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The same sex story (likely accurate conspiracy theory + David Frum for PM ?!?!)
Toronto Sun (Canada) ^ | July 10, 2005 | DOUGLAS FISHER

Posted on 07/11/2005 9:29:52 AM PDT by GMMAC

Toronto Sun
July 10, 2005

The same sex story


OTTAWA -- Two questions disturb me in my midsummer lull.

First, how was the coup of legalized same-sex marriage achieved? Who shaped it, who co-ordinated it from a long-shot prospect a few years ago to a clinched deal last month?

Second, how might Canada's "natural opposition party," the Conservatives, now led by Stephen Harper, respond to the fresh leadership contest shaping up within the federal Liberal party, now that we know of Michael Ignatieff's bold determination to win a seat in the next election -- on his way to becoming Liberal leader and prime minister?

'Inside job'

Does the Ignatieff bid within the Liberals suggest an opportunity of comparable import for the Conservatives? Is there a conservative contestant who could compete in his league?

On the first issue, my theory is that to a remarkable degree, same-sex marriage was an "inside job" carried out within the federal Department of Justice, among the law clerks of Canada's courts, and lawyers (largely women) in tune with the aims of gay organizations such as EGALE Canada. When the time came for crucial decisions supporting same-sex marriage, the senior courts were ready.

Indeed, by the time the House of Commons finally dealt with the matter, the issue was already a "fait accompli."

Unless a provincial legislature or the House of Commons was willing to to use the notwithstanding clause of the Constitution -- and none were -- it was the courts' decisions that effectively became the law of the land (witness the flood of same-sex weddings, well before the new legislation passed in the Commons).

Long before even the court stage was reached, the single most important promoter of gay rights in Canada was Svend Robinson, the now-retired NDP MP from Burnaby.

The first elected federal politician to come out of the closet with a combination of social gall, bravery and stamina, Robinson rarely let a chance pass to advance the cause of homosexual rights. He was later joined by a gay member of the Bloc caucus, Real Menard.

It was apparent to me that this duo had the approval of most of the several hundred reporters, producers, and researchers who cover federal politics.

This media gang had become favourable to homosexual rights, just as they had become favourable to the end of capital punishment and a generally open abortion policy long before these matters were decided in the political arena.

This journalistic support showed up most particularly during the last election, especially in the hostility of reporters (again, largely women) towards Stephen Harper over his allegedly backward stance on same-sex marriage.

Pro-gay edge

Much of this pro-gay edge in the media was blazoned after 1989 by one newspaper, The Globe and Mail, and its editor-in-chief in the 1990s, William Thorsell.

Rarely a week went by that the Globe did not advocate for homosexual rights in features, editorials, and news stories, all making the vigorous case for fair play and full citizenship for this too-long-persecuted minority.

CBC-TV news and public affairs also shifted into this attitude, seeing the homosexual "status quo" as an undeserved injustice, with the French side (Radio-Canada) leading the way long years before their English cousins took up the cause.

I have no conspiracy theory of a single mind or team which executed the legislative coup of same sex-marriage. But I am sure when the history is written in the next decade or so, it will have, aside from the media and two prominent gay politicians, women lawyers at its core.

Now let us look briefly at a Tory alternative to put up against the brilliant and sophisticated Michael Ignatieff.

I suggest David Frum. Like Ignatieff, he is a star in the United States. Like Ignatieff, he is from one of Canada's best-known families, his late mother Barbara a heroine to a generation of Canadians through CBC radio and TV in the 1970s and '80s.

Frum is a formidable debater and every bit as much a global analyst as Ignatieff, and one who has spent even more time examining and advocating conservatively minded political programs for Canadians.

Could he be the Conservative answer to the Liberal challenge posed by Ignatieff?

TOPICS: Canada; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: canada; cpc; davidfrum; harper; liberals; samesexmarriage
As many have likely noticed, a common pious, but transparently disingenuous, whine from main stream media hacks centers upon Stephen Harper's supposed unfitness to lead the Conservatives.
Typically, it comes with acknowledgement that the Liberals are openly corrupt and arrogant and a feigned wish Canadians had the alternative which the CPC would offer - if only it wasn't for the terrible Mr. Harper.
At one time, the msn's main proposed remedial choice was Belinda Stronach (... snicker!) but, of late, it seems to largely favor John (red) Tory. (... double snicker!)
While most authentic Conservatives realize that, should any Leader of their Party ever receive the overwhelmingly ultra-liberal msn's seal of acceptance, it will then officially be the day to throw in the partisan towel, old lefty Douglas Fisher's suggested replacement below is at least the tiniest bit intriguing.
Not wishing to see Harper gone but ... opting for David Frum - a legitimate conservative intellectual who also happens to be a Jew with an impeccable liberal establishment pedigree - would definitely mean the socialist attack machine would require drastic and extensive re-tooling.
Besides possessing strengths in areas where Harper is perceived to be weak, the left's trump card of routinely characterizing all conservatives as extremist, knuckle-dragging bigots would be vaporized. Few openings for time-worn attacks would remain - save the belabored anti-Americanism which Frum's past association with the Bush White House would most certainly engender.
However, given he's never exhibited any outward signs of masochism beyond articulating 'inappropriate' views, why would Frum even wish to invite the unprincipled and vicious abuse which comes with this plainly thankless job?

1 posted on 07/11/2005 9:29:52 AM PDT by GMMAC
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To: fanfan; Pikamax; Former Proud Canadian; Great Dane; Alberta's Child; headsonpikes; coteblanche; ...

2 posted on 07/11/2005 9:31:12 AM PDT by GMMAC (paraphrasing Parrish: "damned Liberals, I hate those bastards!")
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Something must be done to stop the MSM. They alone are killing Canada, with their brainwashing Liberal tactics.

3 posted on 07/11/2005 9:32:52 AM PDT by Heartofsong83
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To: Heartofsong83

The saddest part is our MSM is the tax payer funded CBC, which I have ceased to watch since Fox News became available.

And I don't trust Frum since he became part of Arriana Huffington's blog.

Non merci.

4 posted on 07/11/2005 10:19:44 AM PDT by timsbella (Mark Steyn for Prime Minister of Canada!)
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Frum is Canadian?

For some reason I don't like that a Canadian was a speechwriter for the US President.

5 posted on 07/11/2005 10:23:27 AM PDT by Republican Red (''Van der Sloot" is Dutch for ''Kennedy.")
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To: Republican Red

The waffle iron that is David Frum is Canadian. His mother is the late Barbara Frum who was the lead journalist (think Paul Zahn) of the CBC's 'The Journal" until she passed away from breast cancer in the 90's.

6 posted on 07/11/2005 10:31:23 AM PDT by timsbella (Mark Steyn for Prime Minister of Canada!)
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To: Republican Red
"For some reason I don't like that a Canadian was a speechwriter for the US President."

Why not trust your President's otherwise well-proven good judgment and that history will remember him as one of the greatest?
Surely, you don't believe the leftists' canard that Bush isn't capable of cohesive and independent thought and, besides, a mere one largely right-thinking Kanuckistani sure beats the hoards of outright commies that certain former (Democrat) Presidents opted to have surrounding them?
7 posted on 07/11/2005 11:14:58 AM PDT by GMMAC (paraphrasing Parrish: "damned Liberals, I hate those bastards!")
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Surely, you don't believe the leftists' canard that Bush isn't capable of cohesive and independent thought

No, I just thought of all jobs it should require a US citizenship. Symbolism mostly. A US government should employ us citizens.
8 posted on 07/11/2005 11:19:56 AM PDT by Republican Red (''Van der Sloot" is Dutch for ''Kennedy.")
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To: Republican Red

Canadians can have dual citizenship with the US. US citizens in Canada have had the privilege for decades, but now both countries accept this (mostly because Canadians have to actually "renounce" their citizenship to lose it - bit of a legal loophole)

9 posted on 07/11/2005 11:25:21 AM PDT by timsbella (Mark Steyn for Prime Minister of Canada!)
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To: Republican Red
While I don't disagree with your general point, I can certainly think of numerous Americans whom I'd be quite happy to know were attempting to impart logic and common sense to the jackasses running Ottawa these days!
IMHO, worry more about Kanuckistai reds in Hollywood (and the supposed 'Americans" there as well!) than about one mere White House speech writer.

BTW, for a number of years, my retired Dad has been quite active in Florida Republican circles and people down there seem to care a whole lot more about his life-long devotion to conservative causes and the well-honed anti-liberal electoral skills he brings to the table than about his citizenship.
I'm guessing maybe the votes he helped to deliver in 2000 especially were at least somewhat helpful?
10 posted on 07/11/2005 11:39:59 AM PDT by GMMAC (paraphrasing Parrish: "damned Liberals, I hate those bastards!")
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