Almost 7 years ago, while going through some personal issues, I made a terrible mistake and ended up being convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) in the State of California. It was a dark period in my life, but I have moved on and learned my lesson. This spring, however, my intoxicated driving conviction […]
OTTAWA — Jagmeet Singh won’t allow scorned MP Erin Weir to run as a New Democrat in the next election — a decision that has caused a rupture between the NDP leader and the party’s long-standing members in Saskatchewan.
In a letter to Weir this week, Singh says he isn’t confident the Saskatchewan MP won’t repeat the harassing behaviour that got him kicked out of the NDP caucus last spring.
Consequently, Singh says he rejects the MP’s request to be readmitted to the NDP caucus and won’t approve his candidacy for the 2019 election.
But 67 former New Democrat MPs and MLAs from Saskatchewan have now written to all NDP members of Parliament, accusing Singh of denying Weir due process and unfairly maligning his character, while flouting the party’s constitutional rules for dealing with harassment complaints.
The letter was signed by “every living former MP” from Saskatchewan, according to former provincial cabinet minister Pat Atkinson, who wrote the letter on behalf of the 67 former legislators.
Among the signatories are former MPs Dennis Gruending, Lorne Nystrom, Bill Knight and Dick Proctor. Knight and Proctor are also former national directors of the party.
Weir was one of three New Democrats elected in Saskatchewan in 2015, ending a 15-year drought for the federal party in the province. Atkinson predicted Singh’s unilateral decision to oust Weir will jeopardize that hard-won comeback.
“I think what it means is that there’ll be less people willing to donate, there’ll be less people willing to step up to door knock. I think it has a very serious impact on the federal party in our province,” she said in an interview.
The former Saskatchewan legislators first wrote to Singh in May when he expelled Weir from caucus following an independent investigation into allegations of harassment. Atkinson said they have tried to work with the leader to remedy the situation, but “there was no listening, no accepting, he just had his mind made up, obviously.”
Since Singh took the helm of the party last fall, there has been grumbling among some long-time New Democrats that the former Ontario MPP was not taking advice from those with experience at the federal level. Atkinson said the Weir decision is a demonstration of that problem.
“Successful leaders listen to people in the field, they listen to former politicians, they listen to party members, they listen. You just can’t have a little enclave of people,” she said.
In the Weir case, she added: “You sure should take into consideration what New Democrats in Saskatchewan are thinking.”
Weir’s supporters have solicited two legal opinions, including one from former Saskatchewan justice minister Eric Cline. They argue Singh does not have the authority to unilaterally expel Weir, which is a violation of disciplinary procedures set out in the party’s constitution and the anti-harassment policy adopted by New Democrats at their last convention.
And they question Singh’s decision to initiate an investigation in February based on hearsay from another MP, Christine Moore, before any actual complainants had come forward with specific allegations.
Weir’s supporters are also upset by what they consider the leader’s exaggerated response to the investigation, which found one claim of harassment and three claims of sexual harassment against Weir were sustained — all of which were deemed to be “on the less serious end of the spectrum,” involving the MP standing too close or failing to read non-verbal cues in social settings.
It was Weir’s response to the findings — publicly dismissing one complaint as payback for a policy dispute he’d had with a member of former leader Tom Mulcair’s staff — that got him booted out of caucus permanently in May.
In his letter to Weir, Singh said he isn’t satisfied the MP has taken the actions necessary to rectify the damage he did to the NDP’s “work of building a safer workplace and party.”
“I have not seen evidence of a genuine understanding of how your behaviour needs to change or an expression of regret and remorse for describing sustained findings of harassment as ‘trumped up,'” Singh writes.
I have not written a post for many months as I have been on quite an adventure. I would like to share the details of that adventure with family and friends. Many of my posts will be personal and reveal some secrets. Stay tuned. Just wanted you to know …
This morning The Calgary Herald published a column by Licia Corbella, entitled “Family of jailed Saudi blogger angry over Trudeau”. In it Corbella criticized government’s twitter diplomacy efforts in the Raif Badawi case, directly quoting members of the man’s family. As you will note by clicking through the link above, that column is now gone. Mr. Badawi’s wife, in a series of tweets early this afternoon, called the story “fake news”. Those tweets are also gone, as is all reference to the story in Ms. Corbella’s twitter feed. I contacted The Herald and asked if they had yanked the piece, and they responded as below:
The column has been removed at the request of Ensaf Haidar (wife of imprisoned blogger Raif Badawi) due to the sensitive nature of the family’s situation.
— Calgary Herald (@calgaryherald) August 14, 2018
So there appears to have been a severe cock-up on the journalism front by Ms. Corbella, the precise details of which remain obscure. It wouldn’t be the first time.
So the wife and I spent our evening on the balcony of our condo unit drinking a bottle of wine. We noticed a flock of gulls in the air, surfing the turbulence in advance of a line of storm clouds. These were the same gulls…
A thousand never-forgetters crawled out of the woodwork to wail, “Oy, once you compare humans to animals, once you dehumanize them, you make it easy to kill them.”Bullshit. Once you demonize a people, then you make it easy to kill them.The average human is far more easily moved to murder if he believes he is […]
I didn’t watch it. I was eating wings in my favorite wings place watching a hockey game. But I was checking my twitter feed occasionally, and this is what I gleaned from it.1) Kathleen Wynne’s opening pitch speech was good. Something …
Come on: I’ve been at this since 2000 — I get bored with it sometimes…These days, you’re more likely to find me on Facebook. Yeah, I know…But frankly, thanks to browser “share” plug ins, it’s just that much easier for me to share stuff on Facebook and add a few comments there. And I’m busy with […]
David Cole writes:Now, you get that that’s Vice, right? “Current-year” Vice. SJW Vice. And they’re praising a guy who published white supremacists. Therein lies the Adam Parfrey mystique. Any one of Feral House’s books would be enough to get the average author or bookseller banned, shunned, kicked off social media, protested, picketed, and defamed. Yet […]
Read the whole thing, by Charles Norman:Your words, thoughts, and beliefs are tools and powers unto themselves that can change reality. Trump, like hundreds of rappers (including the latest hitmaker Post Malone) and millions of Americans, believes in speaking things into existence. As the mystic scholar Manly P. Hall, who was read by Ronald Reagan, […]
NDP MP Christine Moore, who alleged improper conduct by a fellow MP, is facing troubling accusations herself.-CTV -CBC
David Cole writes:In a perfect world, planes would have special quarantine areas for small children and “petty social justice organizers”…although, to be fair, as much as I don’t care for children, I would never advocate being cruel to them, and such a coupling would certainly constitute child abuse. Immediately upon strapping in (with seat-belt extenders, […]
Jim Goad writes:Facebook allegedly “began to tackle hate speech” around 2005. According to former Facebook general counsel Chris Kelly, the alleged proliferation of “Holocaust denial” on the platform was a huge incentive to go on an anti-hate jihad. But in 2008, the company’s guidelines were still hopelessly vague. According to one employee, a one-page list […]
Shame on you for how MP Erin Weir has been treated.You consider yourselves the Party of Tommy Douglas and Jack Layton??!!!! Shame!!!
Since February 1, 2018 Mr. Singh has conducted the worst possible investigatory process imaginable concluding in a character assassination of my elected NDP Member of Parliament, Erin Weir. As of today, with 37 years of Party membership under my belt, …
A slightly contradictory (Joe, was it Wolfe’s “fault” or wasn’t it?) but still worthwhile assessment by Joe Bob Briggs:(Don’t call it a roast, as some of Michelle’s defenders did. At a roast, the roastee speaks last. This was a comedy execution.) (…)There’s nothing wrong with bringing in a professional comedian or an outsider journalist to […]
A MUST-READ by Deion Kathawa at American Greatness, on what Kurt Schlichter calls “the new rules”:That speaks to the deeper problem. Goldberg knows perfectly well that politics is nothing like a youth basketball game. In such a game, there are referees whose job it is to regulate the flow of play and punish those who […]
David Cole writes:The whole thing plays out like a game of telephone. A photo of South African miners at a medical exam became a sculpture of South African miners with their hands raised in surrender, which became a sculpture of inner-city American black men asking cops not to shoot, which became a monument to the […]
Dan Flynn writes:By the time McCarthy gave his initial speech in Wheeling, West Virginia, in 1950, the Cold War already boasted its primary villain. His name was Joe, too. It is to the discredit of so many on the Left that they imagine his last name as McCarthy. More from my siteBy all means, let’s […]
Jim Goad writes:The most compelling evidence for this is not only the 4chan lingo, but the fact that the timestamp on the post was alleged to be 1:27PM EST. But surveillance footage shows that Minassian’s rampage began a few minutes before that, and it’s hard to believe he’d be able to type a Facebook message […]
By the way, Cole is right about Breitbart: He smeared Shirley Sherrod. It’s why I can’t get fully onboard with the “Andrew!” worship.He also sounded and acted like an unrecovered alcoholic/addict and/or untreated manic depressive, and owed a duty to his wife and children to take better care of himself.Yes, Breitbart’s death was a shocking […]
Scott Yenor reviews a new book on that topic, but I’m not entirely convinced on its main point:Paul contradicts this liberal narrative. Personal acquaintance with homosexuals, for instance, is more an effect of political opinions than a cause: people have contact with homosexuals because they first admire them. Furthermore, liberals do not consistently tolerate or […]
Clancy Martin reviews The Recovering:If there is one book that rises above all others in The Recovering, it is Wallace’s masterpiece Infinite Jest, with its depictions of the modest heroism of the recovering addict. I loved Jamison’s smart insights and frank reverence for Infinite Jest—her discussion of it is one of the most comforting pieces […]
…at least to Marilyn Minter, a #MeToo supporter who nonetheless says she’s seen a version of this before, when her “Porn Grids” ran afoul of anti-pornography feminists in the late ’80s and early ’90s. “I was a traitor to feminism, but my side won,” she says. “Now it’s the return of all that.” Her larger […]
Jim Goad writes:Two years later in an apparent copycat suicide, a 31-year-old Quaker named Norman Morrison poured kerosene on himself outside the Pentagon and left his family fatherless because he apparently cared more about suffering Vietnamese children than he cared about his own children. He had mailed a letter to his wife that stated, “Know […]
Strangely, King Charles was far from alone in his glass delusion. He was only the most exalted representative of a rash of Glass Men that appeared throughout Europe between the fifteenth and seventeenth centuries. Tales of people afflicted with glass bones, glass heads, glass arms, and glass hearts abound in the medical and literary texts […]
(To his “why is this happening?” I’d humbly suggest (for the 800th time) that, intentionally or not, the 1960s Civil Rights Movement valorized “disobedience,” and the elites have valorized the Civil Rights Movement.) More from my site‘It is time for a new Civil Rights Movement’Jim Goad provides another reason not to go to New YorkRose […]
So David Cole had lunch with Ann Coulter at “one of Beverly Hills’ most revered Jewish delis,” and…Ann shared a theory about why Trump has elicited so much irrational hatred from one particularly influential U.S. demographic group. And what she said hit me right in the gut. She’s never publicly written about this theory, but […]
Flynn writes:Boasting three names — Linda Moulton Howe, David John Oates, Tom Van Flandern, etc. — seemed a prerequisite for landing an appearance as a guest. A fellow listener pondered aloud to me about this shared characteristic with serial killers; methinks ridiculed people take themselves super seriously when nobody else does, hence the three-name defense […]
Andrew Lawton is running for the Ontario PC party’s nomination in London West. Doug Ford should not let him.
For many reasons, but this one is my favorite. Back in 2010 Andrew and some buddies wanted to bring alt-right notable Mark Steyn to London (Ontario). First to the University of Western Ontario and then, when that fell through, to the London Convention Center. But it all went South on them at the LCC as well, and they blamed Islam. From Andrew’s old blog, which doesn’t appear to exist anymore:
“The reason offered by the LCC [in a Tuesday morning phone call] was that they had received pressure from local Islamic groups, and they didn’t want to alienate their Muslim clients. It’s interesting to note that the LCC is owned by the City of London, and is therefore a government operation,” wrote Strictly Right’s Andrew Lawton at the website.
But as I argue here, Andrew’s explanation doesn’t work. Basically, the site for Steyn’s speech had already changed once, and it would have been impossible for any of these “Islamic groups” to have known which new potential venue to threaten.
Andrew actually responded to my argument in the comments, and pretty much admitted the major points of it. As I wrote at the time:
So will you acknowledge that, whatever you might have been told by the LCC, it would have been impossible for local “Islamic Groups” to have had any real influence on their decision. This is not to say anything about the LCCs decision making processes, which may well have involved considerations about what how their Muslim clients might have reacted to Steyn’s appearance.
So, in short, Andrew Lawton tried to arrange to have an alt-right lunatic speak at the LCC, bunged it up, and blamed Muslims. If Doug Ford wants to convince Ontarians he isn’t a Trump clone, one way to do it would be to kibosh this nomination run.
David Cole writes:The tranny demands that we alter our vocabulary. The tranny demands that we change our sexual and aesthetic preferences. The tranny demands that we lower our standards for things like military service. The tranny wants to stop us from using words or phrases that are “exclusionary” (I’ve never seen a campaign mounted by […]
Jim Goad writes:I don’t recall any European traditionalists stalking and terrorizing the pig-haulers in England whose trucks get attacked and whose children are threatened with abduction and torture. I’ve never met a WWII obsessive who howls about the “billions murdered” by “carnists.” I don’t recall hearing about any reader of The Bell Curve sending letter […]
…they might be better understood via a phrase coined by Hannah Arendt: “conscious pariah.” The women in this book were many things—brilliant, difficult, successful, frequently wrong—but they were all outsiders. (Often literally: Arendt, Adler, and Malcolm were all immigrants.) “A conscious pariah knows she is different,” Dean writes, “and knows she may never, at least […]
Christopher DeGroot writes:Such exuberant pride finds a parallel in hip-hop culture, wherein men “battle” and “dis” one another with pleasure. Why is it that we hear rap everywhere we go these days, from Walgreens to the breaks at sporting events? What is the special appeal? It is that, like rock and roll, rap contains an […]
…ever since my troubles with Canada’s “human rights” commissions:“Hate speech” doesn’t lead to violence so much as restraints on so-called “hate speech” do – because, when you tell someone you can’t say that, there’s nothing left for him to do but open fire or plant his bomb. Restricting speech – or even being perceived to […]
Steve Sailer writes:Another feature that makes our commentariat comfortable with India is that Indians don’t seem to be all that mechanically facile, perhaps especially not the priestly Brahmin caste, with whom Western intellectuals primarily interact.And the Indians tend to be more verbally agile than the Chinese and more adept at the kind of high-level abstract […]
2016: Martin Luther King, Pussy-GrabberPLUS: My mini-treasury of Taki’s columns on MLK! More from my site‘Celebrate’ Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with my nasty musings! (PLUS bonus Derb…)Paper pulls Julie Burchill column about transsexual bullies — after transsexual bullies complainToday in Selma! ‘It happened near historic Brown Chapel AME Church on Martin Luther King Jr. […]
I’m losing confidence in Jagmeet Singh “Singh has also left Saskatchewan MP Erin Weir twisting in the wind for two months after suspending him from party duties based on a vague email allegation by a fellow caucus member”.”More Risk Than Reward”
David Cole writes:There was absolutely nothing incorrect about Ingraham’s tweet. The kid genuinely did whine about the rejections. But we live in a time in which The New Yorker has compared Parkland “survivor” Emma Gonzalez to Joan of Arc, a time in which a politician’s career was ruined by calling Gonzalez a “skinhead lesbian” (Gonzalez […]
Today’s “Thanks for coming out!”, over at the US Speccie:A sole review of my last novel — amid perhaps a hundred — characterised The Mandibles (hence also its author) as ‘racist’. The evidence: my Latino US president of 2029 speaks ‘with a lisp’, a description of the reviewer’s invention. The review also took a snapshot […]
Jim Goad writes:I would have no sane reason to deny someone the right to be who they really are. What’s suspicious about our transgendered allies, however, is how much effort it takes them to be who they really are. I would think that being who you really are requires no effort at all.What’s so odd […]