Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Mid-Week Post

Your mid-week spot of joy ...

Justin does everything in his power to prove that he is an arrogant prick with all the gravity of a cotton-ball:

After Scheer demands Trudeau apologize for his statementthat refused to condemn Hamas, Trudeau says Conservatives are “politicizing” support for Israel.

Would this be the same Israel that found itself without the Canadian support it enjoyed under Harper's government? The same Israel that routinely finds itself under siege from Hamas? That Israel?

Also - there is nothing genuine about the Liberals other than their craven lust for money and power:

The source of that inauthenticity is not that the apologizers do not mean it. Rather, it comes from the pose the government takes by apologizing for things the current office holders did not do, with the presumption that these injustices are no longer happening. The message seems to be that the time has come to at least forgive the long dead offenders, if not forget their crimes and the lingering effects. Harper, for example, called the Chinese head tax “a product of a profoundly different time.”

“It’s a little bit problematic because if we’re thinking about asking for authentic or genuine gestures of forgiveness, then we need to think about how to relate these apologies so that they speak to the people who are essentially giving forgiveness,” Wong said. “But in the reproduction of this phraseology of “this has been a dark chapter in Canadian history,” it kind of reads to me that they’re a regurgitation, or at least a reproduction process that puts all of these historical injustices in the same realm of recognition or acknowledgment, which is that they are things that happened in the past, there is no contemporary or current present continuation of these injustices.”

Au contraire.

As citizens of Chinese extraction are no longer paying head taxes but are, in fact, encouraged to purchase property, claiming that the wrong is an ongoing thing is disingenuous, politically and morally. One apologises for a past wrong.

Should these apologies be made? What is the time limit or breadth of regret?

Well, one cannot keep apologising and making financial recompense to grand-children of past victims. At that point, it is no longer an expression of sincere regret and compensation where possible but a form of social bribery made under threat of disgust or revolt. Those reasons are enough for any politician to make imaginary amends.
Currying temporary favour with X tribe identity group may buy a few votes but it is rather like feeding an insatiable crocodile who pops by each year asking for bribes.

Greedy, is my point.

Furthermore, if Justin was truly remorseful, he would admit that he is a fascist douchebag and resign as prime minister of the country.

Bob Rae, Canada's special envoy to Myanmar, called on the government last month to set aside $600 million over the next four years to help the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims affected by the violence.

Freeland and Bibeau, however, announced during a news conference that Canada would contribute $300 million over the next three years, which will go towards emergency assistance as well as education and reproductive health programs.

(Sidebar: just change the wording for the last bit. Euphemisms and code-changes are great for momentarily hiding the fact that mum and dad can't get their acts together and are fighting for custody and that the Canadian taxpayer must pay for abortion, the new birth control.)

Knowing damn well that they can't get away with handing China everything,  Justin's government (read: band of thieves and cronies) blocks China's bid to take over Aecon:

The federal government has rejected the $1.5-billion sale of Aecon Group Inc. to a state-backed Chinese buyer, effectively bowing to fierce opposition to the deal as Canada navigates sensitive trade talks with the U.S.

In a brief statement seen by the National Post Wednesday, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Bains said Ottawa would block the deal for security reasons, adding that Canada is “open to international investment that creates jobs and increases prosperity, but not at the expense of national security.”

Aecon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The decision comes after months of intense opposition to the transaction by Members of Parliament, business groups and domestic construction companies, who argued the deal could give China access to sensitive Canadian IP, and would make local firms less competitive in future project bids. Aecon has contracts to carry out refurbishment and maintenance work on various nuclear facilities, as well as build and maintain several telecommunications lines.

The financial holding division of China Communications Construction Co., Ltd. (CCCC) proposed to buy the Canadian construction firm last year. The Chinese state-owned enterprise is 64 per cent owned by the Chinese government.

China observers have said that state-owned enterprises effectively operate as an arm of the Chinese government, exposing Canada to potential risks if given access to sensitive assets.

No, Toronto, you can own this. It's all yours:

The city has activated a contingency plan to open up at least 800 more shelter beds to accommodate growing numbers of asylum seekers from the U.S., Toronto’s office of emergency management said Wednesday.

Beginning Thursday, the city will begin temporarily housing refugee claimants in 400 beds at Centennial College’s residence and conference centre in Scarborough. As of June 1, 400 additional beds at Humber College’s Etobicoke campus will also be made available.

The 800 beds will only be open until early August and comes at a cost of $6.3 million.

“We have 2,700 refugees in our shelter system, we’ve exhausted our capacity and our resources,” said Paul Raftis, general manager of shelter, support and housing administration at a press conference.

“Over the last month, we’ve seen on average, 10 people a day come in to the shelter system, so over 350 new people in last month and we expect that to continue going forward. Our concern is: if it continues at that rate, or speeds up, there will be nowhere to put individuals and they will end up on the street.”

Oh, this doesn't look good:

A second Ontario Progressive Conservative candidate accused of having used stolen customer lists from a private toll highway said Wednesday he never received the 407 data, and would have no need for it anyway.

Harjit Jaswal also denied working with a controversial political organizer, prompting that man to produce a written agreement contradicting him.

In an exclusive interview set up by party officials, Jaswal said he recruited members to support his bid for the PC nomination in Brampton Centre by old-fashioned door-knocking and networking, not employing an outside database.

He also denied playing any part in a smear campaign against one of his rivals for the nomination using a leaked police arrest report.

Trump was elected to support American interests. He is doing that. Justin landed his father's former job. He doesn't care about Canadian interests, even when it comes back to bite him:

The Trump administration is considering a proposal to impose new tariffs on imported vehicles, invoking a national security law used to impose tariffs on aluminium and steel, an administration official and three industry officials briefed on the matter said.

Another administration official said the move was aimed partly at pressuring Canada and Mexico to make concessions in talks to update the North American Free Trade Agreement that have languished in part over auto provisions, as well as pressuring Japan and the European Union, which also export large numbers of vehicles to the United States.

Kim's smoke and mirrors closure of a collapsed nuclear test site still does not change his regime's true intentions:

Foreign journalists will be allowed to journey deep into the mountains of North Korea this week to observe the closing of the country’s Punggye-ri nuclear test site in a much-touted display of goodwill before leader Kim Jong Un’s planned summit with President Donald Trump next month.

Expect good imagery, but not much else.

The public display of the closure of the facility on Mount Mantap will likely be heavy on spectacle and light on substance. And the media will be spending much of their time in an unrelated tourism zone that North Korea hopes will be the next big thing for its economy if Kim’s diplomatic overtures pay off in the months ahead.

Who needs a regime change when one can smooth over the war talk and open a third-rate resort for wealthy Chinese?

Also - returned North Korean spies who ventured into South Korea to undermine its government and kidnap its citizens will only live their lives in poverty and obscurity if they are lucky:

He's spent nearly six decades trapped on enemy soil, surviving 29 years in a prison where he was tortured by South Korean guards before being released to a life of poverty and police surveillance. Now, 89 years old and bedridden with illness, former North Korean spy Seo Ok-yeol just wants to go home.

"People have a need to die in a place where they are respected," Seo said, though he worries it could be too late to finally be reunited with the wife and children he left behind.

Seo is among 19 Cold War-era North Korean spies and guerrillas who have served their time in South Korean prisons and are pushing to return to the North. Though they are officially free now, Seoul has refused to let them return as it seeks commitments from Pyongyang for the return of hundreds of South Koreans thought held there.

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