Tuesday, November 24, 2015

British Columbia Media, Inoculated!

Written by Grant G 

Directly below is the Webster dictionary meaning of the word INOCULATED...


Full Definition of INOCULATE

transitive verb
a :  to introduce a microorganism into <inoculate mice with anthrax> <beans inoculated with nitrogen-fixing bacteria>
b :  to introduce (as a microorganism) into a suitable situation for growth
c :  to introduce immunologically active material (as an antibody or antigen) into especially in order to treat or prevent a disease <inoculate children against diphtheria>
:  to introduce something into the mind of
:  to protect as if by inoculation
Don`t know exactly when it happened, not sure how many of you can see it, almost positive that promised financial gain is the motivation, allbeit those incoming dollars come at a cost, the meager price is one`s own soul....
 Yes, I am talking about Keith Baldrey, Vaughn Palmer and almost all mainstream media and legislative press reporters.....!

It must be very frustrating for educated and clear thinking persons, imagine, a child-mind can figure out that, by nearly doubling British Columbia`s emissions with fracked gas(That is IF any LNG terminals get built)...And not counting upstream emissions, not counting emissions to transport back n forth across the Pacific Ocean this fracked gas, not counting 70% of fracked gas`s emission`s and then taking a massive leap of faith by incorrectly assuming selling gas will compel or mean less coal will be burnt in Asia...

( Cheap coal threatens LNG's toehold



For Christy Clark or Mary Polak to make those empty claims at the upcoming Paris climate summit is stunning in it`s intellectual stupidity!

What is even more pathetic and intellectually sad is that our illustrious BC media repeat, echo and report these Christy Clark utterances as fact, or believable...

Just think about that for a minute, highly educated individuals like Andrew Weaver, David Suzuki and thousands of specialized scientists, climate modellers and brilliant minds have to listen to British Columbia politicians defend their economically foolish push to have 20 LNG terminals in British Columbia.....Canada`s NEB has greenlighted and permitted 16 LNG proposals for B.C....With nary a thought on any of the accumulative affects...No, the NEB hands out LNG permits like breath mints, ..They don`t take in regard the financial ability of the proponents, even bankrupt companies like Quicksilver hold a NEB granted LNG export permit....  The NEB granted Quicksilver an export license after the fact, after Quicksilver went belly-up...

Christy Clark and Mary Polak are planning on telling the Paris summit(COP21) attendees that doubling BC`s emissions with natural gas spew, by drilling tens of thousands of methane leaking fracked drill holes, wasting trillions of gallons water is environmentally friendly and a road to lower greenhouse gas emissions, a way to save the planet...

Maybe Christy Clark and Mary Polak should just tell the COP21 Paris summit attendees that their speeches and confirming data got lost by the airline, or eaten by a security dog, or that alien (Martians) visitors to earth were so impressed with British Columbia`s GHG reducing climate saving plan that they stole the "Plan" and quickly returned to planet Mars to start on saving(restoring) Mars atmosphere......(The above paragraph is not meant to be funny, merely meant to highlight how ridiculous and how morally low western politicians go to sell snake oil....Christy Clark and Mary Polak should be laughed right out of the Paris summit, or arrested for providing false testimony!

 Christy Clark`s blather on LNG reducing coal emissions in other parts of the world is a patently false statement, for Christy, for British Columbia or even Canada to make that claim is folly, ..indeed, make all Canadians look like uneducated idiots!   

Sad and pathetic, oh indeed, we expect, from past experiences that our BC Liberal government lie their face off, make up facts and burn, delete, and remove any and all paper-trails to cover their crimes but how come BC`s media, Keith Baldrey, Vaughn Palmer and company play stupid, pretend gibberish and verbal spittle emanating from Christy Clark`s mouth is legit, or accurate or even believable when a childmind can plainly see it isn`t..

Triple delete delight, a Vaughn Palmer special, oh how Vaughn writes in the Vancouver Sun that triple delete record destruction at the hands of the BC Liberals is just comical, as in nobody really cares and everybody knows that those rascally BC Liberals delete and burn records, ...as in carry on, nothing to see here just more of the same from those rascally BC Liberals...

A dead health researcher, a man murdered by the BC Liberal Government, all pertaining records burned,.......BC Rail records burned before the farce trial, .....Mount Polley records destroyed...

And what does our illustrious BC legislative media report....Those rascally BC Liberals deleted records again, ho hum..

Records, files, emails and papertrails are destroyed only when crimes, corruption and wrongdoing happened, burn records to protect the guilty and why the hell isn`t that being reported, when did Keith Baldrey and Vaughn Palmer get inoculated, injected with cash and serum so blatant corruption, crime and broken government stories bounce off their ears, reflect back from closed eyes and by the time the scandal of the day meets pen and paper....

By the time the stories are aired....Nothing to see here, move along, merely rascally BC Liberals doing what they do best......Controlling a meek, inoculated press corp....

Sad indeed..

Norm Farrell....  The man Norm Farrell is clearly getting frustrated, an investigator, a researcher and a spade caller.....Facts are facts and the truth will set you free and almost everyday Norm Farrell is revealing disturbing facts, the $billions in IPP private power that bleeds BC Hydro..The $billions in drill credits owed to a dead LNG industry, the collapse of gas land leases and auctions... 

No LNG terminals built...No final investment decisions...An LNG industry in tatters, a world glut of natural gas, countries can`t give it away, LNG prices so low you lose money to take it out of the ground..

Mr. Farrell doesn`t have to say he is frustrated, you can feel it in his written words and tweets, day after day Norm Farrell tweets his indisputable data to Vaughn Palmer and Keith Baldrey almost pleading with them to report these simple, easy to understand data that points to a bleak oil n gas industry in BC,...Bleaker today and getting darker tomorrow..

Silence, mute, barren newspaper articles devoid of anything relevant....Nothing but tales of those "rascally" BC Liberals and mindless repeated quotes uttered by Christy Clark and Mary Polak....

Keith Baldrey...Vaughn Palmer, I have a question for you, ....When you know that Christy Clark and Mary Polak, along with many other BC Liberals are lying, or are making statements that are false, not true, blatant lies a child could see through why do you quote them..Why do you fill your paragraphs with quotes and political statements that are lies, provable lies?...You Vaughn Palmer have no courage, too long in the tooth....

Keith Baldrey, I have another question for you.......Are you proud of your job, do you feel you are keeping the people informed of facts, are you researching data like Norm Farrell, or are you just a waste of space, an inoculated TV face doing time, adding nothing to British Columbia, adding nothing to journalism...

How come you media aren`t laughing at Christy Clark, I don`t mean in private I mean laughing at Christy Clark on the front pages?  

Remember these statements from Christy Clark... "18 LNG terminals, two LNG terminals up and running by 2015...5 times the North American gas price in Asia...A $trillion dollars...over 100,000 LNG jobs...BC debt paid through LNG...A $100 billion dollar prosperity fund..the removal of BC`s sales tax..LNG monies for First Nations, for northern communities, LNG monies for schools " and and and and and........

Petronas`s profits are down 95% year over year, the Malaysian state owned Petronas has cut the dividend they pay to their own country by 40%..Petronas top man and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak appears to have embezzled nearly $800 million US dollars from his own country and now faces political ousting and soon to be jail, or worse..


Keith Baldrey and Vaughn Palmer don`t have the guts or courage to admit they dropped the ball on journalism and ethics... and it was bloggers and internet writers that told the truth, reported the facts..

Bloggers had the BC Rail scandal nailed...Not BC`s mainstream media....Bloggers and citizens had the IPP scandal covered from front to back...Bloggers on LNG and bloggers on the Site C boondoggle...To many $billions of dollars wasted, too many lost $billions stolen from the BC public, $billions looted and piled on BC`s debt...

All the major British Columbia multi $billion dollar scandals reported accurately by bloggers, and by bloggers only...

Again, Keith Baldrey...Vaughn Palmer...Are you proud of your journalism, your research, was the public informed?...Were facts told, the true numbers revealed, did you big-time media personalities through your dogged research and hard-hitting written articles save British Columbia taxpayers from any of many multi-$billion dollar scandals/boondoggles?

No, you stopped nothing, you media not only enabled but abetted the crimes!, inoculate disease...

 Well, ....There is some good news in this posting,,,BC won`t have to worry about all those unreported, not counted emissions from a LNG industry, because ...As reported by bloggers for several years...The LNG industry is not only an intellectual fraud, the LNG industry in British Columbia is dead...We are`t getting multiple LNG terminals and $billions of tax dollars...The industry is dead..

Oh, remember all those Christy Clark LNG promises she made during the 2013 election...$trillions of dollars, 100,000 plus LNG jobs... Remember that..

Perhaps you sleuthy British Columbia media should read the latest BC Government labour market study going out to 2024...There is only one mention of LNG, (it comes on page 6)...Here is what the Christy Clark BC Liberal led Government NOW has to say about LNG.....



In 2013, the Province commissioned an independent
analysis of LNG’s job-creation potential in British Columbia. The study, conducted by Grant Thornton, and assuming the construction of 5 LNG plants, concluded that an LNG industry in B.C. could create more than 100,000 jobs in the long term. In 2014, another independent study was ordered to show the demand for various specific occupations as the LNG industry develops. That study, by KPMG, was based on direct input from industry proponents; the results were provided as a stand-alone section in the 2022 Labour Market Outlook.
The Province continues working closely with the industry to maintain and update
occupational workforce projections for the LNG sector. However, these projections will factor into the Labour Market Outlook only once there is a final investment decision on one or more projects.


There is Keith Baldrey...Have a look Vaughn Palmer.....Do you see it, ..The BC Liberals know LNG is kaput, even if something, some LNG terminal is built there will never be big provincial profits..LNG is now a corporate welfare industry that will only survive if the public subsidizes the industry,,As in welfare..

That BC Government statement above...It says a whole lot more, read between the lines...The BC Liberals have set up their scapegoat...Look, read it, ...The BC Liberals are blaming, or should I say, are preparing to blame those studies for their miscalculations....

Keith Baldrey....Vaughn Palmer....Those studies cited above as blame for the BC Liberal`s pre-election LNG rhetoric...

Christy Clark..Rich Coleman and all BC Liberals were talking the big LNG hype talk before any of those bought studies were done,...Those studies were purchased to downplay the real disturbing LNG facts bloggers brought forward...In other words the BC Liberals purchased those tainted LNG studies to silence the ever growing number of truth-tellers ringing the alarm bell...

And now those same studies that the BC Liberals bought, bought to provide cover for Christy Clark`s whopper LNG lies are now being converted into scapegoats, scapegoats at that ready to deflect  blame from the BC Liberals to industry..

My gut and history tells me that the inoculated ones will be more than happy to sell the new LNG narrative. that being, it wasn`t BC Liberal bullshit selling snake oil it was the fault of those bought studies that LNG was nothing but hot air!

The Straight Goods

Cheers Eyes Wide Open  

Justice In Chains. Jessica Ernst And Slick Water

Justice In Chains.  Jessica Ernst And Slick Water.

By Robin Mathews   Nov. 2015

Slick Water”, of course, is the feel of good water when changed by Fracking poisons.  It is good water invaded by (Corporation-imposed secret) human-and-plant-destroying poisons pumped underground during “Fracking” (hydraulic fracturing of natural underground strata) to “retrieve” oil and/or natural gas.  Those poisons then find their way into the agricultural and drinking water of unsuspecting people who reside (usually) not far from the work of those giant, care less, private Corporations which – all too often – have bought-and-paid-for government regulators and politicians in power.  The poisons … then make ill, maim, and even kill plants, animals, and human beings.

The enormity of the damage to land and water and creatures, the outrageous invasion of the sanctity of innocent people, and the permanent tragedies created could only be possible in a world where Big Corporations have become, in fact, law-makers and enforcers in a world where corporate crime is accepted as normal behaviour.

Slick Water is, too, the name of the latest book (on the above subject) written by excellent writer, Andrew Nikiforuk.  He was one of the first to tear the Angel Wings from the Tar Sands operations in a book of that name in 2008: Tar Sands, Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent.

Readers of this review could do no better as a beginning of their read through winter-books than to read Slick Water, centering on Canada’s Fracking Fighter extraordinaire, Jessica Ernst of Rosebud, Alberta.  The book links her, appropriately, to the long, horrific historical tale of Hydraulic Fracturing which she has been one of the most indomitable in bringing to Canadian (and global) public attention.

The beauty of Nikiforuk’s book is that it brings the marvellous Jessica Ernst to life for readers to come to know … at the same time as it illuminates the slow (150 year) development of a “greed process”, Fracking, begun (of course) in the U.S.A., and spread to … wherever on the globe greed can elbow its way in and gas or oil can be – earth-shatteringly and poisonously - forced to the surface.  Some enlightened countries outlaw Fracking completely.

Readers will find in this book a hundred aspects of the Slick Water story that catch and hold their attention.  A commanding aspect, linking widely disparate events and occasions, is caught in one of the most sparkling (if it may be called that) chapters entitled “The Police Come Calling”.

In the face of allegations of Encana Corporation violations of the law, Alberta regulator violations of the law, Alberta lawyers rejecting their obligation and refusing to represent Jessica Ernst, and shameless misreporting by the Alberta Research Council … and, I add, an Alberta government pretending to know nothing about anything relevant – a strange event occurred.
Calling themselves members of the National Security Enforcement Team (?), RCMP officers first called Jessica Ernst by telephone and were told by her not to visit her property. Days later, they arrived at her home unannounced and without any kind of Warrant.  The visit – one may speculate – had a number of purposes.  To frighten and coerce Jessica Ernst. To urge her into naming sympathizers.  To please the federal government led by Stephen Harper, and to please the (then Eternal) Conservative government of Alberta, and the Encana Corporation, and the cowardly lawyers of Alberta who would have been pleased to see Ernst frightened away from legal action.

Without intending to be controversial or extreme, I would say that the RCMP officers, Dennis De Franceschi and Dave Bibeau, who confronted Jessica Ernst would not be unique as examples of what I suggest may be called lawless uniformed officers supporting crime in Canada.

One only has to raise one’s eyes to see extravagant examples.  When the murder of Robert Dziekanski (2007) by RCMP officers occurred in Vancouver International Airport  (the act was renamed for convenience), it was supported by all levels of the RCMP from the Vancouver offices to the desk in Ottawa of the national Commissioner of the RCMP.  Then, a little later, the fraudulent misuse of RCMP investigations to “manage” the Mike Duffy case in favour of Stephen Harper and his close, wealthy ally Nigel Wright is there for all to see.  By sleight-of-hand too despicable for words, the evidence was jimmied to claim Mike Duffy received a bribe of just over $90,000.00 handed to him as a signed cheque by Nigel Wright.  But Nigel Wright did not pay a bribe, it is claimed.  Before the entire population of Canada the RCMP went along with that complete sham. There is not the slightest doubt that Commissioner of the RCMP, Bob Paulson, signed off on the spectacular (and insulting to all Canadians) boondoggle.

Those are national scandals of gigantic proportion.  But all over Canada the RCMP bends, breaks, and boldly finds ways to violate the law in large and small ways to serve criminal interests.  (Will the new Liberal government examine that file?)

Let’s put it simply.  The whole, cruel torture - through the Fracking process - of Jessica Ernst and hundreds of others in Canada … and thousands around the world – is made possible by the sell-out to giant, largely private Corporations by police, lawyers, the law, the courts, and governments elected to serve and protect the people.

To this day, the new People’s Government of Alberta [NDP] has not lifted a finger to lessen the injustice under which Jessica Ernst staggers. 

Indeed, the Alberta NDP government has approved the continuing role of Gerard Protti, former vp of Encana Corporation and former president of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers as top man at the Alberta Energy Regulator. Both Encana and the AER are named as delinquent in Jessica Ernst’s case.

If the new government in Ottawa sees fit to take a harrower through the RCMP – a long overdue undertaking – it should do the same through the process of appointments to higher courts in all the provinces.  Indeed, it needs to sit with provincial governments and work slowly and certainly to reconstruct higher court processes – which are opaque, needlessly bureaucratic, elitist, high-handed, grossly expensive, purposefully procrastinating, and systemically punitive to ordinary members of the population seeking remedy for injustices done to them.

Andrew Nikiforuk’s presentation in Slick Water of the negotiation between Jessica Ernst and the law firm conducting her case – Klippensteins – is deeply disturbing.  Sincerity unforced on both sides leads to the information that the case might well take twelve years…or more. (That, I say, is because of the ability of rich corporations to bring legal proceedings almost to a standstill with – clearly – the assent of the courts.) The firm’s spokesperson tells Ernst the “case could cost her more than a million dollars even with the firm’s discounted rates” (p.199) And lawyer Murray Klippenstein informs her that even if she wins legally, because she won’t “settle” (agree to a secret award) “you may have to pay the legal fees and costs of the defendants.” (p. 201)

Ernst replies to him completely in character.  Three things matter. One is groundwater. The second is the integrity of the democracy she lives in, and the third is breaking the cycle of abuse. What she does not say (and perhaps doesn’t know at that early date) is that the cycle of abuse by the poisoners of water, land, and health is only possible because of the corporation/lawyer/police/court/media participation in the cycle of abuse quietly smiled upon by corrupt governments. How to end that cycle and to restore the integrity of the democracy she lives in is … for all the rest of us to take on.

Andrew Nikiforuk is – to my mind – very gentle in his treatment of the Alberta higher court in the case being fought by Jessica Ernst.  Nevertheless, he hints at what I believe is a shameless intention in the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench to delay the trial, to increase Jessica Ernst’s costs alarmingly, and to force her into bankruptcy.  I will leave it to the reader to decide for herself or himself the role of the Alberta court in Jessica Ernst’s trial … and Andrew Nikiforuk’s assessment of it.

Rejuvenation of the Canadian legal system might start at the top.  What to my mind is the most useless and the most irresponsible higher court instrument in Canada is the Canadian Judicial Council – the top regulator of higher court behaviour in Canada.  Presently, to my mind, it is a sham and a protector of wrong-doing in the higher courts.  When an egregious action of sexual misconduct by a judge is revealed, the CJC might move to careful action. But in all other cases of serious misconduct (in my experience with it) the CJC will even cover for (what in other structures would be called) the frankly criminal activity of judges. (When three higher court judges, one after the other, are publicly removed from the bench by the CJC for misconduct in their trust positions, judges across Canada will suddenly become visibly more upright and … just.)

Justice is in chains in the Jessica Ernst case against Encana Corporation for fouling her farm, her water, her life, her hopes for the future.  Justice is in chains in Ernst’s attempts to have the “regulator” of Oil Patch behaviour judged for failing to do its job of “regulating” (throughout the province).  Justice is in chains in the Jessica Ernst case before the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench (Alberta’s Supreme Court) because – among other (hugely important) things - the court is not insisting upon prompt responses from those complained against, not insisting upon prompt and clean submissions of evidentiary materials requested by the plaintiff. etc.,etc.

The spotlight is upon Chief Justice Neil Wittmann who “volunteered” to take over the case when (surprise!) the judge on the case was suddenly promoted off it to the Appeals Court. (Her promotion had to involve Stephen Harper’s cabinet and the senior operatives of the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench… and who else?)  The case is momentous – calling into question the activities of a huge private Oil Patch operator and the government of Alberta’s regulator.  The action of Chief Justice Neil Wittmann to force a Supreme Court of Canada appeal about his ruling that the Alberta regulator is “beyond” the reach of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms in the Canadian Constitution is seen by some as a vexatious and obnoxious action to delay the trial – and cause Jessica Ernst enormously increased costs.

If the Honourable Neil Wittmann’s action has been, in fact, a move to show sympathy for the bodies Jessica Ernst is acting against … then justice in Alberta is truly in chains.  But Jessica Ernst has been a major person in forcing the unshackling of truth about “Fracking”. She has been major in forcing the unshackling of truth about the abuse of land and people by Big Oil and Gas in Alberta – and its “buy-off” techniques. She has been major in exposing the Alberta Regulator as a friend of the violators. She may well prove to be instrumental in unshackling a truth about large-scale corruption in the Court of Queen’s Bench, Alberta. Then the chains ......

Written by Robin Mathews


The Straight Goods

Cheers Eyes Wide Open

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

"The Best and the Brightest" and "Honourable"

Written by Grant G 

The best and the brightest and Honourable...

Gibberish, foreign tongue or words and phrases without meaning, if one substitutes the word(s) ....scoundrel, liar, felon, perjurer, and or thief for the word "honourable" would you be wrong? 

Think about it, in British Columbia`s 2001 provincial election, during the writ period Gordon Campbell made very specific promises, ah, first, let me remind that in BC`s 1996 provincial election campaign, ( Gordon Campbell`s 1996 campaign manager was David Maclean,  the head man at CN Rail) ..Gordon Campbell had selling off BC Rail in his 1996 election campaign, he lost, Glen Clark and his NDP team won Government..

In 2001, during the campaign Gordon Campbell made specific promises...."I won`t sell BC Rail"......."I will honour all signed labour contracts"...

Yes, indeed, Gordon Campbell after winning the election immediately set the wheels in motion to sell(?) BC Rail to his friend and campaign manager David Maclean who just happened to be the CEO of CN Rail...

HEU contracts and teacher`s contracts were immediately shredded...

The Honourable Gordon Campbell upon gaining power broke his election promises, his contract breaking has been found illegal over and over again in our Supreme courts, the BC Rail corruption trial was a display of unfettered power, of corruption, of in your face unbelievable dog ate my homework utterances from the "best and the brightest" , Wally Oppal comes to mind, what was it that Attorney General Wally Oppal said over and over again?  "No comment on BC Rail as it is before the court" for 6 years before the court silence, for 6 years legal motions, delays, improper appointments, trial delays, missing emails, destroyed records, payoffs, bribery....

We lost our railway, in one fell swoop we lost our railway and our judicial safety-net, no longer could a BC supreme court of law prosecute or criminally charge a sitting government, when documents, when facts, when testimony is bought and sold like a commodity under the noses of judges, when criminals wielding power not only walk free they have their portraits hung in hallowed hallways, and under those portraits is the word "honourable" ...Cast in bronze, honourable, for all eternity the word hounorable is intrisically linked with the name Gordon Campbell...

Funny when you think about it, Gordon Campbell, an adulterer, a liar, a con man, a breaker of laws and serial abuser of power..

Gordon Campbell, a man who should be jailed, or worse, he cost the province $billions, he stole our democracy, he removed the law from Government, not only did Gordon Campbell circumvent the law he showed Christy Clark the way, what law, law for who, for Governments, is to laugh, ....Even our esteemed opposition, John Horgan, even Carole James, they speak glowingly on the public record of the "Honourable" Gordon Campbell.

Revisionist history hoedown,  

Christy Clark, ethnicgate, bollywoodgate, health firings missing data, files frozen along with transitory email abuse, year after year fake investigations are prodded by the stench only to end up being conducted by appointed political staffers and yes people, as in yes to whitewashing and a hell-no to the public`s right to know, silence and memory loss afflicts all branches, Government, the judiciary and most importantly, the press.. 

and as for the phrase "The best and the brightest" .....What does that mean, David Hahn?..Margaret McDiaramid?..Terry Lake...Wally Oppal..David Loukedelis...Bill Bennett...Rich Coleman..Stephanie Cadieux....Colin Hansen...John Dyble...

Portraits of George W Bush...Gordon Muir Campbell, portraits of Stephen Harper and in time portraits of Christy Clark will hang prominently in the hallowed hallways of our Democratic Houses .

Canada, the Canadian public after too many Federal Liberal scandals granted Stephen Harper a minority government and federal training wheels, for 5 years he was trusted with a mere minority government and finally, Canadians felt Stephen Harper deserved a majority chance,......It was 4 years of lies, 4 years of omnibus bills, 4 years of gutting of hard fought environmental laws, 4 long years Canadians watched in horror as a madman, as a corporate controlled madman attempted to change Canada into his personal oily doormat. freedom, democracy and plain old dignity was being torn asunder..

The horror ended officially on October 19th/2015

Stephen Harper, the largest war chest, the longest campaign in Canadian history, handing out cheques, inciting fear, bribing, ad nauseum on radio, on TV, using every dirty trick in the book and thud, mattered not, Canada threw Harper out with a thud because he was as described above, he did nothing noble or brave, Harper wasn`t before his time he was too late, 80 years too late..

Stephen Harper, revisionist history writing media attempted pre-election and even more so post election to colour Stephen Harper gold, a pedestal placing media painted Harper as one of Canada`s great prime ministers, puzzling don`t you think, I and other inquiring minds want to know why, or what, exactly what did Stephen Harper do in power to deserve such accolades?

Could it be how he raised retirement age by two years to 67...Or perhaps Harper is lauded for his too many to count defeats in Canada`s supreme court....Maybe the National Post liked Stephen Harper the book burner, perhaps a lacklustre media believed in time Stephen Harper would burn all reading materials leaving only Globe and Mail and National Post editorials to read..

Maybe our national media is a huge fan of RUST, as in our rust-bucket navy, 5 years ago Harper announced Seaspan and Irving shipyard contracts, 5 years later and still not one piece of steel cut, how many years wasted on a fifth generation fighter jet, perhaps in 5 or 6 generations of time a jet might have been delivered and maybe, just maybe paid for...

I muse to myself, was Harper a friend of the military man, a friend of science, was Harper an environmental steward, a friend of those less fortunate, was Stephen Joseph Harper even a good economist, the answer is ..Hell No...

The Best and the Brightest....Joe Oliver?...Dean Del Maestro, Bruce Carson, Patrick Brazeau, Pamela Wallin, Mike Duffy, Vic Toews, the list of lawbreakers, scofflaws and bootlicking trained seals is so long..

 When will the mainstream media stop rewriting history, when....How many crimes must a sitting government commit before the media demands blood, demands justice and demands to set the record straight and why is it in-coming Governments ultimately lose the will to prosecute the crimes of the outgoing regimes, such tough talk until once in power then the fire goes out, urgency and repairing the damage done are sidelined and then, on cue new governments become afflicted with memory loss and finally the defeated felons, the leaders of past regimes gone bad get their portraits hung in the hallowed hallways of our Democratic institutions....

Here in British Columbia we have a school drop-out named Christy Clark running around playing yoga games while bribery, corruption and tainted trained seals run amok throughout Government, these deleted email threads and missing files, ...Every contentious issue, every scandal for years comes up non-responsive....Sure must be a lot of incriminating data to hide, it`s the only explanation..

The Best and the brightest and The honourable...

Gordon Campbell stole $billions from British Columbia and he destroyed our provincial judiciary, no longer can the law be trusted to hold government to account..

Stephen Harper was a corporate menace and soon, not in decades but in a matter of a year no one will ever mention the name Harper, he wasn`t great, wasn`t good, Harper wasn`t even bad, Stephen Harper was nothing, Stephen Harper was a corporate puppet covered with strings..

Christy Clark, she is the same, she is nothing but a face and a voice without brain matter, Christy Clark is not what Michael Smyth call hers, Christy Clark is not a brilliant politician she is a bold-faced liar who won the 2013 election on whopper lies..

On LNG and a Trillion dollars.....Isn`t that right Pamela Martin..

The Best and the Brightest and Honourable also goes out to our domestic British Columbia media..

How goes that LNG cheer-leading Michael Smyth?...

No big LNG projects will ever be built in British Columbia, there may be an exception in Woodfibre LNG, and the only reason that tiny little project might get built is because we the taxpayer are paying for the pipeline, providing the gas through Fortis and our domestic gas rates..

In other words BCers are going to pay for the Woodfibre project and Sukanto Tanoto, the mass murdering environmental criminal will operate and profit from the facility..

Is to laugh, the only one in the province to accurately predict the LNG future, the only one to tell the straight goods on a sunset LNG industry was ....The Straight Goods.


The best and the brightest and honourable Christy Clark will be known for wasting $15 billion dollars on expensive Site C power, not-needed hydroelectric energy to power up an LNG industry that will never exist in British Columbia...

And when BCers finally toss out Christy Clark and elect a new, and hopefully improved Government Christy Clark`s picture too will hang in our hallowed hallways along with Gordon Campbell and Stephen Harper..

 Justice is blind and memories are short, hmm, that sounds like a great, new and accurate name for PostMedia..

PostMedia, Where Justice is blindfolded and memories are short

That sounds about right

The Straight Goods

Cheers Eyes Wide Open

Monday, November 9, 2015

Enemies of Democracy in Canada

 The Enemies of Democracy in Canada

Written by Robin Mathews

Many, many Canadians weren’t wrong  - on October 19, 2015 – to feel they were part of an important historical event happening before their eyes.  They knew, too, that they, themselves, were actively making the historical event happen. That experience doesn’t happen frequently in most people’s lives and it might have a permanently empowering effect on the many who were involved.  Especially since the concerted action of millions of Canadians was taken to head off catastrophe.

The Gathering Storm

Millions of Canadians acted to cut off an ugly, intensifying program intended to end Canadian democracy as all living Canadians know it.  The odious Conservative Party and government were working a multi-facetted plan of action: (a) to erase open and examinable actions by government (b) to engage in criminal destruction of democratic processes (c) to introduce racist bases for public decision-making (e) to undermine bases for national protections - medicare/pensions, etc. (f) to shield members of the ruling group from public contact (g) to defame and destroy voluntary public organizations working for the public good (h) to destroy the rule of law in the country (i) to cripple fair electoral processes (j) to make a mockery of the democratic traditions of parliament (k) to make secrecy a natural basis for international treaty-making … on the way to creating government by (largely foreign) corporate profit-seeking organizations, and (l) finally, to ridicule and erase any moves taken to assure the prevention of global environmental tragedy.


An almost unnoticed part of that program was support of the Conservative Party and government by a large part of the major press and media in Canada. Canadians need to focus on that fact.  Despite the dozen kinds of attack on Canadian democracy listed just above (and there are more), The Globe and Mail, The National Post (and most Post Media publications), in fact, supported the Harper Conservatives to form government in the election of October 2015.

Canadians, a polite people generally, don’t like strong words about political matters.  But in this case they have to look very squarely at the 12-point list written above.  It reveals – using terms that are essentially misleading – a strong neo-liberal program.  More correctly, it reveals a neo-fascist program intended to erase democratic rights and freedoms in Canada, a program endorsed by much leading media power in Canada.  The forces supporting the odious Conservative Party and government were huge … and so the action of Canadians in the election is even more admirable.

Neo-fascist Solidarity

By going around their normal Political Party loyalties a considerable majority of Canadians were able – decisively - to reject the odious Conservative Party and government program to debase Canadian democracy beyond hope of repair.  (At its best, Canadian democracy is flawed and needs deep reform.  But that fact opens a whole other important area of discussion and action.)

What Canadians may not have noticed is that while free and fair elections were being undermined, and Conservative lying was becoming the rule at all levels, and national records were being destroyed, and more and more Canadians were being vilified by power in office (and criminal acts of Conservatives were being exposed), ONLY ONE Conservative politician in the country publicly resigned the Party for reasons of conscience:  Brent Rathgeber, MP for Edmonton/St. Albert.

As a reward for his admirable, principled action, Conservatives in his (newly shaped) constituency overwhelmingly turfed him out on October 19, 2015, revealing, perhaps, that neo-fascism remains the ruling mood in the defeated Conservative Party of Canada. We other Canadians should create a medal especially for Brent Rathgeber, to honour his courage and to celebrate his book, Irresponsible Government: The Decline of Parliamentary Democracy in Canada (2014).

The fact of only one public defection from the Conservative ranks – despite growing sleaze, dishonesty, criminal activity, lying, and open attacks on democracy in Canada - speaks volumes about the Canadians who voted for Conservative candidates in the 2015 federal election. It reminds other Canadians of the need for constant vigilance….

The Neo-Fascist Press And Media Post-Election

After the election … the game of the Harper-supporting press and media is to blank out the recent neo-fascist history, to use a White-Wash Crew on the defeated Conservative government, to present it as principled and positive, to ignore completely its negative acts, and to praise its (non-existent) positive actions.

That press and media make wholly meaningless claims of “achievement” by the Conservative Party and government.  The only criticism they let escape into public view is of the “tone” of statements and actions by cabinet and prime minister. The “tone” of anti-democratic statements and actions was wrong: otherwise all was fine and dandy.

We might as well take the National Post “Comment” (Mon. Nov.2, 2015, p. A6) by Michael Den Tandt as an example (there are many).  To begin, he follows RULE ONE for the White-Washing Crew. “Do not admit, do not mention, do not hint at any one of the twelve neo-fascist activities listed above (or any other ones). Act as if they didn’t ever exist.  Instead … create fog.”

To avoid concrete discussion of neo-fascist activity, talk about the Conservative “achievement” in the election. Michael Den Tandt does that.  They weren’t wiped out … that’s the achievement he points to!  In fact, truly stated, almost ALL the “achievements” of the Conservative government from 2006 to 2015 were non-existent, or negative, or plainly destructive.  One thinks of what was said of the deposed Italian Fascist dictator nearly 70 years ago.  “Benito Mussolini wasn’t all bad.  He drained the swamps and made the trains run on time.” That is two-up on Stephen Harper.

After that Michael Den Tandt moves to RULE TWO.  Commentators must talk about the incredible, positive  fiscal management” of the defeated Conservative government.  That is the biggest ‘red herring’ dragged across the eyesight of Canadians.  The neo-fascist press in general tells us that the Conservative government did amazing things to prevent disaster in the 2008 banking meltdown. In fact, it bailed out corrupt and mismanaged private banks with public money instead of moving to national banking and to the original, positive use of The Bank of Canada as a basis of national credit.  AND it increased the National Debt by tens of billions of dollars!

To continue … the Conservative government rejected all environmental planning.  It allowed and aided the hollowing out of Ontario industry.  It destroyed specialist scientific libraries. It negotiated international treaties that permit private, foreign corporations to sue government for gigantic sums payable by every Canadian.  That - Michael Den Tandt and his fellows call “responsible fiscal management”.

As to the charges – inside and outside Canada – of Stephen Harper’s war-mongering … well … Den Tandt simply denies it happened.  RULE THREE.

To show the paucity of positive claims that can be made even by Stephen Harper’s fervent apparently neo-fascist media friends, Den Tandt lists as one of Harper’s achievements … his leaving office. (I don’t think that one is in the Rule Book.) It’s an achievement, apparently, because there is a galaxy of wonderful fill-ins and candidates for Leader.  Den Tandt’s list of Stars Brightly Shining and waiting to become Leader will give most Canadians, I believe, a serious case of indigestion: Jason Kenney, Lisa Raitt, Tony Clement, James Moore …. One of them may, he opines, change “the tone” that has, apparently been negative and harmful in the face of “responsible fiscal management” and other powerfully positive things achieved (?). [At the gates of many of the inhumane Nazi concentration camps was posted the very positive sign “Arbeit macht frei” – ‘work makes (you) free’.  A positive tone is always best.]

In the meantime Conservative Interim Leader is Rona Ambrose, apparently a fan of Ayn Rand’s politically far-Right novels.  Ambrose interfered with a book launching of a public employee’s novel – preventing him from appearing, under the pretense that he was engaging in work-related speaking … after the Harper Conservatives repressively silenced scientists in public service.  “Outraged” that the Supreme Court of Canada widened the possible use of marijuana for medical reasons, ‘Little Miss Harper’ could not be better qualified to take the place of the former leader. Indeed, we do not (yet) know what back-room role Stephen Harper played in her election. The Harper-supporting press and media pretend he has lost all power, has gone, and skulks on the outer-edges of the Party….

What Stephen Harper Has Wrought

The behaviour governed by RULE FOUR for the White Washers requires Conservative commentators to praise the making of an organized Party by the Harper forces.  Michael Den Tandt doesn’t report that undertaking quite as clearly as some Canadians would like, in my opinion.  Stated clearly, I would say, the achievement is the takeover of the Conservative Party of Canada by neo-fascist forces.

But Den Tandt puts it slightly differently.  He tells us that the old Progressive Conservatives are almost not visible anymore and that the “grand coalition” formed by Stephen Harper “stands”.  He calls it a “centre-right” organization.  Others might be forgiven for calling it neo-fascist, neo-liberal, Far Right … and other names.  Because Den Tandt never touches any of the twelve points listed at the beginning of this piece – or any failing whatever of the Conservatives - he is able to say, confidently, that the Conservative Party of Canada - because it has no “deep systemic problems” - can change “relatively quickly”.  All an in-coming leader has to do is adopt a more pleasing tone … and then it will be “full steam ahead” for the neo-fascism that was more and more visible in the Harper years. 

The enemies of democracy in Canada are no longer violent, designing, and militant forces outside Canada.  They have a Canadian home and legitimacy now.  And they call themselves The Conservative Party of Canada. They are confident in the support they receive from major elements of Canada’s (‘free and democratic’) Mainstream Press and Media.

Written by Robin Mathews 


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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Stephen Harper, Defeated, But Not Gone

Written by Robin Mathews

Having led the odious Conservative Party and government to resounding defeat, Stephen Harper has (as might have been predicted) walked away from the mess, leaving it to someone else … anyone else … to clean up, if possible. But (also as might have been predicted) he retains his Calgary seat in the House of Commons – a necessary place to launch a comeback….

If Stephen Harper was aware (even just aware) of the 2006 election in-and-out scandal and attempted robbery of electors’ votes (four faced criminal charges – the Party made a plea-bargain, admitting guilt); if he was aware (even just aware) of the intricate, set-up Robocall Scandal of the 2011 election which brought a criminal conviction to one (only) Conservative worker; and if he was aware (even just aware) of the cheque for $90,172 paid by (bribing?) Nigel Wright to Mike Duffy … then Stephen Harper is a criminal.  I have chosen only three counts upon which he may be a criminal.  Readers will, doubtless, want to supply more (many, many more).

We who think Stephen Harper was aware of – and probably even active in the planning and execution – of the activities mentioned … we believe he is a criminal who has not been fully investigated and charged for his participation in those crimes (and perhaps others not named here).

That being the case, we may all presume Stephen Harper will keep out of sight, will avoid the limelight, will want to “lie low” for a considerable period of time – licking his wounds and waiting for memories to fade. (But he will maintain a seat in the House of Commons for comeback purposes. And doubtless will try to quash any investigations into Conservative government wrongdoing.)

Be Ready To Be Surprised

Or Stephen Harper may disappear, in a short time, into an appointment in the caverns of Barrick Gold to rub shoulders with its black luminaries - like Brian Mulroney, John Manley, John Baird, Andrew Coyne, Peter Munk, Janice Stein and other neo-liberals who participate in one or other in its activities.  Or he may disappear into a neo-liberal Think Tank that pretends to be balanced, fair, and concerned for all Canadians as he, himself, pretended to be through his democracy-wrecking period as prime minister.

Don’t count on it.

Having set up the first anniversary “remembrance” of the deaths of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo (in Ottawa) and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent (in St. Jean sur Richelieu), Stephen Harper likely intended the event as a post-election-win occasion upon which he could make more racist attacks on minorities and push for more powers to add to Bill C51, the legislation many consider repressive, neo-fascist, and a painful attack on human rights in Canada.

None of the Conventional (Harper-supporting) Media mentioned that the Cirillo anniversary event was well-planned in Harperdom to serve Harper’s ideology before election day.  Nor do they point out that about-to-be prime minister Justin Trudeau had almost no choice about being there – to be used for Stephen Harper’s purposes.  Like it or not, the Harper forces used (if they didn’t create) the Cenotaph/Parliament event in order to attempt to validate the growing list of their repressive measures.  The anniversary day was, doubtless, to be used to reinforce those measures.

That first, post-election, public manipulation by Stephen Harper may be harbinger of things to come.  Already offering himself as a shy, smiling, thoughtful, well-wishing, down-to-earth ordinary Canadian, he may be on his way to carefully working to win a new, thunderously approved, over-whelmingly supported run at the (a) leadership of the Conservative Party and (b) the prime ministership of Canada.  His lust for power has not dimmed by a simple defeat at the polls, nor – we may assume – has his desire to erase democracy in Canada and replace it with a neo-liberal, neo-fascist dictatorship.
The Harperites Are Still There

Let dummies take over the Party.  Let dummies mess up in the House of Commons.  All the better. Those who have tasted (illegitimate) power and profit from the Harper years will be ready to throw their support, once again, his way, made confident by his cool certainty. He is not likely to change the makeover he was undertaking to Pierre Trudeau’s motto “reason over passion”. With cold calculation he appeared to be making “treason over passion” his own guiding principle.

All the Canadians who formed or were part of organizations concerned in one way or another with ‘Harper watch’ should remain vigilante.  In fact, they should form quiet groups (lawful of course) to track his every move – and to make his every move public. Stephen Harper cannot claim the privacy of ordinary Canadians.  A major public figure (whose honesty is in serious doubt) he is, in a sense, the possession of the Canadian public which can demand to know where he travels, who he meets, who he works for and with, and who pays him for services rendered (especially outside the country).

Stephen Harper is 56.  He has another fifteen years, at least, to work on the destruction of Canadian democracy.  He has strong and wealthy allies (many outside Canada). With his defeat at the polls on October 19, 2015, Canadians may have witnessed what turns out to be merely the first phase of Stephen Harper’s long-term plan to create a despotism in Canada that can neither be voted away nor overthrown.


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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

After Sleep

After Sleep

Written by Robin Mathews

Methinks I see in my mind a noble and puissant nation rousing itself like a strong man after sleep, and shaking her invincible locks.  Methinks I see her as an eagle mewing her mighty youth and kindling her undazzled eyes at the full midday beam.”  [John Milton  (1608-1674) Areopagitica] 

In the impossible construction called a democratic nation every evil that arises in community can gather itself into a single force and seem to spread without hindrance: greed, bribery, flagrant breach of public trust, oppressing fear, racism, cynical exploitation of the weak and vulnerable, cronyism, manufactured militarism, organized corruption ….

Heartbreaking is the ease with which the single force seems to be accepted as … well … ‘the way of the world’.

All those who can benefit seem to choose to do so as the wrecking ball swings through the democracy.  The others, mostly, seem to cower in fear. Here and there voices are raised.  Records are kept.  Violations are recorded and broadcast by means possible.  Many of the ordinary means are bribed or coerced into silence, closed to what is real.  Even so … the word goes round.

The single force concentrating evil in a democracy is not to be confused with the dark evil that controls despotisms, dictatorships … and that violently erases opposition.  The single force doesn’t have that power in a democracy but works to achieve it, to turn the impossible construction called a democratic nation into a real, full-fledged despotism. It wants to do so. It works tirelessly to do so.  It is like a poisonous boil that grows and pains and weakens the whole body. The pain is the warning sign … the call for remedial action.

In the impossible construction called a democratic nation the single force is usually given a name … and here in Canada it has been called Harperism, the name adopted from the chief (fronting) instigator, controller, manager, designer, and implementer of the steps that have been undertaken to turn this democracy into a despotism. And – as is usually the case – the beneficiaries of the single force actively deny its existence. Of course.

Our society – the kind of community talked about here – “the impossible construction called a democratic nation” possesses an almost magical ability to respond.  Apparently a gathering of disconnected individuals, it is greatly and deeply more than that. We speak of “the body politic” (“polis”in Greek meaning “the people”) as if the whole nation is, at rare times, a single organism, a body … which thinks and acts.

As it did on October 19, 2015.

Word went round … and round.  People talked.  Books were written. Articles were exchanged.  ‘Strategic’ organizations formed. Opposition parties spoke of ‘change’ to avoid open condemnation of incipient (and shaping) despotism. They were careful … almost complicit….

But "like a strong man after sleep, and shaking her invincible locks” Canadians took hold.  They watched, towards the close, as “Harperism” employed one of the most unlovely political advisors in the English-speaking world.  They watched “Harperism” goad on racism, attack a minority … and then (upon advice?) promise to mount greater racist attacks on that (and any other slandered ‘odious’) minority.  They watched Stephen Harper declare (in campaign) the outright, bald falsehood that Canada is “the largest per capita refugee receiver in the world”, as he also declared the simple flat lie that, of the CBC, “there are no cuts” … lying openly, easily, casually, readily, frequently since lying has become second nature to him: his special skill - his sign of contempt for Canadians, his testimony of loyalty to thug corporations … and to thuggery. 

In that behaviour is revealed such a closeness to madness that the Canadian organism – the impossible construction called the Canadian democratic nation – made up its mind. 

It would remove Harperism.  It would go around the fundamentalists – Corporate, Christian, neo-liberal, “Conservative”, Monetary, Media. It would remove Stephen Harper and “Harperism”. 

And so the Canadian body politic “kindling her undazzled eyes”, watched and listened, weighed and worried.  And then the impossible construction called a democratic nation made a choice.  It didn’t make the ideal choice, perhaps.  It didn’t choose even what it might have chosen if given a wide-open set of choices … and time to consider, perhaps.  It may even have chosen wrongly… for the impossible construction called a democratic nation has, always, to work within the possible.
But the magic of Canadian democracy happened (despite Harper and Harperism using every fraudulent tactic to prevent it from doing so).  The indefinable thing called Canadian history went into play; the indescribable thing called Canadian culture – deep and invisible – showed its face.   And so … from the possible … it took the major step and lanced the boil from the body politic as an intentional act.  It removed Harper and Harperism.  For the moment … a possible (and likely) despotism was removed by “a noble and puissant nation, rousing itself like a strong man after sleep, and shaking her invincible locks ... kindling her undazzled eyes ….”
The other political leaders thanked Harper for his “contribution” to Canadian life.  The neo-fascist-supporting major media began white-washing, ‘retrospective’ looks at Harper and Harperism. Paid ‘historians’ began the task of writing volumes of lies.

Written by Robin Mathews


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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

(Written October 15th, 2012) Justin The Thunderbolt Trudeau

 Hello friends, readers, bloggers and political junkies, I needed to rerun a Straight Goods article from October 15 2012..

You all, most of you scoffed at me then, ridiculed my opinion, sometimes in life clarity, vision and even the future is apparent, sadly too many people , even good people are blinded by partisan politics...


The Straight Goods ..... (Grant G October 20th/2015)




October 15th, 2012


Justin the Thunderbolt Trudeau

Alise Mills, Norman Specter, Stephen Harper and Especially Sun News and Ezra Levant

There is fear in your voices and trembling in your written words, bombastic name calling of Justin Trudeau, blaming his father, the mother, lightweight, insufferable, no policies, fickle, well, as reported here at the Straight Goods, Justin Trudeau is indeed a superstar, Justin the Thunderbolt Trudeau...And for the record, I`m not a Federal Liberal groupee, I am a staunch NDPer...However, I would vote for kilt wearing little people(midgets) if it meant tossing Harper out on his ass...Adios Stephen Treason Harper...

You Stephen Treason  Harper lost British Columbia and Ontario will gladly toss you out on your ass, Ontario, like British Columbia is not locked into a red-neck religious right dogma, we are not Alberta or flathead, err, flatland prairies, .....For those that missed this post, for those that didn`t believe...Here`s Nik on the numbers, The Globe n Mail, link to comments, and of course, The Straight Goods...

 Trudeau’s leadership bid boosts Liberals in recent poll 



 Justin the Thunderbolt Trudeau

Written by Grant G

The contrast of political fortunes is striking, on one hand we have a shooting star blazing a trail across Canada and on the other hand we have a comedy of errors, actually it`s far worse than that, Christy Clark has descended into a sad pathetic role, she`s been exposed as unintelligent, shallow scripted soap opera actress, playing a role and playing it badly, there will be no Emmy award coming her way..

Christy Clark, a lifetime Federal Liberal member, the reason a right wing BC Liberal(Liberal in name only) party chose her as leader was obvious, who would want Kevin Falcon as premier, Mike De Jong or Mr. milktoast, George Abbott, the BC Liberal hierarchy was banking on pure sex appeal and name recognition to carry the day and win the election, it was a strategy that may have worked if Christy Clark called an election the day after she won party leadership, she didn`t and that was her fatal flaw, for time, time revealed her glaring shortcomings, can`t think on her feet, doesn`t know the issues, inability to speak English, day by day the real unqualified Christy emerged while the illusion of skilled debater and speaker waned, the one-time radio voice with cut-off button nearby crashed, for without the ability to hit the kill button and cherry pick callers the game quickly ended and reality crashed in on both Christy Clark and her handlers..

Long in the tooth old Socreds who dominated the BC Liberal backrooms soon became frustrated, ill-tempered and panicky, the genie was out of the bottle and internal revolt was soup de jour, what was Christy to do, a long time Federal Liberal being stalked by angry old white men, well of course, Christy Clark needed to prove she had Federal Conservative credentials and brought in Ken Boesenkool as her chief-of-staff, surely this move would satisfy the cranks, it did, for a millisecond, the poll numbers went the other way, for the name Stephen Harper had already turned to mud, assaulting BCers pensions, de-funding healthcare, closing coast guard bases, radar stations and slashing food inspectors and not to mention the robo-call scandal, which is working it`s way through the courts, there was also Bay street hedge fund manager Joe Oliver calling British Columbians radicals and terrorists for speaking up for our environment, the flavour had changed, Christy Clark jumped on the Federal Conservative band wagon at the same time Canada was egging and tomatoing Harper off the stage, did no one notice, did no one in the BC Liberal party see the changing tide, could they not smell the Harper stench...

And today, Christy Clark is still a life long Federal Liberal, yes Stephan Dion was a cruel joke, he too couldn`t speak English, well, if you get right down to it Michael Ignatief, Stephan Dion and Christy Clark, none can speak English fluently enough to persuade the electorate, one in need of a Rosetta stone, another who talked down to Joe average and one that still needs to complete her GED...

Rather than Christy Clark being herself and vying for the center Liberal vote she cast her Federal pals under the bus, she took a Harper plunge and hit her head on the bottom of the pool and what`s so ironic, if only she bided her time and told those old white haired Socreds to get stuffed and stayed in the middle, for if she did that she could`ve jumped on Justin Trudeau`s rising star, and let`s be perfectly clear, Justin Trudeau terrifies Stephen Harper, forget the lightweight monicker, forget his mother, or father the man has sex appeal, charm and raw intelligence, he also possesses a rare thing, the wow factor, yes Justin Trudeau gave the Conservative party the big middle finger in the House of Commons, but he did far more than that, for charity Justin went into the ring and fought(with gloves) a big fat over-stuffed Federal Conservative MP and shoved his fist over and over down his opponents throat, the Conservative MP was left laying on the ground gasping for air and pleading for mercy and that my friends is the wow factor...

Meanwhile poor uneducated Christy, exposed Canada wide as a shallow fluttering butterfly who flits from flower to flower leaving her mark, churning through Chiefs of Staffs faster than Gordon Campbell did mistresses, how does that saying go....

"beauty is only skin deep but dumb is forever"

The game is over for Christy Clark, her attempts of a public pissing contest against unions, teachers and Adrian Dix backfired, the only one covered with urine is Christy Clark herself, something about a hurricane, I`ll leave that one to your imagination..

Stephen Harper, the man is terrified of Justin Trudeau, a young charming attractive man with a young family, no white hair, not afraid to speak, Quebec will never turn for Stephen Harper, that Province which is now painted Orange is willing to vote Federal Liberal Red, willing to vote separatist, willing to vote any colour but Conservative blue...

 Alberta doesn`t matter, with all the gangbang bullying going on, Ottawa and Alberta, those two teaming up against the rest of Canada, it hasn`t gone unnoticed, that alone will change the vote in riding rich Ontario, for one only need to take a short glance at the 2010 Federal election results in Ontario to see that with a.....

Charming, aggressive well versed and ultra skilled politician, one that female voters swoon over, with name recognition, and good hair(sorry El Bloatto), a man that backs up his tough talk with tough fists in the real ring, I can already see the ads running, Justin`s arm held up high by a referee while the Conservative lay on the ground bleeding and weeping...Ah, an instant classic..

There were so many ridings in Ontario which Conservatives won but by a margin so small, with Canadians rejecting Michael Ignatief, he didn`t even win his own seat, just imagine how many of those ridings, ridings full of baby boomers and seniors who value both healthcare and pensions, not to mention a good steak, the question isn`t ..

Will ridings in Ontario turn from blue to red? the question will be...

How many ridings in Ontario will turn from blue to red?

Here are a few examples...


 Welcome to the big leagues Justin, I wish you well..

Ajax, Ont.


Conservative-24 797  44.1% 


Liberal-           21 569  38.3% 

Conservative-19 907  34.4 %

 NDP-           19 368  33.5 %

Liberal-        16 402  28.4 %
  Don Valley East/Don Valley-Est

Conservative-14 422  36.8%

Liberal-          13 552  34.6% 


Don Valley West/Don Valley-Ouest

Conservative-22 962  42.9% 

Liberal-         22 351  41.8%

Joe Oliver-Conservative-22 652  46.8%
Joe Volpe-Liberal -         18 590  38.4%
 Etobicoke Centre/Etobicoke-Centre

Conservative-21 644  41.2%

Liberal-         21 618  41.2%

Conservative-21 997  40.3%

Liberal-         19 128  35.1%

Conservative-27 039  40.9%

Liberal-         24 895  37.6%
 London North Centre/London-Centre-Nord

Conservative-19 468  37.0%

Liberal-         17 803  33.8 %

Conservative-22 104  43.9%

Liberal-         18 651  37.0%


Conservative-15 495  36.7%

Liberal-         15 477  36.6%


You can peruse more riding results here...But as you can see, with a popular well schooled leader a dozen ridings go the other way..Adios Stephen Treason Harper.


Yes indeed, Justin Trudeau is a political rock star and Christy Clark is Canada`s national joke, our own version of Sarah Palin, only with fewer brain cells and not as sexy...

Oh what could have been Christy.....

Welcome to the big leagues Justin, I wish you well..

Updated here, October 5th/2012....Hmmm, looks like my instincts were correct.


Updated again here..November 21/2012..From the very right wing and Harper friendly newspaper....The National Post


• Trudeau Liberals – 39%
• Harper Conservatives – 30%
• Mulcair New Democrats – 23%

"If an election were held today, a Liberal party led by Justin Trudeau would win a strong minority government from Canadians while the NDP would tumble to a distant third, a new poll suggests.
Under Trudeau, 39% of respondents in a Forum Poll for the National Post said they would vote for the Grits, while the Conservatives would take 30% and the NDP would fall to 23% — less than a quarter of the popular vote.
Those numbers would win the Liberals 150 seats in the Commons, just short of the 155 needed to have a majority in the 308-seat House.
“It’s clear by now that the Trudeau phenomenon is no one-day wonder, and that a Liberal Party led by him would be the prohibitive favourite to beat in the next federal election,” Forum Research President Dr. Lorne Bozinoff said."


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Sunday, October 18, 2015

"Throwout,” by William Thorsell, and a little straight goods

"Throwout,” by William Thorsell



[I am on a list of people who receive periodic emails from William Thorsell, who was the Globe and Mail’s editor-in-chief from 1989 to 2000 and the CEO of the Royal Ontario Museum for a decade after. William sends out occasional thoughts on events, design, urban life and other preoccupations. The other day he sent this, calling it “the editorial I’d write” — about the current federal election campaign — “if I were still writing them.” I’ve checked, and he consented to let me publish his article here. This is William Thorsell’s argument, not my own, but I offer it as interesting contrast to what his successors at the Globe have produced. — PW]

 Written by William Thorsell

Not in recent times have Canadian voters had an opportunity to “throw the bastards out” in the classic phrase. Elected officials generally leave office before such public urges get to them.
Brian Mulroney stepped down five months before an election was required in 1993. (Kim Campbell launched that campaign in September running high in the polls.) Voters rather gently rebuked Pierre Trudeau with his close defeat in 1979, but his resurrection in 1980 set the stage anew. Mr. Trudeau stepped down in 1984, nine months before an election was required. (John Turner called an election that July, also running well in the polls.)

This time however, Stephen Harper is sticking his head up above the parapets after nine years in office — nine years generally seen as the Best Before Due Date in politics, as it is for leadership in the private sector. Knowing when to leave is among the more elegant qualities of any CEO, but then Mr. Harper has never laid claim to elegance.

An accumulation of baggage eventually weighs the owner down to the point of stumbling and falling. Mr. Harper is quite overweight in that department. In recessionary times, he is running a primary budget surplus (revenues over program spending) of some 1.4 per cent of GDP — an elementary error in Economics 101, less a matter of ideology than incompetence. Governments should not pull money out of an economy facing strong economic headwinds: We might refer to Stephen “Hoover” in this context, after the hapless U.S. president in the 1930s.

You do not cut the national sales tax in favour of targeted tax goodies in your party’s political interest. Nor do you do so to reduce Ottawa’s capacity to fund grievously inadequate infrastructure, undermining productivity and aggravating social divides. You do not claim success in energy policy having seen no new significant pipelines approved or built on your watch, either domestically or in our interest in the United States. Nor do you sit out the global conversation on climate change in words and action.

You do not exacerbate income inequality by providing significant new tax breaks for the wealthy in tax-free savings and investment accounts.
You do not fan cultural conflict in Canada in the face of unprecedented cultural diversity and high rates of immigration. Canada’s generally successful experience in accommodating diversity needs nurturing attention, not a matador’s incendiary skills.

You do not acquiesce to deteriorating relations with Canada’s First Peoples. You do not evince contempt for science or, for that matter, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the courts mandated to interpret and uphold it. You do not tendentiously attack the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada as cover for your own incompetence in making laws and appointments.

You do not turn your backside to the federal nature of Canada, refusing to meet the premiers and other leaders in congress to explore and debate issues of common national concern.
On your watch, Canada’s relations with the United States appear as cool as they became in Pierre Trudeau’s latter years — a fundamental failure in a critical arena. And you have reduced Canada’s stature in the world at large through excessively partisan positions on matters of great complexity in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, for example.

Barely concealed hostility to China and the United Nations, ineffective diplomacy regarding the Arctic and a general downgrading of Canada’s foreign service personnel and facilities add yet more weight to the baggage. Only apparent enthusiasm in military matters indicates much appetite for engagement in foreign affairs.
New trade agreements may hold promise, though there has been no public consultation and we have seen no details on the large ones.

Prime ministers do not have to be eminently likeable if they are sufficiently competent and inspiring. But to demonstrate qualities of meanness with a scent of pouting in the air makes the wheels on the luggage squeak. Who but the deeply petulant would forbid his entire parliamentary caucus from speaking to the former Progressive Conservative prime minister of Canada on ethereal grounds?
Indeed, who is allowed to speak to Canadian voters themselves in Stephen Harper’s caucus — you know, the voters who hired them? Empty chairs at public forums, gag orders on ministers of the crown, refusals to respond to media enquiries evince deep contempt for the democratic process at its most intensive phase.

All this is consistent with unprecedented contempt for Parliament in the use of closure and reliance on Brodingnagian omnibus bills — not to mention a promise to un-man the Senate, which remains an essential player under the Canadian constitution.

Yes, an unusual opportunity to “throw the bastards out” lies just a few days away, and there are reasons and a chance it may well happen.


That was really good William Thorsell..Great writing with a succinct accurate message.....William Thorsell, Fantastic stuff indeed, I applaud you!

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Globe and Mail`s Message To Canada....Eat Cake 

(I do apologize for writing very little on election 2015....as mentioned before I am neither pom pom(ing) for Liberals or NDP, ...However I am bashing Conservatives with their own sorry record every chance I get....And yes, I strategically voted orange in my riding..
 There was nothing important enough to report on,  as this 2015 election was essentially over a month ago, the Munk Debates...Everything turned after the Munk debates and Trudeau was it, Destiny was shinning and inevitability was apparent, at least to those with Eyes Wide Open..Trudeau was going to be Prime Minister.)

Globe and Mail`s Message to Canada....Eat Cake

Written by Grant G

 The Globe and Mail with their bizarre endorsement of the CPC party...The message was quirky, vote Conservative and (hope), believe, suggest, pray Stephen Harper resigns because as a leader he is a democracy killing, divisive, race-baiting zealot,...According to the Globe and Mail owner, low corporate taxes and boutique tax cuts for the chosen few trump the rule of law, override fairness and process, .

What kind of message is that?..Good governance be damned as long as we get ours, a new standard of lowbrow messaging was sent by corporate media to Canadians....That message is..

We no longer punish miscreants or illegal behaviour, in 2015 the Globe and Mail ownership believe assholes, liars, corrupt politicians who derail investigations and stifle information, muzzle the truth at every turn and offend almost every Canadian deserve to carry on with business as usual as long as someone in charge(Stephen Harper) falls on his sword, that message again is, after Harper is granted another four years to govern we hope he steps aside for a human being...?

Hilarious...Hello Globe...Why didn`t you advise Stephen Harper to fall on his sword last year and resign, advise him that a "mythical" new Phoenix Rising conservative leader is needed to right the good ship lollypop for election 2015.....We heard Silence from you then media, no?, perhaps?, or maybe Stephen Harper already rejected stepping down when asked by party operatives..?

This is why I personally refuse to ever buy any mainstream corporate news, no matter what the issue, whether it be an environmental issue, a social issue, a fairness issue, any debate that makes the news without fail, time and time again media owners espouse the corporate line...

Election 2015 is a perfect example....poll after poll shows 70% of Canadians want change...Harper and HIS party has had 10 years to prove themselves and after failing miserably on so many democratic and fiscals fronts big corporate media comes out against the 70%...

All Post media newspapers endorsed Harper`s Party...The Province..Vancouver Sun...Alberta papers, the Ottawa Citizen..Globe and Mail...National Post....The National Post muzzled Andrew Coyne on election eve weekend..

Comment sections lit up with dismay and disgust over these endorsements and bizarroments...

Globe and Mail, big media....They failed badly, Stephen Harper should never have been a contender in this election had they done their job, had they reported and even remembered, remembered that Canada`s navy and shipbuilding procurement announced to much fanfare days after Harper won a majority four years ago has sputtered, floundered, we are no closer to new ships today than we were five years ago..

The money for the navy rebuild was clawed back for election budget 2015...GM shares sold early for election budget 2015....Canada`s priorities were put on a dangerous hold for blatant political purposes...

Harper appointing a Kinder Morgan employee to the NEB the weekend of the writ dropping....Dean Del Maestro sent in handcuffs to jail....

Harper raising retirement age to 67 from 65....Illegal Bills..gutting environmental laws, divisive fear mongering. ...Corruption corruption and more corruption....

Campaign speeches, ...Harper.."1.3 million new jobs"  ...Yes, but that increase was measured against the 2008 employment lows, in the depth of the recession, meaning it is a phony stat..

Boutique tax cuts and raising the TFSA by double...More money for those that already have money..

These issues and more were ignored by big media throughout the campaign, fact-checking by the MSM was near non-existent and those that did fact-check(cknw)... their fact-checkers needed to be fact-checked, media fact-checkers were spinning..

In Alberta an economic disaster and severe provincial recession is blazing away, Harper`s home province, an oil driven economy is drowning and the media went silent, why no Alberta economy questions to Harper?..No time, a short election?..Harper even had the audacity to chastise Rachel Notley, a government of but a few months taking over over for a Conservative government that had 44 years to get it right..

The media allowed Harper to bash Alberta`s new premier Rachel Notley and no reporters dared to ask, no newspapers set the record straight.

I heard not one big-media question to Harper about Alberta`s economic disaster...Not enough time?

Stephen Harper should never have been in the running or anywhere near having a chance to win election 2015 had the media, had the Globe and Mail actually investigated, reported or engaged in honest journalism over the last five years..

 Canada`s longest ever election campaign...

Muzzled Conservative candidates, a muzzled Stephen Harper..Faked foreign photos..Insulting the Governments of Ontario, Alberta, insulting governments of decades past in many more provinces, silent on Alberta, silence on Canada`s laughing stock rustbucket Navy, media silence on cooking 2015 budget books for partisan electioneering purposes..

Deafening media silence on so many issues....including ethics, morality and humanity..

Post Media`s, Globe and Mail`s message to Canadians.....We got our corporate tax cuts, we have our own dedicated corporate government and nothing else matters, eat cake Canada!

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