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Live From The Twitter: Political Edition

Just a little help from my tweets.

  • 10:44 Tiananmen Square protest 20 year anniversary, Associated Press archive photos: bit.ly/NK2Xa #china #tiananmen (via @latimesphotos) #

I was talking with a 20 something co-worker and made a offhand comment about Tianamen Square. He had never hear about it.

This blew my mind that he had never heard about one of the worse attacks on a people by a government in the modern times.

  • 10:30 We'll have the full transcript and recorded video of the President's speech on www.whitehouse.gov shortly. (via @whitehouse) #

  • 10:27 The Great Firewall of China Stands Tall, Still Not Unbeatable – bit.ly/bAiHA (via @mashable) #

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Quebec Votes Today

So here we are once again another election, the second in as many months.

Unfortunately, I can see the bi-annual elections feeding voter apathy and holding it on the coldest day since last winter is not going to help the turn out at the polls. It's freezing out there!!!

CBC has a great meet the leaders and parties page so if you have any last minute questions before heading out to the polls.

Only in Canada would you find people complaining about having to vote. We're so spoiled.

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The Economy At Home This Holiday Season

  • Quebec's consumer watchdog,  Options Consommateurs wants the province to make it illegal for credit card companies to solicit new customers. It might be a little nanny state, but the real problem is that some people do not have the life/economic skills required to deal with having credit. This usually leads to bad credit. I wonder if this is an over correction on their part to the credit crisis south of the border? What's needed is education for some and not taking something away from everyone else. Of course I don't think I would be alone in missing all the junk mail from credit card companies offering new cards we can't afford.

  • CBC News has an Econometer (that is updated daily) based on consumers confidence
    in the economy. Right now it's pretty evenly balanced from extremely worried to the worst is over. You can weight in on what your feelings are on the subject by completing the poll.

  • The OECD says that Canada will be hit by a recession and unemployment rates will increase. Finance Minister Jim Flaherty says that we're not in a recession but we may face a technical one. I'll say that politicians are proficient at double speak. I wonder if a technical recession will be easyier on low income families or people who have lost their jobs.
  • Since it doesn't take an economist to realize that spending will be down this holiday season, it will probabley mean better deals as retailers try to entice the few willing to part with their income. I wonder if stores staying open later on the weekends in downtown Montreal will entice more shoppers to spend? Even with the undergound city and extended hours I'm sure the cold and snow will keep a good number of people away regardless of the economy.

  • I've heard time and time again that during these troubled economic times, video games are a recession proof sector. The idea being that people are more willing to spend money to nest at home then venture out. It might be true… I've ordered a XBox 360 (as media extender first, game system second). It does certainly seems that the video game industry in Quebec is doing well.

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Get Out And Vote!

Liberal Party
Conservative Party
Bloc Québécois
Green Party

As I was reminded by one of my VOX neigbours, today is the Canadian Federal Election and I am passing along the reminder as well.

No matter who you're voting for you only have till this evening to decide the future of our country for the next few years.

What's interesting is that the main three parties have also truing the the social media like their counterparts down south. You can follow Jack Layton of the NDP, the Liberal Party and Prime Minister Stephen Harper on the Twitter.

If you need some help deciding on who to vote for or who not to vote for, why not check out the main players sites to get an idea what they are about.

Liberal Party of Canada
Conservative Party of Canada
Bloc Québécois
Green Party of Canada
New Democratic Party of Canada EDIT corrected accidental omission

And swing by Elections Canada to see what pieces of identification you'll need at the polling station for instance.

Remember lots of people have died in horrible wars past and present so we can complain about how our votes don't count. Also, you might forget that our grandmothers or great-grandmothers couldn’t even vote if they wanted to. Don't waste this privilege and right. Get out there and vote!

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