Canadian Lefties

Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by Tower-Union, Feb 22, 2010.

  1. Tower-Union macrumors 6502


    May 6, 2009
    The terms "left" and "right" have always interested me, as they are SO relative. For example here in Canada I'm considered "right wing" and some may even say "extreme" right wing. However I'm fairly certain that was I living in the USA I'd be considered a socialist - supporting Obama, socialized healthcare, etc.

    So I thought I'd share a little something that came up today with regards to the olympic protesters, this is what we have to deal with in Canada when it comes to "Left Wing Nutcases."

    Really? Smashing people's property and attacking reporters doesn't make you a "bad person"? What DOES it take before your officialy "Bad" in this womans eyes?

    So the next time someone suggests expanding medicare maybe pause for a moment before calling them a "Left Wing Nutcase" and consider what a REAL cook sounds like.
  2. Surely Guest


    Oct 27, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    Oh, I thought that you meant left-handed Canadians......

    I'm one:D
  3. Zombie Acorn macrumors 65816

    Zombie Acorn

    Feb 2, 2009
    Toronto, Ontario
    How do big corporations and the olympics bring poverty to Vancouver? Thats a bit strange, but if someone can explain the rationale it might be a bit more clear. Right now there should have been an influx of economic activity surrounding the olympics into Canada, especially for surrounding businesses.

    As for the people in particular, I would definitely classify them as "bad", who the hell is supposed to pay for the damage?
  4. Tower-Union thread starter macrumors 6502


    May 6, 2009
    Well I believe the theory goes something along the lines of: Much more money has been spent on advertising, lobbying, upgrading highways, etc. then will be brough in by the olympics, hence a net loss for the city/province.

    Not saying its correct, just that its what's being put forth as a complaint by some people.
  5. Iscariot macrumors 68030


    Aug 16, 2007
    The Olympics has led to a faux-gentrification of Vancouver, a city with an enormous homeless population and a pronounced income gap. Most of the money for the Olympics has gone towards infrastructure for the more upscale parts of town at the neglect of the poorer areas, and historically the Olympics leave a city saddled with a lot of debt. It looks like hip and up and coming areas are getting a facelift for an inflated price tag that will inevitably be paid for by the public purse. Montreal was paying for the 1976 Olympics 30 years later. And at least the Montreal Olympics had decent branding.
  6. Leareth macrumors 68000


    Nov 11, 2004
    actually businesses are losing money for the most part
    all the businesses in the downtown core that do not cater directly to the touristy things are losing serious money: doctors, physiotherapists , fitness trainer
    since their usual patients/clients cannot get to them.
    also add in those businesses that lost $ when the construction of these venues destroyed their businesses, along the cambie RAV line , 70% went out of business.
  7. adroit macrumors 6502


    Sep 28, 2005
    Victoria, BC
    Please don't lump these people in with us left wing Canadians. these nut jobs aren't left or right, their spinning randomly in their own unique direction.
  8. Tower-Union thread starter macrumors 6502


    May 6, 2009
    Not trying to lump anyone together really, just pointing out that there are nutcases at BOTH ends of the spectrum, and that people who make centrist moves, such as calling for healthcare reform in the USA are neither "left wing" nor "nutcases".

    My experience has been the further you go in either political direction the nuttier people get.

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