June 29th, 2004


Interesting times in the Old Country

Looks like my friend Starwolf won't be jumping off his balcony after all. Apparently Canadians don't get quite as upset about a little...okay, a lot of corruption on the part of the ruling Liberal party. The Grits will be forming a minority government, most likely with the help of the loony-left New Democrats and an independent MP or two, and even a casual observer of Canadian politics like me can see that this is a minority government that won't last. Given the iron hand of party discipline, I don't think the power of individual MPs is going to increase as much as some think it will (see this article from Instapundit) but rather, the junior partners of the Liberals are going to have clout all out of proportion to their numbers since they're going to have the ability to force a vote of no confidence at any time the PM crosses them.

Me, I don't think this minority government is going to last. Some Liberal MPs or independents will likely defect and help the Tories and the BQ bring down Paul Martin's house of cards once they realize how far to the left the NDP is likely to drag the Grits. I give it a year at the most.

Preparations for the weekend

Already ordered a couple of cases of pocky for this weekend's Anime Detour room party at CONvergence, but decided against ramune - at about $1.75/bottle, even at case rates, it's way too expensive to be giving away. We're going to settle for pocky, a couple more canisters of those fruit pulpy gel things, and maybe some bulk snack cracker-type thingies from United Noodles to go with the cases of pop I'll be schlepping into the Kia and then to the tub in the cabana. Also need to pick up some more floor pillows for people to sit on, since we only have a couple at the apartment and will definitely need more for people to sprawl on since we had the beds removed.

Plus, I need to get the new & improved registration flyers printed up along with flyers to advertise the room party. tokenfanboy and phoenixalpha did a good preliminary job slapping a registration flyer together, but I want the Heroin Chic version of AD-chan off of there. I don't care if we have to fill the space with a stick figure giant robot, I want her GONE. Not their fault - you have to work with what you have, after all, and the mascot did for Jon isn't quite camera-ready.