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Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Best line of the day...

...goes to Scott Surgenor, a commenter on this site, who called Belinda Stronach the Paris Hilton of Canadian politics.

Posted by Ezra Levant on May 17, 2005 | Permalink

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Comments

If the Libranos do not yet have a Theme Song, may I suggest the ditty from the musical, " Oliver" --
"You've Got to Pick a Pocket or Two".

J.W. Husband

Posted by: James Husband | 2005-05-17 10:58:56 AM


Sweet line. The Heiress hoes.

Posted by: Warwick | 2005-05-17 11:02:03 AM


Well, we have now seen both of them screwing people, on video. But, in fairness, I think the comparison is an insult to Paris Hilton who has actually earned her celebrity status independently instead of just spending her father's money.

It was Frank that paid for Belinda's career at Magna, in the Tories, and you can bet it was he who helped seal the deal with the Grits. (Paris is way cuter, too)

Posted by: Kevin Libin | 2005-05-17 11:16:26 AM


So clever. It's not as though anyone was saying it 16 months ago. Whoops!--
http://www.colbycosh.com/old/january04.html#slpi

Posted by: Colby Cosh | 2005-05-17 11:21:43 AM


Ezra, appreciate your comments on this:

"Ah yes, once again we see some of the red Tories (or so they call them) from Ontario trying to tell Western Canada what is best for them.

What an irony it is that they call the Conservatives the party of non-inclusiveness yet they seem to think we should all belong to the ideals of big fat government and corruption or we are not fit to be Canadian.

I think the Liberals and a lot of the Ontarians are taking the West a little non-chalantly this time around and if Martin survives this, we could see a real push for a Western State sooner than later.

You know now that I think back through my life in this country all I have been fed is how great Canada is and how evil anyone is that would want to break a country apart. Who the hell says that this version of Canada is the best, except of course the Liberals who owe their jobs and envelopes of cash to Canada.

Its time that we had our own political system, our own control over our social policies, and our own separate state. We are as much different than Easterners as Quebec is of the rest of Canada.

Funny, the government had no problem sitting back and watching the break up of the Soviet 'union into independent states and Yugoslavia, but in Canada it is unheard of to have a separate state that is joined by economic ties only. We need a separate social agenda as we are separated socially from the East."

Posted by: jetson | 2005-05-17 11:49:11 AM


A few thoughts that came immediately to mind on hearing the news:

Stronach’s Conservative backers - Harris, Davis, Mulroney (Stronach/Magna sycophants all). I hope they’re proud. We know her father, Frank, is a prominent Liberal backer - making her candidacy for Conservative leadership highly suspect from the beginning. It would be interesting to know what role Frank had in brokering Belinda’s defection.

Machiavellian moves of the first order. How does an ambitious dilettante coming from nowhere (but with big bucks) gain nationwide political prominence? Backed by Tory big-shots in her father’s pocket she runs for the Tory leadership. Defection to the top ranks of the Liberal party, caucus and cabinet is an easy way towards a move on leadership of the Liberal Party where she stands a much better chance of becoming PM. I think she’ll flop but she certainly doesn’t and hasn’t much to lose (except her soul - assuming she ever had one).

Keith Martin, Brison and now Stronach - all one-time Alliance or Conservative LEADERSHIP candidates defecting to the Librano$. PERHAPS it’s a compliment to Conservatives’ judgement that none won the contest.

Colby Cosh said of Belinda’s reception by Conservatives: “Instead they allowed her to be greeted as Margaret Thatcher in the corporeal form of a porn star.” I’d add only one small correction to this - amend “porn star” to read “homely porn star”.

Posted by: JR | 2005-05-17 12:07:55 PM


Any guesses as to how many dart boards across Canada have a photo of Belinda Stronach pinned to them?

Posted by: Bill | 2005-05-17 12:25:33 PM


Hey Colby...maybe if you spent a little more time writing about Canadian politics and less on the international chess scene and Star Trek, we'd be more apt to recall your contribution to the dialogue. ;)

Posted by: GMO | 2005-05-17 12:46:41 PM


Re: "...goes to Scott Surgenor, a commenter on this site, who called Belinda Stronach the Paris Hilton of Canadian politics."

Being a little unfair to Paris are we? Belinda and Paris are opposites - Paris is easy but not cheap to buy; Belinda is cheap to buy but not easy.

Posted by: John B | 2005-05-17 1:17:42 PM


Belinda Stronach as Paris Hilton:

"Like, the Liberals got to like, you know, keep that like, Sponsorship money? THAT'S HOT!"

Posted by: Grumpy Young Crank | 2005-05-17 1:48:23 PM


"Keith Martin, Brison and now Stronach - all one-time Alliance or Conservative LEADERSHIP candidates defecting to the Librano$. PERHAPS it’s a compliment to Conservatives’ judgement that none won the contest."

JR:

You forgot to add Joe "Sausagehead" Peschisolido.

Posted by: Grumpy Young Crank | 2005-05-17 2:28:02 PM


Actually, I think there's more of a resemblance (shudder) to HRC, the great Democratic hope - yet another insight into Slick Willy's proclivities none of us needed to know about.

Posted by: firewalls 'r us | 2005-05-17 2:35:47 PM


remember Tony Clement's line "She's Paul Martin in a cocktail dress!"

Truer words were never spoken

Posted by: Smok Wawelski | 2005-05-17 3:19:13 PM


Until now, I had hoped that Belinda would lead to a little more of a socially progressive Conservative Party. Chock that up to how to shoot one's career in the foot. No one will trust her to lead a party, and as a Liberal, she will quickly fate to obscurity.

Still doesn't look bad in a skirt though.

Posted by: Phil | 2005-05-17 4:53:31 PM


"If the Libranos do not yet have a Theme Song"

The campaign theme in 2000 for the Liberals, and you can't make this sort of thing up, was "Put Your Hands Up in the Air".

But, seriously, the Librano thing is getting a bit boring.

Posted by: donald | 2005-05-17 4:57:31 PM


Bill wrote:

"Any guesses as to how many dart boards across Canada have a photo of Belinda Stronach pinned to them?"

Haven't added her to my dartboard yet, but she's peering over Dither's shoulder in my "Libranos" poster even as I type.

Posted by: Cdnculturewars | 2005-05-17 5:10:38 PM


Scott is right on. So is Bill, Colby's stuff on the domestic front has been lacking. Although he did follow up his Star Trek Story with the Newsweek thing. Both items were Asper-family approved I'm sure.

btw: Anyone catch David Asper's Earnscliffe talking points disguised as a column in today's post? It had the usual hits:
- Let Gomery finish his work (not directed at Chretien).
- Desperate for power Harper "forced" the Liberals to join with Buzz and turn on the money tap.
- Canadians don't want an expensive election: He didn't mention how many people wanted the last 3 elections??
- here's my fav "Parliament might be moving forward on the expansive agenda offered in last year's throne speech". I'm sure he was able to copy and paste that one directly from Earnscliffe.
finishes off with the "scary card". Something about BC pro-lifers.

So with a boss writing fake-columns to save Liberal ad space, maybe that explains Colby's Trekkie stories.

Posted by: Brian | 2005-05-19 11:44:26 AM


I hear Paris Hilton is really sluty, just like the former Conservative Party of Canada elected official.
Yay for me I'm so witty.

Steven Harper is just like...wait nobody is as boring as that. Perhaps Eore?

Posted by: Winston | 2005-05-19 12:01:58 PM


I read posted on Eblogs that if Belinda Stronach is Paris Hilton then Stephen Harper is the Jennifer Aniston of Canadian politics, crying where's Brad from every supermarket tabloid headline.

I guess that makes Martin Jolie.

Made me laugh.

-- Steph

Posted by: Steph | 2005-05-19 12:16:54 PM


Say whatever you want about the liberals, but you have to admit, they seem to have a better understanding of the Canadian people. Stephen Harper and his motley crew has come down on the wrong side of every issue affecting the people of Canada over the course of the past year. I do not understand how he manages to get it wrong every time. Does he not understand that he needs to be elected one vote at a time? Belinda may very well be the Paris Hylton of Canadian politics, but she sure can recognize a wiining hand when she sees one. Too bad there is not a school for winning political ways. Mr. Harper could surely use a crash course.

Timar

Posted by: Timar | 2005-07-24 5:29:59 PM



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