Ontario’s $200,000 Rubber duck

Ontario was also a nominee in the provincial category for having the most expensive counterfeit rubber duck.

As part of Canada 150 celebrations, the province spent $200,000 on a huge rubber duck — not a mallard or other native species — to float around Lake Ontario by Sugar Beach.

The duck — which was rented by a company in the U.S. — turned out to be an “illegal counterfeit” from a Dutch company.

The Dutch company said the U.S. rental costs of the fake were “exorbitant” and that they would have made the original available for Ontario’s Canada 150 had they been asked.

Andrew Scheer At The Manning Centre Conference

Last weekend conservative leader Andrew Scheer gave the keynote address at the Manning Centre conference.

OTTAWA – Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer painted a stark vision of the political battle on the horizon Friday as party faithful gathered in the national capital to plot a course towards a ballot-box victory in 2019.

The choice, Scheer told the Manning Networking Conference in his first major speech to conservatives since becoming leader last May, won’t be between left and right.

“It’s now a question about being free or unfree,” said Scheer, seeking to finally define himself – and redefine his party – as a viable choice for voters 20 months from now.

“The choice is whether Canada will continue as a free and open country, or whether Canadians will live their lives afraid to say what they think, always looking over their shoulders before they dare to suggest that maybe, just maybe, the government is not the solution to every problem.”

Glad to see a Conservative leader, speak so clearly about individual freedom and the proper role of government.

How Lincoln Changed the World in Two Minutes 

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Today would have been former President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday and in another great video from
Prager University. Professor Doug Douds explains why The Gettysburg Address led to a new birth of freedom in the United States.

Full Text of Speech

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
Abraham Lincoln

November 19, 1863

Ontario PCs two-step voting process and leadership debate

From the statement

Statement from Ontario PC Party President Jag Badwal and Chair of the Leadership Election Organization Committee Hartley Lefton:

“This election will be the most inclusive and open in the history of the Ontario PC Party. Party members from every region of Ontario will be able to elect our next leader and the future Premier of Ontario.

“Our secure, online, two-stage verification process is a major step forward in selecting a new leader to unite the Ontario PCs and prepare for the 2018 election. Just like you show ID to vote in person, you will show ID to vote online. This process will allow for greater engagement of our members in voting and selecting our new leader.”

Key Dates:

February 15th – Leadership Debate
February 16th – Membership cut-off
February 20th (approximately) – Unique verification number mailed to Ontario PC members
March 2nd – March 8th – Voting period
March 10th – Leadership Convention

Ronald Reagan lessons in becoming a great communicator

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 The president emphasized that it was not just “my rhetoric or delivery” that carried him into the White House but that his speeches contained basic truths that the average American instinctively recognized, like the necessity of preserving individual freedom. “What I said simply made sense to the [man] on the street,” he said.

In his early career as a radio broadcaster in Iowa, he discovered a basic rule that he followed all his life: “Talk to your audience, not over their heads or through them. Don’t try to talk in a special language of broadcasting or even of politics, just use normal everyday words.”