September 23, 2015

FLASHBACK: Liberals pledged $150 million to Terry Fox Foundation during 2005 campaign

Dean SkoreykoRebel Blogger
 

A column from Maclean's Vancouver bureau chief Ken MacQueen titled “Branding the unbrandable: Why Terry Fox cannot be bought” caught my eye, and not just because of this tweet:


But also because of this quote from ex-Terry Fox fundraiser Bill Vigars who attacks the Conservatives for "politicizing" the foundation:

"That’s basically what upset me about this whole thing,” Vigars told Maclean’s. “The political parties are no different than Pepsi and Coca-Cola. In 35 years, not one single individual, organization or corporation has ever dared go there. They just knew what Terry was like. That was Terry. Everyone over the years completely respected that.”

One big problem with that statement is that Liberals had promised $150 million in funding back in 2005. This is from Liberal leader Paul Martin’s election guide:

$125 million to support creation of the Terry Fox Research Institute in Vancouver, a new centre of excellence for cancer research. The Institute would be linked to the internationally renowned B.C. Cancer Agency;

$25 million to establish Terry Fox Cancer Research Chairs at Canadian universities to ensure that Canada continues to attract and retain leading cancer researchers who can tap into leading-edge advances from around the world to enhance our understanding of cancer – its origins, diagnosis, treatment and eventually a cure. Linkages will be established between the Chairs and the Terry Fox Research Institute.

This was either gross negligence or gross incompetence by MacQueen and Macleans must immediately apologise, correct and retract the falsehoods and misleading statements in his column.

 


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commented 2015-09-23 22:41:42 -0400
I posted this link in a few other online articles about the issue and sent it to CTV news tips online earlier in the afternoon but still no mention of this story.
commented 2015-09-23 20:01:59 -0400
One thing you must understand and Liberal biased papers like Macleans is that they are always on the side of good jot matter what and therefore never need to apologize. Remember this first rule; Liberals are good conservatives are bad. BTW that is the only rule they have!!!!!
commented 2015-09-23 19:50:42 -0400
So, this has been up for half a day now, and nothing from our trolls? Maybe they just have no comment, the left is just buggered by this. Hoisted on their own petards.
commented 2015-09-23 17:09:51 -0400
Let’s not leave out Greg Selinger’s attempt to politicise Terry Fox by announcing a holiday in his honour to make up for very poor public support for the Manitoba NDP. This was followed by the CPC’s pledge to match donations in which federal NDP leader Tom Mulcair said the CPC and Harper should apologise for THEIR politicising of the issue.
commented 2015-09-23 15:18:42 -0400
LMFAO!!! More shitstream media inventing stories to attack our beloved PM Harper.

You see, if you hurl enough attacks, people may start to believe them.

For example, Ken MacQueen, you’re an asshole and a pedophile and belong in jail.

See what I mean?
commented 2015-09-23 13:56:15 -0400
When I first heard this story break I thought to myself who cares. As much as I might think that it would be a reasonable expectation that the Fox family would be happy about hearing any pledges being made to their foundation ( I think it would be safe rationalize why would they not want the pledge?) it is still best to allow people to speak for themselves to avoid confusion and to avoid the hyper anti-Harper media who wait on every word misspoken to start a feeding frenzy. I do think perhaps if the Fox family had expressed their disapproval when Paul Martin did it maybe the Conservatives wouldn’t have followed them down that dark and dreadful path.
commented 2015-09-23 13:04:24 -0400
I have never been a fan of the lionization of Terry Fox as an individual, nor of the Terry Fox Foundation.

Probably, I am the only Steve Fonyo fan in Canada. Here is a person who truly represents the average Canadian in his accomplishments and in his failures; also a blue collar man. Consequently, not a poster child for the left elites; only for the average Canadian who truly know adversity and prosperity. I have always pulled for him in his real fight against his demons, which are exasperated by the elitist press, or “old-stock press” as Mr. Levant calls it. Steve’s problem, like his father said, is he did not die.

As far as the Terry Fox Foundation is concerned; how much of that money goes into bureaucracy. This is the problem with cancer funds in general. Think of the hundreds of billions of dollars raised for cancer, a first world disease, since the War on Cancer was declared. Where has it gone? Not to cures: we still use surgery, chemo and radiation to the same effect as before 1972. Whereas heart disease, diabetes, H.I.V. have seen great strides in research. Cancer foundations just seem to be a black hole.
commented 2015-09-23 12:23:17 -0400
I wonder if the Fox family expressed their disgust for this at the time.
commented 2015-09-23 09:52:53 -0400
Here we go again, while not having to fully exonerate Minister Moore for his comments (as I’ve said elsewhere), all you have to do is dig for some background details of the latest reason for the left to start a scream fest against their opponents (like with the drowned Syrian boy) and find evidence like this, that to one degree or another, significantly contradicts the narrative that they want to present to the public.