• http://www.wernerpatels.com Werner Patels

    Well, as you know, there are two standards in Canada — one for the Liberals, and one for everyone else.

    They can do whatever they falsely accuse others of doing — and get away with it (at least until now). I think it's time to turn the tables on them.

    Although in this case, there is reason to cheer, because of Obama's win on November 4. I voted Harper in Canada, but I'd vote Obama south of the border, hands down.

  • morgan

    What's new in the hypocrisy dept.?

    Look at the hoopla that was generated as a result of the so-called NAFTAgate issue. Alarm bells went off, with MSM “concerned” with what kind of relationship Canada would have with Obama and the Democrats running the White House. But Dion and the Liberals could take all kinds of swipes at McCain, mock Republicans… anything went – American bastards, morons, etc. No such fuss is made though when it's a Republican presidency and a Liberal-led Canadian gov't, referring to them as bastards and morons, only when it's a Democrat president and a Conservative gov't north of the border that they raise their “concerns”.

    No one ever asked Dion in the election, “What if McCain becomes president? Taking into account all the jabs at him and Republicans, what kind of relationship would a Dion-led gov't have with a McCain administration?”

  • simon

    Just another feather in the fractured Liberal cap of naivety….LMAO if the Republicans should win on the 4th…these fools will look sad all dressed up and nowhere to go, if McCain wins. Guess the merrymakers could always stick those swizel stix in their ears 'till they come out the other side.
    And these folks Want to be taken seriously as a political party!

  • J

    As a liberal I dont understand, why anyone would support this tax everything, democrat, it makes no sense, it goes against what they did in 1993, their economy has to be fixed the same way we did then,tax breaks and program cuts, not increase spending and raising taxes….no wonder they lost… and as for mguinty, a deficit? maybe its time to look somewere else to put my vote and support……

  • J

    As a liberal I dont understand, why anyone would support this tax everything, democrat, it makes no sense, it goes against what they did in 1993, their economy has to be fixed the same way we did then,tax breaks and program cuts, not increase spending and raising taxes….no wonder they lost… and as for mguinty, a deficit? maybe its time to look somewere else to put my vote and support……

  • Ker

    Would an endorsement not already have been implicit in their inviting Howard Dean to address their biennial convention in 2006?

  • Swift

    Save this for the next election if the Dems win.

  • Swift

    Save this for the next election if the Dems win.

  • East of Eden

    The Liberals have standards? That's news to me. LOL.

  • East of Eden

    Um, considering that the Libs' battle cry includes “Bush-Harper”, it is somewhat disconcerting that they are taking on a new battle cry: “Obama-Dion”. Did they not criticize Harper for being too “American”? Are these folks that arrogant that they think we Canadians won't make the comparison?

  • http://www.stephentaylor.ca Stephen Taylor

    Jack Layton already latched onto Obama's hope/change message. Will the Liberals and NDP fight over it?

  • Liz J

    Liberals and Dippers are in a mutual admiration pact for Obama. Layton certainly was stealing his lines.

    The Left is showing their hypocrisy again. This invitation is a keeper for use at a future date, perhaps in one of those giant killing ads!

  • http://maxwell-devin.blogspot.com Devin Maxwell

    Stephen:

    Yeah, imagine that. Imagine if Conservatives actually stood up and said what they believe and who they support rather than doing it behind closed doors so no one will find out…

    Of course Liberals want Obama and the Democrats to win. And I suspect a lot of Conservatives (not all of them) are cheering on the Republicans.

    Who are you rooting for?

  • David

    Hey, they have nothing else to cheer for.

  • http://www.stephentaylor.ca Stephen Taylor

    McCain. But I declare support as an individual, not as an official of the Conservative Party. Organizations should be wary of showing this sort of support because there are bound to be members within their ranks who are uncomfortable with the broadened affiliation.

  • http://maxwell-devin.blogspot.com Devin Maxwell

    Liberals (small L) support Obama and conservatives support McCain. Big deal.

    The CPC has been backing the Republican Party behind the scenes for years (who paid for you to attend their convention?). Why not be up front about it and throw a party and invite everyone?

    I agree with the idea that an organization needs to be conscious of backing the wrong pony, but I guess the LPC feels pretty confident about this one.

  • http://www.stephentaylor.ca Stephen Taylor

    The CPC did NOT pay for me to attend the RNC.

  • http://phantomobserver.com PhantomObserver

    So — is Bryn Henricks still a staffer for Hedy Fry, or has he moved to higher things?

  • http://phantomobserver.com PhantomObserver

    So — is Bryn Henricks still a staffer for Hedy Fry, or has he moved to higher things?

  • Jim

    What if the Republicans win? What if the libs win the next election next year? Think there will be any political and economic fallout as a result?

    You can count on some serious trade disputes that regardless of WTO and NAFTA rulings, we always lose because the US will do whatever is in their best interests. If punishing Canada for the lib partisan politics makes sense to them, they’ll do it.

    Whatever happened to diplomacy? Whatever happened to staying out of foreign government elections/domestic politics? I guess it all changed when MP Carolyn Bennett expressed liberal foreign policy, “damn Americans, I hate those bastards.”

  • Jim

    What if the Republicans win? What if the libs win the next election next year? Think there will be any political and economic fallout as a result?

    You can count on some serious trade disputes that regardless of WTO and NAFTA rulings, we always lose because the US will do whatever is in their best interests. If punishing Canada for the lib partisan politics makes sense to them, they’ll do it.

    Whatever happened to diplomacy? Whatever happened to staying out of foreign government elections/domestic politics? I guess it all changed when MP Carolyn Bennett expressed liberal foreign policy, “damn Americans, I hate those bastards.”

  • Bec

    It gives me great comfort and humility to know that no matter who wins the presidency, our Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, will show respect and dignity. No name calling…no innuendo….no discrimination and the list goes on. It was the single most embarrassing thing having politicians in this country belittling the head of state of our closest ally. Explain that at a coffee shop in Republican rich states. Not fun…just a bigger tip.

  • Bec

    It gives me great comfort and humility to know that no matter who wins the presidency, our Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, will show respect and dignity. No name calling…no innuendo….no discrimination and the list goes on. It was the single most embarrassing thing having politicians in this country belittling the head of state of our closest ally. Explain that at a coffee shop in Republican rich states. Not fun…just a bigger tip.

  • http://richardmcadam.blogspot.com RGM

    Actually it was Carolyn Parrish, who was subsequently (but not immediately) expelled from the Liberal caucus for the statement. Carolyn Bennett is the Liberal MP who said that your kids will go to jail unless they go to Liberal daycare centres.

  • Liberal

    “Imagine if the Conservative Party sent out an invite for a party to celebrate the Republicans!”

    It tried to in 2003 when it put on the “Rock Iraq Bash,” but no Canadian showed up.

    Seriously, get a life Taylor. Canadians are expecting much, much more from a “fellow” of the Manning Centre for Building Democracy.

  • Liberal

    “Imagine if the Conservative Party sent out an invite for a party to celebrate the Republicans!”

    It tried to in 2003 when it put on the “Rock Iraq Bash,” but no Canadian showed up.

    Seriously, get a life Taylor. Canadians are expecting much, much more from a “fellow” of the Manning Centre for Building Democracy.

  • East of Eden

    You're correct. Although Jack made some headway this time around, I tend to not pay him too much attention. The way things are going, I think Jack could make mince meat out of Dion and if he keeps on going in his current direction, the NDP could very well give the Libs a serious run for the money. My fervent wish is that Lizzie Mae would find some other country to annoy.

  • http://www.wolk.ca Darryl Wolk

    Inappropriate for a political party to formally endorse an American party or candidate. What would happen in the unlikely situation of a Liberal Prime Minister having to work with John McCain. We already saw this unfold with Chretien. I think Prime Minister Stephen Harper has taken the right approach by trying to stay neutral.

    “Imagine if the Conservative Party sent out an invite for a party to celebrate the Republicans!”

    Given that the Canadian population supports Obama 67-22 I would suggest that would be a dumb move. We have a Conservative government that was just elected, but given the Canadian polls regarding the US race; I would suggest a lot of Conservative voters/supporters actually back Obama and Harper like myself. Not all Conservatives back George W. Bush. Having said that, I completely agree with your point.

  • http://maxwell-devin.blogspot.com Devin Maxwell

    Never said they did… Who did?

  • http://maxwell-devin.blogspot.com Devin Maxwell

    Never said they did… Who did?

  • http://syncrodox.blogspot.com syncrodox

    Are the Liberals so desperate to raise cash that they are riding on Obama’s coattails to get paying bodies in the door? What’s next…Wine and cheese with Madonna? A benefit concert by SFH?

    Syncro

  • http://syncrodox.blogspot.com syncrodox

    Are the Liberals so desperate to raise cash that they are riding on Obama’s coattails to get paying bodies in the door? What’s next…Wine and cheese with Madonna? A benefit concert by SFH?

    Syncro

  • simon

    Plain and simple, its just NOT kosher… (for at the least, a CLOSE foreign country/trading partner, or its major political agents )… to express a desire as to the outcome of that country's leadership elections….Its bad optics ,foolish and in poor taste.

  • Gabby in QC

    “Imagine if Conservatives actually stood up and said what they believe and who they support rather than doing it behind closed doors so no one will find out….

    Oh, how imaginative this statement is. Let me guess – hidden agenda again, right?
    And I suppose you've been looking through keyholes in order to know exactly what's going on behind those closed doors. Cue laughter.

  • MaryT

    If Obama wins and does everything he promises and the US economy goes way down, and there is another attack, as Biden warns, he will hopefully be around to be the incumbent in 2012. The US will not allow him to be POTUS for another 4 years. Regardless of who wins, there will be major problems.
    Who will he nominate for cabinet or the supreme court. But, will congress and the senate ok them, even if they are in the majority in both houses.

  • batb

    Devin Maxwell: “I agree with the idea that an organization needs to be conscious of backing the wrong pony, but I guess the LPC feels pretty confident about this one.”

    So what if the LPC “feel confident about this one”?

    That's not the point. The point is political credibility.

    Obviously, the LPC wants the Dems to be a political “proxy” of lib-left victory south of the border in the face of their own dismal failure/defeat here in Canada. This invite is supposed to be a whack in the face to the c/Conservatives and smacks of an infantile desire to say “see, I told you so.”

    We know what the reaction would be in the MSM and the leftie LPC, NDP, Bloc, and Greens if the CPC were to send out an invite to celebrate a McCain-Palin victory in the MSM: First off, it would be used as “proof” that the CPC was “pro-American/Bush.” And secondly, it would be considered unconsionable for a Canadian political party to throw their support behind a party in a foreign election–especially an American one.

    But, hey, this is the Librano$. 'Looks like it's OK for them to throw their support behind anyone they want–American or not–and, in doing so, continue to be Teflon.

    Our Trudeuapian legacy, I guess.

  • Observant

    Liberals using Obama's coattails in the absence of any legitimate Liberal leader???

    Obama and the Democrats are protectionists and will try to frustrate NAFTA and kill Ontario manufacturing jobs. I wouldn't be surprised if a president Obama told the Detroit Big 3 they had to bring back all the auto jobs stateside or risk losing their $50 Billion bailout package ….

  • Reg

    Yes.

  • janet

    I wonder if all the Canadians who eagerly embrace Obama have really listened to his comments on trade policy. It well not bode well for exports and union jobs in this country. a man who has campaigned in “57” states has no knowledge or concern for Canada,be careful what you wish for . If relations get testy surly it will be PMSH fault.

  • janet

    I wonder if all the Canadians who eagerly embrace Obama have really listened to his comments on trade policy. It well not bode well for exports and union jobs in this country. a man who has campaigned in “57” states has no knowledge or concern for Canada,be careful what you wish for . If relations get testy surly it will be PMSH fault.

  • Liz J

    What difference does it make to any US citizen what any Canadian thinks about any one of their candidates? It's not even on their radar. Ditto on the grander scale. Obama thinks we have a “President”.

    One would think, given the mess the Liberal machine is in, a party of any sort would be the last thing on their agenda,
    least of all celebrating something they have nothing to do with.

  • kelly

    From accounts I've read, David Axelrod is Mr Rae's fashion advisor.

  • http://www.theindependentpartisan.blogspot.com The Independent Partisan

    woah woah woah. was it not conservatives who sent delegates to the Democratic convention and not the Republican one? Harper and the Tories know Obama is popular in Canada so they've all but endorsed them. Which brings up another point..I WISH Harper attacked the Liberals for advertising said event because Canadians adore Obama.

  • Iain

    Our government's policy is to have a good relationship with whoever is in the Whitehouse.

  • East of Eden

    I kind of miss Parrish. She may have been crass but she was forthright and had some spirit. Not that I’d want her running as a CPC.

  • East of Eden

    I kind of miss Parrish. She may have been crass but she was forthright and had some spirit. Not that I’d want her running as a CPC.

  • Beer and Popcorn

    I’m not sure an endorsement from Canada’s Liberal$ is good news for Mr Obama..

  • Beer and Popcorn

    I’m not sure an endorsement from Canada’s Liberal$ is good news for Mr Obama..

  • http://streetadvisorconsulting.blogspot.com markalanwhittle

    Looks like the Liberals know how to read American polls better than they know how to read Canadian polls that resulted in their demise at the ballot box. Americans see something in the man and see an opportunity to deeply bury a lot of baggage as a nation.

  • PlaidShirt

    Don’t you find it a touch ironic that the most liberal presidential candidate in US history, could never win the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada because he would be too right wing. Then of course, there’s the spectacle of a Canadian political party cheering on another party in the US that will rip up every trade deal we have with the US and put new trade barriers up (NAFTA, softwood, beef, steel, autos, etc.). Exactly whose side are the Liberals on? I would love to have video of Liberal MPs cheering as the Carl Levin & Kent Conrad gang get a supermajority. Canada is in for a real rough time on US trade. That’s hardly something to be cheering about.