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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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“We can’t make the same arguments and expect to win.”

“Must have the courage to grow, be bold and to change.”

“We have to change.”

So said Conservative Party leader Erin O’Toole in his big keynote address to the Conservative Party’s convention last week, which exactly nobody in Canada was even aware of, much less did they watch online. So nothing’s changed there. And he might want to address that.

“Making the same arguments” is not the problem. Don’t misunderstand me: if Conservatives were making the same old arguments, then it might be the problem. The real problem is that they aren’t making many sound, bold, fresh arguments.

But lack of arguments isn’t the “change” he’s talking about. He seems to be talking about changing into something more liberal. Trudeau’s recent pitch (shared with Joe Biden in an amazing coinkidink), was “build back better.” O’Toole’s seems to be: “do all that Liberal shit, but do it better.”

“The same arguments” that he waxes on about haven’t been made by Conservatives for a long time. Long gone is all talk of tax cuts (even as Team Trudeau now threaten huge tax increases after historically insane spending and national debt surpassing the TRILLION DOLLAR mark), and talk of reducing the now Soviet-size and China-style power of big central government, and warnings about the already massive but now exponentially growing regulatory state.

New policies that excite and change Canada for the better would be a change. But O’Toole had none of that to tell us about. I didn’t hear one bold thing in his speech, which was nonetheless about how we have to be bold, and how we have to have the courage to change.

Canadians don’t understand the Conservative position on things. What Canadians do have is a cartoonish and archaic image of Conservative policies, as taught to them not by Conservatives but by left-wing Conservative-hating academics, and left-wing Conservative-hating media. So a nice “bold” “change” would be to once and for all, using this rare opportunity, make sound, irrefutable arguments, solidly, clearly, Ronald Reagan-style, explaining the Conservatives’ smart and scientifically-sound policies. Conservative do (or could) have great ideas on climate change, abortion (sadly, the leader of the Conservative Party will have to sit down on this one, while Conservative arguments are made by the conservatives in the party), on gun policy, the exploding national debt, a growing reliance on government and how dangerous and ruinous that is, addressing taxation fairness (how about that flat tax?), the size of government, the Conservatives’ stance on the left’s cancel culture industrial complex (again, O’Toole may need to take a seat after canceling Derek Sloan), the hideous and democracy-threatening bias in the media and academia and in the tech world, China, “systemic racism”…

Moreover, simply providing the answers — in advance — to all the well-known, tedious, tendentious media questions typically asked a thousand times over of every Conservative candidate —would have been a fresh change.

If he’d just stood there (not meandering around the stage like some damned professor) and made those solid, clarifying arguments, I think opinion polls might have swung right, even as he was speaking. As it stands, polls are not looking good, and I see no improvement being made as a result of this.

O’Toole laid out a five-point “Canada Recovery Plan.” I agree five-point plans are a good concept, but…

  1. To build back the jobs lost during the pandemic. Trouble is, I think the jobs will build back fairly easily without the big central government’s “help” (particularly after they were the ones who helped ruin all these businesses and jobs). I don’t think this is “bold,” “change,” or “growing.” Or even very “conservative.”
  2. Transparency. “We will be the most transparent ever!” Sounds like more politician bullshit. Voters well remember Trudeau saying the same thing, and look how that turned out (and observe polls showing how much Canadians don’t give a shit).
  3. Mental health needs addressing. We’ll work with provinces on that. It’s actually a provincial concern. A little odd.   
  4. Make Canada more independent and less reliant on countries like China. Like duh. This is not bold. This is obvious. 
  5. (a) We will “get the economy going…”.  Yeah, yeah. Who doesn’t say that?  (b) “We will balance the budget over the next decade.” Next decade? So… you want to keep the excess spending for a further decade? 

Then re climate: Paraphrasing, “We need to boldly reclaim the environment, where Conservatives are leaders. Hunters, farmers, anglers, etc are traditional conservatives.” I’d agree, but then he went all liberal on us: “We cannot ignore the reality of climate change, the debate is over.” Sounds like the old “Science is settled, debate is over” rhetoric used by the radical leftists everywhere. “We lost twice opposing a carbon tax. We can’t be defined as climate change deniers.” He seems to be saying if we can’t beat ’em, join ’em, or alternatively, if we want voters to like us, we need to be like the libbies and embrace the liberal-left policies that the trendies love.

What happened to “not using the same old arguments, being bold, and being courageous?” This is the opposite of that.

More about that: In a later Q&A session, O’Toole was asked, “Yes or no, will you scrap the carbon tax?”

O’Toole answered (paraphrasing again): “Yes” —and said he would instead institute a “serious climate change plan, that gets emissions down, particularly with large emitters, in partnership with provinces — that doesn’t foist attacks on them — and supports the resource sector, getting Canadians back to work, in all sectors, in all regions… with a serious plan, to also get emissions down.” So he will end the carbon tax and replace it with… “a serious plan.” Which sounds like double-speak from another slimy politician. A politician who is hiding an agenda. Or is trying to do the same thing as we tried in the past two elections in which we lost.

On a question asking about “his message to social conservatives,” O’Toole fumbled and scrambled. He began by saying that the Conservative Party is a big blue tent (yawn, that again?) and that Conservative Party welcomes all views, not just as the Liberals do with their dictatorial leader telling his members what to say and how to vote (on, say, abortion — which O’Toole can’t really touch because he agrees with them on abortion!).

But then he fouled up. (1.) He used, as his prime example, the recent parliamentary vote on the motion to recognize China’s genocide, where, he told us, “every Liberal voted with the Conservative motion, but Mr. Trudeau didn’t even show up.” Now, I know he wants to make political hay about Trudeau failing to show up for that vote, and he should because the news media purposely fails to, but this example actually makes the point against the notion that the Liberals are dictatorial, policy-wise. It exemplifies that the Liberals actually do allow free votes. They voted with the Conservatives! The fact that Trudeau didn’t show up, indicating that maybe he wouldn’t have voted that way, is proof of that. So O’Toole shot himself in the foot on that one (is he even a gun owner?).

(2.) He continued, in answer to the question of his message to social conservatives, saying that he will get Canada’s economy back on track. Yeah, I know. Whaaat??

And that was that. Meaning, in other words, he completely failed to answer the question for social conservatives — a huge constituent of the Party — leaving them in the lurch once again. Hasn’t he even memorized a stock answer about it if only to placate social conservatives? He sounds exactly as unprepared and stupefied as Andrew Scheer in that regard. And as every other failed candidate. He has no solid answer, just another typical old smarmy politician non-answer. Some change!

So I go back to what I said near the beginning: It’s not that Conservatives need new arguments, or whatever, it’s that Conservatives aught to HAVE AN ARGUMENT. Have a policy or several of them — and make those policies bold, fresh, and truly useful. And, for God’s sake, make them conservative.

P.S. I could add several infinitesimal complaints. Here’s just two: (1) going back and forth between English and French, as he did, is just excruciating to me. I’d rather listen to Kamala Harris. I generally tune out, unless I absolutely have to stay tuned in. This time I stayed tuned in so I could write this blather about it, luckily for you, but 99.9% of the time I don’t. So there’s a free election tip for you, Conservatives.  (2) That idiotic wave to nobody but a camera at the very end. Who the hell scripted that? Job one is to not make the leader look foolish. FAIL.

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