September 17, 2015

Leaders Debate: Ezra Levant explains why every Canadian should be worried

Rebel Staff

Stephen Harper — whatever else you may think about him — has a mastery of Canada’s economy. It’s not just that he’s an economist by profession. It’s that he has steered Canada through a series of world economic crises since the 2008 Great Recession. Real life experience — what works and what doesn’t. And unlike his thinly-briefed opponents, he knows exactly how much the government has spent on everything from veterans to bridges. 

 Justin Trudeau and Thomas Mulcair couldn’t care less about reality — they have other things on their minds.

Watch: Ezra Levant's reaction to The Globe and Mail's Leader's Debate

Watch: Brian Lilley sets the stage on each leader’s economic policy.



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commented 2015-09-18 15:21:36 -0400
10,000 Jimmy! Yes go away loser.
commented 2015-09-18 15:20:12 -0400
By the way Jimmy I respect others opinions but not trolls like you. 10,000 in hours moron. You can argue all you like about Ezra being a journalist . It is only a tag which means nothing.
commented 2015-09-18 15:18:22 -0400

Well which is it – do you want me to go away or do you want me to post here?

Yes – extreme conservatives who voted in The Rebel poll are indeed losers.
commented 2015-09-18 15:11:20 -0400
Jimmy Da asshole why should we ignore you. You’re the troll here. Gee 10,000 voted in the Rebel poll. I wonder how Brinkman feels about that? Such losers.
commented 2015-09-18 14:24:42 -0400

As usual – you define stupidity.

If I am so boring – do you think your brain is capable of generating enough energy to ignore me.
commented 2015-09-18 14:18:26 -0400
as usual ..little jimmy is the perfect cure for insomnia..
commented 2015-09-18 14:17:16 -0400
reality is a minority is coming…the interesting thing will be .. who the liberals will side with….first of all will they support trudeau?..then will they figure out that they are more aligned with conservatives than ndp? if they side with mulcair the liberals might as well close up shop..
commented 2015-09-18 14:07:15 -0400
I can sum up my feelings about the debate in one word – annoying. Trudeau, the blustering actor, in my opinion was making a show of being the strong, decisive leader type. His constant interruptions and exaggerations made watching the debate, tedious and embarrassing. I wanted to hear what Mr. Harper had to say, but more often than not, his answers were run over by a barrage accusations, which often times left Harper with an incomplete comment.

The tiresome Mr. Trudeau sounded like a broken record with his oft used line “I will grow the economy”. Does he live in a bubble?? As Mr. Harper pointed out many times throughout the debate, we are in a “GLOBAL recession”, seemed to fall on deaf ears. The fact that the other candidates didn’t acknowledge that fact, is very disconcerting. I’m not an expert on world economies, but I do know that China’s economy has stumbled, Greek banks were closing their doors to customers, European countries are bursting at the seams with debt, and the U.S., as well as Canada, have lost many manufacturing jobs to China. And the most overlooked part about the Canadian economy, is how the energy sector was hurt by OPEC nations slashing the price of oil. Nobody saw that sucker punch coming.

One last point. Did anyone notice Trudeau’s attack on Mr. Harper running deficits? And in the same breath, informs us that he’ll be running deficits in the first 3 years as PM. Does he hear himself???? And finally one last point (HA! tricked you, I have 2 last points). Trudeau stated in his interview with Peter Mansbridge (CBC), that many small businesses were nothing but tax shelters (numbered companies, or shell companies) for the rich. WELL……it was recently discovered that Trudeau himself has a few shell companies as was pointed out by Mr. Mulcair, in what I consider a timely and beautifully timed jab. You can’t make this stuff up folks!!!
commented 2015-09-18 14:04:58 -0400

As always – I appreciate your sensible and reasonable response. I respect your opinion.

As for the difference between Canadaland and The Rebel – well Jesse Brown actually breaks major news stories like Ghomesi for example – proving that he doesn’t have any allegiance to the CBC. Ezra just provides his opinion on the work OTHER media sources have already done.

Jesse Brown is a journalist. Ezra Levant by his own admission is a commentator. If you have actually spent any time at Canadaland – you would immediately notice the difference. Jesse Brown regularly calls out The Toronto Star, CTV and other MSM on their bullshit. When does Ezra call out The Toronto Sun or any other conservative news sources on their bullshit?

As for that Globe And Mail article you posted – it has already been debunked as a revenge piece and full of bullshit. You should read the comments section. The readers tear Simon Houpt a new asshole with facts that he conveniently ignored.

I am curious though – did you listen to the Canadaland podcast?

And how do you feel about Harper spending tax money on Facebook likes?

As I said before – we will probably not agree on much, but I appreciate that you are reasonable, sensible and logical. Would you be willing to concede that there are conservatives here that are much more extreme – thus lacking the reasonable, sensible and logical factors that you have?
commented 2015-09-18 13:22:38 -0400
I saw two guys who couldn’t help but interrupt and shout, and a third with poise and actual numbers to back up what he said, without having to shout to do so. I wouldn’t let the first two manage my business leave alone manage my country (though that’s not for me alone to decide of course). A silver spooned débutante, a proud career public sector worker (who with a straight face claims THAT as the most noble calling—sorry you private sector schlubs who actually support the public sector), and somebody who came class having done their homework. I’ll take the one who’s calm in the face of adversity, not the angry one and the one throwing a tantrum. But that’s my choice.
commented 2015-09-18 13:19:24 -0400
People are saying that Harper’s “old stock Canadians” phrase came from the new Conservative campaign manager, Inger Stojberg.
commented 2015-09-18 12:45:18 -0400
Thanks Joan the Munk Debate is a must see for those concerned about our country’s safety.
Erin, I totally agree with you concerning the unions. I am going to quote Tony Chapman from a recent Sun
article, " Unions used to protect the workers, now we need to be protected from the unions." How true is that,
I know one thing, my husband is a retired G.M. worker and he is thoroughly disgusted with Unifor right now
and they do NOT represent his political views and I believe there are many more out there who feel the same…
commented 2015-09-18 12:41:08 -0400
If I recall correctly, the Bank of Canada has a mandate to provide short term interest free loans to Provinces and Municipalities for Infrastructure Projects … isn’t that what Trudeau wanted to set up … only without short term limits?
commented 2015-09-18 12:35:50 -0400
Manufacturing jobs have been leaving Ontario because Trudeau’s adviser, Gerald Butts, convinced the McGuinty Liberals to destroy the Electricity Infrastructure with hyper expensive “Green Energy” that was unreliable to the point they pay the producer not to generate power. Yet Trudeau and Mulcair blame PM Harper for the jobs that left to where they could afford to buy electricity elsewhere, for a policy created in a Socialist Province but adding a few “Green Jobs” like they both boast they would create. SCARY!
commented 2015-09-18 12:23:39 -0400
Everyone Please before you cast your vote view this important message least we become enslaved with Sharia law in Canada and fall pray to the Muslim world .Now it is not the time to remove Prime Minister Stephen Harper from his post as he is the only and i repeat the only leader who can and will keep us safe by standing up to the radicals of Islam such as ISIS and others .
commented 2015-09-18 12:23:24 -0400
Jimmy da Clueless . . .
“Jordan Brennan and Jim Stanford are economists with Unifor” . . . that’s ALL you need to know Jimmy !
They are liars and deceivers . . . .and they make stuff up.
Unifor is the Last Great Hope of private sector unions in Canada today . . . they have merged, merged and merged some more. Who killed the most Union jobs in Canada in the last 25 years Jimmy? Left and far-left Governments . . . NDP in BC and McGuilty/Wynn in Ontario. Today you could add Alberta to that union massacre.
Yet the dopy Union Folks think doing and saying the same things they did in the 70s makes sense? That is insane !
commented 2015-09-18 12:12:26 -0400
I don’t agree with the characterization of “wartime”… in my view the small action we are taking against ISIS is a minimal, humanitarian action. The only true thing that makes this election a “big” foreign policy thing, is what Mulcair will do with the money Harper has set aside for the operations in Syria/Iraq – which puts emphasis more on the Economy than foreign policy. In truth, elections are ALWAYS about economy, as a sitting government can’t do squat without funding or the promise of funding. Foreign policy is important, but I don’t think it’s the prime issue in this campaign.
commented 2015-09-18 10:47:43 -0400
This is the debate to watch on the topic of foreign policy. It will be livestreamed for free on this site:

We are electing a wartime Prime Minister so it is foreign policy, this time, not the economy, that will determine who wins.
commented 2015-09-18 10:42:52 -0400
Of course I favour Harper’s approach to the economy. But I doubt this debate will affect polls much, if at all.

All three leaders scored points. That is an objective view. A realistic assessment. So I don’t think we’ll see any definitive polling until after the Munk debate on 28 September.

Walmsley did a mediocre job of moderating. As Ezra observed, he inappropriately editorialized, and he allowed the leaders to frequently interrupt each other so that too much of the debate became inaudible. I found Walmsley’s moderation amateurish. Even slightly partisan in favour of Mulcair.
commented 2015-09-18 10:19:00 -0400
I always thought that debates had rules. Like no interruptions for example. But what always happens in our leadership debates is you get everyone talking at once and I can’t make out what anyone is saying. As a result I don’t watch the debates anymore, they drive me nuts. I think our debates are disgraceful. If I was the moderator I would stringently enforce the rules. Leaders would be warned once, and if they did it again ,they would be escorted from the stage, and I don’t care they they are our potential leaders. Either enforce the rules or don’t bother with this kind of gong show.
commented 2015-09-18 10:01:49 -0400
Trudeau was either hyperventilating, in a constant state of panic attack, or had overdosed on his wifes hormone replacement therapy pills. He was truly pathetic. Mulcair came across as quite normal, which for him translates into creepy & it seemed whatever question he was asked he wanted to talk about his 15.00/day national indoctrination program. We all know who the only real PM on the stage was.
commented 2015-09-18 10:00:54 -0400
What we saw was two different approaches to the economy:

1) Higher taxes for producing revenue and government investment for creating jobs.
2) Lower taxes to encourage private sector investment, trade, targeted training to fulfill the market needs, and relying on the private sector to produce the jobs.

Clearly the second method is the only way to grow the economy.
commented 2015-09-18 09:54:13 -0400
Robert West said, "Tom Mulcair has some good ideas and some scary ones. He performed well I thought and explained is ideas well. He, however fell into the same trap Bob Rae did. Raising the tax rate does not mean that revenue increases, in fact it can actually decrease it. "

That is something socialists don’t seem to grasp. None of them.

It is because they always ignore some of the variables in the equation. They look at it simply, that the base upon which they are taxing will remain the same, when in fact the tax base will decrease as the tax base seeks alternate jurisdictions from which to base its’ operations and in addition some of that base may have to shut down due to the extra burden that the higher tax require.
commented 2015-09-18 09:51:51 -0400
Jimmy Da Silva has a bad case of union-brain …. He compelled to repeat over and over again what his union told him, without question. He doesn’t understand anything he says, he has not idea how wealth is created (Hint: government doesn’t create it … it extorts it and redistributes it … you friendly corporation creates it … like the one your stupid union drives nuts.) but he hates Harper so that will do.
commented 2015-09-18 09:46:09 -0400
Erin Berney, excellent post.

But don’t expect Jimmy to read it, let alone answer anything but maybe his propaganda talking points, or maybe even some insults, derogatory remarks and possibly swears.

I think you are right on about the unions. They are fighting tooth and nail in the dirtiest way against Harper because of Bill C-377. What’s worse is that the main stream media portrays this bill which forces the unions to open their books as “Contempt for Workers”. How in any possible universe does forcing transparency of the union’s book show contempt for the workers. If anything it shows respect for the workers because now the workers can see where the money from their forced union dues are going.
commented 2015-09-18 09:29:34 -0400
MulCair and Trudeau don’t understand that private industry is the lifeblood of any economy and is what puts a roof over peoples heads and food on the table,not the government.
commented 2015-09-18 09:15:26 -0400
Trudeau seemed to be hyperventilating.
commented 2015-09-18 08:17:35 -0400
The problem with debates is that very few voters are that smart to understand the lies . They vote on appearances and what a party will do for them. These debates don’t affect my vote at all. Last night is the first debate I ever watched because it was on the Rebel.
My impressions of Mulcair and Trudeau haven’t changed at all but more importantly my view of Liberal and NDP is exactly the same as it was. I only vote policy and could care less about candidates. Conservatives most closely represent my views. I have a B Com in Economics.
commented 2015-09-18 08:06:37 -0400
I am shocked at how some perceive reality, Trudeau was the only one that had zero substance to what he was saying. He gave false statements on just about everything, the way he talked he sounded like we were the worst country in the world, and some say he won, wow. The teachers have been working their agenda very well, all schools have been steered towards socialism and it proved correct last night when a first time voting student says Trudeau won the debate. Trudeau was the worst one in my opinion, constantly over talking other leaders and giving false information.
commented 2015-09-18 08:05:29 -0400
Yes, without the village idiot elizabutt may, the debate was much better.

But the biggest fraud is that communist pig mulcair spewing a conservative narrative – if this nazi-pig gets in, you can forget all about these comments – nazi-pig mulcair will tax and spend like the socialist international dirt he belongs to and that he really is.