The NDP should Axe the Tobacco Tax.

Carole James

Yes, they should. It adds $37 to a carton of cigarettes. Canadians have pumped $138 Billion into government coffers since Louis St. Laurent levied the first tobacco tax in 1950.

And where has that gotten us? Censorship. Certain companies can’t advertise in certain places… or at all? Discrimination. Folks, stuck outside, 5 metres from everything, trying to lite up in the cold Canadian wind.

Is this the Canada we want to live in? Where habit is treated like a threat rather than a comfort? Where businesses are sued instead of embraced? Where hospitals are filled with the sick and needy… rather than the terminally happy?

In 1965, 60% of Canadians were loving life in Marlboro country, now only 25% enjoy that priviledge.

Carole James, thousands of British Columbians are counting on you to keep fighting against these repressive regimes. Not since “Colonel” Drew stood in the House against another giant taxgrab in 1950 has there been someone to fight against these grave injustices. Good Luck.

George Alexander Drew

***THE PRECEDING POST WAS EXTREMELY SARCASTIC —- I DON”T EVEN SMOKE —- THE CARBON TAX IS THE FIRST STEP TO ENDING OUR ADDICTION TO OIL —- OPPOSING IT TO SCORE POLITICAL POINTS ONLY ENDANGERS MORE LIVES DUE TO CLIMATE CHANGE AND RELIANCE ON INCREASINGLY PRECIOUS CRUDE OIL AND NATURAL GAS***

A Deck update.

I just wanted to let everyone know that I’ve added a couple pictures of our new deck on my previous post. We are definitely starting to enjoy it, even without stairs, which I’m sure is giving the Grandparents nightmares!! Muaaahahha :P

Here’s the original post with the updated slideshow. If you’re having trouble viewing the slideshow, let me know.

BC Debate Reaction

It was fairly non-eventful… though I think if anyone is declared a “winner” it will be Carol James of the NDP. I say that because she kept attacking Gordon Campbell and GC never really addressed her concern. James was on message and strong.

Gordon Campbell mostly stayed on the party line.. a few times he got in a knot responding to James, but for the most part he didn’t let her bug him. He probably gets points for that, but I think he’s going to come off as avoiding the questions of both Carr and James.

Adrian Carr of the Greens did well. She was definitely a little shaky… had some nerves. But she got some good shots in and positioned her party squarely in between. At some points agreeing with Campbell.. others agreeing with James and others disagreeing with both and pointing out the Green parties unique position. I was surprised that she actually mentioned legalizing marijuana. As far as i know, that would be a federal issue rather than a provincial one.. but I may be wrong.

Good debate, not too structured and while all three leaders kept themselves civil to the point of blandness there were some good exchanges.

Watching my Granddaughter Grow

What a pleasure it’s been to watch Jade grow and develop this past year. Whenever we go down to visit Jade, Chris and Theresa, we see such a change in the little one. It’s a pleasure and comfort seeing the delight in our children’s eyes as they watch their “miracle baby” move through the various stages of development. Jade is such a happy little thing…ready with a smile for everyone and yet a very serious expression when she sees someone for the first time.

I’ve certainly enjoyed getting updates and pictures of Jade on Chris’ blog- and so have all the aunts, uncles and cousins in Ontario!! Computers still amaze me…..I just got a new IMac OS X…wow, what a sophisticated, easy- to- use machine this is…makes one wonder how we did our degrees using typewriters and books!!

We are looking forward to celebrating Jade’s first birthday in May….we have been truly blessed this past year. Being a grandparent is a most delightful experience.

Easter Monday

Easter Monday