February 04, 2016

BIZZARE: This question made Mayor Nenshi throw a hissy fit

Brian LilleyArchive

Politicians can get into snits now again but I’ve never seen anything quite like what I experienced with the Mayor of Calgary as he visited Ottawa.

I’ve met Naheed Nenshi in passing a couple of times but I can’t say we know each other. Each time I’ve met him, I’ve been polite and respectful.

I posted a video of the speech Nenshi gave in Ottawa because I think he needs to be heard. Click here to watch the speech.

I was impressed with his full on defence of the oil industry and found him warm, funny, engaging but more importantly, I could tell he meant what he said. I’ve been at this long enough to know when politicians are being sincere.

Nenshi believes in Alberta oil. He spoke about how Canadian oil meets tough environmental and labour standards, how it doesn’t come from some of the nastier places on earth and, he may not like this, but it was like hearing a left wing Ezra give the Ethical Oil argument!

That’s fascinating because in Central and Eastern Canada, almost all progressives have decided that Canadian oil is dirty and pipelines are bad.

Remember Denis Coderre and the Montreal area mayors immediately saying “no” to Energy East? Montreal used to have a refinery which was pushed out by progressive politicians who didn’t want the oil industry or the jobs that went with it in their city. Then there’s Trudeau’s stance and his top advisor Gerry Butts who wants a zero carbon economy.

So Nenshi’s speech impressed me. I was tweeting as much as he spoke and I wondered, is this the man that can overcome the objections of the progressive side?

In the scrum afterwards I tried to ask him exactly that. A complimentary, respectful question that I never got to ask because he threw a hissy fit.

I’ve covered prime ministers, premiers, presidents and the Queen. I’ve stumped the best of them and have asked hostile questions of hostile politicians but NEVER in all my time as a journalist have I been treated like that.

Is it due to Ezra? I may not know Mayor Nenshi but he knows Ezra. They’ve been frenenies for nearly 25 years so maybe he was taking his anger for Ezra out on me.

In any case, he’s right - this shouldn’t be a left/right issue but it has become one. The left in Canada has decided we should say “no” to the energy industry and do without oil but, as Nenshi said, leaving it in the ground is not a rational strategy.

So I’m asking Mayor Nenshi to rise to the occasion, as a proud progressive and lefty Mayor, convince your own side of your own argument. Mostly, I agree with what you said but more Canadians on your side of the political aisle, need to hear that argument.

Are you up to that challenge mayor?

 

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commented 2016-02-05 10:32:32 -0500
Brian, you seem to have forgotten that a leopard never changes his spots! Nenshi is more like the “panther” in this poem:
The Panther by Ogden Nash
The panther is like a leopard,
Except it hasn’t been peppered.
Should you behold a panther crouch,
Prepare to say Ouch.
Better yet, if called by a panther,
Don’t anther.
“Ouch!” He sure did not want to “anther” your questions!
commented 2016-02-05 10:18:34 -0500
“Mayor Nenshi, why are you so intolerant? "
only white people have to be tolerant. the rest act like the intolerant little assholes they are.
commented 2016-02-05 09:35:06 -0500
He was probably upset because he had nothing to eat in the last ten minutes and took it out on you. What a porker. Actually he is just naturally arrogant and looks down his nose at anyone from the Rebel..
commented 2016-02-05 08:49:02 -0500
His hissy fit and the way he shut you down Brian is SOP for him. He won’t ever listen to anyone or give them the chance if they challenge him in any way. The daily drama we get from this ass-clown became old long ago.
commented 2016-02-05 06:34:15 -0500
You should have just given him a banana first. These guys are all about respect.
commented 2016-02-05 04:23:47 -0500
What bothers me is in one way or another the left wants to silence any dissent or in this case what he perceived was going to be dissent. The tactic he used here is the same one used by gorillas trying to assert their dominance by the loudest chest pounding, sending the message they are the biggest gorilla in the midst. The effect is to try and prevent you from asking tough questions. Too bad he prejudged the situation and went on the offensive.
commented 2016-02-05 01:02:54 -0500
This asshat is the reason Airdrie, Strathmore, Cochrane and Okotoks are growing like weeds
commented 2016-02-05 00:59:10 -0500
Bigotry is when an individual thinks that observing one thing about someone means that the viewer knows everything about the other. Mayor Nenshi is showing classic bigotry, of the “if you’re with them then you think this so I must shut you down” type. Call it racism, call it being elitist, call it groupthink, call it left-wingers closing ranks; whatever label is applied it is simple bigotry that shows a lack of thought on Mayor Nenshi’s part. If Brian really were trying to trap him in some way then the number of other reporters recording the exchange would have caught all of it and The Rebel could get a huge black eye out of it if caught in a lie or an obvious mis-representation. But Mayor Nenshi couldn’t risk it, and what appears to be blind disdain or hatred ruined what could have been a reaching-out moment.

Mayor Nenshi, why are you so intolerant?
commented 2016-02-05 00:50:51 -0500
Alberta Buck.
You are just too nice a person. Do you think anyone on the left really listens to an opposing viewpoint? Do you think anyone on the left think that conservatives are credible? If you answer yes please provide a little detail.
commented 2016-02-05 00:31:33 -0500
journalists say left and right all the time politicians say left and right all of the time people say the left and the right all of the time I watch about five different news stations the left and the right you here the left and the right on the CBC all of the time Peter Mansbridge uses the terms the left and the right all of the time I hear it every day I don’t think your question was off the norm what was off the norm was his response

To those worried about harsh comments when our economy implodes the pitch forks will come out and the comments will get a lot more serious poverty dose that the threat of it dose that. We’re facing a major threat right now even the main stream media is noticing the threat and they are all ways the last to notice when the sitting gov is of they’re choice
commented 2016-02-05 00:24:32 -0500
@brianlilley most here do not like nenshi. perhaps you need to adjust your expectations of him.
commented 2016-02-05 00:03:01 -0500
Dean…I believe and logic would dictate that Nenshi responded to Brian the way he did because Brian was representing the Rebel. This is the key factor in what I was trying to say, that when very few take you seriously nor give you any credibility, all the effort of trying to do something is basically lost. Believe me, I have a lot of respect for Brian and none for Nenshi, but if one refuses to accept the truth for what it is, you will never overcome it. Nothing I would like more than to see this site, the people involved including Ezra taken seriously by the masses, but that will never happen until a foundation of credibility is built. Its one thing to rattle off one’s mouth with some pointless rant, it’s another to say something intelligent and credible that will actually make some lefty think about it afterwards. That’s how you effectively create change IMO.

And Martin, I need not worry about my friends, it’s how Joe Public perceive us as conservatives, and what is being said and how. And we gain nothing when we look like idiots because of how the position and thoughts were presented. I wish this site did have much higher viewership, but in order to accomplish that, every story needs to be done in a civil and respectable manner. Exaggerating things only turns people away.
commented 2016-02-05 00:02:04 -0500
I think what scares them is that a million people might see them answer a hard question and I think they are seeing the rebel rise and they are just like the main stream media stuck in the past like dinosaurs I hope Calgarians get out and vote out the man child
commented 2016-02-04 23:40:44 -0500
Gee, why would anyone want Trudeau dead when he is paying one billion a year to import Islamic terrorism and giving away billions in the name of climate change? Gee, why would anyone want Notley dead when she is destroying the society, industry, farming and finances of Alberta? Gee, why would anyone want Wynne dead when she is driving out industry, and destroying the society and finances of Ontario?
People are supposed to be nice on this site and not say anything offensive? Bullshit! I think that’s the kind of attitude that got us to where we are today. We are becoming a nation of wimps, just like in Europe. It is time to stand up and say “I’m damn mad and I’m not going to take it anymore.”
commented 2016-02-04 23:29:08 -0500
Typical response from a man-child who believes he should not be challenged. You can see the obvious contempt before the question was even fully articulated. All the horsepucky being spewed by Justy, Notley, and the likes of Nenshi is totally adverse to what was coming out of their mouths a few months ago. Saddest part of all is that there are people out there that believe the bullshit and will blissfully vote for them over and over again.
commented 2016-02-04 23:28:40 -0500
Well the mayor needs a good kick in the behind the next time his head is on the mat and his ass in the air.

Seems the Rebel is growing and becoming known

Well done guys!
commented 2016-02-04 23:20:28 -0500
Alberta Buck – So Nenshi acts like a child and its Ezra that needs to change his behavior? Yes Ezra can be a bit over the top at times but as you said he is not going to change. It’s called The Rebel for a reason and people can like it, hate or be indifferent about it but I personally think its needed. CFCN Calgary even showed a clip from Erza the other night showing his tough stance against Denis Coderre which is no pipeline no more transfer payments so it appears to me he is having an impact.
commented 2016-02-04 23:17:14 -0500
Alberta Buck, any decent “politician” should be able to answer any question without drama, no matter who’s asking. This was Nenshi’s chance to outsmart Brian. He failed. And seems like Rebel is being taken very seriously in the “progressive” world. (Sheila/NDP and now Brian)
Sound like you’re just afraid how you look in front of your friends. Maybe look for new friends?
commented 2016-02-04 23:16:56 -0500
Further to Alberta’s comment: consider the way it came to be. Immediately there were rude left-wing commenters making rude left-wing comments. This brings out the rude right-wingers, and there are a few of them also. Pretty soon the comments sections of controversial stories read like extremely poorly-written war novels. Page after page of volleys and sorties, often with the same small number of participants sniping at eachother, with the level of discourse roughly around the 4 year old mark. Pre-K, for sure. I’m as guilty as the next, before any rock throwers show up, but I’ve always tried to keep it civil. Lotta you can’t say that. I gotta say we’ve fallen right into the trap those who are opposed to our political direction laid for us. The result is that even though this should be as respected a website as any other, it’s denigrated as fringe and near-meaningless. A big reason for that is these running profanity-laden diatribes in the comments sections of the stories that should be fodder for a wider audience but are scared away by all the troll activity. Yes, we really are a nation of prudes, and forcing the issue just lowers the overall quality of the site and, by extension, the arguments it makes. There aren’t a lot of options that don’t involve the site administration censoring the comments, so it’s up to us to keep it civil. This isn’t facebook, and the comments we make on here will be read by a lot of people from a lot of places and coming from a lot of different viewpoints, and THEY’RE ALL VALID, in some way. Also, directly connected to this; the hate comments. Calling for harm to others isn’t cool. I don’t like Trudeau, Notley, or collectivists in general. But to call for harm to come to them on this site lowers the acceptability of the site as a whole, etc. So, stop the calls for public beheadings, learn to communicate without all the MF’s etc., and maybe this site can gain some respectability that it does deserve for the news gathering and reporting that it does. I really don’t think it will happen otherwise. It’s too bad, because I think this could be the voice of conservative Canadians. Instead, it’s become the voice of what the left wing thinks of conservative Canadians. We need to do better.
commented 2016-02-04 23:10:17 -0500
No, Mr. Lilley, that is the real Nenshi you saw with that response. We in Calgary are used to it.
commented 2016-02-04 22:57:10 -0500
Really no left or right in politics, must be talking about Sharia Law.
commented 2016-02-04 22:42:44 -0500
Great post Alberta Buck and absolutely right.
commented 2016-02-04 22:11:56 -0500
Finally, a lefty politician who makes a speech promoting the oil industry & who deservedly needs praise, but after the speech he acts like a bully when Brian poses a question which makes for a bizarre behaviour. Hopefully the man was sincere about every word he said because he is really concerned for Alberta & not because the revenues will not be there & the spending will have to be curtailed
There is nothing wrong with THE REBEL name, thank goodness some people want to rise up & change things & not act like a bunch of sheep. A politician should be man/woman enough to answer any question, no matter who the journalist works for. The reason they don’t want to answer the questions posed by The Rebel is because they’re afraid of tough questions.
commented 2016-02-04 22:04:05 -0500
Nenshi is a good guy and is just fighting for his city, province and country. God knows Notley and Trudeau need a nudge to get those pipelines built. I like his feistiness and willingness to put it all out there despite his allegiance to the NDP or Liberal Party or whoever. Anyone who can switch from one ideology to another without skipping a beat has a bright future in politics. Nenshi thought he was going to get hugs today from The Rebel but he was double crossed and backed into a corner. Be careful Brian, I think Nenshi is mad at you.
commented 2016-02-04 21:58:23 -0500
I have to agree with what a couple others have already said, and that is that unfortunately Ezra’s name and now the Rebel as well, is too often associated with sensationalism, exaggeration, and extremism when it comes to many of the reports and comments posted. Ezra got a bad habit of often making mountains out of dust bunnies, and while most often I can see and understand the point he is trying to make, and want to support him because in principle he is right as well, but then he simply goes too far and makes silly childish comments, which totally defeat any good that could have been gained. And by doing so, those associated with him get painted with the same brush. And it does appear that is what happened here to Brian. And unfortunately it undermines much the work that he and others are trying to do. I am not alone in these thoughts, I have been a member here since the beginning, along with several friends, and we have even discussed amongst us, writing to Ezra to explain our point, but then when one looks at the past, why bother. He’s been sued and more for, well quite frankly, shooting off his mouth. This is my first comment on here, I’ve always held my tongue thus far, but this seems like the time and place to break that silence. Very few people out there really take the Rebel seriously for this reason. And it also makes us who want to support this site look bad too. I am proud to stand at the right and speak up for what I believe in, but none of us gain anything when our position is belittled because of someone running off at the mouth. I used to refer people to stories and links from this site, but I don’t anymore, simply because of comments that got fired back at me accusing me of being fanatical and extremist, because of information posted on here.
I think this site could do a lot of good and would be a lot more popular if it based on facts, not sensationalism.
Just my two cents.
commented 2016-02-04 21:20:08 -0500
If I may…I don’t think the name ‘the rebel’ has anything to do with this childish outburst, Brian has asked hard questions of several ministers in the Liberal cabinet and has never been treated in such a bush league manner. I think this guy Nenshi is a vindictive person, who is as Ezra has stated, subject to egotistical bouts of rage.
It says a lot about the mayor.
commented 2016-02-04 21:01:24 -0500
Not withstanding nenshi’s behavior is rediculous.
commented 2016-02-04 20:59:11 -0500
I tend to agree with Bob. The name is combative and doesn’t have to be. The conservative voice needs to be heard and understood, not seen as extreme. You guys should look at it…
commented 2016-02-04 20:51:14 -0500
Brian, as many have mentioned to Ezra; its the name Rebel media. Speakers figure the Rebel journalists are there to catch them making a mistake and make a fool of them, so they are always on the defence . Its the same reason the two Rebel women got the boot last week at Notley’s Conference.
commented 2016-02-04 20:33:57 -0500
Brian can I ask you why you use the term “progressives” when speaking of the left? I don’t see any progress that can occur with these medevial type thinkers. Is this a name they came up with to give themselves credence? They are neither center or progressive. For the most part they are simply illogical.