Bypassing the Media Elitists

The second edition of 24 Seven has been released.

At first I wasn’t quite sure what to make of this production, but it is an interesting behind-the-scenes look at what the Prime Minister is doing.

And best of all, it has caused certain members of the Media Party to totally flip out at the prospect that we actually don’t need them to interpret what we see, and interject all sorts of prickly questions.

Who knew?


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You can follow Prime Minister Harper’s first trip to the Middle East here.

Harper feels no need to temper sugar with vinegarThe Jerusalem Post:

In contrast to the hypocrisy Netanyahu bemoans, along comes Canada’s Harper and shows a very different way.

Israel: The Defining Speech of Harper’s CareerMitch Wolfe, HuffPo:

…This is Harper at his best — thoughtful, sensitive, principled, hard-nosed, tough, supremely confident and fiercely independent of morally relativistic and conventional international opinion…

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328 Responses to Bypassing the Media Elitists

  1. Liz J says:

    That’s great, long overdue.

    I watched Skate Canada and saw pictures of the GG and his wife but had no idea Laureen Harper was there.

  2. bluetech says:

    Love it! A bit of humour of course for a finishing touch!!

    • fh says:

      I saw PM Harper take that candy as the video was finishing and say don’t film that cute PM very human thing to do and say

  3. Bubba Brown says:

    Oh my goodness cue the outrage!
    The MM have been punked!
    To complain that PM Harper is in campaign mode when JT seldom shows up for work and got caught pushing his expenses off on us is just so MM.
    Now if Junior good Genes was doing this they would be sitting in a puddle of their own making.
    I think it is great! Get the good news out there, the difference between MM and a dog is that the dog stops whining when you let him in the house.
    Slightly OT
    Saw a young lady from Saskatchawan on the news feed she is wearing a t-shirt with
    “Got Land”? on the front “thank an Indian” on the back.
    Best answer re comments; on the front “Got Free everything”? on the back “Thank A Taxpayer”

    • fh says:

      Bubba that is priceless t- shirt recommendation can anyone get it done
      ” on the front ” Got Free Everything”
      ” on the back ” Thank a Taxpayer”

  4. Richco says:

    I posted about the launch of this here last week and commented how I thought it was brilliant and that it allowed to see Harper first hand and not through the media’s filter.

    It’s ok that you all missed it. I write too much some days.

    • Richco says:

      I also mentioned that he looked very good with children.

    • fh says:

      This post would not have been missed if you had your own Blog
      I am not computer savvy so would not be able to take on a blog I do have more time but I am not brilliant enough
      Jo is brilliant and we all appreciate her hard work
      I missed your post about the launch a week ago
      I do not suggest you start a Blog but I try to point out some advantages to having your own Blog
      Thank you for all your comments they are always appreciated

      • Joanne says:

        Jo is brilliant and we all appreciate her hard work

        Heh. Brilliant? I’m not sure about that. I would say that you guys are carrying the ball for me these days and it is much appreciated!

        Busy days and it’s going to get busier very soon.

  5. Paul says:

    Screw the MSM. They will run pro-Trudeau propaganda for the next 2-10 years.
    Eat shit you elite morons.

  6. Bec says:

    I got these on my FB feed and was very excited about the concept but especially FINALLY communicating the real humanity, professionalism and overall great guy that we have in this Prime Minister.

    It’s simple, it’s candid, it’s quick while still immensely informative and IT’S ABOUT TIME!
    Showcasing a Coast to Coast to Coast, well rounded, CANADIAN Prime Minister was not rocket science and now we have what the loons in the media party wouldn’t do.

  7. Richco says:

    O/T – Re: the hypocrisy of an aging (and irrelevant) rock star. A column penned by a Conservative MP.

  8. Ruth says:

    do the people in Thornhill and Niagara Falls know that they aren’t voting for Justin or are they thinking his name will be on the ballot

  9. Bubba Brown says:

    Good one Richco, thank you!

  10. Bubba Brown says:

    Now this just showed up in my mailbox
    Now I am thinking this is a real good idea.
    Tomorrow I’ll be joining the Prime Minister as we depart for Israel, I don’t want you to miss out on this historic trip to the Holy Land.
    You can be a part of the trip by bookmarking our special-edition newsfeed at Make sure you stay in the loop as the Prime Minister visits Israel, the West Bank, and Jordan.
    Better yet, sign-up for regular updates — they’ll be delivered right to your inbox!
    I hope you’ll follow us as we promote Canadian values like freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law.
    Get Updates
    I signed up !
    By pass MM they are just speed bumps on the Conservative information Highway.

  11. fh says:

    wow jt caught stealing from taxpayers it was a mistake seen on MM immediately apologizing everything hunky dory
    Shelly Glover not so much

  12. fh says:

    sorry I forgot to include this information
    Shelly Glover blasted by Robert Fife on CTV and who did they interview Charlie Angus who was recently found to have committed an Elections Canadad nono Two bank accounts?????????

    • Liz J says:

      There’s little doubt the maggots are and will be working hard on both the Liberal and NDP campaigns against the Conservatives at every turn right up to the next election. They want to have the Liberals under Empty Everything Trudeau to become PM and Mulcair to be the Official Opposition, that would be their dream scenario. Their hatred for PM Harper and his Conservative Party trumps all, including what’s best for the country.

      There are signs the people are waking up to their game, many are tuning out their crap in the media across the board. The print media are dying a slow death, the hosts on the political shows are shamelessly showing extreme bias and people are taking notice.

      • monkey says:

        Unfortunately a probably over 50% of Canadians (note you only need 40% to win a majority) want this outcome. A lot of Canadians believe bigger government will result in a more egalitarian society. What they forget is the amount of wealth a country has is not fixed, otherwise screwing the rich doesn’t make the poor less poor. Rather you get equality by making everyone equally poor like Cuba does. Unfortunately far too many by the idea that right of centre politics only benefits the rich and those who are not wealthy would be better off with bigger government. I am not part of the 1%, but I know full well if the left had its way I would be worse off, possibly unemployed.

    • Mary T says:

      I fully expect Fife to have a heart attack during one of his blasts about some conservative. He gets so excited. Wonder what member of the janitorial staff gave him his info.

    • fh says:

      CTV are relentless with this non NON story
      Shelly Glover did not receive one nickel
      end of story
      jt received money and was required to pay it back

  13. fh says:

    sorry !!!!!!
    Canada not Canada d

  14. Richco says:

    Please check out Christie Blatchford’s column on how Olivia Chow’s trying to eek out a legacy for herself and Layton by moving on her book launch. Timing, is everything and what Blatchford has to say is well worth a look at her column.

  15. Gabby in QC says:

    Another O/T …
    An idea whose time has come: eliminating per diems for parliamentarians
    John Ivison said the same thing last week on P&P.

  16. Anne in swON says:

    Robyn Urback nails it: “Those Ontario Liberals, man. First they offer free gift cards for those who suffered food spoilage during the Ontario ice storm last month, and now they’re offering a loan break for students who volunteer during the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto. Someone get these guys another term.” There are two small catches – “this OSAP break can really only be taken advantage of by students in Toronto or neighbouring regions for the summer” and “students with bank loans, personal loans or no loans are out of luck.”

    • Liz J says:

      It’s getting more disgusting by the day. Hopefully people have the brains to realize the economic situation in this province and look past their noses to figure out what Wynne and company are doing, shamelessly buying votes to advantage Toronto and environs.

      • Richco says:

        Unfortunately for us Liz J. It’s the large urban no-brain set who are threatened most by Hudak and the PCs so I’m already hearing that they’re pulling out the stops in Niagara re: influx of teacher union and other unions on the ground canvassing, but from a relative who was visited by them, they’re canvassing for the Horwath NDP, NOT the Wynne Liberals.

        Remember what happened in Waterloo?

        I’ve also heard whisperings that there are a half dozen or so school boards who have not settled contracts yet, LARGE boards, and if they’re ticked off enough at the Liberals their next stop would be the safety of the union-friendly NDP.

        Watch the dance between Olivia Chow and Andrea Horwath nicely dovetail as Chow’s book tour and popularity ramp up as she contemplates a run at Rob Ford’s chair, AND how Mulcair deals with that and Chow’s possible leaving him.

        • Sandy says:

          Yes, we are expecting a barrage. But, the signs are going up already and today when I was out all I saw were signs PC Bart Maves.

          Truly, this election will show the will of the silent majority.

          There are core liberals and NDP in Niagara Falls itself but in the end, getting out the vote is what will matter.

          PCs, thankfully, tend to vote in large numbers. So, I am thinking positive knowing that more people are fed up with whining “teachers”(NDP or Liberal) going door to door selling the status quo or more of the same, than retirees and entrepreneurs (PCs).

          • Richco says:

            The polls have the PCs leading in both ridings.
            Take that with a grain of salt though because we all know how right the polls have been before.

            Also, it may be designed to make the PC relax and keep the vote at home…which is NOT what we want to happen.

            • fh says:

              I think you are right on the polls Richco
              we must work even harder not less hard we need to elect our PC candidates

              • Richco says:

                I hope neither you or Sandy watched Global’s Focus Ontario this evening.

                Allan Carter was really good as usual, very clever in his comments and delivery but their media guest G&M’s Rawanski predicts the NDP will take Niagara and Liberals will take Thornhill. John Tory thinks the Liberals will take Thornhill but wouldn’t commit to a Tory win in Niagara either.
                There was a comment made, don’t recall who made it that Hudak’s shying away from his Right To Work push and that’s creating some uncertainty within the ranks.
                It’s more frustrating by the day.

              • Joanne says:

                but their media guest G&M’s Rawanski predicts the NDP will take Niagara and Liberals will take Thornhill

                Then it’s “theirs to lose.” 😉

              • Sandy says:

                Something else just occurred to me. Richco said at 8:03pm that Hudak is changing his focus on the Right To Work legislation. ‘

                If it is true, what a brilliant move!

                Think about it. Rank and file PCs really don’t care all that much.

                And, that is the ONLY hammer the Working Families have against Hudak and the PCs — he will take away your union rights folks.

                Well, if he isn’t going to do that, they have no argument that the sky will fall if the PCs get a majority government. Hahaha.

              • Joanne says:

                I agree that Hudak should soften that right-to-work proposal a bit.

                The major focus should be on providing an environment in Ontario that encourages industries to locate and stay here; thereby providing jobs.

            • Sandy says:

              There is so much spin going on by the Liberals and NDP. I like Carter but not Rawanski. I have to admit living here and talking to people that I just don’t see the NDP winning here. I really think some media are trying to move the narrative in that direction in an attempt to make it happen.

              • Sandy says:

                I have a Townhall on Tuesday evening with Bart Maves & Hudak. They are being seen and heard here.

                A little secret that is not really a secret. Niagara-on-the-Lake (NOTL) has between 12,000 and 15,000 voters which tend to put one candidate or the other over the top. Happens provincially and federally — that NOTL votes, which usually come in last, alternate between Liberal and Conservative. But, NEVER NDP.

                Hudak and his entire family are from Fort Erie. I think his parents are still there. So I think Bart will do well there.

                In other words, I remain upbeat! Remember, this is Rob Nicholson’s federal riding. It just doesn’t make sense for the same voters to vote conservative federally and then NDP provincially. Liberal, maybe. But, not this time given the Liberal record and Craitor gone.

              • Richco says:

                “Think about it. Rank and file PCs really don’t care all that much.”

                That Right To Work legislation IMO is the one piece of Hudak’s platform that he was brilliant at sharing and conveying. It was also what set him apart hugely from the other two parties.

                With all due respect Sandy and I understand your reasoning for saying so but if he backs away from it it’s a mistake because he’s backing away from the one huge elephant in Ontario’s room, that of union bullying and thuggery and that discussion that Hudak started with the proposal of Right To Work, they told us, was gaining popularity within the union workers.

                If he drops it now it says he cops out.

                He’s shying away from the one thing that I believe he’d be elected on. No gut, no glory and all of that.

                What puzzles me about Radwanski’s comments on the NDP is that he’s usually lines up with the Liberals.

                Here’s his column from late last week

              • Richco says:

                I have to defer to Sandy because she seems to know her voting community best here, and I certainly hope you’re right.

                That media trying to move the narrative also includes John Tory.

                Also before you pass that judgement you might want to watch Focus Ontario which airs this morning again on Global.

              • Sandy says:

                Given my post today I have obviously changed my mind about the RTW legislation platform plank. The last thing we need is to get wishy washy again like John Tory. Harris called a spade a spade and won big time. Remember the screaming in 1995 about the heartless Harris going to reduce welfare and stop welfare fraud. Oh yes, and Workfare. Worked. Separated what the parties stood for. Anyway, check out my update. Fascinating.

              • Joanne says:

                Mmm.. Well I have some catching up to do but it does seem like a good idea to take a stand. The WynneWath coalition won’t like it but that’s ok. 😉

            • monkey says:

              I think the PCs are the favourite to win Niagara Falls, but far from a certainty. The problem is by-elections typically have turnouts of 30-40% so it depends far more on who shows up than the general mood. London West and Kitchener-Waterloo are not NDP ridings by any stretch of the imagination yet the NDP won those. Lets remember the unions will spend whatever they can on winning this and unfortunately there is no group to counter them.

              As for right to work laws, I fully support them, but think Hudak should ditch the idea not because its a bad idea, but because it might cost him the election. A better solution is for the Wildrose Alliance to make it part of their platform in the next Alberta election. If it works there, then it might be sellable in Ontario, but if it won’t fly in Alberta, it certainly won’t fly in any other province.

              A possible compromise might be to allow individuals to donate the equivalent or greater of their union dues to a charity of their choice. The unions will oppose this, but at least this would avoid the freeriding problem while at the some time allow those who oppose the union’s left wing agenda to not have to fund it.

  17. Martin says:

    If Olivia Chow does embark on a cross country trip to flog her book, parliamentary auditors might want to take an eagle eye to her expense invoices. Even more so for Tom Mulcair after his pious remarks thursday about MP mixing business with private endeavours. While she has paired her expenses somewhat from the $3000/day that Layton and her chalked up, she still is on the high side of spenders among GTA area MPs.
    If she gets to be mayor of Toronto, as she seems certain to run, I just hope they can afford her.

  18. fh says:

    Prime Minister Stephen Harper : A voice of principle

  19. fh says:

    I am no longer able to follow CTV on line without letting them put a third party cookie on my computer
    No loss to me they just lie lie lie

  20. fh says:

    this is a link to the holier than thou Liberals Senator Colin Kenny
    or has he stepped down? does that mean he is no longer a Liberal
    he asked his staff paid by taxpayers to organize his personal life
    Is that why JT sent his speaking expenses to the taxpayer?

    • Liz J says:

      Funny, eh, silence is golden when it’s about a Liberal of any stripe who gets caught fiddling with the rules.

  21. Anne in swON says:

    MP Shelley Glover has instructed her riding office to return the money according to her spokesman, Mike Storeshaw. Let’s see if this story gets sidelined as swiftly as the Trudeau double billing.

    • Richco says:

      Of course not Anne.
      This is the next in line for the left-leaning-scandal for NEXT week.
      And why not?
      They have nothing else to fight with now that the PM’s on his historic and very well-received tour in Israel.

      FYI – the Toronto Star editorial today was really quite funny. They did there usual best to criticize Harper over his new un-media filtered videos covering his day-to-day duties. Try as they might though, and through a lot of empty words they still praised Harper for his stand on being a friend to Israel.

  22. Anne in swON says:

    O/T Neil Young just might want to check his facts for accuracy with this report published by The Royal Society of Canada Expert Panel: Environmental and Health Impacts of Canada’s Oil Sands Industry, December 2010 which states, “The possibility that health problems might be caused by exposure to environmental contaminants was reviewed and it is unlikely that current levels of exposures will bring major health impacts. In particular, there is no credible evidence to support the commonly repeated media accounts of excess cancer in Fort Chipweyan being caused by contaminants released by oil sands operations. ”

  23. Anne in swON says:

    Statement from Tim Hudak: ““If elected Premier, I want the people of Israel and the Jewish community here at home to know they have a friend in Ontario.”

  24. Richco says:

    I hope the PCs do well in the byelections.

    One thing that’s always bugged me, and it’s bugged me with Ernie Eves, John Tory and in the beginning Hudak, is that none of them had a very good comeback or counter point to make when the media, oppositions and Working Families Coalition bad mouth the Mike Harris government and accuse them of being like Mike.

    Why not just come straight back with any of the following:

    “The Mike Harris government was good for Ontario. We fixed it when the NDP left us in a mess and we can clean up after the Liberals too.”

    “So what, if you mean to say that Mike Harris did what he said he would do and made Ontario a better place to live and do business, then I am PROUD to be a part of a party with that legacy.”

    Anything’s better than shying away from a policy that’s going to be hard won. Harris wouldn’t walk away.

    Actually, the new Michael Harris, the MPP for Kitchener-Conestoga was interviewed by Allan Carter last night on Focus Ontario and he actually DID fight back in favour of Mike Harris. It was very refreshing. I wish they’d all do it but mostly I wish that Hudak would not back off his Right to Work plank. Changing course in an election is what got him in to trouble last time. If he’s not about this plan any more I’d sure like to know because it’s attractive for us here.

    • Joanne says:

      I’ll have to check out Focus Ontario. Missed it last night but it usually repeats Sundays at 11:30. Michael Harris is a real up-and-comer in the Tory caucus.

      • Richco says:

        He sure wasn’t afraid to stand up to the Harris legacy.

        It’s worth a watch Joanne, if, for no other reason you get some context re: the predictions made for the byelections.

        • monkey says:

          I agree Mike Harris has a legacy to be proud of but I’ve been shocked how many people hate him with a passion and many in the 905 belt. I lived in BC at the time so maybe didn’t understand the local politics well, but many seem to think he cut way too far. I disagree with that, but as Canadians I find many tend to focus on the equality aspect too much and not the prosperity enough. Most people I talk to think they are hard done by and screwed by the rich (even many making over $50,000 a year) and seem to believe if we had bigger government they would be better off even though all the facts suggest otherwise. What Hudak needs to do is find a way in 10 second sound bites to explain how the middle class is not disappearing in Canada (in the US maybe, but we are not the US) and that all income brackets improved under Harris. If you go over the statistical data, this will be verified, but its tough to explain it to an average person in 10 seconds (as that’s all people will listen to). The success of the left is they are able to make good 10 second sound bytes and many unfortunately buy their arguments. Anybody here have any good suggestions as I can refute all the union’s and left’s assertions in a paragraph but not in a 10 second sound byte.

  25. Richco says:

    Here’s the part of Radwanski’s column that speaks to what Sandy is getting in her earlier posts I believe:

    Although Radwanski is spinning himself with these paragraphs because the Right to Work legislation would NOT dismantle the unions. It simply gives union members themselves rights which they currently don’t have. If Radwanski and the unions feel that giving members those rights would kill the unions then I think that Hudak’s on the right track.

    “Now, based on conversations with party insiders, it’s an open question whether right-to-work will make it to the Tories’ platform. There appears to be some doubt about whether the policy can find enough traction with people who aren’t reliable PC supporters to begin with.

    To be sure, there are good reasons for the Tories to think twice before going all-in on effectively dismantling unions. Evidence is inconclusive as to whether right-to-work actually helps economic growth. The Liberals could mount a potentially persuasive argument that any extra jobs would be more than offset by lower wages. As even Mr. Hudak has acknowledged previously, private-sector unions have in recent years proven reasonably flexible in working with employers to try to keep jobs in Ontario.”

    • monkey says:

      Both sides could make a strong argument on facts in relation right to work laws. Right to work states have lower wages on average (thus giving credence to the left’s argument) but median wages have risen faster in right to work states than non-right to work states (thus giving credence to the right’s arguments). Up until recently most right to work states were in the South where wages have always been below the national average, but so is cost of living, thus the reason why they are lower. Also when you say making Ontario more like Mississippi or Alabama, that can be quite effective as most tend to have negative views of those states not due to economic policies but due to their history of slavery and segregation and even though unrelated using the right slogans can be quite effective. That’s largely how Harper destroyed Ignatieff and Dion. As I have always said, I think Ontario needs to adopt them eventually but let’s start in Alberta where the resistance will be less and if it works there, then it will be easier to do in other provinces than now.

  26. Liz J says:

    Straight line thinking is strong among union supporters, it’s all about them. Politicians have to branch out and consider many factors when making policy, coming up with the right ones, the best for the common good is no easy task. Dealing with unions is easy for NDP and Liberal leaders,it’s a tradition, they cede to their demands.

    Hudak needs to explain his plan well, they need to meet halfway and come up with a plan that will save jobs, stop the bleeding.

    Heaven forbid we get a NDP government, they were part of the reason this mess was allowed to proliferate, an example of the rape and pillaging of a province.

    • monkey says:

      I once worked for a unionized company in the private sector and over half our staff were on the political right. The real problem is nowadays most unionized members work in the public sector not private sector. As Hudak alluded to many in the private sector unions would in fact be quite supportive of the Tory policies (even if their union leaders don’t). Its the public sector unions who won’t for their own self-interest. In the last BC election, almost all unions including the construction one backed the NDP, yet after the election the construction union leader admitted most of his workers backed the BC Liberals (who despite their name are centre-right unlike the Ontario Liberals) so I think the PCs can do well amongst private sector unions, but not public sector unions. We will only win those voters if after being laid off they find a better job in the private sector and realize how ridiculous their views were. An example I am thinking of is Hudak privatizes the LCBO (which I really hope he does) and an LCBO worker loses his/her job but starts up their own liquor store and ends up doing better as an owner than worker and then realizes Hudak was right after all. But unfortunately such workers will be the exception. The good news is most Ontarioans don’t work for the public sector so if the PCs built a large enough cushion amongst those who work for the private sector they can still win.

  27. Richco says:

    “Hudak needs to explain his plan well, they need to meet halfway and come up with a plan that will save jobs, stop the bleeding.”

    On this one issue he speaks to it VERY well IMO.
    Because I believe it’s something he believed in.

    I don’t believe that the rank and file union members are as opposed to it as we may think. Actually, privately I’ve had teacher union members tell me they like the idea, and because when each of them votes it’s just them and the ballot – no union bosses looking over their shoulder, it could be a winner for Hudak.

    Perhaps Paul has a better handle on how it’s playing out from his perspective?

  28. Richco says:

    For those looking in from outside of Ontario and for those needing a refresher on how really good the PC white paper on Flexible Labour Markets is, here’s a link to it to read for yourself.

    There’s also a bit of a ripple to the idea of giving workers the right to choose, in the “A New Deal for the Public Sector” white paper:

    “Path #8 – In our earlier paper on labour reforms we suggested an end to compulsory union membership dues. We believe this is especially applicable to people like managers, program supervisors and senior policy advisors in the Ontario civil service. We need to give them the opportunity to bargain individually for their compensation, if they choose not to be represented by a union.”

    It further occurs to me that having read Radwanski’s column and Sandy’s response to question Radwanski’s tact for the column in suggesting that Hudak’s holding back, and why we would believe him on that score. Obviously Sandy thinks Hudak’s holding back is good strategy while I don’t.

    Did Radwanski just do what his column set out to do, which is to cause doubt in normally confident PCs as to their leader and the policy he’s committed to? Yes. He did.

    • Richco says:

      If Hudak did back off he’d be accused of having a hidden agenda by the same and usual suspects, so why not continue with the really great support and research that went in to those white papers?

  29. MadMacs of Bytown says:

    According to the Newstalk 610CKTB twitter feed, all Niagara candidates will be taking your calls live on the Jim Fannon Show at 12 noon eastern.

    • Joanne says:

      That could be interesting! Looks like the NDP candidate is a member of Big Union. (President of local Unifor)

      • Richco says:

        Thanks…will tune in.

      • Sandy says:

        Wayne Gates has run in upteen elections for the NDP and always lost. For example, he ran against Rob Nicholson in the spring of 2011. I have no idea why he is now running provincially other than someone obviously convinced him he might win.

        Yes, he is a NF Councillor but he is also a blowhard, former CAW head, etc. etc. etc. Totally union which means he is extremely unlikely to win no matter how many media want him to.

        For instance, the editor of the Niagara Advance (NOTL’s weekly) wrote a big story about him last week and only in the last paragraph did it hint that he hadn’t even been formally nominated yet. And, I just read an opinion piece in Niagara this week that it should be a shoe-in for Gates.

        Nothing was written in either paper about PC Bart Maves.

        But, here is a link to the history of this provincial riding.

        Note that only three times since 1919 has a left-wing party won. 1919 (Labour), 1943 (Co-operative Commonwealth/CCF) and 1990 NDP under Rae in an anti-Peterson fluke election. In 1919 it was immediately after WWI. In 1943 it was during WWII.

        All the rest of the century went either Liberal or PC. So, you can see why I am skeptical of all the rhetoric coming from the media.

        The polls and media were totally wrong in B.C., I believe they are in for a shock here as well.

        I have to admit something though. A year ago during the nomination process, my husband and I and entire family and friends supported someone else other than Bart Maves. Yet, because he had been an MPP he was chosen over our candidate. So, for party solidarity, my husband will be going door to door soon with Maves.

        But, there is a negative factor re Maves. Bart lost to Craitor in 2003 and again in 2007. Not a good record to run on IMO. But still, I just can’t imagine the entire riding going back to the war years.

        Wow, it just hit me. This by-election, my BLY friends, is showing that we, as a society, are in the midst of a left-wing union war, backed by a progressive/liberal mainstream media.

        • monkey says:

          The NDP certainly won’t win Niagara on the Lake, but the problem is more people live in Niagara Falls and Fort Erie than there where they could potentially do well if turnout is low and their supporters show up. The NDP got 25% last federal election with a turnout of 60%, so if the turnout was only 30% (which is not uncommon for a by-election) and the NDP brings out all their supporters they could potentially win. I’ve said all along, the NDP won’t win this in a general election, but a by-election is a different story. I still think the PCs will win this, I am just saying an NDP win is possible in the by-election although not the general election.

      • Richco says:

        will be interesting to see if Mr. NDP big union can sway voters from the Liberals, where they’re presumably parked now, to switch to the NDP. THAT has always been the strategy predicted as necessary if the NDP win ridings and eventually elections.

  30. Sandy says:

    My husband just made a statement that definitely calls for a post at Cotm. The media’s narrative pushing the NDP candidate in NF is an example of electile dysfunction!

    • Richco says:

      “The polls and media were totally wrong in B.C., I believe they are in for a shock here as well. ”

      The polls are saying that the PCs are ahead in both ridings currently. That’s common sense for me, the shock would be that the polls are correct this time :-)

      Let’s hear what the locals have to say on Jim Fannon.

      • Richco says:

        here’s a link to Byelection Barometer polls. You’ll have to scroll down to find Thornhill and Niagara Falls.

      • Richco says:

        It’s actually not a call-in show. The host just said no calls. It’s all the candidates one-on-one with the host.

        Host is giving each candidate a time slot to speak on their top 3 local issues. Fannon does NOT want canned party key messages or party lines. He wants each candidate to get specific about how their 3 issues relate to Niagara.

        The Greenpeace candidate is first up with Maves asking to next at 12:30 with the rest drawing straws for time.

        Host suggests that usually being the last speaker is the optimal spot because it’s the last word.

        I think I’ll take a pass at listening. I was hoping to hear the call-ins.

        • Richco says:

          Scratch that – the Greenpeace dude is just the guy who spent time in a Russian jail. No link to byelection.

          Maves up next.

    • Richco says:

      “electile dysfuntion.” Good one Sandy’s husband. It’s only dysfunction though because it’s not favourable in to the liberal left media though, right?

      • Sandy says:

        IMO its dysfunctional because in the past, the media used to give equal time to each party. Reportage versus opinion on everything.

        • Richco says:

          Except that the Focus Ontario show which we started discussing, wasn’t done in that type of format where each candidate gets a shot. The discussion was on the byelections in general. Moderator asked guests to predict results and they did.

          • Richco says:

            Maves is sounding very easy and confident. He’s being specific about how the Liberals killed horseracing in Fort Erie, now they’ve turned businesses away from the Niagara region through high energy rates that hurt them.

            Stressed that “We (the PCs) know how to turn the economy around.”

            Talked about being personally well-liked by people from all parties.

            Opposed to the Liberal “taxing sickness”.

            Open more outlets to showcase Niagara wines made with Niagara grapes.

            Maves spoke NOTE FREE.

            Now THAT’S a politician!

            • Sandy says:

              Yea, he’s good. The candidate we had favoured wouldn’t have been able to handle this level of stress. I am now glad its Bart because he knows how the system works.

              • monkey says:

                I hope you are right on the PCs in Niagara Falls. I totally want them to win, but I guess my pessimism has more to do with how things have come this far and just how many people by the Union’s garbage. The one hopeful is sign is many I talk to privately aren’t as left wing as the nosiest.

  31. fh says:

    10 TOP Ontario Scams and Scandals
    thanks to Jo’s twitter

    • Richco says:

      Ezra calls Young out very nicely in his Toronto Sun column today. Don’t have a link to that. I hit a pay wall. I have a hardcopy.

  32. Anne in swON says:

    According to John Tory (Focus Ontario) the NDP will take Niagara Falls and Thornhill will go to the Libs. What’s his problem?

    • Richco says:

      He’s not a Conservative :-)

      • Richco says:

        On second thought maybe HE’S the media culprit contributing to electile dysfunction Sandy’s hubby was talking about?

        • Liz J says:

          Anyone voting for either the NDP or Liberals in this province has a dysfunction a little higher up, in something we call a brain.

          • monkey says:

            John Tory is sort of like Joe Clark or Robert Stanfield. A nice guy with good intentions, but doesn’t seem to understand the rough and tumble of politics. His predictions may be right, but I think the PCs will win both albeit not by a huge margin.

    • Sandy says:

      Anne — John Tory’s problem is that he doesn’t seem to have a political bone in his body.

      I mean, he is a former leader of the PC Party. Why is he saying what he is saying?

      He is saying it because, like Joe Clark, he is clueless. I mean, this is a guy who held a safe PC seat, quit and ran against Kathleen Wynne who everyone but him knew would win again. He picked another seat and didn’t win that one either.

      Nice guy apparently who doesn’t know when to stop talking.

    • Bec says:

      “Electile Dysfunction” is positively brilliant and your hubby is one funny guy.

      After reading the many, many comments from concerned Conservatives on this thread and others, the concerns are very real.

      I would have to add that ‘Voter Voodoo’ is the strategy of the left in Ontario.

      It is truly a confusing state of affairs when this once proud Province allows such extreme incompetence and “dysfunction”. …..and it says a lot about the selfishness of Unions with their ‘only we matter’ strategy. It does become a way of life mentality, I too have discovered where once fiscal minded people become followers of the ‘entitled to their entitlements’. Not all, but many.

      I really hope someone or something snaps the Ontario voters out of their trance.

      • Joanne says:

        “Electile Dysfunction” is positively brilliant and your hubby is one funny guy.

        I’ll second that Bec! I also like your ‘Voter Voodoo’ reference.

        I wonder if the labour movement will coalesce around the union candidate much they way they did in Kitchener-Waterloo. I sure hope that doesn’t happen but who knew Catherine Fife would pull ahead of the Tories and Liberals there? That was a real upset.

        • Richco says:

          “I wonder if the labour movement will coalesce around the union candidate much they way they did in Kitchener-Waterloo.”

          I would bet on it Joanne. I also have heard that NDP folks down that way are missing Peter Kormos….even though he represented another riding.

  33. Bubba Brown says:

    Sounds like the Blue Brigade is all fired up!
    This just in I wonder how JT’s Liberals did?
    Thank you!

    We did it together!

    Despite the constant attacks from Justin Trudeau and his allies in the Ottawa Press Gallery, we had our best non-election year ever.
    We raised more than $18 million in 2013 – best non-election year ever
    We raised more than $5.2 million in the last quarter of 2013 – best non-election year Q4 ever.
    We raised more than $600,000 from online donors in December alone – best month for online fundraising ever.
    Thanks to you, we met – and greatly exceeded – our Seize the Moment goal in December.
    With your help, 2014 will be another great year for our Party.

    Forward! In spite of all the screechin’ preachin’ Maggot Media.

  34. ed says:

    Wow, that’s terrific, Bubba Brown!! Good shall prevail. :-)

  35. Bubba Brown says:

    Yes Ed we are staying strong!
    Slightly O.T.
    This is a Sun story about Niel Youngs “Indian Chief ” seems to be doing a little moonlighting, you be the Judge.
    Selling Canada and our prosperity one photo-op at a time.
    This needs to be shouted from the rooftops and shut down these Tides people are interfering in our Democracy.

    • fh says:

      Powerful expose thanks Bubba

    • Liz J says:

      We can only assume Indians are above the laws of Canada. Since they lay claim to most of the lands the white man has developed through tough slogging and hardships over the centuries they now demand compensation at every turn. Wonder where they’d be if we hadn’t developed as a country? How much is too much beyond ancient treaties?

      If we don’t put a stop to outside funding of anti-oilsands zealots we could have what is akin to terrorist acts. Our government needs to stop mollycoddling or we’re going to be in serious trouble.

  36. Anne in swON says:

    Tim Hudak needs to make his voice heard on this: “Premier Kathleen Wynne says she’s supportive of an Ontario Public Service internship program available only to self-identified black females.”

    Did you notice the word ONLY? She does, however, say, “”I don’t think that it’s an either/or,” she said. “We have to be very clear about hiring people on their merits…”

    It won’t stop there. The OPS is considering doing the same for those of East Asian and South Asian descent. The article doesn’t say whether these particular programs would be offered to both sexes.

    What about the rest of the public sector workers? Where do they get a hand up? Queen’s Park, we have a problem. This same tactic was tried by the NDP under Bob Rae and were denounced by the general public. It reeks of racism and sexism IMO.

  37. Tripper523 says:

    I had an encounter with another “media elitist”… Kevin Page, University of Ottawa egghead with an entry in the Red Star… >> Of course I wouldn’t expect him to pinpoint a problem other than “our PM and the current administration”, even giving kudos to MP Michael Chong for starting something “beneficial”. If he was Canada’s first parliamentary budget officer and has 27 years in public service, then I see him as shooting himself in the foot. If our institutions are indeed to be overhauled, then the Senate would be the best place to start, along with a few other think-tanks and research bodies which syphon public funds.

  38. Bubba Brown says:

    Here is another story on Lib fundraising not quite as cheery lol
    The Liberals are racists to give preferental hiring to any particular race.
    To preferentaly hire on account of gender is biased bigotery.
    The only critera should be the best person for the job JMO

  39. ed says:

    Bubba Brown, that’s quite a shocker even though we’re not surprised by anything that the left does these days. Great find by you. Yes, this article has wings. I’d say this story is going to explode across the country. Anytime you see mention of “Tides” your antenna goes up. Good and evil, yeah. You have to think that given all the BS we’re fed. It’s really bad. I’ve always believed much of what passes for news these days is highly orchestrated by the left. So, yes, Canadians must be made aware of the massive interference in our country by the American left. I’m sure Canadians will be outraged.

    Bubba Brown, I took the following quote from the article you posted:

    “The same IRS disclosure shows Tides made 25 different payments to Canadian anti-oilsands activists in a single year, totaling well over a million dollars.”

  40. ed says:

    Great post, Joanne. I believe that’s the only way to go – to reach all Canadians with the facts, the truth, and that Canada has been exceptional going forward. Canadians need to be inspired by how great this country is and how Canada is becoming a model for the world. It’s the only way to hear the positive news about our country that makes us proud to be Canadian. All the MSM does is portray Canada in a negative light. They depress Canadians with their constant BS.

    So, yes, the Canadian government has to get the truth out to Canadians with precise and concise reports on a regular basis through any and all forms of communication in order to reach each and every average Joe in every square mile of this country. The Liberals have their tool in that the CBC reaches every nook and cranny in this country and we have to counter that blatant bias and BS. imho

    • Joanne says:

      Thanks Ed. Yes the Canadian Government is very wise to use social media tools.

      And if we want an opinion from MSM we are clever enough to figure out how to get one.

      • monkey says:

        As someone who has travelled a fair bit and is quite knowledgeable about the rest of the world, I don’t think most Canadians appreciate just how lucky we are. A lot on the left talk about a society that doesn’t exist anywhere in the world, but more what they would like the country to look like but cannot find a real world example of one. Even when they compare to the Nordic Countries as many do, I correct them that the Nordic Countries have a generous social welfare state and high personal income taxes, but low corporate taxes, few regulations on business, and relatively little state ownership. In fact the heritage foundation in its economic freedom rankings puts Denmark as 10th (higher than the US or UK) and Sweden at 18th (only slightly below the US and UK) so if anything it seems the Nordic Countries are doing well because of how much economic freedom they have, not because economic freedom doesn’t work.

  41. Liz J says:

    Wonder if Wynnemill has read about PEI windmill fiasco?
    Apparently some sport facilities/rinks were talked into converting to expensive wind power which resulted in no savings and lots of technical problems.

    They’re trying to get rid of the problem plagued contraptions they went into debt for to the tune of $70,000 bank loan topped off with $230,000 from provincial and federal governments.

    The excuse from the turbine nutters? Well, the problems were being caused by cold weather, light wind and poor location!!!!!

    • Anne in swON says:

      This is from a link at sda:

      This turbine was a project of NextEra Energy Resources which has several projects in Canada. One of these is a solar ‘farm’ located near me. They’ve also planned the wind farm in Richco’s neck of the woods. Scary stuff.

      • Martin says:

        This is absolutely the worst foreign wind concern operating in Ont, it is well known for bully tactics against residents, See the link above for 4 examples of corporate excesses and still the Wynne government tolerates this kind of conduct.

        • monkey says:

          I don’t know of anywhere where wind power has worked. Its not just PEI where its been a bust, in Europe too. And unlike Ontario, PEI is surrounded by water so if it cannot work there, it sure as heck won’t in Ontario.

          I know this is an overly simplistic argument but it seems not just on this issue but most the NDP and Liberals create policies based on how they would like things to be but show complete disregard with how things really work, while the PCs look at what works, not at what sounds the best.

      • Richco says:

        It’s why the Liberals will not be reelected in this riding for a very long time Anne. I’ve seen the plans that this company has and it’s obscene.

        • monkey says:

          For curiosity, which riding as I always like to get the ground view of different ridings. I live in Trinity-Spadina which is an NDP-Liberal battle and off course I usually only hear the left wing views. That being said many people who work where I live, live in the 905 belt and are more favourable to the Conservatives.

  42. Anne in swON says:

    Surprise, surprise! By refusing to meet with CAPP he may as well be saying, “It’s my way or the highway.” Maybe he doesn’t want to face facts.

    • Bec says:

      These artistic arses do this all of the time re the oilsands and in Young’s case, his ‘lalalalala’ management of this invitation, exposes his soapbox conveniently wears blinders.

      These people are clueless when it comes to THE FACTS as they are clueless how positively stupid and uninformed they look.

      The hypocrisy of this Canadian of convenience is not unlike so many of his 1%-er friends in the entertainment business. Their mouths are way bigger than their intellectual knowledge. Especially on the subject of the Oilsands.

      • Martin says:

        Young and his fellow activists are very selective as to which energy companies they protest. NexEra the above linked wind company was documented removing a bald eagle nest in Haldimand Co to make way for a wind turbine. No coverage of this by national media, although it is the thing Young and they would normally be against. Imagine the outrage if this had been the work on one of the oil sands companies. Consistency is not a strong feature of the California protest crowd.

    • Liz J says:

      Old Neil knows he knows nothing about the Oil Sands and any meeting would highlight that fact and show just what an ignorant fool he is on the subject.

      • Anne in swON says:

        I’m guessing that the idea of a ‘neutral’ moderator may have gotten his knickers in a twist. Who would have been his choice to fill that role? David Suzuki? And there wouldn’t have been an audience for him to hoodwink.

  43. fh says:

    we must not become complacent in our support of PM Harper and the Conservative Party
    Canada is too important
    Do we want what has happened in Ontario to happen in Ottawa?
    Sponsorship scandal has left us worried and rightly so

    • Bec says:

      Liberals have money now to spend on their party, not because of a show piece, pretty boy but because of an astute, bad storm navigator, the Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his team.

      The Libs spending money on fundraising efforts for this leader is like the intoxicated groupie picking up the tab after a flying high concert.

      Liberal voters are bandwagon fools. Just look what they have done to the South of us. They do this in this Country too because they are not voting for the welfare of a country, they are voting FOR welfare.

  44. fh says:

    bio diesel fuel stations
    Victoria BC
    I couldn’t find a map for Calgary Alberta

    • Bec says:

      Because ‘bio diesel’ in Calgary is called ‘walking’ or ‘biking’ or ‘transit’ . WE use our own biology….AND brains….. but maybe not for long with the current City council and Mayor.

      I just watched for the first time, in my adult lifetime, the City of Calgary, in the early stages of Winter (i.e. Jan) remove snow from side streets. ( estimated expense from layman, 10 million)
      WE then got a Chinook. ( that melts our snow and something we have always counted on)

      Here is Calgary, with this Mayor and council, we could become Ontario.

    • fh says:

      Niel Youngs buses bio diesel???????

      • Bec says:

        WELL if Neil Young’s buses ARE bio diesel, he may be a no-show. One can wish. (and to think I grew up with this idiot, own all his albums and can’t wait for my summer bon fire, dissing those like him with arrogant contradictions and vanities.)

        What is up with Canadian success story idiots? Other than they are/were indulgent fools on a pre death guilt trip?

  45. Richco says:

    I heard today that if the McWynnety Liberals do well in the byelections that Wynne will most likely drag out an election call to either June or July.

    Not entirely sure if I buy that only because I think with municipal elections in Ontario this year it would make them really close together.

  46. Richco says:

    Brilliant strategy by Hudak! Keep tying the NDP to be as bad as the McWynnety Liberals they continue to prop up. They are one and the same, either of them will continue to sink Ontario in to an economic wasteland.

  47. Richco says:

    They can spin it any way they wish (and the left-leaning twits ARE doing that today), but in the end the CPC are still coming out on top when it comes to fundraising.

    The Liberals are singing this morning because seems they’ve found their cash cow in Justin. Now tell me. In which other profession would you find customers throwing money at pretty men strutting their stuff on stage?

  48. fh says:

    Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper visits Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah at the presidential palace

  49. fh says:

    PM Harper to speak live on sun or CTV right now

  50. fh says:

    hard working Conservative Government of Canada

  51. fh says:

    we hear lots about youth unemployment now we see Liberals in Ontario have worst in Canada

  52. fh says:

    worst record in Canada

  53. Bubba Brown says:

    A thought from an old guy, my bday was friday I am now just 5 years from my 3 score and ten.
    Anyway every dollar the girlys tuck into lil Justins red thong is one less that NDP-Q can acess.
    I hope they both steal one anothers supporters/voters/contributers.
    Could be much worse a divided enemy can be easily beat, see Valley of the Little Big Horn.
    The one thing that kept Jean Chretain afloat was the divided vote amongst Conservatives.
    Junior is still stringing platitudes together like pop-corn garlands.
    Please continue beating your head against a proven track record the best economy in the West.
    The oppo’s have what to offer?
    On the one side you have a pretty face with no substance, just substance abuse.
    On the other you have an angry hairy face, that wants to shut down our prosperity sands.
    BTW I want Niel Young to be asked if he is part of the conspiracy that is using paid agents to disrupt our economy and break our peace.
    Cheers Blue Brigade!

    • Richco says:

      Happy Belated Birthday to you Bubba!
      You’re still a young man according to the “new” normal guru of birthdays.
      It’s just a number.
      I hope I never grow up completely.
      What a drag that would be :-)

    • fh says:

      Happy Birthday Bubba hope this year is one of your best

    • Liz J says:

      Belatedly wishing you a Happy Birthday Bubba, and a super year too.

      My husband’s family just lost a centenarian this past week, she was one month into in her 103rd year so you really are just a spring chicken!

    • Bec says:

      “A thought from an old guy, my bday was friday I am now just 5 years from my 3 score and ten.”

      A Spring Chicken there, Bubba. Congratulations!
      Happy Birthday and you are wisdom and fun, personified. Thank you.

  54. Gabby in QC says:

    Transcript of PM Harper’s speech before the Israeli Knesset (parliament) here:

    And I add my belated Happy Birthday wishes to Bubba.

  55. Richco says:

    It was an awesome an historic speech.
    He did his country proud.
    I especially liked that Harper didn’t miss a beat and continued to speak in the face of those hecklers who tried to disrupt things that took all of about two minutes tops yet is getting way too much attention from the usual media types who like to poke sticks at the PM’s accomplishments.
    Although, I did notice that on CBC especially and over at the National Post when they tried to make the hecklers the story, they had a tough time doing so in balance with all the good our Prime Minister did today.

    Quick note – I am very afraid for the Sochi Olympics in the face of new threats by terrorists to kill tourists. We spent a portion of our holiday just past talking one of our children out of accepting a one-in-a-lifetime chance at working at Canada House solely for security and safety reasons. We’re now glad we did, although a handful of classmates are going. The Americans have prepared an exist plan so they can get their athletes, coaches, supporters out of Russia asap if anything happens. I hope we do too.

    • Joanne says:

      Missed the speech. I sure hope it’s available online somewhere.

    • Liz J says:

      This will be one of the most stressful Olympics ever, we will all be on edge for all involved from athletes to tourists.

      It’s almost impossible ensure safety from the craziest people on this earth today.

      • Richco says:

        This from SNN’s David Akin a few moments ago. He is with the PM.

        Earlier some Palestinian journos. tried to report a lie. I did see this story posted a few hours ago at NNW but is has now disappeared thanks to those ethical Canadian journalists who witnessed things and can attest to what was bound to end up being a “faux” scandal for Harper here by the usual suspects.

        “Palestinian journalist(s?) create complete fiction. The Canadian media pool were there — not me but journos from Global Television and Canadian Press — and they filmed and witnessed the whole photo opp — and have no evidence that anything barely resembling the account here occurred.”

      • Richco says:

        I’m fearful for folks going there.
        Now with things in Ukraine boiling over, I just don’t trust Putin’s guarantee of safety.

      • monkey says:

        Why the heck did the IOC choose Sochi to begin with. Its right next door to Chechnya which is a hot bed for terrorism so seems like a bad choice on that fact alone. Salzburg or Pyeongchang would have all been better choices. That being said I hope nothing happens. For all the talk about the dangers of the extreme sports being added to the Olympics, I think the risk of being killed by a terrorist attack in Sochi is far greater than doing an extreme sport.

  56. Tripper523 says:

    CONGRATULATIONS, Bubba, on making it to the “Old Age” pension!! I’m not all that far behind you… I hope we can get past that “3 score and ten” threshold and defy the odds for longevity on this crazy planet. At least we can abide in the fact that we live in the best country, and may it always be so. Kudos to PM Harper for his steadfastness while speaking to the Knesset. Lord knows, he’s had lots of practice staving off hecklers in the Canadian HOC, what with the cronies of the Empty Suit, bearded Porn Star, Gangreenies, and Blockheads perpetually chipping in.

  57. Gabby in QC says:

    NDP MP Paul Dewar apparently is still smarting from the disappointment of the collapse of the 2008 Liberal/NDP/Bloc coalition robbed him of his “entitlement”: being named Minister of Foreign Affairs, as was rumoured during the heyday of the coalition. Perhaps that’s why he is so critical of the Harper Government’s position on Israel and other Foreign Affairs positions.

    During the power panel’s discussion of the PM’s speech, motormouth Lib. Susan Smith referred to Canada’s previous stance of “honest broker” which according to her most Canadians favour. My question to her, which nobody thought to ask her, would have been: what precisely has the “honest broker” stance yielded as a concrete result? What did that accomplish under previous governments?

    • Liz J says:

      Susan Smith is still around and the Liberals are trying to attract support? I find her even more obnoxious than Elizabeth May.

  58. Bubba Brown says:

    Thank you all for your kind sentiments
    I retired at 60 used my Boilermaker pension to bridge to 65 did I go too soon?
    Eight immeadiate family members have shuffled off this mortal coil in the last year.
    I am healthy, fiesty and do my best to enjoy my wife and my 46 years of marriage every day.
    I am rich in the things that truely matter.
    Reading PM Harpers speech to the Isaraeli Parliment gave me a heart felt lift.
    I have not read a speech since Churchill himself that gave me that feeling.
    The finest sentiments of human nature are expressed in single words
    “Many can be expressed in single words: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope”
    “Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb”
    Both quotes W Churchill

    PM Harper is making progress each and every day, May God continue to bless him and his Leadership.
    We as Canadians are truely rich and blessed also, we must never, never allow the nay-sayers and malcontents to ruin this great project, this Canada, our Canada, proud and free.

    • Joanne says:

      Andrew Coyne’s column is getting a lot of praise from people I follow on Twitter.

      • Liz J says:

        As a Liberal how could he go on the wrong side of right on this issue? His LPC is plenty concerned about how PM is doing the right thing, we’ll see if any of their jealousy seeps through in the coming days.

        I’m sure they’re really gobsmacked at this point as PM Harper is standing so tall, speaking from his heart, his speech did not have a ghost writer, his views have long been well known.

        • Joanne says:

          Good point Liz!

          • monkey says:

            Not a huge fan of Thomas Walkom in the Toronto Star but he did point out the official policies of the Liberals and Tories aren’t actually that far apart. The biggest difference is more the Tories play up their pro-Israel stance while Liberals have to tip toe carefully. On the one hand they used to do very well amongst Jewish voters, but they are also quite strong amongst Muslims unlike the Tories. According to Ipsos exit poll in 2006 it was 54% Liberal and 25% Conservative amongst Jews, while in 2011 it was the inverse with Tories 54% Conservative, 25% Liberal. Amongst Muslims it was 46% Liberal, 38% NDP, and 12% Conservative in 2011.

            That being said I think we should stand fully behind Israel as the only democracy in the Middle East with strong human rights. The only thing I would change is reach out to secular Muslim countries like Turkey and to a lesser extent Indonesia. Otherwise we don’t oppose Islam, we oppose theocracies like Iran and Saudi Arabia.

  59. Tripper523 says:

    You’re right, Richco and Blue Brigade members… This could be a very exciting Olympics in Sochi, but for many of the WRONG reasons. With such an extreme and relentlessly hateful stance displayed so brazenly by these terrorists, it seems that they win almost no matter what. By doing the deed, of course is the worst, but then there’s always the intimidation factor and the fear that there can never be enough safeguards to ensure the safety of the athletes and everyone else involved, including families and friends among the spectators. This is a major event alright, and the disruptors are focused-in because the world will be focused-in. What better spotlight for mayhem and targeted destruction, and big-time free advertising for their twisted beliefs and sneaky sabotage? I sure hope it can be defended against, but I’m losing my confidence in this whole affair, especially when I read such articles…

  60. Richco says:

    On a very positive note Tim Hudak was really good on Byline tonight.

    He was confident, relaxed and he looked very much at ease among his media friendlies.

    Best of all, Brian knocked a Mike Harris ball in to his court and he banged it right back, and took pride in what Harris accomplished and the fact that Harris and his government left the province in much better shape.

    Hudak also took a swipe at the union stranglehold on the province too.

    Well done Tim. More of the same please.

    • Joanne says:

      Good to hear! I’ll have to check that out too.

      • Richco says:

        We knew THIS was coming and so would Tim Hudak’s advisors.

        He needs to smartly face this head-on and fight back on what he believes and what’s in his white papers.

        Remember that this IS the Star, the voice of the unions pretty much so it’s predictable that they’re ramping their base up with stuff like this.

        • Joanne says:

          Mmm… Interesting.

          “While Hudak has low-balled that controversial strategy during a byelection campaign in union-friendly Niagara Falls..”

          Niagara Falls is union-friendly? I didn’t know that.

          • monkey says:

            I think unionization rates are slightly higher than the province wide average, but a lot depends on what types of unions they are. The Tories do okay amongst private sector unions, its more the public sector ones they do poorly amongst. Besides Oshawa is a union friendly riding yet votes Tory. One thing people forget is unions tend to make above average salaries and if you have above average income, tax cuts rather than more spending has its appeal. Also most in the private sector unions understand their high wages will only last as long as the economy is strong. By contrast in the public sector, they operate totally different. Hudak even himself mentioned once his beef was more with public sector unions than private sector ones.

      • Joanne says:

        O.K. I finally watched it. Yes Tim Hudak did a great job on Byline!

  61. Richco says:

    If it smells like a campaign tour, looks like a campaign tour, it probably IS a campaign tour.
    In this case it’s nicely disguised as Olivia Chow’s book tour and the left-leaning media is fawning on right on schedule.
    All that’s left is pure formality.

  62. Liz J says:

    At this point I cannot stand the sight of Wynnemill running around spinning and spending while we’re going deeper into the quagmire. She’s shamelessly campaigning, these buy-elections are her stepping stone to the big one which could happen if there are enough stupid voters to elect even one Liberal.

    • monkey says:

      I get the feeling people are starting to say enough. Hudak is not very popular, but as the old saying says, governments don’t win elections, they lose them and the Liberals are doing an excellent job to lose them. I also think their pension plan could hurt her. It won’t help the baby boomers who generally vote as they will pay higher premiums with no additional benefits. It supposedly will help those in their 20s and 30s, but that group has a low voter turnout and I think the big issue for them is jobs, not retirement. With many struggling to get by, having even less disposable income won’t go over well. I think she is doing this to fund the unfunded liabilities for union pensions. With the amount unions have done for her, she has every reason to pay them back. Otherwise as the old saying says you scratch my back I scratch yours, so the unions scratch the Liberals back and the Liberals scratch theirs back.

  63. jad says:

    A picture is worth a 1,000 words – with thanks to small dead animals

  64. Bec says:

    Tripper 523 @ 10:21pm 1/20/14 said:
    “With such an extreme and relentlessly hateful stance displayed so brazenly by these terrorists, it seems that they win almost no matter what. ”

    I don’t want anything to happen, nothing at all but if it does during an event like this perhaps the terrorist apologists from the media left and politics will get a wake-up call that these people don’t care about their support.
    They won’t care if these people are one of their enabling friends. If they are there in their way, they too will be a victim.

    The entire World should be on the same page when it comes to anything that resembles terrorism and it cannot matter how old a terrorist is (cue jailed Canadian O.K)

    But…..unfortunately there are many apologists who put us all at risk and to have them experience ‘TERROR’ first hand, well it just may sort their values to a different order.

  65. Sandy says:

    I am sick and tired of the Toronto media thinking the Niagara Falls riding is the same as Welland and KW. It is not. I am also sick of people saying we are “union friendly.” That is a media pushed narrative.

    Feel free to leave the URL for my post today wherever you read that. It is pure hogwash. The NF riding voted NDP once, in 1990, the only time since WWII, and that was only because voters were angry at David Peterson for calling an early election.

    This riding is very wide and covers the tourism oriented entrepreneurs in NF itself to tender fruit and grape farmers and the wineries in NOTL. In other words, the issues that concern people here are not the same as those in the KW tech industry.

    The media is pushing NDP candidate Wayne Gates, a union boss, who has lost every federal election he ever ran in. Now, he is trying provincially. Who on earth wants the equivalent of Sid Ryan as our MPP.

    I don’t mind fighting fair but this union friendly stuff is ticking off a lot of locals. Guaranteed, there will be an anti-NDP backlash. In fact, it has already started.

    • Joanne says:

      Good stuff Sandy! I hope the good people of Niagara Falls really prove MSM wrong.

      • monkey says:

        Its definitely not like Welland and its also quite different than Kitchener-Waterloo although if you used target numbers (as they do in Britain for ridings) it would probably rank higher than KW, but still somewhere around 40, which the NDP is highly unlikely to get next election. I really hope they are proven wrong but I’ve found by-elections to be more about who gets their supporters out than actual results. I am originally from BC and back in 2012 the NDP picked up Chilliwack-Hope and Port Moody-Coqutilam, the first being usually very anti-NDP and the second one they only win in the best of cases. Sure enough in the general election, they lost both and in the case of Chilliwack-Hope it wasn’t even close. If I was betting money on this I would put 60 PC/30 NDP/10 Liberal in terms of odds.

  66. Bubba Brown says:

    It seems that the speech that our PM gave at the Knesset upset the two Arab members.
    Predictable and boring, all they have to offer their people is a “DePape”
    In other words a silly, inappropriate juvenile protest
    God forbid that they actually forgo their victimhood and offer their people actual adult, focused leadership.
    That will happen about the same time CBC has balanced reporting.
    Like so many of the opposition in this Country, drama is all they have to offer.
    Wynnie the serial tax and spend unelected incompetent is still delivering “chickens”
    Like a room temperture IQ “wet end” “Nigerian Letter scam particapant” she is going to keep sending cheques, because King MoGo Bogo’s nephews father-inlaws cousins poodle needs help recovering the “lost gold” which will be shared with her.
    That is the good news.
    Bad news is she is sending your money to the scam.
    Classic, delusional Liberal behavior, they say they will not force their beliefs on you, liars, they will tax your great, great, grandkids to pay for their beliefs and delusions.
    Whether their beliefs are “renewable energy” or a sex ed program designed by a serial pedophile.
    As the terriosts play their bloody games, a rule of thumb is that if they are not losing they are winning.
    If the Government or in this case the whole world is not winning they are losing.
    What do they want exactly, are we to regress 1000 years ?
    Idiotic Politicians that think they can “reach out” or find “root causes” are part of the problem.
    They won’t get it until their wife’s and children are in the bite.
    IMO re-education is a waste of time eradication does however show promise.
    As the Marines are wont to say “We will arrange your trip to paradise”
    I see that 20 prominent Canadians support Niel Young?
    Seems to me 20 out of 35 million ain’t no big deal and Mr Young is entitled to his POV.
    But so are we, 34,999,980 Canadians did not vote for that.
    Were the 20 bought and paid for too, or just lefty artsy fartsy types?
    Don’t think the “Party of Niel” has much going for it, just sayin’

  67. fh says:

    boy that did not take long PM Harper is copying “sharing common ground with Pierre Trudeau”
    Chantal Hebert

    • Martin says:

      Only a Star columnist could come up with a whopper like this:

      “Harper’s staunch pro-Israel stance is credited with pushing ridings that are home to a strong Jewish community in the Conservative election column. It also plays well with the evangelical base of his party.”

      Where is the slightest shred of evidence to support her claim?

      • Liz J says:

        How do we even have a chance to deal with such absolute hogwash? They have a soapbox from which no one can counter or question anything they say no matter how outlandish until it has done it’s damage.

      • monkey says:

        The part of pushing ridings with large Jewish population into the Conservative column, I would tend to agree. Thornhill was the Tories fifth best showing in Ontario while in 2004 and 2006 the Liberals won by 20 points. Likewise the Tories nearly won Mount Royal which not too long ago was referred to as the safest Liberal riding in Canada. Although I think Harper took his positions out of principle not politics and any benefit is more collateral although I am sure Harper is happy with that.

        Despite being a Star columnist, I found Chantal Hebert probably the most balanced of the columnists. Heather Mallick and Linda McQuaig are the worst and I never read either. Never mind Mallick has bad grammar and writes as speaking like a conversation rather than proper written form.

    • Bec says:

      Comparing Stephen Harper with Pierre Trudeau is like comparing an Eagle with a Magpie.

      What a ridiculous column she has written.

      • Liz J says:

        How it would cross her mind to be making such a comparison at a time when PM Harper is on an historic visit to the democratic state of Israel and Pierre Trudeau’s admiration for Castro and his Cuban dictatorship seems to be more than a just a brain fart, it’s ludicrous.

        • Martin says:

          The reverse of her statement, suggesting that Lib/NDP foreign policy was designed to appeal to their anti-semantic base, would generate cries of outrage and rightly so. Why is it not possible to support Israel from a basic principled stand?

          More along this vein is a column by John Ivison suggesting the whole trip is a pre-election ploy.

          But are there enough Jewish dominated ridings to influence a national election? I doubt if very much.
          The Toronto media seems to have lost the plot on this story.

          • Bec says:

            “The Toronto media seems to have lost the plot on this story.”

            Have they ever!

            It can’t just be ‘what it is’, a powerful ,complete leader delivering a powerful, complete address to an ally and friend.

            The T.O. media cannot decipher statesmanship and especially leadership.
            When they do this (all of the time) they expose themselves as political morons and hopeless groupies who fancy rock stars rather than rock solids.

  68. Bubba Brown says:

    One of these things is not lke the other.
    Chantal Hebert seemingly cannot tell the difference between a Dictatorship that enslaves it’s people and dissapears dissadents, and a thriving Democracy.
    Israel is the only place in the middle east that is a democracy, hello Chantal?
    Cuba is a thug regiem.
    Ergo Chantal is a JT Liberal?
    But somehow, someway the Trudeau name must be mentioned, Pierre’s unpopularity with actual World Leaders was understandable.
    Cuba wanted to NUKE America.
    Pierre’s unpopularity came from his abrasive, rude, in your face childish behavior to other World Leaders.
    As Nixon famously said “that A******e”
    Trudeau senior was assesed by the US state department as having an “an ifantile desire to shock”
    Page 33 “The Truth About Trudeau” cue the piroutte.
    His little trip to Communist China and his book “Two Innocents Abroad” could well have been called “Two Idiots Abroad”
    To compare him to our PM Stephen Harper is grotesque and to say he blazed a path?
    Really Chantel will you next mention Girly Night and how cool Justin is.?

    • monkey says:

      Not the greatest article of hers. She is one of the better Star Columnist and one of the few even when I disagree with her who usually has intelligent articles. I would say a better comparison is more style of governing as both were seen as quite top down. Also both were very polarizing as most either loved or hated them and both generally wanted to change the direction of the country. Harper’s strong support for Israel is controversial, but still the right policy. Trudeau’s staunch support of Cuba was popular amongst some segments particularly in his home province of Quebec (never mind Anti-Americanism was quite rampant during his era so anything that poked them in the eye was generally popular, whereas today Canadians seem more secure about who we are thus why there is less anti-Americanism), but definitely not a policy I support. I am all for ending the US embargo act but permitting travel and trade to the country doesn’t mean you have to endorse the government’s policies. After all the US trades with China whose human rights are as bad as Cuba, but unlike Trudeau they’ve never called China a model to copy.

  69. fh says:

    Interesting US Secretary of State Kerry and Israeli PM Netanyahu

  70. Richco says:

    Good for David Akin for getting this out there. “Harper heckler got it wrong”

  71. Jen says:

    Negev Dinner 2013 – The Stephen J. Harper Hula Valley Bird Sanctuary Visitor & Education Centre

    Check out AVI MAYER twitter, he lives in Jerusalem and who is giving daily account of PM Harper’s tour.

  72. fh says:

    Do not panic folks it is global warming!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    oh …………. it is ok …………. it is after all Climate Change
    Biggest scam ever in all of history
    Al Gore and others need to pay for this propaganda

    • Liz J says:

      If there ever was a person who should be charged with climate fraud it’s Al Gore! He promised we were going to burn and we’re having the coldest, stormiest winter in decades.

      How can we get a movement going to denounce the Elmer Gantry of the global warming scam and expose him for the charlatan he is?

      How do we get the word to all the school children in this country who were exposed to his film, the biggest scam of the century?

    • fh says:

      this just in New Climate Rigging Scandal Rocks US Government
      just the facts folks

      • monkey says:

        I believe the earth is warming based on average temperatures, but the warming has been far less than the alarmist predicted as well as the earth’s climate naturally changes. I would describe myself as one who believes in global warming, but not manmade global warming, but rather just part of the natural cycle. Despite the fact this past winter has been one of the coldest in quite some time, globally temperatures have been warmer than normal. But if you look throughout geological history the earth’s climate has ranged from snowball Earth (one ice age around 650 million years ago saw the ice sheets extend to the equator) to tropical even at the North Pole. As recently as 12,000 years ago, ice sheets extended as far south as New York City. Likewise around 1000 AD based on plants grown, Europe was warmer than today.

  73. Liz J says:

    The PM’s Speech to the Israeli parliament was outstanding, so much so the maggot peckers have had to stray far off course, far from the message to find fault.
    The pathetic ones who are spouting off about this all being an election ploy to grab Jewish votes is an insult to all concerned. PM Harper has never wavered in his support for Israel as a democratic state and it’s sincere, far beyond the petty politics played by those who are as low as gutter snipes. At times like this it’s clear why the print media scribes and leftist journalists on the tube are losing the battle of truth vs fact, fact vs opinion. We’re slowly seeing through their game, we are able to find facts on our own and form our own opinions from those facts.

    • Martin says:

      The problem with commentators claiming the visit is a ploy to attract Jewish votes (Ivison, Solomon), is that another group (Hebert) claims it is a sop to CPC evangelical base. On the face of it, are these two strata of voters not somewhat mutually exclusive? Hebert and Ivison should sort this out the next time they meet in the CBC studio. It is important to get the party line straight for media to have any credibility on this story. Support for the only democratic country in the region should not be that hard to understand. I am guessing most Canadians see that.

  74. Liz J says:

    Rob Ford…….pssssst, smarten up and fly right….. actually growing up would be a start.

  75. Gabby in QC says:

    More good news about Canada …
    Canada Passes U.S. in Bloomberg Ease of Business Ranking
    By Theophilos Argitis Jan 21, 2014 6:01 PM ET
    “Canada, struggling to emerge from a two-year slump brought on by weak exports, has swept past the U.S., Germany and Japan in a Bloomberg ranking of the best countries for doing business.

    Canada rose four places to reach second place, behind only Hong Kong, which led for a third straight year. The U.S. fell one spot to third place in the index that’s based on six criteria, followed by Singapore and Australia. …”

    • monkey says:

      Imagine how much better we would be doing if we got rid of the Ontario Liberals. Canada maybe doing well as a whole, but thinks to the incompetent McWinty government, our largest province is holding the country back. Maybe we could be number one once the OLP is turfed from office.

  76. Jen says:

    Home >

    Canadians ‘taken aback’ at Arab MKs’ heckling of Harper
    By David Horovitz January 21, 2014, 9:51 pm 29

    Abbas was also “asked by Canadian media to criticize us,” but “refrained from doing so,” added Kenney. “I mean if the president of the Palestinian Authority could do that, I would hope that a member of the Israeli Knesset could.”

    Read more: Canadians ‘taken aback’ at Arab MKs’ heckling of Harper | The Times of Israel

    Read more: Canadians ‘taken aback’ at Arab MKs’ heckling of Harper | The Times of Israel

    • Gabby in QC says:

      Interesting observation in the article you linked to:
      “,,, [Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud] Abbas was also “asked by Canadian media to criticize us,” but “refrained from doing so,” added Kenney. “I mean if the president of the Palestinian Authority could do that, I would hope that a member of the Israeli Knesset could. …”

      The Canadian media’s slanted questions were also pointed out by David Akin here:
      “Harper to reporters: Ask some different questions about the Middle East …
      “… after spending a good chunk of his historic 2,400-word speech to the Knesset on Monday explaining that there was no way he was going to single out Israel for criticism in any public forum, Harper must have been wondering why the heck reporters continued to try to get him to do just that.
      So he turned the tables.
      “Yesterday in the Palestinian Authority, no one asked me there to single out the Palestinian Authority for any criticism in terms of governance or human rights or anything else,” Harper said, speaking about the press conference he’d held Monday in Ramallah side-by-side with P.A. President Mahmoud Abbas. “When I’m in Israel, I’m asked to single out Israel. When I’m in Palestinian Authority I’m asked to single out Israel and in half the other places around the world you ask me to single out Israel. …”

  77. Richco says:

    Here’s a surprisingly good column from a “usual” suspect.

    At 6am this morning my car thermometer reached the balmy temperature of -30c as I was heading to a drug store for more cold medication. Unbelievable.

  78. Richco says:

    How much air time and ink will be spent on THIS revelation in the middle of Wynne’s “buy”election?
    LOOK! Another Rob Ford video has surfaced……SQUIRREL distraction from the Liberals…again.
    It’s a little too coincidental for me that when ever the heat builds for the Ontario Liberals a new Rob Ford video and scandal emerges.

  79. Richco says:

    From the Hamilton Spectator – the fleecing of Ontario.

    • fh says:

      sorry I forgot hang out is with Minister Jason Kenny
      and 5 students I am watching now I was out earlier worth your time

  80. Bubba Brown says:

    Another RoFo video?
    I am sure there are more, so , if Rob were only an out of touch, incompetent, unelected twit.
    Thing of it is Mayor Ford has sobered up from all accounts, Wynn is still an out of touch, incompetent twit, flogging dead chickens from door, to pre-selected door.

    Fun is, reading the bile from people like Mr Martin “Power Play Host” currently unemployed due to 24/7 which allows us to see what is actually going on, without him working his negative nelly persona.
    I am not at all suprised that one of the ML that heckled PM Harper actually does have running water and hydro, air conditioning sattelite dish etc.
    Why is there always a big screen TV?
    Will he now go on a hunger strike?
    Actual Journalists in Israel fact checked unlike our own who were gnashing their teeth over being cast into the outer darkness.
    I don’t see the big deal over them being excluded, they will just make s**t up anyway.
    Or write 2,000 words over a dog barking at PM Harpers Limo.
    After the Honour the Treaties snooze-a-poolasa finding out Mr Young has four diesel buses sitting idleing while he warbles through his show.
    Where is the “Chief” ?
    That Tides is bankrolling Mr Young’s show is what we needed to know a big thank you to SNN
    I did ask “Where is Wally” If gentle reader you steel yourself and look at the picture of Niel singing his little heart out, on the stage there appears to be a “cigar store Indian”
    I hope these old eyes ain’t lying to me, it appears to be a wooden Indian.
    Spitballin’ here but for sure “chief woody” probably dosen’t need a five figure “donation” to stand on stage with Mr Young.
    Very ironic that Mr Young makes his home in a place where “negotiating a treaty”
    involved a dawn attack by the Calvary and a massacre.
    There were 18 treaties for California Indians, all unratified.
    Perhaps Mr Young could give that fact his undivided attention and circle his Bio-Buses around the Tribes where he actually lives.
    There is no “U” in the American spelling of honour or “Indians” either.
    Hypocracy writ large JMO

    • Liz J says:

      Bubba, LOL!

      Neil Young might have been traveling around with Kaw-Liga the wooden Indian of song, it sure would be fitting, a great team.

      • Bubba Brown says:

        Thanks Liz J !
        I think Kaliga and Niel make a great team, Kaliga should do all the thinking though.
        Thing of it is that Americans followed the “John Wayne” philosophy.
        To quote the old cowboy;
        “I don’t feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from them. There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves.”
        John Wayne
        Those who live in glass mansions, have multiple estates around the world, and swan around in 4 honking diesel buses and private jets should not criticize the very people who provide the energy that makes their lavish life style possible.
        Shut up and sing Niel.

        • Liz J says:

          Yes Bubba, it’s down to if you talk the talk you either walk the walk or STFU. This applies to Young, Bugs Suzuki and Al Gore, all live large while telling the rest of us to go back to the outhouse era.

  81. fh says:

    Huffington Post Mitch Wolfe
    Israel: The Defining Speech of Harper’s Career

  82. fh says:

    Norway’s oil fund heads for $1 Trillion; so where is Alberta’s Pot of Gold
    wake up Canadians if you want Health Care etc, etc,….

    • monkey says:

      Norway’s an interesting country. Its one of the wealthiest yet has a very generous social welfare system, high rates of unionization, and will mostly market drive, their level of state ownership is higher than most European countries although still lower than what most were 30 years ago. One thing I remember is when at a restaurant I tipped a server 20% like I do here and I got a strange look asking why I was tipping so high as they pay them a lot more so tips aren’t expected.

      Off course when you have oil, you can pretty much adopt whatever ideology you want. If Norway didn’t have the oil they did, they wouldn’t be doing nearly as well. Sweden and Denmark are only doing well as they have low corporate taxes (yes they are lower than Canada) and pro-business policies combined with high personal income tax rates and a generous social welfare system. Otherwise they are only socialist on some issues, not all. Besides considering the cultural differences, I don’t think adopting their system would necessarily work in Canada.

  83. Richco says:

    A terrific column by SNN’s David Akin who has been covering our PM’s trip very well.

    • Richco says:

      It’s truly been a week of honour and distinction for the Prime Minister.
      You do realize that the last laugh goes to all of us who have registered to receive 24/7 video summaries without media filters, right?
      It makes watching the usual suspects trying to drum up faux stories rather funny, because the PM’s found a way to further make the left-leaning more irrelevant than ever before.

    • fay says:

      Yes, Thankyou David Akin!

  84. Martin says:

    Bubba 12:00:

    We have to assume the $55,000 deposit to the Chief is correct, as no one has denied the transaction, or disputed the Sun News story. As I posted yesterday, it is passing strange that none of the national media have shown the slightest interest in the story. A foreign organization sending a deposit to an elected official for exactly What?
    Some of the same media heads get exorcised about American styled campaigning or influence but this is unimportant. We pay CBC over $1B yearly and they maintain a complete PH blogging entity but this story escapes them.
    Suppose the NRA were caught depositing money in a conservative organization’s bank account. Actually I have read that story without any evidence being presented.

    As for the Trudeau Jr invoice mix up, where did that story get to?

  85. Richco says:

    A little trivia from Ontario.
    Kathleen Wynne has held a press conference this afternoon to announce that former PM Paul Martin will be her chief advisor on pension reform AND that Ontario will go it alone on this score.
    For Ontarians this can only mean one thing – more taxes…via the payroll, something that Paul Martin said he’d NEVER do when he was Prime Minister.
    Looks like Wynne’s finally got most of the Paul Martin crew working for her now.
    That’s not going to make the anti-Martin Liberals very happy.

        • Martin says:

          Ontarians should be very apprehensive about any plans Wynne proposes for increased pension benefits. The federal minister responded thusly:
          “Premier Wynne will disadvantage Ontario’s businesses with higher payroll taxes, killing jobs and deterring investment,” warned Kevin Sorenson, the federal minister of state for finance, in a statement.

          More payroll taxes means less competitive business environment and more firms like Heinz and Kelloggs saying farewell to Ont.
          We can expect this to be one of her election promises when she finally calls one.
          Someone should keep a record of the number of panels and bodies Wynne has appointed to advise her, many of them stacked with Liberals such as Martin. One board she doesn’t pay heed to is the Drummond report, set up by McGuinty and quietly shelved ever since.

          • Richco says:

            Further Martin, it will kill small businesses in small and rural communities.

            I believe at last count Wynne’s appointed “panels” was in the 20s. I can double check that. It’s substantial…..and wasteful if you ask me.

            Hey, but it’s what she did when she was at the TDSB. It’s where she honed her skills….gag.

            • monkey says:

              To be fair Martin did call for cutting EI premiums by an equal amount, but somehow I doubt that will happen. Martin for all his flaws at least had some fiscal sense, but not Wynne. She acts like money grows on trees. Besides I’ve always been perplexed politically speaking why she is doing this. It won’t help the baby boomers who are the largest cohort and generally vote. Its suppose to help those in their 20s and 30s, but they have a low turnout and besides few are thinking about retirement at that age. The only reason I can think of is the unions wanted this and she is doing it in exchange for union backing.

              • Richco says:

                If I recall, it was none other than Paul Martin himself who called payroll taxes a “cancer” on the economy.

                Perhaps someone should have clued him in that he was joining the other cancer on the Ontario economy…..the Ontario Liberal party under McWynnety.

      • Liz J says:

        Wynne is a desperate person, desperate to hold onto power in spite of the tragic, disastrous mess made by the government she was a part of before being appointed to take it over. The people of Ontario are the only ones who can stop the wreck, Paul Martin is not going to do it but if he’s silly enough to stick his neck out, let him have at it, he never got over his defeat. Frankly I thought he was busy working on Indian affairs.

        We have to contact our PC MPP’s and tell them to get their act together, keep their heads about them.
        It’s reported Klees is not running again, the media will run with that as a division, timing is poor.

        We need team players, not mavericks at a time when desperate Liberals are pulling out all the stops.

        • Martin says:

          Bob Rae is working for one of the native organizations, don’t know about Paul Martin.

          Latest G&M piece has Martin working for free:

          “Mr. Martin will work for free, Ms. Wynne’s spokeswoman said. He will not receive a salary, stipend or reimbursement for his expenses”.

        • Richco says:

          If it were just Klees today Liz J., that was exceptionally bad timing but the PC candidate in one of the Windsor ridings was let go today also, for being critical of the way Hudak was dealing with the right-to-work issue…or not.

          • monkey says:

            I agree the timing is not great that being said Klees seems to have been a troublemaker ever since last election. He wanted to run for speaker which would have given the Liberals a majority.

            On the Essex candidate, that was a mistake as this is a riding we should be able to win and due its proximity to Windsor I could see why he would be more pro-union. I believe Jeff Watson was the only Tory MP federally to vote in favour of banning replacement workers. That being said by the time of the next election it will probably be forgotten about unless he decides to run under the Liberal banner.

  86. fh says:

    could we be getting closer to choosing life for our future generation? I hope this is the “tipping Point” when we realize we have aborted our future generations.

  87. fh says:

    Ontario wake up
    we need to do our best to look after our wonderful planet but we need COMMON SENSE
    we need to look at the science about climate change and realize it is not our fault and we can continue with progress to a cleaner environment without destroying our economy

  88. Sandy says:

    fh — A blog is not as hard as you may think. When you register with, they pretty well supply the platform. It is very similar to using Word — WYSIWYG –what you see is what you get. There is also a training video and a forum for people with questions.

    Just start small. All you need is an email address and a username. Given the millions of blogs, your username may be taken but it will tell you that and you can try another.

    • fh says:

      Thank you Sandy I am a bit slow on computer so am going to pass on establishing a Blog
      I do appreciate all the hard work you and Jo put into your blogs your topics are chosen with your interest in mind and I feel I don’t always stick to topic
      I like searching for things that interest me
      I am Conservative and do not apologize for that
      My parents were Liberal
      again thank you Sandy and do not hesitate to take time off for Family I hope you will continue with your Blog as I find your topics contribute a lot to all discussions and topics of a political nature
      I appreciate that you are not as Conservative as myself and I like to get your point of view we need to listen and respect all points of view
      I do not follow blindly but no one has been able to convince me to change from my Conservative support
      We have the best Prime Minister Stephen Harper and I am thankful that he is Conservative

  89. Sandy says:

    One more thing regarding having a blog — what you see is what they call “Visual.” The text of HTML is behind the scenes. If you want to see it, you can. If you don’t. You can simply ignore it.

    There are three areas you work in. Pages, which are the header or sidebar pages. Posts, which are what I am commenting under. They go under draft and then publish. The third is what are called Widgets, a fancy name for very little. On the WordPress sidebar, there is Appearance. That is where you fancy up your background or header bar and choose a new theme. The widgets are those boxes on the sidebars. You simply drag and drop and they open and you add what you want, like a logo or the BT aggregator code.

    That’s it. And, you don’t need to know all that right off the bat. One thing a day or one thing a week and you’ve got it mastered.

  90. Bubba Brown says:

    Martin 3:28 if Mr Wright paying the Canadian tax payer back for Mr Duffy’s inappropriate expences is allegedly a bribe.
    What exactly is 55K into an official’s numbered bank account?
    Where are the RCMP on this one?

    • Martin says:

      Good question. Maybe Tides Foundation could provide an invoice as to what service the Chief was expected to provide.

      • Bec says:

        THIS DOES need to be investigated . When a person (like me ) is afraid to say a word because the possibility of legal action is real and they have WAY MORE money than I do, there is a problem.

        I am astounded that our Finance Minister hasn’t put them on the front burner, like right up front.

  91. fh says:

    I am unable to leave a comment on Russ Campbell’s blog
    I left one message earlier that did seem to get acknowledged it has not appeared
    I have not commented before on Rob Ford but I am a retired Family Physician and now recognize that this behaviour requires Rob Ford to discuss this out of control behaviour with his family Doctor
    it could represent a serious medical condition from tumour to epilepsy
    these serious conditions need to be ruled out

    • monkey says:

      I actually think he should resign to deal with his health problems. I’ve heard many say his is the classic sign of alcoholism. Being obese, heavy drinker, and drug user are no laughing matters. If he doesn’t change he could die soon. He should get help so he can be around to see his children grow up.

    • Your comment (January 22, 2014 at 5:39 PM) was received and posted, fh. I moderate all comments otherwise I’d have a bunch of span and disgusting flames on my blog. Sorry I was late posting your comment.

  92. fh says:

    some pictures at Hula Valley in Israel and PM Harper
    Our Pm Harper is Dr. Harper having received an honorary doctorate degree

  93. Bec says:

    ” I think it’s high time to keep a running “list” of the worse offenders within the MSM. ”


    • Richco says:

      It should surprise no one here that I found that I’d rather keep a running list of those media types who do good work, not those this country could do without.

      Remember the days here just before SSN came on the air and the vows of how we’d never need to go back to having to put up with those we didn’t like again?

      Sandy had a great list going at one time of “preferred” journos. Do you still have that in your bag of tricks Sandy?

      • Sandy says:

        Re the list of preferred journos, I’m afraid I no longer have it Richco. I had to switch servers due to security concerns and it obviously got lost in the shuffle. It was not on a post, rather one of those widgets I wrote about last night above. So, it wouldn’t have been saved on the database.

        I personally would not want a negative list on my blog for libel/legal reasons. Remember, every time you trash a journo here by name and in detail, you put Joanne at legal risk.

        Sorry to be a party pooper but we live in a very litigious time.

        • Richco says:

          You’re right Sandy.
          As tempting as it may be to compile a list of names on a list that is in any way, shape or form libelous it’s Joanne’s neck and blog on the line.
          Especially when we identify them by name.

    • Richco says:

      except that to list them you have to continue reading their crap.

    • Richco says:

      Not advisable Bubba for the reasons Sandy has mentioned above.

  94. Richco says:

    Here’s the latest from

    “On January 21, 2010, The McGuinty Liberal government signed a sweetheart deal with a South Korean consortium that plans to invest $7 billion in wind and solar energy projects in Ontario. This deal was untendered and sole-sourced to the consortium led by Samsung.

    This deal is bad for Ontario because it guarantees the consortium juicy rates of 13.5 cents per KWH for wind power and 44.3 cents per KWH for solar power regardless of market conditions.

    This deal also gives an unfair advantage over local wind and solar producers. It is structured with priority access to the grid and incentives of $437 million to be paid to the Consortium over the 25 year life of the deal.

    To add insult to injury, on Februray 11, 2011, McGuinty decided to cancel offshore wind farms after he contracted for turbines to be built. Clearly another sign that the McGuinty Liberals do not know what they are doing.

    This is another blunder by the McGuinty government that is not in the best interest of the province.”

  95. monkey says:

    A side note I was wondering why the blog was changed to Blue Like You from Joanne’s Journeys. Nothing wrong with Blue Like You, but the name Joanne’s Journeys kind of has a good ring to it. Anyways like the discussions on the various issues. I at time get annoyed with the Toronto Star’s one sided reporting although I read it still as its better to know what the other side thinks than not.

    • fh says:

      I believe there was another blog by a Joanne and early on our Blue Like You was being misquoted frequently

    • Joanne says:

      I still have that Joanne’s Journey blog. It’s on a different host server.

      Right now it’s just there as an occasional backup or for when I just feel like trying something different.

      As if I had the time these days…

  96. Richco says:

    More interesting and sleazy things we didn’t know about the Ontario Liberals from

    “Another outrage is the political donations made by municipally owned utilities to the Ontario Liberal Party (OLP). Documents from Elections Ontario show that hydro utilities have been donating continuously to the OLP in past few years.

    OLP has been accepting donations despite the fact that the party’s website specifically states it does not accept donations from municipalities and their related agencies.

    These utilities are also hiring “Liberal friendly” firms to lobby the Liberal government with taxpayers funds.

    More info on this can be found here:”

  97. monkey says:

    I also saw a CBC report from Chris Hall on Harper’s 8th anniversary. Like him or dislike him he is an intriguing leader. I think its fair to say in 2002 when he won the Canadian Alliance leadership, few would have thought he would be prime-minister for 8 years and leading a Conservative majority. He’s biggest strength is he is often underestimated. Also another interesting thing I’ve found is either intentionally or unintentionally he has baited the left quite well. Most on the left assume everyone else shares their same hatred of him so they totally use the wrong tactics to attack him. One thing about being successful in policy and I’ve sort of mentioned this is you have to understand what makes your opponent tick and how to pull away soft voters. Preaching to the choir never works and that’s what the left I’ve find does. They use all the rhetoric that convinces those who would never vote for Harper to begin with he is a horrible leader, but have been unable to reach the swing voters whereas Harper through flexibility and not being too ideological has.

  98. fh says:

    anyone with more information on this iPod tax
    we need to clarify this

  99. fh says:

    Chris Hall’s report has a number or outright misleading statements if not lies
    Liberals under Pierre Trudeau held minority status 1972 109 seats PC 107 seats,_1972

  100. fh says:

    everyone beware of fraudulent e-mails

  101. Tripper523 says:

    Good stuff… “Build up the positives” but we “watchful of the negatives”. That’s correct alright. We’d have to be “reading their crap” as Richco points out! Just an awareness really, and to not be taken in by any of there subtleties. Feeding off and perpetuating the positives, as put forth by those journalists doing a decent and noble work detailing our government’s achievements, sounds like the preferred “running list” we could all benefit from. Perhaps Sandy could be called upon to come up with “the good guys” as she once did in keeping a tabulation of PM Harper’s many noteworthy achievements.

    • Sandy says:

      If I have time Tripper, I will do so. But, it is a lengthy process because I have to switch English into HTML.

      • Sandy says:

        A little tidbit. When I first put up my list, I was doing it by myself with help from regulars like Richco. Then, after a couple of weeks an interesting thing happened. I actually started getting contact form communications from the journalists themselves saying they should be on the list because they saw themselves as balanced.

        One was Jordy Morgan in Nova Scotia. I checked out his stories and found him to be fair so I added him.

        However, for legal reasons I mentioned earlier, I won’t mention one who I definitely didn’t see as balanced — but they saw themselves that way!

        So, the MSM DO read our postings and comments.

  102. fh says:

    this is good news Suzuki admits he’s exaggerating big time Lilley’s pad
    will it start the common sense revolution on climate change? I hope so.

  103. Liz J says:

    Federal Liberals ahead of Conservatives in more meddling polling…should we start to worry what might befall this country if this holds?

    Does anyone else wonder why polling is going on at this particular time?

    Has it got anything to do with the PM’s historic trip to Israel?
    Is anti Semitism factoring in? Sorry, I’m a skeptic when it comes to what motivates pollsters and the people who respond to them.

  104. Liz J says:

    There are some people in politics who are nothing but elf serving Rat Finks. The Ontario PC’s seem to get their share and they get active about the time the party needs to band together.

  105. Richco says:

    So Kathleen Wynne now has a complete set of ditherers on her team. She’s adopted Paul Martin to join Dave Herle, Scott Reid, David Dodge and Tim Murphy in her quest to dig Ontario further in to the deep, DEEP black hole of debt and disgrace. The gang’s all there. If we were fearful before this should scare the socks off of all Ontario taxpayers.

  106. Gabby in QC says:

    Jan. 23 2006: Happy Anniversary, Conservative Party!
    It’s been 8 years since you gained power.
    Here’s hoping to at least 8 more years!

  107. Liz J says:

    So Justin agrees with the PM’s support of Israel but he should be less partisan? Eh, what? What kind of talk is that? PM is there representing all Canadians, even him, it’s the nature of the job, the fact he’s Conservative is what’s sticking in Liberal craws across the board.

    He and his Liberal advisors also may be jealous, after all, the decision to go there was made by PM Harper, AND, he has long been a supporter of the democratic state of Israel. We’ve had decades of Liberal rule and no Liberal PM has made the trip.

    It was a sad day in our history when MacKenzie King turned away a boatload of Jews trying to escape Nazi death camps, something our PM did mention in his address to the Israeli parliament.

  108. Bubba Brown says:

    A sad day indeed Liz J “none is too many” as was voiced by a civil servant at the time.
    Mackenzie King’s Government also interned 22,000 Japanese even though the RCMP said the vast majority were law abiding citzens.
    A Liberal PM.
    Damning our PM with faint praise seems to still be the default position for MM.
    His visit hardly noticed?
    Really some of these MM are wearing “beer Goggles” on that one.
    That Wynn has recruited Mr Dithers for “Help” is pretty bizarre, not a success story IMO
    Wynn is in desperate need of funds, if she can get her hands on Pension Money she will invest in Wynn-Mills.

  109. Gabby in QC says:

    I hope you don’t mind a correction, Liz … actually, then-Prime Minister Jean Chretien visited Israel during a Mid-East tour in 2000.

  110. ed says:

    Bubba, belated Happy Birthday greetings!! Haven’t read the blog for a few days. So much happening. I read news here that the rest of the media might report on several days later or even not at all. Also, we get the details here that go unreported elsewhere. Bubba, what’s this nonsense about you referring to yourself as this “old guy”? Hell, you’re a mere youngster. LOL Wait until you’re ninety to call yourself an “old guy.” And you gotta live to at least a hundred. Me? I’m going to, at least, a hundred and five. I expect my better half to do likewise. Why not!! :-)

  111. ed says:

    The trouble with the Liberals is that they continually project onto the Conservatives the very negative things that they have done and continue to do as a party. Thinking as a Liberal, they can only see Conservative actions as being without merit. For example, the PM demonstrates support for Israel. Instead of seeing it for what it is, standing up for what is right, the Liberals see it only as a tactic to gain votes. This Liberal state of mind is, sadly, their way when in government or opposition. Why? Because that’s how they’ve operated. They find it hard to understand a government that does things for the right reasons. In other words, the Liberals would have no trouble looking for ways to buy the vote and, as such, expect the Conservatives to do likewise. They think the Conservatives would act the same, traditional, way as they would given the circumstances. Fortunately, that is not the case. This government is different in so many ways. It’s a new way thanks to our PM. imho

  112. I argue with the inclusion of 1. Andrew Coyne , 12 Chantal Hebert and 16. Jeffrey Simpson. While I don’t always agree with their opinion, they seem pretty honest to me. Does everyone have to have the same opinion on everything?

    • Richco says:

      Not at all IMO. This isn’t about agreeing or disagreeing with opinion…anyone’s opinion.

      It’s about compiling a hit list of sorts and framing that list with questionable language that could be misinterpreted the wrong way by any who is of the mind to do so.

      I can’t speak for Sandy but I assume it’s a caution on her part as a blog owner herself.

  113. Thanks, Robert. Yes, moderation of comments does sometime take extra time, especially if they come in late in the afternoon.

  114. Tripper523 says:

    Thanks very much for your input, Sandy, Russ Campbell, Richco, Bec, Bubba, Joanne, and everyone. I have no intention of “opening a legal can of worms” for Joanne here, and I look at this as more of an exercise in appraisals of the more notorious members of the MSM. It is strictly a matter of opinion, and of course no one person could ever rate them the same as someone else, or be in complete agreement with the selections. I have to agree with Russ Campbell too, in that I’m not always against “everyone across-the-board”. If Andrew Coyne or any of the others use a sincere presentation of the facts, then I have to respect their analyses on the basis of their honesty and right to their own opinions. It is only the seemingly “deliberate antagonists” who seek to defame and tarnish the PM’s image unjustifably who raise my ire. This is a totally free interactivity here, and no one is bound by anything except his or her own thoughts and personal integrity. WE do seek to accentuate the positive though, so while we keep ourselves mutually informed and equipped, may we do so in the spirit of carrying on the winning formula for PM Stephen Harper’s governance, and celebrate those positive and constructive journalists for the often unenviable task they undertake. If Sandy can still come up with a reasonable list of our media heroes, that would be great, but I wouldn’t want to hold her to it… She, Joanne, and so many others are doing such a great work already that I don’t like to see any further imposition. Thanks to all!

    • Well said! I’m never for “enemy” lists, though, and this sounds too much like one. How about promoting, by naming, journalists who we believe are fair minded and balanced?

  115. Liz J says:

    Now that Paul Martin is no longer in politics, he’s a private citizen who resides in the province of Quebec. It’s quite interesting Wynne would have to go to someone from out of province to help her with her financial mess.

    • Martin says:

      Correct, but Wynne is claiming that Martin is working for free (see above post yesterday) which begs the question how much original analysis is he prepared to do. He does have experience looking at the CPP from his days in Finance.
      The whole announcement seems a bit odd, supposedly they met for 2 hours and Martin agreed to help out. One item mentioned in press release is that reduced UI premiums could simply be converted to pension levys without additional burdens on workers/employers. Obviously neither Wynne nor any Liberal is in a position to change these federal guidelines. This sounds like a left over idea Martin had from the last time he looked at CPP.
      This whole idea sounds more like an election promise than an actual policy proposal.

      • Richco says:

        The Wynne/Martin pension fix doesn’t have any fans at the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.
        They refer to it as a case of “bait and switch”

      • monkey says:

        I am not surprised he is working for free, he is after all extremely rich (I think his net worth is $300 million) so its not as though he needs a salary. I suspect she chose him since he was the finance minister who oversaw balancing the budget federally so he has a certain level of credibility fiscally that Wynne lacks although even he seems to suggest any CPP premium increase would have to be offset by an EI premium cut which I highly doubt will actually happen.

  116. fh says:

    new 24 seven out here is a link
    media call it boring I call it brilliant

  117. Bubba Brown says:

    Well I like the 24/7 updates, a lot, a don’t have some overpaid MM pushing his moosh into the camera and “telling” me all about it.
    Frankly they bore the living s**t out of me.
    Overpaid, overopinioated, and biased beyond belief.
    24/7 is light, bright and informative.
    CBC/CTV is dull, negative, repetative and very, very slanted towards the “talking head” who is overpaid and acts like he or she is the “news”
    I think Peter Mandsbridge et al should quit and run for office, along with Mr Armageddon himself the “Master of Faux Disaster” Saint Suzuki, Mr earthquake himself.
    A two minute conversation with either of these overinflated twits would result in an atomic size 13 1/2 wedgie and a sneaker I could never wear again.
    Just sayin’

    • Richco says:

      I like them too.
      Proof positive that you can circumvent the media that lives to create faux scandals.
      I’m so pissed today that all of the networks with the exception of SNN lead their evening news off with that spoiled brat Justin Bieber story and not that tragic fire in Quebec. Journalism and those who produce national evening news shows should be ashamed of themselves. If that’s what they think Canadians think is the most important thing that happened today then there’s something seriously wrong somewhere.

      • Bec says:

        And they wonder why we are abandoning them in droves.

        I too have been utterly disgusted and await the MM’s further analysis, now that they have started, HOW JB became such a pathetic train wreck.
        Maybe we shouldn’t hold our breath……he’s not RoFo…

        As for the 24/7, LOVE them. They are real, unfiltered, no Hollywood raz-ma-taz and demonstrate clearly what a LEADER looks like.

      • monkey says:

        Actually the National did lead off with the fire in Quebec, although I noticed CP24 spent a lot of time on Justin Bieber. Off course the American media is obsessed with pop star celebrities and any gossip on them is top news. I must say though as someone who posts regularly in the Globe and Mail comments sections I find any topic on Justin Bieber seems to be the one time left wingers and right wingers actually agree (which is that he is a complete twit who is totally overrated) and my apologies to any Bieber fans on this site, but IMHO is he is overrated. Even one poll in the US showed that’s one of the few issues Democrats and Republicans agree on.

  118. ed says:

    Martin says:
    January 21, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    “Where is the slightest shred of evidence to support her claim?”

    Martin, I agree. Certainly not in Montreal. It’s Liberal, Liberal, Liberal. That’s all you hear. So depressing. On too many occasions I wanted to throw a shoe through the TV screen. Here, it’s so provincial, so many with their heads in the sand. The Liberal establishment is well embedded in Montreal. If only the people here would come to their senses, the Conservatives would be home free.

    • monkey says:

      I wouldn’t get too concerned about that, it seems in most countries the major urban centres are quite left wing yet more often than not, their opinions rarely pan out when the country as a whole votes. In the US, New York City, Boston, Los Angeles, Seattle, and San Francisco always go massively Democrat yet the GOP still manages to win sometimes. The same can be said in much of Europe too where left wing parties often win big in the largest city but yet in the last decade have lost most elections. The great thing with the internet is those living in small centres can get their voice out just as easily as those in the larger centres which may explain why the Liberal elites aren’t as dominate as they were 30 years ago.

  119. Joanne says:

    Yikes! 322 comments. I’ll have to get a new post up.

    Preparing for Baby Day is giving me a baby brain. 😉

  120. fh says:

    the whole truth about the importance of supporting Israel in this uncertain time in history can be found at this link
    and we must listen with due diligence and never forget our history when we failed to stand tall
    we are not safe if we fail to listen

  121. fh says:

    ” The smallest minority on earth is the individual.
    Those who deny individual rights cannot
    claim to be defenders of minorities.”
    Ayn Rand
    please do not be too busy to listen and learn from our past mistakes
    let us not repeat the atrocities of the past

  122. Richco says:

    Thank-you Christie Blatchford and the National Post for reminding us what the real news of the day is.

  123. fh says:

    Bruce Cockburn Youtube The Coldest Night of The Year

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