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Justin Trudeau is not capable of leading Canada: Bryan Hayes

Sunday, January 05, 2014   by: Darren Taylor

As we begin a new year, and as Canadian MPs prepare to head back to Ottawa, some political observers have speculated that 2014 might be the year Prime Minister Stephen Harper may step down.

Harper, the observers have stated, may leave as Prime Minister and Conservative Party leader to get away from the Senate scandal, a scandal from which he cannot seem to distance himself from.

Secondly, it is thought that Harper, who has made the humiliation of the federal Liberal Party one of his primary reasons for being in politics, does not want to face the prospect of losing power in the 2015 federal election (or having his majority government reduced to a minority) to a resurgent Liberal Party under the leadership of Justin Trudeau. asked Conservative Sault Ste. Marie MP Bryan Hayes for his reaction to the political speculation.

Hayes told us: "The Prime Minister has said he will lead the Conservatives into the next election, he has said that in caucus and he has said that publicly, and I don't think he should resign."

Harper, Hayes said, is who Canada needs as its leader "going into the foreseeable future." 


"As far as I'm concerned, Justin Trudeau is not capable of leading Canada," Hayes told us.

"A lot of people in the media, I would suggest, are very taken with the name Trudeau, but I think Canadian voters are smart enough not to fall for that…Canadians are far too intelligent to let Trudeau or (federal NDP leader) Thomas Mulcair be the next Prime Minister," Hayes said.

"Trudeau has no economic plan, he has no plan, he hasn't gone on record with any plans at all," Hayes said.

Trudeau has indeed said very little, other than his call for the legalization of marijuana, his view that more political clout be transferred to Quebec at the expense of economically powerful Alberta, his admiration for some aspects of the People's Republic of China's system of government, and vague promises to fight for the Canadian middle class.

On the issue of legalization of marijuana, Hayes said that while the Conservative government currently opposes that, studies are being conducted by various groups and that legalization of the substance may still occur some day.

"That could be considered down the road, who knows?" Hayes said.

Returning to his criticism of Trudeau, Hayes said: "I just can't imagine him talking trade with world leaders, I just can't imagine him talking national defence with world leaders, whereas Prime Minister Harper is a proven leader who's extremely well-respected on the world stage."

His position on Trudeau clear, Hayes added that Thomas Mulcair's NDP is equally unfit to lead Canada.

"The policies of the NDP would basically devastate the Canadian economy," Hayes said.

"You would see taxes skyrocket, you would no longer see Canadian companies being competitive."

"Businesses would leave our country as their corporate tax rates would go through the ceiling (under an NDP government), and job losses would be astronomical."

Hayes added: "What happened in the 2011 federal election was a bit of a fluke, with the NDP taking the number of seats they did in Quebec…they absolutely will not retain those Quebec seats."

"I don't think the NDP will form the Official Opposition in 2015, let alone form a government," Hayes projected.

Still, while not appearing to be overly concerned with Trudeau, a youthful media darling with a full head of hair, nor Mulcair, an intense and heavily-bearded man who always seems to be on the edge of losing his temper, Hayes told us the Conservatives are determined not to be over-confident.

"We have to be strong as a political party and make sure we don't beat ourselves," Hayes said.

"That's key…we have to present a consistent message and work hard, and not take anyone or anything for granted."

Hayes also shared with us the latest on issues of construction and development in Sault Ste. Marie.

Pleased that work on the new Bridge Plaza is finally underway ($44 million in funding for the Plaza project was announced by Prime Minister Harper on a visit to Sault Ste. Marie in September 2009), Hayes added the Tories would definitely be open to looking at Sault Ste. Marie's desire for a deep water port.

Consideration of that project, however, will only be made when the City and private sector partners (notably Essar and Tenaris) formally make application for funding of the project, estimated to cost $121 million.

"Consideration has to come with 'the ask' and the ask hasn't occurred yet," Hayes said.

"In all likelihood, it would have to move forward as a public-private partnership, which would indicate a one-third commitment from the federal government."

Hayes said: "The business case for the deep water port thus far indicates it would be worth taxpayers money, so needless to say I will be lobbying incredibly hard for the project when and if the ask for it comes."


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RocknRoll 1/5/2014 6:57:12 PM Report

The Conservatives & Sault Ste. Marie MP Bryan Hayes are running scared to start bad mouthing someone so soon before an election, Also what has MP Bryan Hayes really done for the Sault. Nothing come to my mind.
Mr. Poster 1/5/2014 7:02:31 PM Report

Many may feel Mr. Hayes too qualified to represent SSM. Knocking someone else down is not a good way to get ready for an election ,Mr. Hayes. lets here what your leader and party has done for SSM...diddly squat I suspect. So much for the idea of electing a member of the ruling party.
Mr. Poster 1/5/2014 7:03:33 PM Report

oopps...meant to say many may think he IS NOT TOO ...sorry about that.
avo13 1/5/2014 7:18:44 PM Report

Shut up Bryan Hayes. You haven't done a damn thing for this city.

Deep sea Harbour construction starting soon?
Dictionary 1/5/2014 7:25:06 PM Report

ha... he emerged from his closet for his monthly sootoday statement! now hurry, shuffle back under mr. harper's coat tails!
hodedo68 1/5/2014 7:26:30 PM Report

I had some respect for Bryan until now. Maybe a young leader with fresh ideas is what Canada needs!!
KFM 1/5/2014 7:30:22 PM Report

And what does Hayes know? Why what ever Steven has written for him to say, what else?
KFM 1/5/2014 7:33:48 PM Report

Oh and by the way, how can a do nothing think he is qualified to bad mouth anyone?
I'm In 1/5/2014 7:48:30 PM Report

Brian Hayes sent me a Christmas card with my tax money, it went to the GFL box as soon as I opened it, this guy is a beauty.
MsNic 1/5/2014 7:59:03 PM Report

After reading all the hateful,angry and pathetic comments on here Mr. Hayes probably wouldn't want your kind to vote for him. You sound like an uneducated bunch of hillbilly's and redneck's. Maybe you should educate yourself on all the things Mr. Hayes has done for this area.
shorty38 1/5/2014 8:13:42 PM Report

Well ----- continue ?????
avo13 1/5/2014 8:22:24 PM Report

Hayes has done quite a lot for this community. He's sent out pamphlets to everyone on christmas, and ugh ya...
KFM 1/5/2014 8:30:00 PM Report

MsNic, did you happen to read what Brian says about Trudeeau or have you been sleeping through the Conservative parties attack advertisments over the last few years? What goes around comes around and hopfully Brians on that train leaving next election!
Alystr 1/5/2014 8:32:31 PM Report

Bryan Hayes, shut your mouth, worthless piece of crap. Harper has been in position how long now, and he isn't capable of working at Walmart.
smcleod 1/5/2014 8:33:51 PM Report

lol The pot calling the kettle...
Dictionary 1/5/2014 8:55:11 PM Report

well MsNick? we're still waiting?
statusquo 1/5/2014 8:55:46 PM Report

Bryan Hayes reminds me of that "thing" in your garage that you bought years ago at Canadian Tire only because it was on special, but for the life of you cannot remember why and you can't bring yourself to throw it's there but hasn't made an iota of difference in your life...good or bad.
He is here for the ride but on a flavour basis he is less than vanilla.
A total non-entity!
soowat 1/5/2014 8:55:46 PM Report

Maybe Harper will resign and appoint himself to the senate. Therein lies job security and good pay. If Harpo wants advice on how to get that kind of thing going for himself Hayes can set up a meeting for Harper with a well known former SSM Politician that we all love and respect.

Is it too late to wish the best of the season to former mayor Fatesi?
soowat 1/5/2014 8:55:46 PM Report

Maybe Harper will resign and appoint himself to the senate. Therein lies job security and good pay. If Harpo wants advice on how to get that kind of thing going for himself Hayes can set up a meeting for Harper with a well known former SSM Politician that we all love and respect.

Is it too late to wish the best of the season to former mayor Fatesi?
patch123 1/5/2014 8:58:02 PM Report

Looks like the global warming group is out in full force . Let's shut down the oil sands and cancel all the trading contracts that that dummy Harper spearheaded . All these things do is create jobs so that more people pay taxes that pay for dumb stuff like health care , education , military and reducing our country's debt load that was created by parties that are concerned with their own fortunes rather than those of our country .
Newsjunkie 1/5/2014 8:59:43 PM Report

Didn't someone recently applaud Bryan Hayes for going on record as being against the negative political ads being promoted by his own party? (I think it was the 'darts & laurels' column in the Sault Star...) Sounds like Bryan has been taking some pointers from Harper on speaking out of both sides of his mouth!
Skierguy 1/5/2014 9:00:06 PM Report

M.P. Mr. Hayes is everywhere in our fine community. I see him in my mailbox roughly 3 times a week in unsolicited 3rd class mail, many times daily on the buses, oh and the Essar Center for every event..and in banner ads on the interweb.
Dictionary 1/5/2014 9:00:31 PM Report

One. Term. MP.
coachkids4life 1/5/2014 9:25:16 PM Report

all this coming from another political windbag who has already forgot where he came from soon to be back in some municiple politics near you.
lookaround 1/5/2014 9:35:40 PM Report

Mr. Hayes what have the Conservatives done for Canada?

Let me list:

1......waiting for infrastructure projects...none done
2......failing to increase health care transfers...we have an aging population
3......spending my tax dollars on advertisements either to promote their agenda or put down the opposition.

Time for a change......Canada wake up
MsNic 1/5/2014 9:56:33 PM Report

Shorty38-Are you unable to educate YOURSELF???
KFM-BrIan??? Trudeeau??? Hopfully??? BrIan???
Dictionary-MsNick??? Are you unable to educate YOURSELF???

I'm hoping that my above comments makes you realize what it's like to be picked at.

Just for the record, I usually vote for the NDP candidate. I just didn't like the rude, nasty tone that was present. Try to be kinder to other people.
Twistinwrenches 1/5/2014 10:11:45 PM Report

You can tell who are the socialist types that always want free stuff. Government jobs that the cost is heaped on hardworking taxpayers. We must keep Canada on the path that it is. A Trudeau lead Canada would be a disaster.
scottstewy123 1/5/2014 10:31:37 PM Report

scottstewy123 1/5/2014 10:40:49 PM Report

Ya right the pot Head Trudeau as Prime Minister. I can just see 1 telephone call. Hey Obaama come on up I have some good weed to smoke dude . Ya can you imagine. There is no other alternative. Both Liberal and NDP have lame ducks as leaders. Our Country has the best economy in the FREE world. AAs for the senate scandal That is not his issue. That's the senetors who have the hands in cookie jar. If I am not mistaken some Liberals got caught too. Sorry the aaccusations of the left do not stick. The conservatives in my opinion are doing a great job. Mr Hayes speaks the truth of the leaders of the other Parties.
Mr E 1/5/2014 10:46:34 PM Report

Nobody seriously thinks Trudeau would be a good PM do they?
Pakadeva 1/5/2014 11:54:43 PM Report

Justin Trudeau spells disaster for Canada...going to Pot in more ways than smoke.
Nanax5 1/6/2014 12:04:41 AM Report

Look who is calling the kettle black. It is Harper who is not fit to be PM..........He has sold Canada to any country who wants us
Floyd 1/6/2014 12:45:22 AM Report

Sorry Lads...this country needs something to turn it on it's head....We need the look and the promise of youth and Justin Trudeau will try to do that. Whether you like him or not, same as his father, we need AN UPSET!!! We need to get this country TALKING AGAIN!...He might not be what everyone wants.....but he will be a change that can't possibly hurt! The boomers are going for it......
scottstewy123 1/6/2014 1:19:47 AM Report

Pakadeva 1/6/2014 1:23:41 AM Report

It doesn't have to be Justin Trudeau that changes Canada, I don't think even Pierre (his Dad) would vote him in at this stage in his life. If his Dad were still here, I'd cast him my vote immediately!
nanci 1/6/2014 5:45:22 AM Report

Hayes was and is a waste of tax payers money and always will be. Bryan is a waste of our time. As a ward 3 Alderman he was never interested in our voice, never earned our respect, did not earn his keep. Nothing has changed, Hayes takes care of himself and only cares for himself. Let us NOT let him go any further in his political career...Please.
Algodees 1/6/2014 7:26:44 AM Report

Hayes should not be calling all who disagree with him idiots. The Cons have been in deficit for 7 or 8 years and have increased the debt by billions. What's so good about that? In the long run Canadians will be sorry for what they have let Harper, Hayes and the Nasty Party get away with.
Jimssm 1/6/2014 7:32:37 AM Report

So Mr. Hayes...

....A politician's way of saying "THERE WILL BE NO DEEP WATER PORT"....
mosquitos 1/6/2014 7:54:27 AM Report

Trudeau (Shinny Pony) and his cronies would further bankrupt this country with their environmental policies alone. Sorry folks, he has too much of his mother's genes. The Liberals screwed up picking their leader yet again, Findley or Garneau were the answer, they had the class and smarts to actually do the job. Prom kings won't cut it, the PMO's office has too much power for an adolescent.
mosquitos 1/6/2014 8:09:00 AM Report

Oops shinning pony
T-pot 1/6/2014 9:29:03 AM Report

If history has taught us anything, is that Canadians do not know how to vote for the right people to run this country.

Harper may be a bone head but, where it counts, he has saved this country in a recession.
bubba2006 1/6/2014 9:47:40 AM Report

a pat on the back for Hayes.....maybe he should consider running for there is a big joke. SSM, when are you going to wake you see all the non-intelligent people running most of our governments? from local to federal...when will we see some smart woman run?
danno2257 1/6/2014 9:48:20 AM Report

Bryan's term is first term and his last only elected because of his view to abolish the long gun registry and his government has done that, so good bye Bryan!
debo 1/6/2014 10:00:14 AM Report


You should have left it at being unable to spell one form of the word correctly, instead you "doubled-down" and managed to mangle another form of the word. But, at least you got "oops" right ... more than I would expect from Hayes.
OMGWTF 1/6/2014 10:00:20 AM Report

The Harper PC's have spent $500 Million of our tax dollars telling us what a great job they're doing when researchers are being muzzled, government libraries are being burned vital environment issues are being challenged because they don't have the budgets. Harper just doesn't want any data that would cause people to question his policies. We dodged the recession due to our tight banking policies that the Liberals put in place so Harper rides the coat tails of other peoples' work. Hayes is a press release for Harper so take his comments with a grain of salt. He may mean well but has done zip for us and the PC's have ignored the North. You want good paying jobs in the Soo? Put those scientists back to work and invest the ad dollars into real growth activities.
Number One Son 1/6/2014 10:46:49 AM Report

scottstewy, .... you don't have a clue what you are talking about. For one thing, the Liberal and NDP leaders are NOT in a "lame duck" position, as thought of in a political sense.

A political leader is just the face you see representing the party. All the parties have an agenda and platform developed to guide them if they should be in a position of power, ... this is what leads to the policies and actions our government takes, ... not the party leader.

The better at public speaking the leader is, the more likely people will side with that party, .... this is why parties elect the likes of a Justin Trudeau or Stephen Harper to lead them. Unfortunately for the NDP, they don't really have a charismatic person to lead them right now, so they are stuck with who they have right now.

Sadly, nothing will really dramatically change regardless who is in power. Most parties have similar basic policies, and all are afraid to upset their biggest supporters which is Corporate Canada. It doesn't matter who we elect, we will all be back here 4 years from now belly-aching about whoever we have just elected and wanting to hang him from the nearest tree.

All we really have control over, is to never re-elect the same person twice so they cannot rob the coffers of an undeserving pension for sitting on their political butts for 8 years.
flyhawk25 1/6/2014 2:32:52 PM Report

We knew what we were getting with Hayes when he won.
I had no expectations and so far he has not disappointed me.
He is so far out of his league it's almost humorous.
Seems he can't make any statements without the PMO's blessing.
You plant a potato you get a potato.
Grump 1/6/2014 4:00:17 PM Report

For someone who was raised an Army brat I would have thought he would have at least tried to help the vets. If you plant a cabbage you get a cabbage head. Bye, bye Bryan.
BrianTheDog 1/6/2014 8:50:14 PM Report

I voted for Harper not because of Hayes. But because Harper is strong and blue!

Hayes is what we call an instant Conservative or convenient Tory. Bryan took advantage of the untimely death of the really Tory candidate poor old Mayor John.

He is putting this add out because he had no choice. He decided to bag on the party for their "attack adds"! Well Bryan that is why the party won and why you get that six digit salary. Now the Harper's boys heard that you were out shooting your mouth off and are making you dance. Dance Bryan! Dance for your money!!!
amshld 1/6/2014 11:47:50 PM Report

I cant believe the MP would allow this to be place on soo today. I am involved in several community events, I volunteer for this community and get a post secondary education here and I have never heard or seen him actively do anything??? At least Tony was always doing something??? Mr. MP please stop it..My question is do you even like living in SSM, ON??
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