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re: our hard working MPs spending a socially distanced paddle on the Rideau Canal......considering the current government has a anti-oil agenda.....nice to see they are floating in plastic kayaks cour

I have no faith, despite their moral outrage of the liberal coverup and philibustering, Jagmeet will take the bait on the election threat and  will make a deal with trudeau to muzzle the committees.

Nope.  Any business that rides the "black-owned" declaration is not innocent.  You understand the difference, right?  I'm not opposed to a black owned business, I'm opposed to a black owned business t

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  • 15 Sep 2020
  • JOHN IVISON Comment
img?regionKey=xJcytQ16KbaDPDTkt2rTEA%3d%3dSHANNON STAPLETON / REUTERS Chrystia Freeland is uncharacteristically quiet as she prepares her first economic update as Canada’s finance minister.

Good politicians adapt their most dogmatic beliefs to changing political circumstances. Justin Trudeau has evolved into a good politician, which is not necessarily a character endorsement.

That’s why when he was asked about throne speech priorities before a cabinet meeting on Monday, he talked about the pandemic response, rather than last week’s enthusiasm to move his government in an “entirely different direction.”

The rise in the number of COVID cases — a 20 per cent increase in positive results week on week — has elevated anxiety levels across the country and prompted Liberals to dampen their ardour for a transformative and expensive green economic reset.

Trudeau toned down the perception of his government as a bunch of impatient activists, eager to experiment on the Canadian economy like sophomore students trying to make gunpowder from sulphur and charcoal.

“Our focus right now is on the COVID crisis. We need to get through this in order to be able to talk about next steps,” Trudeau said. His environment minister, Jonathan Wilkinson, said he didn’t think the government is backing away from its principles but the priority has to be job creation and economic recovery.

Even Infrastructure Minister Catherine Mckenna got the memo. She told the Star that Ottawa needs to demonstrate “returns” on climate-related expenditure.

The message that money has to be spent wisely is emerging from the lips of just about every Liberal.

But the person whose view matters more than anyone has been uncharacteristically quiet. Chrystia Freeland, the finance minister, is said to be getting up to speed with her new job — hence the silence.

Previously, she has said that the restart of the economy needs to be green, equitable and inclusive but we are left to guess what that means in practical terms. What seems clear is that her predecessor, Bill Morneau, was jettisoned, at least in part, because his views on deficits and debt were too “orthodox.” He was not keen on extending temporary pandemic programs, while Freeland clearly has no such qualms.

We will have to wait until an economic update in November to discover the extent of her fiscal agnosticism, but next week’s throne speech will be crafted within the parameters she sets.

What might that framework look like? Her 2012 book about the superrich, Plutocrats, offers a sense of her world view, with its admiring use of a quote by former U.S. Treasury secretary Larry Summers, that said “focusing on redistribution makes more sense than focusing on growth.”

Her own 2013 TED Talk makes explicit her belief that economic growth does not necessarily result in prosperity. “Since the late 1990s, increases in productivity have been decoupled from increases in wages and employment … To be sure this new economy benefits us all, and not just the plutocrats, we need to embark on an era of comparably ambitious social and political change. We need a new New Deal,” she said.

Freeland has coveted the finance minister’s job since entering politics — at times nakedly, according to colleagues.

It is a reasonable assumption that she has wanted the job for a reason — namely, to implement policies aimed at the redistribution of wealth to reduce income inequality, even if Canada’s most pressing problems revolve around lack of productivity and innovation, according to most economists. (A chart in a presentation last week by Bank of Canada Governor Tiff Macklem showed that income inequality in this country is below the OECD average and considerably lower than in the U.K. and U.S.).

Freeland and Trudeau are also said to be united in their belief that the Liberals are on the side of the angels, so incentivizing the electorate to vote for them using the public purse is legitimate, even if the perquisites are paid for with borrowed money. This has the added bonus of forcing the opposition parties to vote against perks that people want.

The concern among many people I’ve spoken to in Ottawa in recent weeks — bureaucrats, economists, business people, Liberal MPS — is that low interest rates will prove too tempting and that tens of billions of additional dollars will be spent on projects that don’t make the economy more productive down the line.

Paul Jenkins, former senior deputy governor at the Bank of Canada, wrote a paper for the CD Howe Institute late last week that pointed out the most durable source of funding is sustained economic growth, not a reliance on low interest rates.

He noted a consensus emerging around the equality of opportunity and sustainable economic growth. He’s right — there does seem to be broad bipartisan support for policies like improved broadband access, more support for child care and housing retrofits.

But that accord is about equality of opportunity, not equality of outcome.

Jenkins advocated pro-growth policies that promote investment over consumption. “Budget constraints remain a fundamental principle of economics,” he wrote. “In other words, managing the debt level matters.”

CBC’S David Cochrane said last week that the government is talking about an overhaul of employment insurance to include gig economy workers and the self-employed. The Canadian Press’s Joan Bryden has since reported that a guaranteed basic income for all Canadians has emerged as the top policy choice for Liberal MPS at the upcoming party convention.

A basic income policy, something the Liberals rejected as too expensive before the 2015 election, remains the Holy Grail for some progressives, perhaps including Freeland.

The $22-billion Canada Recovery Benefit offers a universal basic income to those who don’t qualify for EI. Government ministers have refused to rule out the new policy becoming permanent. The CRB guarantees recipients an income of more than $20,000 a year — not far short of the $27,300 a minimum wage earner can make in Ontario.

CRB benefits are not clawed back until the recipient earns $38,000 and not cancelled until earnings reach $58,800. Under such rules, a minimum wage worker could simply top up his or her earnings with another $10,000 of CRB benefits.

Freeland and Trudeau are said to understand the potential for a generous universal basic income to dis-incentivize low-paid workers and create labour shortages.

A principled politician would not put his or her stamp of approval on a profligate policy that offers jam today but forwards the bill to the next generation.

But a “good” politician just might.

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I’ll believe trudeau is serious about the environment when he shuts down BCs coal industry....

Not one word about this from climate Barbie or the current minister. And I won’t hold my breath about John Wilkinson if he wants to be re-elected:


The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson has served as the Member of Parliament for North Vancouver since 2015.

Raised in Saskatchewan, Minister Wilkinson spent more than 20 years in the private sector, holding leadership positions with a number of companies dedicated to the development of green technologies.


Choke the life out of Ab, Sk and Nfld but don’t touch “green” BC!

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2 hours ago, Jaydee said:

Justin’s Dream ...he won't be satisfied until he hammers the last nail in Canada’s coffin.


Truer words were never spoken !!!

Couldn't agree more.  Canada is finished with this current government.

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50 minutes ago, AIP said:

Truer words were never spoken !!!

Couldn't agree more.  Canada is finished with this current government.

So get out, rally the troops and do something about it.  This forum, talks a lot but in the scheme of things will accomplish nothing. 











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Just now, Marshall said:

So get out, rally the troops and do something about it.  This forum, talks a lot but in the scheme of things will accomplish nothing. I will be working with my PC? friends to change the voter's minds but sadly as long as Justin throws out the $$$$ , he will win.













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More background on Canada’s coal....

From our environment ministers Earth Day statement 2020:


“We need to act, and actions need to be based on the best available science. Actions need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while ensuring we seize the economic opportunities that can be enabled by a transition to a low-carbon future.

“The Government of Canada’s climate change plan contains over 50 different measures to help us accomplish these goals. We are investing in clean energy, building greener communities, expanding public transit, phasing out coal power, introducing new standards so our cars run on cleaner fuels, banning harmful single-use plastics, investing in clean technology, and more. We are also committed to protecting 25 percent of Canada’s land and 25 percent of our oceans by 2025 to preserve our natural legacy for future generations.

“By working together, we can build a clean future for our kids and grandkids. May we mark this Earth Day with a recommitment to this collective goal.”


Wilkinson, MP for Vancouver North did not mention anything about coal MINING, just phasing out coal power.


For British Columbians coal is king. According to Natural Resources Canada, the Province accounts for nearly half of all Canadian coal production – much of it metallurgical coal exported to Asia for the making of steel. Coal is B.C.’s number one export commodity, accounting for $3.32 billion of economic activity in 2016. This is big business for the province and for the country: Canada is the world’s third largest exporter of metallurgical coal, after Australia and the U.S. 

From a global perspective, the appalling hypocrisy of Canada’s policy regarding coal is a national embarrassment.” Indeed, as the facts of the Roberts Bank secret are exposed, can the federal Liberal and provincial NDP Governments find any justification to permit the coal exporting activities to continue at the Port of Vancouver?



..I wonder why Greta didn’t mention it when she had her little sit down with the pm?

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Another tv personality to represent the liberals:


Marci Ien, co-host of CTV's The Social, will be appointed the Liberal candidate in the riding of Toronto Centre — which, until recently, was the seat held by former finance minister Bill Morneau.

The Liberal Party's spokesperson Braeden Caley confirmed the news in an emailed statement sent to CTV News on Thursday.

"Devoted Toronto community leader and veteran broadcaster Marci Ien will be the Liberal candidate for the upcoming by-election in Toronto Centre," Caley said in the email.

And another broken promise:


He also said that the Liberals will be appointing Ya’ara Saks as their candidate in York Centre, the seat previously held by Liberal MP Michael Levitt.

This marks a huge shift from the Liberals' previous approach to elections. Ahead of the 2015 election, the Liberal Party emphasized the importance of open nomination processes, where hopeful Liberal nominees would battle it out to win the most votes and secure the candidacy in any given riding.

"When Justin Trudeau committed to hold open nominations in 338 ridings across the country, he made something crystal clear: our open nomination process is there to ensure that local Liberals, in every riding, get to choose who they want to represent them in the next election," reads a post on the Liberal Party website from March, 2014.

"It wasn't for him as Leader to decide – it was for Liberals to decide."

However, this time around, the leader did decide who would represent the Liberal Party in the two upcoming byelections.

Talk about a shoe in......liberal riding since 1993....I’m surprised trudeau didn’t designate Anne Murray to run.

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Energy = Mass x Speed of Light squared.
If you were to strip naked and run around in a circle at the speed of 298 KM/sec (the speed of light) it could be possible for you to ***** yourself.....!
Should you determine that you are not physically capable of achieving that speed at your age, you can easily achieve the same result by voting liberal in the next election!
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27 minutes ago, Jaydee said:


I guess we all did some dumb things in our youth but some of us learned not to continue doing dumb things as we matured, of course some matured much later than others.  

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2 hours ago, Marshall said:

I guess we all did some dumb things in our youth but some of us learned not to continue doing dumb things as we matured, of course some matured much later than others.  

When your father was the PM, one would think you would ( or at least try ) to maintain a higher standard, instead of continually lowering the bar. 

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6 minutes ago, Jaydee said:

When your father was the PM, one would think you would ( or at least try ) to maintain a higher standard, instead of continually lowering the bar. 

I think it was the "rich kid" syndrome just like we are seeing today when well off young people are being named as participating in the various violent protests in the US

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