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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.

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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.

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.

UPDATED below — May 29 2020

Lefties — NDP leader Jagmeet Singh leading the pack — are all on about the evils of all those profit-seeking “privately-owned” long-term care homes, given the disaster for our seniors that many of them have become during the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada.

But they might be shocked to learn that one of Canada’s biggest “private” owners is actually the federal government.

Sort of like how Purolator Couriers is actually owned by the state-owned Canada Post, making it state-owned as well, the huge “Revera Inc” company is a subsidiary of the Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP), a federal Crown corporation. (Coincidentally, and rather sadly, the PSP is charged with investing the pension funds of, among other agencies and federal workers, members of the Canadian Forces, who are themselves heroically fighting within nursing homes in Ontario and Quebec, trying to help keep our seniors alive, and while they are at it, exposing the sordid truth about the homes they found themselves being ordered to save.)

Jagmeet Singh (and Justin Trudeau perhaps even more so) should be way more up-front about this salient government ownership fact, and in the case of Trudeau, about his advanced culpability since he is where the buck stops.

But maybe they don’t even know. So many are confused by all this state-ownership going on in Canada (as in, say, China), that we need charts and lists to keep all the ownership straight. Even Wikipedia gets it wrong, starting out by saying right up-front, “Revera Inc., is a privately owned Canadian provider…”.  It’s “private” in much the same way Purolator is “private,” inasmuch as they are not private at all whatsoever, but rather, they are 100% state-owned.

Here’s Wikipedia describing Revera as “privately owned,” a few lines down finally indicating that in fact, the crown corporation PSP in effect bought all the shares, and then as if to prove it, delisted it from the Toronto Stock Exchange since they — the state — were then the 100% owners:

As a crown corporation, PSP reports to Parliament, in this case through the Treasury Board President, who Justin Trudeau decided would be a man for some reason, Quebec Liberal MP Jean-Yves Duclos. PSP’s board members are appointed by… Trudeau & his cabinet. Just like the state-owned CBC and so many other such “private” corporations in Canada.

More than 55,000 seniors live in a Revera (government) -owned property  —or did before they died. When you see headlines like this one at the other state-owned “corporation,” CBC, reporting things like this, it’s hard to keep track of numbers:

COVID-19 death toll at Forest Heights Revera long-term care home reaches 50

So, surely it’s 54,950 or fewer now. But I don’t know how many dead seniors used to live in a Revera property. Maybe a few. Maybe thousands out of the 7,000 dead Canadians. We should know with precision, but I can’t sort it out. Maybe someday we will get the straight facts instead of word salads for once, if enough people sue Trudeau and his government for the information, because I have no doubt they will fail to be normal and transparent (like a stock-market-listed company most certainly has to be), and the information won’t be offered-up willingly, at all. It may take years and years and tons of money to get the information we own, and need. And God knows Trudeau’s adoring suck-up media won’t ask about it.

See, they’re the government. They don’t think they have to answer to you, you pipsqueak.

And yes, they are the government. They feebly allowed all this to happen — failed to adequately prepare, failed to read the impending coronavirus warning signs accurately, as, say, Australia did (they’ve lost “only” just barely north of 100 people with 2/3 of our population, but much greater proximity to China), failed to distance themselves from the garbage WHO recommendations, acted in dumb-ass muscle-reflex anti-Trump border shut-down mode, failed to close the borders in time fearing diverting from WHO recommendations and “racism” charges by them and their “woke” sheep, failed to mandate quarantine for travellers until late April, and now, as owners of one of the largest LTC and seniors’ care homes in all the land, they’re all the more culpable because some nursing homes have become something akin to centers of horror.

My recent articles, like “A Government Failure at Every Level,” ring ever more true, every day (even if I do say so myself). Government is at fault for most or all of this —including even their “private” care homes. More government is obviously NOT the answer.

Yet in a CBC story Monday, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh said, with no whiff of irony, “Profit should not be the motive when it comes to how we care for our seniors.” He’s talking about those “private” LTC homes, and wants the state to take them over, and assume state-control of all of them, such as in the Venezuelan or Chinese socialist/communist model. What if the “private” company is actually state-owned? Are the owners of those “private” homes the greedy a-holes he makes just about every good person in private, profit-seeking business out to be? Look in the mirror, Singh.

UPDATE May 29, 2020

It appears Jagmeet Singh finally grasped some reality, and it’s just hilarious how it destroys his — and his party’s — entire narrative. So much so that I’m going to write-up a separate article just to emphasize this. The facts include (but are not limited to) the fact that many of the hated “private” “profit-making” LTC homes are actually owned by what he would normally consider to be the rightful owner: the state.

“The government owns Revera, the second-largest long-term care provider in Canada. It’s for profit and is facing a $50-million lawsuit for negligence. What is the government doing to protect seniors in the long-term care home that they own?” Mr. Singh asked.

Whooboy. He must be at least a little bit embarrassed that his arch villain — private citizens, who operate private businesses, in the free market economy he so loathes — are NOT the real villain, but rather it’s the state he loves, and their state-owned and controlled businesses, who are the actual villain! But he ignores that fact, and just blathers about with his usual disingenuous sloganeering (“It’s for profit”!!!), and about how evil it is to make profits in, well any area, but particularly in health care.

No word on whether unionized nurses and health care aides should continue to profit off their work at these homes, or just be ordered to volunteer their services from now on (because nobody should profit off the health care of Canadians [fist raise]!). But we did hear from their leftist public-sector union:

Chris Aylward, President of the Public Service Alliance of Canada, which is the largest union of federal public servants, wrote to PSP Investments CEO Neil Cunningham this month asking the Crown corporation to divest its stake in Rivera and have it transferred to provincial health authorities.

Hey folks, provincial socialism is better than federal socialism! Or something! Instead of acknowledging that government ownership was a total fail, and suggesting they try reverting it back to private ownership, he simply wants to switch which government owns it. It’s actually hideous. It’s all become a left-wing clown show.

Perhaps the funniest bit in the article was this one though, wherein the state-owned Revera claims that despite deaths and lawsuits and the horror show we’ve all witnessed, it is only following the state’s guidelines and doing what it is told:

“Our homes regularly meet or exceed government standards. We have been following government directives since the outset of the pandemic and we have been working closely with government partners as the pandemic has progressed,” the company said.

So once again, it was the government — this time it was its hideous guidelines and obviously poor “directives” — that are largely to blame here. Also, state-owned Revera Inc has apparently been working in total partnership with their federal and provincial government overlords …and yet we have seen the horrific result of this all-government action.

I’m going to need to insist that the government answer for its culpability for the deaths of so many of our seniors. But between tween Singh and Trudeau, Singh is just a hypocritical doctrinaire silly-boy know-nothing who has lost the script. Justin Trudeau needs to be hauled on the carpet and made to answer for his government’s failure.

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