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New Liberal constitution commits to “promote diversity, inclusiveness and gender parity”


“At a time when Conservatives are raising barriers to Canadians’ involvement and charging $25 to join their party, this new constitution eliminates the traditional concept of membership entirely. Instead, any Canadian regardless of their means will be able to “register” as a Liberal and help shape our country’s future — for free.”


Your Climate Change and Terrorism Update


It’s a critical moment for Canada on the world stage, a chance to show just how serious the country is about battling climate change. Next week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau – accompanied by most of the premiers – travels to Paris for a major global meeting on what many consider the planet’s most pressing problem.


Regarding El Nino:

Every month the IRI/CPC (Columbia U and NOAA) publishes a plume of forecasts about the temperature anomaly in the Pacific’s Niño3.4 region. The November plume shows the anomaly as 2.5°C in October. The average of dynamic models predicts 2.6°C in the Nov-Jan quarter, then a rapid fall. Statistical models predict 2.5°C in Nov-Jan, then a rapid fall. Neither suggests a long or “Godzilla” El Niño. Time will tell if these forecasts are accurate, too high, or too low.


How many chemical weapons does it take to upset the ecosystem?

The Islamic State (Isis) has reportedly set up a specialised research branch to develop chemical weapons. The terror group has employed scientists from Iraq, Syria and some other neighbouring countries to develop advanced weapons.




Gay Men Will Be Joining Syrian Women and Children in Liberals’ Hastily Re-Designed Refugee Plan

Well, that’s something:

The federal government will include gay men among the Syrian refugees it brings into Canada as part of a plan that puts the focus on accepting women, children and families.

People who voted for Trudeau are ready to buy bridges that aren’t for sale.

Before one forgets:

Trudeau says the PMO was making sure it could take political advantage of those families that were being accepted, something he calls “disgusting.”

He says a Liberal government would “absolutely not” prioritize religious and ethnic minorities.

For those who never think anything through: if Islam is peaceful, why do people flee from Islamic countries, particularly women, gays, atheists and religious minorities whom you believe are treated equally anywhere but in Western countries?

How do you cram 25,000 into Toronto before Christmas at a maximum of caution and a minimum of price?

Do you really think that ISIS gives a sh– whether or not a handful of malcontents slag some Muslimas online? Look at France and Sweden. They both have Stockholm Syndrome and they are STILL terrorised.

How many unvetted Syrians are you taking in?


Trudeau “Lets” Harper Fly Home On a Private Jet

Isn’t he just the bestest?

Harper routinely flew in the Challengers while prime minister, as security risks meant he couldn’t fly commercial, but that perk was among those he lost in the transfer of power from the Conservative government to the Liberals last week.

And though Harper is still a sitting MP, he’s also lost access to the luxury car, driver and accompanying major security detail that goes along with being prime minister — hence the arrival at the House of Commons last week in a minivan.

But while he should have had to take a commercial flight home later that night, the Liberals offered him the use of the custom-equipped jet — and he accepted.


The Smoke and Mirrors Behind the “Gender-rrific” Cabinet Appointments

In 2015, you can still tell bald-faced lies to a gullible public:

Trudeau unveiled his historic cabinet on Wednesday that featured 15 men and 15 women. But a report on iPolitics brought into question the status of five female MPs, who were named as ministers of state in the orders in council (OIC) notes.

Marie-Claude Bibeau (international development and la Francophonie), Bardish Chagger (small business and tourism), Kristy Duncan (science), Patricia Hajdu (status of women) and Carla Qualtrough (sport and persons with disabilities) were all described as “a Minister of State to be styled minister” of their portfolio in the notes.

All five women also report to another cabinet minister and do not have their own department, technically making them junior ministers. Duncan and Chagger will assist Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Bains, Hajdu and Qualtrough will answer to Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly, while Bibeau will serve under Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion.

None of the men appointed to cabinet were given minister of state positions.

A Liberal source who spoke only on background about the cabinet appointments, told Yahoo Canada News there are “bureaucratic hoops” but “our intention is that these are all full ministers and they are equal. There is no difference between them.”

Then why were they not made into full ministers?


(Below: screen cap of the appointments.)


(Courtesy: SDA)


Trudeau Wants To Tax the “Rich” But Can He?

PM Trulander can start with himself:

Experts say the Trudeau government should have little trouble meeting its self-imposed Jan. 1 deadline to rejig tax brackets as a way to ease the load on middle-income earners.

On the campaign trail, the party worked hard to sell the plan to voters by stating the economy would grow if middle-class Canadians had more cash in their pockets.

The change, however, has raised questions whether the tax increase would produce as much additional revenue as the Liberals expect, or if it would address income inequality.

It would also make Canada’s highest income bracket one of the most heavily taxed in the industrialized world.

The Liberal plan calls for a new 33 per cent rate on Canadians who earn more than $200,000 per year. The existing top bracket of 29 per cent would continue to apply to those earning between $138,586 and $200,000, and 26 per cent for those between $89,401 and $138,586.

The party also promises to cut the rate to 20.5 per cent from 22 per cent for those with a taxable annual income between $44,700 and $89,401. The maximum annual benefit, it says, would be $670 per person for those with earnings at the top of that middle bracket.

Liberal estimates say the change would lift $3 billion worth of tax burden per year off the backs of middle-income earners. That would be counterbalanced by heaping another $3 billion in taxes on those in the highest income bracket.

Looking at the big picture, the overall economic impact remains less than clear.

Experts say the government would likely rake in less revenue by jacking up taxes on the rich, particularly from financially savvy Canadians whose incomes barely qualify for the top bracket.

Rhys Kesselman of Simon Fraser University said earners near that margin would likely become a little more aggressive on tax planning and with their investment arrangements.

“It is more elastic in both tax planning and tax advising, and legal tax avoidance,” Kesselman said of the highest bracket.

Others believe the Liberal plan would only have a limited effect on the economy.


Barely half a million people earn more than $200,000 or more. Even squeezing senior citizens won’t get the revenue PM Trulander expects.

Canadians have voted to be economically screwed over.


Paul Ryan Presaged: Canada’s Conservative Party Elects a New People—Which In Turn Elects Liberal Party. Duh!

Aaron Goldstein of the American Spectator noted that the crowd at Trudeau’s victory rally in Montreal chanted “Niqab! Niqab!” and predicted, “Those Liberals who chanted ‘Niqab’ following this election might be chanting ‘Shariah’ after the next one.”

Too true—but whose fault is that?

It would be tedious for me to write (and more so for Americans to read) an account of the various Muslim disputes that dominated the election. [Robyn Urback: The Conservatives bet big on the veil, and lost, National Post, October 21, 2015] Suffice to say that clever-clogs Harper, who believed he could triangulate between immigrants (good) and their often “barbaric practices” (bad) was beaten at every turn. That’s the problem with triangulation; you so often fall between stools.

The process whereby Canada would become rife with barbarians and their practices (female genital mutilation, honor killings and rapes, et al.) began in 1967, when the Liberal government of rumored KGB asset Lester Pearson effected the equivalent of America’s 1965 Hart-Celler Act. In 1968, the year Justin Trudeau’s father Pierre became prime minister, Canada’s population was only 2% vizmin and thus about 95% white (native Indians are not counted as vizmins). It was still a fundamentally conservative country. By 1984, the year Pierre retired, Canada was officially a Leftist “proposition nation,” and opposition to the Liberals’ ongoing revolution was seen as un-Canadian, even treasonous.

Harper’s ambition, like that of Progressive Conservative Prime Minister Brian Mulroney (1984-1993) before him, turned out to be merely to co-opt this Trudeauvian state. It was the Mulroney Conservatives who raised immigration from 85,000 in 1984 to ~250,000 by the turn of the decade and ever after.


Article: “The $10-million lifetime tax bill: Welcome to Trudeau’s new tax rate”

Read the whole thing:

In Canada, we have a progressive tax system. This means that the more money you make, the higher percentage of your income goes to income tax. While many would say that is very fair that those who can most afford it, pay the most. The flip side is whether it is fair that one person contributes $10 for the same services that the next person contributes $2 for, and the third person contributes $0 to the cause.

The same family that uses the same roads, health care system, infrastructure and police department, pays many multiples what another family pays for the same services. In fact, the wealthy family may use the education system and even the health care system less, if they choose some private options. …

Is $10 million, or $11.5 million, in lifetime taxes, a fair amount for a couple to pay? I guess that is what Trudeau was saying when he talked of being “willing to help out in meaningful ways.”

To top it all off, the couple that will pay $10 million in taxes will now receive $0 in tax-free child benefits, while the couple that pays $669,000 will receive roughly $6,000 in tax-free child benefits in the coming year. This is a meaningful benefit that wasn’t even factored into our tax bill planning.

In both cases, the families are going to be fine in retirement. The one-per-cent couple that paid all that tax will still have an estate value of $23.2 million in future dollars, or $5.9 million in today’s dollars. This is after maintaining their lifestyle their entire lives.

The middle-class couple will have an estate value of $2.9 million in future dollars, or $745,000 in today’s dollars, after maintaining their lifestyle their entire lives.

Of course, most lives don’t work that smoothly. We have assumed steady employment for all four of them for the next 25 years straight. That rarely happens, and likely paints a rosier picture than reality. At the same time, we have assumed that their incomes grow with inflation. In many cases, especially in management level jobs, income will grow faster than inflation for a 35-year-old as his or her career progresses. In this case, our income numbers might be understated. We have also assumed $0 in inheritance, which is unlikely to be the case.

So, is $10 million in taxes for a high-income family too much, too little or fair? That’s subjective. Objectively speaking, the higher taxes haven’t stopped the one-per-cent couple from a strong lifestyle with a nice cushion.

What I do know is that Canadians shouldn’t be looking at this one-per-cent couple as greedy capitalists. They should be saying “thank you” for funding so much of Canadian society; thank you for financially contributing much more than you are using; thank you for working hard so that all Canadians can benefit.



Will Trudeau Appoint Bob Rae As Ambassador to the US?

God help us:

Prime minister-designate Justin Trudeau is expected to appoint new ambassadors to a number of key diplomatic postings in the coming weeks and months, as he moves to distinguish his government’s foreign policy from a decade of Conservative relations with the world.

Former Manitoba premier Gary Doer confirmed this week that his term as Canadian ambassador to Washington is coming to an end after six years. That leaves Trudeau, who has promised a fresh start in relations with the United States after a diplomatic chill over the Keystone XL pipeline, with a big hole to fill.

(Sidebar: the chill that Tom Steyer-backed Obama created. Carry on.)

New ambassadors in London, Paris and Tel Aviv are among those likely to follow: Each post is currently occupied by a political ally of outgoing Prime Minister Stephen Harper. …

Possible appointment: Trudeau will need someone of considerable political and diplomatic skill, such as former interim Liberal leader Bob Rae, to pull it off. Rae’s father, Saul Rae, was a renowned career diplomat.


Wife of Saudi Blogger Reports That He Will be Flogged

The wife of imprisoned Saudi blogger Raif Badawi believes his flogging sentence is expected to resume soon and is imploring the incoming Canadian government to help her husband come to Canada.

A source she trusts has told her the lashes are set to resume, without specifying exactly when, Ensaf Haidar said in an interview from her home in Sherbrooke, Que., on Wednesday.

Badawi was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes for criticizing Saudi Arabian clerics on his website. He is also facing a hefty fine.

The flogging has been suspended since an initial 50 lashes in January due apparently to health concerns and undisclosed reasons.

In a blog item posted this week to the Raif Badawi Foundation website, Haidar wrote a Saudi source said the flogging will be administered inside the prison, adding the same source had warned her about the first 50 lashes before they took place on Jan. 9, 2015.

“I don’t exactly know when it will happen,” Haidar said in a phone interview. “The person called me to say Saudi Arabia would restart the lashing, but I don’t know whether it will be this Friday or next.”

Haidar is imploring Prime minister-designate Justin Trudeau to take up her husband’s case. Trudeau has previously voiced his support.

(Sidebar: sorry, Mrs. Haidar, but that will never happen.)


Chretien Encourages Justin Trudeau to Engage With International Leaders

Former Liberal prime minister Jean Chretien says he hopes Justin Trudeau will engage in a dialogue with a variety of international leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin.

During an interview with CTV’s Question Period, Chretien suggested the incoming prime minister’s father, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, maintained an open approach when speaking to world leaders including Cuba’s Fidel Castro.

“Mr. Trudeau could talk to anybody because he kept his independence,” he said.

Chretien also advised Justin Trudeau to “talk to everybody.”


How the Illuminati took over the Canadian political landscape and ...

Bernard Isautier, chief executive of Calgary-based PetroKazakhstan Inc., has publicly credited Mr. Chrétien, “because of his name,” for landing the company high-level meetings in China and Iran last June to discuss oil-transportation problems.


Male Chauvinism in Canadian Politics?

Tie one on. Slogging through this requires a stiff drink:

Conservative MP Michelle Rempel knows it would not be easy to become leader of her party.

In a string of tweets late Wednesday, Rempel outlined multiple reasons why people would tell her not to run to replace Stephen Harper, who stepped down after the Tories were swept out of office on election night.

“All your DMs (direct messages) telling me to do it aren’t helping. I’m a 35-year-old chick. We’re not supposed to do these sorts of things, you know?” she tweeted. …


It is no secret that being a woman on the Hill is not always easy. It has been described as a “testosterone palace” by one Conservative senator, while Green Party Leader Elizabeth May has said the culture around politics is “men can get away with abuse of power. It’s endemic in politics. It shouldn’t be that way.”


Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau has promised to ensure 50 per cent of his cabinet is made up of women and that is a great first step, equality advocates say.

“(Trudeau) recognizes the kind of talent and expertise that women are bringing to the table,” Nancy Peckford of Equal Voice told Yahoo Canada News on Friday.


Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau says he would not even advise a woman against aborting her unborn baby simply because she’s a girl because, as he said, the “Liberal Party is the party standing up for people’s rights.”


Peckford said it would even be better if. when Trudeau names his cabinet on Nov. 4, some of those female MPs are given non-traditional portfolios, like agriculture or finance.



Good times….



Trudeau Urged to Reinstate the Long Form Census

Researchers are calling on the federal Liberals to make good on a campaign promise and reinstate the mandatory long-form census as soon as they take office.

“They have to act now. They cannot wait. Time is of the essence,” said Don Kerr, a sociology professor at King’s University College at Western University in London, Ont.

Kerr, who worked at Statistics Canada for 10 years, said it is possible to have the mandatory long-form census in place by May 10, 2016, the official census day.

“The level of expertise at Stats Canada is enormous and if anyone can pull it off, it’s Stats Canada that could pull it off,” Kerr said.

He added, “I would be surprised if they didn’t have contingency plans” to bring the long-form census back.


High-Income Earners to Pay Higher Taxes Under the New Liberal Tax Plan

Canada’s highest income earners face the prospect of higher taxes under a new Liberal majority government, but those in the middle can expect a break.

Keith MacIntyre, a tax specialist at accounting and consulting firm Grant Thornton, says people in the middle tax brackets could see a reduction in the federal income tax they’ll be required to pay if Justin Trudeau’s promises are put in place.

“Certainly people in those brackets will be looking forward to that in terms of additional cash flow,” MacIntyre said from Halifax.

The prime minister-designate campaigned relentlessly on a plan to help what he described as Canada’s middle class.

Under the party’s platform, the Liberals pledged to cut the middle income-tax bracket to 20.5 per cent from 22 per cent. However, to help pay for the cut, the party has promised to create a new federal tax bracket of 33 per cent for those earning more than $200,000 a year.

The increase means that the top marginal income tax rate in Canada is set to be between 43 per cent and 58.75 per cent depending on the province, according to TD Bank. The bank says New Brunswick will have the highest combined rate, while Nova Scotia, Quebec and Ontario are also expected to have a combined marginal rate above 50 per cent.

“It is going to be a new day for high-rate income earners in terms of the percentage rates they are going to pay,” MacIntyre said.

Those in the lowest tax brackets won’t see a change in their tax bills under the Liberal plan, but if they have children, the party’s new child benefit is expected to put more money in their pockets.

High-income earners, meantime, will receive less under the Liberals’ plan to eliminate the universal child-care benefit given its proposed replacement is aimed at putting more money into the pockets of lower-income families.

The Liberal child benefit, in combination with the cut to the middle tax bracket, will offset the benefits of the Conservatives’ controversial income-splitting initiative for families. The Liberals attacked income-splitting because it failed to benefit single-parent families or those in which both parents were in the same tax bracket.

According to Statistics Canada, the total amount of individuals earning an income of $200, 000 or more is 546,010. The median income of families after tax is $71,700 (as of 2012). Canada has a total population of 35,540,400 with 21.9 % of the population nineteen years old and under.  Who does Trudeau (who has a net worth of $1.2 million and has earned over $450,000 for his speaking gigs, putting him in the tax bracket that he believes should pay more) intend on squeezing for these child benefits?


Trudeau Picks Peter Harder For His Transition Team

Justin Trudeau’s decision to name former senior bureaucrat Peter Harder to help manage his transition into government sends a signal to Canada’s demoralized public service that they will be listened to under the Liberals, say former bureaucrats.

Harder brings nearly 30 years of public service experience to the transition team that is overseeing the changing of the guard from a Conservative to a Liberal government. He headed some of the departments that will be big challenges for the incoming Liberals, and also worked on the other side of the divide as a political staffer for a Mulroney-government cabinet minister.

Trudeau will officially become prime minister Nov. 4 and will unveil his cabinet then. It is unknown when he will bring back Parliament.

This guy:

Appointed a Trudeau Foundation Mentor, 2009-2010