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“ Under Trudeau, Canada has become the tree that falls in the forest with no one around to hear.”

Justin Trudeau the Nowhere Man of international stage

If Canada attends a world summit these days, does anyone notice?

Well, in Rome they only noticed that Canada was there for the G20 because Justin Trudeau and his British counterpart Boris Johnson showed up late for the family photo.


Trudeau is on a week-long jaunt through Europe with an official visit to the Netherlands, a G20 meeting in Rome, and then off to attend the UN climate conference that starts Monday in Glasgow, Scotland.

For the international media, and for other world leaders attending the G20, it’s as if Canada wasn’t even there.

Ahead of this week’s international foray, Trudeau and his cabinet tried to spread the message that as a country, Canada punches above its weight. That’s something that may have been true in the past but isn’t now.

Under Justin Trudeau, Canada has become the international Nowhere Man.

Trudeau is the second longest serving leader in the G7 after outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel, but unlike predecessors such as Jean Chretien, Brian Mulroney, Stephen Harper or even his father Pierre Trudeau, the views of Trudeau the younger are not in high demand. Canada, always a middle power and always fighting for attention, has at least been able to find ways to boost its profile in the past but that isn’t the case with Trudeau.

To give an example of Trudeau’s inability to move the needle on international issues, U.S. President Joe Biden just announced Thursday he’ll continue to back a protectionist measure that will hurt Canada’s auto industry. The proposal, part of Biden’s budget plan, will offer rebates of up to $12,500 for electric vehicles assembled in America with at least 50% American parts and an American made battery.


The protentional harm from this action could exceed any Donald Trump threw at us,” Flavio Volpe said in a recent interview.

Volpe, president of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association, is worried this will lead to Canada losing out on future automotive investment.

Despite Trudeau being a Liberal leader with a Democrat in the Whitehouse, he hasn’t been able to change Biden’s mind. The idea that these two leaders are aligned and that Biden would help Canada is now shown to be false.

“The Prime Minister has to see beyond that, and get down there, and get his hands dirty working with the Americans and saying: ‘This is wrong,’” said Brian Mulroney in an interview airing on CTV’s Question Period on Sunday.

Mulroney, the prime minister behind the Canada-U.S. Free Trade deal and who led the world in imposing sanctions on South Africa over apartheid would know a thing or two about getting things done on the international stage. Trudeau should be listening to people like him but it is doubtful he will.

While Liberals might snipe that Mulroney is an old Conservative, it’s been shown that Trudeau doesn’t listen to old Liberals either. Jean Chretien has stated in interviews and written in his new book, My Stories, My Times, that Trudeau doesn’t seek out advice from people like him.

Trudeau has three former prime ministers with significant international political experience – Mulroney, Chretien and Harper – all of whom, if asked, would do what they could to help their country. But Trudeau doesn’t ask, he doesn’t seek advice, just like other world leaders don’t seek his advice.

Mulroney led on acid rain, free trade and apartheid. Chretien led on UN peacekeeping, on bringing peace to the former Yugoslavia and in expanding Canada’s international trade. Harper led on the 2009 economic recovery when he, alongside Jim Flaherty and Mark Carney, headed up international committees on economic recovery, he led on the pushback after Russia invaded Crimea, and dramatically expanded the number of free trade agreements Canada signed onto.

Trudeau has led on nothing beyond fawning over stories in foreign media outlets, which have now dried up.

Under Trudeau, Canada has become the tree that falls in the forest with no one around to hear.


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Senior Liberals and New Democrats are kicking around the idea of reaching a deal that would allow the government to go three years without falling on a confidence vote.

Justin Trudeau and Jagmeet Singh met secretly to discuss the parliamentary session ahead. Officials would not say that they discussed a deal that would see the NDP agree ahead of time to support the government through three budgets, but sources say the idea is being discussed at senior levels inside both parties, although there have been no negotiations.

The idea is not to establish a coalition—with NDP ministers in cabinet—but a deal like the one reached in Ontario in 1985, when then-NDP-leader Bob Rae agreed to vote with Liberals under David Peterson while they worked on an agreed-on agenda for two years. Some people in both parties say such a deal—this one for three years—could remove the regular pressure of confidence votes and allow the parties to work on shared priorities.

If this comes to pass….we should have an election to vote on this new “party” or do away with parliament itself…..what would be the point??  Why would the turd and Singh meet “secretly”…is this the government Canadians want??

We have achieved a basic dictatorship.


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Liberal Justice …apparently this is quite acceptable in the “New” “Inclusive” Canada


“ The prosecution argued for three months behind bars after the victim was sodomized with a broom handle in a locker room”

No time behind bars for teen found guilty of 2018 sex assault at St. Michael’s College


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Biden has shown he doesn't take Trudeau seriously

Ah, memories.

Remember when Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump a year ago this week? Remember that?

It took a few days for the U.S. presidential results to be certified. But once they were, Justin Trudeau thumbed out his glee on Twitter, accompanied (natch) by a flattering photo of Himself looking down and smiling at a telephone wherefrom Joe Biden’s voice was presumably emanating.

“I just spoke with Joe Biden,” tweeted Trudeau, “and congratulated him again on his election. We’ve worked with each other before, and we’re ready to pick up on that work and tackle the challenges and opportunities facing our two countries.”

Frank McKenna, the former New Brunswick premier and lobbyist, was dispatched to dispense with the subtleties.

“With Biden, we see … somebody we can be relaxed with,” McKenna told the New York Times, genially adding that everyone at his yoga class was super happy, too. “People have been walking on eggshells for four years for fear of annoying the president or his sycophants.”

A few weeks later, Trudeau gushed to Biden that U.S. leadership had been “sorely missed.”

Ah, memories. (And we’ll wager McKenna wishes he could take back that last bit, given how well Trump’s “sycophants” did in elections across the United States this week.)

Having worked for Joe Biden for many months, this writer was far less certain that the Canada-U.S. relationship was uppermost in the minds of the victorious Democrats. Historically, Democrats have tended to be far more protectionist about trade than their Republican counterparts.

And, trust me: the Biden campaign’s focus wasn’t about repairing America’s relationship with its northern neighbour. It was about repairing America’s relationship with itself.

This writer has experienced a lot of bathos and pathos, therefore, watching the wounded expressions on the (no-longer-blackfaced) face of Justin Trudeau over the past year.

Joe, who the TruAnon folks expected to be their bestie for life, has been anything but. Consider:

— Biden deep-sixed the Keystone XL pipeline, despite Trudeau’s (proper) pleas to let the project proceed.

— Biden has proceeded full-bore with his protectionist Buy American campaign pledge, despite Trudeau’s earlier claims that Biden “wants to work with us.

— Biden kept his border firmly closed to Canadians for months, despite Trudeau having opened up ours to vaccinated Americans.

— Biden ignored Trudeau in building his new military alliance in the Indo-Pacific region, despite the fact that Canada is both in the Pacific region and a historic military ally.

And so on and so on. There’s been no love, American style. It’s been a decidedly cool relationship, in fact.

Why didn’t the U.S.-Canada alliance improve with Biden’s election? Why didn’t Trudeau’s predicted sunny ways come to pass?

Even though this writer volunteered for Biden, I possess no insider intel on the thinking in Biden’s White House, but I have suspicions why a bright new era in Canada-U.S. relations hasn’t happened, and likely won’t.

One, the Biden administration has been mightily unimpressed by Trudeau’s servility on the China file. Thus, our exclusion from the Indo-Pacific alliance.

Two, the Biden gang feel Trudeau sucks and blows policywise, claiming to be an environmental warrior one minute, then pimping for a pipeline the next.

Three, the Bidenistas obviously don’t give a sweet damn about hurt feelings up here in Canuckistan. Border closures? Trade protectionism? If policy solipsism helps them in the midterms, so be it.

Fourthly, it has become apparent that Biden and his team share one view with the vast majority of Canadians — namely, that Trudeau just isn’t someone they can take seriously.

That’s because, politically, he isn’t an adult.

Kinsella was special assistant to Jean Chretien and has been a visiting U.S. Fulbright alumni

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Only a LIBERAL could be this hypocritical 

Parkdale-High Park MP Arif Virani criticized a public school teacher in his riding who wore blackface to his class, calling this an act of "intolerance." 

"Halloween is a time of celebration—not a time for intolerance. The wearing of Blackface by a teacher at Parkdale CI is simply unacceptable. We need a prompt investigation by the TDSB and our community needs to see prompt accountability," said Virani in a tweet published on Monday.

"To the students who had the courage to speak up, know that we stand with you: Fighting Anti-Black racism is all of our responsibility," he concluded.

Many across social media were quick to point out that Virani's boss, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, wore blackface so many times, that he himself could not put an exact number on it.


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The timing of the next global depression is getting closer than you think 

John De Goey: We will be in for a world of hurt as soon as government deleveraging begins

There’s a real conundrum shaping up for central bankers around the world and the politicians they report to. Damned if they do; damned if they don’t. Raise rates, that is.

I suspect the real reason politicians purport to not think about monetary policy is that the subject is altogether too painful and the choices on offer are simply competing variations of how one might commit political suicide. Raise rates to stave off inflation? Die by drowning. Keep rates at generational lows for the foreseeable future? Die by fire.


Central bankers around the world have painted us all into a corner. The only way to keep the economy afloat and the expansion continuing was (and is) to keep rates near zero for as far as the eye can see. “Don’t fight the Fed” is a mantra that has proven to be remarkably prescient when explaining the past year and a half.

In March 2020, it looked as though the global economy was about to grind to an abrupt and devastating halt — until it somehow didn’t. Central bankers cut rates, offered solemn assurances and, overall, managed to keep many businesses open and keep solvent those that were necessarily closed. It is most certainly not, as some commentators would have us believe, a purely Canadian circumstance. The whole western world did much the same thing.

The plan worked with the help of wingman governments, which were going through money like grade schoolers go through junk food. With the singular exception of the “lite” version of the same approach that was taken in response to the global financial crisis in 2007-2009, the “spend your way out of trouble” approach had never been tried before.

Back in September 2008, George W. Bush, then the United States president, said: “If money doesn’t loosen up, this sucker could go down.” That’s not Shakespearean prose, but it illustrates that the outcome was far from certain. Mercifully, the plan worked.

That’s the good news. The bad news is that the medicine used to solve the problem of excessive stimulus created two new problems: asset bubbles in just about everything and an economy that has become addicted (there is no other word for it) to the stimulus drug. As with any addiction, the challenge is how to break it.

Think of stimulus as a form of economic antibiotics: antibiotics stop infections caused by bacteria; stimulus stops economic illness caused by slow growth. No one would ever recommend staying on antibiotics indefinitely.

This week, the U.S. Federal Reserve cleared the way to reducing its monthly bond purchases starting this month and signalled that interest rate increases may follow quicker than previous expectations, which was for the taper to begin in 2022 and for rate hikes to begin in 2023.

Kurt Reiman, chief investment strategist at BlackRock Canada, said the Fed continues to react more slowly and methodically to economic data than many are concluding. That’s true, too. After all, what else can central banks say and do, really?

To paraphrase market commentator and strategist Peter Schiff’s oft-stated thesis, central bankers would rather keep rates low indefinitely than raise short term rates — or even taper longer-term bond purchasing — if those actions were to risk ruining the economy. Being even a little more hawkish could cause a collapse. This approach is something I have come to call a “bullshift.” I have a book about this topic due out soon. It explores how the financial advice industry is immersed in optimism bias.

People in the financial services business are notorious for shifting people’s collective attention toward a bullish mindset because that mindset is good for business. Politicians are equally culpable for nearly identical self-serving reasons. The bullshift narrative rules the day, even if the facts do not support that perspective. The truth is too much for both investors and voters to bear, so the bullshift continues. Like the scene in A Few Good Men, it appears that investors and voters “can’t handle the truth.”

Regarding the likelihood of continued dovishness, all anyone needs is a good story. Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman has quipped that “no one ever made a decision about a number. They need a story.” Central bankers have a story. They insist they are carefully watching and are prepared to act while simultaneously doing absolutely nothing substantive. By noting there are supply chain bottlenecks and other challenges to overcome, the transitory inflation story remains plausible, too — for now.

Here’s a thought exercise: ask yourself what will happen when central banks deleverage? They tried this in the fourth quarter of 2018 and we had to endure a taper tantrum when markets violently reacted to the removal of stimulus. Even as rates began to normalize very slowly thereafter, we had three rate cuts in late 2019 to avert what seemed to be an oncoming recession considering a yield curve inversion earlier that year. Before any of us had ever heard the word COVID-19, the Fed cut rates three times even though unemployment was at a 30-year low and neither inflation nor deflation seemed likely.

Every time I go through the exercise, I conclude that we will be in for a world of hurt, both in the capital markets and the real economy (jobs, profits, etc.), as soon as government deleveraging begins. As a result, I agree with Schiff and have come to conclude that there will be no meaningful tapering or normalization of any kind until we are faced with the cruel no-win economic ultimatum to do something about inflation that is conspicuously non-transitory.

The current narrative dictates that bankers will keep doing nothing until they see significant evidence of economic improvement … or until inflation becomes so obviously intractable and non-transitory that a rate hike becomes the only way to prevent being called liars.

Promising a rate hike is all fine and good for now, and the moral suasion it harnesses is a credible public policy lever. This will hold until the day people cease to believe that central banks will follow through and actually do what they insist they are prepared to do. That’s when the next global depression begins.

John De Goey is an IIROC-licensed portfolio manager with Wellington-Altus Private Wealth (WAPW) in Toronto. This commentary is the author’s sole opinion based on information drawn from sources believed to be reliable, does not necessarily reflect the views of WAPW, and is provided as a general source of information only. The opinions presented should not be relied upon for accuracy nor do they constitute investment advice. For proper investment advice, please contact your investment adviser.  John De Goey can be reached at john.degoey@wprivate.ca .


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Nice spin from an irrelevant fear monger.  This is akin to a company share price being punished because they made a record profit but it wasn't what analysts predicted.

Reality is that we are above pre-pandemic job numbers, unemployment is dropping, and the recovery is happening!



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Is this what Canadians really want??  If it is, then we should just get it over with and get rid of parliament and all the support personnel …. Think of the money the government could save…(but it wouldn’t matter, Trudeau would just spend it on something)


It’s probably far too late and likely just useless anyway, given the current state of Canadian governance, but could someone question where the federal government, or Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, get the authority to do so many of the things they have lately taken to doing?

A plain question first: what gave Trudeau the right to decree that the flag shall be relegated to a position of half-mast for months? Is it within the authority of the prime minister himself, and him alone, to effect such a decision? In this particular case, when was the decision actually taken? And where? And who, other than himself, argued for the decision?

There must be a record of such a momentous verdict. A grave matter such as this surely would not be decided on carelessly, would it? A nation’s flag is its highest symbol, representing all its citizens, the honour of its military, the alluring totem to those who chose to immigrate here, the most cherished of all emblems.

So tell us when and who made the decision to leave the Maple Leaf in supplicant mode for five months. Was it made in the Prime Minister’s Office? Did the Liberal caucus have some say in it? Did cabinet get to vote?

This is not a trivial matter, as the flag has been hanging at half-mast and disrespected for five whole months, while the prime minister has been jetting off to international meetings with the leaders of countries whose flags are flying high. Nor can I believe there is not some protocol, some governing precedents, for when, and for how long, this country’s flag can be put in the cupboard as a political gesture.

Similar questions could be raised about all the lofty statements our prime minister has made with such relish of self-satisfaction to the grandees at COP26. Particularly his comments concerning Canada’s energy industry. Because, all western Canadians must know, what happens in Glasgow, doesn’t stay in Glasgow. It lands in Calgary.

Only weeks out from an election call that gave him less than 33 per cent of the national vote, he swept — rather flew, by government jet — into Glasgow, with a series of announcements declaring that Canada was at the front of the line for getting off oil and gas, and thereby determined to purge Alberta of its primary industry.

This was a big decision, affecting one province (for now, at least — Newfoundland is next). My question is:  how much was this decision discussed with the full cabinet? Did Trudeau make even some effort to check on the feelings of the province that was targeted by his decision? Did he not think that the people who stand to lose their livelihoods due to this decision should have some say over it?


I cannot ask whether he had debated the idea in Parliament, since, somewhat in accord with his treatment of the Canadian flag, the Canadian Parliament is almost perpetually vacant these days.

Parliament is bypassed and the flag is down. The country is masked and a minority government leader is stirring great turbulence in Confederation with what appears to be a minimum of discussion and debate. And he’s doing so with an inexplicable, shameful absence of comment or protest from the opposition parties. In particular, the Conservatives, of whom we may ask: where have you gone?

These are very serious questions. Who is making these decisions? Is it just a cadre of the PMO influencers chanting “we agree” when Trudeau outlines his grand choices? Is there never any real argument? Does he really have the authority, or the jurisdictional competence, to rewrite the national agenda?

This is a much stranger time than many realize. It appears to be a time when the preferences, fixations and whims of one man are reordering the nature of the federation, and simultaneously diminishing the prestige and character of the nation’s sacred symbols.

These are matters calling for deep reflection, and spurring justifiable anxiety about our country’s future.


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26 minutes ago, st27 said:

Is this what Canadians really want?

Trudeau’s sidekick, the nutcase Jagmeet Singh has gone full on crazy.
“ NDP calls for end of dress codes in House of Commons to accommodate trans, two-spirit MPs “

Canada's NDP have said that it's time to end dress codes in the House of Commons. The House of Commons has a jacket and tie rule for men, but no specific dress code for women.


The NDP called this dress code archaic, saying that it should be eliminated, according to CBC News.

The NDP wants to do this in order to accommodate transgender, non-binary, and two-spirit MPs if ever they were to get elected. Although there is no specific dress code for women, the House of Commons asks female MPs to dress in "contemporary business attire" if they wish to participate in debate.

The House of Commons' dress code for men is even stricter than the UK's, where MPs do not have to wear ties if they so wish. In Canada, hardly any expectations have been made, except when they can wear a kilt on Burn's Night to celebrate the Scottish poet.

The NDP has said that they will ask for the rules to be updated when  Parliament resumes on November 22. Instead of strict rules for men, the NDP's spokesperson for LGBTQ issues has said that the party only wants a simple statement on decorum.


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About frigging time, our dictator has so ruled.

Canadian flags on government buildings, including the Peace Tower in Ottawa, are now flying at full-mast for the first time since May 30, after being raised at sunset on Sunday. They will be lowered and raised again to mark both Indigenous Veterans Day and Remembrance Day this week. The flags will then continue to fly at full-mast after Remembrance Day. Indigenous Veterans Day is marked on Monday, while Remembrance Day is held on Thursday, Nov. 11. The flags were first lowered to half-mast following the discovery in late May of more than 200 unmarked graves at the site of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia. Read the full story here

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