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  1. Perfect description of Justin Trudeau
  2. “ But the prime minister’s flagrant “I can’t apologize” on Wednesday after he was found in violation of the Conflict of Interest Act for not the first, but the second time, established a breath-taking new level of righteous imperiousness, even for him. “ Justin Trudeau doesn’t apologize, at least for non-historical transgressions. His non-apology apologies tend to follow a formula: to assert his behaviour was “appropriate” and unimpeachable, to suggest “people can experience interactions differently” (and that his interpretation of the experience is the correct one), and then to wrap it all into a “teachable” moment. But the prime minister’s flagrant “I can’t apologize” on Wednesday after he was found in violation of the Conflict of Interest Act for not the first, but the second time, established a breath-taking new level of righteous imperiousness, even for him. It even brings to mind his father’s defiant “Just watch me!” line during the 1970 October Crisis. Pierre Elliot Trudeau was responding at the time to a reporter’s question about how he planned to restore order in Quebec. Days later, Trudeau invoked the War Measures Act, leading to a police crack-down against dissidents—and a national controversy. The subject under discussion now isn’t civil liberties. It’s another democracy bedrock: a justice system free from political interference. After conducting an independent investigation, Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion released a damning report Wednesday that found the prime minister and his staff made a “flagrant attempt to influence” the judicial process in efforts to press justice minister and attorney general Jody Wilson Raybould to halt criminal prosecution of the Montreal-based engineering giant SNC-Lavalin. Dion found Trudeau violated a section of the Act that prohibits public-office holders from using their position to try to influence a decision that would improperly further the private interests of a third party, in this case SNC-Lavalin. Trudeau’s response to the report suggested a haughty disregard on several levels—to the office of the ethics commissioner, to the Conflict of Interest Act, as well as to Canadians’ basic comprehension of what word mean. He “accepted” Dion’s report and took it “very seriously,” Trudeau said, while also saying that he disagreed with a central conclusion: “Where I disagree with the Commissioner is where he says that any contact with the attorney general on this issue was improper.” He delivered a generic: “What happened over the past year shouldn’t have happened.” And, for good measure, he said, “I take full responsibility,” calculated to be repeated in media headlines, which it was. But not only did the Prime Minister not take any responsibility, he reframed his violation of the Conflict of Interest Act as a civic virtue, and a probable campaign-trail mantra: his job is “to stand up for Canadians and to defend their interests,” Trudeau said. And Canadian “interests,” by Trudeau’s own metric, equals jobs: “I can’t apologize for standing up for Canadian jobs because that’s part of what Canadians expect me to do.” And this is where Trudeau is channeling “Just watch me!” The Prime Minister of Canada is asserting that “Canadian interests” as he defines them (i.e., Canadian jobs before judicial independence) trump the Conflict of Interest Act or the conclusions of an independent ethic commissioner. He’s saying that protecting the commercial viability of corporate employers, no matter how corrupt their practices, is job one for the government. He’s saying that the ends justify the means. They justify lying to the public. They justify trashing a federal cabinet minister or two. They justify doing whatever the Prime Minister believes needs to be done. Because: Jobs! Here, however, it’s worth noting that the righteous “saving Canadian jobs” defence in the SNC-Lavalin case was proven to be something of a canard. The company itself said job loss wasn’t cited in its push to obtain a remediation agreement. Fact-checking proved the claim that thousands of jobs would be lost was overblown. The Department of Finance didn’t even bother with an economic projections of potential job losses. Dion’s report did, however, feature repeated mention of the Liberal’s concern about their political fortunes in Quebec should SNC-Lavalin not receive a deferred prosecution agreement. True to form, Trudeau attempted to salvage a virtuous teachable moment on Wednesday: “I recognize the lessons to be learned,” he said. “We have a system in which we have to make improvements.” But, as Dion’s report made clear, the “system” wasn’t the problem. The problem was Trudeau’s behaviour. And now how to process that behaviour, or whether to ignore it, is Canada’s problem. The days after Dion’s report was released have seen anti-Liberal partisans screaming for his resignation. On the other side of the political divide, many wa e away the Prime Minister’s violation of the Conflict of Interest Act, arguing the alternative to his governance would be far worse, which is true, theoretically. It always could be worse. We’ve even seen a professor of constitutional and international law question whether Mario Dion “misinterpreted” the Act. Nonetheless, the entire episode leaves us with a chilling question: Is expecting ethical behaviour from our Prime Minister and a judicial system free from political tampering now a luxury that Canadian’s no longer believe they deserve or even think they can afford? https://www.macleans.ca/opinion/justin-trudeaus-just-watch-me-moment/
  3. Rex Murphy: I accept and I disagree: Justin Trudeau's amazing doublespeak I’m willing to give the PM a break. It’s possible he’s got no apologies left. He’s simply run out. But I’m sure some new ones are on order Prime Minister Justin Trudeau points to Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer while walking with the crowd in celebration of National Acadian Day in Dieppe, N.B., on Aug. 15, 2019. Scheer is asking for an investigation into the SNC-Lavalin affair, after a scathing report found that the prime minister broke ethics law.Our prime minister is a gifted voice artist. Sometimes Mr. Trudeau speaks in a soft, semi-muted, soothing voice, each word sounded distinctly, and with something like a pause or a halt between nearly every word. It’s his empathy voice, it whispers the deepest sincerity of feeling, it’s his my-fellow-Canadians-I-want-you-to know-that-what-I’m-saying-now-is-from-the-bottom–floor-of-my-heart voice. (Maybe even further down, the basement.) It’s a great voice for apologies, so it gets lots of exercise. It’s also great for those staring-deeply-into-the-eyes-of-friendly-interviewers moments, when he wishes to lather whatever pseudo-profundity he’s about to utter with maxima unction. There’s another voice — it could be called the Robert Fife voice, since it mainly shows up whenever Robert Fife (Kingslayer) comes up with another doozy of a story. The volume is higher than the apology voice, the words are evenly spaced and punctuated by what I’ll call a stream rhetorical hiccups (the trademark “ums” and “uhs” that brocade so many of his speeches), and the final stroke — a hard hit on the definitive part of the statement. Classic example, easily found on YouTube and in other archives, from the early days of the SNC-Lavalin affair: “The allegations in the Globe story this morning ( … pause for emphasis … ) are false.” And that takes care of that. When the PM hits “are false,” the pressure put on those two words is the signal that people can accept that the story is all tosh, and everyone should go home and watch Big Brother. The third voice doesn’t come out as often as those two, but it’s plainly meant to be the knockout voice. It’s declamatory, strong, even loud, and has the neat, even unique characteristic of telling Canadians that what he’s saying this time is true because he’s saying it. Who can forget the almost-Churchillian vigour of his famous promise, from the 2015 campaign, to “balance the budget by 2019.” “I am looking straight at Canadians and being honest the way I always have. We said we are committed to balanced budgets and we are! We will balance that budget in 2019.” You can almost hear the echoes … We shall fight on the beaches … etc. Justin Trudeau, seen on stage at Liberal party headquarters in Montreal on Oct. 20, 2015, after winning the 42nd federal election, promised during that campaign to balance the budget, a promise he later reneged on. Sean Kilpatrick/CP Looking at the clip nearly four years later you can’t help but be impressed by its sheer (Scheer?) ardour, the steely determination of the voice, the clarity and certitude behind the promise. It has that same stern infallibility you hear in Newfoundland when someone says “I ’spose it’s going to rain on the weekend again.” Pure accent of truth or truth itself. On my believability meter, I’d put “I ’spose it’s going to rain on the weekend again (in Newfoundland) and the dramatic assurance of “We’ll balance the budget in 2019” from Mr. Trudeau, as right up there with Papal declarations, and the familiar operations of diarrhetic bears in the woods. One hundred per cent in both cases. Or, I should qualify, almost. Here I must reluctantly add an alas and a couple of alacks. Brace yourself, good reader. The budget in 2019 is NOT balanced. It is nowhere near balanced. Despite having “looked straight at Canadians,” despite “being honest as I always (am)” — despite all that utter conviction when making the promise, it is not balanced. If it were a playground seesaw, the deficit end of the plank would be solidly on the ground, even biting a few feet under it, and several feet up, almost perpendicular, would be its opposite. This cardinal promise of Mr. Trudeau will end up in the political journals next to such classics as Mr. Bush’s “Read my lips: no new taxes,” and Mr. Obama’s beautiful oath during the health-care debate: “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.” The capacity of politicians to end up on the very opposite side of their own words is a versatility not to be found elsewhere in nature. And now to the scandal or scandal redux of the week. The most awaited sequel since I Still Know What You Did Last Summer. The ethics commissioner, a man of unwonted spine in that capacity has firmly — devastatingly is the adverb of choice — come down on the side of Jody Wilson-Raybould. He has roundly condemned the actions of the prime minister and his various busy minions in the attempt to interfere with prosecutorial independence and the sacred independence of the attorney general. All the words of Mr. Trudeau on this subject since the first denial — “It is false” of the Fife story to the return of Gerry Butts to the back offices of the Liberal hierarchy — have been shown to be nothing but steam on the window, meant to obscure the reality. The justice minister was very right. Mr. Trudeau was very wrong. Former attorney general and justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould prepares to tertify about the SNC-Lavalin affair before a justice committee hearing on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Feb. 27, 2019. Lars Hagberg/AFP/Getty Images One sentence of the report bristles with clarity on this point: “The authority of the prime minister and his office was used to circumvent, undermine and ultimately attempt to discredit the decision of the director of public prosecutions as well as the authority of Ms. Wilson-Raybould as the Crown’s chief law officer.” And here we come to the last variation of the Trudeau voice. This is not a matter of tempo, volume, or unction. It is his dip into his third language. We know of his fluency in English and French. But he has a grasp of another lingo, doublespeak, that reaches artistry. He accepts the commissioner’s (devastating) report, but he “disagrees” with some of its conclusions. I accept and I disagree. We run into an entire picnic of “having your cake and eating it too” here. Or else, on the famous steed of Stephen Leacock: “Lord Ronald said nothing; he flung himself from the room, flung himself upon his horse and rode madly off in all directions.” Justin Trudeau, doing politics in different voices. There is but a footnote to add. Mr. Trudeau is adamant he will not apologize to Wilson-Raybould, or for the actions delineated by the ethics commissioner. He will never, he says, apologize for “standing up for Canadian jobs.” Two points: On the “standing up for Canadian jobs” part, he might want to hold off on that one when, if, he next visits Alberta. On the “no apology front,” I’m willing to give Trudeau a break. It’s possible he’s got none — apologies I mean — left. He’s spread them as thick as capelin on a field (a fine old Newfoundland fertilizer with a reek that could paralyze.) He’s simply run out. But I’m sure some new ones are already on order. https://nationalpost.com/opinion/rex-murphy-i-accept-and-i-disagree-justin-trudeaus-amazing-doublespeak
  4. https://medium.com/the-politicalists/karl-popper-john-rawls-the-paradox-of-tolerance-f7d9a74a5a86
  5. Miniature horses still allowed to fly as service animals, Department of Transportation announces Giddy up! The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced that miniature horses are still officially allowed to fly as service animals in all cabins of commercial planes, in a statement aiming to define the guidelines regarding protections for emotional support and psychiatric service cats, dogs and the tiny equines. Last Thursday, the agency released its final statement of enforcement priorities for service animals, clarifying the federal government’s policies for what types of animals should always be allowed to travel with their owners. In recent months, both public and professional organizations, including the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA), have urged lawmakers to review the rules for service animal designations during air travel, to combat an alleged culture of “rampant abuse” of protocol. The AFA claimed that the matter was escalating into a “safety, health, and security issue” that was “negatively affecting all passengers.” https://www.foxnews.com/travel/miniature-horses-allowed-fly-service-animals-dot
  6. Trudeau should resign, but you know he won't. The ethics commissioner has made clear that this prime minister will not admit his obvious failure The second report of the federal ethics commissioner which, after extensive investigation, has determined that Justin Trudeau had clearly violated the rules during the SNC-Lavalin scandal. The Prime Minister responds that he takes “full responsibility” and then goes on to chatter in a way which makes clear that he has no idea of what responsibility is. Remember when, after his initial flat denials, his unequivocal assertions, over a number of days, that nothing wrong had occurred in the SNC-Lavalin scandal, he declared that every action had been “appropriate” — it is clear that this man has no clue as to what is appropriate. For whatever reason, Justin Trudeau is showing time after time that he is not fit for office. https://nationalpost.com/opinion/stephen-ledrew-trudeau-should-resign-but-you-know-he-wont
  7. If you ever wonder why society is so screwed....check its priorities !!
  8. Billionaire Koch brothers dump Canada's oilsands leases as foreign exodus continues CALGARY – Once among the largest landholders in the oilsands, industrial conglomerate Koch Industries Inc. has sold off its upstream leases and abandoned licences in the heavy oil play, joining a stream of foreign companies exiting the bitumen-bearing formation. Wichita, Kan.-based Koch Industries struck an agreement to sell thousands of hectares of land in the oilsands to Calgary-based Cavalier Energy Inc., a subsidiary of the Riddell family-controlled Paramount Resources Ltd., in a transaction that occurred in June, the Financial Post has confirmed. Koch, one of the world’s largest private companies owned by American billionaires and Republican donors Charles and David Koch, has also abandoned the licences it did not sell in the transaction with Paramount and has been allowing its leases in the play to expire. Paramount, meanwhile, expands its holdings in the oilsands, which already includes ownership in Cavalier and a stake in steam-based oilsands producer MEG Energy Corp. Founded by late billionaire geologist Clay Riddell, Paramount built a reputation for exploring oil and gas resources in new plays and in untapped corners of existing plays. In 2002, his son Jim Riddell became president and COO of Paramount and has amassed more and more responsibility over the company and its subsidiaries. He’s now president and CEO of Paramount and executive chairman of Cavalier. Oil magnate Clayton Riddell, founder of Paramount Resources and co-owner of the Calgary Flames, dies at 81 Apache Corp.'s nearly $1B divestment from Canada part of a planned shift toward the Permian ‘Not even on the radar screen’: Why Big Oil has abandoned Canada’s once-promising energy industry “The majority of Koch Oil Sands licences have been transferred to Paramount Resources Ltd. All of the remaining licences for well sites have been abandoned, which means that they have been permanently sealed and taken out of service,” Alberta Energy Regulator spokesperson Shawn Roth said in an email. Paramount, which has a market capitalization of $806 million, did not disclose the transaction beyond updating its land holdings in its investor presentation this month. The company’s latest investor presentation says Cavalier now holds rights for 1,994 net sections of land in the oilsands — a 512 per cent increase over the 326 net sections it held at the beginning of the year. The government of Alberta lists one section of land as 640 acres, meaning Cavalier could hold close to 1.3 million acres of land in the oilsands — six times larger than the footprint of Calgary. Neither Paramount nor Cavalier responded to requests for comment. Koch remains invested in the Canadian energy industry through its Flint Hills Resources subsidiary, which owns oil storage tanks at Hardisty, Alta., and refineries in the U.S. that process diluted bitumen from the oilsands. However, the company confirmed it had sold down its upstream oilsands holdings and surrendered expired leases in the play. “Those leases, which were held by Koch Oil Sands Holdings, have varied over the years. These recent transactions are merely a reflection of the opportunities that are currently available in the marketplace and our desire to prioritize other initiatives,” Koch spokesperson Rob Carlton said in an email. Koch’s departure from the oilsands continues a trend of exits by foreign companies from the play, following multi-billion-dollar divestments by Shell Canada Ltd., ConocoPhillips Co., Devon Energy Corp., Marathon Oil Corp., Statoil SA, Total SA and others since 2017 to sell off producing and non-producing assets in the heavy oil formation, as a lack of new export pipelines made developing the area more difficult and lucrative plays like the Permian basin in Texas wooed investors away from Canada. Most of the buyers have been large Canadian producers such as Suncor Energy Inc., Canadian Natural Resources Ltd., Cenovus Energy Inc., and Athabasca Oil Corp. who have solidified their positions in the oilsands. Now, Paramount through Cavalier has emerged as a major Canadian acquirer of oilsands leases. While the value of the Koch-Cavaliar deal was not disclosed, prices of undeveloped land in the oilsands have fallen dramatically from their peak 10 years ago when foreign companies and domestic producers were buying up blocks in the play at inflated prices, said Eight Capital analyst Phil Skolnick. Most of the land that has changed hands in the play recently shows attempts by major companies to acquire parcels contiguous to their existing facilities, which looks like “filling in the checkerboard,” Skolnick said. CNRL’s recent deal to buy Total’s unused Joslyn oilsands lease to expand its own Horizon oilsands mine was an example of how land adjacent to existing projects is valuable, he said. Oilsands leases farther afield from the hub of activity near Fort McMurray and Cold Lake, Alta., are less valuable and Koch isn’t the only company handing leases back to the province rather than developing the land. The Post could not confirm whether the Koch leases Paramount acquired were in close proximity to other oilsands projects. Some of Koch’s vast land holdings have been in more remote, deeper and more technically challenging parts of the oilsands region called the carbonates, but it’s unclear which leases were sold and which expired. Koch is not the only company allowing leases in the oilsands to expire as the pace of development in the play has slowed in recent years. In a move to cut costs, MEG Energy president and CEO Derek Evans said on his company’s recent earnings call that his company would allow leases on its longer-term holdings to expire rather than pay escalating rents on the land. “There’s some land in, what I would call our fourth growth project in the Duncan area, these are lands that we’re dropping. We’re not going to renew the leases on them,” Evans said. “They were at a point in their life where the annual rentals on those leases were about to increase in cost.” https://business.financialpost.com/commodities/energy/billionaire-koch-brothers-dump-canadas-oilsands-leases-as-foreign-exodus-continues
  9. And the Liberals of the land will brush it off like it means nothing.
  10. Actually I think Trudeau becoming the biggest drug dealer in the country has spurred their business to heights unimaginable. The legal price is so high, customers are flocking to the street to buy and since it’s now legal to own the cops won’t bother you for simple possession. As more of the general public get gradually addicted, the more customers there will be. It’s a bloody dream come true for the illegal market....They now have the government doing free advertising for their product. Weed prices soar since legalization, illegal pot selling for half the price: StatCan https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/weed-prices-soar-since-legalization-illegal-pot-selling-for-half-the-price-statcan-1.4380012
  11. https://globalnews.ca/news/5760778/snc-lavalin-scandal-mclellan-report/
  12. Islamic Terrorist Convicted For Mass Murder Plot Granted Canadian Citizenship Zakaria Amara is a convicted terrorist, serving a life sentence for his role in a plot to murder dozens of Canadians. And now, thanks to a Trudeau government bill passed through the Senate, Amara will be given the privilege of Canadian citizenship. He came to Canada as a teenager, became a Canadian citizen as a young man, and, by the time he turned 20, he was behind bars and charged with terrorism. An IDEAL Canadian citizen, no? Amara was the ringleader of a sophisticated terrorist cell known as the Toronto 18. He recruited, trained and groomed fellow Islamist extremistsand worked towards a deadly terrorist plot. Amara wanted to detonate bombs in downtown Toronto, and coordinate shooting sprees at the CBC and the Toronto Stock Exchange. He planned to siege Parliament Hill in Ottawa, and carry out executions and beheadingsof politicians, including the Prime Minister. Under the previous Harper government,Amara had his Canadian citizenship revoked and was set to be deported the moment he was released from prison. Then under Justin Trudeau, the deportation was cancelled. Trudeau said during the 2015 election campaign that he believes “terrorists should get to keep their Canadian citizenship.” He has kept to his wordregarding the pledge. Trudeau’s Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen told the Senate that the Liberal government had initiated the process to restore citizenship to the convicted terrorist. What Somalian import Hussen neglected to say is the reason why he and boss-man Trudeau made this decision. Trudeau’s agenda prioritized helping a man who hates Canada so much he wanted to wage war against it. Amara was so ungrateful to his host country that he plotted to mass murder civilians in a senseless and unprovoked attack. And yet, Trudeau rewards him with the privilege of Canadian citizenship. What a sad state of affairs. In 2010, a white South African family – Charl and Naira Nel as well as their daughter – left South Africa and applied for refugee status in Canada. They told the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) that they feared being victims of crime and violence — the women feared rape, which is prevalent in South Africa, and all feared violence targeting whites. The Trudeau government defended the rejection of the South Africans, stating the fear of white children being raped by blacks was highly offensive as the information the family relied on was “white-supremacist hate literature”that should be ignored. The family’s appeal was rejected. Immigration Minister MP Ahmed Hussenslams the door shut on white folks from South Africa claiming refugee status, while approving citizenship for a convicted Islamic terrorist who plotted to blow up innocent Canadians in an attempt at mass murder. READ MORE: Will Four More Years Of Justin Trudeau As Prime Minister Break Canada Apart? This is the individual Justin Trudeau empowered as the person responsible for immigration and refugee status in Canada. In other words, our nation’s demographic destiny is in the hands of an Anglo-hating refugee from Somalia. What is described in this article should be CRIMINAL. Instead, the criminals are the Anglophone Canadians Trudeau has spent the past four years branding racist, bigoted and genocidal. Then, come October 21st, 2019, MILLIONS of these Anglophones will vote for Justin Trudeau, as media propagandize voters into believing Mr. Trudeau is a righteous, benevolent advocate for equality amongst ALL CANADIANS. He isn’t–and neither is his myopic, ethno-centric migration minister. Prioritizing dangerous criminal terrorists for citizenship in Canada is a slap-in-the-face to ALL Canadians–including peaceful migrants looking to lead a safe, quiet life within our borders. Just say NO to the back-stabbing social agenda of the Trudeau government. Our children will thank you for it— if government doesn’t pass legislation prohibiting them to be born. With additional text from Candice Malcolm of the Toronto Sun. https://capforcanada.com/islamic-terrorist-convicted-for-mass-murder-plot-granted-canadian-citizenship/
  13. “Justin Trudeau was like the deadbeat dad that wanted praise for finally paying his child support bills. Trudeau showed up just weeks before an election and promises Ontario an additional $25 million in legal aid funding that they should have been getting for the past couple of years. It was nothing short of an election stunt.” http://torontosun.com/opinion/columnists/lilley-trudeau-finally-pays-up-part-of-his-refugee-bill
  14. Ditch hug-a-thug approach when dealing with gun crime Make no mistake about it, when it comes to dealing with Toronto’s gun crime problem, the Trudeau Liberals are more hug-a-thug than boots-on-the-ground types. The feds joined with the city and province in announcing new multi-million-dollar measures to deal with the spate of gun violence that has plagued Toronto of late and the statements from each level of government really show where their priorities are. “These additional resources for our Toronto Police Service will fund an even more intensive focus on those responsible for inflicting gun violence on our neighbourhoods as well as increasing police presence to keep communities safe,” said Mayor John Tory. That’s a great statement from the mayor! He wants to focus on the crime problem. The province chimed in via a statement from Ontario’s Solicitor General Sylvia Jones, saying funding from the Ford government will be used to “to put boots on the ground where they are needed most. Mayor Tory, Chief Saunders, and most importantly, the brave men and women of the Toronto Police Service, have been fighting an important fight. Our government stands with them.” The province also hits the nail on the head; they want to fund more cops in problem neighbourhoods. And the federal government? They are concerned about ensuring more social housing. I’m not joking. “We will continue to support prevention, gang exit and enforcement initiatives, while addressing social and economic issues like housing and employment to create opportunities for young Canadians,” said Bill Blair, the minister in charge of border security. Liberal MP Adam Vaughan spent a good part of the day telling the media that in addition to banning handgun ownership, the Liberals want to deal with gun violence by investing in daycare spaces, job programs for youth and more housing programs. Now I’m not belittling the idea that dealing with social issues is part of the long-term solution, but this was an announcement about the recent spike in gun violence. To quote from the city’s news release, they sought additional resources to ensure, “police officers have the resources they need to keep neighbourhoods safe.” We have a problem with gun crime now and as far as I can see, the Liberals want to deal with the gun part but not the crime part. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was asked about dealing with the gun violence while at an announcement on another matter in Toronto’s Parkdale neighbourhood. “We have, as a government, lived up to the commitments we made in the 2015 election on strengthening gun control and bringing in measures like enhanced background checks that we know keep our communities safer,” Trudeau said. That may sound good but background checks, which I have no problem with, look at those that are trying to buy legal guns. Criminals aren’t applying for licences and if they are, the system is set up to catch them. What are the Trudeau Liberals offering to deal with the crime aspect of the problem? It literally amounts to hug-a-thug. Take guns away from people not breaking the law and spend more on social programs. I’m sorry, that is not what we need right now. We need to stop bail for those facing gun charges, especially repeat offenders. We need to enforce bail and parole conditions on those that do get bail or parole. Michael Lacy, president of the Criminal Lawyers Association, called it “utter nonsense” that bail is an issue and part of the problem. My colleague Sam Pazzano showed otherwise in a story that detailed several men with gun convictions who caused more violence while out on bail. We could point to other problems with courts being lenient like the case of Christoper Husbands, the man behind the Eaton Centre shooting. He was on bail and house arrest for gun charges, among others, when he went on a shooting spree, killing two men and wounding others in the food court in 2012. Liberals love to describe tough-on-crime measures as simplistic. I’d say the same thing about their hug-a-thug approach. We need to deal with people currently committing crimes, not just hope to prevent future criminals. blilley@postmedia.com https://torontosun.com/opinion/columnists/lilley-ditch-hug-a-thug-approach-when-dealing-with-gun-crime
  15. “ Dief’s jowls jiggled. His brows bristled. “I’ve always been fond of dogs,” the Conservative leader declared, and the assembled media throng — the ones who had just informed him that Gallup had him losing, badly, to the Liberals — leaned ever closer. “And they are the one animal that knows the proper treatment to give to poles.” The ink-stained wretches burst out laughing, and scribbled away in their notebooks. Dief the Chief had conjured a political quote for the ages. He was sort-of right, too, about the polls (and poles). Diefenbaker would go on to win, big time, shocking the pollsters and the pundits alike. And 1957 would become one of the biggest upsets in Canadian political history, with the Tories ending nearly a quarter-century of Grit rule. In the intervening years, plenty of politicos have repeated Dief’s quotable quote, or offered up a variation on it: “The only poll that matters is the one on Election Day.” https://apple.news/AZMD53X1vRwmgQ-qsohLiGQ