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Fully vaccinated senior ordered into 14-day quarantine for not using ArriveCAN

A fully vaccinated Canadian woman was ordered into a 14-day quarantine after she refused to use the Trudeau government’s ArriveCAN app, True North has learned.

71-year-old Joanne Walsh travelled to Niagara Falls, New York with a friend on July 19, 2022 for a few hours before returning to Ontario.

Walsh says she went to the Canadian land border in Niagara Falls with her passport and proof of Covid-19 vaccination. However, she did not use the ArriveCAN app.

She told True North she refused the ArriveCAN app mainly because she believes the Trudeau government’s policy unfairly targets seniors as many Canadian seniors currently do not own a cellular device.  

“I see how seniors get… segregated in the sense that if you don’t have a phone, a smartphone, if you don’t have the internet, you’re just a nobody,” Walsh told True North.

 

Walsh says she went to the Canadian land border in Niagara Falls with her passport and proof of Covid-19 vaccination. However, she did not use the ArriveCAN app.

She told True North she refused the ArriveCAN app mainly because she believes the Trudeau government’s policy unfairly targets seniors as many Canadian seniors currently do not own a cellular device.  

“I see how seniors get… segregated in the sense that if you don’t have a phone, a smartphone, if you don’t have the internet, you’re just a nobody,” Walsh told True North.

 

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On 7/20/2022 at 8:28 AM, st27 said:

A letter to the editor with an opinion on why our sockboy pm is flitting around the country doing photo ops:

 

 

If you have him a penny for his thoughts you would get change back.

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2 hours ago, Jaydee said:

But of course….it’s just a “glitch” 
 

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She said travellers should rely on the instructions they get at the border if they conflict with subsequent notifications about a 14-day quarantine. 

So, you should act on the verbal instructions from some random person at the border instead of the emailed electronic instructions.  When the fuzz show up at your door how likely is it that they will accept your "some dude at the border said I didn't have to quarantine" explanation?  

 

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Rewarding his media arm while Canadians suffered job loses left, right and center 

 

CBC paid $30 million in bonuses during first two years of COVID-19 pandemic 

There were 1,033 full-time employees who received bonuses. That's an average of about $14,800 per employee

 

https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/cbc-paid-30-million-in-bonuses-during-first-two-years-of-covid-19-pandemic

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6 hours ago, Jaydee said:

CBC paid $30 million in bonuses during first two years of COVID-19 pandemic 

 

Perfect timing.  Just when I had run out of things to be angry about.

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Just when sockboy thought he had restored peace in the country by dealing with those mysoginists and racist truckers (who keep the country running with deliveries) along come the farmers (who grow food and produce dairy for the world)……I wonder what names he will call them?? 

https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/slow-roll-protest-ottawa-police-spot-farm-vehicles-in-city-ahead-of-rally-at-dutch-embassy-in-support-of-farmer-protests

And with his increased immigration targets, what better way to supply food for the country than reducing the means of production!

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The Trudeau government is demanding an absolute reduction in emissions, which farmers say will result in less food being produced at a time when the world can ill afford it.

https://torontosun.com/news/national/trudeau-pushes-ahead-on-fertilizer-reduction-as-provinces-and-farmers-cry-foul

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Trudeau fiddles, while the federal government crumbles around him 

The Trudeau Liberals are failing to deliver even the most basic government services

The federal government is broken — but you wouldn’t know it from following the summer adventures of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

 

It’s no secret that the prime minister loves photo-ops, but he usually manages to at least tangentially connect them to some sort of issue. War in Ukraine? Time for a heavily photographed European tour. Outrage over residential schools? Someone find him a teddy bear and a well-lit place to kneel.

 

But his latest string of photo-ops don’t even bother with rhyme or reason as he tours the country seemingly at random, for no real purpose, doing basically nothing. One day he’s playing camp counsellor in the woods, the next he’s all smiles and no mask on a sightseeing train. Next thing you know, he’s picking cherries and chumming it up with fruit growers in British Columbia.

 

So far, no one’s been able to figure out quite why he’s doing this. He hasn’t used the trips to make any policy or funding announcements, wasn’t in town for fundraisers and the notion of a fall election seems absurd even by Liberal standards.

It’d be great if the media could ask him during one of his many photo-ops, but he’s forbidden journalists from posing questions. He wouldn’t want anything to distract from his carefully curated tableaus, and reporters have a pesky habit of wanting to talk about things other than children’s stories and fruit.

 

Meanwhile, across Canada, people are literally camping outside Service Canada locations in attempts to secure passports. Airports suffer from rampant flight delays and cancellations, lost luggage, long lines and staff shortages.

 

Pilots can’t get certified or re-certified because, according to Dario Matrundola, president of Canadian Flyers Aviation College, Transport Canada “completely dropped the ball.” In Quebec, hundreds of court cases are being postponed due to a shortage of judges.

Emergency rooms are closing due to staffing and capacity issues. Both hospitals in Saint John, N.B., hit capacity last weekend, forcing some residents to drive over an hour to receive emergency care. In Montreal, a children’s hospital was recently forced to turn away patients.

 

The immigration system is backlogged with over 2.7 million applications in the queue. We have stopped taking new applications to resettle the Afghans who helped our Forces and now face persecution from the Taliban.

 

Many Indigenous communities still don’t have potable drinking water. The federal government’s idea of solving what many believe is a housing crisis is to spend public money on building a paltry 260 new homes — a bad, government-centric response that helps almost no one.

The ArriveCAN app is glitching and ordering vaccinated travellers into quarantine. If you live in the downtown core of many Canadian cities, it’s impossible to miss the growing numbers of people sleeping, eating and even defecating on the streets.

 

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Where is the Liberals’ new China policy that they’ve been promising since 2019? Or someone to fill the ambassador to China role that’s now been vacant for over six months? Is anyone even enforcing our Russian sanctions (when the federal government itself isn’t breaking them)?

 

It’s becoming harder to find areas of government that aren’t in crisis than ones that are. Chaos and dysfunction are seemingly everywhere. The Trudeau Liberals are failing to deliver on even the most basic government services.

Ironically, it’s the same politicians and political staffers responsible for these failures who can’t seem to fathom why voters are losing trust in Canadian institutions. They view frustration with government “gatekeepers” as unfounded and dangerous, rather than the predictable result of their negligence and general apathy toward average Canadians.

 

Canadians are frustrated that they cannot receive even basic government services in a timely manner, and that their vacation plans are being disrupted, after over two years of complying with coronavirus restrictions. But the Liberals can’t see that because they’re too busy patting themselves on the back for their supposed moral authority, and Trudeau doesn’t want to hear it while he tours the nation’s summer camps.

It’s often Conservatives who are accused of wanting to let government services erode, in order to usher in privatization. But under the Liberals, those services have all but collapsed.

 

If the left believes that big government is the solution to the problems that plague our nation, they couldn’t be doing more to undermine their own ideology. Rather than demand change, Liberal supporters seem determined to defend and deflect, sacrificing their party’s credibility to serve Trudeau’s cult of personality.

 

What Canada needs right now is for the prime minister to start demonstrating a real commitment to getting the federal government working again. That means focusing on real, tangible results, rather than taking an extended vacation. School children may be out for the summer, but as our head of government, Trudeau does not have that same luxury — especially when his government is in such a state of disarray.

https://nationalpost.com/opinion/np-view-trudeau-fiddles-while-the-federal-government-crumbles-around-him

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Media ignores Trudeau’s own past after he condemned Hockey Canada
 

Legacy media journalists soft-balled Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday after he called for a “real reckoning” within Hockey Canada as the organization faces a series of sexual assault scandals. 

The scandal stems from an allegation by a woman who said that she was sexually assaulted by a group of eight players in 2018.

Reporters online and present at the press conference in Nova Scotia refused to challenge the prime minister over past sexual harassment allegations made against him and those within his own government. 
 

We need to see Hockey Canada demonstrating a level of transparency, accountability (and) understanding of the situation they’re faced with,” said Trudeau. 

“There needs to be a real reckoning with what we saw from that organization, and the wilful blindness to something that other organizations have been faced with — struggled with — but made good decisions around. As opposed to what Hockey Canada has been doing.” 

Despite the fact that the press conference carried on for another ten minutes, no reporter challenged Trudeau on what he has done to address his own government’s lack of accountability when it comes to sexual harassment allegations. 
 

On social media, the conservative advocacy group Canada Proud challenged Global News reporter Rachel Gilmore over the media ignoring the Liberal government’s own handling of scandals. 

“Did you ask him how he squares this condemnation with his own handling of sexual harassment in his party and the Government of Canada? Or nah?,” tweeted Canada Proud. 

Allegations that Trudeau groped an unwilling female reporter while at a music festival resurfaced in 2018. At the time, the prime minister deflected the accusation saying that the woman involved might have experienced the situation differently.

Over the past weeks, since this news resurfaced, I’ve been reflecting, we’ve all been reflecting, on past behaviours,” said Trudeau. 

“And as I’ve said, I’m confident I didn’t act inappropriately, but I think the essence of this is people can experience interactions differently and part of the lesson we need to learn in this moment of collective awakening … people in many cases, women, experience interactions in professional contexts and other contexts differently than men.

 

Recently the Liberals faced public outcry after it was revealed that the party allowed candidates accused of sexual harassment to run under the Liberal banner. In 2021, Trudeau refused to condemn former Liberal MP Raj Saini after he was accused of six years worth of sexual harassment by young female staffers and let him run in his riding anyways. 

Similarly, the Liberals fielded Independent MP Kevin Vuong to run for the party despite being previously charged with sexual assault. Although Vuong was listed as a Liberal Party candidate on the ballot, he now sits as an Independent MP after being removed from the party’s caucus. 

Several Liberal MPs and staff have faced sexual harassment accusations under Trudeau’s leadership, including former Liberal MP Kent Hehr, former PMO director of operations Claude-Éric Gagné, former Liberal MP Darshan Kang and former Liberal MPs Massimo Pacetti and Scott Andrews.

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Trudeau hypocrisy on full display once again !!
 

“ Trudeau says all Liberal MPs must vote pro-choice “

 

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/trudeau-says-all-liberals-mp-will-have-to-vote-pro-choice/article19218815/

 

 

Pope says abortion is "murder" but U.S. bishops should not be political

https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/pope-says-abortion-is-murder-us-bishops-should-not-be-political-2021-09-15/

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Technocrats need fewer grand plans and much more humility

The world is simply too complex for any institution to work out all eventualities
 
On the one hand, this is a pretty standard cliché from an aspiring politician or senior public servant who understands how much his or her audience likes being told how important they are. In this sense, it reminds one of then-candidate Barack Obama’s similarly hubristic line, “We’re the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”1

Yet, on the other hand, it stuck in my mind because it offers what I think is a key to understanding how many of our leaders like Carney see the process of governing. In so doing, it brings expression to a set of competing visions about the role and capacity of the state to engineer economic and social outcomes. 

The first vision is the Carney weather-maker vision. It reflects the idea that policymakers are “shaping the weather” as they make the decisions that order our world. The second vision would say that governing is more properly understood as being like a ship captain sailing the seas and ending up in storms over which he or she has limited control. 

The weather-makers vision of government is unsurprisingly appealing to politicians and the much larger group of ambitious people who identify as part of the leadership class. It is the underlying philosophy of several different political theories that gained much popularity in the 20th century ranging from communism to neoliberal technocracy. There are of course tremendous conceptual and practical differences between these different political economy models but they ultimately share a faith that government is capable of shaping the world at will. 

It is not surprising that Carney is of this school coming from the world of central bankers which is often exhibit A in modern liberal democracies for the technocratic impulse. Of course, the bankers’ record in the last 25 years has not exactly been perfect, as seen with both the leadup to the financial crisis in 2008 and the current struggles with higher-than-targeted inflation.2 In both cases, the central banks were offering calm reassurances to critics that they had everything nicely under control right up until the point at which it became clear they did not. 

And this gets at the big problem of the weather-making paradigm. It overestimates the ability of policymakers and political institutions to shape outcomes in a complex world. The runup of government and household debt in the leadup to the 2008 crisis is another case in point. The underlying cause was in large part due to the understandable desire by American political leaders to boost homeownership and to keep the economy going in the face of shocks like the tech meltdown or the fallout of 9/11. Yet they failed to foresee the risk this posed until the entire financial system suddenly was in crisis. 

These examples raise the bigger question of whether the problem is that we just have bad central bankers and that better ones could have avoided such problems, or if the world is simply too complex for any institution to work out all eventualities. Or the fact that there is not always a “right choice” in the first place. What we rather face often is a series of trade-offs.

This understanding of the world places less emphasis on the role of the wise technocrats and more on a more limited conception of the role and capacity of government. This alternative approach necessarily elevates elected officials over non-elected technocrats to forge compromises that can secure wide democratic acceptance. It suggests having a sense of modesty about what can be achieved. 

These competing visions are reflected in part in the ongoing arguments about COVID-19 policy. On the one side, there are many people who are convinced that if we only had the right policy we could have achieved a COVID-zero outcome. For people who were much more skeptical of government’s ability to shape things, this confidence has often seemed delusional. The result though is that much of the debate over COVID-19 policies over the past two years has featured two sides just talking past each other and unable to grasp the basic assumptions the other was coming from. 

It is worth noting that if one looks at the actual (and often messy) policymaking process during the pandemic that most governments around the world followed, it offers much more evidence for the ship captain metaphor than the weather-making one. Governments frantically improvised and saw their attempts to create careful plans upended by the virus’s refusal to follow their attempt to impose order upon the pandemic. 

This is not at all to say that COVID-era policymaking ought to be viewed as a standard or even the norm. At the risk of pushing the metaphor too far, it should be emphasized that seeing government as a ship captain does not mean governing with no plan. After all, a ship captain who goes through the storm with no destination in mind is probably not someone whose ship you want to be on. Ostensibly you want a captain who can safely guide the ship to safe harbour while respecting the many things he or she does not control.  

This ultimately reflects why it is that the weather-maker metaphor is a dangerous guide to governing. It misleads policymakers into focusing on grand plans to remake the world often at the cost of those leaders paying attention to the smaller things that they actually can control. And this is ultimately a route to an ugly shipwreck.

 

https://thehub.ca/2022-07-26/christopher-grier-technocrats-need-fewer-grand-plans-to-remake-the-world-and-much-more-humility/?utm_source=The Hub&utm_campaign=b4f5dc7a65-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2022_07_22_04_38&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_429d51ea5d-b4f5dc7a65-522638043&mc_cid=b4f5dc7a65&mc_eid=09433e3d5d

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On 7/13/2022 at 12:40 PM, Kargokings said:

Canadians disapprove of Justin Trudeau’s job as prime minister and feel he is divisive, national opinion survey says

 
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Most Canadians disapprove of Justin Trudeau’s performance as prime minister and feel he is a divisive leader, with almost as many hoping he resigns before the next election, according to a new public opinion survey probing the legacy of Canada’s leader.

When asked if they felt Canada was a better, worse, or no different a place to live, work and raise a family than when Trudeau was first elected in 2015, 44 per cent of respondents

Legalizing recreational marijuana was chosen as his greatest accomplishment by 16 per cent, followed closely by managing the COVID-19 pandemic at 15 per cent.

 

Highly potent weed creating marijuana addicts worldwide, study saysThe potency of marijuana has been increasing every year since the 1970s, studies have found. (Source: Adobe Stock via CNN)

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Published July 26, 2022 5:11 a.m. MDT

Higher concentrations of tetrahydrocannabinol or THC -- the part of the marijuana plant that makes you high -- are causing more people to become addicted in many parts of the world, a new review of studies found.

Compared with people who use lower-potency products (typically 5 to 10 milligrams per gram of THC), those who use higher-potency cannabis are more likely to experience addiction and mental health outcomes, according to the study published Monday in the journal Lancet Psychiatry.

Scientists have established a "standard THC unit" of 5 milligrams of THC for research. That amount is said to produce a mild intoxication for nonregular users.

"One of the highest quality studies included in our publication found that use of high potency cannabis, compared to low potency cannabis, was linked to a four-fold increased risk of addiction," said study coauthor Tom Freeman, a senior lecturer in the department of psychology and director of the addiction and mental health group at the University of Bath in the United Kingdom, in an email.

In the United States, about 3 in 10 people who use marijuana have cannabis use disorder, the medical term for marijuana addiction, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease and Prevention.

The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction found a 76% rise in people entering treatment for cannabis addiction over the past decade, "while cannabis potency continued to rise during the same time," Freeman said.

In addition, "a report by the United Nations found that in the past two decades, the proportion of people seeking treatment for cannabis addiction has risen in all world regions apart from Africa," he said.

A YEARLY RISE IN POTENCY

In a gram of herbal cannabis, the dried and harvested tops of female marijuana plants that are typically smoked, THC concentrations increased by approximately 2.9 milligrams each year, according to a 2020 study by Freeman and his team at the University of Bath.

In cannabis resin, the sticky brown sap on the plant from which extracts and concentrations are made, THC levels increased by approximately 5.7 milligrams each year from 1975 to 2017, the study found. Concentrated products can reach extremely high levels of THC.

This yearly rise in potency may not be clear to consumers, experts fear. While looking at a product label might tell a person the "precise potency" of THC in a store where marijuana is legally sold, "people buying cannabis illegally may not be able to access reliable information about the potency of the product they are using," Freeman said.

"However, certain types of cannabis are typically more potent than others -- cannabis extracts are typically more potent than cannabis flower," he added.

While people do try to adjust their consumption when the potency of their cannabis varies, "such as by adding less cannabis to their joint or inhaling less deeply," these efforts fail to completely work, Freeman said. That means "higher potency products still deliver a larger dose of THC to consumers than lower potency products," he said.

MENTAL HEALTH AFFECTED

As marijuana became more potent, cases of marijuana-associated psychosis rose, the review found. Psychosis is a "loss of contact with reality" that can be characterized by hearing voices and having delusions, Freeman said.

"The evidence linking cannabis potency to addiction and psychosis was very clear," he said.

High-potency weed users appear to have a significant increase in the likelihood of developing generalized anxiety disorder than those who smoke less robust strains of marijuana, a 2020 study had found.

However, the new review of studies found a "more varied" connection between the increase in marijuana potency and depression and anxiety, "meaning that the impact is unclear for these other mental health outcomes," Freeman said.

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Justin Trudeau is letting down Canadians (and doesn't seem to care) 

Perhaps he will have an epiphany like his father did that will lead to his resignation

In February 1984, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau took a walk in the snow and had an epiphany that led to his resignation. Perhaps history will repeat as his son, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, strolls through the summer months shirking his duties, botching foreign policy, neglecting Canada’s Armed Forces, refusing to answer media questions and cancelling events that may attract protesters.

 

Justin Trudeau seems wholly uninterested in running the country and, as a result, recent polls suggest that nearly 60 per cent of Canadians disapprove of his performance.

 

Unlike his father, who had a majority of seats in Parliament when he left, the current prime minister won only 32.6 per cent of the popular vote in the last election and clings to power by virtue of an agreement with NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, who won only 17.8 per cent.

 

Their deal guarantees Trudeau’s tenure until June 2025, but is an arrangement that neither Liberal nor NDP voters were asked to approve. The result is an inept government cobbled together by two career politicians who have never met a government program they didn’t like.

 

In Justin Trudeau’s Canada, politics outweigh policies. For instance, Trudeau has ratcheted immigration goals up to 400,000 a year, but hasn’t made a dent in terms of overcoming the current labour shortage.

Nearly 37 per cent of all businesses say they’re facing a skilled labour shortage. Clearly, our immigration system, which has been skewed toward family reunification and other politically motivated goals, is not helping this country meet its economic goals.

 

Trudeau’s government cannot even build a working app to collect information on incoming travellers, or maintain properly functioning airports. ArriveCAN is a disaster that’s stranded travellers, and the country’s busiest airport, Toronto’s Pearson International, was named as the worst airport in the world due to the high number of delays.

 

According to the Wall Street Journal, “Over 53 per cent of flights departing Toronto Pearson between June 1 and July 18 arrived late at their destinations, according to flight-data specialist FlightAware. That was the highest rate among the world’s top 100 airports by number of flights.”

Meanwhile, Trudeau’s environmental zealotry has stranded Canada’s resource endowment and is about to afflict its agricultural sector, too. Ottawa torpedoed attempts to become a world leader in liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports, which would have been a boon for the economy, while reducing global greenhouse-gas emissions.

 

Over the years, 18 LNG export facilities were proposed in Canada, according to Natural Resources Canada, but only one is now under construction in British Columbia (though a couple proposed terminals on the East Coast may now end up being built, after years of delays). The rest have given up. If even half those terminals had been built, theoretically, Europe would have been dramatically less dependent upon Russian gas than it is now, and Canada could have taken its place alongside the United States as one of the world’s biggest LNG exporters.

Despite this dreadful energy track record, Trudeau never misses an opportunity to pass up a prestigious photo op and is planning to meet next month with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who has expressed an interest in Canada one day supplying Europe’s energy needs.

But in order for that to happen, we would need not only to build LNG export facilities, but also pipelines to connect the natural-gas producing region of western Canada to the East Coast. Yet the Trudeau Liberals have consistently stood in the way of LNG terminals and pipelines such as Energy East.

 

Energy East was a project that should have been built, despite provincial objections, because it was in the national interest and guaranteed our energy security. The result has been that Quebec’s refusal to allow pipelines to cross its territory has made it and Atlantic Canada dependent on Saudi and American oil and natural gas.

 

Canada deserves an engaged and knowledgeable leader who puts the country first. Justin Trudeau needs to get himself a new job, because he does not seem interested in the one he has.

 

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While Canadians sit back smugly thinking we are the envy of the world, tolerating a government that “keeps us safe, has our backs from day one” all the while meeting our climate targets, naively thinking the rest of the world will follow suit…..here is a perspective from someone has been travelling the world, observing and noting the reaction of other citizens.

JORDAN PETERSON:    Worst is yet to come from Trudeau liberals

 

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I have had the great privilege of travelling to 40 American cities in just about as many states and to 15 European countries in the last four months, in the waning days of the great COVID panic, and I have learned many things about our great and self-conscious nation.

First: I have not travelled anywhere else where the citizens and the government are more neurotically “concerned” about the pandemic. It may have escaped Canadians’ notice, but virtually nowhere else in the developed world is it now required to wear a mask, as is still mandatory in many of Canada’s airports and on flights out of our benighted country. There is absolutely no excuse for this, except the punitive self-righteousness of the Trudeau Liberals. What else might you expect, however, from a government that also includes Chrystia Freeland, a deputy prime minister who has bragged about her colleagues’ appalling economic performance, claiming that it is actually good for Canadians to empty their wallets at the gas pumps, because of its implications in fighting the “climate emergency.” I simply cannot believe that this absolute failure of economic policy is now being trumpeted as a positive accomplishment. Here’s a hint for you saintly progressives: if you cared about the poor (the real poor, not the hypothetical poor you are hypothetically saving in the future), you would seek to drive down the cost of energy — energy that is precisely equivalent to work and, therefore, to the wealth that ameliorates poverty.

Second: it is almost impossible to overstate the degree to which Canada’s international reputation has been damaged by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The Americans I have talked to (including people very well-placed politically on the Democratic and Republican fronts alike) listen in disbelief when I recount the claim brought forth by the Trudeau Liberals: that the trucker Freedom Convoy was financed by Americans hell-bent on bringing about a Jan. 6-style insurrection in Ottawa. Who would benefit from that, even in principle? Even if the Americans (Republican MAGA-types, say) cared about us — which they don’t — why in the world would they want to destabilize Canadian democracy? What’s the motive, to justify the crime? There is none. Even the American Democrats think that idea is insane.

And a non-trivial proportion of Canadians seemed willing to buy the story, despite its demonstrable falseness and preposterousness, because the alternative was the truly painful realization that governmental institutions (and some specific members of the media, especially the CBC) have now become fundamentally incompetent. It’s easier for too many smug and blind northerners to swallow the line instead that madmen MAGA Trumpists want to destabilize what is after all their biggest trading partner and most stable and reliable ally; to believe that Confederate-admiring truckers (and is there more than a single one of those?) are working in concert with the evil orange-haired demon who once ruled the United States.

 

And, even worse: is Prime Minister Trudeau so deluded that he failed to notice that these same “MAGA terrorists” are going to utterly shellack the hapless Democrats this coming fall and take the presidency in 2024 and that we will then have to talk, trade and otherwise consort with them, as they are the perennial elephant on our doorstep, and that burning all bridges in that direction with casual derogation might not be particularly politic? The unfortunate answer to that question is, “Clearly, yes! Trudeau is that pretentious, presumptuous, careless and uninformed. But, after all, he doesn’t bother himself with such trivialities as monetary policy.”

Third: on the international front, I have had extensive discussions with political and cultural figures in the United Kingdom, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Romania, Hungary, Estonia, Albania, Austria, Croatia, Slovenia, Poland and Serbia, and I know firsthand that Canada has hurt itself very badly on the reputational front with the derisive dismissal of the trucker convoy (which has spawned similar movements in other countries — most notably the U.S. and the Netherlands), with the imposition of the Emergencies Act and, most signally, with the freezing of private bank accounts without due process (or any pesky process at all). Perhaps Canadians are trying to downplay the significance of all of this, because we are in some state of shock after all the COVID over-reach, which we have not yet sloughed off. (And on that note: I have not seen people anywhere in all my travels more terrified by their government than Torontonians, except perhaps in Vancouver. And this includes the denizens of the almost equally-woke-as-Canada states of New York and California.) Everyone outside is asking: just what in hell is going on in the Great White North? And not without true sorrow. Our country was for many years a beacon of both possibility and stability, a remarkable example of what a tolerant modern democracy might be, a place where people from multiple cultures could thrive, and a staid, sober but also sporadically interesting and creative place.

And because three catastrophes are not enough, here’s an additional selection, peppered with some questions: How have Canadians failed to realize that our government holds them in contempt? That Trudeau believes that his God-given mission is to elevate the consciousness of his citizens, instead of serving their interests, economically and practically? That the Trudeau Liberals are perfectly willing to make us all poor, miserable and demoralized just to utterly fail in their efforts to save the planet? That the agents of that party and government are, as previously noted, perfectly willing and eager to trumpet that aim, which can be easily attained through the wretched combination of incompetence and moral Machiavellianism that characterizes the Trudeauites, as a moral accomplishment? That we could be the freest, richest, cleanest country in the world but that we are trying hard to be none of those three? That we are dividing ourselves among racial lines that are more germane to the U.S., just to mimic the very progressive radicals whose policies are dooming the Democrats to what appears to be their worst electoral defeat in at least 50 years? That all the data on the environmental front indicates that the fastest way to improve the ecosystems on which we all depend is to make people richer, not poorer (and to do that with good old capitalism) so they have the luxury to think about the long run and the habitat of their children?

And I have said nothing about additional issues such as Bill C-11, which is perhaps the most appalling piece of legislation currently on the books (and that’s a tough competition), which renders virtually every internet content provider in the world subject to the rules that should not even still govern the CBC and CTV (despite their use of scarce public airwaves), and which will make the rules regulating the net in Canada some of the most absurd and restrictive in the free world (and beyond). Or that we are pursuing an energy policy generated by ideologues that will not only impoverish our populace by making energy unreasonably expensive (have you noticed, Canadians, when you fill up your unnecessary vehicles at the pumps?) but that will only increase the probability that countries such as China will have to rely on coal to produce electricity instead of accessing, say, our plentiful natural gas. And that will therefore make the CO2 burden borne by the atmosphere greater instead of lesser. And, just last week (and in the aftermath of the Dutch farmer protests), that we are trying to reduce the absolute levels of the greenhouse gas nitrous oxide produced by those who grow our food regardless of the amount of those crops produced in consequence. And that we’re doing that by threat and force — shades of COVID policy — instead of working with the farmers to find mutually acceptable and truly sustainable economic and environmental solutions.

 

Or the incomprehensible insistence of NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, sworn enemy of the real working person, that the proper role of the “socialist” NDP is to indefinitely prop up Trudeau’s government, despite the fact that there seems to be nothing in it for Singh’s party at all — not even the cabinet position that a competent negotiator could have at least obtained as compensation for the sacrifice of his soul.

Or the fact that our judiciary must now be staffed by people who swear fealty to the diversity, inclusion and equity (DIE) ideology that has devastated universities and is now working its way through many careless corporations. That we are producing a generation of activist judges who are usurping what should be legislative action so that they can “improve” the world more efficiently than mere Parliament, with its lack of Chinese-Communist-Party efficiency, might manage. Or the fact that the OECD has predicted that Canada will have the worst growth prospects of the major industrial societies for the next FOUR DECADES (please excuse the annoyed capital letters but good God — the worst? And for four decades?).

I believe that the federal Liberals have run the most incompetent administration in Canadian history; that they have not yet done all the terrible damage that they are going to do; that Canadians will not wake to the reality of the situation because an awakening at that level requires a level of conceptual restructuring and consequent emotional trauma that we have never been called on before to manifest; and that Trudeau’s idiosyncratic combination of wilfully blind ignorance, moral pretension and narcissistic self-aggrandizement is toxic. Singh might, if anything, be worse.

Trudeau’s government has been wracked by scandals, each one severe enough to justify the dissolution of Parliament under normal conditions, so numerous that it is almost impossible to recover from the shock of one revealed misbehaviour quick enough to process the next. And we could have four more years of this, particularly if Singh continues to ambulate miraculously without a spine, something physiologically impossible but apparently simultaneously possible on the political and conceptual front.

 

This is not good, Canadians. We not only look like fools to our great American allies and internationally (and the particularly self-righteous fools that only Canadians can be), we are actually being fools, led by the king of fools, and we’re going to pay for it. And so are our children and grandchildren. This government has to go, and the sooner the better. And hopefully — God willing — we’ll be fortunate enough to find some competent adults to lead us. Conservatives: do you have it in you? Pierre Poilievre, Jean Charest, Leslyn Lewis, Roman Baber, Scott Aitchison: can you shake off the mob-generated guilt and consequent moral timidity that has so effectively hamstrung opponents of the leftist radicals for the last 15 (or 40) years and stand forthrightly for traditional values of family, economy, culture and, indeed, environment? Can you serve as genuine guardians of the working and middle class (and rich and successful entrepreneurs and businesspeople, for that matter) and put forward a positive and attractive vision that’s more than mere reaction to the over-reach of the utopian left? Can you withstand the temptation to destroy your party with internal squabbles or to settle in September for a candidate that displeases no one but fails to truly satisfy anyone as you have done much too often in the past?

Rough times are a-coming, what with the cascading consequences of energy shortages, supply chain disruptions, war in Ukraine and (last but by no means least) severe and looming food and fertilizer shortages. The Liberals and NDP are gone, gone, gone into the utopian clouds. I pray we have in Canada something in reserve that is better — although it is truly hard to see how anything different from what we have now could be worse.

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58 minutes ago, st27 said:

JORDAN PETERSON:    Worst is yet to come from Trudeau liberals

Interesting…looks like GOOGLE is now targeting Jordan Peterson in their search results

 

 

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I wonder if reaction from the Giant next door will result in changes to the Censorship bill>

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U.S. raises trade concerns with Canada over online-streaming billMinister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development Mary Ng speaks in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, May 19, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

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Updated July 28, 2022 8:37 a.m. MDT
Published July 28, 2022 3:10 a.m. MDT
 

Washington has raised concerns about the trade implications of Ottawa's online-streaming bill, prompting a legal expert to warn that Canada could face hundreds of millions of dollars of retaliatory tariffs if it becomes law.

U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai expressed disquiet about the proposed legislation, known as Bill C-11, during talks earlier this month with International Trade Minister Mary Ng at the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) Free Trade Commission ministerial meeting.

The online-streaming bill, which has passed the House of Commons and is now in the Senate, would force American-owned platforms, including YouTube, Netflix and Amazon's Prime Video, to promote Canadian TV, movies, videos or music, and help fund Canadian content.

Last month, federal Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez claimed the online-streaming bill, if passed, would generate at least $1 billion a year for Canada’s creative sector, including Indigenous programs.

Ottawa’s public record of the meeting on July 8 with Ng did not mention that her American counterpart raised concerns about the bill

But the U.S. government's record of the meeting says “Ambassador Tai expressed concern about … pending legislation in the Canadian Parliament that could impact digital streaming services.”

Alice Hansen, a spokeswoman for Ng, said Wednesday: "Ambassador Tai raised Bill C-11, and Minister Ng reiterated that this bill does not institute discriminatory treatment and is in line with Canada's trade obligations."

Michael Geist, the University of Ottawa’s Canada Research Chair in internet law, accused the Canadian government of ignoring the "trade risks" linked to its online-streaming bill.

"It is clear the U.S. is paying attention," Geist said.

“By raising concerns before the bill even passes, there is an unmistakable signal that Canada could face hundreds of millions of dollars of retaliatory tariffs as a consequence of legislation that already faces widespread opposition from Canadian digital-first creators,” he said.

Toronto-based trade lawyer Lawrence Herman, founder of Herman and Associates, said though Washington is raising concerns about the bill’s effect on American firms and applying pressure on Ottawa, the U.S. is “a long way from retaliation."

“As the American government generally does, they will threaten all kinds of retaliatory measures," he said. "I don’t think they would have a strong case unless they can show that the policies are discriminatory or targeted.

"In Canada’s case, they want streaming services to pay their fair share for access to the Canadian market. My assessment is (the bill) is not discriminatory."

Bill C-11 has been sharply opposed by digital-first creators and Conservative MPs who claim it would allow a future government to regulate people posting videos on YouTube — a charge the government denies.

YouTube, in its submission to the Commons heritage committee, argued the bill would impose international trade barriers to the "exchange of cultural exports" on digital platforms, including by Canadian creators, and set a "harmful" global precedent.

The government this month launched a consultation on the development of a model digital trade agreement.

It said such a model agreement would help Canada address emerging technology issues and build on existing free trade agreements, including CUSMA, the North American free trade agreement known as USMCA on the other side of the border.

Digital issues are also on the table in ongoing talks with the U.K. on a free-trade deal.

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative had not yet responded to a request for comment on Wednesday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 28, 2022.  


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Great ….. 
 

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The federal government is proposing $1,337 in compensation for turning in an AR-15 rifle under a mandatory buyback program. Public Safety Canada has released a price list detailing how much money owners of banned firearms can expect to get under the program. At the higher end of the scale, forfeiting a Swiss Arms SG550 could net an owner $6,209. Ottawa will seek input from gun owners, businesses and industry on the proposed compensation amounts from now until Aug. 28.

Oddly, the government did not include a total cost of the buy back program which some have estimated to be upwards of $6.7 BILLION!!!!!!, in either releases from the Globe or the Post….surprise.


Not a big number for this government though……and I can already hear the liberal puppets mouthing the talking points….

”We can’t afford not to do it”

”You can’t put a price on safety”

”We are keeping Canadians safe from day one”

BLAH BLAH BLAH!!

What was that line???  From my cold dead hands!

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In order to fight inflation, Canada should put Justin Trudeau on its money. As collectors know, value of notes and coins increases when there's an obvious mistake on them.

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