Stephen Harper vs. Justin Trudeau in Brandon-Souris -

Stephen Harper vs. Justin Trudeau in Brandon-Souris


OTTAWA – Brandon residents are getting some unusual personal attention from Stephen Harper and Justin Trudeau.

With the Conservatives and Liberals locked in what is evidently a tight race for Monday’s byelection in Brandon-Souris, the two federal leaders have written personal letters to constituents to appeal for their votes.

The prime minister kicked off the letter-writing campaign with a missive extolling his government’s record and bashing the Liberal leader as soft on crime and a bad example to children.

Trudeau is now hitting back with his own letter, directly answering what he calls the prime minister’s “malicious, negative and false attacks.”

The Conservative party paid for Harper’s letter to be delivered by mail.

Trudeau’s letter is being published as an advertisement in the Brandon Sun and being distributed door-to-door by Liberal campaigners.

In his letter, which arrived in mailboxes earlier this week, Harper reminds voters that Trudeau’s Liberals opposed abolition of the “wasteful and ineffective” long-gun registry and dismantling the Canadian Wheat Board’s monopoly on western grain sales.

He contrasts the Conservative government’s commitment to “continue defending mandatory jail time for big-time drug dealers and child predators” with Trudeau’s commitment to “scrap mandatory prison sentences.”

“On top of that, Justin Trudeau’s plan to legalize marijuana will make it more accessible to our kids and encourage recreational drug use. This is the wrong message to send to our children.”

Trudeau uses his missive to try to set the record straight.

“Our plan is to replace the failed Conservative drug policy with one that will make it harder for our kids to get drugs and starve organized crime of the hundreds of millions of dollars they currently make from the marijuana trade,” he says of the Liberal promise to legalize, regulate and tax pot.

“As for mandatory minimum sentences, for years our party has supported them for serious crimes and continues to do so. We simply believe that the Conservatives have applied them across the board and are now wasting your money fighting losing battles in the courts.”

Trudeau goes on to note that he is the father of two young children, with a third on the way.

“Anybody who suggests that I am anything other than fully committed to protecting my kids and yours from crime and exploitation needs to think hard about the way they practice politics,” he says, adding that “Mr. Harper and his party have brought politics to a new, nasty low in this country.”

Trudeau also charges that electing another Conservative MP will simply add one more Tory to blindly do the prime minister’s bidding, including helping him cover up his office’s involvement in the Senate expenses scandal.

Brandon is a longtime Conservative stronghold but Liberal candidate Rolf Dinsdale, son of a former long-serving Progressive Conservative MP, is providing a stiff challenge to Tory Larry Maguire.

In Winnipeg on Friday for an infrastructure announcement, Harper dismissed suggestions the Senate scandal is having any impact in Brandon.

“I believe the people of Brandon, as elsewhere, their focus is on a strong economy, making sure we create jobs and growth, making sure that … we do not raise people’s taxes and that is very different than the positions of the other parties,” Harper said.

For those voters who do care about the scandal, Harper said it was the Conservative party which introduced new rules to require greater transparency on senators’ expense claims and which voted to suspend three Tory senators whose claims were disallowed.

“The Liberal party opposed transparency and the Liberal party opposed having any sanctions for people who broke or disregarded the rules.”

In fact, Liberal senators said the new rules were insufficient and balked at the government plan to pass them immediately without debate.

Most Liberal senators, along with a handful of Conservatives, argued it was a violation of the fundamental right to due process to suspend Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin and Patrick Brazeau before they’d been charged, much less convicted of any wrongdoing.

Federal byelections will also be held in three other ridings on Monday: Toronto Centre, Montreal’s Bourassa riding and Manitoba’s Provencher riding.


Stephen Harper vs. Justin Trudeau in Brandon-Souris

  1. Senate Scandal –

    What about Trudeau charging charities double his pre election speaking fee.

    Was Trudeau the greedy doing a “quid pro quo” ???

    Pay me now for speaking and when I get some power I will reward you from the public trough.

    All the while being paid from the public purse while using his position to cash in big.

    Nice work if you can get it and nobody notices.

    • I see the CPC crap spewing machine has moved from false expressions of indignity to unfounded allegations of criminal activity. Nice.

    • Fairness dictates that you acknowledge Trudeau did indeed seek and receive permission from the Harper-appointed ethics commissioner before agreeing to give speeches at fundraisers. And not one of those charities wanted its money back when he offered, did they? But then, your lickspittle conservative zeal means you had no intention of posting anything fair, did you?

    • He did nothing illegal or even different than many Conservative MPs and Senators do. You cannot seriously put that up against the Robocalls or Senate scandal! It does not even fall in the same league of Bev Oda’s behaviour. If that is the best defence you can put up for the Conservatives, you should think about voting for another party.

  2. Harper has become so dizzy from his constant spinning that he can no longer stand.

  3. This just in from Stephen: Trudeau hates kittens, and eats panda meat!

  4. The media gets all excited about byelections, and then says afterwards they are only meaningless local affairs.

  5. Harper and his Fraud Squad are finished. All that’s left is the crying and handing out the towels (paid for with our money)

  6. Harper’s Reformatories; Bringing back the “1950’s”.

  7. Shorter Harper: “Please vote for my guy. Please please please pretty pretty please…”

  8. So Harper is claiming credit for summarily suspending the three alleged fraudsters he, himself, appointed. Isn’t that a bit like a crook turning himself in and then claiming credit for a citizen’s arrest?

    • LOL . . . well said my friend.

  9. I hope the voters in the by-election centres realize that voters across Canada are wishing they could have the same opportunity to boot out the conservatives. Get out and vote.
    I hope that there are lots of scrutineers.

  10. As a candidate in this by-election it sickens me how people when unsatisfied with one party turn around and embrace the party they were unsatisfied with before – thats like divorcing your spouse and remarrying your ex-spouse – no common sense here at all. No thanks to the media who concentrate their efforts on the “big boys” and forget that there are other alternatives right in front of them.

    • Frank – what is it you don’t get about politics? The Conservative party under Harpo is NOT the Conservative party that Canada remembers – and deserves. It’s not so much Conservatives that Canadians are unsatisfied with (to use your expression – I would say “dissatisfied”), rather it’s the “Harpocryte government” that has worked so hard to destroy Canadian democracy by embracing the rants and lies of a clearly Fascist ideology. In this particular political upheaval, the cause is an individual, not the party.

      • If he still leads them, that is the Conservative party they are being asked yo vote for.if it does not represent your conservative values,then you need to either look elsewhere, stay home, or form a ” truly” Conservative party

        • Whoa! Easy there, big fella – whatever gave you even an inkling I embrace any conservative values? (I might, if I ever found a shred of humanity in any Conservative ideal, but that hasn’t seemed to be the case, especially since 2008 or so. Frank is a Libertarian. You come off as either Liberal or NDP by your latest rant (which I quite liked, by the way). I test (by way of Jerry Pournelle’s Political Axis questionnaire – check it out – it’s fun and scary!) as a waaayyyy left defier of authority – an Anarchist, if you will. Don’t believe it. I’ve voted Green in every election that’s ever had a candidate. Back to the point. I respect Old School Canadian Conservatism, which has been so badly bastardized I DO think the party needs a complete overhaul if it’s to retain a shred of credibility. Maybe Mulroney could? LOL

          • Sorry if I offended you. Did not mean to personalize. I did not think you were personality any particular political persuasion. When I said you I meant a generic term. I should have said when one…then that person….

          • Well then everything’s good! :-) No need to apologize for a point of view – or, because this is a forum for the hardier-than-thin-skinned, for the ways you decide to express your views. Absolutely no offense taken. Cheers. :-)

      • I know it isn’t in my campaign I’ve been trying to make people realize that its a corporatist party not a conservative party – the only thing Conservative about this party is the name

    • Makes me think about the story of Mouseville told by Tommy Douglas. It does not matter which cats are in power if you are a mouse. The mice need to look to other mice to speak for them if they want laws that prohibit eating mice.

  11. The prime minister kicked off the letter-writing campaign with a missive extolling his government’s record and bashing the Liberal leader as soft on crime and a bad example to children.

    What example has Harper shown. Cheating and lying are valid ways to win? ( robocalls) Abusing power because you can is ok as long as you get what your friends or you want…even if it hurts other Canadians ( omnibus bills to hide what would be opposed by most Canadians.) stealing lying and bribery is ok if you don’t get caught or can blame others ( Senate and in out scandals). Bullying( labelling those who disagree with you as Eco terrorists or on the side of child abusers)
    Harper has not been transparent in spite of his act. Look at what election Canada, the judge in the Robocalls hearing and his comments in the house regarding the scandals. Is this being transparent? His own office is being investigatespd along with many prominent conservatives. Is that ” tough on crime”. How about his silence regarding his buddy Rob Ford? Is spying on Canadians who oppose government policy ok? Is providing information on law abiding Canadians upon whom you spied to oil corporations ok?
    Is lying to parliament Ok( F35 costs) ok?
    Harper lives in a glass house but feels it is ok to throw stones. Voters need to look at who truely is setting a bad example and indeed is jeopardizing our children.

  12. I love how Trudeau wants to position himself above the fray by claiming politics is about public service. This from a guy that has bilked hundreds of thousands of dollars from charities SINCE for he was elected as an MP. Most politicians give their time to charities as part of their civic duty. Apparently, not Trudeau……

  13. I say Canada needs a complete change the system is failing everyday and no one cares to see it but the people who suffer and no one in the government really cares about them they say they do they say they are changing things but everything is getting worse how about putting some in charge who will really do what’s best for the people of Canada and stop just saying what they’ll do and do it. Canada is nearly broke and yet no one looks at the truth of it we have more people using food banks and shelters then ever and good law biding people are being screwed everyday. WE NEED A REAL CHANGE IN CANADA!!!!!!