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.
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.
This could get interesting. ‘The situation is going to get worse’: Liberals pushed to come up with answers on asylum issue – National 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.
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.
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.
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:
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 Narcissism – Don 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:
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!
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.
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?
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.
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.
Never a winning strategy to denigrate the President of the United States when NAFTA negotiations are at such a critical state – especially if you are the leader of Canada’s largest province.
Update: Great response from Doug Ford here regarding Liberal campaign co-chair David Herle’s inappropriate comments and ensuing “apology”.
I was wanting to start a new post here since the previous one is becoming a bit long with all the comments. When I tried to think of a new topic, the usual shenanigans of the Ontario and Federal Liberals came to mind.
But this morning I read this article via Twitter from the Prince George Citizen which suggests a mood of discontent may be percolating up from the Canadian public right across the country. – Right, left united on Trudeau by Nathan Giede:
We are on the verge of what might well be a Conservative renaissance in this country. In B.C., a shaky lefty coalition is teetering on the edge as the extremists pull the strings; in Alberta, a party of supposedly the same name is all but sure to lose to a revitalized Tory party run by the most effective politician in Canada; and in Ontario, the “activist centre” Wynne Liberals could very well lose to Canada’s own angry man with bad hair by default, no matter how hard they try.
Progressives should be worried, because for all their disbelief in trickle-down economics, they definitely subscribe to trickle-down resentment. Thatcher, Reagan, Bush Jr., Harper, Trump – all these names have been used by liberals and the far left to denigrate the character of lone candidates on the right at every level of government. But with their own hands on the wheel of federal power as well as major provinces, it is now they who look inept and totally out of touch.
So I offer this as a jumping-off point for more discussion about our current political situation in Canada. Personally I’m hoping the pendulum will swing back from extreme left to the responsible centre.
And on a related note, Lindsay Shepherd articulates her thoughts on the divisiveness of the left, and how their intolerance is pushing her towards the right: