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CONTESTING THE NOMINATION – Jonas Smith is seeking the Conservative Party of Canada’s nomination for the Yukon riding for the 2019 federal election. Above, he announces his intentions today at the Whitehorse Public Library.

Life-long conservative has ambitions for MP

Jonas Smith announced today he’s seeking the nomination to be the Conservative Party of Canada’s Yukon candidate in next year’s federal election.

By Gord Fortin on September 6, 2018

Jonas Smith announced today he’s seeking the nomination to be the Conservative Party of Canada’s Yukon candidate in next year’s federal election.

He made his intentions known at the Whitehorse Public Library this morning.

Smith said he is the third generation of his family to call the territory home, adding he is proud to be raising his children here.

His paternal grandfather served in the military. He moved his family to Whitehorse after the Second World War. His dad was born here.

Smith himself was not, but he has spent most of his adult life in the territory. He said he has been pursuing his “Yukon dream” since 1999.

The territory’s culture fuelled his imagination and helped shape his perspective, he said.

“I believe I have the depth of experience to represent the values and priorities of Yukoners in Ottawa,” Smith said.

He added that his point of view was also influenced by his family’s military service, which showed him the value of democracy.

“I feel extremely blessed that I was raised to believe that democracy is precious and not to be taken for granted,” he said.

Smith will bring his knowledge and experience from his position on the Klondike Placer Miner’s Association and the Yukon Producers’ Group to the pursuit of the nomination.

He also volunteers with the Victoria Gold Corp.’s charity, called Every Student, Every Day.

He is a former president of the Yukon Party and has been on the federal Conservative national council for 2 1/2 years.

He was then-Yukon Party premier Darrell Pasloski’s campaign manager in the 2016 election. He had previously served as Pasloski’s executive assistant and as his chief of staff.

He feels this experience has shown him the interworking of the system.

Smith said he believes every Canadian has the right to his or her own personal choices and freedoms, and feels everyone deserves the same rights.

He wants to ensure that individuals can make their own decisions, and not have the government tell them what’s best.

Smith feels that it’s incumbent on all Canadians to find their best way of serving the country.

He said he has determined running for public office is the best way he can fulfill this duty.

“It would be a privilege to do so on Yukoners’ behalf,” he said.

He said he has always been interested in politics, and military service was not an option for him due to his youth.

He felt the time was right to pursue politics.

He added he understands that politics can have negative effects on people and their families, but is willing to make that sacrifice.

Smith chose the Conservatives because he has been a conservative for most of his life.

He explained that the party’s values are consistent with his own. He also feels that Andrew Scheer’s leadership is what Canada needs.

Smith said the Conservatives are a big tent party for all people. The party is looking to concentrate on issues that everyone agrees on rather than what divides it.

He said he finds himself on both the social conservative and libertarian wings of the party.

“I’m on both sides of the party,” he said.

He said he wants to work to overturn the current ratio between the public and private sectors – without costing jobs and quality of life.

He added he wants to respect and uphold First Nations’ self-determination.

When asked where he stood on mining issues and First Nations’ concerns, he said this is an issue for the Yukon government.

That said, he believes the federal government can provide leadership to make sure both parties are on the same page.

He said he does not yet want to speak on what could be major election issues.

His current focus is on getting his party’s nomination, but he did say that the federal carbon tax will most likely be an issue.

The Conservative nomination period officially opened today and runs for 14 days.

If there is more than one candidate, there would be a vote by party members next month.

Smith said he has heard that there are other people interested in the nomination, but no one else has come forward yet.

As the Star reported last Friday, former MP Ryan Leef has said he has no plans to contest the nomination.

Larry Bagnell, the incumbent Liberal MP, has not publicly indicated whether he will seek the nomination again, and could not be reached for comment before press time this afternoon.

No one has publicly emerged for the New Democrats or the Greens.

Comments (49)

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Groucho d'North on Sep 12, 2018 at 1:05 pm

Looks like the Liberal's/Globalist's anti-conservative campaign is coming up to full power as was witnessed leading up to the last federal election. It doesn't matter who the candidate is - if they are conservative - they are to be condemned. With pollsters showing the Liberals falling behind in support, one has to wonder where all these pro-Liberal comments are coming from? Perhaps it just another organized social media campaign to skew the appearance of support for the party. Stay tuned, you'll be seeing much more of it in the months to follow. I wonder if some Globalist group is paying these people to be pro-Liberal?

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Henry Wensleydale on Sep 12, 2018 at 12:02 pm

There are many good reasons that Darryl Pasloski finished LAST IN HIS RIDING when he stood for reelection.
His priorities were self-serving.
His style of government was condescending.
As Darryl's "Number One" Jonas Smith was a big part of this.
He won't be getting my vote.
I have interest in any more Pasloski Politics at any level.

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Groucho d'North on Sep 12, 2018 at 10:05 am

An MP who represents their constituents is FAR superior to a lapdog who votes the party line. Those who voted you in are the true whip. Larry forgot who his bosses truly are.

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ProScience Greenie on Sep 11, 2018 at 5:30 pm

All the people who comment here - everything on your list, Harper and team did more or less the same - tons of money to other countries, lots of debt, thousands and thousands of immigrants (unchecked TFW being paid above min. wage). Very similar with the only difference being who gets the taxpayers gravy but gravy they get by the bucket load red or blue. Canada would do well with a fiscal conservative / social liberal party at the helm but we don't have one.

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Chris Young on Sep 11, 2018 at 4:35 pm

Thank you, Jonas, for putting your name forward and giving Yukoners the choice to select you; I admire and respect anyone who offers themselves for public office. Thank you to Erika for agreeing to make the sacrifices that come with being the partner of a political candidate. I wish you success.

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Henry Wensleydale on Sep 11, 2018 at 4:30 pm

WOW - Wilf Carter - as self-serving and clueless as ever

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Hugh Mungus on Sep 11, 2018 at 4:15 pm

@ All the people who comment here
All 4 of your questions: Yes.

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Dean LaRue on Sep 11, 2018 at 3:50 pm

SO - Wilf Carter shows up to slam the current Member of Parliament !

I guess his campaign to become Mayor of Whitehorse ain't going too well.

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woodcutter on Sep 11, 2018 at 3:06 pm

Wilf Carter.

Photo ops is what politicians do, you should learn this, as your trying harder then Larry ever tried, in order to get into an elected seat. First city then territorial and eventually he won on a federal ticket. Perhaps if you watched the master, you would learn a thing or two.

Sure the Libs ain't perfect, not like the Paz and Harper, and those two messed things up perfectly. If you are not seeing the benefits of the liberal economic policy, it's because you got your conservablinders on.

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All the people who comment here on Sep 11, 2018 at 2:01 pm

Do you support liberals giving away Canadian tax payers money to other countries and not helping Canadians first?
Do you support the liberals taking Canada into debt with no benefits to Canadians?
Do you support liberals bringing 10,000's of immigrants and putting them up in hotels while Canadians live on the streets homeless?
Liberals make your comments on this please?

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wow look at all the negative comments on Sep 11, 2018 at 1:32 pm

With no substance to these comments. Yukoners I will ask you do you want the person who speaks the truth or someone who is drifting away from the truth and it will be hard on people when the real truth comes out like now!

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Wilf Carter on Sep 11, 2018 at 12:10 pm

Wow - a lot nervous liberals out there ha. Let's talk about what Larry has done or lacked doing for Yukoners.
> Goes to event to support people who have health disorders and uses it to get his picture taken to support his election. Standing beside our mayor who can't wait to get his picture in the papers. Yukoners do you like politicians that use events to promote their politics?
> Then you have infrastructure investment Larry claims his government did in the Yukon but folks that is not correct. Liberal funding is down by at least 40% for infrastructure funding. MP is claiming last governments funding.
> There so no funding for housing from Ottawa.
> Cutting our health care increases when our population is growing and more seniors are staying in the Yukon. That's no brainer.
> Our MP claims the Yukon has received more funding from the Feds than the last government. Show Yukon proof of the actual cash going into Yukoners hands because I can't find it or see it.

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Humble Measure on Sep 11, 2018 at 8:37 am

"He said he has always been interested in politics, and military service was not an option for him due to his youth." How old is he? Fifteen? *Cough* *Snicker*

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Ilove Parks on Sep 10, 2018 at 10:51 pm

Give him a chance or run against otherwise just be quite.

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John Cockstentose on Sep 10, 2018 at 9:55 pm

@ Jonathan Colby -

“You mean INNER WORKINGS?” This Is a statement and not a question. You might want to add do at the beginning of your sentence to make it a question.
You sound angry. Why are you shouting? Were you one of the targeted whistleblowers in Health & Social Services?

That should be, Sweet Christmas, no?
I do not even know where to begin with this one, “Becuz freedum”?
When one wields the grammar-hammer one should wear their personal protective gear.

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Fred Norris on Sep 10, 2018 at 8:38 pm

There are many great potential conservative candidates out there. Jonas Smith is NOT one of them. The Yukon does not need an underachieving protege of the Lang/Pasloski political complex in Ottawa. We already had a Senator cut from this cloth. Don’t be fooled by the libertarian rhetoric. The Yukon Conservative party can do infinitely better, and Yukoners deserve better. Keep looking.

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Trapperson on Sep 10, 2018 at 7:34 pm

Wow I must be getting old, I can remember when people got into politics to give back to the community, after a life of doing something. Here we have someone who quite frankly has not done a hell of a lot and he is already trying to access the gravey train ala Danny Lang.
Don't think the neo cons will be able to bug Sandy about his hair anymore, lol.

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jackZ on Sep 10, 2018 at 5:23 pm

Um, no thanks. Jonas' track record = Bill S-6, Peel case, Little Salmon/Carmacks, etc. Simply a younger face for the ole' boys club, same tired philosophy and ideology from the 1950s. A redeeming quality of the Cons: at least we know their objectives: help your friends, fill your pockets and fatten your pension, screw the left wingers and natives. Cut it down, dig it up and ship it out. Short-term vision - but who cares, we're retiring to Kelowna or Victoria.

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Bob Folster on Sep 10, 2018 at 1:49 pm

Would someone please call Sam and Dean Winchester ?
We need to clean out the Pasloski vampire nest once and for all.

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Jonathan Colby on Sep 10, 2018 at 2:26 am

First of all... interworkings?
You mean INNER WORKINGS? Sweet christmas.

Secondly, I do so love when self-described Conservatives talk about homeless people as a way of criticizing the government.

Like, conservatives. Aka, the enemy of the poor and friend to the wealthy (not that every other party isn't the same neoliberal nightmare, but Cons do it best and most often). So spare us the sermons. Spending on social programs goes down yet debts inflate under conservative governments. Social conservatives try to wheedle despicably anti-human laws into the fabric of the country. Libertarian minded folks hand out massive tax cuts becuz freedum, but fail to understand (or understand too well) the importance of wealth in achieving political and economic power.

The rhetoric is getting so thin that it's practically plastic wrap at this point.

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Joe on Sep 9, 2018 at 9:58 am

Ranks right up there with mike hale.

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Les Izmorr on Sep 8, 2018 at 6:54 pm

@ Amanda Leslie - You present a dangerous idea. Actually requiring individuals to identify themselves publicly to present their ideas or their opinions is dangerous - especially in small, northern, remote communities with politically aligned cliques of self preservation.

It would in effect silence the voices of thousands of Yukoners. YG has a policy that requires its employees to be quiet, not to voice dissent or an alternative opinion that could possibly make the government look bad.

Thus, we would never get to hear the real stories of the people who are being forcibly shut up - for example, the current scandal with Health and Social Services and the Group Home fiasco.

Silence literally kills. And the powers that be in YG have demonstrated a willingness to eat their own to keep that silence.
You present a dangerous idea. Keep your mouth shut or lose your job. That’s the Yukon way!

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drum on Sep 8, 2018 at 5:35 pm

Great young man who has political experience, knows his way around the stupid everyday pick, pick of the Liberals. Trudeau has to go next year - he is destroying our wonderful Canada. Jonas would be a very good rep. for the Yukon.

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My Opinion on Sep 8, 2018 at 3:32 pm

This guy seems young, ambitious and vibrant. Far cry from Larry falling asleep while I'm and talking to him. Need a PAPS machine Larry. Time to take a break.

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My Opinion on Sep 8, 2018 at 3:30 pm

Guess you guys give the guy a break. We all fall into different areas of the spectrum depending on the subject, that does not mean that is the way he would feel about any subject, any more then it would for you. We don't have a clue yet what he believes as he has said he will release more if he is selected. You Liberals clearly hate him and you don't even know him. Now that is inclusive isn't it..... What a Bunch of Hypocrites.

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Studebaker Dunlop on Sep 8, 2018 at 11:32 am

So Mister Smith you're a "social conservative" .
You need to tell us EXACTLY what that means.
The last thing that the Yukon needs is a Western Evangelist becoming our MP.

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jack on Sep 8, 2018 at 1:35 am

Candidates are meant to come from all walks of our society. Not just washed up ex-MP's, career MPs or son's of former Prime Ministers.

Haters should reflect on their hate here and relax a just a little bit.

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Gordon of Riverdale on Sep 7, 2018 at 9:58 pm

This guy sounds like a younger but equally clueless version of Pasloski

Elaine Taylor and Stacey Hassard look SOOOOOO much better as a potential Yukon MP.

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north_of_60 on Sep 7, 2018 at 7:14 pm

Don't get distracted and hung-up on personality issues, they're irrelevant.
Vote for the CPC candidate if you want to see the end of the inept and destructive Trudueau2 regime.

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Amanda Leslie on Sep 7, 2018 at 6:54 pm

I believe I am one of four or five folks who are willing to post as his/her actual name vs an ambiguous handle re: comments? Very proud to state name forward, and therefore face forward my support for Jonas Smith. Whether you believe in his politics a/o vision or not (disagreeing only leads to healthy discussion and always moving forward as a territory) . . . with my post here I am asking commenters here and the Whitehorse Star to request/require comments be by name so we can all truly know the issues and work together for the Yukon we all want. We are truly not that very apart. But please don't only make comments doable via FB . . . not everyone is on FB.

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social liberal on Sep 7, 2018 at 6:53 pm

Social conservative? See ya! And how does that fit with people making their own decisions, concentrating on what unites and doesn't divide, and being a libertarian? Does he know what being a social conservative means?

"Social conservatives demand a return to traditional morality and social mores, often through civil law or regulation. Social change away from traditional values is generally regarded as suspect, while social values based on tradition are generally regarded as tried, tested and true. It is a view commonly associated with religious conservatives, "

" … Reform Party was dominated by social conservatives. Manning's reluctance to allow his party to wholly embrace socially conservative values contributed to his deposition as leader of the new Canadian Alliance in favour of Stockwell Day."
Not interested in the slightest in someone who embraces social conservatism as a political leader.

What you inflict on yourself is your own business, but keep your 'social conservatism' to yourself, don't be inflicting it on me. That would be 'libertarian'. They are two very different principles.

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Patti Eyre on Sep 7, 2018 at 3:27 pm

Here we go, I love it when candidates and whoever else justify or somehow explain their connection to this territory. It's always a veiled justification to demonstrate that they "understand" what takes place here and that they "know best" how to represent us. Ya. Right.

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Lost me on Sep 7, 2018 at 2:40 pm

Lost me at 'social conservative' Jonas. Shame.

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Bob Ablanalp on Sep 7, 2018 at 1:21 pm

The Pasloski Gang rides again ?


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Sick of Trudeau 2.0 and his ruining of Canada on Sep 7, 2018 at 1:13 pm

Well the "Orwellian dystopia of Thought Police", is not here, yet.

However, a few things that should be of concern is the way the liberals are pushing some of their agenda onto the population, in federal, provincial and municipal levels. These are my 2 examples, i don't want to write a novel here on why you should not re-elect the libs, so follow along folks, if you care.

A council candidate (and former RCMP officer) in Surrey, BC in his infinite wisdom, said this last week;

"Currently there’s no legislation that allows for police to without a warrant or some justifiable cause to enter into people’s private residences so I think we have to tread carefully on that but if that is what the public wishes then I think it’s a step in the right direction for Trudeau to step forward and say we have to re-evaluate this.”

He is hoping sock boy will get on board.


The liberals now want to (again, as in Paul Martin's time) ban handguns. That is to confiscate, private property, from the most vetted and most law abiding part of the population. This in itself reeks of orwellian themes as you put it. Especially when you consider point 1 and the ex-RCMP council candidate proposing warrantless searches.

The good part is that for once they (liberals/cops) finally got caught out on their BS lies about the increase in guns stolen from owners and used in crime. However, they were ready and willing to put forth legislation predicated on a bunch of bulls**t lies. That is scary.


Should we throw in the PM's fantastic India trip disaster, or his ethics commissioner dodging?
Have a good weekend all.

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Mike H on Sep 7, 2018 at 12:24 pm

What, exactly, does his paternal grandfather's military career have to do with him.....aside from pandering?

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Jeff S on Sep 7, 2018 at 11:48 am

Wait what? He couldn’t join the military because he was too young?!?! First off that’s the strangest thing to say as the military is basically made up of great young men and women. He touts his familial connections to military, but never saw the need to serve. That’s fine, but don’t use the back of others for your ambition. But while he was playing DJ in coasters and enjoying all that comes with that lifestyle (not Pepsi) many other “youth” were fighting and dying in Afghanistan. If this man becomes the conservative representative I will light my membership on fire. Let him serve those who actually sacrificed.

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ProScience Greenie on Sep 7, 2018 at 10:36 am

The Paz thing is a red flag as many conservative leaning people weren't impressed with the Paz or anything Paz-related.

Also this - "He said he finds himself on both the social conservative and libertarian wings of the party." - Sorry, but you have to pick one or the other Jonas.
This guy might appear better than Leef on the surface but the devil is in the details once he starts laying out his policy positions.

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Ginger Johnson on Sep 7, 2018 at 9:43 am

"He was then-Yukon Party premier Darrell Pasloski’s campaign manager in the 2016 election"
That would be the Darrell Pasloski who finished LAST in his riding when he stood on his record while seeking reelection.



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Doug Ryder on Sep 6, 2018 at 8:57 pm

@ Wut - Wut does it mean... Hmmm... Perhaps it means that he is ready for political life. He has mastered the art of the non sequitur...

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Jack C. on Sep 6, 2018 at 8:08 pm

"The big tent", that's a Liberal slogan. Stop plagiarizing. 'The Big Red Tent'!
Has this party elected a leader at the Territorial level yet or is no one qualified?
Will Max Bernier's interests be represented by anyone in this party or will they be a separate entity?

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Juniper Jackson on Sep 6, 2018 at 7:03 pm

I also watch the Federal politics. The first PM to pick up 5 guilty ethic's charges..https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2017/12/20/five-things-from-ethic-commissioners-report-on-prime-minister-justin-trudeau.html We have a corrupt government.

It gets harder to live on the money we have.. i.e. my rent went up to $1,500 a month from $700. my pensions this year went up $1.61 and .57 cents. working families have it harder.. https://business.financialpost.com/personal-finance/debt/canadian-household-debt-hits-1-8t-as-report-warns-of-domestic-risk as the Federal government keeps throwing away tax dollars and supporting 23% of Canadian's receiving welfare or other public assistance. https://maytree.com/publications/welfare-canada-2016/ This does not include the newcomers to Canada.

The countries finances are a mess. https://business.financialpost.com/opinion/joe-oliver-owe-canada-a-balanced-budget-is-coming-in-27-years and the highest opinion is 54 years..that's an ugly debt our children and grandchildren will be paying.. they will never own their own homes..

"200,000 Canadians are homeless in any given year, national report says." https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/30-000-canadians-are-homeless-every-night-1.1413016 One updated report says 1 in 5 of these are youth.

I will vote for this gentleman, because the Liberal party has simply got to go. But, a word of warning to the Conservatives, if you want to win the Yukon, you had better find a better caliber of people to represent us. The last Conservative government was so bad they put the election on a plate and handed it to the Liberals..There are so many good people in the Territory..I hope they all run.. (someone is bound to say.. well, Junie, you know so much why don't you run? Wish I could.)

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BnR on Sep 6, 2018 at 6:57 pm

Ah, Libertarians. "He wants to ensure that individuals can make their own decisions, and not have the government tell them what’s best."
For god sakes, we live in the best country in the world, then they start making it sound like we live in some Orwellian dystopia of Thought Police.

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north_of_60 on Sep 6, 2018 at 6:51 pm

A vote for Smith is the best way to dump the Trudeau2 fiasco.
Sooner would be better.

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hmm on Sep 6, 2018 at 6:00 pm

Was the Paz's EA and managed his campaign.
I've heard enough.

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Allan Foster on Sep 6, 2018 at 4:15 pm

SOOOOO - the game is afoot .....

who is next to enter the race ?
Darrell Drugstore ?
Photo-op Elaine ?
Sanctimonious Stacey ?
Blathering Brad ?

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Wut? on Sep 6, 2018 at 4:12 pm

Ok, what exactly, does this quote mean? "He said he has always been interested in politics, and military service was not an option for him due to his youth."
Military service was not an option due to his youth? So, he would have joined up, but he's too young? Now? Then? I mean, why even bring that up?
What is it with some conservative politicians and the whole stolen valour thing anyway?
I would have joined up, you bet, but those bone spurs.....

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Hugh Mungus on Sep 6, 2018 at 3:08 pm

"He was then-Yukon Party premier Darrell Pasloski’s campaign manager in the 2016 election. "
Well if something spells success, that ain't it. Don't quit your day job.

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Yes Please on Sep 6, 2018 at 3:08 pm

Seeing as to what is currently happening in federal politics, this guy gets my vote.

Especially, this simple little tidbit:
"Smith said he believes every Canadian has the right to his or her own personal choices and freedoms, and feels everyone deserves the same rights.

He wants to ensure that individuals can make their own decisions, and not have the government tell them what’s best."
Now why can't the other's understand that?

Good luck sir, you'll need it. There is many new imports in the territory
(cough - NDP/Liberal voters - cough)

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