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BC Liberal Party website — They obviously put out a news release announcing their leadership debate, stating, as even their own website states, that you can stream it at their website. The Globe and Mail said so too, even. But go to their website, and nothing like an anticipatory video teaser is there. Like they're not even set up for it. Or don't care if you watch it. You can, they say, watch it on Facebook. But I won't support that crap. So heckofa job, Libbies.

Click to (not) watch it

 

Canadians love their cheap Chinese trinkets despite the moral question

Globe and Mail — Startling reports out of the Port of Vancouver indicate just how much Canadians care that communist China was (and still is) holding Canadian and American citizens illegally, steals intellectual property from everyone around the world, is a rogue racist state, an authoritarian and totalitarian dictatorship, which is bent on global communist domination, which enslaves and arguably eliminates ethnic groups, and which pollutes the entire globe to beat hell.

The Port of Vancouver is sending record numbers of empty shipping containers to Asia ... The reason so many shipping containers are going back to Asia filled with nothing but air has to do with a surge in consumer demand for Asian goods ...

...There were 597,443 TEUs of empty containers exported from Vancouver in the first eight months of this year, up 89 per cent from the same period in 2020. And 2020 was previously the record-high year for empty-container shipments from the port.

Almost half of all the containers that have left Vancouver so far this year have been empty.

In total, the Port of Vancouver has handled 2.55 million TEUs of both imports and exports during the first eight months of 2021, up 17 per cent from the same period in 2020.

China is the largest shipper into the Port of Vancouver of containerized merchandise, including consumer goods.

What happened to all that bellyaching about "sustainability?" It doesn't apply to the country of Canada itself? Trudeau? Liberals? Maybe lose the woke BS, lose the love and admiration for "that basic dictatorship" and labels that read "Fabrique en Chine," raise the Canadian flag that you've shamed from its now months-long half-mast detention, and show you give more of a crap about Canada and its real, actual issues.

Hey has China relaxed its restrictions on tourists from the west yet? Asking for literally nobody.

Wall Street Journal —Don't plan your next trip to China without writing your will and saying goodbye to loved ones. The WSJ's editorial board is not impressed - with China or with President Biden and his team of surrender monkeys.

China’s Hostage Triumph

The U.S. lets Huawei’s CFO off easy, and Beijing frees two Canadians.   
By The Editorial Board
Updated Sept. 27, 2021 7:56 am ET

Westerners working in China are officially on notice. You could be arrested on trumped up charges at any time and used as hostages to promote Communist Party interests. That’s the message from the humiliating U.S. surrender to China’s hostage diplomacy in the case of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou.

Canadian authorities arrested Ms. Meng in 2018 at the request of the U.S., which charged her with bank and wire fraud. Under a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) reached Friday, Ms. Meng was allowed to return to China without going to trial. She merely admitted to facts she had previously denied. Shortly thereafter, and right on cue, China released two Canadians it had arrested on phony charges not long after Ms. Meng’s arrest.

China’s immediate release of businessman Michael Spavor and former diplomat Michael Kovrig proves their arrest was a hostage-taking to pressure Canada and the U.S. over Ms. Meng. In China the law serves the Party. But in the U.S. the law is supposed to operate independent of political interests. ...

I'd no sooner visit China than I would North Korea, Iran, or Cuba.

“Health Reasons.” Fer sure, China.

Globe and Mail — It's not the Globe and Mail's fault. In this case, they're just reporting. And it — China — is just utterly insulting our intelligence and totally disrespecting us. I didn't even read the article because I don't take well to being insulted by communists or a-holes. But on the other hand, this one is all Globe and Mail. For me it's about the contrast between how they treated the last president's handling of the border crisis — a problem not of his own making; and how they are treating this president's handling of a far worse crisis of his and his comrades' own making. Media bias 101? Or them more simply utterly insulting our intelligence and totally disrespecting us?

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

Last week I wrote about an answer given by Andrew Scheer after being asked by a reporter if his cabinet would be “gender balanced,” like Justin Trudeau’s. Scheer mercifully avoided the PC trap of answering in the affirmative, replying that in fact, maybe there would actually be more women, because he intends to appoint people on the basis of their qualifications. I thought that was a mic drop answer. (If only his other answers to questions carried as much gravitas and absoluteness.)

As I wrote, quoting MLK, Scheer would appoint qualified people based on “the content of their character.” And to do that, you’d have to look past the color of people’s skin, and their sex, and get to actually know their credentials and moreover, their character, and based on that, whether they are best qualified.

Many of Justin Trudeau’s marquee policies — from feminism to climate change to gun confiscations — seem to be grabbed from what the kids on twitter are retweeting the most. They’re shallow, trendy, politically-correct policies based more on platitudes than principle, including or maybe especially his “gender-balanced” cabinet — which he reaffirmed after his election victory. This is government based almost entirely on virtue-signalling. That’s the elixir he uses to gain and maintain power.

He won, yes, but this is in spite of his appearing to have learned nothing. And perhaps in spite of ourselves (or at least 33%) having done the same thing.

To Trudeau, sex trumps one’s character — a character which he does not even fully know or understand because character is so vastly inferior in value to the sex of the elected member. And moreover, clearly female trumps male, and that’s because, and only because, today’s cools and the woke swells will give him likes. It’s not because it makes sense. It’s not because it will guarantee the best shot at good government. It’s not because Canada is more important than his preening and burnishing of his progressive bona fides to the world.

Her sex aside, how, for example, could he truly have known Jody Wilson-Raybould, given the massive philosophical, legal, and political schism that developed almost right after she was appointed Justice Minister and then used a measured, careful, legal calculation based on fairness and morality, and in so doing crossed the Rubicon — Trudeau’s crass, vacuous political power calculations? He clearly didn’t know her at all.

Richard French seems to agree. He wrote, published just today in the Globe and Mail (yes today, not a month ago):

…The entire unedifying SNC debacle showed, first and foremost, that he had no idea of the person he had named as his minister of justice, no sense of who she was and how she thought and behaved. This is stunning.

It was not as if the crisis emerged in the months following her appointment. There was lots of time and many occasions for the Prime Minister to get to know her. An intimate knowledge of the character and personality of fellow politicians is the bread and butter of public life…

But Trudeau did not know or care about any of that. He had quotas to fulfill. Preening to be done. Likes to get.

Ironically, perhaps we should be glad, in a weird way, because if Trudeau chose the justice minister based on his or her character, he might have carefully selected an immoral lout who shared his political fetish for power — someone who would thus be malleable and compliant to Trudeau and his ideological henchmen. SNC-Lavalin and whoever else supports Justin Trudeau and the Liberals would all get off lightly, as was his desire, and presumably all those who supported Conservatives would be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. You know, like they do in tyrannical dictatorships around the world. This is where judging the character of the man running for office as prime minister comes in. And as a group, we have failed in that regard.

I thought we’d all agreed MLK enunciated the principles by which we should all behave. But things have changed apparently. MLK wasn’t woke enough. Now it’s back to color of skin, and sex now too. Oh and sexual orientation. Last week I heard one congressman in a U.S. committee hearing ask Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, how many members of his new team were women, how many were white men, but also, how many were LGBTQ, as if to demonstrate the now complete obliteration of MLK’s profound verbiage. (The congressman, Democrat Al Green, was reportedly stunned when Zuckerberg answered that he didn’t have a clue. Missed here is what he could have said: “I don’t know, because it’s not about that. It’s about their qualifications.”)

In the interest of crass political expediency, Trudeau chooses to join the Al Greens of the world and thumb his nose at MLK and proceed along a path more trendy — one based not on logic or common sense or good governance, but rather on another of Trudeau’s now infamous vainglorious attempts to appear cool and “woke” and feminist — and to garner likes from the others who live in his weird global progressive echo chamber. And now here he is again in power. I’d say “God help us,” but of course God is out too.

To say this is behavior is akin to that of a childish teen on Facebook may be impertinent, but I believe serious people do not behave this way. And it doesn’t make for a serious country with the best chance for success.

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