Monday, June 07, 2010

Why Not Call It "Big Fake Lake"

Toronto- The Council of Canadians has applied to the Geographical Names Board of Canada to have an artificial lake currently under construction at the Direct Media Centre in Toronto named after Prime Minister Stephen Harper. At a reported cost of $1.9 million, the lake is intended to resemble those found in the Muskoka region with a fake dock, fake canoes and a Jumbotron display showing cottage country photos to the international media in Toronto for the G20.

"We have sent an official request to the Geographical Names Board of Canada to have Canada's newest lake named "Harper's Folly" in honour of the Prime Minister" said Mark Calzavara, the Ontario/Quebec Organizer for the Council of Canadians. "We believe that all Canadians-regardless of their political views- will agree that the only thing more outrageous than spending $1.1 billion on a three day meeting is thinking that an indoor lake next to a big television could possibly compare to the spectacular beauty of cottage country."

Info on how to support the to CoC campaign lies through the link.

PS. As for this whole spending scandal, I suggest we start referring to it as Fake Watergate.

17 comments:

sharonapple88 said...

With a $1.1 billion budget, I'm sure no one would miss a million or two for an artificial lake.

Seriously, for anyone trying to justify the costs, please note the budgets of some previous summits

# G20 summit London, April 2009: $30 million
# G20 summit Pittsburgh, September 2009: $18 million US

That artificial lake would be a significant chunk out of the budgets of the London and Pittsburgh summits.

Holly Stick said...

No no, call it Fake Lake Harper.

sharonapple88 said...

I'm sure the fake lake is somehow key to security... or PR... it's all the same.

Jesse said...

PM's assistant: "Mr. Harper, since you love the outdoors and cottage country, why not have the summit in beautiful Haliburton or gorgeous Muskoka?"

Steve: "No, no, Cindy...I've got the perfect place. Right down down Toronto. And we'll build a lake that looks like Muskoka. They'll love it. It will be just the thing to impress Barack and get me into his monthly Poker Game at the white house."

PM's Assistant: (facepalm) excellent idea sir.

ridenrain said...

It's not that bad.. I hear that Judy Sgro is renting a summer cabin there.

Ted Betts said...

Personally, I like the sound of "The Harper Government Falls".

Lenny said...

It seems there may be an opportunity to conserve some water by filling it with Weepy Pete's tears.

Ted Betts said...

Harper wanted to get some international exposure for Canada with the G8/G20.

Well, with the LA Times now reporting on the $1.9M Boondoggle Bay, he's got it.

Tof KW said...

I see ridenrain approves of the government waste of taxpayers dollars. I guess so long as it's 'your side' doing it that's somehow OK? Hypocrite!!! Some conservative you are!

ridenrain said...

I definitely approve of making this event a huge, rousing success.
All the other G20 nations are stumbling out of the gate and we're hitting full stride. We couldn't impress the world with our Olympic athletes but we can definitely be proud of our economy and workforce. Canada has a great deal to offer investors and we're not going to impress the world with archaists in the streets, motel-6, and Kirkland brand snacks.

.. besides, all the Toronto drug gangs can use it as a shooting gallery after.

ridenrain said...

.. make that anarchists

Ted Betts said...

Instead of Fake Watergate, how about Fake WaterG8?

Ted Betts said...

If I had a billion dollars - if I had a billion dollars
Well, I'd buy you a summit - I would buy you a summit
And if I had a billion dollars - if I had a billion dollars
I'd buy you a photo op for your summit - maybe a nice landscape or a waterfront
And if I had a billion dollars - if I had a billion dollars
Well, I'd buy you a steamboat - a nice old fixer-upper
And if I had a billion dollars I'd buy your vote.

If I had a billion dollars
I'd build a gazebo in our yard
If I had a billion dollars
You could help, it wouldn't be that hard
If I had a billion dollars
Maybe we could put like a $200,000 toilet in there somewhere.

If I had a billion dollars - if I had a billion dollars
Well, I'd buy you a Muskoka lake - but not a real Muskoka lake, that's cruel
And if I had a billion dollars - if I had a billion dollars
Well, I'd shut down a city - yep, like a Toronto or a Huntsville
And if I had a billion dollars - if I had a billion dollars
Well, I'd buy you Lyin’ Bryan's remains - ooh, all them crazy jowel bones
And if I had a billion dollars I'd buy your vote.

If I had a billion dollars
We wouldn't have to walk to the store
If I had a billion dollars
We'd take a limousine 'cause it costs more
If I had a billion dollars
We wouldn't have to eat Kraft Dinner
[Ed note: really, what would you change in that verse? It’s perfect as is.]

If I had a billion dollars - If I had a billion dollars
Well, I'd buy you a sidewalk - but not a real sidewalk going somewhere, that's cruel
And if I had a billion dollars - if I had a billion dollars
Well, I'd buy you some vid - a Sony or a Jumbo
If I had a billion dollars - if I had a billion dollars
Well, I'd buy you a monkey – I have so many monkeys to spare
If I had a billion dollars I'd buy your vote.

If I had a billion dollars, if I had a billion dollars
If I had a billion dollars, if I had a billion dollars
If I had a billion dollars left, we'd be rich.

Oemissions said...

will there be real or fake mosquitoes?

Gene Rayburn said...

".. besides, all the Toronto drug gangs can use it as a shooting gallery after."

So using your stereotyping Ridenrain you must come from a town where everyone marries their cousin and the town has a collective set of teeth. Sheesh!

Obviously Ridenrain has never been to Toronto but feels fully qualified talking about it.

Keep digging Ridenrain, that Canada's Stupid Citizen award is definitely yours.

ridenrain said...

It’s clear from your comments on the registry and hunting that you and most of your Liberal palls regard everyone who doesn’t agree, must be some sort of hick. The big red tent has only room for Bay street king makers, Powercorp execs, and a few CBC talking heads, I guess.

ridenrain said...

or as some one else said it better:

“I told him the Liberal Party policies and priorities were targeting the major cities and forgetting about rural Canada,” he said Tuesday.

“Take all of his MPs in his caucus who are elected in the major cities out of his caucus and he could hold his next caucus meeting in a phone booth.”

Now independant Hec Clouthier