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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?

The Article

Statistics Canada disclosed last week that the interest of Canadian young adults in voting is as minimal as it ever was – this despite the millions spent by Canada’s chief electoral officer to get them out to the polls.

The key influence in deciding whether young adults vote, Statscan also found, had little to do with what the government told them, or even their schools. The determining factor was their family. If their parents were politically active, so were they. If the parents were not interested, neither were they.

Now this second fact – the indestructible dominance of the family influence – came as a final repudiation on the self-appointed mission of Canada’s long-time chief electoral officer, Jean-Pierre Kingsley, who under the long, leprous era of Liberal parliaments converted his office into a propaganda agency for liberal causes. To my knowledge, there is no parallel in the U.S. system.

Nor in the Canadian either for that matter, until Jean-Pierre K. got the job in 1990 and held it for the next 17 years. He suddenly, though predictably, resigned last February – not too late, however, for a pre-retirement fact-finding jaunt to England (price $39,000) and a final $822 eve-of-retirement dinner with his immediate colleagues, all taxpayer-funded.

It remained, however, for Canada’s REAL Women organization to bid farewell to Jean-Pierre K. somewhat less enthusiastically, by recounting in its bulletin how radically he had expanded the role of “chief electoral officer” into a liberal lobby.

The election law empowers the chief officer to “implement public and information programs to make the electoral process better known.” Jean-Pierre’s predecessors felt this confined them to acquainting the public with the way the process works. To Jean-Pierre, this was far too modest. He saw it as a license to teach the voters not only how to cast a ballot, but also how to think, how to revolutionize Canada, and how to prevent the mere citizenry from raising extraneous issues during election campaigns – like abortion, or gay rights, or euthanasia, or other things not on the official political menu.

He declared it an offense under the Election Act for an individual or any group not registered as a political party to run ads or distribute polemical literature during an election campaign. In this, he was vehemently opposed by the National Citizens’ Coalition whose president labeled Jean-Pierre “dangerous” to Canadian democracy. The NCC’s president was Stephen Harper, who is now prime minister of Canada.

If democracy suffered under Jean-Pierre’s regime, feminism prospered. Campaigns to induce or even compel by quota more women into political office found ready support in Elections Canada whose website helpfully displayed feminist literature.

But Jean-Pierre’s most tireless efforts were aimed at youth. The Elections Canada website features a “youth section” with computer games and trivia, all urging that it’s cool to vote. Most “innovative” of all – many would say most outrageous – came in 1999 when Elections Canada wrote 15,000 Canadian schools, asking them to conduct a vote by school children on the U.N.‘s “Rights of the Child.”

The child had to decide which “right” he favored most. Was it his right to determine on his own what he read without parental interference, for example? Or his right to express his opinions without parental censorship? Or his right to prohibit his parents from intruding upon his “privacy”? Since neither provincial education departments nor school boards were consulted, a fury followed, and many schools ignored the “vote.” But to Jean-Pierre, all of this was part of “making the electoral process better known.”

None of it worked, according to Statscan. The survey found that, as usual, only 59 percent of people in their 20s were voters, compared with 71 percent of people 33 to 44, and 85 percent of those over 45. The national average was 77 percent. And in the end it’s the example of the parent that decides.

I saw this demonstrated firsthand. For about 75 years, the Soviet state tirelessly strove to supplant parental influence with state influence. After Glasnost, my friend Yuri Makarov, a Russian engineer, migrated to Canada and, finding no immediate work in his field, took a job assembling bicycles.

“What are you doing?” asked his 90-some-year-old father by telephone from Russia. Embarrassed by his non-professional status, Yuri replied, “I’m unemployed.” After some seconds of silence, his father spoke: “Listen! A Makarov can be employed. A Makarov can be in the army. A Makarov can be in jail. NO MAKAROV IS EVER UNEMPLOYED!”

So much for 75 years of propaganda. What mattered was the family. Kingsley was beaten before he started.

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