Liberals no longer believe in elections

An example of the media linking Ontario’s Doug Ford to U.S. Donald Trump in the red hat. Published by The Times, May 30, 2018.

The one thing I have noticed over the last 20 years is that when election results are not in favour of the Left, that election is considered illegitimate.

As I wrote yesterday, the day after the NDP Rae Government turned over the Ontario legislature to the Mike Harris Conservatives, two weeks after the election, there were Left wing protesters marching around the Ontario legislature yelling “SHAME.” Shame for what? Shame for winning? They hadn’t done anything yet.

In 2011 in Canada, the Stephen Harper Conservatives won their first majority government. Immediately after that win the anti-Harper noise started about how the Conservative was a fake win. Why? Because they had allegedly used robocalls to misinform voters — both before election day and on election day. All nonsense, of course, because all the political parties had used robocalls.

More recently, our friends in the United States had an election in early November,2016. All the polls in the U.S. showed Hillary Clinton ahead by a mile. Yet, it was all lies. Either that, or people just weren’t admitting to pollsters ahead of time that they planned to vote for Donald Trump to be President.

Yet, there we were at 2 in the morning watching the numbers favouring the outsider. Knowing what happened to Harper, I wondered what the Left’s narrative was going to be. Well, as it turned out, it didn’t take long for the “Russia influenced the election” nonsense to start.

Fast forward to 2018 and the Ontario election in June. The Doug Ford Conservatives won a strong majority in June, just 3 months ago, and yet the Left is again trying to stop everything he promised to do via lawsuits. And, note the cartoon above of someone like Ford in a red hat like Trump’s Make America Great Again, published in The Times on May 30th, 2018. The innuendo for the type of Ford voter is clear.

Check out Brian Lilley’s column yesterday. First, the Ford Government put forward a Bill to reduce the size of the Toronto Council. The City of Toronto sued the Government. A justice ruled in favour of the Council. Ford declared the Not Withstanding Clause, something that Premier’s in Canada can do. That war continues.

Then, there is the issue of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. It is also suing the Ontario government over the reduction of Toronto City Council. Remember, the CCLA is supposed to be a non-partisan organzation. Yet, headed “by Dalton McGuinty’s former attorney general Michael Bryant….the CCLA has all but abandoned any pretence to impartiality.”

And, let’s not forget Greenpeace. They are suing the Ford government because Ford cancelled the Cap and Trade Program shortly after the election. Greenpeace claims there was not enough public consultation. Never mind that Ford made it very clear during the entire election that was what he was going to do and then won the subsequent election with cancellation as part of the platform.

This liberal sore loser, anti-democratic trend is unfortunate at best and poses a threat to a functioning democratic tradition based on a “loyal opposition”.

The crux of the matter is that those on the left side of the political spectrum in both Ontario and the U.S., are trying to undermine fairly fought elections in the mistaken belief that only their party should be allowed to win. Put succinctly, while they may not realize it, what they are promoting is dictatorship.

C/P at Jack’s Newswatch.

Protesting Mike Harris versus Doug Ford

The dictators are on the side that did not win the election. I am hearing rumblings that the media and left are much nastier against Ontario’s Premier Ford and his government than against Premier Mike Harris back in the late 1990s. Not so far, actually. First, a look back at the initial Harris mandate from 1995 to 1999.  While some people may not clearly remember that period, I certainly do because I was there.

For example, two weeks after the 1995 election, all the new members went to Queen’s Park to give their oath of office. As a newly hired EA and Communications Strategist, I was invited to attend with my Niagara area MPP and his family. He gave his oath of office and we had lunch in the legislative dining room. It should have been an exciting day but outside it was bedlam with protesters, having surrounded the main building, shouting “Shame.” Remember, at that point, the new PC Government hadn’t done anything yet.

Two months later, the Ontario Legislature opened, the Cabinet was sworn in and there was a Throne Speech. I was there that day as well sitting in the gallery reserved for those invited by the MPPs.  It was a very hot day and all the higher windows in the legislature were open. As a result, the noise from the protesters was so loud you could barely hear yourself think.

Then, mid-afternoon, there were 2 credible bomb threats. In the first instance, the local police had us all go to a lower floor and file out the back door to the actual Queen’s Park green space. An hour later, shortly after we were all back inside, there was the second threat and we all had to find our way through the connecting tunnels to other government buildings around Queen’s Park.

And we shouldn’t forget the daily and weekly protests everywhere throughout Ontario — for years. Sometimes, those protests, especially the ones organized by the unions, had as many as 100,000 people attending. As well, for months I had to arrive in Toronto by 6 am in order to get quietly in the back door of the legislature because the protestors would arrive around 7 am to scream and yell and block the entrances.

We knew that Ford was going to be fighting Justin Trudeau at every juncture — but did we know that he’d be taking on Pierre Trudeau’s legacy achievement too in his early days as premier?

Now to Ford. A couple of weeks ago, Ford enacted a Bill that would reduce the size of Toronto Council. Immediately, the City of Toronto slapped a law suit on the Bill. Why? Because that is how the left works. If they can’t get their way one way, they will turn to the courts to get it another way.This time, however, after what most people considered a very poor judicial ruling, Ford announced that his government would be using the “Not Withstanding Clause (NWS).”

When I heard that, I actually cheered out loud. And, no, the dictators are on the side that did not win the election. The reality is that Saskatchewan used the NWS once and Quebec several times with barely a negative ripple in the media.

The crux of the matter is that the years the Mike Harris Conservatives governed Ontario, particularly from 1995 to 1999 were hell, not only for the elected members, but anyone just trying to make a living by working for the Executive Branch.

While I am sure those in the Ford caucus and those working for them feel the same way as I did, it is not nearly as bad, yet.  I mean, Stephen LeDrew wrote on the National Post: Settle down Toronto. Doug Ford isn’t changing anything important.  A lot of the anger over the notwithstanding clause is just people still angry that Ford got elected.”

In other words, Ford just needs to continue to do what he is doing and what Harris did — full steam ahead so that he too can keep the promises he and his caucus made to their voters.

C/P at Jack’s Newswatch.