March 23, 2015

Media Party spots Harper's new "hidden agenda": "American-style" gun laws

Brian LilleyArchive

Canada's media party is still obsessing over PM Harper's remarks about guns and self-defence.

Were his comments really "dog whistles" and "hidden messages" to the party's base? Or were they just obvious common sense?

Craig Oliver on CTV's Question Period took liberal media paranoia to the extreme, calling the PM's comments "unbelievable."

To their credit, the Canadian Press has started a feature called "The Baloney Meter" and even they admit that Harper's remarks about rural gun ownership are being misinterpreted.

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commented 2015-03-24 10:10:01 -0400
Interpretation! That is the problem when people hear comments (sometimes out of context). Mr. Harper stated, “My wife came from a rural area…” This is past tense, so Mr. Harper was talking about a time in the past. And it was in that past time that people felt more secure to know that they had a weapon to use with which to protect themselves, if need be. What do you think our noble ancestors, those brave pioneers, who settled Canada did to protect themselves against any danger? Perhaps it is time for Canadians to adopt a U.S.A. style “right to bear arms”!
commented 2015-03-24 10:01:25 -0400
“Men, with guns, in our cities, Canadian cities, we are not making this up” – from the last Liberal scare campaign associating guns and Harper. Didn’t work that time and It won’t work now because outside of a few pockets of gated community urban morons no one buys this dissolute media fear mongering.
commented 2015-03-23 21:14:22 -0400
I’ve always thought Craig Oliver was dumber than a sack of Door Knobs. I distinctly remember the “Murphy Brown” incident when US Vice President, Dan Quayle, took exception to an episode where Murphy Brown (Candice Bergen) was considering getting herself pregnant so she could fulfill her maternal instinct. Dan’s concern was that this sent a very negative message about the traditional family, citing absentee and neglectful fathers as one of the primary reasons for high crime rates and child poverty. The talking heads in MSM had a field day with this. And Craig Oliver (I’m paraphrasing; I don’t recall the quote verbatim) said “Of course, that isn’t true! Fathers are not needed!”. Like I said….. Dumber than a sack of Door Knobs! I haven’t paid any attention to anything he’s said since.
commented 2015-03-23 19:57:56 -0400
I wonder how Craig Oliver and the rest of the gaggle of geese on CTV’s Question period would think after some of their loved ones were injured or even killed by an intruder, all before the police showed up and the criminals were long gone. Would they still sing the same song as they are now? How committed are they to their brain-dead rhetoric?
commented 2015-03-23 18:44:24 -0400
A few years ago, I was riding my motorcycle and a woman was frantically trying to stop cars to get some help but none would stop but me. I could see she was in distress so put on my 4 way flashers and got off the bike to see what she needed. She had been attacked by someone with a knife and had been slashed. In the city of Edmonton, 1 or 2 blocks from a community Police Station, it took the Edmonton Police and an Ambulance 40 minutes from when I called 911 to show up, and I told them she was bleeding badly and that I was stopped on the road. By the time the police got there, there was at least a pint of blood beside my bike. That was in the middle of a City, what chance would she have had in a rural area? I am licensed to posses and acquire most guns but only have an old single shot shotgun out at my dad’s place. I have had to use guns for protection against predators on the farm and once had to escort a pedophile off the property at gun point after he tried to assault one of my sisters when I was 12. I have been around guns and learned gun safety as a young child, so have no fear of guns but a significant concern for malevolent people.
commented 2015-03-23 18:30:21 -0400
For years the opposition tried to dethrone Harper selling us the “hidden agenda” platform and yet it has failed to materialize. Ironically they now accuse him of trying win an election promoting fear.
commented 2015-03-23 17:24:47 -0400
The fact is that under Canadian gun storage laws your firearms and ammunition must be locked up separate from each other effectively preventing you from gaining quick access in an emergency. My advice to those liberal anti-gun types is to just toss them your daughters and go hide in the closet.
commented 2015-03-23 17:17:07 -0400
You could live right next door to a police station and it would still take them 10 minutes to get there. I’d never risk my safety or that of my family. I have no regard for those who attack innocent people in their own homes. If it ever happens to me, I’ll deal with it and face the consequences later. No government will ever alter that decision.
commented 2015-03-23 15:03:11 -0400
Thank you to Barb T for her comment- until a physical altercation occurs, police are limited to only what the law allows. A verbal threat might warrant a police query at the least or could result in the aggressor being read the “Riot Act”. A simple verbal threat is taken as what it is and won’t result in anything more. A verbal threat that involves gun waving or intrusion into your property is taken seriously but limited to a reading of the “Riot Act”. The difference between the two is, the first example may or may not eventually lead to reading the aggressor the “Riot Act” or simply “ad nauseum” which does little to provide comfort. In the event the police find it necessary or justifiable to resort to reading the “Riot Act”, the person to whom this action is taken should be very aware, in the event the police are called again, the consequences won’t be to the aggressors liking! The bad news is, in certain cases "more serious police actions is too late for the victim which is a serious flaw in our justice system that I hope the Prime Minister intends to address!
commented 2015-03-23 14:52:19 -0400
I don’t hunt. I don’t target shoot. I don’t have a farm with livestock to protect. I live in a city with excellent policing with good response times. If however I lived in a place, like many Canadians do, that is remote, I’d likely take up hunting, target practice, and buy some livestock, so that I could protect my family in case I had to. In some areas of the country help can be a long time coming. Seems like common sense to me.
commented 2015-03-23 14:50:34 -0400
Police carry guns to protect themselves…not citizens. The police rules of engagement is to surround and contain the crime scene until the shooting stops and the perpetrator gives himself up.

The high death toll at Ecole Politechnique is a prime example of this…..another example was the Greyhound Bus cannibal…police do not put themselves in danger by intervening.

They just contain the evidence and the persons of interest so that the lawyers can perform their over priced performances of kabuki theatre .

People who believe that police act like old west marshals watch too much TV written by people who know that real life would make for a dull show.
commented 2015-03-23 14:48:11 -0400
When the new Pick and Pay cable regs come into force, unpick CBC and CTV newschannels. My guess is it wouldn’t be too long before Oliver decides to suddenly retire and Ditchburn moves back to her parent’s basement.
commented 2015-03-23 14:36:40 -0400
The media party is simply feeding the left with the usual BS. Harper is used to this as are his supporters. It didn’t work then and it won’t work now. Canadians are too smart.
commented 2015-03-23 14:32:57 -0400
No seriously Craig Oliver looks like a blind chicken.
commented 2015-03-23 14:23:44 -0400
“Hidden agenda”? When has Harper EVER had a hidden agenda? Now the MSM is just chasing shadows… Orwell certainly hit the nail on the head. Truth is spoken, facts are presented, and the “Opposition” claims a hidden agenda (or discrimination, or “-phobia”, or hatred). Somewhere I read a sign saying, “Truth: the new hate speech.” The “Opposition” must be REALLY hard up to start digging into nonexistence like this…
commented 2015-03-23 14:07:45 -0400
I would bet everything I own that NONE of these hysterical, looking-for-a-reason fools have EVER been either the victim of a crime or gotten a gun threat from a criminal who was pissed off that they were non-compliant in allowing said criminal to continue to harass and stalk them. Well, I have been, and after going the “Canadian” route and wanting to just move/run away from the creep, my other half got mad and invited the creep over. Needless to say, the possibility of a non-compliant victim was not something he wanted and we did not see him until he showed up in court many months later. My disgust with the court system (not a justice system BTW) was confirmed when he got less than half the requested sentence and would have been out in a few months if not for written intervention from several of his victims. The RCMP and city police are merely crime reporters. They have NO authority to act on any complaint prior to an actual crime. They CANNOT defend you regardless of how far you live from a police station.
commented 2015-03-23 14:06:27 -0400
Craig Oliver makes me I’ll when I listen to him. CTV is just as bad as CBC. This is canned News at best with anti Harper rehetoric . Absolutely sickening.
commented 2015-03-23 13:55:30 -0400
It is evident that Jennifer Ditchburn has never been outside of the Laurentian Triangle, and has no understanding of life in the rest of Canada, or the beliefs of those people. She is a perfect example of why I don’t watch the news broadcasts of the big 3 networks in Canada. CRTC regulated, left wing news media is no longer relevant in the age of mass media and will die of a 1000 cuts, hopefully starting with the CBC.
commented 2015-03-23 13:42:09 -0400
Guns aren’t dangerous, people are. I have owned guns for years and never shot anyone. I don’t even hunt. I just love guns. My Smith & Weston model 39 is a work of art.
I certainly would use it if threatened. There are more animals in the cities than rural areas.
People should be taught how to use guns for their protection. Anyone who thinks we are safer than Americans is kidding themselves.
commented 2015-03-23 12:45:24 -0400
Brian, I really like your nice variety of Ottawa back drops.

To the point, who cares? Arm the right? Hell yeah!

Put that in your bong and let the paranoia strike deep, lefties!

commented 2015-03-23 12:35:30 -0400
Like all Liberals, Craig Oliver is extremely naive. Stephen Harper tells the TRUTH about world and Canadian affairs and has no “hidden agenda” but Justa Turdo reveals a new one every week: Quebecers are “better” than other Canadians; the CPP should be used to fix Quebec’s infrastructure; Canada only works when a Quebecer is PM, islamic terrorists are just poor souls who feel “excluded”, Liberal MPs must be pro-abortion, etc. etc.
commented 2015-03-23 12:28:59 -0400
Maybe it is time for Craig to retire: Jennifer could learn much if she’d go back to school.
commented 2015-03-23 12:28:57 -0400
It will soon be time for the Knights of Columbus to break out the arsenals they have been storing in the basements of Catholic Churches for a universal Papacy takeover………:-)

That was one of the prevalent conspiracy theories of my youth and there were actually lots of pamphlets and books on the subject.

In the older section of the library at Mount Saint Vincent is an extensive collection of books on Freemason conspiracy theory published by various Roman Catholic authorities…..:-)

The problem with presstitutes is they really don’t care about the truth because they have to sell stories and the truth is very dull reading.
commented 2015-03-23 12:25:53 -0400
The number one law that all people will do before any law written by man is wait for it
SELF PRESERVATION” With self preservation I have the RIGHT AND DUTY to protect myself and family no man made law will deter me from that duty. oh oh another un-progressive comment back to the corner.
Enlightened Conservative
P.S. For those who think that civil desobedience or natural disaster can happen DREAM ON
commented 2015-03-23 12:17:56 -0400
If one plays Harper’s comments backwards it says either “Paul is dead” or “Guns are fun”…honest.
commented 2015-03-23 12:16:50 -0400
It’s just desperation. How do you defeat the perfect Prime Minister with no valid opposition? Create issues “ex nihilo”…that’s what. Problem is it works when people don’t appreciate what they’ve got. I wish the Conservatives would go on the offensive more.
commented 2015-03-23 12:12:29 -0400
The main stream media can no longer be trusted to objectively report the news in North America. They have become a propaganda conduit for the socialist left. There audiance has been steadily declining. People are starting to realize they are being conned.