Monthly Archives: October 2015

It’s Getting Dirty in Ontario Schools…

… and we’re not talking about the new sex-ed curriculum.

Rather, it seems that school custodians are engaged in yet another work-to-rule and the hallways and bathrooms in some schools are not being cleaned.

Our question is really simple; how is this not part of their basic job description?  This is mystifying.  Who negotiates these deals with the public unions, like the one that says teachers don’t have to fill out report cards?

And then parents are being told they are not allowed to come in and clean the schools of their own accord;

a parent council member says hallways are full of litter, “cockroaches and other pests pose a serious threat to students,” its gymnasium is unusable and critical fundraising activities that support needy students in the central city school aren’t happening.

If it’s technically NOT a union job, then what’s the problem with letting parents clean?

The great majority of jobs in today’s world, if they all had formal job descriptions and employment agreements, include the line, “Other duties, as required.”  A reasonable clause because you can’t possibly itemize every minor task a person would be required to perform to carry out their work in a conscientious, mindful and responsible manner.  Except when it comes to unions it seems.  Then it’s OK to dissect even simple jobs (keep the schools clean) into minute absurd divisions (classrooms, but not hallways).

And they wonder why automation is increasingly replacing blue collar work; because if you want people to approach their jobs like automatons, why not just get the real things.

Trigger Warning

Don’t watch this unless you want to lose your lunch; the warm embrace, the loving gaze into each other eyes, the cheering, adoring throngs of Liberal-lovers.

The Globe and Mail wrote on Tuesday about how the Ontario teachers’ unions have contributed significant sums of money to the Ontario Liberal party and the ethical problems inferred in light of all the recent news about payments to those same teachers’ unions.

Then they explain how they sat on the story until after the federal election because:

Voters were not being asked to elect a provincial government, so I did not feel that we were withholding essential information that could inform their decision at the polls. We did risk our appearance of neutrality, however, were we to have published on Election Day,” Mr. Choquette said

But, but… didn’t Wynne endorse and actively campaign for the federal Liberals?  Isn’t some of Trudeau’s senior advisers from McGuinty’s regime?  Would it not be fair to suppose that how the Wynne government conducts itself might not be an indicator of how the Trudeau government will conduct itself as well?

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Government Comedians

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Ezra Levant was on the Stephen Crowder show a couple of weeks ago to talk about Canadian politics and has a good point about “government comedians”.  It’s true; what kind of self respecting comedian accepts a government paycheque and willingly belongs to a union?  It’s absurd.

It’s a good listen if you can make it through the poor sound quality in spots (obviously the Skype connection wasn’t working great).

It creates a conflict of interest in that you have these government funded mouthpieces on a government funded television network who of course are going to be all for the candidate and party that promise MORE money for them.  This shouldn’t be allowed.

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A Whiff of Nihilism

anti-establishmentOver the next couple of years we can expect a lot of discussion in the media with respect to what the federal Conservative party needs to do in order to get back into power.  Much like the Republican party in the US, conservative parties in Canada are losing the war of identity politics; women 18-49, new immigrants, aboriginals, Atlantic Canadians, urban professionals all have an almost instinctual aversion to voting conservative.  Most of this irrational but it’s a reality that has to be addressed.

So, it can go two ways (or a combination thereof) – the conservative parties moderate their stances and soften their edges and/or they more effectively and compassionately communicate a conservative vision and try to convince a broader swath of the public to identify as conservative.  The media will push for moderation.  That’s the easy way.  Selling conservatism in a liberal culture is much harder.

The National Post got the ball rolling on Saturday asking a group of conservatives their thoughts on how to “fix” the Conservative party’s fortunes.  One of the persons asked was Doug Ford.  Rob and Doug Ford really conflict us; their political instincts are good, but they never really convince that there’s a heck of a lot of depth of thought behind what they’re standing for.  Yet they do have popularity and it crosses demographic boundaries.

We’re real. We tell it like it is. We’re not the typical politicians. We don’t BS people. When someone’s in trouble and the sharks are circling around the leader, blood in the water, some guys run away, like Jason Kenney seemed to do at the end, and other guys, like the Ford brothers, jump in there, even though we knew it was going to be a tough election.

Now, sounding like you’re Rex and Spot Moondog  and the Ford Brothers tag team jumping into anything, well that isn’t exactly the type of communication skills we’re suggesting the conservative party needs.  But Doug goes on;

Donald Trump is borrowing from us. Rob blazed a new trail for politicians like that. People are tired in North America of the BS-ing politician. You tell it the way it is, you hold back nothing and the vast majority of the conservative-minded people are sharing the same ideas. Politicians are just too scared to say what we say.

We disagree – Donald Trump isn’t borrowing anything from Rob and Doug Ford.  But what is happening is they are singing from the same quasi-nihilist hymn sheet; the establishment is corrupt, past ways of doing things are not working, let’s go in, burn the place down, reduce it to rubble and build it up again – the right way.

Wouldn’t it be a great thing to clear out all the career politicians? You want people who are there to serve the people as opposed to serving their own pocketbooks.

This type of anti-establishment fatwa has spell-binding appeal as evidenced by the popularity of the Ford brothers still and Trump’s long spell on top.  Patrick Brown was elected leader of the Ontario PC’s largely on the same anti-establishment sentiment, conservatives lashing out at their own party leaders for their failure to win the last election.

But it’s short lived and it alienates – it’s built on anger, granted anger at the (liberal) establishment, and anger burns itself out.  You can carry a whiff of nihilism, you can hint that you want to shake the foundations a little, but you can’t make that your whole raison d’etre.

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Some Levity

This is pretty spot on.

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Hyperbolic Overdrive

It’s been quite a week for leftist columnists in Canada’s papers.  Lots of hyperbole, the best examples being here and here.

Below we’ve provided a sampling of just a few quotes from articles in this week’s Toronto Star.  See if you can guess which ones are real, and which ones we’ve made up:

“We must remember how close we came to lasting damage, and how important it is to resist the temptation of poisonous politics”

“It was Harper’s first cluster bomb in the War on Women.”

“While it never came to death squads in the street, how close did we come under this regime?”

“The child-care movement became enemies of the state during the Harper era.”

“The war on women was not simply figurative.  It was a literal war on women, with many causalities and collateral damage.”

“Feminists across the country are emerging from their bomb shelters.”

“The registry saved the lives of 600 people every year.”

“How many Muslims will die thanks to Harper’s stance on the niqab?”

“It’s been a terrible decade. Thank God it’s over.”

“What did we ever do to this strange punitive man to make him put us in a cell?”

“What I remember was how violent and frightening the reaction was for many years, especially when the Conservative Party targeted me personally.”

“I remember the day he won a majority all those years ago.  I hugged my partner and we wept.”

“Like survivors of a long and bitter occupation, old friends greeted each other with silent wide smiles, and then fell into quiet reminiscence under the sun of a beautiful autumn day, sharing inflated war stories on their part in driving the barbarians from the gate.”

“Recognition of the courageous fallen, especially among New Democrats — of those MPs, officials and staffers who did not survive the long campaign — were muttered in respectful sadness.”

“This apparatus of hate has been destroyed.  We must remain forever vigilante.”

“…returning to the capital by train from working hard for the ouster of the Hun”

“But today, like the war-weary senior, slowly sweeping his front step of the mess left behind by the retreating armies, Canadians will reflect on how it happened.”

“Many Bothans died to bring us this information.”

“Canadians will soon move to long glasses of wine in front of winter fires, sharing the “where-were-you” chapter of story-telling about the dark years already fading.”

The unfortunate part of all this is, even if Trudeau turns out to be a failure, these people won’t (can’t) ever acknowledge any failings.  Rather, for the next 10 years plus everything that goes wrong will be blamed on Stephen Harper.  Just look at Ontario; we’re over a decade removed from the Mike Harris governments and still to this day the Wynne Liberals hide behind his ghost every time they’re caught screwing things up.

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The Natural Governing Party

So, now that the country has gone and elected its first hipster Prime Minister, it’s worth pointing out that we were sort of prescient before… there’s no base for Conservative parties in Canada.  As Mark Steyn has said and written, Western culture is predominantly liberal, and increasingly so as we move along, so where does a Conservative party fit?

It doesn’t.

Conservative parties will never again be a natural governing party in the West.  But they will get back into power someday, because eventually hopey-changey-feely good stuff gets you nowhere except into pile of shit, and conservatives get the call to come shovel the mess.  And there are certainly lessons to be learned from the Harper years in power, primary among them being this; incremental policy movement to the right doesn’t work.  Harper adopted the strategy because he wanted to alleviate fears that his government held a “secret agenda” and he recognized correctly that Canadians are a timid lot who don’t like a lot of change even if it’s for the better.  And so he lost his chance to really make a truly small ‘c’ conservative stamp on the country and yet was still reviled as the next worst thing to Hitler/Stalin/Kim Jong Un et al despite basically governing as a blue Liberal for most of his tenure.

No, alas Conservatives don’t get to stay in power.  So, in the future, when the public decides it needs help, get in, fix messes, turn over tables, smash people in the faces, press the reset button and then accept that your job is done and the people will go back to the good time guys.  Just… maybe not right away.  They did give Mike Harris a second majority.

The first truth of Buddhism is “Life is difficult”.  The irony is once you accept that truth, life actually feels easier.  Perhaps the first truth of Conservatism is “Conservative governments are temporary.”  Once that’s accepted, what you do as a conservative once you get into power becomes a lot clearer and simpler.

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