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The Tories saying they are reviewing the lyrics of O Canada, while the economy is just recovering and the Government has blown more money than Paris Hilton on a shopping spree in Paris, is possibly either the greatest strategy ever, or the dumbest, I am not sure which. How many Canadians are worried that “… in all thy sons command…” is not inclusive, is more important in comparison to where the Economy stands, and the size of the national debt? I am sure there are some that are losing sleep over our National Anthem, but frankly it really doesn’t grease my wheels much (but then again, I have a son, and he is commanding, so maybe I am biased).

With glowing hearts we read many great postings this week written by the financial bloggers, from the true North strong and free. From far and wide we searched to find those posts that stood on guard for us, and here are a few of them:

  • Michael James looks a gift horse in the mouth, and finds a few rotten teeth, in his post Overpaying for “Free” Life Insurance. I guess we should figure out whether “free” is too expensive for us.
  • Preet sure talks to a lot of interesting folks, and thanks to his chat with Michael Moore he is giving away copies of Capitalism: A Love Story — Giveaway. Remember true love, is always saying you are sorry.
  • The Canadian Capitalist has some Tips for your RRSP Contribution which is useful, even with RRSP season being over effectively.
  • Larry MacDonald talks about the 2010 Budget and Personal Finance, and he should know he’ll have been locked away learning about it.
  • Canadian Financial DIY points out that Canadian Computer prices might not be as big a gouge as they used to be in The Mighty CAD.
  • The Quest for Four Pillars takes on a topic near and dear to my heart with Buying an iPhone From Rogers? – Don’t Believe a Word they Say. I’d like an iPhone, but they are just too darn expensive.
  • Gail Vaz-Oxlade gives us something to think about with 8 Reasons Why YOU Don’t Save, how did she know?
  • Ellen Roseman returns from a nice vacation and gets Back to Work, helping people get refunds. Vacations are refreshing, wish I knew how to go on one.
  • To Succeed Financially you must Know Yourself says Million Dollar Journey, which is true. No financial plan works unless it fits how you want or can live.

Remember folks, there is a new budget and maybe soon we’ll have a new, non-descript, non-threatening and boring National Anthem. I suggest that we hire John Tesh or Air Supply to write it! Have a great weekend.

Don’t You Usually Comment on the Budget?

Yes, I’ll wait until Monday to comment on what the budget means to me. It seems I have walked into another cost cutting world, wonder if the Public Sector’s lay-off scares are worse than in the Private Sector?

For parents one cool thing is that your estate can transfer (after your death) from your RRSP to your disabled child (or Grandchild’s) RDSP, which could be a very good thing for those with disabled kids or grandkids.


  • Four Pillars March 6, 2010, 1:58 PM

    Thanks for the link. Words can’t describe how stupid this anthem rewrite idea is. I can only guess it got floated to “take our minds off” of important things like the economy, deficit etc.

  • 2 Cents @ Balance Junkie March 5, 2010, 12:52 PM

    As a Canadian female, I am slightly insulted by the fact that only sons are mentioned. I think, however, that this is more a reflection of the time in which the anthem was written. It speaks to the history of our country, which, like most others, hasn’t always treated women as it should.

    As an agnostic Canadian, I’m surprised we don’t hear more opposition to the God reference. That’s not very inclusive either and it was only added more recently.

    As a Canadian, I’m not the least bit concerned with either of my first 2 points. But I am concerned that my country took a long time to balance its books and blew it all in one year on bailouts for industries as unhealthy as the auto sector.

    I live in one of the (former) automotive capitals of Canada and I don’t care to support the industry as it stands today. I may have to pay the taxes that result from the bailout, but I rebel via my 2 Nissan vehicles.

  • Michael James March 5, 2010, 7:41 AM

    I’d like to point out that O Canada is not very sensitive to people frightened by the sound of the letter A. Couldn’t it be rewritten to avoid this letter? Similar to the “free” life insurance, I’m offering free(*) $20 bills.

    * Must promise to give my wife $25 for each free $20 you take from me.


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