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Monday
Jun182018

Inquiring Minds Want To Know

According to the PMO the Prime Minister and his family enjoy the outdoors. This is a good thing. When you are faced with such a demanding and stressful job, giving your Prime Minister some down time in the outdoors is a good thing.

If we look at the latest NCC approved renovations for the Prime Minister’s summer residence at Harrington Lake; we see that he is trying hard to copy everyday middle-class Canadians and our standard of living.

Don’t we all wish we could afford a nice new sauna and not have to pay for its installation? I am sure our senior citizens would love to have one installed in their back yard or on their deck, especially if the installation costs were paid for by someone else.  Don’t you agree with the NCC that paying a mere $4300 was worth the cost?

And look at those middle-class patio umbrellas that the NCC were able to give the Prime Minister. They cost a lowly $1000 each. I suppose the NCC doesn’t mix and mingle with ordinary middle-class Canadians at their local Canadian Tire store, as there the most expensive ones were a whopping $499.

Every family needs a play structure for their children, mind you most can’t afford one. But in the true spirit of supporting the middle class the NCC bought one for the Prime Minister for only $7500. What a bargain! At your local Canadian Tire store, they sell for $599 for a combo swing set and play structure.

$28,000 for extra grooming of cross country trails for the PM really isn’t much when you consider that he is already surrounded by miles and miles of some of the best cross-country trails in the country and they already exist for his use in Gatineau Park. But what is an extra $28,000 when you live the middle-class lifestyle.

Every Prime Minister deserves a decent place to live in and this one is no different, but let’s keep in mind that it is the middle class taxpayer paying for it. The NCC should take note- how quickly do you think a reporter could find suppliers, electricians, landscaping companies etc. who could do the job for much less cost?

Inquiring minds want to know.

 

 

 

 

Thursday
Apr262018

Keep It Simple

Keeping a government off-guard and on the defensive is one of the primary functions of an opposition party’s attack team. We usually see this take place in the daily Question Period.

The questions that need to be asked can most often be boiled down to three simple ones.

1. What did they know?

2. When did they know?

3. What did they do about it?

At both the provincial and federal level it is something for the Conservatives to keep in mind as we get closer to an election date.

If we look at the federal level, the Conservatives are still trying to keep the Atwal Affair alive. At this point in time not too many everyday Canadians care anymore, they made up their mind that Trudeau’s India trip was a disaster a long time ago, but inside the Queensway it’s still interesting stuff).

The questions boil down to- What was Trudeau told? When did Trudeau know? What did Trudeau do about it?

On how much will the Trudeau-McKenna carbon tax cost the Canadian economy?

What was Trudeau told? When did Trudeau know? What did Trudeau do about it?

On the summer job funding for anti-pipeline groups:

What was Trudeau told? When did Trudeau know? What did Trudeau do about it?

You can hammer a Prime Minister pretty good with those three simple questions. If Trudeau ducks and runs as one would expect him to do, you simply switch your target to the minister concerned.

Experience says that they can only run and hide for so long, before the Prime Minister or the minister loses their cool and says something they shouldn’t. That in turn will open up new possibilities and an opportunity to return to the issue once more.

Keep it simple.

Friday
Apr062018

Is History Repeating itself?

Back on January 1, 2016, I wrote a blog, part of which said to Conservatives to get over Justin Trudeau and the fact that he beat them. I mentioned that it takes time for a government to fall from grace.

Back then, who can forget all those media stories about how Trudeau would be unbeatable for the next eight years. Do you remember the stories around those who would replace Harper and why the big names might not run; as spending almost a decade in opposition was a long time? At that time, we did see some of the potential big-name candidates decide not to enter the Conservative leadership race.

I also reminded readers of the potential for the Liberals to become arrogant. We are seeing history repeat itself.

Whether you liked or disliked Pierre Trudeau when he was Prime Minister, Justin’s father had a pretty good run for a while, until he became so arrogant that he gave voters the now infamous “Salmon Arm Salute”.  The present Trudeau has gone from “sunny ways” to lecturing Canadians on what is good for them and his ministers are even worse. When a leader or a minister assumes they are always right and repeatedly ignores questions and stops listening to the people who elected them, a government is in trouble.  

Justin Trudeau is not in the same league as some of our recent Prime Ministers such as Pierre Trudeau, Brian Mulroney, Jean Chretien or Stephen Harper. He is pretty much a light weight when compared to them, but he did win by promoting the policies and hopes that Canadians voters wanted to hear. It is now up to the Scheer Conservatives to listen to all Canadians; not just to the base and see if they can take advantage of Justin’s mistakes and arrogance.

When Donald Trump has a higher approval rating than Justin Trudeau; its an opportunity that is to good to miss.

 

Wednesday
Mar142018

Just A Thought: Sit Back And Enjoy The Ride

Just A Thought: So the brouhaha over Doug Ford winning the leadership has started to die down. All that shock and horror and plenty of ink, but it won’t make a bit of difference. Right now voters are fed up with the Wynne government. We have watched her use our money to buy votes with just about every special interest group out there. Once the demand and desire to change af government starts rolling it is very hard for a government to reverse it.

Ford has a responsibility to make sure that he wins. First always dress, act and speak like a premier-in-waiting. That includes leaving the attacks and mudslinging to others. He has to make sure that he has a top notch issues management team to take care of the inevitable attacks that will be coming in and of course develop a thick skin.

There is nothing worse than a wounded and cornered Liberal trying to hang on to power. Ford has his work cut out for him, but I have a feeling he will be up for it. People tend to underestimate him, but he was smart enough to hire a top notch leadership campaign team and his organization was nothing to laugh at and they beat some pretty competent teams. Sit back and enjoy the ride- this is going to be a fascinating few months until the next provincial election.

Wednesday
Mar072018

Time to Dig Down And Work Harder

Just A Thought: It was fun to watch everyone get excited because Trudeau and the Liberals dropped in the polling numbers. While a week from hell for the Prime Minister might seem like a lifetime, it really is just a moment in time. Trudeau has plenty of time to recover and his government has plenty of time to replicate Wynne’s strategy of buying off every imaginable group of people with our own money.

Until a real trend emerges over the next several months, it is time for the Conservatives to dig in and work harder as the Liberals are sure to mount yet another charm offensive to bolster their numbers.

Let’s wait and see what next month’s numbers tell us.