From the Canadian Ministry of Hypocrisy

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.

Disgusting.

[Related: The Shady Business of paying Omar Khadr – Terry Glavin, Macleans.]

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Posted in Canadian Government, Canadian Politics, PM Stephen Harper, U.S. Politics | 42 Comments

Crisis Averted?

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?

Posted in Canadian Economy, Canadian Politics | 6 Comments

Honeymoon Over?

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?

Posted in Canadian Economy, Canadian Politics, Conservative Party of Canada | 18 Comments

Politics Overload

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.

Posted in British Politics, Canadian Politics, U.S. Politics | 16 Comments

Andrew Scheer – Team Builder

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.

Posted in Canadian Economy, Canadian Government, Canadian Politics, Conservative Party of Canada | 25 Comments

Fresh Start

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!

Posted in Uncategorized | 17 Comments

Welcome to Blue Like You

However you arrived here, welcome! This is a test blog while I decide the next step.

Thanks for stopping by.

Posted in Uncategorized

Goodbye Dalton McGuinty

I am still on a long break from blogging but this is an important weekend as the New Premier of Ontario is chosen.

It reminds me of a Rex Murphy column from last summer in which he urged Dalton to resign. Better late than never I guess (reposted from BLY July 14, 2012):

In “Turned Off” Rex Murphy suggests that Dalton should resign over the Mississauga Gas Plant Scandal, but he also issues a pox on all their houses by pointing out how a general lack of integrity and self-interest permeates politics these days:

But something else may be going on. People’s contempt for actions of this sort may be so deep that for a while it remains unspoken. Arrogance and self-interest on this level leaves most normal people speechless. They resign themselves to the sleaziness and corruption of the game. They learn to quietly despise politics. At that point, in a democracy, all are losers. And make no error: It was the Ontario Liberals this time, but once in power, every party, from the Tories to the Greens, is capable of acting in the same way.

For a ploy of this magnitude, Dalton McGuinty and his energy minister should resign. But such gestures – resignation in the wake of incompetence, trickery, waste or deep mismanagement – belong to a time when politics had a noble status, public life retained a vestige of honour and politicians actually had an organ of conscience that occasionally allowed them to register real emotions of honest shame.

And that may explain how Dalton manages to stay in power despite his conniving, bungling and disgraceful performance: people have simply given up.

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Posted in Ontario election, Ontario Government

A Bold Move

(Reposted from BLY July 2, 2012)

As regulars know I’ve been busy the last little while and posting frequency is suffering because of it.

However I did want to congratulate Ontario P.C. Leader Tim Hudak for taking on Big Union Entitlement. As Andrew Coyne said, it’s about time someone stood up to them.  Jobs are going south because we are just not competitive.  High labour costs are certainly partially related to that problem. High energy costs are another. Hudak has ideas for both.

And then there are the bloated public sector unions that are being supported by taxpayers; many of whom have already lost jobs in the private sector (like RIM).

This is a proposal that you’ll either love or hate but it certainly does differentiate the Progressive Conservatives from everyone else left of them.

We are very tired of Liberal and Liberal-Lite in this province.

The Financial Post points out that union workers could also benefit from this proposal. It allows freedom of choice:

…Reforms would even be good for Ontario’s union members, too – many of whom may see some value in union membership and collective bargaining in theory, but don’t get much back for the money that is stripped, on a compulsory basis, off their paycheques, and have little or no say in how that money is spent once it’s been taken. If union members want to contribute to the Working Families Coalition, or any other cause, let them do it out of their own income, not dues that are extracted from them against their will.

Finally someone with a spine has emerged in Ontario.

Posted in Ontario Government

Stifling human initiative and resourcefulness

(Reposted from BLY – June 29, 2012)

I rarely agree with the Star’s Martin Regg Cohn but he’s made a few pithy points in his latest column (Damage control in Elliot Lake’s disaster zone):

Premier Dalton McGuinty gassed up his government plane Wednesday to join a couple of cabinet ministers who made their way to Elliot Lake, belatedly, on Tuesday — three days after disaster struck. McGuinty and his cabinet were in Sudbury over the weekend, a mere two-hour drive away, but not a single minister thought to look in on them in their hour of need, when they felt abandoned by their own government.

Elliot Lake endured double jeopardy this week: A roof collapse too painful to watch, and a collapsed rescue effort on the ground that proved even harder to bear.

The mishandling — and miscommunication — of the rescue effort has driven a wedge between the government and the public. If people believe their elected officials and public servants cannot be entrusted with disaster management, disastrous consequences loom.

Of course we all know the buck-passing that ensued.

Cohn goes on to blame this type of incompetence on a “culture of Canadian caution and bureaucratic confusion”, that wouldn’t be different even if we replaced ‘the party in power’.

And that is where I strongly disagree with Cohn. There certainly does exist a degree of toadying, mindless bureaucratic rule-following mentality in the ROC, but I think this problem is much more profound here since Dalton McGuinty has entrenched his ‘Nanny State’ mindset into Ontarioans for all these years.

It is a sickness oozing out of the Premier’s office into the minds of bureaucrats and into the very souls of Ontario residents. It causes us to doubt ourselves and be ever fearful of thinking out of the box, or daring to break out of the mold.

The product of a top-down, Big Government-imposed Nanny State is the kind of chaos and mismanagement we all witnessed in Elliot Lake.

I just pray it’s not too late to reverse the process.

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Related

Ontario Tory leader calls for probe into Elliot Lake mall collapse – Vancouver Sun

Blizzard: Waiting still at Elliot Lake – Sun (This is a MUST-READ)

Posted in Nanny State, Ontario Government