Category Archives: Canada’s Corporate Welfare Class

Fresh signs we’re about to make a big mistake legalizing marijuana

To the long list of improbable things only government could do, there is one more item to add: Lose money selling drugs.

You may remember the scene in The Godfather in which a summit of mafia dons debates the infamia of selling drugs. Their concern was the evident immorality of exploiting addiction, not a lack of profit: “If you put up three-, four-thousand-dollar investment,” the Detroit don says, “we can make fifty thousand distributing.” In the end, they resolved their morality-profitability dilemma by agreeing not to deal drugs near schools or to children.

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Bonokoski: High times for provinces as Mr. Big ups split on pot

So, pot czar Justin Trudeau, realizing his actual street dealers were on the verge of a revolt, turned to his Mr. Big, Bill Morneau, and told him to divvy up a more saleable split of the profits from upcoming pot deals.

When profits are projected to be in the billions, honour among thieves, and we say “thieves” with all due respect, begins to lose its lustre.

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Trudeau says purpose of China trade deal is to prevent democracy from breaking out

Yes he really said that.

BEIJING — Pursuing free trade with China and preserving the North American Free Trade Agreement are part of Canada’s international mission to combat the rising tide of populism, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday.

…Trudeau characterized his trade ambitions with China, NAFTA and pursuing other deals in Asia, including a new version of Trans-Pacific Partnership, as part of Canada’s fight against the protectionist tide most closely associated with the Donald Trump administration in Washington.

Free Trade has been a one way street that benefits our corporate welfare class. Justin is not a PM, he is a useful Idiot doing his master’s bidding.

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Chief Liberal Party fundraiser tied to $8M loan to offshore trust in Cayman Islands

Newly discovered documents from the Paradise Papers show the Liberal Party’s top fundraiser, Stephen Bronfman, was directly linked to companies that were owed millions by an offshore Cayman Islands trust well into the 2000s — despite his strong denials he had any involvement in the trust after 1998.

The documents show how a Delaware-based company closely connected to the Montreal-based financier was owed $8 million from the Kolber Trust, set up for former Liberal Sen. Leo Kolber and his family in the no-tax Cayman Islands.

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Immigration policy is out of control and needs an overhaul

Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party

The Trudeau government’s plan to bring in close to one million new immigrants within the next three years should be of serious concern to Canadians. Next year alone, the numbers are expected to reach 310,000 but to that total must be added approximately 900,000 temporary foreign workers and foreign students who will be living in Canada. Since most of the newcomers will be settling in three of our major cities, the pressure on infrastructure and local services will be extreme.

Canada’s current immigration policy is based on myths. All of our political parties, most of the news media, big business interests, the banks and land developers favour large-scale immigration and justify this on the grounds that immigration helps our economy, strengthens the labour force and alleviates our aging problem.

Now haven’t we been arguing just these points on this blog for … Oh I don’t know how many years?

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MALCOLM: Canadians leery of mass immigration

The Trudeau government introduced its 2018 immigration plan last week, and we were told the Liberals were ushering in “the most ambitious immigration levels in recent history.”

The feds announced Canada would welcome one million newcomers in the next three years – and that’s just counting permanent residents who are on track to become citizens.

The government will also issue hundreds of thousands of visas for guest workers, students, and other visitors to our country.


Mass immigration is needed to “ensure economic growth” and maintain our pensions etc…  or so they say.  That’s a lie. It’s used to provide cheap labour for big business and cheaper votes for politicians.

Why would we need mass immigration in a world where automation is replacing jobs at all levels?

It certainly isn’t for our benefit.

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More than 3,000 Canadian names in the Paradise Papers

A supermarket giant, an NHL hockey team, several billionaires and a yacht captain.

These are just a few of the roughly 3,300 Canadian companies, trusts, foundations and individuals whose names appear in the Paradise Papers, a leak of millions of records from offshore law firm Appleby and the corporate registries of 19 tax havens.

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Paradise Papers: Tax revelations hit Canada PM Justin Trudeau’s fundraiser

Watch: The Paradise Papers – Secrets Of The Global Elite h/t MK & DM

A key aide of Canada’s PM is linked to offshore schemes that may have cost the nation millions of dollars in taxes, the Paradise Papers show.

The revelations may embarrass Justin Trudeau, who has campaigned against tax havens.

The leaks pose questions about the actions of Stephen Bronfman, chief fundraiser for Mr Trudeau’s Liberal Party as well as ex-senator Leo Kolber.

Lawyers for them said no deals had tried to evade tax and all were legal.

Canadian broadcaster, CBC, and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists have been spearheading this investigation as part of the Paradise Papers leaks.

They said a trove of documents found in the files of Appleby, the offshore law firm that is the main source of the leaks, suggested that Mr Bronfman’s investment firm, Claridge, had for more than 20 years moved millions offshore for the Kolber family.

From CBC – Trudeau’s chief fundraiser linked to Cayman Islands tax scheme

More… Paradise Papers: Tax haven secrets of ultra-rich exposed

From Global

“Among the Canadians whose names have been mentioned in connection with the Paradise Papers are Stephen Bronfman, a financier for one of Canada’s wealthiest families and chief fundraiser for Justin Trudeau, as well as former prime ministers Jean ChretienPaul Martin and Brian Mulroney.

Bronfman and his godfather, 88-year-old retired senator Leo Kolber, are linked in a complex offshore tax structure that has stashed $60 million (U.S.) in a tax haven, the Toronto Star reports.”

Twitter #ParadisePapers

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Google, Amazon, Netflix mount lobby crusade on Trudeau Liberals

U.S. tech giants including Google, Amazon and Microsoft have held more than 100 separate meetings with influential members of Canada’s Liberal government over the past 12 months, Radio-Canada has learned.

Some critics say those meetings raise ethical issues in light of the government’s controversial agreement with Netflix.

Radio-Canada, the French-language arm of CBC, pored over the lobby registry and found Amazon had 99 meetings with decision-makers, while Google had 37 meetings, including one with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his two closest collaborators: chief of staff Katie Telford and principal secretary Gerald Butts. Microsoft, Netflix and Facebook also had meetings with federal officials.

Follow the money, Liberal party members are almost always enriched by “policy”.

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Bombardier flying on a subsidized wing and a NAFTA prayer

From the perspective of the Canadian taxpayer, it is difficult to conjure any sympathy for Bombardier, just kicked squarely in its C-Series cockpit by the U.S. Commerce Department’s plan to impose the hernia of a 219% import duty on its passenger jets.

The company has been taking Canadian taxpayers on a flight of its own financial fantasy since 1996 when it got its first taste of corporate welfare money.

Since then, its embracing of corporate welfare has been like an insatiable sugar addiction, thanks to spoon feeding of grants and generously-conditioned loans from the federal government and the province of Quebec.


Related… Theresa May threatens US with trade war over Bombardier row

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It’s time for a tax revolt in Canada

This country badly needs a tax revolt.

According to a report released this week by Vancouver’s Fraser Institute, the average Canadian family earned just over $82,000 in 2016 and paid taxes of just over $35,000.

That means the typical family saw 42.5% of its income gobbled up by one level of government or another.

That’s a higher percentage than families in every other G7 country, except France.

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SJW Train-wreck Ahead: Canada Wants a New Nafta to Include Gender and Indigenous Rights

TORONTO — Canada’s idea of a fair trade deal seems very different from President Trump’s.

Just two days before heading into the first round of negotiations over the North American Free Trade Agreement, the Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau finally laid out its core objectives, and second on the list was to make the 23-year-old pact “more progressive.”

We are governed by SJW Idiots.

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Cable giants step up piracy battle by interrogating Montreal software developer and searching his home

Canadian cable companies have ratcheted up their war on piracy by launching a new legal battle. The effort has already seen Bell, Rogers and Quebecor’s Videotron search a Montreal software developer’s home and interrogate him for more than nine hours.

“The whole experience was horrifying,” says Adam Lackman, founder of TVAddons and defendant in a copyright infringement lawsuit launched by the television giants. “It felt like the kind of thing you would have expected to have happened in the Soviet Union.”

Telecoms and content creators Bell, Rogers and Videotron began their piracy battle last year by filing a lawsuit against Canadian dealers who sell “free TV” Android boxes — devices that can be used to stream pirated content.

Cell phones, TV, Canadians are hosed.

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Electric-vehicle subsidies: little bang, lots of bucks

Ontario and Quebec each have plans to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to convince drivers to go electric. The measures in place are certainly interesting for buyers of electric vehicles. The problem is that they’re insignificant from an environmental point of view.

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