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The current state of Canada:


It’s like the country is stuck in a canal, and can’t get loose. If Liberals were in command of the Ever Given, Minister Mendicino would claim the captain asked him to ground it, Minister Alghabra would deny it was grounded, Minister Joly would blame the boiler crew and Minister Freeland would blame Pierre Poilievre. The prime minister wouldn’t even be there: he would be at a summit giving speeches on how to run a ship.


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A new Fraser Institute study out today finds that despite Canada’s comparatively high debt accumulation during the pandemic (which many argued would result in strong economic performance), we actually underperformed most of our peers.

Canada experienced the second highest increase in its total debt relative to the size of the economy from 2019 to 2021 compared to 33 industrialized countries. Only Japan racked up more debt.

But when it comes to economic growth, Canada ranked 23rd of 33 countries in 2020, and 22nd in 2021.

Of those 33 countries, Canada also had the third-highest unemployment rate in 2020 and the eighth-highest unemployment rate in 2021. 

Learn more by checking out the full study here, 

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To anyone following this at the most basic of levels, none of this is a surprise. They've barely scratched the surface IMO.

Like the Jan 6th thing the US, the Danforth shooting, the Emergency Act, and SNC contractor activities in Libya during OUP, I have some basic soldier 101 questions, none of them have been answered... I fear none of them will be either.





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WH…..you forgot sockboys first interference in process..VA Mark Norman…..still would like to see Marie Heinens notes going in to trial!

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9 hours ago, st27 said:

WH…..you forgot sockboys first interference in process..VA Mark Norman…..still would like to see Marie Heinens notes going in to trial!

That one was easier to get away with though... it says something about him and his government. 

The others are so outrageous that they say more about us (as voters) than they do about him. You could see it happening as it happened and I don't believe anyone (left or right) can feign surprise at the outcome. That's bad...and  it's a level of bad that transcends, or should transcend, political persuasion / affiliation. 

If you compare the public acceptance of JT with the vilification of Harper, and I'm not picking sides here simply making a comparison, it clearly shows the power of media. But even that's not enough, there must be a supportive national security element to seal the deal and all 3 of the elements need to act as one.... a trinity.

In the absence of full on war that threatens the nation's very survival, if there's a single example of the unholy trinity being a force for good, and a benefit to democracy, maybe someone could point it out.

Those suggesting that the snippets of information released by the media after the fact (when it no longer mattered) is somehow reflective of journalistic integrity should consider the media's silence when it did. 

And where was the Conservative party in all of this? I say they were AWOL, no where to be found, silent... useless. I've lost faith in them completely and it's the PPC from now on. I'll happily split that conservative vote and welcome more of JT's influence until either the conservatives get the message or the electorate weeps under the yoke they fashioned for themselves.



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RCMP Commissioner made backroom deal to help Trudeau push gun control efforts after 2020 Nova Scotia mass shooting


RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki promised Trudeau's then-Public Safety Minister Bill Blair and the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) that the Nova Scotia mass murders would be used for political gain to help pass gun control laws

According to a bombshell from the Halifax Examiner, the commissioner pressured the RCMP to release details of the weapons used by Gabriel Wortman in his April 18-19 attack on civilians. Commanders in the Nova Scotia RCMP refused to do so out of fear that it could "jeopardize" investigations


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Trudeau Liberals want hybrid House of Commons to continue because 'we are still in a pandemic'

MPs are currently allowed to participate virtually from their homes or constituency offices. MPs have also been able to vote remotely from anywhere in Canada.

Government House Leader Mark Holland made the announcement during a Monday press conference that there were plans in place to put forward a motion that would see hybrid Parliament, which allows MPs to call in for work from wherever they are rather than attending in person, be extended through 2023.



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Soaring food inflation has 72% of families with kids worried: Ipsos poll

The vast majority of Canadian households, especially those with kids, are worried about feeding their families amid decades-high inflation, according to a new survey.


Polling from Ipsos conducted exclusively for Global News earlier this month shows that 72 per cent of families with kids are worried about putting food on the table after inflation hit decades-high levels of 6.8 per cent in April. That compares with 57 per cent of households without children.

And as the Bank of Canada moves to hike interest rates to cool rampant inflation, 80 per cent of households with kids are worried they won’t be able to adapt fast enough to cover expenses.

Gregory Jack, Ipsos vice-president of public affairs in Canada, tells Global News that there’s a generational divide to the findings as well. He points out that younger, working-age Canadians are increasingly stressed about finances more than their parents and grandparents who lived through the high inflationary periods of the 1980s


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Life under Liberal mismanagement!


“ Canadians are camping outside for days in final effort to get passports”

A confused scene at a passport office in downtown Montreal saw police called in to help manage the crowds on Tuesday, while hopeful travellers committed to stay overnight just to secure their place in line.

For some, simply waiting to get a passport has grown from hours to days.

Sonia Basili dropped off her son's passport application in-person back in April.

Sitting outside the Montreal office on Tuesday, she says she and her family had no choice but to get in line, starting at 6 p.m. the previous day. Her flight to France leaves Wednesday night.

"My mom sat here, then my husband slept here. We went inside this morning, it was very disorganized. We didn't make the cut, so we've come back out and we're going to sleep here the night and go in tomorrow morning," Basili told CTV National News.

She is staying positive but says she is lucky to have family members who can sit in when needed, knowing others don't have that privilege.

Basili says she even had to take the day off work just to wait in line.

"When we go inside, what happens next?" she said. "Are we going to make it or are we going to be stuck outside, sleeping again outside for the next day."

A resurging interest in travel after two years of the COVID-19 pandemic has seen passport applications skyrocket, creating massive backlogs that are forcing some Canadians to cancel or reschedule their travel plans, potentially leaving them out thousands of dollars.

Some are advertising services to stand in line for passport applicants, for a price, while one woman from Vancouver purchased a round-trip flight to Edmonton just to get her document in time for a trip to Las Vegas. She documented her experience on TikTok.


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He has an increasingly defiant caucus, his approval numbers have been in the toilet for years and the very arc of history decrees that he can never win another election.


It’s why Ottawa watchers are beginning to speculate that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seems to be acting like a political leader who knows his days are numbered.


Former NDP leader Tom Mulcair — who once faced Trudeau in the opposition benches — wrote in a recent CTV column that the Liberals seemed to be infected by a “whole-of-government approach to incompetence” indicative of a PMO that has effectively given up.


“Red lights are blinking across the Privy Council Office dashboard, but no one is in charge,” wrote Mulcair, putting the blame in part on the recent NDP deal to keep Trudeau’s government in power until at least 2025. “The writing was on the wall … no one was going to be holding him to account,” he wrote.


Longtime pundit Chantal Hébert received an avalanche of Liberal scorn this week for a similar column claiming that Trudeau was exhibiting a “systemic nonchalance” that seemed to bely a government who knows the end is nigh. Hébert too, identified the deal with Jagmeet Singh’s NDP as the beginning of the end.


Instead of giving Trudeau’s team a second wind, the striking of a co-operation agreement with the NDP last March seems to have given it a licence for inertia,” she wrote.


Don Martin, another veteran Canadian political pundit, felt confident to declare Trudeau a lame duck after a quick canvas of his usual Liberal contacts. “He’s too woke, too precious, preachy in tone, exceedingly smug, lacking in leadership, fading in celebrity, slow to act, short-sighted in vision and generally getting more irritating with every breathlessly whispered public pronouncement,” was how he summed up their sentiment.


For at least the last 50 years, any long-serving Canadian prime minister inevitably reaches a stage where they’re reduced to going through the motions until an external force eventually topples them from power.


Brian Mulroney’s popularity plummeted so sharply in the months before his 1993 resignation that he could barely go out in public without confronting protests. The last years of Jean Chrétien were defined by a spat of Liberal infighting so vicious that it has its own Wikipedia page.


The latter stages of Stephen Harper’s government witnessed an unprecedented exodus of MPs and cabinet ministers — Defence Minister Peter MacKay most notable among them — looking to avoid the electoral drubbing that everyone seemed to know was coming.


Trudeau, too, has been facing an increasingly unruly caucus. Liberal MP Nate Erskine-Smith is one of several to come out publicly against the government's COVID restrictions in recent months, while others are phoning up the Hill Times to complain that a “massive majority” of Liberal MPs feel similarly.


Trudeau has been steadily bleeding political capital for years. The “Trudeau Tracker” maintained by the Angus Reid Institute shows that the prime minister hasn’t experienced a sustained period of net public approval since 2017.


Aside from a few brief periods during COVID (at the pandemic’s outset and after the Liberals had secured sufficient shots for mass vaccination), Trudeau has spent most of the last five years governing a country where the majority of citizens hate him.


As of the last count, 57 per cent of Canadians disapproved of his performance, against just 39 per cent who approved.


His 2021 re-election win made history as the country’s slimmest-ever electoral victory; Trudeau kept the Prime Minister's Office with just 32.6 per cent of the popular vote.


It was his third electoral victory since coming to power in 2015. In more than 100 years of Canadian federal politics, three election victories in a row is the expiry date for even the most popular of prime ministers.


Only two Canadians have ever managed four consecutive wins, and both of them were such political titans that they both found their way onto the currency: Sir John A. Macdonald and Wilfrid Laurier. The pair also benefited from smaller and more homogenous electorates; Laurier won his last majority in 1908 with only 570,311 total votes.


Macleans’ Aaron Wherry wrote an entire book on Trudeau, and in a recent Twitter thread he noted the virtual impossibility of the prime minister thinking he could buck Ottawa’s time-tested “three and done” trend.


“It's under-appreciated that Trudeau is already in rare company for having won three elections,” he wrote.

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The spin has started and I hope no one is fooled by it, media releases like that are planned and deliberate. There may be a leadership change pending but a leadership change, in real terms, is no change at all even though the media and party will predict a bright new day and sunny ways. Ok maybe not sunny ways, how about "the winds of change" for a meteorological, metaphorical indulgence that heralds a new beginning that Maritimers can sing to.

This isn't about JT, it's about a new brand of activist liberalism with no plan and the inability to connect causal events. The participants are easy to spot, they're the ones carrying gas cans and matches.

When you can't afford to heat your house, at least following them will keep you warm. 

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LILLEY: Trudeau has a history of interfering in criminal matters, don't believe his denials this time

Brian Lilley - 1h ago
© Provided by Toronto SunPrime Minister Justin Trudeau rises during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, June 21, 2022.

A report from a public inquiry shows that the Trudeau government interfered in a criminal investigation. The government denies they did this, but Trudeau has lied about interfering in a criminal investigation in the past and likely is now.

In 2019, Trudeau responded to a story that he had tried to interfere with the ongoing criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin by saying that “the allegations in the Globe story are false.” Trudeau repeated that lie multiple times that February day and many times after, but the truth eventually came out.

That’s the important thing to remember when you hear the denials from the Trudeau government on their political interference in the investigation into the Nova Scotia mass shooting. They are denying they did anything political — that they pressured the RCMP to release information on the guns used to further their gun control legislation.

Police notes at the time back up the claim of political interference, so who are you going to believe?

“The commissioner said she had promised the minister of public safety and the Prime Minister’s Office that the RCMP (we) would release this information,” read the handwritten notes of Supt. Darren Campbell.

Those notes were taken immediately after an April 28, 2020 meeting he and others had with RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki. In that meeting, Lucki wanted to know why the type of firearms used by the killer in the April 18-19 murder spree were not being released during the regular media updates.

“I tried to explain there was no intent to disrespect anyone, however we could not release this information at this time,” Campbell wrote. “The commissioner then said that we didn’t understand, that this was tied to pending gun control legislation that would make officers and the public safer.”

Campbell’s notes, now released as part of the official evidence of the Mass Casualty Commission, also show that Lucki expressed her dissatisfaction with Campbell and others for not releasing this information. His claim of political interference is also backed up by the words of Lia Scanlan, then the director of communications for the RCMP in Nova Scotia.

So we have a history of Trudeau interfering in criminal investigations, an RCMP superintendent and a senior civilian in the force saying the interference happened, and hapless Bill Blair, the former minister of public safety, making denials in Ottawa.

President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada and Minister of Emergency Preparedness Bill Blair prepares to appear before the Special Joint Committee on the Declaration of Emergency, surrounding the government’s use of the Emergencies Act on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, June 14, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

“No direction of an operational matter was given by me or anyone else in this government,” Blair told the Commons under questioning from Conservative MP John Brassard.

There’s enough wiggle room in Blair’s denials to drive a truck through. Even the statement issued by Lucki isn’t really a denial so much as an admission she handled that meeting badly.

“I regret the way I approached the meeting and the impact it had on those in attendance. My need for information should have been better weighed against the seriousness of the circumstances they were experiencing,” Lucki wrote.


What her statement didn’t deny in any way was the claim that she had made a promise to the PMO to get information out to help with their new gun control legislation.

Even Canadians who are supportive of the Trudeau government’s gun control agenda should be outraged by this. This is evidence of a government using a tragedy for their political agenda and interfering with a police investigation to do so.

We don’t have politicians direct police in matters like this in Canada, that’s what happens in undemocratic countries. If you still are OK with what happened, ask yourself how you would react if it was Stephen Harper or Doug Ford facing these allegations instead of Justin Trudeau.

We can’t apply laws and principles based on whether we support the politician involved.

Trudeau, Blair and Lucki all need to go.





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Remember when the liberals first announced the “review” of the Nova Scotia shooting…..now we now why they wanted it closed to the public….


The about face comes following public protests and a growing chorus of voices calling for a public inquiry instead of the joint independent review announced last week by Furey and Blair.

Federal Conservatives also welcomed the decision to call a full public inquiry.

West Nova MP Chris d’Entremont, and Pierre Paul-Hus, Public Safety, Border Security, and Emergency Preparedness critic, jointly issued a statement Tuesday evening.

“Canada’s Conservatives support a full independent public inquiry into the horrific attack that took the lives of twenty-two Nova Scotians in April,” it said. “Our thoughts continue to be with the families, friends and loved ones of the victims.

“For months, the families of the victims have been calling for a public inquiry to get answers. Those calls were shamefully ignored by the Trudeau and McNeil Liberals, who instead announced a public review last week


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7 hours ago, st27 said:

now we now why they wanted it closed to the public….

What grieves me most about this entire event was the media collusion.

The gulf between what was clearly happening, what was reported, and what wasn't reported was pretty clear to anyone paying attention.

Don't be fooled, It was deliberate and calculated as was the collusion with the RCMP. And don't think for one second that JT wasn't getting daily briefings on the investigation. He knew the answer to questions still being asked within (literally) hours of the event. Anyone who has prepared command briefing slides will tell you the same thing... as will simple common sense.

I still have questions about the Danforth shootings too... and more than a few about obvious security lapses in the Jan 6 debacle. What about those SNC security contractors in Libya?

If any of this makes you angry, and I say it should... just wait until you find out about all of the covid machinations in about 18 months time.

Things like this can only happen in the presence of the unholy trinity... remove one element of it and we wouldn't be discussing this (and acting surprised) right now. 

Worst of all (at least for me), is the fact that Maritime voters continue to support these obscene creatures. I'm not usually prone to such things, but It induces that rare combination of fear and disgust that only a hot shower can remedy.

The closest analogy I can conjure is the known presence of an unseen Black Mamba. 


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As an aside, try to imagine my total disgust with the Conservative Party. Too little and too late to qualify as anything other than unforgivable and totally AWOL. 

Bit late eh?


Bill Blair faces heated accusations of political interference by Liberals in N.S. mass shooting 

Question period became so tense that the Speaker of the House of Commons scolded both Liberals and Conservatives to stop throwing insults at each other 



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Justin finds more ways to waste / spend our money. Do we really need an embassy in Rwanda?

The Canadian Press

Canada announces embassy in Rwanda as Trudeau arrives for 10-day foreign trip5

Macky Sall, the president of Senegal and chair of the African Union, blamed western sanctions on Russia for stopping the flow of grain. He made the remarks at a press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier this month.

Joly said it will be important to hear from members of the African Union and those who abstained from the UN vote to understand where they're coming from — and how to change their minds.

That will be her goal on Thursday when she sits down with her counterpart from India, a country with long-standing diplomatic ties to Russia.

In Kigali, Trudeau will take part in meetings with Commonwealth leaders and roundtable discussions on the climate economy. Prince Charles and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson are also both scheduled to attend the gathering. The Queen attended the 2018 Commonwealth summit, which took place at Buckingham Palace.

Trudeau is also expected to pay his respects at the Kigali Genocide Memorial on Thursday, in memory of the 1994 Rwandan genocide against the Tutsi people.

He will depart for Schloss Elmau, a resort in the Bavarian Alps of Germany, for the G7 leaders' summit on Saturday before heading to a NATO meeting in Madrid next week. He will also meet Pedro Sánchez, the prime minister of Spain.

The Ukrainian Canadian Congress said it expects Trudeau to spur other leaders into action on Ukraine when he is in Germany and Spain.

Congress head Ihor Michalchyshyn said he spoke to Ukrainian defence officials in a recent trip to Kyiv, who highlighted the dire situation they're facing with dwindling military equipment.

"They don't have enough weapons. They've been actually saying that they're going to run out of ammunition in coming weeks and months," Michalchyshyn said. 

"If there's nothing of substance announced and operationalized there, the rhetoric is empty."

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is expected to address the G7 and NATO summits, where the conversation will be largely focused on economic and military support for the embattled country. 

Last week in Brussels, Defence Minister Anita Anand, who will join Trudeau at the NATO summit, announced Canada would deliver 10 replacement artillery barrels, worth $9 million, to support the M777 howitzer artillery guns already provided.

As of the end of January, 33,346 candidates for the Security Forces of Ukraine have participated in Canada's training program, called Operation Unifier, since September 2015.

Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins pressed Trudeau during his visit to Canada last month for a more permanent military presence in the Baltics to counter any Russian perceptions of NATO weakness in the area.

Canada currently has nearly 700 troops leading a NATO battlegroup in Latvia, one of several in the region. At a joint news conference with Karins in Ottawa, Trudeau announced one general and six staff officers from the Canadian Armed Forces would be deployed to a NATO headquarters in Adazi near the Latvian capital of Riga, but deferred any major decisions to the NATO talks.

The serious conflict between Ukraine and Russia has drawn more countries to the coming NATO meeting in Madrid, including Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. He is he first Japanese leader to join a top meeting of the North Atlantic military alliance.

Sweden and Finland, which have applied to join NATO, are sending delegations. South Korea's new President Yoon Suk-yeol has also signalled his intention to attend.

Trudeau is expected to return to Ottawa on June 30, in time for Canada Day celebrations. 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 22, 2022.

Laura Osman, The Canadian Press

Canada's embassy spending soars

Canada's embassy spending soars | CBC News

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52 minutes ago, Kargokings said:

Justin finds more ways to waste / spend our money. Do we really need an embassy in Rwanda?

I'd bet 9 out of 10 Rwandans already know about Roxham Road so I'd say, no, we don't need an embassy in Rwanda.

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