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Unread postPosted: December 29th, 2018, 1:27 pm 
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Since this will be an election year in Canada, we can use this thread to catch all the latest polls, electoral platforms and any other relevant election year news. It makes it easier than navigating dozens of election threads. Joe will do that anyway, but they can be placed here too, nudge, nudge, wink, wink.

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Unread postPosted: December 29th, 2018, 1:31 pm 
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Trudeau Reelection Strategy: Similarities Between Scheer and Harper

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Andrew Scheer’s Conservative party is in the exact same place it was under Stephen Harper’s leadership and that’s why he and his Liberals will continue “pointing out” the similarities.

The Liberal party put the Harper stamp on Scheer the day he was elected leader of the Conservative party, billing him as a far-right social conservative. The Liberals raise Harper frequently and drop his name in fundraising emails to supporters.

“We are focused on what is truly important while Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives are stepping up the same divisive and negative politics we saw from Stephen Harper,” wrote Liberal party president Suzanne Cowan in an email blast sent this week.

In an interview, Trudeau told The Canadian Press that the Conservative party’s approach to a range of issues shows that it does not have plans or ideas that differ from Harper’s.

“Canadians so clearly rejected Stephen Harper’s approach to government, the approach in the 2015 election, and yet on climate, on the economy, on international engagement, on migration issues, on Indigenous issues, they are very much still in the exact same mode that they were pre the 2015 election.”

“I think that’s sort of something that is worthwhile pointing out to Canadians,” said Trudeau.

In almost the same breath Trudeau said that in the next election he’s not going to try to “vilify” or “demonize” his opponents. But he suggested that he doesn’t view his comparison of Scheer to Harper as vilifying him.

Trudeau said when he was emphasizing his “sunny ways” during the last campaign, people were quick to point out any time he said something critical of Harper. But, he said, he’s going to be very sharp any time there are clear distinctions of policy between him and Scheer, or when he thinks Conservatives are trying to divide the country.

“I will make no apologies for being very passionate, sometimes overly enthusiastic, in the way I engage in robust debate but I am as much as possible going to keep it on a substantive level.” He also said Scheer himself has not been able to articulate his differences from his predecessor. He pointed to an Assembly of First Nations meeting earlier this year where a chief directly asked Scheer how he’s different from Harper and Scheer asked for “a little bit of patience for when our platform gets released.”

Brock Harrison, a spokesman for Scheer, said if anyone is stuck in 2015, it’s Trudeau.

“He wants to re-fight the 2015 campaign because virtually everything he and his government have done since then has been a failure,” said Harrison, adding that Trudeau will have to explain why he’s “failed to balance the budget, secure the border, build pipelines, and provide relief for Canadian families.”

Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre made similar comments in an interview recently, suggesting Trudeau points to Harper to deflect from his faults and because he’s feeling nervous about his chief opponent.

“You know the fact that he keeps trying to change the channel from Scheer is probably a good indication that he’s afraid of running against Scheer,” he said.

Poilievre said Trudeau uses the strategy to avoid taking responsibility for his own “failures,” and that whenever he’s asked about something he quickly deflects.

“It doesn’t have to be Stephen Harper, it can be anyone. But it’s the No. 1 rhetorical technique he employs — to quickly change the subject to another human being as soon as he is caught in trouble or failing. So we expect more of that, it’s actually a common tactic among privileged trust-fund babies.”

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Unread postPosted: December 29th, 2018, 1:46 pm 

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seoulbro wrote:
Since this will be an election year in Canada, we can use this thread to catch all the latest polls, electoral platforms and any other relevant election year news. It makes it easier than navigating dozens of election threads. Joe will do that anyway, but they can be placed here too, nudge, nudge, wink, wink.

Good idea Seoul.
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Unread postPosted: December 29th, 2018, 1:50 pm 
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This was the year things came undone for Trudeau

By Candace Malcolm of Sun News Media

This was a very bad year for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. 2018 got off to a rocky start, and everything went downhill from there.

In early January, news broke that the federal ethics commissioner had found Trudeau guilty of breaking conflict of interest laws by going on a free vacation to a billionaire’s private island.

Trudeau become the first PM in history to be found guilty of breaking Canada’s ethics laws. His handlers quickly sent him on a cross-country speaking tour to distract from the bad headlines. But that only made things worse.

Trudeau insulted a young Canadian soldier who had lost his leg in Afghanistan, telling him that veterans were “asking for more than we are able to give right now.”

Trudeau’s indifference to suffering war heroes was eclipsed only by his absurd deference to political correctness. During the same town hall meeting, Trudeau corrected a young woman for using the term “mankind,” telling her instead, “we like to say peoplekind.”

Things went from bad to worse for Trudeau in February when he embarked on a junket to India. It was supposed to be Trudeau’s time to shine; the international press were known to swoon over Canada’s hip and progressive leader.

Instead, everything that could possibly go wrong went wrong. It was a disaster of epic proportions.

Trudeau looked like a fool, dressed up like a Bollywood show-off, dancing at press conferences and dragging his poor family from one ridiculous photo-op to another. His 8-day agenda lacked any real diplomatic purpose, and he was snubbed by Indian government officials over accusations of pandering to Sikh extremists in Canada.

Lo and behold, as I first reported in the Sun, one of those Sikh extremists was convicted would-be killer Jaspal Atwal, who was in India with the Canadian delegation and photographed at an official event.

Trudeau’s incompetence was amplified, and his office’s cover-up — blaming the invitation on “rogue elements” in the Indian government — made it all so much worse.

Trudeau was exposed, shamelessly pandering to actual terrorists and lacking the self-awareness to step out of the spotlight after being lambasted and ridiculed by the same international media that once praised him.

From there, we learned that Trudeau the feminist had once been accused of accosting a young female reporter at a music festival back in the year 2000 when he was 28.

“Men and women experience things differently,” said Trudeau, denying any wrongdoing. His “feminism” suddenly seemed hollow and hypocritical.

Trudeau always puts style over substance, and while his style repeatedly backfired in 2018, the substance was even worse.

After promising modest deficits, Trudeau’s spending spiraled out of control with no plan to get back to balance.

His refusal to secure our borders led to a crisis of illegal migration, the highest asylum claimant numbers in history and the lowest public approval of immigration in decades.

Trudeau was nearly blocked out of NAFTA for his arrogance, and he failed to secure a deal to protect Canadian manufacturing jobs.

And his anti-energy agenda carbon taxes, tanker bans, cancelled pipelines and Bill C-69 have pushed many Albertans to the brink of separatism.

The country is divided, people are angry, and Trudeau’s approval rating has never been lower.

A sizable majority — 58% of Canadians — disapprove of Justin Trudeau, 38% saying they “strongly disapprove.”

2018 was the year the shine came off of our prime minister. Canadians saw more of Trudeau, and they really didn’t like what they saw.

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Unread postPosted: December 30th, 2018, 3:06 am 

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seoulbro wrote:
Since this will be an election year in Canada, we can use this thread to catch all the latest polls, electoral platforms and any other relevant election year news. It makes it easier than navigating dozens of election threads. Joe will do that anyway, but they can be placed here too, nudge, nudge, wink, wink.


Well seoul, traditionally I’m a liberal who usually voted Liberal or some other progressive party.

But I don’t really care much for Justin Trudeau & this particular edition of the Liberal party. Even Liberals like John Manley have recently criticized the Prime Minister over the handling of the Huawei case.

While he did some things I agree with, Trudeau comes across as too impulsive, inexperienced & in the back pockets of certain special interest groups.

The one incident which really angered me about him is how he issued a $10.5 million payout for Omar Khadr & then didnt extend any financial help to free those hostages in the Philippines & were later beheaded.This despite the fact that those terrorists had lowered the ransom amount & I believe the total for the 2 hostages was less than the aKhadr payout. So apart from having blood on his hands, he showed favoritism & gave preferential treatment to Khadr.

Not good. A leader no matter his political stripe has gotta stand for all Canadians.

And when it comes down to a matter of life or death, should try to save a Canadian life at all cost.

I’m gravitating away from the Liberals this time around & wish they had a different leader. I don’t think Trudeau is very good & appears to be led by others rather than leading them.

Also I appreciate the fact that Andrew Scheer had promised to cut the debt. While its true that it would mean cuts in certain social services, our government is not & should not be treated as a candy store. As I said before, I see some parallels between 2019/19 & the late 1970s. Looks OK now, but there’s smoke on the horizon. So our governments should be socking away surpluses not running up the debt.

Regardless of political party, We need a leader who’ll make tough decisions now to weather the storm tomorrow. Trudeau is too complacent


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Unread postPosted: December 30th, 2018, 9:24 am 
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Trudeau will be reelected, our biggest export is doomed, the shift from skilled immigrants to economic migrants gaming our lax refugee policies will deepen, Ottawa will continue to offload debt onto provinces(some provinces will have debt to GDP ratios of 200%), consumer debt which is the highest in the OECD will eventually hit a wall, and the UN will have more influence over domestic policy.

We are seeing the beginning of the end for Canada as a desirable place to live. More people will be forced to pay more, but receive less. The only thing Scheer's election will do is slow the decay a bit.

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Unread postPosted: December 30th, 2018, 11:28 am 
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Herman wrote:
Trudeau will be reelected, our biggest export is doomed, the shift from skilled immigrants to economic migrants gaming our lax refugee policies will deepen, Ottawa will continue to offload debt onto provinces(some provinces will have debt to GDP ratios of 200%), consumer debt which is the highest in the OECD will eventually hit a wall, and the UN will have more influence over domestic policy.

We are seeing the beginning of the end for Canada as a desirable place to live. More people will be forced to pay more, but receive less. The only thing Scheer's election will do is slow the decay a bit.

Provincial debt and current equalization are unsustainable.

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Herman wrote:
Trudeau will be reelected, our biggest export is doomed, the shift from skilled immigrants to economic migrants gaming our lax refugee policies will deepen, Ottawa will continue to offload debt onto provinces(some provinces will have debt to GDP ratios of 200%), consumer debt which is the highest in the OECD will eventually hit a wall, and the UN will have more influence over domestic policy.

We are seeing the beginning of the end for Canada as a desirable place to live. More people will be forced to pay more, but receive less. The only thing Scheer's election will do is slow the decay a bit.

Canada has the appearance of democracy. All four parties are prog parties. Nothing for the working man.

Canada is FUBAR and I can't wait to get the heck out of this prog paradise.

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Australia also has a Federal election in 2019.

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Bricktop wrote:
Australia also has a Federal election in 2019.

Is the current government expected to win?

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Unread postPosted: December 30th, 2018, 6:40 pm 

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Gaon wrote:
Bricktop wrote:
Australia also has a Federal election in 2019.

Is the current government expected to win?

This thread is about the upcoming Canadian election.


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Gaon wrote:
Bricktop wrote:
Australia also has a Federal election in 2019.

Is the current government expected to win?


No.

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Unread postPosted: January 10th, 2019, 8:53 am 
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I think the Conservatives made a big mistake by not electing Max Bernier. In my city, Scheer is barely known.

Rumours of Andrew Scheer’s demise are greatly exaggerated

Predicting that Andrew Scheer and the Conservatives are done like dinner heading into the Oct. 21 federal election is dumb.

Predictions like: “Why Andrew Scheer will never be Prime Minister” (ipolitics.ca, May 3, 2018) and “Face it Conservatives. Picking Scheer was a mistake" (ipolitics.ca, Jan. 5, 2018) are dumb. How do we know? Because in the months leading up to the Oct. 19, 2015 federal election in which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took his party from third place to government, we saw equally dumb predictions like: “Justin Trudeau may not last long as Liberal leader, political scientist says” (straight.com, July 28, 2015) and, “Backers fear that missing-in-action, Trudeau losing bid to lead Canada” (Reuters, July 29, 2015).

Definitive and near-definitive statements from the chattering classes — present company included — about what’s going to happen in an election months before the election are silly, because elections matter.

Because polls only tell us what’s happened, not what’s going to happen.

And because when it comes to predicting election results months in advance, and occasionally even a day in advance, nobody knows nothing.

Just ask Hillary Clinton. What forms the prevailing media narrative about an election leading up to the election is what the polls say.

In the 2015 federal election, the prevailing media/pollster narrative heading in was that it was going to be a battle between Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper and NDP leader Tom Mulcair — the latter poised to become Canada’s first NDP PM — with Trudeau and the Liberals also rans.

Two-and-a-half months later (campaigning began on Aug. 2 for the Oct. 19 vote), Trudeau became Canada’s 23rd prime minister.

Harper announced his resignation as Conservative party leader that night, followed by his exit from politics in August, 2016.

The NDP booted Mulcair out as party leader in April, 2016 — a decision many now appear to regret — with Mulcair speaking for the last time in Parliament in June, 2018, and serving his last day as an MP two months later.

In the lead up to the 2015 election I wrote (happily) on July 29, 2015 in a column, ironically titled “The fall of Justin Trudeau” — in the middle of a deluge of media stories saying Trudeau was finished — that:

“What’s happened is that the media, taking its cue from the polls which now show the Liberals in third place behind the NDP and Tories, have done an about-face on the previous media narrative about Trudeau.

“That’s from just a few months ago, when, according to the polls, Trudeau’s Liberals were in first and many in the media were declaring him a sure thing to occupy 24 Sussex Drive after the Oct. 19 election.

“Now, we’re told, he’s a sure miss.

“But I wouldn’t bury him, or anyone else, just yet.”

Which is why it’s dumb to bury Scheer now.

It’s certainly going to be a challenge for Scheer to defeat Trudeau, one of the reasons being that Canadians typically (although not always) re-elect an incoming prime minister after he’s won his first election.

In Canada’s recent political history this was true of Progressive Conservative PM Brian Mulroney (two majority governments in the 1984 and 1988 elections), Liberal PM Jean Chretien (three majority governments in the 1993, 1997 and 2000 elections) and Stephen Harper (minority governments in the 2006 and 2008 elections and a majority government in the 2011 election).

But anything’s possible. Just ask Justin Trudeau

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Unread postPosted: January 24th, 2019, 8:15 am 
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The latest Liberal fear and smear tactic: stopping the abuse of our refugee system equals militarizing the border. :crazy:

Latest Liberal fearmongering: Conservatives will ‘militarize the border’

While accusing the opposition of fear-mongering about illegal immigration, top Trudeau government officials have stepped up their own fear-mongering campaign against the opposition.

The 2019 federal election may be nine months away, but the campaign has already begun. The latest comes from Trudeau’s immigration minister Ahmed Hussen, who accused the Conservative Party of wanting to “militarize the border.”

Last week, Conservative MP and immigration critic Michelle Rempel held a news conference where she called on the government to study the issue of how Canada screens and vets migrants who illegally cross into Canada. Rempel’s proposal was mild, and well within reason.

Canada is experiencing an unprecedented and ongoing surge in illegal border crossings, which has been accompanied by stories of alleged terrorists and migrants with national security red flags slipping into Canada.

Rempel noted in her news conference that the Conservatives have been asking for a review of Canada’s immigration screening policy since the border crisis escalated in 2017.

Responding to Rempel’s proposal, Hussen dismissed the Tory position on immigration and bizarrely seemed to invent a new position for them.

“I haven’t seen anything from the Conservatives. They don’t have a plan,” said Hussen, before quickly changing his tune. “Do you know what their plan is? To militarize the border and place a CBSA official or RCMP official every 100 meters,” said Hussen.

In the same breathe, Hussen claimed both that the Conservatives didn’t have a plan and that their plan includes militarizing the border.

Of course, there is no evidence that the Conservatives — or any sane person for that matter — has ever called for officials to be stationed every hundred meters along the border.

The shared Canada — U.S. border, after all, spans 8,891km. With border officials ever 100 meters — ten per kilometer — that would mean staffing the border with about 90,000 border stations, and asking our American neighbours to do the same.

If the mainstream media bothered to fact-check Liberal politicians like they do the opposition, Hussen’s wild allegation would surely fail the test.

In reality, the problem is mostly contained to one small section of the border.

In 2018, 19,419 migrants illegally entered Canada in between official ports of entry, 18,518 of them crossed into Quebec. This is in line with the Trudeau government’s claim that 95% of all illegal crossings occur along Roxham Road.

The problem does not span Canada’s nearly 9,000km border. It’s isolated to a very small location — making it much easier to tackle.

Canada could drastically reduce the flow of illegal migration by taking simple step: closing the border at Roxham Road and stopping migrants from crossing there. Instead, the Trudeau government has done the opposite.

First, they built a land bridge so migrants wouldn’t have to walk through a ditch.

Second, they permanently stationed RCMP officers at this unofficial crossing point (which is less than 5kms from the official crossing at Champlain, NY) to register incoming migrants.

Third, they set up makeshift refugee camps so that asylum seekers could start their paperwork and quickly become eligible for government handouts.

Finally, they began shuttling migrants to Montreal or Toronto — their choice — and setting them up in government-funded housing.

Not only has the Liberal government helped to facilitate illegal immigration, they’re normalizing it and thereby encouraging more of it.

Perhaps that is where Minister Hussen is coming from. When you believe in open borders, everything else begins to look like “militarization.”

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Unread postPosted: January 24th, 2019, 9:04 am 
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The latest Liberal fear and smear tactic: stopping the abuse of our refugee system equals militarizing the border. :crazy:

Latest Liberal fearmongering: Conservatives will ‘militarize the border’

While accusing the opposition of fear-mongering about illegal immigration, top Trudeau government officials have stepped up their own fear-mongering campaign against the opposition.

The 2019 federal election may be nine months away, but the campaign has already begun. The latest comes from Trudeau’s immigration minister Ahmed Hussen, who accused the Conservative Party of wanting to “militarize the border.”

Last week, Conservative MP and immigration critic Michelle Rempel held a news conference where she called on the government to study the issue of how Canada screens and vets migrants who illegally cross into Canada. Rempel’s proposal was mild, and well within reason.

Canada is experiencing an unprecedented and ongoing surge in illegal border crossings, which has been accompanied by stories of alleged terrorists and migrants with national security red flags slipping into Canada.

Rempel noted in her news conference that the Conservatives have been asking for a review of Canada’s immigration screening policy since the border crisis escalated in 2017.

Responding to Rempel’s proposal, Hussen dismissed the Tory position on immigration and bizarrely seemed to invent a new position for them.

“I haven’t seen anything from the Conservatives. They don’t have a plan,” said Hussen, before quickly changing his tune. “Do you know what their plan is? To militarize the border and place a CBSA official or RCMP official every 100 meters,” said Hussen.

In the same breathe, Hussen claimed both that the Conservatives didn’t have a plan and that their plan includes militarizing the border.

Of course, there is no evidence that the Conservatives — or any sane person for that matter — has ever called for officials to be stationed every hundred meters along the border.

The shared Canada — U.S. border, after all, spans 8,891km. With border officials ever 100 meters — ten per kilometer — that would mean staffing the border with about 90,000 border stations, and asking our American neighbours to do the same.

If the mainstream media bothered to fact-check Liberal politicians like they do the opposition, Hussen’s wild allegation would surely fail the test.

In reality, the problem is mostly contained to one small section of the border.

In 2018, 19,419 migrants illegally entered Canada in between official ports of entry, 18,518 of them crossed into Quebec. This is in line with the Trudeau government’s claim that 95% of all illegal crossings occur along Roxham Road.

The problem does not span Canada’s nearly 9,000km border. It’s isolated to a very small location — making it much easier to tackle.

Canada could drastically reduce the flow of illegal migration by taking simple step: closing the border at Roxham Road and stopping migrants from crossing there. Instead, the Trudeau government has done the opposite.

First, they built a land bridge so migrants wouldn’t have to walk through a ditch.

Second, they permanently stationed RCMP officers at this unofficial crossing point (which is less than 5kms from the official crossing at Champlain, NY) to register incoming migrants.

Third, they set up makeshift refugee camps so that asylum seekers could start their paperwork and quickly become eligible for government handouts.

Finally, they began shuttling migrants to Montreal or Toronto — their choice — and setting them up in government-funded housing.

Not only has the Liberal government helped to facilitate illegal immigration, they’re normalizing it and thereby encouraging more of it.

Perhaps that is where Minister Hussen is coming from. When you believe in open borders, everything else begins to look like “militarization.”
As fash once said- bad ideas that happen down south have a way of making their way up to Canada.

I figured it wouldn't be long till the left in canada would start adopting the -"there's no such thing as an illegal immigrant" mentality that the left here has, and the attitude that anybody who is against illegal immigration is a big evil meany.

Very unfortunate. I hope that the truth can win out up there, it certainly hasn't here. :sad:


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As fash once said- bad ideas that happen down south have a way of making their way up to Canada.

I figured it wouldn't be long till the left in canada would start adopting the -"there's no such thing as an illegal immigrant" mentality that the left here has, and the attitude that anybody who is against illegal immigration is a big evil meany.

Very unfortunate. I hope that the truth can win out up there, it certainly hasn't here. :sad:

We have a thread on the main board about the topic of illegal immigration..
the-blue-cashew-f2/canadian-immigration-reform-2004-t10393.html

Gaon is a very recent immigrant and he's very passionate in his opposition to people who simply walk across a border to get permanent residency which didn't require long waits, plus costs and extensive background checks that he went through.


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Fashionista wrote:
Wazzzup wrote:
As fash once said- bad ideas that happen down south have a way of making their way up to Canada.

I figured it wouldn't be long till the left in canada would start adopting the -"there's no such thing as an illegal immigrant" mentality that the left here has, and the attitude that anybody who is against illegal immigration is a big evil meany.

Very unfortunate. I hope that the truth can win out up there, it certainly hasn't here. :sad:

We have a thread on the main board about the topic of illegal immigration..
the-blue-cashew-f2/canadian-immigration-reform-2004-t10393.html

Gaon is a very recent immigrant and he's very passionate in his opposition to people who simply walk across a border to get permanent residency which didn't require long waits, plus costs and extensive background checks that he went through.


Fash if you think this post would be a better fit in the immigration thread, please move it there. I don't want to derail this thread into a US thread or immigration thread it should remain a Canada election thread.


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Trudeau is the enabler of criminal human trafficking rings.

Liberals suck and blow
Are migrants illegals, ‘irregulars’ or legal illegals?


Justin Trudeau’s Liberals clearly have no clue what to do when it comes to illegal border crossers other than attack anyone that criticizes them.

Ever since Trudeau’s infamous #Welcometocanada tweet in January of 2017, the Liberal government has been in a state of denial.

It denies that Trudeau’s tweet encouraged the tenfold increase in the number of people crossing illegally into Canada from just over 2,000 in 2016 to more than 20,000 in 2017.

Just like it denies that 40,000 people crossing illegally is a crisis or putting a strain on the system even as it has transferred hundreds of workers to the border to deal with the influx, spent billions to deal with it and watched shelter use surge.

It even denies that crossing the border at a place like Roxham Rd. in Quebec is illegal. This despite the giant Government of Canada signs saying it is illegal, the Mounties warning people before they cross that to do so is illegal and the immigration minister telling a Commons committee that he has used illegal and irregular and “both are accurate.”

Yet for months now, the Liberals have been attacking anyone that uses the term illegal.

Which makes me wonder, why is someone now facing charges for helping people do something that is not illegal?

On Wednesday, the Canada Border Services Agency announced that a woman had been charged with smuggling people into the country via Roxham Rd.

It’s hardly smuggling when you are doing it in the open and the RCMP are there to greet you. Yet, Olayinka Celestina Opaleye is facing charges “for organizing illegal entry into Canada.”

While the government, and much of the media, portray anyone crossing the border as fleeing persecution, that isn’t always the case. In fact, with rare exception, it is not the case.

Instead, what we have are mostly economic migrants jumping the queue and paying the kind of smuggling ring that Opaleye is charged with belonging to.

These high-end human traffickers don’t sell people into sexual slavery, they facilitate passage.

We’ve known for a long time that people are paying services to bring them from places, such as Nigeria to JFK airport in New York City where they are loaded onto buses and taken to the Canada-u.s. border at Roxham Rd.

That there are people trying to game the system isn’t new and can’t be blamed on the Trudeau government. This has gone on for decades. I have personally covered rings that were shut down, trying to exploit loopholes in Canada’s system from China and the Middle East.

The difference is that under the Harper Conservatives, and previous Liberal governments, these efforts were shut down.

This is the first I’ve heard of someone being charged with being part of this kind of ring at Roxham Rd.

And again, why charge this woman when the political message from the government is that this is not illegal?

The government is at such a loss for what to say on this file that it is lashing out randomly.

After Conservative immigration critic Michelle Rempel once again called for the Trudeau Liberals to enforce the safe third country agreement across the whole border, the Liberals freaked out.

Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussein accused the Conservatives of having no plan on immigration before turning immediately to reveal their plan to “militarize the border.”

Of course, the Conservatives have no such plan.

Their call to apply the safe third country agreement across the whole border would simply see a loophole closed in the agreement signed in 2002 between the governments of Jean Chretien and George W. Bush.

The agreement says neither country will accept refugees from the other since both Canada and U.S. are safe and welcoming destinations for refugees. But if you cross between official border points, the agreement does not apply.

The Conservative proposal is a sensible way to deal with a problem that the Liberals created but barely want to acknowledge exists.

Far better to attack anyone that questions the ongoing abuse of the system as “uncanadian,” racist or worse.

The Liberals will either deal with this problem in the next few months or pay for it at the polls come October.

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Some common sense ideas from Mr Bernier.

Bernier calls for unity to fight Ottawa

Calgary — Quebec MP and People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier made a stop in Calgary on Saturday to rally alberta supporters with a message targeting Ottawa.

Speaking at an event organized by derek Fildebrandt’s Freedom Conservative Party of alberta, Bernier took aim at federal policies, including the equalization program.

“The main problems affecting alberta, affecting you, and other regions of our country are economic in nature, but they derive from the malfunctioning of our federation,” Bernier said.

The MP said he has proposed to “put an end to Ottawa’s intrusions in provincial matters such as health care and education, and to transfer tax points to provinces and let them manage their affairs with complete autonomy.”

“That should appeal to you, to albertans,” he told a crowd at a northeast Calgary hotel. “Quebec and Quebecers, they don’t want the federal government to interfere in provincial jurisdiction, and I think it’s the same thing here.”

Bernier called Canada’s equalization program “unfair and inefficient” to alberta and said the formula should be “less generous and more efficient.”

The MP said his proposed plan for pipeline construction is to scrap the federal government’s oil tanker and environmental assessment bills, streamline the process for approving pipeline construction and find a private buyer for the Trans Mountain pipeline.

In addition, Bernier vowed to invoke, when necessary, a section of the Constitution that grants federal jurisdiction over modes of inter-provincial and international transportation and communication.


Bernier also issued a cautionary message to Freedom Conservative Party members about the slogan “equality or independence.”

“don’t do the same mistake that we did in Quebec,” he said. “Of course, Alberta is different from Quebec, in many ways … . My suggestion today is to unite with Canadians in other provinces, including Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick … we are much more likely to get concrete results if we try to be sure that our politicians in Ottawa will respect our Constitution.”

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