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“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

DAY SEVEN ... the week of August 9th to 15th

My apologies for missing last week, but I’m back once again with Day Seven ... and a look at the most read posts and commentaries of the week.  Here we go ... here’s ...

#10 ... FELDSTED -- Government efforts to offset some of the results of a destructive economic policy are aimed at maintaining political power (August 14th)

Former Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney advising PM on COVID-19 economic response -- Carney recently departed top job at Bank of England after guiding it through Brexit uncertainty (David Cochrane ~~ CBC News ~~ Aug 10, 2020)

This is incredibly dangerous to Canada’s sovereignty ...


#9 ... I take issue in your statement the Leslyn Lewis campaign has a 'weak' get out the vote effort ... and is lacking in a national team and infrastructure (August 15th)

You couldn't be more wrong -- and that's why she has done so well in fund-raising -- and getting the grassroots support of more individuals than any other candidate, donating to her campaign!

Every single day there are numerous posts of young and old and everyone in between that are supporting Dr. Lewis ...


#8 ...  FELDSTED -- If they are going to impose regulations on, or for, public facilities and infrastructure, bring their chequebooks or stay home (August 11th)

It appears that federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu, and Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam, are determined to display how irrelevant and useless they are. Their Guidelines are irrelevant, irresponsible and useless.

Education is a provincial jurisdiction under Section 93 of the Constitution ...


#7 ... JOHN LES -- The reason I think these questions need answers is because of the tremendous societal dislocation that is ongoing (August 14th)

At risk of seeming to question the received wisdom on COVID-19, I do believe there are questions that need better answers.

Let me first say that the BC government and Dr. Bonnie Henry have done a good job of managing this challenge. My questions are actually not necessarily focussed on the province, although I will use a few provincial facts to illustrate ...


#6 ... FELDSTED -- The Payette ‘controversies’ are a huge problem for the PMO which is operating outside the constitution (August 10th)

The “controversy” is an orchestrated distraction and expected. The PMO is mounting an aggressive defence of the Prime Minister. Mr. Wherry is oblivious to the irony of his opening quote:

"Prime minister," the clerk of the privy council is reported to have advised, "your biggest problem is in Rideau Hall" ...


#5 ... CANADIAN TAXPAYERS FEDERATION – Federal political parties have taken subsidies, from an emergency program, that were intended to help struggling Canadian businesses with the pandemic shutdown (August 14th)

Did you know that federal political parties have been quietly bilking even more money from taxpayers than they usually do?  It’s true ...


#4 ... CATHY McLEOD -- I want to thank him for everything he’s given to Canada and the Conservative Party (August 12th)

Earlier today I reached out to Kamloops – Thompson – Cariboo Conservative MP Cathy McLeod, for her thought on his last day as leader of the Official Opposition, in the House of Commons.  This is what she had to say ...


#3 ... DAN ALBAS:  Unfortunately, the Prime Minister planned his schedule to be away on this week's sitting and as such, could not be held accountable (August 12th)

... many MP's and party leaders planned their schedules in order to participate on these days. As an example, this week I am in Ottawa where I was able to ask several questions to the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion.

Unfortunately, the Prime Minister planned his schedule to be away on this week's sitting and as such, could not be held accountable ...


#2 ... FORSETH ... This is not the first, nor will it be the last, that what I believe to be offensive items, and things, are boldly and proudly displayed out in public

I’m a member of an auction site, where every now and again I’ll post an item ... or bid on an item someone is selling.

It’s a great way to buy and sell things ... MOST, but not all, of the time ...


And now ... we come to the most tread commentary of this past week ... here is ...


#1 ... We never thought the NDP would be so disrespectful to the hard-working people of British Columbia by pulling a stunt like this ~~ Labour Critic, and Chilliwack MLA John Martin (August 15th)

After months of refusing to use WorkSafeBC surplus funding to help workers and businesses buy much-needed personal protective equipment (PPE), it's been discovered what the NDP has chosen to spend that money on instead: hoodies, tote bags and stainless-steel water bottles ...


And that’s a wrap on this week. For those who are members of the Conservative Party – or who have been following their leadership campaign – it all comes to a pinnacle in seven days with the next party leader being announced.

Two individuals were proclaimed, by the media as front-runners at the start of the campaign – one was Erin O’Toole ... the other was Peter MacKay who the pundits declared to be the front-runner.

Then ... a virtual unknown, Leslyn Lewis, inserted herself into the campaign and turned the coronation of MacKay on it’s head.

Will she make history next Sunday and turn the political establishment on its head ... will Erin O’Toole get the chance to ‘take back Canada’ ... or will Peter MacKay officially take the leadership the media handed to him at the start of the campaign?

We’ll find out in seven days, beginning at 3pm Pacific time.


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