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Paul Wells: If you thought this campaign was nasty, you haven’t seen anything yet

  1. PW for PM!

  2. PW for PM!

  3. G-U-E-R-G-I-S

  4. G-U-E-R-G-I-S

  5. Problem is Mr. Wells, 'just' reporters, not necessarily you, work hard every day to report the nastiest, dirtiest, headlines and stories they can possibly create. They practice unceasingly the art of gotcha!journalism. Especially against parties and politicians they don't like. Check out some of them on your own mag's web site. John Ibbitson of the G & M let the cat out of the bag when he admitted many of the Parliament Hill Hacks hate the PM. Surely you cannot believe the general public actually pays attention to the media anymore. Oh sure the junkies like me do, but Main Street Canada? Not a chance. You folks in the media lost that audience a long time ago.

  6. Problem is Mr. Wells, 'just' reporters, not necessarily you, work hard every day to report the nastiest, dirtiest, headlines and stories they can possibly create. They practice unceasingly the art of gotcha!journalism. Especially against parties and politicians they don't like. Check out some of them on your own mag's web site. John Ibbitson of the G & M let the cat out of the bag when he admitted many of the Parliament Hill Hacks hate the PM. Surely you cannot believe the general public actually pays attention to the media anymore. Oh sure the junkies like me do, but Main Street Canada? Not a chance. You folks in the media lost that audience a long time ago.

    • By God…. the hill hacks hate the PM? Unbelievable!
      You'd think they'd love a guy who gives them next to zero access…

      • OMG

        For a decade the media reported what the Liberal party wanted said about the Reform party and the CPC.

        To the point were Rick Mercer had a great mock liberal ad that stated “Stephen Harper has a dragon”

        So you think for one second that the CPC could in any way trust journalists to report anything of fact.

        During the recent Israel – lebanese conflict the CBC did a few hack jobs.

        For example
        http://www.canadafreepress.com/2006/media080706.htm

        Corporate media was a tool for the liberals to keep the public misinformed about anything the CPC or any party for that fact was up too.

        • Thanks for linking to Canada Free Press — with their "Countdown until Obama leaves office" ticker in the corner — to bolster your complaint about political bias in the media. Saves me some typing.

          • wow, can you believe it!

          • You'd think logic would make any sort of an impression….

  7. When did you get so sassy Paul?

  8. When did you get so sassy Paul?

  9. By God…. the hill hacks hate the PM? Unbelievable!
    You'd think they'd love a guy who gives them next to zero access…

  10. Sam – That's why they won't get access. They made their feelings clear years ago and it has been a deliberate Tory strategy to ignore the press ever since. Works too! I especially like the crys of some urging the media to get off the PM's plane – ignore him etc. He'd love that, since the value of being in their disfavour has already been proven. Look at the polls. Those who court the press are the ones behind.
    That PM gofer who told the journos in Halifax to keep yelling and whining at the PM, because they'd give them a majority was right. The media has just been too dumb to see it.
    Now thumb away all you like but I've got the polls proving me right

  11. I have not seen any exploding baby heads yet so I am disapointed in tone of election so far.

    I love bread and circuses aspect of elections, ours is deadly dull at moment. Bring on the nasty!

  12. I have not seen any exploding baby heads yet so I am disapointed in tone of election so far.

    I love bread and circuses aspect of elections, ours is deadly dull at moment. Bring on the nasty!

  13. No, it's not. harper scorned the media long before he became pm. After all, it's lamestream.

  14. No, it's not. harper scorned the media long before he became pm. After all, it's lamestream.

  15. Honestly, Paul, the campaign is certainly no uglier than Parliament has been the past few years!

  16. Honestly, Paul, the campaign is certainly no uglier than Parliament has been the past few years!

    • And truth be told, there have been much uglier campaigns in Canada's history, especially during our 1st 50 years. I'll concede, this comes from viewing them through modernist eyes….

  17. In this election frankly, the journalists are completely off base. They're painfully looking to cover how Harper is on the rails and as a result are completely missing that Canadians just don't care about the things they seem to feel are important. They have totally missed the mood of the electorate. No one cares about Helena, contempt motions, PMO staffers, detainee documents etc. etc. They just seem to refuse to believe that Harper is selling. They've missed the story.

  18. In this election frankly, the journalists are completely off base. They're painfully looking to cover how Harper is on the rails and as a result are completely missing that Canadians just don't care about the things they seem to feel are important. They have totally missed the mood of the electorate. No one cares about Helena, contempt motions, PMO staffers, detainee documents etc. etc. They just seem to refuse to believe that Harper is selling. They've missed the story.

    • Good point. Like with the coverage of Rob Ford during the Toronto election, the media's "bubble" is becoming the story.

  19. I just wonder how much the fat Hippo and his gangs pay the servant writers journalists using their writings to leach the boots of the Cons.

  20. I just wonder how much the fat Hippo and his gangs pay the servant writers journalists using their writings to leach the boots of the Cons.

    • Insightful.

      • Clever of you to slip around the question of why Canadian journalists are using liquids to separate and collect targeted particulate matter from footwear.

        Or, more compellingly, how.

        • Journalists, of course, must deny Harper their essence. It all begins with flouridation.

          • First the journalists leached the Conservatives of their precious bodily fluids, and I did nothing, because I was not a Conservative…

          • But what are they doing with said fluids? Paul Wells owes us answers!

  21. We understand that you cannot do anything Paul… you are just a reporter. Perhaps Coyne?
    He is an editor .

  22. We understand that you cannot do anything Paul… you are just a reporter. Perhaps Coyne?
    He is an editor .

  23. Paul, are you still submitting to the PM's 5 question limit and if so why are you of all people playing along?

  24. Paul, are you still submitting to the PM's 5 question limit and if so why are you of all people playing along?

    • To collectively go on Harper Question Strike would require coordination between all of Canada's major media. It would also look exactly like the kind of anti-Harper collusion that a substantial (and currently over-serviced) part of the voting public already thinks is going on. (Plus Harper would still get all the small/local media coverage he wants.)

  25. OMG

    For a decade the media reported what the Liberal party wanted said about the Reform party and the CPC.

    To the point were Rick Mercer had a great mock liberal ad that stated “Stephen Harper has a dragon”

    So you think for one second that the CPC could in any way trust journalists to report anything of fact.

    During the recent Israel – lebanese conflict the CBC did a few hack jobs.

    For example
    http://www.canadafreepress.com/2006/media080706.h

    Corporate media was a tool for the liberals to keep the public misinformed about anything the CPC or any party for that fact was up too.

  26. Insightful.

  27. Clever of you to slip around the question of why Canadian journalists are using liquids to separate and collect targeted particulate matter from footwear.

    Or, more compellingly, how.

  28. You know who else the media hates? Hitler.

  29. You know who else the media hates? Hitler.

    • Godwin!

      • Thanks for not being one of the seven people who apparently didn't get the joke. :)

  30. Gawd, now we've Got Iggy supporting Guergis. I'm pretty sure if she were still in cabinet he'd be calling her the devil incarnate.

    After a while, the blatant lies get rather old. I've come to the conclusion that Ignatieff is the biggest liar of them all, probably more than the rest combined. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt that he's just playing along with the hapless Liberal war room.

  31. Gawd, now we've Got Iggy supporting Guergis. I'm pretty sure if she were still in cabinet he'd be calling her the devil incarnate.

    After a while, the blatant lies get rather old. I've come to the conclusion that Ignatieff is the biggest liar of them all, probably more than the rest combined. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt that he's just playing along with the hapless Liberal war room.

    • Funny how the Liberals and the media were screaming for months for her resignation (including inventing a "meltdown" in the Charlottetown airport that just never happened). Now she's a poor, innocent little puppy being kicked by the evil, sinister Stephen Harper. People who two years ago would not so much as offered to pee on her if she were on fire are now advocating on her behalf.

      • Politics makes strange bedfellows.

  32. Thanks for linking to Canada Free Press — with their "Countdown until Obama leaves office" ticker in the corner — to bolster your complaint about political bias in the media. Saves me some typing.

  33. To collectively go on Harper Question Strike would require coordination between all of Canada's major media. It would also look exactly like the kind of anti-Harper collusion that a substantial (and currently over-serviced) part of the voting public already thinks is going on. (Plus Harper would still get all the small/local media coverage he wants.)

  34. It has been a nasty campaign so far, and I agree with Paul that it's going to get a lot uglier. We've seen the media trying to manipulate the electorate by giving Iggo a complete free ride, while the media vultures circle around the PM hungry with hate and loathing and looking to destroy the Cons with all the negative narratives they can design. Look for more co-ordinated smears and manufactured political smash and grabs from the Liberals and their media… Guergisgate… Despite the media's annoyance at not being able to stack the polls in favour of the Libs and their American candidate, they will continue to distort the agenda hoping that they can turn things around for the inserted Liberal leader. This inability of the Liberals and the media to gain any traction in the polls will also instigate a flurry of negativity, and a whole lot of ugly from the Liberals. When you're behind in the polls going into the last weeks of an election, the theory goes, you go negative, or in this case, mega, desperate negative.

  35. It has been a nasty campaign so far, and I agree with Paul that it's going to get a lot uglier. We've seen the media trying to manipulate the electorate by giving Iggo a complete free ride, while the media vultures circle around the PM hungry with hate and loathing and looking to destroy the Cons with all the negative narratives they can design. Look for more co-ordinated smears and manufactured political smash and grabs from the Liberals and their media… Guergisgate… Despite the media's annoyance at not being able to stack the polls in favour of the Libs and their American candidate, they will continue to distort the agenda hoping that they can turn things around for the inserted Liberal leader. This inability of the Liberals and the media to gain any traction in the polls will also instigate a flurry of negativity, and a whole lot of ugly from the Liberals. When you're behind in the polls going into the last weeks of an election, the theory goes, you go negative, or in this case, mega, desperate negative.

  36. wow, can you believe it!

  37. Well attack ads only really work if they are based on facts. Twisting someone's words – taking them out of context – something i notced on a recent LPC ad – does not. Especially in todays hyper-connected world. If you're lying it's going to be found out.

    Which brings me to your rumor that the CPC may soon run ads that accuse Mr. Ignatieff of having indeed voted – illegally in the unted States. If this is the case and ut can be proven, then Ignatieff and the LPC are fininshed. If it is not, then the blowback could do significant damage to the CPC. How certain are you Paul, that such an ad is going to be run and do you have an inlking as to whether the CPC will be able to prove it?

  38. Well attack ads only really work if they are based on facts. Twisting someone's words – taking them out of context – something i notced on a recent LPC ad – does not. Especially in todays hyper-connected world. If you're lying it's going to be found out.

    Which brings me to your rumor that the CPC may soon run ads that accuse Mr. Ignatieff of having indeed voted – illegally in the unted States. If this is the case and ut can be proven, then Ignatieff and the LPC are fininshed. If it is not, then the blowback could do significant damage to the CPC. How certain are you Paul, that such an ad is going to be run and do you have an inlking as to whether the CPC will be able to prove it?

    • You just made me choke! LOL

    • Well, they might just run an ad with the quote where Iggy says he's a Democrat and he'll vote for Kerry. If it's not true, then Iggy is lying. If it is true, then he's breaking the law. And on top of it all, it's reinforcing the notion that Iggy is just as much an American or a Brit as he is a Canadian. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but it's not really what you look for in a PM.

    • Wow! If they go with that line, they had bloody well better have solid proof. Maybe somebody was paying attention to my suggestions a few days ago…
      http://www2.macleans.ca/2011/04/11/ignatieff-clar

      Although Gord, to the rabid Harper haters among us here, I am not as certain as you seem to be that electoral fraud in a foreign country would actually disqualify him.

      • Well, I think Iggy already has been hurt by the fact that he doesn't show up to vote in Parliament – the very institution he says he cares so much about that he forced an election over her. So voter fraud I think would even further sink his credibility on his so-called pet issue: democracy.

        • In fairness to Iggy on that point, he has been carrying out a dress rehearsal campaign for quite some time.

          • Why is that "in fairness to Iggy?" How, on the one hand, can you say this election is about Parliamentary democracy when, on the other hand, you'd prefer to go on a private campaign tout than attend actual Parliament? In fact, isn't that an actual example of showing contempt for Parliament?

      • What of all the American ConBots on this site who "claim" to be voting Conservative having previously been "independants." Just because Iggy said he was voting Kerry doesn't mean he did it. That's just called yet another nasty campaign strategy.

        • Ooops. I meant to post this under Madeyoulook.

          • Then good, because you did.

            And what of them? Last I checked, "American ConBots," however much they dance around gaily in your mind, are not seeking my vote in a couple weeks.

        • a) Interesting you would describe your opponents on here as "ConBots." That's a typical term used by leftist zealots. Just saying.

          b) The tactic you describe as someone being "independent" but changing their mind is one I see from the left, especially Liberals, all the time on here.

          c) The Tory ad claims Iggy said he would vote for Kerry in the American election. It didn't say he did. Try to get the facts straight in your own attacks, will ya?

        • Whether he voted in the US or not is just one aspect of the story. Besides the graveness of such an act, there is the issue of apparently lying – either in his book/article, or in denying voting in the US. Another aspect is his chameleon-like ability to say anything to pander to a particular audience, so that he can fit in. If that means stating that he is an American democrat and that he will vote in a US election, then so be it.

          A major potential lie, and a man who will say anything to any crowd anywhere to be accepted: and we’re supposed to believe that he’s going to bring integrity and some great parliamentary reform to our system?

          • Rise up, Mike514! Rise up, Canada! Rise up! Rise up!

            Uh, yeah, it's not working for me, either…

    • "Which brings me to your rumor that the CPC may soon run ads that accuse Mr. Ignatieff of having indeed voted – illegally in the unted States."

      Not only did he vote in the United States, he was born in Kenya.

      • So what? Kenya's in the Commonwealth…

  39. Journalists, of course, must deny Harper their essence. It all begins with flouridation.

  40. You just made me choke! LOL

  41. Well, they might just run an ad with the quote where Iggy says he's a Democrat and he'll vote for Kerry. If it's not true, then Iggy is lying. If it is true, then he's breaking the law. And on top of it all, it's reinforcing the notion that Iggy is just as much an American or a Brit as he is a Canadian. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but it's not really what you look for in a PM.

  42. First the journalists leached the Conservatives of their precious bodily fluids, and I did nothing, because I was not a Conservative…

  43. Wow! If they go with that line, they had bloody well better have solid proof. Maybe somebody was paying attention to my suggestions a few days ago…
    http://www2.macleans.ca/2011/04/11/ignatieff-clar

    Although Gord, to the rabid Harper haters among us here, I am not as certain as you seem to be that electoral fraud in a foreign country would actually disqualify him.

  44. Well, I think Iggy already has been hurt by the fact that he doesn't show up to vote in Parliament – the very institution he says he cares so much about that he forced an election over her. So voter fraud I think would even further sink his credibility on his so-called pet issue: democracy.

  45. Good point. Like with the coverage of Rob Ford during the Toronto election, the media's "bubble" is becoming the story.

  46. You'd think logic would make any sort of an impression….

  47. You can't blame the media for the fact that the public refuses to care about scandals, Helena Guergis, criminal staffers and Afghan detainees. The media reported them dutifully. If the public refuses to care about these things, it's the public's own stupid fault. If Harper gets his majority and we end up in a few years with no public health care, no CBC, and no viable political parties other than the CPC, because Harper has used funding and tax laws to bankrupt everyone else, I'll enjoy hearing people scream "but you PROMISED not to do that" ….as if it wasn't clear to anyone paying attention that Harper has no concern for the truth.

  48. In fairness to Iggy on that point, he has been carrying out a dress rehearsal campaign for quite some time.

  49. What of all the American ConBots on this site who "claim" to be voting Conservative having previously been "independants." Just because Iggy said he was voting Kerry doesn't mean he did it. That's just called yet another nasty campaign strategy.

  50. Ooops. I meant to post this under Madeyoulook.

  51. My friend – your perspective on this is bizarre. I'm guessing you're not aware that karma is not about punishment?

    It just baffles my mind how so many of the faithful are seemingly unconcerned with the logical inconsistencies of your rationale.

    You have a PM that campaigned on transparency, but became the most secretive PM the country has ever seen.
    Are you familiar with the phrases "War is Peace, Ignorance is Strength, Freedom is Slavery"?

    In 2008, 5,209,069 people voted for the Conservative party (which does not actually translate into "They voted for Harper"), and they took 36.27% of registered votes. In 2008, the population of Canada was 33,506,000. In other words, 15.54667% of the population of Canada voted for the Conservatives, yet it baffles your mind that there are people that do not agree with the philosophy of Harper's "Conservatism"? Instead, you prefer to believe it is some evil monster known as the media that is presenting erroneous views because they question and disagree with the "Conservative" vision? And you think it is justified for him to shut out the views of 84% of the population who did not support that man.

    Karma indeed….

  52. My friend – your perspective on this is bizarre. I'm guessing you're not aware that karma is not about punishment?

    It just baffles my mind how so many of the faithful are seemingly unconcerned with the logical inconsistencies of your rationale.

    You have a PM that campaigned on transparency, but became the most secretive PM the country has ever seen.
    Are you familiar with the phrases "War is Peace, Ignorance is Strength, Freedom is Slavery"?

    In 2008, 5,209,069 people voted for the Conservative party (which does not actually translate into "They voted for Harper"), and they took 36.27% of registered votes. In 2008, the population of Canada was 33,506,000. In other words, 15.54667% of the population of Canada voted for the Conservatives, yet it baffles your mind that there are people that do not agree with the philosophy of Harper's "Conservatism"? Instead, you prefer to believe it is some evil monster known as the media that is presenting erroneous views because they question and disagree with the "Conservative" vision? And you think it is justified for him to shut out the views of 84% of the population who did not support that man.

    Karma indeed….

    • I never understood why pundits always exclude non-registered voters when determining how many people did/did not support a particular party. They probably fear that it's illogical or hurts their credibility, but I disagree. It's more fun this way.

      "Shut out the views of 84% of the population" Sure, what the heck. Let's include 2 year olds. It makes for a more sensational number. They're clearly under-represented. Their demands for more nap time keep being ignored by the Conservatives.

    • While we're at it, Harper cut the GST by 29%, not merely 2%. It's technically true, AND it makes for a more sensationalistic number. This is fun!

  53. And truth be told, there have been much uglier campaigns in Canada's history, especially during our 1st 50 years. I'll concede, this comes from viewing them through modernist eyes….

  54. Why is that "in fairness to Iggy?" How, on the one hand, can you say this election is about Parliamentary democracy when, on the other hand, you'd prefer to go on a private campaign tout than attend actual Parliament? In fact, isn't that an actual example of showing contempt for Parliament?

  55. a) Interesting you would describe your opponents on here as "ConBots." That's a typical term used by leftist zealots. Just saying.

    b) The tactic you describe as someone being "independent" but changing their mind is one I see from the left, especially Liberals, all the time on here.

    c) The Tory ad claims Iggy said he would vote for Kerry in the American election. It didn't say he did. Try to get the facts straight in your own attacks, will ya?

  56. Whether he voted in the US or not is just one aspect of the story. Besides the graveness of such an act, there is the issue of apparently lying – either in his book/article, or in denying voting in the US. Another aspect is his chameleon-like ability to say anything to pander to a particular audience, so that he can fit in. If that means stating that he is an American democrat and that he will vote in a US election, then so be it.

    A major potential lie, and a man who will say anything to any crowd anywhere to be accepted: and we’re supposed to believe that he’s going to bring integrity and some great parliamentary reform to our system?

  57. Did you know that the Liberals think that they have found a great new double play combination – IFFY , DITHERS, and SCANCE. Scance being the team's nickname for Scandals Cretien, the Adscam & Shawinigate Hall of Famer!

  58. Did you know that the Liberals think that they have found a great new double play combination – IFFY , DITHERS, and SCANCE. Scance being the team's nickname for Scandals Cretien, the Adscam & Shawinigate Hall of Famer!

    • Scandals? Do you read history?…It dates back way beyond Confederation…by all parties in power.
      Brian Mulroney was a master while he sold Canada down the river. Steven Harper is trying to, at the very least, outdo that legacy. He is looking pretty good in that arena right now. It's just going to get 'even better'. The difference here is that there IS NO original Progressive Conservative Party anymore ( as there was from our beginning) Idiocy to not be aware enough of the Reform Alliance buying out the 'name' and pretending to actually be who they Pretend to be. Obviously people voting 'Conservative' are in a coma and don't even know who they are really voting for. That's why our anthem is " Ohhhh Canada "

      • If you want to nominate Brian Mulroney to the scandals Hall of Fame, name the scandals in his administration. If they qualify, he may take his place beside Jean Cretien. I find it an interesting oddity that the Libs want to win an election on integrity by calling in these particular people to help their cause.

  59. "Which brings me to your rumor that the CPC may soon run ads that accuse Mr. Ignatieff of having indeed voted – illegally in the unted States."

    Not only did he vote in the United States, he was born in Kenya.

  60. But what are they doing with said fluids? Paul Wells owes us answers!

  61. Funny how the Liberals and the media were screaming for months for her resignation (including inventing a "meltdown" in the Charlottetown airport that just never happened). Now she's a poor, innocent little puppy being kicked by the evil, sinister Stephen Harper. People who two years ago would not so much as offered to pee on her if she were on fire are now advocating on her behalf.

  62. The Liberals have just released their "Harper's Secret Agenda to kill Canadian Healthcare" campaign, 2011 version. We knew this was coming. Reporters tried to revive abortion last week and failed. I suspect we'll see another attempt before the election is done.

  63. The Liberals have just released their "Harper's Secret Agenda to kill Canadian Healthcare" campaign, 2011 version. We knew this was coming. Reporters tried to revive abortion last week and failed. I suspect we'll see another attempt before the election is done.

    • Well, we did have a Conservative private members' bill during this past parliament that would've reopened abortion. What do you supposed might happen to such a Conservative private members' bill if the Conservatives have a majority? It's easy for them to say that, as a government, the would not reopen the issue. But when your caucus is stacked with social conservatives….oops! "We didn't endorse it. It just … happened!"

    • I suspect we'll see another attempt before the election is done.

      You don't suppose they might bring out a Bible to try to scare us?

    • "Reporters tried to revive abortion last week and failed. I suspect we'll see another attempt before the election is done. "

      Prediction proven true: see Warren Kinsella's hatchet job in the Toronto Sun. A vote for Harper is a vote for back alley abortions. After all, Warren Kinsella says so. And God knows, he's an unbiased source.

  64. Tomorrow – April 17, 20011 – 30 Yr Anniversary of our Constitution. Please read -it's for today. so, Let It Be

    " I speak of a Canada where men and women of aboriginal ancestry, of French and British heritage, of the diverse cultures of the world, demonstrate the will to share this land in peace, in justice, and with mutual respect. I speak of a Canada which is proud of, and strengthened by its essential bilingual destiny, a Canada whose people believe in sharing and in mutual support, and not in building regional barriers.

    I speak of a country where every person is free to fulfill himself or herself to the utmost, unhindered by the arbitrary actions of governments. The 'Canadian Ideal' which we have tried to live, with varying degrees of success and failure for a hundred years, is really an Act of Defiance against the history of mankind.

    Had this country been founded upon a less noble vision, or had our forefathers surrendered to the difficulties of building this nation, Canada would have been torn apart long ago. It should not surprise us, therefore, that even now we sometimes feel the pull of those old reflexes of mutual fear and distrust. – Fear of becoming vulnerable by opening one's arms to other Canadians who speak a different language or live in a different culture. – Fear of becoming poorer by agreeing to share one's resources and wealth with fellow citizens living in regions less favoured by nature.

    The Canada we are building lies Beyond the horizon of such fears. Yet it is Not, for all that, an unreal country, forgetful of the hearts of men and women. We know that Justice and Generosity can flourish only in an atmosphere of Trust. -For if individuals and minorities do not feel protected against the possibility of the Tyranny of the majority, if French-speaking Canadians or Native Peoples or New Canadians do not feel they will be treated with Justice, it is useless to ask them to open their hearts and minds to their fellow Canadians.

    We now have a Charter of Rights and Freedoms which defines the kind of country in which we wish to live, and Guarantees the basic Rights and Freedoms which each of us shall enjoy as a citizen of Canada.
    It must however be recognized that no constitution, no charter of rights and freedoms, no sharing of powers can be a substitute for the Willingness to share the risks and grandeur of the Canadian Adventure.

    Without that collective act of the will, our Constitution would be a dead letter, and our country would wither away. It is true that our Will to live together has sometimes appeared to be in deep hibernation; but it is There nevertheless – Alive and Tenacious, in the Hearts of Canadians of Every province and territory"

    * Excerpt from Pierre Elliot Trudeau in the presence of Queen Elizabeth II, ALL Canadians…and the Entire World at the True Birth of Our Nation – 30 years ago to the day – April 17th, 1982 *

  65. Scandals? Do you read history?…It dates back way beyond Confederation…by all parties in power.
    Brian Mulroney was a master while he sold Canada down the river. Steven Harper is trying to, at the very least, outdo that legacy. He is looking pretty good in that arena right now. It's just going to get 'even better'. The difference here is that there IS NO original Progressive Conservative Party anymore ( as there was from our beginning) Idiocy to not be aware enough of the Reform Alliance buying out the 'name' and pretending to actually be who they Pretend to be. Obviously people voting 'Conservative' are in a coma and don't even know who they are really voting for. That's why our anthem is " Ohhhh Canada "

  66. I never understood why pundits always exclude non-registered voters when determining how many people did/did not support a particular party. They probably fear that it's illogical or hurts their credibility, but I disagree. It's more fun this way.

    "Shut out the views of 84% of the population" Sure, what the heck. Let's include 2 year olds. It makes for a more sensational number. They're clearly under-represented. Their demands for more nap time keep being ignored by the Conservatives.

  67. While we're at it, Harper cut the GST by 29%, not merely 2%. It's technically true, AND it makes for a more sensationalistic number. This is fun!

  68. If you want to nominate Brian Mulroney to the scandals Hall of Fame, name the scandals in his administration. If they qualify, he may take his place beside Jean Cretien. I find it an interesting oddity that the Libs want to win an election on integrity by calling in these particular people to help their cause.

  69. Charter rights and freedom is a document prepared by lawyers for lawyers and their criminal clients to enable them to rip off the law abiding citizens with impunity

  70. Charter rights and freedom is a document prepared by lawyers for lawyers and their criminal clients to enable them to rip off the law abiding citizens with impunity

  71. Well, we did have a Conservative private members' bill during this past parliament that would've reopened abortion. What do you supposed might happen to such a Conservative private members' bill if the Conservatives have a majority? It's easy for them to say that, as a government, the would not reopen the issue. But when your caucus is stacked with social conservatives….oops! "We didn't endorse it. It just … happened!"

  72. Politics makes strange bedfellows.

  73. "Pierre's Charter" is as warped as the fancy man who imposed it. Reads almost word for word with the "Soviet Charter"… Bilingualism is a legislated social engineering scheme from the 1970's and is no more of a reality today then when it was imposed 40 years ago, it just costs a lot more money.

  74. "Pierre's Charter" is as warped as the fancy man who imposed it. Reads almost word for word with the "Soviet Charter"… Bilingualism is a legislated social engineering scheme from the 1970's and is no more of a reality today then when it was imposed 40 years ago, it just costs a lot more money.

  75. Rise up, Mike514! Rise up, Canada! Rise up! Rise up!

    Uh, yeah, it's not working for me, either…

  76. Then good, because you did.

    And what of them? Last I checked, "American ConBots," however much they dance around gaily in your mind, are not seeking my vote in a couple weeks.

  77. I suspect we'll see another attempt before the election is done.

    You don't suppose they might bring out a Bible to try to scare us?

  78. So what? Kenya's in the Commonwealth…

  79. Godwin!

  80. "Reporters tried to revive abortion last week and failed. I suspect we'll see another attempt before the election is done. "

    Prediction proven true: see Warren Kinsella's hatchet job in the Toronto Sun. A vote for Harper is a vote for back alley abortions. After all, Warren Kinsella says so. And God knows, he's an unbiased source.

  81. Thanks for not being one of the seven people who apparently didn't get the joke. :)