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Bear Safety Tips for Bob Rae

Liberal leader Bob Rae seems intent on provoking a Grizzly attack. I have slightly adapted some internet advice for him:

– Play dead! (The latest polling results should make that relatively easy.)

– Lie face down on the ground with your hands around the back of your neck.

– Stay silent and try not to move.

– Keep your legs spread apart and leave your pack on to protect your back (from Justin Trudeau).

– Once the bear backs off, stay quiet and still for as long as possible. Bears will often watch from a distance and come back if they see movement.

Enjoy and share:


Comment from Andrew Jackson
Time: April 5, 2012, 5:51 am

Nice one Erin

Comment from Thomas Bergbusch
Time: April 5, 2012, 6:56 am

Erin got the wrong animal — he should have been detailing solutions for dealing with a skunk!

It is a time-honoured tradition that 3rd parties are allowed to speak in response to a Budget. For instance, in 2007 Liberal finance critic John McCallum (of whom I am no particular fan) stopped his attack on the Harper budget to let the NDP’s Libby Davis give her own view of the budget and then he later resumed his attack. That is how things are usually done for the budget.

Not only the Liberals, but also the Bloc and the Green were prevented from speaking. Not one woman in Parliament had a chance to respond to the budget.

Something stinks, and sadly, very sadly, it is the leader of the party I grew up in.

Comment from Steven Lloyd
Time: April 5, 2012, 3:33 pm

Actually Thomas, the Liberals were given 20 minutes to speak yesterday and they took 11 of them. For a party that was whining about this for more than 11 minutes, that is pretty sad.

Comment from Marian Ruccius
Time: April 5, 2012, 7:24 pm

Right, Steven, and I’m sure that Elizabeth May had nothing to say either… The NDP used up 13 hours reading tweets! It is one thing to play negative politics on your own time — if the NDP want to run attack ads, that is up to them. Parliament belongs to Canadians, though, and we expect our political parties to facilitate open debate on the floor of the House.

How far has the NDP fallen! CCF and NDP legend Stanley Knowles would never have condoned this undemocratic behaviour. The only person ever to be made an honorary table officer of the House of Commons, because of his expertise in Parliamentary procedure, was clear on the responsibilities of the opposition. “The opposition”, he said, “should so conduct itself in Parliament as to persuade the people of the country that it could be an improvement on the government of the day.”

Not so the NDP, its finance critic behaving with the same disrespect of Parliamentary process that it once decried in the Conservatives.

Comment from Doc Manderly
Time: April 6, 2012, 4:55 pm

Past…pass it on….
The Ontario NDP have the balance of power…if you wanted them to say do a massive jobs, jobs, jobs budget in Ontario….instead of job killing cuts…

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