Trudeau proposal at Liberal Convention vs Stephen Harper record

Justin Trudeau at Winnipeg Convention 1030After reading his very balanced analysis of former PM Stephen Harper’s ten years in power, I agree with Michael Den Tandt that history will be kind to the former PM. In fact, I believe that, since no human being is perfect, he will eventually be seen as one of Canada’s best PM’s.

Now, compare Den Tandt’s Harper record, both pro and con, to the last seven months of the Justin Trudeau Liberal Government, including what is going on at the Liberal Convention in Winnipeg this weekend.

Ah, yes, everything is now sunny ways. Except it isn’t! Elbowgate comes to mind. While I don’t want to make a big deal out of that incident, one thing was clear. When things are not going Mr. Trudeau’s way, he just might barge in to make sure everyone behaves as he thinks they should.

At the Liberal Convention in Winnipeg, for example, Mr. Trudeau is aggressively promoting a change to the federal Liberal Party Constitution that would allow anyone to become part of, at no cost, what the current PM is calling “a Liberal Movement.” Whatever that is supposed to mean. One thing is for sure, Liberal party loyalty will go by the wayside if there are no longer any grassroots “members.”

And, yes, many of those grassroots are complaining. I mean, when even liberal-friendly Joan Bryden is questioning the rate and kind of change Mr. Trudeau is recommending for his party, you have to know that Liberal leadership arrogance has already set in.

On the complaints about the Trudeau proposal, Bryden writes:

While the proposal is being touted as a way to throw open the doors of the party, it has raised hackles among rank and file Liberals who suspect it will actually turn the party into a different kind of exclusive club, one in which the leader and his cronies run the party as they see fit.

Of course, the irony is obvious. For years we heard that Stephen Harper was a controller who had a hidden agenda and, as such, was going to change the face of the Conservative Party of Canada (CPC), if not all of Canada.

Well, as Den Tandt summarizes, Harper wasn’t the controller people claimed he was, he didn’t have a hidden agenda and he left both the CPC and Canada in good procedural and fiscal shape.

I wonder, will Liberals be able to say the same by 2019? I doubt it!

In my opinion, then, I believe that history will judge Stephen Harper’s leadership legacy, both to his party and his government, to be superior to that of Justin Trudeau’s.

The popularized 1895 “Grade 8” exam likely for teacher “applicants.”

I saw this 1895 Grade 8 exam on the blog “Milton Conservative” who gave a Hat Tip to “Church&Sons.” As a Google search will indicate, this so-called exam has been around for a long time. Some say it is fiction. Others say it is true but not for Grade 8s.  As Truth or Fiction presents it:

How many of us could graduate from 8th grade?

Remember when our grandparents, great-grandparents, and such stated that they only had an 8th grade education? Well, check this out. Could any of us have passed the 8th grade in 1895? This is the eighth-grade final exam from 1895 Salina, KS. USA. It was taken from the original document on file at the Smokey Valley Genealogical Society and Library in Salina, KS and reprinted by the Salina Journal. 8th Grade Final Exam: Salina, KS -1895.
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Remembering the Almonte train disaster

This morning I noticed an article by Ottawa journalist Michael Harris entitled “Past keeps on rolling.” It is about the Almonte, Ontario train disaster that happened on December 27th, 1942 at 8:43pm.

You would think that not even being three years old, I wouldn’t remember a thing. But, when I read the article, it all came back to me in a flash — like watching a movie in my head. 

My father was overseas and my mother and I had gone to spend Christmas with relatives in Almonte. From what my mother told me later, we had been waiting at the station, in the cold, for a couple of hours when the train finally came. Mom didn’t like line ups so we simply waited to board.

What I remember is that she was holding my hand and we were just about to board the very last standing car when she turned her head and saw the moving train coming towards us — it’s bright light shining in the darkness. She screamed, grabbed me and we quickly moved back (as did a lot of other people) against the station building. What I most remember, however, is the unbelievable noise of the crash as the moving train pushed through the middle of the last several cars, with bodies and people being thrown everywhere.

I then remember sitting on a train platform bench as I watched my mother helped the injured. She told me later her aunt eventually came and picked me up and she worked late into the night helping in whatever way she could.

My mother and I talked about the incident only a few times over the years. And, being so young, I simply forgot about it. Until this morning. When I read the article, I clearly started to remember certain things. What this means is that small children DO store traumatic memories, even if they are not aware of them being there, memories that can be triggered. Intellectually, I knew that fact since I had been a memory specialist when I had my own special education practice prior to retirement.

However, of course, it’s different when it’s yourself doing the remembering. Interestingly, I have never felt comfortable around trains. Once I board I can relax but standing beside them makes me very nervous. Clearly, I now know the reason why.

The title of the Harris’ piece, the “past keeps on rolling” is true in more ways than one.