August 26, 2015

Media Party snobs mock Harper's service clubs tax credit

Rebel Staff

On the campaign trail, PM Harper announced a new tax relief measure for members of service clubs, like the Rotary, Lions and Kiwanis Clubs.

The financial amounts involved are modest, but this tax credit is symbolic:

It recognizes the vital work such volunteer and charity groups do to make Canada a better place.

Judging by the reaction of Canada's Media Party, though, you'd think this was a major policy initiative.

Journalists like Tabitha Southey and Justin Ling rushed to Twitter to make jokes about old white men in silly Shriners hats.

It's a pretty revealing reaction. These media snobs would never be caught dead at a lowbrow Rotary Club meeting at some "cheezy" chain restaurant.

The more I read these tweets, the more I wondered if the likes of Ling and Southey even understand what these clubs do.

They certainly don't seem to share the spirit of selfless volunteerism of the ordinary folks they're making fun of. It's like the whole concept of charity is foreign to them.

It's interesting how all these"open minded" "progressive people tend to be the most "closed minded" of all.

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commented 2015-09-03 01:49:49 -0400
Why do you people spend so much time talking about jimmy??? Jimmy is a waste of time, and judging from his comments, something of a moron. I admit, I have read some of his comments, but that was only because I needed a giggle. Enough about jimmy. Jimmy go find a rock to climb under. It seems your mission is to annoy people, just like your average house fly.
commented 2015-08-29 05:02:06 -0400
I have noticed a pattern among Liberals of demanding dismissal of any conservative at the very first whiff of scandal and then being critical if that was unjust.

If Jimmy gets his wish ….Justin will fill all senate vacancies with Liberal cronies ….the liberal majority in the senate will vote to stop all scrutiny of their spending….just like in the good old days before Harper….and then it’s back to the lifestyle of Faberge egg skeet shooting.
commented 2015-08-27 06:57:10 -0400
The Optimist Club and the Knights of Columbus do great work in out small town. Patrick Brazeau was one of the youngest Senators appointed by Harper and an affirmative action appointment that turned out badly. Ungrateful and misogynist senator.
commented 2015-08-27 02:14:21 -0400
Bill: not totally disagreeing with you. Not totally. But that last point, about the BoC creating needed funds debt free? Isn’t that just printing more money? That’s been tried, and it doesn’t work. I’ve taken a few classes in economics, and that’s one of the biggest mistakes any government has ever made, according to every economics text or professor I’ve heard talk about it.
commented 2015-08-26 23:54:56 -0400
I remember canvassing for the Heart & Stroke Foundation in freezing cold February weather & almost breaking a limb because people had not shovelled their sidewalks. I didn’t do it for fun, I can assure you. The money collected by volunteers everywhere has helped change the lives of many, so to make fun of these caring people is insulting. “Silly old white men..” as they put it………they forget that life is short & one day they will be in that "old man/woman " category & maybe even the recipients of the good work done by these groups.
commented 2015-08-26 22:39:48 -0400
There was a time when gov’t handouts to community service clubs and organizations was not even heard of nor asked for. Many a local ice arena, curling rink, ball diamond etc was financed, built and maintained by area residents and service clubs. There was also a great amount of pride to go along the satisfaction of doing a great job. Every small community from coast to coast had their own little story to go with this growth. It was actions and deeds like this that made Canada great. It was some of us old “grey haired folk” that worked on these projects and don’t take kindly to these young know-it-all media types trying to put us down. Thank you Stephen Harper for recognizing our contributions with this token of appreciation. Now if more young people would join in with one or more of these service groups/clubs and put some effort into their own community improvements there would be less crime and less need to beg to gov’ts for arena cash etc. And hopefully put the idea into these leftist media types and the libs and the dippers that we don’t always need the gov’t to get a job done well.
commented 2015-08-26 18:22:28 -0400
Bill Elder I agree. I find it particularly unseemly they make big media events when they “hand out cheques” for this project or another. What I would really like is a bit of honesty from them. Make it clear to the public the threat of the growing OAP payments and that we need to be a thinner government. This government has been all talk but little action in restoring military funding. They open themselves to legitimate criticism from the NDP and Liberals in the way they have handled finances.
commented 2015-08-26 17:55:51 -0400
Shameful of these no mind “Journalists”, too many of which have somehow convinced what is likely another no mind to give them employment into a position where they can espouse their twisted viewpoint to more no minds who will run with it all the way to the Polling Station. And there’s no end in sight. Just read some of Jimmy’s diatribe.
commented 2015-08-26 17:04:13 -0400
Sigh. I like. Patrick Brazeau. I’ve been rooting for him. But he has some serious personal demons.

Brazeau will have a fair day in court. Or not. Certainly being arrested for being parked while a drunken Indian was unfair. But that was Ottawa Police not the PMO. The PM has no authority to deny Brazeau a fair trial. And he hasn’t. He hasn’t even tried. He suspended Brazeau to try to protect the party’s reputation. Too bad Brazeau feels so personally betrayed by that. I think he would do better to act like Wright has – to recognize it as a bad break but nothing personal, to stay loyal and reap the benefits for staying loyal down the line. Which Wright will, having established a reputation for integrity even at the expense of his own assets, job and short-term reputation.

I think Brazeau should feel more betrayed by those who claim to be his domestic assault victims if Brazeau did not, in fact, assault them. As to the housing expense, well, I expect Brazeau may be exonerated and go on to lead a successful life with a great leadership career. That is, if he gets no more charges for assaulting women. That sort of reputation is a real career-killer.

Is Brazeau a member of a service club?
commented 2015-08-26 16:00:06 -0400
I volunteered for the local food bank for years as well as the local hockey club and I am shocked to even think someone would even make fun of a volunteer organization. Volunteers do tireless work and to mock them in any kind of way is just plain wrong. Volunteer groups in hospitals, long term care, youth groups, school groups, plus many other groups that run on volunteers. They are not just old white men which is an insult in itself, what about ever kid in the school system that has to volunteer so many hours before they can graduate? There are countless woman that I have encountered in hospitals and long term and they do not look like old white men to me. I am shocked that some think that insulting volunteer groups is OK, and it’s even worse to stereo type those volunteers, shameful at all levels.
commented 2015-08-26 15:46:22 -0400
Look into any community organization and one finds it is comprised of Conservatives and “blue” Liberals. No lefties…..too much work. They’re busy protesting for the Government to pay for everything!
commented 2015-08-26 13:56:28 -0400

What are you talking about? Millions of people post full articles and the link beneath every single day on countless websites and forums.

And since Ezra won’t cover this – it has to be posted elsewhere for people to read in full.
commented 2015-08-26 13:17:38 -0400
Jimmy, Jimmy, Jimmy

It is usually the case to post just the link. Not an entire article, it is just polite courtesy, which I know the concept of polite courtesy is way beyond the regressive left. Also, the posting should have something to do with the article it is posted as a comment to, unless you are wanting to overwhelm a comment site; which is my guess. I suppose your next posting will be about the N/P censoring Brazeau, like you tried to claim happened to Atwood.
commented 2015-08-26 13:04:40 -0400
“Harper Has To Go By Senator Patrick Brazeau”.
That’s good enough for me, Harper has my vote.
Thank you Jimmy.
commented 2015-08-26 12:56:26 -0400
Jimmy, I think you just love being called an idiot. Is that categorized as a fetish?
commented 2015-08-26 12:52:41 -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 12:50:29 -0400
Making a mockery of all the kind-hearted Canadians who belong to service clubs and who volunteer from the “heart outward” will backfire on the media and the Liberals and NDP. From where would the money raised for cancer, MS, diabetes, kidney dialysis, etc., etc. come if not from the hard-working members of the numerous service clubs? To denigrate these clubs in this fashion does a terrible injustice to all those men and women who tirelessly work to help Canadians in need! This is what the mainstream media stands for!
commented 2015-08-26 12:39:38 -0400
The reactions are shameful, but not surprising.
Of all the good (and not so good) things I’ve done in my life, one of the best was to spend a few years serving in my small community as an almost full-time volunteer after I was deemed to be no longer useful by my employer. Actually helping people, face to face, in a very tangible and direct way, and on a daily basis, certainly seemed much better than contributing a charitable dollar or two once in a while at a store check-out. I’m not down on charitable organizations, it’s just that the experience led me to hold in contempt those same snotty, champagne-sipping socialist-type dilettantes, with fake bleeding hearts and crocodile tears, encouraging us to vote essentially in favour of communism, while they wring their hands over the plight of people for whom they don’t really give a rodent’s behind.
Well done, Prime Minister Harper.
commented 2015-08-26 11:22:53 -0400
OH! This dramatic loss of federal income tax for giving service clubs a small tax break. What are we to do about this tax loss. OH YA I have an idea lets take the tax credit / deduction off of union dues. that should balance out the loss of the tax. The facts are these " service clubs " do more for the community than any union ever did.
How many of us REBELS belong or had belonged to a service club or other non paid group I have and I still do.

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commented 2015-08-26 11:18:10 -0400
The point about the elites of the regressive left is they do not want such institutions like service clubs because volunteerism shows initiative on the part of the masses to improve the lot of the masses. They do not even like charity: remember the UN food raconteur who slammed Canada for a successful food bank programme. The regressives prefer to have the masses reliant on the handouts of government to better control them. Groups and individuals seeing a need and taking the initiative independent of government to solve the need does not help the regressive cause of large, controlling government.

I would also suggest that the regressive elites denigrate charity and volunteerism because of the religious roots inherent in charity; particularly Judeo-Christian roots, and, to be fair, charity is a pillar of Islam. To acknowledge that religious values are a source of good is beyond the regressive’s intellectual means, particularly when the good is not directed by big government.
commented 2015-08-26 10:20:16 -0400
right on man…
commented 2015-08-26 09:58:37 -0400
My Dad was a small businessman and a life long member of the Lions Club. There was nothing political about the Lions nor their members. They genuinely and willingly worked for and gave back to the community, all on their own time. These service clubs deserve a lot more praise and respect for the efforts. The media snots and narcissist Prog elites should be ashamed of themselves.
commented 2015-08-26 09:46:52 -0400
Ezra, these MSM pigs are not snobs. The Canadian MSM carries water for the communist pigs of Canada which include troodo’s and no-cair’s followers.

The MSM are running scared and are losing paid readership – they are spin for communists of Canada.

Tabitha southey is a divorced communist pig who chased her husband (ex Kids in the Hall Dave Foley) out of Canada with the divorce courts. Rot in h*ll you nazi pig tabitha southey.
commented 2015-08-26 09:32:41 -0400
I think the mocking of old white men should stop. White men face far too much racism and hostility as it is. Our society should turn a little of their acceptance the way of Caucasian men and stop acting like the faults of Caucasian men have caused all the worlds grief. Liberals are the people causing grief, take your anger out on them.
commented 2015-08-26 08:42:36 -0400
I mock it too. After a term as minority government, why has there been no meaningful tax reform? Why are the poor ( below poverty line) still paying income tax? Why is the CPP still not a real pension fund? Where is the flat tax? Why is Harper still running the unsustainable welfare state yet expanding government. Government has grown 34% (along with its cost) in 9 years. Why are we still borrowing from private banks at interest for finance deficit budgets instead of creating the needed funds debt free in the BoC?

Calling this a conservative government should be mocked