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  1. Polievre is sharp, and would make a good lawyer. But I don't think he would be able to make it as a prime minister. Not right now anyway. Who knows, he may gain the PM qualities that voters look for in a decade or so. He is still quite young.
  2. How did you come to the conclusion that those are exec files being taken out of WE offices? Add a link. Bring some value to your posts. Please.
  3. No. There is nothing in there that shows that Trudeau intentionally spread COVID in Canada. I'll also put you down as a conspiracy theorist, who is unable to back up their claim.
  4. You didn't read the list, yet you have an opinion on it. This is an unhealthy and useless way to debate. Also, lots of unfounded, Alex Jones style conspiracy theories there. How can we debate when you are not backing any of the stuff you are posting? "Intentionally spreading COVID in our country" ? C'mon. @Nefarious Banana and @scribblet really agree with you?
  5. Unfortunately, this double standard is expected. Yes, Trudeau and co. have used their power for their own gain. They should be punished for it. Here is the problem: Many of the loudest critics of Trudeau were either silent or tried to make excuses when the Harper government abused their power during his reign. You guys want to know about these abuses by the Harper government? Take a look at this list. Some things on the list can be debated, but the majority of them cannot be. Here is just a taste:
  6. At the same time, I do wonder how Conservative supporters who are frustrated with Trudeau's abuse of power, were frustrated with Harper's abuse of power and the scandals that he was a part of.
  7. This is pretty serious. I think Trudeau should be punished by voters and I do hope that the same voters who criticized Harper's abuse of power during his reign, are applying the same standards to Trudeau.
  8. The "worst recession in generations", or the "Global Financial Crisis" happened in 2008-09. Harper was in power from 2006 to 2015, where he ran a deficit every single year. Thank you for showing an example of swarmy dishonesty.
  9. Trudeau is a fencesitter. He's not like his father or Chrétien. Two guys with big personalities who were combative and "stuck to their guns". Trudeau seized on Harper's unpopularity and managed to win votes from both the Cons and a weak NDP. At the end, Trudeau rejected some oil projects and fought for others. In BC, the left are not happy with Trudeau. In AB, the right are not happy with Trudeau. I think it's important to share that I have only voted once for the Liberals and that was in 2004 for Paul Martin. I'm not a supporter of Trudeau, and at the same time, I'm not a fan of the absolutism that some people here push for; Where Trudeau is responsible for everything that they deem as negative and at the same time, say that Trudeau is not responsible for anything positive that has happened during his tenure. His policies have not been any different than Harper's policies when it comes to the energy sector. If an industry is dying and is seen as no longer sustainable, why should they survive on government handouts or preferential treatment just so we can milk a few last drops from a dying cow? Harper was also not able to get an approval on a new pipeline through BC and he had many years to do it. Personally, I am happy that neither parties could get it through. Trudeau knew it wasn't going to happen, so in order to please the left, he promised to not push for a new line. Instead, he approved Kinder Morgan, despite the resistance from the Left. Nothing changes with a flip of a switch. The transition is already happening and it will take time. We already have more jobs in the clean energy sector, when compared to the fossil fuel industry. Why not continue the trend? People in the oil+gas and people from the car manufacturing industries should adapt and train themselves in the emerging markets. It's much easier than complaining. Leave the complaining to the billionaires who are whining about not receiving as much government handouts that has been given to them for so long. By the way, the flippening and increase in jobs in the clean sector was already happening during the Harper years.
  10. Paul Martin (Liberal) reduced the national debt by $90 billion and left a budgetary surplus of $14 billion. Harper's (Conservative) six deficits added $150 billion to the national debt.
  11. We have, what is referred to, as dirty oil. The cost of extracting sand oil is not worth the investment, unless oil is above $45. RIght now, it sits under $40. I've looked into why we're importing petro, instead of investing and refining our own and the conclusion I came to was that it costs too much for us to do this. Oil and Petro is being done at a much lower price by countries abroad. There are other factors involved as well. People like Argus want to blame Trudeau, because that's how they function, however, oil companies started pulling out of the Canadian market well before Trudeau came to power and well before the plunge in oil prices. Environmental issues aside, oil is a bad investment. Have a look at this, when you get a chance.
  12. I'll leave it up to you to look at the percentages for GDP. Historically, natural resources has been a large part of our GDP, but has been declining. We need to continue to promote technology, agrifood and other sustainable and emerging industries. The tech industry employs double the number of workers in oil+gas. The improvement for the tech industry is not something that Trudeau can take full credit for. Provincial policies, like for example, BC Provincial Nominee Program has a tech program, where it encourages growth in the tech sector has helped boost BCs economy. You also have factors like U.S.' poorly run immigration programs, that pushes U.S. tech companies to want to find a better place to do business as a factor. The reality is that Western countries are battling over international skilled workers in the tech industry. Canada's improved immigration system gives Canada an advantage over most other countries and that has increased the number of international companies expanding into Canada. Toronto and Vancouver have become tech hubs in North America. The healthy economy, a robust immigration system, a high standard of living and municipal tax incentives have created a positive atmosphere. In downtown Vancouver, energy sector companies are leaving in droves. Mostly because of low oil prices. Their office leases are being taken over by tech companies. Many of them local companies, like Hootsuite and
  13. That's okay. I'm not here to be validated by you.
  14. When information does not support your narrative, you become suspicious. Of course. Increase taxes? I would love to see your numbers. What you probably don't know, when comparing Harper and Trudeau: For 2014-2015 — the last full fiscal year of Stephen Harper's government — tax revenue as a share of GDP was 11.5 per cent. For 2018-2019 — after nearly four full years of Justin Trudeau's government — tax revenue as a share of GDP is projected to be 12.7 per cent. --- It's absolutely the right decision to wean ourselves away from oil and continue to nurture our technology sector. Look at the price of oil. A price that will not recover to an amount where oil sands can be profitable. Your absolutism that Trudeau cannot do anything right prevents you from having credibility. The economy is obviously doing well, but you're going to credit that to anything but Trudeau. This is how you weaken your credibility. There are many variables involved when assessing why the economy improved under Trudeau. If Canada had continued to make oil and natural resources as its focal point, our economy would not be as good as it is now. There are different economic models. Some believe that spending by the government will rejuvenates the economy. Sort of like what Harper did after the financial market meltdown. Harper came out of the recession better than any other Western government. Why? Because of two major reasons: 1) A strong banking sector, and 2) Spending The debt that you keep screaming about is not much different than what Harper accumulated: Look outside of energy, airline and pot. Look at healthcare and banking. That's a superficial comment. I help companies (tech/energy/trades) who want to hire foreign workers. I also assist foreign companies who want to open offices in Canada, which has increased in numbers towards the end of Harper's time in Canada. A large number of tech workers and engineers in the U.S. are from India, Pakistan and Iran. They are foreign workers. So why are they getting paid higher than Canadians? Your idea that this salary difference is because of foreign workers does not add up. The salary difference between the U.S. and Canada is less in average and that gap has been present for over 2 decades. However, the gap is quickly becoming less and less. The reason for the high salaries in the U.S. is due to the competition between tech companies in silicon valley and other locations. Canada is starting to experience that as well. Tech specialists are in high demand and that is driving up the salaries. Another important factor for you to understand to potentially remove your misconceptions and the misinformation you are unknowingly/knowingly spreading: If a Canadian company wants to higher a foreign worker, the salary they pay the worker must meet the median average salary for that position.
  15. The economy has not been this good in Canada for some time. Not only that, but Trudeau has moved Canada away from being a petrol economy, where the biggest factor for the worth of our dollar was the price of oil, towards technology. Here is more: Unemployment fell faster than in any developed nation during the 40 months that ended in May, to its lowest level since 1976. Gross domestic product accelerated to a pace second only to the U.S. rate. The stock and bond markets proved world beaters with the best returns and most stability. Behind the robust health are data showing Canada transitioning to a technology juggernaut from a country defined by its dependence on fossil fuels. While the government continues to subsidize coal, gas and oil, which account for 77% of the nation's energy needs, the correlation between the price of oil and Canadian stocks has all but disappeared since Trudeau became prime minister, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The traditional interdependence of stocks and oil prevailed during the 10 years preceding his election. All of which helps make the economy stronger and technology the fastest-growing Canadian industry. While Canada's GDP has grown 8% since 2015, its semiconductor business has expanded 11%; electronic products, 27%; computer systems 23%, and information technology, 36%, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Technology is driving the job market, too. While prices for oil, gas and coal averaged well below the decade's highs -- providing little incentive for expansion -- Canada's unemployment rate declined 1.8 percentage points in the 40 months since 2016, faster than the 1.3 percentage point pace for the U.S. over the same period and the steepest drop since May 2001, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. I'm not a "Liberal Supporter". I also have issues with Trudeau. However, I don't function on absolutism, like some people on this forum. Where nothing Trudeau does is okay or good. Where everything Trudeau has done has been 100% wrong. I give credit where credit is due and overall, Trudeau has made good economic choices.
  16. If it's based on your fear of "the others", I understand that you have this fear. However, economically, it's not a good idea. You need to address the aging population and part of that can be through immigration: An aging population like Japan's poses numerous problems. The government will have to spend more on healthcare, and that, coupled with a shrinking workforce and tax base, is a recipe for economic stagnation. It also means, among other things, that there will not be enough young people to care for the elderly. Source Here is a good read in regards to our aging population and how other countries are handling the issue - they specifically mention Denmark and their successes: Declining fertility rates have combined with increased life expectancy to create a Canada in which there are more seniors than children 14 and younger. And projections released by Statistics Canada Tuesday show that gap will only increase over the next 40 years, leading to slower economic growth and a growing demand for social support, demographics expert David Foot says. Policy-makers could consider Tuesday's news a wake-up call, although the University of Toronto economics professor said these trends have been ignored for decades. Source
  17. The immigrants that are coming to Canada, for the most part, are the cream of the crop. Educated, experienced, high language skills and they have money. Perhaps this is why you feel threatened? They are not disadvantaged like the indigenous in Canada. They have not gone through generations of trauma. Their children start ahead of the indigenous population.
  18. Trump has not done better than Trudeau, just because he stopped flights from China a few days earlier. Japan closed its borders on March 15 to Chinese passport holders. They added most other countries on April 1st. United States issued its travel ban to China, Iran and some European countries on March 11th. Canada issued its travel ban on March 18th. Not much difference between the 3 countries. So you're holding on a view/opinion that lacks proper facts. --- One thing that seems to be lost on Dr. Tam’s harshest critics is the fact that this is a novel virus. We have literally never encountered this virus before. That means that public health officials are responding to new information in real time and making policy decisions dependent on the data that is in front of them. When I asked Isaac Bogoch, an infectious diseases specialist at the University of Toronto and Toronto General Hospital, about some of the reaction to Dr. Tam’s policy, he told me: “Nobody should be free from scrutiny, and we should always hold our politicians and other officials to account, but we’ve had reasonable policy throughout this. The federal policy evolved with the evolving epidemic.” Link
  19. I appreciate you sharing that. Correct me if I'm wrong, but you probably were not born into a family where your parents were absent, or with a parent who was an addict, with another in prison? Unfortunately, there is a high rate of children who start life in that setting.
  20. Your statement shows that you don't understand the disadvantage and the word priviledge. Here is a video that might help you understand: Only a very small percentage of people who are able to overcome the big disadvantage they have in starting life. You calling people "lazy and useless" is why we're not moving forward quick enough to have a better society.
  21. I am not in a position to create 'concrete solutions'. This needs to be done through proper channels with people who understand the situation better and deeper. It must be done in conjunction with the communities who are effected. We must show respect for how they function as societies and communities. We must abandon the engrained mindset that we know best. There are some initial steps we need to take in full. Step 1 - Accepting that there is a problem. Unfortunately, there are people who think the issues are not something we should waste our time on and that we should just leave them to figure it out. Look at the post from WestCanMan and he calls people lazy and useless. Many people are still stuck on step 1. Step 2 - Accepting that how the First Nation were treated during the colonization of this land and actions taken after have had an enormous effect on their culture and the disadvantages that they are in. We're not there yet. As you are seeing on this forum, there are people who still deny this. Step 3 - Look at the steps we have taken, refine them, remove some of them that only apply a bandaid and introduce better plans. Those steps need to be taken in order for us to have a chance to succeed in nurturing and helping groups and people out of the cycle. To me, it's understandable why they have this hatred. Don't you agree? Look at what has been done to them and how our system continues to fail them. I'm glad that one person was able to get out of the vicious cycle, but a vast majority will not be able to.
  22. I get the criticism of the Canadian government's handling of the situation, especially at the very beginning. However, it's baffling that you somehow believe that Trump got it right. This is why I believe you have credibility issues.
  23. I don't think we need to spend more money. I am not sure why the mention of sympathy and empathy triggers screams of communism and taxes. There are children who start their lives at a big disadvantage. They start life in poverty and in insecurity and they are not random. Data shows there are specific ethnic/racial groups that have a higher chance of being in poverty. Data also shows that these specific groups have had experienced trauma for at least 1 generation. In the U.S., the traumatized group is mostly the African American population. In Canada, it's the First Nations. We know the trauma they have gone through, for more than 3 generations. We need to break the cycle. That starts with us accepting that there are children who start their lives at a big disadvantage and then we need to find a way to eliminate that. It is in the best interest of everyone that this happens.
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