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Mr. Goodale thinks you're wrong about Mr. Trudeau, Mr. Hayes

Wednesday, January 08, 2014   by: Staff received the following letter from Ralph Goodale, deputy leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, in response to an article published on January 5

In the article, Sault MP Bryan Hayes is quoted: "As far as I'm concerned, Justin Trudeau is not capable of leading Canada."

Dear Editor:
I write in response to an article quoting Bryan Hayes, Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie, published on January 5, 2014.
Mr. Hayes’ negative comments are precisely the sort that Canadians are rejecting. 

Weary of personal abuse, scandal and spin, people across the country are searching for a constructive, fresh alternative.
Mr. Hayes claims Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is unwilling to discuss big issues. 

But in fact the exact opposite is true. 

He has delivered well-received public policy speeches at meetings of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities in Vancouver, at the Petroleum Club in Calgary, at Le Mood in Montreal, and at the Swami Narayan Temple in Toronto. 

More globally, he recently participated in a major policy conference at the Center for American Progress in Washington.

Mr. Trudeau is offering a bold vision for Canada – one that pulls people together around ambitions we can all share, rather than driving wedges of division and fear. 

His priority is clear. 

We must bolster the strength and prosperity of middle-class Canadians, who haven’t had a decent raise in 30 years.

Achieving that goal will require sustained economic growth. 

Sadly, Mr. Harper's record in this regard is the worst of any Prime Minister since R.B. Bennett in the 1930s.

And his only discernible plan for the future is more austerity which runs the risk of actually making middle-class prosperity more difficult.

Mr. Trudeau, on the other hand, wants Canada to build a competitive advantage around a highly skilled, creative and innovative workforce. 

While 50 percent of Canadians today have successfully acquired some level of post-secondary education, we need to lift that success rate to at least 70 percent, because the jobs of the future will demand it.

With respect to energy policy, Mr. Trudeau is calling for a smart marriage between successful economic development and intelligent environmental protection.  Canadians want and need both. 

Review processes must be fair, transparent, and science-based. 

If we had had more credible environmental policy in this country – including effective oversight, tougher penalties, and a price on carbon pollution – the Keystone XL pipeline would already have been approved.

On democratic reform, the Liberal Party has made a commitment to go beyond what any other party is doing.

We led the way by proactively and publicly disclosing MP expenses.

Moreover, Mr. Trudeau is calling for common, quarterly and more detailed online expense reports easily accessible to Canadians, as well as working with the Auditor General to ensure greater public confidence in all Parliamentary spending.

Mr. Hayes says Canadians need Stephen Harper, now and for the “foreseeable future.” 

I respectfully disagree. 

Canadians are increasingly thirsty for change – change that’s in touch with middle-class aspirations, change they can embrace with genuine enthusiasm. 

Liberals, under Mr. Trudeau, will continue working hard to earn Canadians’ trust and deliver that real change.

Ralph Goodale, P.C., M.P. (Wascana)
Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada

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Dictionary 1/8/2014 12:31:51 PM Report

this article should be called "Ghostbusters: Goodale Guns Down Phantom MP"
steelworker 1/8/2014 12:34:37 PM Report

...a price on carbon pollution. Sorry Ralph Malph but I think you lost most Canadians when you mentioned a derivative of "carbon taxing" all the while expounding on the Libs concern for the middle class. Go back to school you wanker.
BIG BROTHER 1/8/2014 12:40:05 PM Report

I read Bryan's quotes and when he was asked 'why Harper'?, he proceeded to knock Trudeau without mentioning one reason, as to why Harper!!

Goodale's right....negative and divisive is all Harper has to offer.
!@# 1/8/2014 12:41:54 PM Report

steelworker....we are talking about Bryan who?? so much for your candidate....maybe can learn a few lessons from Orazietti...funny thing the Conservatives are in power and he has done who's the wanker!!
soowat 1/8/2014 12:51:27 PM Report

What do steel worker, Bryan Hayes and Prime Minister Harper have in common? All three would have to look up the word class in the dictionary
steelworker 1/8/2014 1:08:11 PM Report

You would see my picture. As for David O. what has he done lately except prop up a corrupt and useless government.
Lone24 1/8/2014 1:12:09 PM Report

We all know by now that all these idiots will tell everyone nothing but lies to get in. Just so they can be well off in the long run.
Dictionary 1/8/2014 1:13:45 PM Report

i'd honestly think "corrupt and useless" is a pretty accurate descriptor for hayes and the cons.
steelworker 1/8/2014 1:21:47 PM Report

How's your PUC bill this month? Thank you Katy Wynne and the Lieberals.
RonBes 1/8/2014 1:32:23 PM Report

I hate to break it to you, but your power bills will go up no matter what government is sitting. The reformacons will not help you there either; the biggest difference between their energy policy and that of the other parties is, once the dead dinosaur bones get prohibitively expensive to extract and/or run low, there will be no alternatives in place, cheap or otherwise, and the climate will be so messed up that you *will* need it during more of the year for heating & cooling.
Truck 1/8/2014 1:32:50 PM Report

Dictionary....I was thinking the same thing...I don't get how any Harper fan or conservative could possibly call any other government "corrupt". To say hypocrite would be an understatement.
Bobby Nerves 1/8/2014 1:40:41 PM Report

I don't know if it's related but it's worth mentioning that Canada Post just recalled the last issued stamp with the face of our Prime Minister, Mr. Harper. Canada Post decided the recall after people couldn't decide on which side of the stamp they should spit.
sinikka 1/8/2014 1:53:45 PM Report

You don't have to be a conservative to concede that Harper has done a great job as prime minister. Canada's economy is the envy of the world. Why talk about economic growth while other economies are tanking mr. Liberal. Our banking system is in great shape . As well Canadians have more equity in their homes than under any other government in history. There will always be segments of the population that are discontent with the government regardless of who is in power. But Mr. Harper has done a fine job leading us through the global financial crisis something I think would not have been possible by the other party leaders. Keep up the great work mr. harper.
CCR 1/8/2014 1:56:32 PM Report

Bryan Hayes is right. The Conservative government has done a lot for Canadians. There have been no tax increases and an important move to tax splitting on pensions that have significantly benefitted seniors. The two per cent reduction in the HST directly benefitted low income earners and all consumers. The direct assault on property rights represented by the draconian Liberal gun registry is gone. Locally, we have seen direct support for both Algoma University and Sault College from the federal government as well as much needed upgrades to the railway line connecting SSM to Sudbury that was in fact in danger of shutting down four years ago. We are seeing very real progress in the construction of a $50 million dollar customs plaza and studies are being undertaken for a new deep water docking facility. This represents more direct support for this constituency than I recall under any previous MP. It's a bit rich for Mr. Goodale to suggest that under a Liberal government the Keystone XL pipeline would already be approved when it is so obvious that the U.S. environmental lobby is what convinced their President to delay approval. It is fair game to criticize Justin Trudeau as being unfit for the role of PM. He is very inexperienced, has demonstrated a troubling tendency to always want to stall for time by deferring to "experts" or to "consulting with Canadians" when lost for real answers on tough questions, and sidesteps the fact that he has no platform yet on which to run in the next election or upon which Canadians can begin to assess his ideas for actually running the country.
Bobby Nerves 1/8/2014 2:06:00 PM Report

sinikka, you're wrong, our economy made it through the storm due to de Bank of Canada policies with Mark Carney who would never allow Harper or the other clown in economy interfere with the Bank policy.

Poloz is nothing else than Harper's puppet.

Soon the wall will crumbled down over our heads.
!@# 1/8/2014 2:11:28 PM Report

Listen arguments with Harper...yes he has done a great job....we are talking about Hayes here...the man who has done nothing!! absolutely nothing!! at least with Orazietti we get an announcement once and a while saying we have something...when was the last time Hayes made a federal announcement about anything?? used to be if your candidate was in the same party as elected could expect something for your Orazietti...that is all anyone will ever!!
T-pot 1/8/2014 2:24:15 PM Report

Instead of raising minimum wage and KILLING jobs - like they think will fix the problem they should make post secondary education free or more affordable. $400-$1200 text books? Seriously. For 1 year use? If you want post secondary numbers to rise - make it more affordable. Raising minimum wage isn't the answer. Throwing money to anything isn't the answer.
CCR 1/8/2014 2:25:38 PM Report

Actually, I attended the funding announcement for Algoma University. I discussed in detail with Bryan how he helped break the impasse that was delaying the bridge plaza project, and got a direct response from him with respect to the funding for the rail upgrade which was undertaken with $15 million each from the federal and provincial governments along with some matching funding from the rail line. It strikes me as obvious that there is a difference in degree of responsibility that is being somewhat lost on some people. Whereas the federal government is working towards balancing its books while concurrently funding important projects in this community, the provincial government is wallowing in debt, suffering credit downgrades, and involving itself in scandals such as Ornge Ambulance, E-health, gas plant cancellation costs, green energy flops, and all the while caving in to increasing demands from public sector unions on the backs of the taxpayer. I fully appreciate the work David O. has done to bring resources to this community, but I doubt we can afford much more provincial largesse. Already our provincial taxes are too high, user fees of all sorts have been raised, and power costs are surging. David is a good man, and I don't envy the position he is in as a member of the provincial government.
harry dick 1/8/2014 2:26:04 PM Report

People should remember the past when voting in an election. I personally believe that one Trudeau as a prime minister is enough , or should say too much . If this Trudeau does half the damage to this country that his father did , it will be too much. It was Pierre's laws that allows people from other countries to use our laws against us to get what they want. Just look at the guy that used the freedom of religion law that Pierre Trudeau and his government enacted to get to wear his turbin in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. It is called the R.C.M.P. for a reason .
People from other countries come to Canada and tell us that we cannot say the Lords Prayer in our schools but we have to let their kids pray to whoever when they want to .
This was all brought on by the government of Pierre Elliot Trudeau plus a lot of other laws people use against us.
learningaswego 1/8/2014 2:34:27 PM Report

It's hilarious to listen to Trudeau say he is positive, and that canadians are tired of the sniping (which they are) and all for bringing people together - in the same breath, he trashes and snipes at Harper and the government every time he gets his mug in front of a camera.
What's even more hilarious, in a sad way, is how many fall for it.
patch123 1/8/2014 2:45:13 PM Report

Oh yeah right . Goodale was on board with the adlibbers when they balanced the books by slashing healthcare funding right across this country . Yeah we need a pot smoking spare drama teacher to bring in a carbon tax that would do nothing except lower everyone's standard of living ...sure Ralphie you know best .
harry dick 1/8/2014 2:57:04 PM Report

To "steelworker" It is not Katherine Wyne's fault the charges for electricity and water are as high as they are . This was accomplished by the Ontario Conservatives when they were in power eight or so years ago. The Ontario Conservatives de-regulated electricity controlled by the Government and allowed the private sector to purchase it and charge what they wanted to. We have a lot of power to run this province without the very expensive solar and wind power components. The only reason these companies are making more power is to sell it to the United States to put extra money in their pockets.
Also , The liberals closed down the coal fired electricity plants , saying there was too much pollution from them. In Europe, coal is used extensively. They put what is called scrubbers on their coal fired units to clean the pollutants from the smoke released. THEIR COAL FIRED UNITS ARE SUPER CLEAN BURNING AND COAL IS THE CHEAPEST FOSSEL FUEL ON THE MARKET TO-DAY.
This change to solar and wind power in Ontario is directly from the pollution activists whining to the Government. It is on the same line as the abolition of the spring bear hunt to save mother bears and their cubs . The information came from people that have no idea what they are talking about. These same people probably have never ever seen a bear in the wild.
Hounds Fan 1/8/2014 2:57:46 PM Report

I think we can all agree that arguing politics is a never ending battle...
Hounds Fan 1/8/2014 2:58:37 PM Report

+1 to Bobby Nerves comment though..that's all I'll say..
steelworker 1/8/2014 3:08:54 PM Report

So H. Dick it's not Katy Wynnes' fault? Who caved in to the enviro-nazis and spent billions on solar/wind projects that are basically useless? Who helped to scrap two gas plants in Southern Ontario just to get a few votes? There should be nuclear plants going up all over Ontario for the use of Ontarians.
CCR 1/8/2014 3:08:58 PM Report

It doesn't take much Nerve to come on to an anonymous site and attempt to get a cheap laugh by suggesting that people spit on the Prime Minister...
flp 1/8/2014 3:24:27 PM Report

Finally there is some common sense, from good minds, coming on here defending Mr Hayes and the Harper government for a job well done of running this country in difficult times .
BIG BROTHER 1/8/2014 3:43:56 PM Report

Then Hayes should stick to what has been accomplished with Harper at the helm and quit with the negative crap about Trudeau.

I've yet to see Harper's experience spelled out. He usurped power away from the PC's; Clarke can't stand him, nor can Mulroney or many of the 'old guard'. He stabbed many colleagues in the back and was left with a group of neophytes to guide him while governing. ie. Duffy, Brazeau, to name a few. He was left a strong economy and many good regulations, which he didn't quite have enough time to screw up (and he would have), before the world economy went for a dumper.
steelworker 1/8/2014 3:56:06 PM Report

Funny how the liberal elite brayed about Harper appointing Duffy,Wallin and Brazeau to the Senate. A woman. an aboriginal and a fat guy; gee whiz Harper is doing the right thing for a change ( Craig Oliver thought it was a great idea). Too bad Harper got stuck with 3 duds and Harb.
Grump 1/8/2014 3:59:03 PM Report

Well all you Harper fans need to thank Harper for adding 250 + billions to our national debt while he was doing all his wonderful management. Your Great Grandchildren will be still paying on that debt. None of you seen to get the fact that you are repeating Harper's B.S. verbatim. If it wasn't for the strong banking rules put in under the Liberals, Harper would just be one more incompetent. These rules that saved him are the same ones he tried to change while in opposition and after he was elected. Any good he has done has been strictly a fluke.
Grump 1/8/2014 4:00:48 PM Report

Steely he didn't get stuck with them ,he appointed them. Dumb ass is as dumb ass does.
steelworker 1/8/2014 4:02:00 PM Report

You would be perfect for the Senate.
Wisenheimer 1/8/2014 4:04:56 PM Report

Dead dinosaur bones, hydro and nukes, will suffice nicely for the next couple hundred years. Private sector competition will have found the next generation of energy production long before hand.
The solution will not come from Liberal politicians and their never ending penchant for picking losers.
If wind and solar were your sources of heat over the last several weeks you'd be "erect male member stiff" and nipples to the north.
steelworker 1/8/2014 4:14:59 PM Report

Wise: you might have to remind some of these posters what that is.
ThinkAgain 1/8/2014 4:41:03 PM Report

I think everyone in government should go back to school and earn a political degree and learn what they suppose to do.
Like Trudeau using his father inheritance and buying his way into the party is not a reason to think your any good.

They are all lying bastards, 1/2 should go to jail, the other half should be accountable for fraud and embezzlement and should repay the wasted money.

They should NOT receive any pension nor benefits. Just think what they are teaching our children today.

"Its okay to lie, cheat, steal and f#$%k anyone you want and its okay. Just wave and say your sorry.

GRRRRRRRRR, now my blood pressure is up
steelworker 1/8/2014 5:13:22 PM Report

...a liberal arts program no doubt.
harry dick 1/8/2014 5:31:02 PM Report

"Steelworker" When the gas plants were shut down , the man who was supposedly running Ontario was Dalton McGinty. He was also responsible for the solar and wind power money being doled out. But before the s__t hit the fan he jumped ship and hid behind his wife .That man could not organize a 2 car funeral , even his own funeral. Katherine Wyne was one of his senior staff , but you have to tow the party line or be replaced . It is the useless Dalton McGinty you want to hold responsible for Ontario's fiascos .
CCR 1/8/2014 5:55:57 PM Report

I'm glad to see at least some consensus forming regarding the positive accomplishments of the Harper government. in fact, there is some interesting background surrounding the formation of the CPC. if you go back far enough, it becomes obvious that Mr. Clark brought about his own demise by failing to count MPs for a confidence vote when he was leading a minority government. Mr. Mulroney achieved some notable successes with his acid rain reduction treaty and his North American Free Trade Agreement before going aground on the shoals of constitutional reform. when he left office and Kim Campbell was appointed PM, The following election was a disaster for the PC party. They were left with only Elsie Wayne in St. John and Jean Charest in Sherbrooke. That was the real turning point for the PC party from which they never recovered. When Mr. Harper and Mr. MacKay agreed on the Convention floor to ally themselves and create the CPC from the Canadian Alliance and the remnants of the PC party it represented nothing short of the rebirth of Conservatism in Canada. Nobody usurped anything from anybody. The likes of Mr. Clark May have been put out by the result, but it was wholly legitimate and has lead to the strongest political entity in Canada since Mr. Martin and Mr. Chr�tien destroyed Liberal hegemony. it will be interesting to see if Mr. Trudeau can withstand closer media scrutiny in the months ahead and whether the consensus that Mr. Harper's government has on the whole been good for Canada, will strengthen. in any case it remains legitimate to criticise Mr. Trudeau in the normal give and take of free political discourse, and to strongly support the CPC as an overall force for political good.
steelworker 1/8/2014 6:16:44 PM Report

H. Dick: and Wynne did nothing to change things. It's fun to watch her stupid commercial on t.v. where she is jogging around the countryside. Do you see any fields of solar panels or twenty story wind behemoths? Not on Katey Wynnes' planet.
right wing 1/8/2014 6:25:10 PM Report


You are a breath of fresh air.
Did you happen to notice that the liberals on this site constantly are crying that any criticism of the opposition done by the conservatives is automatically an attack, yet when the opposition does the same it gets a pass.
Hypocrisy at its finest.
right wing 1/8/2014 6:28:34 PM Report

The Ontario Liberals have created an utter disaster with our power sources for many years to come.
We are now and will continue to pay the highest energy costs in the country.
I have never despised a politician as much as Dalton McGuinty.
steelworker 1/8/2014 6:33:22 PM Report

I met Dalton at the funeral for Don Doucette. A real nice guy but I kept my hand on my wallet and washed my hands after the handshake.
soowat 1/8/2014 7:40:40 PM Report


steelworker 1/8/2014 8:48:57 PM Report

Me or Dalton? It was like shaking hands with a zombie (a thousand yard stare or lights on but nobody home).
Pakadeva 1/9/2014 12:40:14 AM Report

I concur with several others, Justin won't get my vote!
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