Thoughts On The Last Few Days In Canadian Politics

The moment someone labels you something so outrageously false a few things happen.  There is an immediate sense of anger, of defensiveness and even some sense to retaliate. But as calmer heads prevail, you start to think about a) why did they think this, b) how do I convince them this is not true, and most importantly to me c) how can we break away from the cycle spewing vitriol at each other pushing us further and further apart and building walls made with not just bricks but with hatred.

I have been thinking long and hard about what I have seen on my social media the past few days and, to be frank, I am quite disappointed in many of those on all sides of the political spectrum.

Yes, like many, I was quite disturbed at the photos. But I am also extremely upset at those who are being obnoxious about it. The most egregious ones are those who have worked hardest to get away from the false accusations which have been thrown their way for simply being on the right side of the political spectrum. Would it not make for a better world if we all simply took a few breaths when it comes to using the turn “racist” and think about the damaging ramifications it carries with it should someone be incorrectly labelled?

There is enough hypocrisy going around for everyone to wear some of it. And yes, one in particular may need to wear it more. But simply saying “well YOU were worse than me.” is not good enough to better our society. It is simply NOT GOOD ENOUGH.  Because if it is, we are all officiallyscrewed.

Either you are for taxes or against them…..

You can tax a product and then give the money to someone in the form of a tax credit or subsidy.  Or you can constrict the supply of a product through legislation and thus drive the price up of said product and the manufacturer of that product reaps a financial benefit.  It’s two ways of describing the same thing.  One is a tax and the other is supply management but they are in effect the same thing.

So the….ahem….Scheer hypocrisy of Andrew Scheer to fight the Liberal carbon tax but support the dairy cartel is simply that.   Hypocrisy.

Liberal Strategists Using Herb Tarlek Defence

It seems the Liberals are up to their old tricks again.  With Justin Trudeau under fire for not really being a feminist (and Nick Nanos confirmed his 20 point lead with women has frittered away to just a 5 point lead) the Liberal females in Caucus have started the repetitious campaign of using identical language in a branding effort.  I always wondered where this idea came from.  I think it was part of Saul Alinsky’s rule 13 for Radicals, but I think it hit it’s perfect culmination back in the mid 2000’s when the Liberals thought the Harper Conservatives had “no plan”.  (click to view an old video we made)

But I think I need to call this the Herb Tarlek tactic.  Click video which will start at about the 12 minute mark.

Smackdown: Harper on conservatives claiming to be centrist….like Andrew Scheer…and it’s not good for Scheer

I saw a meme which had a comment from current Conservative Party of Canada leader Andrew Scheer about being Centrist and then had a quote by former Conservative Party of Canada leader (and Prime Minister) Stephen Harper about conservatives claiming to be centrist and I thought it was very astute but wanted to fact check.  And lo and behold, it was pretty much true.  I have linked to the Toronto Sun article interviewing Andrew Scheer and Ben Shapiro interviewing Stephen Harper and ummm…did Harper hand Scheer a Smackdown?

Voters will have a clear choice: Scheer ; November 3rd, 2018

““We have an opportunity to say that we are a pragmatic centrist party with room for lots of different views on lots of different issues…”
~Andrew Scheer

Then on the Sunday Special with Ben Shapiro a mere 2 weeks later on November 18th, 2018, at the 5:55 mark of the interview Stephen Harper says this:

“..often you will see the same things happen in Canada, ‘I’m a pragmatist, I’m a centrist’, and of course coming from the mouth of a conservative often means they are actually left of centre but somehow want to be in a conservative party.”

You can view it by clicking the on the video below and the response is at the 5:55 mark.  (You can see the conversation with the question starting at the 4:46 mark.)

So does Andrew Scheer have a problem?  Most conservatives are huge fans of Stephen Harper so I would say yes.  He is OfficiallyScrewed.