The world around us

Jun. 26, 2022
Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland CBC's Rosemary Barton Live that she must strike a balance between helping Canadians suffering from the effects of inflation and pursuing a policy of fiscal restraint — or risk making the cost of living problem worse. Freeland, who also serves as deputy prime minister, said she was open to further action on affordability issues but that she believes measures already under way — worth $8.9 billion — would help alleviate the impact on Canadians. FULL COMMENT
 
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Freeland is an arrogant, elitist, pompous poseur repeating what we have known for many years. Her government is spending us into poverty and the vultures are fretting uneasily on the sidelines.

Our economic disaster has nothing to do with COVID. It is entirely due to the government’s approach to combatting a virus.

It is not difficult to calculate that when our government simultaneously shut down the oil and gas sector of the economy, imposed surreal ‘carbon taxes’ based on political, unscientific ideology and shut down major sectors of the economy for two years it was creating an economic crisis.

Government counter-measures to combat the fallout from people unemployed by closure edicts and businesses failing due to lack of income were made on the fly, poorly framed, lacked oversight, enhanced the incomes of people who had not earned it, and left tens of thousands of others with nothing. Its economic measures have sharply increased interest payments for decades to come, restricting money available for services the government is constitutionally responsible for.

The role of the federal government is to create an economic climate where investments are welcome and protected, where individuals and corporations can thrive in an open free enterprise system limited only by laws that prohibit price-fixing and ensure open competitiveness in every sector.

Instead, we have a centrist socialist government micromanaging every aspect of our economy and failing us in the process. When our federal government does not have a single department operating efficiently and effectively, we have every reason to be irate. If the cabinet cannot keep its house in order, it is incapable of managing the economy or anything else.

The whole of the Trudeau government is an act; an ideological stage play written by buffoons who are so ‘woke’ they ignore the fundamental principles of economics and law while ignoring our social standards and values. This exercise in replacing democracy with central government control failed.

When Trudeau used the media to declare anyone who had not complied with his government’s vaccination mandates was an enemy of society and the state, the tyrant was revealed.

Oil and gas workers were dumped on the scrap heap without concern. The unvaccinated were hounded unmercifully and turned into second-class citizens on a Prime Ministerial whim. Millions of private-sector workers were thrown out of employment when their employer’s businesses were shuttered by government fiat. We are left to wonder who is next?

This is the 26 June 2022. In four days rents and mortgages come due. The costs of gasoline and groceries have increased dramatically. Everyone has less disposable income. Inflation shows no signs of abating. A crisis for millions is four days away and will be worse next month.

Our government’s job is to foresee and avoid the economic crisis it created. Our economy cannot recover and thrive until the government stops playing footsy with favourite and returns to democratic governance with a level, fair playing field devoid of government favourites and interference.

That's Freeland’s attempt to avoid accountability for the economic crisis her government created is disgusting.

 

Jun. 25, 2022

By John Paul Tasker,CBC News
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau weighed in Friday on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn decades-old jurisprudence on abortion, calling what's unfolding south of the border a "horrific" development that threatens the right of women to choose what to do with their own bodies.
"My heart goes out to the millions of American women who are now set to lose their legal right to an abortion. I can't imagine the fear and anger you are feeling right now," Trudeau said in a social media post. Trudeau said "no government, politician, or man" should force a woman to carry out a pregnancy, reiterating that, under his Liberal government, "women in Canada know that we will always stand up for your right to choose."Read on

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First, Trudeau has a less than stellar reputation for his treatment of women. His actions speak louder than his lip service to principle. His claim about feminism is a fraud.

Second, the republic to the south of us has entirely different political and legal systems. There is no rational comparison. In the USA primary political and legal powers reside in the states. The federal government has residual powers although that has changed somewhat over the decades. 

In Canada, the federal and provincial governments have different spheres of sovereignty, and our constitution includes a Charter of Freedoms and Rights which limits the powers of governments. 

Third, in Canada, the rights of women are embodied in our constitution, not in a legal precedent, and cannot be overturned by a court or our government. Trudeau has nothing to stand up for, and it is self-serving blather for him to pretend that he has a duty to protect abortion rights that are beyond his powers to change.

Fourth, when your closest neighbour, strongest ally and largest trading partner finds itself in a contentious mess, it is unwise to say so. The U.S. will restore women’s right to choose if for no other reason than 51% of the population are females who vote.

Trudeau has no sense of diplomacy or dignity and manages to estrange other world leaders rather than build bridges and form alliances. 

The U.S.A., like Canada, is an imperfect democracy (as are all others). Ultimately democratic principles will win out and any errors will be corrected.

Trudeau has his own pile of dirty laundry to deal with and that is where his attention should be. We have no need to get involved in the internal affairs of a foreign nation when there is nothing we can do to assist in finding a solution. 

Sharply increasing inflation is hurting people at all income levels and hurting those at the lowest income levels the most. The hurt is immediate and pressing. Addressing that should be a priority. People should not have to curtail food expenditures to be able to afford shelter.

There is no progress in reconciliation with indigenous people. Indigenous and political leaders have found no common ground and talk endlessly about an ideological nation within a nation that is impractical and unfeasible. Until reality enters the room, reconciliation is not possible. 

Quebec has declared itself to be a French-only enclave where some societies are superior in violation of our constitution. Quebec laws respecting religious attire are in direct violation of our Charter and Trudeau’s government remains silent, ignoring the rights of the 30 million people who reside outside of Quebec. There cannot be dual realities in Canada. The Quebec experiment must end.

May. 30, 2022

Days after the Texas school shooting, U.S. Senators are taking a break. Gun control may have to wait

Blaming guns for mass shootings is as silly as blaming automobiles for drunken driving. The media has outdone itself reporting on an "unspeakable tragedy."

We watched as religion was banned from schools because some people were offended. As a result, we have generations that never learned about the universal tenets of orderly and peaceful societies.

I do not favour reintroducing religion to the education system. We need courses in humanities where children explore the fundamentals of society, such as respect for others, the principles of freedoms and rights, that we must not impose our beliefs on others and how we interact with one another. We need to cover how to cope with failure, feelings of isolation, and fear and that life is much more than a competition for the most money and prestige.

We are creating walking time bombs that will explode, harming innocent people and families until we do. Media and political figures insist the Texas incident is inexplicable. They will not accept that we have broken societies and that people shoved to the fringes are angry, hurt, resentful and ready to explode in acts of violence. As long as we create an underclass of people who perceive they are not treated as equals and are resentful, violence will continue. The people on the fringes are ripe for exploitation by extremists, left and right. Socialism continues to fail because central planning does not work. However, our governments believe in central planning powers irrespective of the harm to society.  

We watched as schools shifted from striving for excellence to seeking participation to avoid damaging fragile egos. We reward students for lacklustre participation in their classes.

Predictably, young men who are socially awkward in their late teens and early twenties are resentful because they feel isolated and left out. Many adults in their lives flee from personal responsibility. Instead of making amends or apologizing for harm to others, they blame the environment, poverty or anything else on a long list of grievances as the cause for their actions and behaviour. They claim to be victims of circumstance.

We have a social problem, not a gun problem. One of Prime Minister Trudeau’s first acts in office was to rescind Criminal Code provisions that added to the sentence of anyone employing a gun in a criminal act. Blame guns, not the people using them. We are far down the wrong track.

The majority of Canadians are decent people, good friends and neighbours. They cannot understand how anyone could lash back at perceived social injustice by murdering children. That is foreign to their standards and values. Few people understand the threat posed by Prime Minister Trudeau’s designation of the COVID unvaccinated as a threat to society. Their offence was to resist orders by the government to be vaccinated.

The threat is that none of us know who will be the next group designated a threat for not following government mandates. That is how totalitarianism works. Obey or face the consequences. Our federal government is still penalizing Canadians in violation of their charter rights and our constitution.

I am soon taking a vacation flight, but I have to prove vaccine compliance to get on an aircraft and wear a mask at the airport and in-flight despite those restrictions being lifted across the country. I do not respect governments unwilling to admit they made significant errors in their COVID regulations.

May. 23, 2022

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May. 23, 2022

Our real enemy is not a virus or climate change. It is fear induced by governments and the media.

“Through every generation of the human race there has been a constant
war, a war with fear. Those who have the courage to conquer it are
made free and those who are conquered by it are made to suffer until
they have the courage to defeat it, or death takes them.”
~ Alexander the Great ~

In particular, fear of unknown or unseen results is a powerful motivator. The thoughts of laying in a hospital bed, unable to breathe adequately to survive, are dreadful but are not unique to coronavirus variants. People suffering from severe cases of influenza and pneumonia have suffered similarly for generations.

Coronavirus is not the deadly disease it is made out to be. It is sixth in Canada’s leading causes of death, rating lower than bronchitis, emphysema, and asthma. Influenza and pneumonia are seventh.

We are more likely to die from asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, influenza or pneumonia than coronavirus if an accident, cancer, heart disease or stroke does not claim us first. Constant focus on coronavirus has warped our perspective through heightened and unrealistic fears.

There is no validated scientific support for the global warming theory promoted by the IPCC. That is because the idea was not created as a threat to humanity but as a means to force industrialized nations to support the third world financially.

The only thing warming is the hysteria of the IPCC. Over the thirty years, the IPCC has evolved into a hugely expensive public relations effort. It shamelessly summons fear as its primary motivator.

The main problem with the global warming theory (now touted as climate change) is its intentionally narrow focus, like trying to study a mountain range through a cheap spyglass. There is no consideration of other factors that affect climate, such as solar cycles or the economic impact on nations and persons. Ignoring the effect of contributing factors and the ensuing impact of its advice is not sound planning or policy.

Only frauds resort to instilling fear rather than providing sound evidence to support their theories. We are fortunate that harsh economic factors show up the hypocrisies of global warming theory. Nations are discovering that petrochemical products are vital to their well-being and the survival of their living standards. Coal, which IPCC supporters have long shunned, is being utilized to curb unreasonable energy costs.

When governments resort to subsidizing the manufacture, sales and support for electric vehicles, it sends us an irrefutable message: electric vehicles are not economically viable.

Study after study has shown that there is nothing ecologically superior to so-called green energy. It is a poorly considered and investigated alternative power source that has consistently failed to meet its objectives.

Governments have never created scientific breakthroughs. Henry Ford, who brought an affordable horseless carriages to the masses, did so despite governments.

Musk and Tesla will have stiff competition from other entrepreneurs when electric vehicles are affordable. Until that happens, governments would be wise to stop meddling in science and technology they don’t understand.

Please refer to the quote above and understand that we are being manipulated rather than responsibly governed.