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  1. Was it ever? Best Countries in the World | U.S. News Best Countries (usnews.com)
  2. AFSOC plans to demo amphibious MC-130J by end of next year, commander says AFSOC plans to demo amphibious MC-130J by end of next year, commander says (militarytimes.com)
  3. Kelly McParland: Thanks Trudeau, $610 million for an election full of seething regional resentments Kelly McParland 5 hrs ago The CBC reports that Justin Trudeau has set another spending record: at $610 million, this election will be the most expensive ever, a full $100 million more than the vote the Liberal leader called just two years ago. That’s $1.1 billion in total for two campaigns, not a big number for a government that shovels out money as readily as this one. And why not? Trudeau’s six years in power have already given the country the biggest deficits and the deepest debt in 154 years of trying, plunging us into the biggest financial hole in our history. So why not tack on a gold medal in running inconclusive elections? Anything could happen Monday when the ballots are counted — or maybe it will be Tuesday or Wednesday before the mail-in votes can be tallied — but as of the weekend the 36-day race has the Liberals at 31.4 per cent support, with the Conservatives at 30.9 per cent, according to the national broadcaster’s aggregate of polls, both down slightly in the last hours of the campaign. That’s half a percentage point, or, in polling terms, nothing. The Liberals could still eke out a victory given how the votes are spread, but it hardly suggests a ringing endorsement of Trudeau’s leadership, or his wisdom in forcing this shambles of a contest. The numbers say the Liberals are less popular at the end of the campaign than they were at the start, less popular still than after the 2019 campaign, and eons less popular than 2015, when Trudeau still came across as young, chipper, eager and hopeful, before the disappointment set in. Still, $1.1 billion is truly wasted if you don’t get something for it, and we’ve learned some lessons from this exercise. Maybe I should rephrase that: the campaign has offered up some potentially valuable lessons; whether we learn from them is another matter. One is the sense that the days in which Canadians fetishized their devotion to unity are well and truly dead and buried. The country appears to operate more as a loose alliance of regional interests that co-operate as they see fit depending on what’s in it for them. The Liberal survival system consists of Toronto, Montreal and the Atlantic provinces. Without the 45 seats they get from those two big cities — and maybe two dozen more when you count their closest suburbs — they’d be toast, lucky to cobble together a decent minority, much less a majority. One entire side of the country — everything west of Ontario — is hostile territory. From Manitoba to Alberta the Liberals barely exist. In British Columbia they’re in third place behind Conservatives and New Democrats. That’s the reason they pour money — borrowing as much as they have to — into those three voter pools. Liberal policies are the policies of Toronto, Montreal and the Atlantic have-nots, mostly expensive urban programs that prioritize the demands of a specific demographic on top of all the pricy services they already receive. All three major parties, meantime, continue to treat Quebec as a special case, meekly supporting its relentless quest for greater powers. The biggest personality to emerge from this campaign is Quebec Premier Francois Legault, who has established himself as a sort of provincial caudillo, whose party exists nowhere but Quebec and demands no pretense of concern for anything outside the province. Trudeau and Conservative leader Erin O’Toole have fallen all over themselves to keep Legault happy. The Liberal leader pledged an extra $6 billion (on top of $13 billion in equalization) for Legault to spend as he chooses, and then needled O’Toole for hesitating to do the same, forcing the Tory boss to write Legault with a pledge to comply. Kelly McParland: For Trudeau, it is always the women, like Wilson-Raybould, who are to blame Kelly McParland: Annamie Paul's shredding of Trudeau on feminism and Afghanistan was impressive “Within the first 100 days of a Conservative government, I will sit down with you to conclude an agreement that will allow Quebec and Ottawa to attain their respective objectives,” O’Toole wrote . Translation: you’ll get your bribe. None of the parties show any hint of embarrassment in bowing to Quebec’s eternal demands any more. In the past Ottawa regularly caved to its quest for special treatment, but usually made an effort to at least pretend to resist. No longer. The only mention of Quebec’s Bill 21 — the law that openly discriminates against certain religious groups in public sector jobs — was when Bloc Quebecois leader Yves-François Blanchet got on his high horse that anyone would dare raise the matter at the only English-language debate the party leaders consented to attend. Rather than support the notion of religious freedom, Trudeau, O’Toole and NDP leader Jagmeet Singh all demanded the moderator of the debate apologize to Quebec for the temerity of asking such things. Blanchet made clear at the debate that he doesn’t care a fig for the rest of the country, and his party’s strength in the province suggests voters feel the same. As the National Post’s Christopher Nardi revealed in an illuminating report, Quebec’s English-speaking minority feels increasingly abandoned by the Liberal party, which it has long supported in return for protection against the relentless incursions of Francophone demands. “Why is Mr. Trudeau, his cabinet and the Liberal Party of Canada and the Government of Canada abandoning one of its language minorities?” Colin Standish, a Liberal supporter from Quebec, asked Nardi in reference to two new bits of legislation — one from Quebec and one from Trudeau’s Liberals — that seek to further strengthen the imposing wall of defences already protecting the use of French. The federal Bill asserts that “the French language requires a special approach, including in Quebec,” to ensure its equality to English, while the Quebec law stipulates that Quebec is a nation and French is the only official language. “Equality” in Canada thus means being excluded as an official language in the second most-populous province. If Premier Jason Kenney weren’t so busy bungling Alberta’s COVID response, he’d be well placed to use Quebec’s conquest of Ottawa to further Alberta’s own festering resentments. Even without Kenney it seems certain western anger will grow. It can hardly do otherwise given eastern attitudes to the region’s crucial resource economy. As it is, Canadians got little indication during the campaign that the worrying state of the economy is something any of the leaders want to deal with. Trudeau famously said he wastes little time worrying about monetary policy, just before federal figures showed inflation surging to an 18-year high. O’Toole responded to every Liberal spending plan by promising one of his own. The notion that “the budget will balance itself” is now official dogma for Liberals and Tories alike, and an irrelevance for the NDP. The Liberals and Conservatives have each had just one solid federal win in the past 20 years, across six elections. We’ve had four minorities and may be looking at a fifth. Disenchantment, disengagement and distrust dominate an electorate whose faith in Canada’s leadership seems to lessen with each passing intrusion. In 2015 Trudeau vowed to bring in electoral reform, and then reneged on the promise, but voters appear to have done it for him, dividing their hopes among five or six suitors, effectively diluting the authority of whichever party emerges as the putative “winner” and turning governance into a juggling act among competing interests. Spoilers abound: Maxime Bernier’s looney-right People’s Party of Canada now has as much support as Blanchet’s separatist Bloc, enabling Bernier — without winning a single seat — to undermine O’Toole and potentially hand victory to the Liberal establishment his followers despise. Blanchet will continue to wag the dog from his single-issue redoubt in Quebec, while Singh’s best hope is for a weak Liberal minority beholden to his third-place finish to keep it in office. All this for $600 million. Money poorly spent. But we’re used to that in Canada, aren’t we? National Post
  4. British energy firms fear collapse as Europe’s gas crisis sees prices surge 250% PUBLISHED MON, SEP 20 202110:32 AM EDTUPDATED 24 MIN AGO LONDON — Britain’s energy industry could be headed for a significant shakeup, industry insiders have warned, as countries all over Europe grapple with an unprecedented crisis in the power sector. Wholesale gas prices have spiked across the region, with the U.K. being hit particularly hard. The front-month gas price at the Dutch TTF hub, a European benchmark for natural gas trading, gained on Monday to trade at 73.150 euros ($85.69) per megawatt-hour,hovering close to the record high seen last week. Since January, the contract has risen more than 250%. In the U.K., day-ahead energy prices for Monday reached an average of 291.18 euros per megawatt-hour, according to energy analysis firm LCP Enact. However, the maximum price for the U.K. on Monday could be as high as 1,083.78 euros per megawatt-hour, LCP Enact’s analysis showed. Impact for energy firms Robert Buckley, head of relationships and development at Cornwall Insight, told CNBC that the crisis was being caused by a “cocktail of pretty potent things” that were outside of suppliers’ control. These included strong competition for natural gas deliveries between Europe and Asia, some outages at U.S. production facilities and a tightening of EU carbon market rules, as well as various other factors. “All suppliers will be finding it very tough at the moment,” Buckley said. “Some of them are bigger and more resilient than others. But scale doesn’t equal automatically resilience.” He added that “it looks like it’s going to get worse before it gets better” in terms of suppliers leaving the British electricity and gas market. ″[Suppliers are] caught between this rapture of the rising energy price wholesale market and the default tariff cap, and depending on who you who you believe, this is anywhere up to £200, £250 below what a market related cost would be at the moment, so that’s 20% of the total bill,” he said, referring to a cap on consumer energy prices in Britain. “That’s -20% of gross margins. Very few [companies] can sustain that for any length of time.” Meanwhile, Bill Bullen, founder of U.K. supplier Utilita Energy, warned that surging wholesale prices would inevitably lead to more insolvencies in the energy sector. “We’re heading back to an oligopoly at this rate and going backwards,” he said in an email Monday. According to a report from Cornwall Insight, in the fourth quarter of 2010, the six largest energy firms supplied 99.5% of the domestic energy market in the U.K. By the second quarter of 2021, that figure had fallen to 69.1%. “I wonder how it will look at the end of Q3 2021,” Bullen said. Start-up Bulb, the country’s sixth-largest supplier, is seeking a bailout, while four smaller competitors recently ceased trading, the BBC reported. According to industry body OGUK, wholesale energy prices have surged with a 70% rise since August alone. “OGUK predicts that UK North Sea output will roughly halve by 2027 unless new fields are opened, making the U.K. even more reliant on imports,” Will Webster, the organization’s energy policy manager, told CNBC via email. A spokesperson for British energy regulator Ofgem told CNBC in an emailed statement. “This is a global issue … Ofgem is working closely with government to manage the wider implications of the global gas price increase.” Political fallout Governments are keen to take action to stop the crisis hitting consumers too hard. The British government is considering bailout loans for energy suppliers, according to local media reports. Business Minister Kwasi Kwarteng met with British energy companies on Monday, in what he said was an effort to “ensure that any energy supplier failures cause the least amount of disruption for consumers.” Seeking to reassure the public on Sunday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson described the pricing crisis as “temporary,” Bloomberg reported. The U.K. has limits on how much suppliers are able to charge consumers for energy, with price caps reviewed by the government every six months. In a note on Monday, Eurasia Group warned the continent’s soaring energy prices were also beginning to have political ramifications across the wider region. Spain’s government released a decree this week to cap retail energy prices. Eurasia analysts speculated that if more EU member states imitate Spain, prioritizing cheap energy above the green transition, the EU’s credibility as a climate leader could be damaged. “If Madrid’s actions find imitators across the EU this winter, the bloc’s efforts to push for more ambitious climate action at the upcoming global talks in November may suffer,” they said in Monday’s note.
  5. Almost over, we only need to wait until the Fat Lady Sings or in Justin terms, until the plus sized person sings.
  6. Only Mexico you say? Mexico's suit against US gunmakers edges ahead AFP 2 hrs ago Like3 Comments O'Toole urges supporters to spread platform gospel on final campaign push U.S. launches mass expulsion of Haitian migrants from Texas The US federal court examining Mexico's lawsuit against top US arms manufacturers has set deadlines for the case's first proceedings, foreign ministry officials said Sunday. © GUILLERMO ARIAS Seized weapons are seen at a Mexican military base in the border city of Tijuana before being destroyed Last week, the Massachusetts court approved the calendar proposed by the relevant parties. "The defendant companies will have until November 22, 2021 to present their response to the Mexican lawsuit and oppose the legal defenses they deem pertinent," the ministry statement said. After that, the Mexican government will have until January 31, 2022 to respond and the defendant companies will have to present their response before February 28, 2022. The process is expected to conclude in the first half of next year. In early August, the Mexican government sued nine US gun manufacturers and two distributors -- including Smith & Wesson, Beretta, Colt, Glock, Century Arms, Ruger and Barrett -- for what it deemed a "negligent and illicit" trade that encourages drug trafficking and violence in its territory. The Mexican government maintains that between 70-90 percent of the weapons recovered at crime scenes in Mexico have been trafficked from the United States. The lawsuit, unprecedented in the countries' bilateral relationship, was accepted by the US justice about two weeks after it was filed. The litigation seeks compensation for the damage caused by the firms' alleged "negligent practices," as well as the implementation of adequate standards to "monitor and discipline" arms dealers. Mexico, with a population of 126 million people, has been plagued by widespread deadly violence since December 2006, when the government of then-president Felipe Calderon launched a controversial military anti-drug operation. Since then, according to government figures, more than 300,000 people have been murdered in Mexico, the majority by firearms and in events related to drug trafficking. Mexico tightly controls weapons sales; they are practically impossible to access legally. wk/mdl/caw
  7. In actual fact, any debacle we are being left with has been delivered by a rich, spoiled, trust fund baby who has added $600,000,000 for a spurious, ego driven election during a world wide pandemic. I am however certain that Justin will find some way to blame that on PM Harper who last held power over 6 years ago.
  8. A refresher course on how we decide who gets to govern in a minority Parliament Aaron Wherry, Senior Writer Two years ago, we went over the conventions, rules and precedents that underpin Canada’s parliamentary system and who gets to govern in the wake of an election — you can read those pieces here and here. But ahead of another vote, it’s probably time for a refresher. So here’s a pop quiz: For the sake of argument, let’s say that once all the ballots have been counted this week the federal election ends with the following result: Conservatives: 130 seats Liberals: 122 seats NDP: 50 seats Bloc Québécois: 34 seats Greens: 2 seats In this scenario, who gets to be prime minister? The correct answer is, “it depends.” MORE: The federal election might not have a clear winner Monday night — here's why Because that’s how it almost always plays out, it’s easy to think that the “winner” of an election is whoever wins the most seats. In almost all cases, the winner of an election is relatively clear — either because one party has won a majority of seats in the legislature or because one party, even if it hasn’t won a majority, is essentially unchallenged for power. But the real winner of the election is whichever party (or combination of parties) is able to hold the support of a majority of members of the House of Commons. Voters elect MPs, and the government in a parliamentary system is not necessarily the party that won the most seats or the most votes, but the party that can hold the confidence of a majority of those MPs. The other important thing to remember is that the incumbent government remains the government unless or until it resigns or is dismissed by the Governor General — in other words, the incumbent party has the first chance to decide if it wants to try to retain power. In the above scenario, Justin Trudeau could decide that he doesn’t have the support necessary to continue governing, and resign. But he could ask the Governor General to recall Parliament and attempt to win the House’s confidence — i.e. the support of the other parties, like the NDP — for a throne speech, an explicit motion of confidence or other significant legislation. And as long as he could win those votes, he could carry on governing. But if Trudeau lost a key vote in the House, he would be compelled to go to the Governor General and either resign or ask for a new election. And if he asked for a new election relatively quickly after this election — and particularly if he was unable to win even an initial vote of confidence — the Governor General would likely refuse his request and invite Erin O’Toole to form a government. O’Toole could then try his luck with the House and perhaps govern with the support of other parties. A similar sequence of events could theoretically play out even if the Liberals won more seats than the Conservatives. If the Liberals were defeated in the House in relatively short order, the Governor General could invite the second-place Conservatives to try to form government. Canadians could be forgiven for believing that the party with the most seats gets to govern. Even when a party doesn’t win a majority of seats, we often say that they have “won a minority government.” But, as explained above, that all depends. In the current circumstance, we don’t know exactly how things would play out, because not all of the parties have been willing to explain how they would approach post-election scenarios. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, for instance, has steadfastly refused to say what he would do if he had to decide whether to support a Liberal or Conservative government. Of course, all of the above may not come into play after Monday. But it is important to know how the system works, regardless.
  9. Not sure this belongs in "Reality" the main driver is economics and not personal safety.. As for me, I would rather be safe than rich.
  10. In actual fact he also screwed Quebec and some Atlantic Provinces. .in addition to BC , Port cities in Quebec brace for second year without cruise-ship dollars https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/port-cities-in-quebec-brace-for-second-year-without-cruise-ship-dollars-1.5298358 Cape Breton and Halifax ports can plan for 2022 season with cruise ship ban ending
  11. Imagine the outcry if this had been done by Trump. DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — The Biden administration worked Saturday on plans to send many of the thousands of Haitian immigrants who have gathered in a Texas border city back to their Caribbean homeland, in a swift response to the huge influx of people who suddenly crossed the border from Mexico and congregated under and around a bridge. US ramps up plan to expel Haitian migrants gathered in Texas - The Boston Globe
  12. Justin made the decision to ban and extend the ban on cruise ship traffic in Canadian Waters. Evidenlty did not consider the "Monetary" impact. Alaska cruise ship bill would have 'devastating' economic impact: B.C. port official 21 hrs ago VANCOUVER — Two U.S. bills proposed by a congressman and senator aimed at allowing Alaska-bound cruise ships to bypass Canadian ports would have a "devastating" effect on British Columbia's economy, the head of Victoria's harbour authority says. Alaska cruise ship bill would have 'devastating' economic impact: B.C. port official | CTV News
  13. https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-europe-business-health-france-516d7c24943c830823ff1602e4ab604e One stunning afternoon: Setbacks imperil Biden’s reset By JONATHAN LEMIRE and ZEKE MILLER17 minutes ago One stunning afternoon: Setbacks imperil Biden's reset (apnews.com) Biden has proclaimed defeating the pandemic to be the central mission of his presidency. But the United States is now averaging more than 145,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases per day, compared with a low of about 8,500 per day three months ago
  14. AdChoices NP View: Erin O'Toole and the Conservatives are right for Canada National Post View 5 hrs ago Canadians have faced painful and punishing hardship during the pandemic. It has caused great fiscal and economic damage, while deep divisions over the right path to recovery are already tearing at the very fabric of Canadian society. NP View: Erin O'Toole and the Conservatives are right for Canada (msn.com)
  15. canadians find Trudeau angry, and 'pretty much in unison' the campaign divisive: poll | National Post Conrad Black: There is only one rational choice in this election | National Post
  16. And unless there is a revamp re nbr of MPs east of Manitoba . they will never mean much.
  17. They might have legs but legs / feet are no good if you can not afford food and shoes.
  18. Rex Murphy: Sorry Obama, but Trudeau shouldn't win Rex Murphy 2 hrs ago 87 Comments | 102 O'Toole suggests a vote for People's Party is a vote for Liberals Barack Obama wearing a suit and tie: Justin Trudeau greets Barack Obama as the then U.S. president arrives for a North American Leaders' Summit in Ottawa on June 29, 2016. Obama has endorsed Trudeau for the Sept. 20, 2021, federal election.© Provided by National Post Justin Trudeau greets Barack Obama as the then U.S. president arrives for a North American Leaders' Summit in Ottawa on June 29, 2016. Obama has endorsed Trudeau for the Sept. 20, 2021, federal election. And after the nearly six weeks of blather, promises and attacks, where are we? We are where we were at the beginning, still perplexed behind our masks, crossing the street when we see a fellow Canadian approaching and noticing he’s exhaling a little too lustily, why Justin Trudeau called this vain election during a still-raging pandemic. It is the one question the Liberal leader won’t answer because the answer would doom his campaign in the election he made the decision to call. He could not run on the campaign slogan: “I called it because it’s (August) 2021, and pandemic or no pandemic, Delta variant or no Delta variant, I saw a pretty good chance of sneaking a majority and Hey, I’m in charge and if I want to call a two-year-premature election because my chances at the polls look really good, who’s going to stop me?” Bit wordy, I agree, but the campaign ninjas of the PMO might have whittled it down. Some of the really great issues the Liberals have thrown out during the past few weeks were gun control (the Grits would like to paint Erin O’Toole as some sort of nut who wants to arm every Canadian and send out free ammunition every other month), and abortion (listening to Liberal rhetoric, one is apt to think O’Toole wants to outlaw abortion and put in new laws built around the ethos of the 1620s New England Puritans). There were others of equal urgency but most, if not all of them, curiously ignored the fact that IF no election had been called in the first place, with two years left in Trudeau’s mandate, O’Toole would have had no chance of doing anything about anything anyway. Now in the last days of this transparent farce we have stepped-up diatribes against the “anti-vaxxers.” And much talk on the urgent need for “mandatory vaccinations.” A long time before, virtually eons ago — as far back as May of this same year — Trudeau, in one of his most fervent utterances about the “kind of country we are,” declared, “We’re not a country that makes vaccination mandatory.” Erin O'Toole, Clare Harvey posing for a picture: Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole and his wife, Rebecca, greet supporters in London, Ont., on Sept. 17, 2021.© Blair Gable/Reuters Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole and his wife, Rebecca, greet supporters in London, Ont., on Sept. 17, 2021. We are not a country that makes vaccination mandatory. Pretty clear and without qualification. But of course when he made that statement he was a prime minister, and not in an unnecessary and burdensome election he himself called. However, being in an election, turning on a dime and going full tilt in the completely opposite direction is a perfect example of the consistency, straight-forwardness and courage we expect from a prime minister. And we must also bring to mind that in May there wasn’t any need to use the COVID crisis, with its vaccination protocols, as a “wedge issue.” For is it not written in the Book of Canadian Politics, Liberal edition, and I quote, “In a election where the result is in doubt, it is not only permissible, but an act of honour, when in need of a wedge issue, to completely and diametrically reverse the strongest commitment you have ever publicly made, stand on your head or assume some impossible yoga position — in public if necessary — in order to blister your opponent.” No space for a segue here, just noting that former U.S. president Barack Obama, from the battle-scarred territory of Martha’s Vineyard, has issued an advisory that he wants all Canadians to vote for Justin Trudeau. Deo gratias, Barack. We needed that. Michael Taube: All conservatives need to realize that a vote for Maxime Bernier is a vote for Justin Trudeau Conrad Black: There is only one rational choice in this election If it were up to me, after such a call I think I would just cancel this whole Monday vote. If this is what Obama thinks a country he doesn’t belong to should be doing, have we, really, any choice to do otherwise? I concede that, for example only, if a former Polish prime minister in these last hours should counsel a different course, that would leave us Canadians in a real bind. Which former leader of a foreign nation is the better one to slavishly follow is a very trying intellectual exercise. I note also that last Friday we learned that election-day polling stations have been cut by more than half in 11 Greater Toronto Area ridings. This is the kind of thing you can expect in a pandemic-defying election. And it is a very good thing. First, it will severely limit the number of people who will be able to vote. Secondly, having fewer people able to vote will obviously make the counting of the votes much quicker. If you think seriously about these things, it should tell you that all future elections should be held during some sort of worldwide pandemic. And if a pandemic is not available, perhaps some kind of natural disaster. It simplifies everything. Should anyone feel I have been a little less than grave in this aria, I would remind them that we have just had almost six weeks of the most absurd, unjustified, vanity-inspired, opportunistic and nakedly cynical election this country has ever experienced. Please, therefore, direct any dissent from the wisdom here contained to the wizards of the PMO who brought this insult to democracy, COVID Election 2021, to pass. National Post
  19. Sadly a vote for the PPC will only result in vote splitting allowing the Liberals to win.
  20. Diane Francis: Justin Trudeau's track record of failure Diane Francis 6 hrs ago As Canadians go to the polls, it’s important to remind ourselves why Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau should never be prime minister again. Here are my picks, though this is far from a complete list of his government’s botch-ups and scandals. Perhaps most unforgivably, the Liberals did nothing to crack down on money laundering, ignoring the United Nations’ Financial Action Task Force report on the country’s loopholes, lack of controls and remedies. The result is that illicit funds from abroad have contributed to our high real estate prices, which has made housing unaffordable for Canada’s middle class. Owing at least partly to higher mortgage debt, Canadians now have the highest level of consumer debt in the world — surpassing the spendthrift Americans. This debt, along with Trudeau’s excessive government debt due to his COVID-19 support giveaways, means that if global interest rates rise a couple of percentage points, Canada will be brought to the brink of bankruptcy. At the same time, foreign direct investment in Canada has cratered (other than in the case of real estate). “The Trudeau government has experienced the lowest average rates of growth of business investment — in fact, growth has been negative — of the past five prime ministers going back to Brian Mulroney,” wrote the Fraser Institute’s Jason Clemens, Milagros Palacios and Niels Veldhuis in these pages earlier this year. “What’s even more worrying is that there seems to be no acknowledgement of this problem in Ottawa nor any interest in reversing course on policy to actually encourage and attract business investment to this country.” Undaunted by the lack of investment, the Trudeau government proposed that Canada increase the number of immigrants it takes in to 400,000 a year. With high unemployment levels, this is a hair-brained scheme devised by a handful of rich Liberals who want Canada’s population to reach 100 million by 2100, which, without sufficient business investment, will ruin Canadian living standards. Diane Francis: Trudeau's housing plan won't stop money laundering from fuelling out-of-control prices Diane Francis: Maxime Bernier and his anti-vax super-spreader party don't deserve your vote Diane Francis: The Liberals' unsustainable immigration plan So Trudeau gets a failing grade in terms of economic management, but consider some of the other scandals and bungles his government has been involved in: Months of delays in getting vaccines because Trudeau signed a secret deal with China to make vaccines that the Chinese reneged on. Ethical violations involving the WE Charity scandal, another involving the abrogation of the rule of law to mitigate charges against SNC-Lavalin for years of corrupt practices and another one after Trudeau took a luxury holiday freebie from the Aga Khan, whose organization ended up getting millions in grants from Ottawa. The recent $5.2-billion bailout of the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project in Newfoundland — which should never have been built and will never make money if finished. Millions spent travelling and giving away foreign aid in pursuit of a useless, temporary seat on the UN Security Council. Pledging $2.65 billion at a Commonwealth Leaders Summit to fight climate change even though Canada’s massive wetlands, farmland and vast forests act as a carbon sink. Pledging $840 million to Syria for humanitarian assistance when so many Indigenous reserves in Canada don’t have clean drinking water. Imposing draconian regulations and taxes on oil from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland, but not on oil from Saudi Arabia. Imposing tough environmental assessments on new infrastructure projects, except in the case of a cement plant in Quebec. Attempting to hand an unneeded sole-source contract to WE Charity for nearly $1 billion after Trudeau’s mother and brother received around $300,000 from it for speaking gigs. Proroguing Parliament and frustrating any attempts to investigate Liberal mismanagement. The Trudeau Liberals have a track record of dismal leadership, yet this country has so much talent and potential. It’s time for a change. Financial Post
  21. re the .223..... you caught my interest I know it is illegal in Alberta. However Hunting deer with a 223. - Page 4 (gunownersofcanada.ca) Is the info on this site correct?
  22. Rex Murphy: Tales from the front lines of Trudeau's vanity election Rex Murphy 8 hrs ago Canada must 'learn from' the pandemic crisis in parts of the West, Tam says Apprehensions at the southern border surpass 200,000 in August A scattering of observations as we face electoral doomsday.blanc, Liberal candidate and Trudeau's minister of intergovernmental affairs, in Halifax on Sept. 15, 2021. Here we are in the last and bitter days of this needless vanity election. The prospect of a majority for either the Liberals or the Conservatives is seen as very slim. Should the result be a minority Liberal government the inutility and opportunistic cast of the election will be cruelly highlighted. Justin Trudeau will have called an election during a surging pandemic only to be returned, weakened, to the status quo ante. Only in Canada, you say. Pity. A Globe reporter tweeted during the crowded and possibly-contrary-to-Ontario pandemic protocols rally in Brampton, Tuesday night, “If you want to end this pandemic, go out and vote Liberal, (Trudeau) says.” What? Is this medical advice? Now, voting for a Liberal government has many signifiers. But, is it now a vaccine? If so, it a one-jabber or a two-jabber? I had not realized that the way to kill pandemics was outside modern medicine and its many miracles. By Trudeau’s declaration, it is to vote Liberal. In an election called by a Liberal during a pandemic. Before any election had to be called. Perhaps so that the “cure” could be announced at a crowded COVID-inviting rally held by the Liberals during the election they didn’t have to call. There was a quite telling moment recently when Trudeau was skillfully and respectfully interviewed by Neetu Garcha of Global TV in British Columbia. At the end of the exchange he condescended to tell Garcha that she hadn’t asked the right questions. Now just as a matter of manners, a prime minister lecturing that polite and intelligent interviewer was uncalled for, rude, and smug as hell. If I can inject a personal note based on some years in television, the smart and gentlemanly (yes, it’s a word) response would have been, “You’re good at this. Toughest interview I’ve had since the campaign began. Congratulations.” Justin Trudeau is photographed with Jody Wilson-Raybould on Jan. 14, 2019, on the day it was announced she was being demoted to veterans affairs minister from justice minister, after she resisted Trudeau’s attempts to have her intervene in charges against SNC-Lavalin.© Provided by National Post Justin Trudeau is photographed with Jody Wilson-Raybould on Jan. 14, 2019, on the day it was announced she was being demoted to veterans affairs minister from justice minister, after she resisted Trudeau’s attempts to have her intervene in charges against SNC-Lavalin. Talking down to a woman, as the movie types say, segues nicely into Jody Wilson-Raybould’s new book, which I recommend not only for the SNC-Lavalin stuff and the Trudeau sketches, but also for its revelations on how the Liberal cabinet is ruled by the staff ninjas of the PMO. A revelation which comes at me almost as a horror story is that cabinet ministers were never supposed to communicate directly with the prime minister. None had either his phone number or his email address. They instead had to file through the praetorian guard of Gerry Butts and Katie Telford. I knew backbenchers were almost always treated as servants of the PMO. But cabinet ministers? The book’s real theme is a storyline from JWR’s initial, eager, full faith in Justin Trudeau as a transformational leader and as a prime minister who would finally deliver on promises to the Indigenous peoples, to her complete disenchantment and disgust (these words are a fair description) with him. She even upbraids herself for being so naïve early on. The hardest line in the account is the terrible statement she made directly to him: “I wish I had never met you.” And that also — here’s that word again — provides a segue (we’re going from book to book) to another topic. We learned this week that China, or as we should always say in reference to that country, the Chinese Communist government, has a curious, but selective, appetite for Canadian biography. Trudeau’s autobiography is like a Charles Dickens story — Oliver Twist say — except turned upside down. Its title in China is not Common Ground, as here in Canada. It is (drum roll) The Legend Continues. As the Sino book blurb might say: “The inspiring story of Justin Trudeau tells of his birth into the most famous and powerful family in Canada, his remarkably untroubled youth, and his ‘play’ and course-jumping years at university. It treads lightly on his ‘blackface’ hobby and follows his challenging careers, including as a snowboarding instructor and a part-time bouncer, until, in his early 40s, he made the casual saunter into the leadership of a whole country. A true legend’s life arc. This book has something for hardly anyone, except for the offspring of super-rich celebrities, or scions of hereditary monarchs. (It is a five-star selection for the popular radio program “Beijing Reads” with commentators from the CCBC, the Communist China Broadcasting Corporation).” Terry Glavin: The giant panda in the room — why the Trudeau Liberals don't want to talk about China Jesse Kline: Jagmeet Singh's Fairy Tale about ending oil 'subsidies' is about killing the industry Readers, I know, will be thirsty for my personal evaluation of these two illustrious life stories. Not since The Confessions of St. Augustine. I prefer to go with a nutritional metaphor to signal my estimation of these works. “Indian in the Cabinet” — a good 16 oz. ribeye, tastiest of steaks. “The Legend Continues” — a plate of arugula, the well-known, bland, cruciferous vegetable. I’d say about 40 years ago Canada missed the boat, in not appointing Hazel McCallion as governor general for life. (As it has also been shameless is permanently exiling Don Cherry from the Order of Canada, this latter the purest example of snob-bias from the liberal elite in modern Canadian history.) I base this observation on her observation after she attended the great rally in Brampton, Ont. “I think there should not have been an election during the pandemic. Governments have been saying ‘stay at home, stay away from groups.’ Then an election is called which is bringing groups together.” Hazel is wise beyond her (many and deserved) years. There are many more stories in this naked election, but let us halt for now. National Post
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