Does moving to Cuba automatically make you a communist? Maybe not, but moving to a communist country won’t put you in Tony Clement’s good books—unless you did so in the 1930’s. As the National Post reports, the Minister of Fake Lakes criticized a Globe and Mail editor who was moving to Castro country, where his wife works for an NGO or something. He interrupted his Twitter tirade, however, to cut the red ribbon on a new visitor’s centre at the Norman Bethune Memorial House, named for that great Canadian hero who saved many lives—in Communist China under Mao.
“My point was to celebrate things other than his communism. You chose to live in a communist country. Big difference,” Clement tweeted. Then again, Bethune also chose to live in a communist country, but I guess that didn’t make him a bad guy. The Sun News Network remains unequivocal, however. “Today @tonyclementCPC gave $2.5 million of your tax dollars to honour Mao apologist Bethune. Mao killed over 60 million.” I don’t think Bethune had a hand in any of those deaths, but I digress…
Well, it looks like Tony Clement has been caught in a lie again, as the latest NDP assault shows he said “sure” when he says he didn’t, or something to that regard. Apparently, he stood up in Commons today to defend himself, which is probably a first. Seems that he’s been known to hide behind John Baird’s skirt on the issue. Perhaps he should just pull a Rob Anders and go to sleep during Question Period?
Speaking of Baird, this person seems to think he doesn’t wear the skirt, but rather the pants in the family. The commentor also implies that he’ll be changing the last name of his dead aunt on her tombstone. C’mon, is that really necessary?
(I like how slanted the thumbs up/thumbs down are on the CBC comments are, BTW. Some people say that’s a sign of “Liberal media bias”…)
For proof that the National Post’s commenters aren’t nearly as partisan as the Toronto Sun’s, one needs look no further than this latest story on Tony Gazebo’s (great nickname, by the way!) 50-million dollar slush fund. After interim auditor general John Wiersema scolded the federal government for breaking the rules, it then fell on the Post comments section to rake the Conservatives over the coals.
I must say, there were some reasoned, well-thought-out comments mixed with a dash of wit and dry humour—but we also had this guy express his views in the form of an unhinged rant. There may be a point in here somewhere, but it would take a two-ton titanium drill and fifty pounds of dynamite just to get to it.
I must agree with the only person who bothered to reply to Sir Spear: “If you are going to make an argument, at least learn to use some punctuation and capitalization. All you’ve done is drivel on with non sequiturs. Translation: you don’t make any sense.” Now, could you kindly translate that into jibberish, Johnnieboy?
This morning, the federal government tabled the Keeping Canada’s Economy & Jobs Growing Act, which has garnered media attention primarily for its legislation to gradually scrap the two-dollar-per-vote subsidy to all political parties that attain more than two per cent of the popular vote. By the time the subsidy has been cut down to nothing, in 2015-16, it will save the treasury almost 30-million dollars a year. However, this particular National Post commenter has an idea that would’ve saved the government even more money.
Unfortunately, it’s too late to implement it now that the damage has been done…
Hey, isn’t Tony Clement in charge of the Treasury nowadays?
Although Peter MacKay stole most of the headlines in yesterday’s Question Period, the opposition continued its attack on Tony Clement, who remains mum on the G8 slush fund. With the NDP failing to get a rise out of the Treasury Board President, they went with an old party adage to attempt to draw comment from Clement: When all else fails, turn to Ruth Ellen Brosseau.
After two more direct challenges to Mr. Clement’s fortitude, the NDP sent up Ruth Ellen Brosseau, the member for Berthier-Maskinongé and the subject of countless jokes. ”As a single mother, my days are very full,” she said, standing straight and tall with her hands folded together in front of her. She proceeded to explain her commitments to home and family and work and her efforts to get home at a decent hour.
“The last thing I want is to hear about the mismanagement of public funds at the G8 summit,” she claimed. A minister who does not respond to questions and refuses to accept responsibility, is that really the model we want to pass on to our children?”
You go, girl! Too bad John Baird didn’t give you much of an answer, though…