November 19, 2018

Stephen Harper on populism, trade and immigration: A refreshing change from Trudeau (and a few Conservatives, too)

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

Former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has a new book out and he’s on a bit of a book tour, but he isn’t meeting with all the mainstream media, the media party — or as I call them now, the Unifor Media.

So of course they don't approve.

Here’s Don Martin at CTV, complaining:

Strange how a former Canadian prime minister is plugging his Right Here Right Now book almost exclusively in US media. Wrong Country Wrong Market.

Yeah, is that really strange? Or is it strange that Don Martin can give money to campaign against Harper or his successor Andrew Scheer, without a big disclaimer on the screen?

Anyways, Harper sat down with an American conservative named Ben Shapiro, for a full hour. 

TONIGHT I'll show you some excerpts.

Frankly, I was a disappointed in some of Ben Shapiro’s points, but his questions were fair enough, and he let Harper answer them — and well.

For example, on the topic of populism, Harper pointed out that if there are enough people on the political "fringe," you can't really call it a "fringe" anymore.

One of the best points was Harper on trade — especially with China. He was also good on immigration, nationalism, patriotism — topics that Canadian conservative politicians (and, frankly, Ben Shapiro...) are eager to avoid or downplay.

I learned a lot; frankly, my esteem for Harper went up — I think he’s clearly warmed to Donald Trump, not necessarily his personality, but his achievements. It’s tough not to, especially if you're an economic expert like Harper.

I still like Ben Shapiro — but more for this campus battles against political correctness, taking on Marxism and identity politics, than his views on foreign trade, immigration or Trump.

(That said — would you agree with me that Shapiro is a better interviewer, and smarter, than anyone in the Canadian media party?)

I think I might get a copy of Harper’s new book — it sounds better than I thought...

NEXT: Toronto Sun columnist Joe Warmington joins me tonight to talk about a topic that might surprise you:

The new biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, about the classic rock group Queen, led by the flamboyant Freddie Mercury.

You might wonder what that movie has to do with anything political or "conservative," but stay tuned!

FINALLY: Your messages to me!

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commented 2018-11-22 14:40:34 -0500
Peter Babich -
Jesus said dust off your feet and go to the next town. He hated the Pharisees as they were false prophets.
commented 2018-11-21 17:03:41 -0500
Whew. Ok Karen. Just pick and choose what you like out of the bible. Forget about the rest of it. I guess Jesus was wrong again when He warned Beware false prophets.
commented 2018-11-20 23:41:27 -0500
Ron Joseph-
Canada is increasing its immigration one way or another. Its just making illegal immigration legal or accepting crappy vetting from other nations in my belief. Its a non answer by the Conservatives to me.
commented 2018-11-20 23:32:40 -0500
Peter Babich- Its people like you that make me love Freddy Mercury even more and its your damn fault. You try to knock the truth. You try to explain away what was simply a gift from God. Makes me love him uncontrollably & obsessively. No damn demon that you think he summons or what he actually does scares me at all. I’ll just keep his songs in my head and keep going while smiling. The world around me becomes pointless to defend against poltical bad actors that Harper and the Conservatives try to keep at bay because of the beauty in his music. I’m lost in the gifts that God bestows us, like the one Freddy had. Yes, I am a super fan and I’m not apologizing.
commented 2018-11-20 23:18:45 -0500
Peter Babich- I’ll elaborate. There are no false religions, just incomplete ones. You don’t want to talk about Judas, Eve or the countless sins of the richeous in the bible, including King David as it pertains to Freddy Mercury or Harper, fine.
You can understand something is fricking bad and stop it. You can understand something is wrong, immoral or vulgar and defend its opposite to keep society happy and functional. But what you and no human on the planet can do is DAMN a person to hell. They do it themselves and we will never know their fate beyond the grave. I’m sick of this fight. I’m tired of religious nuts trying to control everybody instead of controlling themselves.
commented 2018-11-20 23:10:00 -0500
Sorry Peter Babich,
There is no false religion.
commented 2018-11-20 21:39:17 -0500
Karen. No. We know that Judas was the son of perdition. Obviously you are part of the 40,000 false religions. We can be assured that salvation is a choice but it’s more complicated than you think. Later
commented 2018-11-20 19:05:10 -0500
Interview Stephen Harper on THEREBEL?
Good plan!
commented 2018-11-20 15:07:09 -0500
Peter Babich-
In fact, the only one to walk into hell to pull innocent souls out was Jesus.
Jesus just saves souls and not hearts, minds or bodies until the rapture when Jesus is in unison with God the Father & holy ghost.
I think Freddy Mercury past through purgatory. I think he made it to heaven.
Harper isn’t dead yet. I don’t know if he will pass purgatory and make it to heaven. But as a matter of fact, I can’t say anybody including Hitler is in hell.
commented 2018-11-20 14:31:49 -0500
Keith Barnes-
Hitler-is-dead. He committed suicide and was bombed in Berlin. His followers committed suicide. Including the Goebbels family. The children were poisioned while they slept with cyanide.
At least that’s the popular theory. New evidence suggests Hitler escaped that bunker with Ava Braun, had her murdered and then took a plane to Argentina where he died sometime later.
But it doesn’t change he is dead now. That is the final result of the war.
Besides, do you know what you had to do to become an upper party member and what Hitler did to those followers? Swearing allegiance to the black sun and the mythical third reich.
You paid with your soul just to damn it. Somebody better tell Justin Trudeau not only has he not proven himself even as a follower of islam but he has to prove he’s worthy to the living Hitler himself. An impossibility because he is dead and most likely went senile from being evil closer to his death.
JT had better let it go. The war he wants won’t happen his way. Merkel already took over Europe and now its ruined with the help of Macron. Heartbreaking.
commented 2018-11-20 13:46:20 -0500
Off Topic….Breaking News.
Mark Carney, a Canadian and Governor of the Bank of England has just stated that he agrees with Theresa May,s Brexit deal, giving it his full support.
commented 2018-11-20 12:54:30 -0500
- The media party found a new way to undermine their own credibility. I like a lot of Ben Shapero’s work but he is very much a never-Trumper who seems to have fallen in love with his own press clippings. Great to see Steven Harper again. The current leader of the CPC (Andrew who?) just doesn’t stack up.

- Everything I’ve seen about Bohemian Rhapsody points to it being a great movie.
commented 2018-11-20 12:03:43 -0500
Karen. You have a great hope that all will be saved. I don’t know why I believed Jesus when He said very few will enter heaven. It’s easier for a camel to pass through the eye of the needle than a rich man to enter heaven. I should’ve just listened to you
commented 2018-11-20 10:59:34 -0500
Justin Trudeau…..Canada’s biggest and worst problem, since WW2. He gets down on his knees every night and prays to his Marxist God, Adolph Hitler. The only difference between Trudeau and Hitler is that Trudeau’s Gestapo all wear beards.
Fu, Fu, Fu, Fu, U. Trudeau.
commented 2018-11-20 10:03:51 -0500
PETER GURNEL nobody in Canada wants to talk about the UN migration pact. Scheer won’t say squat, Michelle says no biggie, its not binding (right now) and Justin has informed all msm to zip their gobs. Most Canadians going merrily about their lives don’t have a friggin clue what is going to hit and they have been so anaesthetised by the education system and nanny state governments, that they don’t seem to care.

This parliamentary petition gets read in the House. E petitions are the only ones the government recognise. E 411 which ushered in M103 with 170,000 signatories from guess where, was taken very seriously and is now used to transfer money to be used against Canadians and for ‘other’ groups.
19,182 signatures. Please sign if you haven’t. We should have at LEAST 170,000 names on there.
This UN Migrant pact doesn’t even need to be ‘binding’ to be used against us.
The ENSLAVEMENT PACT – One Godless woman
commented 2018-11-20 10:03:26 -0500
What a shame! A Pro Israel, Pro American, Canadian Prime Minister was just what Canada needed to prosper, and look at what Canadian’s chose instead!
commented 2018-11-20 09:51:23 -0500
JONATHAN BRYANT, with respect to “Here are just a few videos that can easily be found on youtube that prove that the Conservatives do give a damn about our sovereignit’s”, I listened to Rempel and the best she could offer with respect to the UN Global Compact on Migration Is that it is not a legally binding agreement.
commented 2018-11-20 09:25:18 -0500
Great show Ezra.
I have read Harper’s new book and found it to give an excellent account of present and future political analysis. In the excerpts of the interview with Shapiro , Harper expands on his comments in the book and underlines them in expert fashion. It is a book not just for Canada but for the world at large.
commented 2018-11-20 09:07:30 -0500
An interesting discussion by Ezra on a number of subjects that interest me, including that unapologetic Liberal stooge, Don Martin.

I remember Don Martin in the years that Stephen Harper was still Canada’s first ‘Conservative’ PM. Martin loathed Mr. Harper and he made no bones about disguising his feelings about him, bordering on contempt. Martin’s face would literally screw up whenever he mentioned Mr. Harper and the acid literally dripped off any commentary, he made about the former PM. It was painful to watch. Not only because I was an admirer of Mr. Harper, but, as a once aspiring journalist myself, I did my best to respect Don Martin. Generally, I found Martin credible as an interviewer and commenter but on the subject of Mr. Harper it was very difficult to respect Don Martin as professional. Martin quite clearly was in the Liberal tank.

I had previously watched the Harper/Shapiro interview in its entirety, so I was intrigued to hear what Ezra thought of it and of Mr. Harper’s responses. I was pleasantly surprised to see that Ezra, who although no fan of the current Conservative leader, Andrew Scheer, was respectful of Stephen Harper at least in terms of his performance in the interview. It confirmed my analysis of the interview as well. I have a long history of listening to Stephen Harper, going back to the days when he was still heading up the old Canadian Alliance Party, so I was familiar with his workmanlike speaking style. I was therefore pleasantly surprised to see that Mr. Harper has overcome the trauma of losing his PM job to a village idiot and has gained a new, and well earned, confidence in public speaking; as well as being a proponent of his own well thought out grasp of politics and current events. I can highly recommend the Harper/Shapiro interview in its entirety for anyone who has not yet viewed it. See YouTube link below.
commented 2018-11-20 04:50:15 -0500
Yeah Don Martin now go obsess over the US President like your peers. HYPOCRITE!
commented 2018-11-20 03:59:14 -0500
Given Mr. Harper’s comments on borders and migration in his Ben Shapiro interview, wouldn’t it be beneficial to have him make some other more public commentary on the lack of merit on the UN Global Migration pact. Maybe it is time for another Rebel petition with less than two weeks before PM fancy socks signs this turd in Morocco.
commented 2018-11-20 02:39:38 -0500
Glenn Craig… I’m with you in that I have every confidence, from what I’ve seen so far, that discussions within the ranks of the PPC will be more open and less subject to “backroom agendas” than in any political party up to now…. Just my intuition after some 58 years of following Canadian politics….
commented 2018-11-20 01:56:33 -0500
I just finished listening to the Harper interview. It was good to hear why he bailed out the auto industry. He also made a lot of good points on trade, immigration and policy.
commented 2018-11-20 01:55:29 -0500
Canadian Patriot,
Please read the fine print about enhancements. It breaks my heart to go over them.
The Quran is easy reading. Repetitive & simply wrong according to my faith. The fourteen hundred years is not difficult to understand.
commented 2018-11-20 01:33:29 -0500
Karen MacLeod, Liberal Prime Minister Jean Chrétien passed the first Canadian Anti-Terrorism Act known as Bill C-36, in December 2001. Many of the policies included in that LIBERAL government bill expired in March, 2007. Stephen Harper simply renewed built upon and enhanced the policies of the Chrétien government in order to continue to protect Canadian citizens in the 2015 Canadian Anti-Terrorism Act known as Bill C-51.

You’d need to study the past 1400 years of Islamic history and read the Qur’an and the Hadiths for us to have a worthwhile discussion on the topic.,_2015
commented 2018-11-20 00:52:05 -0500
Peter Babich,
I love Freddie Mercury with all my heart. I would part the sea to make sure his name wasn’t sullied. If anybody corrupts him in life or in death, they are in a world of sh*t they can’t even imagine. You don’t mess with Freddie’s fans even if you are The Queen’s guard.
Harper was a strong leader but lacked initiative to free people from the climate change scam yet compells people to say “The parties are at fault” when they unilaterally agree to everything the people are against. Heartless politics.
Mary Walsh kissed the guy and wanted to save “Stazi Steve” and I’m tempted to do the same. He’s Conservative and no leading man of mine will get his butt corrupted or put under duress by the Left if they know what’s good for them. His wife can have him back but I’d march into hell to drag him outta there. Even though I hate the guy.
That’s mah rant. Now you know why I’m difficult. I want the men in my life safe & happy. Even if they’re wrong and married.
commented 2018-11-20 00:47:18 -0500
Robert Hurley Jr. said, "I fear you will outdo us again by re-electing YOUR idiot, busy destroying YOUR economy and national identity. "

Although I also fear your above possibility, I hear your SICK IDIOT HILLARY wants to run again. She almost won last time. If it happens in 2020, you won’t be any better off than us.
commented 2018-11-20 00:27:30 -0500
Peter Babich- notice, not a word is sung? Another reason why Britian is Godless.
Psalm 63
Longing for God
O God, you are my God,
and I long for you.
My whole being desires you;
like a dry, worn-out, and waterless land,
my soul is thirsty for you.
2 Let me see you in the sanctuary;
let me see how mighty and glorious you are.
3 Your constant love is better than life itself,
and so I will praise you.
4 I will give you thanks as long as I live;
I will raise my hands to you in prayer.
5 My soul will feast and be satisfied,
and I will sing glad songs of praise to you.

6 As I lie in bed, I remember you;
all night long I think of you,
7 because you have always been my help.
In the shadow of your wings I sing for joy.
8 I cling to you,
and your hand keeps me safe.

9 Those who are trying to kill me
will go down into the world of the dead.
10 They will be killed in battle,
and their bodies eaten by wolves.
11 Because God gives him victory,
the king will rejoice.
Those who make promises in God’s name will praise him,
but the mouths of liars will be shut.