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Justin Pierre James Trudeau PC MP (/ˈtrʊdoʊ/; French: ; born December 25, 1971) is a Canadian politician serving as the 23rd and current Prime Minister of Canada since 2015 and Leader of the Liberal Party since 2013. Trudeau is the second-youngest Canadian Prime Minister, after Joe Clark; he is also the first to be related to a previous holder of the post, as the eldest son of Pierre Trudeau.

aciprensa

Published  4 weeks ago

El P. Claude Grou, rector del Oratorio de San José en Montreal (Canadá), fue dado de alta del hospital y aseguró estar “ansioso” por volver a retomar su ministerio después de que un hombre lo apuñalara mientras celebraba una Misa el viernes 22 de marzo.

Celine Barbeau, una portavoz del oratorio, dijo que el sacerdote de 77 años tomará unos días de descanso a regañadientes. “Aunque necesita algunos días, está en un muy buen estado de ánimo. Y en realidad está ansioso por volver al trabajo. Tenemos que detenerlo”, dijo Barbeau.

El sacerdote dijo en un comunicado que las palabras de apoyo que recibió le “calientan el corazón” y le “permiten contemplar estos momentos difíciles de manera pacífica”. Asimismo, aseguró estar bien de salud y que aún procesa el ataque del viernes, informó CBC News.

El P. Grou estaba parado detrás del altar para la Misa diaria de las 8:30 a.m. ante unos 60 feligreses cuando un hombre vestido con ropa oscura y con una gorra de béisbol blanca lo apresó y apuñaló.

Inmediatamente el equipo de seguridad de la iglesia detuvo al atacante. El incidente fue transmitido en vivo en una cadena de televisión católica.

Las autoridades detuvieron al sospechoso de 26 años que, según dicen, es conocido por la policía.

El sacerdote fue llevado en ambulancia, y como indicó la policía de Montreal, sufrió “laceraciones” en la parte superior del cuerpo.

El ataque generó varios comentarios de apoyo.

“Padre Claude Grou, los canadienses están pensando en usted y le desean una pronta recuperación”, dijo el primer ministro Justin Trudeau en Twitter el mismo día del ataque.

“Todos estamos impactados por este acto de violencia que ha tenido lugar en nuestra ciudad, en un espacio dedicado a la paz”, dijo en un comunicado el Arzobispo de Montreal, Mons. Christian Lepine.

Finalmente, el Prelado lamentó que lugares de culto de muchas religiones sean blanco de actos de violencia, y pidió continuar “en el camino de la paz y el amor, creyendo que la buena vencerá la maldad a través de la oración y las buenas obras”.

El Oratorio de San José en Montreal es el santuario más grande dedicado a San José en el mundo, con aproximadamente dos millones de visitantes anuales. Su cúpula es visible desde todo Montreal.

La portavoz dijo que el edificio continuará abierto al público con excepción del área alrededor de la cripta dentro del oratorio que la policía ha cerrado para realizar las investigaciones.

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Calgary Herald

Published  1 month ago

When it comes to Ottawa's equalization program, some are more equal than others.

National Post

Published  1 month ago

As another round of SNC-Lavalin revelations broke over the weekend, Justin Trudeau was spotted taking a breather in a remote corner of Southwest Florida.

“Canada’s prime minister, embroiled in a political scandal, is now escaping to Southwest Florida,” announced NBC 2, a local news affiliate who got exclusive word of the visiting national leader.

The broadcaster dispatched a reporter to North Captiva Island, a largely recreational island where Trudeau reportedly rented two large homes for his family and entourage. For much of the prime minister’s visit, the affiliate also kept up a live feed on the prime ministerial plane, a “maple-leaf-emblazoned” Bombardier Challenger parked at Page Field, a small airport close to Fort Myers, Florida.

North Captiva Island is accessible only by charter boat, and cars are banned, with the only motorized transportation being golf carts. However, Trudeau appears to have been brought to the island by a vessel with U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The NBC2 report described a team of 40 “Secret Service” protecting the prime minister and his family from a fleet of golf carts. Trudeau’s typical bodyguards are plainclothes RCMP who closely resemble the Secret Service details that typically surround U.S. presidents and VIPs.

However, as a visiting dignitary, it’s possible that Trudeau was supplied with U.S. Secret Service agents for added protection. His visit did indeed pull in assistance from local law enforcement, including a marine unit of the local Lee County sheriff’s office.

Trudeau is one of approximately 3.5 million Canadians who visit Florida every year. Canadians also constitute 27 per cent of the state’s foreign real estate buyers, purchasing $7 billion in Florida properties in 2017 alone.

The state is also notable as the frequent weekend getaway for the incumbent U.S. president, with Donald Trump’s Mar-A-Lago resort located almost directly east of North Captiva Island on Florida’s east coast.

The Trudeau family itself has long ties to Florida, with Orlando being where Justin’s grandfather, Charles-Émile Trudeau, died of a heart attack in 1935 while touring with the Montreal Royals baseball team, of whom he was a part owner.

While the Canadian public is normally informed of Trudeau’s whereabouts, all bets are off when he takes private vacations. For a similar Florida vacation in early 2018, officials in the prime minister’s office said only that he was “spending private time with his family in Florida.”

On Monday at approximately 6 p.m., the prime ministerial Challenger jet was seen departing Page Field.

The Last Refuge

Published  1 month ago

Remember: “everyone has a plan until they get punched in he face.” ~ Mike Tyson The exploitation of Michael Cohen toward the launch of Speaker Pelosi’s impeachment effort backfire…

The Post Millennial

Published  1 month ago

Justin Trudeau’s “contrition” session with the press turned out to be a nothingburger. He did not apologize. He would only cop to an “erosion of trust” between his guy, Gerald Butts, and Jody Wilson-Raybould, implying that Canadians should be blaming Mr. Erosion, not him. He allowed as how “there is always room for improvement,” the kind of thing one sees written on one’s children’s report card. He has nothing against contrition—in fact, he was on his way up north that very day to express contrition to the Inuit … for the past deeds of other people, that is, something he excels at.

As National Post reporter John Ivison noted in his column Mar 8, Trudeau’s press conference was “the enactment of humility,” and not the real thing. Exactement! “Enactment” is in fact the story of Trudeau’s public life. He is all political theatre, shining when he has memorized a script (“Canada’s back!” “Diversity is our strength!”…”Because it’s 2015!”…”Jobs!”), but very much at sea when the other actors walk away from the parts his scriptwriters assigned to them. At which point, as in his “contrition” press conference, he hits verbal bathos: “to move forward, not backward,” or “every day as prime minister I learn new things.”

Quebec journalist Richard Martineau delivered the cruellest thrust: “[Trudeau] thought he was indestructible, now he realizes he’s only a human being like the others. Goodbye Superman, hello Clark Kent.” Ouch. The New York Times wasn’t much kinder: “the fresher the face, the more obvious the blemishes.” Two-thirds of Canadians tell pollsters Trudeau has lost the moral authority to govern. That’s today. Come election day, who knows.

We had full warning of what we were going to get in Justin way back in 2000, when he performed the eulogy at his father’s funeral. And oh my goodness, “perform” is the operative word. Recently I found out Gerald Butts—of whom I had never heard at the time—had helped him write it. Well, that may explain a lot. Who begins a eulogy, “Friends, Romans, countrymen” – I mean, apart from Marc Antony in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar? It was an extremely odd opening, because it conjures up one of the most egregious power grabs in western history, by a cunning political upstart with a silver tongue and an instinct for crowd-pleasing.

What I found disturbing about that eulogy wasn’t its content (at least what followed the “Friends, Romans, Countrymen” bit), which was beyond reproach, but the delivery: over-polished for a young man in deep mourning, as though it had been rehearsed in front of a mirror over and over again. I found disconcerting the continual, calculating scans of the audience, the wooing cadence, the carefully calibrated pauses, the eyes cast shyly downward and the lip bitten at the correct moment, the incongruous little smile playing at the corners of the mouth, as if he were savouring the rapt expressions on his audience’s faces, the eyes dry throughout, but then, as if on cue and command—at “Je t’aime, Papa’—the tears, the slow walk to the coffin and the head bowed upon it, as if in spontaneous emotion, which would have been moving, but as it was so clearly not spontaneous, as it was so clearly planned for effect and to cast him, Justin, in a noble glow, it seemed all about him, and therefore (for me) cringe-making. Upon which a grand burst of applause erupted, as though everyone knew they were at a play rather than a funeral. But what the hell? It was a damn fine play!

Yes, I know he was a drama teacher, but the point about good acting is that you’re not supposed to know it’s acting. For me, the acting was all I could see. For me, that eulogy was the height of kitsch. The writer Milan Kundera succinctly defined kitsch as “the second tear.” The “first tear” is private and unfiltered, the genuine, spontaneous response to strong emotion. The second tear is public and self-reflexive, summoned rather than greeted. Unlike natural tears, second tears act as a purgative for the shedder only when mirrored in the eyes of others. Kitsch and virtue signalling are closely aligned. In both, the performance of empathic sentiment is taken as a form of action.

All Trudeau’s lofty and often lachrymose statements seem like “second tear” moments to me: rehearsed, scripted, and completely detached from the messiness of life on the ground, from which he has been protected all his life. He welcomes the world to Canada’s open door, making little to no distinction between legal and illegal entrants, but “the world” won’t get anywhere near his secure dwelling. He moistens up at the concept of feminism, but his own wife has happily accepted a 1950s-era role, and he bullies actual feminists when they don’t agree with him. He speaks frequently about “who we are” as Canadians, and the wonderful values we embody. But when his own political future is at stake, “who we are” doesn’t enter the equation, even when it involves corruption on a grand scale, with sickening implications for victims abroad.

As a child with extraordinary public privilege, Justin Trudeau toured the world and met many heads of state, but he failed to move beyond warm childhood memories of friendly Uncle Fidel and come to grips with toxic ideologies and the human wreckage they cause. (At the funeral, Fidel’s face was impossible to read, but he seemed lost in wonderment to me, and I was imagining he wished he had kidnapped Justin when he had the chance to groom as his head of PR.)

Justin is all surface. The selfie, the socks, the rolled sleeve and loosened tie, his and Sophie’s get-a-room Vogue Magazine cover, the Mr. Dressup tour of India: it’s all showmanship and brand messaging. Culturally, Trudeau is the personification of kitsch.

How did this hollow, opportunistic, attention-needy man get elected in the first place? We all know. His name and his face and his acting skills. (If the eulogy for his father didn’t convince you of his true métier—the theatre—perhaps this performance, as an MP in 2012, responding to criticism of an ill-judged comment expressing sympathy for Quebec separatism in certain circumstances, ironic in the light of the present scandal, will).

Seriously, that was the sum total of what he had to offer, and enough Canadians bought his fool’s gold to enable the present scandal. Those who voted for him can’t pretend they thought he had the smarts or the experience (in any demanding field, never mind politics) or the passion for leadership or a history of contribution to public life or the intellectual heft or the gravitas to recommend him for leadership of the nation.

Everyone knew who he was: a pretty face, an affable celebrity-by-association with charm to spare, apparent sincerity, a willingness to be “managed,” political and social capital to burn in Quebec, and an earnest belief in the politically correct pieties that had been downloaded into his all-too-receptive brain at university. Add to these qualities, moreover, the egregious vanity—and sorry (not sorry) to be harsh, but the lack of character—to accept an invitation to power he knew in his heart had nothing to do with personal merit. Cynical chickens, meet ignominious roost.

The Globe and Mail

Published  1 month ago

Liberal MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes says she was met with hostility and anger from Justin Trudeau when she told him she was leaving politics, prompting her to speak out about the Prime Minister’s behaviour.

Ms. Caesar-Chavannes sent out a tweet earlier this week after Mr. Trudeau spoke about his leadership style during a press conference to address allegations of political interference between his office and former attorney-general Jody Wilson-Raybould on SNC-Lavalin.

“I did come to you recently. Twice. Remember your reactions?” wrote Ms. Caesar-Chavannes, who worked closely with Mr. Trudeau as his parliamentary secretary from December, 2015, to January, 2017.

Speaking for the first time in an interview with The Globe and Mail about what she meant by her post, Ms. Caesar-Chavannes outlined a series of interactions with Mr. Trudeau in recent weeks, including one witnessed by members of the House, that she says left her feeling unsupported. She turned to social media after Mr. Trudeau stated that real leadership is about listening, showing compassion and fostering an environment where caucus is comfortable coming to him with concerns. Ms. Caesar-Chavannes, who has repeatedly offered public support for Ms. Wilson-Raybould, said she felt he did not show those qualities in their personal discussions in recent weeks.

In response to detailed questions from The Globe and Mail, Matt Pascuzzo, a spokesman for the Prime Minister’s Office, said, “The Prime Minister has deep respect for Celina Caesar-Chavannes. There’s no question the conversations in February were emotional, but there was absolutely no hostility. As the Prime Minister said yesterday, he is committed to fostering an environment where ministers, caucus, and staff feel comfortable approaching him when they have concerns or disagreements – that happened here.”

Ms. Caesar-Chavannes, a first-term MP from the Toronto area, said she told Mr. Trudeau in a phone call on Feb. 12 that she would be announcing her decision not to run again in the October election. She said Mr. Trudeau told her to wait, because Ms. Wilson-Raybould had quit cabinet that day. She felt that he was worried about “the optics of having two women of colour leaving,” Ms. Caesar-Chavannes said.

A source with the Prime Minister’s Office who was not authorized to discuss details on the record said Mr. Trudeau was concerned that her decision would be associated with the SNC-Lavalin affair, but did not raise any concerns about race.

Ms. Caesar-Chavannes said she told him that she hoped he could one day understand the impact that political life has had on her family. She said threats to her safety have been made against her in the past.

“He was yelling. He was yelling that I didn’t appreciate him, that he’d given me so much,” Ms. Caesar-Chavannes said.

She said she yelled back at him, and Mr. Trudeau eventually apologized. She said she agreed to his request the next day to hold off on making her announcement until early March.

A week later after a caucus meeting, Ms. Caesar-Chavannes said she approached Mr. Trudeau to talk about their last interaction.

“I went to him, I said, ‘Look I know our last conversation wasn’t the greatest but …’ And at that point I stopped talking because I realized he was angry,” she said.

“Again, I was met with hostility. This stare-down ... then him stomping out of the room without a word.”

The Prime Minister’s Office said the two posed for a photo together, and their interaction was brief.

She said Mr. Trudeau apologized again later that day, prior to a vote on a Conservative motion in the House of Commons. Opposition MPs have told The Globe she appeared visibly upset.

“He came back in and said I’m sorry, I shouldn’t have done that,” she said. “I was upset and I left. I was angry. I was angry, because this guy holds a lot of power and in the first conversation I asked him to consider the impact on my family, and he didn’t do that.”

She said she decided to share her experience with Mr. Trudeau because her responsibility is to represent the 130,000 constituents in her Toronto-area riding of Whitby, Ont., who she says expect her to act with integrity and civility. She said she still considers herself a Liberal and will continue to support the party. She was first elected in 2015 and became Mr. Trudeau’s parliamentary secretary, representing him in the Commons when he was absent. She later moved to the same role in international development before stepping down at the end of August.

“I didn’t drink the Kool-Aid and then sign my name in blood to this party politics thing. Maybe politics is not for me because I clearly don’t follow what the handbook says I’m supposed to do,” she said.

“I hope that when we talk about changing politics we do it from a foundation of not everybody who is outside of your red, blue, or orange structure is the enemy, and not everything within the red, blue or orange has to be exactly the way you want it to be.”

CBC

Published  1 month ago

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said today he "didn't hear" a question about an infamous — and debunked — conspiracy theory connecting former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to a child sex ring during a town hall event in Kitchener, Ont. last night.

CBC

Published  1 month ago

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau scrapped his public agenda and returned to Ottawa today for high-level discussions to plot next steps in the ongoing SNC Lavalin controversy — steps which may include Trudeau making some display of contrition over how officials in his office conducted themselves.

A senior government official said one of the options being discussed is for Trudeau to "show some ownership over the actions of his staff and officials" in their dealings with his former attorney general, Jody Wilson-Raybould.

Wilson-Raybould resigned from her cabinet position as Veteran Affairs minister on Feb. 12. Wilson-Raybould testified before a Commons committee last week that 11 officials in the Prime Minister's Office and other offices inappropriately pressured her to override a decision to prosecute SNC-Lavalin on bribery charges related to contracts in Libya.

Yesterday, Jane Philpott — one of Justin Trudeau's most trusted ministers — resigned from cabinet over the SNC-Lavalin affair as well, saying she had to "abide by my core values, my ethical responsibilities and constitutional obligations."

A shift in messaging

To this point, Trudeau has described the entire controversy as a difference of opinion, insisting his office has done nothing wrong.

But the source said that Trudeau's comments at Monday night's climate change rally in Toronto hinted at a shift in approach.

"This matter has generated an important discussion," Trudeau told supporters at the rally. "How our democratic institutions, specifically the federal ministry and the staff and officials that support it, conduct themselves is critical and core to all of our principles."

Trudeau abruptly cancelled a trip to Regina to spend Tuesday afternoon with his top advisers — including Chief of Staff Katie Telford, Executive Director of Communications and Planning Kate Purchase, Executive Director of Issues Management Brian Clow and Canada's Ambassador the United States David MacNaughton.

All of this was prompted by Philpott's sudden resignation, which the source said "change(d) things once again — maybe in its biggest way so far."

No warning

The source confirms the prime minister had no idea Philpott was poised to resign when he made minor changes to his cabinet on Friday to fill the vacancy caused by Wilson-Raybould's resignation. Trudeau, the source said, didn't know Philpott was quitting until they spoke shortly before her resignation was made public.

Multiple high-level sources tell CBC News people in Trudeau's circle have been concerned about Philpott's level of comfort since the controversy erupted. Philpott was widely viewed as one of the most competent and effective ministers in the Trudeau cabinet. Seen as a highly-principled team player, Philpott is also a close friend and ally of Wilson-Raybould.

Because of that relationship, sources said, other ministers and top political staff tried to reassure Philpott by attempting to explain the government's conduct and seeking her advice on how to move forward.

Those efforts failed. In her resignation letter, Philpott made it clear she was resigning over the government's handling of SNC-Lavalin.

"Sadly, I have lost confidence in how the government has dealt with this matter and in how it has responded to the issues raised," she wrote in her resignation letter.

The Rebel

Published  1 month ago

UPDATE: Our billboard is driving around in Ottawa:

Brian Lilley reports on the feedback TheRebel has received driving around Ottawa in a billboard truck urging Gerald Butts to repay the money he charged taxpayers for moving expenses

UPDATE: Butts investigates himself, vows to repay fraction of $127K — but that's not good enough:

Ezra Levant explains why Gerald Butts' offer to pay back a fraction of the cost isn't good enough. Ezra calls for a continuation in the campaign until all the money is paid back.

Gerald Butts, Justin Trudeau’s advisor and best friend, billed Canadian taxpayers $127,000 dollars to move from Toronto to Ottawa.

$127,000 to move. How do you even do that?

Moving should involve renting a U-haul for the weekend — that’s a few hundred dollars. Or hiring a moving company to help you pack and move down the highway — call that $10,000.

But Gerald Butts billed $127,000 just to move from Toronto to Ottawa.

The Liberals claim the money is to cover Butts’ realtor fees. But they were already covered in the million-dollar sales price for his house. Butts is double-dipping — getting paid twice.

Butts double-dipped $127,000.

How is it that Mike Duffy gets prosecuted for $90,000 in real expenses, but Butts is able to sock taxpayers with $127,000 in expenses that he was already covered?

This is sick. We need to fight back.

Sign our petition below and help spread the word.

But we want to go one step further. We want to put a billboard up in Ottawa reminding the mainstream media, and Liberal MPs, and Butts and Trudeau himself that we’re not going to let this slide.

A regular billboard costs about $2,000; a mobile billboard costs more. If you click here and chip in — whether it’s $10 or $100 — we’ll put the money towards the billboard campaign.

Gerald Butts is a disgrace. He’s a liar when he claims to care about the poor or the middle class. He’s a hypocrite. But worse than that, he’s corrupt and entitled.

My friends, we can’t let him get away with it.

We demand Gerald Butts repay the $127,000 moving expenses he took from taxpayers.

Cultural Action Party of Canada

Published  1 month ago

These isis and Justin Trudeau and those involved in the return of ISIS should face jail time for abusing the security of Canadians and innocent souls who suffered death and persecution in the hands of ISIS.

Iraq is taking revenge on ISIS which lame Justin Trudeau refuse point blank of doing.

These ISIS didn’t go on an excursion tour. They went to kill innocent souls for not following their ideology and enslaving women.

This liberal gov is not worth to hold a candle to the loss of souls who fought to uphold their Christian values and for the love of Jesus Christ to their last breath.

Many Muslim women and girls were threatened daily and killed and still in all of this Justin Trudeau welcomes their killers with open arms.

Breitbart

Published  1 month ago

Treasury Board President Jane Philpott, a member of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet, resigned her post on Monday because she “lost confidence” in the administration’s handling of the SNC-Lavalin scandal.

In her resignation letter, Philpott declared herself a true believer in Trudeau’s agenda but said her confidence in his leadership was shaken by former Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould’s testimony that she was improperly pressured to avoid prosecuting engineering giant SNC-Lavalin for corruption.

“The solemn principles at stake are the independence and integrity of our justice system. It is a fundamental doctrine of the rule of law that our Attorney General should not be subjected to political pressure or interference regarding the exercise of her prosecutorial discretion in criminal cases,” Philpott wrote.

Perhaps the most cutting line in Philpott’s letter of resignation was when she declared, “There can be a cost to acting on one’s principles, but there is a bigger cost to abandoning them.”

Wilson-Raybould herself resigned abruptly in February. She hailed Philpott as “incomparable” on Monday and saluted her “constant and unassailable commitment to always doing what is right and best for Canadians.”

Trudeau’s top aide and close friend Gerald Butts resigned later in February, insisting there was no wrongdoing in the effort to protect SNC-Lavalin from prosecution, but he will return to the spotlight on Wednesday to testify before the House of Commons Justice Committee.

The Toronto Sun on Monday judged Butts may have become the key figure in the battle for Trudeau’s political survival, saying:

The most damning evidence put forward by Wilson-Raybould is from two text messages her chief of staff, Jessica Prince, sent to her following meetings she had with the PMO [Prime Minister’s Office]. Butts apparently told her “there is no solution here that does not involve some interference.”

Trudeau Chief of Staff Katie Telford apparently also told her “we don’t want to debate legalities anymore.”

Both of these — the Butts one in particular — suggest they knew what they were doing was not in line with the law, yet didn’t care.

The Conservative and NDP MPs on the committee will need to grill Butts on these issues. Canadians want answers.

In other words, Butts’ testimony may determine whether Trudeau’s efforts to protect SNC-Lavalin are upgraded from “inappropriate” to “illegal.”

Trudeau’s defense strategy appears to depend on carefully chipping away at Wilson-Raybould’s credibility without flatly accusing her of lying, a strategy that will presumably widen to include Philpott as well. According to the latest polls, it’s not working – Trudeau’s numbers are collapsing, Canadians say they are following the story closely, and some 67 percent of them believe Wilson-Raybould instead of Trudeau.

debatepost

Published  1 month ago

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Earlier when Justin Trudeau had just been learning about how to be the Liberal leader, he had tried to get a meeting with Hillary Clinton before she had become the Democratic presidential nominee. This has been revealed by new e-mails which were released through Wikileaks.

Trudeau has been the head of the Liberal party for a year now. Clinton, who had earlier resigned as the top diplomat in the US was, at the time, deciding if she was going to run for president and was going to Ottawa for a speech.

The Liberal Party was very anxious for Trudeau to meet Clinton and a staffer from the party even sent an email to the top aides of Trudeau asking how they could arrange a one-on-one with the ex-secretary of state.

Gerald Butts was also included in this email. He is now the principal secretary of the PM. He had sent the email to the Center for American Progress. This email was also forwarded to Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta.

Podesta had asked if she wanted to try seeing Justin Trudeau. The PM’s office had said this morning that they both got a picture together but did not have a formal meeting.

The emails were hacked from the Gmail account of Podesta. They’ve been coming out slowly since October and give us a look at the Clinton operation. The email dumps have shown various Clinton staffers who were casually interested in the 2015 campaign of Trudeau to become prime minister of Canada.

The most recent disclosures on email showed the director of communications for Clinton’s campaign passing around one tweet of Trudeau when his party was trailing in Jul 2015 in the polls.

The aide had said that this was a good way to deflect personal attacks.

Since Trudeau became PM, he enjoyed friendly relationships with Obama’s administration and was even feted at a Washington state dinner.

Did Hillary Clinton help Justin Trudeau win the election? That’s the unanswered question that most likely won’t be answered until the FBI releases their full report.

Both Trudeau and Clinton are currently under investigation for pay to play, coincidence?

liberal

Published  1 month ago

80 Wellington Street, Ottawa, ON K1P 5K9

Attention: The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau

Dear Prime Minister,

It is an enormous privilege to be the Member of Parliament for Markham-Stouffville and to have served as Minister of Health, then Minister of Indigenous Services, then President of the Treasury Board and Minister of Digital Government. It has been an honour to play a leading role in progress that has shaped our country: bringing Syrian refugees to Canada; legislating a balanced approach to Medical Assistance in Dying; negotiating a health accord with new resources for mental health and home care; improving infrastructure for First Nations to provide clean water on reserve; and reforming child welfare to reduce the over-apprehension of Indigenous children.

However, I have been considering the events that have shaken the federal government in recent weeks and after serious reflection, I have concluded that I must resign as a member of Cabinet.

In Canada, the constitutional convention of Cabinet solidarity means, among other things, that ministers are expected to defend all Cabinet decisions. A minister must always be prepared to defend other ministers publicly, and must speak in support of the government and its policies. Given this convention and the current circumstances, it is untenable for me to continue to serve as a Cabinet minister.

Unfortunately, the evidence of efforts by politicians and/or officials to pressure the former Attorney General to intervene in the criminal case involving SNC-Lavalin, and the evidence as to the content of those efforts have raised serious concerns for me. Those concerns have been augmented by the views expressed by my constituents and other Canadians.

The solemn principles at stake are the independence and integrity of our justice system. It is a fundamental doctrine of the rule of law that our Attorney General should not be subjected to political pressure or interference regarding the exercise of her prosecutorial discretion in criminal cases. Sadly, I have lost confidence in how the government has dealt with this matter and in how it has responded to the issues raised.

It grieves me to leave a portfolio where I was at work to deliver on an important mandate. But I must abide by my core values, my ethical responsibilities and constitutional obligations. There can be a cost to acting on one’s principles, but there is a bigger cost to abandoning them.

Although I must regretfully resign from Cabinet, I will continue to serve Canadians in every other way that I can. I was elected as a Liberal Member of Parliament for Markham-Stouffville and I intend to continue in that role. I am firmly committed to our crucial platform priorities, especially: justice for Indigenous peoples; and implementing a plan to tackle the existential threat of climate change. Canadians need the assurance that, in all matters, Members of Parliament will act in the best interests of the public. My decision has been made with that spirit and intent.

The Honourable Jane Philpott MD PC MP

Member of Parliament for Markham-Stouffville

Toronto Sun

Published  1 month ago

The suspected ISIS member known as ‘Jihadi Jack’ was days away from being welcomed into Canada when the U.S. and U.K. torpedoed the move, a British politician claims.

Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle told Channel 4 that Jack Letts — whose father is Canadian — was to be smuggled out of Syria and brought here.

However, the federal government strongly denies the allegation.

“While we do not comment on national security operational matters, we can confirm that the claim made in the Daily Mail is categorically false,” Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale’s office said Friday in a statement to the Toronto Sun.

Letts, 23, left his Oxford home to join the Islamic State in 2014. He eventually married an Iraqi woman and the couple had a child.

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According to Channel 4, the Canadian government allegedly vowed to “do everything” to get the troubled young man out of harm’s way. The plan involved smuggling Letts into Turkey and then Canada.

But the British Foreign Office allegedly torpedoed the Canadian gambit.

“My understanding is that hesitant agreement had been reached with them and the Canadians,” Russell-Moyle told Channel 4.

“The words that they used to me — and this was last year now — is that it is a matter of days or weeks in which Jack will be sent to Canada. And then it fell apart at the last minute due to the intervention of another party.”

The British politician blamed “either the British government or the Americans.”

Channel 4 reported that Justin Trudeau’s government wanted to bring Jack Letts to Canada because he was eligible for dual citizenship.

Late last year, diplomats in Ottawa reportedly wrote the ISIS suspect’s devastated parents to say they could not guarantee their son’s release.

John Letts has said that his son realizes he made a stupid mistake and now desperately wants out.

He told ITV last week from the Kurdish jail where he is being held: “I miss my mum. I feel British, I am British. If the UK accepted me I would go back to the UK, but I don’t think that’s going to happen.”

In recent days, the British government has signalled it has no intention of repatriating terrorists and their brides who traipsed off to join ISIS.

While Letts remains a British citizen, notorious ISIS bride Shamima Begum has been stripped of her citizenship.

New York Post

Published  1 month ago

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Democrats and liberals have been suffering serious Justin-envy. Justin Trudeau, that is, Canada’s young prime minister: progressive, pro-globalist and “woke,” he’s everything President Trump is not.

So imagine the precious irony if Trudeau is forced from office for illegal political pressure and interference.

That’s the week’s big news up north: Former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould testified that Trudeau and top aides tried to pressure her into stopping the prosecution of a large engineering company.

Montreal-based SNC-Lavalin is accused of paying the late Libyan strongman Muammar Khadafy’s family $48 million in bribes between 2001 and 2011 to secure contracts.

The firm had been pressing for an agreement in which it would pay a fine rather than be prosecuted. But the AG’s office decided to move ahead and Wilson-Rayboud backed it up.

That’s when Trudeau and his team made “consistent and sustained” efforts, including “veiled threats,” to change her mind, she told Parliament. This, even after she warned them they were crossing the line.

Trudeau, for his part, admits speaking to the then-AG (she was fired in January after the scandal broke), but insists there was nothing improper or illegal.

The fallout is just beginning, even as Canada holds a national election in October.

Even if Trudeau and his Liberal Party survives the scandal, the left’s fair-haired boy sure doesn’t look so pretty anymore.

Vancouver Sun

Published  1 month ago

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government was rocked Wednesday by testimony from former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould.

Testifying before a House of Commons justice committee, Wilson-Raybould said she came under relentless pressure — including veiled threats — from Trudeau, his senior staff, the top public servant and the finance minister’s office to instruct federal prosecutors to prevent construction giant SNC-Lavalin from being prosecuted in a bribery case.

“For a period of approximately four months, between September and December of 2018, I experienced a consistent and sustained effort by many people within the government to seek to politically interfere in the exercise of prosecutorial discretion in my role as the attorney general of Canada,” she told the committee.

They were charges that Trudeau denied.

“I and my staff always acted appropriately and professionally,” he said. “I completely disagree with the characterization of the former attorney general about these events.”

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said Trudeau had lost the moral authority to govern the country and should resign.

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LISTEN: This week on In The House, Mike Smyth and Rob Shaw discuss NDP leader Jagmeet Singh’s victory in the federal Burnaby-South byelection, the NDP government’s response to threatened school closures in Vancouver, the latest in the legislature spending scandal and the province’s response to a measles outbreak.

RT International

Published  1 month ago

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Justin Trudeau has dismissed calls to resign amid explosive allegations from Canada’s ex-attorney general, who testified that the prime minister tried to pressure her to drop a bribery probe into a Quebec-based firm.

Former minister of justice and attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould told parliament’s justice committee on Wednesday that senior officials “barraged” her with requests to drop criminal charges against SNC Lavalin, a Canadian engineering company accused of using bribes to secure government contracts in Libya. Wilson-Raybould testified that the intense political pressure included “veiled threats” and even attempts by Trudeau to persuade her to shut down the proceedings in favor of a wrist-slap fine.

“I experienced a consistent and sustained effort by many people within the government to seek to politically interfere in the exercise of prosecutorial discretion in my role as the attorney general of Canada in an inappropriate effort,” she said in her opening statement.

The prime minister, Wilson-Raybould claimed, had expressed concern that the probe could endanger jobs in Quebec and asked her to “help out” with the case. In total, the former attorney general recounted 10 meetings and 10 phone calls she had with Trudeau and top government officials urging leniency for the firm.

Wilson-Raybould told the committee that she believed her refusal to abandon the prosecution was the reason she was abruptly demoted to the position of veteran affairs minister.

Her testimony has led to calls from Canada’s conservative opposition for Trudeau to step down.

“I was sickened and appalled by [Wilson-Raybould's] story of inappropriate and, frankly, borderline illegal pressure brought to bear on her by the highest levels of Justin Trudeau's government,” Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said.

Trudeau has dismissed demands for his resignation, insisting that he has “always acted appropriately and professionally.”

1. For my American and British friends: Canada's Justin Trudeau is done. He might try to fight on; I personally think he's too damaged. He's irreparably damaged. Here's what happened in a few short tweets. pic.twitter.com/E57BxWPKhK

— Ezra Levant 🍁 (@ezralevant) February 28, 2019

The alleged attempt to pressure Wilson-Raybould to drop the case against SNC Lavalin was first reported by the Globe and Mail in early February, creating a major headache for Trudeau’s Liberal Party ahead of federal elections in October.

SNC-Lavalin was accused of issuing $48 million in bribes to Libyan officials in the decade leading up to the NATO-led overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi's government in 2011. The company was also charged with defrauding Libyan companies of about $130 million.

The scandal has shaken Trudeau’s image as a poster boy for progressive government. His support for a controversial pipeline in British Columbia has also left some Canadians questioning Trudeau’s ‘eco-friendly’ credentials.

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The Federalist

Published  1 month ago

Just three weeks after the scandal broke, a former member of the Canadian PM's cabinet has testified that he tried to interfere in a criminal investigation.

While Americans were transfixed on Wednesday with the salacious, but not legally damning, testimony of Michael Cohen before Congress, a bombshell went off in the Canadian Parliament. Former Canadian Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould testified before the House Justice Committee alleging that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and others in his administration pressured her in “inappropriate” ways to reach a settlement with an engineering company that has been charged with crimes.

The company, SNC-Lavalin, is facing charges that it sent bribes to Libya, then under the rule of Gadhafi, in defiance of Canadian law. If found guilty, the Quebec-based company will face severe sanctions, including a ban on working with the Canadian government. This would be a severe economic blow, especially in Trudeau’s home province of Quebec.

According to Wilson-Raybould’s testimony, she faced “consistent and sustained,” efforts by the Trudeau administration, as well as “veiled threats,” in an attempt to influence her decision regarding Lavalin. Under Canadian law, this type of attempt at political influence is at best inappropriate, and at worst illegal.

Unlike the slow moving investigation into Trump, the Trudeau scandal has unfurled remarkably quickly. On February 7, the Globe and Mail ran a story citing anonymous sources that suggested inappropriate political meddling had occurred. In her testimony yesterday, Wilson-Raybould discussed meetings with Trudeau and others from late last year. Trudeau says he disagrees with her assessment that the meetings were not appropriate.

In January, Wilson-Raynould was relieved of her duties as attorney general and given a lesser cabinet position. Then this month, she suddenly stepped down from the cabinet entirely. Also stepping down was Gerald Butts, a long time Trudeau political adviser heavily involved with Lavalin situation.

Yesterday’s testimony from one of his former cabinet ministers and a member of his own party has flung the Trudeau administration into a full-fledged crisis. With a general election looming in October, Opposition Leader Andrew Scheer said that Trudeau has “lost the moral authority to lead,” and should resign.

The crux of the case––and perhaps the key to Trudeau’s future––is whether the discussions with Wilson-Raynaud were simply a good faith effort to make her aware of the economic and political implications of the Lavalin case, or a more nefarious effort to put a thumb on the scale of justice.

For her part, the former attorney general said that the pressure was maintained even after she had made clear that she had made a decision not to cut a deal with Lavalin. In addition, some observers view her demotion in January as a punishment for having defied the administration’s wishes.

With an election this year, members of the Liberal Party will have to decide if Trudeau can weather these harsh allegations and successfully lead them to victory. For now, Trudeau insists he did nothing wrong and that he will be exonerated by the ethics committee. But even in the best-case scenario for him, in which his administration’s pressure on the justice ministry was legal and ethical, it still represents a broad overreach into what is supposed to be an independent agency.

Justin Trudeau is often viewed in both Canada and The United States as a kind of anti-Trump. Young, nice looking, liberal, the son of a former prime minister, and sufficiently woke in all the right ways, he has a hero status for some. It is remarkable that all of a sudden it is Trudeau, not Trump, who may be taken down by corruption.

It’s a good reminder that Donald Trump didn’t invent corruption or the breaking of political norms––such things predate him by a few centuries. That a “nice guy,” like Trudeau engaged in corruption will surprise many, but perhaps it shouldn’t. Abuse of government power has never been limited to the crude.

It will be an astounding irony if just as the Mueller probe returns a report with no smoking gun, Trump’s adversary in Canada is engulfed in a damaging scandal. It will be another example of something that “wasn’t supposed to go that way.” But here we are. Over two years after investigations into Trump began there has still been no finding of wrongdoing by him. Just three weeks into the Lavalin scandal, Trudeau has been badly damaged.

Whether Trudeau’s leadership survives this scandal or not, it is yet another reminder that things are not always what they seem.

This article has been updated to reflect that Lavalin is an engineering company, not an energy company.

David Marcus is the Federalist's New York Correspondent and the Artistic Director of Blue Box World, a Brooklyn based theater project. Follow him on Twitter, @BlueBoxDave.

Copyright © 2019 The Federalist, a wholly independent division of FDRLST Media, All Rights Reserved.

thestar.com

Published  1 month ago

Conservative leader Andrew Scheer and NDP leader Jagmeet Singh wrote Trudeau jointly Friday to ask him to recall MPs next week so the Commons could hold the government to account for its actions. Trudeau will tour the country promoting his climate-change plan, instead.

Breitbart

Published  1 month ago

The former Canadian Attorney General has given a bombshell testimony accusing Trudeau and other officials of "veiled threats."

actionnetwork

Published  1 month ago

As many as 5,000 polar bears have been killed by hunters in recent years for trophies, skins, bones, and gall bladders.

There has also been a dramatic increase in the “trade” of polar bears and their body parts to China.

China is today the world’s largest buyer of polar bear fur. Growing demand and rising prices for their hides is thought to have led to an increase in polar bear hunting.

China has also imported live polar bears; galls and gall bladders; skulls; bones; carvings; claws; teeth; rugs; leather ‘products’; and undefined ‘specimens’.

There are now estimated to be as few as 20,000 polar bears remaining in the wild.

Polar bears are classed as “vulnerable”. They are at serious risk of extinction because of climate change and the melting ice caps which have reduced their habitat and hunting grounds.

It is time to act to save our polar bears - before it is too late.

To: Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada

From: [Your Name]

Polar bears are being killed in their hundreds for trophies and trade while facing serious threats from climate change.

Killing polar bears for ‘recreation’ and rugs could now push this magnificent species over the edge towards extinction.

Canada has two-thirds of the world’s remaining polar bears.

It is the only country in the world that permits commercial trade in polar bears.

We, therefore, call on you to show leadership by:

1) Banning all trophy hunting of polar bears, and

2) Halting commercial trade in polar bears and their body parts.

Zero Hedge

Published  1 month ago

During a day where three concurrent Congressional hearings dominated the news cycle in the US, the testimony of Canada's former Attorney General seemed to slip under the radar. But unlike Michael Cohen's star turn in front of the House Oversight Committee, what former AG Jody Wilson-Raybould shared with lawmakers and the Canadian public actually might cause one head of state's carefully constructed house of cards to come crashing down - just as campaign season is ramping up.

With roughly eight months left until an election where Canadians will decide whether to stick with - or reject - the progressive agenda of PM Justin Trudeau, a widening corruption scandal is threatening to take down the prime minister's entire government. Two weeks ago, journalists at the Globe and Mail blew the lid off a scandal involving Trudeau and his closest aides, where the prime minister appeared to pressure Wilson-Raybould, then the attorney general, into offering a DPA to a Quebec-based engineering firm - then fired her when she refused to obey his demands. And after weeks of radio silence, she shared her side of the story during a widely watched (in Canada) Congressional hearing Wednesday afternoon.

Answering questions posed by a conservative MP, Wilson-Raybould said she faced intense political pressure and veiled threats from at least 11 people involved in the government - either the PMO or the Privy Council Office - related to the SNC-Lavalin affair. She also said she was warned directly by Trudeau about the negative consequences should the company face prosecution, according to CBC. One close aide to Trudeau has already resigned over the scandal.

Wilson-Raybould listed the people she had warned about "the inappropriate nature of these conversations" after they "hounded" her about the affair, including Trudeau, Finance Minister Bill Morneau, Clerk of the Privy Council Michael Wernick and the (now-fired) senior senior aide to the prime minister, Gerald Butts.

"For a period of four months from September to December 2018, I experience a consistent and sustained effort by many people within the government to seek to politically interfere in the exercise of prosecutorial discretion in my role as the attorney general of Canada in an inappropriate effort to secure a Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) with SNC-Lavalin."

"Within these conversations there were express statements regarding the necessity of interfering in the SNC-Lavalin matter, the potential of consequences, and veiled threats if a DPA was not made available to SNC-Lavalin," she said.

During a series of meetings, one of which took place on Sept. 17, Wilson-Raybould described how Trudeau and Privy Council clerk Michael Wernick tried to reason with her after she informed them that she had decided not to overturn a decision from the director of the Public Prosecution Service to proceed with criminal prosecution against SNC-Lavalin.

After hearing her answer, Trudeau warned of potential job losses should the company choose to move, and purportedly asked her to "help out."

"At that point, the prime minister jumped in, stressing that there is an election in Quebec, and that, 'I am an MP in Quebec, the MP for Papineau,'" she recounted. 'I was quite taken aback."

At that point, Wilson-Raybould said, she posed a direct question to Trudeau while looking him straight in the eye, asking if he was politically interfering with her role and her decision as the attorney general.

"I would strongly advise against it," she told the committee she warned Trudeau, who responded, "No, no, no, we just need to find a solution."

During another conversation, PMO senior staffer Mathieu Bouchard purportedly told Wilson-Raybould when discussing the case that "we need to get re-elected," and proceeded to pressure her to change her ruling.

After repeatedly refusing to yield, she was moved in January from AG to the head of the department of Veterans' Affairs - which was widely seen as a demotion. She resigned from the cabinet soon after. It wasn't until weeks later that reports surfaced alleging that the seemingly arbitrary move may have been carried out in retribution for her refusal to cooperate on the SNC-Lavalin case.

And with that, calls for Trudeau to resign grow louder.

There can’t help but be demands that Trudeau resign, now. This is extraordinary. #CDNPOLI #LavScam

— Warren Kinsella (@kinsellawarren) February 27, 2019

The Rebel

Published  1 month ago

The Montreal-based company SNC-Lavalin is one of the world's largest engineering and construction companies and one of the most corrupt.

SNC-Lavalin is also a major donor to the Liberal Party of Canada. The two entities are incredibly intertwined.

Therefore, it should come as no surprise that Justin Trudeau and his inner circle allegedly attempted to go to bat for SNC-Lavalin when they got caught bribing the Libyan government under its former dictator, the brutal Moammar Gadaffi.

SNC-Lavalin does work all over the world, but in Canada, the company faces fraud and corruption charges related to nearly $50 million in bribes it is alleged to have paid to Gadaffi's gang. Part of that gang included Gadaffi's son, who SNC-Lavalin invited to live in Montreal. While he was there, SNC-Lavalin financed his debauchery, including using petty cash to pay for prostitutes, strippers, and pornography.

Then, when SNC-Lavalin was caught, asked their friends in government to let them pay a fine and apologize, instead of going to trial and being truly accountable for their crimes.

Our Justice Minister at the time, Jody Wilson-Raybould, was having none of that. She wasn't willing to meddle in the Canadian justice system to give Liberal Party friends favourable treatment. And her party turned on her for it.

But unlike other bullied silent Liberals, Wilson-Raybould spoke up and fought back against Trudeau's corruption. She testified that Justin Trudeau and his staff — including his principal secretary and best friend Gerald Butts, as well as Katie Telford, Trudeau's chief of staff — spent months trying to obstruct justice in the SNC-Lavalin case. (That’s a crime that is punishable with up to 10 years in prison).

Justin Trudeau has said he is going to leave this decision with the ethics commissioner, but that's not enough. This isn't just about ethics — it's also about criminality. The RCMP must now get involved and conduct a criminal investigation into Trudeau and his staff.

HERE'S YOU CAN HELP

1. I've launched a petition to the RCMP, telling them to begin a criminal investigation. If you agree that Trudeau and his inner circle deserve to be investigated by the RCMP, then please sign the petition below.

2. We want to get a video billboard truck to tell everyone how Trudeau may have obstructed justice. We want it to drive around Montreal and Ottawa, right where Trudeau feels safest. We've done this before. It’s a fun and effective way to fight back and get the truth out. But the truck can cost anywhere from $1,500 to $2,000 per day. If you want to chip in to help us fund it, please click here. It's costly, but we think telling Justin Trudeau that they don't allow fancy socks in prison is priceless.

We, the undersigned, demand that the RCMP launch a criminal investigation into Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's handling of the SNC-Lavalin scandal.

CBC

Published  2 months ago

The shifting nature of the prime minister's comments on Jody Wilson-Raybould and SNC-Lavalin show he knows the government's messaging has gotten out of hand, says one member of former prime minister Paul Martin's inner circle.

The Hill Times

Published  2 months ago

Campaign Research's poll was conducted while the fallout from The Globe and Mail's report on SNC-Lavalin and the Prime Minister's Office was unfolding. CEO Eli Yufest says it was a 'pure coincidence.'

The Hill Times file photographs by Andrew Meade

After several months of running neck and neck in the polls, the federal Conservatives appear to have a five-point lead on the Liberals, according to a recent poll.

The Conservatives appear to be chipping away at the Liberals’ chances of securing another majority in October, with Andrew Scheer’s party leading with 37 per cent in overall support among those surveyed, compared to the Grits at 32 per cent, a Campaign Research poll suggests. New Democrats, meanwhile, are still trailing considerably behind the other two parties at 14 per cent.

If the trend suggested continues, more of seat-rich Ontario could be within the Conservatives’ reach, while the races in Quebec and B.C. could still play to the Liberals’ favour, depending on how the NDP fares on the West Coast. The Tories lead by seven points in Ontario, with 40 per cent of respondents in favour of the party, compared to the Liberals, which garnered 33 per cent in support.

“If I was a Conservative strategist, and I was looking at these numbers, I would attempt to chip away at that Toronto number a little bit, by taking the suburban seats in Toronto, North Toronto, Etobicoke, basically where Doug Ford won his 11 seats,” said Eli Yufest, CEO of Campaign Research, in a phone interview.

Toronto’s urban core, traditionally a Liberal stronghold, where they have 45 per cent of respondents’ support, is still firmly in the Liberals’ corner. The Conservatives, meanwhile, are at 29 per cent in support, while the NDP is at 16 per cent.

In the Prairies and Alberta, in particular, the Conservatives captured two-thirds, or 65 per cent of the decide vote, the poll suggested.

Campaign Research’s latest polling numbers are based on a survey of 1,590 Canadians conducted Feb. 7 to 11, as The Globe and Mail‘s bombshell report, in which it alleged that Jody Wilson-Raybould refused to bend under pressure to spare SNC-Lavalin a conviction, was unfolding. It was a “pure coincidence” that the poll was conducted as the story broke, according to Mr. Yufest.

Online polls are not considered to be truly random, but a random poll of the same sample size would have a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 per cent, 19 times out of 20. The results were weighted by factors such as education, age, gender, and region to match the Canadian population.

For comparison, the latest Nanos Research national poll shows the Conservatives trailing the Liberals by three percentage points, with 34.4 per cent support to the Grits’ 37.5 per cent. The Nanos poll includes data from the four weeks leading up to Feb. 8, and was conducted over the phone, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points 19 times out of 20.

Mr. Yufest said the Liberals’ slump in his poll could be attributed to the SNC-Lavalin affair, but it’s too early to suggest that it could have a lasting impact on the party’s favourability.

At the same time, Canadians may be warming up to the idea of having Mr. Scheer (Regina-Qu’Appelle, Sask.) as prime minister over Justin Trudeau (Papineau, Que.). In terms of favourability, both are in negative territory in their net approval rating, with Mr. Trudeau dipping from negative nine per cent in December to negative 18 per cent, according to the recent poll, while Mr. Scheer’s net approval rating dropped to negative four per cent from negative one percent.

“The risk for the Liberals is, if SNC-Lavalin issue becomes a bigger issue, it could erode some of their strength, and if that happens, there will be devastating consequences for the Liberal government,” Mr. Yufest said.

In British Columbia, where byelection fever is at its peak with NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh vying for a seat in the House, the poll suggests it’s shaping up to be a three-way race between the Liberals, Conservatives, and New Democrats—one that could, once again, split the left-leaning vote to benefit the Conservatives.

The poll puts the Conservatives and Liberals in a tie at 28 per cent, while the NDP is five points behind at 23 per cent.

“It’s almost like what happened under the Harper years. The NDP took a lot of support in Quebec, which is traditionally quite Liberal, and the Conservatives were able to get their majority,” Mr. Yufest said. “That sort of scenario is a possibility out in British Columbia.”

In Quebec, where the Bloc Québécois has been quietly improving its ground game with a new leader at the helm, the party gained four points—it’s now at 19 per cent— from where it was in Campaign Research’s December poll. The Liberals still have a lead at 40 per cent, while Conservatives are at 24 per cent and the NDP is at 24 per cent.

bpaez@hilltimes.com

The Hill Times

CTVNews

Published  2 months ago

Current Justice Minister and Attorney General David Lametti said there has been no evidence to justify a committee investigation into whether or not Prime Minister Justin Trudeau or anyone in his office tried to have former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould abandon the prosecution of a case against SNC-Lavalin.

thestar.com

Published  2 months ago

Justin Trudeau’s government will not agree to demands from opposition MPs for an emergency justice committee meeting to probe allegations of political interference in the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin, a senior government source said Saturday.

gellerreport

Published  2 months ago

Great idea. Let Trudeau bring them all to Canada, and he can deal with the Islamic jihad terrorists who come in among the peaceful refugees. But maybe now we will need a wall on the Northern border, too. Because it is only a matter of time before the poison fruit of feckless, reckless, suicidal policies such as this one will be abundantly clear to everyone. But by then it is very likely that it will be much too late to reverse Justin Trudeau’s disastrous policies and save Canada from the destruction he has brought upon it. He will go down in history as the destroyer of Canada.

“Ottawa begins fast-tracking asylum claims from selected countries,” by Nicholas Keung, Toronto Star, February 3, 2019:

Overwhelmed by asylum claims from irregular migrants crossing the U.S. border, the Immigration and Refugee Board is fast-tracking “less complex” cases from selected countries.

On Tuesday, refugee judges began assessing claims under what is known as a file-review process — meaning a decision is made based on submissions from claimants — without a hearing — and a short-hearing process, where there are few disputable issues.

“These new instructions are examples of initiatives recently put in place to slow the growth of the inventory and wait times for claimants,” refugee board chairman Richard Wex told the Star. “By matching our efforts with the complexity of each claim, we are using our resources more effectively, which will result in more refugee claim decisions.”

The latest statistics show the board has more than 73,000 outstanding claims and the wait time for a hearing now hovers at around 24 months. Many of the claims are from asylum seekers who came through the U.S.-Canada border since late 2015 after U.S. President Donald Trump came into the office with a mandate to crack down on illegal migrants.

In December, the board started triaging the claims based on two newly created lists of countries and claims. In total, 25 refugee judges have been assigned to the new effort.

To qualify for the file-review process, a claimant must be from one of 14 countries: Afghanistan, Burundi, Egypt, Eritrea, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Turkey, Venezuela and Yemen.

However, not every claim from these countries will be automatically expedited.

For instance, only those Saudi Arabian claims alleging persecution based on gender or religious sect can be assessed without a hearing. For asylum seekers from Libya, claims must involve corruption, extortion, kidnapping or threat of kidnapping by militias.

Only some claims from 11 countries are recommended for short hearings: sexual orientation persecution in the Bahamas, Barbados, Iran, Russia, Rwanda and Venezuela; fleeing criminality and corruption in Nigeria, Peru, Saint Vincent and St. Lucia; and threats in Djibouti due to one’s political opinion and activism…..

True North

Published  2 months ago

Syrian refugee in Toronto was living safely in Chicago for four year but came to Canada because “he wasn’t given anything from the U.S. government”

thestar.com

Published  2 months ago

Although the leaders of the U.S., Canada and Mexico signed a trade agreement last November, there is a real chance the approval process will drag on into the next U.S. presidential term, which begins in 2021.

The Rebel

Published  2 months ago

The Arab Centre for Research and Public Policy Studies surveyed 900 Syrian refugees, says Ezra Levant of TheRebel.media. What they found should trouble you.

Jihad Watch

Published  2 months ago

I don't generally use the word "Islamist" myself, as it is too often used in order to establish some artificial distance between aggressive, violent, imperialist and supremacist political Islam and a supposedly benign ordinary Islam. But in every other respect, Said Shoaib and Hamed Abdel-Samad...

iPolitics

Published  3 months ago

Prime minister Justin Trudeau's children Xavier, Ella-Grace and Hadrien (right to left) wave to a television camera as they wait for their parents to arrive at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, November 4, 2015. Margaret Trudeau (top left) and nanny Marilou Trayvilla (top right) look on. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand The two nannies who take care […]

Koke: Koke Report Front Page News

Published  3 months ago

FBN’s Kennedy on how Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) announced that she will run for president in 2020.

Cultural Action Party of Canada

Published  3 months ago

It operates with a mandate to INTRODUCE ISLAMIC RULE in Ontario and Canada because, according to the fledgling party, “We understand and believe that Islam is the native DEEN (religion) of Ontario …

The Rebel

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dailycaller

Published  3 months ago

Jane Fonda agreed that “we need a wall” Wednesday night during an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” But the one she thinks needs to be built is not along the southern U.S. border, but around the “White House” to keep it away from the “Mueller investigation.”

“Every single citizen of the United States, we need a wall. No, we do,” the 81-year-old actress declared. (RELATED: Feminist Jane Fonda Wants To Work With Quentin Tarantino: ‘Would You Put In A Good Word For Me?’)

“We need a wall of every single citizen in the United States, a good wall that keeps the White House away from the [Robert] Mueller investigation,” she added. “No we have to keep the Mueller investigation.” (RELATED: Megyn Kelly Fires Back At Jane Fonda Over Plastic Surgery-ghazi [VIDEO])

The host admitted that at first her comments made him “nervous for a second.”

“And we have every single right to know what the results of that investigation is,” the “9 to 5” star added. “And if there’s some law that gives someone the right to edit the results, we have to change the law.” (RELATED: Jane Fonda ‘So Disappointed’ With Justin Trudeau)

“Yes, if we have to,” Kimmel responded.

“And we have to do everything we can do,” Fonda explained. “Could you imagine that they’re trying to keep us from knowing who the person is that’s running the country?”

The “Grace and Frankie” star then called for people to start striking, boycotting, marching and writing “your congressmen.”

“A Republican in the Justice Department recently said ‘Now is the time’ and he’s conservative, ‘for all good men and women to come to the aid of their country,” Fonda shared. “I don’t care what party we are. And can I say one more thing — we can never again elect a leader who pits us against each other, you know. When this is over, we have to come together, all of us. I don’t care what party you belong to.”

Fonda has been spoken out many times against President Donald Trump and his policies during his presidency. Most recently, the actress encouraged people to vote in the midterms because the U.S. is in an “existential crisis.”

NRA-ILA

Published  3 months ago

On August 28, 2018, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau instructed Bill Blair, his minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction, to examine the feasibility of “a full ban on handguns and assault weapons in Canada.” A government website established as part of the public consultation process on this issue confirms that “The Prime Minister has publicly committed to examining all options relating to a handgun ban.”

Handguns are already exhaustively regulated in Canada as either “restricted” or “prohibited” firearms. Among other things, to legally own a restricted or prohibited handgun, a person must have a valid license (Possession and Acquisition Licence) with the requisite restricted or prohibited privileges. (A government website indicates that generally, individuals “in possession of a firearm need a license even if they are not the owner and never handle the firearm.”) License holders must first complete government paperwork, and pass a background check and the mandatory firearm training course; those who wish to possess restricted firearms must also pass the additional Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course. Part of the licensing background check includes an assessment to determine whether the applicant, “within the previous five years,” has been convicted of any of the designated offenses, has been treated for any mental illness associated with actual or threatened violence, or has a “history of behavior” that includes violence, or threatened or attempted violence.

Restricted and prohibited handguns must be registered with the government. Restricted and prohibited firearms must be stored using a secure locking device so the gun cannot be fired and locked in a “cabinet, container or room that is difficult to break into” or kept locked in a vault, safe or room “that was built or modified specifically to store firearms safely.” A Canadian news source summed up this prohibitive regulatory regime by noting that the “majority of Canadians don’t meet requirements to legally own a handgun.”

Nonetheless, gun control groups in Canada continue to press for ever more prohibitions, including the elimination of private ownership of handguns. Late last year, Heidi Rathjen, a spokesperson for anti-gun group PolySeSouvient, told a source that, “Saying you don’t want criminals to have handguns or assault weapons is not saying much. The point is we don’t want any Canadians to have handguns and assault weapons.”

In a fundraising letter last fall tied to the Canadian Coalition for Gun Control, this group boasted that “[w]e managed to get some amendments” to a pending gun control bill, Bill C-71, before adding that the group has now “brought a ban on handguns and assault weapons within our reach… The time has come to ban handguns and military assault weapons in Canada.”

What is particularly shocking is the letter’s unequivocal emphasis on the need to “stem the proliferation” of legally owned guns: “There are now nearly one million handguns legally owned in Canada, which is more than double the number from 10 years ago … In another ten years there will be almost 2 million. Unless we take action.”

It’s possible the letter is simply the usual inflated and over-the-top hyperbole common to many fundraising solicitations. The letter certainly contains a number of other questionable statements, implying, for example, that lawfully owned guns are behind a “42 percent” spike in “firearm related crimes… between 2013 and 2017.” According to Statistics Canada, though, the “total firearm-related violent crime” rate back in 2009 exceeded the annual rate for each year from 2010 to 2016 (incidentally, the same trend appears for just handgun-related rates). Another allegation in the letter, “Military weapons such as the AR-15… are sold to civilians in Canada” overlooks the fact that AR-15s are ordinary and popular semiautomatic rifles used for sporting purposes, and are comprehensively regulated through Canada’s firearm licensing and registration laws.

The government’s own “engagement paper” (Reducing Violent Crime: A Dialogue on Handguns and Assault Weapons), issued as part of Mr. Blair’s public consultation process on possible gun bans, is clear that legally owned guns and law-abiding gun owners aren’t the problem. “The vast majority of owners of handguns and of other firearms in Canada lawfully abide by requirements, and most gun crimes are not committed with legally-owned firearms.” Regarding the feasibility and effectiveness of gun bans, the paper concludes such bans are ineffective and unlikely to produce the expected public safety benefits. “In all cases the data does not conclusively demonstrate that these handgun or assault weapon bans have led to reductions in gun violence, though some studies drew other conclusions. The variation in study results reflects the fact that patterns of gun violence are influenced by many factors and the impact cannot be attributed to one factor.”

Gun control advocate Rathjen has expressed her surprise at “how strong the gun lobby is in Canada,” as federal lawmakers have “drowned in letters and emails against gun control.” What Ms. Rathjen fails to appreciate is that opposition to the bans actually includes elected officials, law enforcement professionals, and thousands of ordinary Canadians who rightly view any new firearm prohibitions as pointless and ineffective measures that punitively burden law abiding citizens.

LifeNews.com

Published  3 months ago

Justin Trudeau, Canada’s radically pro-abortion prime minister, blasted pro-life advocates Wednesday amid a nation-wide outrage about barring pro-life groups from a federal grant program.

“An organization that has the explicit purpose of restricting women’s rights by removing rights to abortion, the right for women to control their own bodies, is not in line with where we are as a government and quite frankly where we are as a society,” Trudeau said in answer to a question about free speech.

BuzzFeed reports the prime minister made the remarks Wednesday during a town hall event in Hamilton, Ontario. They came in answer to questions from a college student who attended the meeting.

“If you’re pro-life then you are ridiculed and insulted, but if you’re pro-choice then you’re praised,” the student told Trudeau, according to the National Post. “And I just want to know if this [free speech] is important to you.”

Trudeau answered: “Women have fought for generations for the right to control their own bodies, to be able to choose for themselves what to do with their bodies.

“When those beliefs lead to actions aimed to restrict a women’s right on what to do with her body, that’s where we draw the line,” Trudeau continued, according to Global News.

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Trudeau said that “defending rights and freedoms” is at the core of both himself and Canada, but the issue of abortion presents particular considerations.

He then referenced recent changes to the Summer Jobs program that requires applicants adhere to Canadian rights — including access to abortions, and protections for LGBT Canadians. The program funds summer job placements for not-for-profit organizations, public sector employers and small businesses, the Canadian Press reported.

In the past, both pro-life and pro-abortion organizations have received grants to offer jobs to young adults. However, pro-abortion political leaders recently cut off grants to groups that will not bow to the altar of abortion on demand.

The new requirement by Trudeau’s government prompted a massive outcry from the public. Hundreds of charities, religious groups and other non-profits are protesting the government’s demand that they support the killing of unborn babies for any reason up to birth.

Canadian taxpayers pay about $200 million a year to support the youth-based program, which provides funding for businesses and non-profits to offer temporary summer jobs to youth ages 15 to 30. It is a way the government encourages young people to get hands-on training before entering the workforce full-time.

The new 2018 grant application requires groups to say that they respect “reproductive rights,” including abortion on demand, as one of their core values. Groups cannot submit the online application unless they do, according to the Post.

Canada has some of the most pro-abortion laws in the world, allowing abortions for any reason up to birth and forcing taxpayers to pay for them in many cases. Common sense regulations such as parental consent for minors, waiting periods, informed consent and other basic measures are non-existent. Many of its provinces now force taxpayers to pay the full cost of abortion drugs for women.

Euthanasia also is legal across Canada.

Mail Online

Published  3 months ago

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, won support around the world this week as people learned how she had barricaded herself in a Bangkok airport hotel room to resist being sent home to her family.

Unity News Network

Published  3 months ago

Organizers of a truck convoy to Ottawa to pressure the federal government to fast-track pipeline construction say the effort is snowballing. Not only is the protest against the pipeline not being built it is also against globalism and mass immigration.

Many protestors on the Facebook page have also said they will be calling on Justin Trudeau to resign as well over his failure to put Canadians first.

Proponents of pushing hundreds, possibly thousands, of trucks and other vehicles to Parliament Hill in February say a GoFundMe page and a recruitment effort are swelling the effect of the so-called Yellow Vest protest that’s expected to embark from Red Deer on Feb. 15.

Though the convoy is western Canadian-based, the movement has inspired those across the country, said Carritt, who operates an industrial safety company he says has been hard hit by problems plaguing the energy industry.

Glen Carritt of Innisfail who organised the event said:

“(Ottawa) is forcing us to do this — there’s a passion, two hundred people have registered east of Ontario.

We want pipelines started, there’s been way too much procrastination,” said Carritt, adding authorities should have dismantled a protest camp blocking the Trans Mountain expansion in Burnaby, B.C., long before Mounties dispersed it last August.

“We’re tired of it and we need oil to get to tidewater. We’re not in favour of UN control of migration, we’re not against legal migration”

Hundreds of vehicles have already done go slows on the motorways whilst organizers of the Convoy to Ottawa effort say they’ll harness that momentum and emotion for the countrywide trek that is expected to end with a rally on Parliament Hill sometime between Feb. 19 and 23!

Global News

Published  3 months ago

Ibrahim Ali, a Syrian refugee, has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with Marrisa Shen's killing in B.C.

Kamloops This Week

Published  3 months ago

Police and about 200 protesters were outside a Kamloops hotel Wednesday while Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke inside to a room full of Liberal supporters — part of a campaign-style stop in the Tournament Capital that includes a town hall meeting at Thompson Rivers University.

RCMP, B.C. Sheriffs Service and security officers could be seen in the area of the Coast Kamloops Hotel and Conference Centre as of 11:30 a.m.

Some protesters wore yellow vests and displayed signs in support of pipelines. Others, including apparent Tiny House Warrior members and supporters, were anti-pipeline.

Chanting protesters could be heard yelling, "Hey, hey, ho, ho, Trudeau has got to go."

Trudeau took the stage at the $300-a-plate lunch fundraiser at about 12:30 p.m., opening his remarks by describing 2018 as a "polarizing" year. He said he kept busy focussing on issues like the child health index and Canada's new trade agreement with Mexico and the United States.

The prime minister said it's important for Canadians to listen to each other, but acknowledged the polarized political climate. He said he expects to hear from some opponents at Wednesday's town hall meeting at TRU.

"I'm sure we're going to encounter some strong voices tonight," he said.

Reports on social media indicate at least one protester had been arrested outside the venue prior to the prime minister's arrival, though that has not been confirmed by police.

Following the lunch fundraiser, the prime minister is scheduled to meet with Kamloops Mayor Ken Christian and First Nations leaders.

Trudeau is slated to hold a town hall event at TRU on Wednesday evening. He is expected to return to the university's campus on Thursday morning for an as-of-yet unknown announcement.

This post will be updated throughout the day. Check back or hit refresh for updates ...

Gatestone Institute

Published  3 months ago

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada has an nine-year long record of supporting the Islamist cause while refusing to engage with reformist Muslims.

Perhaps most disturbing were Trudeau's comments to a gathering of Islamist front groups: he told them that he shared their beliefs, their set of values and their shared vision.

Canada will not be able to plead ignorance or inability while facing accusations of complicity from any future American terrorist victims.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada has an nine-year long record of supporting the Islamist cause while refusing to engage with reformist Muslims. With respect to ISIS fighters returning to Canada, Trudeau has argued that they will be a "powerful voice for deradicalization" and that those who oppose their return are "Islamophobic." Furthermore, the Government of Canada is not adding the names of returning ISIS fighters to the UN committee responsible for the listing of international jihadists.

Many Canadians (and others) are starting to believe that Prime Minister Trudeau's position on reintegrating and deradicalizing ISIS fighters is unreasonable, if not delusional. Canada's "Centre for Community Engagement and Deradicalization" has no leader and no deradicalization centre. Nor does it appear to have plans for a program which could operate inside or outside of government. It is also not clear that the law of Canada could force a returning ISIS fighter to attend such a program, even if it did exist. In France, a similar government sponsored program was a failure.

Canada also has an unclear position on the arrest of returning ISIS fighters, with few facing any consequences to date. The number of ISIS fighters in Canada is unclear; estimates back in 2015 suggested that about 60 had returned. The Government of Canada has tried to claim that his number has not changed since 2015, despite the near total collapse of ISIS over the last several months.

Prime Minister Trudeau's earlier comments on politicians needing a position of "responsible neutrality" on the issues of wife beating and female genital mutilation render his current positions on Islamist groups such as ISIS even more troublesome. Perhaps most disturbing were Trudeau's comments to a gathering of Islamist front groups: he told them that he shared their beliefs, their set of values and their shared vision. Adding to this concern is his 2014 interview, as a Member of Parliament, to the Montreal-based newspaper Sada al-Mashrek. This paper is known to be Khomeneist in nature and supports Iran (as well as Hezbollah). In this interview, Trudeau told the paper that he would have a special immigration program that was more open to "Muslims and Arabs."

The degree to which Islamist extremism has spread in Canada can be demonstrated by the number of fighters who have travelled to ISIS. According to the Soufan Center, 180 Canadians went overseas to fight for for "terrorist groups" (ISIS) in Iraq & Syria while only 129 Americans did the same. Given that the US population is about ten times that of Canada, the American number should have been closer to 1800 rather that the 129 reported.

Prime Minister Trudeau's position on Islamists should be of concern to both Canadians and Americans. While the history of Canada and American relations is largely positive, Islamist attacks against America have been attempted from Canada. Among these attempted attacks have been Ahmed Ressam in 1999, Chiheb Esseghaier in 2013 and Abdulrahman El Bahnasawy, convicted of an attempted attack in New York City in 2016.

In addition to his support for Islamists, Prime Minister Trudeau appears to be re-engaging with Iran after the previous Prime Minister (Stephen Harper) closed the Embassy of Iran in Canada and deported all of its diplomats. During the 2015 federal election, Trudeau said he hoped Canada "would be able to reopen its mission" and he was "fairly certain that there are ways to re-engage." Progress to date on this has been uneven, but talks appear to be continuing.

Prime Minister Trudeau's support for the Islamist cause has been consistent since he was first elected as a Member of Parliament in 2008. This position appears to have been reinforced since he became Prime Minister in 2015. In addition to his own position, Canada's Liberal Party also has an entryist problem as it has been targeted by Islamist groups.

Unfortunately for all concerned, the global Islamist ideology and its inherent problems of confrontation, oppression and violence are growing. Canada appears to be doing little to address these issues while accommodating those who form the ideological basis of the problem. Canada will not be able to plead ignorance or inability while facing accusations of complicity from any future American terrorist victims. The price of Canada's submission to the Islamists may indeed be high.

Tom Quiggin is a former military intelligence officer, a former intelligence contractor for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and a court appointed expert on jihadist terrorism in both the Federal and criminal courts of Canada. Much of the material for this article comes from the recently published book, "SUBMISSION: The Danger of Political Islam to Canada – With a Warning to America", written with co-authors Tahir Gora, Saied Shoaaib, Jonathon Cotler, and Rick Gill with a foreword by Raheel Raza.

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Mail Online

Published  3 months ago

Raif Badawi, 34, received 50 lashes before a huge crowd in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in 2015.This was supposed to continue with 50 a week for 20 weeks but they were suspended after he nearly died.

National Post

Published  3 months ago

It pains me unmercifully to open the new year in these pages with a less than vibrant comment from the Fraser Institute about Canada’s economy, but as one of the country’s leading editors told me a couple of years ago: “The greatest problem of this country is smugness.” I do not conceive of my role as a columnist to deflate anybody, and certainly not an entire and distinguished nationality. However this question, broadly formulated, is the context for the next federal election in 10 months, and so is vested with more than the casual attention of someone scrambling to think of something to write about after a brief holiday from inflicting himself on readers. The prime minister has, throughout these past three years, quoted Laurier in invoking his “sunny ways,” pleasant temperament, a phrase the CBC long habitually translated as “sunny voices” because our national public broadcaster in this only bicultural transcontinental confederation in the history of the world can’t distinguish these words as they are pronounced identically (“voies” and “voix”). It seems that no one at the CBC knows enough about the history of the country to be aware of what was a very famous phrase throughout Canada a century ago.

The whole “sunny ways” line is like the official ultra-feel-good line that we are a ”post-national society” and that “The world needs more Canada.” There is some truth to the last statement but that has nothing to do with partisanship; the fact that Canada is a fine country, which has been true for a long time, is being pushed forward like a goaltender’s heavy pads to deflect a serious analysis of this government’s performance, with the implicit claim that it has become a fine country since Justin Trudeau became prime minister. All of the 198 countries in the world are to some extent competing with each other. We cannot solemnly absent ourselves from this competition because we happen to have three million square miles that are rich in base and precious metals, forest products, energy and all agriculture except tropical fruit, and that we have an educated, law-abiding population of 36 million. All countries, large and small and naturally rich and poor, are striving to better their lot, and so are we, and the worrisome fact is that we are not doing a particularly brilliant job of it, and that will not be disguised by smiling platitudes about our equable and comfortable society or our leader’s self-described congeniality. (He is very congenial, but that is not the principal criterion for leading a G7 country.)

Our sunny ways (or voices) won’t achieve much but pleasantries. The facts are that while we have raised our status as a desirable place to live for the greatest number of people to an exalted competitive position — according to surveys, even above the petrostates and tax-haven states (Hong Kong, Iceland, Kuwait, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Norway, Qatar, Singapore and Switzerland) — we have been passed in standard of living by many other countries, including Austria, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Finland and the Netherlands. We remain behind Australia and the United States, and are now down to a lead of less than 10 per cent in per capita income over Belgium, Israel, Japan, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. These are shocking competitive numbers that no one in Canada should be complacent about: if present trends continue, the last group will all pass us in the next few years, including resourceless Belgium that went an entire year without a government a few years ago, Israel, which was a war-torn desert when it was founded 70 years ago and has been officially at war ever since, and New Zealand, which doesn’t really produce anything except sheep and wine.

The Fraser Institute rightly criticized Finance Minister Bill Morneau for asserting in his autumn economic message that ”Canada’s economy is strong and growing … our plan to grow the economy is working.” The only part of that statement that is true is that the economy is growing, but not fast enough and not as quickly as many countries with fewer natural advantages than we have. And the Fraser Institute made the points that investment in Canada has collapsed and Canadians largely invest elsewhere; foreign investment in Canada is down 55 per cent in the past five years and Canadian investment in foreign countries has risen by 74 per cent in the same period. Canadian economic growth is a full point behind the United States and projected to fall further behind, and the United States has lower tax rates in all personal and corporate brackets. The federal government is running a deficit that is not especially worrisome at around one per cent of GDP, but combined with large deficits in most provinces and no forecast surplus for 27 years, this is worrisome and irresponsible. The Fraser Institute warned that in a recession, the federal deficit could grow to about 10 per cent of GDP, which is completely unsustainable, and would be very dangerous.

Fraser also warns that there is not much room on the tax side. Without much stressing comparative tax rates with other countries, especially the obvious and accessible American alternative, Fraser made short work of the government’s claim that it ”cut taxes for middle-class Canadians everywhere,” and concludes that 81 per cent of middle-income Canadians pay more tax than three years ago, about $840 per family. The average Canadian family pays 43.2 per cent of its income on taxes, more than on housing, food, and shelter combined. This does not include the insane and dishonest carbon tax, that is not revenue neutral, will achieve nothing for Canada’s or the world’s environment, and is based entirely on false, or at least unproved premises, fiscally and environmentally. The Fraser Institute correctly emphasizes how damaging the carbon tax and other tax increases are when the government is also discouraging major energy projects, such as by dragging a lot of asinine and irrelevant criteria into pipeline construction, like “gender analysis” and the “Indigenous knowledge” of native people who are operating a self-righteous shakedown industry confected out of tribal mythology at endless cost to the country.

The Institute’s conclusion that business initiative is discouraged by the substantial federal and Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia tax increases so that seven of our 10 provinces now have a combined federal-provincial personal income tax rate of over 50 per cent. This is robbery, governments have no right to take more than half of anyone’s income other than in an immense national emergency such as the World Wars, and it is terrible economics, and ultimately poor politics. These aren’t sunny ways, this is theft with a smile and misgovernment covered with a fig-leaf about the virtues of Canada — which are real and gratifying but exist despite the poor quality of most of its present governing personnel.

It has been a bipartisan tradition in Canada all my life to have capable finance ministers, such as Douglas Abbott, George Nowlan, Walter Gordon, Mitchell Sharp, John Turner, Donald Macdonald, John Crosbie, Michael Wilson and James Flaherty. It is a fine and necessary tradition to have such outstanding finance ministers, fully supported by their prime ministers. For the present occupants of those great offices to be so judged in this term will require policy changes so miraculous they will give new definition and profundity to the grace of conversion.

LifeSiteNews

Published  3 months ago

OTTAWA, January 4, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau has granted the Royal Mint permission to release a new one-dollar coin designed to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his father’s decriminalization of homosexuality.

Trudeau’s government approved the coin design on December 14, reported CBC last month.

According to CBC, the design is a "… stylized rendering of two overlapping human faces within a large circle, the left half of the left face in front view and the right face in profile facing left, the two faces forming one whole face in front view composed of two eyes with eyebrows, a nose, a mouth and two ears with a small hoop earring on the left ear …" It is understood that the two human faces belong to a couple of the same sex.

The coin will also feature the years “1969”, when private homosexual acts were decriminalized, and 2019. The word “equality” in both English and French will be included, as will the initials of the artist, currently known only as “RA”.

“Canada’s new coin celebrates day gay sex was legalized,” states a Dec. 30th headline from Queerty.com.

The one-dollar coin, or “loonie”, as it is popularly known in Canada, was originally, and is normally, engraved with the head of the monarch and the image of a common loon (Gavia immer) on the reverse. A number of commemorative loonies have been struck since the coin was introduced in 1987, usually to celebrate sporting events, like the Olympics or the centenaries of such cultural icons as the Montreal Canadiens hockey team, the Navy, and women’s right to vote.

It is unprecedented to mint a loonie to mark the semi-centennial of anything, let alone a change in the Criminal Code.

In 1967 Justin Trudeau’s father, Pierre Trudeau (1919-2000), acting as Canada’s Justice Minister, introduced a controversial “Omnibus Bill” (Bill C-195) to the House of Commons, asking for sweeping changes to the nation’s Criminal Code. Among the changes were the partial-decriminalization of abortion, new restrictions on gun ownership, and the decriminalization of certain sex acts if performed in private.

Borrowing the famous phrase from a Globe and Mail reporter, Pierre Trudeau told reporters that there was “no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation.” The elder Trudeau also suggested that homosexual acts in public were “a different matter.”

As a matter of fact, the original Omnibus Bill did not seek to decriminalize homosexuality per se, but to distinguish between public and private sexual acts. It stated only that certain sexual acts between consenting adults aged 21 or older were legal when performed in private. If a third person or others were present, these acts--including sodomy--were still considered illegal.

This detail of the Bill changed, however. In 1968, the Omnibus Bill was modified and reintroduced to Parliament by the now-Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau’s Justice Minister, John Turner, as Bill C-150. Inspired by similar legislation pertaining to England and Wales, the Bill now included the explicit decriminalization of homosexual acts among those aged 21 and over. On May 14, 1969, after three weeks of furious opposition from the Quebec’s Catholic Créditiste (Social Credit) party, Bill C-150 passed third reading in the House of Commons by a vote of 149:55. There were 59 abstentions.

When Bill C-150 was signed into law both homosexual acts and abortion became legal in Canada under certain circumstances. However, men in Canada continued to be arrested for soliciting or performing sexual acts in public and semi-public places. In 1981, Toronto police conducted a series of raids on bathhouses, charging men they found there with prostitution and indecency. These and other raids led to accusations of discrimination against homosexuals, and Toronto police have since apologized.

Canada legalized same-sex "marriage" in 2005, thirty-six years after the passage of bill C-150. Today, public institutions across the country, including courts, schools, and various government organizations, are unrelenting in pushing what critics say is a homosexual agenda on the population.

The Nectarine

Published  3 months ago

As Western Canada’s resentment towards Justin Trudeau has grown, so too have the number of protests against him. Notably, ones featuring convoys. Now, the biggest convoy yet is in the works, aiming to go from Red Deer all the way to Parliament in Ottawa.

The GoFundMe page states, “Justin Trudeau and his liberal’s won’t understand the needs of Western Canada until there are 700+ trucks on his doorstep. This go-fund-me is to raise money for fuel and Expenses to send a convoy of oil rig trucks and other vehicles from 3 provinces to be launched from Red Deer, Alberta to Ottawa for a rally on the doorsteps of Parliament.”

“The Rally/Convoy date has now been set for launch on FEB 15th, 2019. Each truck owner will receive assistance, where requested, towards the cost of fuel and expenses to drive from BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan to Ottawa. It is expected that hundreds of trucks and personal vehicles will join the convoy along the way,” the crowdfunding page says.

Some people may be wondering what the goal of all this is. The page explains that too.

“Our goal is to put Western Canada’s oil field workers back to work, End the dependency on foreign oil and stop shipments from Saudi Arabia, End the carbon tax, See pipelines approved and built and a host of other issues voiced by Canadians. The ultimate goal is to have Justin Trudeau resign and let someone Lead Canada that can make Canada a country to be proud of.”

If this wasn’t already intense enough, the GoFundMe page also says that an Eastern convoy is planning to meet up with the western one on February 15 and a second convoy is in the planning stages for April with another scheduled for June.

So far, as of this posting, $17,000 has been raised of the $170,000 goal.

With 2019 being an election year, these convoys could be the last thing Trudeau wants to see outside parliament. What do you think? Leave your thoughts down below.

iheartradio

Published  3 months ago

There is a price to pay for having a Prime Minister who is crowd-friendly and likes to travel to promote Canada abroad.

La Presse reports that the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's security costs have hit a record $2.3-million a month.

That's double what was needed to ensure the security of Stephen Harper, Trudeau's predecessor as Prime Minister.

.About half of the security bill is salaries for members of the RCMP.

dailycaller

Published  3 months ago

The French rioted for weeks over carbon taxes

HuffPost Canada

Published  3 months ago

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gestures as he speaks during a panel "The Canadian Opportunity"at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016. A prevailing sense of anxiety was in the air in the Swiss ski resort of Davos as the World Economic Forum kicked off Wednesday with delegates fretting about the turbulence in financial markets, slowdown in China and plunging oil prices. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

It was interesting to read David Akin's numbers on Trudeau's dollar handouts in his first 100 days in office. By his calculations it amounts to $5.3 billion, of which slightly less than a billion dollars was spent inside Canada.

$4.3 billion spent outside of the country will buy you a lot of thanks from some organizations such as the UN or from climate change conferences. That type of spending will also earn you a lot of selfies to up your political profile. But in the end it is our taxpayers footing the bill.

I always wonder when such vast sums of money (in this case, $4.3 billion) are handed out overseas by any government, not just this one, as to who is tracking it to see how it is being spent and if it is being spent properly. Governments rarely tell us what audit procedures have been attached to those funds.

Spending priorities are always set by the prime minister. It is interesting to note that the $5.3 billion that Trudeau spent in his first 100 days almost matches the funds that the Liberals under Paul Martin were going to spend on the Kelowna Accord to help our First Nations. The Accord included $5.1 billion, with plans for:

• $1.8 billion for education

• $1.6 billion for housing, including $400 million for clean water

• $1.315 billion for health services.

• $170 million for relationships and accountability

• $200 million for economic development.

Imagine if in Trudeau's first 100 days he had a different set of priorities and instead spent his $5.3 billion on our First Nations youth and communities. What is the bet that in the coming budget our First Nations won't see a dollar amount that is anywhere near what Trudeau has sent outside of the country in just his first 100 days, and nowhere near the amount in the Kelowna Accord? Are the needs of our First Nations youth and communities any less now?

Perhaps Trudeau could have saved some of that $4.3 billion that he sent outside Canada for our seniors? It would have been nice to cut them a break so that they can have a decent living after contributing so much to building this country that he has inherited. An increase in pension assistance would have been welcomed by many seniors. Again it all boils down to Trudeau's priorities.

Or here is another thought: last year a UBC study noted that a national pharmacare plan would cost Canada about $5.4 billion. Almost the same as Trudeau's spending in his first 100 days. Does anyone think we will see such a plan in the coming budget? Probably not. It's about Trudeau's priorities.

The National Bank has already predicted that Trudeau's spending could result in a $90 billion deficit by the time the next election comes around.

However, Canadian taxpayers should have nothing to fear as we all know that Trudeau made paying down his deficit a priority and he has promised to pay off his deficit amounts within that time frame. That was a key election promise and it was cast in stone, wasn't it?

I am not so sure, though. Maybe we should be worried. I remember another Trudeau getting elected by making a promise that he would not introduce wage and price controls, and we all know what happened to that promise. It is always about priorities.

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Breitbart

Published  3 months ago

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True Pundit

Published  3 months ago

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is blaming President Donald Trump and the United States’ stricter policies on immigration for Canada’s burgeoning “immigration crisis,” even though Trudeau himself told migrants he’d welcome them with “open arms.”

In an interview with GlobalNews.ca, Trudeau absolved himself of all responsibility over the influx of illegal immigrants who’ve made their way into Canada through the United States, claiming instead that the United States has failed to welcome migrants with open arms, thus sending them packing for Canada.

Back in 2017, Trudeau famously tweeted, in response to President Trump’s call to heavily restrict immigration to the United States, that Canada would continue to be a destination for the world’s downtrodden, even if the U.S. wasn’t interested.

To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada

— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) January 28, 2017

dailycaller

Published  3 months ago

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is blaming President Donald Trump and his “domestic realities” for the tens of thousands of illegal immigrants coming into Canada.

Trudeau made the comments Friday during a year-end interview with Global News.

Dubbed a “border crisis” by the Official Opposition Conservatives, an increasing number of Canadians are also concerned about the steady stream of illegals coming into Canada, according to polls. The flood of would-be refugees began shortly after Trudeau issued the now infamous #WelcomeToCanada tweet in January 2017 that invited the refugees of the world to come to Canada, event as Trump aimed to tighten American borders.

But Trudeau blamed the U.S. for the migrants coming north in the Global News interview.

“If people are in the midst of migration around the world right now, it’s not because of a tweet restating — almost word for word — Canadian policy on refugees, because that’s exactly what it was,” he told the network.

“And certainly, if people are fleeing the United States right now and are choosing to leave the United States right now, it’s not something I said. It is perhaps domestic realities within the political context in the United States that is driving people to move or to make those certain decisions.” (RELATED: New York Residents Assist Illegal Immigrants Cross Into Canada)

While the illegals sit in Canada waiting to see a refugee board, they receive accommodation, medical care and legal aid at taxpayer expense. Many are staying in three-star hotels because migrants have already eliminated any vacancies in homeless shelters. The Opposition has tabulated the cost to the federal government at over $1 billion (CAD).

Trudeau is also an enthusiastic member of the United Nations Global Compact on Migration that the United States has rejected on the grounds that it could inhibit national sovereignty. Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer pleaded with Trudeau to reject the treaty but the prime minister would not hear of it. He thinks the Conservative opposition to the pact is “dangerous.” (RELATED: Conservatives Tell Trudeau To Stop UN From Making Immigration Policy For Country)

“We see a political party going to a place that no mainstream political party in Canada has gone before, which is playing a very, very dangerous game of starting to turn Canadians against immigration,” he told Global News.

The Globe and Mail

Published  4 months ago

Brian Lee Crowley is managing director of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute.

The battle with China over the extradition case of Huawei’s chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, is not one that Canada chose. It is increasingly clear, however, that it is one that we cannot afford to lose, since China evidently believes that Canada is the weak link in its global contest of wills with the West.

The case of Robert Lloyd Schellenberg, Beijing’s latest thinly disguised effort to use the Chinese courts to up the pressure on Ottawa, has seriously escalated tensions. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has decried the hasty retrial and death sentence for the Canadian accused of smuggling drugs as “arbitrary.” The Chinese Foreign Ministry has responded by demanding that the Canadian government cease “such irresponsible remarks.” The two sides have traded travel advisories.

China has been known to give severe sentences for drug-related offences, even to foreigners – although it is notable that its tough-on-drug-crime approach does not extend to its own role in the domestic production and export of fentanyl, which has led to an opioid crisis in North America and beyond. Yet, as with the detentions of Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, it would be farcical to believe China’s position – that they are just applying their own laws to foreign nationals, much as Canada is doing with Ms. Meng – given China’s long history of politicizing criminal trials for the benefit of the Communist Party regime.

Make no mistake: China is targeting Canada, and not the United States, because they see us as both weak and anxious for closer economic ties, an image reinforced by Ottawa’s previously fawning words for China. If Canadians did not already understand the odious and thuggish nature of the regime that their government has been seeking to embrace on their behalf, Mr. Schellenberg’s case should dispel all doubts.

China respects strength, not weakness. In the interests of protecting Canadians and the rule of law within our own country, we must make it clear that we will not let such egregious offences go unanswered, and respond firmly to escalating provocations by the Chinese regime.

There are measures we can take immediately: the expulsion of the ambassador; the use of Magnitsky sanctions against specific members of the regime involved in this travesty; and a warming of our relations with Taiwan. Tightening visa restrictions could be considered, though punishing ordinary Chinese for the actions of the regime might be unpalatable.

We should also join most of our principal allies in rejecting Huawei’s role in our emerging 5G communications network, if for no reason other than as an effective expression of our determination to stand up for ourselves against China’s blackmail and intimidation. If Huawei was rightly viewed as a security threat when relations were more normal, allowing a firm required to do the bidding of the Chinese Communist Party into the heart of Canada’s communications infrastructure, amid China’s acts of retaliation and aggression, should now be a non-starter.

But acting alone is not enough. We must engage our allies. If China’s bullying leads to consequences across its relations with the West, that will give the country pause. We should be especially clear that we expect Washington’s full support on this matter, since it was our response to the U.S. extradition request that resulted in Chinese action against Canada, and China fears American power. This, not backroom negotiations with China, holds the best hope for the safety of Canadians now threatened by Beijing.

The irony is that China’s aggressive actions against Canada are counterproductive. The extradition process for Ms. Meng is no rubber stamp. Our rule-of-law approach allows ministerial discretion to deny extradition on defined grounds.

In effect, China’s bullying behaviour threw away a chance for them to work with Canada to get us to use ministerial discretion appropriately. Instead, they ripped aside the curtain and showed us the true nature of their Mafia-like regime where threats and intimidation, not reason and good-faith negotiation, are the preferred instruments of power.

While still in opposition, Mr. Trudeau raised eyebrows when he expressed “admiration” for how China’s “basic dictatorship is actually allowing them to turn their economy around on a dime.”

Canadians have just been given an object lesson in how that “basic dictatorship” works. It’s not the economy, but rather the judicial system, that has turned on a dime at the behest of the Communist Party, to threaten the life of a Canadian in the hopes that we will abandon our commitment to the rule of law. That is the true nature of the Chinese regime. There is nothing to admire here – and much to oppose.

Conservative Tribune

Published  4 months ago

The streets of France have been rocked by the “yellow vest” protests over the past five weeks, named for the reflective safety vests worn by many protesters. The anti-government demonstrations began over an increased gasoline tax and spread to include other issues.

In recent weeks, the protests extended beyond Paris and other French cities to include Belgium, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, among others, where outraged citizens are fed up with high taxes, strict regulations and an increasingly oppressive centralized and globalist European government.

Now the yellow vest protests have crossed the pond, so to speak, to arrive in Canada.

In cities across the country this weekend, residents donned the recognizable safety gear and took to the streets, mostly to protest the immigration and taxation policies supported by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Canada’s CTV News reported that protests arose Saturday from Halifax, Nova Scotia, in the east to Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta, out west, with plenty of other cities seeing protesters in between.

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In Halifax, a group of protesters arrayed themselves outside City Hall in protest of a new carbon tax, among a long list of other concerning issues.

Protester James Hoskins told CTV, “I have never met even one Canadian that understands how a carbon tax is going to reduce carbon emissions,” while Barry Ahern described a special government grant program as “oppression of Canadians by our own people.”

In Calgary, protesters took to the streets in general opposition to Trudeau and his Liberal Party, and more specifically over a delayed pipeline project.

In Edmonton, protesters’ main concerns were the high taxes imposed by the government and worries over the future of the energy industry upon which the region relies.

A yellow-vested protester identified only as Turk told CTV, “I’m tired of Trudeau basically doing what he wants with our money and sending it overseas. … Right now, personally, I’m facing a job crisis. All our oil jobs are gone, all our money is going south.”

Protesters in North Bay, Ontario, also took issue with the carbon tax, while protesters in Toronto expressed their frustrations with the current status quo in government.

Aside from the high taxes and environmental issues, many protesters also expressed their opposition to Canada being a signatory to the new United Nations Global Compact for Migration, a sweeping agreement granting universal rights to migrants that has been signed by 164 countries but not the United States.

Opponents of that agreement have argued that it essentially undermines national sovereignty and creates de facto open borders.

Hundreds of protestors gather in #Calgary and #Edmonton to protest Federal and Provincial governments. Many wearing Yellow vests and chanting against the carbon tax, UN, and illegal immigration. pic.twitter.com/xi8r0cRGYu

— Brad MacLeod (@CTVBradMacLeod) December 15, 2018

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It remains to be seen if these “yellow vest” protests will continue and spread throughout Canada and other nations, or if the protests will bring about any substantial changes in governmental policy.

Regardless, it has become clear that an increasing number of people around the world have become fed up with globalist governments, high taxes, open immigration policies and restrictive regulations on energy and economies.

We are committed to truth and accuracy in all of our journalism. Read our editorial standards.

Big League Politics

Published  4 months ago

An investigation has been launched in Canada after it was revealed that one of the Abu Sayyaf militants who beheaded Canadian tourists John Ridsdel and Robert Hall, in the Philippines is still actively posting on the social media site.

Screenshots captured on Facebook page of Bhen Tatuh appear to show the jihadis holding the decapitated heads of the Canadian tourists, as well as pictures with the ISIS flag and a suicide vest.

Facebook, which has made an active effort to silence Conservatives, Jews, and Christians, was unavailable for comment as to why they are allowing jihadi killers to use their platform to post terrorist propaganda.

Something must be said about how Facebook has found it necessary to ban Conservative Jewish journalists like myself, Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer, and other Conservatives like Alex Jones, Gavin McInnes, Tommy Robinson, but if you’re a terrorist, you’re allowed to use Facebook. Hamas, Hezbollah, the Muslim Brotherhood, Louis Farrakhan, and Iranian dictators who chant “death to Israel” and “death to America” all have verified Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Are freedom loving Conservatives a bigger threat than Islamic terrorists who are decapitating innocent young women?

Last week, Facebook banned Yair Netanyahu, the son of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for a post critical of Islamic terrorists.

How is it that a Jewish Conservative journalist and the Israeli Prime Minister’s son get banned on social media for posting facts about Islam, actual Islamic terrorists are allowed to post pictures of themselves beheading innocent people?

Through their pro-Sharia terms of service, Facebook and Twitter are clearly signaling that it’s ok to be a terrorist, but not ok to be a Conservative, or a Jew.

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been made aware of the Facebook posts, but as usual, he has sided with terrorists over Canadians and has yet to condemn Facebook.

Perhaps Mark Zuckerberg and Trudeau will be confronted and asked about their jihadi fetish someday.

As you can see, something is very wrong with this “Silicon Valley Sharia.”

Read More about “Silicon Valley Sharia” here.

Laura Loomer is a conservative investigative journalist and activist. Originally from Arizona, Laura began her career working as an undercover journalist for Project Veritas from 2015-2017. She covers politics, anti-Semitism, immigration, terrorism, the Islamification of the West, and voter fraud. Loomer’s investigations have been broadcasted on every major national mainstream media outlet in the United States, as well as many international publications. Support Laura Loomer’s Independent Journalism here: PayPal.me/lauraloomer

LifeSiteNews

Published  4 months ago

OTTAWA, January 2, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau mocked and ridiculed Christians by wearing a pullover that made fun of Jesus at the Last Supper, a Conservative Member of Parliament said.

Trudeau and his brother Alexandre were photographed wearing sweaters with yellow smiley faces, or emojis, superimposed over the faces of Jesus Christ and his disciples in Leonardo Da Vinci’s The Last Supper. The large yellow faces were crowned with birthday hats. The bread and wine on the table were replaced by large slices of birthday cake. A banner over the famous scene reads “Happy Birthday.”

The photograph, which appeared a year ago on Reddit, purportedly shows Justin and his brother Alexandre celebrating their joint December 25 birthday, the same date that Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

Da Vinci’s The Last Supper depicts Jesus revealing to his apostles just hours prior to his crucifixion and death that one of them would betray him.

The Hon. Candice Bergen, MP for Portage-Lisgar, Manitoba, took issue with the Prime Minister’s choice of apparel. She posted the photograph to social media on Saturday.

“Why does Justin Trudeau think it's ok and cool to mock and ridicule Christianity by using cartoons as the face of Jesus and his Disciples in the Last Supper?” she asked over Facebook.

“When will liberal elite like Trudeau and his friends who defend his behaviour and laugh along with him, realize how harmful and intolerant they are being to Christians?”

Bergen asked people on Social media to share the post if they “agree that Leaders in the west like Prime Minister Justin Trudeau need to start standing up for Christians instead of mocking and ridiculing their faith.”

Bergen spoke up for Christians in Canada’s House of Commons this April, pointing out that they are the “most persecuted, victimized and attacked religious group in the world today”. “Unfortunately, persecuted Christians don’t have many champions in the West,” she said. “In fact, many of the elite readily join in the mockery and the disdain shown to Christians.”

The pullover is marketed by a company called “Shelfies Inc.” as the “Happy Birthday Jesus Sweater”. Shelfies Inc. also has other products using famouse representations of Christ and a line of garments emblazoned with the features of Justin Trudeau. The company’s web page notes that Justin Trudeau has been photographed wearing their work:

“This just in,” it enthused last June. “Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has worn another Shelfies all-over-print sweater! He was spotted on Christmas day wearing the ‘Happy Birthday Jesus’ sweater!”

“Next Christmas, wear your Shelfies with pride knowing it was blessed by the man himself: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau!”

Shelfies Inc. did not respond for a request for comment by press time.

Trudeau was baptised and raised as a Catholic but lapsed when he was 18. Although he remains a nominal member of the Catholic Church, Trudeau is a ferocious opponent to several Catholic doctrines concerning the right to life, euthanasia, and marriage.

Trudeau is so pro-abortion that he does not permit pro-life members of the Liberal Party to run for office, and he refused to condemn sex-selective abortion when pressed on the issue. Last spring Trudeau pledged $650 million of Canadian tax dollars to contraception and abortion programs in developing countries, a move for which he was upbraided by Toronto’s Cardinal Collins. That summer he encouraged the First Minister of Ireland to legalize abortion in his country after the two marched together in Montreal’s Gay Pride parade. Trudeau’s government announced in December that business who wished to take part in a summer student work program would have to pledge their fidelity to so-called “reproductive” and “transgender” rights.

Despite holding positions contrary to Catholic moral teaching, Trudeau nevertheless presents himself for Holy Communion at Catholic services. The Archbishop of Montreal, Christian Lépine, scandalized faithful Catholics by giving the Blessed Sacrament to the notoriously pro-abortion Prime Minister at a special Mass commemorating the 375th anniversary of the founding of the city of Montreal.

Toronto Sun

Published  4 months ago

French President Emmanuel Macron lived up to his elitist reputation of being the “president of the rich” after imposing a carbon tax on fuel that’s set to kick in on Jan. 1.

Higher fuel taxes, he told the French people, were necessary to fund green energy schemes. It’s the same attitude we’ve seen in Canada from our political masters – that the little guy has to pay more now for the promise of ill-defined future progress.

But the little guy in France has had enough.

Since the middle of November, hundreds of thousands have taken to the streets in France as part of the “gilets jaunes” or yellow vest movement.

They are fed up with rising taxes and cost of living, chronic unemployment and bearing the burden of often symbolic government reforms.

The protests have been marred by violence despite the fact Macron agreed to pause the tax increase and keep the price of gas stable through next year.

But they remain angry, even furious.

Protests have spilled over into Belgium and Italy and now even here in Canada.

Over the weekend, a few hundred people took to the streets in Edmonton – many donning yellow vests – to protest both the Canadian carbon tax and the UN Global Compact on Migration. A similar event happened on Parliament Hill, this one largely focused on the migration pact.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau remains committed to both these increasingly unpopular government decisions.

The Edmonton protest had none of the violence that has marred French protests. But it shouldn’t take violence for political leaders to listen to the real concerns of the hardworking people they’re supposed to serve.

It should be clear by now to Trudeau that a substantial number of Canadians are adamantly opposed to his carbon tax.

There are many ways to be responsible stewards of the environment. An ineffectual and job killing tax that disproportionately affects low income isn’t one of them.

Macron meanwhile has been pilloried in the polls following a month of chaos and has now cancelled a planned tax hike for pensioners, hiked his minimum wage and promised not to tax overtime pay in a desperate attempt to curb discontent.

Ignoring working and middle class concerns has been costly for the French president. We wonder if our PM will get the message?

The Nectarine

Published  4 months ago

So much for fact-based, evidenced-based policy.

Global News

Published  4 months ago

"When Trudeau told the New York Times that Canada was 'the first post-national state,' I wasn't sure what he meant," writes radio host and blogger Danielle Smith. "But I never thought it would mean extinguishing the Canadian identity."

Washington Examiner

Published  4 months ago

Son-in-law and senior adviser to the president Jared Kushner received Mexico’s highest honor awarded to foreigners on Friday.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto bestowed the Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle to Kushner in a ceremony that President Trump made an unscheduled stop at Friday morning.

“Through your direction and leadership we were able to accomplish a lot of great things,” Kushner said to Trump, who was in the first row at the ceremony. “While there has been a lot of tough talk, I have seen the genuine respect and care that President Trump has for Mexico and the Mexican people, and I do believe we have been able to put that in the right light.”

Kushner said Nieto represented Mexico well during trade talks, and thanked his wife, Ivanka Trump, for her understanding trade negotiators would arrive at their residence late into the night.

“I believe we are at a historic place in the relationship between our two countries,” Kushner said.

After the ceremony, Trump went to meet with Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who all spoke publicly before signing the United States Mexico Canada Agreement, on the side of the G-20 summit in Argentina.

Zero Hedge

Published  4 months ago

Having seen donations to their 'foundation' collapse by 90% since they failed in their bid to regain The White House, The Clintons decided a 13-city paid speaking tour was in order to scrape together some coin.

Unfortunately, as the image above shows, the supposed-power-couple's draw is starting to fade as the Daily Mail reports that .

As President Trump tours the nation in front of 10s of thousands of fans, The Clintons faced 83% empty seats in the Canadian hockey arena as it seems fewer and fewer North Americans want to hear their whining scapegoatery.

As The Daily Mail reports, Bill Clinton said the U.S. had 'compromised' its moral leadership in the world under Trump, and defended his NAFTA free trade agreement. He said of the recent elections:

"We got a chance to become a democracy again and reclaim a debate," adding that there were Republicans of good will "who don't want to make America a single homogenous authoritarian country. We got a chance to have a debate again now."

The former president apologized for Trump's angry clash with Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau during his last trip here, setting off a trade clash, though the U.S., Canada, and Mexico ultimately reached a deal.

"All the rhetoric was just for consumption, it was just rhetoric. And we did some real damage I'm afraid to our relationship and if we did I ask for your forbearance because we do love you, most of us, in America," said Clinton, who inked the NAFTA agreement during his tenure.

But the Trump-bashing had to wait for a few minutes as Hillary suffered the return of the coughing fit that so enlivened her 2016 campaign...

"You need another?" her husband asked, offering her a bottled water. She also took what looked like a cough drop after about an hour on stage. Her husband filibustered while her voice recovered, and Clinton participated during the event's final 30 minutes.

As the American Thinker points out, “While 3300 tickets sold at prices ranging from $53 to over $200 still yields a healthy payday, even after expenses, the optics are terrible,” which is something even loyal Democrats and CNN is pointing out:

“I just think the optics of going to an event where people are paying to see them, and they are financially gaining from this, I am not sure that is the right way to re-ingratiate them back into the public sphere,” said a former Clinton aide.

“They haven’t gone away, and I don’t want them to go away, but I am not sure this is the right venue from an optics standpoint.”

Tickets were going a lot cheaper as the event neared...

brianlilley

Published  4 months ago

Today is October 22, the four year anniversary of the terrorist attack on Parliament Hill. On the morning of October 22, 2014, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau shot and killed Cpl Nathan Cirillo at the National War Memorial [...]

The Independent

Published  4 months ago

President Donald Trump does not read - except in small doses and when his own name appears prominently. Prior to the presidency, his only activities were work and golf. He does not mingle with intellectuals, cultural trend-setters or artists.

It should come as no surprise - and it has not - that he is sorely lacking in sophistication, knowledge of the world, understanding of government and a rudimentary grasp of economics.

Sitting atop arguably the great resource on the planet - the body of knowledge retained by American government experts on everything from economics to medicine to military history - he remains blissfully ignorant on a range of subjects.

He surrounds himself with dim yes men who know little more than he and, in any event, tremble at the prospect of correcting their “Dear Leader.” But sometimes you wonder whether Trump is just, well, dumb.

The Associated Press reports:

President Donald Trump has been handing out his cellphone number to world leaders and urging them to call him directly, an unusual invitation that breaks diplomatic protocol and is raising concerns about the security and secrecy of the US commander in chief's communications. Trump has urged leaders of Canada and Mexico to reach him on his cellphone, according to former and current US officials with direct knowledge of the practice. Of the two, only Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has taken advantage of the offer so far, the officials said... “If you are speaking on an open line, then it's an open line, meaning those who have the ability to monitor those conversations are doing so,” said Derek Chollet, a former Pentagon adviser and National Security Council official now at the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

For someone who mocked Hillary Clinton for setting up a home email server that was vulnerable to hacking, Trump and his negligence defy explanation. Either he does not understand that his calls might be intercepted or does not care.

As a matter of self-preservation, however, one would think he would very much care if American enemies including terrorists could determine his whereabouts. (How is it, by the way, that American intelligence services condoned his using an unsecured line?) One would think he would be tired of being embarrassed when the content of calls is made public. It is times such as this when one wishes national security adviser H.R. McMaster had not frittered away his credibility spinning for the president and instead had the wherewithal to put his foot down and tell the president that he cannot behave in such a fashion.

When one considers this behaviour and that of his son-in-law Jared Kushner, who allegedly discussed a secret communication line using Russian facilities, several explanations come to mind. First, this behaviour reflects the degree to which these neophytes on the world stage are hopelessly unschooled and naive. Alternatively, their behaviour denotes a shocking propensity for recklessness, even with their own financial and personal security (risking blackmail, among other things). That recklessness seems without purpose. (What goal would be served by talking on unsecured cellphone lines or on Russian lines that could not be accomplished on approved lines of communication?) Alternatively, maybe these people are paranoid conspiratorialists (who make Sean Hannity sound sane by comparison), convinced that the only thing they have to fear is the American “deep state” (or some such nonsense).

Whatever the explanation, Trump does not evidence any greater knowledge or sophistication than he possessed when he entered office. You'd think he would have learned something in four months. Then again, maybe the rudimentary practices of government are simply beyond him. One need not be a psychiatrist or an educator to see that he is incapable of performing the functions of his job - executing the laws, keeping the nation's secrets, following routine security procedures. In short, maybe he is not compromised nor mentally ill, but simply dumb.

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Whatsupic

Published  4 months ago

The suicide note left by Fidel Castro’s eldest son has rocked the Cuban nation this week, with the most astonishing revelation being the claim that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was his half-brother and the son of the late Fidel Castro.

Gatestone Institute

Published  5 months ago

The majority of those 6,000 Christians massacred this year were "mostly children, women and the aged... What is happening in ... Nigeria is pure genocide and must be stopped immediately." — Christian Association of Nigeria. "There is no doubt that the

The Independent

Published  5 months ago

Syringes, electro-shock devices and a blade similar to a scalpel were among the tools carried by Jamal Khashoggi’s alleged killers as they departed Istanbul after murdering the Washington Post journalist inside a Saudi consulate last month.

But there was not yet any evidence of a bone saw that would have been required to dismember his body, according to a new report published on Tuesday.

The Turkish pro-government daily newspaper Sabah published photos purportedly showing tools carried by the 15-man Saudi hit squad as they left Istanbul aboard a private jet after allegedly murdering the Washington Post columnist.

The leaked photos, along with a flurry of other leaks from recordings taken of the moment’s before, during, and after Khashoggi’s murder, suggest a continued pressure on Saudi Arabia and its western allies over the 2 October killing of the 59-year-old US resident inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

The New York Times on Tuesday cited unnamed officials describing one member of the Saudi kill team being recorded phoning Riyadh after murdering Khashoggi and saying “tell your boss,” in a possible reference to Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, who is widely suspected of ordering the hit.

Campaign to rename roads outside Saudi embassies ‘Khashoggi Street’

Foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt on Tuesday became the first ranking UK. official to meet with the crown prince since the Khashoggi murder in what was described as an attempt to encourage Riyadh to wrap up the three-and-a-half-year war it is leading in Yemen and to “push for real accountability against those responsible for the brutal murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi”, according to a statement issued by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

A statement issued by the Saudi press agency did not mention Yemen or Khashoggi, but noted that the prince and Mr Hunt “reviewed Saudi-British partnership in all fields, the latest developments in the region and the exerted efforts towards them”.

Saudi officials and their western partners are bracing for the release of recordings that could further damage relations between Riyadh and its backers in world capitals. Turkey has been leaking details of the investigation in an attempt to keep the matter prominent in the world press and keep pressure on Riyadh, a regional rival it hopes to weaken.

On Monday, Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau disclosed that Ottawa intelligence officials had heard the recordings, while Germany’s government spokesman acknowledged intelligence sharing between Ankara and Berlin on the Khashoggi matter, and a Turkish spokesman revealed the date that France was presented the recording and a transcript.

Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters on his plane returning from Paris on Tuesday that Ankara had played the recordings for a Saudi intelligence official, who was shocked by its contents.

“The recording is really terrible,” he said, according to Sabah. “When the Saudi intelligence officer listened to it, he was so shocked that he said ‘[the perpetrator] must have done heroin. Only someone who did heroin could have done this.”

He said US president Donald Trump, German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Emmanuel Macron had discussed the case over dinner in Paris. “I feel that they are considerably disturbed by the murder,” he said.

Ankara demands that members of a 15-man hit team and a three-person reconnaissance group allegedly involved in the killing be tried in Turkey. Khashoggi’s body has yet to be located, but Turks have alleged it was dismembered and dissolved in a chemical. Al Jazeera has cited Turkish officials claiming to have found traces of hydrofluoric acid in the wastewater of the Saudi consulate.

Despite holding diplomatic passports, the alleged murderers had to place their bags through an X-ray machine as they left Ataturk airport. Under Turkish rules, police at the airport are not allowed to search bags of diplomatic passport holders unless there is evidence of a serious offence, according to Hatice Han Er, an Istanbul criminologist and researcher. She added: “Everything has to go through an X-ray but nothing is opened unless police see a body part or something that creates suspicion of a major crime.”

Stills from the X-ray footage and published by Sabah showed the men boarding the flight were carrying 10 telephones and a wireless communications system, as well as two syringes, two electro-shock devices, a signal jammer, staplers and cutting tools.

The toolkit suggests a well-planned operation to potentially track Khashoggi, subdue him, possibly torture and interrogate him using the electro-shock devices, then dispose of his body, said Ms Han Er.

“Everything was planned beforehand; they weren’t going to walk up to the consulate unprepared,” she told The Independent. “What I think was they drugged him and tied him up. When he came to, he may have been questioned. He might have been tortured and taunted.”

Though staplers have been used to seal plastic bags containing Khashoggi’s body parts, Ms Han Er said the assassins would have needed a bone saw to cut him to pieces.

HuffPost Canada

Published  5 months ago

Originally published in the Prince Arthur Herald

It's becoming clearer as the days of Trudeau's Liberals wear on: if elected Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau would turn Canada into a dictatorship.

This is the man who admitted he "admires China's basic dictatorship." It wasn't just a sarcastic comment - he seriously said that he admires the dictatorship because they can get things done quickly.

And it's becoming clearer that Trudeau not only admires the dictatorship -- he runs the Liberal Party like one too.

How else can one explain the police-enforced acclamation of Andrew Leslie as the Liberal candidate for Orleans? Even with hundreds of Liberals attending the meeting to show their support for another candidate (and former Trudeau leadership rival), it was clear from the beginning that Leslie was Trudeau's hand-picked favourite, and certainly wouldn't be stopped by pesky processes like "democracy."

Just the imagery of Trudeau's chosen candidate being selected with police intervention is scary. It shows that Trudeau doesn't just admire China's dictatorship -- he would practice one if he had the chance.

The nomination in Orleans is only the latest rigged "open nomination." Despite Trudeau's promises to actually, you know, practice democracy, at least a half dozen Liberal nominations have been rigged or tampered with through the direct intervention of Trudeau's office: mysteriously disqualifying candidates, changing nomination dates, paperwork going "missing," and using dirty "back-room" politics to ensure the leader's candidate is chosen at any cost.

But those are only Liberal candidates; surely Trudeau would loosen his grip on his caucus colleagues once they've been elected, wouldn't he? Unfortunately, no. The Liberal caucus randomly learned one morning early last year that their leader had come up with a new diktat: that all Liberals would be expected, no, required, to vote pro-choice. When Trudeau's pathetic attempted defence (that they were "the party of the Charter," obviously missing those small sections about freedom of conscience and religion) agitated more than a few Liberal MPs, he attempted to invent some weird "grandfathering" rule. But then he went back on that too.

The result is that Liberal MPs who dare question the diktat of Trudeau are being punished. Those who dare disagree have already been punished, resigned, or indicated that they won't seek another term in office -- at least not under the iron fist of Trudeau.

Or we can look to the expulsion of those kinda-sorta-maybe "Senate Liberals," who were unilaterally expelled (but not really) by Trudeau without the slightest consultation with the Senate Liberal leadership.

The Liberal Party under Justin Trudeau has become a dictatorship. The leader of that party does what he wants, when he wants, and no one dares question him.

Now that we know that Trudeau runs his party like a dictatorship, we must ask ourselves: is there any indication he wouldn't do the same as the leader of Canada?

Would a Prime Minister Trudeau arbitrarily whip the vote and outlaw certain moral questions? Could Prime Minister Trudeau be trusted to make decisions for the good of the country, not just for his personal self-worth? Would Trudeau call in the police to enforce his vision?

Let's hope we never have the opportunity to ask those questions.

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POLITICUSUSA

Published  5 months ago

While other world leaders attend memorials honoring those who fought and died in World War I, Donald Trump is sitting in his hotel room.

Trump and first lady Melania Trump had planned a visit to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial in France but backed out due to “scheduling and logistical difficulties caused by the weather.”

In Trump’s place, the White House sent chief of staff John Kelly and secretary of state Mike Pompeo. Apparently, only these two men could withstand rain.

Meanwhile, Trump is holed up in his hotel room presumably doing what he always does: Watching cable news and putting the finishing touches on some unhinged Twitter rants.

According to ex-Obama foreign policy advisor Ben Rhodes, the reason for Trump ditching the event just ahead of Veteran’s Day is bogus because the White House always has a backup plan in the event of bad weather.

In a tweet, Rhodes said, “There is always a rain option. Always.”

I helped plan all of President Obama’s trips for 8 years. There is always a rain option. Always. https://t.co/exZNlONQOp

— Ben Rhodes (@brhodes) November 10, 2018

Rhodes further piled on Trump for missing the event, saying the president is happy to use American troops as a pre-election political prop, but when it comes time to actually honor them, he hides out in his hotel room.

Trump will use the US military for a pre election political stunt but sits in his hotel instead of honoring those who fought and died for America.

— Ben Rhodes (@brhodes) November 10, 2018

Other world leaders weren’t afraid of the rain

It’s also important to note that other world leaders went forward with plans to visit World War I memorials, even while Trump said the weather made it impossible for him to do so.

According to Axios, “French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau all appeared to go ahead with plans to visit World War I memorials.”

Trump may blame the rain for ditching an event to honor U.S. troops, but it’s clear that he’s simply a lazy president who enjoys having the title and attention of the office without actually putting in any meaningful work.

RT International

Published  6 months ago

It's that special time of year when RT names the top 10 Russophobes of the last 12 months. This prestigious a list is made up of those RT believes have contributed to and benefited the most from the thriving world of Russophobia.

U.S.

Published  6 months ago

Robert Lighthizer was the public face of arduous, year-long talks to rework NAFTA, but as he savored a successful conclusion in the White House Rose Garden on Monday, the U.S. trade representative sin...

The Weekly Standard

Published  6 months ago

The tribalization of conservatism.

Fox Business

Published  6 months ago

President Trump says he rejected a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau; insight from White House trade adviser Peter Navarro.

The U.S. and Canada will likely wrap up negotiations about a revised version of the North American Free Trade Agreement this weekend after a month of tumultuous talks, according to a tweet from a Bloomberg News White House reporter.

The two nations are currently working to avoid a fight that could jeopardize $500 billion in annual trade, according to the tweet.

In late August, the U.S. and Mexico negotiated a new pact to replace NAFTA, snubbing Canada in the process. President Trump has also repeatedly suggested that he might leave Canada out of the new agreement -- which would be called the “United States-Mexico Trade Agreement.”

If Canada does not sign a new deal, Trump has threatened to impose steep tariffs on all automotive imports.

Canada is the second-biggest trading partner of the U.S., and Mexico is the third. According to The Wall Street Journal, the dispute between U.S. and Canada hinges on agricultural and media protection policies, as well as the installation of a system that would allow any of the three countries in the agreement to challenge tariffs imposed by one of the others. Peter Navarro, director of the National Trade Council at the White House, said during an interview with FOX Business’ Neil Cavuto that the current bilateral deal with Mexico will go forward in text form to Congress Sunday at midnight.

“The clock is ticking on Canada,” he said on Saturday. “There are negotiations that are going as we speak, we hope they realize that this is a great deal for all three countries. But at the end of the day, this president is not going to take a deal that’s not good for this country. And that’s where things stand.”

Breitbart

Published  6 months ago

The U.S., Mexico, and Canada came to a late-hours agreement Sunday to create a trilateral trade deal to replace NAFTA that is being deemed the USMCA, U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

Senior Trump administration officials briefed reporters late Sunday night on the new deal, just one hour before the deadline set to send a U.S.-Mexico deal to Congress.

The USMCA “includes ambitious new market access provisions for our farmers and ranchers,” according to the officials. It also includes provisions to make sure the deal does not get “stale and outdated”

Provisions address digital trade, establish groundbreaking intellectual property provisions, and combat currency manipulation.

“We think this is a fantastic agreement for the United States but also for Canada and Mexico,” one of the officials stated.

Officials pointed to a review provision as giving the U.S. a significant form of leverage to get people to meet the mark and keep obligations. They emphasized the U.S. is committed to “strong and effective enforcement of this agreement.” They said this reinforces that this is not just words on paper.

The deal is “going to change peoples lives and it’s going to make” America stronger and better, the officials conveyed. They said they are “very very excited about it over here.”

“Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called a meeting with his Cabinet late Sunday,” the Associated Press reported Sunday night ahead of the announcement of the new deal.

The U.S. senior administration officials told reporters on Sunday night’s call that the deal will be signed at end of November and will be submitted to Congress after that for the next Congress at the beginning of 2019.

POLITICO

Published  6 months ago

A public announcement of a new deal is expected soon.

Global News

Published  6 months ago

Trump says he rejected Trudeau's request for a one-on-one meeting to discuss NAFTA.

CNBC

Published  6 months ago

President Donald Trump claimed Wednesday that he rejected a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau this week as the countries struggle to reach a new trade deal.

However, "no meeting was requested" by the Canadian government, Trudeau spokeswoman Eleanore Catenaro said. It underscores the simmering trade tensions between the neighbors and rocky personal relationship between their leaders.

The Trump administration is scrambling to meet a self-imposed Oct. 1 deadline to strike a new North American trade agreement among the U.S., Mexico and Canada. Mexico has already signed on to a deal to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement.

So far, the U.S. and its northern neighbor have struggled to come to terms — and Trump is again using tariff threats as leverage to bring trading partners to the table.

"His tariffs are too high, and he doesn't seem to want to move, and I've told him forget about it, and frankly, we're thinking about just taxing cars coming in from Canada," Trump told reporters in explaining why he did not want to meet one-on-one with Trudeau at the United Nations General Assembly. "That's the mother lode. That's the big one."

"We're very unhappy with the negotiations and the negotiating style of Canada. We don't like their representative [Chrystia Freeland] very much," Trump added during a news conference.

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer

aims to issue the text of a trade deal with only the U.S. and Mexico

as early as Friday, two sources told CNBC. The framework would allow Canada to join the agreement at a later date, one source said.

On Tuesday, Lighthizer said the U.S. would "go ahead" on a deal without Canada. But "if Canada comes along now, that would be the best," he added.

The biggest remaining disagreement appears to be over Canada's dairy tariffs. Trump cited the duties in listing his frustrations with Canada on Wednesday.

The Trump administration also put tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada this year, increasing tensions between the countries.

As a candidate, the president railed against NAFTA, saying it nudged companies to leave the U.S. and punished American workers. He pledged to revise the trade deal, which took effect more than 20 years ago.

Most lawmakers have pushed the Trump administration to include Canada in a trade deal, and many have questioned the legality of moving forward without all three NAFTA members. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., has said a bilateral North American deal brings "serious" legal doubts.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other powerful pro-business groups have also argued striking a deal without Canada would be a mistake.

Update: This story was updated to reflect that the Canadian government says Trudeau did not ask for a one-on-one meeting with Trump.

I Love My Freedom

Published  6 months ago

Earlier today President Trump held a press conference in New York City after his United Nations meetings and touched on a range of issues.

As reported by ABC 7 Denver, The media had a lot of questions for President Donald Trump during a rare solo press conference Wednesday at the United Nations General Assembly.

For nearly an hour and a half, Trump spoke about a variety of issues, including canceling a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over NAFTA negotiations, having evidence of China interfering in the upcoming U.S. midterm elections, and possibly firing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Trump added he might also delay his meeting on Thursday with Rosenstein.

“Because I don’t want to do anything that gets in the way of this very important Supreme Court pick,” Trump said.

While addressing a range of issues the President also touched on how the Media treats him, others and the evolution of their tactics.

“I’ve had numerous accusations about me … They made false statements about me knowing they were false,” Trump said. When a reporter asked why the president always seemed to give the benefit of the doubt to men accused of sexual misconduct, he acknowledged that the allegations against him colored his response to the claims made against Kavanaugh. “It does impact my opinion … because I’ve had a lot of false charges made at me.” he said.

“This is beyond Supreme Court. This has everything to do with our country,” Trump said. “When you are guilty until proven innocent, it is just not supposed to be that way … In this case you are guilty until proven innocent. I think that is a very, very dangerous standard for our country.”

He then exposed several outlets personally.

Trump OBLITERATES the fake news during his press conference, calls 80% of the reporters in the room fake journalists LOL!!

This is my President! Can't wait to chant "4 more years! 4 more years!" and vote Trump again in 2020! #MAGA #FakeNews #TrumpPresser #TrumpPressConference pic.twitter.com/kX28FJW3aa

— Cali-Conservative?? (@CaliConsrvative) September 27, 2018

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Spencer Fernando

Published  6 months ago

BUT CANADA’S BACK!!

Justin Trudeau loves saying “Canada’s back,” as if it went somewhere while Stephen Harper was in power.

But apparently, the attendees at the UN don’t seem to be interested in what virtue-signalling Trudeau has to say.

Check out the photo and video below:

Take a good look at that photo. Literally nobody in the shot is actually looking at Trudeau. You can see people on their phones. You can see a guy looking at some paper. You can see some people leaning away looking in the other direction. But what you can’t see is anyone actually looking at him.

Below is the video:

What makes this even more humiliating for Trudeau is that the one person holding up a phone as if they cared about what Trudeau was saying, is a member of the PMO staff.

The lack of a crowd, and the total lack of interest in Trudeau’s virtue-signalling emptiness among the few people there, is something much of the Canadian media will never show you. They keep up the farce that Trudeau somehow has influence on the world stage – when the reality is exactly the opposite: Nobody is listening to him.

Spencer Fernando

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elderofziyon

Published  6 months ago

The Canadian Parliament recently passed a resolution condemning and investigating the so called "Islamophobia" as a preparati...

Spencer Fernando

Published  7 months ago

This has now become Trudeau’s most consistent tactic: Accuse his opponents of exactly what he’s doing.

Justin Trudeau is getting into campaign-mode, and he’s already pushing his favourite political tactic: Accuse his opponents of all the terrible things that he’s actually doing.

That’s exactly what he did on the issue of immigration in a recent town hall.

In response to a Syrian refugee thanking Trudeau during a town hall in Miramichi, New Brunswick, Trudeau tried to cast anyone who could question him as ‘fear-mongerers.’

According to the CP, Trudeau said, “When we’re faced with anxieties, it’s very easy to have those fears drummed up and exacerbated — getting people to point fingers and lay blame. But the kind of fear-mongering, the kind of intolerance, the kind of misinformation going on across the country and around the world is something all of us have a responsibility to engage with a positive and a thoughtful way.”

That all sounds nice, but here’s the problem:

Trudeau thinks anyone who disagrees with his immigration policies is “fear-mongering.”

Amazingly, the media often lets Trudeau get away with his deceptive rhetoric, often acting as if they’re reporting in an ‘objective’ way, while failing to include the essential context – including the fact that a vast majority of Canadians oppose Trudeau’s immigration policies.

Trudeau thinks that his view of immigration – which erases the essential difference between legal and illegal immigration – is the only possibly acceptable view. And as the election approaches, he will continue to accuse his opponents of exactly what he’s doing on immigration: Fear-mongering.

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The Impious Digest

Published  7 months ago

A Stanford University Psychiatry Professor named Dr. Christine Blasey has become the latest centerpiece of a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) plot to harm President Trump with her last-minute alle…

gellerreport

Published  7 months ago

Muslim migrant Ibrahim Ali, 28, arrived in Canada just three months before Shen was found dead in a Burnaby park. Outside the courthouse in British Columbia, a group of Canadians – including many people from the Canadian Chinese community – gathered to protest the murder of Marrisa Shen.

VIDEO: Woman In Hijab Throws Coffee On Canadians Protesting Murder Of Marrisa Shen

The media is doing everything to downplay it, while Justin Trudeau’s pathetic silence on Marissa Shen’s death – and the Syrian refugee accused of murdering her – continues.

Spencer Fernando, September 16, 2018:

Outside of a courthouse in British Columbia, a group of Canadians – including many people from the Canadian Chinese community – gathered to protest the murder of Marrisa Shen.

Shen was a 13-year-old Burnaby girl who was murdered, and a refugee from Syria named Ibrahim Ali has been charged with her killing.

Many of those protesting were demanding that the government be held accountable and give answers. People are also angry – and understandably so – about Justin Trudeau’s unwillingness to comment. Trudeau has been silent on Shen’s murder, a stark contrast from his willingness to comment on the Hijab Hoax.

Keep in mind, those protesting were surrounded by the media, meaning that the clip below is something that all the establishment media likely have on file. Yet they aren’t running it.

While people were standing outside the court, a woman in a hijab walked by, threw coffee at them, and then walked away:

That is assault. Yet the media didn’t track the woman down, and they aren’t reporting on it.

Watch what happened today outside of the court pic.twitter.com/UJfSzdtMo1

— swz2000 (@swz2000) September 15, 2018

The double standard by Trudeau and the establishment media in regards to Shen’s murder is appalling and it’s disgusting.

Not only is the government failing to keep Canadians safe, but they and their media allies are trying to deflect, distract, and really cover up what’s really going on.

This is why Canadians must put our trust in each other, get the truth out ourselves, and fight for the kind of country we want to live in, because those in power will never do that for us.

Free Speech Time

Published  7 months ago

Justin Trudeau explains why he is so obsessed with the religion of Islam.

He said Canada was built by "people from all corners of the world, who worship every faith, who belong to every cultural and speak all languages"

In this speech he promises that he will fight for Muslim women wearing hijab because Islam is part of Canada "Muslims built Canada and spoke Arabic in Canada".

Islamophobia is a made up word created by the Muslim Brotherhood specifically to silence debate.

Liberals and leftists in the West use the made up term "Islamophobia" to portray anyone who criticizes Islam as a "racist".

Sharia is not only a law, but also a government ruled by Islamic values.

Since the beginning of his term, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been constantly talking about "Islamophobia" which means fear of Islam.

It seems that Justin Trudeau is trying to limit freedom of speech by criminalizing criticism of Islam and the Prophet Muhammad, in countries such as Pakistan, Iran and Saudi Arabia it is called "Sharia blasphemy law".

There are already anti-hate speech laws in Canada, and there is no need to give Islam a special status under Canadian law.

Justin Trudeau is discriminating against Islam by giving it special treatment over other religions.

Freedom of speech is a fundamental right in a Western democratic state.

Shari'a laws and blasphemy law are incompatible with Western values. Trudeau ruled a failed immigration policy in Canada. Justin Trudeau took 25,000 Syrian immigrants into Canada. They were not brought out of Syria, they were brought out of a safe place (Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan) into Canada. They are not really "refugees". After Trump announced his "Travel ban", Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau wrote a post on Twitter and invited the immigrants to invade Canada illegally. Now Canada is facing an immigration crisis, thanks to Justin Trudeau.

In his foreign policy, the situation is even worse.

Canadian PM Trudeau stabs Israel in the back by funding an Islamic UN agency in Gaza

UNRWA's education program teaches children to be suicide bombers "in the name of Allah" and wage a war of jihad against the West.

During the 2014 war in Gaza, the UN found rockets and missile launchers hidden inside UNRWA schools.

Canada must stop funding Hamas schools in Gaza.

Every Western country has the right to defend itself, Canada must close its borders and deport illegal immigrants back to where they came from.

JEWSNEWS

Published  7 months ago

Justin Trudeau insists Islamic law isn’t incompatible with democracy. The American Center for Democracy disagrees. Who’s right?

Canada continues to support and implement Sharia Law.

The American Center for Democracy (ACD) quotes Imam Aasim Rashid of Vancouver, British Columbia, who spoke in October 2017 at Thompson Rivers University, explaining why the Canadian government wants to implement Sharia Law.

“I’ll tell you who wants to bring Sharia Law,” Thompson said then. “The Canadian government wants to bring Sharia Law and this is not a joke. Why? Because Sharia Law is simply the way Muslims are doing things.”

“The Canadian government wanted the Muslims to be able to regulate their own issues….to solve their problems amongst themselves [according] to Sharia Law, so it is not a burden on the court system which is already so bogged down.

“The government told us – we would like you to have this system, and we would like to work on these initiatives with you.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told CBC in January 2016 that “Islam is not incompatible with Western secular democracy.”

ACD, however, has challenged this assumption with various facts on Islam and Islamists:

For example, the Quran states that “Men are caretakers of women… As for women of whom you fear rebellion, convince them, and leave them apart in beds, and beat them (lightly without causing injury)…” (Quran 4:34)

In his book, Human Rights in Islam and Common Misconceptions, Abdul-Rahman al-Sheha writes that “the non-Muslim residents of an Islamic state are required to pay a minimal tax called ‘Jizyah.'”

He also notes that “Allah set the penalty of cutting the hand as a penalty for theft,” and says that “if the robber kills and seizes the money, the punishment may be killing and crucifixion. If he takes money and threatens but does not kill or assault, the punishment may be amputation of his hand and leg. If he kills the victim but does not take his money, he may be executed as in murder.”

https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/241567

LifeZette

Published  7 months ago

U.S. and Mexican trade negotiators proved the naysayers wrong by striking a new deal replacing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs Luis Videgaray Caso said Monday night on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle.”

“A lot of people thought that NAFTA would be over last year — early last year — and that there was no way to fix this relationship in a way that would be constructive to both sides,” Videgaray Caso said. “We proved them wrong through very disciplined, tenacious work and with a vision.”

President Donald Trump unveiled the U.S.-Mexico Trade Agreement (USMTA) Monday and touted it during a phone call with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, saying, “We’ll get rid of the name NAFTA … It has a bad connotation because the United States was hurt very badly by NAFTA for many years.”

Canada, NAFTA’s other member, has not yet entered into USMTA. But Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke by phone Monday, and the president plans to give Canada until Friday to decide if it’s in or out.

Trump intends to submit his formal notification to withdraw from NAFTA to Congress Friday, thus triggering a 90-day waiting period.

“It’s really significant. I think it’s a breakthrough, and it shows that two countries can actually get together and do a good deal — a good deal for both of them that is reciprocal, that is fair and will allow growth on both sides,” Videgaray Caso said. “It’s good for Mexican workers. It’s good for the American worker. I think this is a brilliant deal.”

The two nations struck the deal after “almost two” turbulent years filled with “great uncertainty” and tension, Videgaray Caso admitted, saying Mexicans wondered “whether we would still have access to the U.S. market through a trade agreement.”

Videgaray Caso said “what happened today is significant because we are guaranteeing that we’ll have a trade agreement with the U.S. We love Canada, and we want to have Canada as part of the deal. But in case — for whatever reason Canada is not able to join, we’ll still have a deal with the U.S. and we’ll move on.”

But Videgaray Caso emphasized that U.S. and Mexican officials “are going to work 24/7 to enable the possibility of Canada being part of the deal.”

National Economic Council (NEC) Director Larry Kudlow also told Fox News host Laura Ingraham that all the “screaming at President Trump” and complaints about “his tactics and his aggressiveness and his plain-speaking” from Democrats, Establishment Republicans, and mainstream media members alike came up empty.

“It looks like it’s paying off to me,” Kudlow said of Trump’s negotiating tactics. “He wants to get to the free trade, no tariffs, no nontariff barriers, no subsidies — that’s his goal. But you have to be tough to get to that goal.”

As for Canada, Kudlow warned, “If we can’t get a good deal, then [Trump] may well resort to automobile taxes or tariffs, foreign import taxes. The Canadians do not want that.”

The White House economic adviser added that “as the president has said, he’d like to have a good deal. But if not, he’s willing to go on the car taxes if he has to do it, OK? That’s his negotiating form. And look — you have to be tough, you have to be strong.”

Both Kudlow and Videgaray Caso credited U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and senior adviser to the president Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, for an instrumental role in striking the USMTA deal.

“Jared has been absolutely instrumental. I would say that we would never have arrived at this day without Jared’s hard work, his vision and just his courage,” Videgaray Caso said.

Kudlow added, “Huge, huge credit to Jared Kushner and Bob Lighthizer.”

Fox News

Published  7 months ago

President Trump won a major victory on trade on Monday, supplanting the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and replacing it with something far more beneficial. The new deal will help American workers and manufacturers. It’s also a win for Mexico.

One of the most fundamental parts of Trump’s campaign for president was his promise to change America’s deeply flawed trade arrangements. These deals left us with massive $500 billion trade deficits—a huge drag on the economy—and devastated forgotten communities across America that are dependent on manufacturing jobs.

Second only to the booming economy, Monday’s announcement of a deal with Mexico is the most visible manifestation of Trump’s fulfilment of his campaign promises. Last year, the USA had a large $71 billion trade in goods deficit with Mexico, owing in part to much lower worker pay. This new deal will limit Mexico’s ability to take U.S. manufacturing jobs by underpaying workers.

Another key part of the new trade deal increases the percentage of a car that must be made in North America to qualify for lower-tariff import into the USA. This will be a major boon to American automotive workers and that industry’s domestic supply chain.

Trump understood the simple math that countries with which we have trade deficits would have to come to the negotiating table.

More broadly, the deal vindicates Trump’s approach to trade, which has been lambasted by voices ranging from Wall Street to the national security establishment to the Chamber of Commerce, as well as mavens from both political parties.

They said nothing could come from Trump’s unilateral imposition of tariffs in order to get foreign governments to negotiate seriously. They said a “trade war” would be self-defeating.

On Monday, they have been proved wrong by an unmitigated victory for the USA.

Trump understood the simple math that countries with which we have trade deficits would have to come to the negotiating table. By definition, we buy more from them than they buy from us, which gives us the power any major consumer has over a seller. These countries also cannot afford to lose access to our $20 trillion economy—the world’s largest. Trump realized the power this gives us and decided to use it to level the playing field for American workers—unlike other recent presidents.

This victory will lead to others. The leftwing government of Canada, the other member of NAFTA, had refused to negotiate seriously, perhaps believing their friends in the progressive commentariat predicting Trump’s demise.

Canada’s foreign minister, Chrystia Freeland, spent most of her time on visits to the U.S. lobbying governors and congressmen rather than talking seriously to our trade negotiators. Her boss, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, even though it was a good idea to antagonize Trump at his failed G7 summit in June.

Canada must now return, hat in hand, for a deal. If not, Trump will advance the deal with Mexico and leave Canada behind. Today he again vowed to raise car tariffs on Canada if it refuses to revise unfair levies of nearly 300 percent on some American goods, among other unfair practices.

The European Union and China will also be greatly concerned about the Mexico deal—and more likely to negotiate seriously.

Europe last year had a $151 billion surplus with the USA. When combined with the fact that we pay for most of their defense through NATO, Europe has benefited greatly from past U.S. administrations’ willingness to let Europe leach off of American workers and taxpayers.

The deal with Mexico and Canada’s likely about-face puts pressure on Europe to level the playing field for trade or face higher tariffs. This is especially true of Germany, one of the world’s most export-dependent major economies.

The same factors apply to China, which is dependent on selling goods to the USA and stealing our companies’ intellectual property.

Trump has utterly flipped the script with China, which our elite effectively told us would supplant us economically and strategically, and with which we had to accept unfair trade factors. Now, China is reeling and American is ascendant. Those who bet on China over the USA chose poorly.

Looking ahead to Trump’s reelection fight in 2020, the win on Mexico and other likely victories will position him extremely well. Trump flipped states like Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Ohio from Democrat to Republican in 2016 by promising economic prosperity in part by improving trade deals. Delivering on that promise with plenty of time to convey facts to voters means his prospects for reelection look excellent.

Christian Whiton was a senior advisor in the Donald Trump and George W. Bush administrations. He is a senior fellow for strategy and public diplomacy at the Center for the National Interest and the author of “Smart Power: Between Diplomacy and War.”

Spencer Fernando

Published  8 months ago

Trudeau defends those who hate Canada and violate our laws, and then attacks Canadian Citizens who question him.

As we increasingly see, Justin Trudeau is the most divisive Canadian Prime Minister in at least a generation.

He regularly demonizes law-abiding patriotic Canadians, while defending terrorists, illegal border crossers, and those who hate what our nation stands for.

He tells Canadians who question him that they have no place in our country, he insinuates that Conservatives are the biggest threat to Canada, and he and his disloyal government ministers call their opponents ‘bigots,’ ‘racists,’ ‘neanderthals,’ and more.

And yet, Justin Trudeau is so hypocritical that he’s claiming the next election will be about him fighting against “polarization.”

As reported by Bloomberg, Trudeau made the comments at a rally where he officially announced that he would run in 2019:

“But unfortunately, even as my conviction in positive politics hasn’t changed, our opponents’ belief in the politics of fear and division hasn’t changed either,” Trudeau said in a speech that alternated between English and French. “Perhaps we can get the smiles of Andrew Scheer, but it remains the Conservative Party of Stephen Harper.”

“Despite the polarization we see going on in the world around us — the populism, the politics of fear and division — staying positive, pulling people together, looking for ways to emphasize our common ground, our shared values among our differences, is the only way to build a stronger country, a stronger world,” Trudeau said.

The hypocrisy is massive.

First of all, Trudeau doesn’t practice ‘positive politics.’ He demonizes Canadians while favouring those who hate the country. And as I noted above, he and the Liberal government regularly denigrate their political opposition.

Second, Trudeau is unwise to compare himself to Stephen Harper, considering that his own approval ratings are about comparable to where Harper was at the same point in time. Trudeau seems to be taking for granted that he’s more popular than Harper, which is quite unlikely.

Third, Justin Trudeau is the one who is spreading fear and division. In fact, the actual core of his “diversity is strength” slogan is based upon the ideology of identity politics, which is all about dividing people up into smaller and smaller groups, making them dependent on politicians for favours, and keeping the Canadian People from uniting under shared values. And while Trudeau brought up ‘shared values,’ he’s repeatedly demonized Canadians who want to actually say what those values are. After all, he’s the one who attacked the Conservatives for calling FGM and honour killings “barbaric.”

Justin Trudeau is using one of the oldest political tactics: Accuse your opponents of what you’re doing.

The more authoritarian, divisive, and fear-based he becomes, the more Justin Trudeau accuses others of what he’s doing. It’s the same thing the political class and corrupt media is doing to Maxime Bernier. The more Bernier talks about shared values and Unity, the more they irrationally accuse him of ‘racism’ and ‘divisiveness.’

Justin Trudeau is attempting to run the 2019 campaign based upon total deception and overturning of reality. That’s why his lies and hypocrisy must be called out at every opportunity.

Spencer Fernando

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Spencer Fernando

Published  8 months ago

Trudeau continues to escalate his anti-Canadian rhetoric.

Justin Trudeau has now signalled that he will keep demonizing Canadians who want our border laws followed.

After a woman in Quebec asked him if there would be reimbursement for the cost of illegal border crossers, Justin Trudeau accused her of ‘racism,’ ‘intolerance,’ and said she had “no place” in Canada.

And he’s doubling down on that disgusting demonization.

The CP reports that “Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is defending his treatment of a Quebec woman he accused of racism, calling hate speech and the politics of division a “dangerous path” for Canada.”

This keeps getting more and more disturbing.

The woman in Quebec was asking for something that is simply common sense: Will provinces be repaid for the cost of illegal border crossers?

It’s literally the exact same thing that provincial Premiers across the country are asking.

Yet, Trudeau is now calling those questions “racist” and “hate speech.”

The reason that is so dangerous is that the Trudeau Liberals love using government power to ban everything they define as “hate speech.”

This sets up Trudeau and the Liberals to move towards making any questions about his open borders policy illegal, silencing and even criminalizing the opposition.

And keep in mind, Trudeau has openly expressed his admiration for dictators, and is now using dictatorial tactics to demonize anyone who questions him.

This is a dangerous moment for Canada, as Justin Trudeau is clearly pushing an agenda that is designed to tear our country apart. He is weakening our country from the inside, erasing our borders, and seeking to silence the voices of the vast majority of the Canadian People.

We all need to push back and speak out against Trudeau – including warning everyone we know – before it is too late.

Spencer Fernando

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Free Speech Time

Published  8 months ago

Canadian PM Delivers Pro-Islam Speech at a Mega Mosque "The best community of Canada". He said Muslims should not thank him or his father, it is Canada that should to thank the Muslims who were kind enough to flee as refugees from their homeland and move to Canada. He thanked the Muslim community for their tremendous contribution to the Canadian society and for being among "the best" communities in Canada. This is not the first time that the Canadian Prime Minister visits a mosque, since the beginning of his election campaign he has visited dozens of mosques all over Canada to embrace Islam and the Muslim community in Canada. He is so pro-Islamic that he even condemns fake hate crimes against Muslims like the 'hijab hoax'....

thestar.com

Published  8 months ago

The prime minister warned that Ottawa would intervene with stricter federal regulations if the social media giant doesn’t address integrity issues.

Toronto Sun

Published  8 months ago

The Prime Minister finally found time after his vacation to visit Toronto on the Danforth and place a bouquet of flowers at the makeshift memorial for 18-year-old Reese Fallon and 10-year-old Julianna Kozis, who died in the mass shooting July 22 by Faisal Hussain.

Spencer Fernando

Published  8 months ago

Justin Trudeau’s international virtue-signalling continues at the expense of Canadian taxpayers.

Trudeau is giving $50 million of our taxpayer dollars to the Palestinians.

According to the Globe & Mail, $12.65 million will go to the Palestinians through the United Nations and other ‘international organizations,’ while most of the rest will go towards other NGOs who will disperse the money.

Some of the money will “help young female Palestinians build businesses,” and “address gender-based barriers to entrepreneurship.”

Of course, the question most Canadians are asking is this: Why should any of that be funded with money taken away from Canadian taxpayers?

After all, this is our money, this is the money earned and created by Canadians, and then forcibly taken away by the government. It should be going towards helping Canadian citizens and fixing some of the serious problems we have in our country, instead of being sent to other nations.

Additionally, a key reason so many Palestinians are struggling is because their so-called ‘government’ is more interested in spending money on rockets to attack Israel, instead of actually addressing the needs of their people. The Palestinian government should be stepping up and dealing with the real needs of their people – it’s not the job of Canada’s taxpayers.

Making this even more crazy, is the fact that a Canadian-Palestinian doctor – Tarek Loubani – “met with Indigenous Affairs Minister Jane Philpott on Monday to discuss the project – the latest in a series of meetings in his effort to get all of the federal political parties on board.”

The “project” is solar panels on hospitals in Gaza.

First of all, why the hell would the Canadian Indigenous Affairs Minister be involved in that? Considering the fact that many reserves in Canada are in third-world conditions, you would think that the Indigenous Affairs Minister would be focused on what’s happening here at home.

And secondly, what do solar panels in hospitals in Gaza have to do with Canadian taxpayers?

So, why is Trudeau doing this? Because he’ll score some virtue-signalling points and get to pretend he’s doing his dream job of running the United Nations.

The fact that he’s taking more and more of our money, sending it outside our country, and failing to deal with Canada’s real problems obviously doesn’t matter to him.

While Trudeau will never listen, Canadians must begin pushing back against the idea of taxpayer-funded foreign aid, demanding leaders in all parties pledge to keep our taxpayer dollars focused on Canada.

Spencer Fernando

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Big League Politics

Published  8 months ago

Toronto Sun

Published  8 months ago

With the new Ontario government of Premier Doug Ford announcing it will fight the federal Liberal government’s national carbon tax, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s flagship “green” initiative is in far more jeopardy than might be obvious.

Conservative Tribune

Published  9 months ago

As the United States deals with controversy surrounding its own immigration policy, its northern neighbor is now addressing a spike in border crossings by appointing a “minister responsible for irregular migration.”

According to Reuters, more than 30,000 asylum seekers have crossed into the country since the beginning of 2017, with many citing the harsher policies of the Trump administration as their reason for seeking refugee status in Canada instead of the U.S.

In April, an average of 85 individuals crossed the border into Canada illegally. By June, however, that level had dropped by about half.

Regardless of the cause, many Canadian officials have criticized Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for what they see as a timid policy that does not go far enough to discourage the continued illegal border crossings.

Much of that criticism has come from Premier Doug Ford and his supporters in the populist party elected to power in Ontario, according to the Toronto Star.

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In his effort to address the issue, the prime minister announced this week that Member of Parliament Bill Blair has been pegged to become Canada’s minister of border security and organized crime reduction. Officials also described his title as “minister responsible for irregular migration.”

Trudeau met with Ford earlier this month to discuss the issue of border security.

Following the June 5 conversation, Trudeau described his counterpart in Ontario as not “quite as aware of our international obligations to the UN Convention on Refugees as he might have been.”

He said he “spent a little time explaining how the asylum-seeking system works” and explained to Ford that the asylum policy is separate from Canada’s general immigration law.

“Canada has always had a separate procedure to assess refugees and to determine whether they are, indeed, fleeing violence, persecution and terror, or else they are simply economic migrants, at which point they would get sent home,” Trudeau said at the time.

The attempt to clarify, however, did not satisfy critics including Ontario Children, Community and Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod.

She revealed recently that the province would be ending its cooperation with Ottawa regarding the nation’s migrant crisis.

Placing the blame on Trudeau, McLeod said the prime minister chose to announce that Canada would welcome asylum seekers, paving the way for the border crossings that followed.

“He was the one that tweeted out that everyone was welcome here, and, as a result of that, we’ve had thousands of people cross the border illegally and it’s putting a strain on many of our public resources,” she said.

Simon Jefferies, a Ford spokesperson, shared a similar view in his reaction to the meeting earlier this month with Trudeau.

“The federal government encouraged illegal border-crossers to come into our country, and the federal government continues to usher people across the U.S.-Quebec border into Ontario,” he said.

Calling it “100 percent the result of the federal government,” Jefferies added that the policy has “resulted in a housing crisis, and threats to the services that Ontario families depend on.”

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The Globe and Mail

Published  9 months ago

Donald Trump and his Agriculture Secretary Sonny Purdue both said earlier this week that a deal with Mexico could come first, before one with Canada is struck.

Spencer Fernando

Published  9 months ago

There's still nobody there Justin... A while back, photos emerged of Justin Trudeau waving to a non-existent crowd on an empty airport tarmac. For many,

Fox News

Published  9 months ago

The U.S. media seems ignorant to the fact that President Trump is currently one of the most popular leaders of a major Western nation in the world today.

Bloomberg Quint

Published  9 months ago

(Bloomberg) -- Donald Trump and Angela Merkel got off to a prickly start at a NATO summit as the U.S. president blasted Germany over its support for a gas pipeline from Russia, prompting a tart response from the chancellor.

“It’s very sad when Germany makes a massive oil and gas deal with Russia where we’re supposed to be guarding against Russia and Germany goes out and pays billions and billions of dollars a year to Russia,” Trump said before meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday morning.

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Trump pressed on: “If you look at it, Germany is a captive of Russia, because they supply --- they got rid of their coal plants, got rid of their nuclear, they’re getting so much of the oil and gas from Russia. I think it’s something NATO has to look at.”

The broadside came at the opening of a two-day summit of North Atlantic Treaty Organization leaders that risks being overshadowed by Trump’s public questioning of the value of the generations-old alliance. The president, who is due to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Finland next week, has linked U.S. spending for Europe’s defense with America’s trade deficit with the world’s largest trading bloc.

Merkel and Trump will talk on the sidelines of NATO at 3:15 p.m. local time and White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she expected Trump to make his case about “Germany being beholden to Russia because of its dependence on Russia for natural gas.”

On her arrival, Merkel said Germany was doing its bit for NATO, and cited operations in Afghanistan as evidence it was helping defend U.S. interests. The chancellor, who grew up in East Germany, went on to stress Germany’s right to make decisions in its own interests.

“I would like to add on this particular occasion that I myself have experienced Soviet control over part of Germany,” Merkel said. “I’m very happy that we in the Federal Republic of Germany live united in freedom, and for that reason we can make sovereign decisions. That’s a very good thing, especially for people in the former east.”

Germany’s Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen responded more directly to the Nord Stream criticism in a BBC interview at the summit: “We can cope with it. We’ve heard him before and seen the tweets. We have an independent energy supply, we are an independent country, we are just diversifying.”

The combative rhetoric suggests this summit may follow the trajectory of last month’s Group of Seven meeting in Canada. Trump aired his gripes about trade with Canada before traveling to the G-7, and dramatically withdrew his name from the summit’s negotiated communique to protest critical comments by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after the meeting. Trudeau and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will both attend the NATO talks.

“NATO is an an alliance of 29 nations and sometimes there are differences and different views and also some disagreements, and the gas pipeline from Russia to Germany is one issue where allies disagree,” said Stoltenberg. “But the strength of NATO is despite these differences we have always been able to unite around our core task, to protect and defend each other, because we understand we are stronger together than apart.”

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu also took a pop at Germany, complaining that Merkel’s government withdrew its patriot missile system from Turkey’s Syrian border. When German Defense Minister Ursula Von der Leyen responded that it was a rotation and Germany stayed 3-4 years, Cavusoglu said: “Italy has been prolonging, like a real ally.”

debatepost

Published  9 months ago

After Trudeau nearly suffered a panic attack from Donald Trump’s comments, he was advised to seek counselling.

John Manley responded to give Trudeau some advice on handling the trade war between Canada and the United States, the Prime Minister simply doesn’t know how and doesn’t have any experience.

“I think that maybe Prime Minister Trudeau should consult with, I don’t know, a psychologist or somebody to say, ‘How do I deal with an important counterpart who has this tendency to narcissistic personality disorder?” said Manley.

But before Canada goes down in the dumps Financially, Justin Trudeau needs to step down.

If Trudeau takes the former Liberal Manley’s advice, he will have to resign as it shown he can’t handle high stress situations that are supposed to keep Canada safe.

debatepost

Published  9 months ago

It seems like Justin Trudeau wants Sharia law to be the law of the land for Canada eventually.

ISIS claimed to have to purest form of Sharia known to man, Justin Trudeau allows returning ISIS members to run free in Canada, coincidence?

(Free Speech Time) Sharia is not only a law, but also a government ruled by Islamic values.

Since the beginning of his term, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been constantly talking about “Islamophobia” which means fear of Islam.

It seems that Justin Trudeau is trying to limit freedom of speech by criminalizing criticism of Islam and the Prophet Muhammad, in countries such as Pakistan, Iran and Saudi Arabia it is called “Sharia blasphemy law”.

There are already anti-hate speech laws in Canada, and there is no need to give Islam a special status under Canadian law.

Justin Trudeau is discriminating against Islam by giving it special treatment over other religions.

Freedom of speech is a fundamental right in a Western democratic state.

Shari’a laws and blasphemy law are incompatible with Western values.

pluralist.com

Published  9 months ago

"I fear President Trump has put us in that position.”

​Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said Tuesday that she is open to using a law normally reserved for leaders responsible for human rights violations to impose retaliatory sanctions on the Trump Administration. Those sanctions would target the administration itself rather than the American people.

The Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act, also known as the Sergei Magnitsky Law, would allow Ottawa to impose travel bans and asset freezes on foreign leaders. Regina-Lewvan MP Erin Weir proposed the measure during a Question Period with Freeland earlier this week. Weir noted that the law might be particularly useful because Trump has "made himself vulnerable" by maintaining personal business interests.

"To apply further pressure," Weir said, "has the government considered retaliatory sanctions targeting the Trump organization rather than the American people?”

The Question Period came after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that Trump's rationale for new sanctions on Canadian steel and aluminum was "insulting."

According to the Canadian Magazine ​Macleans, Freeland did not reject the idea of specific sanctions of Trump's business interests, which reach 144 companies in 25 countries. "We welcome ideas from all Canadians on what should and what should not be in our retaliation list," she said during the same Question Period.

​The Magnitsky Act, came into effect last year, has been used against 52 foreign nationals in Russia, Venezuela and South Sudan and can be ordered when a "foreign national has materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material or technological support for, or goods or services in support of" corrupt actions.

Free Speech Time

Published  10 months ago

Justin Trudeau put "Islamophobia concern" above Canada's security, claiming ISIS terrorists be welcomed and integrated into Canadian society. Watch how quickly he pulls out an "Islamophobia" victim's card and claims that the Muslims are being attacked by the opposition, at the heart of a debate about returning ISIS terrorists. Canada must revoke the citizenship of Islamists who joined terrorist organizations. If they return to Canada, they should be jailed for the rest of their lives. It is time for Canada to adopt a policy of "Canada First, Canadians First"....

CTVNews

Published  10 months ago

OTTAWA -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called a byelection for the Quebec riding of Chicoutimi-Le Fjord, only days after pledging $60 million in federal funding for an aluminum-smelting project in the area.

Voters there will head to the polls on June 18 to elect a new member of Parliament, after first-term Liberal MP Denis Lemieux announced his resignation due to family reasons late last year.

Federal parties have been waiting for the byelection as the riding has changed hands several times and was hotly contested in the last election, as Lemieux narrowly beat out incumbent NDP MP Dany Morin by 600 votes.

That equated to a 1.37 per cent margin of victory.

But opposition parties have criticized the prime minister for making the funding announcement only days before he was due to call the byelection, saying the move smacks of cheap political tricks.

Trudeau announced the byelection on Sunday, three days after visiting the riding with Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard, where the two offered financial support for a $558-million prototype aluminum smelter.

The project, a joint venture between aluminum giants Alcoa and Rio Tinto, has been billed as the first carbon-free smelter in the world.

Several Liberal cabinet ministers and MPs have also visited the riding in recent weeks to distribute millions of dollars in interest-free loans to local businesses.

"It's not a coincidence that suddenly the prime minister and the Liberal government are paying a lot of attention to this riding when he did absolutely nothing in the last two and a half years," Conservative MP Gerard Deltell said Sunday.

However, Deltell added: "People realize that and recognize that, and you just have to speak to people about that. They will not be fooled by the prime minister."

New Democrats have also questioned the timing of the prime minister's funding announcement.

Liberal party spokesman Braeden Caley said the Trudeau government has made many funding announcements since taking power in 2015.

But he referred specific questions about the Chicoutimi-Le Fjord announcements to the Prime Minister's Office, which did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The Liberals have won the last two byelections in Quebec, which included stealing a seat from the Conservatives, but both the Tories and the NDP are hoping to make gains in the province.

The Conservatives have nominated popular junior hockey coach Richard Martel to carry their flag in the byelection, whom Deltell described as the right person to reverse the Tories' fortunes in the riding after placing fourth in 2015.

The Liberals have nominated local businesswoman Lina Boivin, while trade unionist Eric Dubois will represent the NDP.

Former NDP national director Karl Belanger said the byelection has special importance for New Democrats, given that the party held the seat before, but has struggled to make any waves in Quebec since the last federal election.

"There is a need for a good showing by the federal NDP if we are to be taken seriously in the next federal election," Belanger told The Canadian Press on Sunday.

"It's a seat we held. So symbolically, we need to regain some of our electoral footing. It seems unlikely for the Liberals to lose given the poll numbers and the fact that they held the seat, but you have to be competitive."

mcclatchydc

Published  10 months ago

A Houston-based online dating website has taken on WikiLeaks, bashing it on a global stage and seeking to discredit founder Julian Assange. Who exactly is behind the website? That is a mystery.

True Pundit

Published  10 months ago

Canadian publications and citizens groups are calling for a boycott of US goods in response to President Trump and members of his administration’s attacks on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our @G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that, “US Tariffs were kind of insulting” and he “will not be pushed around.” Very dishonest & weak. Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 9, 2018

But as Reuters reports, a consumer boycott of the US is much easier said than done. Still, the boycott push has gained momentum since Canada’s Parliament on Monday condemned Trump for his treatment of Trudeau. Trudeau himself has “kept a low profile” since the end of the G-7 summit, which Trudeau hosted in Quebec over the weekend. Publications like the Toronto Star have suggested a campaign of “empty hotel rooms and campsites.

When it comes to tourism, Canadians also comprise a significant proportion of visitors to the US. Hundreds of thousands of Canadian retirees winter in the sun belt – a region that stretches across the southeastern and southwestern US. But as much as Canadians love to boast about their beef, beer and maple syrup, it’s difficult to imagine a countrywide boycott of Pepi, Coca-Cola and other iconic US brands (how about the iPhone? Nike sneakers? Or Starbucks?) ever getting off the ground. Why? Because, at the end of the day, Canadians love US brands.

“To suggest Canadians are going to stop drinking Coke and Pepsi is a bit of a stretch, given we are so enmeshed in U.S. consumer culture. A bottom line impact is not likely to occur,” said pollster Nik Nanos.

“That said, this is going to be a massive headache for U.S. companies doing business in Canada, both from a public relations and consumer relations perspective.”– READ MORE

True Pundit

Published  10 months ago

Besides pushing the North Korean dictatorship to abandon its nuclear weapons program and working to remake the United States’ trade relationships with rivals and allies alike, American foreign policy in the Trump era has been consistent in another crucial area:

Relentlessly hammering the Islamic Republic of Iran for its support for terrorism and its own nuclear weapons programs. And despite criticism, there are signs it’s paying off, even among some Trump critics.

After the weekend’s G-7 summit of leading industrialized nations ended with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau engaging in a very public dispute with Trump over trade, that same Trudeau abruptly reversed his government’s course toward the mullahs in Tehran to one that’s much more in line with Trump’s position.

According to a report in the Toronto Sun, Trudeau’s turnaround was simply “remarkable.”

Led by a vote from the prime minister himself, Canada’s ruling Liberal Party voted in the country’s parliament on Tuesday to support a Conservative Party motion calling on the government to halt moves toward normalizing relations with Iran.

The same motion added the “Revolutionary Guard Corps to Canada’s list of designated terrorist entities,” the Sun reported.

Together, they amount to a denunciation of Iran. In other words, Trudeau repudiated his own foreign policy.

“It’s hard to understate just what a reversal this represents,” wrote the Sun’s Anthony Furey.

“Trudeau campaigned on restoring diplomatic relations with Iran, and this motion calls for the government to abandon its current plan and immediately cease any and all negotiations or discussion with the Islamic Republic of Iran to restore diplomatic relations. – READ MORE

The Gateway Pundit

Published  10 months ago

While Justin Trudeau was busy extolling the value of unfair trade between the US and Canada over the past month, Canada lost 7,500 jobs, according to the latest release last week by Statistics Canada. The latest employment report for Canada disappointed analysts, who, on average, predicted that Canada would gain 22,000 jobs for the month of May.

Canada’s economy remains lack-luster, with an unemployment rate of 5.8%, labor participation rate of just 65.3% and year-over-year GDP growth of just 1.3%. Meanwhile in the United States, the latest Atlanta Fed Estimate pegs the seasonally adjusted annual GDP growth rate at 4.6% with unemployment sitting at 3.8% and labor participation clocking in at 62.7%.

Following Justin Trudeaus snide remarks about the United States at the G7 Summit, President Trump

called him “meek and mild”. In the face of this pressure to lower tariffs against goods coming from the United States, Trudeau has vowed a hostile response to any measures taken by the United States to rebalance the trade deficit.

PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our @G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that, “US Tariffs were kind of insulting” and he “will not be pushed around.” Very dishonest & weak. Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 9, 2018

Stephen Mihm wrote in Bloomberg on Thursday morning, “If Trump continues waging a trade war, this will almost certainly lead to a revival of old-fashioned Canadian nationalism. The Conservative Party could readily use the conflict to ride back into power, toppling Trudeau’s Liberals, much as the Conservatives did repeatedly so many years ago.” Amid this stark Canadian political rift, Justin Trudeau, despite strong words, is negotiating from a position of weakness.

Conservative Tribune

Published  10 months ago

True Pundit

Published  10 months ago

Former Secretary of the Army Van Hipp Jr. took aim at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday, saying that in a firefight, he would not want Trudeau to be the guy assigned to watch his back.

During a segment of “Outnumbered” on Fox News, Hipp said, “You can’t count on that guy.”

Responding to Trudeau’s comments following President Trump’s early departure from the G-7 Summit, Hipp explained, “… I think what set this president off —he agreed to the communique, he gets up in the air, and Justin Trudeau pulls this stunt. Let me tell you something: If I’m in a firefight, I don’t want Justin Trudeau in my foxhole. You can’t count on that guy.” – READ MORE

dailycaller

Published  10 months ago

Director of the National Economic Council Larry Kudlow has suffered a heart attack and is now undergoing treatment at Walter Reed Medical Center, President Donald Trump revealed minutes before his summit with Kim Jong Un.

Our Great Larry Kudlow, who has been working so hard on trade and the economy, has just suffered a heart attack. He is now in Walter Reed Medical Center.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 12, 2018

Kudlow appeared on national television just days earlier defending Trump’s decision not to sign a joint communique from the G-7 meeting in Canada. Kudlow began his role in the White House in April and is 70 years old.

President Trump’s chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow accuses Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of undermining the US and its allies with comments he made at the G7 summit: “He really kind of stabbed us in the back” https://t.co/a4EN9qhTZD pic.twitter.com/gUlb3VrOeI

— CNN (@CNN) June 10, 2018

Yahoo

Published  10 months ago

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow was hospitalized Monday after an apparent heart attack.

News of Kudlow’s medical condition was made public by President Trump as he prepared to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Our Great Larry Kudlow, who has been working so hard on trade and the economy, has just suffered a heart attack. He is now in Walter Reed Medical Center.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 12, 2018

Kudlow, 70, had spent much of Sunday defending his own comments about the president’s appearance at the G-7 meetings in Quebec, Canada, and a news conference by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

“He really kind of stabbed us in the back,” Kudlow said of Trudeau.

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Fox News

Published  10 months ago

President Trump shook hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore shortly after 9 a.m. local time Tuesday.

CNBC

Published  10 months ago

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Patriot Beat

Published  10 months ago

The internet is abuzz with talk over Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s fake eyebrows.

After trying to attack President Trump at the G7 Summit, Trudeau’s apparently-false eyebrow detached from his face and fell off.

Former Governor Mike Huckabee wasted no time trolling the awkward Canadian Prime Minister, by suggesting President Trump implement new tariffs on FAKE EYEBROWS in a hilarious viral tweet!

The Gateway Pundit

Published  10 months ago

James Woods did it again.

Far-left Obama hack Ben Rhodes attacks President Trump on a regular basis either from his Twitter account or from his new spot on MSNBC.

James Woods had enough of Ben Rhodes on Monday and moved in with a kill shot.

Woods hit two birds with one stone and took down Obama and Ben Rhodes at the same time in a viral tweet.

Ben Rhodes attacked President Trump’s approach to fair trade with Canada and Europe.

President Trump upset the Group of Seven meeting in Canada by first agreeing to a group statement on trade only to withdraw from it while complaining that he had been blindsided by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s comments after he departed early for Singapore.

On Sunday night President Trump continued to defend America and take swipes at the globalists

Clearly Ben Rhodes prefers his former boss’s strategy of bowing to every foreign leader like a weakling.

Rhodes tweeted in response to Trump: The pathetic and embarrassing thing is that Trump’s approach will end up hurting our farmers, workers & companies while also surrendering our global leadership.

The pathetic and embarrassing thing is that Trump’s approach will end up hurting our farmers, workers & companies while also surrendering our global leadership. https://t.co/vevS6Cpd7v

— Ben Rhodes (@brhodes) June 8, 2018

James Woods broke the internet after he dropped a MOAB on Obama and Rhodes.

Woods tweeted: Your old boss would bow to a fire hydrant. Don’t talk about surrendering global leadership. In fact don’t talk at all.

Your old boss would bow to a fire hydrant. Don’t talk about surrendering global leadership. In fact don’t talk at all. https://t.co/D59VJbACcW

— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) June 11, 2018

OUCH! This is why we love James Woods!

Toronto Sun

Published  11 months ago

As we head into 2019 and the looming federal election, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau might just be wishing that 2018 never happened.

Edmonton Sun

Published  1 year ago

Maybe 2019 will be a better year than 2018, politically and economically.

When our editors asked me to write a column about the biggest stories of the year just past and predict the ones that will be big in the year ahead, I came up with two.

In Alberta, of course, pipelines dominated most people’s lives in 2018 and will do so again in 2019. That’s Story No. 1.

Whether or not we can get our oil to ports (and from there to overseas markets) is huge for the entire province and especially for the hundreds of thousands of working people and their families who depend on the energy industry – rig workers, engineers, geologists, surveyors, truck drivers, lawyers, accountants, investment specialists, refinery technicians, oilfield service suppliers, welders, plumbers, electricians and on and on and on.

And it’s not just in the West. Manufacturers, suppliers and service companies in other provinces employ tens of thousands of people because of the oil in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

In fancy terms, for us in the West pipelines are an existential issue. We don’t get pipelines, we don’t exist, at least not as we have for more than 50 years.

That’s why the nation has seen thousands of people in places such as Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie, Calgary, Nisku (just south of Edmonton) and Slave Lake organize peaceful rallies and giant truck convoys to protest both Ottawa’s and our own NDP’s anti-oil policies. Our livelihoods and lives are at stake.

The double frustration is that no other country’s national government seems actively to be shutting down its resource sector the way Justin Trudeau and his Liberals are. They are True Believers in the farcical fantasy that Canada can transition to a carbon-free economy painlessly, seamlessly and speedily, and that we will all end up tomorrow with well-paying, environmentalist-approved careers.

Just before Christmas, Statistics Canada released the results of a decade-long study of “green” industry and technology. Despite federal and provincial governments having thrown tens of billions of dollars at alternative energy and eco-friendly technologies (especially the Liberals in Ontario), just 3.1 per cent of the country’s GDP and just 1.6 per cent of its jobs come from the “green” sector.

And the truly revealing fact is that those percentages have changed almost not at all in the past decade. The federal Liberals seem to think it makes perfect sense to beggar the energy sector, which directly provides about 12 per cent of our GDP and jobs (and indirectly much more) in favour of the unicorns and rainbows of the “green” dreamers.

The second big story of 2018 is Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s clown-show tour of India. The fallout from that tour might turn out to have as profound an impact on Canadian politics as any other story this year. Millions of Canadians who admired Trudeau and his “sunny ways” saw him, finally, as the lightweight Mr. Dressup he is.

The India trip shook Trudeau’s credibility to a depth no other faux pas or policy failing has.

A lot of opposition attention has been focused on the cost of the trip (nearly $2 million) and the fact Canadian officials included a convicted Indian terrorist on their invite list for an official reception.

But what voters remember and care about is how ridiculously embarrassing Diva Trudeau’s constant costume changes were.

From that point on (February 2018), Trudeau has struggled to remain popular, so much so that the latest Angus Reid poll gives him a net negative rating of 23 per cent. Trump’s net negative is just 10 per cent.

If the India trip awakened voters from their Trudeau daydream and helps the Libs lose the 2019 election, it will be worthy of Story of the Year.

CBC

Published  1 year ago

Canada is among three Western nations that will accept hundreds of volunteer emergency workers plucked from Syria under the cover of darkness in a dramatic international rescue, CBC News has learned.

CTVNews

Published  1 year ago

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s principal secretary Gerald Butts has resigned.

More to come.

Thanks for the notes of encouragement to all who have reached out. @jodilhbutts and I appreciate the love and support. But public institutions are bigger and more important than any of their temporary occupants. Please see my statement. https://t.co/LkybmLiYbG

— Gerald Butts ���� (@gmbutts) February 18, 2019

JEWSNEWS

Published  2 years ago

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau brought more than 30,000 refugees to Canada over the last year and half , mostly refugees who fled war torn countries like Syria.

Most of those refugees were Muslims, some reports say 99 percent of refugees that came to Canada were Muslim.

Why didn’t Trudeau bring Christian or Jew refugees to Canada who fled rape, beatings and many more sufferings, Trudeau seems to hate Christians, he says: “Christians are the worst part of Canadian society” WATCH

Clarion Project

Published  2 years ago

The Obama administration collected lists of Muslim candidates for jobs in the Obama administration, according to previously unseen emails sent to the chair of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign John Podesta and released by Wikileaks. Podesta was also a former chief of staff for President Bill Clinton.

Dating from 2008, the email refers to a list of Muslim leaders vetted for top jobs within the administration (it does not provide the list). The author, Preeta Bansal, adds three points by way of explanation, the first of which is as follows:

“In the candidates for top jobs, I excluded those with some Arab American background but who are not Muslim (e.g., George Mitchell). Many Lebanese Americans, for example, are Christian. In the last list (of outside boards/commissions), most who are listed appear to be Muslim American, except that a handful (where noted) may be Arab American but of uncertain religion (esp. Christian).”

This paragraph has drawn the ire of commentators who see this as evidence that Obama’s White House was deliberately excluding Christians from senior positions. While that does seem to have been the case where this list is concerned, we do not know who, if anyone, was hired on the basis of this list.

In an ideal world, all candidates for government positions would be selected with absolutely no attention paid to their religion. Yet in today’s world, governments are under intense pressure to present to their publics a diverse staff representative of the populations they rule.

Having such a staff is also very useful to a government, since it means that those in senior positions will have a range of experiences and knowledge sets, thus broadening the government’s capacity to rule effectively and justly.

It is difficult to acquire such staffing by accident, especially given the historic injustices which have bedeviled the creation of an equal and meritocratic society, not only in America but worldwide. Therefore sometimes in order to gain a representative government, those selecting for jobs have to actively search out those of different backgrounds and take active steps to ensure they are represented in the government.

This is of course assuming that the candidates will be of the highest caliber and are able to perform their functions. Promoting people who are underqualified simply because of their background is foolishly shortsighted, since they will soon prove unequal to the task and cause resentment.

Furthermore, if the list is specifically designed for the exclusion of Christians from Muslim majority countries, rather than to increase representation of Muslims, this is unacceptable. We do not know, however, the details surrounding the list and its compilation. We don’t know what jobs it covered, whether anyone was hired and whether separate lists promoting other minorities such as Middle Eastern Christians was ever created or used.

Last year Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau was widely praised in progressive circles internationally for his appointment of a cabinet that was not only equally split between the genders, but also was representative of Canada’s diverse ethnicities.

There is no way that happened by accident.

Given that the government has the opportunity to tap pretty much whoever it wants from the best in the country for top jobs, there is no reason governments should not also take the opportunity to make sure those positions are representative of the population at large.

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President Trump has one international policy position absolutely clear: the United States will no longer tolerate being abused by bad deals and agreements.

After a weekend with international partners and European allies, Trump took to Twitter on Monday morning to echo his policy position once more.

“Just returned from France where much was accomplished in my meetings with World Leaders,” the U.S. president said before scolding allied countries. “Never easy bringing up the fact that the U.S. must be treated fairly, which it hasn’t, on both Military and Trade.”

Trump highlighted that the U.S. pays a considerable amount to European allies only to then have to have a trade deficit with them as well, a double cost that the U.S. is shouldering.

No more, Trump said.

“We pay for LARGE portions of other countries military protection, hundreds of billions of dollars, for the great privilege of losing hundreds of billions of dollars with these same countries on trade. I told them that this situation cannot continue – It is, and always has been, ridiculously unfair to the United States. Massive amounts of money spent on protecting other countries, and we get nothing but Trade Deficits and Losses.”

Trump then offered an ultimatum to these countries: pay up for the world’s best military or finance their own.

“It is time that these very rich countries either pay the United States for its great military protection, or protect themselves…and Trade must be made FREE and FAIR!” he said.

Over the weekend, President Trump was in France where he celebrated the 100th year conclusion of World War One with French President Emanuel Macron.

Politico reports that the weekend was not exactly the friendliest of exchanges as Macron and others took subtle jabs at President Trump and his “America First” ideology. Macron specifically jabbed Trump in his commemorating speech:

He seemed most at ease late Sunday afternoon, on the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, as he visited the Suresnes American Cemetery and memorial just outside Paris, where the stage and star power were his alone.

There, standing before rows upon rows of simple white crosses with a view of the Eiffel Tower in the distance, he commemorated Americans killed in “The Great War” and paid tribute to the way the U.S. fought alongside European nations.

“Earlier this year, President Macron presented an oak sapling from Belleau Wood as a gift to our nation — an enduring reminder of our friendship sealed in battle,” Trump told the audience, referring to the French president’s state visit in April. “We fought well together. You could not fight better than we fought together.”

From Macron to Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the message seemed clear: Trump is taking the U.S. in a more isolated direction, while former allies band together to reject him.

Before roughly 70 world leaders, Macron, for instance, criticized the nationalist movement that Trump has embraced and made a cornerstone of his two-year-old presidency.

“Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism,” Macron said earlier Sunday at a ceremony in Paris. “Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism by saying, ‘Our interest first, who cares about the others?’”

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First there was the historic provision in the new North American trade agreement providing protection for the LGBTQ community. Included in the proposed agreement is a requirement that the U.S., Canada and Mexico take steps to protect workers against discrimination on the basis of sex, including sexual orientation and gender identity.

Then after the LGBTQ provisions were made public, came the inevitable protests from congressional Republicans. Nearly 40 GOP lawmakers are unhappy about the protections for LGBT workers in the trade proposal.

These conservative Republicans in the House are demanding that President Trump drop the language which protects workers from “discrimination on the basis of sex, including sexual orientation and gender identity.”

To express their displeasure they drafted and mailed to the President a letter which was signed by 38 Republicans.

“A trade agreement is no place for the adoption of social policy,” the letter said “It is especially inappropriate and insulting to our sovereignty to needlessly submit to social policies which the United States Congress has so far explicitly refused to accept.”

The proposed trade deal, which Trump negotiated with Mexican and Canadian leaders in October, currently includes a provision that protects against discrimination on the basis of “gender identity” under that umbrella.

This is the first time language like that has been included in a U.S. trade agreement.

Insiders involved in the trade talks said that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pushed for the language to be included. Afterwards he reportedly called it a “big win” for the LGBT community.

The unhappy congressional Republicans, including the most conservative House members, believe that the term “sex discrimination” should not be extended to include transgender people. Therefore they are strongly objecting to the inclusion of the “gender identity” language.

Within the Trump administration there is disagreement on this point. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) says civil rights laws protect transgender workers, while the Justice Department (DOJ) does not agree. In fact the DOJ has rolled back Obama-era protections for transgender Americans.

The letter, sent on Friday, refers to a 2017 memo from the DOJ that said ” ‘sex’ is ordinarily defined to mean biologically male or female.”

“One wonders at the contradictory policy coming through the U.S. Trade Representative when other departments under your administration are working to come into alignment on sexual orientation and gender identity policy,” the letter said.

The U.S., Mexico and Canada, are scheduled to sign the new trade deal on November 30 at the Group of 20 summit in Argentina.

“This is language that is going to cause a lot of people to reconsider their support of the trade agreement, and to the point that it may endanger the passage of the trade agreement unless something is done,” Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) lamented.

If the Trump administration now tries to change the language, it would be met with strong pushback from Canada, according to those involved in the talks.

The conservative Republicans in their letter to the president also cited a recent New York Times report that said the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is planning to exclude transgender and nonbinary people from its legal definition of gender.

The letter refers to the controversial Times report as “encouraging.”

Trans and LGBTQ advocacy organizations are denouncing the proposed DHHS change, saying it would result in more discrimination against trans and nonbinary individuals. These same organizations were very pleased to see the protection language in the trade agreement and would strongly object to taking it out.

The Trump administration has been rolling back LGBT protections since Trump came into office. Including such protections in the trade deal is a great idea, and they should remain there despite the protests from the narrow-minded group of right-wing Republicans.

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