Congratulations to the management team of the 2015 Toronto Pan-Am Games for a job well done!
As reported in the Toronto Sun, the 57 Liberal Party insiders known as “Pan Am Executives” have now been cleared to split their $6 million bonus.
What did they do to earn the bonus? They succeeded beyond anyone’s wildest dreams in throwing taxpayer’s money down a black hole. The final tally came in at $2,430,000,000 spent, with revenues of a paltry $205,000,000 in ticket sales and sponsorships. (If you believe that figure – I don’t). That makes the total net cost to taxpayers of $2,225,000,000.
Original Pan Am Games CEO, Liberal insider Ian Troop, was unavailable for comment, as he was busy counting his $534,800 severance reward after being fired as a result of a spending scandal. His successor, Liberal Party insider Saad Rafi, declared it a success because, among other things, he earned “positive feedback from the public and athletes."
What did we get for our $2.23 billion? Aside from two weeks’ worth of traffic chaos, empty shops and restaurants that were promised a bonanza, totally meaningless athletics competitions from a sports fan’s perspective, and a beautiful aquatics venue now owned and operated by the University of Toronto, we got a pretty, very popular “TORONTO” sign that lights up and cost a few thousand bucks.
And another example of Liberals being Liberals.
Blue Jays’ New President Not a Social Justice Warrior
Toronto Blue Jays fans woke up from their post-Playoffs hangover to find that the architect of the amazing 2015 squad, GM Alex Anthopolous, was walking away from the team.
The blame was being placed on team ownership -- Rogers, always an easy target -- and the new Team President it hired to start work immediately following the 2015 season, Mark Shapiro.
Unlike outgoing Team President Paul Beeston, who came from a banking background and mostly stuck to business operation, Shapiro worked his way up from the baseball side of the Cleveland Indians operation before ascending to the top position there, creating an inherent and unfortunate conflict with Anthopolous, who has earned the professional right to have full on-field autonomy over an organization. He will land on his feet elsewhere, and I believe Shapiro will do good things with the Blue Jays. All indications are that he is an extremely intelligent, competent, and level-headed leader.
I am also impressed that, for 15 years as General Manager and then President of the Cleveland Indians, Shapiro stood his ground as best he could against the Social Justice Warriors who wanted to wipe the team’s classic “Chief Wahoo” logo off the face of the earth. While the team did make the decision (probably forced by Major League Baseball’s politically-correct commissioner’s office) to take the smilin’ Indian off their on-field team caps in favour of a bland red “C”, they have adamantly refused to remove the Chief from the team’s gameday jerseys, or from the team’s branding efforts.
“Chief Wahoo’s not going anywhere,” Shapiro said in a radio interview last year, and I applaud him for that. Nothing is more annoying than political correctness invading the world of sports.
Trudeau’s Minister of Sport and Persons With Disabilities should file an equal pay discrimination suit
Prime Minister Trudeau has appointed an interesting woman to handle sports-related issues at the Federal level. Delta, BC MP Carla Qualtrough was born with a visual impairment, but rose to overcome her disability to lead an accomplished life. A suburban mom of four, with three Paralympics Games medals in swimming in her sporting career, she seems positively Harperian at first glance.
Unfortunately, her career has taken her into politically-correct government circles, using her law degree to chair a Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal, pursue work in “human rights”, and serving an appointment as “Director of Inclusion” for the Vancouver 2010 Legacies Now Society. Whatever that is, it’s got lefty b.s. written all over it.
I suggest she put her Human Rights law experience to work, and file a gender discrimination suit against her new boss.
Seems Trudeau and his minders have worked a neat little scam to make his cabinet appear more “gender-equal” than it really is. As TheRebel.media reported, a Minister is not necessarily a Minister in Trudeau’s cabinet. Ms. Qualtrough’s role is actually a Minister of State position, “to be styled Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, to assist to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and the Minister of Social Development. “
What’s the difference between a Minister and a “Styled Minister”? About $20,000 in salary, and a layer of seniority. And of the five “styled” ministers, how many are women? All five.
Live by the politically-correct sword, die by the politically-correct sword, Libs.
Where does Patrick Kane go to get his reputation back?
In War on Masculinity news, Chicago Blackhawks superstar forward Patrick Kane has been cleared by the Erie County District Attorney of wrongdoing related to a sexual assault allegation by a young woman he picked up in a bar back in August.
After being dragged through a media maelstrom for three months, it seems the only thing the 26-year-old bachelor from Buffalo was guilty of was being too good a playa.
Now I’m not a playa, never have been, never will be, never want my sons to be. But I also don’t want to live in a world where anything that happens between a man and a woman behind closed doors becomes an opportunity to ruin a man’s career through sexual harassment lawfare. Kane has lost sponsorships and endorsements because of this, and if not for the faith and support of the Chicago Blackhawks organization, he may have paid a much bigger price with his career.
Women cannot have it both ways: they can’t hang out at pickup bars where rich athletes hang out, get picked up by rich athletes, then scream rape when it’s over and done.
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