“Canadian Psycho,” Patrick B., Rebrands Tories As Liberal Lite! Whee!
This “Canadian Psycho,” Patrick B., is mouthing all the libtarded buzzwords: “Diversity, equality, all the gays, LGBT, trans and Bi’s are welcome in the Big Blue Tent” etc – and says that, even though we *may* disagree with liberals, he says we MUST RESPECT THEM!
Published on: Monday March 7, 2016 P.#A1 & A4 of the Ottawa Citizen
Ontario Tory leader begins rebuilding, redefining party
Ontario PCs face big changes under Patrick Brown, an enigmatic Tory leader who supports carbon tax Andrew Duffy
(CAPTION:) Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown delivers a speech at the Ontario Progressive Conservative convention in Ottawa on Saturday, March 5, 2016. ‘Never again,’ Brown vowed, ‘will our candidates and volunteers have to defend faith-based funding or 100,000 job cuts at the front doors of Ontario’s voters.’
His teardown of the old party complete, Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown began on the weekend to build in its place something bigger, greener — and more open-concept.
Brown used the three-day Tory convention, his first as party leader, to launch an ambitious, year-long policy development process designed to cull ideas from “anyone with a computer” in Ontario. The enigmatic 37-year-old leader also began the task of defining himself for voters, stamping himself a pragmatist, and announcing his support for a carbon tax to combat climate change. Noting that he was first drawn to politics because of his environmentalism, Brown called climate change a man-made threat that cannot be ignored by politicians of any stripe.
“We have to do something about it, and that something includes putting a price on carbon,” he told 1,600 delegates in his keynote speech Saturday night in downtown Ottawa. He said a sensible carbon pricing scheme should be revenue neutral, and he criticized Premier Kathleen Wynne’s cap-and-trade plan as an ill-conceived “cash grab”. Wynne’s plan, which will price carbon at about $18 a tonne, is expected to add as much as four cents to the cost of a litre of gasoline. Brown’s policy direction, which met with tepid applause from delegates, was a clear signal that he intends to drastically change the party after four consecutive election defeats — even if it means alienating the party’s most conservative factions.
No, retards: acting like Liberals will alienate ALL conservatives in the Conservative party, not just a ‘faction!’
“Under our plan, there is no Liberal safe seat in Ontario,” he vowed.
The party will open nominations for its ridings next January, well in advance of the late 2018 election. Several speakers at the convention, including Brown, levelled pointed criticism at previous election platforms, and blamed old party brass for those gaffes. “Never again,” Brown vowed, “will our candidates and volunteers have to defend faith-based funding or 100,000 job cuts at the front doors of Ontario’s voters.” Those unpopular policies sunk party fortunes in the past two elections, and Brown vowed not to make adversaries out of public sector workers as former leader Tim Hudak did in 2014 by promising to slash jobs. Brown was a federal Tory MP during the last provincial election, and won the PC leadership with little support from inside the legislative caucus. Hudak did not make an appearance in Ottawa this weekend. Key to the party’s 2018 election strategy is a wide-ranging policy development process that will culminate in a March 2017 policy convention. Policy chief Katie Richmond said the party will consult with party members and invite all Ontarians to offer their ideas on a website, forontario.ca. “We are going to listen relentlessly,” she vowed. To whom, morons? Only to the enemy? Sure seems like it! Richmond said the process will result in the most grassroots-driven election platform in party history. “The way we have strayed from the wisdom of our grassroots has been painful, and it ends now,” she said. Brown told delegates that Progressive Conservatives can’t escape from the fact that they lost to Wynne’s Liberals when that party was weak and under police investigation. The Ontario Tories have not held power since 2003, and have been frustrated by an inability to expand beyond their core support. The party is also about $5 million in debt and must rebuild its finances in time for the next election campaign. “We have to have the courage to say, ‘We must change,’ ” Brown said, suggesting much is at stake for the party and for Ontario. The high-debt policies of the Wynne government, he said, threaten health care and education. The province now carries a “staggering” $308-billion debt, which requires $1 billion a month in interest payments; it is the third-largest government expense, he said, and robs money from schools, hospitals and people in need. Brown linked fiscal restraint and reduced energy costs to an improved job market and a better social safety net. “Compassion and prosperity go hand-in-hand,” he said. No, communism lets lazy takers screw the makers, tard! The Tory leader also used the weekend convention to pour cold water on the simmering feud between two high-profile local MPPs, Nepean-Carleton’s Lisa MacLeod and Jack MacLaren of Carleton-Mississippi Mills. The two have been jousting over nominations in Nepean-Carleton, which is being split in two. The two MPPs appeared on stage together Friday night, and Brown publicly endorsed MacLeod’s re-nomination as a candidate in the next election. The party also unveiled a new logo this weekend, and gave the stage to former Canadian Football League star Mike “Pinball” Clemons for what was billed as an official endorsement. But during his 45-minute presentation — a mix of locker-room pep talk and religious revival — Clemons neither talked about Brown, nor why he’s endorsing the party. At one point, a party official reassured reporters that Clemons was, in fact, endorsing the party and wasn’t being paid for the appearance. Clemons told the convention that the new Progressive Conservative party has to embrace liberals. “Real respect means this party has to make room for liberals,” said Clemons, who explained that leaders represent everyone and must respect all viewpoints. Actually that makes them mindless followers!
Canadian Psycho Patrick B literally channeled Justin Turdeau, exactly quoting his own party lines: Brown, for one, made it clear he’s at least comfortable with Liberal rhetoric. In a television ad campaign, debuted at the convention, he tells voters over soaring music that,
Scattered and rattled, Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives look for coherence DAVID REEVELY Published on: Monday March 7, 2016 P.#A2 of the Ottawa Citizen Mike ‘Pinball’ Clemons, seen in a file photo, told Progressive Conservatives, ‘We have to enjoy doing the best for people. Life is not about stuff. It’s about people.’ Mike ‘Pinball’ Clemons, seen in a file photo, told Progressive Conservatives, ‘We have to enjoy doing the best for people. Life is not about stuff. It’s about people.’ BRIAN DONOGH / POSTMEDIA If you want to govern Ontario, you can’t be jackasses, football star Michael “Pinball” Clemons told the province’s Progressive Conservatives at their convention here. Well, he said a lot more than that. Clemons, now a Toronto Argonauts executive and a charity leader in his adopted home city, had been billed as a speaker who’d bring Ontarians to their feet when he endorsed the provincial conservatives Saturday morning — a thing he did not actually do except implicitly by his presence. In a 45-minute talk, Clemons managed not to say that in the 2018 election, voters should pick the Progressive Conservatives or Leader Patrick Brown. He didn’t explain why he himself has. But he did wander the big room at the Shaw Centre as he riffed through an improvised address. He hugged people and recited poetry and drew on scripture. He urged Tory delegates to act as if the whole world will see the unedited movies of their lives. He talked about football. He offered a lot of aphorisms. “This is not a power play. It’s a people play,” he said. “We’ve got to be excited about service. … This has to be ingrained — we have to enjoy doing the best for people,” he said. “Life is not about stuff. It’s about people,” he said. “Canada is like my wife. That’s who I choose to live with,” he said. A lot of it could have been delivered to literally any room in need of a motivational talk: Liberals or New Democrats, for sure. Probably high-schoolers, car salesmen or environmental activists (though a party spokesman made sure reporters knew this wasn’t a paid gig for Clemons). A long discussion on the harmful effects of technology sounded really weird, coming as it did after a presentation about how the Tories will use a website called ForOntario.ca as the backbone of their efforts to develop policies for the 2018 election. Parts of it, though, the Tories really needed to hear. “Respect is the choice of the person that is delivering it. With that, I want to challenge us to be more respectful,” Clemons said. Clemons, of course, is black and grew up poor in Florida, though he’s now a Canadian and apparently a Progressive Conservative. We, he said, need to embrace lesbians, gays and trans people. Women. Aboriginals. Even Liberals. Tories don’t have to agree with them, Clemons said. But they do have to respect them.
“If we don’t exhibit respect, it’s almost impossible to expect it anywhere else,” he said.
The Tories have to bring outsiders into their rebuild because, frankly, the rump of a party remaining after the last election isn’t qualified for the job. The party caucus — presumably some of its best and most thoughtful people — is massively white, male and rural. It includes one avowed Creationist, numerous opponents of Ontario’s school health curriculum (who don’t like that it talks about sex), and landowners’ rights fanatics. Ask the Republican party how it works to leave a reconstruction to the hardest of the hardcore.