Thursday, September 18, 2014

Linda McQuaig Ramps Up Her War On Independant Thought.....

  Another day, another  editorial by uber left wing-nut Linda McQuaig over on  i-politics .McQuuaig regurgitates the talking points of the left, that the evil despicable  Stephen Harper is trying to stop independant thought, this time by forcing Canada Revenue Agency, an arms reach branch of the government no less, to audit the Canadian Center For Policy Alternatives. In McQuaig's socialist-addled mind, CRA auditing a think-tank she agrees with must be something nefarious by that Harper dude. Forget the fact CRA audits are routine procedure for think tanks. And forget the fact CCPA was audited twice before under the previous governments of Mulroney and Chretien (McQuaig did). Oh, she makes a flippant remark about how those were "routine audits" and this one has lasted 11 months, never mentioning the first audit under Mulroney lasted in parts of 1989 and 1990.

 And ignore the fact McQuaig dredges up the Fraser Institute as if it gives her argument validity, imaginary though it may be. She cries that the Fraser Institute gets media coverage for it's yearly Tax Freedom day, proving that shows ties between the institute and Harper, while never mentioning the fact the CCAP gets the exact same coverage for it's yearly Alternative Federal Budget, which by the way is simply talking points of the NDP. So now let's take a look at something McQuaig never mentions, nor do any of those accusing the government of using CRA as muscle against organizations that disagree with it's policy.

 I'm talking about this NEWS STORY FROM 1999. It deals with CRA auditing the Fraser Institute, the latest audit of several the right-wing institute was subjected too. In fact, you can pretty much just change the names Fraser Institute and CCAP in McQuaig's editorial and it's the same story. Something very telling in that 1999 story is this excerpt: "Revenue Canada’s 14-page set of written guidelines for think tanks notes that the Income Tax Act does not contain a definition of “charitable” or “charity”. The guidelines state that the courts have recognized four broad categories of charitable activities: relieving poverty, advancing education, advancing religion, and providing certain other benefits to the community, such as hospitals, public parks, or homes for the elderly.

 Notice that part I underlined about "relieving poverty". That's important. Most on the left have complained Oxfam was warned it's goal can't be to end poverty, it must be to relieve poverty. That's right. The courts ruled this almost a decade before Stephen Harper became PM. Yet those on the left, including politicians and media have tried to intimate this is another example of Harper's heavy hand.

 In regards to McQuaig's editorial, she completely overlooks the fact CRA stated that this audit was partially a result of the previous audits done under Mulroney and Chretien goverments. She is also oblivious to the fact the Fraser Institutes main focus is on taxes, business and the economy, while CCAP pushes changes to government policy, again with a left-wing bend, while criticising the current Conservative government. And that my friends, is the key to the CRA audit. Read this quote from the 1999 article, and tell me how it relates to the Canadian Center For Policy Alternatives.

"Revenue Canada’s written guidelines for think tanks state that “political activities must remain ancillary and incidental and cannot rise to the level of an objective”. According to the guidelines, registered-charity status may be prevented if “the organization’s efforts to influence politicians, bureaucrats, media and public on political matters are a constant, integral and inseparable aspect of its mission”.

 This, in a nutshell is why I blog. The McQuaig's, Wynne's, Trudeau's, who all try to get partisan sound bites to draw votes from those who pay little attention to politics. If ignorance is bliss, McQuaig has enough  bliss for every person in Canada.

Monday, September 8, 2014

2015 Federal Election To Be Like None Ever Seen Before...

 With the Canadian federal election now just a little more than a year away, it's already shaping up to be unprecedented in the way any federal election has been played out before it. First up will be ongoing attacks from both public and private sector unions, such as OFL and Unifor, headed by Sid Ryan and Jerry Dias respectively. The heads of all the major unions appear intent in spending millions on attack ads directed at PM Harper and his Conservative candidates in next years election. Forget the fact the Conservative Party is probably the best choice for their members, including policy of finance and debt, the economy, taxation, and trade that opens up new markets across the globe. We've already laid witness to the Ontario election of 2014 where unions openly and viciously attacked PC leader Tim Hudak and PC candidates across the province. More puzzling is the fact they endorsed the Liberal Party led by Kathleen Wynne, whose party has ramped up taxes, user fees, electricity costs, doubled the debt, while at the same time rewarding those same union members in the private sector with lost jobs, crippling hydro bills, and user fees such as license plate renewal that has almost doubled.  The only saving grace for Conservatives is there are actual rules in place capping the amount spent on third party advertising by Elections Canada. Of course unions are more than willing to break both election and municipal rules to get their chosen Liberal leader into power. The illegal signs posted by the Working Families Coalition a perfect example.

 The second part of the 2015 election will be the media's support of Justin Trudeau and hate for anything Stephen Harper or Conservative. Let's be honest, just like Tim Hudak in Ontario, whoever was leader of the federal Conservative Party would be a target of the media. Oh, the media will try and say it's just paranoia by the PM and Conservative supporters, but when you read editorials like the CP's Joan Bryden trying to lay blame for one of Justin Trudeau's chosen star candidates saying the IDF fired indiscriminately at women and children in Gaza at the Tories, while never even taking a micro-second to ask for Trudeau's comments on those outrageous comments, well, if the media says they are non-partisan then they must all get together and ride their magical unicorns after work everyday, cause, in a word, that's just pure fantasy on their part.

 Of course that's just the latest example. We've seen Trudeau state budgets balance themselves, been called a "bozo" by a long term Liberal MP (again twisted by the media to be the Conservative's fault), seen Trudeau campaign in a mosque who donated to Hamas. We've seen Liberal and NDP MP's found to have broken election laws regarding robocalls, with the media again downplaying the fact they were actually found to have broken laws in one sentence, then writing paragraph after paragraph about supposed robocalls made across Canada by Conservatives, despite the judge's decision in the Michael Sona conviction. We have more of the same, mocking Stephen Harper as a control freak, while praising Justin Trudeau for dictating candidates views on abortion, ignoring the fact he boasts of open nominations, while at the same time rigging riding associations to get his chosen candidate named, which has even resulted in Trudeau facing a lawsuit.

 We've seen Trudeau repay money for improper expenses in regards to a limo ride for one of his speaking engagements, with that same "non-partisan" media, the ones who actually even reported it, saying it was no big deal, just an honest mistake. You know, the same ones who wrote endlessly about Bev Oda's $16 orange juice. We've laid witness to relentless attacks about Rob Ford's addictions. How many people know Liberal MP John McCallum, while serving as a cabinet minister, was denied entry onto an airplane becase he was to drunk? Not very many, as it wasn't deemed newsworthy by many in the media. Then again, McCallum was also caught lying about where his car was built at a campaign stop, insisting his car was North American built, when he knew it wasn't. But hey, not newsworthy, right guys.

 Perhaps the most glaring example of lack of media covering for a Liberal was the COURT DECISION on favor of Francois Beaudoin, who won a lawsuit against the government where the judge ruled he was the victim of attacks from Jean Chretien cronies, trying to ruin him both financially and emotionally, due to the fact he outed Chretien's lie that he never contacted the BDC for that infamous Shawinigate loan, the one that ultimately defaulted, sticking taxpayers with the loss. Try googling this subject. Either the internet has been cleansed or the majority of media just never wanted to report on it.

 In respect to everything written above, the re-election of Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party will certainly face attacks from both unions and media never seen before in a federal election. The 2014 Ontario election will be used as a template to get their chosen one, Justin Trudeau, into 24 Sussex to continue the destruction implemented by his father decades before. And while I begrudgingly admit Pierre Elliot Trudeau did have a natural charisma, Justin's is store bought. Where his father thought and believed in his vision, Justin's is store bought, or rather media paid for. Conservatives across the country need to rally against this attack on democracy, before Justin Trudeau follows the lead of the Ontario Liberals, making Canada a have-not Country much like McGuinty/Wynne have done to Ontario.