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.

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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!

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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.

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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

No one is smelling like roses

(Reposted from BLY March 10, 2012)

I’m very grateful that we have at least a handful of ethical, objective journalists in Canada, and John Ivison is certainly among that chosen few.

Last night Ivison broke the story of the Liberal robocalls in Guelph complete with audio file – New Guelph robocall attacks Tories, listen to the phone message here. He makes the point at the end that “no one in politics is going to emerge from this dung-storm smelling of roses.”

The RoboFembot did not identify herself as being funded by the Liberal party, which caused Liberal MP Frank Valeriote to hastily explain that it was an ‘oversight’.

Granted there does not appear to be anything criminal here – unethical or mean-spirited perhaps considering the nature of the call.  But it does allow some perspective on a story that most media prefer to skew against the Conservatives –  instead of waiting for Elections Canada to finish the investigation.

A Liberal MP admits his campaign made a mistake by not identifying as the party behind the call. He has ‘apologized’.  Is that good enough?

As Preston Manning stated yesterday, voter suppression is ‘deplorable’. However he also pointed out, “If you try to link these things to any one party, it’s a mistake.”

But most media outlets seem to be reporting by Confirmation Bias which is deplorable in itself. Facts are facts but some seem to be selectively depressed, while others are torqued up to promote a certain agenda. (Of course here we also need to make a distinction from ‘news’ coverage vs. editorials or opinion articles.)

In any case, let’s encourage the few credible journalists we have left – and make sure they know their efforts are appreciated.

For the sake of democracy we need fair reporting.

Posted in Canadian Elections

Another Wafer Chase

(Reposted from BLY – Feb. 24,/12)

John Gormley’s column in today’s Leader Post (Harper’s critics need to chill) takes a look on the consistently over-the-top attack on the Conservative Government (H/T NNW):

This tendency by opposition parties and the Bandwagon Media to resort to spurious allegations and hyperbole has been dubbed Wafer-chasing by reader Wilson.

Pat Martin suggested that the latest scandal du jour is our Watergate moment. He is sure that the crank calls were orchestrated from the top rather than the actions of some rogue campaign workers. (And FWIW I agree that anyone found guilty of trying to obstruct the voting process should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.)

The NDP’s Martin said the Tories are “laying the foundation for throwing some kid under the bus” when it’s clear there’s been “a massive conspiracy to defraud the electoral system.”

A massive conspiracy

At least John McCallum has the sense to point out that there is no proof of that, but then he goes on to weave his conspiracy theory anyway (from the WFP link above):

“We don’t have a smoking gun pointing to Stephen Harper and the Conservative party, but we do know that these actions benefited the Conservative party and we do know this strategy has been in their tool kit for some time. So there are definitely suspicions.”

Tonda Maccharles includes a response from Elections Canada in her somewhat-more-balanced report in the Spectator:

All Elections Canada spokesman John Enright would say is that federal elections commissioner William Corbett reported to Parliament that his office “is looking into several complaints surrounding crank calls designed to discourage voting, discourage voting for a particular party, or incorrectly advise electors of changed polling locations.”

However, in the initial two weeks after the election, long before November when investigators apparently linked RackNine to the calls, Commissioner William Corbett appeared unworried that massive electoral mischief had occurred…

The problem with resorting to these kinds of histrionics is that eventually people tend to tune out – especially those outside the Ottawa bubble.

But for now let’s allow the proper authorities examine the evidence and proceed accordingly.

We’re still living in a country where innocence is presumed until proven otherwise – at least in the real world.

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Update

Conservative government aide loses job over fraudulent ‘robo-calls’Toronto Star

Michael Sona Fired: Conservative Staffer With Ties To Guelph Riding Let Go – HuffPo

Stephen Harper and the Scandalettes – Adrian MacNair

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Obamaguinty is scary in stereo

Reposted from Blue Like You – Feb. 1, 2012

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I’ve often thought of Dalton McGuinty as a kind of Obama Mini-me; especially when he has the sleeves of his white shirt rolled up in the exact manner of his hero.

Their ruthless pursuit of green energy at the expense of economic common sense is one obvious comparison.

But it’s also interesting that both leaders are now alienating Catholics in what once was their traditional base, by attempting to force behaviour according to ideology of the state rather than faith.

With Obama, the battleground is forced employer health care coverage for items not condoned by the Catholic church including the morning-after pill.

In Ontario, Dalton McGuinty’s Government is trying to bully Catholic School boards into providing anti-bullying clubs with a preference for those specifically dealing with Gays.

Both men seem to be caught in the middle of a clash of values between mutually antagonistic rights’ groups (i.e.  Gay & Feminist activists vs. traditional Catholicism).

And both seem to be doing their best to eradicate what they perceive to be a bigoted attitude by legislating it out of existence – even if it treads on the toes of religious freedom.

This could have some political fallout in both countries.

Or else Big Government might be successful in stifling the very spirit that fosters concern for others in our western society – as Ross Douthat notes in the New York Times:

The White House attack on conscience is a vindication of health care reform’s critics, who saw exactly this kind of overreach coming. But it’s also an intimation of a darker American future, in which our voluntary communities wither away and government becomes the only word we have for the things we do together.

A chilling way for a supposed democracy to end up – on either side of the border.

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Update

Outstanding column by Michael GersonObama plays his Catholic allies for fools (Washington Post):

…And the astounding ambition of this federal precedent will soon be apparent to every religious institution. Obama is claiming the executive authority to determine which missions of believers are religious and which are not — and then to aggressively regulate institutions the government declares to be secular. It is a view of religious liberty so narrow and privatized that it barely covers the space between a believer’s ears.

Obama’s decision also reflects a certain view of liberalism. Classical liberalism was concerned with the freedom to hold and practice beliefs at odds with a public consensus. Modern liberalism uses the power of the state to impose liberal values on institutions it regards as backward…

Yes that last statement could certainly be applied to the Ontario Liberal Party.

More from Michelle MalkinFirst, they came for the Catholics:

As always, tolerance is a one-way street in the Age of Obama. “Choice” is in the eye (and iron fist) of the First Amendment usurper.

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…The ultimate goal is to shut down healthcare providers — Catholic healthcare institutions employ about 540,000 full-time workers and 240,000 part-time workers — whose religious views cannot be tolerated by secular zealots and radical social engineers.

Is it any surprise their counterparts in the “Occupy” movement have moved from protesting “Wall Street” to harassing pro-life marchers in Washington, DC, and hurling condoms at Catholic school girls in Rhode Island? Birds of a lawless, bigoted feather bully together.

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