A “Cut off you Nose to Spite your Face” Moment?

I apologize for in infrequency of new posts here but I have been fighting a horrible cough for weeks now and don’t have much energy. However I need to get the following off my chest so to speak.

I have been noticing a disturbing trend on my Twitter feed that many conservative fellow-travelers are getting fed up with Patrick Brown’s policies and switching to the Trillium Party. Yesterday’s PC Policy Convention seems to have caused many folks to speak out aggressively against Brown.

While I sympathize with their concerns, on a practical level I find myself worrying about a conservative split developing in Ontario, much like what had happened between the PC and Wildrose party. The outcome of that discord is the current Rachel Notley NDP disaster. Thankfully conservatives in Alberta have finally awakened to the need to stay united under Jason Kenney. I wish them great success in trying to restore hope and financial stability to their province.

So I guess my question to readers is do you understand and agree with this strategy that it’s better to have another Liberal government and thereby teach Patrick Brown a lesson?

Personally I am flummoxed by this attitude.

Update:

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Great post here by Sandy: Beware Ontario Liberal lies about Brown’s PC “People’s Guarantee!”

Chris Selley also has an excellent column in the National Post: You can argue it’s ‘Liberal lite,’ but Ontario PC platform offers a pathway to victory.

It might not be especially conservative vision, but it is a vision — a different vision, a mostly defensible vision, an positive and upbeat vision despite its swipes at the Liberals, and a vision the Liberals will have some trouble trying to attack without looking foolish. (A simple carbon tax is the best policy, and they know it.)

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More Dirty Tricks

I have to give CBC’s Mike Crawley credit for exposing this Machiavellian move by the Ontario Liberal Government.

If I understand this correctly, the Wynne Liberals quietly created a new government agency to provide home care, and will thereby encourage many PSWs to leave private agencies and become Ontario government employees instead.

These new workers will likely become members of a powerful union (SEIU Healthcare) that has strong Liberal ties and is the key financial backer of Working Ontario Women which is running attack ads against Patrick Brown.

As Crawley points out, the political advantage for the Liberals is not lost on many in the industry:

“This is not about health care, this is about delivering these workers to this union,” said one industry insider who asked not to be identified to avoid potential business repercussions. “Everybody in health care knows that this is what this play is all about.”

 

So this will buy the union’s favour and they in turn will put out even more attack ads on Patrick Brown.

Wynne is cunning. I’ll give her that.  Liberals always put their own party before everyone else’s interests; especially just before an election campaign.

Related:

Poll suggests union attack ads on Brown are taking a tollToronto Star

Working Ontario Women: A “pink-washed front group”Sheila Gunn Reid via EBL News.

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We Hear from PM Harper!

Well, sort of.

Alexander Panetta reports that an Oct. 25th  letter signed by former PM Stephen Harper and sent to clients of his firm Harper & Associates has been “obtained” by the Canadian Press.

It is entitled “Napping on NAFTA” and contains some criticisms and concerns about how the current government is handling the negotiations.

The criticisms are solid and include issues such as too quickly rejecting U.S. proposals, trying to tie negotiations to Mexico, and pushing social issues.

In his role of consultant Stephen Harper warns his clients:

“I fear that the NAFTA re-negotiation is going very badly. I also believe that President (Donald) Trump’s threat to terminate NAFTA is not a bluff… I believe this threat is real. Therefore, Canada’s government needs to get its head around this reality: it does not matter whether current American proposals are worse than what we have now. What matters in evaluating them is whether it is worth having a trade agreement with the Americans or not.”

But there is another side to this story.

How did the Canadian Press “obtain” this letter? Was it a deliberate leak or what? The reason that is important is because the Trudeau gov’t is going ballistic over it, as you can read in Panetta’s article. They are basically accusing the former Prime Minister of deliberately trying to sabotage Canada’s NAFTA negotiation efforts.

If you follow Twitter, this is a most interesting exchange where Ben Harper actually challenges Panetta on the public release of the memo that was intended for Harper and Associates’ clients.

If I were a conspiracy theorist I would have to marvel at the convenient timing of this story. It may very well be a “squirrel” moment in an attempt to deflect unwanted media attention away from Trudeau’s embattled Finance Minister Bill Morneau.

Or perhaps there are even more sinister reasons.

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Continental Corruption

Layers and layers of leftwing corruption are oozing out of the swamps across North America.

From Queen’s Park to Parliament Hill and beyond, lefties and liberals seem unable to silence their slimy secrets.

Some of these cover-ups and creative accounting methods may not technically be against the law but they certainly do seem to contravene the spirit of the law, and appear to benefit certain transgressors in power at the time.

So is this something only leftwing politicians do or have we seen examples of this from the other side as well? And do you see more examples of this kind of ethical malfeasance elsewhere in North America?

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Related articles of interest:

EXCLUSIVE: Morneau using ethics loophole to maintain ownership of shares in family business. CTV

Liberal tax reforms’ most lasting impact may be on Morneau’s reputation – John Ivison, National Post:

“The only takeaway for the vast majority of people is that a very rich man, who is taking advantage of tax loopholes to stay rich, was trying to close tax loopholes for people who are much less rich than he is.”

A Russian nuclear firm under FBI investigation was allowed to purchase US uranium supply – Sara A. Carter, Circa.

BREAKING NEWS! Morneau to put assets in blind trust.  But that’s not going to make this little “distraction” go away. Too little too late.

Morneau’s firm doing work for the feds; Has contract with Bank of Canada worth more than $8M – Candice Malcolm, Toronto Sun

And then there are the ghosts of Ontario’s email-gate rearing their ugly heads again.

More Breaking News – and from the Washington Post of all places!! Clinton campaign, DNC paid for research that led to Russia dossier.

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Giving Thanks in Troubled Times

It’s a challenge to remain optimistic about the future in this troubled world. One could easily give in to feelings of despair, cynicism and apathy.

Never have I seen such divisiveness in our society. One would almost think there is a deliberate plot to sow discord among various competing religious, political, regional and economic tribes.

We see the politics of division displayed by the actions of the Trudeau Government. Just like his father, Justin Trudeau is pitting East against West; Energy sector against environmentalists.

But Justin goes further and favours certain religious rights at the expense of others and of free speech. And Bill Morneau’s proposed tax reforms have done nothing but stoke anger among small businesses, all in a crass populist political maneuver likely inspired by “class warfare” instigators.

Some see Donald Trump as a divisive figure. Or is it actually the left which is so divisive and constantly stoking anger and discord?

Of course terror remains our greatest threat to Western life as we know it. How do we deal with a world where almost every day you hear of another attack somewhere? We’ve almost come to expect it now.

And so at this Thanksgiving I try to put on my blinders and just focus on my own blessings: family, friends, relatively good health and the simple beauty of life right around me. I thank God for that and I ask for peace – even if it can be only found in my own heart.

 

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New Season; New beginnings?

Since autumn is starting and the MPs are back in Parliament, I thought I’d put up a new post. Andrew Scheer seems like he’s finding his way as Leader of the Official Opposition.

I watched question period yesterday and Bill Morneau seems very weak in his defense of the tax changes and how they would affect small business.

In Ontario this will become even more onerous when compounded with Kathleen Wynne’s carbon tax, high hydro rates and minimum wage increases.

The conservative leaders in provincial and federal politics have been handed gifts here since the economy is right in their wheelhouse. Let’s hope they make good use of the opportunity.

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Conservative Leadership M.I.A

This will be more of a rant than a blog post but I am seriously disappointed in the conservatives both provincially and federally (with the exception of Brad Wall, and now he’s leaving).

Both Andrew Scheer and Patrick Brown have been less than inspiring to date. I want to see some fire in their bellies! Things better improve soon especially in Ontario with the election less than a year away!

I will support the leaders when I see something to support. Until then I remain a disillusioned Canadian drowning in a sea of politically-correct virtue-signaling and not seeing any way out of the mire.

Thank you for listening.

Update:

Shadow Cabinet unveiled!

“Instead of naming them “critics,” Scheer is calling his team “shadow ministers” because…he’s trying to position the Tories as a government-in-waiting.”

I like it!

And Sandy has a very thought-provoking column here: ALL Canadian Conservatives need to support Andrew Scheer to win in 2019!

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Premier Brad Wall – a Man of Integrity

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.

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Great Wisdom

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.

 

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Left-Right Balance Struggle

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.

 

Update:

Awesome news from Alberta! Alberta PCs and Wildrose vote to merge as United Conservative Party

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