me.) So what then?

What really bugs me is that Mr. Kahn continues to do radio ads for his dealership, Dufferin Mazda, (you know you were going to look it up yourself anyway Wink) while he is a sitting MP!

At least once a month I can hear Mr. Kahn, along with local radio personality Gord Stellick shilling for Dufferin Mazda on Toronto sports station the Fan590. Truth to be told I have always enjoyed M. Kahn’s spots. He is charismatic and sincere. In fact he is somewhat of a celeberty on the Fan. Morning man Don Landry does a spot on impression of Mr. Kahn and every year they have a Wajid Khan impression contest. When Mr. Kahn was first elected, as a Liberal, they created many funny bits called “Wajid and Ken (Dryden) in the House … of Commons.”

Now when Mr. Kahn was sitting as a Liberal he stopped doing the radio ads, leaving the job to his eldest son who also works at the dealership. But since his switch to the Tories he has returned to his former glory entreating listeners to “Come on down and fill your boots” at Dufferin Mazda.

I had always understood that when one becomes an MP that his personal holdings are put into a blind trust so as to avoid any conflicts of interest while performing their duties in the House. And it should go without saying that advertising for ANY business while one is an MP should be completely out of the question.

I’ve brought this subject up with local Conservative candidate and National Council member Lois Brown on two occaisions and both times she agreed with me that it was not right that Mr. Kahn was advertising for his business while he was a sitting MP. When I pressed her to see if she could do something about it she said that it was a matter for the ethics commissioner and that there was nothing she could do personally.

So here is my solution. I encourage everyone to click on the following link which will bring up a ready made letter to the ethics commissioner asking her to look into the matter. Please remember to add your name to the bottom of the email.

To the Ethics Commissioner re: Mr. Wajid Kahn

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Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

Ok, this is a bit petty and clearly of no real importance but… ARRRRGGGGHHH!

They messed with the mix of the Who’s Baba O’Reily for the theme song on CSI: NY this season. I mean, come on, you don’t mess with a classic! Change is often a good thing, but change for the sake of change rarely is. I only hope that Mr. Bruckheimer doesn’t make similar changes with the other two shows.

And while I’m on the topic of messing with things for no good reason… have you seen the new RBK NHL sweaters? Man, what a collection of fugly designs. I really feel for Vancouver Canucks fans in particular.

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