December 07, 2017

Liberals, Conservatives run star candidates in Surrey, BC byelection

Christopher WilsonRebel Commentator

Is Justin Trudeau's celebrity status fading at the midpoint of his first term? Four by-elections are coming next week, one in a bellwether BC riding that should be an indicator of whether the Scheer Conservatives will be ready to challenge the Liberals.

By-elections will be held on December 11 in Bonavista–Burin–Trinity in Newfoundland, Scarborough–Agincourt, in Ontario, Battlefords–Lloydminster in Saskatchewan, and South Surrey–White Rock in BC.

The first three are either Liberal or Conservative strongholds that no one expects will change hands, but both parties consider the South Surrey-White Rock seat up for grabs.

The final results will be used as a sign of how the Liberals are doing half way through their term.

The 2015 results gave a rare win to the Conservatives in a major urban area thanks to the popularity of former Surrey Mayor Diane Watts who narrowly won the seat in a year that saw Trudeaumania sweep across the Lower Mainland.

Watts resigned her seat to pursue the BC Liberal leadership this summer and now we've seen both parties nominate star candidates for this byelection.

Watch as I introduce you to the star candidates running for each party and discuss their prospects.

It was Trudeau's celebrity status, and the major cover provided by the Media Party, that won him the election in 2015, not his policies, but has that campaign strategy changed?

The Liberal candidate in the by-election spoke excitedly about a high-energy campaign event held in November, with Trudeau hugging babies and high-fiving kids.

By contrast, are Scheer and the conservatives too boring for voters in this day and age?

Should they lose this riding to the Liberals even in the midst of a number of scandals, it will be a big wake up call, and an indicator the Conservatives need a new approach for 2019.

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commented 2017-12-09 12:17:18 -0500
David John Peirce—The NDP voted with the Liberals; why don’t they just join the Liberal Party?
commented 2017-12-08 03:43:35 -0500 · Flag
check out the vote and see who voted against it.
http://www.ourcommons.ca/Parliamentarians/en/votes/42/1/413/
That the House:
(a) condemn the horrific acts committed by ISIS;
(b) acknowledge that individuals who joined ISIS fighters are complicit in these horrific acts and pose a danger to Canadians;
© call on the government to bring to justice and prosecute any ISIS fighter returning to Canada; and
(d) insist that the government make the security and protection of Canadians its priority, rather than the reintegration of ISIS fighters, or the unnecessary financial payout to a convicted terrorist, like Omar Khadr
Summary
Yea 79
Nay 209
Total 288
commented 2017-12-08 02:52:45 -0500
Beg to differ Derek Williams… Harper should rather have stopped being “Mr. Nice Guy” and cited chapter and verse and named inept individuals in the Liberal ranks as well as policies… In the face of “Liberal hordes”, appealing to their “intellect” doesn’t work… Never has… If a voting block in Canada is swayed by a pickle nose, daddy’s name, nice hair, and promises of endless streams of marijuana, then you have nothing to gain by “nice”… In Canadian politics, unfortunately, it has come to “kicking the other guy in the nuts”… Learn that lesson, or begone…
commented 2017-12-07 23:56:31 -0500
Little Potato Chip and Money Bags Morneau are under investigation, what a crock of shit. Neither investigation will amount to anything, they will walk free on all accounts and then throw it in the face of the opposition when on the house floor. They’ll be gloating for a good while on that issue and will no doubt refer back to the Harper government and the Duffy affair, just to twist the knife a little. Then they’ll be looking for their Sainthood appointment.
commented 2017-12-07 22:09:46 -0500
Andrew and we do not pander to a far left fringe. You seem to misunderstand the terms fringe and far.
commented 2017-12-07 17:32:59 -0500 · Flag
Got to agree with Billy Howard on his comment below regarding Harper overstaying his welcome. Ten years in power is more than enough… you get stale… people want a change no matter what.
When Canadians look to the US and see that a president can only have 2 terms or eight years in office, we get antsy for change as well.

Those signs found all over the place stating “Stop Harper” was the start of it especially when that bitch in parliament held up her clipboard with Stop Harper written on it.

Harper’s goal should have been to keep the Liberals and especially Numb Nuts from being PM. He should have stepped down and given someone new the leader role which would have made the Stop Harper signs meaningless. But he didn’t and look at what we are stuck with.
commented 2017-12-07 16:09:54 -0500
Andrew Stevenson—Why is Governing Financially, within your Countries means, a Far Right Fringe (question mark). My keyboard will not give me a question mark. Whenever Windows 10 does major updates, they screw it up.
commented 2017-12-07 15:10:08 -0500
I already Voted This is my area !! Really looking forward to he results Didn’t vote Liberal That’s for Dam Sure
commented 2017-12-07 15:00:27 -0500 · Flag
“ron joseph commented 3 hours ago
Christopher Wilson says, the Conservatives may need a new approach to the 2019 elections if they lose the BC Bi-election.
That is code for saying the Cons will need a new Leader. We can not wait much longer. "

And if he wins, it will be a confirmation that the lefties have been saying all along, that the path to victory doesn’t involve pandering to a far-right fringe?
commented 2017-12-07 14:36:44 -0500 · Flag
Let’s not count our chickens before they hatch. Polls continually show that Trudeau’s liberals will easily win if an election were called now. Liberalism, socialism and political correctness is becoming a new way of life here. Just look at Britain. That is what we are going to be like.
commented 2017-12-07 12:44:35 -0500
Christopher, you failed to mention Hogg’s reputation in the riding is not as squeaky clean as is portrayed. His failure to address constituents concerns is proven.

I just hope if CPC wins this riding, Scheer
1. sees it as a conscious effort by voters to spank Trudeau and the Libranos for all the reasons you mentioned
2. won’t see it as support for his “Liberal Lite” policies. (At the all-candidates debate, Findlay, or anyone for that matter, barely mentioned Scheer’s name, which is quite telling).
3. believes it’s voter awareness that he seems to be slowly moving away from the Lib/NDP leftist ideology.
4. Sees it as support for “Harper conservatism” (Findlay was a Harper minister)
5. All of the above

And if CPC loses the riding, Scheer
1. sees it as a slap in “his” face and a repudiation of his leftist leanings
2. seriously considers a new leadership convention, for the sake of Canada. That was Harper’s biggest mistake; his arrogance prevented him from stepping aside for new blood when the writing was on the wall.
3. Does NOT see the loss based on him being too centrist (causing him to go even further left)

Scheer has been showing signs of moving away from the globalist left, but at a turtle’s pace. Many western countries are moving to the right, and if the CPC doesn’t do the same, they will not get the votes in 2019 and Trudeau will win again, IMO.

Scheer’s choice for 2019: Go “all-in” anti-globalist, pro-Canada, anti-Paris Accord, pro-POTUS (at least a little) OR fight as a globalist/centre left party verses Trudeau socialism and Singh communism. I hope he picks the former rather than the latter.
commented 2017-12-07 12:28:34 -0500
Ron, you said it. We can’t wait much longer. They need to step it up in a very big way or change it up. The time is now.
commented 2017-12-07 12:21:33 -0500
WILSON, looking forward to your coverage next week
commented 2017-12-07 12:19:44 -0500
Christopher Wilson says, the Conservatives may need a new approach to the 2019 elections if they lose the BC Bi-election.
That is code for saying the Cons will need a new Leader. We can not wait much longer.