The turning

When did it turn?

In the first few days of the campaign, it seems. Here we are three weeks out and the shift has been seismic. The Cons now lead. The PM was heckled into submission over the weekend. Jagmeet is hip-hoppin’ all over TikTok. And the issues have been clarified. Actually, it’s pretty much just one issue now. Houses.

In 2015 and 2019 the moisters flocked to the guy with the nice socks and hair, the shoulder tat and the I’m-not-Trump persona. Since then the kids have grown up, Trump’s gone, the virus changed everything and real estate costs 70% more than when Trudeau promised to make it more affordable. That cohort is gone.

So the key Millennial vote is bleeding right. The Gen Z cohort is bleeding left (because all children are socialists at birth, then hopefully grow out of it). Meanwhile the Libs have alienated other key groups as well.

Ugly deficits and debts scare Boomers heading into retirement because they’ve seen this movie before. Bay Street’s pissed over Justin’s pledge to raise taxes on banks and insurers by over 30% as well as take a misguided run at REITs. Realtors have now chimed in about the “massive government overstep” in their business as the Libs seek to tell owners how to sell their properties. Alberta and the oil & gas industry are virulently anti-carbon tax. Gone. Patriots who hated to see the nation’s flag at half-staff on July 1st and lament it is still down almost four months later want change and pride. And the tragic scenes at Kabul airport, with our allies and their families facing death while the PM talks about a “she-cession and she-covery” are transformative.

In short, six years of the Liberal regime may – the polls suggest – be coming to an end. Of course, Trudeau has also enraged the anti-vaxers. While largely nutters, they’re emblematic of a society which has become far more divided over the last few years. Owners and renters are at odds now. Boomers vs the Mills. Trudeau’s also managed to pit women against men plus Indigenous against non-natives. West is fighting East, the wealthy vs the rest, corps tussling with workers, even cops and citizens at loggerheads. He’s hammered everyone with allegations of systemic victimization, racism and sexism while openly indulging himself in ageism (exemplified by a new TFSA for those under 40).

As this pathetic blog has opined lately, our commonality is gone. Witness a widespread ‘Cancel Canada Day’ movement, the ripping down of statues of past and present monarchs, the unpunished burning of a dozen churches, the profligate destruction of public finances and the open political evisceration of our military and national police in the cause of social justice. None of this brings us together. Except now, in disgust it seems.

This blog has told you repeatedly what to expect if the current government is returned. Mr. Trudeau has pledged a fat increase in spending, refused to say if the budget will ever be in balance, forecast more massive deficits and has pledged higher taxes. Banks, insurers, social media companies, consumers of higher-priced goods, some real estate sellers and trusts are already in the crosshairs. Most analysts also expect more capital gains tax, additional income or sales taxes and a potential wealth or inheritance tax – since all this spending is unsustainable  without greater revenues. Already T2 has added more debt to Canada’s balance sheet than all the prime ministers who went before. It guarantees higher interest rates. And a fiscal crunch.

Finally, most of us, polls say, believe the election call was frivolous, unnecessary during a pandemic and opportunistic. The only reason we’re voting is to give Justin Trudeau more power, for longer.

Well, guess what?

About the picture: “I must admit I do read your blog and I know people send in photos of their dogs,” writes Carly, the Big City realtor. “This is my dog Dex. He turned 15 on Friday! A real milestone for a pug beagle mix. I must say he’s been through a lot with me (and the ups and downs of the real estate market with me) and has survived being the dog of a real estate agent (late nights and working on the weekend). Born in Missouri, I picked him up from the airport at five months old ( one week after I moved into my first condo purchase at the ripe age of 23!). This is him waiting for a piece of cake last week during a dinner.”

214 comments ↓

#1 Midnights on 08.29.21 at 2:03 pm

I hope/pray you’re right about Trudeau.

#2 Dolce Vita on 08.29.21 at 2:08 pm

“A house divided against itself cannot stand.”

#3 Steve on 08.29.21 at 2:09 pm

Hopefully this the case. People can’t hide their true nature forever. Hints about character slip out slowly over time.
We need people with integrity, hopefully, we get one.

#4 Flop... on 08.29.21 at 2:11 pm

It would appear that a third Trudeau term is un-nec-she-sary…

M47BC

#5 BlogDog123a on 08.29.21 at 2:12 pm

T2’s gotta go!

#6 Howard on 08.29.21 at 2:15 pm

As this pathetic blog has opined lately, our commonality is gone. Witness a widespread ‘Cancel Canada Day’ movement, the ripping down of statues of past and present monarchs, the unpunished burning of a dozen churches, the profligate destruction of public finances and the open political evisceration of our military and national police in the cause of social justice. None of this brings us together. Except now, in disgust it seems.

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This is to be expected when the PM himself called Canada a post-nation state with no core identity, essentially agreeing with Lucien Bouchard’s referendum-era rant that Canada wasn’t a real country.

#7 Dolce Vita on 08.29.21 at 2:27 pm

RE: The House Divided.

Never thought I would hear Canadians say what they did today to a PM (read CTV National News journalist Glen MacGregor’s 2nd Tweet in the article):

https://kitchener.ctvnews.ca/trudeau-met-with-another-protest-at-campaign-stop-in-cambridge-ont-1.5565809

Justin will NOT get my vote (Old School Liberal here) for all the reasons Garth outlined today, STILL, he is the PM and people have to respect that Office. Dissention, protest is fine but NOT in those words.

Call me a naive, cloistered Pollyanna all you want but that is how I feel.

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One positive was that Chyrstia was with Justin which means she is out of the Liberal Dog House.

It’s going to be a Con Majority now.

#8 Howard on 08.29.21 at 2:30 pm

Finally, most of us, polls say, believe the election call frivolous, unnecessary during a pandemic and opportunistic. The only reason we’re voting is to give Justin Trudeau more power, for longer.

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Matt Gurney at the National Post had an interesting take on Twitter a week ago, after it was revealed that the Liberals were polling their MPs for “big ideas”.

One might think : why didn’t they come up with idea BEFORE they called this election?

Ah, in fact it seems that the “big idea” was giving Trudeau a majority. That was it – that was the wow factor they thought would galvanize support. In a sense, the Liberal Party’s pitch to the electorate was … the Liberal Party itself.

It’s hilarious when you think about it.

#9 DavidW2 on 08.29.21 at 2:32 pm

Well said. Our commonality is disappearing. Miss the days of just being Canadians and trying to be good neighbors to eachother.

#10 Wallflower on 08.29.21 at 2:32 pm

So, Carly, the dog would prefer you work 9 to 5?

#11 Damifino on 08.29.21 at 2:34 pm

I don’t want to heckle
I don’t want to hate
I just want him to split
Before it’s too late

#12 Zed on 08.29.21 at 2:35 pm

The QC government is implementing the vaccine passport on September 1st to maybe prevent the closing of the economy like last year.

The 15% unvaxxed in the province will not be contributing to a big part of the economy since they are not allowed “out”.

I had to cancel, so far, one dinner out with friends and 2 theatre plays. Money not spent in the local economy in the early part of the segregation, $400.

Not a good way to manage an economy or a healthcare system (no new nurses or extra hospital beds are available since March 2020).

#13 Robert Ash on 08.29.21 at 2:36 pm

Well I was wondering when common sense would rein supreme. It is remarkable to me, that the Ontario Voters, that reinstated the LPC, would continue with Butts, Telford, et Al… A proven group of Misguided and Dangerous opportunist/Activists. Young Canadians, will have a chance if the LPC is voted out resoundingly.

#14 Joseph R. on 08.29.21 at 2:36 pm

Mad Max compaining in NB:

https://twitter.com/MaximeBernier/status/1432013926598942729?s=19

I wasn’t aware that one can enter NB without a proof of vaccination unless he is threatening another arrest. AFAIK, he will need one to enter Nova Scotia and PEI.

#15 mark on 08.29.21 at 2:39 pm

Nice scathing blog post.

Will Canadians smarten up and think before they vote, we shall see, says the blind man.

#16 Quintilian on 08.29.21 at 2:41 pm

Although a die-hard Liberal, I cannot ignore the facts.

A Conservative win is a real possibility.

In some ways, it is a blessing in disguise.

It has been a while since the cons have been in power, and it may be helpful for people to be reminded just how ugly Neanderthals can get with power.

#17 Alex on 08.29.21 at 2:43 pm

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#18 Paddy on 08.29.21 at 2:44 pm

Never once has the Liberal government mentioned or hinted about taxing capital gains on primary residence…is there something I’m missing here???? Besides being political suicide would it not be a step forward in getting this housing monster under control???

The Liberal campaign has already stated new taxes on any house sold within 12 months. Sounds like a thin edge. – Garth

#19 Kentaro on 08.29.21 at 2:46 pm

Furst!!

He may unite the left and right in the common purpose of getting rid of this man-child.

#20 cmj on 08.29.21 at 2:48 pm

I agree the tide is turning and for the better. Here is a summary of the platform for each party. Politicians need to stop trying to buy votes and deal with our deficit and debt
https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/2021-federal-election-platform-tracker-where-each-party-stands-so-far-1.1639592

#21 Tripp on 08.29.21 at 2:59 pm

It’s not only about the houses.

There is a feeling that the world as we know it is rapidly changing, and most of us can’t do anything about it. From inflation, degradation of the living standards, affordability on everything from the daily basket of goods to the 2×4, to the uncertainty of the job security directly linked to the vaccination compliance. Just about everything is politically charged, and the societal polarization has reached unpalatable levels.

#22 WTF on 08.29.21 at 3:06 pm

The one trick pony is out of ammo. Weed legalized. Debt in the stratosphere, Now what?

Libs deserve to sit in the penalty box for a mandate given their economic profligacy and cynical attempts to foist this premature, unwanted, expensive, (paid by you), power grab, on a cranky financially beleaguered electorate.

PM Wonderful is now an albatross. Looks good on the Libs. They appointed him. Their problem.

#23 Dolce Vita on 08.29.21 at 3:06 pm

Off topic Garth.

“Al Roker: Hurricane Ida’s Eye Wall Is ‘Basically A 15-Mile Wide F3 Tornado'”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFMrCx5Vo7Y

The MSM likes to exaggerate but not this time, what 150 mph winds look and sound like:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMOaY2kEuus

The unfathomable, fathomable.

Hope they all make it thru fine.

#24 Ballingsford on 08.29.21 at 3:07 pm

And we’ll all be paying another 15 cents per liter for gas come 2022 because of carbon tax, on top of already rapidly rising gas prices.

#25 Joe Schmoe on 08.29.21 at 3:08 pm

My first opportunity to vote was 1993. The big theme of that election was literally about dividing Canada.

Yet somehow, Canada feels more divided now.

#26 Habitt on 08.29.21 at 3:09 pm

Cons are ahead in the vote count but still behind in the seat count. As it stands Jagmeet could be a crown maker. Very scary thought. Hope the conservatives can pull ahead. Fingers crossed lol

#27 Diharv on 08.29.21 at 3:18 pm

The real estate market. The one issue that the Federal govt should not be involved with or concerned with one bit, but years of meddling in it and keeping rates low all to keep the gasbag economy afloat has made it come to this.

#28 barnz0rz on 08.29.21 at 3:28 pm

Really, does it effect Trudeau either way?
Win majority, get what he wants.
Win minority, end up exactly where he is now.
Lose, don’t have to clean up the mess he created.

He’s not going to win though.

#29 Ustabe on 08.29.21 at 3:29 pm

#15 mark on 08.29.21 at 2:39 pm

Nice scathing blog post.

Will Canadians smarten up and think before they vote, we shall see, says the blind man

The trouble with this election is there really is no one to vote for.

Importation of MAGA/GOP/Republican style confrontational political protest and movements coupled with the media’s desire to portray it as something less than it really is means those voices will inform the elected Conservative Party.

Couple that with the social conservative’s voice, the anti MAID, the anti-abortion, the anti-mask crowds and you have a newly elected Conservative Party PM and caucus divided, fighting among themselves, MP’s being verbally battered and bullied by constituents and a even less functional government than we have now.

Plus those paragons of true conservatism in Kenney, Moe, Ford, Pallister will be jumping all over O’Toole.

Each with their particular single issues that have zero bearing on Canada as a whole.

My fear isn’t that Trudeau will not be elected for he has to go. No, my fear lies in what we have to replace him.

#30 islander on 08.29.21 at 3:31 pm

I live in a new development in Bunnyville, Vancouver Island.
All around me are young families and recent immigrants planning to flip their houses within a year.
Yes, I hope they get taxed to the max.
End of story.

#31 Shamus R on 08.29.21 at 3:34 pm

I feel like starting a GO-FUND-ME account so today’s post can be the leading story on every media website & newspaper across this great country, which doesn’t seem so great at the moment.

Good post today Mr. Turner…thank you!

#32 Quintilian on 08.29.21 at 3:35 pm

I can only come to logical conclusions based on the information available to me.

As a mere mortal, my line of vision is limited, and my own built in biased do filter knowledge.

From my limited vantage point, O’Toole is in bigger trouble if he wins, rather than if he loses.

Does he really want to sell his soul to the Canadian Version of the Retrumplicans?

He will owe a lot of political capital to the anti immigration, anti vaxers, anti deficit, anti environment groups, and to a host of other crazies who will piggy back on the rational well meaning moderate conservatives.

America light coming soon?

#33 Yukon Elvis on 08.29.21 at 3:39 pm

Totally agree with today’s post. I feel sorry for the Cons if they manage to form a government. They will not look so good governing and cleaning up the Gawd awful fiscal and social mess that we are now.

#34 Linda on 08.29.21 at 3:40 pm

The younger cohort may still have stars in their eyes at JT’s promises of handing over more $ than ever before. However, one must presume at least some of them are able to see that unbridled spending will lead to unbridled taxation down the road. The calls to tax principle residences etc. will – if the dream of universal home ownership is delivered by JT & crew – end up biting those younger cohorts who called for it. Ditto the inheritance tax. Who is most likely to inherit? Who therefore will be paying over a chunk of said inheritance? Funny how that works! Plus, what is this ‘she-recovery’ all about? Women are magically going to prop up the economy & work to pull off the economic recovery? Gee, thanks JT. I thought 41 plus years of labor enough, but guess I’m expected to do my ‘fair’ share.

#35 AntMan on 08.29.21 at 3:40 pm

Todays blog has actually calmed me down a bit. It’s just nice to hear someone gets it. Hopefully the erosion and corrosion of our society will begin to ease after the election. Put away the sack cloth and ashes and raise the flag.

#36 Planetgoofy on 08.29.21 at 3:43 pm

WAHOOOOOO
DOWN WITH SOCKS! DOWN WITH SOCKS! DOWN WITH SOCKS!
I’m so happy!
Had to share your link with family and friends Garth.
Thanks

#37 Dogman01 on 08.29.21 at 3:49 pm

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#38 SHANE GALLANT on 08.29.21 at 3:50 pm

I hope he loses big!!

#39 Nonplused on 08.29.21 at 3:51 pm

” (because all children are socialists at birth, then hopefully grow out of it)”

There are anthropological reasons for this. A human infant starts out 100% dependent on its’ caregivers and is largely unaware of the society around it. It is “to each according to his need”. Because our children aren’t forced into self-sufficiency as early as possible as was the case for most of human history, the concept of dependency on parents and “the tribe” continues and is reinforced well into adulthood in our modern society.

For most of our human existence, said infant could also expect to grow up in a small tribe of individuals who were largely related biologically to each other to a great extend. It would be a pretty large tribe before you could marry your second cousin rather than your first cousin. So a division of labor where the men hunted and built shelters while the women gathered and cooked in a communal manner was natural.

So socialist/communist tendencies can be forgiven among the youth. They are used to being provided for and damn scared of what being ostracized from the tribe or getting lost in the jungle might mean for them. It is a youthful instinct. They have zero confidence in their ability to care for themselves. A 12 year old tribe member 10,000 years ago could care for themselves indefinitely in the jungle. Our 12 year olds couldn’t fix a broken power cord without electrocuting themselves, let alone hunt with a homemade bow and arrow. Some Scouts excepted.

But this natural version of tribal socialism does not play well in today’s modern, large scale economy, and more so than a tribe being asked to feed and shelter some neighboring tribe back then would have. It would have been known as war. Even in the tribe all adults are expected to become productive to the point of self-sufficiency and then beyond that to the point of providing for and protecting the young.

Generally, you can predict how socialist someone is by how dependent they are on others or the state. Or by their age.

This is where the eons old distain for the lazy comes from. No tribe could survive a bunch of lazy men who would not hunt or fight. And a wife who would not gather or cook was a disaster for her husband.

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“Ugly deficits and debts scare Boomers heading into retirement because they’ve seen this movie before. Bay Street’s pissed over Justin’s pledge to raise taxes on banks and insurers by over 30% as well as take a misguided run at REITs. Realtors have now chimed in about the “massive government overstep” in their business as the Libs seek to tell owners how to sell their properties. Alberta and the oil & gas industry are virulently anti-carbon tax. Gone. Patriots who hated to see the nation’s flag at half-staff on July 1st and lament it is still down almost four months later want change and pride. And the tragic scenes at Kabul airport, with our allies and their families facing death while the PM talks about a “she-cession and she-covery” are transformative.”

It is entertaining to watch fate set a man up on a high pedestal just to take him down again in disgrace with forces beyond his control. But Trudeau has it coming, because he made the mistake of tempting fate the whole way along. The gods are not pleased when ridiculed by arrogant men. And those whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad. (Or those whom God wishes to destroy, he first deprives of reason.)

Settle in and grab the popcorn. It appears the gods are preparing the final act of this tragedy.

#40 Dolce Vita on 08.29.21 at 3:57 pm

O’Toole if elected will have one heck of a job ahead of him for the many reasons cited today by Garth.

He will have to reign in an unprecedented deficit that if left unchecked will result in rampant inflation followed by job loss if history repeats, worse recession.

He has to unite a country of far too many loose cannons on deck fomented by Trudeau that are more concerned with their micro issues than what is best for Canada overall.

I do not envy him one bit.

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One thing I like about him is that he is a Cool Hand Luke, something Canada needs for the next 4 years as opposed to the divisive histrionics of Trudeau.

#41 Don Guillermo on 08.29.21 at 3:58 pm

#75 westcdn on 08.29.21 at 3:15 pm
Several teepees were erected in the field behind me. It is a good location several hundred meters from me. Porta pots were brought in and the teepees are intended to be rented.

I watched the guy from the reserve instruct people how to build them. Then he brought in his tribe members to entertain – good people. I am sure some will be chowing down on bannock and maybe some Alberta beef tonight.

Sunday maybe fun. I see a chip wagon has shown up – offers more exotic food.

Nothing exciting on the investment front. What I win today, I give back tomorrow. Still fun and I think I will still be rewarded come December. I am bothered why Canadians have become salespeople. Dudes, have you forgotten how to get things done? I have my Saskie farm boy roots – not afraid to hurt my back or lose a couple of fingers.

BTW, my mother was Métis and it hurt her to be called a Squaw. She was much better and actually quite pretty.
She could beat your pants off when it came to getting things done.
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Sounds like you’re in Lake Bonavista. Beautiful day for it. Enjoy!

#42 Paul B on 08.29.21 at 4:00 pm

Trudeau and the Liberals have simply been the best at applying the Divide & Conquer strategy. Effective, but negative in the end. It has us angry at each other over many issues. It is dreadful that we have a government that is constantly vilifying various elements of society. I sure hope he is booted out of office.

#43 Phylis on 08.29.21 at 4:00 pm

So, this bank and insurance tax, does it eventually get passed down? Am I just being taxed more? Why is this a good thing?

#44 Planetgoofy on 08.29.21 at 4:05 pm

When ya list all his craziness he’s accomplished this guy really is a nut job.
Garth you deleted prior so I cleaned it up.
Clint Eastwood….and he’s sooooo right!
“Like that neighbor to the north what’s his name, T#### that bone head, he thinks more of himself as a prince than a leader of a free country that he’s running into the ground at warp speed” lol

If he gains any sort of power I’m leaving this country.
I’ll just have to suck up the millions in capital gains sadly…but it will be worth it. But……I,d rather stay I love this great country!!!
Lets get back to accountability and integrity!! We will all be way better off.
Now that’s a no brainer!

#45 Prince Polo on 08.29.21 at 4:05 pm

The sheer arrogance of the Liberals is what needs to be addressed and maybe winning 1 seat in the needless 2021 election will give them time to reflect. Let us all unite behind packing our dear Photo-op Minister’s suitcases and welcoming Peppy & Prepared PM O’Toole!

#46 SNL on 08.29.21 at 4:06 pm

Saw this one re-run of SNL yesterday.

HILARIOUS!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMrTqlE4pSc

#47 Moose on 08.29.21 at 4:07 pm

Bloc Québécois.
How is this party allowed to run in a federal election?
I never understood that.
This is a purely one province party.

Can someone pleased educate me on this.

#48 Nonplused on 08.29.21 at 4:13 pm

#18 Paddy on 08.29.21 at 2:44 pm
Never once has the Liberal government mentioned or hinted about taxing capital gains on primary residence…is there something I’m missing here???? Besides being political suicide would it not be a step forward in getting this housing monster under control???

The Liberal campaign has already stated new taxes on any house sold within 12 months. Sounds like a thin edge. – Garth

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I thought you already had to prove “primary residency” to avoid capital gains taxes? I don’t think there is anything magical about the 12 month rule, it is conceivable that someone could buy a house and then get transferred to Texas 6 months later, but regardless as I understand the rules you can only have one “primary residence” and it must be the home you live in most of the time. Trying to dice up the time restrictions into smaller and smaller tranches is going to capture smaller and smaller amounts of revenue as there will first of all be less capital gains in 6 months than there are in 12 (which in YYZ is still zero), and secondly because it can still only be applied to one house at a time. I don’t know that you make all that much more money living in 4 houses for 6 months each than you would living in one house for 2 years (assuming anybody makes money after expensive).

So all this talk of going after primary residences will turn out to be another TFHSA. A lot of political talking points that produce close to zero affect on the real world. Political pandering at its’ most cynical.

We are at peak tax. Taxes cannot go up from here and actually produce more revenue. This has been true for a long time, otherwise there would have been no need for structural deficits. All attempts to raise taxes in the past have had to be undone because they didn’t work and harmed the economy. There is no reason to expect it will be any different this time.

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This would probably be a good time to remind everyone why “wealth taxes” don’t and can’t work. “Wealth” is not “money”. It can’t be spent without being sold (or borrowed against). There is no way to tax “wealth” without forcing that “wealth” to be liquidated. But that assumes a ready pool of buyers to purchase the assets after they have done with all their taxes. The money simply doesn’t exist. “Wealth” is not money, it is generally physical assets and production capacity. “Wealth” does produce revenue, but that revenue is already taxed six ways to Sunday.

#49 DELETED (Anti-vax) on 08.29.21 at 4:15 pm

“Trudeau has also enraged the anti-vaxers. While largely nutters, they’re emblematic of a society which has become far more divided over the last few years.”

Passing judgement, and passing it way too soon Garth.

BOTTOM LINE IS SIMPLE: If “thing A” can exist within “thing B” it means “thing B” is greater, and humanity should prefer it over “thing A” which can fully exist within “thing B”.

This goes for everything.

Example, I can live like a communist in the United States – it is my right and freedom, as long as I don’t infringe on someone else’s right to not live like a communist.

I can have free speech at the level I wish to, as long as I don’t infringe on someone else’s right to have it at the level they choose to have it.

I can believe my own values and way of life as long as it doesn’t restrict others from practicing likewise.

And so, when civil rights are impacted, rights reduced, we should really all be concerned, because it means “thing B” just became less great.

Yup, nutters. It’s not about liberty. It’s all about responsibility. – Garth

#50 Ontario on 08.29.21 at 4:18 pm

Ontario Sunday COVID-19 case count: 740

551 are not fully vaccinated or have unknown vaccination status.

189 are in those fully vaccinated.

I am NOT an ANTI-VAXER! Vaccines are the greatest thing to happen to humanity and to saving lives.

But someone please tell me how GREEN PASS or Vaccine Passports prevent these breakthrough infections or stop variants from traveling onboard the fully vaccinated?

Simple. By restricting social privileges for the unvaxed they are encouraged to become vaxed. Then we are all safer. – Garth

#51 Prince Polo on 08.29.21 at 4:18 pm

#32 Quintilian on 08.29.21 at 3:35 pm
Does he really want to sell his soul to the Canadian Version of the Retrumplicans?

He will owe a lot of political capital to the anti immigration, anti vaxers, anti deficit, anti environment groups, and to a host of other crazies who will piggy back on the rational well meaning moderate conservatives.

America light coming soon?

Is this meant to be hyperbolic satire? I have a feeling that quantity of moderate conservatives >> quantity of the “Retrumplicans”.

#52 VladTor on 08.29.21 at 4:24 pm

Garth: The Liberal campaign has already stated new taxes on any house sold within 12 months…..

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Absolutely agree!!!!

Housing buying to live in – not to selling in 12 month…1 year…5 years.
This is anti speculation tax. Should be provided years ago. But not enough. Should be taxable houses sold in 2… 3… 5 years after they was bought with using flexible (decreased) scale.

What can Cons party suggest to decrease speculation compare with Libs?

Build 1000000 houses in next 3 years? This is ridiculous.

#53 Big Bucks on 08.29.21 at 4:27 pm

You can bet your bottom dollar Trudeau will be out saying O’toole will raise the qualifying age for OAS to 67 or even 70.Trudeau lowered it to 65 back in 2015 when it was planned to be phased in to 67 and now promises to even make it more generous to those in the lower income spectrum.The rest of the world already moved it higher years ago because the costs are off the charts.By lowering it to 65 and increasing benefits has added 10’s of billions in new debt and it still won’t be enough to keep up with the rising/runaway cost of living brought on by too much debt.This ends badly.

RE in Greece has also lost 50% of it’s value over the last decade as their debt just crippled their economy.Not to burst anyone’s bubble but Canada has even more debt now than Greece did before the creditors moved in.Again…bad ending.

#54 VladTor on 08.29.21 at 4:36 pm

…It’s not about liberty. It’s all about responsibility. – Garth

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It’s not responsibility!

Garth, I would change this conclusion like this:
It’s not about liberty. It’s all about SAFTY other people around anti-vaxers.

#55 DELETED (Anti-vax) on 08.29.21 at 4:38 pm

Yup, nutters. It’s not about liberty. It’s all about responsibility. – Garth

That’s the dilemma Garth – should it be one at the cost of other?

And before we get to that question, let us start with it being about TRUST of our leadership and Science.

Our leaders have proven quite untrustworthy in this pandemic unfortunately. Not handling things with nearly the seriousness that was required. Their incompetence in the start of it Jan-March 2020 allowed it to explode. Caution was thrown to the win Garth, some of us remember what they were doing, as much as they’d like us to forget.

Examples are plentiful, but I think the most glaring one is the total incompetence in protecting Long Term Care and the devastation on second wave when we knew what had to be done and how seriously it had to be taken. And yet they screwed it up even worse on the second go than the first costing thousands of lives.

What about how long it took to get vaccines to the Long Term Care homes? It was INSANE the excuses and delays that we re given to get the VAX the most vulnerable age groups and risk groups.

Planes keep flying. Instead of grounding it all, they close a country here or there, as if indirect flights and connections don’t exist.

And of course ignoring inconvenient science that doesn’t fit the political lines is very concerning to me, and I won’t turn this into a laundry list of those scientific points because we know the many points we’re talking about.

Did you ever consider that this rot you highlight as an issue would be much lesser if our leaders didn’t exhibit it at the top?

And so, I agree that freedom and liberty comes with responsibility Garth. But there is clearly a large portion of the population here that has serious concerns, and force has that unfortunate playbook smell of dictatorships we despise. And so…tread carefully, because many are concerned. We know how goalposts on liberties and freedoms are moved little by little.

#56 BillyBob on 08.29.21 at 4:46 pm

#50 Prince Polo on 08.29.21 at 4:18 pm

Is this meant to be hyperbolic satire? I have a feeling that quantity of moderate conservatives >> quantity of the “Retrumplicans”.

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Of course there are more moderates in Canada – Ustabe said so, all of the “Retrumplicans” influence is imported didn’t you know? No way CANADIANS could actually be crass by nature without the sullying influence of those dirty neighbours. We’re way too nice don’tcha know?

This constant defining of Canada by claiming some completely fictional moral superiority over the US is pathetic. Pretty low bar to set for a national character but there it is. How weak to claim that the protesters are now somehow the fault of Trump. Just waiting for the other trope about how it’s all Harper’s fault somehow.

Trudeau has employed far more tactics of divisiveness and yet he isn’t accountable for the division? Ok. Sounds about equivalent to a child petulantly trying to escape punishment for his irresponsible actions.

Frankly it’s quite delightful watching the chickens come home to roost. Sow discontent, reap malcontents. Who woulda thunk?

All I know is I ain’t paying for it. But thanks for the vote.

#57 SCD on 08.29.21 at 4:48 pm

Terrific post today, spot on. Trudeau must go. His arrogance is unbelievable. Scandal after scandal and hiding behind other ministers, dodging questions and avoiding accountability. He is not above the law.

You are very right Garth, his politics are very divisive. He is not good for our country.

The debt is a huge concern. Also, if people are truly concerned about inflation more attention needs to fall on monetary policy, not less. A PM who is confessing to disinterest on this issue is shocking.

#58 Leichendiener on 08.29.21 at 4:55 pm

Meanwhile in Israel…

Starting on October 1, only those who have received the second dose within the last five months, who have received a third booster shot, who have recovered within the last six months or who have recovered and received one shot will be eligible for the Green Pass, which grants access to several activities and venues, Zarka said.

#59 Doug t on 08.29.21 at 4:57 pm

VOTE the nerd out – not that it will fix much-but gawd he has managed to get Canadians to hate each other

#60 Ontario on 08.29.21 at 4:58 pm

Simple. By restricting social privileges for the unvaxed they are encouraged to become vaxed. Then we are all safer. – Garth

See, that is the issue. It is not that simple.

For example, visible minorities have a higher unvaxed rate. Therefore, passports will create limits and restriction on them, disproportionately discriminating upon these groups.

Logic is also for the passport to be a anti-spread tool. After all, it grants you rights to avoid quarantines. Permits large mass gatherings, events, concerts, sports – all perfect super spreader events now. It also grants you international travel rights apparently.

What is the logic behind those travel rights? Well, you’re double vaxed – so you’re not at risk of spreading it. But in fact the science is CRYSTAL CLEAR now that breakthrough infections are plentiful and represent 30% and growing. CDC confirmed that double vaccinated can spread and are just as contagious as non-vaccinated just a few weeks ago when it issued the mask mandate again.

And so, granting double vaccinated travel and movement and access rights suddenly appears to be doing nothing to address the REAL #1 problem on the list – that problem is to NOT MOVE NEW VARIANTS.

Yet we have this problem already materialize. B1.621 variant from Columbia – Lambda, that Japanese study found to be resistant to all current vaccines is on the move. Reported nearly 2 months ago…

https://www.newsweek.com/lambda-covid-variant-detected-these-usa-states-spreading-coronavirus-vaccine-1612140

B.1621 is already in Florida and 43 other states. I bet you it is here. What will the passport do for this series key issue? These double vaccinated passport carrying members will likely be the transportation method of variants – that’s scientifically confirmed now. US border – OPEN!

Garth – I know these things! How can our leaders not? Why aren’t they taking preventative steps here against a variant that will take teeth out of our single solitary weapon we currently are using?!

IT IS INSANE that this incompetence is happening!

B1.621 is floating around. Where is Theresa Tam?

CDC came out in March and noted that 78% of people in ICUs are obese. Where are our politicians coming on TV telling us to try to address this if we at all can in our lifestyles? Instead they are keeping LCBOs as essential and closing gyms where people who want to become healthy or try to stay healthy go.

Surely we’re not just praying that a single silver bullet does the trick, right? Because Lambda looks to be wearing a bullet proof vest. Now what?

MY GOODNESS GARTH! Is this thing serious or is it not? Can we have an adult or two be allowed in the room?

You could have had two doses in the time you took to write this. Grow up. – Garth

#61 earthboundmisfit on 08.29.21 at 5:01 pm

I’m guessing it’s his ego and his vanity that is preventing Trudeau from grasping the problem. It’s not the Liberal Party ….. it’s him.

#62 AM in MN on 08.29.21 at 5:01 pm

#16 Quintilian on 08.29.21 at 2:41 pm

Although a die-hard Liberal, I cannot ignore the facts.
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Yes you can, that’s what makes you a Liberal and you have been ignoring all of your life.

My guess is that you draw all or a significant part of your income from the taxpayer. That is what allows people to live their whole lives in fantasyland.

In the real world you have to earn money, and it forces you to look at the way the world really works, not the way you were taught it should work by a bunch of leftists at a typical Canadian U.

Spend 10 min. thinking about those who have to work to pay the taxes and then raise their families and a lifetime of financial risk with what is left over.

It’s hard being a Conservative political organizer because most of the people who agree with your worldview are too busy with their lives, work, families and tax obligations to spend time on politics, but there does come a time when they get pushed over the edge, and it seems that time has come.

One last bit to any Liberal out there who thinks they have a logical way of looking at the world (they don’t), try spending a just a couple of minutes reasoning how just a few years ago they bragged about scoring high on the UN’s “human development index”, yet now Canada is a horrible racist place that needs to be destroyed for the good of humanity.

Spend a couple minutes thinking about how much effort you put into destroying the hydrocarbon fuel industry, yet never spend even one day without their products. Imagine for a minute a lifetime without their products?

Time to start living in the real world, and quit destroying the country for those who don’t want it destroyed.

#63 Where's my pony? on 08.29.21 at 5:05 pm

Enthusiastically shoveling through the pile of election promises, what I want to know is:

“With all this manure, where’s my pony?”

#64 Flop… on 08.29.21 at 5:19 pm

If the Liberals don’t win they will simply blame it on Conservative she-nanigins…

M47BC

#65 Stone on 08.29.21 at 5:27 pm

#50 Ontario on 08.29.21 at 4:18 pm
Ontario Sunday COVID-19 case count: 740

551 are not fully vaccinated or have unknown vaccination status.

189 are in those fully vaccinated.

I am NOT an ANTI-VAXER! Vaccines are the greatest thing to happen to humanity and to saving lives.

But someone please tell me how GREEN PASS or Vaccine Passports prevent these breakthrough infections or stop variants from traveling onboard the fully vaccinated?

Simple. By restricting social privileges for the unvaxed they are encouraged to become vaxed. Then we are all safer. – Garth

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Bizarre that Garth has to point out something so obvious. It seems apparent that the anti-vaxer crowd have a serious screw loose (or several) in their head.

Very much looking forward to getting the vaccine passport in Ontario in the very near future. It’s great that the anti-vaxer crowd is no longer being catered to. Hooray for common sense!

#66 binky barnes on 08.29.21 at 5:28 pm

The PM PM does look to be in a spot of trouble. Maybe he needs to turn this election into a referendum on his hair.

BB

#67 PBrasseur on 08.29.21 at 5:31 pm

The CBC and allies is not about to allow cons majority that would put their financing in question. Fear a media offensive if CPC pulls ahead seriously.

This is socialism, they control information and finance their own cheerleaders.

Cons minority at best.

#68 Rare side effects..ROTFLMAO on 08.29.21 at 5:32 pm

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#69 Don Guillermo on 08.29.21 at 5:33 pm

#61 earthboundmisfit on 08.29.21 at 5:01 pm
I’m guessing it’s his ego and his vanity that is preventing Trudeau from grasping the problem. It’s not the Liberal Party ….. it’s him
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Trudeau has purged any strong Chretien/Martin types over the last 6 years. He now is the Liberal party and it isn’t pretty. Full stop.

#70 Lookinin on 08.29.21 at 5:34 pm

Now that’s the Garth we know and love. Thanks for putting it straight into words just how despicable this Liberal party and it’s leader have become. The outright loathing for the regular Joe by this trust fund baby has angered so many people. Most Canadians usually sit and simmer in their own stew, but not this time. People are waking up and expressing their contempt for a “leader” that is driving so much division between regular people. I sincerely hope that we vote that smirk right out of Parliament.

#71 Cici on 08.29.21 at 5:36 pm

#29 Ustabe

Exactly. Everything you said.

The Canadian public needs/deserves a political party that is actually representative of the majority. But instead, all we get is pandering to the far-flung fringes so the elite can carry on with “divide-and-conquer” antics aimed solely at making themselves richer.

We are being undersold.

#72 Too Bad on 08.29.21 at 5:36 pm

Too bad media’s campaign to dethrone President Trump has completely destroyed their credibility, probably forever, for about 50% of the population.

The cost of this short term gain for long term pain strategy will be enormous.

The anti-vaxxers are just one early manifestation. They can and do point out the glaring media lies to them over the past 6 years as one reason not to trust anything they hear about vaccinations.

Doesn’t mean they are right, but the point is they can rationalize their actions thanks to media dishonesty.

Any intellectually honest lefty (or righty) should be reading Glenn Greenwald and Matt Taibbi, former icons of the left, who are now the honest brokers pointing out media distortions on both sides.

But Greenwald and Taibbi are becoming pariahs to the left, for daring to question the establishment. The libertarian and much of the conservative ‘right’ are embracing them. (Greenwald is a regular guest on Tucker now)

It’s all pretty fascinating I have to say.

The left embracing Bush/Cheney, the FBI and the CIA and the right excoriating them.

I’m pretty happy with the sides switching, as I always thought Bush was the worst POTUS in history and Cheney the shining example of the military-government war machine.

Kind of fun to be part of the real resistance as well, along with some old school rock and rollers. Re-living the 60’s but with everyone having switched sides.

Awesome.

#73 The Woosh on 08.29.21 at 5:37 pm

#62 AM in MN on 08.29.21 at 5:01 pm
#16 Quintilian on 08.29.21 at 2:41 pm

Although a die-hard Liberal, I cannot ignore the facts.
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Yes you can, that’s what makes you a Liberal and you have been ignoring all of your life.

My guess is that you draw all or a significant part of your income from the taxpayer. That is what allows people to live their whole lives in fantasyland.

In the real world you have to earn money, and it forces you to look at the way the world really works, not the way you were taught it should work by a bunch of leftists at a typical Canadian U.

Spend 10 min. thinking about those who have to work to pay the taxes and then raise their families and a lifetime of financial risk with what is left over.

It’s hard being a Conservative political organizer because most of the people who agree with your worldview are too busy with their lives, work, families and tax obligations to spend time on politics, but there does come a time when they get pushed over the edge, and it seems that time has come.

One last bit to any Liberal out there who thinks they have a logical way of looking at the world (they don’t), try spending a just a couple of minutes reasoning how just a few years ago they bragged about scoring high on the UN’s “human development index”, yet now Canada is a horrible racist place that needs to be destroyed for the good of humanity.

Spend a couple minutes thinking about how much effort you put into destroying the hydrocarbon fuel industry, yet never spend even one day without their products. Imagine for a minute a lifetime without their products?

Time to start living in the real world, and quit destroying the country for those who don’t want it destroyed.

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Oh my…I think you might want to stop with the labels. You sound like a “Liberal”! Pointing fingers at others usually ends up with your own finger pointing at yourself.

#74 Keith on 08.29.21 at 5:38 pm

The Conservative platform is a giant leap to the left. If it comes to pass, they will be pretty much the same as the pre Trudeau Liberals. This is big spending, and a much bigger role for government. I doubt they can complete their platform in power, and balance the budget. Something will have to give.

If they are able to do what they are saying they will do, they should be able to attract a lot of the center vote.

Nobody wins in Canada without the center. – Garth

#75 45north on 08.29.21 at 5:42 pm

Adam Zivo: Why the Conservative housing plan really is better than the others

https://nationalpost.com/news/politics/election-2021/adam-zivo-why-the-conservative-housing-plan-really-is-better-than-the-others?

Meanwhile, the Liberals have been scrambling to distract from their record of failure on housing — under their watch, the price of an average home has almost doubled from $433,800 to $734,500.

#76 Sail Away on 08.29.21 at 5:43 pm

Calling all sturdy conservatives. Make this a country to be proud of again.

Sometimes it takes a mistake with terrible consequences to open folks’ eyes. Luckily, it seems this has now been realized. The real long-term benefit will be if the younger cohort leans away from Trudeau-style foppery from now on.

#77 45north on 08.29.21 at 5:44 pm

Adam Zivo: Why the Conservative housing plan really is better than the others

https://nationalpost.com/news/politics/election-2021/adam-zivo-why-the-conservative-housing-plan-really-is-better-than-the-others?

Under the Conservative plan, municipalities would also be required to increase housing density near new, federally-funded public transit. This is crucial because municipal politicians often obstruct densification, fearing backlash from existing residents who oppose having new neighbours, which then delays or kills development projects that would otherwise provide new urban housing.

I posted this May 28


In Ottawa, the New Official Plan is a well conceived brilliant piece of work. The driving force is intensification which is based on the need to be more energy efficient and environmentally friendly. Ottawa is not a very dense city – it’s easy to make it more dense. The Plan identifies special areas as transforming – this means high density. The special areas are located around transportation hubs which are where public transit routes intersect. The developers already own this land. Don’t think developers means only private developers, it also means the Federal Government. So the new Official Plan identifies areas as transforming and the owners are in agreement. Brilliant!

The professional planners in Ottawa have produced a plan which City Council endorses. NIMBYs will receive a polite hearing but there’s no war. Incumbents will do fine.

#78 45north on 08.29.21 at 5:45 pm

Howard Matt Gurney at the National Post had an interesting take on Twitter a week ago, after it was revealed that the Liberals were polling their MPs for “big ideas”.
One might think : why didn’t they come up with idea BEFORE they called this election?
Ah, in fact it seems that the “big idea” was giving Trudeau a majority. That was it – that was the wow factor they thought would galvanize support. In a sense, the Liberal Party’s pitch to the electorate was … the Liberal Party itself.
It’s hilarious when you think about it.

hilarious

#79 Ontario on 08.29.21 at 5:45 pm

#65 Stone

Bizarre that Garth has to point out something so obvious. It seems apparent that the anti-vaxer crowd have a serious screw loose (or several) in their head.

Very much looking forward to getting the vaccine passport in Ontario in the very near future. It’s great that the anti-vaxer crowd is no longer being catered to. Hooray for common sense!

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Which part did you miss Stone? The part about peer reviewed Japanese study about vaccine resistant B1.621 Lambda now on the lose in Florida and 43 other US states or the part about breakthrough infections at 30% and growing?

Makes me wonder who’s more reckless? The unvaccinated or the vaccinated thinking they are wearing some magic cloak?

Let me ask you this simple question Stone:

Who’s more reckless: unvaccinated person staying in Ontario or vaccinated person traveling to Bogota, Columbia or Miami, Florida with their vaccine passport, where Lambda B1.621 vaccine resistant variant is on the loose?

#80 BC Renovator on 08.29.21 at 5:45 pm

I sure hope you are Right! T2 is not a Leader, he is a Nanny who shouldn’t be in politics or in any Leader position.

#81 KLNR on 08.29.21 at 5:46 pm

@#62 AM in MN on 08.29.21 at 5:01 pm
#16 Quintilian on 08.29.21 at 2:41 pm

Although a die-hard Liberal, I cannot ignore the facts.
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Yes you can, that’s what makes you a Liberal and you have been ignoring all of your life.

My guess is that you draw all or a significant part of your income from the taxpayer. That is what allows people to live their whole lives in fantasyland.

In the real world you have to earn money, and it forces you to look at the way the world really works, not the way you were taught it should work by a bunch of leftists at a typical Canadian U.

Spend 10 min. thinking about those who have to work to pay the taxes and then raise their families and a lifetime of financial risk with what is left over.

It’s hard being a Conservative political organizer because most of the people who agree with your worldview are too busy with their lives, work, families and tax obligations to spend time on politics, but there does come a time when they get pushed over the edge, and it seems that time has come.

One last bit to any Liberal out there who thinks they have a logical way of looking at the world (they don’t), try spending a just a couple of minutes reasoning how just a few years ago they bragged about scoring high on the UN’s “human development index”, yet now Canada is a horrible racist place that needs to be destroyed for the good of humanity.

Spend a couple minutes thinking about how much effort you put into destroying the hydrocarbon fuel industry, yet never spend even one day without their products. Imagine for a minute a lifetime without their products?

Time to start living in the real world, and quit destroying the country for those who don’t want it destroyed.

lol, you guys are two sides of the same coin.
everything is B&W, lots of generalizations, can’t comprehend nuance or context.
Really, folks like you two are the problem.

#82 Prince Polo on 08.29.21 at 5:49 pm

Mr. BillyBob, I said nothing about moral superiority, protesters, or divisiveness. Maybe you meant to rebut somebody else’s commentary?

Although I do agree with you about Canadians’ smugness regarding moral superiority. It’s pretty pathetic.

#83 Ryan on 08.29.21 at 5:50 pm

“if you are dumb enough to vote; then you are dumb enough to believe ’em”

If you’re dumb enough not to vote, you’re irrelevant. – Garth

#84 Cici on 08.29.21 at 5:57 pm

#48 Nonplused on 08.29.21 at 4:13 pm
#18 Paddy on 08.29.21 at 2:44 pm

The main problem with the primary residence exemption is that it’s a joke. Meaning that it’s poorly enforced, easy to get around… and obviously, that’s intentional.

Apparently, no one in power wants to rein in the housing beast.

#85 crowdedelevatorfartz on 08.29.21 at 6:02 pm

@#45 Prince Polo
“The sheer arrogance of the Liberals is what needs to be addressed ”

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Roll back the clock to Turners last election as PM.
It’s what got him booted.
Trudeau and his pseudo intellectual lecturing doesn’t roll with “joe sixpack”

Hubris and the fall, should be amusing to watch.

#86 Grey Dog on 08.29.21 at 6:19 pm

Know someone who works for a lawyer in Bolton who got the call from the Conservative candidate for Bolton to stage the protest anti Vaxxer, mask etc against Trudeau when he showed up Friday. Look at what they started.

Kinda dirty if you ask me.

You mean like Chrystia deliberately doctoring an O’Toole video to distort his stance on health care? – Garth

#87 The Woosh on 08.29.21 at 6:29 pm

#79 Ontario on 08.29.21 at 5:45 pm
#65 Stone

Bizarre that Garth has to point out something so obvious. It seems apparent that the anti-vaxer crowd have a serious screw loose (or several) in their head.

Very much looking forward to getting the vaccine passport in Ontario in the very near future. It’s great that the anti-vaxer crowd is no longer being catered to. Hooray for common sense!

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Which part did you miss Stone? The part about peer reviewed Japanese study about vaccine resistant B1.621 Lambda now on the lose in Florida and 43 other US states or the part about breakthrough infections at 30% and growing?

Makes me wonder who’s more reckless? The unvaccinated or the vaccinated thinking they are wearing some magic cloak?

Let me ask you this simple question Stone:

Who’s more reckless: unvaccinated person staying in Ontario or vaccinated person traveling to Bogota, Columbia or Miami, Florida with their vaccine passport, where Lambda B1.621 vaccine resistant variant is on the loose?

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That was easy. The unvaccinated dumbass who stayed in Ontario is the more reckless dumbass. That unvaccinated dumbass catches one of the variants and needs to go to the hospital for treatment. The unvaccinated dumbass needs an ICU bed that keeps someone with a gall stone infection from getting a 30 minute surgery that would save his life. The person with that gall stone infection dies because the ICU bed he needs is taken up by an unvaccinated dumbass. Seems like you want to be a dumbass. Dumbass!

#88 Grey Dog on 08.29.21 at 6:30 pm

Is it me, but lately I’m not seeing vaccine hesitant people, I’m seeing arrogant individuals proud of their decision to not be vaccinated. These people were kind compassionate folks we have known for more than 40 years that all of a sudden are belligerent in standing their ground against the vaccine.

Please Doug Ford issue me a vaccination passport. Let the unvaccinated stew while new variants develop from their disregard and incivility.

What is happening to the world?

#89 Thank dog on 08.29.21 at 6:35 pm

So proud of the patriots showing up at liberal events shouting profanities and making rude gestures. Thank dog we have these freedom fighters protecting our dog given rights.

#90 Reckless on 08.29.21 at 6:35 pm

Ontario #79 “Who’s more reckless: unvaccinated person staying in Ontario or vaccinated person traveling to Bogota, Columbia or Miami, Florida with their vaccine passport, where Lambda B1.621 vaccine resistant variant is on the loose?”
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Good question. I am fully vaccinated and will be in Colombia next week. I’ll be travelling around, going to crowded bars and restaurants, seeing the sights, doing all the tourist stuff.

I’m over 60 and I figure the chances of me being exposed to lambda are very high.

I think the unvaxxed guy in Ontario or BC probably is safer, unless they are over 65 or otherwise at risk due to other health problems they have (obesity seems to be a big factor).

But I am pretty sure those people are all vaxxed.

I imagine the unvaxxed are younger, healthy, and just don’t feel threatened.

I’m also pretty sure everyone on earth, vaxxed or not, will be exposed to one version of Covid or another eventually, as many experts in the very beginning said.

So I might as well get it now, while I am still ‘young enough’ and my vax is near full strength.

Sure I could die. The plane could crash or I could get hit by a bus too.

My hope is by the time I return in 3 or 4 months the hysteria will have died down in Canada. If not, I might just continue on further South. Uruguay is nice at that time of year.

I’ll get a booster shot somewhere along the way if I haven’t gotten natural immunity by then.

#91 Work and Tumble on 08.29.21 at 6:39 pm

History will not be kind to Justin Trudeau.

#92 Honest Realtor on 08.29.21 at 6:43 pm

Thank you so much for this reality check, Garth.

The Liberal platform is poor, especially in the ways that it denigrates and attempts to undermine the real estate industry. It is deplorable and disrespectful. They deserve to suffer the consequences.

But don’t worry, Canada will come together again, and we are all most powerfully united under the idea of the value of a home, for families and communities.

This is what makes my profession so important and powerful.

The Conservatives will be much more helpful in helping Canadians find homes, and building prosperity through home ownership.

#93 Grey Dog on 08.29.21 at 6:46 pm

Garth, I absolutely agree with you that what Chrystia did was wrong. I was very disappointed in her actions.

Besides isn’t the Shouldice Clinic a private clinic in Thornhill that specializes and cures hernias for people worldwide, yet I have known many OHIP sponsored patients.

She started that fire…but now that the candidate inspired anti vaxxers, anti maskers, etc have found their voice I don’t think the next few weeks are going to be very productive. (Sorta like tRump opening Pandora’s box for all the haters).

Kinda like my Covid pup that didn’t utter a sound for her first six weeks with us…somehow she discovered her voice, yikes she is shrill. Gotta cover my ears!

#94 the Jaguar on 08.29.21 at 6:47 pm

A number of blog days back Jaguar ventured forth the idea that ‘Swift Draw O’Toole’ might stand a chance of unseating the incumbent PM. If one believes polls and media (never a wise move), hope springs eternal. T2 drove a stake into his own heart when he dared to threaten the Ancient Warrior Banks with additional taxes. One can only wonder how he mistook Godzilla for Bambi. Mercy.

Given this” gypsy like” roll I am on, I’ll see if I can hit a double. Maybe even steal a base. Here is an additional prediction: Covid: Your fifteen minutes of fame are ‘over’. As of October 31st you are “Toasted”. Not gone, but diffused.

Yes, the so-called fourth wave is upon us. . Alberta, wild child of all provinces has gone from 1655 active cases August 1st to the present day number of 9655. ( as an aside, did anyone else notice how Edmonton which was at 301 cases versus Calgary 990 on August 1st is now reporting 3026 versus Calgary 2838? North/South Alberta. Like two different provinces, baby. Mad Cow started up north, wink, wink. )

Anyhoo, bottom line is the ‘jig is up’. The Covid curtain has been pulled back like the scene in Wizard of Oz where all is revealed. My crystal ball tells me that cases will continue to spike until about September 30th when they will drop like a sack of potatoes. Or insert your own noun.

One final word to all you ‘anti vaxers’ out there. You are FREELOADERS! The level of freedom and accessibility you enjoy is on the backs of those who stepped up and got the vaccine. Or as Colonel Jessop so aptly put it:

“I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide and then questions the manner in which I provide it.”
Amen.

P.S. Don G. I may have a need for your advice on a Mazatlan matter. Am I on the right track that your lair is Altadore or perhaps North Glenmore Park area? I could leave a note with someone trustworthy……

#95 Tesla vs gas-guzzling SUV on 08.29.21 at 6:53 pm

Interesting how things happen.

This morning the headline for this article in the Globe&Mail read:

Own a Tesla? You’re probably doing more harm to the environment that if you drove a gas-guzzling SUV

Now look at it …

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-own-a-tesla-youre-probably-doing-more-harm-to-the-environment-than-if/

#96 cowtown cowboy on 08.29.21 at 6:55 pm

I think the younguns are finally starting to see through the liberal horsesh!t, I have renewed hope for the future!

Justin Trudeau….All hat, no cattle.

#97 VladTor on 08.29.21 at 7:01 pm

Adam Zivo: Why the Conservative housing plan really is better than the others

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This is the same plan as everyone else have. Pre-election chatter. What is written in this article is just nonsense. They will not finish discussing these plans until the next election and all their plans will only lead to an increase in house prices – they promise not to let prices fall and house prices will not fall.

Here’s what I would do – the problem would begin to be solved the next day after my election as prime minister.

1.Starting from January 1, 2023, a new capital gain tax will be introduced.
Sale house during 1 year owning of purchase – 98%
2 years – 85
3 years-70
3-5 years 50
5-10 years 20
More than 10 years – 0

This is out of the question. The next day after the my election, all speculators will start selling housing, because now capital gain tax = 0, and will not be zero since 2023. Let’s give them a chance! Until January 1, 2023, most of the speculators will sell housing, unless of course they are stupid and the price will immediately fall in a year.

2. What nonsense is it not to sell housing to foreigners? Selling to the maximum – they give job to our workers. But the property tax must be triple to compensate infrastructure maintenance and capital gain tax should be regardless of the length of ownership, let’s say 90%.

3. Legislatively fix the amount of credit issued for housing by banks – no more than 5 household income.

Well, that’s part of the hole plan. The rest – let’s keep the intrigue – after my election!

#98 Tripp on 08.29.21 at 7:02 pm

#29 Ustabe on 08.29.21 at 3:29 pm

“Importation of MAGA/GOP/Republican style confrontational political protest and movements…”

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Do burning churches, toppling statues and blocking railways qualify as “confrontational”?

#99 SoggyShorts on 08.29.21 at 7:03 pm

#79 Ontario on 08.29.21 at 5:45 pm
#65 Stone

breakthrough infections at 30% and growing?

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Just wanted to point out that most people are vaxxed.
If 100% of people were vaxxed then 100% of infections would be among the vaxxed, right?

Try this:
If everyone wore a seatbelt then fatalities would go down, but there would still be some, and of those fatalities, 100% would be of people wearing a seatbelt- that doesn’t mean seatbelts don’t work.

Putting that aside, aren’t 99% of hospitalizations unvaxxed people? That means they are clogging up ICUs in an almost completely preventable way. So, the penalty is they don’t get to go to the pub or hop on a plane. Tough.

Side note: My autocorrect keeps trying to change “unvaxxed” to “unwanted”, and maybe I should let it…

#100 Garth's Son Drake on 08.29.21 at 7:15 pm

Garth, I already told you I am voting Conservative. My outlook is good for what most people are thinking right now. Change is good. Cons have the best chance to dethrone. I keep my ear to the street. If I was voting for who I like it would be Jag. But an NDP vote benefits Trudeau and won’t help dethrone him.

Real estate costs 70% more than when Trudeau promised to make it more affordable – LOL Almost as good as Horgan’s record to make homes in BC more affordable by having prices basically double since being in power.

BTW, has anyone seen or heard Selina Robinson and/or David Eby? Memba them?

Lastly, even if the Cons get in, do you really think housing will become more affordable? Nope!

Not unless they remove the “investment” part out of real estate (i.e. no owning more than one property for living in, having enough supply to meet demands and only tying immigration levels to what we can achieve in matching supply – problem solved – although another problem is created in crashing the Canadian economy that sucks off off everything real estate. This beast can’t even afford to take a breather without having all levels of gov crap their pants (think 2018/2019).

Remove the stress test and bring on the 40 year amortization. You know it is coming.

#101 Alice in Cambridge on 08.29.21 at 7:16 pm

Yikes!

One of the most ridiculously partisan, dumb-witted blogs you have every posted, Mr. Turner.

When you are proven wrong on September 20, please just go away. And take all your neanderthal conservative elitist fans here with you.

#102 Wrk.dover on 08.29.21 at 7:19 pm

That pic of Dex looks like what I see in the mirror.

Lovin’ life!

#103 Trojan House on 08.29.21 at 7:19 pm

“Simple. By restricting social privileges for the unvaxed they are encouraged to become vaxed. Then we are all safer. – Garth”

Oh, so it’s my job to keep you safe? Okay, where do I send your hazmat suit?

#104 AM in MN on 08.29.21 at 7:24 pm

#73 The Woosh on 08.29.21 at 5:37 pm
#81 KLNR on 08.29.21 at 5:46 pm
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Wow, such bitterness.

If you can give any examples of complexity or nuance that I don’t understand on major issues, please list them.

In particular, there are issues for which I believe one should take a tough position on, if you want to live in a peaceful and prosperous world.

For much of the Anglosphere, this included;

– A sound currency

– The rule of law, based on British Common Law with it’s biblical foundation

-Private Property Rights

-Individual Rights, Liberties and Freedoms

– Objective truth discovered through such individual rights, not collective groupthink

So many in today’s world are being taught that these are hallmarks of “white supremacy”, and need to be abolished for the good of humanity, and that the world will be a better place when we are led by the “experts”.

If I wanted to live in such a country, and I’ve been to plenty others, I would move there. I prefer to try and keep them, not lose them, and not live under someone else’s thumb.

If the other side of that coin is something like modern China, I’ll keep my side.

#105 Stone on 08.29.21 at 7:32 pm

#79 Ontario on 08.29.21 at 5:45 pm
#65 Stone

Bizarre that Garth has to point out something so obvious. It seems apparent that the anti-vaxer crowd have a serious screw loose (or several) in their head.

Very much looking forward to getting the vaccine passport in Ontario in the very near future. It’s great that the anti-vaxer crowd is no longer being catered to. Hooray for common sense!

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Which part did you miss Stone? The part about peer reviewed Japanese study about vaccine resistant B1.621 Lambda now on the lose in Florida and 43 other US states or the part about breakthrough infections at 30% and growing?

Makes me wonder who’s more reckless? The unvaccinated or the vaccinated thinking they are wearing some magic cloak?

Let me ask you this simple question Stone:

Who’s more reckless: unvaccinated person staying in Ontario or vaccinated person traveling to Bogota, Columbia or Miami, Florida with their vaccine passport, where Lambda B1.621 vaccine resistant variant is on the loose?

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If you think Lambda isn’t in Ontario or Canada, think again.

Those who voluntarily (I stress the word voluntarily) got vaccinated have a better understanding of risk and risk minimization. I’ll place my bets on them.

The anti-vaxers are reckless and selfish. Their stance costs all tax-payers money and unnecessarily fills hospital beds that should be available for other reasons.

The anti-vaxers have made their choice and should be shunned. If they change their ways, they are free to fully participate in society.

#106 Steven Rowlandson on 08.29.21 at 7:40 pm

I suspect that no matter who forms a government extreme borrowing and spending and PCBS will continue and damage the nations finances even further.

#107 Ontario on 08.29.21 at 7:43 pm

#87 The Woosh

That was easy. The unvaccinated dumbass who stayed in Ontario is the more reckless dumbass. That unvaccinated dumbass catches one of the variants and needs to go to the hospital for treatment. The unvaccinated dumbass needs an ICU bed that keeps someone with a gall stone infection from getting a 30 minute surgery that would save his life. The person with that gall stone infection dies because the ICU bed he needs is taken up by an unvaccinated dumbass. Seems like you want to be a dumbass. Dumbass!

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Yeah, you’re right Woosh.

Totally absolutely no way the Dumbass who brings back a variant we know vaccines are fully useless against back to 14.5 million people is dumber.

Especially now that we know beyond any shadow of doubt that the double-vaccinated breakthrough infections are a common occurrence and vaccine passports are giving the breakthrough infected an express lane of entry – EVERYWHERE.

#108 Millennial Surrealist on 08.29.21 at 7:44 pm

So getting everyone stoned…. and spending $500 billion doesn’t get you a majority..!!!. ha ..
Who knew…

He can now go back to the snowboard instructor gig…

Sweet sweet joy… there is a dog in heaven….

#109 Jake on 08.29.21 at 7:50 pm

#12 Zed on 08.29.21 at 2:35 pm
I had to cancel, so far, one dinner out with friends and 2 theatre plays. Money not spent in the local economy in the early part of the segregation, $400.

The money lost from vax passports pales in comparison to the damage caused by past and future potential widespread shutdowns. Whoever hasn’t gotten a shot needs to shut up and do the right thing. The data speaks for itself…

In ICU (Aug 29)
Unvaccinated 90
Partially vaccinated 6
Fully vaccinated 9

https://covid-19.ontario.ca/data

#110 Jake on 08.29.21 at 7:54 pm

The Cons will win in this revolt election, but will be decimated during the next one as the cost to pay for covid is going to hurt and the public will vote them down decisively as they did in the early ’90s when the unpopular GST was introduced. Even though the Libs created the record deficit, the public has a short memory, they vote for the moment.

#111 yvr_lurker on 08.29.21 at 7:55 pm

Not so fast. What will happen is that T2 will get a minority supported by the NDP, just as now. O’Toole will not make inwards in Quebec and the Bloc is weaker than before, and so all of this election is pointless as the status quo will remain (give or take a few seats lost).

As much as I detest T2 personally, I don’t dislike Chrystia Freeland and she is smart and will grow into her job. It is no easy feat to have attained her level of education. Can’t vote for Jagmeet (as for him everyone earning over 200K is uber rich), and O’Toole for me is a spokesperson in disguise from the Fraser Institute, which pumps out endless BS on a regular basis. Might as well hold my nose again and vote Liberal.

#112 Ontario on 08.29.21 at 8:06 pm

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#113 Yukon Elvis on 08.29.21 at 8:10 pm

Russia will not make Covid vaccines compulsory for citizens, President Vladimir Putin said.
He said people should see the necessity of immunization on their own.
Russia had mulled making the vaccinations compulsory but Putin called it “counterproductive.”

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/05/27/russia-covid-vaccines-wont-be-compulsory-putin-says-amid-skepticism.html

#114 The Woosh on 08.29.21 at 8:21 pm

#107 Ontario on 08.29.21 at 7:43 pm
#87 The Woosh

That was easy. The unvaccinated dumbass who stayed in Ontario is the more reckless dumbass. That unvaccinated dumbass catches one of the variants and needs to go to the hospital for treatment. The unvaccinated dumbass needs an ICU bed that keeps someone with a gall stone infection from getting a 30 minute surgery that would save his life. The person with that gall stone infection dies because the ICU bed he needs is taken up by an unvaccinated dumbass. Seems like you want to be a dumbass. Dumbass!

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Yeah, you’re right Woosh.

Totally absolutely no way the Dumbass who brings back a variant we know vaccines are fully useless against back to 14.5 million people is dumber.

Especially now that we know beyond any shadow of doubt that the double-vaccinated breakthrough infections are a common occurrence and vaccine passports are giving the breakthrough infected an express lane of entry – EVERYWHERE.

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Thanks for proving my point. And you continue to be…wait for it…it’s coming right now…after this commercial break…a dumbass!

You do realize that the gall stone infection example actually happened. I didn’t make it up. It REALLY happened. No need to go abroad to cause pain and suffering because of unvaccinated local dumbasses clogging up ICUs. Dumbass!

This public service announcement brought to you by the Anti-Dumbass League.

#115 BillyBob on 08.29.21 at 8:22 pm

#82 Prince Polo on 08.29.21 at 5:49 pm
Mr. BillyBob, I said nothing about moral superiority, protesters, or divisiveness. Maybe you meant to rebut somebody else’s commentary?

Although I do agree with you about Canadians’ smugness regarding moral superiority. It’s pretty pathetic.

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I did quote your post, but was actually rebutting Ustabe’s lame attempt to link the palpable anger with Trudeau to some sort of imported Trumpism. Sorry if that wasn’t clear.

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@#94 the Jaguar on 08.29.21 at 6:47 pm,

I think your analysis is spot-on and as always, I just plain like the cut of your jib.

Keep fighting the good fight in Wild Rose country (province, not party).

#116 Nonplused on 08.29.21 at 8:22 pm

#101 Alice in Cambridge on 08.29.21 at 7:16 pm
Yikes!

One of the most ridiculously partisan, dumb-witted blogs you have every posted, Mr. Turner.

When you are proven wrong on September 20, please just go away. And take all your neanderthal conservative elitist fans here with you.

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How did this Alice person get by security? Obviously a young one who hasn’t learned to tell the difference between insult and argument.

#117 Where’s TurnerNation? on 08.29.21 at 8:25 pm

Since TurnerNation isn’t here to point out this little beauty, I guess I will.

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/news/2021/03/government-of-canada-announces-funding-for-covid-19-safe-voluntary-isolation-sites-under-ontarios-high-priority-community-strategy.html

So there’s never any money for mental health beds, or housing the homeless, but all of a sudden there’s a ton of cash to build covid camps?

These camps could never be used for anything nefarious.

Also, what is with Trudeau promising !!$5 BILLION!! with a B to every province that brings in a vaccine passport? Where’s that money coming from? We pay for our own subjugation, I guess.

Can’t wait for him to be ousted.

#118 Ontario on 08.29.21 at 8:26 pm

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#119 Louise V. on 08.29.21 at 8:30 pm

Canada needs a socially progressive and financially responsible government. Not Trudeau, not O”Toole, maybe Carney or McKay.

#120 Do we have all the facts on 08.29.21 at 8:35 pm

Why should any portion of the $500 million cost of an unnecessary election be born by taxpayers. Haven’t we had enough spending of borrowed funds lately.

Time for just a tiny touch of common sense.

Vote accordingly.

#121 Grunt on 08.29.21 at 8:36 pm

I still judge the fed pc impotent. Win by default. T2 will be back again. In the meantime hard effort on the deficit please. That’s all this voter cares about.

#122 Slim on 08.29.21 at 8:50 pm

“I’ll drink this topical horse de-worming (Ivermectin) lotion, but I’ll be damned if I let the government force their vaccine on me,” has to be the best caption for a Darwin award ever!

#123 Shawn Allen on 08.29.21 at 8:52 pm

Elections were boring and predictable for a long time.

But we have had some interesting ones.

Remember, the NDP won in Alberta around what was it 2015. The NDP – In Alberta!

They we had Trudeau winning in 2015 – remember that was an upset. Unexpected.

Then Trump won in 2016. Trump!

Then we had an insurrection in 2012 / 2021

Nova Scotia recently flipped somewhat unexpectedly.

It’s all very entertaining – and that’s about all it is to me. Will not make a difference in my life. Sure tax rates could increase – but that’s already baked in actually no matter who wins.

I will vote strictly based on the fact that my local MP has done a good job.

#124 Ontario on 08.29.21 at 8:55 pm

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Thanks for allowing some discussion Garth.

Good night.

#125 Krusty the Clown on 08.29.21 at 9:00 pm

Adam Vaughan was laughing at us when asked by Paikin about the struggle of housing affordability.

#126 Where’s TurnerNation on 08.29.21 at 9:03 pm

Correction, Trudeau not giving $5 Billion to each province, typed that incorrectly. It’s really only $1 Billion, so should be fine. Right? Fine. After all, what’s a few extra billion$ at this point.
Chump change really.

#127 Ontario on 08.29.21 at 9:04 pm

#114 The Woosh on 08.29.21 at 8:21 pm

Thanks for proving my point. And you continue to be…wait for it…it’s coming right now…after this commercial break…a dumbass!

You do realize that the gall stone infection example actually happened. I didn’t make it up. It REALLY happened. No need to go abroad to cause pain and suffering because of unvaccinated local dumbasses clogging up ICUs. Dumbass!

This public service announcement brought to you by the Anti-Dumbass League.

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Forgive Garth, I have to. He’s resorted to name calling.

Woosh, look, don’t try to convince us what has happened in this pandemic to our health care. It has been pointed out a number of times that mental health, opioid deaths, abuse, and every other health issue or concern has been put on the back burner. None of those deaths and suffering are being counted.

But while your view that ONE case you know about now is an issue, the concern about new variants being Brough here will insure other issue like you note will continue to happen, because we will invalidate our vaccine weapon.

Do you not see that? Do you not understand that this risk is way bigger and therefore MUST be kept at the top of consideration?

By the way, remember those field cover hospitals that TurnerNation highlighted to us that are being taken apart and were never utilized in Canada?

#128 Flop… on 08.29.21 at 9:05 pm

Two people are on a tandem bike.

The person up front is vaccinated and doing all the peddling, wants to go places in life.

The person on the back of the bike also wants to go all the same places, but doesn’t want to get vaccinated or do any peddling.

Buddy up front looks over their shoulder and see’s that the person they thought they were working in tandem with to get to the destination isn’t even trying.

The bike shop now has a shiny new bike with a fancy vaccine passport decal on the side, you can go anywhere with this bike, but it only has one seat.

Decision time.

Which bike do you think the person at the front is going to prefer to ride…

M47BC

#129 SoggyShorts on 08.29.21 at 9:08 pm

#107 Ontario on 08.29.21 at 7:43 pm
#87 The Woosh

[Lambda] a variant we know vaccines are fully useless
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Can I please get a source for that?

#130 Yuus bin Haad on 08.29.21 at 9:13 pm

Divided? That’s for sure – nutters on one side; fluffernutters on the other

#131 So Much Fake News on 08.29.21 at 9:13 pm

“Totally absolutely no way the Dumbass who brings back a variant we know vaccines are fully useless against back to 14.5 million people is dumber.”

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Quotes from the very Newsweek article about Lambda that you say shows vaccines to be ‘fully useless’ against it:

“While it has quickly spread across South America since it was first detected, it’s unclear whether it poses more of a threat than other variants, including Delta.”

“It’s also not yet known if the variant is more resistant to the existing COVID vaccines, with virologists continuing to monitor developments”

Following the link to another article about it yields these quotes:

“However, experts have told Newsweek that little is known about Lambda, including how resistant it is to vaccines and exactly how much risk it poses.”

“He told Newsweek there was no real-world large population data yet on how the Lambda variant might resist vaccines, but did point to two non-peer-reviewed studies suggesting it may possess similar vaccine-resistance properties as the Alpha and Gamma variants.

Tang added that the Delta variant, by comparison, showed “a much larger vaccine-escape capability”—a reduction in the overall effectiveness of existing vaccines against it.”

You really would benefit from actually reading the articles you post, although I suspect you wouldn’t understand them.

I’m glad there are people out there like you though, it’s what gets me a beautiful hotel room in Colombia for under $50 Canadian, taxes and breakkie included.

Can’t wait.

#132 Billy Buoy on 08.29.21 at 9:20 pm

Hubris wins again. First Cuomo, now Justy

So long Justy…Not nice knowing you.

Please recede into the background forever.

Thank you.

#133 NSNG on 08.29.21 at 9:53 pm

This whole vax/anti-vax argument is suddenly starting to look very familiar. I knew I had seen it before:

AHA!

The Lord of the Flies.

Who’s next to hold the conch?

Piggy? Piggy?

#134 NSNG on 08.29.21 at 10:03 pm

If the conservatives win power, and I still think it’s a long shot, They will have a tough road ahead in fixing things.

They were wise about giving their plan a ten-year time horizon. This will buy them time to work some magic but between now and then they will need to win a second election. That will lead to some hard choices which could hurt support.

I think the only way through that is for O’Toole to be two things when addressing Canadians on the plan. He will need to be both frank and fair.

Canadians are an honest lot and if you are honest with them they will go with you even if there is personal suffering because we are quite team-oriented. We’ve done this in BC, Paul Martin did it on the national level, and Ralph Klein did it well in Alberta to eliminate their debt altogether.

Many are frank but the cuts and suffering quite often aren’t fair. This is where political plans usually fail. I think we are all willing to suffer if we all suffer equally and if we can see progress (like a mortgage or debt paydown schedule). If O’Toole can manage that, I think he can win his second term assuming he gets the first one.

#135 CBC Watcher on 08.29.21 at 10:15 pm

Watching CBC.

Trudeau is taking the spin to say he’s the one that will take the fight on integrity, ethics, DOING WHAT IS RIGHT.

Oh my goodness…that just happened.

Did he think we forgot that whole Jody situation? How short does he think human memory is?

“Sirens in the background remind us this is a climate emergency.”

This guy is such a cheap salesman.

If you’re dumb enough not to vote, you’re irrelevant. – Garth

What stranger who needs me to transfer my ability to decide to him so that he can make all decisions for me, as if we have no ability to vote on things in today’s tech heavy world.

It is high time we didn’t surrender our ability to decide on issues like this. Instead of watching dumb TV or YouTube, we should be plugged in and voting on what this country does. TV shows should present issues and we should vote the way the bought and paid for politicians claim to do on our behalf after we transfer the power to them.

#136 Jane Deene on 08.29.21 at 10:19 pm

Add my name to the “Disgusted with Trudeau”. He is a cancer and what you’re calling ‘division’ is Trudeaus malignant hate for our country. Keep him, we surely die. Old Stock-New Comer alike , recognize that there’s no Canada without Canada.

#137 Cyclist on 08.29.21 at 10:29 pm

#128 Flop…

Two people are on a tandem bike.

The person up front is vaccinated and doing all the peddling, wants to go places in life.

The person on the back of the bike also wants to go all the same places, but doesn’t want to get vaccinated or do any peddling.

Buddy up front looks over their shoulder and see’s that the person they thought they were working in tandem with to get to the destination isn’t even trying.

The bike shop now has a shiny new bike with a fancy vaccine passport decal on the side, you can go anywhere with this bike, but it only has one seat.

Decision time.

Which bike do you think the person at the front is going to prefer to ride…

M47BC

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My bike of choice is TREK. Their OCLV carbon has always been awesome. Used to have decals that said HAND BUILT IN THE United States.

Now all TREK bikes are Made in China. Funny thing right before the pandemic end of summer 2019, I got a new TREK OCLV frame. It broke summer of 2020, strange failure on the seat tube of all places. Poor quality control was the issue. Replaced with new, but still, never happened on my US MADE TREKs.

The point is, be careful about the confidence of your new solo bike, wanting to go places.

It is not a matter of opinion, but science fact. Breakthrough infections in double vaccinated are real and now represent 30% or so of cases and growing. Variants are out there that don’t care about vaccinated, worse these new variants render vaccines completely ineffective according to peer reviewed published studies.

Do you want to be the one who brings this new vaccine resistant variant that is out there back to your community with your custom painted fancy vaccine passport decal?

#138 Mick McClean on 08.29.21 at 10:33 pm

In a mere 10 paragraphs GT has summed up exactly how I feel with the notable exception being Justins attempt to obstruct justice in the SNC-Lavalin issue. Problem in my riding and others have mentioned it here, is there doesn’t seem to be a candidate for the CPC or NDP running. My riding is where the Lib incumbent had her sister on the payroll and was forced to sit as an independent. People will vote Conservative as they did for Harper in 2011 but when Trudeau arrived on the scene he triumphed both times and I fear he will again.

#139 Trudeau’s Magic Money Machine on 08.29.21 at 10:35 pm

Your post tonight brought a tear to my eye.

This was some of your finest writing in a long time.

Thank you.

#140 Dan on 08.29.21 at 10:40 pm

Quintilian you sound an awful lot like that TurnerNation guy, just on the other side of the spectrum. Just thought you would want to know.

#141 Ontario on 08.29.21 at 10:40 pm

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#142 Nonplused on 08.29.21 at 10:45 pm

#128 Flop… on 08.29.21 at 9:05 pm

Fixed it for you, or at least created an equally good version:

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Two people are on a tandem bike.

The person up front is a typical Canadian and is doing all the peddling, wants to go places in life.

The person on the back of the bike also wants to go all the same places, but is a socialist and doesn’t want to do any peddling.

Buddy up front looks over their shoulder and see’s that the person they thought they were working in tandem with to get to the destination isn’t even trying.

The bike shop now has a shiny new bike with a fancy PCP decal on the side, you can go anywhere with this bike, but it only has one seat.

Decision time.

Which bike do you think the person at the front is going to prefer to ride…

#143 Tammi on 08.29.21 at 10:45 pm

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#144 Sheesh on 08.29.21 at 10:46 pm

#122 Slim on 08.29.21 at 8:50 pm
“I’ll drink this topical horse de-worming (Ivermectin) lotion, but I’ll be damned if I let the government force their vaccine on me,” has to be the best caption for a Darwin award ever!

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Yes, the people who delight in calling vaccinated people ‘sheep’ are tripping over themselves to take a medication literally used for sheep. Irony award?

#145 Ontario on 08.29.21 at 10:55 pm

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Garth, forgive! People asked for info/data in follow up comments you posted and allowed. I was just addressing those requests.

I don’t want comments on here spreading incorrect/incomplete information. I simply provided resources for them to look it up and be informed.

#146 Nonplused on 08.29.21 at 11:00 pm

#84 Cici on 08.29.21 at 5:57 pm
#48 Nonplused on 08.29.21 at 4:13 pm
#18 Paddy on 08.29.21 at 2:44 pm

The main problem with the primary residence exemption is that it’s a joke. Meaning that it’s poorly enforced, easy to get around… and obviously, that’s intentional.

Apparently, no one in power wants to rein in the housing beast.

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“A thief always locks his doors.”

I personally don’t know anyone who has ever abused the primary residence exemption. I know one couple remotely through friends that bought a couple houses over the years, renovated them while living in them, and then sold for a profit. But both house flips took over 2 years and involved them living in the house the whole time they were renovating and not living anywhere else. Other than that I cannot think of anyone. I do know a couple amateur landlords but they do not abuse the primary residence exemption.

Any examples of people using the primary residence exemption to cheat on taxes, i.e. they are not living there when they claim to be, should be dealt with by RevCan in the name of justice and fairness. But don’t expect to see a huge increase in government revenues as a result. The problem just isn’t that widespread. Not around YYC anyway.

Everything that can be taxed is being taxed. Sure, there are cheaters, and they should be dealt with harshly. But it isn’t going to balance the budget. We are at peak tax.

#147 Millennial 1%er on 08.29.21 at 11:11 pm

My entire cohort is cons/NDP (26 yold)
Income less than 6 figs are NDP, more are cons

Bye bye Trudeau

#148 Bob Dog on 08.29.21 at 11:12 pm

Be sure to get out there and vote furiously for the 3 headed snake while Jeff Bezos and other billionaires laugh in your face.

Canada is a commodity traded for profit on a globalized market.

Canadians are the biggest collection of losers the human race has ever produced.

#149 The joy of steerage on 08.29.21 at 11:32 pm

Carney is looking mighty happy!!!

The knives are coming out….

https://twitter.com/MarkJCarney/status/1431978770408345602?s=19

#150 Stoph on 08.29.21 at 11:38 pm

#109 Jake on 08.29.21 at 7:50 pm
#12 Zed on 08.29.21 at 2:35 pm
I had to cancel, so far, one dinner out with friends and 2 theatre plays. Money not spent in the local economy in the early part of the segregation, $400.

The money lost from vax passports pales in comparison to the damage caused by past and future potential widespread shutdowns. Whoever hasn’t gotten a shot needs to shut up and do the right thing. The data speaks for itself…

In ICU (Aug 29)
Unvaccinated 90
Partially vaccinated 6
Fully vaccinated 9

https://covid-19.ontario.ca/data

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You forgot to add that the 67% of the population is double dosed and 73% is partially dosed.

The means that ICU cases per percentage of population are:
– 90 unvaxed ICU cases are from 27% of the population;
– 6 partially vaxed from 6% of the population
– 9 fully vaxed cases from 67% of the population.

The data suggests that had everyone been fully vaxed, the 90 ICU cases from 27% unvaxed would have dropped to 3 or 4 cases. (9 cases/67% of population * 27% of population = 3.6 cases).

Note: As a larger percentage of the population continues to get vaxed, more and more sensational headlines will appear saying that a large percentage of cases are from vaxed people, this however because they represent almost all of the population. Meanwhile a small percentage of unvaxed people, will account for a disproportionate amount of cases (in terms of % of cases / % of population).

#151 DON on 08.29.21 at 11:43 pm

“Already T2 has added more debt to Canada’s balance sheet than all the prime ministers who went before. It guarantees higher interest rates. And a fiscal crunch.”

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Too bad the election can’t fix what is already set in motion. Fiscal crunch, sounds like fun.

#152 Paul on 08.29.21 at 11:54 pm

#103 Trojan House on 08.29.21 at 7:19 pm
“Simple. By restricting social privileges for the unvaxed they are encouraged to become vaxed. Then we are all safer. – Garth”

Oh, so it’s my job to keep you safe? Okay, where do I send your hazmat suit?
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Compulsory vaccine has been in the cards since day one.
I wasn’t sure I was going to participate the family said all the things to push me early Grand kids, job ect. But it was so obvious the powers to be were going to squeeze until the people caved. All the vaccine shaming was and is just noise.

#153 TurnerNation on 08.30.21 at 12:13 am

I wrote this post. Now I just read today’s weblog.

What’s with all the protests against our ‘leaders’? Want to kick them to the curb?
Replace them sure but you will be getting in a(nother) de facto Globalist. Short term.
Get to know the Long Game. That is an actual Global Government.
Riddle me this: what would it take – which condition(s) – for the Bank of Kanada to release its E-Currency.
Don’t ask the questions to which you do not wish answers.


— The future. Haha the C. Theorists told us that transhunanism in in the plan.
What does UK’s Defence Dept have to say? Human Augmentation.

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/986301/Human_Augmentation_SIP_access2.pdf

#154 DON on 08.30.21 at 12:16 am

Conservatives in the lead…they will need a stronger lead to turn it into seats. Unfortunately, Trudeau got in last time with less votes.

The election is Sept 20.

Pandemic elections haven’t brought out the vote. Parents will be busy with kids…after school activities and enjoying the final days of summer. Gen Z will be busy getting their vaccines in order to mingle in the night clubs. So it may be the usual party loyalists that decide this one. Who has more? Lots of folks have good intentions but never get around to voting.

My BIL…does not like Trudeau at all and for good reason.

#155 DON on 08.30.21 at 12:27 am

#110 Jake on 08.29.21 at 7:54 pm
The Cons will win in this revolt election, but will be decimated during the next one as the cost to pay for covid is going to hurt and the public will vote them down decisively as they did in the early ’90s when the unpopular GST was introduced. Even though the Libs created the record deficit, the public has a short memory, they vote for the moment.

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Not sure it a short memory thing or a lack of interest or just lack of paying attention. A good old game of hot potatoe. The next PM has to deal with the hard ache.

Who’s gonna promise an extension to cerb….? That could be a vote getter.

#156 TurnerNation on 08.30.21 at 12:30 am

Blockchain. Here you have it. The Blockchain was built for us.

“The World Health Organization has just released a guiding document for a digital vaccine certificate that will be blockchain based. This will be used to implement a vaccine passport in every country. ”
https://twitter.com/Henrik_Palmgren/status/1432049463170715648?s=20

— Can we call them centres, or camps, or what?

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/news/2021/08/government-of-canada-announces-funding-for-covid-19-safe-voluntary-isolation-sites-in-ontario.html
“Government of Canada Announces Funding for COVID-19 Safe Voluntary Isolation Sites in Ontario
August 13, 2021 | Ottawa, Ontario | Public Health


— Almost back to normal!! Soon. But you knew that already.

.EU will ban entry of Americans and several other countries despite high vaccination rates(schengenvisainfo.com)

.[University of Calgary] Students’ Union demands reimbursement for students who anticipated classes being in-person(citynews1130.com)

.Israel’s Health Ministry says vaccine passports will expire 6 months after an individual’s 2nd or 3rd dose
(@BNODesk)

.Pfizer ramps up its salesforce in battle of vaccine boosters (ft.com)

.Restrictions include: indoor double-mask mandates, two Covid tests upon arrival, a bi-weekly testing requirement, limits on indoor gathering sizes, off-campus travel restrictions and an elimination of in-person dining services. (amherst college)

#157 Dr V on 08.30.21 at 12:59 am

Just wondering if this could happen.

pc wins most seats, but is a minority.

Libs and dippers form a coalition to garner the win, but still not a majority.

Greens get a few seats, enough to prop coalition, or do
not get enough leaving Bloc in control.

#158 Al on 08.30.21 at 1:37 am

“But in fact the science is CRYSTAL CLEAR now that breakthrough infections are plentiful and represent 30% and growing”.

We should all hope that this rises rapidly and becomes 100%. Unless math is hard, or you want more ppl dying.

#159 Shabu Shabu on 08.30.21 at 2:45 am

#32 Quint. I’m supposing you think those US Democrat organized Antifa/BLM and paid burners, crazies, looters, murderers, cop killers and rapists were all just innocent spontaneous ” mostly peaceful” protestors?

“America light”? Trudeau is the guy who doubled down on his love for Chinese communism to get things done rather than rely on democratic process. Give me the American mess over Trudeaus communist dictatorship anytime.

#160 april on 08.30.21 at 3:14 am

#103 – the more people that are immunized the less opportunity for these mutants to continue to mutate. Why is that so hard for some people to understand.
CDC August 07,2021 Since the start of the vaccination campaign on Dec.14,2020 the percentage of vaccinated people who got sick was 0.8% and hospitalized at 1%. Vaccinated people who get sick are usually immunocompromised.

#161 BigAl (original) on 08.30.21 at 3:35 am

The swing votes going to the conservatives is only about one thing only: covid policy. The needle didn’t swing a millimetre to the cons until the very day O’Toole clearly announced his policy on this. Main street for the most part either doesn’t care, or is uninformed on the Bay Street, insurance, and other larger issues. Most of them actually WANT Trudeau’s policies. The swing voters are coming at this from one single issue. Silenced and muzzled everywhere else, they’re roaring in the election.
And if O’Toole doesn’t deliver on that issue (a la Jason Kenney style) during his minority govt term, it’ll be like Joe Clarke in 1979 all over again.

#162 Diamond Dog on 08.30.21 at 4:43 am

You mean like Chrystia deliberately doctoring an O’Toole video to distort his stance on health care? – Garth

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/otoole-private-health-care-1.6151566

“I view innovation (privatization) as a good thing. I trust the premiers to do what is best for patients in their provinces. If Saskatchewan, Alberta, Ontario or Quebec want to innovate to provide better health care, I support that,” O’Toole said.

“Why? Because it gives Canadians more choice. The more choices Canadians have in health care, the better.” – Erin O’Toole

Not sure about you Garth, but that sure sounds like a federal leader quite willing to see public health care at least partially privatized by any province in Canada. It’s not a big leap to see what follows next as governments become so called cash starved, i.e., the Americanization of health care in Canada.

Have you actually watched the 3 minute video that Libs took snippets from for sound bite centric Twitter? O’Toole was point blank asked twice about the privatization of health care he coins as “innovation” and made his intentions known.

“If you are privileged, you have access to the front of the line.” It’s a great system… for those who have big wads of cash and really only care for themselves.

#163 Steve French on 08.30.21 at 5:51 am

The problem with the Conservative party is that there are so many lunatics on the fringes.

I would vote for a Progressive Conservative Party of Canada but those rabid foaming at the mouth anti-Trudeau protestors turn me right off.

Meanwhile I’m a Canadian patriot and dislike Jagmeet’s gang of state-toppling, flag-stealing woke-sists.

I’m left to hold my nose and vote Liberal. The radical middle ground.

#164 Sunburned canuck on 08.30.21 at 6:39 am

My favorite Trudeau slogan of all time when he first got voted in….”CANADA’S BACK! “
I knew right there we were in for a rocky slide into hell.

#165 Phylis on 08.30.21 at 7:05 am

The principle residence sale declaration has been in place for what, two years now? Has this accomplished anything yet? Anyone? Bueller? Anyone?

#166 In Dog We Trust on 08.30.21 at 7:11 am

Conservative Canada of the Fraser Institute,,, I don’t think so,,, we know too much about Republican America of Fox News to near any of that tripe… And I call BS on Liberals equal taxes… Never was true and nor will it be as they know of political suicide and they ain’t gonna go there any time soon…

#167 Phylis on 08.30.21 at 7:22 am

#162 Diamond Dog on 08.30.21 at 4:43 am
Who would want to get in a government line? There should be no line. That is the problem.

#168 crowdedelevatorfartz on 08.30.21 at 8:17 am

@#163 Steve French
“I would vote for a Progressive Conservative Party of Canada but those rabid foaming at the mouth anti-Trudeau protestors turn me right off.”

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Why do you automatically assume the Anti Vaxx idiots are conservative?

I’m voting conservative and I assume they are a bunch of illiterate rubes that truly hate Trudeau and his condescending, social re engineering and intellectual lecturing.
Rich, smug, arrogant and with a plethora of scandals under your belt…..is no way to win an election.

People are p!ssed and this is the ONLY way they can vent at the politicians once every few years…
Politicians that ignore them …until they suddenly rediscover they electorate.

Welcome to the internet age where the bought and paid for media can’t keep the furious protests suppressed.

All other politicians should take note.

When you lie and lie and lie….the torches and pitchforks are coming for you.

#169 crowdedelevatorfartz on 08.30.21 at 8:26 am

@#162 Diamond Dog
“Not sure about you Garth, but that sure sounds like a federal leader quite willing to see public health care at least partially privatized by any province in Canada. It’s not a big leap to see what follows next as governments become so called cash starved, i.e., the Americanization of health care in Canada.”

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Ahhhh yessss.
Canada’s untouchable “Health” Care system.
It’s so perfect.
Until you’re sick, need a specialist, need a operation.
Toss in Covid, overdoses, etc and the thousands of schedule knee, hip, cataract, etc etc etc operations for tens of thousands go on a waiting list years long.
Canada’s Health Care ….It ranks 14 out of 15 countries in the 1st world.
Just above the US.( The US ranked lower due to cost).

Other countries that ranked higher have had public / private healthcare for decades.

Time to pull your head out of the sand and start realizing that “free” health care means the hypochondriacs get to visit the doctor endlessly for the slightest imagined disease they read about on the internet….for …free.

Nah. Start charging a minimum $25 fee for any clinic or doctor visit.

Think its hard to get a doctor appointment now?
Just wait until Trudeau gets re-elected and raises taxes for “the rich”….that includes doctors….

#170 crowdedelevatorfartz on 08.30.21 at 8:31 am

@#148 Bob Dog
“Canadians are the biggest collection of losers the human race has ever produced.”

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Are you any relation to Jane24?

#171 crowdedelevatorfartz on 08.30.21 at 8:40 am

@#129 Soggy
“[Lambda] a variant we know vaccines are fully useless
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Can I please get a source for that?”

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It has shown up in south east Asia over the past few months.

The similarities to the Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918-21 are eerie.

It started with the returning WWI troops spreading it all over the globe.
Mild flu symptoms in Spring of 1919 worldwide.
Gone in Summer.
Fall of 1919 worsening flu symptoms took hold.
Higher than normal death rates right through until Spring 1920. It was mutating.
Summer of 1920 Flu was, unusually, popping up everywhere. Mutating.
Fall and Winter of 1920-21 was savage and the worst affected were….the young.
Their own immune systems went into overdrive and killed them…by the millions.

This Fall and Winter will be the bell ringer and the unvaccinated will be the breeding grounds for new, mutated strains.

#172 Kato on 08.30.21 at 8:46 am

#101 Alice in Cambridge on 08.29.21 at 7:16 pm
Yikes!

One of the most ridiculously partisan, dumb-witted blogs you have every posted, Mr. Turner.

When you are proven wrong on September 20, please just go away. And take all your neanderthal conservative elitist fans here with you.
___________________

I can’t tell anymore when people are genuine and when they are trolling for attention. Garth should go away? From his own blog? You know there’s no law forcing you to come here, right? “Dumb-witted” ?

#173 SP on 08.30.21 at 8:56 am

Garth, it’s not just anti-vaxers who strongly oppose mandatory vaccination and vaccine passports. I dare say there are millions of fully vaxed people in this cohort. They (we) value human rights and freedom of choice.

There is only one path out of quarantines, restrictions, lockdowns, economic destruction, public risk, a heath care crisis and the pandemic. It has nothing to do with liberty. If you want a functioning, open society this is the absolute best shot at achieving it. Suck it up. – Garth

#174 KLNR on 08.30.21 at 9:16 am

@#104 AM in MN on 08.29.21 at 7:24 pm
#73 The Woosh on 08.29.21 at 5:37 pm
#81 KLNR on 08.29.21 at 5:46 pm
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Wow, such bitterness.

If you can give any examples of complexity or nuance that I don’t understand on major issues, please list them.

In particular, there are issues for which I believe one should take a tough position on, if you want to live in a peaceful and prosperous world.

For much of the Anglosphere, this included;

– A sound currency

– The rule of law, based on British Common Law with it’s biblical foundation

-Private Property Rights

-Individual Rights, Liberties and Freedoms

– Objective truth discovered through such individual rights, not collective groupthink

So many in today’s world are being taught that these are hallmarks of “white supremacy”, and need to be abolished for the good of humanity, and that the world will be a better place when we are led by the “experts”.

If I wanted to live in such a country, and I’ve been to plenty others, I would move there. I prefer to try and keep them, not lose them, and not live under someone else’s thumb.

If the other side of that coin is something like modern China, I’ll keep my side.

not bitter at all.
Maybe you should take your blinders off.

#175 Dharma Bum on 08.30.21 at 9:28 am

#80 BC Renovator

I sure hope you are Right! T2 is not a Leader, he is a Nanny who shouldn’t be in politics or in any Leader position.
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I hope so too.

But the Stupid People Factor in Canada is overwhelming.

A lot of welfare handout addicted lowlife who only now about taking and entitlement. Trudeau panders to these people, and there are tons of them, especially in and around the GTA where they all flock to.

If they get off their lazy arses and go out to vote, they could swing this fiasco back in Trudeau’s favour.

That’s what he’s counting on.

Stupid people.

Lots of ’em.

#176 crowdedelevatorfartz on 08.30.21 at 9:41 am

@#101 Go ask Alice

“When you are proven wrong on September 20, please just go away. And take all your neanderthal conservative elitist fans here with you.”

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Who forgot to grab the “talking stick” back from you at the NDP rally…?

#177 IHCTD9 on 08.30.21 at 9:43 am

Nice to see the Cons pulling ahead, but it’s easy to see between the Libs and NDP just how many Canadians just do not give a rip about the financial pickle we are in.

Cons might win, but there is no way to tackle the debt/deficit/spending problem without getting booted straight away. If Canadians cared enough, O’Toole would have a 20% lead, but we don’t.

Like many have said, change will have to come with pain – lots of it.

#178 Tax Dollars for Hostages in Kabul on 08.30.21 at 9:54 am

Yesterday Trudeau announced $50 million in aid to the Taliban and the Taliban siad they would keep the airport open.

Someone with more brains than me please explain how Trudeau didn’t actually just pay kidnappers $50 million in ransom to get some of our people back.

I thought we didn’t negotiate with terrorists, let alone pay them ransom????

Looks like the Taliban has a new business model. And a lucrative one. Thanks Trudeau!

#179 calgary rip off on 08.30.21 at 10:05 am

Thanks for your update.

I will vote however my vote likely doesnt matter. Considering the PC party’s behaviour in Alberta, I likely will vote NDP. I am not in favour of taxes. I do question ethics and decision making in Alberta by Jason Kenney. Having businesses open and not locked down is the correct decision.

For the third jab, Kenney should be offering this to anyone interested. And there should be no forced vaccines. The reality is that data at cell.com shows that Covid mutations mimic Influenza A rates. Therefore, vaccines cannot keep up, although vaccines appear to teach the humoral system and T cells to understand Covid 19. This is an advantage as many exposed to Covid 19 before vaccines showed maladaptive responses in IgM to IgG after 2 weeks of an acute exposure to covid 19. Althought there are risks with clots with covid 19 vaccines, things like Vitamin C and D3 before and after the shot hypothetically should drastically reduce this risk. My preference is that people want the vaccine to mitigate risk not force them, use persuasion as to why it is ultimately a safer choice.

It is unfortunate that there seems among many no respect for different viewpoints on the vaccines. Although I am vaccinated I dont approve of forced vaccinations or vaccine requirements for example, to see CFL games. Why? Vaccination seems to reduce mortality but does not prevent infection. Mortality is a choice and cannot be forced on people.

On TikTok and instagram: Maybe helpful for Generation Z, however seems based on vanity and delusional thinking. As a generation X person I hold my daughter’s generation with reservations as I see their behaviour and most of them have serious mental issues. I prefer to have nothing to do with the 19-29 year old crowd. Boomers are far more likeable to me as their experience is much greater. Gen Z is delusional if they think socialism works. Taxation works, not socialism. There needs to be government, not arbitrary turning over of funds to someone else.

Thanks for the update.

#180 A01 on 08.30.21 at 10:11 am

All the people who are afraid to speak out about all the woke madness are just waiting until election day. You can’t even have a nuanced difference to the left before they try to cancel and shame you into submission. The conservatives are doing the right thing by moving towards the middle. Too bad he doesn’t bring back the “Common Sense Revolution” that Harris used in the 90’s, I think it would resonate well.

#181 crowdedelevatorfartz on 08.30.21 at 10:13 am

Foreign Ownership driving up Lower Brainland housing prices?

Try one ( yes one) Liberal Candidate that “flipped” 21 homes in 16 years….

https://www.citynews1130.com/2021/08/30/vancouver-liberal-taleeb-noormohamed-real-estate/

Yooo Hooo
Revenue Canada!
Asleep at the wheel ?
Again?

Time for audits on ALL people who have bought and sold houses within 2 years.

BILLIONS in undeclared tax revenue out there.

I’m sure this Liberal candidate wont mind “doing his part” to pay down Trudeau’s $500 Billion dollar debt…….

#182 Pbrasseur on 08.30.21 at 10:18 am

Not just housing, if fact housing is à mon issue if you already have a house, which is the case for the majority.

The health care monopoly system is rapidly imploding in many places, very much so in Quebec, huge problem for years to come which will also have major economic impact eventually (rich people will leave and budgets will explode)

#183 Sail Away on 08.30.21 at 10:30 am

#177 Tax Dollars for Hostages in Kabul on 08.30.21 at 9:54 am

Yesterday Trudeau announced $50 million in aid to the Taliban and the Taliban siad they would keep the airport open.

Someone with more brains than me please explain how Trudeau didn’t actually just pay kidnappers $50 million in ransom to get some of our people back.

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Maybe just post the link instead of getting all hysterical:

https://www.canada.ca/en/global-affairs/news/2021/08/canada-announces-additional-humanitarian-assistance-to-afghanistan-and-neighbouring-countries.html

#184 Pbrasseur on 08.30.21 at 10:30 am

Our health care system forbids private insurance, as such it is the only state monopoly in the world besides Cuba and North Korea.

Should that be an issue? Damn right it should. This health care system will keep imploding, people will die and suffer unnecessarily as long as it remains a monopoly, it’s as simple as that.

#185 crowdedelevatorfartz on 08.30.21 at 10:32 am

Can a Communist Chinese dictatorship control how much their kids spend video gaming?

They’re gonna try!

https://www.reuters.com/world/china/china-rolls-out-new-rules-minors-online-gaming-xinhua-2021-08-30/

Kids are now restricted to 3 HOURS per WEEK of online gaming!

Apparently gaming shares have tanked and Online discussion board have lit up like Christmas Trees….
The single child families are gonna have to spend “quality time” with the “Little Emperors” or the suicide rates are going to skyrocket like a North Korean Nuclear missile test.

#186 crowdedelevatorfartz on 08.30.21 at 10:35 am

@#177 Trudeau’s 50 million dollar bribe to “Our Brothers” in Afghanistan

“I thought we didn’t negotiate with terrorists, let alone pay them ransom????”

+++

We dont……until we do.

Vote accordingly.

#187 Capt. Serious on 08.30.21 at 10:46 am

I think the Liberals vastly misjudged this election and are going to pay dearly at the polls on election day. The other options are not great, but the Liberals have made such a hash out of their campaign any goodwill from handling the virus they’ve built up has been forgotten.

#188 Penny Henny on 08.30.21 at 10:51 am

#163 Steve French on 08.30.21 at 5:51 am
The problem with the Conservative party is that there are so many lunatics on the fringes.

I would vote for a Progressive Conservative Party of Canada but those rabid foaming at the mouth anti-Trudeau protestors turn me right off.

Meanwhile I’m a Canadian patriot and dislike Jagmeet’s gang of state-toppling, flag-stealing woke-sists.

I’m left to hold my nose and vote Liberal. The radical middle ground.

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So what your saying is your voting decision is not based on policy, leader or local representation but because the Trudeau protesters turn you off.

#189 crowdedelevatorfartz on 08.30.21 at 10:52 am

The Election and the Voter…

While walking down the street one day a “Member of Parliament” is tragically hit by a truck and dies.

His soul arrives in heaven and is met by St. Peter at the entrance.

‘Welcome to heaven,’ says St. Peter.

‘Before you settle in, it seems there is a problem. We seldom see a high official around these parts, you see, so we’re not sure what to do with you.’

‘No problem, just let me in,’ says the man.

‘Well, I’d like to, but I have orders from higher up. What we’ll do is have you spend one day in hell and one in heaven. Then you can choose where to spend eternity.’

‘Really, I’ve made up my mind. I want to be in heaven,’ says the MP.

‘I’m sorry, but we have our rules.’

And with that, St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell. The doors open and he finds himself in the middle of a green golf course. In the distance is a clubhouse and standing in front of it are all his friends and other politicians who had worked with him.

Everyone is very happy and in evening dress.. They run to greet him, shake his hand, and reminisce about the good times they had while getting rich at the expense of the people.

They play a friendly game of golf and then dine on lobster, caviar and champagne.

Also present is the devil, who really is a very friendly & nice guy who has a good time dancing and telling jokes. They are having such a good time that before he realizes it, it is time to go.

Everyone gives him a hearty farewell and waves while the elevator rises….

The elevator goes up, up, up and the door reopens on heaven where St. Peter is waiting for him.

‘Now it’s time to visit heaven.’

So, 24 hours pass with the MP joining a group of contented souls moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and singing. They have a good time and, before he realizes it, the 24 hours have gone by and St. Peter returns.

‘Well, then, you’ve spent a day in hell and another in heaven. Now choose your eternity.’

The MP reflects for a minute, then he answers: ‘Well, I would never have said it before, I mean heaven has been delightful, but I think I would be better off in hell.’

So St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell.

Now the doors of the elevator open and he’s in the middle of a barren land covered with waste and garbage.

He sees all his friends, dressed in rags, picking up the trash and putting it in black bags as more trash falls from above.

The devil comes over to him and puts his arm around his shoulder. ‘ I don’t understand,’ stammers the MP.

‘Yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and clubhouse, and we ate lobster and caviar, drank champagne, and danced and had a great time. Now there’s just a wasteland full of garbage and my friends look miserable.

What happened? ‘

The devil looks at him, smiles and says, ‘ Yesterday we were campaigning…..

Today you voted.

#190 Chalkie on 08.30.21 at 10:57 am

I have been a Liberal all my life, except for this time around, it’s time to clean out the garbage can, Happy to be joining your Winning Team Of Conservatives Erin Otoole.
Put the pressure on the Wal-Mart’s and Amazon’s purse strings, fair is fair for all Canadians.

#191 Don Guillermo on 08.30.21 at 11:14 am

#94 the Jaguar on 08.29.21 at 6:47 pm

P.S. Don G. I may have a need for your advice on a Mazatlan matter. Am I on the right track that your lair is Altadore or perhaps North Glenmore Park area? I could leave a note with someone trustworthy……
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I’m in the Richmond/Killarney area (very near Marda Loop). I’m OK if Garth passes you my email. I believe he’s done that before. If not we can find a note drop spot.

#192 Ustabe on 08.30.21 at 11:29 am

#98 Tripp on 08.29.21 at 7:02 pm

#29 Ustabe on 08.29.21 at 3:29 pm

“Importation of MAGA/GOP/Republican style confrontational political protest and movements…”
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Do burning churches, toppling statues and blocking railways qualify as “confrontational”?

Yes, of course. Pleased to answer any further questions.

#76 Sail Away on 08.29.21 at 5:43 pm

Calling all sturdy conservatives. Make this a country to be proud of again.

Flattering as it may be to have my phrase now being used by both you and Flop, may I point out that you are both using it incorrectly. A “sturdy” conservative is one who would benefit from sitting down and pondering stuff for a while. A recent example of a sturdy conservative was a poster who frequently bemoans “cancel culture” and yet beseeches Garth to ban another poster. Then goes on to engage in “gatekeeping” with another poster. (Marcia?…) Posts like Yoda but comes off more like Jabba all too often.

#56 BillyBob on 08.29.21 at 4:46 pm

Not sure what you are yammering on about but you need a refresher in reading comprehension. You are talking to nothing resembling the point I made in my OP. If you have something of value to say, say it, don’t use me as your foil to get your point across by misconstruing my words.

Everyone

If we could try and explain our anger instead of simply expressing it, if we could go to the post instead of the poster, if we could engage with and listen to a wide variety of expression/thought/questions maybe we could find solutions instead of arguments.

#193 Damifino on 08.30.21 at 11:30 am

#180 crowdedelevatorfartz

Nowhere in that article does it say Taleeb Noormohamed failed to pay all his applicable taxes on real estate transactions which the article
claims were legal.

So… did he? Certainly, I’m suspicious, but how can we know without visibility into his private filings?

#194 Faron on 08.30.21 at 11:30 am

Hey Ustabe, I was up in/through your neck of the woods this weekend. Camping at Buttle Lake, hiking, swimming in Icy streams etc. What are some good recommendations for a post Strathcona meal in CR? Cumberland is overblown IMO and I’d like to spread my dolllars elsewhere.

Hope you are enjoying this tail end of summer!

#195 cto on 08.30.21 at 11:35 am

Ok PC government, will be more prudent than the libs…
Do you think they will…I mean,…under them, do you think the BOC will stop the money printing, raise rates to appropriate levels and stop the lies about inflation.

#196 Ron James on 08.30.21 at 11:44 am

A weakened Trudeau with a diminished minority would be worse, though, because the kooky Marxist guy would hold the balance of power. In that scenario, the wealth tax just might go through.

#197 James on 08.30.21 at 12:12 pm

#40 Dolce Vita on 08.29.21 at 3:57 pm

O’Toole if elected will have one heck of a job ahead of him for the many reasons cited today by Garth.

He will have to reign in an unprecedented deficit that if left unchecked will result in rampant inflation followed by job loss if history repeats, worse recession.

He has to unite a country of far too many loose cannons on deck fomented by Trudeau that are more concerned with their micro issues than what is best for Canada overall.

I do not envy him one bit.

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One thing I like about him is that he is a Cool Hand Luke, something Canada needs for the next 4 years as opposed to the divisive histrionics of Trudeau.
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I like that fact that he actually served his country in the military and as a reservist after his jaunt in the Air command. This guy may not have served in a battle expedition but he served his country regardless. He didn’t receive millions from daddy,whom I might remind everyone was a staunch evader of the military service during world war two. Speaking of which has anyone in the Trudeau family ever served in the Canadian Military? When O’Toole was in the military putting on camouflage for military training Justin was in blackface for parties to pick up woman.

#198 Quintilian on 08.30.21 at 12:13 pm

#188 crowdedelevatorfartz

“The devil looks at him, smiles and says, ‘ Yesterday we were campaigning…..

Today you voted.”

That’s right vote for the Cons, save money.

Don’s spend it on building strong children today, but remember you will be spending a lot of money fixing broken men.

#199 RE_Investor on 08.30.21 at 12:19 pm

Looks like conservative G. Turner has my Vote in Etobicoke Center!

Time to mail in my ballot.

#200 Pbrasseur on 08.30.21 at 12:24 pm

@178 Calgary Rip Off

So you’re not in favour of taxes but will vote NDP

Reminds me of Churchill quote: The best argument against democracy is a 15 minutes chat with the average voter…

#201 TMac on 08.30.21 at 12:34 pm

“Trudeau has also enraged the anti-vaxers. While largely nutters, they’re emblematic of a society which has become far more divided over the last few years.”

Branding all of these people “anti-vaxers” is a complete fallacy. Some are, this is true. However, myself and thousands of others who believe in choice and not even more government control are being lumped in with the extremists.
We used to be able to question things without being up in arms about everything and branded an extremist.
Those days are long gone and so may be our freedoms.

#202 the jaguar on 08.30.21 at 12:40 pm

@DonG that would be great if garth is on board with that. I can vouch for my trustworthiness. I just have a few questions that require subject matter expertise.

#203 SoggyShorts on 08.30.21 at 12:47 pm

#170 crowdedelevatorfartz on 08.30.21 at 8:40 am
@#129 Soggy
“[Lambda] a variant we know vaccines are fully useless
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Can I please get a source for that?”
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It has shown up in south east Asia over the past few months.

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How is it possible that Ontario and I (and apparently you) are getting totally different data don’t his?
My google results:
The Lambda variant, or C. 37, was first identified in Peru as early as August 2020. Initially, Lambda infections were relatively rare. However, in recent months Lambda has become the dominant variant in Argentina, Chile, and Colombia.Aug. 10, 2021
https://www.forbes.com › williamhaseltine › 2021/08/10

Nowhere can I find where it says that the vaccines are “completely useless” against it.
There is a world of difference between “possibly more resistant to vaccines” and “totally useless”

#204 mgfarkas on 08.30.21 at 1:18 pm

The full bore attack of the Big Red Machine is coming this long weekend. Watch as the attacks on Toolbox and Sing show Canadians exactly what: Only Trudeau will be permitted to lead this country.

Repeat after me:

Biggest

Majority

Since

Mulrooney

#205 kommykim on 08.30.21 at 1:23 pm

#36 Planetgoofy on 08.29.21 at 3:43 pm
WAHOOOOOO
DOWN WITH SOCKS! DOWN WITH SOCKS! DOWN WITH SOCKS!

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Looks like you missed the party:
http://nc3sailing.org/event/sock-burning/

#206 Chris L. on 08.30.21 at 1:32 pm

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#207 CL on 08.30.21 at 1:33 pm

61 earthboundmisfit on 08.29.21 at 5:01 pm
I’m guessing it’s his ego and his vanity that is preventing Trudeau from grasping the problem. It’s not the Liberal Party ….. it’s him.
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Pride goes before the fall.

#208 Blobby on 08.30.21 at 1:37 pm

I don’t like otoole, so the libs would’ve got my vote.. until they announced their nonsense home ownership platform.

Now I don’t like any of the parties, so it’ll be down to whichever of my local MPs convince me they’re sensible.

#209 SP on 08.30.21 at 2:46 pm

Suck it up. – Garth
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I respectfully decline. Lived in a totalitarian society for the first half of my life. Know what telltale signs to watch for. Know how it starts and how develops.

Don’t you think what Erin is suggesting is a very reasonable middle ground? I mean regular rapid tests for those who chose not to vax. Because if not that, we’ll have (optimistic scenario) an unhappily split society for many years going forward. And some future prime minister will need to deeply apologize for Trudeau’s doings… Think residential schools.

#210 S.Bby on 08.30.21 at 2:47 pm

For me:

Trudeau is a non starter and always has been.
Singh just can’t be taken seriously.
Bernier I like but I can’t waste my vote on the PPC.
So that leaves O’Toole.

#211 S.Bby on 08.30.21 at 2:50 pm

Did you hear about this?

https://www.citynews1130.com/2021/08/30/vancouver-liberal-taleeb-noormohamed-real-estate/

The guy made $4.9 million on these flips. $3.7 million of which he’s bagged in the last six years. Good for him… I guess.

#212 Anti-Everything on 08.30.21 at 7:31 pm

Simple. By restricting social privileges for the unvaxed they are encouraged to become vaxed. Then we are all safer. – Garth

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So now travel between provinces, going to school, getting employment … etc. are ‘social privileges’???

Until just yesterday, everyone considered them as ‘rights’!

Nutty alright!

#213 Maxima on 08.30.21 at 11:50 pm

I’ll never vote Conservative. As a working woman with children, the Conservatives just cost me money. I had my baby cheques terminated when my children were 4 , under Mulroney, because my income exceeded the amount earned to receive a baby cheque. My friends who had businesses and write offs still received their baby cheques eventhough they made 10 times the salary I did. When I was set to retire, Harper cut back my CPP by 60.00 per month due to the year I was born. People older than I by three years didn’t receive the deduction. I’ve paid into CPP since I was 14. . I will never vote Conservative. I will never vote for NDP and I will vote Liberal.

#214 Tiger of Winter on 08.31.21 at 5:14 pm

@#11 Damifino
Damifino on 08.29.21 at 2:34 pm
I don’t want to heckle
I don’t want to hate
I just want him to split
Before it’s too late

Sir…I saw what you did there (The Residents)
I never thought I would see a clever reference such as that.

Good on you!
Tiger of Winter