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Kitchener—Waterloo (provincial electoral district)The Kitchener-Waterloo byelection candidate forum planned for Monday, August 27, 2012 will only be including four of the 10 declared candidates, according to the Waterloo Region Record.

The organizers have seen fit not to invite the following eligible candidates, in alphabetical order:

– Garnet Bruce (Independent)
– Kevin Clarke (The People)
– Allan Dettweiler (Ontario Libertarian Party)
– David Driver (Freedom Party of Ontario)
– Elizabeth Rowley (Communist)
– John Turmel (Paupers)

I made the following comments on therecord.com:

Leaders visit K-W riding today

Given that the winner will replace a 20+-year representative of the riding, why are the other 6 candidates good enough to appear on our ballot but not in a single two-hour forum?

Kitchener-Waterloo byelection candidate forum planned Monday

GrandRiverJoe, Tim Hudak was in the PC government that left the province with a $5.6 billion deficit in 2003, despite claiming up until the election that they would balance the budget. In the 2011 election, Hudak was promising an 8% HST tax cut on hydro bills without explaining how he would cover the revenue loss.

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In my interview with Dr. Stan Monteith of Radio Liberty on November 2, 2011, I reported on the challenges facing Canadians, and of several Canadian success stories of political activism since my first interview with him on September 22, 2010.

I alluded to a dozen major developments, of which I mentioned the three major ones: the planned scrapping of the long-gun registry, the removal of fluoride from the municipal water supply in Waterloo and Calgary, and a majority of eligible B.C. voters voting to scrap the so-called Harmonized Sales Tax imposed upon them.

1) The long-gun registry is set to be scrapped now that the Conservatives have a majority and a bill has been introduced.
2) A sitting Canadian senator and Trilateral Commission member has called for a North American Parliament and a guaranteed minimum wage for all Canadians.
3) British Columbians in a historic referendum vote to scrap their government-imposed Harmonized Sales Tax (The first such vote in the English-speaking commonwealth).
4) Municipal water fluoridation voted down in Waterloo in 2010 and by Calgary city council in 2011.
5) A joint U.S.-Canadian unconstitutional plan to have law enforcement interoperability on the border by 2012.
6) Around a million Americans living in Canada being targeted by the IRS to file their taxes and report their bank account holdings going back several years.
7) Desperate for cash, the U.S. has imposed a new $5.50 entry fee on Canadian travelers.
8) Increasing economic freedom in Canada relative to the U.S., with Canada being rated the best country in the world to do business by Forbes.
9) Incandescent light bulb ban delay until 2014 in Canada.
10) Canadian combat operations in Afghanistan ended in July 2011, all troops scheduled to leave by Dec. 2011.
11) How the U.S. no-fly list became the Canadian no-fly list.
12) Toronto 2010 G20 fallout: Nearly 60% of charges dropped against 1100 arrested.

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Giant Canadian flag in downtown Vancouver

The B.C. referendum success of voting to scrap the federally administered HST on August 26, 2011, represents a trend of Canadian success stories of reigning in government since 2010.

While liberty has taken a back seat on the mad rush toward more and more government control in people’s lives, Canadians have fought back in three key ways since 2010.

First, on October 26, 2010, with city of Waterloo residents rejecting continued fluoridation of their water, despite the arrogant attempts of some so-called dental professionals in only showing up for one of three scheduled debates on the issue, presenting their arguments on high from their proverbial Mount Olympus.

To me, that vote, along with the rejection of merger talks with neighbouring Kitchener, was tangible evidence of Waterloo finally earning some of its otherwise premature designation as the world’s most intelligent community in 2007.

Then, on February 8, 2011, Calgary city council voted overwhelming to no longer forcibly medicate its residents with fluoride through their municipal water supply, and voted to reject hearing from a so-called panel of experts on the issue, recognizing that such a presentation is unworthy of consideration with regard to a fundamental human right.

In all three cases, liberty won out at the expense of arrogant politicians, so-called experts, and arrogant and over-reaching governments that have become a clear and present danger to the very existence of free Western societies since 9/11.

I hope that these examples will at least serve as an inspiration to those in the U.S. who are seeking to rein in what I view as their arrogant and over-reaching federal government. If the normally sanguine Canadians can push back on their government, then by George, surely Americans can push back on theirs!

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BRITISH COLUMBIA 1986 Blue Baseplate

Primarily, because it was foisted upon them as a naked cash grab without any offsets like the Ontario government was clever in offering to its residents.

Then, their provincial government tried to bribe them with a two percentage point cut to the HST, and taking a bribe compromises your credibility.

For one, it was only a promise, and we know how promises are often broken, especially when the government falls upon hard economic times.

While it would be politically more difficult to later raise the tax rate, they would likely play a shell game of trying to fool people and raise taxes and fees in other areas to make up for their revenue crunch.

We saw this in Ontario with the Mike Harris Progressive Conservatives, who borrowed billions from other countries and bankers in order to slash personal income taxes by 30%, only to make up for the remaining revenue crunch by downloading the cost of services to municipalities, which was later ruled to have been the main contributing factor to the Walkerton E.coli water disaster.

It was widely recognized that had B.C. kept the HST in place until 2015, at which point they could cancel and not have to pay back the $1.6 billion federal bribe they were given, it would’ve been politically and practically impossible to go back to two separate sales tax regimes, which is what made the 2015 poison pill so diabolical.

Unlike Ontario, B.C. will now go back to a system that the Canadian Constitution intended. Namely, for the provinces to have the power of taxation within the province for provincial purposes. This was portrayed as an inefficiency, yet one local store owner informed me that despite the alleged claims of savings for businesses under such a system, his accountant was still charging him just as much as she was before the HST went into effect on July 1, 2010.

The deal between Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Conservative Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and former Liberal Premier of B.C., Gordon Campbell, showed how the left-right paradigm is phony, and also that Harper’s past rhetoric about building “firewalls” against the federal government in Alberta is also phony.

Once Harper became Prime Minister, he had no problem in bribing the governments of B.C. and Ontario with some of their own money as an inducement to adopt the federally concocted and administered HST, making those provinces more integrated with, and dependent upon, the federal government.

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Flag of British Columbia

Congratulations to British Columbians for rejecting the HST that your provincial government tried to ram down your throats after the $1.6 billion bribe from the federal government, and despite your provincial government’s feeble attempts to bribe you with a two percentage point cut. This is truly a great day for the democratic process in Canada, and for a political system that WORKS when enough citizens care to make it work.

What the people of B.C. did is truly remarkable. First, they got so upset that they forced Premier Gordon Campbell out of office. Then, they successfully exercised Canada’s only popular referendum legislation, and when their government started fearing a loss, it made a feeble and ultimately unsuccessful attempt to bribe its citizens with a two percentage point cut. Also, the people pressured their government to adopt legislation requiring a lower threshold of voters to force action instead of a higher threshold to only require consideration of their wishes.

Despite all the bribery and cajoling, a majority of registered voters turned out, and a majority of them roundly rejected it, and it is indeed a great day in B.C. and in Canada today.

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Tim Hudak

Since the Ontario Progressive Conservatives unveiled their October 2011 election platform, it’s become evident to me that their leader Tim Hudak is a shameless opportunist.

In 2009, when the federal Conservatives effectively bribed Ontario with $4 billion (around 40% of Ontario’s own money to begin with) to surrender its constitutional authority to directly impose a provincial sales tax and adopt a so-called Harmonized Sales Tax, Ontario PC leader Tim Hudak said how bad it was.

To me, it is simply not credible that he wouldn’t have taken the $4 billion from his federal cousins and implemented the HST like his Liberal competitors did.

Among his other shameless opportunistic claims include his promise to remove the 8% provincial portion of the 13% HST from hydro bills, and remove the debt retirement charge from them.

As one columnist pointed out, Hudak claims the debt retirement charge is no longer necessary, since the debt has allegedly been paid off.

Hudak was wise to go into politics, because he certainly wouldn’t have lasted long as a loan officer at a bank with his funny math. He claims that Ontario hydro customers have paid back the debt by having paid back the principal on it. Wouldn’t it be nice to say you’ve paid off your mortgage by only making principal payments and not any interest? Yes, so long as you’re not the bank.

While the Ontario Liberals, dubbed the Fiberals in some quarters, have a deservedly tarnished image as a result of some of their bogus promises, such as their failed promise not to raise taxes while going on to impose a health tax and eco fees, Hudak and the PCs aren’t any more credible in my view either.

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The province of British Columbia

Recently, someone relayed an account of the province of British Columbia’s tax and medical system, and here is part of my response:

The capital gains tax rate in B.C. isn’t 48%. Taxtips.ca shows that the highest capital gains tax rate there is only 21.85% for any gains on income over $128,800 for 2011. For the average B.C. taxpaper, it is far less, at either 11.35% or 14.85%.

As for the 12% sales tax, it has a 5% federal component and a 7% provincial component. That is, the B.C. government is only taking 7%, whereas the 5% sales tax is paid anywhere in Canada. While few like paying taxes, it’s a constitutional tax in both Canada and according to the principles and letter of the law of the original U.S. Constitution.

You said you had a friend in B.C. who had to wait four and a half years for a hip replacement. The B.C. government reports that between July 1 to September 30, 2010, the median wait time for hip replacements was only 11.6 weeks.

That’s for people admitted to a waiting list based on a doctor’s medical assessment. If you’re not admitted, then you’re also not getting any hip replacement in the U.S. if you don’t have the money or private health insurance to pay for it.

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