Rex Murphy: Forget party platforms. Campaigns are all about the leaders

It’s about the foibles and failures a leader has put on the plate for opponents. Trudeau has been a real philanthropist in this department

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer waves to the audience during a speech at The Royal Glenora Club in Edmonton on June 4, 2019.David Bloom/Postmedia News

Rex Murphy

June 14, 2019

The campaign fabricators of all parties are in near full swing now, busy in the back rooms trying out attack lines, how best to present every other leader but their own as a moral defective or an incompetent slug. Campaigns are mainly about leaders, not platforms. Personally I wonder why journalists make such a big deal about the latter and accommodate the idea they’re little more than window dressing around the leaders’ campaigns.

I offer the hint that outside the dreary purgatory of media-sponsored town halls (tedium institutionalized) and the partisan puppet shows of strategist panels, no one gives a flying fig about what the parties say their platforms are. For the simple reason most of their promises don’t live past the day of the vote. Balanced budgets in four years? Absolutely last election with First Past The Post?

The cardinal purpose of all election advertising is to do in the other bunch’s leader. And the greatest leverage in taking down a leader is the faults, foibles and failures that he or she has, during the previous term, put on the plate for his or her opponents.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, daughter Ella-Grace and son Xavier pose for a family photo at the Sikh Golden Temple in Amritsar, India, on Feb. 21, 2018.Narinder Nanu/AFP/Getty Images

Justin Trudeau has been a real philanthropist in this department. The mad musical he put on in India (a bit of Kipling, some Gilbert and Sullivan, and a whole lot of Say Yes to My Delhi Dresses) might yet be the only leader’s visit to earn a Gemini nomination — and if it’s for costumes, it’ll be a winner. And if the Tories don’t make something out of his most recent tongue-tied, brain-abandoned, superb mangle of his “drink-box water bottles sort of thing” then we shall have to wonder why God invented videotape and the rewind button.

Currently the take on Andrew Scheer doesn’t have such exemplary moments of high comedy or confusion. The Liberals’ approach on Scheer seems to go in two directions. A. He’s Stephen Harper with a smile. (It is only the Liberals’ and Mr. Trudeau’s wearisome fixation with the conceit that Mr. Harper is seen by Canadians as an ogre, an Attila the Hun sweeping in from the West to burn down every social-justice-policy village, and take the Charter of Rights hostage, that gives this adolescent pitch any currency. Mr. Trudeau, indeed, as was quoted frequently this week, once opined that if Canada went Mr. Harper’s way, then he — Mr. Trudeau — would seriously consider Quebec separation. Dare we call it fear-mongering?)

The Liberals’ approach on Scheer … He’s Stephen Harper with a smile 

B. The second tack is to pretend Scheer is either Doug Ford, or under Doug Ford’s control, or alternatively he is Jason Kenney. Most people won’t buy either. For starters, Mr. Scheer has barely enough personality to be himself, let alone any surplus to stand in for a couple of others. Don’t drain the battery is going to be the Scheer campaign’s slogan.

Where they might go after him, and after one recent decision perhaps should, is his “low-energy” approach to big issues. He is nowhere near making enough noise, issuing straight declaratives, on the battering Alberta has taken for the past four years. Kenney is the national leader on energy policy.

And then there is Scheer’s almost reflexive deference toward his critics, his outright timidity when routinely assailed by the virtuecrats of the Liberal party. This was nowhere more gutlessly displayed than in barring Prof. Salim Mansur from pursuing the Conservative nomination in Ontario’s London North Centre riding. Prof. Mansur, a Muslim, has been a long-time, informed, and straight-on critic of radical Islam. He is also one of the rarer academics who continue to see the virtues of free speech. I’ve met him, been impressed by his manner and mind, and offered a recommendation for one of his books.

Prof. Salim Mansur of the University of Western Ontario is seen in a file photo from June 2, 2014, in London, Ont. Mike Hensen/Postmedia News

He hasn’t, to my knowledge, robbed any food banks, cheered for the Golden State Warriors, or recently been seen drinking out of a plastic bottle instead of the mandatory cardboard box. So there are no dark corners in his resumé.

Much more seriously, why has he, after a 10-month waiting period for “vetting,” been told by Andrew Scheer that he can’t run. He is intelligent, well-spoken, an immigrant who earned a doctorate at the University of Toronto. The answer, in so far as it can be inferred — as the Tories have not been fulsome in explanation — is that they fear he will be targeted by the Liberals as an Islamophobe — a Muslim Islamophobe. So rather than stand up for an intellectual and courageous candidate against the campaign slurs that might be tossed against him, the Conservative apparat haul out the blackball, strike him from the list, and probably think they have done a smart thing.

If a candidate has genuine merit, stand up for him 

No party should have its strategy determined by what it thinks another party might get away with saying about it. If a candidate has genuine merit, stand up for him. Don’t let implicit or imagined threats from the other side determine what your party stands for, or whom it supports.

Mr. Scheer may be building an image for himself worse than any the Liberals are eager to build for him. If he’s scared of their attacks before the campaign even starts, how will he be when the heat is on? And finally, perhaps even more to the point, is it right that a qualified and honourable gentleman should be prohibited from even seeking election because a party’s Ottawa brain trust feels it would take too much trouble to give him a little backing?

Mr. Mansur deserves a chance to run as a Conservative nominee in London North Centre.

Leftist intellectual pipsqueak gets me banned by Facebook…. AGAIN.

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Yes folks. The defenders of all that is moral and righteous at Facebook have once again adjudicated that Going to Getugly has transgressed their strict standards for civil discourse. You know… the standards which the social media giant judiciously and equally enforces for all those who use their platform. The penalty for my misconduct this time is that I am banned from using Facebook for 30 days. Perhaps next time it will be permanent.

The cause of my banishment to the Internet’s hinterland  is, once again,  an  individual who grants himself the liberty to defame and dehumanize anyone who doesn’t mirror what he considers the moral perfection of his own opinions but who finds unvarnished criticism directed at him to be intolerable to his ego. And so he reported one of my remarks as ‘harassment‘ to Facebook…. exactly the way a spiteful child runs to the teacher to…

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BANNED: Michael Cooper’s full statement to the Justice Committee

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 by Cosmin Dzsurdzsa

The following words are the statements made by Conservative MP and Deputy Justice Critic, Michael Cooper before the Justice Committee study on online hate.

These words have been expunged from the committee’s record in an attempt to edit and erase the historical record of words deemed unacceptable or “offensive” to the sensibilities of members.

Cooper’s words were in response to claims made by committee witness Faisal Khan Suri that Conservative voices and ideas led to the actions taken by shooters like Brenton Tarrant.

The Post Millennial has preserved these words so that others can read and see for themselves what has been expunged from the historical record.

This statement was originally transcribed by Andrew Lawton.

Thank you, Mr. Chair. First of all, Mr. Suri, I take great umbrage with your defamatory comments to try to link conservatism with violent and extremist attacks. They have no foundation. They are defamatory. And they diminish your credibility as a witness.

Let me, Mr. Chair, read into the record the statement of Brenton Tarrant, who is responsible for the Christchurch massacre. He left a 74-page manifesto in which he stated “conservatism is corporatism in disguise. I want no part of it,” and, “The nation with the closest political and social values to my own is the People’s Republic of China.”

I certainly wouldn’t attempt to link Bernie Sanders to the individual who shot up Republican members of Congress and nearly fatally killed Congressman (Steve) Scalise. So you should be ashamed.

Michael Cooper, Conservative Member of Parliament, St. Albert–Edmonton, at a meeting of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights, May 28, 2019.

Canada Issues Formal ‘Sorry’ For Winning NBA Championship

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JUNE 13, 2019


Game six has ended in Oracle Arena in Oakland tonight, and the 2019 NBA Finals has come to an end with a lamentably victorious win for the Toronto Raptors. The team, along with the entire collective of Canada, have come forth to express their apologies for defeating the Golden State Warriors.

Nick Nurse, the Raptors coach, stepped up to the microphone mere moments ago for his apologetic acceptance speech. “We gave it our all this season, put our blood, sweat and tears into every game we played, and that is why we’re here as the champions today. Sorry about that. Truly. Perhaps we can share the trophy?” After another six minutes of apologizing, Nurse clarified that he was only doing this as the Canadian team’s coach, and that he, as a U.S. citizen, would never feel guilty for anything he has ever done.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau flew down to Toronto to join Mayor John Tory for an emergency joint speech expressing deep regret for this Canadian win. “This is a historic first win for our sole Canadian NBA team, and it marks a new day in Canada in which we need to apologize for doing something which has possibly made other people upset. It is our civic duty, as Canadians, to collectively stand in solidarity and express unnecessary remorse. Congratulations to the Raptors, and our condolences to anyone who has been impacted by this achievement we should be proud of.”

Written By Emily Sanchez and Andrew Froese

FUREY: Tiananmen and Hong Kong’s lessons for Canada

Canada needs to stand with the people who want the truth about Tiananmen Square and we need to stand with the people of Hong Kong.



It was disheartening but not surprising to hear that former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien has been talking up a storm with business and political bigwigs about brokering the release of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou to appease the powers that be in Beijing.

Disheartening because dealing with this situation should be about hitting back, not giving in.

“Canada can’t and shouldn’t try to ‘defuse’ this,” Terry Glavin wrote in a wise tweet. “We should hurt Beijing in whatever way we can until Xi backs off.”

Although not surprising because this is the common wisdom among certain circles in the Canadian political and business communities who wish things could go back to how they were beforehand, all in their pursuit of trade deals and the almighty dollar. They know China’s an authoritarian regime, but they want to look the other way from the bad stuff as they strive for access to this growing economy. Chrétien’s long been a part of that machine.

The root of all this flawed thinking stems from the idea that we’re now dealing with some sort of momentary blip in our relationship and we can patch things up and return to normal. That’s not true. What we’ve seen from China recently is their true face – or at least their new face under President Xi Jinping, who seems set to rule for many more years to come.

Regardless of what happens with the Huawei incident, Canada will likely be faced with more such problems in the years ahead that require us to rethink our relationship with the Communist regime.

A decade ago there was the belief among many Western observers that China was making some degree of progress towards becoming a more open, liberal and democratic country. That’s now completely out the window.

You only need to read news stories from the past few days for proof. The 30th anniversary of Tiananmen Square saw widespread censorship. Social media was restricted, you couldn’t text message certain numbers and phrases and a popular pop singer has disappeared for fear he’d sing about the anniversary.

Then there are the protests in Hong Kong, where many thousands of people are taking to the streets to oppose an extradition bill that could see those in the autonomous region be shuffled off to China for things deemed to be offences on the mainland.

Canada needs to stand with the people who want the truth about Tiananmen Square and we need to stand with the people of Hong Kong. So far Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland’s words have been muted and Justin Trudeau has been pretty much silent.

But more than that, we need to wake up to what this means for us – we need to acknowledge what we’re up against – a Communist giant seeking to elbow out the United States as king of the castle and replace them as the world’s dominant superpower. And we need to stand firm against it.

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