“River Flows In You”, Yiruma, from the album “Yiruma Piano Collection” , (2001)
Politics has an insidious ability to sneak past most walls and gates to pollute otherwise fresh vistas …
I turned on my smartphone a couple of mornings ago, and noticed a little paragraph at the bottom of the screen under the heading “Important”.
It was a “important news” notice to the effect that China has now banned Canadian CANOLA imports because of “contamination” or something like that.
I had barely opened my eyes and my defenses were still down absent my first cup of coffee. So I wondered why on earth THAT might be important to “ordinary Canadians” like me? I clicked on the link … Oh No!
It actually turned out to be an interesting article because even though the underlying tone was pro Liberal progressive, anti Conservative, the Global Network still tries to present all points of view. This is unlike CTV and extremely unlike the CBC, (our version of the BBC) our taxpayer funded, unsupervised and unaccountable, national liberal progressive propaganda ministry for the last 5 or 6 decades. It’s rather like imagining NPR as the only “news” source in America.
(WARNING … anti-leftist rant) “The CBC, (in the manner of Pravda’s role in the Soviet Empire of old), only ever reports items favourable to the Liberals (when they are in power) or unfavorable to everyone else whenever Liberals fall out of favour with our electorate, that very large group of Canadians who have been bought with their own money and fallen under the spell of “tax the rich” and “free stuff”.
Any reasonable person can safely assume that anything reported by the CBC and for the most part anything reported on by CTV is being “made up whole cloth” (fake news), selectively reported, misrepresented, or downright lied about, in the interest of Boy Justin, the liberal progressive agenda, and the social media narrative. The all important social media “narrative” rules the day and anything remotely resembling facts is always covered up, twisted, omitted, or savagely under-reported to support our “NICE” social media fantasy narrative.”
End of rant … Sigh … this never changes … it’s just like Canadian weather, a brief period of hopeful spring and sun leading up to every election, followed by years of dark stormy subzero despair as the Natural Ruling Party is returned to power with a 30%, first past the post, “plurality” to merrily drive us deeper into the pit in a years long drunken orgy of corruption, deviance and trough training for their gang-members.
I recently watched the beginning of “LOTR” again for the fourth or fifth time … and this time around I was riveted by the overwhelming resemblance of the current Canadian Liberal party leadership to the “Nazgûl” of LOTR. But most likely, in my momentary despair, I give them far too much credit, and they are merely a few low level Orcish lieutenants, rather like Saruman’s servants.
Anyway …. onward and upward … I hope …
I then checked out the comments section below the Global article, which were reasonably OK on both sides, right up until I came to a vicious tirade by some lovely young “lady” (from Toronto?) screaming about “Harper sold the Wheat Board to the Saudis“. Somehow that seemed to be the reason for the current impasse between Canada and China … well Duh!
The only thing she left out were allusions and accusations about “Nazis’. She must have dropped her script.
Why do these “people” always seem to turn up to scream down all reasonably polite discussion with their delusional rants whenever and wherever a forum arises.
AND WHERE ARE THE “MODERATORS?
I guess this shortcoming might be due to the bottom line, which is that Global is just another MSM social media outlet and they agree with the shrill screaming of all the usual harpies.
Color me confused. Aside from the fact that the Conservatives “privatized” the Canadian Wheat Board in more or less the same way that the Liberals (covering up a scandal that occurred under Papa Doc Trudeau) “privatized” Petrocan and shut down their NEP scandal of embarrassment. What is the exact connection again? Anybody? Remember the NEP? Anyone? (the sound of one hand clapping)
Oh well … Just to refresh our memories … In 1975 the Liberal federal government created Petro-Canada, a Crown Corporation of Canada (socialism in action).
The Canadian “national oil company” was the Liberal response to the world energy crisis, because they believed they could “fix” the world energy crisis by taking over private oil companies in Canada.
Petro-Canada was involved in the big Hibernia oil find off Newfoundland and was a founding partner in the Syncrude oil sands venture in Fort McMurray, Alberta (that was long before Hollywood came out against the “Evil Tar Sands” while all the usual suspects were all still screaming about “Global Cooling”.
“Inner Thoughts” Rodrigo Rodriguez, from the album “Inner Thoughts” (2006)
At that time the Alberta oil industry was overwhelmingly owned by Americans. The United States was also the major importer of Albertan oil. The Petro-Canada Centre (1975–2009) was known in the oil patch as “Red Square” until it was purchased by Suncor.
The National Energy Program (NEP) was an energy policy of the Government of Canada from 1980 to 1985. It was created under the Liberal government of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau by Minister of Energy Marc Lalonde in 1980, and administered by the Department of Energy, Mines and Resources. The NEP included plans for a “greatly expanded Petro-Canada” End of history lesson for today. There will be a pop quiz later.
And the private company that the EVIL HARPER and the Conservatives sold the Liberal Socialist Canadian Wheat Board to was a partnership …
G3 Global Grain Group is a joint venture between Bunge Canada (parent Bunge Limited is an American agribusiness and food company, incorporated in Bermuda, and headquartered in White Plains, New York, United States. As well as being an international soybean exporter, it is also involved in food processing, grain trading, and fertilizer)
… and SALIC Canada Ltd., (a wholly owned subsidiary of Saudi Agricultural and Livestock Investment Company (SALIC), formed to invest in Canada’s agricultural grain industry by establishing a highly efficient coast–to-coast grain enterprise).
So 49% American grain traders and 51% Saudi financiers who put up most of the money in the mind of “nice lady” equates to “EVIL HARPER SOLD THE WHEAT BOARD TO THE SAUDIS”
But of course the screamers only ever mention the Saudi’s because it’s not fashionable right now to mention that the Liberals are in bed with their American masters at least once or twice a week (our Tuesday and Thursday night regular?) when they are not busy embarrassing the rest of us prancing around in their costumes on the international stage.
Other than the accident of each event involving the sale of some grain products, I am utterly unable to understand the connection between that “Harper Wheat Board” event, and Canada’s current pissing match with China over questionable arrests of “important” Chinese nationals to placate Canada’s American Security bosses.
Now, keep in mind that the above linked article is sourced from our National Liberal Propaganda Ministry and everything they report is suspect.
It is the CBC’s JOB to run interference for the Liberals by saying “Canada Has No Choice“.
The actual “legal” requirements are listed as:
“Under the terms of the extradition treaty, the U.S. could request Meng’s arrest in Canada if she was wanted in connection with conduct considered criminal in both Canada and the United States, and if the offence carries a jail sentence of a year or more.”
Once that threshold is met, the treaty compels Canada to act. Really?
If that is the case, then I have to ask, why have we never extradited all the thousands of 20th century U.S. draft dodgers, and even U.S. Military deserters, or any of hundreds of Islamic terrorists (of course not all Islamics are terrorists) currently living in Canada.
These bad actors are wanted for offenses, including murder, carrying jail sentences longer than a year, in the U.S. and other jurisdictions? According to the CBC we would have had to extradite all these bad actors because “Canada has no choice”
ALL of those categories of beings (gender neutral persons) also meet the above legal requirements but they are all still here. And many of them hold senior teaching positions in Canadian Universities, are drawing down generous Canadian Social Assistance benefits, or living on their generous Canadian pensions, and no-one feels compelled to send any of these bad actors to their just legal rewards.
Well, you know the saying … If it walks like a crock, and it talks like a crock, and it smells like a crock, well what are we to think.
Boy Justin explains: “The appropriate authorities took the decisions in this case without any political involvement or interference … we were advised by them with a few days’ notice that this was in the works,” YEA, RIGHT, does any observer think that is even remotely close to anything resembling truth in a Liberal administration where you have to get a hall pass from the PMO to go to the can.
Remember Gerald Butts, linked to below amongst those Liberal stars currently departing cabinet … well, here is a quote on the power of the PMO:
” The PMO, of which Butts was the senior and most powerful member, is a secretive palace guard. It operates outside public view and scrutiny. PMO staffers are not public servants. They are political appointees, and their role is as much to foster the partisan political interests of their party as it is to coordinate government policy in the public interest.
A number of experts have noted that, since the 1960s, Canadian democracy has degenerated into a kind of executive dictatorship of the PMO. Both Liberal and Conservative elected members of Parliament have frequently complained, in private, about being relegated to the role of trained seals. Their job is to clap when ordered to do so by the PMO.
In the case of Butts, a goodly number of Liberal MPs are quietly cheering at his departure. He was not, it seems, popular with the rank-and-file of Justin Trudeau’s elected caucus.”
Our Parliament and our Senate are exactly the same sort of puppet show that we see wildly clapping when Putin or Xi Jinping enter the house.
Meanwhile, Meng Wanzhou appeared at a bail hearing in Vancouver. That hearing was completely separate from the actual extradition process, which could take months. Wait a minute? This doesn’t sound as nicely cut and dried as the CBC claim “Canada has no choice”.
“Snow”, by Kobudo, from the album “Ototabi” (2013).
What actually has to happen in this country? The late, lamented, “rule of law” says that the U.S. has to make a formal extradition request within 60 days of Meng Wanzhou’s arrest and send the supporting documents to the International Assistance Group, the specialized branch within the Department of Justice that handles extradition.
Within 30 days of receiving those documents, the IAG would advise (former) Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould on whether a formal extradition hearing would be justified.
So Canada in fact does have all kinds of choice, hmmm … Under the treaty with the U.S., Canada cannot arbitrarily refuse to issue an authority to proceed. But once the formal extradition is made, Wilson-Raybould (the (former) Justice Minister) can exercise ministerial discretion.
Canada’s extradition laws give Ottawa the power to reject requests that it considers oppressive or politically motivated, a back door known as the “political offense exception.” For example, extradition requests that seek to prosecute people for their race, religion, sexuality or political opinions would be out of order.
This invites allies like the U.S. to ground their requests in unproven “Criminal Charges” from their own corrupt Justice Department, instead of just saying “Quick, we are fighting with the Commies, grab that Chinaman!”. Which is exactly what Boy Justin did to our Justice Department when the Liberals lined up the “deferred prosecution agreement” to help protect their close friends at SNC Lavelin.
OH NO!!! Canada actually does have all kinds of arbitrary choice! OH NO!!! The CBC lied! Imagine that! That’s how all those other criminals and murders managed to stay in Canada at our expense safe and sound from any prosecution for their crimes.
Not only does this reek of hypocrisy and double standard but it also clearly points to the truth of the comment that Canada is the largest state in the union, or is the correct term “protectorate”? Sort of like the Virgin Islands, except that no one would mistake Canada for a virgin.
You know, the woman that Feminist Boy Justin just fired and then muzzled because she wouldn’t immediately bend the knee, kiss ass, and sidestep her Department of Justice to give favoured exemption from the rule of law (criminal code offenses exactly like the charges Meng Wanzhou faces from the U.S.) for pending charges against Boy Justin’s good friends at SNC Lavelin.
Boy Justin must have read some juicy scandal rag story about Bill Clinton and his interns and Boy Justin thought “Hey! Why not me?“. Imagine the shock to Boy Justin’s sensitive ego when Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould turned out to have more balls than he did.
Sophie Grégoire needs to grow a pair as big as Hillary’s. Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, is the wife of the 23rd and current Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau. She is a former television host and is involved in charity work and public speaking, focusing mainly on women’s and children’s issues. Cute First Family … Professional Drama Coach married to a Pretty Television Host. Can’t ya just feel the luuuuv.
You just have to love the warm fuzzy joy of being Liberal, knowing that all the rules don’t apply to you, they only apply to all those stupid little people who don’t agree with you if you feel like dropping the hammer on them. How can anybody trust the Boy?
Well, some of his team-mates don’t. The fermentation in the Liberal cabinet and the Privy Council is getting so bad that numerous ranking members (the nomenclatura) have left the Liberal Party, some citing irreconcilable differences prior to the Lavelin scandal, and others after the scandal citing the Lavelin scandal. Who are they? Well, Leona Alleslev, Scott Brison, Jane Philpott, Michael Wernick, Gerald Butts, and Jody Wilson-Raybould, to name a few.
It’s kind of like the Liberals decided that it was better to piss off the foreign pimp twisting their ear, than their local pimp who has their tits in the wringer, alluding to the fact that over 90% of all Canadian trade goes to America. Who do we trust?
Who do they think they are kidding … choosing between the one twisting your arm or the one squeezing your balls, while posing as the virtuous virgin, is a no brainer, but of course, in Canada, we are not allowed to talk about that part of things are we? Who do we trust? Please, please spare us your Liberal bleeding heart, jingoistic BS, about Canada having no choice. This is all just an economic, political, and (frankly) National Security shoving match between the U.S. and China about who has a bigger one.
Just Getta Life … accept the internationally recognized reality that we, are and ever have been, living in America’s spare room, and everything we take for granted as adopted children depends on the sugar daddy in the living-room. Get over yourselves … our life is pretty damned good compared to anywhere else in the planet and certainly better than life in China, unless things have dramatically improved since I was in China in the 80’s, no matter how our government tries to skew the model in their favor and to benefit their friends.
At the root of this is that Canadian Liberals are more afraid of America than they are of China … and maybe that is smart and maybe it is not so smart, I can’t really speak to how smart that love/hate/fear relationship between Liberal Canadians and America is.
The chattering classes seem to live in a perpetual “hate America” bubble that they picked up at university drinking the KoolAide from the cups of their American draft dodger professors (remember the 60’s and 70’s? well, … maybe the 70’s, but the 60’s are rather a blur). Of course, the political classes waffle all over the place depending of the venue of their latest photo op.
“Mikoto”, by Kobudo, from the album “Ototabi” (2013)
What is really important, what really matters in Canada? It sure isn’t even remotely whose spyware lives in our civilian and military electronics, and it certainly isn’t how America feels about who trades where? Unless they are really, really pissed at who we are trading with and what we are trading? Yea, I can see that being important, for about as long as it takes President Trump to pick up his phone and tell Boy Justin to “bend over”.
But some things are undeniably IMPORTANT … Canadian Liberals, for our own good (of course), destroyed the Dairy industry in Quebec, and the Fishery in the Maritimes, and the Manufacturing sector in Ontario, and the Oil industry in Western Canada and Newfoundland, and now they are proceeding to destroy the Agriculture sector in all of Canada, and I guess the next will be Coal and Mining sector in BC which currently exports most of its production to China, and so on and so forth, world without end Amen.
Wailing about “Harper sold the Wheat Board to the Saudis” is just so damned school yard juvenile. Who do we trust?
All of this destruction brings with it 10’s or even 100’s of thousands of jobs lost in “the rest of Canada“. So, please understand a truth, my sweet young “lady” so happy about sharing your political wisdom, on your way back to your clerking job at Chapters.
The net result of your world view and your vote, and all this destruction, is that we, the ordinary people of Canada will feel all the pain. And there is going to be a lot of pain. I doubt your were alive in 1982 but Western Canadians at least, still have memories. And we bitter clingers in flyover country are very close to the tipping point. Who do we trust?
Meanwhile the Liberal elite, after effectively ditching the rule of law on the pretext of saving a couple of thousand of jobs in Quebec, and shilling for their friends at SNC-Lavalin, are driven home to their riverside mansions by their less than minimum wage immigrant chauffeurs and looked after by their less than minimum wage “special status” immigrant servants.
And you, my lovely young Toronto lady, take the bus back to your crash pad in some low-rent Toronto slum like Parkdale, to write some more shrieking comments on your social media tablet, to keep loyally pushing the progressive narrative toward the holocaust.
Now we all know that the best definition of shill is “A person engaged in covert advertising. The shill attempts to spread buzz by personally endorsing the product in public forums with the pretense of sincerity, when in fact he is being paid for his services.” As in Who are you shilling for?” or “Ignore the n00b, he’s just here to shill”. Who do we trust?
And maybe that all might be enough for Canadians to wake up and “Vote for Change” this October … the same slogan that 4 years ago ushered out the most successful government in the history of Canada during the last election.
Unfortunately there are huge populations of urban KoolAide drinkers like the lovely young lady mentioned above and it is unlikely that the huge percentage of urban tit-suckers in our population will vote against the tit.
On the other hand, in a completely unexpected outburst of sanity we might just vote them out … you never can tell when Canadians might have a moment of lucid thinking, as David Warren, a much better writer than I, explains: “We are secretly quite sane“.
So we Canadians are stuck watching a cheap remake of “TWINS”, and brooding over our fate.
Sigh … ever was it so … bread and circuses almost always triumph against self discipline and responsibility at first, at least until the system runs out of other people’s money and crashes down taking everyone with it and we get Venezuela, or Eastern Europe and Russia, or North Korea, or even China for the vast majority the 1.4 billion souls who have had the good fortune to be born there.
So I am left feeling animosity towards “city dwellers” everywhere, in the great urban metropolis called Canada. The R.O.U. in rural flyover country have dropped off the political map. And against that animosity I have been reminded by a Priest whom I respect greatly that Dorothy Day said something like “How we feel about the least likable people we know is how we feel about GOD”. That He, GOD, was absolutely serious about “Love each other as I have loved you” is undeniable, but Oh – So – Hard to put into practice in every day life.
So I am ruminating about “suffering” and the sources of same. It seems that suffering would be significantly reduced if only we focused more on improving ourselves instead of focusing on correcting the perceived faults of those around us. Focusing on ourselves and our own faults we would not be so disturbed by the resistance of others to our opinions and desires. And all the upset is about what is really just the “lipstick on the pig”.
Something inside or outside pushes us along and we seek ourselves in everything we say and do. And yet we are mostly oblivious to that. We meander nicely along when everything is done according to OUR will, but if things turn out against us, we quickly, reflexively, leap to dissension, strife and unhappiness, showing a “preferential option” for confrontation. And the constant static and noise of “the others” is a non-stop reminder that things are unfolding very much against our will and we are in for a very bumpy ride.
So it gives me pause to realize that I am seriously expected to love these pink tribe folks as Jesus loved me. GOD created the whole pig and everything else from just … well … nothing. And He had to create “nothing” first because He already was everything. That kind of love is truly something awesome … truly beyond human comprehension. Kinda puts all our pride and ranting and prancing around in perspective. Dust to dust and all that.