May 17, 2015

We fact-check UNIFOR's anti-Harper ad -- since HuffPo wouldn't (VIDEO)

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UNIFOR, the country's largest private sector union, just released a radio campaign attacking Harper. The Huffington Post reported on the ad, but they did it without fact-checking the commercial.

I've got the data from Statistics Canada about employment under the Tories.

Anyone can access this information, but maybe HuffPo didn't want to let the hard facts get in the way of the anti-Harper narrative.

The fact is, Canadians are earning more, not less, and there has been an increase in full-time employment, not part-time.

The UNIFOR commercial says just the opposite.

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commented 2015-05-20 13:57:57 -0400
@jan SCHEIT . . . . Fascists were of the LEFT Jan . . . . Mussolini, inventor of fascism was a devout Socialist. Follower of Marx and Engels. Mussolini disliked some of the tactics and class warfare of the Bolshiviks, hence the new label “Fascism” . . . in REALITY it was Communism Light ! ! !
All over the world we are watching leftist/socialist regimes failing today . . . from Greece, to Spain, To France . . . to of course the USA under the Amateur in the WH. What effect do you think dozens of Tax Increases, ObyCare and the out of Control EPA are having on the US investment climate and job prospects in the US?
Anyone think an Amateur like Justin will fare any better? Or, French citizen Tom?
Harper is easily the Best PM in 40+ years in this Country . . . didn’t the NY Time say the Canadian Middle Class are the Wealthiest on the Planet?
commented 2015-05-19 22:12:13 -0400
One thing that is always overlooked is that technology has eliminated the entry level jobs that students, women returning to the workforce, recent graduates used to fill. These jobs were the bread and butter jobs, the jobs that started many in their careers. Now, these jobs are gone.
commented 2015-05-19 18:21:43 -0400
The IUOE send a computer generated voice mail to my cell phone complaining about Harper. I do not appreciate businesses calling me on my cell, and I sure as hell do not welcome political players doing the same.

As for employment, I am surprised Canada has fared so well, considering the employment disaster down south and the general weakness of the world economy. The US is definately replacing high paying full time jobs with low paying part time jobs. I contend the only reason for Canada’s success has been jobs in fracking, natural gas, and oil in Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan and Alberta. That may be turning south with recent changes in energy prices.
commented 2015-05-19 17:01:53 -0400
the cbc has been running coverage of a small union demonstration, all day, and saying it is about “muzzling” rather than the truth, sick days.. no scientists actually showed up at this rally and they have looped continually commentary from a “shark scientist” who works in iceland..
commented 2015-05-19 14:24:29 -0400
That’s not surprising coming from Althia Raj. She’s given the opportunity to spew her anti-Harper on CBC every week for everyone to [have to] listen to. I change channels when I see her on P&P … oops, did I admit out load I watch P&P/CBC?
I agree with Deborah. Harper is smart, intelligent, knows the game of politics and has moral fiber. I hope he blows them away in the election.
And would the media be so aggressively anti-Trubama if he were PM? If they weren’t they’d be without a job and part of the unemployment stats.
commented 2015-05-19 14:02:08 -0400
PM Harper is the best we have ever had running this country. The more these lying unions spew their garbage, the more I lean to the right. I can’t stand liars, nor would I work for those unions like “Uniliar.”
commented 2015-05-19 13:56:12 -0400
That would be the day that I let some smarmy union tell me who to vote for. Just because they legally get to steal my money, and use it any way they want to, doesn’t mean I leave my brains at the door, and allow those losers the right to tell me what to do. I don’t believe anything unions spew these days! It’s all about their upper management, the butt kissers, who think that they are going to tell the rest of society, what we can and can not do. I thank God that I don’t belong to a loser union!
commented 2015-05-18 22:05:10 -0400
Neither UNIFOR nor Huff-Po, nor most of the rest of the media give a damn about whether UNIFOR (or any other anti-conservative org) is lying. Promoting those anti-conservative lies is their objective.

What is needed is for criminal charges, with big fines attached, for deliberately misrepresenting the facts (lying) to the public. Media outlets that carry those false ads should be dealt with as criminal co-conspirators. That would certainly motivate them to do their due diligence (fact checking).
commented 2015-05-18 17:44:27 -0400
@normtiffin…C’MON…I WAS JUST JOKING!
commented 2015-05-18 14:34:13 -0400
UNIFOR is chock full of liars and detestable scumbags. Not REAL Canadians.
commented 2015-05-18 13:52:54 -0400
Unions should stick to what they do best, collect dues from their membership and protect losers who can’t hold a job in any other work environment. Oh and of course they try to get their member ship to vote NDP.
commented 2015-05-18 13:46:22 -0400
I think Brian misses the point to some extent. The fundamental dishonesty is the implication that it is all Harper’s fault. It’s kind of a revealing implication since it suggests that Unifor figures with the right fascist as PM we will have a much better economy. Unfortunately history has shown over and over again that neither fascism nor socialism are successful forms of government.
commented 2015-05-18 12:09:39 -0400
I read the complete exchange below and line ip with Brian. Norm, I agree there are nuances, time period, majority vs minority government and a recession to consider, but Brian’s point was the lack of journalistic effort by Althia at HuffPost. Her responsibility as a journalist is to probe these things not parrot. Brian was clear about his timeline and sources and the bald statements by the union were deceptive.
commented 2015-05-18 12:06:37 -0400
Unifor is running ads on the left-coast lamenting the closure of the Kits CG station over two years ago. The station that no one has missed . . .
Unifor also whines about the Ship movement Monitoring system that is being shut down by the Feds. Of course they neglect to mention in their Advert that the system is 1970s technology and is being replaced with 21st century technology.
Uniform is the last hope of the private sector union movement in Canada . . . they have merged and merged and merged some more over the last few decades. Who will they “merge” with next ? After decades of this nonsense they are still on the “stupid-train” to nowhere . . .
No one eliminated more Private Sector Union jobs here than the Dippers in the 90s . . .
commented 2015-05-18 11:07:26 -0400
Maybe it’s time for the union boss at Unifor to go…
commented 2015-05-18 10:59:37 -0400
Judy, my statements, I think are clear: I follow the Rebel and I don’t like unions. I also don’t like disinformation when statistics are used improperly so I wanted to at least correct what Mr. Lilley was stating. We cannot abuse numbers to make our case. If the data doesn’t support our opinion we either have to find other support or change our opinion. I apologize for any lack of clarity in my earlier post.
commented 2015-05-18 10:52:11 -0400
NORM TIFFIN, you make a good point that the Unifor statement could be interpreted as applying to “Harper’s time” as PM which started in Feb 2006". Another factor to consider is that “Harper’s time” as PM as a majority government only began in 2011. Also, Unifor’s attack on Harper is overly-simplistic. Harper has focused on generating more export trade as acknowledged by Brad Wall in his interview with Ezra (“Brad Wall: Here’s what’s powering Saskatchewan’s amazing short-term growth in exports”), but the provincial governments play an important role as well. Thus, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall reports how his government, along with help from Harper’s federal government, has achieved amazing short-term growth in exports. Meanwhile consider what is happening in Ontario with a government that the labour unions played an important role in electing!
commented 2015-05-18 09:17:52 -0400
But isn’t the principal point here that private sector unions want to force customers to pay what public sector unions screwed out of the taxpayer? Vote for it and get more of it. Great if you belong to a private sector union. Not if you live in any real world. Denyse O’Leary, Ottawa
commented 2015-05-18 08:32:03 -0400
@ Norm Tiffin…you say “I am a daily follower of The Rebel and agree with much of what is expressed on this site. Second, I don’t like unions. Now for the real facts.”

Are you saying that you are not in fact a follower of The Rebel and you don’t agree with much that is expressed on this site. Also, is it a real fact that you do like unions? If not, why do you follow your statement with “now for the REAL facts”?

Actually, what you do say still does not give the unions a valid argument anyway…UNIONS are bad for business, the economy and the workers…as a friend from GM said to me, in the last 40 years with all the union agitating we did our incomes are proportionately no better than in the past…all that has happened is as our wages rose the cost of living rose. THERE IS NO POINT TO UNIONS. HE FAILED TO MENTION THAT WITH ALL THE AGITATING WE, THE BENIGHTED TAXPAYERS, STILL HAD TO BAIL THEM OUT…SO IT WAS A LOSE:LOSE SITUATION FOR EVERYONE BUT THE UNIONS!

In the end all the unions did was destructive and a waste of time…but they still got THEIR MONEY AND POWER….

…things are very good under Harper and we have a far less expensive government FOR NOW. He has deliberately cut back on much of the waste of the Liberals…the massive expense of huge bureaucracy, that was based on cronyism, and unfair support of special interest groups, and saved us billions…if we lose Harper we are guaranteed of the left REBUILDING a massive government bureaucracy and taxing us to death…that is the real urgent problem…

Thank you George Drummond for pointing us to this:

“The misleading advertising and labelling provisions enforced by the Competition Bureau prohibit making any deceptive representations for the purpose of promoting a product or a business interest, and encourage the provision of sufficient information to allow consumers to make informed choices”

@ Joan….preach it sister:) :“Unifor – a union for everyone … except the non-unionized, the disabled, the extremely poor, the entrepreneurial, the job makers, the self-employed and … okay, the rich. …Does anyone expect unions to play fair?….When mobsters play, folks get hurt. Just how it is.”

Right on! Hope the law to enforce union transparency and secret ballot go through! THAT IS THE REAL REASON THEY HATE HARPER…he’s got their number…

Could someone tell me why people keep saying Harper is a dictator? Some hard evidence, Please?
commented 2015-05-18 05:54:23 -0400
Sorry. Unifor not Unicor. And one other thing: Don’t support their branding efforts by writing their name in upper case. As a former VP of Marketing for a global company who had a product we branded in this manner we loved to see others do it – particularly medical journals and the media.
commented 2015-05-18 01:29:54 -0400
Hold on Brian. I fact checked your fact checking and you are not telling the whole story.
First in the interest of full disclosure: I am a daily follower of The Rebel and agree with much of what is expressed on this site. Second, I don’t like unions.
Now for the real facts. Brian’s research was taken from Statcan for the past 5 years only. Probably because that’s the manner in Statcan conveniently supplies it without having to dig much further. However, the ad implied ALL of PM Harper’s time as PM which started in Feb 2006. The ad states nothing about any period except PM Harper’s time as PM so that’s the time you must use to disprove them. If you go back to 2006 then unemployment was 6.6% and today it is 6.8% nationally. (All data from Statcan.) Yes, I know that 2008 started the Great Recession but to take the stats any time except 2006 is playing fast and loose with the data AND editing Unicor’s ad to fit your agenda. Let’s not play the game that we are accusing them of playing. Mr. Lilley either cherry picked his data or took what was easily given by Statcan.
Second, Mr. Lilley compares raw numbers of employment between 2010 and 2015 which does not take into account population growth. When the population growth is considered (as denominator) from 2006 to 2014 then the employment numbers have decreased marginally from 50.3% to 50.1%. Moreover, full time employment HAS decreased (41.2 to 40.4) and part time HAS increased (9.15 to 9.65).
There’s more but I’ll leave it there.
The bottom line is that one must speak directly to the statement as made by Unicor to refute it. One cannot cherry pick the numbers just to make your case or for expediency. So, calm down everyone on this issue and don’t call your lawyers on Tuesday. You don’t have a case. Unfortunately.
commented 2015-05-18 01:16:40 -0400
They lied. Again.
commented 2015-05-17 22:22:55 -0400
huffblow and ewnions. just one sucking off the other.
commented 2015-05-17 19:41:34 -0400
I actually went into the Huff&Puff web site. Biased is not a strong enough word for these lefties. I couldn’t find the UNIFOR article …mind you I didn’t try very hard but the whole scheme and the comments were predominantly anti-Harper. It felt like taking a bath with the CBC (luke warm water coloured red, and a hugely expensive tub)
commented 2015-05-17 18:47:45 -0400
Good job, Brian. HuffPo should pay you a salary for doing their job for them.
commented 2015-05-17 17:33:39 -0400
Gary Hitch commented 1 hour ago
“There should be counter-ads exposing unifor as liars and propagandists.” Good idea except our Socialist “Consortium” Media would never agree to run them. It goes against the “narrative”.
commented 2015-05-17 16:35:58 -0400
There should be counter-ads exposing unifor as liars and propagandists.
Few in Canada are more corrupt than Unions.
commented 2015-05-17 15:52:31 -0400
I would just like to say to all the Union and ex Union People speaking out AGAINST the Unions – THANK YOU, so much for continuing to get the truth out!!!

These Unions are just on a Power trip now. They, like the Ndp and Liberals care nothing but – < GETTING POWER / KEEPING POWER AND MAINTAINING POWER " > – ( thank you, Marissa Semkiw for those words – that I capitalized – from the SNN days ).

I’ve dealt with Bullies all my life and they ARE Bullies! They WILL NEVER, EVER tell me anything.

I only SUPPORT that of which BENEFITS EVERYONE – those who are actually doing something to HELP others’ get ahead and SUCCEED – and that is our PRIME MINISTER AND GOVERNMENT WHO ARE Working Hard for ALL OF US – despite the Liberal Curse Federally and the Ndp Curse Provincially – that they are dealing with.

I’ve never thought of myself as being better than anyone – because nobody is – we are all different. When you’re Employed THERE ARE limits as to what you get – when you’re an ENTREPRENEUR, there are NO LIMITS. ENTREPRENEURSHIP IS AVAILABLE to EVERYONENOW and ANYONE CAN DO IT and be VERY SUCCESSFUL! If Confidence is an Issue, you DO HAVE a SOLID SUPPORT SYSTEM available – as I’ve been INCREASINGLY BLESSED WITH. If the issue is Ego – PLEASELET IT GO!

I can’t stand Poverty, Homelessness, Low / Fixed Income, Hopelessness, Addictions to escape the MISERY that Socialism and EVERY OTHER form of Marxism CREATES.


commented 2015-05-17 15:39:10 -0400
Is there no way to hold to account those organizations such as UNIFOR their lies in their ads, I mean other than an expensive lawsuit few can afford and the liberal judges will rule against anyway?

It is like there has been in a greater degree of dishonesty creep into the left (unions, media, politicians, individuals) in recent years that seems overwhelming to combat. Just how does one hold these lying creeps to account for their filth?