Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Only in Canada, Eh! (Part 1)


Post- Ford Toronto: the gravy train is back

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced the appointment of Rob Ford, the former Mayor of Toronto, as Ambassador to the People’s Democratic Republic of Jamaica.  Harper explained that Mayor Ford was eminently qualified for the position since he not only was steeped in the island’s culture, but was fluent in the country’s language!!!!    
Do Toronto City Councillors Care About Drinking and Driving?
Councillor Ana Bailao
By Arthur Weinreb
Monday, November 18, 2013
November 14 was quite a day at City Hall, even considering most days are now filled with sex, drugs, accusations and admissions and denials. The day saw Mayor Rob Ford not only deny the allegation he said “I want to eat your p***y”, to a former female staffer, but he then added he would never do that because he gets enough to eat at home.
While making those comments, the mayor was wearing a Toronto Argonauts jersey with “Mayor Rob Ford” on the back. This resulted in a news release by the football team, expressing their disappointment at both the mayor’s statement and his attire.
Ford later met the media again, this time to apologize and make excuses for using the language he did. While speaking, his wife, Renata, who is rarely seen in public with His Worship, was standing by his side.

As Ford was getting into an elevator to leave, National Post reporter Natalie Alcoba asked him if he ever drank and drove. Ford replied, “I might have had some drinks and driven. That’s absolutely wrong. I’m not perfect. Maybe you are, but I’m not. I’m sure none of you have ever had a drink and gotten behind the wheel.”

The interpretation of what the mayor said is that drinking and driving is fairly common and really no big deal. This particular understanding of what Ford said is hard to argue with.

So what do his fellow councillors think about drinking and driving? So far, there has been little comment on Ford’s drinking and driving comments and this is perfectly understandable. The kiddie councillors are way too consumed with their motions to strip Ford of his powers while some, most notably Denzil Minnan-Wong, is crying, “Premier Mommy, Premier Mommy, help us, help us!!!!”

A lot of allegations have been levelled against Ford. These include smoking crack, snorting cocaine, drinking in a park and then urinating in the bushes, physical assaults on employees, meetings with Sandro Lisi where Lisi has dropped plastic bags in Ford’s SUV while the mayor was elsewhere, appearing drunk at social functions and in public, consorting with prostitutes that the media calls sex workers unless they might be involved with the mayor, threatening to kill an unidentified person and drinking and driving.

Some of these allegations have been denied by Ford while others have been admitted. In the case of whether he ever drank and drove he kind of, sort of, admitted he did.
Of all these allegations, the least attention has been paid to Ford’s drinking and driving. Yet this activity is the only one that could conceivably have catastrophic consequences for an ordinary person or persons that have no direct contact or relationship with the mayor. Sure, drinking and driving lacks the sexy media appeal the other allegations have and there could be indirect harm caused to innocent people by lining the pockets of organized crime groups by purchasing crack. But this indirect harm is no different that when the beautiful people buy their marijuana.
What do Ford’s fellow members of council think about drinking and driving? Well, we only have to go back to last year to understand what the council elites think about someone, well not anyone but one of their own, who drinks and then drives.
In the early morning hours of Oct. 16, 2012, police noticed rookie councillor Ana Bailao driving without her lights on. They pulled up next to her at a red light and told her to pull over. The councillor remained at the light after it turned green and then kept going. It took almost five minutes for the officers to get Bailao to pull over.
When she was asked for her license, Bailao sat motionless staring straight ahead. The officers formed the opinion, to use language that our esteemed mayor might use, that she was pissed.
Bailao later provided samples of her breath and blew .130, well above the legal limit of .08. She was charged with impaired driving and over with over 80 milligrams.
The councillor had attended the Mayor’s Ball for the Arts and afterwards went to a hotel to meet with a lobbyist. A lobbyist! At least no one has ever accused Ford of getting drunk or high while trying to conduct city business at the same time.
A tearful Bailao met with the media and said she would be pleading not guilty. Several members of council, including the Fords, stood beside her as a show of support. She sobbed about how hard this is. Sound familiar?
The support of other councillors was criticized by Andrew Murie, CEO of Madd Canada, who said the support councillors were showing sent the message that drinking and driving is okay and the worst thing that can happen is getting caught. It was no big deal.
In January, the councillor pleaded guilty to the over 80 charge and received the minimum sentence.
The hypocritical convicted drunk driver Bailao is now one of those calling on the mayor to resign. While her situation is nowhere near that of Ford’s, her attitude about drinking and driving is no different.
While members of city council no doubt think it is serious when the brown and black residents of Scarborough, who have the nerve to think they should have subways like the white downtown latte sippers have, drink and drive it is certainly not a big deal when one of their own does it.
If only Ford had stuck to booze instead of drugs, no one outside of the city of Toronto would ever have heard of him.
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Arthur Weinreb is an author, columnist and Associate Editor of Canada Free Press. Arthur’s latest book, Racism and the Death of Trayvon Martin is available at Smashwords.
His work has appeared on Newsmax.com, Drudge Report, Foxnews.com, Glenn Beck.
Arthur can be reached at: aweinreb@rogers.com
If Israel Never Has to be Accountable She Will Remain Forever a Petulant Child
Emily Dee
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
A CULTURE OF DEFIANCE: History of the Reform-Conservative Party of Canada

Major Paeta Hess-Von Kruedener was serving as a United Nations Military Observer stationed at the UN Patrol Base in Khiam South Lebanon. On the evening of July 25th 2006, at approximately 7:30 p.m., he and three other UN Military Observers were killed when their patrol base was struck by an Israeli bomb.
An official inquiry determined that it was a "tragic accident".
He was presented with a posthumous award and all was forgotten.
And yet Kruedener's widow tells a different story.
The wife of a Canadian soldier missing and presumed dead in an Israeli air strike on a United Nations observation post in southern Lebanon says she believes the attack was intentional. Cynthia Hess-von Kruedener, wife of a missing Canadian UN observer believed killed this week in Lebanon, speaks yesterday at Canadian Forces Base Kingston. Accompanied by her son, Jonah Rosson, Hess-von Kruedener said she believes the Israeli attack on a UN post, which killed at least three, was intentional. Cynthia Hess-von Kruedener made the allegation yesterday when she spoke to reporters at Canadian Forces Base Kingston.
"Why were they firing on that base?" Hess-von Kruedener demanded to know. "That wasn't the only day they were firing on that base. My information from (her husband) is weeks upon weeks they've been firing on them. "In my opinion, those were precision-guided missiles, then that was intentional," she said. (1)
Weeks upon weeks?
According to the official report: At the time of the incident Israel and Hezbollah were involved in an armed conflict, which began on 12 July 2006 with the kidnapping of two Israeli soldiers and quickly expanded into a large-scale incursion into southern Lebanon by the Israeli Defence Forces.
That's more like days upon days.
If it's true that they were targeted, why? Could it be that that they were Peacekeepers, working for the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization? Could it be that Israel didn't like being watched?
We'll never know because they don't have to answer for anything they do.
Stephen Harper's response to his death was "what was he doing there in the first place?" Simply a case of his being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Two Israeli soldiers had been kidnapped so this could be excused. "Though Lebanese civilian casualties outnumbered those for Israel by almost ten to one, Harper announced that the Israeli response to provocations by Hezbollah was "measured."" (2) Measured? According to Linda McQuaig:
Harper's strong pro-Israel bias took on a dramatic new dimension in the summer of 2006 when Israel launched its devastating attack on Lebanon, after the capture of two Israeli soldiers by Hezbollah ... Suddenly, some fifty thousand Canadians were in harm's way, trapped in a country that Israel was relentlessly bombing. Now, one would have thought that the first priority of a Canadian prime minister is the safety of Canadians. One would have thought that Harper, faced with a choice of expressing his support for Israel or doing everything he possibly could to protect tens of thousands of vulnerable Canadians, would opt for protecting the Canadians. After all, he is prime minister of Canada, not Israel.
But, astonishingly, Harper refused to do the very minimum necessary—to add his voice to those of other world leaders and the UN secretary-general in calling for a ceasefire in the conflict.
... Stephen Harper followed Bush's lead—as he has in so many areas—in refusing to call for a ceasefire. The message was clear: let the killing continue! In fact, Harper actively defended Israel's bombing, calling it a "measured" response, a description he refused to withdraw even after eight members of a Canadian family and a Canadian UN peacekeeper were killed by Israeli strikes in Lebanon. Harper's stance amounted to giving encouragement to a foreign army whose actions were directly endangering the lives of Canadians. (3)
He recently stated that he has taken bruises for his undying support of Israel, but what I would like to know is when will he take a punch or two for us? "After all, he is prime minister of Canada, not Israel." And yet he is dragging Canada through the mud, and Canadians along with him.
And when Michael Ignatieff joined International voices demanding that Israel answer to possible war crimes for their actions, Harper immediately went on the attack. In Question Period, he declared, "This is consistent with the anti-Israel position that has been taken [by] virtually all the candidates of the Liberal leadership." Noting that his wife was Jewish, Bob Rae demanded an apology, alleging that the PM's remarks were a divisive insult. "We cannot carry on politics in this country like this," Rae said. "It will not work. It divides Canadians. It's something for which he should be thoroughly embarrassed." Ignatieff similarly accused Harper of "playing crass politics with the issue of the Middle East. It's beneath him and his office to do so." (2)
But if anything he's gotten worse.
When Israel seized a Turkish ship in international waters and killed nine peace activists, ours was the only government not to denounce their actions.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper cheerfully followed through with a planned meeting the next day with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Appearing with Netanyahu, Harper merely expressed regret about the loss of life and the fact that it interfered with Netanyahu's visit to Canada: "I'm sorry this has coloured this [visit]," said Harper, "but delighted you were able to join me at least last night and today, and we've had some important talks, so welcome to Canada." (4)
Interfered with his visit to Canada. Yes that's what I was worried about too.
The sad thing is, that this is all political. Stephen Harper could care less. His position on Israel, more uncompromising than Ottawa had ever been accustomed, became the source of a long-running dispute with traditionalists ...
He was asserting the neo-conservative view, which framed issues in black-and-white as opposed to seeing them in the context of root causes, historical grievances, and the like.

[but] As well as conforming to Harper's beliefs, the policy had other benefits. Though Muslims outnumbered Jews by two to one in Canada, the Jewish community was more politically impactful. Harper was aware, for example, that he stood to gain a major advantage in the Canadian media with his position. The country's largest media empire, Canwest, was controlled by the Aspers, who made no secret of their allegiance to Jewish causes and became enthusiastic backers of Harper on all related questions. (2)
When Stephen Harper won the Alliance leadership, it was reported that Stockwell Day asked Harper to be the Alliance foreign affairs critic, but he said “No, you’re too pro-Israel.” At the time Ezra Levant was running for Harper's seat, but he eventually stepped down and Day became foreign affairs critic. (5)
That certainly lends credence to Harper's new found love of Israel, being only for political leverage. But where does that leave us?
Most Canadians are not anti-Israel, but we prefer a more even handed approach when it comes to the Middle East. Nobody wins in a nuclear war.
But our prime minister is actually choosing a foreign country over his own, and like a petulant child, used to getting his own way, Benjamin Netanyahu is challenging U.S. president Obama, because he knows he can. The mid-terms have given him more friends in Washington and Canada is willing to put "hard power" (2) behind whatever decision he makes.
And Canadian citizens have absolutely no say in the matter. None. If the opposition speaks up they are villified. Look what happened
to Libby Davies by her own party.
When Ari Fleischer was touting Stephen Harper around, arranging interviews on Fox News, Canadian journalist
Scott Feschuk quipped: "I guess if there’s an upside, it’s that members of our own press gallery now understand what it takes to get a question answered by our Prime Minister – an American passport and Ari Fleischer’s cell number."
What will we need to get our prime minister to allow a debate on this subject? Netanyahu's cell number? It would appear he's now our co-leader.
Canadian's Wife Wants Answers: Says deadly bombing of UN observer post was `intentional, by Phinjo Gombu, Toronto Star, July 28, 2006
2. Harperland: The Politics of Control, By Lawrence Martin, Viking Press, 2010, ISBN: 978-0-670-06517-2, Pg. 80-82
3. HOLDING THE BULLY'S COAT: Canada and the US Empire, By Linda McQuaig, Doubleday Canada, ISBN 978-0-385-66012-9, Pg. 11-13
4. Stephen Harper delighted to help flotilla 'farce', By Linda McQuaig, Rabble, June 15, 2010
5. Ezra Levant is no Oscar Levant, By Larry Zolf, CBC News Viewpoint, April 2, 2002

Posted by Emily Dee

Mayor Rob Ford admits to smoking crack cocaine
Global News
November 5, 2013
TORONTO – Mayor Rob Ford has smoked crack cocaine.
"Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine,” he told a crush of reporters outside his office.
Ford said he used crack cocaine close to a year ago, suggesting it might have been while he was drunk.
“[It was] probably in one of my drunken stupors, probably approximately about a year ago,” he said. “All I can do now is apologize and move on.”
Toronto Police spokesperson Mark Pugash said investigators are aware of the mayor’s admission but wouldn’t say whether it could lead to charges.
Last fall would have been almost two years into Ford’s mayoralty, and several months after he showed up visibly inebriated at city hall at 2 a.m. on St. Patrick’s Day 2012, according to a security guard’s email.

"Toronto Mayor Rob Ford admitted last week to having smoked crack while in office. Since then he has said multiple times that he will not step down. Legally they can't force him to. The city council held a meeting to vote on whether or not to ask him to resign. That seems very Canadian to me." –Jimmy Kimmel
Senate votes to suspend Patrick Brazeau, Mike Duffy and Pamela Wallin
The Senate has voted to suspend Patrick Brazeau, Mike Duffy and Pamela Wallin with no pay for two years
By: Bruce Campion-Smith Ottawa Bureau, Alex Boutilier Staff Reporter, Published on Tue Nov 05 2013
OTTAWA—Three former Conservative Senate stars begin the first day of their two-year exile today after being suspended for spending infractions that on Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s doorstep.
The upper chamber voted late Tuesday to suspend senators Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin and Patrick Brazeau, stripping them of their $135,200 a year salary for up to two years despite their heartfelt protests they had done nothing wrong.
After weeks of high drama, long debates and some emotion, the political execution came quickly in a series of votes.
Senators first dismissed a Liberal amendment to refer the fate of the senators to a special committee for televised hearings where they would have a chance to argue their case.

Then one-by-one, they voted on individual motions to suspend each senator, each vote passing by at least a 10-vote margin.

Wallin and Brazeau were present in the chamber for the votes. Duffy, who reportedly will have heart surgery on Friday, was not there.

After the votes, an emotional Wallin left the Senate for perhaps the last time.

“I think it’s an extremely sad day for democracy. If we can’t expect the rule of law in Canada, then where on earth can we expect it,” Wallin said, her voice breaking.

Sen. Claude Carignan, the government leader in the Senate, defended the suspensions, telling reporters if more patterns of improper claims are found, other senators could share the three former Conservatives’ fate.

“Every senator, when we establish a pattern of misconduct with inappropriate expenses, we need to take an action,” Carignan told reporters after the vote.

“It’s our responsibility to maintain the confidence of the public in this institution, and that’s the first step. And we will continue to work to establish a Senate (that’s) more accountable and more efficient.”

Liberal Senate leader James Cowan, who abstained from the votes, said he still disagrees with what he called a “sham process” he felt had “blown up in (Conservatives’) faces.” Cowan said that he thinks that any further expense infractions uncovered must be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.
“But I think what we had here was a pattern of the abuse of the Senate rules, and as I say, that’s quite different than making honest mistakes,” Cowan said.
While the suspensions are for up to two years, Sen. Hugh Segal said there was “zero” chance any of them would ever return to the red chamber, saying it would require another vote to accept them back.
Segal, who has steadfastly defended Wallin over the course of the debate, said he felt “terrible” for the three.
“This will have a huge impact on their lives, an impact in my view that is the result of no serious due process assessing what may or may not have actually gone wrong,” said Segal.
The votes ended a divisive two weeks of debate in the upper chamber that pitted the Conservatives — backed by Harper’s demands for tough sanctions — against Liberals who argued the quick suspensions ran afoul of due process.
The three senators were suspended for alleged spending infractions. Both Duffy and Brazeau were questioned over their living claims for Ottawa-area homes.
Wallin ran into trouble over her travel claims and paid back almost $140,000 in disputed costs, though she has denied any wrongdoing.
Duffy has been the greatest political problem for Harper after it was revealed that Nigel Wright, the prime minister’s former top aide, had cut a personal cheque for $90,172 to repay the senator’s expenses.
In remarks emailed to CBC that were intended to be delivered to Senate on Tuesday, Duffy said: “I followed all the rules regarding expenses. I wasn’t trying to rip off the government, the Senate or Canadians.”
Duffy’s speech ends with; “Witch hunts are bad, our ancestors learned that after the trials in Salem, our parents and grandparents learned it from the slanders of the late Senator Joe McCarthy, my generation learned it from Watergate.
“Please stop this witch hunt and allow the police and the auditors to do their work.”
In the Commons on Tuesday, the prime minister again denied any knowledge of the Wright plan for repayment plan when challenged by Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau over the role of Sen. Irving Gerstein, chair of the Conservative Fund of Canada.
On Saturday, Gerstein said he told Wright the party’s fund would not pay for Duffy’s “disputed expenses” but at Wright’s request, the fund did agree to pay legal fees.
Harper said: “I did not know anything about that until May 15.”
And when Trudeau asked if Wright “deceived the prime minister, so did Senator Gerstein. Why is he still on the public payroll? Why is he still a senator?”
Harper again said Wright and Duffy alone are responsible.
“None of this holds together,” said NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair later.

Communist Party of Canada moving Socialism onto the Agenda
Meanwhile, the one difference separating the Communist Party of Canada and the Liberal/NDP is that the CPC does not try to hide what it is
By Judi McLeod
Saturday, April 6, 2013
“Socialism won’t come on a plate. But for the price of a plate, you can help us get it onto the agenda!”
So declares the Communist Party of Canada (CPC), kicking off its 37th Convention Banquet in Toronto today.
“Delegates from Nova Scotia to Vancouver Island are gathering in Toronto for the 37th Central Convention of the Communist Party of Canada. About 50 delegates and alternates elected over the past several weeks at provincial membership meetings will debate a wide range of policy issues, focusing on the struggle to block the right-wing, pro-corporate polices of the Harper Conservative government, and to win a “People’s Alternative” to the neoliberal agenda sweeping the capitalist countries,” according to a CPC media release.
The Canadian Communists work to put Socialism onto the agenda just as polls are showing that Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party—known in some circles as ‘The Natural Governing Party’ would win a majority over Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper in the next election.
So gung-ho are they to get back to Natural Governing Party status, On April 14, Justin Trudeau will be acclaimed Leader of the Liberal Party.
Politically, Canada is following the same footpath as the United States of America. In the US, Socialism/Marxism is already on the agenda through President Barack Obama. The Liberal Party in Canada mirrors the U.S. Liberals. Both Canadian and American Liberals are in step with their respective Communist Parties, with the Communists even openly endorsing the Obama regime.
Though they don’t clarify their similar platforms for unsuspecting voters, there is little difference between the Liberals and the New Democrat Party (NDP) in Canada. Detractors of the Liberal/NDP coalition who, with the Parti Quebecois made two recent attempts to bring down the Stephen Harper government, call Liberals “the NDP in pinstriped suits”.
America’s last two presidential elections were won by cult of personality. Should Justin Trudeau win the next election, it would be through cult of personality. Any and all of his platforms come second to his main claim to fame: Justin Trudeau is the son of former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau (1968-’79-1980-’84), the prime minister whose legacy left Canadians with no private property rights.
According to the latest polls, Justin Trudeau’s cakewalk to Liberal leadership is not coming from Canada’s celebrity loving youth, but finds its winning core support from older Canadians, with the Liberals taking 45% of the 55-64 age bracket and a whopping 47% of the 65+ vote under his leadership. (Poll information from National Post).
Canadians, who make Bob Rae, who left the NDP as interim leader of the Liberals, can’t get enough of the man who once brought the Province of Ontario to its knees as its first socialist premier.
The “most popular leader in the country” with a +12 favourable rating, leaves Harper with an unbelievably low -30 favourable rating (approval rating minus disapproval).
Trudeau the younger’s rise was made possible in part by unpopular NDP leader Thomas Mulcair’s miserable +2 rating.
The storied rise of the NDP in Canadian politics, who, in spite of the 80 years since the founding of the CCF (Cooperative Commonwealth Federation (Farmers, Labourers, Socialists) has never formed a federal government, in 2011 rose to the ranks of the official opposition.
The Communist Party of Canada has been sidelined by voters for roughly the same time period in the same fashion.
This has been the result of votes for the CPC under the leadership of Montreal-born Miguel Figueroa, who got his start as a student activist with the National Union of Students joining its staff as national organizer, before joining the Communist Party in 1977:

Figueroa has run in five Canadian general elections and at least two provincial elections:
British Columbia general election, 1979: Figueroa ran in the two-member riding of Vancouver Centre, and finished eighth in a field of eight candidates with 237 votes. Gary Lauk and Emery Barnes of the New Democratic Party of British Columbia won.
Canadian federal election, 1984: Figueroa ran in the riding of Vancouver East, and finished last with 259 votes. Margaret Mitchell of the New Democratic Party won.
Canadian federal election, 1988: Figueroa ran in the riding of Halifax, and finished 5th in a field of 7 candidates with 151 votes. Mary Clancy of the Liberal Party of Canada won.
Canadian federal election, 1993: Figueroa ran as an independent in the riding of Parkdale—High Park, and finished 9th out of a field of 11 with 105 votes. Jesse Flis of the Liberals won.
Ontario general election, 1995: Figueroa ran in the riding of Beaches—Woodbine, and finished 5th in a field of six candidates with 169 votes. Frances Lankin of the New Democratic Party of Ontario won.
Canadian federal election, 1997: Figueroa ran as an independent in the riding of Davenport, and finished 7th in a field of 8 with 194 votes. Charles Caccia of the Liberals won.
Canadian federal election, 2000: Figueroa ran in the riding of Toronto—Danforth, and finished 9th in a field of 10 with 129 votes. Dennis Mills of the Liberals won.
Canadian federal election, 2004: Figueroa ran in the riding of East York-Beaches in Toronto, and finished 7th in a field of 8 with 62 votes. Maria Minna of the Liberals won.

Figueroa, if nothing else, is persistent.

Meanwhile, the one difference separating the Communist Party of Canada and the Liberal/NDP is that the CPC does not try to hide what it is.

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Judi McLeod is an award-winning journalist with 30 years’ experience in the print media. A former Toronto Sun columnist, she also worked for the Kingston Whig Standard. Her work has appeared on Rush Limbaugh, Newsmax.com, Drudge Report, Foxnews.com, and Glenn Beck.
Judi can be emailed at: judi@canadafreepress.com