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Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Ezra Levant confirms that he is a volunteer in the Conservative war room
Ezra confirms he's volunteering with the Conservatives:
"I'm working as a volunteer in the Conservative campaign out in Ottawa. That won't come as a surprise to folks who have seen me on CTV as a Conservative strategist for the past year (actually, on and off for eight years now). Participating in election campaigns is something I've done since I was a student -- usually as a volunteer, sometimes as a political staffer, and occasionally as a political editorial writer.
My duties are varied -- a bit of everything. Today, for example, that included doing a TV panel and getting hamburgers for the war room (an army travels on its stomach!)
That's about it for now. I'm sure I'll return to blogging and other non-partisan work once my duties here are completed."
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It strikes me as odd that someone who is being "attacked" by the HRC's of Canada (a government agency) would go to work for the very people that are letting the attck on civil liberty continue unabated.
Could it be that he is trying to change things from the inside?
Apparently politics really does make for strange bedfellows.
Posted by: JC | 2008-09-09 7:34:19 PM
Given the CPC position on HRC I am not at all suprised the Ezra is working for the party. This is exactly how the political process should work, you volunteer and support a party that shares your beliefs in hopes that your efforts reward you simply because the party gets elected and is allowed to fulfill it's mandate.
There is no surprise here at all and I applaud Ezra for being involved in the greatest political experience in Canada - a federal election.
If people got to know that Conservatives are people LIKE Ezra they wouldn't be so prone to displays of ignorance such as questioning his motives here or wondering about the scary conservative agenda.
Please remember it is okay not to be a liberal and that conservatism was never listed as a sin.
Posted by: PH | 2008-09-09 7:40:55 PM
The "conservative" party of Canada is an intervenor with the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC)against FREE SPEECH and Mr. Levant is "volunteering" for them!!! Here are the intervenors:
“The Attorney General of Canada, the Canadian Human Rights Commission, the Canadian Jewish Congress, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre and B'nai Brith Canada will be intervening in the Lemire case in support of Section 13, arguing that it is a reasonable restriction on freedom of speech.”
Maybe we can look forward to Ezra bringing up the FREE SPEECH issue the next time he is on TV defending the "conservatives." Especially as Mr. Harper is on record as saying this:
"Human rights commissions, as they are evolving, are an attack on our fundamental freedoms and the basic existence of a democratic society," says Stephen Harper, president of the National Citizens' Coalition. "It is in fact totalitarianism. I find this is very scary stuff." ( B.C. Report, magazine article by Terry O’Neill
Posted by: Stephen J. Gray | 2008-09-09 8:41:26 PM
I'm not in any way against "c"onservatives. Its the Neo Cons that P**s me off. They are in no way small c conservatives...I see them as Globalists.
Posted by: JC | 2008-09-09 9:09:44 PM
PH writes: "This is exactly how the political process should work, you volunteer and support a party that shares your beliefs..."
Ezra has written numerous columns defending "free speech." Therefore, one would think his "beliefs" are being attacked by the very "conservatives" he is "volunteering" for. After all, they are intervenors along with the CHRC against FREE SPEECH. I sure hope this becomes an election issue. Thinking people are fed up with these Red Tories masquerading as Conservatives
Posted by: Stephen J. Gray | 2008-09-09 9:22:23 PM
PH writes: This is exactly how the political process should work, you volunteer and support a party that shares your beliefs..."
Ezra has written numerous articles defending free speech. Now his "beliefs" are undermined by the "conservative" party that is an intervenor against free speech. How is this "a party that shares your beliefs?"
Posted by: Stephen J. Gray | 2008-09-09 9:29:47 PM
Oh this is good really good. Ezra attacks the CPC and then goes to work for them?
Perhaps if he does enough burger runs they make him a Parlimentary aid in the Govt LOL
This is indeed priceless.
Posted by: Merle | 2008-09-09 9:49:43 PM
This is so sad - Ezra has joined the enemy camp. Heil Harper! When do the book burnings start?
Posted by: Faramir | 2008-09-09 11:50:24 PM
We will have to wait and see if the HRCs (federal and provincial as they are tied at the hips) will become an election issue.
Ezra was the point man on this issue and with his blog no longer active, it remains to be seen which, if any, other blog(s) replace it. The media certainly will not touch this issue nor are the federal conservatives likely to either. Let's see how many of the Alberta PC candidates take part in open, all party forums.
Albertans are far to naive about giving the PC party a free ride. The PCs federally are seeking a blank cheque - as did the AB PCs in the last provincial election.
The latter got what they wanted - an overwhelming majority - and what has happened since within the judiciary in terms of sentencing, changes within the AB HRC to reduce the draconian institution that it has become, and taking strong stands on Official Bilingualism/Official Multiculturalism (rather than caving as was done during the Klein years), etc.
At least one provincial PC candidate (incumbent), and probably many others as well, made it known that they would not show up for an open all party forum during the campaign. Dave Rodney (Calgary Lougheed) apparently cited being "to busy" as his reason. Consequently no forum occurred as it would have been pointless. And there are those who wonder why voters are staying away in droves.
The federal PCs are seeking the same blank cheque. Give me a majority and then watch me roar. If you believe this along with seeking incremental change from the inside is going to work - then you may well find yourself disappointed during the next mandate.
For example, any changes that may come as regards HRCs will be much more a result of people working on the outside of government - getting blogosphere attention and then grudgingly getting some attention in the MSM. The bright light is no longer shining and this probably means token or zero change will occur. Sad, really.
With Ezra's blog inactive - no doubt the feds are very happy as this was becoming a rather big thorn in their world.
Such was the case while Bill S-3 (Amendment to the Official Languages Act) was making its way through the Senate, then the House, and finally being passed into law a few days before the last federal election - thanks to the Western MPs keeping totally silent that this one was in process and then being a part of all party approval to get it signed into law.
Result. A $54 traffic ticket was recently negated because it was not written in French and the recipient of the ticket was not given a hearing in French. In the process, the Judge quashed the Alberta Languages Act which deems English as the official language in Alberta. The provincial government has yet to make public what, if anything, it is going to do about this.
The amendment (S-3) that was given all party approval while the Harper opposition was sitting in 2005 has resulted in basically setting the stage for Official Bilingualism in Alberta. Central Canada is laughing - they got what they wanted and something no Liberal government would have been able to achieve on its own in these days of minority rule. This is now entrenched in law and will never be repealed no matter which government is in power federally.
This could well be construed as completing a part of the "hidden agenda". A huge decision that was made basically with little public forewarning, zero public debate, muzzling of Western MPs and it will be a negative enduring legacy for your children and grandchildren to deal with.
Posted by: Calgary Clippper | 2008-09-10 3:52:39 AM
Calgary Clipper - on the case of the Alberta Languages Act, I must say I blame it also on the lack of courage by our provincial leaders. Why do none of them have the guts to use the not withstanding clause? Quebec did so to protect its language laws. I certainly agree that the whole OL Act needs to be repealed, but until then we need more courage from our provincial leaders.
As for Ezra providing assistance he is free to make his own decisions and I shall not try to second guess him. He has proved that he is not lacking in intelligence, courage or ability. Furthermore his blog confirms he is no hypocrite and is willing to speak the truth.
Posted by: Alain | 2008-09-10 10:00:10 AM
Really sad Ezra!
Posted by: JP | 2008-09-10 10:37:06 AM
...please tell me Ezra is going change the ads the CPC is using!
Posted by: tomax7 | 2008-09-10 10:07:22 PM
Well done Ezra...now there will be some positive influence on the PM as I personally believe he has been poorly briefed on many of the issues especially that related to the CHRC fiasco.
Many politicos are so risk adversive they hide information and bad news from the Boss. I have followed your Blog for quite some time and if anyone deserves an "Order of Canada" - you do!
Being "the most annoying canadian" Mercer has met is a badge in your favour and there are many of us out here and there throwing our support behind you and Harper.
Posted by: The LS from SK | 2008-09-11 6:41:50 AM
Ezra was harassed by the AHRC for two years and is currently dealing with asorted SLAPP's. I have donated to his defence fund as I have for freedominion.
The freedominion folks, Mark and Connie Fournier, had been harassed by the CHRC for about a year before the complaint was suddenly dropped by the complainant. Like Ezra, (and SMD and FFF) they have bee hit with assorted SLAPP's. This sort of harassment can fray people's nerves over time. If the Fournier's seemed to have reacted negatively, to Ezra helping the CPC, I can understand.
I will trust Ezra's judgement at this time. To paraphrase PMSH, if the hedious Section 13 is finally scrapped or neutered, my esteem for Ezra will rise. If nothing changes, my esteem for Ezra will fall.
Posted by: dave | 2008-09-11 1:09:45 PM
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