October 16, 2015

Dissecting the BC election race with conservative commentator Alise Mills

Brian LilleyArchive

I interview Vancouver British Columbia based conservative commentator, Alise Mills.

It is often the case that election reporting fails to capture the regional differences in the provinces of Quebec and British Columbia and this time is no different.

Political pundits in central Canada are speaking as if the Liberals are contenders everywhere but B.C. is unique.

We take a more detailed look at what this still fluid mainly 'orange and blue' race might bring for each of the parties. Gregor Robertson is stumping for Trudeau but there just aren't that many "latte sippers" in this province where prosperity is tied to trade, export, energy and natural resources.


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commented 2015-10-17 15:55:32 -0400
Andrew, I agree with your first sentence. I even agree with your second sentence. It’s after that, that you go off the rails. I see examples of opinion pieces being passed off as news all the time in the MSM. That you don’t see it, is because you are so conditioned to it, so acclimatized to it (pun intended), so to speak. I don’t think you would recognize objective reporting if you were plastic-wrapped to it. Not that I’m saying THEREBEL.MEDIA gives us that; on the contrary, they make it explicitly clear that they are coming from a conservative perspective, just like, say, Breitbart.com does in the U.S. What I find so distasteful about the MSM, apart from their disguising their lunatic left views as news all the time, is their sheer dishonesty. I would have infinitely more respect for them if they would just be honest about what they are doing and why. But you see, that just isn’t the lunatic left way. It is to deceive in order to achieve its ends.
commented 2015-10-17 12:16:08 -0400
Kenneth, I don’t think it’s “lunatic left” to not simply blindly echo sycophantic releases from the PMO. There’s a big difference between impartial reporting that you disagree with and opinion pieces being passed off as news. The Rebel and Sun chain are both guilty of the latter, although at least the Rebel seems subtly self-aware of it. and doesn’t pretend to be anything more than a soapbox for rightwingers that are a bit too extreme for mainstream publication The Star does it too, but it’s not the dominant feature of their publication.
commented 2015-10-17 10:47:42 -0400
Alise is absolutely correct, Conservatives must go pedal to the metal right to the end. I will be driving around my neighbourhood offering rides to the polling station to any CPC supporters who might have decided to sit at home this election. If every one of us made sure just one other Conservative supporter gets to the polls then we win, easily. Don’t just sit there and hope things go well, get up and do something to help! Call your local CPC candidate’s office and volunteer for anything they might need. Every little contribution will matter.
commented 2015-10-17 04:16:58 -0400
Andrew Stephenson… I would like to see some proof that “actual head staffers in variousPost publications are openly complaining about censorship and pressure to support the conservatives from the owners/board”… Until you do I would suggest you are, at best “spinning”, but more likely “lying”…
commented 2015-10-17 01:58:56 -0400
Bill, thanks for the Province editorial (also pro-Harper), but I’m referring to The Vancouver Sun’s Oct.16 editorial entitled, “Conservatives best choice to manage the economy”. The last sentence reads, “Overall, we believe a Conservative government is best able to maintain a stable and healthy economy, keep Canada safe from threats domestic and foreign, and deliver the social programs Canadians want and need while exercising fiscal restraint.”
commented 2015-10-17 01:45:57 -0400
Andrew, you sure wouldn’t know it from reading typical lunatic left MSM newspapers across the country. If the Postmedia owners/board are conservative-friendly, they must not have been reading what their lunatic leftist employees have been writing for years: lunatic left AGW-liberal-socialist drivel day in and day out. So the mice have been playing while the cats have been sleeping, but the cats must have woken up just before the federal election. Yes!!!
commented 2015-10-17 00:30:25 -0400
Isn’t the Sun owned by Postmedia, a notoriously conservative friendly org? In fact their actual head staffers in various Post publications are openly complaining about censorship and pressure to support the conservatives from the owners/board.

Kinda shoots down the whole “media party” thing though, doesn’t it? Turns out the left wing conspiracy the Rebel has been caterwauling about this whole time doesn’t actually exist.
commented 2015-10-17 00:21:02 -0400
I had a canvasser (completely unrelated to politics) come to my door yesterday. Once his spiel was done, the talk turned to the upcoming election. He asked how I was voting, and I told him I already had. He rephrased the question to ask how I voted. I smiled at him. I told him that it was a secret ballot — there was no requirement for me to tell anybody how I voted. He expressed confusion about what the media says, and what the ads say and, and, and…

I told him to ignore the leaders. I told him to forget about the ads. I told him to discount the media. I told him to look at each party’s policies, and find out what each party stands for (if anything). Each party has its own website, and broadcasts what their policy(ies) is/are, and what they plan to do. I told him to take all the promises with a few boxcars of salt, but to find out how each party puts itself.

I escaped an NDP province in ’97, so I could advise how NDP treats its population and its people. I lived during the Trudeau Sr /Brian Mulroney era, so I could give testimony as to what those parties have done in the past. I run a business, so I could tell him how our present federal government is trying to do things.

I have issues with how our current government is run. I have issues with each of the other parties (I discount the Greens — they can’t even muster official Party status, so they don’t count).

Today’s party leader can be turfed tomorrow (haven’t we seen this readily with the Liberals?), so who cares about the leadership? Check the partys’ platforms and ideologies. That’s all you need to know. I told him to do his research, and decide from that. Let’s see if he will…

…and no, Kieth Barnes, I don’t trust you.
commented 2015-10-16 20:45:15 -0400
Bill, no need to imagine what the lefties think of that Forbes article.
commented 2015-10-16 19:09:39 -0400
When all the votes are all finally counted, the ‘Wise People’ of Canada will smile and PM Harper will not have to rent a U-Haul Truck. Trust me.
commented 2015-10-16 18:28:26 -0400
The biggest problem to the Conservative getting into office is the main stream media. With the MSM continually day in and day out bashing the Conservatives, how can people not but get impression that the Conservatives are bad. That is all they hear every day.

If only we could have honest journalists, journalists with some moral backbone.
commented 2015-10-16 18:27:54 -0400
Bill, you’re right, Stephen Harper has been the best Prime Minister for B.C. in the country’s history. Even the normally Liberal-supporting Vancouver Sun acknowledged that today, when they published their 2015 election endorsement editorial, ENDORSING STEPHEN HARPER AND THE CONSERVATIVES FOR ANOTHER TERM IN OFFICE.
commented 2015-10-16 17:39:47 -0400
And Harper may have blown it by centering the last days of his campaign on banning pot use.
commented 2015-10-16 17:27:52 -0400
This is a good piece.. well done. In my opinion, a vote for anything other than Conservative in BC is INSANE. Here’s why.
BC has never experiences a catastrophic era like other parts of Canada. No sudden drop in oil prices like AB, no drought / glut like can happen in the prairies, no collapse of manufacturing like ON, no threat of separation or loss of population like QC, no over reliance on fishing and a collapse like Atlantic Canada… BC is resource based but also very diverse. Individual sectors have had hard hits, but nothing province wide.. the closest thing BC has ever had to a catastrophe is a decade of NDP in the 90’s. As a result, a good part of the BC population has become idealistic and looking for the impossible utopia. I think this is why NDP has lost significant ground coast to coast, but not in BC (despite NDP being in third place as of today).
However, when one looks at facts and not ideology, it’s a different story. Harper has signed the TPP and the CKFTA with Korea is already implemented… they both disproportionately favour BC. This election is the first in BC’s history where a BC vote will equal a Quebec vote (because of the 6 new ridings in BC) For the economy and for democracy, Harper has been a saint, especially to BC, but lefties falsely accuse him of doing the exact opposite. Federal participation in the airport to downtown subway, support for the 2010 Olympics, shipbuilding contracts, Port of Vancouver, etc… I am sure that BC has also won its fair share of federal spending over the last decade too.
Traffic is awful in Vancouver, but recently there was a referendum, increase sales tax half a percent or do nothing… BC decided that it is better to do nothing than increase half a percent tax.. the meaning is that BC-ers despise taxes, but then to consider NDP or Liberal???
I could go on and on, but again, BC’ers to vote anything other then Conservative is INSANE.
commented 2015-10-16 16:37:47 -0400
After weeks of running campaign ‘news’ slanted in favor of Potbay, the Vancouver Sun today seems to have at last come to its senses and ran an editorial endorsing Stephen Harper and the Conservatives as the party of choice to keep Canada’s economy humming. I guess they imagined about how life as an unemployed person under JT would be.