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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.
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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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Alberta has basked in prosperity until Honest Ed came along and changed the rules

How many Albertans, you wonder, are conscious of the sharp change in direction Ed Stelmach has made in our government.

He has done something not one of his five predecessor premiers ever attempted. He has turned Albertans against the industry that has made them prosper and has made their province great.

How else can you interpret his new royalty regime, imposed without negotiation on the province’s central economic engine?

If you believe the polls, he has persuaded Albertans the oil and gas producers are robbing them blind and that he, Ed Stelmach, will defend them.

Shades of Tommy Douglas!

Ironically, it was exactly 60 years ago that Imperial Oil, after drilling more than 100 dry wells, finally found a major oil pool near Leduc.  It is said the discovery rig had been moved into Alberta from Saskatchewan. There, the renowned Premier T.C. “Tommy” Douglas, Canada’s first socialist head of state, had declared he would defend his people against exploitation by “Big Oil.” He would never allow the vicious multi-nationals to reap their customary “huge profits” out of Saskatchewan.  Well, he was certainly as good as his word.  He so thoroughly safeguarded his province against exploitation by private industry and initiative that its population has scarcely changed.

The year before the Leduc strike, it stood at 832,000.  The 2001 census put it at 978,000.

What a wonderful job Tommy Douglas did. His province has been economically paralysed for the whole 60 years, a standing testimony to the untold benefits of socialism.  Alberta followed a different course.  The first oil strike in the province was not Leduc, but at Turner Valley in 1914, though it was much more modest in scale.  From that time forward, Alberta promoters journeyed to Toronto seeking investors. They raised very little money.

Toronto wasn’t interested.  But Texas was, and when U.S. capital began to flow into Alberta, it was welcomed warmly.

Social Credit Premier Ernest C. Manning (lacking, of course, Tommy Douglas’s socialist vision, breadth of mind, and anti-capitalist sensitivities) worked along with the industry to establish policies that made investment in Alberta attractive. In the main, Premiers Harry Strom, Peter Lougheed, Don Getty and Ralph Klein did the same.

“Ravaged,” as Douglas would no doubt see it, by oil Big and Little, Alberta has seen its population rise from 803,000 in 1946 to more than 3,300,000 last year—a fourfold increase.

We now have four universities, nationally recognized art galleries and symphony orchestras, a widely respected medical research establishment, and a thousand other benefits, all flowing directly from our frightful exploitation by Big Oil.  Moreover, up until last month, we were recognized the world over as a safe and dependable haven for international investment.  We made deals and we stood by them. 

Then came “Honest Ed.” His government was in trouble. Its polled support was shrivelling.  He needed something that would attract attention.  So he turned on the oil industry, particularly on the oilsands developments, now fuelling the biggest boom in Alberta history, all of it based on a royalty structure very carefully worked out by predecessor governments. These, Ed decided, must change.

So he set up a committee that consisted of one long-term bureaucrat, two university professors, a high-tech accountant, and one representative from the oil industry.  He appointed a life-long forestry man with zero oil experience as chairman.  After providing a pulpit for every pinko group in the province, they became persuaded that Alberta is being horribly exploited by Big Oil, and they brought in a report seemingly calculated to shut the whole industry down.  But Honest Ed wouldn’t go that far. 

All he was prepared to do was raise the royalties on new oilsands plants by as much as 900%, raise the royalties on plants that have paid off their capital investment by 60%, and tell the two oilsands pioneers—Suncor and Syncrude—that the royalty they had been guaranteed to last until 2016 will be raised with all the rest.

There goes our carefully nurtured reputation for stability and dependability.

Tommy Douglas, you’ve finally won over Alberta.

Joel Johannesen
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