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Goober
#1
Stephen Maher: The ‘boys in short pants’ — Government run by PMO’s youthful zealots, ex-Tory MP says | National Post

On Wednesday, this was looking like one of the best weeks the Conservatives have had in a while, thanks mostly to Justin Trudeau.

Stephen Harper looked statesmanlike and sensible in the House announcing Canadian airstrikes against ISIS. Tom Mulcair outlined a cogent case against them.

Trudeau, on the other hand, supports the idea of airstrikes but doesn’t think Canada should do them, and he dodged the debate in the House. He looked, not for the first time, like an airhead, particularly when he twice spoke about our CF-18s in an immature way.

This is the frame — fatherly Harper versus Trudeau the bozo — that the Conservatives hope will help them eventually turn around public opinion, so the boss must have been upset to tune into CTV News Wednesday night and see the report on the Tories’ secret plan to make the world safe for Conservative attack ads.

CTV had got its hands on a document submitted to cabinet by Heritage Minister Shelly Glover seeking authority to amend the Copyright Act to allow political parties to use clips from news broadcasts in their political ads.

This is something that the networks and the Tories have been quietly tussling over for a few years. Harper demolished the last two Liberal leaders with attack ads. They are trying to do the same thing to Trudeau and they don’t want any fancy copyright laws standing in their way.

So when they wanted to use footage of Trudeau taking off his shirt for charity in their attack ads, they just took it, although the footage belongs to Huffington Post and CTV.

The networks, who for some reason don’t like people taking their property, got together to push back, warning that they won’t run ads that contain copyrighted footage.

The leaked cabinet document proposes to create an exception to the Copyright Act for political ads, and include the amendment in the upcoming budget omnibus bill.

This is government by the “boys in short pants,” the Parliament Hill nickname for the youthful zealots in the Prime Minister’s Office.

If Glover were a real minister, she would have rejected this dumb proposal.

But she is not. She has the title, but she doesn’t get to make that kind of decision. Unlike, say, Jason Kenney or Lisa Raitt, she appears to be a spokesminister.

A former spokeswoman for the Winnipeg Police, she is Metis, bilingual and a good communicator. Those are the qualities that earned her a place in cabinet, where she is expected to carry out the instructions of the unelected, fiercely loyal partisans who work for the prime minister rather than carrying out the traditional functions of a minister.

Brent Rathgeber, the MP for Edmonton-St. Albert, describes the gulf between the way the system is supposed to work and the way it is working in his new book, Irresponsible Government, The Decline of Parliamentary Democracy in Canada.

Rathgeber left the Conservative caucus to sit as an independent last year to escape the boys in short pants.

“Observers and former ministers confirm that PMO decisions and plans are distributed at cabinet meetings for perfunctory approval or rubber stamping,” he writes.

There is no reason to believe that Glover had anything to do with this copyright policy.

The idea of ministerial responsibility, which is supposed to be at the heart of our system, is now as abstract as kabuki theatre, a fiction for empty, ritualized exchanges in the House of Commons.
 
B00Mer
#2
Tom Mulcair is a French citizen.. they like to run from a fight..

About Thomas Mulcair’s French citizenship | Lilley’s Pad
 
damngrumpy
#3
Mulcair is Leader of the Opposition its his job to oppose. Furthermore I am thinking more
and more of voting for him because he is not Harper or Trudeau. Haven't made up my
mind yet but I am looking at Trudeau and wondering is there any depth there at all?
Harper I am not happy with in many respects however on the air strikes I agree and in a
special situation such as an attack on Canadian soil I would support the idea of ground
troops maybe.
Mr Trudeau must understand if airstrike are the order of the day we are going to participate
likely as a NATO ally. The statement shows a lack of understanding.
As for copywrite laws the government should not be allowed to change a law to take away
a persons property and the films and audio of a news network or a citizen should not be
tampered with. I wouldn't want material I owned used by some political parties I didn't agree
with or have the government simply take my stuff even if they paid the copywrite fee.
 
JLM
#4
Quote: Originally Posted by Goober View Post

Stephen Maher: The ‘boys in short pants’ — Government run by PMO’s youthful zealots, ex-Tory MP says | National Post

On Wednesday, this was looking like one of the best weeks the Conservatives have had in a while, thanks mostly to Justin Trudeau.

Stephen Harper looked statesmanlike and sensible in the House announcing Canadian airstrikes against ISIS. Tom Mulcair outlined a cogent case against them.

Trudeau, on the other hand, supports the idea of airstrikes but doesn’t think Canada should do them, and he dodged the debate in the House. He looked, not for the first time, like an airhead,.


I think the Liberals had better find a way of dumping Jr. and the sooner the better if they hope to have any seats after the election. Canada is one of the top 7 countries on the planet and we have to have someone in charge with at least a semblance of some credibility and competence.
 
Blackleaf
#5
Quote: Originally Posted by JLM View Post

Canada is one of the top 7 countries on the planet

In what? Skiing?

You may be a member of the G7, but you shouldn't be.
 
JLM
#6
Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

In what? Skiing?

You may be a member of the G7, but you shouldn't be.


WTF are you to say? In the top 7 financially and industrially. Y.F. Blighter's day in the sun is long past!
Last edited by JLM; Oct 14th, 2014 at 09:09 AM..
 
captain morgan
+1
#7  Top Rated Post
Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

In what? Skiing?

You may be a member of the G7, but you shouldn't be.

Yes.. Skiing, general intellect, dental condition & hygene and overall attractive decent people (among many, many other things).

By the by, Canada has been lobbying to establish the G-3.... Those nations with a strong economy... Sorry but Britain doesn't qualify
 

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