Friday, October 29, 2010

Liberal Media Getting Frustrated With Iffy Flip Flops?

It hasn't been a very good week for the liberal media in this country.  Tuesday morning the liberal media woke up to a conservative Mayor in Toronto. That's not supposed to happen you know especially in lefty latte sipping Toronto.  A couple of polls come out  with the federal Conservative party surging ahead with their dear Liberal party either dropping or stagnate.  Then you have Iffy virtually kill one of his own members bill on clamping down on Canadian mining activities in foreign countries.  Heck, he didn't even show up himself. Doesn't do much for his credibility now does it?
Rumours swirled in advance of the vote, with some reports suggesting that Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff — who has spoken out against McKay's bill — had ordered party whip Marcel Proulx to tell caucus members not to attend the contentious vote, or to stay away if they planned on voting no. However, Opposition House Leader David McGuinty said he hoped the bill would pass.
Ignatieff told reporters that while he does not support the bill, he favours its principles.
"This is a private member's bill. I've made my reservations about the bill known for months, but I think it sends a very important message about corporate social responsibility," said Ignatieff, who did not vote on McKay's bill.

 Now the  media seems frustrated with Iffy.  No one really knows where he or the party really stands on this mining bill or other issues for that matter.  So yesterday  Liberal cheerleader, Jane Taber wrote a column scolding Iffy. She rarely does that. She always bashes Conservatives so this was a real change for her. In fact The Iceman has a great post on that.

Today the Toronto Star's editorial   also not happy with Iffy.
Where exactly does Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff stand on efforts to ensure that Canada’s mining, oil and gas firms behave ethically abroad? Liberal John McKay’s private member’s bill to hold companies to a higher standard overseas was shot down in a vote in the House of Commons on Wednesday, thanks to only tepid support from McKay’s caucus colleagues. Thirteen Liberals, including Ignatieff, (who has voiced “reservations” about the bill for months) did not turn out to support it. That sealed its fate.
It also left observers scratching their heads. After the vote, Ignatieff issued a vague statement saying he “remains committed” to bolstering corporate social responsibility by adopting voluntary reforms — agreed to in 2007 — that the Tories have failed to implement fully. Industry critics, however, contend that voluntary reforms are not sufficient to prevent abuses.
Where does Iffy really stand on anything?  I think he's trying out dither Mr. Dithers, former PM Paul Martin.

So what does that tell you?  The Liberal cheerleaders are clearly frustrated.  That can't be good for Iffy. 
They had touted him as a savior of the Liberals. He was so intelligent. . He would bring Liberals back to where they so rightly belong, at the public trough.  He'd beat the crap out PM Harper.  He's not doing that. Iffy is just not making a hit with the public even after the Liberal Express Magical Bus tour and now with the open mike stuff. There is no Iffymania with all their help conjuring up all those faux scandals on the Conservatives, Iffy is not making any head way. Every time Iffy makes these stupid moves, the more Canadians see that he's not what the media had touted him to be. It's making his cheerleaders lose their credibility and look foolish even though I think they lost their credibility years ago. 

 The libluving media are singing the blues these days and if you are  a Liberal politician you don't want to disappoint your them, they can turn on you.  Their patience only lasts so long.


  1. Iffy is very selective on what issues he thinks should be 'voluntary', eh.
    Mandatory census for Canadians,
    voluntary human rights for Canadian companies.
    What a fraud.

    Iffy is already in deep caucau with corporate Canada, with his promised killing of corp tax cuts AND killing the F35 contracts AND a moritorium on the oilsands projects, pending enviro review.

    Iffy is a job killing disaster.
    Donolo is trying to recapture 1993, 17 years later.

    It's not a winning strategy with a united right in a post 9/11 era, on the heels of a global economic meltdown.

  2. Donolo is trying to recapture 1993, 17 years later.It's not a winning strategy with a united right in a post 9/11 era, on the heels of a global economic meltdown.

    I think you're exactly right,wilson,it's not a winning strategy. Times have changed and Iffy is no Jean Chretien. PM Harper is no Kim Campbell.

  3. Agreed: It just takes some no-count-talent a little longer to realize this.
    You can't fix "Stupid."

    E Mac

  4. Strolled thru Liblogs today, this post got me thinking frmgrl,
    just what did the LPC stand for in the Chretien years?:

    Chretien ruled for 13 years, with 3 majorities, and easily could have passed legislation on Cdn companies and human rights abuses.

    In fact, everything the Libs are bitching and moaning about, was in their power to do/fix, with 13 years and majority govts, not to mention 6 back to back surplus'.
    Everything from bringing home Khadr, Kyoto, Helicopter contracts, to National Daycare.

    Now from the opposition benches, they squeal, lead by the the #2 pick from the B team,
    as they thump the 1993 drum.

  5. The media upset with Ignatieff? what's the deal here. I think Ignatieff is doing his own thing just as Jean Chretien when he prorogued parliament so that he nor the public will hear what Sheila Fraser had to say on his expenditure etc. So, why not Ignatieff take time off of his duties; he knows that the media has no choice but to support him even though they don't want too-too bad- they kept their trap shut for thirteen years why not a few more months.

    Had Mr. Smithersman won the mayor election, the media will 'NOT' be complaining about Ignatieff.

    Also, Ignatieff is working for the Coalition parties as well.

  6. 'NDP wants foreign-takeover rules rewritten'

    Curiously when the Dippers had the LPC in the palm of their hand,
    these rules weren't re-written.
    The LPC NEVER turned down a take over, 100% approval.

    So where were the Dippers and their coalition partner on these rules then?

  7. Wilson,you're sure hitting them out of ballpark today! You are right on.

  8. Had Mr. Smithersman won the mayor election, the media will 'NOT' be complaining about Ignatieff.

    Also, Ignatieff is working for the Coalition parties as well.

    Exactly! They're just steamed that a conservative of all people is now the mayor of Toronto instead of their beloved Liberal.
    Yeah,Iffy does seem to be working well with his coalition partners now that you mention it.

  9. I hope you do not take this the wrong way but.. Is it not the responsibility of the countries these mining companies are in to govern these operations. It is bad enough how the Libs and NDP want to control our lives here at home, now they want to govern what happens in foreign countries? I do not want anything bad or unfair to fall on anyone but to me it is incredulous that these socialist blow hards now want to control what happens world wide.

  10. O/T, since the media (including Taber)are making sure that PM Stephen Harper visits on crucial matters both outside and inside canada are not seen nor heard by the public. The public has no idea where the PM has gone-a dirty and deliberate trick by the corrupt socialist communist media.

    In fact, yesterday in the news on the suspicious pks on the airplane was seen a lot not only that the media's own President Obama was seen heard and repeated not only that, Gibbs was shown answering questions. Yet the PM was in UKRAINE and nothing.
    BTW, why in hell are the C/media so dam concern about the suspicious pks- I thought that they love terrorists.

    So, here is the website where photos of PM in UKRAINE to show the public: Enjoy.

  11. Jen,I know. It's frustrating to even think that our own media is hiding our PM from us. We are relegated to the internet or foreign media. It's like they're ashamed to show the positive stuff. All they do is show the all negative about the PM and his government to try to turn the public against this PM. Pathetic!
    I hope one day Senator Mike Duffy writes a book about all the corruption that goes on in the media. I bet he has a story to tell.

    I hope SunTV will be better at that.


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