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On 5/18/2020 at 9:37 AM, st27 said:

More troubling news for the sovereignty of the country....


https://www.theglobeandmail.com/politics/article-ottawa-urged-to-scrutinize-chinas-mining-activities-in-the-arctic-in/

And still no decision on Huawei......

The problem is Canadians are expecting standards that he is incapable of understanding, let alone action.

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Tax Freedom Day: 2020 Report

— Published on May 19, 2020
 
  • Tax Freedom Day is the day in the year when the average Canadian family has earned enough money to pay the taxes imposed on it by all three levels of government (federal, provincial, and local).
  • The total tax bill of the average Canadian family, which includes income taxes, payroll taxes, health taxes, sales taxes, property taxes, fuel taxes, carbon taxes, and import duties, to name a few, is estimated at $43,681 for 2020.
  • If the average Canadian family had to pay its taxes up front, it would have worked until May 18 to pay its total tax bill. This means that Tax Freedom Day falls on May 19 this year.
  • Estimates of income and total taxes for average Canadian families have been significantly affected by the economic response to COVID-19. When the economy slows and incomes decline, an average family’s tax burden tends to be reduced to a greater extent than its income.
  • There are several reasons for this including Canadians being bumped into lower income tax brackets due to falling incomes and reductions in sales taxes paid due to reduced consumption. As a result, Tax Freedom Day in 2020 is expected to come 20 days earlier than in 2019, when it fell on June 8.
  • Canadians are right to be thinking about the tax implications of the $315.2 billion in projected federal and provincial government deficits in 2020. For this reason, we calculated a Balanced Budget Tax Freedom Day, the day on which average Canadians would start working for themselves if governments were obliged to cover current expenditures with current taxation. In 2020, the Balanced Budget Tax Freedom Day arrives on July 26.

 

 

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Someone has to tell Justin Trudeau it’s time to stop the cash free-for-all.

For more than 50 days the prime minister has held daily briefings at which he avoids answering direct questions while unveiling the latest plans for blanketing the country with borrowed money.

In the early days of the pandemic there was a certain logic to this. No one was quite sure what we were facing, how serious it would prove to be or how long it would last. The economy looked to be in serious danger of cratering. Millions of jobs were at risk. Unprecedented measures were needed.

Now, into our third month, we have a better grasp of the situation. Far from perfect, but better. Several provinces are already moving into a cautious reopening. Yet the prime minister is still turning up at every opportunity to distribute new largesse hither and yon.

https://nationalpost.com/opinion/kelly-mcparland-trudeau-and-morneau-need-a-plan-to-stop-spending

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What happens when you discard a proven, experienced PM with a Masters in Economics and you elect part time snow board instructor (with nice hair) with a BA in Literature as the replacement. 

 

'Bloody terrifying': COVID-19 will raise household debt levels and 'drag on GDP growth,' CMHC warns

As many as 20% of mortgages could go into arrears if the economic situation in Canada does not improve, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp.'s Even Siddall said
 

OTTAWA — Canada’s consumer debt levels are set to soar as homeowners struggle to pay down pricey mortgages, adding to debt strains that were troublesome even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the country’s national housing agency says.

In testimony before the House of Commons Finance committee on Tuesday, Evan Siddall, president and CEO of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), said the country could see claims from defaulted mortgages reach $9 billion as a result of the coronavirus. As many as 20 per cent of mortgages could go into arrears if the economic situation in Canada does not improve, Siddall said.

His comments, which Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre called “bloody terrifying,” add new urgency to the exceptionally high levels of household debt in Canada, about two thirds of which is tied up in mortgages. Various organizations including the International Monetary Fund have warned Canada about its unsustainable consumer debt levels, which now threaten to spill over into the economy as it enters its third month of lockdown.

 

According to CMHC estimates, the ratio of household debt to GDP in Canada could reach 130 per cent in the third quarter of this year, a sharp increase from around 99 per cent before the pandemic. Debt as a share of disposable income, meanwhile, could also rise precipitously to 230 per cent in the third quarter, up from 176 per cent.

Siddall said those ratios are well over a critical 80 per cent threshold, above which “the Bank for International Settlements has demonstrated that national debt intensifies the drag on GDP growth.” Such high debts risk future economic growth by “effectively converting future consumption into debt service payments,” he said, at a time when households and governments are increasingly leveraged.

Adding to real estate concerns amid COVID-19, the agency also sees housing prices plummeting in the next calendar year.

“The resulting combination of higher mortgage debt, declining housing prices and increased unemployment is cause for concern for Canada’s longer term financial stability,” Siddall said.

Our support for home ownership cannot be unlimited

 

The CMHC sees housing prices declining between nine and 18 per cent over the next 12 months. Those estimates are loosely in line with an earlier projection by DBRS Morningstar, a credit rating agency, says which says housing prices could fall between 10 and 15 per cent by 2022.

By way of comparison, the owner of a $300,000 home at a five per cent down payment could lose around $45,000 if housing prices fell by 10 per cent, Siddall said.

He said the agency is “debating whether we should change our underwriting policies” as a result of the pandemic, potentially restricting the future lending environment as debt levels soar.

“Our support for home ownership cannot be unlimited,” he said. “It’s like blood pressure, you can have too much, [but] you need some.”

https://nationalpost.com/news/covid-19-will-raise-household-debt-levels-and-drag-on-gdp-growth-cmhc-head-warns

 

 

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'NATIONAL SCANDAL': MPs grill Trudeau government over mismanagement of pandemic supplies

MPs are vowing to get to the bottom of the woeful mismanagement of the national stockpile of pandemic medical supplies. The shortages led to great waste and vice-president of the Public Health Agency Sally Thornton refuses to disclose just how much equipment was discarded before the pandemic.  

“Normally we won’t disclose what’s in the warehouses,” Thornton said in a meeting of the Commons government operations committee. 

“I will be wanting to get to the bottom of this. This is a national scandal,” NDP MP Matthew Green responded

Blacklocks reports that the Public Health Agency "failed to stock up on goods like high-grade N95 pandemic masks though it was mandated for pandemic preparedness. Three of nine supply warehouses were closed prior to the Covid-19 outbreak, including a Regina depot shuttered in 2019 with the landfilling of two million N95 masks and 440,000 medical gloves

 

When asked by Green to disclose how much equipment was discarded, Thornton said, "I do not have that information." And when asked how many N95 masks were meant to be in the storage, Thornton said, "I have no number."

"If you’re telling me today you had systems and principles in place that resulted in discarding two million masks just in Regina, and that we closed other warehouses, I’m only to assume by the logic of those decisions in those other locations, other critical personal protective equipment was discarded along with it," said Green.

Thornton said that the shortages were "not driven by specific cuts."

Bloc Québécois MP Julie Vignola added her voice to the debate: "I just don’t understand. This is money that was just thrown away like garbage. So many resources were wasted. We’re talking about money. These supplies literally went into the garbage."

The Trudeau government announced at the end of March that it would spend $2 billion on additional medical supplies. More recently, Trudeau has promised to overhaul the national stockpile policy.

https://thepostmillennial.com/national-scandal-trudeau-medical-stockpile

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Rex Murphy on the COVID-19 crisis: The opposition asks. The Liberals do not answer

The combination of a leader mostly removed from the country, and a Parliament that steps away from its supreme function during the greatest 

It’s a Cottage Life government in a Brady Bunch Parliament.

It is something of a curiously unasked question why the prime minister has continued his near-total self-isolation for over two months now, and exercises his function as leader from the bottom step of his residence. I have no problem believing there are serious reasons behind it. We are in a pandemic. One prime minister, Boris Johnson, was actually hit by the COVID-19 virus, and set Britain somewhat a-tremble for a couple of weeks. In Trudeau’s case it could and likely is his idea that setting an example, being a “role model” as he put it several weeks back, is behind his own practice of making his announcements from the cottage and largely eschewing travel anywhere else.

Yet the combination of a leader mostly removed from the country, and a Parliament that steps away from its supreme function during the greatest crisis in 50 years, strikes me at least as unnerving. The isolation of the leader, and the removal of parliamentary debate and scrutiny, simultaneously leave a great void in the flow of necessary information — we used to call it accountability — during a most anxious time, with previously unthinkable expenditures being made every day on the fly with little or no detail about the amounts being sent out and the various groups to receive them.

We know so little of what is being decided

 

We know so little of what is being decided, the protocols under which massive expenditures are being decided on, why X group receives money and Y group does not, why $9 billion for students and $2.5 billion for seniors. There should be questions and answers for every amount.

All we really do know is that the deficit is inflating at a prodigious rate and that the resources for keeping track of it all are thin to woeful.

One headline from the National Post tells of the auditor general lamenting that his office simply does not have the resources to execute its essential duties. Let me cite it: “House committee unanimous in petitioning Morneau to cover auditor general’s funding shortfall.” In the jargon of the noble trade, the “sub-head” gives the alarming information that he told the committee in May that his office had “no choice” but to cut five planned audits for the current year. This is worrisome stuff. The one parliamentary office set to watch over the public treasury is being forced to amputate the office’s oversight. There is a further lament: “Government expenditures are increasing, which amplifies the challenges we are facing.” I’ll say.

morneau-1.jpg?w=590&quality=60&strip=all Finance Minister Bill Morneau arrives at a meeting of the special committee on the COVID-19 pandemic, in the House of Commons in Ottawa on May 13, 2020. Blair Gable/Reuters

However. It might add a touch of piquancy to know that this is not a story or report from this year. It’s from last year. And at that time, when audits were being shelved or cut the AG was asking then for a $10.8-million addition to his budget. An amount, which in comparison to the billions upon billions that are gushing out of Cottage Life is a trinket, a smudge, a jot and a tittle, a whispering breeze in a howling hurricane.

If the AG was weeping in 2019, when times were good, people were out and about, when hundreds of thousands were not forced into idleness, when businesses by the tens of thousands were not closing or closed, and the economy doing well — if he was weeping and having difficulty keeping track of the public purse, in what state of lamentation must the poor AG be in the 2020 of today?

There has been much chatter about what is or is not an “essential” service. Shall we not all agree that not since the invention of the pencil has there been a more essential service — in the context of today’s Canadian non-parliamentary governance — than that of the public accountant. There has not been a budget. There has not been a fiscal update. And of course there has been stalling and non-response to this year’s request from the AG to supplement the ability to get some independent measure of the tidal flow of daily spending.

Not since the invention of the pencil has there been a more essential service … than that of the public accountant

 
 

It is almost comedic to watch the various clips of Pierre Poilievre, who is the leader of the opposition (de facto) in our Brady Bunch Parliament, trying to get Finance Minister Bill Morneau to answer, with any specifics, when there will be updates, whether “fraudulent” claims for benefits are being made, whether prisoners are receiving some of the CERB payments, and finally whether he will grant the requested supplements to the auditor general’s office.

Morneau’s shameless and bland non-answers, his tranquil recital of the talking-points of the day, almost equal Trudeau’s sublime ability in the same department. Poilievre asks. Morneau does not answer.

Where has accountability gone is the question of the day.

house_of_commons-1.jpg?w=590&quality=60&strip=all Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, centre, attends a meeting of a special committee on the COVID-19 pandemic as MPs practice social distancing in the nearly empty House of Commons on May 13, 2020, in Ottawa. Dave Chan/AFP via Getty Images

But there is no reason, on this end of the holiday weekend, not to offer a little diversion. I think one of the best headlines in recent days, when so much is sombre and tense, was this one, also from the Post: “Canada’s road to UN Security Council seat runs through Fiji.”

This is geopolitics as it is played by the masters. Do we have Fiji on our side?

We do know that despite the great demands of governing during a crisis, “Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has spoken with 28 world leaders since the pandemic crisis began in early March as he continues to pursue a temporary seat on the UN Security Council.”

Come to think of it, this may explain the self-isolation mystery. It could just be simple embarrassment.

 

https://nationalpost.com/opinion/rex-murphy-the-opposition-asks-the-liberals-do-not-answer?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook#Echobox=1589923838

 

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Is this in the best interests of Canada? The   record of the company that wants to make the purchase is not exactly stellar when you consider it's activity in Argentina.

Chinese company makes agreement to buy Nunavut gold mine

Regional Inuit organization must sign off on TMAC Resources' sale to Chinese-government owned company

John Last · CBC News · Posted: May 20, 2020 10:04 AM CT | Last Updated: 21 minutes ago
 
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The Doris North gold mine, part of the Hope Bay project in Nunavut's Kitikmeot region. (TMAC Resources)
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The company behind an ongoing gold project in Nunavut's Kitikmeot region, is all set to be sold to a Chinese mining company — as long as the region's Inuit organization signs off.

TMAC Resources owns the Hope Bay gold mine project, located 125 kilometres southwest of Cambridge Bay.

 

On May 8, the company announced a "definitive agreement" to sell to Shandong Gold Mining, a state-owned Chinese mining company, for around $230 million.

The deal values TMAC at $1.75 per share — a 52 per cent premium on the share's average price, according to the announcement, and about 30 cents more per share than its listed price before the announcement.

The sale must be approved by two-thirds of the company's shareholders and meet the approval of the Kitikmeot Inuit Association (KIA), the land claim organization representing the region's Inuit.

Though a statement accompanying the announcement voiced tentative support for the agreement, a spokesperson for KIA told CBC News it hasn't decided yet if it will support the sale.

 
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A map showing the location of TMAC's mines near Hope Bay in Nunavut. (TMAC Resources)

TMAC would not comment on the sale until it was complete. Shandong Gold did not respond to requests for comment.

"We have been impressed by TMAC's strong relationships with its local stakeholders and responsible management … and intend on demonstrating the same commitment," reads a statement attributed to Chen Yumin, chairman of Shandong Gold, accompanying the announcement of the sale.

That release says the company will maintain targets for Inuit employment and royalty payments to the territorial and regional Inuit organizations, established in an impact benefit agreement between TMAC and KIA.

They also pledged to continue contracting with local and Inuit-owned firms. Those contracts were valued at more than $68 million last year, according to filings from TMAC.

An expensive prospect

The sale would bring to an end TMAC's eight years in charge of the Hope Bay property.

The area's gold deposits, which could eventually produce nearly 150,000 kilograms of gold, have been owned by three different mining companies since they were first identified more than 30 years ago.

In 2012, TMAC acquired it from Canadian mining giant Newmont Mining and, three years later, signed a 20-year land tenure agreement with the KIA and the territorial Inuit land claim organization Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.

The property produced no gold for commercial sale until 2017, and in the time since its purchase, TMAC has poured more than $450 million into developing the deposits.

It's likely to need a lot more investment. A "pre-feasibility study" published last March explored the possibility of more than doubling its output of ore, estimating the cost of expanding operations at more than $683 million.

"Hope Bay … requires substantial investment to optimize production and extend mine life," Chen's statement acknowledges.

 

But Shendong Gold "has the financial strength, technical capability and long-term vision to maximize the value of the Hope Bay camp," a statement from Jason Neal, the president and chief executive officer of TMAC, reads.

That value could extend beyond shareholders' pockets. Gold, which generated nearly $900 million in revenues in Nunavut last year, is the single biggest contributor to mining revenues and royalties for Inuit associations.

The mine at Hope Bay is expected to produce as much as $400 million in royalties alone over its lifetime for KIA and Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.

Those benefits have not always trickled down to communities. In 2018, TMAC fell short of modest goals for Inuit employment, failing to fill the equivalent of 70 full time positions, and was forced to pay a $90,700 fine as a result, filings with the Nunavut Impact Review Board show.

What is Shandong Gold Mining?

Shandong Gold Mining is a state-owned Chinese gold mining company, centred in the eastern province of Shandong. It's the second-largest producer of gold in China by output, and the latest of several to expand its operations overseas.

That expansion has been far from simple.

In its sole international venture to date, Shandong Gold purchased a 50 per cent interest in Canadian company Barrick Gold's Veladero Mine in Argentina, to the tune of more than $1.3 billion.

The mine is proving to be the most expensive per ounce of gold produced in Barrick's large portfolio.

 
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Shandong Gold Mining owns a 50 per cent stake in Barrick Gold Corp's Veladero gold mine in Argentina, pictured here. (Marcos Brindicci/REUTERS)

It's also been the site of several controversial spills, including the biggest mining accident in Argentinian history, when one million litres of cyanide solution was spilled in 2015, two years before Shandong Gold came on board.

The day after Shandong Gold's purchase, the Argentine government threatened to rescind its license over a third cyanide spill inside 18 months, and workers at the camp went on strike over safety.

Argentinian regulators have since been satisfied that the safety situation has improved — but workers at the camp continue to describe conditions there as "intolerable."

Those early difficulties haven't dented the company's ambition. At the opening of their Toronto office in 2019, amid rising diplomatic tensions between China and Canada, Shandong Gold chairman Chen Yumin said he hoped the company would become one of the top 10 gold producers in the world.

That would have benefits for Toronto's employment numbers, at least — the May 8 announcement also pledged to make the city the headquarters for its North American operations.

 

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Oh..the humanity!!!!      I would like to know Justin’s interpretation of the painting, considering:

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No relationship is more important to Canada than the relationship with Indigenous Peoples. Our Government is working together with Indigenous Peoples to build a nation-to-nation, Inuit-Crown, government-to-government relationship – one based on respect, partnership, and recognition of rights.

https://pm.gc.ca/en/news/statements/2017/06/21/statement-prime-minister-canada-national-aboriginal-day
 

 

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No relationship is more important to Canada than the relationship with Indigenous Peoples. Our Government is working together with Indigenous Peoples to build a nation-to-nation, Inuit-Crown, government-to-government relationship – one based on respect, partnership, and recognition of rights.

 

I can't believe he left out;  "From coast to coast to coast."  In an overly dramatic voice.

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49 minutes ago, seeker said:

No relationship is more important to Canada than the relationship with Indigenous Peoples. Our Government is working together with Indigenous Peoples to build a nation-to-nation, Inuit-Crown, government-to-government relationship – one based on respect, partnership, and recognition of rights.

 

I can't believe he left out;  "From coast to coast to coast."  In an overly dramatic voice.

Little does he fathom they can’t stand him just like rest of Canadians who managed to pass grade 3.

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WE KNOW Justin has an affinity with China.....is this what he has in mind for Canada???  (Couldn’t find intended link re facial recognition cameras in China, but this seems even worse!)

 

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3 minutes ago, st27 said:

WE KNOW Justin has an affinity with China.....is this what he has in mind for Canada???

 

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Will the Justin Covid spending honeymoon soon be ending ??  :Clap-Hands:
Tax hikes 'unavoidable' to offset raft of COVID-19 spending, federal budget watchdog says

'These measures have to be allowed to sunset, otherwise we’ll be looking at a level of taxation that’s not been seen since for generations,' Yves Giroux said

OTTAWA — The government will eventually make the “unavoidable” decision to seek new sources of revenues through tax hikes, as policymakers look to offset a raft of recent Liberal spending measures, the federal budget watchdog says.

In testimony before the Senate Finance committee on Tuesday, Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux said Ottawa will have to make a “sharp turn” in its fiscal approach in coming months. The Liberal government has introduced around $146 billion in financial aid programs since early March, aimed at shielding businesses and Canadians against the economic fallout from COVID-19.

But those programs will soon need to taper off as the Canadian economy gradually returns to health, Giroux said.

“It’s not sustainable for more than a few years,” he said.

“These measures have to be allowed to sunset, otherwise we’ll be looking at a level of taxation that’s not been seen since for generations.”

 

https://nationalpost.com/news/tax-hikes-unavoidable-to-offset-raft-of-covid-19-spending-federal-budget-watchdog-says?utm_term=Autofeed&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook#Echobox=1590533861

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Now what Trudeau?  The UN and in particular, China will not be happy with their lil sweet potato !!

Huawei CFO loses key aspect of U.S. extradition case in Canada court

VANCOUVER (Reuters) - Huawei Technologies Co Ltd's Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou has lost a key aspect of the trial on her extradition to the United States, a Canadian court announced on Wednesday.

The judge sided with the Canadian prosecutors in ruling that the legal standard of double criminality had been met, meaning the U.S. charges against Meng are also crimes in Canada.

The United States has charged Meng with bank fraud and misleading HSBC <HSBA.L> about a Huawei-owned company's dealings with Iran - was also illegal in Canada at the time of her December 2018 arrest.

The ruling paves the way for the extradition hearing to proceed to the second phase starting June.

 


https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/huawei-cfo-loses-key-aspect-181304983.html

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We now have two national crises, and Parliament has abdicated its responsibility

Suspending the House of Commons during the COVID-19 pandemic and a horrifying crisis in the care of Canada's elderly is utterly reprehensible

Breaking news: “The Trudeau government announced, following the grim revelations about long-term care in Canada, that Parliament will be recalled in a special emergency session to deal with the scandal of abuse and neglect of its elderly citizens. ‘Parliament must weigh in,’ said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, ‘on the savage neglect of its old people. Thousands of our seniors have been abused, neglected and died. Parliament must explore this national shame.’

Except that didn’t happen.

That’s what everyone should have been reading Wednesday morning. What was the headline you were reading? Trudeau and Singh make deal to neuter Parliament till Sept. 21.

 

First, great thanks to the Canadian military for being swift and direct and effective in declaring what they saw in nursing homes. Thank God they are not “suspended” until September. There is honour left in at least one Canadian institution.

Second, we have the information now on Ontario’s LTC. Quebec’s should come next, and there is no reason to think it won’t have its alarms, too. Third, it will be a real shock if in the rest of the provinces and the territories there is not some variant of this utter scandal in the treatment of the old. Premiers have a massive responsibility. But let us not have the “jurisdictional” question cloud what is a general and national shame.

It may not be the biggest scandal we have seen, but it is surely, in the root sense of the word, the most pathetic. In other words the one that most wounds our hearts. Those who have lived the longest, and by some measure contributed the most, are the most abused. This is a matter for the national conscience.

This is a matter for the national conscience

 

Therefore, it is really far past time that the gutting and sidelining of Canada’s Parliament, the castration of the House of Commons, during what is now a double crisis — COVID-19, and the care of the elderly — be blasted and condemned for the shameless and cowardly abdication of debate and accountability that it is.

Mr. Trudeau has been indoors in a cottage for 50 plus days. His morning standups under the Tent of Commons have passed the tedious stage, passed dreary, passed repetitive, clichéd and annoying. They are as useless as they are arrogant. And that’s a high bar on both. One person, even a PM, is not a government.
Trudeau is either scared of the House of Commons, or he has no regard for it. Perhaps it’s both.

The prime minister is not acting as a prime minister should, or should be allowed to. He has not the right to end the deliberative and accountability functions of Parliament.

crosses.jpg?w=590&quality=60&strip=all An elderly person walks past crosses placed at the Camilla Care Community long-term care facility in Toronto where 50 people had died of COVID-19, on May 11, 2020. Peter J. Thompson/National Post

So it has come to pass that this most pathetic scandal will not be debated on Thursday or Friday or next week, just as over the past 50 plus days Canada has not had a real government during the biggest health and financial crisis in modern times. That’s scandal on top of scandal. Utterly reprehensible and contemptible.

Jagmeet Singh, who deserves some sort of medal for inconspicuousness, being a no-show during most of this time, should be fully ashamed of himself, that for a paltry political boost for his party (the sick-leave handouts) he gave Trudeau immunity from Parliament, from question period, from due democratic process. It would be a real service were someone to explain to him what the phrase “opposition party” implies. It surely does not mean “subdivision of the minority administration.”

The NDP, long long ago, used to wear the brand of “the conscience of Parliament.” Singh should put a “stop order” on any T-shirts daring to wear that slogan again. In the old days, half the NDP would be right now talking to relatives of those caught in the LTC outrage, and the other half would be nailing whoever was prime minister for being “out of service.”

It's scandal on top of scandal. Utterly reprehensible and contemptible

 

The question is: Are we a country, or are we not? A country has a Parliament. It has representatives from every district in the country who meet and debate. It sounds national themes. It gives national responses. It cannot shrink to a two-month solo performance in front of a complacent handful of press, and the daily iteration of “we have your back.” That is not a country. It is a sideshow.

Do we have a true national voice on matters of the highest national consequence, or not? Obviously not.

The minority in power has opened the sluices on the greatest spending binge in our history, at the precise moment our national economy is, perhaps since the Great Depression itself, at its most feeble, its weakest, its most precarious.

mary_cries.jpg?w=590&quality=60&strip=all A woman cries after leaving flowers at Résidence Herron, a long-term care facility in Dorval, west of Montreal, on April 13, 2020. John Mahoney/Postmedia News

The greatest spending in the weakest economy, millions in emergency relief, businesses by the thousands almost certainly to fail. And somehow this paradox of a closed Commons during a woesome crisis wears on without a bleep.

Why are the individual MPs of every party, the Liberals MPs especially, not asserting their privilege as MPs, as representatives of the people, calling attention to this deplorable neutering of their responsibilities?

31_dead.jpg?w=590&quality=60&strip=all A woman holds a sign outside Résidence Herron, a long-term care home in the Montreal suburb of Dorval, on April 11, 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press

Is the PMO our new form of government? Are the aides and spin masters all we need? MPs step up. Especially after what has been so tragically learned in the past few days about how Canada’s elderly have been and are being forgotten, abused, and in many cases, dying.

Here’s the rule to follow:

If you don’t want to be in the House of Commons, then resign from it.

Imitate the military.

Show some honour.

This rule should apply to all 338.

Here’s the shorter version: Get back or get out.

https://nationalpost.com/opinion/rex-murphy-we-now-have-two-national-crises-and-parliament-has-abdicated-its-responsibility?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook#Echobox=1590601438

 

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Singh's shameful deal could see history repeat itself for the guileless NDP

The squalid little pact treats Parliament, question period and 150 years of precedent in the way the country is governed as expendable

Jagmeet Singh should be deeply ashamed of the squalid little deal he’s done with the Trudeau Liberals to shut down Parliament for another three months.

The New Democratic Party leader appears to have serious problems with good judgment. His early months as leader were notably disappointing as a result of regular stumbles, attributed at the time to inexperience and a degree of naiveté. Thanks to a strong performance on the campaign trail he managed to hold onto his job, but his failure to grasp the shoddiness of the pact proffered by the Liberals suggests he’s learned little from experience.

In return for a flaccid pledge to seek 10 days paid leave for all Canadian workers, Singh agreed to continue giving the Liberals a free hand to run the country without the usual bother of facing Parliament to account for itself before a full house of doubting opposition parties. Justin Trudeau’s party, remember, won just 33 per cent of the vote in October, demonstrating the extreme limits on Canadians’ faith in its performance or abilities. The House of Commons has already been a largely empty chamber since the pandemic broke three months ago. Singh has agreed to give Trudeau’s minority the support it needs to extend that open ice to a full six months.

The New Democratic Party leader appears to have serious problems with good judgment

 

In return for what? Singh demanded a pledge to seek 10 days paid leave for all Canadian workers. The prime minister must have been shocked at the paltriness of the request. Rarely do sheep come along so eager to be fleeced. He barely blinked before agreeing, asserting that “nobody should have to choose between taking a day off work due to illness or being able to pay the bills.”

From a Liberal standpoint it’s a sweet deal. Ottawa can’t actually force employers to abide by the promise without help from the provinces, but by agreeing to try Trudeau can claim to have kept his end of the bargain. In return he gets something of great value: Liberals are keen to keep running the country by remote-control, with a virtual Parliament standing in for the real thing, robbing opponents of the already-limited access they have to voter attention while maintaining Trudeau’s ability to commandeer the cameras with daily appearances on his front doorstep.

From the public’s perspective it’s a travesty. The hundreds of thousands of immigrants who opted for Canada over one-party states may wonder how it is their new home is operated overwhelmingly from the offices of a single party, which feels no need to attend a regular gathering to explain what it’s up to and justify its decisions. It’s a deal that clearly hobbles the largest opposition party, the Conservatives, by robbing its new, soon-to-be-chosen leader of a high-profile forum in which voters can assess him against the competition. It treats Parliament, question period and 150 years of precedent in the way the country is governed as expendable, something that can be casually bartered away for an extra few months of certainty for the ruling minority.

Neither Singh nor Trudeau appear to have given much thought as to how to pay for the new benefit, or how thousands of firms, struggling just to stay alive, would find the means to pay a second set of workers while the first were on paid-for breaks. Money is being thrown around Ottawa with such abandon these days that those peripherals barely merit a thought any more. It’s all about what people want rather than what we can afford.

If Singh uses the spare time he gains by sidelining Parliament to study history, he’ll find his party struck a similar bargain under an earlier Trudeau that proved devastating to its fortunes. In the 1972 election the NDP won its largest number of seats to that date, gaining the balance of power over an almost even split of Liberals and Progressive-Conservatives. To hold onto power, Justin Trudeau’s father shifted the party sharply to the left, aiming to win short-term support from New Democrats while co-opting its support in the longer term.

Neither Singh nor Trudeau appear to have given much thought as to how to pay for the new benefit

 

To that aim, he opened the vaults, pledging more money for social programs and tax cuts. (Yes, in those days the NDP thought lower taxes were a good idea). He financed the spendathon with borrowed money, pushing up the deficit in what would be become decades of ballooning debt. Pierre Trudeau’s Liberals also created a state-owned oil company despite fierce opposition from Alberta, agreed to cushion gas prices for Easterners at the expense of Westerners, and established an agency to review foreign investments to appease leftist demands.

It worked wonderfully for the government. Liberals won all the credit for the expensive grab-bag of changes. Less than two years later they won a majority they stretched out to five years before being forced to face another vote. The NDP saw its seat count cut in half. Leader David Lewis soon resigned and quit politics.

Singh’s deal gives this Trudeau the opportunity to repeat the trick. Even in Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s never-say-no finance department, pandemic bills will eventually come due. Next spring’s budget could see efforts, however meagre, to rein in the largesse. By then the Liberals would like to have nailed down a majority, and Singh seems determined to help them get it. Ever wide-eyed and innocent, the NDP can’t seem to help contributing to its own demise.

https://nationalpost.com/opinion/kelly-mcparland-singhs-shameful-deal-could-see-history-repeat-itself-for-the-guileless-ndp

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You don't need to look long and hard, look no further than this forum

Remember the outrage....OUTRAGE, when Harper used, gasp, an omnibus bill. Remember the cries of foul if there was an OIC. Remember the total meltdown when he prorogued parliament? Remember the total opposition of the Liberal media? 

Pretty quiet now eh? The Biden assault thing in the US is instructive.... the very definition of breathtaking liberal hypocrisy. 

Some people in my area are bemoaning the prolonged fire ban. They say wait a minute, I've used this fire pit for 35 years and never had a problem. Why are they blaming me? I follow all of the rules. Why are they restricting my rights, and the little bit of pleasure I derive from a small fire in an inspected and approved fire pit with an authorized and recently inspected extinguisher at the ready.  

Might sound familiar to competitive shooters eh? Y'all get no sympathy or support from me no more. Vote em down hard.... remember that crazy NS guy that set seven fires and killed 22 people? We need to ban fires as a result. 

 

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I see Justin is wary about attending the proposed G7 summit in the US.  Has questions about the possible need to self isolate on his return to Canada. Isn't that exactly what he has done at his (our) million dollar vacation home for the past few weeks on our dime? So what the hell is the big deal? 

The other thing that appears to have gone by unnoticed is the millions required to renovate the office home of the PM (no money to do so) that he blames on inaction by Harper (the home was in disrepair for many more years than Harper was in power},  but what about the millions he has spent in an attempt to gain a 4 year temp. position at the UN Security Council ( a mean nothing, does nothing, prestige group), could this not instead have been used to repair the official residence with perhaps the summer cottage repair money added to the budget? 

 

https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/covid-19-canada-un-security-council

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