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Well,folks.It looks like even here in Canadian politics, shootouts are starting to be common here. During a victory speech early midnight today, the 1st female premier-elect of  Quebec, Pauline Marois suddenly had to be  taken away by 4 bodyguards because a  62 y/o  masked gunman reportedly shooted rapidly from behind the backroom inside the Metropolis auditorium where the victory rally was held.The gunman ran out and even set a small fire outside the venue before being caught.As he was held up, he reportedly shouted”The English are waking up.” A 45 y/o man, a stage technician was reportedly shot dead,a 30 y/o man was wounded and a 3rd man went into shock.

Ms. Marois is of the separatist Parti Quebecois, a political party favoring separation of Quebec,a predominantly French-speaking province from the rest of Canada.

Quebec has been in the news for as  long as I can remember of its desire to preserve its French heritage and to secede from Canada yet wanting a piece of the federal cash and benefit pie.

Frankly, I feel that in this  case, one can’t have their cake always and eat it too. If they want to secede, they go ahead but do it alone,raising their own taxation plans and develop their own currency and Constitution without getting the rest of Canada involved. They got to let the apron strings go but based on the latest Quebec provincial election results, the Parti Quebecois only won a small handful of votes enough only to hold a minority govt.

I interpret that as majority of Quebecers are not too keen of secession and would want to remain as Canadian citizens. Besides, Ms. Marois can’t really make a go of it since she only holds a minority government, unless she starts political alliances to make it happen. I still think that it’ll be political suicide for her since the people have spoken. They just don’t have the appetite for it .

This discussion will go on and on but going back to the topic of gun use,control and regulation, this secession issue will only serve as a cataylst for some very passionate people to use gunfire to drive their point against the secession issue like what that masked gunman did.

Heaven help us!

Josie

Whenever I travel outside Canada , I make sure to do logical shopping , meaning that whatever I bring back  would not end up being confiscated by Customs Canada(That would  be a waste of money!).  We all want to get  great  shopping bargains but we also have to be careful on our shopping selections in light of airport security as well as to the Customs Division of our respective home country.

Take for example the neverending commerce and travel between the U.S. and Canada. If you drive between both countries, you can practically bring a lot more stuff( wines,canned goods,perfumes,etc) in various sizes and quantities.  If you were flying, weight and quantity restrictions would apply though.  Liquids,creams and gels remain  to be scrutinized though.  If you were driving across either country, I’m sure bringing  big bottles of Remi Martin cognac  or  Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Perfume (my personal favorite)  for example wouldn’t be a problem. No worry pas, mon  ami!

 Of course, whether you fly or drive, never transport fresh produce or meat, firearms, insecticides and other obvious items that are a real danger to homeland security to any country.

 Consider also your home country’s customs rules on duty-free amount limit.

In Canada for example, effective June 1, 2012, (with regards to traveling to the U.S.) if staying for 24 hours in the U.S. ,you can declare up to CDN$200 tax-free;   up to 48 hours, declare CDN$800 tax-free ; for a stay 7 days or more, no limit has been mentioned though the old rule used to say CDN$750.00.

That’s my 2 cents’ worth on the matter.

Happy bargain-hunting!  Au revoir!

Josie