Canadia, the new ‘Merica

CALGARY/OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, now backed by a powerful parliamentary majority, said on Tuesday the energy sector can rest easy that his government will not impede plans to vastly expand the country’s oil sands output and ship some of the crude to Asia.

Harper, in his Western Canadian home base of Calgary on the morning after his Conservatives won big in the federal election, singled out the Western-based oil industry as being a beneficiary of his party’s pro-business agenda, which will also include corporate tax cuts and deficit reduction. Investors greeted the result with relief.

The Conservatives won 167 of 308 seats in the House of Commons in Monday’s vote, giving Harper a third mandate since 2006 and his first majority. Until now, the Conservatives’ minority-government status has meant they had to compromise with other parties on many policies.

The left-leaning New Democratic Party (NDP), which made record gains in Monday’s vote to become the official opposition for the first time, and the Liberals, who suffered a drubbing and finished third, both opposed increased tanker traffic on the Pacific Coast.

The Conservatives have long planned to cut the corporate tax rate to 15 percent next year from 16.5 percent. Their stated goal: to help business compete in a global market.

They say other tax breaks, including a family-friendly plan that will lower tax rates for couples with children, will follow once they eliminate a record-breaking budget deficit.

“One thing I’ve learned in this business is that surprises are generally not well-received by the public, so we intend to move forward with what Canadians understand about us and I think what they’re more and more comfortable with,” he said. [more]

Can we draft candidates from Canada? Maybe offer ‘em a future draft choice?

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Yes, I know how to spell Canada. Canadia is a joke me ol’ Canadian-born Dad thought hilarious.

10 Comments!

  1. LLoyd
    Posted May 3, 2011 at 9:57 pm |

    With prices over $4bucks now and heading higher ain’t gonna be too long when many of these demon-crats aren’t gonna want to get out of dodge whilst they still got all their body parts. And we don’t need to send no Seals.

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  2. PatrickP
    Posted May 3, 2011 at 10:00 pm |

    they’re weird up there.

  3. PatrickP
    Posted May 3, 2011 at 10:02 pm |

    Kathleen Madigan on Canada.

  4. Lord of the Fleas
    Posted May 3, 2011 at 10:49 pm |

    Can we draft candidates from Canada? Maybe offer ‘em a future draft choice?

    Yeah, right. As if you’d give us Sarah Palin in exchange for Elizabeth May and future considerations.

  5. Chuck from Tacoma
    Posted May 3, 2011 at 11:53 pm |

    “Can we draft candidates from Canada?”
    Seems a crap-load smarter than getting another one from Kenya.

  6. Steve Skubinna
    Posted May 4, 2011 at 5:59 am |

    They actually have elections up in Canada?

    That’s so cute!

  7. mojo
    Posted May 4, 2011 at 7:16 am |

    Hey Doug, we’re just trying to help. Them Canuks are obviously confused. Probably from the cold.

    If the country is named “Canada”, they the people living there are Canadans. If they’re called “Canadians”, then obviously the name of the country is “Canadia”…

  8. Brad
    Posted May 4, 2011 at 7:18 am |

    Why Shouldn’t they steal the good ideas.
    For years I have watched Southwest Airlines operate and wondered why the other airlines do not steal the good ideas.
    Even something as simple as how a bag tag should look and what info it should have. SWA has it figured out and many other airlines seem clueless.

  9. geezerette
    Posted May 4, 2011 at 7:35 am |

    What do you think they’d take for what we have now? We could throw in a few more like Biden,Pelosi just to start –see what we could get for them and go from there–

  10. Colonel Jerry USMC
    Posted May 4, 2011 at 9:52 am |

    DougM was an anchor baby! Who knew……………………….??