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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.

health-infobase.canada.ca 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’ve read article after article ripping on Canada, but when one of the biggest newspapers in the world is hitting this hard with this huge article (my yellow highlighting), even liberalvision CTV might notice and start covering the story of big government failures:

Included in that news report are real pride-inducing remarks like this:

The U.S. economy is opening up and Covid-19 vaccines are increasingly available. But its neighbor to the north has had one of the slowest vaccine rollouts among developed economies, and is now imposing new lockdowns to stem a surge in infections.

… But Canada has been slow to get those shots into people’s arms, and Canadians have watched with envy the progress in the U.S.

It explains, “The country’s vaccine rollout, stymied by supply-chain problems and a lack of coordination at the federal and provincial levels…” (which has led to the U.S. fully vaccinating TEN TIMES more people than in Canada per capita), as the root cause.

But the article also allows, almost as an excuse, that, “Unlike the U.S. and Europe, Canada doesn’t manufacture the vaccines.” That obviously gets closer to the actual root cause —but still doesn’t quite get there. Like, why aren’t there manufacturers in Canada?

Drug companies will avoid Canada until a workable environment for them is allowed. And now, that isn’t the case (see the articles below). Because, sadly for big government and central planning and market control freaks, we live in a (mostly, albeit decreasingly) free world where companies can set up (or not) most anywhere they please —or at least where they are welcome. Canada needs improvements in markets, and pharmaceutical innovator intellectual property protections and failing that (as thus far we have), no drug companies will establish a base here, long-term.

I’ve written on this a number of times. Like here:

CEO puts paid to Trudeau and Liberal lies

And here:

News media leave out details for some weird reason having nothing to do with protecting Trudeau Liberals

But if you hate admitting that I am such a genius, the Fraser Institute is always a good go-to, to gain an even better perspective if that’s even possible, with far more serious, academic, peer-reviewed studies and explanations and analyses of just what the hell the problem or “root cause” actually is, in any given government policy or market situation.

And they adroitly explain the problems surrounding Canada’s failures with its pharmaceutical industry (or lack thereof) in multiple articles. As I read it, the problem is, as usual, rooted not in laziness among the business class or innovator set, nor lack of drive by pharmaceutical companies —and no, CTV, nor in “greed,” or “fat Americans,” nor “racism” or “white supremacy,” nor even “American gun culture.” No, rather, it’s big central-planning done by market-control-obsessed ideological government, and its constant interventions in the market. As usual. And particularly, here in laggard Canada, the Trudeau government’s ill-timed (2019) policy to impose further price controls on drugs sold in Canada. An in-depth study explains:

…While the Canadian government’s goal of containing expenditures on patented drugs is not unique, the direction of its regulatory policy changes seems to be focusing more on controlling expenditures on pharmaceuticals than on ensuring that Canadians have access to new therapies. …

And in another article:

 Canada and other countries that impose strict price controls on pharmaceuticals should acknowledge that effectively requiring U.S. consumers to bear the cost of developing new drugs that benefit patients everywhere is unfair and unsustainable. As the remarkably rapid development of COVID-19 vaccines demonstrates, pharmaceutical research is increasingly capable of miraculous life-saving innovations. Canada and other countries should be willing to pay their fair share to support such research.

Also see “Tasha Kheiriddin: The Liberals went hostile against Big Pharma. Now we’re facing vaccine shortages about that.

Other Fraser articles explains other problems, and again these are problems created by Big Government, including this one:

…Currently, Canadian intellectual property (IP) protections for pharmaceutical innovators are weaker than those in the US, EU and elsewhere in three key areas. The first is patent term restoration, or restoring patent time lost to mandatory regulatory delays: Canada offers none while both the U.S. and EU offer up to five years. The second is on a right of appeal for patent holders, or allowing patent holders in Canada the right to appeal court rulings that invalidate their patent. The third is extended data exclusivity, the time during which generic manufacturers are not permitted to use innovator data for drug approvals: Canada offers up to 8.5 years, the EU offers 10 years plus one year for new indications, and the U.S. offers five years plus one year for regulatory delays plus three years for new indications for pharmaceuticals and 12 years for biologics. …

In pharmaceuticals as in other industries, our socialized healthcare system — and left-wing-adjacent ideologies — are leading to government, as the “customer” or central buyer in this case, using its overbearing power and authority to try to control the erstwhile free market including supply management and prices —a design which is destined to fail, just as it has done over and over, in every socialist and communist country the world over, and even in excessively market-interventionist countries (like Canada, increasingly), throughout modern history. But these left-wing ideologues are a stubborn people, and they yearn to prove themselves right, even if these know-it-alls and their fiddling and perverse ideological fantasies kill Canadians — as has been done — in the process, and even if they pose an existential threat to our very nation, as they have.

It’s not the free market that is failing. It’s not private enterprise that is failing. No, the free market and private enterprise are inarguably what brought us — with amazing speed once government got out of the damned way thanks to Donald Trump’s “Warp Speed” program — the first Wuhan Virus vaccines and treatments (yes, hastened in this case especially by massive, timely U.S. government — but not Canadian government — investment). What failed — certainly in Canada — as the Wall Street Journal pointed out without naming specifically, is government.

As I’ve pointed out before, this whole Wuhan Virus and everything else that has failed after its release from China, was 100%, entirely, completely, utterly, and in every way, shape, and form, a government failure at every level of government, of epic, historic proportion —in China, as well as in Canada, and all over the world.

As I wrote May 26, 2020:

A Government Failure at Every Level

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