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Shuffle the deck all you want.  We are still being dealt a crappy hand


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19, 2019 8:33 am

Updated: March 19, 2019 8:40 am

Opposition MPs briefly storm out of committee meeting after Liberals try to end SNC-Lavalin investigation

By Rebecca Joseph National Online Journalist, Breaking News  Global News

Opposition MPs briefly stormed out of the Justice Committee meeting Tuesday morning, after reporters were given a document outlining a Liberal motion to discuss hate crimes the morning after publicly calling for an end to the SNC-Lavalin investigation.

On Monday night, the five Liberal MPs in the the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights sent a letter to the chair of the committee saying they believe the “all rules and laws were followed” by government staff in relation to SNC-Lavalin, and that “Canadians now have the necessary information to arrive at a conclusion.”Tuesday morning, ahead of the planned Justice Committee meeting, Liberal staffers handed out a motion to media to discuss hate crimes and study how racism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and homophobia spreads through online platforms.

Global’s Mercedes Stephenson reported on the motion on Twitter — which was the first opposition MPs had heard of the motion, Tory MP Lisa Raitt told Global News.

They said the Liberals violated the Committee in camera rules by providing that motion to media before it was tabled and walked out of the meeting. After briefly speaking to media, the opposition MPs rushed back into the meeting, which is in camera and thus not open to the media.

Opposition MPs had been asking for the meeting to be open to the public, saying Canadians have the right to hear more about the SNC-Lavalin controversy.

Raitt said on Twitter that even after the investigation, “we don’t know why” MPs Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott resigned from the Liberal cabinet, or why Clerk of the Privy Council Michael Wernick and the Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister Gerald Butts resigned from their positions after the scandal broke

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Andrew Coyne: Federal budget a testament to the pleasures of endless growth. Forget productivity, tax cuts or investment

‎Today, ‎March ‎19, ‎2019, ‏‎42 minutes ago | Andrew Coyne

The 2019 federal budget, like all recent federal budgets, is a tribute to the pleasures of endless economic growth.

In the days when inflation was high, interest rates were volatile and growth was very stop and go, budgeting was hard work. Reining in runaway deficits absorbed most of the energies of finance ministers for the better part of three decades.

But since then inflation has been tamed and growth has been steady: Canada has had only one recession in the last quarter-century, and a mild one at that. Budgeting in such times is comparative child’s play — governments, at the federal level at least, have to positively go out of their way to run deficits.

Indeed, so steady has the revenue-gusher been — no government has ever had as much money to play with, measured in inflation-adjusted dollars per citizen — that the Liberals have been obliged to perform quite heroic feats of spending just to keep pace. Though real per capita spending is at all-time record levels, the deficit remains stubbornly below one per cent of GDP — hardly a deficit at all, really. My God, in the fiscal year just ending, the deficit actually fell: revenues came in faster (6.8 per cent ) than even the Liberals could spend them (4.9 per cent).

I’ve said before that these are deficits of choice, rather than necessity. A better way to describe them might be deficits for show. Not even the Liberals still pretend deficits of this size would have any impact on growth, nor have they: real growth per capita in the bad old Harper years, from fiscal 2007 to 2016, averaged 0.9 per cent — versus 0.7 per cent, actual and projected, in the shining new era ushered in by the Liberals (2017-2024).

Indeed, they’re not even supposed to. Their impact is, first, symbolic — behold, we run deficits because we like to, whereas the previous government did so only grudgingly! — and second, to permit the government to spend more, mostly on the care and feeding of Liberal client groups.

Remember infrastructure? That was supposed to differentiate the new Liberal deficit spending from the old Liberal deficit spending. It wasn’t about pork-barrel politics, or short-run economic fixes. It was about making strategic investments that would increase productivity for the long run. Only it hasn’t quite worked out that way, has it?

The budget boasts that federal infrastructure spending has increased from $8 billion in fiscal 2016 to $14 billion in the current fiscal year. That’s an increase of $6 billion, which sounds like a lot, until you realize total program spending has increased by $47-billion in the same period. At one point the Liberals used to claim one dollar in three of new spending would go to infrastructure. The actual result: more like one in eight.

It is time, then, for the conversation to move on: from how spending is financed to what it is spent on, from the size of government to its composition, from the macro to the micro. Deficits of this size are not going to ruin us, as the opposition claims; neither would eliminating them, as the finance minister pretends.


The quantity of spending isn’t so much the issue as the quality. It isn’t that we can’t afford it: it’s that, in the rush to get all that spending out the door, little thought appears to have been given to whether the money is being spent in the best way, or whether it should be spent at all.

The most telling table in the budget is the last: the one that tallies up the estimated savings from the several “comprehensive reviews” of spending the government claims to have undertaken. The total annual saving: $237 million. Out of a budget of $323.5 billion.

Perhaps one day something a little more stringent will be attempted. And perhaps this budget’s signature initiatives on training and housing, which give every impression of having been cooked up in the Prime Minister’s Office, if not in party election planning sessions, will be the subject.

The training chapter notes, with evident satisfaction, that the government now spends close to $7.5 billion a year on skill development “across more than 100 distinct programs.” Given the country’s acute and growing skills shortages, some questions might be asked about their efficacy. Some, but not too many: a review of skills programming provided “an opportunity to reflect on past successes and determine where more can be done.”

Such a forgiving attitude to the past does not bode well for the future. Has any serious analysis been done of the new Canada Training Benefit — how it will interact with provincial programs, what sort of training will be eligible, and so on?

Likewise for the government’s suite of new policies to make housing more affordable. The budget acknowledges the only real solution to high house prices in the long run is to increase the supply of houses. But the specific measures it announces would mostly stimulate the demand — notably a First-Time Home Buyer Incentive that would involve the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, worryingly, in lending directly to prospective buyers. The details are sketchier than sketchy, but any benefit would more than likely be capitalized into prices. Would anyone really be made better off?

But why ask hard questions, when growth is endless and budgets need never be balanced? Except … even if the business cycle has been abolished, and growth does persist, it will be much slower growth than we have known, now that the Baby Boomers are hitting their retirement years. That may not be of much concern to the feds, who largely insulated themselves, in the deficit-slashing years, from the fiscal consequences. But it’s a huge problem for the provinces, who will have to pay to look after all those aging Boomers.

What would the budget do to stimulate growth in the long run — to improve Canada’s sluggish productivity record, to arrest the alarming decline in business investment, to reform Canada’s complex, growth-killing corporate and personal income tax system?

Er, nothing, as it happens. For as it has been said, in the long run we are all out of office.

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Justin who is looking after us middle class citizens made this list.

Net worth: $13M
Country: Canada
Position: Prime Minister

Canada’s second-youngest leader was perhaps always destined for politics. After all, his father was Canada’s 15th prime minister. Following studies in environmental geography and literature, Trudeau’s first true step into politics probably began with the delivery of his father’s eulogy. The speech is often cited as a significant historical moment in Canadian politics.

Trudeau spent several years leading Canada’s Liberal Party, culminating in his electoral victory in 2015 as Canada’s newest prime minister. In this role, he’s advocated a consistently progressive platform. Much of his personal wealth was inherited from a prestigious political family lineage. His many fans also consider Trudeau to be one of the most “charming” politicians on the global stage. Little do they know: he’s also one of the richest!

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Another Female MP turns her back on Justin.

March 20, 2019 12:41 pm
Updated: March 20, 2019 1:00 pm

Outspoken MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes quits Trudeau’s Liberal caucus

By Amanda Connolly National Online Journalist  Global News
News: Trudeau confirms Whitby MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes quit Liberal caucus, will sit as Independent

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appears to have lost the confidence of another female member of his team, following two high-profile resignations from female cabinet ministers over the last month.

READ MORE: PMO denies that Trudeau yelled at Liberal MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes

Trudeau told reporters on his way into question period on Wednesday that he learned from his office that Whitby MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes has decided to sit as an independent for the remainder of the parliamentary session.

Caesar-Chavannes is a first-term MP who announced earlier this year that she will not be running for re-election.

WATCH: ‘Remember your reactions?’ MP Caesar-Chavannes says in cryptic tweet after PM Trudeau remarks (March 7) ERICA_VELLA_MAR_7_848x480_1454076995947.jpg?w=670&quality=70&strip=all

She pushed back at questions over whether her decision was linked to the allegations of attempted political interference at the heart of the SNC-Lavalin affair.

That controversy saw former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould and former Treasury Board president Jane Philpott resign, citing a lack of confidence in Trudeau’s handling of the matter.

READ MORE: ‘You think the world revolves around your skin colour’: Liberal and Conservative MP tangle on Twitter

Both have so far remained in the Liberal caucus and appear set to run again under the banner this fall.

Caesar-Chavannes, however, accused Trudeau in a cryptic tweet earlier this month of failing to live up to the leadership expectations he espoused of openness and teamwork.

READ MORE: Liberal MP says racial microaggressions ‘happen all the time’ on Parliament Hill

She later said in an interview with the Globe and Mail he had raised his voice with her when she told him on the day of Wilson-Raybould’s resignation that she would not run again.

She said he later apologized.

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Jacques Bougie who JUST happens to not only sit on the Board of SNC-Lavalin, also sits on the Board for ... get ready ... The Trudeau Foundation.

It also turns out that he is a Director at McCain Foods ... You know, Bill Morneau’s (Minister of Finance) wife’s family business...

Really ? ... I mean REALLY ? !!! Yeah, no conflict of interest there.


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Under Trudeau...from the Fraser Institute


”  Amount invested abroad by Canadians up more than 73% while amount invested in Canada by foreigners down 55%

VANCOUVER—Since 2013, the amount invested by Canadians abroad has increased 73.7 per cent while the amount invested by foreigners in Canada has declined by 55 per cent, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

“Investment by foreign companies and individuals is vital to increasing productivity and improving living standards for Canadian workers, so when the level of investment drops, Canadians suffer,” said Steven Globerman, Fraser Institute senior fellow and author of Canadian Foreign Direct Investment: Recent Patterns and Interpretation.

The study finds that, from 1990 to 2014, the average annual investment by foreigners in Canada—known as inward foreign direct investment or FDI—measured as a share of the Canadian economy was markedly higher than the United States and the OECD.

However, that trend has changed, and from 2014 to 2017, Canada’s level of foreign investment declined while it increased substantially in the U.S. and the OECD more broadly. And the drop in foreign investment affected multiple sectors in Canada including manufacturing and utilities. In other words, it’s not just an oil and gas problem.

Moreover, during that same period, Canada’s level of outward FDI (investment in other countries by Canadians) increased.

“When you see less money coming in from foreigners at the same time Canadians are increasingly investing abroad, it’s a strong indication that Canada is not a good place to invest,” Globerman said. 

“Unfortunately for Canadian workers, Canada has become a less attractive location for direct foreign investment.”

Edited by Jaydee

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In a recent Facebook post, Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre shared an image of cots and sleeping bags set up in the House of Commons for MPs to nap on during all-night votes.

In the image several cots are lined up in what appears to be the hallway of the House of Commons with sleeping bags neatly placed on top.

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I think that picture of Goodale was taken

when all the illegal immigrants were pouring

into Canada!

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‎Today, ‎March ‎22, ‎2019, ‏‎31 minutes ago

Wilson-Raybould to provide emails, texts and written statement on SNC-Lavalin affair

‎Today, ‎March ‎22, ‎2019, ‏‎31 minutes ago | CBC News
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Jody Wilson-Raybould says she will provide a written statement and copies of text messages and emails to the Commons justice committee that shut down its probe into the SNC-Lavalin affair.

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This can't all be just coincidence and isolated incidents. I'm sure several of these share something in common. Maybe, it's a lack of confidence in their leader? 

✅ Sept. 17, 2018 Leona Alleslev crosses the floor joins the Conservative

✅ Sept. 19, 2018 Bill Casey announces he will not run for re election in 2019

✅ Sept. 28, 2018 Colin Fraser announces he will not run for re election in 2019

✅ Oct. 25, 2018 Borys Wrzesnewskyj announces he will not run for re relection in 2019

✅ Jan. 10, 2019 Scott Brison resigns will not run for re election in 2019

✅ Jan. 29, 2019 Nicola Di Iorio after a long absence resigns

✅ Feb. 12, 2019 Jody Wilson-Raybould resigns from cabinet

✅ Feb. 13, 2019 Mark Eyking announces he will not run for re election in 2019

✅ Feb. 18, 2019 Gerald Butts resigns as Trudeau's Principal secretary

✅ Feb. 19, 2019 TJ Harvey announces he will not run for re election in 2019

✅ Feb. 27, 2019 John Oliver announces he will not run for re election in 2019

✅ Mar. 2, 2019 Celina Caesar-Chavannes announces she will not run for re election in 2019. Then counters Trudeau's SNC Lavelin explanation with a Tweet.

✅ Mar. 4, 2019 Jane Philpott resigns from cabinet

✅ Mar. 12, 2019 Mario Dion Ethics Commissioner takes extended medical leave. Trudeau now facing his 5th ethics probe.

✅ Mar. 17, 2019 Don Rusnak announces he will not run for re election in 2019

✅ Mar. 18, 2019 Michael Wernick resigns from Privy Council.”

✅ Yesterday, March 20 2019 Celina Caesar-Chavannes resigns from liberal party and sits as an independent.

Now Jane Phillpott states there is much more that Canadians need to know about #lavscam.


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A much more important question, at least for some of our troops.  Now that the UN has formally asked Canada to extend our mission in Mali, will Justin agree to it?  Perhaps he will if he is fixated on getting a position with the UN.

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I sure hope we, the tax payers, don't pay for this purely political trip. He should at the very least pay for the cost of transportation , accommodation etc.


Trudeau to attend event for former broadcaster seeking Vancouver Kingsway Liberal nomination

‎Yesterday, ‎March ‎23, ‎2019, ‏‎7:04:37 PM | CBC News
Tamara Taggart Vacnouver Kingsway

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is scheduled to be in Vancouver Sunday to support former CTV News broadcaster Tamara Taggart, who is seeking the federal Liberal nomination for the riding of Vancouver Kingsway.

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Trudeau afraid of following Trump's lead


The big difference between Donald Trump and Justin Trudeau is that the U.S. president allowed himself to be investigated, while the prime minister has actually used all his powers to stop himself from suffering the same fate.


Over the weekend, the Mueller report was handed over the Department of Justice in Washington. There was no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia and no charges on obstruction of justice.

Over 22 months, the investigation lead by former FBI head Robert Mueller issued more than 2,800 subpoenas, executed nearly 500 search warrants and heard from 500 witnesses.

Even with the 19 lawyers and 40 FBI agents working full-time on this file, they could not prove the central narratives of collusion or obstruction of justice.

Yes, 34 people have been indicted, including 25 Russian nationals and several former Trump advisors, but not on collusion or obstruction. Paul Manafort, the most high-profile case is mostly facing tax charges not related to the Trump campaign.

Here in Canada, we don’t even have anything close to an investigation that we know of because Trudeau won’t let anything move forward in the House of Commons.

Yes, Trump complained about Mueller. He called the whole thing a witch hunt based on fake news, but he allowed the investigation to conclude and in the end. It was a big nothing burger on questions of collusion and obstruction.

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