Notley made the comments in a fiery campaign-style speech to party faithful today at a meeting of the Alberta NDP provincial council.
Notley made the comments in a fiery campaign-style speech to party faithful today at a meeting of the Alberta NDP provincial council.
It’s the story that’s been read around North America and even shared by the daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. It’s serving as a teachable moment for how public figures should deal with brazen racists. And one Canadian politician is being hailed a hero.
The only problem is, the story, as it’s been told, is a total mess and only half the truth.
The MSM lied? I don’t believe it!
The federal payout to Omar Khadr was a big story in some conservative U.S. media outlets Monday, after nearly two weeks in which it had garnered barely a whisper south of the border.
It was the subject of a condemnatory national newspaper column, the top story on the Fox News website, fodder for cable-news chatter on Fox and a huge surge in interest by Americans online.
“This story is repulsive,” said a Fox News host. To which former pizza entrepreneur and presidential candidate Herman Cain replied: “It is a pathetic interpretation of the law. Canada basically rewarded a murderer.”
The burst of attention started with a Wall Street Journal piece by a Canadian opposition MP.
Conservative Peter Kent published a scorching op-ed titled, “A Terrorist’s Big Payday, Courtesy of Trudeau,” that helped the story gain traction elsewhere.
The item began with a description of Khadr killing an American army medic, Christopher Speer, when he was 15 years old and fighting alongside al-Qaida in Afghanistan. It explained how Khadr won a court fight in Canada over how he was treated by Canadian intelligence officials while detained at Guantanamo Bay, was repatriated to Canada, released on bail and sued the Canadian government for $20 million for violating his rights.
The Ontario MP criticized the Trudeau government for settling with Khadr, while the victim’s family got nothing.
By Monday afternoon, the issue was the No. 1 story on the Fox News website.
The political fallout from the Omar Khadr payout has largely been portrayed as a Liberal government vs. Conservative opposition issue – with Conservative leader Andrew Scheer taking a stand against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
The NDP has managed to stay largely off the radar, despite being in the midst of a leadership race. Lucky for them.
Lucky because this has become a wedge issue that isn’t as easy for them as you might at first suspect.
It perfectly exemplifies the big split that exists among the rank-and-file of Canada’s left-wing party: the champagne socialists vs. the blue collar types.
The Angus Reid Institute poll on the matter showed 71% of Canadians opposed the government’s settlement deal with Khadr and would have preferred they tough it out and fight it in court.
When broken down by voter intention, the Conservative opposition was highest at 91%.
However 64% of NDP voters also rejected the deal, several points higher than the Liberal opposition, at 61%.
That’s a red flag to the NDP caucus and party grandees that this is one of those common sense issues where they risk upsetting a huge swath of their support if they play it wrong.
But it looks like they already know this.
While the federal NDP thrives on eternal optimism — buoyed by close encounters of the third-party kind — it is plagued by a blindness to its growing irrelevancy.
As reported by the Canadian Press, Mulcair feels Homolka has “paid her debt” and suggests it’s time to leave her alone.
“If you’re ensuring the safety of the kids, beyond our revulsion at the horror of the crime, is there any room for atonement and forgiveness?” Mulcair questioned.
Forgiveness is not the question of the day. What is, is the safety of the kids.
But for those who remember this horrific case well, when it comes to forgiving Homolka for helping lure French into the car or being at home with imprisoned girls, or offering her own sister to her husband for Christmas, there will be no forgiveness.
She did not pay her debt to society.
“I saw those tapes and I saw the look in her eyes when she came out of court years later,” Tim Danson, the French and Mahaffy families’ lawyer, said. “The eyes were the same.”
The veteran lawyer feels she is “still dangerous” and a “psychopath.”
She is not somebody who has fully paid for her crimes and her role in her husband’s crimes, as Mulcair suggests.
Karla Homolka got away with murder. Three times.
Sorry, Mulcair, there is no forgiving that.
Yesterday afternoon the BC NDP and BC Greens released the details of their backroom deal that will see them attempt to govern BC once Christy Clark loses a confidence vote in the legislature.
The NDP government’s carbon tax is getting major props from a former PC finance minister.
Jim Dinning praised Premier Rachel Notley for taking a step that many governments “historically have lacked the courage” to do.
According to Dinning, an across-the-board carbon levy is “the best way” to get people to reduce their carbon emissions.
“What I do is applaud the government, or any government across the country who is willing to have the courage to say, ‘We’re going to bring carbon pricing to the marketplace, and it’s going to apply across the board from the big, big companies all the way to you or I, when we fill up our car with gas, or when we pay our Enmax bill at the end of the month,” Dinning said.
“Any government who is willing to do that, in my view, they get a tick mark for doing just that.”
Dinning said the alternative would be to create “inches and inches” of red tape.
“I still am a Conservative supporter. I believe in the Conservative Party. That’s why I believe in pricing carbon, rather than the government putting these massive amounts of regulation in place,” Dinning said.
“Let the market decide how it, how we, will reduce carbon.”
This is what carbon taxes do: they raise costs for everyone else other than the government under the assumption that carbon, one of the most common elements on the planet is a pollutant.
Cases in point:
The official register of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions will reveal that in the financial year before the carbon tax was introduced Australia produced 546.2 million tonnes of emissions. After the carbon tax was introduced, the emissions dropped to just 545.9 million tonnes. These figures do not include fuels and refrigerants.
Climate Change Minister Greg Hunt said the best Christmas present Labor could give voters was axing the carbon tax.
“Bill Shorten simply refuses to accept the outcome of the election. He doesn’t care about rising power bills or the will of the Australian people,” Mr Hunt said.
Not only did this tax not what it was meant to do, it raised power bills for every citizen.
The boss of one of the UK’s largest energy companies has attacked a new green tax that will add an estimated £10 to annual electricity bills from April 1 as “completely ineffective”.
Tony Cocker, chief executive of German-owned E.ON UK, said that the carbon tax — originally intended to promote the construction of new nuclear reactors — will only result in a windfall for the Treasury and the operator of the UK’s existing nuclear fleet, EDF Energy.
As one of the pioneer countries in the world to implement the carbon tax, Norway might have tried to do its best. The high carbon tax that Norway imposed to some industries has partially reduced its GHG emissions. However, the carbon tax is not economically efficient, because the government intends to protect its domestic industries and exempts too many industries from the carbon tax. According to Hoel, an efficient carbon tax system “should be equal for all users of fossil fuels”(1996). It is recommended that Norwegian government should eliminate the policy of protecting the activities of increasing environmental damage, such as exempting or reducing carbon tax on certain energy-intensive industries.
No one is going to want to completely swamp its major industries, where the tax was meant to do some (purported) good. The Norwegian case showed the tax unequally levied against smaller industries and citizens.
Carbon taxes are a fraud and theft.
Where are the riots?
(Insert own cries of disgust here.)
Internal government documents say Manitoba First Nations live in some of the most dilapidated homes in the country and it will cost $2 billion to eliminate mould and chronic overcrowding in that province alone.
That’s almost 13 times more than the $150 million the federal government has budgeted for housing on all reserves across Canada this year.
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau emerged from a meeting Wednesday with a formal commitment to fast-track $700 million in previously committed federal infrastructure money to the struggling province.
The one that hit the Alberta legislature Thursday was a classic of its kind, the first case anybody can recall of a cabinet minister defending a dubious fundraising event, and apologizing for it abjectly only seconds later.
That what Health Minister Sarah Hoffman did, after being handed a panicked note from the premier’s office.
The NDP had been caught red-handed by the Wildrose party after Premier Rachel Notley’s party advertised a chance to meet the premier and cabinet for money.
An ad on the party’s website said: “Join Premier Rachel Notley, cabinet, and MLAs for the evening to discuss issues facing the province that are important to you.”
And oh yes, bring $250. You’ll get a tax chit for $187.50.
The principle here, clearly established by Alberta’s ethics commissioners, is that party fundraising events should be presented as purely party affairs with no link to government, and certainly no hint of influence for sale.
Stephen Harper will be remembered as an average or better prime minister by most Canadians, significantly more than the 31.9 per cent who voted for the Conservative Party in the last election, according to a new poll released Friday.
During a lengthy and sometimes heated campaign, the New Democrats urged voters to back Tom Mulcair to “stop Harper” once and for all.
The Liberals and Justin Trudeau won a majority government Oct. 19 based on a campaign that promised to deliver “real change” after nine years of Tory rule marked by “negative, divisive politics.”
But for all the heated rhetoric about the Conservative prime minister, Canadians say he will leave office with an average or better legacy, according to the Angus Reid Institute poll.
“Canadians are not of the view that Stephen Harper was necessarily the worst prime minister, or a terrible prime minister,” said Shachi Kurl, senior vice-president at the pollster.
While most Liberal and NDP voters think Harper was “not great,” he still has a strong base of Conservative supporters to help shore up his legacy, she said.
“There remain a significant segment of Canadians who stay right-of-centre and who would profess value for a lot of the policies that we saw during the Harper years,” including tax-cutting measures and the creation of the tax-free savings account, Kurl said.
We all know what labour strikes are. But what’s a capital strike?
Albertans, you broke it, you bought it, as they say.
The collapse of crude oil prices that had former Progressive Conservative premier Jim Prentice warning Albertans to brace for a $7-billion hole in provincial revenues will result in his NDP successors tabling a budget Tuesday that forecasts the largest-ever deficit in the province’s history.
Finance Minister Joe Ceci hinted this week the deficit will be just shy of $6.5 billion — nearly $1.5 billion more than Prentice forecast last March in a budget that was never passed.
Fearing political trickery, the Liberals and the NDP summarily rejected Thursday’s offer by the federal Conservative government of a line-by-line briefing on the text of the newly minted Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.
(Sidebar: trickery? Really?)
An emotional Tom Mulcair promised to form a nation-to-nation relationship with aboriginal peoples as he unveiled Wednesday the indigenous plank of his platform.
In one of the centrepieces of the NDP’s plan, Mulcair committed to removing the two per cent cap on annual federal funding increases for reserve programs and services.
He also committed $4.8 billion over eight years for aboriginal education â the first $1.8 billion to flow over the next four years with the rest to follow in a second mandate.
If the NDP wins government on Oct. 19, Mulcair said his success as a prime minister would be measured by progress for First Nations.
“I’ve said to you there’s no issue on which I’ve held more meetings,” Mulcair said at a forum hosted Wednesday by the Assembly of First Nations in Enoch, Alta.
“I would dare say to you that in fact, I’ve held more meetings on First Nations, Inuit and Metis questions across the country than all other issues combined.”
Mulcair said aboriginal issues have been a “top priority” for him because he believes the future of the country depends on improving conditions in indigenous communities.
“We can’t keep going at it this way,” he said. “It’s fruitless, it brings us down a path to failure if we continue with what the Conservatives and Liberals have done for 148 years.”
They say a lot of things.
The NDP is releasing a climate change plan that would allow provinces to opt out if their efforts to minimize carbon emissions are as good or better than those of the federal government.
The party says in its plan that money Ottawa would raise from carbon pricing would go to the provinces for reinvesting in further efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Party leader Tom Mulcair, who is releasing his plan in Toronto on Sunday, has said Canada’s climate record has fallen behind under the Conservative government.
He has promised to create a cap-and-trade system and give any revenue generated from that to the provinces for their environmental programs.