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Monday, October 23, 2006
Ferberize Garth Turner
In today's Sun, I offer my scholarly opinion that the best way to deal with Garth Turner is what Robert DeNiro's character in Meet the Fockers would suggest: Ferberize him.
Posted by Ezra Levant on October 23, 2006 | Permalink
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We don't need to Ferberize Turner. He has done it allllll himself!
Posted by: Lady | 2006-10-23 10:06:51 AM
Now that Garth Turner has been tossed out, who within the Conservative Party will champion the cause of income splitting?
Or are we going to be stuck with this blatantly unfair tax policy forever?
Posted by: TJ | 2006-10-23 10:11:16 AM
The gem in your story was buried deep.
Garth Turner was kicked out of the caucus for gossiping.
Yet, since gossip is the stock of trade for all media ... never let the facts stand in the way of a good story seems to be the rule, rather than the exception.
That, quite correctly, is the man bites dog angle here and shows pointedly the difference in values from both political and media culture perspectives.
On the philsophpical hierarchy: ideas, things and people ... it demonstrates the intellectual capacity of the MSM is more comfortable at the lowest level of human existence.
Posted by: Set you free | 2006-10-23 10:27:12 AM
I heard an interview with GT yesterday...he reminded me why I detest party politics.
Hey everybody,watch my mouth as I talk about what is best for Canada....ignore my actions which demonstrate I will actually do what is best for me.
He was creaming himself over the possibility the opposition parties want him...even the Green Party demonstrating that they consider numbers more important than character and integrity.
I do find it hilarious(if not somewhat scary) though,watching the absolute hatred that has developed between the left and right in the media and especially on political blogs.Regular Canadians on opposing'teams'completely blinded by partisanship,throwing insults and accusations,attacking opposing views....all the while,some MP's who are the officers at the frontlines of the war have no reservations about switching to the enemy if it will further their own ambitions.
And the reactions are sadly predictable...they are scum if they leave us,heroes if they join.The circumstances seem immaterial to most.
Save Canada....think and vote independant!
Posted by: Canadian Observer | 2006-10-23 10:50:37 AM
Some people get into politics, to make Canada a better place for all, while others get into politics, for their own selfish interests.
It is certain that for many people, their own selfish reasons and the interests of the nation overlap, whether the interests are selfish or nation's interests, usually remain foggy, meaning that most of the time, you cannot tell the difference.
In the case of GT though, he appears to have used this stint in politics for his own interests. More people know of him than ever before. His name has not only flashed across the nation's media, but also been taken note of in many other nations around the world. He will sell more books now, than ever before. He will make more money, after this whole thing blows over. And, what is more, he will always be able to say that he made his stand for the best interests of Canada, while making more money for each and every single word that he utters, than he ever could have imagined making had he not re-entered politics.
Had he wanted to be politics for more than a couple of years, and the splash sensation it created for him, what his peers felt would have been important to him. He would have had empathy for the responsibility and what his words did in relation to their position. It would have matterred very much, to him, what he said out of caucus. Fact is, their interests and the interests of the nation, were far from his interests, as all he could see was him, him, him, him, him....
Like a selfish lover, who can only service his own ends, he betrayed the hearts and confidences, of not only the causuc, but us all. The caucus, that which is built on human flesh, heart, and blood, after having put up with this abuse, for far too long as it was, did only what any abused people would, and for the best interests of the nation, tossed this betraying unstatley man out to where he belonged, where he could be free to puke his selfish interests out for everyone to hear, without stiking swords into the hearts and confidences of those he was suppossed to be working with.
GT had obviously done his cost benefit analysis, before he engaged in politics. He knew he would benefit. He knew it would cost him something. Yet in this matter, I am not sure he understood exactly what it would cost him, other than the economic currency.
I am left with the question, as to whether or not he truly understood the cost benefit, in relation to the nation's best interests, as had he, he would have never betrayed those of whom he was expected to be loyal to. For the nation, he cost alot. For the nation, we lost alot. In the end, he will make money; more money than before, which is good for him. As for the rest of us, and me myself, I will never be able to read any of his columns, without seeing first, what he is getting out of it, over me and the rest of Canadians, and second, what losses he caused, for me and the rest of Canadians, but most of all, what intangible loss he actually caused himself. And that one is more important than any of the others. It is the one that begins and ends with the overlap between personal and nation's interests, and has everything to do with the principle of being a whole person. In fact, it is the principle of being a whole person. It begins with the letter "i", and I will leave it for him to figure out. By the time he does, for him, it will be far far too late.
Posted by: Lady | 2006-10-23 11:26:16 AM
Ezra, one error: Garth didn't turn to his blog in frustration - he had been actively blabbing online since before the writ was even dropped last December.
One thing I've mentioned elsewhere that is certainly damning to Garth - after the election was over, he IMMEDIATELY removed all Conservative Party branding from his web site. He also picked a nasty public fight with Dr. McVety, which got him into trouble with constituents and party by exposing his virulent hatred of "social conservatives", and caused McVety to start a campaign to challenge Turner's nomination before the next election.
He was also waxing poetic about Elizabeth May for weeks before his suspension, as well as actively denigrating Rona Ambrose daily. This guy was asking for expulsion since day 1...not sure why, but I think he's got a screw loose. Too bad, too, because he was a hell of a campaigner!
Posted by: NCF TO | 2006-10-23 11:41:53 AM
What he did only makes sense from the view that he was never back in politics for anything but his own self interests, as I stated above. There is no other explaination, but that he wanted to have a reason to get out. Staying in would mean economic losses. Being a wold canon, would mean he would get publicity. He has done that, and so all he would need to do next, is quietly fade away into getting out of politics, and back into what he prefers doing, being the lone man who works by himself, with the stuff on the money.
Posted by: Lady | 2006-10-23 12:17:34 PM
Since Garth was one of the most vocal critics of David Emmerson, suggesting that Emmerson should resign his seat and run in a by-election for joining the Tories, do you think he will do the same before joining the Greens?!
No, I didn't think so either.
Posted by: John | 2006-10-23 3:17:28 PM
Garthy Garthy, was dressed all in green.
Garthy Garthy, was sent to the Queen.
The Queen did not like him,
nor did the King,
So Garthy Garthy was sent home again!
Posted by: Lady | 2006-10-23 6:55:37 PM
garfield the cat always talked like a wishy washy liberal. maybe he can be a wishy washy green party member who can count money
Posted by: john a. | 2006-10-23 8:49:59 PM
Too bad Taylor couldn't find some deleted comment on Turner's blog saying cruel things about Belinda Stronach...if he had, then the media and the left-wing blogosphere wouldn't be trying to keep Turner front page news for a week straight.
Posted by: Feynman and Coulter's Love Child | 2006-10-24 2:52:45 AM
Ezra- First, the title of your article made me laugh hard. Very funny. However, how much longer will you just stare into the abyss and cast stones? When will we see the another member of the media jump back into the federal political foray?
Posted by: ALIO | 2006-10-24 2:40:08 PM
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