August 23, 2015

FAIL: CBC "comedy" makes the case for ethical oil -- while trying to mock it

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

I was stuck watching a Canadian "comedy" show called The Best Laid Plans on a recent flight. It was probably the worst single thing I've ever watched.

I was just about to turn it off when the characters started talking about... "ethical oil."

Hey, that's my idea!

The thing is, this program was written by a former Liberal Party speechwriter, and it shows.

Because even when written about in a sarcastic, mocking way, the ethical oil argument still sounds perfectly sensible.

Canada IS morally superior to OPEC.

The oil sands DO create jobs.

So why is the lead character rolling his eyes?

And why do we all have to pay a billion dollars a year to keep the CBC on the air?


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commented 2015-08-27 15:56:35 -0400
Hey Jimmy. Where were you when Jean Chretien told Canadian citizens that if they did not register their guns, they would be sentenced to ten year in prison? Or how about when Chretien told Liberal MP`s that if they did not vote for the gun control act they would be fired? Or how about when the RCMP pepper sprayed protesters he responded by saying that he likes pepper and puts it on his plate? Or how about Chretien giving federal money so his friends could build a canoe museum in his home town? There are many more examples of what a control freak Chretien and the Liberals were. And this Duffy thing is absurd. You would think it was a major crime where people died. It is a trumped up situation in the bullying Kangaroo court of the media, trying to decieve the Canadian public. A tempest in a teapot,

When the Liberals lost badly in the last election, there was talk of them folding as a party. So they got desperate. And desperate people say and do desperate things. So a plan was hatched to smear the PM and the Conservatives at every opportunity. To exaggerate and to fabricate and to make even the most mundane things sound sinister and bad. The NDP joined in because they gained more seats because Quebec finally wanted rid of the separatists and so voted for their former Environment minister, Thomas Mulcair. It was a protest vote and a way to defeat the separatists who have now faded away into the background. The Conservatives had a minority government and so the Liberals and NDP poured on the heat, talking about a coalition and ramping up their attacks, hoping that they could defeat the Conservatives this way. But that fell apart. Finally, the Conservatives won a majority government and we all thought that the Liberals and NDP would finally be silenced and accept the new democratically elected government. But no way, this only made them more determined and so they started to question the election process itself, making ridiculous claims that the election was rigged and there were robo calls trying to send voters to the wrong place. And so began the constant campaigning that we have had to endure over the last ten years from the liberals and NDP and the mainstream media who are there accomplices. PM Harper and the Conservatives have had to deal with something no other party has ever had to, the internet and social media. The opposition and their media friends abused this and like an unruly mob, kept up the yelling and screaming and lies and exaggerations. And this continues to this very day. All the things you are talking about are a part of this smear campaign and are fabrications, exaggerations and misinformation. It is said that if you tell a lie long enough, people will start to believe it. And that has been the strategy of the left and of yourself. I think even you are starting to believe the lies.
PM Harper and the Conservatives have been the best thing that has happened to this country for a very long time. The Liberals have proven that they are inept, and very controlling, even attempting to disarm the Canadian people with their draconian and onerous gun control act. They have stolen money, given money to their friends and more. They should never be allowed form a government again. And the NDP are socialists who have no idea where money comes from and Mulcair will direct all the money to Quebec to rebuild their “nation”.
So you can go and on with all your exaggerations and toxic rhetoric but most of us know that you and your ilk are charlatans who only care about themselves and do not have the interest of all Canadians at heart.
commented 2015-08-26 12:49:59 -0400
Since Ezra won’t cover this:

Harper Has To Go By Senator Patrick Brazeau

Time To Throw Harper Under The Bus

Stick to the lines, repeat the message, don’t expose any weaknesses with the hope of believing that anything Canadians don’t know won’t hurt them. That’s been Harper’s strategy in the first three weeks of this election campaign. As suggested by many people thus far, either the Prime Minister knew about the Wright payment or he was lied to by his entourage.

On August 20, 2015, when asked if he still had the confidence of Ray Novak, he responded, “…there is one person on trial here. It is Mr. Duffy because Mr. Duffy took taxpayers money that I believed right from the onset he should not be taking, and I told him so.” He later states, “and in this case I have held the two people accountable who are responsible: Mr. Duffy, who did not repay his expenses, and Mr. Wright, who allowed him not to repay his expenses.” Wait a second, is it Stephen Harper who investigated and laid charges? I have one piece of advice for the Prime Minister: let a judge decide if any person(s) are responsible or accountable. Canadians are tired of a Prime Minister acting like a judge, jury and executioner. Harper’s record with the Supreme Court speaks for itself. Stay out of the judiciary.

I don’t have a personal agenda here, as I have enough personal issues to deal with but I feel it necessary to share some views on the Stephen Harper I know. Now I know the vast majority of Canadians have very little sympathy for the Senate and perhaps rightfully so, but I’m hopeful and I trust Canadians have strong views on principles of natural justice, the presumption of innocence and democracy – three concepts Harper ignores.

Section 11(d) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees every Canadian citizen the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty according to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal. Fact is, Harper has done the contrary. With his public comments, he wants Canadians to believe we are guilty until proven innocent because he has decided as such. I suspect this is the reason he denied Senators Duffy, Harb, Wallin and myself an independent and impartial process to plead our cases in the Senate in 2013. It’s no great secret that Harper despises the Senate yet uses it for his own political gain. When he throws mud at the Senate, he knows many Canadians will sympathize with him because we’re all a bunch of “crooks” right? I ask you to keep an open mind and let us have our day in a real court of law – not Harper’s court of law. After all, has the Prime Minister been honest? Has the PMO? Has the RCMP been just in their investigation or is this all political?

The principle of natural justice, in its simplest form, can be summarized as fair play, ensuring that people have a right to be heard, decisions made being free of bias and based on evidence. Yes, actions were taken and decisions were made by the Harper Conservatives but did they take into account the principles of natural justice? With all the information and testimony coming out of the Duffy trial thus far and the alleged number of people involved in the Prime Ministers Office and other Conservative Senators in the “Senate scandal”, do you believe decisions were made free of bias and purely on evidence? I will let you decide but in my case, the answer is no.

Harper’s democracy is simple: it’s his way or the highway. As former Senator Segal once said, “Some folks think the best way to deal with these problems is to throw everybody under the bus…well guess what you’re going to run out of buses and you’re going to run out of people.” Ain’t that the truth! I don’t know this to be fact but I’m starting to think Harper must have been a young kid who was made fun of at school and to him, image was and is everything. Who knows, he may have been bullied for the way he looked, dressed or for what he said. If that’s the case, it surely explains how vengeful this man is. Think of people such as Bill Casey, Helena Guergis, Bev Oda, and Nigel Wright. Senators Duffy, Wallin, myself and perhaps others to come. Think of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, Beverly McLachlin. Think of unions, First Nations people, and interest groups. Think of those that we don’t know about. Don’t forget our Veterans. Are all these people wrong and only Harper is right, honest and accountable? Think of the 40+ Conservative MPs who are not seeking re-election under Harper. Think of high profile Cabinet Ministers such as John Baird, Peter MacKay, James Moore and Christian Paradis. They may all have great reasons for not running under the Harper banner but I suspect it is much more than that.

One thing is certain; from what I know, Harper is a control freak. When I was in caucus, very few challenged him. Those who did were shut down, those who had differing opinions were silenced. One can assume this is not inherent to the Conservative party but it is ironic many MP’s are not seeking re-election under Harper. Let me just say that many of those were often not in agreement with Harper. Is it possible Harper promised between 2011-2015 that he would not be running again but decided otherwise? Did Harper’s command and control approach disengage some of his troops? Did PMO’s control and hand in every single decision, caucus, House committees, Senate committee’s piss off some people? I would lean on the yes side.

In fact, I most likely pissed off the Prime Minister long before my personal struggles began. I stood up to Harper in the fall of 2012 and shamed him in front of caucus for not having an Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women. In that same time period, I was successful in having the Senate committee on human rights study the rights of off-reserve Aboriginal people for the first time in Canadian history. The PMO, the office of the Aboriginal Affairs Minister and some of my own colleagues were against this study and gave me a hard time. Why were they against this project? It would have meant claiming jurisdiction of the federal government towards off-reserve Aboriginal people…meaning money and lots of it to correct the wrongs of the past. Once I got kicked out of caucus on February 7, 2013, Marjory Lebreton pulled the study out of the Senate. I was gone, out of their way. That’s how they operate.

When you contradict, shame or make the PM look bad regardless of its significance, watch out because some of his soldiers are coming after you. Is that “PROVEN LEADERSHIP?” No, its “PROVEN DICTATORSHIP” and it scares me and it should scare you. I’m afraid of what Harper and his entourage will do to achieve their ends because I have lived it and they have done everything imaginable to ensure I lose my job even though I have been honest, open and accountable. For heaven’s sake, I haven’t had a fair trial yet. Luckily, that day will come for me. Unfortunately, that day will come for the Harper Conservatives.

I’m not surprised none of Harper’s former soldiers have come out yet and corroborated just how heavy-handed the Prime Minister can be although I bet many would like to. I don’t blame them because if they did, they would likely be sitting beside me with others who were once loyal to Stephen Harper and that came with a great personal and professional cost. Harper got me into trouble in early 2009 following a meeting I had with him on December 16, 2008 and I took the bullets for him. No more.

My parents, like many others taught me when you lie, you eventually end up getting caught. Even though you try to hide it, get friends to tell your version of events and/or hope the lie goes away. Then you round up those friends and supporters with the narrative that everyone else is the problem and everyone is out to get us. That’s what Harper is doing and he’s hoping his base will believe him. Well I for one don’t buy it. There are many great Conservative candidates running in this election and Canadians will have a choice to make come October 19th but my choice is made: I was once a loyal soldier to the Prime Minister and as a former Conservative caucus member, Stephen Harper has got to go for the good of the Conservative party. His time is up and the CPC needs to find a replacement yesterday. I believe Harper’s love for power and control is dangerous and he has ruined the lives of people who were close and loyal to him. I cannot imagine what he does to his enemies.

Many Canadians have made up their minds as to whether Harper knew about the Wright-Duffy payment. Who knows, he may have ordered it, he may just knew about it or perhaps he was totally in the dark. Knowing how he operated, I have trouble believing it was the latter. But unlike Stephen Harper, I will not pronounce my personal views on the matter because I am not a judge, jury or executioner. Harper owes it to all Canadians to come clean and tell the truth. He only has to follow his own words. Let’s get Harper on a witness stand under oath. If not, let’s just get him out of office on October 19th!
commented 2015-08-26 07:40:07 -0400
Been a while since anyone mentioned CBC or oil, eh? ;)
commented 2015-08-26 02:27:31 -0400
I’m not going on about God, I told you I’m non-religious, only that I back the Christians since they developed the best system yet known to man for running a society, and it’s your side that’s trying to tear it down. And you think it’ll end in utopia, but if you read enough of history, you’d know it’ll end in disaster, as was explained to you earlier by another reader. Again I suggest the book; The Road to Serfdom. Your activist judges have already ruled that “truth is not a defense”. That – is the end of democracy right there, as democracy, is “truth-dependent”

Alfred Kinsey is the “darling” of the Lefty. He was the sickest gay pedophile to ever walk the planet. I’d suggest the book; Intellectual Morons for the truth about Kinsey.
Dr Cantor is with CAMH. He was in The Star and on The Agenda, to promote his “long march” towards entrenching pedophiles in the Charter so’s they can be “accepted” and can teach at schools and boys clubs. He sounds just like you Jimmy. He says they were “born that way” and it’s “not their fault”. Yes Jimmy, the slippery slope, just as we’ve already seen with abortion going from max 3 mos now to “post-birth abortions”, and as the Scandinavian countries have shown, euthanasia starts with sick seniors and moves all the way down to kids. Don’t you LEARN Jimmy? Don’t you watch the news on here, or just come here to comment? And it’s actually trans next, then incest, then pedophiles. In Australia, a judge wrote; now that we’re a post-Christian society, incest is ok again.
commented 2015-08-26 02:18:29 -0400
“Why are so many Canadians and Americans morally sick…?”

Because we have reached the point in the downslope of western civilization (as previous empires like Rome etc. also did, before they collapsed) that the ‘progressive’ value system that keeps evolving to ever lower levels of human conduct has been ingested by the majority of the population. The next stage after that is the complete collapse of the civilization. So it has always been, and so it will be, and the population of that stage never realizes it in time to reverse course before it’s too late. They think, in their moral blindness, that they are on the road to Utopia, whereas in fact, they are on the road to oblivion. So it will be in Canada also, Jimmy, and you will most likely live to see the collapse of Canada into total barbarism and savagery, because it’s already begun and it won’t be long until there is no vestige of our once great civilization left. But I hope you will wake up at some point and remember that there is a way out of the coming collapse: faith in the risen Lord Jesus Christ. If you choose to believe in Him and repent of your current anti-God value system, you will be saved.
commented 2015-08-26 01:30:33 -0400

Don’t you think Priests fucking children and the Vatican covering it up to be the ultimate sin? These people represent God. I keep going on about it – because you keep spewing your Christianity and God bullshit.

Of course liberals have been pedophiles, but a Priest or a Pope is especially heinous.

How exactly are liberals pushing to legalize pedophilia. This ought to be great. I love conservatives and their slippery slope – first gay marriage, then pedophiles and after that – you can marry animals.
commented 2015-08-26 01:24:10 -0400
Here is a question for all you conservatives – if you deem me to be a morally sick bastard as Peter said and acknowledge that the majority of Canadians (and Americans for that matter) think as I do – why don’t they see what you see? Why are so many Canadians and Americans morally sick bastards?

You argue your case as if it’s so obvious and yet you are in the extreme minority. Canada is a socialist country, Canadians are socially liberal, the majority of Canadians and American approve of gay marriage – the list goes on and on. A hard core conservative would NEVER win. A hard core liberal would have a great chance of winning.

So where is the disconnect? Why do Canadians and Americans think as I do. Are more and more people leaving religion every year? Why do you think most people are like me and think people like you are batshit crazy?
commented 2015-08-26 01:17:39 -0400
Hey Jimmy – how come you keep going on about priests “fucking children” as if it’s a bad thing, when it’s you lefty’s that are pushing to legalize it? How come you pretend it’s only priests that do that, and nobody from your side? Don’t you know who Dr Cantor is? Don’t you know who Alfred Kinsey was? Haven’t you heard of Wynn’s sex ed indoctrination into their beliefs? That man/boy love is “perfectly natural”??
commented 2015-08-26 01:15:07 -0400

Tyson is just trying to bring people together for a common good. He has extensively talked about how many Creationists are batshit crazy.
commented 2015-08-26 01:01:58 -0400

You do know that there were laws and society before Christianity existed right and stopped being a cult? Murder was bad before Christianity came along. Marriage existed before Christianity, etc. We didn’t need Christianity for us to know the difference between right and wrong.

The point as I made before is that some of the Founding Fathers were in fact atheist and thought Christianity and The Bible were bullshit. These were PROGRESSIVE MEN for the time. That is a fact. And why do you think they implemented a separation of Church and State. If they were such hard core Christians, they would want to ensure that Christianity had a hold on government.
commented 2015-08-26 01:00:53 -0400
btw – I was watching a documentary on TVO last night, about evolution of all the species. Only thing is, the only way they could explain the emergence of certain species, was to have Australia “float over and smash into Africa”. Seriously?!?!?! LOL!! Is THAT what you believe? Hey, if man evolved from apes, how come there’s still apes? And if we still have apes, shouldn’t there be some “half-ways” walking around? I don’t buy into creationism Jimmy, but I don’t buy this evolution nonsense either. I think we don’t know yet, and I for one, can live with not knowing. Can you?
commented 2015-08-26 00:54:13 -0400
So you like Neal Degrasse huh Jimmy? Here’s an excerpt from his website;
Mindful of school board battles and recent court decisions, Science, Evolution, and Creationism shows that science and religion should be viewed as different ways of understanding the world rather than as frameworks that are in conflict with each other and that the evidence for evolution can be fully compatible with religious faith
commented 2015-08-26 00:52:46 -0400
Anyway Jimmy. Been fun. Gotta get up early tomorrow. L8R
commented 2015-08-26 00:50:57 -0400
“Again, gay people are born that way.”

Can you provide a link to the scientific proof of that?
commented 2015-08-26 00:50:47 -0400

Well your God sounds like a hell of a guy – as he watches Priests fuck children and allows all the pain and suffering that goes on for countless people through no fault of their own. I love how you can rationalize it.
commented 2015-08-26 00:49:15 -0400
In any case, the legal code for both nations is built on Christianity, so in that sense both nations are still Christian. I guess it is all in how you define a Christian nation. If you define it as the majority of people, than no. If you define it from the foundation upon which the nation was established, then yes.
commented 2015-08-26 00:47:49 -0400
They were founded on Christian principles Jimmy – Freedom of Speech, Freedom of religion, rule of law, property rights etc. All that good stuff Jimmy – whether you like it or not. What do YOU think they are, Marxist?
commented 2015-08-26 00:47:21 -0400
“Canada and America are not Christian nations.”

But they were founded as Christian nations. Canada and the US are not one now, but they were.
commented 2015-08-26 00:46:30 -0400

Again, gay people are born that way. I don’t expect Darwin to have been able to foresee that then. Maybe if he could come back from the dead – he would update many of his positions based on what has been discovered after his death.
commented 2015-08-26 00:45:08 -0400
Jimmy said, " especially children – deserve their fate because they did bad things? "

Jimmy you do not read, do you? I said, " Bad things happen because bad people do bad things" It does not have to be the victim, how about the bad people that are causing the war which orphans the children to starve, or the bad dictator that keeps all the money for himself and staves the children.

But those hundreds of million of people are the vicims of bad people

Don’t embarrass yourself, Jimmy, I have been through many time all the arguments of the version “Why does God allow …”
commented 2015-08-26 00:39:13 -0400

Canada and America are not Christian nations.
commented 2015-08-26 00:38:20 -0400

So you are saying that the countless starving and diseased people worldwide – especially children – deserve their fate because they did bad things? I am quite sure they didn’t choose to be born in some hell hole when there is no food or water and disease is rampant.

Does that mean that children that are sold into the sex trade and that Priests fuck – deserve their fate because they did bad things?

Please – don’t embarrass yourself. Hundreds of millions of people experience horrible pain and suffering through no fault of their own.
commented 2015-08-26 00:34:37 -0400
Jimmy, my point is that men loving men is against Darwins’ law of evolution, survival of the fittest. Sex according to Darwin is for nature to create more of the species. When two men have sex, it is unnatural as far as Darwin’s theory is concerned. Notice I am leaving out the religious aspect here? Sam with two women having sex. Sex is being used in an unnatural way becaus nature “evolved” sex for the purpose of procreation. Not sure I can make that more simple.

If two men love each other but do not have sex, even the Bible is not against that. If two women love each other but do not have sex, the Bible is not even against that. That type of love is called philia.
commented 2015-08-26 00:31:31 -0400
Actually Jimmy, if you were REALLY progressive, you’d realize the babies’ body is the babies’ body, and the mother is “just the carrier”, and that the father – like in Sweden – should get a say in the decision to abort or not. Leaving men out of it is one of the many items that make this a misandrist society.
commented 2015-08-26 00:25:20 -0400
Countless ppl are suffering world wide Jimmy ‘cause they don’t live in capitalist democracies like the one’s the CHRISTIAN CONSERVATIVES started – and you’re trying your best to tear down.
commented 2015-08-26 00:24:25 -0400
“And if I am sick or old and want to die”

That is you, but how about for those people that do not think like you?

“I also believe that women should be able to choose what happens to their own bodies. "

So do I. You think that abortion + woman’s choice vs. no abortion + suppressing a woman’s choice. The two are not opposite from each other. That is an artificially constructed argument created by the left.

Yes, “potential people”. If they were left to be born, they would be people. Now I know that they are still people in the womb, but you do not, so I was playing to your belief that the fetus is a lump of flesh until the nanosecond it comes from the womb and is miraculously (oh, sorry did not mean to use that religious term) … and by complete sheer happenstance just stumbles across becoming alive at the point of birth … you know,just a pure random chance thing.

“no thanks to your precious God "

ahhhh! Now we come to the core of one of your issues. It is called free choice. If God stopped all bad things from happening we would all be robots. Bad things happen because bad people do bad thing and to blame the bad things that people do on God is child’s cop-out. People are given by God the freedom to choose to do good or to do bad.

“I am very thankful that most Canadians think as I do.”

That does not surprise me at all. Misery loves company.
commented 2015-08-26 00:23:55 -0400

Two men or two women can love each other and want to spend their lives together. Millions of men and women get married and decide not to have children or procreate – is their marriage unnatural? Can’t we just love who we love and be together? Being able to procreate or not isn’t the deciding factor here.

And as I said – gay people are born that way. So obviously that is natural as well.
commented 2015-08-26 00:12:44 -0400
Jimmy, the word natural comes from nature. The word has nothing to do with God. Darwin’s evolution is all about nature. Simple fact that two men or two women cannot procreate.
commented 2015-08-26 00:10:29 -0400

I don’t believe in God, so what’s natural or unnatural is completely irrelevant to me. Gay people are born that way and as Joan indicated – they are animals that show homosexual tendencies as well.

And if I am sick or old and want to die – I fully embrace euthanasia.

I also believe that women should be able to choose what happens to their own bodies. Potential people? We have way too many fucking people on the Earth as it is. And countless people are suffering worldwide – no thanks to your precious God or are you going to give me some bullshit line about how it’s God’s will that African women get raped and starve every single day.

I am very thankful that most Canadians think as I do.