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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

Go Reagan on ’em, in a word.

According to the latest Ipsos-Reid poll, the Titanic Grits are making no headway with Liberal Frenchman Stephane Dion at the helm.  Now that the Conservatives have proven they can amply mimic a Liberals’ budget in addition to lots of other key vote-getting nuggets like the liberal-left’s daycare ideas and singing in the ever-so-trendy enviro religion’s choir, there’s even less need to vote for the Liberal Party today.  Far be it for the Conservatives to dare to build a nation of conservative-thinking principled people. Easier to simply cave and join the choir.

Then again maybe that’s the point.  And maybe they’ve just figured that out.  Like most Canadians, many new “Conservatives” have been not so much “conservatives” as simply “Team Not Liberal” (for myriad good reason), and the Conservative budget massaged their loins nicely, as did their other recent decisions on daycare and the environment and pumping money back into the liberals’ women’s centers, for example.  So what I’ve coined Liberal Party Too could form a majority, much to Team Not Liberal‘s sporty satisfaction. 

March 23 2007 Ipsos-Reid poll

Conservatives – 40 percent
Liberals – 29 percent
You’ve got to be kidding party – 14 percent
Greenuts – 7 percent

Moreover:
Conservatives now have a 10-point lead (43 to 33 per cent) over the Grits in Ontario
And now nearly tied in Quebec, 26-25 for the Grits.

Source

Many Canadians—and this is due largely to decades of liberal-left governments with their always-media-reported specious talk; the very liberal-left biased job the liberal media has been doing generally in informing this country for decades; and to the liberals that dominate our academia in our public schools, educating Canadians so poorly in this regard—are so unsophisticated about politics that most Canadians literally watch it unfold like they do a sports event—a hockey game, cheering for and sticking with their team no matter what.  It’s about teams and their team winning.  Just as in team sports, it doesn’t matter one whit what their team is fighting for or what their inner principles or goals are —aside from winning.  It just matters whether you can ultimately beat the opposition or not. That’s it.  And if I understand today’s liberals correctly, ultimately it would be best if “everybody was a winner” in the end.  And furthermore, after all of that, winning the big shiny cup makes absolutely no difference in the whole scheme of life, in this game.

For them, the Conservatives’ budget being just like a liberals’ budget is perfect.  Public policy-wise, and fiscally, Canada moves no further from the left than it has been stuck at for years, and yet their Team Not Liberal wins the next election with a majority.  How fun!

Thinking people and people who are forward-looking and serious see things differently of course.  It doesn’t matter if the Conservatives win a majority if all that’s going to do for our nation is to turn us into a nation led by Liberal Party Too—and to proceed to hold us (and coddle us nanny-state style, and cater to the left’s demands for more and bigger social programs, and generally allow our society to slip further into the morass of post-modern liberalism, and so on)… exactly or nearly exactly like the other liberals did before them. 

Winning an election is the easiest thing on earth to do in this country provided you have a half-ass good party structure and leader:  raise corporate taxes, lower or maintain income taxes except raise them on “the rich”, increase spending on social programs and create new social programs that sound benevolent to the simpleton, talk lots about your desire to leave Afghanistan “at the earliest possible opportunity”, never say a thing about tough issues like gay marriage and abortion, build a national daycare program, promise more funding for the healthcare system, issue directed tax credits at neat-sounding things, and most importantly this year, say trendy things about the environment and promise to spend “government” money on the environment so (as in every facet of life in post-modern liberalist Canada today) individual Canadians won’t have to do anything themselves, just as the left has always promised.  Guaranteed majority.

Liberal Party Too may say the right things on some law and order matters and on the international stage (and by the way, this Harper government has been an object lesson in this regard, in effective national leadership and in demonstrating just how effective it can be—how easy it is—to do the most important thing: to convince Canadians to think like actual conservatives on the basis that we’re right).  But in honesty, the “real” Liberals could do that too, given the right leader and the right polling, for as we know only too well they love their polling and they bend and flex like rubber bands that way.  What gets missed by the Team Not Liberal is that if the foundational principles of the parties are essentially the same, the outcome for our nation will very likely be nearly exactly the same.  The main path our country is on will remain the current beaten path—the path to abject Godless post-modern “progressive” Euro-liberalism —and so then what’s the point of it all, really?  Just to employ teams for sport as a sort of hobby for fun? 

The past two latest major polls—both taken after the Conservatives’ March 19 2007 budget—confirm the suggestion that the Conservatives are maintaining their lead and might even be able to form a majority. 

Someone wrote an email explaining how I (through PTBC) was wrong to denounce the Conservatives’ budget as I did over the past week (and as most other conservative people and organizations did too), and offer polls such as the latest two as proof.  “See?,”  they ask, “this budget that PTBC denounced… is going to yield a majority for the Conservatives.  We were right and you were wrong!” 

Well, sorry to burst your little Team Not Liberal bubble, but the fact that Canadians, largely still drunk on paternalistic liberalism, endorse the Conservatives’ budget, gives me little comfort. 

The idea that even now, after what the Liberal Party did to this country (even just in terms of corruption to say nothing of bad leadership);  and after the Conservatives proving themselves—showing effective leadership for over a year now; and even caving to the liberal-left in many key areas and coming out with a liberal-friendly budget, the Conservatives aren’t polling at 70 or 75 percent, is testimony to the fact that Canadians still aren’t getting what they’re actually looking for. 

The idea that the budget was such an easy sale to all Canadians and most of the liberal media is not an endorsement for your “team” as much as it is for “team realistic”—my team.  I would have welcomed a budget that was “tough sell”—one that would once again require the leadership skills of Stephen Harper—so that we could further advance the principles of conservatism. 

Worse still, some “conservatives” have suggested to me that the Conservatives must wait until they get their majority before unleashing all the “conservativeness”.  Oh lovely!  Fantastic!  Great thinking!  If I understand correctly, then, even amongst “conservatives”, the Conservative Party does in fact have that famous hidden agenda then—and they can only win if they hide in liberalism until they sucker Canadians into voting for them.  They’ll fake out Canada—even me!—until they get a majority, and then change their spots suddenly or even slowly.  Great strategy!  Include that little morsel in Chapter 666 in your manual called “How to Destroy Any Chance for an Actual Conservative Party in Canada, Once and For All”.

I hold out great hope for this Harper Conservative government.  They’ve demonstrated themselves to be principled and resolute on many fronts—mostly the international stage (Afghanistan, Israel, Lebanon, the Palestinian matter…)— and in law and order matters in particular, and in being such good leaders in this regard, have, I think, actually turned normal Canadian team sports enthusiasts into Canadian conservatives and Conservatives.  So I hope they get their majority.  But the great problem they face in caving to liberals simply in order to get a majority is that moment the Conservatives (the Conservatives in particular, mind you) get one, and only then change their spots and start acting like conservatives as some suggest they will, they will be hung out to dry like underwear, be torn to shreds by the dogs, chewed-up and pooped out the other end, and in that form, they will not be electable for yet another few decades. 

I like and support Stephen Harper.  He has shown himself to be a great strategist and has allowed glimpses of the effectiveness of being a good strong leader in some issues and persuading Canadians to “think right”, as I contend is so important.  But just as all parties now see the value in balanced budgets (a conservative trait if ever there was one), these things can be done in or out of power.  I’d just as soon see them in power because they could do more.  But again: doing “more” is only a plus if the “more” is right.  Not left.

 

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