Wednesday, June 27, 2018

From the Most "Transparent" Government in Canadian History

It's just a loan:

The Liberal government appears to have written off a taxpayer loan to the auto industry in March, but is refusing to say how much the loan was for or to provide any other details.

Ottawa has been carrying large, stagnant loans to the auto sector on its books, and repayments have been past due since at least 2010. That was the year that followed a federal bailout of GM and Chrysler that was made in co-ordination with a much larger cash injection by Washington.

The most-recent public valuation of commercial loans that remain in arrears shows a total of $1.15 billion still owed to the federal government as of March 2017.

It's just foreign investment:

It's just a supply management board that actually inflates the price of dairy products:

A top U.S. trade official says Canada is the stumbling block to a speedy NAFTA agreement, accusing this country of being “dug in” over protections for the dairy industry even as a deal with Mexico appears close.

Canadians should not blame President Donald Trump for their trade woes but allow more open competition with the U.S. in the milk-products market, said Ted McKinney, the undersecretary of agriculture for trade.

”I tell our Canadian friends, ‘Do not lay frustrations with NAFTA at the feet of our president,’” McKinney said at a farm conference in Michigan this week.

“You … decided to dump dried milk powder on the world market at half to two-thirds of world price … Not fair. Not fair,” he said. “It is actually surprising that our friends in Canada are exhibiting this behaviour.”

It's just a pipeline that will never get built:

Texas-based Kinder Morgan made a seven-fold return on the sale of its Trans Mountain pipeline system to Canada's federal government, according to a new report that also warns the federal budget deficit could jump by 36 per cent because of the purchase.

And we get the deficit.

It's just a carbon tax:

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.

Three provinces — Alberta, Saskatchewan and Nova Scotiawill be hit with more than $1,000 of carbon tax per year to comply with the $50-per-tonne carbon tax Ottawa has mandated for 2022. 

Nova Scotia ($1,120) and Alberta ($1,111) will have the highest bills, followed by Saskatchewan ($1,032), New Brunswick ($963), Newfoundland ($859) and Prince Edward Island ($788). The average household in Ontario will pay $707 a year to comply with the carbon tax once its fully implemented.

Who gets the lowest bill? British Columbia ($603 per year), Quebec ($662) and Manitoba ($683). Simply put, households in provinces with the lowest bills will pay just a bit more than half compared to households in the hardest-hit provinces.

But it gets worse, since most experts say carbon prices must continue to increase sharply to effectively lower emissions. At $100 a tonne, for example, households in Alberta will pony up $2,223, in Saskatchewan they’ll pay $2,065 and in Nova Scotia, $2,240. In fact, at $100 a tonne, the average price for households in all provinces is well north of $1,000 per year.

They are just payments from provinces to prop up less successful provinces who won't use their resources:

New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant is pushing back against calls from Alberta and Saskatchewan to reform Canada’s equalization program, saying changes to the formula would be “disastrous” for his province and others.

“Every province has benefited at one point from equalization… which means that it is a program that has helped all provinces and all Canadians at one point or another,” Gallant said in an interview Wednesday. “It really is built with the idea that we are going to be able to provide all Canadians a better quality of life when we have the safeguards and support of having our federation linked together.”

Perhaps Miss Joly can explain what art is.

I doubt that zero-wit would, however.

Aside from its less-than-practical value (ie - one cannot eat a portrait), who is to say that pop art is better than Post-Impressionist art? These are subjective judgments on things that will now receive official sanction and money.

Besides, aren't there veterans to look after?:

Ottawa is getting ready to invest $125 million over five years for the Canadian arts by increasing existing budgets for domestic programs, expanding the eligible sectors that can receive money and by helping artists export their work internationally, Heritage Minister Melanie Joly said Tuesday.

Calling it a "strategy with teeth and money," Joly told reporters the federal government decided to expand the sectors eligible for arts funding to include industries such as video gaming, design, virtual reality and fashion.

"For the first time in our history, all these disciplines will be supported (financially)," Joly said at the announcement in Montreal.

"Ethics" are for proles, not for Pierre and Maggie's "boy":

It’s taken three weeks, three full weeks, but media outlets are finally starting to address the Trudeau groping allegation.

Funny how long it has taken and how each of the three new takes is very gentle when approaching the topic of the Justin Trudeau allegedly groping a woman 18 years ago. National Post did a long and wandering piece last week, the Hamilton Spectator published a column last night and this morning CBC has a column up.

Canadians don't do any critical thinking or investigate matters on their own otherwise Justin would be on the supply list again.

Surely, they would find Justin's gross behaviour as appalling as Trump's salty language, would they not?

Different standards, one supposes.

As with all leftist "men", the talking points - themselves empty platitudes -  do not correspond to the behaviour they expect from others. Justin has always been a sheltered, pampered brat and behaves as he does because no one has disabused him of the notion that being an @$$hole is frowned upon in most societies.

This is what the country is left with.

(Merci beaucoup)

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