East wind

Addicted readers will know about Lunenburg and the wee bank-by-the-sea. Dorothy and I lived seasonally in the town for a few years. Loved it. So I started a branch of my business there and bought the little stone palace the Bank of Montreal moved out of after 110 years. Now I have an office with a soaring 40-foot ceiling capped off by a translucent dome. Fitting for my ego.

Anyway, Covid hit. NS went into serious quarantine mode. Only when everybody (70%, anyway) got dosed did they open the doors again. So we split for Toronto for a while, to escape all the healthy fresh air, sea breezes and – as it turned out – a big shift to the right in provincial politics.

In case you missed it, Nova Scotia just went from majority Liberal to majority (Progressive) Conservative. This was the first pandemic-era election in Canada which didn’t reward an incumbent government. Instead the premier and his gang were creamed.

All elections are local, and this one was heavily influenced by two things: (a) the premier tried to cover up two drunk driving charges from his pre-election days and (b) health care. Like Ontario, BC and elsewhere there are too few family docs and Covid exposed vulnerabilities in a system everyone wants to count on.

Why does this matter outside of a place better known for honking big lobsters and fetching girls in rubber boots? What are the lessons for the federal election called by Justin Trudeau.

First, nobody wanted a NS vote and the government had lots of mandate left. So it looked like Premier Iain Rankin was trying to take advantage of a successful Covid and vax program. It smelled opportunistic. Calculating. Trying to sneak out a quick victory during the lull of summer.

And ditto for Justin. Canada doesn’t need a $500 million election next month. Nobody’s threatening to bring the Liberal government down. We just voted a couple of years ago. So what is this about? A sprint to more power? Ugh.

Second, as the pandemic drags on and on and on, the electorate wants relief. A change. An escape from Covid, quarantines, restrictions and the non-stop moralized hectoring of people in charge. In NS the Libs were drenched in public health issues (as is Mr. Trudeau, plus Doug Ford and Jason Kenney) and people opted for change. As I have mentioned before, Churchill won WW2 and was then punted. He reminded everyone of things they wished to forget.

Third, there are no issues motivating the greatest cohort of voters. That’s the Mills and Zs, who now constitute over 40% of all electors. They care about the environment, social justice, blah, blah, blah, but really just want a house and a fat job. No political party at any level has produced an agenda that excites them.

So, fourth, voter participation NS sucked. Barely 55% of those eligible to cast a ballot did so. As usual, older people (especially Boomers) turned out. The kids were AWOL. Since younger voters have been the bread-&-butter of Liberal victories – and wrinklies tend to lean right – it was bad news for the Grits.

So will this be a pattern we see on September 20th? Low turnout, especially among the under-40 crowd will be a raw deal for Mr. Trudeau. These are the folks who pushed him over the top in 2015 and carried him again in 2019. He needs them. Badly.

And then there’s the NDP. In NS (not exactly a socialist haven) the party garnered 21% of the votes. Federally the Dippers are sitting at almost exactly the same spot. And Jagmeet is dancing up a storm on TikTok, lavishing attention on the kiddos who get most of their world news via 7-second vids. He won’t win. He won’t form official opposition. But he can sure suck off a mess of Lib votes in some key ridings, allowing Conservative candidates to claw their way up the middle.

So, it’s summer. It’s a non-election for most people. There’s still a pandemic, which will affect voting levels. We’ve had politicians in our faces for 18 months. And a core voting cohort seems completely detached. None of this is good for T2.

Finally, remember. Canadians don’t vote for people. They vote against other people. So I’m starting to think we have no idea what’s coming.

About the picture: “In answer to your call for puppy pics, meet Pebbles,” writes Christina. “She is a 13 year old Sheltie-Lab cross living in Aurora, Ontario.  Purchased from a post on Kijiji for $150. Best ROI ever. Long standing reader and renter (thanks to you).”

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#1 TurnerNation on 08.22.21 at 9:02 am

The election? Called it May of last year.

“#201 TurnerNation on 05.07.20 at 8:55 am
The new life in Kanada 2020:

– Wake up in your 350 squarefoot “Smart Condo”
– Eat your delivered breakfast ration and watch the State AM news update.
– You work at home for one of the banks, one of the few employers remaining.
– Your job there involves garnishing the wages of debtors. Initially you were apprehensive, one garnashee lives in your building, even. But as time went on you become quite good at your job; achieving the most files handled per day. Your boss rewards you greatly.
– The corner of your PC screen has the live Covid numbers score. Win-Lost-Tied. You are pleased your Prefecture is keeping its numbers down.
– Evening is your delivered dinner; watching the State news PM update.
– Entertainment tonight is a virtual tour of a really cool place overseas your friend told you. So impressed were you that you made this place your new social media backdrop. It garnered many likes.
– You tend to your virtual anime dog – with its cheeky demeanor ; it has become so needy lately; you consider selling or trading it on the online market place for a more relaxing virtual pet.
– Next week you will vote online, for the Red party of course. They are the best choice as their actions resulted in very few new Covid cases this week.”

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Why is France being targeted so much by the New System/Chaos these days? Simple – they put up the most resistance during the last World War. The Long Game. And long memories.

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

“The French Resistance played a significant role in facilitating the Allies’ rapid advance through France following the invasion of Normandy on 6 June 1944. “

#2 Toronto_CA on 08.22.21 at 9:08 am

“the electorate wants relief. A change. An escape from Covid, quarantines, restrictions and the non-stop moralized hectoring of people in charge.”

This is very, very very true in my experience. Despite what polls say, the reality is what you wrote.

#3 the Jaguar on 08.22.21 at 9:20 am

“Finally, remember. Canadians don’t vote for people. They vote against other people. So I’m starting to think we have no idea what’s coming.” GT

I think you do know what’s coming, Garth. O’Toole wasn’t your pick, but it does seem like he has momentum. He’s turned the tables on the Libs by getting ahead of their usual tactics, and he isn’t playing the usual game of attacking Trudeau personally.
It will be a Conservative win, the only question being how big. Covid and health care aside, there is one other big but invisible elephant in the room. “Woke”. And T2 is the poster child of “Woke”. A disengenuous, arrogant, manipulative, entitled poster child of ‘Woke”. People are as tired of that as they are tired of Covid. It will be that, along with his naked vote pandering and reckless spending spree which has resulted in thousands losing their work ethic. He’s going to suffer a similar fate of those many monuments to our history that the ‘Woke” just decided “had to go”. There are lot of people out there who have silently observed the statues pulled down with no public consultation, the stolen flags on Canada Day, and daily spew of other nonsense. Time to take out the trash.

Pebbles is lovely. I didn’t know the Flintstones lived in Aurora.

#4 crowdedelevatorfartz on 08.22.21 at 9:29 am

$500 million in taxpayer dollars to get back to where we started.

A gulping, wheezing, stuttering , embarrassment of riches, dabbling dilettante with declared feminist leanings …. in charge of another minority govt.

Only the Liberals will have fewer seats, the NDP more seats and the Cons about the same.

Libs 32%, Cons 31%, Dippers 25%, the rest are “pepper on my steak” as Chretien would say

Ugh.

The only positive thing?
The knives will be out for Trudeau and O’Toole.
And the next poor saps in charge will be holding an election during a recession.

https://338canada.com/

#5 TurnerNation on 08.22.21 at 9:31 am

Watch the Supply Chain. Strikes, Chaos:

— The other day I said: “City of Toronto to force all employees into getting Injections. EXCEPTING the police and transit unions from this policy….. Why? They know that the Unions will strike over it – transit and police unions.”

.”Scott @911_1960 – twitter
“An acquaintance of mine that works with the OPP said if Ford mandates vaccines over 50% of his Detachment would be booking off on sick leave. His opinion is that this would be reflective across the Province. I don’t think Ford wants to startling these games. #onpoli”

.”Rail workers are going on strike against the covid passport in France. From August 28th to October 17th (i.redd.it)”


— The State of Science. This WW3 is not meant to be won.

.Hawaiʻi County Mayor Considering Closing Beaches, Parks as COVID-19 Hospitalizations Increase (hawaiipublicradio.org)

.COVID-19 breakthrough cases signal next phase of Canada’s battle (www.theglobeandmail.com)


– FLOP the tax slaves are revolting. This is Global WW3. All for our health of course!

https://twitter.com/TheInsiderPaper/status/1428943599140581377
“Chaotic scenes as protesters break through police barricades in Melbourne, Australia

#6 Ju-uhh-uhh-uhh-stin Blackface on 08.22.21 at 9:31 am

First!!!!

At the polls.

Ok, uh…uh…maybe second.

Oops…. :(

#7 Phylis on 08.22.21 at 9:32 am

He gave them drugs. They are too stoned to care now.

#8 Wicked BC on 08.22.21 at 9:42 am

Only conservative signs in our neck of the woods. Surprised a Liberal even showed up to run. (Chilliwack)

We have no sway unfortunately, as do all Winnipeg west. Let’s hope Ontario dumps our drama teacher.

#9 Islanddave on 08.22.21 at 9:52 am

Hmm, on a personal note, how do I feel about this election, blah… or maybe blah, blah, blah?
No enthusiasm, none, zip, zero…
I suspect Garth, you have hit the nail on the head once again
Especially the no idea part

#10 Parsonage on 08.22.21 at 9:54 am

Just waking up in BC.
Appreciate today’s insights.
They embolden me to send this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09maaUaRT4M&t=1s

#11 Andy on 08.22.21 at 9:58 am

Justin must be stressed by all this. That would explain why he took yesterday off, instead of campaigning.

Or must he’s just another government slacker?

#12 Prince Polo on 08.22.21 at 10:00 am

And ditto for Justin. Canada doesn’t need a $500 million election next month. Nobody’s threatening to bring the Liberal government down. We just voted a couple of years ago. So what is this about? A sprint to more power? Ugh.

Maybe J.T. should be on the hook for calling an unnecessary election, for the sole purpose, of boosting his ego. The first payment will be his entire personal wealth, and then we shall garnishee his Federal Government pension, until we are made whole. Oh, who am I kidding? He is severely lacking on the self-awareness front, and will likely just pass a law to increase his pension to $500M / month, because he “deserves it”. *sign*

Bring on PM “Vanilla Pudding” O’Toole!!!

#13 Woke up this morning... on 08.22.21 at 10:02 am

#47 Dolce Vita

In reality near half the screen is a QR code for easy scanning to verify your vax status. Then comes your name, date of birth, a mile long certificate # and a More Details link that provides the validity period (9 months on mine), type/vaccine name brand, date of vaxing and Issuing Country and Authority (Italia Health Ministry).

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Hey Dolce,

Remember all the silliness about vaccine having microchips injected into you?

I was laughing when reading your comment here a few days back, because…well, it sure sounds like the QR thing is doing the work of a microchip here, isn’t it?

On another note, I enjoy reading Forbes here and there. I recalled this one from a while back about those QR codes.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbestechcouncil/2020/06/01/i-dont-scan-qr-codes-and-neither-should-you/?sh=11d9085551d1

Ah…come on Dolce, you have to find the funny in everything, otherwise you’ll go Frutti. And the only Frutti I subscribe to is Frutti di Bosco Gelato!

#14 Niagara Region on 08.22.21 at 10:18 am

“That’s the Mills and Zs . . . They care about the environment, social justice, blah, blah, blah, but really just want a house and a fat job. ” That’s cynical. I’m neither a Mill nor a Z. I don’t own a house but want one. However, I would gladly give up the prospect of ever owning a house in exchange for a country where everyone had a dry, safe, decent place to live and earned a living wage for full-time work.

#15 Lt. Commander Data on 08.22.21 at 10:20 am

Have you seen some CDC data charts? Granted, single country data, but interesting to peruse.

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/covid_weekly/index.htm

Original data seems to be holding trend. If you are over 50, do not mess and take the insurance policy that is vaccine. Over 65? If you want to live to see Trump re-elected President of United States of America, well, Data suggest you follow the data.

Some data points for age.

50-64 age group 5x higher death rate than 40-49.

I always wonder why one bracket covers 50% more life years than the other? 10 years for one vs. 15 years for the other. This would lead me to believe that the 50-64 age group data is possibly up to 50% skewed.

65-74 age group returns to a comparable age bracket of 40-49 and is now 7x higher than 40-49.

The data trend continues to hold that adult males represent about double the adult females until the later years of life. Since adult females have a longer lifespan than adult males, females represent a higher rate in the older age groups. I guess all that smoking, drinking and stress catches up with the males. Quit it!

This chart includes pre-existing conditions, if you wish.

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/covid_weekly/index.htm

#16 crowdedelevatorfartz on 08.22.21 at 10:27 am

@#8 Andy
“Justin must be stressed by all this. That would explain why he took yesterday off, instead of campaigning.”

+++

Nah .
The “handlers” needed to change the batteries in the ear piece and the “zapper”…..

Dont want “Stutters” going “off script”…

#17 Don Guillermo on 08.22.21 at 10:30 am

“Canada doesn’t need a $500 million election next month. Nobody’s threatening to bring the Liberal government down. We just voted a couple of years ago. So what is this about? A sprint to more power? Ugh.” – GT
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This needs to be shouted out across the land loud & clear. Too bad CBC & CTV care nothing about Canada.

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#91 Nonplused on 08.22.21 at 12:30 am
#74 Ponzius Pilatus on 08.21.21 at 8:06 pm
#44 Nonplussed

The Americans are retreating because 20 years is more than enough. How does the saying go? “Don’t throw good money after bad.” They should have been out 18 years ago and let the devil take the hindmost.
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The point is they should have never gone in the first place.
You’d think they’d learn from Vietnam.
Afghan society has been around and survived invasions for many centuries.
When you see the pictures of intolerable heat and rocky, treeless mountains and desolation, you wonder why.
Pride in your country, culture and history, I guess.

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I was sort of going with the idea that they had to go in and get al-Qaeda but they should have left thereafter rather than “nation building”. There was a fair amount of “mission creep”
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I believe they needed to go in in the first place. The Canadian Liberals at the time agreed and Canada supported the mission. NP – I like the term “mission creep” though but there had to be a more strategic way to demobilize than Biden’s approach. The war on Iraq was a different story and a total disaster. Millions of lifes wasted and new terrorists birthed. Terrible move by Bush2 and Blair.

Author Khaled Hosseini (Kite Runner) has his take on the current Afgan situation and it doesn’t look good.

https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/21/world/khaled-hosseini-afghanistan-taliban-qa-trnd/index.html

#18 IHCTD9 on 08.22.21 at 10:30 am

Hopefully Jug does some damage, and Tool is just saying what needs to say.

We can’t just keep flushing hundreds of billions down the crapper every year. Even my Cat (12 IQ) knows this.

#19 KLNR on 08.22.21 at 10:31 am

Finally, remember. Canadians don’t vote for people. They vote against other people. So I’m starting to think we have no idea what’s coming.

Truth.

#20 crowdedelevatorfartz on 08.22.21 at 10:32 am

Well.

It’s started in BC.

https://www.citynews1130.com/2021/08/20/sunshine-coast-indigenous-names/

New unpronounceable village names with gutteral throat phlegm clearing characteristics.

The upside?

It should confuse the hell out of any invading Chinese armies with outdated maps………

#21 Flop... on 08.22.21 at 10:36 am

I’m not ruling out a Conservative majority.

Lots of angry people with a grey crotch and cabin fever.

Anything is possible…

M47BC

#22 KLNR on 08.22.21 at 10:37 am

@#3 the Jaguar on 08.22.21 at 9:20 am
“Finally, remember. Canadians don’t vote for people. They vote against other people. So I’m starting to think we have no idea what’s coming.” GT

I think you do know what’s coming, Garth. O’Toole wasn’t your pick, but it does seem like he has momentum. He’s turned the tables on the Libs by getting ahead of their usual tactics, and he isn’t playing the usual game of attacking Trudeau personally.
It will be a Conservative win, the only question being how big. Covid and health care aside, there is one other big but invisible elephant in the room. “Woke”. And T2 is the poster child of “Woke”. A disengenuous, arrogant, manipulative, entitled poster child of ‘Woke”. People are as tired of that as they are tired of Covid. It will be that, along with his naked vote pandering and reckless spending spree which has resulted in thousands losing their work ethic. He’s going to suffer a similar fate of those many monuments to our history that the ‘Woke” just decided “had to go”. There are lot of people out there who have silently observed the statues pulled down with no public consultation, the stolen flags on Canada Day, and daily sp

the largest segment of voters created ‘woke’
don’t think they’ll tire of it anytime soon.
Maybe they don’t show up on voting day.

#23 Boomer revival on 08.22.21 at 10:45 am

I’m voting for the bald dude….. 500 million election for no reason after blowing through 500 billion should not be rewarded… hopefully the dippers and bloq can help make it happen…PM blackface has got to go

#24 Quebanglo on 08.22.21 at 10:47 am

Quebec Anglophones have been abandoned by all parties – pandering to Quebec nationalists and abandoning the concept of official bilingualism – but none more so than Erin O’Foole and the Conservatives, who says Quebecers will no longer need to file a federal tax return if he is elected. Two referendums where a majority of Quebecers voted to stay in Canada, and Erin O’Foole is ready to let Quebec succeed. Anglo Quebecers and Feederalist Quebecers will stay home because nobody represents us, the most ignored and disrespected folks in all of Canada.

#25 Russ on 08.22.21 at 10:59 am

@ Lt Commander Data
A good reminder to get vaccinated in the case of someone who has been procrastinating.

I like to keep metrics simple:
https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/worldwide-graphs/#case-outcome

Basically, August 2020 Covid death rate is 5.8%, August 2021 the Covid death rate is 2.3%.
When this data point hits 2% AND you’re vaccinated then it essentially becomes “the Flu” status.

We are doing well in BC and the mass vax injection sites are being retired in favour of walk-in clinics and pop-ups.
With the Indian variant ripping through the younger unvaxx set the province will achieve herd immunity soon, as the survivors will carry the necessary antibodies.

Cheers, R

“cue the trolls”

#26 Drill Baby Drill on 08.22.21 at 11:05 am

The NDP make me laugh. They are promising $5K toward rent payments. What’s next free diapers?

#27 Miss Boomer on 08.22.21 at 11:05 am

Two ‘drunk driving charges’ are frankly inconsequential as compared to the many many Justinian Hoard of truly sordid disreputable allegations while as Prime Minister a part time teacher and prior to the countless incidents that came to light while in office. Apples meet Apples.

Now here we go again with the funding of eco terrorists.

https://vancouversun.com/news/liberals-promise-50-million-fund-for-old-growth-protection-in-b-c

#28 the Jaguar on 08.22.21 at 11:06 am

@#15 Lt. Commander Data on 08.22.21 at 10:20 am

Neanderthal DNA. Chromosome 3 & 12. Those are the risk factors that count.

#29 Penny Henny on 08.22.21 at 11:09 am

Garth was there mail in ballots in the Nova Scotia election?

#30 Flop… on 08.22.21 at 11:14 am

Canada was taking a nice walk down a country lane and go too relaxed, when it wasn’t watching where it was stepping, it slipped and slid into a debt culvert.

It is now on the other side of the road, turned upside down, red ink gushing from its body.

Will it have the smarts to un-tie its shoelaces, grab the nearest stick, and put a tourniquet on this wound before it succumbs…

M47BC

https://twitter.com/MPelletierCIO/status/1429168486752743427

#31 Quintilian on 08.22.21 at 11:22 am

Admittingly, this is not scientific, but it’s as if some sort of osmosis is taking place.

Within my circle mid-20 to mid-30’s , support is waning for Justin.

If this holds true in general, even a minority may not materialize.

Although those of us who have nice hair and trophy girlfriends, are still solidly behind JT.

Not sure if some psychological mechanism is at play here.

#32 Doug t on 08.22.21 at 11:36 am

Where are the LEADERS – why is there nobody of character and integrity willing to step into the political arena and lead this country? Because such a person knows it is not worth it – not worth the public scrutiny, not worth the constant media lambasting, not worth the social media dissecting, not worth it period – they are too smart and know better

#33 Winston Churchill on 08.22.21 at 11:39 am

While it is true that Churchill was tossed from office at the first election after WWII had ended, it is also true that he became prime minister again from 1951 to 1955. He then retired from public life. Whatever he may have represented at the end of WWII that led to him losing office, he was clearly more acceptable to the electorate during the subsequent election. I think it is instructive to consider how resilient and determined political leaders can be.

I am curious about what Justin Pierre James Trudeau’s motives were to call this election. Speculation is all that I have to go on, that he thought he could pull it off because Canadians in the main are grateful for his efforts, that he appeared to be the strongest candidate. Perhaps he also is, if not fearful, very concerned about the liklihood of getting through the necessary measures that will be needed to pay for the Federal largesse. Face it, we are all going to be walloped by either higher taxes, more user fees, possible reductions in services, and other measures that the electorate will not like.

If this is a strategic call, with an eye towards gaining a majority, then he would have to strike quickly. It would also be his last term as Prime Minister probably as he would be so unpopular once he does what is necessary that he would have to step aside to allow others to both deal with the fallout and to have some possibility of being chosen to form the next government.

On the other hand, looking at the ups and downs of Winston Churchill, JPJT may be thinking of another approach which would be to let the other parties have a shot at forming a government and let them suffer an ignominious defeat when they fail. The resultant disgust of the voters would probably ensure that the Liberals would return to power to govern with a majority.

If the Conservatives do win, most likely forming a minority government, they now have to play ball with the other parties, and is there any question that this would be a very short-lived effort before a non-confidence motion?

#34 Flop... on 08.22.21 at 11:43 am

Through adversity comes opportunities.

With COVID ripping through Victoria and NSW, the backwaters where I come from,Tasmania, has been selected to host its first ever Australian Football Finals.

This is the equivalent of Newfoundland hosting Stanley Cup Finals.

They will have to kick the cows grazing out of the stadium.

As Joe Biden once quipped back when he had only lost a few of his marbles, as opposed to all of them nowadays…

This is a big effin deal…

M47BC

#35 Pbrasseur on 08.22.21 at 11:47 am

Sure people may be pissed about a lot of things but believe it or not people also know about this government’s borderline criminal spending…and promising even more!

#36 IHCTD9 on 08.22.21 at 11:52 am

On the way back from handling logistics this am, I passed some folks checking out a property for sale. Two carloads of ‘em, 10 people at least. I passed just as they had piled out of their vehicles, stretching and doors still open.

One more point logged for the insane strategies currently employed in Canada for RE ownership.

#37 BlogDog123 on 08.22.21 at 11:57 am

It would be nice to have someone leading the country who respects Parliament, ethics, etc…

I don’t see that in Mr. Socks.

#38 Mattl on 08.22.21 at 12:06 pm

It’s interesting that Healthcare isn’t a bigger issue for all Canadians. While I feel fortunate to have a house, I’d really like a family doctor. Ours went MIA during Covid and we can’t find another one.

Family has had some health issues this year and has had to rely on the Emergency room for care. How does a government spend 500 billion and not make any improvements to health care? I donate 6 figures in tax a year and can’t get a decent GP?

16 months into the pandemic we are still hearing about 30/40 ICU cases in a region as being breaking point? How can that be, in 16 months we haven’t opened up capacity for the next event, or the continuation of this one?

I realize Healthcare is Provincial but that seems to be a huge fail for a government that is spending at such a high rate during a health crisis. Surprised no one is running on a platform that would guarantee a family doctor for every Canadian family, prevention against the next event, etc.

#39 Reality is stark on 08.22.21 at 12:08 pm

Everyone wants a house.
You would be surprised that you can afford a dump all you have to do is fix it up.
Work 40 hours a week and put the other 40 into your house and fix it up.
Do it for 5 years and you’ll have a nice home.
Problem is people in North America would rather spend their spare time eating themselves to death.
We have an obesity epidemic.
In the old days the old man would drag you out of bed at 5 a.m. and teach you how to work. Kids don’t get that these days not surprisingly because they come from fatherless households.
What is the government going to give me? What do they owe me?
Cryin won’t help ya and prayin won’t do ya no good.

#40 Linda on 08.22.21 at 12:09 pm

Pebbles sure looks great for her age! More like a pup than a dog senior citizen, for sure.

Interesting news about NS election. Also confirmed that young voters still don’t tend to actually vote state of affairs comment a couple of days ago. Weirdly enough, even in places where electronic voting has been used – something you would think young voters would be on board with doing – the young vote still isn’t that great. So I’m thinking it isn’t the venue used but simply that young voters are a) too bored; b) too busy; c) too disillusioned; d) all of the above to actually vote.

#41 Planetgoofy on 08.22.21 at 12:19 pm

#94 Phylis on 08.22.21 at 7:50 am
#93 Planetgoofy on 08.22.21 at 1:29 am
Xxxxxxx
Thks for the lesson. So how is the ability of servicing the debt going?
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No issues as long as ZIRP policy can be held and the fake bond market doesn’t blow up.
Just like all crashes your always looking stealar at the top and the far majority are unprepared when the bottim fall out.
I prepared eons ago.

#42 Flop... on 08.22.21 at 12:21 pm

Thor, stay in Toronto, Tropical Storm Henri is about to power-wash your house in Nova Scotia.

Hope you left the sump pump on…

M47BC

#43 Dogman01 on 08.22.21 at 12:26 pm

I suspect this trend will continue, NDP getting better polling and siphoning off Liberal voters. Then with 10 days left Telford and Butts will call their MSM crony’s, engineer a panic; “that, egads!, by voting NDP you assure the evil Conservatives a majority!”
The soft NDP will move back to the Liberals.

Then we will have another minority Liberal supported sometimes by Bloc and other times by NDP.

Unless the young display apathy and are no-shows.

#44 Up Schitt's Creek on 08.22.21 at 12:34 pm

#15 Lt. Commander Data on 08.22.21 at 10:20 am

If you are over 50, do not mess and take the insurance policy that is vaccine. Over 65? If you want to live to see Trump re-elected President of United States of America, well, Data suggest you follow the data.

_______________

Oh, so damned if I do…damned if I don’t.

#45 barnz0rz on 08.22.21 at 12:35 pm

Conservative Minority. It will happen. O’Toole will come up in a similar way to Jack Layton, though not as powerful or as broad reaching. Everyone will be so obsessed with rising case numbers and back to school fears that it will be largely unnoticed to most under 40. Trudeau will look bad and get punted by the Libs as a result.

Not that I’m necessarily rooting for it. I do think both the Liberals and NDP are not fit to lead the country fiscally. But other than that, it’s chaos anyway….

#46 earthboundmisfit on 08.22.21 at 12:43 pm

All I want is to get rid of Trudeau. That’s not too much to ask, is it?

#47 Planetgoofy on 08.22.21 at 12:43 pm

Garth
Its unfortunate that i care about Kanada….I never gave a sh!t about politics. But now Im foced too… And when you open your eyes you can see how pathetic most of the people chasing power are. It must be a disease and Im pretty sure I dont have it.
God help us…..

#48 Historic Anglo on 08.22.21 at 12:44 pm

#24 Quebanglo on 08.22.21 at 10:47 am

Quebec Anglophones have been abandoned by all parties – pandering to Quebec nationalists and abandoning the concept of official bilingualism – but none more so than Erin O’Foole and the Conservatives, who says Quebecers will no longer need to file a federal tax return if he is elected. Two referendums where a majority of Quebecers voted to stay in Canada, and Erin O’Foole is ready to let Quebec succeed. Anglo Quebecers and Feederalist Quebecers will stay home because nobody represents us, the most ignored and disrespected folks in all of Canada.

Quebec has basically just separated by stealth and no one caring anymore….

#49 Alberta Ed on 08.22.21 at 12:47 pm

Integrity is the most important quality in a leader. I’ll be voting for the candidate who best exhibits that.

#50 DON on 08.22.21 at 12:48 pm

Nicely put Garth.

Looks like my bro in law is voting for Jagmeet. Likes him better…more appealing. Bro is from Toronto originally. Good chance his buddies are doing the same – independant business owners.

Like Garth said each local area has their own experience and attitude toward the brand name political parties. The Greens have the perfect chance to promise the World but have failed to come to the plate, still dealing with internal issues.

Low voter turnout and mail in ballots…some regions locked down and some not. More election promises on the way. I have honestly thought about sitting this one out. Could Trudeau not have waited till late Spring of next year? What forced his hand? Arrogance, stupid advice, reality?

Elections are local and the largest cohort of voters swing back and forth as king makers. Z’s enjoying end of summer freedom and the mills getting their kids ready for school…one of the busiest times of the year. Looks like this election will be decided by the loyal party members on each side…as they get out their guaranteed votes. Who has the most?

I planned on going surfing Sept 20…

#51 Stormy Daniels on 08.22.21 at 12:49 pm

Garth, I see the photo has changed today.

Is Dorothy still there, looking over your shoulder?

Can we meet up, at the same park in downtown as before? I really need my money. (Bitcoin is fine. No Canadian dollars though, too much risk now with JT and the other clowns in your parliament.)

#52 Halifax resident on 08.22.21 at 12:53 pm

Well, as Justin has said recently: “There will be consequences!”

#53 Chaddywack on 08.22.21 at 12:58 pm

I’m under 40 and will be showing up and voting conservative.

Canada Day was the final straw for me this year. I’ve never been so embarrassed of a government shaming our country like that on its national day. Prior to this Trudeau was constantly shaming us about “systemic racism.” I’m tired of hearing from a guy who wore blackface (on multiple occasions) that Canadians are racist shameful people.

Yes residential schools were a mistake and should not have happened. I am perfectly fine with remembering the past and vowing to not repeat it, but I will not take on the burden of feeling guilty personally about a system that was put in place by men long since dead and that I had nothing to do with. I certainly won’t refuse to celebrate or be embarrassed of my country because of poor choices made in the past.

Further, Canada is one of the most diverse, tolerant, and accepting societies in the world. Yes, there are individuals who are racist in Canada, but I refuse to shame myself and accept that Canada is inherently or “systemically” racist. No country is perfect and if Canada is inherently racist, I wonder then what one would say about many other countries!?

Sadly Trudeau (and other politicians) have kowtowed to a very small minority of radicals on social medial whose voices have been greatly amplified by the medium. I suspect their impact will drastically reduce now that covid is waning and people have lives again. The radicals can go back to their tumblr echo chambers.

Say what you want about O’Toole, but at least he isn’t shaming the country. I cannot believe anyone would support a PM who collectively threw us Canadians under the bus. He does not speak for me when he starts most of his speeches with “Canadians believe…..” and then goes into his virtue signalling.

It’s time for him to go.

#54 DC on 08.22.21 at 12:59 pm

Tough days ahead for this nation. Give me a comparatively bright, steady-as-she-goes type (Erin O’Toole) as opposed to an egomaniac with the IQ of a back-of-rocks (Justin Trudeau) anytime.

#55 Comrade on 08.22.21 at 12:59 pm

I really hope the liberals don’t walk away from the mess they’ve created scott free, and someone else clean their mess.
I am conflicted, I don’t want them to win, but at the same time I hope they win so they can’t blame anyone else.

#56 Damifino on 08.22.21 at 1:23 pm

#39 Reality is stark

Everyone wants a house.
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Perhaps not everyone.

Myself, I only want a place to live that is comfortable, safe, and meets my accommodation needs for a cost I can afford. How that comes about is irrelevant to me. I doesn’t necessarily involve a mortgage, nor does it need to be a free-standing structure.

Come to think of it, that’s exactly what I have now, thanks to the output from a balanced & diversified investment portfolio which makes it possible.

#57 WTF on 08.22.21 at 1:46 pm

No day off today for PM Hair. His Wonderfulness stuck in the war room trying to get the good ship Woke back on course. The short pants kids have much cramming for PM Oblivious and additional Machiavellian work demonizing Candidate Substance O’toole.

It will require chip implants, ventriloquist, bald faced lies, and healthy doses of your cash fire hosed asunder to right the ship, but if anyone can, its the silver spoon Prince of Papineau.

Assuming this unexpected slide continues, PM Clueless better watch his back. Knifes are being drawn with the wholly unqualified FM and deputy PM ready to do a Brutus on Caesar.

Which poses the most pressing question. Where will Gerald Butts and his disastrous economic/climate ruination go from here?

#58 crowdedelevatorfartz on 08.22.21 at 1:48 pm

@#31 Quintillian $$$$ in Debt

“Although those of us who have nice hair and trophy girlfriends, are still solidly behind JT.”

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Are you all also card carrying feminists like Justin?
Have you done your part for the She-recovery to avoid a She-cession?

Do you tell yourself ,
“What an embarrassment this Prime Minister is on so many levels.”

#59 The Totally Unbiased, Highly Intelligent, Rational Observer on 08.22.21 at 1:48 pm

“Now I have an office with a soaring 40-foot ceiling capped off by a translucent dome. Fitting for my ego.” — Garth

I am not so sure about that. Do you really think that your ego will fit in there?

#60 Keith on 08.22.21 at 1:52 pm

I’ve had a go at reading the Conservative platform, and it’s a substantial move to the left. This is bigger government, and some expensive promises combined with a commitment to balance the budget in ten years.

One commitment stands out, the promise of a million homes in ten years. This is pie in the sky foolishness, the price tag would be in the tens of billions and we don’t have the labor to build over 300,000 houses a year. Even the NDP are more realistic at 500,000 homes in a decade.

When the major right of center party moves left, it raises a huge credibility issue. Campaigning from the left, and doing little in power is an old Liberal party ploy. This platform hasn’t been costed by the PBO yet, but I smell a rat. If the Conservatives get in power, there will be a revelation that things are more serious than they thought, and the money and resources for people agenda isn’t affordable anymore. There’s some really good ideas in this platform, but I doubt that much would be implemented – certainly nothing with a significant price tag.

This is good political strategy, move closer to the Liberals in policy direction, stay away from social conservative landmines, and generate enough vote out the Liberals support to at least score a minority. We will see if O’Toole has the political chops to get the message out.

As for a million homes in three years, that would do more good than just about any government policy in decades. Every poverty advocate talking about solutions starts with affordable housing. I won’t be holding my breath.

#61 cuke and tomato picker on 08.22.21 at 2:03 pm

It will take a some real HARD WORK to get us out of this
debt Canada is in now. No matter who we elect we will
have to decrease our debt because it is out of control. We
are also facing a generation who will expect a system
of CERB etc forever. We need to help those who need it but some just like to vegetate on government money. God
help our next PM and his team.

#62 Ben Hubneer on 08.22.21 at 2:05 pm

Garth, have you considered running as an independent for your riding? This could be the time to bring some sanity to Ottawa!

#63 Trimtab on 08.22.21 at 2:11 pm

Vote. Don’t Vote. Doesn’t matter who…this train has left the station and is headed to one place – digital id. The whole thing has been set in place from way back. The reason just had to be scary enough to be compelling ….and the people will demand their own prison.
https://blogs.worldbank.org/voices/harnessing-power-digital-id

Vax Id cant be paper – that’s too easy to forge. Has to be a digi copy on your phone. But soon that will be a problem – what if you lose your phone, or it gets stolen, or you forgot to bring it out, or you get hacked? Better to have it under your skin. Why not add your bank card, drivers license and travel passport too? Scan it anywhere, and voila – you have your tracker in place forever. It’s for your own good – do your part for Freedom. Besides it will be soooo convenient. Brave. New. World.

#64 Nonplused on 08.22.21 at 2:26 pm

#17 Don Guillermo on 08.22.21 at 10:30 am

“I like the term “mission creep” though but there had to be a more strategic way to demobilize than Biden’s approach.”

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Ya, probably there was a more strategic way to demobilize. But as Donald Rumsfeld used to say, there are always the “unknown unknowns.”

Eventually after you make enough consecutive blunders, there isn’t a magic bullet that you can use to shoot your way out anymore. An orderly withdrawal no matter how good the plan would have had to involve the Afghan army holding the fort, which they did not despite being 5 times larger than the Taliban and much better armed. Instead they melted like butter.

If there was an easy way out, I’m not sure what it was. Perhaps Trump would have done better? He’d have fired a lot of people by now and maybe created a few more Soleimanis, which maybe helps or maybe backfires. Or he might have withdrew the American contractors and equipment ahead of time, but that would probably have freaked the Afghan army out too.

Sometimes there is no way out of the mud without getting dirty.

What I wonder is if there maybe is something going on that they are just not telling us about. Maybe they had a reason. Or maybe they just don’t care, sort of like how civilians and children dying in Iraq didn’t seem to phase Albright one little bit. It was “worth it”.

Anyway the thing was a tragedy all the way along. Much was mismanaged. But let’s not forget that when blame is to be assigned, it wasn’t Bush, or Obama, or Trump, or Biden who initiated this string of tragedies. It was whoever flew the planes into the buildings, which was almost certainly al-Qaida under Bin-Laden. Maybe that was the goal all along; not justice but revenge. Make it clear that any attack on the US will be paid back 100 fold. Sometimes the best way to deal with a crazy person is to convince them that you are more crazy and unpredictable than they are. If that was the goal, it just might have been accomplished. 100 fold.

It’s kind of hard to think that most current university students do not remember that day.

#65 Tarot Card on 08.22.21 at 2:29 pm

The answer is in the cards you know!
Thanks for the blog Garth
My prediction is a minority conservative government
Not sure for how long but Joe Clark comes to mind, and then after a period of time and T2 takes a walk in the snow the liberals and NDP will try and defeat the government then again the Bloc is a wild card which T1 did not have to consider.

First priority is stop making new promises with my money
Second balance the dam budget.
Third step aside and let the private sector create jobs with less red tape and by supporting innovation
Forth bring all the industry home.
Buy Canadian made in Canada
Yes it will cost more but we will have real Canadian jobs and I am willing to pay for that.

Get out and vote it’s not a privilege it’s your civic duty.

#66 When Will They Raise Rates? on 08.22.21 at 2:33 pm

Finally, remember. Canadians don’t vote for people. They vote against other people. 

This. Absolutely this.

And this is precisely why I’m holding my nose and voting O’Toole while imploring my lefty friends to vote NDP.

Trudeau must go. That’s the bottom line.

#67 Nonplused on 08.22.21 at 2:33 pm

#24 Quebanglo on 08.22.21 at 10:47 am

“…but none more so than Erin O’Foole and the Conservatives, who says Quebecers will no longer need to file a federal tax return if he is elected.”

If that means no more transfer payments I’m all for it.

If your wife keeps threatening divorce the best thing to do is change the locks.

#68 Sail Away on 08.22.21 at 2:41 pm

#38 Mattl on 08.22.21 at 12:06 pm

It’s interesting that Healthcare isn’t a bigger issue for all Canadians. While I feel fortunate to have a house, I’d really like a family doctor. Ours went MIA during Covid and we can’t find another one.

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Most of the good doctors went to the US where their service is properly compensated.

#69 Nonplused on 08.22.21 at 2:45 pm

Here is Trump getting booed in Alabama for recommending the vax. He handled it well I think, given the audience.

https://twitter.com/i/status/1429255690682572805

Trump is not anti-vax, he’s anti-shutdown.

#70 When Will They Raise Rates? on 08.22.21 at 2:57 pm

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#71 Dolce Vita on 08.22.21 at 2:59 pm

#13 Woke up this morning…

At least you like Frutti di Bosco. There is hope for you.

Buy this on Amazon.it (ya I know, good luck with that):

H.Koenig HF250 Gelatiera (gelato maker for you Mangiacakes)

Buy ANY ONE of these by Dolcincasa (pasta here is a paste concentrate):

1. Gianduione Al Naturale (the best chocolate you will ever taste from Torino)
2. Pasta Gelato Frutti Di Bosco
3. Pasta di Nocciole
4. Pasta Pistacchio di Sicilia
5. Pasta Dulce di Leche

300 ml Whole Milk
100 ml Cream
100 g Sugar
70 g any of the above

Dissolve sugar in milk, a light heating does that. Let it cool for 20 min in the refrigerator. Pour, along with the cream, into the gelato maker container. Put container onto a scale. Pour in, spatula it in, the paste. Immersion mix.

30-40 min in the gelato maker for the correct aeration*. Et voilà, a little over 3/4 litre of DELICIOUS gelato.

I make them all. Suffice to say it was a refreshing Summer for me.

I also know how to make Gelato al Limone, the perennial N. American and UK Mangiacake favorite.

Sorry, no recipe for free – though, I accept cash donations in lieu.

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Canadians worry too much. You all don’t even have a Digital Green Pass and yet you worry.

67 million French, 60 million Italiani, 11 million Greeks have no problem with it during the HEIGHT OF TOURIST SEASON and use it, like me. And the other 320 EU citizens + Brexit UK don’t have a problem with it either.

Stop listening to IDIOT AMERICANS and their Freedom BS. Look at what that’s getting them.

You’re CANADIAN, you’re better educated overall…time to start showing it.

*Besides Italian ingredients are better gelato tastes so good because it has no more than 1/2 the aeration of N. American ice cream, typically aerated at 70%. Ya Canada, you’re paying thru the nose for 70% air. Italian gelato maybe 30%.

Thus, the flavour is more concentrated and a taste explosion in your mouth.

#72 Keith on 08.22.21 at 3:01 pm

60 Keith

Oops. That’s a million homes in three year in the Conservative platform.

#73 Dolce Vita on 08.22.21 at 3:07 pm

Expect the unexpected in this Pandemic.

That much we know Garth.

I still say something is going to happen that will derail the Liberals and result in a Con victory.

What that is I do not know.

You’ve come up with some good ideas Garth, e.g., pandemic fatigue, young voter disinterest/low turnout, not being Trudeau…we will find out soon enough.

It will be like NS. A supposed Liberal victory according to the polls turned into a Con majority.

The polls are not to be believed. Bias.

#74 CONSPIRACY on 08.22.21 at 3:15 pm

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#75 Bucky on 08.22.21 at 3:18 pm

I think it is worth noting that the vilified Baby Boomers were the hippie generation in the late 60’s and early 70’s. At some magical point the majority of this generation bagged up their tie-dye and beads and dropped them off at the Sally-Ann, then picked up business suits and became the Yuppies of the 80s. I expect the “woke” Mills and Zs will do the same thing shortly. Oh, and the Mils kids and younger Zs will be the Michael J. Fox’s of their time (very old pop culture throwback to Family Ties). Cheers!

#76 Led Debtelin on 08.22.21 at 3:23 pm

#39 Reality is stark

Cryin won’t help ya and prayin won’t do ya no good.

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If it keeps on Covidin’, Budget’s goin’ to break

#77 Huston, We have a problem. on 08.22.21 at 3:27 pm

“For the time being, there are simply more questions than answers. Are breakthrough infections ticking up because of the delta variant, waning immunity or a return to normal life? Are vaccinated people more vulnerable to severe illness than previously thought? Just how common are breakthrough infections? It’s anyone’s guess.”

https://nationalpost.com/news/world/the-vaccinated-are-worried-and-scientists-dont-have-answers

#78 QuebAnglo on 08.22.21 at 3:32 pm

67 Nonplused on 08.22.21 at 2:33 pm
#24 Quebanglo on 08.22.21 at 10:47 am
“…but none more so than Erin O’Foole and the Conservatives, who says Quebecers will no longer need to file a federal tax return if he is elected.”
If that means no more transfer payments I’m all for it.
If your wife keeps threatening divorce the best thing to do is change the locks.

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Bwa haha ha. Quebec will keep our $13B in equalization every year. And our federal tax processing centres in the sticks, despite Quebecers not having to file a federal tax return.

“Negotiating the establishment of a single tax return for Quebec and maintaining the federal tax centres in Jonquière and Shawinigan.”

https://www.conservative.ca/conservative-leader-erin-otoole-unveils-his-contrat-avec-les-quebecois-et-les-quebecoises/

#79 Big Bucks on 08.22.21 at 3:35 pm

The NDP looks to surprise in BC and Ontario.O’toole has a chance at a minority but will he be able to do anything?Trudeau and his Liberals definitely don’t deserve a 3rd chance(hard to believe they got 2) and just to get rid of that nonsense will be a huge plus for Canada.

#80 I'm A Believer on 08.22.21 at 3:35 pm

#53 Chaddywack on 08.22.21 at 12:58 pm

Bravo!!! Many people most likely feel the same way.
I had the opportunity to speak with Mr. O’Toole prior to the election. No person is perfect but he seems grounded.

#81 Mdme Guillotine on 08.22.21 at 3:41 pm

Democracy means the will of the majority shall carry the day, or mob rule, and as the 45% of voters were effectively stating “none of the above” …

#82 FYI on 08.22.21 at 3:41 pm

#25 Russ

Basically, August 2020 Covid death rate is 5.8%, August 2021 the Covid death rate is 2.3%.
When this data point hits 2% AND you’re vaccinated then it essentially becomes “the Flu” status.

^^^^^^^^^^^

My understanding is that Flu death rate is 0.2%. However, at no point has an exact count been taken. This is an educated estimate reported based on various data points but never an exact count.

Covid death rate however is based on % of deaths vs. counted cases.

At this point we have valid data to take an educated guess that for every test-validated counted case there are 7 cases not counted or tested for out in the wild due to mild symptoms, family members who by extension know they have Covid from someone tested thus don’t bother testing, etc. This “7” was confirmed by general population blind immunity testing during previous waves, especially the very high quality studies done in New York State and New York City.

Of course this is very encouraging piece of information, and would reduce the Covid death rate to about 0.6-0.8% – about 3 to 4 times flu.

Interesting piece of very positive and encouraging information that aligned to above came from Ontario Hospital data few months ago. Supplied by Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ), it proclaimed that based on actual death counts at hospitals, the Covid death rate is 3.5 times that of flu.

This was high quality study that reviewed 8 months of hospitalization data Nov 2019 to June 2020.

https://www.cp24.com/news/risk-of-death-from-covid-19-is-3-5-times-higher-than-influenza-cmaj-study-finds-1.5303599

This was yet another big piece of positive news that was minimally reported, strangely.

Of course….who the heck really knows in the end right?
Then again, while we’re worried about Covid a giant meteorite could be heading for earth. I hope we have everything we need at Area 51 to protect earth, and Will Smith is ready.

#83 Faron on 08.22.21 at 3:43 pm

I haven’t ever voted liberal and don’t plan to start now. The early election is in the minus column against the party. That said, I’ll review the local candidates and the party platforms and then decide. Most likely NDP or Green (surprising absolutely no one here I’m sure :-) ).

To an American, it will always seem like a perversion of power to mishmash the executive and legislative parts of government under a single ballot. Choosing a national leader and a local rep makes far more sense and would help prevent one party from running off with policy. Or, at least make the Senate subject to a separate, public ballot and less gutless. Power is too consolidated in Canadian national politics.

#84 When Will They Raise Rates? on 08.22.21 at 3:43 pm

Not sure why you deleted that comment, I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who views Trudeau and co as tyrants… I’ve had that view since he proclaimed that small businesses are merely tax avoidance scams…

#85 The joy of steerage on 08.22.21 at 3:44 pm

So the trumpers are now gobbling down horse deworming drugs…. darwin do your thing…

#86 Me Again on 08.22.21 at 3:49 pm

On housing, it will end when folks attempt to realize a gain on their rental properties once appreciation no longer does the trick for them. That will come with inflation, higher interest rates, or plain old unemployment.

No doubt Government’s spending, tax and or unemployment perks will be introduced to keep all three at bay for as long as they can keep this boat afloat.

Good luck to them.

Try getting a $600K + mortgage back from a renter for an “investment” property then. $3K+ a month? For a sucky condo? Not going to happen because wages won’t support it. Besides, at that time unemployment will be roaring, defaults soaring, interest rates will be negative and inflation will be on fire.

And just FYI: Many recent grads of higher education, those their masters and PhD’s, are leaving Canada for greener pastures “shortly” after graduating.

I’ve got three of them. All gone.

They earn double what their jobs in Canada paid, and it’s in US funds, with options, bonuses, retirement and health plans.

We’re about to follow! Hello USA. Goodbye, one trick pony Canada!

Yep, reality sucks. Keep buying those stocks!

#87 crowdedelevatorfartz on 08.22.21 at 3:54 pm

@#68 Sail Away

“Most of the good doctors went to the US where their service is properly compensated.”

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Absolutely correct.

And if there are any Liberal voters that doubt that fact….just vote Liberal again and watch next Spring as Freeland ratchets up the next level of taxes on “the rich” ( insert doctors, lawyers and entrepreneurs here).

Think its hard to find a doctor now?

Just wait.

#88 joe kahn on 08.22.21 at 4:03 pm

If J.T. Gets kicked out, I will start believing in God again.

#89 Dr.Manette on 08.22.21 at 4:05 pm

Who to vote for?

A true “Leader” with have the Flexibility and Adaptability to move a country forward.

Trudeau – is Not a leader of any sort, enough said.
Singh – is Not a leader. He blends in, but doesn’t stand out.

O’Toole – will Adapt and be Flexible to the changing needs of Canadians moving forward. He is the Best and Only option for all of us who have Added Value to our country.

#90 Bezengy on 08.22.21 at 4:13 pm

I’m thinking the kind of change/tax reform the Trudeau gang wants to implement will require a majority government to pass, which is why he took the risk of calling the election. Failure to get it passed and losing a non-confidence vote would prevent any sort of chance of being re-elected. Once voters know what CF has in store for them he’ll be hitting an all-time low popularity rating.

btw…..just finished reading Justin’s old man’s memoirs. Did you know the first house he lived in on his own was 24 Sussex Dr.? Weird.

#91 BillinBC on 08.22.21 at 4:16 pm

#53 Chaddywack on 08.22.21 at 12:58 pm

Bravo!!! Many people most likely feel the same way.
I had the opportunity to speak with Mr. O’Toole prior to the election. No person is perfect but he seems grounded.
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Well said Chaddywack…well said!

#92 Ponzius Pilatus on 08.22.21 at 4:18 pm

#20 crowdedelevatorfartz on 08.22.21 at 10:32 am
Well.
It’s started in BC.
https://www.citynews1130.com/2021/08/20/sunshine-coast-indigenous-names/
New unpronounceable village names with gutteral throat phlegm clearing characteristics.
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What’s wrong with it?
Give them back some of their dignity.
Does not cost a lot of money.
In Wales, Britain, many locations have Welsh names.
Talking about unpronounceable, even for British citizens.

#93 Brett in Calgary on 08.22.21 at 4:18 pm

Could you imagine if the little bald man beat out Mr. Socks? That would be wonderfully unexpected.

Agree with those on hear tiring of ‘the shame’ of being Canadian. Hopefully there is no ‘she-covery’ for Justin, what a tool… an O’Toole?

#94 Jake on 08.22.21 at 4:33 pm

The public has a short memory especially when they have to fork out more from their pocket and the reason for it.

O’Toole may actually win, but he’s facing a shite storm of debt and paying for that will prove unpopular, so much so that it could possibly decimate the party for years to come.

The introduction of the GST by the Cons in ’91 was met with incredible resistance giving Crétien and the Libs a monster majority, with the Cons getting tossed to the curb winning only 2 measly seats.

Perhaps history repeats. Trudeau could have waited to call this election but maybe he’s smarter than most think. O’Toole will likely face an onslaught of future voter angst resulting from the tools available to pay down the $353 billion debt which will ultimately hand the Libs another stunning majority like Crétien before him.

#95 Ponzius Pilatus on 08.22.21 at 4:41 pm

I applaud Jagmeet for having the guts to go out and openly cater to the Native vote.
Not sure if many white Canadians are ready for this.
I’m impressed with his youthful enthusiasm and energy.
And a pretty wife by his side can only help.

#96 Barb on 08.22.21 at 4:55 pm

Mr. O’Toole was in the military for 12 years.

I’m surprised blogdogs haven’t made up lists of what T2 has done for any 12 year period.

#97 Ponzius Pilatus on 08.22.21 at 5:00 pm

#83 Faron on 08.22.21 at 3:43 pm
I haven’t ever voted liberal and don’t plan to start now. The early election is in the minus column against the party. That said, I’ll review the local candidates and the party platforms and then decide. Most likely NDP or Green (surprising absolutely no one here I’m sure :-) ).

To an American, it will always seem like a perversion of power to mishmash the executive and legislative parts of government under a single ballot. Choosing a national leader and a local rep makes far more sense and would help prevent one party from running off with policy. Or, at least make the Senate subject to a separate, public ballot and less gutless. Power is too consolidated in Canadian national politics.
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I hear this quite often
I’m actually thinking the opposite.
I got the feeling that it takes far too long to get anything done politically in the States.
Any obscure Congressman/Senator from Nowherstate can hold up legislation.
And the Filibuster is a real drag.
Just look at the current budget.
Biden is pretty much handcuffed, and has to get on his knees and practically beg.
No system is perfect, but I like my leaders to lead and make decisions.
It’s been said that a perfect political system would be a “benevolent dictatorship”.
But unfortunately that never works out well in the long run.
.

#98 Flop… on 08.22.21 at 5:10 pm

#5 TurnerNation on 08.22.21 at 9:31 am

FLOP the tax slaves are revolting. This is Global WW3. All for our health of course!

https://twitter.com/TheInsiderPaper/status/1428943599140581377

“Chaotic scenes as protesters break through police barricades in Melbourne, Australia.

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Hey TN, they haven’t shut you down yet?

If you scroll down past the cute Quokka’s there might be some posts of interest to you, in particular the police car driving over the protester and another guy getting stomped on.

Australia Has Fallen, they say.

https://twitter.com/search?q=%23AustraliaHasFallen&src=trend_click&vertical=trends

Also since I’m Twittering about, I probably didn’t represent this one about the debt the Trudeau government had racked up against all the previous Canadian Prime Ministers.

662 Billion for the Metrosexual Messiah versus 630 Billion for the rest of the gang since 1867.

I hope to work on my communication skills and general presentation during my next 15,000 posts…

M47BC

P.S, don’t look at this chart if you get nauseous easily or normally vote Conservative…

https://twitter.com/MPelletierCIO/status/1429168486752743427

#99 Damifino on 08.22.21 at 5:10 pm

#75 Bucky

At some magical point the majority of this generation bagged up their tie-dye and beads and dropped them off at the Sally-Ann, then picked up business suits and became the Yuppies of the 80s
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I am reminded of these lines from Steely Dan’s Kid Charlemagne:

All those day-glo freaks
Who used to paint their face
They’ve joined the human race
Some things will never change

#100 Joshua Lyman on 08.22.21 at 5:12 pm

“Third, there are no issues motivating the greatest cohort of voters. That’s the Mills and Zs, who now constitute over 40% of all electors. They care about the environment, social justice, blah, blah, blah, but really just want a house and a fat job. No political party at any level has produced an agenda that excites them.”

OK Boomer.

#101 Jo on 08.22.21 at 5:17 pm

#53 Chaddywack
Very well said, could not agree more.

#102 Comrade on 08.22.21 at 5:21 pm

#87 crowdedelevatorfartz on 08.22.21 at 3:54 pm

@#68 Sail Away

“Most of the good doctors went to the US where their service is properly compensated.”

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Absolutely correct
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But we imported Faron.

#103 Annek on 08.22.21 at 5:29 pm

Yeah! Best news I have heard in a long time!
T2 may not win. There is hope for Canada yet…
On the other hand, bet you he hands out gifts to get the millennials out to vote.

#104 NOSTRADAMUS on 08.22.21 at 5:34 pm

JUSTIN TRUDEAU (AKA) JUST-IN-TIME TRUDEAU
Years ago I recall being at a title fight in Las Vegas. Minutes prior to the fight people where all heading for the arena. When I looked back at the tables the last minute gambling was frantic. I guess they are true river boat gamblers. Just-in-time is much like the free solo climber with no safety rope, leaving him to the inevitable fate of fundamental political gravity. I think Just-in-time should have got up from the table and headed for the arena with the rest of the crowd. But no, he is looking for a hat trick at the worst of times. I am on my throne and I will not step down.

#105 KLNR on 08.22.21 at 5:39 pm

My anecdotal evidence says the peoples party will be getting a good chunk of the rural ontario vote

Fools. There is not a single constituency in Canada where Max votes will be concentrated enough to elect a member. So every ballot is one less for the Conservative candidate. That’s how Reform destroyed Conservatives and elected Liberals time after time. The socons never learn. – Garth

#106 crowdedelevatorfartz on 08.22.21 at 5:47 pm

@#100 Joshua Limeman
“They care about the environment, social justice, blah, blah, blah, but really just want a house and a fat job.

Ok Boomer”

++++

Apologies if the truth is so distasteful.
But ….truth be told, Millennials are just as greedy as Boomers…. only lazier.
:)

#107 crowdedelevatorfartz on 08.22.21 at 5:50 pm

@#96 Barb
“I’m surprised blogdogs haven’t made up lists of what T2 has done for any 12 year period.”

****

Sadly, even Trudeau isn’t really sure what he, himself, has done over the past decade or two.

#108 Oakville Rocks! on 08.22.21 at 5:55 pm

From your lips to dog’s ears Garth!

But, this election is far from over. Campaigns matter and Trudeau and the Liberals are smart politicians and decent campaigners. O’Toole and this iteration of the Conservatives – who knows. No major missteps so far. Lots of time for a SoCon to volunteer their views on family or the climate crisis or dog forbid, abortion.

This thing will not get interesting until after Labour Day.

I am not convinced that the young’uns will not show up at the polls for T2, though. Nova Scotia is a very special case given that the Liberal leader was new and as you said tried to hide 2 drunk driving convictions.

The local Cons e-mailed me today to say you can start voting now. Just present yourself at the local Elections Canada office with proper ID and ask to vote. The ballots have not been printed yet so they will give you a blank ballot. You write in the candidate’s name – spelling counts.

#109 crowdedelevatorfartz on 08.22.21 at 5:59 pm

@#92 Ponzie’s Politically Correct Pronunciations
“What’s wrong with it?”

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Nothing.
But I think if we’re going to drill right down to the root of our self flagellation in Canada.

We must admit to ourselves that all of humanity (She-u-mans?)derived from a small tribe in Africa.

This tribe from hundreds of thousands of years ago spreads its DNA far and wide.

Lets save money and cut to the chase.
If we are to truly throw off the yoke of racism….
All of humanity came from out of Africa and we must reflect this in even the most banal of signage.

With no written language we must draw pictograms and “clicks” to delineate each and every road sign drawn in the dust….

https://theweek.com/articles/457951/brief-history-african-click-words

Its the right thing to do.

#110 KLNR on 08.22.21 at 6:18 pm

@#105 KLNR on 08.22.21 at 5:39 pm
My anecdotal evidence says the peoples party will be getting a good chunk of the rural ontario vote

Fools. There is not a single constituency in Canada where Max votes will be concentrated enough to elect a member. So every ballot is one less for the Conservative candidate. That’s how Reform destroyed Conservatives and elected Liberals time after time.

The socons never learn. – Garth

yup, you can’t fix stupid.

#111 miketheengineer on 08.22.21 at 6:35 pm

Lets see Garth….

Did you loose your job and spend months out of work – Yep

Has inflation taken all your cash just to fill your tank and put a loaf of bread on the table – Yep

In the last 18 months, are there more people in GTA standing on corners with a cup looking for a hand out, cause they can’t make it anymore – Yep

Have you had a loved one go into hospital for something, get much worse and die without being able to visit them or say good bye – Yep

Have you been locked away in your home – contemplating ways to kill yourself – Yep

Do you have lung conditions that get worse when you wear a mask for too long – Yep

Did you eventually find a job, and had to take a 35% pay cut, just to be able to purchase some crusts of bread to feed your family – Yep

Only to have fat cats in power claim that everything is going back to normal, if you only give up all your freedoms and liberties, like going to a store or a restaurant, or going to visit grandma to give her a hug because she has spent months all alone. I call that all a bunch of BS.

I don’t trust any of the government or the media. If they say something is black, they lie and it is really white.

Because of government policy, I lost my good paying job, I have lost my family, and it is terrible.

And you are right Mr. Garth. Wrong time to call an election. Oh well, there is a saying, you can’t fix stupid.

And I feel really really stupid.

Remember, freedom is not free…and removing freedom from one person in a country with a “CHARTER OF RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS” is just wrong, plain wrong.

Remember. Remember. Remember.

Good luck Garth and all the people on the blog.

I wish you the best (at least better than what happened to me)

#112 Elon Fanboy on 08.22.21 at 6:41 pm

Voting…..the adult equivalent of sending a letter to Santa.

#113 Yukon Elvis on 08.22.21 at 6:43 pm

#53 Chaddywack on 08.22.21 at 12:58 pm

Yes residential schools were a mistake and should not have happened. I am perfectly fine with remembering the past and vowing to not repeat it, but I will not take on the burden of feeling guilty personally about a system that was put in place by men long since dead and that I had nothing to do with.
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Here is a link to some additional information on residential schools that you might find interesting.

https://williamgairdner.ca/balancing-the-biased-genocide-story-about-residential-schools/

#114 Arm chair economist on 08.22.21 at 6:49 pm

What the hell. I am going to vote conservative for the first time in 2 decades. Sick of the white man shaming, renaming everything, virtue signalling, and fiscal irresponsibility. And conservative plan to release federal land for house construction is the only way to bring house prices under control, so the extreme inequalities can be tackled.

#115 Juste Pour Rire on 08.22.21 at 6:50 pm

#112 Elon Fanboy

Voting…..the adult equivalent of sending a letter to Santa.

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Now THAT is funny.

But, does Santa take half your check each year?

#116 Arm chair economist on 08.22.21 at 6:56 pm

The reason I have not voted conservative for a long while is the complete denial of climate change. However, the changes and investment are in place privately that will make massive changes in the next decade. No party will really do what needs to be done, so the private sector is taking care of it. So no reason to not vote conservative now.

#117 crowdedelevatorfartz on 08.22.21 at 7:01 pm

@#112 Fanboy
“Voting…..the adult equivalent of sending a letter to Santa.”

+++

Good one.

“If voting made a difference, they wouldn’t let us do it.”

-Mark Twain 1899

#118 Victorian on 08.22.21 at 7:03 pm

Garth, this sentence said it all, for me: “… He reminded everyone of things they wished to forget….”

Although I’m a senior, and can’t recall ever missing the opportunity to vote, I’m just so sick of politicians right now, that I’m seriously considering skipping voting this time.
I DON’T CARE

It’s not just Covid and the initial inefficiency by both the Federal and Provincial governments, but this country is going to hell, with doctor shortages and other disappointing developments

#119 Ponzius Pilatus on 08.22.21 at 7:07 pm

#68 Sail Away on 08.22.21 at 2:41 pm
#38 Mattl on 08.22.21 at 12:06 pm

It’s interesting that Healthcare isn’t a bigger issue for all Canadians. While I feel fortunate to have a house, I’d really like a family doctor. Ours went MIA during Covid and we can’t find another one.

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Most of the good doctors went to the US where their service is properly compensated.
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I heard “Gun Shot Wound Surgeons” are in high demand.
They are considered specialists and get top dolla.

#120 Damifino on 08.22.21 at 7:16 pm

I’ve read the PPC platform online and concluded that it’s not 100% insane. It’s only 20% about insane.

However, I wholeheartedly agree with Garth that a vote for the PPC in any constituency is a wasted vote far better given to the Conservatives, especially if the decimation of the Liberals is one’s central aim.

I could almost as easily argue the same case for the Greens and would even suggest the insanity content of their platform is actually higher than Max’s.

It’s all between Justin and Erin. Jag will remain the third wheel in either event. The only problem is that while he’d be willing to remain a T2 lapdog, I couldn’t say he’d do the same for an O’Toole minority. Actually, there’s not a chance.

BTW, I don’t harbor a deep personal animosity for the PM. He’s simply miles out of his depth without any possibility of admitting it or changing course. Thus, he’s made an utter hash of things as one might expect. Admittedly, the smugness while doing so is a bit galling.

I’d be okay if he’d just go back to being the member from Papineau as the process of governing Canada reverts back to a cooperative effort.

#121 Woke up this morning... on 08.22.21 at 7:21 pm

#71 Dolce Vita

67 million French, 60 million Italiani, 11 million Greeks have no problem with it during the HEIGHT OF TOURIST SEASON and use it, like me. And the other 320 EU citizens + Brexit UK don’t have a problem with it either.

Stop listening to IDIOT AMERICANS and their Freedom BS. Look at what that’s getting them.

You’re CANADIAN, you’re better educated overall…time to start showing it.

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Dolce, if it’s one thing we need to remember it is this: Just because everyone seems to be doing it, doesn’t mean it is the right thing to do or that it is being done the right way.

I understand that there are benefits in these circumstances to identifying vaccinated people. But what are the drawbacks?

It is a large dataset about location, patterns, habits, etc. It is tracking in the clearest meaning of the word.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m under no illusion about this. Creeps in Silicon Valley have been tracking us and listening to us and collecting our data for decades.

Regardless, it doesn’t make it right. We have the means to achieve the goals and protect privacy. We have encryption. We can do things to the benefit of the user and not the benefit of the data gatherer.

I have been asking for a long long time why email isn’t encrypted. And for that matter, why the creeps reading our emails in transit aren’t subject to the same federal law violations that they would be if they opened and read a good old written snail-mail letter?

Things used to be clear. Things used to be right. Now just because they are electronic it is the Wild West on our privacy? I don’t think so. I think the goals can be achieved with privacy preserved.

Have you noticed how our leaders and corporations are doing all they can to eliminate that clarity?

WHY?

And what about science? Science is somehow being all lost lately because it seems to be inconvenient to the story line. Science used to matter.

For example…since you are still on cloud 9 about Italia winning the Euro, tell me, how is it that everyone in the stadium was vaccinated with proof of vaccination, and yet the Euro Final was just recently declared a super spreader event?

What good are these QR codes when the science and logic appears to be in clear conflict with them? And Technology that would be ensuring our protection and privacy clearly is not being utilized? At least you Europeans have the GDPR, what do Canadians have?

#122 the jaguar on 08.22.21 at 8:02 pm

@114……..is it just me that hears an echo in your comment reminiscent of the election in the USA where Mrs. Clinton was thought to be forgone conclusion.
History may not repeat but often rhymes.
Remember that Mr. ‘Rowe’. Go home.

#123 You just don't get it on 08.22.21 at 8:06 pm

“My anecdotal evidence says the peoples party will be getting a good chunk of the rural ontario vote

Fools. There is not a single constituency in Canada where Max votes will be concentrated enough to elect a member. So every ballot is one less for the Conservative candidate. That’s how Reform destroyed Conservatives and elected Liberals time after time. The socons never learn. – Garth

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Who cares if Liberals defeat ‘Conservatives’ when the PC party are just Liberals anyway?

Pretty shallow to just vote so you can say ‘my team won!’ even though your team is no different from the one you are trying to defeat.

People who vote their conscience are sending a message that they want a real alternative and are willing to do what it takes to get it.

But then, some people see the whole point of voting is to make sure you get as much money as possible for your district, and screw everyone else.

They’re the smart ones I guess.

I’ll stay a fool, thanks.

#124 Wrk.dover on 08.22.21 at 8:10 pm

#29 Penny Henny on 08.22.21 at 11:09 am
Garth was there mail in ballots in the Nova Scotia election?
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I don’t know this but, I am certain that advance polls were open all day every weekday for weeks!

#125 Faron on 08.22.21 at 8:17 pm

#97 Ponzius Pilatus on 08.22.21 at 5:00 pm
#83 Faron on 08.22.21 at 3:43 pm

The Harper years were a disaster for scientists owing to the muzzle he had put in place. Great years for the oil patch, but set Canadian climate change policy back a decade. Watching bill after bill get rammed through was all I needed to see. However, watching Obama get stymied by McConnel year after year was almost equally frustrating. The fillibuster should be eliminated. That would undo much of the legislative clog in the US.

#126 Gun violence on 08.22.21 at 8:25 pm

#91 Ponzi

“I heard “Gun Shot Wound Surgeons” are in high demand.
They are considered specialists and get top dolla.”
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List of American cities with the most violent crime rates:

St. Louis, Detroit, Baltimore, New Orleans, Baton Rouge, K.C., Milwaukee, Cleveland, Memphis, Newark, Chicago, Cincinnati, Mobile, Philadelphia, Albuquerque, Indianapolis….

Those and many more all run by one political party, and have been for decades.

Just a coincidence I’m sure.

#127 Billy Buoy on 08.22.21 at 8:41 pm

In ode to Smoking Man:

Long the USD against the EUR especially and watch it against towards ours as well, especially until the Budget nonsense in the USA settles.

Never fight the FED, they protect their banks and wall street first, anyone else is a dar 2nd.

#128 Ancient Ron on 08.22.21 at 8:42 pm

Conservative Majority.

#129 Ballingsford on 08.22.21 at 8:42 pm

Garth, there really is no one to vote for.

Let’s just nominate one of the feature pups in your blog and promise to build more dog parks and dog health care. I’m sure they’ll get a majority vote from a lot of voters, and from people who feel like just killing themselves instead of voting this election. I think millenials are even getting a bit wiser now.

I’ll contribute to the cause.

#130 IHCTD9 on 08.22.21 at 9:15 pm

#86 Me Again on 08.22.21 at 3:49 pm

And just FYI: Many recent grads of higher education, those their masters and PhD’s, are leaving Canada for greener pastures “shortly” after graduating.

I’ve got three of them. All gone.

They earn double what their jobs in Canada paid, and it’s in US funds, with options, bonuses, retirement and health plans.

We’re about to follow! Hello USA. Goodbye, one trick pony Canada!

Yep, reality sucks.
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I got two just starting into uni. Both natural academics with 97+ averages coming out of private schools. Let me tell you, I am making sure both are well seeded with the idea that Canada ain’t the only place on earth where they might put down roots and prosper.

IMHO, Canada is entering a new era where federal and provincial finances will be calling all the shots. There is no other choice for our style of government when the ability to borrow dirt cheap goes away. Trudeau has all but guaranteed a 2% increase in rates will cripple the entire country, going backwards is a real b!tch.

I’m first Gen Canadian myself, but it’s sure looking like the possibilities of round two are low. Didn’t last too long did it?

If both my kids exit to the USA – and if possible, we would probably go too. I already got 2 pairs of in-laws planning to retire elsewhere, and possibly one bro who managed to get dual citizenship thanks to our parents birth country. Why hang around watching the social net disintegrate under a mountain of debt servicing? Just when I might finally need it too. No thanks.

I feel bad for Tool if he wins, because it ain’t really a win after Trudeau’s napalming of what used to be a good country to live in.

Better crank those immigration numbers…

#131 Billy Buoy on 08.22.21 at 9:25 pm

Don’t have the patience to listen to the b.s. from the politicians especially during the warm summer days. Will see what you dogs say leading up to election day.

22 yr old daughter who initially thought Justy was “cute” when first elected is now refering to him as a “dick.” Smart lady, heading to Osgoode Law next month.

Puny odds of dying of covid if your healthy to begin with and no pre existing conditions…yes I am vaced out of peer pressure to not infect the obese, older segments of the population who are so egotistical to think they should live forever.

The real Covid issue is the lack of sufficient pre planning for hospital beds for our aging population. But no one will ever admit it…in the words of the great Steve Earle:

“I know it sucks that your HMO isn’t doing what you expected it to do, we all have to die sometime. It’s the best that we can do.”

The world of today..A bunch of lemmings afraid to speak out and put their necks on the line to really try for change. Instead we will be a bunch of pussies, vent here and nothing will change for the better .

At least I have respect for the few Cubans who had the balls to speak out knowing they would be put in a horrible prison for 10 years. Us? A bunch of whining, spoiled children. Proud of that?

Imagine if the majority actually did something and acted vs. Just whining about it? Just imagine.

RIP Don Everly. One part of a perfect harmony pair that the world may never come across again.

#132 Quintilian on 08.22.21 at 9:28 pm

More anecdotal news.

This afternoon at the barbeque and after couple of joints, my buddies, with the million dollar$ + mortgages, were talking trash about all three major parties.

I think they smell something bad for them brought on by the changing winds

#133 Ponzius Pilatus on 08.22.21 at 9:30 pm

#125 Faron on 08.22.21 at 8:17 pm
#97 Ponzius Pilatus on 08.22.21 at 5:00 pm
#83 Faron on 08.22.21 at 3:43 pm

The Harper years were a disaster for scientists owing to the muzzle he had put in place. Great years for the oil patch, but set Canadian climate change policy back a decade. Watching bill after bill get rammed through was all I needed to see. However, watching Obama get stymied by McConnel year after year was almost equally frustrating. The fillibuster should be eliminated. That would undo much of the legislative clog in the US.
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I really did not pay too much attention to American politics until Trump was in his second year, when I realized this guy was for real.
By that I mean, unstable and dangerous.
And then I saw and heard McConnel, and I thought, who the hell is this guy who has more power than the The President of the mighty USA.
And, since then I have not taken my eyes off the Gongshow that is American politics.
As for Biden, I wish him good luck, but I just don’t think he’ll serve out his term.

#134 Steven Rowlandson on 08.22.21 at 9:32 pm

DELETED (Anti-vax)

#135 Old Stock Canadian Voter on 08.22.21 at 9:36 pm

Just saw a TV ad for O’Toole. Apparently he was in the military for 12 years. He is also a lawyer and he is younger than Trudeau (just doesn’t look like it). He seems to have more on the go than Trudeau ever did.

#136 The joy of steerage on 08.22.21 at 9:40 pm

Humans are 60% genetically similar to a banana….T2 wins…..

#137 IHCTD9 on 08.22.21 at 9:45 pm

#94 Jake on 08.22.21 at 4:33 pm
The public has a short memory especially when they have to fork out more from their pocket and the reason for it.

O’Toole may actually win, but he’s facing a shite storm of debt and paying for that will prove unpopular, so much so that it could possibly decimate the party for years to come.
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Any party trying to fix the Trudeau disaster will be decimated. We can look forward to ever revolving governments, as it won’t matter who wins, they’ll all face the same problem. They’ll have to do the same things the last government did – which got them booted.

Like I’ve said many times – it don’t matter who wins. We’re going to hit the wall Trudeau built for us, and we’ll have to deal with it at some point. It won’t be going away for decades upon decades – hence my assertion that post-Trudeau Canada is a “new” Canada. One that just sucks.

#138 Doug t on 08.22.21 at 10:09 pm

#106 fartz

KABOOM right out of the park homer – noice

#139 The West on 08.22.21 at 10:16 pm

Churchill didn’t win WW2.

A combination of German blunders and American industrial might bought the dilapidated empire under London another 11 years – only to be embarrassed by the Egyptians because (rightfully) the Americans no longer supported English Imperialism.

The Americans were on the wrong side of history in WW1 and it led directly to WW2. England was lucky to survive.

#140 ImGonnaBeSick on 08.22.21 at 10:26 pm

#119 Ponzius Pilatus on 08.22.21 at 7:07 pm
#68 Sail Away on 08.22.21 at 2:41 pm
#38 Mattl on 08.22.21 at 12:06 pm

It’s interesting that Healthcare isn’t a bigger issue for all Canadians. While I feel fortunate to have a house, I’d really like a family doctor. Ours went MIA during Covid and we can’t find another one.

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Most of the good doctors went to the US where their service is properly compensated.
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I heard “Gun Shot Wound Surgeons” are in high demand.
They are considered specialists and get top dolla.

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Take a break from commenting… You’re a weiner and uninteresting…

#141 IHCTD9 on 08.22.21 at 10:37 pm

#135 Old Stock Canadian Voter on 08.22.21 at 9:36 pm
Just saw a TV ad for O’Toole. Apparently he was in the military for 12 years. He is also a lawyer and he is younger than Trudeau (just doesn’t look like it). He seems to have more on the go than Trudeau ever did.
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Probably never wore blackface or got “too forward” with female journalists either.

I’ll bet Trudeau’s closet hides more bones than the Kolyma highway. He’s been a silver-spoon fed frat boi since birth. I hope in time, we get to see some of what he’s hiding in there.

How a left wing progressive could ever vote for this self-entitled elitist jock is beyond me.

#142 AB on 08.22.21 at 10:41 pm

Reading most of the comments tonight , I don’t blame people for wanting to flee to the USA. That being said, we are staying put. Looking at the options in this world, we truly are blessed. Balanced and diversified thanks to Garths advice. He truly is a gem. Also some USD ETFs just in case. Living quietly and staying under the radar. Enjoying a beautiful view with my better half with a glass of NZ Sauvignon Blanc. Yes, we are in Alberta. Beautiful places to retire all across the country. Anyone who thinks their province has a monopoly on beauty is confused. No, I am not a separatist even though some of you assumed that. Canada is not perfect, but it is a very nice place. Enjoy where you are living and ignore the nonsense from extremists on the left or right. Cheers!

#143 That guy on 08.22.21 at 11:48 pm

The problems: eye-watering deficits and debt. Climate change (I think it’s a crock but it seems to be popular so I will add it to be more palatable), pandemic still going.

The solution: The Ann Coulter party!

How it works:
1) Get voted in and allocate $25 million per year in USD to pay Ann Coulter to tell us what to do.
2) Do everything Ms Coulter says to get Canada running ship shape.

Who is with me?

#144 Spectacle ( front row seats) on 08.22.21 at 11:58 pm

Nice guys ::
Had to be said. Socks child will fel pain once blackface comes up, and shortly aftrr comes tge factvtgat he covered up his affair with a female student child while teaaching in BC. Then comes the WE criminal investigations. Then agenda 30 and the issues such as UB Income and his dream of socialist/communist dictatorship for Canasa. Virus fiasco growing. Oh, genocide of Canadian Native children, where does it stop once it all opens up?

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141 IHCTD9 on 08.22.21 at 10:37 pm
#135 Old Stock Canadian Voter on 08.22.21 at 9:36 pm

Just saw a TV ad for O’Toole. Apparently he was in the military for 12 years. He is also a lawyer and he is younger than Trudeau (just doesn’t look like it). He seems to have more on the go than Trudeau ever did.
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Probably never wore blackface or got “too forward” with female journalists either.

I’ll bet Trudeau’s closet hides more bones than the Kolyma highway. He’s been a silver-spoon fed frat boi since birth. I hope in time, we get to see some of what he’s hiding in there.

How a left wing progressive could ever vote for this self-entitled elitist jock is beyond me.

#145 Diharv on 08.23.21 at 1:09 am

If his arrogance leads to his undoing, it would be a fitting end.

#146 Robert Ash on 08.23.21 at 1:57 am

Conservative Minority, sent my Letter to Santa,…Good one Fanboy.

#147 Nonplused on 08.23.21 at 3:24 am

Interesting question Scott Adams posed today (paraphrased):

Given that Trump announced he was going to pull out of Afghanistan a long time ago, (before he was elected perhaps one could argue), why are there still Americans there? Why haven’t they all already left?

Even if you take Biden’s timeline for withdrawal, why did any Americans stay behind?

I think this is a relatively good question. Both Trump and Biden gave dates. Yet they say there are still 15,000 Americans in Afghanistan? These aren’t military personnel.

#148 Wrk.dover on 08.23.21 at 6:38 am

#137 IHCTD9 on 08.22.21 at 9:45 pm
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Would you rather be a Canadian living in America, or an American living in Canada.

Honest answer please.

Ironically, thinking it through all the way, you will either conclude that Canada is still #1, or Sail Away is an idiot!

T2 has made a mess, but not as bad as that of the GOP…

#149 crowdedelevatorfartz on 08.23.21 at 8:44 am

@#139 The West
“Churchill didn’t win WW2.

A combination of German blunders and American industrial might ”

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You omitted the meat grinder that was the second front in both WWI and ( more importantly) WWII.

Russia swallowed German armies whole and kept them busy. D-day would have been a disaster if they weren’t otherwise occupied.
Churchill was the man in charge in England so he rightfully earned his place in history.

One shudders at the thought of a Trudeau in charge of England at that particular time in history….
“Peace in our time” appeasement by any other name…. comes to mind.

#150 crowdedelevatorfartz on 08.23.21 at 8:50 am

@#148 Wrk.dvr
“T2 has made a mess, but not as bad as that of the GOP…”

+++

I think the jury is still out on just how bad Trudeau’s “Bonfire of His Vanity” will be in the decades ahead.
Billions burned in a year and still more promises to keep.
We wont see the true costs for a few years(decades?) yet.
Criminal.

The US is in the same boat but their Greenback dollar leads…all the rest follow….for now.

Chinese renminbi is a pretty red….

#151 Prince Polo on 08.23.21 at 8:57 am

It is an amorphous mass, its shape undefined, its substance or sentience unknown. It is the Canadian federal election campaign so far: The Blob.

It’s not a campaign about nothing, but a campaign about everything. National child-care programs, long-term care, income supports, green industry, climate change, boosting the economy and every party’s own plan for creating one million jobs. All the major parties have their most extensive and expensive catalogues of campaign promises ever.

Yet there isn’t a focused question that politicians are fighting over. There isn’t a thing, or theme, at the centre. Maybe that’s partly because it’s only been a week, in August, when the public isn’t paying full attention. And the politicians may be keeping some powder dry.

Nevertheless, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau should be afraid of The Blob.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/politics/article-the-election-campaign-is-shaping-up-to-be-shapeless-and-that-should/

#152 crowdedelevatorfartz on 08.23.21 at 9:00 am

@#140 ImGonnabeSick
“Take a break from commenting… You’re a weiner and uninteresting…”

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While I agree 100% on your astute observations of Mr Ponzies verbal jabs….

I regard his comments as cannon fodder from the bleating liberal left.
Any comment that he hasn’t originated is mocked as “wrong”, ” foolish”, etc.
It’s actually quite amusing winding up the Ponzie toy and letting it loose.

For example.
Hey Ponzie!

Why did “the Trudeau” cross the busy road……?

#153 IHCTD9 on 08.23.21 at 9:19 am

#148 Wrk.dover on 08.23.21 at 6:38 am
#137 IHCTD9 on 08.22.21 at 9:45 pm
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Would you rather be a Canadian living in America, or an American living in Canada.
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Depends where my kids (and grandkids?) end up.

Canada used to have a lot to offer, but looks like that time has come to an end. I like NYS and New England well enough to move there even without the kid factor.

In reality, I probably won’t have to move, but my kids will be a totally different story.

#154 Howard on 08.23.21 at 9:23 am

#148 Wrk.dover on 08.23.21 at 6:38 am
#137 IHCTD9 on 08.22.21 at 9:45 pm
_______________________________

Would you rather be a Canadian living in America, or an American living in Canada.

Honest answer please.

Ironically, thinking it through all the way, you will either conclude that Canada is still #1, or Sail Away is an idiot!

T2 has made a mess, but not as bad as that of the GOP…

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SailAway moved to Canada before the Trudeau Libs crushed a generation, and the generation crushed wasn’t his. He’s made his fortune and bought property when it was cheap and is therefore grandfathered in to a version of Canada that is still liveable. I think that was partly IHCTD’s point, that Canada used to be decent place but no more.

Young Canadians have no choice but to leave. Older Canadians, 45-50+, usually have the assets (bought cheap) to stay and live comfortably. But maybe they won’t want to watch the country disintegrate before their eyes?

#155 cramar on 08.23.21 at 9:31 am

Yeah! Watching the election news last night with everyone hammering JT over Afghanistan, I said to the wife that I would not be surprised if he gets another minority, but with even fewer seats. He miscalculated this time. Nobody else would have handled the situation in Kabul any better, but he is the one people will blame. And everyone is ticked at him for wasting millions on an unnecessary election in a pandemic. O’Toole, NDP, & Bloc will benefit.

#156 Damifino on 08.23.21 at 9:50 am

#141 IHCTD9

How a left wing progressive could ever vote for this self-entitled elitist jock is beyond me.
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It’s because the alternatives are too horrifying for them to contemplate.

#157 calgary rip off on 08.23.21 at 10:10 am

Covid 19 is never going away. Reports at cell.com currently show that influenza A and covid have the similar amount of variants per year. nextstrain.org shows Covid 19 progressions, with epsilon, gamma, delta etc, variants.

A current work, https://www.cell.com/immunity/fulltext/S1074-7613(21)00348-4
shows an attempt yet again to combat variants. Good luck with that. There is a simple thing called vitamin C for viruses: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7172861/ What a bonus, I can go to costco and buy some!!

One thing that I particularly enjoy about masks is that it conceals my face and I dont need to worry about my expressions anymore. I think I will be using masks now in public forever as it keeps what I think how it should be, private.

I laugh when the public thinks there is some answer to Covid 19. There is no answer. Medicine doesnt act in absolutes. And mortality is when, not if.

#158 Ponzius Pilatus on 08.23.21 at 10:47 am

#154 Howie

SailAway moved to Canada before the Trudeau Libs crushed a generation, and the generation crushed wasn’t his. He’s made his fortune and bought property when it was cheap and is therefore grandfathered in to a version of Canada that is still liveable. I think that was partly IHCTD’s point, that Canada used to be decent place but no more.
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You are right, it all started going downhill when Sailo came to Canada and started to infest this blog.
As for myself :
I’ve been here over 40 years, and I have to say it’s been ups and downs, but overall still one of the better places to live.
Never even considered immigrating or moving to the States.

#159 Not Fooled on 08.23.21 at 10:52 am

#125 Faron on 08.22.21 at 8:17 pm
#97 Ponzius Pilatus on 08.22.21 at 5:00 pm
#83 Faron on 08.22.21 at 3:43 pm

The Harper years were a disaster for scientists owing to the muzzle he had put in place. Great years for the oil patch, but set Canadian climate change policy back a decade. Watching bill after bill get rammed through was all I needed to see. However, watching Obama get stymied by McConnel year after year was almost equally frustrating. The fillibuster should be eliminated. That would undo much of the legislative clog in the US.

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Under Trudeau, every scrap of biometric data is being recorded by asking the respondent whether they self-identify as male or female, non-binary, or some other lie. Crime stats, covid response, medical research, everything.

So when the number of ‘women’ charged with sexual assault suddenly spikes, or when we see ‘women’ getting prostate cancer, how will we address it?

At least Harper didn’t foolishly deny immutable human biology in favour of stupid human ideology.

#160 Dharma Bum on 08.23.21 at 10:58 am

#115 Just pour rire

But, does Santa take half your check each year?
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Of course he does.

But he has his agents do it for him.

Every January, VISA, Mastercard, and Interac suck away billions from hardworking Canadians who have foolishly squandered their earnings on the biggest poverty inducing scam known to western society.

It’s called Christmas Shopping.

#161 Woke up this morning... on 08.23.21 at 11:06 am

#157 calgary rip off

Covid 19 is never going away.

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That’s what I said when the news reported 10,000 cases. At that point I was like…cat’s out of the bag, and no dog will chase it back in.

Few Harvard folks modelled that very thing back in April 2020 as well. They pointed out that Covid fell into an “unwelcome family” of coronaviruses.

https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/04/new-model-looks-at-what-might-happen-if-sars-cov-2-is-here-to-stay/

#162 Trojan House on 08.23.21 at 11:07 am

#135 Old Stock Canadian Voter on 08.22.21 at 9:36 pm

Yes, but O’Toole doesn’t have great hair like Trudeau nor does he speak in wokeisms like “people kind,” etc. He also doesn’t say things like “the budget will balance itself” or “I don’t worry about monetary policy.” Therefore, he doesn’t stand a chance.

#163 Ok, Doomer on 08.23.21 at 11:14 am

All political parties are missing a huge issue on housing affordability. It’s cprised of two real issues, not just one. They are all focusing on getting payments under control. The real is getting DOWN payments to go further. That is infinitely more powerful as it means you can actually save up a down payment and be vastly more secure.

But to do that, interest rates will need to rise dramatically. And lots of people who should not be home owners will lose their homes.

It’s a pitiful thing electing government s that reward irresponsible behavior and penalize hard working responsible people.

But then again, look at Trudeau; #1 fanboy of Biden. Nothing fails like failure.

#164 Ponzius Pilatus on 08.23.21 at 11:17 am

160 Dharma Bum on 08.23.21 at 10:58 am
#115 Just pour rire

But, does Santa take half your check each year?
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Of course he does.

But he has his agents do it for him.

Every January, VISA, Mastercard, and Interac suck away billions from hardworking Canadians who have foolishly squandered their earnings on the biggest poverty inducing scam known to western society.

It’s called Christmas Shopping.
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Oh, yeah.
Santa the poster boy for capitalism.
Courtesy of Coca Cola.
There was a time when all we wanted and got for Christmas was an apple, and when we were lucky an orange.

#165 Sail Away on 08.23.21 at 11:35 am

#148 Wrk.dover on 08.23.21 at 6:38 am

Would you rather be a Canadian living in America, or an American living in Canada.

Honest answer please.

Ironically, thinking it through all the way, you will either conclude that Canada is still #1, or Sail Away is an idiot!

T2 has made a mess, but not as bad as that of the GOP…

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Choose if necessary but always keep the options open. We first moved to Canada in 2006 when the kids were little and this was partly done for their future- to ensure their dual citizenship and residency was fully established.

I’ve always started/owned companies and it so happened that we were in Canada at the right time, so pulled the trigger and started the engineering firm here. Even so, we do plenty of cross-border work.

As far as investing, our holdings are 70% in US companies, so much of the increase in our net worth has come about via US business.

Sure, we live in Canada and very much like it here. We also very much like a lot of places in the US and own property there. Dual citizens, dual ownerships, equivalent assets…

My extended family used to run companies in Venezuela and had significant assets there. Not anymore Nationwide economic collapse is not a theoretical concept in our family.

#166 Sail Away on 08.23.21 at 11:45 am

#158 Ponzius Pilatus on 08.23.21 at 10:47 am

You are right, it all started going downhill when Sailo came to Canada and started to infest this blog.

As for myself :
I’ve been here over 40 years, and I have to say it’s been ups and downs, but overall still one of the better places to live.

Never even considered immigrating or moving to the States.

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Good idea, because Austrian immigrants like that Arnie character didn’t do well in the US.

#167 Sail Away on 08.23.21 at 11:50 am

Here’s the way Alaskans interact with grizzlies:

https://www.msn.com/en-ca/video/news/wondering-about-summer-camp-safety-heres-what-you-need-to-know/vi-BB1gz58H?ocid=msedgntp

#168 The joy of steerage on 08.23.21 at 11:54 am

The libs are panicking… after being caught doctoring O’toole video

our future PM….. scary

https://twitter.com/BourdeauRick/status/1429783320041230339

#169 Faron on 08.23.21 at 11:59 am

#140 ImGonnaBeSick on 08.22.21 at 10:26 pm
#119 Ponzius Pilatus on 08.22.21 at 7:07 pm
#68 Sail Away on 08.22.21 at 2:41 pm
#38 Mattl on 08.22.21 at 12:06 pm

… You’re a weiner …

Being from Austria, there’s a better chance he’s a Wiener.

#170 El Kabong on 08.23.21 at 1:04 pm

“Voter participation NS sucked. Barely 55% of those eligible to cast a ballot did so. As usual, older people (especially Boomers) turned out. The kids were AWOL. Since younger voters have been the bread-&-butter of Liberal victories – and wrinklies tend to lean right – it was bad news for the Grits.”

Down here in the lower 48, blue-state gauleiters such as Andrew Cuomo fixed that bug straightaway. Shove in COVID patients alongside the most helpless of the “wrinklies” – voila! No more wrinklies. Worked so well in NY State, it was replicated in half-a-dozen others.

Think it over, looneys – dead men pull no levers.

#171 Howard on 08.23.21 at 1:04 pm

#158 Ponzius Pilatus on 08.23.21 at 10:47 am
#154 Howie

SailAway moved to Canada before the Trudeau Libs crushed a generation, and the generation crushed wasn’t his. He’s made his fortune and bought property when it was cheap and is therefore grandfathered in to a version of Canada that is still liveable. I think that was partly IHCTD’s point, that Canada used to be decent place but no more.
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You are right, it all started going downhill when Sailo came to Canada and started to infest this blog.
As for myself :
I’ve been here over 40 years, and I have to say it’s been ups and downs, but overall still one of the better places to live.
Never even considered immigrating or moving to the States.

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Canada has been smashingly profitable and generous to your generation. Of course you love it. Who wouldn’t, in your shoes?

Though despite this, you seem to be trying to convince yourself it was the right move. To move from Austria, with its beautiful and accessible landscapes, rich and intellectually stimulating culture, and excellent affordability, to Canada would be a massive step down today and even 40 years ago.

#172 Sail Away on 08.23.21 at 1:24 pm

#167 Sail Away on 08.23.21 at 11:50 am

Here’s the way Alaskans interact with grizzlies:

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whoops

https://www.newsweek.com/massive-alaskan-grizzly-bear-gets-within-feet-bystanders-video-viewed-10m-times-1616345

#173 IHCTD9 on 08.23.21 at 1:26 pm

#154 Howard on 08.23.21 at 9:23 am

SailAway moved to Canada before the Trudeau Libs crushed a generation, and the generation crushed wasn’t his. He’s made his fortune and bought property when it was cheap and is therefore grandfathered in to a version of Canada that is still liveable. I think that was partly IHCTD’s point, that Canada used to be decent place but no more.

Young Canadians have no choice but to leave. Older Canadians, 45-50+, usually have the assets (bought cheap) to stay and live comfortably. But maybe they won’t want to watch the country disintegrate before their eyes?
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What made Canada great when we started out? We bought a 4 acre farm remnant for only 123K, we raised 2 kids and put them through private schools and now University without having to moonlight as hitmen. We had enough to save for retirement, and it looks like we’ll hit our goals here too. I couldn’t have asked for more given our ordinary income and how far it ended up going. Canada was great back then.

RE has now been careening out of control for 10+ years, but Trudeau was the point where all became lost. It can’t be brought back without an epic disaster now. Up till 2020, a decent affordable life could still be had out in the sticks – but Trudeau sat on his little hands and let that option burn to the ground too. The prices are a total joke everywhere now, and if I were a single mid 20’s dude right now, I’d be hard at work planning an exit out of sheer disgust alone.

#174 Planetgoofy on 08.23.21 at 1:50 pm

So Garth
This was predictable. I said it right here a while ago.
Im not anti VAX i just wanted it to be tested WELL before i made my deciscion.
The whole thing is a shit show in my view.
There is STILL no clear direction on pretty much anything….no? Every state province and country has their own rules.
https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/other/the-vaccinated-are-worried-and-scientists-don-t-have-answers/ar-AANzgN7?ocid=uxbndlbing

Anywho….paying off my last mortgatge…today.
Closing in on 7 digit paid for cash flow RE… Cars truck rv and machinery paid for.
Still have large in the bank and a large chuck coming in monthly..
But… cash is worrysome in these times…
Socks the idiot has made me way wealthier but has made our kids poorer. Im not worried about me.
I guess Ill have to call ya at some point…at least i have some faith in you….amd theres not many i can say that about.

#175 Planet on 08.23.21 at 2:24 pm

#172 IHCTD9 on 08.23.21 at 1:26 pm
#154 Howard on 08.23.21 at 9:23 am
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YUP
Its all about the purchase power of the loonie….All countries that can and are doing it.
Unfortunately this WAS a great stable affordable nation…one of few. Socks is just far worse than most.
I despise the man (oops sorry hes a boy my bad).
Health care now 10th of 11 of top nations
As pointed out here He wasted more money on covid than ANY other nation with piss poor results.
I just don’t know how anyone anywhere with 4 brain cells can support this FOOL….Grow a brain….THE COUNTRY NEEDs TO BE RUN LIKE A BUSINESS….. NOT NEVER ENDING FREE MONEY WITH NO CONSEQUENCES.

#176 jess on 08.23.21 at 2:29 pm

this took some time:

Monday, August 9, 2021
Four Individuals Charged with Long-Running Global Pump-and-Dump Scheme
Defendants allegedly generated at least tens of millions in illicit proceeds

BOSTON – Three Canadian nationals and one former California attorney, who is believed to be residing in Mexico, have been charged in connection with a long-running international securities fraud scheme in which they allegedly sold millions of shares in multiple microcap—or “penny”—stock companies during pump-and-dump schemes, generating at least tens of millions of dollars in illicit proceeds.

https://www.justice.gov/usao-ma/pr/four-individuals-charged-long-running-global-pump-and-dump-scheme

U.S. authorities freeze assets, charge British Columbians in ‘long-running fraudulent scheme’
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Major Canadian player in Panama Papers scandal, former B.C. lawyer Fred Sharp, is charged by SEC, FBI
David P. Ball · CBC News · Posted: Aug 22, 2021 9:16 AM PT | Last Updated: August 22

#177 canuck on 08.23.21 at 2:34 pm

Looking forward to voting for the PPC. Garth gets mad because it sucks votes away from the pathetic CPC that needs to be gutted. They didn’t learn last time… Maybe this time?

Vote for Max. Get Justin. – Garth

#178 KLNR on 08.23.21 at 2:56 pm

the hysteria is real in here.
Super nice outside, get out there and take breath.

#179 The joy of steerage on 08.23.21 at 3:06 pm

#172 Sail Away on 08.23.21 at 1:24 pm

#167 Sail Away on 08.23.21 at 11:50 am

Here’s the way Alaskans interact with grizzlies:

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whoops

https://www.newsweek.com/massive-alaskan-grizzly-bear-gets-within-feet-bystanders-video-viewed-10m-times-1616345

…..
Best bit is when it turns around. .after seeing bear picture on poster… damn wrong way!

#180 Dragonfly 58 on 08.23.21 at 3:11 pm

A strange election to be sure. If the winner is expected to clean up Canada’s financial mess I would hardly call that a win. Just a doomed exercise in politics .
Here in the Fraser Valley I am just mystified by the money being spent on small acreage hobby farms. 2 million + to get the ball rolling , then build a house that resembles an apartment block , then scrape clean all the barns, trees pastures and paddocks . Finally plant it all in berry’s . How is it that this new group can pay for a massive investment in land , house and putting in a crop on land that no previous generation of Canadian hobby farmers ever did more than break even and hopefully qualify for ” farm ” tax status ?
Are these new owners simply the best farmers on the planet ?
Or is it a lot more about a safe haven for cash ?
I used to aspire to own something more than my residential property in the Fraser Valley. Just a couple of acres and a very modest house. Like where my wife and lived when we were first together 25 years ago.
My current $$1,000,000 down payment gets me nothing unless I am also prepared to make several thousand a month payments on the mortgage.
Where do all these new Canadians get all that freaking money ? Wife and I both have great qualifications and employment , but it does not hold a candle the clout many of the newcomers have. Should we have moved to South Asia back in our twenties and made a Dump Truck full of money so we could buy something in our own back yard ?

#181 islander on 08.23.21 at 4:00 pm

#38 Mattl

“It’s interesting that health care isn’t a bigger issue for all Canadians. While I feel fortunate to have a house, I’d really like a family doctor. Ours went MIA during Covid and we can’t find another one.”

This is a case of “you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone”.

If you think that governments of any stripe or at any level are going to “take care of health care” you need to give your head a shake.

And please don’t move to a place like Vancouver Island and expect that you will EVER get a family doctor.
Retiring doctors can’t sell their practices on the island – or do so will great difficulty. Functioning clinics in Victoria and Nanaimo do NOT have waiting lists. As a former resident of Victoria, I put my name of the waiting lists of 2 clinics – one due to open “in the near future” – that were “accepting new patients /don’t call us we’ll call you”.
That was 3 ½ years ago and I’ve yet to hear back from either of them.

Each retiring doctor on Vancouver Island leaves a case load of up to 4,000 patients. Yes – that’s 3 zeros.
Since living in Victoria, I have moved up island and the story is the same.

Friends and acquaintances from Vancouver who have moved to the Island or to other rural settings in BC keep their family doctors in Vancouver even though they are currently residing in another health authority.

Also, if you are a senior, and expect that you will receive excellent care in your long term care facility (extended care) when you become difficult and senile, I would again suggest that you give your head a really good shake.

It’s not for nothing that the governments at all levels are only too happy to support MAiD.

https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/medical-assistance-dying.html

Unless you have a close relative in long term care, you have no idea of the level of burnout that our health care workers have endured during covid. The RNs, LPN (licensed practical nurses) and HCA (Health Care Assistants) who have been dealing directly with the elderly are really suffering.

A conversation the other day with a lovely and devoted LPN at my mother’s care facility in an upscale area of Vancouver went like this:
“Don’t even joke about moving in to a place like this! You have absolutely no idea what goes on!
I can hear your mother screaming during her bath or during personal care session all over the building!”

The poor woman went on and on. But I get it. My mother’s been in long term care for many years. Her dementia worsens as the years go by. Now she doesn’t recognize me, but due to her strong heart and will to live, she endures.

Before covid and her complete decline, she always assured me that her current care facility was just what she needed. Food was great, nurses were excellent, director of nursing was wonderful. As none of the above have changed, I know her current anxiety provoked reactions regarding certain aspects of ‘personal care’ are due to her deteriorating mental state and perhaps to the extreme pressure so many care workers are currently under.

Let’s face it – when it comes to “real life” the majority of people in Canada are in denial.
Check out MAiD – it may be your last, best hope.

#182 ImGonnaBeSick on 08.23.21 at 4:52 pm

#169 Faron on 08.23.21 at 11:59 am
#140 ImGonnaBeSick on 08.22.21 at 10:26 pm
#119 Ponzius Pilatus on 08.22.21 at 7:07 pm
#68 Sail Away on 08.22.21 at 2:41 pm
#38 Mattl on 08.22.21 at 12:06 pm

… You’re a weiner …

Being from Austria, there’s a better chance he’s a Wiener.

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Heh, well done!