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  1. And one of the 44 has to be the speaker of the house, so the end result will be all votes could end in a tie but then https://www.leg.bc.ca/content-peo/Learning-Resources/Welcome-to-the-House-English.pdf
  2. http://globalnews.ca/video/3470905/why-did-melania-slap-trumps-hand-away?utm_source=Article&utm_medium=Outbrain&utm_campaign=2015
  3. Much was posted re Trump's meeting with the pope and how the Pope did not smile in the photo's https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/24/donald-trump-vatican-meeting-pope-francis Well here is one of the Pope with Trudeau, I guess the truth is that the Pope is just a grump, unless of course he did not like either national leader. http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/smiles-and-scowls-photos-tell-two-stories-of-trudeau-s-visit-with-pope-francis-1.3434084
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  5. Why airline pilots are getting the biggest bonuses ever By Lisa FickenscherBottom of Form May 28, 2017 | 11:23pm Airline pilots are flying higher than ever — on the pay scale that is. Carriers large and small — in both the cargo and passenger sectors — desperate to hire pilots to keep their much-in-demand planes flying — are offering signing bonuses of up to $25,000 along with salaries that have doubled in the last couple of years to $54,995 on average, interviews with several carriers revealed. Carriers are also offering more time off — making piloting one of the hottest jobs in the US. It’s quite a turnaround from just eight years ago when a glut of pilots pummeled starting salaries. At that time, pilots on regional airlines made as little as $16,000. But in mid-2017, thanks to an expansion of overseas flights by large commercial airlines, increased demand from corporate jet fleets and the expansion of cargo-service demand from the likes of Amazon and other e-commerce giants, carriers are often battling each other — stealing pilots back and forth. It’s not unheard of for a pilot to take a large signing bonus, stay for a year and then leap to a rival carrier — and collect a second signing bonus. “It’s a competitive market for new pilots,” said Chris Lewless, managing director of labor relations for Horizon Air, a regional carrier for Alaska Air. In January, Horizon started offering signing bonuses of $10,000 to $15,000 for new hires. It was the first time it offered a bonus. But it’s gotten so frothy that Horizon’s new labor contract allows it to raise the bonus to as much as $25,000. “If a number of our competitors started paying higher bonuses our agreement allows us to go up that high,” Lewless added. Horizon is hardly alone. At PSA Airlines, first officers, or pilots, can get a $20,000 retention bonus on their one-year anniversary. Wisconsin Air is dangling a $57,000 sign-on and retention bonus spread out over several years. “We get pilots that will take the bonus for a year and will jump to a second regional,” said Tim Komberec, chief executive of Empire Airlines, an Idaho-based regional for Hawaiian Airlines and FedEx. Empire last year began offering $10,000 retention bonuses and a 25 percent wage increase. “We are just stealing pilots from each other,” Komberec added. The pilot shortage is impacting fliers as well. Since 2013, with carriers not having enough pilots to fly planes, about 500 airports experienced schedule reductions of between 10 and 20 percent while 18 airports lost connective passenger service altogether, according to the Regional Airline Association. Last fall, for example, Empire lost one of its FedEx routes in the Southeast to a rival because it was understaffed for several months, according to Komberec. “We face an industrywide challenge rooted in the fact that there are too few pilots to fly all of today’s routes, let alone tomorrow’s,” said Faye Black Malarkey, president of the trade group. By 2020, the major airlines will need to hire some 18,000 pilots as that many are expected to retire. That’s as many pilots as are currently employed by all regional carriers.
  6. Latest Update: British Airways flight chaos lessens after weekend of disruption From the section UK http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-40081112 British Airways is working to restore its computer systems after a power failure caused major disruption for thousands of passengers worldwide. The airline is "closer to full operational capacity" after an IT power cut resulted in mass flight cancellations at Heathrow and Gatwick. Thousands of passengers remain displaced, with large numbers sleeping overnight in terminals. BA has not explained the cause of the power problem. So far on Monday, 13 short-haul flights at Heathrow have been cancelled. Heathrow advised affected BA passengers not to travel to the airport unless their flights had been rebooked, or were scheduled to take off today. Passengers on cancelled flights have been told to use the BA website to rebook. Chief executive Alex Cruz has posted videos on Twitter apologising for what he called a "horrible time for passengers". But no-one from the airline has been made available to answer questions about the system crash, and it has not explained why there was no back-up system in place. What are my rights to compensation? Five key questions for BA Wedding on hold amid BA travel woes BA passengers 'trying not to cry' Cancellations and delays affected thousands of passengers at both Heathrow and Gatwick on Saturday. All flights operated from Gatwick on Sunday but more than a third of services from Heathrow - mostly to short-haul destinations - were cancelled. Passengers slept on yoga mats handed out by the airline as conference rooms were opened to provide somewhere more comfortable to rest. What went wrong at BA? Rory Cellan-Jones, technology correspondent BA blames a power cut, but a corporate IT expert said it should not have caused "even a flicker of the lights" in the data-centre. Even if the power could not be restored, the airline's Disaster Recovery Plan should have whirred into action. But that will have depended in part on veteran staff with knowledge of the complex patchwork of systems built up over the years. Many of those people may have left when much of the IT operation was outsourced to India. One theory of the IT expert, who does not wish to be named, is that when the power came back on the systems were unusable because the data was unsynchronised. In other words the airline was suddenly faced with a mass of conflicting records of passengers, aircraft and baggage movements - all the complex logistics of modern air travel. BA said it operated virtually all scheduled long-haul flights on Sunday, but the knock-on effects of Saturday's disruption resulted in a reduced short-haul programme. "We apologise again to customers for the frustration and inconvenience they are experiencing and thank them for their continued patience. Speaking on Sunday evening, he said: "I've bombarded them with about 100 tweets in the last 24 hours. I know that's annoying but there's nothing else I can do. "We've tried to call them on the numbers they give and all we've got is the same recorded message which then cuts off at the end." Former Virgin Airlines spokesman Paul Charles said: "What seems remarkable is there was no back-up system kicking in within a few minutes system failing. "Businesses of this type need systems backing up all the time, and this is what passengers expect." 'Extraordinary circumstances' BA is liable to reimburse thousands of passengers for refreshments and hotel expenses, and travel industry commentators have suggested the cost to the company - part of Europe's largest airline group IAG - could run into tens of millions of pounds. Shares in IAG listed on the Madrid stock exchange are currently trading down by about 3%. Customers displaced by flight cancellations can claim up to £200 a day for a room (based on two people sharing), £50 for transport between the hotel and airport, and £25 a day per adult for meals and refreshments. Consumer expert Franky Brehany said travellers stranded in a "high-value city" like London may be able to claim more and should keep all receipts. But he added that it might be harder for passengers to claim compensation, as BA may blame "extraordinary circumstances" - "like an act of God or force majeure" - meaning the airline would only have to reimburse hotel and food costsImage copyright Getty Images Thousands of bags remain at Heathrow Airport, but BA has advised passengers not to return to collect them, saying they will be couriered to customers. The airline said there was no evidence the computer failure was the result of a cyber-attack. It denied claims by the GMB union that the problem could be linked to the company outsourcing its IT work. Gatwick Airport said it was continuing to advise customers travelling with British Airways to check the status of their flight with the airline before travelling to the airport. EU flight delay rights If your flight departed from within the European Union or was with a European airline, you might have rights under EU law to claim if the delay or cancellation was within the airline's control. Short-haul flights: 250 euros for delays of more than three hours Medium-haul flights: 400 euros for delays of more than three hours Long-haul flights: 300 euros for delays of between three and four hours; and 600 euros for delays of more than four hours If your flight's delayed for two or more hours the airline must offer food and drink, access to phone calls and emails, and accommodation if you're delayed overnight - including transfers between the airport and the hotel.
  7. ISS Demonstrates Possibilities Of Low-cost Launch Upcoming SpaceX ISS payloads highlight the value of access May 24, 2017Frank Morring, Jr. | Aviation Week & Space Technology Tom Mueller, the technical wizard behind SpaceX, made a rare—if virtual—public appearance at the New York University (NYU) Astronomy Club in May, Skyping in from Hawthorne, California, with a surprisingly detailed look at what his company is doing, how it is doing it and why. The why is very interesting, for reasons that transcend launch services. “I think the transport problem has to get solved, and then the killer apps in space are going to appear,” Mueller says in a transcript of the call posted on Reddit. “And we don’t know what they are yet; it’s like when the internet first came out, and people were like, ‘what good is that?’” Some of the payloads set to fly to the International Space Station (ISS) June 1 on SpaceX’s next commercial cargo mission illustrate what happens when cutting-edge minds get a new toy to play with. Mueller, one of the first employees who signed on with SpaceX cofounder Elon Musk, did not mention them in his wide-ranging talk, but some of them have the potential to be the sort of killer apps that easier access to space can deliver. The lineup on the 11th commercial resupply mission to the space station is all over the map and very impressive, enabled by the continuous availability of the unique environment in and around the orbiting laboratory. If Mueller, Musk and their colleagues achieve their goal of cutting the cost of space launch a hundredfold, the research on ISS today truly is—as Mueller suggests—just the beginning of a new “paradigm” in space. The NICER/Sextant experiment is set for launch on the next Dragon to the ISS. Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Tucked into the SpaceX Dragon freighter’s pressurized cargo hold is a familiar example of microgravity research: a new drug NASA says may be able to rebuild bone that is lost without the structural loading that gravity provides on Earth, and to prevent further loss. The crew will use onboard laboratory mice to test it, potentially to the benefit of their successors in deep space and to the millions on Earth who suffer from osteoporosis. Bone-loss medications have long been a favorite topic of research on the ISS, for obvious reasons. So have testing structures and mechanisms that, unlike human bones, are designed to operate in microgravity. The next Dragon will deliver a Roll Out Solar Array (ROSA) developed by Deployable Space Systems of Palo Alto, California, as a potential power source for the solar-electric propulsion systems NASA hopes will deliver multiton payloads to Mars. Space Systems Loral (SSL), a partner in the development, plans to upgrade its commercial satellite buses with the new arrays as well. ROSA works like a tape measure, unspooling into a structure rigid enough for spaceflight with “strain energy” in booms along the array’s edges that support the solar cells attached to a lightweight mesh. “It’s more power without increasing the mass dramatically,” states Al Tadros, the SSL vice president overseeing ROSA. Other experiments riding the Dragon will test new concepts for recycling water and removing carbon dioxide in human-occupied spacecraft with precisely configured capillary structure, expand commercial opportunities for Earth observation from the station, and potentially validate a concept for deep-space navigation using neutron stars. With the right detectors and software, rapidly spinning neutron stars known as pulsars can act as accurate natural clocks, helping controllers determine a spacecraft’s position by timing the pulses of radiation as it sweeps around like a lighthouse. The NICER/Sextant experiment (for Neutron-star Interior Composition Explorer/Station Explorer for X-ray Timing and Navigation Technology) will test the theory with an array of small X-ray telescopes (see photo) and collect scientific data on neutron stars as well (AW&ST Dec. 15-22, 2014, p. 20). For the NYU astronomy students, Mueller described how SpaceX is tackling every ounce of weight on its launchers, building in-house whenever possible to avoid vendors trained in the government’s oversight-heavy procurement process, and working toward a methane-fueled launch vehicle because methane is cheap, and it can be generated on the red planet that Musk hopes to colonize in his lifetime. Mainly, though, the company is working toward total reusability to cut the cost of launch. It has thrilled the spaceflight community with its dramatic tail-down landings and has flown a paying customer on a used main stage. It has started flight testing recovery techniques for the $6 million fairings that shield its payloads during ascent, and ultimately it will recover the upper stages as well, Mueller says. Like the ISS partnership between the U.S. and Russia, space launch is a Cold War offshoot. SpaceX is paving the way beyond that era. “The problem is that we throw these rockets away,” says Mueller. “Until very recently, that was just the way you thought about rockets, because they were originally developed as ICBMs, and of course that’s not reusable.”
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  9. Muslim terrorism vs other religions is what should be measured. https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/world/the-scale-of-terrorist-attacks-around-the-world/ How terrorism in the West compares to terrorism everywhere else Since the beginning of 2015, the Middle East, Africa and Asia have seen nearly 50 times more deaths from terrorism than Europe and the Americas.
  10. Newt GinGrich Calgary Sun 28 May 2017 The Washington Post’s legendary former publisher, Philip Graham, famously described journalism as the business of writing the “first rough draft of history.” This week, as President Donald Trump gave a historic speech in Saudi Arabia before the leaders of more than 50 Muslim-majority nations, journalism’s first draft missed the history almost entirely. While the media focused on the ephemeral questions — whether the president would use campaign rhetoric in a diplomatic setting, or how the trip would affect the Obama legacy — they largely missed the real drama of the moment: A titanic shift in U.S. foreign policy occurring right before their eyes. Trump stood before an unprecedented gathering of leaders to do something far more significant than utter a single phrase or undermine his predecessor’s record. He was there to rally the Muslim world, in his words, “to meet history’s great test” — defeating the forces of terrorism and extremism. He did so in a way that no American president ever had before. While extending a hand of friendship to Muslim nations, he also issued them a clear challenge: To take the lead in solving the crisis that has engulfed their region and spread across the planet. “Drive out the terrorists and extremists,” he urged them, or consign your peoples to futures of misery and squalor. To find a comparably dramatic moment in the history of U.S. foreign policy, we have to look all the way back to 1982. That June, 35 years ago next month, President Ronald Reagan stood in the Royal Gallery at the Palace of Westminster in London and called on the West to rally in defense of freedom and against communist aggression. In that one speech, Reagan predicted the fall of communism and reinvigorated the Western alliance. “We see totalitarian forces in the world who seek subversion and conflict around the globe to further their barbarous assault on the human spirit,” Reagan said. “What, then, is our course? Must civilization perish in a hail of fiery atoms? Must freedom wither in a quiet, deadening accommodation with totalitarian evil?” Reagan declared his speech a turning point in history — and it was. On Sunday, Trump, too, declared that his challenge would be a turning point, one way or another. And he posed to that assembly in Riyadh an equally dramatic choice. It was, he said, “a choice between two futures” — the path of civilization, or the path of evil and death. “America is prepared to stand with you” in the fight against terrorism, Trump pledged. “But the nations of the Middle East cannot wait for American power to crush this enemy for them. The nations of the Middle East will have to decide what kind of future they want for themselves, for their countries, and for their children.” Never before has an American president tried so clearly to unite the civilized world, including the nations of the Middle East and Africa, against the forces of terrorism. Never before has an American president issued so direct a challenge to those nations to do more in the fight. And never before has an American president so plainly put the ultimate responsibility for eradicating terrorism on the nations of the region. Journalists and Washington bureaucrats, who are so deeply embedded in the establishment that they can’t see out of it, may see Trump’s call to action as a distracting sideshow from a status quo they can’t imagine changing. And yet this week, it already has. Foreign leaders and the American people alike can see in this trip the core of a new, reality-based foreign policy.
  11. Lorne gunter Calgary Sun 28 May 2017 What to make of (as he likes to refer to himself ) “Donald J. Trump,” especially now that he has returned from the first foreign junket of his presidency? On balance, it was a positive trip. He identified the threat to freedom posed by radical Islam without lumping all Muslims together. He reaffirmed American support for Israel. And he told NATO to start paying its own way. It’s not what Trump does, but rather the uncouth, bombastic, self-absorbed manner in which he does it that makes those who will never support him even more unhinged. But, more damagingly, it makes it hard for those who largely support his policies to defend him. I preferred Trump over Hillary Clinton to win the U.S. election last fall. I would still take Trump over Clinton if a rematch were held tomorrow. Four or even eight more years of the pandering identity politics, political correctness and soft statism of the Obama years would have been hard not only on the United States, but on Western democracies as a whole. Since the Second World War, the U.S. has served as an important counterbalance to two tendencies that have been fashionable in every other Western country, including our own: Creeping socialism and appeasement, first of Soviet Communism and now radical Islamism. While it has seemed as though Canada and every Western European country has rushed headlong into more and more cradle-tograve social programs, for much of the past 70 years the performance of the U.S. economy has acted as a check against an even faster, deeper rush. And while other Western leaders have always been quick to complain about American militarism, there were few who weren’t grateful privately to have America as the world’s policeman. Obama changed all that. He expanded the American state to make it more European (and stalled the U.S. economy for eight years as a result) and he told “progressives” there really was very little moral distinction between the West and its enemies. Just for a chance of ending these two tendencies, I would root for Trump. But there is no getting away from the fact that The Donald is like a bull in a china shop — often unnecessarily so and frequently doing real damage. Some of the objections to him are foolish, such as the criticism he wrote a message in the guestbook at Israel’s Holocaust museum IN ALL CAPS! Some objections have been merited, such as the rash manner in which he fired FBI Director James Comey, then sent out conflicting signals about why, all while egotistically expecting bipartisan adoration for his action. Many observers have compared Trump to Andrew Jackson, the first outsider president who shook up Washington during his two terms as president in the 1820s and 1830s. Jackson shocked polite American society from Day One. On his inauguration day he opened the White House and a mob of 10,000 showed up. He had to offer them free liquor on the lawn to get them out of the house and keep them from ransacking the place. That set a tone for his administration that appalled elites. But there is a big difference — a difference Trump will have to learn if he wishes to succeed. While Jackson appealed to the crowd in the way Trump does (and also complained bitterly about how he was treated by rivals and the press), he had been a Congressman, a Senator and a justice of the Tennessee state Supreme Court before being elected president. Despite his populist rhetoric and frequent conspiracy theories, Jackson never underestimated the job of being president, as Trump admits he has. He knew how far to push his populism, something Trump has yet to learn.
  12. Anyone who reads the news could give you a list of hundreds of atrocities on one side and very few on the other (in recent world history). In fact hardly a day goes by without the reporting of an atrocity on one side.
  13. Five questions for BA over IT crash By Bill Wilson Business reporter, BBC News 1 hour ago http://www.bbc.com/news/business-40075721 How can this have happened? BA says that: "The root cause was a power supply issue which our affected our IT systems - we continue to investigate this." The airline said it could not add anything further at this stage, but it is understood that all systems are not fully up and running yet. John Strickland, air transport expert and director at JLS Consulting, says: "The problem has affected multiple parts of the business which are not only customer-facing, but also operational-facing, and without which the airline could not do many tasks, for example completing load sheets [which are needed for fuel calculations] for aircraft." Was outsourcing IT to India an issue? The GMB union has suggested the BA computer systems failure was "another example of the shortcomings of BA IT systems since they made a number of staff redundant, and outsourced their work to India in 2016." Mick Rix, GMB national officer for aviation said: "BA made hundreds of dedicated and loyal IT staff redundant and outsourced the work to India. BA have made substantial profits in for a number of years, and many viewed the company's actions as just plain greedy". And BBC transport correspondent Richard Westcott said: "Yes, the union has a big axe to grind, but still, people will want to know if BA made its IT systems more vulnerable by scaling back computer support to save money." Meanwhile aviation expert Mr Strickland, added: "Surely a business should be able to make an outsourcing decision without any problems, if it is done in a quality-controlled way. "But this issue is part of the analysis that will have to be done by BA." But the airline says: "We would never compromise the integrity and security of our IT systems. IT services are now provided globally by a range of suppliers and this is very common practice across all industries and the UK government. "British Airways employs around 35,000 people in the UK providing high skilled and well paid jobs. It hires 1,000 people a year and has a strong apprenticeship programme." What is BA doing now for passengers? BA says: "Customers on flights that have been cancelled can claim a full refund or rebook to a future date for travel up until the end of November 2017. Customers are urged to keep any food, transport or accommodation receipts and can make a claim in due course through our Customer Relations teams.Image copyright Getty Images "We are refunding or rebooking customers who suffered cancellations on to new services as quickly as possible and have also introduced more flexible rebooking policies for anyone due to travel on Sunday and Monday who no longer wishes to fly to/from Heathrow or Gatwick. "We have provided customers with hotel accommodation. "The best channel for customers to use to get information about their flight is Manage My Booking on ba.com. This is now updated regularly. "We have also been using social media to communicate, and airport communication channels. Our CEO video which was posted on Twitter, YouTube and Facebook... has received more than 175,000 views. "We are extremely sorry for the disruption caused to customers and understand how much frustration this is causing." Delayed travellers will also be able to claim financial compensation under EU law, unless the disruption has been caused by factors outside the airline's control. In 2014 two UK Supreme Court judgements stated airlines should have to pay out when a delay was caused by a technical fault. Has communication been good enough? BA says: "We have been doing everything possible to provide as much information to customers as possible, but it has been challenging. "Many of the systems our staff usually use have not been functioning properly which has meant we were slower than usual to give customers accurate information at the airports. "In addition, unfortunately the systems that we use to send emails and texts to individual customers about their flights have also been affected by the IT problems, so we haven't been able to communicate with customers in our usual ways."Image copyright PA There had been complaints from passengers on Saturday that they had not been informed their flights were cancelled until after the airline had put out a media statement announcing the decision. Passenger Terry Page, 28, from London told the Press Association: "There's no such announcement here. The boards are showing go to gate, and no mention of cancellations." Communications complaints continued at Heathrow on Sunday, with one passenger telling the BBC they had "no idea how much longer we'll be here and we're getting no communication from the staff". Aviation expert John Strickland was at Heathrow on Saturday to collect a friend flying in from Mexico, and says : "Communications have been a challenge. "There were BA people there on Saturday doing what they could, but the tools usually at the disposal of staff were not available. "We are becoming more and more reliant on automation, even in things like communications, and less on actual people. It means it is a challenge for businesses when things go wrong." Could it happen again? What has BA learned ? John Strickland says: "They will have to sit down in the cold light of day and analyse the causes and how to eliminate them in future. "There will need to be in-depth planning in terms of managing any similar potential situation again. "BA is used to things like bad weather, or air traffic control issues, and other challenges, but this is different. By its very nature they did not have the information available that they would have liked to have had." But he also added: "This could have happened to any other airline, including a low-cost one." http://www.bbc.com/news/business-40075721
  14. Response to new Tory leader will test Liberals’ ‘sunny ways’ Ottawa Citizen 27 May 2017 Andrew MacDougall is a Londonbased communications consultant and was director of communications to former prime minister Stephen Harper. ANDREW MACDOUGALL Attack ads have proven very valuable for the Conservative party, until they came up against Justin Trudeau. Painting Stéphane Dion, above, as an ineffective leader helped hasten his downfall. Trudeau, below, turned the attack ads to his advantage, saying the public rejected the cynical politics. “Not a leader.” “He didn’t come back for you.” “He’s in way over his head.” If any of these ancient political tag lines still register, it’s because the Conservative party spent significant sums searing them into your brain. For those with impregnable (or apolitical) memories, every time the then-opposition Liberals would pick a new leader to oppose Stephen Harper, the Tory attack machine would spring to life and unleash an unrelenting ad campaign to tar and feather said leader. Hence Stéphane Dion went from respected environment minister to a man who couldn’t organize a two-car parade; Michael Ignatieff morphed from Harvard intellectual to ivory-tower arriviste; and Justin Trudeau turned from too green to be prime minister to, um, prime minister. Fine, the last one didn’t work, but as Mr. Dion and Mr. Ignatieff can attest, a well-timed (and placed) ad strike can neuter an opposition leadership. Those two never did get out from under their Tory monikers. Why did the Tories play rough? Because you never get a second chance to make a first impression, and the Conservatives knew they could use their superior financial resources to brand the new Liberal leader before those men could brand themselves. Which brings us to this weekend’s Conservative leadership election, and what, if any, Liberal effort will be expended to return the favour. Maxime Bernier, or whoever pips him down ballot to fill the Ambroseshaped hole at the head of the Conservative party, should be alive to the possibility of a Liberal offensive. A glance at the Twitter feed of Trudeau aide Gerry Butts hints the Liberals are at least thinking about war; Butts recently posted a Huffington Post profile of front-runner Bernier and added the following: “So Max Bernier voted to break up the country. Now he wants to lead it.” The spear on Bernier’s 1995 referendum “oui” vote is weak beer, and probably nothing, other than a reminder there is no statute of limitations on source material for political attacks. If there exists a video of sevenyear-old Kellie Leitch asking a brown kid why their lunch smells funny from 40 years ago, it will be used in the event of a Leitch victory. Ignore the tut-tutting of the press about such attacks being “gutter” politics. Exploring lines of attack isn’t mean, it’s good political hygiene. If the Internet has taught us anything, it’s that everything will eventually surface. You can bet the various Conservative leadership campaigns have tried their level best to dig up dirt on their colleagues. The Liberals know better than most that no wound bleeds more than one inflicted by your own side. Just ask Team Chrétien about Team Martin. And it was Ignatieff who goaded Dion into his eventual Tory tag line by saying the Liberals “didn’t get it done” on the environment, to which Dion eventually whined “do you think it’s easy to make priorities?” In that moment, “not a leader” was born. While there haven’t been any similarly devastating blue-onblue attacks in the contest to replace Stephen Harper (the now-departed Kevin O’Leary aside), Liberals will have been watching closely as Conservative candidates snipe at each other and bid up their base with increasingly arch policy proposals. There is more than enough material for a good attack campaign. That’s why the Tories should count themselves lucky Justin Trudeau promised to do politics “differently.” Sunny ways, my friends, sunny ways. Indeed, Trudeau was quick to denounce the Tories’ campaign against him in 2013. “I think what I’m seeing across the country,” Trudeau said at the time, “is a shift in people’s willingness to be made cynical about politics and politicians. What I see is a lot of people responding to my message of hope and hard work.” Attack ads certainly aren’t hope, even if they are hard work. So, no TV campaign then. Nor should we expect Trudeau to finesse his revulsion by avoiding television in favour of pounding the new Tory leader on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter. An attack is an attack, no matter the medium on which it is messaged. No, on the subject of attacks, Trudeau’s word is bond. Like it was on electoral reform. And modest deficits. And no omnibus bills. On second thought ... The Liberals certainly haven’t been mining Chinese businessmen for cash in private settings out of virtue. There are resources to be deployed should the decision be taken to spear the new leader of the opposition. But don’t expect the Tories to take it lying down. They’ve a war chest of their own, and the experience that comes with having written the rules of attack. Whoever it might be, the new leader will be ready to counter any blow, and make their own first impression, free of Liberal interference. Their chances in 2019 might well depend on it.
  15. Not the first outage for BA this year..