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December 27, 2005

Pulling Back The Curtains On Liberal Party Culture

"Alberta can blow me" - Scott Reid, communications director

Ezra Levant reviews Liberal campaign gaffes of past weeks;

Klander's blog, and Reid's "blow me" line -- like Reid's "beer and popcorn" line -- aren't mistakes. They are rare glimpses into how Liberals really feel or think, like a single missing plank in a picket fence that allows a passer-by to glimpse into what normally remains hidden

There were similar incidents in the last Saskatchewan election - a cartoon showing SaskParty leader Elwin Hermanson loading "NDP sympathizers" into cattle cars; a memo that referred to "President Shrub" circulated by a NDP caucus worker.

What makes these slurs remarkable isn't that they occur, but that they are being issued by those at the highest levels of the Liberal campaign. These people aren't local door-knockers or raw recruits manning a phone bank. They are members of the inner circle, confidents of the Prime Minister.

There's a flippancy, an utter lack of respect being exhibited for political opponents and by extension, the political process. The casualness with which these comments are uttered is revealing in that it telegraphs that there is no expectation of reprisal from within.

The curtains have been pulled back to give Canadians a view into the internal culture of the Liberal party.

Consider the corporation or organization with established standards for acceptable internal discourse. Comparing a business competitor to a dog would be considered inappropriate in any setting - closed door included. Making such a statement in a public setting or outsider? Unthinkable.

The slurs reveal a culture of disrespect and arrogance, and insight into a deeply immature party character. The statements by Reid and writings of Klandor signal that this mindset is openly tolerated within the inner circles of the party.

"Alberta can blow me".

This is not aberration or momentary lapse of judgement. It is indicative of the ethical standards of those in control of the Liberal Party - evidence that none exist.


Posted by Kate at December 27, 2005 4:26 PM
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Comments

Maybe it is time to let "those eastern bastards freeze in the dark" time...

Only problem is would Saskatchewan join Alberta in making a new country?

cheers
Tom

Posted by: tomax7 at December 27, 2005 4:50 PM

I read in a post by someone somewhere that, "the Conservatives created Canada, the Liberal's only exploit Canada", that sure rings true when we hear and see such disrespectful remarks. The Liberal mindset is utter disdain for anyone and anything not Liberal. Then one has to look at how they treat each other during their internal fights and arguments. There's an awful lot of ugly furniture in the attics of PMPM and his closest advisors.

Posted by: Bruce Randall at December 27, 2005 4:58 PM

Mike Klander was actually one of the classier Liberal bloggers.

Posted by: Anonalogue at December 27, 2005 4:59 PM

Ananologue - It is interesting that you mention class ... I just found this liberal who actually says that the resignation was a touch of class. He goes on to say: His blog was unfortunate and regrettable, but I hope in this game there is always forgiveness for a person who is willing to fall on their sword. (jamesbowie.blogspot.com)

Regrettable?
Unfortunate?

I would say it is more than that ... it was disgusting. I can say that as an 'ethnic...' I can say that as a Canadian.

But this response will be a typical one from most liberals... for them it was unfortunate and regrettable that the guy was caught! That's about it!

Posted by: Jose at December 27, 2005 5:17 PM

Why can't these guys make moronic statements about Ontario, we would know who would win then. They know that there going to get away with these comments because Toronto keeps them in there "volunteer positions". If that was a conservative saying that you would here everything from redneck bigot to fascist extremist. But no it's ok because they are Liberal's & they are entitled too.

Posted by: bryan at December 27, 2005 5:21 PM

Once again the voice of Klander crys out a culture of entitlement. No one in Canada has a right to a view that is not the Liberal view.

They are so sanctimonious in their hypocrisy it makes you want to throw up.

This Liberal party is showing evidence,virtually everyday, that they need to lose this election, move to the opposition benches, get rid of this disgusting leader and re-think their policies and positions.

The Liberals may be ahead in the polls but I think their support is thin and wide. When election day comes, Canadians will speak with one voice and say it is time for a change.

Posted by: Helen Hollingsworth at December 27, 2005 5:27 PM

This Yank is a bit surprised - you Canadians throwing grade-A+ mud around. We Americans stop at calling people chickens.

To understand the lunatic lefty mindset, I would read both parts of Wayne Allyn Root's Newsmax essay starting HERE that I did this morning. Chilling stuff that today's revelations only add gas to.

I also have a recommendation to make: Hockey match between the Conservateurs and the Liberals for control of your government. At least the hits will be clean - and the "Liberals" can garner technical foul after technical foul and flood the penalty box while Stephen Harper gets goal after goal after goal. A thought.

In the meantime: GO HARPER GO!

Posted by: Josef at December 27, 2005 5:28 PM

One last thing: Remember the infamous 2003 Toryban Evil reptilian kitten-eater from another planet line?

As my exemplar Sandra "Better Angels of Our Nature" Pupatello would say: "Gotcha"!!!

Posted by: Josef at December 27, 2005 5:32 PM

As an Albertan I am used to elections where we are vilified, what's the real difference between Scott Reid saying "Blow me" and Cretien's comments about us being "different out there" not a whole lot.

Both show a complete and utter lack of respect for anything Albertan. From the office of a Prime Minister who pledged long ago to remove the "democratic deficit" and reduce western alienation this has been disappointing to say the least. But then again, in Alberta, we don't expect much. The cautionary note to all non-Albertans is to ask just how many social programs can be funded when ALberta isn't paying your bills. Don't be fooled, these are the comments that make us Separtists - and explain why we will NEVER EVER trust a Liberal government.

Posted by: Sheila at December 27, 2005 6:05 PM

Sheila, you've forgotten - this all started with Trudeau flipping us the bird 'way back when. It's been downhill ever since and yup, you sure do get used to it.

I'm wondering if Klander won't put a dent in the Toronto ridings, though, as his slurs were aimed pretty close to home... But, then again, maybe not.

Posted by: Candace at December 27, 2005 6:22 PM

New radio ad for the NDP gives rare insight into their mindset as well: http://nomoresocialism.blogspot.com/2005/12/new-audio_27.html

Posted by: Richard Evans at December 27, 2005 6:30 PM

Hey, I like that.
Alberta can blow us all.

Posted by: steve at December 27, 2005 7:05 PM


Ahhhh yes the party and its culture of "tolerance" laid bare...hypocrisy this deep is toxic to society.

Posted by: WL Mackenzie Redux at December 27, 2005 7:17 PM

Anonalogue said: "Mike Klander was actually one of the classier Liberal bloggers"

I find most of their blogging to be fanatically preachy, overtly disinformative and self-important with a large dollup of vulgarity.

On a personal level having done some lobby work in Ottawa and elsewhere I have never met a federal party connected liberal who was not base in their business manner and indefensibly arrogant in demeanor. The younger they come the more vulgar their deportment in a peer group environment.

Posted by: WL Mackenzie Redux at December 27, 2005 7:38 PM

"the Conservatives created Canada, the Liberal's only exploit Canada"

Bruce, I'm the one who said that. Don't remember where. But I know it was me.

And it's true, as we know. There's no denying it, is there?

And I certainly wouldn't "blow" Scott Reid. I personally don't go in for that sort of thing (with guys, that is), and I really cannot believe the monstrous ego of Mr. Reid, who seems to think everyone wants to smoke his little joint...

Why the hell would he think all of Canada's most conservative province would want to smoke his teeny, tiny joint?

Posted by: Canadian Sentinel at December 27, 2005 7:47 PM

Heard a Toronto commentator say that there are a few Libs out there telling their supporters to vote Tory this time around, which would force a Lib leadership review, which is greatly to their liking seeing as how they are going to run. Wouldn't name names, but says more than one. Given the lacklustre performance, the 'gaffes' which aren't really gaffe's at all, one does wonder. One Toronto media outlet named all the companies Klander is associated with. Guess people can decide whether it's worth having him around or not.

Posted by: Iron Lady at December 27, 2005 8:00 PM

Yes CS, that one line pretty much sums up the Liberal outlook, after all, aren't all of them entitled to their entitlements?

Posted by: Bruce Randall at December 27, 2005 8:07 PM

That comment is old.Now Ralph will be retiring soon..my money is on Jim Dinning...stay tuned.

Posted by: craig at December 27, 2005 8:33 PM

Ethnics are pets according to the Liberal multiculturalism agenda, but usually the Liberals stroke the pets at election time with large wads of cash - instead of revealing how they really feel about the uppity ethnics.

Posted by: Sweetpea at December 27, 2005 8:39 PM

I was just having a look through the PCO Travel and Hospitality Expenses Reports and happened to notice one Paul Corriveau, Deputy Chief of Staff who seems to have ended his employ July 23,2004. Now is it possible he might be related the other Corriveau, who is the central figure in Adscam and the Gomery Inquiry, whom PMPM claimed to not really know? Interesting.

Posted by: Bruce Randall at December 27, 2005 8:53 PM

From: Ozymandias
.........
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

-Percy Bysshe Shelley
1792-1822 >


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Posted by: maz2 at December 27, 2005 9:07 PM

A 'blow me' pictoral for Mr popcorn
http://tinyurl.com/ac7kz

Posted by: Duke at December 27, 2005 10:03 PM

The MSM rarely ever reports on this stuff- might offend the sheeple?

Posted by: dave at December 27, 2005 11:24 PM

How infuriating is it that sophomoric halfwits like Reid, Murphy, Duffy, and Klander were able to bamboozle the Canadian public into electing Liberal governments. These guys think they are the Karl Roves of Canada; in reality, they make Bob Shrum look like a political genius.

Posted by: NCF TO at December 27, 2005 11:28 PM

Josef, there is no such thing as a "technical foul" in hockey.

There are penalties for unsportsmanlike conduct, roughing, interference, high sticking, slashing, hooking, holding, elbowing, tripping, clipping, fighting, kneeing, charging, boarding, spearing (yes, that one is as ugly as it sounds) and (very rarely) kicking; as well as 5-minute, 10-minute, and game misconducts - but no penalties for potty mouth.

Go Flames Go.

Posted by: Ed Minchau at December 28, 2005 12:49 AM

Josef:

Excellent article. It shows liberal/media bias and intolerance is universal. I must say I cheered when people ignored Hollywood and voted Bush in.

Thanks for the excellent read .. and yes, it is scary...

Posted by: Lanny at December 28, 2005 1:37 AM

Canadian Gum*/Gum* Registry

Exhibit # 9, 123,908


Toronto Shooting 'Insanity': McGuinty
Josh Pringle
Wednesday, December 28, 2005 2:49 AM

[Liberal] Premier Dalton McGuinty says a 15-year-old shot dead in downtown Toronto on Boxing Day was the victim of "the insanity of guns." >>>
via cfra.com >>>

** H/T: Dingwall/Martin Liberal's $1.29 cud of gum.

Posted by: maz2 at December 28, 2005 8:16 AM

The Liberal candidate (sacrificial lamb) for Calgary Nose-Hill has an interesting take on the sponsorship scandal. He's crediting the Liberals for uncovering it!

"Residents of Calgary Nose-Hill should remember that neither Diane Albonczy nor any other Tory MP exposed the Sponsorship affair. The affair was discovered by the Auditor General, Sheila Fraser, in one of her quarterly reports to Parliament. The Liberal government in 1994 ensured that the Auditor General would report more than once a year. Thus, a distinction needs to be made. The Federal Liberals are committed to having accountability of the use of public funds within the political system. Meanwhile, the Tories seem content to exaggerate every allegation and recklessly smear individual reputations without hearing all of the evidence."
http://www.tedhaney.ca/press_releases10.htm

OK, let's follow this reasoning: Sponsorship is not scandal. Sponsorship is "affair". Scandals are bad. Affairs are not bad. A-G found affair. A-G reported affair. A-G hero. Liberals hero for letting A-G be hero. Tories not hero. Tories didn't expose affair. They said Liberals bad. That's bad. Liberals not bad. They got caught. They're accountable. That's good. Liberals good. Tories won't say Liberals good. Tories bad. Very bad.

All righty, then! (Someone should point out to this guy that the Prime Minister, the second most powerful politician in Canada, didn't expose the "affair" either, and it was in his own party! Even after it was brought to his attention. Prime Minister bad?)


Posted by: Patrick at December 28, 2005 8:21 AM

Patrick: actually this Liberal ( as usual) is telling a lie....It Was Garry Breitkruetz who had been following the escalating costs of the gun registry and saw a couple of perennial Liberal trough hogs vacuuming up most of the over budget revenues. He was after the AG to audit the registry for years.....when Fraser finally audited the gun registry spending, she found 2 of the ADscam players dipping their beak into registry funding. This left a trail back to the sponsorship program which was used to top off registry funding to pay the Brault agency 10 times more than they tendered to the registry administration. The AG put 2+2 together after this having also being tipped by many opposition MPs from BQ to NDP who had whistle blowers contacting them about the scam going on in the sponsorship program.

So, it was the constant urging of opposition MPs who were tipped to the scandal by some whistle blowers who had the AG finally act directly on the sponsorship program.

I suppose your Liberal Candidate will say that it was Liberal party who "allowed" the whistle blowers do what they did.

Posted by: WL Mackenzie Redux at December 28, 2005 9:37 AM

Someone tell me...after having the Klander story on the front page yesterday (Van Sun, Nat'l Post) and buried on something like page 13 (Van Province). Only the National Post had 1 stinking letter to the editor regarding the offensive material on Klander's blog. And that was from some guy in South Korea?!?!

Is this a national shrug of the shoulders? Or are the media suppressing angry letters? God, I hope it's the latter - I can deal with the thought of biased media outlets but apathetic, double-standard loving Canadians galls me.

Posted by: sooz at December 28, 2005 12:15 PM

Hey Sooz:
Im sure there were thousands of letters to the editor. What happened is the obscenity police got 'em

Posted by: lee at December 28, 2005 12:28 PM

I guess if we had all gotten together and written a "group letter" that would have been ok for the SCOC and maybe it would have been published? :)

Posted by: sooz at December 28, 2005 12:44 PM

Did the CBC cover the Klander story?
I don't think I noticed it. If it was a conservative who made the remarks it would have been the lead story. I'm sure the CBC would go find Asians on the street then, and ask them if they found "Chow-Chow" racist or offensive. Then would do a panel on racism in the conservative party.
It may be time to stop having a state run television station if they can't at least make a small effort to be impartial.

Posted by: matt at December 28, 2005 2:31 PM

Matt:
Yep, they did, last night there was an interview with Sheila copps and someone else (name escapes me right now) the whole interview was on this subject.
On another note, I know that Stephen Harper is in B.C. and made a couple of significant policy announcements, but i have yet to see any mention of that at all on CTV or CBC Newsworld.

Posted by: Lee at December 28, 2005 3:11 PM

Well, how about that? Harper just made the news on both stations. Have i got power or what?

Posted by: Lee at December 28, 2005 3:42 PM

The curtains are gone, right?

Here is the "entitlement" mentality/culture/mindset of the Dingwalls & the Librano$, and AdScam Martin/Earnsclife/NDP socialists.>>>

304 top political aides eased into PS jobs

OTTAWA - More than 300 political aides - most of whom worked for Liberal cabinet ministers - took advantage of "priority entitlement" that gave them jobs in the public service without going through the rigours of a competition. (Ottawa Citizen)>>
link at: primetimecrime.com

Posted by: maz2 at December 28, 2005 3:44 PM

ooooo, yuck! Please Alberta don't do it, land of my adopted citizenship, I'm sure it'll taste awful. Kicking Klein

Posted by: MacDezart at December 29, 2005 9:32 AM
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