Friday, October 30, 2009

CTV Gets an F In Math...

Gotta hand it to CTV. With the latest quarter of fundraising figures just released, and the Liberal total for the quarter taking a significant drop from the previous quarter, CTV still tries to give it a positive spin for the Liberals, with what I would call dubious math skills at best.

" So far this year, the Tories have raised $12.8 million while the Liberals are not far behind with $7.6 million."

Uh, guys, that's a $5.2 million dollar difference. Exactly how far back would the Liberals need to "lag" before they are far behind?

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Lizzy May, QP Protesters, and Fake Blood?

Interesting story from Those protesters that tried to interrupt QP the other day, the ones the NDP and most notably Elizabeth May jumped to give praise too, appear to be quite the actors, or is it make-up artists? Seems CBC has uncovered the fact the above pictured protester "enhanced" his removal by HoC security with some good old fake blood. I wonder if Dizzy Lizzy still stands by this comment: "I just want to share with all Canadians that those were our children we threw out of the House of Commons today. Those were the best, the brightest, the most dedicated, the most responsible young adults in Canada." -- Elizabeth May

Sorry Lizzy, the best, brightest, and most dedicated young adults in Canada are doing other things than hoaky photo-ops. Being enrolled in our armed forces, attending colleges and universities to better themselves and their futures, helping those that cannot help themselves.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Iffy And His Strategist Badly Outwitted Again

Watching the Liberals sad attempts to halt Iffy's slide in the polls has hit the embarrassing stage. After watching Iffy and some dumbfella rail against partisan stimulus spending, today the Conservatives release a list of spending projects in Ontario that shows Opposition ridings have received more stimulus funding than the governing party. Sandy has a great post
up after inspiration from a comment left at Joanne's
blog by Frmgrl.

I wondered why the PM and his MP's didn't push back more against the partisan spending faux scandal put out by the opposition. Every day we saw the Red Star, Globe and Mail, Tom Clark, Taber, Travers et al, all talking about this being the downfall of the Conservatives and their strong polling numbers. Turns out all of the above may have just been played big time. Voters are about too see the party that cried wolf once too often have to wipe the egg off their faces again. Now that they've beat the story too death for the last week, and given the new facts and figures put out by the government today and which should be hitting all Canadians in the next few days, courtesy of the same marks, one is left to wonder who is the one giving Iffy and the Liberals strategic advice. My guess? Homer Simpson.

On This Day...

16 years ago today Adscam was born:

Sponsorship scandal
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The sponsorship scandal, "AdScam", "Sponsorship"or Sponsorgate, is a scandal that came as a result of a Canadian federal government "sponsorship program" in the province of Quebec and involving the Liberal Party of Canada, which was in power from 1993 to 2006. The program was originally established as an effort to raise awareness of the Government of Canada's contributions to Quebec industries and other activities in order to counter the actions of the Parti Québécois government of the province that worked to promote Quebec independence.
The program ran from 1996 until 2004, when broad corruption was discovered in its operations and the program was discontinued. Illicit and even illegal activities within the administration of the program were revealed, involving misuse and misdirection of public funds intended for government advertising in Quebec. Such misdirections included sponsorship money awarded to ad firms in return for little or no work, which firms maintained Liberal organizers or fundraisers on their payrolls or donated back part of the money to the Liberal Party. The resulting investigations and scandal affected the Liberal Party of Canada and the then government of Prime Minister Paul Martin. It was an ongoing affair for years, but rose to national prominence in early 2004 after the program was examined by Sheila Fraser, the federal auditor general. Her revelations led to the government establishing the Gomery Commission to conduct a public inquiry and file a report on the matter.
In the national spotlight, the scandal became a significant factor in the lead-up to the 2006 federal election where after more than twelve years in power the Liberals were defeated by the Conservatives, who formed a minority government that was sworn in February 2006.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Liberals Cried Wolf Once Too Often

Despite Kinsella and the Liberals best efforts at screaming scandal, it appears the strategy has backfired. With poll numbers back to where they were last election, it appears voters have tuned out to the faux scandal of the week. The biggest problem is the supposed scandals ended up leaving egg on Iffy's face.

1. Wafergate turned out too be a fabricated story from the now feeble mind of a supposedly brilliant strategist.

2. The size of the deficit was quickly muted with Iffy's rant about not enough money being spent.

3. Partisan spending has been quickly thrown to the wayside, with both McGuinty and Duncan stating they had a role in deciding where stimulus fund would be spent Seems NDP Paul Dewar must have been in on the Conservative spending master plan as well, with his riding getting the fifth highest amount of stimulus spending in Canada's 308 ridings.

4. The ongoing rant about the PM being anti-arts was defused with the piano performance.

5. The old Liberal tactic of calling the Conservatives racist and anti-immigrant has now died a proper death. Just ask Ruby Dhalla.

With another week soon to start, I'm sure an old weather beaten strategist is planning his next childish attack, aided and abetted again and again by the same msm culprits, The problem for the Liberals is nobody really seems to be listening, and nobody seems to care.

A Challenge To Buzz Hargrove

I see Buzz is in the news again, talking about the Liberals wanting him to run as a candidate in the 2008 election. Ya know what Buzz? You should run in the next election as a Liberal. Better yet do it in a riding with a strong CAW base. Maybe Colin Carrie's Oshawa riding. Better yet, Jim Flaherty's riding.

Why do I want Buzz to run as a Liberal? Because Hargrove, much like his hand-picked replacement Ken Lewenza, is so out of touch with the average working guy/gal, running in an election would be the wake up call you guys need to get back to reality. Buzz does a regular gig on AM640 radio as a guest, where he disses the PM and Conservatives, while praising Liberals and telling us we need higher taxes, like raising the gst. Buzz also likes to throw out the name of his new BFF Frank Stronach.

Hargrove's fetish for all things Stronach is a perfect example of how far off he is from reality. Imagine the former head of the CAW telling his members we should be embracing higher taxes, while at the same time never mentioning Stronach uses a tax loophole to avoid paying income taxes on the millions in salary he pays himself. That loophole was put in place by then finance minister and Liberal Paul Martin.

So go ahead Buzz. Run in one of those ridings I mentioned above. That's the heartland of the GM worker. I'm sure you'll fare about as well as CUPE head Sid Ryan, who I think is 0'fer3 is his numerous attempts at becoming an MP.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

McGuinty Liberal MPP Caught Up In Conservative Partisan Cheque Scandal

Look at the above picture closely. Anyone know who that gentlemen on the right is holding the cheque? Why, it's none other than Joe Dickson, an Ontario Liberal MPP, part of Dalton McGuinty's government. The photo was taken at a photo-op to announce new spending for water infrastructure improvements in Pickering. What's even more noteworthy here is the fact there is no Conservative in the picture.

I wonder if Martha Hall-Findlay will forward this to the ethics commissioner as well.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Dalton McGuinty Implicated in Conservative Partisan Spending

Pay particular attention to the second photo. That's McGuinty and the PM getting off a rail car in (gasp) Michael Ignatieff's riding. In fact there are plenty of pictures on the net of Harper/McGuinty funding announcements, totalling billions of dollars. Even more surprisingly is that many of the funding announcements have been made in ridings held by Liberal MP's. Has the blogging and msm been wrong about who it is stabbing Iggy in the back? Speculation is Bob Rae, but Dalton sure seems to enjoy the PM's company, no?

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Ontario & B.C. eHealth Scandals Should Concern All Canadians

Why? Because much of the provincial and territorial funding for healthcare comes from the federal government. I wonder how Quebec taxpayers or those in Atlantic Canada feel about $2 billion being spent for nothing in return. It's no wonder Iffy demands more stimulus funding,$2 billion was spent with no return.

The real story here, and something not one journalist has dared touch, is how Liberal governents half the country apart, have both managed to come up with the same scheme to give contracts, many untendered, to cronies, with no return to the people of the respective provinces.You can flip-flop the names McGuinty and Campbell in stories and the rest of the story still holds true.

Take this one step further. How was it supposedly independant ad agencies invloved in Adscam all mirrored each other in the way contracts were recieved, handled, and subsequent "donations" returned to the federal Liberal Party?

Given the duplicate ties between the Ontario and B.C. scandals, legal authorities might be well served to begin looking for common ties between the two governments. Perhaps start with reviews of meetings, e-mails, and phone records, to find what and who the common link is.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Kinsella's Hypocrisy Knows No Bounds

With Liberals plummeting in the polls, the latest attempt at a faux scandal is being led by Warren Kinsella. Seems Kinsella takes issue with the Conservative government doing photo-ops and presenting cheques that the coalition demanded. The latest attempt at turning Iffy's abysmal polling numbers is pointing out a link on the Action Plan website takes you to a clip of the PM's piano performance. My question is, do these idiots not know how to use google? A quick google search finds this Ontario government web-page:

Seems WK's hero Dalton McGuinty uses the same strategy as the federal Conservatives. Note it doesn't say Ontario government in any of the links, but rather McGuinty government. And what's that at the top right? Why it's a box you can click on to go directly to McGuinty's own personal website. You can watch you-tube videos, follow his Titters. Then there's that whole big cheque thing. The pic here shows a Liberal MPP caught in what Kinsella says is a compromising situation. A photo-op (gasp). p.s. There are hundreds of these photos out there.

Of course if he and other Liberal MP's and bloggers wish to keep up the pathetic fake scandal, have at her. The party who cried wolf once to often is now coming to the realization that Canadians care about real issues, not trumped up fluff.

And I'll have a little more time on Sunday. Perhaps I'll do my own photo montage of Chretien/Martin era MP's doing the photo-op things Liberals now find so reprehensible. Sorry boys and girls, having been found by a federal inquiry to have been involved in an illegal kickback scheme that duped the Canadian taxpayer and redirected funds to the party is why you are in opposition. By all means, keep up these shenanigans to remind voters why you can't be trusted to govern again.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Some Good News For Liberals In Latest Ekos Poll...

You can only drop another 25.7% in the polls, which should happen by Halloween given the way Iffy has been leading the party. Once you hit 0% there's only one way to go....up!

Iffy Quickly Becoming Sybil

Had a smile on my face last night just before I went to bed and read on NNW that Iffy was going to have an adult conversation with Canadians to tell us his plans for tax increases, cuts in spending (health care a la Chretien/Martin?), etc. Knowing Iggy's track record, and the fact his slumping poll numbers will further fall with such talk, I eagerly awaited his alter-personality quickly trying to dispel those tax hike policies. And he didn't disappoint. As pointed out on Joanne's fantastic BLOG
Iggy has now perfected flip-flopping into hours rather than days.

He's already displayed this multiple-person persona in the past. Asbestos and previous talk of tax hikes are two excellent examples. Heck, Iggy stated in the past that the Tory ads framing him as just a visitor backfired and now today Iffy tells us they did just that. Maybe that's why Ignatieff has so many nicknames. Iggy, Iffy, Ignegative, the Count, the list goes on.

Perhaps it's because he seems to be a different person depending on what province or territory he's in, Hell, he even changes persona during question period. First question the caring compassionate left-leaning socialist, next question a right-leaning Liberal complaining of government spending (that he demanded).

Or maybe what's really happening is Iffy is getting a little confused, what with all the apparent strings being pulled in the backrooms of the OLO. Perhaps if his pal Obama gets his health care reforms through Iggy might return south of the border to get the pill to fix his woes. And I'm not talking about the little blue one.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Did The PM Get A Dig In At Ignatieff With His Performance?

The blogosphere and msm is abuzz talking about the PM's wonderful performance at the National Arts Centre, where he performed the Beatles tune "Help From My Friends".

Thinking about it, the PM knowingly or unknowingly actually managed to get quite the dig in at Iffy. Think about the lyrics. "I get by with a little help from my friends". At the same time Iffy is dodging questions from Denis Codderre's resignation as Quebec Lieutenant and the Quebec wing of the Liberal party throwing Iffy under the bus. We haven't seen a break-up of this significance since that whole Paris Hilton/Nicole Ritchie spat.

p.s. Be sure to see my previous post, to see previous Liberal and NDP attempts at similar performances!

What's The Difference Between A Conservative, A Liberal, and a Socialist?

Excellent posts across the BloggingTories site on PM Harper's great performance playing the keys and doing vocals on that great Beatles song I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends. Click on the links to the right. Be sure to check out ChuckerCanuck and Blue Like You.Contrast the two pictures above and you get a good idea why the country is in good hands and Liberal fortunes continue to fall. I'm guessing if that was Iffy performing a Beatles song it would have been Taxman.
And to be fair to the socialists, you can see a performance by none other than Jack Layton. At least Layton, like the PM has a sense of humor. Perhaps Kinsella is just a little confused, as Ignatieff appears to be the real Mr. Angry.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Michael Ignatieff The Liberal Parties Version Of The Edsel

Being both a political junkie as well as life-long avid car buff, I can't help but compare Michael Ignatieff to the Ford Motor Companies Edsel model. Both were greatly hyped by the media, both were short lived in their respective political and automotive history as a popular choice, and unless Iffy can stop the bleeding and downward momentum, both he and the Edsel will have experienced a term of roughly 3-4 years. In fact when looking at this Wikipedia entry for the Edsel, one could easily change Edsel for Ignatieff and the sentence would still make sense:

"The Edsel was a marque of the Ford Motor Company during the 1958, 1959, and 1960 model years. The brand is known best as one of the biggest commercial failures in the history of American business"

That could read:

Ignatieff was a marque of the Liberal Party of Canada during the 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 years. He is known best as one of the biggest commercial failures in the history of Canadian politics.

Forget all the current polls showing Iffy tanking. Polls change daily. A better indicator is actual results, so let's review. Another comparison is production numbers for the Edsel and seat counts for the Liberals in the last three elections.

1958 Edsel production- 63,110 Edsels were sold in the U.S., with another 4,935 sold in Canada
1959 Edsel production- 44,891 cars were sold in the U.S., with an additional 2,505 sold in Canada.
1960 Edsel production- 2,846 vehicles were produced (Total!)

2000 Federal election- Liberals 172 seats
2004 Federal election- Liberals 135 seats
2006 Federal election- Liberals 103 seats

2008 Federal election- Liberals 77 seats

What once seem implausible may actually occur. Iggy may continue the downward trend, this time giving PM Stephen Harper the majority that has so far eluded him. Somehow, I can visualize Stephane Dion, Bob Rae, and Denis Codderre sitting in an Italian restaraunt in Quebec deciding who gets to stab Iggy in the back next.