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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?

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So a British guy is hired by Canadians who want to build an electric car in Canada with (private!) Canadian cash and Canadian parts, and Canadian know-how, by Canadian folks. Fantastic. Next: que-up the news media (who, in their defense, are probably only accurately reflecting actual Canadian attitudes), and proceed to call the car a “Tesla north.” And refer to Brit you hired as “James Bond.” Because this thing can’t be just Canadian.

To wit, this headline in the Financial Post today: “The man with the golden wrench: James Bond car engineer joins Canadian effort to build a Tesla north“.

It’s really a not-Canadian two-fer: both James Bond and the Brit movie reference; and Tesla (America), are both credited with securing the legitimacy of what is otherwise but a cute little “Canadian effort.”

The story nonetheless goes all Canuck: “building an all-Canadian car,” and points out that it is a car being created with private Canadian cash from 335 Canadian companies. And, “Enter Canada, a nation awash with everything an EV might need: nickel, lithium, cobalt, an educated workforce, a vibrant tech sector, a century’s worth of experience making cars, first-rate universities, political stability and domestic auto-parts makers.” The story includes the line, “a Canadian effort to build a zero-emissions vehicle made with local know-how, raw materials and parts, and one that its backers hope could lead to the birth of a domestic EV car manufacturer.” It concludes with, “Canada is the perfect place to make it.” The story fully acknowledges its true blue Canadianness!

So it is 1,000% Canadian, right? Wrong! Next line: “A Tesla North, if you will.”

No, I will not.

First of all, I think Teslas are ugly, overpriced junk, and its buyers are dumb-dumbs. But that’s a personal thing. It’s this carrying on as if Canada and everything its citizens do can only be as a junior partner to America, or only as serfs working in but another branch plant of American or other foreign companies; and in this case being led by a foreign “A-Team” of the aforementioned Brit plus an Italian fellow (“A-Team” is the term used in the story to describe not the Canadians behind this, but rather the foreigners they hired).

It’s not for nothing that we think that way. Canada has long been but a branch plant of America, particularly in the automotive arena, but also in entertainment, technology, and in other industrial and service-sector industries. But here’s a chance to go all-Canadian, you’d think.

That’s what gets my goat. Their job as journalists is not to generate Canadian pride, I suppose, but you’d think pride might be a natural by-product of being Canadian. Apparently not. The fact that it is not a natural by-product is something I think we should work on. (And we can do this without the government socially-engineering it, thanks, just as private people can build that car without Health Minister Patty Hadju’s help; and we can deal with this ourselves fully in-house or in-country — you know, without hiring some star A-Team guru from India).

This so-called Arrow Project car is no more a “Tesla-North” than any third-generation Pakistani is a “Pakistani-North”. I believe you call that fella “a Canadian.” This car is being built by Canada’s automotive parts cohort, calling themselves Project Arrow with no hyphens. No Bond reference. No nod to Tesla. No America-North. No Across-The-Pond From The United Kingdom nonsense.

“Hollywood North” is but one of the other myriad examples of this Canadian sickness. “American Idol” becomes the even more idiotic “Canadian Idol,” and “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” becomes the stupid “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire – Canada.” “Big Brother – Canada.” Ugh. Granted, those are purely American or U.K. rip-offs, not Canadian things at all. But damn. It’s embarrassing. It’s obsequious. It’s subservient. It betrays a total lack of confidence and pride (to say nothing of imagination or creativity).

It’s some sort of a national psychosis. It’s like a national inadequacy syndrome. An all-Canadian, home grown one at that, and one which is globally unique to Canada as far as I can tell. It’s as if we’re embarrassed to stand out or succeed. Not that I’m a psychologist, but I think there’s some psychological connection here to the (also self-defeating) Canadian habit of (or at least the weirdly well-embraced reputation for) tepidness and neutrality and quietness and politeness and meekness and humility. Showing pride in Canada seems to be strictly reserved for comparing ourselves — always smugly and ingratiatingly (and wrongly, 99% of the time) — to the Americans whenever there’s a problem down south, wherein those idiot Canadians ignore our utter reliance on the Americans, their products and services, and their very model. But again: here we (“we”) are building a Canadian car!

I think one of the weirdest national branding oddities is Canadian bacon, which we all know Americans call our back bacon. American predilection to call it “Canadian bacon” stems from the fact back bacon was introduced to America by a Canadian butcher, via a random export of meat from Canada. It’s a “Canadian” thing, to Americans, so Americans dubbed it “Canadian bacon.” Note they did not call it “bacon-south.” It’s a wonder we don’t call back bacon “Canadian bacon-North.”

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