Is Trudeau’s Canada for sale?

PM Justin Trudeau in Revelstoke, B.C. July 30, 2017 (Jeff Bassett/Canadian Press)

Is Trudeau’s Canada for sale? If we judge how much money the Trudeau Government is spending on matters not related to average Canadians, I would say yes. For Liberals, it seems to be all about paying whatever it takes to get international prestige and favour.

Think back to September 2016, for instance, when Mr. Trudeau spoke at the UN.  He specifically said his Liberal government would be spending less emphasis on national interests and more on global interests.

Remember too when Trudeau kept saying “Canada is back.” What exactly did he mean?  Did it simply mean “rebranding” as the CBC claimed? Or, that Canada was back to spending taxpayers money for climate change initiatives and global aid programs?

For example:

  1. In their first 100 days governing Canada, the Trudeau Liberals allocated $4.3 Billion to be spent abroad for UN climate conferences and helping third world countries deal with climate change.
  2. Still in those early days, the Trudeau Liberals allocated $450-Million for UN peacekeeping operations because, remember, during the 2015 election campaign, they promised to take Canada’s military out of the Middle East. Well, apparently, as of June 2017, the Liberals still haven’t decided where to do that peacekeeping.
  3. More recently, the Trudeau Liberals came up with a “feminist plan” that allocated $650 Million for international feminist services over several years, money that includes paying activists to interrupt and lobby in countries where abortion is illegal.
  4. Last, but unfortunately not likely to be least, the Trudeau Liberals gave $20 Million! to the Clinton Foundation. Yes, that Foundation where there are allegations of pay for play and misspending.

No doubt there are many more examples of money spent abroad. And, of course, while the money was spent in Canada, we all know about the Omar Khadr $10.5 million pay out. A travesty for sure. Taxpayers hard earned money going to a convicted terrorist because his rights were somehow violated when he was being interviewed by RCMP investigators at Guantanamo Bay.

But, for me, the proof that the Trudeau Government is more interested in spending money abroad than at home came this very week in BC when the PM was encouraging Canadians to donate privately to the Red Cross to help Canadians adversely affected by the BC fires. Significant was the fact that he did NOT say his government would match those funds.

In my opinion, regardless of the endless selfies and photo ops reminding us of PM Trudeau’s rock star status internationally, Canadians need to pay attention to the amount of money flowing OUT of our country. Is Canada for sale? I already said “yes” at the start of his column. But, readers can judge for themselves, especially since all this generosity is being spent while Canada expects a $28.5 Billion deficit for 2017/18.

Greece shows why “Proportional Representation” won’t work in Canada

Credit Elections Canada.

As Kelly McParland wrote in yesterday’s National Post, the current unstable political situation in Greece confirms that Proportional Representation (PR) is a very risky type of electoral system.

I mean, the Greek people just had an election on May 6th, 2012. Yet, now they have to go back to the polls.

Why? Because none of the party leaders can agree on austerity measures, what type of coalition government they want, or who will lead it. For example, Greece’s New Democracy Party received only 19% of the vote, compared to Syriza at 17% and Pasok at 13%.

What a new election is going to accomplish, I can’t imagine. In the meantime, a caretaker government was appointed yesterday to carry Greece through this latest crisis.

Now, compare that particular electoral stalemate to Canada’s first past the post system (FPTP).

Of course, progressive and liberal voters and politicians in Canada don’t like FPTP because they would have to get the most seats –compared to PR where two or more parties can combine their popular vote to form a coalition government.

For example, on May 2nd, 2011, the Conservative Party of Canada got 39.62% of the vote and 167 seats compared to the NDP, which received 30.62% and 102 seats. The Liberals on the other hand, received only got 18.91% of the votes or 34 seats.

Which means, if PR had been in effect in Canada in 2011, the NDP and Liberals would have formed a coalition government with only 49.53% of the votes, still not a majority. If the Greens (with one seat being held by Elizabeth May) joined that coalition, the numbers would have jumped to 53.44% of the vote.

However, the problem with that particular “majority” scenario, is that it would have been all the losing parties that formed the Canadian government, hardly fair or equitable in my opinion?

Now, if the 39.62% of the popular vote is the problem — as in the 60% of Canadians didn’t vote for the Conservatives in 2011 meme — let’s look at the popular vote of previous Liberal majority governments. Because, remember, Canada’s House of Commons has five separate political parties. Meaning, it doesn’t matter if four of those parties are considered liberal/progressive because — unless and until they join together — they are separate parties with separate results.

  • 1974 – Libs 43.2%
  • 1980 – Libs 44.3%
  • 1993 – Libs 41.3%
  • 1997 – Libs 38.5%
  • 2000 – Libs 40.8%

In reality, then, the results were not that much different than what the CPC received a year ago with 39.62%.

So, given the difficulties countries like Greece are having with PR to form a government, if the FPTP system isn’t broken…..

Conservatives to support NDP motion to end Aboriginal education funding?

So, now we know how this robocall issue is going to end — with a political compromise. Yes, the NDP’s Interim Leader Nycole Turmel and Pat Martin are still playing good cop, bad cop, as this column by PostMedia reporter Linda Nguyen indicates.

However, something else is going on as well. For example, check out this somewhat low-key column by Tim Harper in the Toronto Star (H/T newswatchcanada.ca) which indicates that the Conservatives might back NDP MP Charlie Angus’ motion to end the federal Aboriginal education funding gap.

Could, in fact, that be where the rubber hits the road and the NDP backs away from Bob Rae’s near hysteria? Well, only time will tell of course, but as Nguyen writes: 

“On Friday, Rae sent a letter to House of Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer, asking him to allow an emergency debate on the matter when Parliament resumes Monday. But interim federal NDP leader Nycole Turmel says approval for such a debate is unlikely because it is not the responsibility of the federal government to probe these kinds of situations. Instead, she urged for a thorough investigation by the RCMP and Elections Canada.”

A thorough investigation by the RCMP and Elections Canada? Absolutely. Of course, even without the results of such an investigation, Bob Rae and his Liberals continue to allege a connection between the robocalls and the Conservative Party of Canada  — even while voters like me are willing to sign an affidavit that we too got such calls.

As I wondered at the time I received my call, why on earth would Elections Canada call an individual voter. Or, for that matter, why would any political party call someone on or just before election day. The reality is that no one can predict how a person will vote on the basis of their telephone number. For example, as I mentioned in one of my comments on my previous thread, I also got automated calls during the Ontario election campaign as well, but they were identified as coming from the provincial Liberal candidate in my riding. However, at no time did I actually say who I was planning to vote for. 

Meaning, no political party can know how a person is going to vote strictly based on their telephone number. And, for Bob Rae and the federal Liberal incumbents who lost on May 2, 2011, to suggest electoral fraud is truly magical thinking, albeit dangerous thinking given how the confidence in our government is being eroded purely out of political desperation.

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Updates:

(1) Here is another Toronto Star article (H/T Ontario Girl) about a private Thunder Bay call centre company supposed to get out the Conservative vote. Obviously mistakes were made, but mostly by the call centre workers. But I am also very suspicious. Why are we not hearing anything about Liberal and NDP attempts to get out their vote. They had to have made those types of calls. Whatever mistakes were made, in my opinion, it is far more shameful what the liberal media and Liberals are trying to do now — take down a duly elected government on the basis of unsubstantiated allegations. No, the call centre workers do not prove voter suppression. Rather, they prove that call centre workers themselves decided to say they were calling from Elections Canada.

(2) Here is a Globe and Mail article about Senator Mike Duffy complaining that there are also third parties who get involved in election campaigns and likely use automated calling and call centres. Makes a lot of sense.

(3) CBC reporting that Peter McKay saying robocalls an isolated incident.