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I only have 9 letters at the end of my name (LL.B, B.J. Hons.), so I bet Kellie Leitch thinks I’m mentally defective, pretty much.

To wit:

Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch is on a crusade against the elites. But it’s not going well for her, and all those letters after her name are partly to blame.

The Prince Arthur Herald has obtained an audio clip of Leitch berating a Conservative Party supporter and using her titles to show her intelligence. Partway into a discussion at an event with young Conservative Party members in Montreal on Thursday evening, Leitch responds to criticism by proclaiming:

“Please understand that I do have 22 letters at the end of my name, I’m not an idiot.”

Her parliamentary profile reads her official title as The Hon. Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, P.C., O.Ont., M.D., M.B.A., F.R.C.S.(C)

There are actually 16 letters after her name. Including “the Hon. Dr.” before her name brings the total to 24.

Please God, please God, make the Cinservatives elect her leader, so Liberals are in power until Justin Trudeau is getting the seniors’ discount at Shoppers. Please.

…of using a dangling preposition. (It’s also an auxiliary verb verb, so maybe there’s no need to contact the Grammar Commissioner just yet.)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he made use of the private helicopter of the Aga Khan during a family vacation at the billionaire Ismaili Muslim leader’s retreat in the Bahamas in what appears to be a direct breach of government ethics rules.

Mr. Trudeau, who had kept the vacation secret for days and now faces opposition calls for an ethics probe, was asked at a news conference Thursday how he got to the Aga Khan’s private island – located 115 kilometres from the Nassau airport.

Mr. Trudeau and his family flew to Nassau aboard a government Challenger jet in late December. He was joined on the vacation by Newfoundland Liberal MP Seamus O’Regan and his husband as well as Liberal Party president Anna Gainey and her husband.

“The travel back and forth from Nassau to the island happens on the Aga Khan’s private helicopter, which he offered us the use of,” Mr. Trudeau told reporters. “It is something that we look forward to discussing with the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner, but we don’t see an issue on that.”

“Offered us the use of.” Gadzooks! I hate dangling prepositions. Sometimes you have to use ’em, though.

Helicopters, too. Was Trudeau supposed to swim to his destination? Hitch-hike? Canoe? Walk on water?

Now, now, I know what you are going to say (and God knows I’ve heard enough of it on the various radio panels I’ve done this week): “But, Warren, the Conflict of Interest Act says he can’t do it! Read section 12, you Lie-beral Leftard!”

Well, okay.  Here’s what the Act says.

“No minister of the Crown, minister of state or parliamentary secretary, no member of his or her family and no ministerial adviser or ministerial staff shall accept travel on non-commercial chartered or private aircraft for any purpose unless required in his or her capacity as a public office holder or in exceptional circumstances or with the prior approval of the Commissioner.”

Let’s not bother debating whether the circumstances were “exceptional” (although they probably were: he was going to, you know, an island). Let’s also not debate whether a Prime Minister ever stops being a “public office holder” (because they probably never really do, do they?). Let’s just say this was, say, sponsored travel.

“Sponsored travel” is done a lot by all of our federal politicians. It usually drops off in election years, for obvious reasons.  But in non-election years, it happens a fair bit. It happened 85 times in 2012; 110 times in 2013; and 87 times in 2014.  All the political parties take sponsored trips, which are defined by the Commissioner as any travel costing more than $200 that isn’t totally or mostly paid for by the MP, his or her party or a House of Commons-recognized association.

So what does the Commissioner say about this sponsored travel stuff, which I presume includes rides on someone’s helicopter?

Subsection 15(0.1) of the Members’ Code expressly permits Members to accept sponsored travel that arises from or relates to their positions, effectively exempting it from the rules on gifts or other benefits. Sponsored travel includes all benefits received in connection with the travel, including accommodation and, as noted above, gifts and other benefits.

Where the cost of any sponsored travel accepted by a Member exceeds $200 and is not wholly paid from the Consolidated Revenue Fund or by the Member personally, his or her political party or any parliamentary association recognized by the House, it must be disclosed to the Commissioner and publicly declared within 60 days after the end of the trip.


For MPs, which Trudeau is one of (oops!), it is “expressly permitted,” quote unquote.  It is exempted from the rules on gifts and benefits, too.

And it needs to be “publicly declared” within 60 days of the end of the trip.  This being the middle of January – and the now-infamous helicopter jaunt having taken place in late December – my calculation is that Trudeau is okay.  Should he have cleared it with the Commish before he left? Sure.  But most folks won’t see that as a big problem.

Instead, there are a couple problems don’t include “sponsored travel.”  One problem is that PMO needs to stop being so frigging clandestine about where the big guy is going, with whom, and for how long.  The Americans always know where their president is (except when there’s a surprise visit to the troops somewhere, I guess).  Why can’t we do likewise? It would probably avoid teapot tempests like this one, which someone will almost certainly brand as “Copter-Gate” any minute now.

Two, I have never liked it when politicians hang out with rich guys – whether it be on a private golf course or in Davos.  Populist-type politicians remain popular when they keep their feet on the same gritty ground upon which the rest of us eke out a meagre existence.

So, Ralph Klein would hang out at the Calgarian, and buy me and my punk rock pals drinks.  Mel Lastman would come right up to someone on the sidewalk and just hug them: I saw him do it when I volunteered for him.  Bill Clinton: jogs, then decides to pop into the Golden Arches for a Big Mac (his pal Jean Chretien told me about that.).  And my political Dad, Chretien? He’d go to Harvey’s when Madame was away, sit with Joe and Jane Frontporch and their kids, and tell jokes.  He’d buy the RCMP burgers, too.

Sorry, chattering classes: Justin Trudeau’s mistake wasn’t being a passenger on Air Aga Khan.  It was hanging out with a billionaire, and trying to keep it a secret.

Now, Justin, remember: this is the kind of nonsense up with which we will not put.

I love this tune and the vid too. The Bronx: epic genius. 

There you go. National Front leader Marine Le Pen in Trump Tower, sitting next to “Citizens for Trump” founder George Lombardi. 

And they insist she didn’t meet with Trump or any of his people. 

Welcome to the new Reich, folks. If you think this isn’t really happening, still, you need to get your head out of your ass. 

Sing along and feel better!

This is a good bit about the BC NDP leader, who – on the big policy issues – seems to be whoever spoke to him last.

It’s from an attack site called Say Anything John, found here.

I take a look at the once-mighty Conservative Party in next week’s Hill Times. 

What do you think is my diagnosis about the relative health of the CPC? 

What’s yours?

And now? Well, now they are having a leadership race to replace the venti-sized brain guy. The candidate that has attracted the most attention – and the one who may very well win – has built a campaign entirely on fecklessly aping the Human Cheeto to the South, and bashing refugees and immigrants wherever and whenever possible. In this, a country of refugees and immigrants.

A couple of their leadership aspirants have started grousing about abortion. One has run ads saying marriage can only happen between a man and woman, common sense and Supreme Court rulings notwithstanding. 

“Politicians should have the courage to debate these issues in an open and respectful way,” said one of these leadership contestants, apparently unaware that denying citizens fundamental human rights is neither “courageous” nor “respectful.”
And so, yes, the Conservative Party has lots of money, still. It has bums filling seats in the House of Commons. It has a pulse. It is alive.

But its brain? Its heart? The things it did for a decade, to ensure that all Canadians were treated fairly and equitably? The efforts it made to make itself into a modern, diverse, tolerant political party?

Tinkle, tinkle, little czar.

Two things about that: one, I’m guessing that the Unpresident is starting to regret dissing the intelligence community; and, two, it is all quite believable when one considers the unchallenged factual record shows that Trump has a history of sexual assault and perversity (to wit, raping a child).

So I hope your tiny black hearts explode over this, little Trump babies. I hope you choke on it.