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This, that … wonderful stuff … and a referendum

The Liberals are steadfast in their defence of the first-past-the-post electoral system and tend to start frothing at the mouth at any suggestion of changing the system.

Leadership hopeful Dianne Watts has even suggested that Liberals will never form government again if we move away from first-past-the-post. For some, that’s a good enough reason to change right there.

The Liberals are quite concerned that next fall’s referendum will only require a 50-per-cent-plus-one majority to pass. That, according to the Liberals, is undemocratic and likely to result in the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse descending upon us.

Let me get this straight: The Liberals like the first-past-the-post system i.e. majority rules. Right. They don’t like the referendum having a threshold of 50-per-cent-plus-one. Right.

So, isn’t a 50-per-cent-plus-one vote on the referendum … wait for it … majority rule?

Just asking.


The old movie It’s a Wonderful Life has always been one of my favourite Christmas movies. Who doesn’t tear up when Clarence’s card is found on the tree and then a Christmas bell rings. We all know what that means, unless you haven’t seen them movie, or the play now on at Theatre North West.

Took in the show the other night and it is truly fantastic. The script sticks pretty close to the movie, so if you’re worried that artistic licence will change things up, don’t.

It has all the fun the movie does. The kicker is that it is presented like an old time radio play.

The premise is fantastic as is the presentation. The actors who are basically acting that they are acting, are superb. But the unsung heroes of the play are the sound effects. Since the premise that it is an old time radio play, we get to see the sound effects being made right there on the stage. The innovation is outstanding, unless you’re an old radio person in which case they’re old hat.

Make sure to take in the performance. You won’t be disappointed.


In these days of ‘fake news’ everything, there are those who are truly creative and whose goal is to entertain rather than promote an agenda. Such is the case with the CBC radio show This is That.

They got me good the other day when I was driving home. I switched channels and caught them mid-discussion. They were ‘interviewing’ a woman from Edmonton who felt that because she spent more than $250,000 on her wedding she should get a tax credit for all the economic activity her nuptials created. It was, of course, a spoof, which is what we called fake news before we it was fake news.

However, the interviewer and the ‘bride’ were very convincing. I think I was yelling at the radio before I realized the show I was listening to.

The best line was when the announcer asked her how married life was going and the response what they were doing fine but had some disagreements … mostly about money.

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