Plague Update: Cons Spin The Blame Bottle — Lands On Selves

You read this PPE shame before on my blog, but it was brought up in a mailing by local Conservative MP M. Kram.

  • “Never-Ending Blunders – Tons of PPE from National Stockpile destroyed”

Now, here are the facts:

CBC News reported Wednesday that last year (2019), the government of Canada threw out two million N95 masks and 440,000 medical gloves when it shut down an emergency stockpile warehouse in Regina.

A spokesperson for the Public Health Agency of Canada, which oversees the stockpile, said in an email that the masks and gloves had been purchased in 2009 and “had passed the limit of five years for their use, as recommended by the manufacturer.” The masks expired in 2014.”

If you can remember 7 years ago, Stephen Harper was Prime Minister, and his government didn’t replace the masks which would have then expired 5 years later in the stockpile while Justin Trudeau was Prime Minister. Would they have thrown out freshly expired masks in 2019, instead of 5-year expired ones? Who knows? As it stands, each PM shares some blame for having Health Ministers not on top of emergency preparedness. So, why does Kram mail out a Liberal criticism list that mostly applies to his party as well?

Kram’s propaganda

“Failed to fund domestic vaccine production facilities”

How did Canada lose such a national gem? In 1984, Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, the greatest “privatizer” of our time, sold off Connaught Laboratories in two public issues, and it has since been resold, merged, side-swiped and wasted away to next to nothing. Said Liberal MP Jim Peterson at the time: “No industrialized country … would permit the takeover of its leading biotechnology firm.””

Meanwhile, the Saskatchewan Conservative Premier is in favour of locking up northern Saskatchewanians in their half of the province, but not locking out Albertan plague rats.

“Premier Scott Moe says Saskatchewan is not planning to install checkpoints at provincial borders, a move the NDP says the province should put in place to monitor who is coming and going.

Alberta has reported 659 new cases of COVID-19 over the last three days, while Saskatchewan has reported 24 over the same period.

On Thursday, Moe announced further restrictions regarding northern travel.

The public health order restricts all non-critical travel in and out of the Northern Saskatchewan Administrative District (NSAD), which covers nearly half of the province but has a low population relative to the rest of Saskatchewan.”

If it can be done for northern Sask, it can be done inter-provincially too!

In its latest COVID-19 update to physicians on Thursday, the Saskatchewan Health Authority reported that “uncontrolled intra- and inter-provincial travels is driving ongoing transmission and [facilitating] the speed of variant spread.”” –CBC

Geeze, it’d help if our Premier wasn’t a raging lunatic, hell bent on ignoring medical scientific advice, and just letting people (who aren’t northern Saskatchewanians) go where ever they please even if they *cough cough*, don’t feel well.

  • “Wasted millions on a feel-good “pandemic postcard” program”

It’s really effing ironic to be reading that from a tax-payer funded propaganda sheet with a printed cut-out postcard next to it, as Kram uses Canada Post on your dime to collect data for his insane party of hypocrites.

Conservatives Reject Reality

Sucks to be a country where the Official Opposition party rejects longstanding science that a grade school kid can understand. For ideological and economic reasons, the Conservative Party of Canada won’t accept that air pollution is bad. They won’t even accept that it’s air pollution, instead, the veg-heads erroneously call excess carbon dioxide from fossil fuel combustion “plant food”. And this is the party that was in charge of Canada between 2006 and 2015. Horrible.

Conservative Party members reject policy to recognize that ‘climate change is real’

On Saturday, Conservative Party delegates voted by a margin of 54% to 46% to reject a policy that would add the statement “climate change is real” to the party’s policy book, and recognize that “Canadian businesses classified as highly polluting need to take more responsibility.” The vote came just hours after Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole told delegates that the party “cannot ignore the reality of climate change.””

With how terrible the Conservatives are, the Liberals’ lacklustre, and even bad, management of the climate crisis has been getting a pass. Should Trudeau’s minority government fall during the pandemic, there’s a chance that the anti-science, racist CPC could come to power again, so I get why partisan Liberals are nervous. It’s not like there’s anything concrete for them to point to 5 years into their mandate to do far more, when their hero bought a pipeline, and has yet to build a solar or other renewable power grid where Canada still pollutes with coal burning. Emissions are up, not down.

And the carbon tax fight the ridiculously Conservative SK Government is leading the charge in, goes to the Supreme Court next week. Will the top court side with the stupid people who don’t care if the world burns?

Prime Minister Furious At Himself

Canada’s bonehead Prime Minister, in an effort to look more like Boris Johnson, has turned up in an old photo sporting a culturally inappropriate turban costume while wearing what is now, finally widely recognized as racist, blackface makeup.

This latest photo is not to be confused with the one manufactured by the Conservative Party to characterize the PM as a brown person shutting down oil production in Alberta.

The Right Honourable guy has a tattoo of First Nations imagery on his shoulder, I’m pretty sure he must have a whole closest stuffed full of inappropriate cultural appropriation. If Canadians come to their senses before polling day, they can elect a PM who wears a turban appropriately, or one who stands shoulder to shoulder with First Nations people as they’re arrested for defending unceded territory from invading oil companies.

Conservative Racist Propaganda Is Beyond The Pale

CPC Racists are at work in Andrew Scheer’s Photoshop department. Why does the CPC still have any support from good Canadians?

Here’s what Doug Ford and Scott Shmoe’s federal party posted today about our Prime Minister:

If we don’t phase out most of the world’s oil and gas sector by 2030, the world’s scientists expect we won’t survive past 2040.

Disliking Liberals vs Disliking Conservatives

Christopher Bird explains what it’s like to be a reasonable Canadian observing Canadian political struggles of the largest 2 parties in their efforts to govern:

I don’t particularly like Justin Trudeau – he showed some promise but has been a massive disappointment on multiple levels – but he is, when you get down to brass tacks, a bog-standard centrist politician. He’s a white dude with some policy chops who embodies the Liberal Party ethos of “we are the natural governing party,” which means A) they care about getting the policy right (for their value of “right” which, for example, doesn’t entirely coincide with mine) more often than not B) but it’s not out of any sense of altruism or compassion, but rather because doing government right means you stay in power and that’s where every Liberal believes they deserve to be.

That said: there is a massive ocean between my dislike of Justin and the Canadian right’s dislike of Justin, which is this weirdly *animated* thing. It is performative and it is active and it is virulent and it is spiteful in a way that honestly doesn’t come close to my dislike of, say, Doug Ford, because when someone asks me why I dislike Doug Ford I have an actual list of Bad Things Doug Ford Has Done; without the list he would just be another dumb, loud conservative, and there are simply too many of those to hate him for being one.

Trudeau Dodges and Weaves in Regina

 

 


#YQRtownhall
-A woman who has heard Conservative lies and believed them said he should be hung. He still answered her 3 hoaxes.
-A student who wanted to pin him down on his criticism of boom-bust towns and their infamous abuse of women, when apparently she finds the oil industry and all the people around it entirely delightful.
-A woman expressing solidarity with First Nations opposed to pipelines that will poison their land, water, and air, and put the PM in his place for dodging answering too.

Face Of Evil

And yet we have Agents of Destruction running Ontario and Saskatchewan, leaders who are hell bent on protecting the corporate elite who think it’s fine to build a pipeline for the tarsands. Hell, even our supposedly moderate Prime Minister and Climate Change Ministers both think that building a fucking pipeline in 2018, unusable in only half the time to a 2040 DEADline, isn’t wasting human labour, wasting time, and stranding assets underground.

If you aren’t developing a plan for yourself, and your place of work to be carbon neutral by 2030, you’re not helping enough. You’re failing yourself, and failing your children. Standing up to the useless, evil, cowards running our economies into the ground, would be a good starting point.

Nathan Cullen’s Electoral Reform tour stop in Regina