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The official photographer of Justin Trudeau posted and then deleted images of Trudeau inside UHN hospital in downtown Toronto – including one that appeared to show the Liberal leader inside a ward speaking with health care workers, which would be a breach of Ontario pandemic restrictions. (Photo: Adam Scotti Twitter)

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As this story goes online, the only English language leaders’ debate scheduled between Canada’s national party leaders is set for Thursday Sept. 9 at 9 p.m. EDT. There were two French language debates, even though Quebec amounts to only 23% of Canada’s population.

The English debate panelists range from the problematic Rosemary Barton – she of a previous lawsuit against the Conservatives – to the sharp-minded Melissa Ridgen of APTN in Winnipeg. The outspoken Ridgen is the only panelist not living ‘in the bubble’ of eastern media and is the only participant with a reputation for unflinching and devastating critiques of government policy on average Canadians and First Nations.

To the dismay of Jewish voters, the five chosen subjects did not include foreign affairs, and thus Middle East policy will be only wedged sideways into the proceedings, if at all. 

Some have remarked that foreign issues aren’t an issue in our political landscape until an election is called, and then suddenly people think about it… well, it’s been over 1000 days for the 2 Michael’s held in China, and the Liberal government had about 8 months to start evacuating Canadians and our allies from Afghanistan. Lots to think about. One would have presumed it would rate enough importance for a national debate, but “climate” was platformed instead. (I note that the French debate on Sept. 8 includes foreign affairs.)

Were I on the panel, and a question about the Middle East be allowed, I would ask the leaders: “A poll by Arab World for Research and Development of Palestinian opinion found that 67% supported revoking the Oslo Accords, and 61% opposed security coordination between the PA and Israel. One of Canada’s primary forms of support to the Palestinians is facilitating that security coordination. What would your administration do to bolster support for a 2 state solution among Palestinians and their leadership, or do you consider it a lost cause?” 

Heading into the Labour Day weekend, pollster Nik Nanos told CTV News that the momentum of CPC leader Erin O’Toole was like “a political freight train” as support for Justin Trudeau eroded and the Tories had not stumbled. Obligingly, corporate media redoubled efforts to trip up the frontrunner this week, with constant peppering of questions about the kinds of things internal Liberal polling and the eastern media obsess over.

On ‘assault-style’ guns and the links between the CPC and National Firearm Association, they harangued O’Toole into taking up a status-quo-while-under-review position: a new footnote to the CPC platform on gun control now reads: “All firearms that are currently banned will remain banned”.

Columnist Tristan Hopper remarked that the Trudeau Order-in-Council the media was hyperventilating about being possibly reversed “was literally a ban on “some guns we Googled that look scary.” O’Toole told a town hall on Tuesday that, “We’re going to work with police, work with mayors, work with provinces to tackle this smuggling issue (from the US).”

By way of comparison with O’Toole’s approach, in Toronto this June two repeat offenders – under court orders not to possess guns – shot up a child’s birthday party. Trudeau’s plans for gun laws, strangely, would lower the sentences they could face.

When asked in a Sept. 4 press conference to square Liberal criticism of O’Toole’s crime proposals with the increase in the murder rate since Trudeau rose to power- up 20% since 2016 – public safety minister Bill Blair muttered something about ‘numbers alone don’t tell the story’ although to the average voter, usually, more bodies piled up in the morgue is pretty definitive.

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Desperate to stop his slide in the polls, Justin Trudeau decided his best bet was to change his mind about an incident at a campaign stop involving 2 goons, and declare it a parallel to the so-called “insurrection” at the US Capitol.

A Canadian Press reporter, Holly McKenzie-Sutter, reported on Monday, “After a late afternoon event in London, Ont., some people in the noisy throng threw dime-sized rocks at Trudeau as he walked out of the microbrewery to his campaign bus.

“Dime-sized rocks”. That used to be called “pebbles” when I was a kid, but apparently using the actual word for the handful of debris that was tossed towards Trudeau wasn’t going to generate the desired fear and loathing.

"Professional journalists at work" on the election trail: a handful of pebbles mixed with dirt lobbed at Justin Trudeau became “dime-sized rocks”.

Not to be outdone, CBC producer Sarah Sloan tweeted: “Here’s the video of stones being thrown towards the Prime Minister while he was leaving his campaign stop in London, Ontario this evening.”

It’s amazing that CBC “professional journalists” who can’t wait to repeat the Palestinian line “protesters only armed with stones” and deride IDF soldiers for handling those altercations as a threat, purported that what was essentially a chucked handful of dirt in broad daylight was a genuine threat to a Prime Minister surrounded by an RCMP detail. 

"Professional journalists at work" on the election trail: a handful of pebbles mixed with dirt lobbed at Justin Trudeau became “dime-sized rocks”.

It took the campaign media and Trudeau a day to sort out what went on, since it sure wasn’t rocks that were thrown, and stones didn’t really fit … so the next thing you know, he was grazed by “gravel”.

@MariekeWalsh (Globe and Mail political reporter), September 7:

Trudeau had a very different message today about the protests and the gravel-throwing.

Yesterday: “it’s no big deal.”

Today: “it is absolutely unacceptable” that people are throwing things and endangering others at a political rally. #cdnpoli

As reported by CP, “(Trudeau) compared Monday’s incident to the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol building and said Canada should stand firm and not let such polarization take over. Protesters threw gravel at Trudeau after a Monday evening event at a London, Ont. brewery, as the leader was boarding his campaign bus flanked by dozens of protesters on either side. Trudeau has said he won’t let the protesters — who he described as “anti-vaxxer mobs” — influence his policy promises or his campaign.”

CBC noted: “Speaking to reporters in Welland, Ont. On Monday, Trudeau accused O’Toole of being beholden to the “far-right, anti-vax wing” of the Conservative party”.  

In response, O’Toole stated, “The big difference between Justin Trudeau and myself is that I respect people, even if we have differences, to make personal decisions. It’s not time to create an ‘us versus them’ approach.”

This bogus Liberal attack strategy lumps all voters expressing doubts about state over-reach, proven innoculation side-effects, and the contradictions of public health policies with Charter of Rights and Nuremberg Code principles, as “extremists” who uniformly support the Conservative Party. Yet only the People’s Party of Canada is campaigning against current public health pandemic policies.

“We do not want to live in a country where the government would dictate what to do and we believe everyone must be free to decide what to decide to have the vaccine or not,” leader Maxime Bernier told CTV News in Winnipeg this week.

There was no media outrage when Bernier was egged in Saskatoon on September 2– by someone who later openly bragged about it. And the media has tried hard to ignore the consistent polling performance of the PPC, far outpacing the Green Party.

An EKOS poll released September 7 put PPC support at 10%, which may yet upset a few apple-carts when the ballots are counted.

Polling guru John Wright explained: “So many are misreading PPC. They are becoming the anti-establishment party fuelled by exclusion, hate of false/ lying politicians, fake media for not reporting their grievances, bonded by anger. Joined by people of all political stripes, across the country, broad demographics.”

Polling guru John Wright explained: “So many are misreading PPC. They are becoming the anti-establishment party fuelled by exclusion, hate of false/ lying politicians, fake media for not reporting their grievances, bonded by anger. Joined by people of all political stripes, across the country, broad demographics.”

Lest anyone fall for the spin, the anger directed towards Trudeau generally starts with him calling an election even his media acolytes admit was a naked grab for a majority, and not every aggrieved protester is railing about the pandemic.

His stock with First Nations and women plummeted with his callous mistreatment of Jody Wilson-Raybould, the first Indigenous Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. She demonstrated courage and that’s not something Trudeau has had ample display on any particular file in recent memory. Trudeau has heard her name from protestors and we also noted the first round of protesters in British Columbia were environmentalists, another voter group he has slipped with since 2015.

Who could forget the embarrassing and seemingly endless ethics violations that garnered international attention? They not only included Trudeau but allegedly members of his own family. 

Suffice it to say, there is a diverse group of Canadians that are now anti-Trudeau and have been pre-covid. 

In Quebec, the Communist Party of Canada decided to go after the antisemite vote with a billboard blaming a dead child in Gaza on “Israeli apartheid” (Photo: Twitter)

Meanwhile, voters in Manitoba are also casting a sideways glance at the race to succeed Brian Pallister as Premier, set by the ruling Progressive Conservatives for October 30. The main hurdle prospective candidates for the ballot must surmount, is a $25,000 deposit AND signing up 1000 new members.

Numerous sources have said that long-time cabinet member Heather Stefanson amassed a $500,000 war chest prior to declaring she was in the race, and the perception that party blue-bloods were steering the entire process to her favour was unavoidable. Representing the south end blue bastion of Tuxedo, the former Health and Families minister is well known in the Jewish community as a staunch supporter of pro-Israel and Jewish causes, and has been outspoken about antisemitism and Israel Apartheid Week.

However, she has never explained her role in the inclusion of Chanukah candles and menorahs in the list of banned retail items during the ‘essentials only‘ lockdown last winter, which occurred despite her assurances to Rabbi Avraham Altein that those religious artifacts would not be so affected.

Another MLA, this time from the backbenches who represents another constituency with a notable Jewish population, has decided to try his luck. Shannon Martin of the north end McPhillips riding has focused on the “Red Tory” voter he believes was shunted aside in the Pallister era. Early in his Liberal-lite campaign, Martin asserted that “Like many Manitobans, I believe that advancing reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and communities needs to be the first priority of the next Premier of Manitoba.”

A former politician at the federal level, Shelly Glover has re-entered public life in her quest to become the first female premier of the Keystone Province. First elected in the riding of St. Boniface in 2008, she rose to a cabinet position under Prime Minister Stephen Harper and became Canadian Heritage minister in 2013. Glover touts her background as a “former WPS officer, volunteer Health Care Aide, soccer coach and a Metis and bilingual candidate”, and is seen as having been supportive of Jewish causes and concerns in the course of her career. She has promised TheJ.ca an interview if she achieves a position on the ballot.

The field became a quartet on Monday morning when former party CFO Ken Lee launched a detailed and emphatically pro-freedom platform in his chase for the premier’s chair. An expert in campaign strategy and financing, he told TheJ.ca that he felt a candidate that espoused traditional conservative values was needed in the race.

“I have no governing experience. What I do have is a lifetime of involvement and values (such as with non-profits like Assiniboia Downs race track and Siloam Mission). My view these days is that PC stands for political correctness and less for progressive conservative”.  His online literature also states “there is an emerging belief in Canada that the Charter of Rights and Public Health Act have been used by governments to justify the erosion of our freedoms.”

A highly respected Chartered Professional Accountant, his platform includes “No Vaccine passports”, “Vaccination not a job requirement” and “Churches and businesses – all essential.” If he were to win the support of PC members, Ken Lee would be the first person of Chinese descent to hold the office of Premier of Manitoba.

Marty Gold is the Editor-in -Chief of TheJ.ca. Known for investigative reporting, he has specialized in covering municipal and provincial politics, and a wide range of sports and entertainment, in newspapers, magazines, online, and on his first love, radio. His business and consulting experience includes live events and sales, workplace safety, documentary productions, PR, and telecommunications in Vancouver, Los Angeles and across Canada, and as a contestant on CBC-TV Dragons Den.

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