Monday, January 15, 2018

But Wait! There's More!

It's Monday and Khawlah Noman and her family are still liars.


Also a grubby liar, Trudeau:

Almost immediately after the story of a hijab attack was reported, Justin Trudeau made comments both on Twitter and at a public event.

His comments helped spread the story far and wide, turning it into an international incident.

Yet, Trudeau commented without actually knowing the facts, and it has now been revealed as a hoax.
So, is Trudeau apologizing for spreading the big lie?

Nope.

Instead, he’s doubling down on his manipulative messaging, releasing the following statement:


We can notice that Trudeau’s PMO statement includes no apology, and no admission of his responsibility for spreading the hoax.

Yes, where IS that apology from the arrogant popinjay son of a former prime minister? Where is that heartfelt retraction of venom against the Canadian public for the lies of an attention-seeking cult? Where is that realisation that someone has been had and then helped spread pernicious lies from so obviously a false claim? Where is that consistency of defense of ALL peoples in this country? Oh, where?


Also - freedom of speech is alright as long as one never opens one's mouth and agrees with the mob under penalty of expulsion or worse:

An Acadia University professor said a petition calling for him to be removed from teaching classes at the school is "rather surreal and absurd."

Rick Mehta — who has taught psychology at Acadia for 14 years — is under fire for his social media posts about Sen. Lynn Beyak and residential schools. But Mehta said he's simply practising free speech.

"You just have to laugh. The whole situation just seems just rather bizarre, because I just put out a tweet … I wasn't expecting any consequences," said Mehta.

The controversy started after Mehta tweeted at federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, who had removed Beyak from the party's parliamentary caucus.

Beyak was kicked out after refusing to remove "racist" comments found in letters posted to her Senate website. The senator had posted roughly 100 letters in support of her earlier defence of Canada's residential schools, where some 6,000 Indigenous children died from malnutrition and disease.

On Jan. 5, Mehta tweeted to Scheer: "You claim to support free speech, yet you remove Senator Beyak from your caucus. Where is the evidence of racism? Are you saying that the Aboriginal people should have a protected status and therefore can't be criticized? Bad move re: race relations."

"I was supporting Sen. Beyak, not her positions — but just her right to put letters on a website and to express her views," said Mehta.

Mehta has also tweeted and retweeted a number of posts slamming what he calls political correctness. 

Mehta said he tries to keep his opinions out of the classroom, but said more and more professors at university are liberal "so the consequence of that is that it limits them [to] what kinds of questions are asked, the approaches that are taken, how data is interpreted.

"My job is to teach [students] how to think, not what to think. So if there's a dominant narrative on campus, then the way I see my role as a professor is to provide different perspectives so students can decide for themselves what they think is the truth," said Mehta.

Jessica Durling, a human rights activist in Halifax, is one of three people behind the petition to have Mehta removed from his job. As of midday Monday, just over 500 people had signed the petition on change.org.

"He has a position of power at Acadia, and yet chooses to continuously belittle and oppose marginalized groups using his influence as a teacher and being put on a pedestal as somebody who students can look up to," said Durling. "Marginalized people of Nova Scotia just don't feel comfortable with that."

Durling said she first heard about Mehta a week ago. She said she saw one of her contacts on Twitter engaging with him. Although she's not an Acadia student, Durling said she has talked to people who have taken his classes. She said they were "downright surprised" to hear about his views.

"There can't be a man — who thinks marginalized groups are less, who thinks residential schools did good — in a position of power teaching students and teaching lectures being put on a pedestal," said Durling.

If Mehta isn't fired, Durling said it would not reflect well for the university.

Mehta said as of Sunday, he had not heard anything from school officials. "I think it would just be bad publicity if they were to just give in to a petition," he said.

A counter-petition also exists on change.org, calling for "support" for Mehta; it has been signed by about 230 people.
How "not reflect well", Miss Durling? This "not reflect well"?

Some people are serious politicians and others are people who enjoy playing make-believe.

Case in point:

There is skepticism about what can be achieved at this summit, given the players that will not be at the table.

Neither China nor Russia will attend.

"We've invited both of them to the meeting, and if they choose at the last minute to come, we would be grateful to see them there," Freeland said.

"We're also looking forward after the meeting to Briefing both China and Russia about our conclusions and bringing them into the conversation," she added.

"They're not going to solve the Korean crisis at this meeting," said Roland Paris, a former foreign affairs advisor to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

But, he said "I think it is always useful to be bringing countries together to be talking about this kind of a crisis situation."

Yes, but all people do is talk, like this total waste of time.

Does one really think that Justin will lean on China or Russia? How?




Climate Barbie tries bribing hold-out provinces:

The federal government is giving itself the legal wiggle room to give carbon tax rebate cheques directly to people in those provinces that refuse to impose a carbon tax of their own.

A draft legislative proposal released Monday spells out that any federal revenues raised by a carbon tax can either be returned to the government in the province where the money was raised, given directly to individuals or divided between the two.

Only provincial governments that voluntarily ask to use the federal carbon price system will guarantee they get the revenues to use how they see fit, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna's office confirmed to The Canadian Press.

Provinces that end up having the federal system imposed on them because they don't meet federal requirements will run the risk of being bypassed in favour of Ottawa sending rebate cheques directly to individuals.


Australia’s national carbon tax came into effect July 1, 2012, and was repealed on July 17, 2014.

“Australians tried a carbon tax, it didn’t work, so they repealed it, and Canadians need to take a close look at that experience,” said CTF Federal Director Aaron Wudrick. “Many Canadians are about to feel the impact of a national carbon tax and it’s important to find out what to expect and hear it first-hand from a country that has tried it.”

Australia produces roughly 1.5 per cent of world greenhouse gas emissions. Canada produces 1.65 per cent.

“Many Australians faced high energy bills and job losses as a result of our carbon tax,” said Chris Berg of the Institute of Public Affairs.

“The government was forced to create heaps of new bureaucracy, rebates, free carbon credits and red tape just to deal with the fallout from the tax. And worst of all, it did virtually nothing to impact global climate change. Canadians should not follow us down this path.”



South of the border, however, things are a little chipper:

President Donald Trump often brags that he's done more in his first year in office than any other president. That's a spectacular stretch.

But while he's fallen short on many measures and has a strikingly thin legislative record, Trump has followed through on dozens of his campaign promises, overhauling the country's tax system, changing the U.S. posture abroad and upending the lives of hundreds of thousands of immigrants.

A year in, Trump is no closer to making Mexico pay for a border wall than when he made supporters swoon with that promise at those rollicking campaign rallies of 2016.

He's run into legislative roadblocks — from fellow Republicans, no less — at big moments, which is why the Obama-era health law survives, wounded but still insuring millions. His own administration's sloppy start explains why none of the laws he pledged to sign in his first 100 days came to reality then and why most are still aspirational.

Nevertheless, Trump has nailed the tax overhaul, his only historic legislative accomplishment to date, won confirmation of a conservative Supreme Court justice and other federal judges, and used his executive powers with vigour to slice regulations and pull the U.S. away from international accords he assailed as a candidate.

Courts tied his most provocative actions on immigration and Muslim entry in knots, but illegal border crossings appear to be at historic lows.

The upshot? For all his rogue tendencies, Trump has shaped up as a largely conventional Republican president when measured by his promises kept and in motion.



This Just In

This important news conference:






(Cheers)

Monday Post

A lot going on ...



Oh, this must be humiliating:

Toronto police say an 11-year-old girl’s report of having her hijab cut by a scissors-wielding man as she walked to school last week did not happen.

Police had been investigating the alleged incident as a hate crime and now say their investigation is concluded.

(Sidebar: oh, I'll bet it's concluded.)

The alleged incident captured national attention after it was reported Friday and drew public condemnation from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne.


Interesting:




Also:

What has been occurring with increasing regularity, though, is the appearance of a backlash against Muslims perpetrated by Muslims themselves.

Take the case of the University of Michigan student who in November 2016, shortly after the presidential election, told police that two male Trump supporters attacked her and threatened to set her on fire if she failed to remove her hijab. Police say the report was false and that the as-yet unnamed woman may face charges.

Or the Louisiana woman who claimed to be the victim of an anti-Muslim attack in Lafayette the day after the election. Two men, she claimed, one of them wearing a Trump hat, stole her wallet and demanded she remove her hijab. Lafayette police have deemed it a hoax but have not released the woman's name.

Or Yasmin Seweid, the New York City college student who lied about being harassed (again, her hijab snatched from her, she claimed) by Trump supporters on the Number 6 train on December 1, 2016.

Or Michael Kee, the reportedly Muslim Beloit College (Wisconsin) student who spray-painted anti-Islamic graffiti on the door of his own dormitory room on January 30 and then reported it as a hate crime.

What can explain the rise of fake anti-Muslim crimes? Ibrahim Hooper of the Hamas-linked Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) explains that Muslims in America are "under great psychological stress and tension right now, and that in itself can cause mental health issues that lead to these types of incidents."

CAIR uncritically disseminated Yasmin Seweid's lie but failed to set the record straight when it was exposed. It issued a press release condemning the "attack" on Seweid but has yet to issue a retraction. 

Its website still links to three stories reporting the incident, but not a single follow-up story documenting Seweid's arrest for fabricating the story.



Speaking of things that will find their way down the memory-hole:

A bail hearing for former Afghanistan hostage Joshua Boyle could be weeks away after a brief court appearance by video link today relating to assault charges.

Boyle is due back in Ontario court Jan. 26, while his lawyers press for disclosure of evidence such as details of a 911 call.

Boyle was arrested by Ottawa police late last month and faces 15 charges, including eight counts of assault, two of sexual assault, two of unlawful confinement and one count of causing someone to take a noxious thing.

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Isn’t it strange how people keep needing to be reminded of Liberals who’ve behaved in this way towards women? I’ll bet you already forgot about Scott Andrews and Massimo Pacetti, two Liberal MPs who Trudeau dealt with summarily. Then there’s Darshan Kang and Hunter Tootoo (his technically not harassment, but disgraceful nonetheless), who received a bit more attention before and after they resigned. Then there’s the case of Liberal MP Nicola Di lorio joking that Conservative MP Dianne Watts was a stripper in front of other colleagues after hearing her ringtone, which Liberal-friendly online publication iPolitics thought was funny enough to include in its end-of-the-year top ten list of funniest stories in Canadian politics.



From the same government that refuses to revoke citizenship of known terrorists:

The government’s new public safety bill gives new powers to Canada’s foreign intelligence agency that has a growing number of critics worried it will put Canadians in the crosshairs.

The Communications Security Establishment has long had a mandate to focus solely on foreign intelligence but a recent report by the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto said the limitation is “largely a fiction” and raised concerns about the agency’s new powers and how they will affect Canadians.

Bill C-59 is winding its way through parliamentary committees and has been touted as the Liberal government’s improved version of the Harper government’s national security legislation, Bill C-51, which also attracted controversy. The Liberal bill creates a standalone act that governs the CSE and, along with an enhanced mandate for cybersecurity, introduces quasi-judicial oversight on the agency in the form of a newly created Intelligence Commissioner.

That enhanced mandate, “extraordinary exceptions” to the CSE’s rule against directing its activities at Canadians and the interconnected nature of the world’s information systems means the bill could create a host of new privacy concerns. The Citizen Lab report also points out that because the agency operates in “near-complete secrecy” it is “impossible for the public to fully understand” how the new act will modify or enhance the CSE’s power.

(Sidebar: how could this go wrong?)




God help us all:

The Supreme Court of Canada is to begin hearings Monday in an appeal that could force lawmakers across the country to give First Nations a role in drafting legislation that affects treaty rights.

“This case is tremendously significant whichever way it comes out,” said Dwight Newman, a law professor at the University of Saskatchewan.

It could “fundamentally transform how law is made in Canada,” he said.

The court is to hear a challenge by the Mikisew Cree First Nation in northern Alberta. It seeks a judicial review of changes made under the previous Harper government to the Fisheries Act, the Species At Risk Act, the Navigable Waters Protection Act and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.

The First Nation argues that because the changes were likely to affect its treaty rights, the government had a constitutional duty to consult before making them.

Cases on the Crown’s duty to consult appear regularly, but they usually concern decisions made by regulatory bodies. This one seeks to extend that duty to law-making.

Unelected judges are giving broad judicial powers to people based on their skin colour which would mean that individuals and provinces would have long and cumbersome hurdles to pass through just to get one thing accomplished.

Only in Canada.




If Justin knew that he couldn't get away with being an @$$hole, he might take more care in trying not to be one:

The effect of Trudeau’s position is to take federal funding and tie it to forced acceptance of Liberal beliefs. All governments use their access to the public purse to advance their own interests to some degree — Stephen Harper’s Conservatives littered the country with signs hailing their Economic Action Plan — but none that I know of have specifically contained an ideological purity test requiring applicants to profess their explicit support of government policy before they are even allowed to apply. In this case, party policy was earlier rewritten to reflect the personal opinion of the leader, so that Liberals who hope to sit and vote with the party must support the abortion views of Justin Trudeau.

People are distracted by yet another issue they don't understand (ie - there is no abortion law in this country nor are there specific rights to it in the Charter). The abortion angle here is incidental. If the government can force a citizen to waive their views and rights for ONE reason, they can continue doing it for ANY reason.

We fought wars against this sort of thing.

Well, not Justin's dad, but other dads.




No, budgets don't balance themselves.


Cases in point:

The arithmetic here is simple and unforgiving: if you accept — as the Liberals have — the Conservatives’ choices for revenues and the budget balance, you are also obliged to accept the Conservatives’ choices for the total level of public services provided. (New programs would have to be financed by cutting existing ones.) The original Liberal plan respected that arithmetic: deficits would finance a temporary burst of infrastructure spending, so that the budget would go back to balance when the extra spending stopped.

But that’s not what happened. The Liberals’ infrastructure program has yet to get off the ground, but Direct Program Expenditures (DPE) — the budget item that involves paying salaries and buying things — has gone from 5.8 per cent of GDP in 2014-15, the last full year of the Conservative government, to a projected 6.5 per cent in the current 2017-18 fiscal year. (Transfers to individuals and other levels of government are rules-based and generally track GDP automatically.)

Since revenues and transfer payments track GDP, the only way to reduce the deficit is to reduce DPE as a share of GDP. The reason the October fiscal update predicted lower deficits than projected in last March’s budget was that it made more aggressive assumptions about how the Liberal government would control growth in direct spending: it projects that DPE will be reduced back to down to 5.7 per cent of GDP in 2022-23.

This seems unlikely. In a blog post, Randall Bartlett of the Institute of Fiscal Studies and Democracy at the University of Ottawa says at “the IFSD, we don’t believe that the federal government’s DPE forecast is realistic.”

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One-third of Canadians say they are no longer able to cover their monthly bills and debt payments, according to a survey carried out by Ipsos for insolvency consultancy MNP, up from 25 per cent in a survey three months earlier.



This does not carry on for twenty-five years unless the bloated public sector lets it happen with their incompetence and indifference:

It was a horror story that played out in the midst of an unseeing city: a man who for 25 years not only beat an intellectually challenged man, but stole his child and raised him as his own.

But at last, Gary Willett, 50, has been found guilty for his shocking mistreatment of Tim Goldrick, an illiterate and formerly homeless man whose monthly disability cheque and terrified servitude was taken as Willett’s right for more than two decades.



If they can get themselves there, they can get themselves back:

So while some villagers offer overnight shelter, others take turns patrolling the snowy pass after sunset for lost souls, carrying gloves and hot drink to revive those strong enough to continue, and calling mountain rescue for those too weak to go on.

“We were in a moral dilemma,” said Bernard Liger, 82, a retired battalion commander who now runs a “humanitarian commando” to help the migrants.

“If we did nothing, many would be lost, if we did something people would say we were ‘opening the door’.”

He has sent a petition signed by 45,000 people to President Emmanuel Macron calling on him to prevent these mountains becoming “the peaks of shame”.

“After much discussion, we agreed that border security is not our problem, that’s for politicians and the police. Our job is to minimize the number of frozen bodies come spring,” he said.

Europeans deserve the mess that they're in.




But I thought that Putin was a great guy!:

An activist based in St. Petersburg has sounded the alarm on a local university that is reportedly forcing students to collect signatures for President Vladimir Putin’s 2018 re-election bid

Independent candidates, which Putin is running as in this campaign, are required to collect at least 300,000 signatures to get on the ballot. The presidential campaign spokesman announced on Friday that 408,000 signatures have been gathered so far, the state-run TASS news agency reported.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has said the United States “screwed up” by backing opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s to get on the 2018 presidential ballot.

U.S. State Department officials expressed concern late last month after election officials barred Navalny from running in the March 18 vote — a decision that was twice upheld by Russia’s Supreme Court. The concerns drew a sharp rebuke from Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman at the time, who accused Washington of election interference.

Also:

The head of a region in Russia’s Far East has asked Moscow to allow an estimated 10,000 North Korean migrant workers to remain in the country despite UN sanctions. 

Russia’s Labor Ministry had rejected all previous requests from local employer’s to give the North Korean citizens working permits last month. The move came after the UN imposed fresh sanctions in September that limited countries from issuing permits to North Korean workers, who are suspected of helping finance Pyongyang’s nuclear program.

After meeting the North Korean consul, Andrei Tarasenko, the governor of the Pacific Primorye region, told reporters Friday that he was concerned about the fate of the migrant workers in his region. 

“We took the initiative and appealed to Moscow to keep the number of those workers who are already in Primorye,” Tarasenko was cited as saying by the Interfax news agency Friday. 

North Korea’s Embassy petitioned Russian deputies last November to allow 3,500 migrant workers, who have already signed work contracts, to stay in the country despite the UN sanctions, Reuters reported

According to a U.S. State Department report from mid-2017, tens of thousands of North Koreans toil in “slave-like conditions” in Russia, forced to work up to 20 hours a day for meagre pay. Despite poor working conditions and a required “planned contribution” to their government, many North Korean choose to work in Russia to receive a higher salary than back home.


North Korea is not at all happy with South Korean president, Moon Jae-In:

North Korean on Sunday slammed President Moon Jae-in for his recent press conference remark that US President Donald Trump has to be credited for helping open up inter-Korean talks. The North also threatened a withdrawal of its participation in the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics.

The response came four days after Moon's New Year press conference where the president said the resumption of inter-Korean talks should largely be credited to Trump, indicating the US' hard sanctions may have brought the North to the negotiating table.

"At this time, ill-boding remarks chilling the atmosphere for reconciliation are heard from South Korea, upsetting the people," the North's state-run Korean Central News Agency said in an English dispatch.

Oh, save it for your propaganda performance.




Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is moved after visiting the Lithuanian museum dedicated to Chiune Sugihara, a diplomat whose tireless efforts saved thousands of Lithuanian Jews from Nazi death camps:

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday visited a museum commemorating Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese diplomat who saved thousands of Jewish people from Nazi persecution during World War II.

“Sugihara’s courageous humanitarian acts are highly rated around the world. As Japanese, I’m very proud of him,” Abe told reporters after visiting the Sugihara House in Kaunas in central Lithuania.

Sugihara, who was Japan’s vice consul in Lithuania, issued transit visas, now known as “visas for life,” to Jews who were fleeing Nazi Germany, going against the Japanese government’s policy at the time. About 6,000 people were saved.

“He saved a lot of Jewish people with his strong belief and will in a difficult situation,” Abe said.



Ladies and gentlemen, Miss Dolores O'Riordan:






(Merci beaucoup)


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Saturday Night Special





A man who ploughed through four people and stabbed a police officer has been found fit to stand trial:

The man accused of stabbing an Edmonton police officer and running down pedestrians last fall has been found fit to stand trial.

But a second assessment focusing on his mental state at the time of the attack has not yet been completed.

Abdulahi Sharif, 30, was linked by telephone in a conference call to Friday's proceedings in a provincial court in Edmonton.

He faces five counts of attempted murder and several other charges related to the attack that began Sept. 30  outside the Commonwealth Stadium during an Edmonton Eskimos game.
 

He is not mentally ill. He can use this as a defense at his trial:

"And kill them wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out. And Al-Fitnah [disbelief or unrest] is worse than killing... but if they desist, then lo! Allah is forgiving and merciful. And fight them until there is no more Fitnah [disbelief and worshipping of others along with Allah] and worship is for Allah alone. But if they cease, let there be no transgression except against Az-Zalimun(the polytheists, and wrong-doers, etc.)" 

See? Just following orders.




Is Michelle Jean planning on retiring back to Haiti?

Former governor general Michaelle Jean was among those Canadians who sharply criticized U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday for reportedly using vulgar language to describe Haiti and countries in Africa.

Jean, who was born in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince and is currently secretary general of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie, called Trump's reported remarks "insulting."

"It was so disturbing this morning to hear President Trump's comments reported all over the news calling my poor native land and African countries 'shithole' nations," Jean said in a statement to The Canadian Press. "It is such an insult before humanity."

A Haitian child living in a "paradise".

Also

“The African Union Commission is frankly alarmed at statements by the president of the United States when referring to migrants of African countries and others in such contemptuous terms,” said Ebba Kalondo, the spokeswoman for the African Union. “Considering the historical reality of how many Africans arrived in the U.S. during the Atlantic slave trade, this flies in the face of all accepted behavior and practice.”



“The savage chiefs of the western coasts of Africa, who for ages have been accustomed to selling their captives into bondage and pocketing the ready cash for them, will not more readily accept our moral and economical ideas than the slave traders of Maryland and Virginia….We are, therefore, less inclined to go to Africa to work against the slave trade than to stay here to work against it.”
Frederick Douglass
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Frederick Douglass, abolitionist, patriot and former resident of a sh--hole wherein he was cruelly treated.

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Since then, I have painfully watched videos of my African brothers and sisters being treated like cattle, each with a price tag on his or her forehead. But these are the sons and daughters of Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, CotĂȘ d'Ivoire, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Nigeria. They are human beings -- and they deserve to be treated with humanity.



Trudeau's Canada has as much clout and willingness to enforce sanctions against North Korea, even angering China to do so, as Meryl Streep has in testifying against Harvey Weinstein:

The Canadian government, led by leftist Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, launched a campaign late last year to take the lead in diplomacy with North Korea. The result has been talks with Tillerson regarding what eventually came to be the Vancouver meeting. Trudeau has argued for expanding the pool of nations involved in efforts to denuclearize North Korea, and suggested the idea of inviting one of North Korea’s most loyal allies, the fellow rogue state of Cuba, to talks, as well.

Cuba is not invited to the Vancouver talks, but the list of nations that are have surprised many. 

The United Nations Command Sending States list includes Colombia, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Ethiopia, but not China or Russia. It is not clear whether every country on that list is invited to the talks.

The list has received criticism not just from opposing nations like China, but the Japanese foreign ministry. An unnamed ministry official told Bloomberg this week that “Japan had been given no details on who would attend, what would be discussed or how the event would be organized,” and noted that the nations on the list are not the ones “most affected” by the crisis.

(Sidebar: this Japan.)

Canada’s National Post suggests that China’s exclusion was the Trump administration’s doing. In December, Canadian officials told the Post that they “hope [China] will attend” and said “yes” when asked if China had been invited to the talks.

China’s Canadian embassy, quoting Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang, told the newspaper, “China will not attend such a meeting” because it “reflects Cold War thinking.”
 
Some people can pretend to be serious leaders and others actually are, Justin.




Justin is no stranger to arrogance and douchebaggery:

In the interview on Les francs-tireurs, Trudeau said that “Canada isn’t doing well right now because it’s Albertans who control our community and socio-democratic agenda.”

He also said Canada would be better served if there were more Quebecers than Albertans in charge.

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The Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages has received 14 complaints related to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's choice of English or French when answering questions at recent town hall meetings.

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Tensions were high in the House of Commons Wednesday as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pushed through a group of MPs, leading to a shouting match with NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair and accusations that the prime minister elbowed an NDP MP in the chest.
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"Stephen Harper took all questions every day during the Senate scandal," Mulcair said, to loud applause from the opposition benches.

"The prime minister wants to change the fundamental rules of Parliament in order to help himself. And why all of this? Well, because he says he values question period and accountability. That's why he wants to scrap it. If that's true, why doesn't he stand and ask Canadians to listen to answers to some of our questions for once instead of his usual platitudes or non-answers?"

When Government House Leader Bardish Chagger rose to answer, Trudeau quietly heckled Mulcair, who last year lost a party confidence vote but is remaining NDP leader until the fall.

"It's amazing the NDP rejected him," says a voice that sounds like Trudeau (about 47 seconds into the video above).

 
This is why this comes as no surprise:

Listen, I think I've demonstrated time and time again that defending rights and freedoms is at the core of who I am, and, quite frankly, is at the core of what Canada is. In this country, we defend each other's rights, even when they're unpopular, as we've seen a couple of times. At the same time, we need to know that there is a difference between freedom of expression and acting on those expressions and beliefs. A great example that I was wondering whether you'd bring up is the current kerfuffle around the Canada Summer Jobs program, and expecting that any organization that gets funding to bring young people through the Summer Jobs program – which hundreds of thousands of young people go through – will respect the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Now, that doesn't mean that religious groups and faith groups can't apply for that. On the contrary, so many of the great community organizations that we have working incredibly hard are faith-based across this country and it's an important and wonderful part of our society. It does, however, mean – and this is where we get to the crux of the matter – that an organization that has the explicit purpose of restricting women's rights by removing rights to abortion, the right for women to control their own bodies, is not in line with where we are as a government, and quite frankly where we are as a society.

Would this be the "post-national" Canada that has no core identity, Justin? That Canada?

Is this the Canada that is fine with slicing off little girls' private parts because you don't see that as "barbaric", Justin?


Anyway, back to proving that you are wrong:

Seven in ten (70%) believe that `even as party leader, Justin Trudeau has no right to exclude potential candidates from running for the Liberal Party based on whether or not they are pro-choice.' 

Conversely, just three in ten (30%) believe that `as party leader, Justin Trudeau has the right to decide if he only wants pro-choice candidates to run for the Liberals in the next election.'

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Half of Canadians (50%) say feel that if someone commits a crime causing harm of death of a pregnant woman, the crime should carry a higher level of severity compared to a crime against a woman who is not pregnant, while 44% say the punishment should carry the same level of severity. Two percent say the punishment should be less severe, while four percent are unsure. …

Seven in ten Canadians either support (47%) or somewhat support (22%) creating a law that would make it a separate crime to cause harm or the death of an unborn child while attacking a pregnant woman. Nine percent of Canadians somewhat oppose creating such a law, while 12% oppose this. Ten percent are unsure.


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And if the federal government is so certain of the soundness of their pro-choice position, why are they so worried about other perspectives being raised?  One of the more bizarre aspects of the new policy is that the federal government justifies it by claiming they don’t want young people to be exposed to “positions that are contrary to the values enshrined in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and associated case law.”
When the government claims it wants to protect us from “exposure” to certain policies, we should all be a little worried.

Well, it looks like no one really agrees with your half-baked ideas, Justin.

How embarrassing for you.

Go and cut another cheque to Omar Khadr. That should help.

Oh, wait ... :

Near the end, one young protester heckled the PM about the government’s $10.5 million payout to Guantanamo Bay poster boy Omar Khadr, but that was to be expected.


Oh, dear ...