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    Welcome to JPR Canada

    This group is a place for Canadians to post about politics and any other topic of interest about our country, provinces or communities. The welcome mat is also out for anyone who has an interest or question about Canada, eh?

    Canada is a big country and it would be nice to see where people in the group are from. Here’s my story. I was born in BC and lived here all my life. My early years were spent in Smithers, lived briefly in Haida Gwaii when it was still known as the Queen Charlottes, then moved to southern area of Vancouver Island, around Victoria. I grew up in quite a politically conservative area where everyone complained about Trudeau, although I secretly admired his je ne sais quoi.  I mean, how many other heads of state would have the gall to do a pirouette behind the queen?

    I think my first federal vote was for Joe Who, I thought he was a decent guy and I liked his feminist wife Maureen McTeer. After they deposed him I protest voted for the Rhino party because I couldn’t decide who in the big parties I disliked the least. I finally became more politically educated and involved when Mulroney campaigned on NAFTA because of all the hype on the issue. When I dug into it, I decided that Mel Hurtig and his National Party made the most sense, and that Mulroney was a big liar. The provincial NDP was in my bad books at that time too because of Clayoquot but in spite of that, since then, I’ve pretty much stuck with the NDP both federally and provincially. I like John Horgan very much provincially, and it will be interesting to see what they are going to do federally. I miss Jack Layton. As for Justin, I can say he’s a prettier face than Harper, but he’s sure doing some things I’m not liking. Site C dam and pipelines and he’s not consulting with First Nations like he promised.

    So anyhow, the welcome mat is out for this group, and please feel free to introduce yourselves too.

    Shlabotnik, nenagh, Mom Cat and 4 othersmak3cats, Haikugal, Spanishprof27, RufusTFirefly like this

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    • TM99 (4694 posts)
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      1. Hi Arikara

      My grandfather left Russia, met my grandmother in Scotland, and they immigrated to Canada in the early 20th century.  They lived outside of Kingston, Ontario for about 7 years before finally immigrating to upstate NY and becoming US citizens.  I so wish they had become Canadian citizens instead!  :lol:

      I grew up spending summers on the Saint Lawrence river and visited Canada a lot.  I spent time in Kingston, Toronto, Ottawa, and also traveled to Montreal quite often as well.  I loved and still do the climate, the culture, and the people.

      I don’t know how much I have to offer the group but I am very glad y’all have one.  I hope y’all don’t mind if I lurk. ;)

      When you hear people raising reasoned objections to Trump’s policies and appointments, odds are that you’re listening to the sort of thoughtful dissent that’s essential to any semblance of democracy, and it may be worth taking seriously. When you hear people criticizing Trump and his appointees for doing the same thing his rivals would have done, or his predecessors did, odds are that you’re getting the normal hypocrisy of partisan politics, and you can roll your eyes and stroll on. But when you hear people shrieking that Donald Trump is the illegitimate result of a one-night stand between Ming the Merciless and Cruella de Vil, that he cackles in Russian while barbecuing babies on a bonfire, that everyone who voted for him must be a card-carrying Nazi who hates the human race, or whatever other bit of over-the-top hate speech happens to be fashionable among the chattering classes at the moment—why, then, dear reader, you’re hearing a phenomenon as omnipresent and unmentionable in today’s America as sex was in Victorian England. You’re hearing the voice of class bigotry: the hate that dare not speak its name.  -- John Michael Greer
      • arikara (882 posts)
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        2. You are most welcome here, TM99

        No need to lurk, feel free to chime in anytime.

        • TM99 (4694 posts)
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          3. Thanks.

          :hug:

          When you hear people raising reasoned objections to Trump’s policies and appointments, odds are that you’re listening to the sort of thoughtful dissent that’s essential to any semblance of democracy, and it may be worth taking seriously. When you hear people criticizing Trump and his appointees for doing the same thing his rivals would have done, or his predecessors did, odds are that you’re getting the normal hypocrisy of partisan politics, and you can roll your eyes and stroll on. But when you hear people shrieking that Donald Trump is the illegitimate result of a one-night stand between Ming the Merciless and Cruella de Vil, that he cackles in Russian while barbecuing babies on a bonfire, that everyone who voted for him must be a card-carrying Nazi who hates the human race, or whatever other bit of over-the-top hate speech happens to be fashionable among the chattering classes at the moment—why, then, dear reader, you’re hearing a phenomenon as omnipresent and unmentionable in today’s America as sex was in Victorian England. You’re hearing the voice of class bigotry: the hate that dare not speak its name.  -- John Michael Greer
    • mak3cats (416 posts)
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      4. I'm a wanna-be Canadian…

      …and maybe will act on it one day.  For now, I’m happy living close enough to visit often, and I’m looking forward to going on my first cruise in three weeks time.  We’ll be traveling to Halifax and St John’s on our itinerary.

      (I worked for a hotel chain in my distant past, and traveled full time for almost two years.  I was able to spend a wonderful month in Vancouver; it remains one of my top ten favorite places on earth.)

      Go placidly amid the noise and haste and remember what peace there may be in silence.
      • arikara (882 posts)
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        6. The mr is from back east

        and he loved Halifax. You will have a great time, I’m sure!

    • Haikugal (6810 posts)
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      5. Woot!

      :hi:

        ONE FOR ALL AND ALL FOR ONE.
      • arikara (882 posts)
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        7. Backatcha!

        • torn (332 posts)
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          8. No new posts until 10 replies?

          Well that’s a tad frustrating.

          Anyways, Ontarioan here, life long member of various Unions in my 6th decade.

          I fought long and hard back in the day to defeat FTA and NAFTA and the only time I ever voted Liberal was when Chretien waved his Rd Book claiming he would ‘rip up NAFTA’

          The rest is history or is it as a NAFTA redo amongst other Trade deals are working there way.

          • Shlabotnik (591 posts)
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            9. Welcome to JPR,

            and the Canada group as well.  I’m from Southern Ontario, and I fell for Chretien’s bait and switch too.  Learned a few lessons back then: Never trust the Liberals, and always vote your conscience.

            ~ All Good things are Wild and Free ~
            • torn (332 posts)
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              11. I'm from centralish southern ont

              Up in Simcoe county

          • Deadpool (12346 posts)
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            10. …

            No new posts until 10 replies?

             

            It’s to prevent spammers/trolls from creating OPs 

            • torn (332 posts)
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              12. Yes I can see the point on spammers etc

              Had a rather frustrating week trying to log in after my original registration but after several email exchanges with  moderator Mary on Sunday we rectified the issue.

               

              Of course when I finally get on and see no posts until 10, well my first reaction was ummmm. I’m sure I’ll hit 10 in no time.

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