August 19, 2015

Poll: Canadians' confidence in media, courts, politicians is low -- here's why

Rebel Staff
 

A new Angus Reid poll asked how much confidence Canadians had in various institutions.

No surprise: Confidence in the Senate was low, but other politicians didn't fair much better.

Confidence in the Supreme Court topped the poll at 61%.

But that's still low, probably because unelected judges are seen as soft on crime and and guilty of legislating from the bench.

As for the media, they scored an unimpressive 31%. Canadians sense that the Media Party is actually campaigning for their pet causes -- like terrorist Omar Khadr -- while pretending to be neutral.



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commented 2015-08-23 10:03:46 -0400
The Supreme Court of Canada made the decision that the so called Charter of Rights covered all people who are present in Canada regardless of citizenship or other factors. A day tourist from the United States, or an armed terrorist who is illegally in the country on a mission to kill us, is protected by the Charter of Rights. However, a native born law-abiding Canadian citizen who is merely accused of making somebody feel bad by the kangaroo courts called Human Rights Commissions often staffed by foreigners are not protected by the so-called Charter of Rights. Is it any wonder that Canadians are fed up with the Supremes? A the very least we should reduce the funding for the SCOC.
commented 2015-08-22 20:32:23 -0400
Jimmy. Never mind; I found it. For anyone else interested, here is Robson’s National Post rant against the Harper Conservatives: http://news.nationalpost.com/full-comment/john-robson-i-cant-vote-for-the-harper-conservatives-i-just-cant

Sigh. I do love Robson’s writing but as he recognizes, I am more a realist than he is. I too have criticized Conservatives and like Robson, will not vote for a party that becomes so corrupt that it violates not only the principles others associate with and expect of it but also the principles of freedom, human rights, democracy and the rule of law.

I agree with Robson that far too many Conservatives are corrupt. That is why Conservatives are down in the polls. But I disagree that Harper himself has been corrupted, in the sense the Criminal Code defines corruption.

I understand Robson feels Harper and the Conservative Party betrayed Conservative values on abortion and traditional marriage. But when he says that, Robson stands on a different definition of Conservativism than the Conservative Party. The Conservative Party, just as Lisa MacLeod recently so eloquently confirmed in the Ottawa Sun, supports equality under the law for all – including the right to marry – and the Party not only supports but also champions women’s health. Abortion is regrettable but the Party is more realist than Robson’s fundamentalist aversion to it. The Party recognizes suffering and that life is more meaningful and mysterious than we usually admit. We don’t have all the answers; we have close to none, in fact, so we are forced to choose the least cruel of cruel options out of compassion for the suffering. Who would insist a starving woman carry to term a baby fated to be born into conditions of drought and famine? God is surely more merciful than that.

Is Robson right that Harper’s tax breaks amount to envelopes of cash? Figuratively, perhaps, but hardly literally. Sure, I am cynical enough to understand there is an element of low-information-voter manipulation in his policy promises but I don’t call that corruption. I call it politics.

I admire PM Harper primarily for his global leadership, especially his courage in standing up for human rights in the world – against the persecution of gays, against abuses in North Korea, in much of the Muslim world, and elsewhere – his unpopular and courageous stance in support of Israel at the UN despite that his principled stand against growing anti-semitism at the OIC-dominated UN cost us our seat on the security council, and his work on behalf of women’s health in the third world.

I disagree with mandatory minimum sentences. I am skeptical about Bill C-51 and the new Tory-proposed anti-terrorism policy restrictions on travel. Just like Robson disagrees with other Tory policies. But I disagree with Robson that no voter should vote Tory.

If your local Tory candidate can be trusted to work hard to represent the constituents in your riding and to steadfastly defend democracy, human rights, freedom and the rule of law, by all means vote Tory. I expect PM Harper’s constituents have sufficient confidence in his sincerity in defending fundamental Canadian values, in promoting our economic interests at home and abroad and in protecting us all, regardless of partisan interests, from foreign and domestic enemies. As do I.

I agree with Robson that neither Mulcair nor Trudeau can be trusted to do as good a job as Harper. Sometimes we must vote not for the best but for the least pernicious political option.
commented 2015-08-22 19:43:16 -0400
Charleton G. – Come on, Chas, that is not how we treat fellow voters. Remember lots of folks like Jimmy are swing voters. We don’t reject and heckle them, we woo them with our Conservative charms. Remember, you can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. Debate Jimmy’s ideas but with sound Conservative ones but don’t be above admitting it when he makes a valid point. Real Conservatives are confident enough to admit our foibles without abandoning our ideals.
commented 2015-08-22 19:38:56 -0400
Jimmy – Are you really Luke Rudden? Gee, that explains everything. :-)

I am not familiar with the Robson piece you refer to. Can you post a link?

In the meantime, I’ve posted this elsewhere because I think it is important for everyone (all that can manage) to recognize that mainstream and very popular and influential Conservative Party member Lisa MacLeod agrees with me about what it means to be Conservative. http://www.ottawasun.com/2015/08/22/as-a-tory-i-believe-in-equality-under-the-law-macleod
commented 2015-08-22 09:46:54 -0400
Jimmy Da Moron exactly you don’t know the difference between bashing and political debate. Thanks again for revealing what a ass you are.
commented 2015-08-21 23:20:17 -0400
Charleton,

What’s wrong with Rudden? Isn’t the whole point of providing an opposing view – do you know what political debate is with liberals vs. conservatives?
commented 2015-08-21 22:40:34 -0400
Jimmy Da Morons you lie about being here to exchange views. Thanks for admitting you are Luke Rudden who came here to attack Ezra personally. That’s called hanging yourself with your own rope moron.
You are just like Rudden!
commented 2015-08-21 21:59:56 -0400
Charlton,

How did I lie exactly? I am someone with an opposing liberal view just like Terry Rudden. I never claimed to be or pretended to be a conservative. The conservatives bash the liberals and the liberals bash the conservative – it’s all good.
commented 2015-08-21 21:00:58 -0400
Jimmy Da Moron not a chance liar. You’re here bashing Ezra and the Rebel. Funny how frail your memory is. You’re a creep who came here to bash not to exchange views.
commented 2015-08-21 20:46:13 -0400
Charleton,

Even though we disagree politically – can’t we still get along?
commented 2015-08-21 19:54:55 -0400
Jimmy Da Moron sure you can get along and troll somewhere else like a good little lefty troll..
commented 2015-08-21 19:35:57 -0400
Charlton,

He is the sweetest dog – he wouldn’t bite anyone. Can we all just get along?
commented 2015-08-21 18:25:08 -0400
Jimmy Da Moron I always have a great day. Do you see any caps in my posts idiot? Keep that dog on a leash before he bites someone.
commented 2015-08-21 17:02:08 -0400
Charlton,

Yes, I can tell that you are very relaxed with your intense exclamation point. Why would I be trolling YouTube? No, actually my dog is wanting to go outside, so I should be taking him for a walk and I will be doing that now. Have a great weekend!
commented 2015-08-21 16:03:36 -0400
Jimmy Da Moron I’m very relaxed idiot! Shouldn’t you be trolling YT?
commented 2015-08-21 15:38:24 -0400
Charlton,

You need to relax. It’s Friday!
commented 2015-08-21 15:28:26 -0400
Jimmy Da Moron I know who Robson is. I’m not a hardcore Conservative you idiot. I love Harper who isn’t hardcore either.
commented 2015-08-21 15:15:36 -0400
Charleton,

Why are you attacking me for comments another conservative made? And it isn’t just about Harper not being conservative enough – but that he is also is vindictive, lies and is corrupt. Again, a HARD CORE conservative is saying this – not a liberal. Robson is also part of The Rebel.
commented 2015-08-21 13:50:40 -0400
Gee Jimmy Da Moron I disagree with Robson totally. Yes Harper isn’t an orthodox conservative but most Conservatives aren’t dummy!
Robson is an academic fool to say the consequences don’t matter! Alberta as Ontario found out will suffer the consequences for voting against something not for good policies.
commented 2015-08-21 11:17:02 -0400
Joan,

So you disagree with John Robson’s view that Harper has been corrupted by power?
commented 2015-08-21 10:13:21 -0400
Joan – I agree with your comparison to Christ. Harper has been vilified, since he came into federal politics, and betrayed by those who want to see him fail. I am proud to have him as the best PM this country has ever seen. And I pray that he, and we, are blessed with another majority conservative government.
commented 2015-08-20 20:30:51 -0400
  • But I agree with some others that, while not perfect, PM Harper has led with singular integrity. A rarity, that is. He has led with courage and spine, even though unpopular with powerful opponents of democracy, like the UN OIC member states, the fight agsinst anti-semitism, the fight for global human rights, including in China and on behalf of persecuted homosexuals, and the agenda for global women’s health. A great man, our Stephen Harper.


Like Christ, he has been betrayed by some of those close to him.
commented 2015-08-20 20:25:25 -0400
I lack confidence in all the listed individuals and institutions not because of their politics but because of their rot, their corruption.

I just finished reading the Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson about North Korea. The hero, Commander Ga, says that in North Korea, it is not a person’s character that matters but their story, the story the state tells about them. While not as extreme as North Korea … at least, not yet … Canada has also abandoned the truth, truth-telling, and the expectation our institutions and authorities act according to law regardless of partisan interests.

We can’t trust our agents of authority because they have no integrity, because bureaucracy makes it a condition of employment that they defraud Canadians, lie to us, make biased decisions, violate the law, and do whatever it takes to profit. Corrupt through and through, the whole system.
commented 2015-08-20 18:55:59 -0400
Richard B I’m sure there are theorists here. Fortunately the facts are available toanyone who cares. When Bin Laden was killed there was lots of factual evident.
19 Arabs carried out 9/11 mostly Saudis. Each one was tracked from the very beginning. The FBI did a great job proving who carried it out and who was behind it. All have. Gone to meet Allah.
You are a joke just like Da Silva and Rudden.
commented 2015-08-20 16:29:04 -0400
RICHARD VANDERLUBBE – 9/11 was carried out by Al-Qaeda with the government’s prior knowledge. Goodness me the Rebel Media does have few conspiracy theorists in this forum – Edmonton 9/11 Truth Blog http://acfreenews.blogspot.ca/
commented 2015-08-20 14:43:58 -0400
This is hardly surprising! And this lack of confidence just did not manifest itself in the last few years! It takes decades to change a nation’s psyche!
commented 2015-08-20 14:36:56 -0400
The “Grope and Flail” was perhaps “centrist” decades past. In the current, it is definitely on the left side of the pendulum.
commented 2015-08-20 14:24:24 -0400
Our authorities and institutions are thoroughly infected by the left thanks to decades of Liberal rule.
commented 2015-08-20 13:40:07 -0400
Peter,

We are having this exact conversation in the Gavin thread. YOU are one of those people by claiming that it’s “all lies” when it comes to anything negative about Stephen Harper in the media.
commented 2015-08-20 13:37:32 -0400
Jimmy Da Moron I’m one of those who didn’t find any significant fault with Harper.