Canada/BC: Financial Shoes


Politician from British Colombia, Canada, Michael de Jong pays his respects at the Sikh Shrine Golden Temple in Amritsar on December 3, 2012. Jong, along with officials, visited the city to pay his respects at the Sikh Shrine. AFP PHOTO/NARINDER NANUNARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images

Clark and de Jong

I am not sure at the moment if it’s Canada or just British Columbia that Finance Ministers have a shoe ritual to present the Provincial Budget, getting an old pair re-soled or showing off new shoes, shiny and in this season’s heel.

It is one of the few times that footwear is commented about Male Politicians, which is why their clothes tend to stay in “fashion” for a decade, while female clothes change with the seasons of the year. Hemlines used to go up and down as a measure of resources, financial modesty to use less fabric and show more or personal modesty to use more and show less.

The current finance minister, Mike de Jong seems to have a perpetual confused face as he slowly intones phrases of stating the obvious process without actually having any content and the Canadian media is less bloodthirsty than American Media who are oddly still basking in the Watergate Afterglow of having brought down a president while they are now the ultimate in corporate shills for establishment. Yellow Journalism has full circled.


Canada’s Federal Liberals are central while the BC Liberal and Ontario Liberal parties are right of centre. In a 2 party system, over time they usually change places as they poach the centre and each other’s bases, but in America instead, the Republicans and Democrats are galloping right, and Canada offers more options on the political spectrum and with as many parties as we have nationally, we need a proportional representation and not this first past the post, which is why voters are apathic; well, partly when you consider the candidates…. .

Business requires both labour and consumers and that means contracts, and it means not just favouring male dominated multinational CEOs and disfavour entire sectors because they are mostly women – Nurses and Teachers.

The race for minorities, who tend to be conservative, something about the irony of not being a club member…or joining one that doesn’t really want you as one….

Michael de Jong,Mike Waterman

B.C. Finance Minister Michael de Jong leaves Olde Town Shoe Repair after picking up his Budget 2016 dress shoes at Olde Town Shoe Repair in Victoria, B.C., Monday February 15, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

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