Canada Goes Socialist… Again

Trudeau’s Liberals Oust Harper With Surprise Canada Majority – Bloomberg

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Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party swept into office with a surprise majority in Canada’s election, ousting Prime Minister Stephen Harper and capping the biggest political comeback in the country’s history.

With 99 percent of polls reporting, the Liberals were elected or leading in 184 of the 338 seats in the House of Commons, with the Conservatives on pace to take 99 and the New Democratic Party 44, according to preliminary results Monday from Elections Canada. Most polls had predicted the Liberals would win a minority government.

The result is a vindication of Trudeau’s campaign to reject Harper’s budget restraint agenda, claiming the nation needs deficit spending to combat economic woes triggered by an oil-price collapse. Trudeau, 43, also used his youthful optimism to exploit a thirst for change, as almost three-quarters of voters said they were ready to oust Harper’s Conservatives after more than nine years in power. Harper plans to step down as party leader.

“Canadians from all across this great country sent a clear message tonight – it’s time for a change in this country, my friends, a real change,” Trudeau told cheering supporters at a Montreal hotel.

The result reflected an east-west vote split in a country with six time zones, with Liberals dominating along the Atlantic coast and the country’s two largest provinces – Quebec and Ontario – while the Conservatives won most seats in western provinces such as Alberta.

Currency Markets

The Canadian dollar fell on the results, down 0.2 percent to C$1.3043 per U.S. dollar in Toronto, dropping for a third day. The currency has depreciated 10.9 percent against the U.S. dollar this year.

“Investors are somewhat cautious about the change in government,” said Bipan Rai, director of foreign-exchange strategy at Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce’s CIBC World Markets unit by phone from Toronto. “It might be due to some uncertainty about how the fiscal picture is going to look.”

Trudeau’s victory marks the biggest political rebound in Canadian history. The Liberals become the first third-place party to win an election, and the party’s seat gain of about 150 is the biggest ever. The Liberals, who governed for about two-thirds of the 100 years before Harper came to power, won just 34 districts in the 2011 election, the worst result in their history.

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In this campaign, Harper, 56, was seeking to make history by becoming the first leader in more than a century to win a fourth consecutive election. With a victory, he would also become the second Conservative leader ever to govern for more than a full decade.

While never popular, Harper struggled to grow his support much beyond what might be considered his base, with his pool of accessible voters shrinking throughout the campaign.

“We put it all on the line, we gave everything we had to give, and we have no regrets whatsoever,” Harper said in his concession speech in Calgary. “While tonight’s result is certainly not the one we had hoped for, the people are never wrong.”

NDP Losses

Every opinion poll in recent days had indicated the Liberals held a firm lead in the race, and were on course for at least a minority victory. While the Conservative vote held relatively stable during the campaign at about 30 percent, Liberal gains came mostly at the expense of Tom Mulcair’s NDP, which held a slim but persistent lead in the opening weeks. Yet Trudeau, whose father rose to power in the first wave of “Trudeaumania” in 1968, was seen by voters as having the best chance of defeating Harper. Trudeau becomes the second-youngest prime minister in Canadian history.

Trudeau’s Liberals swept Canada’s four Atlantic provinces, dominated the country’s three biggest cities – Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver – and even appeared set to capture a seat in Calgary, Harper’s hometown, for the first time since 1968, when Trudeau’s father won his first election. Harper took 47 of 62 seats in the prairie provinces, including oil-rich Alberta.

The NDP, which had 95 seats when the election was called, was on pace to finish with less than half that many.

“I’m quite surprised,” said Janet Brown, a Calgary-based independent pollster. “I think we were all prepared for a Liberal minority but what appears to have happened is the NDP vote has really collapsed.”

Stimulus Platform

Trudeau will now seek to pursue his platform including higher infrastructure spending and middle class tax cuts. Those will be financed by budget deficits of about C$25 billion ($19 billion) over three years and tax hikes on workers earning more than C$200,000. He’s also pledged to legalize marijuana, cancel the purchase of F-35 fighters, be more assertive on climate change and abandon the country’s bombing campaign in Syria and Iraq against the Islamic State.

His challenges include reviving an economy buffeted by plunging prices for oil and other commodities. Canada’s economy is forecast to expand just 1.1 percent this year, among the weakest in the Group of Seven, forcing the Bank of Canada to cut interest rates twice this year.

The additional fiscal stimulus under the Liberal plan could ease pressure on the central bank for an additional rate cut, Avery Shenfeld, chief economist at CIBC World Markets, said in a note to investors. The bank’s next rate announcement is scheduled for Oct. 21.

Trudeau needs to find ways to build new pipeline capacity in the face of opposition from environmentalists, and determine whether the Bank of Canada should target higher inflation. He also needs to manage some of the world’s most expensive real-estate markets that threaten the financial system.

Stephen Carter, a Calgary-based political strategist and president of QED Marketing, said Trudeau’s win “probably means nothing but good for the country” based largely on a change in government.

“The Conservatives have been unsuccessful in bringing Canadian oil and Canadian product to tidewater, meaning we weren’t able to get a world price for our oil products. Perhaps with a Liberal government, we will be more successful,” Carter said.

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Your Daley Gator WTF Story O’ The Day

Pentagon Accidentally Shipped Live Anthrax To Canada And Australia In Addition To The U.S. – The Verge

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Two defense officials today confirmed that in addition to accidentally sending live samples of anthrax to 28 government and private facilities across the US and army base in South Korea, the Pentagon also shipped the deadly spores to three laboratories in Canada. Investigations into anthrax shipments spurred by the recent discovery of the spores have shown that the US military also sent live samples to Australia in 2008, meaning that suspected live anthrax has now been sent by the Pentagon into three countries, 12 US states, and the District of Columbia.

The anthrax, which was sent from an Army lab at Dugway Proving Ground in Utah, was supposed to have been rendered inactive by Department of Defense scientists before being shipped for research purposes. A senior Defense Department official told USA Today that so far, no-one has been confirmed as infected by the still-alive samples, but BBC News reports that at least four US civilians and 22 military personnel from South Korea’s Osan air base are receiving preventative treatment.

In an email sent on Friday and obtained by USA Today, Daniel Sosin, deputy director of CDC’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, suggested that the Dugway Proving Grounds base’s methods of killing anthrax spores was not entirely effective. “We have concern that the inactivation procedures, when followed properly, are inadequate to kill all spores,” Sosin said, but noted that “the US government is developing an approach to securing such possible samples from misuse.”

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Tens Of Thousands Of High-Paying Jobs Lost As Canada Pulls Plug On Keystone Pipeline

Report: Canada Pulls Plug On Keystone Pipeline; Will Send Oil To Asia – Gateway Pundit

The Keystone Pipeline project was expected to create tens of thousands of high paying jobs in the oil industry. The project itself would create 20,000 construction jobs. And the pipeline would bring oil from Canada and North Dakota to refineries in the United States.

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The proposed project would have extended from Alberta, Canada to Illinois, transporting approximately 400,000 barrels of crude oil per day. Estimated cost is $1.7 billion.

But Obama rejected the plan in 2011 and 2014.

Democrats are beholden to the radical green movement – the poor and middle class be damned.

Now this…

Canada pulled the plug on Keystone and will send the oil to Asia.

Watts Up With That reported:

Obama’s inability to make a decision on Keystone has finally yielded a result – Canada has made the decision for him.

Breitbart reports Canada has just approved the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project – a major pipeline to ship Canadian oil to Asia.

The Canadian oil will still be burnt – in Asia, instead of America.

All the jobs and energy security which Canadian oil could have delivered to America, will instead be delivered to Asia.

Rather than purchasing crude from a friendly and allied neighbor, the United States will most likely need to continue its reliance upon hostile sources like Venezuela.

Only a Democrat could make such a dangerous and irresponsible decision for the country.

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Oh no, Climate Change could kill Santa!

How pathetic and hysterical are these climate change nuts? This much!

If his grandkids are 17 or under, they haven’t actually experienced global warming, anthropogenic or otherwise. Continuing the 25 Days Of Climate Christmas

Santa Claus and Climate Change: A Letter to My Grandkids

December 2020

Dear Grandchildren,

Once upon a time, a jolly old man named St. Nick, or Santa Claus, lived at the North Pole. Every year, at Christmas, he bundled up toys made by his magic elves and flew around the world in a sleigh pulled by flying reindeer, including his most famous one, Rudolph. Santa brought these presents to all the good little boys and girls in return for nothing more than cookies, milk, and unquestioned love. But he also kept a list of bad little boys and girls, who got a lump of coal in their stockings as a reminder to be better next year.

I’m sorry to have to tell you there will be no presents from Santa this year.

It’s not that you’ve been bad. Rather the world’s governments (sometimes run by bad boys and girls now grown up) have failed to address the long-worsening problem of climate change. Santa is the latest climate victim. As the last of the summer ice at the North Pole finally disappeared, Santa’s workshop sank to the bottom of the Arctic Ocean. When the insurance companies cancelled most flood insurance policies, and Canada claimed the North Pole, Santa lost everything and became the latest climate refugee.

Egads! Go read William Teach’s rebuttal

 

Oh look, some Islamist Swine have issues with couple flying Israeli and American flags

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Let me be clear, blunt, if the US or Israeli flag offends you, then YOU have  a problem, so in short FUCK YOU

DEARBORN, Mich. – Metro Detroit is known as being a big melting pot, a place where people of all cultures can live together. But one couple says they are facing ethnic intimidation all because of a flag outside their home.

The latest incident they fell victim to was paintballs splattered all over their home and cars Friday night . Now the family says they fear for their safety.

Terresa and Hussein Dakhlallah say it all started two years ago when they put an American flag and an Israeli flag up outside of their Dearborn home.

Terresa is American, but she grew up in Canada. Hussein is from Lebanon.

“They left Nazi signs in our front yard, ” said Terresa. “Two people were standing there, one with a lighter and one with a gas tank, telling us that they were going to burn our home down.”

The couple has been taunted over and over again — even on Thanksgiving as Terresa began to decorate her home for Christmas.

And late Friday night a group men in an SUV came back firing paintballs at the cars and on the side of the house.

The couple is terrified and don’t feel safe in their own home.

I cannot tell these folks what to do, but I would say that bowing to these thugs will not bring any resolution. Hopefully the police will step in and arrest those responsible, and hopefully the DA will prosecute them! Until then, I would advise the couple to arm themselves.

What? Now Pedophiles are Offended by Being Called Pedophiles?

Apparently  even morally backwards freaks are sensitive these days. I just do not get it, and neither does The Other McCain

James Kincaid is a University of Southern California professor emeritus who is the author of Child-Loving: The Erotic Child and Victorian Culture (1992) and Erotic Innocence: The Culture of Child Molesting(1998). When it was announced he would speak  in Toronto at an academic conference with the creepy title “Bodies at Play: Sexuality, Childhood and Classroom Life,” an understandable outrage erupted:

Dr. Charles McVety of the Institute for Canadian Values has written an open letter to Chris Alexander, the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, asking that Kincaid be denied entry into the country. . . .
“On behalf of the 125,000 members of the Institute for Canadian Values and Canada Family Action, we request that the Minister refuse admission of Dr. James Kincaid to Canada for a lecture on October 19th, 2013 in Toronto,” Dr. McVety wrote.
“Dr. Kincaid is a well-known advocate for pedophilia, a criminal activity in Canada,” the letter states.

Of course if Mr. Kincaid is not, in fact a defender or advocate for pedophilia, then he ought to be offended. But what IS the truth here

Is that description — “a well-known advocate for pedophilia” –  perhaps just a wee bit over-the-top? Does it fail to capture the complexity andsophistication of Kincaid’s nuanced arguments? Let’s read the publisher’s description of one of Kincaid’s books:

In Erotic Innocence James R. Kincaid explores contemporary America’s preoccupation with stories about the sexual abuse of children. Claiming that our culture has yet to come to terms with the bungled legacy of Victorian sexuality, Kincaid examines how children and images of youth are idealized, fetishized, and eroticized in everyday culture. Evoking the cyclic elements of Gothic narrative, he thoughtfully and convincingly concludes that the only way to break this cycle is to acknowledge—and confront—not only the sensuality of children but the eroticism loaded onto them.

Kincaid vehemently denies he is pro-pedophilia, and I hope that is true. I cannot label him a pedophile, that would be unfair, and I do not wish to be unfair. All I can say is that the views Kincaid holds are a bit, shall we say WEIRD, as in freakish. Children are not “erotic” they are children, and they ought to be allowed to be children before they grow up. Kincaid seems to have convinced himself that child predators are few and not all that dangerous

Professor Kincaid spoke Saturday in Toronto:

A controversial U.S. professor who writes about children and sexuality shot down his critics Saturday by declaring that he is not an advocate for pedophilia.
Dr. James Kincaid, standing with his wife, Nita, at the University of Toronto, defended himself following his keynote address about children and sexuality.
“I’ve already said I’m not in favour of pedophilia. Period. Isn’t that enough?” he firmly told Linda Beaudoin, a sexual abuse survivor and advocate for children’s rights after she challenged him following his address. . . .
Kincaid told the Star he doesn’t think it’s a matter of rounding up “a few freaks and a few pedophiles and horrible monsters who regard young people as attractive.”
He said the real problem is that in the United States there is enormous attention paid to stranger kidnappings of children that draws the focus away from a higher incidence of children who are physically or emotionally abused.
Earlier, he told his audience that Canada is more enlightened than the U.S., where the public requires a steady diet of “predator kidnappers, Internet stalkers of youth, kiddie porn rings and such fantasies to maintain national identity.”
Of Internet predators, he added, “we are given to believe that they are legion, but the hard evidence is small.”

Mr. Kincaid is blind on the facts it seems, what his motivation is is not so clear-cut. Suffice it to say, I would never trust him around a child

 

Most useless Internet Newspaper (Slate) says those death panels are not that bad at all

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Via Slate:

Last week Canada’s Supreme Court ruled that doctors could not unilaterally ignore a Toronto family’s decision to keep their near-dead husband and father on life support.

In the same breath, however, the court also confirmed that, under the laws of Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, a group of government-appointed adjudicators could yet overrule the family’s choice.

That tribunal, not the family or the doctors, has the ultimate power to pull the plug.
In other words: Canada has death panels.

I use that term advisedly. Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin made it famous in the summer of 2009, when Congress was fighting over whether to pass Obamacare.

As Republicans and Democrats continue to spar over health care, we should pause to wonder why millions of Canadians have come to accept the functional equivalent of an idea that almost sank health care reform even though, in this country, it was imaginary.

Moral Retardation 101