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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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Whether Canadian and American Catholic politicians can remain Catholic while supporting things like abortion-on-demand and gay marriage has been quietly shelved, or so they hope.

It’s been resolved, they say. So let’s hear nothing more about it.

It appears, however, they’re going to hear a great deal more about it. In Canada, Parliament has spoken and the courts have spoken, so the issue is considered done with.

Their church, however, is only beginning to speak, and what it has said so far is not at all reassuring for them.

The Canadian magazine Catholic Insight, for instance, reports that in Mexico, Cardinal Rivera Norberto Caerrera has condemned Catholic politicians who vote for pro-abortion legislation and other “perversions.”

Auxiliary Bishop Marcelino Hernandez of Mexico City has declared Catholic politicians who vote for such things have effectually excommunicated themselves, while Bishop Arizmendi of Chiapas has declared abortion to be a form of “murder” and thus “a grave, mortal sin, punished by excommunication.”

Voting for abortion is not the same thing as taking part in one, or having one, of course.

Nevertheless, when a reporter asked Pope Benedict to comment on the increasingly tough line taken by the Mexican bishops, he endorsed what they’re doing.

Canon law, he said, declares the killing of an innocent child incompatible with receiving Communion, which is receiving the body of Christ.

This was not quite definitive, but it was certainly an indication of which way the wind is blowing.

In Canada and the U.S., the Catholic bishops in the late 20th century became so liberal many of the laity were scandalized.

Many bishops seemed to assume Vatican II had in effect removed the old strictures of the church against birth control, abortion, the practice of homosexuality and euthanasia.

This phenomenon reached its apogee in 2000, when the church provided what amounted to a state funeral for ex-prime minister Pierre Trudeau, who in 1967 put through Parliament the bill that legalized abortion with certain restrictions.

The courts subsequently removed the restrictions, making Canada virtually the only country in the world without any legal limitation on the practice. Since then, 100,000 unborn Canadian babies are aborted annually.

At no point in this entire period, however, did the Catholic church’s teaching on abortion change. What changed was the willingness of many bishops to enforce that teaching. However, in the last two decades of the 20th century, the church’s seeming venture into do-your-own-thing morality gradually reversed. There were at least four causes for this.

First: John Paul II, arguably the most popular pope in modern history, was an unswerving traditionalist on all moral and theological questions. He appointed conservative bishops and began restraining the liberal inclinations in the seminaries.

Second: The phenomenon of pedophile priests in North America burst in the media. When it became apparent many had been protected from disciplinary action by their bishops, the effect was to undermine episcopal credibility and authority, causing Catholics to look to the Vatican for reassurance.

Third: The given reason for softening the church’s moral teaching was that it would bring more people back to the church. It soon became evident the opposite was true.

Churches both Catholic and Protestant that remained more faithful to their own traditions prospered and grew.

Those who yielded to compromise suffered a calamitous decline in membership.

Fourth: The foundational argument for smaller families and aborting of “unwanted children” proved flawed. The world showed no evidence of starvation.

What it did show was an impending demographic disaster for those societies and cultures that followed the liberal line. They were not having enough children to sustain themselves.

In May in the U.S., 18 Catholic Democratic congressmen, all pro-gay marriage and pro-abortion, vociferously objected to the Pope Benedict’s endorsement of the Mexican bishops, terming it interference by the church in the affairs of the state.

What I, a non-Catholic, do not understand is this: Why don’t these politicians just join another church? Heaven knows there are enough to choose from.

Could it be they need the Catholic label to get re-elected? Surely not. Why, that would be hypocrisy.

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