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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?

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I get email. Here’s one with a reoccurring theme. I thought it might be useful to post my answer publicly in case it helps. I’ve edited it for spelling and typos and added one tiny bit as indicated below.

‐‐‐‐‐‐‐ Original Message ‐‐‐‐‐‐‐
On Monday, May 3, 2021 6:54 PM, WordPress <***> wrote:

Re Bill C-10: a Chinese-style dish of big (Canadian) government censorship chop suey

From: *** *****  –  ***

Message Body:
i agree wholeheartedly with your views on C-10 but, when it comes to Canadians just sitting back and doing nothing, what would you like us to do? We write to our MPs where, in most cases, they agree with us. However, we have a very disappointing Conservative leader who tends to lean way too far to the left for my liking. As you pointed out, our only pushback comes from writers like you. I don’t think that Trudeau pays any attention to them. He doesn’t have to….he gets all the support he needs from Jagmeet Singh. I despair for our once proud and free country.
Keep up the good work. I really enjoy all of your articles.

**** ****

My reply:

Hi ****,

You’re right to despair. If you’ve done everything you can do and everyone else just sits there and takes it, it’s extremely discouraging.

I’ve written along these lines before — about the fact that liberals speak as though everyone in the room agrees with them. It turns out that it’s impossible for them not to think that way, because as I’ve seen (much to my despair and frustration), even the most ardent conservative… just sits there and says nothing in the face of ridiculous lefty pronouncements. In essence, it appears as though everyone in the room totally agrees with the lefty because by all accounts, they do! And it’s not just a “meek and polite Canadian” thing; this has been going on for a long time in America too. Maybe it’s a conservative thing. Clearly, it’s an incredibly self-defeating attribute.

It reminds me of the anecdote about the restaurant owner who is shocked by the fact he had to close his restaurant due to a lack of customers. He recalls that his waiters had been instructed to always ask all the guests how their meal was, and the guests would always answer “oh it’s just great thanks.” The owner didn’t realize that everyone always says that just to avoid the hassle or any embarrassment — that’s their default answer. So he thought his restaurant was doing “just great.” Right up until it was wasn’t, and it was too late. Dead.

How could liberals and leftists not think everything they’re doing or saying is “just great?”

And by the way, this extends not just to that situation where a lefty aunt spouts off about “white supremacists” (or whatever). I wish I kept a list of every issue — even the tiny issues — that were blown off by conservatives as “not worth getting all worked up about,” and “not the hill the hill I’m going to die on.” They “let this one go,” because “when we regain power, we can just reverse it.”

But that’s absolute folly. These gradual moves — the ever-increasing social programs, the ever expanding government and ever expanding powers and control over us, the ever decreasing freedoms and so on: these were all  little hills that we didn’t want to die on and didn’t see the need to make a big deal out of. Each time! It’s literally how we got here.

Every hill is a hill to die on. The leftist’s whole modus operandi is slow, gradual, “progressive” changes, shaming those who oppose them (if they dare to at all), hopefully driving a momentum and its speed such that suddenly what we knew is literally dead and gone forever. We’re on the verge of that right at this moment in history. You’ve also seen me write the words “Fabian socialists” a hundred times over the years. That’s exactly what they do. Look them up. Their brand is literally characterized — by themselves — as “a wolf in sheep’s clothing” [that last bit added here but not in my original email reply.]  I believe that’s what the Liberals and the NDP — and quite a few Democrats in America — are engaged in. (Although so many of these people are so dumb, they may not even know they are doing it.)

So the takeaway is this: When they say stuff, tell them they’re wrong. At every, single, opportunity. I mean at the government level, in the news media, and at work or school. But it really is at the grassroots level that it makes a difference. Make sure these people know what they’re saying is not “just great,” and in fact, tell them it’s just ridiculous (if it is). If you can’t find enough good arguments in your own mind, you can certainly load up on the arguments against them by reading what I and others have to say. That’s half the reason I write them — to help provide arguments for exactly this purpose.

I would just add one more thing: conservatives are good at supporting the Conservative Party. The CPC regularly out-fundraises the Liberals and the NDP, as I recently wrote. But I’ve always believed that they — that huge and rather institutional, and sometimes elitist monster whose paid-up members sometimes select questionable leaders — are not the driver of conservatism and the conservative movement. For example, I do NOT take my cues from them. Rather, I like to think it’s the other way around. The regular people down here are the real leaders: you and me and the people who have a stage and make their views public. So conservatives need to start showing some of that same support to the people who can really make a difference.

Would you mind if I post this email exchange since I went on so long about it? It might help others. (I will erase your name and email address.)

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