Sunday, July 15, 2018

Sunday Post

Ontario Premier Doug Ford is not the only one displeased with the federal government's laissez-faire immigration policy:

Amid a heated war of words that followed a meeting between federal and provincial immigration ministers, Saskatchewan joined Ontario in choosing not to sign on the official communique released after the meeting.

"It is the Government of Saskatchewan's position that the government of Canada fully fund supports for asylum seekers that have arisen from recent federal policy decisions," Minister Jeremy Harrison said in a statement.

"Canada has yet to follow through on a commitment to fully support refugee transition and there is now added pressure for provinces to also support asylum seekers."

Quebec begged Ottawa to be relieved of its financial burden to people who illegally cross into Canada. If other provinces and territories don't want to be swamped with the government's enormous mistakes, it should join Ontario and Saskatchewan in refusing to take on the costs of future voters blocks.

Ahmed Hussen, fresh off calling Lisa MacLeod “Un-Canadian” for wanting border laws followed, tweeted a series of ‘facts’ about the border crisis.

(Sidebar: see here.)

Of course, his ‘facts’ were fake, designed to spread misinformation and distort what’s really happening.

On Twitter, Conservative Immigration Critic Michelle Rempel pushed back, shredding Hussen’s fake ‘facts’ and explaining what’s really happening: 

“This year, Illegal border crossing figures are currently at some of the highest in Canadian history. The Liberals try to spin it so that 1200+ people illegally crossing the border in one month is normal. These people have already reached the safety of the US. The # s/b zero.” ...

“Fact: In Ontario alone, the welfare costs associated with illegal border crossers from the US who have subsequently claimed asylum this year alone is $90M. This has not been accounted for in any federal budget.” ...

“Fact: Trudeau sent 80 IRCC staff to Montreal process the paperwork for illegal border crossers, and spent $179M of deficit funds to provide processing resources for illegal border crossers. Those resources could have been used to process those who are legally trying to enter.”  ...

“FACT: The wait times for Privately Sponsored Refugees – those patiently waiting overseas, many in UN refugee camps is over seven years in some areas. Under Trudeau, the wait time to enter Canada illegally from the US is zero days.” 

Hussen, who would not answer Michelle Rempel whether or not an immigration guide would warn against FGM, simply became unreasonable and defensive and took to calling others "un-Canadian" because he is now the face of a gigantic election-losing issue.

Slicing up girls is un-Canadian, Ahmed.

Also - this must be embarrassing for Hussen:

On March 19, 2018 Hussen appeared before the House of Commons immigration committee. He was asked not once but twice about the use of the term illegal and he said he was fine with it and used it himself.

I have used the word “illegal” and I have used the word “irregular” and I think both are accurate,” Hussen told Conservative MP David Tilson.

Well, that must be hard to weasel out of, Ahmed.

It is now clear that Ahmed Hussen’s attack on Lisa MacLeod – where he called her “Un-Canadian” – wasn’t just a one-off.

It’s official Trudeau Liberal policy.

That’s the obvious message from a recent tweet by Trudeau’s best buddy Gerald Butts:
“Enough is enough. It’s time to stand up to this divisive fear-mongering about asylum seekers. Let’s not allow the alt-right to do here what they’re doing elsewhere.” ...
The Trudeau Liberals have lost their minds.

Just months ago, they were calling the border crossings illegal. There are signs at the border that point out it is illegal to cross outside of official border crossings.

Now, they’re attacking us as “Un-Canadian” for wanting our border laws respected, and they’re insanely claiming that support for borders as an “alt-right” position.

Keep in mind, a recent poll shows 67% of Ontarians siding with Doug Ford over Justin Trudeau when it comes to the border – with those 67% supporting Ford’s correct argument that the illegal border crossing crisis is 100% the responsibility of the Trudeau.

Does Butts now think 67% of Ontarians are “alt-right?”

Yes, Butts does think that anyone and everyone who disagrees with him is a Nazi. He has worked too long and hard as a puppet-master to let it all fall apart. 

This is a sign that Butts is anxious. One should expect more unhinged behaviour as the federal Liberals' fortunes (as the provincial ones) go pear-shaped. 

Khalid, who represents a riding in Mississauga, Ont., said she didn’t think she would merit a parody account, since she’s not in cabinet. She’d be fine with it, she said — except for the fact this particular account was going too far.

“Everybody has the right to speak their mind, but freedoms come with responsibility and when we have the power to speak we should do it with care,” she said in an interview.

Except when they point out that you support the Islamic position on wife-beating. 

Speaking of pants-wetters: 

Those tempests spent, I returned to the question of Mr. Harper’s — alleged — surprise assault (which is what a blindside is generally understood to be) on the Trudeau administration. The media, judging by the length and number of features about it, clearly saw it as a big deal. Was Mr. Harper, on this trip (unconfirmed at the time of the initial reports) deliberately “undermining” Canadian unity on the trade dispute? Was this a signal that he had not really abandoned Canadian politics, that he was insidiously arranging events behind the scenes for a “comeback?” Was it evidence of Mr. Trudeau’s theory, vigorously presented during the Liberals’ annual conclave, held in April, that “it may be Andrew Scheer’s smile, but it’s still Stephen Harper’s party.”

Of course, it was none of those things. It was instead just one more instance of the curious fixation, bordering on clinical mania, for strange and delusional speculation about Stephen Harper which is so dominant a mentality for one segment of the Canadian political spectrum. It’s a very curious phenomenon in a time so completely given over to anti-Trump mania. For if one were to look for a name-politician who in character, speech, manner and style, is all things that Mr. Trump is savaged for not being, there is no more perfect an exemplum than our most recent ex-PM.

He is quiet, not boisterous; deflects attention from himself rather than calling the world to his every presence; adamantly prefers self-control to self-abandon; despises the arts of celebrity; and is a model of deportment in speech and personal interactions. The very few times he has spoken to the public record his comments were measured, articulate and empty of all partisan reference.

On the other hand, his name is summoned in the House of Commons by government members, or the prime minister, always in partisan and hostile terms, and outside, as at the Liberal party convention, with deplorable frequency and uncouth pettiness.


NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says Doug Ford is repealing Ontario’s modernized sex-education curriculum to please social conservative supporters, a move that she says will hurt the province’s children.

(Sidebar: would these be the "social conservatives" appalled that a convicted child pornographer penned a sexual education program that you applaud, Squealer Andrea?)


The father of a girl who died after a suicide attempt that followed months of bullying and an alleged sexual assault says the Ontario government's decision to repeal the province's sex education curriculum will put more teens in danger.

On Wednesday, the newly elected Progressive Conservative government of Premier Doug Ford announced the sex-ed curriculum to be taught to children in the coming school year will be an older version — not the controversial updated program brought in by the previous government.

The curriculum will revert back to the version taught in 1998, excluding recently added topics such as same-sex marriage, masturbation, online bullying and sexting.

"It's infuriating to see them do this," Glen Canning told CBC Radio's The House on Friday, adding that teaching consent in schools might have made all the difference for his daughter, Rehtaeh Parsons.

In November 2011, the Nova Scotia teen attended a party where she said she was sexually assaulted.
An explicit photo was taken during the incident — one that would be spread among the kids at her school and lead to months of online bullying.

Seventeen-year-old Rehtaeh was taken off life support in April 2013 after attempting suicide.

Canning said he believes that if Ontario's modernized — and soon to be replaced — sex-ed curriculum had been in place in Nova Scotia at the time, his daughter might still be alive.

(Sidebar: no, Mr. Canning, your daughter would be alive if both of her parents weren't permissive, let her do drugs and attend a party where alcohol was freely drunk by her and skeevy individuals whose parents likewise refused to do their vocational duties. If you really believe an already-bad program would have prevented this or anything like it, you are in deep denial.)

Surely someone could mention a few names:

Investigators say three family members have been charged after a woman was allegedly kidnapped and abused for nearly a year.

Police say the American woman came to Canada last year, married a man from Kingston, Ont., and moved into his home, where he lived with his mother, father and brother.

Kingston police say that over the course of 11 months, the woman was told she couldn't leave the home unless accompanied by a member of her family.

They allege the family isolated her, monitored her calls and took her citizenship papers and jewelry away from her.

Police say starting in April, the family members became increasingly violent towards the woman, allegedly hitting her and threatening to kill her.

Investigators say the woman escaped earlier this month after she was allegedly burned with a hot pair of tongs and reported the incident to police.

They say the woman's 29-year-old husband, her 52-year-old mother-in-law and 27-year-old brother-in-law were all charged.

The federal Liberal government embarked on an exhaustive creative process and spent $24,000 to hire a consultant to help rebrand its new investment promotion body to grab the attention of foreign investors.

In the end, they changed the name of their "Invest in Canada Hub" to "Invest in Canada."

Iran and North Korea are keen on blaming the US for their myriad of problems. Doing so serves to deflect attention from their crumbling dictatorships:

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei used a speech to members of Rouhani’s cabinet to call for support for the government and action against alleged financial crime to ease popular concerns fueled by U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from world powers’ 2015 deal with Iran on its nuclear program. 

The likely return of U.S. economic sanctions has triggered a rapid fall of Iran’s currency and protests by bazaar traders usually loyal to the Islamist rulers, and a public outcry over alleged price gouging and profiteering. 


A month after President Trump and Kim Jong Un held a historic summit in Singapore, South Korea’s Moon Jae-in made his own visit to the city this week – even stopping by the iconic Marina Bay Sands on Thursday evening to take selfies like his North Korean counterpart did on June 11.

The South Korean president offered a positive assessment of ongoing U.S.-North Korea talks while in the city, downplaying recent tension and miscommunication between the two sides.

“I believe the countries will honour the agreement reached by their leaders even if they face many difficulties during working-level negotiations,” Moon said after a special lecture hosted by the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies on Friday.

Moon said that his faith in the negotiations was because the leaders of the two countries had met directly and reached an agreement in public.

However, if the United States or North Korea failed to “keep the promises made by their leaders in front of the international community, they will have to face the judgment of the international community,” the South Korean president added.

(Sidebar: yes, Mr. Moon, duck away from this obviously bad deal.)


Beginning in the early 2000s, North Korea began building a discrete, largely unnoticed, cluster of buildings, not far from the banks of the Taedong river, a few kilometers south-southeast of the North Korean capital of Pyongyang. Located on the eastern end of Chollima, a town best known for hosting a massive steel manufacturing complex since the Japanese occupation of the Korean Peninsula, the facility had drawn no public attention—until now.

The facility is North Korea’s first covert uranium enrichment facility, known by the U.S. intelligence community as the Kangson enrichment site. It is where, for more than a decade—possibly as long as fifteen years—North Korea has been enriching uranium for use in nuclear weapons. It is older than the well-known enrichment site operated by North Korea since at least 2010 at the old Fuel Fabrication Plant at Yongbyon. The Kangson site is one of two known North Korean covert enrichment sites.


U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that talks on Sunday between U.S. and North Korean officials to discuss the return of remains of U.S. service members killed in the 1950-53 Korean War “resulted in firm commitments” and that there would be a follow-up meeting on Monday. ...
The repatriation of U.S. remains was one of the agreements reached during an unprecedented summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in June in Singapore. 

Working level meetings will begin on Monday to coordinate the next steps for the repatriation of remains, including the transfer of those already collected in North Korea, Pompeo said. 

The Pentagon has said North Korean officials have indicated in the past they have the remains of as many as 200 U.S. troops. But a U.S. military official familiar with the matter said last month it was not clear what North Korea might hand over.

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