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Advice to GOP, which Canada’s CPC should heed: Just. Say. No.

Washington Post — From this surprising source  — the...

Lefty Mayor caught maskless but it’s ok: “I was feelin’ the spirit!”

National Review — Another article you won't read in 99% of the "news" media because, oh do I even have to say it?... she's a lefty mayor! (and we can well imagine the "news" media's faux outrage if she was a he and he was a Republican):

The mayor of San Francisco [London Breed] says that she shouldn’t be criticized for breaking her own COVID rules, because, and I quote, “I was feeling the spirit and I wasn’t thinking about a mask.” CBS reports:

“We don’t need the fun police to come in and micromanage and tell us what we should or shouldn’t be doing,” said Breed during an interview to address the controversy.

The city’s health order states attendees at live indoor performances must remain masked except when actively eating or drinking. Breed maintained that she was drinking at the time.

“My drink was sitting at the table,” said Breed. “I got up and started dancing because I was feeling the spirit and I wasn’t thinking about a mask.”
As Charles C.W. Cooke points out, the hideousness doesn't stop just at her hypocrisy, her failure to take responsibility for her own actions, or her elitist rule-breaking, it's the fact that she laments the notion of "the fun police," when, in fact, as mayor and as the perpetrator of these asinine rules, she IS "the fun police."

Best post-election headline so far

Wall Street Journal — They get the headline just about right: Their opener:

The late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher counseled that in politics “standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous. You get knocked down by the traffic from both sides.” That’s the lesson delivered to Canada’s Conservative Party leader Erin O’Toole in Monday’s national election.

I like that they added this because Canadian "news" media are loathed to mention it:

Yet while they again won the popular vote, they finished a distant second in seat count with about 119, two seats down from 2019. (By the way, the Tories have won the popular vote in five of the last six elections, which is a lesson for Americans who think this only happens because of the Electoral College.)

They see what I see. O'Toole: Speaking in pale pastels — largely pink — instead of bold colors. Lesson #596 for the Conservative Party of Canada. They'll learn someday. Maybe.
Read the WSJ take here. (Free link)

BC’s NDP gov and their “news” media divisions hiding stats and facts? Here’s one. For all the noise from the Canadian national "news" media, you'd think Ontario was the only province in the country, and that it's doing terribly with regard to the Wuhan Virus (which everybody still calls "COVID" on orders from the Communist Party of China). That's not news to anyone outside of Ontario. What might be news to people both outside and inside of Ontario is that BC's rate of death is nearly twice that of Ontario.
Don't worry lefties, even people in BC don't know that, because the "news" media in BC are actually cheerleaders for the NDP government of BC — much as the national news media is actually a division of the federal Liberal Party (well and the Ontario Liberal Party of course). Ontario is led by a party with the word "Conservative" in it, even though "Progressive" is the first and foremost word and concept in their party name and style of governance. But, you know, it's just deathn shit. Politics is way more important to the "news" media.
Facts. Get 'em anywhere you can, because you can't reliably get them from the "news" media.
See also:
And from liberalvision CTV: Secrecy over B.C.'s true number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients

“The government beat the citizens! Yay!” —an elitist Canadian socialist

The Liberal Party's very own state-owned CBC's "news" (hahahahaha)...

The objective left on the regressive left

Writing beautifully about the racist and discriminatory plight of...

Take a Hint, Canada.

Yahoo News — Dutch Foreign Minister Sigrid Kaag resigned on Thursday after parliament formally condemned her handling of the Afghanistan evacuation crisis.
Too bad Canada doesn't have a Parliament. Or a news media.

Canada Excluded From International China Security Pact

Globe and Mail Dismissed by Justin Trudeau as merely a crass American salesman's move to pawn off the latest high-tech US-built nuclear subs to what we have to therefore assume he thinks are the total idiot Aussies, the three-nation deal didn't even include Canada in the talks leading up to the historic pact. And after Trudeau's comments on the matter (and the aforementioned attitude toward the Aussies), you can understand why.
"Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday played down Canada’s exclusion from the Indo-Pacific security deal, saying it is merely a way for the U.S. to sell nuclear submarines to Australia ... “This is a deal for nuclear submarines, which Canada is not currently or any time soon in the market for. Australia is.”"
In a clear indication that even Trudeau's political bro Joe Biden doesn't actually take him or Canada seriously anymore (forcing one to wonder if his high-fivin' bro Barack Obama doesn't also come off as a bit two-faced after Obama gave Trudeau a campaign "endorsement" this week), even Canadian officials were left in the dark. Almost like Canada can't even be trusted anymore on any level.

"Three officials, representing Canada’s foreign affairs, intelligence and defence departments, told The Globe and Mail that Ottawa was not consulted about the pact, and had no idea the trilateral security announcement was coming until it was made on Wednesday by U.S. President Joe Biden, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison."

Trudeau, in contrast, delayed Canada's Wuhan Virus immunization program by signing a deal not with the Americans or Brits, but with... CHINA, for vaccines, in what turned out to be a total failure with countless Canadian lives lost as a result. What is going on here?

And the science SAYSSS…

National Post —Move over Donald Trump. In their NP Platformed email available to subscribers, columnist Sabrina Maddeaux calmly explains that Justin Trudeau's recent uncontrolled angry outbursts — one at a citizen who was rude, and one at a reporter who dared challenge him with actual reporter-like questions — provides a clue as to his baser instincts. And if you saw these outbursts, you'd agree, it isn't a good look for him or any normal human. But moreover, it's a terrible look for anyone claiming the title of Prime Minister. But it's this new line of anti-science, pure crass political campaign bullshit that has me riled:
"...At a weekend rally in Oakville, Ont., Trudeau revealed his hand when he claimed that, “If you want this pandemic to end, go out and vote Liberal.” He repeated the message again, even turning it up a notch, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, saying, “If you want this pandemic to end for good, go out and vote Liberal!”
"This is the ultimate false promise by a politician who’s become infamous for making false promises. No one can guarantee he will be able to end the pandemic. In fact, the expert consensus seems to be that there will be no real end to it: the virus will become endemic and we will be forced to live with it, albeit hopefully more normally. ..."
So it's "follow the science," and "the science says... to vote Liberal”? Many, especially the media, would dismiss "bible belt" politicians who insinuated that "God wants you to vote [whatever way].  This blowhard — and his disciples — should be treated no differently.

The fallout from the Trudeau/Freeland/Liberal/Vote-Buying Marketers Council of Canada —continues apace, manifestly because the Budget’s tag-line “A Recovery Plan for Jobs, Growth, and Resilience” is actually a lie.

I’ve yet to read a truly positive review of the thing. Not one credible opinion — I mean among those even pretending to be objective (and I’m being quite tolerant, including the Liberals’ very own Globe and Mail division, their liberalvision CTV, and other such objective thinkers), can fully disguise their opaque suspicions that this 700-page tome (696 pages too long) is but an ideologically-driven, vote-buying, economically horrible monster created with little brainpower, by those who think you have even less; and nor is it crafted by people with actual concern for, you know, “Canada.”

Over at liberalvision CTV, Don Martin had this headline on his review: “It’s a stimulus budget all right — for votes in the next election.” What I said.

The Liberals’ Globe & Mail division has been the most positive in its editorials. One of their many reliably liberal-supporting columnists headlined with, “The many myths on which this budget is based” (hint: the headline is not meant as a compliment. As I said: it’s a lie.):

That columnist, Andrew Coyne, opened that one with this: “To read the budget – the first in two years – you’d swear at times it was written in April, 2020, rather than April, 2021. Perhaps this was the budget the government intended to deliver then, before it decided not to bother.”

As to the lies, he goes on: “At any rate its main prescriptions – notably, $100-billion-plus in new spending, including a new national child-care program that will cost nearly $20-billion per annum, between the federal and provincial governments, if it is ever implemented – invoke a number of assumptions in their support that are at best outdated, and at worst outright falsehoods.”

And among those many “falsehoods,” which is a super secret news media code-word for “lies”, he lists this doozy — one which I’ve been on about since the pandemic started. In a word, it’s that it was governments at every level, in every country and within every country but especially at a national level, that caused not only the pandemic, but then this national health and economic crisis, in Canada, and in much of the rest of the world. Add Coyne’s salt to my elixir:

…The economy did not suddenly tank a year ago because of a catastrophic failure of demand. It did so because all levels of government ordered it to. That may have been necessary given the uncontrolled spread of the pandemic. But the pandemic only spread so uncontrollably thanks to the federal government’s multiple failures to anticipate, prevent and contain it: the shuttering of our overseas early warning system; the reliance in its place on false assurances from China and the World Health Organization; the failure to maintain adequate stockpiles of personal protective equipment; the continuing fiasco at the borders; and, as time went on, the dreadful lag in securing timely supplies of vaccines.

So when the minister insists the recession was “driven by an entirely external event,” that, too, is not quite true. The virus may have originated overseas, but its impact depended on how governments reacted to it…

John Ivison of the giant and now (also, like the Globe and Mail) taxpayer-funded Postmedia News corporation (National post, Vancouver Sun, dozens of others all exactly the same) noticed much the same as I did, to wit, that there is little more than negative fallout from this crass vote-buying exercise, listing several very key people who had trouble containing their disdain.

John Ivison: Federal budget criticism that will be hard for the Liberals to brush off 

The Trudeau government can brush off such criticism as ideological and partisan. It will find it harder to discount the reaction from an officer of Parliament and from respected economists who have been allies and colleagues in the past.

The critique coming from the Parliamentary Budget Officer, Yves Giroux; from two former Bank of Canada governors – David Dodge and Mark Carney, and from former senior Liberal adviser, Robert Asselin, is that a budget that claims to build prosperity for the future overstates the amount of growth it is likely to generate.

Dodge told the Globe and Mail this week that a budget which positioned itself as being pro-growth does not invest much in growing Canada’s economic capacity at all. “My policy criticism of the budget is that it really does not focus on growth,” he said. “To me it wouldn’t accord with something that was a reasonably prudent fiscal plan, let me put it that way.”

He said that of the $100 billion billed as being a catalyst for growth, he estimates that only $25 billion adds to public or private investment, with the rest increasing consumption.

Those will be painful words for Chrystia Freeland to hear, given Dodge has been something of an intellectual godfather for the Trudeau Liberals. His endorsement of the use of temporary deficits to finance productivity-enhancing infrastructure investments were emblazoned on the Liberal policy platform in 2015.

The finance minister might have expected a more ringing endorsement from Carney, the godfather to one of her children and someone who appeared at the recent Liberal convention saying he would do what he could to help the party.

Carney, he writes, stressed the need to make government “investment or the type of taxes and other measures that encourage private investment to (create) the growth in jobs and income that we need down the road,” echoing the notion that this isn’t about jobs and growth at all.

The critics from faithfully liberal-minded sources actually now sound more like the luminaries from the Fraser Institute. I guess we’re all the Fraser Institute now. Here’s some comments from the president of the Fraser Institute, Niels Veldhuis, which provides a good bottom line:

Last week, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland delivered the Trudeau government’s 2021 budget – the first federal budget in over two years.

I wish I could say I was pleasantly surprised by its contents. But it’s a big government budget through and through.

The federal net debt is now expected to reach $1.5 trillion by 2025/26 – and the Trudeau government has no credible plan for balancing the budget or ensuring a healthy post-COVID economy.

Quite the opposite – the budget will result in a larger role for the government in the economy, and our lives, with big promises in infrastructure, “green” spending and subsidized national daycare. All this while largely ignoring the vital and essential role entrepreneurs, innovation and investment play in Canada’s economy.

Let’s put it this way: in the 3,500+ word budget speech, “government” and “we” as in “we the government” was mentioned over 110 times. The word “entrepreneur” was mentioned only twice.

The term “innovation” appeared four times in the speech – but each mention was related to government programs or government involvement in the economy. Similarly, the word “investment” appeared a whopping 17 times – but, you guessed it, only two referenced the private sector. The remaining 15 mentions all referred to government “investments.”

It is clear that this government is simply not interested in encouraging economic growth. It pays for spending with the country’s credit card and shows a complete disregard for the country’s growing debt….

I cannot imagine what Chrystia Freeland and Justin Trudeau were thinking when they obviously didn’t bother to even sit down beforehand with any or even all of the experts quoted above, all of them far more experienced than her, to craft a sensible, honest budget, at a time like this. But apparently the Liberal Party and those power-craving ideologues within, see themselves not only as The Experts On Everything (as we’ve seen countless times before), but also see themselves as more important than you, your family, your business, and Canada as a whole.

They’re in it for them. And that should be all of the opposition parties’ new tag-line.

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