The Cana­di­ans’ can­di­date

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Any­body know­ing his Su­per­man is aware that he can­not be an Amer­i­can Ci­ti­zen since he was not a ‘na­tive born’ Amer­i­can and, worst, lived at the North Pole. Since the comic strip was co-au­thored by Cana­dian Joseph Shus­ter, the is­sue was dear to him. Shus­ter’s cousin later founded the great­est Cana­dian duo, Wayne and Shus­ter.

Since we are in Cana­dian trivia, all must know that our free health sys­tem had its de­but in Al­berta.

Some­thing that Sen­a­tor Ted Cruz doesn’t seem to know, as he didn’t seem to know that he was born a Cana­dian up to last year. Some­thing he ad­mit­ted since he al­legedly re­nounced his Cana­dian Cit­i­zen­ship last year. As a grad­u­ate of Prince­ton and Har­vard Law School, one is left to won­der about the cre­den­tials of both univer­si­ties.

The or­ange guy is also a grad­u­ate of a pres­ti­gious univer­sity: Whar­ton. His first wife, Ivana, was from Mon­treal as we all know. Lesser known is the fact that he is now in charge of a busi­ness started by his grand-father, who made a lot of his money run­ning broth­els ‘restau­rants’ in the Yukon.

Which brings us to the only can­di­date who can pin­point Stanstead on a map, Bernie San­ders.

Years ago, to il­lus­trate the high cost of drugs, he was bring­ing bus­loads of Ver­mon­ters to our lo­cal phar­macy. Then, when the street clo­sure is­sue on the bor­der be­came a real is­sue, he came to town and with his help and that of Sen­a­tor Leahy in the back­ground, spared us a Trump wall.

Sen­a­tor San­ders is mad as hell and re­fuses to take it any­more. And do­ing the im­pos­si­ble, he has the Clin­tons in a mad dash to keep up with him.

In per­son, he is an im­pos­ing man, not in the bul­ly­ing sense, but of one who knows who he is, what his po­si­tion is and how he can use it. Hav­ing seen him close up, he is a no BS man and a good lis­tener, hav­ing his aide come in and take phone num­bers and all. As a mat­ter of course, he should give sem­i­nars on how to deal with peo­ple.

For us here, he would be the dream can­di­date. For the first time since Ebenezer Peck helped a young Illinois lawyer named Abra­ham Lin­coln found the Repub­li­can Party, would we have a pres­i­dent who un­der­stood our re­gion. Peck was one of the two Stanstead rid­ing Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment in Lower-Canada. By the way, he also in­tro­duced ‘con­ven­tions’ as a way of choos­ing can­di­dates.

So the rather bizarre not to say crazy way that the political par­ties in the USA choose their can­di­dates has a lot to do with the way we were do­ing pol­i­tics. Maybe Sen­a­tor Cruz is right: Canada is the right place to be born to get into pol­i­tics.

U.S. Sen. Bernie San­ders on Sun­day de­tailed a Medi­care-for-all plan to pro­vide bet­ter health care for all Amer­i­cans at less cost. “Uni­ver­sal health care is an idea that has been sup­ported in the United States by Demo­cratic pres­i­dents go­ing back to Franklin Roo­sevelt and Harry Tru­man,” San­ders said. “It is time for our coun­try to join ev­ery other ma­jor in­dus­tri­al­ized na­tion on earth and guar­an­tee health care to all cit­i­zens as a right, not a priv­i­lege.” The pro­posal would ex­pand Medi­care, the pop­u­lar and suc­cess­ful health care pro­gram for se­niors, and build on the suc­cess of the Af­ford­able Care Act, which San­ders helped craft. Pa­tients would be able to choose their own doc­tors and re­ceive com­pre­hen­sive care for ev­ery­thing from hos­pi­tal stays to emer­gency room vis­its to pri­mary and spe­cialty care. San­ders’ Medi­care-for-all plan would save $6 tril­lion over the next 10 years com­pared to the cur­rent sys­tem, ac­cord­ing to a de­tailed anal­y­sis by Ger­ald Fried­man, an econ­o­mist

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