Voting Day

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Pretend it’s Tuesday, and you live in Cincinnati, Seattle or Pensacola. You’re being asked to pick the next President, arguably the most important elected office in the world. Running is a career politician with three decades’ worth of baggage, a philandering hubs who was also president, a checkered past, an awesome political resume, an FBI investigation hanging over her head, deep knowledge of national affairs and polling data showing most people mistrust her. She’s also the first female ever poised to be POTUS. Historic.

Also running is a billionaire, anti-establishment rebel whose own words have been alternatively racist, misogynist, insensitive, vulgar and comical. He has no political experience, brags about not paying taxes to support the country he wishes to lead, and is openly anti-immigration, protectionist, parochial and bellicose. Yet he has followers who see him as an iconoclastic messiah, and think electing the guy will break elites and democratize wealth. The agent of change.

The issues are even larger than the individuals involved. One is status quo in an uncertain world. The other’s all about reform and unknown consequences. Free trade vs isolationism. Globalism vs nationalism. Immigration vs walls. Religious tolerance vs discrimination. The 1% vs the rest. Insider vs outsider. Two deeply flawed individuals clashing at a time when uncertainty is the only constant.

How would you vote?

Well, here’s your chance. Since the next president will have an influence over all our lives, we need a voice, too. It’s the least this pathetic blog can do. Now shut up and click.

SUNDAY 7:42 PM ET — THE POLL IS NOW COMPLETED. 3,000 ENTRIES WERE RECEIVED. RESULTS ARE BEING COMPILED AND WILL BE REPORTED HERE TOMORROW. 

298 comments ↓

#1 Victor V on 11.06.16 at 9:12 am

Conrad Black: The only Democratic campaign has been a Niagara Falls of smears of Trump, whose often asinine juvenility has turned half his campaign into an attack ad against himself.

http://www.nationalpost.com/m/wp/full-comment/blog.html?b=news.nationalpost.com/full-comment/conrad-black-what-a-spectacle-this-election-has-been

#2 Dmno on 11.06.16 at 9:22 am

Neither…I would vote for Gary Johnson.

Btw Garth, maybe let us know how the Fed raising interest rates affects their national debt.

#3 Randy on 11.06.16 at 9:22 am

Another Rigged Poll…haha

#4 ShawnG in TO on 11.06.16 at 9:23 am

but i didn’t take my selfie with the ballot yet. how will i prove to killery that $5 from her foundation worked?

#5 Victor V on 11.06.16 at 9:30 am

‘If this goes viral, Trump will win’: Michael Moore leaves internet dazed, confused and on fire

VIDEO: DELETED (language)

#6 For those about to flop... on 11.06.16 at 9:32 am

There was no box to tick for Hillary winning so Trump doesn’t get in and then get impeached herself,so someone else can take over.

So I abstained…

M42BC

#bangtheirheadstogether

#7 Kath Mcwynnty on 11.06.16 at 9:41 am

It’s a beatiful morning in Toronto.
I forgot to plug my car in last night, so…
I’m going to ride my Vespa to Bellefountain for a Latte!
Dont forget to support OLG and buy OPG shares!
Love you kids!
Kath

#8 Burnabyrenter on 11.06.16 at 9:46 am

I couldn’t bring myself to vote for either of them. You should have included the independents, because if I was an American, that’s who I’d vote for.

#9 Jas on 11.06.16 at 9:51 am

Trump all the way!!

#10 Jay on 11.06.16 at 9:55 am

Are you kidding? There’s no way I’d vote for either of them.

I’d vote for one of the third parties, or write in my own vote.

This election goes to show just how badly the Americans have been duped, that they’re seriously choose between these 2 terrible candidates.

#11 Steerage Bilge on 11.06.16 at 10:03 am

Hey where’s the 3rd party choice.. no way I’d vote for either.

#12 Argon on 11.06.16 at 10:11 am

Actually, my main reason for holding my nose and voting for Trump, is that she has a history of warlike behaviour.

Trump, comical as he sometimes seems, does not actually espouse violence, and afaict, none of his business partners have said that he has an inability to control his temper. Whereas, we have a justified fear of Hillary’s well known anger issues.

Trump is unknown in politics, but known otherwise. Many have done business with him. I doubt if anyone was killed for disagreeing with him. Hillary is known, and what I know of her, I do not think the world can withstand.

As to whether there is a “conspiracy” to cook election results, given the ease of getting away with it, the unlikelihood of being punished for it, and the reward, it is certainly plausible that there might be a group or groups trying to do this.

#13 JRH on 11.06.16 at 10:16 am

No to all !!

#14 Context on 11.06.16 at 10:33 am

I for one will not be voting today as the election will be rigged. Even the dog in the caption is waiting to vote, and besides am too busy in Toronto voting in various States electronically for the President. I just love my Black Hat technology.

#15 };-) aka Devil's Advocate on 11.06.16 at 10:40 am

Trump to mix it up. North American society needs a good whack across the backside of the head to make them wake up and understand the error of their Fat Assed Kardashian ways. Society tends to bubble gum things together until they are really broken. Well let’s really break it so we can get to work rebuilding.

#16 landlessinvan on 11.06.16 at 10:43 am

Dumb poll, as only includes 2 candidates. You’re trying to gauge the redneck factor in Canada? Why not concentrate on Canada, instead of the corrupt candidates down south.

#17 LL on 11.06.16 at 10:44 am

Soon we will know who will win “The game of throne”!

Trump or Hilary…I think it will be rock & roll!

#18 TRON on 11.06.16 at 10:47 am

‘ brags about not paying taxes to support the country he wishes to lead’

Let’s keep his comment in contents. He ‘brags’ because he is pointing out that Clinton had the opportunity to change the tax system but did not because she gets her support from the same people who benefit from it.

As a former business owner who employed people I know what it’s like to pay other people’s taxes because I did on the 15th of every month when I wrote a cheque to the CRA for the employees remittance.

The idea that Trump does not pay his fair share of taxes is weak. Capitalists like him employ people and without them who would be creating jobs? The government? Where would they get the money to pay employees without guys like Trump who remit the taxes for them?

Governments don’t do it better yet if you let people vote for people who say it does then you end up with a Clinton. She is a career politician who is under investigation by the FBI for something that is obviously very serious otherwise this investigation would have been squashed long ago.

BTW ask most men (make sure there are no women around) what they think of Trumps comments about women and they’ll tell you it’s no big deal.

#19 };-) aka Devil's Advocate on 11.06.16 at 10:47 am

By “really break it” I think a Trump win would REALLY break it };-)

What is real and what is BS? I think the media has done a fine job of turning this particular election into a well choreographed reality show.

Fat Assed Kardashian B.S.

#20 SimplyPut7 on 11.06.16 at 10:51 am

I didn’t like your choices for why people chose Donald Trump. I would have added: refinancing US debt, reducing public sector budgets, close tax loopholes on carried trade interest, spending on infrastructure, repeal obamacare, not creating new wars that the US does not need to be involved in, letting zombie companies go bankrupt, coming up with an agreement to allow offshore money to come back to the USA to be put to better use, he would green-light the Keystone pipeline, understanding the US needs more higher paying jobs than a large quantity of low paying service jobs and Other – so people can add their own choice just in case there is a common theme that is not mentioned in any of the above.

#21 Deb on 11.06.16 at 10:53 am

Although I welcome the chance to participate in this survey about the U S election, it would have been great to have seen the third-party choices as well.
Third parties can and do influence mainstream political dialogue within the American two-party model, and a few have done reasonably well electorally. For example, in 1968, George Wallace won the electoral votes of 5 states.
Many Clinton supporters argue that a vote for a third-party candidate is simply a vote for Trump. However, just as many Trump supporters argue that a vote for a third-party candidate is simply a vote for Clinton. Both arguments, however, ignore the point that the health of the democratic process improves through the discussion and debate of a variety of different views on ideas and policy.

#22 Dual Citizen In Canada on 11.06.16 at 10:55 am

Jill Stein is the ideal candidate but too many Americans are caught up in the two horse race. The lesser of two evils. So my approach is status quo and a brexit type opportunity to vulch if that buffoon wins. If anything, this blog has taught me excellent strategies.

#23 m212 on 11.06.16 at 10:56 am

I would write-in Evan Mcmullin or Bernie Sanders.

#24 Kurt on 11.06.16 at 11:03 am

Argon – my analysis is similar to yours. Elect Hillary, and you will get war for sure. Probably a lot of little, low-key ones, and more than they have right now. Elect Trump and you will get fewer intentional wars, though in his ineptitude he might trigger a really big one.

#25 Gr8 B8 M8 on 11.06.16 at 11:07 am

I’d vote for Trump. Break the back of the elites. Lock up the Witch. Drain the swamp. Trump may be a piece of shit like all the other elites, but he wants his face on Mount Rushmore and the only way he’s gonna get that is by being the champion of the many against the greed of the few. The other elites want to die with as much in their accounts as possible, so their kids get a head start on the same game against the other elites children. An in this destructive game, we would slowly become like a game of monopoly towards the end, when only one person is having any fun.

As a Canadian, this election is important to me. Where the US goes we more or less follow. We’re like a planet caught in the gravitational pull of a sun. Also, the elites that ruin lived every day know no nationality. They must be countered in every civilized country.

I hope the racist sexist stuff isn’t true. I don’t think it is, none of us can pass the hidden mic test and that doesn’t make us monsters. Everybody is just hysterical because the media is pushing a consistent narrative to throw the election for their owners. I wouldn’t be surprised if even the votes themselves had issues with being rigged but nobody really knows for sure.

#26 Smoking Man on 11.06.16 at 11:10 am

Trump in a huge landslide.

Shock and Awe.

#27 conan on 11.06.16 at 11:13 am

Hillary is better in every category except for foreign policy. She could take us to an Earth ending war. In that respect, you have to go with the Donald.
Yet, Donald talks the talk on Foreign policy, but can he quack the quack? My feeling is he is just as likely to lead WW3 as Hilary is so, you have to go with Hillary.

I voted Hillary

#28 paulo on 11.06.16 at 11:20 am

I have often considered the act of voting for POTUS is a act of selecting the best candidate to be chairman of the board, not unlike voting for board members of a corporation one holds shares in. The United States Of America is arguably the worlds largest for profit corporation. if the trumpster should win let us hope he will put his demonstrated business acumen to good use and drop some of the other side nonsense that he should know is bad for business.
i think the race will be very close,winner by a proverbial photo Finnish.
the us electoral system though possibly flawed,as they all are ,has served the people of the us well and upheld the principals of freedom and democracy.
the loosing candidate should concede immediately, the concept of challenging the will of the people before the courts is nonsense and likely a violation of the charter of rights and freedoms.
It is also the greatest danger presented in this election

#29 Bytor the Snow Dog on 11.06.16 at 11:25 am

Trump, political change. As for who I usually vote for in Canada it’s “other” as I vote pragmatically for the best candidate at the time.

And Garth yes Hillary has political experience but not all of it is good experience.

PS- I predict a large male/female divide.

#30 rainclouds on 11.06.16 at 11:28 am

#1 Double V

Methinks shameless opportunism.

Perhaps: Lord Black of Shredded Documents wants a pardon from his buddy Donnie then he and the Lovely Lady Shredded can do sunset daiquiris with the crème de la crème in Palm Beach again…

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/428506/donald-trump-good-guy

#31 Matt on 11.06.16 at 11:38 am

Where’s the third party option?

#32 DON on 11.06.16 at 11:48 am

Jill Stein not listed, she’s a woman, and it would be even more historic. Not sure what Hiliary’s awesome record is comprised of. Historic is having two questionable candidates running and no one is asking about the reset button. Obama was the first black president and that was historic, but there was really no change in the political landscape.

The whole thing has become a joke. A crazy lady or crazy man about to be elected into the White House. Double YIKEs Scooby.

#33 pathcontrolmonk on 11.06.16 at 11:50 am

I voted for Hillary. Not because I like her, but because Trump is an unadulterated asshat who can’t string more than 4 words together, and whose supporters want to roll back the clock to the 1950s.

#34 Semi Retired Conservative on 11.06.16 at 11:51 am

Make this another vote for Johnson.

HRC should be in jail.
DJT should be institutionalized.

At this point I would even suggest cancelling this election, taking another four years of Obummer as caretaker and waiting for better candidates in 2020.

#35 Dodhouse Dweller on 11.06.16 at 11:54 am

Doug Band Accuses Chelsea Of Using Clinton Foundation Money To Pay For Her Wedding
Donations for starving Haitians used to pay for elitist`s brats wedding.
My Question: Was Michaëlle Jean invited to the festivities?

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-11-06/doug-band-accuses-chelsea-using-clinton-foundation-money-pay-her-wedding

#36 Chopperdude on 11.06.16 at 11:58 am

C. None of the above. ;)

#37 pathcontrolmonk on 11.06.16 at 11:58 am

#14 Context

I always assume anyone who refers to their mastery of “Black Hat Technology” as being 12yo or younger.

FYI, only five states—Delaware, Georgia, Louisiana, South Carolina, and New Jersey—use “direct recording electronic” balloting. Fortunately none of those states matter.

#38 Figmund Sreaud on 11.06.16 at 12:01 pm

Pretend it’s Tuesday, …
_________________________

Oh, envy! Germane essay:

I Envy You
http://www.unz.com/ishamir/i-envy-you/

#39 Alberta Ed on 11.06.16 at 12:07 pm

Bill the Cat for president! THBBFT!

#40 Bram on 11.06.16 at 12:10 pm

This hate for Hillary that many exhibit here, is getting obscene.

Of course she is not flawless with a spotless record.
Hillary knows that you’ve got to crack a few eggs to make an omelette.
It is what we call a Realpolitiker.
Every secretary of State in the last 100 years has had a Benghazi situation on their plate, or worse.

It’s the double standard.
A man using a private email server, or using elbows to get somewhere: no one thinks twice. If it’s a woman, cry foul! Ugh.

Go Hillary!

Bram

#41 L'tisha Richmond on 11.06.16 at 12:13 pm

Clinton aint gonna win fools. Trump da man and gonna spread the money. America the gretest.aint no dog gonna be MY presdent! L’ti$ha.

#42 RichieRich on 11.06.16 at 12:15 pm

The US illusion of democracy at its finest.
Too bad they don’t have an on-confidence or “mulligan” (start over) option.
Regardless we are all in for a bumpy ride with our neighbors who seem to be able to dictate Canada’s internal policies regarding O & G development (think energy east pipeline).

#43 gr8ful on 11.06.16 at 12:16 pm

I filled in everything except I was not able to pick either of the 2 candidates.

Its 50/50 and they are both good and bad at the same time.

Hillary was president when Bill was in office. If she wins it will be another Clinton administration. If Trump wins his kids will keep him on track and focused. God bless America and thank goodness, I am Canadian.

#44 CT on 11.06.16 at 12:22 pm

The only election rigging taking place is the well-documented redrawing of boundaries, and the voter ID llaws that were both done to disenfranchise historically democratic voters.

Rigged, yes. But not for Hillary.

#45 Jimbo on 11.06.16 at 12:22 pm

I would not vote.

Picking the lesser of two evils means there is more evil at the end of the day.

Voting one way or the other implies consent on past, present and future actions.

My hope is that whoever wins, congress and the senate will keep things in check and that executive orders would not be abused.

#46 A Yank in BC on 11.06.16 at 12:24 pm

I’m an actual voter in this election. But I cannot in good conscience vote for either of them. So I’ll be voting Libertarian.

#47 Doghouse Dweller on 11.06.16 at 12:30 pm

Michael Moore on Donald Trump – a (CENSORED) the FU Vote Stump Speech

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#48 CHERRY BLOSSOM on 11.06.16 at 12:30 pm

I picked Donald cause if he wins he is most likely to receive a bullet.

#49 jess on 11.06.16 at 12:35 pm

According to Grover Norquist one just needs digits on a hand maybe the president should be a AI robot

“All we have to do is replace Obama. … We are not auditioning for fearless leader. We don’t need a president to tell us in what direction to go. We know what direction to go. We want the Ryan budget. … We just need a president to sign this stuff. We don’t need someone to think it up or design it. The leadership now for the modern conservative movement for the next 20 years will be coming out of the House and the Senate. […]

Pick a Republican with enough working digits to handle a pen to become president of the United States. This is a change for Republicans: the House and Senate doing the work with the president signing bills. His job is to be captain of the team, to sign the legislation that has already been prepared.”

#50 WalMark of sadkatoon on 11.06.16 at 12:48 pm

#26 Smoking Man on 11.06.16 at 11:10 am
Trump in a huge landslide.

Shock and Awe.

SM is a friggin ANIMAL!

#51 The Technical Analyst on 11.06.16 at 12:52 pm

Election turns out to be a 48%, 52% decision with Trump winning.

I’d rather vote for a successful multi-billion dollar businessman than a politician who does not respect the law and is under FBI investigation.

#52 jess on 11.06.16 at 12:53 pm

Faithless Electors

“Faithless Electors” are members of the Electoral College who, for whatever reason, do not vote for their party’s designated candidate.

Since the founding of the Electoral College, there have been 157 faithless electors. 71 of these votes were changed because the original candidate died before the day on which the Electoral College cast its votes. Three of the votes were not cast at all as three electors chose to abstain from casting their electoral vote for any candidate. The other 82 electoral votes were changed on the personal initiative of the elector.”

http://www.fairvote.org/faithless_electors

….” There is no constitutional requirement for Electoral College voters to support the winner of the popular vote in their state, but some states penalize such “faithless electors.” In Washington State, for instance, they would face $1,000 fines.

How a ‘faithless elector’ in Georgia could cost Donald Trump an electoral college vote

#53 ROCK BEATS PAPER on 11.06.16 at 12:56 pm

“Trump’s Tough Talk Inspires violence: Ask Clinton supporters if they have seen the Project Veritas video of Clinton operatives talking about paying people to incite violence at Trump rallies. The people on the video have been fired, and we haven’t seen violence at Trump rallies since.” Scott Adams

#54 Hollis Westlund on 11.06.16 at 12:58 pm

Time for a change. Elect Trump and make history!

#55 Nobody on 11.06.16 at 1:00 pm

For Canada – if Trump wins?
Canadian $ drops to 50c, who wants to invest in a country which relies on exports to the US when the US builds a trade/real wall?
China crashes taking the rest of Canada’s export market with it.

Property prices in GTA and YVR rise as foreigners with money get out of the USA before the “make America great” solution kicks in.

#56 Fluorine on 11.06.16 at 1:04 pm

Why no write in candidate? I hate Trump. He’s a lunatic, and I doubt we would see much change with the gaggle of Goldman Sachs bankers he wants to appoint to high level Finance positions in his future government…. but I guess I would like to see ‘dialing back the war rhetoric’ as one of the reasons he is very slightly less horrible.

#57 Mark on 11.06.16 at 1:11 pm

“BTW ask most men (make sure there are no women around) what they think of Trumps comments about women and they’ll tell you it’s no big deal.”

What about asking women when no men or cameras are around?

In my time in bars and restaurants over the years, with groups of single women at the next table, I’ve overheard all kinds of talk of how they wish their ‘men’ (or men in general) were a lot more aggressive in their “manliness” than they might otherwise let on in public. Such talk tends to increase with drunken-ness as well.

OTOH, I do find Trump’s comments to be offensive and indefensible. But they were not for public consumption, and I most certainly did hear such talk when I was a teenaged boy in “the locker room”. I also heard it a lot when I was managing a group of middle-aged tradesmen and had the unfortunate task of telling them to tone it down.

#58 james on 11.06.16 at 1:16 pm

Hey smoking idiot – a challenge to you.

Trump will not win*. If he does by some odd chance, I will leave this blog, never to post here again.

When Hillary does win*, you also will leave this blog, never to post here again.

Deal or no deal?

(Or are you just the cowering, emasculated turd I know you to be?)

*”win” as determined by the constitutional electoral processes of the USA, not as by conspiracy nutbars who find excuses not to believe reality

#59 iffy_immigrant on 11.06.16 at 1:26 pm

Regardless who will win, Hillary will be the next US president as she is the only candidate who is on the cover of 2016 Economist: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/35395547049046104/

#60 AB Boxster on 11.06.16 at 1:34 pm

Bram,

Go Hillary
——————————
Hillary will be a lame duck president, if she wins.

Benghazi, Clinton Foundation, enabling her sexual predator husband, etc., etc.
It really does not matter if she were to win.

There have been many strong and effective women leaders in the world from to Golda Meir to Thatcher to Merkel.

That the first woman American president will turn out to be a corrupt, money grubbing, pervert enabling, elite lackey, should hardly be a source of pride.

Probably the worst woman role model to ever.

Look girls, if you are a lying, corrupt, incompetent, pervert enabling woman, you too can become president of the United States.

You go girl!

#61 TurnerNation on 11.06.16 at 1:43 pm

What about Clump?
Not rigged but a family business. There’s been a Bush or Clinton in high office since what 1980?
And these two families tag teamed on TV to soak us under the auspice of relief for Haiti.

#62 Casino life on 11.06.16 at 1:47 pm

#58 james on 11.06.16 at 1:16 pm
Hey smoking idiot – a challenge to you.

Trump will not win*. If he does by some odd chance, I will leave this blog, never to post here again.

When Hillary does win*, you also will leave this blog, never to post here again.

Deal or no deal?

(Or are you just the cowering, emasculated turd I know you to be?)

*”win” as determined by the constitutional electoral processes of the USA, not as by conspiracy nutbars who find excuses not to believe reality
….
He already bet he’d clean Garth toilets if trump lost. It’s in the archives. But I bet he welches when he loses.

#63 Tim on 11.06.16 at 1:48 pm

I agree with #58 James; take the challenge.

#64 paulo on 11.06.16 at 1:55 pm

#58 the call out : ok smoking man what say you?

#65 Tony on 11.06.16 at 1:59 pm

Re: #48 CHERRY BLOSSOM on 11.06.16 at 12:30 pm

If trump wins it’ll be the central bankers that receive the bullets. At the very least I hope Trump imprisons them all for life.

#66 Penny Henny on 11.06.16 at 2:01 pm

How about not voting for Hillary because she will take our guns away. I heard that from a US citizen who recently purchase another 15 AR-15’s. He now has a total of 25.
Some are his, some for the wife and even some for the kids.

#67 Ryan on 11.06.16 at 2:07 pm

Once again; ‘If you’re dumb enough to vote; you’re dumb enough to believe them.”

Truth.

#68 Harbour on 11.06.16 at 2:08 pm

I voted Trump because I want the nightly news to be interesting.

#69 Smoking Man on 11.06.16 at 2:13 pm

#58 james on 11.06.16 at 1:16 pm
Hey smoking idiot – a challenge to you.

Trump will not win*. If he does by some odd chance, I will leave this blog, never to post here again.

When Hillary does win*, you also will leave this blog, never to post here again.

Deal or no deal?

(Or are you just the cowering, emasculated turd I know you to be?)

*”win” as determined by the constitutional electoral processes of the USA, not as by conspiracy nutbars who find excuses not to believe reality
…..

Typical left wing loon. Yes, let’s kill the debate because smokey disagrees with you. The science is settled.

Your mind is so twisted that you must be able to see out of the back of your head.

I ain’t going anywhere, and I’m publishing my book tomorrow, every editor that’s tried to proof read it commits suicide. So it’s going out as is. And could care less if anyone buys it, very poorly written. But so much fun writing it.

Going enjoy chirping you about the election on Wednesday. Please don’t run away on me.

#70 Barb on 11.06.16 at 2:16 pm

Here’s how the Trump family fortune started: with a brothel! “Good food, Booze, and Ready Women”

http://www.mining.com/web/trumps-family-fortune-originated-in-a-canadian-gold-rush-brothel/?utm_source=digest-en-mining-161026&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=digest

Proof that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

#71 3rd party ... on 11.06.16 at 2:19 pm

“Hey where’s the 3rd party choice.. no way I’d vote for either.”

Trump is technically the 3rd party choice. The GOP is not supporting him or only due to partisanship.

That’s why Trump stands a chance to win. He gets the GOP votes as well as independent and disenfranchised American voters.

#72 Context on 11.06.16 at 2:19 pm

#21 Deb:- You miss the point about the two party system in USA. Its the same bird with two wings in a cage which is a parrot on a string controlled by the master hiding behind the curtain. The election is no more than a circus performance to entertain the citizens. Those who vote on machines will cast it for X but it really goes to Y.

#73 Dave on 11.06.16 at 2:20 pm

Well, if China’a foreign buyers prefer Clinton, I’m guessing most Canadians would be pro-Trump.

https://betterdwelling.com/chinas-overseas-real-estate-buyers-prefer-hillary-clinton/

#74 For those about to flop... on 11.06.16 at 2:22 pm

James at 58.

I would settle for Joking Man getting a tattoo like these guys…

M42BC

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/559609/donald-trump-hillary-clinton-president-US-election-tattoos-ridiculous-washington-obama

#75 Michael King on 11.06.16 at 2:22 pm

Thank you to those who have mentioned Jill Stein. She is on the ballot in 45 states and three more will allow a write-in vote for her.

Der Spiegel has published an excellent article on the 2016 campaign. Long but worth reading as it is objective.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/us-presidential-campaign-concludes-in-farce-a-1119830.html

#76 jane24 on 11.06.16 at 2:24 pm

Hey Garth, remember that you have a lot of us old retired folk here who make a lower income but have a lifetime of wealth. Maybe rather than ask how much one makes, you should ask how much one is worth in your above survey.

Trump all the way. Not because I like the chap but because I have a £30 bet on him.

Just saying.

#77 Blacksheep on 11.06.16 at 2:27 pm

Can’t predict an outcome beyond Clinton will not last three months as PotUS.

Like a cheap horror film, the skeletons are rising from the earth, bony hands clutching her purple pant suit, dragging her down beneath.

The parties that have always covered up her and her husbands impropriates, are the parties now exposing, the actual scale of her / their misdeeds. At this point her simply staying out of a jail cell, will be considered success.

What a horrible situation for the US of A…..

#78 chapter 9 on 11.06.16 at 2:31 pm

#40 Bram
First of all let’s forget this rubbish about gender. When you are the secretary of state and you conduct government business on a private, NON-SECURE e-mail server in your house rather than a secure government server you must know that it is inevitable that classified information will be transmitted and stored or hacked. Hillary as well as Huma Abedin misconduct was willful and grossly negligent. US law is very clear, handling of classified information, YOU DO NOT HAVE TO PROVE INTENT, CARELESSNESS IS A FELONY CONVICTION!

#79 Freedom First on 11.06.16 at 2:46 pm

#58 james

Yes. james, unlike Smoking Man, it appears you have a very difficult time living in reality.

Perhaps you and Hillary could take “anger management” & “cognitive thinking” courses together? It would be a good start.

#80 Looney Baloney on 11.06.16 at 2:49 pm

How about an “All of the above” option for the Trump drop down? Also throw in “to rid the free world of Satanists, rapists, pedos, murderers, above the law globalists, banksters, pay-to-play morally bankrupt politicos, collusive biased media, liberals and other evil scum”?

MAGA! Trump 2016!

http://youtu.be/_WfvdNAoxGc

#81 Doghouse Dweller on 11.06.16 at 3:06 pm

Garth that was the soon to be classic Michael Moore on Donald Trump censored version.
“They destroyed your lively hoods Beep, Beep they foreclosed on your homes, Beep, Beep,they repossessed your cars Beep, Beep,
The only thing you have you have left is the Beep, Beep right to vote.”

Anyhow, here is one of the only credible journalists left talking about the whole sordid mess and the bought and paid for media.
http://usawatchdog.com/

#82 Context on 11.06.16 at 3:10 pm

I am sure but a few have ever heard of the Black Box Voting group for integrity of voting. A few nights ago the Queen was on the radio explaining in detail how things were done. The Host asked her a question of great important as wanted to know if the central tabulation system could be hacked displaying the final vote. She replied oh yes as have done it myself, but just as a test you know. I was in bed laughing my head off.

#83 Polls R Phake on 11.06.16 at 3:18 pm

TWO DAYS UNTIL WE:

Drain the Swamp
Destroy the Main Stream Media
Get rid of career politicians
Bring jobs back to America

The spin off effect for Canada will be fantastic. The lame (career) politicians will be quaking in their boots as the Canadian equivalent of “Drain The Swamp” reverberates in Canada as well.

We are very excited in our house !!

#84 I hate Toronto on 11.06.16 at 3:21 pm

Trust in the media is at an all-time low … less than 15% … and their marxist bias has never been more apparent than during this current US election campaign. They lie for Hillary, who is allegedly the most corrupt candidate to ever run for President … but we’re supposed to support her because of something Trump said in a private conversation 11 years ago?

Trump will win the election on Tuesday by a landslide and he’ll be the best President in American history. Guaranteed.

#85 Harbour on 11.06.16 at 3:24 pm

#58 james

LOL

#86 LifeXpert on 11.06.16 at 3:27 pm

Hey when I proposed having a vote here weeks ago it was a plain ‘no’ rebuttal, what’s changed??

You gave Trump no chances before, maybe?

#87 InvestorsFriend on 11.06.16 at 3:29 pm

FBI Director update:

About my suggestion that the Clinton email investigation will be reopened. Ummm Nevermind.

Sorry I almost wrecked the election.

Yours, James Comey

P.S. Clinton will now cruise to a win.

#88 Context on 11.06.16 at 3:32 pm

#59 iffy: Check out who owns and controls The Economist as the answer is there blowing in the wind.

#89 Balmuto on 11.06.16 at 3:36 pm

Clinton should win comfortably. When you look at the state by state prediction markets, she’s the overwhelming favourite in enough states to carry the election on that basis alone, without having to worry about the toss-up states. I remember looking at the states markets back in 2008 and they looked much the same for Obama then as they do now for Clinton. Now a Brexit-like surprise is possible (and long odds are supposed to come in from time to time), but I think unlikely. This article best explains why – some of it is out of date because the race has tightened since it was written but most of it still applies:

http://predictwise.com/blog/2016/10/us-president-not-brexit/

#90 Parksville senior on 11.06.16 at 3:44 pm

Garth:
I know that pruning is an important part of telling a story, but I hope you don’t prune the full disclosure part of your investment advice like you did the poll

Question 2—Where is the response that Hilary represents competence, especially important in America that seems to want to reward a blowhard Bankrupt with the most important political job in the land

Is the political system rigged—yes but you don’t seem to acknowledge is that it is rigged by gerrymandering minority votes into ‘highway’ districts so that they can’t contaminate white conservative districts. You don’t acknowledge systemic bias in polling stations don’t being available in poor neighbourhoods, or threats preventing voting.
Last of all, Hilary’s crimes amount to being a woman whereas the Donald is a sexual assailant, guilty of fraud many times over and hires illegal immigrant workers in his Casinos. Not exactly a lot of balance between a reputable lawyer and a street corner thug but you seem to imply Hilary is a crook but The Donald just does what comes naturally to a business man.
God bless America if they choose to go with a man that will kick the stuffing out of the honest way of doing business—it will not be just another election.

#91 Millenial on 11.06.16 at 3:48 pm

Looks like it may be over for Trump: Comey came out with a letter just now to congress saying conclusions about Hillary haven’t changed.

#92 VICTORIA TEA PARTY on 11.06.16 at 3:49 pm

EMPIRES COME AND THEN THEY GO…

The American Empire is in a bit of a pickle right now as its various and loyal subjects vote for a successor president, along with numerous Congressional and State elected representatives.

Hillary Clinton has vast experience as her country’s foreign minister (Secretary of State).

She has been rightly blamed for the Mideast debacle that erupted after the US-organized “Arab (so-called) Spring” in 2011. The trail of dead, wounded, refugees, poverty and utter misery wrought by that disaster will go down in history as a black mark against the Empire. She will wear that horror for a long time.

Then there’s all that Clintonista grifting and dirty electioneering tricks, another sure sign of Empirical trouble of the moral kind. Check out the “fall”
part of the Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire.

MEANWHILE THE OTHER MAIN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE

Donald Trump is an aggressive balls-on business tycoon along the lines of the classic American entrepreneur who’ve made their country “great” in the last century and more.

As writer Conrad Black has mentioned elsewhere, Trump’s “scourging” at the hands of the morally bankrupt and shameful American media establishment during this long campaign, waffling Republican so-called allies and angry Democrats have, according to Mr. Black, shown that Mr. Trump has a thick skin and bags of grit, “brass and veneer” as he wrote.

A tough hide and grit are the essential ingredients for the next American president. Does Hillary have those traits?

The election outcome is still not known.

BUT, this afternoon another important event: FBI boss Comey reconfirmed his last July comment, that Clinton’s past email actions do not contemplate prosecution.

Comey’s late October comment that the FBI was reopening the case seems to be suddenly redundant. Hmmm.

Does not look good for Mr. Trump.

We’ll see.

#93 T-Doge on 11.06.16 at 4:06 pm

So everyone dislikes Clinton so much that they’re willing to instead elect a xenophobic, racist, narcisstic serial sexual abuser who brags about not paying his taxes and has left a string of failed businesses in his wake?

Ok.

But you get a free ball cap… — Garth

#94 TRT on 11.06.16 at 4:13 pm

#59 iffy_immigrant on 11.06.16 at 1:26 pm
Regardless who will win, Hillary will be the next US president as she is the only candidate who is on the cover of 2016 Economist: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/35395547049046104/

Google who owns ‘The Economist’

#95 Millenial on 11.06.16 at 4:14 pm

Today’s FBI letter might be like the killing of ‘remain’ British MP Jo Cox, the UK still voted for Brexit. Everybody still knows that Hillary is a crook.

Although I’ve personally been of the view that Clinton will win regardless of any of this FBI stuff.

Anyway, none of this matters. Whoever is elected will face 4 years of acrimony and brinksmanship. Within the next 4 years the economy will crash hard and neither of them have the tools to take us out of it.

#96 Nemesis on 11.06.16 at 4:19 pm

#WhatIfTheyHeldAnElection… #AndNoOneCame,Or…

#WhenTheOnlyWinningMoveIsNotToPlay…

https://youtu.be/MpmGXeAtWUw

#97 Smartalox on 11.06.16 at 4:20 pm

Breaking News: FBI Director Comey reaffirms the bureau’s position adter review of the recently discovered emails, that Hillary Clinton should NOT face criminal charges:

http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/06/politics/comey-tells-congress-fbi-has-not-changed-conclusions/index.html

It’s a few days late, but ultimately it is as I predicted when the story broke ten days ago: nothing to see here!

#98 The Nature Boy on 11.06.16 at 4:21 pm

FBI head guy Comey reiterates today that additional emails will not end in charges of Hillary.

LOL

LMAO

Her Filipino maid was made to handle classified material = illegal as not cleared.
Weiner handled classified material while not cleared = illegal.

No charges???????????

USA = banana republic.

If I am Vlad Putin Wednesday morning I would check mate Hillary on her first day (hopefully not but…) as President of the newest failed state.

#99 mark on 11.06.16 at 4:23 pm

Is there an election on?

#100 The Nature Boy on 11.06.16 at 4:23 pm

Sorry for typo. I meant checkmate…

#101 Nemesis on 11.06.16 at 4:24 pm

#BonusWarGamesForDigitalDawgs…

http://map.norsecorp.com/#/

#102 fishman on 11.06.16 at 4:31 pm

Hey James – I can recall 2 reasons that SM has blogged for a Trump sweep: 90% of his fellow gamblers in an American casino are for Trump & wife’s will go with their husbands, not Hillary. Not scientific, but SM’s unique poll. I don’t know anything new you brought to the table. Nevertheless your gonna adopt the Ad Hominem tactics that supposedly so disgusts us used by the two candidates. Why stop at idiot cowering emasculated turd? Wife beating, philandering, bigot, pedophile, racist are a few more. Go big or go home.

#103 Doug t on 11.06.16 at 4:38 pm

There is no winner in this election – but there sure will be a lot of losers.

#104 Bytor the Snow Dog on 11.06.16 at 4:43 pm

@52 Jess-

Seems like it’s pretty easy to buy an election then.

#105 mike rotch on 11.06.16 at 4:43 pm

I’d vote Johnson-Weld, Libertarian as a protest vote if I had a monkey in this circus.

By doing so, I think I’d favour the Democrats without having to stop myself from throwing up as I voted Democrat…..

I’m not sure how much I actually fear the aftermath of a Trump victory either. The mainstream in both houses and both parties think he’s such a donkey, that, the reps and senators will just stonewall the most ridiculous parts of his agenda.

#106 Beverley on 11.06.16 at 4:44 pm

It’s a disgrace that the GOP did not intervene against the negativity and nastiness right at the beginning. I remember McCain stepped in early in the campaign and curtailed some of the ugly lies; also Romney ran a decent campaign. If the standards were set from the beginning things would not have gotten so out of control. Since Donald Trump is running as a Republican leadership responsibilities rests with the party. The only decent candidate in the race on the GOP side was John Kasich, so sad. Also, a different set of standards has been set for Hillary, just as there was for President Obama. After all this time humans, even citizens of the great Republic of America have not really evolved much. The work continues.
Beverley

#107 Scully on 11.06.16 at 4:52 pm

Garth, I think by many of the comments here that you know why housing is in such a bubble. People – including “smart” people – are stupid, emotional and irrational. But hey, we have yet to evolve so what can you do.

#108 Pete on 11.06.16 at 4:58 pm

Regardless of who wins, their 2nd antebellum period is just about over.

#109 Melvin on 11.06.16 at 5:06 pm

I vote Libertarian unless one isn’t on the ballot, in which case I don’t vote.

#110 Bytor the Snow Dog on 11.06.16 at 5:09 pm

@”james”-

Smoking Man adds value to the blog. You do not. So a “leaving the blog” bet is not an even trade.

#111 Context on 11.06.16 at 5:14 pm

#57 Mark:- Do you always snoop on the single women sitting beside you at a bar or restaurant who are getting loaded? One would think you were with a companion busy having a discussion over dinner and not to hear what they were saying. Its common knowledge when single women get together it becomes just a normal hen fest to ascertain and explore the latest gossip; shame on you for eavesdropping on personal discussions.

#112 isuckless on 11.06.16 at 5:19 pm

They already know who I am and that I support Trump.
Anonymity doesn’t exist

#113 Ontario's Left Coast on 11.06.16 at 5:27 pm

Hey Garth, I just took the survey and thanks very much for running this – I think the results will be meaningful. Say what you want about the candidates, but I think the tide has just turned greatly toward Secretary Clinton with the breaking news that the FBI has concluded its investigation with no criminality identified in the email debacle. I’m predicting a bit of a pop in global equities tomorrow as a reflection of relief.
Cheers, OLC.

#114 SWL1976 on 11.06.16 at 5:27 pm

Voting for Trump is so much easier knowing it doesn’t count. I don’t even like the guy or what he stands for, but I do appriciate the can of worms he has opened with regards to consipiracies and the system being rigged.

He may not be the answer, but everyone who has gotten the shaft with regards to globalization knows just what a vote for Hilary represents

A vote for Trump is as simply putting one of those fingers on each hand up to this current democracy of hipocrisy that is now better known as corporatocracy

#115 Jenny on 11.06.16 at 5:27 pm

I wouldn’t vote. I mean that as respectfully as is possible. Both candidates are completely unfit for such responsibility. Hillary is ruthless and immoral and Trump is borderline crazy. I honestly feel sorry for the Americans. Who on earth picked these two to run?

#116 Bobs ur uncle on 11.06.16 at 5:32 pm

Spoke to a guy from Florida last night. He had already voted trump while his wife is for clinton. Got visibly agitated and offended at any suggestion that Clinton is affected by sexism among voters (he brought it up not me). Seemed quite, dare I say, offended? by the idea.

He claimed clinton couldn’t be trusted, because of pay to play and emails. And I sez: but trump is a lunatic. He agreed yes he is. But he voted for him anyway.

So there you go – some people would prefer a lunatic to Clinton. And he otherwise seemed like a reasonable well-spoken guy. I honestly can’t wrap my head around it. Dislike Clinton all you want – vote stein or johnson if so. But supporting trump as the leader of the free world? Good god…

#117 Porsche on 11.06.16 at 5:33 pm

If Hillary wins NAFTA will still be in place. I’ll be able to get a TN Visa and get out of Cauckistan

#118 Kj on 11.06.16 at 5:36 pm

Dmno…
Gary Johnson? Really? He is a complete moron.

http://www.npr.org/2016/09/29/495896880/watch-unable-to-name-a-foreign-leader-gary-johnson-has-another-aleppo-moment

#119 Dave on 11.06.16 at 5:54 pm

Thanks for letting us vote! Those who didn’t for various reasons..you miss your chance to complain as well.

#120 Rick Potvin on 11.06.16 at 6:00 pm

Garth, Garth, Garth. Tsk Tsk Tsk. Well— as a Trump advocate (based on policy and on my ability to get beyond the persona), you’re now in my “no good” column. And I like you and your analyses. I really do. But this puts you in hock to history forever. You’ve made your imprint on an historical civilizational turning event– and you’re on the wrong end of the stick. Shame.

#121 Context on 11.06.16 at 6:01 pm

#76 Jane24:- I have bad news for you from the UK as the biggest bookmaker has disclosed the current odds.

Clinton 1/5
Trump 4/1

Now if Trump comes in as a longshot you are in the money.

#122 FT on 11.06.16 at 6:06 pm

Just came back from a Sunday tour of five open houses in Toronto proper.

Interesting to see what’s going on in the market over the last few weeks. One of the home’s I saw was originally listed at $860K now down to $790K. One of the realtor’s I met mentioned that he expects a flood of new inventory over the next few weeks as people try to cash out. He had also mentioned that he is seeing fewer and fewer bidding wars on homes while also seeing bids on condo units increase as people gravitate to cheaper properties.

Could this mean we might actually see a return to fair value in the downtown core?

Garth, what do you expect the trend in Toronto to be over the next few weeks/months?

#123 conan on 11.06.16 at 6:08 pm

Re: 69 SmokingMan
Lol at “whoever tries to proof read my book commits suicide.”

If the book fails then try a rewrite. It could be a better book for kids. Remove all reference to smoking, sex, drugs, gambling and mayhem. That leaves what? 500 words? Then get an artist to illustrate.

You will be golden.

#124 Polls R Phake on 11.06.16 at 6:10 pm

Ideas…..and ballots….are bulletproof.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9_wMKyCJ9Y

#125 Neutron stars are cool on 11.06.16 at 6:17 pm

Bam usdmxn instantly falls

#126 AR on 11.06.16 at 6:20 pm

The ball caps aren’t free. He’s brainwashed all the Trumplicans to fund his rise – one disgusting t-shirt and ball cap at a time.

Too bad we both can’t vote from one home. Even tried on my phone and it was blocked –

#127 life among the stars on 11.06.16 at 6:22 pm

#101 fishman on 11.06.16 at 4:31 pm
Hey James – I can recall 2 reasons that SM has blogged for a Trump sweep: 90% of his fellow gamblers in an American casino are for Trump & wife’s will go with their husbands, not Hillary. Not scientific, but SM’s unique poll. I don’t know anything new you brought to the table. Nevertheless your gonna adopt the Ad Hominem tactics that supposedly so disgusts us used by the two candidates. Why stop at idiot cowering emasculated turd? Wife beating, philandering, bigot, pedophile, racist are a few more. Go big or go home.
..

There ain’t enough loser lounges for trump to win.

#128 will on 11.06.16 at 6:32 pm

#69

Hey smoking man so you’re finally coming out with your book of poetry! Can’t wait to read it! Where can I get it?

#129 mike rotch on 11.06.16 at 6:39 pm

#66 Re: guns and democrats.

I recently read an article that claimed gun sales are much higher when there’s a Democrat in the Oval Office.

The kooks get scared that the laws will be tightened, and grab as many ‘assault rifles’, ‘cop killer’ ammo etc. As they can afford.

Then, the democrat doesn’t actually effect any meaningful gun control, and the cycle can repeat a few years down the road.

#130 Spock on 11.06.16 at 6:42 pm

What is wrong with Trump not paying taxes if it is legal under current rules ?

As long as no tax rules are brokern – it is smart to pay lowest taxes allowed. Do not understand why it is such a bad thing that he had not paid taxes in the past.

God save us all come Tuesday night

#131 Femdom Fist on 11.06.16 at 6:45 pm

I voted for Hillary (for real) because she can do the job, doesn’t matter if I like her or not.

Voting for a third party would be cowardly and dumb.

#132 rock beats paper on 11.06.16 at 6:50 pm

#92 T-Doge on 11.06.16 at 4:06 pm

“So everyone dislikes Clinton so much that they’re willing to instead elect a xenophobic, racist, narcisstic serial sexual abuser who brags about not paying his taxes and has left a string of failed businesses in his wake?”
__________________________________________

nonsense; Trump is pacing:

8. Pacing and Leading: When normal politicians change their minds we label it flip-flopping or – more kindly – “evolving” in their thinking. When a Master Persuader does it, you are seeing pacing and leading, which is a major tool of persuasion. Pacing involves matching people – in this case emotionally – and later using that bond to lead them. We see Trump doing this often.

a. Trump paced his base by saying he would deport 11 million undocumented immigrants. Once he had his base on his side emotionally, he led to them to his current policy of deporting only the people who committed crimes while here. Have you heard any Trump supporters complain about it lately?

b. Trump paced his base by saying he would ban all Muslim immigration to stop terrorist infiltration. Once he had them on his side emotionally, he led them first to a ban on specific problem countries, and then again to “extreme vetting,” which is a lot like Clinton’s plan. Trump supporters followed, and you don’t hear them complaining.

c. Early in the primaries Trump paced the racists in the Republican party by not disavowing them as clearly and as loudly as even the racists thought he would. Since then he has led Republicans to think that some form of a “New Deal” for African-Americans might be worth a look.

d. At the Republican National Convention, Trump used his emotional connection to his supporters to declare he was the strongest voice to protect the LGBTQ community. Republicans stood and cheered.

#133 Al on 11.06.16 at 6:55 pm

Mea Culpa by FBI Director Comey or should that be “Comedy”. He now says that he has gone through the thousands of emails in Weiner’s laptop and no charges against Clinton!

#134 BG on 11.06.16 at 7:01 pm

I reluctantly picked Hilary mainly because I’m more afraid of the instability Trump could bring.

But if there was a decent anti-establishment candidate, that’s the one I would pick.

#135 DON on 11.06.16 at 7:02 pm

#109 Bytor the Snow Dog on 11.06.16 at 5:09 pm

@”james”-

Smoking Man adds value to the blog. You do not. So a “leaving the blog” bet is not an even trade.
**********
Agreed

#136 NoName on 11.06.16 at 7:04 pm

#66 Penny Henny on 11.06.16 at 2:01 pm

Hilari is not taking guns away, if she does us gdp will drop down to basement, maybe i am exaggerating but one thin is for sure its growing.

https://wallethub.com/edu/states-most-dependent-on-the-gun-industry/18719/

#137 NoName on 11.06.16 at 7:05 pm

guns and ammo industry is growing

#138 Polls R Phake on 11.06.16 at 7:05 pm

Judge Jeanine being awesome as usual.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfYvRx6r6qE&feature=youtu.be

#139 South Etobicoke Trump Campaign Field HQ on 11.06.16 at 7:07 pm

“Also running is a billionaire, anti-establishment rebel whose own words have been alternatively racist…”

I challenge you to qualify this statement with a single anecdote from the campaign….

This is simply malicious misrepresentation.

#140 Who luvs ya baby on 11.06.16 at 7:10 pm

Clinton wins by a couple of states. Trump whines till the end of time just like that birther crap he did for years. Pretty sorry state all round.

#141 Mark on 11.06.16 at 7:14 pm

“If Hillary wins NAFTA will still be in place. I’ll be able to get a TN Visa and get out of Cauckistan”

If Trump wins, NAFTA, with Canada, will likely still be in place and relatively unmodified. You’ll still be able to get a TN if you qualify.

Trump has yet to make any comment or any indication that there would be any renegotiation of NAFTA with Canada, or a cancellation of any parts of NAFTA with Canada. The aim is at Mexico, and preventing the labour arbitrage that is obviously occurring. The USA and Canada are relatively similar labour cost and standard of living-wise. Mexico, not so.

#142 More unrest on 11.06.16 at 7:15 pm

Trump and Hillary will lead to decline of society and the world. There is a limit to what greed can do.

All big machines at work and we will all become at the mercy of the corporatocracy!

https://youtu.be/3epqpR9OBhY

Thanks to yesterday post for illustrating the reason of unrest and incredible amount of displaced peoples (refugees) in this world.

http://www.unhcr.org/figures-at-a-glance.html

#143 Annek on 11.06.16 at 7:20 pm

So many Canadians have a strong opinion on the two candidates running in the US. Mostly against Trump. ( perhaps not in this blog)
However, they have not gone through such a housing crash that happened in the US. The Americans have a lower minimum wage than us and many are struggling to make ends meet.
They don’t have the universal health care that we have.
I am curious what Canadians will have to say about Trudeau and the candidates at the next election when we have a housing crash such as the US and our economy gets worse, with job loses in the housing and renovation sector, and retail sector when people stop spending.
What the Americans are wanting is a change from the status quo. It is too bad that Trump is so unbalanced . If they had another candidate in his place wanting a change , such as he promotes, but with more sophistication than he presents , it would be an easy win against Clinton. But the man is vulgar, and too extreme.
But Canadians need to open their eyes and see that there is great discontent with the status quo, globalization , uncontrolled illegals crossing the border and wounds are still there from the losses that many people had in that last housing crash.
So Canadians, in your smugness, looking across the border , with your opinions what should or shouldn’t be: you may be singing a similar tune a few years from now.
As to the elections on Tuesday, whatever the results, this is just a beginning of chaos.

#144 Paul on 11.06.16 at 7:20 pm

I can’t hardly wait when President Trump going to give T2 a piece of his mind.

#145 Jungle on 11.06.16 at 7:24 pm

FBI clears investigation; stock futures surge.

The market thinks she’s going to win.

#146 Deplorable dude on 11.06.16 at 7:30 pm

Landslide…

http://www.accuratepolitics.com/p/state-map.html

#147 Sam on 11.06.16 at 7:31 pm

There are other choices than those 2. Ignore the circus and look outside of it.

#148 Dave on 11.06.16 at 7:35 pm

I have yet to hear one good reason why the US should not build a wall. The inflow of illegal immigrants is a major issue. If you’ve never been to California or Texas you wouldn’t understand.

Now obviously the US will need to pay for the wall…but that’s an entirely separate issue.

#149 fishman on 11.06.16 at 7:45 pm

A few years ago the net tax income from casinos in B.C. surpassed the tax income from each of lotto(including sports), tobacco, & liquor. Very few winners. Surefire loser, though, if you rebut an argument by attacking the character or other attributes of the person making the argument.

#150 james on 11.06.16 at 7:47 pm

Hmm, smoking idiot, I posted a direct challenge to you, and something weird happened!

It seems like some Trumpsucker clone hacked into your profile and posted a cowardly, wimpish, gutless and evasive response. It sounded just like those highly schooled Trumpsucker PR types, like Kellyanne Conway trying to argue that “…hey, Donald hasn’t abused women…..lately…”

The loser/imposter said this, smoking idiot – you won’t believe it! :

“Typical left wing loon. Yes, let’s kill the debate because smokey disagrees with you. The science is settled. ”

Shirley, that was not you, was it?

Coz it sounded like a gutless, emasculated turd, someone who fakes a life on here, pretending to be a successful coder and forex trader, lying illiterately about ‘book deals’ that will never happen and a stupid casino life, while wearing Walmart flipflops and barely able to cover the insurance payments on a broken down pickup.

It’s so easy to bs everyone in retrospect, smoking idiot. I am challenging you to put up, or shut up, in real time.

So once again, smoking idiot Trumpsucker, here is my challenge to you:

Trump wins, I leave this blog and cease my incisively accurate comments about you, never to return. You can wallow in the pathetic regard of whoever is too dumb to see through you.

Hillary wins, and you pack up your infantile and incompetent, narcissistic auto-fellatio ramblings, and never post here again.

Deal or no deal?

Are you a grown man, or a complete fake?

I will honour my pledge. I have guts and brains and integrity.

Do you have none of those three things?

Over to you…………

(In the meantime, I will still try to believe that was some pathetic imposter posting under your name, so maybe check your security settings if that is the case)

#151 Intuitive Missus on 11.06.16 at 7:54 pm

Hillary Clinton.

#152 Pete on 11.06.16 at 8:04 pm

130 Femdom Fist on 11.06.16 at 6:45 pm

‘Voting for a third party would be cowardly and dumb’

I can’t believe that anyone would feel that it would be cowardly to support a party outside of the mainstream. That would require someone to have no mind of their own. What would be cowardice and simple-mindedness would be to not put forth positions outside of those which are readily offered.
It is a defeatist/childish approach to life. Let me do a little mansplainin’. If you found yourself in a store amidst 2 people who had been arguing over whether PEPSI is better than COKE, it would be cowardly (and dumb) to allow the opinions of the other 2 to cause you to refrain from purchasing a TAB if it was your preferred drink.

#153 Grooby on 11.06.16 at 8:16 pm

Finally, a poll that readers will actually be truthful about. And we will see how much the tinfoil hat crowd represents your readership. Comments are already laden with conspiracies and barely masked misogyny.

So I ask you Garth; do you really stand by the accuracy of the prior poll you did where people indicated their wealth, and turned out visitors are all from the top 5%? It seems like it would be completely inaccurate; people who like blowhard liar Trump are likely to be so themselves.

Patience. All will be revealed tomorrow. — Garth

#154 Polls R Phake on 11.06.16 at 8:24 pm

The American Recovery:

“50% of Americans make 30,000 or less” – Gerald Celente – Trends Research

“Drain The Swamp” – Donald J Trump

#155 hope & ruin on 11.06.16 at 8:26 pm

and I most certainly did hear such talk when I was a teenaged boy in “the locker room”. I also heard it a lot when I was managing a group of middle-aged tradesmen and had the unfortunate task of telling them to tone it down.

lol, i love everything about this post.

On a side note, are we really that much worse off than a Bush vs Gore election? I was going to say that Nader may have finally had a shot but he couldn’t even compete with those two dopes.

#156 Ray Skunk on 11.06.16 at 8:28 pm

#140

I’m with Mark on this. Trump’s beef with NAFTA is clearly Mexico, there will always be a need for a trade agreement with Canada. Whether it’s with a modified NAFTA or with a new agreement, I’m pretty sure there will still be a variation of the TN visa.

#157 America on 11.06.16 at 8:35 pm

America is not a country – it’s a business.

#158 Rexx Rock on 11.06.16 at 8:37 pm

Is religious tolerance working for Uk,France,Belgium,Sweden,Holland and Germany?I don’t think so.Its a travesty what these goverments did to its own people.

#159 America on 11.06.16 at 8:39 pm

#134 DON on 11.06.16 at 7:02 pm
#109 Bytor the Snow Dog on 11.06.16 at 5:09 pm

@”james”-

Smoking Man adds value to the blog. You do not. So a “leaving the blog” bet is not an even trade.
**********
Agreed

Who is “james”?

#160 Souvereigninternational on 11.06.16 at 8:46 pm

my vote is for TRUMP.

And I don’t think I would have done it 6 months ago. It is a vote against Hillary, against the system. When will we get the chance to do that again?

#161 CTV on 11.06.16 at 8:54 pm

CTV news preemptive programming Clinton speech live.

#162 nonplused on 11.06.16 at 8:56 pm

You have to compile the results? You need a better webmaster. These things are automatic now like an electronic polling machine unless of course you want to use “decimalization” to alter the vote.

By “decimalization” I am referring to the accusations (don’t know if they are true) that US voting machines use decimalized numbers. In the days of the Commodore 64 this was necessary but with today’s 64 bit machines you can count every vote in the world, individually. So why are they still using it? Anyway I don’t know how much it matters a 64 bit decimalized number can be pretty accurate as long as the “1’s” go in right. The maximum integer value for a 64 bit system is 9,223,372,036,854,775,807. They shouldn’t be decimalizing and thus rounding.

Also this business that they can’t keep a record of the votes electronically is bunk. With today’s technology they could easily assemble a data base in real time of which social security number voted which way and almost in real time capture all social security numbers that were used more than once. I could do it with a laptop. That they are saying it can’t be done is just crap. Excel has a function “Remove Duplicate Entries” that could fix the whole thing in minutes.

Patience. The reveal is coming. — Garth

#163 Smoking Man on 11.06.16 at 8:57 pm

#149 james on 11.06.16 at 7:47 pm
Hmm, smoking idiot, I posted a direct challenge to you, and something weird happened!

It seems like some Trumpsucker clone hacked into your profile and posted a cowardly, wimpish, gutless and evasive response. It sounded just like those highly schooled Trumpsucker PR types, like Kellyanne Conway trying to argue that “…hey, Donald hasn’t abused women…..lately…”

The loser/imposter said this, smoking idiot – you won’t believe it! :

“Typical left wing loon. Yes, let’s kill the debate because smokey disagrees with you. The science is settled. ”

Shirley, that was not you, was it?

Coz it sounded like a gutless, emasculated turd, someone who fakes a life on here, pretending to be a successful coder and forex trader, lying illiterately about ‘book deals’ that will never happen and a stupid casino life, while wearing Walmart flipflops and barely able to cover the insurance payments on a broken down pickup.

It’s so easy to bs everyone in retrospect, smoking idiot. I am challenging you to put up, or shut up, in real time.

So once again, smoking idiot Trumpsucker, here is my challenge to you:

Trump wins, I leave this blog and cease my incisively accurate comments about you, never to return. You can wallow in the pathetic regard of whoever is too dumb to see through you.

Hillary wins, and you pack up your infantile and incompetent, narcissistic auto-fellatio ramblings, and never post here again.

Deal or no deal?

Are you a grown man, or a complete fake?

I will honour my pledge. I have guts and brains and integrity.

Do you have none of those three things?

Over to you…………

(In the meantime, I will still try to believe that was some pathetic imposter posting under your name, so maybe check your security settings if that is the case)
…….

No deal, I want you around, I love unhinging you, it’s too easy.

#164 };-) aka Devil's Advocate on 11.06.16 at 8:57 pm

Wow a surprisingly greater number of Trump supporters on this blog than I’d have thought ];-o

#121 FT on 11.06.16 at 6:06 pm
Just came back from a Sunday tour of five open houses in Toronto proper.

Interesting to see what’s going on in the market over the last few weeks. One of the home’s I saw was originally listed at $860K now down to $790K. One of the realtor’s I met mentioned that he expects a flood of new inventory over the next few weeks as people try to cash out. He had also mentioned that he is seeing fewer and fewer bidding wars on homes while also seeing bids on condo units increase as people gravitate to cheaper properties.

Could this mean we might actually see a return to fair value in the downtown core?

Garth, what do you expect the trend in Toronto to be over the next few weeks/months?

First; What do you consider “normal”. Don’t expect much of a price drop. Think replacement cost… Have you priced out a NEW home lately?

Fewer bidding wars lately? Yes most definitely, but still, surprisingly, the occasional competitive competition to secure the property on well priced homes. Suggests demand is still there albeit a tad more cautious and, yes, seeking more “within their means” properties – sobering second thoughts in response to government fiscal policy tightening.

#165 Smoking Man on 11.06.16 at 9:02 pm

#127 will on 11.06.16 at 6:32 pm
#69

Hey smoking man so you’re finally coming out with your book of poetry! Can’t wait to read it! Where can I get it?
…….

Just finished the final edit 10 minutes ago, been going hard since 8am.

It will be posted to Lulu.com tomorrow night, It might take a few days for it to flow out to amazon and kindle and the other sites.

Getting an ebook configured for all the different e-readers is a bitch, to say the least. I think I got it.

#166 the other white meat (pork) on 11.06.16 at 9:03 pm

There you go with the condescending labels again. More of the same might suit you better but it isn’t working for the majority of the populace. Are you shocked at what peasants will vote for when their jobs are sent offshore, then their home country is flooded with foreigners to compete for the few mcjobs that remain?

Hillary is as dirty and decayed as the bottom of a compost pile and the unwashed masses have had enough. Should they change their mind in four years, another like minded (but probably anatomically different) candidate will appear and American voters can go with the status quo.

Wealthy, self interested white candidates are as common as fruit flies on a rotten canteloupe, so Americans needn’t fear for a lack of choice. Trump is an idiot, but much less so than Baby Bush who bankrupted every business he touched, 2 term president that he was.

Be grateful that it is the clown named Trump and not the pitchforks and makeshift gallows instead. Angry peasants tend to act first and ask questions later(if at all), ask a Romanoff if you can find one.

#167 Metaxa on 11.06.16 at 9:04 pm

# 151 Pete writes:
If you found yourself in a store amidst 2 people who had been arguing over whether PEPSI is better than COKE, it would be cowardly (and dumb) to allow the opinions of the other 2 to cause you to refrain from purchasing a TAB if it was your preferred drink.

That is “mansplainin’”?

Here is the thing, when you set out to buy and consume a Tab, that is exactly what you get. The others arguing or even drinking their Pepsi/Coke have zero bearing on you.

If you vote third party you most often get nothing.
Matter of fact split the vote the wrong way and you get the diametrically opposite to what you wanted.

Now, not voting third party because you feel it to be cowardly and dumb is pretty lacking in the smart category so I’m with you there but there are way better ways to register a protest that do not include throwing a vote away I’m surprised you’d even recommend that.

Go to your polling place (in Canada), identify yourself, let them draw the line through your name and then refuse your ballot, stating verbally your desire to refuse the ballot. That is registered and believe me the parties study that stat.

Defacing your ballot or writing something on it like None of the Above is just put down to stupid and isn’t tracked.

Lastly, where can you buy Tab these days? You live in a space/time continuum or something?

#168 JM on 11.06.16 at 9:04 pm

Trump’s the man

#169 Blacksheep on 11.06.16 at 9:06 pm

James Comey is trying to save face and avoid early retirement by ‘clearing’ Hill now, a couple days before voting day, cause maybe he knows something bigger is coming.

John Podesta is on this NBC meet the press video suggesting, “the FBI leakers should shut up.” What’s he worried about and what’s that rascal Julian gonna spill on Monday?

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-11-06/podesta-panic-mode-fbi-leakers-should-shut

#170 Contest on 11.06.16 at 9:07 pm

#140 Mark:- Gee just the other night at a rally Trump indeed stated that NAFTA was toast and it all had to be renegotiated for USA to get a better deal.

#171 Balmuto on 11.06.16 at 9:08 pm

Clinton will win because:

a) Trump alienated Latinos and women in a big way with his comments and they will turn out in droves to vote against him.

b) The Democratic Party is much stronger and more unified than the Republican Party. Trump is essentially out there campaigning on his own with nominal support from his own party.

c) The desire for a change in the status quo isn’t so great that the average voter would want to take a risk with Trump. The US economy is pretty good – at least it’s in much better shape than it was 8 years ago when Obama took power. Of course Obama can’t take full credit for that, but nobody can say that he really messed up the economy. Certain people are worse off but they’re not the majority. There are some issues with globalization that are coming to a head but that won’t turn out to be the dominant theme of this election.

#172 Love My Kia on 11.06.16 at 9:11 pm

#109 Bytor the Snow Dog on 11.06.16 at 5:09 pm

@”james”-

Smoking Man adds value to the blog. You do not. So a “leaving the blog” bet is not an even trade.
————————–

Speak for yourself Bytor. I beg to differ.

#173 Voting Day – HoweStreet on 11.06.16 at 9:15 pm

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#174 AB Boxster on 11.06.16 at 9:16 pm

The really excellent part of Hillary and husband Bill is the example they have now set for us all.

Since personal e-mail servers are not illegal then all members of congress, Senate, executive, juduciary, etc. should have every right to set one or three servers up for themselves.
FBI can maybe wag a disapproving finger.
But certainly no recourse in law, as Hillary has set the precedent.

And since the ‘pay to play’ actions of Hillary and the Clinton foundation all seem to be above board, then all members of congress and senate should have full reign to sell access to themselves and government for favors – the right price. Another fine example set by Hillary and Bill.

And of course we already know of the precedent set by Billy boy.
Muliple sexual assault accusations, lying about cigar sex in the oval office , under oath (‘I did not have sexual relations with that woman’- remember that classic) All while Hillary defended him, publicly disparaged his accusers and railed about the right wing conspiracy.
Excellent example the next president has set toward victims claiming sexual assault. Another precedent set.

Yep, its open season on pretty much every unethical, sexually depraved, cash hoarding, security compromising action that can be thought of.
All seemingly fine and dandy.

Brought to you courtesy of Hillary and Bill Clinton.

Fine examples for us all.

#175 Smoking Man on 11.06.16 at 9:17 pm

Anyone contemplating righting a book, well you guys and gals probably don’t need it.

I think I’m the only hardcore dyslexic that ever took a crack at this. Why? because some people in my life told me it was imposable. Go back a few years, in the archives and read my shit. You will agree. But it’s shit like that that drives me.

I did not want an editor to change one single word or I would not consider it mine, I wanted it to be all me. Big ego I guess. But I care not of reputation, I see perfection every time I look in the mirror. Matters nothing to me what people think of me.

I’ll share a secret. when you go do the final edit, convert it to an epub format, load it into your phone, then let your phone read it back. It found everything.

I’m sure there are some errors in it. But if there are none, it’s not art. It’s just a book.

I think you dogs will enjoy it. I did it for the few of you who egged me on.

#176 Blacksheep on 11.06.16 at 9:22 pm

America #158,

Who is “james”?
—————
Beat me to it…

#177 ShawnG in TO on 11.06.16 at 9:27 pm

hey Smokey,

do we get a pre-order discount on your book?
autographed version perhaps?

oh, and Trump for prez

#178 Stephen Fowler on 11.06.16 at 9:31 pm

Voting is closed already? I knew the system was rigged.

Clinton, and while I respect the opinions of others over a vast range of political ideologies, to vote Trump demonstrates a massive lack of critical thinking skills.

#179 Grey Dog on 11.06.16 at 9:39 pm

Darn, missed the vote…you blogged much earlier than normal for a Sunday Garth.
For what it is worth at this late entry…HILARY.

#180 Andrew t on 11.06.16 at 9:39 pm

It should be and it will be Hillary.
She’s always held the advantage, except for two days, and early voting in Florida is going her way…bigly.

The Comey letter (the first one, not the “oops, never mind” one) caused a day or two blip on Clinton’s numbers, and that was the Hail Mary from the alt-right.

If Florida goes the way I think it will, it will be an early night.

Go Hillary!

#181 earlybird on 11.06.16 at 9:40 pm

How could any American that watch or read ‘The big Short’ …and vote status quo… to keep it simple…watching Malcolm Glaswell at the moment even he missed the Trump point…the best Canadian thinker..I think not.

#182 ER on 11.06.16 at 9:40 pm

“Make SM drumpf again”
I think they are one in the same. Same bellicose persona at any rate, and the more attention you pay to them the more they win (or think they win. Really, predicting a DT win? And ” I was once a billionaire?”) Ha, the game is so see through; don’t entertain these types; why feed energy to…. (I predict 2017 dictionaires will add Trump (or SM) as synonymous for all those accurate words describing a such waste of cellular division as he/they).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnpO_RTSNmQ

#183 earlybird on 11.06.16 at 9:40 pm

Gladwell…

#184 Smoking Man on 11.06.16 at 9:47 pm

The FBI standing down is probably a deal with Trump. Let Clinton gratefully walk away when she gets crushed at the polls on Tuesday.

Traders betting a Hillary win right now. Dumb as door knows.

I just loaded up on USDMXN on the gap down.

Dr Smoking Man
PhD Herdonomics.

#185 Steve French on 11.06.16 at 9:54 pm

Yo Smoking Man:

Is it really published tomorrow? You actually finished it?

I’ll buy one!

Anyone who actually finishes a book.. can be called a writer.

Especially a hammered dyslexic one!

———————

“So You Want to Be a Writer?”

by Chuck Bukowski

if it doesn’t come bursting out of you
in spite of everything,
don’t do it.
unless it comes unasked out of your
heart and your mind and your mouth
and your gut,
don’t do it.
if you have to sit for hours
staring at your computer screen
or hunched over your
typewriter
searching for words,
don’t do it.
if you’re doing it for money or
fame,
don’t do it.
if you’re doing it because you want
women in your bed,
don’t do it.
if you have to sit there and
rewrite it again and again,
don’t do it.
if it’s hard work just thinking about doing it,
don’t do it.
if you’re trying to write like somebody
else,
forget about it.

if you have to wait for it to roar out of
you,
then wait patiently.
if it never does roar out of you,
do something else.

if you first have to read it to your wife
or your girlfriend or your boyfriend
or your parents or to anybody at all,
you’re not ready.

don’t be like so many writers,
don’t be like so many thousands of
people who call themselves writers,
don’t be dull and boring and
pretentious, don’t be consumed with self-
love.
the libraries of the world have
yawned themselves to
sleep
over your kind.
don’t add to that.
don’t do it.
unless it comes out of
your soul like a rocket,
unless being still would
drive you to madness or
suicide or murder,
don’t do it.
unless the sun inside you is
burning your gut,
don’t do it.

when it is truly time,
and if you have been chosen,
it will do it by
itself and it will keep on doing it
until you die or it dies in you.

there is no other way.

and there never was.

————————-

#186 WUL on 11.06.16 at 9:55 pm

Since 1857, Atlantic Monthly magazine has endorsed only 3 Presidential candidates.

1860 – Lincoln. There were about 5 parties and a 82% voter turnout.

1964. LBJ vs. Goldwater. The latter wanted to nuke Hanoi and continue a march north against China. Over 60% of the vote went to the Texan that lifted beagles by the ears.

2016 – HRC.

We’ll see Tues. a.m.

#187 I Vote for Hillary Clinton on 11.06.16 at 10:00 pm

There is hope for the Canadian dollar! It rose to 75.1 cents today…no more 70 cent dollarettes!!! Yippe!!! ^-^

Canada is going to become the world superpower once the Canadian dollar reaches 80 cents by next week.

Canada will never enter a recession because of sound fiscal policy.

-Tina Leigh, Entrepreneur and Managing Director of For Girls’ Empowerment Inc, PO Box 10873 Toronto.

#188 s on 11.06.16 at 10:00 pm

You forgot to add one wants open borders, and continued wars in the middle east with the possibility of going to war with Russia.

As imperfect as Trump is, his policies would most likely not provoke another military power into war. He’ll keep wealth within the American workers, yes stocks will fall with less market expansion, it’s a trade of growth for investors or growth for the working class.

#189 Paul on 11.06.16 at 10:00 pm

@- #149 james

Who is “james” ? Who cares?
It take about 2 min to create a new email and another
“Jim, Jeff or John” what a clown!

#190 Smoking Man on 11.06.16 at 10:02 pm

Humanity lucky I got your back. Fear not.
You have a Nectonite on your team.

Full disclosure tomorrow night

https://youtu.be/pqbSgMv-dqY

#191 betamax on 11.06.16 at 10:03 pm

Trump, an ex-democrat, has said thing he clearly doesn’t even believe to get votes from the deplorables.

If elected, he’ll keep few to none of his promises. I almost hope he does get elected, so the knuckledraggers who voted for him can see how quickly he betrays them once in office.

#192 betamax on 11.06.16 at 10:06 pm

Garth, your Eastern Time poll effectively excluded a lot of people in the west. C’mon, man.

It was live from 6 am until 4:30 pm PT. What else did you have to do today? — Garth

#193 For those about to flop... on 11.06.16 at 10:08 pm

Hey WULLY,I didn’t realize that the ad you spoke about was even a Bell advertisement.
I tend to check out the blog during the ad breaks and not pay full attention.
That said I just saw a Walmart ad and I had a suspicion that they were trying to monetize Veterans Day in the States.

Need to watch it one more time maybe ,but my first impression was ,be a good American invite family and veterans around your house and stuff their bellies full of Walmart goodies.

It’s your duty to look after them.

Walmart, not the Veterans…

M42BC

#194 Guillaume on 11.06.16 at 10:13 pm

Garth,
you tell us that the Donald “brags about not paying taxes to support the country he wishes to lead, and is openly anti-immigration” : it is a dishonest statement, as legal tax avoidance is something we all try to do and you probably do that for your customers and there is nothing bad about that (thanks for having created the TFSA). Also about immigration Trump has always been speaking about illegal immigration, he would not be stupid enough to forget that the United States have been built on immigration. BTW, I am a new immigrant from France and will thank Canada everyday to have taken me in, but I have been chosen carefully, passed medical exam, asked to create some jobs and bring some money to invest….. If Mexico was sitting right below Canada, I am sure that the feds would have been building a huge wall long time ago.
Maybe you pissed me off a bit today Garth with your “political correctness”, but I love the generous way you share your knowledge with every reader of this pathetic blog, you also have my huge respect because you are a successful entrepreneur and not a just a financial investor/vulture and that is what is much needed in Canada to create jobs and growth now, more than stupid keynesian policies, Thanks Comrade ! Cheers

#195 conan on 11.06.16 at 10:16 pm

RE #159 Souvereigninternational on 11.06.16 at 8:46 pm

I like your argument. Problem is, Trump was shunned by the “normal” part of the Republicans. In his moment of weakness he was courted by the hair shirt peeps and he has made some secret deals.

I expect: Abortion law revisited, coal back on line, oil protected from green energy. Science get muzzled unless they are building weapons. Intelligent design taught in school. Guns for everyone. Blame Canada and wall in Mexico. Screw trade deals and declare war on resource rich nations without strong armies : (

#196 Smoking Man on 11.06.16 at 10:25 pm

#183 Steve French on 11.06.16 at 9:54 pm

I think I passed all your criteria by Charles . A bit short on the technical side, but blog dogs will forgive me. The outside cruel world will not be so nice.

Screw them. They don’t count in my books.
As for james, judging by the blog dog posts tonight. I’m thinking it got voted of the island.

Felling the love from all the dogs. Thanks.
I appreciate it.

#197 Yo on 11.06.16 at 10:27 pm

Arrogant male vs. Thieve-lier female.
Do you really have to think?
Corrupts democrats have ruled for 8 years, no we need to balance if we are to keep the pillars of democracy.

#198 Dude Duderson on 11.06.16 at 10:27 pm

Trump.

Everyone is holding their noses here and rationalizing how their candidate is less bad than the other horrible option.

The blatant corruption from the Clintons is too much for me to stomach.

#199 BS on 11.06.16 at 10:28 pm

All the talk on CNN tonight is the latest FBI announcement is bad for Hillary. It just brings up the email scandal again to the front page. Even Hillary has been mum on being cleared in all her speeches.

There is also fear further leaks are coming tomorrow on the other Clinton FBI investigations.

Sad when the leading presidential candidate is under constant criminal investigation. Even the banana republics can put forward a cleaner candidate to keep the status quo going.

#200 Ronaldo on 11.06.16 at 10:29 pm

#20 SimplyPut7 on 11.06.16 at 10:51 am

”I didn’t like your choices for why people chose Donald Trump. I would have added:”
——————————————-

You left out “Drain the Swamp”.

#201 BS on 11.06.16 at 10:34 pm

#185 I Vote for Hillary Clinton on 11.06.16 at 10:00 pm

There is hope for the Canadian dollar! It rose to 75.1 cents today…no more 70 cent dollarettes!!! Yippe!!! ^-^

Canada is going to become the world superpower once the Canadian dollar reaches 80 cents by next week.

If Hillary wins that will be bullish for the USD. You may see that 70 cent CAD by xmas.

#202 Chris on 11.06.16 at 10:35 pm

If it is up to Canadians or for that matter most of the rest of the world, we will not have this suspense until Tuesday, will we?

#203 BS on 11.06.16 at 10:39 pm

#189 betamax on 11.06.16 at 10:03 pm
Trump, an ex-democrat, has said thing he clearly doesn’t even believe to get votes from the deplorables.

If elected, he’ll keep few to none of his promises. I almost hope he does get elected, so the knuckledraggers who voted for him can see how quickly he betrays them once in office.

You are correct that if Trump wins (like most politicians) he will not keep most of his election promises. Part because he is not a true republican or even right wing and in part because he will not have the power to.

You listen to too much main stream media about Trump supporters though.

Trump voters earn more and are better educated than the typical American

http://qz.com/679589/trump-voters-earn-more-and-are-better-educated-than-the-typical-american/

#204 Pulsars guide the way on 11.06.16 at 10:46 pm

#182 Smoking Man on 11.06.16 at 9:47 pm

The FBI standing down is probably a deal with Trump. Let Clinton gratefully walk away when she gets crushed at the polls on Tuesday.

Traders betting a Hillary win right now. Dumb as door knows.

I just loaded up on USDMXN on the gap down.

Dr Smoking Man
PhD Herdonomics.

Bet the whole farm smoker dude.. ALL IN… you are never wrong!!!

#205 Aha on 11.06.16 at 10:51 pm

Even a Mexican colleague quietly told me: Not everything Trump says about Mexicans is a lie.
The media is silent about Hillary’s corruption but the silent majority will silence her.

#206 Vanrenter on 11.06.16 at 10:52 pm

I predict this blog poll is 70% Trump and the real deal Tuesday is 40% Trump

#207 MF on 11.06.16 at 10:54 pm

I prefer Trump because Hillary is more of a continuation of Obama, whose policies I dislike.

IMO Anyone who supports Jill Stein is delusional. This candidate’s policies are, like all Green party policies, a hodgepodge of fake science, fake economics, and pathetic foreign policy.

This party attracts the real scum of society (among a lot of misinformed poor souls.) The irony, of course, is followers of this party think they are the most “enlightened”…when they are nothing but a bunch of conspiracy theorist believing easily manipulated sheep. These are the guys that build bomb shelters and stock canned goods.

Liberals are bad, real bad…but independent followers are the worst. Let’s hope Stein gets a grand total of 0 votes.

MF

#208 BMC on 11.06.16 at 10:54 pm

Trump, as distasteful as he is, is a catalyst for change, and better to make the change now than waste the next four years being led by another establishment career politician, Whom, after the worlds largest, most expensive security apparatus allowed 9/11 to happen, was a party to the flimsy evidence of “weapons of mass destruction” that never were, causing 6 trillion of war debts, and destabilization of the middle east, and could not forsee the damage the reckless deregulated bankers would do to the economy, wiping out the wealth of many middle class Americans, and she still doesn`t seem to understand why Americans are angry, after all, life for her and her celebrity endorsers is pretty good.

And lets talk about globalization…. free trade, could have been, would have been a great idea, but the rich and powerful corporate interests could not contain themselves, their greed took over, they were too quick to capitalize and profiteer off the new trade agreements, without giving enough time for the first world to adapt, the 2008 financial meltdown and the socialization of the losses further enraged and alienated the average American.
Hillary Clinton represents the political class that allowed the terrible first decade of the new millenium to happen, and all she can offer is more of the same, that`s why I believe Americans will hold their noses and choose Trump on Tuesday

#209 Smoking Man on 11.06.16 at 11:00 pm

Why does gravity after I cross the line always put this youtube clip on my ear buds.

Any shrinks want to weight in. I need variety in my life.

But this dreaded song keeps showing up after the back yard treasure find.

Had some hollagan savages spray paint my fence last night. 39 street something
The Illiterate bastards who can’t spell. Heathens.

https://youtu.be/Tj75Arhq5ho

#210 Dee on 11.06.16 at 11:09 pm

I missed the poll, but as an actual dual American-Canadian citizen, I voted in the one that counts.

For Hillary. No question. Maybe the easiest ballot decision I’ve ever had to make.

#211 WUL on 11.06.16 at 11:29 pm

I would have voted today in Garth’s poll but I was busy. I intended to vote for the “peace candidate”.

I spent all day Googling hacks to keep my poppy on the lapel of my silk suit.

Going with duct tape.

#212 Fortune500 on 11.06.16 at 11:45 pm

Hillary. But mainly because I selfishly want my portfolio to do well.

#213 Corduroy cowboy's wife on 11.07.16 at 12:04 am

Aw crap, I’m late to the party. Mark me down for Hilary, all the way to the White House, baby!

#214 WUL on 11.07.16 at 12:26 am

Good news. Food donations to the Veterans Food Bank soared over the weekend in Cowtown.

See Calgary Herald.

Flames? Bad news is rampant.

Garth, thanks for tolerating me.

#215 Henry Morgan on 11.07.16 at 1:08 am

Hilliary will try to steal it.
But Trump will beat her in Court and be President with a stacked House and Senate.

#216 Fortune500 on 11.07.16 at 1:18 am

Poloz admits housing bubble and its cause:

(I’m sorry if this has been posted before. Just sounds so good on repeat)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlm80x9KPFg

#217 Henry Morgan on 11.07.16 at 1:22 am

Hey smoky?

youtube.com/watch?v=jtN8oBjMr_E

#218 betamax on 11.07.16 at 2:16 am

“It was live from 6 am until 4:30 pm PT. What else did you have to do today? — Garth”

Had to gather down at the river and pray.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VLKngHexeU

Actually, I had a lot of work to catch up on, so there was that. No rest for the ungodly.

#219 When Will They Raise Rates? on 11.07.16 at 2:44 am

#208 Dee on 11.06.16 at 11:09 pm

I missed the poll, but as an actual dual American-Canadian citizen, I voted in the one that counts.

For Hillary. No question. Maybe the easiest ballot decision I’ve ever had to make.

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Let me guess, you’re an avid CNN watcher…

#220 When Will They Raise Rates? on 11.07.16 at 2:45 am

#210 Fortune500 on 11.06.16 at 11:45 pm

Hillary. But mainly because I selfishly want my portfolio to do well.

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Agreed. WW2 did wonders for economic growth and the markets. Can only imagine what WW3 will do!

#221 Clinton if you want your net worth to increase on 11.07.16 at 2:47 am

That which I have invested, I have watched diminish with prospects of a Trump victory.

Today, with FBI exonerating Hillary, a nice 220 pt. jump in the Dow Futures:

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/11/07/live-dow-futures-jump-200-points-as-fbi-lets-hillary-clinton-off-the-hook.html

bsant

#222 When Will They Raise Rates? on 11.07.16 at 2:49 am

The choice is simple.

Jill Stein is a communist. Johnson is a Democrat. Hillary is the antichrist. CNN and the MSM don’t like Trump.

Choose.

#223 Lefty's and Free Speech on 11.07.16 at 2:56 am

#69 Smoking Man

So true. Lefty’s are all happy as long as their’s is the only view point heard and accepted as the truth.

You should have taken #58 james up on the bet.

Wednesday morning, we might have been rid of this closed minded nutter.

bsant

#224 Lefty's, still plenty of Clinton muck to go around on 11.07.16 at 3:02 am

Lefty’s here falling over themselves posting about FBI exonerating Clinton from Weiner email fiasco.

I am happy for that as I see the Dow going up today and my net worth going back up.

But, if you think that Clinton should now be anointed for Sainthood, you are mistaken.

There is this little thing called The Clinton Foundation and Bill Inc. yet to deal with…you know, Pay for Play (e.g., Bill forgiving felon after Clinton Foundation gets a $450,000 donation from felon’s wife).

bsant

#225 nubbers on 11.07.16 at 5:28 am

Trump is popular in the way that bullies are. That he is a liar and a bully is painfully obvious by his own words and deeds.

What I don’t understand is the everyone’s intense dislike of Clinton. I hear and read how bad and how corrupt she is, but the actual evidence just does not seem to be there when you dig.

Could it be that Clinton, with actual real world experience in government, has had the opportunity to build up damaging baggage from having to handle very public controversial issues?

In the new post-truth politics, anyone with any past questions or accusations is perhaps easy pickings for an expert lying publicity merchant like Trump. Maybe tactics and law will have to change to cope better with liars. A similar example from the Brexit fiasco: the UK Advertising Standards Authority was powerless to stop UKIP’s advertising lies, because they had no power over political adverts.

#226 Pepito on 11.07.16 at 6:05 am

#192 Guillaume on 11.06.16 at 10:13 pm
Garth,
” …. BTW, I am a new immigrant from France….”
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Just curious, why would anyone leave France to live in Canada? As a Canadian who has retired in southern Europe I just can’t imagine why anyone from the EU would go the other way.

#227 busman7 on 11.07.16 at 6:25 am

What’s with closing the poll before those of us who read this blog in the morning had a chance to vote?

Clinton is the only sane choice for Canucks, would likely vote Libertarian though if I was a US citizen.

#228 Wrk.dover on 11.07.16 at 6:30 am

Does any one else see the similarity between Joe Kernan on CNBC Squawk Box, and the kid that portrays a bumbling teenager on Modern Family?
The kid is paid to play dumb, but I can’t decide if Joe is an act or a born dullard. Anyhow quite a resemblance there!

#229 Ace Goodheart on 11.07.16 at 7:10 am

A sign that the USA is about to become a failed state?

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/investment-ideas/prem-watsa-dumps-90-of-us-long-bond-holdings-ahead-of-election/article32679309/

Canada’s Warren Buffett has apparently signalled that it is not a good idea to “go long” on the US government…..

Actually Prem sees the election result and the period after that. Long bonds will not do well, because the US is going to do a lot better. — Garth

#230 james on 11.07.16 at 7:40 am

Crickets…?

Still no word from smoking idiot, the emasculated turd with no guts.

Here’s the deal:

Trump wins, I go away.

Clinton wins, you go away.

Deal, or cowardice.

I’d like a deal.

What are you hiding from?

Are you in Stephen Harper’s closet?

#231 Victor V on 11.07.16 at 8:02 am

http://business.financialpost.com/investing/market-moves/will-stocks-snap-longest-losing-streak-in-35-years-what-you-need-to-know-before-the-bell?__lsa=f985-3b41

North American markets look set to rally this morning, a day before the U.S. presidential election, after the FBI said no criminal charges would be laid against Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton as a result of a probe into her email practices.

#232 james on 11.07.16 at 8:06 am

#221 bsant

You should have taken #58 james up on the bet.

Wednesday morning, we might have been rid of this closed minded nutter.

bsant
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I could not agree with you more, bsant. Except smoking idiot is a fraud and a coward.

Perhaps you could lend him some spine, or other body parts that might improve his courage.

(He’s just around the corner, hiding in Stephen Harper’s closet. You can’t miss the smell)

#233 crowdedelevatorfartz on 11.07.16 at 8:15 am

“the entire political class, executive, legislative, judicial; the biased and mendacious Washington media, the lobbyists, the whole federal sleaze factory and the Clinton pay-to-play casino — all will be found wanting. They must go……” Conrad Black.

Pot meet Kettle.

It’s a shame Republican sycophant, Lord Black is a convicted felon for insider trading and owner of the self same media he so quickly throws under the bus.
Ironic AND sad.

The republicans are a mirror image of the democrats in the “federal sleaze factory” of Washignton DC and to pretend otherwise……is hubris

#234 Larry Laffer on 11.07.16 at 8:18 am

Hey, I didn’t know SM was Chinese after all.

http://globalnews.ca/news/3048858/chinese-monkey-predicts-donald-trump-will-win-presidential-election/

#235 crowdedelevatorfartz on 11.07.16 at 8:18 am

@#203 Aha
“The media is silent about Hillary’s corruption but the silent majority will silence her.”
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Shhhhhhhhh! Silence!

#236 David McDonald on 11.07.16 at 8:30 am

It seems pretty clear Clinton will win but Garth’s poll will probably predict the opposite. This will no doubt frustrate Garth and his colleagues because their whole theme is a rational assessment of future risk. Many blog dogs are off in some conspiracy world having little connection to reality but I suspect the silent majority of readers are hoping for and expecting a Clinton win.

Nevertheless the poll is a useful sociological tool. Canadian deplorables need to have a vote too.

The results, to be published here in few hours, are decisive. — Garth

#237 Yuus bin Haad on 11.07.16 at 9:39 am

Stay focused peeps – this election doesn’t settle the ongoing parking lot pandemonium (the watching of being my favorite pastime).

#238 pBrasseur on 11.07.16 at 9:48 am

«Just curious, why would anyone leave France to live in Canada? #224 Pepito»

One word: jobs

France has become such an economic basket case its educated youth is leaving in droves, there are hundreds of thousands of Frenchmen studying working in the UK and North-America. Even Quebec, often seen here as our own basket case, is seen as a land of freedom and opportunity for them.

Blame it on socialist policies and government glut.

But I agree, if you have a bit of money and don’t need a job France can be a fantastic place to live.

#239 Context on 11.07.16 at 10:07 am

#232 Larry Laffer:- Trump paid for that commercial as there was food placed there for that trained monkey and why would a monkey hug and kiss a sign?

#240 Invictus on 11.07.16 at 10:07 am

@ james”

“I will honour my pledge. I have guts and brains and integrity”

Letter to “james”

Dear james
First of all,if you had any of these mentioned above,you would not have the need to say it so much. Basic psychology. You agree? You should. You claim that you have what it takes to know that. “I have brains” you say.

Second of all, you must be very lonely and angry man with no friends. Except the the ones that you know have even less “brains” than your self. For there is no way a pearson with more than 2 (that is a number two by the way) brain cells would listen to you and your desperate cry to appear smart. I now know,you are not. You are just arrogant.
Third of all,and this is what you need to understand so I will go slowly.
This blog is a beautiful playground where some smart and grownup people come to play(exchange ideas,knowledge,different opinions and every day learn some new interesting game or a fact about our daily life as mortals. Now enter “james”, the insecure and not so smart playground bully,who sets to get all attention on him self by intimidating the most popular kid on the playground. But I am sure “james” that you remember the day the kid that stepped in from nowhere and made your nose bleed and threw you out of the playground. This playground is full of such kids. You stand no chance.

I said I will go slow so you get it.
We all know”Smoking Man”. We all get it and don’t need you to point it out. “Smoking Man” stands for imagination gone wild. For “Different in daily routine”. Not sure if you ever had had it. Imagination.
I will try to explain this in simple terms.
If this blog was to be compared to a let’s say Bentley and Garth was it’s owner and driver, “Smoking Man” would be comparable to that majestic icon on the front of the hood.
How ever imperfect it may be.
Where you could be compared to one of those nuts holding licence plate in place and nobody notices when it falls off.
So to sum it up for you,I really hope your attention span is long enough to read comment section to the end.
Who the heck you think you are to challenge an icon? I say just a replaceable nut. So why don’t you just fall off of this blog and rest of us can continue to cruse along without noticing a missing nut.

If that book of “smoking man ” ever comes out it will have a spot on the top shelf of mine together with Carl von Clausewitz, Miammoto Musashi, Sigmund Froyd, Sun Tzu, Niccolo Machiavelli and many alike whose work you should study my dear “james”

Fare well and learn to accept some constructive criticism.
Don’t take this personal. I am just trying to spare you from being even more of an angry and lonely outcast.
Learn to play or leave the playground.

Friendly yours
Invictus

#241 N on 11.07.16 at 10:15 am

http://www.businessinsider.com.au/this-unorthodox-campaign-urges-australians-to-ditch-home-loan-debt-and-get-a-life-before-its-too-late-2016-11

#242 Bram on 11.07.16 at 10:31 am

Damn, nasdaq is +1.83% at the moment.
A scorcher.

#243 Guillaume on 11.07.16 at 10:37 am

to #224 Pepito

Rural Europe for retired people with money may be a paradise but try to set up small businesses in France, try to hire people (you will soon figure that as a boss you are mostly seen as a greedy son of a whore), try to live and raise a family in a big city without your kids getting bullied, robbed or even stabed….
On the other side, You Canucks are very polite, nice and friendly people. Western rural Canada is not overcrowded, business is easy even if there is a lot of local regulations and powerful local Unions that makes my local taxes high !
So the safety places and the under crowded character of this beautiful country is a constant when I speak with other immigrants from Europe. Also The West has always been appealing from a European point of view, I would never have setlled in the East of Canada.
regards

#244 Why Bother on 11.07.16 at 10:43 am

Why Bother with the useless polls….
We know how your last poll turned out
TRUMP will win. Period.

#245 Adam Saban on 11.07.16 at 10:46 am

Clinton. (ducks)

#246 Frank on 11.07.16 at 10:49 am

http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/canadian-politics/58-per-cent-of-ontarians-think-kathleen-wynne-should-resign

Wynne needs to enact a 15% foreign buyers tax! It boosted Christy Clarks rating instantly by a record margin! Look after millenials, they will be the voting base going forward!

#247 James I think he drinks... on 11.07.16 at 11:02 am

Look #230 james, you have to allow free speech.

When Smoking Man talks trash and he has admitted it, he drinks.

Ignore it.

Show you are better than he.

But yes, on a certain level, I admire your verve. You must be a Millennial.

bsant

#248 Rainclouds on 11.07.16 at 11:12 am

#58 James “Hey smoking idiot – a challenge to you.

Trump will not win*. If he does by some odd chance, I will leave this blog, never to post here again. When Hillary does win*, you also will leave this blog, never to post here again.Deal or no deal?”

Jimmer:

Newby?

Obviously you haven’t heard of the Amazons.
They. and only they, determine who “leaves this blog”!

Better pack your bags………

#249 More WikiLeaks Clinton Graft out Today on 11.07.16 at 11:14 am

I could not believe it.

As Sec of State, her non-profit Clinton Foundation accepted $72 Million of corporate graft for some foreign expo:

https://wikileaks.org/podesta-emails/emailid/52873

Then turns around and uses Clinton Foundation money to pay for Chelsea’s wedding and fund her for 10 years:

https://wikileaks.org/podesta-emails/emailid/52046#efmABYACC

These are emails from Clinton aides such as Podesta.

Hillary is a Force of Nature when it comes to attracting muck – the Eveready Bunny of muck and graft.

And here I is was all happy the Dow went up with the FBI exoneration of the Weiner laptop emails for her today.

I may have spoken too soon…

bsant

#250 Context on 11.07.16 at 11:19 am

The Mexican peso at 18.6185 against the USD is showing a Clinton win today and if Trump wins the peso will explode to about 22 Mexican pesos against the USD. Trump for months has said the North American Treaty must be renegotiated or he will pull out of it to trade the old way with trade penalties, and Canada too would be in turmoil.

#251 InvestorsFriend on 11.07.16 at 11:34 am

Agreed, Joe Kernan is a dunce but Dunces get to keep their jobs

#226 Wrk.dover on 11.07.16 at 6:30 am asked:

Does any one else see the similarity between Joe Kernan on CNBC Squawk Box, and the kid that portrays a bumbling teenager on Modern Family?
The kid is paid to play dumb, but I can’t decide if Joe is an act or a born dullard. Anyhow quite a resemblance there!

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I have noticed over the years that Joe Kernan is a bumbling dunce. Becky Quick allows Kernan to ask some of the questions when she interviews Warren Buffett for a couple hours twice a year (must-see TV). Joe trips over his words and makes stupid comments and asks dumb questions. Warren puts up with it because he likes Becky Quick so much.

It goes to show once you have a job, it is often hard to lose it. Good jobs are hard to get but usually hard to lose. The harder a job is to get, the easier it is to keep it usually. That is the way our system works. The more a job pays, the harder it is to lose. Good jobs have almost a property right associated with them. But you can fire minimum wage workers almost with impunity. They can’t claim much damage and can’t claim it will take long to get another similar job.

#252 Bram on 11.07.16 at 11:35 am

#224 Pepito on 11.07.16 at 6:05 am
Just curious, why would anyone leave France to live in Canada? As a Canadian who has retired in southern Europe I just can’t imagine why anyone from the EU would go the other way.

Sure, if you want to be pampered by the state, and are risk-averse, you stay in EU.

Enjoy France’s 75% (!!!!!!) income tax for income above €1M.

I came from Holland, which was similarly taxed: 52+16 is 68% tax on income above €150K

I find any marginal tax rate that exceeds 49% immoral.
In Canada, you get to keep the lion share, as it should be.

Although, even here: after paying 45% or so, once you spent your 55%, you pay tax again as sales tax, so effectively, the government still manages to claw in half.

#253 InvestorsFriend on 11.07.16 at 11:38 am

Clinton Foundation Should Not Raise Money

Who funds the four foundations that Buffett set up? That’s right, Buffett and only Buffett.

I would have thought that the Ford family funded the Ford foundation and the Rockefeller family funded the Rockefeller foundation.

It strikes me as very wrong for the Clinton foundation to solicit outside money. If it is named after the Clintons it should be Clinton money and only Clinton money. Certainly no outside money should be solicited.

Buffett also funded the Gates foundation but that was Buffett’s idea. I am not aware that the Gates foundation would solicit outside money.

#254 InvestorsFriend on 11.07.16 at 11:42 am

Charity on the Tax ayers Dime?

If anyone wishes to fund a charity why should they get a tax deduction? Why should taxpayers be required to basically kick in amounts to every charity, many of which are dubious?

You want to donate, go ahead.

I would scale back and then eliminate tax deductions for all charitable contributions.

Because most people are self-centred and risk-averse, the tax system is designed to encourage human behaviours, such as investing and giving. It works. — Garth

#255 InvestorsFriend on 11.07.16 at 11:51 am

Actually, I don’t know if the Buffett foundations solicit some outside money but I am pretty sure the lion’s share came from Buffett.

It is a clear conflict for the Clinton foundation to have taken money from big foreign interests while Secretary of State and probably a conflict to have taken any money from corporations while contemplating a future run for the Presidency. The foundation should be renamed and separated entirely from the Clinton’s forthwith.

I would vote for Clinton but yeah, there is a lot of baggage there.

#256 Maj on 11.07.16 at 11:58 am

A smart Canadian’s perspective on the US Election:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/thenational/malcolm-gladwell-on-the-u-s-elections-1.3838024

#257 Herb on 11.07.16 at 12:05 pm

#238 Invictus –

you’re carrying the gong show too far.

#258 Milla on 11.07.16 at 12:47 pm

#238 Invictus. Yes, yes , yes. It is obviouse Smoking Man is a local Mascot, nobody has to understand, and you ?Do you volunteer yourself as the club policemen? Please more about financial news and elections in US. All other subjects are of less interests.

#259 WalMark of sadkatoon on 11.07.16 at 12:51 pm

Once Trump loses tomorrow we can all go back to normal

#260 bdwy sktrn on 11.07.16 at 12:53 pm

The choice is simple.

Jill Stein is a communist. Johnson is a Democrat. Hillary is the antichrist. CNN and the MSM don’t like Trump.

Choose.
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best comment of the day!

#261 IHCTD9 on 11.07.16 at 12:54 pm

#169 Balmuto on 11.06.16 at 9:08 pm

There are some issues with globalization that are coming to a head but that won’t turn out to be the dominant theme of this election.
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I’m not sure about that. When you look at who hates Trump and who loves him, a guy might summarize the whole thing as a rich vs. poor election.

I still say the Trump fans don’t care what Trump does if he wins, it’s enough that a wildcard got in as POTUS, they won’t care if the wall doesn’t get built. They know globalization isn’t going turnaround, no one these days has 6000.00 to buy a made in the USA 12hp lawn Tractor anyway.

Honestly, I care more about what happens directly after the election is decided. We’ve already seen several cops shot dead in the US because some unstable dudes filled themselves with rage reading too much BLM hate speech on the internet. Facts are exiting stage left these days, you choose your facts from the digital buffet according to your bias in 2016. As Garth mentioned “I’ve got my guns and my gold”, and Hillary also has her own collection of violent lunatics as already well demonstrated.

Hopefully no one gets stupid down there…

#262 Fed-up on 11.07.16 at 12:55 pm

#224 Pepito on 11.07.16 at 6:05 am
#192 Guillaume on 11.06.16 at 10:13 pm
Garth,
” …. BTW, I am a new immigrant from France….”
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Just curious, why would anyone leave France to live in Canada? As a Canadian who has retired in southern Europe I just can’t imagine why anyone from the EU would go the other way.

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Completely mystifies me. He must be the only French immigrant we have had in more than 30 years.

#263 bdwy sktrn on 11.07.16 at 1:03 pm

#238 Invictus on 11.07.16 at 10:07 am

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ok i’m only half way through but this is not only post of the day, but smackdown of the year.

impressive.

#264 n1tro on 11.07.16 at 1:04 pm

Nubbers…look up the definition of a bully and then join the conversation. Trump is a lot of things but a bully he is not.

dictionary.com – Bully – a blustering, quarrelsome, overbearing person who habitually badgers and intimidates smaller or weaker people.

Being outspoken and staying the wrong things does not make someone a “bully”.

Think of it this way…opinions are like a$$holes…it’s not that everyone has one, but some are just bigger than others.

#265 Johnny Boy on 11.07.16 at 1:22 pm

#238 Invictus on 11.07.16 at 10:07 am
@ james”
“I will honour my pledge. I have guts and brains and integrity”
Letter to “james”
“This blog is a beautiful playground where some smart and grownup people come to play(exchange ideas,knowledge,different opinions and every day learn some new interesting game or a fact about our daily life as mortals.”
…………………………………………………………….
Do you really believe what you just said in the above sentence?
“Smart, grown-up do not equate to Smoking Man.
Ha ha ha you are about as whacked as Smoking twit.
Ha, ha, ha, ha………………………………

#266 LockAndStock on 11.07.16 at 1:23 pm

Doesn’t matter who gets in, God left the country some time ago.

#267 Looney Baloney on 11.07.16 at 1:23 pm

Because most people are self-centred and risk-averse, the tax system is designed to encourage human behaviours, such as investing and giving. It works. — Garth

Fine. So why do corporations get tax breaks for funding the ceo’s nephew’s ‘charity’? Oh that’s right, corporations are people too.

#268 Looney Baloney on 11.07.16 at 1:24 pm

@n1tro

He is a bully by the modern definition of the word, I.e., he hurt someone’s feewingss..

#269 Camel on 11.07.16 at 1:33 pm

All my friends in the US are voting Trump.

I suspect Clinton will win because it appears the voting might be rigged. I would be surprised if Trump wins.

#270 Johnny Boy on 11.07.16 at 1:33 pm

#207 Smoking Man on 11.06.16 at 11:00 pm
Why does gravity after I cross the line always put this youtube clip on my ear buds.
Any shrinks want to weight in. I need variety in my life.
But this dreaded song keeps showing up after the back yard treasure find.
Had some hollagan savages spray paint my fence last night. 39 street something
The Illiterate bastards who can’t spell. Heathens.

https://youtu.be/Tj75Arhq5ho
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Ha, ha, ha perhaps you spray painted your own fence in your altered ego. “You can’t even spell hooligan correctly.” No wonder Bay Street gave you the old heave ho.
By the way Trump is going down like the bitch he is! He will be crying foul, cheating, rigged, liars, illegal, fabricated, crooked, intimidation, bully, predators. So I guess he will be describing himself.

#271 Johnny Boy on 11.07.16 at 1:37 pm

You know its funny how Clinton and Trump get on the stage an lie, but it gets weird when Trump gets on the stage and shots out anything that comes into his pea-brain. The verbal diarrhea that comes out of his mouth is just crazy. The crazy thing is that he truly believes his own bullshit, and that my friends is the scary part about this potential supreme leader of the free world.

#272 IHCTD9 on 11.07.16 at 1:38 pm

#249 Bram on 11.07.16 at 11:35 am
#224 Pepito on 11.07.16 at 6:05 am
Just curious, why would anyone leave France to live in Canada? As a Canadian who has retired in southern Europe I just can’t imagine why anyone from the EU would go the other way.

Sure, if you want to be pampered by the state, and are risk-averse, you stay in EU.

Enjoy France’s 75% (!!!!!!) income tax for income above €1M.

I came from Holland, which was similarly taxed: 52+16 is 68% tax on income above €150K

I find any marginal tax rate that exceeds 49% immoral.
In Canada, you get to keep the lion share, as it should be.

Although, even here: after paying 45% or so, once you spent your 55%, you pay tax again as sales tax, so effectively, the government still manages to claw in half.
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Depending on your location (urban/rural) there could be lot’s you can do to limit your taxability.

1. Pound it into RRSP’s and get a fat slice of your taxes back

2. Take full advantage of any and all tax credits that
could positively affect you and your family

3. Limit your retail consumption – its amazing how many new in box never used items are on kijiji for half price and tax free. Let someone else pay it.

4. Eliminate “sin taxes” and “stupid taxes” thru abstinence

5. Limit your overall consumption (lunches, coffees,
eating out etc)

6. Supplement your heat and hydro with tax free fuels (entirely free is possible) if you are able – conventional energy is brutal cost/tax wise. This is what I am working on right now as I’ve already done the natural/easy stuff.

7. Maintain your own home and vehicles yourself if you are able.

Many, many things can be done to ensure other folks are the beasts of burden other than yourself. Give it some thought.

#273 bdwy sktrn on 11.07.16 at 1:43 pm

Ha ha ha you are about as whacked as Smoking twit.
Ha, ha, ha, ha………………………………
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stop typing ‘ha’ like some dammed fool child.

you set the low bar for today with that winner.

#274 IHCTD9 on 11.07.16 at 1:48 pm

#244 Frank on 11.07.16 at 10:49 am
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/canadian-politics/58-per-cent-of-ontarians-think-kathleen-wynne-should-resign

Wynne needs to enact a 15% foreign buyers tax! It boosted Christy Clarks rating instantly by a record margin! Look after millenials, they will be the voting base going forward!
__________________________________________

She needs to stop acting like Nicolás Maduro, listen to the people and just step down already.

#275 Trrrrrrump on 11.07.16 at 2:08 pm

I think if anyone really takes the time and dives deep into the Clintons, I don’t know why anyone would vote for Hillary. I’m NOT talking about morals here, I am talking about evil crime, corruption and murder ETC ETC.

I don’t like Trump, but I DEFINITELY don’t want the Clintons in the Oval Office.

I’d vote for Trump!

#276 pBrasseur on 11.07.16 at 2:08 pm

@Guillaume «I would never have setlled in the East of Canada.»

Tell that to the 100,000 french people (mosty well educated and productive youth) who call Montreal home!

I’m sure some of them would like to visit Medicine Hat, but to actually live there :-(

#277 bdwy sktrn on 11.07.16 at 2:10 pm

bossman quit keeping us in suspense, this is worth an early entry if anything is.

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#261 n1tro on 11.07.16 at 1:04 pm
dictionary.com – Bully – a blustering, quarrelsome, overbearing person who habitually badgers and intimidates smaller or weaker people.
……….
wow times have changed. way back in ‘olden times’ (the 70’s) a bully punched people. with violence, like a bull would do. bull-y

taunting? bulls do not taunt.

we were taught, stick and stones break bones but words can never hurt me.

was i wrong to believe this?

or is that subject to a snowflake trigger alert now?

#278 Ace Goodheart on 11.07.16 at 2:10 pm

RE: Actually Prem sees the election result and the period after that. Long bonds will not do well, because the US is going to do a lot better. — Garth

Interesting way of looking at it. I would not have seen it that way. I like the perspective.

#279 Invictus on 11.07.16 at 2:25 pm

@ 254 Herb
Legitimate. Sorry got a little carried away. Can’t stand bullies.
@255 Milla
Legitimate. Not volunteering what so ever. Just preemptive measures. Less of “jameses”. More of things that matter on this blog. Money, business and politics.
@262 Jonny Boy
You are acting just like CNN. Notice word “some” in the front of it. Try to learn something from “some” of these people. I am .

#280 BadMother on 11.07.16 at 2:42 pm

Wow! I had no idea your readers were such mysogynist racists. Trump followers in canada? You people scare me. Hillary has done amazing things in her career but people are so quick to judge when they do nothing but vote with their tweets. Get a grip. I supposed you think that “email scandal” was bad!? And sorry, but if I had a foundation I would favour a meeting with people who were supporting it. So would you.

#281 Pepito on 11.07.16 at 2:42 pm

#236 pBrasseur on 11.07.16 at 9:48 am
«Just curious, why would anyone leave France to live in Canada? #224 Pepito»

One word: jobs
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Funny you should say “jobs” because that’s the very reason I LEFT Canada over thirty years ago.

#282 Pepito on 11.07.16 at 2:51 pm

I would scale back and then eliminate tax deductions for all charitable contributions.

Because most people are self-centred and risk-averse, the tax system is designed to encourage human behaviours, such as investing and giving. It works. — Garth
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Self serving psycho-babble along with the “trickle-down” and ” job-creators” BS.

#283 straight six on 11.07.16 at 2:56 pm

Democracy on life support.
This will be a “selection” not an election thanks to fractional vote counting via a master key.
The media primes us with oversampled polls to accept the outcome, then the grand wizard matchs a “fractionalized vote” to reflect the polls.. it’s totally invisible.
https://youtu.be/hoNUZBsMXuQ

#284 IHCTD9 on 11.07.16 at 2:57 pm

A scorcher.
.#241 Guillaume on 11.07.16 at 10:37 am
to #224 Pepito

Rural Europe for retired people with money may be a paradise but try to set up small businesses in France, try to hire people (you will soon figure that as a boss you are mostly seen as a greedy son of a whore), try to live and raise a family in a big city without your kids getting bullied, robbed or even stabed….
On the other side, You Canucks are very polite, nice and friendly people. Western rural Canada is not overcrowded, business is easy even if there is a lot of local regulations and powerful local Unions that makes my local taxes high !
So the safety places and the under crowded character of this beautiful country is a constant when I speak with other immigrants from Europe. Also The West has always been appealing from a European point of view, I would never have setlled in the East of Canada.
regards
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No offense, but I see France as mostly devoid of morals and a colossal dump. I was reading a PEW paper dealing with international perceptions – over half of the French see extramarital affairs as no issue lol!

You probably left France because along with the crap job market and crap citizens, you also realized the whole country is a warm, steaming socialist pile of merde.

The public sector in France looks like Jabba the Hutt, 57% of national income? Good Grief, at that point it probably just doesn’t pay to have a job in the private sector.

France is in the left lane to being Greece #2, and for the same reasons – socialism, bloated public sector, wild taxation, debt and no economy. Again, no offense, but I’m going to laugh long and loud when those French progressives are out there in the bush competing with the Greeks for wild mushrooms and blueberries to put on the table.

#285 For those about to flop... on 11.07.16 at 3:08 pm

Message to the Jaguar.
As I watched the shenanigans between James and Joking Man I couldn’t help think back to the time you lobbied to get me kicked off the blog.
People don’t like it when other people try to determine who comes here and who doesn’t.

Having said that I read your post last week where you gave the boss an ultimatum to switch a photo back or you would stop commenting here.

So far you have been a person of your word, but I would like to ask you to swallow your pride and say you overreacted and come back on the blog.

Dont deny yourself the joy of sharing your thoughts with people who are trying to understand other people’s points of views.

There are people here that I call blog buddies that I hardly agree on any subject with or struggle to see where they are coming from ,yet I welcome discussion with them and try to learn more about them.

Come back home you lost cat….there is a reward waiting for you…

M42BC

#286 Entrepreneur on 11.07.16 at 3:18 pm

Have a little time…

Have a thermos in my hands, had it for over forty years and turned it over to see where it was made. It was made in the U.S.A., down south. How come we don’t see small businesses anymore down south and here in Canada?

How come we don’t see the adult children of small businesses take over? Is it the cheap products from other countries with the free trade? Are the voices of the people of a nation not been honoured when it comes to free trade?

#206 BMC…”And lets talk about globalization, free trade…their greed took over.”

I don’t Trump is anti-establishment and is a voice for the people of that nation, left out in the cold and want to be heard.

They want jobs; they want businesses; they want to have dreams.

I have to put aside my loss of fortunes, put aside some of the anti remarks Trump said (the news media are good at picking words out of context),put aside the GMO food labelling, and go for what is festering in both U.S. and Canada.

Trump for me; Clinton for my better half.

#287 IHCTD9 on 11.07.16 at 3:26 pm

#272 BadMother on 11.07.16 at 2:42 pm
Wow! I had no idea your readers were such mysogynist racists. Trump followers in canada? You people scare me. Hillary has done amazing things in her career but people are so quick to judge when they do nothing but vote with their tweets. Get a grip. I supposed you think that “email scandal” was bad!? And sorry, but if I had a foundation I would favour a meeting with people who were supporting it. So would you.
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LOL Troll of the week right off the bat!

#288 LowRent of Arabia on 11.07.16 at 4:01 pm

Does anyone read comments this far down? I vote Trump.

I compare it to a break fire. Fight a forest fire by a controlled burn to burn a swath of trees to save the whole forest.

Trump is a controlled burn. Punt him in four years if you like.

Just find a better Royal Family than the Clintons. Maybe the Clampetts.

#289 Shanna Leveaux on 11.07.16 at 4:14 pm

Chelsea Clinton got a free wedding from Hillary’s and Bill’s foundation paid by suckers.

Real integrity, right guys!

#290 devore on 11.07.16 at 4:28 pm

#18 TRON

BTW ask most men (make sure there are no women around) what they think of Trumps comments about women and they’ll tell you it’s no big deal.

Let’s not pretend like women don’t gossip and chit chat about the new guy in the office, and that they never get graphic at all.

#291 Context on 11.07.16 at 4:47 pm

#277 Bad Mother:- The people who support the foundation must pay to play. The going rate for an initial meeting is $100,000.

#292 Pepito on 11.07.16 at 5:18 pm

#281 IHCTD9 on 11.07.16 at 2:57 pm
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No offense, but I see France as mostly devoid of morals and a colossal dump….
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One word: Moron.

#293 Guillaume on 11.07.16 at 5:30 pm

#273 pBrasseur

Every immigration story is unique, every immigrant follows his own dream, I wouldn’t have settled in the East doesn’t mean the East is bad (but maybe it is I don’t know and I don’t care) I have had the appeal from the West, and with a pioneer spirit I went there to get a new life.
Also, Mr Brasseur I live west of the Rockies in rural place with four seasons an no 35 c below for 4 months, there is here a huge community of people from the Alps : Switz, Austrian, south German, Italian and French . You Quebecois seem always afraid we French people say bad things about your province…. For me Quebecois are just Canadian like others no better no worst but certainly not “uniques”

#281 IHCTD9
You are totally right, small entrepreneurs are totaly milked but Canada will be in the same trouble if Liberal or NDP are elected in the next ten years. Regarding the situation in France, the free UE trade agreement has made the big companies wealthier and wealthier, while we have get competition from for exemple Romanian companies whose labor cost is around 10 euros/hours where ours is around 15 euros so on a big construction project we just sit unemployed watching the Romanians works ! No need to say who I would vote for if I were a fellow from the States
regards

#294 Stephen Shaw on 11.07.16 at 5:40 pm

Nothing like Canadian smugness; that you’re tied to heavy oil and/or displaced manufacturing puts the lie to it. Y’all hated Reagan too, especially PET.
And in that spirit, here’s Dilbert’s Scott Adams – http://blog.dilbert.com/post/152747601271/trump-the-closer?utm_source=blog.dilbert.com/share-email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=brand-loyalty
A bit of what Trump is talking about can be seen here – https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/EXCSRESNS
This is the Excess Reserves account of US money center banks from the St. Louis Fed. The current number ($2,157,495) is millions. As in trillions which sounds like a fake word to me. Thousands of billions if you prefer.
For reference, the Saudi’s sovereign wealth fund is down to what, $450 billion? Iraq cost us a trillion give or take, thank-you George.
It is much greater than the GDP of Canada.
All this comes from Quantitative Easing (QE), the federal stimulus started by 43 and expanded by Obama to shore things up after the 2008-09 crisis. The idea was give money to banks which they would lend out to alleviate the credit crunch of the housing/mortgage debacle. As you know, they did not do this – most of it stayed here paying 25 basis points (0.25%).
Discovering this in early 2009, I decided there would be no Weimar Germany-type hyper-inflation as some expected simply because QE was ‘never going to leave the room’. Feeling secure in bankster avarice, I bet the ranch. And according to his autobiography “Snowball,” so did Warren Buffet, buying so heavily that he “ran out of money” though his analysis might have been a tad more complicated.
Whatever, the trade of a lifetime.
That is except for earning a risk-free 25 bps on two trillion+ American dollars that was given to you.
My point? Many down here are fed up.

#295 nubbers on 11.07.16 at 6:09 pm

n1tro @261
Nubbers…look up the definition of a bully and then join the conversation. Trump is a lot of things but a bully he is not.

dictionary.com – Bully – a blustering, quarrelsome, overbearing person who habitually badgers and intimidates smaller or weaker people.

Being outspoken and staying the wrong things does not make someone a “bully”.

n1tro, there are subtleties to bullying that go beyond Dictionary.com, but admittedly that is a bit specialist.

However, even within the Dictionary.com definition, actions such as his name calling, his treatment of individuals and his failure to pay small contractors serve to illustrate his behaviour as a bully.

What really amazes me is that he has so many apologist supporters who not only find his behaviour acceptable, but also join in. I guess human nature has always been like this. Just look at the rise of the National Socialists in 30s Germany.

#296 s on 11.08.16 at 1:19 am

That’s cause everyone on this blog is influenced by you Garth

#297 Natrx on 11.08.16 at 10:11 am

I didn’t get a chance to vote. Male, 30s, working professional. I think Trump will take it.. just like how Rob Ford took it. The polls were extremely biased in terms of selecting people who thought ‘rationally’. It’s irrational times, just like it was in Toronto.. and as I think, in the US as well.

#298 Damifino on 11.08.16 at 1:05 pm

#276 bdwy sktrn

“we were taught, stick and stones break bones but words can never hurt me. was i wrong to believe this?”
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Yes, you were wrong to believe it. And so was I.

Words can bring an ocean of anxiety, misunderstanding and heartbreak. They can be nasty, life-altering things, those words.

Now more than ever, words must be chosen and vetted carefully. They no longer instantly vanish in the aether but stick around forever on social media.

“Social media”. There’s play on words if there ever was one. There’s nothing the least bit social about it. It’s an open arena for the worst kind of dog fighting. (Is there a good kind?)

If you become a full-on victim of words you may find yourself pining for a return to the biblical days of sticks and stones. At least when that’s over, its over.