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PostPosted: Sat Aug 15, 2009 6:37 pm    Post subject: Sue Ann Levy running for Tories in St Pauls by-election Reply with quote

Levy running for Tories
Sun columnist wants to represent Toronto riding at Queen's Park

By IAN ROBERTSON, Sun Media

Last Updated: 14th August 2009, 3:08pm

The Toronto Sun's city hall columnist, Sue-Ann Levy, fills out her nomination papers at the Progressive Conservative riding office on Mount Pleasant Rd. to run as a provincial Tory candidate in the upcoming St. Paul's byelection. Levy has taken a leave-of-absence from the paper. (DAVE THOMAS, SUN MEDIA)
Toronto Sun city hall columnist Sue-Ann Levy fulfilled her long-standing political ambitions today filing nomination papers as the Progressive Conservative candidate in the provincial St. Paul's riding.

A Sept. 17 voting date for the downtown Toronto riding is expected to be called next week by Premier Dalton McGuinty.

The Tories are counting on the 52-year-old Levy's appeal as Jewish in the largely Jewish riding, as a strong fiscal conservative and recently-married gay woman.

She will be taking a leave-of-absence from the paper.

The riding — with a long tenure of Liberal MPs and MPPs — became available with the departure of Michael Bryant, an MPP there since 1999 and former attorney general and economic development minister, who joined the city's economic promotional Invest Toronto as CEO in June.

His appointment was recommended by Mayor David Miller, whose left-leaning "socialist silly hall" has long been a topic of Levy's columns.

More than 20 years ago, she told a Sun colleague at city hall of her desire to get into politics.

Physician Eric Hoskins, 49, a community activist and advocate, was chosen earlier this week to be the Liberal Party candidate in St. Paul's.

For the past decade, Hoskins has been president and chief financial officer of the multi-million dollar charity organization War Child Canada, has done humanitarian work in Africa and was a foreign policy advisor to Lloyd Axworthy, foreign affairs minister under former prime minister Jean Chrétien.

The New Democratic Party has not yet announced its candidate but sources say the choice is between Julian Heller and Stuart Parker.


http://www.torontosun.com/news.....64236.html
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 18, 2009 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Liberals scared of Sun scribe
My feisty friend Sue-Ann Levy has been a tireless watchdog for taxpayers, and could surprise in St. Paul's

By CHRISTINA BLIZZARD, SUN MEDIA

Last Updated: 18th August 2009, 2:34am

If you're searching this morning for latest word on His Blondness (or is it His Greyness?) or for more lunatic antics from Socialist Silly Hall, you're no doubt a fan of my colleague Sue-Ann Levy.

Sorry to disappoint you, but Levy is on a leave of absence. She's doing what most columnists rarely attempt: Instead of running off at the mouth, she's running in the St. Paul's byelection for the provincial PC party.

Before we go any further, let me admit to my conflict of interest right up front.

Levy is not just a highly respected colleague, she is a good friend of mine.

Just a few weeks ago, I was privileged to watch her and her sweetie, Denise Alexander, tie the knot in a most moving wedding ceremony.

Loyal readers know Levy as a passionate crusader against political pomposity, bureaucratic waste and the plain old infuriating stupidity that happens when politicians become arrogant and disconnected from the people they are supposd to represent.

She's also a tireless watchdog around City Hall, making sure your tax dollars are spent wisely.

She is, in short, the perfect candidate for the Tories.

The Liberals may try to put on a brave face, but the simple truth is that their ill-conceived plan to harmonize the GST and the PST is simply another cash grab -- at a time when taxpayers can least afford it.

And it hurts people right across the province -- whether it's condo owners in downtown Toronto or homeowners in rural Ontario struggling to pay their home heating bill.

Then there's the eHealth boondoggle, which has seen hundreds of thousands of taxpayers' bucks poured down the gullets of fatcat consultants -- with few discernible results in the electronic health department. Documents show these high-priced hired guns indulged themselves in, literally, a feeding frenzy of lavish lunches and dinners -- at our expense. And we still don't have an electronic health records system up and running.

PERFECT STORM

That all adds up to a perfect storm for the Liberals.

A byelection is a time-honoured way for voters to register their disapproval with the government. Liberals could be facing a humiliating defeat.

The Liberals have already nominated family physician Eric Hoskins, a community activist, to carry their banner. The NDP will pick their candidate on Sept. 9.

St. Paul's has been a Liberal stronghold since 1999, when former attorney general Michael Bryant defeated Isabel Bassett, a cabinet minister in the Mike Harris government. Still, this will be no shoo-in for the Grits.

Bryant quit earlier this year to take a job with the city. Rumour has it he was ready to quit much earlier, but the Liberals convinced him to hold off with his resignation because former PC leader John Tory was looking for a seat at the time -- and they considered it a winnable Tory seat.

So it's also a shrewd move by rookie Tory leader Tim Hudak. The party needs to shed its country bumpkin image. Attracting a high profile, gay Jewish candidate with an MBA and a journalism degree to run for the PCs goes a long way towards doing that.

On a personal level, it's a journalistic dilemma for me to have a friend running for office. While I want to be fair to all the candidates, knowing Levy as the gutsy fighter she is clearly makes her my favourite. While I'm sure all the candidates are worthy, Levy would make one heck of an MPP.

She's smart and she's feisty. Throughout her career, she's fought for people who have no power to fight on their own.

Best of all, she never forgets that most important rule of politics: Voters put their trust in you when they mark their X on the ballot. Don't ever betray that trust.


http://www.torontosun.com/comm.....1-sun.html
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 18, 2009 6:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great. The PC party needs a gay-woman to possibly win a Toronto seat. I don't know about you but I am not for Same-Sex marriage, and have never been a fan of Smitherman. Is this what has happened to society? Socialists, new immigrants and gays rule the cities. Black gangs the surrounding areas.

Frankly, I thought Frank Klees would have been a better leader. But I will not judge too soon. Perhaps that is the New Conservative strategy. If you can't beat 'em join 'em... but make the peopel think it's different. Change. A lesbian rather than a male homosexual.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 18, 2009 6:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Who cares.

Levy is more right-wing than most in the PC caucus.

I think it's a good sign that Hudak can attract such a star candidate.

The only "star candidate" that Tory attracted was a Liberal MP who crossed the floor.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 18, 2009 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Edmund Onward James wrote:
Great. The PC party needs a gay-woman to possibly win a Toronto seat. I don't know about you but I am not for Same-Sex marriage, and have never been a fan of Smitherman. Is this what has happened to society? Socialists, new immigrants and gays rule the cities. Black gangs the surrounding areas.

Frankly, I thought Frank Klees would have been a better leader. But I will not judge too soon. Perhaps that is the New Conservative strategy. If you can't beat 'em join 'em... but make the peopel think it's different. Change. A lesbian rather than a male homosexual.

As a libertarian, I'm always a bit surprised and puzzled when someone declares such strong opinions on something which is apparently none of their business.

Edmund, it would appear you're not homosexual (neither am I) and, as such, it seems highly unlikely you will end up in a same sex marriage. Is your heart a stone? I don't know about you but I'm happily married and, as such, SSM has precisely nil effect on my life so I don't make it my business to denounce others for wanting to enjoy the same kind of loving relationship I enjoy with my wife.

So what business is it of yours if Susan Levy is a happily married lesbian? Does being married somehow affect her competence as a journalist, a candidate or (with any luck) a politician? Everything in the article (biases admitted and acknowledged) seems to indicate Levy is more than qualified. If having Levy as a candidate starts to tear down the image of conservatives as being neanderthals, GOOD!

I wonder if people would think I was losing my grip if I started professing strong opinions about something like, say, basketweaving (I have a friend who weaves baskets but it's not my thing) or some other subject which really has no effect whatsoever on my daily life and is unlikely to ever do so.

Damn basketweavers... always trying to show their wares!!

-Mac
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 18, 2009 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Edmund Onward James wrote:
Great. The PC party needs a gay-woman to possibly win a Toronto seat. I don't know about you but I am not for Same-Sex marriage, and have never been a fan of Smitherman. Is this what has happened to society? Socialists, new immigrants and gays rule the cities. Black gangs the surrounding areas.

Frankly, I thought Frank Klees would have been a better leader. But I will not judge too soon. Perhaps that is the New Conservative strategy. If you can't beat 'em join 'em... but make the peopel think it's different. Change. A lesbian rather than a male homosexual.


think one thing we need to remember here is that the city of toronto has not elected a conservative at the federal or provincial level since 1999 and yes its been that long .

so its going to take a pretty strong candidate to break such a long streak of loses and someone like sue ann levy could just do the trick , now she's still got a tough race ahead of her but she's going to at least make this by-election interesting as it did look like it was a given for the liberals before she entered the race .
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 18, 2009 7:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Really. Torontonians get what they deserve, a socialist Mayor who let the garbage gather and the tourists decided there were better places to visit. The hospitality business lost.

And Torontonians think that being Liberal is... cool... it's urbane... it's truly caring. What a joke. But the majority of those with hands out say give me more.

I say let them live in their universe and complain for more transfer funds so the Premier can hand it out to his people, those who vote for the Liberals, the reat can pack up and leave.

Do you realize that many and middle class people and businesses have left the city and are stiill leaving by the hordes, That's what I've read and heard.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 18, 2009 7:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MAC, the libertarian, I do not like the fact that the gay community, ha community, pushes the envelope. I have never been to the gay pride parade and will never go.

Met Brison and what a phony. But that's federal.

If Levy had just run on the fact that she is bright that would've been fine. Maybe.

Smitherman is another phony. My friend's son badly needed special drugs but Health Minister Smitherman, then, did nothing... so she received assistance from an American pharmeceutical company. But the gay community receives their drugs for AIDS and, basically now live a high life in Toronto. By the way, the bath-houses and clubs are still going strong and since they receive their cocktails at the taxpayers expense their sexploits continue.

And AIDS, by the way, has increased in North America.

If the gay society wanted a registered relationship, that would've been okay. But they want all the stuff that goes with marrigae that men and women receive. I wonder if they accepted alimony, too.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 18, 2009 9:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Edmund Onward James wrote:
MAC, the libertarian, I do not like the fact that the gay community, ha community, pushes the envelope. I have never been to the gay pride parade and will never go.

I've never been to a pride parade either... nor am I a fan of special interest groups pushing for entitlements which they falsely label as rights...

It would appear you've permitted the false bravado of a vocal agenda-laden minority to convince you that they are representative of all homosexuals. The pride movement is no more representative of homosexuals than the political correct movement is representative of Canadian society.

You shouldn't allow such groups to influence your thinking or behaviour; they don't deserve that kind of power.

Edmund Onward James wrote:
Met Brison and what a phony. But that's federal.

Absolutely. Scott is power hungry so when he was unsuccessful in securing leadership of the Conservative Party, he moved elsewhere where his kind of blind ambition is not only welcomed but embraced... the Liberals... BUT what does that have to do with anything? Do you suspect Brison's sexuality have anything to do with his political choices?

Edmund Onward James wrote:
If Levy had just run on the fact that she is bright that would've been fine. Maybe.

Did Levy advertize her SSM or somehow attempt to make an issue of it? If so, I haven't see such. Christine Blizzard mentioned the SSM in her column but it didn't appear to be an attempt to make it an issue. If anything, Blizzard appeared to be congratulating Hudak for picking her friend.

Edmund Onward James wrote:
Smitherman is another phony. My friend's son badly needed special drugs but Health Minister Smitherman, then, did nothing... so she received assistance from an American pharmeceutical company. But the gay community receives their drugs for AIDS and, basically now live a high life in Toronto. By the way, the bath-houses and clubs are still going strong and since they receive their cocktails at the taxpayers expense their sexploits continue.

Welcome to the wonderful world of socialized medicine. Who else would you like to cut off from medical care? You're a cigar aficionado; I'm a non-smoker. Should you become afflicted with cancer (I hope such is never the case!), socialized medicine will be provided to attempt to resolve the disease... and the taxpayers will get to pay for your treatments... and they're not going to stop you from continuing to smoke..

Edmund Onward James wrote:
And AIDS, by the way, has increased in North America.

Sad, isn't it? The ironic part is AIDS in North America affects a tiny percentage of the total population compared to other afflictions but receiving a disproportionately large amount of research funding when the affliction is almost completely preventable... whereas prostate cancer affects a large percentage of the population and gets a tiny percentage of funding...

Edmund Onward James wrote:
If the gay society wanted a registered relationship, that would've been okay. But they want all the stuff that goes with marrigae that men and women receive. I wonder if they accepted alimony, too.

Accepted or not, alimony is a reality of many divorces, including broken SSMs.

Why would you deny gays the entitlements which are part of marriage? Like power of attorney for their partner in the case of accident or disease rendering that partner for speaking for themselves? Property rights for survivorship in case of death? Income-splitting for the elderly? Is there specific entitlements you wish to deny to gays?

Again, I will go back to my original point: why is it any of your business? The government must represent all of the citizens, not just those who agree with your opinions. Marriage licences and the entitlements of such flow from the government and they must not discriminate.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 18, 2009 10:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is my business because I am a citizen, a conservative one, who does not believe in Same-Sex marriage, nor entitlements like you do. The gay community is manipulative to the core and aggravated not only the religious but also the rational public.

You are a libertarian. Not a conservatiive. And I begin to wonder what kind of website and forum this is that calls itself Blogging Tories. With your admitting to where you stand yet you are a supposed administrator, then I would say you support special interest groups. So go bother someone else with your libertarian reasoning on this issue.

We may agree on others but not this one.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 18, 2009 10:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Edmund Onward James wrote:
It is my business because I am a citizen, a conservative one, who does not believe in Same-Sex marriage, nor entitlements like you do. The gay community is manipulative to the core and aggravated not only the religious but also the rational public.

Do you sincerely believe all homosexuals are monolithic and the pride movement represents the opinions of all gays? Do you claim to speak for all of the rational public?

Edmund Onward James wrote:
You are a libertarian. Not a conservatiive. And I begin to wonder what kind of website and forum this is that calls itself Blogging Tories. With your admitting to where you stand yet you are a supposed administrator, then I would say you support special interest groups. So go bother someone else with your libertarian reasoning on this issue.

I will put my conservative credentials up against yours any day of the week. Perhaps you should educate yourself about libertarianism before you make more sweeping, inaccurate statements. I do NOT support special interest groups; did you even read my post?

I am not an administrator on the Blogging Tories Forum, nor have I ever claimed such. I am a moderator, a kind of "traffic cop" on the information superhighway, with the power to modify or delete posts and lock threads but nothing more. The Blogging Tories Forum has two administrators; Stephen Taylor and Craig Smith. If you have any objections or concerns, I would suggest you forward such to their attention.

Edmund Onward James wrote:
We may agree on others but not this one.

I'm fine with agreeing to disagree... but stop pretending you're interested in rational debate since you've just clearly proved such is NOT the case.

-Mac
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 19, 2009 5:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Being homophobic is probably one of the easiest things have an opinion on. Certainly through grade school we were not the most tolerant to those who were different. But since working in the real world I am certainly less homophobic and more tolerant of their lifestyle. And I certainly wouldn't want to loss some of my gay friends, as they are wonderful, productive, and patriotic citizens.

Here's how I see it. Most homosexuals do NOT choose to be gay. They are attracted to the same sex. So they cannot become UNGAY. So once you realize that there is nothing you can do to change that.

So recognizing they cannot change then you must realize that they are people who contribute to our communities. They become doctors, engineers, turck drivers, teachers, and work in all fields. Most are private about their lifestyle and prefer that, like the majority of us. I do NOT see a reason to outlaw these people as they work just like the rest of us.

Could you imagine how less our world would be without Rick Mercer, Scott Thompson, Elton John, David Bowie, Alan Turing (guy who solve the Enigma code during the war), and Oscar Wilde, just to name a few, and the incountable professionals that have contributed to solving health, engineering, and working everywhere in our communities.

So while I am not in agreement with their lifestyle, there is nothing that I can do about it. And it is best that you respect their privacy. I wouldn't want them to disapear because they do very well in their professional lives.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 19, 2009 7:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

NorthernRaven wrote:
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So while I am not in agreement with their lifestyle, there is nothing that I can do about it. And it is best that you respect their privacy. I wouldn't want them to disapear because they do very well in their professional lives.


"their privacy"? That would actually be a pleasant change. Trudeau's line about 'the state has no place in the bedrooms of the nation' continues with "what's done in private between adults doesn't concern the Criminal Code" and ends with a phrase that is conveniently omitted: "'until it becomes public" http://archives.cbc.ca/politic...../538-2671/
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 19, 2009 8:06 am    Post subject: Big Tent Reply with quote

I am happy that Sue Ann levy is running for the Ont Pc's . I don't particularly care abut her sexuality. There are many gay conservatives. Our party should be a big tent.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 19, 2009 8:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

NorthernRaven wrote:
So while I am not in agreement with their lifestyle, there is nothing that I can do about it.

Thank you for your post, NorthernRaven. While I understand what you're saying, I wonder why would you want to do anything? If you could do something, what would it be?

I've often wondered how much of the pride movement is based in simple human nature? Gays are rejected for their sexuality, so they flaunt those very attributes to the extreme in reaction. Perhaps if gays weren't rejected, the pride movement would fizzle and disappear?

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