As you know I have always felt that the SNC-Lavalin affair was an over hyped fake scandal.
And that Andrew Scheer and his sleazy Cons were behaving like members of a third-rate circus.
I'm sure you also know that I was also enraged to see our ghastly MSM media stumbling around in the ring and feverishly promoting that shabby show.
So you can imagine how happy I am to see the CBC's Neil Macdonald call out this sordid spectacle.
By declaring that the opposition is a "caricature," Scheer is a "humid performer" and it's all "Bullshit Theater."
In Scheer's estimation, the prime minister is "disgraced," up to "something sinister," running a coverup, and corrupt in the manner of a Third World despot. Trudeau, Scheer tells us, pressures, harasses, subverts the law and gags elected MPs. And he should be investigated for what are clearly crimes, something Scheer has written to the RCMP demanding.
Now, Trudeau might not be a particularly inspiring, or even articulate fellow. His gurgly moralizing is aggravating. But a sinister, disgraced, subversive, corrupt criminal? Because he tried to get his justice minister to change her decision about a prosecution, to persuade her to use a new law the Conservatives supported, then eventually accepted her decision, and then moved her to Veterans Affairs, an assignment she herself, truth-teller that she is, said at the time was not a demotion?
And yet, crime, corrupt, sinister, coverup, criminal, disgraced, bad, rotten, lawbreaker.
I also like the way that Macdonald takes aim at the hypocrisy of the Cons.
With Scheer heading the opposition, we are supposed to forget that the government his party formed under Stephen Harper happily imposed its will on Canada's judiciary, using minimum-sentencing legislation to interfere with judicial discretion.
Or that Harper's Conservatives, having denounced Belinda Stronach for crossing the floor to join the Liberal government in 2005 (a betrayal of her constituents, we were told) happily received Liberal David Emerson, who crossed to join Harper's government in 2006, and then booted Conservative MP Garth Turner from the caucus after he protested (speaking truth to power, really) that Emerson should seek a new mandate from his constituents, the way the party had argued Stronach should have.
As well as at the hypocrisy of people like Charlie Angus, who after denouncing Jody Wilson-Raybould in no uncertain terms.
Is now on his knees polishing her sainted image with his tongue.
Or for that matter, let's not forget the hypocrisy of the grotesque Pierre Poilievre.
When I hear Pierre Poilievre screaming "cover-up" or calling the justice committee "Justin's committee" I remember when they called him Harper's stooge, and justice was the last thing on his mind. #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/gc1zJ0CVn9— 🇨🇦 Simon 🏴🍀 (@montrealsimon) March 14, 2019
A filthy Harperite if ever there was one.
There is of course one glaring weakness or gaping hole in Macdonald's otherwise very good article.
His failure to take aim at the Con media and other dirty old toxic Trudeau haters who have acted as cheerleaders in this Bullshit Theatre...
And humped this fake scandal in a manner that only be called pornographic.
Even though it has severely damaged our democracy only a few months away from the federal election.
But they will pay for that. The Cons by alienating decent Canadians. The Con media by damaging what was left of their credibility.
And when all is said and done, Justin Trudeau may be battered and bruised.
But is still going to emerge as the big winner of this ugly contest...
It may take a while, but even in a bullshit theatre.
Decency usually prevails....
Well, of course Neil's not going to bite the hand that feeds him. Coren's article from yesterday should suffice; at least we've got someone going after the Scheer hypocrisy of the DipperCon alliance. But are we also supposed to forget that Scheer wanted Trudeau to personally throw Terri McClintic in the hole, or that the Cons cared soooo much about Indigenous issues that they mocked the healing-lodge model as a "free pass" given to a killer? Someone please ask Arrogant Andy if he would exert pressure or influence on Bissonnette's upcoming appeal. Then again, he probably wouldn't have to, because he'd hire disgraced lawyer Levant as AG and give Bissonnette a plum spot in the PMO.
Cons always con, but the Dippers with their fake moral outrage taking up the mantle for the social issues that Trudeau has consistently been a champion of, they look even more debased. "Speaking truth to power"? More like talking out of both sides of their orifices. This is a dirty, coordinated attack on a good man and a decent PM in an election year, and no one on the visiting team is acting in good faith. No one really cares about good governance and they certainly don't care about "speaking truth to power." They're all just trying to raise their profiles tearing apart this one guy they hate for no good reason at all. I only hope you're right that the bullshit machine ends up blowing up in their ugly clown faces.
Sorry, Jackie. Just because someone works for CBC (I assume that's what you mean) doesn't mean they give Trudeau the benefit of the doubt. In fact, for the most part, it has been the exact opposite. Have you read the ravings of Robyn Urback?
I used to have a great deal of respect for Charlie Angus. He's totally lost his way. From screaming at Trudeau during question period to aiding and abetting the Cons with this faux scandal along with his morally superior attitude when it comes to Indigenous affairs... He should leave politics along with Nathan Cullen and let us young folks breathe some new life into the dying NDP.
No, I'm well aware of the lobotomy that Harper gave the national broadcaster and the ugly shell of itself it is now. By "not biting the hand that feeds him" I meant he's not going to attack his own industry. That's the "glaring hole" Simon mentioned in his article. I don't think Coren is as much of a "media type" and seems to have undergone a genuine wake-up call, which is why he seems to have more flexibility. Urback strikes me as the Tomi Lahren of Canada, and Jen Gerson its Laura Ingraham. To hear this tripe coming from women is utterly disgraceful. It's like they have to prove they're "serious journalists" by not "crushing on him" which only goes to show how much respect they have for female Liberal voters. Canada's equivalent of "you only voted for Obama because he's black," "you only voted for Hillary because she's female" is "you only voted for Trudeau because you think he's cute." They're mean girls trying to make retch happen.
It’s good to see someone from CBC going after Andrew Scheer for a change, instead of Justin Trudeau all the time. But as you say, it’s too bad Macdonald didn’t criticize his colleagues who have failed to call bullshit theatre bullshit theatre. But as Jackie says I guess we can’t expect Macdonald to bite the hand that feeds him.
The NDP had ' angry Tom 'and demoted him. Now Cullen and Angus think they made a mistake and have gone all pitbullshit.
Slowly but surely the tide is turning. More media types are starting to realize that Canadians are sick of that fake scandal and I think that explains why Trudeau is getting more popular. The Cons overplayed their hand and soon it will be only the loser Kinsella barking at the moon.
I love that cartoon of Pierre Poilievre. He is such an enormous asshole and as you said he was Harper’s stooge, and having him talk of justice is truly a travesty of justice. I wonder if the Cons realize that every time he opens his mouth he reminds us of Stephen Harper, so that stooge helps us more than he helps them.
Hi Jackie...I'm very disappointed with the NDP. On some days Nathan Cullen and Charlie Angus sound even worse than the Cons. And you're right about Robyn Urback and Jenn Gerson they are both National Post rejects, and are clearly trying to impress their former bosses to take them back again. Disgusting.
Hi anon...I feel the same way, and when I saw him in a great documentary on Timmins the other day he reminded me of the old Charlie. But unfortunately the 2015 loss made him very bitter and instead of inspiring people as an NDPer should he is turning people like me off. I have always voted for the NDP, but my break came when Mulcair turned the party to the right, and more specifically brushed off the youth wing in the lead up to the leadership contest. It was clear to me then that the NDP had become a party of the snooty old, and that was it for me. So yes, I would very much like to see young people breathe some life into the NDP...
As per usual the CPC and their media stooges overplayed their hand. Just as they did last election when PostMedia ran front page attacks ads all of their newspapers the weekend before the election. Rather than learn a lesson they just double down on stupid. JWR knows exactly why she was shuffled out of justice and it has more to do with incompetence than anything else. Her ego just couldn't accept being shuffled so she invents her "own truth" after the fact. The more shrill the CPC the more they get tuned out. Bankruptcy for PM can't come soon enough. As for Fife et al they shot their credibility with this one. All this pounding the LPC took in the last month and polls have them recovering. Scheer and Singh shout themselves in the head in Quebec. Voters there won't forget.
Hi anon...As I said in my post, I would have liked to see Macdonald fire a few shots in the general direction of the pompous assholes of the Con media. But by attacking Scheer in such a manner he has shown the others up. So I'm not complaining...
Hi rumleyfips...I think Mulcair had a toxic effect on the NDP and after the 2015 election he infected the rest of them with a hideous bitterness. Cullen is the worst, but Angus is close behind. He even sent out a revolting tweet yesterday attacking those like me who had put a shamrock in my Twitter handle in solidarity with a female blogger Patty O'Limerick who was bullied into leaving Twitter by Warren Kinsella. I just couldn't believe it, it was that disgusting...
Scheer and Singh shot themselves in the head in Quebec. Voters there won't forget.
Well, it is their motto for a reason:
Je me souviens.
Thanks Jackie. At least more of the general public are likely to read Neil on CBC than Coren on iPolitics. That being said, yes, if only Coren’s piece was sufficient. Maybe (?) this is a start.
Canadians will realize after the most thunder and lighting they have seen in 3 years, there was not even a drop of rain.
HI anon...I hope so, this wretched fake scandal has gone on long enough. I think Canadians are beginning to realize that the Cons are just trying to bully Justin Trudeau again as they have since he entered politics. They are trying to make him look like a criminal when they are the real criminals, and what they and their ugly supporters really can't stand is Justin's support for the rights of women. And as for Kinsella, he will be left looking like a loser for his behaviour has been simply appalling...
Hi anon...that's a good point. I don't doubt that every time Poilievre speaks he reminds many of the Harper years. He was such a swaggering stooge few can forget how he did things like trying to suppress the vote and other crimes against democracy. We definitely don't want to repeat that nightmare...
Hi anon.@5:55 PM...I agree with everything you say. The Cons can't seem to be able to avoid overplaying their hand. And JWR's move had more to do with incompetence than injustice. Unfortunately she was very successful at convincing many that she wouldn't have been moved if she wasn't a woman so that has complicated the situation. Hopefully Canadians won't be fooled so both JWR and the rest of us can move on...
Hi Steve...l hope you're right. There certainly has been a lot of thunder and lightning, but as you say no rain. I hope Canadians will realize that because the fate of our country will depend on it...
Hey Jackie, you're being pointlessly cynical. Don't harsh on MacDonald - he's a treasure and a true journalist. He'll bite any hand that needs to be bit. He's gone after his fellow journalists before. Remember when he went after Barbara Frum by defending the CJFE?
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