And how have the PM’s cross Canada town hall sessions impressed you? If you attended any of the town halls, particularly in Western Canada, I wold like to speak with you on air. We don’t have to use your name if you prefer not to. You may remain anonymous. I’d like listeners to have a sense of what it felt like to be at the town hall with Justin Trudeau taking questions. If you know of someone who attended a town hall please ask that person to get in touch.
Suggest you email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
After one week in office Donald Trump has left little doubt that what he committed to on the campaign trail is what he will pursue from the Oval Office. Seems as though senators and members of the house are largely ornamental, at least for now. We’ll be speaking about one president Trump initiative that may have repercussions directly here in Canada and on Saturday, on that issue, joining me will be a significant member of the Barack Obama administration.
A national poll for Global News by Ipsos suggests Kevin O’Leary as leader of the Conservative Party of Canada could “pose a threat” to Justin Trudeau’s Liberals in ’19. Last weekend you heard my interview with Kevin O’Leary. You’ll also find it here on the web page in the podcasts.
I’ve believed for some time now that O’Leary would be a major challenge for the Liberals. That written, Erin O’Toole, former CPC Veterans Affairs Minister and Air Force Captain will be joining me Sunday to make his case to succeed Stephen Harper as Conservative Party leader.
I thought we had Maxime Bernier booked, but then they backed out a few weeks ago. Also called Deepak Obhrai’s office after reading he feels “old Canada” media are biased against him. I spoke with Mr. Obhrai’s assistant in his Ottawa office and offered an interview. The assistant promised to get back to me and I’m still waiting. The offer was made in mid-November.
If you heard Ken, the Albertan struggling to get by on $850 a month in social assistance, following a heart attack which has left his health tenuous and Ken unable to do what he’s done for the past 25 years, namely, drive truck, I spoke with Ken on Monday and let him know a number of listeners have contacted me and want to provide Ken some assistance. He is very appreciative.
Ken is living in an old RV and his heating is by propane. Because of the Alberta NDP’s planet-saving carbon tax the price of a bottle of propane has increased from $65 to $85 and Ken can’t afford now to purchase propane as regularly as he requires it.
I’m going to draw a contrast between Ken and three other Canadians none of us know directly (most probably), but each of us needs to be reminded about.
Back to Donald Trump. The U.S. president is taking arbitrary steps concerning refugee claimants, as well as denying visas to enter the U.S. to anyone from seven specific countries in the Middle EAst and North Africa, temporarily. CAIR has accused Trump of being an Islamophobe.
An uneasy world. We’ll talk on the weekend.
You saw it in the press briefing between new White House press secretary Sean Spicer and national media, as Spicer too media to task for reporting on attendance at the inauguration of Donald Trump. What he could and should have spent more time on I think was the ‘fake news’ story by Time magazine reporter that the bust of Dr. Martin Luther King had been removed from the Oval Office by president Donald Trump on his first day in office.
The reporter couldn’t see the MLK bust because a television camera and camera operator blocked his view, so instead of changing position so he could see the stand the bust had been placed on, he filed the “MLK bust removed” story which was picked up by other news organizations. Eventually the reporter tweeted a retraction. If this ‘reporter’ worked for me, well, he wouldn’t be working for me. That was so basic and the question of an anti-Trump agenda in play has to be asked.
Chris Mathews of MSNBC made a Hitler reference to President Trump’s speech. Terry Moran of ABC News alluded to the speech hearkening to the 1930’s and they weren’t the only ones. To the bleating reporters/commentators/pundits, Donald Trump won the election because he had more votes than Hillary Clinton in 30 out of 50 states. Got it? It’s called Democracy. Hillary Clinton was a terrible candidate with a message she couldn’t sell in 2008 or 2016. She chose to describe ‘more than half’ of those who would vote for Donald Trump as “deplorables.” That is the kind of chatter which cost Clinton the White House. That she had an unauthorized server for her emails only added to her problems. By the way, that issue isn’t settled. There remains an ongoing FBI investigation from what I’ve read.
We’ll talk about these issues today, along with part 3 of my interview with Kevin O’Leary recorded Friday and then your calls on whether you could see KO replacing JT as PM in ’19.
and details of our pursuit of an interview with Prime Minister Trudeau. There was correspondence and a phone call between the PMO media office and me over the past few days. I’ll share that and read the email detailing what we are looking for from Mr. Trudeau as far as the interview is concerned.
And former crown attorney and national security expert Scott Newark on the call yesterday between Donald Trump and Justin Trudeau and what may have been said about mutual security concerns and how prepared Canada is on national security.
Some of what’s on today’s show. Hope you’ll join us and call in. 800.263.2428.