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Joe Oliver for leader? Alas no. But heed to his leadership.

Financial Post — Joe Oliver penned a good column today offering good conservative sense for Conservatives. So that's something different and worthwhile for you to read today in the papers increasingly filled with total bunk and muck — usually from lefties — about how the Conservatives need to go still further leftward to win. It's headlined "Conservatives must persuade the electorate, not pander to the left." And it's worth your read.

"...There is an economic and cultural route to broaden the appeal of Conservative values and policies: bring the public to you, rather than mimic the left-wing’s latest faddish ideals and retreaded socialist truths. That is what leadership is all about. ..."

Ronald Reagan believed in and practiced this philosophy very effectively, making wonderful speaches counseling his fellow conservatives to speak up — "in bold colors" — to convince the electorate to vote for the values — conservative values — which most of their fellow electorate actually already believed in. And he was one of the best and most popular presidents in US history. Joe Oliver wrote today about some of those Canadian conservative values, which, similarly, are actually Canadian values.
Joe Oliver isn't running to be the leader. He's 81 and is rightly enjoying retirement. But anybody who wants to follow in Ronald Regan's — or Joe Oliver's — footsteps is more than welcome to step up at this time, please.

Advice to GOP, which Canada’s CPC should heed: Just. Say. No.

Washington Post — From this surprising source  — the...

Lefty Mayor caught maskless but it’s ok: “I was feelin’ the spirit!”

National Review — Another article you won't read in 99% of the "news" media because, oh do I even have to say it?... she's a lefty mayor! (and we can well imagine the "news" media's faux outrage if she was a he and he was a Republican):

The mayor of San Francisco [London Breed] says that she shouldn’t be criticized for breaking her own COVID rules, because, and I quote, “I was feeling the spirit and I wasn’t thinking about a mask.” CBS reports:

“We don’t need the fun police to come in and micromanage and tell us what we should or shouldn’t be doing,” said Breed during an interview to address the controversy.

The city’s health order states attendees at live indoor performances must remain masked except when actively eating or drinking. Breed maintained that she was drinking at the time.

“My drink was sitting at the table,” said Breed. “I got up and started dancing because I was feeling the spirit and I wasn’t thinking about a mask.”
As Charles C.W. Cooke points out, the hideousness doesn't stop just at her hypocrisy, her failure to take responsibility for her own actions, or her elitist rule-breaking, it's the fact that she laments the notion of "the fun police," when, in fact, as mayor and as the perpetrator of these asinine rules, she IS "the fun police."

Best post-election headline so far

Wall Street Journal — They get the headline just about right: Their opener:

The late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher counseled that in politics “standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous. You get knocked down by the traffic from both sides.” That’s the lesson delivered to Canada’s Conservative Party leader Erin O’Toole in Monday’s national election.

I like that they added this because Canadian "news" media are loathed to mention it:

Yet while they again won the popular vote, they finished a distant second in seat count with about 119, two seats down from 2019. (By the way, the Tories have won the popular vote in five of the last six elections, which is a lesson for Americans who think this only happens because of the Electoral College.)

They see what I see. O'Toole: Speaking in pale pastels — largely pink — instead of bold colors. Lesson #596 for the Conservative Party of Canada. They'll learn someday. Maybe.
Read the WSJ take here. (Free link)

BC’s NDP gov and their “news” media divisions hiding stats and facts? Here’s one. For all the noise from the Canadian national "news" media, you'd think Ontario was the only province in the country, and that it's doing terribly with regard to the Wuhan Virus (which everybody still calls "COVID" on orders from the Communist Party of China). That's not news to anyone outside of Ontario. What might be news to people both outside and inside of Ontario is that BC's rate of death is nearly twice that of Ontario.
Don't worry lefties, even people in BC don't know that, because the "news" media in BC are actually cheerleaders for the NDP government of BC — much as the national news media is actually a division of the federal Liberal Party (well and the Ontario Liberal Party of course). Ontario is led by a party with the word "Conservative" in it, even though "Progressive" is the first and foremost word and concept in their party name and style of governance. But, you know, it's just deathn shit. Politics is way more important to the "news" media.
Facts. Get 'em anywhere you can, because you can't reliably get them from the "news" media.
See also:
And from liberalvision CTV: Secrecy over B.C.'s true number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients

“The government beat the citizens! Yay!” —an elitist Canadian socialist

The Liberal Party's very own state-owned CBC's "news" (hahahahaha)...

The objective left on the regressive left

Writing beautifully about the racist and discriminatory plight of...

Take a Hint, Canada.

Yahoo News — Dutch Foreign Minister Sigrid Kaag resigned on Thursday after parliament formally condemned her handling of the Afghanistan evacuation crisis.
Too bad Canada doesn't have a Parliament. Or a news media.

Canada Excluded From International China Security Pact

Globe and Mail Dismissed by Justin Trudeau as merely a crass American salesman's move to pawn off the latest high-tech US-built nuclear subs to what we have to therefore assume he thinks are the total idiot Aussies, the three-nation deal didn't even include Canada in the talks leading up to the historic pact. And after Trudeau's comments on the matter (and the aforementioned attitude toward the Aussies), you can understand why.
"Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday played down Canada’s exclusion from the Indo-Pacific security deal, saying it is merely a way for the U.S. to sell nuclear submarines to Australia ... “This is a deal for nuclear submarines, which Canada is not currently or any time soon in the market for. Australia is.”"
In a clear indication that even Trudeau's political bro Joe Biden doesn't actually take him or Canada seriously anymore (forcing one to wonder if his high-fivin' bro Barack Obama doesn't also come off as a bit two-faced after Obama gave Trudeau a campaign "endorsement" this week), even Canadian officials were left in the dark. Almost like Canada can't even be trusted anymore on any level.

"Three officials, representing Canada’s foreign affairs, intelligence and defence departments, told The Globe and Mail that Ottawa was not consulted about the pact, and had no idea the trilateral security announcement was coming until it was made on Wednesday by U.S. President Joe Biden, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison."

Trudeau, in contrast, delayed Canada's Wuhan Virus immunization program by signing a deal not with the Americans or Brits, but with... CHINA, for vaccines, in what turned out to be a total failure with countless Canadian lives lost as a result. What is going on here?

I already splotched yesterday on the deeply red federal budget (red in every sense including Liberal red, and red politics), and just as another example, and since it’s in the news (in the news in BC only, because Canada is a “nation” or “family” in name only and has massive issues), BC’s budget was released yesterday. Unless you live in BC, you will have no idea, and probably don’t care. But it’s the politics I’m on about here, which you do care about.

I’ll spare you the details. Suffice it to say that because it’s a left-wing (NDP variety) government, the most important thing to them is growing government and its control over you (exactly like the other variety in Ottawa). Well that and spending more and more state money —as if it grows on trees, which if it did, they wouldn’t harvest its bounty of cash on account of global warming or “sustainability” (ugh) or some other left-wing blather, which is entirely contradictory logic, but you’re used to that by now from the left-wing woke set.

  • Deficit: (another) $9.7 BILLION this year. $20 billion in deficits over the next three years. Cuz WTF matters about the fewchure ‘n whatevers?
  • Taxpayer-supported debt (is there any other kind?), the finance minister boasts, is going to be “below 30 per cent” as a share of gross domestic product. Unsaid: it was 15% before the pandemic.
  • Debt as a share of annual revenue to reach almost 150 per cent over the next three years.

But as I said, it’s largely about growth of already huge government. I mean growth that they’re doing on purpose! Core government ministry staff levels (this is not nurses or healthcare workers dealing with the Wuhan Virus which they call “COVID-19” for some weird reason having to do with woke politics, but rather just government minions — bureaucrats of every description including “utterly useless”) have increased to 39,660 in the last full year, up 21% from the last year of the BC Liberals, which was itself a growth-in-government regime.

The Vancouver Sun whitewashes it as best they can (notwithstanding their more promising and enlightened headline as seen in my cover graphic, “Big Spending, Big Debt in BC Budget”), by appealing to experts at none other than the very left-wing Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (where the “Alternatives” they speak of is socialism, but nobody except me acknowledges that fact) for comment. And of course their economist Iglika Ivanova is dour about the lack of spending and lack of debt and lack of government growth and lack of adequate tho increased government control over our lives:

“Unfortunately, this budget misses the opportunity to become … the most significant budget of the generation, which I thought it would be,” Ivanova said. “Considering the significant, very deep, gender and racial inequalities that the pandemic spotlighted, I would have liked to see a lot more ongoing investments in speeding up some of those programs on affordable housing and child care, and on addressing their urgent climate emergency.

The doubly extreme superlative “significant” + “very deep” racial and gender inequality issues, and the “urgent” + “emergency” climate thing both aside, here’s an “ongoing investment” + a “speeding up” that leaves a nasty stain (and a populace of serfs), even as judged by those who were miseducated in public schools about the role of government and its control of our lives:

According to my reading of the BC budget (pdf) (mercifully, it’s “only” 184 pages, not the even more epic Russian-novel-length 780 pages created by a staff of thousands working for the obviously way-too-yappy Chrystia Freeland and her secretariat who created her tome from Hell), there are nearly 490,000 people in British Columbia’s core public sector working in the core public service, at Crown corporations and agencies, in health and community social services, K-12 public education and post-secondary institutions. According to a BC stats document, 2,661,200 people were employed in BC last month. My math (self-taught, don’t worry) tells me that means nearly 18.5 percent of the BC people work directly for the government. And more besides, because that can’t possibly include employees — direct or indirect — reliant to some degree or entirely, on every other government offshoot (nobody could even estimate the real, full extent of government, nowadays). So likely at least one in five people now work for the government. BC also has nearly 7% unemployment. Lots on welfare too. That’s a lot of people — a huge percentage — now reliant to one extent or another — or entirely — on government.

I imagine they aim to increase those numbers.

But that’s what to expect from a government — one based on a left-wing and really, a totalitarian ideology — which literally thinks it runs all of life itself. The Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer (no enemy of The State) wrote of the NDP leader today in light of the budget (headline: “B.C. debt soaring, ditto the size of the public service“):

Near the end of her news conference, [BC Finance Minister] Robinson was asked to account for the $3.3-million (30 per cent) increase in the budget for Premier John Horgan.

“We’re investing to make sure that he has access to British Columbians,” she claimed. “It’s really important that the premier hear from all regions of the province, that he’s able to engage with all stakeholders and that he talks to regular British Columbians.”

In fact, her budget documents show half the increase — $1.6 million — is for a planning and policy secretariat to provide “strategic advice to the premier and cabinet on the prioritization and sequencing of key initiatives of government.”

Most of the money for the secretariat goes to increased staffing. As if the premier’s already ample platoons of political advisers and strategists weren’t enough to keep him well stocked in plans and priorities.

Talk of a huge growth in an already outsized government, more government spending on all manner of social engineering, huge deficits and debt, blather about “issues around equity and inclusion” (in a budget document!) and a central “planning and policy secretariat” —sounds exactly like a story out of Soviet Russia to me.

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