June 10, 2019

Conservative Party “has lost its nerve,” this time caving to left-wing mob on global warming

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

I saw the most curious Tweet on Saturday morning.

It’s by Lisa Raitt, the deputy leader of the Conservative Party, and also the party’s Justice Critics. So, she's number two after party leader Andrew Scheer.

It said:

Well I’ve learned my lesson in tweeting anything about climate change. I’m going to be transparent & let you know I’m deleting the earlier tweets. I’m not the one to fight with on this because like most I believe that emissions cause climate change and we should reduce emissions

Over 1,200 people replied to this tweet. A few hundred retweeted it, and nearly 2,000 liked it. It got a lot of attention.

But so did her original tweets, the ones she clearly felt pressure into deleting.

What were they about?

Well, Raitt had tweeted a few mild statements about climate change, like this one:

“Bottom line is there’s no solid connection between climate change and the major indicators or extreme weather, despite Trudeau’s claims to the contrary. The continual claim of such a link is misinformation employed for political and rhetorical purposes”

Obviously that’s true. How could that not be true? Trudeau and Catherine McKenna literally blame fires that were caused by arson on global warming, to cite just one example.

And we know that average people in both Canada and the U.S. simply don’t care about global warming. Even Liberal MPS in Ontario say no-one cares, and they’re begging McKenna to give it a rest — they say the economy and immigration are the top two issues among voters they've spoken to.

So climate change would seem to be a great issue for the Conservatives. Sure, no global warming fanatic would ever consider voting Tory, so why not irritate them — and at the same time, win over the countless Canadians who either don’t care, or are actually sick of these jet-setting liars telling us how much they care about carbon? 

How about speaking out with some courage? It worked for Doug Ford, and it just worked in Australia. 

But my point is, whenever you blink like the deputy leader of the Conservatives did, whenever you give something away to your opponents — and renounce yourself, and everyone who is on your team and who hasn’t caved in yet — you demoralize your base.

And you thrill your opponents, as we saw from the reactions to Raitt's tweets.

Lisa Raitt says she’s "learned her lesson." How many times will that capitulation be used in campaign ads in the upcoming federal election? 

This is no a way to win an election.

But really, this is no different than the Conservative Party losing their nerve on a half dozen other issues, including free speech, which they no longer seem to concerned about based on their conduct these past two weeks.

And all of this losing, all of this surrendering, before the election campaign even begins...

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commented 2019-06-11 14:51:52 -0400
The victory goes to the bold alright.
commented 2019-06-11 14:50:39 -0400
Nobody said Bernier was a climate scientist Andrew, but he understands that the science is never settled, the models are flawed and the data is manipulated. That can be proven, if you are looking for “independently confirmable”.
commented 2019-06-11 14:46:05 -0400
If the conservatives really want to win the next election (which I seriously doubt) they will need a leader or leaders that have enough cojones to tackle the serious issues and spell it out like it is. Quit giving into what the politically correct snowflakes want, quit acquiescing to liberal threats and demands.
Be more like president Kirkman of the TV series designated survivor season 3 episode 1, tell everyone there is a problem with Canadian politics and politicians, spell it out.
You will gain the respect of the citizens and, you JUST MIGHT win the election.
There is hope, the the victory goes to the bold, not the dishrags we have for leaders today.
commented 2019-06-11 14:40:20 -0400
“That is absolute nonsense. In what way was Pol Pot a conservative? He held none of the classical conservative values. Your desire to believe in lies make you more and more ludicrous with each passing day. "7
I didn’t say conservative. I said right-of-centre.

“So why don’t we say that since the conservatives are moving more to the left then the left must be becoming more conservative since that is where conservatives are headed? Good to see the nation becoming more conservative. "

I suppose you could make that argument, although it would require a particularly creative definition of “conserative”
commented 2019-06-11 14:22:35 -0400
Yes, Liza and the leftists love when conservatives compromise their values and position and try to suck up to the leftist media who will never accept them no matter how far left they move. Because the leftists will move even further left. It sake a dog chasing its tail. We need to define ourselves and live or die on that position.

If we had someone who would stake out a climb and not budge on it they could move people further to the right by reason of their rational arguments and evidence. I like Max ( and sent my name in as a volunteer) but he seems to be in low gear when he should be in overdrive. If the media is ignoring you just make some truly conservative statements and they will soon be all over you like a cheap suit. The benefit is that lots of people will hear and say, " ya know, he’s right about that" and the movement would grow.

But if you are chasing the rabbit down a leftist rabbit hole people will just eliminate the middle man and vote for the real leftist. Not left-lite.

That’s why people like Andrew and John/Jimmy/Etc keep assuring us that relativism in inevitable when it is not.

Max needs to speak to the nation in manner like Bill Whittle does here :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjGsLmAXTYs
commented 2019-06-11 13:56:42 -0400
Al, isn’t Andrew S. a scream.
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“If you are an absolutist, then you define your position and that is your position regardless of where society shifts and drifts.” – Al Peterson

Absolutely Al, Max has held his conservative stance while everyone else has shifted left trying to please every special interest group. Max didn’t change, the conservative party did.
Somebody show me where Scheer shows any integrity? He changes his stance every time somebody goes, “boo!”
commented 2019-06-11 13:31:02 -0400
ANDREW STEPHENSON commented 14 hours ago
Ah, the wailing of a fringe group shown a glimpse of reality too stark to be denied.
commented 2019-06-11 13:30:13 -0400
ANDREW STEPHENSON

…the guy whose libertarian party is overrun by social conservatives.
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But I thought you said we were a fringe. Can a fringe overrun a party?
commented 2019-06-11 13:27:23 -0400
ANDREW STEPHENSON
I don’t disagree, any individual’s perception is prone to the same biases. It’s important to be aware that your opinion cannot be completely impartial. Your conclusions should be statistically robust and independently confirmable.
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As in “babies are parasites” kind of independently confirmable?
commented 2019-06-11 13:24:14 -0400
ANDREW STEPHENSON
The "middle’ or “centre”, is by definition, the midpoint. So, yes, even if they go full communist, but still lie right of the middle, they are by definition right-of-centre.
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As always it depends on your starting point and definition. If you are a relativist, then yes, things move. If you are an absolutist, then you define your position and that is your position regardless of where society shifts and drifts.

Conservatives should be and remain conservative. If they shift to the left at any time then the term conservative dose not apply.

So, yes, even if they go full communist, but still lie right of the middle, they are by definition right-of-centre.
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That is absolute nonsense. In what way was Pol Pot a conservative? He held none of the classical conservative values. Your desire to believe in lies make you more and more ludicrous with each passing day.

So why don’t we say that since the conservatives are moving more to the left then the left must be becoming more conservative since that is where conservatives are headed? Good to see the nation becoming more conservative.

Even the supposed moral absolutes of biblical interpretation have changed with time and different translations.
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I love when you move into your area of non-expertise and speak so confidently about what you don’t know. This shift in theology is only true among liberal theologians. Among conservatives nothing has changed.

Translations for the most part do not change “interpretation”. They only try to make the language more contemporary and understandable for the non-specialist. People in our church uses many translations. Some are more literal (New American Standard) and some are more of a paraphrase to attempt to give more of the sense of the translation ( The Message). And some are a middle ground (New International Version). They all have their place. They all have the same content.

Scripture never called for the burning of heretics. You are confusing Christianity for Islam.

“Reject a factious man after a first and second warning, 11 knowing that such a man is perverted and is sinning, being self-condemned.”

Titus 3:10
Hardly a call to burning at the stake. That was a man made perversion introduced by the state church.
commented 2019-06-11 13:16:11 -0400
The PPC is not a libertarian party. It is the only party with conservative values.
Not over run with any particular ‘type’.
….and Max has had the basically the same values his entire political career. There is no politician more consistent than Max, no matter his audience.
What Andrew is saying is incorrect.
Andrew holds great stock in polls. So did democrats in the last U.S. election.

Andrew says, “It will be honest. If you lose the election, it’s not necessarily because it’s rigged, but perhaps because your opinions were unpopular.”

Not an argument Andrew and your opinion holds no weight with me.
commented 2019-06-11 13:06:15 -0400
Andrew obviously has forgotten what happened in Ontario last year where the coming federal election will be decided. In light of what happed to the far left environmentalists in the Provincial election, I can’t say that I blame him for his selective amnesia. Support for the “fight against climate change” is a mile wide and a quarter of an inch deep.
commented 2019-06-11 12:46:01 -0400
KEITH BARNES commented 45 mins ago
ANDREW STEPHENSON commented 25 mins ago.
[……..] This election will …………………………………………………….

Will this Election ever be called and if it is, will it be honest? "

It will be called in several months. The last one was called on August 2nd, and that was the longest writ in Canadian history.

It will be honest. If you lose the election, it’s not necessarily because it’s rigged, but perhaps because your opinions were unpopular.
commented 2019-06-11 12:44:02 -0400
LIZA ROSIE commented 27 mins ago
What’s happening here Andrew, is that you probably don’t talk to a lot of people that aren’t on the left and you don’t get out of the GTA much do you? Stay where you are, live in your bubble. Believe you lie. "

I don’t disagree, any individual’s perception is prone to the same biases. It’s important to be aware that your opinion cannot be completely impartial. Your conclusions should be statistically robust and independently confirmable.

The polling data, at least, tries to be objective, as much as it can be. It’s basically impossible to generate a perfect result (and certain things, like their demographic weighting versus actual turnout, are impossible to know in advance). That being said, they seem to be fairly consistent between pollsters, within a few percent or so.

““easily defensible claim”/?? What easily defensible claim, the climate lie? "

Polling data.

“Read Max’s stance on climate cycles, rejecting alarmism and focusing on concrete improvements for what are in fact natural fluctuations, in the link from the PPC party website I posted below. "

Max’s opinion varies depending on who he talks to (he is, after all, the guy whose libertarian party is overrun by social conservatives). He’s about as much a climate scientist as Al Gore, and is about as reputable. There are too many gaps in an all-natural model, as in, there’s no obvious purely natural mechanism, that are easily explained by changing atmospheric properties to really discard the possibility of human influences and thus, I believe there’s more evidence for human influence than against. The PPC’s perspective on this matter is one reason I cannot support them.
commented 2019-06-11 12:41:18 -0400
When a gov’t caters to the whims of a crowd that would go to such lengths to tree spike, they cater to terrorists.
They’re not “eco-radicals” if they’re willing to kill & mame to get their way. Its not civil disobedience if a group of people threaten hostility.
I think there is reasonable cause to call Tzeporah Berman or David Susuki eco-terrorists or eco-terrorist sympathizers.
Their beliefs are as gross as the sewage they make excuses for being pumped into oceans. That’s pure pollution killing Orcas and wild life with disease and they turn a blind eye to it.
Horrible.
When they become vocal against eco-terrorism, then they redeam themselves. Otherwise they’re guilty by association.
commented 2019-06-11 12:04:45 -0400
Until we at least go back to the paper ballot and properly supervised and calibrated tally machines, we will never have a chance of another fair election.
commented 2019-06-11 12:01:35 -0400
What’s happening here Andrew, is that you probably don’t talk to a lot of people that aren’t on the left and you don’t get out of the GTA much do you? Stay where you are, live in your bubble. Believe you lie.

“easily defensible claim”/?? What easily defensible claim, the climate lie?
What is easily proven is that the left has bought into the corporate world government agenda and the climate hysteria is nothing but a battering ram for social control and a revenue stream for opportunist’s with dystopian dreams. ‘Control’, being the operative word.

Read Max’s stance on climate cycles, rejecting alarmism and focusing on concrete improvements for what are in fact natural fluctuations, in the link from the PPC party website I posted below.

The left have no argument. Its a religion for them.

Lisa Raitt is a turtle. The CPC all pull their heads in at the slightest bullying. No backbone, no integrity.
commented 2019-06-11 11:59:38 -0400
ANDREW STEPHENSON commented 25 mins ago.
[……..] This election will …………………………………………………….

Will this Election ever be called and if it is, will it be honest? What are we, the public going to do if Trudeau just ignores us, what can we do? Remember, the Canadian Military is controlled by Liberal appointed officers and as far as Trudeau is concerned there is a year long Open Season on white Canadians…..
A rock and a hard place is all we have.
commented 2019-06-11 11:39:45 -0400
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( Murray N. Rothbard )
Rothbard regards
the state as a predatory entity. It does not produce anything but rather steals resources from those engaged in production.
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The Solution to the State is:
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www.peoplespartyofcanada.ca
  • ABSOLUTE RESPONSIBLE INDIVIDUAL *
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commented 2019-06-11 11:26:15 -0400
Perhaps it is time for the Rebel to start rebelling by showing more content from Maxime Bernier.
Better, The Rebel, to go out like a Lion and roaring than to limp away on Lambs crutches.
commented 2019-06-11 11:17:19 -0400
LIZA ROSIE commented 1 hour ago
“The Angus Reid poll today that shows the CPC with a double digit lead also shows climate change as the top election priority for Canadians.”

Proof that those polls mean nothing. There is no chance in hell that statement is true. This election will show what Canadians are really concerned about and its immigration and the weakening of our sovereignty under the Trudeau government."

Why wouldn’t it be? Yes, immigration is a higher priority among conservatives than the environment, but among Lib/NDP/Green voters, the inverse is true (especially now that the border-crosser issue is abating). Bear in mind, there are not quite two L/N/G (lol) voters for every Conservative, so it’s the Left that drives national numbers.

What’s happening here, is that you probably don’t talk to a lot of people that aren’t Conservatives, and that affects your own perception. Beyond the perception bias, your rejection of an easiliy defensible claim based upon dislike of the conclusion represents confirmation bias – only accepting results you like rather than what’s objectively true.
commented 2019-06-11 11:09:30 -0400
“So when the shift accelerates to the point where the CPC holds the position of Pol Pot will they still be right of centre? A conservative isn’t a conservative by comparison to a drifting iceberg. A conservative is a conservative by comparison tot he light house on shore.”

The "middle’ or “centre”, is by definition, the midpoint. So, yes, even if they go full communist, but still lie right of the middle, they are by definition right-of-centre.

The light house on the shore is rebuilt every century or so as the shore itself erodes. Conservatism changes more slowly than liberalism, but it still changes. Even the supposed moral absolutes of biblical interpretation have changed with time and different translations. An extreme example, perhaps (my thesis, on shifting foundations, is adequately if extremely illustrated therein), but even the most conservative rarely call for heretics to be burned at the stake these days.

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ALBERTA MAGA commented 8 hours ago
Andrew Stephenson sorry but the middle has not moved, nor does it follow the left around. "

If you’re complaining that everything is moving to the left, the middle can’t have stayed the same. The “middle” is represented politically by slightly blue Liberals, as has been the case for decades – as in, half of voters lie left, and half right. With 30% green and NDP, and 40% PPC and CPC, that puts the Liberals right in the middle. Don’t think this is hard, but the middle … is the middle.
commented 2019-06-11 10:33:03 -0400
https://www.peoplespartyofcanada.ca/global_warming_and_environment_rejecting_alarmism_and_focusing_on_concrete_improvements

Money will stop flying out the window to other countries and be spent instead on logical solutions to take care of our environment and mitigate any problems that natural climate cycles present without shutting down our economy.

Andrew Scheer’s answer to climate change is to pander to the hysterics of the enviro extremists. I don’t think the man does any homework of his own on any subject. Who ever is handing him money is where he turns his attention. Justin has agenda, and Scheer just flaps in the wind like laundry left out on the line. He will be in tatters by October. The traditional parties in Canada are too corrupt to vote for anymore. They have sold us out. Those days are over. Those parties are over. Trudeau ruined the liberal party and Scheer is finishing off the CPC.
commented 2019-06-11 10:29:57 -0400
Delete my last comment…I’m with Max and not Schreer….I must have been braindead for a moment.
commented 2019-06-11 10:26:49 -0400
LIZA: Thats good news, and unexpected.

I’m definitely with Max, it will be a miracle if he can pull it off…..
commented 2019-06-11 10:25:09 -0400
If Scheer get in as PM, he will make an industry of kow-towing to the leftard media, just like Stephen Harper.

This is not good.
commented 2019-06-11 10:23:52 -0400
Oops,… read
commented 2019-06-11 10:20:05 -0400
LIZA ROSIE commented 19 mins ago.
“The Angus Reid poll today that shows the CPC with a double digit lead………………………………………………………….

Well said Liza, a truer comment I have never red.
commented 2019-06-11 09:57:16 -0400
“The Angus Reid poll today that shows the CPC with a double digit lead also shows climate change as the top election priority for Canadians.”

Proof that those polls mean nothing. There is no chance in hell that statement is true. This election will show what Canadians are really concerned about and its immigration and the weakening of our sovereignty under the Trudeau government. The more hysterical and ridiculous old Yeller gets, the more people are shaking themselves awake and leaving the ‘man made’ climate change cult. ‘Top priority for Canadians’ what a joke! Maybe it is for the GTA, but the bulk of Canadians know better, hello!
commented 2019-06-11 09:36:34 -0400
The PPC just fielded a candidate here,and the guy who’s the local PPC rep is a scientist who has given many talks on the scam that is climate change. I am afraid neither the Liberals nor the CPC will get my vote this time around. I have never liked Raitt since she bailed out Elizabeth May at that press gallery schmooze-fest.