I see that Kellie Leitch has officially launched her leadership campaign:
As the campaign heats up, she can expect more of this:
And if that doesn’t sate your appetite for this strange lady who would lead the CPC through bigotry and xenophobia, try this from Frank Magazine.
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PHOTOS: Republican candidate Donald Trump stalking Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton around the debate stage in St. Louis yesterday evening (CNN Photo). Below: 20th Century screen star Bela Lugosi, Edmonton political commentator Chanchal Bhattacharya and a Wildrose supporter in a Trump-style ball cap (National Observer photo). Happy Thanksgiving! I guess we can be thankful, after watching . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Canadians can be thankful for small, and probably temporary, mercies in wake of U.S. presidential debate
I knew the Con leadership race was a total bust. With the desperate search for a good leader continuing, but getting nowhere.But at least it's been peaceful, and incredibly dull…
For obvious reasons.But now that the SoCon Andrew Scheer has joined the race, that's changing.Now it's getting ugly.Read more »
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Bob Hepburn warns that those of us who think that Kellie Leitch is on the political fringe, whipping up wing nuts, should think again. Xenophobia is gaining political traction all around the world. After his recent visit to Britain, Hepburn reports that:
In Oxford and Portsmouth, well-educated middle-income people, the type of voters . . . → Read More: Northern Reflections: Xenophobia And Political Ambition
I wasn’t planning to write another post about Kellie Leitch for a while, because I feel I’ve written enough about her to last me a lifetime.
But then I saw the cover of the latest issue of Macleans and I changed my mind.
Because although that picture is absolutely ridiculous, and has people howling with laughter all over the country.
And wondering where did she get that flag pole from?
Read more » . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Kellie Leitch’s Campaign Becomes Even More Absurd
I’m really looking forward to this weekend. It’s going to be warm and sunny, and perfect for biking, or sailing.
And on Sunday, in this park in my neighbourhood, there is going to be a big book fair with lots of authors and artists. So it couldn’t be better, or more lovely Canada.
But I can’t forget what’s happening to so many people in this nightmare place.
And ever since I found out that Chris Alexander and Kellie Leitch will be reuniting.
I can’t help wondering what might have happened to some of the Syrian refugees now living in this peaceful country if the Cons had been re-elected?
Read more » . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Standing Up For Our Values In A Bigoted World
The other day I wrote about how Kellie Leitch’s “Anti-Canadian Values” campaign had brought back memories of the Chris and Kellie show.
The barbaric Con production where Leitch and Chris Alexander demonized Muslims, and invited Canadians to snitch on their neighbours.
And it was such an ugly memory, I remember thinking thank goodness that show was cancelled, and that those two will never be together again.
But sadly I was wrong. Because it seems that the Chris and Kellie show is on again.
Read more » . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Return of the Monstrous Chris and Kellie Show
PHOTOS: “Make America Hate Again.” (Jake May, MLive.com) Below: U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump and Canadian politicians Kellie Leitch and Jason Kenney. They’re not the only ones, unfortunately. Can anyone in Alberta’s mainstream media seriously claim to have been surprised by the vile stream of threats, abuse and harassment unleashed on a Mount Royal University […]
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I know it’s hard to believe, but Kellie Leitch is still insisting she’s not trying to be Canada’s Donald Trump.
Even though she’s not fooling anyone.
“While the elites and most media harshly criticized even the mention of the discussion, you knew better,” wrote Leitch in the fundraising note. “Together we will stand up to those who don’t want to discuss Canadian values and whose politically correct elitism remains tone deaf to the views of most Canadians.”
For that one could have flown like a bat out of the cavernous orifice of the Angry Orange himself.
And to make matters worse this Trumperisation is spreading.
Read more » . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Kellie Leitch and the Trumperisation of the Cons
I’m sure Kellie Leitch was desperately delighted when her campaign manager, the Prince of Darkness Nick Kouvalis, suggested a way to boost her profile.
And make her the Cinderella of the Con leadership campaign.
By slipping on the slipper of bigotry again, and proposing to screen immigrants for “anti-Canadian values.”
But although it has raised Leitch’s profile, it hasn’t quite made her the Cinderella she was hoping to become.
Read more » . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Kellie Leitch and the Con Cinderella
Kellie Leitch has made her ‘values test’ a central issue in her leadership campaign, and Evan Solomon, now host of CTV’s Question Period, asked a logical question about her politics of division and exclusion. However, as you will see, Leitch clearly la… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: She Asked For It
Given the viscerally-stimulating ort that Kellie Leitch has lovingly lobbed to a certain core of the Conservative Party’s constituency, it might perhaps be timely to remind the leadership hopeful of the old adage, “Be careful what you wish for.” And despite a new poll that suggests many Canadians favour screening would-be immigrants for ‘anti-Canadian’ values, she would be well-advised to proceed with extreme caution.
As The Mound of Sound suggests, she should start by looking closer to home. Consider, for example, something that recently appeared in Press Progress, which included a clarification of what Leitch means when she advocates screening newcomers:
“Screening potential immigrants for anti-Canadian values that include intolerance towards other religions, cultures and sexual orientations, violent and/or misogynist behaviour and/or a lack of acceptance of our Canadian tradition of personal and economic freedoms is a policy proposal that I feel very strongly about.”
While I encourage you to read the entire article, here are a few of the things Press Progress pointed out about some of the Conservatives within Leitch’s political ambit:
Leitch says personal “freedom” is not only a Canadian value – it’s a proud “Canadian tradition.”
A proud and avid anti-abortionist, Kenney apparently doesn’t hold with some personal freedoms:
Kenney even tried to suppress a women’s group from spreading awareness about abortion rights on campus, claiming that if they allowed women to talk abortion, there would be no stopping the Ku Klux Klan, pedophiles or the Church of Satan from peddling their ideas too.
So much for freedom.
Another worthy addition to what could be a lengthy rogue’s gallery would be fellow-traveller Candice Bergen:
Leitch vows she won’t let anyone in who doesn’t believe in “equality of opportunity.”
If that’s true, then being a good Canadian mean supporting an affordable national childcare program too, right?
Two big barriers preventing kids from starting off life on an equal footing are skyrocketing child care costs and lack of affordable child care spaces.
Unfortunately, Conservative MP Candice Bergen once said she opposes child care (like the rest of her party) because it is her “core belief” that “big, huge government-run daycares” should not “dictate to families how to address their child care needs” – a set of talking points that perfectly mirrors Republican Tea Party arguments opposing Obamacare.
Now that doesn’t sound very Canadian, does it?
An indisputable Canadian value is acceptance of a wide range range of values and orientations. A test for oppositional values might send someone like Brad Trost fleeing.
This spring, Trost reacted to his party’s decision to drop its opposition to same-sex marriage in favour of a neutral position on the question by publicly announcing “gay marriage is wrong”:
“I will say homosexual marriage, gay marriage is wrong. I’ll be public about it … The language of equality and comparisons, to me that’s socialist language, the way they do it. The same way they talk about equality of income where they want a tax from the rich to bring them down to the level of the poor. So I completely reject the underlying philosophy behind this.”
Personally, I am waiting for a reporter to ask Leitch whether she would apply her screening criteria to those fundamentalist Christians (who incidentally comprise a large cadre of the party’s base support) wishing to come to Canada.
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It’s hard to believe, it’s like a scene from a bad horror movie, or a return to Harperland,
But it seems Kellie Leitch is determined to become Canada’s Donald Trump.
For although her dog-whistle plan to screen immigrants for “anti-Canadian values” has been roundly condemned.
She just doesn’t care.
Read more » . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Never-Ending Shame of Canada’s Trump Kellie Leitch
Kellie Leitch is doing to the Conservative Party what Donald Trump has done to the Republican Party — splitting it right down the middle. Michael Den Tandt writes:
Apparently, as far as Team Leitch is concerned, a new wind is blowing — a nativist wind, ripe for the harvest. Last week it was reported that a Leitch campaign survey had posed this question: “Should the Canadian government screen potential immigrants for anti-Canadian values as part of its normal screening for refugees and landed immigr
“Canadians can expect to hear more, not less from me, on this topic in the coming months,” she said Friday.
There has always been political hay to be made by stoking fear of “the other.” And it’s paying off for Leitch:
Why did Leitch decide to go all-in? One objective seems plain: donations. Last month it emerged she’s taken an early but significant lead in fundraising, accounting for about 60 per cent of the $376,377 raised by three then-declared leadership aspirants (Leitch, Chong, Bernier) in the second quarter, The Canadian Press reported.
Leitch is reaping profits. The party, however, isn’t doing so well:
The takeaway is this: Leitch doesn’t care about upending the pluralist tradition of her party, or about how her latest gambit will surely be used by the Liberals to paint all Tories as xenophobes. Nor does she care about the evident risks in broaching a culture war, witness the career-ending losses of Harper last year and Quebec premier Pauline Marois in 2014. Leitch cares, it seems, about filling her campaign coffers.
She’s taken a page from Donald Trump’s playbook. Clearly she hopes to ride to power on waves of ignorance.
Image: nationalpost.com . . . → Read More: Northern Reflections: On Waves Of Ignorance
Thanks to Alison for this:Meanwhile, Leitch’s colleagues don’t appear to favour her approach. Deepak Obhrai, who filed his own leadership candidacy papers yesterday, had this to say:What I am really concerned about is the tone and the message this ques… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Kellie Leitch’s Canada?
Yesterday I ran a Michael Harris column that looked at the Cons apparent death wish.
And how they seemed unable to escape the deathly legacy of Stephen Harper.
And I also wondered how Rona Ambrose’s decision to criticize Kellie Leitch for her demagogic proposal to screen immigrants for “anti-Canadian values,”would affect Ambrose’s leadership.
And her ability to hold her party together.
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When Rona Ambrose was named interim leader of the Cons, I predicted that the hissing ghosts of the Harper Party would come back to haunt her.
And turn her job into a nightmare.
And sure enough now they have.
With Kellie Leitch dredging up the corpse of her infamous cultural barbarism campaign.
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In my last post I looked at how Kellie Leitch was discovered discreetly cooking up a new/nouveau batch of her foul cultural barbarism brew.
By stirring up the idea that immigrants and refugees should be screened for “anti-Canadian values.”
Even though Leitch wouldn’t know a Canadian value if it flew up like a bat and bit her on the nose.
But if you thought she was sorry for having been caught in the act of trying to bubble up bigotry again, and might blubber like she did a few months ago.
You’d be wrong.
Read more » . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Kellie Leitch and the Anti-Canadian Cons
One might be excused for believing that Kellie Leitch would have learned her lesson. She herself wanted us to believe that she was sorry for her foul cultural barbarism campaign, and her infamous snitch line.Or so she blubbered. "I've had… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Kellie Leitch and the Return of the Barbarian Nightmare
One might be excused for believing that Kellie Leitch would have learned her lesson.
She herself wanted us to believe that she was sorry for her foul cultural barbarism campaign, and her infamous snitch line.
Or so she blubbered.
“I’ve had a lot of time to think about this since the campaign took place and if I could go back in time, which I can’t, I would change things,” Leitch said. “I would not have made that announcement that day.
But sadly it seems that old habits die hard.
Read more » . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Kellie Leitch and the Return of the Barbarian Nightmare
Just a few days ago Kellie Leitch was blubbering about how sorry she was to have hurt Canadians with her racist barbaric cultural practices campaign.And her foul snitch line.But now she's found another way to hurt Canadians.And send even more of… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Con Clown Kellie Leitch Vows to Re-Criminalize Marijuana
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