Is Andrew Scheer the antidote to Trudeau’s poisonous personality?
Election season is right around the corner, and Canadians are going to have to make an important decision.
With their vote, they will back the person they believe best represents their views, and who they believe will serve the nation best.
As of now, it appears to be a two-horse race, with current PM Justin Trudeau and CPC Leader Andrew Scheer neck and neck with one another in the polls, each of them are doing their best to pull away as the race inches closer to the October finish line. Though Scheer is currently ahead by a decent chunk, there is still plenty of time for Canadians to make up their minds.
One of the major shifts in political discourse happened in 1960, when John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon participated in the world’s first televised presidential debate.
A sweaty, blotchy Richard Nixon faced off against a young, tanned and healthy JFK in the debate that changed the world.
TV viewers thought Kennedy won the debate easily. Radio listeners mostly called it a draw, but there weren’t nearly as many of them.
Since that debate, public persona became just as important as policy. Cult of Personality-type figures continued to pop up, with a strong personality being a major advantage for politicians during campaign season.
Our neighbours to the south are dealing with back-to-back larger-than-life politicians, with eight media-heavy years of Obama being followed by billionaire businessman and longtime TV persona Donald Trump’s presidency. And Trump is a man who has utilized media like no other President before him, especially on Twitter
The theatrics of American Politics had been avoided entirely by nearly every Prime Minister whose last name wasn’t Trudeau. “Exciting” isn’t exactly the word one would use to describe Stephen Harper, Paul Martin, or Brian Mulroney. Besides PM Jean Chretien, who had some pizzazz to him, Canadian Prime Ministers tended to be on the boring side, and as we’re learning now, that was a good thing.
Our current young, hip prime minister has a strong persona, branding himself as the social justice prime minister. He’s tall, handsome, and he’s not afraid to virtue signal.
During Trudeau’s time in office, Canadians have watched his personality unfold. Trudeau tried being an honest, transparent PM, yet ended up being one who pulls the strings to help out his rich friends, while unapologetically pandering to his far-left base.
Perhaps it’s time to return to our roots, and make politics in Canada boring again. And what better candidate can accomplish this than CPC leader Andrew Scheer? Scheer, the father of five from Saskatchewan, may be the perfect antidote to Trudeau’s poisonous personality.
Andrew Scheer is milquetoast.
His policies are uninspired. For many on the right, he’s not conservative enough. Mainstream media outlets are encouraging the Liberal Party’s idea that Scheer is aligned with far-right ethno-nationalists like Faith Goldy.
The fact of the matter is, Andrew Scheer is not an “alt-right adjacent.”
He is an incredibly tamed conservative, and his political existence is not a threat to anyone.
The Conservative Party had a candidate run for its leadership who was far from boring in Maxime Bernier. Scheer narrowly beat out Bernier, who has since gone on to start the People’s Party of Canada.
Bernier represented a lot of what Scheer did not in terms of personality. He was slick, charming, had bold policies that were not typical for a Canadian politician, and although he came very close to winning, Canadian conservatives opted for the more subdued candidate.
It feels like our nation’s collective heart rate has skyrocketed, and perhaps the best solution for such a problem is to elect someone who can slow the pulse of the nation down.
Canada voted for someone who claimed transparency would be a cornerstone of their government. With that promise being long broken, we now look towards the future.
We tried a young and hip politician. It hasn’t worked out well. It’s time to switch out from young and hip, and try out young and square.
What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.
Yesterday, the Canada Border Services Agency released information stating that they have made searches of over 27,000 travellers’ devices between 2017 and 2019. That is the largest number that has been revealed yet. Some MPs have advocated for more privacy protection against these random searches through people’s personal information through things like phones and iPads.
The Border Services Agency has not disclosed the number of cellphones that they have seized. They also would not say which crossings made the most searches.
According to Blacklocks, privacy commissioner, Daniel Therrien said, “Those devices contain a lot of sensitive information. So, we should be very concerned.”
The Commissioner found that the CBSA breached the Privacy Act twice in an investigation conducted in 2019.
According to the agency, approximately 60 percent of searches don’t require additional investigation. Staff noted, “Approximately forty percent of device examinations resulted in a customs-related offence.”
A 2017 report by the Commons committee called Protecting Canadian’s Privacy At The U.S. Border noted that Canadians travelling between countries should have more protection from these types of searches. MP’s wrote, “Electronic devices contain very sensitive personal information. The law should therefore recognize this new reality and redress the balance between border protection, national security and the protection of Canadians’ privacy.”
Bob Zimmer, a Conservative MP in B.C. told reporters, “Many Canadians are concerned about protecting their personal information when travelling beyond our borders. That is why we are recommending the government modernize the Customs Act to ensure personal information on electronic devices is protected and should only be examined with reasonable grounds.”
Wayne Long, a Liberal MP for Saint John-Rothesay, N.B., mentioned in committee hearings that he was detained at the border for around 30 minutes while his phone was being searched by agents.
Long noted, “They don’t have to give you entry to the States, but from a Canadians’ viewpoint, how concerned should Canadians be?”
“We cross now with our iPads and laptops and our phones, and in my phone is my banking information and my emails,” Long said. “It’s not just texts and pictures anymore. It’s basically your life history and all your records. On a scale of one to ten, how concerned as Canadians should we be?”
Commissioner Therrien replied that he is “very concerned” and said, “As a matter of principle, it is right to say these devices contain a lot of personal information, very sensitive information, and when the law—including Canadian law—continues to treat the contents of electronic devices as goods, it is just not realistic.”
An Indian man has died after being attacked by his own rooster en route to a cockfight.
According to local police, Saripalli Chanavenkateshwaram Rao was killed after the man’s rooster slashed him in the neck with a blade tied on the rooster’s claw.
The man was taken to the hospital where he succumbed from his injuries.
A police officer told CNN that Rao was a local cockfighter, with his cock having attempted to run away on the way to his cockfight.
Rao hailed from a southern Indian village in the state of Andhra Pradesh, and passed away at the age of 55.
The Independent reported that the man was cut in the stomach rather than the neck, and was holding the cock to his stomach.
Though cockfights became illegal in India in 1960, cock enthusiasts continue to pit the birds against each other as a form of gambling and entertainment. The practice remains popular, as many believe state authorities “turn a blind eye” towards it.
“It is not just for entertainment that these animals are made to fight, but it is [also] due to the heavy betting and gambling that goes on in the garb of these events,” one animal rights activist told CNN.
The country’s Supreme Court has repeatedly upheld a ban on cockfights, to little avail.
Potential leadership candidate Richard Decarie has been lampooned by Conservative leadership contenders after he suggested that being gay was a choice.
Speaking on CTV’s Power Play program, Decarie stated that LGBTQ was a “Liberal term,” and that homosexuality was a “choice,” sparking outrage within Conservative circles who are desperately attempting to seem less anachronistic.
Decarie is a prospective leadership contender. His qualifications include serving as Harper’s deputy chief of staff and was also an advisor to Quebec Liberal premier Jean Charest.
Leadership frontrunner and former Harper minister Peter MacKay responded to Decarie’s comment by saying, “Being gay is not a choice and nobody should be running for office on a platform to roll back hard-won rights.” MacKay rounded all this up nicely by posting an image of the top candidates condemning Decarie: “The future of the Conservative Party looks bright.”
Conservative MP and leadership candidate Marilyn Gladu, who distanced herself from the abortion debate, and offered to march in a gay pride parade, told her twitter following that “I have been clear: I will stand up for the rights and freedoms of every Canadian. What has been said is unacceptable.”
Former Harper Minister, Conservative Shadow Minister of Finance, and Conservative leadership candidate Pierre Poilievre also rapidly responded to Decarie’s comments by saying that his utterances were “as unacceptable as they are ignorant … Being gay is NOT a choice. Being ignorant is.”
Leadership contender and former Veteran Affairs Minister Erin O’Toole, who also serves as the Conservative Shadow Minister of Foreign Affairs, similarly slated the former Harper staffer. O’Toole stated indignantly, “The Conservative Party is open to ALL Canadians.”
Twitter user Yukon Strong, 40-year-old hunting guide, photographer and IT manager DJ Sumanik, has recently been on a mission to destroy Justin Trudeau’s anti-gun narrative, and has done so in just two minutes.
In a two-minute video, Yukon Strong uses numbers from Statistics Canada on handguns, and “military-style semi-automatics,” a loosely defined term.
The breakdown of weapons used in a homicide clearly shows that handguns are the most used weapons for murders, despite being tightly regulated and federally registered because the majority of gun crime is committed with illegal guns smuggled in from America, which was hammered home by Winnipeg Const. Rob Carver who called the ban “nonsense”.
“Handguns are tightly regulated, they’re federally registered since the 1930s, you need serial numbers, addresses, owners, they’re all tracked every 24 hours by the RCMP, and you need special permits authorization to transport in order to take them to a gun range, and that is the only place that you can go to with a handgun,” Yukon Strong explains.
Despite the fact that long guns and hunting rifles aren’t as tightly monitored, handguns are used much more often for gun crime.
Yukon Strong also found some old footage of Trudeau saying he wouldn’t take guns away from Canadians.
A full breakdown of the graph, which includes data by Stats Can, can be found here.
Lawful Canadian gun owners have filled out a petition that has over 90,000 signatures calling for the proposed gun ban to be scrapped, which dwarfs another petition calling for their ban.