Posts Tagged ‘Canada’

During the 2015 Canadian federal election campaign, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, now Prime Minister, promised to borrow money (at interest) to pay for $60 billion in new infrastructure investments, as opposed to the NDP’s plan to balance the budget in their first year.

It was, and remains, a false frame of having to stay in a deficit and grow the debt by borrowing at interest for infrastructure investments when the government of Canada, all its provinces, and its municipalities, have the statutory authorization under the Bank of Canada Act to borrow money, effectively, or, in actuality, interest-free.

For instance, money can be borrowed effectively interest-free when the Bank of Canada issues bonds that are held by the government, and when it buys its own bonds, as the government of Canada is the sole shareholder of the bank, and all profits, after expenses, will go back to the government.

But even better, the federal government can borrow money, interest-free, by requesting interest-free money, to borrow for infrastructure investments today.

So, despite Trudeau seemingly one-upping the NDP in saying that he would invest in critical infrastructure by borrowing today, as opposed to putting off such investments in favour of immediately balancing the budget, he bought into the typical false frame that we have to borrow the money at interest as opposed to borrowing it interest-free.

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On the October 10, 2015 episode of Exposing Faux Capitalism with Jason Erb, I covered the following issues:

A unique analysis of the upcoming October 19, 2015 Canadian federal election, with a focus on foreign policy and election stunts. I also talk about health care and Uber.

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Brigette DePape, the Senate page who held up a “STOP HARPER” sign during the Conservative’s 2011 Throne Speech, and being escorted out by the Sergeant-at-arms for it, was a panelist on the October 6, 2015 episode of TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin, on the topic of The Young and Disengaged, concerning the low youth voter turnout in Canadian elections.

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Now that the Canadian federal election campaign is ramping up with the end of summer after Labour Day, here is a Reddit Q&A with Libertarian Party of Canada leader, Tim Moen, from September 8, 2015.

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I understand the context of their cheering and clapping when Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commissioner said that Canada had participated in a period of “cultural genocide” — not in support of the purported government program of cultural genocide against Native Canadians, as it was termed to have taken place in Canada from the period of 1867 (its founding) to 1969 — but it betrays the radical and warped agenda of those non-Native Radical Leftist audience members who were hoping for such strong language in order to fuel their radical social and historical revisionist agenda on Canadians.

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From the description of the May 27, 2015 show posted on TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin’s YouTube channel:

Perry Bellegarde was elected National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations in December 2014. Nearly half a year into his term, The Agenda checks in to see what issues he’s prioritized and what progress he’s made on longstanding concerns such as land claims, education and missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls.

Five minutes into the interview, I noticed his accent markedly change, from speaking to an audience of Canadians (almost all non-Native), to his Native audience.

So much for the notion of a departure from business as usual for a Native leader, in acting differently than a typical politician with regard to appealing to his particular audience.

He followed in the footsteps of President Obama and Hillary Clinton, who adopted a foreign accent specifically to appeal to their audience.

I understand the idea of appealing to one’s audience, but unless you’re immigrating to another nation or speaking a completely different language, for me, it’s a type of deception to markedly change your accent from one audience to the next, just to appeal to them. When I attended the 2009 Rethinking AIDS Conference in Oakland, California, I remember an American attendee point out my Canadian accent, and I realize that he was somewhat making fun of it for its distinctiveness and stereotypical Canadianness, but for me it is a symbol of my personal identity, and I don’t intend to change it just to curry better favour with an audience whose accents may be significantly different than mine.

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On May 21, 2015, I came across this March 2015 scientific poll by Ekos on immigration to Canada.

No surprise, since a Google search shows no mention in Canada’s largest mass media sources: The CBC, The Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail and the National Post.

The Huffington Post Canada, Metronews.ca and the Winnipeg Free Press are the only mid-sized Canadian sites that mention it in the first page of results.

And with the results, we can see why.

The updated headline on the Metronews.ca article reads: “Forty-one per cent say ‘too many’ minorities immigrating to Canada: survey.

For a country that was founded by Europeans (primarily British and French), and was 96% European Canadian as recently as 1971, and whose population was 76% European Canadian as of the latest census in 2011, Canada’s corporate-controlled mass media is absolutely intent on covering up the results of such a survey in their biggest publications, and engaging in trash journalism in their mid-tier publications in order to promote the false notion that Canada is both a democracy and has fully embraced multiculturalism.

The original title of the article, still preserved in the URL, was “Survey reveals Canadians’ racist leanings,” but they realized that was over the top, and had to modify it, because you can’t so easily dismiss the concerns of 41% of surveyed Canadians, which is relatively representative of the Canadian population at large, because it is a scientific poll with a sizable sample size.

The trash journalism first starts with the accusation of racism, then, as is common parlance, then takes the case of a single Sikh immigrant who is unrepresentative of all immigrants, let alone non-European immigrants to Canada, as he became a highly successful businessman, presumably having millions of dollars in net worth by now.

It quotes him as saying that Canada is like heaven on Earth to him, and has him asking how those Canadians would deal with so many visible minorities in heaven. Indeed Canada is a heaven to many immigrants, and the reason for that is because of the culture and institutions and the European people who created and founded them and this country.

There are so many different conceptions of “heaven,” and the mass media is generally duplicitous in invoking religion to further their agenda, due to being at the forefront of destroying any significant religious involvement in political and social life.

Heaven may indeed be intended as a place of universal brotherhood and sisterhood, without racial, ethnic or cultural distinction, but for the time being, in this life, those are very much part of the human experience, history and in the case of race and ethnicity — in our very DNA.

If it’s just a matter of universal principles that any society adopt, then why can’t India, and particularly the state of Punjab in India, create the conditions for a heaven on Earth? Perhaps they someday can, according to the standards of the person they quoted, but for the time being, Canada is his heaven.

Later, the article perpetrates the common and false notion of equating race simply with skin colour, by quoting a Toronto city councillor, in saying: “I think that we were welcomed to this county. I would hate to think that the attitudes of Canadians are going to change simply because my skin colour is not white and my mother speaks with an accent.

If race is simply about skin colour, then why is it that the different races have statistically significant risk profiles for certain diseases, and have to be given different dosages of certain drugs, and why do IQ scores consistently differ between the races over time across the world?

In addition, the article is duplicitous for perpetrating the misperception that the 41% of Canadians surveyed are against the immigration of most or nearly all visible minorities, without regard to any economic considerations, whereas most of them may just only want to cut immigration of visible minorities by half, and a large portion may even want to significantly cut or even halt immigration of all people, including Europeans.

If we had an objective mass media, intent on getting to the bottom of the story, they would’ve balanced it by interviewing some of those who expressed the same opinion as those surveyed, and found out why they say that, and presented the case for why too much immigration by non-Europeans into a country with European culture, institutions and laws would be fundamentally detrimental to the country in the long-run.

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