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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?

The Article

The CBC disclosed last week it wants to get more women into its television programming and into its television audiences. It introduced a winter schedule “clearly aimed at attracting a younger, more female audience,” said one media report.

There will be a new single-mom sitcom, a new reality show (The Week the Women Went), and a new lifestyle show aimed at the female viewer.

Due to its sports and news coverage, the network has been “skewed” to the male viewer. “We want to diversify the audience,” said Kirstine Layfield, executive director of network programming.

Now, as one who has not looked at a single CBC television show art from sports—for maybe 15 years, I am, of course, unqualified to say anything about this. Except, I admit, for a one-hour show they did on our magazine about eight years ago. I admit I watched that; I also admit it was very fair.

However, I do feel qualified to talk about the male-female “balance ” in CBC radio because my wife is, or rather was, a CBC radio addict until about a year ago when she gave up listening. 

“I can’t prove it,” she said, “but it seemed to me the only voice you could ever hear was a woman’s. Yak-yak-yak, they went on and on. I just got tired of it.”

Since her CBC radio habit went back to the 1950s, they had lost a half-century loyalist. Now, I suppose, they’re going to try the same thing to whatever may be left of their television endeavours. Get rid of the men—make it into a ladies’ network. Though I know this seems absurd, you get the impression they’re actively trying to drive the viewers away. 

Of course, the CBC of 50 years ago was a very different institution. There was far more local television programming and much less emphasis on being “Canadian.” 

In the late ‘50s, I wrote scripts for local television documentaries being made at Winnipeg, which were certainly Canadian, but nobody thought of them as such.  I assumed similar local programming was being produced by CBC stations across the country.

Beginning in the ‘60s, however, more and more television production became centred in Toronto, and more and more emphasis was placed on something called the “Canadian identity.”  Since nobody really knew what that was—and few cared—the CBC took it upon itself to define it. This, I think, was the beginning of its long decline. 

The trouble started because the staff at CBC in Toronto stopped thinking of themselves as regional. People who live in Halifax or Saint John consider themselves Maritimers. British Columbians belong to “the coast.”  Saskatchewanites identify with “the prairies,” and this province is populated by Albertans, or Calgarians or Edmontonians.  Now to recognize you’re regional is very important. Because, as an Albertan, you don’t expect everybody else in the country to look at things the way you do.  But the people at the CBC Toronto forgot they too are regional. They didn’t see themselves as “Ontarians” or even Torontonians. They saw themselves as Canadians, and soon they undertook the onerous responsibility of telling the rest of us what it means to be a Canadian.

It gave us role models for Canadianism—Pierre Berton, Peter Gzowski, June Callwood, Margaret Atwood. 

As Canadians, we must think in certain ways, hold certain views, cherish certain values. We should be tolerant, non-discriminating, feminist, left-leaning, anti-American politically, and our Armed Forces should be confined to “peace-keeping” missions.  Now there was a big problem with this.  A great many of us—I suspect most of us—did not quite fit that mould in its entirety.  About some things, we were exceedingly intolerant.  And yes, we discriminated.  We had increasing doubts about the merits of feminism.  We were not left-wing, we rather admired the U.S., and we thought our Armed Forces should be armed and use force when needed.

But as the CBC became increasingly what it called “Canadian”—in its supposedly neutral programming, in the messages delivered by its dramas, in the slant of its documentaries, and in the content of its news coverage—we became less and less interested in watching it.  However, these views are now so entrenched, eradicating them is impossible.

So there’s one solution.  Scrap the CBC.

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