To my US associates: when discussing Canada, be careful not to assume it is a unified country
(Meanwhile, I still haven't had a Big Rock: Warthog , or Unibroue: Maudite , since coming to Nova Scotia)
The first thing that did strike me was that many of Trump's plans are roughly the same as Trudeau's: veterans, taxes, military spending, and firearms (sort of). It is interesting that Trump and Trudeau share many common objectives. Naturally, this was meaningless until we compare Clinton's platform as the commonalities could simply be common across the entire board.
This is where I was struck by my second big observation: Hillary Clinton hasn't made any statements of action. When comparing platforms, I generally isolate the stated actions and identify where the politicians are speaking about a similar issue (common features), and where they are speaking of things their competitor is ignoring (unique features). While I can do this between Trudeau and Trump, I cannot do it with Clinton, she has no actionable statements, only goals (exception for her VA platform).
Under these conditions, it would be impossible to hold Clinton accountable to her promises, given she hasn't actually made any (officially).
This is my arm-chair political analysis, for the weekend. I strongly encourage individuals who are voting in any election to always read the official platforms of the people they are voting for.
It annoys me that this issue has been buried until recently.
For example, in past positions I have attempted to make an argument for a different programming language at work; not a different compiler, but a different language on the same compiler. I feel the language was more expressive and would allow us to write code that was more maintainable.
The discussion keeps getting hung up on the all of the benefits of our current compiler, completely ignoring the fact that I am explicitly stating that part should not change.
Generally, the discussion fizzles when I press the point that the language, and the compiler, are two distinct things. I can tell that my audience suddenly understands there is a distinction, but no longer has any interest in pursuing discussion (and basically just walk away). I will later have to start all over again when the issue comes up.
So again, can anyone suggest resources that might help me frame arguments in a more effective manner?
That didn't take long.
I've had to explain this to a couple of American friends. ( let me know if I get anything drastically wrong for the UK, I'm speaking from a Canadian perspective).
The systems are pretty much identical between the American, French, Canadian, and UK systems, with a couple of surface things that make that slightly shift the balance of power in each region.
* Congress == Parliament
* Senate == Senate (CAN) == House of Lords (UK)
* President == Governor General (CAN) == Queen/The Crown (UK)
The big difference is that at some point in history in, the UK and Canada, the congress (parliament) elected a single representative to act as their voice: a primary-congressman (prime-minister). They then voted to restrict the president's (the crown's) power since it was too dictatorial; rather than face a coup, the president (the crown) agreed.
Overtime, given the president (the crown) had no real decision making power, power shifted to congress (parliament), and as the primary congressman, the prime-minister became the defacto head of state.
Prime-ministers are not elected by the people,
That is also how France can have both a president and a prime-minister.
I hope that makes things less confusing (not more)
EDIT: I have made edits for accuracy based on comments by
While they have had some pretty dodgey encounters with police, all CopWatch encourages people to do is "record".
At the start of my commute home, on my bicycle, I was trying to make a right hand turn... cop pulls right up on my rear. Hovers on my rear tire through the turn and into the lane. When I start to signal a lane change into the turning lane, then speeds up to take my arm off.
Wish I'd got the cruiser number, but was trying to establish a gap to get into the lane after being pushed out by the cop.
Thank-you to the car behind the officer.
Just to add insult to injury, an RCMP cruiser blew past me with about a foot clearance at the end of my commute.
#HfxRegPolice #RCMP #ShareTheRoadNS
The best part of the article was at the very end where he describes his views on conservation techniques. I am viewed with absolute derision for my views on conservation, but I can see now that I just come from a different time.
Only one in four Canadians say the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is good for their country, and more than one-third want it renegotiated, according to polling results released ahead of a North American leaders' Summit on Wednesday.
I certainly can not see the TPPA being at all beneficial for the average guy on the street but I can see how the big multinationals would like it.
If the TPPA is such a good deal why has it been surrounded in secrecy?
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