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PostPosted: Sun Feb 04, 2007 2:10 pm    Post subject: When will the MSM start covering the Liberal Agenda? Reply with quote

THREE CHEERS FOR PIERRE BOURQUE!!!


A Bourque Exclusive

LIB MP HOLLAND: "THERE WILL BE CONSEQUENCES"
When will the Mainstream Media start covering the Liberal Agenda?
by Charles Adler

As I apply my ink stained fingers to the trusty keyboard, it's been more than 72 hours since Mark Holland, the Liberal Natural Resources critic, belched out the most threatening words I have heard in a political conversation in years.

But for some reason the Mainstream Media has seen them not worthy of attention.


Pierre Bourque of the Bourque Newswatch asked me to scribble my thoughts on the interview with the Liberal MP which contained serious threats to the Western Canadian economy all in the name of respecting Kyoto.

When I asked Holland whether a Liberal government under Stephane Dion would shut down or limit oil sands production if necessary to meet Kyoto targets, his response was, "Exactly." He then went on to say "I think what you are going to see is we're going to say you cannot exploit that resource, basically go in there and pump it out as fast as you can to give it to the Americans and sell out our national interests and blow apart our emissions targets."

I want to give credit where credit is due. Lorne Gunter of the Edmonton Journal in his Sunday Feb 4 column did write about this. But is Lorne Gunter in the only mainstream journalist/columnist in the country who thinks this is newsworthy? Is he the only one who understands what it would mean to the economy of Western Canada and ultimately the entire national economy to tell the energy producers to STOP developing the oilsands, to just tell the guys with the dozers to take their "filthy work ethic" to the unemployment line. Is Gunter the only one who understands the message Stephan Dion's government would send to the capital markets about the unworthiness of investing in the Canadian Energy Industry? Is Gunter the only one who gets how this would level a frontal assault on the Toronto Stock Exchange where so much of what we call growth is dependent on a healthy Oil patch? Is Gunter the only one who gets that this would create an attack on our dollar?

Now perhaps the mainstream media feels that this is not a good time to second guess the fantasies of the Opposition Natural Resources critic. After all Dion and his crew are supposedly on the right side of the Kyoto angels. Perhaps waving a red flag at Alberta is considered the right thing to do in Western Canada. Why dwell on the obvious cause of CO2 emissions in Ontario and Quebec, the fact that half the population of the country, lives, works and drives there?

It's much easier for Liberals to demagogue the issue and pretend that it is ALBERTA energy that embarasses Canada in the hallowed shrine of Kyoto. Perhaps one ought to stop giving the mainstream media excuses for ignoring Mark Hollands sourgas? Maybe it's the oldest reason in the hills. Holland is to the left of the Canadian centre. Does anyone doubt that if a member of Harper's gang were to say something that came right out of rightfield that might be embraassing to the leadership that it would find itself planted firmly on the front pages as well as the teleprompters of Mansbridge, Robertson and Newman?

Warren Kinsella, who was interviewed on Adler on Line after Mark Holland offered his emissions, said he coudln't believe what Holland was saying and thought the Liberal brain trust would immediately disown this stuff.

But they haven't.


Perhaps it is because if the mainstream media don't seize on an event, the Liberal mandarins have no reason to think it ever really happened. Kinsella said that the Liberals need to be reminded that it was a Liberal Government after having reviewed environmental impact studies that approved the initial exploration of the oil sands in 1967 and that successive Liberal governments went on to approve the expansion of that exploration not once, but twice in 1978 and again in 1983.

A day after Mark Holland's threatening remarks, he appeared on my Corus colleague Dave Rutherford's program and was asked whether a Dion government would consdier nationalizing oil companies if they didn't meet Kyoto standards. Holland replied, "If they refuse to work with us....there will be consequences." - ed. sounds like Hugo Chavez

On the same day Holland fired this new shot not across but into the bow of Alberta, the former premier of the province, Ralph Klein told my radio audience, "I have a message for the honourable member from Ajax Pickering. Stay out of our business." Klein may no longer have political power. But nobody should doubt that if the Dion-Holland Liberals plan to put a clamp on the continued growth of the Alberta economy, the price to pay for all of us will be enormous.

At the moment, we need to ask the question, "What price are we paying for the Mainstream Media's cold blooded decision to ignore the Liberal agenda."

Charles Adler is the host of Adler on Line on the Corus Radio Network
Listen to Adler's interview with Mark Holland by logging on to www.charlesadler.com
Contact him through his website or email him at adleronline@gmail.com
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 04, 2007 3:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've recently blogged on this too. I really fear for my fellow Albertans, and the rest of the Canadians that will be drastically effected by the Liberal agenda to create NEP 2.0, because there can be no doubt now that Dion wants this. Somehow I don't think us Western people will take it lying down this time.

I literally get sick to my stomach when I think about the harm Dion will do to our country if only he gets a chance. Mr. never worked a real day in a real job in his life can go to hell.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 04, 2007 4:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, It's pretty sad that this hasn't been splashed all over the front page of the paper and front and center on the news. Of course, are we to be surprised?

I wonder if I were to set up a demonstration on Parliament hill accusing Dion of wanting to bankrupt Albertan's if I'd get the attention that most of the demonstrations get?
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 04, 2007 4:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sadly the mainstream media has been a tool for the Liberals far too many years. Atlanticans better get wind of Dions plan to control the growth of Alberta's economy, ibecause the offshore oil projects for both Nova Scotia & Newfoundland will also be under heavy control by the Liberals.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 05, 2007 12:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The federal Liberals may try for another NEP. However this is 2007 not 1980. Alberta is larger and stronger than it was a few decades ago. It will be harder to enact a crushing socialist program this time around.

Nonetheless it is unfortunate that Alberta conservatives didn't have the gumption to elect Ted Morton. He is a strong advocate for Alberta and for free enterprise. He would be a more formidable advocate for the needs of his province.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 05, 2007 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When they can make it look good.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 06, 2007 1:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Azimech wrote:
The federal Liberals may try for another NEP. However this is 2007 not 1980. Alberta is larger and stronger than it was a few decades ago. It will be harder to enact a crushing socialist program this time around.

Nonetheless it is unfortunate that Alberta conservatives didn't have the gumption to elect Ted Morton. He is a strong advocate for Alberta and for free enterprise. He would be a more formidable advocate for the needs of his province.


I'm willing to give Ed a chance to prove himself in that department. I'm certain if he gets the reputation as being weak in standing up for our (Alberta's) rights, he'll be out before you could say Kazzam! Either by means of a new leader, or a 5th party to form a government in Alberta.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 06, 2007 9:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Azimech wrote:


Nonetheless it is unfortunate that Alberta conservatives didn't have the gumption to elect Ted Morton. He is a strong advocate for Alberta and for free enterprise. He would be a more formidable advocate for the needs of his province.

Isn't Ted Morton a separtist? Isn't the Alberta Conservative Party mostly a pro federalist party?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 12:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Isn't Ted Morton a separtist? Isn't the Alberta Conservative Party mostly a pro federalist party?

I'd be more inclined to call him a 'strict federalist' - he was mostly interested in assuming more control of the responsibilites and powers granted to the province by the Constitution.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 12:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hasdrubal wrote:
Azimech wrote:


Nonetheless it is unfortunate that Alberta conservatives didn't have the gumption to elect Ted Morton. He is a strong advocate for Alberta and for free enterprise. He would be a more formidable advocate for the needs of his province.

Isn't Ted Morton a separtist? Isn't the Alberta Conservative Party mostly a pro federalist party?


I think you'll find that most Albertans(certainly all that I know), and a good deal of the top leadership are on the fence with Alberta Separatism. Nobody really wants it, but certainly there is that feeling that one day it will have to happen. A lot of the movement died when the conservatives were elected, but Stephane Dion and NEP2 would certainly get the thoughts rolling again. In the late 90s it was getting pretty bad. The rest of the country shouldn't take Albertan's too lightly... Albertan's know they can sustain themselves, possibly even thrive without the rest of the country.

That being said - Albertan's are staunch patriots. They love this country, but how this country often treats them.
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