The calling

Fat week. Stuffed with news. And politics rules.

Monday brings federal by-elections, normally as riveting as when this blog parses RRSPs. But this time it’s different. Three votes tomorrow, three crucial outcomes for four parties. With a federal election just eight months away, and the current government embroiled in its sauciest scandal, what happens in a  few hours may be a harbinger. Or a dead canary. We’ll see.

First, in the LM the NDP’s limping leader’s in the fight of his life. If Jagmeet Singh doesn’t win in Burnaby South, he’s toast. Already his personal polling numbers suck  and his party’s in a steady descent – a mere 14% approval rating. If this keeps up it will be the worst showing for the Dippers this autumn since Kevin O’Leary had hair.

But frankly, the odds of him losing the by-election are slim. It’s a left-leaning riding and the poor guy’s been campaigning there for months. Still, if he chokes, squeaks in or doesn’t rack up a big plurality, Jag’s not long for politics.

In the GTA, more high stakes. The riding there has been in the Con camp for a long time, owned by my former nemesis and Harper hitman Peter Van Loan. York-Simcoe is the land of particleboard McMansions, inflated real estate values, endless burbs, minivans and big roads. It should be a shoo-in for Scheer’s candidate – but what about the Mad Max factor?

Every vote for the People’s Party is one less for the Cons, just as every ballot handed to Preston Manning took one away from the Progressive Conservatives – leading to that party’s ultimate collapse. Will vote-splitting sink the Cons this time allowing Libs to sneak up the middle – once again turning a minority of votes into a majority of seats?

And that brings us to Quebec, where T2 is praying the NDP collapse will send left-leaning voters in his direction. Bracing for losses in Doug Ford’s Ontario, the Libs hope to Hoover up all of the 14 Quebec seats the Dippers took last time – starting with Outremont tomorrow. That’s former NDP leader Tom Mulcair’s old seat, and a big Liberal win in this urban Montreal riding would calm a lot of sweaty-palmed PMOers. Of course, if the JWR-Lavalin scandal turns voters away from the current prime minister, Monday will be the beginning of the end.

So, will the nation start to polarize as America’s done? The left-right divide in that country seems intractable. And it makes one worry about how the Trump years will end. Not with a whimper, likely.

In Canada Liberals have moved left with an emphasis on move government, spending and taxes. The Cons have moved right, now dragged more in that direction by the PPC. But math means as the Dippers flame out and Max barges in, Liberals have a numeric advantage. Given the deficiencies of our first-past-the-post system, when five parties (remember the Bloc Quebecois? They’re back…) carve up the votes, riding-by-riding, the team snatching even a third of overall ballots can take it all.

Logically, that means a Liberal win on the morning of Tuesday October 22nd. Finance guy Bill Morneau can continue where he left off – higher taxes on upper-income earners, more social spending, continued deficits, a continuation of the war on the self-employed and professional classes and some diddling with capital gains and dividend taxes. Maybe that’s what most Canadians want. Plus a pony.

What could change this?

Lots. Jagmeet could turn out to be a hero, mopping up Burnaby South with the sorry butts of his Lib and Con opponents, plus that fetching but xenophobic PPC moppet, Laura-Lynn Tyler Thompson. (Her FB bio: “God called her to the media miraculously one night in 1999.  In her television career, she has been privileged to speak on camera with many great men and women of faith like Josh McDowell, Tony Campolo, Patsy Clairmont, Bill Hybels, Dr. Gary Smalley, Liz Curtis Higgs, Dr. Gary Chapman, Pat Robertson, Kay Arthur and Thelma Wells). Well, if Jag comes out of this as juiced as he was in his Mexican wedding vid, look out, Justin.

Scheer could crush Max in the first direct conflict, fought on the bloody shoulders of Highway 400. If the Tories triumph there, with Singh resurgent south of Van, Trudeau will be feeling big pressures on both his comely flanks. Likewise, if the NDP hangs on to Outremont, extending the 12-year dominance the party’s had there, Libs will be shocked.

Remember, politics is math. Especially in Canada, where voters usually ignore local candidates and vote along party lines. Unlike in the States, our choices are not just red or blue. We have orange, red, green, blue and peacock. Plus in America you get to vote for the president independently from your Congress person or Senator. Citizens can mix and match. But in Canada a single ballot chooses a local MP, a party and a prime minister. No wonder we sometimes get it wrong.

By the way, there’s more. This week Trump again turns dictator Kim into a glam boy. Fallen lawyer Michael Cohen testifies before Congress in an explosive session. The world’s two biggest economies try to stave off a bigger trade war. And the Fed boss tells markets what comes next.

Isn’t this exciting? So glad God called on me to blog.

136 comments ↓

#1 Alessio1 on 02.24.19 at 4:00 pm

So much happening yet nothing ever comes of anything anymore. The markets stay the same. House prices stay the same. News cycles come and go. Nothing ever changes anymore. Maybe that’s a good thing. Maybe nothings shocking anymore.

#2 PeterfromCalgary on 02.24.19 at 4:03 pm

Here in Alberta we just want some pipelines built. Our government is so dysfunctional that we can’t even get that done. This country is a failure.

#3 AK on 02.24.19 at 4:09 pm

“Finance guy Bill Morneau can continue where he left off – higher taxes on upper-income earners, more social spending, continued deficits, a continuation of the war on the self-employed and professional classes and some diddling with capital gains and dividend taxes.”
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With all the above nonsense the Liberals want to implement, I can’t see anybody walking up to the ballot box and vote for these clowns.

#4 renter in Surrey on 02.24.19 at 4:19 pm

So Garth, who do we vote for?
Scheer or Max?

#5 mitzerboyakaQueencitykidd on 02.24.19 at 4:25 pm

may dog bless you garth

#6 Nonplused on 02.24.19 at 4:29 pm

Conrad Black on “Russia-gate”:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-6737685/The-greatest-constitutional-crisis-Civil-War-writes-Conrad-Black.html

Meanwhile while Trump is off having lunch with his new BFF, Bolton and Pompeo (and Pence) are busy trying to find reasons to invade Iran and Venezuela. I know the US has the world’s most powerful military but can they really invade both? Venezuela poses no serious military threat but it’s a pretty big country to try and control. There are 32 million people there. I’m pretty sure the oil will stop flowing at the very least.

Iran presents a bigger problem (81 million) because although their armed forces do not represent a threat to the US armed forces, they are a regional power and probably have the capacity to significantly disrupt oil transportation in the region for some time. I suspect if attacked they will not hesitate to do so.

So if we end up with both Venezuela and Iran off line, what happens to oil prices? What does victory in either case look like? Another 20 year occupation? How much money is that going to cost? Where will it come from? Is this why we need peace with North Korea, to free up the troops?

As I sit and look at the various conflicts (throw in Russia and China too) I have to wonder whether anyone in charge can actually think a few weeks ahead. But then it strikes me that there are a lot of very smart people in all those Washington think-tanks. What do they see coming that I don’t? Is war inevitable? Do they intend to steal the oilfields of Venezuela so they can keep the army and navy running in the event of a much larger war? Are they going to start that war? Is the idea to bomb the whole world back to the stone age so that the arms race with Russia and China will be over before those nations achieve military superiority? (Well, China anyway, or maybe China and Russia combined.) Unfortunately there is a train of thought that says if war is inevitable fight it on your terms.

#7 Dolce Vita on 02.24.19 at 4:30 pm

Dear Moses or Jesus (both had a beard, your Blog; thus, À la carte):

Please make the next GDP mucho positive & consumer spending rebound like a bad habit.

As for the 3 by elections, to quote that intellectual luminary of days gone by:

As if.

#8 Gravy Train on 02.24.19 at 4:41 pm

Fallen lawyer Michael Cohen testifies before Congress in an explosive session. – Garth

On Meet the Press today, former acting U.S. Solicitor General Neal Katyal said, “[Mueller]’s indicted 37 people on 199 different counts [so far] including Trump’s inner circle … so, if this is a witch hunt, Mueller’s found a coven at this point.…” :)

#9 LP on 02.24.19 at 4:41 pm

That little guy looks like a red-fox colour Labrador retriever. I can hear him whining for someone to get him out of the fix he’s in.

#10 Figmund Sreud on 02.24.19 at 4:44 pm

#2: Our government is so dysfunctional…
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… sure, you mean the Federal Goverment, primarily. Yes?

Anyway, … bit off today’s topic, … sorry. Still, very much political and potentially very consequential:

HAS ANYONE THOUGHT ABOUT THE IMPACT REGIME CHANGE IN VENEZUELA WILL HAVE ON ALBERTA’S OILPATCH? IT WON’T BE PRETTY!
https://albertapolitics.ca/2019/02/has-anyone-thought-about-the-impact-regime-change-in-venezuela-will-have-on-albertas-oilpatch-it-wont-be-pretty/

Cheers,

F.S. – Calgary, Alberta

#11 The real Kip (Ret) on 02.24.19 at 4:52 pm

Oh yea, thanks for reminding me. I live in York-Simcoe so I guess I get to vote. Right now I’m undecided.

#12 Dolce Vita on 02.24.19 at 4:56 pm

#2 PeterfromCalgary

Whine. Whine. Whine.

This new generation of Albertan’s not only lack imagination but also have a total lack of the concept:

PAYBACK.

Get Montana to join Alberta (they’re good with that) and then get “everyone has a price” pinko WA state to build AB a ginormous pipeline, say 1 meter away, from the BC border ALL the way to Puget Sound and its many oil refineries and oil port facilities.

Then sell the oil to “save the trees, bees, snails, whales” BC at World oil prices.

Also remind them how lovely that huge pile of CARBON they have at Tsawwassen looks like and screaming to be taxed (but isn’t and enquire why the indigenous, Andrew Weaver and the Orca’s don’t seem to mind that flavour of Carbon that is burnt by Asia and wafts its way back to BC as a carcinogen laden gas thanks to Gaia’s spIn by the kiloton according to NASA).

Amateurs.

#13 Alberta Ed on 02.24.19 at 5:15 pm

Amen! Cue the popcorn.

#14 Captain Uppa on 02.24.19 at 5:18 pm

I live in York-Simcoe, formally a resident of one of the hottest areas in Toronto proper. I visited some family yesterday and I would not go back.

People, traffic and pollution up the wazoo. It’s stressful down there.

I’ll take my wide roads and fresher air.

#15 dakkie on 02.24.19 at 5:23 pm

Who Wins in a long-drawn-out gradual Housing Bust?

https://www.investmentwatchblog.com/who-wins-in-a-long-drawn-out-gradual-housing-bust/

#16 Yukon Elvis on 02.24.19 at 5:34 pm

It is like being taken out for dinner and drinks and gifts at a fancy restaurant so u order all the best and most expensive stuff and u find out later that the Libtards used your credit card to pay for it. Suckers !

#17 After Communism on 02.24.19 at 5:36 pm

Jag could win because the Chinese candidate resigned from leading the Liberals when she used her Chinese identity to win the majority minority 40% Chinese population over to her side, against only 16% Indian/Filipino population in the riding. The Liberals prevented the low trust natural use of identity to win because that could fragment the first past the post system into five parties instead of three and end up with 20% popular vote, leading the country … if that ever catches on.

#18 In Garth We Trust on 02.24.19 at 5:38 pm

“Isn’t this exciting? So glad God called on me to blog.”

Canada is a better place financially for those who have heeded the sagacious words of the bearded mystic financial oracle that runs this blog. He is the lone voice of financial reason crying out in the financial wasteland of indebted Canada. Bravo Captain Garth!

#19 crowdedelevatorfartz on 02.24.19 at 5:39 pm

3 months ago Jag Singh didnt stand a chance.

After the 1st Liberal contender melted down in rapid racist fashion to then have Bill Lee parachuted in to the riding…..
Too little too late?

Judging by the scant lawn signs I have seen in the Burnaby South riding.
Jag will squeak by with a win.

#20 crowdedelevatorfartz on 02.24.19 at 5:42 pm

“So glad God called on me to blog.”
++++

I didnt know you and Lord Black were on speaking terms…..

#21 crowdedelevatorfartz on 02.24.19 at 5:49 pm

@#87 New West
“There is a scent of desperation in the air out here on the coast, with “price reduced” stickers starting to appear on the for sale signs even in tony neighbourhoods….”

*****
Absolute agreement.

I was driving through South Burnaby last week and saw a For Sale sign on a house with “Owner willing to Finance”…….

Haven’t seen that in decades.

I’m wondering if other “deals” for the house have fallen through due to the new bank rules.

#22 HoweStreet.com on 02.24.19 at 5:54 pm

Laura-Lynn Tyler Thompson was not invited to take part in a panel on Breakfast Television. She spoke about it on The Goddard Report.
People’s Party of Canada vs. Establishment Media.
Contentious By-election in Burnaby South.

https://www.howestreet.com/2019/02/22/peoples-party-of-canada-vs-establishment-media/

#23 Long-Time Lurker on 02.24.19 at 5:55 pm

#52 Figure it Out on 02.23.19 at 9:50 pm
“I’ll keep it simple for you. MMT equals hyperinflation.”

Sure, probably. You know what else equals hyperinflation? Quantitative easing. Just ask the eggheads who penned and signed this:

https://economics21.org/html/open-letter-ben-bernanke-287.html

Know what else causes hyperinflation? The Japanese government printing all those bonds. Oh boy, did the Yen ever collapse like everybody said it would…

“Let’s see. Venezuela. Nationalization of industries. Check. Price controls. Check. Socialism.”

Oh, we’ve had that in Canada, too. And survived it. Maybe you’re too young to remember? Of course if you’re too young to remember that, you probably also don’t know about the time POTUS nationalized the entire American steel industry…

The more you’re willing to admit you don’t know exactly how the economy or the monetary system work, the more likely it is you’ll be saying something useful. I used to know exactly how everything worked, too… Then I read more books and studied more economic history and current events.

>Make out your argument. I’ll read it. Keep it concise. From what you wrote, you have no argument, just bafflegab.

Quantitative Easing (US) never caused inflation because the bonds never left the banks balance sheets. The stock markets rose because of low interest rates.

Is Venezuela socialist or not? According to the standard definition, it is.

Make your argument and make it concise. I’ll read it and debate with you. You read mine. They were concise. By the way, try refuting them. You never did that.

MMT equals hyperinflation. Refute this.

Venezuela: Nationalization of industries and prices controls are socialist. Refute this.

#24 Long-Time Lurker on 02.24.19 at 5:58 pm

>This is for Figure It Out (and Godth: Who may be the same person.)

https://writing.colostate.edu/guides/page.cfm?pageid=1080&guideid=53

Formal vs. Informal Arguments

The difference between a formal and an informal argument is in the burden of proof. A formal argument clearly states the claim or position it argues and presents a well-developed chain of evidence leading to a reasonable conclusion supporting the claim. The chain of evidence itself may include a wide variety of elements ranging from personal experience to statistical data and expert testimony.

Informal arguments contain little or no supportive evidence. “I did the dishes last night” may be all that’s necessary to encourage your roommate to do them tonight but it’s hardly an argument designed to convince or persuade. Its primary purpose is merely to assert, or point something out, nothing more.

Informal arguments are the stock-in-trade of radio and TV talk-shows, op-ed pages and letters to the editor. Generally speaking, they’re used to instigate discussion among individuals holding different opinions. Quite often they are used to provoke a confrontation between those who flat-out disagree with each other (e.g., The O’Reilly Factor and The Jerry Springer Show). Seldom do they end in a consensus of opinion or a reasonable conclusion.

#25 Penny Henny on 02.24.19 at 5:58 pm

I guess that dog in the picture is the gate keeper.

#26 God on 02.24.19 at 6:20 pm

You are welcome, Garth.

By the way; deflation.

#27 Peter McLean on 02.24.19 at 6:35 pm

“If this keeps up it will be the worst showing for the Dippers this autumn since Kevin O’Leary had hair.”

Zinger alert! Kevin O’Leary really is such a blow hard.

#28 For those about to flop... on 02.24.19 at 6:36 pm

And on the seventh day, God melted all the Pink Snow…

M44BC

“Visualized: The Gender Pay Gap Only Gets Worse With Age.

The gender pay gap is real, and it’s worse for older workers than younger ones. That’s the message behind a set of figures that map the average differences between what men and women earn throughout their careers.

There is an enormous gender wage gap in the U.S. for workers at every stage in their careers.

The problem gets worse as people get older, increasing from $2,000 when people start working to $16,000 when they get ready to retire.

The wage gap accelerates for workers in their 30s and 40s, suggesting that choices around having children play a role in widening gender pay disparities.

Inc. originally gathered the data from IPUMS USA, a research organization that collects and preserves U.S. Census data for the public. The underlying data for our visual comes from the 2017 American Community Survey, which is an annual survey that the Census performs between the decennial survey. These figures provide a deeper look at gender pay disparities than what we previously published, and they contain lots of insights about American workers.

First of all, a substantial gap exists for people no matter how old they are. It’s there when people first join the workforce, and it persists until retirement. The fact is that women make less than men from the very start. The initial difference for 18-year-old men and women is $2,000. That’s a lot of money to teenagers, and it’s a gap of more than 10%. To put that another way, a woman would have to work an additional 5.7 weeks each year just to take home as much money as men.

The gap starts out enormous, but it stays relatively stable in the earliest decades of a worker’s career. As both men and women gain more experience and advance in their careers, they both earn more money than before. Expressed as a percentage of income, it stays around 10 or 11% even as it grows in overall terms from $2,000 to $5,000 by age 30.

And then the wage gap explodes as workers advance into their 30s and start to settle down in their careers. Just as Americans get married, buy homes and start families, men start earning even more than women. The gap reaches its height at $16,100 at age 56, which comes out to a 25% premium.

Lots of people deny the gender pay gap exists. And even if it does exist, they argue it’s entirely explainable by choices related to career paths, or perhaps parenting preferences are to blame. After all, our visualization indicates how the gap expands just when people start families.

But that’s only looking at part of the picture. There’s a deeper dynamic going on than differences in parenting choices and career outcomes. The proof is that women never catch back up to men, even in their late 50s and early 60s. And more to the point, the wage gap exists long before most workers have children in the first place. The wage gap should be called exactly what these numbers suggest. It’s discrimination.”

19 February 2019

Visualization

https://howmuch.net/articles/median-income-by-age-sex-in-america

#29 not 1st on 02.24.19 at 6:37 pm

Sheer is dead even with Liberals and we still have JWR to burn the govt yet for a few more months. Remember T2 is a rock star in the country and the world and has a fawning media. NDP and PPC are non factors for the most part.

http://338canada.com/index.htm

#30 jefferson on 02.24.19 at 6:50 pm

Well, I happen to live in York-Simcoe, PPC getting my vote tomorrow, results be damned.!..

#31 sprawl on 02.24.19 at 6:56 pm

I’m voting PPC. It’s not a lost vote for the Conservatives. Didn’t vote Conservative last time. Have a craving for a 100% authentic federal party. One without any provincial party conflict of interest. Being from Ontario, the land corporate and union campaign contributions, seems to make sense.

#32 El Presidente Trump on 02.24.19 at 7:03 pm

God wanted ME ME ME.. my pres Secretary said I was the chosen one….

Some goodies for the market… to the moon with Rocket Man…

Donald J. Trump
‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump
I am pleased to report that the U.S. has made substantial progress in our trade talks with China on important structural issues including intellectual property protection, technology transfer, agriculture, services, currency, and many other issues. As a result of these very……
….productive talks, I will be delaying the U.S. increase in tariffs now scheduled for March 1. Assuming both sides make additional progress, we will be planning a Summit for President Xi and myself, at Mar-a-Lago, to conclude an agreement. A very good weekend for U.S. & China!

#33 akashic record on 02.24.19 at 7:04 pm

If the call didn’t humble you, as you have never been humbled before, then your silly ego calls you.

Time to work on your sense of humour. – Garth

#34 Damifino on 02.24.19 at 7:07 pm

#22 crowdedelevatorfartz

I was driving through South Burnaby last week and saw a For Sale sign on a house with “Owner willing to Finance”…… Haven’t seen that in decades.
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I was also just driving through South Burnaby. If lawn signs are anything to go by, it seems like Jagmeet has it nailed.

#35 SquirrelOne on 02.24.19 at 7:07 pm

My family will also vote PPC….so yeah, don’t completely discount them.

Unlikely to win a seat. Guaranteed to elect Liberals. Voters never learn. – Garth

#36 Barb on 02.24.19 at 7:08 pm

“…some diddling with capital gains.”

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Buggers! Don’t touch Cap gains…again!

On voting systems, I prefer the American two-party system which, except in a couple of instances, leaves no room for surprises. Throw in a few independents… perfect.

We in BC still remember a devastating surprise in the 90’s. The NDP ran up the middle and got a second reign of terror.

The US can keep their Electoral College though.

#37 bad on 02.24.19 at 7:10 pm

So, why is MSN not making mention that Jag meet is a CRIMINAL DEFENSE lawyer. As if he is really in it for the people. All he says are vague promises that he can’t elaborate on. Oh well, if Burnaby South votes for him, they will get what they get. Yup, a guy who defends bad guys for a living.

#38 The Dog In Picture on 02.24.19 at 7:21 pm

To me it symbolizes being trapped between a rock and a hard place, because there are too many facts to analyze and figure out at this time in voting history.

#39 KLNR on 02.24.19 at 7:25 pm

@#31 jefferson on 02.24.19 at 6:50 pm
Well, I happen to live in York-Simcoe, PPC getting my vote tomorrow, results be damned.!..

#32 sprawl on 02.24.19 at 6:56 pm
I’m voting PPC. It’s not a lost vote for the Conservatives. Didn’t vote Conservative last time. Have a craving for a 100% authentic federal party. One without any provincial party conflict of interest. Being from Ontario, the land corporate and union campaign contributions, seems to make sense.___
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thx guys.
Doing your country a solid.

#40 Robert Kraft on 02.24.19 at 7:27 pm

What the hell! All I did was go into another rub ‘n tug, just like Smoking Man brags about doing here all the time.

Nothing ever happens to him, but I get arrested!!??

Who the hell’s in charge of this country, Soros?!?

#41 Nonplused on 02.24.19 at 7:38 pm

#29 For those about to flop…

You’ve fallen for a con. The pay gap actually does exist and for a reason. Men and women and whatever other genders exist tend to, on average, choose different careers. Women also tend to have less work experience than the other genders because they take more time off to raise children. The “equal pay for equal work” pay gap has been thoroughly debunked. Women do not get paid less to work in Northern Alberta on a drilling rig but you just won’t find many women willing to do that.

From an economic perspective, it just doesn’t make any sense for a business man to employ a man for $16,000 a year if he has qualified female candidates to do it for less. That’s $16,000 a year out of his pocket just to be sexist. Nobody is that sexist.

I can tell you from experience there is no pay gap in government or big corporations. The issue has been dealt with. However there are fewer women in senior positions, so that probably drives the stats.

Anyone who has been married knows it pretty much takes a financial emergency to get your wife to go back to work full time after she has a kid. If the man is earning $150k a year, she just isn’t.

For example here I have a neighbor who is a dentist, but she only works 3 days a week. How are her stats going to line up with the other dentists in the office that work full time? And she only works part time by choice, she could work full time if she wanted. Doesn’t wanna. Well, why should she? They don’t seem to be short of cash.

#42 HH on 02.24.19 at 7:39 pm

So, Garth what do you think the plan will be for dividends and capital gains if the Liberals win? If these are lumped in with regular income what’s the point of investing?

#43 Herb on 02.24.19 at 7:42 pm

#8 Gravy Train,

So Mueller has “indicted 37 people on 199 different counts [so far] including Trump’s inner circle …” Great, but there is a little problem as noted by the CBC in its damning article on Manafort’s sentencing report:

Like other Americans close to the president charged in the Mueller probe, Manafort hasn’t been accused of involvement in Russian election interference.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/mueller-manafort-sentencing-memo-1.5031579

#44 TurnerNation on 02.24.19 at 7:43 pm

And JAg is wearing the symbols of his faith/calling on his head and chin. It’s a full time lifestyle. So what.
And Quebec is solidly Catholic.
Fake/scamming TV preachers aside.

#45 Trading Naked on 02.24.19 at 7:46 pm

Has anybody posted this E*Trade ad here yet? These dogs with better lives than most of us may well be the poster children – er, pups of this blog: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgmJ_ivEVvw

#46 Yuus bin Haad on 02.24.19 at 7:56 pm

Michael Wernick and I have been working on some new ideas for making these by-elections even more exciting.

#47 TurnerNation on 02.24.19 at 7:58 pm

From the Peeing-into-the-sink department, tiny Karma kandos. Your UN-approved compact. Coming to a prefecture near you.

https://www.blogto.com/real-estate-toronto/2019/01/theres-277-square-foot-condo-toronto-renting-1900/

#48 expat on 02.24.19 at 8:15 pm

1 vote for the People’s Party is one less vote the Liberals, Cons, and NDP

Who else will work for you?
Scheer is non – existenet now so he will completely disappear in power.

T2 is an idiot
Singh – well he’s Singh and a socialist – nuff said

#49 MF on 02.24.19 at 8:22 pm

#36 SquirrelOne on 02.24.19

Ah Bernier’s childish attempt at revenge. Wah wah if I can’t have it nobody can!

Canadian scorched earth policy? Throwing out the Canadian bath water with the baby?

It’s too comical.

Anyways, How many times does this have to be repeated: a vote for the PPC is a vote for the Liberals.

It’s almost ironic.

MF

#50 For those about to flop... on 02.24.19 at 8:23 pm

Nonplused.

I wrote” And on the seventh day, God melted all the Pink Snow.”

Which was another way of saying ,I’m going to take a break from my real estate reporting but I will contribute this recent howmuch article, of which I put up a couple of times a week as a way to pay it forward after stumbling onto howmuch when someone on here helped me set up an Imgur account.

I don’t generally comment on the articles, I just put them up for other people’s enjoyment.

You wrote” You’ve fallen for a con.” amongst other things.

Here’s another recent one I never ran.

Caution, it also comes with quotation marks and the source.

Just so you know in advance, I’m not a global arms dealer….

M44BC

“Lords of War: Visualizing the Global Arms Trade Network.

Selling weapons to other countries is big business. It’s so lucrative that President Trump famously refused to cancel an American arms deal with Saudi Arabia in the aftermath of Jamal Khashoggi’s murder. So just how big is the international market?

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and the World Bank keep detailed figures on international arms imports and exports, counting every major conventional weapon from missiles to radar systems and military airplanes. We used the latest available complete data, sometimes going as far back as 2016 for some countries, to create a unique set of maps. The larger a country appears, the more arms it imports or exports. Plus, we added a color-coded outer ring corresponding to the level of each country’s contribution.

Let’s start by looking at who’s selling the most weapons. The U.S. stands out as the world leader by a long shot, shipping well over $12B in arms to other countries. To be sure, a significant amount of American arms exports go to Israel, but there are several other large customers across the Middle East as well, like Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the UAE.

To understand the extent to which Americans dominate the international market for weapons, just look around the world. The second most prolific exporter, Russia, only sees half as much business ($6.15B). France ($2.16B) is the only other country topping $2 billion, with the rest of the major players from Western Europe contributing less. Israel for its part is actually a net exporter of arms ($1.26B exports vs. $528M imports). And China, despite being the second largest economy in the world, only exports some $1.13B. There is only one country from Africa on our map (South Africa at $74M), and only a couple from Latin America. This means that developed countries in the West are, by far, the biggest exporters of arms around the world.

But let’s see who’s buying all those weapons. The world map of importers looks radically different from the exporters. For starters, Saudi Arabia and India are major players, soaking up some $4.11B and $3.36B of the market, respectively. Each country is surrounded by a smattering of other countries making big purchases too.

There are lots of reasons why some countries are major importers. There’s efficiency in a global market where a country can simply purchase weapons as opposed to manufacturing everything at home. Why would Australia, for example, try to build military aircraft when it can simply buy them from the U.S.? There are also lots of regional conflicts pressuring countries to spend top dollar for the latest military technologies, like India and Pakistan. And then there are a number of disreputable countries led by strongmen or oligarchies. They have their own agenda, and clearly they’re willing to spend big bucks for the best weapons.”

27 January 2019
Visualization

https://howmuch.net/articles/worlds-biggest-military-weapons-exporters-and-importers

#51 Ex-Cowtown on 02.24.19 at 8:28 pm

Fun left Coast Pipeline Facts:

Guess where 400,000 barrels per day of Alaska Crude shipped past the Wild and Beautiful BC coast is tankered to?

Los Angeles?

San Francisco?

Houston?

Cherry Point, Washington?

Correct answer is Cherry Point Washington. Just South of White Rock BC and about 10 miles south of Greater Vancouver. Right in the middle of the southern resident Orca homeland.

Imagine that; 400,000 barrels per day of US crude has been shipped PAST Victoria, a stone’s throw from the BC legislature every day for the past 40 years. $10 bucks says that Horgan and Weaver are clueless to how much oil is passing their door step every day.

Apparently it’s OK for the Yanks to ship 400,000 barrels a day, every day for 40 years IN through the Georgia Straight but the world will end if Canada ships a drop of oil OUT.

No wonder the Americans are spending big bucks to stop us from building a pipeline. The last thing they want is any competition.

We Canadians are SOOOOOO stupid………

#52 MF on 02.24.19 at 8:28 pm

13 Dolce Vita on 02.24.19

Finally something you posted that I actually agree with.

I agree hearing these Albertans complain and whine is sad. I always viewed Albertans as proud Canadians who were business savvy and wealthy, helping propel our standard of living forward.

Now? I hear lots of pointless whining about governments. One guy on here keeps saying eastern provinces hate oil? What the heck?

MF

#53 The Real Mark on 02.24.19 at 8:29 pm

Not sure where the idea that the Liberals have gone to war with the self-employed or entrepreneurs came from. All they’ve really done is close some loopholes that were very commonly used for fraudulent purposes. Like doctors putting their wives and kids on payroll at exaggerated salaries. Or excess retained earnings in professional corporations that were nothing more than a tax reduction ruse, and not legitimately related to the formation of business capital.

Deficits and debt of the current Liberal government has been actually less than the averages run under the Harper regime.

Andrew Scheer’s a good guy, met him many times at barbecues, etc., but quite frankly, he’s spent nearly 100% of his life outside of diapers, high school, and university in politics. Even the drama teacher has spent more time “working in the real world”. Just out of interest, has a former Speaker of the House of Commons *ever* in the history of Canada, become the Prime Minister?

At least Canada’s deeply out of favour gold sector could finally start getting some love in the not so distant future. Anyone been watching its rise lately?

#54 acdel on 02.24.19 at 8:48 pm

I got a chuckle out of this!

Canada unemployment defined by the famous Abbot and Costello’s “Who’s on First”

COSTELLO: I want to talk about the unemployment rate in Canada.
ABBOTT: Good Subject. Terrible Times. It’s 5.6%.
COSTELLO: That many people are out of work?
ABBOTT: No, that’s 23%.
COSTELLO: You just said 5.6%.
ABBOTT: 5.6% Unemployed.
COSTELLO: Right, 5.6% out of work.
ABBOTT: No, that’s 23%.
COSTELLO: Okay, so it’s 23% unemployed.
COSTELLO: WAIT A MINUTE. Is it 5.6% or 23%?
ABBOTT: 5.6% are unemployed. 23% are out of work.
COSTELLO: If you are out of work you are unemployed
ABBOTT: No, Trudeau said you can’t count the “Out of Work” as the unemployed. You have to look for work to be unemployed.
COSTELLO: BUT THEY ARE OUT OF WORK!!!
ABBOTT: No, you miss his point.
COSTELLO: What point?
ABBOTT: Someone who doesn’t look for work can’t be counted with those who look for work. It wouldn’t be fair.
COSTELLO: To whom?
ABBOTT: The unemployed.
COSTELLO: But ALL of them are out of work.
ABBOTT: No, the unemployed are actively looking for work. Those who are out of work gave up looking and if you give up, you are no longer in the ranks of the unemployed.
COSTELLO: So if you’re off the unemployment roles that would count as less unemployment?
ABBOTT: Unemployment would go down. Absolutely!
COSTELLO: The unemployment just goes down because you don’t look for work?
ABBOTT: Absolutely it goes down. That’s how it gets to 5.6%. Otherwise it would be 23%.
COSTELLO: Wait, I got a question for you That means there are two ways to bring down the unemployment number?
ABBOTT: Two ways is correct.
COSTELLO: Unemployment can go down if someone gets a job?
ABBOTT: Correct.
COSTELLO: And unemployment can also go down if you stop looking for a job?
ABBOTT: Bingo.
COSTELLO: So there are two ways to bring unemployment down, and the easier of the two is to have people stop looking for work.
ABBOTT: Now you’re thinking like a Liberal.
COSTELLO: I don’t even know what the hell I just said!
ABBOTT: Now you’re thinking like Trudeau.

#55 Robert Ash on 02.24.19 at 8:54 pm

“Maybe that’s what most Canadians want ..plus a Pony”… That got a laugh out of me, but the implication, is a little more gritty. If there are 40% of the Voting Public that don’t pay any Taxes….. after Gov. Rebates… I think there are a lot of the wrong reasons, people today, angry and entitled will use to cast their votes…. I hope I am wrong, but the other nuance is the Child Like approach that our Leaders are taking, today… Selfish, Me First, and more often than not… really lacking common sense…

#56 Pipeline Perry! on 02.24.19 at 9:11 pm

Because it’s 2019! Will be the reason why Mr. Scheer gets elected and just gets right to work building massive pipelines across this nation. Great Big Pipes to carry that WCS to the promised lands! It’s time to get back to Business in 2019 for Canadians!

#57 Unhinged Trader on 02.24.19 at 9:15 pm

“Fallen lawyer Michael Cohen testifies before Congress in an explosive session.”

No one in the know actually believes in the Russia hoax. It was all very clearly contrived by associates and institutionally entrenched allies of the thoroughly corrupt Clinton clan.

Just because you fielded a person who was widely loathed and provably corrupt, and who managed to lose to a disgusting self-promoter and occasional WWE wrestler, does not make for a Russian conspiracy.

#58 Bobby on 02.24.19 at 9:25 pm

Given that the average voter is about as sharp as our PM, anything could happen. Yes, I’ll bet there are those out there who would believe they would get a pony if the Liberals promised it. Just like those here in BC who believed they would get a $400 rental rebate. Fool me once.

#59 acdel on 02.24.19 at 9:40 pm

#53 Ex-Cowtown

Yes, we in Alberta know this to our frustrations! When will Canadians rise up against this? It is madness that we are losing ten of billions to special interest groups.

The only alternative in this cold country is nuclear; but no, people think that we can keep our homes warm with solar and wind in minus 20 to 50 below weather. It is sheer ludacris! I say, let us go back to the old ways and burn wood to heat our home but wait we would deplete our forest in a few weeks. Oh well, Cest la vie! Fools!!!

Keep sending your hard earned bucks to all those environmental groups that only use the very same money not to invest in alternative energies but to make sure that we stay poor and destroy our economy.

Meanwhile the worst polluters do more harm in one year then Canada would do in a lifetime.

#60 unleashed dog on 02.24.19 at 9:47 pm

#13 Dolce Vita
It’s one thing to be ignorant – it’s another to be proud of it. Yeah – “save the trees, bees, snails, whales” – how quaint, eh – to give a damn about the planet. Other living things. Don’t ever get a dog! (for the dog’s sake, that is) I mean, they don’t really serve a pragmatic purpose as ‘pets’ or make money (on the contrary!) for you. So, what’s the point …
But don’t worry – you will ‘win’ in the long run. That’s the Luddite ‘thinking’ that has prevailed over history and got us in this position in the first place.
The smug, pseudo-sophisticate dispatches from Italy (if they are – doubt it) condescending to Canadians living it all, are getting stale.

#61 CalgaryGuy on 02.24.19 at 9:48 pm

I’m hoping for a Liberal majority. Hopefully another 4 years of JT will convince Albertans that Canada sees us as nothing but ignorant neanderthals with money to be stolen. Garth, for all your financial knowledge, you suffer from Trump Derangement Syndrome. Here’s to Alberta becoming the 51st state and Canada descending into a politically-correct insignificant failed state. Love from Calgary.

#62 yorkville renter on 02.24.19 at 9:50 pm

#45 – Herb, all American people charged in the probe have lied about contacts with Russians… why? why so much lying about dealing with Russians?

I think those charges are being made as leverage… and to make the point to defendants that the Probe has the goods, so don’t lie.

If charges filed to date outlined the scheme it would tip off everyone on what’s to come.

my $0.02

#63 Forbalance on 02.24.19 at 9:51 pm

All those who legitimately oppose or dislike the president, including traditional high-brow Republicans who find him distasteful, should join in the condemnation of this largely criminal assault on democracy

#64 Dogster on 02.24.19 at 9:55 pm

#9 LP

I would argue that the pup in the picture is a Golden Retriever. There are lots of Golden Retriever colors. The Golden Retriever dog’s signature golden coat can also display a range of shades, from white to light cream to dark golden brown to even red gold.

#65 dr talc on 02.24.19 at 9:56 pm

I got a mass mailing from the federal cons, all about some isis threats, T2 being too soft on ‘terror’. Folks, im a social and fiscal conservative, but this letter was an embarrassment. There is only one ‘side’.and it is ‘government’ and it is your adversary. no one to vote for. conservatism is obsolete, the party sabotaged.

#66 Kelly on 02.24.19 at 10:15 pm

Gravy Train #8
Fallen lawyer Michael Cohen testifies before Congress in an explosive session. – Garth

On Meet the Press today, former acting U.S. Solicitor General Neal Katyal said, “[Mueller]’s indicted 37 people on 199 different counts [so far] including Trump’s inner circle … so, if this is a witch hunt, Mueller’s found a coven at this point.…” :)
…………………………………….
The Mueller matter has been a total joke from the beginning.
Russia, Russia, Russia …. oh no Russia, here so Process, process, process.
Started on a false premise paid for by Hillary, the loser.

With the Mueller waste of time and money behind us, the real crackdown will begin.
Sedition, subversion, cover up, treason.
The names will surprise you including “Lock her up”.

The next two years in the USA will finally see the right side of justice.

As for Canada, hopefully, a clean sweep tomorrow sending a huge message that Drama teachers belong in high school.

#67 Out Of Work CEO, Will Travel on 02.24.19 at 10:36 pm

Outremont is foremost the intellectual and cultural backbone of Quebec and French society and the powerhorse of the economy…how it became an NDP state underlines the “je me fou” attitude of the wealthy and the independent. This is Justin Trudeau’s realm. Have the Liberals stepped on too many of the “bon vivants’ toes”?

#68 Pax on 02.24.19 at 10:45 pm

Another example of why a completely free market helps some get rich but the vast majority get a not so great deal. Canada should increase foreign restrictions so only know owners with traceable money can buy and consider a ban on foreign ownership l.ike so many other reasonable (for their citizens) countries.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/25/sale-of-portable-cabins-booms-in-new-zealand-amid-housing-crisis

#69 45north on 02.24.19 at 10:50 pm

dakkie: Who Wins in a long-drawn-out gradual Housing Bust?
https://www.investmentwatchblog.com/who-wins-in-a-long-drawn-out-gradual-housing-bust/

Wolf Richter advances the benefits of a long drawn-out housing bust. It’s what Garth says: housing prices will not collapse but decline over many years. Richter makes the points:

high house prices have permanently damaged the economy

they have resulted in high household debt

as concerned with buying a house, the fruits of labour have been crushed

Richter is talking about the US, but the housing bubble is bigger in Canada. Damage to the economy is greater. Household debt is greater. The fruits of labour have been crushed worse.

Now comes the hard part. Instead of rising, prices must fall but that’s not what our political leaders are saying. It’s what they’re doing but it’s not what they’re saying. Stricter lending requirements are causing prices to fall. Requirements such as the stress test, 25 year mortgages and a cap on CMHC mortgages of $1 million.

The three by-elections are silly – three political parties, in three widely separated ridings, are trying to get elected without saying the thing that really matters.

#70 Jimers on 02.24.19 at 10:57 pm

Mueller swung a dead cat in Washington and hit some tax evaders. Any idea how many people are busted for tax evasion every year? And what does that have to do with Trump or Russia? Mueller is quite credibly The Enemy of the American Electorate.

#71 Lorne on 02.24.19 at 11:18 pm

#53 Ex-Cowtown on 02.24.19 at 8:28 pm
Fun left Coast Pipeline Facts:

Guess where 400,000 barrels per day of Alaska Crude shipped past the Wild and Beautiful BC coast is tankered to?

Los Angeles?

San Francisco?

Houston?

Cherry Point, Washington?

Correct answer is Cherry Point Washington. Just South of White Rock BC and about 10 miles south of Greater Vancouver. Right in the middle of the southern resident Orca homeland.

Imagine that; 400,000 barrels per day of US crude has been shipped PAST Victoria, a stone’s throw from the BC legislature every day for the past 40 years. $10 bucks says that Horgan and Weaver are clueless to how much oil is passing their door step every day.

Apparently it’s OK for the Yanks to ship 400,000 barrels a day, every day for 40 years IN through the Georgia Straight but the world will end if Canada ships a drop of oil OUT.

No wonder the Americans are spending big bucks to stop us from building a pipeline. The last thing they want is any competition.

We Canadians are SOOOOOO stupid………
…….
Little geography lesson. Cherry Point Washington is easy access for oil tankers as opposed to the Burnaby terminus of the KP Pipeline which tankers would have to pass through both First and Second Narrows just to get out of Vancouver harbour. This is far from a good location in which to have 400 plus tankers per year leaving from.

#72 Ronaldo on 02.24.19 at 11:24 pm

China’s highways. Friggin amazing. And we think we are advanced, wow.

https://www.wimp.com/chinas-highways-looking-like-something-out-of-a-sci-fi-film/?fbclid=IwAR08L55vY0l8ZVKIcQDky_ZqT52IYj910Sbs9Fwn8e_0TmQ2GWK0x_4vthE

#73 Ronaldo on 02.24.19 at 11:35 pm

And if you thought China’s highways were something check out what they have done with their railways in the last 10 years while we have been busy inflating our housing markets. Unbelievable progress. They are going to leave the rest of the world in the dust.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JDoll8OEFE

#74 New West on 02.24.19 at 11:54 pm

#22 crowdedelevatorfartz on 02.24.19 at 5:49 pm

I was driving through South Burnaby last week and saw a For Sale sign on a house with “Owner willing to Finance”…….

Haven’t seen that in decades.

———————–

Wow. I remember that kind of situation in the early ’80s, after the crash. I know more than one person who gave up and left the keys to the house on the counter for the bank as they had no chance of paying the mortgage.

I sold in South Burnaby in early 2015 and thought it was probably a little early. I guess it was better than being late…..

#75 acdel on 02.24.19 at 11:59 pm

#43 Nonplused
#29 For those about to flop

Sorry Flop, I very much enjoy your excellent posts on what is happening in real-estate on the West Coast but I agree with Nonplused on your rant about fair wages; in which I will agree that it is a complete farce.

I worked many years in a unionized setting, no wage discrepancy at all between sexes; but whoa, huge discrepancy between men and women between sick days, stress leave, maternity , one year off numerous times, no extra staff hired for that beautiful occasion of the mom being off, and guess who had to pick up for the absent, and do not blame it on the poor sucker that had to fill in with no extra pay, discuss that with the parents and employers.

As another poster said, there is equal pay for all these ladies that want to do the shit jobs up North (which the ones that do, you know that you are part of the team). the others; please!

There are numerous studies out there that state that the husbands work just as hard or harder making a life for his family.

Flops, you disappointed me with your post, many women and men would agree with me. There is so much more then what you are insinuating, it is like any relationship there are many days where it is 90/10 for either partner but those successful one’s realize this and live a beautiful life together.

Stop this b.s. about inequality and especially in 2019; it does not exist and by all means it works both ways. Just ask any divorced father out there trying to do the best for his children with no equality because of the current laws, I have known so many that went though nasty divorces over my lifetime which only hurt the children. It just disgust me of the lies on either side, women and men that has gone thru hell and back for no reason but spite.

The whole litigation system is 100 yrs back and should be upgraded to reality not a fictional past and especially keep the hard wing feminist out of it (especially the childless ones that have no idea), this should be strictly judged by an up to date judicial system that reflects both views of partners in 2019 not 1940 current system.

I have worked with many incredibly intelligent ladies out there, and trust me they taught me and were payed very well for there expertise. What a delight it was to work with them, true team effort.

#76 Smartalox on 02.25.19 at 12:00 am

Regardless of what happens in the by-elections tomorrow, Trudeau’s Liberals will benefit from the recent supreme Court decision to allow Canadians who live abroad to vote in the upcoming election, in the ridings where they last lived. So if you lived in Vancouver and moved to California, you can vote to elect someone in your riding in Vancouver.

Of course, on the international stage, Justin Trudeau and his Liberals are the darlings of the international media. In the US, where most Canadian expatriates and dual citizens live, Trudeau is a celebrity because he’s NOT Trump. Nobody else even gets a mention. Andrew who? Trump-lite? What’s a Jagmeet, anyway?

It’ll be another Liberal majority. For sure.

Cheer up though: allowing ex-pats to vote is the first step, to get the mandate to tax these Canadians’ worldwide income. Gotta make those Astrodads pay their fair share.

#77 Ponzius Pilatus on 02.25.19 at 12:08 am

Isn’t this exciting? So glad God called on me to blog.
————
Keep God out of this.
You are a disciple of Mr. Market.

#78 Bobby Bittman on 02.25.19 at 12:11 am

Umm…. sorry Garth but the last 30 years has been a tax on the middle class ( the majority in this country) to benefit the unworking class or the upper class. Any other narrative is horseshit! Who gets the ill gotten gains is the only question. No violins for the winners or losers. Those are the income facts from the last 30 years of revenue Canada stats. The rest is just spin!

#79 Booby Bittman on 02.25.19 at 12:22 am

God will be turning your money trading table over Garth. Lol.

#80 For those about to flop... on 02.25.19 at 12:23 am

Pink Snow falling in Vancouver.

I thought I had the day off, but one of my regular helpers just slapped me across the back of the head with some rhubarb and told me to wake up and get with the program

I’m awake, A.B, I’m awake!

The details…

797 e 18th Ave, Vancouver

Paid 1.6 July 2016

Asking 1.44

Assessment 1.46

Vacant lot, and after demolishing the house and getting permits they could even be into this place somewhere between 1.7/1.75,nothing to show for it.

I live about 20 blocks from this place and it looks like the immediate area including Kingsway and Fraser could be set for some dramatic changes in the next 5-10 years depending on the condo slowdown.

Proximity to downtown might play in its favour in a slowing market…

M44BC

https://www.zolo.ca/vancouver-real-estate/797-east-18th-avenue

#81 Long-Time Lurker on 02.25.19 at 12:28 am

Where are you, Figure It Out? Your lack of a response speaks for itself.

#82 Ponzius Pilatus on 02.25.19 at 12:34 am

Responding to Doug’s assertion that technology is the main reason hey golfers are hitting it longer.
As yogi Berra said:
“drive for show, but chip and putt for dough”
The putters and the wedges are pretty low tech.
What really makes a difference is the incredible conditioning of today’s golfers.
Just look at Tigers body.
They have conditioning and skill coaches. Shrinks.
Even sleep coaches.
Today’s winner of the WGC champion on Mexico is Dustin Johnson who stands 6.4 feet tall.
The tallest player ever.
And he’s the best player 3 years running.
Let me explain this in hockey terms, which most Canadians understand.
Do you really think that Connor Mc. David is the best player in the world because he uses the best hockey stick.
Think about it.

#83 Canuck on 02.25.19 at 12:47 am

“Unlikely to win a seat. Guaranteed to elect Liberals. Voters never learn. – Garth”

_______________________________________________

Aren’t you a voter?

#84 Longterm on 02.25.19 at 12:55 am

#61 acdel on 02.24.19 at 9:40 pm

Yeah, all those special interest groups who want things only for themselves like a stable climate, oceans that aren’t acidifying, and biodiversity. Shame on them.

FYI, Albertans are amongst the biggest GHG polluters per capita in the world. But if you want to play that tired refrain that what we do doesn’t matter because [insert your country of choice] is 30 times our size, then where exactly do you think the dilbit Albertans are mining is going to go? In the end it pretty much all gets burned and winds up in the atmosphere. Those who dig it and flog it need to own that legacy.

#85 acdel on 02.25.19 at 1:22 am

https://nationalpost.com/opinion/christie-blatchford-the-question-remains-why-didnt-wilson-raybould-resign#comments-area

This is one lady that I truly respect in journalism; she really gets down to the bone!

#86 Smoking Man on 02.25.19 at 1:38 am

True Detective 3 final episode.

Outstanding. Pizzaloto knocks it out of the park again. Black cop and white cop bros on a mission. I’m sure some feminazi hated it. They cant stand men period. It is what it is.

By the way the black cop, epic performance. He also won an accadamy award tonight.

It sucks that globalist and their agenda what us to all hate to each other.
I won’t get sucked in. I’ll fight em all the way no matter what they call me

I respect risk takers of any stripes, I despises cowards , thats pretty much black and white to me.

#87 crowdedelevatorfartz on 02.25.19 at 2:15 am

I thought the full moon was last week.
Or is it just a slow night on the Telly…..?

#88 MaxBerniersShorts on 02.25.19 at 2:51 am

63 Calgary Guy
Albertans should figure out a way to export that world class whining. No pipelines needed for that.

#89 Ustabe on 02.25.19 at 5:37 am

…no one to vote for. conservatism is obsolete, the party sabotaged.

From a socially liberal, fiscally conservative, long time PC member I couldn’t agree more.

#90 Felix on 02.25.19 at 7:12 am

The photo in this blog post demonstrates an effective and low cost way to restrain potentially violent and always stupid and obnoxious mutts. Cats can also easily slip through on either side.

Highly recommended.

#91 TurnerNation on 02.25.19 at 7:53 am

Elections are fun exercises yes, like a game. Go team!

Meanwhile in reality…last week the UN-led T2 govt virtue signaled hundreds of millions of our tax money to a black hole in Venezuela.
This weekend the news reports there, (In)Security forces killed dozens of protestors, many more injured. Where are the cries of “he’s killing his own people!!” (So we must invade)?

Some people have figured out the North-South divide. Every decade or s South America has been hit with some currency/coup/or debt crisis. When Bankers Attack. Why: The South supplies the North with drugs.

Just takin’ care of business and working overtime. The UN oversees it all.

#92 not 1st on 02.25.19 at 8:52 am

Trudeau and his bandits are determined to die on the SNC hill. DPA didn’t work, strong arming AG didn’t work, so now they try to change the law eliminating contract bans for criminal corporations.

These guys are brazen. No back room deals, all in the open. Transparent corruption with the bet that voters are too dumb to notice and some are.

#93 crowdedelevatorfartz on 02.25.19 at 9:33 am

Driving to work through South Burnaby this morning.
The Polling Station “vote here” signs were being taped to posts at 6:15 am….
I expect voter turnout to be heavy.

https://www.citynews1130.com/2019/02/24/facebook-ads-stir-controversy-ahead-of-burnaby-south-vote-monday/

#94 AB Boxster on 02.25.19 at 9:48 am

#86 Longterm on 02.25.19 at 12:55 am


Albertans are amongst the biggest GHG polluters per capita in the world

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That’s because we produce the energy that the rest of the world uses to stay alive.

@holes like you happily use the energy Alberta and the rest of the world produces and then vilifies the Alberta province for producing it.

Never vilifying China for building 40 new coal burning plants a year, or British Columbia for exporting this coal to China. Or vilifying BC for hosting and promoting the cruise ship industry, which is one of the most energy burning industries that exists.
Not the fault of Quebec that buys more SUV’s than any other province. Or of Ontario, that produces the machines that actual burn the energy that is produced in ‘evil Alberta’.

No, it’s certainly not their fault.

Nope, It’s all Alberta’s fault.

As far as as the BS argument about per capita polluters, how about we just allow 10 million immigrants into Alberta?

That would decrease the provinces per capita energy use by a vast amount.

Because it is per capita use that matters right?

The earth’s climate is being affected by the amount of energy each of use individually use rather than as a total of all energy consumption. Right?

Of course, bringing 10 million people from the third world, where they live in poverty because they have no access to energy, and bringing them to Canada, where they would use the same amount of energy required to run a modern developed country, would be make perfect sense to Climate change zealots like yourself.

So then we could reduce our per capita energy use, all the while massively increasing the total amount of energy that we use.

Per capita use.
Another brilliant argument from the global warming eco-idiots.

#95 NoName on 02.25.19 at 10:02 am

#92 Felix on 02.25.19 at 7:12 am
The photo in this blog post demonstrates an effective and low cost way to restrain potentially violent and always stupid and obnoxious mutts. Cats can also easily slip through on either side.

Highly recommended.

Felix, never ever go to australias kangaroo island, and if you go and see berry run away as fast as you can.

#96 Ex-Cowtown on 02.25.19 at 10:08 am

Little geography lesson. Cherry Point Washington is easy access for oil tankers as opposed to the Burnaby terminus of the KP Pipeline which tankers would have to pass through both First and Second Narrows just to get out of Vancouver harbour. This is far from a good location in which to have 400 plus tankers per year leaving from.

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Oh….. I see….. 10 tramp clapped out bunker fuel spewing Chinese cargo ships hauling plastic dog crap to Walmart per day is OK but 1 more state of the art satellite tracked double hull tanker to employ 150,000 Canadians will kill the planet.

Got it.

I stand by my statement:

We Canadians are SOOOOOO stupid.

#97 IHCTD9 on 02.25.19 at 10:12 am

#77 acdel on 02.24.19 at 11:59 pm
#43 Nonplused
#29 For those about to flop

Sorry Flop, I very much enjoy your excellent posts on what is happening in real-estate on the West Coast but I agree with Nonplused on your rant about fair wages; in which I will agree that it is a complete farce.
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You can take those studies and use their methodology to find wage gaps no matter where you look. Folks with brown eyes make less than those with green eyes. Folks with blonde hair make less than those with black hair. Folks who are over 5′-10″ make 6% less than those over 6′-3″ – on and on and on. That’s what happens when you don’t control for the variables in work choices – discrimination everywhere! This of course is the whole point – young western feminists are truly running out of legitimate reasons to gripe – so they’re moving on to manufacture new reasons out of thin air.

Canadian businesses are not allowed to pay Women less because of their sex – problem solved right there. End of discussion. A “Wage gap” may well exist, but it is not because Women are “getting paid less”, nor is it any different than the “wage gap” those poor folks with brown eyes, or blonde hair are suffering.

#98 AB Boxster on 02.25.19 at 10:14 am

#90 MaxBerniersShorts on 02.25.19 at 2:51 am


Albertans should figure out a way to export that world class whining. No pipelines needed for that.

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From 2007 to 2015 Alberta sent the rest of Canada (mostly to the the pathetic provinces of Quebec and Ontario) over 200 billion dollars from our economy.

This, because the province has had the ingenuity and smarts, to create one of the most efficient energy industries in the world.

For its efforts, the rest Canada has decide that it cannot sell its energy to the rest of the world for a decent price, and so its economy has been in recession for over 5 years and there is still job loss occurring.

And Canada, the progressive confederation of regions, strong and free, where ‘diversity is our strength’ likes to call it whining.

So typically Canadian.

Such a good example as to why Canada is really not worth saving as a country any longer.

Any country that sucks the wealth of one region, to redistribute to the basket case provinces of another region, all the while vilifying the province that produces the wealth, is really not worth saving.

#99 Intentional on 02.25.19 at 10:26 am

#94 not 1st – The key that you mentioned of changing the law becomes the critical deciding factor, because this was no coincidence, but intentional. This action alone needs to be looked at carefully, and focused upon.

#100 dharma bum on 02.25.19 at 10:56 am

Whatever happened to the infatuation fuelled love fest for Jagmeet?

I mean, when he came on the scene as dipper leader, the lady folk were all ga ga for the dude.

Canada’s latest saviour incarnate.

So, what happened?

Not that I really care.

#101 For those about to flop... on 02.25.19 at 11:03 am

#99 IHCTD9 on 02.25.19 at 10:12 am
#77 acdel on 02.24.19 at 11:59 pm
#43 Nonplused

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Well thats three people that didn’t read the post properly.

I’m a bit slower than all you guys on here and so my general rule is if I’m going to reply to someone I read their post three times to give myself the best chance to understand as best I can exactly what the person is taking about.

I have been running howmuch articles on here for years now a couple of times a week, whether I agree of disagree with their views on the topic at hand.

Anyone else not know what these mean “….”

Read 3 times, type once…

M44BC

#102 IHCTD9 on 02.25.19 at 11:15 am

#86 Longterm on 02.25.19 at 12:55 am

FYI, Albertans are amongst the biggest GHG polluters per capita in the world. But if you want to play that tired refrain that what we do doesn’t matter because [insert your country of choice] is 30 times our size, then where exactly do you think the dilbit Albertans are mining is going to go? In the end it pretty much all gets burned and winds up in the atmosphere. Those who dig it and flog it need to own that legacy.
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“Owning that legacy” amounts to squat in the real world.

The real question is: will Westerners willingly submit to a significantly lower standard of living? Westerners drive global manufacturing and consumption more than any other society on Earth. Westerners could bring manufacturing in gross polluting countries to its knees just by cutting their consumption and deflating their lifestyles.

If all Western peoples cut their spending and consumption 50-75% top to bottom – they’d still live pretty good. But they would financially murder the entire planet, Banks, Government, manufacturing, energy, natural resources, and the economies of all non Western Nations. I’d go so far to say by the time it’s all said and done, poverty would be the new global norm for whoever happens to live through the strife.

There is no realistic fix – just a bunch of peeps arguing the minutia of what might (or might not) happen via the www.

#103 aa3 on 02.25.19 at 11:27 am

When global warming people give up heating their houses, their cars, foreign vacations and so forth, I will hear their arguments. Most likely I will still disagree with their doomist beliefs, but at least I would give them the time of day.

#104 PastThePeak on 02.25.19 at 11:31 am

#99 IHCTD9 on 02.25.19 at 10:12 am
#77 acdel on 02.24.19 at 11:59 pm
#43 Nonplused
#29 For those about to flop

Sorry Flop, I very much enjoy your excellent posts on what is happening in real-estate on the West Coast but I agree with Nonplused on your rant about fair wages; in which I will agree that it is a complete farce.
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You can take those studies and use their methodology to find wage gaps no matter where you look. Folks with brown eyes make less than those with green eyes. Folks with blonde hair make less than those with black hair. Folks who are over 5′-10″ make 6% less than those over 6′-3″ – on and on and on. That’s what happens when you don’t control for the variables in work choices – discrimination everywhere! This of course is the whole point – young western feminists are truly running out of legitimate reasons to gripe – so they’re moving on to manufacture new reasons out of thin air.

Canadian businesses are not allowed to pay Women less because of their sex – problem solved right there. End of discussion. A “Wage gap” may well exist, but it is not because Women are “getting paid less”, nor is it any different than the “wage gap” those poor folks with brown eyes, or blonde hair are suffering.
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Yep. The wage gap as measured is explained in two words: Choice and children.

But movements based entirely on protesting can’t ever stop protesting (otherwise the movement has no meaning). So there never is “victory”.

#105 KLNR on 02.25.19 at 11:35 am

@#96 AB Boxster on 02.25.19 at 9:48 am
#86 Longterm on 02.25.19 at 12:55 am

Albertans are amongst the biggest GHG polluters per capita in the world

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That’s because we produce the energy that the rest of the world uses to stay alive.

@holes like you happily use the energy Alberta and the rest of the world produces and then vilifies the Alberta province for producing it.

Never vilifying China for building 40 new coal burning plants a year, or British Columbia for exporting this coal to China. Or vilifying BC for hosting and promoting the cruise ship industry, which is one of the most energy burning industries that exists.
Not the fault of Quebec that buys more SUV’s than any other province. Or of Ontario, that produces the machines that actual burn the energy that is produced in ‘evil Alberta’.

No, it’s certainly not their fault.

Nope, It’s all Alberta’s fault.

As far as as the BS argument about per capita polluters, how about we just allow 10 million immigrants into Alberta?

That would decrease the provinces per capita energy use by a vast amount.

Because it is per capita use that matters right?

The earth’s climate is being affected by the amount of energy each of use individually use rather than as a total of all energy consumption. Right?

Of course, bringing 10 million people from the third world, where they live in poverty because they have no access to energy, and bringing them to Canada, where they would use the same amount of energy required to run a modern developed country, would be make perfect sense to Climate change zealots like yourself.

So then we could reduce our per capita energy use, all the while massively increasing the total amount of energy that we use.

Per capita use.
Another brilliant argument from the global warming eco-idiots.
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pot meet kettle.
lol, your argument is just as weak as his.

#106 KLNR on 02.25.19 at 11:41 am

@#29 For those about to flop… on 02.24.19 at 6:36 pm
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careful flop, you’re going to trigger the cavemen with comments like this.

#107 Brett in Calgary on 02.25.19 at 11:43 am

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/04/business/economy/productivity-inequality-wages.html

The fact of the matter is technology has impacted the world more than we’d like to admit. The proportion of people making a livable wage is ever shrinking. Whether you’re an Albertan oil company that doesn’t need to employee inefficient, expensive labor anymore, or an Ontario real estate agent who can’t find a buyer it’s the same issue. The easy money is gone.

I tend to like the ‘drop your entitlement’ perspective of Martin Pelletier because frankly we don’t have a choice. Tech is here to stay barring a disaster, so we might as well focus on getting as big a pie piece as possible.

https://business.financialpost.com/investing/investing-pro/tough-love-how-to-make-canada-competitive-on-the-global-stage

#108 conan on 02.25.19 at 11:53 am

Bernier’s vote totals will be telling. 3 percent ,or more, of the popular vote starts helping the Liberals.
People will vote for him just because they believe he should have been the leader of the Conservative Party. They don’t care what happens to the Scheer’s Party.

#109 not 1st on 02.25.19 at 12:44 pm

#108 KLNR on 02.25.19 at 11:41 am
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At least he has an argument, whats yours? Your life exists at the grace of energy and its ability to feed you and manipulate other resources into useful products that you use like the PC you type your drivel on. Where you going to get energy from in BC? Solar, yeah right, that pesky sun thing. How about some windmills in the straight? Might hurt the whales right. I mean the whales are so dumb the might knock themselves out. Hydro? sure, talk to the bands about that one.

You want solar and wind and no airplanes like AOC good luck. The places where that works are the same places where oil is now. How are we going to transmit renewable electricity from sunny windy Ab to gloomy backwards BC?

#110 jess on 02.25.19 at 1:11 pm

CARBON DIVIDENDS -seems many take the same view

Feb 17

Over 3,300 economists have now signed this statement on the carbon tax, making it the largest public declaration in the history of economics:

https://www.econstatement.org/

ORIGINAL CO-SIGNATORIES INCLUDE:
27Nobel Laureate Economists
4Former Chairs of the Federal Reserve
15Former Chairs of the Council of Economic Advisers
2Former Secretaries of the US Department of Treasury

I. A carbon tax offers the most cost-effective lever to reduce carbon emissions at the scale and speed that is necessary. By correcting a well-known market failure, a carbon tax will send a powerful price signal that harnesses the invisible hand of the marketplace to steer economic actors towards a low-carbon future.

II. A carbon tax should increase every year until emissions reductions goals are met and be revenue neutral to avoid debates over the size of government. A consistently rising carbon price will encourage technological innovation and large-scale infrastructure development. It will also accelerate the diffusion of carbon-efficient goods and services.

III. A sufficiently robust and gradually rising carbon tax will replace the need for various carbon regulations that are less efficient. Substituting a price signal for cumbersome regulations will promote economic growth and provide the regulatory certainty companies need for long- term investment in clean-energy alternatives.

IV. To prevent carbon leakage and to protect U.S. competitiveness, a border carbon adjustment system should be established. This system would enhance the competitiveness of American firms that are more energy-efficient than their global competitors. It would also create an incentive for other nations to adopt similar carbon pricing.

V. To maximize the fairness and political viability of a rising carbon tax, all the revenue should be returned directly to U.S. citizens through equal lump-sum rebates. The majority of American families, including the most vulnerable, will benefit financially by receiving more in “carbon dividends” than they pay in increased energy prices.

#111 jess on 02.25.19 at 1:20 pm

robert mercer

“…high-volume, high-frequency trader, RenTech’s role in the crisis attracted scrutiny from the Securities and Exchange Commission and the IRS. Federal agents were alarmed by what they found….in 2010, the IRS issued a public memorandum warning hedge funds and banks about using “basket options,” structures in which banks loaned funds for the traders to purchase derivatives, which they held in “baskets.” …The IRS memo said that hedge funds – not their partner banks – controlled the underlying assets and thus should pay taxes at a higher capital gains rate…Some hedge funds and banks stopped using basket options, but RenTech persisted.

Then, in July 2014, Democratic Chairman Carl Levin of the Senate Investigations Subcommittee and its ranking Republican, Arizona Sen. John McCain, issued the report accusing Renaissance of a giant tax dodge on hundreds of millions of options trades dating to 1999.The panel said basket-trading also had enabled RenTech to dramatically increase its leverage, meaning it could borrow up to 10 times more money against its securities portfolio.

Following the Senate investigation, the IRS issued a notice in 2015 that left no doubt basket-option contracts were taxable as ordinary income.
Read more here: https://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/article147454324.html#storylink=cpy

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-27/dispute-over-mercer-hedge-fund-taxes-moves-to-irs-appeals-office

#112 jess on 02.25.19 at 1:25 pm

booohoo

crackdown on “disguised remuneration” tax avoidance.

bought into the “E-shares” or “partly paid shares” scheme blame their accountants for the unexpected bills.

Those who used so-called disguised remuneration schemes to avoid tax as far back as 1999 are being targeted by a “loan charge” which comes into force in April and aims to recoup the losses from the arrangements.

The schemes typically involved income being paid in the form of loans from offshore companies which would never be repaid. They were generally understood to be legal at the time, and many contractors were following the advice of experts, but the Government’s position is that they have always been defective.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/tax/income-tax/bosses-facing-500k-tax-bills-take-fight-accountants/

#113 AfterTheHouseSold on 02.25.19 at 1:27 pm

#103 Flop
Re your post at #29
“Well thats three people that didn’t read the post properly.”

No Flop. It’s one person, you, that didn’t read the rules of the forum host properly:

“Please avoid pasting the text of excessively long articles or news stories within your comment-provide a link to the item instead.”

The three posters have mistakenly attributed the words of your post to you. They think that you wrote it. Pasting the entire text of the link is redundant.

To avoid future confusion and adhere to the blog rules like everyone else, simply say “Visualize: The Gender Pay Gap” and provide the link. Hope that helps : )

#114 AB Boxster on 02.25.19 at 1:37 pm

#107 KLNR on 02.25.19 at 11:35 am

pot meet kettle.
lol, your argument is just as weak as his.

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Really?

Then please explain the difference of 1 person in the world producing 5 billion tonnes of C02, vs 5 billion people producing 1 tonne of C02.

I’ll give you a hint:

1 person X 5 billion tonnes of C02= 5 billion tonnes of C02.

5 billion Persons X 1 tonne of C02 = 5 Billion tonnes of C02.

Please explain how the argument, that per capita generation of C02, or use of energy, or pretty much anything, makes any difference to the climate.

Now, one can make a progressive, leftist, socialist, social justice argument that it is not fair that some people using more energy is grossly unfair to those that use none.

Just as this same group makes the case that some people making vast amounts of money is grossly unfair to those that don’t.

But if the issue is truly the amount of C02 in the atmosphere, well then the argument of per capita emissions has nothing to do with real science, but more to do with social justice, leftist ideas of global fairness.

The fact that the climate nutjobs are actively trying to kill Canada’s energy industry, and to hobble Canada’s economy through useless carbon taxes, while the rest of the world increase its production of energy, increases its use of dirtier energy sources such as coal, pretty much answers the question.

So feel free, in scientific terms, (cux global warming idiots like to point to the ‘science of global warming’ ) to describe how ‘per capita’ emissions, makes any difference in actual amount of C02 in the atmosphere.

Looking forward to the argument.

#115 For those about to flop... on 02.25.19 at 1:57 pm

Slow day for a realtor.
#103 Flop
Re your post at #29
“Well thats three people that didn’t read the post properly.”

No Flop. It’s one person, you, that didn’t read the rules of the forum host properly:

“Please avoid pasting the text of excessively long articles or news stories within your comment-provide a link to the item instead.”

The three posters have mistakenly attributed the words of your post to you. They think that you wrote it. Pasting the entire text of the link is redundant.

To avoid future confusion and adhere to the blog rules like everyone else, simply say “Visualize: The Gender Pay Gap” and provide the link. Hope that helps : )

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This post is hilarious.

I used to just put one paragraph and the link up of these posts but the pedants on the blog like Mark and Shawn Allen would write stuff like ” you should have mentioned this” so I started running the posts in entirety.

They are concise and informative and because they are visualations the bulk of the size lies in the graphics.

If the host of this blog thinks that they are too long he could edit them or mention something to me.

Never has.

Some people want to free up some space so they can bash Trump, Trudeau or whoever the villain of the day is in the comments section.

Today, my turn.

We have a great platform here to share information, but people want to use it to spew at each other.

Less hissing, more helping…

M44BC

#116 JB on 02.25.19 at 2:13 pm

#88 Smoking Man on 02.25.19 at 1:38 am

True Detective 3 final episode.

Outstanding. Pizzaloto knocks it out of the park again. Black cop and white cop bros on a mission. I’m sure some feminazi hated it. They cant stand men period. It is what it is.

By the way the black cop, epic performance. He also won an accadamy award tonight.

It sucks that globalist and their agenda what us to all hate to each other.
I won’t get sucked in. I’ll fight em all the way no matter what they call me

I respect risk takers of any stripes, I despises cowards , thats pretty much black and white to me.
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Your irrelevant!

#117 Evanne on 02.25.19 at 2:28 pm

The next party to win needs to:

1) Increase dividend tax rate. It is ridiculous that one can sit ass all day and collecting $43k of dividends tax free? That means that person has accumulated $1.77M (at 4% yield). Decrease it to $18k to be fair.

2) We need to follow the US by allowing mortgage deductions on income tax. This would reduce the burden of Canadians family. More cash flow at the end of the month rather than getting into another vicious debt.

3) I say before but I will say it again: the government and long term creditors should start forgiving debt. It is ridiculous that some long term health patient are in debt because of their sickness.

#118 Ex-Cowtown on 02.25.19 at 2:28 pm

Little geography lesson. Cherry Point Washington is easy access for oil tankers as opposed to the Burnaby terminus of the KP Pipeline which tankers would have to pass through both First and Second Narrows just to get out of Vancouver harbour. This is far from a good location in which to have 400 plus tankers per year leaving from.

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Also using your logic, the entire port of Vancouver is obviously much too dangerous for any shipping of any type to take place. Shut it all down then; everything.

No more Chinese made plastic dog crap or BBQ lighters that look like fishing rods. Oh the humanity!

#119 IHCTD9 on 02.25.19 at 2:34 pm

#106 PastThePeak on 02.25.19 at 11:31 am

Yep. The wage gap as measured is explained in two words: Choice and children.

But movements based entirely on protesting can’t ever stop protesting (otherwise the movement has no meaning). So there never is “victory”.
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It’s too bad “feminism” has gone where it has. It was a respectable movement at one time, with undeniable beefs. It did improve the lives of many Women (and Men too) a long time ago.

Today, feminism is inexorably tied to young, middle class, Western Caucasian females with dyed hair, goofy glasses and foul mouths.

Feminism has been dead for years already.

I mean, how seriously can you take someone who marches around wearing a stuffed p**** on their head?

#120 Vancouver Port on 02.25.19 at 2:43 pm

#120 Ex-Cowtown: – The Port of Vancouver doesn’t have the modern day facilities to handle the giant ships. Most of the Asian freight is going through Prince Rupert which is booming. It handles most Asian goods than any Pacific Coast Port, and is open yearly with a deep port, with facilities to handle the largest ships in the world. Vancouver can not do this safely.

#121 AK on 02.25.19 at 2:50 pm

“Every vote for the People’s Party is one less for the Cons”
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May be not this time. There are a lot of pissed off Canadians with the Liberal Party.

#122 Ex-Cowtown on 02.25.19 at 3:03 pm

So feel free, in scientific terms, (cux global warming idiots like to point to the ‘science of global warming’ ) to describe how ‘per capita’ emissions, makes any difference in actual amount of C02 in the atmosphere.

Looking forward to the argument.

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It’s actually even less scientific than you think. CO2 is an EXTREMELY weak greenhouse gas, as every climate scientist knows and freely acknowledges. The only way to tie CO2 to climate change computer model “hockey stick graphs” is to assume that some mechanism exists that “supercharges” the effect of CO2.

The problem with the “supercharge” theory is that no such mechanism has ever been found, isolated, tested or experimentally verified. Not once, Never. If one existed a Nobel Prize would certainly be well deserved for the discovery.

Without even this most basic scientific question answered, the entire premise of CO2 as the one, the only”thermostat” has no scientific validity.

But what about melting glaciers, polar bears, whales, etc., etc., ? Those are all merely descriptive. They speak nothing at all as to what the cause is.

People trained in science understand this bust in the CO2 theory and are critical of the process. People trained in arts and politics view such words as conspiracy that must be silenced.

Decide which camp you fall into.

#123 IHCTD9 on 02.25.19 at 3:06 pm

#103 For those about to flop… on 02.25.19 at 11:03 am
#99 IHCTD9 on 02.25.19 at 10:12 am
#77 acdel on 02.24.19 at 11:59 pm
#43 Nonplused

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Well thats three people that didn’t read the post properly.
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Actually, if you go up and have a another look, you’ll see I did not read your post, nor did I reply to it.

#124 Shawn Allen on 02.25.19 at 3:19 pm

FLOP said what?

Flop at 117 said:

I used to just put one paragraph and the link up of these posts but the pedants on the blog like Mark and Shawn Allen would write stuff like ” you should have mentioned this” so I started running the posts in entirety.

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Flop, you are mistaken about me. I have never ever said someone should have mentioned this or that. I usually just focus on what I want to mention and educate people about. I sometimes argue that what others have said is wrong. I used to do that frequently but not so much recently. But I never ever on this blog or anywhere else tell people what they “should have mentioned”. That is up to them.

Also I don’t recall very often if at all commenting on anything you have written. (Though, yes a few times… perhaps favorably?) I know you often give facts on house prices. I would having nothing to say about that. Your posts look diligent and useful. Did I ever say different?

#125 waiting on the westcoast on 02.25.19 at 3:33 pm

I think we have all missed the biggest revelation on the blog…

Kevin O’Leary had hair???

#126 Lorne on 02.25.19 at 3:39 pm

#120 Ex-Cowtown on 02.25.19 at 2:28 pm
Little geography lesson. Cherry Point Washington is easy access for oil tankers as opposed to the Burnaby terminus of the KP Pipeline which tankers would have to pass through both First and Second Narrows just to get out of Vancouver harbour. This is far from a good location in which to have 400 plus tankers per year leaving from.

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Also using your logic, the entire port of Vancouver is obviously much too dangerous for any shipping of any type to take place. Shut it all down then; everything.

No more Chinese made plastic dog crap or BBQ lighters that look like fishing rods. Oh the humanity!
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Again, not a perfect situation for shipping BUT really not a calamity if a ship full of Prairie grain loses its’ cargo as opposed to a ship full of bitumen (not to mention, the grain terminal ships only have to go through First Narrows, not Second Narrows.)

#127 Business Is Booming on 02.25.19 at 3:47 pm

https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/trump-s-trade-tirade-can-t-slow-this-booming-canadian-port-1.1122613

The other factors to consider are the bridges for the cars and trains leading to Burnaby where the new pipeline dream ends. These are older structures that won’t be able to handle the clearances for the new Mega ships for LNG, oil, and derivates. The ships today wait in the harbour for the tides to reside day and night which can rise up to 15 feet. They diminish all the way to Burnaby to a modest amount. The distance from Vancouver to Asian markets is much longer than from Prince Rupert by days costing time and money. Many of the older ships have been scraped to make way for the Mega ships of today. It takes 3 or 4 tugboats to guide them back safely to the harbour, and what would happen if the Mega ship veered off 2 degrees with momentum?

#128 Ustabe on 02.25.19 at 3:50 pm

Reading the overnight comments is like listening to grade school kids squabbling at recess.

Pretty pathetic…bring solutions, not problems. Be pro something, not anti everything.

#129 Barb on 02.25.19 at 3:54 pm

#110 conan on 02.25.19 at 11:53 am

“People will vote for him just because they believe he should have been the leader of the Conservative Party. They don’t care what happens to the Scheer’s Party.”
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Ridiculous rationale.
It leads back to T2.

Using the term loosely, was it merely an academic argument?

So just exactly how did the Conservative leadership benefit by voting Max?

That is, other than to bloody your toes.

#130 bdwy sktrn on 02.25.19 at 4:05 pm

Cargo moving through the Port of Prince Rupert rose to a record volume of 24.1 million tonnes in 2017

In 2017, 142 million tonnes of cargo moved through the port of Vancouver

#131 Ex-Cowtown on 02.25.19 at 4:58 pm

Again, not a perfect situation for shipping BUT really not a calamity if a ship full of Prairie grain loses its’ cargo as opposed to a ship full of bitumen (not to mention, the grain terminal ships only have to go through First Narrows, not Second Narrows.)

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Good thing all of those grain ships burn barley. Where, in your moral opinion should all of these cargo ships get their fuel?

Russia? Venezeula? Saud Arabia? or perhaps Iran?

Being a member of a special interest group is easy; you never have to address all of the problems, only the parts of certain problems that you want to. That’s why David Suzuki is so popular; he only solves half of a problem but insists that he’s solved it all.

Solving difficult problems requires that you make adult choices and acknowledge that risk resides in them all. Attempting to avoid all risk is the mindset of the agorophobe.

#132 Gravy Train on 02.25.19 at 5:09 pm

#119 Evanne on 02.25.19 at 2:28 pm
“It is ridiculous that one can sit [on one’s] ass all day, collecting $43k of dividends tax free.” I do work out at the gym two hours a day, five days a week! Don’t I get credit for that? :)

#133 Gravy Train on 02.25.19 at 6:06 pm

#56 acdel on 02.24.19 at 8:48 pm
“… ABBOTT: Someone who doesn’t look for work can’t be counted with those who look for work. It wouldn’t be fair.
COSTELLO: To whom?
ABBOTT: The unemployed.
COSTELLO: But ALL of them are out of work.
ABBOTT: No, the unemployed are actively looking for work. Those who are out of work gave up looking and if you give up, you are no longer in the ranks of the unemployed. Etc. Etc.” Those who are neither employed nor unemployed are not in the workforce. Examples: retired persons, students, those taking care of children or other family members, and others who are neither working nor seeking work. Now, are you saying that those not in the workforce should be forced to work? Please tell me you’re not a labour economist! :)

#134 Midnights on 02.26.19 at 12:56 am

Well…
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-jagmeet-singh-wins-burnaby-south-by-election-clearing-leadership/

#135 not 1st on 02.26.19 at 3:41 pm

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#136 acdel on 02.26.19 at 8:50 pm

#135 Gravy Train

Oh come on Gravy Train, you are most likely retired on the old ways of doing things, benefiting, flying around, and feel guilty now; you know exactly what I am talking about. If not, then you have a lot to learn.

Nice try, but not falling for it!!