CBC, in True Pravda Fashion, Omits Gas Plant Conviction on Friday’s ‘The National,’ But Has Time to Look Back at Host’s Archive Footage and for Trump, Trump, Trump

The state broadcaster is at it again with it’s disgraceful propaganda. CBC’s “The National” — pathetically in third place in the TV ratings for a Canadian nightly news broadcast, despite being given a $1.2 billion advantage over its competitors courtesy of taxpayers — disgustingly neglected to report on the conviction of former Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty’s chief of staff on Friday.

(The only time Wynne and the OLP seem to make the CBC’s nightly news is when they’re championing some socialist agenda like the minimum wage or their aides are acquitted on charges.)

It’s not every day a former premier’s top aide is criminally convicted over the deletion of public records revealing the Ontario Liberal Party canceled two gas plants, estimated to cost upwards of $1.1 billion overall to taxpayers, all in the self-interest of saving a few Liberal seats. But the CBC doesn’t have time for THAT! No, Friday was such a wild news day that they just couldn’t possibly fit a report on something that is so like 2012 news. Not that the OLP’s gas plant scandal was ever considered much of a story even then by the CBC. No, you see, Liberals can burn money with impunity as far as CBC is concerned, just so long as CBC is still overfed at the taxpayer trough. CBC, back around the same time as the gas plant scandal, instead focused on Nigel Wright cutting a $90,000 check for Senator Mike Duffy so he would pay back taxpayers for sketchy expense claimes. The only time CBC suddenly cares about Canadians money being blown is when a Conservative is caught, like Bev Oda and the infamous $16 glass of OJ. CBC really couldn’t care less about taxpayer money being wasted and the crippling debt that’s being incurred and the billions wasted in servicing the debt. They only feign outrage over wasted taxpayer money when Conservatives are in power and are the culprits because they know conservative voters don’t like to tolerate waste.

How else can you explain the CBC’s “The National” ignoring the verdict in the gas plant scandal, which, again, cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars?

Oh, sorry, I forgot, it was because Friday was an insane news day.

CBC needed to spend five minutes on Dear Leader at a reserve still in dire straights despite his by and large empty promises in the last two years. If CBC really cared about the welfare of people on the reserves they would still be hounding Trudeau over scrapping financial transparency of the chiefs and reserve band councils. But no, everything is all about keeping up appearances for the CBC. How else could you explain CBC turning a Gucci-sunglass-wearing, luxury SUV-driving  Chief Theresa Spence, whose people were homeless while she lined her and her boyfriend’s own pockets, into the next Mahatma Gandhi?

CBC also needed to spend nine minutes on a feature of two American women’s opinions on Trump’s first year. Yes, a whole nine minutes was needed for this, including a 15-second pause when one woman tries to think of one thing Trump did that was good. Groundbreaking journalism to be sure.

CBC just couldn’t afford to spare any time from a story on an Olympic speed skating coach that had alleged sexual relationships with American speed skaters in the past when he worked for the US team. Still waiting for CBC to address similar allegations made against CBC idol Peter Mansbridge.

CBC needed another four-and-a-half minutes were need to talk about the US government shutdown, as if this doesn’t ever happen or is affecting Canadians. Of course the CBC had nothing, even on its website, about the story blowing up late Thursday night on a classified memo, which Republicans in Washington are demanding be released to the public, allegedly showing the FISA warrants to spy on the Trump campaign were made on the “unverified” and dubious Trump dossier, which looks like collusion of top officials at the Obama Department of Justice, CIA and within the Obama administration itself to help the Clinton campaign and intervene the election process. Forget all the trumped up charges over the Trump campaign’s collusion with the Russians, the real smoking guns in apparent election meddling are in the Democrats’ hands. Not according to the CBC though.

CBC spent another four-and-a-half minutes on the alleged Toronto serial killer, yet somehow totally missed the revelation that Bruce McArthur was connected on social media with several of the men who disappeared in the gay village in the past seven years. Sloppy journalism to be sure.

CBC also spent five-minutes on the acquittal of three train workers in the Lac-Mégantic disaster. An important story for sure, but you’d think they could’ve reported it in three minutes and spent two minutes on the conviction at the gas plant trial?

Finally, “The National” also needed to include an airplane landing in strong winds, a bear eating cake, more union-organized Tim Hortons protests inflamed by the CBC a couple weeks ago with selective reporting and two minutes spent between the three hosts — Rosemary Barton, Adrienne Arsenault and Ian Hanomansing — discussing archive footage of Hanomansing back in the eighties.

Here’s a reminder of how CBC hammered Bev Oda over her “extravagant expenses” on a trip. Where was CBC’s “The National”‘s report on the news Friday (although admittedly first reported by the CBC, but not given prominence or making the flagship program) that the Health Minister’s Twitter account costs $100,000 per year to run? There could be countless stories on extravagant spending from this drunk-on-spending and big deficit Trudeau government.

Sadly the average Canadian still thinks CBC is a trusted news source they want to see get $1.2 billion from the federal government. This needs to change. The state broadcaster does not have the interest of properly informing Canadians on the shenanigans our politicians are up to, but instead feeds citizens carefully-selected pablum and agitprop, focusing on emotions and feelings instead facts and finances, that confirm their institutionalized socialist biases. May the CBC’s “The National”‘s ratings continue to tank.

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CBC is Obsessed with Trump Circus and Trudeau Acting Skills, Neglecting Follow-up Reporting on Trudeau Government’s Scandals

 

The last few hundred thousand viewers still watching CBC’s The National (it gets crushed by CTV’s National News which easily gets triple the audience), in its new unpopular and painfully slow format (four hosts?!), as their primary source of news wouldn’t know anything about Liberal MP Geng Tan acting as an intermediary on a government trip to China for a Canadian-Chinese businessman now accused of fraud (you also won’t find anything on the Geng Tan story on CBC’s website). Joshua Boyle being arrested on 15 charges a few weeks after being granted a private meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the PM’s office barely registered in its programming. The Ethics Commissioner clearing Liberal Finance Minister Bill Morneau of wrongdoing — no surprise, really, since she had told him the letter of the law allowed him to hold on to his shares when he decided on that poor course of action back in 2015 after misleading the public into thinking he was putting his assets into a blind trust — the CBC treated it as if it were practically a full vindication. No follow-up questions on why he misled the public or how he benefited greatly. Instead CBC took Morneau at his word, like they did when he told them he was putting his assets into a blind trust, that he was donating all the money to charity, and no skepticism was applied on how he would still benefit from the profit of his shares earned while in public office because he can use the donation as a tax write-off.

No, instead these developments on Liberal scandals or screw-ups, depending on their severity, like Trudeau being found to have broken four ethics laws for essentially taking what looks like a quid pro quo (scandal), only get a few minutes coverage and then are scuttled away from CBC viewers’ attention.

According to CBC and ilk, what’s more important for Canadian audiences is to have endless coverage of every controversial thing President Trump says or does. Apparently CBC’s The National needed to devote six minutes on Trump’s alleged “shit-hole” comment and another three minutes on his cancelled London trip for Friday’s broadcast. A whopping 12 minutes was devoted to a sit-down interview with the Fire and Fury author, several days after the story first broke, in which Rosemary Barton lobbed softball question after softball question to Michael Wolff, eagerly lapping up his every word (even a progressive friend of mine, who bought the book as soon as it was released, doesn’t believe a lot of the tall tales told within). Despite many journalists and publications questioning Wolff’s spotty record on reporting the facts, when his book was released CBC’s Paul Hunter’s four-minute initial report completely glossed over this and instead personally vouched for Wolff’s integrity after several glaring errors had already been pointed out in the media about his book: “His columns at the time were like this book, rich in detail, full of anecdotes, whispered quotes, casual observations about what was actually going on around us. I just reread them in light of this new book and feel now as I did fifteen years ago when I first read them — to an experience I went through — to which I can attest, he nailed it. Bang on, I wouldn’t change a word.” Sounds a whole lot like gossip and yellow journalism to me. I’ll take the late, great David Carr’s word over a CBC leftist journalist desperately wanting to believe any negative story fed to them about Trump. There are already plenty of real controversies as it is with Trump, there’s no need to seize onto tall tales that will undermine your own credibility in presenting Wolff’s shaky gossip as the gospel. But CBC is always looking for the next Trump-bashing authoritative expert to put on The National to give its audience another long lecture denouncing Trump on its program. The National also bizarrely spent twelve minutes of a program interviewing comedienne Samantha Bee on Trump and #MeToo and eight minutes for another expert to claim Trump is undermining democracy (with scant proof provided).

Say, CBC, if you want to give celebrities and experts extended periods of time to discuss a foreign leader’s lies and faults, why don’t you do the same for PM Trudeau by having on Theo Fleury and Brett Wilson.

I’m not sure if CBC is aware of this, and most of the rest of the mainstream Canadian media at that, but Canadians can now use this thing called the internet to access way better and more informative coverage of American politics from American news outlets. A Canadian journalist’s job is to report on Canadian news, other than the odd Washington correspondent, no matter how unexciting it may be in comparison to President Trump’s shit show. If the majority of the media weren’t so busy tripping over themselves in excusing away Trudeau and his ministers’ bungling of government files and the PM’s poor judgement in accepting a free trip to the Aga Khan’s island or meeting Boyle despite his checkered past, on top of the breathless Trump coverage, they might find some pretty compelling stories of our own. Digging up more dirt on these controversies and others, e.g. the Canada 150 slush fund (I’m in the midst of auditing it), would provide them with plenty of compelling stories Canadians would be far more interested in learning about from Canadian journalists.

(Hey self-described conservative writer writing for the $1.5-million-government-subsidized Maclean’s and husband to the Liberal Environment Minister, try reading Terry Glavin’s — one of a handful of intrepid Canadian journalists actually holding this Trudeau government to account — reports on how Trudeau seems to be selling us out to China and maybe do a column on how the PM is a “Manchurian Idiot.” I won’t hold my breath. I guess the best way to not get called out for your conflict of interest with the Liberals, but to still help their cause, is to deflect and distract from your wife’s government’s screw-ups by writing endless columns about Trump’s antics. Below are more of his insight on Trump and American politics from Ottawa. Feel free to quickly scroll past all the chaff.)

I could also show you many of Gilmore’s colleagues similarly spilling pools and pools of ink on Trump instead of on pressing issues in our own country, but I think you get the point. What are some of those pressing issues not being covered you may ask? Well how about illegal migrants still walking across our border for one? The coverage for that has completely dropped off and I’ve seen no reporters keeping up the pressure on the PM on how he’s done nothing to stop it or to increase bureaucrats at the Immigration and Refugee Board, which I pointed out early last year, that Maclean’s has finally picked up on by reporting how they’re now flooded with applicants they can’t process in a timely fashion. Or how about CBC looks into how Vice-Admiral Mark Norman appears to have been thrown under the bus by the Trudeau government and potentially its former reporter, now working for the Minister of Defence, for simply doing his job? Or how about investigating how the Canadian Heritage continues to spend billions of dollars on dud after dud in arts and culture programming? Or how about looking into who is actually running the country and report about them (CBC et al reported way more on former Trump advisor Stephen Bannon than they have ever done on Trudeau’s top advisors) since Trudeau sees his role as PM as more ceremonial in nature than hands-on.

Sadly, what little air that’s still left in the room, once Trump coverage has sucked out most of it, ends up being sliced up between a bit of the happenings of the day and the rest on whatever the latest PR stunts Trudeau’s handlers at the Prime Minister’s Office have concocted. Right now Trudeau is on his second town-hall tour meant to distract from the aforementioned screw-ups and scandals by having Trudeau putting on a show by using his gift of gab to change the channel. Although disgruntled attendees inevitably pose unwanted questions regarding these screw-ups and scandals, Trudeau usually can rely on a green crowd (many of these town halls are strategically held on university campuses which ensures the crowd is filled with naive and impressionable youth willing to believe their “cool” PM over some nobody in the audience) to back him up when he deflects and obfuscates the truth when answering. He can also rely on his friends at the CBC et al to only keep the most dramatic moments in their reports, like seasoned politician Trudeau dismantling an outmatched angry heckler, and make that their story. When CBC’s The National took time last week to report on the town halls it was mainly to admire Trudeau’s ability to fend of hecklers and win the crowd over (your guess is as good as mine as to how this helps inform the public). The National now has accompanying articles on the CBC website, and one of the useless articles was entitled “Trudeau turns to Seinfeld tactics to tame town hall hecklers.” The first news segment even took time to reminisce on last year’s town halls (again, who cares?) and had spin doctor/CBC poll analyst Eric Grenier claim it didn’t hurt him in the polls (I’ll be revealing more on Canada’s crappy polling industry and Grenier’s shaky methodology in the near future). The second news segment from last week on the town halls was a real masterpiece in CBC doing propaganda for their paymaster. The whole segment was about how Trudeau deals with hecklers (I’m old enough to remember when these disruptors used to be called activists and protesters when Harper was PM) and “wins the crowd over” (segment starts at 24:50 if you want to see the gross admiration of Trudeau’s PR).

Trudeau charming much of the media into reporting puff pieces, meanwhile letting him get away with murder by letting the public coffers be robbed blind, reminds me of the Broadway show Chicago (which I saw for the first time in NYC last month). In the musical a lawyer named Billy Flynn “razzle dazzles” newspaper reporter Mary Sunshine into writing glowing stories about his client, a murderess and adulterer aspiring to be a vaudevillian star.

 

Vilification of Tim Hortons and Ontario Small Businesses another bleak sign Canada is in a slow lockstep march towards socialistic collapse

 

Leave it to the premier of Ontario and Canada’s state broadcaster to stoke anti-business ire by using Canada’s once-beloved homegrown coffee chain as their scapegoat.

After Premier Kathleen Wynne rammed through new legislation hiking the minimum wage by 21 per cent at the start of 2018, without conducting any impact assessment and going against her old pledge to not raise it above inflation and giving only six-months notice, the CBC had the perfect news report to whip up proletarian anger at the business community, which would deflect blame from the unpopular Liberal premier.

The CBC’s report on the Tim Hortons heirs cutting paid breaks and reducing benefits at two Tim Hortons store locations resonated with everyday Canadians and their general sentiment that fat cat millionaires are exploiting their workers to line their own pockets. The article was wildly popular, shared over 185,000 times and with over 7,000 comments, with many top commenters suggesting more than one way to skin the cats.

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After CBC teed up this story for the premier, Wynne drove home the false narrative that nasty business owners are keeping Canadians from making a living wage by mimicking US President Trump’s style of attack tweeting her opponent (ironically she has repeatedly chastised the US President for his bombastic behaviour in the past, now she’s taking a page out of his populist playbook).

 

Now, I’m not suggesting CBC conspired with Wynne, but it’s worth asking why CBC chose to lead with this particular story when there are countless other stories out there of small family businesses struggling to survive under the new conditions imposed upon them by Wynne’s government, and these small business owners are putting forth similar cost-saving measures. The CBC has a long track record of attacking businesses in Canada (some of it fair game obviously, but then you have ridiculous cases like the Subway fake meat fiasco which has led to the sandwich franchise suing the CBC, i.e. Canadians, for $210 million for defamation). When it comes to the CBC going after left-leaning governments, the public broadcaster’s paymasters, the ferocity is lost.

The Tim Hortons heirs, likely very wealthy from their inheritance (which Wynne inappropriately points out as if it has relevancy to whether or not their Tim Hortons locations are making a profit), who own two franchise locations in Cobourg are an anomaly compared to the average small business owner. CBC’s use of these Tim Hortons heirs as the case study of a business reacting to this government’s rash, self-serving and disruptive hike of the minimum wage distorts the real picture of average small businesses trying to cope. Furthermore, the CBC’s viral report doesn’t mention the huge additional cost small businesses owners like a Tim Hortons franchisee are now saddled with. Only at the end of one of its several reports on CBC’s The National last week did the public network briefly mention the cost to an average Tim Hortons location. According to Great White North Franchise Association, admittedly a biased source, when factoring wage increases, CPP, EI, and training the additional costs for Tim Hortons is just under $7,000 per full-time employee or $243,889 per year per average franchise with 35 employees. Even if those numbers are inflated, the wage increase alone means the average franchise is spending close to $200,000 more a year. Yet, CBC’s coverage from last week barely touches on this and and instead focuses on the public firestorm they unfairly unleashed on franchisees. Of course the CBC doesn’t give the NDP or Progressive Conservatives any airtime either.

By the end of the week they were still bashing the Tim Hortons franchise owners. While Ian Hanomansing was interviewing the author of a book on the iconic Canadian coffee chain he asked the author how much an owner typically makes from a franchise annually. After the author tells Hanomansing the average pre-tax amount is between $300,000-$400,000, the host says, “[Franchisees] work hard, as you know from the research you did in your book, but still $300,000 to $400,000, you know there are a lot of people in Canada that will look at that and say, ‘So franchisees are complaining about a small, depending on your perspective, increase in the minimum wage?'”

Small, eh?

$200,000-$243,889 is no small amount in additional costs that the franchisee is apparently just supposed to absorb. And if you factor in their pre-tax income is $300,000-$400,000, after taxes many franchisees could be left with very little annual income now. No wonder, with Tim Horton’s head office not allowing price increases and asking franchisees to eat all of the additional costs on their own, they’re now resorting to rolling back employees’ benefits and paid breaks (perks they already offered their employees without a government decree). This also doesn’t factor in the incredible risk and investment a franchisee has to pony up to buy a Tim Hortons location, and possible debt they’re paying off from the initial loan on that investment.

Instead of pointing all of this out, Hanomansing and CBC perpetuate the false notion that these franchisees are greedy by suggesting $300,000-$400,000 is a lot of money (which it is if they actually got to keep all of that and not have to pay off the initial investment and taxes). Never mind how hard many franchisees work and how they’ve created jobs for dozens of people, no, instead they shall be vilified by the public network. And the CBC was remiss in not pointing out in its coverage that the independent Financial Accountability Officer, employer groups, banks, and employers have all warned against this steep and sudden increase in the minimum wage and how it would cause inflation, cuts to workers’ benefits and hours, and a net loss of tens of thousands of jobs. The CBC, in spite of Ontarians being largely fed up with their premier, only seems to give Wynne national coverage when it puts her in a positive light.

Much of the chattering class also chimed in with their two-cents, joining in on the anti-Timmies bandwagon.

All of this isn’t to say I’m a pro-business absolutist. And it’s important to point out that Tim Hortons is largely owned by a Brazilian company now and deserved a lot of flack, along with the previous federal governments, for exploiting the temporary foreign workers program. And don’t get me started on how stupidly patronizing Tim Hortons ads are in trying to exploit Canadians into thinking buying Timmies is somehow their patriotic duty, but that the majority of mainstream media cheered on or didn’t push back against the premier vilifying small businesses by implying they’re all bullies and greedy by using the Tim Hortons heirs as symbolic of business owners as a whole or distraction from the whole, is the latest sign that Canada is becoming increasingly anti-competitive and socialist.

(The Ontario Liberal government has encouraged businesses to increase prices in order to pay their employees the higher wage, yet Tim Hortons head office isn’t allowing franchisee to do so, so really protests outside franchises and the boycott are misplaced.)

This anti-competitive malady is especially dire when our only neighbour down south has just slashed taxes, making us even less competitive, and the federal Liberals closed tax “loopholes” for small businesses while allowing the 0.0001 per cent to continue to reap the benefits of the tax loopholes that benefit these fabulously wealthy individuals.

You need look no further than the corporate welfare given to Bombardier — or the company’s lucrative government contracts like the one with the City of Toronto for its apparently defective street cars it can’t deliver on — or the relatively easy time Galen Weston and Loblaws have had over the bread price-fixing scheme — or the company’s sweet deal with Wynne’s government of up to $75,000 per-Tesla-electric-truck rebate for its new fleet to see that this country, like any country descending into socialism, vilifies competition while simultaneously and quietly declaring certain large corporations the winners. In other words a kleptocracy.

(I’d be remiss not to point out that The Globe and Mail and National Post had editorials calling Wynne out on her grandstanding. Even the Toronto Star had allowed a guest column pushing back, but the overall sentiment from many in the media, especially the state broadcaster that has immense sway in this country, and the general public has been one foolish contempt for small business, the lifeblood of any healthy economy and democracy. Bizarrely, National Post’s Andrew Coyne responded to the latest Tim Hortons brouhaha by suggesting the government mandate a guaranteed income instead. I guess the old saying needs to be revised to “The only things guaranteed in life are death and taxes and and income. Yes, even a top supposedly conservative columnist thinks everyone should get a guaranteed income, i.e. expanding welfare to all, and seems to be even more socialist than the oversized left on this issue.)

In one CBC segment on Friday the public broadcaster briefly included an independent coffee shop owner, before returning to bashing Tim Hortons again, and she had this to say about having to raise her rates 22 per cent,  “We’ve had two customers already leave and say ‘Tim Hortons hasn’t raised their rates.’ So we’re losing business because of this.” She also said she would likely have to close up shop for good.

For as stupid as the outrage at Tim Hortons and franchisees is, with things like #boycottTimHortons (a great way to put their employees out of work, while letting chains like McDonalds off the hook), the real people who will suffer are mom and pop shops like the local grocer owner, corner store owner, laundromat owner, restaurant owner, tailor, retail owner, etc. and the many workers who will lose hours, benefits and jobs over this reckless increase in the minimum wage. Tim Hortons or the franchisees will weather this storm fine, but small independent businesses and startups, what fuels a better life and increased wealth for us all through competition and innovation, will take the brunt of it.

In the coming days and weeks more unfortunate stories of middle class business owners closing up shop and layoffs of workers will come to light as the full effects of the minimum wage hike are felt. Also, everyone will see and feel the inevitable rapid rise in inflation from the minimum wage hike.

Perhaps Ontarians will eventually look past Tim Hortons franchisees trying to cope with being squeezed by their government and head office and look at how this reckless Liberal policy is hurting fellow Ontarians and doing further damage to our economy. All of this, and the “free” medication for anyone under 25 has me asking in my latest Loonie Politics column, “Are Ontarians Hopelessly Addicted to ‘Free’ Stuff and Money From Their Government?” The continued irrational lashing out by Ontarians at Tim Hortons franchisees, whipped up into a frenzy by their premier that has led the province to become the greatest indebted sub-sovereign nation in the developed world, seems to answer my question with an exuberant “Yes!!!!”

Canadians would do best to stop reading the fictional dystopias of Margaret Atwood and start reading about real-life nightmares, past and present, of the Soviet Union, Greece, and Venezuela.

 

 

Hack Or Flack: Rosemary Barton Edition

By Josh Lieblein

Christmas came early for the Conservatives and NDPers this year as Justin Trudeau became the first sitting Prime Minister to be found in violation of a federal statute, despite the interventions of the “Not A Thing” brigade who tried to downplay, and will continue to downplay this story since it broke last year. (The same usual suspects that couldn’t drone on enough about the so-called “Duffy affair” for two years running and tried desperately to pin it on Harper.)

The Liberals rolled out several damage control strategies, including what was supposed to be a predictable question from Liberal-friendly journalist Rosemary Barton that STILL went disastrously awry.

 

We at Raving Canuck have had our eye on the Trudeau selfie-taking, Chris Alexander-slaying, Elizabeth May-protecting member of the Social Justice League that currently heads up The National in it’s new God-awful, ratings-suicide format. Some Conservatives were praising Barton for being the person to ask the question about the island trip that Trudeau flubbed, so we have prepared another of our popular Hack Or Flack quizzes to remind them that Rosie the Red is no friend of theirs.

Unlike our last endeavour, where it needed to be shown that Aaron Wherry’s blandishments were indistinguishable from Liberal talking points, in this quiz you get to pick which outrageously Liberal-friendly — or just plain silly — thing Barton actually said or tweeted.

#1: During her recent high-profile interview with retiring Supreme Court of Canada judge Beverly McLachlin, what turn of phrase did she joyfully apply to describe the outcome of the Harper government's clashes with the Court?

#2: Which journalistic oversight did Ms. Barton commit during the recent group of by-elections?

#3: December 7 was not a good day for progressives. Three of the following stories broke on that day, but only when Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister thanked the chair of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce for wearing high heels did Barton tweet out "Things that make you go hmmmm". So, which story was Rosie NOT trying to deflect attention from?

#4: Which happening in the House of Commons elicited a "boom!" from Rosie?

#5 : When the Canada 150 skating rink opened on Parliament Hill, Barton did the following:

#6: Rosemary has been very active in commenting on sexual abuse allegations against Roy Moore and Donald Trump. When this non-Republican man was accused of sexual harassment, however, Barton tweeted out: "I really liked [INSERT NAME HERE]. Sigh."

#7: On Nov. 26th, Rosie took time on the National to throw shade at a Canadian singer's fashion choices. Who was the unlucky victim?

#8: What excuse did Rosemary use to excuse the PM's absence from QP on Nov 22?

#9: When Australia complained that Trudeau snubbed them during the TPP talks, Barton retweeted a tweet dismissing this concern as.....what?

#10: Finally, because doing all of the above has given Rosemary quite the sense of self-importance: What potentially inflammatory term did she culturally appropriate to refer to getting her makeup done?

See, there’s a reason PM Justin Trudeau thanked Barton as one of his loyal “lickspittles” at the Parliamentary Press Gallery dinner a couple years ago. Whilst some in the audience mistook the PM doing a deadpan joke, it’s more likely he was being dead serious.

And now, for our fun references!:

1. The ignominious quote can be heard at 10:38 here. Curiously, this line didn’t make it into the written summary!

2. Right here. I’d link to the tweet where she retracted or updated it in light of this, but it never happened!

3. Barton’s original tweet is here. On that date, Dec 7, Kent Hehr was found to have been a jerk, Franken’s disgrace was complete, and Trudeau was about to depart the Middle Kingdom empty handed. We would have to wait for Dec 9 for McKenna to tweet out the dying polar bear photo, however.

4.  Right here. Notably, the Trudeau finding of rule-breaking did NOT elicit a “boom!”

5. Retweet of nauseating advertorial for the rink is here, pic is here. National segment where she mentions that you can’t play hockey on the rink, but doesn’t follow it up is right here.

6. Yuck.

7. Got to go right to the end for this one. Slagging another woman’s fashion choices is SUPER FEMINIST, BTW.

8. Because the best SCORCHING HOT TAKES always defend the Prime Minister and the Liberals.

9. It was a “highly effective diplomatic strategy”, according to Barton’s retweet, anyway.

10. Here. And she didn’t even name or credit the lady who did her makeup!

 

Hack or Flack: Aaron Wherry Edition

By Josh Lieblein

Here at Raving Canuck we specialize in tugging on the capes of Canadian journos who are a little too obvious in their sucking up to the Liberal government as they contend with each other for crumbs tossed to them by Gerry Butts and other such functionaries. Sometimes it’s hard to tell where the Parliamentary Press Gallery ends and the Prime Minister’s Office begins!

As we all know, a Canadian Journalist’s main job is to smooth over any rough spots and shush away worries as the Liberal government plunders the public purse to pay for technocratic solutions to problems we didn’t know we had while adopting a laissez-faire attitude to the problems we do have. If the Opposition has a point, it falls to a Canadian Journalist to correct the record and say that, well, actually, no they don’t.

Few journalists do this better, or more subtly, than Aaron Wherry, “senior writer” for the CBC. When he writes an eye-glazing opinion piece trumpeting the Liberals’ new website patting themselves on the back for keeping less than a third of their campaign promises or praising them for breaking up several omnibus bills, it’s less obvious partisanship as it is burying any criticism of the party under a deluge of blandness and buzzwords.

To prove this point, let’s see if you can tell which of the following 14 statements were made by CBC Aaron Wherry (Hack), or by an actual Liberal mouthpiece (Flack).

“Stephen Harper has a long track record of making the wrong calls on Canada-US relations. Now he wants to sell the farm. Nice!”

"Always good to see an opposition MP doing his or her job and putting the health of our democracy before the potential threat of irony."

"The Liberal government has also eliminated a half-dozen tax measures that disproportionately benefited higher income families, including income splitting and the children's fitness tax credit."

“The Economic Update announced yesterday shows that our plan is working. Higher benefit payments 4 families, lower small biz tax are results.”

“Superclusters will energize regional economies and help build a skilled workforce, enhance Canada’s global competitiveness and create thousands of well-paying jobs for this generation and the next.”

"Why shouldn't Prince Charles speak out on climate change?"

"Does anyone, other than Maxime Bernier, want to mock "economic development"?

"Compared to Prince Charles, Julie Payette was pretty gentle on climate change skeptics."

"For the United States, it is for the country's better angels to somehow see it through. For Canada, the task is perhaps to learn from our neighbour's troubles."

"Though income inequality is not as extreme in Canada as in some countries, it is a concern here too. There are too many communities in our prosperous nation where people do not feel prosperous – where they instead feel left behind by an economy that is increasingly divided between the wealthy one per cent at the very top, and everyone else."

"The minister of finance worked extensively with the conflict of interest and ethics commissioner when he came into this job and followed all her recommendations as we expect everyone to."

"Morneau saying that a Conservative MP came up to him and said he "shouldn't take this personal, it's just a game" is cold blooded."

"The time has come to look beyond the boundaries of 'what politics can do for me.'" Great piece by @Bill_Morneau

"The concerted Conservative campaign to devote great gobs of QP day after day to Morneau is an interesting gambit."

Give up? Well, if you did, then that’s kind of the point.

Maybe #4 and #1 were the easiest tells for Liberal FLACKs. Those are Liberal MP Wayne Easter and former Trudeau advisor Roland Paris, respectively. #10 probably surprised you- that’s a speech given by Liberal Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland. #5, which looks like the sort of dry explanation you would find in a CBC piece, is actually from a press release from ISED Canada, and #6 is from the Prime Minister’s Principal Secretary himself, Gerald Butts.

#9, which directly criticizes the USA’s democracy, and #3, which puts a positive shine on the Liberals tax measures, as well as #7, a direct shot at Maxime Bernier, are from CBC HACK Wherry. Here’s #2 and #8 were also penned or tweeted by him.

The last four are, of course, people shilling for Bill Morneau. #10 is from that ridiculous press conference where Trudeau actually spoke for Morneau and told a journalist that they would have a chance to speak to the PM. #12 might look like Wherry at first glance, but it’s actually Catherine McKenna from back in 2015, before the election (which shows you how little the Trudeau Liberals deviate from their talking points). #11 and #14 are Wherry’s. I would like to blame “great gobs of QP” to someone like Gerald Butts, but I can’t.

Again, it doesn’t matter whether Wherry is actively being influenced by the Liberals or whether he just spends so much time in the Ottawa bubble that he doesn’t realize how much it’s affected his reporting.

And let’s be clear: Aaron Wherry is not part of the CBC’s Op-Ed section, like Neil MacDonald or Robyn Urback. Ostensibly, this playing defence for the Liberals falls under the purview of “journalism.” Which would be fine- if our public broadcaster actually reported in a manner than actually represented the public at large.

References:

  1. https://twitter.com/rolandparis/status/924071135490097152
  2. https://twitter.com/AaronWherry/status/926483347265806336
  3. http://oianews.com/trouble-in-paradise-justin-trudeaus-rich-friends-keep-making-things-awkward
  4. https://twitter.com/WayneEaster/status/923195737290272768
  5. http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/government-of-canada-promotes-innovation-for-economic-growth-and-jobs-in-ontario—shortlisted-superclusters-initiatives-will-energize-regional-economies-and-create-jobs-650415073.html
  6. https://twitter.com/gmbutts/status/927162542283214850
  7. https://twitter.com/AaronWherry/status/927621852725436417
  8. https://twitter.com/AaronWherry/status/926174305943277568
  9. http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/wherry-trump-canada-1.3692417
  10. https://www.canada.ca/en/global-affairs/news/2017/08/address_by_foreignaffairsministeronthemodernizationofthenorthame.html
  11. http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2017/10/16/trudeau-morneau-scheer-press-conference-watch_a_23245141/
  12. https://twitter.com/AaronWherry/status/926154276036136965
  13. https://twitter.com/cathmckenna/status/599318549891555328
  14. https://twitter.com/AaronWherry/status/925791375383318528

CBC Ombudsman’s Response to My Complaint Letter

On November 10, I wrote an open letter to the CBC ombudsman asking why CBC chose to completely ignore the bombshell story about the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign allegedly rigging the Democratic National Committee nomination process against Senator Bernie Sanders. CBC has covered Clinton’s book tour and did a report on how she warned a Canadian audience that democracy is under attack. Now that it has been revealed Clinton herself might be one of the assailants of America’s democracy, you would think CBC would find it newsworthy enough to cover.

Below is the response I received from the CBC Ombudsman on November 14.

Dear Mr. Gordon:

CBC’s Office of the Ombudsman is independent of CBC News management and thus has no say in day-to-day decision-making about which stories are covered. The CBC Ombudsman has a mandate to determine whether information content the CBC has produced fully respects CBC’s journalism policy. However, I have shared your email with Jennifer McGuire, General Manager and Editor in Chief of CBC News, so that she will be aware of your concerns.

Sincerely,

Esther Enkin

General Manager and Editor in Chief of CBC News Jennifer McGuire was Cc’d in the email so I sent a response the same day to both parties.

Thank you for the quick response and explanation of the ombudsman‘s role, Esther. Also appreciate you getting back to me despite others first submitting my complaint to you on my behalf, which I realized afterwards, when I read your policy, means you wouldn’t have to respond to my duplicate complaint. 
I look forward to hearing from you as well, Jennifer. I think it is a fair question I have raised.
Regards,
Graeme Gordon

 

Upon sending my response I received an automatic reply from McGuire’s email address saying she’d be away from the office until Nov. 20. Per the CBC Ombudsman’s complaint review process:

6. If your complaint warrants a response from CBC management, the Ombudsman forwards it to the appropriate news manager or program executive, who is responsible for handling the initial response to your complaint, in consultation with the journalist or programmer.
7. News and Current Affairs programmers have 20 business days to respond to your complaint. The Ombudsman may also intervene when the programmers faiI to respond to a complaint within a reasonable time.

Although my complaint was not considered under the realm of the ombudsman, thus unlikely falling under the Complaint Review Process, and it still hasn’t been 20 business days since my complaint was forwarded, I still expect an explanation from the Editor in Chief of CBC News as to why there was zero coverage on this important story. Below is another letter I have just sent McGuire (with Enkin Cc’d).

Dear Ms. McGuire,

I am writing a follow-up letter because I am unsure if my complaint will still be considered under the formal Complaint Review Process. My complaint was forwarded to you, but the initial response from Ms. Enkin says it was only so you would be “aware” of my concerns.

If my complaint has not been filed under the Complaint Review Process, should I still expect an explanation from you within 20 business days as to why CBC News thought allegations — from top Democrats no less — that Hillary Clinton rigged the DNC primaries were not important enough to report or cover? I am far from the only one flummoxed by this editorial oversight or conscious choice, and I think an answer from Canada’s public broadcaster is most definitely warranted in this case.

Thank you for your time in this matter and I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Graeme Gordon

I will update the reader when I hear a response or after the 20 business days have passed. Below is the initial open letter to the CBC Ombudsman I published on Nov. 10.

Dear CBC Ombudsman Esther Enkin,

Last week a sensational story broke. Former Interim National Democratic Committee Chairperson and high-profile Democrat Donna Brazile wrote an explosive piece for Politico claiming Hillary Clinton rigged the DNC against Bernie Sanders that was published on Nov. 2.

In the article, Brazile claims Clinton “resolved the party’s debt and put it on a starvation diet”; “Hillary for America (the campaign) and the Hillary Victory Fund (its joint fundraising vehicle with the DNC) had taken care of 80 percent of the remaining debt [of the DNC]”; the chief financial officer of Clinton’s campaign Gary Gensler “described the party as fully under the control of Hillary’s campaign, which seemed to confirm the suspicions of the Bernie camp”; “the campaign was using the party as a fund-raising clearinghouse”; and the DNC signed an agreement with Clinton’s camp that would essentially give Hillary “control [over] the party’s finances, strategy, and all the money raised. Her campaign had the right of refusal of who would be the party communications director, and it would make final decisions on all the other staff. The DNC also was required to consult with the campaign about all other staffing, budgeting, data, analytics, and mailings.”

These explosive claims from a high-profile Democrat should’ve been more than enough for the CBC News Network to find this worthy of an in-depth report. On top of this, further adding to the newsworthiness of this story, high-profile Democrat Senator Elizabeth Warren would back up Brazile’s incredible claim that the DNC nomination process being rigged–before eventually walking her on-air statement back.

Despite all of these incredible claims, I have yet to see the CBC News Network publish anything covering this story. I have been watching The National nightly up until Nov. 6 and have not seen it reported once. In that same time period CBC’s flagship news program has spent many minutes on U.S. news, including a feature story last Friday on L.A. gentrification–a story that surely could’ve been pushed back for this far more newsworthy and pressing story. I also did a search of “Hillary Clinton” on the CBC News Network’s website and found no reports on these allegations against Hillary Clinton. However, I did notice extensive and largely positive coverage of Hillary Clinton on her book tour and other visits to Canada. Unless there were reports on CBC’s daily news broadcasts or on CBC radio, there appears to be zero reporting on this story by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

One invalid excuse I could see CBC citing–as to why it appears to have completely omitted the story–is that Brazile’s accusations were resoundingly dismissed as spurious by pro-Clinton news outlets and journalists spreading misinformation, supposedly discrediting Brazile and her claims. But ace reporter Glenn Greenwald debunked that bogus reporting. Furthermore, the attempted discrediting of Brazile took time and CBC should’ve reported it in the interim period. Finally, again, Warren initially backing Brazile’s claims made this bombshell story all the more newsworthy.

CBC has long been accused of having a pro-Democrat bias, and all of the above seems to reinforce this claim. Yes, President Trump’s daily antics deserve to get the lion’s share of CBC’s U.S. political coverage these days, but a former presidential nominee–who CBC reported warned Canada “democracy is under attack” back in September–being accused of rigging the democratic process within her own party certainly deserves significant coverage from Canadians’ public news network. I and many Canadians across the country would very much appreciate an answer as to why CBC News Network employees found this story merited no coverage (or very little coverage). We eagerly await your response.

Sincerely from a concerned Canadian citizen,

Graeme Gordon

 

 

 

Canada’s Speech Shine Gets A Little Duller

By Josh Lieblein

Canadians who like to look down their noses at the Yank barbarians and their primitive and uncivilized notion of “free speech” are having a bit of an awkward week.

Convinced as they are that control by a select few is preferable to the messy democracy to the south, where–in their minds–the failure to control speech and shield the public from intemperate outbursts paved the way for the rise of Trump, they were nevertheless sent scrambling to defend the Canadian model after the discourse in three seemingly separate arenas weakened their position.

First we have the holding forth of multiple survivors of sexual harassment and assault. All over America, once powerful men are being brought down and censured for violence against women. Like dominoes, one after another they fall as the country struggles to reconcile itself to the epidemic of abuse against women.

Canadian women are, unfortunately, subject to the same daily harassment and violence. No one could convincingly argue otherwise without making it sound as though Canadians have evolved past the tendency to abuse.

And while defenders of the Liberal aristocracy and Trudeau’s post-nationalist vision of a Canada that has decisively defeated the social ills plaguing the rest of the world no doubt believe that they ARE in fact more highly evolved life forms, they say nothing for fear of looking arrogant and provoking those within our borders whom they see as less enlightened.

Which is, of course, the problem. The fear of consequence, and of Embarrassing Canada On The World Stage perpetuates the cycle of violence and harm against women. But of course our cultural overlords have made their choice, and have done so for the rest of us. Better to suffer in silence than admit the Americans, with their culture that permits discussion of difficult subjects, might have a point.

Then we have the situation at Wilfrid Laurier University involving a TA who was censured behind closed doors for exposing her students to the ramblings of Jordan Peterson.

Leave aside for a moment whether Peterson’s arguments have merit or should have been shown, and focus on the university’s fearful and shadowy response–to discipline the TA privately in the hope they could hush up the controversy which, despite their efforts, exploded into the public realm.

Once again, concern for reputation and the Canadian impulse to treat a potentially explosive situation with kid gloves rather than–the horror–provide teachers with guidelines, or discuss the issue with the class beforehand and come to a collective understanding beforehand–won out.

Unlike the foolish Americans, who impudently refuse to be governed by elites, the Laurier professors who administered this impromptu hearing believed themselves suitably qualified to take the decision out of the hands of those below them. If the profs botched it massively and came off as bullies, well, that’s just the exception that proves the rule of Canadian social supremacy.

Finally, we have the latest revelations involving the inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. As reported by the CBC, the inquiry has “become about self-image and protecting the commissioners”. The top priority of all staff is to “protect the commissioners from criticism or surprises.”

Ah, but I must be careful with my words. This is not an undignified American reckoning over slavery and racism, over which they fought a Civil War, and against which marchers marched a century later, and which continues to crop up in protests by NFL players against the anthem. This is a PROPER Canadian Inquiry, a model of restraint and dignity. The individuals conducting the process are thus beyond reproach, and to ask questions about whether the thing is progressing at all and might fall off the rails entirely is opening the door to Trumpism, and Leitchism, Fordism and lurking Harperism.

And so let us not bring up for discussion the notion that these three news items reveal that we Canadians may not be the master progressive race that we imagine ourselves to be. That isn’t the Canadian way.

Open Letter to CBC Ombudsman: Where is the Hillary Clinton Allegedly Rigged the DNC Coverage?

The following is an open letter to the CBC ombudsman in regards to the missing coverage on the explosive accusations against Hillary Clinton and her campaign in which they apparently rigged the Democratic nomination against former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. I encourage anyone who agrees with the following letter to copy and paste it and send it to the CBC ombudsman as well. I encourage everyone in agreement with this letter to join in polite criticism in what appears to be extremely biased coverage–by complete omission–or gross negligence perpetrated by our public broadcaster. I have written one letter to the CBC ombudsman in the past, but received no response. If enough of us send this letter we should apply enough pressure on the CBC that they’ll have to answer for either egregious bias or an unbelievable oversight.

Dear CBC Ombudsman Esther Enkin,

Last week a sensational story broke. Former Interim National Democratic Committee Chairperson and high-profile Democrat Donna Brazile wrote an explosive piece for Politico claiming Hillary Clinton rigged the DNC against Bernie Sanders that was published on Nov. 2.

In the article, Brazile claims Clinton “resolved the party’s debt and put it on a starvation diet”; “Hillary for America (the campaign) and the Hillary Victory Fund (its joint fundraising vehicle with the DNC) had taken care of 80 percent of the remaining debt [of the DNC]”; the chief financial officer of Clinton’s campaign Gary Gensler “described the party as fully under the control of Hillary’s campaign, which seemed to confirm the suspicions of the Bernie camp”; “the campaign was using the party as a fund-raising clearinghouse”; and the DNC signed an agreement with Clinton’s camp that would essentially give Hillary “control [over] the party’s finances, strategy, and all the money raised. Her campaign had the right of refusal of who would be the party communications director, and it would make final decisions on all the other staff. The DNC also was required to consult with the campaign about all other staffing, budgeting, data, analytics, and mailings.”

These explosive claims from a high-profile Democrat should’ve been more than enough for the CBC News Network to find this worthy of an in-depth report. On top of this, further adding to the newsworthiness of this story, high-profile Democrat Senator Elizabeth Warren would back up Brazile’s incredible claim that the DNC nomination process being rigged–before eventually walking her on-air statement back.

Despite all of these incredible claims, I have yet to see the CBC News Network publish anything covering this story. I have been watching The National nightly up until Nov. 6 and have not seen it reported once. In that same time period CBC’s flagship news program has spent many minutes on U.S. news, including a feature story last Friday on L.A. gentrification–a story that surely could’ve been pushed back for this far more newsworthy and pressing story. I also did a search of “Hillary Clinton” on the CBC News Network’s website and found no reports on these allegations against Hillary Clinton. However, I did notice extensive and largely positive coverage of Hillary Clinton on her book tour and other visits to Canada. Unless there were reports on CBC’s daily news broadcasts or on CBC radio, there appears to be zero reporting on this story by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

One invalid excuse I could see CBC citing–as to why it appears to have completely omitted the story–is that Brazile’s accusations were resoundingly dismissed as spurious by pro-Clinton news outlets and journalists spreading misinformation, supposedly discrediting Brazile and her claims. But ace reporter Glenn Greenwald debunked that bogus reporting. Furthermore, the attempted discrediting of Brazile took time and CBC should’ve reported it in the interim period. Finally, again, Warren initially backing Brazile’s claims made this bombshell story all the more newsworthy.

CBC has long been accused of having a pro-Democrat bias, and all of the above seems to reinforce this claim. Yes, President Trump’s daily antics deserve to get the lion’s share of CBC’s U.S. political coverage these days, but a former presidential nominee–who CBC reported warned Canada “democracy is under attack” back in September–being accused of rigging the democratic process within her own party certainly deserves significant coverage from Canadians’ public news network. I and many Canadians across the country would very much appreciate an answer as to why CBC News Network employees found this story merited no coverage (or very little coverage). We eagerly await your response.

Sincerely from a concerned Canadian citizen,

Graeme Gordon

If you agree with the above letter, please copy and paste it to the complaint page of the CBC ombudsman, signing the end of the letter with your own name. Make sure to share the letter on social media, too, so others will follow suit, adding pressure on the ombudsman to give a formal response. We can then push back if there has not been a response in a reasonable time period. Finally, post your email receipt online (personal information redacted of course) from the ombudsman so that we have more proof that many members of the Canadian public are demanding an answer for why this egregious omission of an incredibly newsworthy story was committed by our so-called public broadcaster. 

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The Lowdown on Kathleen Wynne’s Campaign Manager David Herle

By Josh Lieblein

David Smith. Don Guy. Jean Lapierre. Gerald Butts. Laura Miller. Katie Telford.

David Herle wishes he was part of this elite group of Liberal magicians. And while it must be validating for him that Kathleen Wynne trusts him enough to manage her re-election bid–enough to reward him with 900K in lucrative contracts–there are those within the Liberal fold who have reason to doubt that ol’ Diamond Dave can get the job done.

I suppose you necessarily must grow up with a desire to prove yourself when you belong to one of the few Liberal families in the great province of Saskatchewan. Apparently Dave’s dear sister Allyce bravely faced off against current CPC leader Andrew Scheer in his first electoral outing and placed third. Dave, meanwhile, distinguished himself as a driver for then-Saskatchewan Liberal Party leader Ralph Goodale, the only MP who has hung around long enough to represent both Trudeau governments.

When you grow up with King Ralph as your political high-water mark, it tends to create a bit of insecurity when you’re in the same room with infamous Trudeau advisor Keith Davey. That’s probably why Herle admitted in a moment of weakness that he wanted his name to surpass that of the infamous Rainmaker.

Unfortunately for our hero Dave, the upper echelons of the Liberal Party looked askance at him for his rough Prairie roots. As member of the John Turner faction of the party in the 80’s, the harassed and beleaguered Herle was repeatedly undermined by Trudeau Sr.’s Laurentian elites to the point where Dave reportedly lashed out and called Davey “a son of a b*tch“.

The embattled Mr. Herle did what all Liberals spurned by the Trudeau inner circle did: join Paul Martin’s camp. From there things turned out like you’d expect–a plum position at Earnscliffe, the lobbying firm fingered in the sponsorship scandal, a decades long brawl with Chrétien loyalist Warren Kinsella, and recurrent guest spots on political panels thanks to his friendship with Peter Mansbridge.

Through it all, Herle would continue to go overboard in carrying water for his old pal Ralph Goodale, ensuring that the sole Liberal seat in Saskatchewan would be held by Ralph and nobody else. At one point, he would be found spinning one of Goodale’s nomination rival’s thank-you outings for beer and pizza for campaign volunteers into a PSA against underage drinking.

But it all came crashing down when the responsibility for the 2004 and 2006 elections were placed on Herle’s shoulders. As the Liberal numbers plummeted in 2004, Herle went public with the dispiriting assertion that his campaign was “in a spiral“, which is exactly the sort of thing a group of candidates want to hear from their skipper.

Banished to Middle Earth after the Liberals were finally driven from power, he set up his own firm, the Gandalf Group, putting out economic prospecti, cataloguing his own positive press clippings, and carrying out interesting public opinion research. By 2012, he was still carrying a torch for Paul Martin, arguing that Mr. Dithers had built the party in the West in a way that Chretien never had, and that the Liberals would have been a truly national party if it hadn’t been for that inconvenient Sponsorship Scandal ruining things. As Trudeau soaked up all the glitz and glamour, Herle was relegated to clearing the way at the provincial level, orchestrating victories for Brian Gallant in New Brunswick and Kathleen Wynne in Ontario.

For all this, though, the Liberal A-team doesn’t seem interested in letting him make the calls. Trudeau rejected his pitch to use attack ads in 2015, and when things looked grim for Justin in the pre-election run-up and rumours were circulating that Gerald Butts might end up benched, Herle was–purely coincidentally, no doubt–being tapped as a potential replacement.

Fitting, then, that the politically desperate and seminally unpopular Kathleen Wynne would turn, once again, to the only Liberal as apt to attack when cornered as she is to manage what could well be the campaign she and the Ontario Liberal Party go out in a blaze of vainglory.