Doug Ford vs. Judicial Activism

When I first heard about Ontario Premier Doug Ford‘s announcement that he would use the notwithstanding clause to override a decision on the constitutionality of shrinking Toronto council, I was somewhat concerned. This option was always supposed to be the last resort.

But after having read many reactions from various sources I now realize that this represents the larger issue of judicial activism in Canada which has been a huge problem for years. Add to that the fact that the decision itself required a whole lot of creativity in order to tie it in with the Charter – and so it would likely lose in an appeal – or at least be seriously challenged.

Brian Lilley highlights the tenuous legal logic here:

He [Justice Belobaba] also claims voters’ rights to freedom of expression were violated because the changes would make the new wards too large with too many people.

That is not only a stretch, it is is an attempt to apply a part of the Charter that does not apply to municipal voting.

And Kelly McParland explains the problem of urgency in the National Post:

Judges, of course, aren’t elected. Politicians are. Both are human and make mistakes — sometimes dumb ones. Politicians can be replaced by voters; judges can’t. The activist community is well aware of this fact, and has learned that using the courts to foil government initiatives is far more effective than arguing with politicians themselves. Delay is a powerful political tool; courts are an excellent means of bringing about delay.

The window of opportunity is very short. If Ford simply appeals the decision we all know what will happen – delay, delay, delay. And then another municipal election will come up again in four years with nothing done.

Could this be a worrying pattern if Ford continues using the NWC each time he hits a roadblock with the courts? Perhaps. But meanwhile let’s just sit back and enjoy watching the heads of leftwing elites explode while their little fiefdoms are being challenged.

 

Update – There are so many articles out there about this story but this one is particularly interesting since it explains why the NWC can’t be used regarding the pipeline impasse: Ford’s move against court would never work for Trans MountainDon Braid, Calgary Herald.

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Posted in Big Government, Canadian Charter, Democracy, Entitlement, Ontario Government, Provincial Politics | 93 Comments

What is the End Game?

The recent exit of Maxime Bernier from the Conservative Party of Canada has caused quite the kerfuffle in Canadian politics. And no doubt Gerald Butts is salivating at the prospects.

But why did Bernier do this? What is his grand plan? The move will likely split conservative vote support and improve Trudeau’s chances of continuing his destruction of our country after the 2019 election.

As Andrew Coyne wrote, “The whole thing looks suspiciously like a personal vanity project.”

This discussion began towards the end of the previous post and readers are encouraged to continue here.

Posted in Canadian Elections, Canadian Politics, Conservative Party of Canada | 97 Comments

Where in the World is Justin Trudeau?

As Anne mentioned in comments on the previous blog post, what is going on with Saudi Arabia and Canada? And where is Justin Trudeau on this? In fact why was he MIA on so many files lately?

I know this guy needs a work-life balance of more “personal” days than work days, but come on! And when most of his so-called work days aren’t a whole lot more than photo-ops one has to wonder who is really in charge?

O.K. we know it isn’t the puppet but that doesn’t instill us with confidence.

Posted in Canadian Government, Canadian Politics | 181 Comments

Hubris and Hypocrisy will be the Liberals’ downfall.

So it seems as if the PMO brainiacs have attempted to move GropeGate off the political radar by introducing an Attack Ford Gov strategy. The initial shot was fired by Trudeau when after he first met with Premier Doug Ford, explained to media how he had to spend “a little time explaining how the asylum-seeking system works and how our system is supposed to operate.” Oh and apparently Justin got it wrong.

Trudeau’s condescending attitude towards Ford was bad enough, but things really soured during the recent meeting between federal Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen and some of his provincial counterparts. This time we had a man (Minister Hussen) apparently taking offense to Ontario Minister of Children, Community and Social Services Lisa MacLeod’s false language and refusal to sign the official communique by labeling her actions as “not Canadian” among other nasty phrases.

This provoked quite a Twitter backlash with the optics favouring Ms. MacLeod as Hussen was accused of bullying and mansplaining which are both no-nos in today’s current social environment. And by the way a recent poll appears to back up MacLeod’s concerns as to how the feds are handling the border issues.

However GropeGate did seem to disappear for a few days until Brian Lilley came up with this beauty which ties it all together: Justin Trudeau’s Liberals continue their fake feminist ways.

And so when Liberal male political types (including Butts) aggressively go after female opposition members both federally and provincially, they have to be called out for their hypocrisy as so-call feminists. Sure let’s debate the issues in a respectful manner but bashing and disrespecting women for political gain just isn’t going to cut it these days. And female Liberal MPs who either stay silent or openly support their male colleagues’ aggressive behaviours are just as guilty.

 

Update

This could get interesting.  ‘The situation is going to get worse’: Liberals pushed to come up with answers on asylum issueNational Post:

“The motion calls on Hussen to testify, for the committee to meet at least twice more this summer and that the study be concluded before Aug. 3. Rempel also wants provincial ministers to either testify or provide written submissions to the committee.

MacLeod said she’d happily oblige.”

And another great Brian Lilley column here: Trudeau’s Liberals worry about words, not the illegal border crossers.

Posted in Canadian Politics, Hypocrisy, Identity Politics, Immigration, Ontario election, Ontario Government | 154 Comments

GropeGate story has legs

Okay. I’m going to break my own policy here and link to a Kinsella article because it’s just so interesting!

Most mainstream outlets didn’t even want to touch the Trudeau Grope story when the rumours first started trickling out. Then some in Canadian media started picking it up. But yesterday during his Bash the U.S. tour, Justin was asked about it and repeated the official statement: That he doesn’t remember having any “negative interactions” that day.

Except that it is very puzzling that Trudeau provided a quote for a column in the Creston Valley Advance at that time explaining that he didn’t realize the woman was “reporting for a national paper” or he would never have been so “forward”!!

And now we hear from Warren:

He “doesn’t think he had any negative interactions there.” Not exactly a categorical denial.

So, that matters, and so does this: the young woman who was assaulted doesn’t want to say anything else about the incident. She holds a senior position in a federally-regulated sector, and she is undoubtedly afraid about what could happen to her and her family. Until she says otherwise, then, she should remain what she is. Which is anonymous.

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And I totally agree. But the problem for Justin now is that his Feminist persona is becoming tainted with hypocrisy, which affects his credibility.

And so that Golden Boy image is becoming increasingly tarnished. The PMO must be desperately hoping this story goes away but there are too many unanswered questions that won’t be satisfied by a “selective memory” response.

Posted in Canadian Government, Canadian Politics, Hypocrisy | 96 Comments

Trudeau-Trump Feud

I’m starting a new thread here for the latest developments in the NAFTA negotiations and the unfortunate fallout from the G7 summit.

I have been supportive of Trump in the past but this situation demands that everyone park their egos and get the job done. Name-calling on either side isn’t going to help.

Brian Lilley provides a backgrounder here on how tensions escalated to this point: Justin Trudeau’s childish antics won’t help on NAFTA/Trade files.

Meanwhile we are reminded how good we had things under PM Stephen Harper:

 

Update:

Good read here – Why Trudeau doesn’t have the high ground on trade by J.J. McCullough (Washington Post).

And this! Diplomacy Trump-Style: Understanding NarcissismDon Lenihan (via NNW):

“CBC’s Rob Russo provides further details. At that meeting, he says, Trump unexpectedly waived his demand for a sunset clause, which was the main obstacle to an agreement. Suddenly, the logjam broke and a deal was within reach. When Trump took off for Singapore, the understanding was that the NAFTA negotiations would quickly resume. Everyone was optimistic.

Kudlow believes that at this meeting Trump and Trudeau effectively made an agreement to move on from their differences, but that Trudeau then violated it at the press conference.

In Trump’s mind, the decision to waive the sunset clause had been a generous act of reconciliation. Yet Trudeau publicly denigrated him just to score political points with Canadians.”

So now we can see why Trump reacted the way he did to Justin’s ‘we will not be pushed around’ presser moments after he left.

This Rebel segment with Ian Lee is well worth checking out:

Posted in Canadian Economy, Canadian Government, Canadian Politics, NAFTA, PM Stephen Harper, U.S. Politics | 142 Comments

Waking up in Blue Ontario!

Since I started writing a blog back in 2005 I have been railing against the Liberals who have been in power for almost 15 years now. But that all changed last night.

It was my fellow Blogging Tory buddy Alberta Aardvark who reminded me how long this battle has taken:

Back in the glory days of Blogging Tories he would support and console me during the McGuinty era while he sat in strong, conservative Alberta. So now the colours have changed for both of us but I firmly believe Alberta will be blue once again after the next election.

The once mighty Ontario Liberal Party has been reduced to a mere rump of 7 seats which means they lose official party status. Kathleen Wynne will have to wear that humiliation.

The Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario has ended up with 76 seats which is a very decent majority. Actually it’s quite remarkable when you consider what chaos the party was in just a few short months ago during the Patrick Brown debacle. Doug Ford wasn’t my first choice as party leader but it has all worked out for the best in the end. My ultimate fear was a NDP-Liberal coalition so this majority PC outcome is such a relief! The NDP as official opposition is manageable, and could even garner more conservative support as Ontarians see what a radical crew they truly are.

And now we have strong conservative presence in Ontario to stand up to Justin Trudeau’s ruinous policies. Let’s work together to spread this Blue Wave right across Canada!

 

 

Posted in Canadian Government, Canadian Politics, Democracy, Economy, Ontario election, Ontario Government, Provincial Politics | 41 Comments

NDP plus Wynne = Nightmare!

Lorrie Goldstein clearly lays out the case for a PC majority here: Horwath now open to coalition government with Wynne. This is scary stuff. Probably the absolute worst-case scenario. Horwath is now flip-flopping on a previous statement that no way would she work with Wynne.

…Despite that, Horwath now appears open to cutting a deal with Wynne to become premier if she fails to win a majority of 63 of the legislature’s 124 seats.

Under that scenario, Horwath could win fewer seats than Doug Ford and the Progressive Conservatives, who are running neck-and-neck in the polls with the NDP. and still become premier, if neither the PCs or NDP win 63 seats.

In that case Wynne, whose Liberals are running in third place in the polls, would hold the balance of power in deciding whether to make Horwath or Ford premier.

I can’t come up with even one optimistic thought to comfort myself in that event, other than I might possibly still get my “free” dental care – if Horwath can be trusted to at least keep that promise.

Update:

LILLEY: Foreign-funded activist group helping Andrea Horwath’s NDP – Toronto Sun:

Why is a Vancouver-based group, substantially funded and founded by American billionaires through a San Francisco based foundation working against Ontario’s PC Party?

Posted in Ontario election, Ontario Government, Provincial Politics | 92 Comments

Worrisome NDP Candidates

Great article here by Joe Warmington about the latest NDP candidate to be outed for a controversial past: Gurratan Singh, brother of Federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh.

Apparently Gurratan wasn’t a big fan of police when he was younger, but Andrea Horwath has basically said oh well that was then and she is keeping him on.

The problem here is that this is just another sign of a very concerning trend in this NDP party where radical tendencies seem to be accepted. What would an Andrea Horwath cabinet look like? Voters deserve to know.

 

Posted in Ontario election, Ontario Government | 54 Comments

And they’re off and running!!

Well the Ontario election of 2018 has officially started! Of course Wynne has been campaigning on taxpayer dime the last few months with all her spending announcements, so campaign costs will now have to come out of Liberal coffers.

So how are you feeling right now? Are you already locked in or still unsure? And to those outside Ontario, which party or leader do you feel would benefit the rest of Canada in terms of federal and interprovincial dynamics?

I suspect many Ontarians will end up having to hold their noses when voting on June 7 no matter whom they end up choosing.

Posted in Ontario election, Provincial Politics | 161 Comments