Rex Murphy wrote an eloquent column in praise of Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall on Friday – Brad Wall’s departure a rare show of sanity and humility in politics.
Reading a Rex Murphy piece is something that must not be rushed. Each sentence is carefully crafted to delight the reader with insight, wit and poetic flow. Indeed the best way to enjoy Rex Murphy’s work is to imagine him reading to you.
There are so many gems here. On of my favourites is how Rex hones in on Brad Wall’s ability to avoid the sham of virtue-signalling politics; especially when it directly contradicts the best interests of the people of Saskatchewan:
As premier, he was a necessary element of balance in our Confederation. It is a good thing for a country whose leaders bath too frequently in virtue politics, that there was one who didn’t take to those delectable waters. Wall gave full attention to tending his own province—a reasonable fascination—rather than succumbing to that siren of the higher pietisms, planet Salvationism…
Brad Wall so often took the road less traveled; even if it put him at odds with his fellow premiers and federal counterparts.
A good man knows when it’s time to leave:
When successful, it takes more courage to leave politics than to stay on. Wall’s announcement on Thursday is an instance of that sane brand of underrated courage.
Sadly the worst politicians seem desperate to hang onto power until it has to be pried from their cold, gnarly hands. They are in it mostly for their own ego and glory, which is why they don’t leave voluntarily.
Power is a heady drug.
I found a terrific Globe column via someone I follow on Twitter and I’d like to highlight it here: Canada’s Real Strength? It’s Not Diversity, by Catherine Little.
Diversity is often touted by the left (and especially by Trudeau) as what makes Canada great. However Little doesn’t see this as our strength:
However, missing in the discussion on diversity is the idea that many have come to Canada hoping to create a life based on their own choices – and not merely replicate all of the cultural traditions that would have been most likely had they stayed in their countries of birth.
Powerful thought there, and too often we see new arrivals attempt to stick to their own cultures and enclaves instead of embracing their new country. Unfortunately leftwing politicians seem to encourage and facilitate that kind of segregation. In many cases women then continue in the subservient roles they had in their previous homeland.
Catherine Little sees freedom of choice as Canada’s biggest asset.
I love this attitude but I worry that we are losing that freedom as Big Government increasingly encroaches on our lives; attempting to shame and silence anyone who dares to question the values of multiculturalism and diversity as the Holy Grail of modern Western civilization.
A healthy democracy flourishes when there is a constant and equal struggle between two opposing sides. This keeps both in check and minimizes temptation for the Government of the day to take advantage of being in power. They are held to account and know that if they don’t perform responsibly they’ll likely get tossed out on their ears next election.
We’ve seen this push and pull happening recently in BC with the NDP forming government with the help of the Green Party. They are now on watch and the people will decide if the Liberals need a stronger mandate next election.
In Alberta we are witnessing an historic vote today regarding the proposed PC-Wild Rose merger. If the centre-right parties are able to find consensus, it would assist in the eventual re-establishment of economic stability,
Finally in Ontario we will be facing an election next year after almost 15 years of a Liberal party being in power. This Liberal party’s hold on power has veered from a fairly responsible centrist philosophy to a terribly destructive far-left direction under Kathleen Wynne.
Historically Ontario usually votes one way federally and another provincially – possibly as a measure to maintain a healthy balance of power.
If I had to pick one or the other I’d be hoping Trudeau stays in power for another term if it means getting rid of Liberals in Ontario. Yes that’s how bad I want Wynne gone.
Those are my honest opinions on the subject and you are welcome to express yours in the comment section.
Awesome news from Alberta! Alberta PCs and Wildrose vote to merge as United Conservative Party
Yesterday Ralph Goodale and company desperately tried to blame the Harper Government for the outrage of having to apologize and pay off Omar Khadr.
However many people are pointing out that Ralph Goodale was a Cabinet minister during the Chretien/Martin years when this all started. So he should be the last person in the world to blame the previous Conservative Government for anything to do with this matter.
It’s also a bit rich for Goodale to try to act so holier-than-thou and outraged at the so-called leaker.
On top of it all it sure does seem that this payment was rushed through in order to circumvent the U.S. victims from being able to sue for any of Khadr’s taxpayer-funded windfall.
[Related: The Shady Business of paying Omar Khadr – Terry Glavin, Macleans.]
It seems that the unthinkable (for some) has happened: Premier Christy Clark’s government has been defeated and B.C. Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon has given the NDP along with the support of the Green Party a chance to govern.
Do you think this was a good decision or would you rather have seen the Lt.-Gov. call for another election?
And what will this do to Canada’s pipeline development going forward?
Nik Nanos thinks so.
Is there hope?
My thoughts are that Trudeau is pushing so far to the left that Blue Liberals are getting concerned and the new CPC leader Andrew Scheer is looking like a responsible alternative.
What do you think?
Between the Comey testimony, British election, and various situations going on in Canada, it’s been difficult to keep up with everything.
I sometimes feel like I have social media ADD. Twitter can be especially addictive as Jad noted in the previous post. It’s been difficult to focus my thoughts on any one topic.
A few stalwart folks from BLY nation have followed me to this new forum. I welcome their comments and those of any newcomers who may find themselves here.
Thanks for your interest and patience.
The new leader of the Conservative Party of Canada has many challenges right now but once of the most important is to bring his caucus together. That is the fundamental building block on which he can unite and grow the party.
There are many talented and experienced members in the CPC caucus whose unique abilities can be utilized to work towards the goal of putting a fresh face on the party and re-energizing the conservative base – and indeed the whole country.
The challenge is to provide an alternative to the Liberal tax-and-spend agenda, and yet still be empathetic to the needs of Canadians.
I believe Andrew Scheer and his team can do that. Of course the Liberals and media will nitpick and try to stoke fear. But the truth will be there for anyone to see.
Andrew Scheer will demonstrate that he and the party have a vision to improve life in Canada – rather than Justin Trudeau’s desperate ploys to cling onto power for his own glory. I have faith that Canadian voters will see through the sham that is this Liberal government.
It may take me a while to get back into the groove here. I started this blog sometime ago as a backup and it has come in handy since the previous server was extremely unstable and ultimately failed in every sense of the word.
So please be patient while I become reacquainted with this format. Thanks!
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