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5 hours ago, seeker said:

Harper was more dangerous to Canada?  More dangerous than Justin?  "Delusional" as a descriptor doesn't even come close!  There is only one thing I hold against Harper - that he didn't stack the Senate when he had the chance.

I was trying to be kind !!  But I am with you.

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Indeed, maybe auto correct is an NDP invention. It seems that only liberals can elicit that sort of illicit behaviour from a computer.... it causes them to automatically cast all liberals in the 

One of the more delusional posts on this board in quite some time

I don’t think you’d need to compile a list....going through the tyee link...you could easily just insert Trudeau’s name into the wrongdoings!

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9 hours ago, st27 said:

Do you really think that Harper is worse than Trudeau?

 The ethics violations and the We scandal (and the efforts to suppress information through prorogation, which he said he would never use!)  clearly do not support your position.

Let alone the hypocrisy..the holier than Thou attitude  of this guy.......

https://thepostmillennial.com/hypocrisy-unearthed-trudeau-tweet-against-prorogation-shows-liberal-double-standard

Yes, I stand behind saying Harper was worse.  In case you have forgotten, I'll repost the evidence. And yes, he makes Trudeau look amateurish....

 

https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2015/08/10/Harper-Abuses-of-Power-Final/

Stephen Harper and his Conservatives have racked up dozens of serious abuses of power since forming government in 2006. From scams to smears, monkey-wrenching opponents to intimidating public servants like an Orwellian gorilla, some offences are criminal, others just offend human decency.

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Last week we published 59 examples in two parts, and asked our readers to suggest any we may have missed. Among the many suggestions we gratefully received, we concluded that 11 more meet the criteria for “abuses of power.” Today we compile all 70 items into one omnibus of abuse by the Stephen Harper government.

This list is now also available as a tablet-friendly pdf which you can download for free here. Thanks, once more, to friends of The Tyee who helped with this list.

SECTION I. ABUSING PARLIAMENT: SABOTAGE, SCANDALS, CORRUPTION AND CONTEMPT

This section includes examples of willful misgoverning by the PM and his team, 31 times they have lied, flouted rules and stymied democracy to achieve political and ideological ends.

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PMO Tied to Senate Hush Money Scandal

An RCMP affidavit reported widespread involvement by PMO staffers in a secret payment to Senator Mike Duffy to try and make a political problem go away. The Senate expenses scandal brought on allegations of a cover-up, a breach of the public trust, and a whitewashing of a Senate report. The PMO was found to have hand in the altering of a damning Deloitte audit.

Harper Found in Contempt of Parliament

For refusing to disclose information on the costing of programs to Parliament, which Parliament was entitled to receive, the Harper government became the first in Canadian history to be found in contempt of Parliament.

Against Court Order, Refusal to Share Budget Info

Even though it lost a court case and was ordered to comply, the Harper government nevertheless refused to share 170 times reasons and impacts for cuts with Canada’s independent budget watchdog, mocking Parliament’s right to control the public purse.

Conservative Cabinet Staffers Granted Immunity from Testimony

A PMO edict absolved political staffers from ever having to testify before parliamentary committees.

Conservatives Falsify Reports and Documents

Among documents deliberately altered in the writing or the quoting by the government: CIDA document by Bev Oda’s office on Kairos; the Senate Committee Report on the Duffy affair; a report by former auditor general Sheila Fraser on financial management.

Repeated Duplicity in Afghan Detainees Controversy

Among the abuses: Parliament was misled and denied documents. An inquiry was shut down. Tories attempted to discredit diplomat Richard Colvin whose testimony diverted from the government’s line.

Repeated Duplicity on Costing of F-35 Fighter Jets

An auditor general’s report revealed serial deceptive practices used by the Conservatives in misleading the public and Parliament on the projected cost of the fighter jets.

Harper Minister Lies, Blames Statistics Canada for Killing Long Form Census

Under fire for Conservatives killing the long form census, Industry Minister Tony Clement falsely stated that StatsCan backed the idea and assured the voluntary substitute would yield valid statistical data. Neither was true, outraged StatsCan sources confirmed.

Conservative MP Admits He Lied to Parliament

As opposition members claimed the Harper government was out to rig election rules in its favour, Conservative MP Brad Butt rose in the House of Commons to say why the bill was needed -- all the voter fraud he had personally witnessed. Weeks later he rose again to say his statements were false. Delivering his strained apology, he failed to explain why he lied in the first place.

Conservative House Leader Admits to Mockery of Question Period

Criticized far and wide for farcical answers in question period, Paul Calandra, parliamentary secretary to Harper, made a tearful apology for abuse of the democratic process.

Harper Maligns the Supreme Court Chief Justice

The Prime Minister took the unprecedented step of alleging inappropriate conduct by Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin. Facts undermined the credibility of the PM’s position.

Conservatives Engage in Abuse of Process with Omnibus Bills

Harper’s party pushed legislation through Parliament via omnibus bills, the scale of which Parliament had never seen. Such bills are widely condemned as an abuse of the democratic process, because they blend and bury so many controversial laws within one dense package. Harper himself once railed against them, and his born again love for them made his own MPs queasy. Referencing such bills, former auditor general Sheila Fraser said that “Parliament has become so undermined that it is almost unable to do the job that people expect of it.”

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‘Parliament has become so undermined that it is almost unable to do the job that people expect of it.’ Former auditor general Sheila Fraser on Harper’s omnibus bills.

Harperites Deliberately Sabotage, Stymie Committee System

Conservatives used tactics such as barring witnesses, closure, time limitations, and in camera sessions to an extent rarely, if ever, witnessed in Canada. In their early days in power, top Conservatives prepared a handbook instructing committee chairpersons how to obstruct proceedings.

Harper’s Own MPs Protest Muzzling

In a caucus known for his tight discipline, in 2014 some members finally rose up to contest being censored at question period by the Prime Minister’s Office. Former Conservative backbencher Brent Rathgeber turned independent and published a book, Irresponsible Government, decrying anti-democratic practices.

Conservative Bill Rewrites History to Protect Mounties from Potential Criminal Charges

To protect the RCMP, the government retroactively made an old bill come into force before it was passed by Parliament.

Harper Minister Caught in Advertising Scam with Public Funds

The Globe and Mail revealed that Harper’s chosen Minister for Democratic Reform Pierre Poilievre commissioned a team of public servants for overtime work on a Sunday to film him glad-handing constituents. The vanity video on the taxpayer dime was to promote the government’s benefits for families.

Corrupt Conservative Cronies

The Senate scandal is just the latest eruption of crony corruption in Harperite ranks. Take Bruce Carson. He was a convicted fraudster before Harper made him a key advisor in the PMO. There, Carson was lobbied for money for a new University of Calgary eco-think tank. He then left the PMO to run the same think tank, converting it to an oil industry booster with a $15-million grant from the Harper government. The complex saga added one more criminal charge to others Carson faces for allegedly illegally working his connections with the Harper government.

Access to Information System Impeded

Many new roadblocks have been put up by the Harper Conservatives. Former Information Commissioner Robert Marleau concluded that having obtained absolute power, the prime minister “has absolutely abused that power to the maximum.”

The Silencing of the Public Service

The PMO took an unprecedented step in instituting a system wherein the bureaucracy has all its communications vetted by the political nerve centre. The policy contribution role of the public service is significantly reduced. Complaints from insiders allege that the Privy Council office has become increasingly politicized.

Loyalty Oaths Imposed on Public Servants

Archivists and librarians were made to swear strict oaths of allegiance and were hit with restrictions on freedom of speech that editorialists of the right and left described as chilling.

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Integrity Commissioner Christiane Ouimet sat on more than 200 whistleblower files before quitting. Her style? ‘Gross mismanagement,’ concluded the auditor general.

Harper Government Sued by Justice Department Whistleblower

Time and again the Harper government proposes bills that end up being shot down by the courts, prompting critics to say such legislation is more about making political statements than lasting policy. The wasted efforts bothered senior justice department lawyer Edgar Schmidt so much he finally sued the government for breaking the law by inadequately evaluating whether proposed bills violate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. He was promptly suspended without pay.

Conservatives Block Accreditation for Opposition MPs

In another example of partisanship taken to new heights, the PMO blocked opposition members from being accredited for international environment conferences and from visiting military bases.

Tactic Borrowed from North Korea’s Dear Leader

Ostensibly neutral public servants were used as stooges, falsely posing as new citizens in a staged Citizenship Renewal public relations exercise by the Immigration Department. Media critics had a field day comparing the charade to practices undertaken by North Korean dictators.

Clampdown on Freedom of Speech of Diplomatic Corps

Ottawa’s diplomats must get all communications approved from Conservative political operatives. Under Harper, the country’s ambassadors are hardly heard from any more. In a recent speech, former United Nations ambassador Stephen Lewis said our political culture under the Conservatives has descended into “a nadir of indignity.”

Aquatic Science Libraries Decimated

The Harper government’s downsizing of federal libraries included sudden closing of seven world famous Department of Fisheries and Oceans archives. A leaked memo revealed the destruction and consolidation would save less than half a million dollars. Scientist patrons of the libraries, who witnessed chaotic chucking of rare literature, called it a “book burning” with no logical purpose other than to restrict environmental information. The Harper government claimed vital works would be digitally preserved, but never provided a plan or cost for doing so, nor any proof it had happened. No scientists interviewed by The Tyee believed digitizing would or could replace what was lost.

UN Blasts Canada’s Treatment of Immigrants

Changes made to the Canada’s immigration and refugee system under Harper were investigated by the United Nations Human Rights Committee, whose report blasted how thousands of migrants are detained indefinitely without due process, many for over a year or more, as well as poor mental health support for those incarcerated.

Harper Government Denies Khadr Basic Rights

Defying court rulings, the Conservative government refused to accord Omar Khadr basic rights such as access to media. Editorialists of right and left persuasion described the move as unbefitting a democratic government.

Illegitimate Prorogation of Parliament, Twice

Prorogations are a legitimate procedure that can be abused depending on motivations. The Harper government provoked 60 protests across Canada and beyond its borders in 2010 after shutting the legislature’s doors to escape condemnation on the Afghan detainees’ file. It was the second prorogation in a year’s period.

Undue Interference with Independent Agencies

Command and control system was extended to meddling in bodies like National Energy Board and CRTC whose arms-length autonomy is significantly reduced. A special target was the Parliamentary Budget Office, which was hit with condemnations and budget cuts for its critical reports.

Billions Borrowed without Parliament’s Permission

The auditor general sounded alarms about the “prodigious” growth and size of federal borrowing. Those billions in “non-budgetary” spending used to get Parliament’s oversight, but no more. The finance minister can borrow what he wants without Parliament’s permission. Why? A loophole buried in a 2007 Harper omnibus bill.

Lapdogs Appointed as Watchdogs

The most controversial was the case of former Integrity Commissioner Christiane Ouimet. Her office reviewed more than 200 whistleblowing cases. Disciplinary action followed on none of them. Ouimet’s own angry staffers blew the whistle on their boss. The auditor general found Ouimet intimidated her employees, took “retaliatory action” against them and may have breached their privacy, all part of the Harper appointee’s “gross mismanagement.” Ouimet was paid more than $500,000 to leave her post.

SECTION II: ‘HARPER BRAND’ ABUSES: LIES, SPIES, AND THIS PORK SMELLS REALLY BAD

This election began the minute the last one ended. Since his first day as PM, Stephen Harper has reinforced his party’s ‘brand’ by rewarding cronies, slapping the Conservative logo on government cheques, perfecting the no questions photo-op, instructing bureaucrats to start calling Canada’s government “the Harper Government.” The flip side has been relentless monitoring, muzzling and attacks on anyone who might tarnish the image. Here are 22 instances of power abused to build the Harper brand.

PMO Attempts to Cover up Video Leak Putting Troops at Risk

On an Iraq visit, the PMO was caught lying to try and cover up the leak of a promo video, which constituted a security breach. The PMO, noted a National Post editorial, “stumbled from blunder to evasion and falsehood in the service of shamelessly manipulative partisanship, especially in using our troops as PR props.”

The ‘Harper Government’ Labelling Deception

Public servants were told to use “Harper Government” instead of “Government of Canada” in publicity releases. The Conservatives denied it was happening -- until internal memos revealed by the Canadian Press revealed the denial to be without basis.

Conservatives Place Party Logos on Government of Canada Cheques

Once “caught red-handed,” they backed off. The federal ethics commissioner, adopting the exasperated tone of an adult lecturing a child, noted: “Public spending announcements are government activities, not partisan political activities, and it is not appropriate to brand them with partisan or personal identifiers.”

Record Amounts of Partisan Political Advertising, on the Public Purse

Several media reports told how the Conservatives used taxpayer money for partisan political advertising in record quantity, costing the public treasury $750 million since Harper became PM. In one instance, the Tories spent lavishly on ads for the promotion of a jobs grant program that had yet to be made public or presented to parliament or the provinces. Even more nakedly partisan, a mailed blast, charged to the taxpayers, targeting Justin Trudeau.

Conservatives Stack Their Own Ridings with Infrastructure Funds

In a display of brazen pork barreling, the Conservatives arranged for no less than 83 percent of infrastructure fund projects go to Conservative ridings.

$50 Million Spending Deception as Documented by the Auditor General

The auditor general ruled Conservatives diverted $50-million from spending slated for border infrastructure to political spending on projects in Tony Clement’s riding at the time of the G-8 summit. Parliament was willfully misled.

Patronage Run Amok

After promising a new way, the prime minister dismantled his newly created Public Appointments Commission and reverted to old-styled patronage by the barrel. In June 2015, the PM made 98 patronage appointments. That included stocking the National Capital Commission with loyalists in advance of decisions on the controversial monument to the victims of communism.

Undermining Statistics Canada, Killing Data

Against pleas from everyone who needs and uses data from the long form census, the Harper government scrapped it, prompting the Statistics Canada chief to resign in protest.

Government Muzzles Science Community

Top scientists came under such heavy monitoring by the Conservatives that they staged “Death of Evidence” protests for being denied freedom of speech. The Conservatives sent out chaperones or “media minders” to track Environment Canada scientists and report on them.

582px version of Death of Evidence rally in Ottawa ‘Death of Evidence’ rally on Parliament Hill, July 10, 2012. Photo: Richard Webster.

Like Never Before, Limits Placed on Media Access

Journalists have been hard-pressed to recall another time when controls put on them were so tight. At the Conservatives’ 2013 Calgary convention, reporters wrote of being harassed and penned in at every turn by the PMO’s command and control system. In his book Killing The Messenger, journalist Mark Bourrie charts the many examples of new limits on freedom of speech introduced in the Harper era.

Harper’s Team Tries to Ban Journalist for Asking Question

Veteran TV cameraman Dave Ellis covered a Harper speech about oil to a business audience. Though media had been instructed no questions allowed, Ellis posed one about charges laid against a Conservative MP. The PMO tried to punish Ellis and his network by kicking him off covering Harper’s trip to Malaysia. After media hue and cry, Harper backed down and Ellis went.

Harper Minister Sucker Punches CBC Budget

After the 2011 federal election Heritage Minister James Moore assured Conservatives would “maintain or increase support for the CBC. That is our platform and we have said that before and we will commit to that.” The next year, Harper’s Cons delivered the biggest government cut to CBC since the mid-1990s, much deeper in proportion than overall trims to federal programs, defying public sentiment.

Suppression of Research

In the gun registration debate, incriminating research and documents such as a Firearms Report were deliberately withheld from the public. While ramping up their prison building, Conservatives suppressed related research and studies contradicting their political priorities.

The Vic Toews Porno Smear

In a vivid example of the browbeating of opponents, the minister of public safety said anyone who opposed federal plans to make electronic surveillance of Canadians easier for authorities was siding with child pornographers.

Harper’s Fallen Soldiers Blackout

Emulating George W. Bush’s optics tactics, Stephen Harper banned media coverage of fallen soldiers’ caskets returning from Afghanistan. He also refused to lower the flag half-mast. Soldiers’ family members expressed confusion and anger at the perceived show of disrespect.

Protesters Put under Blanket Surveillance

According to a leaked memo, as part of its command and control approach, the Conservatives have approved a system wherein all advocates, protesters and demonstrations can be monitored by authorities. The Government Operations Centre has requested federal departments to assist it in compiling a comprehensive inventory of protesters. Security specialists have called it a breach of Canadians’ Charter of Rights. Conservatives have moved to give CSIS even more powers than the spy agency wants.

Rights and Democracy, Other Groups, Dismantled

In a show of brute force, the Montreal-based group Rights and Democracy was pole-axed for its alleged political leanings and eventually disbanded. Organizations like the church group Kairos were de-budgeted or dismantled for political leanings. Nuclear Safety Commission head Linda Keen was dumped. Among the complaints cited by the PM was that in her distant past, she had some Liberal ties.

Harper Government Spied on Aboriginal Critic, ‘Retaliated’

Aboriginal child welfare advocate Cindy Blackstock was spied on by the Harper government, and when she arrived for a meeting with other First Nations leaders at the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs only she was barred entry. Finding Blackstock had been “retaliated” against by a ministry official, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal awarded her $20,000 for pain and suffering.

Revenue Canada Loosed to Attack Charities

Not all charities, just the ones that don’t seem adequately aligned with the Harper brand. Enough to include many environmental, aid, human rights and free speech charities that banded together to push back against what looks like a politically motivated witch hunt.

Conservatives Use Unheard of Tactic to Force through Anti-Union Bill

Conservative senators went to the unprecedented extent of overruling their own Speaker. What could be so important to break Senate rules? A bill pushed by Harper that is almost certainly unconstitutional for its privacy invading measures forced onto unions, unlike other groups. Latest in a steady stream of Conservative attacks on organized labour in Canada.

Harper Smears Liberal Sikh MP, Insinuating Tie to Terrorism

When Liberals opposed a 2007 Conservative plan to extend anti-terror legislation, Stephen Harper singled out Grit MP Navdeep Bains, seeming to suggest that Bains’ party was motivated by a desire to protect Bains’ father-in-law, Darshan Singh Saini. A recent news story had claimed Singh Saini was on a list of witnesses sought by the RCMP for its Air India investigation, but provided no proof he was involved. In the House, Liberals erupted with outrage and Bains asked, in vain, that Harper apologize.

Veterans’ Advocates Smeared

Medical files of Sean Bruyea, a strong advocate for veterans’ rights, were leaked in a case that privacy commissioner Jennifer Stoddart described as “alarming.” Veterans Affairs Canada ombudsman Pat Stogran was dumped after criticizing the government.

SECTION III: ELECTION ABUSES: SCAMS, SLIMES, STINGS AND CROOKED SPENDING

Stephen Harper’s Conservatives have made federal elections a gladiators’ arena where anything goes -- unless and until you are caught, that is. Here are 17 times his team violated election laws or ethics.

Conservatives Run Undercover Sting Operations

Conservatives secretly recorded political opponents and also used agent provocateur techniques to try and entrap them. A sting operation against Marlo Raynolds, a Liberal candidate in Alberta, was backed by then employment minister Jason Kenney.

Conservative Convicted on Robocalls Scam

Tory operative Michael Sona was given jail time for his role in the robocalls scam. The judge indicated more than one person was likely involved. In another court judgment in a case brought by the Council of Canadians, the ruling said the robocalls operation was widespread, not just limited to the Guelph riding. Donald Segretti who did dirty tricks for the Nixon White House told a Canadian reporter his skullduggery didn’t go so low as to run schemes sending voters to the wrong polling stations.

Harper’s Ex-Parliamentary Secretary Jailed for Breaking Election Law

Dean Del Maestro was one of Harper’s favourites. As his parliamentary secretary, the PM frequently used him as an attack dog to allege misdeeds by opposition members. Del Maestro was given a jail sentence in June for his own election spending violations.

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Dean Del Mastro received a jail sentence for election overspending.

‘Reprehensible’ Dirty Tricks Campaign against Irwin Cotler

Conservative Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer ruled his party’s own tactics in running a surreptitious misinformation campaign in the riding of the highly respected MP were “reprehensible.”

Conservatives Bar Crosbie Candidacy

In a clear-cut case of the party hierarchy’s undercutting of democratic rights, Ches Crosbie, son of former Tory cabinet minister John Crosbie, was barred from running for the party in Newfoundland.

Election Violations Prompt Resignation of Cabinet Member

Peter Penashue, another Harper Conservative was compelled to step down over election spending violations.

Conservatives Attempt Election Campaign Frame-up

In an attempted smear in the last week of the 2011 election campaign, a senior Harper strategist planted a false story in Sun Media that Michael Ignatieff was an Iraq war planner. (Neither Conservative operatives nor Sun Media opted to make hay with the true story that Stephen Harper had, while leader of the Canadian Alliance in 2003, published a letter in The Wall Street Journal itching to get Canada into that disastrous war and slamming then PM Jean Chretien for saying no.)

Harper’s Office Deploys Interns for Dirty Tricks

In one instance that brought on allegations of Nixonian tactics, junior PMO staffers in the guise of normal citizens were sent out to disrupt a Justin Trudeau speech.

Citizens Ejected from Conservative Rallies

Tory operatives hauled out citizens from a Harper rally in the 2011 campaign because they had marginal ties to other parties. A spokesperson for the PM was compelled to apologize. Problem fixed this time around: Only fully vetted Harper supporters will be allowed, by invite only, to attend the PM’s campaign stops. If they have a ticket.

Conservatives Make Campaign Event Attendees Sign Gag Order

Not only have Harper’s campaign handlers made his campaign events by invite only, they were forcing anyone let in to sign an agreement not to transmit any description of the event or any images from it -- but dropped the gag orders after news stories made them an issue.

Conservatives Unfix Their Own Fixed Date Election Law

In 2008, Harper pulled the plug on his own government, violating his own new law, which stipulated elections every four years.

Guilty Plea on In and Out Affair

The Conservative Party and its fundraising arm pled guilty to some Elections Act charges stemming from their exceeding spending limits in the 2006 campaign. The investigation cost taxpayers over $2 million.

Cons’ Elections Bill Strips Power from Elections Canada

The Fair Elections Act also makes it harder for Canadians to vote as more ID is required. Nationwide protests in which more than 400 academics took part forced Pierre Poilievre to withdraw some measures in the bill because of their alleged anti-democratic bent.

Harper Minister Smears Head of Elections Canada

In a bid to impugn his integrity, Democratic Reform Minister Pierre Poilievre accused the Elections Canada CEO Marc Mayrand of being a power monger and wearing a team jersey.

Copyright Grab for Attack Ads

CTV News found out Conservatives aimed to rewrite copyright law to let political parties grab any media content and use it for free in their ads. The impact, warned CTV’s Don Martin, “will be to cast a chill on every broadcast appearance” by MPs, commentators and reporters, who “must now be aware their views could end up featured in a political attack ad.” By asserting “unlimited access to the airwaves for propaganda purposes,” Martin said, the Harper government “could be seen as flirting with fascism.”

Conservatives Use Terrorists’ Propaganda in Attack Ad

Harper’s party created a political ad incorporating music and horrifying images of doomed captives pulled straight from the Islamic State’s own promotional video. The target: Justin Trudeau, whose views on the risks and rewards of bombing ISIS differ from Harper’s.

Record Use of Personal Attack Ads

Under Harper’s leadership, Conservatives became the first to routinely use personal attacks ads outside an election writ period. Their ads often used quotes deliberately taken out of context. Incidence of attack ads by Harper Conservatives was heavier than by any other government.

 

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Today we compile all 70 items into one omnibus of abuse by the Stephen Harper government.

This list is now also available as a tablet-friendly pdf which you can download for free here. Thanks, once more, to friends of The Tyee who helped with this list.

SECTION I. ABUSING PARLIAMENT: SABOTAGE, SCANDALS, CORRUPTION AND CONTEMPT

This section includes examples of willful misgoverning by the PM and his team, 31 times they have lied, flouted rules and stymied democracy to achieve political and ideological ends.

If only the Tyee would compile the same list on Trudeau’s record (and we know there is one), then we could really compare. With special focus on how trudeau screwed over VA Mark Norman, Jane Philpott, and Judy Wilson Raybould.  😄

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9 minutes ago, st27 said:

If only the Tyee would compile the same list on Trudeau’s record (and we know there is one), then we could really compare,   😄

An wise old instructor once told me when something went awry on an airplane, my first response should be "Consider the Source"  

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If Trudeau is so scandalous, then you are correct, someone should compile a list. 

Maybe the problem is it isn't as long, involved, or corrupt as Harper's, therefore not worth the hype the conservatives are throwing at it?

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Conservative leadership candidates weigh in on why Canada needs their ideas - and what they'd prioritize as PM

 

CBC News invited the 4 candidates vying to lead the Conservative Party to share their visions for the country

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Clockwise from top left: Conservative Party of Canada leadership candidates Erin O'Toole, Leslyn Lewis, Derek Sloan and Peter MacKay. (Photos Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press)
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Some of the traditional campaign hoopla may be missing from the 2020 federal Conservative Party leadership race due to COVID-19, but there's no shortage of major issues that may sway votes. 

The results of the party leadership election, being held by mail-in ballot due to the pandemic, will be made public Aug. 23. 

 

CBC News invited all four candidates to write about the key planks in their platform, why Canada needs these ideas now, and what actions they would prioritize in their first 100 days as leader of the nation if the party is elected to form the next government. Here are their responses:

Leslyn Lewis

 
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"We need to focus on listening to those who disagree with us as much as we insist on having the freedom to speak our own minds."

Read the column by Leslyn Lewis:

Derek Sloan

 
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"I will introduce legislation to prevent any level of government from making mask-wearing or vaccines mandatory. I will not permit a general, economy-destroying lock-down again."

Read the column by Derek Sloan:

Erin O'Toole

 
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"Our country is its greatest when we stand together, have each other's back, and respect one another."

Read the column by Erin O'Toole:

Peter MacKay

 
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"I will be Canada's jobs prime minister."

Read the column by Peter MacKay:


CBC News will have special coverage of the Conservative leadership race results on Sunday Aug. 23 on cbc.ca, CBC Television and CBC News Network starting at 5 p.m. ET, and on CBC Radio One starting at 6:30 p.m. ET.

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19 minutes ago, Marshall said:

How about, instead,  you give us an extensive list of the corruption you are stating for PM Harper, along with dates of course and outcomes (Not just accusations) 

See above, click on the links provided.

 

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If Trudeau is so scandalous, then you are correct, someone should compile a list. 

I don’t think you’d need to compile a list....going through the tyee link...you could easily just insert Trudeau’s name into the wrongdoings!

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More food for thought going forward:

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This is what oligarchs do. They capture the state, then distribute its funds to advance their own interests.

A greater threat is the potential adoption of the loopy recommendations put forth this summer by Trudeau’s Task Force for a Resilient Recovery. It was created as a vehicle to further the anti-business agenda of Trudeau’s former chief of staff, Gerald Butts, who left his post for helping push out the attorney general to help SNC-Lavalin.

Now he’s back in business with a hand-picked task force that is a grab-bag of professional Liberals, green activists, former civil servants and self-described social entrepreneurs whose business models are all about getting grants and subsidies. Not a single business person was included on the list of task force members that I saw a few months ago.

Their recommendations would bankrupt the country. They include: $27.5 billion to build energy-efficient buildings; $49.9 billion to retrofit existing buildings; and a pledge to “jump-start production and adoption of electric vehicles,” which does not include a price tag, but is sure to be a hefty one.

When mixed with Trudeau’s continuing assault on Canada’s only engine of economic growth — the oil and resource sectors — the outcome is a foregone conclusion: Canadian taxpayers, who already pay some of the highest taxes in the world, will crumble or flee, along with their investors and employers.

On top of that, Trudeau also wants a guaranteed annual income, which will turn us into a nation of trust fund kids and tank the economy.

This is the Trudeau trajectory, and don’t count on our new finance minister, Chrystia Freeland, and her budget whisperer Mark Carney to save us. Freeland chaired the committee that approved the unjustified allocation to WE Charity and Carney is a radical environmentalist who was seconded to the United Nations to bad-mouth the resource base that underpins Canadian living standards.

This is what autocrats and oligarchies do. They despoil democracies and free enterprise. Be warned.

https://financialpost.com/diane-francis/diane-francis-trudeaus-autocratic-proclivities-a-clear-and-present-danger-to-canadian-democracy

 

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This is what autocrats and oligarchies do. They despoil democracies and free enterprise. Be warned.

 

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" When mixed with Trudeau’s continuing assault on Canada’s only engine of economic growth — the oil and resource sectors — the outcome is a foregone conclusion: Canadian taxpayers, who already pay some of the highest taxes in the world, will crumble or flee, along with their investors and employers."

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TRUDEAU’S NIGHTMARE?

O’toole hits right notes

  • Calgary Herald
  • 26 Aug 2020
  • LICIA CORBELLA Licia Corbella is a Postmedia columnist in Calgary.
img?regionKey=FZz7ccLUD8liuTkmbTe1IA%3d%3dSEAN KILPATRICK/THE CANADIAN PRESS Conservative Leader Erin O’toole is likely creating quite a disturbance within the upper ranks of the Liberal Party, writes Licia Corbella.

A new poll suggests that if an election were held today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — mired as he is in yet another scandal that reflects poorly on his ethical standards — would possibly win a majority government.

That may be why it looks as though Trudeau is trying to force an election following his Speech from the Throne on Sept. 23 or through the budget that will follow.

The poll, conducted by Leger and the Association for Canadian Studies, found that if there were an election today, 38 per cent of decided voters said they'd support Trudeau's Liberals, compared to 30 per cent for the Conservatives, 18 per cent for the NDP and six per cent for the Greens.

Astonishingly, the poll found that the prospect of a confidence vote leading to a federal election is favoured by 38 per cent and opposed by only 42 per cent.

The poll, which was conducted before Erin O'toole was chosen Sunday night/early Monday morning as the Conservative Party's new leader, shows how much ground O'toole has to cover before he can form government.

Basically, most Canadians have no clue who he is. Even political junkies knew little about the Ontario corporate lawyer who spent 12 years in the air force after high school before becoming an MP in 2012 and briefly holding the veterans affairs portfolio in Stephen Harper's government.

But if Trudeau and his team have been watching O'toole's performances lately — and we know they have — it isn't surprising that they want an election sooner rather than later.

O'toole has been hitting all the right notes with his speeches and press conferences and is likely causing all sorts of dismay in the Liberal party ranks.

“Even now, with our country facing a crisis, (Justin Trudeau) may be trying to trigger an early election. Because of that, I may soon be asking Canadians for the chance to serve as prime minister so we can get our country back on track,” O'toole said.

On Tuesday morning, during a media availability, O'toole made his opening remarks in both English and French, as any serious federal party leader must do. What seemed to surprise some pundits, however was just how comfortably and ably he handled questions by French-speaking reporters. It's one thing to read French from a prepared speech, quite another to understand the question being asked in French and then answering those questions coherently and eloquently.

It's widely believed former Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer lost last year's Oct. 21 election following his dismal performance during the French-televised debate in which he was asked repeatedly what he personally believed about abortion. Scheer kept on sticking to his talking points, saying that he would not reopen the abortion debate should he become prime minister. That didn't seem to satisfy those asking the questions or the Quebec populace. He spooked many voters.

“The Liberals will be trying to work their little spin cycle and they're already starting,” said O'toole in answer to a reporter's question.

“I have a track record of always voting in favour of rights — whether it's the rights of women with respect to choice, whether it's the LGBT community. In my first months as an MP I was the first Conservative of 18 to support an LGBT bill. I will always stand and defend the rights of Canadians. Justin Trudeau skipped a very close vote to attend a cash-for-access fundraiser with the Liberals in Toronto. So you'll see where his priorities are. My priorities will be on Canadians.”

How O'toole answered that question reveals several things — first, that he's done his homework about where he was during specific votes in the House of Commons and, where Trudeau was, and mostly, that he can't be painted as scary on social issues.

That O'toole received the second- and third-ballot votes of Conservatives who first backed social conservative leadership candidates Leslyn Lewis and Derek Sloan, was easily explained by O'toole.

A reporter pointed out that he ran a “true blue” campaign that attracted the social conservative vote, but right away in his victory speech tried to appeal to a broader audience and “some in the Conservative party have said you're moving to the mushy middle.”

“I think that's not true. I'm quite true blue today. I'm wearing my blue,” he said cheerily, referring to his blue suit and blue tie.

“I'm going to be a bit of a sea change for Canadians because, you know what, I respect people even when I don't agree with them.”

That answer was a sly poke directed toward Trudeau, who will not allow pro-life Liberals even to run for public office.

“I won a mandate not hiding my track record on all my voting records, on being a pro-choice MP, by being PRO-LGBTQ. I won a strong mandate and I'm not afraid to fight for things I believe in and I'm not afraid to respect people who have another point of view.”

So refreshing.

In his opening remarks, he repeated a couple of paragraphs from his victory speech verbatim.

“Canadians haven't always seen themselves in our party. I'm going to change that. Because, as I said in the wee hours of Monday morning — and I am going to repeat it because it is so important: "Whether you are black, white, brown or from any race or creed. Whether you are LGBTQ or straight. Whether you are an Indigenous Canadian or have joined the Canadian family three weeks ago or three generations ago .... Whether you worship on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, or not at all. You are an important part of Canada and you have a home in the Conservative Party of Canada."

When asked about what he would have done differently with regard to COVID-19, O'toole said what many Canadians wish our government had done.

“I think the Liberal Party was a month-and-a-half slow in closing the border, slow with PPE and slow with wage subsidies and economic responses.”

O'toole grew up middle class and so have his kids.

“I'm not well known. I get things done, I don't drop the ball ... I have no famous name,” he said.

But, he added, “with the challenges we face in the world we ... need someone who came from the middle class to serve Canada ethically and professionally at home and on the world stage. That is what Canadians will get with me.”

This is why Trudeau wants a fall election. He doesn't want Canadians to get to know Erin O'toole.

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Came across this item, which seemed to escape the main news outlets:

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Sikh independence activists say they’re used to intense online debates about their cause, up to and including threats of violence.

But when men in a pickup truck festooned with the Indian flag arrived at an anti-Indian government gathering this month toting a semi-automatic pistol, they were stunned, says Jay Grewal, a director of the group Sikhs for Justice.

Police eventually carried out a dramatic arrest in the Brampton, Ont., parking lot, charging five men with firearms offences after recovering a loaded handgun from their vehicle.

Witnesses say one of the men was asking to see the event’s promoter, who earlier received anonymous death threats over a video he had posted plugging the protest. The demonstrators were marshalling in Brampton before travelling to the actual demonstration at India’s consulate in downtown Toronto.

Grewal believes the incident marks a troubling new turn in the ongoing conflict between Indo-Canadians for and against a separate Sikh homeland — known as Khalistan — in south Asia.

“Everybody’s on edge. There is a belief that there are people willing to engage in acts of violence against Khalistanis on Canadian soil,” he said. “Many people are shocked and frightened that this may happen again.”

Jagmeet Singh might not appreciate the timing, given the upcoming election and his reluctance to denounce separatism.

https://www.recorder.ca/news/canada/people-are-frightened-sikh-activists-chilled-by-arrest-of-men-brandishing-loaded-gun-indian-flag-at-anti-india-protest/wcm/f8eb2fe0-fe06-4782-a221-e01a49ac6ba1
 

I’m  fed with “new Canadians” coming here to fight their battles “back home”...... Tamil Tigers, Sikhs, Hezbollah, Isis, etc. But that’s just me. (No sooner had I finished comment, and I run across this!)

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Haleema Mustafa, a Toronto-area woman, has been arrested over allegations she left Canada to join a terrorist group, the Public Prosecution Service of Canada confirmed Wednesday.

Mustafa has been charged with two terrorism-related offences and will appear in court either Thursday or Friday, a spokesperson for the service said. Global News first reported Mustafa had been arrested by police in Markham, Ont.

https://www.cbc.ca/amp/1.5701147

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Nanos survey reveals where O'Toole's Conservatives may find their greatest support

Ryan Flanagan

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Published Monday, September 7, 2020 5:20PM EDTNOW PLAYING
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TORONTO -- Canadians are more likely to say they are not open to voting for the Conservatives in the next federal election than they are to say they are open to doing so, according to a new survey by Nanos Research.

However, that is not the case when it comes to male voters and those who reside in the Conservative heartland of the Prairies.

Nanos conducted the survey for CTV News between Aug. 31 and Sept. 3, and specifically asked about openness to voting for the Official Opposition under newly installed leader Erin O'Toole.

The 1,039 respondents were asked one question: "Now that Erin O'Toole is the new leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, are you open, somewhat open, somewhat not open or not open to voting Conservative [in] the next federal election?"

The most common response was not open, which 44 per cent of respondents selected. Another eight per cent said they were somewhat not open to voting for the Conservatives.

Twenty-seven per cent of respondents said they were open to voting Conservative, while 12 per cent said they were somewhat open to the idea and nine per cent said they were unsure.

Willingness to vote for the Conservatives was highest by far in the Prairies, where 63.2 per cent of respondents reported being either open or somewhat open to the party. This is roughly in line with the Conservatives' vote share in the 2019 federal election in the region, where they won 54 out of 62 seats.

Nanos measured openness or somewhat openness to voting for the Conservatives with O'Toole as leader at 38.6 per cent in Ontario, 35.9 percent in British Columbia, 29 per cent in Atlantic Canada and 27.7 per cent in Quebec.

Those levels are roughly in line with the party's vote share in last year's election in B.C. and Atlantic Canada, but significantly higher than the party's 2019 performance in Ontario and Quebec – suggesting a measure of support for O'Toole's Conservatives in the crucial swing ridings in those two provinces.

Nationally, the Conservatives won 34.3 per cent of the popular vote in the 2019 federal election, ahead of the Liberals' 33.1 per cent, but picked up 36 fewer seats due to their votes being heavily concentrated in Prairie and rural ridings.

Men were more likely to report being open or somewhat open to voting for the Conservatives than not, at 48.4 per cent to 44.5 per cent. Nearly 59 per cent of women said they were not open to voting Conservative, versus 31.1 per cent who said they were.

Resistance to voting for the Conservatives was also found to increase by age, with 48.5 per cent of respondents aged 18 to 34 telling Nanos Research they were either not open or somewhat not open to doing so, compared to 51.2 per cent of those aged 35 to 54 and 54.6 per cent of those aged 55 and older.

METHODOLOGY

These observations are based on an RDD dual frame (land- and cell-lines) hybrid telephone and online random survey of 1,039 Canadians, 18 years of age or older, between Aug. 31 and Sept. 3 as part of an omnibus survey. The margin of error for this survey is plus or minus three percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

This study was commissioned by CTV News and the research was conducted by Nanos Research.

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Roy Green: Could there be a pre-Christmas election for Erin O’Toole and the Conservatives?

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By Roy Green Global News
Posted September 11, 2020 2:31 pm

Amid speculation of a fall election, Conservative leader Erin O'Toole has unveiled his new shadow cabinet, or what he calls "a government in waiting." Mercedes Stephenson reports on O'Toole's new team and its strategy.

What might the result of a federal election in November deliver?

That’s a delicious question inviting voter projections based on likely provincial, regional, demographic and gender voting expectations. In other words, the usual methodology.

READ MORE: Trudeau mum on whether throne speech will include any plan to tackle deficit

It’s a methodology that completely misfired and discounted the election of a majority Conservative Party government in the U.K. in 2015.

Experts scoffed at the notion David Cameron would emerge from leading an unsatisfying coalition of parties to form a majority Conservative Party government. Yet, on May 7, 2015, that is exactly what took place.

Eighteen months later, on the eve of the United States election, polling predicted a Hillary Clinton election victory over Donald Trump in the race for the White House. On Nov. 7, the NBC/SurveyMonkey national election tracking poll showed Clinton with a six-point lead.

On Nov. 8, Trump was handed the keys to Air Force One.

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Electoral College expected to formally elect Donald Trump as president

Attempts continue to be made to push the narrative Clinton won the popular vote while Trump scored only because of Electoral College states representation.

That fails to take into consideration that while Clinton did indeed score more votes than Trump, much of that voter support was concentrated in one state, California and one rationale for the Electoral College is to avoid discounting the significance of less densely populated states compared to those with massive numbers of urban voters.

In any case, the case for a Clinton moral popular vote victory rings hollow, just as it did for the Conservative Party of Canada last Oct. 21, when the Andrew Scheer-led CPC outdistanced Justin Trudeau’s LPC in the popular vote, with Trudeau and the Liberals scoring the lowest popular vote percentage (33.1 per cent) for any party winning a federal election in the history of Canada. The losing Conservatives received the support of 34.4 per cent of voters nationally.

But back to the possibilities for a major upheaval in Canada’s Parliament, were a November vote to occur.

Justin Trudeau’s personal and negative baggage would have increased over what he towed into last year’s vote, which saw the Liberals under his leadership reduced from majority to minority government after just one term.

READ MORE: WE Charity shutdown doesn’t make ‘Liberals’ scandal go away,’ opposition says

The various Trudeau/WE Charity challenges would dog the PM, including the proroguing of Parliament, which shut down ethics and finance committee investigations of Trudeau and his erstwhile minister of finance Bill Morneau.

Now imagine the potential impact if parliamentary Conflict of Interest Act watchdog Mario Dion were to return a decision that Trudeau, for a third time, was found to be in violation of ethical behaviour.

Former B.C. premier and federal Liberal minister of health Ujjal Dosanjh suggested in an interview that a declaration by the commissioner that a member of Parliament had violated the Conflict of Interest Act should perhaps result in suspension or expulsion from parliament.

 

 

The Conservatives are now led by Erin O’Toole, a military veteran who was later veterans affairs minister in Stephen Harper’s cabinet.

I spoke with Michel Drapeau, a retired CAF officer who is now a lawyer in private practice who handles military cases on behalf of service members, active and retired. Drapeau says that as minister, O’Toole brought civility to discussions with veterans.

I also spoke with Don Sorochan, who represented veterans in a lawsuit they filed against the federal government. That case was brought up in a Justin Trudeau town hall in February 2018, and that resulted in the prime minister muttering his now-infamous response, “Why are we still fighting against certain veterans’ groups in court? Because they are asking for more than we are able to give right now.”

Sorochan and Drapeau, in off-air conversations, shared their respect for the performance of O’Toole as veterans affairs minister and the attitude he brought to discussions with veterans.

READ MORE: (Aug. 30, 2018) Military veterans lose disability pension fight

The fly-in-the-ointment may be that O’Toole seems not terribly keen to force an election at the moment. A Trudeau win might reduce the current CPC leader to footnote-in-history status. O’Toole needs an electorate that is again ready to slash Liberal numbers in Parliament.

A weakened Justin Trudeau would be welcomed by Yves-François Blanchet and his Bloc Quebecois. In October 2019, the party tripled its seat count to its current caucus of 32, up from the 10 seats it won in 2015,

Blanchet has already positioned himself as being ready to push for non-confidence in Trudeau’s Liberals and create the dynamics for a fall election. How committed Blanchet might be to following through with that would depend on how much newly fertile voter soil might present itself to the BQ, seeded by the amount of self-inflicted damage Trudeau would bear entering the ring in Quebec.
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Bloc’s Blanchet issues public ultimatum, threatens fall election

It is Jagmeet Singh who would need the most convincing. Singh’s NDP occupies third-place party status in Parliament with a caucus again reduced last October.

The 44 seats it won in 2015 already represented carnage to the party, which had scored 103 seats under Jack Layton in 2011 to become — for the first time — the official opposition in Canada’s Parliament. The New Democrats’ 2019 seat count of 24 represents a slump to fourth place. Singh, though, has to be prepared for the eventualities that Trudeau may present in his speech from the throne on Sept. 23.

Were Trudeau to tack hard to the left, thereby pushing the New Democrats further to the margins of relevance, the result of another election setback would most likely see the party sending Singh packing, as it did Thomas Mulcair following the 2015 election.

Singh could position support for an election as standing for integrity in government and the removal of a prime minister twice (and perhaps thrice) cited for ethical shortcomings.

TH_SINGH_ON_WE_thumbnail_1280x720.jpg?w=1040&quality=70&strip=all1:23NDP leader Singh says WE Charity’s shut down of Canadian operations highlights it was in ‘need of a bailout’

NDP leader Singh says WE Charity’s shut down of Canadian operations highlights it was in ‘need of a bailout’

Back to the Conservative Party of Canada.

O’Toole has a decision make: to be bold, or not. That’s it.

Voters’ cynicism toward politics, political parties and political opportunists, real or perceived, can be established within minutes of any conversation on the subject from coast to coast.

This is a time of opportunity for the CPC and its new leader.

Hockey play-by-play parlance may be appropriate: take the shot.

Roy Green is the host of the Roy Green Show on the Global News Radio network.

Link to article with it's video's https://globalnews.ca/news/7328785/throne-speech-canada-federal-election/

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O'Toole says Trudeau divided the country, Tories will be a compassionate 'government in waiting'

OTTAWA — New Conservative leader Erin O’Toole used his first speech to his party’s caucus on Wednesday to declare that they will be an intelligent, compassionate alternative to Justin Trudeau’s Liberals, and drew on the lessons of Canada’s history all the way back to Louis Riel to show what happens when the country is divided.

O’Toole argued that Trudeau created deep problems in Canada even before the pandemic hit, and pledged that the Conservatives will show they are ready now to govern the country.

 

“We must show Canadians that we have a plan to get our country back on track,” O’Toole told the room. “We must restore hope. Canadians haven’t always seen themselves in our party. We’re going to change that. They will see themselves reflected in the Conservative Party of Canada. And they will see our caucus as a serious, intelligent, compassionate and ethical government in waiting.”

The speech began with a message of unity for the Conservatives, then slammed Trudeau’s record of managing the economy, and ended with a lengthy discussion of Riel, John A. Macdonald, and how Canada’s past must not be “cancelled,” but instead used to inform debates about the future.

It was O’Toole’s first address to his party’s caucus since being elected leader on Aug. 23, and it was also the first time the caucus has met in Ottawa since the pandemic lockdowns began in March.

O’Toole said he’d dropped off his daughter at high school that morning, calling it an example of how Canadians are starting to reunite after many difficult months during the pandemic.

“We are coming together again,” he said, referring to the MPs in the room, many of whom had endorsed his leadership rival Peter MacKay. “And we are stronger and more united than ever before.”

O’Toole’s speech argued that Trudeau had stoked divisions in Canada well before the COVID-19 crisis, citing office towers standing empty in Calgary and the rail blockades that had dominated the news in February.

He then transitioned into a discussion about historical figures and how controversies around them can provide lessons for today, as opposed to tearing down their monuments or removing their names from buildings.

O’Toole noted his speech was taking place in the Sir John A. Macdonald building in downtown Ottawa, calling Macdonald “the founder of this party, the founder of this country.”

“Senator Murray Sinclair, the former chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, has called the tearing down of statues counterproductive to reconciliation,” O’Toole said. “He instead suggested placing plaques beside statues to tell more a more balanced story about Canada. Perhaps we should do that next to the Langevin building. Perhaps we should do that next to the Trudeau International Airport.”

 

 

“It would have been difficult enough to guide our country through this pandemic and rebuild if we had entered the crisis united and with a strong economy,” O’Toole said. “Instead, we entered the pandemic divided, disrespected and indebted.”

In 2017, the Liberals renamed Langevin Block, the building where the Prime Minister’s Office is housed, due to controversy around Hector Langevin’s role in creating the residential schools system. The building is now called the Office of the Prime Minister and Privy Council.)

O’Toole brought up Riel, calling him “one of the most debated people in Canadian history,” and used him as an example of how the past can be an instructive example for today.

“Riel has been called the father of Manitoba, a warrior for Métis and Indigenous rights and culture, a Francophone folk hero, a thrice elected Member of Parliament,” O’Toole said. “He’s also been called a traitor.”

Both Macdonald and Riel made “good and bad choices,” O’Toole said, and the history books should scrutinize them carefully.

“But theirs is also a story of what happens when Canada is divided, when Western alienation takes root, and people feel ignored by a distant government in Ottawa who does not try to understand the fears and desires of thousands of people miles away,” he continued.

“This is why we must never erase their stories by tearing them down. Cancel culture dooms us to forget the lessons from these stories. It also ignores the incredible progress and resilience of Canada.”

As he wrapped up, O’Toole echoed the words he’d said in the middle of the night after being elected leader.

“Good morning again, Canada,” he said. “I’m Erin O’Toole from Bowmanville, Ontario. I’m proud of my country. And I’m very proud of this team in front of them. We are here to fight for you. And I’m asking you to take a look at the Conservative Party of Canada.”

https://nationalpost.com/news/otoole-says-trudeau-divided-the-country-tories-will-be-a-compassionate-government-in-waiting

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Trudeau government hasn’t started planting 2 billion trees promised in 2019 campaign

Published Wednesday, September 16, 2020 8:38PM EDT
Trudeau pledges to plant two billion trees

In this file photo from September 27, 2019, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tells reporters that if his government is re-elected, they will plant two billion trees over the next ten years.

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TORONTO -- While on the campaign trail a year ago, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised that a re-elected Liberal government would plant two billion trees over the next 10 years. But so far, none of those trees have gone in the ground.

Some federally-funded trees have been planted in 2020, according to Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan’s office, but the “two billion” promise referred to brand-new trees, on top of the usual replanting efforts.

Ian Cameron, press secretary for O’Regan, says that COVID-19 is the cause for the delay.

“Our government provided $30 million to businesses in the forest sector to ensure that they could safely continue their planting activities during COVID-19,” he said in a statement to CTV News. “We are also planting hundreds of thousands of trees through the Infrastructure Disaster Mitigation Adaptation Fund. These have been our priority in the past several months, and we were successful in those efforts.

“Building off these efforts, we remain fully committed to planting two billion trees, and we look forward to sharing more on that soon.”

Trudeau first made the promise in September 2019, after he met with Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg, and before he participated in a climate march in Montreal.

The two billion trees were pitched as an important part of the Liberals’ plan to fight climate change and achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. The party’s platform specified that it would create 3,500 seasonal tree planting jobs, and that it was all part of a $3-billion “commitment to better conserve and restore forests, grasslands, agricultural lands, wetlands, and coastal areas.”

“Nature isn't just part of our identity as Canadians, it's also a part of the solution to climate change and it's a solution we can start using today," Trudeau told reporters in September 2019.

"Trees are remarkable. They pull carbon out of the atmosphere. They are renewable and they're sustainable and, eventually, they even recycle themselves. All we have to do is plant the first one."

When the plan was announced, officials specified that this would be in addition to the roughly 600 million trees that are already planted across Canada each year.

In order to have two billion trees planted by 2030, the government should’ve been planting 200 million trees a year starting in 2020, which breaks down to 547,945 trees planted every single day.

If they start planting in 2021, it’ll take 608,828 trees planted every day to make the goal. 

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Yet again, example of how Liberals feel rules aren't for them

 

  • Calgary Sun
  • 20 Sep 2020
  • LORNE GUNTER lgunter@postmedia.com @sunlornegunter
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Surely David Macnaughton, Canada's former ambassador in Washington, knew his contacts with two cabinet ministers, the head of Canada's armed forces and assorted senior political staffers and bureaucrats were a violation of federal conflict of interest rules.

Before being appointed to our embassy in the U.S. capital, Macnaughton had been the head of Strategycorp and Hill and Knowlton, two of Canada's largest public affairs firms (read lobbying firms).

As a young man, Macnaughton had spent six years as a senior staffer to a minister in Pierre Trudeau's government.

More recently, he was Ontario Liberal Premier Dalton Mcguinty's principal secretary from 2003 to 2005 and he co-chaired the federal Liberals' successful campaign in Ontario in the 2015 federal election.

In between all those Liberal gigs, Macnaughton was one of the country's bestknown public affairs specialists.

This week, in finding that Macnaughton had inappropriately contacted at least nine senior Ottawa players on behalf of his current employer, data company Palantir, Ethics Commissioner

Mario Dion reported that Macnaughton acknowledged, “with the benefit of hindsight,” the communications and meetings he had with senior Trudeau government officials violated the Conflict of Interest Act.

But I'm not talking about hindsight.

With all his vast experience on both ends of the lobbying game, Macnaughton must have known what he was doing was wrong at the time he was doing it.

Macnaughton was suggesting to the Deputy P.M., Chrystia Freeland, the Innovation minister Navdeep Bains, Chief of the Defence Staff, Gen. Jonathan Vance and half a dozen deputy ministers and chiefs of staff, that the government should mine databanks of personal information for clues on how to combat the coronavirus.

That's noble enough in the midst of a pandemic.

However, since stepping down as our Ambassador to the United States, Macnaughton just happens to have been the Canadian head of one of the world's biggest data-mining companies — a company that could easily have received lucrative government contracts if Macnaughton's free advice ended up convincing the federal Liberals the government needed to crunch mega-stockpiles of Canadians' personal info.

There are similarities to the way the WE Charity was lobbying the Trudeau government to create a youth pandemic program — a program it was hoping to get the contract to run.

Lobbying legally is a very complicated business in Canada.

Registered lobbyists must disclose any public offices they have held that could give them insider access to politicians and officials. They have to declare what subjects they intend to lobby on, what forms (oral or written) their lobbying will take, who they have lobbied (how and when), whether the lobbyist or the organization or corporation he or she represents receives government grants, tax credits, loans or goods or services contracts.

Any lobbying activity — even a phone call or

email — must be reported within 15 days of the end of the month in which it occurred.

That is the world David Macnaughton has lived and worked in for most of his adult life.

It's not enough to say, as the comedian Steve Martin famously suggested to all sorts of wrongdoers in the 1970s, “I forgot!”

So there has to be another explanation for Macnaughton's slip up.

The only one I can think of: He's a Liberal.

The Liberals see themselves as benighted by their “progressive” ideals to do whatever they please.

Macnaughton's is just another example of the Liberal attitude that the rules don't apply to them and if they do apply, they'll never get caught.

If they get caught, they are sure their crimes and misdemeanors will be forgiven because their motives are pure.

Their ends vindicate their means.

It's wrong to say that politicians of all parties do it.

They don't. Unethical behaviour on this level is uniquely Liberal.

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Liberals pledge $1 billion for cities to buy motels, hotels for rapid-housing program

Published Monday, September 21, 2020 11:27AM EDT

OTTAWA -- The federal Liberals plan to spend $1 billion over the next six months so cities and other housing providers can keep people from becoming homeless.

The rapid-housing funds can be used to buy properties being sold because of the COVID-19 pandemic, or to build new modular units.

The Liberals expect the program will create 3,000 new affordable housing units across Canada.

 

They want all the funds to be committed by the end of March 2021.

The funding will be available to municipalities, provinces, territories, Indigenous governing bodies and agencies and non-profit organizations.

Social Development Minister Ahmed Hussen says Ottawa will provide an additional $237 million to the federal homelessness strategy for pandemic-related expenses.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 21, 2020.

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BREAKING: Liberals & NDP Reach Deal, Giving Trudeau Blank Cheque To Remain In Power

The NDP is a crippled party that is unable to fight an election. The Liberals exploited this, and let the NDP claim a ‘win’ to keep the Liberals in power.

The NDP and Liberals have reached an agreement that will allow the Liberals to stay in power.

In short, the Liberals ‘compromised’ on things they almost certainly planned to change anyway, giving the NDP a ‘win’, allowing them to save face and keep the Liberals in power.

https://www.google.ca/amp/s/beta.ctvnews.ca/national/politics/2020/9/25/1_5120095.html

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