Canadian Pipelines: Do you Support Them?

Canadian Pipelines

The Canadian pipelines debate has been discussed from coast to coast for several years now. Rumours and speculation of who supports them and who is holding them back (and why) are rampant. Apparently, these pipelines that transport climate-changing fossil fuels are financially lucrative, job-producing investments elsewhere in the world, but not in Canada.

Pierre Poilievre takes Mark Carney to Task

I heard this exchange recently; I personally love how perseverant Poilievre is on the basic question regarding the pipelines. Do you support them or don’t you? The Canadian pipelines I mean, not the foreign ones. You could also interpret this as do you support improving the Canadian economy or is the economy of other countries more important?

Who is Mark Carney and What does he Think of Canadian Pipelines?

On his resume, Mark Carney has an impressive list of accomplishments and accolades. Governor of the Bank of Canada as well as the Bank of England, several international offices of Goldman Sachs, Canada’s department of finance, the financial stability board (FSB) of G20 countries, and most recently Brookfield Asset Management.

While Governor of the Bank of England, Carney was the chief opponent of Brexit. He tried to convince everyone that the UK economy would suffer a negative impact.

More recently (spring 2021) Carney scrambled to defend Brookfield Asset Management’s significant holdings of “carbon neutral” fossil fuels. In short, he manipulated his accounting to downplay (hide) a carbon footprint of 5,200 tons of carbon dioxide. What does carbon neutral mean to you? I admittedly don’t know that much, but I’m willing to bet that many tons of carbon dioxide are nowhere near neutral.

Hearing him dithering in this video, he (unflatteringly) sounds like his Liberal boss, our Prime Minister. Do as I say, not as I do comes to mind.

Who is Pierre Poilievre and What is his Stance?

Well, his opinion and support or loyalty are much more obvious. This video and other forms of social media display his stance on crucial issues. Considered the political opposition’s bulldog to many, Pierre Poilievre is a Conservative member of parliament (MP) representing the Carleton suburb of Ottawa. With a Bachelor of Arts and some commerce courses under his belt, his own modest description of himself says it all:

“a political junkie with a passion for public debating and a special interest in international relations”

Perhaps Poilievre is not as polished or successful (career-wise) as Mark Carney. Yet. He (Pierre) is definitely more articulate and fun to listen to. His debating skills are legendary within the house of commons. I, for one, love his doggedness. Is that a word? Maybe perseverent is better.

As Shadow Minister of Finance, it is, appropriately, his job to hold our Finance Minister (and Deputy Prime Minister) Chrystia Freeland accountable. Recently though, Poilievre announced a higher ambition, with intentions of running for the Conservative leadership, en route to the goal of becoming our next Prime Minister. If a drama teacher can do it, a self-acclaimed political junkie and well-spoken, if somewhat annoying, bulldog can too. The level of annoyance depends purely on which side of the debate you represent. He is one of those guys you want on your team instead of playing against him.

If you don’t yet know of Pierre Poilievre, you will soon.

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Canada Votes: Liberal Minority Government

Canada Votes: Liberal Minority Government

What a waste of time and money. Six hundred million dollars spent to end up with the same results. Another Liberal minority government. Gunning for a majority of the votes, Trudeau called an early election. His timing was suspect (selfish) and voters were frustrated. After all, we are in the fourth wave of a pandemic and the middle of the crisis in Afghanistan to boot. Although people were ticked off at him for the timing, obviously they were not ticked off enough. Or, not enough voters were ticked off. Whatever the reason, Canada voted for another Liberal minority.

A Facebook post sums it up well:

“could this election not have been an email?”

Who Wins When Canada Votes for Another Liberal Minority Government?

I’m not sure who benefits when Canada votes again for a Liberal minority government. Justin Trudeau can pretend he won and is happy with the results, but just a short while ago he complained that he cannot successfully run the country with a minority government. That was his excuse for calling the election, the wish for a majority.

So what, he can successfully run the country now? His drama classes are serving him well, he has the ability to spin the results any way he wishes to.

I guess the one positive thing (if there is one) is that Trudeau and the Liberals did not win a majority government.

Who Loses?

That is easier to visualize. Those just starting out in the workforce stand to lose big time. They will never be able to afford a home and the luxuries we older folk were able to save for. The taxes to pay down the country’s debt and the rapidly escalating rate of inflation will mean saving will be next to impossible. Living paycheck to paycheck will become more commonplace.

As a rich man, born with a golden spoon in his mouth, Trudeau spends money like there’s no tomorrow. Budgets are foreign to him, and balance themselves in his world. A billion dollars here and there means absolutely nothing to him. That’s because it’s not his own money he is spending. As my husband used to preach to our sons when they were younger, “the government doesn’t have any money, they spend our (hard earned/saved) money!”

Although I am disappointed in the (lack of new) results, as a retiree I am at the stage in life where I have earned a pension, savings and a mortgage-free home. It’s not my generation that will lose (not as much anyway) from the massive debt already incurred (and sure to grow) by the Liberal government, but the next one and the one after that. My children and grandchildren, and yours too, will be the victims as Canada votes this Liberal minority in again.

Also disappointed and disillusioned (I’m sure) are those younger than I, perhaps with young children of their own, who had decided they want a change from the financial mess our country is in. Unfortunately, voting for one of the parties that did/do not have the numbers to win an election only splits the vote away from the Conservatives, the only party that could (mathematically) have beat Trudeau and his Liberals. That concept (always) seems to be misunderstood and is a bitter pill to swallow when your wish for change backfires.

Conclusion

We are now stuck with (at least) eighteen more months of rising federal (and personal) debt, increasing taxes and so on. The exorbitant price of gas and the steady increase in the cost of groceries will only get worse.

Canada Votes: Minority Liberal Government

Are you happy and satisfied with the results? Or frustrated, angry, or indifferent? I for one cannot wait until Canada votes again. Hopefully with different results.

Bill C269: Clean up our Waterways

Bill C269: Clean up our Waterways

The practice of dumping raw sewage into waterways is archaic and should not be acceptable in civilized countries, including Canada. Why do we continue to allow this? Learn about bill C269 and how it should help clean up the problem.

What is Bill C269?

Bill C269 was created to amend the Fisheries Act to prohibit dumping raw sewage into waterways that fish live in. That includes just about every waterway in Canada. This should be a “no brainer” in government proceedings.

Reviewed in February of this year, bill C269 was introduced by the conservative government to amend the current Fisheries Act due to the current and increasingly popular practice of dumping raw sewage into our waterways. Word of mouth is that the current Liberal government plans to vote the amendment down. Why? Most likely because it was introduced by the Conservatives.

Changes to the Fisheries Act

2019:

Bill C269: Clean up our Waterways
Bill C269: Clean up our Waterways

2021 Proposal for Bill C269

Current Wording:

deleterious substance means

  • (a) any substance that, if added to any water, would degrade or alter or form part of a process of degradation or alteration of the quality of that water so that it is rendered or is likely to be rendered deleterious to fish or fish habitat or to the use by man of fish that frequent that water, or
  • (b) any water that contains a substance in such quantity or concentration, or that has been so treated, processed or changed, by heat or other means, from a natural state that it would, if added to any other water, degrade or alter or form part of a process of degradation or alteration of the quality of that water so that it is rendered or is likely to be rendered deleterious to fish or fish habitat or to the use by man of fish that frequent that water,

and without limiting the generality of the foregoing includes

  • (c) any substance or class of substances prescribed pursuant to paragraph (2)(a),
  • (d) any water that contains any substance or class of substances in a quantity or concentration that is equal to or in excess of a quantity or concentration prescribed in respect of that substance or class of substances pursuant to paragraph (2)(b), and
  • (e) any water that has been subjected to a treatment, process or change prescribed pursuant to paragraph (2)(c); (substance nocive)

Proposed Wording: within the definition deleterious substance after paragraph (b) and before paragraph (c) should be replaced with the the following:

“and, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, does not include raw sewage, but includes”

and the definition of raw sewage as follows:

raw sewage means sewage that has not yet been processed or treated to separate and remove contaminants, and includes:

(a) used water from sanitary appliances that contains human fecal matter or human urine,

(b) used water, other than the type of water described in paragraph (a), from sanitary appliances or from other appliances in a kitchen or laundry,

and (c) surface runoff and stormwater that is mixed with the type of water described in (a)

What You Can Do:

Contact your Liberal MP to tell them to vote YES on bill C269 to amend the Fisheries Act. Don’t let this critical detail slip through the bureaucratic cracks. Fix the obvious; the act should have been amended years ago to define and prohibit the dumping of raw sewage into our waterways!

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Political Battle in Canada

political battle

There is yet another political battle going on in Canada.  Four years ago I warned you to be careful what you wish for. Canadians hoping for a change gave Justin Trudeau a Liberal majority back then.  Many of us were skeptical that the majority of his election promises would/could never happen and those that did would cost us dearly.

Federal Budget

One (huge) example is the federal budget.  In 2015, an election promise claimed the budget would balance itself by 2019. Although many of us saw that simplistic prediction as an enormous red flag,  (the majority of) others were willing to play along, blindly.  Perhaps it’s the handsome smile and fashionable clothing blinding his voters. The problem is they are attributes of someone that has never balanced let alone lived on a budget in his life.

Fast forward to the present: not only is the budget nowhere near balanced, but our national debt is also through the roof by BILLIONS of dollars and growing by the second.  Why that does not scare more Canadians I am not sure.  I worry most about my sons’ and grandchildren’s futures as the cost of living skyrockets out of control.

Scandals

Let’s not forget about the scandals that have plagued the Liberal party these past four years.  Topping the never-ending list is the SNC-Lavalin (an engineering and construction company) fiasco where our Minister of Justice and Attorney General left the Liberal party because she felt bullied and pressured into intervening in an ongoing criminal case against the company. An investigation proved she had reason to feel pressured.

Then there are the recent black and brown-face pictures as well as the outlandish garments Trudeau wore representing Canada abroad. Our incredibly immature, shallow and inappropriate Prime Minister apparently likes to play dress-up, fitting I suppose for a (former) drama teacher craving the spotlight.  Hardly the image we (most I hope) Canadians want to represent us on the global stage. 

Use Your Vote Wisely in this Political Battle

Trudeau may be a charismatic and friendly man but he has also proven to be foolish, naïve, a liar, a bully, and a cheater, not to mention an elitist, without a clue how most of us live.  Average citizens with those characteristics would lose their jobs!

So, what’s the purpose of this rant? Not to sway your vote in this specific political battle.  To warn you to think long and hard about how you want this wonderful country of ours to move forward.  No one political party will (now or ever) tick off all the right boxes for the issues at stake.  Individual voters have to decide which party ticks off the most and the most important (to us) of these boxes, then vote accordingly.

I have not even touched on the other important issues that divide the political parties.  In addition to the budget and fiscal deficits, each party has its own stance on climate change, oil pipelines, abortion, gun control, health care, same-sex marriage, child care, education, immigration, indigenous rights, and more.  The list goes on and on, be sure to read up on these crucial issues before you vote.

Of course, there are the outrageous campaign promises flying around too in the political battle. Are reduced cell phone rates really a life necessity? Or just another calculated attempt to grab votes from the younger, phone-obsessed generation?  Just like legalizing marijuana was in the last election.  After all, most of the voters thinking cell phones and marijuana are important issues don’t yet pay the exorbitant taxes or hydro and electricity rates the rest of us are mandated to.

Political Mud Slinging and Fake News

There is so much desperate political garbage and yes, fake news, on every form of social media these days.  I am sick of it. It’s only going to get worse within the next few weeks though. Until the election is over, it will build up to a frenzied pitch.  Ignore the mudslinging on social media. Research what each party stands for yourself. Learn the issues. Peruse a few sites. Remember though, all of them have the potential to be biased!

The last one compares the platforms for each political party, sorted by specific issues.  I found it very informative.  Do your homework before you vote blindly. Please!

Patrick Brown is a ruined man

mudslinging and grandstanding

Is it just me or is something fishy going on?  Patrick Brown, the (resigned) leader of the PC party, is a ruined man, regardless of whether he is innocent or guilty. Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty?  He has not been my choice to lead the PC party, but I think the whole scandal stinks.  Here’s why:

  • the “victims” remain anonymous
  • who talked  them into coming forward and why did they not go to the police instead of the media?
  • why did they take so long (10 years) to come forward?  Oh right, an election is coming up and a smear campaign is the best way for the Liberal party to deflect from the mess they are in.
  • what was the under aged woman doing in a bar drinking in the first place.  I wasn’t born yesterday, I know it happens, but did Patrick Brown take her there?  No.  Was he drinking?  No.  Did he buy her a drink?  Yes, but is that a crime?  If every male that meets a woman in a bar and buys her a drink is persecuted, the heterosexual orientation is doomed.
  • why did the other woman go to his home? With another male to boot.  Then when in his home agree to go into the bedroom.
  • when she (a bit late in my opinion) said NO, he took her home.  How awful and ungentlemanly. (NOT)

These are just a few of the “facts” that are swirling around this scandal.    Regardless of whether Patrick Brown is guilty or innocent, he is a ruined man.  I feel very sorry for him and any other heterosexual male playing the dating game these days, especially the ones in the public eye.

Tim Hortons Not the Bad Guy Here Folks!

Timmys is not the enemy or bad guy here folks.  I would love to see the statistics as I am willing to bet that most Tim Hortons franchise owners are not billionaires or even millionaires.  In fact, I doubt many other small business owners are either, franchise or not!

Tim Hortons

The fact is any business, small or large, has a budget for employee wages, Tim Hortons included.  Even professional sports teams do, there is a lot more money in the salary budget, but there is a budget.  It’s called a salary cap, just ask former Ottawa Senator Kyle Turris.

It is simple math, but much easier to visualize at the small business level.  If you have the budget to pay four employees fifteen bucks an hour and the rate gets raised to twenty bucks an hour, your budget now only allows three employees to get paid. (4×15=3×20=60) It’s not rocket science, just simple math, and it’s going to happen in all small businesses in Ontario after the hike in the minimum wage.  Sooner or later, probably sooner.

This latest vote grab by the Ontario Liberal government is just another reason small business owners are struggling to survive.  Aiming to Wynne (pun intended) the vote from the minimum age earners in the province, our premier has screwed the small business owners.  Not to mention the employees who have worked several years to get to the level that new employees will now get upon starting.  Do you think they will get a raise to compensate?  Right, not a chance!

So go enjoy a coffee at Tim Hortons, they are not the bad guys here!  Maybe while you are drinking your coffee the math will become easier and the picture clearer.

Post election feelings after Trudeau wins majority

I can’t help but feel discouraged today after Stephen Harper’s conservative government was defeated by a majority of Liberal supporters as JustinTrudeau becomes the 23rd prime minister of Canada…

I sincerely hope I am wrong and that my feelings of doom are unjustinfied (spelling intentional)  I hope Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government does not destroy everything my generation has worked so hard to obtain so my children and their generation will be able to prosper as Canadians.  I have not been impressed by the Liberal government in Ontario with their multiple scandals and massive deficit.  See this previous post about my fears for a federal Liberal government.

I have been wrong before (occasionally) but cannot seem to shake this uneasy feeling in the pit of my stomach this morning. In the meantime, goodbye and best of luck to Stephen Harper…

Upcoming Election Scares Me

I do not usually get into discussions about politics as I believe everyone is entitled to their opinions; after all, we do live in a free country.  With the upcoming election here in Canada, I worry that people have voted and will vote on candidates for the wrong reasons.  It scares me that people are willing to lose everything we, even the unpopular Stephen Harper, have all worked hard for.

I was not raised with a silver spoon in my mouth.  I was taught to work hard for my success, earn my living accordingly and save for my retirement.  I was also taught not to live beyond my means.  In other words, if I can’t afford something, I do without and certainly don’t use credit to buy it.  If I do use credit, it is used sparingly and paid off each month so that no interest is accumulated.  It scares me that people think that the 27 million dollars of taxpayers’ money paid daily for interest on the Ontario deficit is acceptable.  It scares me that the Liberal and NDP candidates think a similar approach for Canada is acceptable and necessary to grow the economy.

It scares me that our once envied health care system is going down the tubes.  The eHealth scandal created by the Liberal government has created massive job losses and salary cutbacks to our health professionals and funding cutbacks for the operation of our Ontario hospitals.  These highly trained professionals will not have much choice but to take their expertise elsewhere. I worry that as I get older and need increased healthcare, it will not be available.  This Liberal approach scares me. Their costly scandals will ruin the country as they are ruining Ontario. The promises made to ensure a win in this upcoming election are dangerous. 

I was taught too that you should be able to afford to raise children if you choose to have them.  I think Canadians should choose and pay for their own children’s daycare, sporting activities etc.  I think welfare should be for those temporarily out of work through no fault of their own.  Welfare was not meant to increase the number of children in a family, increase the social status of a family or stretch over several generations. It was developed to help people in a crisis situation, temporarily.

I was also taught that “good looks will get you the first 5 minutes, after that you are on your own”  What this meant to me is that if you are qualified for a job and good at what you do, it should not matter what you look like.  If your appearance or your last name gets you an interview (or party nomination) it’s what you do afterward that counts.  Who really cares, or who should care that Harper buttons and unbuttons his suit coat over and over?  Who cares, or who should care which politician has the nicest hair?  Who really cares if Trudeau wins he will be one of the youngest to do so?  Who wants the life of the party or a smooth-talking, pot-smoking, pretty boy running our country?

This upcoming election (or any election for that matter) is not a beauty or popularity contest.  It should be about who can best run this great country we live in so that we continue to prosper.  I want to enjoy my retirement without worrying that Canada is in trouble.  I hope I have taught my children the above lessons I learned from my parents.  I want them to work hard for their achievements, but I want them to have a fighting chance that their hard work will pay off for them.

I have voted for Stephen Harper in the past and will vote for him again.  Is he perfect?  Absolutely not.  Does he come across as arrogant and smug?  Sometimes.  Do I always agree with or like his actions and decisions? No, not always.  Does his resume say he has the necessary experience for the job?  Yes, it does.  Does he make tough decisions based on what is best for Canadians and Canada?  I believe he does; that’s why he gets my vote.

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