The writ

As we inch towards that election call (the writ drops this week, I hear) the guys currently running the country will be pointing to this good economic news.

  • The economy’s growing again. A big jump in June after a painful squeeze in May. It’s all about the reopening trade.
  • The US border cracks next Monday. “Thank God,” said the doorman at the Toronto hotel I hang at. He’s back three days a week now. Inside, the maître d’ said opening the restaurant again last weekend after 16 months off was a lifesaver. “My savings are gone,” he added, delivering the salmon.
  • In fact almost 231,000 jobs returned in June. July, August and beyond are expected to be better. The jobless rate is 7.8%, and last year was almost 15%. Three million positions were lost to Covid and 2.7 million have returned.
  • We’re getting vaxed at a helluva clip.  Among the best on the planet now. For those over twelve, 80.3% have one dose and 63.7% have had two. The fully-dosed number compares with 57% in the UK and 50% in the States. Only a few places (Israel, UAE, Malta, Gibraltar) are doing better.
  • The stock market on Bay Street is above 20,000 and has gained 16% in seven months. Bank profitability is off the charts.
  • Interest rates are at a low point, dropping debt payments and allowing mortgages to be plentiful at 2% or less. The long-term average is 6%.

Okay, so here’s some of the bad financial and economic news. Lots of that, too.

  • Nine in ten people without a house cannot afford one. Real estate prices have increased 32% in a year amid government inaction and pandemic FOMO. This has led to an explosion in household debt.
  • Main Street has been whacked. I took a walk yesterday through the underground passageways in DT Toronto where $5 billion in sales was recorded in 2019. Complete carnage. There are, literally, kilometers of empty storefronts. A void.
  • Public finances have been gutted. Historic deficits. A trillion in federal debt. No plan to balance the books. The certainty of higher taxes. Unbridled and record government spending.
  • People are dependent on government as never before. Pandemic benefits have helped increase inflation, push home prices higher and hurt small businesses desperate for workers. Some economists argue the Liberal Covid response was ‘overkill.’
  • And now a potential Delta-powered fourth wave has underscored the federal government’s hesitation over a vaccine passport, allowing millions of non-vaxed to circulate in society, unimpeded.

So the timing of this election is deliberate. The good news is grabbing headlines. The bad news is systemic. The federal Libs are giving away buckets of cash every week (about $12 billion in new spending announced last week, for example). The right-of-centre O’Toole opposition is scrambling for public mindshare and losing ground even in its core constituency (Alberta). The socialists (Jag’s rabble) get more extreme each month; the Greens have a failed leader and are omnivorous; the Bloc makes many of us wish we lived in Quebec; and Mad Max is still mad.

So there are now 7.3 million Millennials in Canada. GenXers (37 to 50) number 7.2 million. Boomers are starting to dwindle, with 5.3 million who are 60 or older. There are 27.1 million people on the voters’ list – so it’s easy to see how the political future will unfold. It will be those leaders and parties catering to the wants, needs and immediate desires of the bulk of the population who have the best shot at forming government.

The economic priorities of the young: houses, jobs, family support.

The economic priorities of the old: taxes and stability. And did I mention taxes?

The kids want progressive. The oldies want conservative. And since we no longer have Progressive Conservatives, the nation will polarize. Politics is mathematics, and given the numbers today you are looking at a Prime Minister Trudeau until 2024, when the Liberal leadership convention will choose… guess who?

Oh boy.

About the picture: “Maggie is our rescue “baby” who just turned 14 last week,” writes Andy. “We rescued her when she was around two.  She had been badly abused and neglected.  In the first month that we had her, our Vet got rid of the worms and other pests that had plagued her and she gained 18 pounds or about a third of her current body weight.  She is predominantly a Rottweiler and she is the sweetest, best behaved dog that we have ever had.  At this stage of life, every day is a gift and while she has definitely slowed down, she still loves riding in the car.”

189 comments ↓

#1 Millennial 1%er on 08.02.21 at 1:46 pm

O’toole is only seen as right of center because of how far left the liberals

#2 Millennial 1%er on 08.02.21 at 1:49 pm

Also, all the kids just want affordable housing. Unfortunately both the conservatives & liberals don’t provide that, so people just don’t vote.

I think I might vote with my feet soon, all the way to Austin Texas where the jobs pay twice as great and houses are twice as cheap.

#3 Linley on 08.02.21 at 1:50 pm

Bleak bleak world we are living in, Garth.

#4 Don Guillermo on 08.02.21 at 1:58 pm

#1 Millennial 1%er on 08.02.21 at 1:46 pm
O’toole is only seen as right of center because of how far left the liberals

#2 Millennial 1%er on 08.02.21 at 1:49 pm
Also, all the kids just want affordable housing. Unfortunately both the conservatives & liberals don’t provide that, so people just don’t vote.

I think I might vote with my feet soon, all the way to Austin Texas where the jobs pay twice as great and houses are twice as cheap
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Very true. The CPC’s are left of centre, LPC left, left left of centre, NDP left of Castro and Greens?? whatever!

Texas is a good option for young Canucks with skills. Although Austin is starting to show cracks as more self described “Progressives” move in.

#5 Randy on 08.02.21 at 2:00 pm

So other than a B&D portfolio, how does what can boomers do to protect themselves?

Seems like it’s only a matter of time before the government takes everything that they can get from the smaller part of the population (boomers) and gives it to the largest (Mils and GenX).

Is there no hope here?

#6 Habitt on 08.02.21 at 2:02 pm

Great post thanks eh

#7 Ponzius Pilatus on 08.02.21 at 2:07 pm

#2 Millennial 1%er on 08.02.21 at 1:49 pm
Also, all the kids just want affordable housing. Unfortunately both the conservatives & liberals don’t provide that, so people just don’t vote.

I think I might vote with my feet soon, all the way to Austin Texas where the jobs pay twice as great and houses are twice as cheap.
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Open a business, and the cost of a body guard is tax deductible.
And the cost of the Glock, ammunition and practice is also tax deductible for every owner.
In some counties, wearing heat is mandatory.
Go with God, my friend.

#8 Ponzius Pilatus on 08.02.21 at 2:12 pm

For me, as always, may the party with the most votes win.
I’m covered either way.
Never really could tell the difference, anyway.
As they say “All the Politicians are the same”.

#9 "NUTS!" on 08.02.21 at 2:12 pm

“The trouble ain’t that there is too many fools, but that the lightning ain’t distributed right.”

– MT

#10 wallflower on 08.02.21 at 2:13 pm

I am reading more and more of this.
#2 Millennial 1%er on 08.02.21 at 1:49 pm

Can we know the actual emigration numbers?

Is emigration about to be a considerable factor in our immigration calculations?
Crazy to think we may be increasingly chasing the evacuation of Canadians with newbies who themselves cannot afford a living unit.

Is this circling the drain?

#11 Prince Polo on 08.02.21 at 2:18 pm

I promise to be a life-long Liberals voter, as long as our dear Photo-op Minister goes on camera and agrees to buy my vote for $1M. What’s another mill when you’ve got a resume containing WE scandal, JWR bullying, and first-past-the-($1T debt)-post reform: I pledge to spend faster than any Photo-op Minister before me!

#12 Boomer5% on 08.02.21 at 2:25 pm

And the Conservatives choice ? – Carney? God help us all.

#13 crowdedelevatorfartz on 08.02.21 at 2:34 pm

Well.
When this all goes sideways in the next few years… Trudeau and the Millennials that elected him ….. will only have themselves to blame.

Unfortunately they will still tax and blame the innocent Boomers.

#14 Yukon Elvis on 08.02.21 at 2:36 pm

I’m thinking another Lib minority govt. NDP will still hold the balance of power and may actually gain a few seats. I doubt that the Cons and their philosophy will ever be a significant power again. It is all about free stuff and the transfer of wealth from the rich to the poor now.

#15 OK, Doomer? on 08.02.21 at 2:36 pm

“The choice..” as the TV show “South Park” once said “..is between a Giant D$%^&E and a T%^d Sandwich”.

I don’t know what to say about this one, but T2 has gutted three generations and the lowest information voters (ie., those too young to realize that politicians actually lie) will re-elect him and vote to let the gutting continue.

Whatever COVID didn’t finish off, T2 will.

#16 Vax Mandate on 08.02.21 at 2:38 pm

“And now a potential Delta-powered fourth wave has underscored the federal government’s hesitation over a vaccine passport, allowing millions of non-vaxed to circulate in society, unimpeded.”

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I’d love to hear the plan for passports and vax mandates that will work more quickly than Delta.

You must have one, let’s hear it.

#17 crowdedelevatorfartz on 08.02.21 at 2:39 pm

@#126 Sail Away
“Actually, a scheduled gathering of Tesla ownerss in Hope on July 24. Don’t be a fake news sap!”

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OMG.
The best place to meet for a Tesla “rally” is Hope?
Or is that as far as most of them could drive without draining their battery halfway up the Coquihalla Hwy?

#18 Dolce Vita on 08.02.21 at 2:41 pm

Firstly, I’m not saying GDP in June isn’t going to grow 0.7% BUT the only people saying this are the MSM that I can find.

Everyone and their monkey are quoting word for word (sans you Garth):

“Gross domestic product likely grew 0.7 per cent in June [after a 0.3 per cent drop in May, Statistics Canada reported Friday]”

Went to StatCan’s The Daily, GDP and could not find a single June 2021 number.

I searched StatCan per the quote above, minus the brackets and here is what it turned up at StatCan:

https://i.imgur.com/oiMkhre.png

Tried the longer version of the quote and here is what StatCan returned:

https://i.imgur.com/p2uKMrh.png

Lastly, I don’t know who at StatCan said the +0.7% GDP in June…neither does StatCan.

Not saying it won’t happen BUT you know, Me and StatCan couldn’t find it. If it happens well that’s great news for Canada.

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This morning I woke up to Twitter claiming that Italia had won the Men’s 100m Gold Medal and the Men’s High Jump Gold Medal. First thing I thought was:

HOAX.

Then Holy Holopchi Batman…they did AND here they are Gianmarco Tamberi & Lamont Jacobs (the latter Texas born, Father African American, Mamma Italiana, moved to Italia at age 1, his English has a hideous Italian accent: thus, he’s ours):

https://i.imgur.com/1en7ktx.jpg

Oh ya, and Canada won the Bronze in the Men’s 100m.

Viva L’Italia* e Viva il Canada.

*What happens when you win the Eurovision Freak Song Contest, you win everything else that matters like Euro 2020 Football supremacy, Olympic Men’s 100m Gold…what next?

Who knows but one thing for sure:

L’Italia è viva, forte e ha voglia di ripartire.

-Mario Draghi

(and with a bang so far this year)

#19 Linda on 08.02.21 at 2:42 pm

Recent pandemic measures are being lifted despite spiking rates of infection (hello there, Delta variant). Thankfully even the vaccine adverse are beginning to see the light. Might be brought on by the doctors shining one of those little light pens into their eyes:)

Bottom line: governments at both the federal & provincial levels are choosing economic growth over pandemic. The need for revenue is epic. Even the profligate federal government realizes the pantry needs to be replenished. They are betting the virus is on the ropes & that they can begin the tax harvest to pay for all that Covid largesse. Meanwhile cash strapped municipalities are praying the bet will pay off so the local economy can revive. All those empty storefronts are bad news. Thing is, it takes time for the economy to revive. One can hardly blame entrepreneurs for hesitating to jump back into the game when ‘the virus’ may yet throw another spanner into the works.

#20 crowdedelevatorfartz on 08.02.21 at 2:42 pm

@#12 Boomer 5%
“And the Conservatives choice ? – Carney? God help us all.”

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Carney is a Lib is he not?
Or are you talking about Senator for 31 years Pat Carney?
:)

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

There’s no way she would leave that cushy job for the snake pit of real politics.

#21 Billy Buoy on 08.02.21 at 2:42 pm

Let’s sadly have the depression the CB have made far worse since 2009 and get it over with.

I hope not a war, the needy provided for during the regrowth time and let’s get back to real markets not mass bubbles with the 1% getting 90% of the cream.

You may call me a dreamer but I’m not the only one.

LONG essentials….the BOND market is screaming for it.

#22 Don Guillermo on 08.02.21 at 2:44 pm

#7 Ponzius Pilatus on 08.02.21 at 2:07 pm
#2 Millennial 1%er on 08.02.21 at 1:49 pm
Also, all the kids just want affordable housing. Unfortunately both the conservatives & liberals don’t provide that, so people just don’t vote.

I think I might vote with my feet soon, all the way to Austin Texas where the jobs pay twice as great and houses are twice as cheap.
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Open a business, and the cost of a body guard is tax deductible.
And the cost of the Glock, ammunition and practice is also tax deductible for every owner.
In some counties, wearing heat is mandatory.
Go with God, my friend.
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Haha, you’re a funny guy. Even CNN has very little crime to report in the USA and I’m sure you’re not following Fox.

#23 Planetgoofy on 08.02.21 at 2:45 pm

You ruined my day Garth. I already knew this but to see it in print is sad.
SFB or T2 has a brick on the cash peddle.
It’s not what matters for the long term or greater good….The only thing that matters it getting re-elected and retaining power.
A great country with a Weiner in power….again.
I’m thinking Panama?

#24 Billy Buoy on 08.02.21 at 2:45 pm

Remember Dawgs when you vote the eternal words of the _________ leading this country.

“The budget will balance itself.”

Shame on you if you forget this while placing your ballot. Let’s not be fooled twice ok?

One day when he naturally passes it’s carved into his headstone.

#25 Lollapalooza on 08.02.21 at 2:46 pm

It’s a good thing that only conservative gatherings in red states are ‘superspreader events’ because Lollapalooza was PACKED.

Big speech from Biden soon about how bad Delta is.

Had to wait for the music event to be over first though, obviously.

#26 To the point. on 08.02.21 at 2:49 pm

The sad thing is the decline in conservative thinking. Can anyone name an original idea emanating from the political right wing? Short of fascism, which is enjoying a resurgence in too many countries, the right wing has been reduced to owning the libs, a war on woke and the schoolyard taunts at Mr. Socks.

But don’t worry Conservatives, Mr. O’Toole is promising to “secure” your mental health!! For real, that is #3 on a five-point party platform for Canada. Absolutely no details on how to achieve anything, of course.

#27 Freedom First on 08.02.21 at 2:51 pm

Disturbing. Flop, have you been following the Australian government using Gestapo like actions in controlling its citizens?

#28 Dolce Vita on 08.02.21 at 2:53 pm

Off topic (again).

What happened to Commenter telling Toronto people to stay away from Cottage Country?

Will we hear something tonight?

“Muskoka overnight camp temporarily shut down due to COVID-19 outbreak”

https://globalnews.ca/news/8079289/muskoka-overnight-camp-covid-outbreak/

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Couldn’t resist phantasmagorically fanning the flames Garth.

#29 Squire on 08.02.21 at 2:54 pm

Well, I’m still sticking with my prediction that soon we’ll be better off living in the USA than here.
Sad watching a good country go downhill at the hands of progressives. It’s all great until you run out of everyone else’s money.

#30 Flop… on 08.02.21 at 2:56 pm

I can’t play guitar, so I strum around on the internet instead.

Was looking at this Visual Capitalist article just to see how my two mainstays of Australia and Canada measure up on the worldwide GDP per capita stage.

Australia, just outside top ten with the bell being rung at 57.2k

Canada down in 19th spot at 45.9k per sufferer, I mean citizen.

O.k I admit it, I can’t play the internet either…

M47BC

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“The Standard of Living Over Time.

Looking at history, our standard of living has increased drastically. According to Our World in Data, from 1820 to 2018, the average global GDP per capita increased by almost 15x.

Literacy rates, access to vaccines, and basic education have also improved our quality of life, while things like child mortality rates and poverty have all decreased.

For example, in 1990, 1.9 billion people lived in extreme poverty, which was 36% of the world’s population at the time. Over the last 30 years, the number has been steadily decreasing — by 2030, an estimated 479 million people will be living in extreme poverty, which according to UN population estimates, will represent only 6% of the population.
That said, economic inequality between different regions is still prevalent. In fact, the richest country today (in terms of nominal GDP per capita), Luxembourg, is over 471x more wealthy than the poorest, Burundi.”

https://www.visualcapitalist.com/mapped-gdp-per-capita-worldwide/

#31 ritenote on 08.02.21 at 2:58 pm

Okay, so my protest vote will entail writing in a name on my ballot I could actually support…let’s see…

Christopher Hitchens?
Elvis?
Fran Lebowitz?
George Carlin?
…perhaps I’m dating myself…

I know! I know! said Arnold Horshak…Garth Turner!

#32 DON on 08.02.21 at 2:59 pm

The Fed libs anticipate a bumpy road ahead and are deciding to cash in on their COVID goodwill before the bad news starts to show up in bloomberg news.

Mainstreet is still trying to enjoy the summer and most likely is not tuned in at the moment. Apparently some didn’t even notice the no camp fire signs feet from their campsites. Stupid is alive and well for now.

The media is focusing folks on social things and needs a lesson in personal responsibility during a heat wave.

Australia having the same issues with housing in a comparable economy. It was even posted by bloomberg but soon burried with a barage of ‘good news’.

In 2024 Trudeau leaves and Carney loses the election due to…

#33 Joseph R. on 08.02.21 at 3:05 pm

#25 Lollapalooza on 08.02.21 at 2:46 pm
It’s a good thing that only conservative gatherings in red states are ‘superspreader events’ because Lollapalooza was PACKED.

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I am aware of your attempt to politicize COVID-19 but Lollapalooza has a vaccine and COVID-19 test entry requirement:

https://support.lollapalooza.com/hc/en-us/articles/4403048984852-Covid-19-Health-Policy-and-Lollapalooza-Entry-Requirements

Conservative mass events are not “victim of a smear” because they are attended by conservative: they will be if they have no vaccine or COVID-19 test entry requirements.

#34 Green Party on 08.02.21 at 3:08 pm

Mad Max is our only hope for Canadian men.

#35 crowdedelevatorfartz on 08.02.21 at 3:10 pm

Is it just me or does anyone wonder if maybe , ju-u-ust maybe.
This athlete stepped back from competing last week because she might fail a drug test?

One positive result in a team event disqualifies the entire team.

https://twitter.com/NEWS1130/status/1422222948144910338?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Etweet

#36 Dolce Vita on 08.02.21 at 3:13 pm

#30 Flop…

Great chart.

Seems way off for Italia (as is Google’s number).

From Italia’s Istat (Italia’s StatCan) 2018 for an Employee.

Family Size/Median Net Income, €/yr:

1: 21,359
2: 32,833
3: 38,506
4: 43,394
5: 46,735

http://dati.istat.it/Index.aspx?DataSetCode=DCCV_REDNETFAMFONTERED#

#37 It's a war zone on 08.02.21 at 3:15 pm

#22 Don G

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#7 Ponzius “Open a business, and the cost of a body guard is tax deductible.
And the cost of the Glock, ammunition and practice is also tax deductible for every owner.
In some counties, wearing heat is mandatory.
Go with God, my friend.”
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Haha, you’re a funny guy. Even CNN has very little crime to report in the USA and I’m sure you’re not following Fox.
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I enjoy making fun of these people that believe everything they see on TV, especially the hysterical fear of crime people, but I refrain from it now as I realize it keeps all the people I don’t want to be around from going to places I love.

#38 Danger Dan on 08.02.21 at 3:21 pm

This will be the first federal election of my voting life where I intend to stay at home. I just don’t care anymore and the choices aren’t worth getting out of bed for.

#39 Dolce Vita on 08.02.21 at 3:25 pm

#25 Lollapalooza

To gain entrance to the festival, ticket holders must either show a printed copy of their vaccine card, a vaccine record or a negative COVID-19 test taken in the past 72 hours.

[per ABC News]

-Crafty Lefties

https://www.lollapalooza.com/safety

#40 DON on 08.02.21 at 3:29 pm

#14 Yukon Elvis on 08.02.21 at 2:36 pm
I’m thinking another Lib minority govt. NDP will still hold the balance of power and may actually gain a few seats. I doubt that the Cons and their philosophy will ever be a significant power again. It is all about free stuff and the transfer of wealth from the rich to the poor now.

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That is also a possibility…and perhaps why the Fed liberals have been busy in BC doling out money.

#41 Flop… on 08.02.21 at 3:31 pm

#26 Freedom First on 08.02.21 at 2:51 pm
Disturbing. Flop, have you been following the Australian government using Gestapo like actions in controlling its citizens?

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Hey Freedom, yeah check in everyday, seems like short term pain to avoid the long game but if the planes keep landing it seems like the Zero COVID dream is just a way to torment people.

Here’s my explanation for a lot of things going on there.

Australia is a very sporting nation, 10 times more so than Canada.

Look at the current medal tally at the Tokyo Olympics, Australia has 33 medals, 20 of these were in the pool admittedly, 14 gold, so far.

Canada has 3 gold and half of its current 14 medals overall are bronze, Canada is slowly getting more diverse but it is a slow trek.

Back to my main point, sport comes before politics in the importance ladder by a lot of Australians.

If you’re a politician and you mess with a sport, you get in in the neck at the next election, simple as that.

Right now Australian Rules Football is 3/4 of the way through their season, they are struggling to finish it off and a lot of things are being done, special exemptions and the like just for this to happen.

They would like nothing more than a lull in Covid-19 numbers for September when the finals are held, Victoria, where Melbourne is in particular.

Let’s touch on something that is very important to differentiate between Canada and Australia, and more locally Toronto and Vancouver, versus Melbourne.

Toronto has the Maple Leafs, Vancouver has the Canucks.

Melbourne has ten, yes ten, pro football teams and the millions of supporters to keep happy, used to be 12 before the merged with interstate teams.

To compute that in Vancouver, Surrey would have a pro hockey team, Burnaby as well, Coquitlam, North Vancouver, Maple Ridge on and on, big local rivalries each and every weekend that get people out and about pumping money into the economy, bars, restaurants, hotels all getting their share.

Toronto, can you imagine the chaos each week with the Maple Leafs playing teams from Brampton, Mississauga, Markham, Vaughan, five other teams, throw Hamilton in as well, heck Garth Turner could even buy a team and base it out of Caledon, if he wanted to go bankrupt.

O.k Freedom, I need a tag line to finish up.

I’m o.k with the lockdowns in Australia, as long as my brother is included.

That guy is a menace to society.

Gotta keep the public safe…

M47BC

#42 Pylot Project on 08.02.21 at 3:32 pm

I’m of two conflicting opinions. I believe it’s possible that O’Toole is deliberately giving too much rope to Trudeau. He will then blast him once the writ is dropped. He is ex-military and a lawyer. I can’t imagine him being THAT stupidly unarmed. As Napoleon said, “Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake”.

Considering that, I also watch the vibe on numerous political stories, and I don’t think Trudeau is as popular is he thinks he is. The party may be holding it’s own, but he’s a serious problem. My gut feeling is that the NDP might steal enough votes from disgruntled Liberal voters that they may actually form a minority themselves.

#43 Damifino on 08.02.21 at 3:32 pm

#8 Ponzius Pilatus

For me, as always, may the party with the most votes win.
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Would be nice. Didn’t happen last time, though

#44 Pbrasseur on 08.02.21 at 3:38 pm

Question: If in the spring 2022 the feds decide to raise the inclusion ratio for capital gain taxes would that be retroactive to beginning of the year?

#45 Shawn Allen on 08.02.21 at 3:42 pm

Canada Pension Plan?

#135 Paleo Boomer Guy on 08.02.21 at 2:24 pm
#107 Shawn Allen

I have not done the math, but I am pretty sure my CPP contributions will never come close to covering the amount of benefits I will get if I live another 20 years to age 80.

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Just looking at CPP, it’s a reasonably fair plan. You have to look at the employer’s share of CPP contributions. In a sense you earned that as a worker as it was part of the cost to the employer of having you.

Max CPP requires earning at or above the Max CPP earnings level for I think 39 years.

It does NOT have the unfairness of paying based on 5 years best earnings and other unfair cross subsidies in government defined benefit plans. (magic numbers that forgive early retirement)

You may collect more than your contributions plus returns because those who die young subsidize those who die older- which is entirely reasonable in a pension plan.

It does have some unfairness in that current workers subsidize retired workers if returns were lower than originally expected which has often been the case. It also started out at the outset as unfunded and remains somewhat under-funded which is not really fair to younger workers.

But for many years it has been extremely professionally run. It’s a very good pension plan.

On CPP you win by living longest. Some of which is good luck some of which is good health choices.

Oldsters should feel no guilt collecting CPP.

#46 DON on 08.02.21 at 3:44 pm

17 crowdedelevatorfartz on 08.02.21 at 2:39 pm
@#126 Sail Away
“Actually, a scheduled gathering of Tesla ownerss in Hope on July 24. Don’t be a fake news sap!”

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OMG.
The best place to meet for a Tesla “rally” is Hope?
Or is that as far as most of them could drive without draining their battery halfway up the Coquihalla Hwy?

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Last real organic coffee shop?

I never thought of Hope as a tourist spot…a truck stop maybe…

On another thought whatever happened to the Saturn Car company? Lots of electric car models popping up these days. I am waiting for a longer range model.

#47 Blogdog123 on 08.02.21 at 3:45 pm

One day, T2’s son will be prodded into politics, become an MP and then ascend to the throne of the Kanadian Kingdom on fire…

Yes, but his dad had nice hair and sloshed oodles of cash to everyone to make them feel good. T2’s son will “clean up the mess” by using more smoke and mirrors, blame the conservatives who want to ‘cut’ entitlements, and kick the “debt can” down the road, yet again…

Rising deficit / interest payments? La-la-la, I can’t hear youuuu!

#48 Don Guillermo on 08.02.21 at 3:52 pm

#30 Flop… on 08.02.21 at 2:56 pm

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“The Standard of Living Over Time.

Looking at history, our standard of living has increased drastically. According to Our World in Data, from 1820 to 2018, the average global GDP per capita increased by almost 15x.

Literacy rates, access to vaccines, and basic education have also improved our quality of life, while things like child mortality rates and poverty have all decreased.

For example, in 1990, 1.9 billion people lived in extreme poverty, which was 36% of the world’s population at the time. Over the last 30 years, the number has been steadily decreasing — by 2030, an estimated 479 million people will be living in extreme poverty, which according to UN population estimates, will represent only 6% of the population.
That said, economic inequality between different regions is still prevalent. In fact, the richest country today (in terms of nominal GDP per capita), Luxembourg, is over 471x more wealthy than the poorest, Burundi.”

https://www.visualcapitalist.com/mapped-gdp-per-capita-worldwide/
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Unfortunately this data doesn’t sell news. The self described progressives constantly scream that the world is falling apart when in fact it has never been better. MSM prefers the negative narrative and would happily make it a self-fulfilling prophecy. To hell with those independent news sources that don’t follow Skippy’s agenda and don’t qualify for Trudee Bucks hey #125 T on 08.02.21 at 1:09 pm

#49 Ponzius Pilatus on 08.02.21 at 3:52 pm

#17 crowdedelevatorfartz on 08.02.21 at 2:39 pm
@#126 Sail Away
“Actually, a scheduled gathering of Tesla ownerss in Hope on July 24. Don’t be a fake news sap!”

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OMG.
The best place to meet for a Tesla “rally” is Hope?
Or is that as far as most of them could drive without draining their battery halfway up the Coquihalla Hwy?
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Yep, you never see a Tesla past Hope on the Coca Cola.
No Hope in hell to get to Merritt.

#50 PBrasseur on 08.02.21 at 3:53 pm

T2 is by no mean a shoo-in, lots of people are angry with him for too much wokism and the public spending debacle.

Remember even social conservative Scheer got more votes than he did last time.

Of course the statist CBC and Radio Canada will do it’s cheerleading thing but they don’t have as much influence as they used to.

Anyway one can hope…

#51 Ponzius Pilatus on 08.02.21 at 3:54 pm

#43 Damifino on 08.02.21 at 3:32 pm
#8 Ponzius Pilatus

For me, as always, may the party with the most votes win.
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Would be nice. Didn’t happen last time, though
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Blame the game, not the player.

#52 Millennial Realist on 08.02.21 at 3:57 pm

Very true, Garth. Big Change is barrelling down the tracks at 100 mph.

BTW – Has anyone noticed what’s been happening in sports at the Tokyo Olympics?

Of Canada’s medal wins so far, about 14 medal wins for individual and team sports:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/olympics/2021/07/30/team-canada-women-olympic-medals-tokyo-2021/5426859001/

https://www.sportingnews.com/ca/athletics/news/canada-medal-count-2021-updated-tally-of-olympic-gold-silver-bronze-medals/zgxkkgwzoywz1bhdq5qoy7ggm

Of 48 total medals given out (to people representing Canada) the breakdown =

Women of diverse backgrounds: 47

Men of diverse backgrounds: 1

(FYI – White male and/or boomers: 0%)

By generational group:

Millennials and Gen Z: 100%

Boomers: 0%

THIS is NOW. And, the FUTURE for Canada.

The upcoming election will only cement this reality in place.

Remember, you do have a choice:

Be part of the change.

Or be run over by it.

#53 KLNR on 08.02.21 at 4:02 pm

@#37 It’s a war zone on 08.02.21 at 3:15 pm
#22 Don G

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#7 Ponzius “Open a business, and the cost of a body guard is tax deductible.
And the cost of the Glock, ammunition and practice is also tax deductible for every owner.
In some counties, wearing heat is mandatory.
Go with God, my friend.”
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Haha, you’re a funny guy. Even CNN has very little crime to report in the USA and I’m sure you’re not following Fox.
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I enjoy making fun of these people that believe everything they see on TV, especially the hysterical fear of crime people, but I refrain from it now as I realize it keeps all the people I don’t want to be around from going to places I love.

ya, I remember traveling through central and south america. Family was adamant that it wasn’t safe, I could get mugged/murdered etc. Showed them the data saying I had a much much higher chance of being a victim of crime in the USA. they still weren’t convinced lol.

#54 NetCentric on 08.02.21 at 4:04 pm

Hooray for Prime Minister Mark Carney in 2024! The only green choice left.

#55 Ponzius Pilatus on 08.02.21 at 4:14 pm

#41 Flopius
Austria oops Australia is 10x more a sporting nation than Canada.
Talking about the Winter Olympics?

#56 Penny Henny on 08.02.21 at 4:15 pm

Garth what have you done to TurnerNation?

#57 It's a war zone on 08.02.21 at 4:21 pm

#53 KLNR

As someone who lived in SA for many years I was asked by a family friend if it was safe for her daughter to go teach English down there.

“Absolutely” I said.

She went and loved it for the first year.

Then she got kidnaped.

Oops.

Luckily she escaped and made it home safely. I’m a little red faced about that one. But she shouldn’t have been in a taxi, drunk and alone late at night. Sorry, basic rules for traveling single women.

#58 Penny Henny on 08.02.21 at 4:26 pm

Main Street has been whacked. I took a walk yesterday through the underground passageways in DT Toronto where $5 billion in sales was recorded in 2019. Complete carnage. There are, literally, kilometers of empty storefronts. A void.-GT
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Convert them to Condos!

#59 KLNR on 08.02.21 at 4:28 pm

@#48 Don Guillermo on 08.02.21 at 3:52 pm
#30 Flop… on 08.02.21 at 2:56 pm

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“The Standard of Living Over Time.

Looking at history, our standard of living has increased drastically. According to Our World in Data, from 1820 to 2018, the average global GDP per capita increased by almost 15x.

Literacy rates, access to vaccines, and basic education have also improved our quality of life, while things like child mortality rates and poverty have all decreased.

For example, in 1990, 1.9 billion people lived in extreme poverty, which was 36% of the world’s population at the time. Over the last 30 years, the number has been steadily decreasing — by 2030, an estimated 479 million people will be living in extreme poverty, which according to UN population estimates, will represent only 6% of the population.
That said, economic inequality between different regions is still prevalent. In fact, the richest country today (in terms of nominal GDP per capita), Luxembourg, is over 471x more wealthy than the poorest, Burundi.”

https://www.visualcapitalist.com/mapped-gdp-per-capita-worldwide/
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Unfortunately this data doesn’t sell news. The self described progressives constantly scream that the world is falling apart when in fact it has never been better. MSM prefers the negative narrative and would happily make it a self-fulfilling prophecy. To hell with those independent news sources that don’t follow Skippy’s agenda and don’t qualify for Trudee Bucks hey #125 T on 08.02.21 at 1:09 pm

Always find the level of complaining about life amusing when life has actually never been better than it is right now lol.

#60 Barb on 08.02.21 at 4:29 pm

Maggie looks downright smug and happy to be in your family, Andy!

Karma is that T2, one day next term (because he’ll get a majority) telling the government-dependent kiddos: “no more candy, go to work”.

I’m almost glad that task won’t land on O’Toole.

#61 Dr V on 08.02.21 at 4:37 pm

52 MR

“Be part of the change. Or be run over by it.”

I woulda been run over at the Olympics as a pale male
even in my prime. You?

#62 crowdedelevatorfartz on 08.02.21 at 4:41 pm

@#26 Toole the Point
“But don’t worry Conservatives, Mr. O’Toole is promising to “secure” your mental health!! For real, that is #3 on a five-point party platform for Canada. Absolutely no details on how to achieve anything, of course.”

+++

Well I guess you’re right about one thing.
The Conservatives copy the Libs in “promises with no details”..

#63 westsider on 08.02.21 at 4:41 pm

As Robert Stanfield said during one election, “election platforms are like train platforms, when the train leaves, it doesn’t take the platform with it”!!

#64 Doug t on 08.02.21 at 4:42 pm

#52 millennial

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

#65 earthboundmisfit on 08.02.21 at 4:46 pm

Strategic voting to deny the LPC a majority. That’s when the knives will come out for the Prince of Papineau. The sooner the better. Cons blew it …. Mike Chong was the guy.

#66 Quintilian on 08.02.21 at 4:46 pm

It’s highly unlikely that the conservatives will form government ever again.

Their base is diminishing; because better education, healthier minds, has resulted in an evolution of morality across the nation.

The idea that nation building could be achieved by a spreadsheet and the penny pinching, bitter , greedy and narrow minded accountants has been disproven.

The right wingers need to accept the enlightened collective wisdom of the people who will elect the least of the evil.

#67 crowdedelevatorfartz on 08.02.21 at 4:48 pm

@#52 Millennial Proctologist
Re, Olympic medals

“By generational group:
Millennials and Gen Z: 100%
Boomers: 0%”

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Last time I checked there weren’t too many 60+ year old athletes competing in the Olympics.

But.
I have to admit.
If whining and blaming was an Olympic event.
Mills would beat Boomers by a mile.

#68 crowdedelevatorfartz on 08.02.21 at 4:55 pm

@#66 Quintilians deeper in Debt
“Their base is diminishing; because better education, healthier minds, has resulted in an evolution of morality across the nation.”

++++
Bwahahahaha
And I thought naivety died when you finished Kindergarten…

P.S. You forgot that in your nirvana…

Money grows on trees.
We all get Universal Basic income.
The Police are unnecessary.
Taxes never go up.

Good luck with that in the next few decades.

#69 Ponzius Pilatus on 08.02.21 at 5:15 pm

#63 westsider on 08.02.21 at 4:41 pm
As Robert Stanfield said during one election, “election platforms are like train platforms, when the train leaves, it doesn’t take the platform with it”!!
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Haha, very funny and true.
Finally, a quote I have not heard before, and is not attributed to Churchill.
Made my day.
Thanks

#70 Sail Away on 08.02.21 at 5:19 pm

#49 Ponzius Pilatus on 08.02.21 at 3:52 pm

Yep, you never see a Tesla past Hope on the Coca Cola.
No Hope in hell to get to Merritt.

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You must be talking about those other EVs:

https://www.tesla.com/en_CA/findus/location/supercharger/merrittbcsupercharger

#71 the Jaguar on 08.02.21 at 5:23 pm

“Federal Court expedites Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin’s bid to contest removal…
“Fortin’s lawyers filed an application last month with the Federal Court seeking an expedited judicial review of the decision to fire him from his posting at PHAC, and asking for the decision to be quashed and for his reinstatement at the agency or another position.

Rodriguez said the government is refusing to provide additional documents about the decision from the ministers’ offices. The hearing of the application has been set by the Federal Court for Sept. 28 and 29, Rodriguez said. “Maj.-Gen. Fortin looks forward to proving his case as soon as possible.”.
The timing. O’Toole served. He understands.

For the Love of Pete, is there not some journalist out there who can seize the moment and uncover enough dirt on Trudeau and his minions to put a serious dent in his re-election ambitions?
This is opportunity knocking. Please answer the call. A nation turns its lonely eyes to you.
Woo, woo, woo.

#72 OK, Doomer? on 08.02.21 at 5:27 pm

#52 Millennial Realist on 08.02.21 at 3:57 pm

Of 48 total medals given out (to people representing Canada) the breakdown =

Women of diverse backgrounds: 47

Men of diverse backgrounds: 1

(FYI – White male and/or boomers: 0%)

By generational group:

Millennials and Gen Z: 100%

Boomers: 0%

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In reading your comment, the only question I have is:

Is this actually the type of person you want to be?

#73 the Jaguar on 08.02.21 at 5:30 pm

@#52 Millennial Realist on 08.02.21 at 3:57 pm

“Women of diverse backgrounds: 47
Men of diverse backgrounds: 1”

Please provide a clear definition of ‘diverse backgrounds’. Last time I looked in the mirror people of my ‘background’ came in all shapes, sizes, hair colour, eye colour, socio-economic classes, sexual orientations, genders, etc.

Go ahead and advise on the key characteristic that defines ‘diversity’. Or are some just ‘excluded’ due to…….(?)

#74 Trojan House on 08.02.21 at 5:32 pm

Considering the fact that the outcome of the upcoming election is a foregone conclusion, I’m not going to vote. However, I will take the UBI cheques or any other cheques JT and the kids will conjure up.

#75 ImGonnaBeSick on 08.02.21 at 5:44 pm

#67 crowdedelevatorfartz on 08.02.21 at 4:48 pm
@#52 Millennial Proctologist
Re, Olympic medals

“By generational group:
Millennials and Gen Z: 100%
Boomers: 0%”

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Last time I checked there weren’t too many 60+ year old athletes competing in the Olympics.

But.
I have to admit.
If whining and blaming was an Olympic event.
Mills would beat Boomers by a mile

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I’m pretty sure MR actually stands for the term which was recently replaced by “an individual with an intellectual disability”

#76 Ponzius Pilatus on 08.02.21 at 5:47 pm

#71 Jag
For the Love of Pete, is there not some journalist out there who can seize the moment and uncover enough dirt on Trudeau and his minions to put a serious dent in his re-election ambitions?
This is opportunity knockinFor the Love of Pete, is there not some journalist out there who can seize the moment and uncover enough dirt on Trudeau and his minions to put a serious dent in his re-election ambitions?
This is opportunity knocking. Please answer the call. A nation turns its lonely eyes to you.
Woo, woo, woo.
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For the love of Pete?
Did not think you were that you were that kind of a guy.
As for the Nation that turns its lonely eye:
The Nation’s  eye is now firmly focused on beating the bug.
And T2 seems to be doing a decent job.
And he is “wooing” the young and the female vote, not older war horses like you and I.

#77 R on 08.02.21 at 5:52 pm

Space X has been awarded the contract by NASA for the Jupiter Mission for 2024. Space X ‘s price was around $178 million , but it saved NASA about $500 million by not going with Boeing. There was concern also if Boeing could do it on time. Just another example of another “established S&P 500 ” company being disrupted by the first principles thinking of Elon Musk. “Be on the right side of change ” ( Cathie Wood)

#78 Banter McShalin on 08.02.21 at 5:58 pm

Garth, If the election is called and the Delta really picks up heavy, could in-person voting be changed to internet voting?

#79 NOSTRADAMUS on 08.02.21 at 5:59 pm

SOCIAL JUSTICE WARRIORS, GIVE ME A BREAK!
I wonder at what point people will finally show up in front of Parliament Hill waving signs that read ” STOP THE MADNESS.” The past 18 months have seen folks protesting by the thousands for social justice issues. Why not economic issues? Were the protests of last year fueled by Covid-induced boredom? Or are people still too comfortable? How much can the forgotten, little people bear with obscene rents? And the prudent who have squirreled away a few dollars for a rainy day, only to see jack sh*t interest on their savings. Pension funds in the same leaky no interest boat. And the Mom and Pop landlord’s with dead beat tenants who refuse to pay their rent, how long can they hang on before Banker Bob turns the debt dogs loose? I guess the forgotten little people, the fabric of society are just not that news worthy to go to war over. It would appear tearing down statues, renaming city streets and burning down church’s are far, far, more important. Where are the (REAL) Social Justice Warriors when you need them? I am so tired of all the WANNA BE SOCIAL JUSTICE WARRIORS and their boot licking friends in the media. I am on my throne and I will not step down.

#80 Dogman01 on 08.02.21 at 5:59 pm

Garth: GenX up to age 56, Born 1965 and later the Kids of Boomers. (I do not want to slip quietly into the Boomer category)

“So there are now 7.3 million Millennials in Canada. GenXers (37 to 50) number 7.2 million. Boomers are starting to dwindle, with 5.3 million who are 60 or older. There are 27.1 million people on the voters’ list – so it’s easy to see how the political future will unfold.”

As a SWAG Say:
– 7.3 million Millennials 50% Vote = 3.5 Million votes
– GenXers number 7.2 million 75% Vote = 5.4 Million votes
– Boomers 5.3 million 85% Vote = 4.5 Millon votes

So not all about lowering housing costs, they still seem to be enamoured with the wealth illusion of their residence going up in price despite the fact that they need a residence to survive n this cold dark land and few of them would downsize to cheaper or move overseas or heaven forbid…rent!

The majority depend on wages to live and wages are being killed by Inflation….not sure if the voters are smart enough to look up and see what is happening to their wage dependant standard of living.

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

#81 Heather on 08.02.21 at 6:00 pm

I am not one of the ones that Trudeau will cater to and the choices are terrible so I won’t be voting. And where I live it doesn’t matter anyway.

#82 Concerned Citizen on 08.02.21 at 6:00 pm

I’m increasingly of the view that it doesn’t matter who we elect, because at the end of the day, Tiff Macklem is in charge.

I don’t care how progressive/well intentioned your fiscal policies are. When central bankers keep real interest so low and buy assets for rich people, life gets worse for the majority.

#83 Garth's Son Drake on 08.02.21 at 6:06 pm

Basically it is go time. There is a three month window starting now for the election to get done.

Wheels are already starting to fall off the grand economic recovery.

In Canada the squeeze will hit this winter once the stimulus slows. What we don’t know is how much more stimulus will be put on the table thereafter.

My macro call in 2018 for a housing correction by 2023 is right on schedule. I still think (Covid or not) the cycle of manipulating rates per the controlled economic plan and cycling will prevail and that 2023 will not be a good year for housing, yet in Canada because of the extremes of the past year in housing sector that we could be experiencing out-sized volatility turning down sooner than 2023 which is going to have to be heavily manipulated by the Trudeau. If they choose to do nothing and standby then they are choosing to let RE crash and we will see a real crash. I doubt that is the plan but there will still be significant softening as we enter this new period of change in the cycle.

#84 alexinvestor on 08.02.21 at 6:08 pm

Trudeau until 2028 ? It’s fine. As long as one anticipates the future, there are many ways to do adapt and do well.

#85 Irwin on 08.02.21 at 6:23 pm

Weekend past, Roy Green was talking about the idea of passing a test to show one has the ability to vote intelligently.

Heck of an idea; that should bring our participation numbers down to 5%.

Example: people think Carney is a Con. Well, maybe Art was.

#86 crowdedelevatorfartz on 08.02.21 at 6:24 pm

Meanwhile as the Liberalistas contemplate their looming success at the polls..

https://nationalpost.com/news/former-afghan-interpreters-plead-for-canada-to-help-extended-family-members

Canadian govt officials…. dither, deflect, deny, delay and dawdle…

All could be dealt with in a mere flick of Trudeau’s hand,

“Make it so”, said the Prince of Political Correctness….and the doors would swing wide.

Buttz no.
“We must not take our eyes off the election battle your highness.” , said the Prince’s wizard to the pot smoking, bloodshot eyed, Prince.
“Throw these families to their fate. There are more important things like free bread and wine for the mob at the circus! We shall call it….UBI”

And so it was…

#87 DON on 08.02.21 at 6:27 pm

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/bc-name-change-1.6126983

How about North Cascadia? or just ‘Bring Credit’

#88 crowdedelevatorfartz on 08.02.21 at 6:29 pm

@#77 ARRRRRR
“Just another example of another “established S&P 500 ” company being disrupted by the first principles thinking of Elon Musk. “Be on the right side of change ” ( Cathie Wood)”

++++
Or , Elon could have been far more succinct when he snagged the contract.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bx9kaa7IsBg

(Nelson Muntz)

#89 Nonplused on 08.02.21 at 6:43 pm

#26 To the point. on 08.02.21 at 2:49 pm

“Short of fascism, which is enjoying a resurgence in too many countries, the right wing has been reduced to owning the libs, a war on woke and the schoolyard taunts at Mr. Socks.”

Why do people keep saying this? has our education system failed us so badly?

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

I don’t see any political parties in Canada advocating these policies, and our versions of “far-right” are more likely to be anarchists or libritatians than fascists.

Maybe there are a few fascists out there who identify as right but also advocate a totalitarian one party state, but I haven’t met any of them. Most of the people I know “on the right” want less government, not more government and certainly not a “totalitarian dictatorship”. But I suppose there are always a few of whatever stripe you can define.

So far as I can see right now, most of the people with a dictatorial bent are on the far left. They are going to tell you whether you can buy an ICE car or not for example. Or whether you need a “vaccine passport”. Or whether or not you are going to lose your job for using “pregnant woman” rather than “expecting birthing person” in a medical context. But I wouldn’t call them “fascists”. Communists also tend to be pretty dictatorial despite being firmly on the far left.

#90 Humbled & Broke on 08.02.21 at 6:44 pm

Garth is our own “Capatain Sully” of the fly by the seat of your Canader pants.

Aknowkedged, that in the last decade he has been very skillfull and tested showing how to nurture and hoard our shekels. But, now he Is flying a dead airplane … five miles up, looking for a safe landing in muskgrege country . This sucker called the Canadian economy simply ain’t going back up. It took 50 years to build to where we were in 2019. The Garster has been mostly right, but happy days are not here again. T2 has jumped the shark, the money is spent, the harvest is lost, winter is near. I truly do love his perennial wit, occasionally sarcastic, and flinty optimism, but he is still flying for a bankrupt and politically bumpkin airline. You can have great pilots who skillfully fly worn, spent aircraft. You feel safe, until, you hit something that no one else saw. Usually it is a black swan.

#91 The Straight Goods on 08.02.21 at 6:45 pm

The BC gov opened up everything July 1st before everyone had access to getting a second shot.

It has been confirmed that July was the hottest month on record in BC. 5 degrees warmer than usual with no rain of course.

After almost being finished off by a heat wave for the ages (which literally killed 800+ people in BC due to sudden death), everything started burning, including towns like Lytton.

Then the smoke rolled in. 400+ppm of 2.5 particulate matter on a typical day for most of July with the forecast predicting 2 more months of this. No sun. Just an apocalyptic red haze 24 hours a day.

The BC gov dragged their feet in calling a provincial emergency to free up funding to hit the wild fires hard. That is until Osoyoos almost got torched.

By July 20th, Delta was raging faster than the wild fires and now the Interior has 60-70% of all cases in the entire province. There is over 100 cases per day just in Kelowna alone.

So, of course mask mandates are back and many businesses have shut their doors voluntarily in the Okanagan.

All flights at YLW have been halted for the 2nd day due to how bad the smoke is. So, an entire airport is sitting idle. But the airport managers are still getting their pay raises. 30k annual increase for the lead after a year of 90% drops in volume. Makes sense.

Yeah it is regional, but business in peak season has come to a standstill and the costs and deficit in BC continues to explode.

And in real time, Delta is causing oil demand issues again and the restrictions back in place in the Interior is going to be rolling out province wide in another month. You watch.

I watched a Dr. talking about how the problem with Delta is it can get kids sick, which was mostly avoidable last year with the different straing, therefore didn’t affect the school system much. School starts in one month and the vaccines are not available yet for young kids. So you better believe big time restrictions will be coming to try and fight this, which means more economic pain.

And you look next door to Alberta with a 20+ billion dollar deficit this year and rolling back nurse wages, and basically throwing all caution to the wind calling off the pandemic and just getting on with it because they are broke. That is what you call throwing in the towel.

Okay, fine, but you can see where all of this is going.

The re-opening trade is fading quick. Let’s see where the economic problems start popping up.

Those areas of problems where the wheels are coming off have already identified in this article: houses, jobs, family support, taxes and course stability.

It is coming and Justin is going to be busy, but he needs to secure his position first before what I speak becomes all too obvious.

#92 Don Guillermo on 08.02.21 at 6:45 pm

#136 T on 08.02.21 at 5:35 pm
#131 Don Guillermo on 08.02.21 at 1:43 pm
#125 T on 08.02.21 at 1:09 pm

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Female Rebel reporter forcibly removed for asking Trudeau uncomfortable questions about hate crimes.

https://www.rebelnews.com/stand_with_drea_humphrey

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Rebel ‘News’, the largest grift organization in Canada.

Notice how aggressive they are with their requests for donations. A self-proclaimed far-right organization which should be banned for their misinformation campaigns.

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Of course they need donations. No Trudeau goodies for them. What’s does your hate for non state funded media have to do with the story?
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Misinformation media being banned from events is a non-story in my books. I don’t hate, rebel news does – and they stoke hate amongst their far-right readers while grifting them for ‘donations’ which enable them to continue their hate parades
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To the point, what was mis-information about the young lady asking Trudeau why he won’t call the burning of churches hate crime? Instead he dismisses her and the RCMP body guard hauls her away. Even if you have no use for Rebel do you think that’s appropriate? Keep lapping up your Trudeau state media pablum.

#93 Elon Fanboy on 08.02.21 at 6:58 pm

#77 R “saved NASA $500 million”.

Actually SpaceX saved NASA about $2Billion, that’s the estimated per launch cost of NASA’s new mega SLS rocket….if it ever launches.

What is particularly galling is that NASA has to fight for every penny in its budget, and a yet a couple of weeks ago Congress tacked on the equivalent of NASA’s entire annual budget to a defence bill….for no particular reason…

https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/07/spacex-to-launch-the-europa-clipper-mission-for-a-bargain-price/

#94 Ustabe on 08.02.21 at 7:00 pm

Garth most often confines himself on this blog to observations and commentary regarding housing and matters financial.

But every now and then he tosses a bone to the politically verbose in steerage. “And since we no longer have Progressive Conservatives, the nation will polarize.”

Some here have urged Garth to run, again, for office. “I’ll vote for you” they say but take a look at the leadership, policy and general state of the Conservative Party of Canada…its pretty obvious you aren’t voting for Garth or anyone remotely like him.

Just a quick peek into Kenney in AB, Moe in SK, Pallister in MB or Ford in ONT should make you really ponder why you’d like then to try to run the country.

Nattering nabobs of negativity is all I see…life is good, try it sometime.

#95 Nonplused on 08.02.21 at 7:05 pm

#35 crowdedelevatorfartz on 08.02.21 at 3:10 pm
Is it just me or does anyone wonder if maybe , ju-u-ust maybe.
This athlete stepped back from competing last week because she might fail a drug test?

One positive result in a team event disqualifies the entire team.

https://twitter.com/NEWS1130/status/1422222948144910338?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Etweet

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My understanding is that this is more or less what happened. She takes a prescription drug to control ADHD that is illegal in Japan but legal here, in the US, and in other parts of the world. So she was “off her meds”.

Since gymnastics requires intense concentration, being ADHD and “off your meds” could be debilitating, and dangerous considering how many moves she does that could involve landing on her head if she messed up.

Like so many stories on the MSM, there is probably more to it than what they are telling us. Anybody remember the Coventry kids? Total fabrication. “But I saw it with my own eyes!” No we didn’t, we saw one selective edited camera angle and fell for a narrative, that later turned out to be completely false.

One reason people call the MSM “fake news” is because it is. There isn’t enough news in a day to make for 24 hour coverage, so they have to make it up to fill the space. And “outrage” brings in more viewers and thus ad revenue than stories about puppies.

So here is what we got thanks to the MSM: A young lady who was long in the tooth for the sport and off her meds bowing out of a dangerous competition, vs. a bunch of MSM viewers who were outraged, OUTRAGED I TELL YOU, that this young lady wouldn’t represent her country when 2 days earlier they didn’t even know who she was.

How do we know she didn’t do the honorable thing? If she seriously had doubts she was going to be able to stick the landing, isn’t it for the good of the team if she passes the torch to someone in a better mind frame? “Oh well they could have got gold if she hadn’t wimped out!” Ya maybe. But they could have come in 10th as well. Instead they got the silver. Is silver so bad?

#96 Don Guillermo on 08.02.21 at 7:05 pm

#66 Quintilian on 08.02.21 at 4:46 pm
It’s highly unlikely that the conservatives will form government ever again.

Their base is diminishing; because better education, healthier minds, has resulted in an evolution of morality across the nation.
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Ha … hope you’re not counting those liberal art degrees
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The idea that nation building could be achieved by a spreadsheet and the penny pinching, bitter , greedy and narrow minded accountants has been disproven.
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Why would you pick on your buddy Ponzius like that?

#97 Nonplused on 08.02.21 at 7:16 pm

#49 Ponzius Pilatus on 08.02.21 at 3:52 pm
#17 crowdedelevatorfartz on 08.02.21 at 2:39 pm
@#126 Sail Away
“Actually, a scheduled gathering of Tesla ownerss in Hope on July 24. Don’t be a fake news sap!”

+++

OMG.
The best place to meet for a Tesla “rally” is Hope?
Or is that as far as most of them could drive without draining their battery halfway up the Coquihalla Hwy?
————
Yep, you never see a Tesla past Hope on the Coca Cola.
No Hope in hell to get to Merritt.

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A solution just popped into my head, and I haven’t even been drinking yet today so don’t blame that:

Telsas could pull a trailer with a generator on it if they want to cross the Coca Cola. I’m sure with a little duct tape to hold the charging cable in they could run the generator while driving. A 10kw generator could provide unlimited range. Sure, they would have to stop to fill up the generator every 4 hours, but there will be plenty of room on the trailer for a few jerry cans of gas, or they could stop at regular gas stations.

As they say, “if there is a will, there is a way”.

#98 CBC #1 Trending Story on 08.02.21 at 7:20 pm

British Columbia needs to change its name.

“[Renaming B.C.] would be an opportunity to take us into the future as a decolonial land and approaches that are more connected to the land and the values that are here today,” Nahanee said.

Choosing a new name for B.C., Jago said, would be a fresh start.

“It’s really hard to build things up when we’re continuously being pulled back and reminded of this horrible past,” he said.

Jago says one possible name for the province is the name S’ólh Téméxw, pronounced “soul tow-mock.”

If anyone remembers, protesters pulled down a statue of Capt. James Cook and threw it into Victoria’s Inner Harbor last month – which stood in front of the Empress Hotel.

#99 TurnerNation on 08.02.21 at 7:22 pm

Having been around for decades this weblog is proven Safe and Effective with the recommend dose of once each day.

#100 Nonplused on 08.02.21 at 7:23 pm

#78 Banter McShalin on 08.02.21 at 5:58 pm

“Garth, If the election is called and the Delta really picks up heavy, could in-person voting be changed to internet voting?”

We’ve gone from “Russian hackers” to “internet voting” so quickly? Why don’t we just ask Xi Jinping who should be Prime Minister? Save a lot of time and money.

#101 Yukon Elvis on 08.02.21 at 7:25 pm

I am really surprised at the number of people who have said they will not vote. The apathy runs deep.

#102 Sail Away on 08.02.21 at 7:26 pm

#77 R on 08.02.21 at 5:52 pm

Space X has been awarded the contract by NASA for the Jupiter Mission for 2024. Space X ‘s price was around $178 million , but it saved NASA about $500 million by not going with Boeing. There was concern also if Boeing could do it on time. Just another example of another “established S&P 500 ” company being disrupted by the first principles thinking of Elon Musk. “Be on the right side of change ” ( Cathie Wood)

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There’s a reason ‘Elon’ rhymes with ‘phenom’, and the first three letters of ‘Tesla’ rhyme with ‘yes’.

Damn, that guy is good.

Let him make you rich. Just say yes.

#103 Get used to it on 08.02.21 at 7:32 pm

You can’t fix it. More government control will only make things worse. Get used to food shortages, rolling blackouts, bank holidays, more businesses, citizens, residents going bankrupt and much much more. The economy and society is being destroyed by socialism soon communism and it will not be fixed.

#104 Matt on 08.02.21 at 7:35 pm

“Nine in ten people without a house cannot afford one. Real estate prices have increased 32% in a year amid government inaction and pandemic FOMO. This has led to an explosion in household debt.”

Not sure this is a bad thing, unless the goal is 100% home ownership. 6.8 out of 10 Canadians already own a home. If 1 in ten of the 35% can also afford that’s 70%+ home ownership potential.

Home ownership has been on the way up the past 20 years and is at or close to historical averages.

Not sure why everyone needs to own a home, it’s never been that way in this country.

#105 Bob in Hamilton on 08.02.21 at 7:42 pm

Won’t be voting… doesn’t matter anymore.

#106 ImGonnaBeSick on 08.02.21 at 7:44 pm

#100 Nonplused on 08.02.21 at 7:23 pm
#78 Banter McShalin on 08.02.21 at 5:58 pm

“Garth, If the election is called and the Delta really picks up heavy, could in-person voting be changed to internet voting?”

We’ve gone from “Russian hackers” to “internet voting” so quickly? Why don’t we just ask Xi Jinping who should be Prime Minister? Save a lot of time and money.

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Delta will be all anyone is talking about come election time, so we’ll have mail-in ballots and, just like that, Trudeau will also receive 81m votes…

#107 Matt on 08.02.21 at 7:53 pm

#70 Sail Away on 08.02.21 at 5:19 pm
#49 Ponzius Pilatus on 08.02.21 at 3:52 pm

Yep, you never see a Tesla past Hope on the Coca Cola.
No Hope in hell to get to Merritt.

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You must be talking about those other EVs:

https://www.tesla.com/en_CA/findus/location/supercharger/merrittbcsupercharger

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A 50 minute stop every 3 hours of driving?

#108 wait there on 08.02.21 at 7:54 pm

What’s the point of vax passports when some of the vaxed can be infected just like unvaxed and be just as contagious? Also the vax passports will induce massive circulation accelerating spread when combined with high viral load?
If you did not know that the game changed late last week and you are vaxed, you are now part of the problem but the unvaxed is a much bigger part. Do not confuse the past with what is known currently.
https://www.reuters.com/business/healthcare-pharmaceuticals/delta-spreads-like-wildfire-doctors-study-whether-it-makes-patients-sicker-2021-08-02/

and check washington post and CDC read carefully and digest past and present findings.

so many of you were wrong last week based on old data. Any person with critical thinking could see what was behind the CDC change Tuesday last week that was divulged last Friday. IT IS DIFFERENT FROM WHEN YOU GOT VAXED.

#109 This is how they get ya on 08.02.21 at 7:57 pm

I am hearing that The Federal Liberals Trudeau, Freeland is going to put an annual 5% property tax on all Canadian properties assessment values. Say bye, bye to keeping your house, condo, cottage, vacation property, cabin, lakeside property etc. Don’t believe, you will see.

Your property taxes will be more than your mortgage payments soon.

#110 wait there on 08.02.21 at 8:01 pm

https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2021/07/29/cdc-mask-guidance/

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/07/27/cdc-to-reverse-indoor-mask-policy-to-recommend-them-for-fully-vaccinated-people-in-covid-hot-spots.html

#111 Freedom First on 08.02.21 at 8:02 pm

#103 Get used to it

Sad, but true.
It is happening alarmingly fast. World wide.

Not sure if we are all going to end up living under communism or fascism.

Some countries even have both the police and army going door to door interrogating people, like Australia. Even Flop seems okay with this. I asked him today.

#112 the jaguar on 08.02.21 at 8:18 pm

#76 the Ponze. Omg. Are you off your meds? I’m trying to remember if there was a Pete, but my development did take place in the age of enlightenment, lol!
I feel for the BC interior. Even schadenfreude feels inappropriate given the many humans and animals impacted. We have rain forecast for Calgary on friday. I hope it will pass through the BC interior as well. Our thoughts are with you…God speed.

#113 Phylis on 08.02.21 at 8:19 pm

#56 Penny Henny on 08.02.21 at 4:15 pm
Garth what have you done to TurnerNation?
Xxxxxx
Oh dear, something is indeed awry.

#114 Flop… on 08.02.21 at 8:25 pm

Should probably put this post up for another run.

Apparently the Nissan Ariya can do 480kms on a single charge.

I do 30kms a day commute at the moment in my 32 year old gas guzzler.

Been all over from the Yukon to Southern California, only on rare occasions would I do more than 500kms a day.

No new gas guzzlers after 2035?

Like I said my daily drive is 32 years old, probably try to get another 32 out of it, it’s a specialty vehicle after all, so the replacement cost is over 100k.

They will probably try and outlaw the parts at some stage, but Cuba found a way and I’m sure a black market will thrive so dinosaurs like mine will survive.

Worse case I smuggle car parts back in my luggage when I holiday in Cuba…

M47BC

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#90 Flop… on 05.07.21 at 8:08 pm
Seems like as good a time as any to put this chart up with the blog chatter at the back bar where the heavy hitters hang out.

The envelope please.

And the winner is….

The Nissan Ariya.

Numbers quoted are in a useful currency, like USD for instance…

M46BC

How Far Can America’s Top 10 Cheapest Electric Cars Go On a Single Charge? GIF.

“Electric cars or electric vehicles, no matter the term used, are intriguing the minds (and pockets) of Americans. With so many options, pricing, and payoffs, which is the best option for you? As our visualization shows, electric cars can vary widely in terms of price but also in distance traveled per charge. This helps us answer the question of how long does an electric car battery lasts off a single charge.

* Ford Mustang Mach-E tops the list as the most expensive electric car at $42,895 but falls to the bottom half of car rankings in terms of miles traveled per charge (230 miles).

* The second most expensive electric car at $40,000, the Nissan Ariya, offers the most distance traveled per charge (300 miles).

* Chevrolet Bolt EV presents itself as a very affordable electric car option at $31,995 with a very modest amount of miles traveled per charge (259 miles).

* Mini Cooper SE presents itself as the cheapest option on the list at $29,900 and perhaps unsurprisingly travels the shortest distance per charge (110 miles).

* The average distance that most electric cars travel per charge is around 220 miles, with the majority of the cars that travel the average distance costing in between $34,000 to $40,000.

https://howmuch.net/articles/americas-top-10-cheapest-electric-cars-2021

#115 When Will They Raise Rates? on 08.02.21 at 8:27 pm

#109 This is how they get ya on 08.02.21 at 7:57 pm

I am hearing that The Federal Liberals Trudeau, Freeland is going to put an annual 5% property tax on all Canadian properties assessment values. Say bye, bye to keeping your house, condo, cottage, vacation property, cabin, lakeside property etc. Don’t believe, you will see.

Your property taxes will be more than your mortgage payments soon

—————

Not gonna happen. That’s 50k/y on a 1 mill particle board cookie cutter in Vaughan. LOL News flash, they aint got 50k extra/y lying around, they can barely make their monthlies as is!

#116 Mattbg on 08.02.21 at 8:38 pm

The UK has 73% of eligible people double-dosed. The 57.5% figure is for total population, so not comparable to our 12+ figure.

Having said that, UK eligibility is 18+ with lower ages only based on having conditions that support receiving it.

#117 tkid on 08.02.21 at 8:39 pm

I’ll be voting Con, but not because I’m pro-Con, but more anti-Lib and anti-NDP. This spending has to stop, we ain’t got the money.

#118 crowdedelevatorfartz on 08.02.21 at 9:00 pm

@#98 CBC #1
“Jago says one possible name for the province is the name S’ólh Téméxw, pronounced “soul tow-mock.”

+++

We’re renaming British Columbia with a name that sounds like a Star Trek Klingon meal?

Greeeeaaaaat.

Apparently the woke are now bore since they cant burn down churches without the Natives dissing them.

I called this a few weeks back.
“British” Columbia….. The horror

#119 Joseph R. on 08.02.21 at 9:05 pm

#78 Banter McShalin on 08.02.21 at 5:58 pm
Garth, If the election is called and the Delta really picks up heavy, could in-person voting be changed to internet voting?

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No. You would need to adment the Canada Election Act, since its a federal election

That said, it won’t stop the conspiracy theorists from believeing it will happen.

#120 fishman on 08.02.21 at 9:15 pm

The first attack ad by lil potato has a deep southern slow Texas drawl mocking Oh Tool. A neat old pickup truck falling apart, taking the wrong trail in ranch country as a Conservative Party metaphor. Unabashed Liberal elitist scorn at a western base. Cowardly Pearl Harbour style, vicious attack before declaring war. The Libs were never this unsubtle. Defensive decency their trademark. Masters of the counterattack. Understated but with confidence of a natural ruling party. False modesty. Not now. Arrogance & hubris on full display with lil potato’s first salvo. People sense pridefulness. Unnecessary & dangerous when your leading. Instead of burying Oh Tool their elevating him as an anti hero. Lib re-election brainiacs lost their touch? Possibilities of a horse race with them stumbling so early.

#121 crowdedelevatorfartz on 08.02.21 at 9:39 pm

@#117 tkid
“I’ll be voting Con, but not because I’m pro-Con, but more anti-Lib and anti-NDP. This spending has to stop, we ain’t got the money.”

++++

Hopefully there are more voters that think like you.
These spend crazy idiots need a kick in the teeth on election day

#122 fishman on 08.02.21 at 9:45 pm

But maybe its a brilliant political ad. The western male, the cowboy, so pissed at the way the eastern urban elitist mocks his values & icons, he turns to Wexit. Clearing the field for a huge majority. Like Manning times. Way more dangerous now. Then we wanted in. Now we want out. The Patriot Game, Peter Brimelow. “Every Canadian Federal election is like a game of Russian Roulette. If the right combination comes up? “

#123 crowdedelevatorfartz on 08.02.21 at 9:48 pm

@#97 Nonplused
“As they say, “if there is a will, there is a way”.”

+++

I alway thought it was
“If there’s a will, there must be an executor…”

#124 Dragonfly 58 on 08.02.21 at 9:49 pm

I agree about the impossibility of a 5% Federal property tax. A good portion of retired people own homes, and in any of the major city’s they are going to be assessed at close to the million mark. Even many town houses like my 89 year old Mother lives in. She only lives on about $30,000 / year before taxes. Where would she possibly come up with $35-$40 K a year for an extra tax ? Her place has been paid for for years { decades }, it is the only way she is able to survive in the Lower Mainland { or anywhere else for that matter } on a very modest pension income.

#125 Ponzius Pilatus on 08.02.21 at 9:52 pm

As a Cosmolitan, the only problem I have with O’Toole is how he would perform on the World stage.
JT is well liked and respected by his peers, and is comfortable, probably because he travelled abroad alot with his dad.

#126 crowdedelevatorfartz on 08.02.21 at 9:54 pm

@#113 Phylis
“Garth what have you done to TurnerNation?
Xxxxxx
Oh dear, something is indeed awry.”

++++

Not to worry
Turner and Sara are on an information exchange sabbatical together.

He’ll come back loathing Sail Away, she’ll have reams of conspiracy links to provide us.

#127 CAW on 08.02.21 at 9:55 pm

#120 fishman on 08.02.21 at 9:15 pm
The first attack ad by lil potato has a deep southern slow Texas drawl mocking Oh Tool. A neat old pickup truck falling apart, taking the wrong trail in ranch country as a Conservative Party metaphor. Unabashed Liberal elitist scorn at a western base. Cowardly Pearl Harbour style, vicious attack before declaring war. The Libs were never this unsubtle. Defensive decency their trademark. Masters of the counterattack. Understated but with confidence of a natural ruling party. False modesty. Not now. Arrogance & hubris on full display with lil potato’s first salvo. People sense pridefulness. Unnecessary & dangerous when your leading. Instead of burying Oh Tool their elevating him as an anti hero. Lib re-election brainiacs lost their touch? Possibilities of a horse race with them stumbling so early.
Xxxxxxx
Hi, I’m from the Union, I’m here to help.

#128 canuck on 08.02.21 at 10:00 pm

Perhaps some day Garth can actually tell us why he thinks mad Max is mad. Maybe he can can tell us what’s so wrong with the PPC platform.

Already did. He is unelectable and every ballot Max gets is one more for the Libs, since it comes right out of the Cons. Remember R-e-f-o-r-m? Never in power, but handed government to Jean Chrétien for eight years. Politics is math. Figure it out. – Garth

#129 TurnerNation on 08.02.21 at 10:04 pm

Not MIA or AWOL but there’s not much to do but kick back and wait till September Timeline.

………….

Comrade, all the old culture must be torn down – in our Colour Revolution.
This is all like totally random you know, March 2020 kicked it off. (Don’t call it the New System)
Remember there is no more news only the manufacturing of consent.

“Should British Columbia change its name? As we reckon with history, some say it’s time”
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/bc-name-change-1.6126983


— All over a virus right?
I’d file this under Control Over our Breeding.
The government has a place in the bedrooms of this nation.

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/nick-mikhail-covid-19-ura-safe-distancing-officers-warrant-15364158

“SINGAPORE: Safe distancing enforcement officers can enter, inspect and search “various premises, including residences”, without a warrant to check that COVID-19 regulations are being complied with, the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) said on Monday (Aug 2).”

………….

40k USD tuition for this? Smile. No try. Try it.
Permanent lockdown state.

.Yale University to require wearing masks indoors for all students and faculty (wtnh.com)

#130 The joy of steerage on 08.02.21 at 10:22 pm

#125 Ponzius Pilatus on 08.02.21 at 9:52 pm

As a Cosmolitan, the only problem I have with O’Toole is how he would perform on the World stage.
JT is well liked and respected by his peers, and is comfortable, probably because he travelled abroad alot with his dad.

Hope the libs pay you to spew that drivel…….. and what the hell is a cosmolitan.. is there a vaccine for it?

#131 Nonplused on 08.02.21 at 10:24 pm

#123 crowdedelevatorfartz on 08.02.21 at 9:48 pm
@#97 Nonplused
“As they say, “if there is a will, there is a way”.”

+++

I alway thought it was
“If there’s a will, there must be an executor…”

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Well, since the context I was using it was electric cars, Teslas in particular:

https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/watch-stunning-video-norway-shows-drunk-unconscious-driver-barreling-down-highway-tesla

An executor was narrowly avoided in this case.

#132 Nonplused on 08.02.21 at 10:27 pm

PS, Fartz,

Did the autopilot really stop the vehicle or did the batteries go dead?

#133 SW on 08.02.21 at 10:38 pm

Nah you guys, with voting you have to choose the lesser evil. Always. Even if you have doubts, not voting is a coward’s policy, imo.

I understand your difficulty. People always assume that voting is easy. It isn’t.

But you think you’re too pure to get in the muck with the rest of us and try to get some sort of useful people into parliament?

I suggest voting for the best, least-worst, or non-evil options as your constituency’s voting numbers and your own consciences suggest.

Vote. Always. Please.

#134 canuck on 08.02.21 at 10:43 pm

Already did. He is unelectable and every ballot Max gets is one more for the Libs, since it comes right out of the Cons. Remember R-e-f-o-r-m? Never in power, but handed government to Jean Chrétien for eight years. Politics is math. Figure it out. – Garth
____________________________________________

No you didn’t nor have you in the past. you regurgitate the same talking points about wasting a vote on them and never say why he is unelectable.
When the CPC has a failed candidate and a liberal lite platform, math is out the window. That isn’t a clear chpice anymore! Again, what do you find so wrong with the PPC platform that doesn’t make them a viable choice?

#135 Snort on 08.02.21 at 10:44 pm

Sez Ponzius:
“JT is well liked and respected by his peers”
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Who knew accountants could also be comedians.

#136 Yukon Elvis on 08.02.21 at 10:46 pm

#125 Ponzius Pilatus on 08.02.21 at 9:52 pm
As a Cosmolitan, the only problem I have with O’Toole is how he would perform on the World stage.
JT is well liked and respected by his peers, and is comfortable, probably because he travelled abroad alot with his dad.
+++++++++++++++++++++
Not so. I have had many overseas friends and acquaintances ask me how the hell “that guy” ever got elected. He has alienated countries like India, China, Saudi Arabia, Philippines, and USA. Steven Harper got more respect and positive comments than T2 ever will. He is a laughing stock.

#137 Russ on 08.02.21 at 10:47 pm

SW on 08.02.21 at 10:38 pm

Nah you guys, with voting you have to choose the lesser evil. Always. Even if you have doubts, not voting is a coward’s policy, imo.

I understand your difficulty. People always assume that voting is easy. It isn’t.

But you think you’re too pure to get in the muck with the rest of us and try to get some sort of useful people into parliament?

I suggest voting for the best, least-worst, or non-evil options as your constituency’s voting numbers and your own consciences suggest.

Vote. Always. Please.

==========================

And when voting in Her Majesty’s Service, you must choose the lesser of two…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-aPp7Kiiyg

#138 PastThePeak on 08.02.21 at 11:03 pm

Gen X is clearly defined as being born from 1965 through to 1980, making their ages between 41-56…

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

Boomers: 1946 – 1964
Mills: 1981 – 1996

#139 Ponzius Pilatus on 08.02.21 at 11:36 pm

130 The joy of steerage on 08.02.21 at 10:22 pm
#125 Ponzius Pilatus on 08.02.21 at 9:52 pm

As a Cosmolitan, the only problem I have with O’Toole is how he would perform on the World stage.
JT is well liked and respected by his peers, and is comfortable, probably because he travelled abroad alot with his dad.

Hope the libs pay you to spew that drivel…….. and what the hell is a cosmolitan.. is there a vaccine for it?
—————
A Cosmolitan is a person who does not spew drivel, and does not accept kickbacks from any political party.
Google it.

#140 Hmm... on 08.02.21 at 11:49 pm

Watch to the end:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yO6VfFqvRkM

So communism is about sending your neighbor off to the gulag so you can have his apartment?

This isn’t where Canada is yet by a long shot, but I wonder what the logical conclusion is to the concept that everyone deserves a house when there aren’t enough houses to go around?

In past years the solution was to have more people living in each house. But around the 80’s the acceptance of divorce dramatically increased the number of adults that wanted their own 4 walls. I wonder how much that had to do with it?

#141 Nonplused on 08.02.21 at 11:52 pm

#133 SW on 08.02.21 at 10:38 pm
Nah you guys, with voting you have to choose the lesser evil. Always. Even if you have doubts, not voting is a coward’s policy, imo.

I understand your difficulty. People always assume that voting is easy. It isn’t.

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Another alternative is to go back to voting for your representative rather than the party or the leader. That is, after all, who you are technically voting for. So vote for the best man or woman up for election in your riding, and stoically ignore the rest.

#142 RWMZ on 08.03.21 at 3:28 am

“Can anyone name an original idea emanating from the political right wing?”

The political right is the brakes. You step on them to prevent things from getting drastically worse, until liberals fix their problems.

Since the left is indeed making things drastically worse, pressing pause on them is a completely viable platform.

#143 under the radar on 08.03.21 at 5:51 am

109 – Feds cannot tax property directly. Exclusively provincial jurisdiction. Your source must have skipped the division of powers lecture.

#144 Fred on 08.03.21 at 7:21 am

Hey under the radar, they can always call it a 5% annual capital gains tax on property. They could also call it a 5% annual property wealth tax. They can call it a annual Canadian residents, citizen property tax. They can find a way to tax it annually.

Also, they could easily do what other governments did and charge this tax annually and let owners defer taxes and let them accumulate until the tax bill the owner is deemed deceased. Another option is tax annually the reverse mortgage proceeds too. The Liberals, NDP never met a tax they did not like.

#145 Phylis on 08.03.21 at 7:31 am

#129 TurnerNation on 08.02.21 at 10:04 pm
Xxxxxx
Phew, must have escaped. Back to normal.

#146 crowdedelevatorfartz on 08.03.21 at 8:23 am

@#139 Polluted Ponzie
“JT is well liked and respected by his peers, and is comfortable, probably because he travelled abroad alot with his dad.”

++++

Hitting the Sauce last night Ponzie?

Trudeau well liked?
You are kidding Right?
He’s tolerated at Leaders summits, like most annoying children at parties.
He should be seen and not heard.
A dilettante with the intellectual capabilities of a vapid runway model at a spelling bee.
Fun to watch, painful to listen to.

Buttz, his handler, keeps him well reigned in and he reads the papers he’s handed very well.

A 30 day election wont leave much time for any debates where the other candidates could rip him to shreds.

#147 crowdedelevatorfartz on 08.03.21 at 8:31 am

@#89 Dragonfly89
“Even many town houses like my 89 year old Mother lives in. She only lives on about $30,000 / year before taxes. Where would she possibly come up with $35-$40 K a year for an extra tax ? Her place has been paid for for years { decades }, it is the only way she is able to survive in the Lower Mainland { or anywhere else for that matter } on a very modest pension income.”

+++

She’s 89.
Surviving on 30k a year.
Sell the townhouse.
Pocket 500 to 800k.
Invest.
Rent.
Live like a Queen for …10 more years? (99?)
50 to 80k per year.

#148 joe kahn on 08.03.21 at 8:47 am

I was called a doomer by my sister for saying that Covid is part of human existence and we have to learn to live with it until we die. I have taken two Covid Vaccines and is willing to take a Third shot. Some of my neighbors asked me why I wear the mask. I told them it is to protect myself and others.

#149 Dharma Bum on 08.03.21 at 9:00 am

If the Conservative Party wants to even stand a chance at winning an election in this country, then they need to elect a viable leader. A figure head. A poster boy.

That means finding some dude who is tall, lean, shockingly handsome, has great hair, a winning smile, and charisma.

O’Toole is zero for 0 for 6.

Zero. Point. Zero.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2V3CfD8TPac

#150 Dharma Bum on 08.03.21 at 9:10 am

#127 CAW

Hi, I’m from the Union, I’m here to help.
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Hi and Howdy Doody, I’m a Union Man, you can call me Rudy!
Any of you boys not paid up on your cards?
…The union’s here to help every one of you rock ‘n roll stars!

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

#151 Jesse on 08.03.21 at 9:13 am

T2 will bankrupt the nation, and usher in Canada’s own version of Mao’s Culture Revolution…

#152 Phylis on 08.03.21 at 9:14 am

#146 crowdedelevatorfartz on 08.03.21 at 8:23 am
@#139 Polluted Ponzie
“JT is well liked and respected by his peers, and is comfortable, probably because he travelled abroad alot with his dad.”

++++

Hitting the Sauce last night Ponzie?

Trudeau well liked?
You are kidding Right?
He’s tolerated at Leaders summits, like most annoying children at parties.
He should be seen and not heard.
A dilettante with the intellectual capabilities of a vapid runway model at a spelling bee.
Fun to watch, painful to listen to.

Buttz, his handler, keeps him well reigned in and he reads the papers he’s handed very well.

A 30 day election wont leave much time for any debates where the other candidates could rip him to shreds.
Xxxxxxx
The message of reducing the errrs and ummms must of gotten through. He’s been better lately. Thankyou Mr. Butts, now work on his fiscal acumen.

#153 Guelph Guru on 08.03.21 at 10:02 am

As I see it, Mr. Trudeau’s policies are turning Guelph and GTA into a third world country.
The rents have gone so high vis a vis salaries, I know 3 families that now have to share a single townhouse.
Standard of living is sinking like a rock.
The only thing people talk about is real estate. No one discusses starting a new business to produce something.
Dont think this is progress. We are focusing on wrong issues. We need a reboot of our system.
Mr. Trudeau in my opinion is not our messiah. But do we have an alternative? Do not see a way out.
Garth it would be nice if you can share your views on what would be good for Canada. What’s the right way ahead.

#154 Yukon Elvis on 08.03.21 at 10:15 am

#139 Ponzius Pilatus on 08.02.21 at 11:36 pm

A Cosmolitan is a person who does not spew drivel, and does not accept kickbacks from any political party.
Google it.
++++++++++++++++++++++++

A Cosmopolitan is a drink containing vodka and triple sec. And you are cut off now.

#155 IHCTD9 on 08.03.21 at 10:16 am

I’ll be voting, but not with the hope of change and repair. Best that could happen would be a plateau – but looking at all the promises, even that is a faint hope. The mess we are now in, is totally out of governments’ control at this point.

Trudeau has nailed the coffin lid closed with 3″ ardox spikes. No one is going to pry that lid off, it don’t matter who gets in.

From here we can only watch the train come off the rails. 4 more years of Trudeau means another what? 1/4+ Trillion in additional debt? More even?

Canucks have over a Trillion in consumer/mortgage debt, a Trillion more in Provincial debt, over a Trillion in Federal debt, and after Trudeau pt. #3, likely at LEAST another 1/4 Trillion more piled on.

19 Million workers to service 3.5+ Trillion worth of debt – yeah that’s gonna work great. I’ll vote O’Toole in the fall, but I won’t be waiting with bated breath for things to turn around – this is post Trudeau Canada, eventual financial disaster is irrevocably baked into the pie. No one can fix it. It would take way more than any Government could ever do in 4 years – and they’d be booted directly thereafter. Canadians evidently haven’t even acknowledged there is a problem yet. Everyone wants what they want – right now. Consequences are tomorrow’s problem.

Many posters here have said it’s going to take a day of reckoning before finances start to matter to Canadians again, and I agree. It’s going to be a biggie.

#156 crowdedelevatorfartz on 08.03.21 at 10:18 am

@#149 Dhama Bum
” Zero. Point. Zero.”

+++++
Ahhh Dean Wormer.
Classic.

As for electing a tall, skinny, “Calender boy” with great hair as the next leader of Canada…..

We tried that with disasterous results.

I’d elect a pudgy, bald, stuttering, trans, accountant that looked like Elmer Fudd if they could balance the fricken budget.

I’m tired of the smug, rich, “GQ” idiots in charge.

#157 Ponzius Pilatus on 08.03.21 at 10:35 am

#146 CEF
I get it.
You don’t like JT.
The good thing is, he won’t need your vote.
Go ahead, waste your ballot.

#158 IHCTD9 on 08.03.21 at 10:44 am

#114 Flop… on 08.02.21 at 8:25 pm

No new gas guzzlers after 2035?

Like I said my daily drive is 32 years old, probably try to get another 32 out of it, it’s a specialty vehicle after all, so the replacement cost is over 100k.

They will probably try and outlaw the parts at some stage, but Cuba found a way and I’m sure a black market will thrive so dinosaurs like mine will survive.

Worse case I smuggle car parts back in my luggage when I holiday in Cuba…

M47BC
___

Flopper, I guess I’m going the wrong way too. From 18 year old truck to probably 25 years old. From gas to diesel.

I’ll be sure to pass along any “dealers” I find selling the “good stuff” (ie. old truck parts).

#159 The joy of steerage on 08.03.21 at 10:46 am

#157 Ponzius Pilatus on 08.03.21 at 10:35 am
#146 CEF
I get it.
You don’t like JT.
….
What is there to like…….

#160 IHCTD9 on 08.03.21 at 10:47 am

#154 Yukon Elvis on 08.03.21 at 10:15 am
#139 Ponzius Pilatus on 08.02.21 at 11:36 pm

A Cosmolitan is a person who does not spew drivel, and does not accept kickbacks from any political party.
Google it.
++++++++++++++++++++++++

A Cosmopolitan is a drink containing vodka and triple sec. And you are cut off now.
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It’s a swanky hotel in Vegas. I’m going to the bar.

#161 KLNR on 08.03.21 at 10:48 am

@#125 Ponzius Pilatus on 08.02.21 at 9:52 pm
As a Cosmolitan, the only problem I have with O’Toole is how he would perform on the World stage.
JT is well liked and respected by his peers, and is comfortable, probably because he travelled abroad alot with his dad.

hehehe, nice dog whistle.

#162 I’m stupid on 08.03.21 at 10:49 am

Elon Musk is a salesman just like Trump. He’s also a fraud and that will become evident in time. Remember my words they will ring true once the curtain is pulled back.

#163 IHCTD9 on 08.03.21 at 10:57 am

#153 Guelph Guru on 08.03.21 at 10:02 am

Do not see a way out.
Garth it would be nice if you can share your views on what would be good for Canada. What’s the right way ahead.
___

All you can do is vote Con and hope for the best – you might not get it though. Every other viable party is in a race with the Liberals to see how fast they can turn left and burn money.

Fixing it went out the window as a possibility early in 2020. Your time would be much more productively spent via shoring up the home front for some very lean years where the government can’t bail you or your employer out. Watch fiscal policy, debt increases across the board, the BOC, job numbers, RE market, and federal revenues. All these are linked up, and the whole schmozzle is a teetering 100 story house of cards.

#164 Ponzius Pilatus on 08.03.21 at 11:00 am

#156 CEF
I’d elect a pudgy, bald, stuttering, trans, accountant that looked like Elmer Fudd if they could balance the fricken budget.
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Sure, go ahead and vote for Elmer “Fudge the budget”.
You’ll find out they’re are all the same.
A least, one is looking good while doing it.

#165 yvr_lurker on 08.03.21 at 11:10 am

Never in power, but handed government to Jean Chrétien for eight years. Politics is math. Figure it out. – Garth

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And what, exactly, was wrong with the Chretein regime? Did the defecit swell with the coffers mis-managed (No…)? Did we join the US in its bogus invasion of Iraq? In my view, the Chretein team provided the most pragmatic and well-run Gov’t we have had in my lifetime.

Would it have been better to elect Kim Campbell even with her campaign manager John Tory’s slimy attack ads focussed on Chretein’s Bell’s Palsy condition?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1993_Chr%C3%A9tien_attack_ad

There is a reason why the CONS were obliterated at the first election, and it had absolutely nothing to do with Reform Party.

Just like Garth would probably never acknowledge that the LIBS, with someone like Chretein-Martin at the helm, could provide good leadership, many moderate lefties (like me) would never vote for the CONS no matter who their leader is.

Long for the day when there was someone inspiring to vote for. With the current sory leaders of the different stripes, can’t see myself getting off the sofa to the ballot box for the next one.

#166 WTF on 08.03.21 at 11:20 am

“As a Cosmolitan, the only problem I have with O’Toole is how he would perform on the World stage.
JT is well liked and respected by his peers, and is comfortable, probably because he travelled abroad alot with his dad.”
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I’m sure that how they saw it in India.

https://www.indiatoday.in/india/video/justin-trudeau-to-india-today-dinner-invite-to-jaspal-atwal-unfortunate-1175352-2018-02-22

https://dailyhive.com/montreal/trudeau-india-trip-clothing-2018

The Chinese seem similarly impressed, hosting the two Michaels in solitary confinement for 2 years.

International Press Coverage?

https://globalnews.ca/news/5926209/justin-trudeau-brownface-international-reaction/

At least there is the coveted seat on the UN security Council taxpayers spent Oh Wait.

Well respected ? Not so much.

#167 Sail Away on 08.03.21 at 11:36 am

#154 Yukon Elvis on 08.03.21 at 10:15 am
#139 Ponzius Pilatus on 08.02.21 at 11:36 pm

A Cosmolitan is a person who does not spew drivel, and does not accept kickbacks from any political party.
Google it.

———

A Cosmopolitan is a drink containing vodka and triple sec. And you are cut off now.

———

A Neopolitan is a native or inhabitant of Italy. Like our beloved Dolce.

Although it is better known as a type of ice cream having three flavours.

#168 IHCTD9 on 08.03.21 at 11:44 am

#66 Quintilian on 08.02.21 at 4:46 pm

It’s highly unlikely that the conservatives will form government ever again.

Their base is diminishing; because better education, healthier minds, has resulted in an evolution of morality across the nation.

The idea that nation building could be achieved by a spreadsheet and the penny pinching, bitter , greedy and narrow minded accountants has been disproven.

The right wingers need to accept the enlightened collective wisdom of the people who will elect the least of the evil.
__

Morality? Liberals? You mean that blackface wearing guy who sometimes gets “a little too forward” and have some “misunderstandings” with Women?

I think your thesis needs some more work.

Here’s some enlightened collective wisdom for you: Nation building stops when you can’t service your debt.

They are trying to disprove this in Venezuela right now, but it looks like there might be a problem.

#169 Your not part of the club on 08.03.21 at 11:49 am

If you have already a disease or illness like depression, high blood pressure etc. get ready for mandated future vaccines for those diseases plus other medical treatments for those diseases. This is on top of Covid-19 etc. Once they force everyone under some pass, id card etc, whatever they want to use, you will be a lifetime guinea pig for them.

Life spans will fall and we will see many people worse off in coming months, years to come.

#170 ImGonnaBeSick on 08.03.21 at 11:55 am

#156 crowdedelevatorfartz on 08.03.21 at 10:18 am
@#149 Dhama Bum
” Zero. Point. Zero.”

+++++
Ahhh Dean Wormer.
Classic.

As for electing a tall, skinny, “Calender boy” with great hair as the next leader of Canada…..

We tried that with disasterous results.

I’d elect a pudgy, bald, stuttering, trans, accountant that looked like Elmer Fudd if they could balance the fricken budget.

I’m tired of the smug, rich, “GQ” idiots in charge.

—-

Ugh.. sounds like you’re describing Ponce Pilatus.. I wouldn’t vote for that gasbag either…

#171 IHCTD9 on 08.03.21 at 11:58 am

#52 Millennial Realist on 08.02.21 at 3:57 pm

Of 48 total medals given out (to people representing Canada) the breakdown =

Women of diverse backgrounds: 47

Men of diverse backgrounds: 1

(FYI – White male and/or boomers: 0%)

Millennials and Gen Z: 100%

Boomers: 0%

THIS is NOW. And, the FUTURE for Canada.

Be part of the change.

Or be run over by it.
____

So future Canada is sexist, misandrist, racist, and ageist?

Sounds like a great place to settle down!

#172 Don Guillermo on 08.03.21 at 12:08 pm

#157 Ponzius Pilatus on 08.03.21 at 10:35 am
#146 CEF
I get it.
You don’t like JT.
The good thing is, he won’t need your vote.
Go ahead, waste your ballot.
*************************************
PP Same line you pulled on me a while back. Response is:

I don’t get it.
You “still” like JT

works better.

When T2 was first elected many lefty friends I know in Mexico from Portland, Seattle and other USA Blue areas gushed over how how lucky we were to have such a wonderful progressive leader. Now they laugh and make fun of him like the rest of us Canadians. I think the International turning point came during the ridiculous India comedy show.

#173 Dmitry on 08.03.21 at 12:32 pm

“And now a potential Delta-powered fourth wave has underscored the federal government’s hesitation over a vaccine passport, allowing millions of non-vaxed to circulate in society, unimpeded.”

Garth, you keep making these strange statements. Every Canadian has the right to “circulate unimpeded”. If you don’t like it then sit at home away from other people. You would be better off in that scenario than living in a country where citizens are not free to move around. It is sad that you don’t get this.

#174 crowdedelevatorfartz on 08.03.21 at 12:42 pm

@#157 Political Pundit Ponzerrelli

“Go ahead, waste your ballot.”

+++

No vote is wasted Ponze.
Especially when it negates yours.
:)

#175 crowdedelevatorfartz on 08.03.21 at 1:01 pm

Gee Ponzie.
Judging from the replies directed towards you….
You might want to rethink your “Liberal Lobbying” tactics…

#176 Yukon Elvis on 08.03.21 at 1:06 pm

#172 Don Guillermo on 08.03.21 at 12:08 pm

When T2 was first elected many lefty friends I know in Mexico from Portland, Seattle and other USA Blue areas gushed over how how lucky we were to have such a wonderful progressive leader. Now they laugh and make fun of him like the rest of us Canadians. I think the International turning point came during the ridiculous India comedy show.
+++++++++++++++++++++++

Not many white faces where I travelled from ‘09 to ‘19 in Asia. When we bump into each other in bars or coffee shops or hotels or ferries or bus terminals we often find a way to have a drink or a coffee and compare notes on the country we are in. We most often comment on our home countries. I always ask what is their perception of Canada. I have asked Brits, Aussies, NZ, French, Belgians, Russians, Chinese, Filipinos, Saudis, Iranians, Spanish, and many others what they think of us. They all think T2 is a joke and ask how the hell he got elected. I explain that he offered us drugs and money and free stuff and that only 38% voted for him.
Most of them just say wow, i thought Canada was a democracy….. and are speechless for a few moments.Never heard anyone criticize Harper. We used to be well thought of abroad. Not so much any more.

#177 Quintilian on 08.03.21 at 1:32 pm

#168 IHCTD9 on 08.03.21 at 11:44 am
“They are trying to disprove this in Venezuela right now, but it looks like there might be a problem”

It’s become a Herculean task to take you right wingers seriously.

You make references to dictatorships, socialism, communism and in doing so, it looks as if your departure from reality has taken full effect.

Now you compare the economics of Venezuela to those of Canada.

On what bases?

Comments on blogs do come with some implied literary license, and therefore, allowance can be made for hyperbole, but you conservative take it to a whole different level.

#178 jess on 08.03.21 at 1:35 pm

San Francisco Bar Alliance :
About three weeks ago, we started … hearing over and over and over again from bar owners whose staff were coming down with COVID, who are all vaccinated. And this has, you know, huge real-world effects on us.

First of all, the staff, we want them to be safe. And their symptoms weren’t hospitalizing, thank God, but they lost their taste, they lost their smell, they were out of work for a week.

A lot of them have small children … who can’t get vaccinated. So they’re terrified about infecting them.

And then, you know, we’re already having a staffing shortage in San Francisco, and you lose a bunch of staff members, who are out for a minimum of 10 days, it’s hard to find staffing, and a lot of us had to shut down.

One of my bars actually had to shut down last week because my bartender contracted COVID at a different job of his, and he was fully vaccinated. So, you know, it’s not hypothetical here. It’s hitting us right where it counts.

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/as-it-happens-the-wednesday-edition-1.6121174/no-vaccine-you-can-t-come-in-says-san-francisco-bar-owner-alliance-1.6122755

pop: ~ 881,549
july 1st 24new cases day / 7 day average 13
july 5th 0 new cases 7-dy avg; 11
july7th new cases 14 7-day avg: 30
july 12th -274
july 15th new cases 111 7-day avg:79
july 17th -91
july 28th new cases 139 7day avg: 212
july 20th 96 new cases 7-day avg:115
july new cases 268 7-day 221
aug 2nd new cases 1,020 7day avg: 266
7-day rolling average new cases per day 206 /hospitalizations 93 /percent vaccinated (completed series all ages 70%)

#179 Planetgoofy on 08.03.21 at 1:38 pm

Ponzius Pilatus
Stop it already. Your arguments are ridiculous. You can’t even see what’s in front of your face.
Quit defending Mr. failure because you like his hair.

#180 Authoritarian good guys on 08.03.21 at 1:50 pm

Duerte calls for unvaxxed to be confined to their homes, by force if necessary, says:

“Those who do not want it, well for all I care, you can die anytime”

Not a baddie at all. It’s for the greater, common good.

#181 IHCTD9 on 08.03.21 at 1:51 pm

#10 wallflower on 08.02.21 at 2:13 pm
I am reading more and more of this.
#2 Millennial 1%er on 08.02.21 at 1:49 pm

Can we know the actual emigration numbers?

Is emigration about to be a considerable factor in our immigration calculations?
Crazy to think we may be increasingly chasing the evacuation of Canadians with newbies who themselves cannot afford a living unit.

Is this circling the drain?
____

Good question. Looks like about 50-70 thousand per year. Mostly from Ontario and BC.

https://www.statista.com/statistics/443066/number-of-emigrants-from-canada/

Depending on what report you read 30-40% of immigrants leave Canada permanently within 10 years of arriving. Toronto and Van also lose more of their populations to intraprovincial migration than any other cities in Canada. Last SC report showed increases in Toronto at over 300% – mostly young folks. About 50% of all Canadian immigrants eventually end up in the GTA.

What we have now is a filter system. You show up, work like a slave, and swim or sink. 20 years in, many are gone, some made enough and stayed, a few got rich.

The problem obviously, is that today, the bar for “made enough” is set ridiculously high. All the income gets sucked up by the cost of living, and the quality of life is very low. This scenario prevents most from ever breaking out of the loop. It starts looking like poverty with no chance of escape. Thus the fraction of those who will “make enough” to stay here, will drop.

As the COL/QOL math gets worse, more and more immigrants get tossed into the meat grinder, while less and less of them end up succeeding. Too many people and not enough of what they need soon follow the rapid increases. Eventually it is little more than luck that separates one from the other in an overstuffed, ultra expensive, ultra competitive environment. So they leave.

Things will get interesting if we ever start having trouble attracting the young educated immigrants we do today. Then what you’re talking about starts to bite. Saying goodbye to “great potential”, while saying hello to “not a chance”.

#182 Planetgoofy on 08.03.21 at 1:52 pm

#176 Yukon Elvis on 08.03.21 at 1:06 pm
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+1
T2 is an absolute embarrassment.

#183 Interesting Implication on 08.03.21 at 2:00 pm

You see now that one of the worst aspects of Universal Healthcare (aside from the inability to fund enough of it) is that once you are part of it, it will be a weapon used against you.

Kind of like getting a loan from your mother in law. Now you are beholden.

Doctor doesn’t like the fact you are a smoker? No healthcare for you.

Too fat? No healthcare for you.

Young, healthy, unvaxxed, but with a broken leg? No healthcare for you.

They are telling you the plan. I hope you are listening.

#184 Paleo Boomer Guy on 08.03.21 at 2:30 pm

#45 Shawn Allen

“Oldsters should feel no guilt collecting CPP.”

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Anyone who votes for enriching themselves and leaving the cost to other generations (or to the poor via inflation) to pay should feel very guilty.

But I never voted for it and spoke out publicly (the usual shocked and appalled letters to the editor, often printed after being edited to take out key phrases that changed the point).

So I don’t feel guilty at all, especially since the aggrieved vote for more of the same to a much greater degree (UBI, debt forgiveness, rent forgiveness).

At least I contributed something to my CPP and OAS as you say.

#185 Penny Henny on 08.03.21 at 2:32 pm

#133 SW on 08.02.21 at 10:38 pm
Nah you guys, with voting you have to choose the lesser evil. Always. Even if you have doubts, not voting is a coward’s policy, imo.

I understand your difficulty. People always assume that voting is easy. It isn’t.

But you think you’re too pure to get in the muck with the rest of us and try to get some sort of useful people into parliament?

I suggest voting for the best, least-worst, or non-evil options as your constituency’s voting numbers and your own consciences suggest.

Vote. Always. Please.

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And Often.

#186 SCD on 08.03.21 at 4:56 pm

On the vote for leader question, my answer would be none of the above and Pierre Poilievre if that was a choice on your survey.

#187 Your being used on 08.03.21 at 7:44 pm

Interest Implication, funny how no mention of those that are not vaccinated are going to have to still pay taxes, like Ontario’s health taxes, income taxes, federal income taxes etc. The problem is there are too many parasites living off the country that think they are important. The control freaks in power will use you and when they don’t need you anymore will not listen to you anymore. You will see how your society turns out.

#188 Fred S. on 08.03.21 at 10:59 pm

The PC’s were decimated in the 1993 Federal election because Canadians hated the GST and told their MP’s representing them to not vote it into law. All PC MP’s ignored their constituents and voted to bring in the GST anyway. Thought I’d refresh Garth’s memory on how that all went down..

It was the right policy and got the country’s finances back on track. Guts. – Garth

#189 Immigrant man on 08.04.21 at 2:51 pm

Super disappointed with the Cons. Don’t they have any candidates with good hair, smooth talkin’ and stylish socks? I bet not a single 20something will want to vote for O’Toole who they see as relevant as grandpas old black and white tv without a remote. I mean even Harper has more charisma that O’Toole…

On another note, it would be interesting to compare the platforms through time. I have a feeling that a 90s Lib is about equivalent to a 2020s Con. And a 2020 Lib – well that’s unchartered territory comrades!