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I don't know, but if you believe Canada's somewhere near bottom and capable of coming back after trudeau, the depressed Canadian dollar may provide some great opportunities for those with a little extra cash to throw into the markets today?

 

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The a-hole has to pay for all the other door prizes he's awarded to non-Canadian causes somehow. 

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Further to Jaydee’s post....Despite what Trudeau promised in the election, he seems to have “solved” the veteran pension issue in an omnibus bill that was passed before the Christmas vacation and before the opposition and veterans could respond.

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During the first four years of the plan, Ottawa will pay about $1.8-billion less, in total, to disabled vets than it would have under programs enacted during the Harper government. And critics say it has gone to some lengths to prevent veterans from having input.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/politics/article-veterans-affairs-skipped-normal-consultations-to-introduce-new/

To revisit Trudeau’s election platform....what happened to clear and transparent government, honesty with veterans issues, and doing away with omnibus bills??....not like mean old Harper.

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21 minutes ago, st27 said:

Despite what Trudeau promised in the election, he seems to have “solved” the veteran pension issue in an omnibus bill that was passed before the Christmas vacation and before the opposition and veterans could respond.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/politics/article-veterans-affairs-skipped-normal-consultations-to-introduce-new/

To revisit Trudeau’s election platform....what happened to clear and transparent government, honesty with veterans issues, and doing away with omnibus bills??....not like mean old Harper.

 

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Trudeau’s carbon tax is now in effect - here’s what to expect

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True North Wire

January 3, 2019

Hold onto your wallet.

As of January 1st, 2019, the federally-imposed carbon tax is in effect in several provinces throughout Canada. 

Provinces like Ontario and Saskatchewan, that haven’t forced a carbon tax on their taxpayers, now have to pay an additional tax on carbon, which means its a tax imposed on everything. 

Statistics show that Canada’s carbon emissions dropped by 1.4% in 2016 without a carbon tax; carbon emissions fell by 2.7% last year in the U.S., after they withdrew from the UN Paris accord. Meanwhile, global emissions continue to rise because of developing countries like China and India. 

Despite Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s assurance that his carbon tax will actually benefit Canadians, statistics suggest otherwise.

Gas prices are expected to skyrocket in 2019, reaching the highest prices seen since 2014. Some estimates predict that by 2022, gas prices will be increase by another 11 cents

Natural gas price hikes will cause heating prices to soar, while propane costs will increase by up to 3.10 cents a litre.

Looking to BC — a province that imposed its own carbon tax since 2008 — signs suggest that the federal tax will negatively impact the economy. In 2013, BC’s Ministry of Finance stated in the first comprehensive review of the carbon tax that it “has had, and will continue to have, a small negative impact on GDP.”  

Four out of ten provinces in Canada have vocalized their opposition to the federal government’s plan — Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and New Brunswick

“We will fight the carbon tax with every tool we have and will pursue ways to make sure that every person in Ontario is informed of how much they are paying in federal carbon tax — every time they pay a home heating bill or fill up their car,” said Ontario’s Finance Minister Vic Fedeli, calling it a “job-killing” tax. 

Conservative Party opposition leader Andrew Scheer also voiced his opposition to the tax.

“Welcome to the year of the carbon tax,” Scheer said while visiting a Giant Tiger supermarket in Regina. 

“Everyday essentials will become more expensive this year, thanks to the Trudeau carbon tax,” he said.

According to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, 87% of business owners in Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and New Brunswick oppose the federal government’s new tax on fuel.

“CFIB is calling on other provinces to join Ontario and Saskatchewan in calling on the federal government to reconsider the increase in CPP premiums set to begin in a few weeks,” said CFIB president Dan Kelly.

Despite its unpopularity, the federal government has been spearheading the carbon tax before the upcoming 2019 election. The tax will directly pit the federal government against provincial adversaries. Both the Ontario and Saskatchewan governments are taking the feds to task for what they call an “unconstitutional” carbon tax.

The first court date by Saskatchewan is set to take place February 13th.

 

https://www.truenorthinitiative.com/trudeaus_carbon_tax_is_now_in_effect_heres_what_to_expect

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Well Done Justin....maybe if they were terrorists.........

 

“ Since Huawei executive's arrest, 13 Canadians have been detained in China “

 

Since Canada arrested Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver in early December, 13 Canadians have been detained in China.

According to a statement from Global Affairs Canada, in the last month there have been 10 more Canadians detained in addition to the three detentions that had been publicly known: Michael Kovrig, Michael Spavor and Sarah McIver.

Of the 13 Canadians detained, Global Affairs said “at least eight” have been released.

 

Among these is McIvor, who was teaching English in China. Canada continues to call for the immediate release of former diplomat Kovrig and entrepreneur Spavor, but until now had made no mention of any other Canadians being in similar positions in the Asian country.

“We are deeply concerned by the arbitrary detention by Chinese authorities of two Canadians last month,” said Adam Austen, a spokesperson for Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland in a statement earlier Thursday.

Canada’s arrest of Meng was on the request of the United States, and angered the Chinese government, who vowed to retaliate.

The federal government has yet to update its travel advisory for Canadians heading to, or who are already in China, though the current instruction is to “exercise a high degree of caution.” 

On Thursday the United States issued an updated security statement, advising its citizens “to “exercise increased caution in China due to arbitrary enforcement of local laws as well as special restrictions on dual U.S.-Chinese nationals.”

Global Affairs says that an estimated 200 Canadians overall have been detained in China “for a variety of alleged infractions.” That number has remained “relatively stable” despite the recent high-profile arrests of Spavor and Kovrig.

 

https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/since-huawei-executive-s-arrest-13-canadians-have-been-detained-in-china-1.4239779

 

 

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20 minutes ago, Jaydee said:

Well Done Justin....maybe if they were terrorists.........

 

“ Since Huawei executive's arrest, 13 Canadians have been detained in China “

 

Since Canada arrested Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver in early December, 13 Canadians have been detained in China.

 

And we are giving them more opportunity next week  But perhaps they will pass on it.

January 4, 2019 10:45 am

Head of Canadian delegation says he doesn’t intend to bring up detainees with Chinese officials

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Global National: China: Detained Canadians "without a doubt" violated the law
 

China is slamming two detained Canadians for breaking the law, even though, as Abigail Bimman reports, Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig haven't been charged with anything.

 

The head of a delegation of Canadian parliamentarians heading to China this weekend says the detainment of two Canadians is not on the agenda for discussion with Chinese officials.

“If they bring it up, we’re well prepared to answer any questions they may have and to deal with any misunderstandings that may exist,” Sen. Joseph Day told Global News before boarding a plane to Shanghai on Friday.

The prime minister and the foreign affairs minister have been calling for the immediate release of Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, who were detained in December over national security concerns but have not been charged.

READ MORE: 13 Canadians detained in China since December, when Huawei executive was arrested in Canada

“This is a nation-to-nation issue that should be dealt with at the executive level, not the parliamentary level,” said Day, adding that the delegation does not want to interfere with diplomatic efforts.

“We’ll get into those discussions, absolutely, if they bring it up and if we see the opportunity. If we start to have discussions that are leading in that direction, it may well be that we will find that we will bring it up as a result of those discussions, but it’s not the purpose of our trip,” said Day, adding that the topic is not on the agenda.

Day, plus a handful of MPs who sit on the Canada-China Legislative Association, will attend the trip, which was scheduled long before Canada’s arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou and China’s subsequent detainment of Kovrig and Spavor. The China trip was tacked on to precede a trip to Cambodia for the annual Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum.

Day says they will be meeting with a counterpart group in China and topics of mutual interest on the agenda include trade, tourism, health and education.

The lone Conservative MP on the trip, however, is prepared to bring up the issue of the detained Canadians with the Chinese.

“I expect that that issue will be raised. It’s inevitable,” Michael Cooper told Global News.

“It’s certainly a very serious concern that these Canadians have been detained, and I — along with all members of delegation — want to do whatever we can in our small way to see that these Canadians are returned to Canada safely and as soon as possible,” said Cooper.

“Obviously, the issue of the Canadians is a major issue right now and conveying to the Chinese their release and their immediate release,” Cooper said. “It wasn’t the purpose of the delegation, but the reality is that’s sort of the backdrop.”

Last month, Tourism Minister Melanie Joly cancelled her trip to China amid tensions.

Day says it was important for this trip to go ahead. He says while some members of the delegation had concerns about travelling to China, no one dropped out for that reason.

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'There's a lot of frustration': Tech CEOs say Liberal innovation agenda does little to help firms scale up

Without ongoing support, made-in-Canada firms are being bought by foreign entities, which also gobble up intellectual property Ottawa helped pay for.

 

OTTAWA — The federal government’s big-ticket efforts to support high-growth tech firms are offering little for emerging companies that have already outgrown the fledgling start-up phase, according to a new survey of CEOs in Canada’s sector.

The insights are among the early findings of a three-year research project focused on properly defining mid-sized “scale-up” firms, outlining what prevents them from growing into big companies in Canada and ensuring they’re central to policy discussions.

“Scale-ups do not see their interests reflected in the federal innovation agenda,” said a document summarizing the opinions of executives at 48 of these firms during interviews last summer. The research is a collaboration between industry and the University of Toronto.

The research is partly funded by Toronto-based tech company Delvinia. Adam Froman, the firm’s founder and CEO, said he’s made use of many different federal programs over the last 20 years — and has seen the gaps for scale-ups.

The problem, he said, is that without ongoing support, made-in-Canada firms are being purchased by foreign entities, which also gobble up valuable intellectual property Ottawa helped pay for.

“We’re exiting too early and the government doesn’t recognize it,” Froman said.

Ottawa, he said, remains focused on helping firms with annual revenues under $10 million a year, when it should continue its supports for the “most-at-risk companies” bringing in between $10 million and $100 million per year.

“If we can actually help more companies become $50-million companies, $100-million companies and stay in Canada, this will have a material impact on the future of Canada’s economic prosperity,” he said.

 

https://business.financialpost.com/technology/tech-ceos-say-liberal-innovation-agenda-does-little-to-help-firms-scale-up-poll

 

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Relax, it’s OK to make light of Trudeau’s India trip

 

  • Calgary Sun
  • 6 Jan 2019
  • LORNE GUNTER lgunter@postmedia.com @sunlornegunter
img?regionKey=5PB2w5vSecNR8BZwCscnDg%3d%3dTrudeau skit on a Radio-Canada satire of major newsmakers called ‘Bye-bye.’

At the end of every year, Radio-Canada does a satirical send-up of major newsmakers called “Bye-bye.” Every New Year’s Eve millions tune in to see who will be skewered this time.

The politician who came in for the greatest mocking this year was Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over his Mr. Dressup tour of India last February.

The two-minute-thirty-second skit starts with a stressed-out Trudeau in his Parliament Hill office dreaming up the multiple costume-change trip while in a weed-induced haze. That is followed by him in a Hindu groom’s jacket surrounded by Bollywood dancers, who are then replaced by talking sacred cows, who in turned are kicked over by a man in a gorilla suit who is very obviously supposed to be Donald Trump.

That scene then fades to Trudeau daydreaming about how popular he could be in Alberta if we were able to sell oil to India through a pipeline. Fade to the PM (still in his wedding togs) seated cross-legged in a public market playing a pungi (a snake charmer’s recorder). Twin gas-pump hoses snake out of wicker baskets on either side.

That’s it. It’s nothing more than the kind of pantomime that has been performed hundreds of thousands of times at the expense of powerful figures since Roman times.

But the skit has set off a firestorm of outrage from the forces of political correctness. (You can watch the complete video on Radio-Canada’s Facebook page.)

The skit is typical of the kind of fun-poking that political leaders are subjected to all the time on This

Hour Has 22 Minutes or the former Rick Mercer Report. Any single Alec Baldwin impersonation of U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live is at least as acerbic.

Yet Ina Bhowmick, the founder of an Indian cultural troupe in Montreal called Bollywood Blast is in high dudgeon over the skit. “This video is completely disrespectful to our cultures. Kicking down cows, ‘imitating’ our dances. Not cool,” Bhowmick posted on Radio-Canada’s Facebook page.

Okay, so maybe Trudeau didn’t dropkick any cattle during his trip to the subcontinent, but he imitated Indian dancing, too. And although he didn’t mean to, his depiction was so artificial and rehearsed it was equally disrespectful.

Which is more damaging and offensive? A comedy troupe who are obviously making a joke or a national leader who genuinely thinks his antics and physical jerks are a form of cultural praise?

Bhowmick also took exception to the snake charmer scene. “Snake charming has a very ancient history, and this depiction was a mockery of them — they are traditional healers.”

Yeah, maybe long ago. But for much of the 20th century, snake charming was a tourist attraction promoted by the Indian government. Most practitioners were also street performers who engaged in juggling and minor magic tricks.

It likely wasn’t Radio-Canada’s intent to demean 18th-century serpent hypnotizers.

But that’s not the worst of it. Another poster in the Radio-Canada comments section, Maaha Khan, claimed “I’ve experienced a lot of ignorance and racism growing up. However, I’ve never in my life been as offended as I am after watching this video … the most disgusting video of all time.”

Really!? Even in this age of rampant political correctness and instant outrage, Khan’s claim is over-the-top. The most disgusting video in history? I’m pretty sure it wasn’t even the most disgusting video posted in the world that day.

Thankfully, Radio-Canada does not appear — yet — to have cratered in the face of this orgy of anger.

It’s not just the right to free expression that is critical to democracy, so is the right to satirize ourselves and our leaders. It puts perspective on who’s in charge.

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Mr. Prime Minister of Canada
Justin Trudeau,
When I joined the military, I swore allegiance to God, Queen and Country.
I have never been stood down from that oath.
You have attacked all three of those very precious entities
I swore to honour and protect.
You and your party were legally voted into office (I think).
However, that does not give you carte blanche to completely change Canada into a country aligned with the United Nations, Social Justice Warriors and globalists.
Canadian values you often speak about are not the values of most Canadians.
Tell us sir, if you get your wish reference a global governing body, how will it govern? Certainly not by a democracy. A democracy requires free thinkers, a free people.
A global government can only be governed….no, ruled by a dictatorship, much like your favorite country of China where elites will be at the top and hard-working people like myself relegated as mere worker bees doing the bidding of elites like you.
You have attacked free speech, even legislated against it.
You have ignored our border security, thus making Canada a less safe place to live.
You have manipulated the main stream media, you cater to known and convicted terrorists, while denigrating veterans.
You have grossly mismanaged Canadians hard earned tax money. You are tampering with the election system and you are blindly following the actions of the EU on immigration knowing full well what that has done to Europe, yet you insist in taking Canada over the proverbial cliff with them.
Why?
In preparation for globalism? That can be the only answer. What is your end game Mr. PM?
Please have the intestinal fortitude to explain during question period to all of Canada, just what you and your “liberal” party plan to do with this great nation.
Make no mistake, Canada is a great nation, though in the last three years has been battered and assaulted by you and outside forces undermining freedom and sovereignty.
Mr. Trudeau you are my Prime Minister in name only. Anyone who wishes to drag Canada into third world status, dismantle its freedom, surrender
Her sovereignty and desecrate those who sacrificed to make Canada a great nation is indeed my enemy.
You sir, and your far- left party are fast becoming my enemy.
Unlike your ANTIFA pals, I don’t hide behind a mask; my name is at the bottom of this letter.
You see Justin, that’s what free people and people with integrity do.
They stand up against tyranny, they don’t ignore it or hide from it.
History shows us that oppressed people address tyranny in every possible way required to preserve freedom and sovereignty.
In closing, I always knew Canada had enemies, but I never thought the most dangerous enemy this country would ever face would be its own government.
As the saying goes; I’d rather die on my feet than live on my knees.
You are underestimating the intelligence and resolve of Canadians.

Gord Hockridge

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I think Trudeau et al have made a strategic decision to deal with the veterans pension issue and try to put it behind them...more votes to be gained by pandering to “new” Canadians...we will see if it was the right strategy.

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Conrad Black: Canada must start competing, assuming Trudeau and Morneau let us

All countries are striving to better their lot, and so are we. The worrisome fact is that we are not doing a particularly brilliant job of it

 

It pains me unmercifully to open the new year in these pages with a less than vibrant comment from the Fraser Institute about Canada’s economy, but as one of the country’s leading editors told me a couple of years ago: “The greatest problem of this country is smugness.” I do not conceive of my role as a columnist to deflate anybody, and certainly not an entire and distinguished nationality. However this question, broadly formulated, is the context for the next federal election in 10 months, and so is vested with more than the casual attention of someone scrambling to think of something to write about after a brief holiday from inflicting himself on readers. The prime minister has, throughout these past three years, quoted Laurier in invoking his “sunny ways,” pleasant temperament, a phrase the CBC long habitually translated as “sunny voices” because our national public broadcaster in this only bicultural transcontinental confederation in the history of the world can’t distinguish these words as they are pronounced identically (“voies” and “voix”). It seems that no one at the CBC knows enough about the history of the country to be aware of what was a very famous phrase throughout Canada a century ago.

The greatest problem of this country is smugness

 

The whole “sunny ways” line is like the official ultra-feel-good line that we are a ”post-national society” and that “The world needs more Canada.” There is some truth to the last statement but that has nothing to do with partisanship; the fact that Canada is a fine country, which has been true for a long time, is being pushed forward like a goaltender’s heavy pads to deflect a serious analysis of this government’s performance, with the implicit claim that it has become a fine country since Justin Trudeau became prime minister. All of the 198 countries in the world are to some extent competing with each other. We cannot solemnly absent ourselves from this competition because we happen to have three million square miles that are rich in base and precious metals, forest products, energy and all agriculture except tropical fruit, and that we have an educated, law-abiding population of 36 million. All countries, large and small and naturally rich and poor, are striving to better their lot, and so are we, and the worrisome fact is that we are not doing a particularly brilliant job of it, and that will not be disguised by smiling platitudes about our equable and comfortable society or our leader’s self-described congeniality. (He is very congenial, but that is not the principal criterion for leading a G7 country.)

wheat.jpg?w=414&quality=60&strip=allCanada is rich in metals, forest products, energy and agriculture, but that does not mean we don’t have to compete, writes Conrad Black. Shannon VanRaes/Bloomberg

Our sunny ways (or voices) won’t achieve much but pleasantries. The facts are that while we have raised our status as a desirable place to live for the greatest number of people to an exalted competitive position — according to surveys, even above the petrostates and tax-haven states (Hong Kong, Iceland, Kuwait, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Norway, Qatar, Singapore and Switzerland) — we have been passed in standard of living by many other countries, including Austria, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Finland and the Netherlands. We remain behind Australia and the United States, and are now down to a lead of less than 10 per cent in per capita income over Belgium, Israel, Japan, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. These are shocking competitive numbers that no one in Canada should be complacent about: if present trends continue, the last group will all pass us in the next few years, including resourceless Belgium that went an entire year without a government a few years ago, Israel, which was a war-torn desert when it was founded 70 years ago and has been officially at war ever since, and New Zealand, which doesn’t really produce anything except sheep and wine.

Our sunny ways (or voices) won’t achieve much but pleasantries

 
 

The Fraser Institute rightly criticized Finance Minister Bill Morneau for asserting in his autumn economic message that ”Canada’s economy is strong and growing … our plan to grow the economy is working.” The only part of that statement that is true is that the economy is growing, but not fast enough and not as quickly as many countries with fewer natural advantages than we have. And the Fraser Institute made the points that investment in Canada has collapsed and Canadians largely invest elsewhere; foreign investment in Canada is down 55 per cent in the past five years and Canadian investment in foreign countries has risen by 74 per cent in the same period. Canadian economic growth is a full point behind the United States and projected to fall further behind, and the United States has lower tax rates in all personal and corporate brackets. The federal government is running a deficit that is not especially worrisome at around one per cent of GDP, but combined with large deficits in most provinces and no forecast surplus for 27 years, this is worrisome and irresponsible. The Fraser Institute warned that in a recession, the federal deficit could grow to about 10 per cent of GDP, which is completely unsustainable, and would be very dangerous.

Foreign investment in Canada is down 55 per cent in the past five years

 

Fraser also warns that there is not much room on the tax side. Without much stressing comparative tax rates with other countries, especially the obvious and accessible American alternative, Fraser made short work of the government’s claim that it ”cut taxes for middle-class Canadians everywhere,” and concludes that 81 per cent of middle-income Canadians pay more tax than three years ago, about $840 per family. The average Canadian family pays 43.2 per cent of its income on taxes, more than on housing, food, and shelter combined. This does not include the insane and dishonest carbon tax, that is not revenue neutral, will achieve nothing for Canada’s or the world’s environment, and is based entirely on false, or at least unproved premises, fiscally and environmentally. The Fraser Institute correctly emphasizes how damaging the carbon tax and other tax increases are when the government is also discouraging major energy projects, such as by dragging a lot of asinine and irrelevant criteria into pipeline construction, like “gender analysis” and the “Indigenous knowledge” of native people who are operating a self-righteous shakedown industry confected out of tribal mythology at endless cost to the country.

 

https://nationalpost.com/opinion/conrad-black-canada-must-start-competing-assuming-trudeau-and-morneau-let-us

 

 

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