Tuesday, 14 August 2012
|Brian Pallister speaking to seniors in|
Image Source: Dawson Trail Dispatch
In speaking about what an awful, dirty, political age we live in to a small crowd Pallister claimed that Obama was "smearing" US Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney. How so? What was the smear? In the video clip of Pallister talking to people I've seen he doesn't specify.
|US Republican Party Presidential|
candidate hasn't released multiple
years of tax returns.
Is pointing this out, as Obama has done,
"smearing the poor guy" - to
use Pallister's words?
Image Source: Wikipedia
When not aiming his righteous indignation at someone popular in this country - including the prairies - Pallister's commentary is closer to home.
We just saw the NDP insinuate and smear and belittle and bully throughout the last election. It was a shameful thing to watch.
I ask you this, can we not ... can we not conduct ourselves as people who have respect for other people? Can we not lead the way in behaving as if our children were here, watching us, every step of the way?
When we debate in the house, when we are on the hustings, when we are fighting for votes, we must remember that, despite the fact we do not respect the NDP's job that they've done or their record, they are people too.
Greg Selinger has two daughters, as do I. I will not ... I will not denigrate the man. [My emphasis added] ]But I will unhesitatingly go after his record on FACTS, on DATA, on RESEARCH.
We win that way.
(Brian Pallister, speaking to supporters - on or before June 13, 2012)Now, what data-driven, rock-solidly researched, factual charges has Pallister leveled against the NDP? Well, he's...
- Blamed the NDP for Manitoba's status as a half-not province by stating that Manitoba really is a "have" province with a "have-not" government. This, by the way, is pretty damn hard to prove or disprove and so approaches the "McFadyen may want to privatize Hydro" territory.
Rightwing Winnipeg Sun columnist Tom Brodbeck has called the Pallister talking point a "tired line", stating "We're definitely not a "have province". Brodbeck went on to state that "...I get that Pallister is just trying to borrow a page out of a banking commercial and give us the 'you’re richer than you think' treatment while taking a partisan shot at his political opponents."
- Wrote an article for the Winnipeg Sun that was styled as a "job evaluation" of "Greg S." (Pallister's cutesy and unnecessary abbreviation of Premier Greg Selinger's name). The op-ed OMITTED clear FACTS, like the global financial downtown and deficit-spending as part of a countercyclical fiscal policy. It seemed to insinuate that, rather than being largely the result of macroeconomic forces, that the deficit was mainly the fault of excessive spending by "Greg S". This claim certainly indicates sloppy research on team Pallister's part, given that most governments - including the federal CON gov't he left during the year of the financial meltdown - also experienced larger than usual deficits.
The op-ed also contains this indictment:
He ["Greg S."] is unwilling to accept personal responsibility and has a tendency to place blame elsewhere.Correct me if I'm wrong, but that sure as hell sounds like denigrating the man.
- Claimed that the NDP Government's announcement of 65 new daycare spaces in Whyte Ridge was "selfish politics". Surprisingly, aside from the fact that the announcement was made close to the Fort Whyte NDP nomination, no more facts, data, or research were presented by Pallister to corroborate this. Pallister's also re-worked ex-leader McFadyen's line about the NDP trying to "buy votes with people's own money". Surprisingly, little facts, data, and research were used to substantiate that this really was the party's intent (the party relied solely on the timing of the announcement). Insinuating is fun, eh?
|Budget deficit as a percentage of GDP in Selinger's|
Note the trans-Canada trend in higher deficits
for that period.
Obtained from Policy Note, who obtained the
graph from CIBC.
- Brian Pallister called the Sept. 4 by-election date for Fort Whyte "cynical" because he claims less people will show up in early September. Pallister insinuated - without presenting facts, data, or research - that lower voter turnout helps the NDP.
- Criticized the part of Bill C-33 (which certainly has some nasty sections) that changed the election timing.
The Selinger government wants to spare Manitobans the prospect of living through simultaneous federal and provincial election campaigns in the fall of 2015.
It introduced legislation Thursday to move the province's fixed election date. Rather than heading to the polls on Oct. 6, 2015, Manitobans would be voting for their next provincial government on April 19, 2016 -- 41/2 years into the NDP's mandate.
Government House Leader Jennifer Howard said the province will stick with the original October date if Ottawa backs away from plans to hold its election that fall. (The now-scheduled federal vote would be less than two weeks after the provincial one.) But so far, the Harper Tories haven't indicated they will budge from that timeline.
Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall's government has already passed similar legislation to avoid the conflict with the next federal election. Ontario, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island and the Northwest Territories are also in the same bind.
"They can't give themselves another six months in office," Pallister said. "They didn't run on that mandate." (my emphasis added)
But Howard said the move has nothing to do with extending the NDP's reign. "It's not unusual for a political party in Manitoba to have a 41/2-year term," she said. "This term will be 41/2 years. The last term was 41/2 years. The last two terms of the Filmon government was 41/2 years. It's not unusual."
("Bill would avoid election overlap" Larry Kusch (May 18, 2012). Winnipeg Free Press.)
|Former Royal Canadian Mint head|
David Dingwall, whose expenses
were the subject of parliamentary
As an MP, Pallister had these lines about
him & the questions for the
then Liberal gov't:
Mr. Speaker, we don't need no information
We're in charge of thought control
Fine wines with caviar in the back room
Hey Tories, leave those Grits alone
All in all, it's just another ding in the wall
Clearly not denigrating the man, eh?
Pallister later faced his own
Image Source: CBC
The Manitoba PC leader's record and current practice make it obviously clear that he's not above denigrating the person. Brian Pallister is all about taking the other side down, whether he's running as the anti-Dingwall/Liberal entitlement candidate (while taking advantage of generous entitlements of his own) or when running as "Not the NDP".
What this thoroughly regressive Conservative has always lacked is a broad-based positive vision to move Canada and Manitoba forward. It looks like he's going to sit back and just take swipes at the NDP while giving some Pollyanna talk about how he's going to "cut spending" without hurting services. This might just be enough to get him into the Premiership, though, especially if there's a second dip in the global economy before next election.
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