Can we Trust ??? Maybe, just Maybe

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Lantz commits to Royal Commission on Accountability in Government

CHARLOTTETOWN –  Progressive Conservative Leader Rob Lantz today announced that a government under his leadership would strike a Royal Commission on Accountability in Government. The Commission would be struck through the Public Inquiries Act and be invested with all the powers under that Act, including subpoena powers and the ability to engage professional support services to achieve its mandate.

The Commission’s mandate will be to conduct a thorough review of:

  •      The administration of the Provincial Nominee Program;
  •      The government’s failed eGaming venture;
  •      The lending and writeoff practices of government
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This is perhaps the first glimmer of a return to open and honest government, something that for many years has been missing in this Province. However, it is prudent to pause and think carefully first. It is perhaps not yet the moment to rush in and elect another PC government. We have been promised such things before, most never become a reality. I will remain a sceptic until the Royal Commission actually takes effect. We must consider this commission, if it is to be truly effective, will not only malign the Liberals, but many Conservatives will be tarred with the same brush. Jeff Lantz will need to remain very strong and firm and not be swayed by the back room boys as happened in the past.

Islanders want answers and deserve answers, we need to know who benefited from the PNP. Who received these generous payments, who’s friends, relatives and businesses. The failed E gaming, what part did Ghiz/Sheridan play in this fraudulent scheme. Who received free trips to London UK. Should criminal charges be leveled against politicians who took advantage of the PNP schemes and or the e Gaming schemes.  These questions must be answered honestly, they can’t be vague or obscure.

Finally, the huge write off of millions of dollars, who decides who should be given a free ride and not pay back this money, our money?  Have these loans/gifts gone to politicians-relatives-friends-supporters. Again we need clear open and honest answers. Whether we will ever get these answers is something we have to wait and hope for. I’m afraid I will not hold my breath while waiting.  The biggest issue for any hopeful candidate or government is restoring” TRUST”, Jeff Lantz may have just taken the first step in that direction.

God Bless and keep reading.

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The Pastor’s Donkey

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The Pastor entered his donkey in a race and it won.
The Pastor was so pleased with the donkey that he entered it in the race again and it won again.
The local paper read:
The Bishop was so upset with this kind of publicity that he ordered the Pastor not to enter the donkey in another race.
The next day the local paper headline read:
This was too much for the Bishop so he
ordered the Pastor to get
rid of the donkey.
The Pastor decided to give it to a Nun in a nearby convent.
The local paper, hearing of the news, posted
the following headline the next day:
The Bishop fainted.
He informed the Nun that she would have to get rid of the donkey so she sold it to a farm for $10. 
The next day the paper read:
This was too much for the Bishop so he
ordered the Nun to buy back
the donkey and lead it to the plains where it could run wild.
The next day the headlines read: 
The Bishop was buried the next day.

The moral of the story is . . . being concerned about public opinion can bring you much grief and misery . . . even shorten your life.
  Stop worrying about everyone else’s ass and just cover your own !!!
Something out politicians do so very well.
God Bless and keep reading
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Does PEI have a Future????

king wadepetermike redmondrob lantzDo we Islanders  have a future?? I guess any one of the four politicians photographed here would say yes of course we do. However, I have some serious concerns. Lets first have a look at Wade MacLauchlan, he is presently the Liberal Premier of the Province. Yet we Islanders had no say in his appointment, and yes, it was an appointment, he has never been elected.  His father Harry MacLauchan did well from his strong Liberal party connections over the years. Most big island contracts always came Harry’s way. Next we have Jeff Lantz, PC party, and yet unelected and untested, but full of promises which on first take sound good. But in a  closer analysis are mostly just more empty rhetoric. Then we have Mike Redmond, NDP. what can I say about Mike? well unfortunately he comes across very poorly in my opinion. He lacks real drive and vision and is not nearly forceful enough to win many Islanders votes. Finally, we have Peter Bevan Baker. Green Party, also yet to be elected. Peter in my opinion is the best of the four options. I believe he really does offer change for the future. The Green party is not connected or beholding to any major corporations. That is more than can be said for the Liberals/Conservatives.   If anyone was to ask my opinion of what should and could be changed. I’d offer the following First of all we need proportional representation not first passed the post. Which ever party wins the election they must live within the budget. They must stop borrowing money, stop funding big business, and stop writing off loans. Start at the top and reduce a top heavy government. We could easily manage with 15 MLA’s and 2 Federal MP’s. If you add in all the municipal governments and staff the total costs are staggering.  Cut back government salaries and pensions. Up to now we have been told over and over if we don’t pay good money we can’t attract good people. Well folks, can we honestly say that theory is working? would anyone agree Ghiz and Sheridan were good for the island? Take a minute to imagine how many other politicians we could include with this pair. I shudder when I think back to all the successive boondoggles Liberal/PC governments have authored over the years. Remember we had a Mag wheel manufacturer enticed to set up on the island with grants and tax breaks, now long gone.. We had  the Lankshire Factory Pig Farm, Polar Food, Ocean Choice, all owing us money and all long gone. Government funded World class golf courses we can’t sell, The costly Plan B highway project, when I drive it today it still seems to have as many twists, curves and bends as ever. The more recent scandals of PNP and E gaming. All the while Liberal/PC’s  election hopefuls promise change and a more open and transparent government.  That surely sounds like more of the same old promises, a broken record if you will. If we are to have a real future we must force serious changes now, if we fail to do so this beautiful island will be no more. We will be bankrupt, the soils polluted, the air toxic, and the water poison. You might consider me an alarmist, things can’t really be or get that bad eh!! Well, of course I could be wrong, and I sincerely hope I’m. However, if you believe I’m wrong then Vision PEI and Pesticide Free PEI and many others are alarmist and wrong too. The question you must ask yourself is, do you really believe the Province is in trouble.  When the impending Provincial election date is announced, please think long and hard before casting your vote. If we continue down the same old Liberal/PC road, we are surely doomed to more of the same. If we get more of the same then we are truly facing a very bleak future.

God Bless and keep reading..

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Memories of Life in a Submarine

imagesdakar00224883alcide_auriga_halifax_63It is strange as we grow old we seem to dwell more and more in the past. I  often go back to my time in submarines. Mostly it was good, mostly uneventful, and most importantly water tight!. Today, I have a great pride wearing my submarine Dolphins to Remembrance day parades and other events. Sometimes I think of the submarine Totem, in the photo above. I sail in her in 1962 for a short time, The second T class submarine of my career. I dreaded the Head (toilet) on those old T boatssubmarine toilet. Usually filled to the brim by the time I arrived. This meant flushing to sea! setting the correct pressure to overcome the outside sea pressure was always a tense moment. One mistake and you might have freckles for life, not too mention smelling bad until we returned to harbour. No showers on a T class submarine. Sadly when I think of Totem I also think of her at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea. Sold to the Israeli Navy in the late 1960’s she sank with all hands on her trip from the UK to Israel. No one knows what caused the disaster, several theories, terrorism, sabotage, maybe an accident??

However, the one thing I thought about often whilst serving in Alcide was the pressure hull.   What am I talking about? well let me explain, I had probably the best bunk in the seaman’s mess aboard Alcide. The inboard bunks were three high and mine was the top bunk. This allowed me to lay in the bunk without taking up space around the mess table.The two bunks below me formed a bench seat during the day. My bunk was out of the way and allowed me to watch a movie from my bunk, kinda like having a balcony seat all to myself. The one odd thing about being in the top bunk was the very close proximity to the upper part of the pressure hull. I realized that approximately two inches of steel near my head was all that separated me from the deep cold waters of the North Atlantic. I imagined all too vividly the enormous sea pressing only inches above my face. But as we worked hard long hours in a submarines sleep thankfully always came quickly. Indeed, it would have mattered not were one slept, if the hull ever breached,  instant eternal sleep for everyone would have followed. Dark thoughts of the deep! but I no longer worry about sea pressure, arthritis and many other aches and pains have long since super seceded my time in that top bunk.

On the other hand I can’t get the weather out of my mind. Here it is Monday 23rd March and we are still snowed in. The Island closed again!!! no school no bridge no nothing. It must be time for a wee bit of humour>

Paddy went into the confessional box after years of being away from the Church. Inside he found a fully equipped bar with Guinness on tap. On one wall there was a row of decanters with fine Irish whiskey and Waterford crystal glasses. On the other wall is a dazzling array of the finest cigars and chocolates.

Then the priest comes in. Paddy says to him, "Father, forgive me, for it's been a very long time since I've been to confession, but I must admit that the confessional box is much more inviting than it used to be. 'Get out, you moron,‘ the priest yells. ‘You're on my side.

God Bless and keep reading while I keep shovelling snow.


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Cars I have owned.

GetAttachment.aspxlambretta stuff 0051949Triumph_01_700IMAGE_editedIMGlambretta 010vw 1morris vanIts another snowy stormy day, church is probably cancelled again, haven’t been now for three weeks.  I’m beginning to wonder if I will ever get to drive the Mini Cooper again, with the top down . Its hard to come up with interesting blogs while surrounded by an ocean of white. Thinking about the mini made me think back to some of the vehicles I have owned over the years. When I left school at age 14 and began working as a van boy for the Monarch Laundry, the (blue)Morris van was my first vehicle (although I didn’t own it). I picked up dirty washing on Monday and Tuesday, we had a half day Wednesday, just van washing in the morning and maybe a few small errands. Thursday- Friday delivered clean laundry and collect payment. Saturday morning try to catch the dodgers of said payments. My first car was a 1935 Standard Nine, Ugh!! that’s all I will say about it. I have honestly no idea how many cars I have owned over my lifetime, surely in the hundreds, not sure I can remember them all. In one year (1961) I bought and sold twelve cars of varying vintage and makes.  Probably my most reliable early car was my 1936 Hillman ( the B/W photo). I also probably kept it the longest, maybe a year. The nicest car was my 1948 Rover (red/black photo) bought in pieces and restored to its original beauty. I had many Rovers from P3 to P6 and Sd1. Tried my hand at VW’s but they never really took. had a few Mercedes, a Renault and a couple of other foreign cars but always returned to the British cars. MG’s Triumphs,Jaguars, even a front wheel drive BSA Scout of 1935 vintage. The one special car I always wanted but never managed to land was a 1948-52 Triumph 2000 Roadster (the red car in photo) . This was never considered a great success or indeed very practical in British motoring terms. The only British post war car to feature a rumble seat, it was heavy and underpowered with a four cylinder engine. The rumble seat was not considered very dignified for one’s aging mother-in-law or great Aunt. Probably too Americanized for the British public, but I liked the racy modern lines, the big chrome headlights and imposing grille. I owned a few two wheelers, A BSA Golden Flash with side car. A triumph 650 twin, and a couple of scooters, see the 1974 Lambretta photo. So what was the best car ever that I owned. Hmm, tough question, probably the Rover P3, maybe a 1936 Jaguar, the 1936 Hillman Minx the most reliable. Triumph TR3 the most flashy. but if I’m honest my lovely little 2009 Mini Cooper convertible is the most fun to drive ever!!!!

By the way the phone just rang! yes church is cancelled again.

God Bless and keep reading —- Trust me summer will arrive someday!!!.

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First day of Spring

001March 21st 2015 the first day of spring is upon us and yet another storm is on its way. Maybe not as bad as past storms, this one is being referred to as a mixed bag! maybe snow maybe rain and definitely wind. As we all know snow eventually becomes water and rain is already water and our ditches are already full of snow. More precipitation in any form we do not need, we may need a boat, certainly a sump pump but definitely do not need more bad weather. First day of spring sucks! I have been forced to stay indoors much of this winter with nothing to do but watch TV.  That sucks too, ever watch the stupid commercials?? Stupid being the key word. Lets take Scotia Bank and their really stupid commercial, “You are richer than you think” is this aimed at making us think we have a savings account/investment we forgot about!!!!! Not very likely and you can take that to the bank. How about the guy who screams at us from the back seat of a sea-doo. His orange coloured coffee cup in hand. He represents the all new “Tangerine Banking” in fact its just a new name for”ING direct”, remember the Dutch guy juggling oranges. This inane commercial ends with the coffee cup guy yelling “Its that simple” I think what it really means,  if we believe him, its us that are that simple. I really should have been an Ad Executive myself, I would have found doing ads like these that simple, really!!.

Sorry folks it must be the weather, I’m going stir crazy or maybe its cabin crazy either way the word is crazy!!! Maybe Arsenal will win today and cheer my black mood, if they loss, well I can always strangle to sea-doo guy!!! Enjoy the first day of spring from where ever you are, I have to go now, I need to scream.

God Bless and keep reading

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Re-open the PNP Inquiry!!!!

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Former civil servant critical of provincial nominee program in P.E

Prince Edward Island’s controversial immigrant investor program was rife with abuse and was run by a close personal friend of the premier even after he was shuffled to a different government agency, according to a former top bureaucrat in the Robert Ghiz government.Allan Rankin served as clerk of Executive Council under Ghiz from 2007 to 2009. Before that, he was a heavyweight in the Liberal administrations of both Joe Ghiz and Catherine Callbeck and also worked in Ottawa as a parliamentary assistant. In his recent column in The Eastern Graphic newspaper, Rankin shared his thoughts about P.E.I.’s failed Internet gambling initiative, stating his belief the Ghiz government did not learn from its mistakes with the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). He details what he knew of this program, which has been mired in controversy since 2008. Rankin alleges the former Progressive Conservative government abused the program before the Liberals took office, investing immigrant monies into local businesses that didn’t actually exist. The Liberal government then ramped up the program just before Ottawa shut it down in 2008. In his column, Rankin says he was told by a colleague that immigrant investments were allegedly being “peddled as an incentive for the purchase of Liberal fundraising tickets.” Says Rankin: “PNP operated in the shadows, its benefits flowing only to those on a select and much guarded list.” The auditor general (AG) investigated the PNP in 2009 and found multiple instances where program officials broke rules. The AG also found some deputy ministers, MLAs and their family members received money through this program. The AG did not call this an outright conflict of interest, but did call on government to review and strengthen its conflict of interest guidelines. Rankin says he did raise concern about conflict of interest regarding the deputy in charge of the PNP, Brooke MacMillan. MacMillan and his wife received immigrant investment from the PNP directly after he was shuffled to the P.E.I. Liquor Control Commission in August 2008. But, Rankin now alleges that although MacMillan was no longer deputy minister in charge of PNP, MacMillan continued to manage the PNP for a further five weeks as CEO of the Liquor Commission during the time he received PNP money. Rankin says he took this to Premier Robert Ghiz in October 2008. Initially, he was directed to investigate. But later this task was reassigned to then-deputy treasurer, the late Paul Jelley. That investigation cleared MacMillan. Rankin says he was replaced as clerk of Executive Council shortly thereafter, tying his reassignment to whistleblowing against MacMillan, “a close personal friend of the premier (who) got to keep his job.” He also notes a report he delivered just before his departure proposing a new Public Service Code of Conduct and Ethics Management was quietly shelved. Speaking to The Guardian Thursday, Rankin says he wrote his column after learning about the Ghiz government’s failed e-gaming proposal, which transpired a few years after PNP. He believes if some of the ethics systems he proposed had been implemented, the e-gaming controversy may never have happened. “As I said in my column, (the PNP) was certainly a clandestine operation. It was something that not many people were in on and knew about,” he said. “I’m writing about in what I believe to be the public interest… I think the public should know about it.” —————————————————————————————— How about this amazing statement from our new and ever so transparent unelected Premier. What he is actually  saying is “we ain’t re-opening this can of worms” A statement from Premier Wade MacLauchlan’s office noted the Provincial Nominee Program has been “thoroughly reviewed and audited in the past,” including by the auditor general, the RCMP and the Canadian Border Service Agency. And so folks,.  the usual government antics will carry on. People, its really time for change,  think seriously before you cast your vote in the next Provincial election. Can we really afford another four years of conniving,cheating, and cover ups. Please vote for anyone but Red or Blue. We must not repeat history. It really is Greener Greener Greener over the next hedgerow if we give new honest people a chance.. God Bless and keep reading.  
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A Little tune to Lighten the Wintry Blues

The Justin Trudeau Song!!!

A light and cheery start to this stormy morning.duffy

You are going to love this!!!

Justin Trudeau’s song.​                      Mike Duffy likes it!!!

Now we have to wait for the “Happy Harper Harmonies”  to strike back with an Ottawa Opus!!!!

God Bless and keep reading

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Will It Ever End???

Labchuk roadAs I sit here this morning listening to the radio advising motorist to stay of the roads, RCMP reporting whiteouts, Government garage reporting plows are off the roads until the wind drops. It seems like an never ending story of the winter blahs!!! We are out of bread and probably a few other items and I need a haircut, but neither hair or groceries  will happen today. This makes me think back the good old snow storm of yore.  I recall on Christmas Eve 1969 Caroline and I arrived on PEI to spend Christmas with Linda and her family. Caroline and I waited at a friends home in Charlottetown until Linda finished work. She was working day shift at the Island Phone Co, finishing at 4 pm when we planned to drive to South Rustico. The snow started that morning, slow at first but gradually building, by noon it was a full blown snow storm and by the time Linda finished work we were going nowhere. On Christmas morning we set out in my trusty (some would say rusty) old Austin for South Rustico. The Rustico Road wasn’t plowed so we headed to Hunter River and then on to hwy 13, but again the Bungay and Stead roads were not plowed, so near and yet so far. It was back to Charlottetown for Christmas day and lengthy explanations to Caroline (5 years old) that Santa too had been delayed by the weather. Not an easy explanation as Santa didn’t need to use the roads!!! however, we settled on poor visibility when landing on roof tops with heavy snow on them.  We finally arrived at the farm on Boxing day morning and celebrated our late Christmas. Linda’s father called me out to the barn to see his cow giving birth. Something a city boy like me had never seen, it was not pleasant to watch but the calf survived and Linda’s dad reached over head and produced a brown paper bag with a pint neck sticking out at the top. I had a much needed drink, of what I’m not sure, rum? maybe Rye could have been something else, but it did warm my frozen bones.

Now back to the present, but its worse than the past with no mystery brown paper bag bottle to take the edge off. The good old days eh!!!!

Roll on Spring!!!!

God Bless and keep reading

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Catching Pigs?—Bill C-51

A thought to remember, Marx said, “Remove one freedom per generation and soon you will have no freedom and no one would have noticed.”RCMP

There was a chemistry professor in a large college that had some exchange students in the class. One day while the class was in the lab, the professor noticed one young man, an exchange student, who kept rubbing his back and stretching as if his back hurt. The professor asked the young man what was the matter.

The student told him he had a bullet lodged in his back. He had been shot while fighting communists in his native country who were trying to overthrow his country’s government and install a new communist regime. In the midst of his story, he looked at the professor and asked a strange question.number4

He asked: “Do you know how to catch wild pigs?”

The professor thought it was a joke and asked for the punch line. The young man said that it was no joke. “You catch wild pigs by finding a suitable place in the woods and putting corn on the ground. The pigs find it and begin to come every day to eat the free food. When they are used to coming every day, you put a fence down one side of the place where they are used to coming. When they get used to the fence, they begin to eat the corn again and you put up another side of
the fence. They get used to that and start to eat again. You continue until you have all four sides of the fence up with a gate in the last side. The pigs, which are used to the free corn, start to come through the gate to eat that free corn again. You then slam the gate on them and catch the whole herd. Suddenly the wild pigs have lost their freedom. They run around and around inside the fence, but they are caught. Soon they go back to eating the free corn. They are so used to it that they have forgotten how to forage in the woods for themselves, so they accept their captivity.”

The young man then told the professor that is exactly what he sees happening in Canada . The government keeps pushing us toward Communism/Socialism and keeps spreading the free corn out in the form of programs such as supplemental income, tax credit for unearned income, tax exemptions, tobacco subsidies, dairy subsidies, payments>> not to plant crops (CRP), welfare entitlements, medicine, drugs, etc., while we continually lose our freedoms, just a little at a time as the
government forces us to participate in many of these programs whether or not we want to.

One should always remember two truths: There is no such thing as a free lunch, and you can never hire someone to provide a service for you cheaper than you can do it yourself.article_leaster

If you see that all of this wonderful government “help” is a problem confronting the future of democracy in Canada, you might want to share this with your friends. If you think the free ride is essential to your way of life, then you will probably not share this.1young stevie0270540_635945286499857_4964808029842637184_n

BUT, God help us all when the gate slams shut!

Quote for today: “The problems we face today are there because the people who work for a living are now outnumbered by those that vote for a living.”

Food for thought!!!! My thought is that Harper and Easter would do better catching pigs than forming policy.

God Bless and keep reading

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