Us vs Them

A few days ago this comment was posted to this pathetic blog. I let it stand.

Wifey and I are moving out of Liberal London. Offers are now in play. Might as well cash out now with this market as hot as it is here. Moving to a more Conservative WASP land. There is too much diversity, Liberalism, cultural clashes and societal fracturing to stay here anymore. We don’t like it here and therefore we are leaving!

Great reading your posts Garth but life is too short to stay around an area that is experimenting with cultural diversity that is clearly failing. When governments flood a city with people that are too different from one another then the natives leave. We are tribal creatures and we want to be around those who are like us who share our culture and values! Governments cannot change that……EVER! Inclusion, multiculturalism, diversity, identity politics………..DO NOT WORK! All this accomplishes is making people leave the areas they were born in!

In response, this was emailed to me on the weekend:

Is this crap adding anything to your blog? In the short two or three years I’ve been reading comments there have been so many good voices that have gone silent. I think it is crap like this that causes folks like them to go away. Pretty soon all you get is folks like that here. Surely that isn’t what you want?

Saturday hundreds of people gathered in Edmonton to promote the separation of Alberta from Canada. They trashed the feds. The Liberals. The East. Quebec. The GTA and Montreal. Strangers. And the nation. At the front of the room organizers hung a Canadian flag upside-down, an international symbol of distress and disrespect.

What do the comments above have to do with Wexit – which in a dozen days has gone from smouldering discontent to the flames of rebellion?

Everything. Fuelled by social media and intense peer-to-peer communications channels that never existed before, the world is splintering. It’s at the heart of the debate here about nationalism vs globalism and populism vs elites, governments, central banks and mega-corps. Wexit, Brexit, Hong Kong, Catalonia, Trump and MAGA – they all flow from the same well.

The poster and ‘wifey’ above want out of a city they blame governments for changing – allowing “diversity, Liberalism, cultural clashes and societal fracturing” to come to their street. The yearning is for a more homogeneous place, populated by people like them. He admits it. “We are tribal creatures.” It’s at the essence of what’s now occurring in regions and entire countries, not just in a single family or in one hood in a lone city. We ignore it at peril.

The populist movement has an ugly side, of course. Brexit was fueled by growing anti-immigrant sentiment, and a feeling Britain was being ‘lost.’ Trump’s very first political speech called Mexicans ‘rapists’ and one of his premier acts as president was a travel ban on predominately Muslim countries. Tribalism makes people want to be in the safety and familiarity of their group, to repel outsiders, especially when it’s melded with economic change and a feeling one group has of being screwed over by others.

Globalism, internationalism, economic free trade – it all developed in the name of efficiency, expansion, growth and prosperity. Borders cost money to get across. Markets that aren’t chopped up are easier to serve. One set of regs is better than a dozen. When capital and workers can move more easily, companies and economies evolve so value is added in the most sensible areas. Factories get built in Vietnam to make electronic bits cheaply so consumers in Calgary can buy smart phones at a fair price. Wal-Mart is stuffed with Chinese stuff people can afford.

The downside is that high-value-added places like Detroit or Oshawa lose low-value-added jobs like making hubcaps or TVs. Expensive defined-benefit corporate pensions disappear. Families need two wages where one used to suffice. Jobs drift offshore. And while the young growing up in a global world embrace the education, skills and risk to succeed, the old do not. They yearn for the past. Make my world great again.

So folks feel powerless. They see the wealth divide grow. They get outvoted in a larger pool – like the nation state – and feel it’s being controlled by others who do not share their values, beliefs, interests, goals, or pipelines.

Now they can communicate. Social media has changed everything. It’s why Trump tweets. Wexit or Brexit or MAGA supporters can talk to each other without any media filter, dissenting voices or moderating arguments. Movements grow fast that way, threading together those who would never otherwise connect. Suddenly there are enough of them to fill a hall in Edmonton or a thronged rally in Florida.

Well, Brexit has been a disaster. Alberta will never ‘leave’ Canada. Hong Kong is doomed. But Trump will likely be re-elected. Every instance of tribal thinking, of nationalist sentiment, is different. But they’re all economically destructive, leading to trade wars, harder borders, higher costs, inefficiencies, increased regulation, reduced profits, social conformity and more of a world now in the rear view mirror.

And that, apparently, is the point.

195 comments ↓

#1 Alberta Nomad on 11.03.19 at 12:22 pm

The lizard brain is now in control of too large a group to be ignored.

Here is a humorous — if sometimes depressing — philosophical exploration of tribalism and human evolution.

https://waitbutwhy.com/2019/08/story-of-us.html

#2 Jimmy on 11.03.19 at 12:26 pm

That’s a lot to digest for an early Sunday.
Oh yeah – change the clocks…

#3 Eco Capitalist on 11.03.19 at 12:26 pm

As my Dad says frequently these days, “this isn’t the world I grew up in”.

#4 Russ on 11.03.19 at 12:34 pm

So the populist movement, tribalism, is really looking like a return to the ’60s & ’70s eh.
Except the Feds make drugs legal this time around.

Where is the economic opportunity in all this?

If there are losers then, by nature, there is also some winners.

Cheers, R

#5 n1tro on 11.03.19 at 12:41 pm

Governments are suppose to represent the majority, not the minority. The issues of the day being pandered are mostly legitimate but doesn’t represent the concerns of the majority. Jobs, a place to raise a family, stability….those are the things I think the majority are concerned about while they work and try to live their lives.

#6 Alex on 11.03.19 at 12:41 pm

Well said. My hope is that all of this division and tumult is just a phase and we will return to a more balanced and sensible one of growth and prosperity. This will probably take decades though.

Until that time, we are in for a rough ride. He who shall receive our suck ups still offers the most sensible advice: balance, eschew debt that does not have a purpose, and wean yourself from too much exposure to real estate.

#7 Yukon Elvis on 11.03.19 at 12:45 pm

You nailed it today.

#8 Look at this. on 11.03.19 at 12:50 pm

There is too much diversity, Liberalism, cultural clashes and societal fracturing to stay here anymore. We don’t like it here and therefore we are leaving!

Great reading your posts Garth but life is too short to stay around an area that is experimenting with cultural diversity that is clearly failing. When governments flood a city with people that are too different from one another then the natives leave. We are tribal creatures and we want to be around those who are like us who share our culture and values!
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I doubt if the people are complaining are Indigenous and probably just offspring of Immigrants.

#9 Damifino on 11.03.19 at 12:52 pm

I lay much of the blame at the feet of the inappropriately named ‘social media’. It is anything but.

Of course, there’s little I can do about it. Still, better to delete one Facebook account than to curse the dark web.

I know there are some who’d say this blog comment section itself is social media… but they’d be wrong.

#10 Devil Anse on 11.03.19 at 12:58 pm

Wexit, Brexit, Hong Kong, Catalonia, Trump and MAGA – they all flow from the same well.

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You forgot mention Legault’s CAQ government. Reducing immigration in an aging province, banning religious symbols for government workers in an attempt to target one minority specifically, antagonizing the English minority. All of which makes the CAQ wildly popular in the homogenous and vote rich 450.

And it’s not just social media exacerbating the echo chambers and tunnel vision. The US has Fox, which has been warping minds for years. Quebecor does a good job of fanning nationalism as well. There is money to be made in peddling outrage.

#11 rex on 11.03.19 at 1:01 pm

First(?)

#12 crowdedelevatorfartz on 11.03.19 at 1:06 pm

“Brexit has been a disaster….”
++++++

Yep.
Almost 3 years and counting and they still dither.
If the EU finally gets fed up and cuts Britain loose……

“Wexit” Westerners may want to watch the economic fallout before jumping on the Separatist bandwagon.

#13 Stone on 11.03.19 at 1:11 pm

Whether you are a multi-generational Canadian or a newcomer to the country and follow the rules and norms of our society, you are very welcome.

Whether you are a multi-generational Canadian or a newcomer to the country and do not follow the rules and norms of our society, you are not welcome.

It’s as simple as that. All I care about is that we each respect our fellow peoplekind.

#14 Felix on 11.03.19 at 1:14 pm

Arghh. Another photo showing the latent stupidity of dog owners.

Please, if you want to eliminate your canines to benefit the planet and humanity, I understand. That is a noble desire.

But putting them in a dryer to overheat and suffocate is just cruel and stupid. And highly inefficient.

Just spay and neuter the useless mutts before you have to consider such dumb tactics.

And get yourselves sterilized as well, dog owners. The world will be better off in two ways then, fewer of you and them.

Cats are the answer.

#15 WEXIT! on 11.03.19 at 1:15 pm

Wexit is coming, and Canada is going.

#16 Dogman01 on 11.03.19 at 1:18 pm

Great article!

I was a soldier during the Cold War, and have a pretty solid comprehension that serious war between any modern states now equals human extinction. We need to get it right and one mis-step and it is over.

Check out Fog of War https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgA98V1Ubk8 and Gwynn Dyer’s 1980’s documentary series War. -all on YouTube.

The only long term response to ending sovereign great power war is Globalization.

Justin Trudeau, articulated this when he indicated that Canada could be the “first postnational state”. He added: “There is no core identity, no mainstream in Canada.”
That’s globalism.

Unfortunately that end result does not appeal to our nature; Like generic cafeteria food for the jingoists.

It’s tragic to think that heroic man’s great destiny is to become economic man, that men will be reduced to craven creatures who crawl across the globe competing for money, who spend their nights dreaming up new ways to swindle each other. That’s the path we’re on now.
The Way Of Men – Jack Donovan

#17 Flanneur on 11.03.19 at 1:23 pm

Takes generations for those feeling excluded to adjust. Sometimes one funeral at a time. Think longer term and this will unwind probably rearing its head again in some not to distant future. This has been a repeated cycle since the beginning.

If there’s no war to equalize wealth then big taxes may.

#18 crowdedelevatorfartz on 11.03.19 at 1:35 pm

@#15 Wexit
“Wexit is coming, and Canada is going.’

+++++

You haven’t quite reached “nirvana” yet.
Have another toke

#19 Doc on 11.03.19 at 1:41 pm

All this polarization is leading us to a difficult future. Liberal values and Conservative values both include things I like and identify with and things I dislike and disagree with. I would like a hybrid of the best of each; perhaps this is what Canada used to represent. Lately I’m always voting against something rather than for something.

I remain in my own private Idaho as I have quite a different perspective than the majority of people I meet. Having been “red pilled” years ago I am trying to stop sharing my views as I have learned that everyone else is in their own private Idaho as well and its best to let those I think are asleep just enjoy their nap rather than disturbing them with ideas that are mostly just going to distress them and leave me more isolated. No doubt the universe is unfolding as it should and its better to just enjoy this interesting cosmic classroom.

#20 lifeisgood on 11.03.19 at 1:46 pm

Trump was talking about human traffickers at the border not about all mexicans in general.

My 2 cents.

#21 Michael Bruce Chase on 11.03.19 at 1:49 pm

Much of what is globalism is being called “progress”. Well one should never equate “progress” with good. It can be good and it can be bad. Somebody getting cheap crap made in China should not be equated with somebody losing their job, way of life and culture. Flooding the western world with people of different cultural values in an attempt to have enough people to run the country is not necessarily a good thing, especially when many are only ‘gimmegrants’, eating up the benefits and not contributing to the greater good. Multiculturalism is a failure. It’s failed in Europe, Britain and so far to a lesser extent Canada. Yet the elites do not want to admit they were wrong. This is another reason why there is a rise in populism. There are enough of us old timers around who remember how things “use to be”. If one measures progress and growth by the amount of crap you buy then I think you are missing the boat.

#22 Chaddywack on 11.03.19 at 1:52 pm

Such a good post Garth. I’ve found that my mental state has deteriorated over the past few years because of the constant negativity and strong opinions transmitted over social media/news. My anxiety went sky-high and I became really depressed. Opinions that used to be confined to the socialist radicals on university campuses or the angry fascists living “off the grid” now sadly have easier access to the public…

What did I do? With the help of my wife I went “back to the 90s.” I cancelled all my social media accounts, I do not read any news online anymore, and I’m only permitting myself to read certain financial articles or this blog. (She monitors me).

It has really helped. My mind is clearer and I’m now much happier and calmer. I realized that it was an addiction that was making me angry. It doesn’t help that most “news” articles now are clickbait opinion pieces. I now go for walks, play with my kids more, enjoy a tea and chat with my wife, instead of getting angry at what an idiot JT is. This social media thing has been so insidious and really got me wrapped around it. No more!

These radical people and their opinions always existed but they were just easily ignored before. Sadly social media has made it so it APPEARS mainstream and much more popular than the views actually are.

I highly recommend a social media/internet news detox (well…except for this blog)

#23 dgb on 11.03.19 at 1:58 pm

to#14 who is so upset over the puppy in the dryer picture….please put your glasses on and if you don’t have any , it’s time to go invest in some….note: the puppy in the dryer is a stuffed toy…washed because his owner probably hugs him too much!!! most people can see that… I wish I could hug you….it is obvious how what you SEE can be misunderstood and also what you READ can be misunderstood,,,,maybe that’s why the social media we have, is doing such a horrible job of relaying the FACTS as we need to see them because there are no real or logical FACTS on social media..social media supplies opinions only and they are often far fro the FACTS….just my opinion…p.s. stick with Garth if you want facts but certainly NOT social media !!!!

#24 Another Deckchair on 11.03.19 at 1:59 pm

Hey Garth; I’m all for globalization, diversification and all that.

But, I can see some issues.

a) way back when I wrote some apps to see how the whole business worked, and it became very apparent that my App-writing income of $4.00 (Canadian) a day was equivalent to a daily wage in India. (googled it)

How do we survive on $4.00 CAD a day? We don’t. So we improvise, but some get left behind.

b) Social media tailors the stories we read; it presents ones like the ones we read before, reinforcing our beliefs and opinions. No dissenting stories presented.

We are all now going through the world with blinders on.

#25 Sold Out on 11.03.19 at 2:09 pm

I think that many “old stock” Canadians who live in diverse cities blame their unhappiness on change caused by immigration, however studies suggest that simply living in big cities may be the problem.

https://vancouversun.com/opinion/columnists/douglas-todd-why-are-vancouver-and-toronto-so-unhappy

Perhaps the commenter cited by Garth has, due to his own personal bias, ascribed his increased quality of life to the wrong metric. It bears repeating – correlation is not causation.

#26 Flop... on 11.03.19 at 2:10 pm

Just over 20 years ago I was living in a honky town in Tasmania.

Not too much cultural diversity going on.

A few days later I was in London, England.

Interracial couples, same sex couples, people from every corner of the globe, my eyes had been opened.

Who was the different person?

Them or me?

A few years later I moved to Vancouver and am now involved in an interracial marriage, have same sex neighbors and different ethnicities abound.

I don’t know how long you should take to adjust to globalization and the modern world, probably the best advice is to do it at you own speed as you have the rest of your life to get used of it.

The guy that’s miserable in London, Ontario should move if he and his wife are not happy.

Life’s too short to stew on stuff you can’t control.

He’ll probably move to some small village and then some young guy be offered his job and then he’ll be pissed at young people.

As an immigrant I don’t want your job, your house, your spouse.

We want our own jobs, shelter, relationships.

We carve our own niche, sometimes our niche bumps into your niche, this is by accident not by design.

We are busy living our own lives to notice all the miserable people blaming us for shit that has got nothing to do with us…

M45BC

#27 leebow on 11.03.19 at 2:13 pm

This is all economic in nature. The reality is that GTA people are moving in (the orks), so our WASP elves can sell for 500, move another 200 km away from Toronto to Aman, the Undying Lands (which places them in the vicinity of Tecumseh, ON), and buy for 250. This will be the first and only time in their lives that they have over a 100K in their bank account.

#28 Diversity on 11.03.19 at 2:25 pm

Diversity leads to division. Who knew…

It will work to our advantage long term, but the short term division and lack of balanced discussion may end it before the advantages can really shine through. We need to be prudent and have open conversations. Below is an interesting paper.

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1467-9477.2007.00176.x
Diversity and Community in the Twenty‐first Century The 2006 Johan Skytte Prize Lecture:

“Ethnic diversity is increasing in most advanced countries, driven mostly by sharp increases in immigration. In the long run immigration and diversity are likely to have important cultural, economic, fiscal, and developmental benefits. In the short run, however, immigration and ethnic diversity tend to reduce social solidarity and social capital.”

#29 Long-Time Lurker on 11.03.19 at 2:28 pm

>I thought I should clarify my last comment about WeScam/WeCon.

WeWork could be worth zero, says veteran investor Bill Ackman

The Telegraph
Olivia Rudgard
The Telegraph•October 30, 2019

WeWork could be worth zero, a prominent activist investor has said, as the office space company prepares to cut staff after a $9.5bn (£7.4bn) SoftBank rescue package.

Bill Ackman, a billionaire hedge fund manager, told an investor conference in New York that the company was “enormously levered”.

Plans to go public failed earlier this year after pre-flotation documents released by the firm cast doubt on its business model and the financial management of founder and former chief executive Adam Neumann.

“I think WeWork has a pretty high probability of being a zero for the equity, as well as for the debt,” Mr Ackman said at the event, organised by anti-poverty organisation Robin Hood, according to the Financial Times.

“As someone who has put good money after bad, I think this looks like putting good money after bad, and SoftBank should have walked away.”

The co-working company was valued at $8bn by the SoftBank deal, a fraction of the $47bn valuation it received in January.

The bailout also wrested control of the company away from Mr Neumann, who stepped down as chief executive last month but had retained the role of chairman.

Mr Neumann also received a $1.7bn exit package as part of the deal, while as many as 4,000 staff are expected to lose their jobs as the company looks to cut costs….

https://news.yahoo.com/wework-could-worth-zero-says-172011447.html

#30 Sideshow Rob on 11.03.19 at 2:33 pm

Governments are trending towards smaller and more local. Policies will be more responsive to the local needs of people. Wonderful news! However the old large broke dinosaurs won’t go down without some sort of totalitarian fight. In my view government that is so large that it can play groups of people against each other so that they don’t pay attention to the corruption and theft of public funds SHOULD die off. Sooner the better. People are awake. This is why separations are on the boil across the globe. Many countries are artificial constructs that make no sense. Canada being a prime example. “That’s just the way it is” is no longer good enough. This trend is no surprise to anyone who actually thought about it. Simple human nature.

#31 SJP on 11.03.19 at 2:34 pm

I moved to Alberta about six years ago from the East.

The sentiment is that the East doesn’t really care and there is evidence of that.

The closing of the GM plant in Oshawa was brought to the forefront of the national media. Three thousand jobs gone which is tough. The Feds got involved with Trudeau vowing to help workers get back on their feet.

A few weeks ago Husky laid off a few dozen workers in Calgary. That is a drop in the bucket compared with the hundreds of throusands of jobs that have been shed by Suncor, Nexen, Shell, and Encana since the price of the barrel of oil fell. Nary a peep was spoken from Ottawa during that time.

And speaking of Encana, the former largest company in the TSX by Capital packed up and moved it’s HQ to the States, rebranding itself to Ovintiv. Not a hiccup from Ottawa. When SNC Lavalin threatened to move their HQ from Montreal and head to London it was a national tragedy and the Feds had to step in to see what they can do to help the company stay. Despite the company and it’s scandals, whats good for Quebec is good for re-election.

Mind you Encana mentioned there would be no layoffs in Canada unlike SNC Lavalin. Give it a year and the writing will be on the wall, probably around Christmas too.

Finally combine the fact that the equalization payment method is dated and can be argued that it even prevents economic development in those provinces that receive it (why work harder on improving your economy when you receive billions in hand outs every year?) and a $7-8 Billion pipeline purchased with taxpayers money that has seen zero ROI i understand the frustration in the province.

Oil is a global commodity and the price is determined by the market. However being in country that apparently doesn’t give a damn about your resource and actively goes out of it’s way to prevent it from reaching global markets is frustrating.

I don’t work in oil and gas and understand I live in a bubble. However these are a few of the issues that are driving this Alberta Wexit talk.

Who knows. If Trudeau managed to singlehandedly get Trans Mountain, Keystone XL and Energy East running in the next four years the West still may hate him (the NEP really messed the province up from what I’ve read and memories are long).

However with the recent spill in NE North Dakota (approximately 9,000 barrels) the chances of getting any pipeline up and running looks just like that – a pipe dream.

#32 aerozone on 11.03.19 at 2:35 pm

Jimmy!! Felix!!

Start of a good day in steerage!

#33 PeterfromCalgary on 11.03.19 at 2:39 pm

Wexit is about economic fairness, free enterprise, democratic representation and building a better nation for are children.

Canada is an inefficient dictatorship of two provinces that suppresses the energy industry and treats the west as a cash cow.

The richest 10 nations are all geographically smaller than Alberta. Canada is much too big geographically to have an efficient, fair and nimble government. Canada needs to be split up into more governable and democratic nations.

#34 Remembrancer on 11.03.19 at 2:56 pm

#23 dgb on 11.03.19 at 1:58 pm
to#14 who is so upset over the puppy in the dryer
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You must be new here, Felix is a C-A-T, who probably is posting today after getting into the catnip stash and now gone off to cough up a fur ball or something…

You could try a hug, but probably would get scratched for your troubles. You wouldn’t have a laser pointer would you? That should give Felix minutes and minutes of entertainment while you make him spin in circles…

Cheers

#35 DON on 11.03.19 at 2:56 pm

The international news is full of populations protesting in countries in several regions throughout the globe.

Peer to peer media…yup. Can be used for good or bad. Brand shaming to follow? The response ‘social minded’ corporations?

As for racism, I’ve had four encounters lately, where people have mentioned an Us vs Them comment. Gotta wonder why everyone is so stressed, angry and pissed off? When times were rolling and the bling was a flying everyone was a Partying. Now…not so much?

On a related note, I did the Halloween walk around thing this year, noticed less people giving out treats. Can’t blame them, it is becoming expensive to buy all that Candy and decorations. Last year was booming this year 1 in four (ish) houses were getting robbed of all their candy.

RANT: Can we pass a law that prohibits Christmas commercials prior to and the day after Remembrance Day?

On another note: In response to the uptick in the Canadian Housing Market Marc Cohodes said “Dead cat bounce”. That peer to peer thing is both friend and foe to the market. It’s been a friend for a long time now.

The whole Wexit thing seems to be more along partisan lines. Just wondering if they have negotiated to take the First Nations with them? Kenny needs to get Alberta humming again…it won’t be long and the words, ‘the emperor has no clothes’ will be circling the masses, especially after his most recent job cuts and corporate incentives.

This blog allows for a healthy debate, being an strong hold of reasonableness and sanity that helps shift through the misinformation to create a strategy that works for us. If the conservatives had picked Garth as leader, hands down they would have won a majority. But they chose to go with a guy with that can’t seemingly hide his version of the ‘Cheshire Cat’ grin.

As for Trump. He has gone onto election mode, less rude comments and late night idiotic tweets for the last while. People forget! He is ‘bringing’ the troops home and mom and pop America will be happy. He just has to keep them employed, with all that is going on in Mexico, El Chapo’s son etc, Trump may be able to rally Americans around constructing the wall. At this point Trump is the one to beat and the rural – urban divide is strong and well in the US. Plus…all Trump needs is a 11-12 months of continued upswing.

Garth: Been some rumblings that China is willing to wait Trump out?

#36 DON on 11.03.19 at 3:03 pm

Great calming post today Garth. One of the best!

#37 Boombust on 11.03.19 at 3:04 pm

Ha ha! That’s a laugh; why don’t those rednecks pack up and move to the US? That seems to suit their “style”.

#38 crowdedelevatorfartz on 11.03.19 at 3:10 pm

@#33 Peter from the Asylum
“Wexit is about economic fairness, free enterprise, democratic representation and building a better nation for are children.”
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My god the drivel that gets spewed out.

Wexit is a knee jerk reaction to a oil based economy in the doldrums.
The beginning was tossing out the incompetent provincial Conservatives and electing the NDP.
As if that would fix everything.
Yeesh
Your oil sector packed up and left.
Meanwhile the US fracking industy has kicked the price of oil in the gonads.
Three years , a stalled pipeline and thousands of jobs later you want to separate…. as if THAT political uncertainty will encourage the oil sector to reinvest in the “country” of Alberta…
Give your collective heads a shake…..
Please.
Before you nuke all the jobs in Alberta.

#39 not 1st on 11.03.19 at 3:21 pm

If the climate radicals can bray on about how we are a cancer and make up end of the world propaganda, then sure as hell the other side deserves to have their opinions aired as well.

Garth is in the bubble and has trouble relating. Imagine a bill that banned all stock market trades and his company would be closed up overnight. That’s what Trudeau did to the patch.

When somebody cant put food on their table, the family gets divorced, drug addiction starts and even suicide and you are going to tell them they have no right to their views just cause you don’t like them. How dare you.

Ontario just went nuts over autism funding. Where is the drug, divorce and suicide counselling for western workers? Where is the retraining to these fictional bogus green jobs.

#40 not 1st on 11.03.19 at 3:32 pm

There are many degrees of separation. Most in the west disavow Trudeau as our PM now. He has no values, morals or initiatives that interest us or we can get behind. He is the court jester now and he should own the role.

AB will start some firewall initiatives now, withdrawing from CPP, referendum on equalization etc. That will wall off some wealth from the rest of the takers. But individually is where it will happen most. People will consolidate debt, live simpler, firewall their personal lives from socialism. Some will domicile themselves from Canada just like Encana did.

#41 DON on 11.03.19 at 3:38 pm

#22 Chaddywack on 11.03.19 at 1:52 pm

I highly recommend a social media/internet news detox (well…except for this blog)
************

I’ve been doing the same lately, only reading this blog and keeping up with the headlines but not at night.

My nights are mine again.

One question: I can’t remember if mullets were big in the 80’s or the 90’s. At least you won’t have to get shag carpet. But time you will get.

Lately, I’ve been watching MF and Crowded laying the foundation of a long lasting something.

#42 Barb on 11.03.19 at 3:38 pm

I’m still laughing at Bloc Rednecois…

#43 Alberta guy on 11.03.19 at 3:41 pm

There is no need for Alberta to leave Canada. Quebec has provided a roadmap on how a region can be heard. I think we should start with the Firewall idea and see if things improve. My guess is Canada will start to appreciate the wealth this province has shared with Canada for so many years.

As a business owner it is depressing to think we have 4 more years of leadership from someone who thinks we are tax cheats.

#44 Stan Brooks on 11.03.19 at 3:43 pm

Acceptable rules and norms of a society, fairness are all in the eye of beholder.

The starting severe inflationary economic depression due to excessive credit and ridiculous policies, the impoverishment of the populace contribute to the divide at all possible levels, with people pissed off and looking for someone to blame, us vs. them.

The increasing recognition of unfairness is what will sink this boat, it is inevitable, a certainty. When you split an ever shrinking pie it can’t be fair for everyone, when it becomes unfair to the majority watch out.

I smell huge turbulence and volatility going forward with major risks for capital controls, so plan accordingly.

Cheers,

#45 Marcus on 11.03.19 at 3:47 pm

What a load of B.S. Garth. Globalism is the altar you worship upon. Delete this comment like you delete everything else that points out that you have sold Canada out. Just know that YOU and your ilk are the cause of the strife in Canada and around the world. Globalism will ultimately fail but it will do so upon the pyre of so many innocent souls.

I hope you enjoyed your last comment here. – Garth

#46 Quintelian on 11.03.19 at 4:00 pm

N1tro:
“Governments are suppose to represent the majority, not the minority. The issues of the day being pandered are mostly legitimate but doesn’t represent the concerns of the majority”

I must respectfully disagree with that. The collective wisdom of the majority is often wrong, and furthermore, the majority has strength in numbers and don’t need protection as the minority does.

i.e.The politicians pander to the majority who are homeowners, as a result, look at the mess we are in.

#47 Mike S on 11.03.19 at 4:02 pm

#37 Boombust on 11.03.19 at 3:04 pm
Ha ha! That’s a laugh; why don’t those rednecks pack up and move to the US? That seems to suit their “style”.

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Right, because calling ‘them’ rednecks isn’t at all offensive or racist

If it wasn’t for Alberta keeping this country afloat, this country would be bankrupt.,..know that.

#48 Stan Brooks on 11.03.19 at 4:02 pm

I have watched this movie already.

It is going to be loooooooooong and smelly, very unpleasant for some.

I already outlined the outcome, it seems the audience is getting veeeeeeeeeeeery slooooooooooowly on board/on terms with it.

So don’t kill the messenger and enjoy the ride folks.
Cheers,

#49 DUFFER on 11.03.19 at 4:08 pm

People don’t easily accept change and what we are seeing now isn’t that new.
Newly married, in 1973 we moved to a rural community and I accepted the one hour commute each way so we could afford to buy a house. We paid our taxes and shopped in the local stores and tried to be pleasant and helpful to those around us.
Luckily it only took about 15 years for us to stop being “those city folk”as gradually the older folks died off!

#50 Sask to AB on 11.03.19 at 4:13 pm

re #6 Alex on 11.03.19 at 12:41 pm
#7 Yukon Elvis on 11.03.19 at 12:45 pm

Agreed. I think we are in for a rough ride, too……..

#51 Nonplused on 11.03.19 at 4:15 pm

“Trump’s very first political speech called Mexicans ‘rapists and murderers’”

I’m pretty sure that has been debunked, and he was referring to the gangs and cartels. You won’t see that clarification on CNN though.

It ranks up there with the “Charlottesville hoax”, where Trump is accused of calling white supremacists “fine people” when he was clearly referring to people on both sides of the statue debate. In the very next sentence he condemned both the white supremacists and Antifa. But you didn’t see that on CNN either. They edited the tape. Again. As they always do.

The things people with TDS say about Trump without evidence is quite disturbing. He’s Hitler, racist, a threat to national security, bigoted, a rapist, a criminal, a tax cheat, anything they can think of. But what’s he done bad so far while in office? Other than running up huge deficits? But much of that is structural, he isn’t the first President to run a deficit. And if Warren gets elected just wait. (I’m forgiving the mic drop locker room talk same as people forgive Trudeau for black face. Trump was a celebrity at that point with no designs on running for president. Still pretty disturbing but he was talking about the behavior of groupies in what he assumed was a private conversation. But unfortunately we live in an age where determined reporters can dig through years of old texts, Facebook posts, videos and photos searching for gaffs that are years old.)

Verbatim: “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.” – Garth

#52 Stan Brooks on 11.03.19 at 4:17 pm

And just to wrap up the day:

When the thingy really hits the fan, then I will suddenly look like a reasonable, cautious optimist.

#53 Deplorable Dude on 11.03.19 at 4:20 pm

The Globalist Elitists (while living in their walled/gated none diverse communities) want us to all live in some kind of utopian Star Trek United Federation of Countries.

Ain’t ever gonna happen while certain cultures/ideologies are so far removed from our own, especially in how they treat woman.

Merkel recently admitted multiculturalism has totally failed in Germany.

Won’t be too long until various other countries (looking at you Sweden) will have to admit the same.

Presumably the globalist end game with ‘muh diversity’ is some kind of 1984 dystopian future…all distinct cultures merge into nothing…(like when mixing lots of different paint colours together into one
). We just end up as a compliant worker population to serve the global corporate giants.

#54 @careeraftschool on 11.03.19 at 4:21 pm

I miss a simpler time, like when anyone could get polio. Dam you Jonas Salk, the son of Eastern European immigrants, for making the polio vaccine.

#55 Conspiracy Theory on 11.03.19 at 4:24 pm

https://www.zerohedge.com/political/was-there-another-reason-electricity-shutdowns-california

Short version: Wind and solar now account for 17.9% of California’s electricity production, and the windmills have to be shut down if the wind blows slower than 7 or faster than 55 mph (the later being the problem right now). And of course solar panels shut themselves down every night.

This move to a carbon free economy is likely to prove a lot more challenging than people think. Other than nuclear, we really don’t have the tools to do so right now. And nobody likes nuclear.

#56 Linda on 11.03.19 at 4:25 pm

The squeaky wheel gets the news headlines. Yes, many Albertans are fed up with the lack of action to our economic woes by the federal government. I do not believe however that the vast majority of Albertans would vote to separate from Canada. A rather large swath of them are immigrants, not born & raised in Alberta but from other provinces or territories & I’d wager most have plenty of family still residing in their place of origin.

As for those who want to dwell in the past, let us keep in mind that what they actually want is all the benefits of the present while doing so. We are blessed with a quality of life that few in previous generations would have had or could have imagined. I guess it is human nature to dwell on what we don’t have & ignore the myriad blessings we take for granted on a daily basis. Like #22 ‘Chaddywack’ I have been reducing my exposure to social media because too often it wallows in negativity. I’m much happier when I dwell on positive things. Off to cuddle a fur friend & enjoy a nice cup of tea. Keep calm & carry on:)

#57 not 1st on 11.03.19 at 4:26 pm

This didn’t just start with Trudeau, its been going on for 30 yrs when the first globalists starting selling us out. Towns that had factories and plants lost them because they could be made cheaper in china and shipped back here. So instead of factory you got a Walmart back instead. So local people sucked it up and took retail jobs at half the wage until retail outlets found out they could hire TFW for half of that wage.

Now the only things left in Canada that cant be our sourced or replaced with low skilled labour, our resources, are being shut down and those jobs lost.

And somehow CBC and the eastern MSM expect people to be happy?

Trump put a stop to the idiot-ocracy in the US, it will take a figure like that to stop it here.

#58 not 1st on 11.03.19 at 4:34 pm

#38 crowdedelevatorfartz on 11.03.19 at 3:10 pm
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Do the math. Join the US and all our assets immediately denominated in trump bucks – a 30% increase in wealth with the stroke of a pen.

The product we are trying to move goes up 30% as well and it now gets to tidewater via the US. Another 20% increase in price once the differential closes. And $20B saved from equalization.

Take on US tax code, a 30% decrease in tax rates.

There is no scenario where AB doesn’t come out ahead by leaving Canada and joined trumpland.

Once AB goes, sask goes too, more oil to the US, vast reserves of potash.

US capital will flood the region and infrastructure will be built and I don’t mean subways in Toronto for frazzled commuters. Those resources will be flying out of the ground.

#59 Work and Tumble on 11.03.19 at 4:39 pm

I lived in Quebec 30 years ago and my father always said the west would leave before Quebec.
His reasoning was, Quebec has it better than the rest of Canada.

#60 n1tro on 11.03.19 at 4:58 pm

#46 Quintelian on 11.03.19 at 4:00 pm
N1tro:
“Governments are suppose to represent the majority, not the minority. The issues of the day being pandered are mostly legitimate but doesn’t represent the concerns of the majority”

I must respectfully disagree with that. The collective wisdom of the majority is often wrong, and furthermore, the majority has strength in numbers and don’t need protection as the minority does.

i.e.The politicians pander to the majority who are homeowners, as a result, look at the mess we are in.
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I think you took what I said incorrectly. Government representing the majority is why/how they get electedin the first place. With your reasoning you are suggesting if a majority of voters with liberal views vote in a liberal government and then they start implementing conservative laws, that would be alright?

Answer this question to see if you can see my point of view. Trudeau said he was going to legalize weed and reform the way politicians are elected. Would you have me believe that the majority of Canadians wanted weed legalized and not election reform? Because that’s what he told us to justify things.

Also, despite the majority of Canadians being home owners, the pandering to people who want prices to keep going because they are deep in debt or rolling out a “home affordability” initiative is for a minority, not a majority. The minority of these people are the GTA and GVA which, shockingly, are vote rich areas.

Diversity is truly our strength but the way Trudeau has twisted it is what is turning off people and minorities are but collateral damage.

#61 reynolds531 on 11.03.19 at 4:58 pm

I live in London. It voted liberal because many people here work for the government, hospital, UWO. My neighborhood had many liberal signs. I just shake my head but people vote in their own self interest. No teacher votes for cuts.

#62 Nonplused on 11.03.19 at 5:24 pm

Verbatim: “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.” – Garth

Well, that is what he said. But it is a far cry from what he said, and the context was illegal migrants, and “all Mexicans are rapists and murderers”.

Two sentences make the case from within the quote itself: “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best.” I suggest he is implying that law abiding Mexicans do not cross the boarder illegally. Also, “And some, I assume, are good people.” which I take to mean that even among the illegal migrants not all are criminals, although I have trouble with that one because when you do something illegal you are by default a criminal.

Lots and lots of Mexicans have immigrated to the US legally and Trump has not ever stated he wants to shut that down. It’s the ones who don’t report to customs and immigration that he doesn’t like.

But I do have to admit that he has a unique talent for speaking in a way that can seem quite horrifying especially out of context. He is also quite ready to stretch the truth like taffy to get the desired reaction from the crowd. But what politician isn’t?

It’s like Trudeau saying after the election that he was willing to “listen” to the west. What does that mean exactly? It doesn’t contain any sort of commitment to action. It could be interpreted to mean the west can blowviate all they want but nothing is going to change, Canada will still be governed in the interests of Quebec and Ontario. That, after all, is where the votes are. Was that what Trudeau actually meant? Without mind reading one can’t really tell until down the road when we see what actually happens.

With language, it’s all a matter of context and perspective. And most times, your perspective has more influence on what you think you heard than what was actually said. This is, in my opinion, why in the age of internet sound bites it doesn’t really matter what anybody says, we’ve all made up our minds already.

He said, “They’re rapists.” You needed 300 words to apologize for him. And it didn’t work. – Garth

#63 wallflower on 11.03.19 at 5:29 pm

It is pretty scary out there but I do resent the comments about we are all being strung around by social media…. some of us do not subscribe to any of these soi-disant services.
In the local Springwater paper the editor chose to reprint an entire article published at zerohedge written by Tyler Durden.
Super scary out there no matter the source.

#64 Timmy on 11.03.19 at 5:32 pm

Jason Kenny is lucky there are ignorant, angry and gullible people in Alberta who want to separate. Who else would be stupid enough to vote for him? How could people not see what a scheming, mean spirited, lying weasel he is?

#65 TurnerNation on 11.03.19 at 5:32 pm

This pathetic blog called the demographics change but I’d add that the individual now is in control (seemingly).
Our elites have set up a world where we behave like Kings and Queens.

– 24hrs a day a Joker, Jester or funny man is available for your entertainment. Streaming live to your smart device. Your job is to pay taxes then sit back an be entertained. It’s all jokes and games at others’ expense.
You deserve it.

– Social media: your loyal subjects and followers await your next procalamation or portrait/picture. They hang on your words Oh Wise King or Queen. What depth and mirth, or wisdom will you dispense.

– Press a button on your phone app and skilled chefs will whip up whatever your belly’s desire; delivered to your door. Lift not a finger, Lounge in front of your entertainment device and be fed.
All you can eat buffets even, sup like a King!

– A smart home adjusts its functions at the press of an app button. Like servants your window blinds will beck and sway.

After all, your home is a CASTLE right?

#66 The Great Gazoo on 11.03.19 at 5:37 pm

“But Trump will likely be re-elected”

Think you are wrong about that. Hard core lefts and rights always vote the same way no matter the candidate. Elections are primarily a fight over the middle and I believe Trump has and will continue to lose folks in the middle and even some moderates on the right.

Heck he won in 2016 with the slimmest of margins with only 70-80,000 votes in 3 swing states. Many were willing to give him a shot and didn’t much like Hillary.

Trump has and will continue to energize the left like nobody can. That is in part why Dem’s took the House in 2018 in my view.

My call is Pete Buttigieg wins the Democratic nomination and puts Trump in his place during the debates and will become President.

#67 Adrian on 11.03.19 at 5:40 pm

My father is from Yugoslavia so I’m familiar with what it takes to break a country apart. It pretty much always starts with a poor economy. The fires of nationalism can then be stoked by politicians looking out for their own interests at the expense of most. Wars may be fought or not but at the end of the day you get a lot of old guys that look like those at the Wexit rally sitting around, singing nationalist songs while their small fractured states struggle more than ever to find their place in the world, economically and otherwise.

#68 Zhang Liu Chang on 11.03.19 at 5:41 pm

Just already have Canada become part of China. Canada isn’t even a real country.

#69 crazyfox on 11.03.19 at 5:42 pm

Lots to unpack here, with Garth’s excellent piece. Garth, you are truly good at what you do and you’ve nailed it again.

Some comments however, have fallen short. Lets start with Encana because Encana becoming American bodes ill fortunes for Alberta, just not for what people might think. Currently, the U.S. is producing around 14 million bpd of oil surpassing Saudi Arabia as the world’s #1 producer:

https://www.eia.gov/dnav/pet/hist/LeafHandler.ashx?n=PET&s=WCRFPUS2&f=W

For those smart enough to take 10 seconds and look at the chart above, they would realize that the U.S. went from producing 6 mil bpd to 14 million barrels per day in just 7 years with 2016 taking a year off from soft prices. This record oil production has come from mostly light tight oil shale production with a major byproduct of natural gas that has crushed gas markets in North America (scroll down to max chart):

https://www.nasdaq.com/market-activity/commodities/ng%3Anmx

Do readers see that dotted line in the chart? That’s the line of pain. The industry is losing money overall when the value of natural gas falls below this line. Check out the 6 month chart (coincides with oil workers wandering around with pitch forks and forced hangovers) and then the max chart. Natural gas has recovered somewhat in the last ten days but analysts don’t expect it to last beyond winter and the reason for it is continued natural gas byproducts of exploited tight oil formations, the very same formations Encana, excuse me, Ovintiv are now chasing in the U.S. . Lets take a look and start with Eagle Ford & Permian basins in Texas and Anadarko in Oklahoma:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eagle_Ford_Group
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Permian_Basin_(North_America)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anadarko_Basin

There are others such as Bakken in Western Canada, Montana and the Dakotas we should be familiar with:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bakken_Formation

…but the Bakken doesn’t hold a candle to what Encana is after. In short horizontal drilling & hydraulic fracturing:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Directional_drilling
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydraulic_fracturing

… have changed everything. New tech that Canada enjoyed for 20 years changed O&G production in the U.S. to levels unimaginable 10 years ago except to those in the industry and even then…

So lets summarize. New tech has created a tremendous O & G boom in the U.S. at the major cost of Canadian present & future production and profit. Sure, we need to get extra heavy crude oil to tidewater but it was the same Conservative governments and same oil execs that are scapegoating today’s present governments for yesterday’s overdeveloped extra heavy oil assets and poor foresight. After all, Keystone XL didn’t get built for a reason. Why would it’s U.S. buyers build it when they are getting oil for dimes on the dollar from oversupply? And now, our Conservative governments and oil execs are telling us LNG pipelines to tidewater will save us when it’s global feast to famine in the natural gas industry:

https://oilprice.com/Energy/Natural-Gas/Its-Feast-to-Famine-For-The-Global-Gas-Industry.html

Trump’s oil embargo on Iran has forced both Iran and Qatar to pump record gas volumes to make up for the fall in Iranian oil revenue flooding the Asian continent with cheap gas. Until something changes, any pipeline LNG project to tidewater is a recipe for bankruptcy.

The Conservatives tell us an “energy corridor” will save Alberta. Will it? Since when is extra heavy bitumen a good feed stock for distilled diesel and gas. We are talking about near doubling the C02 emissions and adding an extra 15 to 20$ a barrel to refine it. Why not simply import light crude instead? It’s cheaper with less pollution unless, of course, you’re an uneducated Conservative. And, it seems, in a low information environment, they fancy themselves as the new western separatist party, traitor party, whatever, they lie so much they don’t know what’s true anymore but I digress.

Canadians are too smart and dumb for our own good. To cheer on Trump is to cheer for low global gas prices. We can forget about tidewater pipe dreams outside of TM, we have to have a market first!! Right? (I’m not asking) To cheer on Conservatives is, I guess, to cheer on more lies and division ’cause that’s all we’ve gotten from them. But all partisan leanings aside (it’s not easy, I know), we had better wake up to a new reality. Our #1 buyer of O&G is on a production tear with no end in sight and if Canada doesn’t understand what this means for this sector’s future, we will watch Alberta devolve into something ugly because the laymen there are taking their talking points from liars and scape goaters dummies tryin to reinvent the wheel and as such, have no idea what’s going on! But Encana knows, excuse me, Ovintiv, they’re American now…

#70 Pete The Mailman on 11.03.19 at 5:44 pm

Why not just get rid of borders and have everyone live in the USA? Sounds like a winning plan to me.

#71 Nonplused on 11.03.19 at 5:45 pm

#59 Work and Tumble on 11.03.19 at 4:39 pm
“I lived in Quebec 30 years ago and my father always said the west would leave before Quebec.
His reasoning was, Quebec has it better than the rest of Canada.”

He might be right. Why should voters in Ontario and Quebec get to decide whether Alberta, which is thousands of km away, gets a carbon tax when they can’t do a thing about what happens south of their own border where there is a much larger problem. I don’t think that was the original intent of the confederacy.

And anyway until China gets on board, nothing we do in Canada will make a speck of difference other than to hinder our own economic competitiveness. Why would Alberta want that for itself? Canada’s share of global emissions decreased from 1.8% in 2005 to 1.6% in 2014, but that wasn’t so much because our total emissions went down so much as China’s (and others) went up. Even if there was a way Canada could go to zero (which there isn’t, at least not anytime soon), net world wide emissions will still go up.

I also find it extremely hypocritical that Ontario and Quebec find it appropriate to dine on those tasty transfer payments why criticizing the very industry that makes them possible. There is a reason why a map of where the oil is in Canada overlays so well with a map of the provinces that get zero transfer payments. If the oil were shut off tomorrow, the transfer payments would have to be too.

All this talk of a “carbon free economy” and “phasing out the oil sands” is just word salad with no real world implications. We don’t have any other choice besides maybe nuclear and nobody’s talking about that. It’s a question of physics, not politics, and we in the west are beyond tired of it.

All one needs to do to understand the problem is look at the talk that was bouncing around Alberta of helping Vancouver go carbon neutral and reducing the chance of an oil spill by shutting down the existing Tran-Mountain pipeline, which is many years old. BC didn’t like that talk very much and threatened to sue. Why? Because they have no choice. They are already importing hydrocarbons from the US. The city would come to a standstill in days. It’s all very hypocritical, especially when one looks at how much of the BC economy is actually oil and gas.

#72 Don Guillermo on 11.03.19 at 5:52 pm

#63 Timmy on 11.03.19 at 5:32 pm
Jason Kenny is lucky there are ignorant, angry and gullible people in Alberta who want to separate. Who else would be stupid enough to vote for him? How could people not see what a scheming, mean spirited, lying weasel he is?

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Wow Timmy, you must really hate adult supervision.

#73 Axehead on 11.03.19 at 5:52 pm

Brexit is about immigration. Wexit is about representation. The heart of an Albertan is basically that of a farmer. Very conservative. Our flirtation with socialism almost ended in total bankruptcy after the failed NDP experiment. But nobody in the west believes in anything Trudeau promises. All hot air. Like clouds without rain. All talk. Backs to the wall, what do you expect after 6 years of recession and nothing from the feds. No pipeline. There seems to be mo other way out.

#74 leebow on 11.03.19 at 6:01 pm

#67 Adrian

It takes more than just poor economy. You gotta agree there was a whole lot of unresolved issues in Yugoslavia from way before the 90s disaster. Generally, having fair elections and change in government mitigates the extremes.

But we shall be watching the US of A. As one guy from former Yugoslavia taught me, “When you see Gypsies leave, you also leave”.

#75 Nonplused on 11.03.19 at 6:07 pm

He said, “They’re rapists.” You needed 300 words to apologize for him. And it didn’t work. – Garth

In context he was referring to a subgroup of the larger group “people that have lots of problems”, which in itself was a subgroup of illegal migrants. There is just no way to say he was calling all Mexicans rapists unless you refuse to see the context. But admittedly with Trump that’s easy to do because of the weird way he talks. He definitely doesn’t follow the teleprompter very closely.

And about half my comment was about Trudeau, so only 150 words. Probably still failed to convince anybody that wasn’t already though. That’s the way politics is these days. Nobody is listening to each other anymore. We simply brand our opponents as “a basket of deplorables”. (Which was a pretty bad move for Clinton, as she was actually talking about potential American voters. Trump was not talking about voters. Even if Trump meant “all Mexicans are rapists”, which I contend he did not, he wasn’t labeling anyone who could vote a rapist.)

Scott Adams frames it quite nicely when he argues that the media itself has become nothing but a prepackaged set of ideas catering to already existing points of view. If you think Trump is the embodiment of evil, you watch CNN. If you think he is an anti-establishment superhero, you watch FOX. Yet they are reporting on the same events. As he puts it “we are all looking at the same screen but seeing a different movie.” (paraphrased)

He goes on to argue that if you saw it on CNN but not FOX, or on FOX but not CNN, it probably didn’t happen that way. But if it is on both CNN and FOX, it probably did happen. Both of them manufacture news they think will sell ads to their respective audiences.

He watches a lot of news, writes Dilbert, writes books, and still has time to do an hour long Periscope every day. Pretty interesting thinker. He changed the way I think about thinking.

#76 CanadianOne on 11.03.19 at 6:18 pm

Garth,

The point of it all is the inevitable “creative destruction”!!!

We can pick an end to start burning this fire, but to be sure, cannot control one single aspect of it after it has been set in motion. And as you articulate, the burn has begun.

For the new forest to grow …… the saga continues.

#77 Kelly on 11.03.19 at 6:22 pm

Very depressing blog today.
Couldn’t disagree more.

Nonetheless, as you clearly support the Climate “Crisis “, this will all be over in 11 years with the world drowning , baking , burning or torn asunder by the power of a Mother Nature enraged by the humans it once cherished.

Don’t lose any sleep Garth.
Rest.
Tomorrow is another day.

#78 Rick Currier on 11.03.19 at 6:23 pm

I disagree with you.

#79 Flop... on 11.03.19 at 6:24 pm

Hey North Shore Mike,

I’ve got an address for you to look at…

M45BC

2590 Lauralynn Drive, North Vancouver.

#80 Kilt on 11.03.19 at 6:28 pm

700 people at a protest in a city of nearly 1 million and you call it flames of rebellion.
I call it sad.

Kilt.

#81 London sucks! on 11.03.19 at 6:35 pm

I got out of London because there is something in the water and all people are miserable. Also very narrow minded. London is not a place to live or work anymore…its quickly reminding me of Hamilton more and more. Western University … nothing of value either

#82 Sideshow Rob on 11.03.19 at 6:41 pm

“#37 Boombust on 11.03.19 at 3:04 pm
Ha ha! That’s a laugh; why don’t those rednecks pack up and move to the US? That seems to suit their “style”.”

This comment says more about you than Alberta. I have lived in several of places in Canada including 20 years in Calgary. What you can’t seem to understand is that many the best and brightest from the rest of Canada have ended up in Alberta. Alberta is younger demographically and I would guess the average IQ is 20 points higher there than the Canadian average. I don’t mean that as an insult. Just an observation. So when keyboard warriors toss ignorant insults from the safety of mommy’s basement, it doesn’t help matters.
Eastern Canada is pretty chill about western alienation. Albertans aren’t. Canada still thinks the separatist threat is like the previous ones. Drama/welfare queen province whines and causes a scene so Ottawa shovels money east. This game has been played so many times that everyone knows it’s not a real threat. Just blackmail. Alberta will handle things differently. Albertans alone will discuss it and decide. There will be a referendum and Alberta will let the rest of Canada know how it goes. Canada will have no say. It’s above Canada’s pay grade at this point. No drama. No pouting. Just 2 words. Buh Bye. And the East will wonder what the hell just happened.
I will say one more thing. Staying in Canada presents many difficult financial and political problems for Alberta. We all know what the problems are. Joining the US solves all those problems. Don’t even think they haven’t noticed that. Additionally getting Alberta makes the US energy independent for 200 years. Don’t think they haven’t noticed that too.

Recently this blog published the protocol for a province to secede. It requires a constitutional amendment approved by a majority of provinces. Additionally the US would never assist in the breakup of its largest trading partner and closest ally. You are delusional. – Garth

#83 Chaddywack on 11.03.19 at 6:42 pm

@41 DON

Mullets were kind of very early 90s, but mostly 80s. I was thinking more late 90s…..slow dial up, access only from a desktop that I paid for by the hour. Back then I only read the news and looked at my email once a day because it was slow and I was paying by the hour.

There were no “trending” items or “hash tags” (I always called it a pound), and you had some conveniences of the internet, but not this mass social media and news clickbait stuff.

The detox has worked well, I’ve messed up a few times, but it’s like anything (quitting smoking etc.) it’s bound to have a few mess ups, but the most important thing is to keep on a steady path of improvement.

I’m really glad to hear that others are doing this as well. I’m not trying to preach, but I’ve personally found a huge improvement with a detox and reading only a few select sites.

#84 Remembrancer on 11.03.19 at 6:43 pm

#68 Zhang Liu Chang on 11.03.19 at 5:41 pm
Just already have Canada become part of China. Canada isn’t even a real country.
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Jenny? Or are you the comrade weekend relief troll for Unit 61398?

#85 crowdedelevatorfartz on 11.03.19 at 6:53 pm

@#58 Not thinking
“There is no scenario where AB doesn’t come out ahead by leaving Canada and joined trumpland.’
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Your vocabulary aside.

Enjoy paying hundreds of US $ a month for medicare.
Enjoy watching all your resources sucked south.
Enjoy your politicians being even less relevant in a 50+ State “union” as opposed to a 10 Province Confederation.

“Wexit”
The bleating of angry , unemployed workers…..who, if the economy was booming a la a few years ago, wouldnt even consider singing “Stars and Stripes Forever”
I expect the Wexit referendumb to succeed in about 10 or 20 years when most cars are electric, Climate change is undeniable, oil is a piriah and the States is in even worse financial shape than it is now…. good luck selling Tar……. Sands….
Wexit…….. more amusing by the day..

#86 TRUMP2020 on 11.03.19 at 6:56 pm

“Alberta will never ‘leave’ Canada.” Mr. GT says.

WORDS MUST TASTE GOOD, CUZ YOUR ABOUT TO EAT THOSE ONES TO…..

#87 crowdedelevatorfartz on 11.03.19 at 6:58 pm

@#68 Mouse’s Tongue( not to be confused with Mao Tse Tung)

Just already have Canada become part of China. Canada isn’t even a real country.”
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Aiiiiii Yaaaaa!
Time for you to restock the tear gas and help your fellow officers club protesters in Hong Kong……

#88 Midnights on 11.03.19 at 7:00 pm

A good book about the need for 2 incomes is, The 2 Income Trap.
Also, why did you go down the list of countries where government is supposedly acting a fool, yet Trudeau’s name did not appear?

#89 IHCTD9 on 11.03.19 at 7:02 pm

Most of the anger over immigration can be solved by thinking well. Anger is the cue that you are not. Be intellectually honest and look for the benefits as hard as you look for the negatives, there are both to be considered.

Socially, I can understand the stress an “old stock” Canadian might feel. Moving is ok, I would too, be happy to have the option. These folks are going to have it rough financially and culturally, and they’re in the big metros because anywhere else would be twice as hard again. Anger shouldn’t be part of the decision to relocate, if it is – moving won’t make it go away.

The “old stock” immigrants themselves feel the same way at times. I just read this article where many Bramptonian Indian-Canadians were angry over some government student deal that brought International students (mostly Indian!) into Canada and they were also allowed to work. These Indian-Canadians were pissed saying that these students were stealing their jobs (sound familiar?).

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/nri/us-canada-news/indian-canadians-say-international-students-stealing-their-jobs/articleshow/64920227.cms

At the end of the day, we have immigration because Canadians themselves stopped having kids, not because “diversity is our strength”. We have mostly 3rd World immigrants because Canada does not put enough on the table to attract Westerners. My experience is these folks work long and hard for their wages, and will take jobs a born Canadian wouldn’t touch (with a smile and even some zeal – at least initially). They pay taxes, consume, and contribute to the gdp. They’re pretty solid folks for the most part, if you allow yourself to be objective. One thing is for sure, they got it a lot tougher than you do as a born Canadian, but are still getting the crap taxed out of them just the same as you.

A born Western consumer benefits huge from globalization, and through immigration we also might stave off a demographic apocalypse and get to keep all our benefits. I get the culture thing, so go ahead and move; but cure your poor thinking and make it a rational decision.

#90 TurnerNation on 11.03.19 at 7:02 pm

Tomorrow: the UN called, increasingly the Canadian flag is seen as a nationalistic symbol of “far right” h8te and a lasting legacy of colonializm/oppresssion and should be replaced with the Blue and White post-national flag.
Please no longer display a maple leaf.
We are after all just another UN open air displacement camp producing taxes for the Crown and renting land from them.

#91 Slim on 11.03.19 at 7:12 pm

The following should be required reading for all the Wexit dreamers.

https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/why-alberta-separatism-is-the-dumbest-political-movement-in-canada-today

#92 BlogDog123 on 11.03.19 at 7:13 pm

The firewall talk has some merit. Esp. for the CPP thing. Sends a strong message.

If activist Alberta were to slow down train / cargo traffic headed east with various protests, laying on tracks, etc… just in time for the next holiday shipments (August 2020), would that get enough attention?

We know BC and central USA would be pissed with the ports getting full of new cars and toys not getting to market in time for new car season.

#93 Dudlow on 11.03.19 at 7:19 pm

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#94 Don Guillermo on 11.03.19 at 7:20 pm

#81 Sideshow Rob on 11.03.19 at 6:41 pm

This comment says more about you than Alberta. I have lived in several of places in Canada including 20 years in Calgary. What you can’t seem to understand is that many the best and brightest from the rest of Canada have ended up in Alberta. Alberta is younger demographically and I would guess the average IQ is 20 points higher there than the Canadian average. I don’t mean that as an insult. Just an observation. So when keyboard warriors toss ignorant insults from the safety of mommy’s basement, it doesn’t help matters.
Eastern Canada is pretty chill about western alienation. Albertans aren’t. Canada still thinks the separatist threat is like the previous ones. Drama/welfare queen province whines and causes a scene so Ottawa shovels money east. This game has been played so many times that everyone knows it’s not a real threat. Just blackmail. Alberta will handle things differently. Albertans alone will discuss it and decide. There will be a referendum and Alberta will let the rest of Canada know how it goes. Canada will have no say. It’s above Canada’s pay grade at this point. No drama. No pouting. Just 2 words. Buh Bye. And the East will wonder what the hell just happened.
I will say one more thing. Staying in Canada presents many difficult financial and political problems for Alberta. We all know what the problems are. Joining the US solves all those problems. Don’t even think they haven’t noticed that. Additionally getting Alberta makes the US energy independent for 200 years. Don’t think they haven’t noticed that too.

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Well said Bob.

#95 Abc123 on 11.03.19 at 7:30 pm

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#96 Paulo on 11.03.19 at 7:32 pm

Get out of the new one if you can’t lend a hand

The Times They Are A-Changin‘

50 years later it still applies

#97 crowdedelevatorfartz on 11.03.19 at 7:37 pm

@#85 Trumped Twenty Twenty Too
“WORDS MUST TASTE GOOD, CUZ YOUR ABOUT TO EAT THOSE ONES TO…..”
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Do we need to revamp the entire English language curriculum in Alberta?

#98 Bad Hombre & the Impeachment Posse on 11.03.19 at 7:52 pm

Man I hope someone comes forward with something so devastating that even the parasites defending Trump are forced to turn on him as with Nixon. Otherwise the orange lying imbecile might be re-elected and that would be far worse for the world than people realize. He is a truly dangerous lunatic. Had congress done their jobs from the start he could have been contained but they didn’t and impeachment AND removal are the only option.
Hopefully the election results here combined with the weakness of the challengers will keep some of Mr. Dressup’s nonsense curtailed.
There are good and bad in every group of people, doesn’t matter if it’s grouped by relgion, colour, nationality and moving somewhere more white isn’t the answer; plenty of us are quite undesirable neighbours.

#99 crowdedelevatorfartz on 11.03.19 at 7:54 pm

@ #91 Blogdog123
“If activist Alberta were to slow down train / cargo traffic headed east with various protests, laying on tracks, etc… ‘
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Years ago. I was working in rural Sask on a small maintenance job.
We had to access a farmer’s property to check something so we drove up to the house and asked to speak to the owner.
“He’s in the back quarter section over that way….plowing…….”
His wife pointed vaguely towards the setting sun….
Okaaaaay.
This was before cellphones, etc…
We drove for almost 20 minutes towards a dust cloud to reach the farmer…… plowing.
We explained what we were doing and he had no problem with us accessing his land.
As we were talking a train ….off in the distance……a quarter mile or so …..a train rolled by……it was huge…..at least a mile long…..hauling new cars, grain, fuel, etc.
He stopped talking and pulled out an old 45. 70 Winchester rifle and aimed at the brand new cars stacked on the back half of the train……
BLAM! BLAM! BLAM!
W….T….F…..?
I have no idea if he hit anything but as he put the rifle back behind the seat he said to no one,” Railroad expropriated that land from my father 80 years ago…..”

Okaaaaay.
Thankyewverymuch.
Gotta go.
We drove away quicker than we drove in.

#100 WUL on 11.03.19 at 7:58 pm

If it comes to pass that there is a referendum in Alberta on leaving Confederation, I will vote against a departure (an impossibility in any case).

I tend to avoid voting in favour of lowering my standard of living.

M63AB (Ft. Mac)

#101 Don Guillermo on 11.03.19 at 8:02 pm

#99 WUL on 11.03.19 at 7:58 pm
If it comes to pass that there is a referendum in Alberta on leaving Confederation, I will vote against a departure (an impossibility in any case).

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Don’t let anyone tell you what’s impossible

#102 the ryguy on 11.03.19 at 8:04 pm

He said, “They’re rapists.” You needed 300 words to apologize for him. And it didn’t work. – Garth
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Garth, according to amnesty international between 60% & 80% of women that illegally cross the border are raped. Amnesty international is not some right wing organization. It is a real problem. Google rape tree if you think you can stomach it..I wouldn’t recommend it. This is what Trump was referring to.

From the article;
“The assaults are so common that many women and girls take contraceptives beforehand as preventative measures.”

Ok he could have said it better, fine. Read that article though and tell me that Trump is the bad guy for saying this is a problem.

Another apologist. – Garth

#103 Not 1st on 11.03.19 at 8:09 pm

Haha like I am going to worry about a couple hundred bucks in Medicare when the province becomes worth a trillion more.

Crowded just worried the welfare train will end.

Should check the latest US energy calling for 9M bbl a day coming out of the OIL sands by 2050. Renewables still nowhere near to handling our energy demands.

But I love the commitment to non reason by the green woke left. Deluded unicorns.

Climate change is not real and can be disproven in a heartbeat.

#104 oh bouy on 11.03.19 at 8:12 pm

@#93 Don Guillermo on 11.03.19 at 7:20 pm
#81 Sideshow Rob on 11.03.19 at 6:41 pm

This comment says more about you than Alberta. I have lived in several of places in Canada including 20 years in Calgary. What you can’t seem to understand is that many the best and brightest from the rest of Canada have ended up in Alberta. Alberta is younger demographically and I would guess the average IQ is 20 points higher there than the Canadian average. I don’t mean that as an insult. Just an observation. So when keyboard warriors toss ignorant insults from the safety of mommy’s basement, it doesn’t help matters.
Eastern Canada is pretty chill about western alienation. Albertans aren’t. Canada still thinks the separatist threat is like the previous ones. Drama/welfare queen province whines and causes a scene so Ottawa shovels money east. This game has been played so many times that everyone knows it’s not a real threat. Just blackmail. Alberta will handle things differently. Albertans alone will discuss it and decide. There will be a referendum and Alberta will let the rest of Canada know how it goes. Canada will have no say. It’s above Canada’s pay grade at this point. No drama. No pouting. Just 2 words. Buh Bye. And the East will wonder what the hell just happened.
I will say one more thing. Staying in Canada presents many difficult financial and political problems for Alberta. We all know what the problems are. Joining the US solves all those problems. Don’t even think they haven’t noticed that. Additionally getting Alberta makes the US energy independent for 200 years. Don’t think they haven’t noticed that too.

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Well said? For a couple 4 year olds maybe lol
You fellas think throwing insults at each other helps your argument but it just highlights your lack of one.

wexit is absolute nonsense. vocal minority spouting off on the internet as usual.

#105 Yukon Elvis on 11.03.19 at 8:13 pm

Trump has a way with words. He can’t tell anyone the time of day without stepping on his own tongue. He is an incandescent imbecile but the Dems aren’t offering an alternative leader or platform that voters can relate to.

#106 oh bouy on 11.03.19 at 8:20 pm

@#89 TurnerNation on 11.03.19 at 7:02 pm
Tomorrow: the UN called, increasingly the Canadian flag is seen as a nationalistic symbol of “far right” h8te and a lasting legacy of colonializm/oppresssion and should be replaced with the Blue and White post-national flag.
Please no longer display a maple leaf.
We are after all just another UN open air displacement camp producing taxes for the Crown and renting land from them.
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Its like some of you dudes are stuck in a
Margaret Atwood novel.

#107 Nonplused on 11.03.19 at 8:25 pm

on #81 Sideshow Rob

“Recently this blog published the protocol for a province to secede. It requires a constitutional amendment approved by a majority of provinces. Additionally the US would never assist in the breakup of its largest trading partner and closest ally. You are delusional. – Garth”

The US is unlikely to “assist” in the breakup of Canada because it doesn’t have any benefit to them. The oil and much of the gas pretty much all flows south already so there is no energy security advantage. They already own much of the companies, both E&P and service, so the financial interest is already entrenched.

However I am not sure they would oppose it either. Trade will be pretty much unaffected. Our contribution to NATO is modest at best and would probably not be overly affected. And strong-arming a bunch of smaller countries would probably be easier than one big one.

So overall I think the US would be disinterested. The fact is that the US doesn’t really care about Canada all that much. I’ve worked there. I can tell you most of them know very little about us other than that is where the best hockey players come from. The US government probably cares more but I’m guessing they have no love for Trudeau or Quebec. They also have no love for Ontario’s manufacturing industry and would be just as happy to move it south the same way the iPhone became the end of the road for RIM (Blackberry).

As for the “constitutional amendment approved by a majority of provinces”, those are just words on a piece of paper once push comes to shove. If the separatist movement gets out of hand and garners say 66% of a referendum (which I doubt will happen, but it’s hard to say what the future holds), the idea that the rest of Canada gets to decide the fate of Alberta and Saskatchewan will go over like a lead balloon. Words on a piece of paper only really work when the majority agrees to be governed by them.

Anyway, what will happen now is we will see how Trudeau’s minority government plays its cards, and how the people of the west (not counting BC) react. If the separatist sentiment in Alberta becomes high enough (say 66%) I don’t think there is anything Ottawa could do. As I’ve discussed here before, there is no military option.

However it would be messy and a negotiated deal that is fair to everybody would be better.

#108 cultural elitist on 11.03.19 at 8:32 pm

@69 – crazyfox
Bravo! Thank you posting a coherent and balanced analysis of the situation. Fools and hypocrites abound, but you just partially restored my faith in humanity. Merci :-)

#109 mynameisjonas on 11.03.19 at 8:35 pm

The left and right are more polarized than ever in Western nations. However, I believe that they both recognize the same problems and contradictions but have arrived at differing and flawed solutions. The better option is for supporters of Western labour movements and conservatives to work together.

The centrifugal forces driving apart families and societies are globalisation and international capital. This is the reason corporations and multi-billion dollar media companies can so easily adopt the LGBT and multicultural agenda. It is not a movement based on liberation but on the normalization and promotion of childless, hedonistic pleasure seeking. The unstated and subliminal aim is to create atomized urban consumers who are easily manipulated and controlled. The end goal is an internationalist system of low cost labourers without ethnic identity and without distinct cultures that is monitored and propagandized through social media and the internet. The best defense against the powers of unchecked state and corporate control are strong integrated communities and strong self-sufficient families with a connection to their history and nation. The European Union is a prime example of the gradual creep of bureaucracy, erasure of borders and consolidation of power by anti-democratic technocrats who rule by decree and unelected committee.

One may question why left-wing movements support large migrant flows into Western countries to compete with their own workers. The reason is that the left has been co-opted by neo-liberals. The international global elite doesn’t care about democracy or nation states. To them it does not matter whether products are made in China, the United States, or Europe. To them all that matters is profit. They do not care if childrens toys are made by prisoners in Chinese labour camps. The leaders of internationalist institutions will mouth platitudes about democracy and liberal values meanwhile shaking the hands of dictators and enabling the offshoring of production to authoritarian police states.

The threat of climate change and global warming is used to manipulate people into lowering their expectations and living standards. This is another movement that is embraced both by the supposed left, international corporations and international organizations. Why do multi-millionaire celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio and Kim Kardashian praise Greta Thunberg? Because it is an easy way for them to feel good about themselves while doing nothing. They still enjoy the benefits of air travel and a life of stupendous luxury and privilege. They want everybody else to expect less and suffer in the cold and dark while they continue their lives in gated communities.

It is time for social conservatives to stop supporting supposedly conservative movements that do not conserve anything and only promise tax cuts. It is time for the left-wing to stop supporting the international institutions that undermine labour. The best path forward is for a rejuvenation of national identity, healthy families, religion and culture. This is the strongest bulwark against global homogenization. The establishment left promises universal welfare but this is impossible when the industrial production base has been gradually offshored since the 1970s. The real issue underlying most of the Western world’s tensions is that global capital has been unrestricted and allowed to build the Chinese dictatorship into a superpower and threaten our very existence. The establishment ideology says diversity is a strength but the root of that word is to divide. It is not some noble virtuous society that they want to build. Their strategy is to pit every group against the other. The goal is to divide and conquer.

#110 AB Boxster on 11.03.19 at 8:38 pm

US vs Them

Globalism, internationalism, economic free trade – it all developed in the name of efficiency, expansion, growth and prosperity.

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Fair comment.

And your comments on that reactions to those left behind or disadvantaged by globalism are fair as well.

However, what I think you miss in your analysis is the following:

The anti-globalists still believe in trade, but fair trade.
They believe in immigration and are fine with cultural diversity as long as they are able to maintain their social fabric and cultural beliefs. They believe in the capitalist system of hard work and enterprise but wonder why they do not get ahead, while the corporations and globalists and political class supporting them, become massively more wealthy.
They wonder why their social cohesion is changing and challenged when they have opened their doors to immigrants.

The fact that anti-globalists still believe in these things should be a wakeup call. Because to not address these issues, as governments and world leaders have not done, will continue to result in social unrest. As well it should.

The implementation and results of globalism have been a grand failed experiment for many, and many citizens have had about enough of it. If your own leaders of your country do not stand up to address the issues and concerns of your citizens, then they should be turfed.

However, in my opinion, you globalists have a far bigger group to worry about.

The left is now primarily made up of Marxists. You can see it how far the left in the US has gone and how far the left in Canada has moved.

The majority of youth and young adults are avowed socialists and would think nothing of state owned control of business and capital. You now see it in state policies on taxation of the rich, confiscation of wealth through wealth taxes. the shutting down of major industries all in the aim of a greater social agenda.
These are not anti-globalists, the are anti capitalist and anti democracy.

If you think that the world and citizenry is divided now, just wait until the radical left assumes power.

Should this happen the Us and Them will not be divided by globalist and anti globalist sentiments, the divide will be between capitalism and socialism/marxism.

Your demonize the wrong group by disparaging anti-globalists. They actually believe in the same system that globalists are selling they just want it to be fair, despite the fact that they have been left in the refuse pile.

You are fighting the wrong battle.

I fight no battle, just state the obvious. Alberta is going nowhere. Direct your energies into something useful. – Garth

#111 Canada-USA on 11.03.19 at 8:46 pm

Former Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper explained why President Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election by breaking down the real differences between ordinary people and elites.

https://youtu.be/UFWE2jl5mwA

#112 45north on 11.03.19 at 8:49 pm

Wifey and I are moving out of Liberal London. Offers are now in play. Might as well cash out now with this market as hot as it is here. Moving to a more Conservative WASP land. There is too much diversity, Liberalism, cultural clashes and societal fracturing to stay here anymore. We don’t like it here and therefore we are leaving!

my wife and I live in Ottawa and we’re staying. Diversity is fine with us. French/English, Arabic/Swedish, Japanese/Chinese, American.

but the bar is being raised – our children and grand children have to compete. The competition is tougher. There’s a race to see how many languages you can learn – it used to be a proficiency in French, along with a total ease in English was considered educated.

so it’s très important that our children and grand children have a supportive environment in which to grow up. Recent elimination of marijuana laws is bad. Marijuana reduces the ability and desire of young people to learn. It reduces their ability to interact socially – just at a time when social interaction is more and more required. The Liberals under Justin Trudeau have greased the skids.

The commenter refers to “wifey and I”. Let’s call them the Hendersons. There’s no reference to children – their goals and fears are not mentioned. And just where are the Hendersons going to go? They looking for a time machine more than a moving van.

#113 Steven Rowlandson on 11.03.19 at 8:53 pm

Changing the nature of the beast might be possible for god but it is risky to say the least for man to give it a try.
We are what we are. Tribal, sexist, nationalistic predators that need our own space…. Messing with that will excite the most dangerous of passions.

#114 saskatoon on 11.03.19 at 9:04 pm

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#115 Marc in Montréal on 11.03.19 at 9:07 pm

@#10 Devil Anse

“You forgot mention Legault’s CAQ government. Reducing immigration in an aging province”

Some reading for you: https://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1175896/quebec-immigration-legault-cibles-augmentation

#116 AB Boxster on 11.03.19 at 9:12 pm

Alberta is going nowhere. -Garth

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Status quo, as part of Canada you are certainly correct.
Alberta will go nowhere, just as Canada is going nowhere.
The left will have gutted a once great county within a decade.

Should Alberta have the guts to get out of a disfunctional, abusive relationship, well I suspect it will prosper.

And Canada without Alberta?
Who cares really.

Based on past contributions I expected more of you. – Garth

#117 45north on 11.03.19 at 9:16 pm

oh bouy: It’s like you’re stuck in a Margaret Atwood novel.

pretty funny

#118 Don Guillermo on 11.03.19 at 9:21 pm

#103 oh bouy on 11.03.19 at 8:12 pm
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Well said? For a couple 4 year olds maybe lol
You fellas think throwing insults at each other helps your argument but it just highlights your lack of one.
wexit is absolute nonsense. vocal minority spouting off on the internet as usual.

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Wow your counter arguments are deep.

Don’t like what you say …. 4 year olds
Don’t want to hear about Wexit …. absolute nonsense … vocal minority blah blah blah

You must have been captain of your debate team.

#119 Go Canada Go on 11.03.19 at 9:23 pm

Well I’m pretty sure we are the first country to re-elect a dude who paints his face black and stuffs his pants…… not sure the orange dude could pull that off.

#120 nita graves on 11.03.19 at 9:23 pm

Your opposing writers in “us vs. them” both have some valid points. I would suggest that that a careful delineation be made between culture and ethnicity. Ethnically I can’t think of any group that can contribute should be kept out, but neither can I believe any group comprising a culture so alien to our values that they can, and do, upset the delicate balance of power within our system should be permitted to, en masse, to come here. Then they try, at least a significant number, to add to our culture that which they fled from. And then be mollycoddled (Beirut, awarded millions in damages, initially supported better than our veterans, ad nauseam.)
A prime minister in our country was more or less returned to power last month. He has proven to be the valueless ass he was suspected to be before he first was made P.M., yet now he has been more or less returned. What does that say about us. Yes, we will survive him, but oh, at what a cost.

Think the First Nations might have held a similar view? Or the French? – Garth

#121 JohnnyAppleseed on 11.03.19 at 9:36 pm

On the subject of naivety and multiculturalism.

I’m a computer science student in B.C.

Last week I wrote a midterm while sitting next to a member of the Communist Youth Cadre of China. They are here to study cryptography and stegonography.

Proudly named ‘2017 “CUG Excellent Communist Party Member of the Undergraduates of the Year” honorary title’

So for all intents and purposes we are educating Chinese spies in our own universities.

#122 Dog Breath on 11.03.19 at 9:51 pm

OK, we have now all heard about Wexit; independence for Alberta, but have any of you heard about The Republic of Cascadia? There is an apparent movement to create a separate republic out of Oregon, Washington and British Columbia on the west coast. This stuff is getting real!!

https://www.zapatopi.net/cascadia/

#123 Renter's Revenge! on 11.03.19 at 9:59 pm

A little bit of immigration is ok (need some fresh blood for the gene pool), but a lot is depressing.

Levels of about .8% of the population have barely budged. – Garth

#124 Leo Trollstoy on 11.03.19 at 10:00 pm

Trump wins 2nd term easily

Everything else is noise

#125 Wexit on 11.03.19 at 10:11 pm

If people do not think Alberta, and Saskatchewan people do not have valid complaints, you are mistaken.

I grew up in Ontario, was a proud Canadian. Moved to Alberta 41 years ago. Worked and loss my job through the NEP. That was when I stopped been a proud Canadian, and became a western Canadian first and foremost. With what has happened with the cancellation of pipelines in the past 4 years. These prairie provinces have to look out for themselves now. The ROC, does not matter any more.

#126 Yukon Elvis on 11.03.19 at 10:12 pm

#122 Dog Breath on 11.03.19 at 9:51 pm
OK, we have now all heard about Wexit; independence for Alberta, but have any of you heard about The Republic of Cascadia? There is an apparent movement to create a separate republic out of Oregon, Washington and British Columbia on the west coast. This stuff is getting real!!

https://www.zapatopi.net/cascadia/
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Old news. The concept of Cascadia has been around for a very long time. I first heard about it in the 70’s.

#127 TC on 11.03.19 at 10:24 pm

WOW !!!! I’m honored to be the subject of Garth’s Sunday night posting! Long live the Garth! I’m not worthy! LOL….Fantastic comments from everyone tonight. I’m even learning something more about myself. I’ll continue to read them all. Thanks blog dogs.

“The yearning is for a more homogeneous place, populated by people like them. He admits it. “We are tribal creatures.” It’s at the essence of what’s now occurring in regions and entire countries, not just in a single family or in one hood in a lone city. We ignore it at peril.”

I see you get it Garth. I do admit it! We are all tribal creatures, and I will not be silent about that! Now about that pestilence called Globalism! Globalism works for you and your type of business which is all about AUM, Assets Under Management! Good for you and their is nothing wrong with that. But Globalism is destroying the middle class lifestyle that visionaries from the past like Henry Ford helped to create. Globalism seeks to race everyone to the bottom by making countries of unequal economic scale compete with one another until everyone is so stressed out physically, mentally and tapped out economically because their lives are so much more fast paced. This is not the way we should be living our lives here in this country. We live in a country called Canada but as a nation we are now becoming divided. Garth is right in that we “Ignore It At Peril”, because at some point the breaking point in our society will be reached, the pivot point, the straw that broke the camels back etc… then it’s down the abyss we all go.

#128 Kelly on 11.03.19 at 10:25 pm

#102 ryeguy

Dont even try.
When you are up against TDS, it’s not worth the effort.
Rational thought is not just plain rejected.

#129 Russ on 11.03.19 at 10:32 pm

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Did we have these kind of polarization problems when Harper was P.M.?

I seem to recall more prosperity (with regional struggles, to be sure) but a lot less bickering.

Cheers, R

#130 Average Joe on 11.03.19 at 10:44 pm

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#131 akashic record on 11.03.19 at 10:46 pm

Think the First Nations might have held a similar view? Or the French? – Garth

Maybe we should ask the First Nations, if they are happier now.

#132 Trojan House on 11.03.19 at 11:03 pm

#21 Michael Bruce Chase on 11.03.19 at 1:49 pm

It has also failed in Sweden big time.

#133 yvr_lurker on 11.03.19 at 11:05 pm

Interesting thought-provoking article today, and a topic that has been at the forefront of my mind in recent years as I plan on completely checking out of YVR within the next 8 years when I retire (Sechelt, Courtenay, Nelson, Saltspring, all look very appealing). Here are a series of questions for people to reflect on regarding the effects of
globalization, immigration, steep increases in living costs, etc. I apologize for the YVR references, but this is my experience.

1. Good friend of mine at work inherited big $$ and upgraded to a fancier house in Dunbar, in the neighbourhood he grew up in. I suggested to him that he carefully look at the community before buying, but went ahead anyway. Two years later he has regrets; many
empty homes with foreign buyers, has no idea who his neighbours are, and only a few houses on his entire street even open for trick-or-treaters (he has 10 year old twins), little sense of community. Is this where you’d want to live?

2. Friend owns an ice cream/coffee shop in Coal Harbour. Succeeds only barely through the tourist trade in the summer months. Dead in the fall/winter as very few people are around: many predominantly vacant condo towers all around him, with lights out all winter. Is this where you want to live?

3. Try skiing at Cypress or Whistler in recent years? On weekends it is often a parking lot even coming up the hill unless you are there really early (8–9am), and in Creekside at Whistler it can take an hour on busy days to go a few KM. Runs and lifts choked with people on
weekends (for me I go on a weekday at 8:30am once in a while when I can when there are no people). How about renting a kayak in Deep Cove? In the 1990s could
arrive in the morning and be out in the boat (even on busy days) in a few hours or worse. Now, with all the tour buses coming into the Deep Cove village last summer, need a 2 day advance reservation in the summer. Perhaps next year the City councillors will install rows of expensive parking meters at Spanish Banks (where there is no bus service) to hoover up cash from people just trying to have a “free” picnic at the beach in the summer? Is this the type of progress
towards having a “world class” city that you want?

4. Do young professional couples with really good jobs (but no family plan $$, or inheritances) feel that their standard of living in YVR is better than before the globalization of the real estate market starting 15 years ago? Any complaints about trying to raise a kid in
a condo tower, or would you prefer to commute in from Langley? Is this progress? Perhaps the Gov’t should build more non-market rate condo towers to help young families survive (sarcastic here), so that we can be on par with how it is in other global, mostyl Asian, cities. My
friends from Hong Kong (where I lived for 2 years) say that the goal of so many citizens there who grow up in crappy Gov’t subsidized housing towers is to be at the top of their peer group in everything (on a two-decade window of achieving) so that they can one day live in
a better private condo tower a few blocks away that they buy themselves. Is this the direction what we aspire to for the next generation of our citizens in YVR and Toronto? Is this progress?

5. With excessive globalization corrupt call centers in India and China can regularly call us on our cell phone in a way that it seems like it is from a “local Canadian” caller. Typically it is a CRA scam, or a bogus computer repair technician, or some gibberish in Mandarin that I can’t even understand. I have had one such call
on my mobile EVERY single day for the past two months; blocking numbers is futile, as each time the caller has a different “local number”. The RCMP in Canada is powerless to stop it as it is based in a foreign jurisdiction (the CBC passionate eye did a story on this issue coming from India). Is this acceptable to Canadians to be exposed to an ever increasing range of scams originating from overseas? We have one IT fellow at work whose only job is cyber security; the stories he tells of attacks he has twarted is an eye opener. How come cyber security and what to do about it was not an election issue? Do you feel comfortable buying a Huawei product?

The list of questions that I have goes on an on, but for me the sentiment is clear. I need to get out to recreate
something that I strongly feel has been lost.

Upshot, I understand the need for Globalization at some level, but in many ways I think it poses many problems. Globalization of real estate and very high levels of immigration, mainly concentrated in our major
cities, are in my view very problematic. Charity begins at home and I would vote for a Gov’t that makes it a priority to focus on helping its local citizens succeed, and less on things beyond our borders. For the record, I would have voted for Brexit if I was in the UK, and would have tried to seek a looser alliance with the EU like Scandanavia has. Close but not too close.

#134 oh bouy on 11.03.19 at 11:14 pm

@#118 Don Guillermo on 11.03.19 at 9:21 pm
#103 oh bouy on 11.03.19 at 8:12 pm
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Well said? For a couple 4 year olds maybe lol
You fellas think throwing insults at each other helps your argument but it just highlights your lack of one.
wexit is absolute nonsense. vocal minority spouting off on the internet as usual.

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Wow your counter arguments are deep.

Don’t like what you say …. 4 year olds
Don’t want to hear about Wexit …. absolute nonsense … vocal minority blah blah blah

You must have been captain of your debate team.
_______________________________________

Just trying to keep it simple for ya lad.
I assume you’re a youngster, maybe grow up a little huh.
Quit looking to blame everyone else. Possibly a little more education on your part would help you some.

#135 Kevin on 11.03.19 at 11:27 pm

Thanks Garth, great post today.

#136 Fortune500 on 11.03.19 at 11:41 pm

The problem is that we have lost all sense of nuance in discussion. The sides are moving further away from each other and screaming.

As a centrist, the thing that bothers me about most of our discussions now is that the far left is screaming racist, or bigot, and shutting down the conversation, when the very thing we need is more open conversation. This is the only thing that lets the true racists be seen and most will naturally turn away from them.

But, by denying any problem exists the left is pushing people who would normally be pretty moderate about something like immigration towards the likes of Trump because they might as well since questioning anything makes them a ‘Nazi’.

My family is partly Dutch and partly Ukrainian. When both sides came after the war they wanted their kids to become Canadian so badly they would not allow them to speak their native tongue at home. Everything was about adopting their new home and becoming part of Canadian identity (yes it existed back then … but doesn’t today apparently).

I also know Chinese families and Indian ones who did the same, but this no longer happening as much in our big centers as we start to bring in so many people so quickly. We are getting bulkanization in our own country and people are no longer interested in adopting the ways of the society they are joining.

Why can’t we ask how much of a diversity is good for cohesion? Why are we not pressuring Japan, China, the the Middle East to take in more people of different beliefs and nationalities?

Could it be that there is something inherently good at the heart of western democracy. Something our ancestors got right that deserves some protection.

Maybe the sovereignty of the individual, capitalism and dare I say, historical Judeo-Christian values have some shred of importance. We might ask why people are not immigrating on mass to Africa or Russia or China if we should currently be tearing everything down here.

Now this does not mean I do not understand the need to keep our immigration numbers up, but when I look to the likes of the Scandinavian countries and the level of happiness, wealth, and equality in their society, I do have to ask, how has this been achieved? By massive diversity experiments?

I am the child of immigrant grandparents. We all are. Or most of us are. And should continue to welcome anyone who respects the foundations of this society (yes they exist) and who wants to support Canada and it native population and not just take from it what they can. The fact that so many people feel that this is no longer taking places should at least have the chance to point this out without being compared to Hitler.

PS, Hitler killed most of my father’s family. Stalin did the rest. The far left and the far right BOTH have nothing to add to our society. Please turn away from either side and meet me in the middle.

#137 Re-Cowtown on 11.03.19 at 11:48 pm

I’m not sure about Alberta “leaving” Canada, but I’m not sure how it could possibly stay either. To be clear, an independent Alberta is not an option. Alberta lacks safe and unfettered access to markets.

However, joining with the U.S. is eminently doable and makes massive economic sense; Alberta would have immediate and unfettered access to U.S. markets and states that now block Alberta’s pipelines etc. would be immediately sidelined by U.S. federal laws. Likewise grain and agricultural products would be easily and immediately folded into U.S. trade.

Alberta would go from being a perpetual door mat in Canada to the richest state in the U.S. And please don’t say that the Canadian military would raise a finger if Alberta decided to leave. It wouldn’t. The last thing the U.S. would allow is a civil war in Canada.

Quebec has always had faint and faux reasons to leave Canada, but Alberta’s are real, grating and life threatening. As much as Quebec fakes and farts at leaving, it really has no place to go. The U.S. doesn’t particularly want La (Pou)Belle Province as it doesn’t add anything to the mix.

Alberta is another jewel completely. Trump would love to add that to his list of accomplishments. Puerto Rico as the 51st state ? phfffft…. who cares; PR is just a bunch of losers stuck on an island.

But Alberta? Trump would love to be the President that bags that beauty.

#138 Re-Cowtown on 11.03.19 at 11:55 pm

#122 Dog Breath on 11.03.19 at 9:51 pm
OK, we have now all heard about Wexit; independence for Alberta, but have any of you heard about The Republic of Cascadia? There is an apparent movement to create a separate republic out of Oregon, Washington and British Columbia on the west coast. This stuff is getting real!!

https://www.zapatopi.net/cascadia/

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What smells like feces and burns down every year?

Cascadia.

#139 yorkville renter on 11.04.19 at 12:07 am

all strife is related to economic stress / lack of opportunity

#140 crowdedelevatorfartz on 11.04.19 at 12:20 am

@#121 Johnny A
“So for all intents and purposes we are educating Chinese spies in our own universities.”
+++++

Or, we’re recruiting spies to go back to China……..
:)

#141 Tony on 11.04.19 at 12:21 am

Part of the problem in Canada as seen from here in Alberta is that they overwhelmingly embrace the left side of the political spectrum. They do this right up to the point that they have voted to bankrupt themselves and then beg us conservatives to force them to spend their allowance wisely.

This is coupled with the fact that a great deal of there ability to overspend is because Alberta pays for the basics and they can then spend and tax themselves into stupid situations. Not dissimilar to for example Germany being able to spend what should be its military budget on social programs because the U.S. provides their defence.

Albertan’s are generally more self reliant, most of us are conservative and we just don’t want the government telling us how to live our lives.

Perhaps we like to know what the unvarnished truth of our situation is as opposed to some myth that the left is trying to sell us.

Truth is important. Truth is difficult to find, but it in the long-run tends to prevail.

The habit of lies by our political elites and those who embrace them are becoming too easily accepted. The difference between Canada and for example Mexico, is that the corruption by our politicians is well hidden from us. Well hidden to the point that most of us don’t believe or can’t imagine it exists. In Mexico, one can avoid a traffic fine by paying off the policeman. Some of that money ends up in the hands of the Mexican President.

So, when the Liberal Government is involved in a scandal concerning SNC Lavalin or any other corporation they wish to support, we image it is only about spreading a bit of influence to help out their pals. We don’t stop and think that what is really at play is bribes at the highest level. I’m a big boy, I know that politicians in Canada take pay-offs, because I have seen the cashed cheques. I have been asked for bribes by the same sorts in the U.S. to win military contracts. I walked out of the meeting, told them I would never pay them for buying the best product, and walked away from several hundred million bucks worth of business. My American partners supported me 100%.

Small lies that try to influence us are evil. A good example here is put forth by Garth Turner. It confirms his cognitive bias toward President Trump, but it tells me much more, about how even Conservatives in the East think.

“Trump’s very first political speech called Mexicans ‘rapists and murderers,’ ” said Garth. That is a false claim, and is easy to find the truth of what was actually said. I did and here it is;

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people. But I speak to border guards and they tell us what we’re getting. And it only makes common sense. It only makes common sense. They’re sending us not the right people.”

No mention of murderers and the truth is, that some of the people coming from Mexico and points south are actually in the crime business. Everyone knows this, but few want to admit it, for reasons that are more about being politically correct, than they are about reasonable decision making.

Then this beauty “… and one of his premier acts as president was a travel ban on predominately Muslim countries.” The ban was ultimately held up in Federal Court as entirely within the Presidents purview. Take the world “Muslim” out and insert what he really did prevent, people from “Failed States” and the context and content are utterly different.

The deeper thing here however is that the idea that some good comes from promulgating lies, is a real problem. It is a difference in mind-set that many of us in Alberta find difficult to understand.

There is no case that the left, can be called ‘liberal.’ The left wants to intrude in our lives that they imagine will result in good for all. Liberals, in the true meaning of the term, want only as much government as is tolerable.

I will leave with this quote: “little else is requisite to carry a state to the highest degree of opulence from the lowest barbarism, but peace, easy taxes, and the tolerable administration of justice; all the rest being brought by the natural course of things.” Dugald Stewart, 18th Century Politician, Mathematician, and Philosopher. Chair and Professor of Moral Philosophy University of Edinburgh, a position he held for 25 years. He was not a thinker in the same vein as Prime Minister Trudeau, either of them.

#142 crowdedelevatorfartz on 11.04.19 at 12:24 am

@#103 not first
“Climate change is not real and can be disproven in a heartbeat.”
++++

Have they finished rebuilding Ft Mac yet?

#143 Smoking Man on 11.04.19 at 12:42 am

Watching Canada Self Destruction is entertaining to say the leased. Why did Toronto put the globalist thieves back in power. Stupid people..

My loot out of the hands of communist thieves is an amazing feeling.

Still have 3 kids there. Once I get my citizenship I’ll get them over here.

Canada is doomed. Us old goofs who know how shit works are dying off being and bring replaced by the cult of self-destruction , the kids teachers are ANTIFA Activists.

Run if you Can. Trump will destroy the Democrats in 2020. Big opportunities for risk takers. In Canada the risk taker will be robbed and tosed into the slamer for criticism of T2 and his globalist masters…

Law on the books right now…

#144 crazyfox on 11.04.19 at 12:46 am

#108 cultural elitist on 11.03.19 at 8:32 pm

Thanks. Now, for the solutions.

The U.S. currently consumes around 20 million bpd of oil. With ethanol produced from corn making up 8% or so, the oil & ethanol blend total is at least 14 million. If we count the oil that is coming from Iraq oil fields that aren’t designated to Brent crude pricing in Asia/Europe but the states produced by U.S. oil corps, this number is best guessed to be around 16 million bpd. The numbers I’m hearing right now in terms of U.S. oil imports is around 2.5 million bpd (it could range between 2 to 4) and it seems to fit so what does this mean considering, once again, the trajectory increased U.S. oil production is on, not factoring in market penetration of EV’s?

https://www.eia.gov/dnav/pet/hist/LeafHandler.ashx?n=PET&s=WCRFPUS2&f=W

The U.s. increased oil production by 4 million bpd in just 3 years. If U.S. producers keep this up, Canada could lose it’s light crude market inside of 3 years or face a major cost to get the western Canadian crude exports to an overseas market. Not lost on Canadians is Trump’s talk about putting a 25% tariff on Canadian oil imports. If the U.S. no longer needs our oil exports, what is Canada to do?

Canadians need to wake up and start realizing we have a big problem here, not just if Trump gets re-elected, but if the U.s. no longer needs our light crude and gas other than heavies. What will Canada do if we lose our #1 customer of O & G? This isn’t “if” with light crude and gas, its most likely “when” meaning keystone XL is? A pipe dream that likely will never get built and don’t think I’m the only one that knows this, existing infrastructure will take care of heavies as Canadian light crude exports dry up south and large cap industry execs have likely known it for some time. All one has to do is look at U.S. oil production charts to see where its going.

Canadians can’t build a pipeline overnight to re-route O & G East or West instead of South, it takes time. In a scenario I just described, this is not a problem we should have no answer for especially years too late, so lets consider the options with gas and then oil… because its smart:

Gateway :
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enbridge_Northern_Gateway_Pipelines

Gateway as a sole LNG project is currently a license to bankruptcy as earlier described due to a present global crash in gas prices. There are a number of major economical risks associated with LNG Gateway mostly concerning prices. The biggest threat to Gateway is what we are seeing play out now, Iran being forced to dump huge volumes of gas (along with Qatar by proxy) to make up for lost revenue from Trump’s Iranian oil embargo. Couple this with Russia building an undersea pipeline to Europe as well as existing pipe to Asia and what we have are 3 major competing interests for the Asian market and when one considers potential U.S. export of LNG which the U.S. just began 2 years ago, 4 competing interests but by volume, 3.

There is a geopolitical risk in not building Gateway being Russia using natural gas exports as leverage against Europe coupled with Iran and the U.S. at war. This scenario would mean a major gas market that Canada could somewhat satisfy but! This scenario remains to be seen and Europe is an Atlantic coast market whereas China’s demand is easily satisfied by Iran/Quatar/Russia. As such, there is simply too much $$$ risk to build Gateway LNG. Environmentally and technically oil is a non starter mainly, its because Trans Mountain is a superior route for Asian markets. So, Gateway is a scratch I would think, for a long time to come. O & G execs know it, Trudeau knows it and anyone reading this with a brain now knows it.

Trans Mountain… I’m not sure why Canadians still think this pipeline won’t get built when they’ve already started construction in the cities. 2500 employees are already at work at both ends of the project. Its disingenuous to say that this pipeline won’t get built at this point in my opinion. If anything, we need a larger pipeline or a twinning but we need an expanded extra heavy oil market for that and we don’t have it… not yet.

So, this leaves Energy East.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Energy_East

The Energy East proposal as it’s currently defined by this link is a non starter for all kinds of reasons namely being, dilbit is the wrong feed stock to fill eastern Canada’s energy needs. Bitumen has an API grade of 8 to 10 degrees. To bump Bitumen up to pipeline grade to get it to flow through pipe, it’s API must be bumped to 23.5 degrees. To do that, it takes approx 29 to 34% NGL condensates to make it flow downstream. Western Canada can achieve these volumes but just barely and then, there is the glaring problem of what this distills down to downstream. The feed stock of dilbit to refine to diesel and regular gas is insane not just because of the refining challenges and the left over condensates we would have to export to markets that may not exist, but because of the emissions. All the extra C02 emissions (about double) makes this proposal an environmental loser of epic proportions. It makes for a good politician soundbite for a low information crowd but technically, in every way from $ to C02 emissions and beyond, its a loser… at least in the way Energy East is currently proposed.

However, Energy East should be looked at much more more seriously as a LNG proposal to Europe. For as long as Russia is controlled by expansionist interests, LNG exports out of the St. Lawrence should be considered. The good thing is, we already have existing pipe to satisfy some overseas market exports but the present price of nat gas makes a St. Lawrence LNG proposal dead in the water. But, times do change and Canada needs to be ready.

Energy East should also be looked at for light crude exports for obvious reasons. The transition of gas guzzling cars and trucks is likely to be more slowly rolled out than environmentalists want to admit, especially if we see another Trump presidency. World wide market share of EV’s is expected to be greater than 50% by 2030 but in North America this could easily be less than 30% driven by corrupt governments and big oil influence/production. This means Energy East should be considered for light crude when the time comes that the U.S. tells us they no longer need our light crude and begin to put tariffs on its exports south of the line. Western Canada should have been exporting light crude East for decades already but U.S. influence on western Canadian governments is so strong that we’ve never had a cohesive federal energy plan. This is in part due to Trudeau’s NEP introduced in 1980:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Energy_Program

The program was designed to make Canada more self sufficient, less reliable on imports, make O & G cheaper for the consumer (this meant Quebec to Alberta, not popular) and to increase Canadian ownership of O&G. It might have worked had the world not spun into recession along with commodities for close to 20 years almost immediately following the introduction of the NEP.

Even so, Canada needs a new NEP, one based on north American prices but one that guarantees a western Canadian market in Eastern Canada, weening Eastern Canada off of paying traditionally higher Brent crude prices for its light crude oil. I’m fine with T2 brokering a deal… exercising old ghosts of the past. At least I know Justin is loyal to Canada, unlike his Conservative counterparts. Check out this guy. How do you know when a politician is lying to you? His lips are moving:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ix4seMVuLiw

#145 Jenny Wang on 11.04.19 at 1:47 am

Gerry Butts and Trudeau send another billion dollars and more hundreds of jobs to Texas. It’s hard to keep count. There are companies bailing after specifically saying they’re under attack by Trudeau.

BJ Oil and Gas Services….just Monday and the list grows longer and several others including giant Encana bailed last week.

https://albertapressleader.ca/texas-based-bj-services-pulling-out-of-red-deer/?fbclid=IwAR0Qn7EgO3-cOeyZ3905uUKB3f3S1EAYGjJzBKVPfeFkU8j2eEX8Rcd2uoI

When Liberals allow foreign dead nets to murder our Maritime fisheries it was done purposefully for political gain. John Crosbie admitted this on his death bed. Trudeau wants to turn Alberta into a welfare state like his father did the Maritimes…dependant on EI and welfare Wednesdays to this day. The only break Maritimers got was from Alberta that offered them jobs. Now those jobs are all gone to Texas. Maritimers don’t follow the jobs to Texas. Maritimers are back on the Trudeau welfare line.

You’re watching the killing of an economy. You won’t get a new school built by Trudeau lickspittles. But, BTW, Texas says thank you.

#146 Al on 11.04.19 at 3:23 am

“There is just no way to say he was calling all Mexicans rapists unless you refuse to see the context. ”

And, in context, how does that make calling a subgroup of illegal immigrants rapists a good thing to say? Is your point that he was simply being factual, that the point of this phrase in his speech was pointing out pejorative facts that would apply to any large enough group of people? That was his purpose when singling out this specific group and those specific pejorative behaviors? If you think that was the context of this phrase you’re just being disengenious..

#147 T2: Good luck finding job over 50 on 11.04.19 at 6:52 am

I was gonna say this:

Great reading your posts Garth but life is too short
to stay around an area that is experimenting with cultural diversity that is clearly failing.
When governments flood a city with people that are
too different from one another then the natives leave.

We are tribal creatures and we want to be around
those who are like us who share our culture and values!
Governments cannot change that……EVER!
Inclusion, multiculturalism, diversity, identity politics………..DO NOT WORK!
All this accomplishes is making people leave the areas they were born in!

… but the guy said it before me..
I started typing answer:

So folks feel powerless.
They see the wealth divide grow.
They get outvoted in a larger pool
– like the nation state – and feel it’s
being controlled by others
who do not share their values, beliefs, interests, goals, or pipelines…

but you said it.

so what i s left for me, being over 50 when Trudeau said :

good luck finding job over 50!

#148 Sam on 11.04.19 at 6:57 am

I’ll be getting out of Dodge as well

Sort of. 1/2 in Madeira and half in blue mountain

Not a chance I’m paying the highest tax rate anymore . Sorry employees . I dont need this anymore

#149 ts on 11.04.19 at 7:01 am

“For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, nor hidden that will not be known. Therefore whatever you have spoken in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have spoken in the ear in inner rooms will be proclaimed on the housetops. Luke 12: 2-3

#150 Tater on 11.04.19 at 7:19 am

#109 tccontrarian on 11.01.19 at 3:14 pm

Me? Explain what am I ‘cherry picking’?
And why is my point ‘weak’?

thx
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If you roll your starting point forward or backwards by a quarter you get a completely different result. Any narrative that is that sensitive to the time period examined is, by definition, cherry picked.

#151 MF on 11.04.19 at 7:20 am

Lol this comment section is an utter joke tonight.

#141 Tony on 11.04.19 at 12:21 am

-Yeah thanks for speaking for myself and “all Canadians” Tony. And the millions of Canadians that are pro Albertan like myself don’t exist in your little us vs them world?

Joke post 1

#137 Re-Cowtown on 11.03.19 at 11:48 pm

Look at the arrogance on total display here in this post.

Who the hell says the US wants Alberta? You think Trump will be around forever and the far left leaning democrats will never be in power again?

You pretend to be forward thinking..but are as forward thinking as last night’s dinner.

Joke post 2

#127 TC on 11.03.19 at 10:24 pm

Yeah Garth didn’t say tribalism didn’t exist, he said the forces of globalization enhancing said tibalism are unstoppable so we better adapt, because we have no choice.

Joke post 3

#143 Smoking Man on 11.04.19 at 12:42 am

Psst the word “globalist” is so 2016.

That’s all I’ve got. Jokes all over the place.

MF

#152 Joblo on 11.04.19 at 7:30 am

NANNY Wanted:

KANATA, 75 years England looked after you next
75 years USA.
Time for a new NANNY.

#153 Tater on 11.04.19 at 7:30 am

#24 Another Deckchair on 11.03.19 at 1:59 pm
Hey Garth; I’m all for globalization, diversification and all that.

But, I can see some issues.

a) way back when I wrote some apps to see how the whole business worked, and it became very apparent that my App-writing income of $4.00 (Canadian) a day was equivalent to a daily wage in India. (googled it)

How do we survive on $4.00 CAD a day? We don’t. So we improvise, but some get left behind.

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And? If you created an equivalent product, what does your location have to do with how much it’s worth?

Phrased another way, for the equivalent investment of time, why do you deserve to be paid more? Simply because you were lucky enough to be born (or live) in a first world country?

#154 Phylis on 11.04.19 at 7:42 am

#109 mynameisjonas on 11.03.19 at 8:35 pm You forgot to add in the vegan prisons. Maybe next post.

#155 David Hawke on 11.04.19 at 8:02 am

Sadly a spot-on post today which makes me thank my lucky stars that I was fortunate enough to be born and raised in La Belle Province where cultural diversity prevailed.

As to Wexit, I worked in Alberta on pipeline construction for a few years in the ’60s/’70s when it was a one-industry province dependent on the oil industry. It seems it still is only now its dirty oil selling at a discount on the world market, good luck with that, eh!

Upon retirement a decade ago I sold my business taking a year-long RTW which was such an eye-opener as to the benefits of globalism that I relocated to the tropics where the weather is decent.

#156 nita graves on 11.04.19 at 8:05 am

re 120: Think the First Nations might have had a similar view. And the French :Garth

Might well ask them, but in due diligence also ask the predecessors to their lands should any of them have shared the good fortune of surviving as did they (and so well maintained)

#157 TurnerNation on 11.04.19 at 8:06 am

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#158 Renter's Revenge! on 11.04.19 at 8:27 am

#123 Renter’s Revenge! on 11.03.19 at 9:59 pm
A little bit of immigration is ok (need some fresh blood for the gene pool), but a lot is depressing.

Levels of about .8% of the population have barely budged. – Garth

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Ha! I knew you were going to say that.

It’s obviously still too much if people are depressed about it.

#159 crowdedelevatorfartz on 11.04.19 at 8:30 am

@#133 yvr lurker
“Charity begins at home and I would vote for a Gov’t that makes it a priority to focus on helping its local citizens succeed, and less on things beyond our borders.”
+++++

Unfortunately govts that actually care about the voters dont exist any more.
They are beholding to their lobbyist masters….be they “big business” or “big union”.
As for “liveable cities”….
I once read an article that most modern cities of one million people OR LESS are the ideal size.
Public transportation, amenities, traffic flow, crime,pollution, affordability, etc etc etc. are manageable.
As the population increases everything goes to crap.
Yes I remember the Lower Mainland pre Expo86.
It was a nice, smallish city that was enjoyable to live in.
Today?
Not so much with 3 times the people.
Thats “progress” I suppose…..and you cant reverse the clock.
I plan on leaving in a few more years and wont look back….

#160 Headhunter on 11.04.19 at 8:32 am

Canada basically is only a country in name.. we could not survive without the USA. Period.

I dont know what the long game is with the Libs and JT. Hate him if you want we need a leader like Trump.. (please no name calling, makes you look childish)

People vote with their wallets hence Libs in the GTA and London (insert any other town with a huge base of gov’t jobs) put JT back in power… dont mess with my pay and gov’t job. Ont teachers vote to strike? say it aint so…!!!!

Trump in a landslide 2020 Why? People in the USA have more jobs cause of him and his ‘merica 1st policies

Alberta just may be on to something
May as well succeed as an entire nation to the USA.

#161 jess on 11.04.19 at 8:33 am

WATERLOO — Artificial intelligence could be as revolutionary as the steam engine or electricity, and bring about a futuristic world of companion robots and self-driving cars.

But the technology will also throw millions of people out of work, experts warn.
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automating poverty AI
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/series/automating-poverty
https://www.theguardian.com/law/2019/oct/15/zombie-debt-benefits-overpayment-poverty

contrast with this

U.S. Fines Billions for Wall Street Fraud. Nearly Half the Time It Doesn’t Collect.
SEC collected just 55% of the $20 billion levied for securities cases in last five years

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the wrong kind of intensification

https://www.therecord.com/news-story/9674778-kitchener-fire-officials-target-intensified-student-housing-in-lower-doon/KITCHENER — After 18 students
were found squeezed into a single-family home in Kitchener’s Lower Doon neighbourhood last year, fire prevention officials began to identify and address other at-risk properties in the area.

#162 BillyBob on 11.04.19 at 8:36 am

#133 yvr_lurker on 11.03.19 at 11:05 pm

Charity begins at home and I would vote for a Gov’t that makes it a priority to focus on helping its local citizens succeed, and less on things beyond our borders. For the record, I would have voted for Brexit if I was in the UK, and would have tried to seek a looser alliance with the EU like Scandanavia has. Close but not too close.

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– Brexit: you would have been voting for a lower standard of living. Everything imported (in other words, pretty much everything) will cost more and be paid for with a currency worth less. On what planet is that a “win”?

– The UK has always had a “looser” alliance with the EU, maintaining their own currency. But ultimately you are thinking like so many Brexiters, who want all the advantages of EU membership without being beholden to the rules of the EU. Even children know this isn’t how things work.

– Check your facts on “Scandanavia”, chief. Denmark, Sweden, and Finland are all full members of the EU. Only Norway isn’t, but is part of the EAA and as a member of the EU common market is bound by all of the rules regarding EU trade.

Which, incidentally, if the UK ever figures out how to leave, will still have to adhere to if they wish to trade with the EU from outside of the union, just like they do now. Except they will no longer have any influence or say on the modification of said rules. Another brilliant tactical victory! Hail Britannia.

You don’t seem to understand that trying to ignore things outside of your own borders doesn’t mean they stop affecting you.

#163 Paul on 11.04.19 at 8:43 am

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#164 Midnights on 11.04.19 at 8:43 am

Doug Casey on Trump… and an Impending Civil War?
By Doug Casey

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2019/11/doug-casey/doug-casey-on-trump-and-an-impending-civil-war/

#165 waggily tail on 11.04.19 at 8:48 am

Very little has changed for this participant in half a century, maybe a few surface features, but the core of being and the rhythm of rising, waking, living, sleeping has not. The online world is not reality. It is a reflection of reality and fairly skewed. People have been complaining about the guy across the street forever.

I don’t read news unless there is a specific event I am interested in. I appreciate social media even though I don’t participate (the back country has spotty service and greater distractions) because media in general locks down a percentage of the population by wire, leaving freer souls to roam and dabble. I do sample a few, select websites –this being one of them — as a dipstick, or a litmus test, of the human psyche. Thanks for this opportunity.

#166 rosie on 11.04.19 at 8:50 am

Why are there so many long winded screeds posted today? Just get to the point and move on.

#167 the Jaguar on 11.04.19 at 8:50 am

All this talk about Alberta makes me want to jump out of my skin. If you honestly feel action needs to be taken to address concerns then do it the adult way. Be strategic and fight the battle economically. Withdraw your economic support from those who undermine you and treat you poorly. I refer to products on your store shelves and where you spend your tourist dollars etc., not transfer payments. Transfer payments will not be renegotiated any time soon and if you think otherwise you need a reality check. To quote JHK, one of my favourite social critics, ” When you don’t negotiate the circumstances that the universe sends you way, you get assigned a new negotiating partner called Reality. And it negotiates for you. You don’t even have to be in the room. You can watch internet porn, play poker on line, eat cheese doodles and drink Pepsi or watch NASCAR. And then you life will be negotiated for you.”

Reality check please, for all who think separation is worthy of any more air space. Mercy.
On a more interesting note, below is a link to a very enlightening interview with Art Berman and provides a lot of insight into the problems the fracking industry is undergoing and the impact it could have on the oil biz and the economy in general.
The part about the amount of gas being ‘flared off’ and its environmental impact really blew my mind. Where are Greta, Leonardo Di Caprio, James Cameron, and the gang on this one?
Our mainstream media has really failed us miserably. And Trump will be re-elected. Why? Because the Democrats are imploding with all their blundering, dirty tricks, and false promises. Here is the link to Art:

https://www.peakprosperity.com/art-berman-exposing-the-false-promise-of-shale-oil/

#168 IHCTD9 on 11.04.19 at 9:34 am

#135 Kevin on 11.03.19 at 11:27 pm

My family is partly Dutch and partly Ukrainian. When both sides came after the war they wanted their kids to become Canadian so badly they would not allow them to speak their native tongue at home. Everything was about adopting their new home and becoming part of Canadian identity (yes it existed back then … but doesn’t today apparently).

I also know Chinese families and Indian ones who did the same, but this no longer happening as much in our big centers as we start to bring in so many people so quickly. We are getting bulkanization in our own country and people are no longer interested in adopting the ways of the society they are joining.
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Good post, I think you are right. When my Parents came here with my Grandparents (also Dutch), they all changed their names to something that fit in here. Us kids (born here) also got names that fit in. Like the old joke says “If you walk into a Canadian Dutch Church and shout out “John!” or “Henry!” – half the congregation would stand up!’

IMHO, the GTA/YVR will become a strong majority soup of immigrants in a few more decades. Immigration to GTA/YVR will continue to increase. Future immigration to Canada is projected to come mainly from Africa and the Middle East assuming things continue to improve in most of Asia. They will all want to head to Toronto to be around folks that are at least somewhat culturally like them, and where jobs are plentiful.

We already see born Canadians exiting Toronto and Vancouver (Toronto has the highest intraprovincial population losses in Canada, Vancouver is #2). The big cities are receiving immigrants while bleeding domestics. What’s worse, is that the losses are mainly youth, (likely young families). Now add in the fact that 30-40% of all immigrants leave Canada after about 10 years, and you get a “landing pad” city packed to the brim with transients.

Places like the GTA will be primarily a place to land, get set up and try to make a go of life in Canada. If that fails, it’s bail out time. I can’t see many folks feeling a nationalistic tie to Canada and much less the cities of Toronto/Vancouver under these circumstances.

Changing your name in a place like Toronto no longer does anything to help you “fit in”. Keeping it the same does!

#169 Kerry Luza on 11.04.19 at 9:36 am

The facts are that the UN and all their Liberals, Socialists doing their policies, globalism is nothing more than international socialists.

When things fall apart more and more the people who believe government and its world agencies, even non government ones will be revealed who they really are.

#170 lytoronto on 11.04.19 at 9:40 am

Getting back to Toronto real estate, a quick check of Bungol this morning showed a lot of read – meaning listings or delisted – and not many solds over the last week.

Is the mighty Toronto real estate market now stalling?

#171 Dharma Bum on 11.04.19 at 10:03 am

I’m touring around southern Utah right now, en route to Arizona. Beautiful country side, for sure, but talk about a homogenous society.

There’s nothing blander.

#172 Blog Bunny on 11.04.19 at 10:08 am

I am a millenial, female and first generation immigrant. I love Trump. So do my younger siblings. Garth, the young generation is not all brainwashed. Some of us also see the evils of globalism, socialism and liberalism.

#173 Remembrancer on 11.04.19 at 10:24 am

#145 Jenny Wang on 11.04.19 at 1:47 am

Jenny, welcome back.

So Pierre “Just watch me” Trudeau and John “It is better to be honest and sincere in one language than a twister, a trickster and a twit in two” Crosbie worked with who, the Portuguese to destroy the cod fishery and the Maritimes as a whole? Its Atlantic Canada btw. Regardless, that’s quite a cabal you’ve linked together, ya might want to get an extra roll of tinfoil for the ol hat there girlie. And Crosbie admitted it on his death bed? Really, when did he pass away again?

#174 Ubul on 11.04.19 at 10:45 am

Apologist of globalism should explain the 40% not making enough to pay taxes and how is this an improvement of the overall society in this country. While there, apologists of globalism should also explain how this economic situation does not create dependency on the state and how this dependency on state effects voting results.

In other news, AAPL is committing 2.5 billion “investing in affordable housing and helping Californians”. Probably from shareholders money, not from Cook’s private share of the wealth.

https://mashable.com/article/apple-california-housing-2-5-billion/

Apple has no history in the business of “affordable housing”, and 2.5 billion is big chunk of money. Does this mean that Apple’s management “feels” the company is not taxed “properly” or does this mean that CEOs prefer to keep taxation as is, and use companies wealth as a vehicle for (personal)philanthropy in the age of globalism?

#175 r1200c on 11.04.19 at 10:48 am

Probably my favourite post to date… Thank you Garth for all you do.

#176 TurnerNation on 11.04.19 at 10:58 am

#109 mynameisjonas I detect many ThoughtCrimes in your post. Well done.

Hedonism..we are Kings. Check this shutting down of highways is a regular sport for kids these days.
Me me me.

https://www.cp24.com/mobile/news/dangerous-and-illegal-stunt-on-hwy-409-caught-on-camera-opp-1.4668772

#177 Guillaume on 11.04.19 at 11:14 am

The division starts at the highest level, I know we have the politicians we deserve but still, as you can’t expect kids to behave better than their parents, you can’t blame the people if they behave in the same way as their elected politicians… When the Conservative will be more progressive and the Liberal will be less socialist then probably many problems will be solved, God bless Canada as a whole !

#178 Marc on 11.04.19 at 11:21 am

Please explain these multicultural values to the Japanese! They prefer robotising rather then mass immigration… Granted it must be difficult to teach Japanese!

The border if you noticed only works one way! In, not out! Open the U.S. border and a lot of Canadians will move South! You have to be crazy to live in this weather!!!

Marc

#179 not 1st on 11.04.19 at 11:55 am

#142 crowdedelevatorfartz on 11.04.19 at 12:24 am
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Have they finished rebuilding Ft Mac yet?

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Haha that old canard that some how the patch caused climate change to land on their own head. Guess you believe in locusts and plagues as well?

All fits the with the climate cult narrative.

When oil is still being used 100 yrs from now and 9mm bbl a day rocking out of the ground into Trumps hands, the stunned socialists in Canada will be standing there with their mouths hanging open wondering when their next govt freebie is coming.

#180 Jenny Wang on 11.04.19 at 11:58 am

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#181 Canada? on 11.04.19 at 11:58 am

As a natural-born Canadian of Italian descent, I have never seen a more disgruntled and disillusioned population of people in this country as I see today.

Most recently I was speaking to a gentleman who came here as a young boy from Poland. He made the point that there is a big difference between immigrants who are settlers and pioneers who break new for the betterment of Canada, and those that are brought here just for the sake of population growth and increasing the tax base. I believe many people who have done everything possible to become as Canadian as possible regardless of where they came from, feel that they have been displaced in perilously overpopulated and ludicrously expensive parts of the country that were at one time very livable, as recently as only 10 years ago. When they express their discontent, they are labelled as racists and are told that they should leave. How wonderful.

Multiculturalism is a beautiful thing as long as we can identify with the values and lifestyle with those of whom we share this beautiful country. Diversity is not strength, unity is and that is an empirical fact. We must all be Canadians first, not the fractured society that we have become. The judeo-christian West has always been and continues to be the light of the world when it comes to justice, livability and opportunity for the millions of wonderful people that want to start a new life from far less fortunate parts of the world. It deserves protection. That is not tribalism, it is just pure common sense.

#182 Lead Paint on 11.04.19 at 12:38 pm

#26 Flop… on 11.03.19 at 2:10 pm

Best post yet Flop! It sure how you or my immigrant , hard working Asian wife is causing problems for anyone…

#183 wyatt graves on 11.04.19 at 12:47 pm

re. :Tony 141

well thought out and well-stated. True that “left” does not equate to “liberal”

#184 SimplyPut7 on 11.04.19 at 12:53 pm

#170 lytoronto on 11.04.19 at 9:40 am

It has been stalling since 2017. The rent compared to the sold price would show that on Bungol. Go do search for any house for rent or recently rented. Look at what they wanted for rent, what they cut the price down to and what they sold for in 2017 or 2018.

Some investors are bleeding money or at least wasting time investing in a house not going up in value compared to investing that money in the stock market or overseas in better valued real estate.

#185 Graeme on 11.04.19 at 1:39 pm

Apparently it’s better to have a job now than protect savings. By this logic the old had better improve their skills just so they can work till they drop. People tend not to complain as much when their lot is improving.. even if their neighbours look different.

#186 Jesse on 11.04.19 at 1:43 pm

#38 crowdedelevatorfartz on 11.03.19 at 3:10 pm
My god the drivel that gets spewed out.

Wexit is a knee jerk reaction to a oil based economy in the doldrums.
The beginning was tossing out the incompetent provincial Conservatives and electing the NDP.
As if that would fix everything.
Yeesh
Your oil sector packed up and left.
Meanwhile the US fracking industy has kicked the price of oil in the gonads.
Three years , a stalled pipeline and thousands of jobs later you want to separate…. as if THAT political uncertainty will encourage the oil sector to reinvest in the “country” of Alberta…
Give your collective heads a shake…..
Please.
Before you nuke all the jobs in Alberta.
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Out of touch much?

Trudeau’s Bill C48 and C69 is why the west, specifically Alberta is livid. Hundreds of thousands of jobs lost, and not a peep from Trudeau or Ottawa. Encana moves their HQ to the US from Calgary, nothing from Trudeau. But when SNC mentions moving it’s HQ out of the country Ottawa is all ears and willing to bend over backwards to save 9000 ‘Quebec’ jobs. Meanwhile, Alberta falls into some debt due to a nuked economy and still sends billions to Quebec via federal equalization, and what does Quebec say: “No to any pipeline!”. This country is broken.

Brett Wilson summed up Alberta’s frustration with T2 and Ottawa best: https://youtu.be/wW7isDYTC_c

#187 Barb on 11.04.19 at 2:01 pm

Despite my queasiness to watch last night’s movie “Children of Men”, watch it I did.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Children_of_Men

Some of the anti-Globalism folks here appear to have seen the movie in 2006.

#188 RWZM on 11.04.19 at 2:44 pm

The deleterious effects of gratuitous multiculturalism are connected to, but really quite separate from, the effects of globalization that you mention. Garth is kind of like a religious person when it comes to the former, so forget about that; let’s just look at the latter.

You *really* think young people are happier growing up in a world where the rent is what it is? Where you can’t have the basic things the Boomers had without triple the effort? I’ll take Garth’s World any day, and I’m sure most people my age would too. Try selling a bunch of books out of your house nowadays. You’ll get nothing more than a few Youtube cents.

Things were going quite alright before all the cheap imported goods made with zero-regulation labour. It’s pretty rich having read your blog for 10 years while you posted incessantly about a real estate correction that never came, because of the policies that you plug when you seem to uncritically shill globalization.

On the contrary. The young all think it’s crap–more of them are liberal than conservative, but they just frame their displeasure in different political terms.

Also, Brexit is only a disaster because the moneyed people who benefit from globalization are making it one. It’s not that frickin’ hard to not be part of the EU. Lots of people are doing it right now.

People with genuinely human motivations aren’t excited by the GDP going up if the cost of housing triples. They’re more excited by having genuine connections to other people than some abstract idea of creating a microcosm of the globe inside their city. They don’t mind paying an extra $2 for plastic toys if it means the jobs are local, and the toys aren’t full of lead and produced by a totalitarian state with exploitative labour laws and interests that are inimical to the country. And if “nationalism” is so destructive, why don’t we get it over with? I need a pretty good reason to keep caring about people thousands of miles away besides the fact that it offends the political sensibilities of effete wrinklies, suffused with affect as they are.

Bottom line: you can’t take dumps on people’s real concerns about real issues, which have never been problems for you, unless you’re willing to contribute to a more tempered solution. Crude populism is all that’s available right now, so that’s what you get. If you can’t concede that there’s any validity to any of the concerns, it will continue to be the only thing that’s available.

It’s truly repulsive, this moralizing cant about what’s in “the future” and what’s “in the past,” as if the past is inherently bad–like nothing has ever gotten worse in all of human history. It’s absurd.

#189 Chimingin on 11.04.19 at 2:52 pm

I think the West has the read wrong on the rest of Canada. It isn’t East vs. West, it’s urban vs. rural. According to writer Colby Cosh from the National Post, “For every westerner angry at Ontario for always electing Liberals, you’ve got a point, but there are more Conservative voters in Ontario than Alberta and Saskatchewan combined.”

The Liberals won handily in the urban GTA. It’s Vancouver, Toronto, it’s Montreal, Halifax–those places are the ones that returned the Liberals. In rural Ontario we are being crushed by the influx of city dwellers into our towns and villages, eagerly seeking cheaper real estate but immediately lamenting the perceived lack of amenities and services. They ruin the landscape with sub division houses, big box stores, and drive the locals out of business. It isn’t an ethnic group, nor is it immigrants per se – it’s urban dwellers. They are the ones changing the face of this country, and they are the ones who have my resentment.

#190 Neo on 11.04.19 at 3:07 pm

Well we had an election and I still can’t afford to live in Canada even without a family.

This is what happens when you have a government that represents less than 1% of the population.

We need to try guillotines next time.

#191 oh bouy on 11.04.19 at 3:12 pm

@#181 Canada? on 11.04.19 at 11:58 am
As a natural-born Canadian of Italian descent, I have never seen a more disgruntled and disillusioned population of people in this country as I see today.

Most recently I was speaking to a gentleman who came here as a young boy from Poland. He made the point that there is a big difference between immigrants who are settlers and pioneers who break new for the betterment of Canada, and those that are brought here just for the sake of population growth and increasing the tax base. I believe many people who have done everything possible to become as Canadian as possible regardless of where they came from, feel that they have been displaced in perilously overpopulated and ludicrously expensive parts of the country that were at one time very livable, as recently as only 10 years ago. When they express their discontent, they are labelled as racists and are told that they should leave. How wonderful.

Multiculturalism is a beautiful thing as long as we can identify with the values and lifestyle with those of whom we share this beautiful country. Diversity is not strength, unity is and that is an empirical fact. We must all be Canadians first, not the fractured society that we have become. The judeo-christian West has always been and continues to be the light of the world when it comes to justice, livability and opportunity for the millions of wonderful people that want to start a new life from far less fortunate parts of the world. It deserves protection. That is not tribalism, it is just pure common sense.
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lol at the immigrants who think they were the last of the good ones.

#192 AGuyInVancouver on 11.04.19 at 3:20 pm

#25 Sold Out on 11.03.19 at 2:09 pm
I think that many “old stock” Canadians who live in diverse cities blame their unhappiness on change caused by immigration, however studies suggest that simply living in big cities may be the problem.

https://vancouversun.com/opinion/columnists/douglas-todd-why-are-vancouver-and-toronto-so-unhappy

Perhaps the commenter cited by Garth has, due to his own personal bias, ascribed his increased quality of life to the wrong metric. It bears repeating – correlation is not causation.
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No less a light than the Globe & Mail has identified immigration as part of the problem in escalating housing unaffordability in our big cities. Taht’s why so many comentators have gone wrong calling for a housing crash, they don’t take immigration levels into account.
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/business/economy/article-zero-vacancies-sky-high-rates-inside-canadas-rental-housing-crisis/

#193 Francesca Senosa on 11.04.19 at 4:38 pm

Higher costs, where have you people been the last 15 years of Ontario rule in Canada, green energy act, sky high electricity costs 300% to 350% increase, health taxes, eco fees, higher income taxes, sur taxes, Toronto city act etc. etc.

Toronto under David Miller and now John Tory, 450% increase in water rates, new fees taxes like garbage bins etc., property taxes up 50% in 4 years under Tory and MPAC and no reduced coming forward. The Liberals, NDP remember what disaster under Bob Rae, Green Party has a crappy record in Europe around the world, left leaning, socialist parties all work for the United Nations and this has been going on for over 60 years now.

It is now being accelerated since 2008 their financially created crisis with ultra low interest rates now ripping off savers, fixed income investors to keep their debts interest lower to keep their social programs, socialism to keep destroying well run economies.

Most higher costs, taxes is from the left UN backed political parties, governments, non-government agencies and everyone involved with them.

#194 Edward Bear on 11.04.19 at 8:37 pm

#36 Akashic Record

That was Susan Rice from the Obama administration on CBC today who echoed the current administration’s security “caveat emptor” regarding Huawei.

Condoleeza Rice was George W’s advisor.

#195 Peter Kook on 11.05.19 at 2:10 am

Not sure whether Alberta wexit, but it seems more likely, that BC separates soon to join Mandarin speaking world.
Now it is clearly observable that many BC residents does not need English anymore. Self sustained, culturally and economically.