Archive for September, 2011

Canuck Keystone Kops Promote Keystone Pipeline

September 25, 2011

by Jack Locke

Harvard grad, Joe Oliver, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources puts Canada second

You would think the Government of Canada would put the interests of Canada first, in front of the interests of other nations. Unfortunately, Canada’s current government is putting the interests of continental energy security ahead of Canadian energy security.

“Minister Oliver also took the opportunity to reiterate the government’s strong support for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, noting that ‘the Government of Canada believes the project is an important plank in building continental energy security,'” states a Sept. 23 press release by Canada’s Department of Natural Resources. The release was titled, Minister Oliver Touts Canada’s Energy Resources and Economic Strengths.

But the TransCanada PipeLines Limited Keystone XL project’s true plank is to provide America with energy security.

“KXL has the potential to be an economic boon for Montana’s economy by increasing jobs and tax revenues and opening up potential new markets for oil from our Bakken and Williston formations,” wrote Montana’s straight-shooting Governor Brian Schweitzer, in a May 2010 letter to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

“The pipeline could also potentially enhance U.S. energy security…” he adds.

What’s not said is that the pipeline could potentially harm Canadian energy and economic security. By transporting vast quantities of non-renewable, raw oil products, Canada will lose the opportunity to create new jobs through further refinement before shipping.


Government of Canada standard returns

September 15, 2011

by Jack Locke

It may be a coincidence, it may be a new headline writer, but Lockeblog is pleased to note that the Government of Canada has returned to the practice of calling itself, “the Government of Canada,” rather than “the Harper Government.”

From The official Government of Canada website
Government of Canada Announces First Recipients of the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships
Ottawa, September 15, 2011 — The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology) today announced the inaugural 70 recipients of the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships. This announcement is in line with the Government of Canada’s commitment to making our country a global centre of excellence in research, innovation and higher learning.

Harper Government abuse of power

September 10, 2011

What will Canada's Harper do next?

by Jack Locke

I yearn for the good old days, when the Government of Canada was known for patronage, nepotism, and contract granting to pals. Now, they’ve gone too far.

Recently, the Harper Government has been using the people’s resources to promote His empire. It is clearly an abuse of power.

“Harper Government Invests in New Energy Efficiency Initiatives,” proclaims a headline on the government’s website. Other headlines also start with the blatant commercialization of Him, “Harper Government takes another step towards eliminating job-killing red tape.”

The Right Honourable has expropriated the government service for his own political aggrandizement.

The poor public service technicians must have been bullied by this new policy, obviously agreed to by a gang of Harper’s hand-selected, election-planning plotters.

Soon, expect to see Harper’s mug on the twenty-dollar bill. The multitudinous ways in which his creative team of hijackers can manipulate communications for their venal purposes is unlimited. They will bend the rules, rewrite the rules, or as in the present case, abuse the rules.

It is a sad day when Harper and his scallywags can play political mischief with near impunity.

Their reintroduction of the word Royal to Canada’s Air Force is prescient. It is not only the Air Force that is a Royal.

Stephen Gadhafi, Prime Minister of Harperica

September 8, 2011

by Jack Locke

You can’t turn your back on him for a second.

The dictator of Calgary Southwest has commenced his shredding of democracy.

Take a look at the Government of Canada website

Harper government invests in new energy efficiency initiatives

7 September 2011

The Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources, announced today that the Government of Canada is investing $78 million over the next two years to create jobs in the energy sector and save Canadian homeowners money while improving energy efficiency.

Harper Government takes another step towards eliminating job-killing red tape

6 September 2011

Today, Minister of State Maxime Bernier (Small Business and Tourism), and chair of the Red Tape Reduction Commission, announced the Commission has taken another step toward cutting job-killing red tape with the release of the Commission’s What Was Heard Report.

We miss you Jack.

Labour Day at the PMO

September 5, 2011

No statement by our Prime Minister re: Labour Day. That’s a statement.


I Love This City With A Love Precarious

September 2, 2011

by Jack Locke

I love this city with a love precarious
There is no quadrant extant without breeze
Its potholes and knotholes are nefarious.

Mosquitoes here are non-malarious
But taxes bite more vicious than fleas
I love this city with a love precarious.

I don’t dance nor sing but enjoy vicarious
As artists perform perfect as they please
Its potholes and knotholes are nefarious.

With cultures and culprits so various
It fosters a certain vibrant unease
I love this city with a love precarious.

Here government governs hilarious
While universities bestow serious degrees
Its potholes and knotholes are nefarious.

The sidewalks of Montreal are gregarious
Grey and crumbling like me and my knees
I love this city with a love precarious
Its potholes and knotholes are nefarious.