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Alberta Diary: The ‘Self Preservation Society’ wants Jim Prentice for ‘The Alberta Job’ – but can he forgo his ambition to be PM?

“The Alberta Job.” Will the original “Self Preservation Society” get to keep the Tory gold? Is Jim Prentice – above, not exactly as illustrated – the man to help them do it? Read on to find out why we’ll probably never find out. Below: The actual Jim Prentice. Below him: Possible, rumoured, putative PC leadership candidate Stephen Mandel.

The question Jim Prentice really needs to ask himself is this: “Do I really want to ride that bus all the way to the bottom of the cliff and be sitting in it when it bursts into flames?”

The (Read more…)

Alberta Diary: Everyone must do their duty for Canada – even Sun News Network ideologues

Admiral Horatio Nelson gives up his life in the service of his country on the deck of HMS Victory on Oct. 21, 1805. Below: Horatio Nelson; his famous signal to his fleet: “England expects that every man will do his duty.” Surely, Canada should expect no less!

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“England expects that every man will do his duty,” Admiral Horatio Nelson signalled from HMS Victory to the brave sailors his fleet as the Battle of Trafalgar, the decisive naval fight of the Napoleonic Wars, commenced.

Sometimes there is a moment in a nation’s history when all good people must (Read more…)

Alberta Diary: PKP to run for PQ: Why PKP, with SNN and CPC PMO spell SOS for Canada, which could be FUBAR

Impressionable English Canadian youngsters tune in to SNN for sinister ideological conditioning by RWN (right-wing nuts) on the staff of the PMO-favoured network. Below: PKP and his now-ex wife (NXW), grabbed from the Internet; SNN broadcaster Ezra Levant.

Oh, H-E-double-hockey-sticks, PKP wants another D-I-V-O-R-C-E!

This time, having just given his common-law wife of a decade the old heave-ho, it’s from us!

And I don’t know about you, but this smells a bit like C-O-N-S-P-I-R-A-C-Y.

Let me explain…

PKP for those of you who live in the ROC and are therefore wondering WTF is Pierre Karl Péladeau, who until recently (Read more…)

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Thumped By A Frenchy! Sun News Star Brian Lilley Takes Boot To Nads From French Billionaire Boss!

The only time I would ever ask my readers to watch anything from Brian Lilley.  If you really don’t want to, I’ll just say its all about Brian calling out the politically correct “over-pronunciation of French athletes names”.

Its a thoroughly grovelling apology, and the word is: Everyone’s speculating that Quebecor bosses (or even PKP himself) forced @brianlilley to apologize. If so, why now?— Steve Faguy (@fagstein) February 11, 2014

As to why of all occasions would PKF force his guy to eat dirt on tape, well, the Olympics are everywhere. Mr. Lilley’s remarks reached an audience far beyond his usual.

Alberta Diary: Ahoy there, matey! Talk about maritime disasters! Trapped on a CAPP-sized banana boat with Ezra Levant!

The captain of the the MV Zuiderdam tells Michael Coren, right, to fetch him a cup of Starbucks. Sun News Network tour group hosts may not appear exactly as illustrated. But you’ve got to admit it’s a pretty good likeness! Below: a sample of unethical oil.

Call me Ishmael!

Would you pay $8,679, or even $2,952, to be trapped for nine days aboard a boat, even a very large boat, with Ezra Levant, Michael Coren, Brian Lilley and a host of other sorry reruns from the Sun News Network commentariat, not to mention the communications vice-president of the Canadian Association

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BigCityLib Strikes Back: The State Of Levant

Glen McGregor of the Ottawa Citizen has some new viewer numbers for the Sun News Network.  They are very sad:

Who is the Monkey King, you ask?

In any case it looks like Brian Lilley is out-pointing Ezra these days. ratings wise.  Gotta be the hair.

Leftist Jab: Political Scapegoat of 2012: Michael Sona

Fraudulent phone calls and misremembered $21,000 cheques

Sun News, the media wing of the Conservative Party of Canada, through its Parliament Hill Senior Correspondent Brian Lilley “scooped” everyone when they pinpointed the source of the fraudulent robocalls in the 2011 election: Michael Sona.

Small problem with that scoop: it wasn’t true.

In defence of Brian Lilley, journalism is

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Michael Sona Vs. Brian Lilley: The Tale Of The Tape

According to Brian Lilley from Sun News, he is the guy who first broke the Mike Sona = Robocaller story back in February, 2012.  Mr. Sona has recently stated that Brian Lilley did not attempt to contact him before making the Sona = Robocaller accusation.  He has further suggested that Lilley admitted on air that he had indeed not attempted to contact Sona before making the accusation. Lilley has denied this, but his denials have been vague and a bit cagey.  That is, he’s not making clear just when Sun TV first attempted to make contact with Sona.

Well here’s the

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BigCityLib Strikes Back: A New E-Book

…from Brian Lilley, the man who found Peter Mansbridge’s lost chair.

But I bet it can’t all be that exciting.

Dented Blue Mercedes: MP’s trans predator fearmongering escalates.

On Friday, Sun News commentator Brian Lilley interviewed Rob Anders, the Member of Parliament who has drawn condemnation for conflating transsexual and transgender people with sexual predators in a petition he has been circulating on his website, and to at least one church in his riding. In “Children’s bathroom bill reaches Parliament Hill,” both doubled down on conflating trans people with sexual predators, and suggested that granting human rights inclusion will somehow enable and legally absolve predatory acts. Anders claims there is “all sorts of examples of this going on.” Which is news to anybody else.

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Alberta Diary: Does Bizarre Bethune brouhaha signal ideological rift within Harper Conservatives?

Communist physician Norman Bethune, left, and a comrade from the Red Chinese Army speak with Canadian Treasury Board President Tony Clement, right, in a vignette as imagined by Sun News Network. Below: Dr. Bethune, looking weirdly contemporary with a fashionable goatee; far-right ideologue Rob Anders; the real Mr. Clement.

Is the bizarre brouhaha over who stood up for the Chinese national anthem and what its words are evidence of a serious ideological split within Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s ruling Conservative Party of Canada?

If you think stuff like that only matters in places like Communist China and North Korea, maybe

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BigCityLib Strikes Back: What Will They Whine Of Next?

From the CHRC page detailing with access to info requests:

Logically, the only people on the planet who would care would be the folks named in the request itself, desperately trolling about for something to be fake-outraged about.  It appears, however, that they haven’t found anything useful, as Fox News North is apparently down to hassling hippies at the Occupy Toronto campsite again.

Brian Lilley Apparently Has Problems With Women Having Access To Health Care

Ol’ Brian is livid, I tell you, boys ‘n’ girls, just livid! He must be still smarting from Justin Trudeau showing Senator Brazeau who’s boss in the boxing ring last week-end. Nah! He’s always been that wingnutty. Brian’s latest beef at the silly Lilley pad? A large Planned Parenthood complex being built next . . . → Read More: Brian Lilley Apparently Has Problems With Women Having Access To Health Care

Dumb and Dumber 2 announced

Word is it will be a Canadian production.

From Montreal Simon

Trudeau TKO’s testosterone out of Sun News talking heads

OK. I didn’t see the fight. My cable co. doesn’t carry Sun News. But I watched the tweets. Won a Tweet TKO of my own over Monte Solberg. And marvelled at Justin Trudeau winning in enemy territory.

From what I can gather the broadcast was 40% climate change denial, 40% CBC dissing . . . → Read More: Trudeau TKO’s testosterone out of Sun News talking heads

Red Tory v.3.0.3: Canadian Conservatives Defined

Professionally angry midget Kathy Shaidle attempts to explain who’s who in the hinterland of Canadian “conservatism” to Sun News host Brian Lilley:

Heh. By my estimation, Shaidle just slagged off about 90% of the “Bloggin’ Tories” in one form or another as not being REAL conservatives; at least that is, according to her quirky and peculiarly incoherent definition of the species.

So, suck on that all you “tedious” tax-averse conservative men that are overly tolerant of diversity; you “culturally retarded” SoCons that don’t own TVs; and wacky libertarians that are effectively enabling the hordes of drug-addled “parasites” corroding society…

As

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Exclusive! Brian Lilley’s audition reel for Sun TV News.

X-posted at Let Freedom Rain

Exclusive! Brian Lilley’s audition reel for Sun TV News.

Brian Lilley: "Tough year for state broadcaster"

Brian Lilley reads prepared remarks from Conservative party while Krista Erickson ponders the good ol’ days

Judging by Lilley’s employer’s ratings, I’d say his statement is more than a little ironic, especially when you consider that Sun TV News serves at the exclusive pleasure of the ruling Conservative party. Plus, its ratings are in the toilet.

But I guess ‘tough’ is a relative term.

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Kicking Ass In Canadian Politics

Alright, I’m a bit late to this.  Warren K carves Brian Lilley a new one in this Sun TV interview.  Notice though how hard it is to cut through an ignorant asshole’s (Lilley’s) stream of bullshit.  Many progressives think it can be done via elegant erudition.  It can’t .  WK knows you gotta be there for the whole 15 rounds, or six plus minutes or so, and keep pounding them.  Politics isn’t like chess, where you check-mate ‘em.  It’s like WWI, where you slowly crush their will to resist.

Too bad this interview didn’t happen on

John Doyle’s most irritating TV people of 2011

I’m beginning to think that John Doyle is Canada’s best social critic. His job may be to cover TV but his columns cut through the bullshit of so much more. It’s as if he’s talking for those of us on the outside without any national voice, a voice currently dominated by the very people Doyle skewers. He covers all the annoying curmudgeons – well, let’s just say it outright – assholes who occupy

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Sticking Up From The Little Guys: Is Brian Lilley Sun TV’s Tallest Midget?

 From the Owen Sound Sun Times:

… it’s long overdue, says Lilly, whose personality, lively style and opinions — and hairdo–resonate with viewers. He’s the highest-rated TV host on the Sun News Network.

The Ez won’t like hearing that, but its roughly in accord with Bureau of Broadcast Measurement numbers from late June, which were, generally speaking for the new network, crap.

In any case, Brian’s previous work experience stands him in good stead, given the perilous state of the floundering station:

Born and raised in Hamilton, Lilley is actually a jack of all trades — from bricklayer, painter, cook and

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Afternoon Links

Assorted content for your afternoon reading.

- pogge rightly questions the Cons’ continued efforts to have decisions made by ministerial fiat rather than through public debate.

- Glen McGregor eviscerates Brian Lilley’s thoroughly inaccurate attack on Canada’s Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand.

- Murray Mandryk suggests that Saskatchewan’s New Democratic Party needs to remove the “democratic” part of its identity in choosing a new leader. But I’m not sure how the concept of a top-down “leadership vetting process” is supposed to be seen as an improvement from a vote among members, especially as a response to a leadership campaign where

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John Doyle: Sun News is Conservative Comedy Central

John Doyle has been doing a yeoman’s job of mocking Fox News North. Today’s gem is rife with true comedy, for which Doyle has a talent unlike his Sun News counterparts’ unintentional comedic style:Why, recently, Conservative MPs on the House of Co… . . . → Read More: John Doyle: Sun News is Conservative Comedy Central

Sun News Network and the emasculation of the North American right wing

I haven’t had that much exposure to Fox News North but from what I’ve seen there’s obviously something fishy happening at that network which is symptomatic of a bigger issue with the North American right-wing male of the species. Listening to Brian Lilley’s chipmunk voice or recoiling from Mark Bonokoski’s lispy spittle or . . . → Read More: Sun News Network and the emasculation of the North American right wing . . . → Read More: Sun News Network and the emasculation of the North American right wing