August 15, 2019

Trudeau had the government take over the political leaders' debates. And surprise — he decided to kick out Maxime Bernier

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

Who should run the debates between the party leaders?

In a free country, the answer is: anyone. In fact, pretty much the only wrong answer is: the government.

Think about your local community — voting for an alderman, or a local politician. If the debate is held at the local Rotary Club, or a local church, or school — what’s the difference? The last people who ought to control election debates ought to be the government — since it’s the government that turns in the balance.

You don’t want a mayor choosing who gets to challenge him as mayor.

Well, surely that applies at the national level too, only more so. And we’re talked about this before — how the Liberal government just decided, one day, to take over debates, and appointed their hand-picked people to run them. They nationalized these debates. And the bail-out media, just rolled over.

The Liberals are deciding which of their opponents they want there. They can’t avoid Andrew Scheer and Jagmeet Singh. But what about the smaller parties? What about Elizabeth May — really just a me-too for the Liberals? What about the Bloc Quebecois — can they participate? The party almost disappeared, and obviously it’s irrelevant in English Canada.

What about Maxime Bernier’ and his People’s Party?

A few elections back, Elizabeth May — who was in the single digits in polls, didn’t have a full slate of candidate, and was really just a one-person pundit — the media really campaigned to get her in the debates, and the ruling Conservatives broke down and agreed.

Maybe that was a good thing; but in the end, it wasn’t up to the Conservatives.

But not now. Now, the Liberals can make the strategic decisions about who they want. They just order it.

Last year, here’s what Trudeau’s spokesman, Karina Gould, said

Maxime Bernier would be eligible to appear in the 2019 leaders’ debates if his upstart People’s Party successfully nominates candidates in at least 90 per cent of ridings, Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould said Thursday.

By the way, Bernier has a lot more candidates nominated than the Liberals. The Liberals have dozens of unfilled seats, no candidates. Trudeau will eventually hand-pick them. (So much for local democracy.)

Bernier surely exceeds the Liberals in nominations. But he’s being excluded.

I know a lot of my viewers are Andrew Scheer supporters. Not fans — I have yet to meet someone who truly loves Andrew Scheer. It’s more of a loyalty thing, a passive thing. Fine. Many say Bernier is going to split the vote. And there’s some truth in that.

But that’s a completely different thing than having Justin Trudeau, through the power of the government, banning a candidate who has just as much right to be there as, at least, Elizabeth May. And, insanely, — the leader of the Bloc Quebecois.

I want Andrew Scheer to beat Justin Trudeau in the upcoming election. I’m not a member of any party. But I want to have a choice — I want Canadians to have a choice — and to even hear that there is a choice out there.

Maxime Bernier probably doesn’t have a statistical chance at becoming the prime minister. But he is certain to put forward ideas that many Canadians share — especially ideas that are considered politically incorrect. Ideas that the establishment club doesn’t even want to talk about.

Whether or not you like Bernier isn’t the point. It’s whether or not you think governments ought to be able to ban their challengers. And surely any conservative can be against that.

If your goal is to tamp down populist anger in the country, I’m pretty sure banning dissenters from a debate is about the worst way to do it...

NEXT: Our reporter Keean Bexte went to the notorious Roxham Road, where countless fake "refugees" have illegal crossed the U.S. border into Canada ever since Trudeau tweeted out his invitation to the world. 

Tonight he joins me to talk about the shocking things he saw and heard.

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commented 2019-08-19 00:27:36 -0400 · Flag
Duke of Paducah,

You said if Alberta separates, you will move back and join the separation from Canada. I merely said that I hope you get to do that.
commented 2019-08-19 00:03:35 -0400 · Flag
John Wick, why do you want to believe and promulgate lies? What is it with you lefties and this pathological desire?
commented 2019-08-19 00:02:10 -0400 · Flag
Another brilliant rejoinder by the ever profound John Wick. If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance baffle them with BS.
commented 2019-08-18 22:45:45 -0400 · Flag
Duke of Paducah,

Awesome. I hope you can leave Canada too.
commented 2019-08-18 01:05:23 -0400
And many other links that I could provide, but you know what? I would rather Alberta separate and let’s see who really needs the other. I hope you are for separation and accept what Alberta will be lacking without Canada. On the other hand, Canada will be just fine without Alberta.
If Alberta separates I will move back in heart beat.

You obviously didn’t read this item:

“ALBERTA CONTRIBUTED ONE-THIRD OF CANADA’S ECONOMIC GROWTH LAST YEAR, and is by far the fastest-growing province in the country again this year. Since the beginning of 2013, NEARLY HALF THE JOBS CREATED IN THE COUNTRY WERE IN ALBERTA.

THE UNAVOIDABLE CONCLUSION IS THAT MUCH OF THE COUNTRY’S ECONOMIC HEALTH IS TIED TO A MID-SIZED PROVINCE whose overwhelmingly dominant industry is sneezing louder day by day."

We’ll be just fine without the eastern socialists.

Why do you want to believe and promulgate lies?
commented 2019-08-18 01:00:32 -0400 · Flag
Wrong Wick.

You are playing with definitions again which is the Leftist default potion.

“Equalization payments do not involve wealthy provinces making direct payments to poor provinces as the money comes from the federal treasury. As an example, a wealthy citizen in New Brunswick, a so-called “have not” province, pays more tax into the federal system and funds more equalization than a poorer citizen in Alberta that pays less federal tax, a so-called “have” province. However, because of Alberta’s greater population and wealth, the citizens of Alberta as a whole are net contributors to equalization, while the government of New Brunswick, therefore the citizens, are net receivers of equalization payments."

“Some Albertans look at per capita federal transfer payments — equalization is just one — and the massive amount of federal income tax flooding into Ottawa from Alberta, and believe they’re getting a raw deal. And IT IS UNDENIABLE THAT ALBERTA IS PONYING UP MORE MONEY than it receives from the feds and it certainly receives less than other provinces.

For example, Alberta pulls in about $1,388 per capita, while Nova Scotia gets $3,243 per capita in federal transfers."

I like the voice of someone who is in the field over a radio commentator.
commented 2019-08-18 00:41:21 -0400 · Flag
JOHN WICK commented 8 hours ago
Liz Rosie,

Um because he has said racist things and made a fool of himself on Twitter with connections to hate groups and posing with white supremacists.
Says you. Why not let him make a fool of himself then to the Liberal’s advantage?
commented 2019-08-17 23:12:04 -0400 · Flag
LOL. He will NEVER be PM. Even Ezra acknowledges that.
commented 2019-08-17 16:39:52 -0400
Liz Rosie,

If Bernier can’t get a foot hold – he will NEVER be PM, then how do you think “some motivated people” are going to make any difference?

If Trudeau is re-elected, the Conservative Party will probably want to dump Scheer – they will have lost faith in him, so that is going to be your best bet – voting for a better leader this time and one who is more conservative for The Conservative Party.
commented 2019-08-17 16:31:44 -0400 · Flag
Liz Rosie,

Um because he has said racist things and made a fool of himself on Twitter with connections to hate groups and posing with white supremacists.
commented 2019-08-17 15:18:42 -0400 · Flag
“Lets shelve the silly idea of an equalization referendum”
Well isn’t that cute. Rob Breakenridge should shuffle off back to Ontario where he belongs.

The country will break up after this election if it looks like the status quo is what we will have to live with. If we can’t do politics differently then I don’t want to stay in this federation. I want to see the PPC gain enough power to start swinging things towards a fairer and more honest system, one that is based on common sense and natural law as applied in ALL areas.

If it doesn’t look like that will happen with the PPC, then there are a lot of very motivated people out here for whom positive change is a prerequisite and who will start making moves without and in spite of Ottawa.
commented 2019-08-17 12:51:00 -0400 · Flag
Good to know-Alberta is fine leaving and we are more than happy to cut Canada loose. Guess it’s win win for everybody. Next topic.
commented 2019-08-17 10:30:36 -0400 · Flag
Duke of Paducah,

“Alberta does not make equalization payments, despite what many Albertans seem to believe and what many Alberta politicians seem content to let Albertans believe. We don’t pay into equalization any more than we pay into national defence or the CBC or anything else Ottawa spends money on”.

And many other links that I could provide, but you know what? I would rather Alberta separate and let’s see who really needs the other. I hope you are for separation and accept what Alberta will be lacking without Canada. On the other hand, Canada will be just fine without Alberta.
commented 2019-08-17 01:10:53 -0400
Andrew Stephenson,

“Since early 2017, more than 45,000 migrants have illegally entered Canada, mainly at Roxham Road in Quebec, avoiding official border checkpoints where they would be TURNED AWAY and told to file refugee claims IN THE UNITED STATES.”

“Declare the whole border an official port of entry for the purposes of refugee claims to send back to the US anyone trying to enter Canada illegally.”

…because with the entire border (under a PPC gov.) being declared an official port of entry , anyone stepping over the line would be TURNED AWAY and told to file refugee claims IN THE UNITED STATES."
They could be shown the door with no legal responsibility to allow them an asylum claim from within our country. They would have to do it from the U.S.

Re: legit claims filed from the U.S.
“About 40% of the refugee claims that have been processed have been rejected. These false refugees will eventually have to be deported, after costing governments tens of thousands of dollars each.”

Berniers plan would eliminate having to pay for them and eventually deport them because they wouldn’t even be allowed into Canada if and until their claim was accepted. Simple, brilliant, effective, fair to everybody, including the Canadian taxpayer.

The question should be why there was no political will to do this before.
commented 2019-08-17 00:55:52 -0400 · Flag
ROBERT GREELEY commented 1 hour ago
What is Trump style politics by the way Johnny peoplekind?
Robert, that is the style of politics where you don’t suck up to the establishment (in our case the Laurentian Elite). It is also the style of politics where you state the obvious with no concern for political correctness. Ii is the style of politics where truth matters. And it is the style of politics for which you will be called endless childish names for stepping on cherished Leftist mantras.
commented 2019-08-17 00:52:09 -0400 · Flag
JOHN WICK commented 2 hours ago
Duke of Paducah,

Ontario pays the most. Alberta does NOT pay transfer payments.

Equalization is paid by taxpayers, ABs “equalization deficit” is due to our high average incomes. The deficit is different between what Albertans pay Ottawa and what we get back in transfer payments.
In 2019 Alberta gets $0 in equalization payments while Ontario gets $963 million.

‘Alberta contributed more money to the federal purse than any other province in Canada from 2007 to 2015, and has received fewer dollars in return, according to a study released Thursday.’

“But the far bigger reason why Alberta isn’t rolling in filthy lucre is that we are part of a federation called Canada.

Ergo, most of our tax revenues go to Ottawa, and are then redistributed to fund a vast array of social, health and educational programs in Quebec, the Maritimes and the rest of Canada. The federal equalization program alone, under which Quebec receives nearly $10 billion a year, is just part of that wealth transfer.

When economists say Alberta has been Canada’s key engine of growth in recent decades, that’s really what they mean. Without Alberta’s energy wealth, this country would have been a fiscal basket case long ago. Now that Alberta’s oil-fired economy is also struggling, Canada is heading for the fiscal swamp.

So just how much money has flowed out of Alberta to Ottawa? A lot. Between 2000 and 2014, on a net basis, Alberta’s individual and corporate taxpayers shipped an estimated $200 billion-plus to the federal government. That’s what left the province, less what the feds reinvested here.

To put that lofty figure in perspective, it’s nearly 12 times the value of the $17.4 billion Alberta Heritage Savings Trust Fund. No other province — including Ontario, with three times Alberta’s population — even comes close to matching this province’s contribution to the federation."

“In 2017, 16.5 per cent of all CPP contributions came from Alberta workers, while just 10.6 per cent of CPP expenditures made their way back to the province. The difference between what was paid in and paid out was $2.9 billion in 2017, the most recent year for which data are available. (Alberta paid in $8.1 billion and received $5.2 billion.) Between 2008 and 2017, Albertans have contributed $27.9 billion more to CPP than retirees in the province have received back.”

“Per capita, Albertans contribute the most to the federal treasury and, in turn, to Equalization. Recently, their contributions have been 55 per cent above the national average and about 35 per cent greater than the per capita amount from Ontario. The greater amounts largely reflect the high personal incomes and corporate profits associated with Alberta’s energy boom. The implicit contribution of the average Albertan to Equalization was about $650 per capita in 2010-2011. Alberta does not receive Equalization so that total amount is a net contribution.”

“Most of the oil sands activity outside Alberta is represented by manufacturing in Ontario. Suncor Energy Inc., for instance, has more than 500 contractors in Eastern Canada, including General Motors of Canada Ltd., which provides fleets of pickup trucks. GM Canada does the same for Syncrude Canada Ltd.”

“Alberta contributed one-third of Canada’s economic growth last year, and is by far the fastest-growing province in the country again this year. Since the beginning of 2013, nearly half the jobs created in the country were in Alberta.

The unavoidable conclusion is that much of the country’s economic health is tied to a mid-sized province whose overwhelmingly dominant industry is sneezing louder day by day."
commented 2019-08-17 00:49:26 -0400 · Flag
I spoke to a man who had never heard of the PPC, but had heard the name Max Bernier. He wasn’t really political or into social media, but was starting to be interested as the election approaches. He was voting CPC because that’s how he always voted. I directed him to Berniers platform and some links about what Andrew is and isn’t up to. Ignorance and apathy are a politicians best friends. The main parties have always counted on it. That is why Bernier needs to be in the debates.

There is no way that any polling (most of which don’t even include him as an option) could possibly be a truthful reflection of the PPC’s popularity yet. I can tell you as one who is following every vocal candidate across the country, twitter feeds, events and announcements that there is a buzz and a real interest in this party, and people are jumping on board with both feet by the hour.
Robert I had to resubscribe and it came out Liz.
Close enough, still me.
commented 2019-08-17 00:46:08 -0400 · Flag
You got that right Liza R.
commented 2019-08-17 00:31:23 -0400 · Flag
No Duke.. you got em!
commented 2019-08-17 00:03:56 -0400 · Flag
What is Trump style politics by the way Johnny peoplekind?
commented 2019-08-17 00:03:55 -0400 · Flag
No, Robert, I don’t think so. Maybe use a big HAMMER.
commented 2019-08-17 00:02:51 -0400 · Flag
Oh, and John Wick, what happened to your hero’s stand on “open and transparent government”? Seems a little lacking.

“Elections are the cornerstone of representative democracy. It is the mechanism by which Canadians put our trust in elected officials. It is vital that we make our electoral system more civil and ideas-based, rather than an overly partisan process that leaves out most Canadians. A Liberal government will restore the integrity of our electoral process and improve the fairness of our elections.”

Yup, let’s make the election more “ideas based” by not allowing contrary ides to be heard. Great plan. One a leftist would suggest it and only a leftist would support it.

“As the saying goes, sunlight is the world’s best disinfectant. Liberals will shed new light on the government and ensure that it is focused on the people it is meant to serve: Canadians.”
Justin Trudeau

Unless they show an interest in Maxime Bernier. Then they can all go to hell.
commented 2019-08-16 23:57:11 -0400 · Flag
Jesus.. I see the fly’s that I was swatting a couple of days ago.. flew over here.. SWAT!.. SWAT!..

Jesus.. I see the fly’s that I was swatting a couple of days ago.. flew over here.. SWAT!.. SWAT!..Did I get em Duke?
commented 2019-08-16 23:55:00 -0400
JOHN WICK commented 1 hour ago

Bernier has been all over social media, he has done many media interviews, his website tells people everything they want to know and he has been out in full force getting his word out – so people are well aware of what he has to offer and he is polling in the toilet.
The Groper and his “Liberals” have more social media content, have done more interviews and town halls and been out in full force (at least to Tofino) getting his word out than anyone else and we are completely aware of what all of the big parties stand for. So why not disallow all of them, then?
commented 2019-08-16 23:51:09 -0400
ANDREW STEPHENSON commented 3 hours ago
“So, then, why won’t The Groper let him speak in the debates? Afraid, is my guess.”

Afraid of what, exactly?
Oh, that Canadians would agree with him. They must be afraid or they would let him make an ass of himself to their benefit. What would be the downside for The Groper to let him do that?
commented 2019-08-16 23:49:29 -0400 · Flag
So let’s not pretend that Canadians are unaware of Bernier and that if he was allowed to debate, it would shoot him to the top. Part of the reason why he is polling so badly, is because of his fuck ups on social media that come across as racism and bigotry.
So why not let him speak to the nation and make a complete fool of himself? It could only help the Leftist cause.