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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.

Two NDP humans resign their candidacy for alleged racist tropes

The National Post headline reads, "Two federal NDP candidates...

Inflation races higher in Canada — another new emergent threat to any economic recovery

Globe and Mail — They're reporting that Canada’s inflation rate jumps to 4.1%, fastest pace since 2003, sending shockwaves to almost nobody in the news media ahead of the stupid election. For example, the state-owned CBC "news media" division of the Trudeau Liberals reports it as their news item number seven or eight from the top. The G&M, as if explaining it to the CBC, wrote:
"The Statscan report arrives just five days before a federal election that’s seen affordability emerge as a key theme on the campaign trail, with all major parties pitching ideas to rein in a variety of costs, including for housing, child care and wireless plans..."
The cost of "wireless plans" is something like priority number 18,539 for me and 99% of the country, but Jagmeet Singh and the NDP — and therefore their loyal media at every opportunity — make out like it's more important than... I don't know.... inflation at 4% and Canada falling out of the economic freedom top ten... to say nothing of trillion-dollar debts and out-of-control budgets, and that thing about the end of our freedom of speech 'n junk like that. But ma wireless plan!!%#

Not “election news,” apparently: Canada drops out of top 10 countries in annual economic freedom report

Fraser Institute — In a sane land with actual journalism, this would be front-page news, one week ahead of an election. "In this year’s report, Canada ranks 14th based on 2019 data, the most recent comprehensive data, part of a downward trend since 2016. (Last year, Canada initially ranked 8th, although data revisions later lowered its rank to 13th.)"
“Due to higher taxes and increased regulation in Ottawa and the provinces, Canadians are less economically free, which means slower economic growth and less investment in Canada,” said Fred McMahon, Dr. Michael A. Walker Research Chair in Economic Freedom at the Fraser Institute.
Economic Freedom of the World: 2021 Annual Report is the world's premier measurement of economic freedom, ranking countries based on five areas—size of government [Canada: 111th], legal structure and property rights, access to sound money, freedom to trade internationally, regulation of credit, labour and business. In this year's report, which compares 165 countries and territories, Hong Kong is again number one—although China's heavy hand will likely lower Hong Kong's ranking in future years—and Canada (14th) trails the United States (6th).

Why isn’t this the biggest story in Canada?

National Review — "Why Isn’t the Attack on Larry Elder the Biggest Story in America?"  Their sub-head put it exactly right:
"A white woman in a gorilla mask threw an egg at a black man seeking to become the first non-white governor of our largest state, and the media shrug."
And they begin their story much as I have over the years: "Do a search for “Larry Elder” and gorilla on the CNN website and nothing comes up. Washington Post? Zilch. Nothing comes up on the New York Times site either..." — only replace those outfits with CBC, CTV, Global, Globe & Mail, etc.
In case you're stupid, let me fill you in: Larry Elder is a black man, but moreover, and in fact almost entirely over, he is a conservative man of considerable intellect and conscience. A Republican.
Indeed, in Canada, wherein they talk endlessly about evvvvvvery instance of "racism" in America in their activist effort to have it spill over into Canada and create divisions here to help fulfill their political ends, they utterly ignored this overt racism doozy. Why? Because they're hypocritical, dishonest, ideological, political... anything but journalists. They should all be ashamed of themselves. But I bet they aren't.
And yet they are so self-assured and arrogant that despite their obvious corruption, which they don't even care if you notice, they continue to demand and accept YOUR taxpayer handouts.

WE: The liberals’, the Liberals’, and Trudeau’s shame —documented in 4-part podcast

The Podcastosphere — I've listened to four parts of the well-done series titled "The White Saviors," narrated by Olusola Adeogun. There will be one more episode. The series documents the "cult" — yes, cult is the word used by an interviewee who worked for them — that is the liberals' own WE organization. I always thought of this WE group as cult-y, and corrupt, and as phony as a Liberal or NDP campaign promise, and as a leftist brainwashing center of bullshittery, but now, more so. Including, or especially because of, Justin Trudeau's participation in it. And the news media's love of it. And Big Public Education's embrace of it. And all of that combined.
The podcast is well described as "the exclusive story of a charity that did well when it was supposed to be doing good."
Produced by Canadaland, which has been on it for years, and arguably broke the story of WE and Liberal Party corruption in 2020.

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Biden’s poll numbers are too embarrassing for the “news” media — I bring you the numbers because the others won't. The "news" media only bring you the news they want you to know, filtered through their very special way of telling it to you — because as you know, they're not really a "news media" at all. Therefore, Biden being increasingly underwater, as demonstrated by the scientific data that the news media studiously refuses to follow at, is ignored. They are lying through omission.
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Read a well-reasoned explanation of Biden's declining poll numbers by Rich Lowry, at Politico, but not at any of the "news media" outlets that couldn't stop reporting on Trump's declining poll numbers.

The Article

The company, Canadian Solar Inc., certainly has a Canadian-sounding name. It’s a big company which, as you guessed from the other ostensibly obvious word, “Solar,” is in the solar panel business.

Canadian Solar is a public company, meaning it’s listed on a stock exchange — in this case the NASDAQ in the USA, and so it is owned by private investors from anywhere. It’s worth noting that this “Canadian” company is not listed on any Canadian stock exchange like the TSX.

Today’s news is that Canadian Solar Inc is involved in manufacturing and supply work in Communist China, including some work located in the Xinjiang region, or what the world is finding out is an allegedly slave-labor area of China, or one of them, at which the Chinese Communists authoritarians literally imprison and then force Uyghur Muslims to do specified work, and force them to attend re-education and political indoctrination camps. This, according to the Globe and Mail, which is reporting on what several witnesses and experts have told them. (I’m highlighting one “Canadian” firm here, although the article lists more than that. I’ve only got so much time, what without the use of slave labor, government news media subsidies, and so on.)

The firm, Canadian Solar, doesn’t confirm or deny the accusation that they’re employing, through their Communist partners, slave labor. But they certainly acknowledge being there.

I looked through their Securities and Exchange Commission filing, which is a corporate obligation necessary to getting listed and maintaining a listing on an American stock exchange. Here you will find that they’ve had to admit that Canadian, American and European firms and/or their governments have sued Canadian Solar for “dumping” their solar products — Chinese-made solar products, mind you — into Canada, the United States, and Europe. And that they have in fact received “subsidies from the Chinese authorities.”

There’s lots of references to the various court findings in their filing, but this sentence captures it well:

“We have been in the past, and may be in the future, subject to the imposition of antidumping and countervailing duty orders in one or more of the markets in which we sell our products. In the past, we have been subject to the imposition of antidumping and countervailing duty orders in the U.S., the EU and Canada and have, as a result, been party to lengthy proceedings related thereto.”

The upshot was that after numerous court battles and appeals, they lost every one of them, and the company was assessed antidumping duties or taxes around the world including Canada.

I obviously don’t know at what cost the Canadian government litigated against this Canadian company to help prevent dumping from China, nor how much competing Canadian companies and employees suffered by having to compete against cheap Chinese labor and Communist cash. But it certainly is a bad thing that a “Canadian” company is charged with dumping products from China into Canada, no? Not very, well, Canadian of that firm, is it?

I tried to find out how much, if any, Canadian taxpayers cash went directly to subsidize Canadian Solar Inc. (as so many solar companies are government subsidized), but couldn’t find that information. Clearly, they rely on government subsidies paid to consumers, however. It seems the company really got a leg-up because of these subsidies, and because its first manufacturing plant was in China, where labor is, well, cheap.

Do you think the founder and CEO, Dr. S. Qu, is concerned about being in China? Hell no. “Dr. Qu, who is a Canadian citizen, does spend the majority of his time in China, where he lives near the company’s biggest manufacturing plant in Suzhou, just outside Shanghai.” That was info presented right in that proud Canadian’s company’s bio. Dr. Qu is also quoted saying, “Lots of companies do manufacturing in China. So what? Look at Apple. Where do they make their cellphones?”

“So what?” In reality, operating in China is a massively fraught matter, even without the accusations of their using slave labor. China is a Communist authoritarian dictatorship; is credibly accused of spying on Canada and most other countries; of stealing intellectual property from Canada, the U.S., and others, including military secrets; of meddling in democratic elections abroad; of imposing its muscle on weak nations; of horrible unfair trade practices covering a wide spectrum of trade and commerce issues; of surreptitiously influencing Chinese expats, Canadians, and citizens and politicians in Canada and other countries through the likes of their Confucius Institutes; they’re accused of horrendous human rights abuses inside their own country including imprisoning, using slave labor, and forcing citizens into indoctrination camps and re-education camps; they are the world’s largest polluters and CO2 emitters by a huge margin; their population is in excess of 1.4 billion people and growing still; and as if that all weren’t enough of a wake-up call, they are currently holding two Canadians hostage after kidnapping them for purely political and power purposes. That’s what.

Get a clue, Qu.

The Canadian government seems totally cool with it all. The U.S. has blacklisted Chinese individuals and whole companies, and has famously (infamously to those among us who are reflexive anti-Trumpers) launched a huge trade battle with the Chinese Communist government to force them to account for their misdeeds including all of what I mentioned. Canada has done nothing except what has lately become its usual Trudeaupian response, especially on China matters: “express concern.” (I suspect that’s because Donald Trump and the U.S. did do the those things, which leads Canadian liberals to pathologically take the opposite approach; which is wrong, anti-intellectual, dangerous, and in this case, literally an anti-Canadian and more pro-China approach, once again.)

Literally nothing about this company sounds Canadian. And often these last few years, literally nothing about “Canadian government” sounds very Canadian to me either.

P.S. See this article on its boasting about their Chinese investors and its huge China-based revenue-generation.

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