PC party gone wrong again!

What on Earth is wrong with the members of the PC party of PEI. It seems the backroom boys cannot resist interfering with leadership issues. One doesn’t have to be a rocket scientist to see what is happening in this latest leadership race. Much the same happened in the ousting of Olive Crane a few years ago. Jamie Ballem was the backroom poster boy, but lost to Olive.  It did not take them long to get rid of her. Now we have obvious attempts to support Dennis King as the next leader. One has to wonder how this effects the other four candidates? Indeed, we might ask why they even bother to run in what potentially is a one horse race. I see the backroom boys using these other candidates as window dressing and to create the illusion of a race. Not unlike the Liberals coronation of MacLauchlanin in the last provincial election.  However, surely this must make the liberals very happy, and also cements the Green Party as the real opposition in the upcoming election. One has to wonder if or when the PCs will get their act together and stop trying to manipulate an election candidate of their choosing.

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Canada Post Eh!

This morning I was planning to go to the bank to get a money order. I wanted to mail it to Ontario where I had purchased a antique car book. I had the enevelope addressed and ready to go, all I needed was a stamp. I purchase the stamp at my local village post office on my way into town. I explaining, I didn’t want to mail it until I got the money order. The post office lady said, oh! we have money orders. Great, that would save me going into town to my bank. I asked for a $20 money order, she printed it out on the computer and I slipped it into the envelope and sealed it. What do I owe you for the order? I already had the twenty dollar bill out and change from $5 for the stamp. The price absolutely stunned me, $7 cost for a twenty dollar money order. If I’d gone to my bank the order would have been free. This was a lesson well learned, in future I will ask for costs before jumping in. However, it’s not too late for someone else who might be planning to buy a Canada Post money order! What is ironic about this story, are the costs involved. The book is costing me $10 plus $10 postage and now $7 for the PO money order. That is a ridiculous profit for Canada Post totalling $17 for a $10 item.

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Reconciliation Eh!

Growing up in Belfast in the 1940-50s, I was cowboy crazy, as were most other boys my age. We relished going to see movies starring Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Hop a long Cassidy etc. There would be a great cheer from the audience when the cavalry came charging over the hill to rescue a wagon train from those savage Indians. I now realise my total education of First Nation People was from Hollywood. I also realise it took me several more years to learn the truth. Fortunately I have been forced to re-evaluate why the different tribes did what they did. How or why they killed the poor homesteaders and burned their homes to the ground. I think when I first arrived in (1964) Canada, I believed all the Indians were gone. Not sure where I thought they had gone! but they were gone. My first reality check came at a Legion fancy dress dance around 1969. I saw a woman staggering across the room, dressed as an Indian squaw. I turned to my companion and said, looks like that squaw has had too much fire water. He bristled, then said I’m an Indian. I was shocked and even more embarrassed. Of course, I immediately apologise trying to explain my stupidly. That was more than 50 years ago and I have learned much since that time. Today I look at the dreadful treatment these once proud people are forced to endure. The many Federal Governments over the years have claim they are intent on reconciliation. Promises of improving the standard of living, providing clean safe water, investigating the disappearance and murders of young indigenous men and women. Yet nothing appears to be changing, the same issues continue unresolved. Its not only the Government to blame, many Canadians need to change their attitude to the First Nations people. A few years ago I was attending a legion function. I was chatting with the man sitting next to me, we were talking about our time in service. He made (what he thought was funny) the comment, the only combat he’d seen was fighting a FBI(f##king big Indian) while stationed out West. It is examples like this that really cause me concern. How can Canada ever reconcile the issue of First Nations when so many Canadians show such distain. Nevertheless, if our governments really wanted to make amends they could. Can you imagine if one of our major city’s had contaminated water, how long would it take to fix? Yet this same problem exists year after year on First Nation reserves. The First Nations were the true stewards of the land, not the corporate farmers of today. They looked after the environment, only killed the wildlife they needed to survive. When they slayed a buffalo every part was used, the animal was not killed just for its skin. Something we cannot say about those white buffalo hunters who only wanted the hide. Times have changed and I understand that. However, the tribes that roamed this beautiful land before we came, were proud and more advanced than they were ever given credit for. It is time we started to act as the civilized race we claim to be. Time we recognized and accepted the potential of our First Nation brothers and sisters. Help them to restore the great pride that once shone so brightly all across this glorious land.  God Bless and keep reading


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A Little Sunday Humour

Twin sisters in a Newfoundland Nursing Home were turning one hundred years old.
The editor of the local newspaper sent a photographer to gets some pictures of the 100 year old twins.One of the twins was very hard of hearing.

When the photographer arrived he asked the sisters to sit on the sofa.

The deaf sister said to her twin, “WHAT DID HE SAY?”


“Now get a little closer together,” said the cameraman.



So they wiggled up close to each other.

“Just hold still for a bit while I focus the camera,” said the photographer.

Yet again, “WHAT DID HE SAY?”

With a big grin, the deaf twin shouted out, “OH LARD TUNDERIN’ JAYSUS!

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Lost My Faith Friend This Morning

In the early hours of Friday morning January 11th 2019 my faithful friend and companion left this world. Angel was 13 1/2 years old, mostly Doberman with a tiny part Staffordshire terrier.  Angel and I became companions in 2004 when Caroline found her in Elmsdale NS. She was probably the most spoiled dog ever, she had beds upstairs and down stairs. We had to cover her with a blanket when she lay down. I guess that was probably my fault for beginning it in the first place. She has had back issues for the last year or so, and I knew this day would finally arrive. Yet it is never easy, she was not a dog to me she was family. Coming to terms with my loss will take time.  Rest in Peace my beloved friend.

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Can You Imagine the next 100 years

Can You Imagine The Next 100 Years
Posted on October 25, 2015
by irishroverpei

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I’m unlikely to live for 100 years but as I close in on my 80th birthday next week I once again think of the immense changes I have witness in my lifetime. Who could have imagined the internet, flat screen TV’s, Satellites, Iphones, Ipads, Major heart surgery, Man on the moon and the list goes on and on. Can you even begin to imagine what the next hundred years will bring. Perhaps we don’t want to know?????. Here are a few things to ponder on, as we begin the year 2019
Here are some statistics for the Year 1910:
The average life expectancy for men was 47 years.
Fuel for this car was sold in drug stores only.
Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.
Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.
There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads.
The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.
The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower !
The average US wage in 1910 was 22 cents per hour.
The average US worker made between $200 and $400 per year.
A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year,
A dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year,
And a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.
More than 95 percent of all births took place at HOME.
Ninety percent of all Doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION!
Instead, they attended so-called medical schools,
Many of which were condemned in the press AND the government as ‘substandard.’
Sugar cost four cents a pound.
Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.
Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.
Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.
There was no such thing as under arm deodorant or tooth paste.
Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into their country for any reason.
The five leading causes of death were:
1. Pneumonia and influenza
2, Tuberculosis
3. Diarrhea
4. Heart disease
5. Stroke
The American flag had 45 stars.
The population of Las Vegas Nevada was only 30!
Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn’t been invented yet
There was no Mother’s Day or Father’s Day.
Two out of every 10 adults couldn’t read or write and only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.
Eighteen percent of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help.
There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A. !
(yes, people have changed)
Try to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years

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We Will Remember! (Meaghan Roberts Service Officer PEI )

I’m re-running these blogs from 1st March 2018. I believe they are important, if we allow such insulting behaviour to be forgotten then the culprits will merely carry on doing more of the same. In the case of Meaghan Rockman, I suspect she has put this behind her and is still doing the same mediocre job, comfortable in the knowledge her job is secure. As per usual the Provincial Command will support her, not the veterans she insults. Meaghan Roberts is the service officer for PEI Provincial Command. So if any veterans out there need help she is the person to turn to. All I can say is good luck with that.

The writing is on the wall.Posted on March 1, 2018
by irishroverpei

Shortly after last weeks rude phone call from my legion representative (Meaghan Rockman) and after my stress levels returned to a more normal level I decided to write Dominion Command. It was possibly because of the medications I’m on, but I really believed someone at Dominion would respond ,maybe even offer apologies. Yeah! it was the Meds! Not one word no of explanation, no we are sorry etc. Just the usual, ignore him and he will go away. I have attached the letter sent to Dominion below. This has me thinking, not much else I can do these days, however the disarray of the RCL seems very obvious. I can’t speak for all of Canada just my own province of PEI. What see here clearly indicates a sinking ship. A provincial command that have lost their way and now drift aimlessly into oblivion. I look at the country branches, they are perhaps surviving on the fact most are the only place to buy a beer in the village. They are open to all and sundry, and support comes from a wall of lotto machines and ATM, plus booze. In the two major cities it’s a different story, lots of places to buy a beer. The two, once the islands largest branches, branch one and five in Charlottetown and Summerside are now renting the basements of what was once their former buildings. I don’t think it needs a Rocket scientist to see where this is heading. As I said in the title , the writing is on the wall. Please read below the letter sent to Dominion via Bruce Poulin communications officer. Since I received no communication this is another contradiction in terms.

Hello Bruce ,
it’s been a while since I last sent you an email of complaint or criticism about the Royal Canadian Legion . I hope and trust you will forward this message to the National President. I most certainly claim the moral high ground in what took place yesterday. (21st Feb) I received a phone call from Ms Rockman to tell me the RCL would not be supporting me for my present medical condition. (provincial health care denied coverage) Had she done this with a little compassion and or a sense of caring it might have turned out very differently. However she didn’t, her tone was aggressive, rude and demanding that I be quiet and listen to her. It was without doubt the nastiest phone call I have ever received . As you may be aware I’m ill and it does not take much to upset me, she manage it in spades. I had to hang up on her. Next, she called back and my wife ,unfortunately ,endured the same tirade , she eventually also hung up . This person lacks any trace of respect for a veteran. She made the incredible statement if it had not been for her I would never have received funding from the Royal British Legion and Royal Naval Benevolent Trust. Nothing to do with the fact I had served twelve years in the Royal Navy. Please read yesterday’s blog, I have somewhat calmed down since writing it. However my anger lingers and this has upset me more than you can imagine. I have ,of course ,no proof but the prevailing attitude from provincial command makes me believe there is a undercurrent of pettiness and revenge. I’m well aware I’m not their favourite person, but that is a very poor excuse for such appalling treatment. I’m sure this not the image Dominion Command wish to have portrayed. It is certainly not the reason the legion exists . It goes even further, I have been seriously ill for fourteen months, was hospitalized during the summer of 2017 and to date have not received a phone call, visit ,or a get well card from the local branch or provincial command. Bruce ,I sincerely hope you will pass this email to the people that need to know. This is not about attempting into shaming the legion into giving me financial aid. I have reached the point where I will manage without legion help. not a great result in the claim ( we are there for veterans). Respectfully Submitted F.Ben Rodgers.
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Off with his Head

I hope you will indulge me for this blog, on a recent FB post the PM, Trudeau was called a Moron! one comment stated that was very Disrespectful. What do you think.

Perhaps in the Dark Ages it would have been extremely dangerous to use insulting language against a Monarch or Prime Minister. One would promptly lose ones head or be burned alive at the stake. Fortunately in the 21st century that no long happens, we are a mostly civilized society. . If a citizen decides to criticize a politician there is no penalty. It is called free speech and in Canada it is freely used.. If a person wants to refer to the Prime Minister as a moron he/she may do so. Some may see that as disrespectful, others would agree with the derogatory term. My own view is this, if any politician whether a Prime minister or back bencher, acts in such a way to cause citizens to use disrespectful terms, there is usually good reason for it. In the case of referring to Trudeau as a moron! That may not be completely justified, depending on your point of view. However, when any politician blatantly lies to win an election, he opens himself up to serious criticism. In the case of Trudeau he lied to the voting public just to win their support. He claimed if elected this would the last “first past the post” election. He was hardly in the house five minutes before he recanted on that promise. That, in my book, is disrespectful and dishonest. Sadly, this is what we seem get as politicians today. Citizens that watch question period might wonder why it is called question period. No one in government ever answer questions, in fact if we are talking disrespectful! This is the one place to watch people acting disrespectfully. In my opinion Trudeau may not be a moron but he is extremely disrespectful. How does he justify telling a disabled veteran, he is asking for more than he (the PM) can give!. Could that be anymore disgusting as an answer to a veteran who lost a limb defending Canada. The issue is how can we, the voting public, bring about change? I can’t really answer that question, but would suggest a system of voting that creates more minority governments might be a step in the right direction. For PEI this is an election year both provincial and federal. Maybe the most respectful thing we voters can do for our aspiring politicians, is give serious thought to how we mark the ballot. Equally important, is to get out and vote!!!

I have hopefully composed this blog respectfully and not offended anyone.  God Bless and keep reading.

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A Little Sunday Humour.


I was a very happy man. My wonderful girlfriend and I had been
dating for over a year. So we decided to get married.
There was only one little thing bothering me.
It was her beautiful younger sister, Sofia.
My prospective sister-in-law was twenty-two, wore very tight mini
skirts, and generally was bra-less.
She would regularly bend down when she was near me. I always got
more than a nice view.
It had to be deliberate. She never did it around anyone else.
One day she called me and asked me to come over. ‘To check my
Sister’s wedding- invitations’ she said.
She was alone when I arrived. She whispered to me that she had
feelings and desires for me. She couldn’t overcome them anymore.
She told me that she wanted me just once before I got married. She
said “Before you commit your life to my sister”.
Well, I was in total shock, and I couldn’t say a word. She said, “I’m
going upstairs to my bedroom” she said, “if you want one last wild
fling, just come up and have me”.
I was stunned and frozen in shock as I watched her go up the stairs.
I stood there for a moment. Then turned and made a bee-line straight
to the front door. I opened the door, and headed straight towards my
Lord and behold, my fiancé’s entire family was standing outside, all
clapping and cheering!
With tears in his eyes, my future father-in-law hugged me. He said,
‘Frankie, we are very happy that you have passed our little test. We
couldn’t ask for a better man for our daughter. Welcome to the family
my son.’
And the moral of this story is:





Always keep your
condoms in your car.

God Bless and keep reading

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PEI Conservation Party eh!

The new year will begin the heating up of election fervour across the island. In particular we will see much action from the PC leadership race. Five candidates all promising to do better for islanders, better health care, better climate action, more employment etc etc. Possibly these five candidates truly believe they can do better. However, we should remember doing better than the liberal government would not be too difficult. I have noticed lately, both liberals and PCs have been knocking the Green Party, clearly both are concerned with the rise of the Greens. Nevertheless,we need to think very carefully before we vote in the next provincial election. We must ask the question how truly different are the two old parties? I think it is important to remember, the day after the Binns PCs were elected, Gordon Lank (previously a PC MLA)was at Binns office looking for money. He received approximately one million dollars to build his factory pig farm in Wheatley River. He claimed, at the time, he would keep the PEI pig processing plant in business. He failed and the pig plant failed, it had been build against the wishes of Wheatley River residents. Why did he not build on his own farm in the Hampshire district? Wheatley River had no CIC so it was government approved. I realize this is all history now, but maybe we should consider if this could happen again. Both these old parties depend on patronage, so it might be worrisome to some liberals if PCs were to regain power. Perhaps,we need to give a new political party a chance, I have think it could not be any worse than electing either the liberals or PCs again. It is time for islanders to think for themselves and not be influenced by glib politicians making promises they have no intention of fulfilling. Remember MacLauchlan? He said he would do government differently, and we all know how that worked out. I’m not suggesting how islanders should vote, I’m merely reminding us of what has happened over and over again in the past few elections. Please do not be fooled by politicians offering you a golden future, it ain’t going to happen. That folks is my best advice for 2019. God Bless and vote wisely

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