“water ghost" gets promoted to become “city king" ……
By: What game is 麥堅迪 playing now? on 二月 21, 2007 at 6:20 下午
there is nothing funny we have in the queen’s park more than have a chinese old foul sitting here as a “seat-head"
ha ha ha !!!!
By: 不懂英語的小醜 on 二月 21, 2007 at 6:32 下午
Can’t wait to see how he debates in English on TV.
By: MC on 二月 21, 2007 at 7:16 下午
Can’t wait to see how he debates in English on TV.
Comment by MC — February 21, 2007 #
It will not be the shame of the Liberal party, but only the Chinese community gets the laughing for demanding to have a representer as a minister in the Liberal party. As you wish, here you are. You Chinese deserve it!!
Oh! no, do not forget the middle finger in the photo. It is funny!
I just hope he will not become a political equivalent of “William Hung" in Question Period at Queen’s Park.
Well, I am more inclined to discuss about the latest political move by McGunity and its implications. To McGunity, the campaign has already begun for October election. To Michael, he sure will give his best….. To some Markham constituents, Michael is perhaps already a “past tense".
To be continued…
By: cytodex on 二月 22, 2007 at 9:57 上午
Congratulations, Michael, for having been granted this phantom cabinet minister position. I’ll send you a set of mahjong complete with mahogany table and chairs to entertain you and your assistant (plus two more people of your choice) when you are sick of counting your fingers and toes at your office beside John Tory’s.
To Mr. McGuity:
Since you’ve just done us a huge favour in crowning our “beloved" Michael Chan, I’ll vote for you even knowing the countless evil deeds you have done since you took office, provided you do just one more thing:
Shuffle your cabinet just one more time. This time around, let Michael Chan be the Finance Minister and demote Greg Sorbara as the Revenue Minister. This way, Sorbara is now under Chan so I am sure Chan will be more “comfortable” (like what Sorbara said to Tony Wong) in your cabinet. This way, I can also save my mahjong set for someone else who happen to become a victim of your next political maneuver!
Take for word for it…or…as the Chinese saying goes, my teeth are more worthy than gold!
By: 獨孤求丙 on 二月 22, 2007 at 11:29 上午
This way, I can also save my mahjong set for someone else who happens to become the victim of your next political maneuver!
Take my word for it…or…as the Chinese saying goes, my teeth are more worthy than gold!
By: 獨孤求丙 on 二月 22, 2007 at 12:23 下午
What does McGuinty latest polictical maneuver imply?
(1) Chan’s appointment is the 27th minister. Thank God! Nobody loses his/her posts to him. McGuinty can’t afford to cultivate more internal rift/conflicts. Can you imagine what others would feel losing their post to Chan who seems to have difficulty articulating?
(2) Chan’s appointment lasts until Oct 10, the next election day. Say, he takes 1 or 2 month to get his seat warmed up and then another 1 or 2 month to campaign before election. He will only be in office for 6 months. Do you expect some real work being done in 6 months? The federal Revenue Minister will not likely pursue any policies seriously with his office anyway.
(3) Chan’s appointment serves a few purposes.
It is an effort to comfort those who are upset with Tony’s abrupt departure and those who are doubtful of Chan’s ability. In McGuinty’s words, he would assemble a cabinet of talented people. In fact, whether or not Chan is capable remains to be seen until after next election; provided that he could hold on to his seat.
(4) As a first time politican, Chan has unprecedently received a ministryship. Based on the above theses, it means more for political reasons than anything else. Therefore, Chan, is again used as a bait to lure the Chinese votes again (perhaps more for South Asian votes now). Such appointment has no doubt to set the stage for Chan’s upcoming election champaign where McGuinty will likely say “Re-elect Chan and I will get him more prominent roles and fame for real." Doesn’t it sound very familiar and similar to a campaign promise(?) that was once said to the same Markham voters in Tony Wong’s campaign not too long ago.
I am sure that Chan’s appointment do appeal to some voters that were more forgiving. For others McGuinty’s manuever is just a slap to the face to die-hard Tony Wong supporter again. Personally, I do believe Tony has more political experience and better communication skills (Mandarians/Cantonese/Of course English). Well, it’s just too bad that Tony did not get the same treatment when he was still at Queen’s Park.
By the way, Michael. In most interviews, you will be constantly asked and compared with Tony Wong because (1) Tony did not fully explain the whole issue and (2) McGuinty treats you way much better than Tony even though your talent seem to be inversely proportional to your status.
By: cytodex on 二月 22, 2007 at 2:44 下午
Bingo, Cytodex! Thanks to people like you who provide so much detailed analyses on McGuinty’s hidden trump cards that are tugged inside his sleeves. If the general Chinese (and South Asian) population here were half as intelligent as you are, Ontario would not be fooled by a “Cirque des Misérables". I can’t agree more that Chan is simply McGuinty’s bait (or puppet) just to lure votes from the Asian communities. There is no question that, even if Chan’s position still exists and, God forbid, the Liberals are re-elected in October, Chan will certainly be ousted and replaced by someone else because:
1. given Sorbara personality, it’s highly unlikely that he can stand someone like Chan as his subordinate – even for one day, let alone a few months!
2. Chan’s capability, or more appropriately – the lack of which – will be where the public spotlight is and McGuinty will soon find out that Chan doesn’t fit in his “cabinet of talented people"
3. If the Liberal Party gets re-elected and Chan is let go of his ministerial position immediately, there are at least 3 years before the next election and McGuinty would figure that Ontarians would again forgive and forget that he has ever used Chan as a dispensable puppet just to lure votes from the ethnic groups.
Are these only Cytodex and my fictitious and preposterous wild guesses? Time (8 months max) will definitely tell.
By: 獨孤求丙 on 二月 23, 2007 at 12:33 上午
I am not sure if I am even more intelligent than any ordinary people. But, I think if one looks beyond the superficial rherotics/empty promises, think without any unsubstantiated predisposition, and ask questions that are bound by unconditional allegiance to any political party/ethnic group/cultural background, the truth will be revealed and sought-after.
Perhaps, your sarcasm and my cynicism drive many “die-hard" fans of you-know-who away from this forum. Instead, they prefer to call in to the First Radio phone-in programs to rant. Sadly, the poor hosts have to neutralize/tone down their comments to make it more palatable. For that, I am sorry, Kahoo and company.
By the way, your comments are right on! I will throw my 2 cents on top of that soon.
By: cytodex on 二月 23, 2007 at 11:54 上午
Oops! I made a boo-boo.
“ask questions that are bound by unconditional allegiance…"
“asks questions that are not bound by unconditional allegiance"
By: cytodex on 二月 23, 2007 at 11:57 上午
Don’t know if anyone recognize. Since the first day of the election campaign, there have been a few phone-in audience who clearly are Chan’s supporters. Their expression usually sound like reading a paper instead of words from mouth/brain. There were two last night. I clearly remember one of them was trying to read a smooth essay … “Chan has a long history.. good family … wish him to win again next time … " Then suddenly the host asked her a simple question “So, what do you expect from Chan to do in the coming months?" She hesitated. The host asked the same simple question once again. She answered unsmoothly, “umm … ah … umm. .. listen more … our voices … “. What I want to say is Liberal has a large election machine behind. Similar to the leftists in HK. On the election day, at some of the polls, you could see school bus following another bus driving people to “vote".
I’m not kidding! And they offer lots of (almost) free trip and lunch/dinner to community members. Not only Chinese but also South Asian. I just enjoyed a nice free dinner in one of their gathering party last week. This dam method always works! Not only in HK but also in Canada! And it specially works well in Chinese community!
By: MC on 二月 23, 2007 at 2:46 下午
to Michael Chan,
Congrats for making it to the level of a Provincial Minister. However, even if the callers during the show maybe correct, I have a personal suggestion for you. Please don’t concentrate your efforts totally on the Chinese community. Instead, uphold the founding father’s original ideal country, a completely multicultral country that is found on peace, and kept with peace.
Ensure that by the time of the next election, people would support you not because you are of the party in which you belong, nor because of your ethnicity. But they will vote for you simply because of you!
Remember, you can never please everybody, all you need is to please the majority of the population, and try to please the rest.
Sadly again, those free bus trips and meals are exclusively designed for people who have no concepts of being true citizens. Their willingness to trade votes for some freebies or handouts is indicative of their quality of dispensable voters and low-grade citizen swhose needs will never be taken seriously.
I bet you will not see a lot of locally born and raised people in those gatherings.
When Tony Wong defeated PC incumbent David Tsubouchi by 5000 votes(?) in 2003 election, I remember it was a well-deserved win and a significant lift for the Chinese community in general. I believed a lot of Chinese people came out to vote for Tony. Of course, PC party under Mr Eves, was on its deathbed. Tony’s victory, after all, was decisive one and deserved to be celebrated; even though McGuinty had a shorter honeymoon period afterwards.
獨孤求丙 has wittingly observed and summarized the phenomenon of Chan’s recent by-election “victory" in one interesting question: Why are so many still upset with Chan’s victory and appointment? Didn’t McGuinty deliver his promise to Tony Wong to Michael Chan? Wouldn’t that be sufficient to mend fences with the Chinese community?
Regardless of whether one is Chan’s supporter or not, one thing for sure is that Michael Chan lacks the “charm" to the point that whatever/whenever he speaks can be quite a turnoff (even though it may make some sense). That deficiency is always a vote-killing factor but his winning means he won because of something else rather than his own abilities. For examples, a few readers have suggested the influence of South Asian votes, pre-arranged busloads of voters, etc. to make up for his lack of “charm". I personally hate such distorted outcome because it means the Liberal Party has treated the candidate (Chan) as a ploy and the voters (those free loaders) as dispensable low-grade citizens
(Note: I won’t use the label “seond class" here as second class implies that it is not too far from first class. In contrast, low-grade is a synonym for quality that is usually found in some “Dollar shops". By the way, one should realize where the goods are made.)