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An Assessment of Erin O’Toole’s selection as Conservative Leader

In a leadership convention that will be known as much for its counting machines shredding ballot votes and the long delay in announcing results, as it will for the picking of a new leader, the Conservative Party’s members finally picked someone to replace the inept Andrew Scheer.

(Scheer didn’t go out in a blaze of glory either, but someone who appears very bitter he lost the 2019 election, and also exposed himself as the right wing ideologue most Canadians suspected he was/is)

The winner, in a bit of a surprise, is veteran MP Erin O’Toole. He did very well in Quebec in first round voting and captured the social conservative votes of Leslyn Lewis and Derek Sloan to beat back Peter MacKay in Round 3.

Did Conservative Party members make a smart choice? That remains to be seen. My sense is most Liberals viewed Peter MacKay as the most dangerous foe to them electorally, but the social conservative wing (which O’Toole courted and helped propel him to victory) has shown it is in control of the CPC party, and this wing is out of step with mainstream Canadian views on most issues (They also don’t physically distance very well either).

As for the Liberals, their biggest foe is themselves. They need to stop shooting themselves in the foot and creating issues for the opposition out of nowhere. One hopes that Chrystia Freeland as Finance Minister will help in that regard.

I offer my congratulations to Erin O’Toole for winning, but he’ll pardon me if I don’t say “best of luck” to him. I’d be lying if I said so 😉



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Blue Jays denied playing in Toronto. Right call.

These stats here should speak for themselves why it’s the right call.

I also would think twice if I were the Jays about playing in Dunedin Florida; a state with a pro-Trump Republican Governor and Covid-19 stats showing the result of that blind loyalty.

Oh.. and yes.. hi everyone. 🙂

Sorry about the extended absence, but I am still around, as you would notice from my Twitter feed over there on the right hand column.

I’ll try and be more engaging on here. I suspect as the US Elections approach, I’ll be more proactive in posting on my blog.

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Evidence that a Trumpism strain is alive and well within the Conservative Party.

Witness this humdinger of an interview by Sarnia-Lampton MP and current Conservative Party leadership contender Marilyn Gladu. Apparently we should be following the lead of President Trump:

Sarnia-Lambton’s MP wants Canada to implement COVID-19 cures she says have been proven in the United States… “In the United States they’ve been successful with the treatment of hydroxychloroquine, azithromycin and zinc sulfate,” said Gladu. “They’ve tried this on thousands of COVID patients, with nearly 100 per cent recovery rate, and so the FDA has approved this as an emergency measure, but Canada has not.”

A 100% recovery rate?? How could that be true? Really Marilyn? Where in the world did you get THAT claim from? I’m not even sure Trump has claimed that.

The local Sarnia Chief of Staff immediately put that to rest:

Bluewater Health Chief of Staff Dr. Michel Haddad said there hasn’t been any evidence to show that hydroxychloroquine has been helpful in prevention or treatment of COVID-19 “There’s a lot of talk out there about different treatments,” said Haddad. “There’s no single agent that actually kills this virus. The Tamiflu we use for influenza is non-effective. We have been using cocktails of antibiotics, without real evidence to be honest with you.” Haddad said he’s seen patients die and survive after using hydroxychloroquine.

I had hoped our Conservatives would be resisting the incompetence and ignorance coming out of Donald Trump’s mouth, but between this and Andrew Scheer stating in his press conference he wasn’t sure we should be following the advice of the World Health Organization, It appears that hope might be in vain.

If they think they’re going to get Canadians support by being a parrot of Donald Trump, they’re going to have a nasty reality check.

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COVID-19: Take care of your mental health too.

One of the twitter feeds I follow commented that since mass social/physical distancing and self isolation has taken place, every day is like the other – the news is the same, the newscasts are all the same. He has taken to calling every day “Blendsday”.

This constant warning of COVID-19 and what’s been going on in the world can very easily pile up, and it may become very overwhelming and cause a lot of anxiety for people.

I just want to say to everyone to remember to take care of your mental health as well as your physical health.

If there are people going through anxiety issues or panic attacks, don’t be afraid to go get help for it; there’s no shame in asking for some help if it gets to be a bit much.

MY own advice.. don’t watch the news constantly. Get out and take a walk (safely of course). Do a crossword puzzle. Play some online games (or even board games). Taking a break from the current dark times is allowed.

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Covid-19 and the new normal.

Well… lots has happened since my last post.

Normal political news and normal news for that matter is now almost completely gone due to the Covid19 pandemic gripping the world.

Once this all passes (whenever that happens to be) it will be interesting to see what the new “normal” is. I have my doubts that we’ll be going back to the old normal.

The last world event to create a new normal was after 9-11. This new normal will be more widespread for better and for worse.

Stay safe everyone.

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Congrats to new #OLP Leader Steven Del Duca

We already knew going into the Ontario Liberal Party Convention that Steven Del Duca had won a majority of delegates going into the Leadership Convention, and only needed superdelegate votes to put him over the top. It was little surprise that he got that support and won decisively on the first ballot. You can find a bit of background on the new Liberal leader here.

My personal congratulations to the new Liberal Leader. I am looking forward to seeing his plans not only to get Ontario back on track after removing Doug Ford from office.. but also what he plans to do to help make the Ontario LIberal Party more democratic and responsive to its membership. Remember his 5 Questions interview, and compare it to his actual actions on those and other topics to decide how he does.

(As an aside, I was very happy to see his tweet saying he had committed to re-introducing the Basic Income Pilot Project. That’s a good start.)

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Ontario Liberal Party Leadership Delegates Selection Weekend

This is the weekend where OLP members are voting for delegates to help choose the next Ontario Liberal Party leader. This is what the leadership campaigns were doing the membership drives for – to try to get more people as members who would then theoretically turn up this weekend to then vote for the delegates that would most favour their candidacy (I still prefer that the OLP would have gone one member one vote, but I digress). Turnout this day and the GOTV movement will obviously be a big factor in what delegates get elected.

I will be watching with interest – I want to thank all the candidates who took the time and effort to answer my “Five Questions” series – all but one candidate replied to these (and it wasn’t for a lack of effort on my part to get the last candidate to do so). Perhaps we can do a follow-up interview on here with the newly elected OLP  leader once he/she is picked.

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“5 Questions” Interview(s) with Ontario Liberal Party Candidates: Steven Del Duca

Our next candidate for the Ontario Liberal Party Leadership to submit replies to the questions is Steven Del Duca (you’ll find his website link in one of the replies to one of the questions).

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“5 Questions” Interview(s) With Ontario Liberal Party Candidates: Mitzie Hunter

Mitzie Hunter is next up in answering some questions about her Ontario Liberal Party leadership run. You’ll find her relevant website and contact info below the very last answer of hers.

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“5 Questions” Interview(s) With Ontario Liberal Party Candidates: Kate Graham

Kate Graham is the next of the leadership candidates for the Ontario Liberal Party to submit her answers to my “5 Questions”. You can find Kate’s website here. Her answers in their entirety are below.

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