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Old 05-28-2017, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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Andrew Scheer not the only winner in Conservative leadership race - Politics - CBC News

Now that Andrew Scheer is the leader of the Conservative Party and leader of the Official Opposition I've pretty much cemented my 2019 vote for Trudeau. The NDP is in total limbo these days. Anyway - this is what Sheer had to say about gay marriage back in 2004 re: the Civil Marriage Act.

"is abhorrent to me … and to every member of every faith community”. He later went on to vote to reopen the debate on the definition of marriage in 2006 two years after gay marriage became legal in our land.
If Canadians think that a Trump like government can't happen here, they're wrong.

The Cons have a paid membership of 260,000. Nearly 50 percent supported Maxime Bernier.. A man who wants to rid Canada of UHC, get rid of the CBC and the CRTC. Drastically cut corporate tax rates and the massive downsizing of a federal government.

As it's laid out, Maxime Bernier's health-care plan could be electoral poison
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Old 05-28-2017, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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If Canadians think that a Trump like government can't happen here, they're wrong.

The Cons have a paid membership of 260,000. Nearly 50 percent supported Maxime Bernier.. A man who wants to rid Canada of UHC, get rid of the CBC and the CRTC. Drastically cut corporate tax rates and the massive downsizing of a federal government.

As it's laid out, Maxime Bernier's health-care plan could be electoral poison
Well I don't know if Scheer would be a carbon copy of Bernier but you can't dismiss that Bernier will play a very influential role in the Conservative Party in years to come. I don't know a whole lot about Scheer but what I've seen regarding his stance on gay marriage is simply enough for me to stay away from voting Conservative. I like when the Conservative Party takes a more centrist stance on economic and social issues instead of veering off too far to the right - it just turns me totally away and its also polarizing.
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Old 06-07-2017, 09:35 PM
 
Location: Canada
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More soldiers, ships and planes for military in Liberal defence plan - Politics - CBC News

Regarding the NATO target of military spending of 2% of GDP:

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The military alliance has pegged Canada's contribution at roughly .98 per cent, but the new policy says Canada has been under-reporting its numbers and is now counting expenditures like direct payments to veterans and the cost of administering defence program at both treasury board and public works.
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The government said it rejigged the accounting formula after conducting a study and consultation with NATO.
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Old 06-14-2017, 05:07 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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More soldiers, ships and planes for military in Liberal defence plan - Politics - CBC News

Regarding the NATO target of military spending of 2% of GDP:
It would be wonderful if Canada got to stepping with buying a new fighter plane. A country like Bulgaria can complete a fighter replacement program in under 3 years from start to finish and 10 years later we're still doing what exactly with the CF-18 replacement - saying 'strong' things in Parliament about forging ahead with a stronger and more independent foreign policy - great but words become really cheap after 10 years - time for action is now!
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Old 06-17-2017, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Canada
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Babysitter, 20, pulled from pool unresponsive after four-year-old calls 911 | Metro News

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"It just demonstrates how important it is to teach your kids — even at a young age — recognizing an emergency, knowing when and when not to call 911. And in this case obviously she recognized the emergency and knew enough to call 911."
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Old 06-18-2017, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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What an amazing kid!
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Old 08-16-2017, 08:59 AM
 
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I'm on the email list to receive the Globe and Mail's daily Politics Briefing newsletter. It often contains quotes or summaries not only to its own articles but to articles from other sources as well.

A couple of items surprised me this morning.

From The New Yorker:

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Bannon has become friends with Gerald Butts, a longtime political adviser to the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau. They met in New York during the transition and now talk regularly. Bannon sees Butts as a sort of left-wing version of himself. Last year, as the Prime Minister’s popularity was in decline, Trudeau pushed through a tax hike on the rich, and it helped him rebound.

Bannon wants to sell the idea politically by arguing that it would actually hit left-wing millionaires in Silicon Valley, on Wall Street, and in Hollywood. Bannon is one of the few Republicans in Washington actually to consider what has long been backed up by polling: many working-class voters who support Republicans are in favor of higher taxes on the rich. “There’s nothing better for a populist than a rich guy raising taxes on rich guys,” Butts told Bannon.
Firing Steve Bannon Won't Change Donald Trump


From The Hill Times:

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A group of influential Canadian conservatives has been working over the summer to create an organization that will try to pull the Conservative Party closer to the political centre, say several sources with knowledge of the effort.
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The focus of the discussion was “seeing how the more moderate elements of the party could kind of retake some measure of control, and exert themselves in a more influential and positive way, instead of being defined by, you know, just the existing leader, Andrew Scheer, and by past leaders, Stephen Harper.

“It seems like they want to kind of distance the party from those elements and really turn it into more of a Mulroney-era, solutions-oriented party, as opposed to [a] more reactionary [one],” he said.
High-profile conservatives organizing to shift Conservative Party to centre - The Hill Times - The Hill Times
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Old 08-16-2017, 09:32 AM
 
Location: Canada
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The impact of Charlottesville:

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The rally to Unite the Right ended up fracturing it instead — at least in Canada.

Exhibit A is the exodus at The Rebel news site, the Canadian Tiki torch bearers of the far right, whose contributors celebrate the deaths of desperate migrants at sea.

An exodus so fast it was hard to keep up with all the names by Tuesday evening.
https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/201...-paradkar.html

http://nationalpost.com/news/canada/...e-c7efffb71b62
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Old 09-14-2017, 08:44 PM
 
Location: British Columbia ♥ 🍁 ♥
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Default U.S. not obliged to defend Canada in event of North Korea missile attack, MPs told.

U.S. not obliged to defend Canada in event of North Korea missile attack, MPs told.


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The highest-ranking Canadian officer at Norad has demolished a long-held political assumption by telling a parliamentary committee that the U.S. is under no obligation to defend Canada in the event of a ballistic missile attack.

Lt.-Gen. Pierre St-Amand laid out on Thursday — in stark terms — where the military lines of each nation begin and end in the event the North Korean crisis erupts into a shooting war.

"The extent of the U.S. policy is not to defend Canada," said St-Amand, who is the deputy commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command, which is responsible for defending the skies and maritime approaches to North America. "That's the fact I can bring to the table."

The debate over whether Canada should join the U.S. ballistic missile defence program re-emerged this summer following the explosion of what scientists believe is North Korea's first hydrogen bomb and successful intercontinental missile tests......

............ "There's been no direct threat to Canada," said Gwozdecky. "In fact, on the contrary, in recent contacts with the North Korean government, including in August when our national security advisor was in Pyongyang, the indications were they perceived Canada as a peaceful and indeed a friendly country." .........

..... continued --> ...... U.S. not obliged to defend Canada in event of North Korea missile attack, MPs told

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Old 09-15-2017, 06:14 PM
 
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Default Half of Canada's wildlife in decline

WWF study shows that Canadian wildlife is facing ‘serious challenges’

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New report says half of Canada’s wildlife species are in decline: ‘We are going to lose ecosystems’ - National | Globalnews.ca

With devastation wrought by habitat loss, climate change, pollution and overfishing, new research suggests that as much as half of the wildlife in Canada could be dying off at alarming rates.

A total of 451 species in decline — roughly half of the total mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians studied as part of the World Wildlife Fund Canada’s Living Index, released Thursday — saw their population decline by an average of 83 per cent between 1970 and 2014...... continued .....

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