The YES MAN

Jason Kenney United Conservative Party premier of Alberta says YES to rolling back LGBTQ protections and backs empowering doctors to refuse and not even refer abortion and medically assisted dying services.

Jason Markusoff is an Alberta based reporter with Macleans

The man who couldn’t say NO!

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A reporter asked Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer this question: “On issues around social conservatism, around issues like same-sex marriage, you are still not giving your personal views, so [the] question is:
Do you believe that being gay is a sin?
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Scheer’s answer included 74 words and not one word was NO!
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This is how the other leaders answered the same question: Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, through a spokesperson, said “no.” Bloc Quebecois leader Yves-Francois Blanchet, also through a spokesperson, said “Of course not.” NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh’s spokeperson also said Singh’s answer is “no.” Outgoing Green Party leader Elizabeth May, via telephone from the train she was aboard travelling through northwestern Ontario, said “no.”! (Source: Global News)

 

Underbelly of political ambition

Court Painter seen working on a recent commission for  anonymous patron.

To examine the political life of Peter MacKay is to take a magnifying glass to the scaly underbelly of political ambition and all the intrigue that goes along with it.

Now, after some blunt comments about Andrew Scheer’s campaign performance, MacKay is once again being linked with the leadership of the federal Conservative Party.

At a post-election panel discussion on Wednesday, MacKay said that Scheer’s social conservative views were a “stinking albatross” around the party’s electoral hopes and that the scandal-plagued Justin Trudeau had presented the Conservatives with an “open net” they failed to score on.

Source :National Post Nov 1,2019

The Prime Minister insisted on adding a bit of eye candy to the seance in spite of  being challenged by an Alberta pugilist.

Freedom to Lie

Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg now gets to distribute and curate the news and information for more than 2.5 billion people—and make money from those eyeballs—with little risk of being held liable for the content. Zuckerberg himself says he is making a simple moral choice. And maybe that’s true, since he’s been an absolutist on political speech since he started Facebook. The problem with that explanation is that it’s hard to believe any discussion about morality from a man who has profited so handsomely from it. Zuckerberg is worth $70 billion. Facebook itself is worth half a trillion dollars. That’s especially true given concerns that Zuckerberg and Facebook have wrongly skewed elections and helped dictators more easily oppress their citizens.

(excerpted from Wired 10,31,2019)

This Should Go Well….

Where does Canada go from here?
  A conversation with two Prime Ministers
The Right Honourable Jean Chrétien and the Right Honourable Stephen Harper have been Prime Minister of Canada for 19 of the past 25 years and are two old warhorses who refuse to go to pasture. On October 31 they will share a stage, coming together to discuss the future of Canada, its position on the global stage and navigating a ‘post-truth’ world.The Hyatt Regency | 700 Centre Street SE | Calgary, AB

 

 

Move Fast Break Things

Politico reports that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg started hosting dinners with conservatives and trying to cultivate new friendships back in July amid concerns about those who accuse social media platforms of censorship and left-wing bias. A source says that Zuckerberg is especially worried about the government taking action to break up his company.

“The discussion in Silicon Valley is that Zuckerberg is very concerned about the Justice Department, under Bill Barr, bringing an enforcement action to break up the company. So the fear is that Zuckerberg is trying to appease the Trump administration by not cracking down on right-wing propaganda.” a source told Politico’s Natasha Bertrand.

Some of the most prominent conservatives who met Zuckerberg at his homes include Senator Lindsey Graham, Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, and radio host Hugh Hewitt, all of whom have accused tech companies of treating conservatives unfairly. Other names of interest include Mary Katharine Ham, Ben Shapiro, Matt Continetti, Guy Benson, Brent Bozell and Byron York.