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 2019-08-23 22:50:07 -0400
Johnny peoplekind…

“Canada would be better for those that are ungrateful to be Canadian – like Albertans.”
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?? Clarify please….
commented 2019-08-20 07:53:27 -0400
Canada would be better for those that are ungrateful to be Canadian – like Albertans.
commented 2019-08-19 22:42:40 -0400
Was it you Johnny peoplekind that said Trump would not be Elected?

That Man is doing his best to drain the swamp that is in the US. If you don’t want him doing that.. then you’re part of the problem in the world.. If you don’t want Maxime Bernier in the Canadian Election debates.. You’re part of the problem in Canada..

Reality is Johnny peoplekind.. GOOD PEOPLE!.. will rally and gather to defeat the evil doers!
commented 2019-08-19 22:34:50 -0400
Would the world be a better place if all you goofballs lived amongst yourselves?? And not around sane good hearted Law abiding people??

Answer that one straight up!!!
commented 2019-08-19 22:29:12 -0400
That is not reality Robert. If anyone is leaving – it’s Alberta.
commented 2019-08-19 22:25:29 -0400
Johnny peoplekind.. I say a different type of separation.. read below!! I say you and Andrew S. fend for yourselves under your dictatorship Trudeau King!!! Not me or any other freedom loving or non believer of your ideology should have to suffer of being taxed to death…convert to a certain cult or death!!!! You can have your(Trudeau’s) own no border policies on the rock.. Newfoundland!
commented 2019-08-19 22:16:20 -0400
Scheer and all the other Liberal globalist wingnut Politicians should be shipped there also!.. you all can have your debates amongst yourselves! In front of your brainwashed followers!

This is not a matter between the West or East.. This is a matter of sanity and common sense against political correctness, globalist invasion takeover!!!
commented 2019-08-19 22:13:00 -0400
Robert,

Um, if Alberta separates from Canada – they will be their own country. No association with any other Canadian province. Bye bye Alberta.
commented 2019-08-19 21:55:39 -0400
I say separate and give Johnny peoplekind and Andrew S. what they want! You all can move to Newfoundland with your boss Trudeau and his corrupt cesspoolian crewmates..

You can all live there and become your own Nation cut off from Canada and the United States.. You then are free to make your own choices under the almighty Trudeau King!!

Live or sink with your own choices!!! Don’t drag us down and ruin, kill us under your stupid mind set ideology’s!!
commented 2019-08-19 14:08:51 -0400
Andrew,

Yep. It’s not even worth debating with Duke.
commented 2019-08-19 11:36:13 -0400
“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.”

How many people do you need to create a “buzz”? If he does get 5% of the vote, that’s a couple hundred thousand people

He’s got about 90,000 twitter followers. That’s the smallest of the Big Six by a wide margin. May has 300k and Trudeau millions.

“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. "

If you ask Albertans, I think you’ll find things have changed a bit since that article was published nearly five years ago.

The intervening years, when BC, Ontario, and Quebec have all put out decent economic numbers despite Alberta’s woes, merely serves to highlight how wrong this article is.
commented 2019-08-19 09:41:51 -0400
John Wick you also ignored the content of Alberta’s contribution to Canada in contrast to your earlier claim the Alberta benefits massively from Canada. Yet, another distraction.
commented 2019-08-19 00:27:36 -0400
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
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
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
Duke of Paducah,

Awesome. I hope you can leave Canada too.
commented 2019-08-18 01:05:23 -0400
JOHN WICK
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.
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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."

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/industry-news/energy-and-resources/panic-time-as-oil-goes-so-does-canadas-economy/article21116012/

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
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
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.
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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
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
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
“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.
https://www.peoplespartyofcanada.ca/platform

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
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
Duke of Paducah,

https://calgaryherald.com/opinion/columnists/breakenridge-lets-shelve-the-silly-idea-of-an-equalization-referendum

“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”.

https://medicinehatnews.com/commentary/letters-to-the-editor/2018/12/18/alberta-does-not-make-equalization-payments/

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, https://www.peoplespartyofcanada.ca/refugees_ending_open_borders_policies_and_prioritizing_persecuted_groups

Problem:
“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.”

Remedy:
“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
ROBERT GREELEY commented 1 hour ago
What is Trump style politics by the way Johnny peoplekind?
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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.