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Thursday
Aug152019

Where Do We Go from Here?

Canadians should be worried when a Prime Minister thinks he is above the law. In this case Trudeau has once again been nailed for ethics violations. His defense was that he was trying to save jobs. With Trudeau we can always be guaranteed some excuse and while they vary, they are his thinly disguised contempt for being expected to comply and obey- in this latest case the ethics code. He is now the only Canadian Prime Minister to have broken the ethics code, not once, but twice.

The latest Ethics Commissioner report is scathing. Let us not forget that Trudeau even blocked the commissioner from seeing some documents-why? What do these paper reveal? That now becomes the issue.

Elizabeth May, leader of the Green Party, has called for a public inquiry and while that sounds nice in media clips, she should know that it is more smoke and mirrors. If Trudeau wins another majority, he will never call an inquiry into himself. If he wins a minority- he will be propped up most likely by the Green Party as the NDP is fading fast as a viable alternative.

If May sees this issue as so important that a public inquiry is necessary- let her state before the election starts that she will not support a Liberal minority government unless a full public inquiry is called within one month of the election being decided.

Now that would be a fresh breath of air in Canadian politics!

Tuesday
Jul232019

War Over The Canada Food Guide

The Canada Food Guide is a strange hill for Scheer to plant his flag on going into the next election.

Really what is the point? Until this latest squabble between the Liberals and the Conservatives erupted did you even know there was such a thing as “A Canada Food Guide”?

If you did know it existed, did you care? Could you tell us the details of what was in the old versus the new guide?

Did you ever look it up?

Did you follow it?  

Besides pandering to certain lobby groups to get votes, especially those elusive Quebec ones – I ask again what was the point?

It will take a lot more than backing the dairy cartel to win votes in Quebec-starting with some progressive policies for starters.

With all of the available options and sources of information available to the modern consumer making a fighting issue of the Canada Food guide was just plain dumb.

Tuesday
Jun252019

Thought of the Day- June 25th

More stupidity from Trudeau.

So, Trudeau bans single use plastic items and the Liberals push this out as a major accomplishment.

But in one of his favourite past times IE a photo op, he is then caught in his own riding having pizza with you guessed it- single use utensils made out of plastic.

You can’t make this stuff up.

All you have to do is sit back and let Trudeau trip over his own feet. On that point he never fails to deliver.

Friday
Jun142019

Thought of The Day- June 14, 2019

The Greens will continue to get major media coverage which will ramp up as we get closer to the election date.

We are already seeing this happen. Why?

Media types will have a hard time saying positive things about the Trudeau government and I suspect many feel disappointed and betrayed by his broken promises, utter incompetence and continued missteps.

If you don’t want a Liberal majority and you don’t want a Conservative one either, you have to push for a minority government. With the NDP slip-sliding their way into the wilderness, the most likely choice for many would be a Green-Liberal coalition or informal voting arrangement.

That will mean Greens taking both Liberal and NDP votes away from Trudeau plus Green polices will appeal to many moderate Conservatives. Watch for the Liberal-NDP-Green fight for the so called “progressive” voter as we get closer to election day.

It will be interesting to see if I am right.

Tuesday
May282019

A Missed Opportunity

Yesterday Jody Wilson-Raybault and Jane Philpott decided to run as independent candidates in the next election.

While I respect their choice, I do wonder if it was the wisest move for these two talented MPs.

Obviously, they have reasons for not choosing the Green Party, most likely policy differences. However, it is rare that any MP or party member agrees 100% with an entire platform.

Both MPs have received constant media attention and adulation since resigning from the Trudeau cabinet. If they expect this to continue, they are sadly mistaken.

By election day they will be yesterday’s news as the media moves on to other issues. There will be a spike in attention to see if they win their seats, but it won’t last. I expect they will win their seats, although the record of MPs running as independents is not good. Assuming they win, what happens after that?

The governing party sets the seating allocation in the House and office assignment as well. My guess is that they will be buried in the furthest corner away from virtually every possible camera angle.

They will be kept off of committees, rarely get to ask a question of the government and that question will be in the dying minutes of Question Period when reporters are already packing up.

The two MPs seem to crave the limelight, but they have pretty much assured themselves of rarely returning to it.

If they had joined the Greens, much of the above would also have remained true without official party status in the House, but there would have been three talented MPs (Elizabeth May, Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott) working together. They could have been a formidable force in Canadian politics, the type of force the Green Party needs to expand - a missed opportunity for now.