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Just like islamophobia, white supremacy will not have a specific definition under the liberals....just a phrase be used as a general smear against anyone (you and me) that has, by no fault of their own, called this country home, and happens to speak out against the trudeau agenda.... 😢.

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Justin Trudeau's 'annus horribilis': All the reasons why the October election can't come soon enough

Diane Francis: If Trudeau can sue Scheer, Canadians should be able to launch our own class action against the Prime Minister for all the ways he's done us wrong

The Prime Minister’s threatened libel lawsuit against Andrew Scheer enhances the Opposition leader’s stature, and diminishes his own.

Scheer’s response — to allegations that he defamed the PM concerning the SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. scandal — was pitch perfect. At a Sunday afternoon press conference, he was passionate but unemotional. He looked Prime Ministerial, was lauded by all commentators and parties, and overnight became First Among Opposition Leaders.

The Prime Minister’s justification for legal action was to make Scheer “accountable” for alleged misleading statements, ironic coming from a leader who has been hardly a paragon of accountability during the entire, shabby SNC scandal.

It was Trumpian. Small. Unbecoming. And ineffective. “I have to ask who is doing the damage control in the Prime Minister’s Office because this (SNC affair) has been like a relentless dumpster fire that they keep pouring gasoline on,” said New Democratic Party MP Charlie Angus.

 

Frankly, even if the lawsuit is more than just a threat and lands a punch, no one will be the wiser. Such actions take months or years and bore voters to tears.

Clearly, this has been Trudeau’s “annus horribilis,” a year of multiple resignations, two eyebrow-raising expulsions from the Liberal caucus, policy flops and sagging polls.

In January, he dismissed as “false” a news story about the former Liberal Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould getting pushed around to overturn a decision to prosecute SNC-Lavalin on corruption charges. Turns out, it wasn’t false.

 

https://business.financialpost.com/diane-francis/justin-trudeaus-annus-horribilis-all-the-reasons-why-the-october-election-cant-come-soon-enough

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Trudeau plays politics with terrorism

 

“Trudeau spent most of last week trying to link his Conservative opponents to white supremacist extremism. It’s a ploy he’s been using since the heinous shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand, last month.

Meanwhile, he pushed through a removal of any reference to Sikh extremism from an intelligence report just before he visited one of the largest Sikh temples in Canada on Saturday.”

“So let’s get this straight, we need to be scared of white supremacy and name it, yet when it comes to the group responsible for the deadliest terrorist attack in Canadian history, the Air India bombing, we should drop any reference to that group over political pressure?

Justin Trudeau came to power promising “sunny ways.” Now he warns darkly that his opponents are racist and that violence lurks around every conservative corner while turning a blind eye to a history of violence committed in this country.
Turns out his sunny ways were as fake as his feminism.”

 

For Justin Trudeau, the problems of terrorism and extremism in Canada appear to be nothing more than partisan political issues.

I don’t make that claim lightly, nor do I make it without some kind of proof. In fact, I make this claim based on Trudeau’s actions of the last week.

Trudeau spent most of last week trying to link his Conservative opponents to white supremacist extremism. It’s a ploy he’s been using since the heinous shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand, last month.

Meanwhile, he pushed through a removal of any reference to Sikh extremism from an intelligence report just before he visited one of the largest Sikh temples in Canada on Saturday.

What else should we make of this?

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau bows his head before speaking at the Khalsa Diwan Society Sikh Temple before marching in the Vaisakhi parade, in Vancouver on Saturday April 13, 2019. (The Canadian Press)

There is no evidence that Andrew Scheer the federal Conservative leader supports white supremacy let alone those that would use violence to push the idea for political reasons. Scheer has even denounced the ideology to Trudeau’s face in the House of Commons.

He did so last week as Trudeau again raised the issue and falsely claimed that Scheer supported the idea and stood with those that did.

“Those are typical Liberal smear tactics. They know that I have always 100% denounced white supremacy and racism and anyone who promotes those hateful ideologies,” Scheer said after Trudeau raised the issue to deflect from a question about the SNC-Lavalin scandal.

Yet, there was Trudeau on Friday night linking Scheer to white nationalists in a speech to supporters in Mississauga. He tried to link Scheer, a man I’ve known for 15 years and without a racists bone in his body, to Ontario Premier Doug Ford and then link them both to racism.

Ford won seats across the Toronto area with huge support among the city’s many diverse communities. Many of his top staffers, long serving staffers, are visible minorities.

But to Trudeau, linking these two men to white nationalism, white supremacy, without proof is fine because it helps him politically.

Then there is the removal of Sikh extremism from the 2018 Public Report on the Terrorism Threat to Canada, issued by Public Safety Canada, after consultation with the various intelligence agencies of the federal government.

Originally it listed in order, Shia extremism, Right-Wing extremism, Sikh extremism, Sunni extremism, and Canadian extremist travellers.

Now the reference to Sikh extremists is gone and is replaced by, “Extremists who Support Violent Means to Establish an Independent State Within India.”

On the website of Public Safety Canada is a statement about the removal of Sikh extremism, which says, “The Government’s communication of threats must be clear, concise, and cannot be perceived as maligning any groups.”

Funny that.

Shia Muslims are a group representing as many as 200 million Muslims around the world.

Sunni Muslims are another group and they representing more than 1 billion people.

So much for that statement.

Did I mention that the change was made just before Trudeau visited a major Sikh temple?

Here’s another oddity to deal with.

When Trudeau’s minister for foreign affairs appeared before a Senate committee, she emphasized the importance of calling out violent groups by naming them.

“I absolutely believe we need to name that threat, we need to be aware of it, and we need to work hard to find ways to protect our societies and our people from it,” Chrystia Freeland said.

So let’s get this straight, we need to be scared of white supremacy and name it, yet when it comes to the group responsible for the deadliest terrorist attack in Canadian history, the Air India bombing, we should drop any reference to that group over political pressure?

Justin Trudeau came to power promising “sunny ways.” Now he warns darkly that his opponents are racist and that violence lurks around every conservative corner while turning a blind eye to a history of violence committed in this country.

Turns out his sunny ways were as fake as his feminism.

 

https://torontosun.com/opinion/columnists/lilley-trudeau-plays-politics-with-terrorism

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New ‘independent’ Senator and former CBC pollster under fire for pro-Trudeau poll

Conservative senators want rookie Trudeau appointee Donna Dasko to consider repaying $15,000 in expenses for a “push poll” she commissioned out of her office budget, then used to ballyhoo Liberal government reforms.

“Clearly this survey was developed with partisan political considerations in mind, attempting to validate Prime Minister (Justin) Trudeau’s platform promises,” said Conservative Senate caucus leader Larry Smith, adding the dubious poll broke enhanced spending rules restricting partisan activities.

In June of 2018, Trudeau picked the prominent Canadian pollster to occupy one of 105 seats in the Canadian Senate: storied Upper Chamber of sober second thought to the House of Commons’ legislative inclinations. 

A Prime Minister’s Office-vetted bio describes Dasko as “media commentator” whose record with Environics, the polling company she founded, included the “Globe-Environics Poll and election and special feature polling for the CBC.”  

Dasko is among 49 senators appointed via a new shortlist process, a product of Trudeau’s promised Senate reform and different from the old-fashioned way of a PM simply nominating anyone he or she pleased. 

While Trudeau claims this Independent Advisory Board for Senate Appointments will make the Senate non-partisan, the board is entirely handpicked by the Prime Minister’s Office.

Additionally, the panel is not only concerned about merit, but rates candidates on a range of metrics including sexual and ethnic diversity – see the board’s latest report, here

Gauging public sentiment on these appointment changes – a process that led to Dasko’s own selection – was the goal of the Nanos poll she commissioned, and according to its results, the entire reform process is virtually unknown to half of the 1000 Canadians who answered her survey.!

Nevertheless, Dasko claims her poll’s results show 77 per cent want to keep these reforms that fewer than four-out-of-ten admit they “heard or read something about” – just 56 per cent actually “heard about independent senators.”

The first independent senators were born in April 2014, when Trudeau decided to cut existing Liberal appointees in the Upper Chamber from the party’s national caucus. The son of former PM Pierre Trudeau had barely been party leader for a year before making this nation-changing decision.

And his Senate reform continued after winning a majority government, when in January 2016, the PMO established by way of Order-in-Council, the advisory board to weed through applicants and build a roster of potential “independents” to fill Senate vacancies.

By March of that year, the Independent Senator Group in the Upper Chamber was formed; an amalgam of Trudeau’s original castaways, destination for his new picks and haven for embattled Harper-era appointees including Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin and Patrick Brazeau.”

Trudeau’s decision to abandon his Senate caucus occurred just months before Duffy was charged with 31 counts of fraud, breach of trust and bribery in July of 2014. It was the capper on highly publicized spending scandals involving all three that culminated with Duffy’s trial and exoneration, well after Stephen Harper lost the election and had exited federal politics. 

But even an intensifying scandal focussed on his trio of picks – suspended in November 2013 from the Senate (all since reinstated) – didn’t prevent then-PM Harper from chiding  Trudeau’s decision to cut his Liberal senators loose.

“I gather the change announced by the leader today is that unelected Liberal senators will become unelected senators who happen to be Liberal,” said Harper during question period repartee on that Senate scandal and purported reform at the time. 

Harper wanted an elected Senate, but requiring Constitutional support by the provinces to do it, the polarizing Conservative leader could only exercise that option in Alberta, which had its own elected appointee process until related provincial legislation expired in 2016.

Dasko’s survey notes 46 per cent still report “negative impressions” of the Senate due to “scandal” but credits a 20 per cent drop in negative impressions since 2016 to Trudeau’s reforms. Nearly 60 per cent who responded say these reforms will improve the Senate, according to survey results.

“Conservative leader Andrew Scheer has vowed to scrap the independent selection process and return to a partisan Senate if elected,” warns Dasko, now a member of the Independent Senate Group, whose 58 mostly Liberal government appointees currently hold the outright majority in the Upper Chamber. 

And because of this majority, they are called upon to answer for the current government’s policy by the second-largest block – 31 Conservative caucus members under Smith’s leadership in the Senate. All are direct PM appointments under the previous system and members of the Conservatives’ national caucus, unlike a compact of nine Liberals (the third place block), also direct PM-appointees, who now sit unrecognized and estranged by their national caucus.

Smith accuses Dasko of creating a “push poll” with leading questions, whose results are very unreliable and ultimately intended for political messaging. Its citation by a salutary Independent Senator Group press release, then reference by ISG leader Peter Harder in Senate debate, only reinforces its partisan intention said Smith.

“For a group that claims to be non-partisan, they are certainly playing political games. Their actions speak louder than words,” he said. “With the fall election looming, the testing of the Trudeau Liberal narrative in the Senate should be considered a campaigning effort.”

During Thursday’s Senate question period, Senator Dennis Batters challenged Harder for guarantees on the new senate advisory board’s autonomy.

“To date you haven’t given us any information so that we can evaluate how independent and arm’s length it really is. We don’t know who sponsored the now 16 most recently appointed senators,” said Batters. “We know that those boards were 100 per cent filled by the PMO.”

Harder, who is Trudeau’s first “independent senator” pick under the PM’s Senate-reform package, replied that Dasko’s survey suggested voters had faith in the process.

“Let me simply draw attention to a recent public survey that was referenced yesterday by Senator Dasko, which speaks to the support that Canadians have expressed, which I think is 77 per cent on the independent Senate appointment process.”

According to the Independent Advisory Board for Senate Appointments’ December 2018 report (see above link) from a pool of more than nearly 3300 applicants, it shortlisted 180 candidates for selection. 

But the board’s “arm’s length” credentials were damaged after celebrity chef and CBC Dragon’s Den personality Vikram Vij, a panel member for British Columbia, was discovered as Trudeau’s ‘guest chef’ on the PM’s botched goodwill visit to India.

The Post Millennial provided Senator Dasko an opportunity to respond to Smith’s claims she violated office spending rules and to explain her poll’s methodology, but she has not responded as of the time of publishing.

Dasko did, however, give an interview on Wednesday to her old paymasters CBC, for whom the PMO earlier bragged Dasko had conducted custom polling in her previous career. Speaking to As It Happens, Dasko denied her poll was partisan and that it broke spending laws in the Senate.

“This is perfectly legit. It was all cleared,” Dasko claimed. “Comes right out of my existing budget.” 

While section 5.18 of the Senate’s office budget policy restricts spending on partisan activities, it does not specifically mention the commissioning of polls.  

https://www.thepostmillennial.com/new-independent-senator-and-former-cbc-pollster-under-fire-for-pro-trudeau-poll/

 

 

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NEW STUDY: Prime Minister Trudeau has broken the record for debt growth outside world wars and recessions.

Visit fraserinstitute.org to learn more..

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https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-did-jody-wilson-raybould-understand-her-role-as-attorney-general/

Brian Greenspan is past president of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association, founding chair of the Canadian Council of Criminal Defence Lawyers and the recipient of an honorary doctor of laws from the Law Society of Ontario.

The reputation and integrity of the administration of criminal justice in Canada has recently been challenged by critics who betray a fundamental misunderstanding of the responsibilities of key participants in our justice system. Regrettably, these misconceptions have been fuelled by our former attorney-general, Jody Wilson-Raybould.

There is no question that the attorney-general must exercise her role objectively and independently. However, in a free and democratic society, the prosecutorial function does not operate in a vacuum, in isolation and immune from debate, discussion and, indeed, persuasion. Isolation breeds tyranny. Access to justice requires those who administer justice to be accessible, to be open to advocacy on behalf of clients and causes. Advocacy in the adversarial process does not undermine independence. In fact, the public interest is best served by ensuring that the decision-maker has meaningfully examined the conflicting positions and has been exposed to a comprehensive review of all relevant considerations.

Over the course of more than 45 years as defence counsel, I have often advanced controversial positions. I have repeatedly and unrepentantly attempted to persuade prosecutors and courts that they ought to exercise their discretion, in the public interest, in a manner favourable to what I have urged was a just result. Prosecutors routinely take public-interest considerations into account in the exercise of their quasi-judicial discretion. Every decision to prosecute, every application for bail and every sentence imposed on a convicted offender engages a consideration of the public interest. As well, the public interest is a vital consideration in resolution discussions which routinely take place in private settings, often in teleconferences, frequently in direct personal meetings, but never surreptitiously recorded. When I wasn’t satisfied that a Crown had fairly or properly evaluated my submissions, I would, on occasion, resort to further meetings with supervising prosecutors. If I concluded that legal principles or mitigating circumstances had been ignored and that the path to resolution had not been exhausted, I might arrange a meeting with an assistant deputy attorney-general or, on rare occasions, with either the attorney-general of the province or the attorney-general of Canada. This process does not challenge independence; it ensures its vitality.

If an attorney-general can receive such vigorous advocacy and remain objective, then certainly her objectivity can also withstand collegial conversations with government colleagues and bureaucrats in which they share their views and opinions on the merits of a prosecution. Thoughtful reconsideration and sober second thoughts do not threaten the independence of the attorney-general nor do they jeopardize the integrity of our justice system.

Ms. Wilson-Raybould has expressed the position that any intervention by the attorney-general with the decision of the director of public prosecutions (DPP) would have been automatically suspect and that it would risk calling into question prosecutorial independence and the rule of law. The DPP, in fact, fulfills her responsibility under and on behalf of the attorney-general, and the act which governs her authority empowers the attorney-general to assume carriage of a prosecution or to direct the director. The attorney-general’s power to superintend prosecutions is an important aspect of our system. The former attorney-general treated the DPP as essentially unreviewable. Politically accountable oversight in ensuring that the public interest is properly taken into account isn’t anathema to the rule of law. The attorney-general’s power to superintend prosecutions is an integral part of our justice system.

The DPP is expressly mandated to notify the attorney-general if a case “raises important questions of general interest.” The conviction of SNC-Lavalin would affect thousands of people, including employees, pensioners and shareholders who were innocent bystanders to the alleged wrongdoing. In fact, one of the key underlying objectives of remediation agreements is to reduce the collateral negative consequences to those not engaged in the wrongdoing. The DPP fulfilled her responsibility to notify the attorney-general, recognizing that this case raised important questions of public interest. However, rather than address, assess or weigh the competing positions, the attorney-general appears to have reflexively deferred to the DPP and abdicated her responsibility for vigorous and independent oversight.

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Hopefully, people like this are becoming more vocal:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6znuJalOd28

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3UAH5wksmCM

Once the questions are posed, the response is the same yada, yada, yada.....

but people aren’t buying it anymore.

btw... I would like to know what skills, trades, etc are being imported with the pms current diverse immigrants with language challenges, trade (if any) certification issues, etc.

 

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Justin Trudeau 
by Garry Harrison (Professor of British and Irish Literary Studies who lives in Canada)
(Pretty much hits the nail squarely on the head!)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Now, as Canada prepares to join the fight against ISIS and the other Islamic barbarians who threaten our people and way of life, we see that J.Trudeau intends to use his unearned privileges to carry on his father’s tradition of serving as an apologist for and appeaser of all of the enemies of our civilization. In this he is, most regrettably, simply carrying on in the long tradition of a Quebec political establishment whose behaviour in the face of our enemies has long been disgraceful and immoral. Just as the Quebec political establishment took seditious, and at times, almost traitorous positions in the face of the German threat in both World Wars (shameful episodes that are somehow generally hushed-up in the retelling of our history),today J.Trudeau is, as his father once was, on the other side in the great crusade for civilization. It is grating on my nerves to know that Quebec is subsidized by the Canadian government to the tune of $16 billion dollars. If you think rest of our Canadian provinces get any of this largesse, you are mistaken!!

 Justin Trudeau in 24 Sussex – will likely be fatal for the Canadian Federation. How long do you think, in this day and age, will the Western Provinces remain willing to accept the dictates of a Quebec-controlled government hostile to the very basis of its entire economy?

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

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

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We’ll see if this blows up in Justin’s face (can’t imagine these folks will like the carbon tax either but that’s another thread):

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From the National Post:

Canadians are not feeling prosperous these days and believe their consumer debt and personal finances have deteriorated over the past few months, according to a new survey.

More Canadians are hovering close to financial insolvency at the end of the month; nearly half (48 per cent) of Canadians say they are $200 or less each month away from financial insolvency, according to a quarterly survey, conducted by Ipsos on behalf of MNP Ltd.

This includes one in four (26 per cent) who say they have no wiggle room at month-end, as they already don’t make enough to cover their bills and debt payments.

“When there is this little room in the household budget, people can easily get trapped in an endless cycle of debt,” says Grant Bazian, president of MNP Ltd, the  insolvency firm. “This isn’t simply a matter of people living beyond their means. The reality is that too many households simply cannot make ends meet, however hard they try.”

Those surveyed also say they have been broadsided by interest rates that began rising last year, with their debt situation now sitting near its lowest point since Ipsos started the survey.

Just over half of Canadians are concerned about repaying their debts (54 per cent) or think they may get into financial trouble (47 per cent) if interest rates increase, with 35 per cent indicating that a rate increase could push them towards bankruptcy.

“Canadians appear to be maxed out with no real plan for paying back what they have borrowed. This raises many alarming questions about how and if consumer debt will be repaid, particularly if conditions deteriorate or interest rates rise,” says Bazian.

 

But then we find this little gem buried with no real explanation from the Libs:

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Sometime in the first six months of 2018, the agency wrote off more than $133 million in taxes owed by one taxpayer. It's not clear whether the recipient of the writeoff was a person or a corporation.

The amount was for unspecified excise taxes or excise duties; the CRA has offered no further details.

A spokesperson for the Canada Revenue Agency declined to identify the taxpayer benefiting from the writeoff, or to provide details of the nature of the uncollected taxes, citing confidentiality provisions under the law.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/tax-excise-alcohol-auto-chrysler-wudrick-biram-canada-revenue-agency-cra-write-off-1.5101848

 

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https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/fiscal-monitor-trudeau-surplus-1.5112639

And with the economy roaring away, as the Libs like to take credit for, they still manage to piss away the surplus:

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The Trudeau government says it remains on track to post a budgetary shortfall of about $15 billion in 2018-19 even though a new estimate says the federal books ran a $3.1-billion surplus through the first 11 months of the fiscal year.

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Anybody notice this nugget......no wonder Trudeau got cold feet with Wilson Raybould :

“The Saugeen Ojibway Nation is pressing a claim to ownership of government land across the entire Bruce Peninsula and a legally unique claim for Aboriginal title over the “water territory” around it — stretching from the international boundary with the United States in Lake Huron across to Georgian Bay — along with compensation that could amount, by their accounting, to $90 billion.”

https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/first-nation-sues-for-title-to-massive-scenic-swath-of-ontario-and-90b-as-landmark-trial-starts

https://nationalpost.com/opinion/conrad-black-snc-lavalin-is-a-sideshow-to-the-real-wilson-raybould-issue

 

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7 minutes ago, st27 said:

The Saugeen Ojibway Nation is pressing a claim to ownership of government land across the entire Bruce Peninsula and a legally unique claim for Aboriginal title over the “water territory” around it — stretching from the international boundary with the United States in Lake Huron across to Georgian Bay — along with compensation that could amount, by their accounting, to $90 billion.”

Nothing like attempting to bankrupt the hand that has spoon fed you for 150 years 🥵🥵

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Was it just me or did I hear trudeau thank China instead of Japan in his closing remarks at today’s meeting with the Japanese PM?

He also may have insulted the Japanese PM by referring to him by his first name...not done in Japanese culture.

 

btw....new polls show him at 27% compared to Scheer and the Tories.

 

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Nope...just watched the video....he called Japan... CHINA..right in front of the Japanese PM.   Canada is back !!  UGH. 🤬

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From the CBC:

During an appearance with Abe, he spoke about the diplomatic relations between "Canada and China," before quickly correcting himself. Later on, he accidentally referred to Japan as China again.

Not exactly the coverage Scheer  would have received if he had made a similar faux pas.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addressed a major gathering of the Canadian First Nations peoples. He spoke for about an hour about his plans for increasing their present standard of living across many areas in Canada. Thou very vague in detail with many ums ahs and ers ,he spoke about his ideas for helping his indigenous brothers and sisters.

Afterwards the head Chiefs presented him with a nice hand made plaque inscribed with his newly given Native name of "Walking Goose" which he gratefully accepted with many pictures taken of this historic event.

After Trudeau left, a news reporter asked the Chiefs how they came up with this new Native name for him. They explained to him that "Walking Goose" is a name given to a bird that is so full of **bleep** that it can no longer fly!!!!

 

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Why are there different standards for Liberals?

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“ SNC and Del Mastro — similar accusations, much different treatment “

'He got jail time,' the lawyer said of his former client, Del Mastro. 'You look at what SNC did and the influence they were trying to get...'

This is a story about the giant engineering firm recently described as “a signature Canadian company” based in Montreal — why yes, it is SNC-Lavalin — and another, smaller but successful company based in Mississauga, Ont.

Compare, if you will, how the two were treated by the Commissioner of Canada Elections.

The former has been in the news for months, but most recently because the CBC recently obtained a secret list of the names of key SNC executives who allegedly made bogus political donations, mostly to the federal Liberal party.

I say allegedly as a matter of courtesy.

SNC-Lavalin signed a “compliance agreement” in 2016 with the Commissioner of Canada Elections in which the company admitted that “certain former senior executives” or their relatives had made the fake donations, and that those employees then either got fictitious bonuses or false expense refunds so they weren’t out of pocket, and that it was actually SNC-Lavalin itself forking out the dough, presumably to make new friends or thank existing ones in the natural governing party.

Another curious thing: Only one former SNC employee was criminally charged

 

Alas, since the CBC’s Fifth Estate got the list, and phoned many of the former SNC executives, some have denied acting as “straw donors,” even though they are named on the previously secret list.

In any case, that deal is long done.

The Liberal party has reportedly repaid the federal Receiver General $109,615.76 (forgive the cynicism, but I’d like to see those cheques or receipts), and the federal Conservative party a whopping $8,287.73 for the pittance SNC had tossed its way.

Another curious thing: Only one former SNC employee, Normand Morin, was criminally charged. Last November, Morin pleaded guilty in the Court of Quebec to “soliciting political contributions from certain senior officers” … while offering them a reimbursement from SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. and “acting in collusion with certain senior officials … for the purpose of circumventing” election financing laws forbidding corporate donations.

He paid a total fine of $2,000.

What happened to all those former senior officers with whom he was colluding?

According to the CBC, the list of fake donor names — 18 former SNC brass, directors and some spouses — was sent to the federal Liberals in a confidential letter from the Commissioner of Canada Elections on Aug. 5, 2016, just weeks before SNC CEO Neil Bruce and Elections Commissioner Yves Cote signed the compliance agreement.

Compare all that to the treatment accorded David Del Mastro and his electrical/energy company, Deltro Ltd.

David is the cousin of former Conservative MP Dean Del Mastro, who was criminally charged in 2014 for circumventing election expense limits by using his own money to purchase voter canvassing and get-out-the-vote services, getting the supplier to send him a false invoice and participating with his official agent in filing a false election campaign return.

All of this was done during the 2008 election.

Basically, the former Peterborough, Ont., MP was convicted of improperly over-donating to his own campaign.

He was convicted of three offences, sentenced to a month in jail, four more in the community and 18 months probation. He also had to repay $10,000 to the Peterborough electoral district association.

He resigned in 2014.

David, on the other hand, was accused, also in 2014, of running an SNC-like scheme to help his cousin.

david-del-mastro.png?w=414David Del Mastro, accused of making illegal contributions to the campaign of his cousin, former Conservative MP Dean Del Mastro. outside court in 2016. Glen McGregor/Postmedia

He was acquitted of all charges after the judge ruled prosecutors couldn’t use evidence improperly seized in a raid on Deltro’s offices.

But the allegations were so similar to those SNC admitted to doing.

According to an agreed statements of facts introduced at David’s trial, more than a dozen employees of Deltro, or their relatives, each donated $1,000 to Del Mastro’s campaign or his riding association and were then all reimbursed $1,050 by Deltro Ltd.

The total amount of money up for grabs was about $22,000.

The total potential election result affected was one (Dean Del Mastro’s seat, which he won with 47.5% of the vote in 2008) in one federal election.

The SNC scheme, by comparison, ran undetected from March of 2004 to May of 2011, or almost seven years.

In that period, there were three general elections, in 2006, 2008 and 2011. There was one Liberal party leadership race (about $12,000 of the illegal SNC donations went to candidates in that race). That’s three potential elections and God knows how many seats and outcomes affected.

Each case investigated by our office is assessed on the basis of its own merits

 
 

And lawyers who represented the Del Mastro cousins say they both asked for “compliance agreements” for their clients and were flatly refused.

“We asked very early on in the process if we could discuss a compliance agreement,”  said Jeffrey Ayotte, the Peterborough lawyer who represented Dean Del Mastro.

“He got jail time,” he said of his former client. “You look at what SNC did and the influence they were trying to get…”

Scott Fenton of Toronto represented David Del Mastro at trial, and before it began, he approached prosecutors and said, “It’s ridiculous to criminalize this behaviour…”

He wrote the prosecutors a lengthy letter, arguing for a compliance agreement, pointing out that the Commissioner of Canada Elections had already obtained convictions against Dean and his former campaign manager arising from the same campaign, and pointed to other compliance agreements the federal agency had reached with other, larger companies where the amounts at issue were much larger, including with one firm that was a repeat offender.

Myriam Croussette, senior communications adviser for the Commissioner of Canada Elections, said SNC-Lavalin also had to adopt and maintain compliance standards, publish advertisements to this effect, so as to “encourage future compliance by others.”

As for why neither Del Mastro was even considered for a compliance agreement, Croussette said, “each case investigated by our office is assessed on the basis of its own merits.”

Under that trademark blindfold of hers, Lady Justice must sometimes be winking.

https://nationalpost.com/opinion/christie-blatchford-snc-and-david-del-mastro-similar-accusations-much-different-treatment

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