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    Gotta love Canada.

    When the financial crisis destroyed the banking industry in 2007/2008, Canada emerged from the rubble virtually unscathed.

    And go figure, the Bank of England recently hired a Canadian to take over.

    A lot of this article is dedicated to how Canada avoided the crisis.

    If there's a more calm, reasonable country on the face of the earth, I don't know what it is.

    HE HAS spent much of the year on Westminster’s naughty seat, after a poorly received budget in March. But George Osborne is still capable of guile and surprise. On November 26th the chancellor of the exchequer announced that Mark Carney, the head of Canada’s central bank, will take over as governor of the Bank of England when Sir Mervyn King completes his term next June. “He is quite simply the best, most experienced and most qualified person in the world to do the job,” gushed the chancellor.

    There was a strong case for hiring a foreign star. The bank’s powers are growing. Next year it will resume the task of supervising individual commercial banks. It will have new “macroprudential” tools, such as raising capital requirements for any sort of lending that might threaten financial stability. And it will continue to set monetary policy to control inflation. Mr Carney is familiar with all these tasks. He chairs the Financial Stability Board, a body that co-ordinates financial regulation for the G20, and whose previous chief was Mario Draghi, head of the European Central Bank. Like Mr Draghi, he has worked for Goldman Sachs, an unloved investment bank. But he is also known for a run-in with Jamie Dimon, boss of JPMorgan, over the need for stricter banking rules.

    Mr Carney’s other virtue is that he is an outsider. Paul Tucker, who had been favourite for the job, was the home-grown candidate closest to matching Mr Carney’s pedigree. But as one of the bank’s executives, he is linked to its past failings, including its slow reaction to the financial crisis.

    By contrast, Mr Carney has been lauded for his decisive response. Canada has come through the crisis largely unscathed. Its GDP is 5% higher than before the crisis; Britain’s is 3% lower. None of Canada’s banks had to be bailed out. It is telling that politicians on all sides, as well as the bigwigs of Bay Street (Canada’s version of Wall Street), are sorry to see Mr Carney go, if proud of the positive message it sends about their country. Jim Flaherty, the finance minister, described the news of his departure as “bittersweet”.


    Yet having a skilful central-bank chief is not the only, or even the main, reason for Canada’s resilience. A bigger one is the conservatism imposed on Canada’s lenders following the collapse of a few small regional banks in the 1980s. When crisis struck, the country’s banks held capital well above the levels prescribed by Basel 2, a set of international rules. The supervisor imposed an absolute ceiling on the loans—even those classified as low-risk under Basel 2—that each bank could make for a given capital base. Lenders are required to insure mortgages with the government if the downpayment is less than 20% of the home’s value.

    The decision in 1998 to stop Canada’s four biggest banks from merging into two proved crucial, too. The banks said they needed muscle to compete globally. As it turned out, by being forced to stay smaller and largely domestic in focus, they were shielded from the foreign adventures that crippled the Royal Bank of Scotland. Yet Canada’s success is a riposte to those in Britain who fear its concentrated banking system is a source of trouble. Canada’s biggest five banks account for a whopping 87% of lending.

    What lures Mr Carney to Britain? In part, a bigger job. Britain’s economy is not so much larger than Canada’s, but its central bank has greater influence in global forums such as the G7 and G20. Mr Carney will have less sway over monetary policy than he did in Canada—Sir Mervyn has been outvoted several times on interest-rate decisions. But he will have greater control over credit: in Canada, the government sets mortgage-lending standards.

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    The British initially brought in Paul Martin (ex Canadian Finance Minister & Prime Minister) to consult with the British government in regards to their fiscal & monitary policy. Martin was the prime architech for the Canadian banking system not merging and not being allowed to fully become involved in the derivative ponsi scheme. Martin pushed policies that took Canada from it's economic death bed in the 1990's to a healthy balance sheet before Mark Carney and the "Harper Government" came on the scene. By the way, Harper didn't agree with Martin's policies until they now have become a positive boasting point for him internationally. Carney, has done a decent job as a care taker of the monetary policy and Harper has been able to float quite comfortably while he plans to spend the hard earned past debt reductions on things like F35 military jets, a 1 billion dollar G20 weekend in Toronto and the much needed self aggrandizing and expensive photo ops.

    Being the head of the British Central Bank is going to be a bit of a different game for Carney, but at least he has some street credibility.
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    A democratic socialist fathered universal health care and liberal party leadership steered us away from Iraq involvement and from going the way of an unregulated and speculative banking system. As such, I would guess a greater percentage of Canadian lives are healthier and happier in comparison.
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    Re: Canada guy

    Quote Originally Posted by Blue_Bandxxx View Post
    The British initially brought in Paul Martin (ex Canadian Finance Minister & Prime Minister) to consult with the British government in regards to their fiscal & monitary policy. Martin was the prime architech for the Canadian banking system not merging and not being allowed to fully become involved in the derivative ponsi scheme. Martin pushed policies that took Canada from it's economic death bed in the 1990's to a healthy balance sheet before Mark Carney and the "Harper Government" came on the scene. By the way, Harper didn't agree with Martin's policies until they now have become a positive boasting point for him internationally. Carney, has done a decent job as a care taker of the monetary policy and Harper has been able to float quite comfortably while he plans to spend the hard earned past debt reductions on things like F35 military jets, a 1 billion dollar G20 weekend in Toronto and the much needed self aggrandizing and expensive photo ops.

    Being the head of the British Central Bank is going to be a bit of a different game for Carney, but at least he has some street credibility.
    Our banks barely made it through, and while none needed a bail out it was touch and go there for a while. Carney offered up liquidity before any banks asked for help, which kept confidence high enough. We might not get so lucky next time.

    As for Martin's role, I credit Chretien more, it was his political savvy that allowed Martin to do what he did. On his own Martin wasn't able to accomplish much. Having the right ideas isn't enough, we also need leaders with the ability to get them done.

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    Re: Canada guy

    Quote Originally Posted by JoeMama View Post
    If there's a more calm, reasonable country on the face of the earth, I don't know what it is.
    Huh?

    We all hate America because we're jealous of your freedoms. Get with the program.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spartacus View Post
    Huh?

    We all hate America because we're jealous of your freedoms. Get with the program.
    I thought you were jealous of our excesses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Berger-boy View Post
    I thought you were jealous of our excesses.
    Yeah, the best lesson you can learn from America...

    Excess ain't rebellion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Berger-boy View Post
    I thought you were jealous of our excesses.
    Same thing.

    You can't be free without the freedom to be excessive.

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    Canadians are little whiny bitches. We fought the British not just once and won but twice.... bwahahahah
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blondie View Post
    Canadians are little whiny bitches. We fought the British not just once and won but twice.... bwahahahah
    You can tell it really bothers them.

    They report higher levels of happiness, engage in sex more frequently, and enjoy universal access to healthcare.

    We barely get to revel in our past glories because Canadians are too busy enjoying their lives.

    Damn you, Canada! We're sitting on so much War of 1812 smack, and you guys don't even care!

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    Harper has been in power for how many years?, the country just does not carry on the way it has without skilled leadership at the top. And that 1 billion was closer to 600m, for 2 meetings G8 and G20 and all the money has been accounted for, not saying that some was not wasted.
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    It was specifically Paul Martin (former Finance Minister) who saved Canada arse during the Liberals last stand in government. At the time Harper as opposition was constantly berating Martin for not deregulating the banks as was done in many other parts of the globe (and he would have under a Conservative majority had he had one at the time), and Canada would have crumbled like everyone else. But hey, let's not let facts get in the way of myopic blue colored glasses.

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    Did you hear the bad news about poverty this week? “One in seven children … [are] still living in poverty,” the Toronto Star reported, based on Campaign 2000’s latest report. “Twenty-three years after the House of Commons unanimously voted to work together to eliminate child poverty the crisis is worse,” the press release lamented. And the opposition parties in Ottawa jumped dutifully aboard.

    The New Democrats condemned the “zero progress [made] on the government’s 23-year-old pledge to eradicate child poverty,” and warned that “poverty levels in Canada will continue to increase” if Campaign 2000’s recommendations — notably combining the various child tax credits into one — were not implemented.

    “Child and family poverty worsens under Harper Conservatives,” crowed the Liberals’ release.

    Sadly — no, wait, happily — most of that is garbage.

    Last year at this time, the media were reporting that one in 10 children, not seven, were still living in poverty. So, did the problem get 30% worse in a year? Nope. For this year’s report, Campaign 2000 switched its poverty measure from the after-tax low-income cutoff (LICO) to the after-tax low-income measure (LIM), which (very basically) compares an individual’s adjusted income to 50% of the Canadian median. This accounts for the “rise.”

    The report doesn’t hide this fact. But Campaign 2000’s claim that we’re on a decaying trajectory doesn’t hold up well to scrutiny.

    The overall poverty rate as measured by LICO fell from 9.5% to 9% between 2009 and 2010 (the year measured in the report), and from 9.4% to 8.2% among children. Same goes for poverty as measured by the LIM: It dropped from 13.1% to 13% overall, and from 15% to 14.5% (i.e., roughly one in seven) among children.

    And over the long term? In 1989, the LICO poverty rate was 10.2% overall, and 11.9% for children. It then rose steadily to a high in 1996 of 15.2% overall and 18.4% for children, and has been declining quite steadily ever since. The LICO child poverty rate in 2010 was less than half what it was 15 years earlier. These aren’t just the best numbers since 1989, but the best in my 36-year lifetime.

    So, why switch poverty measures? “LIM is a comprehensive measure of low income,” the Campaign 2000 report explains. “It is also the most commonly used low income measure when making international comparisons.”

    This is true. But it has always been true — at least compared to the LICO, which Statistics Canada has always stressed is not a very suitable measure of poverty at all.

    Perhaps Campaign 2000 finally listened. But it’s tough not to notice that switching to the LIM allowed them to put a much darker spin on the situation. The LIM poverty rate since 1989 follows a similar but shallower arc to the LICO. It was indeed “worse” 23 years ago: 13% overall and 14.5% for children, versus 10.5% and 13.7%, respectively, in 2010. But it too was considerably worse in the mid-1990s than it is today.

    So, have we made “zero progress” on child poverty, as the New Democrats claim? Clearly not, according to the LICO — the measure that was good enough for everyone until this year. You could make that case according to the LIM. But 1989 was just one year: If you wanted to look on the bright side, you would note that the rate was 17% lower in 2010 than it was in 1996, and it was the third straight year of decline. (It’s also important to note that the LIM is an even more relative measure of poverty than the LICO. Even if you think equality matters — and I do — it is not an accurate measure of deprivation.)

    Has child poverty gotten worse under the Conservatives, as the Liberals merrily claim? Emphatically no. In 2010 the poverty rate was 30% lower than in 2005 as measured by the LICO, and 8% lower as measured by the LIM.

    This insistence on looking on the dark side is problematic in two ways. Politically speaking, both the Liberals and New Democrats keep telling us about the Conservatives’ disdain for research and evidence-based policymaking, and they’re right to do so. It would just be nice if they walked the talk with some consistency. But far more importantly, it’s tough to see how any society can effectively solve problems if it’s unwilling to acknowledge progress. Baseless claims of futility aren’t a great motivator.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeMama View Post
    Yeah, the best lesson you can learn from America...

    Excess ain't rebellion.
    We have a Pork BBQ restaurant here called "Lardo." We're just going to roll over and take it in the ass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soviet_Canuckastani View Post
    It was specifically Paul Martin (former Finance Minister) who saved Canada arse during the Liberals last stand in government. At the time Harper as opposition was constantly berating Martin for not deregulating the banks as was done in many other parts of the globe (and he would have under a Conservative majority had he had one at the time), and Canada would have crumbled like everyone else. But hey, let's not let facts get in the way of myopic blue colored glasses.
    It is called opposing, that what you do in the opposition. I will grant you alot of dumb things were said when they were starting out. But harper has come along way, but still does not get one oz of credit. It has been 6 years since martin or chretien, those are facts. No PM has put up with the ****, the left and the media has put him thru. They are still using the hidden agends BS and why would you have a hidden agenda, if you are going to keep it hidden? Harper is a regular canadian lad, he is not the devils son or hitlers offspring or whatever he was called by the other side thru the years. And finally we have someone not afraid to make a stand, where on every issue we would be sitting on the fence. This country is going to take off bigtime with what is going on out west, up north and out east, it is just us in liberal ONT that is going to miss out on alot of good times, thanks to dalton, leader of the ONT liberal party.

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    And one more thing, the war on christmas is over, something the libs did not have the balls to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ticatfan View Post
    And one more thing, the war on christmas is over, something the libs did not have the balls to do.
    There isn't/wasn't a war on Christmas, ever.

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    My god man, do you ever pay attention to what goes on, or is the star your only sourse of news?

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    The hate in this country is all on you and your ilk shoulders. Never has a PM ever been villified.

    There’s something about Stephen. His opponents have many names for him — the majority of which are, alas, neither flattering nor meant to be.

    He is a taciturn schemer, a theocrat mole, loose at the top of the Canadian political system, determined to bend Canada to his grim and twisted design, to curb the liberties of Canadians, to push us and our country back into some fevered neocon darkness. Politically, he is Dick Cheney’s illegitimate son. George W. Bush’s half-brother. He’s a lackey of the rich, and enemy of all that is good and Canadian. He’s in the pocket of big oil. He hates baby seals.

    My, how the spine chills when some people talk and write about Harper.

    Then there are the many “faces” his enemies attribute to him, among them Conspiracy Harper, Vendetta Harper, Christianist-Harper — hope of the hard line, Doomsday-waiting Evangelicals, Secret-Agenda Harper, Tool of Israel Harper, Anti-Democracy Harper, with perhaps a little space for Secret Alberta-Separatist Harper. The caricatures belong more to the old style of detective novel when the villains, projections of untethered fantasy, were eerie amalgams of malice, supernal powers, outlandish ambitions and utterly unbelievable. Harper as Fu Manchu, as it were.

    Hating, mistrusting or dismissing Harper is not a transient phenomenon. A poll as recent as this week, seven years after Mr. Harper took office (during which he has not, contra naturum, transformed Canada into a gulag or prison house for the poor, artists, liberals, greens or whomever he sees as his opponents) reveals a majority of Canadians think he still has that famous but, by definition, unseen hidden agenda. Even though he is Prime Minister and has a majority, many still believe he keeps that damn agenda up his sleeve. Query: What’s the point of a hidden agenda that stays hidden? Will it still be hidden when he leaves office? If so, what was or is its point?

    I do admit that the poll surprised me. A full 75% of sentient voters from the big parties thought him (I’m paraphrasing) untrustworthy. The fervour to believe ill of the Prime Minister is, however, even stronger amongst the naturists, the Earth-worshipping Greens. A whopping 97 % of them do not trust him, and believe that the “hidden agenda” — perhaps like the lost city of Atlantis, or fabled Shangri-La is “real.” Greens are fundamentalist anti-Harperites. That 97% represents not a trend; it’s a fixation.

    It’s not just the “hidden-agenda” cliché, though. It’s the man himself. Go on comment boards, Twitter, read the pundits, listen to conversations on the street and you’ll soon see that the pure bile directed at Mr. Harper, the contempt for the man himself, is shocking and remarkable. They mock his build, his clothes, his relationship with his children (the handshake off to school) his hair, his — well, his very being. How wonderful it is that so many believe they are infinitely his superior — after all, they have the best tables at Twitter Café, and he’s only the prime minister.

    In sum, the tenure and even the physical presence of Stephen Harper, for very many otherwise temperate people, is remarkable for the virulence of the opposition and personal antipathy he inspires. It’s not just the politics or the policies. It’s him — the person.

    It is not abnormal for politicians to be disliked. Nixon was disliked, and his personality — pinched, reclusive, sullen and curiously self-pitying — fed that dislike. Pierre Trudeau, worshipped by some, conjured savage opposition and distaste from his opponents, but Trudeau the man sometimes earned kudos even for those who despised his policies. Brian Mulroney had the strange knack of inspiring those who didn’t know him to really dislike him, and those who did know him — despite his political errors and that unfortunate bag of cash — to see him as even warm, loyal and charming.

    With Stephen Harper the emotions he elicits — especially the extreme ones of contempt and near-hatred, have to be a projection of his enemies, far more than an assessment of Harper’s character or policies.

    For, step back a little, make a little space, and you will see that in his personal and domestic conduct, Harper is almost stereotypically Canadian. He’s a mild, unobnoxious, hockey-mad fellow. He doesn’t boast.He shuns the spotlight he could be commanding every day. He keeps his privacy and doesn’t insist, like many public figures, in conducting a soap opera around his position or his family. He’d be the ideal neighbour — he wouldn’t just drop in, too reserved for that (which is great), but I’m sure he’d lend a shovel when needed. Probably even help dig out your car if you were stuck, and take your thanks with a self-conscious smile and reassurance that it was no trouble.

    So why is it that people are not content just to disagree with him, to label him simply wrong or misguided but must revile him? Why is there such fervour of suspicion about “the agenda” and so much invective and worse directed at him? I don’t know.

    I do know the response is unbalanced and disproportionate, and hurts his enemies more than him.

    They make Mr. Harper, in their own white-hot minds, bigger and more scary than he is or could be.

    http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/...tephen-harper/

    The rest of the world wishes they had a harper and must wonder why the left in this country is so hatefull, is it because he has turned this country around and getting it ready for the future. That we take a stand and no longer just sit on the fence so we don't offend anyone .The left has changed what being a canadian is all about, now people will think we are all hatefull and spoiled and don't know how good we have it.

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    "Happy Holidays", from your grand overlord "War on Christmas" killer Steve-O.


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