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Trudeau – Wrong Side Of The Fence

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ISIS 2According to a L√©ger poll published this week in Le Devoir, 62% of Quebecers now support the war against the Islamic State in Iraq and 74% agree with the new Conservative anti-terror bill. This is good news for the federal Conservative’s and bad news for Justin Trudeau’s Liberals since they have been catering heavily¬†for the Muslim vote. After the attack of Charlie Hebdo in Paris, Trudeau has found himself on the wrong side of the political fence. The attack in France has hit close to home and opened Quebecor’s eyes.¬†

Just a few month ago our previous liberal PM Chr√©tien said, “Harper did not understand that history in the Iraq 2003 war , and he does not understand it today.” and agreed with Justin Trudeau that Canada should¬†immediately take 50,000 refugees fleeing the Islamic State and allocate $100 million for the World Food Program to help feed refugees facing a harsh winter.¬†Back in 2003¬†Stephen Harper criticized Chretien for his decision to keep Canada out of the Iraq war.¬†Well, here we are 14 years later and the war still rages. Trudeau, like Chretien¬†is wrong in the idea, that¬†sending some humanitarian aid, warm blankets etc., is going to solve this ISIS savage brutality that is now sweeping across Libya. When Obama pulled out of Iraq, President Bush predicted the US would be back within 5 years. He was right and so was Harper.

Now, Justin Trudeau says Harper’s pandering to fears about Muslims, unworthy of a PM, just when 21 Coptic Christians have been beheaded¬†by ISIS in Libya the past weekend. Trudeau either has no idea on how fast this ISIS disease is spreading or just can’t help himself from pandering for the Muslim vote for the 2015 election.¬†Personally, I can’t imagine the Trudeau and the Liberal party being¬†that stupid they don’t understand the threat ISIS poses.¬†But maybe they are. Maybe they really think all Canada should do is dish out warm blankets and a hot meals. Maybe they really think Canada should let someone else protect our freedom. What ever the reason, Quebecers don’t support the Liberal soft on ISIS view.

Now we have Trudeau doing a flip-flop of sorts. After months of criticising the Conservatives on joining the war in Iraq, and accusing Harper of pandering to fears about Muslim’s, he’s decided to back the Conservatives anti-terror bill. Just by backing the bill, I would think he is acknowledging there is a real threat of terrorism.¬†I can almost bet a toonie his position is based on the fact more than four in five Canadians, 82% , back the new legislation to expand the powers of intelligence agencies and police.¬†A position based on how many votes he will lose if he doesn’t vote for the bill, not conviction like Mulcair’s NDP who will vote against the bill.¬†Harper is the only leader that has consistently argued there is big trouble in the middle east that must be stopped.

The ISIS problem is growing daily and is not going to go away. This is going to be a very big election issue in which Trudeau has been on the wrong side of the fence for to long. It’s just to late for the Liberals to crawl back, especially in Quebec. This ISIS issue could very well help Harper make in roads into Quebec for another¬†majority.¬†Not even the Mile Duffy scandal will help the liberals¬†on this one.

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Written by Ken McGregor

February 20, 2015 at 6:26 pm

PM Idle’s No More

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Atawapiskat Housing - millions from government and chief builds band members a shanty town.

Atawapiskat Housing – millions from government and chief builds band members a shanty town.

Idle no More was originally a good movement to educate Canadians about the treaties and natives and to show case the terrible conditions the majority live in. Unfortunately the band chiefs have taken over the peaceful movement and moved it into a confrontational spectacle blaming the Harper government for everything they can think of .

This confrontational attitude seems to have come about after Chief Spence¬†of the Attawapiskat reserve¬†. a remote Cree community on the eastern shore of James Bay in Northern Ontario, was caught with no explanation as to where all¬†the millions in¬†government money went, and why many residents¬†were living in¬†tents and shacks with no utilities. When an audit was done, over 80% of the transactions did not have any information on where the money went. This moved the Conservative government to idle no more¬†and request¬† the reserves to be more accountable for the tax money that was being given to them. It’s at this point where chief Spence started her never-ending¬†hunger strike (fast) to take the attention of this huge scandal. Of course , many other chiefs from different regions¬†jumped on the bandwagon to discredit the audit and PM Harper for interfering with their affairs. Clearly this word ‘accountability’¬†is a dirty word for many¬†band chiefs.

The band chiefs are not the only ones that has a problem with accountability. The Unions,environmentalists, most political parties,CBC are also at logger heads with the Harper governments push for them to be accountable for tax dollars. When you combine all these free loader groups wanting tax-free dollars/status with no accountability it makes for a large noisy group that would love to see the Harper government disappear so they could go back to the old status quo wallowing in our tax dollars. These incompetent chiefs and other players are clearly combining their efforts to creating havoc around Canada to destabilize the HARPER GOVERNMENT .

Today in Vancouver the Idle No More with the help of the environmental movement¬†decided to protest and disrupt the environmental¬†hearings on the Gateway Pipeline, clearly hijacking the Idle No More movement and¬†moving away from the original organizers vision to¬†educate Canadians about the treaties and natives problems. This¬†spectacle must have been a diversion for their real agenda¬†to upset the Harper government¬† since the¬†Gateway has little or no chance of moving ahead. The only real chance for Oil Sands oil to move is by¬†train to the¬†US to hook up with the Keystone Pipeline. All the other ideas for moving oil sands are just ” pipe dreams. Protesting the Gateway is¬†getting to be just¬†an old standby for the socialist left to creat noise.

Its to bad that these self-interest socialist groups have stooped so low as to hijack legitimate organizations¬†that are trying to make a serious point. We use to¬†believe in¬†elections in Canada to decide our path. Today these¬†greedy¬†thugs and free loader chiefs¬†are trying desperately¬†to¬†hang on to their free tax dollars and power over their people by using bullying instead of elections to get their way. Like all dictators and bullies they will fail. Hopefully sooner than later so the rest of us get down to the serious business of helping the one’s that need help,¬†the native population

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The Calgary City Hall Sharks

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Dogfish Shark is Certified Sustainable by Moody Marine Ltd (Independent Scientific Association)

On Monday Calgary City Council passed¬†first reading of a¬†new bylaw aimed at banning the sale of shark fins and shark products in Calgary¬†even though there is a commercial shark fishing industry¬†in Canada on the Pacific and Atlantic coast that fishes sustainable shark fish (the dog-fish¬†shark) . The council argues it is against¬†the finning of sharks (cutting off the fin and throwing away the fish)¬†so this practice should be banned. The problem with this argument is that the practice of finning¬†is already banned in Canada since the early 1990’s.

There are several alderman that¬†appear to be¬†the driving force¬†of this bogus and unthought out bylaw. These Alderman¬†don’t¬†seem to have¬†all the facts about¬†the shark industry or even care to¬†acknowledge¬†the facts¬†, yet push ahead a bylaw that will ban legal¬†shark product from Calgary residents. I find this¬†a disgraceful abuse of power by these Alderman dictating what legal food products Calgarians can¬†or¬†cannot eat. It’s like they are promoting¬†their own personal environmental¬†issue , for some unknown reason,¬†on taxpayers money.

I understand it was mentioned that some alderman¬†googled the web and couldn’t¬†find a thing on the shark fishing industry. Just didn’t¬†exist. Said¬†it was all a fabrication of the pro shark activists. Said there is no sustainable shark fishing industry in Canada.¬†Well, just to set the record straight,¬†here is a little information¬†on the sustainable¬†shark industry they can consider before the final reading of the bylaw this coming January 2013. It might be a good idea for the aldermen¬†do to a little home¬†work¬†on the subject before¬†they start backing a ridiculous bylaw with outrages fines of up to $10,000 for being in possession of legal¬†shark fish products.

The¬†legal commercial shark¬†fisheries¬†is aimed at the porbeagle shark and spiny dogfish and was entered into assessment by the BC Dogfish Hook & line industry Association that represents more than 90% of the vessels fishing Dog fish Shark and all Processors that convert the fish into market ready. The BC coast wide¬†total allowable catch¬†for Dogfish is 14,000 metric tonnes, with 9,250 m.t being accessible to the Hook and Line sector and 4,480 m.t. by the trawl sector.¬†The MSC’s dogfish certification is supported by the David Suzuki Foundation¬†(DSF)¬† and the¬†World Wildlife Fund. The fishery is managed within the precautionary framework of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). All parts of the shark fish including the fin are sold, just like any other fishing product.

Read More: First ‘sustainable’ shark fishery certified¬† http://www.practicalfishkeeping.co.uk/content.php?sid=4339

British Columbia Hook & Line SPINY DOGFISH (Shark) Fishery  June 2011  http://www.msc.org/track-a-fishery/certified/pacific/british-columbia-spiny-dogfish/assessment-downloads-1/14.06.2011_BC_dogfish_PCD_assessment_report.pdf

Spiny Dog Fish Makes History    http://www.vancouversun.com/technology/spiny+dogfish+makes+history+world+first+ sustainable+shark+fishery/5432392/story.html

I hope we don’t¬†hear again from the Calgary¬†Alderman that there is no shark fishing industry¬†in Canada. There is. And its legal. I also hope they¬†ask themself before the final vote on January 2013, how¬†they can possible¬†support banning Calgarians¬†from a¬†legal fish product.¬†Their job as Alderman is to give¬†the voters¬†the facts not half-truths and fiction. ¬†I find it preposterous and a dangerous precedent for banning other legal food products.

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Written by Ken McGregor

October 16, 2012 at 10:59 pm

BC Premier Clark and The Enviormental Bogeyman

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News shocker! Alberta blocks BC truckers from travelling to East Canada. Wants its FAIR SHARE

So Christy Clark , leader of the BC liberals, whats to kick Alberta and Canada in the face with her selfish politics and greed. Well , I have always said what goes around comes around and in Premier Clarks case I doubt very much she will be the premier come next election. The only thing she stands up for is her own political survival and the BC voters are seeing and hearing this loud and clear.

Trying to pick the pockets of other provinces for transporting goods through BC goes against decades of cooperation. Asking the Alberta taxpayers to subsidize the Gateway Pipeline because it runs through BC is ridiculous and sets a very bad precedent for trade between provinces. I think Premier Clark forgets that BC is just as isolated from the rest of Canada as Alberta is isolated from the west coast sea ports. Quite frankly her thinking is foolish.

Environmentalist and Premier Clark  have been exaggerating and misrepresenting environmental problems of the Gateway Pipeline to the BC residents just for their own gain and agenda, just looking after number one, and stiffing the rest of Canada who badly needs the riches of the oil sands. These games they are playing will cause delays in a west coast pipeline that will cost Alberta and Canada the oil market with Asia that we are all counting on to pay for health care and other benefits we have been accustom to. Only today , Venezuela announced it will be looking to China to sell its oil. Being one of the largest oil reserves in the world with ease of access ( unlike Canada thanks to the BC Premier and the environmental Bogeyman) will give Venezuela a major advantage over Canada. How long is the Asian market going to wait for Canada?

So, is BC prepared to increase their transfer payments to subsidize Alberta, Saskatchewan, NWT and the other Canadian provinces for their loss of oil revenue since they are responsible for blocking oil commodities from travelling to west coast ports for sale ? Is BC prepared for retaliation from the other provinces. Does BC really think they can strip Canadian provinces from their major source of income with no consequence? I would suggest that Premier Clark think again. The path she and her environmental cohorts are on will only cause a lot tension between provinces. BC would be in shock if Alberta decided to block all truck traffic travelling through to the east demanding its FAIR SHARE of taxes from the BC taxpayer.

Here is BC’s¬†Premier Christy¬†Clarks email address premier@gov.bc.ca¬†. Email her and tell her to quite using our livelihoods¬†to further her own political career¬†, Its shameful, and to get a pipeline¬†approved to the west coast ASAP.

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Something’s Fishy At Calgary City Hall?

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So whats going on in the Calgary city hall these days? I heard through the grape-vine¬†the environmental¬†socialist have taken over. Yes that right. The city council, all but a few have decide to ban shark fin soup. No kidding, ban a bowl of soup. As if this is the most important thing they have to do.¬†City Hall¬†has decided that the shark¬†population is¬†in great decline the world over and they have to step up and save the shark. It all sound like a great¬†idea at first glance until you learn that the great Canadian David¬†Suzuki¬†is in favor of the BC shark fishing industry on sustainable shark fishing. So why is the City council so head strong on COMPLETELY¬†banning a legal BC INDUSTRY when the greatest Canadian environmentalist in Canada favors the industry? I guess the bottom line is what gives the Calgary City council the right to dictate what legal products we as Calgarians can eat?¬†I agree that fishing sharks just for their fins is completely absurd, but in a controlled legal industry where the whole fish is used (as in BC)¬†there is no reason for the city council to run rough shot over the public and dictate what they can or cannot eat. This is completely abusing and misusing their power as alderman. The way the council is thinking, they¬†can virtually ban what ever they wish¬†.¬†This is pure¬†rubbish. The¬†voters didn’t vote them in for this abuse.

I’m also hearing through the grape-vine there is starting to be a huge backlash that could last right on into¬†the next election if this is not resolved. Thousands of signature have already been gathered in just a few weeks on a petition to stop this foolishness of city council¬†dictating what Calgarians can eat. The idea that city councilors can use their power to promote their pet environmental projects on the taxpayers back is stirring up a hornets nest that’s going to sting badly in the next election.

Getting back to the bowl of shark fin soup that the council wants to put a complete ban on, one has to wonder if they really did any research on the subject. You don’t¬†have to go to far to find that the federal government has already banned shark fining (cutting the fin of the shark and throwing the rest away) back in the 1990’s. You also don’t¬†have to google too much to find that Canada has a legal shark fishing industry that is regulated and fishing sustainable shark fish. The shark fins¬†are part of the fish that is sold legally.¬†So what reason would city council have to run down and ban a legal Canadian industry? The only reason I can think of is they just don’t¬†know all the facts.

I’m all for protecting the environment and our wildlife, but what the Calgary city council is doing cannot be tolerated, that’s telling us what we can eat.¬†As I mentioned before the voters of Calgary expect the alderman to work on matters that concern the city and spend our tax dollars wisely. They don’t expect them to put endless hour and tax dollars¬†on their pet¬†environmental projects. We have a federal government to look after the fishing industry. Enough of this socialist dogma.

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Written by Ken McGregor

October 2, 2012 at 9:54 pm

Canada’s Socialist Bandwagon

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Canada under the NDP

In Canada,¬†a country that prides itself on freedom and the enterprising spirit, its amazing to watch the socialist left¬†movement gain so much steam in Canada. Truckloads of leftist spewing their venomous condemnation at Steven Harper and the Conservatives. All but a few news media shouting for¬†¬†PM Harper’s head. So, whats this all about? Why is there such a hatred for the Conservative from the Socialist left? Many of the reasons seem to be to¬†push their own special interests¬†and promote their ideology. Unless you’re a member in these special interest groups there’s really¬†not much in it for you, the ordinary folk.

Since the Unions¬†are loosing members and the government is looking at new rules to allow members to opt out of the union , unions¬†are facing a massive loss of¬†¬†revenue¬†with reduced union dues being paid.¬†This is money they use to promote their own agendas¬†and donate to friendly¬†political parties that share their views. ¬†With their massive amounts of money collected from union dues, they have the means and power to change laws that benefit their special interest. It’s a¬†fight for power and money. The unions have a lot to lose. For years the pendulum has been swinging left to a point¬†where the governments and business can no longer afford their huge¬†benefit¬†and wage packages and still compete with other world countries. Its come to a point either we compete or end up like Greece and other European¬†countries. The thought of joining¬†the great european socialist dream with¬†all its perks¬†is dead and the Canadian unions are just starting to feel the pain. Socialism has¬†failed in Europe.

Like the Unions , environmentalism is big business. For years they have had the luxury¬†that few of us little folk¬†have, a¬†tax-free¬†environment for collecting donations since¬†most are considered charities. Even though it is well know they support political parties and promote their special projects, protesting governments and corporations they have been privy to the same status as a charity. This has now¬†been recognized and the rules are changing resulting in a lot less dollars in the environmentalist pocket. Bad news for the likes of Green Peace, a $200 million dollar a year business that collects millions from Canada and the Suzuki foundation. They are going to have to work a lot harder to get the same net income. They can no longer fleece¬†the taxpayers for their¬†special interest. The Conservative¬†government¬†is¬†the environmental¬†enemy. They watch the purse strings and affect the envious’¬†bottom line

The¬†left ideology¬†clearly views business as¬†the enemy. They feel that business should pay a¬†lot more than they are now¬†for social program. The people first the shareholders and risk takers¬†second. As noble as this may sound it just doesn’t work. But the battle for who controls the wealth is raging. As we have seen in Greece, the corporations have¬†been so overly taxed they can no longer function and compete in the world markets. They have been picked clean by its government always wanting more to promote their lavish promises to the¬†voters who just couldn’t¬†get enough free benefits. The parties over for Greece and is fast¬†coming to a close in Canada if we move back to the left and let them continue their spendthrift ways to control the public.

I expect all the left will be out in force in the next 2015 Federal election to regain their (our) money and power. The election will be an important turning point in the direction of Canada for a long time come. Our choice will be, a socialist NDP/Liberal government elite controlling us and our wealth or a traditional Conservative Canadian government and the freedoms that go with it.

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Is The Gateway Pipeline Just A Trick?

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What if the Northern Gateway pipeline was just a¬†trick¬†and the real target to get Alberta Oil to market was to ship it to Prince Rupert by train. By now it should be obvious to¬†even the harden supporter¬†that the Gateway has so much bad publicity and environmental flaws that there is no way it’s going to fly. So why is it still being touted as the only and best way to get Alberta Oil to the pacific. Maybe its the perfect bait and switch.

When Warren Buffett and Bill Gates sparked some speculation with their¬†visit to Canada’s oil sands in August 2008, most thought they might invest in the oil sands companies. But instead, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, have both been investing in railroads. In 2011 Bill Gates became largest shareholder in Montreal-based Canadian National Railway with over 10% of the shares.¬†A $3.8 billion dollar investment. Huge even for a Bill Gates investment. Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway¬†acquired the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad in 2010 after having first bought up over 20% of its shares over a period of several years . And now the Burlington Northern Santa Fe is among the U.S. and Canadian railroads that stand to benefit from the Obama administration‚Äôs decision to reject the Keystone XL oil pipeline permit. Turns out¬†a very smart investment from very smart investors.

And then there is the Canadian National Railway, the company that Bill bought, now considered¬†the biggest Canadian railroad based on annual sales, considers the Alberta oil sands a chance to expand its business, according to company filings. Flying under the radar¬†of the environmentalists rath, it¬†already has an established right-of-way to Prince Rupert¬†and could start shipping oil¬† to Asia as soon as loading facilities are built . Its been calculated that¬†CN Rail has the capacity to deliver 2.6 million barrels of bitumen to Prince Rupert each day, compared to 525,000 barrels via the Northern Gateway Pipeline. Plus CN has already upgraded their track. A wise move by CN. Sounds like a lot more dollars in Bill Gates pocket and a great plan, but¬† another blow for Premier Clark. And all the while the environmentalist and first nations have been putting all their efforts to stop the Gateway and the Keystone pipeline. Dumbo’s. Do they really think they are smarter than Gates and Buffet.

The Alberta Oil Sands will get their oil to market. My guess is that the Harper government will say, oops, your all right, the Gateway pipeline and that untrustworthy Enbridge with all its oil leaks is a no go. How about we  use CN Railway. A great Canadian company with a great record. With the likes of Bill Gates, Warren Buffet and now the Chinese all with billions invested, its going to happen. In the mean time the environmentalists are being led around like the bunch of sheep and dopes that they are.

Ship Your Crude Oil Products by Rail. When you choose CN’s Crude by Rail service, you choose to ship cleaner and greener.
http://www.cn.ca/en/shipping-north-america-crude-by-rail.htm

Just a thought!

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