October 17, 2015

The Globe & Mail's "bizarre" endorsement, pot, polls and more blunt election talk with Ray Heard

Brian LilleyRebel Co-Founder
 

Veteran political insider Ray Heard joins me to talk about a wide range of election topics, beginning with the phenomenon of newspaper endorsements.

While journalists may be leftwing, newspaper owners tend to be more conservative -- and this is reflected in their endorsements of the Conservatives during this election.

Heard says that 80% of Canadian reporters are either socialists or "very liberal liberals." He calls the Globe & Mail's endorsement of the Conservatives (but not PM Harper) "the most bizarre endorsement I've ever read." He explains why they ran that endorsement, offering insights into how Canada's elite really thinks -- and talks about how the important Blue Jays game on Monday might impact the election results.

Other subjects include the Ford brothers, Justin's pro-pot stance and whether or not the polls are reliable.

 

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commented 2015-10-19 14:25:35 -0400
Francis,

I think we have proven that liberals and conservatives can get along and can agree on many issues. I think you are very reasonable and even if we don’t agree, I still like reading what you have to say.

I still do think that The Rebel divides people based on how they present things in a very tabloid like way to get attention – the sky is always falling and do think that many extreme conservatives here – really buy into it. I am not referring to you though at all.
commented 2015-10-19 13:51:17 -0400
I agree Andrew. Conservatives support freedom of choice, yet not when it comes to drugs.
commented 2015-10-19 13:07:45 -0400
“THERE’S A LEVEL OF ADMIRATION THAT I ACTUALLY HAVE FOR CHINA, BECAUSE THEIR BASIC DICTATORSHIP IS ALLOWING THEM TO ACTUALLY TURN THEIR ECONOMY AROUND ON A DIME.”

- JUSTIN TRUDEAU, JULY 2014

CANADIANS, READ THAT QUOTE THREE TIMES AND THINK BEFORE YOU VOTE. NO DICTATORSHIP HERE!
commented 2015-10-19 10:42:11 -0400
Jimmy wrote:

“If I was, I don’t think Ezra would have me tell some people to go fuck themselves. :)”

Ahh yes – but does it not add to the sense of outrage in the comments section? It keeps many of the regular posters/lurkers coming back to see what you’ve written and sparks them on an emotional level to engage you – even if it’s simply to say "Jimmy you are a insert expletive here " or some such. It keeps traffic up to each article. Whether you know it or not you are helping to build The Rebel. Hell – I’ve even started to agree with some of the stuff you post. Not sure what to think of that….. :-) I’m waiting for Vlad to start calling ME names….
commented 2015-10-19 10:30:38 -0400
Nathan – I shall use the term again – both are morally repugnant. And for similar reasons. The CBC is funded with my tax money – rejecting the war on drugs or the CBC can land you in jail. Quit paying your taxes and see what happens. The use of force to get what we want from others is always implied if not immediately present when it comes to the government.

However – I’ll agree with Jimmy again though (yikes!) the war on drugs is a disgusting and destructive waste of human life and energy. It has to end. I’m not big on taxes in general (obviously) but would go along to get along in terms of taxing its sale if we could finally see the end to the immediate violence surrounding the issue.

As for alcohol being more destructive – in moderation a glass of red wine here and there has helped (along with other activities) to do good things for my blood pressure. You can have my Pinot Noir when you pry it from my cold dead bloody fingers…. :-)
commented 2015-10-19 09:15:49 -0400
Nathan W – Junior did indeed go on record saying that he admires dictatorships.
commented 2015-10-19 05:15:40 -0400
Francis – taxing you to pay for the CBC costs you a few bucks. Stupid drug laws land people in jail.

Which is worse? A few bucks, or hard time and a criminal record?
commented 2015-10-19 05:11:37 -0400
Canada 2015 election prediction

Based on the latest polls, it’s pretty easy to predict a Liberal plurality (minority) win, with the Conservatives coming in second and the NDP coming in third. The Bloc and Greens will pick up 1 or a handful of seats each. But that’s not what I’m talking about in my prediction.

Nearly every newspaper in the country which has offered explicit endorsements for the Oct. 19 election has endorsed the Conservatives.

My prediction is that a vast number of die-hard Conservative supporters will nevertheless blame “lefty media bias” for their loss.

That’s how out to lunch you guys are.
commented 2015-10-19 05:11:18 -0400
Kenneth – again, that is a complete lie. That is not at all what he said.
commented 2015-10-19 03:45:15 -0400
JUSTIN TRUDEAU SAID IN JULY 2014 THAT HE ADMIRES DICTATORSHIP AS A FORM OF GOVERNMENT.

TAKE HIM AT HIS WORD. HE MEANT WHAT HE SAID. HE BELIEVES DICTATORSHIP IS MORE EFFICIENT.

CANADIANS: VOTE CONSERVATIVE TO ELECT A GOVERNMENT THAT WILL PRESERVE YOUR FREEDOM.
commented 2015-10-19 01:42:45 -0400
Francis,

There is nothing to figure out. I am just a passionate, sarcastic, cynical and opinionated liberal. I am not getting paid by anyone and I am not part of The Rebel staff.

If I was, I don’t think Ezra would have me tell some people to go fuck themselves. :)
commented 2015-10-19 01:38:17 -0400
Francis,

The point is – drugs are currently illegal and if were someone that chooses to partake anyway, you could go to jail for many years, if you are caught with it. There are way too many people in jail for just being at the wrong place at the wrong time – the war on drugs is a pathetic joke and it’s not working.

Even in moderation – alcohol is far worse than pot. It needs to be clarified that something worse is actually legal, but we are still fighting over legalizing pot. It’s ridiculous.

So in this regard, we unfortunately have to rely on the government to change things – thus people are no longer going to jail needlessly for 25 years and like anything else that is purchased – Canada can make a killing in tax revenue. We could balance the budget in no time just with the legalization and taxing of drugs – not to mention prostitution and there should be a huge casino in Toronto – much like Las Vegas.

There is money to be had here to pay for everything.
commented 2015-10-19 00:45:22 -0400
@ Jimmy,

Regarding outrage. I could write paragraphs on it. The stoics like Marcus Aurelius and Epictetus wrote about outrage and more specifically about anger. They were greatly concerned about how we reacted to external events that were beyond our control – not only in the sense of how we felt and reacted internally but also in how we interacted and dealt with those around us in regards to those events.

That isn’t to say that some of the issues dealt with here are not outrageous – many are. I’m just not sure how the constant name calling (which I can and have admittedly engaged in – occasionally with some enjoyment :-) and screaming makes a difference regarding the issues – outrageous or not. The Rebel has huge potential – and I suppose that occasional anger is warranted over some particularly horrid issues but if this publication wants to move beyond a mere tabloid style news format (as entertaining as it can be) then it will need to check itself. Is it a form of entertainment or is truly rebellious? :-0

Sometimes the line is blurry here.

BTW – I think I finally have you figured out!! You are definitely not a paid liberal troll. My new working theory is that you are actually a Rebel employee paid to keep the comments section hopping…. let me know when I start getting warm.
commented 2015-10-19 00:24:00 -0400
About pot.

First – on a personal note I’m square so I don’t partake – besides it smells really bad.

That being said it’s like most other things in moderation. It harms no one when self control is exercised and too much softens the brain and makes you stupid. Then again drinking too much water can kill you too. So I try to avoid that.

Personally – I’m a wine and beer guy but I don’t drink every day and generally in moderation when I do. Never liked the feeling the next day of going too far….

More importantly though – having the state decide what you can and cannot put into your own body (who owns it anyways??) is akin to taxing me to fund the CBC. Both are immoral and for similar reasons. It’s my life – not the gubermints. So leave me ALONE!!! I’m unclear as to why so much of the population has such an issue with minding its own damn business. Baffled…
commented 2015-10-19 00:15:11 -0400
Who cares about the media party ?!?! Vote Conservative OR ELSE expect job-killing national prohibition against pest control products from Liberals and New Democrats ! If successfully elected to power, Trudeau’s Liberal Party will lead to destroyed businesses, killed jobs and hardship for people, and weakened communities ! Under a Liberal government, Trudeau will impose fanatical national prohibition against safe and effective pest control products that are desperately needed by the agriculture, golf, and professional lawn care industries. http://wp.me/p1jq40-8Yn Thomas Mulcair has been held accountable for destroying more lawn care businesses and killing more lawn care jobs than any other person on the planet ! From 2003 to 2006, when Mulcair was Environment Minister in Quebec, he imposed fanatical prohibition which inflicted widespread and extensive job-killing business destruction and business failures leading the owners, employees, and families dependent on professional lawn care businesses to face destruction, terror, despair, and destitution. Since 2006, Mulcair’s prohibition has spread beyond Quebec, leading to even more business destruction and business failures. If successfully elected to power, Mulcair’s New Democratic Party will further impose fanatical national prohibition against safe and effective pest control products. http://wp.me/p1jq40-8Yb The ONLY SANE CHOICE for the agriculture, golf, and professional lawn care industries is TO VOTE FOR THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY OF CANADA ! Canada’s Conservatives will NEVER, EVER, impose any NATIONAL job-killing prohibition against pest control products. Prime Minister Harper is NOT a job-killer, but Trudeau’s Liberal Party and Mulcair’s New Democratic Party BOTH INTEND TO IMPOSE RECKLESS NATIONAL PROHIBITION ― and BOTH WILL INFLICT CATASTROPHIC JOB-KILLING BUSINESS CARNAGE ! We hope Prime Minister Harper and his Conservatives are re-elected with a strong majority. WILLIAM H GATHERCOLE AND NORAH G http://pesticidetruths.com/
commented 2015-10-19 00:14:21 -0400
Hi Richard,

As usual I agree with you. The problem with your suggestion is that organized crime (public and private) would have to find real jobs.
commented 2015-10-18 21:43:03 -0400
Darcey,

Why are you describing a white trash hick from Alberta?
commented 2015-10-18 21:33:47 -0400
I do think all drugs should be deregulated and ignored, not promoted, not taxed. Prostitution as well. The war on drugs is a fucking joke, as are weapons bans.

Get the violent pimps, the traffickers of unwilling individuals… Otherwise, stay the hell out of people’s lives.
commented 2015-10-18 21:33:22 -0400
Andrew,

Peter also views things that he deems to be morally wrong to be a socialist/progressive concepts. So drugs, prostitution, gambling – even though these sorts of thing would be under the umbrella of personal choice and freedom, these things are straight from the devil, thus we cannot allow them to be legal in the name of freedom.
commented 2015-10-18 21:27:48 -0400
Ahhh Jimmy,
Once again an image of you forms in my head
and it goes something like this…
The front door of the Che Sleezy exotic lounge opens and a greasy silhouette enters as the bartender squeals " hey Jimmy gonna have the usual ".
As you make your way to your favorite booth other patrons notice the only thing that smells worse than the stale beer and urine is your aftershave.
You take your seat and relize that you’ve arrived between shows, so you pull out a fresh toothpick and start chewing on it as you turn you smartphone on see what stories are featured on the Rebel.
The toothpick travels back and forth in your mouth as you read the articles and comments and then it happens, that burning chunk of tire rubber you call a brain has a thought.
With a smug sneer you post a comment about legalizing drugs and prostitution thinking it’s clever.
Then proud of yourself for posting stupid comments you lean back in your seat, slick your hair back and let out a loud belch as the dancer steps onto the stage.
That’s how I envision a day in the life of one Jimmy Da Toothpick chewer Silva.
commented 2015-10-18 21:14:51 -0400
More scandals in the Liberal Lair. This is just a precursor of what will be happening if, God help Canada, they should be elected.
commented 2015-10-18 21:04:59 -0400
@peter
“Spoken like a true socialist / progressive. "
Personal freedom and market based incentives are “socialist” now? Do you even know what socialism is?
commented 2015-10-18 21:04:01 -0400
“But in the case of drugs that can harm you, and a society that has free health care, then it does becomeT the government’s job to tell you what plants you can and can’t put in your body”

I’m not a socialist. Unfortunately, believing in personal freedom apparently gets you labelled as such nowadays. I feel very strongly that there should be market based strategies to incentivize or discourage positive and negative behaviour, respectively – but that a lot of “moral” laws should be removed, particularly when there’s no impact beyond yourself and/or nearby consenting adults- and beyond the aforementioned health costs, which are addressed with the penalties.

In fact, I am probably more consistently small c conservative than a lot of the posters around here. If I want to put a wind turbine in my yard, do you support property rights, or government meddling? What’s your opinion of privatization of electrical utilities such as Hydro One in Ontario? If you’re a real conservative, you are upset that the government is retaining a controlling share rather than fully privatizing and deregulating. I fall into this category. But, I’m interested in buying into the shares if/when it does IPO since removing the government interference makes it a more profitable/valuable endeavour.
commented 2015-10-18 20:47:39 -0400
Polls are not accurate, anything can happen.
commented 2015-10-18 20:29:06 -0400
Peter,

Sorry, I thought we lived in a free country. Alcohol is legal – why not pot, which is unbelievably worse?

You know who has died from pot use alone? No one.
commented 2015-10-18 19:56:45 -0400
Jimmy said, “To be honest – I do think all drugs should be legalized and taxed. Prostitution as well. The war on drugs is a fucking joke.”

Spoken like a true socialist / progressive.
commented 2015-10-18 19:22:28 -0400
Andrew,

To be honest – I do think all drugs should be legalized and taxed. Prostitution as well. The war on drugs is a fucking joke.
commented 2015-10-18 18:26:05 -0400
“It’s not the government’s job to tell you what plants you can and can’t put in your body.”

“So, Andrew, where did you get the idea that it is not the government’s job to tell you what plants you can or can’t put in your body? Is this idea part of the Magna Carta, or the Canadian Constitution, or the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, or is it just something you wish were true.”

Not the government’s job? Then why is it that the government has banned flavored tobacco, now they are about to ban menthol tobacco (ON, NS). Tobacco is a plant is it not? What about peanuts that were banned from schools?
commented 2015-10-18 18:02:40 -0400
“It’s not the government’s job to tell you what plants you can and can’t put in your body.”

Odd reaction from a leftie / socialist. Socialists love the government controlling every aspect of their lives.

But in the case of drugs that can harm you, and a society that has free health care, then it does become the government’s job to tell you what plants you can and can’t put in your body.

In any case, a government that does not care enough about the health and well being of its’ citizens does not deserve to be a government.

So, Andrew, where did you get the idea that it is not the government’s job to tell you what plants you can or can’t put in your body? Is this idea part of the Magna Carta, or the Canadian Constitution, or the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, or is it just something you wish were true.
commented 2015-10-18 17:44:01 -0400
‘Not that I don’t agree with you about pot, but heroine and cocaine are as well. "
It’s not the government’s job to tell you what plants you can and can’t put in your body.