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Thank you Trudeau for really screwing the pooch on this one !!

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I almost felt sorry for Trudeau, until I came to my senses

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A smug American comedian almost succeeded in making me feel sorry for our prime minister this week. Then another setback by the Federal Court of Appeal on the Trans Mountain decision knocked me to my senses. Taken together both reveal just how severely Justin Trudeau has imperilled Canada’s economy.

On Sunday, a 20-minute takedown interview by Patriot Act star Hasan Minhaj aired on Netflix and it has been described as a devastating public relations blunder for Trudeau. The first half does a pretty good job going through the various missteps and hypocrisies of the prime minister, starting with his embarrassing India trip, through a recap of the SNC-Lavalin Affair, all the way through to the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia.

Some hits were especially devastating, like when Minhaj sears Trudeau for being a fake feminist, and his penchant for apologies (except when it counts).

Minhaj praises post-nationalist Trudeau for inviting the world to Canada’s doorstep with his welcome-to-Canada tweet heard around the world, then seems shocked that it resulted in an immigration backlash, particularly in Quebec with its secular law banning religious apparel in public service jobs.

He even points out that Trudeau’s 32 per cent popularity is lower than Donald Trump, who is at 41 per cent.

As much as I can revel in a bit of schadenfreude for our pompous prime minister getting his comeuppance by an even more pompous American, about halfway through it stops being funny. Minhaj’s interview may have been bad for Trudeau, but it is even worse for Alberta.

Minhaj saved his most devastating blows for talking about Alberta’s oilsands, which he acknowledges is the third-largest oil reserve in the world, and which he calls the tarsands because they “are dirty and gunky, mixed in with sand, and refining it causes a ton of pollution.” To his credit, Trudeau does a good job explaining how pipelines are a better way to transport oil than rail or trucking and talks about how Canadians know we can balance the environment and the economy.

Minhaj would have none of it, though, and he proceeds to damn Trudeau with his own words, saying Trudeau sold himself hard as the guy who would “get the Paris agreement done,” calling him a “climate hero,” a “one-man PR team for the environment,” pointing out that climate change was his “signature issue,” and even saying he would be what the Green New Deal would be like “if it had piercing eyes and wanted to read you poetry” — whatever that means.

For Canadians, it’s jarring to hear an American complain about the twinning of an existing pipeline when the U.S. has 116,000 kilometres of crude oil pipelines, the largest network in the world. It’s shocking to hear an American complain about the expansion of Trans Mountain to carry 890,000 bpd, when the U.S. approved three new pipelines in the last three years that will carry 2.4 million bpd. And it’s beyond belief an American would be outraged by our tanker shipments going from 60 to 400 a year from Burnaby, when tanker exports from the U.S. Gulf Coast are now at their highest ever.

Minhaj joins a long list of celebrity hypocrites that includes Al Gore, David Suzuki, James Cameron, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jane Fonda and the like — acting as if Canada is solely to blame for the world’s use of crude and expecting us to bear the sole obligation to stop producing it.

I’ve been perplexed for some time about why it is that wealthy, fossil-fuel guzzling stars target us. Minhaj finally explains why we in Canada are held to a higher standard than anyone else.

In an homage to the Black Panther comic book hero, Minhaj ends the segment by telling Trudeau he is the White Panther presiding over WaKanada and that our country is “a proving ground for whether progressive policies can work.”

Think about that: the progressives of the world want Canada to be a demonstration project, proving that we can support mass immigration, eliminate poverty, offer free health care to all, maintain pristine landscapes, while choking off the principal source of wealth that allows us to accomplish all those things.

As I said, I almost felt sorry for Trudeau. But he’s to blame for the pickle we find ourselves in, by raising expectations that could never possibly have been met. No wonder celebrities think we live in a movie.

 

https://calgaryherald.com/opinion/columnists/smith-i-almost-felt-sorry-for-trudeau-until-i-came-to-my-senses

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Rex Murphy: Relax. Trudeau is busily solving our most urgent energy crisis: Gender

 

Amid all the pipeline distractions, it’s more than encouraging to know that the really more pressing, more fundamental issues of the oil patch are not being sidelined

 

For those still seeking some quantum of solace after the devastating Trans Mountain court decision, turn your hungry eyes to Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi. In anticipation of another G7 meeting to be held this month in Halifax on the always resonant themes of “Climate Change, Oceans and Clean Energy,” it is reassuring to hear from Minister Sohi that his government has not, as all may have feared, forgotten either gender analytics or gender equity in this turbulent time.

From the minister: “Canada is leading by example to address the issue of gender equality in the G7 energy agenda. We will continue to engage key private sector and public sector leaders on this important issue and take actions to improve gender equality, particularly in the energy sector. We want to influence current and future leaders of Canadian industry to commit to meaningful action in the area of gender equality.”

Surely that’s a pillow to rest on in these fractious times for the oil and gas industry. Amid all the distractions about pipelines — getting Canada’s oil and gas to world markets, breaking the land lock around Alberta’s No. 1 industry — it’s more than encouraging to know that the really more pressing, more fundamental issues of the oil patch are not being sidelined.

Taking note that “Canada’s energy industry is gender-imbalanced” (than which there can be no darker stain on a nation’s social justice conscience) Natural Resources Canada issued a statement that Canada’s prime minister, the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, “has made gender equality a priority for Canada’s G7 Presidency.” It will be dedicating one of its five main themes to Advancing Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in the energy industry.

Canada is leading by example to address the issue of gender equality in the G7 energy agenda. We will continue to engage key private sector and public sector leaders on this important issue and take actions to improve gender equality, particularly in the energy sector

 

Following such assurances it is surely no surprise that they are lighting bonfires of celebration and relief in Fort McMurray as I type. As the true poet-laureate of this country, the late and genuinely lamented Leonard Cohen so insightfully observed, “There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.” Knowing that at present female representation in the energy industry is at an abysmal 24 per cent, there was a nugget of comfort in the news of the 8,000 jobs lost to the Trans Mountain court decision. At least most of the laid off, 76 per cent in all, were men!

In these days of progressive and enlightened government, under the aegis of a male-feminist prime minister this must be — I hesitate to call it good news — welcome as a signal of retributive social justice.

It was also worth noting that the prime minister divined other gleams of light that escaped the less-focused gaze of his Trans Mountain critics. They, the critics, saw the decision to freeze construction and start another round of assessments as putting the whole pipeline project in jeopardy, as yelling to the world that Canada was not a place for investment in energy, and as a possibly fatal hit on the already deeply wounded economy of Alberta. Not Mr. Trudeau. Reaching into his capacious wardrobe for his best Panglossian chapeau, Mr. Trudeau had this to say: “When you look at the heart of the decision, the court actually gives a path forward.”

Absolutely. When you are down to just one pipeline. When Energy East has been abandoned. When the British Columbia government is still in full opposition. When the federal leader of the NDP is running for election in ground zero for pipeline opposition and leading the charge against Trans Mountain. When Greenpeace and Environmental Defence and the Suzuki Foundation are laying court challenges for the benefit of killer whales. When the process of assessment has already taken six or seven years: In that context, when a Federal Court of Appeal issues a verdict stopping the project in its tracks, impugns the review process, tumbles the international markets, and (effectively) issues a call to “Save the Orcas,” well, if that is not a “path forward,” then pray tell me, why do we have paths, and what does forward even mean?

Reverting now to a less sunny view of things, hailing a “gender equity in the energy industry” summit at this time, and in this moment, is risible and delusionary. If a summit is called for, it should be on whether, after this court decision and seven years of assessments and consultations, there is even an energy industry to seek equity in. And to describe the decision as offering a “path forward” is tactless to the point of insult.

There are two words never to be used when “further assessments” are called for. Short and quick. Environmental assessments are a form of bureaucratic and activist quicksand. Enter them at peril. Note too, that if — if — government manages to repair the endless process (dubious) and win the next appeal, all the other apparatus of opposition to oil and gas remains on call. If there is any sign of progress in one court, there will be cases in others, protests on the ground and, as always, the relentless opposition to the very idea of any oil and gas industry surviving in the era of climate change doom-mongering.

https://nationalpost.com/opinion/rex-murphy-relax-trudeau-is-busily-solving-our-most-urgent-energy-crisis-gender

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And where are we now? The Trans Mountain pipeline — which is merely a twin or extension of one in the ground for 70 full years without British Columbia being blasted into the Pacific, Canada exploding, or the whole world hyper-heating into global-warming oblivion — that innocuous pipeline, which has been on regulatory death row for over seven years, has been stalled, yet again. There are nuclear programs in rogue states that get less attention and oversight, certainly less vetting, than this one Canadian pipeline.

For the already-disgraced SNC-Lavalin, the Trudeau government (or the government of Quebec and Ontario, as on this issue it must be called) was willing to turn the Earth around: violate ethics codes; call in the PMO’s top guns, the clerk of the Privy Council, other ministers and their aides to pressure and harass the attorney general; send out invitations to former Supreme Court judges to offer “advice;” tailor bespoke legislation; risk a full storm of scandal over disregard for the rule of law; and turn its back on its two strongest feminist ministers, tossing them out of caucus. All to spare one Quebec company, already tarnished.

Now contrast. For court cases concerning its own decision to approve Trans Mountain, the government wasn’t even there. It stayed completely out of it. It gave the judicial field over entirely to its opponents. Its absence and indifference startled even the judge!

Farce we understand. It’s just extreme foolishness. But this saga of the single pipeline left on the agenda descends or ascends to rare surrealism, to inexplicability itself. What is this all this about?

If the government wants to shut down the oil and gas industry — which its every action and every inaction indicates that it does — then shut it down.

 https://nationalpost.com/opinion/rex-murphy-why-dont-the-liberals-just-declare-the-trans-mountain-charade-over

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Why would trudeau do this??? When the LNG project was announced a year ago...We were led to believe it would create thousands of “good well paying jobs for the middle class” as an offset to the TMX debacle....yet the government squanders the opportunity sucking up to the Chinese:

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the announcement the “single largest private sector investment project in Canadian history.”

“It is a vote of confidence in a country that recognizes the need to develop our energy in a way that takes the environment into account, and that works in meaningful partnership with Indigenous communities.”

 

https://globalnews.ca/news/4504804/government-officials-lng-canada-project-official-tuesday/beta/?utm_expid=.kz0UD5JkQOCo6yMqxGqECg.1&utm_referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F

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The federal government announced on August 9, 2019, that it will be granting full duty remissions on illegally dumped fabricated steel from China to supply two liquid natural gas (LNG) projects located in British Columbia. Their recent action was announced with their assurance that “trade barriers would not be permitted to stand in the way of these historic private sector investments”.

The two projects involved are LNG Canada and Woodfibre LNG, both located on the coast of B.C. The partners in LNG Canada are made up of a consortium of investors of which include China.

these two LNG projects will be modularized, meaning they will be built in smaller shippable pieces with all the equipment and components preinstalled. The modules will be connected on site, requiring very few construction workers. Essentially, in doing so, the largest project ever in the history of Canada will be handed over to Chinese businesses and workers.

“The announcement was very disappointing,” says Ed Whalen, President & CEO of the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC). “These two projects, if done in Canada, would have created hundreds of thousands of construction jobs for all trades across the country. Projects like these employ skilled workers from all over Canada and not just in the local area. This is a hundreds-of-thousands-of-jobs-lost kind of mistake.”

https://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2019/08/21/1905104/0/en/CORRECTION-The-Liberal-Government-Hands-42-Billion-in-Construction-Projects-to-China-at-Expense-of-Canadians.html

I would like to have heard trudeau answer this in a debate.....not gonna happen. There  is so much fodder for the other parties to use against the libs in the election, no wonder the libs are delaying the call...

 

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Probably organized by the same group that put his India trip together.

 

Liberal election plane damaged after being struck by media bus

The Liberal Party’s media bus struck their campaign plane Wednesday night, leaving visible damage on the plane’s wing.

Global News’ Bureau Chief Mercedes Stephenson was on the bus as it went underneath the plane’s wing, slowly scraping the entire length of the bus.

Media were on the bus leaving the airport after they had landed in Victoria, BC from Vancouver.

Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau was in Vancouver for the first rally of the Liberal campaign, and is expected to stay overnight in Victoria.

It is unknown whether the damage caused to the plane has made it unable to fly.

https://globalnews.ca/news/5892249/liberal-party-media-bus-campaign-plane/

 

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3 hours ago, Jaydee said:

Probably organized by the same group that put his India trip together.

I'm wiling to bet it was Harper.... give deicer a couple of days to work out the details.

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Trudeau won’t answer questions-about the RCMP investigating SNC........he won’t answer about his personal wealth either:

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The Prime Minister was subsequently asked by a reporter if he was prepared to publicly reveal the tax savings his family received by using a family trust and or the private corporations he owns. He again declined to answer the question.

 

The Globe and Mail has been investigating Mr. Trudeau's personal wealth and numbered corporations where his assets are held. It has proven difficult to find out detailed information on these numbered corporations.

Mr. Trudeau's disclosure form for the Office of the Ethics Commissioner says he earns dividends from a company named 7664699 Canada Inc. He has sole ownership of 7664699, which also holds "a significant interest" in another company, 176078 Canada Inc.

The sole director of 176078 is Louise Houle, a wealthy Montreal tax lawyer, whose website says she has "extensive experience in family trust and offshore trust matters." Ms. Houle is the secretary of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau foundation, among others. That foundation operates with the help of a $125-million endowment granted by Jean Chrétien's Liberal government.

The Prime Minister is also a joint owner with his brother, Alexandre, of 9190-0563 Quebec Inc. The corporate profile says its activities in the Laurentian countryside include real estate development and the production and sale of timber and firewood. Its most recent evaluation for property tax (2017-19) was $2.73-million.

The property includes two lakes and a cottage designed by Arthur Erickson.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/trudeau-dodges-questions-about-taxes-on-his-family-wealth/article36319389/#comments

Will the fallout from the Panama Papers cast a wide net on him or Morneau? We haven’t heard much about this lately..have the liberals muzzled this investigation as well??

https://globalnews.ca/news/5124637/panama-papers-canadians-cra/beta/?utm_expid=.kz0UD5JkQOCo6yMqxGqECg.1&utm_referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F

 

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Justin Trudeau by Garry Harrison

 

One Man's View of JT

Garry Harrison (Professor of British and Irish Literary Studies who lives in Canada)


Say what you will about Pierre Trudeau  and you may say many negative things about a man who deliberately chose to spend the Second World War sitting on the sidelines, who shilled for Red China while it murdered tens of millions of people, who was a life-long apologist for Soviet Communism, who began a relationship with a teenager when he was already an old man, who nearly spent Canada into bankruptcy, who tried to steal the wealth of the West and ruined a generation of Albertans, whose quest for personal glory nearly broke the Canadian federation, and who recklessly fathered a daughter when he was a septuagenarian and therefore left a little girl of nine without a father when he died ? but it is beyond dispute that he was at least a somewhat very intelligent man.

It is true that he was also a cold, reckless, and destructive man, but there was definitely something there.

Of Justin it may be said that he has managed to inherit all of the flaws of his father ? his recklessness, his arrogance, his willingness to apologize to and appease enemies of our civilization, and his almost-unique ability to be wrong about every issue of significance. Whether or not he inherited the other qualities of his parents that is to say whether his personal life is as dissolute and debauched as that of his father  is not currently a matter of public record, but I imagine that it will be soon enough. However, it can be said with certainty that J Trudeau did not inherit his father's sole virtue: everything that is already in the public record suggests that Justin Trudeau is a profoundly stupid man whose only qualification to be Prime Minister is that he has a famous name. That he should, a this particular juncture in history, be elected Prime Minister of Canada ought to shame all Canadians.

What, pray tell, has this man ever accomplished in his entire life? His biography is available for all to read. Young Master Trudeau, so far as I can tell, has never held anything resembling a real job for any length of time. His biography describes him as having been a teacher, but he was still a substitute teacher at least as late as 1999 (he worked at my High School) and he appears to have begun a never-completed graduate degree in 2002. Before that when he was already in his mid-twenties  he was a ski bum in Whistler. In other words, this Prime Minister appears to have at the absolute most had about three years of full-time work experience before seeking to lead the nation. This man never led anything in his entire life. Quite literally he doesn't have the requisite experience on his resume to be hired as the Manager of a Starbucks. Indeed, to be very clear, the last sentence wasn't intended to be at all insulting to anyone who either manages or works for Starbucks. I'm a frequent customer and it is, by all accounts a very challenging job. But, surely, we can all agree that Prime Minister is a job that requires at least the same level of previous management experience as Starbucks management?

Consider all that you have achieved in your own life. Most of you, I presume, are from background rather like myself. That is to say that you are from middle class families and had to earn your way through life. You had to work to pay your way through school. You had to worry about paying the rent, about saving money for a down payment, about how much of a mortgage that you could afford. Most of you have probably worked bad jobs or taken work beneath your education and dignity because we simply needed the money. Some of you probably missed out on having fun on ski trips to pick one relevant example either because you could not afford them or because you simply had to work. That, you and I probably both believe, is simply a natural part of life. All of that is quite foreign to Justin Trudeau.

Now, I am both a conservative and a capitalist. I do not begrudge or resent great wealth and privilege in and of itself. One of the primary aims of my own life is to eventually earn (and manage to keep, in the face of a rapacious (greedy) state) enough so that the next generation of Yoshida's doesn't have to make compromises when it comes to fundamental life decisions for financial reasons. I think that people have a right to earn as much as they can and to pass that along to their children. But, as the children of privilege get to enjoy certain advantages in life, so do I believe that those to whom much is given have a profound moral responsibility to contribute to the world in some fashion exchange for all that they have been given in life.

And what, we ought to inquire, has J Trudeau done with his life and privileges? His accomplishments such as they are eternal years as a student, two partially-completed Masters degrees, and perhaps a few years of work experience are scant when compared with those of the average middle-class Canadian of modest means and background. I could literally walk down the street outside of my home and pick out a hundred random people with more work experience, education, and life experience than J. Trudeau has. When you consider that this man is the child of a multi-millionaire and carries arguably the most famous name in Canada, his below-average record is particularly shameful. This man had every single advantage that it is possible for a young Canadian to have and that is all that he could do with his life?

In general, I view the idle rich to be more objects of pity than ones deserving of hatred. That calculation, however, changes rather rapidly when they aspire, as J. Trudeau does, to translate that unearned privilege into power over the rest of us. If Justin Trudeau were instead Justin Thompson it's pretty safe to assume that he'd be collecting EI and writing a screenplay on a battered laptop at some local coffee shop. The only reason why we are threatened with this man in 24 Sussex is that he carries a famous surname.

It is the greatest of ironies that so much of the support for this particular man came from the sort of people who spend the rest of their time re-blogging articles on white privilege.

Now, as Canada prepares to join the fight against ISIS and the other Islamic barbarians who threaten our people and way of life, we see that J Trudeau intends to use his unearned privileges to carry on his father's tradition of serving an apologist for and appeaser of all of the enemies of our civilization. In this he is, most regrettably, simply carrying on in the long tradition of a sad Quebec political establishment whose behaviour in the face of our enemies has long been disgraceful and immoral. Just as the Quebec political establishment took seditious and at times almost traitorous positions in the face of the German threat in both World Wars (shameful episodes that are somehow generally hushed-up in the retelling of our history), today J. Trudeau is, as his father once was, on the other side in the great crusade for civilization.

Justin Trudeau in 24 Sussex  will likely be fatal for the Canadian Federation.

How long do you think, in this day and age, will the Western Provinces remain willing to accept the dictates of a Quebec-controlled government hostile to the very basis of its entire economy?

This child doesn't have the political skills or the experience to navigate such a potentially-perilous situation, for not only is he unfit to lead the nation, but he is also an unworthy successor to his predecessors as Leader of the Liberal Party who, for all of their many faults, were at least men of accomplishment and substance.

If you believe in individual merit if you believe that we should have a country where accomplishments matter more than your name then we should have rejected this haughty and arrogant child who would presume to rule over us all.

 

Your contribution: If you did once, don't vote again for the little puke again!

 

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32 minutes ago, Jaydee said:

we should have rejected this haughty and arrogant child who would presume to rule over us all.

Most of these articles say more about voters than they do JT. There have been no surprises IMO and it speaks to the notion that Liberals don't actually want what they seem to ask for.

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21 minutes ago, Wolfhunter said:

Most of these articles say more about voters than they do JT. There have been no surprises IMO and it speaks to the notion that Liberals don't actually want what they seem to ask for.

 

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Woman allegedly removed by Liberal staffer after asking Trudeau a question 

A woman claims that a Liberal staffer grabbed her and forced her to leave a campaign event after she confronted the prime minister with a question.

April Halley was at a St. John’s, N.L. campaign stop when she asked the prime minister to discuss women’s incarceration issues.

Halley told The Post Millennial that she approached the prime minister for an answer about Corrections Canada’s decision to allow biological men who identify as women to be held in women’s prisons.

Corrections previous policy stated that only a male who had surgically altered his genitals could be housed in a women’s prison, Trudeau’s change (which eventually became Bulletin 584) made it so all a man has to do is say he is a woman and he can be housed in a women’s correctional facility,” said Halley.

“We make sure that Corrections Canada keeps the safety of all prisoners at the top of mind every step of the way. We do that with a way that’s consistent with the charter of rights and freedoms,” said Trudeau in response to the question.

“There are rapists in women’s prisons and you personally forced it,” says Halley during the press conference.

Shortly after the encounter, one member of the audience could be seen escorting the woman out of the room.

“His staff were unnecessarily aggressive, his staff member repeatedly grabbed me. This was totally uncalled for because when they asked me to leave the building I began to so quietly and without protest,” said Halley.

“The behaviour of the male Liberal staff member was abhorrent.”

 

https://www.thepostmillennial.com/woman-allegedly-removed-by-liberal-staffer-after-asking-trudeau-a-question/

 

 

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