“by keeping that purchase threshold at $20 instead of giving Canadian shoppers a break and raising it to $80, Ottawa spends about $166 million to collect $39 million in additional taxes and duties.” Here’s something the Industry Minister should fix this year. Especially in light of the Liberals’ support of the TPP, why are they […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Bogus Brokerage Bull, and Other Online Obstructions
The delays are over on the government’s Bill C-14 on assisted dying. The Senate showed its true colours: cowardice. After one effort to help fix the flawed bill from the Commons, the senators surrendered. It is disappointing to report that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s solution to the senate seems to be working. When he was […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: If Canadians had their druthers on the Senate…
That is one way to describe it. There is a hollowness in the endeavour. It is not just a hobby or an interesting way to waste away a few hours in your day. A daily commentary develops a life of its own. It is not like a Facebook page that you tend like a garden […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: The braggadocio of the blogger!
We told Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that this independent Senate of his would bite him on the ass. And it happened sooner than anyone expected. But to make the point on the assisted dying bill was pure justice. The Senate has challenged Justin on a key provision of this ill-considered bill. It is the very […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: He wanted an independent Senate; he got it.
In Winnipeg this weekend, Justin Trudeau is misspending his capital with liberals and the Liberal Party. Mind you, he fully deserves the plaudits for his remarkable determination that took his party from third place to a majority last October. It is his follow through by trying to change the nature of the Liberal Party that […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Trudeau misspending his capital.
Stephen Hume: Province’s secrecy puts people’s health at risk STEPHEN HUME More from Stephen Hume Published on: May 20, 2016 | Last Updated: May 20, 2016 3:25 PM Finally, the Mayor of Vancouver, BC, Gregor Robertson is earning … Continue reading → . . . → Read More: Left Over: No Non-Polluting Victories on Victoria Day…
Last we heard, the former MP from Maryam Monsef’s Peterborough electoral district was still arguing over the length of his prison sentence. Former MP Dean Del Mastro, having failed to do the honourable thing by committing ritual seppuku after being found guilty of election fraud, has continued various appeals against his conviction. Maybe he likes […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Taking the measure of Minister Monsef.
One of the promises Justin Trudeau made to Canadian Liberals before becoming Liberal leader was that he would restore democracy in the party. He lied. He is now asking us to give up any of the rights we had as members of the Liberal Party of Canada. Justin Trudeau wants the Liberal Party to just […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Trudeau doesn’t know democracy.
The Prime Minister spoke about forest fires’ connection to climate change at a community affected by a massive evacuation due in part to climate change. “The reality of climate change is that we’re going to see more and more extreme weather events and we need to make sure that as a country we’re properly equipped […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Trudeau on Forest Fire Tragedy
You have to hand it to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. He really knows how to get out there and meet with ordinary Canadians. And when your cabinet needs to discuss further fixes in Employment Insurance, what better place than another luxury resort. Nestled in a cradle of the Canadian Rockies, Kananaskis is the jewel of […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Meeting ordinary Canadians at Kananaskis.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau must be looking at the Senate of Canada and wishing he had taken a different approach. There is no guarantee that the honourable persons that he appoints to the Senate will have any more restraint than the returning Senator Mike Duffy. A judge has declared that Duffy’s sense of entitlement was […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: All the Honourable Persons.
You hate to tell this to our optimistic Prime Minister but occasionally it rains. We were thinking of that when we noted that in the past week, few people really appreciated the government’s feeble, last-minute attempt to manage assisted dying and the Senate was having trouble making the PM’s silly Senate solution functional. The combination […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Rainy days on those Sunny Ways.
Mulcair and the NDP head into couples therapy at convention NDP leader faces a divided party, with some calling for his departure and others standing behind him By Chris Hall, CBC News Posted: Apr 08, 2016 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: … Continue reading → . . . → Read More: Left Over: Be Unconventional – Create a Revolution in Policy….
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has to do several things this year: legalize pot reform elections MMIW inquiry get renewable energy products into the hands of people you know If he fails to complete, or make meaningful progress on this list by Christmas time of 2016, I think he’ll de-inspire many of the fresh new Liberal […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Things Trudeau Must Do
The difference between a political party and a political movement is that a political party has a past, some structure and a future. A political movement follows the person with the best batteries in their megaphone. And it is too bad Justin Trudeau does not understand the difference. Our Liberal prime minister has once again […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: The Liberal Party is not a movement.
There was an event years ago when the Liberal Party president and this writer were taking a rest after helping set up chairs for a large party meeting. And yes, it was part of our jobs. Because authority in the party comes with responsibility. You do whatever needs to be done. Justin Trudeau needs to […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: There is more than one way to pay your dues.
When a leading Liberal thinker such as Pierre Trudeau’s former Principal Secretary Thomas Axworthy challenges us on how to make the new independent(?) Senate of Canada legitimate, workable and effective, we need to pay attention. The only problem is that in a think piece for the Toronto Star on March 26, Tom writes that Justin […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Is Justin Trudeau’s senate legitimate?
The first thing learned about political conventions is that it always has to be at a profit. The second is that if there is nothing contentious, create something. You always have to fill the hall. And filling the hall does not seem to be a problem for any of the three political party conventions planned […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Party conventions are always about money.
That was a firm step backward in time for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau yesterday. He gave jobs to people who had no need for another job. He gave the title of senator to people who had no need for further titles. He made a mockery of much needed reform. This is elitism at its worst. […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: A guaranteed income for Canadian elites?
Canadians have heard from the Conservatives and more recently the New Democrats about electoral reform. Voters are getting the impression that the Conservatives are vigorously opposed and the New Democrats very much in favour. Yet we seem to be hearing more from Liberal House Leader Dominic LeBlanc about this government initiative than the minister responsible. […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Waiting for Minister Monsef.
Sorry Prime Minister, the honeymoon is over. It is time to decide whom to please and whom you are going to piss off. And you can hardly please both the pipeline people who want to push tar sands’ bitumen to our ocean shores and those who care about our planet. Look at what sucking up […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: PM’s Job: Making the tough calls.
A recent poll shows strong support for the Trudeau government in Canada, and I have to think, once again, that it is surprising to see that Canadians can be so uncritical and unquestioning of their government. Yes, Harper was defeated, and yes, that wa… . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Justin Trudeau and the Continuing Saga of Canadian Apathy
We should send an ‘Attaboy’ to the Trudeau Liberals in Ottawa. It seems they are trying to stretch the thinking in the Finance Department to find new ways to fund high- technology start-ups. They are giving serious study to a report recommending ways to support Canada’s weakened high technology sector. The hope is to move […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Is Ottawa thinking outside the box?
A reader brought up what he considers a serious weakness in first-past-the-post (FPTP) voting yesterday. It is the assumption that we elect “honourable members’ to our legislatures and the House of Commons and select the same for our Senate. The member we elect with at least a plurality is assumed capable of representing all voters […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Honourable Members All!
You almost hate to ask the question. What is wrong with the way Canadians vote? There seems to be an assumption by some people that first-past-the-post (FPTP) voting is a failure. Does that mean you have to dump FPTP and take a flier on some other theoretically improved voting system? And why is it better? […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: But what if FPTP isn’t broke?