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How one Conservative became an NDP-er.
From: Stephan Hoppe
Sent: February 25, 2013 12:21 PM
Kesteren, Dave - M.P. (M.P. Chatham-Kent Essex)
I'll try to keep this short and sweet. I'm a 46-year-old professional, a
lifelong conservative, and yes, I'm also a fan of Stephen Harper. I've
contributed to the Conservative party in the past so you should be able
to find my name somewhere. Here's my problem: this latest fraud
committed by Mike Duffy has really shaken my faith in Canadian politics.
I'm sick of the corruption. It's almost normalized behaviour now! I
listened to Duffy's ridiculous comments on CBC Radio the other day; he
said he'd "discussed the matter "with Heather"" and that "the expense
forms were vague" and now "he's going to repay" the amount he
defrauded?! It's NOT ENOUGH. I don't want Duffy shot, but he needs to
come clean and be punished sufficiently so that it serves as a real
disincentive other senators and MPs to commit little frauds of their own.
Here's an example that I'm told you may be able to relate to. When
Hyundai misstated their mileage claims and then were penalized by being
forced to supply rebates to those who had purchased Hyundais based on
the fudged number, I think that the penalties/rebates did two things:
first they served as incentive for Hyundai and other companies not to
repeat the tactic. But more importantly, they went a long way towards
restoring some integrity to Hyundai. the penalty somewhat restored
Hyundai's tarnished image.
The growing general perception in my circle of friends is that the only
federal party with any measure of integrity left these days is the NDP.
(or rather they are the least corrupt of the bunch) I want only to vote
for the party that demonstrates ethics, accountability and integrity.
Don't make me vote NDP at the next election.
And I do not need nor expect a response.
From: Van Kesteren, Dave - M.P.
Date: Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at
Subject: RE: Mike Duffy
To: Stephan Hoppe
Dear Mr. Hoppe,
On behalf of Dave Van Kesteren I acknowledge receipt of your email. Your
comments regarding Senator Mike Duffy will be brought to his attention.
Thank you for writing to your Member of Parliament.
Jill Anne Declare
Legislative Assistant/Ottawa Office Manager
Van Kesteren, M.P. --Chatham-Kent-Essex
From: Stephan Hoppe
Date: Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 8:20 AM
Re: Mike Duffy
(he's the NDP ethics critic)
Here is the most recent activity on this issue since I first raised my
concerns to you:
agrees to new housing expense rules after Mike Duffy’s P.E.I. home
I was and am much less interested in Senate expense account reform than
I am in seeing Duffy punished for his fraud.
It's simply not enough that he pay back the money and they only tighten
the expense rules afterwards.
I'm sure I don't need to give you yet another example but if I go
downtown to Kesteren's office in downtown Chatham (hopefully he's at
least showing up there on occasion) and I steal some money from his
wallet when he isn't looking, will it be sufficient afterwards to simply
pay him back and then him keep an eye on me the next time I pay him a
I attach for you the NDP Policy guide. Please consider page 23. I notice
that it explores concepts seemingly missing from Conservative party
From: Stephan Hoppe
Date: Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 8:44 AM
Re: Mike Duffy
(This time with NDP policy guide attached.)
Oops! I forgot to attach the guide. Man, if I had a nickel for every
time I've forgotten an attachment, I'd have about 1/40th of how much
Mike Duffy stole! :-)
"And that's it! Now, I'm an NDP-er. It doesn't feel too great. There
are Birkenstocks and incense everywhere - but at least they seem honest
and ethical (so far.)"
PLEASE email your MP (I did mine) and state that you won't stand for
this corruption, even if it is just a "little fraud." It doesn't have to
be a long message - just say: "Punish Duffy!"
Don't let Ottawa become as corrupt as Quebec!
A woman and a baby were in the doctor's examining room, waiting for the
doctor to come in.
The doctor arrived, examined the baby, checked his weight and found it
somewhat below normal. The doctor asked if the baby was breast fed or
"Breast fed," the woman replied.
"Well, strip down to your waist," the doctor asked. She did. He pressed,
kneaded, rolled, cupped, and pinched both breasts in a detailed,
rigorously thorough examination.
Motioning for her to get dressed he said, "No wonder this baby is under
weight! You don't have any milk."
"I know," she said, "I'm his grandmother, but I'm glad I came."
Do Not Buy Dodge
I own (vicariously through my wife, Patti) a Dodge Caravan SE. The "SE"
stands for "Sports Edition" which supposedly means a transmission
cooler, a trailer hitch and beefed up springs and suspension, but what
it really means is "just a trailer hitch." It's got a 3-speed, 3 litre,
6-cylinder engine with "random engine noise" technology - you just never
know what the next sound will be coming from under the hood. Could be a
whistle. Could be a fart. My children love it. Me? Not so much.
Now, as someone who rarely resorts to hyperbole and who eschews
exaggeration in favour of calm and reasoned analysis, I can report that
my Dodge Caravan is the biggest piece of shit to ever struggle across
North American highways and byways. Everything on this van is either
broken or has been broken (and repaired by me.) Literally. Stuff has
broken that has had me shaking my head in wonder. Once, the horn broke.
It didn't short out. It didn't rust on it's mount and lose its ground.
It audibly snapped. I know this because I was standing in front of the
van when it happened. There was nobody in the van. I think the horn just
realized it was part of a Chrysler and committed suicide. And actually,
the phenomenon of "parts suicide" explains many of Chrylser's historic
and as-of-yet-undiagnosed ailments.
I have a fantasy. In it, it is a sunny and warm, beautiful summer day
and Cindy Crawford and I are lying naked in the lush field of perfectly
mowed grass that is the front lawn of Chrysler Canada's Mississauga Head
Office. From a distance, Patti and the Chrysler Canada staff are
watching with envy as me and Cindy writhe around on the grass. After an
(embarrassingly) short time, Cindy and I get up; I start my Caravan and
put it in gear and Cindy places a heavy toolbox on the accelerator. I
jump out of the van and we watch, rapt, as the Chrysler does it's
smoke-belching and pathetic version of hurtling towards the fronts doors
of the Head Office. Just before impact though, my dream turns into a
nightmare. Huge hinged steel walls swing up from the ground as the van
approaches, protecting the front doors from the oncoming van. Only then
do I see the wreckage of hundreds of other vans - evidently I'm not the
first person to have had this dream. Cindy walks away from me
disgustedly. My nakedness is now a silent obscenity. Patti's
vituperative curses wash over me - again.
Bonjour! Je m'appelle Stephan!
...et mon crayon est JAUNE.
Salut! Peut être cést une surprise pour vous, mais pour le derniere deux
mois, j'étude le francais à l'Alliance Francaise en Ottawa. J'ai
completé les niveaus A12-A21 et maintenant je commence le prochain sept
semaines de A22.
Chaque jours, j'étude pour quatre-vingt-dix minutes - trente minutes de
Rosetta Stone, quinze minutes de verb2verbe.com (c'est un formidable web
site,) quinze minutes de mon cahier d'éxercise du verbes (être, avoir,
aller - présent, passé composé, et futur simple est trés difficile pour
moi,) et finalement une autre trente minutes avec Assimil sans interdits
(sans interdits my ass)
(écrit: Octobre 16, 2010)