Friday, September 21, 2018

Friday Post

Aaahhh, the week-end ...




Of course, he was. Of course:


The man who went on a deadly shooting rampage before killing himself in Toronto's Greektown this summer was an emotionally disturbed loner and did not appear to act out of any particular ideological motivation, police documents released on Thursday indicate.

Yes, about that:

But a law enforcement source told CBS News that Faisal Hussain visited Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) websites and may have expressed support for the terrorist group. They were looking into whether Hussain may have lived at one time in Afghanistan and possibly Pakistan, the source said. There is no indication that Hussain was directed by ISIS to carry out the attack.

It's strange how the police missed that (may have?), just as they missed his brother's enormous gun and drugs collection.




Perhaps Justin's handlers should remind him that as a public servant, he doesn't have the right to refuse to answer a question regarding a criminal's receiving benefits:

In Question Period, he was asked about the outrageous situation in which a man convicted of murder – and who never served in the Canadian military in any capacity whatsoever – is having his PTSD treatment paid for by Veterans Affairs Canada.

As a Conservative MP pointed out in his question, if a Canadian soldier had been convicted of the same crime and had been discharged from the military, they wouldn’t have any of their treatment paid for by VAC.

Canadians want answers on this outrage, but when he was asked, Justin Trudeau outright refused to answer the question ...

That's dad's arrogance for you.

Also - more arrogance - and weakness:

In a revelation that is outrageous, yet not surprising, it turns out that Canada Summer Jobs applications are much more likely to be rejected in Conservative ridings than in ridings held by the Liberals.

Conservative MP Karen Vecchio had pushed for the information to be made public, and the results are undeniable.

In Conservative ridings, there was an average of 6.5 Canada Summer Jobs application rejections.
In Liberal ridings, there were 4.1 rejections on average.

That is far too large of a gap for it to be random chance.

According to the data, four out of the top 5 ridings with the most rejected applications are represented by Conservatives. Provencher, Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembrooke, Langley-Aldergrove, and Niagara West.


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In a clear example of weakness, the Trudeau government has made the first move to try and ‘repair’ Canada-Saudi ties, asking the Saudis for a meeting at the United Nations.




It's just money:

Ontario’s finance minister said the province will have to make sacrifices as it grapples with a newly revised $15-billion deficit, a message critics predicted would pave the way for significant cuts to government services.

In a speech to the Economic Club in Toronto on Friday, Vic Fedeli said the province had chosen to adopt the accounting practices used by the auditor general in reviewing the recently defeated Liberal government’s budget and projections.

As a result of the adjustment, an independent commission concluded the Liberals ran a $3.7 billion deficit in the last fiscal year rather than balancing the books as claimed, Fedeli said.

The commission also found the Liberals had overestimated their revenues for this fiscal year, reduced a reserve fund by $300 million and claimed $1.4 billion in cost-cutting measures that weren’t spelled out.



But ... but ... budgets balance themselves!:

The tax on high income earners did not produce the $3 billion promised. Instead that tax category, the much-abused one per cent (most of whom got there by hard work and constructive astuteness, and not as most politicians endlessly imply, by being sociophobic exploiters, greedy speculator, and tax cheats), generated $4.6 billion less in federal taxes in 2016 than in 2015 and about 90 per cent of the decline is claimed by finance ministry sources to come from Alberta. In 2016, more than 30,000 fewer Canadians were in the earlier highest tax bracket, which began at $140,000. It always seems to come as a merciless surprise to politicians on the left, even the soft left, that most people consider that they have earned their incomes, that it is theirs as much as their private property is, and that governments do not have an unlimited, unchallengeable or unaccountable right to gouge an individual’s earned income.

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Using energy-consumption data from Statistics Canada, and imputing prices from average household expenditure on transportation fuels and provincial gasoline prices, Winter calculated the impact of the carbon tax on a typical Canadian household across different provinces. Far from being painless as advertised, the costs to households will be significant.”

The cost in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Nova Scotia will be $1,111, $1,032, and 1,120 respectively for the average household.

In New Brunswick, Newfoundland, PEI and Ontario, the cost will be $963, $859, $788, and $707.
The lowest costs will still hit families with a huge tax increase, $683 in Manitoba, $662 in Quebec, and $603 in BC.”


Also:

It is an amazing thing how often politicians elected to serve a particular jurisdiction — could be municipal or provincial — set themselves these grand glorious and green global agendas. “Sorry. Can’t fix the potholes, clear the drains before a storm, unlock the traffic snarling every street and expressway or get the streetcars here on time — but, hey, we’re banning plastic straws and grocery bags and we’re going solar on the billboards.” If you can’t run the city, leave the planet saving for another day. If you’ve got to send out government money to private citizens to allow them to pay their power bills because your policies are the very ones that drove power bills to a level they cannot pay, then reconsider the delusion that global warming is what you were elected to fix.

Ontario’s Green Energy Act was a horror for business, a gross invasion of municipal authority, and sent successive auditors general to whatever is the chartered accountants version of a hospice centre. It had some glorious moments. Following the politically motivated billion-dollar cancellation of the Oakville gas plant — a plant necessitated by the Green Energy fiat that shut down all coal power — and the destruction by Liberal staffers of the very emails in the premier’s office that might have illuminated this billion-dollar waste, Mr. McGuinty, at one hearing offered this immortal rationalization: “It’s never too late to do the right thing.”



It would be incredibly funny if the CAQ sweeps the October 1st election:

As high-intensity trade talks ended in Washington Thursday without a breakthrough, speculation mounted that Canada will wait until after Quebec’s Oct. 1 election to strike a deal, hoping to lessen the political fallout from potential concessions around the dairy industry.

Not that the CAQ is willing to shoot its cash-cow (no pun intended) but it's not as co-operative with Justin or Chrystia as the flagging Liberals are.




Alright, little numbskulls, when your math scores plummet again, walk out for that, too:

Students at more than a hundred schools across Ontario pledged to walk out of class on Friday to show the provincial government they disagree with its decision to repeal a modernized version of the sex-ed curriculum.

The walkouts — called “We the students do not consent” — are set to take place in schools from Niagara Falls to Ottawa. The protests also aim to voice opposition to the cancellation of curriculum writing sessions designed to fulfil findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.



You can't ever make a deal with the devil:




Also:

Can it be just a coincidence that governments that fetter their economies in the name of social justice generally end up with more corruption and a class of elites enriching themselves on political connections while all others are left to fend for themselves? In this light, is it not a tragedy that a pope whose heart belongs to the poor reserves all his moral outrage for the one economic system that has already lifted billions of desperate people out of poverty? 

Might not some papal outrage be directed at governments and leaders who, in the name of workers and justice, intervene in the economy in ways that make everyday life more costly, crush opportunity and cheat the have-nots of a future of hope and dignity?



 

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Mid-Week Post

Your middle-of-the-week jolt ...




That sound you hear is the gravy train grinding to a halt:

The legal victory for the Progressive Conservative government means city staff can immediately focus on planning for an election using 25 wards and abandon the 47-ward model that was revived by the lower court’s decision.

It also means the government won’t have to immediately move forward with reintroduced council-cutting legislation that invoked a constitutional provision known as the notwithstanding clause to override the lower court ruling.

I'll just leave this here:

The three-member panel, led by Associate Chief Justice Alexandra Hoy, said Belobaba’s interpretation “appears to stretch both the wording and purpose” of the free speech section of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and “blurs the demarcation” between it and the section which separately guarantees the democratic rights of citizens to vote and stand for office.

 
Also - realising that he is paid to represent Ontario and its citizens' interests, Premier Doug Ford heads to Washington to potentially fix what Justin won't:

As Ontario Premier Doug Ford heads to Washington, he is warning the federal government not to give ground on measures protecting the agriculture sector during talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.  

Ford is due to meet Canada's NAFTA negotiators in the U.S. capital on Wednesday to be briefed on the status of the talks. It's his first trip to Washington since becoming premier in June. 

Ford is making the trip to meet federal officials and "make the case that any NAFTA deal must protect Ontario jobs in both auto and agriculture sectors," he said in a speech to hundreds of farmers on Tuesday.

It would be hilarious if Doug Ford and other premier succeeded in finalising workable trade deals with the US, thus making Justin look like a bigger jackanapes than when he went to India.




Speaking of which:

Documents tabled in the House of Commons Monday reveal that the nine-day trip cost Canadian taxpayers $1.66 million — roughly 10 per cent higher than the $1.5 million the government reported in June.

Take this out of his pension. Why not? Especially for this:


According to a recent report, “Canadian veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are out of luck if they expect the government to help them find a service dog anytime soon. 

That’s because the Department of Veteran Affairs (VAC) continues to deny veterans and their families funding for service dogs despite growing evidence showing their effectiveness in treating PTSD and its related symptoms.”

I have written about this before, having spoken with Canadian Veteran Medric Cousineau who has been “treated like roadkill.”

Cousineau has been pushing for the government to fund service dogs – like his service dog Thai who he credits with saving his life. Yet, the government continues refusing.

Now, Cousineau told Global News that “The difference [between having a dog and not having a dog] can best be described as night and day.”

And even government data shows the service dogs are helpful, as “VAC’s continued denial of funding for service dogs comes on the heels of a government-commissioned report obtained exclusively by Global News that shows “significant” reductions in PTSD symptoms and an overall improvement in the quality of life for veterans matched with service dogs.”

The government has had that report for 8 weeks, yet the funding is still being refused, and Trudeau’s Veterans Affairs Minister Seamus O’Regan says he hasn’t even read it.


What a piece of crap.


And:

Are Indo-Canadians, like federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, disadvantaged? Was he ever disadvantaged? Or is he the son of privilege?

Those questions, which touch upon the remarkable experience of Indo-Canadians in Canada, were raised last week in the context of an internal NDP squabble about Singh’s fumbling leadership. It came to a head when dozens of current and former New Democrat MPs and MLAs in Saskatchewan objected to Singh’s decision to throw MP Erin Weir out of caucus for harassment allegations which they found dubious at best.

“I am not going to change my decision because people of a position of privilege want to intimidate me to change that,” Singh said. “My decision is final and I am not changing that.”

My colleague Colby Cosh demonstrated in his column last week that Singh, the son of a rich man who ostentatiously displays his wealth — GQ cover shoots, bespoke suits, two Rolex watches — is far more privileged than farmers and teachers and city workers in Saskatchewan who oppose him.

What Singh meant of course was that his critics are white, hence privileged, while he is not. What else could he have meant? Not that they are powerful and he is not. After all he is the leader, and their objection is precisely that he is abusing his power, which they are powerless to stop.

But leave aside Singh, who is quick to resort to racial politics against his opponents. His complaint, transparently false as Cosh demonstrated, draws attention to the astonishing phenomenon of extraordinarily successful Indian immigrants to Canada.

Singh was born in 1979 in Canada to parents who emigrated from India. His father was a psychiatrist, who earned well enough to send his son Jagmeet to a private American high school where current annual tuition runs to more than U.S.$30,000. He went on to Osgoode Hall law school and practiced as a criminal lawyer with his brother before running for office. ...

I too was born in Canada, like Singh, to parents who were immigrants, originally from India (Goa) but through Kenya in my family’s case. My father was a not a medical doctor but had a doctorate in engineering. We were not as rich as the Singh family, and all four children went to Canadian public (Catholic) schools, but we were comfortable. The noted Indian emphasis on education bore fruit. The four of us have a dozen degrees among us. My parents are financially successful, and their children are also affluent, though none of us go in for bespoke tailoring. ...

So Singh and myself belong to the very successful story of Indian immigrants to Canada, found not only in Brampton but across the country. Among my students at Queen’s University are many like us, high achievers who come from families who, though not as rich as the Singhs, achieved economic success. More important, those Indian immigrant families have been highly successful in passing on the values and principles that have shaped the character of their children to be exemplary citizens.

Who then is privileged? There are millions of white Canadian families, some in this country for more than a century, who have a far tougher time of it than I did, or Singh did. Yes, it is possible that someone made fun of his turban at Detroit Country Day School in Beverly Hills, Michigan. But very few Canadians are schooled in Beverly Hills where, one might note, there will be next month a “Gemologist Rich Day” for parents and students to buy gems for their class projects.

Singh has proven with his deflective slurs that it is easier to cry "uncle" than it is to be a model citizen of Canada.




Is the wife of Raif Badawi a "stupid person on Twitter", Paul Wells?:

Host Vassy Kapelos is one of Canada’s finest current affairs host. She is a delight to watch as she goes head to head with the toughest and meanest, but on that evening, she let her guard down and the mockery continued.

The worst moment came when Wells denigrated Bernier’s followers. “Basically his [Bernier’s] voter base right now is the stupidest people on Twitter,” he said with a haughty arrogant laugh as others giggled while host Kapelos revealed her seeming approval of the insult, with a “No comment.”

The next morning,  Haider went public with her support of Bernier, tweeting, “Finally, a new party is born in Canadian political life, @PeoplesPCa. Remember that name well.”

Bernier responded immediately, welcoming the world-renowned human rights activist in the fold of his party. He tweeted: “Very happy to get the support of Ensaf Haidar, wife of Raif Badawi and a courageous defender of free speech in the world.”

For a politician being attacked for his supposed anti-immigrant bias, an endorsement by Badawi’s wife as well as from a group called ‘Muslims For Max’, left the so-called Power Panel gurus scratching their heads. Perhaps it’s because it’s likely, not one of them has ever run for office, campaigned for a candidate or toiled for a political party, yet they are the experts and we are the “stupidest people on Twitter.”

I asked Haider what made her join the PPC. She told me she was particularly attracted to the People’s Party’s commitment not to permit the weakening of Canada’s secular liberal foundation built over 400 years and based on the Anglo-French nature of the country’s heritage. She quoted the following section of the PPC’s declaration:

Our immigration policy should not aim to forcibly change the cultural character and social fabric of Canada, as radical proponents of multiculturalism want. The vast majority of Canadians rightly expect immigrants to learn about our history and culture, master one of our official languages and adopt widely shared Canadian values such as equality of men and woman, tolerance for diversity and respect for Canadian law.”

Haider told me: “I was born under Sharia and forced to wear the niqab and that stole my humanity. Now under the burka of diversity, Islamists are making Muslim Canadian women to be their flag bearers and mark territory, literally showing their middle finger to the rest of Canada.”

“Immigrants escaping from the hell of Islamic countries should fuse with the culture and manners of Western societies, otherwise they are not qualified for living in Canada,” she concluded.
Now who is ‘stupid’, Paul Wells? It is certainly not Haider, who deserves an apology.



Culture matters:

According to statistics from Vietnam's labour ministry, there are currently 20,000 Vietnamese workers in the kingdom, with nearly 7,000 working as domestic staff for Saudi families.

In 2014, the two countries signed a five-year labour pact that paved the way for more Vietnamese citizens to work in the Gulf country.

Saudi Arabia is one of the world's biggest importers of domestic workers.

The number of Vietnamese labourers is relatively small compared with Filipinos, Indonesians and Sri Lankans, but the community reports mistreatment.

Some who escaped have recounted slave-like working and living conditions.

"I understand that as [domestic] workers we need to get used to difficult working conditions," said Dao, who is vocal on social media about her experience. "We didn't ask for much, just no starvation, no beatings, and three meals per day. If we had that, we would not have begged for rescue."




Kim promised to accept international inspectors to monitor the closing of a key missile test site and launch pad and to visit Seoul soon, and both leaders vowed to work together to try to host the Summer Olympics in 2032.

But while containing several tantalizing offers, their joint statement appeared to fall short of the major steps many in Washington have been looking for — such as a commitment by Kim to provide a list of North Korea’s nuclear facilities, a solid step-by-step timeline for closing them down, or an agreement to allow international inspectors to assess progress or discover violations.

It also was unclear what “corresponding steps” North Korea wants from the U.S. to dismantle its nuclear site.


 

Recently, a Liberal MP in the House of Commons started talking about fishing.

He then said “Fishermen,” which is the term everybody uses.

But then, he got scared, realizing that he might have ‘offended’ the pathetic social justice warrior snowflakes (like Mr. “Peoplekind” Justin Trudeau), by saying anything with ‘men’ in it.


So he tried saying “fisherfolks,” but kept slipping up every time – since political correctness isn’t a natural thing.

(Paws up)


Tuesday, September 18, 2018

For a Tuesday

I'm sure this will just resolve itself:

The CEOs of three of Canada's major grocery chains doubled down on their expectation that food prices will soon rise at their stores.

Recent cost pressures on the industry, including rising minimum wages in some provinces, increased fuel and transportation costs and an ongoing trade war with the U.S., will soon result in some price inflation, said the chief executives of Metro Inc., Loblaw Companies Ltd. and Empire Co. Tuesday at Scotiabank's back-to-school conference in Toronto.

Metro CEO Eric La Fleche said consumers should eventually see a return to more normal inflation levels.

"Exactly when and how — it's all about competitive dynamics. Everybody is competitive. Nobody wants to lose any share. So, let's see how things play out," he said.


Just like NAFTA will fix itself:

Mexico “did what was possible and not what was desirable,” Luz Ma de la Mora, the country’s incoming undersecretary of state for trade, said last week. “Seems to me that it is better to have a NAFTA 0.8 … than not to have a NAFTA.”

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Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, who has been spinning her wheels while getting nowhere with NAFTA, showed up at the Liberals’ love-in-cum-retreat in Saskatoon last week to be lavished by Justin Trudeau for being “formidable” and “tireless” in her determination to get a deal that is good for Canada — all while asserting that no deal is better than a bad deal.

That’s one way of looking at it.

It would have been better, however, if Freeland was less “tireless” and had retired for some bed rest instead of making time to attend a summit in Toronto where the topic of Taking on the Tyrant had U.S. President Donald Trump likened to such murderous despots as Syria’s Bashar al-Assad.

This represents the height of stupidity when, in the midst of the most important trade negotiations our country has faced in recent history, our lead negotiator sees some kind of wisdom in rattling the “tyrant’s” cage.

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The United States has a deadline of Oct. 1 to get the text of any trade deal to Congress so legislators in Washington can study the deal. They want it passed so it can be signed before Dec. 1.

Why then?

That’s the day Mexico’s new president takes over. Andrés Manuel López Obrador wants to be able to blame any unpopular parts of the deal on the current president. If the deal is signed before he takes over, Obrador won’t nix it but if the deal isn’t signed he may push for changes or scrap it.

So with two weeks left to go what is Canada doing?

Ragging the puck.

Citing “a senior source” CBC is reporting Trudeau and company are willing to let the deadline pass.
They quote the source as saying the political pressure to get a deal done “is not a good enough reason.”

Well what about the hundreds of thousands of jobs, perhaps millions of jobs at risk if we lose prefered access to the American market?

We still send about 76% of our exports to the United States while they send us just 18%. Let’s face it, Canada needs the American market more than they need the Canadian market.

What are the hang ups?

The dispute resolution system, which is a real concern. Then there are two issues that Trudeau has so far not given ground on to placate mostly Quebec interests.

Cultural exemptions and supply management.



It's just money ... and national industries and domestic security ... :

While Justin Trudeau was talking about the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion being blocked, he said the following:

“That’s almost a really good thing.”

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Learning that the government is handing out $50K per year in cash aid alone to migrant families is shocking though not really surprising but the true proof of lack of ethics in the Trudeau government is how they tried to hide what they were doing.



Governance is just too hard!:

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appears frustrated with the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations’ “time management” in a leaked video clip that was taken during his meeting with several chiefs in Saskatoon last week.

Trudeau, who was in the city for the Liberal Party of Canada’s annual caucus retreat earlier, and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale were scheduled to meet with the 74-member FSIN at 8 a.m. last Wednesday, according to his itinerary.

In the video clip, which runs for three minutes and 38 seconds and surfaced on YouTube Sunday with the title “PMJT berates FSIN Chiefs,” the prime minister appears to express frustration that the first portion of the meeting went long, leaving little time to hear other concerns.

You pandered to Big Aboriginal, you can suck it up, you sociopathic son-of-a-b!#ch:





Also:






And:

The former terrorist leader Zakaria Amara is locked away at Millhaven maximum-security prison, serving a life sentence for plotting Al Qaeda-inspired truck bombings in downtown Toronto.

But for the past six months, a Facebook page in his name has been posting his prison photos as well as what purported to be his jailhouse prose, including a telling of what made him a terrorist.

Facebook deleted the account on Wednesday, an hour after Global News asked about it. The social media company said the Amara page was taken down “for violating our community standards.”

“We don’t allow mass murderers to maintain a presence on Facebook,” the company said, adding it also did not let impersonators maintain accounts.


(Sidebar: but you did for so many months.)




Gee, how did that work out for Roh Moo-Hyun?:

(Sidebar: hint - it didn't.)


In pursuing engagement with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to defuse a nuclear crisis, Moon is also looking to bolster the legacy of his late friend and political mentor, former President Roh Moo-hyun, whose ambitious efforts to build trust with North Korea crumbled as it began building its nuclear arsenal a decade ago.

A dovish liberal, Moon said he will use the meetings with Kim in Pyongyang, North Korea’s capital, which began Tuesday and are to end Thursday, to help revive stalled talks between the U.S. and North Korea and push for “irreversible, permanent peace” between the rivals. Depending on the results, Moon will either be remembered as a skilful statesman who helped fix decades of failed diplomacy or a stubborn idealist who repeated the mistakes of past liberal leaders at a time of much higher military and political stakes.

This North Korea:

There just weren’t enough potatoes. My family was starving and the only way to survive was to escape. So—like thousands of others—my mother and I crossed the frozen river to China in the middle of the night. I was 13 years old. When I left North Korea, I didn’t even know what it meant to be free. All I wanted was a bowl of rice.



A church built by black Americans escaping Jim Crow laws is now receiving a heritage designation:

For a small group of American black families escaping racist Jim Crow laws a century ago, building a church in their new home in Saskatchewan was a priority.

Completed in 1912, Shiloh Baptist Church, about 30 kilometres northwest of Maidstone, provided a place of worship and communal space for the homesteaders who had arrived only two years before.

The little building is made from poplar logs on a foundation of field stones. The pews are just benches, many also hewn from logs.

“The first time I walked in there it’s almost like I got hit in the gut with a fist. And I’m not a spiritual or a religious person by any means,” says Leander Lane, whose great-grandfather Julius Caesar Lane was among the community’s original families.

The church and its cemetery have just been awarded heritage property designation by the Saskatchewan’s Culture Ministry who say it is the only remaining building from the first African-American farming community in the province.



Saturday, September 15, 2018

Saturday Post

A slow week-end ...




Ontario Premier Doug Ford has called a special sitting of legislature, something he wouldn't have to do if the size and scope of government was limited, there were term limits, penalties for wasted money and elected judges (but I digress ...):

The Ontario government will hold a rare sitting of the legislature today in an effort to expedite passage of a bill that will cut the size of Toronto's city council.

The Progressive Conservatives will begin debates on controversial Bill 31, dubbed the Efficient Local Government Act, at 1 p.m. at Queen's Park.

The bill re-introduces legislation that was struck down by an Ontario Superior Court judge, who said it violated the charter rights of candidates and voters in Toronto's upcoming election. The new legislation will invoke the notwithstanding clause to overrule the court decision.

Also:

Former prime minister Jean Chretien, former Saskatchewan premier Roy Romanow and former Ontario attorney general Roy McMurtry issued a statement Friday saying the clause wasn't meant to be used in this way.

"The clause was designed to be invoked by legislatures in exceptional situations, and only as a last resort after careful consideration," they said. "It was not designed to be used by governments as a convenience or as a means to circumvent proper process."


Jean Chretien on the notwithstanding clause, 2012: "The purpose of an override clause is to provide the flexibility that is required to ensure that legislatures rather than judges have the final say on important matters of public policy."

Question: Would Chretien support the notwithstanding clause today? Chretien, 2012: "It would be the same situation ... Because some would argue that in a society the elected people have to be supreme -- not judges -- and I subscribe to that."

Finally, it would be strange if Jean Chretien didn't support the notwithstanding clause, given that he was part of the government of then Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau that created it.

And:

We have a mandate from the people of Ontario to use every tool at our disposal to protect Ontario families and businesses from the federal carbon tax,” said Minister Phillips. “A carbon tax has nothing to do with the environment and everything to do with increasing government revenue. It will drive up the cost of gas, home heating fuel and everyday items for people across this province.”



This government wants to fail.

Cases in point:

In the face of mounting pressure to wrap up NAFTA negotiations by the end of the month, a senior source suggests Canada is comfortable with missing that deadline.

Rather, Justin is comfortable with trashing the Canadian economy because  he is as clever and as persuasive as dryer lint. The CBC can run interference for its monied mouthpiece all it wants but a string of failures will convince no one that his propping up of an expensive regulatory board for dairy products, a failed energy sector policy, his willingness to destroy the automotive sector and lacklustre trade with other countries is fervor on his part.

Nice try, CBC.

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Another bright idea:

Trudeau – who once campaigned on bringing Canadians together – is now left with a strategy dependent on splitting the country and putting the economy at further risk. That’s because his endless broken promises (balanced budget, taxes, electoral reform, carbon tax for pipeline tradeoff) have left him without any real ‘accomplishments’ to run on.


The Liberals have watched their support in Western Canada collapse, and will seek to hold onto seats in Ontario and Quebec to remain in power. 

(Sidebar: yes, about that. And I called it.)

They think that by campaigning against Trump and by throwing Western Canada under the bus they can retain enough support to at least win a minority government in the next campaign.

(Merci)

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The hill on which to die:

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defended his government's push to put a "price on pollution" in front of a skeptical Saskatchewan audience Thursday, while lamenting Premier Scott Moe's insistence on taking the feds to court over the national climate plan.

At a town hall meeting at the Saskatoon Polytechnic, a vocational training school, Trudeau defended his government's approach to climate change, pipeline projects, refugees and veterans before a rather thin crowd of mostly young people.
Justin Trudeau fails to fill small gym in Regina
(source)
 
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As disgusting as allowing in Yazidi rape victims, eh, Justin?:

Dominic LeBlanc – current intergovernmental affairs minister and former fisheries minister – was recently found to be in violation of the Conflict of Interest Act.

The Conservatives had been asking questions about LeBlanc for months, due to concern about him awarding a fishing license to a company that was set to be owned by his wife’s cousin.

So, how did Justin Trudeau react months ago when the Conservatives demanded answers for the Canadian People?

He called them “disgusting.”

Also:

Canada’s ethics watchdog says he would like to have greater powers to impose penalties against cabinet ministers and public office holders who violate conflict rules, including the ability to levy fines of up to $10,000.



Speaking of disgusting:

A man charged in the death of 13-year-old Marrisa Shen appeared briefly in a Vancouver courtroom Friday as dozens of supporters of the girl's family watched from the gallery or protested outside.
Ibrahim Ali, 28, wore a light red jail uniform and spoke quietly with an Arabic interpreter but did not address the court, only glancing momentarily at the crowd gathered in the room.

The case was adjourned until Oct. 12 so that Ali's lawyer, Daniel Markovitz, could review the Crown's evidence. He declined comment outside court.

Ali was arrested last week and charged with first-degree murder in the death of Shen, whose body was found in Burnaby's Central Park in July 2017.

Police say Ali is a Syrian national who moved to Burnaby as a refugee 17 months ago and is a permanent resident of Canada with no prior criminal history.

(Sidebar: not at all a citizen.)

None of the allegations against Ali have been proven in court.
Demonstrators who gathered outside questioned the country's immigration system under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, some clutching white flowers and holding signs that read "Justin Trudeau, where is your heart now?" and "No More Killings."

Justin has no heart:

When the Hijab Hoax first started getting reported, Justin Trudeau literally rushed to the cameras to make a statement.

He used the moment to smear Canadians as ‘islamophobes,’ and said it showed a problem in our country. Trudeau turned it into a global story.

Of course, we now know that the whole thing had been made up. But Trudeau never apologized for his lack of judgement or for his attacks on Canadians.

His quick response is a stark contrast from how he responded to the horrible story of a Syrian refugee Ibrahim Ali being charged with the murder of 13-year-old Burnaby girl Marrisa Shen.


He hasn’t responded at all.



Alberta Education Minister David Eggen has a lot of explaining to do:

Alberta’s education minister said he’s convening a working group of teachers, parents and advocates by next week to write a new set of guidelines for schools to use when isolating students with behavioural issues.

“The minister has been clear that he believes seclusion rooms should only be used as a last resort and with the safety of children as the priority,” Education Minister David Eggen’s press secretary, Lindsay Harvey, said in an email Thursday.

His statement comes after a Sherwood Park family said their child with autism was locked, naked, in a school isolation room. The student’s parents are suing the teacher, the principal, the school board and the Alberta government.
(Sidebar: this David Eggen.)