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Liberals pretend otherwise, but we’ll all pay for borrowed billions

Tax hikes, spending cuts or inflation are on the horizon

  • Calgary Herald
  • 31 Aug 2020
  • CHRIS NELSON Chris Nelson is a regular columnist for the Calgary Herald.
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When it comes to silly sound bites, this current Trudeau government reigns supreme.

Remember these past classics from the lips of our glorious leader himself: “budgets balance themselves,” or how about “Canada’s back,” and could we ever forget “people-kind”?

Well, his recently appointed right-hand woman — Finance Minister and Deputy PM Chrystia Freeland — isn’t letting the Grit side down. Not when it comes to daft utterances, ones initially impart a sense of depth and sincerity but, if pondered for more than the briefest second, are revealed as marketing hogwash of the most deliberate kind.

“Our government has taken on more debt so Canadians didn’t have to,” is how she explained the latest collective schemes to spray billions upon billions of borrowed bucks upon virtually everyone who has a pulse — and likely a fair few who haven’t, given the ongoing fraud attaching itself, limpet-like, to Canada’s various programs aimed at digging financial holes so deep no virus can ever find us.

Freeland — preferable to the outgoing Bill Morneau by at least handling herself with class and possessing some degree of personal honesty — didn’t come up with that debt line all on her lonesome. No, her boss used it himself earlier, during those never-to-be-forgotten daily giveaway sessions before the assembled cameras a few months back.

Therefore, you know the Grits have tried and tested it on various focus groups, which undoubtedly nodded weary approval whilst surreptitiously glancing around to see if there was booze laid on, once they were done pretending to ignore the obvious two-way mirror.

So, yes, it passed that initial “will it sound heartfelt and generous?” examination. But, for those who can bear to dwell on Grit policies for more than a brief moment, the silliness becomes readily apparent.

That’s because it leads us to a simple, ultimate conclusion: the government itself actually has no money. Not unless Trudeau, Freeland or other Grit MPS toss their own personal bucks into some collective hat — maybe by taking out a second mortgage on those swanky homes? Methuselah could do double nap-duty before that would ever happen.

Therefore, appearing suitably saintly by blathering about taking on more debt so we don’t have to is ludicrous. Are we so gullible as to believe even more borrowed money — because that’s what these latest schemes involve — won’t have to be repaid?

So, who will be left to pick up this ever-burgeoning bill? Perhaps the generous citizens of Finland, Nepal, Botswana or even the federal Liberal party itself? (I’d wager on any of the initial three before the fourth.)

Then again, maybe nobody need bother and we can borrow about $360 billion in a single year without ever pondering such an outcome. Hey, the ludicrous economic nonsense peddled under so-called modern monetary theory (it used to be called greed) would have us believe no one will be left holding the parcel when the music eventually stops.

Therefore, we can just borrow endlessly and, if there are no takers for government bonds to finance such malarkey, then the Bank Of Canada can buy them by the billions, thus monetizing the soaring national debt.

Yes, this sleight of hand can go on awhile, which is why politicians hoping to get elected in the here and now love it so much. They can splash the cash everywhere and don’t even have to face citizens’ wrath by jacking up taxes to pay for such profligacy.

The U.S. is doing the same, but at least it has the advantage of possessing the world’s reserve currency, something the poor loonie has no claim upon.

So, in the end, we will pay. Either we will be hit with massive tax hikes and spending cuts or the currency will collapse and we’ll pay the equally nasty but hidden tax that calls itself inflation. Because the only money the government has a claim on comes from your pocket. One way or another, sooner or later, it will come for it.

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Trudeau's 'literally frightening' spending plan has some Liberals, bureaucrats very worried

The NDP have been referred to, disparagingly, as Liberals in a hurry.

But the New Democrats will have to move lickety split if they are to avoid being flattened like Wile E. Coyote by a Liberal Party shifting leftward at speed in this month’s throne speech.

One senior public servant described the expensive schedule of social programs coming down as a “structural change in the way government in this country operates.”

The risk for Justin Trudeau and new finance minister Chrystia Freeland is that if they spend too much, too fast, they could estrange blue Liberals worried about economic growth and fiscal discipline. The throne speech details remain unknown to all but a few, but there are enough broad hints to make some Liberal MPs and supporters, not to mention senior public servants, very worried indeed.

With three weeks until the government unveils its new agenda, the cracks are already beginning to show.

Public servants in Canada have traditionally operated under cover of anonymity and have no identity beyond their minister. The exception has been the department of Finance, which has often provided a challenge function to the government of the day, turning back the flood of requests for funding from other departments. The idea that the prime minister and the finance minister are pulling at the opposite ends of the blanket took a hit under Bill Morneau. One Liberal MP called Finance a “vassal state” during the first Trudeau mandate. But Morneau was determined to impose himself during the second mandate, which may be one reason he was retired.

With Trudeau and Freeland apparently simpatico on the plan to “build back better”, concerns about affordability at Finance have been trampled. “They are fiscally conscious people but they have thrown up their hands and said, ‘How much do you want to spend.’ There is a state of discouragement that I haven’t seen in 25 years in Ottawa,” said one senior bureaucrat.

Trudeau-Freeland-1.png?quality=100&strip Finance minister Chrystia Freeland, who has long been a proponent of Justin Trudeau’s goal to “close the gap” on income disparities, is expected to be on board in a way that predecessor Bill Morneau wasn’t. PHOTO BY PATRICK DOYLE/REUTERS/FILE

Speculation has centred on the future of deputy minister, Paul Rochon, with whispers that he might be replaced by Carolyn Wilkins, senior deputy governor at the Bank of Canada. Wilkins was championed by Trudeau’s chief of staff, Katie Telford, as the next governor before Morneau opted for Tiff Macklem – perhaps another reason why the former finance minister is spending more time with his family.

Neither Rochon, who has been in his post for six years, nor Freeland’s office responded to requests for comment.

The concerns are not just with the size of the spending package being considered but with the nature of it.

Senior business Liberals, who advocated deficit spending in 2015, say the focus should now be on economic growth, rather than the redistribution of borrowed money.

“The lack of focus on growth is problematic,” said Robert Asselin, a senior vice-president at the Business Council of Canada, who was previously an advisor to prime ministers Paul Martin and Trudeau.

The new emergency benefit (CRB) of $400 a week will replace the CERB at the end of this month and will cost $22 billion over the next year. However, the Liberals have not ruled out the change being made permanent – effectively creating a guaranteed basic income.

Critics point out that in many ways CRB is much more generous than CERB, which cuts off benefits after recipients earn $1,000 in income. Under CRB, recipients don’t see their benefit impacted until they earn $38,000 a year and don’t see it clawed back entirely until they earn $58,800. A worker claiming CRB and working part-time is likely to earn more than a minimum wage earner working full-time. As the recovery takes hold, the concern among some economists is that a permanent CRB would be a disincentive to returning to the work-force, resulting in labour shortages.

Another focus for Trudeau and Freeland in the throne speech may well be child-care. There is anecdotal evidence to suggest that day-care capacity has been reduced by COVID-19. What’s more, the Bank of Canada noted in July that the employment rate for women had fallen by six per cent because of the pandemic. Getting women back into the workforce will be a priority and day-care provision will be crucial for economic growth.

But Liberals with long experience in the field suggest the federal government is not well-positioned to create child-care spaces.

In 2004, Prime Minister Paul Martin assigned social development minister Ken Dryden to implement a national day-care strategy, with funding of $5 billion over five years. After a year of negotiations, Dryden succeeded in signing up all the provinces, but a couple – Alberta and Quebec – demanded unconditional transfers, with no strings attached. The Harper Conservatives killed the agreement, preferring the $100 a month Universal Child Care Benefit. In 2015, the Liberals themselves rejected the Dryden model and expanded the UCCB to create the $22 billion a year Canada Child Benefit.

Since then, the 2017 budget allocated $7 billion over 10 years for provinces to implement their own programs. More recently, the Liberals committed to a $19 billion transfer to the provinces to help them rebound from COVID, part of which was earmarked to help women return to work. It will be interesting to see if a government that touts its “data-driven decision-making” will present evidence that funding gaps are the issue when it comes to day-care provision.

 

The throne speech is also likely to identify investment in green infrastructure as a way to build a more environmentally-friendly Canada.

There is a state of discouragement that I haven’t seen in 25 years in Ottawa

 

Yet, the fiscal framework already includes planned spending that has not been realized. Budget 2017 allocated $21.9 billion over 11 years for green projects and Infrastructure Canada is having a hard time spending it. The departmental results report for 2018/19 (the latest year available) suggests $832 million of the $9.7 billion green infrastructure fund has been committed to 13 projects. Climate is a lens through which all projects are now judged, so that figure will have risen dramatically. But the total Investing Canada funding pool is $180 billion. Building capacity constraints would appear to be a bigger problem than cash shortages.

Esteemed voices like former Bank of Canada governor, David Dodge, and ex-TD Bank chief economist, Don Drummond, have warned that far from being “a fabulous opportunity” (in Freeland’s words), more social spending would leave Canada vulnerable to future increases in interest rates and inflation.

Both economists lived through the debt crisis of the mid-1990s, when many of the politicians and advisors around the table today were still under-graduates.

Wayne Easter, the veteran Liberal MP and long-time chair of the House of Commons finance committee said Freeland has been consulting broadly with caucus, with the business community and with “individuals who have experience in managing the economy in good times and bad.”

The finance minister will have been told by her colleagues that she needs to demonstrate that she has control of the public purse.

A number of Liberal MPs say privately they are alarmed by the prospect of runaway deficits.

“An economic growth plan, including how we deal with the deficit over time, is critical,” said Easter.

In a paper released this week, former senior Finance Canada officials C. Scott Clark and Peter DeVries projected the current $380 billion deficit could fall to more manageable levels within five years, with no new spending (a deficit of $27 billion in 2024/25), even if the debt-to-GDP ratio remains stuck at 50 per cent.

That’s the best case scenario. But Trudeau and Freeland have signalled that they are itching to remake Canada in their own progressive image – and that means new spending.

The prospect is troubling some of Ottawa’s most seasoned public servants. “It is literally frightening. I am very worried about my kids’ future and their capacity to service that level of debt. The fact is that the government is embarking on a major policy shift and this is a government that is not worried by deficits of 10 per cent of GDP,” said one person with knowledge of the situation.

That would suggest annual deficits of $200 billion a year, at a time when COVID has hampered economic growth prospects.

Government debt in the U.S. will exceed the size of the economy next fiscal year for the first time since the Second World War – twice Canada’s debt-to-GDP ratio.

Compared to its peers, this country is in reasonable shape, so it would be too pessimistic to predict it is going to rain in Biblical torrents.

It is fair to say that the sky is bruising and we appear intent on throwing away our umbrella.

https://nationalpost.com/opinion/john-ivison-trudeaus-literally-frightening-spending-plan-has-some-liberals-bureaucrats-very-worried

 

 

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There appears to be increasing concern about the direction that Trudeau is moving the country ..... to build the country back better. A look at his senior advisors and staff appear to be millennials from previous failed projects......Jerry Butts and Katie Telford from Mcguintys disastrous Green Energy Project, Zita Astravas from Kathleen Wynne office, and now this guy is starting to chirp up defending Trudeau’s multi billion $ spending plans......millennials .....who have always been the I want it now generation, have never been in Econmic crisis before, sunny ways, Canada’s back, we will be clear and transparent, dialogue and solve the worlds problems, ..... what could go wrong???         
 

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On Thursday, Mike McNair, a senior adviser to Justin Trudeau, took to Twitter to justify the spate of new spending expected to come later this fall in the economic update from new Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland.

Austerity shrinks the economy further, costs jobs and is out of step with global reality,” McNair said.

But as Goldy Hyder, president of the Business Council of Canada, pointed out in reply, that’s a false dichotomy. “The choice is not spending or austerity. The issue is how much should be spent. Are there limits?” he asked.

https://nationalpost.com/opinion/john-ivison-liberals-bold-and-ambitious-reimagining-of-canada-could-result-in-100b-spending-blitz
 

From a year or two ago......“Mr. McNair, named in November as Mr. Trudeau's director of policy, is assembling a team in the PMO to research and co-ordinate the government's most important policy questions, such as providing fiscal stimulus and how to price carbon.

Mr. McNair, a Mississauga kid who turns 36 in February and did his graduate studies at the London School of Economics and Columbia University, might be called another young, over-achieving member of the Trudeau team, someone representing the Liberal government's generational change. He calls himself a "Nerd, wonk, idealist" on Twitter.

Need to know more about Ottawa's staffing? Meet the chiefs of staff, each Liberal minister's most senior adviser.

People who know him say he is loyal, smart, and strong on parliamentary procedure and government regulation. He aligns policy, strategy and tactics, thinking ahead several moves, they say.

 

Mr. McNair is close to Mr. Dion, having helped him when he was Liberal leader with the Green Shift policy, a failed election proposal to use tax schemes to draw consumers and businesses away from fossil fuels. It is probably a main reason he refers to Mr. Dion as "an old friend," as he did on Twitter election day. It makes Mr. McNair not only close to Mr. Dion in his role as Foreign Affairs Minister, but also as chair of Mr. Trudeau's cabinet committee on environment, climate change and energy.

One senior government official acknowledged that Mr. McNair's policy experience is probably the most extensive on climate-change economics. He understands that "if we're going to be successful on the economy, we have to be successful on the environment," the official said. "He's first and foremost a very strong listener."

 

And even the Globe is getting worried:.

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at about $630-billion, it is nearly double what was forecast in the last budget – the government is planning … even more massive increases in spending. Quite how massive we can only guess at as yet, but based on the rhetoric from the Prime Minister (“this is our moment to change the future”), his new Finance Minister (who aims to turn the pandemic into “a fabulous opportunity for the country”) and a phalanx of “senior government officials,” Justin Trudeau is betting the country’s future on a quite extraordinary burst of federal activism. There will be more money for daycare, more money for senior care, more money for unemployed workers and part-time workers and low-paid full-time workers, more money for green infrastructure, for industrial subsidies and anti-racism initiatives and, well, you get the idea. And no one, the Prime Minister vows, will have to pay a dollar more in taxes for any of it: It will all be chalked up to the national debt. This year’s deficit, already pegged at about $380-billion (it grew by $37-billion in a single day last month, an amount that would once have attracted some notice) or 18 per cent of GDP, is only the start. The deficit looks likely to remain well in excess of $100-billion for several years, even in the most optimistic of scenarios. The federal debt is on track to exceed 60 per cent of GDP, with further increases beyond.

If the government were serious about “building back better,” it would be directing the bulk of its efforts to improving the economy’s long-term growth prospects. What it appears to have in mind instead is a slew of programs aimed mostly at redistributing wealth, rather than creating it; consumption, rather than investment. It may buy the Liberals a few months, or even a few years. But the costs will be counted for generations

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-the-liberals-seem-to-think-they-have-abolished-scarcity-lets-hope/

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Canada may soon see Screw the West 2.0

Like father, like son.

As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is reportedly readying a throne speech that will propose to remake Canada in his ultra-“progressive,” super-“green” image, it’s instructive to reflect on a speech his father delivered while prime minister 40 years ago this week.

On Sept. 8, 1980, then Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau addressed a first ministers’ conference in Ottawa. He argued Canada should be even more centralized than it already was.

All 10 premiers had spoken before Trudeau. Most had suggested Canada needed less centralization. Federal constitutional powers should devolve as much as possible to provincial legislatures.

Trudeau disagreed.

Not only was Canada “more than the sum of its parts, more than the sum of 10 provinces,” Trudeau scoffed, Canadians actually wanted more Ottawa.

Trudeau believed Canadians wanted “national institutions and a national government capable of acting on behalf of all of them … with the power to speak for all Canadian people.” National health, education and welfare standards were needed, for instance, despite our constitution giving those jurisdictions entirely to the provinces.

Trudeau also felt the central government should play a much more active role in taking money from “have” provinces and “sharing” it with have-nots. The federal equalization plan had to be entrenched in the constitution and it had to expand, greatly.

If any Westerners bought into Trudeau’s grandiose national scheme at the time, they were quickly cured of their naivete.

A little more than a month after Trudeau uttered his fancy words, his government introduced the National Energy Program – the largest confiscation and redistribution of income from one province or region to the national government in our history.

The NEP was also an enormous attack on the constitutional division of powers between federal and provincial governments.

Trudeau’s vision of a single government that spoke for all Canadians turned out to be a government that spoke primarily for Liberal voters in the Golden Triangle – Toronto-Montreal-Ottawa.

The narrow appeal of Trudeau’s grand plan shouldn’t have surprised anyone. During the federal election in February 1980, the Liberal war room’s unofficial campaign slogan had been “Screw the West, we’ll take the rest!”

Now jump ahead four decades.

Justin Trudeau’s Liberals are broadly hinting that the throne speech expected later this month will be a blueprint for a new, far more left-leaning Canada. And, if anything, Trudeau will double or even triple Canada’s commitment to the United Nations’ climate change goals.

 

There are rumours of annual deficits of approximately 10% of GDP to fund the Liberals’ wild new schemes, such as guaranteed annual income (even for those who choose not to work) and national pharmacare and day care.

Since Canada’s GDP is approximately $1.7 trillion, that would mean the federal government would borrow in excess of $150 billion each and every budget – with no plan in sight to pay that back.

Trudeau’s new plan is also as regionally biased as his father’s was in 1980.

Even to meet the Liberals’ current climate emission targets, Canada’s oil and gas industry would have to be capped or shrunk noticeably. Now there is a belief among Liberal strategists that nothing short of shutting down the oilsands will convince Quebec voters to come back to their party.

Screw the West 2.0.

No doubt, Trudeau will offer to use some of the mountains of debt Ottawa will take on to throw Alberta and the West a few bones to make up for lost energy income.

There will, also, be glittering (and hollow) reassurances that the country can switch from fossil fuels to “green,” alternate energy without any economic decline, job loss or reduced standard of living.

At least there is no mystery where the current Trudeau gets his narrow view of what’s good for “all” Canada.

https://torontosun.com/opinion/columnists/gunter-canada-may-soon-see-screw-the-west-2-0

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There are rumours of annual deficits of approximately 10% of GDP to fund the Liberals’ wild new schemes, such as guaranteed annual income (even for those who choose not to work) and national pharmacare and day care.

Since Canada’s GDP is approximately $1.7 trillion, that would mean the federal government would borrow in excess of $150 billion each and every budget – with no plan in sight to pay that back.

The choice couldn't be more clear. Insanity verses Common Sense
 

Conservative government would aim to erase deficit in a decade, Erin O’Toole says

New Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole says the Liberal government’s recovery plan is too narrowly focused on a green economy and will leave out major employers in sectors such as energy, manufacturing and Canada’s small businesses.

In his first interview with a newspaper since winning the party leadership late last month, Mr. O’Toole outlined his economic priorities to The Globe and Mail in his Ottawa office, as he prepares for Parliament’s return and a possible fall election.

He said he wants to erase Canada’s deficit in about a decade if his party forms government, a timeline he said can be accomplished without giving credence to Liberal characterizations of a Conservative “bogeyman” who imposes deep spending cuts.

He also called for increased immigration through family reunification as part of a COVID-19 recovery effort to make up for the temporary decrease in economic immigration, while also providing families with child-care alternatives. He defended his commitment to addressing climate change, even though he opposes a carbon tax, and also listed his support for ending the ban on gay men donating blood as an example of how he brings a new inclusive approach to the Conservative leadership.

Mr. O’Toole’s victory comes shortly after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau prorogued Parliament, allowing the Liberals to deliver a Sept. 23 Throne Speech that Mr. Trudeau says will outline an ambitious plan to place climate change at the centre of Canada’s economic recovery after the deep, initial shock of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mr. O’Toole said his short-term priority is to consult his caucus and Canadian business leaders on policy ideas for the next election campaign, which he said he is ready to fight but not looking to trigger.

 

Mr. Trudeau’s former principal secretary, Gerald Butts, is part of a group of environmentally focused policy advocates, called the Task Force for a Resilient Recovery, that is calling for billions in federal stimulus spending in areas such as energy retrofits for buildings, electric-vehicle incentives and clean-energy promotion. Recent public comments from Mr. Trudeau and his ministers suggest that is the general direction the government is heading as it prepares a new agenda.

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland has said the Liberal government’s plan will “build back better,” echoing a tagline used by U.S. Democrats, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and others in recent months who champion a climate-focused recovery plan.

Mr. O’Toole said he supports environmental measures, but that a postpandemic economic recovery plan must have a broader focus. He pointed to “heartbreaking” stories of Canadian immigrant families who have seen their previously successful small businesses, such as restaurants, go under during the pandemic.

“What is building back better to them?” he asked. “We can’t pick or choose what parts of our economy Ottawa likes. … I think we have to have every cylinder firing.”

Mr. O’Toole’s platform called for ending the federal carbon tax and reversing two Liberal bills: C-48, banning oil tankers off the northern B.C. coast, and C-69, which changed the review process for large projects. The two bills were strongly opposed by Canada’s energy sector.

 
 

Last month, Mr. O’Toole posted a photo of himself jogging with his son while wearing a black T-shirt that expressed his love for Canadian oil and gas. Alberta Premier Jason Kenney often wears shirts with the same message. During his first phone conversation with Mr. Trudeau after winning the Conservative leadership, Mr. O’Toole raised Western alienation as an issue.

The Liberals are clearly hoping that while Mr. O’Toole’s positions on energy and the environment may be popular to some, there are more votes to be gained with an aggressive policy focus on climate change and reducing greenhouse-gas emissions.

Mr. O’Toole said he worked on environmental files such as ethanol fuel and wind power as a lawyer and held an environmental business luncheon series before entering politics.

“I have more experience in the green economy than anyone in that Liberal caucus. I care about it. But we don’t put all of our chips in it,” he said. “With the Trudeau government, it is all about rhetoric and ideology and not about a practical approach.”

The Conservative Leader’s platform also calls for a review of Canada’s tax system and a reversal of controversial small-business tax changes adopted by the Trudeau government. In Thursday’s interview, the Ontario MP said promoting private-sector growth is part of his plan to shrink the deficit.

“What I think we need to do is get [to] balance over a decade or so,” Mr. O’Toole said in reference to the deficit. “We’re going to come up with a plan that shows there is no bogeyman with the Conservatives, that we’re going to try and get back to a balanced budget in two or three years or something like that.

 

“We know this [pandemic] has been a shock, but we also know that economic growth is as important as controlling spending. And our caucus, we’re going to talk about that. And I would prefer more time to hear from industry, to hear from small business, before an election comes and we contrast visions for the future. Mr. Trudeau seems to be gunning for an election. We’ll be ready if there’s one. But it’s certainly not my intention.”

Emergency federal spending had already increased the projected size of this year’s federal deficit to $343.2-billion at the time of the July 8 fiscal snapshot. Major new spending announcements announced since then, including $37-billion in new income-support measures announced last month, suggest the deficit is likely approaching $400-billion. This year’s deficit is expected to push the federal debt beyond the $1-trillion threshold, up from $685-billion heading into the pandemic.

The Conservative Party has long advocated for balanced budgets, but the fact that large deficits by countries around the world have not yet triggered higher interest rates and widespread public-debt concerns has some economists and politicians questioning whether past warnings about deficit spending were misplaced. Mr. O’Toole said he doesn’t accept those arguments.

“If interest rates change, we are in for bad times,” he said, predicting that in such a scenario, the federal government would struggle to fund core programs such as health care transfers to the provinces and Old Age Security.

Mr. O’Toole said in his leadership platform that the country needs to maintain an annual growth rate of 3 per cent. When asked Thursday how immigration would contribute to that goal, he said it is “critical” to the success of the country. Mr. O’Toole is particularly interested in reuniting families in Canada with their relatives who wish to immigrate here to join them.

“That family reunification piece, we should accelerate if it allows a family to keep their business operating – having a mother or an aunt, or an uncle, or a brother, or a sister come over to help,” Mr. O’Toole said, adding that is where Canada’s immigration system could respond quickly.

 

Family reunification allows recent immigrants and Canadians to be reunited with members of their family. Family members living abroad can be sponsored by a relative or spouse living in Canada. According to the Immigration department, people who can be sponsored by family members include spouses or common-law partners, dependent children, parents, grandparents, children adopted abroad and, in special circumstances, other relatives. The category generally accounts for about 27 per cent of Canada’s annual admissions.

Mr. O’Toole said he has been advocating for families whose separation has been prolonged because of the pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic forced visa offices around the globe to close, slowing the application process and keeping families in limbo.

“I know the system had to grind to a halt because people, not only in Canada and immigration, refugee bureaucracy, but our consulates and our embassies were all closed … so we all knew there would be a delay,” Mr. O’Toole said.

He said he has urged Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino to accelerate family reunification, or at least give families some predictability in terms of when they may be together again.

“A lot of them just don’t know how long the delay is and that’s excruciating for families,” he said.

Mike Jones, a spokesperson for the Immigration Minister, said this has been a hard time for families and others who are “making their way through the immigration system.”

 

Mr. Jones said many visa application centres are now resuming some operations as local governments begin to lift restrictions.

Mr. O’Toole has been pitching’s his party’s openness since becoming the new Conservative Leader, and suggested that is what differentiates himself from past leaders.

“We need to reach out to more Canadians to show them that they could see themselves reflected in our party,” he said.

Mr. O’Toole said he included in his leadership platform putting an end to the ban that prevents gay men from donating blood, and added that he just finished writing an opinion piece about the issue.

“I’m putting something out on that because I think a lot of people will take a second look. There’s a new leader, I’ve said several times, this is an opportunity for people to take a new look at the Conservative Party, including more women, new Canadians, the LGBTQ community.”

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/politics/article-conservative-government-would-aim-to-erase-deficit-in-a-decade-erin-o/

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41% of Canadians say immigration quotas are too high

Four in 10 Canadians in a federal survey say they think immigration quotas are too high.

The findings from the Department of Immigration’s annual tracking study involved phone interviews with 1,320 people were first reported byBlacklock’s Reporter.

https://torontosun.com/news/national/41-of-canadians-say-immigration-quotas-are-too-high-survey


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Meanwhile in Trudeauland....

Liberals outline Canada’s immigration priorities in new Mandate Letter

 

If recent trends are an indication of what is to come, the federal government will continue to increase annual immigration levels by around 10,000 new permanent residents in 2022.

This means Canada would target 341,000 immigrants in 2020, 350,000 in 2021, and potentially around 360,000 in 2022.

https://www.cicnews.com/2019/12/liberals-outline-canadas-immigration-priorities-in-new-mandate-letter-1213350.html#gs.feo2fj

 

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Appears that Justin is well on his way to bankrupt Canada.

Canada’s current deficit level will be ‘unsustainable’ within 1 to 2 years: PBO

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By Amanda Connolly Global News
Posted September 6, 2020 9:10 am
 Updated September 6, 2020 9:29 am

The federal government has no more than one or two years to rein in the hundreds of billions of dollars in deficits it is wracking up through coronavirus spending, or risk the debt being “unsustainable.”

That’s according to parliamentary budget officer Yves Giroux, who spoke with The West Block‘s Mercedes Stephenson about the federal government’s spending ahead of a throne speech on Sept. 23, which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said will pitch “ambitious” new programs.

“It’s without a doubt that we cannot afford deficits of over $300 billion for more than just a few years,” said Giroux. “And when I say a few years, I really mean a year or two. Beyond that, it would become unsustainable.

“So if the government has plans for additional spending, it will clearly have to make difficult choices and either raise taxes or reduce other areas of spending. Because it’s clear that we cannot afford to have deficits of that magnitude for even the medium term.”

Trudeau said in an interview with Global News last week that he plans to roll out an “ambitious green agenda” in the throne speech, which will come after he prorogued Parliament in the midst of the WE Charity scandal.

He said the country needs to focus on a green economic recovery to climb out from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the worldwide economic shock waves the virus created.

Pandemic blamed for Canadian economy’s record drop

But he has also touted the need for expanded employment supports, including new child care and social spending, and there have been recent reports of plans to increase spending, with CBC News citing one Liberal insider as saying the government plans on spending “on a scale we haven’t seen before.”

 

However,  the throne speech and any new spending promises in it come as the country is bearing the load of a $343-billion deficit this fiscal year, with no clear plan presented by the government on how it plans to pay it down — or when it will rein in spending.

That number came from a “fiscal snapshot” presented by former finance minister Bill Morneau in July.

It contained no clues as to whether Canadians can expect tax increases or service cuts down the road to pay off the cost of the deficit, though Trudeau has said the government is not currently eyeing tax hikes.

Giroux said that even if the government maintains the current deficit level but shifts the spending around, that won’t solve the problem — the amount, he said, needs to be brought under control.

What’s concerning is the absence of a longer-term plan,” he said. “That is concerning to me and to most people who are concerned about public finances.”

He said it’s one thing to spend to support the country during a crisis, and does not believe anyone would argue that spending was not needed.

“But what people and credit rating agencies, financial markets and Canadians are waiting to see is what is the government’s plan to get out of that crisis and what are the public finances likely to look like in the next year? And in the next couple of years?” he said.

As the crisis is evolving and we are in months three, four, five, six and seven of this crisis, I think it’s reasonable for Canadians to expect more from the government in terms of what’s the plan going forward.”
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Everything makes sense now....

"In the ancient tale of Narcissus, a handsome young man spurns a lady and leaves her heartbroken. This infuriates the gods, who decide to punish his carelessness. Soon after, Narcissus walks by a lake and is consumed by thirst. As he bends down to sip water, he spots his reflection and falls in love with his own watery image. "

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As he bends down to sip water, he spots his reflection and falls in love with his own watery image. "

 

I was hoping your tale would end with “ bends down to sip water, spots his reflection, and trying to get a better look at himself, falls in and drowns!!”

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It was one thing for Trudeau to spend aggressively to deal with the pandemic, but now he wants to spend billions on unrelated pet projects that will do nothing to help our economy or small business.

This is going to end in disaster.

 

https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/trudeau-outlines-expansionist-strategy-with-freeland-on-board-1.1481879

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Trudeau government funds rock star photoshoot, sex toy exhibit featuring ‘double masturbator’

The Trudeau government funded Canadian rockstar Bryan Adams' photo exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum, as well as an art exhibit which included one instrument called the "double masturbator" which has a mouth on one side, with a vagina on the other side.

According to documents obtained by the Canadian Taxpayer Federation on the Mission Cultural Fund (MCF), as much as $52,000 was spent to take photos for the millionaire rockstar.

 

Bryan Adams has plenty of money,” said Federal Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation Aaron Wudrick. “I am sure he wouldn’t have noticed if he had to pay for that himself. Artistic endeavors are fine, but is this really a good use of taxpayer money?”

Adams' net worth is estimated to sit at around $65 million.

The MCF purports to “promote Canadian culture and creativity on the world stage," with the shocking exhibit displayed in the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in Toronto.

The fundraising event was given a $64,000 budget from the Mission Cultural Fund, with $51,145 being spent. The ROM is already provided $27 million in taxpayer funds annually.

https://thepostmillennial.com/trudeau-government-funds-sex-toy-exhibit-and-photoshoot-feautring-double-masturbator-including-shows-in-germany?fbclid=IwAR0r6Ghj9baOMySjqHHx05TavZAud_EcHwkAhmllEyHitHby12e5NlcPNPI

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🚨As soon as a baby is born in Canada, they owe $23,000 in debt. 🚨

Justin Trudeau is preparing the biggest deficits and debt Canada has ever seen. 

Our kids and Grandchildren ildren are I**&**&&&*****. Thanks Justin :head:

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So here we are in a crisis......the government has virtually shut down the economy, businesses are closing, 10% unemployment,  and an unheard of record deficit from a desperate government. All because the virus response was delayed, played down and finally acknowledged.

We are now finding out that, in addition to being briefed by the military :

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A small, specialized unit within the Canadian military's intelligence branch began producing detailed warnings and analysis about the emergence of the deadly novel coronavirus in Wuhan, China in early January, CBC News has learned.

"Here we have at least one part of the Canadian intelligence community that was doing early reporting. The question is, where did this reporting go? How seriously was it taken?"

The unit's reports certainly made it to the desk of Chief of the Defence Staff Gen. Jonathan Vance, and likely were given to Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan as well.

We also know that Canada’s chief public wrote a pandemic response guide from the SARS outbreak. The results of which were ignored when Covid started spreading:

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Ottawa had a playbook for a coronavirus-like pandemic 14 years ago. What went wrong?

A 2006 report co-written by Dr. Theresa Tam – now the face of Canada’s COVID-19 response – predicted our current situation, and the steps needed to get out of it, with eerie accuracy. But the actual response has been very different

Now we find out the governments own early warning pandemic agency was shutdown last year!!!

Just what the hell was the trudeau government up to???? Was this all an attempt to curry favour with the UN somehow?? If nothing else, this incompetence has cost the health, security and finance of the country dearly. We need answers.....scandals, mismanagement, and fiscal largesse.. another reason why trudeau prorogued parliament.

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Health Minister Patty Hajdu has ordered a review following reports that the federal pandemic early warning system was shut down last year, and that the officials working on it were silenced, just months before the global outbreak of the coronavirus.

As the world continues to grapple with the rapid spread of the coronavirus pandemic, there have been repeated questions about how the virus — which originated in China — was able to spread so quickly and whether earlier detection could have limited the contagion.

The Globe and Mail first reported in July that the Global Public Health Intelligence Network was shut down in May 2019 and its officials reassigned to other government positions.

https://globalnews.ca/news/7321353/coronavirus-early-warning-system-review/

 

Oh....another broken promise by trudeau.....he would never prorogue parliament and now he has silenced scientists......it will be an interesting election.

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So here we are in a crisis......the government has virtually shut down the economy, businesses are closing, 10% unemployment,  and an unheard of record deficit from a desperate government. All because the virus response was delayed, played down and finally acknowledged.

We are now finding out that, in addition to being briefed by the military :

We also know that Canada’s chief public wrote a pandemic response guide from the SARS outbreak. The results of which were ignored when Covid started spreading:

Now we find out the governments own early warning pandemic agency was shutdown last year!!!

Just what the hell was the trudeau government up to???? Was this all an attempt to curry favour with the UN somehow?? If nothing else, this incompetence has cost the health, security and finance of the country dearly. We need answers.....scandals, mismanagement, and fiscal largesse.. another reason why trudeau prorogued parliament.

https://globalnews.ca/news/7321353/coronavirus-early-warning-system-review/

 

Oh....another broken promise by trudeau.....he would never prorogue parliament and now he has silenced scientists......it will be an interesting election.

No worries, it will all be blamed on PM Harper.  😀

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