September 28, 2015

Ezra's top 10 observations from tonight's leaders debate

Rebel Staff
September 28, 2015

Ezra's top 10 observations from tonight's leaders debate

Did you watch the foreign policy debate hosted by the Munk Centre tonight? It was pretty good — all three party leaders were on their game. 

Oddly, the CBC refused to broadcast the debate — strange, given their public mandate, and the $1 billion in taxpayer funds they get each year.

Ezra watched the debate, and made a list of ten moments that caught his attention — from Thomas Mulcair’s witty barbs against Justin Trudeau; to Trudeau’s love-letter to his father; to Stephen Harper playing the grown-up on everything from the environment to Canada-U.S. relations.

 

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commented 2015-09-29 13:52:05 -0400
Jimmy, get your head out of your butt, all the debates so far have been available to any media outlet for FREE! The mainstream media refuses to air any of them because then the electorate would be informed of actual information without their biased spin. Also, they would lose advertising revenue because there are no commercials. Munk did an amazing job keeping all the leaders in check by enforcing the rules of proper debate tactics(except for your boy-toy Justin who shouldn’t be allowed at the adult table)
commented 2015-09-29 13:27:22 -0400
Guy,

Those behind the Munk Debates – clearly stated: that they were offering a live stream for the bilingual event, with translation. Tonight’s debate will also be live streamed on Facebook and carried on CPAC (the Cable Public Affairs Channel) and CHCH.

CPAC and CHCH got the broadcast rights, which is why CTV, Global or CITY didn’t air this debate. Do you understand how broadcast rights work?

The consortium arrangement under which leadership debates have been produced in previous federal elections was intended to ensure the largest possible audience for these important events. But the plan foundered this time around when the Conservatives said they wouldn’t participate, preferring to support a handful of alternative proposals that do not include participation by the public broadcaster. A subsequent consortium initiative to go ahead without the Prime Minister imploded when NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair said he won’t participate in debates that do not include Harper. That left the CBC a debate-free zone.
commented 2015-09-29 13:14:43 -0400
Yeah sure Jimmy, show us the proof!
commented 2015-09-29 13:14:09 -0400
What I saw was a Drama actor acting the part of a debater and a potential dictator with psychotic eyes who along with his Socialist counterpart would bring Canada down by flooding Canada with Socialist voters who would turn Canada into a Communist or Marxist State – so help me God!
Trudeau is like a young child rudely interupting any statements that carry the truth in order to get to have some attention at the table with the grown-ups!
I am very concerned Canada is going to go down should either Trudeau or Mulcair get in – they will sell out the Traditional Canadian voters for the pre-trained extreme Left wing refugees’ both Trudeau and Mucair want to bring in in an unvetted hurried gaggle of Refugees to guarantee they win all elections for the future!
I certainly hope Canadians’ are quick to recognize these two would sell Camada down the river for the gain of their own power! Trudeau even exploited his fathers’ death in this debate to gain the sympathy vote!
That is what I spotted!
commented 2015-09-29 13:12:59 -0400
DALE WARREN – I think humanity is the failure around the world Dale – call it Socialism, Imperialism, Communism, Capitalism – They are all failures – To fix this I think we need change, that change begins with ourselves…
commented 2015-09-29 13:12:16 -0400
@ken Waters – When Mulcair brought up acid rain I almost laughed my butt off because he made it sound like an NDP plan but it was … hold on to your hat … Brian Mulroney … the Conservative Prime Minister … not any of the Socialists … that convinced the USA to join in solving the problem. I am sure Mulcair is counting on the fact that most young Voters have no idea what he was talking about and thought he was talking about his communists and socialists who saved the great lakes from actual pollution … carbon dioxide is still just plant food.
commented 2015-09-29 13:02:53 -0400
Brian,

CHCH had the rights to air it. They didn’t have the rights to air the previous debates and that’s why other networks like CITY and CTV aired previous debates.

Apparently you don’t know the difference between television broadcasting and streaming. It’s different.
commented 2015-09-29 12:55:44 -0400
Brinkman . . . Socialism is a dismal failure all over the world . . . and of course now in Alberta.
Why do you suppose that is? But the insane left want to try “One More Time” !

Jimmy . . . the CBC could have paid for the feed as the Rebel did ! But I suspect the CBC knew that the two tax and spend parties would be lightweights!
commented 2015-09-29 12:48:15 -0400
Sorry Jimmy, the CBC just has their nose bent out of shape because their Media Party does not get to dictate the questions editing and coverage.
Think positively, at least you could watch it here and Ezra didn’t have to air it.
commented 2015-09-29 12:43:05 -0400
Jimmy Da Silva-You are wrong again, the CBC did refuse to air, why did The Rebel stream the debate as well as other media outlets, CHCH aired it. All CBC had to do was ask to air it and they refused, and the reason I believe is very simple, it was about foreign policy and both Trudeau and Mulcair have no platform except to make Canada look like a laughing stock in the international community, they want terrorists who commit those very acts to keep their citizenship, what the hell is that about? Why are you spewing leftist propaganda, you are the one who lied, not Ezra. I believe you are not even from Canada because nobody, and I mean nobody can be that stupid and self centered to think that you know the truth and everybody else lies that do not agree with you. As a veteran I fought for this country to keep our values and culture intact, why the need to change to communism as that is what socialists are. Another typical leftist propaganda, you spew rhetoric that means nothing, please explain lie #3,250 and prove it? I know you can’t but will come back with more rhetoric, socialists are nothing but rhetoric and no substance.
commented 2015-09-29 12:35:14 -0400
My expert, in-depth political analysis of the debate:
JT & Mulclair are dopes and Canadians need Harper.
commented 2015-09-29 12:31:07 -0400
Ezra Levant Lie #3,250 – CBC refused to broadcast the debates.

The reality – CBC didn’t get the rights to the debates and doesn’t have permission to air the debates.
commented 2015-09-29 11:48:52 -0400
Mulcair keeps referring to the manner in which the world came together to fight acid rain and how Steven Harper is alone in the world with his stand on the war against carbon dioxide. As well the world, including Canada, came together to eliminate the releasing of fluorocarbons into the atmosphere, because they were destroying the ozone layer. Efforts in combating negative effects of sulfur dioxide and fluorocarbons were a success because all scientists agreed on the problems and the solutions in a timely manner. In the case of carbon dioxide, many leading scientists do not agree that carbon dioxide is having any significant effect on our climate. John Chretien in his time did nothing because he didn’t have “da proof”. ( There is an old saying that you cannot scam a scammer.) Harper doesn’t have the proof either and that is why his balanced approach of managing carbon dioxide without destroying our economy is the best. It is absolute madness to be destroying our oil and gas industries and destroying the benefits of low cost energy around the world because of unproven science.
commented 2015-09-29 11:45:43 -0400
That is an excellent analysis of the debate Ezra! It was particularly good that the moderator did a fine job of keeping the candidates from talking over each other. Of the three, I believe Stephen Harper comes out as the most statesmanlike! He has not been perfect -which one of us has been? But, I believe he has led our country well especially through the times of global economic crises. Those who want to say our country is in a mess economically need to realize that is not so. They also need to look at the global economy and realize every nation is affected. My other comment is regarding the CBC not telecasting the debate. Plainly, they ought to have done so. It further troubles me that both CBC TV and radio have, in my opinion, sought to sway the public against the government and for either Trudeau of Mulcair. It is not, in my opinion, the role of a corporation funded by the public to present such a one-sided view.
commented 2015-09-29 11:28:16 -0400
This was an intelligent and measured comment on the debate. Just one small note – even when I had the volume set to max on my PC, it was very hard to hear what Mr. Levant was saying. Other clips shown during the report were clear and audible. It would be nice to follow these commentaries without having to strain.
commented 2015-09-29 11:20:26 -0400
The NDP position is to refine oil in Canada. Oil refined into gasoline, jet fuel, aircraft fuel, etc. is more flammable and explosive than unrefined bitumen diluted with water and sand. If Alberta oil is refined in
Canada, currently about two million barrels per day, will the NDP be shipping it south via rail car, as they are opposed to Keystone, or are they planning to send these explosive and highly flammable fuels across Canada in the Energy East pipeline that they do support? I’m sure the NEB and the provinces would have concerns about that. The NDP need to provide some clarity on how they plan to store and ship millions of barrels per day of refined petroleum products..
commented 2015-09-29 11:17:04 -0400
There should be no question in anyone’s mind as to who should retain the leadership of this country if you took the time to watch this debate last night. Justin showed both his immaturity and lack of international understanding and none of us needed the short biography of his father as there are still many of us that remember Canada and the magnificent nation it was before PET introduced us to multiculturalism. Mr Mulcair may as well wave a Soviet flag through much of his analogy of Canadian politics. His repeated promise of a $15 / hr minimum wage should be the start of your fears as to what may follow. His approach to US / Canada relations is a mite scary as to hazard a loss of the most valuable trading partners as well as a well positioned ally. Although Stephen Harper has disappointed many of us during parts of his leadership I have the confidence that Harper will make sure I can sleep without fear at night and protect Canada to the best of his ability while continuing to keep tabs on our economy. There should be no question as to whom is the most qualified to lead Canada in the current world situations.
commented 2015-09-29 11:07:25 -0400
There was only one statesman on the stage last night – Prime Minister Stephen Harper! Mulcair was fighting hard to keep the uncontrolled Angry Tom at bay. The Pot-Smoking Camp Counsellor acted like a baby trying, against agreements, to shout down the others and trying to ride on the coattails of his Communist Card Carrying Daddy!

Putin, Assad, and ISIS would be having a celebratory party and laughing hysterically in unbridled happiness and excitement if either Mulcair or Trudeau were to be elected by the something-for-nothing gang. They could get away with anything then. While, with Stephen Harper, Canada would be standing with our allies in defending democracy and freedom!
commented 2015-09-29 10:50:23 -0400
Thanks for the summary for those of us who missed the debate. PM Harper has come out of another debate as the clear leader with the most knowledge and again Justin as the idiot. I actually believe that Mr Harper could sit back and just let Justin talk and bury himself, even when he moves you can tell he is a drama teacher. Maybe when Mulcair is done with the NDP, as he was with the Liberals in the past, he can collect a severance payment and eventually try out for the Green Party. The NDP has a horrible track record provincially. hopefully they don’t get a chance to destroy our Country too
commented 2015-09-29 10:50:07 -0400
great commentary. Trudeau Sr. was nothing to be proud of, and his? son is even worse. I lived through Sr’s reign. and found him to be the worst of the worst.
commented 2015-09-29 10:21:38 -0400
I wonder why Trudeau never talks about his mom?
commented 2015-09-29 10:21:33 -0400
Ezra, PM Harper won hands down! Trust Fund Trudeau was a child. He did not shake hands with the leaders on the stage in the beginning! His answers were childish. Trudeau should have had Chretian & Martin beside him! Then Trudeau would have really looked like he is NOT READY! Mulcair was talking like a socialist! A caller phoned in on the phones after the debate and said the NDP are dismantling every thing in Alberta! Alberta will learn from this, I hope. Apparently, crime is now up in Alberta because employment is harder to find! The NDP have the employment rate high because of their taxes. See what NDP & socialism brings! NO HOPE!!
commented 2015-09-29 09:58:47 -0400
What I saw from this debate once again was:
A Flash in the pan
A Risperdal Candidate
Our Prime Minister
commented 2015-09-29 09:51:25 -0400
Great analysis Lynn
commented 2015-09-29 09:32:49 -0400
The best debate so far. If we are picking a leader based on their personality and the winner of the debate is decided by who was the most maudlin, childish and condescending; then the winner was Trudeau hands down. The telling moment for me was the question of how Trudeau would handle someone like Putin. His answer was very amusing and when he realized that people were laughing at him; he had what I would call a Martha Hall Findley moment. Only he couldn’t walk off the stage; so he invoked his father to explain why he was so emotional. When he realized that Harper was also amused; he threw out the word bully. So thin skinned. He’s not used to being in a room where everyone isn’t fawning on him.

The audience was not supposed to react with applause or booing but when that happened; he did his best to get them on-side with his condescending manner; slouching over the podium and mugging to the audience, waving his hand at Harper with a sneer on his face . He just didn’t count on Harper getting bigger applause and went into a funk because he wasn’t in command of the room or the center of attention regardless of the number of times he tried to talk over his opponents.

The most ironic statement has to be given to Justin on Harper photo ops. Does anyone need to be reminded of the wedding photo or that Justin travels with his own personal photographer? I’m not sure; but it looked to me like he refused to shake Harper’s hand at the end. Harper won the debate.
commented 2015-09-29 09:31:23 -0400
I think Harper came across as the most knowledgeable and decisive of the three…Justin neatly avoided the question he was asked by carrying on about the perceived insult to his father…Mulcair was actually only stating a fact..every politician likes to blow his own horn but Trudeau and Mulcair are very off key!! Mulcair daydreams about universal child care and Trudeau works on his hair and whitening his teeth (he has the family money for that). They neither have the balls or the will to look at the reality that terrorist groups are going to take us down if we aren’t careful…won’t be any childcare, teeth or hair to worry about after that…Harper has been my choice even before Justin won the leadership…go with the devil you know not the two Devils you don’t!!!!
commented 2015-09-29 09:30:33 -0400
I watched the debate on channel 11, CHCH TV from Hamilton Ontario. The French to English translators were less than adequate. The male translator needed a translator to turn his results into English. However I enjoyed the debate and thought Mr. Harper ruled the day (evening). Mr. Trudeau was his usual self, arrogant and pretentious. Mr Mulcair was a rough and tumble long shore-man I felt that Harper was the only true statesman on that stage. There were some good “zingers” but the only cause laughter and have no eal effect on the outcome of an election…
commented 2015-09-29 09:19:01 -0400
Spot on analysis as usual, Ezra. I guess the ultimate question will be just how much attention the average voters are paying to the issues—the more they attend, the less likely they are to vote for a big-spending, pro-Jihad government…
commented 2015-09-29 09:16:10 -0400
“big sled no dog”…good timing…there were a few others that they all made but that stood out for me…I thought PM Harper missed a few chances to stamp Mulcair but either wasn’t fast enough or just wasn’t in the zone of thought. Trudeau was exuding passion but for most of the wrong reasons (my opinion). I felt when NDP/Liberal wanted to either hide within language, they shifted to French, where english translation can alter their true statement or they just wanted it to be directed to Quebec, because without Quebec neither have a chance to win a majority. Good job by the moderator keeping Trudeau on subject.
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commented 2015-09-29 13:52:05 -0400
Jimmy, get your head out of your butt, all the debates so far have been available to any media outlet for FREE! The mainstream media refuses to air any of them because then the electorate would be informed of actual information without their biased spin. Also, they would lose advertising revenue because there are no commercials. Munk did an amazing job keeping all the leaders in check by enforcing the rules of proper debate tactics(except for your boy-toy Justin who shouldn’t be allowed at the adult table)
commented 2015-09-29 13:27:22 -0400
Guy,

Those behind the Munk Debates – clearly stated: that they were offering a live stream for the bilingual event, with translation. Tonight’s debate will also be live streamed on Facebook and carried on CPAC (the Cable Public Affairs Channel) and CHCH.

CPAC and CHCH got the broadcast rights, which is why CTV, Global or CITY didn’t air this debate. Do you understand how broadcast rights work?

The consortium arrangement under which leadership debates have been produced in previous federal elections was intended to ensure the largest possible audience for these important events. But the plan foundered this time around when the Conservatives said they wouldn’t participate, preferring to support a handful of alternative proposals that do not include participation by the public broadcaster. A subsequent consortium initiative to go ahead without the Prime Minister imploded when NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair said he won’t participate in debates that do not include Harper. That left the CBC a debate-free zone.
commented 2015-09-29 13:14:43 -0400
Yeah sure Jimmy, show us the proof!
commented 2015-09-29 13:14:09 -0400
What I saw was a Drama actor acting the part of a debater and a potential dictator with psychotic eyes who along with his Socialist counterpart would bring Canada down by flooding Canada with Socialist voters who would turn Canada into a Communist or Marxist State – so help me God!
Trudeau is like a young child rudely interupting any statements that carry the truth in order to get to have some attention at the table with the grown-ups!
I am very concerned Canada is going to go down should either Trudeau or Mulcair get in – they will sell out the Traditional Canadian voters for the pre-trained extreme Left wing refugees’ both Trudeau and Mucair want to bring in in an unvetted hurried gaggle of Refugees to guarantee they win all elections for the future!
I certainly hope Canadians’ are quick to recognize these two would sell Camada down the river for the gain of their own power! Trudeau even exploited his fathers’ death in this debate to gain the sympathy vote!
That is what I spotted!
commented 2015-09-29 13:12:59 -0400
DALE WARREN – I think humanity is the failure around the world Dale – call it Socialism, Imperialism, Communism, Capitalism – They are all failures – To fix this I think we need change, that change begins with ourselves…
commented 2015-09-29 13:12:16 -0400
@ken Waters – When Mulcair brought up acid rain I almost laughed my butt off because he made it sound like an NDP plan but it was … hold on to your hat … Brian Mulroney … the Conservative Prime Minister … not any of the Socialists … that convinced the USA to join in solving the problem. I am sure Mulcair is counting on the fact that most young Voters have no idea what he was talking about and thought he was talking about his communists and socialists who saved the great lakes from actual pollution … carbon dioxide is still just plant food.
commented 2015-09-29 13:02:53 -0400
Brian,

CHCH had the rights to air it. They didn’t have the rights to air the previous debates and that’s why other networks like CITY and CTV aired previous debates.

Apparently you don’t know the difference between television broadcasting and streaming. It’s different.
commented 2015-09-29 12:55:44 -0400
Brinkman . . . Socialism is a dismal failure all over the world . . . and of course now in Alberta.
Why do you suppose that is? But the insane left want to try “One More Time” !

Jimmy . . . the CBC could have paid for the feed as the Rebel did ! But I suspect the CBC knew that the two tax and spend parties would be lightweights!
commented 2015-09-29 12:48:15 -0400
Sorry Jimmy, the CBC just has their nose bent out of shape because their Media Party does not get to dictate the questions editing and coverage.
Think positively, at least you could watch it here and Ezra didn’t have to air it.
commented 2015-09-29 12:43:05 -0400
Jimmy Da Silva-You are wrong again, the CBC did refuse to air, why did The Rebel stream the debate as well as other media outlets, CHCH aired it. All CBC had to do was ask to air it and they refused, and the reason I believe is very simple, it was about foreign policy and both Trudeau and Mulcair have no platform except to make Canada look like a laughing stock in the international community, they want terrorists who commit those very acts to keep their citizenship, what the hell is that about? Why are you spewing leftist propaganda, you are the one who lied, not Ezra. I believe you are not even from Canada because nobody, and I mean nobody can be that stupid and self centered to think that you know the truth and everybody else lies that do not agree with you. As a veteran I fought for this country to keep our values and culture intact, why the need to change to communism as that is what socialists are. Another typical leftist propaganda, you spew rhetoric that means nothing, please explain lie #3,250 and prove it? I know you can’t but will come back with more rhetoric, socialists are nothing but rhetoric and no substance.
commented 2015-09-29 12:35:14 -0400
My expert, in-depth political analysis of the debate:
JT & Mulclair are dopes and Canadians need Harper.
commented 2015-09-29 12:31:07 -0400
Ezra Levant Lie #3,250 – CBC refused to broadcast the debates.

The reality – CBC didn’t get the rights to the debates and doesn’t have permission to air the debates.
commented 2015-09-29 11:48:52 -0400
Mulcair keeps referring to the manner in which the world came together to fight acid rain and how Steven Harper is alone in the world with his stand on the war against carbon dioxide. As well the world, including Canada, came together to eliminate the releasing of fluorocarbons into the atmosphere, because they were destroying the ozone layer. Efforts in combating negative effects of sulfur dioxide and fluorocarbons were a success because all scientists agreed on the problems and the solutions in a timely manner. In the case of carbon dioxide, many leading scientists do not agree that carbon dioxide is having any significant effect on our climate. John Chretien in his time did nothing because he didn’t have “da proof”. ( There is an old saying that you cannot scam a scammer.) Harper doesn’t have the proof either and that is why his balanced approach of managing carbon dioxide without destroying our economy is the best. It is absolute madness to be destroying our oil and gas industries and destroying the benefits of low cost energy around the world because of unproven science.
commented 2015-09-29 11:45:43 -0400
That is an excellent analysis of the debate Ezra! It was particularly good that the moderator did a fine job of keeping the candidates from talking over each other. Of the three, I believe Stephen Harper comes out as the most statesmanlike! He has not been perfect -which one of us has been? But, I believe he has led our country well especially through the times of global economic crises. Those who want to say our country is in a mess economically need to realize that is not so. They also need to look at the global economy and realize every nation is affected. My other comment is regarding the CBC not telecasting the debate. Plainly, they ought to have done so. It further troubles me that both CBC TV and radio have, in my opinion, sought to sway the public against the government and for either Trudeau of Mulcair. It is not, in my opinion, the role of a corporation funded by the public to present such a one-sided view.
commented 2015-09-29 11:28:16 -0400
This was an intelligent and measured comment on the debate. Just one small note – even when I had the volume set to max on my PC, it was very hard to hear what Mr. Levant was saying. Other clips shown during the report were clear and audible. It would be nice to follow these commentaries without having to strain.
commented 2015-09-29 11:20:26 -0400
The NDP position is to refine oil in Canada. Oil refined into gasoline, jet fuel, aircraft fuel, etc. is more flammable and explosive than unrefined bitumen diluted with water and sand. If Alberta oil is refined in
Canada, currently about two million barrels per day, will the NDP be shipping it south via rail car, as they are opposed to Keystone, or are they planning to send these explosive and highly flammable fuels across Canada in the Energy East pipeline that they do support? I’m sure the NEB and the provinces would have concerns about that. The NDP need to provide some clarity on how they plan to store and ship millions of barrels per day of refined petroleum products..
commented 2015-09-29 11:17:04 -0400
There should be no question in anyone’s mind as to who should retain the leadership of this country if you took the time to watch this debate last night. Justin showed both his immaturity and lack of international understanding and none of us needed the short biography of his father as there are still many of us that remember Canada and the magnificent nation it was before PET introduced us to multiculturalism. Mr Mulcair may as well wave a Soviet flag through much of his analogy of Canadian politics. His repeated promise of a $15 / hr minimum wage should be the start of your fears as to what may follow. His approach to US / Canada relations is a mite scary as to hazard a loss of the most valuable trading partners as well as a well positioned ally. Although Stephen Harper has disappointed many of us during parts of his leadership I have the confidence that Harper will make sure I can sleep without fear at night and protect Canada to the best of his ability while continuing to keep tabs on our economy. There should be no question as to whom is the most qualified to lead Canada in the current world situations.
commented 2015-09-29 11:07:25 -0400
There was only one statesman on the stage last night – Prime Minister Stephen Harper! Mulcair was fighting hard to keep the uncontrolled Angry Tom at bay. The Pot-Smoking Camp Counsellor acted like a baby trying, against agreements, to shout down the others and trying to ride on the coattails of his Communist Card Carrying Daddy!

Putin, Assad, and ISIS would be having a celebratory party and laughing hysterically in unbridled happiness and excitement if either Mulcair or Trudeau were to be elected by the something-for-nothing gang. They could get away with anything then. While, with Stephen Harper, Canada would be standing with our allies in defending democracy and freedom!
commented 2015-09-29 10:50:23 -0400
Thanks for the summary for those of us who missed the debate. PM Harper has come out of another debate as the clear leader with the most knowledge and again Justin as the idiot. I actually believe that Mr Harper could sit back and just let Justin talk and bury himself, even when he moves you can tell he is a drama teacher. Maybe when Mulcair is done with the NDP, as he was with the Liberals in the past, he can collect a severance payment and eventually try out for the Green Party. The NDP has a horrible track record provincially. hopefully they don’t get a chance to destroy our Country too
commented 2015-09-29 10:50:07 -0400
great commentary. Trudeau Sr. was nothing to be proud of, and his? son is even worse. I lived through Sr’s reign. and found him to be the worst of the worst.
commented 2015-09-29 10:21:38 -0400
I wonder why Trudeau never talks about his mom?
commented 2015-09-29 10:21:33 -0400
Ezra, PM Harper won hands down! Trust Fund Trudeau was a child. He did not shake hands with the leaders on the stage in the beginning! His answers were childish. Trudeau should have had Chretian & Martin beside him! Then Trudeau would have really looked like he is NOT READY! Mulcair was talking like a socialist! A caller phoned in on the phones after the debate and said the NDP are dismantling every thing in Alberta! Alberta will learn from this, I hope. Apparently, crime is now up in Alberta because employment is harder to find! The NDP have the employment rate high because of their taxes. See what NDP & socialism brings! NO HOPE!!
commented 2015-09-29 09:58:47 -0400
What I saw from this debate once again was:
A Flash in the pan
A Risperdal Candidate
Our Prime Minister
commented 2015-09-29 09:51:25 -0400
Great analysis Lynn
commented 2015-09-29 09:32:49 -0400
The best debate so far. If we are picking a leader based on their personality and the winner of the debate is decided by who was the most maudlin, childish and condescending; then the winner was Trudeau hands down. The telling moment for me was the question of how Trudeau would handle someone like Putin. His answer was very amusing and when he realized that people were laughing at him; he had what I would call a Martha Hall Findley moment. Only he couldn’t walk off the stage; so he invoked his father to explain why he was so emotional. When he realized that Harper was also amused; he threw out the word bully. So thin skinned. He’s not used to being in a room where everyone isn’t fawning on him.

The audience was not supposed to react with applause or booing but when that happened; he did his best to get them on-side with his condescending manner; slouching over the podium and mugging to the audience, waving his hand at Harper with a sneer on his face . He just didn’t count on Harper getting bigger applause and went into a funk because he wasn’t in command of the room or the center of attention regardless of the number of times he tried to talk over his opponents.

The most ironic statement has to be given to Justin on Harper photo ops. Does anyone need to be reminded of the wedding photo or that Justin travels with his own personal photographer? I’m not sure; but it looked to me like he refused to shake Harper’s hand at the end. Harper won the debate.
commented 2015-09-29 09:31:23 -0400
I think Harper came across as the most knowledgeable and decisive of the three…Justin neatly avoided the question he was asked by carrying on about the perceived insult to his father…Mulcair was actually only stating a fact..every politician likes to blow his own horn but Trudeau and Mulcair are very off key!! Mulcair daydreams about universal child care and Trudeau works on his hair and whitening his teeth (he has the family money for that). They neither have the balls or the will to look at the reality that terrorist groups are going to take us down if we aren’t careful…won’t be any childcare, teeth or hair to worry about after that…Harper has been my choice even before Justin won the leadership…go with the devil you know not the two Devils you don’t!!!!
commented 2015-09-29 09:30:33 -0400
I watched the debate on channel 11, CHCH TV from Hamilton Ontario. The French to English translators were less than adequate. The male translator needed a translator to turn his results into English. However I enjoyed the debate and thought Mr. Harper ruled the day (evening). Mr. Trudeau was his usual self, arrogant and pretentious. Mr Mulcair was a rough and tumble long shore-man I felt that Harper was the only true statesman on that stage. There were some good “zingers” but the only cause laughter and have no eal effect on the outcome of an election…
commented 2015-09-29 09:19:01 -0400
Spot on analysis as usual, Ezra. I guess the ultimate question will be just how much attention the average voters are paying to the issues—the more they attend, the less likely they are to vote for a big-spending, pro-Jihad government…
commented 2015-09-29 09:16:10 -0400
“big sled no dog”…good timing…there were a few others that they all made but that stood out for me…I thought PM Harper missed a few chances to stamp Mulcair but either wasn’t fast enough or just wasn’t in the zone of thought. Trudeau was exuding passion but for most of the wrong reasons (my opinion). I felt when NDP/Liberal wanted to either hide within language, they shifted to French, where english translation can alter their true statement or they just wanted it to be directed to Quebec, because without Quebec neither have a chance to win a majority. Good job by the moderator keeping Trudeau on subject.