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Leitch: I do have 22 letters at the end of my name, I’m not an idiot

  Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch is on a crusade against the elites. But it's not going well for her, and all those letters after her name are partly to blame. The Prince Arthur Herald has obtained an audio clip of Leitch berating a Conservative Party supporter and using her titles to show her intelligence. Partway into a discussion at an event with young Conservative Party members in Montreal on Thursday evening, Leitch responds to criticism by proclaiming: "Please understand that I do have 22 letters at the end of my name, I'm not an idiot." Her parliamentary profile reads her official title as The Hon. Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, P.C., O.Ont., M.D., M.B.A., F.R.C.S.(C) There are actually 16 letters after her name. Including "the Hon. Dr." before her name brings the total to 24. Leitch was being questioned about her plans to abolish the Indian Act without consulting aboriginal groups by a man who does not have 22 letters after his name. "I have thought through all of the details with respect to what we should do in order to make sure people feel full at the end of the process," Leitch continues. "But the short of it, the first step, we have to eliminate the Indian Act." By all accounts, Leitch is a very accomplished woman. She earned her MD at U of T, received an MBA from Dalhousie, has taught at the University of Western Ontario, worked in several distinguished medical organizations, and she's a former Minister of the Crown and current Member of Parliament. Those jobs come with important titles. And Dr. Leitch loves her titles. As already reported by Maclean's, Leitch went into a fit of rage when "Doctor" was excluded from her Party business cards during the 2015 general election. "This is unacceptable. Even the prime minister [Stephen Harper] introduced me as… Read More

Quebec wants to regulate what happens to you after you die

Nothing is certain but death and taxes, but even being dead won't stop the government from intruding in your affairs. The Quebec National Assembly is currently debating Bill 66, a law that would regulate where a person's ashes can be dispersed. Instead of a final resting place by the ocean or somewhere with personal meaning, Quebec's legislators want to force the dead into the the ground or in a columbarium -- which is literally a library of death. According to CTV News, an urn could still be kept in a person's house, but spreading its contents in a garden would be illegal. How this will be enforced is yet to be seen -- perhaps lawmakers will create an urn registry, or enlist death inspectors to spy on families in parks in case they infringe this law. 70% of Quebecers choose cremation over burials in cemeteries, and one-third of them want their remains scattered, according to the Cremation Association of North America. But Quebec's politicians obviously know much better. Cemeteries and funeral homes are lobbying the government to adopt this restrictive law, which would give them an oligopoly on final resting places. One of these lobbyists, Denis Desrochers, worries that the current lack of regulations is resulting in urns being forgotten everywhere, including supermarkets. Well now, how did society ever survive this long without government intervention?   Prince Arthur Herald   Read More

You won’t believe what these bored politicians decided to ban

"I'm from the government, and I'm here to help." Ronald Reagan considered these the nine most terrifying words in the English language, and regulators in Verdun are proving him right. City councillors in the Montreal borough just voted unanimously to ban restaurant drive-thrus from their territory. According to the Montreal Gazette, these elected officials were concerned about the environmental impact of cars idling while consumers wait for their Starbucks coffee. But some couldn't resist making the Nanny State argument that citizens should adopt a healthier lifestyle and be less productive. Councillor Sterling Downey said “We want to encourage people to be less sedentary and a little more active and social.” “Drive-thrus take away the whole notion of taking time to slow life down and sitting down to have a coffee and be social,” he said. “They promote this attitude that you should always ‘go-go-go’ that is super stressful.” Verdun's move follows similar by-laws in other jurisdictions. The environmental argument is flimsy enough, but to suggest that bored city politicians have authority to dictate how much time you take to get your morning Egg McMuffin is beyond ludicrous. Verdun's regulators should focus their attention on more pressing matters -- like fixing their stagnant economy.   The Prince Arthur Herald Read More