A SHOE IN – The Ministry of Education released a back to school video this week featuring Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry in a classroom talking to students. Critics, including the BCTF, immediately jumped on the ad saying it was not an accurate description of what classrooms will look like in September. They are absolutely correct. It’s not an accurate depiction. Everyone knows teachers can’t afford Fluevogs.
SCHOOL’S IN – Even though education is a provincial jurisdiction, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau couldn’t help himself and decided to hand out $2 billion to help provinces deal with all the back to school stuff amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The money will be allocated based on the number of students in each province, prompting everyone in the oil patch to enrol in grade school.
SIR JASON, EH? – Alberta Premier Jason Kenney smoothed over racial tensions in Quebec by offering to take the statue of Sir John A. MacDonald that was toppled by protestors in Montreal over the weekend. Apparently Kenney was willing to trade Mount Pierre Elliott Trudeau until someone told him it’s in B.C., so he’s hoping Quebec will take a Harper statue instead. (Don’t worry, he has several so it won’t mess up his complete set of Conservative prime ministers.)
TAKE BACK CANADA – Erin O’Toole is the new leader of the Conservative Party of Canada. He won the leadership race with the slogan: “Take Back Canada.” It’s a great slogan and it’s something we should all get behind. Some might ask, however, who took Canada? It was the Chinese … they snuck in sometime between 2006 and 2015 and took it all.
THE O’TOOLE SYSTEM – O’Toole hasn’t been able to admit there is systemic racism in Canada. Apparently, since none of the systems established through the Indian Act have actually worked, they don’t constitute system racism.
STICKHANDLING TRUMP – The Republican National Convention was held south of the border last week. For four days Canadians were glued to their television sets because … well, the NHL playoffs are on.
FACEBOOK DOESN’T KNOW EVERYTHING … OR DOES IT? A week after Erin O’Toole won the Conservative Party of Canada leadership, Facebook sent me a list of groups I might like to join. Among them – ‘Pierre Poilievre for Prime Minister’ and ‘Pray for Leslyn Lewis.’ What does Facebook know that the rest of us don’t (other than everything I do all day long)?