Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Canada 150 Week: Mid-Week Post

The plateau of the work-week ...

Yeah, good luck with that:

While heavy rain is expected to dampen Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations Saturday on Parliament Hill, high-level security experts in both police and intelligence agencies are hoping the only explosions heard will be emanating from the thunder clouds overhead.

A national security memo, obtained by CTV News, has the ISIS terror group again “explicitly” naming Canada as a target, with its text warning Muslims to avoid markets and large gatherings as it threatens to use “explosives, vehicles and beheadings to kill crusaders.”

(Sidebar: what? Trudeau has no faith in "diversity"? Pourquoi?)

Consider that Trudeau refused to call things like honour killings "barbaric", has been seen in mosques with ties to al Qaeda, considered killing terrorists as a win for them, withdrew from the fight against ISIS, supported the censorious Motion 103, repealed a bill that would strip those guilty of terrorist offenses of their citizenship, and regarded unrestricted immigration as a net gain for Canada, it seems peculiar that any measure should be taken against being run down, stabbed, blown up or otherwise killed.

Unless the above things clearly have no effect on Islamist terrorism.

I guess appeasing one's enemies doesn't work.

Perhaps Canadians, like the Europeans, should consider terrorism the "new normal".

Strange - the bombing of Pearl Harbour wasn't considered the "new normal" after 1945.


A self-proclaimed follower of Islamic State pledged her allegiance to the terrorist army in a Toronto courtroom Monday.

It was the second time Rehab Dughmosh told a Canadian courtroom she’s loyal to ISIS, not Canada.
She’s charged with seven offences related to assault, weapons and uttering a death threat, but not with any terrorism crimes.

The 32-year-old woman, believed to be from Syria, was charged by police after witnesses said she attacked people at a Canadian Tire with a golf club and then a long knife.

In court, Dughmosh covered her face with a niqab and spoke in Arabic.

She said she “meant to harm those people” (one employee was hurt but no one was killed) and if released would do it “again and again.”

Dughmosh says she doesn’t recognize or accept Canadian law.

“I reject all counsel here,” Dughmosh said, according to Global TV.

“I only believe in Islamic Sharia law. I would like to revoke my Canadian citizenship that I received. I don’t want to have any allegiance to you,” she told the court through an interpreter.

So not only does this self-described ISIS supporter want to live under Sharia law in Canada, she doesn’t want to be a Canadian citizen.

In fact, it’s unclear if she’s a citizen of Canada to begin with.

There was a time when becoming a citizen - working, learning the official language (s), obeying laws and customs and actually referring to one's self as a Canadian without hesitation or hyphenation - meant that one was willing to put behind one's former life and become a part of a fraternity where bloodlines and castes were meaningless. Now, people look for a place to crash where they can still keep backward customs and values, not communicate in the common language and ultimately not be a part of the community as a whole.

That isn't a country. That's an airport.


Where applicants are the subject of a deportation order because they have committed a crime, or where they are suspected of entering into marriages of convenience simply to sneak a spouse into the country or when they have filled out fraudulent application forms, it is very risky to pencil-whip their approval to stay in Canada. A trained immigration judge should first look them in the eye while he or she hears the details of their cases and asks pertinent questions.

But I suppose if your top priority for our immigration system is to let in as many people as possible, regardless of their qualifications or possible terror ties, and your second priority is to cram the judges’ chambers with dutiful Liberals who will rubberstamp the party line, then whether or not the IAD provides an adequate filter is irrelevant to you.

That is because Liberals (principally Trudeau) are douchebags:

Considering that Saturday will be Canada’s 150th birthday, isn’t it time the Liberal Party of Canada grew up?

In that context, allow me to make a modest proposal to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his government about how to properly change the words to “O Canada” so they’re gender neutral, since that’s apparently still a thing with them.

First, stop blaming Conservative senators and MPs for “heartlessly” refusing to grant the dying wish of the late Liberal MP, Mauril Belanger, as if changing our national anthem should be treated like a never-ending sub-plot in a third-rate soap opera.

As most Canadians know, it was Belanger’s dying wish (he passed away last year) to change the second line of O Canada from, “True patriot love in all thy sons command” to “True patriot love in all of us command” through his private member’s bill.

If Trudeau and the Liberals are sincere about wanting this change -- as opposed to just bashing the Conservatives for disagreeing with them -- they can do it openly, transparently and properly, by introducing it as a Liberal government bill.

That would mean holding public hearings to obtain the views of Canadians.

Then, if Trudeau and the Liberals still want to make the change after that process is complete, they can use their majority in the House of Commons to pass it into law and accept the political consequences, whatever they may be.

Making this a Liberal government initiative, instead of trying to do it through the back door as a private member’s bill from a now-deceased Liberal MP, will streamline the process considerably, and give the government the ultimate ability to make the change in its current term of office, Conservative objections notwithstanding.

As it is, the Liberals’ continuing efforts to smear Conservative senators and MPs opposed to the change -- and, by implication, all Canadians who disagree with them -- as heartless, has been a disgrace.


The final days of Parliament also saw the Trudeau government steamroll over the Clerk of the House of Commons, a man who literally wrote the book on Commons procedure, replacing him out of the blue with a less qualified candidate they appeared to favour. Observers criticized the move and suggested that such political interference had not been seen for more than 40 years.

But this wasn’t the first time for Trudeau. Just months after his famous announcement of a gender parity cabinet, Trudeau replaced the Clerk of the Privy Council Office, who happened to be only the second woman to occupy this senior civil service post. She was very highly regarded and her sudden replacement was stunning. I can say without hesitation that if the Conservatives had made any of these moves within the professional ranks of the civil service the howls of outrage would have been deafening.

This highly partisan approach to governing has not just been restricted to senior Ottawa insiders. The gap between sunny Liberal election promises and the cold-hearted reality of their record shows this government was willing to say anything to get elected.

That will hurt:

Escalating a trade dispute with Canada, the U.S. Commerce Department on Monday slapped preliminary anti-dumping duties on Canadian softwood lumber of up to 7.72 percent, but decided to exclude three Atlantic provinces from such punitive tariffs.

When combined with preliminary anti-subsidy duties issued in April, the new measures will bring total duties on Canadian lumber to between 17.41 percent and 30.88 percent, the Commerce Department.

 Burn the jungle:

Civilians trapped by ISIL-affiliated groups in the besieged southern Philippine city of Marawi are being forced to fight, loot and become sex slaves to militants, the Philippine army claimed Tuesday.

North Korea has promised to murder former South Korean president, Park Geun-Hye, but, then again, it has promised to murder a lot of people, so ... :

North Korea on Wednesday vowed to execute South Korea’s former president and her spy director, accusing them of planning to assassinate its supreme leadership.

The official Korean Central News Agency said North Korea will impose a “death penalty” on ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye and former spy chief Lee Byoung Ho, and they could receive a “miserable dog’s death any time, at any place and by whatever methods from this moment.”

The NHS had decided, in its infinite wisdom, that Charlie Gard doesn't need American medical assistance:

The parents of terminally-ill baby Charlie Gard are 'utterly distraught' and facing fresh heartbreak after losing their final appeal in the European Court of Human Rights.

Chris Gard, 32, and Connie Yates, 31, wanted to take their 10-month-old son - who suffers from a rare genetic condition and has brain damage - to the US to undergo a therapy trial.

Doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London, where Charlie is being cared for, said they wanted him to be able to 'die with dignity'. 

But the couple, from Bedfont, west London, raised almost £1.4million so they could take their son to America but a series of courts ruled in favour of the British doctors.

And now, Mr. Michael Bond:

Michael Bond, the British creator of Paddington Bear, a marmalade sandwich-loving refugee from Peru who entertained generations of children with his exploits in London, died on Tuesday aged 91 after a short illness.

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