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Today in authoritarian totalitarianism: B.C. bureaucrat pitches an official government-sanctioned “Hug Day,” allowing people to hug.

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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.
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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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In case you were wondering if the “progressives” or the “democratic” (wink!) socialists and their left-wing media have learned anything about the creeping governments crossing the line and becoming permanent authoritarians and totalitarians over the past year, here’s the first line in a “news” media story today, which I stress is being reported unironically and uncritically on a news radio station’s Web site:

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — B.C.’s top doctor is pitching a new holiday as the province embarks on its plan to return to pre-pandemic normal: Hug Day.

So no, no they have not learned a single thing, in fact they are doubling down. This is epic nanny-state maternalism. Aided and abetted by the “news” media.

And it’s emblematic of a broader, very serious problem (to say nothing of their having zero self awareness. I couldn’t presume to say such a tone-deaf thing in public even if George Soros was paying me a million dollars).

The bureaucrat, Dr. Bonnie Henry, is pitching, to the premier, an official government-sanctioned “Hug Day” holiday, because, as you folks who escaped from North Korea and Cuba all know, you must not entertain the notion of hugging your son or mom or daughter or father —until the government officially authorizes it.

Just as Thanksgiving isn’t really a thing until you spot one of the many quarter-page ads in your newspaper from all of the many elected officials each proclaiming “Happy Thanksgiving!”, it can’t officially be happy unless or until the government says so. The government MUST insert itself into you life and your family’s life, or it just isn’t your right. You must NOT — I implore you — MUST NOT act on your own volition in ANYTHING you do, in today’s strict government “emergency”-controlled “Covid” (not Wuhan Virus —wink!) environment.

One of the story’s reporters (it took two, apparently, one of which graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Women & Gender Studies), naturally took to Twitter to further advance the government bureaucrat’s pitch, because that what reporters do now. Note the cute and ever-so adult emojis of a smile and a hug — very thematic! — from someone who describes herself as a reporter and not a government spokesman:

You might also note the fun little poll going the wrong way, which I think has everything to do with folks saying shove it to both the nanny-state bureaucrat, and to the sycophantic reporter. Also note how, being so uncritical, the reporter entirely misses the point, which is not whether or not people “Love Hugs!” (quite frankly, who gives a shit?) but whether the damned government has any damned business invoking what could only be described as unbelievable meddling in your private lives and in your natural behaviors as human beings living in a free country. She missed that the government is presuming to give official license… to hugs, and the inherent government overstepping contained therein? Dear God. And the part about the bureaucrat proclaiming this idea to be so grand that it needs to be a freaking national or provincial holiday?

As serious people know, even those without Women & Gender Studies degrees, this is actually yet another story about the now dangerous expanding bounds of government, their crossing of the line, and their (as is painfully evident!) increasing paternalism or maternalism, its busy-body meddling in our private affairs, its interference in our very personal relationships(!); and manifestly it’s about their obvious addiction to, and apparently their ongoing aspirations of, outright control over our lives writ large.

This is no exaggeration or joke: the government bureaucrat felt the need to issue forth a government decree, stipulating that you can hug grandma, and is quoted, again unironically and uncritically:

“If your grandparents have been immunized then they’re going to be part of your social connections again, you know each other you know what the risks are — now’s the time where you can get together, you can hug again.”

Here’s a counterproposal: I do whatever the hell I damn well want with my wife or grandma or friends and neighbors, and you can pound sand. As you hilariously and ironically let slip yourself, “you know what the risks are.” Indeed we do. Always did. Because we’re not your babies. Nor stupid.

But as if I had to tell you, readers, with her “you may hug” government order, B.C.’s self-appointed new meema, Dr. Henry, is quick to advise caution, as she is ever the woke scold:

“I’m thinking, by the time we get to July, if things continue in the way that we expect, that we’ll be able to hug our neighbours again — if they’re people who like to be helped. I mean we have to understand that not everybody does,” she said.

So perhaps one should ask for a written waver prior to hugging your neighbor, signed off by a government official, lest one be brought up on some damn “me-too” charge or what have you. Then the police and more government would have to get involved! Whooboy.

Long gone are the days when the news media’s job was to be critical of those in power, always questioning their authority and their policy choices or pronouncements, and watching out very carefully for any intrusions into our freedoms and the enjoyment of our free lives. No, today, they act as their official stenographers, their public relations conduit, or even the advertising division of Big Government —uncritical, unquestioning, and in fact promoting the government’s freedom-challenging edicts. (Well, that is to say that the “news” media act this way if Big Government is left-wing Big Government, as is currently the case in B.C., which is (pretty literally, as evidenced here!) under the thumb of the “democratic” (wink!) socialist party, the NDP.)

Let’s play Can You Just Imagine… if this were a conservative, Conservative, or Republican party in power…oh my. The outrage from the “news” media at this intrusion into our lives would truly be, well, Trump-era-style epic. They’d be parsing every word. Getting analyses from freedom and constitutional and morality experts. Lawyers would be questioned. Professors galore too, whom I could well imagine providing us with their subtle innuendo implying that the tactics being employed here were being done by dangerous “authoritarians” in an increasingly “totalitarian” government, putting at risk democracy itself.

And so the news media should. Done right, and fairly, that’s their job. And no, they wouldn’t then, nor do they now, need to wait for a permission slip — or a hug — from meema to do it.

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