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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:

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.
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.

From: [name withheld]
Message Body:
After the announcement of the New Brunswick Government cutting the funding and maximum amount allowed, I wrote a piece about my thoughts and feelings about it. If my piece is able to be posted that would be wonderful as I am not the only person in this situation. I just want others to hear what this change means to current and future students in New Brunswick. Thanks!

I am willing to post the letter you sent me [readers can find it below], but I’ll attach my critical response, because we can all learn from this exchange. I’ll play the devil’s advocate and refute your points, and hopefully that will help you and others. And I do want to help you, even though I recognize that some of my comments will come off as mean. They’re not supposed to be taken as mean, but rather as sincere and helpful. 

My Critical Response:
You have an annoying habit of writing numbers and years in long form, which some call “Chicago style,” such as this (notwithstanding the typo or grammatical error in which you use “which” instead of “with”): “My tuition is six thousand, seven hundred and fifty-eight dollars a year, which [sic] the high possibility to rise.” And here: “…the twenty-nineteen to twenty-twenty academic year.”

Long numbers and years can be written using numerals. To do otherwise makes things utterly unreadable. You’re at least consistent, which is one important grammatical rule. []

Moreover, one of the reason tuition rises is that the university feels as though they can raise them and not lose any students. Providing funding to students feeds that beast. This is really basic supply and demand economics. Stop funding students and watch those tuitions fall. Canadians have about $28 BILLION in student loan debt. That’s a lot of historic demand.

I know something about economics because I learned about it mostly after university. I also studied economics at university — an out-of-town university (so required living outside of the family home). I paid for it all myself, even though my parents could afford to pay for it. I worked part time and ran a property maintenance business which I started. I regret having taken student loans to help pay for it all, because I’m philosophically against that now, but I paid off those loans within a few years of leaving school.

You state, “I agree that everyone should have the chance to go to some post-secondary education, private or otherwise, without having to worry about money.” I don’t agree at all. Everybody should worry about paying for the goods and services they consume. Nobody is entitled to other people’s money to provide themselves with free stuff that they want.

You must know that all university education is almost completely subsidized by the taxpayer, and that students pay only a tiny fraction of the real cost. You’re asking for more. I just want you to read that perspective, because others are thinking it as they read your letter.

Also remember a key feature of non-socialist/communist government is that they don’t have any money at all whatsoever. They only take taxpayers’ money, then spend it — redistribute it. You’re asking the government to take taxpayers’ money from them and to spend it on you personally.

You say, “That is such a burden taken off our shoulders that I don’t think I could ever express it in words.” I find this overblown, emotional, and ridiculous. It’s not that great a burden. Me and all my college-day friends can attest to that, particularly as we are now in our late 50s and have the benefit of real life experience. Going to college was by far the funnest time of our lives, in spite of how we thought at the time. On your apparent inability to “express it in words…,” you should certainly be able to express simple concepts in words if you go to university. Saying what you said here is not a great endorsement of a university education. It’s an appeal to emotions and I’m afraid it failed.

More: “…working to exhaustion between my two jobs on top of trying to stay on top of my school work.” Again overly emotional. Legitimately tens of millions of people have done it. You can too. And it’s not “working to exhaustion,” it’s just plain hard work. My post-university life didn’t turn into easy street. I work harder now.

You display some level of unwitting irony with this line: “We’re trying to make ends meet while also creating a life for ourselves.” You’re exactly not “creating a life for yourselves” if other people are paying for it upon which you demand that they pay up more.

“We are your future. We are the people who are going to take over for you when you are unable to continue to run your positions.” Sounds like a threat. And sounds like self-puffery; like you’re a little high on yourself — as if you’re the first generation in history to take over from a previous generation. This “generation” thing has been going on for thousands of years and life keeps getting better and easier.

“Why do you want us to worry about funding our education…” — You’re asking politicians, but I’ll answer as some of the sane, clear-headed ones might: because you should worry about and then fund your own needs and wants.

“All we want to be triumphant in life,…” — typo, missing “is.” This is not going to help you triumph. And being triumphant, if that’s what you want to be, is your goal to attain, not mine. I’m busy enough working through me and my family’s own lives, and on my own triumphs.

“I hope the government understands that doing this will not only make people move away from New Brunswick, which they are already having a problem with,…” — they’re not leaving for cheaper education. Also, this:

The population of New Brunswick is estimated to be 761,214, which reflects growth since the 747,101 recorded in 2016. The province has seen its population grow steadily since the 1850s…
New Brunswick Population 2019 – World Population Review

“…but you are forcing young adults to choose between an education and a lifetime of debt.” — As I’ve said, this is just factually incorrect; and a classic false dichotomy fallacy. And by the way, most Canadians have a lifetime of debt as a result of myriad choices they made, and this includes even politicians who will read this and say just that to themselves.

Your rather stern admonishment that “You should think about the futures of others…” is (aside from sounding like a scold), again, rather ironic, because that’s exactly what they are doing. The programs you are talking about costs billions over time, which will all be paid for not by me, and not by you, but by future generations: your children and their children. That’s true of all government (taxpayer) spending. You claim to care about the future. Just yours?

This, at a minimum, is rather passive-aggressive: “Thank you for that, I hope that you will reconsider your decision as it is not a fully thought through one.” First you say thanks, then slap them upside the head for not thinking things through.

Finally, I go back to the beginning of your letter, where you state this as your opening salvo: “They had to work hard for everything they got, nothing was handed to them. I was brought up the same way, knowing that nothing should be given to me and that I should always strive to do better and work for what I want rather than asking for it.” You then carry on doing exactly what your parents didn’t bring you up to do: you ask for free stuff to be given to you at the expense of others and their hard work.

Surely you have thought all of this through yourself, though, right? The right education and skills training is important for people and society. But it’s not the only important thing in life. Food, clothing, homes to live in — these are arguably more important. Should the government provide “free” food to all from their government supplies, and open government factories to provide the masses with clothes of the type and style and color that people want, and give away free government-owned homes for the people to live in? If yes, then you are likely a communist or socialist. If no, then you see the point.

Also, as a adjunct curiosity, what exactly are you studying? Consider that taxpayers are concerned about what they — THEY — are spending THEIR money on (particularly in your scenario, but even outside of it), and judge whether they want to spend it on “that,” and whether it is worth it economically or in any other way. Many areas of study will not help society — or even you — one iota. Yet taxpayers pay nearly the full cost anyway. This is a sore point for a lot of taxpayers.

The letter the student wrote will follow, here:

An Open Letter to the Progressive Conservative Party About the Free Tuition Bursary

[Name withheld]

University of New Brunswick Saint John

April 10, 2019

To whom this may reach,

I am a first-generation student, meaning that I am the first in my family to go to university. My mother completed community college immediately after finishing high school in Quispamsis; obtaining a diploma for Business Technology and Accounting. My father went into the military after he finished high school in McAdam, now serving his twenty-fourth year as a Master Corporal. They had to work hard for everything they got, nothing was handed to them. I was brought up the same way, knowing that nothing should be given to me and that I should always strive to do better and work for what I want rather than asking for it. Of course, this also meant that if I wanted to have a successful career and live a happy life, post-secondary education was a necessity. I would need to do something past high school to be able to provide for myself in the future. For years, I didn’t think I would able to go to post-secondary due to living with a single mother. I knew it was hard for her to provide for the both of us, even when my step-father came into the picture. Between the two of them, we just made it over the sixty-thousand mark to apply for the Free Tuition Bursary; meaning that university was now an option. This made me more hopeful for my future, that maybe I wouldn’t have to be in debt to a bank for the rest of my life in order to get a degree and have success in my future.

Currently, I am working two part time jobs that accumulate to twenty or more hours a week, and four courses that also take up to twenty hours a week. Between the three of these, I am able to pay for things that I need for university such as textbooks, paper, writing instruments and gas for my car as I commute twenty minutes a day both ways to the university. I don’t have to worry about tuition because it is covered with this program. This isn’t a complaint, I understand the government cannot fully fund my degree. My complaint is now you are going to cut this fantastic program that has an estimated ninety-five hundred students who are eligible for the twenty-nineteen to twenty-twenty academic year. I woke up to the news today, at the end of my semester and just before exam season, that they are cutting the Free Tuition program by seven thousand dollars, so the maximum I would get would be three thousand dollars. I agree that everyone should have the chance to go to some post-secondary education, private or otherwise, without having to worry about money. However, I don’t believe cutting the funding for the seventy-nine percent of students who need it by seventy percent in order to “level the playing field” – as you said in your press conference about this announcement – is fair in the slightest; even though that is why you are doing this. Three thousand a year covers maybe the fees of an entire academic year. My tuition is six thousand, seven hundred and fifty-eight dollars a year, which the high possibility to rise. That doesn’t include the fees that the University of New Brunswick adds on.

So, what you are doing is not only barely covering fees for a year of schooling, but you’re ignoring the whole reason this program exists. The Government of New Brunswick states on their description of this program that “The Free Tuition Program is a new non-repayable provincial bursary designed to make post-secondary more accessible through the provision of increased upfront financial assistance. The goal of the Free Tuition Program is to ensure that tuition costs are covered for those students with the greatest financial need.”. This program has helped thousands of these students because it actually covers the tuition and most of the fees. That is such a burden taken off our shoulders that I don’t think I could ever express it in words.

However, in what world does this help the middle class? There is now four to five thousand dollars I have to make up, which means I will be working to exhaustion between my two jobs on top of trying to stay on top of my school work. This is, of course, if I can make up the money, and I am not alone in this. If I want to complete my degree, which I am already thirty thousand dollars of debt into, I will have to take out a student loan from a bank on top of my two jobs. This was my last resort. I have no money saved up, I am in a position where I cannot afford to put money aside for my tuition, especially the amount I will be expected to pay in the upcoming academic year. There are thousands of other students in the same situation as I am. We’re trying to make ends meet while also creating a life for ourselves.

We are your future. We are the people who are going to take over for you when you are unable to continue to run your positions. Why would you try to limit us? Why do you want us to worry about funding our education while also trying to excel academically in said education? Why do you want us to worry about not having a post-secondary education when all we want is to be as successful as our parents? All we want to be triumphant in life, doing something we are passionate about and are good at.

You cannot just work as an engineer because you finished high school and got good marks. You cannot just become a doctor or nurse because it is your childhood dream. You cannot just become a business owner because you have an idea that you think could make money. These professions take an education, one that we thought we could have if we stayed in New Brunswick. I thought I could have a degree that I was proud of, but half way through it, prepared for my third year, and it looks like I won’t even be able to start my third year because only a third of it is paid for. I am registered for courses required for my degree next year that I will never be able to take.

I hope the government understands that doing this will not only make people move away from New Brunswick, which they are already having a problem with, but you are forcing young adults to choose between an education and a lifetime of debt. This shouldn’t have to be a worry for us. This program has helped thousands upon thousands to have an education, while also keeping money and people in New Brunswick. You should think about the futures of others before trying to undo things that past politicians have done to better the lives of the future generation.

Thank you for that, I hope that you will reconsider your decision as it is not a fully thought through one.

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