trashee @ November 11, 2015
- With the revelations that in the dying days of the campaign a strategy was floated in the CPC war room that would have Harper come out and declare that this would be his last election, it confirms something that I suspected a few weeks ago: that the election had shifted to a referendum on Harper. When the Nanos numbers started to show a shift for the preferred PM away from Harper and toward Trudeau, the ballot box changed from the CPC message to whether Canadians wanted Harper back as PM. It became a Harperendum and Canadians voted accordingly.
Would a move to distance himself from the campaign have helped? Maybe, but we will never know.
- The right wing is predictably blaming the media for the fall of their hero. The CBC bias. The Toronto Star bias. etc., ad nauseum. Favourable coverage to anything not blue and white. Ignoring Liberal gaffes… and on and on and on… They have conveniently forgotten that most of the major news outlets endorsed Harper (well, the Glub and Money endorsed the party but noy Harper, but, but… OK, I still don’t understand that one). Suck it up, buttercups. You lost. But as Mr. Trudeau has said you are not our enemies, you are our neighbours. You will see a lot more kindness from us that we have seen from you over the past 9 years.
- Lots of Liberals are asking – how do we ensure t hat a “Harper” doesn’t happen again? Well, you can’t. That is the nature of a democracy. Sometimes you get the good guys and sometimes the not-so-good. What progressives in this country can do is work together to advance a progressive agenda that will benefit al Canadians. And Canadians will reward us at the ballot box in 2019.
trashee @ October 22, 2015
trashee @ October 16, 2015
With the polls saying that the Harperites are in real trouble in many previously “safe” ridings, Canadians can expect to see and hear a whole new suite of anti-Trudeau ads over the final days of this looooooonnnnggggg campaign.
My operative – let’s call him or her “The CPC War Room’s pizza delivery guy’s barber’s aunt” snuck these tidbits out to me in a used X-large pizza box still smelling of olives and dripping with bacon grease…
- “Justin Trudeau – as Prime Minister he will cut income-splitting to fund injection sites in brothels”!
- “Justin Trudeau – he like babies and he likes to eat pizza – he will FORCE FEED YOUR BABIES PIZZA!”
- “Justin Trudeau – he want to put toll booths on Tim Horton drive-thrus to fund his ‘free-pot-for-schoolkids’ Program!
- “Justin Trudeau – he will appoint an ISIS terrorist as the Minister of National Defense!”
- “Justin Trudeau – he almost drowned once when he was a kid. He was way over his head!”
- “Justin Trudeau – as a drama teacher, he sold pot to kids on field trips to local brothels while reciting lines from Hamlet!”
- “Justin Trudeau – his Dad was named Pierre. Which is French for “stone”. Which makes “just not ready” Justine a stoner who wants to inject drugs into your pizzas!
The only question is whether they will run out of days before ad ideas… (260)
trashee @ October 14, 2015
I was one of those “organisers” of an all-candidate debate / meeting that the news articles often refer to. Our debate last night in the riding of Ottawa South was quite well attended with around 500 members of the community showing up at a local high school auditorium to hear what the all the candidates had to say about some of the issues that have dominated this election.
Um, well not exactly all of the candidates…
It seems to have become a regular practice in this election for Conservative Party candidates to skip these meetings, citing reasons like “too busy door-knocking” or having “previous commitments”. Notice of their non-attendance is usually given at the last-minute or close to it, forcing organisers to scramble a bit as the plans and logistics were geared to a defined number of candidates showing up. But so what… we manage… that’s not really my point.
My point / bone to pick is that by nonchalantly choosing to skip an event like this is a major slap in the face to those who have spent many, many hours of volunteer time to set up such an event. I figure that I alone spent about 20 hours on this event. I work full-time and have kids with activities, etc., etc… so my time is precious.
There is also a real and significant financial aspect. Auditoriums have to be paid for, microphones rented, security guards paid for, tech support booked and paid for… in our case it amounted about a thousand bucks total… not a fortune but significant given that these costs are paid for and labour provided by volunteer-driven not-for-profit groups.
And most of these organisations don’t have bags of cash just lying around looking for somewhere to go.
Now, I’m not going to slam the local candidate. I know the CPC candidate. I worked with him volunteering for Parent Council activities at our kids’ school. Our politics may differ but the guy did step up more than most. My displeasure is squarely on the party that has apparently made it their policy to order – with few exceptions – all of their candidates to skip debates, meetings or any interaction in a crowd where media might be present. They want the to stick with the “door-to-door” where a misstep outside the approved party script would likely not do a lot of damage. I kind of feel sorry for these candidates as they signed on to engage their voters wherever and when possible and they are being told that they cannot.
To that party and those who made this disengagement decision I say that they have made a big mistake. You have played into the hands of the opposition that likes to portray Harper and the CPC as cold, heartless and out of touch. I say too that you have angered a great many community leaders who make up these community groups. You have spat in the faces of these folks that are, by and large, respected in their communities and their words carry some weight – not saying mine does… but there are some really influential men and women in these organisations.
And that, ladies and gentlemen will come back to bite the blue party in the end.
trashee @ October 9, 2015
So it is becoming painfully obvious that the CPC is feeling the pressure and are actually considering the possibility that they may not form the next government. Hence, the shorts pants in the PMO have launched a pre-planning campaign to counter such an eventuality.
Code named “Operation Impending Doom (OID)”, the strategy is to trot out and associate the CPC brand with as many Canadian icons who will agree to cooperate. And for those who do not go long with OID, they will use them anyways – and apologise later.
First was Wayne ” took-way-too-many-elbows-to-the-noggin” Gretzky who positively gushed over how awesome a job Harper has been doing and how super it would be if he could continue to do such an awesome job! Cuz ol’ Wayne has spent the last few decades in the previously unknown province of “California” where #99 has been intently following the policy and program developments in the country of his birth.
Next was – Uh-OH – the desperate and weak attempt to link TERRY FOX with a Conservative election promise to give more funding for cancer research. Now Minister Moore and the PMO skipped over that chapter in the Canadian Politics 101 manual that talks about the dangers of politicising icons and diseases. It is a short chapter consisting of only 3 words:
DON’T DO IT!
The Fox family and the Foundation under Terry’s name came out to state in no uncertain terms that they did not consent to this link with Terry or the Foundation and that they remain completely non-partisan.
Federal Industry Minister James Moore had said Sunday that the Conservative government, if re-elected, would commit up to $35 million in matching donations raised during the annual Terry Fox Run.
Moore, who is not running for re-election, made the announcement in Port Moody, B.C., during the 35th iteration of the run. This year, the annual, non-competitive event aims to fundraise $35 million — one dollar for every Canadian.
The Terry Fox Foundation, an international non-profit, has avoided endorsing any particular party in the past. No one from the Fox family was present at the announcement.
When asked about the Fox clan, Moore nonetheless described the family as “enthusiastic . . . they think it’s great.”
Fox’s family then released a statement Monday clarifying that they “did not respond enthusiastically suggesting the idea was great as MP James Moore reported in yesterday’s Conservative announcement.”
“We will continue to make no public comments with respect to any federal party promises during the election campaign unless it is a unified all party announcement.”
Predictably, the CPC offered up a lame apology and backed away.
The damage to the ReformCon cause will likely be minimal but it is symbolic of how far this party will go to gain a few extra votes.
So, who’s next? What other Canadian icons will be hugged and loved by the PMO short pants? My mole inside Langevin Block leaked me the following list:
- Maple syrup. Good ol’ sirop d’érable will soon be touted as a Conservative invention and mandated to be dyed blue before sale.
- The beaver. At a rally to be soon held in small Manitoba town, Harper will come on stage cuddling a baby beaver and feeding it a bottle. He will claim that he has always had a soft spot for beavers. Always.
- Tim Hortons. OK. This one was done already when a group of people – presumably Albertans – tried to get a “boycott Tims” movement going because an outlet was running anti oilsands ads on one of its TV screens in the resto. The movement was an #epicfail.
- Totem poles – the totem pole is an aboriginal icon that the CPC will adopt for its own purposes by recarving the faces of Harper and past Conservative PM’s into the grand totem pole now housed in the Museum of History. The PMO will claim that nothing had changed and that Dief’s face was ALWAYS on the pole. No one had ever noticed before.
- The RCMP Musical Ride. An honoured iconic symbol of our nation. The ride will stay the same except for one small change. The music that the ride is choreographed to will be by Nickleback. Horses will bolt.
- The CBC. It will, of course be privatised and rebranded as the Sun News network. Angry Ezra will replace Mansbridge.
- Hockey. The Harperites will continue to march multi-millionaire hockey players in front of cameras as they declare their allegiance to the “low-taxes-for-the-rich” policies of the CPC.
trashee @ September 22, 2015
Hey fans of sports and politics!
Check it out: if the Jays do win the AL East, they will be in the ALDS starting on October 8.
Advance polls are from the 9th to the 12, inclusive… meaning that on three of the five advance polling date, many would-be voters will be gathered in front of the TV those days rather than voting.
Annnddd… if the Jays do get to the ALCS – here are the dates for that:
In short, the parties had better key up their money-shot messages and hit the doorsteps before this kicks in. Because, you know what? Most of Canada might very well be caught up in pennant fever in the days leading up to and day of the vote and might be hard to persuade off the couch to cast their ballot or to go to the door to talk to a canvasser.
trashee @ September 18, 2015
Due to their tinfoil hattedness fear of widespread voter fraud, the Harperites may have made it more difficult for many Canadians to vote in the upcoming election.
So, I encourage everyone to share through the hills and dales, the highlands and the lowlands, yadda-yadda-yadda, the address for the Elections Canada site where one can verify if they are on the list and, if not, register on-line.
Don’t forget, though, that you still have to bring ID with you to the polling station. ID requirements are here: http://www.elections.ca/content2.aspx?section=id&document=index&lang=e
trashee @ September 15, 2015
Hot on the heels of Minister Kenney’s proposed redefinition of a “recession”, comes some thoughts on what exactly consists an electoral “victory” or “win” as the determinant of who forms the next government.
In light of dropping polling numbers, Conservative candidate Jason Kenney laid the groundwork for a broader definition of “electoral victory” just a few weeks before the 2015 vote is held.
“Most political scientists define an electoral win as winning more seats in the House of Commons that the other guys,” Kenney told a group of prescreened 3 and 4 year olds at a daycare in Gatineau.
“What we know is we have a clear electoral advantage in the 75+ year old, white male, upper income, low education bracket in Brampton, Ontario. We think that winning over that particular demographic would be a clear message that all Canadians want to continue with a strong and stable majority Conservative government under the tutelage of our Dear Leader, Stephen Harper”.
Traditionally, political scientists define an electoral “loss” as not “winning” as many seats as the other parties and are therefore unable to form a government that has the support of the House.
“That’s just the Liberal-biased media expressing a point-of-view.” said Kenney.
Kenney offered a different take on the V-word.
“I’m suggesting a victory should be typically defined as a discrete and confined win in a specific and narrow demographic, not a broad electoral victory consisting of widespread support and more seats won”, he said. “In any case, this should not deflect us from pointing out Just-Not-Ready Justin’s plan to run a deficit by importing ISIS criminals and supplying their children with free marijuana. That should be the real story here.”
trashee @ September 1, 2015
Trudeau’s closing remarks last night summed up what I have been saying for many years – the bar can be raised. Canadians don’t have to settle for a bar that is touching the ground.
Harper has placed that bar so low on so many fronts: foreign affairs, the environment, fiscal policy… The list goes on.
The bar can be and should be raised. And the only way to do this is to oust Harper. (229)
trashee @ August 7, 2015