Canada

Rona Ambrose to quit Canadian politics

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In what I can only say is a shame, Interim-leader of the Opposition Rona Ambrose has called it quits on politics after 13 years taking up a job at a Washington think-tank, the Wilson Center. I honestly thought she had a shot at taking the Prime Ministership at the next election given she made mince meat of PM Justin Trudeau every single time she spoke in question time. Her eloquence, ability to attack and make sound arguments had Trudeau on the ropes taking massive body blows. Perhaps he will breathe a sigh of relief now that she has gone.

She will lead the institute’s “efforts to convene U.S. and Canadian officials to explore the benefits of an integrated and competitive North American economy that is focused on job creation and prosperity,”

Canada’s new permanent opposition leader from a list of many candidates will be announced on May 27.  Sounds to me like her own party wasn’t going to give her the full time position which looked thoroughly deserved.

Trudeau lives to fight another day.

Trudeau is literally a paper tiger

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I honestly can’t see how Trudeau can win the next election. Acting Opposition leader Rona Ambrose took great pleasure into cutting the PM down to size after he had his department make $1,900 worth life size cut outs of him to be placed in the Canadian Embassy in Washington and ten consulates in the United States. His answer was that he spends too much time in the House of Commons. Such is his vanity, even the Speaker of the House had a good chuckle. The Global Affairs department told civil servants to stop ordering them. Ontario MP John Brassard said,  “A life-size, two-dimensional cut-out is probably a perfect metaphor for everything that Justin Trudeau represents… You’ve got the shallow facade, and yet there’s very little in the way of depth or substance there.” 

Look up Rona Ambrose vs Justin Trudeau in question time and watch the bloodbath. She makes mincemeat out of the Canadian PM every time and exposes that behind the looks there is little substance and his poll numbers are reflecting that.

The Guardian thumps Trudeau and (sort of) praises Trump

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I almost fell over backwards when I saw the headline although it was three words too long to be honest. The Guardian convulsed and regurgitated politics’ commander in chief virtue signaler and gave a backhanded compliment to Trump for keeping a promise. Ironically this was the first Trudeau policy that actually made sense to me. Everything else from the ridiculous Bill M-103, taxing Canadians on almost everything conceivable, calling for Friday off for parliamentarians, the $370mn Bombardier grant which ended up lining the board’s pockets, talking up his record of 65% of judges being female which would help influence (all judges should be impartial) the outcome of victims of sexual violence etc shows him up for identity taking precedence over substance. Yet The Guardian wrote:

“when it comes to the defining issue of our day, climate change, he’s a brother to the old orange  guy…Trudeau says all the right things, over and over. He’s got no Scott Pruitts in his cabinet: everyone who works for him says the right things…But those words are meaningless if you keep digging up more carbon and selling it to people to burn, and that’s exactly what Trudeau is doing. He’s hard at work pushing for new pipelines through Canada and the US to carry yet more oil out of Alberta’s tar sands, which is one of the greatest climate disasters on the planet…Last month, speaking at a Houston petroleum industry gathering, he got a standing ovation from the oilmen for saying: “No country would find 173bn barrels of oil in the ground and just leave them there.”

In what must mark the first time Trudeau has done something sensible, the climate alarmists are up in arms. “The sell out!”, they cry. Perhaps Trudeau realizes that virtue signaling when the global economy is on the ropes mustn’t take place of pragmatism. We have too many examples of the push for renewables backfiring where economies are suffering due to blackouts causing some companies to relocate to more stable grids. South Australia is a perfect example of green madness gone wrong. It is home to the highest unemployment, slowest growth and most expensive electricity prices in the country.

We should not forget Trudeau has a carbon tax on tomato farmers in Canada. The Conservatives argued that the carbon emissions to ship cheaper Mexican tomatoes exempt from the tax is factor fold higher than the savings squeezed out of local producers.

We’ve seen Trudeau’s popularity sink in recent months with polls suggesting he’d be thumped in the 2020 election. Losing the endorsement of a liberal rag like The Guardian is about as  horrid a testimonial there is possible. What is worse is the tacit admission that as much as they hate Trump he hasn’t lied on his promises to ditch climate change targets. The Guardian continued,

Trump is a creep and a danger and unpleasant to look at, but at least he’s not a stunning hypocrite.”

However not even our selfie loving PM Turnbull escaped the paper’s lashing,

Canada’s got company in this scam. Australia’s Malcolm Turnbull is supposed to be more sensitive than his predecessor, a Trump-like blowhard. When he signed on his nation to the Paris climate accords, he said: “It is clear the agreement was a watershed, a turning point and the adoption of a comprehensive strategy has galvanised the international community and spurred on global action…Which is a fine thing to say – or would be, if your government wasn’t backing plans for the largest coal mine on Earth. That single mine, in a country of 24 million people, will produce 362% of the annual carbon emissions that everyone in the Philippines produces in the course of a year. It is obviously, mathematically and morally absurd.”

As livid as the climate alarmists may be they must understand the value of climate summits is pointless because harshening economic realities mean people are worried about their futures today not some inaccurate forecast on how we’re all doomed. As I say to all climate alarmists – what are you doing personally in your day-to-day consumption to offset climate Armageddon? The answer invariably is next to nothing. They’re probably among the 50,000 hypocritical pilgrims belching greenhouse gases from the hundreds of 777s flying them to the next climate junket to tell us to run for our lives. Just be sure to prepare an extra bed for Leo DiCaprio’s eyebrow technician.

Ambrose wipes the floor with Trudeau again

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After watching numerous sessions of Canadian Parliament one wonders how PM Justin Trudeau stands a chance of winning again in 2020. His opposition, in the form of Rona Ambrose, eats him alive every time causing the Prime Minister to respond by avoiding simple YES or NO answers with empty rhetoric, identity politics and countless ‘umm’s’ and ‘ahhs’. Take Ambrose’s latest attempt to get the Liberals to commit to endorse training for the judiciary to better handle cases involving rape and sexual assault. True to form the PM dodges the question asked and talks of waiting for advice from his quangos and boasting about more women judges since he took office in an attempt to assume female judges would understand rape better than male judges. What an insult!

To assume a female judge will give female victims of sexual violence a better hearing is plain stupid. The judiciary is supposed to have judges who are above gender, race or religion. That’s why we have laws in the first place. To assert that female judges would put personal gender prejudices above their sworn duty is preposterous. The same is true for male judges. Or LGBTI judges or any judge.  Once again identity politics is at the forefront and Trudeau shows himself to be more feminist than the feminists themselves.

YouTube is littered with Ambrose vs Trudeau and the nervousness in his voice each time shows how uncomfortable he is. The only one not seeing it is himself. Canadians may have been sick of Stephen Harper but take a look for yourself and see who looks more like a leader. A hint – it isn’t the Prime Minister.

Ambrose’s JUST Act proposal can be seen here.

Trudeau in trouble

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I watched interim Leader of the Opposition Rona Ambrose tear strips out of Canadian PM Justin Trudeau over conflicts of interest. His answers to say the least were so hollow, scripted and insincere that there is little wonder why his poll numbers are tanking. He didn’t answer questions surrounding his family trip to the billionaire Aga Khan’s resort deflecting it by saying he’d happily answer questions from the conflicts of interest and ethics commissioner. The Conservatives are accusing Trudeau of misleading Canadians for suggesting the RCMP encouraged him to break the law. Liberals accused Rona Ambrose of vacationing with a billionaire herself but there were no conflicts of interest to be had.

Watching Ambrose reveals how out of his comfort zone Trudeau looks when facing her. He simply can’t make credible responses which show him as a capable leader. As much as he likes to promote his youth as a factor it is wearing on more Canadians.

According to the Forum Poll in Canada, the virtue signaling Liberals are being smacked in the polls. It seems Canadians would prefer a Conservative Party in its place. If an election were held today, the Conservatives would romp home with 170 seats, the Liberals 128, the NDP 26, the BQ 13, and 1 for the Greens.

The poll suggested many were unhappy with the outcome of the budget.

Liberal support Fell three points, from 39% on February 26th to 36% now. Conservative jumped three points, from 35% to 38%.

In BC the Liberals (35%) are well ahead of the Conservatives (29%), who are tied with the New Democrats on 28%.

In the Atlantic, the Liberals dropped 11 points to 48%. The Conservatives are up 2 to 32% are up two points.

In Québec, the Liberals are up 2% to 40%and Conservatives are up 3% to 20%. The BQ (22%) ceded 5 points.

In Ontario, the Liberals lost 4 points to trail the Conservatives (45%, +6) by seven points.

In the prairies, the Conservatives gained 6 to 48% while Trudeau’s Liberals were thumped 10 points to 19%..

 

Canadians tiring of Trudeau

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According to the Forum Poll in Canada, virtue signaling PM Trudeau’s Liberals are being smacked in the polls. It seems Canadians would prefer a leaderless Conservative Party in its place. If an election were held today, the Conservatives would romp home with 170 seats, the Liberals 128, the NDP 26, the BQ 13, and 1 for the Greens.

The poll suggested many were unhappy with the outcome of the budget although one wonders how much M-103 played a part.

Liberal support Fell three points, from 39% on February 26th to 36% now. Conservative jumped three points, from 35% to 38%.

In BC the Liberals (35%) are well ahead of the Conservatives (29%), who are tied with the New Democrats on 28%.

In the Atlantic, the Liberals  dropped 11 points to 48%. The Conservatives are up 2 to 32% are up two points.

In Québec, the Liberals are up 2% to 40%and Conservatives are up 3% to 20%. The BQ (22%) ceded 5 points.

In Ontario, the Liberals lost 4 points to trail the Conservatives (45%, +6) by seven points.

In the prairies, the Conservatives gained 6 to 48% while Trudeau’s Liberals were thumped 10 points to 19%..

So perhaps diversity isn’t your strength Mr Prime Minister. Perhaps Prince George is a remarkable judge of character, one which more Canadians are waking up to.

Canada’s Bill M-103 was twisted to ensure it was discriminatory by itself

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Canada has passed bill M-103 in the House of Commons (201 in favour, 91 against. PM Trudeau was conveniently absent for a vote which is a surprise given he loves to appeal to his penchant for virtue signalling) which condemns “Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination”.   Conservative member David Anderson tabled a motion on February 16 to remove the word “Islamophobia” and asked the House of Commons to “condemn all forms of systemic racism, religious intolerance, and discrimination of Muslims, Jews, Christians, Sikhs, Hindus, and other religious communities.” That the liberals rejected the equitable amendment shows Bill M-103 is in fact openly discriminatory.

The motion was proposed by Iqra Khalid, a first-time MP representing Mississauga, Ontario who went on to say,

“Our country is very diverse…I think that we need to continue to build those bridges amongst Canadians, and this is just one way that we can do this, by really understanding the issue and really listening to what Canadians have to say. I’m really looking forward to the track that the Canadian Heritage Committee takes on this.”

Put simply, free speech was sold out with the passing of this bill. If bridges are needed to be built and the government wants to “really listen to what Canadians have to say” why push legislation that effectively gags them from expressing concerns they might have. Hypothetically if a radical Islamist terrorist was to storm Canada’s Parliament (one already has) and a Canadian citizen was to calmly mention it was the result of radical Islam then that would be a violation of M-103 because it could be interpreted as an Islamophobic statement. Even if it was cold hard fact. Is mentioning fact each and every way hate speech? Certainly not. Candians would seem to agree that it M-103 takes away free speech.

Pollster Angus Reid Institute asked 1,511 Canadians, “if you were a a Member of Parliament, how would you vote on this motion (M-103)” and found that 42% would vote against it; 29% would vote in favour and 29% were not sure or would have abstained.

From a regional standpoint, a plurality of survey respondents in every province rejected M-103 though objections to M-103 were softest in Quebec and in Atlantic Canada.

As M-103 was sponsored by a Liberal MP support among those who voted for the party in the 2015 election revealed just 38% of them would support M-103 versus 33% of  who oppose it and 28% with no opinion. 68% of those who voted Conservative in 2015 rejected M-103 and  just 14% voting in favour.

There is no condoning racism or religious discrimination. Even if one argues that the majority of Canadians need not worry about it because they are tolerant, we’ve got Australia’s 18C Racial Discrimination Act as exhibit A of how the application of the law turned into state sponsored witch hunts. Secret trials conducted over years held by a biased and prejudiced Australian Human Rights Commission ended up wrongfully and unnecessarily destroying lives based on trumped up charges based on a law which promotes victimology. These people were innocent yet ‘interpretation’ becomes very dangerous and often used in completely the wrong way.

We shouldn’t be the least bit surprised when trumped up charges start hitting the headlines because honesty gets re-branded hate speech.