Saturday, March 25, 2006

Time for a Change!!!

In case you were worried by the title, no I'm not wanting to bring down the current government. Au contraire. I want to make it perfectly clear that I am not the Liberal Joanne that has been commenting on fellow Conservatives' blogs.

Apparently, this is causing some problems. Both Molarmauler and ChuckerCanuck have noted the confusion.

So in the interest of a move toward more transparent blogging, I have officially changed my display name to "Joanne (True Blue)". I think the reasons are obvious.


molarmauler said...


It was almost a party game for me. I'd see the name Joanne ahead of a comment and I'd tell myself "I can name that Joanne in... 3 words".

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Molarmauler - Too funny!!

Sorry to spoil your game. ;)

Derik Foulem said...

Question, what attracts you so much to the conservative way of thinking?

Joanne said...

Damn, now I have too change my name a bit because people with my name keep popping up.

Platty said...

I always knew you were True Blue Joanne.

BTW: I received a response from CTV regarding the YWCA report. All they did was send me the YWCA report, which shows the results taken from (4)four hand picked communities, I wasn't aware that the majority of Canadians lived in these four communities. I have sent them a reply to their reply asking this very question.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Platty - Awesome! I wonder how you rate more than a form letter though. What address did you use? Can't wait to hear what they have to say in reply to your comment. This is great!

We have a lot of people starting to jump on the bandwagon here, and I'm hoping the effect is that the media will start reporting truthfully and responsibly, instead of editorializing! There is a huge difference.

Derik, I sense that you are actually asking a serious question here. If so, I will ponder it and give you a thoughtful reply.

Platty said...


I sent it to

They sent a second reply that is just a form letter, guess they didn't have an answer. If they send anything further I will pass it on to you.

Derik Foulem said...

Dear Joanne,

You are right, I am in fact asking a serious question, I imagine you have doubts about my ability to do so because of the comments I've been posting on Riley's blog.

So let me clarify why I ask.

I've asked you because I used to see myself more as a conservative, but my professional and social experiences have changed my views. I'm therefore curious as to what attracts you to conservative thinking and I’m hoping that your views might serve as a counter weight the leftist thinking which has been making more sense to me as of late.

Anyway I hope this post reinforces the fact that my question was posed in complete seriousness and that I love forward to your answer in the near future.


Joanne (True Blue) said...

Platty, thanks for your efforts here. I sent a reply to my form letter asking that a real person respond. Guess what I got back? Yup, a copy of the original form letter. Great customer relations! CTV is starting to make CBC look good, and that is NOT any easy thing for a Conservative to say!

Don't worry. I am tenacious. I have a plan..

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Derik, I think your question deserves a separate post, but first of all, I'd love to know where in Canada you reside? That would help me gain a better political perspective of where you're coming from. Also, what are those experiences that changed your views? Sound interesting.

If I were to give a general answer to your question, I would say I prefer the Conservative party because it impresses me as one that works for the common good of Canadian society.

The Grits on the other hand, tend to work for the common good of the Liberal party.

That was a generalization of course, and there are always exceptions on both sides. I don't consider the Dippers worth discussing here, because they never have to put their money where their collective mouths are, except of course if Canada totally loses its mind. On the other hand, with Bob Rae considering the Liberal leadership bid, that could happen.

Betcha you're sorry you asked now.

Derik Foulem said...

Joanne, Thanks for the questions :) I do want to answer all of them but I'd like to do so in my own blog in due time.

For now let's just say that I've recently moved back to the east coast after a short stint (my second one) in Toronto.

If you want to find out more you'll have to pay some attention to my blog;)

Naw! Not sorry I asked at all :D

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Derik, I will be sure to drop by. Cheers.

Steph said...

Your new name reminds me of a quote of Stephen Harper's that I read in the Post this morning. I'm sure he's not the first one who said it but in reference to people with the last name Harper who live in New Brunswick, he said jokingly that they "...will always be reminded that heaven is blue and hell is red."

Perhaps you are going to have a full separate post and some point in reference to Derik's question, but I will add my 2 cents here anyway. The reason that I am attracted to the Conservative way of thinking is that it tends to empower the individual and to give people control over their own destinies, rather than encouraging people to feel entitled to hand-outs and expecting others to take care of them. Giving each person a sense of responsibility makes one feel self-respect and also contributes positively to the overall economy and society.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Steph, that was very eloquent. Have you ever considered starting your own blog? I hope Derik reads your comment.

Derik Foulem said...

Steph, what you just described is what used to attract me to the conservative way of thinking. Being born and raised in a family of self made business men (and women) it's easy to see how someone can empower their own destiny with hard work and determination (the American dream really).

What's harder to see is people around you, people you know, you care for, with just as much smarts, drive, and know how as anyone else who suddenly through bad luck needs help, the people who fall through the cracks.

I used to see only people on EI who would want to work to get their "stamps" so they could sit on their asses for 8 months.

People who would get a social aid check with a family to feed and spend it all on video lotto.

Now I see the people who really need social services. Social services which are in almost every case inadequate.

People who have bi-polar disorder, people who are forced to cope with a loved one's physical ailment, any one really, forced into a disadvantage that they had no control over.

People who are suddenly stricken with panic attacks, or suffer social anxiety disorder.

People who can bring a lot to society and anyone around them, but need help getting there.

Where as the conservative line of thinking, everyone for themselves, would damn them.

Social thinking can help friends, family, get over the hump.

We should never let those who abuse the system be used as a measuring stick to deny crucial help to anyone who really need it.

When I consider all of that I can't help but look towards the left more than the right.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Great discussion, Derik. I hope everyone goes to your site to pick up on the debate.

Steph said...

Start my own blog? Not going to happen. It's all I can do to keep up with your blog and to read the Post once in a while! ;-)

I replied to Derik on his blog.