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To listen to sockboy and his idea of government .... we have your backs, from day one, clear and transparent, budgets will balance themselves, respect for parliament, blah blah blah ...... the Canadia

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CMHC Lied On Housing Tax

CMHC waged a media misinformation campaign to conceal research on a home equity tax, according to Access To Information records yesterday disclosed by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. Documents show the agency and its CEO Evan Siddall withheld details of research into Canadians who “get rich” on home ownership, and sought to discredit Blacklock’s reporting on the tax study.

Siddall yesterday did not comment. Records show Siddall specifically contacted researchers to produce a study on taxation. “I like the idea,” Siddall wrote in a May 22, 2019 email. “Very worthwhile.”

Homeowners currently do not pay tax on the sale of a primary residence. The Canada Revenue Agency since 2016 has required tax filers to report the sale of a primary residence under threat of an $8,000 fine even though sales are not taxable.

Blacklock’s last July 17 revealed CMHC awarded $250,000 to researchers at the University of British Columbia to study taxation of home equity. Siddall and his staff at the time told the Wall Street Journal the story was “misleading,” and assured a Yahoo Finance reporter the article was “not accurate.”

 

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All thanks to those who voted Liberal or NDP 🤬🤬🤬🤬


“ Gas prices to rise at least 10 cents per litre in 4 provinces in April: analyst “

Drivers in four provinces can expect to pay at least 10 cents more per litre of gasoline come April, according to a leading petroleum analyst.

Dan McTeague of GasBuddy.com says that consumers in Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and New Brunswick will be handing over five cents more per litre as of April 1, when the federal government’s carbon tax kicks in. That equates to $3 more to fill up a 60-litre tank.

McTeague says prices will then go up by an additional five to 10 cents a litre several days after that, as a result of seasonal price changes meant to deal with increased summertime demand. That would add another $3 to $6 to the cost of filling up a 60-litre tank.

The good times are coming to an end,” McTeague told CTV Ottawa.

“I just hope oil doesn’t go to $100 a barrel because then it’s game over,” he added. Oil is currently sitting at around $60 a barrel.

McTeague said that diesel prices, natural gas prices and propane prices will also be going up April 1 in the four provinces in question, and the hikes have only just begun. The carbon tax starts at $20 per tonne of carbon dioxide on April 1 and rises to $50 per tonne in 2022.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government has imposed the tax on those four provinces because they have not satisfied Ottawa that they are doing enough to reduce climate-changing emissions. Other provinces already have carbon pricing programs in place.

https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/gas-prices-to-rise-at-least-10-cents-per-litre-in-4-provinces-in-april-analyst-1.4354746

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Canada's recovery gains steam, with growth tracking above 5%

Canada’s economy continued showing surprising strength at the start of the year despite a second wave of closures that forced many businesses to shut their doors again.

Gross domestic product grew 0.7 per cent in January, Statistics Canada reported Wednesday in Ottawa. A preliminary estimate for February shows the country kept the momentum going with output expanding 0.5 per cent, the 10th-straight monthly gain in GDP.

The numbers highlight how well the nation’s economy handled the latest wave of lockdowns, resilience that’s fueling expectations for a strong rebound in 2021 after the nation suffered its sharpest downturn in the post-World War II era.

 

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To listen to sockboy and his idea of government .... we have your backs, from day one, clear and transparent, budgets will balance themselves, respect for parliament, blah blah blah ...... the Canadian citizens are truly being bribed with their own money, letting an arrogant minority rule with impunity. Covid has been a gift to the Trudeau gang....why rush the vaccines and ignore opposition questions when he can run out the clock with no consequences?

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All the same, the episode was revealing of a certain habit of mind – that Parliament is at best an afterthought, a tiresome formality that prevents ministers from getting on with the job. It seems to infect all governments, but none more than this one. Just now the government is refusing to let certain senior advisers to Justin Trudeau and his ministers appear before a committee of Parliament looking into the WE Charity scandal: the awarding of a contract to manage a near-billion dollar program to an organization that, among other personal and political entanglements, had previously hired the prime minister’s mum. The refusal is in defiance of a motion of the House of Commons, passed last Thursday, demanding they appear. Much effort has been invested in obscuring just who decided what in this affair. The prime minister at first insisted, against all experience, that the decision had been made by senior civil servants, only latterly admitting that he had personally signed off on it – but only because they insisted! Various bits of information have since surfaced to suggest that while the proposal may have carried the civil servants’ fingerprints, the initiative for it came from inside cabinet, if not the prime minister’s office. So it would seem a matter of some importance to nail this down. It’s bad enough that the prime minister, together with his former finance minister, approved awarding a no-bid contract to an organization that had been so personally helpful to them and their families. But if the whole program was cooked up between them, it takes on an even darker hue. If the Commons ethics committee considers it helpful, then, to hear directly from staffers in various ministers’ offices, that is all there is to it. Parliament’s power to send for “persons, papers and things” is undoubted and largely unrestricted.

The government’s rationale for this bit of obstructionism, to the effect that allowing staffers to testify would be a violation of ministerial responsibility, is obvious bilge: the principle is that ministers should not hide behind staffers, not that they should keep them hidden from view to prevent them from ratting. That, however, is neither here nor there. Whatever its objections, it is not up to the government to decide whether it wishes to be answerable to Parliament. Yet that is what it appears to believe. This is, after all, not the first time we have seen this. The prime minister prorogued Parliament in August, you’ll recall, rather than let the same committee do its work, then threatened to dissolve Parliament shortly after its return, when it was proposed to strike a special committee to look into this and other instances of alleged “misuse of public funds.” The government has unilaterally censored (“redacted”) public documents related to the affair. It has filibustered committee hearings. If it has nothing to hide, it is certainly going to great lengths to hide it. And yet the issue here has long since ceased to be the original scandal. It is the government’s continuing refusal to submit to the scrutiny of Parliament, and more, Parliament’s inability or unwillingness to induce its compliance. We saw how roughly this government handled Parliament while it had a majority – roping masses of legislation together to form giant omnibus bills, truncating debate, stonewalling Question Period, all the things for which it rightly excoriated the previous government, and which it promised it would never do. But that it should be able to get away with worse even after it has been reduced to a minority – refusing even to present it with a budget – shows how completely Parliament has surrendered its prerogatives. It might as well not sit.

The government’s contempt for Canada’s Parliament is showing – and telling
ANDREW COYNE
THE GLOBE AND MAIL
PUBLISHED MARCH 30, 2021
UPDATED 2 DAYS AGO

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And now for the latest cover up:

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When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was first asked whether he knew that an allegation of sexual misconduct against the military’s top officer was made in 2018, any answer he gave was going to look bad. If he knew, it would mean that he, like Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, had known there was an allegation but didn’t follow up while then-general Jonathan Vance stayed on as Chief of the Defence Staff for nearly three more years. If he didn’t know, it would mean that his aides in the Prime Minister’s Office and senior civil servants in the Privy Council Office knew that some unspecified allegation about the chief of the military was out there, but no one said a word to the Prime Minister. Maybe that’s why it took weeks to hear Mr. Trudeau say one word: “No.” That’s all he said at a press conference Tuesday when he finally answered the question about whether he personally knew. It didn’t prove to be a satisfying answer. The Conservative defence critic, James Bezan, asserted that it didn’t make sense, so he suspects a cover-up. “You don’t have the highest security-cleared military officer in the country being potentially compromised without telling the Prime Minister about it,” Mr. Bezan said. He noted it would be very strange if PCO officials did not try to brief the Prime Minister. The thing is, taking Mr. Trudeau at his word doesn’t lead to reassuring conclusions, either. Was there a surprising lapse by the experienced senior bureaucrats at the centre of government? Or did the Prime Minister’s aides decide that it was best he didn’t know. After all, his Defence Minister, Mr. Sajjan, had chosen not to see any evidence. One thing is certain: The Prime Minister didn’t make it easy to find out what he didn’t know.

I watched this  public briefing where the last question asked was “ did you know about the allegations?” ... Trudeau did his best to look serious with a one word NO....but what happened next was, I thought, telling. I believe the question rattled him or at least, made him anxious, caught in another lie. Considering all the press conferences he’s done, public appearances, photo ops and Covid protocols....when he got up and confidently strutted out of the room, a reporter had to tell him to put his mask on.

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https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/imf-upgrades-canada-s-2021-growth-outlook-by-most-among-advanced-economies-1.1586606

Apr 6, 2021

 

IMF upgrades Canada’s 2021 growth outlook by most among advanced economies

The International Monetary Fund is striking an optimistic tone on Canada’s recovery from the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic, upgrading its view of Canada’s economic growth this year by the most among all advanced economies.

In its World Economic Outlook published on Tuesday, the IMF said it now expects the Canadian economy to grow five per cent over the course of 2021, 1.4 percentage points higher than its previous forecast. That’s even more optimistic than the Bank of Canada’s expectation for four per cent economic growth this year, though the central bank’s last official estimate was made in January as COVID vaccines were just beginning to be administered.

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Justin Trudeau’s guinea pigs respond not so kindly 

And did the readers ever weigh in

“ So there you have it. Trudeau, having botched the vaccine supply, is now trying to stretch it out in order to get the first dose in as many arms as possible—even though the second shot within three weeks is vital for beating down the contagion because the first shot will degrade over time and be rendered useless.

He thinks this will somehow make him look good at election time.”

 

Writes J. West Hardin, “There is nowhere near enough for proper distribution under Trudeau’s intentional incompetence. It’s not only ‘an experiment’ but a category of intentional manslaughter.”

Writes Capt. Bill Everitt, “Trudeau and his cronies botched the vaccine supply right from the beginning 15 months ago.

“He is totally incompetent as our PM and I hope he resigns sooner rather than later, given our useless Opposition parties are not capable of getting rid of him despite his despicable track record and dozens of broken election promises.”

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Writes Cicelia Hoke, “And now the clown wants an election so he can shut down the WE investigation and hide all the other nefarious crap the shallow narcissist and his crew have been up to. A shame on all who vote for him.”

Writes Mary Taylor, “I am so angry. I realize that we all want to be vaccinated, but Trudeau failed us. The saying ‘If you can’t do it right the first time, don’t do it all’ comes to mind.”

Writes Robert Doherty, “Doug Ford was right when he said the vaccine roll out is a joke and the blame lies directly with our drama teacher Trudeau. It is imperative that this cult leader be defeated in the next election.”

Writes Sheila Mediena, “Our incompetent, corrupt, federal government and officials are like deer in the headlights. Smiles and assurances from our so-called leaders and bureaucrats’ verge on criminal behaviour.

 

https://torontosun.com/opinion/bonokoski-justin-trudeaus-guinea-pigs-respond-not-so-kindly

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On 4/7/2021 at 8:56 AM, deicer said:

https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/imf-upgrades-canada-s-2021-growth-outlook-by-most-among-advanced-economies-1.1586606

Apr 6, 2021

 

IMF upgrades Canada’s 2021 growth outlook by most among advanced economies

The International Monetary Fund is striking an optimistic tone on Canada’s recovery from the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic, upgrading its view of Canada’s economic growth this year by the most among all advanced economies.

In its World Economic Outlook published on Tuesday, the IMF said it now expects the Canadian economy to grow five per cent over the course of 2021, 1.4 percentage points higher than its previous forecast. That’s even more optimistic than the Bank of Canada’s expectation for four per cent economic growth this year, though the central bank’s last official estimate was made in January as COVID vaccines were just beginning to be administered.

Or for a taste of reality...what 5 years of Trudeau policies result in....( yeah yeah...it’s all Harper’s fault) 
 

53% of Canadians on the brink of insolvency: MNP survey

 

The party is over.

A new survey by MNP Ltd. has found that 53 per cent of respondents said they are $200 or less away from not being able to meet all of their monthly bills and debt obligations. The number is alarming as it marks a five-year high in the agency's consumer debt index and marks a 10-point jump from a December survey.

This number includes the 30 per cent who said they are already insolvent, with no money left over at the end of the month. 
 

Government support programs offered up a little financial flexibility over the past year but, at best, these programs were intended to be temporary. In many ways COVID-19 benefits masked the seriousness of Canadians who were drowning in debt. 

“The anxiety Canadians are feeling about making ends meet - or already unable to do so - tells us we may eventually see an avalanche of households falling behind on payments or defaulting on loans, mortgages, car payments or credit cards,” said Grant Bazian, president of MNP LTD, in the report published Thursday. 

Households may have tried to save more and spend less amid the pandemic, and - to be fair - some have been very successful at doing just that. However, there are others who have taken on more debt due to job loss, wage reductions or desperately trying to keep small businesses afloat. 

According to MNP, a quarter of Canadians took on more debt amid the pandemic. Among respondents, 20 per cent said they used savings to pay bills, 14 per cent used credit cards, seven per cent used a line of credit, while three per cent took out a bank loan or deferred mortgage payments, respectively. 

“Those taking on more debt are becoming increasingly vulnerable to interest rate increases in the future. They might find that their debt becomes unaffordable when that happens,” Bazian wrote. 

Higher rates should be a real concern to those who borrow and naively think rates won't head higher once the economy warrants it. In fact, I find it outrageous that six in ten respondents said that the current low-rate environment makes it a good time to buy things they might not otherwise be able to afford. 

We need to stop spending if we can't afford it - now. 

What would be far more appropriate for struggling households would be to hit the pause button and look for solutions to get out of this debt trap.

Bazian suggested that a Licensed Insolvency Trustee might provide a spate of options for those struggling to make ends meet. These included setting up a firm monthly budget, refinancing credit options to decrease fees and debts, selling high-value assets that might provide additional cashflow, consolidating debts to achieve lower interest rates on a single payment, seeking consumer proposals with creditors, or declaring bankruptcy. 
 

https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/53-of-canadians-within-200-a-month-of-insolvency-mnp-1.1587379?fbclid=IwAR1t7IyIoCg0e2wTyri1ruuF7diJS6HbB1n_ddJOOkGKP8TbOCygpP3_SGY

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I am surprised I have not seen any coverage of the pm’s wife’s speech at the Liberal Convention Friday night...seeing how she has dropped out of public view prompting rumour and speculation, I thought the appearance might answer the questions. Searching for headlines, this is still floating around from none other than the WE charity:

https://www.we.org/en-us/we-stories/local-impact/sophie-gregoire-trudeau-inspires-positive-well/

Pearls of wisdom from Sophie......who knew??

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Move your body: “The human body needs to move! You always feel better after moving. Always! Choose whatever makes you feel good.”

Sleep: “Science is showing that even an hour extra sleep can change your mood and your emotional stability during the day.”

Connect: “Most humans feel happier when connected to other people. Build sustainable, intimate relationships.”

Disconnect: “Find time during your day—whether it’s two minutes, five minutes or an hour—to disconnect from the chaotic rhythm of life.”

Nourish your body: “Eat the right amount of the right food at the right time.”

 

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