Postmedia columnist compares Wildrose supporters to Branch Davidians and Nazi-defenders

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You can always tell when a liberal party is in trouble on an issue when their Media Party shills start desperately coming to their defense by smearing conservatives.

Today’s example is from the Calgary Herald’s Don Braid who paints the Wildrose Party as a bunch of crazies as he dutifully regurgitates what he’s been told by Allison Redford’s Ontario Liberal-import Stefan Baranski:

In the provincial election little more than a year ago, Wildrose almost became the government of Alberta.

Now Danielle Smith’s party, caught up in the emotion of High River flood trouble, is coming across like a survivalist group holed up somewhere in Texas.

An astonishing thing happened Thursday, just as Municipal Affairs Minister Doug Griffiths was blasting Wildrose for its attacks on the RCMP over seized guns and broken doors.

A pitch went up on the official Wildrose website, asking for donations so the party could buy radio ads to “tell the stories of those High River residents who had their houses looted and vandalized by those who should have been protecting them.” To Wildrose, those villains are the Mounties.

The language of the pitch is so extreme that I can recall only one precedent — Doug Christie’s “Free the West” rants against Ottawa in the early 1980s, when he worked some Albertans into a frenzy through a wild-eyed separatist party called Western Canada Concept.

If Wildrose continues down this rhetorical road, it too will be only briefly popular. The unrestrained attacks might comfort some angry people in High River, but they’ll look weird and scary to Edmontonians, northerners, and a good many people in the south as well. (see here)

A relatively innocuous website posting goes up without prior authorization, gets immediately taken down but of course this instantly makes the Wildrose a political party of Holocaust denying, white-supremacists and gun-toting dangerous cultists.

All this really tells us though is Redford knows she’s in deep trouble over the High River gun-grab and in desperation, sent Braid out to deflect.

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9 Responses to “Postmedia columnist compares Wildrose supporters to Branch Davidians and Nazi-defenders”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Don is half right… Some of the steps taken by the Wildrose and/or some of their staffers have not reflected well on the party as a whole. The sooner that ALL members of the party realize that politics a game played out in the media under much scrutiny, the better they’ll be at positioning themselves as a Government in waiting. Without proper care and attention to EVERY detail of conduct, they will be successfully portrayed in the next election as unfit to govern.

  2. Rick Newcombe Says:

    Don is half right… Some of the steps taken by the Wildrose and/or some of their staffers have not reflected well on the party as a whole. The sooner that ALL members of the party realize that politics a game played out in the media under much scrutiny, the better they’ll be at positioning themselves as a Government in waiting. Without proper care and attention to EVERY detail of conduct, they will be successfully portrayed in the next election as unfit to govern.

    • Alain Says:

      Were the “media” non partisan and actually reported facts instead of peddling their agenda, you would have a point concerning all political parties. As it stands it is just more partisan spin.

  3. Bec Says:

    High River was and is as bad as the WR depicted. As well, many of the people ‘broken into’ were and are as angry as the WR depicted so what’s the problem with telling it like it is?

    Only those that have been down there daily can tell these real life stories so to imply the stuff implied in this article, is to be witness to a tale coming from a source who has not listened to these stories, DAILY.

    Typical fear mongering, so typical.

  4. Liz J Says:

    Comparing the WR to “Branch Davidians and Nazi-defenders” should be considered last refuges when you have nothing realistic or substantive to add to the conversation that would defend your position.

  5. WTF Says:

    I don’t know so I am asking……Has Allison Redford even been to High River to talk to the residents at all?

  6. wilson Says:

    When he reported of Redford announcement of the ‘new healthcare initiative’ firing middle managers and hiring first line staff,
    Braid ‘forgot’ to mention that initiative came directly from Wildrose election platform.
    Redfords media gang, including radio, have been very biased in their reporting.

  7. BrianMouland Says:

    A family friend died 2 years ago. In 1943 while a 13 year old student in Nazi Germany he was suddenly drafted into the army. Nazis came to his school, pulled four boys out of class and put them in a truck. Later that day the boys were taken five hours away ,put into dead soldiers’ uniforms, given riflles and put on guard duty. None of the boys saw their families again until the war ended in 1945. Mr.Braid if something similar to this is happening in Alberta and you have documented proof ,speak. If you don’t I strongly suggest you shove your Nazi references straight up your arse!


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