Economic Debate Night

Tonight’s the big Globe debate on the economy and there are multiple ways to watch as detailed here.

I hope to put up a some kind of post afterwards but in the meantime please use this one to comment at any point during the day or evening. I’ll likely add a few relevant links as I come across them.

The following items are reasonably objective and worth checking out:

A pre-debate economic fact checkDavid Akin, Sun

Reality Check: How do the Liberals’ campaign promises add up?James Armstrong, Globe

Trudeau’s Deficit Claim Contains ‘A Lot Of Baloney’Bruce Cheadle, Canadian Press

Auditor casts doubt on fiscal management claims of NDP candidate in Eglinton-LawrenceJoan Bryden, CP

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The Day After

This is actually a pretty funny read at the end about the ‘egg timer': ‘Old stock Canadians,’ egg timer, creepy set top debate’s odd momentsCBC (Yeah, I know…)  I do take issue with the ‘Old Stock’ Canadian thing though. Media’s really trying to hype this up. Another wafer-chase.

Excellent post by Sandy: Globe debate notwithstanding, 15 economic reasons Canada better off with HarperCrux of the Matter

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Draw Your Own Conclusions

More allegations are surfacing from surviving passengers of the capsized boat stating Alan Kurdi’s father was working with smugglers and drove the boat – Syrian toddler Aylan’s father drove capsized boat, other passengers say. (Reuters):

Ahmed Hadi Jawwad and his wife, Iraqis who lost their 11-year-old daughter and 9-year-old son in the crossing, told Reuters that Abdullah Kurdi panicked and accelerated when a wave hit the boat, raising questions about his claim that somebody else was driving the boat…

Kurdi however is quoted as saying, “I thought about driving the boat but I didn’t do it. That is all lies,” he said.” (same article)

Previously passenger Zainab Abbas had talked to Australian media about Kurdi being a people smuggler and alleging that he had driven the boat. But as pointed out in the linked article, Kurdi originally ‘told the media he took over steering the boat after the captain panicked and jumped ship.‘ So it would seem he has trouble keeping his story straight.

CBC apparently felt the need to attempt some kind of reporting on the Zainab Abbas story but made sure they interviewed Tima Kurdi’s husband in Vancouver who calls the allegations ‘ridiculous’ and maintains that Abdullah “doesn’t know how to operate a boat.”

So we are left with a lot of inconsistencies and more questions.

And why does any of this matter? Well for a lot of reasons. First of all this is happening during a federal election. Media and opposition parties were eagerly trying to pin this on the Canadian government, Stephen Harper and Chris Alexander in particular.

When that story began to fall apart due to the fact that a formal application was never actually made on behalf of Abdullah Kurdi’s immediate family, the media and opposition parties then began to either back off the story or continue to push the original misconceptions (i.e. lies).

Last but not least, Abdullah Kurdi has been blaming Canada for the death of his family members:

 Abdullah Kurdi told Die Welt that he does not understand why Canada rejected his application for asylum, although Citizenship and Immigration Canada received no such application from the man.

When Die Welt asked Kurdi whether he blamed anyone for the tragedy, he responded: “Yes, the authorities in Canada, which rejected my application for asylum, even though there were five families who were willing to support us financially.”

At the very least his own credibility is now in question; as is that of certain political and media types who it seemed were deliberately trying to smear the Harper Government.

How this will end up is anyone’s guess but the real harm done may very possibly end up being to undermine our future response to genuine refugees.

One undeniable truth is that a little boy died and that is very sad, as is the death of any child.

The iconic Alan Kurdi photo may have stirred the world, but the ensuing inconsistencies and contradictions in the story may serve to harden the hearts of people who learn to become skeptical and suspicious of media manipulation. (There are even reports of the photo itself being staged and manipulated.)

In other words, we may have been had. But you be the judge.

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Four More Years!!

This is a fairly decent account of last night’s CPC rally in Kitchener.

I’m not sure if the total number of participants is correct but the room was definitely filled to capacity and then some.

I highly recommend that everyone try to get to a rally sometime during the remaining election period. It’s highly energizing and fascinating to observe.

As a bonus you get to witness and participate in an event which will usually only be covered by media looking for a gotcha moment or some kind of sound bite for the next news cycle.

I guess what struck me last night is that Stephen Harper’s popularity in the Waterloo Region is stronger than ever. This was not a demoralized crowd at all.

They were energetic, boisterous and ready to take on the threat from the left.

We do have to be realistic that the Conservative Party cannot remain in power forever. However this current crew of Prime Minister Wannabees is the scariest I’ve seen in a long time.

How about Four More Years of PM Harper while they try to get more credible leaders? It doesn’t seem like a lot to ask.

Posted in Canadian economy, Canadian Government, Canadian Politics, Federal Election | 74 Comments

The Good, Bad and Ugly of the Alan Kurdi Story

Like most people I’ve been struggling with the tragic story of Alan Kurdi, his brother and mother. I’m sure that every feeling person in the world was overcome with shock and sorrow at the photo of that poor little boy’s body on the shore.

Of course many young children have become the victims of war but few deaths have been so galvanizing. Several countries have stepped up their refugee commitments in the wake of the well-publicized story. So that perhaps is the bit of good that came out of this tragedy.

However many media outlets and political opportunists seemed to use Alan Kurdi’s story to further their own agendas. I’m not going to name names here. You know who you are.

The Blame Game is still ongoing but we now know for a fact that certain people at the heart of the Canadian connection may have been a little ‘loose with the truth’.

If those players were truly confused rather than deliberately trying to mislead, then they should feel quite comfortable apologizing to Minister Chris Alexander, the Conservative Government and Canadians in general. However at this point we must take their silence as an admission of intent to play a partisan game on the backs of this poor family for their own gains.

And what is the ‘Ugly’? To my mind it is the refugee traffickers who use unsafe boats and fake lifejackets.  They are the scum.

And beyond that there are several aspects of the story being investigated in the international media that suggest even more inconsistencies and questions that Canadian media are ignoring. But we’ll leave that for another day and see if further verified information comes out.

For now let’s just agree that two little boys and their mother died in tragic circumstances. And let’s also try to get all the facts before pointing fingers.

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Mulcair & Trudeau KNOW Canada doing “A LOT” for Syrian refugees Crux of the Matter

The disgusting, cynical, political exploitation of a tragedyJust Right

Story Begins To Unravel About Drowned Syrian BoyDaily Caller


Posted in International news, International politics, Media Issues, MSM bias | 120 Comments

How to Deal with Electoral HDS

I have a busy week ahead but want to introduce a fresh discussion topic.

At the end of comments in the previous post I asked if anyone else had noticed a preponderance of young people who dislike Harper but are challenged to give an adequate explanation why. I suspect this is the result of a number of factors including Justin’s ‘dreamy’ looks, rabid media bias, leftwing propaganda preached in public schools, and above all Harper Derangement Syndrome (HDS).

The latter can be observed in many age groups and manifests itself as an irrational, visceral hatred of Stephen Harper and all things conservative.

How do we deal with this phenomenon during an election? How can we even have a civil political conversation with the owners of these closed minds?

I hope you have some suggestions. Thank you.

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Toronto Star editorial by Healey “intolerant” to label Trump evilSandy

Posted in Canadian Politics, Federal Election, Media Party, MSM bias, PM Stephen Harper | 103 Comments