The Donald

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The most startling thing many Canadians may know about Donald Trump is his wonky antenna.

For two days last autumn traffic in the epicenter of downtown Toronto’s financial core ground to an angry halt when the spire atop the Trump Tower looked like it was swaying in the breeze. “In a big city like this, people have to be responsible for their buildings and their actions,” said a pissed-off mayor.

After 48 hours of relative chaos, the pointy thing was declared safe and life went on. So did the lawsuits. The Donald is being flamed by the tower’s developers, who want out of a deal forcing them to use his name. Meanwhile that company’s battling owners in the hotel-condo edifice suing because their investments went south. For them, the Trump tag carried no magic.

The guy with the large hair and outsized ambition has done similar branding deals around the world. He’s made and lost fortunes. Been a financial star and a bankrupt. Yes, he’s worth a few billion, but usually leaves a debris trail of controversy behind him. In the last few days, mainstream media dudes have been dissecting the entire Trump empire looking for issues, like the Toronto project, because suddenly this man matters.

And he does. So pay attention. The anti-Trudeau may next week take a giant leap towards the White House.

As you know, Trump’s romping towards the Republican nomination. With big wins under his belt in three primaries and caucuses, huge voter turnout and broad demographic support, he’s set up to dominate Super Tuesday’s polling – a mini version of a national vote. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz are toast. This is the year of the outsider in US politics, and not just for the neocons.

On the left Hillary Clinton’s in a wholly shocking battle with lefty Bernie Sanders, and while she will likely emerge the Democratic nominee, it’ll be as a wounded one. What the November presidential election will bring is eight months away, and unknown. However, markets are starting to factor President Trump into their risk equations.

What does this mean for you?

On the surface, our two countries continue to cleave, despite being glued together. The US economy’s been expanding with robust labour force growth, rising GDP, plumping average wages, falling federal deficit, reduced household debt levels and swelling interest rates. Us? Not so much. Low oil helps America but clobbers Alberta. Our rates are stuck in the ditch and Ottawa’s about to plunge back into red ink. Job creation here sucks and we’ll be lucky to see a 1% economic advance this year. Half the country’s households would be up the creek if they faced an extra $200 monthly bill. And just peruse the moany comments here yesterday about Canadians’ inability to use (or want) a great tax shelter – we’re turning into a passel of governmentaholics.

We chose T2, and a big swing to a left-of-centre, tax-and-spend majority administration with a gender-parity leaning that Trump’s already called silly. Moreover, he’s accused his rival Ted Cruz of being unfit for office because he likes Nickleback and Justin Beiber (hard to see that as a negative), being born of a Canadian mom. Hmm. This may not go well.

But what might President Trump do to the markets – or even the hint of it happening?

It adds uncertainty and will likely spike volatility. China, oil, Brexit, the Fed and corporate earnings are already enough to focus on. Adding a rebel to the Oval Office is just one more thing to consider when assessing risk. Markets hate unpredictability. Trump defines it. As one money manager put it to Bloomberg yesterday: “This political cycle is filled with more drama than usual. The extremity of a Trump or Cruz or Bernie creates the illusion that the winner is going to be more of an extreme character.”

While Prez Donald might goose the fortunes of defence contractors, infrastructure companies and consumer-focused corporations (due to a promised tax cut), he would be toxic for financials (Trump wants to break up the banks) and bad news for Canuckistan. The Republican would not only shut out Canadian companies from bidding on US projects, but stress energy independence (bye-bye AB crude) and even abrogate the North American Free Trade Agreement. The worst news if you build cars in Oshawa or Windsor.

Trump would also likely harden the US border, affecting trade, make it more of a pain for some people (like Muslims) to cross, police snowbirds more carefully (182 days or pay) and exert huge pressure on Ottawa to get back into the fight against ISIS.

Of course, it’s all speculation. The guy could blow up. Hillary could dominate.

Then again, Trump’s appeal to the disenfranchised, the dispirited middle class, the underdogs, the angry, the free-enterprisers and the core conservatives is magnetic, and growing. Disgust with the political class and Wall Street has turned a billionaire with a trophy wife, a collection of skyscrapers and a personal air force into a populist folk hero.

As we’ve learned in Canada, sometimes there’s no accounting for how people vote. Only consequences.

228 comments ↓

#1 Jack Haytal on 02.25.16 at 4:05 pm

Hillary Clinton is a colossal disaster for the U.S. and the world.

Wait until Obama care tax takes full impact and pushes the U.S. in recession in 2017.

Canada and Ontario is going down the road to ruin.

#2 TurnerNation on 02.25.16 at 4:10 pm

What time zone is blog in today. Early happy hour.

#3 Doug t on 02.25.16 at 4:10 pm

FIST

That’s even more pathetic than usual. — Garth

#4 Doug t on 02.25.16 at 4:13 pm

Sometimes you don’t get what you want – you get what you deserve

#5 Johnny on 02.25.16 at 4:13 pm

It never really matters who gets voted in locally, provincially, or federally. Debt is always increased, taxes are almost raised (in one form or another). So, why NOT have Donald Trump just like Canada said why NOT have Trudeau as opposed to that Harper guy we’ve had for a while.
Change is a constant.

#6 President Trump on 02.25.16 at 4:18 pm

What a rocking blog you got Garth… cute pic…. those that don’t follow this blogspace are TOTAL LOSERS

#7 Randy on 02.25.16 at 4:20 pm

Somebody, Anybody, even Trump….Please kill and bury Political Correctness and the Cultural Marxism of Liberals.

#8 earlybird on 02.25.16 at 4:24 pm

I was starting to wonder about this, glad you touched on it. I think its a possibility as of late. I checked out his platform, I didn’t see anything really unreasonable, its all the things that people have been complaining about for decades that haven’t been done. Its such a wildcard for Canada…T2 and Trump are polar opposites, right down to the hair!

#9 PAULLY on 02.25.16 at 4:25 pm

A dog with a comb-over? Awesome!

#10 JunkieMan on 02.25.16 at 4:25 pm

I’m guessing Garth, you ain’t feeling the BERN. If Hilary wins the nomination, trump wins presidency, she will be facing prosecution over those damn emails. We get President Sanders, if she loses the nomination.

#11 Trump is for the US and not others... on 02.25.16 at 4:26 pm

Guy will not tolerate foreign influence or Wall Street which will make the US safe. Recall when just before, bomb them into the stone ages, Reagan was about to be innaugerated the then Iranian regime released the US hostages after no progress under Carter…fear is a powerful thing with a President that will not screw with you.

Good as he will reign in the criminals of Wall Street that almost pushed the World into a global economic collapse and with no consequences…US tax payers bailed them out. That will only strengthen our financial system.

He may be wonky but I bet the world will be a more behaved place with the Donald as President than it is now under Obama or will be under Clinton.

And he pulls for the US first and others such as Canada if it benefits the US. How can you argue with a patriot like that?

#12 The Anti Donald on 02.25.16 at 4:27 pm

As we’ve learned in Canada, sometimes there’s no accounting for how people vote. Only consequences.
…………………………………………………………………..
Hell no we haven’t learned anything here, look a the idiots we have voted in. McGinty, Wynne, Trudeau, Ford. This guy is about as appealing as SM.

#13 Frank on 02.25.16 at 4:29 pm

You like Obama or wish Romney had got in?

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#15 Mr. Frugal on 02.25.16 at 4:35 pm

Or perhaps Trump will make America great again just like Ronald Reagan did. Investors should do quite well with Trump in the White House. Besides it will be entertaining to watch what he does to ISIS.

#16 pinstripe on 02.25.16 at 4:38 pm

The SYSTEM forced a Trump to step up to the plate.

The SYSTEM forced the masses to lose ALL Trust and Confidence in the policy makers.

Enough is ENOUGH

#17 robert on 02.25.16 at 4:39 pm

The election is fixed in every way possible as all but a few are supported by the likes of Goldman Sachs and Lloyd Blankfein. This guy is so greedy that he cares more about his wealth than the thousands of children living in poverty in the U.S. IMO this election is the last attempt at putting integrity into the political system and if as i think it fails, the next step will be blood in the streets. Hilary Clinton got off a 42 year old man whom she knew was guilty for raping a twelve year old girl, then laughs about it! This is the best the US can offer. Now ask yourself how safe is your American Investments. Debt level of 19 trillion? How bad is it? If you were to pay down the debt at ten million a day it would take 50 years to pay it off. Rome is about to fall one way or another!!!

#18 Heisenberg on 02.25.16 at 4:47 pm

Hillary should be in jail for fraud and treason:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kypl1MYuKDY

…and the Trump is a typical con man who made his fortune by taking risks with other people’s money.

By default Bernie is the only decent choice, but being a decent human is not a trait that’s frequently seen in American presidents. I’ll be shocked if Bernie wins.

I predict Hillary will win, just so Americuh can have their “first woman president”….because, you know, that’s way more important than having a decent human at the helm.

#19 Observer on 02.25.16 at 4:48 pm

USA economy is crappy under community organizer Obama….why aren’t you wringing your hands over that Garth?
At least the Donald knows how to run a business….something you should be able to relate to…

#20 max on 02.25.16 at 4:50 pm

I like Trump. My American friends believe his four corporate bankruptcies are a negative. No its a positive. Trump understands how to work the banks. He’ll be the first president that can’t be snowed by wall street bankers. I believe he’ll be better then Reagan.

#21 Snowboid on 02.25.16 at 4:52 pm

Most of our Phoenix neighbours are staunch Republicans, and those Canadians (mainly Albertans) in the same area are Conservative through and through.

The concensus from a few recent get-togethers is that much as they hate her, Hillary Clinton will be the next President. They all expressed disgust with DeTrump.

Although the great octogenarian Sheriff Joe Arpaio has come out to support Donny T, Sen. John McCain has expressed his disdain for the hairpieced one.

The few under-30s we know down here are rooting for the Bern!

BTW, we decided if by some act of total insanity, DeTrump does get in, we list our place by inauguration day. Better to sell before the wall goes up!

#22 Smartalox on 02.25.16 at 4:55 pm

Having run ‘joke’ candidates for various student council positions over the years, I get a very strong sense that Trump isn’t for real; that he’s playing spoiler to the too-crowded Republican field.

Or that he’s a foil for Hillary, and he’ll throw the election, once he has the nomination.

Part of the fun with these joke candidates is watching the suckers buy in. Some of the more earnest press coverage has been GOLD.

If Trump DOES get elected, he’s going to have a terrible time with even the Republicans in Congress and the Senate. He’s not one of them, and he’s not making any friends on the campaign trail, either.
Is Trump catering to the religious right? Not hardly. Pro-Life? Hah.

One of the cornerstones to Trump’s success in business is that he relies on his corporations’ boards of directors to reign in his wild ideas. Will Congress and the Senate react the same way?

Or will Trump rule by executive order, subverting the democracy that so many want to believe that he’ll restore?

#23 AnotherRound on 02.25.16 at 4:59 pm

Hey Garth, why won’t you acknowledge gold going up 17%? Surely if it was the stock market rising we would never hear the end if it.

#24 sue on 02.25.16 at 5:00 pm

I like the Donald. His positions on trade/tax reform/national security are spot on. I’m so sick of PC attacks on free speech and extreme left wing thinking. Just look how that worked out for Europe. Sweden is close to collapse/rape capital of the west.

I would love to see him buzz his hair though. lol and maybe zip that impulsive mouth once in a while. The thought of Hilary in office makes me ill. Just watch 13 Hours to see what really happened in Benghazi.

#25 Editrix on 02.25.16 at 5:04 pm

Ontario’s getting free tuition for low income families, so how about this plan? Once my kids get closer to university age, I’ll cut back my work hours a bit and we’ll tighten our belts and live off savings. That’ll save me about $10,000 a year for two kids’ tuitions, assuming that the price won’t jump in the next 10 years and I’ll get some relax time at home.

Thoughts?

#26 ed on 02.25.16 at 5:09 pm

I can only imagine kind of a right wing loony what a single term of T2 might hatch…

#27 max on 02.25.16 at 5:11 pm

Oh, police the snowbirds, 182 days or pay? When any Canadian crosses the border, the immigration officer just gave you something better then you know. One year in the U.S. on a visitor/business visa. Snowbirds mistakenly think you can only stay in the U.S. for 182 days or pay, you loose provincial health care. So you’d have to pay medical.

Only the very rich pay taxes in the U.S. Hence most tax services guarantee income tax refunds. As a Canadian even if you do make some money as a snowbird while in the U.S., most passive income they’ll send you a letter saying you don’t have to even file. Tax treaty, if you don’t have a green card, they’ll tell you to pay Canada. I’ve lived in the U.S. off and on, any time the liberals get in power. The only thing you might end up paying, is if you are in an income tax state like greedy liberal run California. The federal system is easy to stay out of legally.

#28 at pinstripe on 02.25.16 at 5:11 pm

I hate it when people blame ‘The SYSTEM’
What the heck is that?

You, me, us, them, we are all the SYSTEM, it is what you make it. Comments like these are exactly the type of never mind, this is a family friendly site.

#29 Chopper on 02.25.16 at 5:14 pm

Just like the opposite direction our two economies are heading, Trump and TrueDough are two opposites.

T2 the tree hugger, Donald the terrorist destroyer. What we don’t need in Canada is a tree hugger for a Prime Minister but the masses have chosen so deal with consequences. More taxes, promises and lies, stoned Canuks all over the place, more misery not forgetting all the terrorists is sheep’s clothing about 25,000.

#30 Bill Clinton on 02.25.16 at 5:16 pm

Watch or research- “Dark Alliance”

The story Gary Webb researched about the LA cocaine trade and the association of Oliver North, pilot Barrry Seal, Manuel Noriega and the Nicaragua/Sandinista conection. ALL planes flew through Mena Arkansas. Where Governor of Arkansas- Bill Clinton was in charge. The body count of dead people with close ties to the Clintons was in the 100’s after this story broke. The Clintons are as corrupt and evil as they get- + Hillary is a dyke.(Seriously)

#31 Smoking Man on 02.25.16 at 5:16 pm

Back when he entered the race, The great smoking man told all of you on this pathetic blog he was going to take it.
Everyone thought I was nuts. Well just a little I will admit that.

But my expertise in Observational Technology, no one is better.

I don`t have a Phd In Herdonomics for nothing.

Dr Smoking Man

#32 Brian Richards on 02.25.16 at 5:19 pm

As a US citizen, I detest all politicians, but Donald Trump is the perfect person to preside over the upcoming bankruptcy of the US, no?

#33 Bill Clinton on 02.25.16 at 5:23 pm

Trump said he would audit the PRIVATE BANK federal reserve and let out who really did 911. The only way we will know if he is the real deal is if he gets hit with the CIA’s heart attack gun. Wear your kevlar underwear Mr. Trump. What happened to the last guy/ALL the guys who challenged the FED? (Andrew Jackson, Garfield, Mcfadden, Lincoln, JFK, RFK, Mckinley.)

#34 Mr. White on 02.25.16 at 5:25 pm

Garth,

I have a hard time understanding the claim that the U.S. is gaining on the labour front with such high non-participation numbers. Clue us in?

Mr. White

#35 old stock Canadian on 02.25.16 at 5:25 pm

As we’ve learned in Canada, sometimes there’s no accounting for how people vote. Only consequences.

Tony Blair has said he is struggling to understand the appeal of Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn because both are hampered by “the question of electability”.

Mr. Turner, are you same age as Tony Blair? before making a generational judgement.

What Are the Odds of a ‘Brexit?’

If UK wants to support the saudi arabia and it’s Royals, it has to leave the European Union.
Is Canada will be with UK or European Union?

Canada’s $15-billion deal to sell light armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia demonstrates the ‘puzzling’ nature of risk assessments for weapons sales, Hilary Homes of Amnesty International Canada says.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/canada-arms-technology-trade-1.3458608

Saudi oil minister’s message for high-cost crude producers: ‘get out’ of market
http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/saudi-oil-minister-in-houston-1.3459539
EU parliament votes for embargo on arms sales to Saudi Arabia
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/feb/25/eu-parliament-votes-for-embargo-on-arms-sales-to-saudi-arabia

Saudi Arabia has British military advisers and continues to bomb Yemeni civilians with British weapons. Yet our government is strangely quiet about it
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jan/28/britain-war-yemen-saudi-arabia-military-advisers

The EU testing Canada as well?

#36 CB on 02.25.16 at 5:27 pm

Garth, do you think Michael Bloomberg will enter the race?

I still have a hard time believing The Donald has a realistic chance to be the president of the United States.
What is the world coming too? Obama has been such a godsend for you Americans, but many can’t seem to appreciate him because of his colour.

#37 Nemesis on 02.25.16 at 5:28 pm

#KingTrump…

“Brace yourselves, America. It’s really happening.” – Matt Taibbi

[RollingStone] – How America Made Donald Trump Unstoppable: He’s no ordinary con man. He’s way above average — and the American political system is his easiest mark ever

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/how-america-made-donald-trump-unstoppable-20160224

#38 mitzerboy aka queencity kid on 02.25.16 at 5:29 pm

only in america

#39 Canadian on 02.25.16 at 5:36 pm

A terrifying prospect. Moreso that electoral prediction models that were relied upon during Obama’s first run in ’08 are predicting upper 90% probabilities of a Trump presidency.

http://www.sbstatesman.com/2016/02/23/political-science-professor-forecasts-trump-as-general-election-winner/

#40 Love my Kia on 02.25.16 at 5:37 pm

Trump wins, gold goes up.

Bernie wins, gold goes up.
(Hilary says a lot of stupid stuff lately, and millennials LOVE Sanders).

Guess what I’m buying more of?

#41 Nemesis on 02.25.16 at 5:37 pm

#QueenMelania…

“What was it about her that stuck out to you?” – Droll TV Host

“I’m designing for women across the country.” – Melania Trump

https://youtu.be/Gsa22PdIrdo

#42 Rick on 02.25.16 at 5:45 pm

SM, Oil @ $33.08 USD:)

As the Scotia commercial says, “your richer than you think”. Ontario Libs adding 4.5 cents a litre to gas:) So, when gas is back at $1.20 a litre, it will be $1.25. Nice.

Federal Libs returning Canadian Citizenship to convicted terrorists; so they can stay:) Apparently, a Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian. Wonder how the aboriginals feel about this? If you lied to get Canadian Citizenship, it will be stripped away and you will be deported. Lying bad, terrorism good?
Sad, very sad.

#43 JSS on 02.25.16 at 5:46 pm

Comments on this site have become more creepier. All the right wing loonies here are on fire tonight!

The pinkos were alight last night! — Garth

#44 Mocha on 02.25.16 at 5:49 pm

A little heavy on the fear mongering today, especially in regards to crude, which the man has repeatedly said he is in favor of importing from Canada.

As a US citizen, given the choice between Hillary and Trump, I’ll likely be voting for Trump

#45 pathcontrolmonk on 02.25.16 at 5:50 pm

Sanctimonious Canadians are gleeful at the prospect of having another source of anti-America schadenfreude. Pathetic.

#46 Phil on 02.25.16 at 5:52 pm

You cant stump the trump!

#47 gumboot princess on 02.25.16 at 6:08 pm

Meh, I am not sure about the girly vote for Hilary. I think we are past voting for a woman just to elect a woman as president and I suspect Millenials are way past that.

#48 The real Kip on 02.25.16 at 6:25 pm

Donald Trump has connected to the disconnected American voter much to the chagrin of the status quo politicians that still fail to realize just how big that group has become. It appears that it is easily large enough to put Donald Trump in office.

#49 Dispatches from Under the Bridge on 02.25.16 at 6:31 pm

Cruz’s mother is an American. Born in Delaware I think it was. They were just living in Alberta when he was born. That’s what he hangs his hat on to be an American and therefore qualified to run. His father was Cuban born so it’s all the scary moron has.

I see what’s going on with Trump but there is no substance. He doesn’t understand there rules or system judging by the crap he spouts and things he can’t answer. He has to blow up, to many smart people know how bad he would be for the U.S.A. never mind the GOP. They can’t let that happen.

#50 fisherman on 02.25.16 at 6:31 pm

When Trump first brought up the subject of building the wall, he also said that all illegals have to leave the country & apply for U.S. citizenship from outside the country. Lets see now: you got a choice: Wait on the Mexican side or the Canadian side. On the Mexican side their is so much broken glass you dare not let your dog out for his business. The Canadian side is nice; real nice. What is there,15–18 million illegals in the good old USof A. Last week Trudeau cancelled visa requirements for Mexican citizens Harper had implemented because of growing refugee scams. Massive refugee cross border migration into Canada? If Trump follows through they gotta go somewhere. Rationally, I really don’t think that any President would destroy the 49th, but, Trump is definitely a wild card breaking “accepted” norms of negotiation.

#51 common sense on 02.25.16 at 6:36 pm

#31 Bill Clinton

Well said..

I think the Donald is just a escape valve for the US public to let off some pent up steam over everything they wish they had the power and platform to say but can’t. If he gets too close to the nod, watch out DONALD!

I bet the machine would just love Hillary back in as she is an insider and can be controlled..they worked with hubby, so she can slip into the role easily.

Bernie? Great guy, good ethics, too logical…The USA would never go that socialistic.

No matter who gets in anywhere in any developed nation the next 10 years due to ageing demographics, low growth, etc they are very brave to take a stab at running a barely floating ship. Just don’t make it worse than Wynne and company…

Actually why does the USA need anyone at all for a while? They have gas, 2 good safe neighbours, lots of land to expand, population to make and sell to, etc? Build a wall no but the only way they will get attacked is overhead..not by water or from the north or south.

And Finally, I read The Donald would be worth millions more if he had done NOTHING with the money he inherited from his dad and just invested it in a balanced portfolio of funds indexed as Garth suggests….too much.

#52 Iconoclast on 02.25.16 at 6:41 pm

#11 Trump is for the US
> Reagan was about to be innaugerated the then Iranian regime released
> the US hostages after no progress under Carter

I suggest you look into the “October Surprise”. It was alleged that Reagan’s crew negotiated a deal with they Ayatollahs to NOT release the hostages until after the election.

This was just a tin-foil-hat conspiracy theory… which the years have revealed to be a tin-foil-hat conspiracy fact.

#53 tundra pete on 02.25.16 at 6:46 pm

Trump will never get near the White House. He will never be voted leader of the RNC as they are not going to give him any “superdelegates”. It is all just a smoke and mirrors show. It will be just like working in a government job when you see the most useless, unproductive, ass kissing, dangerous employee be given the managers position.

Hillary is already guaranteed the DNC Leadership because of the superdelegates. That is also just a smoke and mirrors show to make it seem fair or democratic in some sense. Bernie is toast even though he still campaigns.

Hillary will be pres. If it so happens that Trump got in as pres. it will be short lived before he is assassinated. This is very simply but truly how the U.S. works. There is some big bucks controlling that.

#54 Vancouver Troy on 02.25.16 at 6:53 pm

You’re worried about Trump?

What would Bernie Sanders do to markets?

Trump has said publicly that if elected he would immediately approve the Keystone XL pipeline.

Our buddy Obama spent years avoiding the issue and then vetoed it in the end devastating Alberta and Saskatchewan’s oil market.

#55 Christopher Mewhort, EA on 02.25.16 at 6:54 pm

#26 Max

What absolute drivel.

#56 earthboundmisfit on 02.25.16 at 6:54 pm

@23 Sue
Always encouraging to see people learning their history from Hollywood. Trump is a self-inflated gasbag whose message of fear, hate, misogyny, and xenophobia reeks of nothing but ignorance. Would you really want the likes of him having the launch codes?

#57 The real Kip on 02.25.16 at 6:55 pm

It’s too bad Bernie Madoff got caught and tossed in jail for his $65-billion Ponzi scheme that, at its zenith of corruption, saw Bernie made Chairman of the Nasdaq. Bernie would have made a great running mate for Donald Trump. They would have been unstoppable.

Not since Spiro Agnew, Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford have we seen a more corrupt group of politicians in charge of, or vying for the White House. Should be a great year for the markets.

#58 tundra pete on 02.25.16 at 6:55 pm

Like Mark Twain once said; “if voting worked, they wouldn’t let us do it”.

#59 Marshmellow on 02.25.16 at 6:56 pm

Although I am a crazy gold bug, I will admit I liked your article tonight.

But will trump get the visible minority vote? I don’t think so.

This is why the democrats win. How many angry white guys are out there?

#60 Dups on 02.25.16 at 6:57 pm

Nonsense, Trump is a bigger puppet as some politicians are and they do come and go. The string pullers will always be there behind the scenes. Politicians have some power the rest of it comes from the $$$—-$$$

#61 innerservice on 02.25.16 at 6:58 pm

What politicians fail to understand is that running a country, province or state is the same as running a business or home front… basic accounting and for some reason most fail miserably. Unfortunately this is the only explaination for the current debt situations which is apparent and rampant. From consumers to government at all levels… where is the federal deficit board?
It’s hidden in a garage somewhere… for a good reason.

At least Trump knows a balance sheet and will likely use it… unlike T2 :(

The last time I saw that deficit board was at the PC convention in 93-94 and it had a ticker of 470B. It must be nearing the Trill or very close now.

violins.. fade…

#62 Snowboid on 02.25.16 at 7:03 pm

#26 max on 02.25.16 at 5:11 pm…

As Arizona snowboids for nearly 6 years now, there are most certainly tax issues if you overstay your time over a three year period.

Over this period you can stay 183 days, calculated as number of days last year, 1/2 the days a year before that and 1/3 the days in the year before the second year.

If you are over that, as we are, you are required to file an F8840 form with the IRS annually to prove your ‘substantial presence’ is still in a foreign country. Otherwise you are taxable as a US resident alien.

Canada and US Immigration services now share data, so they know exactly when you enter/leave the US.

It’s true you don’t lose your BC Medical, but you still need to purchase insurance while in the US as BC would only cover a miniscule amount of any US bills.

Your statement about earning income in the US goes against everything we were told by the IRS. Any income requires you to acquire an ITIN number and file. In any case, opening any kind of US bank account requires a W-8BEN form to be filled out, not sure how you get around that.

Tax treaty has nothing to do with it, you still have to file the US return and claim the tax treaty amount when you file your Canadian return.

If you don’t have the ITIN number or US SS card, you cannot work for anyone, cannot sell your home, cannot receive investment or bank income. This was made very clear to us, as we were looking into selling/renting our home here.

This information came from our bank, the IRS, and our RE agent.

How do you legally avoid all of this as you state? Links please.

#63 S.Bby on 02.25.16 at 7:04 pm

And Finally, I read The Donald would be worth millions more if he had done NOTHING with the money he inherited from his dad and just invested it in a balanced portfolio of funds indexed as Garth suggests….too much.

But with not nearly so much fun.

#64 RimJabba on 02.25.16 at 7:04 pm

After watching episode six of the recent X-files, with the deliciously evil smoking man’s plot to depopulate the planet via GMO virus to disable peoples immune system, he rationalized, saying he was saving the planet.

It rung a bell with me, I swear that character is Rockefeller. He said human’s are doing this, they are overpopulating, they are destroying the environment, people are doing it to themselves, he is merely accelerating the inevitable.

Think about that. Canadians are doing this to themselves. No one is putting a gun to our heads (yet) to borrow vast sums of money and buy crappy OSB houses way over fair market value.

Garth, I see the light. We are doing this to ourselves, not me I rent, but everyone else. They are sticking their head in the mortgage noose and rocking the chair they stand on. Canadians will hang themselves financially.

I have no plans to go down with the S.S Stupid, I’m bailing ship. It’s about return of capital now, not return on capital.

The losses coming will be astounding.

#65 S.Bby on 02.25.16 at 7:05 pm

#48 Fish
Massive refugee cross border migration into Canada?

oh my, that wouldn’t be good for property values.

#66 nonplused on 02.25.16 at 7:05 pm

If the Hilroy monster wins I am sure WWIII will be underway within a few months, if it isn’t already by then. I’m hoping to Dog that either the Donald or Bernie Bear wins because they seem the least inclined to press the button. The Donald may be many things, but he hasn’t come across as a global war monger yet.

If Hilroy does win I’m cashing out and blowing all my money on hooks and blow while there’s still time.

I don’t know why people are arguing about whether Cruiz or Rubby are eligible, you just can’t elect an Armageddon worshiping fundamentalist to the nuclear suitcase. Voters should disqualify them just for that. But then on the other hand the US is full of Armageddonist. I suppose we have been living with the Armageddonist lobby trying to elect one of their own to the suitcase so they can “help Dog out” with their prophesies for some time now but the current field looks like only Trump can stop them. If not, 2017 could be filled with fireworks. Literally.

#67 SWL1976 on 02.25.16 at 7:06 pm

#17 Heisenberg – Completely agree with all the points you made.

Unfortunately there is a lot of anger in what is left of middle class America right now, and rightfully so. However, Joe or Jill Six Pack really don’t have a clue what he or she should be angry about. Sadly, I foresee the brainwashed herd venting their anger in the wrong direction.

The free world, or what’s left of it, really is in ruff shape when people see Trump as their saviour.

Bill Clinton – Thanks for coming clean on some of those issues here this evening.

#68 Mark on 02.25.16 at 7:06 pm

“Our buddy Obama spent years avoiding the issue and then vetoed it in the end devastating Alberta and Saskatchewan’s oil market.”

I don’t like Obama’s stance on the issue, but to say that Obama’s decision on the Keystone XL line has “devastated” the Alberta and Saskatchewan oil market is out of touch.

The US oil infrastructure is, even without the pipeline, overflowing from domestic production and whatever Canadian production makes it there on account of existing pipelines (ie: Keystone and others). Keystone XL, although certainly useful for diverting oil from the rails, would not have made much, if any difference to the market prices for Canadian oil.

Energy East, and associated reconfigurations of refineries in Sarnia, Montreal, and Saint John, NB is what desperately needs to happen. And that’s entirely an issue of Trudeau sitting down and deciding to make it happen instead of pandering to the random rent seeking groups who want to disrupt such. As those refineries currently consume imported crude oil. A pipeline to the Richmond refinery in the SFBay area also would be helpful As would be capacity to serve the US northeast. But Keystone XL, dare I say, is bordering on irrelevance as it would be delivering more oil to an already glutted marketplace.

#69 Trump is a sociopathic fascist on 02.25.16 at 7:11 pm

Imagine you would have to elect either Trump or Trudeau, who would you vote for? Trudeau may be small-brained and inexperienced, but at least he seems to be a decent guy who means no harm to anyone. Trump, on the other hand, is not only small-brained, but he is also a dangerous fascist with the mentality of a sociopathic spoiled narcist ten-year old brad. Between the two, I would pick Justin any day.

#70 ARP on 02.25.16 at 7:13 pm

O-Blow-Hole is more concerned with his “green” legacy than moving towards energy independence from the ME.

And by green I mean his golf game…

As for today’s Ontario budget……. “bad things grow…. in Ontari-OWE!”.

#71 Capt. Obvious on 02.25.16 at 7:14 pm

Only in America would people look at Trump and say, “Yes! This is the man to lead us!”.

I have to believe sanity will prevail. I am vaguely considering relocating to our US office for a few years for a change of scenery, but now am waiting to see how this election turns out before making any plans.

#72 nonplused on 02.25.16 at 7:17 pm

Oh and I forgot, don’t worry about US energy independence. When they talk about US energy independence they include Alberta because they own most of it. Mexico too. Where do you think all the money funding the anti-pipeline groups in Canada is coming from? Not from Canada. The US has a real interest in making sure Canada cannot get it’s oil to the coast, even if they don’t want it just yet. 10-20 years from now there will be no talk of slowing down “dirty oil” from Alberta but for now they want to keep it in the ground for later. And the current market conditions imply that is the right thing to do.

#73 The word is Moist. Yes, Moist. on 02.25.16 at 7:18 pm

“even abrogate the North American Free Trade Agreement. The worst news if you build cars in Oshawa or Windsor.”

Who are you kidding Garth, NAFTA included Mexico for a reason: both the US and Canada are losing plant by plant to Mexico because you can pay people like crap, break even the milquetoast employment laws they have over there, and bust up Mexican unions like back in the days of the Pinkertons.

An abolition of NAFTA would not hurt Canadian manufacturing, although it may not help much considering Mexico plants will just move to China instead of coming back home.

Yes, a lot of dum dums vote for Trump, but you have to understand that in the words of George Carlin, half of everybody is stupider than the average person. You can’t say those that are stupid, lazy or crippled deserve to live in misery. You might feel self righteous in saying so, but a society has to work for nearly everybody. Like, 90% of everybody has to be ok with the arrangement. Whenever that ratio is no longer there, we get a “New Deal”. Google the Great Society Act and Roosevelt.

But regarding Trump, you have to understand that he has on many occasions stated his love for Canada, and his polar opposite treatment of our border vis a vis the Mexican border.

He also is committed to Canadian-style single payer healthcare, although he skillfully avoids giving too many details right now because of the conservative nutjobs with a 19th century mentality.

Trump also said he loves unions, and stated he made his billions with mostly unionized workers and only a failure blames lack of success in business to unions.

Not quite the anti-Trudeau you paint him to be!

Both Trump and Bernie share a lot of supporters. This might surprise you. The only person Trump hasn’t attacked is Bernie, and he’s basically a rabid dog that takes on all comers. Take a look at this big data analysis of all his tweets (yes, he tweets. a lot.)

http://duelingdata.blogspot.ca/2016/01/trump-angry.html

Notice Bernie ain’t in there? Not even once? If Trump comes up against Hillary, he will destroy her. If it’s Bernie, it’s a toss up.

Either way the world is changing. If you think Trudeau is extremely to the left, just wait for the government Canada will have after him, whether 4, 8, or 12 years from now. You and your Bay street buddies are not going to solve inequality because first of all you don’t even acknowledge it as an issue. You deamean and put down an entire generation, you mock people for being “overeducated , underemployed and overentitled” as if being all of those things at the same time is even possible.

You mock, but our world is not your generation’s world anymore. The inter-generational transfer of power has BARELY begun with T2’s 2 million new voters (almost all very young).

Very astute of you to be so keenly aware of how we live in interesting times, transformational times. But be careful playing Nostradamus with your predictions because the internet never forgets. Some years from now those you mock might be mocking you.

#74 scared for my kids on 02.25.16 at 7:18 pm

The growing extremist attitudes on both sides of the border are more than worrying. There is the attitude that if you don’t accept/like everything you’re a jerk. Not to mention the movement away from self reliance with the belief the country and your parents “owe you” on the one side but the other seems to be this anti Muslim and Outsider rhetoric and scorched earth business/political mentality. What can a reasonable person do to help this situation.

#75 jay on 02.25.16 at 7:18 pm

It’s too bad Canada doesn’t have a Trump, he’d probably do something about real estate in Vancouver.

#76 mark on 02.25.16 at 7:24 pm

There will be no “extremity” of Trump. After winning the nomination he’ll zoom back to the center within seconds.

#77 AB Boxster on 02.25.16 at 7:34 pm

Talking to my son today about politics in the US.
Told him about news piece in Washington Post about how former Mexican prez Fox said in an interview about the D :
‘”I’m not going to pay for that f—— wall’

We mused at what would happen if the Donald and Justine had to get together for a meeting.

I said: “I wonder what Donald will do when T2 tries to hug him.

His comment was:
‘Probably build a wall around him’

Not a bad idea.
Smart kid.

#78 Dale Stacks on 02.25.16 at 7:39 pm

Ontario’s free education is a model like France’s free education.

Look where they are. More useless policies that have more diplomas and degrees but fleeing of jobs and employment from Ontario. Wait until they add a double land transfer taxes, higher H.S.T., 10%+ annual electricity increases, more carbon taxes, higher car registration taxes, higher income taxes etc.

You are all getting fooled people!

#79 MF on 02.25.16 at 7:40 pm

Great article Garth,

I would argue that Trump’s claim to fame is a widespread rejection and fatigue with the political correctness and left leaning policies of many of the world’s leaders today. Americans feel like Obama has weakened the US. Many are unhappy with the recovery at home, and feel like the USA is being walked all over on the international scene by totalitarian filth in the Mid East and Russia.

They also look at Europe and see Markel’s handling of the “refugee” crisis as a betrayal to her people that will ultimately destroy the EU. Add to that the new reality of constant terror threats, bad fiscal mismanagement (Look at Greece), and the fact that naive European liberals are enabling this all in spite of the disastrous effects. Trump is proclaiming the save the US from going down that road and people are listening. He is seen as the savior (SRS)

He will win

MF

#80 Lee Bow on 02.25.16 at 7:50 pm

Trump is just a populist and a demagogue. Even if he gets to the oval office, the reality will set in. May be he’ll start a trade war or two, or a hundred. Canada should diversify anyway. It will weaken the US for sure.

Funny thing is that all his statements follow the same template.

Define group X.
X are a-holes. We have a pretty bad deal with X. X are tough negotiators. The current government can’t negotiate at all and specifically with X. I’ll renegotiate with X. Negotiation is what I do. By the way, certain members of X love me. I have a lot of friends among X.

X can be anything: Mexicans, Saudis, Russians, Vulcans, Dogs, Ironing Board Hangers. The pattern persists.

Rob Ford had a better story.

On the grand scheme of things, all this doesn’t matter. Things may change fast.

#81 BS on 02.25.16 at 7:53 pm

Trump and T2 are polar opposites. Drama teacher vs billionaire. I will take the billionaire to run my country any day. So refreshing to see a non politically correct politician. The S&P 500 will do well under Trump. The TSX so much under T2.

#82 Marcus on 02.25.16 at 7:57 pm

Trump has called for the release of the redacted 28 pages from the 911 Commission Report that will point to Saudi Arabia and yesterday he called for a formal audit of the private federal reserve bank. If he pursues either one of these courses they may well pull a Kennedy on him. The odds are very high that he will be the next president of the United States.

#83 conan on 02.25.16 at 7:57 pm

Pretty sure Trump is a closet Democrat. He entered the race to disrupt the Republicans. Now it looks like he could win. Trump is a coin flip. Heads he is a good President and tales he is Greg Stillson from the movie the “Dead Zone”.

#84 Daisy Mae on 02.25.16 at 8:00 pm

#54: “Trump is a self-inflated gasbag whose message of fear, hate, misogyny, and xenophobia reeks of nothing but ignorance.”

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From what I’ve seen, he scares the hell out of me. What a nightmare….

#85 common sense on 02.25.16 at 8:03 pm

#61 S. Bby

Yes he has had a lot of fun…. ;)

#86 Smoking Man on 02.25.16 at 8:04 pm

Picked a bad night to go to Senica. I love the trump topic but in a few hours I’ll barley be able to walk let alone tumb on my phone.

O, I give no shit if I lose my TN visa. If it brings those monsters that were responsible for 911 to justice whats a job that I don’t need vs closure for the families of the victims. They all know it was an inside job.

That elite cabal needs to go if America wants to be great again.

Go America

#87 the Jaguar on 02.25.16 at 8:09 pm

Most past presidents and the current one are lawyers. (except one of the most popular of all time – Reagan). Trump is a business graduate from a very good school and americans appear to find that refreshing. They also seem to like the fact that he is not in anyone’s pocket like the rest of the candidates. Even the Koch brothers haven’t been able to snuff him out, and they are powerful indeed.. The statements that come out of him are incredible. But it appears many find the lack of political correctness and candor appealing. He echos what is being said in private homes, barber shops, and around office coolers. Unfortunately the cult of political correctness has completely stifled critical thinking. And we are all poorer for it. If a male candidate takes a swipe at another male candidate it’s considered part of what goes with the territory of politics. But if he does the same with a woman candidate he is a misogynist. If you want out of the pink collar ghetto be prepared to volley back.
Will Trump become President? I wouldn’t take that bet. Is America ready for a woman president? I think not, especially not Hillary who isn’t the least bit inspiring. I could see Trump gaining ground, her faltering and then Bloomberg being forced to step in. He would be a good choice. This certainly hasn’t been a dull presidential race. We should mind our business a little more with the americans. It’s their country after all. We have enough of our own trouble at home.

#88 RoCK BEATS PAPER on 02.25.16 at 8:10 pm

I do not quite agree on the facts as you have stated them. For instance, wages have been stagnant for two DECADES in the US, and the small blip from a slight rise in Wallmart minimum wage is crippling the company’s earnings.

As for rates in the US, the market has been tanking in the States ever since the FED raised a tiny quarter and rates on the 5, 10 and 30 year have gone DOWN since, not up.

Trump’s brand is worth more than the 150 million Bush raised and the rest put together. If he wins, he will not be able to much becaue the US system is designed for the 2 branches to check the President.

One of the key reasons that the mainstream media and the Republican elite are against Trump is because he is not beholden to special interests. It is exactly the defense sector that is most at risk as Trump could dismantle the military industrial complex’s stranglehold. Syria, he would pull out. Iraq, he would pull out and notes Bush’s complete failure. Cold War, he will not engage, and would probably befriend Putin. North Korea, he will leave to the Chinese, who have more influence, where America can press China due to their favoured Trade status. The list goes on. Trump is anti war. It is Hillary who would maintain the aggressive footing. In short, Trump would probably be a calming factor in geo politics, compared to the American interventionism of the past few decades.

Voters want leaders who are not bought and paid for.

#89 Smartalox on 02.25.16 at 8:13 pm

I’m sure that this will get howled down by the rabid rights, but the quote below is telling:

Trump could not succeed but for a large faction that grins at indecency; cheers attacks on Mexicans; sees no need for governing experience; has lost its immunity against populist misinformation and manipulation; believes that establishment officials are trying to destroy the country; elevates cultural cues over substance; and dismisses the possibility of improvement through compromise.”

“His (Trump’s) ascension poses an existential threat to movement conservatism.

And he cannot be stopped in part because, over many years, conservative media trained its audience to respond to tribal signaling more than rigorous debate; to reflexively dismiss any complaints about speaking disrespectfully about others as bogus “political correctness;”

to respond to mainstream-media criticism of public figures by redoubling their trust in them ; to value the schadenfreude of pissing off ideological opponents more than incremental policy gains; and to treat Sarah Palin as a credible candidate for the vice-presidency.”

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/02/how-the-conservative-movement-enabled-donald-trumps-rise/470727/

#90 countrymusicfan on 02.25.16 at 8:18 pm

“As we’ve learned in Canada, sometimes there’s no accounting for how people vote. Only consequences.”

Boy, you sure said it, Garth!

Looking back, it is really incredible that so many Canadians voted for Harper, that lipstick and mascara-wearing freakazoid “social conservative”, surrounded by his secret inner circle gay mafia and bizzaro cultural politics, plus his incredibly incompetent and dangerous economic measures like inflating an H-bomb of a real estate bubble that will soon explode and wreck our whole economy.

Looking back at the conservatard years of Harper, it is still impossible for us sane Canadians to account for how he won those elections!

#91 WallOfWorry on 02.25.16 at 8:21 pm

The stock market trading range is highly predictable with possibility of more severe correction to better align with the earnings decline in corporations. Macro factors of all other nations continuing with stimulus measures the Fed are becoming boxed in. Have heard as much on this blog about American dollar to the moon and Canadian dollar demise of late…and certainly no mention of the absolute bullishness of gold miners.

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/02/25/recession-sign-is-in-play-and-has-81-accuracy.html

#92 Ret on 02.25.16 at 8:22 pm

Trump wants to make America great and he has the plans to make that happen. He is a self made man with a wonderful family. He doesn’t drink, smoke or do drugs, never has either. He is results oriented and has a track record of getting projects done. Trump is paying his own expenses on the campaign trail.

JT wants to legalize weed and give us carbon taxes. I know that JT is relatively young compared to Trump but, ‘the budget will balance itself’ line is hardly a plan to deal with current Canadian economic realities.

That Trump guy sounds like what Canadians used to be like. I guess that is why so many Americans like him.

#93 Smoking Man on 02.25.16 at 8:24 pm

Trump success boils down to

What we are really seeing is MSM lose the info war.
Get ready for big time censorship of the Internet.

Look for twitter and facebook to really clamp down on unestablishment speech.

Thank god for Garths pathetic blog. It’s birth created by a fck you harpo you can’t tell me what to do.

Sadly lefties will never understand the spirt of flipping the bird , they just want to fit in like the good students they are.

Pathetic.

#94 Death For Metal on 02.25.16 at 8:27 pm

My education to be an electrician cost me $1200 for three semesters of trade school. I consistently make between 80- 100K a year in my 10 years licensed so far.
Now I have to pay for someone elses kid to go to school because I work hard. And I am picking up the slack for someone who doesn’t want to work hard. Or at all. Or has a useless degree like what they’re probably pushing through this govt “promotion”.

Now I have to work twice as hard to put my kid and your kid through school.

Maybe I’ll move. To Nova Scotia. Where you can still buy a house cash. I’m Not Asian. But yes I can buy a house cash there.

I’m 30 and dont blame me I voted harpo. The weed was tempting, but, just wait.

#95 Slapfist McGurk on 02.25.16 at 8:31 pm

Now here’s a guy who understands the credit and legal system in Canada.

http://news.nationalpost.com/toronto/ontario-man-filed-for-bankruptcy-after-using-credit-cards-to-get-120k-cash-advances-writing-275k-worth-of-bad-cheques

Next, free post grad education for ‘low income families’ in Ontario. Talk about pandering to the new neighbors.

#96 Smoking Man on 02.25.16 at 8:31 pm

Jesus christ it just hit me….

Real Journalism will return to the good old USA when trump wins.

MSM will be broken up to little itte bitty pieces….

The central Camand centre were all the sanctioned taking points will be a thing for historians.

Hell I might even get a gig as a gonzo word smith.. pay will be shit but fk I don’t need anyones charity.

That probably why I got a big mouth.

The reward for hard work and brains…

#97 NoName on 02.25.16 at 8:34 pm

In my humble opinion Trump will make a great dictator, and knowing that countles policies from Bush gov. thrived under Obama, makes me wonder how many of socialists Obama policies would survive under trumps presidency.

i kind of hope that trump wins so youtube guys can make epic rap battle, trudo vs trump rap battle.

From the moment of his birth, ______ was set up for success. The large inheritance left to him by his father, coupled with the contributions and the protections of society and the _____ government made his ascension to the ____________ almost inevitable. Nevertheless, _____ fails to recognize this phenomenon and continues to express his belief that he did it alone.

#98 jess on 02.25.16 at 8:35 pm

paul ryan : trump = oil: water
http://www.nytimes.com/video/us/politics/100000004231120/great-clash-paul-ryan-vs-donald-trump.html
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http://www.housingwire.com/articles/36350-google-shuttering-mortgage-comparison-tool

Google launches mortgage comparison tool with Zillow
November 23, 2015

Google shuttering mortgage comparison tool
February 23, 2016

Will shut down entire Compare service in March

#99 NoName on 02.25.16 at 8:35 pm

forgot to add this

http://www.alternet.org/story/156234/exposing_how_donald_trump_really_made_his_fortune%3A_inheritance_from_dad_and_the_government's_protection_mostly_did_the_trick

#100 TRON on 02.25.16 at 8:36 pm

Great post RoCK BEATS PAPER and I believe you are saying what most people fear…change.

BTW Garth, interest rates are not ‘swelling’ in the US but instead they have risen a minuscule amount.

Also, the US needs Alberta oil because the refineries are designed in a way that heavy oil is needed in the mix for production. Building new refineries is not cost effective and the US will continue to buy Alberta crude for years. The price they pay will be market.

#101 max on 02.25.16 at 8:37 pm

Obama and Hillary like all liberals, they are thieves ok maybe not all liberals, more like a Canadian prime minister! They wanted to avoid an Mulroney/airbus kind of deal. Look at all the money the Clinton foundation received from Keystone pipeline folks including the Canadian government all while Mrs. Clinton was SEC State!

A tax free foundation can be like a Church of Scientology deal. The foundation can pay huge rent to have “offices” in their homes, can buy luxury vehicles for the foundation executives, pay travel expenses, including private jets, luxury hotel suites, etc. A wonderful place to launder bribes. You really think the Clintons live their lifestyle off speaking fee’s and book royalties? Me either!

#102 SunShowers on 02.25.16 at 8:40 pm

I don’t know everybody is making such a big deal about Trump not having the support of the Pope.

Trump doesn’t need the Pope’s approval, he has the backing of thousands of other dudes who wear white robes.

#103 pathcontrolmonk on 02.25.16 at 8:40 pm

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#104 GenX on 02.25.16 at 8:41 pm

Is it just me or none of the candidates seem fit for the role?

#105 A belieber on 02.25.16 at 8:44 pm

he’s accused his rival Ted Cruz of being unfit for office because he likes Nickleback and Justin Beiber

I don’t get it. Are there people who don’t like Bieber?

#106 Smoking Man on 02.25.16 at 8:47 pm

#77 MF on 02.25.16 at 7:40 pm
Great article Garth,

I would argue that Trump’s claim to fame is a widespread rejection and fatigue with the political correctness and left leaning policies of many of the world’s leaders today. Americans feel like Obama has weakened the US. Many are unhappy with the recovery at home, and feel like the USA is being walked all over on the international scene by totalitarian filth in the Mid East and Russia.

They also look at Europe and see Markel’s handling of the “refugee” crisis as a betrayal to her people that will ultimately destroy the EU. Add to that the new reality of constant terror threats, bad fiscal mismanagement (Look at Greece), and the fact that naive European liberals are enabling this all in spite of the disastrous effects. Trump is proclaiming the save the US from going down that road and people are listening. He is seen as the savior (SRS)

He will win

MF
….

Your coming along nicely. The day you renounce AIPAC and all the shit it stands for. You get a smokey black belt.

But sadly all your pals from summer cap won’t talk to you. Trust me on that.

I’m in a great place …

Fk em all.

#107 A belieber on 02.25.16 at 8:53 pm

#86 RoCK BEATS PAPER on 02.25.16 at 8:10 pm

It is exactly the defense sector that is most at risk as Trump could dismantle the military industrial complex’s stranglehold. Syria, he would pull out. Iraq, he would pull out and notes Bush’s complete failure.
___________________________________

In the early debates Trump stated that he was against the invasion of Iraq since it would cause instability in the region.

But he was also against puling out of Iraq when the US did. He said that if elected he would go back into the region to stabilize it.

#108 Fakeologist on 02.25.16 at 8:54 pm

Since when has voting for president made any difference? The cabal that runs the world via their NGOs and corporations doesn’t care what puppet is distracting the public. If voting made a difference it would be illegal. You of all people should know that Minister!
Test for your readers: What famous leader said ““An election is no time to discuss serious issues”” ?

#109 Smoking Man on 02.25.16 at 8:56 pm

I really should be watching the debate. But I’m more of a lush that an gonzo journalist

Into the JD wine is so over rated when one crosses the sweet spot of 3 of them.

Blog dog chic who did the book cover. I love you. You cured writers block.

Thank you.

#110 jess on 02.25.16 at 8:56 pm

. After all, the last Civil War dependent’s pension was still being paid in 2013. The peak year for World War II veteran benefits was 1993.

The last surviving soldier from the Civil War died more than 55 years ago, but the U.S. government is still paying out a veteran’s pension benefits.

http://www.usnews.com/news/newsgram/articles/2013/07/03/one-civil-war-veterans-pension-remains-on-governments-payroll
http://america.aljazeera.com/opinions/2015/10/trumps-tax-plan-should-be-titled-the-art-of-the-con.html

http://taxfoundation.org/article/details-and-analysis-donald-trump-s-tax-plan
http://taxfoundation.org/

#111 SydCixel on 02.25.16 at 8:58 pm

The front page headline of today’s Waterloo Region Record confirms what is apparent in the “skyline” of Waterloo: there is a glut of apartments. During the past ten years, it has not been unusual to see five to ten cranes hovering over the city at once. Anybody with any sense recognized that an oversupply was being created. But the “investors” kept building anyway. Several more are under construction now.

http://www.therecord.com/news-story/6342400-waterloo-facing-sizable-glut-of-student-housing/

#112 D on 02.25.16 at 9:06 pm

@Editrix #24

I was thinking exactly the same thing. When the kids go to school, cut back on hours or maybe take a sabbatical and complete some online free courses while living off of savings. Did you know they’ve cut the tuition tax credit? It’s gone now.

#113 max on 02.25.16 at 9:07 pm

O.k. if we Canadians did a quarter of what the vast majority of illegal South American immigrants, do. The border would be closed, plain and simple. Despite politicians claims, illegals can and do easily obtain documentation to work. Submit W4 with a bad social security number, no problem the IRS just asks for a new number, the illegal always gets another. They’ll get a full time job on one name, get a part time job on another. They often have accidents at the part time job and then collect disability. They’ll even collect welfare on multiple names. The best scam is claiming dependents on tax returns, major refunds. This is why every state with large illegal populations is going broke. They cost the states and federal government trillions, not billions like the politicians think. A wall will save America billions!

Trump knows they are bad for America. But I don’t think he knows just how bad they really are!

#114 WalMark of Sadkatoon on 02.25.16 at 9:08 pm

i enjoy reading all the apoplectic writers on various media outlets after each trump win lol

#115 Danforth on 02.25.16 at 9:14 pm

Please don’t glorify the idiot by titling your blog post with the name that serves to glorify him.

This clown is not worthy of a mononym, like say, Adele is!
Perhaps Donald Duck.

#116 Death For Metal on 02.25.16 at 9:14 pm

This is the most exciting election ever. Trump tells it like it is. He is the only one with the power to use 911 as ammo. The only candidate who represents the American people. He is portrayed poorly in the MSM but what he is saying is positive. He will call the debt what it is- unpayable. Audit the FED. Reform the country.

#117 Linda on 02.25.16 at 9:21 pm

The Donald as president – lord, have mercy. Given his public statements, the man appears to lack discretion or stability – sunshine & roses one minute, fits of outrage or just rage the next. One has to ask, does this sound like the kind of person you want to be in charge when it comes to pushing that big red nuclear button?

#118 Death For Metal on 02.25.16 at 9:28 pm

Who is Canadas’ Donald Trump? Kevin O’Leary? You’re all a bunch of cockroaches!

#119 Vancouver Update on 02.25.16 at 9:30 pm

Real Estate is White Hot! Trump wins and a million illegals flow into our country. Maybe thats why its on fire?

HAM was a mysterious force but locals have finally realized the truth that it exists. So now the locals are in on the feeding frenzy right now.

This is a boom of epic proportions. Makes all other recent increases look like child’s play.

Care to comment Mark?

#120 duffy on 02.25.16 at 9:32 pm

According to some sources, unless the democrats nominate Sanders to run against Trump they won’t return to the White House. The reasoning is Clinton would be easier to shred for Trump with all her political errors, whereas Sanders has less political exposure to the public eye.

#121 For those about to flop... on 02.25.16 at 9:38 pm

Gumboot princess said…
Meh, I am not sure about the girly vote for Hilary. I think we are past voting for a woman just to elect a woman as president and I suspect Millenials are way past that.

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You are talking about a generation that put socks on top of their heads instead of on their feet…

M41BC

#122 Smoking Man on 02.25.16 at 9:40 pm

Judging by the bartenders and waitress in the chairman loung .

It’s president Trump

Rubio being laughed at. Dry mouth what ever that means.

#123 meslippery on 02.25.16 at 9:46 pm

Just thinking, never worked union, but it did drag up my
wage. If things (wages) were good and most were happy
The Donald would not be a issue.
Come to think of it a lot of people did not like NAFTA
or free trade. This is why?? Wages stagnating or going
down. Jobs no longer here?

Go ahead and tell me Iam wrong. But I have pay stubs.

#124 dano on 02.25.16 at 9:47 pm

off topic just wondering if anybody has used EQ bank and their experience

#125 WalMark of Sadkatoon on 02.25.16 at 9:49 pm

Trump is a self-inflated gasbag whose message of fear, hate, misogyny, and xenophobia reeks of nothing but ignorance. Would you really want the likes of him having the launch codes?

sounds like the same adjectives published in the mainstream media month after month lol makes me laff

#126 Smoking Man on 02.25.16 at 9:54 pm

If trump goes with the surgion as a running mate. It’s clinched . Rubio and Cruz are a joke

The other white guy l. Sorry can’t spell his name is good to.

#127 ed on 02.25.16 at 9:57 pm

Wow, must be a full moon tonight; lots of pale, weird things have crawled out from under their rocks. I can hear their creepy cries, “Gollum, gollum…”

#128 John in Mtl on 02.25.16 at 9:58 pm

Donald Trump is the best thing that could happen to the USA at this point in time and for all the good reasons described by the many blog Dawgs this evening so I’ll not repeat what has already been amply said.

Who cares if he’s a clown, it is the good he will do that counts. But he is swimming gainst a very very powerful tide. The puppetmasters are replete with X-files “smoking-man” types that don’t give a rat’s a$$ about the people and about life in general – witness how the planet and the people are currently treated. They will fight to the bitter end to maintain their corrupt power.

But seriously – I’m glad Jeb Bush (more of the same) gave up and hopefully Mizz its-my-turn-to-be-prez (again, more of the same) will be eliminated altogether from running. Personally, my vote would go to Bernie Sanders. Alas, I’m a Canuck so I have no say.

#129 MF on 02.25.16 at 10:04 pm

http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/politics/john-mccallum-citizenship-act-repeal-bill-1.3463471

A Canadian is a Canadian…..even if you are a terrorist plotting to kill.

What a joke. Who voted for these retards?

This is why someone like Trump will win. Look at the damage these kinds of governments do.

Kommykim, pinstripe, daisy, herb and all the other liberal supporters: your thoughts ???? How can anyone support this?

MF

#130 Billy-Bob on 02.25.16 at 10:06 pm

The US is NOT so hot.
The massive rise in the currency is starting to hurt them.
Low oil prices that have benefited the consumer have reached their limit. Their housing rise is now slowing and surprises will be to the downside.
My buddy is a fund manager and one of the best. Hes always ahead of the pack.

#131 Smoking Man on 02.25.16 at 10:13 pm

Rubio suckling up to his doners when trump says I’ll make a deal to solve the Isreal palistinan thing.

It’s about time.

#132 Cory on 02.25.16 at 10:13 pm

You’re a smart guy Garth but you’re delusional if you think the U.S. will be energy independent. Not possible, ever. They will always need Canadian oil even if Trumps hair resides in the whitehouse.

#133 gryphon on 02.25.16 at 10:13 pm

#109 SydCixel on 02.25.16 at 8:58 pm

The front page headline of today’s Waterloo Region Record confirms what is apparent in the “skyline” of Waterloo: there is a glut of apartments. During the past ten years, it has not been unusual to see five to ten cranes hovering over the city at once. Anybody with any sense recognized that an oversupply was being created. But the “investors” kept building anyway. Several more are under construction now.
_________________________________

I disagree. No oversupply in Kitchener-Waterloo. Basing that off of low vacancy rates and a few other factors from the ground.

May be a slight oversupply. But it is just keeping rents reasonable compared to surrounding areas. I would hate to see what would happen to rents if all these condo’s hadn’t been built. It’d be a nightmare.

I think the condo’s that the developers are building are too high-end. Local wages and rents won’t support them. At least if they are being used as rental units.

I still wouldn’t buy one as an investment but I don’t see an oversupply.

One factor to watch though is university enrollment. I know uni of guelph declined for the first time in 30 years. End of the ‘echo-boom’ I hear.

#134 Rob on 02.25.16 at 10:16 pm

Hmm, so Trump is “a populist folk hero”, eh? Kinda reminds me of the appeal that Rob Ford had when elected as Toronto’s mayor. The problem – both guys are political loners and don’t play nice with others nor are consensus builders. And we all know how well Toronto was governed under Ford’s reign. History repeating itself? Time will tell.

#135 schoolboys on 02.25.16 at 10:21 pm

Your coming along nicely. The day you renounce AIPAC and all the shit it stands for. You get a smokey black belt.

But sadly all your pals from summer cap won’t talk to you. Trust me on that.

I’m in a great place …

Fk em all.

—-

Indoctrination is indoctrination, no matter which school a student attends.

#136 Smoking Man on 02.25.16 at 10:23 pm

#132 Rob on 02.25.16 at 10:16 pm
Hmm, so Trump is “a populist folk hero”, eh? Kinda reminds me of the appeal that Rob Ford had when elected as Toronto’s mayor. The problem – both guys are political loners and don’t play nice with others nor are consensus builders. And we all know how well Toronto was governed under Ford’s reign. History repeating itself? Time will tell.
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It’s called individualism. Men who drop to there knees and open there mouths to fit it are worthless just like you post.

#137 Keith in Calgary on 02.25.16 at 10:30 pm

Trump will win the presidency. I’ll bet money on it. And, I hope he does. It’s a shame I cannot vote for the man himself.

The only people who fear him are the 1%, the bankers, Bilderbergers, and the hard core socialist pigs who suckle at the trough of entitlement.

The markets are concerned ?

LOL !! The markets consists of the 1% and the bankers……..any sane man left the fraud that is “the markets” a long time ago.

The last time I saw the scum of the earth with their knickers in a knot was when Ronald Reagan got elected, and then when he called the USSR the “evil empire” during one of the greatest speeches in the recorded history of mankind.

Cockroaches scramble away from the light…….

#138 cramar on 02.25.16 at 10:31 pm

I am surprised Garth did not use the Ontario budget for the theme tonight! The Donald can wait. Maybe tomorrow.

“Only consequences.”

Speaking of which, we in Ontario seem to be continually reaping the consequences of voting in Liberal governments. At the end of 2016 we will owe $308 Billion! Wynne has just given us more taxes. I think she is trying to force everyone to buy an electric car, which you must charge via your own solar panels or windmill to avoid rising electric bills. And more people will think of making their own wine. The gap between what Americans pay for wine and what we pay is as bad as the gasoline gap! And if you heat with natural gas (the most efficient), they will now charge you more too!

Tax! TAXES! MORE TAXES!!!

I learned an important lesson from my mother when she died just shy of her 98th birthday. You get the last laugh over the government when you live as long as possible. Collect CPP & OAS for 33 years! LIVE AS LONG AS POSSIBLE! That will show ’em.

“Live long and prosper.”
– Spock

#139 WUL on 02.25.16 at 10:35 pm

Trump and America? America was forged in the heat of revolution. It will be fine.

Canada was created by people wanting to have tea with the Queen. 84% still want her on our currency.

Place your bets.

#140 AB on 02.25.16 at 10:40 pm

We can only hope that Mike Bloomberg decides to join the race. He isn’t perfect but at least he is much more experienced (was Mayor of NYC), made a fortune in business and doesn’t hate just about everything!

#141 Victor V on 02.25.16 at 10:41 pm

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/how-america-made-donald-trump-unstoppable-20160224

How America Made Donald Trump Unstoppable

He’s no ordinary con man. He’s way above average — and the American political system is his easiest mark ever

#142 Lobster Man on 02.25.16 at 10:41 pm

#24 Editrix
#110 D

There is no need to tighten your belts. Just draw on your TFSA during that time period, and refill the account(s) when the kids are in their final years.
TFSA withdrawals are not counted as incomes.
Trust you have your accounts in full.

#143 John in Mtl on 02.25.16 at 10:50 pm

@ #35 Nemesis on 02.25.16 at 5:28 pm

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/how-america-made-donald-trump-unstoppable-20160224

Thank you for this, Nemesis. Its a gem! Everyone should read it – it is witty, well researched and well written.

#144 Metaxa on 02.25.16 at 10:51 pm

All of you all Harper fellators just do not get it do you?

Example: # 160 Dispatches From Under The Bridge on the previous blog spent some considerable time and effort to convince you all of stuff and can’t help himself nor stop himself from depositing this:

But hey Carolynn keep wearing that haute couture clothing with the first nation symbols on them. By the way tell that other minister that keeps appearing with you to quit letting a blind five year old with zigzag scissors cut her hair and go to an actual stylist, she can afford it now.

Hey, Bridge, its 2016, Don’tcha know?

Instead of examining why Conservatives hold no national office, hardly any Provincial office and few if any civic offices, instead of returning to true conservatism and building a viable, electable platform, you continue to adhere to this misogynist stuff.

You lecture and harp. You make up foolish nick names for those you “hate”. You sound foolish. And you will be banging your keyboards in frustration and pent up rage forever unless you stop the name calling, stop the misogynist stuff, stop the revisionist history and start finding your way out of this petrified forest that Harper left you in.

I’m well into my 70’s. I’ve seen stuff.
I’ve also got mine…with the addition of knowing that my former employees have also got theirs, that my continued residence in Canada and my few taxes that I pay go to helping all citizens of Canada, new and old, be able to live the type of life I have lived.

I don’t need Metamucil or Xanax, I’m OK.

Your rantings indicate to me that some of you may not be.

#145 Julie K. on 02.25.16 at 10:52 pm

Just imagine….

Mr. Donald Trump,
President,
United States of America

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

I love life!

All the usual reasons but especially the absolute absurdity of it all.

#lifeisstrangerthanfiction

#146 Nobody on 02.25.16 at 10:54 pm

#132 whereas a Republican senate is going to be lining up to work with Hilary ?

#147 John in Mtl on 02.25.16 at 11:00 pm

Another great article on American politics by a great writer (J Michael Greer):

“… When he launched his campaign last year, it was a letter-perfect copy of the successful presidential campaigns of the last three decades. He lined up plenty of big-money sponsors; he assembled a team of ghostwriters, spin doctors, and door-to-door salesmen to run his campaign; he had a PR firm design a catchy logo; he practiced spouting the kind of empty rhetoric that sounds meaningful so long as you don’t think about it for two minutes; he took carefully calculated stands on a handful of hot-button topics, mouthed the conventional wisdom on every other issue, and set out to convince the voters that their interests would be harmed just a little bit less by putting him in the White House than by any of the alternatives. ” …

http://thearchdruidreport.blogspot.ca/2016/02/the-decline-and-fall-of-hillary-clinton.html

#148 Entrepreneur on 02.25.16 at 11:07 pm

Forget about J2 and Trump, what about Trump and Putin or the North Korean Leader. Trump is rough around the edges and could rub someone the wrong way as he has lately. Think twice before voting him.

Didn’t think too much of Hilary Clinton at first but listening to her corrected me. Some of her issues are for the people, like looking deeper into the TPP to make sure it supports or not the American people. If I was an American I would vote for Hilary Clinton.

#149 hope & ruin on 02.25.16 at 11:08 pm

I think Hilary is the best person for the job. A conservative in democrats clothes is how I understand her. Things will get done. The world will maintain status quo.

Sanders will get nothing done. Trump. Well, idk what happens but it’ll be entertaining.

I like a lot of things about Trump. I watched the first few debates, before the whole thing became a circus. He actually had some good points. I didn’t like his protectionist views though.

But the one thing that really annoys me. Is when people on the left mock Trump and all of his ideas. Talking down any of his supporters as uneducated or rednecks. I see that a lot in the media. It was the same with Rob Ford.

#150 45north on 02.25.16 at 11:10 pm

As you know, Trump’s romping towards the Republican nomination. With big wins under his belt in three primaries and caucuses, huge voter turnout and broad demographic support, he’s set up to dominate Super Tuesday’s polling – a mini version of a national vote.

US Presidents have had a huge influence in Canada. Canadians most identified with three: Franklin Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, John F Kennedy because in addressing the issues that the United States faced they at the same time addressed the issues that Canada faced. With beliefs that we believed in and answers that made sense for Canada too. This state where beliefs are shared across borders was not limited to Canada. The most famous statement of a belief that transcended borders was John F Kennedy “Ich bin ein Berliner”. He also spoke of the Berlin Wall: it not only is a symbol of the failure of Communism but it’s also an offence against humanity separating families, dividing husbands and wives and brothers and sisters.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56V6r2dpYH8

Donald Trump promises to build a wall between the US and Mexico which would also be an offence against humanity, separating families, dividing husbands and wives and brothers and sisters. In the same way John F Kennedy was a great victory, Donald Trump would be a great defeat.

#151 Gulf Breeze on 02.25.16 at 11:22 pm

Weird. I don’t like this guy, think he’s scary in some ways, but at the same time I like a lot of the changes he would make for the U.S. infrastructure projects (effectively a ‘new deal’ — crazy upside down for a libertarian) energy self reliance for the U.S., break up the banks. Sounds good to me. If it takes a psychopath to do it, well, whatever it takes.

As far as Trump being good for defence contractors — don’t count on it. Military spending in the U.S is welfare with bombs. The warfare state is for ‘losers’. He is serious about infrastructure on a massive scale and that cannot be done without cutting the military budget, in a big way.

The letter agencies obviously want him in or the mainstream media would ignore him. And whoever the letter agencies want in, get in.

I think he stands a good chance of winning. Scary but possibly less scary than a status quo Clinton win.

#152 Greg on 02.25.16 at 11:24 pm

#60 snowboid

You are correct on all counts. max clearly glosses over the important details. Read his other posts – mostly emotional drivel.

#153 Mark on 02.25.16 at 11:36 pm

“Care to comment Mark?”

Sure. Garth and others (ie: Ross Kay) have adduced lots of evidence that suggests that its almost entirely locals (of all races) driving the Vancouver RE marketplace through leveraged speculation. Additionally, the alleged “gains” in Vancouver have been exaggerated on account of the extremely narrow breadth of transactions, and the shift of those transactions to the statistically higher percentiles of the market (ie: changes to the sales mix).

The average Vancouver home is not getting more expensive. The average Vancouverite isn’t any more, or less able to afford housing today, than they were a few years ago.

What we see in Vancouver, and Toronto, is the last vestiges of a bubble. The “Johnny-come-latelys” thinking they can load up on as many properties as possible, with heavy amounts of credit, to capture gains which are, at best, illusory. The winners of the past doubling down. As Garth wrote last week, its all reminiscent of what happened in the Nortel era, where, despite the rest of the tech sector falling in price at the turn of the century, Nortel continued to rise. Apparently, on account of its status as a senior company, “immune” from a broader industry downturn. Heck, Nortel even had earnings — a quoted P/E of around 33, and a dividend — it was “different”. We all know how well that turned out….lol.

#154 MF on 02.25.16 at 11:42 pm

#104 Smoking Man on 02.25.16 at 8:47 pm

What is wrong with AIPAC though? Lobbying is not illegal, and if AIPAC is powerful because Jews were successful in business and amassed wealth why should we be against that?
Is that not what the basis of capitalism is all about?

Wealth = power.

If other groups want power, they should work for it and then form their own lobby. There are many such groups in the US so why do people pick on AIPAC? We all know the answer.

I support AIPAC because I want a strong US and a strong Israel. I want the ties between the countries to be strong as well. Actually I want all western countries to be strong.

MF

#155 Siva on 02.26.16 at 12:05 am

Rubio destroyed Trump tonight.

#156 Unhinged Loon on 02.26.16 at 12:05 am

Garth, you strike me as a LOW ENERGY individual with all this trash talk against Trump. You remember Jeb Bush? No?

Exactly..

BUILD THE WALL

10 FEET HIGHER

#157 Siva on 02.26.16 at 12:07 am

Clinton is toast if it’s Clinton v Trump in the general election

http://static.currentaffairs.org/2016/02/unless-the-democrats-nominate-sanders-a-trump-nomination-means-a-trump-presidency

#158 bone for dogs on 02.26.16 at 12:08 am

A Canadian is a Canadian…..even if you are a terrorist plotting to kill.

What a joke. Who voted for these retards?

This is why someone like Trump will win. Look at the damage these kinds of governments do.

Kommykim, pinstripe, daisy, herb and all the other liberal supporters: your thoughts ???? How can anyone support this?

Not a liberal, but this is how it goes…

Politics is all about practical gains… The citizenship stuff was part of the Harper anti terrorism legislation deal which was not popular even among conservatives.

The libs also like and don’t want to stop spying on citizens, but they had to oppose it somehow, so they picked the part that applies to a single person at this moment and they made it into a campaign promise, as if they were against bill c31(?).

Now it’s done, check mark for an other promise – without touching the more important parts.

If shit happens, they can always back-pedal, but it worked to get the anti-harper vote when it was needed the most.

Next step will be to increase spying on citizens, because we can’t just deport convicted terrorists anymore.

In short, it was a bone for the dogs to jump on, while walking into the house.

#159 IHCTD9 on 02.26.16 at 12:09 am

#71 The word is Moist. Yes, Moist. on 02.25.16 at 7:18 pm
——————

You mad bro?

A Mexican auto worker can send their kid to Mexican med school on 3.50/hr.

The Auto sector in Canada was destroyed by the Ontario Liberals and the CAW/UNIFOR. NAFTA just let the manufacturers leave when things got stupid.

The millennials are their own worst enemy. Please, yes PLEASE, have your buddies vote in more T2’s 4/8/12 years from now. I’ll be laughing when your beloved eat the rich policies come down. The government will draw a line in the sand, I’ll get a pass, you’ll get taken to the cleaners. The entertainment value will save me a ton of money on the comedy network.

Inequality will never be solved. The hard left ding-dong CBC just had an article implying that the millennial generation has the most extreme wealth inequality ever.

Your entire post confirms what everyone already suspects regarding a good chunk of youth these days. Here’s some free wisdom from beyond your years:

The government can’t make you wealthy
The government can’t make rich folks poor
The old rich guys will keep getting richer
The young poor will stay that way or get worse
Entropy is always increasing
You can’t vote entropy out of the picture
90% of the time when a government tries to effect change, they achieve the opposite of what was intended.

You have a long, loong road ahead of you…

#160 A Yank in BC on 02.26.16 at 12:24 am

#22 AnotherRound on 02.25.16 at 4:59 pm

Please let us all know when gold starts paying quarterly dividends to shareholders.

#161 IHCTD9 on 02.26.16 at 12:29 am

#130 Cory on 02.25.16 at 10:13 pm
You’re a smart guy Garth but you’re delusional if you think the U.S. will be energy independent. Not possible, ever. They will always need Canadian oil even if Trumps hair resides in the whitehouse.

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For what?

Gasoline?

They don’t use bottom end product like WCS to make gas unless they have no choice. WCS is among the worlds least expensive “oils” for a reason – it sucks. Nothing light or sweet about it. Good for grease, shingles, and pavement – that’s about it.

Gas is made from the good stuff, US, North Sea, Saudi etc, not from tar like WCS or Venezuela.

#162 pathcontrolmonk on 02.26.16 at 1:24 am

“DELETED”? I thought it was ok to use the occasional profanity?

Anyway, why are Canadians so fixated on the drama that is American politics? Americans can barely locate Canada on a map, and yet Canadians wax poetic about a nincompoop like Donald Trump… Unless a majority of these blogdogs are Americans, it would seem Canadians have become the nerdy kids in high school who know all the cool kids’ names.

#163 jane 24 on 02.26.16 at 1:58 am

The growing need for populist revolt in long established democracies by the middle classes against ruling elites is the driving force for Breixt too. Here in Britain we don’t like being told what to do by unelected EU commissioners. They now decide who enters our country, what we eat and how we act. The UK parliament no longer has any power in Uk lives, Brussels rules the literal Mother of all Parliaments but no-one is sure how this happened.

Yet the elite are incensed that the governed in northern European countries have suddenly noticed that they are paying out vast sums of money for really nothing other than wealth redistribution to Southern Europe. The right is suddenly rising in Sweden, Finland, Britain, France and Germany. Brexit is just a sign of a political shift.

We are living in interesting times indeed. populist revolt by well educated middle classes seem to be the order of the day in more than just the USA. Very interesting that Canada seems to be off in the exact opposite direction to more government and higher taxes. Maybe because Canada never had the 2008 shake out that the rest of us did.

#164 TRT on 02.26.16 at 2:09 am

Trump is the bookies odds on favourite to be the republican nominee. Why not? People are sick of the politically correct BS spewed by the establishment.

He may win it all if he chooses the correct running mate.

And those calling him a racist, etc. Please. He just might become leader in a democracy no less.

#165 MF on 02.26.16 at 7:39 am

#155 bone for dogs on 02.26.16 at 12:08 am

Interesting take. Thank you for that.

It is politicking no doubt, it’s just hard to get a clear sense on we are where the liberals stand concerning terrorists or terrorist countries ( Saudi Arabian arms deal, lifting sanctions iran etc)

To be honest, I was not as against Harpers anti-terrorism bill as others. I still believe if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to worry about, and that spying on potential terrorists or terrorist groups could save lives. The police state idea was overblown by naive head in the sand liberals, and paranoid conspiracy theorists. Just my opinion

MF

#166 Herb on 02.26.16 at 7:39 am

#127 MF,

“A Canadian is a Canadian …”

As an independent socialist rather than a Liberal supporter, I go for one citizenship only. You become or stay a citizen of the country you chose to live in, without the potential encumbrance of allegiance to any other country.

Dual citizenship is a matter of convenience, as I know as the father of two children who are Canadian because of me, and EU citizens because of their mother. There is no chance of either grown up child ever living in their mother’s country, but it’s ever so convenient should they wish to visit Europe.

Expelling terrorist dual-citizens was a Conservative domestic political masterstroke in the Great War on Terror. Too bad it would have been irrelevant in fighting such a thing.

#167 cto on 02.26.16 at 7:49 am

The fact that Trump has the momentum to win as a Republican and maybe president of US should be an eye opener to the Republican elite class hanging around America cutting deals with each other. That goes for the elite here in Canada also.
They need to know that the constitution still allows the little guy to vote. If the rich get richer on deals that ignore the lower classes ability to succeed in a democracy such as ours, you could have the beginning’s of Germany 1935.
Just wondering, does one have to pass a physiological test to run for a Countries leadership?
It is very scary that Trump might win, but this is what happens in democracy when the elite class runs amuck.

#168 Tony W. on 02.26.16 at 7:54 am

Ontario Income Tax Brackets

Why has the bracket over $150,000 of taxable income not been indexed since 2014?
Other brackets are adjusted annually.
Is nobody concerned?

#169 pbrasseur on 02.26.16 at 8:04 am

To me Trump represents the ugly side of the right: populism, protectionism and bigotry (not far from downright racism) and of course authoritarianism!

Never thought I’d say this but I think I’d prefer to see a democrat like Hillary Clinton become president instead of this clown!

#170 Herb on 02.26.16 at 8:10 am

IHCTD9,

if interested, the reply to your #197 yesterday is at http://www.greaterfool.ca/2016/02/24/the-ruse/#comment-434732

#171 MF on 02.26.16 at 8:13 am

#160 jane 24 on 02.26.16 at 1:58 am

Exactly. Americans are looking at the EU disaster and taking note. I even feel it here in Canada also just by looking across the Atlantic and seeing what is going on.

I think in four years time you will see the same kind of sentiments appearing in Canada as people start to catch on to the harmful policies of T2 and take note themselves.

#161 TRT on 02.26.16 at 2:09 am

“People are sick of the politically correct BS spewed by the establishment.”

-Like “A Canadian is a Canadian”…even if you are trying to blow things up. “It’s 2015” is up there as well.

#163 Herb on 02.26.16 at 7:39 am

I don’t think it was irrelevant. It was a small measure sure, but it sent a powerful message that if you are convicted of wanting to hurt others you can have your citizenship stripped. Canadian citizenship should be earned and valued. Plus, the last thing we want is worldwide terrorists using Canada as a convenient safe haven (like Khadr).

MF

#172 WalMark of Sadkatoon on 02.26.16 at 8:14 am

… and that spying on potential terrorists or terrorist groups could save lives

not supported by any data whatsoever. so this is an emotional decision

#173 acdel on 02.26.16 at 8:17 am

#35 Nemesis

Very good link, excellent read!

#174 suck the rainbow on 02.26.16 at 8:23 am

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#175 George Bender on 02.26.16 at 8:45 am

Are u freakin kidding me?

http://news.nationalpost.com/full-comment/john-ivison-dual-nationals-convicted-of-terrorism-high-treason-or-spying-dont-deserve-to-keep-canadian-citizenship

Trudeau Liberals ‘Hate Harper’ Campaign is still running? They’ll sacrifice Canadian security just to ‘Hate Harper’. Look, you guys down at the CBC , you won, OK, you don’t have to murder anyone else to prove your point. This is just insane.

#176 Future Expatriate on 02.26.16 at 8:54 am

MUCH to the dismay of conservaBorg everywhere, I’m happy to report from December of 2016 that Clinton/Booker beat the pants off of Trump/Palin in a massive landslide. Markets are secure.

Also good news is you won’t be invaded by a bunch of angry ‘Murikan ConservaBorg emigrés who will go instead, south of the border where life is far cheaper, for their eventual inevitable rendezvous with revolucíon and machetes. Mucho mucho machetes.

#177 AfterTheHouseSold on 02.26.16 at 9:05 am

More trouble for Bombardier?

http://business.financialpost.com/news/transportation/bombardier-incs-biggest-cseries-customer-republic-airways-files-for-bankruptcy-protection

#178 crowdedelevatorfartz on 02.26.16 at 9:09 am

@#28 & 31 Bill Clinton

Wow!

Discovered the keyboard while stumbling around in the dark for your medication?
You’re slipping……….
You left out “Jet trails”, ZOG, Building 7, Area 52( 51 is soooooo yesterday…. get with the program), JFK’s brain, Hitlers’ Brazilian clones, Mr Bigglesworth, the real agenda of the CRTC’s canadian content( seances to raise the Friendly Giant from the grave to eat Finnegans puppet brain should keep child psychiatrists busy for 3 generations), Jaques Parizeaus “missing” luggage, and on and on and on………..

#179 fancy_pants on 02.26.16 at 9:34 am

just what Ontario needed. the circle of love is now complete: free post secondary education for those opening their govt assistance cheques while watching HGTV reruns vs. actually being productive working members of society.

oh yeah, and for driving your car to work … shame on you, another 4.5c tax on gasoline for that. that will teach you for being productive. feeling comfortable at home? more of the same, we’ll up your natural gas rates. you can’t run as we’ll soon double property tax you on RE transactions.

but we are all about love and peace. quit your job and hug a tree. buy a prayer mat and relax. we will take care of you and tax the naughty workers.

What’s next? kids with lower grades get priority over the higher grades b/c it is so yesterday to discriminate in such manner? Maybe they can scan kids brains and allow those with left functioning brains to get the free education and scholarships.

I totally get the Trump lovers. we are progressing to the point where the parasites outweigh the hosts and the hosts will just take their game elsewhere. give them enough time, the fiberals will scorch the province and country of what little productivity is left.

Remember, the top % have the means to sidestep the scathing no matter what govt is in, all left gov’ts do is gut the middle class until everyone is in a place of desolation.

#180 Bottoms_Up on 02.26.16 at 9:41 am

#127 MF on 02.25.16 at 10:04 pm
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Stripping citizens of their citizenship makes absolutely no sense, regardless of their crimes against humanity.

Was Hitler German? Should his citizenship have been renounced? What about members of the SS? What about people like Dahlmer, Bernardo, McVeigh? Should their citizenships be revoked?

#181 fancy_pants on 02.26.16 at 9:53 am

#28 & 31 Bill Clinton

be careful. play the sheeple, don’t dance with the wolves. some truths will not set you free.

#182 Go Trump on 02.26.16 at 9:59 am

Claudio Cattaneo of the National says Canadian oil sands growth is unstoppable. How is Trump going to stop that???

#183 The American on 02.26.16 at 10:26 am

At #159: You said, “Anyway, why are Canadians so fixated on the drama that is American politics? Americans can barely locate Canada on a map, and yet Canadians wax poetic about a nincompoop like Donald Trump… Unless a majority of these blogdogs are Americans, it would seem Canadians have become the nerdy kids in high school who know all the cool kids’ names.”

That’s not a bad take at all. Or, there is another take on it, and it is that Canadians are stalkers in the bushes, constantly jacking off or jilling off to pictures of the U.S. There is no other country more obsessed with the U.S. than Canada, constantly comparing itself to the U.S. in everything imaginable, only pointing out those KPIs where it may be *marginally* better, but failing to point out where it fails completely. It’s telling when an entire nation’s identity is positioned by how it *isn’t* like the U.S., and constantly cheers for the failure of a nation like the U.S. that offers its protection with it’s own military resources that are paid for by American tax payers. Funny how that works. Without the U.S., Canada fails… Period. There is no way around this. Who would Canada blame then for its general lack of initiative, business sense, and ingenuity? Who woul Canada compare itself against to gain a sense of identity for lack of what it isn’t? Who would Canada blame to cry about for lack of not being noticed to the rest of the world? Who would protect Canada’s borders and its abundant resources that ANY other hostile nation with a *real* military would easily and forcefully take for its own (Canada has no real military to protect its resources or borders)?

This is the harsh truth and reality of the situation, and I can already hear the retort to these next few lines (and I find it funny, by the way)… It isn’t that Americans don’t know that Canada exists. It is that to Americans, Canada is small potatoes, especially when you understand the U.S. has states with larger populations and larger economies than the entire nation of Canada? J. Trudeau? Who cares? The Governor of California, Jerry Brown, or Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, or Governor of Texas, Gregg Abbott, or the Head of Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, or the Head of the Senate, Mitch McConnell, or Senate Pro Temper, Orrin Hatch, or Secretary of State, John Kerry, or the Secretary of Defense, Ashton Carter all have more power and influence in global policies, affairs, and economics. The U.S. doesn’t hate Canada at all. The U.S. just has many other things (and people) going on that supersede that of the goings on and child-like need for attention in Canada. So, while Canadians *love* to fixate on a false notion that Americans are dumb, ask yourselves first if you know all of the more powerful and influential aforementioned individuals I named. Oh, you didn’t? Then yeah, I rest my case.

As for who will be the U.S.’s next President, it isn’t Trump, although the entire thing is quite entertaining. Statistically, it isn’t going to happen when you consider Delegates vs. Super Delegates and how the Electoral College will play. The next President is Bernie Sanders, along with his running mate (who hasn’t yet been announced), Elizabeth Warren. Go ahead… ask me how I know.

http://www.therecord.com/opinion-story/6353971-opinion-why-are-canadians-obsessed-with-what-is-happening-in-the-u-s-/

http://rabble.ca/columnists/2013/11/canadian-culture-and-our-obsession-about-attention-us

http://www.poletical.com/canadian-anti-americanism.php

#184 pathcontrolmonk on 02.26.16 at 10:38 am

Dont forget to out your Facebook friends who like Trump http://www.friendswholiketrump.com/

#185 Penny Henny on 02.26.16 at 10:43 am

Today you muse about the possibility of Trump becoming president while months ago you were adamant that he would “never” be president.
Never is such a strong and final word.

#186 The Other Chris on 02.26.16 at 11:18 am

@165 Tony W. on 02.26.16 at 7:54 am

The top two tax brackets in Ontario are not indexed to inflation.

#187 Steerage Bilge on 02.26.16 at 11:37 am

#180 The American on 02.26.16 at 10:26 am

At #159: You said, “Anyway, why are Canadians so fixated on the drama that is American politics? Americans can barely locate Canada on a map, and yet Canadians wax poetic about a nincompoop like Donald Trump… Unless a majority of these blogdogs are Americans, it would seem Canadians have become the nerdy kids in high school who know all the cool kids’ names.”

That’s not a bad take at all. Or, there is another take on it, and it is that Canadians are stalkers in the bushes, constantly jacking off or jilling off to pictures of the U.S. There is no other country more obsessed with the U.S. than Canada, constantly comparing itself to the U.S. in everything imaginable, only pointing out those KPIs where it may be *marginally* better, but failing to point out where it fails completely. It’s telling when an entire nation’s identity is positioned by how it *isn’t* like the U.S., and constantly cheers for the failure of a nation like the U.S. that offers its protection with it’s own military resources that are paid for by American tax payers. Funny how that works. Without the U.S., Canada fails… Period. There is no way around this. Who would Canada blame then for its general lack of initiative, business sense, and ingenuity? Who woul Canada compare itself against to gain a sense of identity for lack of what it isn’t? Who would Canada blame to cry about for lack of not being noticed to the rest of the world? Who would protect Canada’s borders and its abundant resources that ANY other hostile nation with a *real* military would easily and forcefully take for its own (Canada has no real military to protect its resources or borders)?

This is the harsh truth and reality of the situation, and I can already hear the retort to these next few lines (and I find it funny, by the way)… It isn’t that Americans don’t know that Canada exists. It is that to Americans, Canada is small potatoes, especially when you understand the U.S. has states with larger populations and larger economies than the entire nation of Canada? J. Trudeau? Who cares? The Governor of California, Jerry Brown, or Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, or Governor of Texas, Gregg Abbott, or the Head of Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, or the Head of the Senate, Mitch McConnell, or Senate Pro Temper, Orrin Hatch, or Secretary of State, John Kerry, or the Secretary of Defense, Ashton Carter all have more power and influence in global policies, affairs, and economics. The U.S. doesn’t hate Canada at all. The U.S. just has many other things (and people) going on that supersede that of the goings on and child-like need for attention in Canada. So, while Canadians *love* to fixate on a false notion that Americans are dumb, ask yourselves first if you know all of the more powerful and influential aforementioned individuals I named. Oh, you didn’t? Then yeah, I rest my case.

As for who will be the U.S.’s next President, it isn’t Trump, although the entire thing is quite entertaining. Statistically, it isn’t going to happen when you consider Delegates vs. Super Delegates and how the Electoral College will play. The next President is Bernie Sanders, along with his running mate (who hasn’t yet been announced), Elizabeth Warren. Go ahead… ask me how I know.

http://www.therecord.com/opinion-story/6353971-opinion-why-are-canadians-obsessed-with-what-is-happening-in-the-u-s-/

http://rabble.ca/columnists/2013/11/canadian-culture-and-our-obsession-about-attention-us

http://www.poletical.com/canadian-anti-americanism.php


You seem rather fixated by Canada for some odd reason.

#188 NEVER GIVE UP on 02.26.16 at 12:19 pm

If you ever wonder about how much control Government has on the MSM.
Consider this.
How is it not even one media outlet ever called Hillary and Bill the “Hillbilly Clintons”.
Now that is control!

#189 Chris on 02.26.16 at 12:19 pm

“The US economy’s been expanding with robust labour force growth, rising GDP, plumping average wages, falling federal deficit, reduced household debt levels and swelling interest rates. ”

Garth – does the US pay you to promote them for some reason, or do you actually believe what you say? I think the US is likely economically stronger than Canada right now due to world energy issues. However, I think the degree of difference is pretty small – and it wouldn’t take much for the US to fall or for Canada to rise. The trouble with black swans is that they don’t exist until they do.

#190 fancy_pants on 02.26.16 at 12:28 pm

Two-thirds of Canadians in poll think government should intervene in housing market
http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/angus-reid-housing-poll-1.3465574

… b/c earlier interventions didn’t turn out so divine.

#191 Renter's Revenge! on 02.26.16 at 12:39 pm

#89 WallOfWorry on 02.25.16 at 8:21 pm
“…and certainly no mention of the absolute bullishness of gold miners.”

…derp

http://business.financialpost.com/news/mining/goldcorp-inc-cuts-dividend-posts-bigger-quarterly-loss-on-us3-9-billion-charge

https://www.google.ca/finance?q=TSE%3AG&ei=Bo3QVsCsBsehmAHtt6LADw

#192 Check it out on 02.26.16 at 12:41 pm

Yo Gartho, your beloved defend-the-status-quo Hilary is gonna get WRECKED by Trump. It’s not even gonna be close. Not even for a minute.

Look at what the latest in what he’s doing to his Republican competition:

https://i.imgur.com/dVuYgf6.jpg

This is how Trump plays the game. And if you think he’s gonna defend the status quo, LOL. He literally wants to start putting people like Hilary in jail. And banksters, don’t forget banksters.

Like it or not boyo, the jig is soon gonna be up. Care to make any predictions about the stock market? Or are you gonna recommend below-rate-of-inflation bonds so we can “diversify” our portfolios? Face it, we need government pensions that we can live on, cause this rely-on-Bay-st bullcrap is going to leave gramma eating catfood.

Looking forward to the government’s budget in March. It’s gonna bleed red, and along with the annonced and the not-yet-announced tax changes (both in law and enforcement), the priviledged class will be paying for it all.

#193 SWL1976 on 02.26.16 at 12:52 pm

#137 WUL

Trump and America? America was forged in the heat of revolution. It will be fine.

America was also founded by revolting from what it has now become

#133 schoolboys

Indoctrination is indoctrination, no matter which school a student attends.

Indeed

MF – The police state has more to do with spying on ordinary citizens than it does with reducing terror.

Ever wonder what people consider an act of terror to those who live in countries where bombs rein down from jet planes?

People like yourself can’t stand the real truth right now, and would rather continue point fingers elsewhere and swallow more lies than look at the real root cause of our problems.

The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will despise those who speak it

And that my friend is what the police state is really all about

#194 Mike in Toronto on 02.26.16 at 12:56 pm

#187 fancy_pants

it’s not a housing market, it’s a housing industry, and after the cons… I mean Harper… squandered the boom on ramping up oil development, funding cuts and sold off industries to foreign interests, it could very well be one of the most important industries we have left.

I know that myself, when the going is good, I plan for a rainy day. When the going is bad, I draw what I can out of my rainy day fund.

Seems like Harper stepped on the gas, amped up real-estate, cut tax revenue and spent like he was on a shopping spree when the going was good and now we’re all SOL when the going goes bad.

The part that amazes me is that anyone would think that the Conservative brand has anything to do with fiscal responsibility. Even the liberals have a better track record. After 7 years of Harper, they had to balance their 2015 budget by selling off assets and going into contingency funds.

Then oil sank further and further….

Does anyone really think a $18B deficit is because of 100 days of reckless “Liberal” spending?

#195 S.Bby on 02.26.16 at 12:58 pm

Commute from Nanaimo to Vancouver?

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/vancouver-nanaimo-move-commute-1.3465144?cmp=rss

And this is the cost of unimpeded foreign investment in Vancouver.

http://westerninvestor.com/index.php/news/bc/1610-housing-in-metro-vancouver-bcs-biggest-cash-generator

“Buying and selling older houses in Metro Vancouver is now worth more in hard cash to the provincial economy than the B.C. forestry, natural gas and mining industries combined.”

“Projected residential resales in 2015 is $38.6 billion, up 41 per cent in one year. By comparison, the total GDP of the B.C. forestry industry this year will be $1.8 billion, the oil and gas industry will be worth $6.9 billion and the mining industry will ring at $4 billion, according to forecasts from Central 1 Credit Union.”

Remember when marijuana grow-ops were supposedly driving housing prices in BC?

#196 Ponzius Pilatus on 02.26.16 at 1:00 pm

#19 max on 02.25.16 at 4:50 pm
I like Trump. My American friends believe his four corporate bankruptcies are a negative. No its a positive. Trump understands how to work the banks. He’ll be the first president that can’t be snowed by wall street bankers. I believe he’ll be better then Reagan.
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Better than the old snoozer!
That won’t be too hard.

#197 Ponzius Pilatus on 02.26.16 at 1:07 pm

I always wondered:
How could you not be successful with a name like Trump?
Forget nature vs. nurture.
It’s all in the name.

#198 Chris on 02.26.16 at 1:17 pm

#175 crowdedelevatorfartz on 02.26.16 at 9:09 am

@#28 & 31 Bill Clinton

Wow!

Discovered the keyboard while stumbling around in the dark for your medication?
You’re slipping……….
You left out “Jet trails”, ZOG, Building 7, Area 52( 51 is soooooo yesterday…. get with the program), JFK’s brain, Hitlers’ Brazilian clones, Mr Bigglesworth, the real agenda of the CRTC’s Canadian content( seances to raise the Friendly Giant from the grave to eat Finnegans puppet brain should keep child psychiatrists busy for 3 generations), Jaques Parizeaus “missing” luggage, and on and on and on………..
……………………………………………………………………
You forgot the PHd Smoking Guy (king of all conspiracy theories) whom is still passed out on the floor of his casino motel room somewhere in Buffalo. Apparently his man Trump blew it.

#199 Mixed Bag on 02.26.16 at 1:24 pm

Garth, Smoking Man, all those who are curious about Donald Trump’s rise for the Republican candidacy:

Scott Adams, of Dilbert fame, has been writing a series of posts of The Donald’s techniques: the Master Persuader, the Big Ask, the Linguistic Kill Shot, etc., from his point of view as a trained hypnotist. Rather fascinating.

http://blog.dilbert.com/tagged/Trump

#200 The World is coming to YVR on 02.26.16 at 1:29 pm

Another huge HAM deal in Vancouver. Almost $6 million over asking.

https://www.realtor.ca/Residential/Single-Family/16500022/3455-MARPOLE-AVENUE-Vancouver-British-Columbia-V6J2S3

Damn locals!

#201 Centre Wing on 02.26.16 at 1:43 pm

No commentary on the newly announced “free” education here in Ontario that has my fellow idiot moisters salivating??

#202 paul on 02.26.16 at 2:04 pm

#147 45north on 02.25.16 at 11:10 pm

As you know, Trump’s romping towards the Republican nomination. With big wins under his belt in three primaries and caucuses, huge voter turnout and broad demographic support, he’s set up to dominate Super Tuesday’s polling – a mini version of a national vote.

US Presidents have had a huge influence in Canada. Canadians most identified with three: Franklin Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, John F Kennedy because in addressing the issues that the United States faced they at the same time addressed the issues that Canada faced. With beliefs that we believed in and answers that made sense for Canada too. This state where beliefs are shared across borders was not limited to Canada. The most famous statement of a belief that transcended borders was John F Kennedy “Ich bin ein Berliner”. He also spoke of the Berlin Wall: it not only is a symbol of the failure of Communism but it’s also an offence against humanity separating families, dividing husbands and wives and brothers and sisters.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56V6r2dpYH8

Donald Trump promises to build a wall between the US and Mexico which would also be an offence against humanity, separating families, dividing husbands and wives and brothers and sisters. In the same way John F Kennedy was a great victory, Donald Trump would be a great defeat.
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Great point!
But unless you haven’t noticed the Berlin wall divided country.
Last I looked Mexico and the U.S. are two countries with a defined boarder that is being ignored. Imagine it any other country had 12 Million people just walk in with out
vetting . Try walking across our boarder not at a designated and maned gateway and see how welcome you are.

#203 Ronaldo on 02.26.16 at 2:08 pm

#157 A Yank in BC on 02.26.16 at 12:24 am
#22 AnotherRound on 02.25.16 at 4:59 pm

”Please let us all know when gold starts paying quarterly dividends to shareholders.”

Those who invest in physical precious metals do not do so for the dividends. They do it as part of a balanced and diversified portfolio as insurance. The absence of dividends can be considered as the price you pay for the insurance. If you want to invest for dividends, you invest in the companies that dig the stuff out. I own a single ETF which is comprised of 20 of the largest producers around the world. It pays currently 7% dividends monthly and is up 37% since I purchased it in September of 2015 when the shares in these companies bottomed. The risks had been removed. If you understand these markets they can be very lucrative, if not, I recommend you stay away from them. I own roughly .66 oz of gold excluding what is in my ring which is not very much.

#204 The American on 02.26.16 at 2:09 pm

At #184: Steerage Bilge, just providing a little taste back to the nation who view American bashing as a national pastime, yet comes armed with only half the facts. Still, I bet you failed the test.

#205 Victoria Real Estate Update on 02.26.16 at 2:18 pm

# 187 fancy pants

Typical realtor comment. Trying to create the impression that nothing can stop housing prices in Vancouver and Toronto, for example, from moving higher on a permanent basis.

You want potential buyers to think that potential future interventions to cool certain housing markets in Canada won’t work anyway and that they should just give up waiting and BUY NOW!

The problem with your understanding of past examples of removing previously installed housing market stimuli is that there was always something else more powerful that replaced the loss of stimulus. This has pushed Canada’s inevitable, deep price correction into the future.

For example, shortly after zero-down, 40-year mortgages were axed, interest rates were suddenly slashed from near-normal to emergency levels. There is no stronger source of housing market stimulus than that.

There are plenty of examples of national housing markets that required no intervention to begin the inevitable (deep) price correction that accompanies the deflation of a housing bubble. Think Japan. Interest rates were at emergency levels there as well but that didn’t stop the inevitable full price correction in that country.

In the US, the states that experienced the biggest price run-ups, California, Nevada, Arizona and Florida all saw house prices go back to pre-bubble levels or lower.

Canada’s housing bubble is much bigger than the 2006 US housing bubble and Canada’s price correction may be significantly deeper than in the US.

#206 Smoking Man on 02.26.16 at 2:35 pm

Wow Trump just crossed the big red line vs MSM

He will bring back Libel laws. Meaning when ever MSM lies they get sued.

He gets better by the minute.

#207 MF on 02.26.16 at 2:43 pm

#190 SWL1976 on 02.26.16 at 12:52 pm

Root cause? Lies? Who the hell made you the all knowing omnipotent presence who understands everything above the rest of us?

You are a nobody just like everyone else. Stop proclaiming otherwise with your condescending tone.

MF

#208 Bobby13 on 02.26.16 at 2:48 pm

Recession isn’t noticed as official until months after it has started, the U.S. is in recession. We are in recession, media is trying there best to prop up confidence it will only work for so long. It’s a shame the elected are not capable to navigate these waters they as usual will do more harm than good. Oh and a diversified portfolio doesn’t work anymore unless you are happy to have limited small gains most will be lucky to cover the real inflation rate.

There is no US recession in progress. — Garth

#209 Prairieboy43 on 02.26.16 at 2:49 pm

What’s market rate for Dog House in Shaughnessy?? Bro?

#210 Ponzius Pilatus on 02.26.16 at 3:07 pm

Maybe Trump is just another brick in the wall.

#211 Ponzius Pilatus on 02.26.16 at 3:09 pm

#206 Prairieboy43 on 02.26.16 at 2:49 pm
What’s market rate for Dog House in Shaughnessy?? Bro?
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If you have to ask, you can’t afford it.

#212 webslinger on 02.26.16 at 3:12 pm

A lot of ridiculous concepts here for blog dog amusement. They are grasping…
http://ashtonmortgages.ca/real-estate-investment/?platform=hootsuite

#213 Noel on 02.26.16 at 3:18 pm

Donald Trump is just another flavour of the conservatives who you so often laud Garth.

Repetitive, simplistic, and appealing to the lowest common denominator.

“We’re going to build a wall and have Mexico pay for it” = “He’s just not ready, nice hair though”

Now where did I ‘laud’ him? Your moral superiority makes you inferior, by the way. — Garth

#214 Noel on 02.26.16 at 3:42 pm

Now where did I ‘laud’ him? Your moral superiority makes you inferior, by the way. — Garth

_______________

I said you laud the conservatives, not Trump.

Shouldn’t we all aspire to be morally superior to what Donald Trump stands for? Do you not think he, and what he stands for, deserves contempt?

Just look at what former Mexican presidents Fox and Calderon say about him, does their moral superiority make them inferior as well?

http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/as-trump-cements-his-lead-his-cornerstone-border-wall-idea-comes-under-fire-as-dangerous-for-america

#215 pathcontrolmonk on 02.26.16 at 3:44 pm

#180 The American

Where is the ‘Like’ button on this blog? Can I plagiarize what you said? Further proof of Canada’s Napoleon complex are its failed wonderboys like Nortel and Blackberry. Canadian corporations operating abroad are more arrogant than the French and their insecurities cloud their judgement to a degree that often leads to their demise.

The American, I am buying you a beer next time you are in Seattle… that reminds me, remember when Canadians made fun of America for its crappy beer… ha!

#216 Brian on 02.26.16 at 3:51 pm

hey Garth, have you read this yet?

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2016/02/26/ontario-basic-income_n_9328264.html

“..it would streamline government bureaucracies, as a basic income would replace many other benefits, potentially including welfare, unemployment insurance, Old Age Security and others.

As I said a couple of days ago, Basic Income will be used to steal OAS and CPP from anyone who has been saving for retirement. If you have RRSP income you won’t qualify for Basic Income, and you won’t get OAS, GIS, or CPP.

Of course the massively indebted Millennials won’t have that problem!

The house horny who think mortgages are not debt will happily watch as the boomers get screwed in order to pay their bills

If you are approaching retirement you need to pay very close attention to this game changer!

What say you Garth?

Same old, same old. A failed idea, decades old, which will not materialize yet again. — Garth

#217 Calgary Rip Off on 02.26.16 at 4:10 pm

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are nightmares. I voted for Obama. Twice. Bad news. He implemented a health care system where people who could not pay were fined. That was not was promised.

Trump is the real deal. He is honest about what he says he will do. If the other party gets in, guess what the financial markets wont matter because finances wont matter. Sanders is a lunatic, and Clinton is a criminal. ET, Doctor of Common sense has a youtube channel that tells all about it.

One thing that is very likely is that Donald Trump doesnt like the middle east. That means likely a pipeline from Alberta to the USA. Trump is a businessman. He knows how business works. And he intends to run the USA like a business, because that is what it is.

Im tired of hearing nonsense. Trump is exciting to watch, and he is inspiring. I am where I am today in part because of his influence. I watched Apprentice in the middle 2000’s and consider it time well spent. Valuable training. Donald Trump’s style I like. Clinton and the others are boring. Like watching paint dry. More of the same.

#218 The Other Chris on 02.26.16 at 4:23 pm

@214 Calgary Rip Off on 02.26.16 at 4:10 pm

You’re right about the pipeline. Trump has pledged he’ll approve Keystone XL on his first day in office.

I think Keystone XL has more of a chance of seeing the light of day now than anything actually traversing Canada, east or west.

Underneath the bluster, I think he’s probably a decent man. The debate exchange with Ted Cruz over “New York values” was memorable in the way Trump eloquently defended the values of a state that most of the other people in the running just wanted to paint as somehow deficient.

#219 SWL1976 on 02.26.16 at 4:30 pm

#204 MF

#190 SWL1976

Root cause? Lies? Who the hell made you the all knowing omnipotent presence who understands everything above the rest of us?

———————

No one has made me, nor am I the all knowing omnipotent presence who understands everything above anyone else. However, I have spent my entire adult life looking beyond the lies (yes there are many) that we are being fed by the main stream media.

Once one looks closely and with an open mind, you will find that what you see is a rather disturbing tale. A ‘conspiracy’ if you will, behind what you thought you may well have once understood so clearly.

I didn’t choose this life and sometimes envy the simple man, but that is not me. To each their own. I don’t have all the answers, in fact I have more questions than answers, but I do have a firm grasp on how the system is being used to play you.

#220 IHCTD9 on 02.26.16 at 4:36 pm

#167 Herb on 02.26.16 at 8:10 am
IHCTD9,

if interested, the reply to your #197 yesterday is at http://www.greaterfool.ca/2016/02/24/the-ruse/#comment-434732

#226 Herb on 02.25.16 at 8:43 pm
#197 IHTCD9,

c’mon now, I know you’re not dumb, just Conservative! The “x” = 1 B in this deal, but whatever billions the PM spends to what effect we can foresee realistically.

Perhaps “T2” is the politician of my dreams, the one who does what is necessary for the common good without fear or favour. I thought Harper was that man in 2006 and voted for him. And on the day of his first swearing in I realized that he was not, and damned him accordingly.

Haven’t reached that point with Trudeau. If I do, you’ll read about it right here, and as soon as it happens. But I’m not going to heap derision on him just because he is a Liberal and I am not. That’s the Conservative bag. I’ll wait see what he’s done and how it’s going to work.

You just might have to wait until the end of the year for my reaction. On the other hand, you could always post the Conservative program to rescue the economy – costed, with source of funding identified, please – and if I think it’s going to work, I’ll curse Trudeau for a fool if he doesn’t follow it.

___________________________________________

I think we have had a communication breakdown re the deal (ie. T2 blows up a 25B deficit, consequently you rip him a new one), as T2 has blown well in excess of 1B as of right now.

I don’t mind waiting to see what T2 does, but I can see already what the guy is all about. The only way he will not blow many more billions is if the bond market shuts him down, which is unlikely. I am going to be correct, and I think you know it.

As far as the Conservative plan to rescue the economy – if I were running the show, there would be none. No government can fix our woes. Government can only reduce the damage it did prior, there is no actual economic *improvement* ever to be had via government. Canada is what it is, resource driven, manufacturing driven, subject to NAFTA and soon the TPP, a modern economy with organized labour competing with the rest of the world.

My plan would involve reducing the burden government places on businesses and individuals. I would not pretend that I could “stimulate the economy” with tax dollars (like Trudeau), while racking up a mountain of debt – that has always been a steaming pile of bunk.

T2’s plan is the opposite, spend and tax – just like Garth said he would way back last summer. Garth knew it, I knew it, many here knew it. We were right back then, I am right again now – even though T2 has not done all I expect as of yet. He is just getting started

T2 represents the opposite of what needs to happen IMHO. He’ll spew Billions in all directions to no effect. He’ll smash government revenues through the floor with ding-dong cement headed policy (as demonstrated). Billions on refugees, Billions on the public sector, Billions on can’t do math tax cuts, Billions on “fighting climate change”, Billions on 3rd world countries to do more of the same. Billions, upon Billions, and Billions more, in such a short time, and for absolutely nothing (unless you’re a public servant). Take away the 10K TFSA , take away income splitting, take away small corp perks, take it and give it to the public service for sick leave.

T2 might have his heart in the right place, be let’s get real for a moment – he is a colossal fool with money, and hasn’t written a good policy yet. He has surrounded himself with pretty much the same kind of folks. They don’t know what they’re doing in Ottawa.

#221 Brydle604 on 02.26.16 at 4:58 pm

Trump meets the Honeymooners!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XriXDtfqCg&feature=youtu.be

#222 prairiegopher on 02.26.16 at 5:03 pm

I would love to see him win. Then watch our PM squirm..lol. Can’t wait to see the blood bath.

#223 45north on 02.26.16 at 5:12 pm

IHCTD9: 90% of the time when a government tries to effect change, they achieve the opposite of what was intended.

I’d say government can and does effect change but the first go is the most effective. I’m thinking of the anti-smoking campaign – I don’t smoke. The regulations required warning signs on cigarette packages – that was effective – everybody who smoked got the message. The next round required that all retailers cover up their cigarette cases – that was just silly.

Tony W: Why has the bracket over $150,000 of taxable income not been indexed since 2014?
Other brackets are adjusted annually.
Is nobody concerned?

no

Mike in Toronto: Does anyone really think a $18B deficit is because of 100 days of reckless “Liberal” spending?

I do

#224 Bucky on 02.26.16 at 5:17 pm

If you can’t beat them, join them. Brad Lamb for PM!

#225 Bram on 02.26.16 at 5:29 pm


Same old, same old. A failed idea, decades old, which will not materialize yet again. — Garth

I think untaxed mincome coupled to flat 40% income tax would work very well.

Everybody will have substenance, and can work beyond that as they please. Even 1hr per week work would be usefull suplement to income, of which you get to keep the majority.

#226 espressobob on 02.26.16 at 6:14 pm

#22
#157
#200

Gold versus miners? It’s a lot like driving down a highway with ones eyeballs focused on the rear view mirror. Risky indeed.

Global index investors don’t speculate since the weightings in our ETFs reflect this sector by market capitalization. Market timing? Why would we care?

#227 Victoria Real Estate Update on 02.27.16 at 2:14 pm

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House # . . . 2015 . . . . . . / . . . . . .2016. . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ./. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
1 — sold for $300K ——–/——— sold for $250K (-16.7%)
2 — sold for $300K ——–/——– no sale
3 — sold for $300K ——–/——— no sale
4 — sold for $400K ——-/——- sold for $350K (-12.5%)
5 — sold for $400K ——-/——- sold for $350K (-12.5%)
6 — no sale, value: $700K –/– sold for $600K (-14.3%)
7 — no sale, value: $700K –/– sold for $600K (-14.3%)
8 — sold for $800K ——–/——– no sale
9 — sold for $800K ——–/——– sold for $700K (-12.5%)
10 — sold for $800K ——-/——- sold for $700K (-12.5%)
11 — no sale, value: $900K –/– sold for $800K (-11.1%)
12 — no sale, value: $900K –/– sold for $800K (-11.1%)
13 — no sale, value: $900K –/– no sale

#228 isitpossible on 02.28.16 at 3:15 pm

whatever the reasons for vancouvers bubble in r.e. we are where we are and its crazy. is it possible that yvr r.e. will simply continue to go up forever? there is so much money here now that if we ever do get a correction the money here will just buy it up. garth , do you think its possible that prices continue to rise for the next 30 years? i have never seen or read about a bubble that never popped ….maybe its not a bubble here.