Happy 2018!!

I had actually started two previous drafts of my first post of 2018. The first had to do with Kathleen Wynne’s politically self-serving economic policies and the second was about the apparent Joshua Boyle-Justin Trudeau bromance.

But then I remembered a tweet that Rachel Curran had sent out:

And you know, no matter how bad things seem right now because our teams aren’t at the levers of power, it’s ok. We’re still here and we are in a great country. It’s our duty as Canadians to make sure this country stays on the right track but let’s not dwell excessively on the failures of our current governments.

Enjoy each day and grab that opportunity to engage with family and friends! Have faith. And listen to that inner voice nudging you to work towards the greater plan.

It will all work out as it should.

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98 Responses to Happy 2018!!

  1. Miles Lunn says:

    Agreed and I try to be hopeful this is the year conservatism starts to make a comeback. We still live in a great country, but I do worry the efforts past generations put in to make us great may be thrown away by future generations so its important to stay vigilant. Certainly having travelled to 50 countries myself, many which have much lower standards of living than Canada and some which are dictatorships makes me quite appreciative.

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  2. Liz J says:

    We can weather bad governments quite well in this country with our parliamentary democracy within a Constitutional Monarchy which never interferes but is still a stabilizing entity, a gate with no lock.

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  3. Greg says:

    Can we make that countdown clock move faster?

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  4. Liz J says:

    Nice, new Ethics Commissioner has cleared Morneau!

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    • Anne in swON says:

      That was Mary Dawson’s decision in her letter to Morneau dated Jan. 5. Her last day is today and the new EC starts tomorrow. I hope the FM appreciates her parting gift. Oh well, as the old songs say, “Two outta three ain’t bad” and there’s “One more for the road” still to be decided. Those old songs really date me but they were good ones and rather fitting.

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      • Liz J says:

        I just heard the news clip on radio as Morneau has been cleared by Ethics Commissioner, assumed it was the the new one. No matter, the rules are just too complicated for us ordinary folk to figure out!

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  5. Miles Lunn says:

    Seems like Wynne is doubling down on the minimum wage thing and going after businesses. I understand how people want to help the lowest paid workers and no doubt I think most of us would like it if they could get more. But if they lose their jobs, have their hours cutback, or prices rise by the same amount how are they better off? It seems a lot here on going on emotions rather than evidence. Yes I know some economists will say minimum wage hikes have never had negative consequences and can even be positive, but when has any jurisdiction anywhere hiked it by 32% in 18 months? Otherwise had Wynne say promised to raise it to $15/hour back in 2014 by raising it $1/hour each year or 75 cents a year that would give businesses more time to adjust and the negative problems would be less.

    Also most economists say the optimal minimum wage is around 45% to 50% of whatever the average wage is so in Ontario that would be around $13/hour. Also perhaps regional wages would make more sense as even $15/hour is tough to live off in Toronto, but in a small town in Southwestern Ontario you can easily live on less than that. I think what Wynne is trying to do is two fold.

    1. She wants to bring the millennials out in big numbers as that is her only hope left. She probably knows the boomers and seniors’ vote she is going to lose no matter what

    2. She wants to hold the 416 as that is the Liberal’s core area of strength so if that starts to crumble everything falls apart so at least if they can hold that it gives them a good foundation to work from whereas without that foundation they are finished. Rural Ontario will probably be the most hard hit by the minimum wage hike, but the Liberals have few ridings there and will lose the few they have.

    I just hope the public doesn’t reward them on their blatant political opportunism and I don’t think they will, but I always have a nagging fear they might. I won’t be fully satisfied until a PC Majority is projected on the networks on election night or if a minority then only when Wynne concedes defeat and agrees to hand over the reigns to Patrick Brown.

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  6. Liz J says:

    I wouldn’t even venture a guess as to who will win the Ontario election. The people have proven over and over goodies work, they vote on the what’s in it for me principle and Wynne is sure tossing out the goodies into the right corners. There are more workers than employers, calling employers who complain about her minimum wage increase “bullies” is a winner for her.

    Sad we’ve come to this, integrity, good management count for nothing. Scandals, and what many would consider corruption in the real world, are ignored at the ballot box.

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  7. Liz J says:

    Did Andrew Scheer do the right thing booting out Senator Beyak? Will this be the start of another series of problems with the Senate? It appears she is not going away quietly.
    People need to be allowed enough free speech to at least explain themselves, where they are coming from when they make statements.

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    • Anne in swON says:

      I wonder if there will be any calls for Jagmeet Singh to boot Charlie Angus from the NDP caucus over this tweet: “The Canadian people didn’t vote for Lynn Beyak. She has no mandate but uses the enormous resources of the senate to engage in race-baiting for her honky base. Will the Senate go along with this troll campaign or boot her from their old boys club?” Note the word “honky”. I took a screenshot for posterity. What’s sauce for the the goose…

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  8. fh says:

    I think that Andrew Scheer did the right thing. Federal parties must be fair to all people living in Canada. We do not improve our media by being afraid to do the honest and correct thing.
    MSM will always critize our Conservative Party. Not a word on PM Trudeau from the media.
    We all remember the orange juice.

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  9. Liz J says:

    Haven’t heard any calls to abolish the Senate since the defeat of PM Harper. No talk of Trudeau’s “independent” Senators.
    As for the NDP, do they care a whit about the Senate?

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    • Miles Lunn says:

      The NDP want it abolished. I think the thing that really killed the idea of abolishing it is Harper’s supreme court reference when the court ruled they need unanimous agreement by all provinces not just 7 out of 10 with more than 50% of the population.

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  10. ed says:

    2018 and the one-sided media continues. But, hey, everyone can smoke pot. It’s all about control!! Problem continues: uninformed public. Years ago, they spoke about the dumbing down of the education system. If only, people would come to their senses!

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    • joannebly says:

      It’s all about control!! You nailed it Ed. And if you believe at all in the threat of globalism by elites like George Soros then you can see it’s all in the playbook.

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  11. Liz J says:

    How far do we all have to go in fear of offending people or some group of people?
    A Scottish pub/restaurant in Kingston Ontario called “Sir John’s Public House” will now be called “The Public House” The old building in which it is housed was once Sir John’s law office, 1849-1860.
    The change was because a group of people protested outside the pub restaurant, including some Native organizations so they took old Sir John off their sign.

    How long before our history is erased completely?

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    • joannebly says:

      It is disgusting. And scary. Down the memory hole as in Orwell’s 1984.

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      • Liz J says:

        Holding people who lived in the 1800’s to our standards of thinking today is beyond ridiculous.
        Totally stupid move on the part of that Pub ownership to give in to threats. I’d have said if you don’t like the name, don’t bother to come in. We have to start somewhere….

        If the Indians want to dwell on past history they can look inward and rehash the Indian wars where they brutally fought and wiped whole tribes of their own people.

        I’ve never been more concerned, fed up or royally pi$$ed off than I am at this time.
        We need to pay more attention to what is being “taught” in our schools regarding our history.

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    • Miles Lunn says:

      As a private business they have the right to do what they wish, but if I were the owner I would not change it. I think one must take into consideration overall what someone did and so if it were Hitler pub or Robert E Lee pub that would be inappropriate and should change. But John A. Macdonald was the first prime-minister who founded one of the most successful countries on earth and so while I think what he did with the First Nations was wrong you have to put things in context. If someone today or even 50 years ago had the views he did that would be different, but if we use today’s views on political correctness that pretty much means every prime-minister prior to Lester Pearson cannot have anything named after them. Otherwise it’s not a black and white issue, there are clearly some cases where naming something after someone is inappropriate but others where it is not.

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      • Liz J says:

        It’s doubly confounding when Kingston was Sir John A’s home, it’s steeped in history. Are they going to expunge the place of everything to do with him?

        We shall wait and see but I would not be surprised at anything in this country under the present governance and the social engineers hard at work in every corner.

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  12. Liz J says:

    I noted your “Happy 2018” above, guess we can try, in our own little circles at least, but it’s getting increasingly difficult to do that and read or listen to the news.

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  13. fh says:

    Well the committee is finished Liberals vote 6 to 3!
    Mr Trudeau is to remain above the Canadian Law.
    He does not have to answer either in Parliament or to Canadians
    Are we ready Canada to ask Mr Trudeau to step aside?
    I hope we can bring a strong contingent to do just this.

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  14. Liz J says:

    Wynne has just what she wants going with her minimum wage legislation….lots of attention with people protesting at Tim Horton’s around the province.
    She’s also got a plethora of ads in prime time TV informing people of all the great services her government is offering. This is going to work to get her re-elected, there’s really no way Brown can critique any of her freebies. Deficit? What deficit?
    We are, well, to put it bluntly, screwed.

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    • Miles Lunn says:

      There are spending limits and if the government is using taxpayer money for partisan advertising we should ask one of the ethics commissioners and nail them on that. Also there comes a point where people just get sick of a government and it doesn’t matter what they do. I feel like the Liberals have reached this point, but I guess we will find out on June 7th.

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      • Liz J says:

        If there are spending limits they must be very generous, either that or Wynne has found a loophole and says it’s just informing the people of services available.
        Whatever, she is getting away with it and it might just work to keep her in power.

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  15. Anne in swON says:

    I, for one, am confused by this revisionism of well-documented history in favour of oral history as practised today. We’re told that we are living on stolen land as settlers even today. Beliefs and policies have changed with the times as knowledge and understanding have developed. To claim that we should be ashamed of everything that got us to where we are is unreasonable and dangerous. Look at where collective guilt has gotten Germany. John A. Macdonald was a man of his times. None of us goes through life without making mistakes, except those who believe they do. But in the case of the Kingston pub it’s throwing the baby out with the bath water.

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  16. Liz J says:

    What is it Liberals and town hall meetings? Is this something they do when they they are sinking in the polls?
    Will the reporting on Trudeau’s trek across the country doing the “halls” be well covered or will they be edited to make him look smart?

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    • joannebly says:

      Pundits seem to think it’s a smart move. Makes him look “accountable”. Personally it’s just more lipstick on a pig to me.

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    • gabbyinqc says:

      “What is it Liberals and town hall meetings?”
      It’s well orchestrated theatre. Even the so-called hard-ball angry questions are probably part of it, all designed to contrast with PM Harper’s tightly-controlled rallies. Reacting to “angry” questions about Omar Khadr or the Aga Khan vacation, Trudeau reminds the audience “See how we vet the questions?” In other words, supposedly NOT vetted, not planted, to show he exposes himself, vulnerable to criticism from average Canadians.

      Let’s face it, he performs well in such venues. having learned his lines and throwing in the occasional “unscripted” remark. Because Canadians pride ourselves in being “nice”, most of us (except those of us in this forum & other conservative blogs) lap it up.

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    • Anne in swON says:

      It’s all a massive attempt at deflection so the media can tell us how approachable and accountable our man is “outside the Ottawa bubble”. He couldn’t possibly have knowingly done anything wrong. If he was guilty do you really think he’d want to be here? It’s just more ‘face time’. What crime? Aga who? Morneau who? Boyle who? And then in reference to the Khadr payoff he says “I want you to be angry. I’m angry.” As if!

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    • Miles Lunn says:

      Anyone here thinking of going to one to ask Trudeau a hardball question? If he comes to Vancouver, I plan to attend and I will ask him a very difficult question, likely finance related (as he is probably the most economically illiterate PM we’ve had since his father). While this is show, I think it would be good to make things difficult for him and ask really tough questions so that is why I would encourage Conservatives to attend. A tough question and a weak answer by him would make him look bad. Try to hit him on finance related as he is poorly prepared there and I find unexpected questions which he hasn’t been able to practice for on script he tends to look bad. If you ask him a question he is expecting, he has probably perfected the lines, but ask him one he is not. If I ask him one I will be sure to throw out some stats or at least know them so when he gives wrong information I can counter it.

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  17. Liz J says:

    Trudeau was really doing his acting job well…showing off his emoting skills. I call it something else, arrogance, Liberal arrogance, they do it best, Ontario’s Wynne is another example.
    When he got off on his big scene answering the question about the Khadr payout, he said as a teacher he didn’t believe in rewarding bad behvaiour, assume he was referring to the questioner shouting and interrupting….some teacher.

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    • Anne in swON says:

      Sounds like an oblique reference to Khadr’s ‘bad behaviour’ to me. He has a unique way of minimizing serious matters.

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    • Miles Lunn says:

      I think his argument has essentially been he had no choice since they violated Khadr’s charter rights and you have to follow the charter no matter what. The Conservative position is the courts ordered Khadr returned and released, but never ordered a particular sum, otherwise on principle the government should have fought the idea of paying him a settlement in court (which they may have very well won) and only paid it out if they were forced to by the courts. Until the courts rule we don’t know which way whereas I think Trudeau was going on the assumption it was a fait accompli which it is not. True based on the history of the courts I suspect they probably would have ordered a generous payout but not fighting it showed he agrees with that. Also claiming he wants to save money is laughable considering how fiscally irresponsible the government is elsewhere.

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  18. Liz J says:

    I give up trying to count the number of ads Wynne is putting out on prime time TV, the latest a silly one about our carbon footprint where the ads feature people with very tiny feet.
    It’s an insult to the intelligence of some but I fear that’s not the majority given the way that party keeps getting elected with a majority.

    Have to ask, where is Patrick Brown these days?

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  19. Liz J says:

    Wynne’s timing on the minimum wage increase is perfect… for her. The full brunt of it will not be felt until well after the next election when people will realize they will be bearing the brunt of it by paying more for everything.

    It will have deeper repercussions than anyone can imagine at this point. Some will lose business, some will shut down their businesses.
    I note vegetable and fruit farmers who hire people seasonally are already concerned.

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    • joannebly says:

      Sorry your comment got stuck in the filter, Liz.

      It’s up to businesses and any other adversely-affected people to make it known how bad Wynne’s policies are. Letters to the editor are helpful. Also letting local newscasts know, calling into talk shows, etc. It all helps.

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      • Liz J says:

        I can sometimes use some less than polite language so maybe it’s wise to filter!
        There are a lot of business people lashing out, hope they keep it up.

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        • Miles Lunn says:

          I have mixed feelings on this. While I fully agree with the business community, it seems Wynne wants a class war. After the whole occupy wall street, it seems the soak the rich mantra has really become popular here more so than other countries. Quite sad as yes we should help those who are less fortunate but you don’t help them by punishing the more successful. I also think a lot don’t realize who bad socialism is and why it never has and never will work. There used to be a time when socialism was a four letter word and calling a policy socialist was a way to easily defeat it, but those days are long gone. In fact amongst millennials, more prefer socialism to capitalism which makes me very worried about the future. I have enough money I can always move elsewhere if things get bad enough so I am not worried about myself, but I am worried about my country and others who will get stuck in it if this happens.

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        • joannebly says:

          Liz, that’s funny. If Wynne or Trudeau get re-elected I think I will have a filter-off party. In mourning. 😉

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  20. Anne in swON says:

    How will the increase affect those people with several years of experience who may now be earning the same amount as someone with no experience? What does an employer do then? The repercussions could be massive.

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  21. Miles Lunn says:

    A bit off topic, but the UCP has come out with three draft policies that the NDP in Alberta is strongly going after them on. What are your thoughts. I will give my thoughts on each below.

    1. Return to the 10% flat tax from the progressive tax rates ranging from 10-15%
    2. Fund private schools at the same level as public schools
    3. Allow more private health care

    1. I am support the principle of a flat tax but with the huge deficit, tax cuts should only come once the budget is balanced. Likewise the 10% rate applies to everyone making under 125K so that means only the top 10% or less would get a tax cut. Alberta’s top marginal rate is the 2nd lowest in Canada only behind Saskatchewan although compared to the US only California is higher. I would instead just drop all rates once the budget is balanced with the top falling to 13% so once again the lowest in Canada and bottom falling to 8% so low and middle income Albertans also get a tax cut

    2. Bad idea. Private schools actually should have public funding ended outright. You want to send your kid to private school, the state should not pay.

    3. Support this, but probably best to give more details to avoid attacks of wanting American style health care. I like Brad Wall’s idea of for every paid MRI, one must be done for free. Extending this to other surgeries could help reduce wait times and would still be open to all.

    Alberta is more conservative than Ontario so the UCP doesn’t have to be as cautious as Brown does, but if they are too conservative it could help the NDP get back in. Alberta is much less conservative than 20 years ago as you have a strong generational divide and also a growing urban/rural divide too.

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  22. Liz J says:

    Not so sure where the political demography of Alberta is today. The Oil Sands has certainly had to have affected that demographic but to what extent is the question.

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    • Miles Lunn says:

      I think most oil sand workers were conservative despite a lot being from the Maritimes. I think it is more in the two major cities where you’ve seen a shift. It’s a mix of migration from other provinces and also younger generations who don’t remember Pierre Trudeau’s National Energy Program. I would guess with the median age in Alberta being only 37 (It is the youngest of all provinces) and their population being a million more people than since the 90s, probably only a 1/3 of the electorate today were adults living in Alberta when the NEP was brought in thus the anger towards the Liberals is not as strong as it once was. Alberta still nonetheless is the most conservative province in Canada, but not as much as it was in the 90s or earlier. In the long-run my guess is you will get the urban/rural divide where Rural Alberta will remain strongly conservative, the suburban parts of Edmonton and Calgary will become bellwethers rather than conservative strongholds like they are federally, and the central parts of both cities more left wing swinging between the NDP and Liberals like is the case with other big cities. Otherwise the same type of divides you see in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and BC otherwise today.

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  23. Liz J says:

    Sir John A MacDonald’s birthday was two days ago, January 11th. Did anyone hear any mention of it or are we now going to ignore the fact the man even existed?

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  24. Anne in swON says:

    The post national state referred to by Trudeau in the New York Times is moving along at a rapid pace. Canadian heritage is being steamrolled as the country acquiesces to the tyranny of the minority. My tolerance has reached its limit as these idiotic leftists kowtow to the increasing demands of anyone or any group of SJW’s with an axe to grind. How do we stem the tide? There’s no one ready to take the helm.

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  25. Liz J says:

    At some point we need the majority to rise up, stop cowering in fear of being labelled by the bully leftists. Waiting for a leader to stand up to them may be a long wait and too late in today’s environment, an environment we’ve allowed the left to create. It didn’t happen overnight, it’s been a creep.

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    • Miles Lunn says:

      I think much of the success of the left has been they try to portray themselves as being for the little guy. Canada probably more so than any other country is one where we tend to like whomever is for the weakest members of society and the left has done a better job of portraying themselves as being for the little guy even if they are not. I would argue the main reason for Rob Ford’s success in the liberal bastion of Toronto was precisely because he came across as someone for the average person rather than elites. Harper was initially successful for this reason, but towards the end the left did a good job of portraying him as being in bed with big oil (He favoured the free market not oil sector), being for the rich (another lie), and being anti minority and anti-women (also another lie). Trudeau was able to sell himself as being for the middle class and otherwise unless you were a rich white male like myself, he was on your side. What conservatives need to do is debunk this in that they are for average Canadians and also try and emphasize you don’t bring one up by pulling someone else down. The left seems to be all about to help those below, you have to punish those above when instead we should develop policies beneficial to all in that a rising tide lifts everyone up and a sinking one brings everyone down.

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    • Miles Lunn says:

      I also think we need to move beyond identifying people what group they belong to and instead just identify us all as Canadians. Trying to put people into different groups as the left does doesn’t really help bring about greater unity. Yes we should be aware of discrimination towards others, but in the long-run a colour and gender blind country is what we should strive for.

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  26. Anne in swON says:

    Lorne Gunter has an excellent column in the Toronto Sun today giving examples of the cost in dollars and cents of the recent wage hike to the average small business employer. He also states that governments are actually in need of the extra money they’ll get in their provincial coffers as a result. They know they’d face a backlash by raising taxes for everyone so instead they force small business owners to do their dirty work for them. http://torontosun.com/opinion/columnists/gunter-after-all-this-government-meddling-its-surprising-canada-has-any-entrepreneurs-left

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    • Liz J says:

      Really it boils down to a lose lose situation for small businesses, we will see many just close their doors and we all lose. It’s already tough enough trying to survive with Walmart and other big box stores. This is going to change the face of many small towns as well, could be the last straw. It will not show it’s full damage until well after the June election.

      I still think Wynne has some nerve calling anyone a bully.

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  27. Anne in swON says:

    From the Toronto Police Service: “On Friday, January 12, 2018, the Toronto Police Service requested assistance identifying a man involved in an Assault with a Weapon investigation. After a detailed investigation, police have determined that the events described in the original news release did not happen. The investigation is concluded.” This whole thing stunk to high heaven from the beginning. An 11 year-old child didn’t come up with this story without the help of someone older. The question now is whether anyone will be charged. How many other hoaxes will be/have been perpetrated in the name of M103?

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  28. fh says:

    WOW! This is not my Canada. This cannot be tolerated by Canadians. We must learn who the perpetrator was.

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    • Anne in swON says:

      There was also a brief mention of another alleged victim but that was given short shrift in the media. Whichever cowardly adult dreamed this up will be difficult to prove unless this young girl spills the beans which is unlikely because she would have to suffer the consequences at home. Whoever it was would have known the police would be unlikely to charge the child should the story be deemed false.

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      • Liz J says:

        That case should not be dismissed. It had fake written all over it and I do not believe the child dreamed it up…I hope I still have the right to believe that!
        Cases like this call for children’s services to check out at the very least, it may be tough to prove but at least they, or others, would not try try something similar again.

        Trudeau and Wynne made jackasses of themselves as well, must not have read the story, couldn’t wait for proof it happened.

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  29. fh says:

    The child was used mercilessly by someone. We must insist that the person be caught and punished. How does Mr. Trudeau believe this scam is OK?

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  30. joannebly says:

    The fakenews hijab story is disturbing on many levels. For one, why was the alleged victim’s name released in the first place? That almost never happens in assault cases with minors involved.

    Secondly now the police just want to sweep this under the rug without any further information or investigation. But there need to be consequences. Was the child put up to this? Why were politicians so quick to condemn the alleged assault without even suggesting that people wait until all the facts come out?

    At the very least there are many lessons to be learned here.

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    • Liz J says:

      This is troubling on so many levels it cannot be let go. Was this child being used by the parents? Where do we go with something like this when politicians jumped the gun and police are not laying any charges. It’s all wrong.

      We have a Charter telling us we are all equal under the law…this tells us some are more equal than others. It’s a very serious matter.

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    • Miles Lunn says:

      My real concern is when a hate crime actually happens people will dismiss it. This reminds me of the boy who cried wolf. Otherwise don’t claim something happened if it didn’t as the people you hurt the most are those who actually experience it yet people won’t believe it if one cries wolf too many times.

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  31. Greg says:

    Just saw on CTV (I think, it’s on the lunch room tv at work) that the minimum wage increase is going to cause daycare prices to go up. That might spark some negatives for Wynne. People may not care about paying an extra dime for their Timmies’s but most of the young people with young families already complain about the cost of daycare

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    • Miles Lunn says:

      Even better, Brown promises to cover 75% of the costs so it will be interesting if Wynne follows, but Brown will get credit at least. It seems much of Wynne’s policies are aimed at millennials and getting them to turn out en masse and vote for her. Be it pharmacare for under 25, tuition fees refund, or minimum wage increases, all aimed at that group. Brown seems more aimed at seniors with dental care changes and families such as childcare funding as well as tax cuts and lower electricity costs. So probably both sides reading the polls and Wynne realizing it is only those under 35 who she can dupe. Hoping by going left she can win big amongst them like Sanders and Corbyn did (both failed to win their races overall, but did better than expected). Certainly the polls seem to suggests her strongest support is those under 35 who either don’t have children or their children are too young to attend daycare.

      I also heard the PC’s have 200,000 members while Liberals are only around 20,000 so when it comes to ground organization the PCs have the superior one and that is key in close races as we will probably get lots of them and if you have a strong ground organization like Harper did in 2008 and 2011 you can flip those in your favour. Part of the reason Trudeau did as well as he did in 2015, is he caught up to the Tories in ground organization and his supporters were more motivated. I think with the minimum wage, this is a case of Wynne trying to trip Brown up as she was hoping he would rollback the increase thus allow her to portray him as against the poor, but Brown didn’t take the bait and instead will slow the increase over 4 years, but will not roll it back.

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  32. Anne in swON says:

    This is Trudeau’s response to learning that this was a fake “hate crime”.

    “We have seen an unfortunate pattern of increased hate crimes in past months directed towards religious minorities, particularity towards women. We need to take this issue extremely seriously as this pattern is a warning sign of increased intolerance. We are a country that defends freedom of religion, freedom of expression, and people’s rights to go to school without being fearful or harassed. This is fundamental to who we are.”

    Damned if you do and damned if you don’t. His agenda re: M-103 will proceed. Count on it.

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    • Anne in swON says:

      Tarek Fatah has an excellent commentary on the hijab and the hoax it inspired. http://torontosun.com/opinion/columnists/fatah-a-hijabi-hoax-that-fooled-canada It’s worth reading.

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    • joannebly says:

      Oh Trudeau has an agenda alright.

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    • Anne in swON says:

      Much of the blame for the rapid and intense dissemination of information about this alleged attack must fall at the feet of one Shari Schwartz-Maltz, TDSB manager for media relations and issues management. How and why did her office become involved? Did she contact the press and politicians? It was she who invited the young girl to appear on camera. What an irresponsible act by someone in her position. She needs to be fired immediately. However, there is fault to be shared by many more people, including Trudeau and several of his ministers as well as Premier Wynne and Mayor Tory, all of whom were quick to jump on the bandwagon to exploit this child and this incident to the fullest.

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  33. Miles Lunn says:

    I don’t pay too much attention to the polls this far out from an election, but some good news this week, Liberals 37%, Tories 33.8% and NDP 20% so Tories at highest seen so far and only 3.2% behind Liberals, narrowest gap for Nanos. More importantly this is a running four week average that includes the earlier polls where Liberals were 12 points ahead so maybe something is happening. In Ontario, the Tories have shot ahead 43% and Liberals at 39.5% so maybe a backlash to Wynne is spilling over? Certainly Trudeau (as much as I dislike him) is nowhere nearly as unpopular as Wynne so if the federal Tories are at 43% in Ontario, I imagine the PCs are doing at least as well if not better.

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    • Miles Lunn says:

      Also Forum has this for provincial politics http://poll.forumresearch.com/data/3908bcab-08a5-4256-ada8-5a5b0a04533aTim%20Hortons.pdf so if you scroll down to the bottom of page 4 and you look at the raw numbers you can see the PCs are well ahead. They still have to weight them, but it seems the whole minimum wage hike is not providing the Liberals with the bounce they were hoping for. Hopefully people are seeing this is a desperate government that is throwing everything they can to try and get re-elected. I don’t for a second believe Wynne would have raised the minimum wage is much as she did if she didn’t face an election this year or was ahead in the polls. This was not about good policy, this was pure cynical politics.

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  34. fh says:

    Does anyone actually believes this 11 year old girl decided to lie?

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    • joannebly says:

      I find this absolutely fascinating. Perhaps she accidentally ripped her hijab and felt she need to concoct a story and then all the adults ran with it? The real culprits here are the media, school board, parents and politicians who made such a big deal about it right from the start instead of taking a breath and letting the police do a thorough investigation first.

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      • fh says:

        Pretty complicated lie to cover?

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      • gabbyinqc says:

        To be frank, I often have doubts about reports of “hate crimes” against minorities. I wonder if such reports are not politically motivated, intended to inflame reactions.

        In this case, some people have suggested this scenario: the girl does not want to wear her hijab, wanting to fit in with her school mates. The most expedient way to shed her hijab without rebelling openly against her parents’ wishes was to concoct this story, thinking her parents would allow her to get rid of the hijab to prevent similar incidents.

        Plausible … but who knows, really? Far too many people jumping to conclusions without the facts, Trudeau’s tweets both before and after the incident a prime example.

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  35. Liz J says:

    Over-the-top reactions from the media is one thing but when we have our Prime Minister and Premier of Ontario, busy as they are trolling for votes, coming out so quickly to condemn us as a country, basically that’s what it amounts to, Trudeau lectured us, saying basically that’s not what Canadians are about. Incidents like this are definitely not what this country is about and it needs to be made clear, letting it go will be to our detriment. We are looking like fools.

    I have given up on the media, no surprises there. I also have never been so embarrassed for this country.

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    • Anne in swON says:

      If you go back and listen to the whole interview with this young girl you’ll notice a couple of changes in her speech patterns. Most responses appear to have been scripted and practised beforehand. But there’s one question that was unanticipated where she hesitates and uses the phrasing of a typical 11 year-old. Anyone who has dealt with children will recognize the change in phrasing. Justin Trudeau exhibits the same type of thing when he’s put on the spot with unanticipated questions.

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  36. Liz J says:

    Do not know how old her brother is but looking at the news conference picture he sure seemed to be enjoying the attention . No fear there. Where was the father in all this?
    This will no longer be talked about , the media messed up, the politicians messed up, jumped the gun , police say the case is closed so no charges will be laid. We may as well go off and whistle into the darkness.

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    • Anne in swON says:

      But the homeless man with known mental issues who wrote”No more Muslims” on a bench is not only charged but jailed. That’s Canadian justice in a nutshell. And then we have the PM who warns us that although this particular attack may not have happened we are a hateful bunch who have the propensity to commit actual “Islamophobia”.

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      • Liz J says:

        Exactly right, that is Canadian justice, some are more equal than others. Our PM has basically accused Canadians of being Islamophobic when he believed the story before any proof was presented and after it was revealed to be a big fat lie.
        The whole episode from start to finish is beyond reason. Fair minded people, which I believe we are as Canadians, would feel better if this was dealt with properly with apologies all around starting with the child and her parents. If they do not believe an apology is necessary they are not my kind of Canadians. We have all been damned by a fake story and our PM jumped in as a bit player to scold/lecture.

        Shame on the lot of them.

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  37. Anne in swON says:

    It seems that Shari Schwartz-Maltz, the TDSB manager for media relations and issues management who allowed this young girl to appear before a bank of cameras is the holder of a BA in journalism. I could find nothing to indicate any specialized training in anything related to the field of education or dealing with young children. We Canadians have been set up by those seeking to sensationalize a perception of racism that does not exist except in a few nutjobs on the fringes of society. Does anyone else sense a pattern?

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  38. Liz J says:

    Sad when even our political leaders came out swinging on the made up hijab tale before the 4 w’s of journalism and police investigation were known, effectively insinuating Canadians are racist or Islamophobic. This was an exhibition of the most crass, tawdry politics. It’s gotten to the point I cannot stand to watch or listen to them, it’s hard to even care anymore.

    Ezra has a petition going to have the matter dealt with further, good luck with that happening! There is a deafening silence, we have been had, made fools of. Case closed.

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    • Anne in swON says:

      Since when does a school board permit a journalist to makes decisions that involve underage vulnerable students in news conferences where their physical safety is potentially compromised? This is the height of irresponsibility of those at the top of the TDSB hierarchy which needs to be addressed. Was this the individual who initially contacted the press? Why isn’t anyone asking the school board this question? The uber progressive TDSB needs to be held to account for its role in this fiasco.

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  39. Liz J says:

    There’s another thing to consider when calling for repercussions for perpetrating the hoax, the lie and the doubt as to the source, the reason for it…the decisions made by school authorities across the board, the media and the politicians as well have done the damage.
    The child and her brother, her mother have been photographed and named, laws have been broken in a feverish attempt to lay blame where it will attract the most attention. Both sides should have known better, I do not believe there was good will anywhere in this fiasco.
    According to our leaders running off their mouths without proof, Canadians are the bad guys.

    The parents need to deal with this, lessons need to be learned.

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    • Anne in swON says:

      And so it continues: “CBC News Alerts‏Verified account @CBCAlerts

      Toronto police responding to report of hijab-related assault. Woman says man on bus pulled her hijab, then ran onto the subway.”

      Doesn’t it ever occur to CBC to wait for the facts to come out?

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      • Greg says:

        I would question why the Toronto police feel the need to report such a minor thing. Someone tugged on a piece of someone else clothing, so what?

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  40. Miles Lunn says:

    Forum along with Campaign Research have polls out in Ontario on the minimum wage hike and the results show the idea is quite popular with over 60% support and only 1/3 oppose, but is not helping the Liberals one bit. Campaign research oversamples Toronto so I think the PCs have a bigger lead and Forum is probably closer to the truth. Using Forum numbers it would be 88 seats PC (so landslide), 24 seats NDP (So official opposition but only 3 more than they have now) and Liberals 11 seats (so third place and it would likely mean Wynne losing her own seat which is even more sweet if true). Below in brackets are change from December so you can see it seems people have just had enough of Wynne and she can throw whatever she wants, the public at least if the polls are right aren’t buying it.

    Campaign Research

    PC 35% (+1)
    Lib 34% (-1)
    NDP 23% (+1)

    Forum

    PC 43% (+3)
    Lib 24% (-)
    NDP 24% (-2)

    Now these are just polls but I feel reasonably optimistic, but like anything won’t be celebrating until its over and the PCs win.

    On the topic of the Hijab fake news story, it was a dumb move, but I generally don’t get too worked up about it. Things like minimum wage change have a lot more impact on our day to day lives than does someone pulling off a fake news on a hate crime.

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