Left vs. Right

Thank you Lorrie Goldstein for detailing the hypocrisy and bias of opposition politicians and green activists (and media I might add) with regards to citizen input – Pure Green Hypocrisy.

Lorrie notes that the furor of outrage over the federal plan to reduce the Northern Gateway review process to one year from six or seven is strangely lacking from those same  activists when it comes to Dalton McGuinty’s autocratic manner of ramming wind-turbines down our collective throats:

…Following the election, after indicating he would listen to rural communities, McGuinty made token concessions, but kept the issue squarely under provincial control.

Through all this, the people now protesting Harper’s proposals were silent because of their ideological approval of “green” energy no matter what its flaws (expensive, unreliable, ineffective and potentially damaging to health and the environment).

In reality, no form of energy generation is without potential health and environmental downsides whether fossil fuels, nuclear power, hydro or so-called “green” energy.

For those now ranting against Harper’s proposals, their silence about what McGuinty did, speaks volumes about green hypocrisy.


Another glaring example of hypocrisy is the current uproar over the F-35 procurement process compared to the McGuinty ORNGE scandal. I would venture to say that the latter is far more serious but we don’t see anyone calling for Dalton McGuinty to resign, do we?

The fact is that left-wing media and pols will seize upon anything to excoriate their opponents, but turn a blind eye to the sins of their own kind.


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Sustainable scrap heapPeter Foster, Financial Post. A must-read.

For example:

…Sustainable development is a mushy concept rooted in the belief that markets are unsustainable, the climate is in crisis, and that Global Salvation requires vast cabals of bureaucrats, NGOs, consultants and corporations to hatch top-down solutions. Since market prices are “all wrong,” the way to a more modest anti-materialist, carbon-constrained future is through globally co-ordinated taxation and the promotion of energy alternatives. The problem is that both the science of catastrophic man-made climate change and green industrial strategy have come off the rails…

And this is scary: Global warming issue ‘on par with slavery’The Independent:

Dealing with climate change is a moral issue on a par with ending slavery, the world’s most celebrated climate scientist, James Hansen, of Nasa, believes.

Dr Hansen, who heads Nasa’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies, will be making the slavery comparison in his acceptance speech for the Edinburgh Medal next Tuesday, when he will also be calling for a global tax on all carbon emissions. Nothing less will do, he will argue, so urgent is the challenge which climate change presents for future generations…

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89 Responses to Left vs. Right

  1. robins111 says:

    Good post..

  2. jon says:

    The day after Ontario’s AG released his scathing report into ORNGE, reports calling for Health Minister Mathews’ resignation as a news item was gone, certainly from the newscasts I saw, even though calls for her resignation continue to this day. It was a one day story for the media. Compare that to the F-35, where these same broadcasters will cover opp calls for resignations for days and weeks to come. Two reports, both involving AG reports, both with having the gov’t under fore by the opps, and both seeing those opp parties calling for resignation. The two stories having similar structure in how they ought to be reported but both covered differently. Just further evidence of Lib media bias.

    • Peter Barker says:

      For the very best summary of the F35 cost “scandal”, read Thomas Matthew’s opinion piece in the Saturday April 7 Ottawa Citizen.

  3. jim says:

    But what could be wrong at ORNGE? They had paid the President of the Liberal Party (Alf Apps) and his firm $9 million for legal advice.

  4. Bec says:

    Charles Adler has done some fantastic stuff on the Dalton Dung that was once a provincial super power called Ontario.
    Despite reading it here, seeing it via a visual medium was indeed a powerful eye-opener for me.
    The Ontario/National consensus media are like the blinded parent covering up/defending their delinquent childs’ chronic crime sprees. It’s truly pathetic. The beautifully breathtaking Ontario countryside has been turned into a Mecano set for absolutely no reason other than a man’s mistaken, selfish ambition.

    What is the most troubling is that he has told Ontarians that this is his last term. He makes the biggest mess in Ontario history and leaves it for someone else to clean up. Cue the character assasination of Mike Harris! That’s what the media will do again.

    • Joanne says:

      What is the most troubling is that he has told Ontarians that this is his last term

      He did? I must have missed that.

      Very eloquent comment BTW.

      • Bec says:

        “He did? I must have missed that.”

        Was I dreaming? A quick G search doesn’t come up with anything either other than ‘he won’t commit TO whether he will run again or not’
        Sheesh and I thought you guys had something to hang onto:)

  5. robins111 says:

    I have been following the green-scammers for years. I’m wondering if those invisible, uncounted polar bears they just found, were feeding on that invisible, uncounted caribou herd the greenies misplaced?

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  7. Mary T says:

    Happy Easter to all friends at BLY. I am off today to meet my newest g/grandson for the first time. But, with a horrible cold, will just be able to look and not touch.

  8. Martin says:

    Major newspapers are beginning to focus on some of the wilder wastes of McGuinty’s green energy schemes. The Ottawa Citizen carried a story recently abot the absurdity of subsidizing uneeded wind power at 13.5 c kwh, and exporting for 3.8 c, or sometimes paying US customers to take it. Still the CTV/CBC media remains totally uninterested in this disregard for taxpayer dollars. Judging by comments, urban viewers have a complete disconnect with the reality of green energy fiascos. Out of sight, out of mind, as long as wind turbines are in the countryside, it is worth it to “save the planet”.
    This link to a FP story highlights wind energy displacing not coal fired power, but green hydro power dumped over Niagara, as hydro is the easiest source to regulate.
    These moves cost Ontarians $400 m more in 2011 than they should have paid for electricity. That is similar to taking several $100 bills and flushing them down the toilet to see if it works.
    Such stories are hard to believe, but with this regime I have no doubts it happened.
    One can only imagine the hysterics of TV political hosts were something similar to occur at the federal, CPC level.

  9. Alain says:

    Bring the review process back to reason was a required move. The biggest lie from the opposition parties is that it was about allowing grassroots imput, for we know what a big lie that was with all the foreign money and people involved. They were making a mockery of the process and it had to be stopped.

    On the provincial level when premiers are determined to impose their green agenda on the people, grassroot opposition from the people is ignored.

  10. William in Ajax says:

    Mr. Goldstein said…

    “For those now ranting against Harper’s proposals,
    their silence about what McGuinty did, speaks volumes about green hypocrisy.”

    I would argue it speaks about much, much more.
    And would phrase it as such…

    For those now ranting against Harper’s proposals, their silence about what McGuinty did, speaks volumes about who funds them, their political affiliation, their partisan bias
    and blindness to the corrupt socialist green-hypocrisy.
    Canadas green movement was NEVER a bona-fide green movement…
    it has always been a front for partisan Liberal / Socialist political promotion..
    As evidenced by the likes of Suzuki’s Sierra Club and others and their foreign funding.

    We now know and see how the corrupt Liberal-Socialist green-movement is as fake as a three dollar bill.

    The left..Not protesting McGuinty’s corrupt green policy (PROVES IT BEYOND A DOUBT).!!

  11. james says:

    The problem with the review process is how it has been hijacked for the purpose of delaying a decision. It really pisses me off as a resident of BC since people here who might have some legitimate concerns that could be addressed are being drown out by activists. We need to be sure that environmental risks are mitigated and we need input from people around those issues but we don’t need foreign funded anti-oil sands lobbyists who add nothing.

  12. bluetech says:

    Happy Easter to Joanne and BLY friends.
    He is Risen!
    The stone was rolled away, not for Him to rise, but for the disciples to enter and see the Empty Tomb!

  13. fh says:

    in filter

  14. Fay says:

    Happy Easter to Joanne and all the great Canadians who visit BLY.

  15. fh says:

    CAW has a great post up on F-35 gate
    good comments too

  16. Bubba Brown says:

    Interesting that James Hansen head of NASA would equate “ending Slavery” with his cult like belief in climate fraud.
    The High Court in Allahbad, India, in 1880 defined slavery as
    #1 Restraining of personal liberty.
    #2 To dispose of someones labour against their will –
    without lawful authority.
    When our taxes, our freedom to enjoy our property, the fruits of our labour are suborned by a cult preaching the “sky is falling”.
    I think “slavery” needs to be discussed.
    The ever frantic left, trotting out boogie men, complaints about 67 year old kicking PC candidates to the curb “allegedly”
    They are even dragging out the Abortion contortion in Alberta.
    Just another day in Canada…….sigh.

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  18. Sammy says:

    Just caught the very end of Cross Country Checkup,and glad I did! Rex ended the show,with a call from an F18 pilot,from Cold Lake Alta,and he really put the cost-controversy re the new planes into clear context.He said he had read the AG’s report,and it appeared to pilot,that ALL fuel costs,maintenance etc were included in the estimate..he likened this to scenario that if the Gov’t purchased a Ford F-150 pickup truck,the cost would be some $350,000! This fellow made a concrete argument for the NEED of the new planes,and call me silly,but I sure would be more apt to agree with someone that is actually gonna fly these things,than some leftwing loon journalist,or Lib/Dip mouthpiece.

  19. fh says:

    China to drop solar power in favour of nuclear
    Should we tell Dalton about this?

    • Liz J says:

      We can tell him but he won’t listen, he’s stuck on one track like crazy glue , he won’t be derailed.

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  21. Martin says:

    We must concede that green zealots like Suzuki, Strong, McGuinty, Crawley et al have been extremely efficient in getting their gospel message out. Aided by a compliant media, opposition to McGuinty’s ruinous plans for Ont are met with accusations of being against progress, or anti-environment or worse. The green movement resembles a religion with its own core beliefs, saints, villains and so forth. Logical arguments against such opponents are larely useless. Recently comments have appeared linking Ont wind power as an alternative to development of Alberta’s oil sands. Ont has no significant oil fired electricity capacity and wind power can never replace any generating source, so the comparison is absurd. Still, it doesn’t prevent people from using the argument , or making a vague connection with wind=good. oil=evil statements. What such people imagine will heat their homes, grow and deliver their food and transport them around is, a question larely left unanswered.

  22. Liz J says:

    So, Fidel Fiddle Dee Dee Castro, Trudeau’s buddy and all time friend, thinks we have a problem with extracting oil from the Oil Sands polluting the atmosphere? Wonder who flew to Cuba and extracted that gem from the FORMER Dear Leader of Cuba?

    • Martin says:

      More bizarrely, CBC has a ballot box question up; 78% think Castro’s harangue somehow hurts PMSH. It is difficult to see anyone other than CBC taking seriously anything this senile dictator spouts out. Must be a slow news day for sure.

      • Sammy says:

        You are waaaay ahead of me Martin! Just saw that,and my first reaction was WTF? are they serious???

      • Mary T says:

        Any comment from Justin on his father’s pallbearer’s rant. He must be so proud. Maybe PMSH should do a rant about life in Cuba under the revolution. At least tourists to Canada don’t have to bring their own toilet paper. And they don’t bring a suitcase full of used clothes to give out instead of tips. And those waiting on them and cleaning their rooms have showers and plumbing in their homes.

        • Joanne says:

          At least tourists to Canada don’t have to bring their own toilet paper.

          Seriously? Never been to Cuba but I think I will be crossing it off my bucket list.

          • Liz J says:

            I’ve heard the food in Cuba isn’t too good either, kind of important when on holiday IMO.

            Anyhow, with Castro coming out of his supposed retirement to comment on/ criticize our government we have yet
            another reason to strike Cuba off as a vacation option.

            Wonder if Fidel was asked to make his little statement by some of the usual zealots?

    • Bec says:

      HE would have been a beneficiary of carbon credits…..like all dictators, more gold for the(ir) vaults.

    • jon says:

      And notice the CBC never refers to Fidel as Cuba’s fmr. “dictiator” but uses fmr. “president” instead. Dictator is pejorative is too pejorative for the CBC it would seem. Also, “regime” is substituted with “gov’t” — also the CBC’s way of trying to legitimize the regime. Kim Jong Il is always referred to as NK’s former “dictator” in CBC stories however. Go figure.

  23. Sammy says:

    So,that explains a few things..Jaimie Watt just now on P&P admits he is a campaign ‘advisor’ to Alison Redford in Alta!

    • Bec says:

      OH YA…….this is a tricky place right now. That is why the PM allowed his MP’s to ONLY support a candidate in their constituency, not a Party…….
      I’m thinking that there is some silent cheering because MANY of the candidates for the Federal election were VOLUNTEERS. It’s very interesting.

      It’s been 40 years of DULL but now it’s so much fun!

      • Sammy says:

        I am actually quite fascinated by the Alta political scene right now Bec..and I’m in Manitoba! Too many ‘fake’ Conservatives for my liking,and when the msm of Toronto decides who THEY want to win..I naturally choose the opposite!!

      • Bec says:

        Holey Whoops!
        I said “MANY of the candidates for the Federal election were VOLUNTEERS.”

        What I meant to say ” MANY of the candidates WERE volunteers for the Federal election.”

        So in AB, we have many old Federal PC’s and when the party blended, the ‘team’ also blended. However not nescessarily the politics provincially.

        Sorry for the goof up…..It’s hectic!

    • Joanne says:

      So,that explains a few things..Jaimie Watt just now on P&P admits he is a campaign ‘advisor’ to Alison Redford in Alta!

      Sammy – Exactly. So when Jaimie Watt is used as a CPC spokesperson you can take that with a grain of salt. He is a Red Tory.

      • Bec says:

        Brought IN to cure the ails. Dave R alluded to the big guns being brought in to replace the current team.
        However, he won’t and can’t and it speaks to how this party thinks, ENTITLED.

        Alison IS the problem and her candidates are ALL old boys club or unionista’s.
        This Province are game changing voters. WE are sick of being ruled by wimps, people that are ashamed to tell the Suzuki’s, Gore’s and Obama’s (McGuinty’s:) to back off.
        Danielle is OUR Stephen Harper!

      • Sandy says:

        I should mention though that Jaimie Watt was a Mike Harris worker as well. I knew him way back when. Doesn’t mean he hasn’t changed but he was one of the authors of the Common Sense Revolution.

        Which means he is not very red and likely would feel more comfortable philosophically with WR.

        But, I guess at this point, he is just making a living.

        • Joanne says:

          Reminds me of Mark Spiro.

          • Richco says:

            Watt was at the right place at the right time with the CSR Sandy.

            We can’t depend on anything or any one being what they were twenty years or more ago.

            Since then Watt has had some problems also.

          • Sandy says:

            Joanne — Jamie’s situation is not like Mark Spiro at all. He hasn’t, to my knowledge, stabbed Hudak in the back.

            And, Richco — It is bad enough that Jamie is criticized for being gay and “right,” as though one cannot be a Conservative homosexual — without adding more innuendo.

            It is one thing to be a politician and quite another to work for a political party. The former expects partisan bashing, the other doesn’t. It’s a job. I went through the same thing from my university colleagues. I was simply trying to make a living.

            Anyway, here is a link to the kind of prejudice he gets from the other side.

            While most here want the WR to win, I don’t think it looks good on us to put down someone just because they are working to try and get the PCs re-elected.

            I am a conservative supporter but regulars also know that I have some progressive in me as well — given I have a disabled adult child and understand the need for social services. Which means, I am not really accepted by Conservatives or Progressives because I am in the middle. Very depressing.

  24. Joe says:

    I have no idea who Jamie Watt is or what he stands for but what I can say is that what ever he can contribute to Red Ali’s campaign is too little too late. The PC (pretend conservative) Titanic has struck the iceberg and it is not going to recover. Red Ali has the charm and personality of a dead fish and as a result Darling Danielle simply has to wear a bright dress on a dreary day and she wins over voters. About the only ones I know of that are going to vote Pretend Conservative are NDPers that are scared of the WRA.

  25. fh says:

    F-35 Purchase cannot be compared to purchasing a house .
    when did your house go to war or even fly?
    but I admitt with all the expense needed to keep your house looking like a million dollars the cost of a house adds up over 40 years of ownership
    Taxpayers have not had their money put in brown envelopes and given to politicians
    like happened with adscam so stop trying to compare everything to adscam we were just starting to forget
    nuff said

  26. Richco says:

    post stuck in filter Joanne.

  27. fh says:

    more cost to taxpayer from liberal management

  28. fh says:

    more reminders of liberal scandal I guess they do not want us to forget or is it ndpq who wish to remind us Bob Rae needs to look at the big picture who is bringing up the old liberal sandals

  29. fh says:

    our favourite journalists are stirring the SCANDAL pot
    who is it GOOD FOR could it be ndpq benefit
    article McGregor/Maher In and Out investigation
    making comparison with adscam
    who benifits could it be ndpq
    Liberals need to avoid these attempts to embroil them in scandals and show Canadians that they are a party with good policies for Canadians
    Liberals stop scrapping and show Canadians good ideas

    • Jen says:

      Liberals need to avoid these attempts to embroil them in scandals

      fh, the ndpqf has the liberals wrapped around their little finger to use them as they wish which they have been doing lately by reminding the media of the liberals’ 56billion dollars EI mess. Even the media are wrapped around the ndpqf fingers as well.

      NDPQF that took more from the American union which is against the EC law walks away.
      The only way the liberals can return is with the NDPQF help and under their strict instructions. Any blink from the liberals against the NDPQF will devastate them(liberals).
      Why do you think fh, that the medias including SNN are so so quiet when it come to opposition parties own scandals?

  30. Jen says:

    fh, the ndpqf are not saints at all.

    United Steelworkers Caught Contributing to Far-Left Political Party in Canada

    April 30th 2011

    OTTAWA – A U.S.-based union’s financial contributions to the New Democrats in Canada have raised some questions for the party’s federal branch.

    The United Steelworkers of America’s headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pa., filed paperwork with the U.S. Department of Labor that shows tens of thousands of dollars sent to the NDP in Ottawa between 2007 and 2010.

    Records show the American union sent $5,000 last year, more than $39,000 in 2009, $8,500 in 2008, and in excess of $17,000 in 2007 to the New Democratic Party of Canada or the New Democrats of Canada.

    While union contributions to provincial political parties are legal, they were banned along with corporate donations at the federal level in 2007.

    read more:

  31. fh says:

    Hunter has a good post up
    it is scary to think of Canada under ndpq

  32. MadMacs of Bytown says:

    Today’s Heads-up

    The Lunch Bunch at 12:30 noon eastern on http://www.cfra.com with Rob Snow, Nick Vandergragt, and guest Brian Lilley.

    Rob’s phone-in show at 2pm.

  33. Richco says:

    So what do you think Canada? Is Mulcair a threat to Harper? Watch the ad. I’m surprised that they didn’t work “Jack” into it more often and it seems that they’re trying way too hard to temper his image.

    • Liz J says:

      Mulcair and his Dippers can try to define his image, so did the Liberals try to define Iggy but we did it better. On Mulcair we’re already out of the gate on that score and there’s plenty more info to pass along to help the electorate consider their options.

    • Jen says:

      I personally think that the ndpq are a threat to the liberals and to the media.
      Mulclair is no threat to the PM because the PM is more canadian than Mulclair ever will because Mulclair wants two budgets one for canada and one for Quebec. That tells me he is for Quebec alone.

  34. fh says:

    Liberals need to show leadership and support the F-35 it is their baby
    let the ndpq squawk about scrapping the F-35
    this is a strong leadership position as Liberals work towards increasing their seat count in the next Election
    Conservatives respect your hard work Liberals
    ndpq are determined to stab Liberals in the back and kick Liberals under the bus

    • Jen says:

      ndpq are determined to stab Liberals in the back and kick Liberals under the bus

      You bet fh, there is no question about it. No amount of media can save the liberals from the ndpq. The liberals signed a coalition with the ndp therefore, they are brothers in motion to destroy the sitting PM Harper.

  35. Mary T says:

    Did I hear mulcair right, did that ad really say Canada has a new leader instead of the NDPQ has a new leader. He should have added, and I promise to ignore and kill off all industry in the west, and take it over.
    Redali’s NEP 2 has disappeared from her candidates. I will ask the pc guy that question at the all candidates meeting next week.
    Another question I want answered is, changes are coming to the OAS in a few years. At the present time when a person is on AISH or other provincial programs the cease when that person turns 65. So far I have heard no provincial govt say those programs will continue till age 67. And considering that those on aish with severe disabilities have never held a job so will have no cpp to help them out.

    • Sandy says:

      Mary T. That issue did come up at the time of the recent budget. What I recall is that the federal gov’t will be reimbursing all the provinces for any benefits normally stopped at age 65. So, the provincial programs will continue to age 67 with the feds picking up the tab for the extra two years. I haven’t got a link off hand but that provision was in the budget bill.

      Hope that info helps.

  36. fh says:

    anyone know who is behind this slander note word “may” ie “Tories may have broken http://vancouverobserver.com/politics/2012/04/09/republicans-ground-canada-helped-elect-harpers-tory-government

  37. fh says:

    Mary T
    Flaherty stated that he will be discussing the continuation of provincial aid to seniors after age 65 to age 67 and that the federal government is prepared to help the provinces with this additional financial burden
    more fear mongering by opposition

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