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Q.  Why does Justin enjoy his sermons from the tent?? 
A.  Because the public is distracted by the pandemic.

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The Canadian military is using a leased supply ship more than it planned and will spend an extra $71 million to keep using the vessel at sea.

The ship, the MV Asterix, was at the heart of the failed legal case against Vice Adm. Mark Norman, who had argued for leasing the supply vessel because of ongoing delays in the program to construct two other supply ships for the navy.

The navy is waiting for delivery of two Joint Support Ships which are to be built at Seaspan in Vancouver. The first Joint Support Ship or JSS was supposed to be delivered in 2017 but construction didn’t start until 2018. The vessel is now expected to be delivered in 2023. A second ship is expected in 2025.

The JSS project was supposed to cost $2.3 billion, but last year it was revealed that the price tag had climbed to $4.1 billion. That jump in cost had been predicted seven years earlier by the Parliamentary Budget Officer who warned that the project would require $4.13 billion.

Because of the ongoing delays in the delivery of the JSS, the navy pushed for the lease of the Asterix supply ship, a project that was championed by Vice Adm. Mark Norman.

That ship was at the centre of the two-year legal battle Norman found himself in when the RCMP charged him with breach of trust for allegedly tipping off Davie Shipbuilding the Liberal government was considering delaying their Asterix deal.

The legal case against Norman collapsed in 2019, forcing the federal government to pay the naval officer an undisclosed financial settlement as well as prompting questions about whether the charge had been politically motivated.

..........a vindication of VA Mark Norman and Trudeau’s shameful treatment of this officer.

But why can we not do something right in this country for a change??  We try and rebuild a rusted out navy and the best we can come up with is 6 years late and 2x over budget?? We must be a laughing stock in defence circles. I acknowledge the procurement started under Harper and the cost overruns were projected (as they always are when assets are built from scratch) but really??

 

https://ottawacitizen.com/news/national/defence-watch/canadian-navy-using-leased-supply-ship-more-often-contract-boosted-by-71-million

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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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"The United States, for all its horrible handling of the pandemic, has vaccinated nearly 10% of its population and should achieve widespread coverage by June. Israel is already at 56%; the U.K. at nearly 20%.

Thanks to the gamble it made on a Chinese vaccine that fell through, the Canadian government – the feds alone, not the provinces – is three months behind the rest of the developed world

So why is Canada at just 2%? Oh, right, Justin Trudeau is our prime minister"

https://torontosun.com/opinion/columnists/gunter-vaccine-failures-is-trudeaus-greatest-scandal?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook&fbclid=IwAR2slnaiNTUPun5t0WmR567MHfUXaQL97M8ZU9oLwAM0_9HJEnW2HzlukA0#Echobox=1612267471


 

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Ontario’s Wiarton Willie says he did not see his shadow on Groundhog Dayand is predicting an early spring for 2021.

“Well folks, my prediction is official,” the groundhog posted on Twitter.

“With cloudy skies and snow falling upon us this morning in Wiarton it was very hard to find my shadow  even with all the camera lights around! Fans of spring rejoice, an Early Spring is around the corner,” he said Tuesday.

Folklore has it that if a groundhog sees its shadow on Feb. 2, it will retreat into its burrow, heralding six more weeks of cold weather.

No shadow is said to foretell that spring-like temperatures are on the way.

 

https://globalnews.ca/news/7613852/groundhog-day-2021-ontario-winter-predictions-online-covid19/?fbclid=IwAR3ssj6hpC4CVbQKFx5D4U857nG5cXuzIFXxUbka2Ozvj8V0p33TWw1lfvw

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And while the Liberals and the media distract the public with the pandemic, we will be in for a REAL wake up call.......How could this have happened???

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  • Budget deficits and increasing debt have become serious fiscal challenges facing the federal and many provincial governments recently. Since 2007/08, combined federal and provincial net debt (inflation-adjusted) has doubled from $1.0 trillion to a projected $2.0 trillion in 2020/21.
  • In 2020/21, combined federal and provincial net debt is expected to equal 91.6% of the Canadian economy, up from 65.2% last year.
  • Among the provinces, Nova Scotia has the highest combined federal-provincial debt-to-GDP ratio (106.0%), while Alberta has the lowest (66.1%). Newfoundland & Labrador has the highest combined debt per person ($64,224), closely followed by Ontario ($58,559). In contrast, British Columbia has the lowest debt per person in the country with $43,635.
  • Interest payments are a major consequence of debt accumulation. Governments must make interest payments on their debt similar to households that must pay interest on borrowing related to mortgages, vehicles, or credit card spending. Revenues directed towards interest payments mean that in the future there will be less money available for tax cuts or government programs such as health care, education, and social services.
  • Post-COVID, the federal and provincial governments must develop long-term plans to meaningfully address the growing debt problem in Canada.

 

 

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"Canadians woke up on Groundhog Day to a scene that keeps repeating itself over and over in 2021: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announcing a new COVID-19 initiative that’s a day late and a loonie short.

First there was Ottawa’s announcement in early January that anyone flying to Canada would have to produce a negative COVID-19 test in order to board their flight – a rule that should have been introduced long ago.

Then came the news last week that people flying into Canada will have to pay for COVID-19 testing on their arrival, hole up in a hotel at their expense while awaiting the results, and then do a supervised 14-day quarantine at home if they test negative. Good idea, but months too late.

And now comes the announcement that Canada has signed a deal with U.S. pharma company Novavax to start producing doses of a yet-to-be-approved COVID-19 vaccine at a yet-to-be-completed federal facility in Montreal.

It has a familiar ring to it, doesn’t it? Had Ottawa implemented its latest border controls last year, there is a good chance that, combined with provincial public-health measures, they would have reduced the spread of COVID-19 in Canada. Early border measures would also have greatly reduced the importation of several more contagious variants of the COVID-19 virus first discovered in Britain, Brazil and South Africa, which have now been imported here.

But Ottawa didn’t act to bring in effective travel restrictions until last month. It’s as if the Trudeau government can’t grapple with the problem in front of it, until it’s too late.

Tuesday’s vaccine announcement is the same. It comes so late in the game – it is essentially a plan to deliver vaccines after the game is supposed to be over – that it will have more of an impact on the next pandemic, should one ever occur, than on the current one.

That’s not to say it has no long-term value. Given the repeated delays from manufacturers Pfizer and Moderna, and the European Union’s threat to block exports, it’s clear that Canada needs to be able to produce its own vaccines. It’s a matter of national security, and national health.

But when it comes to addressing the current emergency, what the Trudeau government announced on Tuesday is meaningless.

The National Research Council (NRC) lab in Montreal where the Novavax vaccine is to be made won’t be up and running until December. That’s too late to address the current shortage of vaccines. And it’s too late to help fulfill Mr. Trudeau’s promise to vaccinate every Canadian who wants a shot by September.

In response to a crisis in 2021, Mr. Trudeau has put forward a plan for action in 2022.

And the PM’s Tuesday announcement was even more disingenuous than that. He ignored the fact that his government once promised to have at least some domestic vaccine production rolling in Canada by last December, and that the NRC said last year that its Montreal facility would be fully operational by July.

There have also been questions about why Ottawa declined to use an existing private manufacturing facility in Montreal, the president of which said last year could have been put into action quickly; why it insisted on going with a public lab that is still under construction; why it took until this month to find a partner to work with that lab; and why it has not reached licensing deals with other manufacturers to produce vaccines domestically.

In fact, there has been no transparency about the government’s vaccine manufacturing strategy. All anyone can say for sure is that Tuesday’s announcement will have zero impact on the critical period between now and the end of September – which Ottawa needs to focus on.

There are 240 days between Feb. 2 and Sept. 30. To put two doses in every Canadian arm in that timeframe means the country will have to deliver more than 300,000 vaccines per day, every day.

Last week, Canada averaged fewer than 20,000 vaccinations a day – a pace that will likely continue for some time, thanks to delayed deliveries from Pfizer and Moderna, and the fact no other vaccine has been approved here yet.

The country’s early vaccination rollout is collapsing. Mr. Trudeau’s announcement about possible domestic production, in some very distant future, is nothing but a distraction."

 

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/editorials/article-the-trudeau-government-has-a-plan-for-canadian-made-vaccines-in-2022/?fbclid=IwAR01rsiIiPB6mvcXPBWKYpV_RDmZSKkgYYfhS2ezZyerXMKDdiMtypsmPO0

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More problems for trudeaus military procurement strategy:

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OTTAWA — The Department of National Defence says the first of 15 new warships being built for the Royal Canadian Navy will be delivered years later than expected as officials working on the $60-billion project grapple with unexpected design and construction challenges.

The delay means Canada will need to spend more on its 12 aging Halifax-class frigates to keep them floating longer, and is sure to set off a fresh wave of debate and lobbying around what amounts to the largest military procurement in Canadian history.

That is despite a recent report that outlined concerns about the advanced age of the frigates, which was making it more difficult to find spare parts and conduct other maintenance on the 1980s Halifax-class warships.

 

https://nationalpost.com/news/politics/national-defence-grappling-with-new-delay-in-60b-warship-project

https://nationalpost.com/news/politics/election-2019/matt-gurney-remember-when-the-liberals-said-the-navy-was-a-priority-did-they-mean-the-canoe

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"Gen. Jonathan Vance stepping down from role as Canada’s top soldier" jul 23/20

More trouble for our woke feminist pm....is this why vance resigned???? or did trudeau give him an ultimatum to avoid the mess?? Maybe vance was just experiencing things differently wink wink

 

Former top soldier Gen. Jonathan Vance facing allegations of inappropriate behaviour with female subordinates: sources

"A source with direct knowledge of the relationship came forward to Global News alleging a relationship with sexually explicit exchanges and repeated private meetings. Global News has viewed evidence that appears to support this, dating from 2019 to as recently as January 2021."

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1 hour ago, st27 said:

More trouble for our woke feminist pm....is this why vance resigned?

It seems the most outspoken champions of zero tolerance and rough justice (for others) always seem to get stuck in their own web. 

Here's a fun fact: John Kerry's private jet emitted about 116 metric tons of carbon in the last year.

Does this ever end?

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6 hours ago, Jaydee said:

Then came the news last week that people flying into Canada will have to pay for COVID-19 testing on their arrival, hole up in a hotel at their expense while awaiting the results, and then do a supervised 14-day quarantine at home if they test negative. Good idea, but months too late.

IMO, aimed directly at the spring break crowd. An attempt to hit students in the wallet and act as a deterrent before the fact.

Like the author, I always wonder "why now" and from long sad experience, usually default to the most cynical and politically motivated conclusion. When they sell this as "keeping Canadians safe," be sure to ask them:

Where y'all been?

If it was racist before why isn't it now? and

If you were so sure it wouldn't work then, why are you so sure it will work now?

The answer will be that "we have learned the lessons of science and are better able to anticipate community spread and take proactive measures to keep Canadians safe" (see, even a dumb grunt can do it).

But I harken back to when I asked my 7 year old granddaughter about this (nearly a year ago).  

 Common sense is in spite of, not as the result of age and education.     

 

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First Trudeau made a bad vaccine deal with China.

Then Canada received zero vaccines last week.

Now the Liberals are taking vaccines from a fund for developing countries.

The Liberals are too busy focused on keeping their jobs, not doing their jobs and Canadian lives and livelihoods are being put at risk.

 

Canada the only G7 country to take vaccines from fund that helps developing countries

 

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/politics/article-canada-the-only-g7-country-to-take-vaccines-from-fund-for-developing/?fbclid=IwAR3IlKMebw4A-1Q0XcUzJRGfeyMQKxVC3XRgRUN3V1AV7V2j2GMBT1qa9ZI

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Lots of platitudes, lots of posturing, swagger and social bluster.......but when it comes to action....the spine of the trudeau government shrivels...how many times when there is some sort of foreign issue, the first words in a government statement is : “We are deeply concerned and take this issue very seriously” .....

Well, put some consequences behind the words:

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Despite the nearly 800-day arbitrary detention of two Canadians and a “genocide” of Uyghur Muslims in China, the Trudeau government is allowing the Canadian Olympic Committee to make the decision alone on participation in the 2022 Beijing Olympics.

Canada’s former ambassador to China David Mulroney said it is clear the government is hoping to avoid the issue.

 

“We’re not talking about it because the government desperately doesn’t want to talk about it.”

Mulroney said there is so much evidence coming out of China of the horrendous treatment of the Ugyhur people, as well as a crackdown on democracy in Hong Kong and the fate of the two Michaels, that it should be obvious Canada can’t attend the games.

“We’ve got two Canadians who are being held as hostages. We’ve got China dismantling Hong Kong, and continuing its repression into Tibet, so I just don’t see how we can go there.”

Canada’s last Olympic boycott came in 1980, when the games were held in Moscow. Canada along with the United States and many other nations boycotted the games in response to the then Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan.

At the time, Canada’s external affairs minister Liberal Mark MacGuigan stood in the House of Commons and announced the Pierre Trudeau government’s intention to boycott the games.

 

 

 

And then there is Haweii.....still waiting for a decision while the rest of our 5 Eye partners are unequivocal.

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Thanks Trudeau 

 

For the second time this month, Moderna’s shipment of COVID-19 vaccines is expected to be short doses when it arrives in Canada at the end of February, according to an allocation document obtained by CTV News.

For the second time this month, Moderna’s shipment of COVID-19 vaccines is expected to be short doses when it arrives in Canada at the end of February, according to an allocation document obtained by CTV News.

The federal government previously indicated that Canada would receive only 180,000 of the previously promised 230,000 doses of the Modena vaccine this week and a Public Health Agency of Canada document now confirms that the company’s shipment on the week of Feb. 22 will also contain fewer doses than expected.

The allocation document noted that Moderna has not yet provided details on how many doses will be included in the next shipment.

Of the 180,000 Moderna doses being delivered this week, Ontario will receive 63,400.

Figures provided by the federal government previously suggested that Ontario would likely see another 80,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine on the week of Feb. 22.

 

https://www.cp24.com/mobile/news/moderna-expected-to-scale-back-covid-19-vaccine-shipment-to-canada-once-again-document-1.5295457?cid=sm%3Atrueanthem%3Acp24%3Apost&utm_campaign=trueAnthem%3A+Trending+Content&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=facebook&fbclid=IwAR02YJoTeItGlRSpxvDdhbEqWoWx9htF2ZxihxO_gziM-NGjqGkS1BuH0eE

 

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4 hours ago, st27 said:

Well...a CBC reporter held up the front page this morning to make her point. People are getting tired of the promises and no action.

That's just CBC reminding Trudeau that it's time to pay them off again.

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33 minutes ago, mo32a said:

That's just CBC reminding Trudeau that it's time to pay them off again.

Here is the problem: 

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The 1930s. In 1929, the Aird Commission recommended the creation of a nationally owned broadcasting corporation. CBC/Radio-Canada was founded to counter the growing influence of American radio on Canadian airwaves.

Sadly that did not hold true, or did it?

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56 minutes ago, mo32a said:

That's just CBC reminding Trudeau that it's time to pay them off again.

Ether that or the stratospheric level of buffoonery becomes such that even the most devoted acolyte admits that indirect evidence supports the tentative conclusion that the propaganda on offer is absurd. When they see it collapse under its own weight like a Meat king chicken on a steady diet of corn they will demand the truth.  

I would maintain that there's an ITT/TOT/T5/EGT beyond which even the most ardent of fools will  cry uncle and hopefully that happens prior to catastrophic failure.

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1 hour ago, Jaydee said:

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Canadians waking up??

Trudeau weakness on vaccines finally showing in polls.

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Means absolutely nothing until there is an election and those who favour the Liberals or the Conservatives vote.  Based on history the Liberals will win because based on the seats won in Ontario and Quebec. Why would we expect anything different?????

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I'm pretty sure JT will win again. In the absence of some sort of election reform, most of the country can just stay home. 

The deliberate (and ongoing) information suppression surrounding the NS shooting has hurt them, but from what I perceive anecdotally, it's simply not enough to change the outcome. As it stands now, JT could dress up in blackface while shouting that Conservatives are racist and the absurdity of it would be completely lost his supporters.

I would be making up tax stories right now.... JT will tax this that and the other thing. Maybe start with primary residences and move on from there. Frankly he needs to, the bills need to be paid.

If we have learned nothing else, we've learned that liberal supporters will run for the exits the second they think they may have to actually pay for what they want. It's why liberal/socialist policies are doomed from the start. If liberal voters were willing to pay, I could actually support some of their less absurd ideas. The idiotic mantra "tax the 1%" is always shouted by the very people who make up the global 0.5%, it will never happen.

Watch for it.... every single person who says that will always be a member of the .5 club.

 

https://www.torontosun.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-why-trudeau-could-win-again

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