Stackhouse Soapbox - Trudeau gets an easier pass

While it would be a sin to suggest Canadian media outlets are as biased as those in the United States, there is no doubt Justin Trudeau and the Liberals are favored and get a much easier ride than Andrew Scheer and the Conservatives. 

There is a shopping list of Trudeau blunders, lies, inconsistencies, and abuses of power. Yet, other than one token question per topic, the media lets him off the hook. Scheer gets no such consideration.

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So, while the media has been pounding away on Scheer for his anti-abortion comments and opposition to same sex marriage comments from 2005; there has been next to no mention whatsover about Trudeau’s anti-abortion comments. I will bet most people reading this article are totally unaware that he is on the record as being Pro-Life. In 2011, Trudeau was upset that a Conservative MP would question his Catholic faith, to which he added, ‘he is personally very opposed to abortion, but still believes nobody can tell a woman what she should do with her body.’  So, in essence, he’s of the exact same frame of mind as Scheer on this. Yet, only one of the federal Party leaders is facing scrutiny. The matter is also one that has been decided long ago and is Canadian Law. It needs to be let go by the media and recognized for what it is, a ploy by the Liberals to distract from their disastrous four year term as federal government.

On the LGBTQ situation, the shift has gone from Scheer not believing these folks have the same rights as everyone else to Scheer having some sort of a hidden agenda, to which I’m not even sure what they are scared he’s going to do. As a reminder, the Conservatives have 4-5 candidates in the upcoming election who are openly homosexual and John Baird, who served as a Lieutenant in Stephen Harper’s government, was a well known defender of the rights of the LGBTQ. In fact, I’m shocked this has never been brought up by Conservatives themselves because Baird actually followed through on actions to help improve the quality of life for people as opposed to Trudeau and his minions showing up at parades and shaking hands, which does nothing in the grand scheme of things other than prove how fake he is by using those in the gay community as props.

Here’s another example that causes me suspicion:  a simple Google search of ‘Canadian Prime Ministers’ turns up a scrolling list of images to which Stephen Harper is last. I followed a Twitter exchange as to the reasoning of this and a Google representative says the order is based on people looking at web content, which is to say Harper (recently named the best Canadian Prime Minister in the last 50 years), is searched on Google less than John Sparrow, who was Prime Minister from 1892-94. When pressed further, the Google rep admitted they could do a better job but that no skull duggery is intended. Yet, as recently as 2016, there was a Global News report about the Liberals asking Google 51 times to delete Harper-era web pages in their search results. Are we sure the dictatorship we feared having under Harper isn’t already entrenched under Trudeau?

To finish up on Trudeau this week, doesn’t it say something when his dad changed his will to withhold giving any of the family fortune to Justin until he turned 45? Maybe Dad knew a little something about his spoiled son.

I was in Edmonton over the weekend and was in search of a washroom, to which two service stations in a row declared their facilities as ‘out of order’. Clever. I don’t believe for a minute two gas stations in a row had faulty washrooms, but I do believe neither of them want the public coming in off the street to use them and then leave without buying anything so that’s one way around it. I should point out, I always buy something and feel guilty about using a public washroom for ‘free’.

Sportsnet has axed Nick Kypreos, Doug MacLean, and John Shannon as they try to stop the financial bleeding from their terrible NHL broadcasting contract, which has cost them $5.2-billion over the course of 12-years.  Obscene money and an amount they can’t afford, but that should not be the viewer’s problem. We still aren’t entirely sure whether or not Don Cherry will be back this season, although it is appearing as though he’s going to get one last year.  When we start watching hockey next month, your television host will be Ron MacLean. You should get expert opinions from Elliotte Friedman and then any other talking head who isn’t a former NHL player or manager will be a total waste of airtime. I recall when the NHL TV contract was awarded, there was widespread speculation that the well-respected Bob MacKenzie and his desk partner, Darren Dreger, would jump ship so that they could continue to work for an NHL rights holder. Instead, I’m guessing MacKenzie and Dreger knew this day would come and they’d be on the chopping block and looking for work. As it is, TSN has continued to be superior to Sportsnet in its credible NHL coverage and I don’t think they’ve had to let anyone go. It won’t surprise me that if we see an amalgamation of the two networks at some point. The pie isn’t big enough for two.

Nice person mentions:  Scott McOuat, Tracy Turner, Anthony Aspaas, Nancy Oremba, and Kaci Denesowych.

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