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JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: CONRAD BLACK OBJECTS TO NDP LEADER MULCAIR’S CHARACTERIZATION OF HIS RETURN TO CANADA – AN IDIOT COMMENT COMPARISON WITH OMAR KHADAR’S RETURN – PAYING DEBT TO SOCIETY   Leave a comment

 

 

 

JOHN CHUCKMAN

POSTED RESPONSES TO A COLUMN IN TORONTO’S GLOBE AND MAIL

Cheap shot?

Black might try asking shareholders whose funds he abused about cheap shots.

He is British, too.

So “British criminal’ is a factual statement.

And, please, does anyone believe that any ordinary former-Canadian would receive such treatment?

I don’t doubt that Black made no underhanded efforts in achieving this – after all, any evidence of that would blow him out of the water.

But there are implicit understandings in such matters, and Black has associates who undoubtedly spoke on his behalf to the minister, including a bit of the old “nudge, nudge, wink, wink.”

You can certainly place a large bet of Black’s being a future substantial campaign-fund provider to Harper and Co, and isn’t that what all this was about?
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“I can hardly wait for Khadar’s return to Canada. Most here who are blasting Conrad Black will be marching arm in arm with the likes of Amnesty International…”

Khader is a mistreated child soldier. He was 15 years old when American soldiers blasted him in the back and dragged him off to secret prison and torture for years.

He is also a legal Canadian citizen.

There are no parallels with Black, none.

To say there are is willful ignorance.
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“While you may not find Conrad Black a likeable man, he has nevertheless served his time and thus paid his debt to society.”

Yes, he has paid his debt, but that debt was to American society.

And his only claim to citizenship or residence is British.

Now, you explore the possibilities of a convicted felon being given such special treatment by Canada in other circumstances.

Indeed, going the other way, a convicted felon is excluded from the United States.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: RAE’S LIBERALS SQUEEZED BY MULCAIR’S NDP AND HARPER’S CONSERVATIVES? – THE NATURE OF OPPORTUNISTS AND POLITICS – CANADA’S POLITICAL SPECTRUM   Leave a comment

 

 

 

JOHN CHUCKMAN

POSTED RESPONSES TO A COLUMN BY JEFFREY SIMPSON IN TORONTO’S GLOBE AND MAIL

Yes, Mulcair, despite his flaws, was the right choice for the New Democratic Party.

A forceful and intelligent man who will take none of Harper’s crap.

It’s too bad about Bob Rae, a very eloquent and able politician. I admire his skillfulness.

Had the Liberals chosen him, as they should have done, instead of the ineffective, bumbling, repulsive Ignatieff, we would not be in the national mess we are in.

Yes, Rae had some residual disadvantages in parts of Ontario – “Rae Days,” which actually were the carefully considered and least harmful option of a thoughtful politician during an economic crisis – but the total impact could not compare to the horror Ignatieff has dropped on us.
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“They are opportunists both, leading their respective parties down a path to power that involves turning their backs on long time supporters to appear more broad based.”

Sorry, despite my personal wishes otherwise, all politicians are opportunists.

All, without exception.

Being an opportunist is part of the job description for the “art of the possible.”

What is to be condemned is not opportunists in politics per se but opportunists who avail themselves of nasty political situations that were better avoided.

Harper is an opportunist that has used every scrap of tackiness and ignorance and abuse to stitch up a situation for himself.

He’s not to be condemned simply as an opportunist but as an utterly dark and unethical man.
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Surely we are working our way towards something of a two-party system.

Parties change over time with new economic and social realities. They come into and go out of existence. They are not as enduring as the stonework of Parliament.

There was some recognition of new realities when the NDP, under the beloved leadership of Jack Layton, signed on with the Liberals under the very decent Dion – the BQ offering support but not taking membership – to stop Harper a few years back.

Canada, as a whole, is a majority progressive country, but that progressive vote is divided several ways – a reality that allowed the opportunity for Harper to achieve power.

But the entire spectrum has shifted somewhat to the right, as we are faced with a more uncertain future and big economic problems.

Conservatives of years ago were thoroughly decent and respectable people, having given us a number of worthy federal and provincial leaders.

But today’s Conservative Party is extreme and undemocratic and dishonest in its tactics, also lacking in respect for others – quite an ugly creature that cannot possibly in our lifetimes rule without the passive consent of Canada’s majority.