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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

Obviously car accidents are tanking, not unlike the rest of the economy in Canada right now. So it comes as no surprise when you read things like what follows, because this is how the free market works:

…Several large insurers have already pledged to offer rebates — in some cases up to 75 per cent — to drivers whose habits have changed as a result of the widespread lockdowns of schools and businesses aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19 … For auto insurers, less driving has meant there are fewer driving-related mishaps and lower payouts. …
Financial Post

This is obvious. Also obvious, and if you lived in NDP-led BC you’d know this, the state-owned monopoly car insurance “business” called ICBC is also tanking. It has been in dire straits since well before the Wuhan China Communist virus pandemic, and is technically flat broke and on life support. Neither Communism nor socialism has helped ICBC at all.

So this is shaping up to be another great example of how private enterprise vastly outstrips state-owned “businesses.” Everybody sees it. Even the utterly financially unviable state-owned CBC. Look!:

…Allstate Canada says it will be refunding its car insurance customers $30 million on their May bills in the form of a one-time “stay at home payment” of roughly 25 per cent. … Toronto-based insurer Aviva said customers who have stopped driving entirely could be eligible for a reduction in their premium of up to 75 per cent on their bills, while any drivers who are still driving in some capacity will likely qualify for a reduction of less than that. …
State-owned CBC (who is itself offering no taxpayer rebates for their reduced services)

Manitoba’s state-owned “Manitoba Public Insurance” is returning cash to residents this spring, which pleasantly surprises me. Conservative-led Manitoba, I hasten to add in case that’s the magical elixir at play here, besides the fact they have 460 people living there.

People aren’t leaving their homes as frequently, so MPI has fewer car insurance or other claims to pay out.

Manitobans can expect to find their cheque in the mail at the end of May or early June. Residents will get back 11 per cent of the premium they paid in 2019, he said, which averages out to between $140 and $160 for most households.
Brandon Sun

That’s better than nothing — “nothing” being the situation in NDP-led BC. So why hasn’t state-owned insurers like ICBC offered anything to its increasingly financially drained citizens? No answer, largely on account of the fact that no reporters actually ever ask.

CTV VANCOUVER — Relief may soon be coming to ICBC customers…

No sorry let me stop them right there. “Relief may be coming…”. OK now read on to the part where they say they can save the normal $48 cancellation fee and re-assess the word “relief.”

… ICBC … customers can save $48 with the measures that allow them to cancel their insurance. …
CTV Vancouver

So “relief” means different things to different people. It depends if you’re a suck-up to NDP government, or you wish to question those in authority and call them to account, for the folks, I guess. So once again it’s left to me to speculate or help explain the possible things at play here.

I suspect the BC NDP government of John Horgan and his ICBC minister David Eby are letting no good crisis go to waste, to quote various and sundry groups of the left-wing persuasion here and in the U.S. who are doing the same nefarious things to placate their ideology and their bases during this crisis. ICBC was burning through cash (the government itself literally refers to it as “a dumpster fire”), and therefore it is setting a terrible example of their dubious experiment with socialism (they created ICBC decades ago, and I have no kind good words for the BC Liberals and others who failed to quash it when they could have). They appear to be willing to quietly use this crisis — and the innocent policyholders’ cash — the strengthen the balance sheet of their showy big-gov darling. Because they love you so. Almost as much as they love big government and state-owned “businesses” like their ICBC, which they obviously love more than you.

So the big gov’s state-owned ICBC division offer the back of the hand to its citizens, while they keep the cash in their coffers, having to pay almost nothing out for claims these days. For average folks, the premiums in BC (for practically nothing) are at least two or three thousand dollars, or more if you’re a bad driver, per year. It’s no small thing.

The two reporters who contributed to CTV News’s “news article” (lol) were apparently utterly uninterested in why it is that this state-owned behemoth, ICBC, is nearly alone in the whole nation in offering what amounts to nothing in the way of help to its policyholders. Read the article yourself, and you’ll agree it’s virtually the work of stenographers in the employ of the government’s communications department. They ask nothing about the thing the people actually want to know, and simply regurgitate what the government told them. They seem to be representing the interests of the government, rather than those of the people. Pretty frustrating. Pretty weird, too. But it explains a lot.


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