Monday, May 07, 2018

For A Monday

In the news ...

If there is "no free ticket", then send back the illegal migrants today:

Federal Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen will head to Nigeria in the coming weeks amid an influx of nationals from that country seeking asylum in Canada in recent months.

Three senior federal ministers delivered a blunt reminder to them Monday that entering Canada illegally is not a free pass into the country.

“Coming across the border in a way that tries to circumvent the law or defy proper procedure is no free ticket to Canada,” Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale told reporters.

(Sidebar: this Ahmed Hussen and this Ralph Goodale.) 


Whether the far right could be categorized as a terrorist threat, its size and whether it was growing were disputed topics over the months that the report was being drafted last fall.

“Within the broader context of extremism in Canada, the number of right-wing extremists who promote or are willing to engage in politically-motivated violence is extremely small,” read an emailed contribution to the report that appears to have been written by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.

But while Public Safety Canada initially included the statement in the report, it was later changed from “extremely small” to “quite small,” and then cut altogether. ...
The report also watered down its assessment of Canada’s main terrorism threat. While initially it said, “The most pressing threat Canada faces today is a Daesh/Al Qaeda inspired attack,” the final version called the top terrorist threat “violent extremists inspired by terrorist groups, such as Daesh and Al Qaeda.”

Does Ralph have a number for that extremely quite small group?

Oh, it gets better:

Today, the Trudeau government announced that they will be speeding up work permits for illegal border crossers who are waiting on their ‘asylum’ claims.

(Sidebar: with addresses and work permits, they will also get drivers' licenses and, with those, a chance to vote, legally or not.) 

That's not all:

The Trudeau Liberals have made a big deal about their new election ‘reform’ bill.

They’re claiming it will somehow help the integrity of the system, yet it seems their true goal is to damage their opponents and give themselves a boost.

Not only does the bill leave open some loopholes that could be used by foreign organizations to give money to groups in Canada attempting to sway the election and increase the amount that so-called ‘third-party’ groups can advertise, the bill cuts the amount that parties can spend during the campaign, something that will hurt the Conservatives the most.

Beer and popcorn:

Canadian beer drinkers pay an average of five times as much tax as Americans when they buy a two-four of cans, a new report from Beer Canada shows.

It's just money:

Since the Trudeau government won’t tell Canadians how much carbon pricing is costing them this year, I will.

It’s $5.4 billion, only counting the four provinces — Ontario, Alberta, B.C. and Quebec — that already have it.

The Ontario government predicts it will raise $1.98 billion this year from carbon pricing; Alberta $1.4 billion; B.C. $1.2 billion; Quebec $545 million. 

The Trudeau government will get at least $265 million through the federal Goods and Services Tax because of carbon pricing, meaning it’s already not revenue neutral for the feds, despite their claims.

The total cost comes to $5.4 billion in 2018.

That’s before Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s minimum national carbon price of $10 per tonne of industrial greenhouse gas emissions kicks in this year for the six provinces and three territories that don’t yet have one. 

That minimum price will rise by $10 annually to $50 in 2022, after which it will be reviewed and, probably, raised again.

Marijuana enthusiast claims that the poster child for not doing drugs during pregnancy betrayed her and her cause:

Betrayed and scared.

That’s how prominent marijuana advocates are feeling about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s handling of a promise to make legal recreational use of the popular drug — a well-worn plank in the Liberal leader’s successful campaign to win the 2015 federal election.

“It’s just maddening,” said Jodie Emery, one-half of Canada’s first family of pot who — alongside husband Mark Emery — have endured substantial legal and financial ramifications in their quest to free the weed.

“I haven’t been happy about the Cannabis Act since it was introduced.”

You have legal drugs which you must have wanted the government to tax.

What more do you want?

From the same government that didn't think that Yazidis and Iraqi Christians should be prioritised for refugees status:

A federal government probe that failed to find “verified credible information” of human rights violations by Canadian-made armoured vehicles in Saudi Arabia last summer relies in part on a military source – whose identity is not being made public – who assures Ottawa that the incidents under investigation were “proportionate, necessary and timely.”

I'll just leave this here:

The Saudi Arabian government is defending the recent deployment of Canadian-made armoured vehicles against residents of the kingdom's Eastern Province, saying security forces found it necessary to use "military equipment" to fight terrorists who threatened the safety of its population.


New video footage obtained by Radio Canada International appears to show for the first time Canadian-made light armoured vehicles being deployed by Saudi security forces in an operation against militants in the Shia-populated eastern part of the kingdom.

Justin's brother produced pro-Iranian and anti-Israel propaganda:

Mahboubeh was a child bride forced into an arranged marriage. Obviously, she did not give her willing consent. According to the Islamic penal code of Iran, based on Shia-style “Shariah” legal system, both fathers and grandfathers have the right to kill their daughters for various kinds of “immoral” behaviour. This kind of law incentivizes obedience in young, terrified child brides.

It is likely that Mahboubeh was forced into marriage by her family, then probably raped and sexually abused by her “husband.” If she later killed him, would we not conclude that she did so in self-defence after four years of abuse? Does this not go against every UN treaty on the rights of children signed by the Iranian government? Why would the Iranian government execute someone who was convicted before they were 18? Is this not against international law? Feminists should be outraged.
The answer is that in Iran they do things differently. They do not follow Western legal traditions. 

They have a different culture. And this culture is best understood when looking more closely at their Islamic Penal Code and how it is administered in that totalitarian dictatorship, dominated as it is by aging male mullahs. For starters, when it comes to child offenders, the Iranian government and its religious advisers have ruled that a female is a fully responsible adult when she is 13 years old and a male when he is 15. And so, when the authorities arrest, try, condemn and execute girls and boys under 18 for various crimes and misdemeanours, they are considered fully adult under the law and liable for the death penalty.

The same country that never thinks its political future through also displays a disgusting quantity of narcissism and laziness in its social choices:

Fewer than half of Canadians think it is important for couples who plan to spend their lives together to be married, according to a new poll.

That is just one of the findings from a survey on Canadians’ attitudes to marriage, and their experiences of it, that paints a picture of a country that is “decidedly lukewarm” on the ancient domestic institution.

“While wedding planners have fashioned an entire industry centred on that ’special day,’ Canadians themselves appear unconvinced that the day — or the institution it represents — is all that special anymore,” says the report from the Angus Reid Institute, based on an online survey of more than 1,500 people.

Because now, nothing is special. Not the "core identity" that doesn't exist (according to some wags), not the freedom to oppose the government's pet cause, not the freedom to speak freely in places of higher learning and certainly not the sanctity of human life and anything that would fix that life's place in the realm of reason or ultimate purpose.

Why would one's mere word be worth more than a legality or sacrament when not even life itself matters?

But I'm sure the naysayers will change their minds when the wedding is paid for or when it's more economically or legally convenient.

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