Taxes, Les Impôts and Les Pensés Random

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A week where you had better have sent in your taxe, or you will be paying some penalties. If you don’t owe money you have until June 15th, but if they owe you money, why don’t you want it right now?

Apologies for the franglais in the title a butchered attempt to use both official languages in Canada (I should misspell taxes to show my inability to write in English as well).  My French training continues on, I am astounded at my inabilities to comprehend both English and French, but c’est la vie!

A year of the “Harper Conservative Government” (I believe that is a copyright’ed phrase), oh boy! I mentioned this to my friends here in Ottawa who are Civil Servants and they grumble, so then I ask, “why did we elect so many Tories in Ottawa last year ?”(John Baird, Pierre Poillievre, etc., etc.,). Seems to stop the conversation quickly.

Many interesting stories in Canada this week with Conrad Black possibly returning, more F-35 stories and of course the heart-rending video of a mother duck and her ducklings crossing the 401, possibly the most important video you will see this year (I can’t find it anywhere, but it was good to see the little group made it across the highway).

Weekly Recap

I had some fun this week with a couple of topics, which I enjoyed writing about, but a quieter week for my writings, even though the markets look like they are lining up to have another roller coaster ride this summer!

And thanks to those who added me on Twitter I am now over 1050 folks who follow me, holy cow!  If you join my “Twitter Posse”, you might notice I am also re-Tweeting some posts from the French Media as well (hell, if I am learning the language, shouldn’t we all?). I don’t think I am at the level of being officially bilingual in the eyes of the Federal Government, but I am getting close.

Check out my facebook page as well (but no I won’t be buying Facebook stock because of this either). The page includes many different posts, not just my own (kind of like this Friday post, but all week-long).

Links for the Week

With tax week coming and going, the topic seemed to hang there like the proverbial 800 lb gorilla, but nobody much talked about it:

Other Bookkeeping

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A French Quote about the Rich

“Dieu a partagé : il a donné la nourriture aux riches et l’appétit aux pauvres”

Coluche – a very apt quote for this blog (and for the 1% crowd as well).

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{ 7 comments… add one }
  • My Own Advisor May 4, 2012, 8:21 PM

    Thanks for the link BCM.

    BTW, the emergency fund is exclusively sold at Home Hardware, homeowners helping homeowners.

    Have a good weekend,

  • Preet May 4, 2012, 5:53 PM

    Tanks for the link. (That’s the extent of my french)

    You are slated to be a guest on episode 5, although I will mention off-off-broadway mortgages in episode 3.

    • bigcajunman May 5, 2012, 6:59 AM

      Just mention that I have trademarked that, when I start my “shady mortgage business”, that is what I will be calling my “stores”.

  • Michael James May 4, 2012, 8:58 AM

    Thanks for the mention. My food is good; how’s your appetite?

    • bigcajunman May 4, 2012, 3:44 PM

      It’s you rich bloggers that are screwing things up!

  • Jeremy @ Modest Money May 4, 2012, 5:17 AM

    Personally I feel no obligation to learn to speak french more fluently. Sure it’s the official second language, but nobody speaks it out here in BC. Really, Chinese should become an official second language soon.

    • bigcajunman May 4, 2012, 5:53 AM

      Actually I think Chinese may just get some status soon, given the proportion of the population that can speak it, however, which variant? Mandarin is my guess. I’d love to try to learn Mandarin, but right now it is French.


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