Hi, my name is Kevin and I am addicted to hockey.
Holy crap, I have watched so much hockey since the playoffs began, it’s insane. Today has been just another great day for hockey. Very fast action, lots of goals, lots of highlights. Wow. If you like hockey, watch some of the Buffalo – Philadelphia series, Buffalo could be going very far. Or check out my favourite Anaheim against Calgary. It’s hard to cheer against a Canadian team, but I’m kinda doing that in the Carolina – Montreal series too.
Truth be told, I’ve watched parts of four different hockey games tonight. I have a problem.
The House of Commons reopened today (well yesterday) after a week and a half off for Easter break and Passover. As it opens again, our still squeeky new Prime Minister Stephen Harper (did you know he’s writing a book on hockey? and they’re making sure everyone knows that so that he appears more human? I digress..) has two huge issues to deal with:
Number one is The Caledonia Land Claim where a building development is trying to take land that was given to the natives by the government and develop it for everyone. Granted the land was sold by the natives…like all things with native rights, it’s a very complicated and often rather hot tempered issue. This is a huge test as always, because it once again opens the can of worms as to the rights of Aboriginal Canadians and where they fit in our nation. It could hurt Harper, like Quebec has hurt so many Liberal PMs before him.
Number two is Canada at war. I don’t think this distinction has been made clear, but Afghanistan is very much our version of Iraq. It’s not as messy, but our troops are taking their hits as well. So far this year, eight Canadian troops have been killed in operations in Afghanistan, while more then two dozen others have been injured. It’s not something that will go away, in fact it looks like it will continue like this for the forseeable future. We’re very much involved in the War on Terror, and I don’t think a lot of people realise that. It’s a good role we’re filling, but not as appreciated as it should be by us back home.
Anyway, we should have a new budget in a couple weeks. This will be Harper’s first show of power as PM, how he’ll begin to shape the nation. An increase to military spending is expected, or at least following the Liberal promise to add another 12 billion into the armed forces coffers over the next five years. My views on the Armed Forces are more Conservative in nature, I think they should have the funding to fill the ideal we have for them as the Peacekeeping Force of the World. I think they should have the necessary supplies and equipment so they can go into places like Afghanistan and Kosovo and be safe.
I feel pressed for time, because it’s late and I want to get ready for bed, even as the Dallas-Colorado game goes to overtime. (oh yes, I’ll be watching it). But as a final note, I’m thinking of throwing my hat in the ring for Liberal leadership, if a Conservative turncoat can, why can’t a punk like me who’s not part of any party? Truth be told, you have to be a little wary, I mean he wanted to be the Conservative leader three years ago, and now he wants to be the Liberal leader? Little eager to get into a position of power…of course, the Green Party’s looking for a leader too now…
And he looks shockingly like Martin Short…that can’t be good.
On Wednesday after work, I leave for a weekend at the cottage with Dad, fishing. I’m looking forward to it. Before then, I hope to call the soccer dude, and maybe some of these apartment numbers. When I come back, I have two days at work, then three days in Wolfvegas for Sport Fair. The week after that is the IKON awards, the week after that I leave for Moncton. Holy shit.
To follow up the whole “figuring myself out” idea, I’m coming to some clarity, which might not help me much, but I feel like I’m on the right track. More on this later, sometime.