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Interesting how Trudeau finds time for religious minorities and high school students but, by and large, avoids open town halls with the public at large.

I also find it incredible how he espouses dialogue and the need to work together, and in next breath, slags and insults the Conservatives.

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We kinda thought this would be the case if Trudeau followed through…..now a liberal MP has admitted it:



Achieving climate goals will be difficult and painful, a Liberal MP said yesterday. MP Ryan Turnbull (Whitby, Ont.) said all Canadians are “going to have to switch our lifestyles” to meet emissions targets: “That is going to be painful.”

All on the whim of a party that only has 30% of the vote….Meanwhile, the rest of the world carries on ……


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1 hour ago, st27 said:

Achieving climate goals will be difficult and painful

Way, way more than people who deem me to be  a R/W extremist think.

All of the economic travails of Covid were nothing when compared to the effort required here. Any child with a handheld calculator can crunch the numbers and prove it.

The globalist greenies should be celebrating high gas prices.... they're not.

They should be advocating for a carbon tax of $300 a ton... they're not.

They should be willing to discuss the massive economic and industrial sector cuts required to hit the Paris Accord targets... they're not.

IMO, this is New Years Day at the gym stuff...  a sea of Lulu Lemon, hoop earrings, and Christmas present earbuds connected to rare earth metals. It's all over by mid February.

I might conjure "sound and fury, signifying nothing" but Shakespeare is racist. 
















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Imagine if we had a government that hadn’t despised Alberta for the last 7 years… imagine the position Canada and Canadians could have been in right now!

“ World Bank slashes global growth forecast to 2.9%, warns of 1970s-style stagflation “

The World Bank on Tuesday slashed its global growth forecast and warned that many countries could fall into recession as the economy slips into a period of stagflation reminiscent of the 1970s.

Global economic expansion is expected to drop to 2.9% this year from 5.7% in 2021 — 1.2 percentage points lower than the 4.1% predicted in January, the Washington-based bank said in its latest Global Economic Prospects report.


Growth is expected to then hover around that level through 2023 to 2024 while inflation remains above target in most economies, the report said, pointing to stagflation risks.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the resultant surge in commodity prices have compounded existing Covid pandemic-induced damage to the global economy, which the World Bank said is now entering what may be “a protracted period of feeble growth and elevated inflation.”

“The war in Ukraine, lockdowns in China, supply-chain disruptions, and the risk of stagflation are hammering growth. For many countries, recession will be hard to avoid,” World Bank President David Malpass said.

Growth in advanced economies is projected to decelerate sharply to 2.6% in 2022 from 5.1% in 2021 before further moderating to 2.2% in 2023, the report said.

Expansion in emerging market and developing economies, meanwhile, is projected to fall to 3.4% in 2022 from 6.6% in 2021, well below the annual average of 4.8% from 2011 to 2019.

That as inflation continues to climb in both advanced and developing economies, prompting central banks to tighten monetary policy and raise interest rates to curb soaring prices.

1970s-style stagflation

The present high-inflation, weak growth environment has drawn parallels with the 1970s, a period of intense stagflation which required steep increases in interest rates in advanced economies and triggered a string of financial crises in emerging market and developing economies.

The World Bank’s June report offers what it calls the “first systematic” comparison between the situation now and that of 50 years ago.


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Stuck in purgatory

Normally, I would feel sorry for people caught up in situations like this but I can't seem to muster it now. That's not purely a vindictive sentiment either. I see value in 70 percenters feeling some of the pain they cheerfully inflicted on others. It's a lesson in unintended consequences and that's a good thing for all of us in the long run.

If mandates are at the root of all this, I don't think it will go much longer, we must be getting close to the last of the involuntary releases becoming final. 

So, I'm wondering two things: is the chaos a direct function of mandates or is it simply a matter of getting back in the groove and catching up with a sudden and massive demand?  I'm guessing a combination of both but haven't experienced any of it. If I can't get there on a motorcycle I don't bother going.

And, is there a way to shorten the length of links, like the one above, without going to a link shortening platform? 


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23 minutes ago, Wolfhunter said:


And, is there a way to shorten the length of links, like the one above, without going to a link shortening platform? 


In the bar above the editing window there is a little icon that looks like a couple of links (4th from the left) - click that.

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15 minutes ago, Seeker said:

In the bar above the editing window there is a little icon that looks like a couple of links (4th from the left) - click that.

Works great. I would never have thought to try that.

Brilliant... thanks.



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Where would Canada be right now if Trudeau hadn’t spent like a drunken sailer for the past 7 years ??

“ Recession risk rises as Canadian economy runs out of room to grow “

Aggressive interest rate hikes to tackle inflation could 'tip the economy into recession,' RBC says

The risk of a recession in Canada is rising as the economy runs out of room to grow amid high inflation, interest rate hikes and labour shortages, according to the Royal Bank of Canada.


The bank expects GDP growth to slow in Canada, from 4.5 per cent in 2021 to 4.2 per cent in 2022 and down to 1.9 per cent in 2023, said RBC’s latest macroeconomic outlook. Canada isn’t an outlier. Economies all over the world are slowing, and in fact, the United States, Italy and France, saw GDP actually fall in the first quarter of 2021 amid fallout from a fresh wave of COVID-19, supply chain problems and tight labour markets.


Those factors have put pressure on the Canadian economy as well, but it is still expanding. RBC said most of that growth is being driven by two sources: travel and high commodity prices. Canadians have resumed booking vacations, setting the travel industry up for growth through the summer. Meanwhile, higher prices for the commodities Canada exports, such as oil and gas, are padding the revenues of producers. That, along with an expected surge in oil and gas production after the spring maintenance season ends, will help keep GDP moving up.

But that’s where the good news ends, RBC said.


“Beyond that, the scope for any growth above trend is limited — and downside risks are building,” Craig Wright, senior vice-president and chief economist, and Nathan Janzen, senior economist, wrote in the report.


Inflation, and the corresponding interest rate increases from central banks trying to get it under control, are two such risks, RBC said. The rate of inflation climbed to 6.8 per cent in April, and RBC thinks it will keep growing as gas prices tick higher. Escalating prices of oil and fertilizer, supplies of which have been constrained amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, will also keep food prices climbing, lifting the overall inflation rate.


That’s where interest rates come in. Central banks the world over are implementing aggressive rate hikes in an effort to slow inflation. The Bank of Canada has already raised rates twice in a row by 50 basis points to bring the interest rate to 1.5 per cent. But it’s still “too low,” RBC said. It forecasts rates will hit 2.75 per cent by October.

However, there’s a chance interest rates could go higher than predicted and have an even greater impact. If expectations of persistent, elevated inflation become “entrenched,” as some fear, it will be harder for the Bank of Canada to bring it under control. That could mean even higher rates ahead, RBC said, because the central bank has made it clear it’s more worried about tackling inflation than keeping the economy growing. And that could set the economy up for a shock.


“The central bank is willing to hike rates higher if necessary, even if that risks pushing the economy into recession,” RBC said.


There are more headwinds slowing the Canadian economy. Labour shortages are also taking a big bite out of growth, RBC said. Job postings are 70 per cent higher than before the pandemic amid the lowest unemployment rate since 1976. If businesses don’t have enough staff, they can’t ramp up production, hitting economic growth.

Meanwhile, though transportation bottlenecks have eased, more supply chain problems are likely ahead if China keeps implementing rolling lockdowns to control the spread of COVID-19. That will also drag on growth.


Add all of it together, and Canada is set for a slowdown, if not an actual recession, said the RBC economists.


“At this point in the economic cycle, there’s limited room for future near-term growth. That means the next surprise in terms of the economic outlook is more likely to be downside than upside. And the most obvious downside risk is that central banks will need to hike interest rates more aggressively than we expect to tame inflation,” RBC said.


But even if the Bank of Canada were to stick to its path of bringing interest rates to “neutral,” between two and three per cent, GDP growth is still expected to slow. Interest rates at that level will soften economic growth by increasing household debt payments, bringing GDP to around one per cent per quarter in the last half of 2023, RBC said.

Amid these conditions, it would not take a large downside growth surprise or further increase in interest rates to tip the economy into recession.”


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Quote of the day rom Rex.

So here we are. The stumbling statutory inquiring into the invocation of the Emergencies Act has revealed the police didn’t ask for it; that, according to the deputy minister of public safety, the minister said some things he didn’t mean to, or didn’t say some things he meant to; and that the widest possible powers were given to law enforcement on the basis of truly gruesome miscommunication.

What to say? Well, it’s a good time to visit Chile, I suppose. That is, if you don’t have to leave (or come back) via Pearson.

If being appalled by all of this makes me "a R/W extremist" then sign me up.

It used to be the domain of liberals... back when I voted for them, that was before they became completely unhinged and authoritarian. 

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11 hours ago, Wolfhunter said:

If being appalled by all of this makes me "a R/W extremist" then sign me up.

Welcome to this esteemed club!! Using the popular vote as a barometer those who espouse Conservative values are the majority.

I am proud of my convictions and stand by them fervently, regardless of how the Left twists reality.

Compared to the Far Left vicious diatribe posted in the other forum last night, this forum is tame in comparison.  

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From PragarU


“ You’ve likely heard a lot about “diversity, equity, and inclusion” lately. Equity sounds good, doesn’t it? It means being fair, right?


Make no mistake...equity is not the same as equality. Equity—if allowed to take over—will destroy America.


The left now makes EVERYTHING about race and gender. Nothing—no amount of hard work, education, good choices, talent, personal risk—is more important to the left than the color of your skin and sexual identity.


The “equity” the left is championing can be summed up like this...the role of government is to make sure that zero “gaps” exist between the OUTCOMES of different demographic groups. 


The same results for all. Sound impossible to you? That’s because it is! 


Trying to achieve equity is like running toward the horizon. You never catch it. But chasing the equity lie offers the government something it desperately craves...ever-increasing CONTROL OVER YOUR LIFE.  


Equity is sugar-coated socialism. 


Attempting to reach equity requires a terrifying level of social engineering totally alien to America as we know it. Equity is forced government intervention on a scale like we have never seen before—unless we stop it together right now. 


Well-meaning Americans simply don’t yet understand the difference between equity and equality. This is especially true among young people.

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Adam Pankratz: Has Canada been annexed by Texas, or are the Liberals playing cheap games?

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I’ll admit to having been out of the country for a while, but I was shocked upon my return to learn that Canada had ceased to be a sovereign nation and was now part of Texas.

Adam Pankratz: Has Canada been annexed by Texas, or are the Liberals playing cheap games?
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Our intrepid government was hot on the case, though. To ensure our liberal values were not trampled, the feds were busily introducing handgun legislation, relentlessly crowing about abortion rights and assuring all and sundry that, despite our annexation, we would never become a miserable hell hole like Texas.

Observers of the news and those with even a mild sense of humour will of course know that I’m merely joking. Canada remains a sovereign country with our own laws and cultural norms. What is very much not a joke is the relentless enthusiasm with which Canadian politicians will exploit any tragedy or controversy in the United States for their own political ends.

It began with the leaked draft ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court signalling that Roe v Wade was likely going to be overturned. Our prime minister, premiers and many other politicians quickly rushed to assure Canadians that our governments would continue to uphold reproductive rights.

Well, good. Except no one had suggested they not be upheld. The abortion bogeyman, which shows up from time to time when the Conservative party leads in the polls or someone silly in America gets a hold of a cultural megaphone, is simply not on the table here in Canada. Anyone who doubts that can look at how close former prime minister Stephen Harper got to banning abortion during his 10 years in power (spoiler alert: not close at all). We are not the United States.

Then, on May 24, 19 students and two teachers were brutally murdered by an 18-year-old loser in a school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. There is no limit or bounds to the horror that was on display that day, the contempt and scorn the killer merits and the sympathy the families deserve. But Canadian politicians went one step further and used it has an opportunity to freeze handgun sales here in Canada.

That may be desirable, but in the timing, one can’t help but feel that once again we are importing foreign tragedy to drive a domestic political agenda. The reality is that Salvador Ramos — the Uvalde murderer — would, under current Canadian guns laws, never have gotten anywhere near a gun because (spoiler alert again) we already have very strict gun laws. We are not Texas.

One can agree or disagree that we need some sort of abortion law or that gun laws need to be stricter, but what should not be controversial is to say that we need to stop spending energy on problems that have already been addressed and start dealing with problems that are central to the lives of everyday Canadians.

We have in this country very real and severe problems. Many First Nations communities are still waiting for clean drinking water, our economy is stuttering and our infrastructure is in dire need of serious upgrades. Yet our governments prefer to import tragedy and controversy to drive a political wedge.

Canadians have always defined ourselves by what we are not in relation to the United States, at least to some degree. Nevermore was this truer than the years between 2016 and 2020. What was Canada? Not Donald Trump. Set against the tan-orange glow emanating brightly from down south, Canada was an assurance to the world that not all of North America had lost it. We could all take smug satisfaction in the fact that we knew we weren’t that.

Eventually, however, what you are not cannot define what you are. This is the distinct danger of a prime minister who allows fringe identity politics into our discourse and who, in 2016, said that, “There is no core identity, no mainstream in Canada.” Canadians, however, know this isn’t true. Overwhelmingly, we believe in democracy, fairness, opportunity, diversity, openness, gun control and reproductive rights. Those are mainstream Canadian beliefs and convictions.

While our governments scratch at wounds we have long healed and wail about the pain, Canadians are falling behind. The cost of living in Canada is rising and Canadian salaries aren’t keeping up. Housing is getting more and more unaffordable. Yet these enormous problems are set to the back burner as the government re-litigates gun legislation, abortion and other imported and manufactured problems for political gain.

We are not Texas. We are not the United States. We are Canada. It’s time to demand better.

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Adam Pankratz is a lecturer at the University of British 


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Sure hope this will be a zero cost item and not just another photo op for Justin.


Canada, California to partner on climate action and nature protection


LOS ANGELES — Canada will work with California to address climate change and safeguard the environment, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Thursday.

The partnership on climate action and nature protection goes further than a 2019 agreement between the two jurisdictions on reducing vehicle emissions, and will work to "deliver clean air and water, good jobs, and healthy communities," said a joint statement.


The two leaders cite similarities in current policies, including efforts to ban harmful single-use plastics, commitments to clean electricity and oceans, and nature preservation plans. 

The deal will encourage sharing of information and best practices as the world deals with a narrowing window to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. 

It also comes as gas prices hit record highs and inflation and affordability pose key concerns on both sides of the border. 

Trudeau's news conference with Newsom is in the middle of a busy second day at the Summit of the Americas.

He will meet with President Joe Biden, and then take in the summit's first leader-level plenary. 

He's also meeting with the president of Argentina before sitting down with Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Alphabet Inc., Google's parent company. 

On Wednesday, Trudeau spent the day talking to Latin American and Caribbean leaders about helping their countries achieve their sustainable development goals. 

Goldy Hyder, president and CEO of the Business Council of Canada, says today might be the day to put Canada's own needs on the table. 

"The world is changing ... and as a response, new alignments are taking shape," said Hyder, who wants Ottawa to get more assertive with the U.S. on bilateral issues.

Supply chains are changing in real time, thanks to the lasting impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and governments are realizing that the private sector has a key role to play, he added.

Canada should be asking, "How are we going to partner? How are we going to address climate change? What are we going to do about supply chain integrity?" Hyder said. 

Related video: Coronavirus: Trudeau tells UN conference that pandemic provided "opportunity for a reset"


"These are things that we can work on together, the public and private sectors ... we need to learn and do more of that if we're going to help Canada navigate its way through an extremely complicated world." 

On Wednesday, Trudeau spent the day focused on the ever-present challenges facing countries in Latin America and the Caribbean — challenges that manifest in the U.S. and Canada in the form of economic constraints and migratory pressure.

Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley described a "triple crisis" in her country: the lasting economic and health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, soaring fuel and food costs exacerbated by the war in Ukraine, and climate impacts that are felt most acutely in tiny island nations like hers.

Mottley suggested that it's time the rest of the world began taking those concerns more seriously. 

"We don't expect things to change immediately," Mottley said. 

"But what we expect is fairness, what we expect is transparency, what we expect is that just as we want to see people here, we want people to see, feel and hear us as well." 

Mottley and Trudeau later took part in a roundtable discussion with leaders from Chile, Belize, Ecuador and Jamaica, where they heard complaints about financial institutions that could be doing more to support growth in the developing world.  

It's vital for democracy to thrive in small and developing nations, and for their citizens to share in the rewards and realize the benefits. 

"We need — as like-minded countries, but quite frankly, as a world — we need democracies to succeed," Trudeau said. 

"In order for democracies to succeed at a time where they're backsliding, where they're under pressure from all sorts of corners of the world, we need our citizens to feel that success." 

Fostering economic success and social stability at home is a key part of the strategy for staving off another problem confronting the hemisphere: the constant migratory tide of would-be refugees who are making their way to the Mexico-U.S. border. 

"Nobody leaves his or her home because they want to, they leave because there are no opportunities — because they're facing poverty and an untenable situation," Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly after the first of her two scheduled meetings with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

"We have to look at the question of creating opportunities in our hemisphere. We need to give trust in people that they can be living in their country, having access to services, to good education for their children, and good health care." 

Canada's goal, she added, is "to make sure that some of the concerns of these countries are addressed by our American friends." 

Canada is using the summit to push for "urgent action" to confront climate change, another key factor in fuelling out-migration, and looking for funding initiatives to help countries in the region. 

Advancing gender equality and fostering the economic and democratic growth that comes with it is another pillar of Canada's summit strategy. 

Joly and her counterpart from Chile have now signed on to a commitment to address gender-based violence and harassment online, an initiative launched at Biden's Leaders' Summit for Democracy last year. 

Australia, Denmark, New Zealand, South Korea, Sweden, the U.K. and the U.S. are already on board.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 9, 2022.

James McCarten, The Canadian Press


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Another committee that will no doubt need funding and likely most others in the past any recommendations will lie fallow for years.


Liberals appoint committee of experts to help build Indo-Pacific strategy

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Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly speaks at the Summit of the Americas, in Los Angeles on June 8, 2022.
© Provided by National PostForeign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly speaks at the Summit of the Americas, in Los Angeles on June 8, 2022.

OTTAWA – The federal government has recruited a panel of advisers — including academics, businessmen, a military commander and former Liberal and Conservative politicians — to guide the design of its Indo-Pacific foreign policy strategy meant to lessen Canada’s reliance on China.

Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly will announce the 14 members of the new Indo-Pacific Advisory Committee on Thursday, National Post has learned.

The committee will be tasked with providing Global Affairs Canada (GAC) with non-binding advice and recommendations as it works on creating its flagship new foreign policy strategy that aims to diversify and strengthen the country’s diplomatic, trade and military relationships in Asia and the Pacific.

The new policy is widely seen as a way to reduce Canada’s economic and trade dependence on China and its increasingly hawkish foreign policy.

National Post previously reported that GAC began drawing up an Indo-Pacific strategy in 2019 after China imprisoned Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig in 2018 and slapped trade restrictions on Canadian pork and canola seeds in 2019.

“We live in a world with increasing threats to global stability. For the benefit of both the people of the region and Canadians, Canada is actively investing in the Indo-Pacific region to support a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific that contributes to a rules-based international order,” reads a Global Affairs Canada statement obtained by National Post.

The committee will be chaired by three people: Janice Stein, political scientist and founding director of the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto, Pierre Pettigrew, former Liberal Foreign Affairs Minister under Jean Chrétien, and Farah Mohamed, a women’s rights activist and former CEO of the Malala Fund and long-time Liberal staffer.

They will be joined by 11 members from a wide range of sectors, such as businessman and former New Brunswick Premier Frank McKenna, senator and former union leader Hassan Yussuf, Canada’s last ambassador to China Dominic Barton and former hedge fund manager and Goldman Sachs executive Jonathan Hausman.

The Liberals also recruited from Interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose and retired Maj.-Gen. Tammy Harris, the first woman to be named deputy commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force.

Also on the committee are businessmen Salim Teja and Kasi Rao, human rights activist Odette McCarthy, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business CEO Tabatha Bull, China-Canada international relations expert and academic Darren Touch.

“In the coming decades, developments in the Indo-Pacific region will have profound impacts on the lives of Canadians,” Joly said in a statement.

“Canada is committed to strengthening our presence and deepening our partnerships throughout the Indo-Pacific region. The expert insights of this committee will contribute to a robust made-in-Canada strategy.”

Canada has already begun diversifying its economic relationships in Asia and the Pacific Rim in recent years, namely by exploring new free trade deals with growing economies such as India, Indonesia and other Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries.

Tuesday, International Trade Minister Mary Ng put out a statement marking “progress” in talks with India on a new Canada-India Early Progress Trade Agreement, which is seen as precursor to an eventual free trade deal between both countries.

Experts in the area of trade and foreign relations have for years said Canada ought to establish a firm strategy in the Indo-Pacific region, saying it would diversify Canadian exports and protect sensitive supply chains.

Supplies of semiconductors, for example, are heavily concentrated in the general Indo-Pacific region, while Canadian exporters of agricultural products like canola are heavily dependent on China.

Last month, the United States announced their own Indo-Pacific strategy, the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity, a consortium of 13 countries that notably excluded Canada.

A plethora of experts have argued for years that it is past time Canada got more invested in the Indo-Pacific.

“Canada needs to take a bigger part in the Indo-Pacific’s development and support for a rules-based order or risk getting locked out of the region’s economic, diplomatic and security benefits,” wrote the Canadian Global Affairs Institutes’ Stephen Nagy in a paper published last year.

“Although the Indo-Pacific region is an economic dynamo, it’s also institutionally underdeveloped and the source of numerous traditional and non-traditional security challenges.”

Nagy also argued that Canada should not ignore China when developing its new strategy, saying that it should develop a “constructive relationship with China to mitigate regionwide challenges such as climate change.”

With additional reporting by Jesse Snyder.


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Now he speaks up and has something to say eh?

It's not like we're already half way down the gaping rabbit hole with a main chute malfunction.

While I'm at it, where are the refugee voices?

People who have seen different variations of this theme play out in different forms and in different places have a duty to share their experience IMO.

Diversity can serve as a canary when it's free to sing. Wisdom can be obtained by listening to their experiences and discerning why Canada served as  a beacon of hope for them. Hearing those things might just REINIT the lunatics with gas cans and fast erect a few errant gyros.  

Too many Canadians see diversity as nothing more than ethnic food on a summer day. The real lessons it has to teach are usually lost on them.


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'Chaos' at Toronto's Pearson airport could continue until end of August, ex-Air Canada exec says


One of two options at play here: we now know the effective date of the last involuntary release or ex-Air Canada executives have suddenly become clairvoyant. 

"Chaos, messy, impossible, difficult," were the words used by Duncan Dee to describe the situation at Canada's busiest airport. 

Almost sounds like he's describing the life of those fired under the mandates eh?


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 Trudeau enjoys California sunshine as Canada crumbles 

In Canada right now, the federal government is more than a bit of a disaster and the country is in trouble

We haven’t heard from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau though – he’s too busy focusing on his priorities instead of what matters to Canadians.


Trudeau is in Los Angeles this week for the Summit of the Americas where he has set up meetings with California Governor Gavin Newsom and Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley to discuss climate change.


Don’t expect Trudeau to say much about the rising price of gas or his government’s role in that, he’s more interested in driving up the cost to stop you from travelling and burning fossil fuels.

For the last 10 months, Trudeau has been trying to say the rising cost of living – be it gas, food, housing or any other necessity – isn’t his fault. Inflation in his eyes is purely an international phenomenon and don’t you know, he’s addressing inflation by bringing in $10-a-day childcare.


Sure, there are international factors at play when it comes to inflation, but there are also domestic factors like his high government spending, already high but increasing fuel taxes and a central bank that was slow off the mark. Trudeau doesn’t want to acknowledge his part; he wants to simply blame others.

Each of the ministries involved in these files – transportation, public safety, and the immigration department – need to get their act together. The minister needs to fix things or be fired.


The government’s own website states that regular service for getting a passport is 20 business days, plus mailing time, after you submit your application, which is an ordeal in itself. One reader reached out to me Wednesday from Vancouver telling the story of his wife taking a second day off work and arriving at the passport office at 4 a.m. to a line up just to renew their daughter’s passport.


That scene is repeated across the country, but where is minister Sean Fraser on this?


Where is Fraser on the immigration backlog?

Right now, someone applying to immigrate through the federal skilled trades program can expect a 43-month processing time. That’s nearly four years just to process a successful application. Other programs have wait times of more than five years at the moment.


That’s a disaster.


Now, if you can get a passport or immigration approval and get to Pearson airport, your nightmare doesn’t end. The delays are not the fault of slow passengers or incompetent airlines; they are the fault of procedures and policies put in place by the Trudeau government.


In a rare instance, Canada’s airlines and airports, along with the rest of the travel industry, have called for redundant COVID travel restrictions and requirements to be dropped, but the government has refused. Grilled by reporters about why Canada clings to these rules as the rest of the world moves on, Transportation Minister Oma Alghabra struggled to give an answer other than following “the science.”


Either the science is different in Canada or Alghabra is only following the political science.


Trudeau should be demanding answers and solutions on these files or telling them to get started writing up those resignation letters.


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As he travels the world with armed security guards….your safety means SFA.


Trudeau says using a gun for self-defence is ‘not a right that you have’ in Canada

"If you try and buy a gun and say it's for self-protection," Trudeau said, "No, you don't get that."


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