From the magazine

by Aaron Wherry

From the pages of last week’s issue, a short profile of Jenni Byrne, the Conservative campaign director.

Jenni Byrne, one of Ottawa’s highest-ranking tacticians, does not speak to reporters. But 14 years ago, she was both less powerful and less reticent. And so when an Ottawa Citizen reporter sought out young people to comment on the growing number of conservatives under the age of 30 in Canada, Byrne was willing to explain herself. Described as “a believer in debt reduction and tax cuts” who joined the Reform party at 16, she was then the 21-year-old president of the campus Reform club at the University of Ottawa. “It’s great for them to say don’t cut here or there, but they won’t be the ones affected by [the debt],” she said then of her parents. “They’re in their late 40s and they will probably still benefit from government programs. But Canada looks like a bleak place for me by the time I’m their age.”




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  1. I'm outraged. And if you're not outraged then you are an idiot!

  2. I'm outraged. And if you're not outraged then you are an idiot!

    • lovely faux outrage, well done what else do you do?

  3. Is she the master screener?

  4. Is she the master screener?

  5. "Described as “a believer in debt reduction and tax cuts”"

    Well, I guess one out of two aint bad. I miss Reform. They kept the Liberals fiscally honest. Now we have two fiscally dishonest governing parties. It's like the Republican/Democrat dynamic in the US. Each party has their pet spending areas, but neither is interested in fiscal prudence.

  6. "Described as “a believer in debt reduction and tax cuts”"

    Well, I guess one out of two aint bad. I miss Reform. They kept the Liberals fiscally honest. Now we have two fiscally dishonest governing parties. It's like the Republican/Democrat dynamic in the US. Each party has their pet spending areas, but neither is interested in fiscal prudence.

    • That's a good point, and I don't disagree in terms of the way things have gone the last five years. But then, of course, there was a world wide recession over the last few years. Calm down trolls (not you Andrew), I know the Cons were spending into a deficit before the recession, but hopefully we can agree it would not have been nearly as much, and besides, there was a recession and so all that musing is idle. Back to my point, I would just observe that currently there is one party that talks about the importance of eliminating the deficit, and there is another party that seems to want to ignore that issue.

      • Well, we have a party that ignores the deficit and another that pays lip service to wanting to reduce it eventually, as they ramp up spending and continue to cut taxes. They offer projections no independent analyst finds credible.

        I suspect the Liberals, if elected to a majority, would take action on the deficit, especially with a hectoring conservative party on their right. They typically campaign from the left and govern on the right.

        • Hey, I happen to still be here!

          Would you mind linking some of those independent analysts? All I have heard is that this year, we came in better than the projections.

          And I counter your suspicion with my own suspicion that if elected to a majority, the Cons would eliminate the deficit, and Harper will scream to high heaven that he has masterfully steered this country though the worst global slowdown in anyone's memory and that he should be given another majority as his prize.

      • Nobody with Flarherty at the helm is really interested in fiscal accountability – not after what he pulled in Ontaro.

      • I remember when the Mulroney government talked for eight years about the importance of reducing the deficit and every year added to it.

  7. So she was a big fan of Chretien and Martin, but not Harper, I assume? Oh wait….

  8. So she was a big fan of Chretien and Martin, but not Harper, I assume? Oh wait….

  9. This whole 'passing the debt on to our children' is a silly meme to begin with.

    Canada has had a debt from day one, so this isn't startling news or unique to the present.

    WE inherited a debt

    We've also all benefitted from education, health care, transportation, peace and security and everything else Canada has.

  10. That's a good point, and I don't disagree in terms of the way things have gone the last five years. But then, of course, there was a world wide recession over the last few years. Calm down trolls (not you Andrew), I know the Cons were spending into a deficit before the recession, but hopefully we can agree it would not have been nearly as much, and besides, there was a recession and so all that musing is idle. Back to my point, I would just observe that currently there is one party that talks about the importance of eliminating the deficit, and there is another party that seems to want to ignore that issue.

  11. Well, we have a party that ignores the deficit and another that pays lip service to wanting to reduce it eventually, as they ramp up spending and continue to cut taxes. They offer projections no independent analyst finds credible.

    I suspect the Liberals, if elected to a majority, would take action on the deficit, especially with a hectoring conservative party on their right. They typically campaign from the left and govern on the right.

  12. Well, I think we can agree that long-term (over 50-75 year time frame) debt:GDP should be low and stable. If we were to try to attain that goal, we'd have been running surpluses from 1995-2015, and then start to run small deficits as the boomers retire and draw benefits. As it is, the boomers are maxing out the nation's credit cards as they are finishing their careers and expecting their kids to cover their pension.

    • Andrew, I totally agree. I can’t wrap my head around how the Conservatives sell themselves as the fiscally responsible option while simultaneously cutting taxes and increasing spending. I

      ‘m all for paying less tax, but I like the services offered by my country, and understand they need to be paid for. GST cuts were irresponsible, especially the timing. It stimulated nothing, as far as consumer spending (who can honestly say they actually noticed?) and cut billions from the federal budget, just as the world economy was plunging into recession (and it was already well established that it was happening, especially at the time of the second GST cut).

      So in summary, the Conservatives are ensuring Canada’s long-term fiscal security by cutting taxes while the baby boomers are in their peak earning years, and will soon be drawing from the already underfunded social programs. Wait…what?

  13. Well, I think we can agree that long-term (over 50-75 year time frame) debt:GDP should be low and stable. If we were to try to attain that goal, we'd have been running surpluses from 1995-2015, and then start to run small deficits as the boomers retire and draw benefits. As it is, the boomers are maxing out the nation's credit cards as they are finishing their careers and expecting their kids to cover their pension.

  14. Hey, I happen to still be here!

    Would you mind linking some of those independent analysts? All I have heard is that this year, we came in better than the projections.

    And I counter your suspicion with my own suspicion that if elected to a majority, the Cons would eliminate the deficit, and Harper will scream to high heaven that he has masterfully steered this country though the worst global slowdown in anyone's memory and that he should be given another majority as his prize.

  15. The debt is no different now than it's ever been.

    Over the 'long-term' a lot of things happen….depressions, wars etc….which is why nobody lives in the ideal world you think we should have.

    And since Boomers have been contributing to both this country and pension plans all these years, don't make it sound like they're mooching

  16. PBO projects a deficit of $10 billion in 2014-2015, as well as a structural deficit of the same size. CPC projections assume nameless faceless cuts of like 25% to the 20% of the budget that isn't transfers to people, provinces or military.

    IIRC, CD Howe has is also skeptical of fiscal projections.

  17. Nobody with Flarherty at the helm is really interested in fiscal accountability – not after what he pulled in Ontaro.

  18. lovely faux outrage, well done what else do you do?

  19. I find lifelong partisans supremely creepy. I knew both Jenni Byrne and Pierre Poilievre. Neither have changed their beliefs or reflected on them since they were 14 year old kids in the Reform Party. Remember your worldview when you were 14? Can you imagine not maturing intellectually since then?

  20. Well Cons don't believe in evolution. LOL

  21. I remember when the Mulroney government talked for eight years about the importance of reducing the deficit and every year added to it.

  22. Andrew, I totally agree. I can’t wrap my head around how the Conservatives sell themselves as the fiscally responsible option while simultaneously cutting taxes and increasing spending. I

    ‘m all for paying less tax, but I like the services offered by my country, and understand they need to be paid for. GST cuts were irresponsible, especially the timing. It stimulated nothing, as far as consumer spending (who can honestly say they actually noticed?) and cut billions from the federal budget, just as the world economy was plunging into recession (and it was already well established that it was happening, especially at the time of the second GST cut).

    So in summary, the Conservatives are ensuring Canada’s long-term fiscal security by cutting taxes while the baby boomers are in their peak earning years, and will soon be drawing from the already underfunded social programs. Wait…what?

  23. Pollyparrot has views? I thought he was fed peanuts to learn repetitive phrases like ""Reckless Coalition – squawk" "Tax and Spend – squawk" and my special favourite "socialists squawk"

    • Man, you should see the "accomplishments" Pierre is trying to boast about on the flyer I received in the mail today. Seven years and this is all you can come up with?

  24. Pollyparrot has views? I thought he was fed peanuts to learn repetitive phrases like ""Reckless Coalition – squawk" "Tax and Spend – squawk" and my special favourite "socialists squawk"

  25. Man, you should see the "accomplishments" Pierre is trying to boast about on the flyer I received in the mail today. Seven years and this is all you can come up with?

  26. Pierre Poilievre owned a robocall company called 3D Contact
    Inc and was dating Jenni Bryne who controlled CIMS database during last
    election.

    “When Poilievre was running for election in 2004, he
    stated that he was co-owner of a political research company called 3D Contact
    Inc. According to the company profile,
    these ‘contacts’ were Stephen Harper, Ted Morton and Stockwell Day. His partner was Jonathan Denis, who later
    became Minister of Housing in the Alberta government.”

    Micheal Sona, Director of Communications, was roomates with
    Chris Crawford, the person responsible for managing CIMS Database/List at the
    time.

    “Rougier was key member of the target seat team,
    working directly under campaign manager Jenni Byrne” His phone used to call Rack9

    http://www.anonpaste.me/anonpaste2/index.php?5316b0ceba304db3#YH2hGWBgyB8ylA9eZfYSfM7U1mnnvELkutPzE6LkxcQ=

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