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Everything posted by turningrite

  1. As montgomery has already identified his (I'm assuming gender here) bias, he apparently believes that his positions are unassailable, at least in his own mind. He's a committed Lib, through and through, no matter the realities of public opinion nor the existence of objective evidence refuting the logic or benefits of Lib policies.
  2. Let's be honest here. The overarching tactic employed by both of Canada's major political parties when in government has been to identify and buy off voting blocs. Anybody who believes otherwise doesn't understand Canadian politics. And the concept of "socially responsible" government is simply a smoke screen. Governments have a primary obligation to be responsible to all voters and particularly to taxpayers. In practice, the application of the concept of social responsibility has too often resulted in governments picking (their preferred) winners to the detriment of the legitimate interests o
  3. 1.) Well, you've been on this site for all of about five minutes, metaphorically speaking, and yet have pigeonholed my views and presumably those of others who don't blindly support your party and its leader. You, by the way, suggested I look at the other nine countries on the top-ten happiness list to look for other examples of good governance. I chose Australia, because of its may similarities (excluding climate) to Canada in comparison to the rest. Now though, you're trashing Australia for its relatively tougher approach to immigration. It seems you're trying to have it both ways. 2.)
  4. My position is that immigration, like any other government policy, needs to be subjected to constant scrutiny and open to adjustment. Immigration in Canada is overly politicized and the promotion of its benefits is too often mainly grounded in "progressive" assumptions and ideology. Objective analysis suggests that large-scale immigration in post-industrial economies does not provide the benefits its proponents often argue to apply. The British economist and Oxford professor, Sir Paul Collier, has concluded that large-scale immigration only marginally increases per capita economic output and i
  5. 1.) Wow! JT is down to 35% in the polls. Even his media friends are advising him to be less, well, fluffy in the run-up to the 2019 federal election. A Toronto Star editorial today warned that he should stop preening. Hey, when your friends tell you that, what can your enemies say that's more devastating? What are his accomplishments, by the way? There are pretty slim pickings, if you ask me. JT's a lightweight and more people figure this out as each day passes. 2.) Apparently, you don't understand the term. 3.) The rankings mean nothing. That's my point. Another survey recently indi
  6. One point a lot of migration advocates don't seem to acknowledge is that illegal/irregular migration is in many cases intertwined with human trafficking, which is considered a form of exploitation. Thus, I place little value on the opinions expressed by those who think uncontrolled migration is an unmitigated good. Do they understand or consider the implications of their position?
  7. 1.) You know nothing about me so you're engaging in rather mindless personal attacks. 2.) "Happiness" rankings are highly subjective. Further, they tend to benefit smaller, developed countries that in general, with the exception of Canada and Australia, that have generally featured homogeneous populations. Perhaps you should consider that according to a 2017 Gallup study the U.S. overwhelmingly remains the preferred destination for those who, mainly in the developing world, would like to emigrate from their own countries. 3.) Nine examples of good government? Well, Australia, a post-
  8. 1.) Bigotted (sic)? 'Argumentum ad hominem' (See online definition below.) You lose. 2.) I'm not a CPC member, nor am I a CPC voter. Actually, you know nothing about me, so please keep your assumptions to yourself. Clearly, you're a staunch LPC supporter, whether or not evidence and/or logic sustains your preference for its policies. Argumentum ad hominem: a fallacious argumentative strategy whereby genuine discussion of the topic at hand is avoided by instead attacking the character, motive, or other attribute of the person making the argument, or persons associated with the argumen
  9. I suspect you don't really know what you're talking about. Canada remains near the bottom of OECD rankings in terms of social program expenditures as a percentage of GDP, spending much less per capita than many European counterparts, in particular.
  10. Perhaps you might try doing some online research before rendering sweeping generalizations. Scandinavian countries, and particularly Sweden and Denmark, face significant challenges relating to migration, not the least of which is the sustainability of the long-standing societal consensus in both countries on the efficacy of the welfare state itself. None of this is really a shock. The late Nobel-winning American economist, Milton Friedman, famously noted that the welfare state cannot practically co-exist with an open migration policy. And your comments on the situation in the U.S. are wil
  11. What I find particularly problematic about the "progressive" diversity mindset is that it's grounded in an assumption that Canadian society is somehow intractably intolerant. Self-styled progressives seem to want to have it every which way. We're meant to be open and welcoming on the one hand, while at the same time being cast as parochial and xenophobic. A 2015 study declared Canada to be the most tolerant country on earth (link to article below) and I believe that another international study found Canada to be the 4th most tolerant country and yet we're told by progressives that this country
  12. 1.) Trudeau's government now looks weak for being pushed into a trade deal with the Americans that didn't even achieve the elimination of steel and aluminum tariffs. And even the auto workers' union noted after the announcement of the GM plant closure in Oshawa that the USMCA may not even have achieved the minimal degree of progress the union had at first assumed it had. So, if Canada is to diversity its trade, what other partners are on offer that won't be as difficult to deal with as America? The China card has pretty much blown up in Trudeau's face, as if China, with its mercantilist econom
  13. Personally, although I've read variations of this argument in several places. I find it somewhat specious. China's rise has been heavily facilitated by Western capitalism's desire to obtain cheap labour and minimize other resource input costs. Essentially, an economic model has been imposed in the developing world that promotes the use of the cheapest fuels, and mainly coal, in order to juice profits. China and other developing world countries could have jumped the industrial age by applying energy production and consumption best practices from the get-go, but that wouldn't have served the glo
  14. It's becoming increasingly clear that this is a fantasy. Individual nation states, including in the West, must protect the interests of their own citizens. This is the only way democracy can be sustained. This doesn't preclude international cooperation but to be fair such cooperation must be accompanied by reciprocity: i.e. 'We'll do it provided you do it as well.' The problem with the current climate change agenda is that any progress made by cooperating states, mainly in the developed world, is being more than offset by rising emissions in the developing world. The current climate change str
  15. Selivan: Like that's going to happen. I've never heard of the notion that the sale was supposed to be temporary (i.e. for one hundred years), which if true would have rendered it a lease, as Britain once had on Hong Kong, rather than a "purchase" as it's been characterized for generations. Perhaps's you're relying on "fake news" as your source? In contemporary terms, indigenous Alaskans would no doubt cast Russia's role in Alaska prior to 1867 as amounting to a colonial occupation. But, hey, if the Russians feel they got a bad deal, perhaps they should file a land claim and seek better compens
  16. That's a pretty subjective assessment. Turner and Campbell each held the office for such short periods that it's impossible to assess their records. When a PM has little or no legislative record to speak of, how can he or she be rated or ranked?
  17. Who knew the police have so much power? My guess is that they tend to serve their political masters. If information is being suppressed, I personally would tend to look further up the ladder.
  18. I think there may be some cross-over between these two "types," however the analysis may well hold value as a general classification system. What is truly breathtaking, however, is the ability of our Type A media, political and activist types to embrace the values and interests of newcomers who clearly fit the Type B classification, particularly where social and religious issues are concerned. Is it not the ultimate form of hypocrisy for the Type A's to scream about xenophobia, or worse, when mainstream (if one is permitted to use that term these days) Canadians get irritated by some of the so
  19. Our "universal" health care system, at least in Ontario, is a mess, and perhaps even a fraud, at least in the latter case for those who have in good faith paid their taxes to support it for years. But that's not the issue being discussed here. Blatchford's concern is that the failure to expeditiously report on the incident has generated a vacuum that only serves to validate concerns that there's more involved here than the public has been told. Public officials could quickly resolve these concerns by simply releasing the report in an expeditious fashion. The delay itself, and not Blatchford, i
  20. Our "progressives" are quick to admonish those who raise legitimate concerns about the views of those who hold views generally antithetical to Canadian norms. It's an oddly discomfiting example of hypocritical cultural relativism, which insists that antithetical views be examined only in the context of incoming cultures while our norms remain open to criticism from all sides. The progressives, as exemplified by their high priest, JT, have created a neat but unconvincing work-around for this, arguing that this society has become "post-national" and therefore anything is permissible where values
  21. And that's the nub of Blatchford's concern. The police role here seems pretty obvious. Based on available reports, they were properly pursing an active shooter who ended up killing himself. Plainly put, the delay in releasing the full report on this incident undermines public trust in the objectivity and/or efficiency of the system. Initial media reports on the incident, including in U.S. media outlets (which are widely available to English-speaking Canadians, just in case our officials don't understand this), some of which speculated on a possible terrorist connection, underline the need to b
  22. It's good of you to cast yourself as the arbiter of (assumed) virtue. In fact, there are several valid arguments one might pursue to challenge the efficacy of Canada's current large-scale immigration program. Suzuki's position focuses on the negative environmental implications of population growth for Canada as well as the deleterious social and economic consequences of Western migration for the developing nations from which we now receive most of our immigrants. But there are also strong economic arguments grounded in domestic realities to counter the assumed logic and efficacy of our current
  23. Don't count on it. Many NDPers, who tend to detest the Liberal Party, which is often fairly viewed as progressive front for the interests of capital and big business, could switch to the Green Party or, if immigration becomes an election issue, could opt to vote for Bernier's party. Initial straw polling on the appeal of Bernier's party indicated that it could draw support from the three mainstream parties.
  24. Actually, you're at least in part incorrect. About one-half of those granted permanent resident (i.e. Immigration) status in the U.S. each year already live there and a large percentage of these are working visa holders. These immigrants enter the U.S. with jobs in hand and demonstrate their economic value from Day 1. Family reunification dominates among the entry characteristics of other immigrants. However, given the much lower per capita overall immigration entry rate the American family reunification program is probably roughly similar in size to Canada's in proportion to the general popul
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