No place for ‘far right’ in Conservative Party, Erin O’Toole says


Federal Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole pushed back against attempts to link his party to Trump-style politics on Sunday, saying there is “no place for the far right” in the Tories while accusing the Liberals of divisive dirty tricks.

In a statement Sunday, O’Toole asserted his own views on such issues as abortion, gay rights and reconciliation with Indigenous people in Canada while insisting that his party is not beholden to right-wing extremists and hatemongers.

“The Conservatives are a moderate, pragmatic, mainstream party — as old as Confederation — that sits squarely in the centre of Canadian politics,” O’Toole said.

“My singular focus is to get Canada’s economy back on track as quickly as possible to create jobs and secure a strong future for all Canadians. There is no place for the far right in our party.”

The unusual statement follows the riot at the U.S. Capitol, which outgoing President Donald Trump has been accused of inciting and which has since been held up as proof of the dangers posed by right-wing extremists to Western democracy.

It also comes on the heels of a Liberal Party fundraising letter sent to members last week that accused the Conservatives under O’Toole of “continuing a worrisome pattern of divisive politics and catering to the extreme right.”

As one example, it cited the motto used by O’Toole’s leadership campaign: “Take back Canada.”

It also referenced a photo that has been circulating of Conservative deputy leader Candice Bergen wearing a hat with Trump’s slogan, “Make America Great Again,” and a since-deleted Tory website originally posted a few years ago alleging the Liberals wanted to rig the 2019 election.

Conservative spokesperson Cory Hann told CBC News in an email that the webpage was in response to the Liberals’ proposed changes to the Elections Act, while noting the Liberals made similar accusations against the Conservatives before the 2015 election.

O’Toole on Sunday condemned the Capitol Hill attack as “horrifying,” and sought to distance himself and the Tories from Trumpism by touting his party’s support for free and fair elections, the peaceful transfer of power and accountable government.

To that end, he lashed out at the Liberals, referencing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s decision to prorogue Parliament last summer as hurting accountability, before turning the tables on the governing party and accusing them of using U.S.-style politics.

“If the Liberals want to label me as ‘far right,’ they are welcome to try,” O’Toole said. “Canadians are smart and they will see this as an attempt to mislead people and import some of the fear and division we have witnessed in the United States.”

Effort to redefine Conservatives, expert suggests 

Former Conservative strategist Tim Powers, who is now chairman of Summa Strategies, believes O’Toole’s team saw a “gathering storm” and felt the need to act to prevent the Liberals from painting the Conservatives as beholden to Trumpism.

Such action was especially important ahead of what could be an extremely divisive week down in the U.S., where there are fears that Trump supporters and far-right actors will respond to Joe Biden’s inauguration as president with violence.

Powers suggested it is also the latest act in O’Toole’s effort to introduce himself to Canadians and redefine the Conservatives ahead of the next federal election, both of which have been made more difficult by COVID-19.

And when Conservatives in caucus make statements or otherwise act counter to his stated positions, Powers said O’Toole will need to “crush them and take them out” to prove his convictions.

Shuvaloy Majumdar, who served as a policy director in Stephen Harper’s government, welcomed O’Toole’s statement while also speaking of the threat that events in the U.S. could pose to the Tories in Canada — particularly if the Liberals try to link them.

O’Toole was accused during last year’s Conservative leadership race of courting social conservatives who oppose abortion, among other issues. That raises questions about the degree to which he may anger the party’s base by taking more progressive positions.

But Majumdar suggested many social conservatives left the Tories for Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party of Canada and that O’Toole is seeking to appeal to more voters by taking a broader view on social issues while sticking to the party’s core economic positions.

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Erin Phillips steps away from role as Adelaide Crows team captain


“However, I know right now is the time to step down and allow the next group of leaders to take the reins and I am excited to help them along the way.

“To hold up the premiership cup twice alongside Chelsea, Bec Goddard and Matthew Clarke is something I will be forever grateful for.”

Randall paid tribute to Phillips in a comment on her post.

“A powerful legacy left for others to follow. Thank you for the lessons learned and the memories shared,” Randall said.

Crows head of women’s football Phil Harper said the club needed to promote new leaders and Phillips would be there to support and develop them.

“Erin’s decision has been made in conjunction with the club and while we have been discussing it for the last 18 months, we believe this is the right time to make a change,” Harper said.

“She has been a fantastic captain over the last four years but this is a great chance to take the next step as a group.

“Erin will play a big role in mentoring the younger leaders and making sure the leadership and positive culture will be continued at the club.”

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Erin Molan vs Daily Mail: Bombshell claim in ‘racism’ defamation case


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The Daily Mail has hit back ferociously at Erin Molan’s defamation lawsuit, raking through several years of rugby league podcasts in a bid to prove in court that the sports presenter is racist.

Among the comments the media outlet has plucked from 2GB’s Continuous Call Team archive and quoted in its defence are Molan saying “You like raw feesh?”, “Pick up your chopsticks” and “I wuv you wery long time”.

The 61-page bombshell truth defence references the Nine star’s co-hosts, alleging the Continuous Call Team frequently spouted “racist content” on the show by mocking Pacific Islander and Maori names and emulating Chinese, Indian and other accents.

Molan’s lawyer told NCA NewsWire in a statement: “Ms Molan has commenced proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia for defamatory allegations made about her by the Daily Mail.



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Erin Molan tells 60 Minutes of the terrifying moment that sent her over the edge


Erin Molan has revealed the terrifying moment she believed an online troll was breaking into her home at 2am to attack her unborn daughter — after days of savage abuse on social media.

She also opened up on the sickening message that hit close to home after a family tragedy that is still raw.

The Nine sports presenter broke down in tears in an interview with 60 Minutes on Sunday as she detailed the horrendous messages she was sent in the days leading up to that moment.

She began the interview by saying she had put up with online abuse for years on rugby league sites, and she had just copped it.

“Every single one was either that I was a woman, that I was ugly, that I looked like a s**t, that I’d never played the game, that I belong in the kitchen,” she said.

“About different footballers that I’ve had dalliances with, about bosses at Channel 9 that I must have slept with. It’s just vile.”

She insisted she was not a “snowflake” and said attempts to deflect the blame onto the victims of online abuse was “bulls**t”.

“I am absolutely not a snowflake,” she said.

“The other tens of thousands of Australians who are abused online are not snowflakes. I’m so sick of this victim, shaming bulls**t.

“There is a s**tload of stuff that I will accept. There are certain things I won’t accept, that doesn’t make me a snowflake.”

However, she said there was one message — sent when she was pregnant with her daughter — that really shook her up.

“I WISH YOU A F**KING STILL BORN, AND YOU DIE IN THE PROCESS. HIP HIP HOORAY,” the vile message read.

She said the sickening message “really hurt” and took her to some “pretty dark places” — particularly given what had happened to her sister.

“I have an older sister who had a stillbirth, carried a beautiful little girl to full term, Emily,” she said

“And to watch her bury her child and stand up with a little coffin and say, mummy loves you and she’s so sorry.

“To sit there and watch my sister go through that, meant that my pregnancy was fairly anxious throughout. So to start to receive messages of that nature, really impacted me.”

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However, it was a terrifying moment — as she lay in bed in her home — days later that sent her over the edge.

We were lying in bed and we’re asleep, it was like one or 2am it sounded like someone had, like a window had smashed or someone,” she said. “It was just a massive, big smash.

“And I thought that he’d come in, and he was going to try and do what he was saying he was going to do to my baby.”

She said the moment pushed a button in her mind.

“That was kind of the moment where I thought I can’t do this any more,” she said. “So I went to the police and look, they were amazing, but it’s not easy for the police to prosecute and to take action, because initially there weren’t enough messages, then more and more kept coming.”

60 Minutes reported that the man behind the campaign targeting Molan, himself a father of young girls, was eventually charged by police and became a rare case where a troll is convicted.

However, he only received a suspended sentence for his behaviour.

Molan claimed Facebook didn’t want to know about the behaviour on their platform.

“I’ve reported these messages to Facebook, their response was that they were not considered offensive,” she said. “They are not doing their best, not even close.”

She wants to see online trolls locked up.

“This is not about celebrities. This is not about politicians. This is about every single Australian, because this impacts every single Australian,” she said. “The time to ignore trolls is over. The time to prosecute trolls is here.”

She believes reform in the law will change the culture around online trolling.

“You need to change the entire conversation, the entire narrative and say, ‘Hey Johnny, if you’re going to troll, do you care about going to jail for three years?’,” she said.

“‘Do you care about being on the front page of the paper and your wife and your boss seeing? Do you care about you being held to account and never getting another job?

“‘Do you care about your kids seeing this in five years time that their dad was an a**hole and bullied someone to the point where they nearly took their own lives? Do you care about that, Johnny?’”

“Yes, you do. Because then Johnny sees real consequences for his actions. Then Johnny thinks twice about sending something. Then Johnny stops.”

Comments made on 2GB earlier in the year thrust Molan into the spotlight.

During an on-air conversation about player names with The Continuous Call co-hosts Darryl Brohman and Mark Levy, Molan said: “hooka looka mooka hooka fooka”.

Molan’s comments quickly drew widespread backlash among the NRL community with past and present players lashing her for appearing to mock Pacific Islander names.

But Molan has hit back, with it being announced this week she is suing Daily Mail Australia over a story she claims painted her as “racist” and an “arrogant white woman of privilege”.

Molan says she was referencing a previous story told on the show and denied she was mocking Polynesian names.

In a statement provided to news.com.au, Daily Mail Australia will be “strenuously defending the proceedings” and will file a defence shortly in accordance with court rules.

Along with Molan, former Brisbane Broncos coach Anthony Seibold opened up on 60 Minutes on the vitriol that was directed his way.

Seibold became the target of an ugly smear campaign that saw him lodge an official complaint with police to bring charges upon the people responsible for spreading vile rumours about him.

The ugly campaign ended with Seibold stepping away from his role as the coach of the Broncos and he says it ruined his reputation.

“My situation went viral on social media, defamatory comments, my reputation was ruined in a lot of respects,” he tells Steinfort.

“The very last message on social media was the one that probably upset me the most, because it spoke about my daughter.”

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NRL 2020: Anthony Seibold, social media, rumours, daughter, 60 minutes, Brisbane Broncos, Erin Molan


Former Broncos coach Anthony Seibold has claimed the person who started rumours about his personal life works at the New South Wales Rugby League.

Seibold was a victim of vicious social media rumours that claimed he’d slept with partners of his players, taken cocaine and his wife had left him.

In an interview with 60 Minutes, the ex-Broncos coach says he is aware of the identity of the person who created the rumours and that they are an employee of the NSWRL.

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Seibold hired cyber security experts to locate the cause of vile rumours which were circulated prior to his departure from Brisbane.



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Erin Molan breaks down in interview, social media trolls, Anthony Seibold, 60 Minutes


Nine sports presenter Erin Molan has broken down in tears as she discusses her battle with online trolls.

Comments made on 2GB earlier in the year thrust Molan into the spotlight and saw her become public enemy number one on social media.

During an on-air conversation about player names with The Continuous Call co-hosts Darryl Brohman and Mark Levy, Molan said: “hooka looka mooka hooka fooka”.

Molan’s comments quickly drew widespread backlash among the NRL community with past and present players lashing her for appearing to mock Pacific Islander names.

But Molan has hit back, with it being announced this week she is suing Daily Mail Australia over a story she claims painted her as “racist” and an “arrogant white woman of privilege”.

In a preview clip of an upcoming interview with Channel 9’s 60 Minutes, the star of the Nine network addresses the severe backlash she faced over the comments and how the time for action is now.

“The time to prosecute trolls is here,” Molan says.

“You’re not big, you’re not tough. You’re scum of the earth.”

She added: “It really hurts you, you go to some pretty dark places.

“Every single Australian should be terrified about what is happening online at the moment.”

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The barrage of abuse on all channels of social media piled up for Molan, but even after reporting them the networks refused to step in.

“I’ve reported these messages to Facebook, their response was that they were not considered offensive,” she says.

“They are not doing their best, not even close.”

Along with Molan, former Brisbane Broncos coach Anthony Seibold opens up on the vitriol that was directed his way.

Seibold became the target of an ugly smear campaign that saw him lodge an official complaint with police to bring charges upon the people responsible for spreading vile rumours about him.

The ugly campaign ended with Seibold stepping away from his role as the coach of the Broncos and he says it ruined his reputation.

“My situation went viral on social media, defamatory comments, my reputation was ruined in a lot of respects,” he tells Steinfort.

“The very last message on social media was the one that probably upset me the most, because it spoke about my daughter.”

The full interview with Erin Molan and Anthony Seibold will air this Sunday on 60 Minutes.



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Not many environmental campaigners find their lives being portrayed on the big screen.

But Erin Brockovich isn’t just any environmental campaigner.

Krishnan speaks to the woman whose story was brought memorably to life by Julia Roberts back in the year 2000 about the impact of that film, the power of community action and why water could save the planet.

 

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Stornoway getting $170K in taxpayer-funded repairs before Erin O’Toole moves in


The leader of the Opposition’s official residence in Ottawa is getting $170,000 in repairs and renovations at public expense before Erin O’Toole moves his family in at the end of the month, CBC News has learned.

With Stornoway sitting vacant, the National Capital Commission (NCC) says it has a rare opportunity to complete needed repairs to the 107-year-old heritage building without the work being tied to the new Conservative leader or his predecessor, Andrew Scheer.

Spending public money to maintain official residences for politicians can be politically dangerous, and successive party leaders have stalled such renovations to avoid public criticism. As a result, the conditions of the official residences for the prime minister and the leader of the Official Opposition have deteriorated over time.

The Conservatives have criticized the use of $8.6 million to fix up the prime minister’s official summer home and turn a former caretaker’s cottage into a new home on the property. The Conservative Party says O’Toole’s office did not request the work on Stornoway and does not know what it will cost.

“We have the honour of serving this role right now. But we’re not asking for any work or repairs,” O’Toole told CBC’s Power and Politics today. “If the NCC does something before we get in there, we want it to be minimal.”

The NCC said its policy is not to volunteer cost estimates for work on official residences to their occupants, in order to keep such projects from becoming politicized, according to an NCC official authorized only to speak on background.

The NCC confirmed the current projects at Stornoway include: 

  • Painting: $39,000 to paint the entire interior of the house and kitchen cupboards
  • Kitchen & breakfast room: $38,300 to replace rotting floors, install modern pot lights, fix the dishwasher, install a new backsplash, refurbish the countertop and update the breakfast room and pantry.
  • Exterior: $37,340 for exterior work, including a new garage roof, repairs to gutters and rotting wood trim, and for pressure-washing the house.
  • Decor: $30,400 for decor, including new mattresses, plus carpet cleaning and moving in furniture.
  • Basement: $26,070 for repairs to heating pipes, new valves for the heating system and new vinyl flooring in the laundry room

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Conservative Party leader Erin O’Toole shares his thoughts on the National Capital Commission’s repairs to Stornoway, the official residence of the leader of the opposition. 0:37

Conservative Party spokesperson Kelsie Chiasson said the NCC manages Stornoway and “makes all decisions regarding necessary maintenance and repairs.”

“This work had been planned for years and the NCC took the opportunity during the transition while no one was living there to get it done,” said Chiasson in a media statement.

NCC sources say they are working with the government to ensure politics no longer interferes with needed maintenance at official residences by securing long-term funding and giving workers unfettered access to job sites.

The Conservatives say the O’Toole family will be bringing much of their personal furniture with them to Stornoway. (Brian Morris/CBC News)

Former Liberal senator Serge Joyal fought for decades to protect heritage buildings in Montreal. He capped off his career in 2019 by introducing a private member’s bill to protect heritage buildings in the area around Parliament Hill. He said legislative change is needed to save official residences from the effects of politics.

“The authority has to be outside of the political realm,” said Joyal. “It’s very important these buildings are maintained properly and regularly. You can’t wait until they are decaying. It becomes too costly. It’s ridiculous.”

O’Toole didn’t support renovating 24 Sussex in the past 

Joyal said that while politicians are the occupants of the homes, they belong to Canadians and they need protecting.

An NCC report in 2018 said 24 Sussex Drive — the prime minister’s official residence — had hit a “point of imminent or actual failure.” Asbestos runs throughout the interior and the electrical system is now hazardous. The cost of deferred maintenance on the property is pegged at $34.5 million, according to the report.

In 2018, CBC News asked political parties if they would put politics aside to repair the residence. O’Toole balked at the idea and said his party would only back the cost of renovating 24 Sussex if Prime Minister Justin Trudeau paid back costs associated with his 2016 trip to the Aga Khan’s island in the Bahamas.

“He should just pay the money back,” said O’Toole in 2018. “Then we could talk about working with him on something.”

24 Sussex Drive is a drafty, outmoded plumbing nightmare that would take millions of dollars to fix, according to an NCC report. (Tom Hanson/Canadian Press)

This past July, the Conservatives also took aim at the $8.6 million spent on renovations at Harrington Lake, the prime minister’s official summer house; the 2018 NCC report said the building was in “critical condition.” The party accused the Liberals of hiding the spending to avoid public scrutiny.

More than 20 renovations are to be completed to the interior and exterior of Stornoway over the next few weeks. The residence is ranked in “good” condition by the NCC but still needs $1.4 million of work to be fully rehabilitated, according to the NCC report.

“Transition periods between residents provides the NCC with an opportunity to complete required life-cycle work and maintenance, work that is unrelated to the previous or incoming resident,” said NCC spokesperson Jean Wolff in a statement to CBC News. 

More work being done before O’Toole moves in

Like all new tenants moving into an official NCC residence, the O’Tooles can decide on the decor in their private quarters. The NCC said it’s spending roughly $30,000 on decor, which includes cleaning the carpets, replacing eight mattresses and buying new linens and towels for the incoming occupants.

The NCC estimates it will spend about $6,980 pressure washing the exterior of Stornoway before Erin O’Toole moves in. (Brian Morris/CBC News)

O’Toole said his family is bringing as much of their own personal furniture as possible — especially for their children — to make Stornoway feel more like home.

“We want them to have their rooms, the furniture made by their grandfather in Nova Scotia. That’s going to be our approach,” said O’Toole. 

The sum being spent on Stornoway while it’s empty is higher than what the NCC spent transitioning official residences for three past political leaders. An NCC official said it’s doing more work during this interim period because it has the funding and access to the building for a few weeks.

When Prime Minister Trudeau moved into Rideau Cottage in 2015, the NCC had less than a week to get the residence ready for his family and spent about $7,000 on new linens and mattresses.

An estimated $18,000 was spent preparing Stornoway for Scheer in 2017. The money went to new upholstery, carpet cleaning, upholstery, mattresses and linens.

During former NDP leader Tom Mulcair’s transition into Stornoway in 2012, the NCC spent an estimated $6,000 on painting and new linens. Roughly another $149,000 went to a new HVAC system and a universally accessible bathroom on the first floor.



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