LibSpeak 101

This Federal Liberal government seems to have quite the knack for coming up with impressive euphemisms to downplay illegal and criminal activity.

The obvious example is their use of “irregular” vs. illegal border crossing of migrants coming into Canada from the U.S.

Now we have Ralph Goodale explaining that Tori Stafford’s killer is being moved to a healing lodge to help her rectify the “bad practices”  of her past.

Huh? First of all where is the healing lodge for the parents?

And secondly where is this all heading? The Government seems hell-bent to give every possible comfort to the criminals and let the victims rot.  Where is the justice?

To me this is just more politically-correct claptrap designed to intimidate people from voicing their opinions because we are so programmed to do just that. You must feel guilty for those thoughts and consider the plight of the poor perpetrator.

At what point do we finally screw up enough courage to yell “Enough!!”?

– End of rant.

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UPDATE

Manny adds a new one and sums things up here quite nicely.

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113 Responses to LibSpeak 101

  1. Greg says:

    The fact of letting this murderer out is bad enough, but Ralphie trying to minimize the act is in my mind worse. (Not worse than the original crime to be clear). He is equating murder and rape of a young girl to shoplifting, disgusting.

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    • Cara says:

      The Liberal speak on this is really quite nauseating.

      There is simply nothing right about this. Not one bit.

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    • joannebly says:

      And it was a particularly odious crime. It bothered me so much when all the details came out. Just horrible.

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      • Cara says:

        Indeed Joanne. There is nothing to excuse this decision. The tone of Trudeau in response to the opposition in QP was the most condescending he could have gotten. His claim of the Conservatives politicizing a little girl’s murder was rich. What I saw and heard were the Conservatives defending the victims of this crime and justice for Tory Stafford, as I would expect EVERY elected representative to do.

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  2. Miles Lunn says:

    My understanding is she is a in a minimum security facility. All those incarcerated who get 2 years or more (under 2 years are provincial correctional facilities) go to a federal correctional facility and what one they go to depends on risk assessment. Those who are highest risk go to maximum security, lowest risk go to minimum security and medium security falls in between. All murders start off in maximum security, but may be moved to minimum or medium depending on assessed risk as time passes. Thus unlike many, I would like to see the rationale why correctional services Canada felt this was the right move before stating whether it was a bad or good. On the surface seems like a horrible idea, but always want to see the full details. In terms of public safety minister overruling, this is a risky thing and should be done sparingly as I don’t want to see us move to mob justice.

    Our correctional system is based less on punishment and more about rehabilitation as most people incarcerated eventually get released and we want them to be able to return to society as productive members. That being said based on how serious the crime was, I tend to think it should be life without parole so while for most criminals, you want to do what is best to rehabilitate them so they are no longer a risk to society, I don’t think either of the two should ever be released. I think one of the misconceptions is prisons are for punishment when in fact how long you keep people in prison is more about keeping the public safe and only keeping them in as long as they are a danger to society but not any longer. The long sentence regime hasn’t been particularly effective although I do think for violent or repeat offenders it makes sense.

    So in sum looks like a bad decision, but I would want to see the full details on this. If she had been a model prisoner and the psychologist determined she was no longer a threat to society and fully rehabilitated it might make sense, although skeptical. It is important to know the other killer still remains in maximum security so it is only one of the two not both transferred here.

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    • Miles Lunn says:

      As for the veteran pension, I agree if it is a serious crime that should be cut off. I am fine keeping it while on trial since one is innocent until proven guilty, but as soon as convicted, it should be cut off and remain cut off until at least released from prison and if a serious crime like murder or rape for good.

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  3. Anne in swON says:

    John Ivison has it right for once. https://nationalpost.com/news/politics/john-ivison-for-a-child-killer-like-terri-lynne-mcclintic-there-is-only-retribution People like this should never again walk among us. There are some who can never be rehabilitated. She is one of them.

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    • Liz J says:

      For such a heinous crime there should be no such thing as minimum security or healing whatevers, the family of that little girl can never heal, their lives, their heats are forever troubled.
      What has the “Right Honourable Prime Minister” got to say about this?

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  4. Liz J says:

    This boils down to one thing, we are not in good hands with this Liberal government. This is one example, there are more and they are piling up daily. From the Prime Minister who really is not up to the job and to the likes of Goodale who has stayed too long in the game. Head nodding and bobbing just don’t cut it, he’s not convincing he knows what hes’ doing at this point.

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  5. Miles Lunn says:

    Off topic, but Quebec votes next Monday so any thoughts on that? Looks like a busy fall season for elections as we had New Brunswick last week, Quebec next Monday, Ontario municipal on October 22nd, BC municipal on October 20th and then US midterms on November 6th. In Quebec, I actually like the two main options so I will be happy with either a CAQ win or the Liberals getting re-elected. The only two provinces I would vote Liberal in are BC and Quebec and in both cases the Liberals are fiscally conservative unlike their federal or Ontario counterparts. In fact both CAQ and PLQ could be described as slightly right of centre so yes if more ideologically on the right you may not like either choice, but if you are only slightly right of centre or just simply want to keep the left out of power, it looks like that will be achieved in Quebec as neither the PQ or Quebec Solidaire are in position to win. True Quebec won’t join Ontario in opposing the carbon tax, but I’ve found on the environment BC and Quebec have a much stronger environmentalist movement than other provinces so not a total surprise. BC is in many ways a lot like the West Coast states which are quite green, while Quebec I find is more European than North American in its politics. In some areas like private involvement in health care and immigration, they are more conservative much like Europe is, while in other areas like taxes, size of welfare state, union powers, moral issues like abortion, and environment they are more left wing like a lot of Europe is.

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  6. Florence Engelbrecht says:

    The brutal murder of Tory Stafford is not to be dismissed. The murderer befriended the child’s mother. All our children need to be aware of this brutal crime and all the brutal details. Calling this exploitation is the most disgusting thing that the NDPhas ever done. The liberals standing and showing support puts them in the most disgusting category. The family must be extremely disturbed about the moving of the murderer to healing holding place for the rest of her sentence.
    Please send the murderer back to prison. This is a very manipulative person with a need to commit very violent crimes against children.

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  7. joannebly says:

    This is crazy!!

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  8. Anne in swON says:

    This woman microwaved a dog before she progressed to killing a child. Those are the behaviours of a psychopath. How could any psychologist or psychiatrist consider her a suitable candidate for a healing lodge where there are children and most likely pets?

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  9. Miles Lunn says:

    Also turns out she lied about having aboriginal heritage when she does not. This definitely looks awful and should be reversed. That being said I am torn on whether the government should intervene or not. If you look at this case in isolation, it is no brainer, this must be stopped. But for me I always look at the precedent anything sets and are the further dangers down the road and this is what makes me pause a bit. One thing we want to avoid is mob justice so in this case on its own it absolutely should be reversed, but the feds intervening needs to be weighed carefully to see if it would set a negative precedent or not. Perhaps a better way to handle this is to change the rules around moving people between facilities and perhaps require convicted first degree murderers or anyone declared a dangerous offender remain in a maximum security facility until they have served at least 25 years and if declared a dangerous offender then for life. That would be an easier way to solve this problem I believe. Otherwise instead of intervening in this case, change the laws so this cannot happen is what I think is the best solution.

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  10. Anne in swON says:

    Please go and read the heartbreaking letter from Tori’s dad to Canada’s prime minister. You won’t come away from it without shedding a few tears. I didn’t. Nor will Justin Trudeau. https://twitter.com/manny_ottawa/status/1045830883704369152

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    • Greg says:

      Her father seems to be a very strong person, I don’t know if I would have the strength to go back out into the media circus as he has. I don’t know how he goes on, losing a daughter, then being betrayed by his government.

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  11. Liz J says:

    Off topic but I am so sickened by so many women coming forward accusing men of sexual attacks going back decades. I had no idea there was so much of this going on, and all those many years ago. I must have led a very isolated life but parties never led me to any bedrooms or places where such attacks might take place.

    Sorry, I just don’t buy the latest coming out in US politics, it’s a gong show. It’s going to mean there will be fewer good people run for office anywhere, they could have their names and reputations forever tarnished by one accusation with no way of clearing it.

    In politics it sticks to accuse a Conservative, we had Patrick Brown, he went down.
    There’s no bar too low in politics it appears.

    Guess we have to believe groping is all part of meet and greet in politics too but if you are Liberal it had to be accidental, it was a different experience for the person groped than the groper, no harm done.

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    • joannebly says:

      I am appalled by what’s going on in the Kavanaugh hearings too Liz. There is not one bit of evidence – just her word and not even the people she says were there can remember the situation.

      This is a scary time in U.S. politics.The left is fearful losing control of the Supreme Court and they will do everything and anything they can to stop Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation. I may do a separate post on this sometime but please continue to comment here on this or any other political issue as always.

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  12. Greg says:

    Also off topic rant. I get the Fox News channel, it costs a bit more as a separate fee, but I think it’s worth it to get an alternative view of news in the world. Most of the Canadian ads that Rogers forces me to watch appear to be for CBC shows. Why would anyone, Rogers or CBC, think there is value in pumping CBC ads to a Fox News audience. A Venn diagram of CBC watchers and Fox News watchers would be 2 circles separated by a vast gap with zero overlap.What a complete waste of taxpayers money on advertising.

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  13. Anne in swON says:

    The best synopsis of the Blasey Ford ‘testimony’ comes from one Brett Blaikie in a comment below Rex Murphy’s column in the National Post.

    “The only one who testified was Blasey Ford and she played the reluctant witness who was “very afraid” may I submit this is not consistent with the character and experience of a professor of psychology who has trained in the depths of the human mind. And as an expert witness seems to have a uniquely unverifiable testimony, very open to recant due to time and circumstance should that be necessary, very difficult to “investigate” for the same reason – and by her own account a near miss with a minor – there is no prosecutable case here, only a reputation to be destroyed. As it surely has been; even as a skeptic quite aware of the motivations of a Democrat party obviously still under the influence of a bitter loss (and a bitter loser) the seeds of doubt are planted. Blasey Ford would know about memory synthesis, memory consolidation and almost certainly crowd dynamics. Even before the Hollywood Me Too movement a man was presumed guilty until proven innocent in these circumstances – at present it is a big red nuclear button, no password required – and the professor pushed it.”

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  14. We have a new NAFTA deal so good to see that was achieved. It looks like the October 1st deadline was just that so good we get in, in time and looks like a reasonable deal. We got to keep Chapter 19 which was a major sticking point, while much like what Harper did with TPP and CETA we increased the amount of dairy allowed in tariff free without dismantling supply management, which is what I all along expected would happen.

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  15. Ruth says:

    Some have said repeatedly that dairy products will not get any cheaper for the consumer. We didn’t get cheaper processing, cheaper packaging and retail costs, so the little bit of milk cost isn’t going to make any difference….but we shall see. Same with eggs…I imagine the egg carton costs more than the farmer gets for the eggs.

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  16. Anne in swON says:

    As Norman Spector notes, perhaps it was best that Ms. Freeland was kept in Ottawa this past weekend while the details were hammered out.

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  17. Anne in swON says:

    If Trudeau and Freeland had perhaps not insisted upon verbally poking the bear at every turn we might have come out of this without having to tuck tail between legs. Steel and aluminum tariffs, which did not exist before, are to remain in effect. Any planned trade with China must be run by the US and Mexico. So where exactly did we win? https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/nafta-usmca-key-changes-1.4845239

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  18. joannebly says:

    Whoa!!

    Fantastique!!

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    • Unlike most Liberals, I liked Philippe Couillard as he was fairly fiscally conservative unlike Wynne or Trudeau, but I cannot say I am disappointed with Legault as he is a small c conservative meaning over 2 in 3 live in provinces governed by small c conservatives. What a difference a year makes as it was only 7 percent at the beginning of the year while 2/3 Liberal, now Liberal run provinces make up less than 10 percent population.

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  19. Greg says:

    I suspect immigration was a big part of the change in Quebec. If so, it may be a factor federally next year as well.

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    • joannebly says:

      At least illegal border crossing. Trudeau better be careful.

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      • Cara says:

        So much for polls and pundits as well Joanne. It’s not just illegal border crossing I do believe as news of the give on dairy in our “new” but mostly old deal voters responded.

        This bodes VERY well for Scheer and the CPC fortunes in 2019 IF they manage this well. I believe that they can.

        I’m thinking that Gabby’s smiling this morning 🙂 We are in Ontario.

        Funny watching the coverage last night on CBC, CTV with the panelist trying to figure out what the heck happened.

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        • gabbyinqc says:

          “I’m thinking that Gabby’s smiling this morning”
          A bit late in replying to your comment … but perhaps I may shock you by saying I didn’t mind Couillard. A staunch federalist who supported bilingualism (as someone who speaks 4 languages, I do not think brain damage will result if one learns a new language at an early or even later age, as was posited years ago in the then-raging language debates) Couillard has managed to make Quebec a thriving province. Mind you, some people may think I am indeed brain-damaged because of the opinions I hold! ;-0

          Of course, Couillard’s not perfect, so for political expediency, he opposed Energy East. But every time I go out and have a look-see at my immediate surroundings, I laugh at those Quebecois who champion the rabid environmentalists’ cause. Why? Because I see the number of cars in my neighbourhood has tripled, if not quadrupled; because I see bus shelters full of litter when there’s a garbage bin just a few steps away; because I see discarded newspapers or worse left behind in buses. IMO, concern for the environment is not limited to pipelines, it should also include concern for our own little part of the world.

          So … I’m not unhappy about Legault but I’m sorry Couillard will probably leave politics. I do fear the rise of the extreme left Quebec Solidaire (from 3 seats to 10). The PQ, like its brethren BQ, had lately become more or less irrelevant, thus their poor showing.

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  20. Cara says:

    We can be thankful to the Quebec election results for moving Trudeau’s USMCA fawning OFF the news wires for a few days. I was listening to Peter McKay unpack the line items in this “new” deal and it’s really a loss for Canada on a few fronts made to look better by the usual Trudeau cheerleaders. It was a deal we were backed into, NOT one we lead. Not by a long shot.

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  21. Anne in swON says:

    Of Canada’s ten provinces and three territories only four remain under Liberal leadership. How shocking for the LPC, pollsters and the media to know that the rug is slowly being pulled from under them. But Trudeau – what a champ! And Chrystia Freeland – such a star! There must be a sale on rose-tinted glasses with cracked frames.

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  22. Cara says:

    So while the usual left-leaning media and cheerleaders for all things Justin Trudeau are in celebration mode tonight after their announcement today, they neglect to leave out one very important fact. https://www.spencerfernando.com/2018/10/02/facts-massive-lng-canada-project-was-approved-under-harper-not-trudeau/

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  23. Greg says:

    The hypocrite Trudeau seems to be basing next years strategy on……demonizing Harper. He spoke recently predicting the election next year would be the nastiest ever, and blamed Harper. Soldiers in the streets and billion dollar nuclear aircraft carriers anybody?

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  24. gabbyinqc says:

    I wonder if those who frequent the FOX news website http://www.foxnews.com can help me out. Until yesterday, I was able to view whatever videos were listed on the left-hand sidebar by simply clicking on the picture or the brief description below it. But since yesterday, all I get when clicking is a completely blank screen.

    Any hints or explanations? Thanks.

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    • Greg says:

      No issues for me – I’m using Chrome as a browser, also tested on IE with no problems.

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    • Anne in swON says:

      Same here, Gabby. I think the new Firefox update may be the culprit. BUT a l’il ol’ right click and opening the link in a new window worked for me. Fingers crossed!

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      • gabbyinqc says:

        Thank you, Anne & Greg for your replies. My browser is Safari. The only thing that works for me is copying the description of the content of the video & then google that. A tedious process.

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        • A little off topic, but what are your thoughts on the Quebec election. Do you see a strong rightward shift or was this just more people tired of the two main parties and wanted something different? It seems without the threat of another referendum many Anglophones and Allophones stayed home this lower Liberal support than expected. I was happy to see the PQ obliterated. Also with QS, while they didn’t come close to winning I believe they did very well amongst millennials so could be a threat down the road if they don’t come to their senses and realize their platform is a pie in the sky one.

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          • gabbyinqc says:

            “Do you see a strong rightward shift or was this just more people tired of the two main parties and wanted something different?”
            I think the latter. As I stated above, I was not unhappy with the provincial Libs with Couillard at the helm … but even my sister was adamant the Libs should go. The health minister Gaetan Barrette in particular came in for a lot of criticism. In truth, I did not see much difference in the health sector nor in education, which critics singled out as having been decimated by cuts. But that is just “prog” speak. Any time something’s wrong, it’s because more “resources” (AKA more money, more paper shufflers) are needed — not because people in the system need to work & use existing resources more efficiently.

            The CAQ win IMO does not indicate a shift to the right, as they got only 37.41% of the popular vote (Global News). According to CTV, voter turnout was “65 percent — down considerably from the 72 percent that cast ballots in 2014.”

            Anglos generally speaking drifted away from the Libs because they’ve been feeling “taken for granted” and incensed because of silly language ‘crises’ like this one: https://montrealgazette.com/news/quebec/bonjour-hi-english-is-not-a-foreign-language-in-quebec-couillard-says. Apparently some decided to go with the CAQ or even the QS (esp. the young, who think money grows on trees & should be distributed to them just because …

            So now already the main anglo talk radio station in Montreal & others are complaining about Premier Legault’s possible use of the NWC.

            “Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose”
            Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr, French critic, journalist, & novelist.

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  25. Anne in swON says:

    We taxpayers may be in the process of donating $4.5 million in the form of a pipeline to First Nations groups, according to Anthony Furey. ” “The possibility of giving the pipeline to First Nations (or at least a share of Trans Mountain) has come up at cabinet level,” a senior Liberal government source told Postmedia on Tuesday.” The Liberals wouldn’t be taking credit for improving relations with indigenous people while shifting the blame for whatever lies ahead at the same time, would they? Ingenious thought processes. https://torontosun.com/news/national/liberals-considering-giving-trans-mountain-to-first-nations

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  26. Ruth says:

    “The term “ambulance chasing” comes from the stereotype of lawyers that follow ambulances to the emergency room to find clients”. The PM just called Lisa Raitt and all the conservatives ambulance chasers in QP today. Wednesdays are very hard on the blood pressure when JT is in the house for all the questions. They really should keep him travelling somewhere.

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    • Greg says:

      See my comment a little earlier – it seems their strategy for next year is the same as every other year – make conservatives look like intolerant bigots if you disagree with anything they do or say.

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      • Anne in swON says:

        Liberals may want to engage in a little introspection. The CAQ delivered a strong beating to the provincial liberals in Trudeau’s own riding of Papineau. They received 47.3 per cent of the vote to the Liberal incumbent’s 23.1 per cent. The Liberals had held Papineau since 1981.

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        • Greg says:

          Agreed, I just don’t think they are capable of introspection anymore. Chretien was. Not the latest bunch. They have gone so far left their base thinks Karl Marx was a capitalist stooge.

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        • Actually Papineau provincially is a rural riding just outside Gatineau, not the same one as Trudeau despite name. Nonetheless agree with all other points. Trudeau’s riding is quite left leaning like many urban central ones but as we have seen winning those doesn’t guarantee a win overall.

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  27. Cara says:

    This is off topic but a glimpse into how our children through the public education system are being brainwashed into their stereotypes of right vs. left.
    This is not unique to B.C. either. Social engineering is ripe throughout the public education institutions of this country and have been for decades.
    https://globalnews.ca/news/4514623/kamloops-high-school-assignment-push-political-views-students/

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  28. joannebly says:

    Thanks again to everyone who comments here. We all learn so much from each other. I’m going to take a short break to enjoy Thanksgiving and family time but please feel free to weigh in as usual. I will catch up in a few days. The amazing thing is that in spite of anything going wrong in this country we do have each other and the faith that things will turn out ok.

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  29. Liz J says:

    And a nice Thanksgiving gesture from the Shiny one, he’s traveling west to tell dairy farmers they will be compensated for losses due to the “good deal for Canada” they signed on to with the US and Mexico. 2019 here we come, let the big bucks roll.

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    • Cara says:

      Canadian taxpayers shouldn’t HAVE to compensate anyone based on this governments bad decisions.
      Yes, the pre-election giveaways are starting early. Let’s just hope that somewhere there’s a LONG list of screw-ups and bad decisions on archive among bloggers and media types who actually WILL hold Trudeau’s feet to the fire.

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  30. Liz J says:

    We need to keep watch on our dairy product prices with our taxes going to compensate the farmers and what that will do for our already high prices at the supermarkets.

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    • joannebly says:

      Yes it’s a double whammy for Canadian taxpayers that also consume dairy. However I guess that’s the price we have to pay for a deal. Better than being shut out, but barely.

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  31. Liz J says:

    I’m still stunned at Goodale’s remarks, the assault and murder of a little child is beyond “bad practices”. It’s so bad the media need to ignore it, we will remember it and hopefully Ralph will retire from politics with his nice pension.

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  32. Cara says:

    Happy Thanksgiving weekend to you all. I’ll leave you with something inspirational to read. Have you ordered yours yet? We sure miss you Stephen!

    https://nationalpost.com/news/politics/exclusive-stephen-harper-book-excerpt?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook#Echobox=1538741913

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    • I thought his reference to the anywheres vs. Somewheres is so true. I would be an anywhere considering I’ve travelled to nearly sixty countries, now in Israel as we speak and have the income that I can move elsewhere easily so immigration requirements are the only thing standing in the way and for some like professors or other skilled professionals it’s only the immigration paperwork as they are guaranteed acceptance. But as he rightly points out most don’t have that option and those in power need to recognize this or you will get more Trumps and Brexits. Unlike what some claim on the left that it is income inequality, I don’t think that is fully it, I think it is rather a cultural divide between those who are benefitting greatly from the changing world and those who feel change is happening too quickly. In UK people living in Kensington have very different lifestyles than a person in a small town in Lincolnshire and likewise in the US someone living in Manhattan much different than a former steel town in Ohio or farm in Iowa, while using Ontario and Quebec it is Annex vs. As opposed to a small manufacturing town in Southwestern Ontario and in Quebec Westmount vs. A former industrial town in Centre du Quebec now replaced with many growing small businesses. Everybody understands the former as that is where the centre of power is, but the people in the former seem to be ignorant of the former and thinking solutions that work in their area can be applied everywhere and not surprising are facing a backlash. I feel a lot of the left wing elitist types see the somewheres as less evolved and even claim often they are voting against their self interest forgetting not everyone who is struggling wants the government to look after them, most want to succeed on their own and want government to stop putting barriers towards that.

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  33. gabbyinqc says:

    Re: the transfer of Tori Stafford’s killer.
    Let me first state that I would probably fall into the traditional, old-style conservative category, i.e. I still believe in capital punishment for serial killers and for killers of children. However, I realize the capital punishment door has been closed, especially since Pope John Paul II himself & more recently Pope Francis have changed the Church’s position on the issue. So, another unwelcome change to add to my list.

    Regardless … do I think Tori Stafford’s killer deserves to be still breathing? No.
    Do I think she should have been moved from maximum to medium security detention and finally to a healing lodge? No.
    However, here’s a well-reasoned argument for non-political interference in the placement of convicts.

    I find it disconcerting, though, that people formerly working with & for Stephen Harper are expressing views diametrically opposed to those of the current CPC. It makes me wonder whether the CPC did some research before taking up this cause. I’m sure Justin Trudeau will flash one of his notorious smirks in QP quoting from the Perrin op-ed, as he probably has done quoting another Harper policy advisor on the merits of a carbon tax.

    But, if the Conservatives wish to keep raising the question in QP & the Liberals respond that the convict was moved from max to medium security under the Conservatives, why don’t the Conservatives point out there’s a BIG difference between a medium security facility & an open healing lodge?

    And while they’re at it, why don’t the Conservatives point out that Justin Trudeau, despite his constant negative references to Stephen Harper, is now taking credit for initiatives begun under the former PM’s watch, to wit: The Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), the original Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the LNG Kitimat project, and the latest, the construction of the Gordie Howe International Bridge. Give credit where credit is due!!!

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  34. Greg says:

    On a positive note, the Nobel Prize committee has for once hit a couple of home runs. Congratulations to Donna Strickland from my old UofW for winning the physics prize. (The most prestigious of all in my opinion). They also hit a winner in the peace prize for a change by awarding Yazidi women for their struggle against war being used to abuse and enslave women. No word on whether Justin Trudeau will protest this award that denigrates returning ISIS members who will ‘make great contributions to Canadian society’

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  35. ed says:

    joannebly says:
    September 28, 2018 at 6:48 am

    The Trudeau government exceeded my worst fears.

    Wow, you’ve got that right!! Great statement, worthwhile to repeat it going forward. Yeah, he’s even worse than we thought. Too bad those who voted him in did not realize that.
    Not surprised by the CAQ majority. I laugh at the so-called media experts who confidently predicted a Liberal win. Another example of the wisdom of the people when it comes down to it, at least in this case. I believe the people of Quebec want the migrants but they want it done properly unlike the mess at the federal level. BTW, we have a provincial Conservative party now. Finally, a federal party. We had Conservative signs up in our riding as well. Well, it’s a beginning.

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    • I hate to say it, but Trudeau’s been exactly as I expected he would be not worse. I guess living heavily amongst those who share his SJW agenda, think government can solve all problems I kind of saw what was coming. But if the most recent provincial elections say anything it seems those areas where such views are popular are not nearly enough to win so hopefully the Liberal ridings outside the urban cores, which will always go left wing no matter what, will flip. I feel like him or not, Chretien had a good political antennae and understood those outside urban cores and could pivot as things changed whereas Trudeau seems quite stubborn and unwilling to change. Hopefully this prevents him from being in power as long as Chretien was.

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      • I think a lot who voted Liberal however thought Trudeau would be like Chretien/Martin not NDP lite. And I think most of us understand conservatives won’t win every election so having someone like Chretien or Martin we may not like but can live with unlike Trudeau.

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        • Liz J says:

          I often wonder if those who voted for Trudeau thought at all!

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          • I think most did, a lot of people were just tired of Harper so it was more about defeating Harper than electing Trudeau. As the old age saying goes, governments don’t get elected they defeat themselves. Also around 2015 it seems there was a real leftward swing, think Ontario 2014, New Brunswick 2014, and Alberta 2015 and all of those won on higher taxes for the rich, running deficits, and a more activist government. I do think though support for both have subsided a bit. First was in reaction to occupy wall street and concerns about income inequality, but since the needle hasn’t moved on that since seems still a concern, but not top anymore. On deficits most wanted small deficits to stimulate the economy not runaway ones even when the economy is operating at full speed so as we saw in the Ontario election this became a liability for the NDP and Liberals.

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          • Cara says:

            If they thought at all it wasn’t anything to do with the future of this country or how they intend to pay for their lofty ideas.

            Too many bought into what Trudeau was peddling NDP ideals and he continues to eat their lunch.

            No liberal again for a long while would be my choice. Our country can’t afford this bunch.

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  36. Liz J says:

    Turkey and Blessings to all here on this Thanksgiving weekend.

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  37. Liz J says:

    The Clintons are coming, the Clintons are coming! Bill and Hillary are coming to Toronto, friendly and adoring territory. It’s apparently a talking tour, what about I don’t know, don’t care. I’m interested in how our Liberals will react, the Clinton’s are political animals, don’t have the class to retire gracefully.
    The media will not ask them about the Kananaugh circus, that would be a touchy subject, Bill might feel a tad uncomfortable. Or will they? Any bets?

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    • Greg says:

      Liberals and liberals have no sense of irony. They ll fork out hundreds per ticket to see Bill and his enabler Hillary.

      On a lighter note, i was at a 50th anniversary party last week for an old coworker and still good friend of my wife. Her friend Hillary married this guy named Bill 50 years ago.

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      • Cara says:

        You’re right, and of course the usual Liberals and liberals will lap it up and hang on it for a 24 hour news cycle – more if they milk it.

        I guess we’ve forgiven Justin of his groping and all is well with the world?

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  38. Anne in swON says:

    I see the U.N. and the I.P.P.C. are attempting to come to Trudeau’s aid on the climate change/carbon tax file pitting themselves against Canada’s recalcitrant, (mainly) conservative, provincial governments and their respective sceptical citizenry. They’re even going so far as to use the suspect Nobel prize-winning economist to push the point. The problem I have with his carbon tax theory is the fact this economist states, “All we need to do is create some incentives that get people going in that direction, and that we don’t know exactly what solution will come out of it — but we’ll make big progress.” Hang the unknown financial and societal costs – just DO IT is hardly convincing. https://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/as-it-happens-monday-edition-1.4843029/nobel-prize-winning-economist-says-carbon-taxes-are-the-solution-to-climate-change-1.4854639

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    • joannebly says:

      “Recalcitrant” – Had to look that one up. Now added to my list of words to try to use. 😉

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    • Cara says:

      Did you happen to see our Enviro. Minister on Power Play last evening? She was almost shouting at Don Martin about those nasty conservatives who don’t care about pollution. I don’t think Don bought her spin but man, she was spitting out those words so fast Don couldn’t get a word in edgewise. It was quite the performance as she was sitting their in the Calgary studio where just the night before 1500 conservatives gathered to protest the carbon tax glut.

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      • Liz J says:

        Sorry, not sorry I missed Climate Barbie, she ups my blood pressure. Rather than being informative she is running about accusing which means she really doesn’t know a fig pit about her file.
        Actually. I find her to be one of the more obnoxious MP’s among the Liberal lot and that is really going some with Ralphie G and Justin T. Pathetic really.

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      • Anne in swON says:

        I caught it and I have to admit she and her valley girl accent and speech patterns get on my last nerve. Wasn’t she raised in Canada? Then again I was almost grateful to be gifted some Canadian content since we’ve been inundated of late with American news. I can now name more US Supreme Court justices than I can Canadian ones. Norman Spector @nspector4 explains this phenomenon thusly: “One reason we have so much US news in #cdnmedia is that it doesn’t require any Canadian reporting and therefore is cheap.” I think it’s an election tactic to besmirch anyone conservative in the US in the hopes the fallout will carry over and infect Canadian politics similarly.

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  39. Cara says:

    This is a rude awakening for Canadians and based solely on the “Trudeau effect”. Don’t worry though the usual suspects and the media party will only be too glad to soften Justin’s landing.
    https://business.financialpost.com/opinion/the-trudeau-effect-dragging-down-canadas-stock-markets-just-got-much-much-worse

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  40. Cara says:

    Here’s something bound to life our spirits from the Wall St. Journal no less.
    https://www.wsj.com/articles/justin-trudeaus-canada-turns-right-1539125479

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  41. Liz J says:

    Trudeau will be remembered for legalizing pot, his socks, hair and all around shine will long be forgotten. Pot use is something that will take some time to show benefits and damage to health so it could go either way for Trudeau.

    Since it being legal on October 17th I jokingly said I would have an excuse to throw a pot party but after hearing Mark Emory list off it’s health benefits I may have to ponder it further!
    Mark says it prevents, stroke, high blood pressure, cancer, dementia,depression….what’s to lose?

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  42. Anne in swON says:

    The Ethics Commissioner is ‘considering’ looking into the matter of robocalls made by Liberal MP Anita Vandenbeld in support of her husband who is running to be a city councillor. “The call does seem to comply with Ottawa election rules, and the costs were paid for by Dransfield’s campaign.

    However, the conflict of interest code for members of the House of Commons states that an MP “shall not use his or her position as a member to influence a decision of another person so as to further the the member’s private interests or those of a member of his or her family.”

    The position of Ottawa city councillor comes with a $100,000 salary.” Even though she is a member of the ethics committee it apparently never occurred to Ms. Vandenbeld to consult with the commissioner’s office beforehand. It sure makes you wonder. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/mp-anita-vendenbeld-robocall-husband-election-1.4859361

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  43. Liz J says:

    Great distraction Trudeau has going into the 2019 election. We can’t let marijuana take over from the real mess his government is doing on several files. We are not in good hands, let’s not let the haze of pot smoke cloud our thinking in the countdown to election day.

    Wonder what Climate Barbie has to say about that kind of pollution?

    If cigarettes can create second hand smoke problems how is this drug going to fare in that department?

    Guess it’s just one of those things, don’t worry, be happy in a haze of smoke! The only question is to vape or dry puff!

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  44. Anne in swON says:

    Well, well, well, lookee here – Chrystia Freeland has just announced the appointments of two consul generals. Joe Comartin goes to Detroit and Zaib Shaick goes to Los Angeles. We all remember Joe Comartin but who is Mr. Shaick and why should we care? Well, he just happens to be married to this woman: “Kirstine Stewart is a media executive and is currently the president and chief revenue officer of TribalScale. She was formerly the head of English language services at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, vice-president of media at Twitter, and chief strategy officer of Diply.” We can’t say we weren’t warned. CBC and Twitter, hmm?

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  45. Anne in swON says:

    Excellent full length video interview from the Toronto Sun: “The former Prime Minister sat down with Anthony Furey for his first Canadian on-camera interview since 2015 to discuss populism, trade, the perils of socialism and more in this much-watch extended interview.” https://torontosun.com/news/national/exclusive-former-prime-minister-stephen-harper-discusses-new-book-populism-and-more

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  46. Liz J says:

    I think the book is doing well, I intend to buy it.

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  47. Anne in swON says:

    This is a must read article, the title of which might well be “Trump for Dummies”. It’s a reprimand to all those naysayers of whatever political stripe. via Ezra https://spectator.org/everyone-is-smart-except-trump/

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