Regarding the rewording of O Canada, the PMO speaks…

“We offered to hear from Canadians on this issue and they have already spoken loud and clear. They overwhelmingly do not want to open the issue. The Government will not proceed any further to change our national anthem.”

“Nous avons consulté les Canadiens et Canadiennes sur cette question, et ceux-ci se sont exprimés haut et fort : par une immense majorité, ils ne veulent pas ouvrir ce dossier. Le gouvernement n’ira pas plus loin en vue de modifier l’hymne national.”

Dimitri Soudas, official spokesman for the Prime Minister

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  • http://canadiansense.blogspot.com/ Canadiansense

    The timing and placement could may have been an example of political strategy. The MSM blew their brains out and skipped almost everything else in the Throne Speech and budget to chase this issue.

    Was it predictable? I think so.

  • batb

    Please forgive my patting myself on the back (seeing as no one else will!).

    I was right! This was an intentional diversionary tactic, one designed to shut up the gender-neutral crowd — not by saying “NO” to them but by saying “YES, we'll open the debate, we'll suggest a gender-neutral change” (and see what happens).

    Overwhelmingly, what happened was the country said “NO-O-O-O way!”

    So, now, PMSH and his party can't be blamed for saying no to a change. The Canadian public has spoken.

    Well-done, Mr. Prime Minister. You're not thought of as a political strategist par excellence for nothing!

  • Bec

    I'll pat you on the back! I think some of us certainly read the tea leaves on this one and what's there not to love and have a good chuckle over, hey? The usual suspects from the MSM are so pathetically predictable!

  • batb

    Thanks, Bec, isn't our Prime Minister awesome?! I'll bet he's having the last laugh!

  • Mary T

    I think this outrage re changing the lyrics sends another message also. That message is to the coalition coup planners, you will face this same outrage should you try your tricks again. And we didn't need a facebook page to do it.
    I didn't know Layton needs glasses, he said he was tens of thousands out protesting prorogation. Wonder where he was looking.

  • Mary T

    oops, should be, he said he saw tens of thousands.

  • melwilde

    Always thought our Prime Minister had class! Listening to the electorate is another first for Canada/

  • Mary T

    If anyone is wondering about this female senator, lots of hits on google re her. And, if you are wondering why as a conservative, lesbian, she was appointed to sit as a conservative, ask Paul Martin, he appointed her on March 24, 2005.

  • Will

    So he was trying to focus voters attention away from the budget?

  • batb

    Mary T: ” … And, if you are wondering why as a conservative, lesbian, she was appointed …”

    I knew this move was a sop to a feminist. Now I know her name …

    And, trust a Liberal to have put her in the Senate. What's c/Conservative about her?

  • roughandtumble

    As much as I dislike Harper, you gotta admit that this was a good way to stop people from talking about how the budget and the throne speech are lacking in content. People will wake up next week and realize this government is nothing but a smokescreen for their inability to manage this Country with only 30% support and dropping.

    The normal suspects here are just too embarrased to admit they support a ship of fools

  • roughandtumble

    Canadian nonsense…..surely you jest or you are a fool. I know the answer but will let you figure it out.

  • Gayle

    Everyone with any sense knew it was a diversionary tactic – designed to draw our attention away from the fact the Throne Speech was nothing but a repeat of what has come before.

    Recalibration? I think not.

  • batb

    Will: “So he was trying to focus voters attention away from the budget?”

    Not at all.

    A Conservative Senator wanted the words changed to the national anthem to make it more gender neutral. I don't imagine this was high on the priority list of the Harper Government. On the other hand, these feminists (for the Conservative Senator is, apparently, a feminist and a lesbian — appointed by Martin [?]) are nothing if not persistent.

    If Prime Minister Harper had ignored her request that “in all thy sons' command” be changed, he'd have been charged with being a male chauvinist, and his government would be labelled as bigoted and non-progressive.

    So, PMSH figured that the best way to bell this cat, to cook this goose, was to suggest a change and see which way the wind blew on it, figuring out, pretty much, that the wind would be a fair one for those who wished to leave the anthem the way it was.

    He was correct.

    And the idiots in the MSM took the bait, hook, line, and sinker. They didn't have to make such a big deal of the anthem change. However, they saw an opportunity of heckling the PM and highlighting the “fact” (they thought) that this went against his party base. They played right into PMSH's hand.

    There are times when I am delighted by the antics of the MSM — and this is one of those times. Thinking that they were damaging Stephen Harper, their #1 aim it seems, they actually became a part of his strategy.

    Good one, Mr. Prime Minister.

  • Liz J

    Since this fantastic Prime Minister has taken office the media has been in a constant state of frenzy with a go get him mindset that has rendered them and the Liberals they shill for irrelevant. We are all so tired of the constant bashing and disrespect they show the man and Office of the Prime Minister while they continue their extreme behaviour, skewing the facts to manipulate opinion. It's over for them, the only people whose credibility is lost is the toadies who pass themselves off a journalists covering the politics of this country. It's at a point where folks are looking at the names of the regular writers/journalistas in the newspapers and pass them over and turning them off TV. The Prime Minister has quietly won and in big part it's due to ordinary people frequenting blogs like this and searching for the facts on their own.

  • batb

    Look, the anthem change was one tiny item in the Throne Speech.

    Is it Prime Minister Stephen Harper's fault that the idiots in the media jumped on it and beat it to death, ad nauseum? If this was a “diversionary tactic,” then the media were the instruments of its delivery.

    What a laugh. By thinking that highlighting this one, tiny item in the Throne Speech would be damaging to the Prime Minister and his party, the media actually helped him enormously. Nancy Ruth's suggestion was taken seriously by the PM and the Canadian public trounced it.

    Now, on to serious business, something the media seems oblivious to, as they continue their partisan attacks on Canada's duly elected Prime Minister and his government.

    I think it's called being hoisted on their own petard. 'Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch!

  • batb

    Hear! Hear!

  • Rob

    I’m not sure what your comment is insinuating? I should hope its not assuming that because she is a lesbain how could she be conservative, hopefully you mean her having been appointed by Paul Martin. Sexual Orientation has little to do with what ones political ideology is and you only have to check blogging tories or look at candidates such as Lorne Mayencourt in Vancouver to know that there are many active Conservatives who also happen to be gay.

  • roughandtumble

    Gayle, that is correct. Rex Murphy Says it with his usual intelligent manner in today's NATPOST column.
    When is Harper going to raise a storm over real issues?

    Rex Murphy, National Post
    Published: Saturday, March 06, 2010

    Well, if the justification for taking a break was to refresh their intellectual batteries, then on the evidence of the prose of the Speech from the Throne, either the break wasn't nearly long enough, or those batteries are beyond all charging. It had more platitudes per square inch than a fortune-cookie factory, and its every grey platitude a garment of the dreariest cliche.

    “In taking responsible steps to reduce the deficit, our Government will not repeat the mistakes of the past.” Poor Michaelle Jean — does she get hardship pay for having to voice such vacuous tosh? Not all her formidable charm or energy could infuse this poor sad pudding of relentless banality with a spark of life.

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  • http://canadiansense.blogspot.com/ Canadiansense

    Terry Quinn Parnel personal insults on a blog you don't host?

  • http://canadiansense.blogspot.com/ Canadiansense

    If you don't work in the office of the PMO can you link the source of your claim?

  • http://canadiansense.blogspot.com/ Canadiansense

    It seems the PMO has the unique ability to put out these false flags for the media and opposition to go all in and blow their brains out.
    The Torch Relay, Olympic logo were two recent examples on how the frothing Liberals were exclaiming political 'interference' without any proof and got caught offside by attacking the Olympic organizing committe, athletes and Hudson's Bay.

    Instead of dealing with Jobs, economy, our budget the opposition and media are easily distracted. Almost like putting a carrot on a stick and having the ass pull your wagon.

  • Gayle

    It's called common sense.

    That is probably why it eludes you.

  • Gayle

    ha ha ha

    Hilarious. Simply hilarious.

    It's all the feminists' fault Harper looked so stupid.

    Anyway…

  • http://canadiansense.blogspot.com/ Canadiansense

    “Everyone with any sense knew it was a diversionary tactic ..”

    Can you link the source, or are you making it up as usual?

  • http://canadiansense.blogspot.com/ Canadiansense

    So no proof, as I suspected. Thanks again for coming out, better luck next time.

  • Gayle

    Nice try CS.

    Ha ha ha.

  • Gayle

    A source for common sense? I am not sure it would help you.

  • Poncho

    Our PM has lots of class & also brains I love when he gets the Msm in a tail spin they are so pro Liberal most people tune them out now a days

  • Liz J

    The usual suspects, including the trolls who frequent theses blogs fell for the bait. Yeah our awesome Prime Minister Stephen Harper is having the last laugh and he does it with such class.

  • john davis

    The problem right from the get go was the fact people assumed that “Our Government will also ask Parliament to examine the original gender-neutral wording of the national anthem” meant the government is changing the anthem. It totally got blown out of proportion and the MSM did nothing to help the situation.
    I am for the current lyrics. This was done to appease to some who did want it changed. When the brouhaha occured the government rightfully retracted.

  • east of eden

    I know the answer to that question. The answer is: neither a jester nor a fool. The one who posed the question, however…well, that's another Terry1, er Parnel, er…whatever.

  • east of eden

    The twits who get their shorts in a know over the wording of our national anthem are too thick to realize that it affects nothing in our day to day lives. I wonder if they'll put a sock(puppet) in it now that the MAJORITY of Canadians have DEMOCRATICALLY said 'no' to changing the wording. Wait, I know the answer to that question – no, they will not shut up. They will see this as one m ore piece of evidence that Stephen Harper hates women. Don't even try to figure out the logic – there is no logic to lefty arguments.

  • east of eden

    Uh, how did he look stupid, Gayle? Mr. Harper didn't try to steamroller this person but, rather, put it to us…the Canadian people…and we spoke and replied with a resounding 'no'. Gayle, this is democracy – something about which the Liberal party knows nothing. So, I ask you again, what is the basis for your fatuous remark? And, please back it up with facts and links. The media, as you will have seen, reported the democratically sought and followed will of the people – Canadian people.

    I'm waiting, Gayle. And, please, don't let pesky facts get in the way of your reply.

  • east of eden

    Diversionary tactic? Do you have facts and proof to back up your fatuous remark, Gayle? No? I thought not. You're projecting again. Come to think of it, your comments rarely are based on actual fact but, rather, your own projections. Sorry, Gayle, it was not a diversionary tactic. The person who wanted to change the words is exactly the type of person whom you and your ilk say Mr. Harper hates: yikes – she's a woman, she's gay, and she's a feminist. Gasp – triple whammy because, according to your people, Mr. Harper hates all three of those kinds of people and here they are, all rolled up into one person. But, Mr. Harper, despite his imaginary hatred of gay feminist women, took her request and put it to the Canadian people and…guess what, Gayle, the MAJORITY of Canadian people OVERWHELMINGLY rejected the change in wording. No democratic deficit there, Gayle. Sorry, no diversionary tactic. Oh, and I know how you'll reply – no facts, just some supercillious juvenile nyah nyah type of remark. I look forwar to it. You never fail to disappoint.

  • east of eden

    No, no, no, Gayle. You insist that we deal only in facts. Funny, if I were to have said it was common sense, you'd be demanding facts, proof, links, a pint of my blood, etc. Sorry, Gayle, it cuts both ways. Conjecture, common sense, projection, opinion … none of that counts. But, I'll cut you some slack since you never let those pesky facts get in your way. Gayle, you're losing your touch. Tsk tsk. No facts, no proof – simply conjecture on your part. So sad to see you fall apart like this. The day that you need Parnel to bolster your fiction is the day that you should pack it in while you still have a shred of dignity left. I'll pray for you.

  • east of eden

    Ah, so ungracious in defeat. It takes a very small person to reject obvious defeat. Tsk tsk. Poor Gayle. I remember her well – before she started to fail and grasp at imaginary straws. I'll pray for you.

  • east of eden

    So, nothing? Just as I thought. Oh, Gayle, I am so sad for you. Really, I am. You're failing so miserably but you just can't seem to exit your obvious state of denial. I'll pray for you.

  • east of eden

    According to the Liberals, PM Harper hates women, gays, and feminist. So, given that the Liberals say that Mr. Harper is a dictator, how could she be a Conservative or even a conservative. According to the Liberals, it would seem that Mr. Harper would have had her banished. Gee, ya think that maybe the Liberals are lying when they say he hates gays, women and feminists?

  • Gayle

    Snort.

  • Gayle

    Do you know “my” people? Who, exactly, are “my” people? I did not know I had any?

    Though I absolutely loe how the Harper apologists place the responsibility for this fiasco at the feet of someone besides Harper.

    PS. Do you also happen to post as Canadian Sense? You have already admitted you sock puppet under different handles, and you both seem to have difficulty discerning fact from opinion, so I was wondering if you are actually the same person.

  • Gayle

    Did you know you just called the PMO a bunch of twits?

  • Gayle

    Shockingly, you have nothing to add but a personal attack.

    How very like you.

  • Gayle

    Are you aware you have 8 posts up here, and not one of them addresses the topic? Each one is a personal attack.

    Think about that.

  • Richard.

    brilliant.

  • east of eden

    Nice diversionary tactic, Gayle. Sorry, it just won't wash. Facts, Gayle, those pesky facts – of which you have none to back up your fatuous argument.

  • east of eden

    So, no facts, then. Tsk, tsk. Facts, Gayle, those pesky facts – of which you have none.

  • east of eden

    Still no facts, Gayle? No pesky facts? Tsk tsk.

  • east of eden

    Nope – Canadian Sense is his own self. I don't use that particular handle. Tsk, tsk. Still no facts. No pesky facts. Tsk tsk.

  • east of eden

    Gayle, if I wanted to call the PMO a bunch of twits, I would have been explicit. Nice diversionary tactic, though. But, still no facts, those pesky facts. Tsk tsk.