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The Colour Green

Last week (I think I must have missed posting this – last week was May 3rd) , I drove along a route where in the Fall the colours we here in the temperate zone find particularly resplendent. However, this is the Spring.

I noticed that Spring colours have their own beauty.

In the fall, we have the deep green of the evergreens, the brilliant reds of oaks and maples and the yellow/orange of the aspens. Colours we set aside time to venture out and enjoy; colours that tour operators advertise and take people on road trips to see.

In the Spring, we just say, things are greening up. Yet Spring greens have their own charm:

1. There are still the deep greens of the various coniferous species,
2. There are the pale greens of the aspens and their kin,
3. There is the reddish green of budding maples, and
4. There are the greys of the bare tree branches of trees with slower developing foliage.

Take the time to enjoy some of the simpler colours of Spring.

The Plaidneck

Demagoguery.

In the west, we are supposed to elect Governments, not Rulers.

Somehow, we have forgotten that.

A recent statement by the vice president of the US, eminently illustrates this trend.

In response to brinkmanship from North Korea, he said, “not to test Trump’s resolve.” Although the Presidential system places considerable power in the hands of their leader, the government still is a president-appointed cabinet balanced by an elected house and a vetted judiciary.

Wouldn’t a more democratic statement have been “do not test OUR resolve.” The US system was not designed to be headed by a dictator.

Here in the great white north, we to are falling into the exalted leader trap. A Prime Minister’s Office led government defended publically by talking points and evasion of serious parliamentary debate.

Our government considers itself to have been elected with a “mandate” but in fact less than 40% of those who voted supported them; our southern neighbours elected a president with support of less than 50% voter support yet both seem to be tending toward an impression that they have received a Devine right to Rule.

Unfortunately, I’m becoming more pessimistic about our ability to even slow this trend. Finding unbiased, researched reporting on events is getting difficult. Without variety, listening and compromise, I’m afraid we could be in real trouble as a global society.

The Plaidneck

A Dastardly Liberal Ploy

In 2018, the first Prime Minister of Canada (a Conservative) will have his likeness removed from the very common ten dollar bill

A number of changes to the images on our currency are planned for that time frame.
Wilfred Laurier, a Liberal Prime Minister will remain on the $5 but may be replaced at a later date after a consultative process.

Viola Desmond, a civil rights pioneer will now adorn the $10

Queen Elizabeth remains the face of the face of the $20

Until the next redesign (for which there also will be a consultative period) the $50 will keep William Lyon MacKenzie King and the Sir Robert Borden (another Conservative Prime Minister) will remain on the $100.
If your experience is like mine, you use 5s through maybe 50s. Trying to spend a 100-dollar bill is difficult. Managers are usually called to authorize acceptance of this denomination. I often do bank withdrawals at my bank’s ATMs. For my withdrawals (the normal maximum allowed) they do not issue one hundreds
Fives are common and fairly well used although they may be phased out possibly for another coin. Tens are one of our most popular bills; a fitting place for commemorating Viola Desmond. Twenties are maybe our most used bills. Fifties are also in fairly common use and will become more so as inflation diminishes its purchasing power.

The Liberal government has just pulled a fast one. They have managed to remove or diminish the Conservative influence from our currency for at least this term of parliament.

The Plaidneck

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