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1  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: How Would Your State Vote on Secession? on: Today at 01:40:40 pm
Ontario separating from Canada would be like England separating from the UK. I would probably vote yes for the lolz, but I can't think of anywhere that would be under 90% No. Maybe Toronto :p
2  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: All US/Canadian big 4 pro teams ranked on: Today at 01:38:02 pm
#74, #81, #92

And lol Toronto Maple Leafs in last place. Makes so much sense... having to pay a small fortune to watch the worst hockey imaginable. 
3  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you live in an Urban, Suburban, Exurban, or Rural Area? on: Today at 01:34:34 pm
Inner-suburban. I don't feel comfortable considering this area suburban, yet it is not quite urban either.
4  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: New Brunswick: September 22, 2014 on: September 19, 2014, 10:09:20 pm
NDP are choking hard, yet I can't point to anything in particular causing it.

Downfall-gate?
5  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Scottish independence referendum results thread (Sept 18, 2014) on: September 19, 2014, 07:23:58 pm
They were closer than the Quebec referendum
6  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Scottish independence referendum results thread (Sept 18, 2014) on: September 19, 2014, 06:55:09 pm
Quebec was 15 years between it, but the 2nd referendum came after 5 years of tumultuous politics in the country (1993 election, 1992 constitutional talks). 20 years seems like a safe bet for Scotland.

Luckily we're 19 years from the last referendum (but it's still a painful memory for this then-9 year old), and hopefully many years away until the next. 
7  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Scottish independence referendum prediction thread on: September 18, 2014, 06:31:45 am
I have no clue, so let's try:

NO: 50.6%
YES: 49.4%

Turnout: 93.5%

Not very original, if you know what I mean....

I see what you did there.
8  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Canadian by-elections, 2014 on: September 17, 2014, 05:50:25 pm
Yellowhead MP Rob Merrifield resigned to take a job in the Prentice government.
9  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Canada General Discussion 1.5: The Countdown Begins on: September 16, 2014, 05:25:55 pm

Very sad news. Is the provincial NDP having a leadership race? Maybe he will run!
10  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Canada General Discussion 1.5: The Countdown Begins on: September 16, 2014, 02:27:37 pm
Those by-elections should be fun.

I've heard of premiers being picked who don't have seats, but cabinet ministers? And now Prentice is going to force at least one more Tory backbencher to give up their seat?

On the federal level, Chretien appointed Stephane Dion to cabinet in 1996, prior to Dion winning a by-election.  In fact, according to this Edmonton Journal blog, there were 169 people appointed to the federal cabinet from outside the HoC between 1867 and 2011. 

As for the by-elections, I think only one more backbencher will have to step down.  As it stands now, I imagine that Mandel will run in Edmonton-Whitemud and Dirks will run in Calgary-Elbow, so that just leaves Prentice to find a seat.  It looks like Prentice will probably get Neil Brown to step down so that he can run in Calgary-Mackay-Nose Hill; I've heard that he wants to run in a riding that (at least partially) overlaps with his old federal seat, and those four ridings are Calgary-Mackay-Nose Hill, Calgary-Klein (where the MLA just got sworn in to the new cabinet), Calgary-Mountain View (has a Liberal MLA), and Calgary-Varsity (MLA shows no sign of wanting to step down; also has a strong Liberal base).

Interesting; I hadn't realized Hancock had resigned.
11  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Canada General Discussion 1.5: The Countdown Begins on: September 16, 2014, 07:08:53 am
Those by-elections should be fun.

I've heard of premiers being picked who don't have seats, but cabinet ministers? And now Prentice is going to force at least one more Tory backbencher to give up their seat?
12  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of 9/11 Jokes on: September 15, 2014, 06:47:05 am
An essential part of my "The Aristocrats" routine
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Did your mother keep or change her name when she got married? on: September 14, 2014, 07:52:38 am
Why is the trend these days to take the husband's name? I cringe every time someone on my Facebook's feed has all of a sudden changed their last name. And if I were to ever bitch and moan about it, they would probably say it was their choice blah blah blah. Very well then, but the tradition is directly descended from when women were the property of men. Who wants to be associated with that tradition? Well, most women these days, inadvertently.

When our daughter was born, we gave her a hyphenated name. My spouse and I are yet to get married (we may, but it's not a priority). If we do get married, we'll adopt the same hyphenated name as our daughter. What's that? Yes, I, a man will be changing my name upon marriage! TAKE THAT FACEBOOK FEED! Professionally though, I would still go by my maiden name.

As for my mother, she's not the feminist I turned out to be, so she changed her name. That didn't stop some of my friends using her maiden name as a nickname for me (pronouncing it in the original German of course).
14  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: New Brunswick: September 22, 2014 on: September 13, 2014, 10:42:41 pm
I'm glad they finally have regional breaks, but I have no idea which region Northern NB fits in. I'm going to assume Moncton / East Coast contains all of Northern New Brunswick.
15  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Canada General Discussion 1.5: The Countdown Begins on: September 13, 2014, 07:11:14 pm
lol newfy math
16  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Canada General Discussion 1.5: The Countdown Begins on: September 13, 2014, 05:24:16 pm
NL PC leadership race headed to a third ballot, because 2nd ballot was a 1 vote lead, but not a majority as there was one rejected vote.
17  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Americans: if your state... on: September 13, 2014, 02:19:41 pm
It would be hilarious if Ontario tried to separate from Canada.
18  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Ontario municipal elections, (October 27, 2014) - Master thread on: September 13, 2014, 01:04:08 pm

Well, it's safe to say 75% of Torontonians generally support conservative parties in other elections Wink
19  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: New Brunswick: September 22, 2014 on: September 12, 2014, 07:58:23 pm
Nothing new these days.
20  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Ontario municipal elections, (October 27, 2014) - Master thread on: September 12, 2014, 07:56:38 pm
Of all the things that could possibly kill him, who'da thunk a tumour would be high on it?

I see what you did there. Very good.

Haha. I wish I was that clever Tongue
21  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Ontario municipal elections, (October 27, 2014) - Master thread on: September 12, 2014, 05:05:48 pm
Of all the things that could possibly kill him, who'da thunk a tumour would be high on it?
22  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Ontario municipal elections, (October 27, 2014) - Master thread on: September 12, 2014, 10:45:17 am
Ottawa's newest mayoral candidate: https://twitter.com/RebaforMayor

She has my vote (probably)
23  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Ontario municipal elections, (October 27, 2014) - Master thread on: September 10, 2014, 10:14:27 am
I guess Toronto Liberals have found their candidate, and it's not Olivia Chow. Sad

Amazing that John Tory could actually win an election.
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Discuss this picture on: September 09, 2014, 09:17:51 pm
Strange, considering that area went NDP last election.

This is not as surprising as seeing a Hillary Clinton for Senate sign back in 2000.
25  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: US States Flags Survivor on: September 09, 2014, 08:36:56 pm
Alaska to win
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