Jack Layton can’t believe it’s not butter

Is this a great country or what? Probably “or what” since we’re apparently not trusted to read clear labels and make sensible decisions.

Consider two stories from the past week. In the first, a Quebec judge fined Unilever Canada for putting “Becel Gold with Buttery Taste” on a tub clearly identified as “margarine”, lest people should think “buttery” meant it was butter. In the second, Jack Layton was asked if he’s still a socialist and replied “I don’t go around sticking labels on myself”.

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Cobweb of calculations no way to value CBC

Apparently there’s no better bargain than the CBC.

A Deloitte & Touche LLP study says the broadcaster’s $1.7-billion budget adds $3.7 billion to the Canadian economy, $1.3 billion more than any other possible use of the money. Clearly the CBC couldn’t have found a better bargain than this report. But for the rest of us, the crucial question is, how do they know that?

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Socialists, know thyself!

What, if anything, is the NDP thinking?

I don’t mean that as a cheap shot about their foolish beliefs on economics, foreign policy or sex, tempting as it is. Rather I’m trying to figure out why they don’t think they’re socialists any more. It isn’t easy.

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European Union mirage is fading fast

The European Union may well go to the PIIGS.

Reckless budgeting in Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece and Spain threatens to destroy the common European currency, drain the shallow pool of political goodwill, and expose a politically united, economically, militarily and culturally mighty Europe as just an empty dream.

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