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  1. How many federal files are not a complete mess? Let's go down the list: 1.) Pipelines (mess, actually fiasco), 2.) Economic growth (declining GDP, so a mess), 3.) Affordable housing (total mess), 4) Trade (going nowhere, so a mess), 5.) Electoral reform (cancelled, so a mess of dishonesty), 6.) Indigenous affairs (worse than a mess), 7.) Infrastructure (stuck in neutral, mess), 8.) Border security (f-ed up without hope for improvement, total mess). And these are just some things I can think of without any effort. How can it even possible that JT has a hope of being reelected. The last time aro
  2. 1.) The difference, of course, is that in most U.S. locales you can still buy or rent housing at rates far below those available in the Toronto or Vancouver regions. And a far greater percentage of English-speaking Canadians live in those two regions than in, say, the metro areas of America's four or five most expensive "global" cities. So, we're much worse off. 2.) The GTA's population has been artificially juiced by a suite of government policies. In particular, one hundred thousand or more immigrants each year enter a region with already inadequate access to reasonably priced housing,
  3. I think you missed the point made by Argus, to which I was responding. The notion that trade opens up our access to China's massive domestic market is largely a pipe-dream, even if our production costs were lower and our products were cost competitive. China will manufacture for its own market and will only import from abroad what it can't provide itself, including raw materials and agricultural goods. There is also a market for luxury goods, but this is not in general Canada's forte.
  4. 1.) You are correct. And this doesn't only pertain just to China I have a friend who taught English in S. Korea a few years ago. When she noted to a group of people she met there that almost no consumer products available there were produced outside of S. Korea or, more broadly, Asia, her acquaintances were puzzled, asking her why they'd import anything they could manufacture on their own. S. Korea has built its prosperous modern economy on a protectionist model as China is now doing. Yet, we haven't paid much attention to the extent of protectionism in some prosperous Asian economies. The dif
  5. According to Trudeaupian 'evolutionary convergence' logic, they're just misunderstood and will eventually be seen as wonderful people. Hint: I don't buy it.
  6. And yet, according to Gallup polling, the U.S. overwhelmingly remains the first choice among those worldwide who say they'd like to emigrate from their own country. (See link below.) Funny how that works, right? The U.S. faces entrenched poverty among specific groups and in specific places. Those who migrate there legally, however, tend to have the skills and education to prosper. The KSA, likely due to its wealth and its popularity among Muslims who'd like to migrate, is the top non-Western destination, with 1/6th as many indicating it as their preferred destination in comparison to the bad o
  7. I suspect China respects Trump and the U.S. and not Canada. As the Meng affair has evolved, several MSM outlets have pointed out that China has little respect for Canada or little potato's regime, as indicated in the G&M article linked below. Trudeau's obsequious overtures to the Chinese have met mainly with indifference. After he was basically ignored by the upper echelons in the "basic dictatorship" he so admires when visiting China to try to drum up support for a free (i.e. corporate) trade deal, the Chinese shortly thereafter accorded Macron of France a welcome fit for royalty. And I s
  8. Let's make a deal: You go to Saudi Arabia and stay there and I'll stay in North America and promise never to visit the Kingdom. My life will be no less fulfilled for entering this bargain.
  9. Well, according to a 2014 PBO analysis, almost all the income gains over the recent past have gone to a small sliver of income earners at the very top. It's not a sustainable model. Living standards for ordinary citizens are quickly deteriorating, particularly in our largest cities, like Toronto and Vancouver. According to Stats Can, Toronto, once a solidly middle class city, is now largely poor, with the right to boast about having Canada's highest child poverty rate. And this is despite the massive subsidies now available to lower income families with children. Our housing market has been tr
  10. I recall talking about this several years ago with a well-educated woman who'd fled the Islamic Revolution in Iran. When I asked her about the notion that Muslim women prefer the status accorded them under strict Islamic rule she just laughed. In a historical sense, though, there is a historical example that perhaps explains why women are content with social and constraints that seem antithetical to modern Western norms. Peter the Great's abolition of the 'terem' in 18th century Russia, an institution that had for centuries physically and socially isolated mainly upper class and respectab
  11. I think you're missing the point here. Many see these stories as rather comical. Essentially, our own cultural references and social terminology are being turned upside down in such a fashion as to highlight the vast differences in social norms between different societies. A gender equality awards ceremony without female representation is, to our way of thinking, oxymoronic. But it also pokes holes in the underlying intellectual formula that underlies a lot of "progressive" thought, which is the notion that "evolutionary convergence" will inexorably bring other societies into compliance with W
  12. Are you saying that the Chinese aren't particularly impressed by vacuous posturing? Go figure.
  13. Canada's capital/investment class likes the easy money route. There's seldom available capital for good innovative start-ups to be ramped up to world-class competitors. It's easier to sell to the Americans or Chinese or Europeans, pocket one's cash and spend one's winters somewhere warm. And the powerful economies aren't keen on competition from the upstarts anyway. Trump went after Bombardier in order to protect Boeing's interests, rendering it necessary for Bombardier to hand its C-series project to Airbus, Boeing's giant European counterpart. Isn't "free trade" wonderful? Meanwhile, th
  14. Too funny! Before reading the article, I thought that perhaps the awards were euphemistically named. But these guys in the UAE are apparently serious. (One can only imagine: "I allow my girls to fetch my coffee without another man supervising them!") Oh well, as Trudeau would no doubt say, they're evolving.
  15. Citizens in democracies tend to vote more or less in line with what they perceive (rightly or wrongly) as their economic best interests. Ethno-cultural bloc voting in immigrant receiving countries had been in decline prior to the rise of identity politics. Studies have noted that the social and economic perspectives of America's most productive recent immigrants, mainly from Asia, who tend to be highly educated and prosperous, fairly closely align with those of the majority (i.e. "white") population. And as more Hispanics prosper, traditional Democratic Party support in that community slowly d
  16. Haitians already in the U.S. as well as those able to make it there were accorded temporary protected status following the catastrophic 2010 earthquake. When Trump announced that the temporary protection would end, many decided to head to the Canadian border rather than return to Haiti.
  17. The Americans can appeal any decision not to comply with their extradition request and thus drag this out for years. Your second point about state protection brought to mind something I hadn't thought about in relation to this case. Maybe Meng could file a refugee application, claiming all legal rights applicable under Canadian law and theoretical rights accorded under the recently signed Global Compact for Migration. Wouldn't that be hysterical!
  18. Who's future? Huge numbers of our educated and skilled workers leave annually to seek opportunities elsewhere. Canada's time appears to have come and gone. Three decades of shortsighted and self-serving economic mismanagement by bought-and-sold elitist politicians has led as to a situation whereby we face a clearly gloomy future, a fact of which the government is well aware. According to Thomas Walkom's column in yesterday's generally pro-Lib Toronto Star, Libs like Freeland believe governments in Canada will have to massively increase subsidies just to stop Canadians from rebelling against th
  19. The article you reference is behind the G&M's paywall, so if you want to reference it please describe the aspects most applicable to any point(s) you are trying to make. Otherwise, your post is nothing more than online wallpaper to most readers on here as I presume most don't pay for a G&M subscription.
  20. And relies on low information voters to not realize that they're being duped.
  21. What a pile of hokum! Your point is an example of an intellectual fallacy known as presentism. Yes, indigenous peoples throughout the Western Hemisphere and in Australia and NZ were oppressed by the European colonizers. And the Arabs maintained a booming slave trade for centuries. And Africans participated with Arabs and Europeans in the slave trade. And Asians marginalized and forcibly assimilated their minority populations. Peoples everywhere have interminably warred against each other and conquerors have occupied whatever lands they've been able to take. This is pretty much the history of m
  22. 1.) Educated Canadians are leaving because there aren't adequate opportunities in Canada, which over the past three decades has been transformed into a second-rate derivative economy. And the reason so many immigrants struggle isn't racism, it's that the country simply doesn't afford them the kind of opportunities they assume it should, just as our own skilled graduates aren't afforded these opportunities. And, if the government is truly worried about general labour shortages (although the PBO has noted they don't exist) and must then bring in hundreds of thousands of immigrants annually, why
  23. 1.) And, where, exactly, do I say that my "friends are Muslim" in any of my posts in this string? (Citation please!) When searching the sting, the closest I could come to any such reference on my part is where I state that "I've met only a couple truly secularist Muslims, for instance, one who renounced her religion after moving to the West and the other was gay." Of course I've met Muslims. I've lived in Toronto for decades, including throughout most of my working years. I've never claimed in this string to have close Muslim friends, although I have worked and socialized quite harmoniously wi
  24. I see most of those in Trudeau's base as sheep. I was involved a few months ago in a discussion about Canadian politics with several very pleasant people at a social gathering. The two people who seemed happiest with Trudeau, who indicated that they were likely to vote for his party, also admitted that they don't closely follow the news and were just happy they still had decent jobs and the country didn't seem to be falling apart. So, they'd set a pretty low bar. Others, however, were much more critical, including the participants with the most education. So, for Trudeau, the best approach is
  25. And in the real world, in 2019 all of this means precisely bupkis. All Western democracies, whether Republics or constitutional monarchies, operate on very similar principles that largely emerge from Enlightenment-era values that negate the practical impact of any kind of "God" - or other supernatural entity. The road to representative democracy hasn't always been smooth, and the result isn't always perfect but, as Winston Churchill is reputed to have pointed out, "it's the worst form of government, except for all the others." To employ a time-worn cliche, don't be too quick to throw the baby
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