Swinging right

Two women you should take note of. They now run the 5th and 8th biggest economies in the world. Is this an enlightened gender-triumphant moment, or are we headed for a political cliff (and not because they’re females…)?

So Liz Truss is the boss in Britain. As of yesterday, Giorgia Meloni will be running Italy. They join a squad of populist politicians in a world where voters seek something they don’t have.

 Today financial markets rewarded Truss with a run on the British pound and a crashing London stock market. She, 47, is described as a rabid tax-cutting, free-trading, woke-bashing, libertarian conservative. As she campaigned for the top job, she said the first thing a Truss government would do is cut taxes. And she did. Mr. Market thinks she’s nuts.

The pound has hit a record low. UK assets are being dumped. Prices for government bonds have tanked and yields are spiking to the highest level in a decade – doubled in six weeks. On Friday her government punted a corporate tax increase, chopped income taxes, reduced real estate levies and capped the price of electricity and gas. All this will, say analysts, throw fuel on the inflationary fire and cause the government to borrow tens of billions more (that’s pounds). Yes, and higher interest rates.

It’s a gamble that giving people what they want – lower taxes, cheaper homes, relief from rising household costs – will outweigh the negatives of more inflation, more costly money and a worse outcome down the road. So far the market (which doesn’t vote) fears the worst.

Truss is a nationalist, too. These days that’s what conservatives are increasingly about. Brexit, not the EU. Tighter borders. Less globalism.

The Brothers of Italy grew out of fascist roots in the country that birthed fascism. At 45, Giorgia Meloni is a long ways from Mussolini, a guy she once professed to admire. She calls her movement ‘centre right’ but maybe not. She has bashed the EU, also promotes nationalism, trashes international bankers, is wary of central banks and wants to seriously restrict the flow of migrants. She’s all about the flag. She’s called for a naval blockade to prevent migration to Italy, and says she has grave fears of a “great replacement” of native Italians. Like Truss, she wants tax cuts and more emphasis on the traditional family.

 Economists are worried about her, too. Italy is a big cog in the European wheel which is now the first line of defence against a certain wingnut in the Kremlin waging war on its neighbour. Not only are Meloni’s policies inflationary and unsound, they say, but if Italy retreats from internationalism and its global alliances, things get hairier.

Now, this is not just about Liz and Giorgia. The topic is really polarization of politics, and the financial fallout as that happens.

In the last while Sweden (of all places) saw a hard-right group founded by neo-Nazis and skinheads become the largest party. In France (usually a haven of liberalism) the rightist firebrand Marine Le Pen came close to the presidential palace. Apparently in Spain a hard-right bunch called Vox is harvesting public support.

Of course, you know all about the US, Trump, MAGA Republicans and the extremes which have formed. Trump cut taxes, snubbed NATO, hardened the border, cut regulations, fought the Fed, ran up a massive deficit and appointed Supremes that have promptly created abortion chaos.

In Canada, the Cons overwhelmingly chose a right-winger as leader. Poilievre has trashed the Bank of Canada, threatened to fire its head, allied himself with the truckers’ movement, proclaimed Bitcoins as better than dollars, dumped on the World Economic Forum, vowed to make houses cheaper and axe the size and reach of government.

The right and the left are drifting further apart. The centre seems a vacuous wasteland, where moderates go to die, alone. The choice voters face in a growing number of countries is harsh and flawed. As inflation, war, shortages, crazy prices, debt, high rates and unstable assets plague the world, people want to lash out at leaders. There’s no shortage of opportunists promising change.

Will the alt-right gang make things worse for your family finances?

Unknown yet. But simple solutions are usually bad ones. And nationalism – like tribalism – sure messes up trade and efficiencies in a world with global companies and intertwined supply chains. The European Union was a good idea. So was the IMF, the World Bank, international trade tribunals and alliances like NATO. Central banks are good. So is the World Health Organization. And the UN. The world has been a more stable, safer, richer place since 1945 because of efforts to coalesce humanity, not carve it into myopic factions.

But here we are. In the soup. Millions, maybe billions, of people want change. They’ll vote in their own interests. Watch out for yours.

About the picture: “This is Hugo our family’s Barbet pup,” writes Vanessa. “Getting ready to set sail in Halifax Harbour.  He is as good natured and happy go lucky as he appears in the photo. Delighted to offer up his tummy for a rub or his flank’s for a scratch on demand. Our family of five wouldn’t be the same without him!”

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#1 jess on 09.26.22 at 2:55 pm

Ian hurricane question?

Facing a catastrophic failure of the gypstack in April, Florida officials issued an emergency order authorizing HRK Holdings to discharge up to 480 million gallons of polluted wastewater into Tampa Bay.

he fertilizer industry creates more than 30 million tons of phosphogypsum in Florida each year. Phosphogypsum is radioactive and can contain uranium, thorium and radium, which decay into carcinogenic radon. In addition to these radioactive carcinogens, phosphogypsum and process water can contain heavy toxic metals like antimony, arsenic, barium, cadmium, chromium, copper, fluoride, lead, mercury, nickel, silver, sulfur, thallium and zinc.

This waste is stored in mountainous piles called gypstacks that are hundreds of acres wide and hundreds of feet tall. More than 1 billion tons of the radioactive and toxic waste have already been stored in 25 stacks scattered throughout Florida. The stacks are perched precariously atop the Floridan aquifer, which supplies drinking water to 10 million people. Both active and inactive gypstacks have impoundments of process wastewater sitting atop the mountain of waste.

Learn more about phosphogypsum and efforts to protect public health and the environment from its harms.

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#2 Niagara Region on 09.26.22 at 2:56 pm

Here is great coverage of Meloni’s strong ties to fascism:
https://www.democracynow.org/2022/9/26/giorgia_meloni_italy_prime_minister_fascism

We’re now seeing globally the fruition of what Stuart Hall called “The Great Moving Right Show,” a long-term strategy for dominance by extreme right-wing forces that took off in the 1980s.

#3 Dave on 09.26.22 at 2:59 pm

Gas in Vancouver is at $2.34…..with more increases to vote.

Inflation will keep rising….quality of living is awful

Russia is now escalating to war….what could possibly go wrong ???

#4 Matt on 09.26.22 at 3:02 pm

Is there no acceptance of conservative views as legitimate political positions anymore? Every conservative or right leaning party or leader is far right, alt-right, extreme, radical, or some other scary term. Reducing taxes, managing immigration, protecting national interests, these are traditionally conservative values, can they not be discussed in a reasonable manner anymore? Why is it that anyone who holds these positions is seen as some villain?

#5 alexinvestor on 09.26.22 at 3:02 pm

Meanwhile, CAD is getting thrashed. If you saved in CAD (which BTW includes house equity), you just lost 1% of your wealth. We could see a 65 cent dollar before the year is out if oil prices don’t improve. Canadians will have jobs, but jobs will pay less in real terms. Retirees on fixed income will have to scrounge around even more. So is our finance minister doing a good job ?

#6 jess on 09.26.22 at 3:09 pm

Giorgia she is pro usa and anti russian
how is she on the mafia? do they mingle with the devouted?

Mayor Among Nearly 200 ‘Ndrangheta Suspects Arrested in Italy

Italian authorities arrested nearly 200 ‘Ndrangheta-affiliated suspects, including a local mayor, politicians and businessmen, in the province of Cosenza, a part of ‘Ndrangheta’s native region, Calabria, Italian state media reported.

In addition to the suspects, the raid seized nearly US$72 million in illicit assets.

In addition to drug trafficking, according to the Carabinieri, the clans operating in Cosenza were heavily involved in state contract fraud schemes.(translation occrp)

https://www.carabinieri.it/in-vostro-aiuto/informazioni/comunicati-stampa/ndrangheta-maxi-operazione.-202-indagati-e-sequestro-di-beni.-disarticolati-due-clan

US Charges Five with Stealing $12 Million from Homeless Shelter Contracts

U.S. authorities charged five members of a Queens-based construction company Wednesday for their alleged role in a conspiracy to defraud New York City of US$12 million intended for homeless shelter renovations.

#7 Adam on 09.26.22 at 3:12 pm

“The Brothers of Italy grew out of fascist roots in the country that birthed fascism.”

I saw CBC say basically the exact same thing. While that is a true statement, the following is also a true statement:

“The Democratic party in the US grew out of racist roots in the country that grew on the backs of slavery”

Funny how no one ever seems to introduce or preface the democratic party that way though, but somehow The Brothers of Italy gets that introduction. It’s sort of like how when CBC introduces a person who is right wing, they will call them right wing… e.g. “Ben Shapiro, who is a right-wing commentator”. But no one ever does the reverse, e.g. “Stephen King, who is a left-wing author”.

Language and context are important these days, it’s kind of all we have in the age of internet.

#8 Silentpoet on 09.26.22 at 3:13 pm

I, for one, do not mind the swing in political climate. If people were ‘flooding’ into my home I would want to block that as well. Quite frankly, it is about time the pendulum has swung from the left.

I suspect Garth will block this comment as there may be essence of xenophobia here. Your sandbox.

Yes, you sound like a bigot. Thanks for pointing that out. – Garth

#9 yvr_lurker on 09.26.22 at 3:14 pm

I would think a better approach is to watch and observe these two over a period of a few months and then make a comment on whether their policies will wreak havoc. Truss was elected not by the people but chosen by elected members of the conservative party. Give them a chance…

#10 Søren Angst on 09.26.22 at 3:16 pm

To be honest Garth, I was RELIEVED that Meloni & her Fratelli d’Italia came out on top in the Centre Right (Centro Destra). See here for Seats (Seggi) in the House (Camera) and Senate (Senato) – we vote for both here in Italia *:

https://www.ilsole24ore.com/?refresh_ce=1

[crushing victory]

The real danger to me was Salvini (Xenophobe, Putin lover) and his Lega party and the populist M5S party.

Well, the Italian people WHACKED Salvini (to use a Mafia metaphor) Lega 2018/2022 % popular vote:

17.4 to 8.9

And they whacked the populist M5S party 2018/2022 % popular vote:

32.7 to 15.1

https://www.politico.eu/europe-poll-of-polls/italy/

Meloni, despite what the brain dead MSM press says is a Moderate Righty (well except for the Libyan naval blockade idea, then again, go to Lampedusa Island and see what’s happening there). Al Jazeera with her election platform:

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/9/26/from-eu-to-immigration-what-italys-next-government-plans-to-do

She wants the EU to be a Union of Sovereign Nations and not to be dictated to by unelected Autocrats in Brussels.

And here she is, where they sang the song “Mano a Mano” to celebrate her win:

https://stream24.ilsole24ore.com/video/italia/meloni-canta-a-mano-mano-rino-gaetano-termine-comitato-elettorale-immagini/AE7hlL3B

Lyrics:

“A now faded love, which has lost the passion of the early days, but which with a little commitment and a deep awareness can flourish and shine again.”

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Mr. Market hasn’t yet figured out the above yet.

… but it will.

Hardly alt-right, I’d say just right.

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* Tweet of the day about the Italian election is by Canada:

https://twitter.com/Trudeaus_Ego/status/1574185016967548929

#11 Linda on 09.26.22 at 3:20 pm

The rise in isolationist policies etc. is a great concern. Opportunity knocks for the extremists who see this as the best time to seize power, while blaming all the ills of the world on what they are trying to dismantle. For those of us who prefer boring stuff like peace, order & good government times like these are less than welcome. I’d add the markets also do better when life is boring.

#12 Timmy on 09.26.22 at 3:21 pm

So the Italians got rid of a highly competent technocrat, Mario Draghi only to elect a neo-fascist bimbo. With a 60 percent voter turnout, they deserve what they get. The EU will pull the plug on the funding to Italy.

#13 DanBC on 09.26.22 at 3:21 pm

Today’s “right” is the left of the 60s. JFK would be labelled a far right extremist today.

Keep Clam. The far left Liberals have had their turn and have been found wanting. You wasted your turn.

#14 Quintilian on 09.26.22 at 3:22 pm

How long will these two Pepes last?

#15 Dave on 09.26.22 at 3:23 pm

This just shows how many simpletons there are. They think there are simplistic solutions to multidimensional problems. If skippy, cryptoman, rage farmer gets in then look out. He will say anything to get elected. Let’s hope he takes a basic course in economics.

#16 Fuddle Duddle on 09.26.22 at 3:28 pm

Have you seen the returns on tax-favourable Canadian preferred shares recently? Heck ya!

#17 Lisa on 09.26.22 at 3:31 pm

Some of these right wing policies that you so despise are brought on by need not hate. Take immigration for instance, and the effect it is having on low income citizens in Newfoundland. Newfoundland has never had a homeless problem. In the past year plane loads of immigrants are landing in St. John’s and it was fine at first but now government housing has a wait list they will take a couple of years to clear, and apartment rents have gone through the roof in what was an affordable market hurting the single parents and lower income earners the most. We have over 100 people staying at a shelter that usually never had more than 30, and overflow from that hundred are being put up in hotels every night on the provinces dime (a province that has more debt than anything else). Until we can built more houses, more immigration to Newfoundland is causing massive problems. We need to be able to take care of what we have before we can add more up the load. So yes, I’m in favour of halting a lot of immigration until we can properly deal with them and offer everyone at least a place to sleep without further handing down debt to pay for hotels, to another generation.

So all immigrants are homeless and destitute, right? – Garth

#18 SunShowers on 09.26.22 at 3:33 pm

#2 Matt
That’s because conservative views have been failures, by and large, whenever they have been tried.

Tax cuts?
Trickle-down and supply side economics don’t work. They are voodoo economics. Discredited.

Managing immigration?
Sorry but you’re going to have to explain exactly what you mean by that, because more often than not it’s just a dog whistle. You do know our population would decrease if not for immigration, right?

Protecting national interests?
You mean like how Nixon protected US national interests in Chile, resulting in the deaths of tens of thousands of innocent people? I think the world is better off without that kind of thing.

#19 kommykim on 09.26.22 at 3:34 pm

RE: The right and the left are drifting further apart. The centre seems a vacuous wasteland, where moderates go to die, alone. The choice voters face in a growing number of countries is harsh and flawed.

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I’m very disappointed with the options I have for my left of center vote. It doesn’t seem to matter where you stand, every party takes these extreme policy positions while trying to pander to special interest groups.
I’m not even going to vote in the municipal election this time. I simply hate all the candidates now.

#20 BitcoinBro on 09.26.22 at 3:39 pm

GBP, CAD, YEN, EURO, AUD, vs. USD are starting to look like meme stocks and crypto charts rather than currency exchange rates. Not good.

A sub 0.70 loonie will only be salt on the wounds of Canadians already feeling inflation. Simultaneously, it will make the wealthy folks who read this blog and have healthy exposure to the USD richer. The wealth divide will grow even larger which in turn will have more voters turn to left or right-wing demagogues.

#21 Quintilian on 09.26.22 at 3:39 pm

4 Matt on 09.26.22 at 3:02 pm:

“Why is it that anyone who holds these positions is seen as some villain?”

Because anyone who studied history knows and can identify the language of monsters disguised as benevolent patriots.

#22 That Guy on 09.26.22 at 3:40 pm

I am sorry Garth but you’ve gone beyond my understanding. Japan was recently governed by Abe, a nationalist. China and India have nationalist governments. I just see the world as being a largely nationalist place, with the exception rather than the rule. So when Westerners vote in nationalist governments I just see it as Western countries finally waking up and acknowledging how the world actually works rather than a globalist fantasy. Sorry, not going to get my knickers in a knot over this.

#23 epic bear on 09.26.22 at 3:43 pm

all this means …

1. far lower stock prices..
2. far higher interest rates.

the everything bubble has burst.
it’s going to be a painful decade.

#24 chalkie on 09.26.22 at 3:43 pm

Anyone up for a job or career change, Netflix has an open position, pay is not much, its only $2.4 Million a year with $600,000 in options. Ken Barker quit Netflix, just after four months on the job, rumor is, he got mad because he had to buy his own lunches.

Brian Porter from the Bank of Nova Scotia, he is also moving on, calling it retirement. We are not sure where he will end up, his Job does not pay much either. Brian’s wages are down some from $13.2 Million in 2020 to a measly $12.6, Million in 2021, perhaps ticked off over that. Brian’s pay works out to a little over $250,000.00 per week, or $50,000.00 per day, or $6,250.00 per hour, based on a 40-hour work week. I don’t blame you Brian for quitting, I would not work for peanuts either.

A good indicator that our economy is under pressure and sinking is, most transportation stocks are on the slide, this means less freight moving means less spending taking place, this is happening at the bussiest time of the year for Transportation. September to Novomer is normally a booming time of the year for transportation as they bring in Christmas Stock for all the retail locations, something is gone wrong. FEDEX is raising their rates to try and compensate for the downturn, their stocks are taking a big beating right now, the economy slide is in motion my friends. There will be a few upticks, but don’t get excited over them, its going to be a long winter.

BNN from all indication’s cherry pick their interviewee’s, so there is no since trying to get a direction from these people for investing tips, they would never interview Garth’s free spirit views on real estate direction, because they know, he would tell it like it is and that would upset the apple cart at BNN. I have a best friend Armand that we share investment strategies back and forth with to each other on a daily basis, in my opinion, I am convinced he knows more about investing and markets than all of them at BNN put together on their best day, he was self-educated on investing, he is smart as a whip. So, where do we turn from here, best case is to leave investments status quo and wait it out, unless you are setting on a pile of coming due inheritance bonds, GIC’s or similar, then the world is your oyster.

From Sydney to Stockholm to Seattle, buyers are pulling back as central banks raise interest rates at the fastest pace in decades, sending house prices falling. Meanwhile, millions of people who borrowed cheaply to purchase homes during the pandemic boom face higher payments as loans reset and show the world that everything comes with a price tag. Canada is feeling the pinch from the Salt Water city in the West, to the Red Storm on the Rock in the East, real estate is on sale and getting cheaper.

Economists, however, are still very nervous. If the paper losses experienced by homebuyers such as that are being seen around the world now, turn into more material declines for households, banks and developers, that could hit a slowing world economy the International Monetary Fund has warned is teetering on the edge of recession, or are we there, just waiting for the lag of paper math to tell us, don’t hold your breath, the Governments know weeks and perhaps months ahead before recessions are announced officially.

Condo’s: Statistics Canada data shows the average Toronto condo was about 970 square feet in the 1960s and sat at roughly 1,100 square feet between 1970 and 1990 before falling to 840 square feet between 2001 and 2005. The average condo in the region was 750 square feet around 2011, but by 2016, had dropped to 630 square feet. Once a condo is reduced in size to under 400 sq feet, it’s considered a Micro Condo and banks are not too fond of such condos for lending.

Houses: Generation gaps, the proof is in the pudding, once prices began to rise over time, the squeeze was on to reduce home sizes for people who were thinking outside of the box for survival, they were in the minority. Once baby boomers reached 40 years old and demanded bigger homes and big cottages, now there is little demand for them, few can afford the property taxes, gas and hydro that goes along with the neighbor impressing cost. Then came our kids, who would settle for nothing less than what mom and dad had, then their spoiled kids who wanted more, so here we are folks three generations later, facing a turning of the screws downward on real estate, hold on, it’s going to be a rough ride & perhaps a train wreck.

My Father once told me, “Son” good things are not cheap & cheap things are not good.

Real Estate, MOST common complaint against listing brokers? The answer is failing to disclose material defects or property condition. https://www.cresinsurance.com/real-estate-broker-beware-most-common-complaints-that-lead-to-litigation/

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In Australia and Canada — two of the world’s bubbliest markets — economists anticipate a VERY notable crunch, ouch.

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#25 the Jaguar on 09.26.22 at 3:46 pm

@#4 Matt on 09.26.22 at 3:02 pm++

Stop being so damned reasonable, Matt. It doesn’t fit with the popular narrative which goes something like this: ” Just do as we say, because we are wiser and know what’s best for you”. Then there is that recent quote of Ursula von der Leyen – top dogess at the EU ” Europe has “the tools” to deal with Italy if things go in a “difficult direction.”

Mercy, the age of women presenting as ‘cream puffs’ in positions of power seems to have faded like a daisy in the desert. It isn’t just Liz Truss, Giorgia Meloni,Kristalina Georgieva, Christine Lagarde or Ursula ” don’t confuse me with Ursula Andress” von der Leyen. ( She’s no Honey Ryder, for sure). Let us not forget our very own Chystia Freeland is sure to replace Jens Stoltenberg as Secretary General of NATO. You don’t really think Jens came to Alberta recently to take in the big skies and micro brewery beer, do ya?

Enjoy our little Finance Minister with heavy calves in stilettos while you can, cause her talents have been recognized elsewhere.

Look on the bright side. With increasing numbers of immigration, primarily from countries which were former colonial strongholds years or centuries ago, there won’t be anyone to hold accountable or seek reparations from as most of the population will have their own grievances to put on the table. How great is that? I’d even buy a front row seat to that round of the ‘Blame Game’.

#26 Gb on 09.26.22 at 3:47 pm

Came here today hopeful of a blog post to calm my nerves about yet another down day on the markets.

This entry makes me wonder if a “B &D” portfolio is going to perform in the coming decade (or so) amongst all the world chaos. I’m hoping to retire in 7 years or so (65)….best to stay the course I wonder?

#27 Observer on 09.26.22 at 3:48 pm

#11 Linda on 09.26.22 at 3:20 pm
The rise in isolationist policies etc. is a great concern. Opportunity knocks for the extremists who see this as the best time to seize power, while blaming all the ills of the world on what they are trying to dismantle. For those of us who prefer boring stuff like peace, order & good government times like these are less than welcome. I’d add the markets also do better when life is boring.

^^^^^^^^^^^^
Agreed.

#28 Jason on 09.26.22 at 3:49 pm

You might enjoy reading “The Strange Death of Europe” by Douglas Murray. It’s a level-headed criticism essentially of how political wokeness has driven people towards political extremes.

The Islamification of Europe is a major problem (read about the Pakistani rape gangs from Rotherham, UK) and governments haven’t been listening to their people when they said so. And that’s one reason why they are turning to the far right. It’s sad, but it was preventable.

But what’s Pierre’s problem?

#29 mj on 09.26.22 at 3:50 pm

you really have only two choices in Canada. Justin or Pierre. Justin is doing a horrible job, so Pierre has my vote.

#30 No Left Turn on 09.26.22 at 3:52 pm

Right as usual Garth, everything the Left touches turns to sh1t.
They pushed too far, departed the reasonable and vilified everyone that stood still in normalcy. They went crazy, off the deep end. To bring the pendulum back the righties are pulling hard. It’s only going to get worse.

Italia has enormous debts to pay. Her creditors won’t allow her to get too out of line.

#31 Observer on 09.26.22 at 3:52 pm

#15 Dave on 09.26.22 at 3:23 pm
This just shows how many simpletons there are. They think there are simplistic solutions to multidimensional problems. If skippy, cryptoman, rage farmer gets in then look out. He will say anything to get elected. Let’s hope he takes a basic course in economics.

^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Yes and agreed.

#32 Greg Ellis on 09.26.22 at 3:52 pm

Matt is absolutely correct. If you disagree with the left, not only do you have a different opinion, you are a terrible person.
The level of biased and negative reporting by the media against conservative views is stunning, along with the failure to report items that reflect poorly on the left. SunShowers probably thinks the millions pouring in across the southern border of the United States is great. No one knows who they are, but hey, no decline in population. Sweet.

#33 Squire on 09.26.22 at 3:53 pm

This is the time of de-globalization. Inflation will also be with us for quite some time because of many supply chains and manufacturing coming back to North America. All government are electing Nationalists not because or right or left but because of de-globalization.
Simply put, the age of abundance is over. The global order has existed since the end of WW2 because of the USA. Now, they’re interests have changed.
Russia seriously accelerated this with their invasion which was also their only option for survival. If they fail, Russia fails.

#34 ERKSTVS on 09.26.22 at 3:54 pm

Sign of the times… What do we expect? Gender non-sense, children being virtually incentivized to identify as X or Y for political statements disguised as liberty, a complete loss of references of what our ancestors fought for during the war, a near criminalization of patriotism in favour of a perpertually self-deprecating, forever guilty anti-self rhetoric. The left is just as terrible and extreme. It offers nothing that most real people crave…and I was once a die-hard liberal BTW. We have lost the plot.

#35 Lisa on 09.26.22 at 3:54 pm

Garth, no where did I even once say that all immigrants are homeless and destitute. So not sure how you came to that conclusion. What I did say is because we are not a province of unlimited housing and resources, we have reached our capacity (until that capacity is increased) to have extra immigrants need shelter in our province. I believe in taking care of our own first (Just as I take care of my children so no one else has to), and until we have enough housing so low income earners are not finding themselves priced out of a limited market (because our population is growing faster than what we can keep up with), holding off on more immigration isn’t a concept born out of hate, it’s one born out of wanting everyone currently there (including immigrants) to have a place to sleep at night.

Immigrants who move here and play by the rules are Canadians. They deserve to be treated as such. There are not two classes, us and them. – Garth

#36 john on 09.26.22 at 3:56 pm

Don’t forget Brazil !

#37 jess on 09.26.22 at 3:56 pm

Giorgia Meloni declared that now was “the time for responsibility” during her victory speech last night, but a serious, stable government

…even though her party won just around 25% of the vote in a low-turnout contest.
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Congratulations to Giorgio Meloni and to the people of Italy. https://t.co/XdM8U2mFgt
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (@RepMTG) September 26, 2022
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.. the far right Matteo Salvini’s support went down to less than 9% for a party that polled at almost 40% in 2019, and one that shifts the balance of power in a coalition,
The Eurosceptic League swept to office with 17% of the vote in 2018, but since then has been eclipsed by Meloni’s post-fascist Brothers of Italy. in 2018, a year in which Brothers of Italy garnered just 4% of the vote.

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…”The last election, in 2018, brought the Five Star Movement to power, in coalition with Matteo Salvini’s rightwing populist League. Salvini later withdrew from the coalition, and Five Star formed a new government with the centre-left Democratic party. Then, in 2021, almost all parties supported the appointment of Mario Draghi as prime minister.

Italy has a truly bicameral parliament, in which the chamber of deputies and the senate have equal influence; any law must be approved by both, and any government must have the support of both.

Since 2018, the size of both chambers has been reduced, but electoral law is the same. Two thirds of seats are assigned proportionally, while the rest are assigned in first-past-the-post constituencies. This penalises smaller parties, and leads to the formation of strategic alliances aimed at winning in the single-member constituencies. Electoral alliances have no bearing on parties once members are elected, and won’t necessarily mirror the composition of the next government coalition.

Constituencies are broadly based on population, with exceptions to guarantee representation for two semi-autonomous regions, Val d’Aosta and Trentino-Alto Adige, and a small number of seats in each chamber representing Italians who live overseas.”
https://www.theguardian.com/world/ng-interactive/2022/sep/25/italian-election-2022-live-official-results

#38 Søren Angst on 09.26.22 at 3:57 pm

#14 Quintilian

Meloni is hardly a Pepe. Thank God for that.

And I’d say Meloni looks a heck of a lot better than bookwormish Pepe or frumpy Truss.

Read her election platform in my prior Comment. Hardly alt Right, Ultra Right, Far Right all the other bread dead MSM admonitions from countries with Woke Lefty Govs like Canada.

Compare Meloni to Pepe. You poor things if Pepe gets elected in Canada. And of course your Inebriated Lounge Singer PM – poor Canada between a “rock and hard spot”.

PS:

On Truss, you’re on your own.

#39 jimmy zhao on 09.26.22 at 4:07 pm

It is about time someone stands up to Klaus Schwab’s WEF.
No one elected him, how is it that this Marxist global dictator has bewitched so many governments ? even to the point of penetrating the Liberal Cabinet in Canada.

Time for Pepe to clean house !

#40 Midnight’s on 09.26.22 at 4:10 pm

She sounds like Trudeau from what you write, lmbo.

#41 Doug t on 09.26.22 at 4:15 pm

The pendulum- she swings left and then she swings right – its just history repeating itself over and over – the question is how extreme will the world get ? Based on recent years the future could get pretty scarey – fasten your secrets folks – you are now entering the Twilight Zone

#42 Sail Away on 09.26.22 at 4:19 pm

Don’t miss today’s 6pm ET asteroid collision by NASA:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RA8Tfa6Sck

In direct contrast to Artemis(n’t), this NASA spacecraft was launched by Elon Musk’s Falcon rocket, so is proceeding properly.

#43 IHCTD9 on 09.26.22 at 4:19 pm

I’d much prefer a domestic supply of new taxpayers, but it never happened (I’m guilty too). It is what it is – if the West wants to keep living like it has, it will need new taxpayers to foot the bill. Really it’s a win/win. Immigrants get a shot at a Western Lifestyle without waiting for their own (usually severely compromised) country to get in the game – and we get their blood sweat and tears. And most of their money.

I’ve railed on about a Type 1 Civilization here before. A Global society is a requirement thereof. It’s the final step we can take towards ultimate economic efficiencies, and absolute maximum learning. Garth is correct, all throughout humanity, we’ve progressed as we join forces. From tribes to villages, to cities to Nations to international trading blocks. Things kept getting better every step of the way.

Guys like me will be facing a lot of conundrums. I like right wing stuff, I like Nationalist rhetoric, I like Tradition, I like Patriotism, Reading about simple old time living gives me a sense of anemoia. I’m pretty much a “trucker”. But, I also realize these sentiments will gel into problematic policy in a infertile country like Canada. Especially one that just rang up over a Trillion in senseless debt. To say nothing of the big, long term picture and the ramifications.

The great filter theory convincingly suggests no intelligent life has ever made it to Type 1. Going from Type 0 to Type 1 is the most dangerous transition because we still nurture all the old tribal differences, while simultaneously having the power to destroy the planet. We’re basically on deck doing practice swings right now. Sometimes I wonder if theoretical Physics and the book of Revelations will shake hands one day while we’re all getting vapourized.

#44 A01 on 09.26.22 at 4:20 pm

It’s funny what is considered right wing these days
1/Controlled borders and immigration
2/Focus back on the nuclear family, which is the cause of many of the social issues today – crime, poverty
3/Control over one’s health (isn’t this my body my choice)

#45 Brett in Calgary on 09.26.22 at 4:21 pm

I thought the exact same thing. Us righty’s are awful people, shame on us.
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#4 Matt on 09.26.22 at 3:02 pm
Is there no acceptance of conservative views as legitimate political positions anymore? Every conservative or right leaning party or leader is far right, alt-right, extreme, radical, or some other scary term.

#46 Flanneur on 09.26.22 at 4:24 pm

Well written! Thanks for coalescing these fast moving politics into one post.

#47 Kootenay Dave on 09.26.22 at 4:25 pm

I guess the the only way to find these middle grounds you speak of is to have the “Alt” Right come in to offset the Alt Left.

#48 Concerned Citizen on 09.26.22 at 4:27 pm

When all countries are printing furiously and recklessly it can hide a lot of rot underneath. As soon a big country like the U.S. stops printing and begins raising rates, there start to be investment alternatives, and rot begins to surface.

Countries that aren’t keeping up with the Fed are seeing their currencies decimated. With money now costing something again – at least in nominal terms if not real terms – could we see the return of bond vigilantes? Are they knocking on the UK’s door first?

The CAD is in freefall – down ~5% this month. I’m happy that I have ~25% of my portfolio in USD, as it’s propping up my portfolio at the moment – I only wish I had more USD. My CAD-denominated commodity plays which I bought in case the central banks chicken out for the zillionth time are getting hammered, but I’m happy to hold them as a hedge.

We are living in interesting times. I’m still not enthusiastic with U.S. large cap prices – many of them are still trading as if the policy rate was 0% IMO. If the market comes to believe rates will be at current levels or higher for the foreseeable future, we have another ~20% down – just my opinion, of course. I think a lot of people still think rates are going back to 0% in less than a year, and given the record of the last 12 years who could blame them.

#49 NOSTRADAMUS on 09.26.22 at 4:31 pm

FINALLY THE DAY OF RECKONING ARRIVES.
Your opinion and my opinion regarding the public shift to the right, is that we live in a world where opinions really don’t matter. Actions do. The Central Bankers shifted from the stern to the bow and back again with unprecedented amounts of liquidity along with suppressed interest rates, hoping first to cause inflation, now to stop it. When does the Central bankers massive flip flopping cause a currency crisis? That’s the real question because a major global recession is inevitable, and the blood is on their hands.
New Point, When a political party creates a situation where one segment of society is favored over another, don’t be too surprised when the underdog says enough is enough, and bites back. The Italians kicking out their parasitic overlords is just the beginning. This is a world wide happening. The left and their ilk will fight tooth and nail to hang onto their gravy train. Already their war chest of cash is being marshalled and funneled for an all out assault into the complicit hands of the boot licking, bought and paid for lap dogs in the media. Repeat when one segment of society is favored over another, a ticking time bomb is set in motion. Say what you want, “good ideas are good ideas.” Finally the voice of reason.

#50 Joseph R on 09.26.22 at 4:31 pm

DanBC on 09.26.22 at 3:21 pm
Today’s “right” is the left of the 60s. JFK would be labelled a far right extremist today.

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How would JFK viewed as a right-wing extremist? The people who hated JFK in the 60’s are the same who hate today’s “Wokeism”.

He fought segregation (but State rights!)
He sent the Army to allow Alabama University to register black students (but State rights!)
He was Catholic, which angered God-fearing Southern good boys
He met his end when he visited Dallas to help the then-Democratic Governor and gather support for the Civil Rights Act. (Which ended up being passed by LBJ). The Texas governor (Connelly) turned Republican and joined Nixon’s Administration

On the other hand, he had a lot of mistresses and did not overthink women, which would make him popular with right-wingers.

#51 Adam Saul on 09.26.22 at 4:31 pm

Of course espousing fascistic and Nazi views are bad for global trade.

If you’re a Jewish person, I wouldn’t assure your safety in those countries that you mentioned above, especially in France, Norway and Sweden.

And while Muslims have a grudge against the Jewish people over land in the Middle East, I would say that they too are not immune from fascism and genocide.

It’s like fascism has returned from the World War II days.

Usually most conspiracy theories end up becoming hate crimes and hate murders against certain religious groups except Christianity.

I would remove my assets from the UK and Italy if I was a socially aware citizen. Don’t invest in countries which scapegoat identifiable groups using euphemisms like “globalists” and in Canada “gatekeepers”.

Pierre Poilievre’s dog whistle of Bay St “gatekeepers” are also encouraging a conspiracy here in Canada, mostly anti-Semitic.

#52 The West on 09.26.22 at 4:35 pm

There is irony in the entry from yesterday and then this one.

You say there is data to suggest that “everything is going to be fine” “just look at what happened from 1955 – 2022”

When are we going to study a graph of the world from 1765 – 1945?

But, I suppose, everything is different this time. Or is it?

1765. Sure. – Garth

#53 Shawn on 09.26.22 at 4:37 pm

Opportunity to buy cheap Euros and Pounds?

We know the Euro and British pound are significantly cheaper now than they have been.

What’s a good way to capitalise (bet) on that?

Could maybe buy the British stock ETF ishares EWU.

There are no doubt sophisticated ways to bet currency but that’s beyond the knowledge level of most of us.

You could simply open a Eurodollar or British pound bank account. This might be a good strategy for a vacation planned in the next year. TD bank offers such accounts charging 8.5 euros per month or 7.5 British pounds per month and paying no interest. And you have to go to the branch to do so and fill out paperwork that they send to “the back office”. (The internet has apparently not found that part of the bank’s operation).

Seems a hassle so instead could just go and take out a few thousand pounds or euros paper cash (archaic, I know) as spending money for your next vacation there.

#54 crowdedelevatorfartz on 09.26.22 at 4:40 pm

I’ll vote for the Nationalist.
The apologists have squandered their turn.

#55 Scott in Gibsons on 09.26.22 at 4:47 pm

They say that “ markets form their top in volatility “. It’s one thing for the pip-squeak stock market to wobble but now we have major currencies and the bond market making wild swings. Assets are grossly overvalued and unstable. Sounds like a good time to sit tight and ride it out. Should all be over in a few years.

#56 B from Q on 09.26.22 at 4:48 pm

UN, WHO, EU, BIS, IMF and others were all a good thing until they became driven by big money.

#57 Søren Angst on 09.26.22 at 4:48 pm

#37 jess

We have just had 9 years or so of the Left &/or Populist governance.

The Italian people had had enough of them (Lega and M5S got whacked, PD less than their low 20%’s popularity).

Viva La Repubblica. Viva il Popolo Italiano. They made the right decision.

Give Meloni a chance and see what she can do.

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#12 Timmy

As usual, Canadesi KNOW NOTHING.

Take a look at your “Leaders”. Bimbo’s flattering. Mirror, mirror on the …

And you’re a Poster Child that swallowed hook, line and sinker the BS from the Left Woke MSM.

PS:

Now, go back to your Commenter Handle Drive Thru and have a doughnut with the swill they call coffee … both as intellectually stimulating as your prose.

#58 Overheardyou on 09.26.22 at 4:52 pm

I hate to say it but it’s sad to see the two world wars seem to be forgotten by modern society.

Maybe it’ll take a third one to remind them the real sacrifices required to maintain a cooperative world…

#59 Sounds good on 09.26.22 at 4:52 pm

Human beings are quite capable of coalescing on their own based on their shared values, opinions, goals. They don’t need increasingly disconnected, unelected, unaccountable, sprawling bureaucracies herding them into whatever direction they declare to be worthy… which seem to change as frequently as the tides. If federal and global institutions have overstepped their mandates, become corrupted, or otherwise outlived their usefulness, they should unceremoniously be cast aside. Truly free peoples should always have the choice to pursue their own path. I’m looking forward to the pendulum swing back, and I’m hoping you are researching ways to continue to maintain and grow wealth in these dynamic times.

#60 Søren Angst on 09.26.22 at 4:59 pm

#42 Sail Away

Have a Twitter Alert on it.

To be honest, David is going to get whacked by Goliath on this one – Musk rocket launched or not.

I mean from a mass point of view, the outcome likely the same as urinating in the Pacific Ocean and measuring the water level increase afterwards.

Good start if they can hit it I say.

#61 Father's Daugther on 09.26.22 at 5:00 pm

#17 Lisa on 09.26.22 at 3:31 pm
Some of these right wing policies that you so despise are brought on by need not hate. Take immigration for instance, and the effect it is having on low income citizens in Newfoundland. Newfoundland has never had a homeless problem. In the past year plane loads of immigrants are landing in St. John’s and it was fine at first but now government housing has a wait list they will take a couple of years to clear, and apartment rents have gone through the roof in what was an affordable market hurting the single parents and lower income earners the most. We have over 100 people staying at a shelter that usually never had more than 30, and overflow from that hundred are being put up in hotels every night on the provinces dime (a province that has more debt than anything else). Until we can built more houses, more immigration to Newfoundland is causing massive problems. We need to be able to take care of what we have before we can add more up the load. So yes, I’m in favour of halting a lot of immigration until we can properly deal with them and offer everyone at least a place to sleep without further handing down debt to pay for hotels, to another generation.

So all immigrants are homeless and destitute, right? – Garth

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Here is what I’m seeing with newcomers

International students – somehow managed to scrape up enough money to pay the exorbitant tuition, but then are completely broke. Working part-time as allowed, then under the table cleaning etc. to make ends meet. Post after post about needing free winter clothes etc.
The courses are often a complete joke and borderline scam, so they won’t be particularly skilled at the end of it.

Refugees – work under the table on top of their refugee payments, to make ends meet. Their refugee payments don’t even cover rent. If they work legally, their payments get cut and the vicious cycle ensues. Shelters full, refugee claimants even more desolate. This is obviously a unique category. Some languish in government paid hotels for up to a year with little support. Don’t speak the language. No plan.

Special Ukraine program – nobody can afford housing. Mothers with children are becoming desperate. Food bank usage through the roof. No health care available, as it’s barely available for Canadians. Lots of health problems (as you might imagine). Some are leaving, they don’t have a chance.

There is something to be said about having a plan for newcomers. Where/how will they be housed? Do we have the healthcare resources (currently, no)
Canadians are going to become increasingly angry when their taxes remain as high as ever, and basic services are no longer provided. Or when immigrants get special programs that aren’t offered to people here who are struggling.

I’m not against relying on immigration for some population growth, but we should have policies or a general lifestyle that makes Canadians think that having a couple of kids is a reasonable thing to do. And preferably, to start having them before they hit 40.

#62 Borden Renter on 09.26.22 at 5:03 pm

Meh. Lots of hand-wringing in the corporate press over these politicians. Remember folks: it’s only “populism” as a pejorative when those getting elected in popular elections don’t serve the interests of the corporate elite. The same elite who thought globalism was an awesome idea before most of our critical industries got shipped overseas, and the jobs with them. The boomer cons liked to blame the unions for that one… cute.

The ‘right’ is reactionary by its very nature. If they seem a little crazy these days, then maybe we should look at what the ‘left’ has done lately. If the right is winning elections everywhere, maybe the left should take notice that people don’t actually like mass immigration, globalism, a lack of law and order, print and spend economies, poor prospects, and are now voting en masse against these things. But instead what we’ll see is the left turn up the volume on the ‘ism’ accusations (eg: racism) louder and louder until enough people either stop listening or simply say ‘ok’.

The ‘nahtzees’ were elected, people voted them in for a reason, and we have actively been trying to forget that reason for the past 80 years. The left’s policies in western countries today and tomorrow will gut the centre again, driving more people to the extremes. All the warning signs were there and yet history is starting to rhyme again.

#63 Bill on 09.26.22 at 5:07 pm

Seems like Garth is still holding a grunge against the conservatives. Anyone now who disagrees with the progressive left is now labelled right wing and extremist. Yeah, let’s continue down the road of virtue signalling , monster debt, incompetent cabinet members, identity politics and destruction of our energy industry with useless carbon taxes. It’s worked great so far right Garth? Our liberal friend Garth has been right about one thing, this blog is indeed becoming as he describes “pathetic”.

Now where did I use the word ‘extremist’? Oh, nowhere. Another Con calling me a Lib, as the Libs decry me as a Con. Lovin’ it. – Garth

#64 Damifino on 09.26.22 at 5:08 pm

Here’s an aside: The S&P 500 just broke through it’s June 16 low of 3666.77, and that itself was a number that hadn’t been seen since Dec 11, 2020.

BTW, I agree, it would be nice to find a political space somewhere between unicorns and jackboots.

#65 The Breeze on 09.26.22 at 5:12 pm

Does anyone find it interesting that the author of this site seem entitled to draw conclusions about areas he is most likely not qualified (ie. International Politics..) and then berate others opinions?

Stick to financial and leave your judgments regarding other countries choices out of this. No place here.

I sat in the House of Commons for nine years, ran for a national party leadership, was in the federal cabinet and interacted with a bunch of foreign poohbahs. And you? – Garth

#66 TurnerNation on 09.26.22 at 5:13 pm

Hi Boss! Nope still I cannot come into the office. I have Long Corvid AND Long Climate Anxiety.

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/climate-anxiety-treatment-1.6593657
“Climate anxiety is affecting more & more people. Here’s how some doctors are trying to treat it”

Signed, WFH4EVER

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The orderly wind-down of the Former First World Countries, continues.
As we see, the only news is Climate and Corvid.
They are taking us back to the stone ages. The point of the Russian war too. It all helps.
Climate and Energy Lockdowns.

WFH? You don’t say. Was 2020 the test period? GEE.

https://www.businessinsider.com/banks-energy-crisis-blackouts-covid-19-lockdown-plans-2022-9
Banks are revisiting COVID-19 lockdown plans as the looming energy crisis brings fears of winter blackouts
Beatrice Nolan Sep 23, 2022, 6:56 AM
London banks are revisiting their COVID-19 lockdown plans to cope with potential blackouts this winter.
Banks in the city are discussing how to deal with the threat of blackouts during regular talks.
Some banks are considering measures such as using off-site locations or encouraging staff to work from home.

#67 I'm with you brother on 09.26.22 at 5:15 pm

Low gas prices, everyone productive, decent home prices, no illegal immigration, love and peace, no war, good markets, lots of jobs, no woke, no cancel culture, great medical system, no drugs, and so on.

#68 Søren Angst on 09.26.22 at 5:15 pm

Asked about Italy, ECB’s Lagarde says she won’t fix ‘policy errors’

https://www.reuters.com/markets/europe/euro-zone-govts-must-limit-subsidies-food-fuel-lagarde-says-2022-09-26/

Well considering those “Policy Errors” were from her predecessor Draghi (whom I like) of whom she is a fangurl of and got her the job, I’d say that’s:

Pretty Rich.

And

“Meloni has pledged not to take risks with Italy’s fragile finances and stick to European Union budget rules but coalition partner Matteo Salvini has called for increasing the deficit.”

Well Salvini just got WHACKED in the election so he will have little or no say.

Besides if Italia leaves the EU (it won’t, the ItalExit Party polled 1.9%) she will be out of a job … brazen Lagarde.

The Emperor Has No Clothes

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As for you Canada add your Federal, Provincial, Municipal, Corporate and Household Debt and you will find you are near tied with Italia.

Heads up for you typical KNOW NOTHING Canadesi long on bluster, short on Math and basic Civics.

#69 TurnerNation on 09.26.22 at 5:23 pm

Just another day in the Former First World Countries.
Long has it been an Internet Consp. Theory that these countries all will be collapsed via debt. And built back better. Oh what tired trope with hopeless canards!

Are we back to 2019 normal yet??
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https://www.cnbc.com/2022/09/21/australias-central-bank-has-equity-wiped-out-by-billions-in-bond-losses.html
“Australia’s central bank on Wednesday said its equity had been wiped out by losses suffered on pandemic-era bond buying, but its ability to create money meant it was not insolvent and would continue as normal.

Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) Deputy Governor Michele Bullock said the bank had taken a mark-to-market valuation loss on its bond holdings of A$44.9 billion ($30.02 billion) in 2021/22.

The bonds were accumulated under a A$300 billion emergency stimulus program that ran from November 2020 to February 2022.”

#70 Drew on 09.26.22 at 5:27 pm

Authoritarians getting elected all over the place

#71 LG on 09.26.22 at 5:33 pm

When words are used to brand, or (label) often there meaning of the word is varies, depending on how it is used.

Examples:
“Left” & “Right” when used in politics. Liberals/progressives are “Leftists”. Conservatives are “Right-wing”.

Socialism is “Left”. IMHO, this is correct.
Fascism is “Right”. Wait a minute. IMHO, this is incorrect.

Research Fascism and you will find the Socialist roots.

I don’t know why people label Fascists as “Right-winged”. They are Leftists.

Left or Right it doesn’t matter.

Socialists, Nationalists, Fascist, Marxism, neo-Nazi’s have a core similar trait. They are all Collectivists (different than Tribal).

Right or Left labels don’t apply.

I separate it by either Individualism or Collectivism, and go from there.

#72 The General on 09.26.22 at 5:35 pm

Good ideas sometimes outlive their usefulness. Or become corrupted. Or mabey it wasn’t such a good idea after all.
Problem: Outlandishly woke government.
Reaction: Population revolts.
Solution: Outlandishly UNwoke government.

#73 Yorkville Renter on 09.26.22 at 5:37 pm

don’t forget Brazil!

#74 PBrasseur on 09.26.22 at 5:40 pm

Doesn’t matter who win elections these day, the dice are cast.

In fact I’d rather see the same people, T2, Legault, Biden and the likes be in power when then the SHTF, at least then some of the blame will go where it is deserved.

#75 Søren Angst on 09.26.22 at 5:41 pm

Well SOME of Mr. Market has figured it out for the Truss mini-budget and Meloni election victory.

Today:

FTSE 100 +0.033% London
FTSE MIB +0.67% Milano

The rest today:

Dow -1.11%
S&P 500 -1.03%
Nasdaq -0.6%
S&P/TSX Composite Index -0.83%

for additional carnage in the RED view:

https://www.google.com/finance/markets/indexes

#76 Pete on 09.26.22 at 5:42 pm

#51

Truer words have never been spoken. Fascism is returning to Europe.

Russia might get antagonized by the neofascist Italian leader. She is pro-Trump and she openly wants to wage war against Russia.
Most wise countries just stay quiet and send help to Ukraine. The neofascist wants to battle with Russia I heard.

#77 Reality is stark on 09.26.22 at 5:44 pm

The great US of A is the only country that really matters and they are about as centrist as you can get.
Biden has mobilized NATO and the US dollar is going to the stratosphere.
Putin is about to get crushed. One way to stem the acceleration of the US buck is to triple the spending to Ukraine immediately.
Start giving them F16’s and F18’s and the US can replace them with F35’s. They need to announce trillions in new military spending to curtail the rise of the dollar.
Let’s make Ukraine the second most powerful military in the world.
The German’s and the French can go to hell.

#78 Gerald on 09.26.22 at 5:44 pm

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#79 Lisa on 09.26.22 at 5:48 pm

Garth, again where are you getting the idea that I think immigrants who are already here are not Canadians??? Or that they belong to a different class?? My whole point is that wanting to slow down the rate of immigration in a country is not an idea born out of hate. I used Newfoundland as an example of how bringing in extra people without the needed extra housing can and has created problems (especially for the lower income earners who have a hard time competing on price in an over-saturated market) that could have been avoided by proper planning. I’m definitely in favour of building new housing capacity and removing the building restrictions that slow down this process. We are the second largest country in the world so definitely have the land for it. What is wrong in asking for that extra capacity to be built (or at least in the stages of building) first? I’m in favour of fast tracking such projects, so places like Newfoundland can welcome more here more quickly. To put these ideas down to hate, racism or classist is incorrect and shows a myopic view of others’ rationals.

If anywhere in this country more energy, enthusiasm, capital and bodies are badly needed, it’s the rock. It is currently a fiscal basketcase. – Garth

#80 Linda on 09.26.22 at 5:48 pm

#24 ‘chalkie’ – Don’t know about Ken, but as per Google Brian began with the bank in 1981. So even if he was a dewy faced 18 year old upon joining the bank, he is at least 59 years of age. Chances are he actually began when he graduated university, I’d guess he is in his 60’s. Which is when a lot of folks retire. So no surprise.

#81 Bezengy on 09.26.22 at 5:52 pm

Let’s not forget that Poilievre broke party rules and basically gave his own party the middle finger telling them he wouldn’t attend their planned debate even though it would cost him (his donors actually) 50k. I personally find this worse than his campaign rhetoric. Still willing to give him a chance though, for now.

#82 Leon Skum on 09.26.22 at 5:53 pm

“seriously restrict the flow of migrants.” That is exactly what the real point to Brexit was for a lot of Brits. Back when it was announced that we were going to bring all of the Syrian refugees here I was at the hospital waiting for a pre-op (about 6 hours) that came on the tv and people in that waiting room moaned and howled. Thing that surprised me was that all of them had foreign accents.
Pollievre, I read something about his wife being threatened, sick stuff I don’t agree with but couldn’t help but think Peepee and his ilk don’t seem to mind when they are stirring that crap up for the other side.
The purported leaders everywhere are opportunists that not long ago would never have been considered for the job. Politico has an article about Joly taking the reins from Justin, come on now.

#83 Blog Bunny on 09.26.22 at 5:55 pm

I am very happy that she got elected. I wholy support her views on immigration, because Italy does not need immigrants who come mostly from non Christian countries and have no connection to European culture, values and traditions. Why disrupt the social fabric and destroy our heritage by foreigners who will never intergrate? Finally Italians grew some balls. Bravo!

#84 AM in MN on 09.26.22 at 5:58 pm

I’ll take someone who thinks the a country is better governed by its own leaders than a bunch of global elites any day.

I’ve seen enough of life to know what I want, and I’m prepared to move there to get it if necessary. I like cities than are clean and orderly and full of creative people, not criminals, tent cities and endless nanny state functionaries hassling everyone.

I want all of the basic needs in life to function, especially energy, transportation, food supply, healthcare, etc., etc. I don’t care what colour or gender the people who make it all work are, thus I am now a racist because I don’t think that high taxes should be used to remake the world by hiring only those who are of the “approved” classes and descriptions to positions of authority.

I want to be left alone to raise my family and teach the truth to the next generation. This now makes me alt-right.

So be it.

I won’t be one of the ones moaning about inflation and how hard life is, but I also won’t be feeling sorry for anyone who does after voting for it.

#85 Catalyst on 09.26.22 at 5:59 pm

Agree with #4 ‘Matt’

Labeling everyone far right, trumpian, etc. for wanting lower taxes and a rational discussion on immigration is pushing everyone right. People didn’t leave the middle to go right, the liberals everywhere left the middle to go waaaaay left and if your not with them, your a racist/other slur.

It used to be liberals were against war, now if your against war your a ‘nationalist’ (term to equate you with histories worst offenders, nazis)

People are getting tired of the name calling and hopefully it doesn’t take until 2025 to get rid of the socialist utopia of Jag/T2 in Canada.

#86 Ed on 09.26.22 at 6:00 pm

Meanwhile back at the ranch Trudeau gassed about 1/2 trillion dollars while raising taxes…I think Britain got a much better leader.

#87 Steven Rowlandson on 09.26.22 at 6:07 pm

Giorgia is a good woman. It was love at first listen. She pushed all the right buttons as far as I am concerned.
Can we have her as prime minister of Canada? Justin just isn’t the right stuff.

#88 Coho on 09.26.22 at 6:07 pm

Are we having fun yet? More to come. It’s not about the good guys vs the bad guys. It is a drama unfolding in a world created and controlled by a force that has no love for the planet or humanity. This force points the finger at average people being the problem (hopeless and ignorant as we are), whereas for the ruling elite can never have enough money and power.

Even the ruling elite has its masters along with its many minions, govt leaders, tech heads of industry. Poor buggers, most of them just as blind and brainwashed as the rest of us, of which we are too many by the way, seeing as every tool is being used to drive us into and under the ground. Some people would agree so long as they aren’t the ones “cancelled”.

Voting doesn’t matter. Politicos no longer have the power to control anything of importance. The direction of the world is decided by those well above their pay grade. Yet, we pretend that good times will come around again (for us) if we vote the right way, do this, don’t do that, when it is becoming apparent that the rest of this world wants some of what we in the West have enjoyed. Can’t blame them. It is wrong to assume that centralized regional and global power is good for the masses. Reading world history, one would be hard pressed to find all powerful benevolent institutions and dictators. In the EU, are there any truly sovereign nations?

Apparently, Italy was told how to vote or else. If there is only one “right way” to vote, then what is all the fuss and talk about saving democracy? Politicians are trying to turn half the country against the other half. Divide and conquer, the winning party crowning its leader for life who reports to and rules at the pleasure of not the people, mind you, but to unelected bureaucrats. This is essentially what we have now.

Many of us know that something is very wrong with this world, yet we keep whistling in the dark. Indeed, there is a lot of whistling in the dark going on.

#89 @J on 09.26.22 at 6:13 pm

#65 The Breeze on 09.26.22 at 5:12 pm

Stick to financial and leave your judgments regarding other countries choices out of this. No place here.

I sat in the House of Commons for nine years, ran for a national party leadership, was in the federal cabinet and interacted with a bunch of foreign poohbahs. And you? – Garth
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If I ever (dare) read the comments section then I usually just search for “– Garth” in the hopes of extracting a witticism or two. I’m never disappointed, and get zingers like the one above. You’re a Canadian treasure Garth. I hope you get more joy than sorrow from managing this pathetic blog.

#90 Steven Rowlandson on 09.26.22 at 6:15 pm

“Russia might get antagonized by the neofascist Italian leader.” Russia should be invited in if they are serious about family values, Christianity and putting the nation’s founding peoples first. More brothers’ wars are not in anyone’s best interests any way. Why not get along and do business?

#91 The General on 09.26.22 at 6:17 pm

#77- Reality is stark: Are you insane?

#92 rknusa on 09.26.22 at 6:23 pm

If the three major parties keep on supporting the ramping up of immigration here the same nationalist sentiments will rise, simply too much too soon, the Liberals are aiming for 500K+ immigrants a year soon, meanwhile universities increase foreign student enrollments, temporary foreign workers flood in while we have a affordable housing crisis and health care crisis, this in the end will turn a lot of people away from the three major parties, it has me

#93 Blobby on 09.26.22 at 6:23 pm

Not sure on your take on Truss on immigration. Remember she USED to be a member of the Lib Dem Party. I personally think she’ll just do whatever she thinks will push her herself forwards – rather than having a clear stance on things.

Take the below, NOW 100% I understand The Guardian is a left wing newspaper… But at the same time it’s not one of those “partisan” media sources which often gets things wrong (or outright lies)

Pretty much the opposite of brexit…

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/sep/24/liz-truss-plans-to-loosen-immigration-rules-to-boost-uk-economy

#94 Stealth on 09.26.22 at 6:27 pm

Thank you for the post Garth, one question please.

For the life of me I can’t understand what your ‘respectable blog comment section contributors/posters’ are complaining about?

Have they been in any other country, compared them with and saw how good Canada is by all possible measures? (Even with all existing problems…)

Is it all of the travel restrictions maybe?

Thank you, say hi to Doug, Ryan, Tatiana, Sinan and the rest of your team.

#95 The General on 09.26.22 at 6:27 pm

#77- Reality is stark: Sorry, but this war isn’t the latest rad video game. It’s real, with real people dying. Why all the revenge porn thoughts?

#96 What to do? on 09.26.22 at 6:29 pm

“ The right and the left are drifting further apart. The centre seems a vacuous wasteland, where moderates go to die, alone.”

I’ve been worried about this for quite a while. I tried to figure out if there’s anything the average guy/gal can do about it. I came across:

https://www.fairvote.ca/

And it’s American cousin:

https://fairvote.org/

I am not politically-literate enough to judge wether supporting proportional representation could help mitigate the polarization we are seeing. I’d love to hear the Blog Dogs take on this regard.

#97 Joseph R on 09.26.22 at 6:29 pm

#58 Overheardyou on 09.26.22 at 4:52 pm
I hate to say it but it’s sad to see the two world wars seem forgotten by modern society.

Maybe it’ll take a third to remind them of the real sacrifices required to maintain a cooperative world…

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The same Germans that fought in the trenches during the Great War are the same ones that started WW2.

So no. People don’t learn, even if they went to war themselves.

#98 Canadarm2 on 09.26.22 at 6:32 pm

#26 Gb on 09.26.22 at 3:47 pm

Yes, the markets are having an abysmal 2022.
Of course, the B&D portfolio, in my case, had 13 consecutive years positive, the best 5 each over 10%, with 2 of those best in 2019 & 2021.

Close your eyes, think happy thoughts and listen to Garth. Check back in a year. :)

#99 Sail Away on 09.26.22 at 6:36 pm

I, for one, as a centrist, think life is pretty good as it is, but the leftywokeindoc is irritating. If going right is a cowbell, let’s keep it coming.

More cowbell.

#100 Stratovarious on 09.26.22 at 6:40 pm

You conveniently are forgetting a few things to explain why liberal democracies are moving to the right. To begin with, liberal socialism has failed, which is the only reason that voters in Sweden, Italy, and previously the US, voted for anyone who was DIFFERENT than the status quo. If the enlightened policies that created open boarders, endless wars, and massive governments were so successful, why would voters feel compelled to “throw the bums out”? And don’t conflate QAnon or some other silly reason to explain why voters are FED UP with incompetent political leadership.

Second, the benefits of globalism are at best tenuous when large suppliers like China can shut down production in a heartbeat (e.g., COVID lockdown), or western politicians can impose tariffs or other “support mechanisms” to protect politically-favored industries (e.g., dairy farmers or pulp manufacturers). In addition, unilaterally reducing energy imports from the third (Russia) and ninth (Iran) largest exporting countries makes a mockery of “free trade”.

Finally, public trust in all institutions is at record lows, including the press, corporations, and most certainly the government. In addition, International groups like WHO and the US CDC were found to be completely incompetent in handling COVID, which went a long ways to fostering distrust in international bodies. Although there may have been a time when international organizations provided stability, today the majority of people don’t feel “safer and richer” because of the UN or Brussels.

In short, you may not like “nationalism”, but sadly the Davos-Globalist vision has hurt the working class while benefiting only a few. Get ready for some more political earthquakes.

#101 ogdoad on 09.26.22 at 6:41 pm

That, Garth, and DART is 35mins from impact…one extinction event asteroid down, who knows how many to go…

Teamwork makes dreams work, right? Question is, what’s the dream?

Og

#102 Phylis on 09.26.22 at 6:47 pm

Why is the yield on etf BK so high?

#103 jess on 09.26.22 at 6:49 pm

1965 LBJ’s speech at the statue of liberty
a deep flaw in American justice -a cruel and enduring wrong….have a listen

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQNP5XKMNls

#104 Michael in-north-york on 09.26.22 at 6:50 pm

“Is this an enlightened gender-triumphant moment, or are we headed for a political cliff”

For the former, yes this is symbolically important.

Nobody is headed for a cliff, nor for a particular triumph. The U.K. economy has been robust for centuries and cannot be undone by one PM. Italy is integrated with the rest of EU, and can’t go too far on a tangent.

Nice to know that neither Truss nor Meloni are fans of Putin. Some of the righties feel a strange sympathy for that bastard, even though he stands against everything the Western Conservatism represents.

#105 Blobby on 09.26.22 at 7:03 pm

#99 Sail Away

Maybe you can explain to me – when PP says he wants to “end woke”, and when you say you dont like “woke”.

What exactly is your definition of what “woke” is, and what specifically about it are you against or want to end?

(or indeed any PP fan)

Because, to me, saying you’re “anti-woke” actually conjures up all sort of things in my head which you’re actually saying.. Now I’m sure that’s not the case though – you seem like a nice person.

#106 Smartalox on 09.26.22 at 7:04 pm

There seems such similarity between the rhetoric of these populist demagogues, it make seriously wonder if their scripts are all written by the same committee. Or maybe the same office of propagandists:

– Anti-innigrant.
– Replacement Theory.
– Nationalism.
– Populism.

Who stands to benefit from sowing dissent? Do countries with nativist policies benefit from economies of scale? Not if they can’t stop bickering about who’s better. Do trading partners benefit from protectionism? Nope. But sellers benefit from competing demands, particularly if resources, like fuel, are (artificially) scarce.

Someone (or some country) is benefiting from having populist demagogues in power. And no, it is not – and never will be – the citizens of the countries that elect them.

Populists are only popular until they aren’t.

A chicken in every pot is great, until you run of chickens. Then it never ends well: exiled, imprisoned, hung in the town square, shot in a public bathroom by your own guards. Yet still these candidates think that I’ll be different this time, that they’ll repeat the pattern and THEY ALONE will get a different result.

But they insist that they’re the sane ones, and that everyone else is crazy.

#107 Mattl on 09.26.22 at 7:04 pm

Covid provided some guidance on how dangerous globalism is. I mean, when all the central Bank heads are absolved of any responsibility for inflation locally because “they all did it”, maybe we need to be a little cautious about globalism. Same for supply chain, turns out there are reasons to manufacture stuff at home, who would have thought? You mean an economy based around consumerism might not be a good thing?

Nationalists I have no time for but it’s time to question how intertwined we want our economy to be with those across the pond.

#108 Oakville Rocks! on 09.26.22 at 7:05 pm

@#42 SailAway

Thank you for the link and the reminder.

Meanwhile in Toronto, Kevin Gausman of the Blue Jays will be trying to prevent a collision of historic proportions of another kind.

Lets Go Blue Jays!

#109 Cherry Picker on 09.26.22 at 7:06 pm

This article reminds me that the commies are winning the social media war to enflame all opinions until they are extreme and full of hate. The 50 cent army is winning.

#110 Terry on 09.26.22 at 7:09 pm

I think it’s a good thing to cut income taxes, corporate taxes, real estate levies etc… We need more woke-bashing, tribalism and nationalism. We need less globalism and so called free trade. We need to get rid of the WEF, the WHO and the UN! We need an election in Canada so we can get rid of that poor excuse for a Prime Minister and get the Conservatives back in. Lastly……..WE NEED TRUMP BACK IN THE WHITE HOUSE!!!!

#111 PeterfromCalgary on 09.26.22 at 7:11 pm

When first established in year 800 the British Pound was worth 349 grams of silver. Today that much silver is worth $206 USD. The British Pound is now only worth $1.07 USD.

#112 fishman on 09.26.22 at 7:13 pm

You want the most powerful & scariest woman in the world google “Secretary Blinken UNSC Meeting 09/22/022.” Thats her sitting behind Blinken’s left shoulder. Thats Nuland.Those hooded eyes, like Kissingers . Both leaving behind smoking bombed out countries & much death. But for a good cause? Liberal Democracy & Western hegemony. Both exercising immense power under crippled Presidencies. Both cruel & merciless. Lets all hope that she can wiggle her way through like Kissinger managed.

#113 Randy on 09.26.22 at 7:13 pm

I support zero income taxes and zero property taxes….elimination of government-run healthcare and education…elimination of the BofC, as well as a reduction of governments by 90%….for a start

#114 Kale on 09.26.22 at 7:17 pm

The EU and Euro is a terrible idea and is a socialist experiment that sucks and never works. It is the EU and all their policies, government that has destroyed Europe long ago, 20 years plus in the making. Romano Prodi told Italians it would be better and it is much worse.

#115 Sail Away on 09.26.22 at 7:19 pm

And… IMPACT!

The best part was all the little green men waving their arms

#116 Viva L'Italia on 09.26.22 at 7:23 pm

Couldn’t be happier to see today’s blog post.
If I may share with your readers this post from Meloni on why
1/2 of the hemisphere is rejecting neoliberal purple-green ideology!

https://www.facebook.com/598322704/posts/pfbid02JjEXWcHdK9ekwvRfJoHworZFaKSQsT66HtEFWPbGT7YzdhYmHfCj4dBeAT3dpZc8l/

#117 Victor Llearna on 09.26.22 at 7:27 pm

People are getting sick and tired of this extreme ‘wokeness’ that globalist goverments encourage (ie Trudeau liberals) . Perfect example is that high school in oakville where the shop teacher showed up with giant prosthetic breasts. Even tucker carlsen covered that story. parents in a very liberal riding were protesting that nonsense and the ‘woke’ school board even supported the teacher’s choice of ‘attire’.

#118 Reality is stark on 09.26.22 at 7:29 pm

Before you folks pontificate about Bitcoin or why immigration is bad or other insignificant policies from insignificant aging nations ask yourself this question:
What drove Jaromir Jagr to proudly wear number 68 and why was his hero Ronald Reagan?
It will inform you on what really matters. Let’s expand democracy so that we can all have freedom of speech and enjoy life liberty and pursue happiness.
I would gladly fund a Democratic Party in Iran even if it needs to be a violent struggle.

#119 Gi-Bot on 09.26.22 at 7:30 pm

#8 Silentpoet on 09.26.22 at 3:13 pm
I, for one, do not mind the swing in political climate. If people were ‘flooding’ into my home I would want to block that as well. Quite frankly, it is about time the pendulum has swung from the left.

I suspect Garth will block this comment as there may be essence of xenophobia here. Your sandbox.

Yes, you sound like a bigot. Thanks for pointing that out. – Garth

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It’s kind of interesting how this works. Very childish black and white. No room for discussion or middle ground at all.

You either have to bend over and take it all – that makes you a good person.

Of you refuse – and that immediately makes you a bigot.

There is no recognition that people who immigrate to, well, for example let us take Canada…people who immigrate to Canada tend to by choice and desire establish their neighbourhoods and replicate a lesser version of their home here. In many cases refusing to even speak the language of this land, adopt the culture, customs, etc. Little Portugal, Little Italy, Chinatown, Polish hood, Ukrainian hood, on and on.

Everyone is trying to sell some utopian version where people who are alike, come from same place, speak same language, have same customs…well, apparently in utopia these people don’t want to be together. They just disperse in perfect proportions and ratios and abandon al they know since childhood.

I actually wonder sometimes if the goal is not to dissolve their languages, customs, cultures into a single giant consumerism capitalist hole.

Also, why is it on Italians (in this case) or any other country really to absorb the mess created by egomaniacs and other countries. Who made a mess of Afghanistan? Iraq?
On and on it goes, and it is on others to clean up the messes? Interesting.

#120 Push-back against the lunatic left on 09.26.22 at 7:30 pm

I don’t want shady unelected foreign entities dictating policy. Second, the left are the radicals. Sorry, but I will never vote for my own enslavement which is precisely what these insane leftists have in store for us all. Between vaccine passports, CBDCs, social credit scores, climate lockdowns, personal carbon credit allowances and a plethora of other China-style communist control measures they are planning, it would behoove freedom loving people ti outright reject and push back hard against any and all of these WEF puppets.

#121 JPN on 09.26.22 at 7:42 pm

#65 The Breeze

Know your audience.. and respect it.

#122 DON on 09.26.22 at 7:44 pm

#104 Michael in-north-york on 09.26.22 at 6:50 pm
“Is this an enlightened gender-triumphant moment, or are we headed for a political cliff”

For the former, yes this is symbolically important.

Nobody is headed for a cliff, nor for a particular triumph. The U.K. economy has been robust for centuries and cannot be undone by one PM. Italy is integrated with the rest of EU, and can’t go too far on a tangent.

Nice to know that neither Truss nor Meloni are fans of Putin. Some of the righties feel a strange sympathy for that bastard, even though he stands against everything the Western Conservatism represents.

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What exactly does Western Conservatism represent?

#123 Jennifer on 09.26.22 at 7:44 pm

As a woman, I have been very disappointed in mine
sisterhood. I always had hoped that we will not follow
our men. But here we are.

I have over the years found them to become more, and more extreme. However, we the moderates, both men and women, must not forget that history will prove them wrong, and as a society we will swing to the middle again. But, until then, we must endure insanity.
History assures us of that. History always repeats on its OWN TIME.

#124 Figmund Sreud on 09.26.22 at 7:46 pm

The pound has hit a record low. UK assets are being dumped.
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Pfft! So Pound ‘flash crashes’, … a little. Shirt happens all the time in UK. And so this means things, markets, control, is coming unglued. No great surprise, …

Instead, just consider: … US$ crashes LAST! That is exactly what’s in store. It is raising against everything for now, but, … US$ is ALSO crashing now, … against bacon, wheat, toilet paper, refrigerators, oil. The only currency rising this days is Russian Ruble: ₽. Yes!

So when US currency crashing against US’s own war enemy, that can’t be good, … and shows the bets the worldly market is making on is, … let’s say, ‘Samarkand Spirit’ perhaps? Dunno, …

… pic from Samarkand:

https://www.unz.com/pescobar/samarkand-spirit-to-be-driven-by-responsible-powers-russia-and-china/

But, … I’m just gazing thoughtfully – sitting at the edge of head waters of Bow River: Bow Lake:

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/p/AF1QipOVkolECFLXXzn9kD7X7KmuJ3dhYUW3etAKG3Bl=w1536-h950-p-k-no

So, please, forgive me.

Best,

F.S. – Calgary, Alberta.

#125 Just someone on 09.26.22 at 7:51 pm

While spending time with some English friends this Spring, I said the trouble with England is it still thinks it is a superpower – got a lot of laughs out of that. Same for Italy, get over thinking you are important in the scheme of things (be more like Canada we know we are powerless on the global scale)

#126 mnpr on 09.26.22 at 7:52 pm

#35 Lisa

Garth, I don’t understand why you don’t give Lisa any credit for speaking some sense. She is obviously not anti-immigrant. And I suspect her views align fairly closely with many, in that immigration enhances our country greatly. Hell, we, or our parents, or our grandparents etc are/were all immigrants at some point. We are a country of immigrants. Immigration is what made us. It helps our economy and enriches our culture. I believe Lisa is just saying that we need to maybe do better in making the required preparations in order to have the capacity to accept them, without unduly hurting our own population. Seems reasonable to me.

#127 canuck on 09.26.22 at 7:53 pm

Globalism is a massive failure and what we are seeing is the fallout. Western society went too far left and too woke and now the pendulum swings the other way.
Lots more coming.

and quit blaming Trump for everything the states. He didn’t snub NATO, He made it’s members accountable to pay their bills. I don’t recall you bashing Obama when he added 10 trillion to the national debt and it’s a stretch to think the Supreme court threw abortion into chaos. All they did was throw it back to individual states to make that decision and what’s wrong with that? As an example, the red state of Kansas voted to maintain current abortion laws.

#128 RE: #17 Lisa on 09.26.22 at 3:31 pm on 09.26.22 at 7:53 pm

#17 Lisa on 09.26.22 at 3:31 pm
Some of these right wing policies that you so despise are brought on by need not hate. Take immigration for instance, and the effect it is having on low income citizens in Newfoundland. Newfoundland has never had a homeless problem. In the past year plane loads of immigrants are landing in St. John’s and it was fine at first but now government housing has a wait list they will take a couple of years to clear, and apartment rents have gone through the roof in what was an affordable market hurting the single parents and lower income earners the most. We have over 100 people staying at a shelter that usually never had more than 30, and overflow from that hundred are being put up in hotels every night on the provinces dime (a province that has more debt than anything else). Until we can built more houses, more immigration to Newfoundland is causing massive problems. We need to be able to take care of what we have before we can add more up the load. So yes, I’m in favour of halting a lot of immigration until we can properly deal with them and offer everyone at least a place to sleep without further handing down debt to pay for hotels, to another generation.

So all immigrants are homeless and destitute, right? – Garth

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Thank you Garth.

Immigrant here. Landed in Toronto a decade ago. My first job was to literally shove maneuver (aka horse shit) in a GTA farm.

Today I am easily a 10% percenter. Never got handouts from the government and from day 1 I have paid my taxes. I have never being unemployed. My kid was born in this beautiful country and I get very little from the government to support her and that is fine by me. Thinking of having a second one. We have zero debt, money invested, decent jobs and arrived here with nothing. We rent an awesome place. I know of troves of immigrants doing well and loving Canada deeply.

I think it’s interesting how people refer to “immigrants” when to some degree everybody in Canada is an immigrant. (Excepting the First Nations)

Finally Linda, you might be interested in knowing the Newfoundland Gov is running a campaign in LinkedIn trying to attract people to go there. Here’s the link:

https://workfromnl.ca/

Something tells me these people they are trying to get are better positioned to increase rents than the newcomers.

#129 Let's go Cons ! on 09.26.22 at 7:58 pm

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#130 enthalpy on 09.26.22 at 8:06 pm

There is a reason these parties are winning.
And it has nothing to do with CBC talking points (far right, qanon, * insert other boogieman terms here*)

The left has slid way too far and most of us are tired of it.

#131 Mrs. Smith on 09.26.22 at 8:08 pm

I come here to remind myself how horrifying (and dull) the official opinion corridor is.

#132 mnpr on 09.26.22 at 8:09 pm

#42

Wow. Thank-you Sail Away. I did not know about this, but just watched a replay. Amazing.

#133 Warren-the-lagging_indicator on 09.26.22 at 8:14 pm

You know how the evil sucked-in those fools on the right edge with the whole scary Muslim on the monkey bars crap. Now just visualize that as a pattern for a structure that reifies itself later in time, upon command. Nah, forget I just said all that because it has to be crazy talk.

#134 Ordinary Blog Dog on 09.26.22 at 8:27 pm

I wonder how many are like me. Pepe is too close to fascism for my liking. Socks and Jagmeet spend too much for my liking. Who to vote for? No one represents my viewpoint. What to do ….

#135 yvr_lurker on 09.26.22 at 8:29 pm

#126 mnpr
Garth, I don’t understand why you don’t give Lisa any credit for speaking some sense. She is obviously not anti-immigrant. And I suspect her views align fairly closely with many, in that immigration enhances our country greatly. Hell, we, or our parents, or our grandparents etc are/were all immigrants at some point. We are a country of immigrants. Immigration is what made us. It helps our economy and enriches our culture. I believe Lisa is just saying that we need to maybe do better in making the required preparations in order to have the capacity to accept them, without unduly hurting our own population. Seems reasonable to me.
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Your sentiment and Lisa’s are pretty much aligned with how I see it as well. For those of the elite who have never had to compete with a rapidly-increasing mass of people for a dwindling supply of over-priced rentals, they just don’t get understand the issue that many working class people face in Canada. It is heresy on this blog to even express the idea that perhaps there should be a proper Gov’t debate on the number of immigrants that Canada can readily absorb each year.

#136 Don Cherry was right on 09.26.22 at 8:32 pm

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#137 Nonplused on 09.26.22 at 8:33 pm

Well, the left went crazy first, so we should have expected a backlash.

I mean what have we got, rising taxes, green scams left and right, DEI legislation, speech regulations, cancel culture, men in the women’s change room, trans-women knocking up real women in prison, drag queen story hour, sex change surgeries on minors, open borders, Hillary Clinton, forced fake pronouns, reverse discrimination, martial law over a protest, asset seizures, sanctuary cities calling in the national guard, BLM & ANTIFA riots, defund the police, lockdowns, vaccine mandates, MMT, an energy crisis, looting open season, criminals released from jail, a fentanyl crisis, blackface, and out of control spending, to name a few. There was bound to be a backlash.

When the pendulum swings left, it always swings right again.

Interesting, I know everyone hates Jordan Peterson, but I saw a video where he explained how he managed to stop all the protests at his presentations. He’s still doing them. Now he does them at 8:00 am. The lefties can’t get out of bed that early. Too hung over.

#138 jess on 09.26.22 at 8:37 pm

Canadians have known about this guy more than a month ago

MacKenzie, who is 36, has attracted attention for his support of the anti-vaccine mandate convoy protest which occupied Ottawa earlier this year, and for his leadership of far-right group Diagolon.

4 of those charged are accused of conspiring to murder RCMP officers
Meghan Grant · CBC News · Posted: Feb 17, 2022 6:00 AM MT | Last Updated: February 24
Who is Jeremy MacKenzie?

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/coutts-arrests-charges-border-protest-1.6354587

“These men are dirtbags,” Poilievre said in the statement. “Frankly, like most Canadians, until about a month ago I had never heard of Diagolon and these losers. They are all odious.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/poilievre-threats-mackenzie-1.6595730

Barbara Perry, director of the Centre on Hate, Bias and Extremism at Ontario Tech University, said that Diagolon aims to establish a “white ethnonationalist state” which would run diagonally from the Pacific Northwest through Canada to Florida.

Perry said her group started to look into Diagnolon after police in Coutts, Alta., found the group’s patch on body armour while executing a search warrant. Two men arrested in relation to border blockades in Coutts in February have ties to MacKenzie and Diagolon.

#139 Drill Baby Drill on 09.26.22 at 8:39 pm

Sorry sad dog of a blog. The people want change.

#140 IHCTD9 on 09.26.22 at 8:46 pm

#122 Jennifer on 09.26.22 at 7:44 pm
As a woman, I have been very disappointed in mine
sisterhood. I always had hoped that we will not follow
our men. But here we are.
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Like Women can’t be hard right all by themselves…

Yours is probably the single most sexist comment I’ve read here all year.

#141 Shawn on 09.26.22 at 8:47 pm

Memo to Brits

#111 PeterfromCalgary on 09.26.22 at 7:11 pm

The British Pound is now only worth $1.07 USD.

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Memo to Brits: Spend your money in thee U.K. and not in the United States. Problem solved.

What the U.K. people need to worry about is their own high rate of inflation, not so much the value of their currency in terms of what it could buy in America which most of them will never visit.

#142 Flop… on 09.26.22 at 8:50 pm

Damn Italians, now I’ve got to go back to Italy again.

The first two times I went to Pisa, I took the picture with the tower leaning to the left.

Now I have to go back, do a 180, and take the photo with the tower leaning to the right…

M48BC

#143 Senator Bluto on 09.26.22 at 8:55 pm

Why is it that the unelected Euro-bureaucrats who made a complete hash of things also get to complain and label their opponents as extremists?

Back in the old days, if your ideas sucked and failed you were voted out and someone else took over. But therein lies the problem; none of these Euro-crats are elected so there’s no way to get rid of them.

So, the only way the Euro-crats can protect their unearned entitlements is to convince everyone that they need more of their failed policies, not less.

Kind of like communism; the last line of defense when it failed was that it was never implemented properly. Yeah… right…

As an FBI whistleblower said recently “the demand for white supremacists vastly outstrips the supply”

I think the same can be said of the Euro-crats demands for evil fascists. They need way more than are actually available, so they invent them.

#144 wallflower on 09.26.22 at 8:56 pm

#48 Concerned Citizen on 09.26.22 at 4:27 pm
regarding your ballast in your PF of 25% US dollars…

I did a “I-may-be-crazy” move when CDN at 80.5.
Converted 70% of PF into USD.
I was anxious then and I remain anxious now.

BUT, it’s a pleasant kind of anxious. A weirdly head-above-water, kind-of-treading sensation.
Now, when to rebalance? eeeegads

#145 Flop… on 09.26.22 at 9:08 pm

Before anyone tells me walking around the other side of The Leaning Tower Of Pisa makes no difference, shush.

The evidence.

The guy hawking postcards told me I had to buy 2 postcards with it leaning both ways.

Also, some random dude that was taking the obligatory photo, you know the one, where you pretend to push it back up straight, said he definitely felt movement…

M48BC

#146 Freida Slaves on 09.26.22 at 9:19 pm

Amen, amen. The centre – centre right is disappearing. As I get older, as the nasty cruel social conservationism of the 80s has died away, I’ve become more fiscally conservative and would now vote absolutely for a conservative government either here in BC or nationally. But what is on offer right now here is not your traditional Joe Clarke fare, it is something else that I reject.

#147 Leftie Righty on 09.26.22 at 9:20 pm

I’m tired of the far Left and their nonsense and gaslighting, as if the Left does not have its own tragic and terrible history. I’ll be voting for the Right now. The Democrats were the party of the KKK, slavery and Jim Crow, and somehow have swept this under the rug and accused everyone else of being racists. Same with Trudeau and his blackface – everyone else is the racist apparently. Let’s not even talk about all the far Left regimes like China and most Communist systems who were highly racist, homophobic and highly nationalist. No guilt. No remorse. Accuse everyone else of what you yourself have done. It is time for some perspective and humble pie.

#148 In fairness on 09.26.22 at 9:25 pm

#126 mnpr on 09.26.22 at 7:52 pm

“we need to maybe do better in making the required preparations in order to have the capacity to accept them, without unduly hurting our own population. Seems reasonable to me.”

Go back in time up your family tree and find the ancestor that 1st immigrated to Canada. Was there any preparation done prior to his arrival? Why should it be different from people arriving now?

#35 yvr_lurker on 09.26.22 at 8:29 pm

“Your sentiment and Lisa’s are pretty much aligned with how I see it as well. For those of the elite who have never had to compete with a rapidly-increasing mass of people for a dwindling supply of over-priced rentals, they just don’t get understand the issue that many working class people face in Canada.”

Do you happen to consider yourself part of this mass of people? If not why not? What’s special about you that would grant you an exception?

It is heresy on this blog to even express the idea that perhaps there should be a proper Gov’t debate on the number of immigrants that Canada can readily absorb each year.”

Again, go back in time up your family tree and find the ancestor that 1st immigrated to Canada. Was there any proper GOV debate on the number of immigrants to be allowed back them? Would have been fair to him/her?

#149 crowdedelevatorfartz on 09.26.22 at 9:27 pm

@#140 IHCTD9
“Yours is probably the single most sexist comment I’ve read here all year.”

+++
We’ve come a long way in 60 years…..

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwi3_frR6LP6AhXxMDQIHX_YBwAQwqsBegQIAxAB&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D98qw86DsdZ0&usg=AOvVaw3xqYmv6XaXYt1N4ubR9BfZ

#150 THE DANDADA on 09.26.22 at 9:36 pm

A result of the GREATEST monetary experiment in modern history.

Started in 2009 when the RICH bailed out their RICH friends.

Don’t blame the common man for trying to navigate through it all.

GREED…. that’s all there is to it.

#151 Don Smith on 09.26.22 at 9:40 pm

It is disturbing how easy it is to characterize a conservative leader as a far right nationalist. Imagine if we elected Reagan or Thatcher nowadays! It would be oh no the sky is falling, the end of democracy! Western civilization is going to implode. The reality is that Thatcher saved England and Reagan won the cold war. Which was by the way, the actual greatest threat to man kind in our lives.

#152 European on 09.26.22 at 9:41 pm

Those who are troubled by the anti-migrant sentiment in Europe should come and live here for a while. Their views might alter.

#153 Confused on 09.26.22 at 10:06 pm

“#152 European on 09.26.22 at 9:41 pm
Those who are troubled by the anti-migrant sentiment in Europe should come and live here for a while. Their views might alter.”

To be clear: do you want us to immigrate to Europe so we can understand why some European born individuals have anti-immigrant sentiments?

#154 mike from mtl on 09.26.22 at 10:13 pm

Hey we’ve have our own nationalists for over four decades right here, the QC nationalists who increasingly have ever increasing acceptance and freedom. What do you label them as and the opposition is where?

Back home Canada has some serious, fundamental issues to address whether we want to now or not.

#155 Observer on 09.26.22 at 10:18 pm

#105 Blobby on 09.26.22 at 7:03 pm
#99 Sail Away

Maybe you can explain to me – when PP says he wants to “end woke”, and when you say you dont like “woke”.

What exactly is your definition of what “woke” is, and what specifically about it are you against or want to end?

(or indeed any PP fan)

Because, to me, saying you’re “anti-woke” actually conjures up all sort of things in my head which you’re actually saying.. Now I’m sure that’s not the case though – you seem like a nice person.

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

You must not read the comments here very regularly.

#156 Quixotic on 09.26.22 at 10:25 pm

The world has been a more stable, safer, richer place since 1945 because of efforts to coalesce humanity, not carve it into myopic factions. – Garth
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Hope there are still a large enough number of Canadian politicians and voters who share these beliefs. Where have all the good leaders gone? Thank you, Garth, for promoting humanity over the far right’s division and hate.

#157 Bob on 09.26.22 at 10:37 pm

I don’t know about Truss, but I know my Italian politics – Meloni is being paint an extreme right leader but Italy will not leave the EU and they will soften their stance (already have) on various other issues as it is difficult to pass lawson Italy to begin with. In terms of migration, what many of you might not realize is that Italy sees thousands arrive on its shores uninvited. My parents came here from Europe in the 1950s and they had to apply to get into Canada. LEGALLY. LEGITIMATELY. What is happening there is Wild West migration. It has to stop. Italy needs to control this influx and much of Europe should support that as many of those illegals end up in Germany, France and so on. Borders need to be legit and sound. Canada is lucky because it is surrounded by oceans and ice.. and our neighbours to the south are at least attempting to keep migration under control.

#158 Michael in-north-york on 09.26.22 at 10:40 pm

#122 DON on 09.26.22 at 7:44 pm

*********
What exactly does Western Conservatism represent?
===

Equality before the law
Government accountable to the people
Freedom of entrepreneurship
Freedom of consciousness
Respect for the private life

#159 Investx on 09.26.22 at 10:41 pm

The Left is for silly ideas and policies as defunding the police, “Believe All Women”, ILEGAL immigration, censorship/cancel culture, safe spaces, children choosing sex-changes, “healthy at any weight”, student loan forgiveness, etc. and yet it’s always the Right who are given the “ALT/FAR” prefix label.

Viva L’Italia!

Forza Meloni!

#160 In man I trust on 09.26.22 at 10:43 pm

No sound mind could wish another round of Trudeau on Canada. The horrendous deterioration of our economy won’t take it. Canada is in a free fall of exploding debt and questionable governance ( to put it mildly). Canada like all the other countries coming to its senses is shifting to common sense and self preservation. The green goon globalists had fun but the wrecking ball of their nonsense will leave tribalism the only option as more people face the inevitable collapse if left to run its course. People are voting for survival, stop calling everyone who doesn’t want slavery racist, populist, Mussolini etc. The opposition has arrived and we’re not amused.

#161 Geoffrey Hill on 09.26.22 at 10:46 pm

Liz Truss is not a populist.

#162 kommykim on 09.26.22 at 10:56 pm

RE: #25 the Jaguar on 09.26.22 at 3:46 pm
Look on the bright side. With increasing numbers of immigration, primarily from countries which were former colonial strongholds years or centuries ago, there won’t be anyone to hold accountable or seek reparations from as most of the population will have their own grievances to put on the table. How great is that? I’d even buy a front row seat to that round of the ‘Blame Game’.

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

Looks like they will still be on the hook:

https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/2021/06/canadas-oath-of-citizenship-now-recognizes-first-nations-inuit-and-metis-rights.html

#163 DON on 09.26.22 at 11:19 pm

#21 Quintilian on 09.26.22 at 3:39 pm
4 Matt on 09.26.22 at 3:02 pm:

“Why is it that anyone who holds these positions is seen as some villain?”

Because anyone who studied history knows and can identify the language of monsters disguised as benevolent patriots.

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I strongly agree Quint…the ill informed always vote for false idols.

#164 Elon Fanboy on 09.26.22 at 11:33 pm

For some light relief….

Google ‘Double Asteroid Redirection Test’.

Not sure how long they will keep it up…..

#165 DON on 09.26.22 at 11:42 pm

#158 Michael in-north-york on 09.26.22 at 10:40 pm
#122 DON on 09.26.22 at 7:44 pm

*********
What exactly does Western Conservatism represent?
===

Equality before the law
Government accountable to the people
Freedom of entrepreneurship
Freedom of consciousness
Respect for the private life

*******
I would agree…so what party leader or current politician would you suggest can bring these great ideas to fruition

#166 yvr_lurker on 09.26.22 at 11:53 pm

#148 In fairness For those of the elite who have never had to compete with a rapidly-increasing mass of people for a dwindling supply of over-priced rentals, they just don’t get understand the issue that many working class people face in Canada.
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Perhaps you did not understand the reference to the elite.. I am referring to those who due to circumstance or upscale family background (not me by any means) have never in their lives had to worry about trying to compete for an over-priced rental when the vacancy rate is near zero and there are no other options for housing. This is a REALITY for so many working class people in this country, and so tempering the large influx of additional people who will be competing in the rental market seems like a prudent idea until extra infrastructure matches extra influx. Perfectly sensible. Elite here is our lawmakers, blog moderator etc… who likely don’t understand this issue so well.

My family arrived in Canada in three hundred years ago…. a whole different landscape than now….

I would suggest that you try to read at a higher level.

#167 an investor on 09.26.22 at 11:53 pm

Will the alt-right gang make things worse for your family finances? Garth

Is Trump a member of the alt-right gang? … because the markets were doing really well and gas was cheap when he was in the White House.

#168 DON on 09.26.22 at 11:58 pm

#135 yvr_lurker on 09.26.22 at 8:29 pm
#126 mnpr
Garth, I don’t understand why you don’t give Lisa any credit for speaking some sense. She is obviously not anti-immigrant. And I suspect her views align fairly closely with many, in that immigration enhances our country greatly. Hell, we, or our parents, or our grandparents etc are/were all immigrants at some point. We are a country of immigrants. Immigration is what made us. It helps our economy and enriches our culture. I believe Lisa is just saying that we need to maybe do better in making the required preparations in order to have the capacity to accept them, without unduly hurting our own population. Seems reasonable to me.
————
Your sentiment and Lisa’s are pretty much aligned with how I see it as well. For those of the elite who have never had to compete with a rapidly-increasing mass of people for a dwindling supply of over-priced rentals, they just don’t get understand the issue that many working class people face in Canada. It is heresy on this blog to even express the idea that perhaps there should be a proper Gov’t debate on the number of immigrants that Canada can readily absorb each year.

*********

Wasn’t it the old stock Canadians (keeping up with the Jones) over bidding and buying multiple investment properties…raising rents to cover the full costs of the mortgages.

#169 Wacked in BC on 09.27.22 at 12:00 am

Benito Mussolini was a socialist loved by the left wing in America. The rewriting of history continues.

#170 PeterfromCalgary on 09.27.22 at 12:14 am

I am reading about Liz Truss. She is kind of complex. Her parents were left wing academics and now she is the Conservative Prime Minister of Britain.

Her mom supported her Conservative career but her dad couldn’t change his stripes to support her.

#171 SO on 09.27.22 at 12:38 am

This blog sounds like it really loves the way Trudeau is running this country

#172 DON on 09.27.22 at 1:11 am

The right or left is unhinged. Not one of them is fit to lead any human beings. Their egos are writing pay checks their brains can’t cash…to say it politely. You should all tape yourselves spitting out your vitriol and play it back when yah all are sober.

#173 James on 09.27.22 at 1:19 am

Garth, how many immigrants have you personally supported to help them get their footing in Canada? How many refugees do you have in your home right now? How many refugees have you taken in over your lifetime?

Surely you are consistent with your views, right?

#174 DJT on 09.27.22 at 2:02 am

Censorship is at the root of fascism

#175 Mistahfixit on 09.27.22 at 2:56 am

Ok let me fix the Canadian economy in 10 seconds …
-Turn Newfoundland into tax free offshore banking centre
-Turn Banff-Canmore into Silicon valley north with massive corporate tax breaks
-Massively develop the Alberta tarsands and build pipelines in every direction to export the stuff
-Turn Vancouver Island into a massive call center
-Cut pensions for all civil servants in half
-charge all new immigrants 100k$ citizen membership initiation fee. Once they have paid 500k$ in income taxes, the initial fee is reimbursable

Sorry ….that took 15 seconds .. should I run for office

#176 Diamond Dog on 09.27.22 at 2:56 am

Ok, first the good news. This blog isn’t as messed up as one might think. Active engagement, folks speaking freely, contrasting points of views, some good local insights, a well deserved shout out to Soren Angst for his boots on the ground perspective of Italian politics, for example.

There is no version like the version of those living in Italy when it comes to Italy right, it’s unfiltered, especially when Soren is a known commodity here @ Greater Fool who’s contributions speak to his character. We are getting an unfiltered perspective from someone who is devoted and respectful and we should be mindful.

And how can we fail to mention the consistent quality writings from the host of the greatest blog on Earth, I tell ya! Yup, still pathetic at times but nothing compares. Garth is once again on point concerning crumbling currencies put to the test from nations wallowing in public debt.

We are looking at new governments with leaders voted in for change, but thrown in the deep end without waders and life jackets. It’s crunch time here and we are watching rookies trying to re-invent the wheel, it’s obvious they need help right? Word’s aren’t expensive, it doesn’t cost much to remind others of what’s worked well in the past. There’s a time to raise spending and cutting taxes (like the U.K. and Italy seems destined for) or lowering rates. As Turkey’s economy reminds us, it’s not a question.

Alas, not all is well at this site or anywhere else for that matter. These are challenging times and it’s scaling up. Some of us are disillusioned, dis-enfranchised, de-politicized, dis-engaged and just plain dissed, it’s normalized but it’s not the way.

Black and white, all or nothing thinking is not the way either dear readers, it’s not the path. “The left knows nothing” and “the right is lost” isn’t helping. We know who I’m talking about, I’m talking about the political cult followers who take cheer leading to a whole new level, the koolaid guzzlers who think it’s a game of “winner takes all”. Folks who don’t recognize shades of gray won’t understand the need for balance or what it truly takes for a democracy to work. Try a “healthy opposition”. It takes rules, respect and engagement and most importantly, a system that allows the masses to replace governments when they fall out of favor.

The video below goes through how voters voted state by state since U.S. confederation. There are a few video’s like it on Youtube but I chose this one because it’s short and to the point. If one overlays these voting results with the issues of the parties of their day, one would quickly realize that Republican’s and Democrats, (when they weren’t sharing both names at once), individually argued for and against civil rights a dozen times or more with everything from race to gender, centering on who is “allowed” to vote:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEkhW8m7rdo&t=15s

One can quickly imagine dying and unexpectedly realizing that God is real and upon being judged and coming to one’s defense says “well, I voted for this party and we were on the right side of these issues and therefore…” only to hear the reply, “When? Both parties have flipped on issues so many times, I couldn’t tell the difference. And for all the talk of civil rights, I’m still waiting for the job to get done. There’s been small victories here and there, but it hasn’t been because of government efforts really, it’s been in spite of them”.

Do readers follow?

It doesn’t matter what the brand name is or it’s color, or it’s direction (left,right,center), what matters is making the right choices at the right places and time. We won’t have much of a clue as to what those right choices are if we don’t idealize and practice virtues, that’s a fact.

I mean, look at today’s worst leader in the world as an example. (no, it’s not Trump. I can see why one would think that, few if any virtues, grandiose narcissist etc., but he’s not a killer)

If you’ve gotten this far, the “winner winner chicken dinner” is? Putin.

Putin has most likely ordered the murders of at least 5 figures of his own citizens (it could be 6) through his secret service over the last 23 years, never mind elsewhere and locked up lots more. We see where the war in Ukraine is going, Putin is on a path to being responsible for a million or more dead in the war in Ukraine under the assumption it doesn’t go nuclear and it could because life is cheap for Putin and getting cheaper with every day. There’s already more than a million dead because of Putin’s choices. Some of you don’t think so? It’s the internet, readers, he’s been there 23 years:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soviet%E2%80%93Afghan_War

Putin is someone who had the opportunity to take over from the good works of Gorbachev and clean up the drunken rule of Yeltsin:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEz5VsVLp4s&t=1s

…. but what did Putin do? He exiled the most powerful media owner and turned it into state media propaganda, he assassinated his opposition leaders and created a puppet democracy with show trials for a rule of law and through wars without just cause and provocation, solidified his rule (when he wasn’t ripping off Russia for himself).

Putin turned Russia back into an authoritarian regime that through war is now devolving into a complete totalitarian state like it was from WW1 to mid 80’s Gorbachev, not for the good of Russia or anyone else but himself.

Russians, already brow beat and traumatized from a near century of totalitarian regimes (it’s worth reading, we’ve got time):

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

The Russian people traumatized, brow beat, mind controlled, de-politicized, a tightly controlled, slavery kind of existence being pretty much all most ever knew besides the enablers, we think Ukrainians have suffered under experiences like the Holodomor (look it up), Russians have most likely suffered more.

Take note as to why Russia just never seems to have it together… its trauma. (vodka too, but it’s trauma) It’s the end result of successive generation after generation of Totalitarian rule. Russia suffered entire lifetimes of totalitarian regimes before Gorbachev and now suffers Putin and his pursuit of glory for the histories Putin will never be known for because Putin is a tyrant, literally today’s present worst leader on Earth. His record simply speaks for itself.

It does sober me when I hear people defend Putin and Russia’s war. Some people just don’t know what they are talking about so one tends to dismiss it, but it sobers me because it’s not just the worst leaders we need to be concerned about.

#177 Wrk.dover on 09.27.22 at 5:42 am

Wonderfully comprehensive essay Garth!

And steerage proved the accuracy.

What a depressing bunch of dissent.

#178 Wrk.dover on 09.27.22 at 5:59 am

#165 Diamond Dog on 09.27.22 at 2:56 am
One can quickly imagine dying and unexpectedly realizing that God is real and upon being judged and coming to one’s defense
_______________________________________

Not a believer, but I’ll pass the test.

It’s the way to be.

#179 Steven Rowlandson on 09.27.22 at 7:06 am

“Is there no acceptance of conservative views as legitimate political positions anymore?”

No! There is not and Garth will delete or ban anyone who gets too obviously right wing.
Secondly the right in Canada is not allowed on the ballot.
The Left have a monopoly on political expression in Canada and also the USA and they are not about to give it up. Can you smell the sulfur?

You are testing me. Back off. – Garth

#180 crowdedelevatorfartz on 09.27.22 at 7:52 am

@#151 Don.
“Reagan won the cold war. Which was by the way, the actual greatest threat to man kind in our lives.”

+++
Some historians believe that the economic and political collapse of Russia was the beginning of the end.
Today.
A fading Russia, controlled by a murderous dictator, lashing out at it’s ‘enemies” on the border and rattling a fistful of nukes.
Muslim extremists on the rise in Africa and Asia.
Millions of refugees escaping famine, war, disease.
Smaller countries with nukes and increasingly accurate missiles to deliver them.
Political “leaders” who’s decisions are paralysed by the wailing, screaming and blaming political left.
The world wide web of lies allowing every lunatic conspiracy theory to have a soap box.
A former US President staring at possible prison time willing to start a civil war in his own country.
No. I’d say we are much much worse off now.

#181 crowdedelevatorfartz on 09.27.22 at 7:57 am

@#176 Diamond Dawg
“Putin has most likely ordered the murders of at least 5 figures of his own citizens ”

+++
Putin is responsible for more deaths in Ukraine in the last six months than allll the individual letters you typed …. multiplied by 100…

#182 crowdedelevatorfartz on 09.27.22 at 8:00 am

@#172 Don
“The right or left is unhinged. Not one of them is fit to lead any human beings.”

++++

It must be lonely in Middle earth.

#183 V1 on 09.27.22 at 8:30 am

Flew in from HKG last night ARRIVECAN scan in hand
but wasn’t even asked to present it or if it was completed .Good riddance.

#184 Dharma Bum on 09.27.22 at 8:49 am

Populism.
Tribalism.
Xenophobia.
Scapegoating.

All of the above are, unfortunately, the default settings for the human race.

Deep down, we are all selfish, narcissistic, envious, hateful, violent, greedy, power hungry, jealous, egocentric, monkey-brained monsters.

Every few decades or centuries, we cannot resist burning down whatever we have built up. We live in a winner-take- all socioeconomic structure. Eventually, the “losers” get angry and need to lash out.

Poverty, marginalization, envy, scarcity, powerlessness, futility, and lack of hope all beget hatred and vengeance.

The witch hunt then resumes. Populists take advantage of this monkey-brained emotion and push all the right buttons.

The “us vs them” narrative takes hold, and the next thing you know, you have ultra right wing fascist types and populists rising up and winning elections all over the place.

World war is waged.

Carnage ensues.

Once the death toll and physical destruction becomes too much to endure, the stupid humans realize that they have been duped yet again. The “saviours” are vilified and executed.

The healing begins, and the rebuilding of society restarts with treaties, trade deals, mutual understanding, ethical pontification, and cultural cooperation.

Coexistence suddenly seems like a good idea once again.

Until it doesn’t.

Then the cycle repeats.

Round and round and round she goes – where it stops, nobody knows.

Welcome to hell.

#185 Witch on 09.27.22 at 9:13 am

Giorgia Meloni believes in her Christian religion, in the sanctuary of the family.
She also believes that Italy should remain Italian, they should protect
their cultural values, their language, they should not have open border.
All above are very dangerous ideas according to you. Shame on you. You lost your way completely.

#186 Ole Doberman on 09.27.22 at 9:14 am

Home prices cooling at record pace:

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/politics/home-prices-continue-cool-record-pace-203962

#187 DON on 09.27.22 at 9:15 am

#182 crowdedelevatorfartz on 09.27.22 at 8:00 am
@#172 Don
“The right or left is unhinged. Not one of them is fit to lead any human beings.”

++++

It must be lonely in Middle earth.

******

Nope…lots of folks watch a whole segment of the ill informed people flip flop between false idols. It is good and balanced to use both sides of your brain and not get caught up in the latest bitch fest or shiny new prospective party leader to take us to the promised land. The consistent theme is ‘we’ vote rulers out and repeat as ‘we’ allow the division between us and them and ‘we’ always seem to lose.

How long has the average Italian or British government retained power in the last while?

#188 DON on 09.27.22 at 9:18 am

#184 Dharma Bum on 09.27.22 at 8:49 am

Yup round and round Dharma.

#189 the Jaguar on 09.27.22 at 9:29 am

Snippets—

First up, from ‘whatever the hell that means’ territory:

“Investors in exchange traded funds are a barometer of what not to buy, with excess returns to be made by shorting those with the biggest inflows and going long those with the largest outflows, research suggests. ETFS with large inflows predictably earn lower future returns than ETFS with large outflows.

Moreover, flows to and from leveraged ETFS, which provide magnified shortterm exposure to an underlying market, such as the S&P 500, are “always contrarian”. ++++

Second up, how to get along and close ranks to save humanity et al by working together:

The famed wild horses of Sable Island appear to have weathered the storm.

On Saturday morning, as Atlantic Canadians took stock of homes and villages smashed to timbers by the storm, the Sable Island horses emerged from hiding and were soon back to grazing and whinnying on beaches strewn with debris. The Sable Island horses have successfully weathered more than 200 years of Atlantic hurricane seasons. Their typical strategy is to gather tightly together between large dunes, the youngest and most vulnerable horses to the centre, with the strongest adults to the outside.

Adding to the horses’ ability to hunker down is that they’re well known as capable diggers; the Sable Island horses are often known to obtain freshwater by scratching out shallow wells. ++++
Horses are smarter than people, I guess………

#190 Faron on 09.27.22 at 9:42 am

#177 Wrk.dover on 09.27.22 at 5:42 am
Wonderfully comprehensive essay Garth!

And steerage proved the accuracy.

What a depressing bunch of dissent

Yep. yuck.

#191 Faron on 09.27.22 at 9:46 am

#174 DJT on 09.27.22 at 2:02 am
Censorship is at the root of fascism

Yes, and the GOP are banning books at an unprecedented rate.

#192 Jesse on 09.27.22 at 9:56 am

#4 Matt on 09.26.22 at 3:02 pm
Is there no acceptance of conservative views as legitimate political positions anymore? Every conservative or right leaning party or leader is far right, alt-right, extreme, radical, or some other scary term. Reducing taxes, managing immigration, protecting national interests, these are traditionally conservative values, can they not be discussed in a reasonable manner anymore? Why is it that anyone who holds these positions is seen as some villain?

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Because culture always drift towards the left, and we have gone so far left that reasonable conservative values are now branded as “alt-right”. You’re not even allowed to say that men and women are different anymore, without getting cancelled.

#193 David on 09.27.22 at 10:02 am

It seems to me that Garth is a little out of touch with his audience as I read and agree with so many comments put forth by them. The people are fed up with the present crop of BS-ing politicians. It should be a warning to all governments that they better start representing the people and not some secret agenda. We are fed up with the woke agenda, gender identities the media failing to be anywhere close to objective, and god love anyone that questions climate change or vaccines. Question anything that is not the approved party line and you will be attacked. We are fed up and I too am greatly disappointed that Garth appears to support it all without question

The comment section is a swamp. – Garth

#194 Shawn on 09.27.22 at 10:04 am

Mr. Fix the Economy

#175 Mistahfixit on 09.27.22 at 2:56 am

Ok let me fix the Canadian economy in 10 seconds …
-Turn Newfoundland into tax free offshore banking centre
-Turn Banff-Canmore into Silicon valley north with massive corporate tax breaks
-Massively develop the Alberta tarsands and build pipelines in every direction to export the stuff
-Turn Vancouver Island into a massive call center
-Cut pensions for all civil servants in half
-charge all new immigrants 100k$ citizen membership initiation fee. Once they have paid 500k$ in income taxes, the initial fee is reimbursable

Sorry ….that took 15 seconds .. should I run for office

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No run, for cover. I think I just saw 10,000 civil servants headed your way with pitchforks.

Also you call for more corporate tax breaks. The corporate tax rate in Canada has been cut about in half since about 1990 (More than a 50% cut in Alberta). I am not exaggerating. This has apparently kept our banks, insurance companies, grocery stores, oil producers, railways, truckers, personal service industries and other from packing up and leaving (sarcasm alert) . It has of course kept our manufacturers here though (right?)

Actually, bizarrely, the manufactures did not get as big a tax break as they already had a special lower rate back then. It was the CAPTIVE companies that got the near 50% tax cut. For no good reason! And no one says a word. The NDP must be unaware. The mantra has been all tax cuts are good, always and forever. All taxes are bad. Idiocy.

https://tradingeconomics.com/canada/corporate-tax-rate

#195 Bonobo on 09.27.22 at 10:06 am

God, family, and country. Sounds good to me.

#196 T bong pickins on 09.27.22 at 10:13 am

Guess what’s coming Y’all

https://www.cnbc.com/2022/09/27/uk-lenders-halt-mortgage-deals-to-customers-after-market-chaos.html

#197 Brian on 09.27.22 at 10:18 am

Biden, German chancellor present united front amid tensions with Russia over Ukraine

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/biden-meet-german-chancellor-urge-united-front-amid/story?id=82712888

I guess he kept his word!

Biden: “If Russia invades…then there will be no longer a Nord Stream 2.”

Reporter: “But how will you do that, it’s in germany’s control?”

Biden: “I promise you, we will be able to do that.”

https://www.zerohedge.com/commodities/damage-nord-stream-pipelines-unprecedented-may-have-been-sabotaged

#198 Quintilian on 09.27.22 at 10:19 am

#184 Dharma Bum on 09.27.22 at 8:49 am
“Then the cycle repeats.
Round and round and round she goes – where it stops, nobody knows.
Welcome to hell.”

Just like in Animal Farm Dharma?
A bit cynical and pessimistic don’t you think?

Yes , there are the Trumps, Pepes, the Trusses, and Melonis, but they are political version of professional wrestling, occasionally there is an occasional nose bleed by accident.

The rightwing nutbars love to perform, and the media loves to show the play, it’s a symbiotic relationship.

Fortunately, most of humanity is still on the path to enlightenment and human progress, with the occasional off course detour.

We don’t get fooled as easily anymore.

Join the angels, resistance if futile.

#199 TMac on 09.27.22 at 10:26 am

Unfortunately it is human nature to congregate power and take advantage of people. Now we are doing that on a global scale with globalism.
People have had enough.

#200 Brian on 09.27.22 at 10:28 am

Blasts Detected Near Nord Stream As Images Reveal “Huge Leak”

https://www.zerohedge.com/commodities/damage-nord-stream-pipelines-unprecedented-may-have-been-sabotaged

#201 Stoph on 09.27.22 at 10:52 am

#199 TMac on 09.27.22 at 10:26 am
Unfortunately it is human nature to congregate power and take advantage of people. Now we are doing that on a global scale with globalism.
People have had enough.

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You’re certainly right about congregating power is nothing new. Just ask the Romans, Mongols, Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch, French, British, Soviets, Americans,… I’d also argue that many of these empires and powers were/are global in nature.

#202 Slim on 09.27.22 at 11:25 am

With the likes of Herschel Walker or Mehmet Oz running in close races for the Senate should tell us we need to know about the right wing conservative nut jobs.

#203 millmech on 09.27.22 at 11:25 am

184
Look up the “Human Animal” by Desmond Morris, an excellent read on human nature.

#204 Middle Aged Man on 09.27.22 at 11:39 am

Roger Miller wondered the same thing in 1969 https://youtu.be/p3jiXa06-R0

#205 The General on 09.27.22 at 11:51 am

#176- Diamond dog- Your long winded diatribe while quoting Wikipedia has proven 1 thing: You know little to nothing about geopolitics, and your many words can’t conceal that. Give it a rest.

#206 The General on 09.27.22 at 12:03 pm

The plan is coming together, and the people are divided nicely. Now the 000.1 % and their minions who really control things can run roughshod over us all. Loony lefties will be replaced with hard rightist fixers. Controlled by the same hidden hand. Prove it you say? Most people can’t handle the truth, so why bother?

#207 The General on 09.27.22 at 12:19 pm

Apparently, John Baird advises P.P. The big mouth bass of conservatism and junk yard dog of Mr. Nice hair Robotron 2000. The Canadian version of Dick Cheney? Trudeau or the revenge of the nerds guy? Is Max really as mad as Garth claims? We shall see.

#208 Doug in London on 09.27.22 at 12:30 pm

I read an article by Gwynne Dyer about this new far right government in Italy, below is part of this article:

Yes to the natural families, no to the LGBT lobbies. Yes to the universality of the Cross, no to Islamic violence. Yes to secure borders, no to mass immigration. The brutal simplicity of these slogans works as well with lower income, poorly educated Italians as it does with the same sort of people in heartland America or red wall Britain. The goal is to distract them from the fact their populist heroes really govern in favour of the rich (which explains why those leaders must be shameless liars).

Wow, sums it all up quite well. I couldn’t have said it better myself.

#209 Investx on 09.27.22 at 12:36 pm

Italy elects its first female prime minister.

Where are all the celebrating “feminists”?

#210 bdwy on 09.27.22 at 12:39 pm

#191 Faron on 09.27.22 at 9:46 am
#174 DJT on 09.27.22 at 2:02 am
Censorship is at the root of fascism

Yes, and the GOP are banning books at an unprecedented rate.

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“girls who code” by chance? did you fall for that lie that was put out by dozens of news outlets?

dig a bit deeper. 100% bullshit.


i’m all for banning explicit,graphic alternate/extreme sexual practice how-to books for middle schoolers.

am i a fascist?

#211 jess on 09.27.22 at 12:48 pm

now mr. P knows what “fringe” really means

Ditto ” it is something else that I reject.”
What is next- burning books?

Action4Canada is one of many Christian nationalist groups that participated in convoy occupations across the country in early 2022.
“making Canada great again” and protecting “Judeo-Christian Biblical principles.”promoting extreme Christian nationalist rhetoric, combining Christian identity, Canadian nationalism and right-wing political beliefs.

Read why this man was banned and now taking his appeal to the supreme court!

https://pressprogress.ca/christian-nationalists-are-organizing-against-lgbtq-curriculum-in-schools/

#212 bdwy on 09.27.22 at 12:56 pm

buffet’s gravity in action.

rbc at 5+% div will be tempting.

#213 Apocalypse NOW on 09.27.22 at 1:01 pm

https://www.cnn.com/2022/09/27/energy/nord-stream-pipeline-leaks/index.html

“Mystery leaks hit Russian undersea gas pipelines to Europe”

“Sabotage”

A staged setup by Putin, to justify escalation

and nukes.

PREPARE

#214 Meh on 09.27.22 at 1:29 pm

202 Slim on 09.27.22 at 11:25 am
With the likes of Herschel Walker or Mehmet Oz running in close races for the Senate should tell us we need to know about the right wing conservative nut jobs.

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Sorry why is Dr Oz or even Herschel Walker for that matter, a nut job. I’m sure that’s what you were implying with your useless comment.

Why don’t you engage Dr Oz in a debate about anything? He’s about 20 times more educated and informed than you or anyone other bleeding heart liberal.

#215 Squire on 09.27.22 at 1:39 pm

#156 Quixotic on 09.26.22 at 10:25 pm
The world has been a more stable, safer, richer place since 1945 because of efforts to coalesce humanity, not carve it into myopic factions. – Garth
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Hope there are still a large enough number of Canadian politicians and voters who share these beliefs. Where have all the good leaders gone? Thank you, Garth, for promoting humanity over the far right’s division and hate.
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Really ? Do some research into Nazi’s and WW2. That was a far left movement which ultimately, censored truth and murdered millions. I’m not saying the far right is an option but neither is the far left.

#216 bdwy on 09.27.22 at 1:39 pm

nordstream sabotage reversed oil price slide for now. oil bulls catch a break after a bad week.

3200 sp by christmas i’m thinking.

#217 The General on 09.27.22 at 1:52 pm

#213- apocalypse now- So, C.N.N. told you that? Wow, and way shorter than #176- diamond doggie’s theories from Wikipedia, or multiple rants from c.e.f. Thanks!

#218 jess on 09.27.22 at 1:57 pm

A4C thinks everyone they disagree with is guilty of treason.

right left there is “no freedom” here ….call it what it is HATE

origins every should read this!
see how this leads to the Q and michael flynn trumps security advisor …omg “We have a president that likes us, President Trump.”

In 2019, ACT sought to hold a fundraising gala at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago, with tickets starting at $1,500. The gathering was billed as a “National Security Dinner Gala” and advertised special political and legislative guests had been invited. After SPLC broke the story and other news media outlets reported on it, the Trump Organization reneged and canceled the event. “This event will absolutely not be taking place at Mar-a-Lago,” a representative for the Trump Organization said in a statement.

…SPLC broke the news that longtime neo-Nazi Billy Roper was organizing ACT’s rally scheduled in Batesville, Arkansas, on June 6. Roper promoted the event on Stormfront, the neo-Nazi message board founded by former Klan leader Don Black. ..

he nationwide rallies of June 10, 2017, attracted a swath of white nationalists and neo-Nazis to the events. At the New York City march, Richard Rivera, a spokesperson for Vanguard America, a neo-Nazi group, attended and spoke to media, telling The Washington Post, “I don’t believe in having Muslims in the United States. Their culture is incompatible with ours.” Members associated with the white nationalist hate group Identity Evropa also attended various ACT rallies that day. Identity Evropa’s regional coordinator Jason Richardson spoke at the Indianapolis March Against Sharia.

About Augustus Sol Invictus

Augustus Sol Invictus (Austin Gillespie) had a fleeting moment in the national media spotlight in 2016, when he ran for Senate in the Florida Libertarian Party primary. During the race, it came to light that back in 2013, Invictus slaughtered a goat and drank its blood as part of a pagan ritual.

But the sensational, gory headlines minimize the identitarian, hierarchical worldview Invictus sells to his followers. Since his run at the Senate, Invictus has made plain he intends to become a prominent voice on the extreme right, speaking at rallies and founding a right-wing blog. Central to his message is that a violent second Civil War is necessary to preserve “Western civilization.”
In his words

“Do I believe that 6 million Jews were killed by evil Hitler? Is that what you’re asking?…Okay, then I am still waiting to see those facts.” — Hatewatch interview, August 5, 2017.

https://www.splcenter.org/fighting-hate/extremist-files/group/act-america
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Action4Canada is basically a hodgepodge anti-Islam/anti-LGBTQ far-right social conservative Christian organization that is an offshoot of the Canadian chapter of far-right ACT! for America: https://splcenter.org/fighting-hate/extremist-files/group/act-america

#219 cv5 on 09.27.22 at 2:08 pm

Canadian Banks down an average of 40%. My condolences to the HODLers.

The smart money moves….and smartly. The dumb retail money are holding their bags.

#220 The General on 09.27.22 at 2:24 pm

#124- Figmund Sreud: We just witnessed the birth of a truly multi-polar world in Samarkand. As opposed to the current uni-polar one which dominates currently. Epic reshuffling of the deck is in progress, and America wishes to be the last man standing. The U.S.A. has existed for 400 odd years, Russia has existed for 1260 years, China longer. Hedge your bets!

#221 The General on 09.27.22 at 2:54 pm

#218- jess: It’s nice of you to blame all Christians for a few so called Christians stirring the pot. The chaff will be separated from the wheat, in the end. Will you level accusations against other major religions for their lunatic fringes’ shenanigans also? Or is that a bridge too far?

#222 Brian on 09.27.22 at 3:02 pm

Remember when the lefties were called socialists?

New York Times November 5/1922

Scholar and Editor, Self Taught, Is Premier at Thirty-Eight
ONCE A SOCIALIST LEADER
Spectre of a Bolshevik Government Led Him to Organize Fascisti and Upset Cabinet.
By Alice Rohe

November 5, 1922

EVERYTHING is possible in Italy. The speaker was Benite Mussolini, the new Italian Premier; the place was Rome; the time— just the other day. Since then his words have become reality. He has been swept into the seats of the mighty on that overpowering wave of Fascismo. Just as Fascismo is a political phenomenon without parallel in history, so is Mussolini a leader without precedent. He is the political phenomenon of modern Italy, risen like a flame from the ashes of her cumbersome, confusing, parasite-covered bureaucratic régime.

To interview Benito Mussolini is not only to interview Italy’s “Man of the Hour,” but Italy’s “Man of Tomorrow.” He is that person, to the lack of whom Italy has long attributed her political misfortune—a strong man.

Mussolini has brought into the Italian situation that which it has lacked, and his achievements are proof of which discipline and organization, guided by an indomitable will, personal fearlessness, profound learning, straight thinking, [and] direct action can do.

For the full half-page article, including an adulatory photo of Il Duce:

https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1922/11/05/107079731.html?pageNumber=109

#223 Chimingin on 09.27.22 at 3:25 pm

Re #213-Alright, Apocalypse, sure, your remarks always end with ‘PREPARE’ like it’s some big scary verb. Somehow your silly posts put me in mind of Count Floyd from SCTV. “Oooo, scary, kids!”

How, exactly, would you like us to ‘PREPARE’? If it’s so important to you to warn us of the coming end, do be a love and actually share something useful for a change. Honestly.

#224 The Gorn on 09.27.22 at 3:40 pm

Perhaps Garth should explain his unwavering support for then immigration industry? Who benefits from this level of immigration? Banks and corporations.

Perhaps he is binary and cannot comprehend the concept of analog.

You see Garth, the RATE at which migrants move here can be adjusted. Kinda like the tap on your bathroom sink. Not like the light which can be either on or off.

See? It’s quite simple. Like alcohol, immigration is great in moderation but too much leaves you with a massive hangover and a lot of regret.

Puppet politicians are not acting in the best interest of 99% of Canadians. They are acting in the best interest of the 1% wealthiest Canadians. That wouldn’t include you Garth, would it ?

Canada has had immigration since day 1. Only
Now is it a problem and never before has the RATE been higher.

Not even close. Immigration in 1910, for example, was 400,000 to a country of 7.6 million – a rate of 5.5%. Immigration over the last decade has averaged 1%. I’ll bet your forbearers came from elsewhere. Immigration is a huge source of energy, capital and talent to this country. Be thankful people wish to come here. Despite you. – Garth

#225 Dragonfly58 on 09.27.22 at 4:37 pm

Most of my family came to Canada pre 1900. Land was almost all land grant. There was a back breaking process of doing everything yourself and very little money involved. Only public money was the railway, schools and very basic roads . You got off the ship, got on the train , arrived at your plot and went to work. Building codes, bylaws , zoning, highways , sewers, public drinking water systems, all were decades in the future.
Were is the land grant option today ? Even a very small plot of farmland is hundreds of thousands of $.

#226 Kathy on 09.27.22 at 6:49 pm

Garth

I feel sick when I read the vicious comments of trolls on your site – please know there are many people like myself who very much appreciate your blog and look forward every day to reading it. Whether I agree with everything you say or not is irrelevant. i respect your opinions which always give me reasons to think wombat what I believe and why. Many thanks.

#227 Doug in London on 09.27.22 at 10:57 pm

@Kathy, post #226:
My thoughts also. I think we’re a largely silent majority.

#228 Luddite on 09.28.22 at 12:57 am

Steerage section is not very nice tonight, sorry Garth

#229 Diamond Dog on 09.28.22 at 3:27 am

#181 crowdedelevatorfartz on 09.27.22 at 7:57 am

My math was off on Putin (he’s not responsible for the deaths of a million or more… if I had to guess, 300 to 400k from wars and assassinations) and made a comment on this error but it got scrubbed probably because it got to the heart of how Putin rose to power, how he’s kept power and what Putin is capable of. The disturbing part is what Putin is capable of. An individual like this simply is not mentally healthy enough to have access to nuclear codes.

I will try to keep comments shorter in the future but can’t help it sometimes, I’m opinionated and vocal but will try.

#230 Diamond Dog on 09.28.22 at 3:48 am

#205 The General on 09.27.22 at 11:51 am

#176- Diamond dog- Your long winded diatribe while quoting Wikipedia has proven 1 thing: You know little to nothing about geopolitics, and your many words can’t conceal that. Give it a rest.
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“While quoting Enwikipedia”… that’s what triggers you, dude… when someone criticizes enwiki as a source, they are criticizing the academic world which in it’s context’s of “geopolitics” among others, knows more than most.

In so far as not agreeing with my geopolitics, outside of my own disagreeing with what I said about Putin putting a million souls in the ground, (it probably is true, but there is no proof of it) you’ll have to bust a move and be more specific.