Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Bad news from Canada, the US, and Holland

My morning did not start that good: the radio told me right away that Canadians elected Tory Party leader Stephen Harper as their next prime minister. His platform: better relations with George W. Bush, tax cuts and more money to the military. He has also said he might have Parliament revisit a previous decision in Canada that allows same-sex marriages. If I lived in Canada, not that of a long shot since they love ice hockey, snow and timber as we Swedes do, he would never get my vote.

The day went on and then I heard Republicans call Supreme Court hopeful Samuel Alito "one of the most qualified nominees ever". Since all ten Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee stand behind this statement, the committee will give him a positive recommendation (there are only eight Democrats on the committee).

And now I just read that the Dutch Minister of migration, a Rita Verdonk of the “liberal" party VVD, has said that only one language shall be spoken on the streets of the Netherlands (and that language is Dutch, of course).

The Minister’s idea is that immigrants should be obliged to pay a fee, in order to then take a compulsory language and culture test. In Amsterdam you have some 173 nationalities and 24 million tourists every year. Are we supposed to have study groups on the Belgian side of the border together?

2 Comments:

Anonymous Brian said...

Well, Eric, maybe it is not only luck that brought our yearly benelux meeting on the Belgian side of the border in 2006...
;)

I catch the occasion on these last days of january to wish you all the best for the coming year, in politics as well as in professional life - not to mention the most important: whatever doesn't fall into the two previous categories...

red regards,

25/1/06 10:59  
Blogger Eric Sundström said...

Thanks Brian, the same to you!
Eric
PS Nice website you have in MJS Belgium!

26/1/06 13:11  

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