The writ, Part deux

Full disclosure before we proceed

In the summer of 1988 some guy knocked on our farmhouse door, working an old list of people who were maybe Conservatives. “I’m running to be the PC candidate for MP in this new riding,” he told Dorothy. “Can I count on your support?”

Instead, she told me. A new riding, I said? And no incumbent to beat. Maybe I’ll take a fling at this.

So, 28 days later I stood in a big, hot hockey arena in front of five thousand people who had come out to vote for four candidates, three of them party loyalists or office-holders (including the guy who knocked), and me.  I was the renegade journalist, rabblerousing columnist and outsider. I won. Off to Parliament.

By1993 Mulroney had quit. Kim Campbell was the first female prime minister. After running to be leader (I did not finish last – yay!) I was in her federal Cabinet and a member of the Privy Council. She called an election. Half the Progressive Conservative party support bled off to Preston Manning’s Reform and the Tories went from a majority to two seats. Mine was not one of them. Nationally, I came third. No cigar. Liberals everywhere.

Twelve years passed. I wrote books, did TV, toured the country giving financial talks, bought and sold properties, owned restaurants, publishing companies, stores and a television production company. Then I lost my mind and did it again. I called Stephen Harper.

Another bitter nomination fight in another riding, and another win ensued. The PCs were gone. Now it was just Conservative, and Harper was moving right. Along the way I’d picked up dangerous populist tendencies, was blogging routinely and believed in grassroot politics. Under Mulroney I’d been a team player, subscribing to deficit reduction and helping Mike Wilson design the GST to accomplish that. However we both knew it would kill us. And it did.

Under Harper I was far more independent, polling constituents on major issues, interviewing opposition members on my YouTube channel to understand their views and fighting my own party on things like 40-year/zero-down mortgages, plus abortion and gay rights. Harper hated me for it. I was punted from caucus. But my TFSA idea was accepted.

After languishing as an independent MP I accepted a job with the Liberals, mostly to work on environmental issues. The leader made me a special advisor and I helped draft a plan that would lower income taxes and replace them with a ‘green shift’ levy to address climate change. That was 14 years ago and the world was not yet burning. I wrote another book about real estate issues, and called it “Greater Fool,” while starting a little blog of the same name. The credit crisis hit. In the 2008 election the Conservatives targeted me and, as anticipated, I was creamed.

Like I said, disclosure. I have been a Progressive Conservative, a Conservative, and independent and a Liberal. To me, ethics, morality, expediency and principals are greater than party. Labels don’t matter. Leaders are not omnipotent nor omniscient. Elected people should answer to their electors, not a political organization. By stripping MPs of independent thought and action we’ve helped build an impenetrable wall of cynicism, suspicion and hostility between voters and those asking for their ballots. Trust has been shattered so now folks just shrug and aimlessly support the guy who’ll give them the most.

More disclosure: I was proud to stand on the floor of the House of Commons, be a Member of Parliament and work in those stone fortresses on the Hill. I respect and love my country, and was honoured to represent its people. Let’s hope those about to enter the fray do so for the greater good.

And now, what say you?

(Survey results will be published on August 4th)


About the picture: “In 2017 I was volunteering at WildlifeSOS in India,” writes Kat. “A staff member and I were talking about pets, so I showed him this picture I took just prior to my trip. He looked, smiled and stated, “it looks like they are in love.” I did a double take and chuckled as I had to agree, lol.  Jasper (poodle mix – now 6) and Winter (mini Aussie – 4.5) are the best of buds and made the perfect duo, until we adopted a rescue cat a year ago. Now three is a crowd (according to Winter as she is extremely jealous of the tabby).  Plus you can all guess who is now in charge of the new trio!!!”

191 comments ↓

#1 Dogman01 on 08.03.21 at 2:46 pm

Lower standard of living, and shrinking prosperity?

Very Interesting Interview.

Joel Kotkin | Elites: The New Ruling Class?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDO1zhDi7BI&t=2s

“Following a remarkable epoch of greater dispersion of wealth and opportunity, we are inexorably returning towards an era marked by concentration of wealth, reduced upward mobility, and increased dogmatism. If the last seventy years saw a massive expansion of the middle class, today that class is declining and a new, more hierarchical society is emerging.

The new structure resembles that of Medieval times. At the apex are two classes—a reborn “clerical elite”, which dominates the upper part of the professional ranks, universities, media and culture, and a new aristocracy led by corporate oligarchs with unprecedented wealth and growing control of information. These two classes correspond to the old French First and Second Estates.

Below these two classes lies what was once called the Third Estate. This includes small businesspeople, minor property owners, skilled workers and private-sector oriented professionals. Ascendant for much of modern history, this class is in decline while those below them, the new Serfs, grow in numbers—a vast, expanding property-less population.”

“You will own noting and be happy” – Serfs.

#2 Shakabra on 08.03.21 at 2:53 pm

Question #4 is missing an option for “Liberal”.

#3 Bob on 08.03.21 at 2:53 pm

Geese number (2) is hard! I don’t want any of them. By the way, wasn’t voting a Liberal an option last election (4)?

#4 truefacts on 08.03.21 at 2:55 pm

If O’Toole was not Liberal Lite, would get more support.
Mulroney was okay until the stupid Meech Lake Accord.
Harper – balanced budgets, lower taxes, a boring guy who stayed out of my business…miss those days.

#5 Alberta Ed on 08.03.21 at 2:55 pm

The notice of the $500 pre-election bribe to seniors just arrived in the mail. It goes to all OAS recipients who will be 75 as of June, 2022. Thus just “temporary” though — a 10% increase will also be made to OAS in July, 2022, “part of the Government of Canada’s commitment to strengthening seniors’ financial security.” Right. If it’s a gift, it’s too much; if it’s a bribe, it’s not enough.

#6 Tell me what to do! on 08.03.21 at 2:57 pm

So what should we do?

Just vote same as last time to get same minority setup I guess?

#7 Classical Liberal Millennial on 08.03.21 at 3:00 pm

You’re too good for politics, Garth. Thanks for your service.

#8 IHCTD9 on 08.03.21 at 3:01 pm

Would I support higher GST? – Yes, I can avoid quite a bit of it.

Would I support higher income taxes? – Yes, but only between 100-240K. Those making less need all their cash. Those making over 240K already get pounded over 50%. 100-200K gets 90% of the public sector, and huge piles of lefty voting urban dwelling folks. I say hammer ’em! Whoo-Hoo!!

#9 Keith on 08.03.21 at 3:03 pm

The best politics isn’t about right or left, it’s about right and wrong.

“To me, ethics, morality, expediency and principles are greater than party. Labels don’t matter. Leaders are not omnipotent nor omniscient. Elected people should answer to their electors, not a political organization. By stripping MPs of independent thought and action we’ve helped build an impenetrable wall of cynicism, suspicion and hostility between voters and those asking for their ballots. Trust has been shattered so now folks just shrug and aimlessly support the guy who’ll give them the most.”

There it is. People expend energy trying to say that the politician who gives them the most, is the best for the entire nation – it’ll trickle down, trickle up, or finance all the social programs. We have the political dialogue that we have, and the politicians we deserve. Epic post.

#10 250 Rider on 08.03.21 at 3:03 pm

Question 3 is missing “Housing” as the most important issue.

#11 Joe Schmore on 08.03.21 at 3:06 pm

I choked on question 2….do not respect any of the leaders. Poll was over for me!

I too love my country, but am struggling with the leadership.

Partisan politics is slowly killing Canada.

#12 truefacts on 08.03.21 at 3:08 pm

2 more thoughts…

If you look at former PMs, there is not that much daylight between Harper and Chretien – BOTH reduced taxes, balnaced the budget, and ignored grandiose schemes in favour of pragmatic policies – I’d take either over the current clown we have…

Also, Garth, the green shift idea might have been reasonable, but NOBODY believes the government will impose a new tax and refund another – have the carbon taxes really been “revenue neutral” as was touted? Governments just want to take and take, imo.

#13 Yukon Elvis on 08.03.21 at 3:10 pm

I could not choose a party or a leader from the lists you provided cuz you left out Alfred E. Neuman and the Let’s Party.

#14 ElGatoNerodeYVR on 08.03.21 at 3:14 pm

Sadly, The Conservative Party in it’s current incarnation has Zero chances of getting elected . Before the staunch supporters keep bringing up number of votes let’s remeber that “most people for them ” is misleading as it was highly concentrated in the population of one province. You want to see actual balanced distribution BC is more indicative of averages.
Either way ,they have no platform for the future ,not even a hill to die on.
If I would have a say in their strategy I would say acknowledge you cannot ( nor would you want to at this point) Win any election with the party of today so a grand reset to the centre is needed in order to occupy the space traditionally Liberals used to.
Look at the future and be pragmatic. The world of today and into the future doesn’t see religion or right to live as pillars of society. Instead put a progressive platform for common sense, property rights, rally the masses against “woke” , support the letter of the law ,present a plan for federal level social housing …any of the things that will make a true difference in our lives.
One way or the other be for something that matters to the regular working Canadian today and stop bi g just “Against ” . Truede-No ” might be catchy but it will not win conservative votes in BC ,Ontario or Quebec.
What do I know though I’m just a regular voter and will vote accordingly “For” something.

#15 Chameleon on 08.03.21 at 3:14 pm

Please add missing question:

Should a different animal be featured as photo once a week?

How about a bee? Bees are much more important than dogs…or humans for that matter.

#16 Sail Away on 08.03.21 at 3:14 pm

#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.

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Yep, Elon is just faking away. Flying astronauts to the Space Station, winning all the NASA contracts, building millions of electric cars, inventing the world’s first returnable/reusable rockets, starting the world’s first space internet.

He’s just doing all that stuff so people don’t figure out he’s faking. What a fraud.

Please list your accomplishments. I’m sure they are more impressive.

#17 Oakville Rocks! on 08.03.21 at 3:15 pm

Garth, you were a great MP for the Oakville – North Burlington riding. The Conservatives papered over the riding in addition to the almost daily ten-percenters arriving in the mailbox. They wanted you gone and Lisa Raitt in. Canada’s loss. But we did get the memorable sexy isotopes incident.

Stephane Dion is an honourable man but his struggles in English doomed him and most of the Liberals running in that election. Sad because Dion at least was a dog lover.

Next election, vote local if you cannot stomach the party leaders and let them know they are getting your vote in spite of their leader.

Thanks again for being our MP Garth

#18 IHCTD9 on 08.03.21 at 3:17 pm

#177 Quintilian on 08.03.21 at 1:32 pm

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

On what bases?

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Don’t matter if Venezuela or Zimbabwe. It was a forward looking statement. TRILLIONS in the hole now, with 100% certainty of hundreds of Billions more to come. Is that not scary?

I ask you – at what debt level would you become concerned about the future welfare of your fellow Canadians?

3 Trillion? 5 Trillion? 10 Trillion? Would any number at all cause you to recoil or gag – knowing their implications?

Somewhere along the line, surely there is a point where all this “greedy accounting” stuff suddenly comes into focus for you right?

How much debt would it take to start you worrying?

#19 Never Herdofit on 08.03.21 at 3:20 pm

This is the first I’ve heard of Peoples Party of Canada. I like their platform.

https://www.peoplespartyofcanada.ca/platform

#20 A01 on 08.03.21 at 3:22 pm

You have to love democracy. Here’s a bunch of money, just before an election, never mind solving any issues. To do this we’ll elect amateur politicians that get replaced every four years. In China, you start off as a rookie politician, get promoted to a bigger role, maybe lead a city, then a province, and eventually run the country. Seems to be working out quite well for them. Not sure you can call them Communist anymore, you just don’t get to vote. Considering nothing really changes, is that such a big deal anymore?

#21 Ambi and Vasu on 08.03.21 at 3:22 pm

Please add a new comment “none of the above or NOTA” for candidates like they have introduced in the voting ballot in many countries.

This has been introduced in many countries today (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/None_of_the_above)

#22 ElGatoNerodeYVR on 08.03.21 at 3:23 pm

#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’
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Or just British Cascadia .
That way we acknowledge our history as a province and we remove the ever offending reference while hinting at the future move towards the Greater Cascadia nation so many are advocating.

#23 CJohnC on 08.03.21 at 3:23 pm

“Let’s hope those about to enter the fray do so for the greater good.”

Good luck with that. These days only lemmings are allowed to run for political parties. Independent thought is not allowed.

A sad situation for sure.

#24 CJohnC on 08.03.21 at 3:28 pm

This is off today’s topic, but an interesting article about US banks current extreme exposure to derivatives, worse than what caused the 2008 crisis.

https://wallstreetonparade.com/2021/08/u-s-banking-system-has-a-168-trillion-nightmare-looming-it-was-ignored-in-written-testimony-for-todays-senate-banking-hearing/

#25 Linley on 08.03.21 at 3:34 pm

You should run again. Garth for Prime Minister :P (I wish)

#26 Nonplused on 08.03.21 at 3:36 pm

Had trouble with these two:

(9) Do you support higher personal income taxes to reduce the deficit?
Yes
No
(10) Do you support higher GST/HST consumption taxes to reduce the deficit?
Yes
No

I don’t think we should be talking taxes until spending is addressed, because we are already at peak tax. There is no where left in the economy to increase taxes that will not cause a commensurate reduction in economic activity.

But if they must raise taxes, the GST/HST is the one that will have the most bang for the buck. The fact is there aren’t enough rich people in the country to make a meaningful difference even if their income and capital gains taxes were raised a lot. They are already paying up to 50% on income. Then they pay all the other taxes with “after income tax” money. So their effective tax rate is much higher than 50%.

I’ll leave wealth taxes out of it because they don’t work and weren’t a question.

The only way to significantly raise taxes is to go after the big money. And the big money isn’t with the rich, they are too few in number. Instead, the big money is in all the transactions people make as they go about their lives, rich and poor alike. There is way more money circulating in the purchase of Corollas than there is in Lamborghinis. If you rally want to raise government income, that is where you have to do it.

And the rich will still pay more, since they buy more expensive stuff.

But alas, Trudeau has already done it with his “carbon taxes”. This is in effect just a huge raise in the GST. Therefore I see no room to do much more with taxes. The discussion has to be about spending, or we will just ride the deficit train until one day it goes off the cliff.

#27 zxcvbnm on 08.03.21 at 3:40 pm

voting with my conscience and going PPC. I like their platform.

#28 John Roberts on 08.03.21 at 3:41 pm

You leave no choices for leader in your poll. I can’t vote for any of them, same goes for party (you gave the option of “none of the above” for party). I voted for Trudeau last time. Based on his insane spending, he’s lost my support. We’re doomed.

#29 Sail Away on 08.03.21 at 3:43 pm

#25 Linley on 08.03.21 at 3:34 pm

You should run again. Garth for Prime Minister :P (I wish)

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Garth would be unelectable. Throw-away vote.

#30 Drew on 08.03.21 at 3:49 pm

Need a ‘None of the above’ for 2 I’m not a fan of any of them

“Elected people should answer to their electors, not a political organization”

What a crazy idea, imagine that world. This can never happen as long as party leaders get to decide what MPs do.

Party leaders and political parties need to go

#31 KLNR on 08.03.21 at 3:50 pm

@#9 Keith on 08.03.21 at 3:03 pm
The best politics isn’t about right or left, it’s about right and wrong.

“To me, ethics, morality, expediency and principles are greater than party. Labels don’t matter. Leaders are not omnipotent nor omniscient. Elected people should answer to their electors, not a political organization. By stripping MPs of independent thought and action we’ve helped build an impenetrable wall of cynicism, suspicion and hostility between voters and those asking for their ballots. Trust has been shattered so now folks just shrug and aimlessly support the guy who’ll give them the most.”

There it is. People expend energy trying to say that the politician who gives them the most, is the best for the entire nation – it’ll trickle down, trickle up, or finance all the social programs. We have the political dialogue that we have, and the politicians we deserve. Epic post.

ya folks have always voted in their own self interest.
hence the divide between the youngsters and the wrinklies.

#32 Non Progressive Conservative on 08.03.21 at 3:51 pm

Is a cohort that supports family, culture and history a non progressive conservative? In which case do First Nations fall under this label?

#33 WEXIT on 08.03.21 at 3:53 pm

I will be voting Maverick Park, as I support an independent Western Canada.

As it is now, Eastern Canadians do not fully support our oil and gas industry. So if you cannot support your fellow citizens in their industry, I have no wish to belong to the same country as you.

I went through the NEP, and grew up in Ontario, but seeing that happen to your fellow citizens, is inexcusable.

#34 604sam on 08.03.21 at 4:02 pm

The only things stopping me from voting con is the fact that the vast majority of them LITERALLY don’t believe climate change is real. Like they voted on it and everything. That’s f-ing embarrassing.

So that and the whole hating gays and wanting the government dictating what goes on in a women’s pants…

Fiscally I’m a con but another year goes by and I have to hold my nose and vote for t2. It never gets easier.

#35 CJP on 08.03.21 at 4:04 pm

I have never felt such despair about a federal election. When I look at the options,I have never felt in represented, but this time I am.

#36 Serena Bourdon on 08.03.21 at 4:07 pm

I noticed the housing crisis was not listed as an election issue, as a tenant who can no longer afford a home or to rent elsewhere this is really pressing to me.

#37 Slim on 08.03.21 at 4:08 pm

As per usual, everybody in Alberta will vote conservative. Then they wonder why they keep getting ignored in Ottawa. What’s the definition of insanity?

#38 Ponzius Pilatus on 08.03.21 at 4:09 pm

#24 CJohnC on 08.03.21 at 3:28 pm
This is off today’s topic, but an interesting article about US banks current extreme exposure to derivatives, worse than what caused the 2008 crisis.

https://wallstreetonparade.com/2021/08/u-s-banking-system-has-a-168-trillion-nightmare-looming-it-was-ignored-in-written-testimony-for-todays-senate-banking-hearing/
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Maybe off-topic, but relevant.
In 2008, it was rumored that over 400 Trillion in derivatives were floating around world wide.
Mostly Mortgage Backed Securities.
While these numbers scared many analysts, the consensus (hope) was that all those contracts were self balancing, ie netted out to 0.
Truth is that no one really knew what was going out, and everyone just hoped for the best.
So, it looks like the beast is rearing its head again.
Let’s hope the checks and balances are still in place and working.

#39 Steven Rowlandson on 08.03.21 at 4:10 pm

Garth you need more none of the above choices in your poll.

#40 Dolce Vita on 08.03.21 at 4:11 pm

Finally found on my own:

“Preliminary information indicates an approximate 0.7% increase in real GDP for June.”

-StatCan, The Daily, “Gross domestic product by industry, May 2021”
https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/daily-quotidien/210730/dq210730a-eng.htm?HPA=1

They also said:

“This advance estimate points to an approximate 0.6% increase in real GDP in the second quarter of 2021. Because of their preliminary nature, these estimates will be revised on August 31, with the release of the official GDP data for the June reference month and the second quarter of 2021.”

Conclusion:

GDP slowing down. Was 1.4% in the 1st Quarter.

I get June at +0.6%.

Millions:

1st Qtr GDP total = 5,897,182
2nd Qtr GDP total should be = 5,932,226 for +0.6% Qtr over Qtr. June at 1,984,115 for Qtr over Qtr to be up +0.6%.

Regardless, good news.

#41 you ain't seen nothing yet on 08.03.21 at 4:22 pm

solution to our problem….

stop printing money.
raise rates to 3% … like… tomorrow.
raise HST by 5%

this country needs a reset.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1hCLBTD5RM

but we all know that’s NOT going to happen.

what IS going to happen is print print print and inflate inflate inflate.

this is post world war 2 economic policy. yield curve control if necessary, but make sure that the whole treasury curve is below inflation to be able to pay off debt.

you are given NO choice be to spend spend spend… spend on stocks. spend on houses, spend on collectables… (you guys think the stock market has gone up this year? you’re kidding yourselves. look at cards and comics. multiples … multiples of stocks)

moral of the story, governments solution to problems is the easy way out…

print print print… .

#42 Hurtin' Albertan on 08.03.21 at 4:27 pm

>#11 Joe Schmore on 08.03.21 at 3:06 pm

>I choked on question 2….do not respect any of the leaders. Poll was over for me!

>I too love my country, but am struggling with the leadership.

>Partisan politics is slowly killing Canada.

>#30 Drew on 08.03.21 at 3:49 pm

>Need a ‘None of the above’ for 2 I’m not a fan of any of them

>“Elected people should answer to their electors, not a political organization”

>What a crazy idea, imagine that world. This can never happen as long as party leaders get to decide what MPs do.

>Party leaders and political parties need to go

Ditto to the above for me.

Partisan politics is a cancer that is killing democracy.

We need politicians at all levels of government that understand they are stewards, not owners or dictators, and that they are responsible to the entire citizenry, not just special or corporate interests.

The concept of stewardship is fundamental to good governance. Stewardship is being accountable for something that you do not own which is valuable to the community, and then passing it on to the next custodians in a better state than you took it on.

I will vote for the candidate that convinces me they understand and believe in the concept of stewardship as it relates to the office they are aspiring to.

This interview is well worth watching and sharing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBOna1Beqq0

Here are some important points adapted from the video description:

Elected leaders are not owners of the nation/state/municipality and its public resources but just managers.

1. Do elected leaders (managers) stand for and represent all citizens of the nation/state/municipality?

2. Are the resources of the nation/state/municipality invested and managed judiciously by the elected leaders (managers) in a transparent and accountable manner?

3. Do elected leaders (managers) use their entrusted governing powers to protect or abuse the citizens?

4. Do elected leaders (managers), once in power, start changing laws and legislations that will promote their continual governance, which would eventually lead to a perpetuation of a political dynasty?

5. Do elected leaders (managers) consistently use their entrusted governing powers to manipulate the judicial system of a nation/state/municipality?

6. Do elected leaders (managers) consistently use their entrusted governing powers to mute the media of a nation/state/municipality?

Thanks Garth for your public service. I wish there were more federal, provincial and municipal politicians like you.

#43 Graeme on 08.03.21 at 4:28 pm

I chose consumption tax to as the second best option to reduce the deficit; over income tax (worst). The best option wasn’t given but that is to cut government.

#44 BC Renovator on 08.03.21 at 4:28 pm

Pierre Poilievre for PM!…one day, i hope.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35tvAeTTY3k

#45 That guy on 08.03.21 at 4:37 pm

No answers for the socons? Definitely the most pressing issues politically are to bring back family values, the rest of it is all second tier.

#46 WTF on 08.03.21 at 4:38 pm

I support reduced government spending.

And yes the caucus’ need to grow a set and push back on party preservation to the detriment of country preservation. The Whips need to be whipped.

Any spending of tax $ should be vetted by the Auditor General before JT and his ilk use it to buy votes from the mathmatically challenged and continue to drill us so deep into debt we have no sovereignty or hope for the future generations.

No idea how such an obvious debacle for a PM/FM can continue to fleece the general population with their own money and get minimal blowback. Oh wait….

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rh6qqsmxNs

#47 Debt Mountain on 08.03.21 at 4:48 pm

I’m a late GenX and liberal in world view, but the Liberal Party of Canada has left me (and many of my cohort) far behind. What a mess. I can never be a social conservative.

I vote for Jean Chretien and Paul Martin. There are no good choices on the list.

#48 Ponzius Pilatus on 08.03.21 at 4:49 pm

For all my adult life, I’ve been a Social Democrat (Socialist).
Surprise, Surprise.
My mother was a Socialist activist, and when the Nazis annexed Austria, she spent some time in an  Arbeitslager, which later became Concentration Camps.
She talked very little about it, but obviously it could not have been very pleasant.
She lost her husband and 5 brothers in WWII.
All were drafted into the German army.
She never complained and she encouraged me not to be afraid to speak my  mind and never compromise my principles.
My political hero is Bruno Kreisky, a Social Democrat who governed Austria from 1970 to 1983.
He set the foundation for today’s Austria, which is progressive and prosperous.
That’s it folks, hope no spelling errors.
I fired a few spell checkers already.
They are in short supply, too.

#49 Dolce Vita on 08.03.21 at 4:49 pm

Liberal Minister Anand (Canada vax supply buyer) really working my nerves.

Today on Twitter she was bragging about this:

“Our vaccine procurement strategy has worked. We have:

Received 68+ Million vaccines”

So if you go to CTV’s Vax Tracker you get this many recv’d as of Tuesday, August 3, 2021 3:40PM EDT:

59.73 million doses*

You go to Gov Canada Vaccines for COVID-19: Shipments and deliveries and this many recv’d:

59.98 million doses*

Either the woman is hiding 8+ million doses on Canada or she pulled the 68+ number out from her behind.

Latter makes the most sense ’cause Jun 26 to Aug 1 she forecast 7,757,640 doses would be recv’d; instead, 3,595,974 were recv’d or

-4.16 million doses.

That woman could not procure her way out of a wet paper bag even if her life depended upon it.

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*And to add insult to accident, doses received = 59,726,512 and stuck at that number since Jul 29 when million of doses should have been received since then.

Canada takes credit for superior vax skills honed since 1918 and when vax deliveries are non-existent Canada will blame the European Union**.

Win-Win for Canada (except for current vax rates, in the toilet & being flushed):

https://i.imgur.com/KsjuUb1.png

**Canada must not be a US Ally since it has gotten nothing from them to date after Biden’s remark about sharing US vax with allies.

#50 Moose on 08.03.21 at 4:57 pm

Submitted the survey. Unfortunately I had to pick what I think is the lesser of the evil.
No candidate nor party at this time gives me the warm and fuzees.

#51 CJP on 08.03.21 at 5:00 pm

I have never felt such despair about a federal election. When I look at the options,I have never felt unrepresented, but this time I am.

#52 Inequity on 08.03.21 at 5:06 pm

Need to modify question 2 to include None of the above and/or Pierre Poilievre so that I can complete the quiz

#53 Brian on 08.03.21 at 5:08 pm

#4 truefacts on 08.03.21 at 2:55 pm
If O’Toole was not Liberal Lite, would get more support.
Mulroney was okay until the stupid Meech Lake Accord.
Harper – balanced budgets, lower taxes, a boring guy who stayed out of my business…miss those days.

Truth!
Cons have no chance with O’Toole, Poilievre is the only Conservative who can actually properly call out T2’s sins and possibly get the non-welfare crowd to see him for what he is..
Mad Max will get my vote this time around, although it is clearly a protest vote.

#54 Vlad on 08.03.21 at 5:11 pm

I voted Conservatives last time and was greatly disappointed. Spineless leadership, no real plan or long term strategy, booting out people for speaking out against the mainstream pandemic narrative.
I see no difference between Cons and Libs anymore. All my friends and work colleagues are saying exactly the same.
They will be voting for independents or PPC (if Derek Sloane decide to join forces with Max).
They have very little chances of gaining enough seats, but at least we keep our integrity.
The Libs will take a majority and the Cons will retain their status as a “puppet” opposition, same as NDP.
Just as in Putin’s Russia.

#55 Dolce Vita on 08.03.21 at 5:15 pm

#13 Yukon Elvis

Rhinoceros Party left out too.

Sadly it’s leader Cornelius the First, a rhinoceros from the Granby Zoo, died April 3, 2013.

Personal past Platform favorites from them:

– Tearing down the Rocky Mountains so that Albertans could see the Pacific sunset.
– Counting the Thousand Islands to see if the Americans have stolen any.
– Repealing the law of gravity.
– Abolishing the environment because it’s too hard to keep clean and it takes up so much space.
– Building one nuclear power plant per household, including monthly distributions of lead underwear to Canadians. Indoor lighting would then be provided by radioactive citizens.

etc.

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

#56 K0nfuzed in Nanaimo on 08.03.21 at 5:15 pm

So after a dog above mentioned Austria is “progressive”, I went to look at the definition. Being progressive is in support of liberal ideology.

“Liberals espouse a wide array of views depending on their understanding of these principles, but they generally support individual rights (including civil rights and human rights), democracy, secularism, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of religion and a market economy.”

But this is where I get stuck. I thought I was a conservative, but I support all these ideas and it seems most conservatives do too. And yet this morning I discovered the People’s party and I like their platform too. Does that mean I’m a “people’s progressive conservative liberal” inline with Austrian success?

#57 NoName on 08.03.21 at 5:15 pm

if you guys are wondering what is SA up to.

https://twitter.com/Jax/status/1422364377391403011

#58 Brunett43 on 08.03.21 at 5:16 pm

That questionnaire was a wee bit tough to answer. Wish it had a none of the above option. I’m pretty much smack in the centre. It’s almost impossible to find a candidate that is. Most will pander too far right or left. I hate both extremes. Why can’t we have a goven’t that is efficient without blowing up the debt or putting good stuff on the chopping block. There’s just so much waste, it makes my straight hair curl.

#59 Doug t on 08.03.21 at 5:16 pm

The problem with the leaders of the world today is that they do not “lead”

#60 Planetgoofy on 08.03.21 at 5:22 pm

Garth: To me, ethics, morality, expediency and principals are greater than party. Labels don’t matter.
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I’m with you on that Garth. Without open minded clear decision making those labels just become another closed minded religion. IMHO

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#1 Dogman01 on 08.03.21 at 2:46 pm
Lower standard of living, and shrinking prosperity?
Very Interesting Interview.
Joel Kotkin | Elites: The New Ruling Class?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDO1zhDi7BI&t=2s
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Good video bang on!
Freedom / democracy’s dying fast

#61 Kevin on 08.03.21 at 5:22 pm

I hope you run again, Garth! There’s way too much nonsense in politics right now. The libs are just spending money galore, and the Cons are just hopeless with O’Toole and anti-climate change etc. I only vote for the NDP as it’s a NDP riding and I want proportional representation, but there’s a gaping hole for us fiscal conservatives and socially liberal folks. I’m politically homeless.

#62 yvr_lurker on 08.03.21 at 5:25 pm

I liked the history you wrote and principals you put forth about ethics and morality, even in politics. However, as a member of Kim’s inner circle in 1993, please say for the record you had nothing to do with those super-slimy attack adds aimed at Chretein’s handicap. That episode was beyond low.

There also needs to be a clear option for “none of the above”, when it comes to the next election.

For the record I disparaged the backroom operative who okayed those anti-Chretien commercials. He is now the mayor of Toronto. – Garth

#63 Madcat on 08.03.21 at 5:29 pm

I wish Pierre Poilievre was one of the options…

#64 Mowing Lawn on 08.03.21 at 5:33 pm

So my wife decided the local schools aren’t good enough. She put the kids in a school 20km away. That’s 80km a day. I’ve got that math worked out.

She’s driving a 2004 Mazda V6 which probably chews more gas than it should and is probably getting towards its end days.

Any recommendations on best bang for buck cars so we don’t bankrupt buying gas? A Tesla would be nice, but young kids tend to scratch and dent everything. Perhaps she needs a Prius (ugly) or just to get a used Mazda 3 for the next few years before going Tesla.

#65 Donut Shop on 08.03.21 at 5:37 pm

Central Island July stats are out. Port Alberni is creaming it. I tell you, it’s that donut shop attracting people to the valley!

http://www.vireb.com/assets/uploads/07jul_21_vireb_stats_package_64847.pdf

#66 Sail Away on 08.03.21 at 5:38 pm

#57 NoName on 08.03.21 at 5:15 pm

if you guys are wondering what is SA up to.

https://twitter.com/Jax/status/1422364377391403011

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Haha. My groupies send videos like that all the time.

#67 Leichendiener on 08.03.21 at 5:41 pm

I am a fiscal conservative but also a social liberal. I like Annamie Paul. Boy, am I conflicted.

#68 PC Load Letter on 08.03.21 at 5:58 pm

I don’t like any of the political parties or their leaders. I so dislike Trudeau and his phoniness that I will certainly not vote liberal.
I might protest vote this time around.
As for taxes, I think raising the GST is the least bad. I would much prefer the federal govt. to stop throwing money around.

#69 PW on 08.03.21 at 6:00 pm

I would have liked to seen affordable housing as a option for most important issue. It would be interesting to see where that weighs in compared to other issues.

#70 Proud CERBian on 08.03.21 at 6:00 pm

I will vote for the party best able to sustain this Great Land of CERBia.

#71 Steve french on 08.03.21 at 6:04 pm

SAve Dundas Street!!!!

#72 Ponzius Pilatus on 08.03.21 at 6:06 pm

#59 Doug t on 08.03.21 at 5:16 pm
The problem with the leaders of the world today is that they do not “lead”
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Lots of good leaders in the World out there.
Take your blinders off, and you’ll see.
Was not sure about Biden at the beginning, but he’s becoming his own man now, not beholden to party loyalties.
Has a good rapport with JT, which should bold well for Canada-US relations.

#73 Freedom First on 08.03.21 at 6:08 pm

For going on 2 years now it has been disheartening to watch this Blog and comment section sink to where it sits now, a telling sign happening around the world.

The shaming, bullying, and overall hostility is so bad I am reminded of the tactics used by world leaders of the past to remove the human rights of the citizens of the world.

If our soldiers of the past who said “Never Again” were alive today, they would be in disbelief.

Freedom First

#74 ImGonnaBeSick on 08.03.21 at 6:08 pm

#37 Slim on 08.03.21 at 4:08 pm
As per usual, everybody in Alberta will vote conservative. Then they wonder why they keep getting ignored in Ottawa. What’s the definition of insanity?

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That the federal government would treat and Canadian differently based on where they live and that dough heads from GTA are ok with that?

#75 ImGonnaBeSick on 08.03.21 at 6:11 pm

#55 Dolce Vita on 08.03.21 at 5:15 pm
#13 Yukon Elvis

Rhinoceros Party left out too.

Sadly it’s leader Cornelius the First, a rhinoceros from the Granby Zoo, died April 3, 2013.

Personal past Platform favorites from them:

– Tearing down the Rocky Mountains so that Albertans could see the Pacific sunset.
– Counting the Thousand Islands to see if the Americans have stolen any.
– Repealing the law of gravity.
– Abolishing the environment because it’s too hard to keep clean and it takes up so much space.
– Building one nuclear power plant per household, including monthly distributions of lead underwear to Canadians. Indoor lighting would then be provided by radioactive citizens.

etc.

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

Ah, when Canada used to be cool and funny… That ended around the same time when the losers, whiners and complainers took charge…

#76 ImGonnaBeSick on 08.03.21 at 6:13 pm

#48 Ponzius Pilatus on 08.03.21 at 4:49 pm
For all my adult life, I’ve been a Social Democrat (Socialist).
Surprise, Surprise.
My mother was a Socialist activist, and when the Nazis annexed Austria, she spent some time in an Arbeitslager, which later became Concentration Camps.
She talked very little about it, but obviously it could not have been very pleasant.
She lost her husband and 5 brothers in WWII.
All were drafted into the German army.
She never complained and she encouraged me not to be afraid to speak my mind and never compromise my principles.
My political hero is Bruno Kreisky, a Social Democrat who governed Austria from 1970 to 1983.
He set the foundation for today’s Austria, which is progressive and prosperous.
That’s it folks, hope no spelling errors.
I fired a few spell checkers already.
They are in short supply, too.

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Imagine our surprise…(●__●)

#77 yvr_lurker on 08.03.21 at 6:14 pm

For the record I disparaged the backroom operative who okayed those anti-Chretien commercials. He is now the mayor of Toronto. – Garth
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Thank you for your comment, and yes I know the history of what Tory did. I felt bad for him being attacked by those dimwits on the street protesting lockdowns (and frankly just wanting to make an ass of themselves) when Tory was trying to have a dinner on a patio with his wife. However, 28 years beforehand, with that failed ad campaign, Tory himself was a posterchild for what it means to be slimy in poltics. Thanks Garth for that statement.

#78 steve on 08.03.21 at 6:15 pm

Some interesting questions that will speak beyond your initial request Garth. (who are you voting for).

Wonder how many from AB will show their #1 concern is the Environment?

#79 Blobby on 08.03.21 at 6:16 pm

Yeah, raising GST/HST will create more money. But it hurts poorer people more at a bigger % of their income.

I earn good coin nowadays, and it wouldnt make much of a difference to me. But I dont personally think that’s fair.

#80 Keith on 08.03.21 at 6:21 pm

@#64 Mowing Lawn

We recently bought a three year old low km Chevrolet Volt, because we need minimal car at minimum cost. It does 90 km on electric power, drives like a sports car and looks good doing it. Charges overnight on household current, and locally gas is hitting 1.70 per litre. Early days, but seems like a nice set of wheels for our needs.

#81 Planetgoofy on 08.03.21 at 6:21 pm

#64 Mowing Lawn on 08.03.21 at 5:33 pm
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RE:Cars
I’ve imported many cars from the US.
The last one is a 2019 Nissan Leaf PLUS full load 10,000KMs Their $55,000 on the lot here paid $31,000 with exchange plus taxes (I get them back always put them in my company) about 380km, it haul’s ass and nice car.
62KW batt x .09cents per KW so $5-$6 for a charge and just a bit over a penny per KM.
Near zero maintenance. I got a pile of equipment so thats my fav part.
I resale them every couple years for what I paid or a profit typically.

#82 Linda on 08.03.21 at 6:24 pm

When it comes to elections I usually end up voting for whoever I deem will do the least damage. I’ve long disliked party politics as they tend to be what shapes policy rather than the expressed wishes of the constituents. Unfortunately we do not have a parliament made up of independent MP’s who answer to their constituents rather than to party policy. Those like Garth who take such a step tend to be ousted from ‘the party’. And it is all too easy for those in ‘the party’ to forget that policies are meant to benefit all, not just the favored few.

#83 the Jaguar on 08.03.21 at 6:24 pm

I went rogue and voted for Yves-François Blanchet. One has to admire his moxy. I wish François Legault was on the list. He’s my favourite Canadian politician.

Of course if Nigel Wright was on the list it would be all over but the crying. Not that we deserve him. A man with principles. More than Carney or any of the rest of them. Sigh…where’s my box of Kleenex…

#84 Gregory Foreman on 08.03.21 at 6:35 pm

I took the poll however, with hesitation . I did not vote in the last federal election , because in my rural riding(Sask), the conservative candidate, routinely wins with a 10000 plus majority. Considering the insipid party leader , my only “choice” (for the first time in my life ) was not to vote. Again the CPC is heading into this election with the same lack of vision and lack of policy differentiation. If I’m going to elect a trained seal at least give me policies ,and a leader, that address the financial quagmire that has been created by our federal gov’t. And no more taxes- no one ever addresses the effectiveness of the programs and gov’t bloating that we already have. Garth for PM!

#85 Reximus on 08.03.21 at 6:44 pm

If the ballot question is who should be PM, then you know who will stay.
Like the Ontario election that had Wynne on the ropes against a Conservative lame-o Hudak, so will socks win against Otoole

#86 Mattl on 08.03.21 at 6:50 pm

” But my TFSA idea was accepted.”

IMO this is your legacy Garth, and it’s a good one.

#87 Lead Paint on 08.03.21 at 6:52 pm

#57 NoName on 08.03.21 at 5:15 pm
if you guys are wondering what is SA up to.

https://twitter.com/Jax/status/1422364377391403011

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He looks surprisingly good for his age. No doubt he’ll share some tips on how to age gracefully.

#88 baloney Sandwitch on 08.03.21 at 6:55 pm

I have no ideas what the con’s stand for except for themselves.
I like Jag. He seems to have a heart (or at least talks like that) but no chance of his winning. So, looks like we are stuck with the Libs.

#89 crowdedelevatorfartz on 08.03.21 at 6:55 pm

A plagiarized prayer from the internet for the Conservatives.

Trudeau is my CERB Shepard.
I shall not want.
He maketh me lie down on park benches.
He leadeth me beside still factories.
He restoreth my faith in the Conservative Party.
He guideth me in the path of unemployment.
Yea, though i walk through the city of soup kitchens,
I still be hungry.
He annointh my income with taxes.
My debt runneth over.
Surely poverty and hardship shall follow me …
All the days of my life.
And I shall live in a rented house forever.

#90 McSteve on 08.03.21 at 7:00 pm

I honestly don’t know who to vote for. There are no centrists. Think we could get Chretien or Paul Martin back? I’d even take Lyin’ Brian at this point.

#91 NewWest on 08.03.21 at 7:00 pm

#45 That guy on 08.03.21 at 4:37 pm

No answers for the socons? Definitely the most pressing issues politically are to bring back family values, the rest of it is all second tier.

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And whose “family values” would those be, exactly?

#92 Keith Horton on 08.03.21 at 7:00 pm

1. I agree with others that the first priority for spending should be finding ways to reduce costs, rather than increasing revenue. For example, decrease the cutoff points for clawback of the OAS. And get the gov’t out of mortgages and mortgage guarantees.
2. I am fine with increasing income taxes IFF they increase each tax bracket by, say, 1%, and it is solely for the purpose of reducing the debt, not for funding new expenditures.
3. I am fine with increasing GST if it is solely for the purpose of reducing the debt, not for funding new expenditures.
4. I did not select a federal leader independent of the party because none of them turn my crank.

#93 S on 08.03.21 at 7:04 pm

#64 Mowing Lawn on 08.03.21 at 5:33 pm
#80 Keith on 08.03.21 at 6:21 pm

Got a Volt, too. Haven’t been to a gas station for several months. Dealer filled up gas tank and now the fuel is going stale. Great car. I get up to 105 km on full battery charge in Summer months. Winter more like 75 km. Plug in hybrid is really the way to go. Nearly free city driving and no range anxiety on highway. Unfortunately industry decided to go full electric to save cost. Big mistake.

#94 Lee on 08.03.21 at 7:06 pm

Garth, of all people…. how did you not include ‘Housing affordability’ in question 3 ?

#95 Chris on 08.03.21 at 7:08 pm

I have voted independent in the last view elections. The parties are more worried about keeping their status than doing the right thing.

I believe the only way I will get representation is to vote for the independent that aligns closest to by views.

#96 Shawn on 08.03.21 at 7:10 pm

Did the globalists kill Turner Nation?

#97 an investor on 08.03.21 at 7:14 pm

Very serious and impressive curriculum vitae Garth … you make me feel very inadequate.

#98 Concerned Citizen on 08.03.21 at 7:17 pm

I appreciate you care more about integrity than party. There aren’t enough folks like that around. I’m too young to have ever had a chance to vote for the Progressive Conservative party federally, but how I yearn for a fiscally conservative, socially moderate/liberal option today. Trudeau has taken the Liberals far too left for my liking, and I’ve never liked what I see from the Reformacons. I think the Conservatives would be wise to stop catering to their far-right base and move closer to the centre – the pool of fiscally conservative and socially modern folks is much larger, and includes many a dissatisfied Liberal voter.

BTW, I think the GST is a good tax. I’d much rather tax consumption than income. That’s why I’m a big supporter of the carbon tax and dividend scheme.
In fact I’d be for increasing the GST if it meant a reduction in personal income tax rates at the lower brackets – so long as we amp up the GST tax credit to compensate so that low income folks aren’t hurt.

#99 the jaguar on 08.03.21 at 7:21 pm

@48 The Ponz. I liked your post. She knew the value of perserveance. Like Shackleton said.

#100 Francois B. on 08.03.21 at 7:22 pm

BLOC MAJORITAIRE!!

That’s the best running gag ever from quebecois on reddit, I thought I’d share that bit of culture with you guys.

#101 Dale Saunders on 08.03.21 at 7:25 pm

Garth, one of the questions of do i support raising income taxes to the reduce the federal deficits, debt is a good one which i said no. However, current benefits/income that are not currently subject to income taxes such as social assistance, WSIB, workers compensation benefits, federal supplement payments, lottery winnings and gambling winnings, strike pay from unions, compensation funds, GST/HST credit, certain federal, provincial benefits social benefits should be charged income taxes.

Employment income, annuity income, interest, dividend, capital gains, pension income CPP/OAS and many more are all subject to income taxes.

#102 Bear on 08.03.21 at 7:36 pm

Would be nice if someone or a party would be all of the following:

Fiscally conservative
Pro environment
Smaller government
LBGTQ rights
Women’s right to choose
Pro business
For lower taxes when the country can afford it

#103 Hurtin' Albertan on 08.03.21 at 7:38 pm

#78 steve on 08.03.21 at 6:15 pm

>Wonder how many from AB will show their #1 concern is the Environment?

Short term my #1 concern is the pandemic and our dumpster fire COVIDIOT UCP government is almost entirely to blame for this, except for the fed’s porous international border controls.

However, until now, the environment has always been and will again be my #1 concern as this trumps everything. The rapid loss of biodiversity, accelerating species extinctions, and the rate at which we are consuming/polluting/industrializing and ruining our natural environment is even more concerning to me than the climate crisis. Those who are not aware of this are not paying attention or are selfishly willingly ignoring it. Globally we are failing miserably at environmental stewardship, and those of us with the privilege to make better choices to protect our environment are the worst to blame.

Environmental collapse means everything else we discuss on this site is meaningless.

#104 DC on 08.03.21 at 7:46 pm

Mother of Goodness! Q#2 has me depressed. Never in my lifetime has the list of potential prime ministers been so pitiful. I may not even vote, but if I do I guess it will be for O’Toole. Trudeau is corrupt and clueless, and Singh bent on economic destruction. This country is in serious serious trouble folks.

#105 WDL on 08.03.21 at 7:51 pm

I didn’t like your poll. Question number 2….there are NONE I would choose but I chose Bernier. Given the choice I would choose Steven Harper again (He rocked), or Pierre Pollievre.

#106 Brammer on 08.03.21 at 7:51 pm

Usually enjoy these polls. But: No option for Michael Chong. No option for helping the next generation afford a house. No option for uniting a country divided.

#107 Jack Lera on 08.03.21 at 7:53 pm

I think a $1 billion tax paid by the Liberal Party, Liberals salaries every time their politician lies is a good idea. They need to understand their own consequences.

#108 TurnerNation on 08.03.21 at 8:00 pm

This time around it matters not who you vote for.
The Global Green Reset will go forward.

We’ve been in training. Non Essential travel is to be restricted or banned in the coming years.
Sound familiar? Those armed checkpoints at the Provincial borders, we had? The closed USA border?
Yup your travel is “non essential”
You thought this as for your ‘health’

WW3 kicked off in March 2020 and its weapons make no noise.

https://www.euronews.com/2021/06/04/the-green-deal-is-the-silent-revolution-transforming-europe-s-economy

The Green Deal is the silent revolution transforming Europe’s economy – Updated: 04/06/2021

Pascal Canfin is a Member of the European Parliament and Chair of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

Since 2019, Europe has made strong political commitments to fight global warming. We now have a common goal of achieving climate neutrality by 2050 and have agreed to increase the target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from 40% to at least 55% by 2030.

However, setting targets is not enough. We need to design a credible pathway to reach them. This is exactly what we are doing with the European Green Deal. It is a plan for ecological transition that affects all sectors of our economy and all aspects of our daily lives.

With its deployment, Europe takes an unprecedented path, redefining almost all its public policies in order to put them at the service of the ecological transition. If we succeed, we will have set up a new model of growth and prosperity that may inspire the rest of our international partners.

2021 opens a new chapter of the Green Deal with the translation of our climate objectives into legislative proposals. In 18 months, Europe will completely change the rules of the game: more than 50 European laws will be reviewed to be aligned with our climate objectives.

#109 That guy on 08.03.21 at 8:01 pm

#91 NewWest on 08.03.21 at 7:00 pm
#45 That guy on 08.03.21 at 4:37 pm

No answers for the socons? Definitely the most pressing issues politically are to bring back family values, the rest of it is all second tier.

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And whose “family values” would those be, exactly?
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Why, the socons’ of course: traditional marriage, pro-life. Hate away if you wish, we are still here and vote too. But not in this election I am boycotting O’Toole.

#110 Repurchase Disagreement on 08.03.21 at 8:02 pm

Garth (whom I usually find highly credible) wrote that the world was not on fire 14 years ago. Unfortunately it was:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/2007_California_wildfires

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/2007_Greek_forest_fires

As it was one hundred years ago …

Ontario:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Fire_of_1922

Alberta/Saskatchewan (five million freaking acres):

https://foresthistory.org/the-fort-mcmurray-fire-and-the-great-fire-of-1919/

Russia (660,000 acres):

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/1921_Mari_wildfires

Please be open to questioning your unfounded and incorrect belief that weather is getting worse, because the actual historical data shows its not. Same applies to various forms of severe weather and heat/cold events and frequency thereof said phenomenon.

Look at the actual historical data.

I wasn’t talking about flames. – Garth

#111 Quintilian on 08.03.21 at 8:02 pm

#18 IHCTD9 on 08.03.21 at 3:17 pm
“How much debt would it take to start you worrying?”
As a numbers nerd you ought to know that debt is meaningless if not weighed against assets.

Canada has great assets. Natural resources, educated work force, output gap not closed, GDP growth on steroids, political stability-just to name a few.

We are not Venezuela- stop the crazy talk.

And when we finally pop the housing bubble, consumer spending will get a boost from the reduced cost of living.

You worry needlessly about the debt you are obviously a typical conservative.

#112 IHCTD9 on 08.03.21 at 8:05 pm

Whatever the result is come election time, I’ll be equally unmoved either way. A Trudeau win means more handout cash and tax breaks (due to my “low enough” income), and my house will go up another 100 grand. Cons win, maybe spending will slow a bit. Maybe.

At this point, preparing for what seems to be headed our collective way, seems more important:

Preparing for increased costs of living
Potential rate increases
Getting out of debt, especially mortgage debt
Potential job loss
Reduced government supports, and fees for services
Increased taxation
Increased cost of energy
Potentially a more violent and troubled society
Inflation right across the board

These are more a sure thing than the prospect of some government repairing the massive damage done over the last 6 years. This ain’t going away, and it won’t be resolved quickly.

#113 canuck on 08.03.21 at 8:12 pm

Your post today better explains why you’re so butthurt over Bernier and the PPC. It has nothing to do with the party platform and everything to do with how an outside party with a better platform took voters away from the Conservative party. You’re still bitter about that.
Garth, had your party had the platform and leadership, reform wouldn’t have split the vote. Just remember that when you’re pointing the finger at someone, there are 3 more pointing back at you.

No, actually. I know Max. He’s a loon. – Garth

#114 Sail Away on 08.03.21 at 8:15 pm

#87 Lead Paint on 08.03.21 at 6:52 pm
#57 NoName on 08.03.21 at 5:15 pm
if you guys are wondering what is SA up to.

https://twitter.com/Jax/status/1422364377391403011

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He looks surprisingly good for his age. No doubt he’ll share some tips on how to age gracefully.

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Fast food. Don’t daytrade.

#115 IHCTD9 on 08.03.21 at 8:24 pm

#67 Leichendiener on 08.03.21 at 5:41 pm

I like Annamie Paul. Boy, am I conflicted.
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I like her too, but only since her own party moved in to cancel her.

The Greens have two seats. I hope they go broke and lose ‘em both. We don’t want politicians like these anywhere near Ottawa.

#116 summer_reading on 08.03.21 at 8:29 pm

Housing is still the top issue in my mind so I’m going to say “None of the Above.” We need a political party solely dedicated to Housing Affordability in this election because none of the main political parties will do anything effective to rein in the out of control housing prices.

The federal government could easily tame the real estate market without raising interest rates by implementing some of these measures:
-Increase down payment requirements so that buyers actually have to put up some of their own money.
-Shorten the mortgage amortization period
-Slap a Capital gains tax on home purchases to take away the tax free incentive to speculate on housing.

#117 Nonplused on 08.03.21 at 8:29 pm

#94 Lee on 08.03.21 at 7:06 pm
Garth, of all people…. how did you not include ‘Housing affordability’ in question 3 ?

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How exactly is the government going to be able to make housing more affordable? The only way to do that is build more units, and it is the municipalities that are getting in the way there.

#118 crowdedelevatorfartz on 08.03.21 at 8:39 pm

@#102 Bear

Fiscally conservative : agreed
Pro environment : agreed
Smaller government : agreed
LBGTQ rights : enshrined in law
Women’s right to choose :enshrined in law
Pro business : not a deal breaker but agreed
For lower taxes when the country can afford it : around 2050-2070 agreed.

#119 april on 08.03.21 at 8:40 pm

#65 – The rumour is their hiding inventory to make it appear there’s a shortage.

#120 DON on 08.03.21 at 8:42 pm

This is what keeps me tuning into this blog.

“To me, ethics, morality, expediency and principals are greater than party. Labels don’t matter. Leaders are not omnipotent nor omniscient. Elected people should answer to their electors, not a political organization. By stripping MPs of independent thought and action we’ve helped build an impenetrable wall of cynicism, suspicion and hostility between voters and those asking for their ballots. Trust has been shattered so now folks just shrug and aimlessly support the guy who’ll give them the most.”

This blog is precious and impactful in so many ways. There is no other host like Mr. Turner. You are planting the seed and setting a good example for others to take forward.

I will vote for the best person.

#121 My own party on 08.03.21 at 8:48 pm

I want to form my own political party
Block BC
Not separatist I am part of Canada
But we will listen to the voters! Like a democracy should!
All I need is 250 signatures.
Can you imagine if I held the balance of power?
It’s all possible

Why not! Either that or the Rhinos are still running!

https://www.elections.ca/content.aspx?section=pol&dir=pol/bck&document=index&lang=e

Vote for me?

#122 DON on 08.03.21 at 8:55 pm

#22 ElGatoNerodeYVR on 08.03.21 at 3:23 pm
#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’
=========
Or just British Cascadia .
That way we acknowledge our history as a province and we remove the ever offending reference while hinting at the future move towards the Greater Cascadia nation so many are advocating.

*****

Yup.

Or North Colombia??

#123 IHCTD9 on 08.03.21 at 9:04 pm

#111 Quintilian on 08.03.21 at 8:02 pm
#18 IHCTD9 on 08.03.21 at 3:17 pm
“How much debt would it take to start you worrying?”
As a numbers nerd you ought to know that debt is meaningless if not weighed against assets.

Canada has great assets. Natural resources, educated work force, output gap not closed, GDP growth on steroids, political stability-just to name a few.

We are not Venezuela- stop the crazy talk.

And when we finally pop the housing bubble, consumer spending will get a boost from the reduced cost of living.

You worry needlessly about the debt you are obviously a typical conservative.
———

Dude, just answer the question:

How many Trillions worth of debt does it take before you start worrying?

Throw me a number.

#124 Barb on 08.03.21 at 9:16 pm

”But my TFSA idea was accepted.”

————————–
Twas a beauty of an idea.
Twas a miracle it was accepted.

Thank you Garth

#125 Ponzius Pilatus on 08.03.21 at 9:30 pm

#67 Leichendiener on 08.03.21 at 5:41 pm
I am a fiscal conservative but also a social liberal.
———————————-
Lots of voters like you out there.
They call themselves centrists.
People who want their cake and eat it, too.
Heartless cons are not in vogue right now.
The problem is social programs are expensive.
So, sooner or later you gotta choose.

#126 You are all going to get it on 08.03.21 at 9:32 pm

TurnerNation, Europe has always been the cancer of the western world. By the way, this is nothing new. You don’t call these governments, power structures what they really are. Global communism. It is and the European Union is just an extension of them. They tear down the Berlin wall and built one around Europe called the European Union.

#127 rain storm on 08.03.21 at 9:38 pm

#10….housing

“housing” was exactly the main issue I was looking for also.Surprised it wasn’t on the list.Why is is not an issue for you Garth?

#128 Noble Gas on 08.03.21 at 9:48 pm

#64 Mowing Lawn on 08.03.21 at 5:33 pm
#80 Keith on 08.03.21 at 6:21 pm
#93 S on 08.03.21 at 7:04 pm

Plug in Hybrids like the Volt: a fantastic option, if you can find one. If not, and you can’t stomach the looks of the Prius (watch some Anime to strengthen your eyes…), you can get a Corolla Hybrid. It uses the older tech NimH batteries, but these are more robust than the newer LiOn batteries, and are more forgiving in colder climates, perfect for Canadians. Good luck, and kudos for making this sacrifice for your kid’s education!

Garth, thanks for the TFSA! Topped up, and lovin’ it!

Held my nose and voted for Q#2. Why was there no “None of the Above” button?

#129 I'm Voting PeePee on 08.03.21 at 9:51 pm

Max is the man!

He has just announced his official anti-vax status. Unworthy of anyone’s support. – Garth

#130 Ponzius Pilatus on 08.03.21 at 9:54 pm

I’m just watching on the news a whale being freed from a net by the Coast Guard.
And a dog rescued by Firemen.
I assume all this rescuers are public employees and are paid from tax dollars.
Some would say the government should not be involved in things like that.

#131 PastThePeak on 08.03.21 at 10:20 pm

No question regarding “reducing spending to reduce the deficit”? Your Liberal history is showing…

#132 OwlEyes on 08.03.21 at 10:23 pm

I wish income splitting for families had worked out. It’s a good pro-family policy.

#133 IHCTD9 on 08.03.21 at 10:36 pm

#111 Quintilian on 08.03.21 at 8:02 pm
#18 IHCTD9 on 08.03.21 at 3:17 pm

“How much debt would it take to start you worrying?”

As a numbers nerd you ought to know that debt is meaningless if not weighed against assets.

Canada has great assets. Natural resources, educated work force, output gap not closed, GDP growth on steroids, political stability-just to name a few.

We are not Venezuela- stop the crazy talk.

And when we finally pop the housing bubble, consumer spending will get a boost from the reduced cost of living.

You worry needlessly about the debt you are obviously a typical conservative.
—— —-

While you’re thinking about the number, I will chime in on your points above.

Yeah, Venezuela had all that too not so long ago, but look at them now, shooting feral cats and dogs for dinner.

No politician we elect would ever willfully pop the housing bubble. The things that could cause the big pop – are the things this typical con worries about…

Let me know that number Quin, I’m genuinely interested.

#134 NSNG on 08.03.21 at 10:41 pm

Whoa! A touch of contrition! Maybe he can teach this to Trudeau and the rest of the elites!

Editor-in-Chief of Germany’s Top Newspaper Apologizes For Fear-Driven COVID Coverage

Says sorry for telling children “that they were going to murder their grandma.”

https://twitter.com/MrsT106/status/1422147592239124481

#135 obscure on 08.03.21 at 10:43 pm

I selected Erin Otoole without having any amount of knowledge of him. But the others were a definite NO!There is no strong leaders in the line up in my opinion.
Maybe others did the same? So whomever ends in the top position for this question is still a meh vote possibly.

#136 NSNG on 08.03.21 at 10:51 pm

#111 Quintilian on 08.03.21 at 8:02 pm

You worry needlessly about the debt you are obviously a typical conservative.,

You are still a thief, stealing from Canada’s children since you and your selfish generation have no intention of paying it off. So much for SJW, you thief.

You have no right to put your burdens on them. Time to grow up and pay your own bills instead of stealing from your grandkids’ piggy bank to buy yourself a pony. You wouldn’t do that, would you?

You’re not stealing from your kids, you’re stealing from the other guy’s kids. He’s the rat that’s stealing from your kids.

Disgusting.

#137 When Will They Raisr Rates? on 08.03.21 at 11:02 pm

My vote would go to the leave me the eff alone party or the none of the above party… But if I were forced to choose between the BS choices we have, it would be Max or the Libertarian party.

But it’s a joke anyway, Canada is lost… one of the few politicians I respect has no principles, so what’s the point?

#138 Father's Daughter on 08.03.21 at 11:14 pm

Well that was kind of a painful poll. Voted for Trudeau, not turning out so well. As a few mentioned, hard for the liberals to get past the social conservative BS that seems to always make it’s way to the forefront.

Every time I see Justin speaking, it’s a promise of more millions or billions to anyone and everyone. I’m not sure he really understands any of it. His new Minister of Finance sure won’t be of any help. That leaves voters in a real bind. The extreme, never-ending spending would almost be justified if life in general improved for most, however, it seems to be going in the opposite direction. Not sure how that makes sense.

Housing situation is a disaster. Cute (that’s the best that I can say about it) 2 b 2 ba bungalow just sold down the street for 1.65M. It’s hopeless. Time to leave this city for another overpriced, yet cheaper one.

Thanks for the TFSA – love it.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/08/01/micheal-freedy-covid-death-vaccine/

Yes, he should have gotten the damn vaccine. So should anti-vaxxer Max. He’s a nut. This story made the news, most don’t. Preventable death. Five children left without a father. What a shame. What is happening in the US hospitals right now is a tragedy.

#139 crowdedelevatorfartz on 08.03.21 at 11:15 pm

@#133 IHCTD9
“Let me know that number Quin, I’m genuinely interested.”

++++

(in a Dr. Evil Voice)

“One QUINTILLION DOLLARS! Moo hoo haa haaa haaaa”

#140 crowdedelevatorfartz on 08.03.21 at 11:24 pm

Speaking of “News”
Whats up with those frisky Iranians high jacking oil tankers in the |Straight of Hormuz?

Does their military agreement with China let them get the misguided idea that they’re invulnerable to a shellacking?

War with China in 2 to 4 years ….tops.

Lets see how the Millennials kids handle boot camp.

#141 Planeygoofy on 08.03.21 at 11:31 pm

#70 Proud CERBian on 08.03.21 at 6:00 pm
I will vote for the party best able to sustain this Great Land of CERBia.
——————-
Children like yourself obviously havent read a spit about history.
Why are you even pipeing up?
Ill give you a little secret….rich a holes like me can and will move their money to the places where its treatest best. You will get hung out to dry and broke in your golden years. Time flys my friend
Back to reading history.
Free lunches are short lived.

#142 mike from mtl on 08.03.21 at 11:49 pm

Since when does voting actually matter? I agree Pierre P is about the closest to someone I’d be alright with admitting electing. Should T2 get de facto majority we will be full on CCP-lite by the end of this decade. No one seems to care apparently.

Just like the US we have terrible ‘choices’, decades of ever worsening leadership, more problems and less actual freedoms.

I’ll throw my ‘opinion’ in, but what does that matter especially when basically a handful of areas full of the same minded folk override all.

#143 Jesica on 08.03.21 at 11:58 pm

I put “taxes” as most important issue because the most important issue is to reduce house prices by taxing personal residences as a capital gain, same as any other, no exemption. Also no more GST exemption for primary residences.
The housing bubble is the single most pressing issue amd I will vote for any party Bernier with the guts to tax personal residences, both for income tax and GST.

#144 Jessica on 08.03.21 at 11:59 pm

*except Bernier

#145 Poorgirl on 08.04.21 at 12:06 am

#3…HOUSING! HOUSING! HOUSING! (Yes, I’m shouting)….Both rents and mortgage costs are out of control! Moving to a small town doesn’t always work – no jobs! A millennial reader wrote in the other day about how neither Liberals nor Convervatives are interested in providing “affordable” housing. No wonder so many are disenfranchised…

#10…Raising the HST/ GST…are you kidding me? Just what do you think that will do to the price(s) of already unaffordable housing? Not to mention everything else!

#146 canuck on 08.04.21 at 12:27 am

He has just announced his official anti-vax status. Unworthy of anyone’s support. – Garth
____________________________________________

Wrong. He said he wasn’t getting the vaccine. He isn’t anti vax but pro choice and anti lockdown. A number of PPC candidates are vaxxed. If he was anti vax, think they would get a nomination?

#147 Truth or Consequences on 08.04.21 at 12:37 am

#129 I’m Voting PeePee on 08.03.21 at 9:51 pm
Max is the man!

He has just announced his official anti-vax status. Unworthy of anyone’s support. – Garth

_____________________________________

No … he didn’t, so you shouldn’t tell people that just because he’s not your cup’o-tea.

He has chosen NOT to take the vaccine for himself.
His chance of dying from the virus is ~1:200.
It’s his choice and his choice alone. Why can’t you respect that?
I’m his age and fully vaxed! If he dies, I won’t vote for him… I promise.
As long as he is the only one that is affected by his choice, then so be it.
From what I gather, this in no way affects you or others that have been vaccinated…. as the quote below illustrates.

“The CDC said the finding that fully vaccinated people could spread the virus was behind its move to change its mask guidance.”

**************************************************************************

You were probably against “gays” back when they were spreading AIDS faster than wildfires in B.C. Was their decision to have sex affecting you? Was there anything you could have done to prevent it? Did straight people spread the virus?

Your attitude probably strengthens the convictions of others to vote for him because you are always fearful to have open discussions. You prefer vapid one-liners and censorship instead.
That’s why you don’t manage my money and I am considerably more successful at doing just that.

#148 Ponzius Pilatus on 08.04.21 at 1:07 am

#134 NSNG on 08.03.21 at 10:41 pm
Whoa! A touch of contrition! Maybe he can teach this to Trudeau and the rest of the elites!

Editor-in-Chief of Germany’s Top Newspaper Apologizes For Fear-Driven COVID Coverage
—————————-
BILD (PICTURE) Zeitung is Germany’s best selling daily fish wrapper.
It’s got mostly pictures and little text, targeting readers who can’t read.
It’s kinda the opposite of Playboy.
People buy it for the nude pictures and not for the articles.

#149 jim tow on 08.04.21 at 1:08 am

Media…what exactly are we being told?

This one:

https://video.foxnews.com/v/6266445045001/

…and this one…

https://www.postdiscus.com/2021/07/six-things-media-got-wrong-about-graves.html

#150 yawbawdy on 08.04.21 at 1:20 am

Question 2, ugh. would vote for a leader with integrity. not clear any of them have that characteristic.

#151 Systemic Failure on 08.04.21 at 1:32 am

#37 Slim on 08.03.21 at 4:08 pm
As per usual, everybody in Alberta will vote conservative. Then they wonder why they keep getting ignored in Ottawa. What’s the definition of insanity?
——————

Slim very concisely demonstrates why democracy is doomed to failure.

The message is very clear: “Vote for me and you’ll get rewarded”

“Don’t vote for me and you get nothing.”

Bribed with their own money, or their children’s.

And he’s proud of it.

#152 Sail Away on 08.04.21 at 1:38 am

Looks like Elon might have to fake it again and launch to the Space Station since Boeing can’t get off the ground.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/science/boeing-starliner-iss-1.6127536

#153 Don Guillermo on 08.04.21 at 1:59 am

#37 Slim on 08.03.21 at 4:08 pm
As per usual, everybody in Alberta will vote conservative. Then they wonder why they keep getting ignored in Ottawa. What’s the definition of insanity?
**********************
It’s continuing to live in a brain dead country like Canada

#154 barnz0rz on 08.04.21 at 2:57 am

The Conservatives could be a force in an election. If they ever manage to find any kind of charismatic leadership. Or adopt any kind of a modern platform that people under the age of 35 could get behind.

#155 Anna on 08.04.21 at 3:24 am

@604sam: “The only things stopping me from voting con is the fact that the vast majority of them LITERALLY don’t believe climate change is real. Like they voted on it and everything. That’s f-ing embarrassing.”

I felt the exact same way and voted T2 last time (which I’m so angry about now). O’Toole has been VERY clear that climate change is real and that they will focus on combatting it, and I think it’s a minority of conservative MPs that don’t believe it’s real. Still embarrassing. If I were you I would talk to the local conservative candidate to understand his/her thoughts on addressing climate change and vote based on this. Good luck!

#156 Baldeep Shankar on 08.04.21 at 5:35 am

Can’t afford a new IPhone? Pay installments. What does this say about the Canadian consumer? Broke , that’s what.

When rates went to zero your monthly payments became the norm …but car prices shot up, expect the same for your electronics. If it wasn’t for zero rates a BMW wouldn’t cost $80 grand. Your house price trebled. Are you going to pay $5000 for your newest IPhone. I bet you will. “No inflation”? You’re stupid if you believe that.

https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/apple-affirm-to-join-on-buy-now-pay-later-for-canadian-purchases-1.1636182

#157 Gotta Get Out of Calgary on 08.04.21 at 5:52 am

Yep, question #2 definately needed a None of the Above option. The results would say much.

Sigh. Why can’t we have Poilievre as an option?

#158 Ballingsford on 08.04.21 at 6:26 am

Great post Garth! #2 should have had a ‘None of the above’ choice, but had to choose one to vote.

#159 RM on 08.04.21 at 7:18 am

I would have chose housing for #3 if it were an option. I’m surprised it wasn’t there to be honest.

#160 Dharma Bum on 08.04.21 at 7:46 am

I have always enjoyed reading Garth’s books. Even back in those early days, I was a fan of the underlying sarcasm. I learnt a lot from those books about investing and real estate. I was happy to see that writing evolve into a blog years later.
I remember watching TV interviews years ago with Garth Turner. If I remember correctly, he seemed to show up on TV Ontario (Channel 19) quite a bit. He was on a show that was like a precursor to what would today be known as a “podcast”. Kind of a long form interview – conversation, more like – during which a lot of ideas and points of view would be hashed out.
Those things are pretty much gone from TV now, but thank goodness there’s the internet to replace it.
Garth Turner has always been the voice of reason in Canadian politics, finance, and media.
A staid individual in an otherwise fickle, unreliable, manipulative, opportunistic, and disingenuous realm.

#161 crowdedelevatorfartz on 08.04.21 at 8:12 am

@#155 Baldeep
“Can’t afford a new IPhone? Pay installments. What does this say about the Canadian consumer? Broke , that’s what.”

++++

Canadian Tire will let you finance…. a toaster.

#162 Jed Clampett on 08.04.21 at 8:17 am

#133 IHCTD9 on 08.03.21 at 10:36 pm

“Yeah, Venezuela had all that too not so long ago, but look at them now, shooting feral cats and dogs for dinner.”
————————————————————-

What in the name of a gall darn one eyed hyena named Lena is wrong with with eating feral cats and dogs for dinner? We all feast on them critters and with some hot tabasco sauce, granny done well make the best feral cat stew you ever did taste homie. Granny’s dog roast will make your mouth water cowboy. Wash it all done with some moonshine and start that there gig maestro!

#163 LSC on 08.04.21 at 8:19 am

Elected people should answer to their electors, not a political organization.
Xxxxxxxxxx
MPs need to perform their role/service. The PMO is too powerful and essentially running the Country, writing legislation etc. This is not acceptable.

#164 ImGonnaBeSick on 08.04.21 at 8:42 am

#146 Truth or Consequences on 08.04.21 at 12:37 am
#129 I’m Voting PeePee on 08.03.21 at 9:51 pm
Max is the man!

He has just announced his official anti-vax status. Unworthy of anyone’s support. – Garth

_____________________________________

No … he didn’t, so you shouldn’t tell people that just because he’s not your cup’o-tea.

He has chosen NOT to take the vaccine for himself.
His chance of dying from the virus is ~1:200.
It’s his choice and his choice alone. Why can’t you respect that?
I’m his age and fully vaxed! If he dies, I won’t vote for him… I promise.
As long as he is the only one that is affected by his choice, then so be it.
From what I gather, this in no way affects you or others that have been vaccinated…. as the quote below illustrates.

“The CDC said the finding that fully vaccinated people could spread the virus was behind its move to change its mask guidance.”

**************************************************************************

You were probably against “gays” back when they were spreading AIDS faster than wildfires in B.C. Was their decision to have sex affecting you? Was there anything you could have done to prevent it? Did straight people spread the virus?

Your attitude probably strengthens the convictions of others to vote for him because you are always fearful to have open discussions. You prefer vapid one-liners and censorship instead.
That’s why you don’t manage my money and I am considerably more successful at doing just that.

—–

Maybe go sleep it off there tough guy… The purpose of this blog is not to openly discuss whatever it is you’re going on about you boob… If you think you’ve got all the answers, why not spend countless hours of your day writing a free blog…

#165 ImGonnaBeSick on 08.04.21 at 8:53 am

#162 Jed Clampett on 08.04.21 at 8:17 am
#133 IHCTD9 on 08.03.21 at 10:36 pm

“Yeah, Venezuela had all that too not so long ago, but look at them now, shooting feral cats and dogs for dinner.”
————————————————————-

What in the name of a gall darn one eyed hyena named Lena is wrong with with eating feral cats and dogs for dinner? We all feast on them critters and with some hot tabasco sauce, granny done well make the best feral cat stew you ever did taste homie. Granny’s dog roast will make your mouth water cowboy. Wash it all done with some moonshine and start that there gig maestro!

Relation of Catherine McKenna?

#166 Penny Henny on 08.04.21 at 8:53 am

#87 Lead Paint on 08.03.21 at 6:52 pm
#57 NoName on 08.03.21 at 5:15 pm
if you guys are wondering what is SA up to.

https://twitter.com/Jax/status/1422364377391403011

———-

He looks surprisingly good for his age. No doubt he’ll share some tips on how to age gracefully.

////////////////

That’s not his hair.

#167 ImGonnaBeSick on 08.04.21 at 8:54 am

#163 LSC on 08.04.21 at 8:19 am
Elected people should answer to their electors, not a political organization.
Xxxxxxxxxx
MPs need to perform their role/service. The PMO is too powerful and essentially running the Country, writing legislation etc. This is not acceptable.

Maybe abolishing the party whip and allowing MPs to vote however they want would be a good starting point?

#168 TurnerNation on 08.04.21 at 9:22 am

The future. Who you elect matters not – in my opinion. Once again this is being used as Control over our Movements/Travel.

– Why Kanada still has closed borders, virtual Berlin Walls on the Least Coast; and had the armed checkpoints at provincial borders. Most Kanadians love this control, it keeps us safe.

.US arrivals to Israel now need to quarantine regardless of vax status (haaretz.com)

“Nick Short ‎‎@PoliticalShort
Buried on page 508 of the 2,702 page infrastructure bill is a pilot program for a national motor vehicle per-mile user fee (MBUF) which is basically a long-term plan to make it too expensive to drive a car. https://lidblog.com/mbuf/
https://mobile.twitter.com/PoliticalShort/status/1422522624165531648

—For DOLCE some mainstream media links. Yep being sold on lockdowns till 2025. #reset

(Some say the 3rd one being pushed is basically a mockery of “The Trinity”. You will to submit and get 3.
In this new global belief system.)

https://www.icelandreview.com/society/covid-19-in-iceland-vaccination-has-not-led-to-herd-immunity-says-chief-epidemiologist/
“COVID-19 in Iceland: Vaccination Has Not Led to Herd Immunity, Says Chief Epidemiologist”

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210730-risk-of-vaccine-resistant-variants-highest-when-most-jabbed-study
“Risk of vaccine-resistant variants highest when most jabbed: study”

#169 Quintilian on 08.04.21 at 9:23 am

#133 IHCTD9 on 08.03.21 at 10:36 pm
“Let me know that number Quin, I’m genuinely interested.”

Sure, I will take the bait, extend the courtesy and answer without weasel words.

I would be ok with 1 trillion, 2 trillion, even 3 trillion, if needed.

Government expenditures do have a multiplier effect, (yes there is also a drag), but overall we know that a return to “ Hooverville” style tragedy is avoided.

We also know that eventually we will grow out of the debt hole relative to GDP which is projected to be phenomenal.

Now it’s your turn to extend the courtesy and tell me who would have you thrown under the bus: the children, the low wage workers, small business, cut back on the vaccinations?

I’m genuinely interested

#170 crowdedelevatorfartz on 08.04.21 at 9:38 am

@#167

“Maybe abolishing the party whip and allowing MPs to vote however they want would be a good starting point?”

++++

You’d have to go further.

If MP’s could (and should) vote the way they wanted ( ie ; actually represent their constituents and not just tow the party line like lap dogs).

Then the whole “majority vote” for passing Laws would have to change.
Or you’d be having elections every time a Law introduced by the ruling Party didnt pass a vote.

I’d just like to see a two term limit on the Prime Minister like the US has for Presidents.

Just the thought of Trudeau hanging on like Chretien or Pierre makes me want to vomit.

#171 crowdedelevatorfartz on 08.04.21 at 9:46 am

@#162 Jed Clampett
“……granny done well make the best feral cat stew you ever did taste homie. Granny’s dog roast will make your mouth water cowboy.”

++++

False advertising.
Never heard yew or Jethro ever talk about eating house hold critters!
I always thought you was partial to Possum pie…

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

#172 IHCTD9 on 08.04.21 at 9:51 am

#139 crowdedelevatorfartz on 08.03.21 at 11:15 pm
@#133 IHCTD9
“Let me know that number Quin, I’m genuinely interested.”

++++

(in a Dr. Evil Voice)

“One QUINTILLION DOLLARS! Moo hoo haa haaa haaaa”
___

This one is always a tough question for hard-lefties. I don’t understand why, but it’s dead consistent. Some literally run away rather than answering.

Hey Quin, I’ll show you how I manage this particular question:

“750 Billion Dollars.”

You can do it, if you try!

#173 IHCTD9 on 08.04.21 at 10:10 am

#162 Jed Clampett on 08.04.21 at 8:17 am
#133 IHCTD9 on 08.03.21 at 10:36 pm

“Yeah, Venezuela had all that too not so long ago, but look at them now, shooting feral cats and dogs for dinner.”
————————————————————-

What in the name of a gall darn one eyed hyena named Lena is wrong with with eating feral cats and dogs for dinner? We all feast on them critters and with some hot tabasco sauce, granny done well make the best feral cat stew you ever did taste homie. Granny’s dog roast will make your mouth water cowboy. Wash it all done with some moonshine and start that there gig maestro!
___

I’m down for the moonshine part!

#174 the jaguar on 08.04.21 at 10:19 am

That screeching sound I just heard. The sound of the real estate market braking. Hard. Just-like-that. Wow.

#175 Prince Polo on 08.04.21 at 10:23 am

Just catching up on some old comments from the GreaterFool cesspool…

#221 Mike Holt on 07.29.21 at 11:02 pm
….I rather die as a free man than spend another day as a slave in communist Canucstan this country is being swiftly transformed to…

Great! When are you leaving? I will even drive you to the airport* if I’m not busy.

*This should not be intended as a contract offer or offer to treat. It’s just comedy. It seems that disclaimers are needed a lot these days… :(

#176 Sail Away on 08.04.21 at 10:31 am

#166 Penny Henny on 08.04.21 at 8:53 am
#87 Lead Paint on 08.03.21 at 6:52 pm
#57 NoName on 08.03.21 at 5:15 pm

if you guys are wondering what is SA up to.

https://twitter.com/Jax/status/1422364377391403011

———

He looks surprisingly good for his age. No doubt he’ll share some tips on how to age gracefully.

——–

That’s not his hair.

——–

Extensions

#177 Ponzius Pilatus on 08.04.21 at 10:50 am

#167 ImGonnaBeSick on 08.04.21 at 8:54 am
#163 LSC on 08.04.21 at 8:19 am
Elected people should answer to their electors, not a political organization.
Xxxxxxxxxx
MPs need to perform their role/service. The PMO is too powerful and essentially running the Country, writing legislation etc. This is not acceptable.

Maybe abolishing the party whip and allowing MPs to vote however they want would be a good starting point?
——————————
Let’s even go further.
Abolish parties.
Every MP runs as a independent.
Guy with the most votes becomes PM.
True representative democracy.
Let’s try it.
What have we got to lose?

#178 Felix on 08.04.21 at 11:23 am

About the picture:

“…we adopted a rescue cat a year ago. Now three is a crowd (according to Winter as she is extremely jealous of the tabby). Plus you can all guess who is now in charge of the new trio!!!”

Of course we know who is in charge.

The one with superior brainpower. The cat.

Meow.

#179 cto on 08.04.21 at 11:46 am

I did the survey.
Good questions, however none of those measures (taxes, deficit control, etc) would necessary if we had higher interest rates…
It’s plain and simple, the bad guys are the central bankers and their overlords, the politicians and financial elites that pull their strings.
plain and simple…

#180 Homoaner on 08.04.21 at 12:41 pm

@147 Truth or consequences

Wildfires in BC are spreading AIDS? Do symptoms include a burning feeling?

#181 KLNR on 08.04.21 at 1:07 pm

@#175 Prince Polo on 08.04.21 at 10:23 am
Just catching up on some old comments from the GreaterFool cesspool…

#221 Mike Holt on 07.29.21 at 11:02 pm
….I rather die as a free man than spend another day as a slave in communist Canucstan this country is being swiftly transformed to…

Great! When are you leaving? I will even drive you to the airport* if I’m not busy.

*This should not be intended as a contract offer or offer to treat. It’s just comedy. It seems that disclaimers are needed a lot these days… :(

I do hope these folks actually leave.
Canada would be even better without the miserable sods.

#182 VladTor on 08.04.21 at 1:28 pm

#113
….I know Max. He’s a loon. – Garth

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Garth, you are not too polite. If you think so and it looks like you sure (I know max) – can you give us couple evidences.

Loon party, by the way, has an excellent platform. For sure, everybody who read they program will vote for PPC.

https://www.peoplespartyofcanada.ca/platform

#183 Dragonfly 58 on 08.04.21 at 2:12 pm

Hard to imagine what it would take to put Canada back into a situation that was reasonably fair for everyone. Political solutions or otherwise.
It’s been drifting towards the top 20 % doing reasonably nicely all the way up to the top 10% and above doing very nicely indeed . Everyone else fighting each other for the scraps. Gradually moved in that direction for 4 decades now, these days that’s just the way it is almost everywhere in Canada.
I am not sure it is even a solvable problem anymore.

#184 TS Harpoon on 08.04.21 at 2:38 pm

Garth,

I’m glad to read today’s post as I often remind myself that I’m richer in many ways for your decision to run for office, for your blog and for your books.

I remain grateful to you and Dorothy.

I’ll be thinking of you as I walk through the hollowed-out carcass of Centre Block as we prepare to bring the building into a better future.

Thanks eh

#185 Planetgoofy on 08.04.21 at 2:52 pm

#182 VladTor on 08.04.21 at 1:28 pm
#113
….I know Max. He’s a loon. – Garth
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Garth, you are not too polite. If you think so and it looks like you sure (I know max) – can you give us couple evidences.

Loon party, by the way, has an excellent platform. For sure, everybody who read they program will vote for PPC.
https://www.peoplespartyofcanada.ca/platform
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I agree as he was the ONLY one that was willing to or even mention balancing the budget (average dude doesn’t know what that means) and then the Cons ran a B-E-A-UTY smear campaign of lies.
Garth if Max is a loon a few others belong in jail…T2 for his lying cheating, lining up his family $$$…and that’s the stuff we know of.

#186 Planetgoofy on 08.04.21 at 3:00 pm

Ill add….a large portion of the population wants FREE stuff not to here about cutbacks on spending. That why we are screwed, it just takes a black swan event to see the emperor has no cloths just a printing press.

#187 45north on 08.04.21 at 3:19 pm

Dogman01 Lower standard of living, and shrinking prosperity?

Joel Kotkin | Elites: The New Ruling Class?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDO1zhDi7BI&t=2s
“Following a remarkable epoch of greater dispersion of wealth and opportunity, we are inexorably returning towards an era marked by concentration of wealth, reduced upward mobility, and increased dogmatism. If the last seventy years saw a massive expansion of the middle class, today that class is declining and a new, more hierarchical society is emerging.
The new structure resembles that of Medieval times. At the apex are two classes—a reborn “clerical elite”, which dominates the upper part of the professional ranks, universities, media and culture, and a new aristocracy led by corporate oligarchs with unprecedented wealth and growing control of information. These two classes correspond to the old French First and Second Estates.
Below these two classes lies what was once called the Third Estate. This includes small businesspeople, minor property owners, skilled workers and private-sector oriented professionals. Ascendant for much of modern history, this class is in decline while those below them, the new Serfs, grow in numbers—a vast, expanding property-less population.”

watched it 59 minutes

Moderator was John Anderson, former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia, interviewing Joel Kotkin, Professor of Urban Futures at Chapman University in California

at 37:00 John Anderson “policy positions being forced on government will result in energy poverty and a cost burden borne by the people who can least afford them”

#188 IHCTD9 on 08.04.21 at 3:42 pm

#169 Quintilian on 08.04.21 at 9:23 am
#133 IHCTD9 on 08.03.21 at 10:36 pm
“Let me know that number Quin, I’m genuinely interested.”

Sure, I will take the bait, extend the courtesy and answer without weasel words.

I would be ok with 1 trillion, 2 trillion, even 3 trillion, if needed.
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I didn’t ask you what number you’d be OK with, I asked you what number you’re NOT OK with.

#189 Shirl Clarts on 08.04.21 at 3:53 pm

#153 Don Guillermo on 08.04.21 at 1:59 am
#37 Slim on 08.03.21 at 4:08 pm
As per usual, everybody in Alberta will vote conservative. Then they wonder why they keep getting ignored in Ottawa. What’s the definition of insanity?
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It’s continuing to live in a brain dead country like Canada

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Don Guillermo, you are a Canadian. Instead of complaining… be part of the solution.

#190 Ustabe on 08.04.21 at 4:05 pm

#181 KLNR on 08.04.21 at 1:07 pm

…Great! When are you leaving? I will even drive you to the airport* if I’m not busy…

I do hope these folks actually leave.
Canada would be even better without the miserable sods.

I’d be happy if they just left this blog…as Freedom First stated up above, far too many good voices have left because of the divisive and argumentative stuff.

If they only had the acuity to explain their anger instead of just expressing it they might be able to find solutions instead of further alienating themselves.

#191 Don Guillermo on 08.04.21 at 4:47 pm

#189 Shirl Clarts on 08.04.21 at 3:53 pm
#153 Don Guillermo on 08.04.21 at 1:59 am
#37 Slim on 08.03.21 at 4:08 pm
As per usual, everybody in Alberta will vote conservative. Then they wonder why they keep getting ignored in Ottawa. What’s the definition of insanity?
**********************
It’s continuing to live in a brain dead country like Canada

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Don Guillermo, you are a Canadian. Instead of complaining… be part of the solution
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Tell me the solution wise one