E-day

Cocksure and triumphant, the choice of the people, I strode into the reception hall. The hired rock band took their cue. And everybody – volunteers, the curious, family, local mayors, party workers and people seeking free booze – stacked up to shake hands.

 Dorothy and I went to the stage, made a brief speech, posed for the media, held up the ‘thank you’ sign then went to press flesh. This was victory. The place was packed. Intoxicating. And it was all because the public had glimpsed into my soul and seen character, leadership and goodness.

Five years passed. Election night again. Dorothy and I waited until the results were crystal, then went to the venue. It was funereal.

The party failed, the government was lost, my seat was gone. A few loyalists clotted in the corners. The signs and balloons looked ridiculous. Media came to document the death of a cabinet minister. Me. My ancient father’s dementia kicked in and he started to cry. A TV guy ran over and stuck a camera in his face. I slugged him. And so went the night.

For voters, elections are about picking red, blue, orange or the leader whose visage you like. But for a thousand candidates each election, it’s personal. The ultimate judging happens and in the end there’s no second-place, runner-up ribbon or consolation. Just a mostly-empty room, costs, doubts and the knowledge the people rejected you for another. Deserved or undeserved is moot. Politics is a huge gamble. Most lose.

So here we are again. Monday is E-day in Canada, but today it’s ballot time here at GreaterFool. Below you can indicate your party preference, pass judgment on the process and identify the issue framing your choice. Let’s see how results here compare with the nation, then we can dream of a halcyon time when blog dogs run Canada.

Meanwhile remember it’s not all about Trudeau, O’Toole, Singh or that weird Max guy. They’re not on your ballot. Instead before you are the names of people courageous, arrogant, idealistic or naïve enough to stand for office at a time when politicians are reviled. Almost all those folks know they’ll be defeated. They do it anyway.

Vote as you wish, for your own reasons. But never mock or belittle a candidate who tried.

The GreaterFool 2021 federal election ballot

The survey has now closed. Results in tomorrow’s blog posting.

194 comments ↓

#1 Cheese on 09.19.21 at 1:45 pm

I have little hope that this will end well.

#2 crowdedelevatorfartz on 09.19.21 at 1:59 pm

We can only hope the “Anti Trudeau” feelings are enough for a shocking, crushing Liberal defeat.

#3 Coopoiler on 09.19.21 at 2:12 pm

For years as a blue collar worker I supported the NDP. They wanted to make things better for the working man.
(corporate welfare bum ) was one of my favourite lines.
As time went on the shifted from working to help the working man to helping anybody whether they worked or not. Slowly the tax the rich gained favour. Sounded ife at first and then got worse when you found who they felt the rich were/are. It seemed that anybody with more than them were rich and therefore should share. It didn’t matter how the wealth was acquired. If the individual worked two jobs, did not take expensive holidays south, drove used cars,etc. This sacrifice was immaterial to the result. You have money I do not you must share. I am no longer a NDP party member. Maybe they will change and i can support them again. Free stuff for all, without effort, can not work.

#4 Quintilian on 09.19.21 at 2:12 pm

“Vote as you wish, for your own reasons. But never mock or belittle a candidate who tried.”

Respectfully disagree.

Not all, but most of the candidates are deserving of derision in my view.

They are willing cogs of a system that cannot thrive on truth, but excel only to the degree which they can manipulate, lie, distort, and are capable of shutting down their conscience.

Still, I will cast my vote for the least of the evils.

#5 mj on 09.19.21 at 2:13 pm

I would like to vote for PPC, but they don’t have enough to win. So I will be voting conservative because I want the liberals out.

#6 Prince Polo on 09.19.21 at 2:17 pm

I’m still dreaming of halcyon 2015 when a certain Photo-op Minister professed to be supportive of proportional representation. Instead, he bullied women and eviscerated the country’s finances.

#7 Flop… on 09.19.21 at 2:20 pm

Living in a NDP stronghold ever since David Emerson crossed the floor of parliament.

The NDP candidate is currently expected to get approximately 55% of the votes, 35% ahead of nearest competitor.

I will sit this one out and just go to work tomorrow and brace for higher taxation…

M47BC

#8 Dolce Vita on 09.19.21 at 2:20 pm

Half the polls are with me.

Half the polls are against me.

Alone I say O’Toole up the middle in a Con majority.

Brindisi to all the civic minded souls that put themselves to public ballot no matter what color banner you bare.

#9 UCC on 09.19.21 at 2:21 pm

#2 crowdedelevatorfartz on 09.19.21 at 1:59 pm
We can only hope the “Anti Trudeau” feelings are enough for a shocking, crushing Liberal defeat.

I wish, but according to Polly its going to be either Liberal minority or possibly majority. F%8jK protesters have turn the tide to the liberals. They couldn’t wait another two weeks–an played into another 4 years of this non-sense.

https://www.tvo.org/video/documentaries/whats-motivating-voters-in-election-2021

#10 ogdoad on 09.19.21 at 2:21 pm

Well, in a country where we would rather vote the loser out than vote the winner in, I can’t see how any of the potential winners could turn out to be as big a loser as our current previous winner…that being said, what potential loser should I stand behind?

I’ll let my pet decide.

P.S. you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take, Mr. Turner. Those who belittle will never taste glory.

Og

#11 Ponnaps on 09.19.21 at 2:23 pm

Elections are the only time you can stick lawn signs and banners all over town without getting fined.. free publicity of your personal brand.. it’s why realtors,lawyers, wannabe community leaders stand for elections knowing fully well they’d never win..

#12 k on 09.19.21 at 2:23 pm

Mr Trudeau must go. His depth of understanding of financial matters is that of a puddle . But he has created The Pacific Ocean of new debt for this country. He doesn’t mention the debt and deficits at all as if they are not important. He is the worst leader (NOT) Canada has ever had.

#13 Mehdy on 09.19.21 at 2:24 pm

We received a letter from TD Waterhouse that they are closing our account because they do not provide investment service in Canada whatever that means as we just kept old assets there and forgot about it for years, not new funds. My followup calls confirmed that it is a business decision. Few other Canadian fellows confirmed recieving blanket letters. How with such rouge organisations one can have a lifetime investment horizon?

#14 VicPaul on 09.19.21 at 2:27 pm

I’m predicting a conservative minority – with Max bolstering Erin’s wishes, and Erin acquiescing to some of Max’s ideas…yeah, that should straighten us out.

Would that be liberal h*ll or what?

M57BC

#15 BC Renovator on 09.19.21 at 2:31 pm

In your Q’s I clicked PPC as they made a difference to me in this election, but I am voting CPC in hopes of defeating PM Nanny Boy

#16 canuck on 09.19.21 at 2:32 pm

But never mock or belittle a candidate who tried.
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Unless his name is Maxime Bernier? You called him a loon and a wasted vote and in today’s blog post, weird. Is that stretching mocking or belittling into endorsing the CPC?

He’s weird. I know him. No mocking there. – Garth

#17 Sydney on 09.19.21 at 2:32 pm

A Tale of Two Societies will reveal itself tomorrow and for the years to come.

#18 Dragonfly 58 on 09.19.21 at 2:33 pm

Canada, for many Canadians is a very slowly sinking ship.
The slow creep { or very rapid in the case of housing }of cost of living vs income is giving rise to a spreading feeling of hopelessness.
Particularly amongst younger people , but many others as well.
Obviously some on this site are successful. But for so many Canadians life has evolved into a situation where a little more of the once very healthy Canadian standard of living is lost each year.
Year by year, at least 3 decades now. 1/2 % – 1 1/2 %, compounded loss of buying power , disposable income.
I doubt anyone has the answer. So whoever wins the election really only matters very little for so many of us Beavers.
A very good start would be close scrutiny of where all the money came from that fueled the Vancouver and Toronto real estate frenzy over the last 20 years. I know that in my Fraser Valley area the Grow Opp. ” industry ” paid for many hobby farm purchases. At one point my area was liberally dotted with them. Almost no enforcement , and the profit was very substantial in those pre – legalisation days. Even my arrow straight Wife asked one day if ” were we really doing it the right way ? ” after seeing neighbor after neighbor convert to the very low risk / high profit ” agriculture practice “. Left our legitimate incomes in the dust , and one by one bought up many small acreages in the Fraser Valley area.
How could anyone on the straight and narrow compete?
Still living on our piece of C^^P residential property surrounded by hobby farms that were once only slightly more expensive, now a gap of a Million or more, as often as not 2 Million.
The Gov. should have a good look at where all that $ really came from.

#19 Planetgoofy on 09.19.21 at 2:33 pm

Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me.
Same shit different election. Nothing will ever change. lies lies and more dam lies.

Re post cause:
Ya no doubt in my mind the whole shit show is so tiring to watch, so, time to go do something productive.
God help us over the next 10 years. These folks in charge have dug massive holes and they are so big I tend to thing there’s an ulterior motive.
ie The debts so LARGE and they don’t care if it continues. “New modern monetary theory” is just that, a theory and a new experiment. They won’t take responsibility if it blows up that’s for sure.
Money means nothing now so ya might as well spend it while you can :-)

#20 cuke and tomato pickere on 09.19.21 at 2:33 pm

Vote Justin Trudeau in for the next PRIME MINISTER OF CANADA those 75 years old will get a 10 per cent OAS
INCREASE. Everybody wins grandpa, granny trickle down
to children and grandchildren what’s not to like. So 75
and plus something to look forward to.

#21 MASSIVE LIBERAL MAJORITY ON THE WAY! on 09.19.21 at 2:34 pm

JT WILL WIN AGAIN!

But all you losers will get a Participation Medal – and more CERB!

#22 wendi11 on 09.19.21 at 2:35 pm

Election Canada poll workers are understaffed and usually temporary – and there are a bunch of new time consuming procedures in place to account for more mail-in ballots and advanced polls and, of course, COVID.

Most of them are working more than 12 hours Monday.

Please be courteous to them – they are not responsible for your long waits or for the quality of your candidates.

#23 WTF on 09.19.21 at 2:35 pm

Pointless exercise simply because PM Arrogant thought he would win a majority.

The positioning after the seats are counted could make for some interesting backroom soul selling to gain power………..err ” serve the Canadian People”

Never been more disgusted with ALL the parties.

Long for the day we get less spin and more uncomfortable truths. Like how we pay for this mess created over the past 6 years and long term impacts.
Ontario x 10. Massive Government debt and decades of austerity.

Canada’s future includes decades of climbing out of a giant financial hole created by an incompetent, vote buying, fiscally imbecilic, party.

PPC and disaffected Mad Max should hang their heads if they hive off CPC votes.

#24 CJohnC on 09.19.21 at 2:36 pm

Although I feel economic recovery is the biggest issue I sincerely hope that T2 pays the price for his hubris in calling an election.

We of course have to also rid ourselves of his woke bullshit. The country is simply heading in the wrong direction

#25 Quebanglo on 09.19.21 at 2:37 pm

Changed my voting intentions many times this election. Ended up voting in advanced poll for Marc Garneau because he is a decent human being who dedicates himself to public service despite his ability to do other more financially rewarding things. The trigger for me was Francois Legault’s support for O’Toole and the next-level Quebec nationalist pandering coming from the Conservatives – it was so shameful and craven. The Libs are bad too, when it comes to throwing Quebec Anglophones under the bus, but they are the best of a bad lot.

I truly hope this election is the end of Mr. Socks. My guess is he will quit before the next leadership review, after which he’ll try to make a living by rebranding the WE ‘charity’ in his likeness and going on speaking tours, using his drama teacher skills to suck guilt money from corporate sponsors for greenwashing feel good events.

#26 Cpdlc on 09.19.21 at 2:38 pm

This isn’t a election, consider it a IQ test for Canadians.

#27 To the point. on 09.19.21 at 2:41 pm

Politics certainly brings into stark relief the dumbing down of society. While it may be much worse in the USA than Canada (lower American academic test results, lower literacy rates, lower expected lifespans, FOX News), we have little to brag about in the Great White North.

In our First Past the Post system, where a plurality is enough to put you in power, all preferential nuance is lost. A misinformed and vocal minority like anti-vaxxers may actually swing a national election result. Media, especially social media, gives the angry crowd disproportionate attention to the detriment of larger, existential issues like climate change.

Voters are left to research complex issues on their own accord. Many just do not bother! Instead, their brief focus is given to the superficialities of the politicians’ hair, socks and delivery of “talking points”. Red and blue loyalties are passed down like musty old clothes.

Anyone who reads Garth’s thoughtful words and then turns to the Comments section below can only despair that some people cannot or do not read, and worse, will never understand. The masochism required to wade through these comments is of course, small potatoes compared to what any political candidate has to hear on the proverbial “doorstep”. I say God bless’em for even trying.

#28 Elizabeth on 09.19.21 at 2:42 pm

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#29 SCD on 09.19.21 at 2:44 pm

Thanks for providing your perspective from previous MP experience! For your survey the important election issues I would have added are debt and inflation.

#30 cuke and tomato picker on 09.19.21 at 2:45 pm

According to today’s Province Alberta’s Health Care Unions want military help. Also the Calgary Sun says the UPC party wants a leadership review of Jason Kenny.
O’Toole was happy with how Jason Kenny handled covid protocol.

#31 Repurchase Disagreement on 09.19.21 at 2:46 pm

I cannot believe that neither the cons or dips did not make any hay during the campaign about T2 almost getting away with trying to push through the provision to give themselves 22 months supreme power to decide spending, etc. right after the Pandemic started. Should have been many ads pointing out the raw lust for power that is in the heart of The Liberal Party and Butts.

#32 THE DANDADA on 09.19.21 at 2:55 pm

Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre believes in a monetary system where irresponsible Government has less control over it.

Rome failed because the monetary system failed.

Centralised government controlled FIAT currencies don’t last yet we keep our trust in them.

It’s time for change!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oq-gOX4PuDc&t=315s

#33 Shawn Allen on 09.19.21 at 2:57 pm

I have watched every federal election since 1972 when I was 12 and Nova Scotia’s own Robert Stanfield came within two seats of defeating Pierre Trudeau. Something like 109 to 107, As I went (okay was sent) to bed they were tied at 108 as I recall it.

1993 was a SHOCKER. Living in Alberta, by the time the telecast came on the Conservatives were wiped out and down to two seats. Elsie Wayne and Jean Charest. Even sitting PM Kim Campbell lost her seat. Even in Alberta, not a single PC seat. This was while memories of the liberal’s National Energy Program that cratered oil prices were still fresh. Absolutely stunning. Garth’s loss had nothing to do with Garth.

Brian Mulroney had worn out the PC’s welcome due to the free trade agreement and I guess other reasons. GST? And maybe the country was just not ready to elect a woman PM.

#34 Peter on 09.19.21 at 2:58 pm

Thank you Garth for all your words of wisdom, surveys, and interest in keeping Canadians informed. I vote a stature for you on Parliament Hill.

#35 Alberta Ed on 09.19.21 at 3:03 pm

Since all of the candidates promised to stop climate from changing, I am looking forward to a balmy Fall and Winter with temperatures averaging around 20 C.

#36 Dolce Vita on 09.19.21 at 3:05 pm

One thing I predict (μ ± 3σ) is that today’s poll will end up like the last poll except $$$CERB money for an ↑ in “Your annual personal income” at the lower end of the scale (“Your richer than you think”):

https://www.greaterfool.ca/2015/10/15/poll-harpers-last-stand/

Tuesday night’s Blog may well read something like these with the odd mea culpa thrown in by My Liege (μ ± 3σ):

https://www.greaterfool.ca/2015/10/20/trudeaunomics/
https://www.greaterfool.ca/2019/10/21/now-what-5/

Memory lane.

For once, I do not want history to repeat.

If so it will bite and que che sarà, sarà.

#37 Whinepegger on 09.19.21 at 3:11 pm

I’m sorry. I could not vote FOR any candidate/party. Thought long and hard about refusing my vote but decided to vote AGAINST a party. Garth, you and yours must be in the fortunate position of experiencing general good health. Health care is, in my opinion, an issue that should be close to top of mind. Two hour waits for an ambulance, months for diagnostic tests, 20,000+ medical procedures on the docket in EVERY province should have us all shaking our heads at the hubris of the people that claim to know what’s best for us and they alone can lead us there.

#38 Dolce Vita on 09.19.21 at 3:14 pm

#26 Cpdlc

“This isn’t a election, consider it a * IQ test for Canadians.”

* an

Could not resist.

In my case, the pot calling the tea kettle noir **.

** noire (f. la bouilloire)

#39 Duffy on 09.19.21 at 3:18 pm

I will be voting conservative but if the Liberals could get get rid of the very under qualified man with the marketable last name, along with six or eight of his incompetent ministers while moving back to the center where they belong, I may consider voting for them.
Canada cannot afford to continue down this road, hell it’s not even a road, it’s more like someone wandering hopelessly through the swamp at night wearing high heels.

Some day the Liberals will look back at the Trudeau years and think, what were we thinking.
Then again maybe not, many fortunes were made by Liberals and their friends at the tax payers expense.

A forensic audit is needed.

#40 RobM on 09.19.21 at 3:26 pm

I fail to see how mandatory answers to questions 9 and 10 have any bearing on the purpose of this survey related to an unnecessary election costing us $610 million.

#41 S.Bby on 09.19.21 at 3:28 pm

#13 Mehdy

TD Bank and TD Waterhouse have really gone downhill since Covid started. they have jacked up fees massively and decreased customer service and closed branches. They are threatening to close inactive accounts on me as well. They sent me a letter earlier this years basically saying if I don’t like their fee increases to just take my business elsewhere. IDK what their issue is but whomever is running that place needs a wakeup call that it’s their customers that are paying their income and the customer should be taken care of and not ass-raped for every last dollar.

#42 Pbrasseur on 09.19.21 at 3:37 pm

Canada is a cartel economy propped up by massive money printing, vote for anybody you care, the future is not bright for this country.

#43 Annapolis valley gal on 09.19.21 at 3:42 pm

A vote for Trudeau is the wrong vote.

#44 Keith on 09.19.21 at 3:44 pm

@ 7 Flop

I met Don for about twenty minutes after the election call. He’s pretty cynical about the experience of working with the Liberals under Trudeau.

In the political science geek part of our conversation, I asked him about depoliticizing certain issues. Hugely expanding the role of the auditor general to sort out waste and improve accountability, things like that.

He did talk about taking clean air, water, transportation and housing and having an all party committee look at them on a one hundred year timeline of amortization. The idea is that some policy decisions need long term vision and financing, removing them somewhat from the four year agenda. It doesn’t stand a snowball’s chance, but we agreed we need much better process to run this country.

Don will win in a walk, and he is the right politician for this riding – his constituency work is amazing. Election win number five should make him pretty senior among MP’s.

#45 Hirsute Hipster, head down, texting... on 09.19.21 at 3:45 pm

Sorry, I was on TikTok waiting for my next text while crossing the street. (I think the light was green at some point, but thanks to everyone who slowed down)

Did someone say something about an election? You mean for the Emmy awards tonight?

#46 Shawn Allen on 09.19.21 at 3:46 pm

SHOP Areound for banking…

#41 S.Bby on 09.19.21 at 3:28 pm
#13 Mehdy

TD Bank and TD Waterhouse have really gone downhill since Covid started.

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TD is taking advantage of customer inertia. To battle that we need some customers to shop around and leave them. It’s inconvenient to switch and they know this and use it to full advantage.

#47 Philco on 09.19.21 at 3:50 pm

#12 k on 09.19.21 at 2:23 pm
Mr Trudeau must go. His depth of understanding of financial matters is that of a puddle . But he has created The Pacific Ocean of new debt for this country. He doesn’t mention the debt and deficits at all as if they are not important. He is the worst leader (NOT) Canada has ever had.
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Well put thanks.
And they make it about the pandemic which will go away and the debts only going to balloon. Hang onto your houses.

#48 Dragonslayer on 09.19.21 at 3:52 pm

#22 Wendi11

Absolutely right. I worked the advance poll which is 4 consecutive 14 hour days. The work is mentally taxing as one slip up means your log doesn’t balance which is a very big deal. As a pensioner am not used to that kind of slog and by day 4 was definitely running on fumes.

So be kind to your poll workers tomorrow and try to vote as early as possible in the day so you aren’t stuck in a mad last minute scramble.

Will say that people were very good overall and understanding. Only one anti mask nutbar.

#49 Flop... on 09.19.21 at 3:54 pm

#44 Keith on 09.19.21 at 3:44 pm
@ 7 Flop

I met Don for about twenty minutes after the election call.

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You brush your teeth in the mirror for twenty minutes?

Isn’t that bad for your gums…

M47BC

#50 Damifino on 09.19.21 at 3:58 pm

#3 Coopoiler

Yours sounds much like a tale of someone who grew up.

#51 Damifino on 09.19.21 at 4:00 pm

#4 Quintilian

Not all, but most of the candidates are deserving of derision in my view.
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Not to mention a fair number of voters.

#52 Blobby on 09.19.21 at 4:06 pm

I can’t vote for a candidate with otoole as leader, he’s all over the shop and can’t seem to find a lane. When he said the other week he won’t raise taxes, or make cuts, and that somehow the budget would balance itself – I got flashbacks of the last election. I worry about his stance on public healthcare, privatizations, etc. and his pandering to the anti vax lot, in a desperate attempt to get votes away from Maxine was telling.

Same goes for liberals. With the above, in previous years they might’ve got my vote purely to stop Erin gaining power. But Justin’s plan for housing was enough for me to say a big nope to that.

The only local candidate running in my area who bothered to knock on my door was ndp. We talked, we agreed on lots of stuff, she even took on my points about some of the more daft ndp platforms.. she got my vote.

Probably a wasted vote, here the party who won is a swing from lib to con each time around..

But when I feel all the parties are awful, I have to vote for the candidate, not the party… As we are always supposed to be doing.. and if the other candidates (or their reps) couldn’t even be bothered to come say hello, etc.. then the choice was made.

#53 the Jaguar on 09.19.21 at 4:09 pm

I’m going to stick with my August 15th prediction that T2 is going to be handed his ass.

Who’s going to do it? Not the usual suspects. They’ll contribute in their own way, of course. Quebec wil lead followed by a stronger Conservative showing in Ontario than most expect. Man/Sask mostly Conservative, and hopefully people aren’t stupid enough to punish O’Toole for whatever wrongs they think Kenney has committed, but Edmonton could break ranks and Bernier will get a little traction here from the lunatic fringe.

That leaves B.C. Fishman has mapped it out for us on a previous post. BC interior is more conservative thinking, and the lower mainland can only be described as “tribal”. Horgan is quite popular, so I figure more NDP votes than Liberal. Van Isle, more Liberal votes in Victoria, but the rest of the Island is more sensible.

Peeps are still ‘seething’ over the CERB handouts and other related mismanagement of the country. As Malcom X once said, ” The chickens are coming home to roost”…

#54 jellodog on 09.19.21 at 4:13 pm

You forgot the option: “I pay a tens of thousands of dollars in taxes to Canada, but still I am not allowed to vote”.

#55 Bm on 09.19.21 at 4:17 pm

Trudeau has turned Canada into a 3rd world country and even the UN does not want him around.

#56 millenlial on 09.19.21 at 4:19 pm

No one has the experience and courage to get us through the next decade other than Justin!

All mills are voting for JT.

Hope he wins by a landslide.

#57 Penny Henny on 09.19.21 at 4:28 pm

Cocksure and triumphant, the choice of the people, I strode into the reception hall. The hired rock band took their cue. And everybody – volunteers, the curious, family, local mayors, party workers and people seeking free booze – stacked up to shake hands.-GT

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Man those were the days alright. Remember when you could give away free booze and not be worried of someone suing your ass

#58 Habitt on 09.19.21 at 4:31 pm

Thank you Mr Turner for your service to our country. We need more people like you who stand up for everyone. No matter how wealthy or poor.

#59 XGRO and Chill on 09.19.21 at 4:31 pm

I wonder if Harper ever talked to Scheer about firing Max, and how terrible of a decision that was for the party. It is clear now he would’ve done less damage in the CPC than outside of it. Now the vote on the right is split, and things aren’t so different from the Reform + PC party days of old. Scheer basically undid a lot of the hard work Harper did to unify the right.

Max fired himself when he could not cope with losing and refused to be a part of the team. – Garth

#60 TurnerNation on 09.19.21 at 4:33 pm

Just for fun. As this weblog gave that stupid leaked email some airtime.
It had said:

“- Deployment of military personnel into major metropolitan areas as well as all major roadways to establish travel checkpoints. Restrict travel and movement. Provide logistical support to the area. Expected by Q3 2021.


— Cough. I’m trying to follow this narrative.
70% jabbed, 250-300 in ICU out of over 4,200,000 population, and the province falls apart. And 2020 was a breeze? Remember, this is going until 2025.
Buckle up.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/kenney-military-alberta-health-care-1.6181646
“With Alberta’s health-care system “collapsing right in front of our eyes,” the leaders of four unions representing thousands of health-care workers are calling on Premier Jason Kenney to ask for help from the military and Red Cross.”

#61 Don Guillermo on 09.19.21 at 4:38 pm

#53 the Jaguar on 09.19.21 at 4:09 pm
I’m going to stick with my August 15th prediction that T2 is going to be handed his ass.
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Jag, let’s hope you’re right! Don’t forget to establish contact if you want some tropical discussions. We’re leaving in 3 weeks.

#62 Penny Henny on 09.19.21 at 4:54 pm

I can only hope that the polls are busy tomorrow and with all the pandemic protocols the lines ups will be long and slow, and while people are standing in line they will come to the realization that this was no time for an election and vote anti Liberal.
I can dream can’t I?

My prediction for PPC in Niagara Centre, 10%

#63 Wait There on 09.19.21 at 4:57 pm

It’s done. Start saving and spend less to pay more taxes.

Will this depress the recovery?

#64 Ponzius Pilatus on 09.19.21 at 5:08 pm

I’m not sure of this has been discussed here before, but I think why JT called an early election was not because he’s cocky, but because Jag forced him, threatening him to withdraw his support.
Jag is the one who’s cocky, dancing and singing out there. Full of enthusiasm.
Certainly seems to attract the young educated voters.
I’m not making any predictions, but he could pull out a surprise tomorrow.

#65 Flop… on 09.19.21 at 5:14 pm

I don’t know if you’d call it exciting but someone has to take Jody Wilson-Raybould’s seat at the table.

Current projections are Conservative 31%, Liberal candidate 30%

and NDP at 28%.

https://338canada.com/59036e.htm

It’s only one seat but if the Liberals House Flipper wins then shut your mouth on that topic.

Probably the least inspiring election since I landed here nearly 20 years ago.

Either way, Pointer Sisters are booked to play at the winning candidates celebration.

The illusion of hope and excitement must go on.

I’m so excited, and I just can’t hide it

I’m about to lose control and I think I like it…

M47BC

#66 VladTor on 09.19.21 at 5:19 pm

In my opinion real problem in Canada is election system. How it possible that Bloc Québécois which represent ONLY ONE province may have so many seats in Parliament and it is b’s number of seats depends from population of province.

Should be changed!

#67 Ponzius Pilatus on 09.19.21 at 5:19 pm

#26 Cpdlc on 09.19.21 at 2:38 pm
This isn’t a election, consider it a IQ test for Canadians.
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I agree.
Anyone voting far right, fails.

#68 Luddite on 09.19.21 at 5:19 pm

I am glad you slugged the camera guy; its only human to protect the ones who decided to have you here on this side of the dirt, watched your birth, gave endless time, love and finances, raised an honest hard working and compassionate person who helps so many others.

#69 Ponzius Pilatus on 09.19.21 at 5:24 pm

#55 Don Guillermo on 09.19.21 at 4:38 pm
#53 the Jaguar on 09.19.21 at 4:09 pm
I’m going to stick with my August 15th prediction that T2 is going to be handed his ass.
*********************************

Jag, let’s hope you’re right! Don’t forget to establish contact if you want some tropical discussions. We’re leaving in 3 weeks.
—————-
Typical, when the going gets tough, the “tough” leave.

#70 salty dawg on 09.19.21 at 5:32 pm

>Vote as you wish, for your own reasons. But never mock or belittle a candidate who tried.

Words of wisdom to keep in mind! It’s all too easy to believe those we are voting against are all corrupt/evil/incompetent, when many are simply people who reached different conclusions, and all are fellow Canadians we should try to get along with.

I really enjoyed the personal story of what it was like to run for office! Both the good and the bad.

If it’s of interest, I advance voted PPC.

#71 Dogman01 on 09.19.21 at 5:35 pm

Don’t like our system, my riding will vote one way, always does. If I do not vote this way, in our system my vote has no impact.
We can have a majority government whom does not get the most votes.

Perhaps the senate is done with proportional representation as with 4%+ Greens need a representation as well as PPC.
Perhaps a ranked ballot system in each riding, so you can punish the CONS a bit with a PPC first choice and not inadvertently elect a Liberal.

The Local MP’s tow the party line far too much to think they represent my interest to Ottawa.

#72 Anne V Lyle on 09.19.21 at 5:35 pm

PLEASE PLEASE vote for the CONSERVATIVE candidate in your riding!
PLEASE DO NOT REFUSE to vote.
For the sake of your COUNTRY
For the sake of your PROVINCE
For the sake of your CITY.
For the sake of your FAMILY
For the sake of your GRANDCHILDREN

For your OWN sake.
VOTE FOR the CONSERVATIVE in YOUR RIDING!

#73 RMTL on 09.19.21 at 5:40 pm

Montrealer here, voted for the Bloc.
Lost vote, I know, because T2 BFF (Miller) is on the ballot here and will win. Would have voted Conservatives but wanted to show some support after all the QC bashing in the Anglo press (and debate..).

#74 Ponzius Pilatus on 09.19.21 at 5:41 pm

I usually don’t make predictions, because they are hard to make, especially about the future.
But the GF election pool is a slam dunk, so here I go:
Cons: 70
Max: 15
Libs: 10
BBQ: 5
Greens:0

#75 My Body My Choice on 09.19.21 at 5:42 pm

I really hate it when someone asks me what my number one election issue is. I’ve got 20 election issues that are of fairly equal importance.

OK, if I had to choose just one, it’s not on your list:

1. Get rid of the worst PM in Canada’s history.

#76 Ponzius Pilatus on 09.19.21 at 5:44 pm

#73
Oops forget
Sozis: 3
BBQ: 2

#77 Albertistan on 09.19.21 at 5:48 pm

There is hope. In-laws from Ont. are visiting, went to Canmore and did the tourist thing. 83 year old retired cop father in-law proclaimed rather loudly (hearing aids)he voted for T1 and T2 in a locals pub. Pub went silent, I am looking for the truck keys. He followed up by saying he did not vote (advance) for T2, and voted Conservative for the first time ever. All is good, one of the locals bought him a beer.

#78 Barb on 09.19.21 at 5:49 pm

Hope your Dad laughed when you slugged the TV guy.
Well done, Garth.

#79 Steveston on 09.19.21 at 5:52 pm

The issue, as always, should be the debt and deficit.

#80 fishman on 09.19.21 at 5:56 pm

It just doesn’t make any sense that Legault supported the Cons by name over the Bloc & Liberals. He’s the highest polling premier at 70%. He doesn’t need to step out. As a populist, the Bloc is his base. The Libs gave him everything he wanted. Including sacrificing his two best Vestal Virgins, Wilson & Philpott on the alter of Quebec Corp. Inc. He knows that O’Toole is RCAF. Their the guys that defied orders to fly the 32 jet fighters from Cold Lake to join the other 32 fighters already in Bagotville. A week before the 95 referendum. They didn’t actually defy orders. They had some repairs & upgrading at a North Dakota U.S.A.F. base. They made it to Bagotville allright. After the vote. My dad & uncles were R.C.A.F. in WW2. Their oath was to King & Country. In that order. Same oath as O’Toole except his is to Queen & Country. In that order. French Canadians, for whatever else the ROC opinion of them is, have to be recognized as the most politically sophisticated tribe in Canada. What is Legault afraid of?

#81 Dolce Vita on 09.19.21 at 6:05 pm

#53 the Jaguar

Good take.

I hope you’re right.

I also think Atlantic Canada will have a few surprises in store for the Libs.

AB voted 69.5% for the Cons in 2019. 1 seat in Commie Edmonton Strathcona to the NDP. Libs have no chance there at 12% of the vote. The highest the PPC got was 3.9% of the vote in Red Deer – Mountain View.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Results_of_the_2019_Canadian_federal_election_by_riding#Alberta

There would have to be a whole lot of bleeding for AB not to vote Con (well except for the Edmonton Strath Commies).

Fond memories of the Old Strathcona and the Commercial Hotel bars which were hooker/pimp central in my youth.

Ah, those were the good ole’ days.

Now all legit like on Whyte Avenue + a lot of Pot Shops (some things never change).

#82 Slanty Semi on 09.19.21 at 6:09 pm

All matters related to Indigenous reconciliation and righting related wrongs should be on the list of top issues.

Also creating a Canada with full independence from the Crown.

#83 Just vote PPC on 09.19.21 at 6:15 pm

PLEASE PLEASE vote for the PPC candidate in your riding!
PLEASE DO NOT REFUSE to vote.
For the sake of your COUNTRY
For the sake of your PROVINCE
For the sake of your CITY.
For the sake of your FAMILY
For the sake of your GRANDCHILDREN

For your OWN sake.
VOTE FOR the PPC in YOUR RIDING!

#84 the Jaguar on 09.19.21 at 6:17 pm

@#61 Don Guillermo on 09.19.21 at 4:38 pm

Mensaje enviado……….

#85 Fake Noname (the real one use CamelCase notation) on 09.19.21 at 6:30 pm

“ If you gona maskarade as me, atleest spell like me, and while you at it click on this link”. Prior post.

Are you really claiming ownership to the user mame NoName? :-) I did not know there was a dog blog with that title. I knew however of the brand by such name.

#86 earthboundmisfit on 09.19.21 at 6:37 pm

I fear our fate is a Liberal minority, but it may be a blessing in disguise. It will likely mean the end of Trudeau before much longer. I can almost hear the knives being sharpened in the backrooms of the LPC and I will thoroughly enjoy watching the political assassination of Prince Pinocchio of Papineau.

#87 Bonobo on 09.19.21 at 6:46 pm

I am voting conservative but I am now sincerely hoping for a Liberal win, and the more I think about it the more I would also like to see a Liberal majority win.

Why?

Imagine 4 years from now when the pandemic is largely over and life is returning to normal. Trudeau has spent his way through many more billions of taxpayers money, and Canada is in debt to the tune of $2-3 Trillion, and the economy is tatters with high levels of unemployment. Interest rates are skyrocketing and inflation is the highest it has been since the 70’s and 80’s. There will also be another energy crisis with oil selling for $150 per barrel or more.

There is an old saying from thousands of years ago – “The borrower is a slave to the lender.” This proverb works as much for a government as it does for an individual.

In another 4 years if this keeps up people will wake up and then it is probable that we will see a landslide Conservative majority.

Until then get out of debt and batten down the hatches.

#88 Dragonfly 58 on 09.19.21 at 6:48 pm

A wet { finally ! } Sunday here in the Lower Brainland. House repairs paused. Watching , for the first time in years , Drag Racing on the tube.
I am a Road Racing fan but sort of lost interest in most other form of Motorsport over the last couple of decades.
The whole Climate Change situation puts a slant on Motorsport that I have never really thought of before.
It is a massive industry , and very carbon intensive. Huge teams of people , traveling from event to event for months at a time. Thousands of sub- contractors making specialized race vehicle components.
All of it unnecessary , but a major economic driver .
Like recreational travel involving air travel , are Motorsport’s day’s numbered ?
Will the quest for net 0 eventually bring any discretionary carbon emissions into question ?
We have a very large problem to solve if many climate scientists are to be believed { Climate Change is largely human caused rather than a natural process } .

#89 capital Gains/wealth tax could make you lose your home on 09.19.21 at 6:53 pm

If you think that the Singh NDP, Trudeau Liberals taxing the gains on your primary, principal residence in Canada, when you sell it or transfer it or by the death of a family member is bad enough, there is information from my friend who got information about a worse tax on your home equity.

It is a annual capital gains tax on unrealized gains. It is really an annual wealth tax on the gain in the value every year of your primary, principal residence in Canada. Looking at what I was told, here is a straight forward example.

Your primary, principal residence is worth $700,000 on December-31-2021. Say next year your house is worth 10% more or $770,000 but the ownership did not change that year. You did not sell it, transfer it, nobody died that year.

Under this house annual capital gains/wealth tax you would have to report the Decembr-31-2022 fair market on your annual income taxes and then pay the tax rate that applies that tax year so for example your taxable income that year is much higher due to this $70,000 increased value in your primary, principal residence and now have to pay for 2022 tax year 35% on say $70,000 for a total extra tax bill of $24,500.

It is not bad enough you have to pay your high property taxes and other housing repairs, maintenance, utilities, insurance costs etc. plus mortgage, other bills too but now this huge tax bill every year on something you never received yet. What if they do this for all properties, real estate not just primary, principal residences. This is scary stuff, be careful who you vote for. Don’t tell me it can not happen Canadians.

#90 Trojan House on 09.19.21 at 6:55 pm

#60 TurnerNation on 09.19.21 at 4:33 pm

“250-300 in ICU out of over 4,200,000 population, and the province falls apart.”

Yes, they have about 280 total ICU beds in the province. I will bet dollars to donuts that they have at least a few times that number of middle managers making 6 plus figures.

#91 Bonobo on 09.19.21 at 6:55 pm

What happened to Climate Change? I thought this was the most important existential issue for all of humanity. What a scam.

#92 tbone on 09.19.21 at 6:57 pm

I bank with TD and they didnt threaten to close my account. Depends what your balance is over there.

I have a BMO account left dormant for 25 years. Its tripled since , and i think they like me with all the fees they collected. I got 7 % so i dont mind .

#93 Unpinned on 09.19.21 at 7:02 pm

Ah, the last day of the “SPENDEMIC” and the end of T2 gifting billions to all of the special “victims and social causes heralded by that multi degree ex Ontario liberal herd of Social Justice Warriors. Now, all Canadians will be made to pay for the whole shebang. The best part was Premier Legault of Quebec giving Prime-Minister hopeful Conservative leader Erin O’toole the thums up. Legault is the best and it irks me we don’t have one over here in Upper Canada.

#94 Well travelled on 09.19.21 at 7:13 pm

Great post Garth and a great reminder that elections are about real people not just leaders and parties. Thank you for your years of public service and all that you continue to do to improve financial literacy!

#95 crowdedelevatorfartz on 09.19.21 at 7:15 pm

@#83 A wasted PPC vote
“For your OWN sake.
VOTE FOR the PPC in YOUR RIDING!”

+++

A wasted vote is still…. a wasted vote.

#96 Todd on 09.19.21 at 7:16 pm

#89, Hey capital gains, wealth tax could lose your home, knowing Canadians how financially dumbed down they are, they think that it was a tax on only when you actually sold the place.

They don’t understand that you would have to pay a tax every year and since most Canadians have no actually money in the bank or anywhere they could pay the tax, they would actually be dumb enough to borrow on their house to pay the tax. imagine paying an extra $10,000, $15,000 or $20,000 or more a year just because someone says your house is worth so much. It makes your property taxes look like a cheap vacation expense.

People would actually want their home value to stay stable or go up only a small percentage a year. This is crazy tax policy and looks like an easier way to lose your home even after all this real estate mania, speculation for 25 years now with no real correction. The only real way to stop this high real estate prices is to raise interest rates to minimum 7% and a higher downpayment of at least 15%.

#97 Yukon Elvis on 09.19.21 at 7:16 pm

#86 earthboundmisfit on 09.19.21 at 6:37 pm
I fear our fate is a Liberal minority, but it may be a blessing in disguise. It will likely mean the end of Trudeau before much longer. I can almost hear the knives being sharpened in the backrooms of the LPC and I will thoroughly enjoy watching the political assassination of Prince Pinocchio of Papineau.
+++++++++++++++++
The Liberal leadership review after the election will offer Justin, Chrystia, Karl Marx, and Alfred E. Neuman as candidates. Pick one.

#98 crowdedelevatorfartz on 09.19.21 at 7:21 pm

@#56 Millennial sucka
“All mills are voting for JT.
Hope he wins by a landslide.”

+++

Sooo.
That means you and your cohort will embrace the next few decades of cutbacks and tax increases to pay for the hideous debt your hero has foisted upon this country in 2 years with no whining , blaming or finger pointing?

That would be a first this millenium.

#99 crowdedelevatorfartz on 09.19.21 at 7:31 pm

A guy I work with is about to retire in the next 2 years.
Was planning on selling his house in Van and townhouse in the Okanagan and retiring to …..the Canary Islands.
Would live like a King…..
He was born there and his parents immigrated here in the 1960’s.
He has land there.

https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/people-evacuated-spanish-island-la-palma-after-volcano-eruption-warning-2021-09-19/

#100 wallflower on 09.19.21 at 7:32 pm

Because I am a lazy retiree rambling through this pissy pandemic, I opted to “apply” to offer my services for the election many months back.
One of the hurdles was “two references” for which I decided to just ignore and simply SUBMIT my application.
I had no care in the world whether it was paid, voluntary, or otherwise.
I was duly called to advance my application but the lovely lady had to cancel said app when we got to the “two references” part.

Last week, my sister applied to help out because “I heard on the radio everybody is scrambling for people” at which point I explained my story – that the reason they are scrambling
IS BECAUSE THEY ARE ASKING FOR TWO @@##$ REFERENCES FOR RETIRED PEOPLE LIKE ME WHO HAVE BEEN
• CANADIAN ALL THEIR LIVES
• BORN IN CANADA
• WORKED IN CANADA
• RAISED KID IN CANADA
• SPEAK EXCELLENT ENGLISH (FUNCTIONAL IN FRENCH)

Then, because she was then asked to work a super gig (which came through me), she gave up on the Elections Canada process but had already been approved
WITHOUT ANY REFERENCES
and so gave me the name of the lady to call because they would take me in a New York Minute.

So, guess what?
I called the number. After the greeting, I went through to the extension and ring ring ring two minutes. Hung up. Tried again.
Gave up.
That was Monday. Then I read a Globe headline saying they were 42,000 personnel short.
WHICH IS BECAUSE THEY ARE ASKING FOR TWO @@##$ REFERENCES FOR RETIRED PEOPLE LIKE ME

Just late yesterday, same lady called me. I don’t know how she got my number but maybe she called my sister because my sister had already told her she had a sister …
So, she begged me to show up for training Sunday, full day Monday.

NO REFERENCES REQUIRED

WTF is wrong with this country?

42,000 people short! but the application to staff the election insisted on TWO references!!!!! do ya think there is a connection?

#101 KLNR on 09.19.21 at 7:33 pm

Mmmmm, hyperbole.
Have a feeling this place will be raging come tuesday morning.

#102 Baffled on 09.19.21 at 7:35 pm

Wait, free booze. Why has no one told me this before? Is this at all of these things? Does anyone know where it’s happening in my riding?

Interesting you mention the local candidates, I was just thinking about that earlier. I only know the name of one of them. The Libs sent some young people around here knocking on doors, also the only one a mailing came from this time. I asked what they wanted without opening the door. Asked if they knew there was a friggin pandemic and told them to go away.

Did you know there is a song just for tomorrow?
Go away now Trudeau go away now Trudeau
We’ve had enough of you
Some say that you are a fool
Others call you a tool
Either way we’ve had all we need of you
Ten times more arrogant than your dad
So much stupider that it’s sad
So go away now Trudeau just go away now Trudeau
Go get a real job
If anyone will have such a knob
And take your cabinet with you too
Leave Melanie Joly
She’s okay with me
At least the way she looks

#103 Planetgoofy on 09.19.21 at 7:36 pm

#30 cuke and tomato picker on 09.19.21 at 2:45 pm
According to today’s Province Alberta’s Health Care Unions want military help. Also the Calgary Sun says the UPC party wants a leadership review of Jason Kenny.
O’Toole was happy with how Jason Kenny handled covid protocol.
——————————————–
And that’s all Socks has got. Hilarious.
Socks track record is arguable that he should be charged criminally for a number conflict of interest. Ask Judy.
You people crack me up.

Like the US has Biden cause he was a better looking puppet.
Now the boarders a major problem and Afghanistan’s one of the biggest disasters of the USA.
Ill take Trump any day.

#104 WhereToNow on 09.19.21 at 7:41 pm

PEOPLE of ALL AGES . . . the guy has spent 3/4 of a billlion dollars on an unneeded election . . . that is just criminal !! Vote for change tomorrow ! I don’t want my great, great grand children TAXED TO DEATH to pay off this liberal incompetence.

#105 Jp on 09.19.21 at 7:48 pm

There is poison ivy with that old sign Garth. Now you know where you got that rash lol. Been reading your blog almost daily for a very long time and this is my first post. Thank you so much the advice, information and entertainment you provide!!

#106 mnpr on 09.19.21 at 7:50 pm

I’m gonna get slaughtered for saying this, but that’s ok. I would vote Maverick if there were a candidate in my riding. There is not, so I am abstaining. The poll did not capture my reason, which is that I concur with Jay Hill. That due to the nature of our system of democracy, federal govt representation is not fairly spread throughout our nation. Some areas are over represented and some under represented. Preston Manning tried to fix this, primarily via the idea of a triple-E senate. But he was unsuccessful. Power is never given up readily. It must be taken. Jay Hill, the leader of the fledgling Maverick Party is saying the west needs to take a page from Quebec and the Bloc. By having a party running candidates only in the west. To represent just the west’s interests (and if that needs to be narrowed down to something like only AB and SASK, so be it). Because it has been proven time and time again that the federal parties are beholden to central Canada, work for central Canada’s interests, at the expense of other areas of the country. Alberta has felt this frustration for decades now. Time to start making a change.

One day I’ll tell you my Jay Hill stories. Not pretty. – Garth

#107 crowdedelevatorfartz on 09.19.21 at 7:51 pm

@#103 Ponzies Post-Op Prediction
“I hope you don’t get a heart attack on Monday.
We need your expert knowledge (particularity on Austrian history) on this blog.”

++++

Your concern for my well being is touching. “sniff, sniff”.
The only way I’ll have a jammer is if The Libs are wiped off the Map and O’Toole gets a majority.
The shock will kill me…. but I’ll have a smile on my face.
:)

#108 kc on 09.19.21 at 7:59 pm

#65 Flop… on 09.19.21 at 5:14 pm

Either way, Pointer Sisters are booked to play at the winning candidates celebration.

The illusion of hope and excitement must go on.

I’m so excited, and I just can’t hide it

I’m about to lose control and I think I like it…

Nope, Bruce Springsteen is playing….

Now Main Street’s whitewashed windows
And vacant stores
Seems like there ain’t nobody
Wants to come down here no more
They’re closing down the textile mill
Across the railroad tracks
Foreman says, “these jobs are going, boys
And they ain’t coming back
To your hometown

#109 When Will They Raise Rates? on 09.19.21 at 8:01 pm

#83 Just vote PPC on 09.19.21 at 6:15 pm

PLEASE PLEASE vote for the PPC candidate in your riding!
PLEASE DO NOT REFUSE to vote.
For the sake of your COUNTRY
For the sake of your PROVINCE
For the sake of your CITY.
For the sake of your FAMILY
For the sake of your GRANDCHILDREN

For your OWN sake.
VOTE FOR the PPC in YOUR RIDING!

———————-

^ Only if you live in a non-battleground riding, else vote Conservative and I say this as a PPC supporter!

The first priority is to oust the WEF puppet, otherwise he gets re-elected, runs wild in authoritarianism and the next thing you know we end in camps! Lol

Support PPC, but be pragmatic… go to 338 and check if your riding is Safe con, likely con or tossup. Then vote stragically.

We have a chance to defeat Trudeau, let’s not blow it!

#110 earthboundmisfit on 09.19.21 at 8:03 pm

“One day I’ll tell you my Jay Hill stories. Not pretty. – Garth”

I’ve probably heard them all. He was the MP during the three longest years my life spent in Prince George, BC. Not pretty indeed.

#111 twofatcats on 09.19.21 at 8:05 pm

#89 Capital Gains Tax

It won’t be a capital gains tax – it will be a flat sales tax on the sales price. A capital gains tax would be too onerous for homeowners having to go back decades for paperwork on property tax, mortgage interest, renovations etc. A flat sales tax on the selling price can’t be gamed since the selling price is public knowledge.

Once the Liberals are back in their minority position tomorrow night, expect a 5% flat sales tax on the selling price of your principal residence. This new tax will be named something cute like an ‘equity’ tax. ‘Equity’ implies wealth, as in ‘wealthy homeowners’ versus ‘poor and new Canadians who cannot afford to own property’ so it takes some of the stink off it.

This is the only way the Liberal government can pay for the pandemic.

#112 When Will They Raise Rates? on 09.19.21 at 8:07 pm

*strategically

#113 crowdedelevatorfartz on 09.19.21 at 8:17 pm

@#100 wallflower
“WTF is wrong with this country?”

+++

Bureaucrats.

#114 Philco on 09.19.21 at 8:18 pm

Hi Garth,
Should one sell his home to his RE CO and take the cap gain free dough and rent it back. CO pays all expenses pre tax? You take a salary for management and stick it to the man.
There are other tax questions but that’s the just of it.
Buddy in Alberta did this.

#115 Albertastrophe on 09.19.21 at 8:31 pm

If you want to join Alberta as it plunges into hospital chaos and many more secondary deaths, feel free to vote Conservative or PPC.

https://www.aptnnews.ca/videos/alberta-declares-state-of-emergency-due-to-increase-in-covid-19-cases/

The absolute idiocy of conservative parties since the 1970s has gutted the future of this province for at least a hundred years.

For decades, the Heritage Fund has been undermined and underfunded, and is now almost worthless.

Alberta has no future, nor for at least the next 40 or 50 years, and that’s only IF things change dramatically, soon.

Don’t be like us, Canada. You’ll be putting your future, your economy, your lives at risk by voting in more neo-con dimwits.

Conservatism = Death.

Slow or fast is the only question.

#116 Phylis on 09.19.21 at 8:41 pm

Neat, your old website is still active.

#117 Ballingsford on 09.19.21 at 8:48 pm

Sometimes you just have to hold your nose and vote for the lesser of the two evils.

A good question you could have asked is “Are you voting for a different party this time?”.

#118 That guy on 09.19.21 at 8:53 pm

Latest polling I saw showed Liberal minority propped up by NDP or Bloc. I have a half black Goddaughter, how do I tell that girl’s black parent that we have voted in a blackface wearing PM for the THIRD time? I feel sick to my stomach.

#119 Phylis on 09.19.21 at 8:56 pm

#46 Shawn Allen on 09.19.21 at 3:46 pm
SHOP Areound for banking…

#41 S.Bby on 09.19.21 at 3:28 pm
#13 Mehdy

TD Bank and TD Waterhouse have really gone downhill since Covid started.

********************
TD is taking advantage of customer inertia. To battle that we need some customers to shop around and leave them. It’s inconvenient to switch and they know this and use it to full advantage.
Xxxxxxxx
Sorry about the poor customer service, i’ve been tying up the lines complaining about the new fee they added to td meloche insurance monthly payments.

#120 Ponzius Pilatus on 09.19.21 at 9:08 pm

#113 crowdedelevatorfartz on 09.19.21 at 8:17 pm
@#100 wallflower
“WTF is wrong with this country?”

+++

Bureaucrats.
———-
Overpaid plumbers.
Tax them hard. And tax them often.

#121 Pelican on 09.19.21 at 9:08 pm

We’re divided as a nation and also generationally. Conservatives believe that we are responsible for ourselves and are willing to work to achieve our goals in a capitalist economy. Socialists believe the government is responsible for their positive outcome. The money to pay for socialistic beliefs come from working taxpayers. The conservative people pay taxes but want accountability. The socialists don’t demand economic accountability but only want the payout. This is where we are now. Very sad that values have changed and the individual has become so dependent on an external diety rather than belief in self.

#122 NoName on 09.19.21 at 9:11 pm

#85 Fake Noname (the real one use CamelCase notation) on 09.19.21 at 6:30 pm
“ If you gona maskarade as me, atleest spell like me, and while you at it click on this link”. Prior post.

Are you really claiming ownership to the user mame NoName? :-) I did not know there was a dog blog with that title. I knew however of the brand by such name.

Lately Iam bit quiet than usual, but Iam steel lurking from shadows. As for nick, NoName won over second runner up, enceeklopeedeea britanica with an accent. Tu many laters
to type.

#123 Victor V on 09.19.21 at 9:11 pm

https://twitter.com/stevesaretsky/status/1439738544013021185?s=21

Very sad to hear the sudden passing of @mortgagejake. I will miss our friendly debates here on Twitter. Rest In Peace my friend, you will be missed. ❤️

#124 twofatcats on 09.19.21 at 9:31 pm

#118 That Guy

Please, please don’t mention or show the banana.

#125 Odif Yltsaeb on 09.19.21 at 9:43 pm

I just hope Trudeau is gone. I would vouch for a NDP government even though I’d be gutted by the 75% cap gain tax, or even for a cons government, even though I never voted for them and don’t really like their social and immigration policies. What Trudeau did to this country makes Harper bailout look like nothing. How are we going to pay for all this nonsense? Young people are angry and hopeless.

#126 Upenuff on 09.19.21 at 9:45 pm

The media are the most powerful party in the land and they are morally bankrupt as they continue to show that they will dance and praise the party that pays their bills……. Never bite the hand that feeds you……sad, I miss the old tough journalists, and not these Barbie dolls that keep dishing soft balls…..

#127 Shawn Allen on 09.19.21 at 9:51 pm

#119 Phylis on 09.19.21 at 8:56 pm said:

Sorry about the poor customer service, i’ve been tying up the lines complaining about the new fee they added to td meloche insurance monthly payments.

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

Agreed that was nasty. After years or really decades of paying monthly they suddenly wanted a couple percent extra to pay monthly instead of upfront.

I opted for upfront but really should be switching away from TD.

I got on the phone and complained bitterly about that one also.

#128 Conan on 09.19.21 at 10:16 pm

I predict a return of the Liberals. They lose on some issues,but gain on PPC taking Con votes and some NDP voting Liberal.

I think the Libs gain seats.

#129 the Jaguar on 09.19.21 at 10:29 pm

@#80 fishman on 09.19.21 at 5:56 pm

Legault isn’t afraid of anything. He just knows a fraud when he sees one (T2) and as someone else pointed out on this blog earlier T2 ain’t no ‘pure laine’ when it comes to Quebec nationalism. His father casts a long shadow. On close examination he isn’t his father, he is his mother. Remember too, when push comes to shove the Quebecois close ranks. Especially if they can step on the toes of the Anglophones while doing it. I kind of admire their moxy. Enough said. ++++++

@ #81 Dolce Vita on 09.19.21 at 6:05 pm
“There would have to be a whole lot of bleeding for AB not to vote Con (well except for the Edmonton Strath Commies).”……………

It’s a changed place these days, Dolce. It’s always been an Urban/Rural divide, but the demographics have changed a lot in recent years. It’s no coincidence that Covid numbers were the highest in the country in Alberta, whether you want to count them before or after August 1st when we had only 19 people in ICU.
Kenney and his government are a convenient scapegoat, and while I don’t let him totally off the hook the real smoking gun is demographics. Alberta is a very young province. And a very diverse one as well. We have an ‘open’ attitude here that attracts people from all over the world.

One can even see it in the statistics: recorded deaths as a percentage of confirmed cases. Alberta .90%, BC 1.06%, ONT 1.66%, PQ 2.81%, and even NS with 6312 cases a rate of 1.48%.

In this Pandemic year the outcome is anything but assured. We are living in the age of ‘Everything goes and nothing matters”.

#130 Planetgoofy on 09.19.21 at 10:29 pm

#100 wallflower on 09.19.21 at 7:32 pm
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I agree it was a great place todo Biz years ago and now ya spend most your time dealing with bullshit bureaucracy…..
Everything is getting in your way to do ANYTHING thanks to complete imbeciles that get into power. T2 tops the list.
Yup it has gone to complete shit.

#131 salonit on 09.19.21 at 11:20 pm

conservatives are still harper conservatives
mean
liberals are on another planet
who will benefit if i vote ndp
surely not the ndp,the trap is sprung
i am voting ndp

#132 BillyBob on 09.19.21 at 11:57 pm

“Dear Canada and GF, thank you for the constant entertainment and amusement you provide me.”

Gonna be fun to watch tomorrow. I’ll be comfortably ensconced by the hotel pool, as per usual. I wish I could remember the name of the person I voted for. It rhymed with “AnyoneButTrudeau” or something similar…?

And hope The Jag turns out to be prescient. That would be so cool on so many levels.

#133 BillyBob on 09.20.21 at 12:11 am

#26 Cpdlc on 09.19.21 at 2:38 pm
This isn’t a election, consider it a IQ test for Canadians.

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Unusual moniker. Controller-Pilot Data Link Communications? Hmmm.

IQ test? Keep your expectations low. This is a populace content to be bribed with it’s own money. Not exactly dealing with any serious intellect here.

#134 Blobby on 09.20.21 at 12:57 am

Bit concerned at the people this blog seems to attract.

Seems to be a lot of ppc support here…. I find that scary

#135 paolojacuzzo on 09.20.21 at 3:34 am

#38 Dolce Vita on 09.19.21 at 3:14 pm
#26 Cpdlc

“This isn’t a election, consider it a * IQ test for Canadians.”

* an

Could not resist.

In my case, the pot calling the tea kettle noir **.

** noire (f. la bouilloire)

Spelling is not no measure of IQ, so your point is?

#136 Miss Boomer on 09.20.21 at 5:42 am

Only hours left before we find out if we see a repeat of a morally challenged misfit will still be in politics.

#137 Do we have all the facts on 09.20.21 at 6:39 am

In 1993 my mother who had supported Progressive Conservatives since George Drew was leader voted
Liberal for the first time. When I asked her why the switch she told me that the way Kim Campbell responded to David Milgaards mother had infuriated her.

After the PC party was annihilated in the election I asked dozens of former supporters of the PC party why they switched allegiance and nearly everyone expressed a dislike for Kim Campbell and many referred to the way she dealt with David Milgaards mother.

It is very difficult to determine the issues that might lead an individual to vote a certain way but what I did learn in the 1993 election was that one insensitive act by a political leader had measurable repercussions for a number of voters in my small circle of acquaintances.

I personally feel that of all the examples of insensitivity shown by Justin Trudeau since 2019 his failure to direct an appropriate portion of the $400 billion borrowed to mitigate the impact of Covid 19 to protect the lives of residents living in long term care facilities disturbed me the most. His failure to enhance the health care provided to our most vulnerable citizens was unforgivable.

The Government of Canada had ample warning that Covid 19 posed a serious threat to elderly citizens with compromised immunity and Justin Trudeau acted surprised when close to 70% of all deaths attributed to Covid 19 were associated with a long term care facility. Review his many press conferences during the initial reaction to Covid 19 in 2020 and observe the extent of financial assistance offered to Provincial and Territorial governments to protect the health of our most vulnerable citizens. Hint it certainly wasn’t a priority.

We deserve a political party that recognizes the simple fact that the population of Canada is aging and that the their quality of life of deserves protection. Offering financial assistance to first time homebuyers while failing to substantially increase funding for the improvement of long term care as our population ages is an indication that priorities of the Liberal Party need adjustment.

#138 Immigrant man on 09.20.21 at 6:42 am

Yup, today the voters get to choose their flavour of socialism. Red no-so-fresh-anymore fancy sock flavour. Blue with red on the inside sans the hair flavour. Crazy expensive Orange flavour with good dance moves. Low-carbon Green flavour. Pick any kind. They all taste like higher taxes and more bureaucracy. Mmmm-mmm!

#139 Kath McWynty on 09.20.21 at 7:24 am

I believe that our Govt debt and Deficit are the biggest issue
Unfortunately, Im not suprised that it isnt for many!

#140 crowdedelevatorfartz on 09.20.21 at 7:32 am

@#120 Ponzies Plumbing Paradigm
“Overpaid plumbers.
Tax them hard. And tax them often.”

+++

Not to fret Ponzie.
If the taxes go higher the tradesmen just raise their rates to nosebleed levels while you common folk squeal
Or
Work for cash…
:)

#141 IHCTD9 on 09.20.21 at 8:10 am

Lib Minority. This election will be a reflection of Trudeau’s tenure as PM – a waste of time and money.

#142 A Dollar is a Dollar is a Dollar on 09.20.21 at 8:16 am

John Avlon on CNN summarized it clearly this morning.

https://twitter.com/JohnAvlon?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

How is the wealth gap destroying democracy?

Based on recent data:

The top .1% had incomes of $2.8 million

The top 5% had incomes of $320,000

+ then…..

The “bottom” 90% (NINETY PER CENT!) only had incomes of $38,000

The wealthier and the very rich have grown much richer, for decades.

And the wealthiest paid LESS in marginal tax rate than the “bottom” 90% in 2018! WTF.

Canada is close behind on this bizarre pathway.

Can we really afford to keep voting for this post-Reagan ideological fraud?

At what cost, to our society, to the planet, to our future?

Is today just another day of denial of reality for all of us?

#143 TurnerNation on 09.20.21 at 8:36 am

Nothing to see here folks! No Social Credit system at all.

https://creditboards.com/forums/index.php?/topic/626195-mastercard-and-the-united-nations-release-a-new-credit-card-which-sets-a-limit-on-what-you-buy-based-on-your-carbon-footprint/
“Mastercard and the United Nations release a new credit card, which sets a limit on what you buy based on your carbon footprint.”

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/credit-score-may-soon-depend-130000431.html
“In the not-too-distant future, your internet habits could help determine how much house you can buy and the rate on your next auto loan.”


— Short clips of massive protests Toronto, Calgary. Our global Overlords must be roaring with laughter as we tear each other apart. This war – WW3 – the battleground is our own streets.

https://streamable.com/cmlvz3

https://mobile.twitter.com/dockaurG/status/1439605108027822082


— Australia. At what point do you concede you This is the PERMENANT New System globally.
Enforced by A.I. – as we all are put into the Blockchain. Papers please.

https://7news.com.au/lifestyle/health-wellbeing/no-freedom-day-for-sa-says-premier-c-4015099
“There will be no “freedom day” in South Australia when vaccine targets are reached, with efforts continuing to try to keep COVID-19 out of the state, Premier Steven Marshall says.
The premier says while SA has signed up to the national roadmap, to allow border measures and lockdown rules to ease, some level of local restrictions will remain in force to keep people safe.”

#144 Crowdedelevatorfartz on 09.20.21 at 8:50 am

@#137 all the facts

Yep.
The public disgust may surprise the pundits and their predictions.
Dispute the Cons dreadful choice for an android as leader.

#145 KLNR on 09.20.21 at 9:01 am

@#134 Blobby on 09.20.21 at 12:57 am
Bit concerned at the people this blog seems to attract.

Seems to be a lot of ppc support here…. I find that scary

you new to this echo chamber?
the internet is the vocal minorities pulpit.

#146 Angela Montgomery on 09.20.21 at 9:04 am

Ballots should have a ‘none of the above’. These should be counted. How else will they know that none of them have earned respect?

#147 Planetgoofy on 09.20.21 at 9:15 am

#56 millenlial on 09.19.21 at 4:19 pm
No one has the experience and courage to get us through the next decade other than Justin!
All mills are voting for JT
Hope he wins by a landslide.
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Right there is good reason to raise the minimum voting age to 30.
All the youth understand is “I want free shit and someone else can pay” and socks ” Ill gets some free shit for myself while Im at it” hand caught in the cookie jar a few times.
Study history you will see how that works out everytime.

#148 Dharma Bum on 09.20.21 at 9:28 am

#41 S.Bby

IDK what their issue is but whomever is running that place needs a wakeup call that it’s their customers that are paying their income and the customer should be taken care of and not ass-raped for every last dollar.
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The high fees enable the banks to grow their share prices and up their dividend payouts. Win-Win.

Expect further fee hikes after socks-boy wins this election.

The banks will pass on the cost of the imposed tax hike directly to guess who: YOU!

Buy the banks. If you can’t beat ‘m, join ’em.

#149 Dharma Bum on 09.20.21 at 9:37 am

#56 millennial

No one has the experience and courage to get us through the next decade other than Justin!
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If by “get us through the next decade” you mean continuous welfare handouts to ne’er do well lazy work-phobic entitled millennials, then, I think you are correct sir!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YY6wwAhvirY

#150 Dharma Bum on 09.20.21 at 9:47 am

#81 Dolce

Fond memories of the Old Strathcona and the Commercial Hotel bars which were hooker/pimp central in my youth.
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My kid went to school in Edmonton for a time. I used to visit every now and again, and would hang out in those seedy bars. It was very entertaining. It was something you didn’t really see in Toronto any more – part of a bygone era. It was as if I was transported back to the 1940’s and 50’s (that’s what the Edmonton barflies and characters looked like) – or at least how the movies depicted it. The cops always showed up by about 11 pm to haul out an obnoxious loudmouth fight-threatening sot.
I love Alberta.

#151 Quintilian on 09.20.21 at 10:00 am

Read some esoteric text about the old Soviet system, and it reminds me of the hypocrisy of people and the immorality of politicians.

It said:
“The people pretended to work and the government pretended to pay “

It describes the current state of affairs in Canada.

The voters pretend to be concerned about fairness and prosperity for the next generation, and the politicians pretend to govern with such ideals in mind.

#152 Planetgoofy on 09.20.21 at 10:31 am

#141 IHCTD9 on 09.20.21 at 8:10 am
Lib Minority. This election will be a reflection of Trudeau’s tenure as PM – a waste of time and money.
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Does this not show he could give a shit about either? and you can surmise from that that he really doesnt care about the pandemic as much as one would think.
The Pan is usefull to these kind of people for reasons of power advancement and money.
The youth (millenials) haven’t been around enough to figure this out.
I tell ya what will. When the end of the free / money policies end. ie….a collapse in the velocity of money, thats called a depression.
Thats when they figure out, that its every politician for himself. History repeats and it filled with these examples.
Piece out!

#153 Islandgirl on 09.20.21 at 10:31 am

The election being called was a poorly planned power grab, almost every party has some dumb, irresponisble, or ridiculous platform we don’t agree with. We are voting for the candidate in our area that at least makes the time, every time to stop and listen and talk to their constituants. I wish the parties would just be forced to work as a team, every one has something valuable to offer and ever one has a bunch of stupid ideas they are trying to promote. Hopefully working together would bring out the best and not the worst, but that doesn’t usually happen.

#154 Ponzius Pilatus on 09.20.21 at 10:43 am

#147 Planetgoofy on 09.20.21 at 9:15 am
#56 millenlial on 09.19.21 at 4:19 pm
No one has the experience and courage to get us through the next decade other than Justin!
All mills are voting for JT
Hope he wins by a landslide.
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Right there is good reason to raise the minimum voting age to 30.
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Or as some would say, to restrict voting age between 18 and 65.

#155 Ponzius Pilatus on 09.20.21 at 10:52 am

#151 Quintilian on 09.20.21 at 10:00 am
Read some esoteric text about the old Soviet system, and it reminds me of the hypocrisy of people and the immorality of politicians.

It said:
“The people pretended to work and the government pretended to pay “

It describes the current state of affairs in Canada.
————————-
If you want to quote some nonsense, at least quote it properly:
“The Government pretends to pay us, and we pretend to work”.

#156 Ponzius Pilatus on 09.20.21 at 10:59 am

Walked by the voting station early this morning.
Saw an Asian looking couple walking in.
Dressed to a tee, proudly holding their papers.
Probably their first time.
The future looks bright

#157 Ballingsford on 09.20.21 at 11:05 am

#154 Ponzius Pilatus on 09.20.21 at 10:43 am
#147 Planetgoofy on 09.20.21 at 9:15 am
#56 millenlial on 09.19.21 at 4:19 pm
No one has the experience and courage to get us through the next decade other than Justin!
All mills are voting for JT
Hope he wins by a landslide.
——————-
Right there is good reason to raise the minimum voting age to 30.
————————-
Or as some would say, to restrict voting age between 18 and 65.
*****
Millenials are nearing 40 now aren’t they?

Restrict to 40+.

#158 Philco on 09.20.21 at 11:10 am

AOC an absolute socialist idiot but hell everyones doing it.
Then I saw her in this dress!!
WELL…shes got my vote AND attention now ;-b
See how politics work kids?
Look beautiful and hand out free stuff….

https://nypost.com/2021/09/18/aocs-tax-the-rich-dress-designer-aurora-james-is-a-tax-deadbeat/

#159 Immigrant man on 09.20.21 at 11:15 am

If Justin looses it’s only because O’Toole stole his platform. Down with T2, on with the program!

#160 Oakville Rocks! on 09.20.21 at 11:15 am

Happy this turkey is done.

I want to be able to enjoy the Blue Jays run to the post season without being interrupted by Justin or Erin.

Thank dog the NDP either has no money or does not think sports fans are fertile ground for recruits to a new orange wave or I would have to stomach Jag as well.

Happy voting day everyone, although if you are smart you already voted.

Let’s GO Blue Jays!

#161 Damifino on 09.20.21 at 11:29 am

#142 A Dollar is a Dollar is a Dollar

Is today just another day of denial of reality for all of us?
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No. Just for you.

#162 Shortymac on 09.20.21 at 11:36 am

I’m thinking we’ll have a liberal minority gov with NDP opposition, I think a lot of left-leaning folks have switched from NDP to Liberal incombents in ridings that lean conversative to keep the PPC out.

My husband was pretty dead set on NDP to vote against Tredeau but is switching to liberal as he feels that the incumbant liberal MP here as a better shot and there’s too many PPC signs up in our hood for comfort.

I’m a premanent resident so I can’t vote, I have to deal with enough heavily politicized anti-vax/mask lunacy from my family in the US and I don’t want that nonsense here.

#163 S.Bby on 09.20.21 at 11:41 am

#148 Dharma Bum

Bullying and being rude and arrogant to customers is no way to run a business. Price gouging works for a while but eventually will backfire on them. I already told TD I wont be getting a mortgage through them and I make sure I work around their fees so they don’t get any money from me with that.

#164 Mister Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on 09.20.21 at 11:46 am

Excited for your shrill post tomorrow condemning those darn dirty PPC and their ugly leader Prest…. Stockw…. Harp….err Bernier!

Congratulations Mr.Prime Minister and your majority!

Onward to 338!

#165 Mr Happy on 09.20.21 at 11:46 am

I like the way Brazil does their elections. Voting is MANDATORY. If you cannot vote you must present yourself and explain why you did not vote. (i.e. you were out of the country etc). You do not vote you will have trouble getting your passport, drivers licence etc etc.

Every election get’s about a 99% turn out so you truly know what the people want. Not like in Canada where what? 30-40% vote??? That does not show the true will of the people…

#166 Doug Ford on 09.20.21 at 12:03 pm

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#167 Don Guillermo on 09.20.21 at 12:05 pm

#69 Ponzius Pilatus on 09.19.21 at 5:24 pm
#55 Don Guillermo on 09.19.21 at 4:38 pm
#53 the Jaguar on 09.19.21 at 4:09 pm
I’m going to stick with my August 15th prediction that T2 is going to be handed his ass.
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Jag, let’s hope you’re right! Don’t forget to establish contact if you want some tropical discussions. We’re leaving in 3 weeks.
—————-
Typical, when the going gets tough, the “tough” leave
*************************************

Don’t worry mister white collar “hater of tradesmen”. I made sure to get my vote in before going anywhere.

#168 MASSIVE LIBERAL MAJORITY ON THE WAY! on 09.20.21 at 12:06 pm

Justin time again!

#169 The West on 09.20.21 at 12:11 pm

I envy the time in history you came from Garth

#170 NEVER GIVE UP on 09.20.21 at 12:17 pm

#41 S.Bby on 09.19.21 at 3:28 pm
#13 Mehdy

Dont you just love it when you call the bank and the robot lies to you?

It says they have an unusually large call volume!

The true answer is they have an unusually low budget for staff.

They need more so they give less!
This is universal in the corporate world. Not just TD.

THUNDERBALL (1965)
(Music: John Barry / Lyrics: Don Black)
Performed by Tom Jones

He always runs while others walk
He acts while other men just talk
He looks at this world and wants it all
So he strikes like Thunderball

He knows the meaning of success
His needs are more so he gives less
They call him the winner who takes all
And he strikes like Thunderball

Any woman he wants he’ll get
He will break any heart without regret

His days of asking are all gone
His fight goes on and on and on
But he thinks that the fight is worth it all
So he strikes like Thunderball

#171 My Body My Choice on 09.20.21 at 12:18 pm

I first got involved in politics in my teens in the 70s. My high school civic class required each student to volunteer in a community project. I chose to work for David Crombie who I knew as mayor of Toronto and was now running in the Federal election.

It was fun putting up lawn signs, handing out brochures and going door-knocking with other PC adult volunteers. David Crombie himself came by to thank us from time to time and give us a pep talk. On election day, I was a scrutineer at a polling station on Church Street just north of Maple Leaf Gardens. It was a great learning experience! Crombie won, of course.

Then in 2015, I made the mistake of working for Elections Canada as a poll worker. A 3 hour training session the week before, which was fine. But on election day, woke up at 5 a.m. to be at the polling station at 6 a.m. to setup and get ready for the 7 a.m. opening. There was a crush of people storming through the door, non-stop flow for 2.5 hours, then finally a break. We weren’t allowed to leave the premises, I had to demand a 20 minute lunch break from the supervisor, then the agony of watching the clock seconds tik, tik, tik, 3 p.m. 4 p.m. 5 p.m. Me and my co-worker were fighting to stay awake. Both of us had got about 4 hours of sleep due to the anxiety/stress of the upcoming day. When the poll finally closed at 7 p.m. we counted all our ballots, filled all the paperwork, cross-referencing, checking and re-checking, signing everything. The last 6 hours had been absolute torture, getting cramps sitting all day, so sleepy! I got home around 8:30 p.m. PST exhausted, turned on the radio and heard “CBC is projecting a Liberal majority”. Ughhhh. I took a hot shower ate dinner.

So in total, it was a 14 hour day of being stuck in a chair, having stretch breaks every hour or two. A quick 20 minute lunch break. I would NEVER do it again. But I must say, it was still very rewarding to see how the whole process works from the inside and to be part of the democratic process. And to wear that Elections Canada ID badge around my neck and work as a team, even if the result was disappointing.

Be nice to your poll workers! They are doing their duty. Democracy and freedom are not free.

#172 calgary rip off on 09.20.21 at 12:38 pm

Im on the 10-615 shift at the hospital again.

I really dont see the point in voting. The NDP doesnt have a chance in Calgary Nosehill. People are voting PPC or Conservative(Michelle Rempel). My wife and daughter voted NDP this morning I think. Given that one vote doesnt matter I see no motivation to do anything.

People are censored as to what they do constantly. I see people complaining about lack of freedom. Why complain, it doesnt exist. For example: Lawn mowing bylaw in Calgary, what does this have to do with safety? Why cant a person park a RV on their property? Why cant a car be parked on the front lawn?

Speed limits are a bit different as this impacts safety. So does vaccine mandates. People dont have a choice as both speed limits and lack of vaccines kill.

So any way a person looks at it, humans are domesticated animals. Even if you discovered oil under your land you are paying a mortgage on, you dont have the oil rights either.

And this is why I am not voting. Im not interested in standing in line, talking to a polling official, or wasting time on finding out if my vote mattered, because it doesnt.

Fortunately, for now, I can think what I want about whatever I want all the time. Likely soon there will be someway to monitor that as well.

#173 Faron on 09.20.21 at 12:42 pm

SPX now oversold in the hourly and approaching oversold in the daily RSI. Touching the 100 day moving average. This is almost a 3 sigma move. Typically now would be a terrible time to sell in all likelihood unless there’s reason to believe this will be a full on correction (down to 200DMA).

The other day my fave commenter suggested miners along with a pick of select stocks. Welp, the associated ETF, XBM, is flat while the collection of stocks is down bigly save for NTR. There’s a lesson about stock picking in there. Didn’t foresee that the Chinese RE market rolling over would hurt metals. Oops. And a strong USD keeping a lid on commodities.

#174 facts on 09.20.21 at 12:58 pm

How many business owners here:

– use the rent subsidy
– Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)
– use CEWS to give long term notices to employees in order to eliminate corporate severance payment obligation, utilizing government subsidy?

#175 NEVER GIVE UP on 09.20.21 at 1:21 pm

#150 Dharma Bum on 09.20.21 at 9:47 am
#81 Dolce

Fond memories of the Old Strathcona and the Commercial Hotel bars which were hooker/pimp central in my youth
===================================
I had the incredible privilege to be a Cabbie in Edmonton in the 1970’s. This was the Heyday of “The Drag” (96th Street) Bars.

These were bars where it was not unusual to see a sign that said “No Knives!”

These were True Wild West Saloons where fighting and mayhem erupted nightly. There was a constant milling about from Bar to Bar. Each trip was a minimum $2.00. Many times it was only for a one block trip and there was a line of customers waiting to go to another bar. The money was good but the danger was palpable.

I had my life threatened so many times it was no big deal. A few times I was so scared I left the customers in the cab and ran with the keys!

Some experiences are simply being in the right place at the right time in history. I will never forget what a magical time that was..

Cromdale, Leland, New Eddy, Cecil, Grand, Alberta, York, International, Royal, The list goes on….

#176 bcPaul on 09.20.21 at 1:28 pm

“A few loyalists clotted in the corners. ”
haha…that was good!

#177 Quintilian on 09.20.21 at 1:42 pm

Ponzius Pilatus
Not sure, but I think you might have mentioned you were from BC.

In which case I would like to remind you kept the likes of Christy Clark and Rich Coleman in power for a couple of decades, correct?

Voting for what benefited your generation, morals be dammed.

#178 So glad I sold on 09.20.21 at 1:46 pm

Spoke to a union worker friend who said a lot of them are voting NDP in this election. Asked if I was considering voting for T2 because of the $500.00 free money for pensioners. Told him no way. All Trudeau’s trying to do is buy votes. Vote him out!!!

#179 BillyBob on 09.20.21 at 1:58 pm

#155 Ponzius Pilatus on 09.20.21 at 10:52 am
#151 Quintilian on 09.20.21 at 10:00 am
Read some esoteric text about the old Soviet system, and it reminds me of the hypocrisy of people and the immorality of politicians.

It said:
“The people pretended to work and the government pretended to pay “

It describes the current state of affairs in Canada.
————————-
If you want to quote some nonsense, at least quote it properly:
“The Government pretends to pay us, and we pretend to work”.

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

hahahah!

THE last person in the comments to be correcting anyone about wrong spelling, quotations, or facts.

Thank you for the endless servings of blissfully unaware irony, you never cease to amuse. :-)

#180 Re-Cowtown on 09.20.21 at 1:58 pm

A vote for Trudeau is a vote for “Blood Oil”. If you’re OK with that then you’ll love the child-labour that comes from mining cobalt for your Tesla.

I’m not sure why Trudeau, Singh and Biden are all excited about having poor people subsidize the purchase of electric cars by rich people.

Yet here we are.

All I can think of is that the Troika mean well, but they are mathematically illiterate; a fatal combination.

#181 enthalpy on 09.20.21 at 2:03 pm

fingers crossed the JT pandemic is over.

#182 castin' ballots on 09.20.21 at 2:12 pm

Where the centrist parties at? Reason and rationale and good sense not sufficient for anyone these days?

#183 Ponzius Pilatus on 09.20.21 at 2:16 pm

#177 Quintilian on 09.20.21 at 1:42 pm
Ponzius Pilatus
Not sure, but I think you might have mentioned you were from BC.

In which case I would like to remind you kept the likes of Christy Clark and Rich Coleman in power for a couple of decades, correct?

Voting for what benefited your generation, morals be dammed.
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Christy was in my riding first, then she moved to the OK.
Hell no, never voted for her.
Worst Premier, ever.
Even my buddy CEF can’t stand her.

#184 LG on 09.20.21 at 2:21 pm

Select the campaign issue of greatest importance:

-ethics, morality, corruption and criminal behaviour
“Law and Order” . . . . for all Canadians, but especially for politicians.

#185 Lorne on 09.20.21 at 2:22 pm

#153 Islandgirl on 09.20.21 at 10:31 am
The election being called was a poorly planned power grab, almost every party has some dumb, irresponisble, or ridiculous platform we don’t agree with. We are voting for the candidate in our area that at least makes the time, every time to stop and listen and talk to their constituants. I wish the parties would just be forced to work as a team, every one has something valuable to offer and ever one has a bunch of stupid ideas they are trying to promote. Hopefully working together would bring out the best and not the worst, but that doesn’t usually happen.
…………….
Which is what proportional representation would provide! Why are we afraid of change….to a system that works all around the world….rather than sticking with a system…that does not work for the benefit of the majority!!

#186 Millenial Surrealist on 09.20.21 at 2:22 pm

How anyone can vote for this idiot is scary… he strikes again.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10009157/New-photo-Justin-Trudeau-blackface-Arabian-Nights-party-emerges.html

#187 Shawn Allen on 09.20.21 at 2:32 pm

Wealth Gap?

A dollar is a dollar at 142…

I generally agree with what you saying. The wealthy (and to some extent I am in that camp) get tremendous tax breaks on investment income. The poorest people do get looked after. But the struggling middle class is getting a raw deal often. And sanctimonious wealthy investors argue that ever lower corporate taxes is a great idea as is every tax break imaginable for investors.

I have marveled for years that the following two things can occur at once in the U.S. 1. A horrible wealth gap and a large bitter under-class that sees no good future and 2. Has millions upon millions of guns.

#188 yvr_lurker on 09.20.21 at 2:35 pm

#183 Ponzious
Christy was in my riding first, then she moved to the OK.
Hell no, never voted for her.
Worst Premier, ever.
Even my buddy CEF can’t stand her.
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Fully agree here. Absolutely the worst and she had a large group of despicables working for her, with Coleman being the leading light.

Horgan and Eby are still cleaning up the mess left behind from that period (money laundering scandals, pillaging ICBC money etc…). If they had some facsimile of a pragmatic party like the BC NDP running for election in Ottawa, I would be enthusiastic to vote for them. Unfortunately, not in this one.

#189 Millennial 1%er on 09.20.21 at 2:51 pm

Just checking in to let Garth know that I just voted for the PPC even though I live in a swing riding. I seem to remember Garth calling out that I don’t know math. I assure you Garth, I do know math. I just don’t care.

Erin O Foole dug his own grave when he decided to make the conservatives a poll based party

#190 DON on 09.20.21 at 2:55 pm

#173 Faron on 09.20.21 at 12:42 pm
SPX now oversold in the hourly and approaching oversold in the daily RSI. Touching the 100 day moving average. This is almost a 3 sigma move. Typically now would be a terrible time to sell in all likelihood unless there’s reason to believe this will be a full on correction (down to 200DMA).

The other day my fave commenter suggested miners along with a pick of select stocks. Welp, the associated ETF, XBM, is flat while the collection of stocks is down bigly save for NTR. There’s a lesson about stock picking in there. Didn’t foresee that the Chinese RE market rolling over would hurt metals. Oops. And a strong USD keeping a lid on commodities.

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Yup…and this am another much smaller developer’s stock was down 87%. If I read correctly.

Iron ore is also down.

#191 Ponzius Pilatus on 09.20.21 at 2:55 pm

#188 yvr lurker
Horgan and Eby are still cleaning up the mess left behind from that period (money laundering scandals, pillaging ICBC money etc…). If they had some facsimile of a pragmatic party like the BC NDP running for election in Ottawa, I would be enthusiastic to vote for them. Unfortunately, not in this one.
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Yeah,
Thats why I’m sitting out this time.
Looks like a stalemate again.
And hopefully next time Hulk Horgan will run.
And Bonnie as Health Minister.

#192 Maggie the Teck Writer on 09.20.21 at 3:23 pm

“Instead, before you are the names of people courageous, arrogant, idealistic or naïve enough to stand for office at a time when politicians are reviled. Almost all those folks know they’ll be defeated. They do it anyway.

Vote as you wish, for your own reasons. But never mock or belittle a candidate who tried.”

Garth, your capacity to make a statement like the one above is one of the reasons I keep coming back. Many people are smart, although rarely as smart as they think they are. Many people are amusing, although rarely as amusing as they think they are. Many people are compassionate, perhaps to excess.

Nothing is as rare as brain, wit and heart, all in the same person. I value your moral example as much as your financial advice. Cynicism becomes tedious. Thank you for your blog.

#193 ever after on 09.20.21 at 11:29 pm

i am very wealthy but have a heart …. i voted NDP . i dont relate to the rest of you .. you vote for parties who encourage selfish behaviour …. . the planet will be destroyed by you ..

#194 Bob Dog on 09.20.21 at 11:49 pm

Whoever is pulling the strings on the corrupt puppets running the bank of Canada, win this election no matter who the the proletariat think they are voting for.

The government of Canada is a 3 headed snake control by a criminal multinational banking cartel.