Beware America, your media & Democrats undertaking quiet Coup D’etat

In my opinion, it is not over-reacting to say the liberal media in the United States, in conjunction with the Democratic Party, are not just poor losers, they are subversives. They are, in fact, instigating a quiet coup d’ etat.

I mean, from November 9th, 2016, the day after the U.S. election, until now, the American liberal media (e.g., the New York Times, the Washington Post, MSNBC, CNN) have been continuously anti-Trump — apart from a day or so after the President’s speech in Congress and the bombing in Syria.

Russia, Russia, Russia, 24/7. We read and hear constantly that it was the Russians’ fault that Trump won the election. How? Since voting machines were never hacked and, in fact, never hooked up to the Internet, how did the Russians ensure Trump won?

In fact, as Molly Hemingway writes, the Democrats and their liberal media reaction is actually delusional. However, delusional or not, there is danger to U.S. democracy. Tell a lie long enough and people begin to accept it as the truth. In fact, if you read Twitter, there are hundreds of thousands of Americans who now seem to believe that erroneous, twisted narrative.

Then, on top of the “Russians did it” narrative, the U.S. liberal media have been spinning that the Trump campaign was in collusion with the Russians during the election. Of course, no one has ever defined what collusion would look like and or how interactions might have been unlawful, just that collusion would prove treason — which would give the Democrats the reason to try to impeach the President.

Now, however, since impeachment in the Congress would require some Republican votes, the U.S. liberal media and their Democrat supporters, are resorting to having a Constitutional crisis using the 25th Amendment to push their “get rid of Trump” agenda — which allows for the removal of a President or Vice President should they become disabled in some way and unfit to govern. That strategy, one assumes, is in case the Robert Meuller investigation doesn’t result in anything.

For any American who reads this post, let me tell you — pay attention. This is not nonsense. For ten years, the Harper Conservative Government in Canada did an excellent job of governing the country. Yet, the Canadian media went after a Conservative Senator (Mike Duffy) in order to bring Harper down with as much venom, persistence, innuendo and distortion as the U.S. media is doing going after Trump.

Unfortunately, in the end, the Canadian media won. During the 2015 federal election, they trashed Mr. Harper (via what was happening in the Mike Duffy trial) at every opportunity, mostly with lies and exaggerations. In fact, they pushed that negative narrative to such an extent, while praising the Justin Trudeau Liberals, that the Liberals won a majority government.

Were the Canadian media right? Are the Trudeau Liberals preferable? No, they are not. In fact, they are less accountable and less transparent than the Conservatives were! But, are the Canadian media holding Trudeau and his caucus to account? For the most part, no they are not. Rather, the Canadian liberal media are spending most of their time obsessing over Mr. Trump.

In my opinion, then, the crux of the matter is that Americans need to do whatever they can — through paid ads and press conferences — to counteract the false narratives being pushed by the U.S. liberal media and the Democrats because make no mistake about it, as John Steele Gordon and others have said, there is no doubt that there is a quiet coup d’etat underway in the United States of America.

The Unfairness of the Wynne Liberal “Fair Hydro Plan”

Yesterday, my husband Jim went to a Niagara-on-the-Lake Hydro open house to learn what is planned over the next decade both provincially and locally. What he found out is that there is nothing fair in the Ontario Liberals’ Fair Hydro Plan.

Sure, the rates are going to go down now and into the near future as the government takes on debt to subsidize rate reductions but, eventually after ten years, that debt will need to be paid.

In other words, the Wynne Liberals are pushing magical thinking on to the population to try to get Ontario voters to forget that the problem is mostly of the Liberals own making, driven by all the billions and billions of dollars contracted for wind and solar energy which is completely unreliable.

For example, my husband learned that wind (7%) and solar (2%) account for only 9% of hydro generation while nuclear is 63.6%.

So, the “Fair Hydro Plan” does not offer long-term utility bill relief, contrary to what Liberal politicians are promoting.  As Peter Reesor, CEO of the Owen Sound & District Chamber of Commerce, says in an Owen Sound Sun Times column by Denis Langlois, “the plan is ‘a good start,’” but doesn’t tackle the central issue of soaring hydro costs. In other words, while “the relief will be greatly appreciated [now] it still doesn’t solve the problem in the long run. We’re basically passing an even higher debt on this – the cost of hydro – to our children and our grandchildren.”

Exactly!

On the hydro debt, Langlois also quotes Ontario Progressive Conservative MPP Bill Walker as saying: “there is nothing ‘fair’ about the refinancing proposal, noting it will cost taxpayers ‘in a worst-case scenario’ as much as $42 billion over 30 years in added interest costs to ‘fix the hydro mess’ created by the Liberal government.”

Truly, the current gang of Liberal politicians in the Province of Ontario care only for their green ideology and getting re-elected. The crux of the matter is that the Ontario PCs under Patrick Brown need to get elected in 2018 so they can do something about this issue, starting with cancelling the Ontario FIT (Feed-in Tariff) program — which my husband heard yesterday, is still signing private renewable energy contracts and will continue to do so until the end of this summer!

Absolute madness! What a mess we are postponing for our children and our grandchildren.

Endnote: Those of us who live in regional Niagara-on-the-Lake (which consists of 5 separate communities), are very lucky that our municipal hydro utility is owned by our local municipality because it is very well managed. In that regard, my sincere thanks to NOTL Hydro and their volunteer Board.

Trudeau Liberals get “F” for lack of transparency & contempt of Parliament

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Ministers are clearly showing contempt for Canadian voters and the Canadian Parliament. In December, the PM and his family took a trip to a private island owned by billionaire the Aga Khan billing Canadian taxpayers $100,000+ to pay for the trip. Talk about an attitude of entitlement! As a result, the whole matter is being investigated by the Ethics Commissioner.

Then, recently, we heard that Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan exaggerated his war record in Afghanistan in a speech he gave in India on April 18, 2017 when he claimed that he was “the” architect of Operation Medusa. In fact, this exaggerated claim was made before in a CBC interview in 2015. (See also this Google search page for videos of that earlier interview.) So, how was it only a mistake this time?

Anyway, you would think that both of them would be more than ready to set the record straight in Question Period. Yes, apologize but pay the consequences as well. In Sajjan’s case, by resigning. In the PM’s case, by paying the travel expenses out of his own pocket.

Yet, when asked questions on those matters this week, both used robotic non-answers that showed nothing but contempt for their questioners and Parliament itself. Sad really, But, as a former professor, if I were grading the Trudeau Liberals, using their own criteria regarding transparency and accountability, I would have to give them an “F” for failure.

And, here are two examples that illustrate that failure, courtesy of a May 12, 2017 CBC column by Robyn Urback. (H/T NewswatchCanada)

(1) Prime Minister Trudeau was asked how many times he has met with the Ethics Commissioner regarding his December 2016 trip to the private island of the Aga Khan.

  • His first reply: “Mr. Speaker, as you know, I am always pleased to work with the conflict of interest and ethics commissioner to answer any questions she may have.”
  • Asked a second time: “Mr. Speaker, as I have always said, I am very pleased to meet with the conflict of interest and ethics commissioner and work with her to answer any questions she may have on this subject or any other.”
  • Asked a third time: “Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to work with the conflict of interest and ethics commissioner to answer any questions she may have. That is what Canadians expect of the prime minister and that is exactly what I am doing.”

(2) Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan was asked why he claimed he was the architect of Operation Medusa in Afghanistan — when he was not.

  • His first reply: “I in no way intended to diminish the great work that our men and women in the Canadian Armed Forces have done, and their superiors, and I am truly sorry for it.”
  • Asked a second time: “Mr. Speaker, I am not here to talk about my service record. I am here to apologize for my mistake and to be able to learn from it.”
  • Asked a third time: “Mr. Speaker, I am not here to talk about my service record. I am here to apologize for my mistake and to be able to learn from it.”

And, on and on it goes and we are not even half way through the Liberals’ four year mandate. The crux of the matter is that the PM and Sajjin’s responses show contempt, not only for the voters who gave the Liberals a majority government, but for Parliament itself. What Sajjin did was certainly a “mistake” as both he and the PM claimed, but it was more than that as well– especially since it was the second time he made the “mistake.” Meaning, from the get-go, it was a lie. As for the PM’s contempt, billing more than $100,000 to the taxpayers for his family’s deluxe trip showed a complete lack of judgement.

Will MSM admit that former business partner says Steve Bannon good person?

Click for Hollywood Reporter credits.

For the record, Jeff Kwatinetz, a former business partner of President Donald Trump’s senior adviser Steve Bannon, says that Bannon is neither racist nor anti-Semite.

In fact, Kwatinetz, a staunch Hollywood liberal, goes so far as to say that Bannon is not only smart and committed to whatever he does, but he has great character as well.

So, will any in the mainstream media, like the New York Times, Washington Post, CNBC or CNN, who continually denounce Bannon, admit this truth? I doubt it.

Which is why I am writing about it because every positive link under his name on the search engines can counteract the lies and exaggerations.

For example, read this Hollywood Reporter column by Paul Bond. In it Kwatinetz says (paraphrased):

  • Yes, its true Bannon is smart;
  • Yes, it is true Bannon is arrogant;
  • Yes, it is true that Bannon is rich; and
  • And, yes, it is true that Bannon is a conservative.

But, contrary to so much of what we have heard and read, Kwatinetz has never heard Bannon raise his voice or lose his temper.

Is Bannon perfect? Of course not, since none of us are. But, all the hyped epithets we have heard about Bannon, like racist and anti-Semite, are obviously pure fiction. Bond quotes Kwatinetz as saying:

But as a liberal, I don’t judge people on their politics, I judge them on their character, and from what I knew then and what I know now, Steve has great character. He’s not a racist or anti-Semitic….[In fact,] I am absolutely positive that he’s not anti-Semitic or racist. It is absurd. I am Jewish, Roy Furman was Jewish, Andrew Breitbart was Jewish. He is not anti-Semitic. Period.

Well, we have seen this kind of character assassination before. Canada’s former PM Stephen Harper had to put up with endless untruths. He was allegedly a controller, mean, spiteful, corrupt, a liar, blah blah blah. None of it true. Canadian Conservatives called it Harper Derangement Syndrome — a social and media phenomenon that seems to have moved, unfortunately, across the 49th parallel to the U.S.

The crux of the matter is that the public, particularly conservatives, whether in the United States or Canada, have reason to mistrust most of what the media says or writes about Harper or, in 2017, President Trump and his senior officials like Bannon. Sad really.

Canadian PM Trudeau’s “sunny ways” really meant entitled “arrogant ways”

Trudeau caucus swearing in at Rideau Hall October 2015. Click for photo credit Ottawa Citizen.

How many Canadians remember the results of the Canadian federal election in 2015? It was a majority Liberal government under Justin Trudeau’s leadership. How did that happen?

It happened because the Liberals and the liberal media convinced voters that the Trudeau Liberals were different from the Adscam Liberals. They were “sunny ways” from beginning to end! Transparent, fair and equitable!

And, most important, of course, unlike the Harper Conservatives, the Liberal Cabinet would not be governing from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). No, no, never!

What hogwash that spin was.

Here we are, only a year and a half  later and we now know that these new Liberals are just as arrogant and entitled as the old ones — perhaps even more so.

A few examples of that attitude:

(1) The Trudeau Liberals continually try to shut down opposition debate and standing orders in the House of Commons by pretending they are trying to “modernize it.” In fact, the Liberals recently tried to change parliamentary rules so that the PM only had to be in Question Period once a week;

(2) Trudeau Cabinet Ministers take no personal responsibility to resign when they have been caught in outright lies. For example, Minister Maryam Monsef and the Liberal Party of Canada lied during the 2015 election campaign about where she was born– Iran as opposed to Afghanistan. Then, this past week, we learned that Defence Minister Harjjit Sajjan claimed to be Operation Medusa architect when he was not. A mistake? For sure. But an untruth nonetheless.

(3) PM Trudeau said in January, 2017, that the Liberals were going to end the cash-for-access Liberal fundraising. Well, he did something but it wasn’t to end them. We learned this week, he simply tweaked the policy around the edges. All they are going to change is to claim that all Liberal fundraising events are open to the public. Yea, sure. What non-Liberal is going to pay big bucks to attend such a partisan event?

(4) PM Trudeau billed Canadians taxpayers $127,000 for a Christmas vacation on a billionaires private island. That certainly takes a certain moxie of entitlement doesn’t it? So much for helping the middle class taxpayer.

(5) Then, of course, there is the issue of the role of staff in the PMO. Remember how the Liberals and liberal media berated the Harper PMO as too controlling. Well, guess what? The PMO under Trudeau is even more controlling. In fact, there are jokes that the PM’s senior adviser Gerald Butts is the man behind the curtain — meaning the real PM. Remember too that each Minister was given their marching orders after being sworn in.

(6) Today I learned that political correctness and identity politics is now running the country’s university human resource departments. Specifically, Chris Hannay of the Globe and Mail writes about the “targets” universities have to meet in terms of diversity of hiring — if they don’t want to lose their federal research chair funds. Pathetic to say the least.

Of course, I could go on and on (e.g., I didn’t even get into their outdated and unrealistic climate policies) but I believe my point is clear. Liberal progressive ideology is destroying the very fabric of Canada. The crux of the matter is that 2019 can’t come soon enough for Canadian voters to show the Trudeau gang the door.

Wynne’s incompetent and corrupt Liberals “cooking books” year before election

ONPC Leader in fighting spirit on day of Liberal budget.

The polite way of saying the Ontario Liberals are corrupt or ethically challenged is to repeat what ONPC (Progressive Conservative) Leader Patrick Brown said this week in the Ontario Legislature just before Ontario Liberal Finance Minister Charles Sousa presented the Liberal budget — that as the government’s chef, he was “cooking the books.”

Well, in my opinion, it is past time for being polite. The Ontario Liberals have been corrupt for quite some time. They are ruled by ideology at all cost, in this case, a green philosophy that only benefits environmental activists and those with 20 year contracts in the Feed-in-Tariff — FIT program.

In fact, the Liberals will say anything or do anything to get elected or re-elected. A particularly favourable approach for Liberals to win Ontario elections (and federally as well, I might add) is to scare voters into voting Liberal. Ah, those scary Conservatives. Blah, blah, blah. Which, unfortunately, worked federally in 2015 and in Ontario in 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2014!!

For example, back during the Ontario election in 2003, then opposition Liberal Leader Dalton McGuinty made a very public “written” pledge that, if elected with a majority government, his Liberals would not raise taxes.

Except that pledge was an outright lie. Just a couple of months after receiving a majority mandate, McGuinty announced that his government would be implementing an Ontario Health Care Premium — a premium, it turned out, that would never go towards health care but would be deposited directly into Ontario’s general revenues. And, while some would argue that health care funding comes out of general revenues, so do a lot of other government expenditures.

Fast forward to 2017. Not only do we have an Ontario Liberal Finance Minister saying the province has balanced the budget by using non-accessible public pension funds, but we have Premier Kathleen Wynne telling us their Cap and Trade isn’t a tax either. We also have businesses moving outside of Ontario or shutting down altogether because of huge hydro delivery charges that have to pay for the Cap and Trade folly.

What incompetence! As Lorrie Goldstein wrote in the Toronto Sun earlier this month: “The reality is Wynne, who ran on running an open and transparent government in 2014, has chosen the least open and transparent method of carbon pricing — cap and trade.

Anyway, by making the claim that they have balanced the budget in 2017,  make no mistake about it, the Ontario Liberals have officially started the 2018 election campaign. As a result, the fight for the soul of Ontario is on — 24/7.  The key questions are:

  • Will Ontario be run into the ground by the Liberals or their NDP cousins (e.g., 300,000 manufacturing jobs have already been lost)? or
  • Will Ontario voters have the courage to vote for the Ontario PCs under Brown to turn the economy around and make the province a “have” province again?

The crux of the matter is for Conservatives of all types, as well as fed up Liberals, to get the truth out by whatever means they can — and that truth is that the Liberal Party of Ontario is not only incompetent but corrupt as well and must not be rewarded with another mandate to further misgovern.

Vote ONPC to stop wind turbines that are not “green”

The belief that wind turbines are “green” and reduce CO2 emissions is an Ontario Liberal myth! In fact, some would say that claim is an outright lie.

For proof, take a good look at the above image. Given that three six-foot tall men are standing on the rebar it becomes obvious just how huge that turbine foundation actually is. In fact, the base is reported to require some 45,000 kg of reinforcing rebar and 480,000 litres of concrete to fill and cover it — 20% of the volume of an Olympic sized swimming pool. And that is before you even add the turbine itself!

Think about that and multiply that hole by hundreds of such spaces and what they would do to a rural and farm environment. Of course, the Ontario Liberals don’t worry about such things because turbines are primarily placed in Ontario Progressive Conservative (ONPC) ridings.

During the 2011 provincial election, for instance, the Ontario Liberals, then under Dalton McGuinty, moved two partially built gas plants, one in Oakville and one in Mississauga, out into ONPC territory, because Liberal voters didn’t want them. That gas plant move ended up costing nearly a billion taxpayers dollars.

Similarly, also in 2011, the McGuinty Liberals cancelled a 60 turbine project that was to be off shore near the Scarborough bluffs, which is at the Eastern end of Greater Toronto. But, live in a PC riding, and the Ontario Liberals really don’t care what you think.

The worse part, as we now find out, is that wind turbines are not “green” as they do absolutely nothing for the environment, nor do they reduce emissions. Worse yet, add in the Ontario Liberal Cap and Trade tax and they make hydro unaffordable.

For example, the Toronto Sun identifies one manufacturer who got a recent monthly statement showing they were charged $13,060 for the hydro they used. Plus, on that same bill, they were charged a “Global Adjustment Fee” in the amount of $107,698.00. Can you imagine that? As the Sun states: “A ‘global adjustment fee’ is the term the Ontario government and energy companies use to describe the amount they tack on to businesses’ bills to cover the extremely generous and above-market rates the government has agreed to pay green energy companies in the province.

Meaning, all but the $13,060 is Liberal spin to cover Liberal “green” energy overspending. In other words, the $107,698.00 is a business tax that is going to kill jobs and destroy the Ontario economy.

Well, there is a solution and that solution is to elect a majority PC government in Ontario on June 7th, 2018.

The crux of the matter is, I believe, that under a Premier Patrick Brown, the Ontario economy will be turned around. As it says on the PC website, a PC government would reinvigorate the Ontario economy by cancelling the job killing Cap and Trade costs under the so-called “global adjustment fund”, as well as non-green wind turbine subsidies.

Oil & gas makes full employment & self-sufficiency possible for First Nations!

Credit Bloomberg. Click for FP.

A December 7th, 2016 CBC article by John Paul Tasker caught my attention this morning on Twitter (H/T @PipelineAction). It had the title “Environmentalists have impoverished First Nations.”

Yet, when I read the article, I found that where First Nations embraced the development of such natural resources as oil and gas (never mind forestry, fishing and mining), the reverse was actually the case — which has not always been so.

  • First, there were the anti-fur campaigns in the 1970s which eventually destroyed the Native way of life, not only for those who were hunters and trappers, but furriers and retailers as well.
  • Then, there was the anti-seal campaigns both off the coast of Newfoundland and throughout Europe.
  • Now, there is the 2014 pro-whaling fiasco by the anti-whaling Greenpeace. Known for stopping the whale hunt world-wide, Greenpeace recently supported the killing of a whale by the Clyde River Inuit in Nunavut even though whales are endangered in the Arctic. Given the destruction of the fur and seal trades of the past, I believe this latest turn of face is pure political theatre to try to turn public opinion in Greenpeace’s favour. The problem is that if whales are endangered in the Arctic, pretty soon there won’t be any left to hunt, traditional native values and way of life notwithstanding.

Anyway, the good news is that times are changing because there are forward-looking First Nations Chiefs who know that there can be a balance between care of the environment and providing jobs and wealth.

For example:

  • As I linked at the start of this post, Chief Jim Boucher of the Fort McKay First Nations in Alberta, recently spoke at an Assembly of First Nations Gathering in Gatineau, Quebec and is quoted as saying that: “His community … has an unemployment rate of zero, an average annual income of $120,000, and financial holdings in excess of $2 billion, thanks to its willingness to do business with Canada’s oil and gas companies.” Not only that, but as a result of this windfall, that band is self-governed, receiving only 4% of its revenue from the Government of Canada.
  • A similar good news story was recently heard from First Nation Chief Joe Dion of Frog Lake, Alberta. A quote from a BBC article, also dated December 2016, states that: “[Dion] heads up Frog Lake Energy Resources Corporation, which is wholly owned by the First Nation and manages the on-reserve oil and gas drilling facilities” which has been able to use oil production dividends to build homes, community and senior centres, as well as help fund education programmes.

Thankfully, then, history will not repeating itself if enough First Nations leaders realize that oil and gas and everything connected to those industries, if done right, can benefit their communities.

At the same time, however, caution and awareness is needed because there are still a lot of environmental activist groups that would have First Nations living in poverty, as illogical as that seems. For a full description of who wants to stop anyone from receiving any benefits from oil and gas resource and pipeline development, I would recommend reading a very detailed Vivian Krause October, 2016 article in the Financial Post.

Anyway, let’s look forward with confidence.

The crux of the matter is that First Nation leaders and their communities in both Canada and the U.S. can benefit financially and purposefully from oil and gas extraction and pipeline infrastructure on their traditional lands — with business development and full employment and all the positive outcomes resulting from those activities.