Monday, January 30, 2006

This site is now officially closed

I would like to thank Stephen Taylor and Craig Smith for their hard work in bringing Conservative bloggers together under one banner.

I would also like to thank the many bloggers that helped me with this site over its short one year run.

My e-mail account has been closed. My internet is now cancelled, the modem goes back tomorrow. This site will not be reopened in the future.

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Stephen Harper’s Press Gallery Speeches

Canadians have been told for many years that Stephen Harper is scary, but how many Canadians know that our new Prime Minister designate is funny?

Every year, Ottawa politicians deliver a speech to members of the mainstream media to show off their lighter side. Here are two links to Stephen Harper’s Press Gallery speeches, courtesy of CTV:

2005 Press Gallery speech – This speech was delivered after the failed vote of non-confidence. Belinda Stronach had defected to the liberals. The picture of Stephen Harper in a cowboy outfit had circulated. Gurmant Grewal exposed Tim Murphy after trying to buy votes to save the liberal government.

2004 Press Gallery speech – This speech was delivered after the 2004 election. In that election, the liberals won a minority government after engaging in a classic fear and smear campaign accusing the Conservatives of having a hidden agenda. Stephen Harper closes this speech by making a prediction that ultimately came true.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Stephen Harper Delivers his Best Speech in Winnipeg on the Eve of the 2006 Election

The Harper rally was held today at Canad Inns Polo Park, across the street from Winnipeg Stadium.

Stephen Harper came to town and gave his best speech of the 2006 election campaign. The place was packed. The atmosphere was electric. The people of Winnipeg were so loud Mr. Harper had to shout to be heard. More than once Stephen had to stop his speech as the audience chanted his name. It was like watching a Winnipeg Jets game on a day when the Jets actually won.

One of the best parts of the speech was where Stephen Harper mentioned that Canadians already know the five priorities of a new Conservative government, but what about the liberal’s five priorities?

“Look at Mr. Martin’s five priorities for this election: Fighting a phony Quebec referendum that no one’s called, ads attacking our military and predicting martial law, picking a phony war of insults with the US, talking about an abortion debate nobody wants, promising a handgun ban we’ve had for decades and he can’t enforce. The only real thing about Mr. Martin’s election campaign is the latest series of police investigations”. – Stephen Harper

Tomorrow is election day. Tomorrow we find out if Canadians are ready to embrace a Conservative government or if the liberal campaign of fear and smear prevails again. There is always a chance the liberals can win this election, but there is good reason to be optimistic for our country this time.

These are great times to be a Conservative in Canada.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Election 2006 - Liberal Campaign Scandals & Bloopers

NEW ADDITIONS (#47 - #53) - The liberal party just keeps on giving. So far this weekend, the liberals have given us another six outtakes to add to the list including liberal cabinet minister Reg Alcock’s outburst calling Canadian Corrections Officers “Dumb as posts”, and a voter registration scandal in the riding of another cabinet minister Anne McLellan.

The following e-mail showed up in the Blue Maple Leaf’s inbox today. It is a list of Bloopers from the liberal campaign in the first 53 days of the campaign. The list comes to us courtesy of Steve Morrissey in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

1. ITSCAM: The RCMP launched a criminal investigation into to the release of information by the Department of Finance, related to the income trust issue. Also the failure of Goodale to resign and the obfuscation as to who knew what.

2. WorkScam: "Campaign Cash Grab" The Liberal Party will lay off much of its campaign headquarters staff over Christmas with no pay, and has told some on leave from the government they should collect vacation pay from the public payroll if they have it coming.

3. Liberal lobbyists - also being laid off and 'Mike Duffy Live' reported that they were told by the Liberal party to return to their employers and request to be paid in the holiday interim. A lobbyist working on a campaign, even if they've de-registered temporarily, is in violation of their ethics rules and they're putting politicians in a conflict of interest which violates their ethics rules.

4. Abotech Affair - Liberal MP David Smith (Pontiac). The computer consultancy firm that he once ran, now run by his wife out of the family home, has had contracts with the federal government suddenly terminated as a result of an audit at Consulting and Audit Canada, a branch of Public Works. Not to mention Aboriginal slurs. The controversy surrounding Mr. Smith is now being reviewed by the federal ethics commissioner.

5. Elie Betito resignation - president of the Liberal riding association in Oakville provoked an outrage over comments he made to a voter. In short, he wrote "take your NRA , GUN LOVING ASS BACK TO THE U.S. WHERE YOU BELONG".

6. Omar Alghabra - Ontario Liberal candidate, according to eyewitnesses, declared when he won the party's nomination that, "This is a victory for Islam! Islam won! ... Islamic power is extending into Canadian politics".

7. Belinda Stronach - being investigated by Elections Canada for campaign spending. Documents obtained showed that on voting day in the June 28, 2004, election Stronach's campaign engaged in a spending spree for entertainment and a hefty bill from Atlantis Creative Group, a Toronto-based public relations firm. The payments flagged by Elections Canada include an invoice for $34,240 for what was classified as an election day project. A subsequent invoice from Atlantis treats that earlier payment as a deposit for the project, whose final price tag grew to $75,378.

8. Jean Pelletier - fired, rehired and now fired again.

9. Klander Slander - Mike Klander, executive vice-president of the federal Liberal party's Ontario wing, stepped down after photographs of Chow, the NDP candidate for the Toronto riding of Trinity-Spadina, and a chow chow dog were posted on his blog dated Dec. 9 under the heading ``Separated at Birth".

10. Scott Reid & John Duffy - Now infamous "beer & popcorn" remarks.

11. Washington Gaff - evidence shows Martin, Frank McKenna and others orchestrate the Washington spat for cheap political gain.

12. Photo Smear - Stephen Harper says it's "beyond tasteless" for the Liberals to use a photo of himself and Bloc Québécois Leader Gilles Duceppe at a Holocaust memorial. The photo shows Harper whispering to Duceppe during the Holocaust memorial last spring on Parliament Hill, suggesting he would work with the separatist party.

13. David Emerson - Industry Minister is quoted in a blog by Jamie Elmhirst, the Liberals' B.C. president, as referring to Layton's "boiled dog's head smile." Emerson said he would not apologize for comparing NDP Leader Jack Layton to a boiled dog's head because he didn't mean the remark to be insulting.

14. Dave Haggard - former labour leader and a failed Liberal candidate in 2004, was paid $9,000 a month plus expenses by the Paul Martin government to produce a report on apprenticeship training that has yet to be released to the public. Haggard, who is running again for the Liberals, said Thursday he worked as a special adviser on apprenticeship issues from early January to Sept. 30, when he submitted his report.

15. Sam Bulte - MP for Parkdale/High Park is having her election campaign bankrolled by the Canadian entertainment cartel. Bulte previously authored a one-sided report proposing crazy, US-style copyright laws for Canada, and her pals from the Canadian Recording Industry Association threw her a $250/plate fundraiser. "How else am I supposed to raise money?" Bulte said.

16. Dale Muti - a prominent Calgary Liberal, a hand-picked candidate by Paul Martin for the 2004 election, defected to the Conservatives saying the Liberals are unprincipled and that Mr. Martin has failed Canadians, for the Grits’ unethical behavior as outlined in the Gomery report on the sponsorship scandal, but also because the prime minister is ignoring the concerns of Albertans.

17. Oral Report - revealed that in February 2005, the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs hired a consultant for $132,000 and specified in the contract that "presentations shall be oral with supporting material provided to aid comprehension but not retained by the department".

18. Claude Laverdure - Canada's ambassador to France remains the biggest diplomatic spender even though he cut spending on cocktail receptions and fine dining in half last year. He came under fire for racking up more than $201,000 in hospitality claims in 2004, spent $105,261 in 2005 hosting foreign dignitaries and businesspeople in posh Paris.

19. "Small Business" - on Jan 4 Paul Martin says, "Let me tell you, I am very proud of having started with a small Canadian company, uh, a small Canadian company, which today, uh, build, uh, most of it's ships in Canada…." He was hired as Maurice Strong's personal assistant (1966) - the family friend who was head of Power Corp - who then owned CSL. He was put on the board of CSL, then President, and then the next year, in a sweet-heart leveraged deal, bought the company for $190 million.

20. Vickers and Benson - Martin continues to award contracts to a company implicated in the sponsorship scandal. In March of 2000, Former Public Works minister Alfonso Gagliano received assurances from John Manley and Paul Martin that Vickers and Benson would continue to receive government contracts. Gagliano assured the company that they would not lose any business. Guité said he was told that competitions could be rigged. Contracts awarded: $3,411,230 on Oct 28, 2005 and $492,200 on September 28, 2005.

21. Relocation Services Scam - Royal LePage. A billion dollar contract to relocate civil servants across the country is mired in allegations of mismanagement and cronyism so serious that the parliamentary spending watchdog may send it to Canada's Auditor General for review.

22. Options Canada - allegations that the organization contravened the Quebec Referendum Act and clearly broke federal Treasury Board rules and the years of cover-up. The organization was created at the last minute and received $4.8 million two or three weeks before the 1995 referendum, one week after it was created. RCMP called in by the Department.

23. Marc Garneau - Liberal candidate and former astronaut Marc Garneau has compared the sovereigntist movement in Quebec with Washington's decision to invade Iraq.

24. Kim Doran - Deputy National Director (Organization and Policy) of the Liberal Party found currently working on the campaign in Eastern Ontario), at the same time was representing the Coalition for Gun Control. She was awarded in March 2003 a five month $380,000 contract by the Justice Department to lobby the federal solicitor general, Treasury Board and Privy Council, according to a detailed lobbyist report for funds for the ailing firearms registry. The RCMP have now been asked to investigate by the Canadian Shooting Sports Association.

25. Income Trusts II - Jan. 6, the American SEC is taking "very seriously'' complaints of insider trading involving Finance Minister Ralph Goodale's November announcement on income trusts. There is also a signal that the Ontario Securities Commission may be doing the same.

26. Edward Keyserlingk - Canadian taxpayers shelled out $53,000 over two years to ferry a hand-picked government appointee between his job in Ottawa and his home in Montreal. The public service integrity officer, is paid between $675-$800 a day for the position that keeps him occupied an average of three days a week. John Williamson, federal director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, called it an "absolutely preposterous and outrageous" practice that's ripping off the public.

27. "Soldiers with Guns" & "Duffy on Duffy" - Jan 10, negative anti-military ad posted on Liberal website, distributed to media and hours later pulled. "Duffy on Duffy" results as John Duffy attempts to intimidate Mike Duffy over further questioning of the ad. Second time John Duffy makes an ass out of himself during campaign.

28. Platform Leak - on Jan 11 it appears entire Liberal platform leaked to Western Standard and perhaps others. As well on this day Liberal shrill Susan Murray says "Bullshit" to Brad Lavigne on Don Newman’s "Politics".

29. Ujjal Dosanjh - on Jan 12 it was revealed he received $16,000 in campaign donations from two Ontario families involved in health-service companies when he was seeking election to the House of Commons in 2004. Six weeks later, he was named health minister in Paul Martin's Liberal government.

30. Jack Layton - who's campaigning as the defender of public health care, it was revealed that he had surgery at a private clinic in the 1990s, Canadian Press learned. Layton had hernia surgery at the Shouldice Hospital, a private facility in the Toronto suburb of Thornhill, while he was serving as a Toronto city councillor. Yes, not a Liberal scandal, but still worth mentioning.

31. Bob Speller - (Haldimand-Norfolk) Liberal candidate proudly displays on his website a letter that claims western farmers want him back. Turns out, the three "farmers" who signed the endorsement happen to be a Manitoba Liberal candidate, campaign manager and riding vice-president.

32. David Oliver - Abbotsford BC Liberal candidate turfed over allegation he and his campaign manager guaranteed NDP candidate a win in the next municipal election, and offered him a job in Ottawa, if Oliver went on to win the election on Jan. 23. The NDP has written to Elections Canada requesting an investigation.

33. Tony Valeri Flips - Hamilton (East-Stoney Creek) Liberal cabinet minister more than doubled his money in three months when he flipped a property next to his home to the son of a prominent businessman with ties to the Liberal party. Valeri, Liberal MP for Hamilton, purchased the property on Ridge Road along the escarpment in upper Stoney Creek for $225,000 last April. Three months later, Valeri sold the property for $500,000 to John Ng.

34. "Soldiers with Guns II" - Paul Martin defends ad that warned the Conservatives would put "soldiers with guns" on the streets of Canadian cities. After saying several times that he had approved the ad, Mr. Martin reversed himself on a CBC-TV town hall meeting where he replied that he'd seen a transcript before they were approved. Liberal candidate Keith Martin in Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca apologized for the release of the ad. "Some idiot went and sent it out with the other 11 ads, and it was never sanctioned by the party, never approved, and we are completely appalled that this went out”.

34. Brenda Chamberlain - voter cards for Kevin and Gillian Chamberlain, son and daughter-in-law of Liberal MP Brenda Chamberlain, who both live outside the Guelph riding, were sent to campaign office address withing the riding. Chamberlain says if anyone in her family broke the rules by voting in the riding of Guelph in 2004, it's not her place to do anything about it.

36. Notwithstanding Blunder - Martin said his vow to ban the federal government's use of the Constitution's notwithstanding clause is something he's been thinking about "for a long time," despite the fact there is no mention of the issue in the party's (leaked) platform. Ottawa South Liberal MP David McGuinty was featured in the morning papers wondering aloud what the heck his fearless leader, Paul Martin, was thinking when the PM announced he would scrap the federal use of the notwithstanding clause. Deputy PM admits she was in the dark about it too.

37. Andrew Telegdi - Liberal MP made it into the bad news with a story he had once used the racial slur "niggers." He says the remark was made 32 years ago, when he was the head of the student’s federation at the University of Waterloo, and the word was then used on campus to describe any disadvantaged group.

38. Denis Coderre - Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan filed a lawsuit against Liberal MP Denis Coderre, alleging the former sports minister falsely accused him of making a slur against francophones during an NHL game. A senior NHL official unloaded on federal MP Denis Coderre on Thursday after the former minister in charge of sports asked Hockey Canada to reconsider Shane Doan's selection to the Olympic hockey team over an alleged ethnic slur.

39. Joe Volpe - Citizenship and Immigration Minister rented limos to ferry him on long trips from Toronto last year, with one ride to Buffalo and back costing more than $1,000, Sun Media learned.

40. PCO Solicitation - Paul Martin's Liberals have issued an "urgent" call to Privy Council Office staff for their support and donations in the run-up to the Jan. 23 vote. Liberal party president Mike Eizenga mailed bright yellow teledispatches directly to the office addresses of employees of the PCO, which is supposed to remain non-partisan and non-political.

41. Gary Richard - Mothers Against Drunk Driving has accused the Nova Scotian Liberal candidate of trivializing their message, "Friends don't let friends drive drunk." Gary Richard, the Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley candidate, is using the slogan "Friends don't let friends vote Conservative" in his campaign pamphlets. The similarity of the two slogans has upset the president of the Cobequid Chapter of MADD. "We're disappointed with it. We feel it trivializes a very serious message about driving impaired," Kathleen Foster-Alfred said.

42. Access to Information - On November 7th, 2005, and November 16th, 2005, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation submitted two access to information requests asking for the total amount taxpayers paid for lawyers fees at the Gomery Inquiry into the Sponsorship Program. These requests went to two government bodies – the Privy Council Office and the Department of Public Works and Government Services Canada. On December 5th, 2005, both the Privy Council Office and the Department of Public Works replied saying an additional 60 days was needed for one request and an additional 100 days was needed for the other. Coincidentally, the election will be over by the time this information sees the light of day. Update: the little info now revealed shows $2 million in legal fees required to recover $1 million.

43. Chris Axworthy - in the riding of Saskatoon-Wanuskewin Liberal candidate Chris Axworthy has apologized to Conservative incumbent Maurice Vellacott after someone used a phone in Axworthy's campaign office to falsely accuse Vellacott of sexual assault on a live televised candidates' forum earlier this week.

44. Gilles Savard - A Liberal candidate in Quebec has conceded defeat and urged his supporters to vote for the Conservative party. The Liberal candidate for the riding of Jonquiere-Alma, is throwing his support behind the Tories to stave off a Bloc Quebecois victory. Update: he is now backtracking somewhat from his earlier remarks.

45. Buzz Hargrove - Canadian Auto Workers president used a campaign stop in Strathroy to call Conservative Leader Stephen Harper a separatist whose Alberta-born political principles place him outside mainstream Canadian values. He seemed to agree with questioners that Quebecers should vote for the Bloc Quebecois over the Conservatives. A day later Buzz did not back down on his statements, he encourages Quebeckers to vote for the Bloc Québécois in a bid to siphon support from the Conservatives. Buzz believes the NDP should leave Quebec to the Bloc. Harper responds, "It is absolutely unacceptable to in any way, shape or form suggest that people should vote for the breakup of this country in order for the Liberal party to maintain its entitlement to power," Harper said during a campaign stop Thursday morning in Waterdown, Ont.

46. Ron Chyczij - In a last-minute blow to high-profile Liberal candidate Michael Ignatieff, the president of the party’s riding association in Etobicoke-Lakeshore swung his support today Jan 20 to Conservative rival John Capobianco in Monday’s federal election.

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47. Don Lindsay - at the Pembroke Outdoor Sportsman's Club, Liberal candidate Don Lindsay's self destruction continued when club member and Canadian Veteran George Tompkins stood to ask the candidates his question. "If the handgun ban goes forward. What plan would your party offer to compensate those of us who legally own the guns that would be confiscated?" To which Lindsay replied "Sir America is our neighbor not our nation, if you elect a society that talks about that kind of perspective I suggest that perhaps you go there!"

48. Anne McLellan - Laurie Hawn, Conservative Candidate in Edmonton Centre, has filed a complaint with the Commissioner of Elections Canada after massive voter list irregularities were uncovered by his campaign. For some time, there have been rumors of election irregularities in Edmonton Centre. At an all candidates meeting with Elections Canada on January 4, 2006, it was revealed that two buildings had been struck from the electoral rolls because they were not residences. In reality, these buildings were both mailbox stores. Several days later, the Laurie Hawn campaign identified a third non-residence building which sells mail boxes and reported it to Elections Canada. A few days ago, the Laurie Hawn campaign was alerted, via e-mail, by an Edmonton lawyer that: "Lots of [Anne McLellan] supporters are enumerated at their downtown office address instead of at their houses. One of them was bragging about how many times he could vote liberal (sic) based on the number of leases he had in her riding."

49. Reg Alcock - after a candidates debate in parking lot after Reg was heard to utter in a load voice, inter alia, "Correctional Officers are dumb as Posts".

50. Translation services contracts - $3.6 million to Lexitech International (Liberal friendly Irving Company) and $1 million to Les Traductions Tessier of Ottawa. On Jan 16, 2006 bidders asked to extend the validity of their bids until January 25, 2006 - 9 days, a very unusual length and two days after the election. The contracts were actually awarded on 21 December 2005 and published on the MERX on 22 and 28 December 2005.

51. Travel Gate - Martin says Harper’s unfit to lead, form independent international policy because he has no world travel experience. Martin’s arrogance grew further as he told the media that Canadians who have not extensively traveled the world are not fit for public office. Paul Martin incorrectly stated that Stephen Harper had not left continental North America, when in fact, Mr. Harper has often traveled internationally – and several times with Paul Martin himself. Beyond forgetting these events completely, Mr. Martin suggested that only world travelers are capable of holding public office in Canada, because of the nature of the globalized world.

52. Alphonso Gagliano - revealed by the Western Standard is RCMP’s criminal background check of Gagliano, done before Jean Chrétien first appointed him to cabinet. It is almost completely blacked out. Then Commissioner Norman Inkster suggests that Gagliano be fingerprinted to prove or disprove the worst of the findings.

53. Criminal Cheques - Just as we get set to vote tomorrow, $250 energy rebate cheques are being sent to criminals behind bars, who already got to cast their vote in the comfort of their cells, heated by our tax dollars. In the words of a correctional officer: "I work to July to hand over all my money to the taxman, and today I gave convicted criminals a rebate cheque. It's all wrong. It's time we stood up and said enough is enough." It is another flawed rebate program, this time at cost of $2.4 billion.

Friday, January 20, 2006

Paul Martin Fears Loss of the Supreme Court

Liberals are in full panic mode at the thought of losing control over the Supreme Court. For liberals the Supreme Court represents ultimate power. It is the power to impose liberalism on our Country without ever asking Canadians for consent.

In the last few years the Supreme Courts has struck down parts of Canada’s child porn laws, redefined marriage and ruled that Canadians have a right to engage in orgies and partner swapping in sex clubs.

This is not the way that a democracy was supposed to work.

It is not the job of Judges to write our Laws, it is their job to enforce them. Just as it is the job of referees to enforce the rules of hockey.

Imagine if some kid tried to take your son’s head off with his hockey stick and the referee stopped the play and simply had a face off. Then when the coach asked why he didn’t give the kid a match penalty, the referee replied:

“I don’t feel that punishment is a deterrent. I’ve given high sticking penalties for 15 years and kids still do it. I think it would be better to get that kid into counseling after the game and see if we can reason with him. If only we can show that kid some understanding and help him to realize that what he did is dangerous and that he could hurt someone, I know we can reform him into a model hockey player”.

Everyone would be outraged at the thought of a referee who thought he was above the players, the parents, the coaches, the hockey league and yes, even the above the game itself.

Yet, in this country we have a problem with Judges that have decided they are above the people, the voters, the elected representatives and yes, even above democracy itself.

Even if Canadians are in favor recent Supreme Court rulings on same-sex marriage, orgies and child porn, they should be concerned by judicial activism. They should be concerned because judicial activism can cut both ways.

What would happen if the courts declared it a Constitutional right to own a gun? What if Laws preventing Canadians from carrying a concealed weapon were struck down?

Remember, it was only last year that the Supreme Court ruled that Canadians have a Constitutional right to buy private health insurance and paved the way for two-tiered health care. And, because the Supreme Court is the final arbiter in the country on every issue, we as Canadians do not have a say once the Courts have ruled.

The reason Paul Martin and his liberal supporters approve of the Supreme Court and never want to see the notwithstanding clause used, is because at this moment the Supreme Court is loaded with liberal appointees. This liberal Court is imposing liberalism on our nation in a way that no Canadian can do anything about. Liberals are turning this country into what they want it to be and they are doing so without having to ask Canadians for permission.

This is why Stephen Harper is right to point out that an activist Court is the enemy and this is why Paul Martin is so desperate to save it.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Poor Liberal Media - Conservatives Still Climbing

For two or three days it looked like Conservative fortunes had stalled. Polls that put Conservative support 13 points ahead of the liberals had not changed for a few days despite steady increases since the election was called.

As a result, every media outlet in the country was proudly reporting that Conservative support had finally peaked. In some cases, the media reported that Conservative support was slipping now instead of gaining. What a joke.

The new polls out today show that Conservative support keeps climbing. The latest poll from the Strategic Counsel has the Conservatives 18 points ahead of the liberals! Yes, 18 points!

Here is a link to the CTV article titled, "Tory surge may have peaked, new polls suggest" and watch the video clip titled, "Conservatives continue their surge".

This will be a desperate week for the liberal mainstream media.

Monday, January 16, 2006

The History of Liberal Scandal - The Sea Kings

WINNIPEG (BML) - It was 1963 when Canada began flying the Sea King Helicopter. This helicopter served the military well for many years, but by the late 1980s, the military needed to replace them. The Prime Minister of that time was Brian Mulroney. His government had done its research and made contracts to replace the Sea King helicopters with the EH-101.

However, in the 1993 election, liberal leader Jean Chrétien promised to scrap the contract and order no new helicopters for the military. There are not too many people in Canada still driving the car they bought in 1963. Yet, the liberals wanted our men and women in uniform to risk their lives flying helicopters that were unsafe and required an absurd number of hours in maintain for each hour flown. Jean Chrétien wouldn’t lose any sleep over them.

Of all the broken promises made by the liberals since coming to power in 1993, this is one promise they actually kept. The results were a disaster.

Reversing the decision to buy EH-101 put the federal government in breach of its contract. The cost to Canadian taxpayers is still not known, but the best estimates are that the cost was $600 million to $700 million. That’s nearly a billion dollars that taxpayers paid to companies and received absolutely nothing in return!

Maintenance problems and crashes plagued this helicopter all through the 1990s and still plague them today. Crashes have cost the Canadians who serve our country their lives. In February 2003, a Sea King crashed into the deck of the HMCS Iroquois when its engine simply gave out.

True to liberal form the liberals tell Canadians that replacing the Sea Kings is now a priority. They promise this election to address the problem of aging equipment in the military. The liberals tell us how proud they are of the military and how much they support them. Liberals say this on days when they aren’t trying to scare us about the menace of having Canadian troops in Canadian cities. And liberals say this despite being the ones that caused the problem in the first place.

Reporting on liberal scandal number 1 of 201, this is The Blue Maple Leaf.

To find out more about The History of liberal Scandal – 200 bloggers, 200 scandals, please visit Conservative Life.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Socialist Candidates Validates The Blue Maple Leaf on the CBC's Riding Talk

The CBC website has an election feature called riding talk. It gives people the chance to comment on the election in a moderated forum that is specific to each riding.

This author decided to leave a short two paragraph comment in the section for Charleswood – St. James. This is the riding where Conservative Health Critic Stephen Fletcher is up for re-election.

These comments must have been convincing because the NDP candidate for the area, Dennis Kshyk, decided to respond with comments of his own. Unfortunately for Dennis, he validated everything that was said without knowing it.

The exchange begins with comments made by a new Winnipeg resident with leftist leanings. She writes:

I am a new resident to Charleswood and am still trying to brief myself on the political history in this area. I have always been supportive of the NDP's and I am worried that I haven't seen one NDP lawn sign yet in my neighborhood. I think it is important to make some 'leftist' noise and get involved in whatever way we can.

Do the NDP have a chance in this riding? Even though every inch of me cringes to think this but I am wondering if I should strategically vote Liberal this election to prevent re-electing the conservatives. Any thoughts about this?

Posted by: Pamela
Dec 18, 2005 1:57:56 AM

The Blue Maple Leaf followed up with this comment:

Pamela, welcome to Winnipeg! I hope you like it here. I also hope you enjoy living in Charleswood - St. James, since it is certainly the nicest part of the city. As for your question, "What chance does the NDP have in this riding," the answer is ZERO.

The good people of Charleswood - St. James are a very independent breed and very family orientated. If they have a problem, they rely on friends, family, community. They don't have much need for government.

Posted by: Michael
Jan 6, 2006 5:47:56 PM

At this point the NDP candidate for the area chimed in with his thoughts and wrote:

Where to begin? When I read comments like those from Michael to Pamela, I am glad I belong to the NDP. I once saw things like Michael when I lived in Alberta and then I moved to Manitoba 20 years ago and my eyes were opened. Michael says people in Charleswood-St. James don't have much need for government and they have their family, friends and community.

I ask Michael and anyone else who thinks like Michael to go take a tour at the Winnipeg Harvest as I did on Jan 6, 2oo6. I thought poverty was only in the inner city area. I learned that in Charleswood-St. James-Assiniboia 15.8% of households and 14.6% of children live in poverty. I also learned that in 2000 there were 3 food agencies set up in the riding to provide food to these households. But I also learned that there is also 3 school programs in the riding where Winnipeg Harvest provides food for some schools because there are a number of children in this riding that go to school hunger every morning and also have no lunch.

The Liberals promised to end child poverty by the year 2000 but poverty has continued to increase and the Conservatives, well they just don't believe there is a poverty problem because there are family, friends and communities that will look after all this.

Pamela, the NDP does have a chance in this riding if the voters vote for the NDP because the Liberals have not delivered on their promises over the 12 years and the Conservatives will not address the social problems because they do not believe it is for government to address them.

Dennis Kshyk
Federal NDP Candidate
Charleswood-St. James-Assiniboia

Posted by: Dennis Kshyk
Jan 8, 2006 8:10:34 PM

Here is how the subject ended:

Thank you for posting your comments Dennis. Your mention of Winnipeg Harvest confirms what I said 100%.

I said, “The good people of Charleswood - St. James are a very independent breed and very family orientated. If they have a problem, they rely on friends, family, community. They don't have much need for government”.

Winnipeg Harvest is a wonderful charity that meets the needs of so many Winnipeggers and there are more just like it. The Salvation Army, Christmas Cheer Board, The Children’s Hospital Foundation, Ronald McDonald House, Shalom Mission, Meals on Wheels and the list goes on and on and on.

All these charities exist because of the hard work of volunteers and cash and food donations made by the good people of this city. These charities are not inventions of government! These charities exist in spite of government, by undoing the damage created by the kinds of social programs that socialists impose on us; welfare being the worst of them.

As much as the socialists in the NDP would like to eliminate the need for these charities by erecting more government, or creating more social programs, it will never happen. By virtue of our creation we need other people to help us in times of need, people that won’t ask us to fill out an application form before giving that help.

And, no candidate understands the need to offer help and receive help from others more than the Conservative candidate, Steven Fletcher.

Posted by: Michael Jan 14, 2006 4:33:14 PM

This exchange is a reminder of a Blue Maple Leaf post made back on New Year’s Day 2005, just over one year ago. The January 1st article was titled, “Big Governments Don’t Go to Heaven”.

That article is just as true today as it was back then, and we would like to thank socialist NDP candidate Dennis Kshyk for proving it.