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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.

Click and learn: https://play.acast.com/s/the-white-saviors

Biden’s poll numbers are too embarrassing for the “news” media

RealClearPolitics.com — 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 RealClearPolitics.com, is ignored. They are lying through omission.
Click to see chart
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.

We won’t “get thru this together,” any more, boyfriend.

Globe and Mail — The Liberals' Globe and Mail division sounded off today on none other than their hero, liberalism's fancy-socked neo-liberal, The Right Woke Justin Trudeau. Seems the marriage is off.
"...We will never find comfort in the Liberal Leader’s corrupted line that we will “get through this together.” He doesn’t mean it. Only certain people matter to Mr. Trudeau – the ones he uses to prosecute identity politics for the singular purpose of furthering his destiny. ..."
The G&M, in a historic fashion reminiscent of the Maclean's revelation of two years ago, suddenly wakes up to discover that the Emperor wears no clothes; or at least those he does wear are just butt-ugly, overly showy, and of poor — possibly Fabrique en Chine —quality. He is, in fact, Right Woke, as I've been saying. And thus, the G&M finally seems to have woken up. Good morning.

The Article

On a suggestion by reader Mister Kim, I’m bringing this blog entry from a few weeks ago back to the top.

**UPDATED Dec 15 2005 with new reports – see below**

Original blog entry: 11/19/05 11:26 am:

BananadaIt’s in the article, below, but it bears repeating here to highlight it for the liberals of Canada who apparently aren’t embarrassed by this sort of banana-republic-like corruption; and keep voting liberal-left, no matter what the liberal-left does:

[former judge] Glube said …she was aware lawyers without Liberal ties often won’t even apply for the bench.

imageThe mere fact that this story is not presented with huge prominence on the front page of every newspaper in Canada, tells us everything we need to know about the hideous bias in favor of liberals and liberalism, and the abject perfidy we find in Canada’s unbalanced, biased liberal media today.  In the case of the Vancouver Sun, the small story in question is on page seven.  Shown at right is the cover story at GlobeandMail.com today. 

And of course the story itself displays mind-numbingly obvious and enormous political corruption of one of the most basic foundations of our Canadians society —its judiciary— by the Liberals. 

Canadians are being led down a very, very dangerous path by liberals, and yet they continue to call this “progress”, and “progressive”. 

Judge selection too political, ex-justice says

Constance Glube was Nova Scotia’s top judge until her retirement last year after 22 years heading both the appeal and trial courts of her province. She told a Commons subcommittee this week successive federal regimes almost invariably ignored her advice when aides to the federal justice minister called over the years to ask which lawyers on short lists were best suited for appointment to the federal bench.

[…] “I almost never got the names that I suggested were the top people for the place,” Glube candidly testified, the first senior Canadian jurist to publicly state what other chief justices have complained about in private for years. “I was never prepared to say it when I was a judge, but I can say it now because I’m not a judge any more. I felt that we were not always getting the top people. The people I thought were the best qualified were not getting the appointments.”

Instead less-qualified friends of the government too often get the nod, said Glube.

“What we have had is people that we know have close association with politicians who are getting the appointments. They’re not former politicians. And they’re not necessarily the top candidates. But you know sometimes who’s going to get appointed when you hear the list.”

Without naming names, Glube alluded to a tempest in Nova Scotia legal circles in 1998 when former justice minister Anne McLellan appointed Liberal fundraiser and party organizer Heather Robertson to the Nova Scotia Supreme Court.

Liberal Anne McLellanThe provincial judicial appointments advisory committee, which vets lawyers’ qualifications for the justice minister, had initially determined it was “unable to recommend” Robertson for the bench, but reversed itself when asked to reconsider.

The move sparked the resignation of the committee’s judicial member, along with a stiff letter of protest from the Canadian Bar Association admonishing McLellan that attempts “to manipulate the committee to achieve a desired political outcome must not be permitted.”

Glube called it a “very serious incident.”

She added it is discouraging for the members of the non-partisan vetting committees for federal judges in each province, who do their work for free and with little recognition, to see politics taint appointments. “It’s wrong. It’s very hard on them. They’ve put a lot of effort to come up with the lists they think are the best.”

Glube recalled the example of two superb Nova Scotia lawyers with no political ties. “They never got appointed, and they were the top lawyers in our community,” Glube said, adding she was aware lawyers without Liberal ties often won’t even apply for the bench.

The current chair of the ad hoc federal advisory committee that will help pick the replacement for retiring Supreme Court of Canada Justice John Major conceded “we’ve had some people from other parties be appointed. But it’s rare. It’s very, very rare.”

It was my wife who brought this article to my attention.  She told me about it in encapsulated form, and then I asked her where in the article they had the part about the Conservative Party having, as a part of their official platform, that Supreme Court Judges will be nominated, and appointed only after they are ratified by a free vote in Parliament, after receiving the approval of the Justice Committee of the House of Commons. 

Well it wasn’t in there, she said.

Gee. Go figure.  Whenever a conservative says anything in this country, it’s vetted (negatively) by six liberal politicians from Toronto who are given 18 column-inches to elucidate their liberal-left platform, it’s counter-argued by four socialists, it’s judged as woefully inadequate and silly by 3 leftist university professors, and finally of course deemed homophobic by five federally-subsidized gay-rights advocates.

**December 15 2005 update**

(Hat tip to Kim for this update)

Liberal media continues to largely bury this scandal and to the extent that it is covered, it’s hardly framed as the dangerous—for the whole nation—Liberal Party scandal that it is. 

Say you’re sorry, judge demands
Robertson slams Glube for comments on patronage in judicial appointments

Justice Heather Robertson of Nova Scotia Supreme Court is demanding a public apology from former chief justice Constance Glube, who made comments last month about politics and appointments to the bench.

Justice Robertson wrote a scathing letter to Ms. Glube, former head of the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal, accusing her of making “a reprehensible attack on a sitting judge.”

“I am proud of my court and all of the appointments to it,” Justice Robertson wrote in a Nov. 23 letter obtained by The Chronicle Herald. “We offer a rich and diverse array of judges, many of whom would not obviously, as demonstrated by your public comments, have been your choice. We are a court of diverse race, creed, physical ability and yes, former political affiliation.

[…] After this newspaper contacted her office, Justice Robertson issued a statement saying she will not comment publicly on the letter.

[…] Ms. Glube told a Commons committee last month that the federal government too often bases judicial appointments on politics instead of merit. She said she frequently suggested the province’s top lawyers for appointments but Ottawa never accepted her recommendations.

“You took exception to my “political lineage’ and preferred candidates on the list of applicants you were provided,” wrote Justice Robertson, one-time chief of staff to former premier John Savage.

“A candidate for judicial office should not be excluded from consideration to serve on the bench because they had participated in the political process, once called public service.”

An independent committee of lawyers and lay people suggests people for judicial appointments, putting forward names to the government that are “highly recommended,” “recommended” or “not recommended.”

[…] In 1998, the government picked Ms. Robertson, former law school classmate of then-justice minister Anne McLellan and then-Halifax MP Mary Clancy.

Ms. Robertson was on the “not recommended” list. The government asked the committee to reconsider and the only judge on the panel quit in protest. The committee changed its decision and Ms. Robertson was appointed.

In her letter, Justice Robertson said she believes her application was passed over the first time because there was concern it might be too soon after a 1995 skiing accident that left her in a wheelchair. She said that was despite “impeccable references and a favourable reply from members of the bar as to my suitability to serve.”

While she did not mention Justice Robertson by name, Ms. Glube spoke to a Commons committee about the case last month. She also told this newspaper last month that the judicial selection process needs to be changed to prevent political interference.

“It was wrong to happen,” Ms. Glube said. “You don’t put people back through a committee when somebody has said a person’s not qualified.”

 

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