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6 minutes ago, DEFCON said:

I don't know if the guy's a feminist, or not, but he sure is a 'feminine' character; the way he sits tells all.

 

 

 

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Rex Murphy: Our Prime Minister was busy this week, with feminism and firepower. It was all, of course, very middle class

 
‎Today, ‎April ‎7, ‎2017, ‏‎1 hour ago | Rex Murphy

It’s been a busy week for our itinerant celebrity prime minister. It started with an evening of feeble jokes and strong music at the Junos, a chance to mix with that portion of Canada’s music royalty that have not permanently set up shop in L.A. He probably used the occasion, as he does all others, to chat up feminism, offer a few nuggets on diversity and strength, and refresh hosts Bryan Adams and Russell (“a felony waiting to happen”) Peters on intersectionality. All very middle class.

It more or less ended with a star appearance at the Women in the World Global Summit in New York and the opportunity to exchange appreciative gushes with Tina Brown, Hillary Clinton, Huma Abedin, Chinese billionaire Zhang Xin, Scarlett Johansson, Queen Latifah, Sarah Jones, Diane von Furstenberg and Arianna Huffington. If the middle class were afforded a glance at that lineup it would have thought it was staring in a mirror.

To say he was a hit is pure understatement. The fashion press – Vogue, Elle, Huffington Post – was in full swoon mode, as were most of the attendees, one of the latter capturing the rapture with this observation: “He’s tailor-made for a conference like this. He checks every box you could want, except for actually being a woman.” And with “gender roles” being revised it seems every minute these days, who’s to say that by next year he (she) won’t be able, even eager, to tick off that box too.

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Angela Weiss/Agence-France PressePrime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau speaks with Journalist Tina Brown at the Eighth Annual Women In The World Summit at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on April 6, 2017 in New York City.

Just as a side-note on that very point – how much longer, in a world of porous and mutable gender identities, will a conference like Women in the World conference be tenable? Is “women,” under the new protean understanding of gender, an “exclusionist” label? Then too, if it is only women attending a women’s conference, where is the diversity?  These are deep questions.

The Prime Minister received praise as well for combating the idea “that the feminist movement is female-centric movement,” a proposition which before this week I would have thought the purest tautology. Evidently, as a report in People makes clear, feminism is (also) “beneficial to men and masculinity in itself” and having a “man in power” tell women that was just “great.”

Trudeau had a wonderful sit-down with the woman who colourized the venerable New Yorker, and attenuated the academic turn of Vanity Fair, Tina Brown. Brown, as noted by many, is an “acerbic” interviewer, proof of which came in her very first question to the feminist Prime Minister: “How does it feel to be cast as world’s big new superhero?”  There are not many politicians who could wiggle off a hook that barbed. But Trudeau is a rhetorical Houdini. He responded with a deft verbal shimmy on the “importance of listening,” which won smiles all around while leaving the question about his superhero status entirely unmolested.

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Jewel Samad/Agence-France PresseCanada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (L) shakes hands with United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres before a meeting at the UN headquarters in New York on April 6, 2017.

Something of a shadow fell over the sweet accord of Women in the World with the intrusion of actual world affairs. The chemical bombing of Syria started to steal from the event. Trudeau responded to question on Syria Thursday afternoon by saying he was in some doubt as to the origins of the attack: “There are continuing questions about who is responsible for these horrible attacks against civilians, and that’s why I’m pressing on the (United Nations Security Council) to pass a strong resolution that allows the international community to determine first of all who was responsible for these attacks before we move forward.”  

However, by Friday morning, following President Donald Trump’s strike against Assad, the thirst for investigation over responsibility, and the need to press the Security Council, had evaporated. He supported Trump’s move, plainly saw Assad as the villain, and offered a much invigorated response to the Syrian atrocity: “These gruesome attacks cannot be permitted to continue operating with impunity.”

The Junos, the Women in the World, and Syria – a busy week for the Prime Minister. Feminism and firepower. The only element missing, and the one I’m sure the world would really like to hear about, was whether he had a one-on-one with feminist-in chief, Hillary Clinton, and what he might have had to offer on her most recent complaint that “misogyny” was a primary factor in her last failed smack at the glass ceiling.

Plus, it might be fun to know what changed his stance overnight from restraint until investigation to full endorsement of missiles into Syria.

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3 hours ago, Malcolm said:

it might be fun to know what changed his stance overnight from restraint until investigation to full endorsement of missiles into Syria

The answer is that the backroom boys finally got a script written for him.

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7 minutes ago, Fido said:

The answer is that the backroom boys finally got a script written for him.

Exactly!!

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Liar, Liar, Pants on fire.  Trudeau said the helicopter was the only way to get to the island, but if you were not royalty you could have used the seaplane that we paid to take the technician there. 

Cost of Trudeau's Bahamas vacations mounts

Technician's chartered seaplane raises questions about Trudeau's use of Aga Khan's helicopter

By Elizabeth Thompson, CBC NewsPosted: Apr 11, 2017 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Apr 11, 2017 5:20 AM ET

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, vacationed on a private island owned by the Aga Khan, right, which cost taxpayers more than $133,000. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)

 

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Elizabeth Thompson
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Award-winning reporter Elizabeth Thompson covers Parliament Hill. A veteran of the Montreal Gazette, Sun Media and iPolitics, she currently works with the CBC's Ottawa bureau, specializing in investigative reporting and data journalism. She can be reached at: elizabeth.thompson@cbc.ca.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's vacation to the Aga Khan's private island in the Bahamas cost taxpayers more than the government revealed to Parliament, CBC News has learned.

In addition to the initial $127,187 disclosed in documents tabled in the House of Commons, the government spent $6,695 to transport a Privy Council Office technician from Nassau to Bell Island by seaplane along with 400 pounds of equipment.

That brings the total cost to taxpayers as a result of Trudeau's vacation to the exclusive island to $133,883.

The revelation also raises questions about Trudeau's explanation for why he travelled from Nassau to Bell Island aboard the Aga Khan's private helicopter.

Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson is conducting an investigation following complaints about the trip and allegations that Trudeau violated government rules, which prohibit the prime minister, cabinet ministers and parliamentary secretaries from accepting free travel on non-commercial chartered or private aircraft without prior approval from the ethics commissioner.

As prime minister, Trudeau is also restricted for security reasons to travelling on government of Canada aircraft — even when on vacation.

Trudeau has defended the decision to hop aboard the Aga Khan's helicopter, insisting it was the only way to get to Bell Island.

"The travel back and forth from Nassau to the island happens on the Aga Khan's private helicopter, which he offered us the use of," Trudeau told reporters in Kingston, Ont., on Jan. 12.  

"The fact is, as I have said many times, the Aga Khan is a personal family friend and travel to and from the island only happens through private means," he later added.

This seaplane ferried a Privy Council technician from Nassau to the Aga Khan's private Bell Island. (Bahamasrentalvacations.com)

The technician, however, made the same trip from Nassau to Bell Island aboard a commercially chartered Cessna 208 seaplane. The nine-seat aircraft, which has flown to Bell Island on other occasions, takes about 30 minutes to ferry passengers from Nassau to the island.

Trudeau has come under fire in the House of Commons for the trip and for his office's initial refusal to disclose where he was vacationing.

Liberal MP and longtime friend Seamus O'Regan and his husband, Steve Doussis, joined Trudeau's family on the island along with Liberal Party president Anna Gainey and her husband, Tom Pitfield, a key member of Trudeau's election campaign team.

In January, O'Regan told the National Post that he and his husband also travelled on the Aga Khan's helicopter. As an MP, O'Regan is not bound by the same rules as the prime minister and cabinet ministers.

Liberal MP Seamus O'Regan and his husband vacationed on the Aga Khan's island with Trudeau. (CBC)

Trudeau has defended the trip, arguing that the Aga Khan — a billionaire and leader of the world's Ismaili Muslims — is a longtime family friend.

However, the Aga Khan Foundation Canada, which lists the Aga Khan as its chairman in its most recent filings with the Canada Revenue Agency's charities section, has received federal government grants in the past for its international development projects. It is currently registered to lobby several government offices, including the prime minister's office.

Any time a prime minister goes anywhere, even on vacation, it costs the government money.

In addition to the RCMP security detail that accompanies the prime minister, the Privy Council Office provides a technician, who supplies technical support and ensures that the prime minister has access to a secure office and secure communications.

In this case, the technician was originally scheduled to travel to the island via Flamingo Air. Flamingo Air generally lands on a nearby island and people take a boat to Bell Island from there.

Instead, the decision was made to charter a seaplane for the 115 km flight with Land and Sea Charters of Nassau.

The Aga Khan's private island Bell Island

The Aga Khan's privately owned Bell Island is located in the Bahamas. (Google Maps)

"The reason for the charter was in order to be able to ship 400 pounds of equipment for the PM's security detail and to set up a temporary secure office to maintain a communications link for the prime minister with Ottawa," said Privy Council spokesman Raymond Rivet.

"This type of support is required in all circumstances to support the PM and this is also in line with the cost of past shipments for previous prime ministers."

While the government had to reimburse the technician $300 for the Flamingo Air flight that wasn't taken, the move saved the cost of having a diplomatic courier from Global Affairs accompany the equipment to Bell Island, Rivet explained.

Previously, the Privy Council Office has revealed that $1,604, listed as per diems in the documents tabled in the House of Commons, was paid to the island's owner to cover room and board for the technician.

Trudeau has reimbursed the government $4,895 for the Department of National Defence flight to Nassau for his family and nanny Marian Pueyo on Dec. 26. DND has estimated the Challenger CC-144 flight cost $32,000 in flying time and $1,720 in food, beverages and associated fees.

While Privy Council and Global Affairs have answered questions from CBC News about their costs in relation to the Bahamas vacation, the RCMP has steadfastly refused to provide any breakdown of how it spent $53,253 in "travel, accommodation and per diems," saying it would jeopardize the prime minister's security.
 

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It's been suggested that Trudeau is a closet muslim.

At first blush that possibility sounded as remote as it first did with Obama, but after seeing how the two interrelated to each on the first meet along with other little gems including M103 & the Trudeau family vacation into the heart of Islam as well as the donation he made on behalf of the Canadian public to that cause do make for interesting conjecture. 

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Pitfield’s wife, Anna Gainey, is the president of the Liberal Party and also a close friend of Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Gregoire. The two families vacationed together at the Aga Khan’s resort in Bahamas over the Christmas holidays.

Here is another example of clear and transparent government:

http://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/liberal-party-s-exclusive-deal-with-data-company-benefits-trudeau-friend-1.3346830

 

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On the other hand, which one brings more to the table? :)  Of course I am kidding, one only has to look at the latest CBC production "Canada the story of us"  to understand that they will never make all of us happy (http://www.cbc.ca/news/entertainment/heritage-committee-cbc-meeting-1.4077814)  but then turne in http://www.cbc.ca/cmlink/rss-canada-north and you will see they do serve a purpose. Now if only we can remove their desire to out bid and complete against the for profit networks.   

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