Vancouver shamed

Trending right now worldwide on Twitter: Dear Vancouver and #canucksriot.

Please report these losers to the Vancouver Police and post evidence at Vancouver 2011 Riot Criminal List.

The Guardian’s Matthew Good feels all the benefits from the Olympics have now been wiped out and seems to be blaming something systemic in the city itself – or at least that will be the optics in the aftermath:

And that’s the hard, cold, truth of it, no matter how cosmopolitan you believe this city to now be. If the Olympics succeeded in charming the pants off the world, that warm, fuzzy feeling has now been decimated.

I’m in no mood to start slicing pies. Whether you like it or not, what’s happening right now will be viewed as a representation of the city as a whole – not merely a handful of people. And even then, it’s not just a handful of people. Of course, alcohol has a great deal to do with it. When you mix booze with idiocy and an excuse to parade incivility what do you honestly expect, a spontaneous love-in?

Perhaps some BC readers would like to weigh in on this.  Should police have handled this differently? Have they been hamstrung by the G20 fallout?

What went wrong?

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Update

Canada AM just interviewed blogger Rebecca Bollwitt who is trying to help police ID those responsible for the destruction. Please check out her site and Twitter feed.
More at Full Comment from Brian Hutchinson who was there – Blood on the streets after Vancouver loss:

Two Vancouver Police Department spokespeople made themselves available to media. They stood outside the Sears building, a block south of West Georgia.

“Where are your officers?” I asked Constable Jana McGuinness.

“We have a full public safety unit deployed right now,” she said. “We have hundreds of officers, a full deployment. They’re all over.” Well, no, they weren’t. Some were standing in a circle a few metres from the constable, but they still weren’t out in force on West Georgia Street. I’m not blaming police for what happened this night. But did they not anticipate the worst?

They should have. Because a lot of us did. Because something is fundamentally wrong in the city and the surrounding region. A riot after Game Seven in 1994. A riot after a rock concert. A silly episode of street violence early on, during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Look, I was in Calgary in 2004, on the Red Mile, and Game Seven didn’t work out too well there, either. And there might — might — have been a broken pane of glass at the end of all of that.

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One NDP bill I can support

I’m sure I’ll suffer a pounding from fellow Conservatives on this one but I really do like NDP MP Peter Stoffer’s idea about a ban on floor crossing and having to win an election:

His bill, if passed, would prohibit MPs from crossing the floor. Instead, if an MP wanted to change parties, they’d have to quit and run for the new party in a by-election, assuming they won the nomination.

They could still sit as an independent, but someone elected as an independent couldn’t join a political party after the election.

After working so hard as a volunteer (as well as a blogger) in the last election I can’t imagine how angry and betrayed I’d feel if my MP sold out to another party after the fact.

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Conservatives vs. the Media Party

Stockwell Day feels that the new era in civility should extend to the media, and especially the Parliamentary Press Gallery – Conservatives ‘lay track’ to attack media, real opposition party in new Parliament – Hill Times:

“With great freedom comes great responsibility,” Mr. Day told Conservatives during a series of speeches that were gave to open the party convention. “And just as we are looking forward to somewhat of a new era in the House of Commons of civility and respect, and that doesn’t mean we don’t go hard on discussing these policies, it means we stay off of the personal attacks. And I think, my colleagues, I think MPs get that. I say to my friends in the media that’s a bit of a word of advice to you also,” as the crowd of Conservatives erupted in applause.

While saying he has friends in the fourth estate, Mr. Day claimed some journalists use personal attacks as part of their normal approach, although he was not specific.

 

I’m sure many of us have strong suspicions as to exactly who would qualify for Stockwell Day’s scolding. My first impression was a bitter, rude journo with the initials T.M. There certainly are others such as Robert Fife.

So the question is can the PPG still hold the government to account without the use of personal attacks? And should we call them out if they fail?

And what about those of us in the blogosphere? Should we hold ourselves to the same high standards of decorum?

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Update

Same old Warren Kinsella drivel here (News Flash for Tories). I can let most of it slide but I have to really take issue with this paragraph:

First off, the media in Canada are overwhelmingly small- or large-C conservative. Period. Sun News is pretty conservative, both in print and on-air.

Talk radio? Not a Liberal or New Democrat among the bunch. Ditto Postmedia, from the National Post to every single one of its newspaper properties, the latter of which unanimously endorsed the Harper Conservatives in the last election.

Same goes for the Globe and Mail, and its broadcast side, CTV, which has lately been a recruiting ground for Conservative senate appointments. The only editorial endorsement the Grits got in the last election was from a single newspaper, the Star.

 

[The last point is incorrect. See Bono’s link below.]

Talk radio does seem to be largely conservative, but there are notable exceptions such as CFRB’s John Moore.

And citing the Globe as conservative-leaning simply because it endorsed the CPC in the last election is hardly an accurate test of bias.  It only means that the other choices were so bad that the Conservatives were the only viable alternative. Only the Star and Andrew Coyne hung on to the Grits even as everyone else was abandoning them.

Using the appointment of Senator Duffy as proof of CTV’s supposed conservative bias is also bogus. It was a one-time phenomenon. Somehow I can’t picture Jane Taber, Robert Fife and Craig Oliver as being “Reformatories”.

Stay classy Warren.

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Related

Bonokoski: Canada’s conservative media? Really, Warren? – Sun

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DePape & cohorts actually *against* democracy?

Tom Oleson nails it here in the WFP:

…there was no nobility in what Ms. DePape did to make her such a darling. Rather, she abused her privileged position as a page in the Canadian Senate to disrupt the Throne Speech last week by holding up a sign that, somewhat ambiguously, declared “Stop Harper.” That was, in any objective sense, an abuse of privilege and an act of treachery against the Canadian democracy.

Exactly.

He also asks the question I did a few days ago (in a post that didn’t make it to the new server but was thankfully backed up at my Blogger account), how exactly does Ms. Pape intend to “Stop Harper”?:

…Look around the world and it is hard to find a more just and equitable society than Canada. It’s not perfect, but Canadians, including Stephen Harper, are still working on it, so unless by “just” one means a society where all aspects of life are dictated, such as North Korea, and by “equitable” one means the equal sharing of poverty and misery that one tends to find in such just societies, then Ms. DePape needs to explain in a little more detail how “Stop Harper” helps anyone.

The Winnipeg revolutionary might also want to explain what she means by that. Harper was democratically elected to a majority government by a large plurality of the Canadian people and will be in power for four years, barring some unforeseen catastrophe. So how exactly does Ms. DePape propose that we stop him. And, for that matter, why should we? We stopped the Liberals, we reined in the NDP, we ruined the Bloc Québécois — we chose the Conservatives to run the country…

Or is Brigette DePape just a convenient puppet for a much larger and possibly dangerous movement? Check out the link that Jen found and judge for yourself.

The irony of course is that Stephen Harper has supported Candian involvement in allied efforts against oppression in many areas of the world where democracy has been threatened or is non-existent.

But facts don’t seem to matter to Brigette and her buddies. They thrive on spreading hatred, fear and misinformation.

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Related

Price of free speechMichael Coren (who also draws a comparison between DePape and Gibbons. I guess it wasn’t such an original thought after all. *Sigh*)

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Trouble Shooting

There are still a few issues to iron out on this new site. One of the main ones is some readers reporting problems with the Blogging Tories aggregator trying to access Blue Like You.

This post will be another test and I’ll ask readers to let me know if they have any problems getting back to this site via the aggregator once this post appears. I’m not having any issues in that regard so it’s difficult for me to check.

This blog is still a work in progress. It will take a while to tweak things to where I want them but we’re getting there. Your input is always appreciated.

I hope to get back to regular blogging soon. Readers are welcome to leave tips and keep us all updated on political events as well. Thanks for your help.

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New Server

Well here we are again after another major server changeover. First of all I want to thank Cynapse for all his hard work getting us set up.  My son has also been very helpful, as has Sandy in answering questions and offering assistance. I’m going to take my time getting this site tweaked to where I want it and may play around with banners and stuff when I get time. I also see the need to learn more of the technical aspects of blogging which could slow down posting but I see it as necessary.

There are also some cosmetic issues to address here.

If you followed me through the maze of the last few days then you know that there is a backup test site at https://bluelikeyou2.wordpress.com/. I rather like the colour scheme there and may try to replicate it here eventually. In any case that is where I would suggest going if this site goes down unexpectedly at any in the future. There also is the old Blogger site but I find it very cumbersome after getting used to WordPress.

Thanks very much for your patience and continuing support.

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Of protests and civil disobedience

(Reposted from Blue Like You June 6, 2011)

At first I was planning to protest Brigette DePape’s protest by ignoring it, but some interesting angles are aligning.

Namely we have a front page story in today’s National Post about 62-year-old Linda Gibbons who has spent 10 of the past 17 years in jail for being too close to abortion clinics. She has just been released and is trying to behave long enough to be able to visit her elderly mother. Then she vows to continue her protests and civil disobedience and will probably end up back behind bars as a consequence of her actions.

And what happened to Brigette DePape as a consequence of her protest and advocacy of civil disobedience in order to ‘Stop Harper’?

She was immediately fired from her job as a Senate Page which was due to end in two months anyway. Now the job offers are flooding in, including one from Public Service Alliance of Canada. and even one from Michael Moore! Well I guess that’s not so surprising.

I would love to ask both women how they think their protests will accomplish their respective goals?

In Linda Gibbons‘ case I suspect she is hoping to save one tiny life at a time; possibly by offering counsel to women on their way in for abortions.

But Brigette DePape is not happy with the election results and wants to “Stop Harper”. I assume she realizes that this is a majority mandate and that there won’t be another election for four years.

So how exactly does Ms. Pape intend to “Stop Harper”? Is that not some kind of implied threat? I hope some brave journalist out there has the cojones to ask her that one.

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Update

Blank PageMark Steyn (H/T Dr. Roy and Just Right)

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Historic day ahead

As Peter Mansbridge notes on Twitter, today’s Throne Speech will be another milestone:

First Throne Speech from a majority Conservative government this century…

This comes the day after the election of Andrew Scheer as the youngest Speaker in Canadian history as well as the first sitting Saskatchewan MP to hold that post, according to the Leader-Post. The west is finally in.

I’m sure Jack Layton will also be reminding anyone who listens that this is the first throne speech in Canadian history with an NDP Official Opposition in attendance. We will likely be hearing that theme ad nauseum for the next four years.

But today belongs to Canada and a strong, stable, Conservative majority government. We have every reason to be proud of our country and our Prime Minister.

God bless Canada!

 

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We've come a long way Baby!

My apologies to regular readers regarding my online absence over the past few days. I’m still up to my ears in paint cans and brushes but I see an end in sight.

I thought I’d better start a new thread though so please feel free to use this one to discuss today’s selection of a new speaker.

Another item that caught my eye was the National Post’s front-page story by John Ivison, Class of 2011 needs a role.

These sure are good problems to have. It seems not that long ago that the Media Party was pummeling the Tories for ‘lack of bench strength’.

What a sweet position we are in now!

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Update

Speaking of Speakers, this is a MUST-READ (McGuinty’s administration shuts down parliament day early – Star):

Peters said someone has to remind the premier of the day that he or she isn’t running the show, lamenting that power has been so centralized that MPPs have been virtually sidelined

“It is you, it is the 107 people in this room, who need to take this place back, who need to say to the corner office — it doesn’t matter who is sitting in that corner office whether it is the premier’s office or the leader of the opposition’s office or the leader of the third party — ‘We have had enough. We’re going to take this place back,’” he said.

His comments drew applause from the Tory and NDP benches while McGuinty and his Liberal MPPs sat stone-faced

This could also be a lesson and warning for the Federal Government and the new Speaker, courtesy of retiring Ontario Liberal Speaker Steve Peters. But I trust PM Stephen Harper to handle the power of a majority government better than Dalton McGuinty.

And I hope the new Federal Speaker is as competent and fair as Steve Peters was in Ontario. He is the only shining light in that miserable excuse for a party.

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Jack's Amazing Tightrope Act

What lies beneath that calm, mustached exterior of the Leader of the Official Opposition? A strong, genial statesman just ‘trying to make Parliament work’?

Or is he an opportunistic man so giddy and lusting for more power he’ll do whatever it takes to seize the Government side of the House – even if it means risking the political stability of the entire country?

Of course Jack Layton wants more seats for Quebec! The more the better for him right? The trouble is that he has to keep Quebec happy while trying not to antagonize the ROC in the process.

This has never been an easy task and Jack Layton is a fool if he thinks any more pandering to Quebec is the answer. Actually I think Quebec and the NDP deserve each other.

Who knew Stephane Dion would end up looking so wise and statesmanlike by comparison?

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