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Ménage à Trois – A Story Of Canadian Failure

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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.

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

It’s like a weird ugly teat-sucking government ménage à trois (if you folks outside of Quebec — which is apparently nobody — will pardon my French).

There is something desperately wrong when politicians like Prime Minister (and Quebec MP) Justin Trudeau and his Liberal Party apparently feel compelled to so piss off one of their few morally sound team members like Jody Wilson-Raybould to the point where she’d quit, spill the beans, and in the process badly tarnish her own party and leader.

Beyond that, as if it weren’t enough, the Trudeau Liberals risked ruining our country’s reputation as a moral nation operating under the rule of law, which, as our Constitution says, “is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law.” It seems he’s also willing to risk his own political life, reputation, and legacy, and that of his party. Why? What the hell is going on here? Easy answer: it’s all to curry favor with Quebecers and its corporate donors and in some way — apparently any which way — get their freaking sacred votes and cash. I’m not sure if this is a personal wealth-building exercise, or power-seaking, or both, or what.

Versions of this travesty have been repeated so many times in my life that this perrenial Quebec suckup disease has earned a special prominent place in my trophy case of what’s terribly wrong with this country.

The kowtowing to big corporations like auto makers, Amazon, Bombardier, and SNC-Lavalin… it’s now a deadly chronic disease. It’s like a government STD. I’ve been railing about it for years, which apparently has resulted in making it ten times worse now. So yay me. But few besides me seems ready or able to do anything about it. The disease is not limited to Liberals, but certainly is most prominent amongst Liberals. Maxime Bernier of the People’s Party has pointed it out multiple times, most recently just today in his newsletter, at this ever-so opportune time. He definitely stands against it. He makes that perfectly clear. But his solution is… once again we don’t know what in tarnation it is.

Entitled “A new approach to root out corruption,” it leaves us knowing not one thing about any new approach. (His bolding):

Jody Wilson-Raybould’s testimony about SNC-Lavalin this week showed how corrupt politics has become in Canada.

Trudeau and his Liberals are ready to do anything to buy votes.

Even obstruct justice and break the law.

The other parties are of course denouncing this crime. But they want to keep the whole system that allows it intact.

As long as we have a huge government handing out billions in contracts and subsidies to businesses and interest groups, nothing will change.

It’s time for a completely different approach.

Joel, the People’s Party will not only fight the corruption, but also the crony capitalism, the constant pandering, and the big-government policies that encourage it.

An idle promise to stop it. There are subtle hints limited to this one line: “As long as we have a huge government handing out billions in contracts and subsidies to businesses and interest groups, nothing will change.” I’ll deal with this as two separate items: handing out billions in contracts, and subsidies. (Handing out billions to interest groups is worthy of jail time. Ban it. Done.)

1. Handing out billions in contracts is not necessarily a bad thing, assuming the contracts are for things that are deemed essential, like building fighter jets or supplying paper shredders to Liberal government staff. The alternative is what? Not handing out billions in contracts and rendering the government useless; or starting up a bunch of crown corporations and becoming an even more full-on communist/socialist country. Neither of those ideas are sane.

The problem is, government has grown so large and so encompassing of all our daily lives and everything that we do. Thus the “necessity” of governments to procure so many billion-dollar contracts to do so many things has expanded to the point where, like the citizens, corporations now see governments as their mommy’s teat. They have learned to live for the government contract. Like so many citizens, they have come to rely on government for their very existence. Thus their “donations” to politicians.

They even buy hookers and use outright bribes to government officials (as SNC-Lavalin has actually been charged with doing) to get at that teat. Government contracts are so big and juicy that they dwarf the A-cup contracts offered in the private sector. Luckily for all of the companies, these days there is so much government moola being doled out for so many things, there is plenty to go around.

That’s not the way it was supposed to go.

The solution here is to make governments way, way smaller, doing way less to “provide” for our everyday lives; leaving the control and direction and responsibility for our everyday lives to ourselves, rather than government. Which is the way it was always supposed to be. It’s the way it was, once. The money the government is spending is and always was our money, after all — it’s not as if the government is spending a separate stash of their own money. Governments have no money. It’s money we’re spending, it’s just that the government takes it and spends it for us instead. On what they want.

We can’t get away from the necessity of government paying companies to have bridges and highways and jet fighters built because that’s part of what nationhood comprises. But governments — especially the left-wing ones — think they have to “provide” jobs, cable TV, symphonies, news, milk, entertainment, chicken, festivals, internet to Eskimos, housing, films, cheap rent, fireworks, cheese, healthcare, operas, gender studies education, car insurance with optional towing package, art exhibits, liquor, cruises along BC’s coast, junk mail delivery, cheap legal advice, TV shows, tampons, lottery tickets, sex change operations, and pot; and they have to run mammoth monopoly auto insurance companies, operate huge wholesale and retail liquor operations which purchase and supply restaurants and citizens, operate pot shops, run TV news and entertainment channels, operate high-stakes gambling casinos, sell lottery tickets, manage marriage, own a courier company, paint gay rainbows on crosswalks, abort babies, warn us about everyday dangers, and assist in our suicides.

Cut all that. I’m suggesting we bring back the spending to ourselves, on a far more local basis, as individuals in the private sector. That’s a tall order. Perhaps impossible. It would take a monumental shift in the thinking the left has trained us to think through their media and their education.

One of the grave dangers of “progressive” liberal-left government policies — quite apart from their exponential growth in size and the corresponding growth in the size of their teats — is the fact that once you start “giving” people “free” stuff, it’s nearly impossible to take it back. And therefore it would take one hell of a great communicator — or a bunch of them — to convince Canadians, nearly all of whom have become glued to the other available big, huge teat of liberal-left “progressive” government.

2. The Ending subsidies to corporations part is easy. So easy even the Liberals could do it. Giving subsidies to corporations for anything should obviously be illegal (not that some party leaders would care what’s legal, apparently, but at least the question of locking ’em up would be clear and obvious to CBC reporters). Governments trying to buy off Amazon.com or any other company by offering subsidies and tax breaks is so obviously corrupt that I can’t believe the RCMP doesn’t simply arrest those government officials that conspired and offered-up those taxpayer dollars. God knows the news media shouldn’t be subsidized — that’s just blatantly wrong, and hell, everybody knows that, full well.

So the public has glued itself to one teat of government, the other teat has big corporations attached to it for much the same reason; all the while the government is itself sucking on the teat of Quebec and its corporate donors. Pierre Trudeau said government should not be in the bedrooms of the nation. Today, here they are participating in a big Canadian orgy of their own making. A gross ménage à trois.

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