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  1. We now know that SNC Lavalin has a corporate reputation for bribery - not only in Libya but in many other countries - to the extent that they are blacklisted by the World Bank, preventing their participation in any project that they sponsor around the world. We also know that they illegally donated over $100,000 to the Liberal Party - money that forcibly had to be returned (they also illegally donated $8000 to the Conservatives). We also know that they are perhaps the most aggressive lobbyists in Canadian history. Would it really be that much of a stretch to think that SNC influenced the Liberal Party through the back door by making donations to the Trudeau Foundation?

  2. 2 hours ago, Zeitgeist said:

    It’s only obvious that Wilson-Raybould was trying to bait Trudeau into interference by asking him if she was being “directed”.   He made it clear to her that she was to decide on her own.  We will never know exactly what took place in that conversation, but based on her very deliberate silence, it’s clear what kind of picture she is trying to paint.  This is the world we occupy.  A heresay remark or sideways glance constitutes an impropriety and warrants taking down a leader.  All of this tiptoeing needs to end, and so I think the Liberals will be out on their ears in the next election.  

    Wow! Put it all on her! Amazing. I guess we'll jest have to wait and see what Canadians think of this mess.

  3. 19 hours ago, bush_cheney2004 said:

    So now Trudeau has conceded the point....he was approached by Minister/AG Wilson-Raybould directly about SNC-Lavalin....

     

     

    Why is that not considered a lie - after he said she didn't? So far, he's shot himself in both feet and a hand. As I've said already, he's going to try the same trick he pulled on Rose Knight - his groping victim. Here's what he said about her - and he will say something similar about the "pressure" that was applied to Wilson-Raybould:

    "Who knows where her mind was and I fully respect her ability to experience something differently."

  4. Women will decide the next election - and they form 50% of the voting base in every province. They voted in droves for Trudeau last time. They are smart enough to see through this fraudulent "feminist" and what they are seeing is not so pretty, notwithstanding the hair. Many will feel safe with Scheer - a family man with non-threatening cherubic looks. The Indigenous votes will also dry up - perhaps just by staying home. The polls will start to move if they haven't already. When a brand hinges on one person and that person self-destructs - there's no place to go. Here's a great example of Trudeau at his finest - and for the life of me, I can't understand why this stuff doesn't get reported - only a brief sample:

     

  5. 9 hours ago, jacee said:

    Trudeau is a Liberal. Influence peddling is what Liberals do. 

    SNC-Lavalin is banned from contracts by the World Bank, as one of the most corrupt companies in the world. The demise of SNC-Lavelin would not be a disaster but would make room for other, better companies to develop. 

    https://www.macleans.ca/news/canada/snc-lavalins-demise-would-not-be-the-calamity-its-defenders-claim/

     

    Wilson-Raybould may cross the floor ... to the Green Party. :)

    Agreed. Jobs are not as big an issue as the apologists for Trudeau would have us believe. The contracts that they have will likely be allowed to be completed - if only to avoid costly transitioning. Any contracts that they might bid on in the next 10 years would be won by other Canadian companies using Canadian workers. And all of that is dependent on SNC LOSING the criminal trial and then even so, perhaps the judge may offer his own "remedial" sentence that might be far less that a 10 year prohibition. One thing is sure - if we don't crack down on Corporate ethics, it will either continue unabated - or corrupt lobbyists like SNC will gain and undeserved advantage. It has to stop.

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  6. On 2/13/2019 at 5:57 PM, mowich said:

    If Wilson-Raybauld was indeed put under pressure to use her influence in the SNC Lavalin trial by the PMO she was duty bound to come forward immediately.  As yet there is no factual evidence to support the allegations.  Never-the-less, it beggars belief that nothing  happened else why the demotion?  

    While I find all the negative comments by anonymous sources regarding Wilson-Raybauld to be cheap shots by cowards unwillingly to go on record, I also am disturbed to see activist natives trying to make this all about indigenous issues.  It isn't.  Nor is it a 'feminist' issue as some are trying to evince. This is simply about a major company in Canada being charged with bribery and accusations that the PMO tried to influence the AG to intervene on their behalf.  Where I wonder would be the hue and cry had the AG been Japanese, Chinese, Nigerian or any ethnicity other indigenous.  The FNs are doing themselves no favours by trying to make this all about them.  It is not. 

    The biggest cog in this wheel is Wilson-Raybauld.  We need to hear her side of this ever-growing story.  The sooner she is heard from the better. 

    You forgot one "ethnicity".....she's a woman. Put a man in her position and I can pretty well guarantee that you would not have heard the cat-calling that's been going on - belatedly and finally being toned down by the Liberal Party. What a mess - and one they created and fueled themselves.

  7. Trudeau's latest statement was that he met twice with Wilson-Raybould in the past day or two - once for 30 minutes and again for 45 minutes. He made a curious statement, saying that SHE reminded HIM that back in the fall, he stressed that it was her decision to make - and hers alone. Why would a PM feel the need to tell their Justice Minister that? As Justice Minister, she would obviously know that. It seems more likely that Wilson-Raybould REMINDED him because at the time, Trudeau KNEW there was a lot of pressure being applied to her by the PMO and others. That's the only scenario that makes any sense - that she was "reminding" him of that pressure.......if of course, we are to believe Trudeau at all. Literally EVERYTHING points to undue influence being applied.

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  8. The Star has been frantically trying to "normalize" the actions of Trudeau and the PMO. In today's edition, the blaring headline of a Thomas Walkom piece shouts "Our system allows for politicians to influence Judicial proceedings". Imagine what China thinks when they read that headline....and they will - totally irresponsible. It's not only about Canada and Huawei - Canada/Trudeau raised themselves up as an example of Western Democracy's morally superior separation of politics from the Justice system - and the Rule of Law. Stories like this - and alleged actions such as those of this government soil the high ground that supports our democracy.

    There have been several other sympathetic or misdirecting stories - including another today that had a large headline that SNC had met with Andrew Scheer last year - as they had with just about every MP of any influence, including the NDP's Singh. Sorry - The Star has a paywall so I can't provide links.

  9. 2 minutes ago, PIK said:

    Just imagine if this was Harper, the liberals/ Media would be screaming for a public hanging.

    That's because with Harper - you just KNEW it HAD to be corruption because the man himself was evil.....but with Trudeau, people KNOW he's an honest guy who's doing his very best to do politics differently - so he should rightly get the benefit of any doubt......(extreme sarcasm);)

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  10. 38 minutes ago, cannuck said:

      Time will tell.

    We'll just have to wait. If Trudeau doesn't allow her to speak publicly, she should leave the party and sit as an independent and tell her story. If there is merit to the story, she would be viewed as a hero (except at The Star and CBC) - Truth to Power......and from an indiginous perspective, the bloom is quickly coming off the Liberal Rose anyway. If there is nothing to the allegations, she'll certainly have some explaining to do as to why she left everyone hanging.

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  11. In case people think that the SNC Lavelin charges are not that big a deal........

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    Out of the more than 250 companies year to date on the World Bank’s running list of firms blacklisted

    from bidding on its global projects under its fraud and corruption policy, 117 are from Canada — with SNC-Lavalin and its affiliates representing 115 of those entries, the World Bank said.

    “As it stands today, the World Bank debarment list includes a high number of Canadian companies, the majority of which are affiliates to SNC Lavalin Inc.,” said the bank’s manager of investigations, James David Fielder.

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    Overall, Canada had 119 total companies on the list (including two permanently debarred since 1999). United States had the second largest number, with 44 companies on the debarment list (among which are several SNC-Lavalin companies), and Indonesia came in third with 43.

    Link: https://business.financialpost.com/executive/canada-now-dominates-world-bank-corruption-list-thanks-to-snc-lavalin

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  12. I stumbled across this song when looking for a version of "Tonight" from West Side Story. It's from 1974 but OMG - what a great tune and is now one of my alltime favorites. It remained mostly hidden because it was recorded by studio session musicians and never had a "real" band to duplicate the sound. The studio singer who did all the backgroun vocals was Paul Da Vinci - whose voice covered an incredible three and a half octaves. The group in the video are lip-syncing as you can tell by the disinterested "crowd". Music was a lot of fun back in 1974. Put some headphones or earplugs on and treat yourself to Tonight - by the Rubettes.

     

  13. Instead of developing international relationships to the betterment of Canada - he has alienated just about every country/leader that he's come in contact with. China of course. The TPP was a debacle. Trudeau was a personal no-show at the signing ceremony - with no reason given. The Japanese PM was furious. Australia saif Trudeau "stabbed them in the back". The other participants had similar feelings. India - incredibly damaging and embarrassing. Belgium? He didn't even find the time to meet with the Royal couple. The US? After Trump had agreed to forego the NAFTA sunset clause - and on the eve of Trump leaving for a North Korea summit - Trudeau had the nerve to say "Canada would not be pushed around". 

  14. 4 hours ago, Dougie93 said:

    I don't think Butts is dangerous because he is an ideologue, I think the danger is that he is not. 

    He has no ideology other than telling the rubes anything they want to hear to get an kleptocratic political class into a position to do kleptocracy,

    No Dougie - he is an eco-nut. He's the guy whose plan is to starve the Oil & Gas industry and keep it all in the ground. That's his background. That's his ideology.....and that by default, aligns him with all the UN global one-world dogma.

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  15. 7 hours ago, Yzermandius19 said:

    When his haters focus on stuff like this, who needs supporters?

     

    .....and meanwhile, things that actually matter - things that everyone said couldn't be done......keep getting done:

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    China has offered to go on a six-year buying spree to ramp up imports from the U.S., in a move that would reconfigure the relationship between the world’s two largest economies, according to officials familiar with the negotiations.

    By increasing goods imports from the U.S. by a combined value of more than $1 trillion over that period, China would seek to reduce its trade surplus -- which last year stood at $323 billion -- to zero by 2024, one of the people said. The officials asked not to be named as the discussions aren’t public.

     

    Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-01-18/china-is-said-to-offer-path-to-eliminate-u-s-trade-imbalance

  16. 1 hour ago, scribblet said:

    So...  Sif he was sending thousands of dollars for membership in a Pakistani mosque, do we still get to call him a "lone wolf"   The media has gone out of their way to keep this quiet and not blame terrorism, but now it seems it may have been so.  I guess mental illness is now going to be a euphemism for terrorist  attack from now on .

    https://globalnews.ca/news/4849745/weapons-ak-47-magazines-home-danforth-shooter-police-docs/

     

    Same story - a bit more information.....

    https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/loaded-magazines-ammunition-found-in-danforth-shooter-s-room-newly-unsealed-documents-1.4254910

  17. I don't think we yet have to stoop to repeatedly using the term Fascism. But I do see a major socialistic theme rising through the Humanities university streams and enabled by the "journalists" that so easily enable that slippery path. It's the "Everything is free, what's in it for me" culture that provides the platform for government dependency. We simply do not teach the failings and miseries of socialism - the Milennials didn't experience the USSR. Will they learn from Venezuela? Not if the media don't teach them. Do they understand the raw misery of East Germany when juxtaposed over the successful West Germany? Canada's second problem is more immediate - and more correctly addresses your use of that perjorative term. Some of what you say about totalitarianism is indeed embedded in the current Butts/Trudeau regime. No need to provide the background - their intolerant ideology has become clear to most who care.  

  18. 1 hour ago, Dougie93 said:

    Reconciliation is a sham, Liberal Party of Canada and associated CBC propaganda arm, Indian nanny socialist welfare gulag grievance farming, nothing more.

    Yes, it is a sham. First Nations that choose to succeed - can........but we seldom hear all the good stories. The most current one is the disappointment expressed by the 20 First Nations who approved the LNG Project in BC - and now first potential further obstacles in their path to prosperity. I listened to a female band leader who was not only optimistic about their future but praised the corporate consultation process because it got the different bands talking to one another. The CBC and The Star - and certainly this Liberal Party have their own agenda for continuing the doom and gloom - and are always prepared to give oxygen to any dissenters. Here's an article that paints the path to success that many First Nations have taken.

    Link: https://www.fraserinstitute.org/article/why-first-nations-succeed-in-canada

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