August 31, 2015

Oakville Ontario’s Liberal mayor triples down on calling Harper ‘Hitler’

Dean SkoreykoRebel Blogger

After I broke the story about Oakville, Ontario mayor Rob Burton equating Conservative event security to Mussolini’s and Hitler’s murderous Blackshirts and Brownshirts a massive online campaign to have him removed from office ensued with the help of many Conservative supporters and cabinet ministers:

This culminated with #ResignMayorBurton becoming the top Twitter hashtag in Canada:

Yet he refused to apologise:

Discussing the furor over his remarks on Saturday, Burton initially said he would not apologize. 

“This political party is doing something that I don’t think fits the Canadian way. It has been seen before in the world and not in very nice places,” he said. “Jason Kenney should apologize to the Canadian people for this undermining of the rule of law.”

But then it became a national story:

The mayor of Oakville found himself under a barrage of online criticism when he wrote a tweet comparing Stephen Harper’s use of private security with those that protected Hitler and Mussolini. He has apologized for the implication, seen by some critics, that he was comparing Canadian veterans with fascist militias.

Even then Burton wouldn't back down:

“But I’m disappointed that we’ve lost track of the issue of a political party using a private security detail to detain a Canadian citizen without legal authority or cause,” referring to an incident during Harper’s campaign event in Mississauga Thursday, when a former Canadian Armed Forces sniper escorted a man out for trying to line up behind journalists to ask Harper a question.

Burton stood by his criticism of the Harper and the Conservatives, calling the incident “a political step that doesn’t fit with the Canada that … our vets defended.”

“I’m not associating Canada’s veterans with anything,” he said. “This is about what a political party is doing, not who they are using to do it. We’re sliding down a slippery slope here where private police forces are being used to undermine the rule of law in Canada.

“It’s a very disappointing development and it undermines the rule of law in Canada.”

After doing some research, Burton said Hitler and Mussolini were the only leaders he could find that had used private bodyguards.

And on top of that what CTV didn’t print was this from the on-air interview (at approx 3:00 minute mark):

“Dressing the security detail to look like Mounties…”

So besides being fully consumed by Harper Derangement Syndrome, Burton's apology isn't sincere.

He still needs to resign.


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commented 2015-09-02 15:22:00 -0400
This asshat is another brain dead partisan blindly vomiting up party talking points an as such is devoid of ay rational assessment, objective action and public credibility – when a set of party talking points sits where your brain and soul should be, you are of no use to the public.
commented 2015-09-01 14:34:19 -0400
1. I have no problem with veterans protecting those elected to parliament by Canadians.
2. Facism was Mussolini’s term for multiple socialist states that came together to form one state entity.
3. Nazi was originally a Bavarian term for simple minded / fool ( the liberal chest beaters of Germany were too stupid to figure it out ).
commented 2015-08-31 16:05:27 -0400
I think Burton’s emulation of his party leader’s stupid stumbles just reflects the growing frustration in Liberal ranks as they realize the Boy Wonder is going nowhere fast… It’s a form of childish petulance that shouldn’t be on display from somebody who has obviously been around for a few decades, but Hey!, there it is for all to see…
commented 2015-08-31 14:18:52 -0400
Is this old angry white male Liberal generally in favour of former CAF members being unemployed or only Conservative ones. That is, does he feel that, say, the commissionaires that are often used for security should be disbanded because they use former CAF. Maybe Loomis should quit operating for the same reason; and other private security outfits. Resource and heavy industry should definitely stop operating. Chances are pretty good that his favoured party’s security is primarily former CAF. Of course former CAF do many blue collar jobs…can’t have that I guess.

Yep, another angry old white male Liberal discriminating against a defined community.
commented 2015-08-31 13:55:16 -0400
Mayor Burton apparently fails to understand that the veterans who were hired to provide security were free to turn down that job and any other job unlike the militias he insists on comparing them to. He definitely needs to resign.
commented 2015-08-31 13:13:06 -0400
This is what Liberals do, in spite of their claim of being tolerant and willing to be a big tent inclusive to all.