Let us recap what we know.
-His French is lousy;
-He doesn't like the current division of powers and wants to use the federal government's power to spend in provincial jurisdictions;
-At some point he left university without completing a degree.
-He was an Ontario MPP. He was also Ontario Minister of Education for not quite three years.
Here is what I need clarification on:
-What is this "historical researcher" position he had in Edmonton? Was it a summer job? Who was it with?
-How did he get involved with the food bank in Edmonton. We know it already existed when he became Executive Director. How did a political science university drop-out with "research" experience get a job managing a food bank? Was he a volunteer before that or was he a customer? Or both? Or neither?
-How many courses did he fail before leaving the political science program? What was his grade point average?
-While working at a food bank (in Edmonton or Toronto), did he ever bring home food from the food bank (and thus evade income taxes)?
-What did he accomplish as Ontario Education Minister?
For you non-Ontarians, the title of this post is a reference to Ontario's last election campaign when a PC staffer got, shall we say, over-eager and sent out a press release with that as a title. I'm poking fun at myself, I don't actually think that Gerard Kennedy is a kitten eating alien from outer space. And yes, GASP, I've just outed myself as a former Ontario resident.
Some people ask why I am so angry at Gerard Kennedy.
Until recently, I was mostly indifferent to the whole Liberal leadership campaign. None of the candidates appeared particularly appealing.
I'm dismayed at the inadequate employment insurance program. $413 a week is a joke when you are used to so much more. They deduct your vacation pay and there is a two week deduction above that. And the payments don't last long at all. I wouldn't wish unemployment on my worse enemy.
Here comes Gerard Kennedy, branded as a progressive. I wanted to support him. I really wanted to.
I couldn't find any of his ideas but I was satisfied that he had two degrees, was semi-fluent in French and STARTED Canada's first food bank.
Then I read somewhere about him wanting education standards and became a bit concerned. Then I heard a radio interview he did on Thursday. I was livid. I can't imagine why any French-Canadian would support this guy (his wife notwithstanding). He wants MORE POWER for the federal government. I realised the upcoming disaster if Gerard Kennedy gets anywhere close to power. THAT INTERVIEW explained to me his 1.7% delegate showing in Quebec.
After reading all the theories and spin about why he did so badly in Quebec, I had to go negative on Kennedy and point people in the right direction.
Then on Sunday I finally hear him in French: horrible. Not bilingual, not by a long shot. The same day I read the two page piece on him in the Toronto Star and realised not only doesn't he have two degrees, he has NONE! And he didn't start the food bank in Edmonton. The food bank just happens to be the first in Canada, a coincidence.
Add to that the dozens of outrageous comments I was receiving on every Kennedy post and you had the perfect storm. So yeah, over the long weekend (which suck when you are unemployed), I went a bit Barbara Kay, Jan Wong, Barbara Amiel, Diane Francis and Bill O'Reiley and let loose. My audience shot up 600%. And since I have all those adds on my blog and an empty bank account...
Upadate 2006-10-10 15:20
The following post is probably good advice (LMAO):