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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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On the October 25, 2014 episode of Exposing Faux Capitalism with Jason Erb, I discussed Canada’s new October Crisis and Surprise with two reported terrorist attacks on Canada’s soldiers and Parliament and summary of my interview with alleged Canadian political thought criminal, Arthur Topham.

Related links:
October 15: CSIS to get more powers to track suspected terrorists as details emerge of new federal bill

October 20: Canadian soldiers run down in possible Quebec terror attack

October 22: Soldier shot outside of Parliament at National War Memorial, active shooter believed to be on the loose (contains picture of an RCMP officer with a semiautomatic rifle standing next to a poster of Parliament, saying, a symbol of Canadian democracy since 1867).

October 23: As Ottawa shooting broke out, Stephen Harper hid in a closet, unknown to his own caucus in the same room

October 24: Canadian authorities ran war game drills depicting ISIS attack scenarios

October 24: Michael Zehaf-Bibeau was shot nearly a dozen times before Kevin Vickers fatally wounded him.

October 27: Tories set to introduce bill to beef up CSIS’ ability to monitor Canadians

October 27: Michael Zehaf-Bibeau video to be released ‘someday’, RCMP’s Paulson hopes

November 10: Kevin Vickers to be honoured by Israeli Knesset

November 11: Kevin Vickers feted at security conference in Israel

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English: Map of Canada

On October 18, 2011, I wrote the article, Canadian government to its citizens: You’re incapable of defending our border, about the radical North American Union integration plan to achieve the interoperability of Canadian and U.S. law enforcement.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, like his predecessors Jean Chretien and Brian Mulroney, can’t bend over fast enough to satisfy his Trilateral Commission masters in achieving further regional integration.

For what good Canadian border security looks like, see this classic Canadian Heritage Minute video:

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The New logo for the Toronto sun

The Toronto Sun, one of Toronto’s four daily newspapers, is rightly called a tabloid newspaper.

Someone with whom I had some lively email exchanges regarding the Canadian economy and form of government compared to the United States once sent me a link to a particular article in the Sun, and I called it a tabloid paper.

A giveaway that it’s a tabloid paper is when it had a front-page picture of former federal Liberal Party leader, Michael Ignatieff, with two heads, symbolizing his alleged two-facedness.

The article was actually informative, in revealing that either Ignatieff or one of his political handlers wasn’t being consistent regarding his voting record in Britain.

Since then, I have scarcely learned anything interesting when reading it at one of my local coffee shops when it is the only paper around.

One of its regular commentators, Christina Blizzard, has written several boilerplate commentaries that I read.

One was about the Ontario Liberal government, led by Dalton McGuinty, after its minority election win in October 2011, where she had the audacity to write:

For the last eight years, the Libs have governed as if they were anointed by divine right.

It’s called a majority government, under Canada’s system of constitutional monarchy, Christina. You should know well, since the guy you wrote a book about — former Premier Mike Harris — governed with at least as much arrogance as McGuinty did.

But it’s her job to throw red meat to her audience, keeping the false left-right paradigm firmly in place, and Ontarians and Canadians divided against those working against their common interest.

Shortly before Occupy Toronto was broken up, someone wrote a letter to the Sun, saying she had walked through the camp and didn’t find any problems. Their response? They arrogantly asked whether she was an expert on the situation by having walked through there once.

Again — more red meat to their audience, portraying Occupy Toronto as a bunch of losers with no legitimate grievances.

Another example of their boilerplate commentary is a response to a letter in the first week of 2012, saying, “they say it’s for our safety,” in response to the Ontario Liberal government’s policy that all Ontarians present valid identification in order to redeem their medical prescription.

That’s a nice partisan dodge of the larger issue of governments of all political stripes imposing regulations in the name of “public safety,” such as the Stephen Harper Conservative majority government’s plan for police to be able to obtain selected customer information from all internet users, without a warrant, all in the name of protecting the public from criminals.

But something tells me the Toronto Sun isn’t going to come out against that scheme to allegedly protect public safety to the degree they lambaste Liberal government policies.

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I won’t vote for any of the mainstream candidates or parties, which should be evident to any regular readers given my scathing criticism of politics as usual.

The Green Party, while not mainstream in some ways, including not having an Ontario provincial member of Parliament, is out of consideration, since they fully support the global warming scam.

Therefore, in this election, I was left with one other party choice — the Freedom Party.

I strongly support their platform of restoring personal private payment options for health care, as every other country has in the world, except, apparently, Cuba and North Korea.

Another platform of theirs I strongly support is making spy meters optional, and eliminating all public funding for private power generation and  so-called green energy initiatives.

Where I part company with them, however, is their platform to repeal various excise taxes like the gasoline tax and liquor taxes. Excise taxes are one of the few taxes that I think are legitimate, since you as a resident have the choice of paying that tax or not.

They also pledge to repeal the $2.9 billion health premium, yet the obvious question becomes — how will that revenue be made up? Based on a cursory analysis of their pledges, it would seem that the kind of cost savings required wouldn’t be met by the shortfall in revenue their policies would result in.

Another platform I strongly oppose, which basically tipped the balance in favour of me not voting for their local candidate, is their plan to provide for the election of Ontario’s federal senators. I wrote about why I think Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Senate reform plan is unconstitutional. Beyond that, I think the last thing we need are more elected representatives for the money power to manipulate and make voters feel they are really making a positive choice for.

Some people have called for abolishing the Canadian Senate, as did the late NDP leader, Jack Layton, while many in the Western provinces have called for a so-called Triple-E Senate (Equal, Elected, Effective). However, I call for a Senate where the senators are appointed by the provincial legislatures, which is a system like the United States had prior to 1913, which I believe served its federal government well before it eventually became more centralized and expansive than Canada’s without direct state representation.

They also criticize the leaders of the major parties for letting the Toronto School Board decide how to handle Muslims praying in some of its schools. I was surprised that PC Leader Tim Hudak, didn’t take the opportunity to demagogue that issue.

I think he took the appropriate position, because I favour local school control, and if anyone feels the Board or school is acting illegally, they can take them to court. The last thing I think the education system needs is more centralized control, as should be evident from the U.S., which has a federal Department of Education and has some of the worst primary and secondary school outcomes in the Western world.

Therefore, I intend to vote for “none of the above,” which you can officially do in Ontario, by declining your ballot.

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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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Senate of Canada. Canada Parliament [Ottawa].

Stephen Harper, Canada’s Prime Minister since 2006, with a majority government since May 2011, has introduced so-called Senate reform legislation, calling for new senators to be term-limited to nine years, and to be elected by the people in their respective provinces, all under the guise of modernizing the Senate.

Given that he’s been Canada’s Head of Government since 2006, he really should know better that such a plan is unconstitutional, because he only plans to get the support of the House and Senate in passing it.

Part V, Section 42, Subsections (1)(b) and (c) of the Constitution Acts 1867 and 1982 states:

42. (1) An amendment to the Constitution of Canada in relation to the following matters may be made only in accordance with subsection 38(1):
(b) the powers of the Senate and the method of selecting Senators;
(c) the number of members by which a province is entitled to be represented in the Senate and the residence qualifications of Senators;

Subsection 38(1) requires:

(a) resolutions of the Senate and House of Commons; and
(b) resolutions of the legislative assemblies of at least two-thirds of the provinces that have, in the aggregate, according to the then latest general census, at least fifty per cent of the population of all the provinces.

The argument is that it’s not an amendment to the Constitution. However, the Constitution of Canada is the supreme law of the land, and the institutions created by the Constitution can’t be changed by the institutions themselves, unless specifically authorized by the Constitution. Otherwise the creation is more powerful than the creator, and that’s non-sensical.

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