Blunt Objects Blog: Erin O’Toole – the hint is in the name

What is the sound of one hand clapping, Mr. O’Toole?

 Former Veterans Affairs Minister and current Conservative Public Safety critic Erin O’Toole (Durham) wants you to know that Trudeau should respect Canada’s diverse economy, and not champion some sectors and ‘demoralize’ others.

Hey, that’s all well and fine, I just wish the Honourable Mr. O’Toole would relay such sage advice back to his leadership, colleagues, and base of support, who all seem intent on pushing the pipelines through the heads of every other interested party – kind of “championing” the issue, no?

Well, actually O’Toole does the same thing, but that’s only in the House, where no one will see him.

I mean honestly, the HuffPo article is not a bad one, and it is exactly the sort of thing that the Conservatives need to write to reach out to voters like me (well, not like me, because I can see through the bullshit, mostly) – I’m a pipeline guy, I like digging up resources and pumping them every which way, hooray!

However, Mr. O’Toole and the other tools in the Conservative caucus and beyond are hoping people forget their government’s own record, which did not respect the diversified economy and did not respect diverse opinions. They had to have their power threatened in order to pump any stimulus into the economy and save the manufacturing jobs threatened by the Great Recession, and the Harper government and previous provincial Alberta PC governments did not exactly give good examples of diversification, unless your definition of that word is ensuring the Ethical Oil™ goes to market no matter who we have to call terrorists to get it there.

Do not even get me started on this stupid Conservative obsession with Trudeau’s neat little quip about being “resourceful.” They act like the guy declared war on the oil sands, instead of, you know like Mr. O’Toole has said, promoting DIVERSITY in the economy, because diversity means more than just having pipelines up the wazoo.

The Conservatives have a long way to go to seem credible again, and honestly, they need better O’Tooles than this if they’re going to succeed.

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The Progressive Right: Canada’s Veterans Still Need Protection from Conservatives ( #cdnpoli )

Canada’s veterans rejoiced when Julian Fantino was finally booted from Veterans Affairs on January 5.
Mr. Fantino was replaced by Durham Conservative MP, Erin O’Toole. Ostensibly, a sound pick – a former RCAF officer.
Someone with such a background, you’d think would bring a sympathetic ear to what veterans need.
You would be forgiven if you had forgotten that O’Toole fully parroted Julian Fantino’s hard line stance against honouring veterans benefits at every turn – fully endorsing the government’s inaction in the care of Canada’s veterans.

You would argue that it was up to O’Toole to simply toe the party line and publicly support the previous minister.

You would hope his first act would have been to set a new course and a new direction for the troubled ministry.

Well, you’d be disappointed.

The new minister has decided not to listen to certain veterans advocacy groups – especially, it seems, if they do not follow the party line that everything is fine with Veterans Affairs.

Mike Blais, who helped launch Canadian Veterans Advocacy in 2011 to advocate for veterans and serving Canadian Forces members who did combat tours in Afghanistan and their families, told The Hill Times that Mr. O’Toole (Durham, Ont.) gave the bad news [that it is no longer a stakeholder adviser to the Veterans Affairs department] in a voicemail he left on Mr. Blais’ phone service Jan. 7. [Hill Times]

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.


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