Skip to main content

“I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind.” ~~ John G. Diefenbaker

FELDSTED: The rear-guard action, coupled with Trudeau’s attempts to wrap himself in a flag of righteousness, would make a great Monty Python skit except this is not comedy – at least not intentionally

(According to a CBC New story) ... last Wednesday, an emergency meeting of the House of Commons justice committee was called to discuss a proposal from the Conservatives and New Democrats to hear from nine witnesses — including PMO officials and Jody Wilson-Raybould herself.

At the beginning of the meeting, the Liberals tabled their own motion that severely limited the witness list, leaving only three names. Attempts to amend the motion failed.

Reid admitted it doesn't look good when a government shuts down lines of inquiry, but he argued that, due to solicitor-client privilege and cabinet confidence issues, it's almost impossible to have those conversations in committee without the dialogue descending into a "political gong show."

The Liberals are being exposed as arrogant crooks manipulating contracts paid for with public money to favour friends and line their pockets.

The stench is oppressive ... do they risk brand damage?

Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government is trying desperately to limit damage by constantly changing the story line, and avoiding the truth or any close facsimile. They have chosen to support SNC-Lavalin, a generous political ally, to reassure others they stand by those who stand by them.

The Liberal refusal to allow a Justice Committee investigation into the SNC-Lavalin affair is not surprising.

An honest government would welcome a probe, and put all rumours to rest without delay. The rear-guard action, coupled with Trudeau’s attempts to wrap himself in a flag of righteousness. would make a great Monty Python skit except that this is not a comedy – at least not intentionally.    

Political party infighting has descended into petty, uncivil, vicious attacks that destroy democracy. When MPs gather without civility or decorum, or respect for the institutions and traditions they are part of, and are openly hostile to others, democracy is dead.

The role of government is not to rule as ‘kings of the hill’. The government must respect opposition members and listen to advice offered and suggestions for improvement.

A democratic government cannot ignore the opposition ranks without destroying democratic representation.

The role of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition is not to obstruct or oppose the government, but to examine proposed legislation and programs, offer advice on issues, and propose improvements whenever possible. Canadians deserve the best results possible.

The Liberal contention that allowing key witnesses to testify at a commons justice committee hearing would deteriorate into a ‘gong-show’ is hilarious. We are watching top level gong-show play out in the media which is not in the public interest, and undermines confidence in government and parliament.

The juvenile, silly-bugger behaviour of key players is disgusting. None of them appear to understand that they are in parliament to represent the people of Canada, not their political party, and we will not tolerate their parliamentary war games.    

A government intent on keeping secrets from the people it serves cannot be trusted with the power it has been given.

Solicitor-client privilege and cabinet confidence must never override the public right to know the truth of an issue.

Governance without ethics, honesty, openness and principle is not democratic governance.

Liberal rule must end but cannot be replaced with Conservative rule.

We must restore democracy to our parliament.

We are at least five decades behind in building a national infrastructure of rail lines, highways, ports, pipelines, refineries, electrical transmission lines, broadband and cellular transmission towers and fiber optic networks connecting every populated corner of the nation.

Whoever wins the next election had better arrive in Ottawa with a plan to smash the status quo, and get Canada back on track as a nation of ten separate and equal provinces ... with a federal government restricted to its separate constitutional role.

Nothing less will suffice.   

John Feldsted
Political Consultant & Strategist
Winnipeg, Manitoba


Popular posts from this blog

It seems the call for blood donors is being responded to, however ... “This effort is a marathon, not a sprint” says Canadian Blood Services

A week and a half ago I wrote the commentary ... “ While the national inventory is currently strong, an increase in blood donor cancellations is a warning sign of potential challenges to maintaining a health inventory of blood ” It was written as a result of talk about a potential blood shortage that would occur if people stopped donating due to the COVID-19 virus. It seems the call to Canadians was responded to, however, as I was told this afternoon ... “ T his effort is a marathon, not a sprint ”. As it now stands now, donors are able to attend clinics which are held in Vancouver (2), Victoria, Surrey, and in Kelowna, so I asked if there any plans to re-establish traveling clinics to others communities - for example in Kamloops, Prince George, Prince Rupert, Revelstoke or Cranbrook, and perhaps further north at perhaps Ft. St. John? According to Communications Lead Regional Public Affairs Specialist Marcelo Dominguez, Canadian Blood Services is still on

FEDLSTED -- Rules will have to relax-- the question is how and when

The media has created a fervour over the mathematical models that allegedly help governments predict the future of Coronavirus infections in the general population. Mathematical modelling has limited use and value. We need to understand is that the data available on Coronavirus (COVID-19) infections in Canada is far too small for statistical reliability. The data available for the whole world is useless due to variables in how nations responded to Coronavirus infections. There is no commonality in steps taken to combat virus spread and no similarity in the age demographics of world nations, so the numbers you see on the daily tracking of world infections are not useful in developing a model of infection rates that can be relied on. Mathematical models of the future spread of Coronavirus are better than nothing, but not a whole lot better.  Mathematical models must include assumptions on virus spreads, and various factors involved. As they are used in projections, a small erro

WUN FEATHER -- can we just put those two names to bed for a while? You can call me an ‘Indian’ and I won't mind. And let's not call the farmers and ranchers ‘Settlers’ anymore

Hey there # TeamCanada !   I can't take it any more! Well, I guess I can, but I don't want to. I want to talk about the names we call each other. My very best friends, and all my Elderly Aunts and Uncles call me an Indian. I have walked into the most magnificent dining hall at the Air Liquide Head office, Quai D'orsay in Paris, France, surrounded by the worlds top producing Cryogenics team, and Patrick Jozon, the President of Air Liquide, has seen me enter the room, and yelled: " Bonjour! There is Warren! He is my Indian friend from Canada! He and I chased Beavers together in Northern BC!" And over 400 people turned to look at me and then they all smiled, and nodded. To most European people, an Indian is an absolute ICON!   The ultimate symbol of North America. They love us. And then, one time I had just gotten married and took vacation days off to take my new wife to meet my Grandmother; I was so proud. But as soon a


Show more