12.06.2016 05:12 PM

Brad Trost is dumb as a post 

What an asshole this guy is. I know he’ll claim he’s happy a Liberal is saying that – but one thing I also know: if Harper was still boss, this woman-hating moron would be kicked out of caucus. 

These guys aren’t forming government anytime soon. 


  1. Ron says:

    This dope is the spawn of the worst marriage in all of human civilization.

    The one between religion and politics.

  2. monkey says:

    Trost is an idiot and people like him just ensure Conservatives don’t win. I still think eventually albeit probably not next election the Tories will win again, but whomever wins needs to start sending the neanderthal like him packing. I am still hoping Chong or Raitt will win as I’ve found the most extreme Conservatives are the loudest but there aren’t that many of them. Perhaps maybe the Conservatives will split again but unlike the 90s it will be the moderate wing who will emerge the strongest not the right wing.

    • armand says:

      Social conservatism is essentially dead in the Conservative party. There are a few hangers on but in the last policy convention it was evident that they no longer have enough numbers to affect anything.

      • monkey says:

        True enough although it seems the most reactionary elements are the loudest and the nosiest and they actually do more damage to their cause than help. There is a reason Canada is one of the few countries with a centre-left government left in the Western world, unlike the US the hard right doesn’t sell here while unlike Europe where the centre-right and hard right are generally separate parties and draw from separate elements of society, they are one party here and we also don’t seem to have the resentment towards others amongst the working class like you see in the US and Europe. The working class may be upset but I find here embracing diversity is something most Canadians support. On social conservatism, I agree it is dead, but the left overs make a lot of noise and do a good job of giving the impression most conservatives share these views when they don’t.

  3. themethodman says:

    At some point the CPC will have to consider weather they want to keep pandering to the west. If they do, this will continue. Also without Ontario and Quebec, no government for them. Their call.

    • monkey says:

      The West is not full of hard right types like some seem to think. Lets remember Harper got 35% in Ontario while only 30% in British Columbia and BC is the largest province in Western Canada. Likewise in Manitoba, Trudeau beat out Harper in 2015. Only in Saskatchewan and Alberta did the Tories come first in 2015, while ironically in 2011, only in Newfoundland and Quebec did they not come first in votes suggesting the regional divides aren’t nearly as big as they were in the 90s. Unlike the US which is becoming more regionalized, Canada is becoming less so. The West much like Ontario has a strong urban/rural split and the Tories in the urban areas tend to be fairly moderate. It’s more in the rural areas you get the more reactionary types, but Ontario has its fair share as well.

      • Russ says:

        I agree – the split is not east / west but rather urban / rural. But even then, let’s not assume everyone falls into tidy demographic patterns.

      • Kelly says:

        The country isn’t nearly as regionalized as our phony electoral system would have us believe and never has been. Because of the electoral system we are fed a phony narrative by the press which claims support based on seats which is meaningless. So idiots like Trostt get elected and the press covers his moronic bullshit. In reality he’s a nobody that hardly anybody has heard about, likes or agrees with.

      • bluegreenblogger says:

        pretty accurate portrayal.

      • themethodman says:

        Thanks for the info monkey, something to consider for next time.

  4. Matt says:

    I see what you’re saying, but let’s be real.

    Trost is a nothing back bench MP who is running for leader of the party with no chance in hell of winning and needs to say stupid shit to get noticed.

    Once the new leader is selected, he’ll go back to being invisible. And that’s a good thing.

  5. Charlie says:

    The irony here is that Chris Alexander is trying so desperately (and pathetically) to distance himself from the incident.

    Ahhh. Good times in the Conservative party, good times.

  6. Jon Adams says:

    I disagree that if Harper were in charge Trost’d be gone, considering that he let Rob Anders carry on like this for years. In fact, Trost was popping off about abortion before the 2011 election and was let off the hook, so…

  7. smelter rat says:

    To say something like this on the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, wow. his wife must be proud.

  8. redraven says:

    we’ve become too comfortably numb. the crowd that Levant the worm managed to provoke yesterday and that this moron supports are the spawn of cowards. I wonder how the men who fought Hitler and managed to come home in one piece would feel about wannabe fascists like Trost who are now crawling out from the dirt beneath the shine because they are suddenly emboldened knowing we are too afraid to stand up to these pathetic bullies. I for one think those men would have kicked the living crap out of those motherfuckers but that’s just me. History is replete with movements that succeeded because those who could have acted in time didn’t. think I’ll go reread some Sinclair Lewis. I see rough waters ahead.

  9. Curt says:

    Here are the facts.
    In 2 years Alberta has gone from the most robust economy in the world to bust.the present NDP government who got in because of a split vote have made it worse. The carbon tax, Bill 6, higher personal and sin taxes, high borrowering,, highering Eco fascists, reducing Alberta to the 43rd place in the world oil and gas energy investment jurisdiction, and 10+% unemployment. Not too many people are happy with our present government. As a consequence things happen when many people are struggling really bad without any help from the provincial and indeed the federal governments. While jailing Rachel might sound bad, 3 million Albertans would like to see her step down.

    • cynical says:

      With respect, I think you’re overstating the effect that a government (any government) can have on the economy within its own borders. Nothing Notley or Trudeau (or Harper or whichever of that mess of Premiers that Alberta has had since Klein) could do can raise the price of oil, and almost all external factors are keeping that price down.
      People are struggling, for sure.
      Without getting into a blame-the-victim argument, it was evident to almost everyone outside Alberta that some sort of diversification was REALLY important, and the only question was the time scale involved in the chickens coming home to roost. Notley is way late at trying to do this, and (see line 1 above) is unlikely, IMHO, to have much effect, unless time travel is part of the strategy.
      In the meantime, if you want to educate your kids, keep your roads usable all year around, and keep your hospitals open, you’d better be prepared to do something to up the revenue stream in the absence of royalties.
      I have no answer for the folks whose lives have been interrupted by this. I visited Grande Prairie last spring (to help my son buy a nearly-new SUV at a fire-sale price) and several of the locals we talked to (car dealership, hotel, restaurant, bar) seemed really concerned about the social instability arising out of the decline. GP was mentioned as a “high crime” city. Really, really sad, but not Notley’s fault, IMHO.

    • redraven says:

      you’re being silly. we knew about acid rain in 1970. Alberta has had 46 fucking years to define and design an alternative to ease the ebbs and flows of oil and did nothing. Born on third and still think you hit a triple. If you had any brains you’d call Elon Musk for a few words of advice because there is still time. You have two things in excess the rest of the country hasn’t. sunshine and bullshit. your choice.

    • smelter rat says:

      What a load. World oil prices tanked, so revenues went down. At the same time Ft. Mac fires cost millions. I didn’t hear any Albertans bitching when that city got bailed out.

    • Kelly says:

      The fact this needs to be said is sad. Notley has nothing to do with he low prices making Alberta’s low – grade oil uneconomic…and it will stay that way until oil prices return to $70 a barrel and then the general economy will suffer. Basically Notley is doing what real conservative governments should have done 40 years ago. Started taxing for programs and infrastructure and SAVING the oil money instead of pissing it up the wall. Norway — the social democratic society that it is — has almost a trillion dollars saved up from its oil. Alberta had a chance but know – nothings ruined it for everybody. Now go read a frigging economics textbook and let the grownups run Alberta for once. Sheesh.

    • bluegreenblogger says:

      ROFL, they got in because of a split vote eh? It was a mathematical aberration that Alberta threw the mouth breathers out? Well, I guess if you lock up everybody else, that dastardly split vote shall just disappear.

    • monkey says:

      I agree with much said here. Yes Notley is not totally at fault, but raising taxes, higher $15 minimum wage no doubt don’t help. Alberta has a history of being wary of big government and just because big government ideas are popular elsewhere doesn’t mean they necessary are in Alberta although the population is probably more evenly split than some realize. Yes Alberta needs diversification, but that will come from the private sector so government needs to be careful need to scare away private investment.

  10. I live in Saskatoon. Thankfully he’s not my MP. I have no idea why he keeps getting re-elected.

    • monkey says:

      Prior to 2015, the riding of Saskatoon-Humboldt was a mixed urban/rural riding and he won by running up the margins in rural Saskatchewan. Not all rural Saskatchewan residents are hard right, rather its progressive parties have more or less written it off and generally when you write off an area you don’t tend to do to well. The new riding of Saskatoon-University is far less friendly to Trost and he could be defeated in 2019. He held his seat largely because the centre-left vote split between the Liberals and NDP in 2015, but if it doesn’t in 2019 he is toast unless the Conservatives can gain votes, which if that happens it will be in spite of him not because of him. Most people generally vote for the party and don’t even bother to learn about the local candidate so if anything his views probably mean he will do slightly worse than a generic conservative would but only around 5-10% vote based on local candidate. The scary thing is he replaced Jim Pankiw who in many ways was even worse. He was an outright racist and seemed to only ever talk about his hatred of Aboriginals and Francophones. I am a conservative myself, but much like Warren did when Andrew Telegdi was MP, I will happily donate to the Liberal or NDP candidate in both Leitch and Trost’s riding to get rid of them. Both are unfit for office. I will also support any Conservative candidate who wishes to challenge them at a nomination level and hopefully much like with Rob Anders, they can be knocked off there.

  11. BillBC says:

    As a non-social-conservative conservative, this sort of thing makes me cringe. I sure hope the party elects someone more sensible and intelligent as leader…

    As for “pandering to the west,” the assumption that social morons live only west of Kenora is the sort of thinking does the Liberal party no good at all….so keep it up…

    • bluegreenblogger says:

      Well you need to get yourself a new monicker. conservative includes the mouth breathers now. Either you can stomach their warm embrace, or you should maybe look elsewhere for a political identity.

      • monkey says:

        The problem is what do you do if you are a fiscal conservative who believes in balanced budgets, lower taxes, and less government intervention in the economy, but sees our diversity as a strength, and is socially progressive. Do you join the Liberals whose fiscal policies I fundamentally disagree with or perhaps since the Conservatives are choosing a new leader support one who will move it in that direction. Prior to the merger the party was quite moderate at least on the PC side and if the right leader is chosen there is no reason it cannot return to its more moderate roots. Just because the hard right are loud and noisy doesn’t mean their control of the party is inevitable. They are a small minority in Canada so the more who join the party the harder it will be for them to win control of it. I joined to support Michael Chong, whose views quite closely align with mine.

        • bluegreenblogger says:

          well no, you join the Green Party.

          • monkey says:

            I cannot support the Green Party either as they seem too interventionist on the economy and they will always be a perennial opposition. I know fighting to moderate the Conservative party will be no easy task, but someone needs to step up and I think the real mistake is many of the moderates have just left and not put up a fight against the more right wing elements who have tried to hijack the party. The idea that the party of John A. Macdonald, John Diefenbaker, Robert Stanfield, Joe Clark, and Brian Mulroney must inevitably become the party of Kellie Leitch and Brad Trost is nonsense. They are the ones trying to take the party away from its historic roots, I want to see it return to those.

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