Mitchel Raphael on Jason Kenney versus Justin Trudeau

The best cat fight on the Hill

Mitchel Raphael on Jason versus Justin, the best cat fight on the Hill

Photograph by Mitchel Raphael

Why this MP needs a lot of coats

Liberal MP Kirsty Duncan keeps boxes of toothpaste at her constituency office. Because she represents Etobicoke North, one of the poorest ridings in the country, she has turned her office into a quasi drop-in centre for those in need. During the winter, she keeps a collection of donated coats because some constituents come jacket-less to her office in freezing temperatures. About 65 people a day come through. (Duncan keeps only one staffer in Ottawa so she can have more in Toronto.) One of those seeking help was particularly memorable: a woman named Linda came in with a crumpled brochure the MP had distributed, which said, “We can help.” Linda had been severely abused by her husband, was terminally ill, and had no official status in Canada. “You said you would help,” she said. Duncan asked Immigration Minister Jason Kenney to give her special status so she could receive palliative care and he did. When Duncan visited Linda in the hospital, she brought her a necklace: “I don’t think she had anything that sparkled in her life.” Linda said she had a gift in return and sang a song to her visitors. Before she died the nurses helped make a recording of her singing, and Duncan helped set up an endowment fund at a shelter in her memory.

Mitchel Raphael on Jason versus Justin, the best cat fight on the Hill

Photograph by Mitchel Raphael

Jason versus Justin

The next election will be a battle for the hearts of Canada’s ethnic communities. Things have heated up between Liberal immigration critic Justin Trudeau and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney. Trudeau attacked Kenney for mixing partisan politics and government business with such things as award certificates. (In 2009, Ottawa Chinese restaurateur Yang Sheng got one “for creating an authentic multicultural dining experience.”) Then when Trudeau evoked his father’s name in question period, Kenney went for blood: “Mr. Speaker, let me tell members what his father did with immigration when we hit a recession, led by the Liberals, in the early 1980s. He slashed immigration to 80,000. Our government has maintained historically high immigration levels during the recession. In terms of social justice, his father’s government refused to apologize to Chinese Canadians for the head tax, to the Ukrainian Canadians for their internment, to Japanese Canadians for their internment, or for the shame of the Indian residential schools, unlike our Prime Minister.” Kenney has spent a lot of time working with ethnic communities who have, he has noted, “conservative values” but who vote Liberal. The minister has mastered the art of eating all sorts of cuisine, including getting out of difficult culinary situations by keeping a napkin in his pocket to help make some delicacies that don’t agree with his stomach discreetly disappear.

Power to 16-year-olds

NDP MP Don Davies recently introduced Bill C-634, a private member’s bill that would see the federal voting age lowered from 18 to 16. Davies says that with voter turnout getting more dismal, a “get them while they are young” approach will hopefully work. Davies notes his main rationale for lowering the voting age is that 16-year-olds work and pay taxes in most provinces. In some, he says, it is even lower. Davies says he took as his inspiration the famous American Revolution phrase: “no taxation without representation.” It’s an idea that has been tried before in Parliament, but Davies hopes this time it will see success.

Mitchel Raphael on Jason versus Justin, the best cat fight on the Hill

Photograph by Mitchel Raphael

Layton, Chow and the election

Last week pundits were mixed about the chances of an election. On CBC’s The National, the Toronto Star‘s Chantal Hébert thought yes, while Andrew Coyne of Maclean’s said no way. The panellists agreed, though, that Jack Layton was skilled at keeping people guessing which way his party would go. Maybe Layton’s wife provided a clue. Toronto MP Olivia Chow secured her campaign office last week.




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Mitchel Raphael on Jason Kenney versus Justin Trudeau

  1. The difference between Jason Kenney and Justin Trudeau are…..
    "one knows what he is talking about and is clean looking, the other doesn;t know what he is talking about and needs a haircut and bath.

  2. The difference between Jason Kenney and Justin Trudeau are…..
    "one knows what he is talking about and is clean looking, the other doesn;t know what he is talking about and needs a haircut and bath.

    • That's not dirt on Kenney's face – it's 5 o'clock shadow.

    • Please keep the ignorant comments coming. You can't help yourself I know. Your a tory and thats how you roll!!! It's great that canadians are seeing the real tories in this election.
      ON MAY 2
      UN PRESIDENT HARPER

  3. Nothing against Justin Trudeau. He's a fine man. It's just that I don't buy utopias from anyone.

    Specially not when I have to buy his utopia with my hard-earned cash.

  4. Nothing against Justin Trudeau. He's a fine man. It's just that I don't buy utopias from anyone.

    Specially not when I have to buy his utopia with my hard-earned cash.

  5. That is a very moving story about two MPs (Kenney and Duncan) who worked together in an act of kindness. Nice to know MPs are not always about politics.

    Kenney's comments on Trudeau are interesting in light of the recent David Frum article. I have never forgiven PET for increasing our national debt from $20 Billion to $200 Billion – some legacy!!!

    "I want to examine the Trudeau record in 3 dimensions: What Trudeau did to the Canadian economy, what Trudeau did to Canada's standing in the world, and what Trudeau did to Canadian political stability."
    http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2011/03/23/da

  6. That is a very moving story about two MPs (Kenney and Duncan) who worked together in an act of kindness. Nice to know MPs are not always about politics.

    Kenney's comments on Trudeau are interesting in light of the recent David Frum article. I have never forgiven PET for increasing our national debt from $20 Billion to $200 Billion – some legacy!!!

    "I want to examine the Trudeau record in 3 dimensions: What Trudeau did to the Canadian economy, what Trudeau did to Canada's standing in the world, and what Trudeau did to Canadian political stability."
    http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2011/03/23/da

      • Thx for the link. Now that I have stopped laughing, that was a wonderful fairy tale written by John English, a former liberal member of parliment, who writes books about his hero PET.

        As someone who grew up in Ottawa six blocks from 24 Sussex, worked in the civil service before PET destroyed it, Mr. English has a very selective memory.

        • Actually English was a Pearson man who somewhat reluctantly took on the job of a Trudeau biography, as you would know if you'd bothered to read his book[s] before criticizing.

    • That is a great story. We need more mps like Duncan.

      What's intersting about Kenny's remarks a la Trudeau is what a shameless political animal he is [ unlike Frum who i quite like. Bearing in mind i don't know his work that well] Kenny is likely well aware of PET's views on not apologising for past misdeeds. He remained consistent in his view that you shouldn't hold the current generation responsible for all the varied sins of the past – it's best to move on and vow not to let it happen again. It can also lead to pandering – which it has. In the case of the apology to FNs i strongly disagree with Trudeau.
      As for the cut to immigration – hell just about any real con would have applauded Trudeau for taking a rational step during a severe recession a generation or two ago. But we live in such a Pc world now, that just about no one would support this view anymore. JK is a shameless political junk yard dog, who thinks context is a concept that only applies when he's accused of being in the wrong…he he's our future…lord help us all.

  7. That's not dirt on Kenney's face – it's 5 o'clock shadow.

  8. I can recall many times hearing that PET was a Communist.
    Talk about people being pushy…..Mr. Harper looks like an angel next to PET and Iggy.

  9. I can recall many times hearing that PET was a Communist.
    Talk about people being pushy…..Mr. Harper looks like an angel next to PET and Iggy.

    • This just in;
      Harper has record deficiet, record dept, record contempt of parliment, record lies to canadians about spending our money, record criminal charged to his regime etc, etc, etc…
      Just in case you forgot!
      ON MAY 2
      UN PRESIDENT HARPER

  10. Dr. Kirsty Duncan's speciality was research into the geography of pandemics and she was part of the research team that was awarded the Nobel Prize, http://www.speakersbulgaria.com/2009/08/31/dr-kir….

    That was a marvellous story about what she does from her constiuency office and what she did for that poor woman in her last days.

    I would imagine the Conservatives are gunning for her…

  11. Dr. Kirsty Duncan's speciality was research into the geography of pandemics and she was part of the research team that was awarded the Nobel Prize, http://www.speakersbulgaria.com/2009/08/31/dr-kir….

    That was a marvellous story about what she does from her constiuency office and what she did for that poor woman in her last days.

    I would imagine the Conservatives are gunning for her…

  12. That is a great story. We need more mps like Duncan.

    What's intersting about Kenny's remarks a la Trudeau is what a shameless political animal he is [ unlike Frum who i quite like. Bearing in mind i don't know his work that well] Kenny is likely well aware of PET's views on not apologising for past misdeeds. He remained consistent in his view that you shouldn't hold the current generation responsible for all the varied sins of the past – it's best to move on and vow not to let it happen again. It can also lead to pandering – which it has. In the case of the apology to FNs i strongly disagree with Trudeau.
    As for the cut to immigration – hell just about any real con would have applauded Trudeau for taking a rational step during a severe recession a generation or two ago. But we live in such a Pc world now, that just about no one would support this view anymore. JK is a shameless political junk yard dog, who thinks context is a concept that only applies when he's accused of being in the wrong…he he's our future…lord help us all.

  13. Thx for the link. Now that I have stopped laughing, that was a wonderful fairy tale written by John English, a former liberal member of parliment, who writes books about his hero PET.

    As someone who grew up in Ottawa six blocks from 24 Sussex, worked in the civil service before PET destroyed it, Mr. English has a very selective memory.

  14. The nature of comments made by Jason Kenny about Pierre Trudeau is typical of what Harper and his troops are well renowned for: Character assassination by falsehood and all other forms of tricks, misrepresentations and manipulation of facts.
    On all accounts and by all standards Trudeau was by far the first statesman in the 20th century who foresaw that in the 21st century multiculturalism would be the foundation of any form of true democracy in major metropolitan cities around the world. That's why he introduced the principle and policy of multiculturalism as early as 1968, when Jason Kenny was probably sucking his thumb instead of speaking nonsense in the Parliament. The other lasting gift Trudeau gave all Canadians, and particularly the new Canadians who more badly needed the very broad protection it offered them was the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom.
    With such astounding records it would be an insult to the intelligence of average Canadians to bring Trudeau's name with Harper's in a sentence, let alone comparing their visions, values and contributions to this great country of ours and all of it citizens, new and old.

  15. The nature of comments made by Jason Kenny about Pierre Trudeau is typical of what Harper and his troops are well renowned for: Character assassination by falsehood and all other forms of tricks, misrepresentations and manipulation of facts.
    On all accounts and by all standards Trudeau was by far the first statesman in the 20th century who foresaw that in the 21st century multiculturalism would be the foundation of any form of true democracy in major metropolitan cities around the world. That's why he introduced the principle and policy of multiculturalism as early as 1968, when Jason Kenny was probably sucking his thumb instead of speaking nonsense in the Parliament. The other lasting gift Trudeau gave all Canadians, and particularly the new Canadians who more badly needed the very broad protection it offered them was the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom.
    With such astounding records it would be an insult to the intelligence of average Canadians to bring Trudeau's name with Harper's in a sentence, let alone comparing their visions, values and contributions to this great country of ours and all of it citizens, new and old.

    • Blind to the end.

      • This just in;
        Harper has record deficiet, record dept, record contempt of parliment, record lies to canadians about spending our money, record criminal charged to his regime etc, etc, etc…
        Just in case you forgot!
        ON MAY 2
        UN PRESIDENT HARPER

        • The exact same post three times on one eighteen-post thread? Not to mention all the other places I've seen it.Give it a rest! Or at the very least, have someone correct your spelling before you post again.

          You're actually doing what the right-wing posters haven't done – make me think of switching to CPC.

          • You're already Tory. That's an old, tired ploy that we all know about. Keep the anger coming please.

  16. One would also hope JK remembers to remove the napkin with the unwanted "delicacy" from his pocket, lol!!

    Did that myself once. Couldn't understand why the dog wanted in the closet!!

  17. Why do we even need MP's? Have you read this:

    I spoke with the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board on March 29, 2011 and they blame legislation for all this denial. How can legislation possibly be so draconian? Who drafted it and can somebody please quote the legislation that has denied Liz Hoage because I am tired of this ignorant deception.

    To sustain the false impression that legislation is responsible for this travesty of justice, the Board makes claims like “nervous shock is not a medical diagnosis.” Do they actually think that any intelligent person will think that this irelevant disinformation is credible? Under the law, “nervous shock” has been deemed to be compensable whether it is a medical diagnosis or not. Moreover, case law is constantly evolving, it is not selective fodder for the justification of abuse.

    The fact of the matter is, the Board could not provide a single good reason to justify their decision to deny Liz Hoage the compensation she deserves, and after encountering a barrage of widespread condemnation, if a good reason existed, I would have certainly heard about it today.

    Clearly, the suggestion that the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board has any meritorious legal standing to deny Liz Hoage compensation is totally ludicrous. Case law is not legislation. Case law is about divergent, legal decisions that frequently contradict themselves. Anybody can use a flawed court ruling to draw attention to a miscarriage of justice, but where does the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board get the idea that it has the right to use case law to overrule legislation?

    It looks like parliament is rather irrelevant if they don't enforce their own legislation:

    http://ahabit.com

    That's my impression… Contraire, Claire?

  18. Why do we even need MP's? Have you read this:

    I spoke with the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board on March 29, 2011 and they blame legislation for all this denial. How can legislation possibly be so draconian? Who drafted it and can somebody please quote the legislation that has denied Liz Hoage because I am tired of this ignorant deception.

    To sustain the false impression that legislation is responsible for this travesty of justice, the Board makes claims like “nervous shock is not a medical diagnosis.” Do they actually think that any intelligent person will think that this irelevant disinformation is credible? Under the law, “nervous shock” has been deemed to be compensable whether it is a medical diagnosis or not. Moreover, case law is constantly evolving, it is not selective fodder for the justification of abuse.

    The fact of the matter is, the Board could not provide a single good reason to justify their decision to deny Liz Hoage the compensation she deserves, and after encountering a barrage of widespread condemnation, if a good reason existed, I would have certainly heard about it today.

    Clearly, the suggestion that the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board has any meritorious legal standing to deny Liz Hoage compensation is totally ludicrous. Case law is not legislation. Case law is about divergent, legal decisions that frequently contradict themselves. Anybody can use a flawed court ruling to draw attention to a miscarriage of justice, but where does the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board get the idea that it has the right to use case law to overrule legislation?

    It looks like parliament is rather irrelevant if they don't enforce their own legislation:

    http://ahabit.com

    That's my impression… Contraire, Claire?

  19. Actually English was a Pearson man who somewhat reluctantly took on the job of a Trudeau biography, as you would know if you'd bothered to read his book[s] before criticizing.

  20. Blind to the end.

  21. Please keep the ignorant comments coming. You can't help yourself I know. Your a tory and thats how you roll!!! It's great that canadians are seeing the real tories in this election.
    ON MAY 2
    UN PRESIDENT HARPER

  22. This just in;
    Harper has record deficiet, record dept, record contempt of parliment, record lies to canadians about spending our money, record criminal charged to his regime etc, etc, etc…
    Just in case you forgot!
    ON MAY 2
    UN PRESIDENT HARPER

  23. This just in;
    Harper has record deficiet, record dept, record contempt of parliment, record lies to canadians about spending our money, record criminal charged to his regime etc, etc, etc…
    Just in case you forgot!
    ON MAY 2
    UN PRESIDENT HARPER

  24. The exact same post three times on one eighteen-post thread? Not to mention all the other places I've seen it.Give it a rest! Or at the very least, have someone correct your spelling before you post again.

    You're actually doing what the right-wing posters haven't done – make me think of switching to CPC.

  25. You're already Tory. That's an old, tired ploy that we all know about. Keep the anger coming please.

  26. Clearly, you haven't been following my posts. Not sure if that makes me sad or glad.

    To show there's no hard feelings: "deficiet" should be spelled "deficit"; "dept" should be "debt". You're welcome.

    And that really bad "un presidented" for "unprecedented" you were using in your other series? I'll assume that it was just a bad attempt at humour and you actually know the difference…

  27. Kenney's remarks are telling. When it comes to courting the immigrant votes on "shared values", the only shared values are bringing in more immigrants, particularly family members. Hellooooo? I'm Canadian. I was born here, so were my parents and grandparents. Is my vote worth something?

  28. Kenney's remarks are telling. When it comes to courting the immigrant votes on "shared values", the only shared values are bringing in more immigrants, particularly family members. Hellooooo? I'm Canadian. I was born here, so were my parents and grandparents. Is my vote worth something?

  29. Canada needs youth – all these gray power types are boring boring borin!

  30. Canada needs youth – all these gray power types are boring boring borin!

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