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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?

And the science SAYSSS…

National Post —Move over Donald Trump. In their NP Platformed email available to subscribers, columnist Sabrina Maddeaux calmly explains that Justin Trudeau's recent uncontrolled angry outbursts — one at a citizen who was rude, and one at a reporter who dared challenge him with actual reporter-like questions — provides a clue as to his baser instincts. And if you saw these outbursts, you'd agree, it isn't a good look for him or any normal human. But moreover, it's a terrible look for anyone claiming the title of Prime Minister. But it's this new line of anti-science, pure crass political campaign bullshit that has me riled:
"...At a weekend rally in Oakville, Ont., Trudeau revealed his hand when he claimed that, “If you want this pandemic to end, go out and vote Liberal.” He repeated the message again, even turning it up a notch, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, saying, “If you want this pandemic to end for good, go out and vote Liberal!”
"This is the ultimate false promise by a politician who’s become infamous for making false promises. No one can guarantee he will be able to end the pandemic. In fact, the expert consensus seems to be that there will be no real end to it: the virus will become endemic and we will be forced to live with it, albeit hopefully more normally. ..."
So it's "follow the science," and "the science says... to vote Liberal”? Many, especially the media, would dismiss "bible belt" politicians who insinuated that "God wants you to vote [whatever way].  This blowhard — and his disciples — should be treated no differently.

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SNC-Lavalin hired the former Clerk of Privy Council as their Chairman, who then lobbied the current Clerk Michael Wernick to get them out of criminal prosecution? Really?

The current clerk’s testimony this past week included this gem: “My recollection of the conversation is that he asked, ‘Isn’t there anything that can be done?’ ”

Surely this lobbying, which reeks of cronyism, should have been recorded with extemporaneous notes rather than mere “recollections.” Surely it will at least be duly registered in the public record.

Robert Fife (et al) at the Globe and Mail detailed this a couple days ago, and again this morning (my bolding):

SNC-Lavalin CEO pushed for meeting with Trudeau over prosecution

The Oct. 15 letter from Mr. Bruce  [CEO] to Mr. Trudeau is dated the same day that Michael Wernick, the Clerk of the Privy Council, the bureaucratic agency that serves the government, talked by phone with SNC-Lavalin chair Kevin Lynch, who was clerk of the privy council

… The phone conversation between Mr. Wernick and Mr. Lynch was not in the federal lobbyists’ registry. The Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying said on Thursday it is “currently assessing the information put forward by Mr. Wernick.” …

Lynch, former Clerk of the Privy Council, and now SNC-Lavalin’s Chairman.

That’s quite a wrinkle. Mr. Lynch is a former Clerk of the Privy Council, and SNC-Lavalin’s current CEO. Mr. Wernick is the current Clerk. You’d think these people would know the rules. And care so deeply about them that they’d never break them. Seems hard to believe they’d break them by accident. Then again it seems hard to believe they would even engage in such a conversation given how it might look to the lowly Canadian proletariat, who I’m pretty sure can’t pick up the phone and plead their case with either the Clerk of the Privy Council or the Prime Minister.

According to a document found at the 29-million-page government of Canada website:

What are the consequences for failing to register my lobbying undertakings?

There are consequences for not complying with the provisions of the Lobbying Act and the Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct. The Act provides for penalties for lobbyists who are found guilty of failing to register or making false or misleading statements in any return or document submitted to the Commissioner and are liable:

    • on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding $50,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months, or to both; and
    • on proceedings by way of indictment, to a fine not exceeding $200,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years, or to both.

The Commissioner may also impose a prohibition on lobbying for up to two years on anyone convicted under the Act.

If an individual breaches a principle or a rule of the Code, the Commissioner will make this public in a Report on Investigation tabled in both Houses of Parliament.

Remember, the news report indicated “The phone conversation between Mr. Wernick and Mr. Lynch was not in the federal lobbyists’ registry.”  What about this then?

17. Which public office holders should be included in a monthly communication report?

Monthly communication reports should contain the names of each designated public office holder with whom oral and arranged communications took place. If more than one designated public office holder participated in the communication, all names should be included in the monthly communication report.

Reference in the Lobbying Act: Subparagraphs 5(3)(a)(i) and 7(4)(a)(i)

So you’d think the media would be asking about this since it seems more serious charges are possible. Of course Mr. Trudeau might find it expedient for his political career — his job — to intervene in any new charges, since that seems to be his thing. As he said, he is concerned about jobs. And maybe they all agree this one additional little thing should also get a pass, another DPA, since by golly “9,000 jobs are at stake.”

And the media might find it expedient to bury this story and help him and them get elected. It’s possible. There’s lots of lobbying going on, and we apparently have no clue who’s lobbying whom.

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