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Jim Balsillie: Captain Canada

From Saturday's Globe and Mail

'I don't know why I'm so passionate. Maybe I got hit on the head.' ...Read the full article

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  1. Cassandra from Ottawa from Canada writes: Regards Mr Balsillie, the Globe's sycophancy has now reached gag inducing levels.
  2. Warron yu from Canada writes: .

    This guy does not want a 'Canada'.

    Ballsillie wants a global government.

    He wants Canada destroyed.

    Okay, I don't blame you for not believing me.

    I didn't believe it either, until I checked it out.

    Ballsillie runs this think tank in Kitchener/Waterloo called CIGI.

    It's kind of like Canada's CFR.

    http://www.cigionline.org/

    CIGI stands for Center for International Governance Innovation.

    In order for 'Global Governance' you need a Global Government.

    Thats a standard definition, please don't get semantical on me.

    He wants A Global Government and it is in our face.

    Having another Hockey team in Ontario pales in comparison to having a country... but that's just my take on it.

    .
  3. harvey jingley from United States writes: Warron yu,

    Global Governance does not have to mean Global Government.

    Rather it is usually used as a term for getting things done through international cooperation especially on issues where national governments cannot agree.

    Hope that helps.
  4. Doug H. from Saskatoon, Canada writes: I hope that Jim sticks it to those NHL execs and wins the team. Those execs are destroying the game as all they think about is market share and profit, and what they do not realize is that sports is about passion. There is no passion in Columbus or Florida. There is plenty of passion in the northern states and all of Canada, and that is where the game must be. Go Jim!
  5. Doug H. from Saskatoon, Canada writes: I hope that Jim sticks it to those NHL execs and wins the team. Those execs are destroying the game as all they think about is market share and profit, and what they do not realize is that sports is about passion. There is no passion in Columbus or Florida. There is plenty of passion in the northern states and all of Canada, and that is where the game must be. Go Jim!
  6. Jah Nee Kah Sun from Canada writes: Molson Ex eh? So is Jim a Habs fan?
  7. Trish Taylor from Canada writes: Warron Yu -CIGI stands for Center for International Governance Innovation.
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    Yes, it does, but nothing sinister about it. Look at the phrase differently. Governance Innovation. Then..INTERNATIONAL Governance Innovation. Then a CENTRE for International Governance Innovation. CIGI is a think tank where leaders in their field from all over the world come to discuss, study and debate...and hopefully innovate and make a difference. They also hold public lectures where people from all walks of life are able to come hear these people speak for free in the beautiful setting that is CIGI. I've gone many times over to their lunch and evening events to hear people from all over the world present on a wide variety of topics that have broadened my understanding and opened my eyes. Mike Lazaridis' Perimeter Institute operates the same way, only on Physics and offers up world class speakers to the public for free also.
  8. Gerald Carpenter from writes: A few factual corrections in this puff piece - Mr. Balsillie DID go to both Wall Street and Bay street for a few years each as an investment banker trainee and in one of the big accounting firms (the name escapes me). IT no longer fits the narrative, though.

    Talk about revisionist history.

    I have said it before and will say it again. If he had never met Mike Lazardis, we would not be talking about him. We would not know his name.
  9. Henry Allen from East Bank, Don River, Canada writes:
    I have this vision. I see Gary Bettman suited up, on skates, stick in hand. Has the puck, skating awkwardly along the boards. Eyes glued to the puck. Looks up to pass, just in time to see Balsillie's shoulder aimed at his breastbone (Balsillie is almost on his knees to do this). The collision is wonderful, artistic. Bettman is down on all fours, gasping. Then he throws up his lunch, sushi. I have this vision, and I feel good.
  10. dick brown from missy, Canada writes: Here come the Looters.
  11. Warron yu from Canada writes: harvey jingley from United States writes: Warron yu,

    Global Governance does not have to mean Global Government.

    Rather it is usually used as a term for getting things done through international cooperation especially on issues where national governments cannot agree.

    Hope that helps.
    Posted 16/05/09 at 6:51 AM EDT

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    umm,you never looked in a dictionary did ya?

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    gov⋅ern⋅ance  /ˈgʌvərnəns/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [guhv-er-nuhns] Show IPA
    –noun 1. government; exercise of authority; control.
    2. a method or system of government or management.

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    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/governance

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    Sorry but you are so wrong.

    .
  12. Lloyd Hawkeye from La Ronge, Canada writes: I support Basillie's campaign for world dominance, Warron. I expect the new world capital city will be.... Hamilton.
  13. pete . from ottawa, Canada writes: Good article... hope Balsille gets the team!
  14. Ziad Fazel from Calgary, Canada writes: Henry Allen, thank you for sharing your vision. I see it too.

    We have to meet Colin Campbell at 10am tomorrow to learn the consequences. Bring your chequebook.
  15. jamie ireland from montreal, Canada writes: Mr. Ballsillie sounds like a man who can't be bought.
    After witnessing former PM Lyin Brian Mulroney yesterday it's clear that we could use a man of Ballisille's integrity and perseverance in Ottawa. While Muldoo was skating around some very pointed questions, Jim was out playing garage league hockey with his buddies!. We need someone in Ottawa who van't be had for a few bucks.
    It'a amazing how staying grounded and connecting with Joe q Public can do for someone with Ballsillie's talents.
    Ballsillie for PM.
    Jamie in Montreal
  16. Francesco Sinibaldi Francesco Sinibaldi from Milano, Italy writes: In the sad refrain of the sunshine.

    The soft and
    gentle melody
    of a sunshine appears
    in the calm of
    a delicate reason,
    that mellow aperture
    recalling, when
    the down-pour
    arrives, a tracing
    present.

    Francesco Sinibaldi
  17. Steve C from reality, Canada writes: Captain Canada?? AS IF!! This dirty corrupt idiot should get a firing squad, not a hockey team, I say run this fool outta the country before he does more damage.
  18. roy stephenson from Canada writes: It is very revealing that Wayne Gretzky would rather put hockey in an American desert than let the people near where he was born and raised have a team in southern Ontario.
    It's a farce.
  19. Carl Hansen from Canada writes: Back dated stock options much? Ya right, he can't be bought.
  20. Cassandra from Ottawa from Canada writes: Not really Captain Canada-Captain Hamilton or Captain Southern Ontario maybe.

    Or maybe he really is Captain Canada and wants to take that team to Winnipeg.
  21. Read Acted from Canada writes: I think the back dating stock options thing happened to many many high tech companies. It was endemic practice in the industry as a method to motivate good people to build a cash poor start up company. The problem became visible when the accounting rules were changed.
  22. Joe Blo from Canada writes: Warron yu from Canada writes: harvey jingley from United States writes: Warron yu, Global Governance does not have to mean Global Government. Rather it is usually used as a term for getting things done through international cooperation especially on issues where national governments cannot agree. Hope that helps. Posted 16/05/09 at 6:51 AM EDT ---------- umm,you never looked in a dictionary did ya? ------- gov⋅ern⋅ance  /ˈgʌvərnəns/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [guhv-er-nuhns] Show IPA noun 1. government; exercise of authority; control. 2. a method or system of government or management. ----------- http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/governance - Sorry but you are so wrong I think the key words in Harvey's statement is "used as a term". Regardless of the dictionary definition, how one "uses" the term is totally different. A dictionary definition and one's interpretation of it can be two completely different things. Jim Balsillie does not want a global goverment. What he wants is exactly what Harvey has mentioned above.
  23. Chris M from writes: I'm not a conspiracy theorist, but why do I get the feeling that in order for revenue sharing to work, you need Canadian hockey fans to pay exorbitant ticket prices so that someone in the desert will reluctantly spend $20 for the same thing, and have dinner included?

    I honestly don't want to think that Mr. Bettman hates Canada, but he's running a business with a system that didn't need an economic recession to fail miserably. Maybe the guy needs a psych assessment or something, but I figure if he's failed this badly, then I probably know just as much about running a league from a basic economic standpoint as Gary does.

    With that said, Phoenix is only one of a few cities that seems disinterested in supporting a hockey team. It sounds horribly bleak, doesn't it? Enter Jim Balsillie, who has offered 3 different times a bailout that can work for the NHL, and every single time, the commish and the NHLPA reps shut him down. This isn't about Winnipeg, but when he talks about how they have to be respectful of the fans in Phoenix, I don't remember him worrying too much about Jets fans in 1995. The guys seem more corrupt than Washington.
  24. dfsf dfsd from Canada writes: http://www.azcentral.com/sports/coyotes/
  25. Igodda Mahalingam from Canada writes: geez between this paper and Richard Florida - you'd think Ballsy was the second coming of christ

    he's just an MBA who got lucky

    its the other guy - you know the engineer - who's the smart one

    would you and Florida please stop the excessive logrolling?
  26. Igodda Mahalingam from Canada writes: roy stephenson from Canada writes: It is very revealing that Wayne Gretzky would rather put hockey in an American desert than let the people near where he was born and raised have a team in southern Ontario.
    It's a farce.

    What you really mean - is Gretzky won't take a stand

    its how he has succeeded - take the easy path and stand up for nothing
  27. kat i from Whitby, Canada writes: Go, Jim, go! The man is simply nothing short of brilliant. The fact that his kids attend public school says a lot about the man and his wife. He has not forgotten where he comes from and his humbleness is worth noting. We need another team in Ontario so that the common fella can afford to take his son to a game. All the best Jim. I hope the red tape lifts and you make this happen.
  28. Hockeydad London from Canada writes: Warron yu, just want to warn you, my old friend, John English, is the director of JB's institute. Hope you conspicacy theory radar is on to me now.
  29. Igodda Mahalingam from Canada writes: kat i from Whitby, Canada writes: Go, Jim, go! The man is simply nothing short of brilliant. The fact that his kids attend public school says a lot about the man and his wife. He has not forgotten where he comes from and his humbleness is worth noting. We need another team in Ontario so that the common fella can afford to take his son to a game. All the best Jim. I hope the red tape lifts and you make this happen.
    _______________

    rim worker
    or paid shill
  30. rick jackson from Cordoba, Argentina, writes: I love how people who are nothing have done nothing feel good enough about themselves to insult attack people who have accomplished so much. Both Wayne and Jim would be in any top 10 of greatest Canadians living today. I do not think any of the commentors to this story would be on that same list. I love to see Bettman squirm, he needs to pay for us missing a hockey season, Jim seems to be the only man that has the power and dedication to make this happen. He is making hockey fans take notice, and ask questions that Gary does not want asked. The little dictator is spinning this story as much as he can, but in the end a hockey team will be coming to Southern Ontario some day. If not Jim is getting RIM and blackberry in the newpapers everyday and how much is that worth in free advertising, i am not sure the engineer co founder would have thought of that.
  31. kat i from Whitby, Canada writes: Igodda, I assure you I am neither a RIM employee nor paid. It just shows that Sports is the only comment thread you participate in. I hope Jim gets his team so maybe others like me can afford to take dad to a game. Cheers.
  32. Chris Moltisano from New Jersey, Canada writes: Can't beleive there are people against what Jim Basille is trying to do? Like I think its great a CAnadian is finally taking a stand against American domination of our favorite sport. Maybe you people like being a tiny part of their leagues where you don't matter one iota. But people like Basille and myself have had enough of foreigners telling us what we can have. I don't care if what Basille does brings down every team south of Philadlephia. As long as we get what We want, who cares what happens to them!
  33. Igodda Mahalingam from Canada writes: Hey people aren't against what he does - its the sycophantic nature of this paper to bend over to accommodate him and the shills who speak highly of him

    regardless - what is he doing is illegal

    the man behind the genius of the Blackberry is not Balsillie - believe me - he is NOT an engineer - he is is simply an MBA

    and by the way to the person who says others have accomplished so little compared to to this guy....hmmm

    you have pretty low standards to make that claim
  34. Chris Michaels from Canada writes: Man -- you guys over analyze. Who cares? He wants to bring a team to Hamilton...and, so far, he's saying all the right things.

    What's the problem here?? The NHL has famously climbed into bed with some of societies worst...this doesn't appear to be the case in this situation. Are there flaws? Probably.

    But man...It's beyond me how there are any Canadians who don't support this. It's a win-win proposition.
  35. Hockeydad London from Canada writes: Igodda, illegal this is not. Illegal is against the law, either that or a sick bird. A conditional bid on a bankrupt business is not illegal. It may not be the bid accepted by the trustee or the courts, but it is not illegal. As to JB only being an MBA, without him blackberry may not be the ubiquitous device it is. Inventing something does not mean you know how to finance and market it.

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