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Canada Rex Murphy: So when will Trudeau and Singh be asked tasteless questions about their religion?

15:05  08 november  2019
15:05  08 november  2019 Source:   nationalpost.com

Rex Murphy: Shame on you Sportsnet. Don Cherry deserved much, much better

  Rex Murphy: Shame on you Sportsnet. Don Cherry deserved much, much better This is no country for old men. — W.B. Yeats (who had a dream a hundred years ago, about Don Cherry and the Sportsnet weasels) Just to set the tone here: Three cheers for Don Cherry. And as that clearly seems insufficient — three more cheers for the grand old man. Way to go Sportsnet. It takes a lot of what Jessica Yaniv was trying to get waxed to bring the guillotine down on an 85-year-old man, to toss him out — on Remembrance Day — for delivering a passionate sermon about the wearing of a poppy on … Remembrance Day. You guys are so tough you probably have to wear helmets and shin pads in the office.

In a way, Scheer and Trudeau are each other’s best hope. The dynamics of the federal election to come had their start in the tumults over SNC-Lavalin and the eventual For example, there is no way Trudeau will return to those sunny heights, and days of socks and selfies, when the press delighted

Trudeau began his address by talking about the fear and anxiety gripping working people around the globe, pushing Thirdly, and this is by far the most consequential: Mr. Trudeau is the foremost political leader in the world fully subscribed to We ask you to keep your comments relevant and respectful.

Andrew Scheer et al. holding wine glasses: Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer speaks to reporters following a caucus meeting on Parliament Hill on Nov. 6, 2019.© Justin Tang/The Canadian Press Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer speaks to reporters following a caucus meeting on Parliament Hill on Nov. 6, 2019.

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I think it’s clear to any moderately neutral mind that Andrew Scheer has taken more than his fair share of a mauling since election night. Former party big shots have dumped on him, there have been endless complaints in a compliant press from nameless “sources high in the party” about his performance, and the same press on its own has been very busy on the “can Scheer survive?” meme. The question has been plant-food for the political panels and fertilizer for mischievous politicos.

Rex Murphy: This is not a standard downturn. And Albertans are not whining

  Rex Murphy: This is not a standard downturn. And Albertans are not whining There’s been a curious turn in some of the press commentary on what we may call the Alberta situation — references to “whining” and “complaining,” reminders that other regions have had “downturns,” too, claims that Albertans themselves have been careless in the management of their main industry. Some have actually expressed satisfaction that the province may be forced by its current dilemma to seek alternate sources for its economy, along the vaporous trail of the New Green Economy — whatever that strange beast is supposed to be. Some of this is baiting, some of it is ignorance, and all of it, in the light of tensions that now exist out West, is perilous.

Rex Murphy recently wrote an article about atheists requesting non- religious chaplains, specifically He asked "Why should those who don't believe at all clamour for the same structures, assists and Unless, they know deep in their souls that there is a language specific to the soul that comes from the

Share this story. Rex Murphy : How Trudeau ’s trendy ‘pro-choice’ secularism became the left’s new religion . No one — save for eccentrics, or some notorious “radical” — would seriously question these practices. Many have turned their backs on what religions offer now or offered in earlier times.

For what it’s worth (very little) I think his campaign was weak, unaggressive to a fault, gave the Liberals a pass on some very serious issues, was not nearly hard enough on the Trudeau blackface theatricals, and, most significantly, did not make what it needed to make: a national case for Canada’s oil and gas industry.

Nonetheless, with all that said, the novice leader increased Conservative seats (by 26 — a wholesome gain); took the Liberals down from their majority (20 lost, a notable loss); post-vote owns a whole block of the country; and has a very powerful presence in the House of Commons. No A++ for the leader, but certainly not the string of Ds and Es he’s getting from the Ottawa sages and some of his anonymous “friends.”

Jagmeet Singh by contrast is being toasted, not roasted, for his campaign. Objectively this is strange. Under his leadership the NDP were obliterated in Quebec, lost a massive chunk of seats (went from 39 to 24), and were seen at one point in the campaign as threatened by the Greens. The latter should be seen as a shameful blot on any leader’s record — the Green party really being a toy car, a Tesla-tot, rather than a genuine eight-cylinder political vehicle. Mr. Singh impressed mainly because his performance in the year and a half before the election was almost brilliantly dismal. Any change was necessarily for the better.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh meets Trudeau to discuss throne speech

  NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh meets Trudeau to discuss throne speech OTTAWA — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is meeting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa today to try to leverage his party's position in a minority government. "For us we want to make sure that we deliver real action for fighting the climate crisis, we want to make sure that we work together on universal pharmacare. We can work together on this and we want to make sure it's universal and it's public and it's single-payer," Singh said as he sat down"For us we want to make sure that we deliver real action for fighting the climate crisis, we want to make sure that we work together on universal pharmacare.

“The Trudeau Liberals are the only party I’ve ever seen that stands to gain credit and increase its popular Their refugee resettlement plan, before its deadline was extended to February, was marked by Murphy finished his piece by reworking a line said by Trudeau on the day he was sworn in as

Rex Murphy . March 2, 2018 2:37 PM EST. Most likely his planners were just careless, or what is the same thing, not up on their Kipling, as they very well should be . Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau , daughter Ella-Grace and son Xavier pose for a family photo in

Then, there’s Justin Trudeau. He took a sledgehammer to his “woke is me,” “I am the guardian angel of Canada’s diversity and tolerance” image via a triplet of revelations that in his pre-PM days he danced and yodelled in blackface. The prior expulsions of Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott left his male-feminist banner limp on the flag post, and his refusal to allow any accounting of the SNC-Lavalin interference — his resistance to accountability — put paid to any idea that his was a “new” politics. In the matter of shutting down inconvenient questions, he out-Chrétiened Chrétien.

Jagmeet Singh standing in front of a door:  NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh makes his way to a press conference following a meeting with his caucus in Ottawa on Oct. 30, 2019.© Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh makes his way to a press conference following a meeting with his caucus in Ottawa on Oct. 30, 2019.

Who lost the most? A fair argument can be made that it was the Trudeau Liberals. From government to minority, from fresh new leader to just another pol — and let us not neglect that the Bloc is back in force and half of Western Canada is dangerously angry with how it is being treated.

Jagmeet Singh says NDP open to voting against throne speech

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Justin Trudeau has the look of the high school hero who’s just fallen off his snowboard in front of all the twirling cheerleaders. It’s been a hard week for Mr. Trudeau . Ivanka Trump will cross the street when she sees him coming. It doesn’t wear well that a strong, independent woman, determined to secure

So the question is, why all the drear post-mortems on Scheer, and so few on the leader who birthed the phrase “sunny days.” The Scheer autopsies reached something of a peak moment this week, when after his first post-election caucus, one reporter thought it necessary to inquire into his theological beliefs. She asked if he thought homosexuality was a “sin.” (Scheer is a Catholic, though he does not posit that as an essential element of his candidacy.)

A very odd, and even artful question. I half-expected a followup along the lines of Name the 12 Gifts of the Holy Ghost? What are your views on the Transubstantiation? Now were Mr. Scheer a candidate for Pope (unlikely), or leaving politics for the priesthood (dubious), such questions might even have a point.

The point the sin question did have was to continue the line egregiously put out by his Liberal opponents that Scheer was going to “smuggle” his religious views on same-sex marriage and abortion into law should he win the election. It was oppo-politics chaff, and a really cheap brand of that reliably cheap stuff. He rebutted the inane suggestions multiple times on the campaign trail but various supine reporters kept tossing it up, and this post-election catechism was just the most tasteless and ostentatious version of the same sly charge.

Singh confident Trudeau will have to work with NDP, despite signals from Bloc

  Singh confident Trudeau will have to work with NDP, despite signals from Bloc The Liberal party came short of a majority in October, which means that Trudeau will need to work with other parties to survive."I put out three specific priorities that are for the throne speech," said Singh during an interview on The West Block with Mercedes Stephenson.

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Well, they’ve put it behind them. No need to detail the “it.”. But what does that actually mean, other than “it” is no longer in front of them? Simply that it — OK, the saga of Jody Wilson-Raybould, the attempt to finesse a deferred prosecution for SNC-Lavalin, and the resignation of Jane Philpott

To be clear, even the dogs in the street, the very mutts of the alleyways, knew and know that Andrew Scheer was not running for PM to establish a new Catholic Dominion, that he was not some version of a Christian ayatollah plotting to bring Margaret Atwood’s grim fantasy upon Canadian politics.

So why bait him with that faux-concerned question? For good or ill we have for a long time now left the religion of our politicians out of their public performance. We question them on their ethics and integrity without reference to their moments in the Confessional or their private meditations and prayers.

Justin Trudeau et al. standing next to a person in a suit and tie:  Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Liberal party president Suzanne Cowan walk to a meeting with caucus members in Ottawa on Nov. 7, 2019.© Patrick Doyle/Reuters Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Liberal party president Suzanne Cowan walk to a meeting with caucus members in Ottawa on Nov. 7, 2019.

When Justin Trudeau was rightly being tested by the press on his conduct during the SNC-Lavalin affair, did any in the press gallery ask: Mr. Trudeau, as a Catholic do you think your interference with the Justice Department is a sin? As a Catholic do you think your treatment of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman violates the commandment about “bearing false witness?” Even more to the point — As a Catholic how do you justify barring all MPs who oppose abortion (which in your faith really is a sin) from your caucus?

Well, if we’re going to have religious questions put to one leader, let’s put them to them all. What are Mr. Singhs’ private religious views on homosexuality and abortion? This latter is highly unlikely though. For as unspeakable as it may be to mention the obvious here, to question the religion of a person who is not Christian is, under the current progressive ethos, beyond the courage or depravity (take your pick) of any journalist who wishes to remain a journalist.

And further, when any leader gives a vague non-religious reply, let those who trill from the highest branches of the blasted Twitter tree, as they have with Mr. Scheer, “retweet” (that is the deplorable verb) their evasive replies.

So yes, Scheer is bearing more than his fair share of post-mortem scrutiny. This is not to say — I repeat — he performed well. It is just to ask that if the press wants him to have a stay in the grinder, should it then be preparing for Trudeau’s turn, and Singh’s as well?

Jagmeet Singh to lay out NDP priorities in meeting with Trudeau Thursday .
OTTAWA — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh will meet with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday, where he will lay out his priorities in the hopes of using his party's position in a minority Parliament to get policies and laws that reflect New Democrat platform commitments. The party was reduced to fourth place in the House of Commons behind the Liberals, Conservatives and Bloc Quebecois after winning just 24 seats in the recent election, down from the 39 it held before the Oct. 21 vote. But despite these losses, party and caucus members were cheering on election night and have since been viewing the upcoming re-opening of Parliament as a positive for the party.

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