The Province will hold a public inquiry into money laundering that has distorted British Columbia’s economy, fuelled the overdose crisis and driven up housing prices…
“This inquiry will bring answers about who knew what whenand who is profiting from money laundering in our province,” said David Eby, Attorney General.
“The Honourable Justice Cullen will have the mandate, authority and resources to seek answers, perhaps most importantly among people and organizations who refuse to share what they know unless legally compelled to do so.”
Nine months ago, Attorney General David Eby asked BC Liberals to waive privilege over cabinet files related to money laundering. Eby said the old documents would not be released to the public but would assist ongoing criminal investigations.
A month later, Liberal leader Wilkinson refused Eby’s request, justifying that decision because BC NDP has opposed release of advice to…
“The Trudeau government has betrayed Canadians who entrusted it to manage their money responsibly. They are now on track to add $127 billion in new debt by 2024 – a full $100 billion more than they promised during the last election” … so said Canadian Taxpayers Federation Federal Director Aaron Wudrick today following
And it seems Wudrick isn’t the only one not pleased by todays budget announcement … including Aaron Gunn, formerly of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) where he founded and became Executive Director of the Generation Screwed initiative. I wasn’t surprised that he too hit on new debts that Justin Trudeaus federal Liberal government will continue to generate.
This afternoon he commented, “Remember when Trudeau said he’d balance the budget by 2019 and not run deficits of more than $10 billion? How is this colossal failure of leadership not receiving more coverage by the media?”, before continuing. “Trudeau’s now added over $100 billion dollars in NEW DEBT to Canada’s balance sheet even while the economy has been growing… what happens if we enter a recession? He has decimated our fiscal room to maneuver with exactly ZERO to show for it.”
Stated Dan Albas, Conservative MP for the riding of Central Okanagan / Similkameen / Nicola: “This budget is nothing but an expensive remote to change the channel from the SNC Lavalin scandal. Canadian tax payers deserve better from their government. Canadians also deserve transparent and accountable government.”
“More spending, more debt, more government. More cover-up. The most expensive cover-up in history.”
And while the BC Chamber of Commerce indicated they will continue to engage with Federal representatives to prioritize restoring a competitive tax structure, reducing regulatory burdens, and increasing access to skilled labour as critical priorities to maintain prosperity for all British Columbians, they indicated that:
Today’s federal budget fell short of addressing the fundamental issues affecting BC business. And, while there were some small wins in the budget, it failed to address key issues like global tax competitiveness, reduced business confidence, and a slumping investment in BC businesses.
Val Litwin, CEO of the BC Chamber of Commerce pointed out that; “Current tax rates are hurting our ability to compete globally. This budget didn’t adequately address productivity or competitiveness in a way that will grow our economy, create meaningful employment, and generate the revenues we need to sustain a healthy prosperous province and country”.
Also, of concern to the BC Chamber of Commerce is the lack of a clear strategy to move the Trans Mountain pipeline forward, given the significant investment made by Canadian taxpayers.
And it’s true! A lack of ability to have projects such as the Trans Mountain Pipeline moving forward should be of grave concern to all taxpayers. Only long stalled resource development projects such as the Trans Mountain Pipeline will be able to stop increased debt, and begin to turn it around – something Justin Trudeaus and his band of carbon taxing eco-bandits have failed to understand.
It’s no wonder another BC Conservative MP, Mel Arnold, stated: “Most reports have suggested that Canada’s economy is becoming sluggish and perhaps headed to more slowing. This budget spends like King Midas with no regard to your future – and those of your children. A bribe – with their allowance.”
Justin Trudeau came in like a rock star in the election of 2015 — promising one and all sunny days were here, and that Canada was back. Oh, and that he’d get the budget balanced.
Sunny days are here … but only for those in foreign countries getting lavished with incredibly insane amounts of government largesse.
Canada is back Trudeau said … but back to what? Fawning world countries at the United Nations (UN) as he sends under equipped men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces into combat zones (no they are NOT UN Peace keeping missions – there’s NO PEACE TO KEEP!)
Balanced budget? That sadly continues to be a sad joke that our children and grand-children will be left having to sort out (remember three quarters of a TRILLION dollars by the end of the next 5 years)
And going back to sunny days – there are certainly not many of those as the confusion and chaos surround SNC-Lavalin continues with the Liberal majority shutting down Jody Wilson-Raybould from speaking.
To that, my own MP Cathy McLeod stated that she was: “Proud to stand with my Conservative colleagues and our Leader, Andrew Scheer, after today’s $41 billion cover up budget and shut down of the only public investigation into the SNC-Lavalin Scandal”
According to Statistics Canada:
sales declined for the third consecutive month, down 1.3% to
$56.4 billion in December on lower sales of petroleum and coal products.
Excluding this industry, manufacturing sales declined 0.3%. Sales fell
in 12 of 21 industries, representing 72.7% of
manufacturing sales. Manufacturing sales in volume terms were also down,
declining 1.2% in December.
in the petroleum and coal product industry, sales
declined for a second consecutive month, falling 10.4% to
$5.2 billion, with a decrease in volumes (-5.2%) accounting for
about half the decline.
and food manufacturing sales declined 2.3% to
$8.6 billion in December, following two consecutive monthly increases. The
decrease in December mainly reflected lower sales in the meat manufacturing,
dairy manufacturing, and grain and oilseed manufacturing industries.
It must be said however that finally in January things were slowly beginning to turn around — but again only after MONTHS of declines. Something Finance Minister Bill Morneau tried to make look a lot better than what statistics had been showing. Regardless, this is what he had to say in January: “Canada’s economy is strong and growing—proof that our plan to invest in Canadians is working. But it’s also clear that there is more work to be done. The anxieties felt by Canadians are real”
“In Budget 2019 we’ll lay out the next steps in our plan to address those concerns and build a stronger country, one where every person has a real and fair chance to succeed.”
A stronger country however still comes down to ensuring government does not spend more than it can possibly take in from taxes and fees. And not paying attention to that is a very real reason why … the anxieties felt by Canadians are real.
As the Canadian Taxpayers Federation’s Aaron Wudrick noted …. government deficits are a result of higher spending, not lower revenues. Sadly, in today’s budget there were no next steps in our plan to address those concerns and build a stronger country “Even with increased spending, higher than expected revenues could have meant a smaller deficit or even a balanced budget, but instead the government has chosen to simply spend every unexpected dollar – and then some” said Wudrick. In January, again quoting Morneau he stated that, “Since 2015, the Government’s plan has delivered real results for Canadians and their families”.
The only real results the Trudeau government has delivered since 2015, have been less take-home pay, tens of thousands of job losses, and resource development that’s been shelved or worse, cancelled completely.
That’s not much of a record to be proud of. Which is why this evening I’ll close this commentary with the words of Aaron Gunn: “His (Justin Trudeau’s) fiscal and economic record is a mirror image to that of his father’s (Pierre Elliott Trudeau). Broken promises, fiscal recklessness and the marginalization of Western Canada. It will take years to undo the damage.”
Property owners have the right to log their property. They have the right to raze entire ecosystems. In spite of decades of evidence showing the devastating effects of clear-cut logging, unfortunately it’s still legal for people to strip their property to the skin.
Most of the Saanich Peninsula is already bare. But there are still some beautiful forests on the Southern Gulf Islands.
I first understood the vulnerability of these important forest lands few months ago, when a private property owner began clear cutting on Saltspring Island.
After some digging, I found out that currently there seems to be very little that can be done about it. It’s a frustrating response to give to people concerned about the loss of habitat.
Then I began receiving calls from Tsawout First Nation members notifying me that their First Nation was clear cutting reserve lands on Saturna Island.
It’s a clear-cut
response to poor resource management … stop clear cutting
I cannot support either of these logging operations. This situation deeply saddens me. It is frustrating that there is so little protection for these lands.
I understand private property rights. And, I am well aware of the economic burden First Nations face and the scarce resources they have to deal with their challenges. It has been, and will continue to be, a focus of my work with the provincial government and First Nations leaders to address the systemic, legislated poverty and inequity. It’s one of the driving forces that inspired me to run for provincial office.
I am also committed to putting an end to poor resource management practices, no matter who is responsible.
In the end, it comes down to decision making.
There are so few of these critical ecosystems still intact. We are going to have to make different decisions than we have made in the past. That includes the province, First Nations and private property owners.
Finally, it is time to put in place ways to protect these places. The air we breathe and the water we drink, depend on it.
Joyce Murray’s real backers are American environmentalist groups. The well-organized environmental outfit that backs Murray, the Dogwood Initiative, has been funded by co-funders of the Rockefeller campaign against Canadian energy exports Vivian Krause ~~ Special to Financial Post ~~ April 8,2013
Conventional wisdom has Justin Trudeau winning the federal Liberal leadership race by a landslide. But Joyce Murray has told The Toronto Star that she is in the lead with even more registered supporters than Trudeau.
Murray’s team brought in “tens of thousands of supporters” and got 70% registration, she says. “A lot of people who are supporting me signed up because of endorsements like David Suzuki’s or awareness-raising by groups who care about the environment, democracy, women’s equality, an integrated food policy,” …
The peculiar thing about Murray’s position on pipelines and tankers is that she only opposes ones that would enable Canadian oil to fetch global market prices. She entirely misses or ignores the dozens of pipelines and tankers that import oil to the eastern coast on a daily basis. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL STORY:
This is another facet of government dalliance with pressure groups. (Liberal MP) Joyce Murray effectively sold off her sworn obligation to serve all of the people of her constituency and the people of Canada to a third-party political organization that brought her memberships and votes.
In return, she is comfortable shilling for foreign vested interests, stabbing us in the back while doing so. She is the poster child of a bought and paid for politician now a key Minister in the government (President of the Treasury Board and Minister of Digital Government).
That is why so many people are cynical about politics and politicians.
They are fed up with people who aspire to power but shun the responsibilities of elected office. Our government can easily enact legislation prohibiting non-profits like the Dogwood Initiative from receiving funding from foreign sources — but will not do so. That could mean that Murray and some others might not win in October.
John Feldsted |Political Consultant & Strategist Winnipeg, Manitoba
Liberal 2015 campaign promise was to deliver three years of “modest” $10
billion-dollar deficits with a return to a balanced budget in 2019. This week the Liberals presented the 2019
budget that clearly reveals Justin Trudeau not only broke his “very cast in
stone” promise to return to a balanced budget but also that he made no effort
to do so.
The 2019/20 deficit forecast is set at close to $19.8 billion; this is on top
of the $60 billion in deficits added in the first three Liberal budgets.
The current budget indicates there is no path to balance until at least the
year 2040, by that point racking up an additional $271 Billion in new debt. So where is all of the money going?
Program spending is a significant part with an increase of $22.8 billion in
spending over the next five years.
Here’s a brief summary of some of that from the 2019 Budget:
… A new job retraining program for eligible workers aged between 25-64 that
will provide up to $250 per year to a career maximum of $5000.
… An increase to the maximum a first-time home owner can borrow from their
RRSP from 25,000 that will now be increased to a limit of $35,000.
… A new shared equity home ownership plan where CHMC will provide a shared
matching contribution between 5-10% towards the down payment on a new or
existing home. Citizens with a household income under $120,000 can qualify on
homes up to a maximum value of $400,000.
… Those who can afford to purchase a new electrical vehicle may now be
eligible for up to a $5,000 federal credit on the purchase.
There is also a commitment to spend $35 million over 4 years to create a new
federal Canadian drug agency, assumedly in Ottawa, that can work towards bulk
buying drugs on a national scale.
Additionally, aboriginal communities will also receive $1.4 billion over
7 years to forgive outstanding legal fees resulting from treaty and land
negotiations. Indigenous groups that have already paid these fees can be
eligible to have them repaid under this program.
Interest rates on Canada Student Loans will be lowered to prime and will be
interest-free for 6 months after graduation, $553 million has been budgeted
over the next 3 years to attempt to fix the failed Phoenix pay system, and there
will also be changes to the GIS income earning threshold so that a working
senior may claim more income without affecting the GIS support levels.
only a brief summary of some of the measures contained in the 2019 federal
Many critics have largely labelled it a “political goodies budget” specially
targeting certain voting demographics that the Liberals hope will translate to
votes in the October election. I will reserve my own thoughts in an upcoming MP
question this week: “Do you like what you see in the 2019 Budget so far?”
John Horgan has called a byelection for the Nanaimo electoral district,
following stepping down of NDP MLA Leonard Krogg – Krogg was elected as Mayor
of Nanaimo on October 20th.
Current NDP MP Sheila
Malcolmson will be running for the provincial NDP, BC Liberal leader Andrew
Wilkinson anointed … ooops I mean appointed … Tony Harris, Michelle Ney
(daughter of the late Frank Ney, who served as the Mayor of Nanaimo for 21
years) was selected in a contested nomination race for the Green Party. The BC Conservative Party announced on
December 21st that they will be contesting the Nanaimo
by-election, and will be announcing a candidate shortly.
With the NDP currently holding
the reins of government with 41 seats, and propped up by the 3 MLA’s of Andrew
Weavers Green Party, he has a combined total of 44 MLA’s to the BC Liberals
42. That means a lot is on the line for John
Horgan’s NDP government.
If Sheila Malcolmson should
fail to win the January 30th Nanaimo byelection – and Tony Harris
win, that will leave his combined total of 43 combine NDP / Green seats equal
to the BC Liberals. His government could
only service IF House speaker Darryl Plecas cast tie-breaking votes in favour
of Horgan on all legislative votes that ended in a tie.
Furthermore, if the Green Party
ended up in a situation where they could NOT support NDP legislation, it could
then also lead to the government’s defeat, forcing an early election. But,
here’s another thought.
short time ago, former Liberal MLA John Less said to me, would be awesome to
flip that seat! And of course, his meaning of that was to the Liberals. My question to him however was; “If the BC Conservative Party was to win the
Nanaimo by-election, then they would be better able to keep the Liberals
continued, “I am guessing you are
basically small ‘c’ conservative in nature, so why wouldn’t you want to see the
provincial Liberals be more accountable to the people of BC?”
That is still the question I put out there for all to consider – especially to
the thousands of small ‘c’ conservatives who have basically not had a home to
be part of, and were only supporting the BC Liberals because of that.
Candidate nominations may be filed with the
Chief Electoral Officer until 4:30 p.m. on Friday, January 4, 2019. After this
time, they may be filed with the Nanaimo District Electoral Officer, up to the
deadline on January 9. Those consider
letting their name stand for election, can find out more at elections.bc.ca/provincial-elections/provincial-candidates/
As to who can vote in the January 30th
by-election? The Election BC website
states that individuals will need to be:
… a resident of the Nanaimo electoral district,
… 18 or older on
January 30, 2019,
… a Canadian citizen, and, a resident of B.C.
since July 29, 2018.
Residents not already on the voters list can register
to vote in the by-election here until midnight January 2, 2019. After that,
eligible voters can only register in person at locations where voting will take
Stay tuned … we’ll keep you posted with news on
how the parties are fairly, in the race to win that all important Nanaimo
by-election. And for more information on key dates in the run-up to the
election, check Election BC at https://elections.bc.ca/nan-byelection/#key-dates
Alan Forseth in Kamloops. If you have any thoughts on this commentary,
please share them below in the Comments Section.
short time ago, former Liberal MLA John Less said to me, would be awesome to
flip that seat! And of course, his meaning of that was to the Liberals. My question to him however was:
“If the BC Conservative Party was to win the Nanaimo by-election, then they
would be better able to keep the Liberals accountable”.
continued, “I am guessing you are basically small ‘c’ conservative in nature,
so why wouldn’t you want to see the provincial Liberals be more accountable to
the people of BC?”
That is still the question I put out there – especially to the thousands of
small ‘c’ conservatives who have basically not had a home to be part of, and
were only supporting the BC Liberals because of that.
I’m writing this as an open letter to every
Canadian who has protested the Canadian oil and gas industry. I’m writing this
to ask – what if you win? What if you succeed and completely shut down Canada’s
oil and gas industry? What happens next?
Obviously, if you’ve ever marched, protested
or argued against Canadian pipelines or Oilsands, you must believe that you are
financially insulated from the hundreds of billions this industry puts into the
Canadian economy. Or you are OK with the crushing blow to the Canadian economy,
because your heartfelt belief is that the Canadian oil and gas industry is
so environmentally bad for the planet.
These are the people I desperately want to
have a conversation with.
I write this letter, not as a Calgarian,
Albertan, or even as a Canadian. But I write this as a human being. A human
being with two young children, and one who doesn’t go a day without being
concerned about how we’re leaving this planet.
So, let’s say that all the anti-Canadian
pipeline and oilsands campaigns finally crippled this industry, to a point it
can’t rebound. Which feels like a real possibility these days. But what is
not just a possibility, but a reality, is that Canadians without their own oil
and gas industry would still consume the same amount of energy.
And as Canadians continue to consume 1.5
million barrels of oil per day, the amount we need to import from foreign
countries would rise from the current 56%, to 100%. And as completely confused
as I already am that we currently import 850,000+ barrels of oil per day, while
having the 4th largest reserves in the world. I have absolutely no idea how
anyone can think importing an additional 650,000 barrels a day is better
for Canada or the environment?
Let’s start with where it’s coming from, with
Canada importing 61% from the US, 12% from Saudi Arabia, 6% from
Azerbaijan, 5% from Norway, and 4% from Nigeria. I’m going to skip past each of
these countries environmental, safety, employee and human rights track records,
as there’s no point defacing them when Canada’s oil and gas industry is the
world leader in all of these. And I’ll expand on this later, but I thought for
arguments sake, we can pretend all these countries have the same standards as
How could it possibly be more environmentally
positive to drill oil in the Middle East, pipeline it to their ports, tanker it
10,000+kms across the ocean, and then deliver it to Canada? Remembering that we
have it right here.
So, you’ve won, and there’s no more of
what you believe is “dirty oil”. And now we’re importing an additional 650,000
barrels a day into Canada. Let’s not forget, that the 5% of the world’s
oil production which Canada currently produces daily, would need to be
replaced, or prices would inflate and everyone across the globe would have to
pay more at the pumps. And more for the 1,000’s of items manufactured from oil.
But don’t worry about the extra cost, as no
other country has an anti oil industry campaign against them, that has stopped
or slowed them down like Canada has. And with technology getting better every
day, Canada’s 5% worldwide production amounts will be easily replaced.
And let’s go full circle to the Canadian’s
protesting new Canadian pipeline projects. If we eliminate our own industry,
and we’re importing 650,000 extra barrels of oil daily, we’ll have no other
choice but to build new pipelines and facilities to bring this additional oil
from the US pipelines and foreign tankers.
So, wouldn’t that be an ironic punch in the
face. Where Canadians protesting Canadian owned and operated pipelines, end up
shutting down all the investment it takes to move Canadian resources through
Canadian pipelines. Just so we are forced to build pipelines and facilities to
move more foreign oil into Canada.
And I mentioned that we’d pretend all
countries have the same environmental requirements and standards when exploring
and developing their natural resources. But it isn’t even close.
You can Google articles with examples of
Canada’s environmental standards in this industry, versus any other country.
But instead, do yourself a favor and ask someone who’s worked in Canada’s
oilpatch, and around the world. Every one of them has countless stories of
horrendous environmental issues abroad, which haven’t been allowed in Canada in
30+years (or ever).
So, let’s look at what Canada’s environmental
standards are for this industry. And by that, I mean you should go look it up.
Don’t take my word for it, but find some reputable publications and factual
documents, and not someone’s rambling blog.
Look it up, and please let me know if I’m
wrong. Because as much as I needed to write this letter, to get a few things
off my chest. I also wrote it, as I believe everyone needs to do better at
having a conversation about climate change, the environment, and our
responsibility to all do better.
So, I welcome the opposing opinion, as I
don’t know why this topic has become a name calling divisive shouting match,
where no one will listen to the other side.
But while I have you here, I did want to
throw out a couple specific projects, and how protesting them doesn’t make any
environmental sense to me. One is Energy East, and the other is BC LNG.
The first one is dead, but my fingers are crossed that it can be revived. The
second is still approved, for now.
If you look at a map of Canadian pipelines,
there is no major pipeline going from Alberta to the east coast of Canada. This
means that almost every drop of gas in every vehicle east of Winnipeg is from
refined foreign oil. The amount of oil that would’ve travelled on the Energy
East pipeline is almost the same amount of oil that we import from Saudi Arabia
every day (roughly 100,000 barrels a day).
But what if we didn’t protest Energy East,
and instead told the Premier of Quebec that he cannot block a national
pipeline. Eastern Canadians would’ve paid (at a minimum) $10-$15 less per
barrel than they are currently paying for Canadian oil versus foreign oil. But
there were also the billions (not millions, but billions) in revenue that each
province would receive from this pipeline running oil through their province.
And I know we’re focusing on the environment,
and not the financial benefits of Canada’s oil and gas industry. But, the trick
with clean energy and technology, is that it takes money to develop and get to
market. So, I could be wrong, but I’m almost certain that not one oil company
would’ve been upset if Quebec hadn’t killed this pipeline, but instead, took
their multi billions a year in revenue from it, and invested all of it into new
clean energy technology.
Another thing I encourage you to Google, is
the amount of new clean energy technology that has been developed by, and for,
Canada’s oil and gas industry.
So, Energy East would’ve taken the amount of
Canadian oil, which they are already buying from foreign countries, while
generating a ton of money for Canada/Canadians. And then that money could’ve
been invested into renewable green energy development. But Climate Change is a
world-wide problem, not just a Canadian one. So, as crazy as this might sound,
I do believe that BC building facilities to ship Canadian liquid natural gas
(LNG) to the world, could have an incredibly positive carbon emissions net
Currently, China alone has over 700 super
coal plants. Just one of them emitting almost as much CO2 as the entire
Canadian Oilsands (this is easy to look up). So, what if we could help China
get their energy from Natural Gas instead of Coal, as it’s WAY better for the
environment. (Side note – also look up Natural Gas and its carbon footprint, as
I find very few people realize that it has been unfairly lumped in as a dirty
And very quickly, I would like to address how
we got here in the first place. Why is the perception of Canada’s oil and gas
industry so bad across the rest of Canada?
The industry really must start by looking
inward, as it has done a very poor job of promoting itself and the strides it’s
made over the years. And it can still improve. As can all of us individually.
Because who outside of the industry knows
that the Oilsands greenhouse gas emissions have dropped 29% since 2000. Or that
a barrel of oil sent from the Oilsands to a refinery on the US Golf Coast has a
smaller carbon foot print than a barrel of oil traveling from an oil well in California
(it’s small difference, but it’s still better).
And to understand why it’s tough for this
industry to promote itself – it is Canadian after all, which explains a lot
about its uncomfortable feelings towards self-promotion. And I’ve met a ton of
extremely intelligent and thoughtful engineers, geologists, accountants, and
tradespeople in this industry, but I’ve never met a Public Relations person –
and if there is one, they are very underfunded.
Who is not underfunded, are the groups who
make an extraordinary amount of money from Canada not being able to get its
natural resources to other customers (the US is our biggest customer at 99%,
which is a percentage no business can survive with). And you can’t blame these
people for making money off Canada’s inability to build pipelines. But how
they’ve done it, by spending hundreds of millions on PR campaigns to smear
Canada’s industry, and pitting us against each other, is beyond is infuriating.
If you only look up one item, please do some
research on how openly organizations have been about making donations in the
name of the environment, which only target one country’s oil industry. This has
made a lot of headlines lately, but I’ve read national Canadian media articles
investigating this as far back as 2010.
In conclusion, I would like to point out that
I tried my best to use as few statistics as possible, as I’ve seen arguments
get derailed with debates on stats. As if the $80 million that Canada losses
every day due to no pipeline capacity, is any different if its $40 million or
$100 million. It’s a lot of millions, that have turned into billions. And it’s
costing hundreds of thousands of good hardworking Canadians financial hardship.
And if it saves the environment, and the
planet, then there certainly is an argument for it. But if it’s not helping at
all, and potentially harming the planet. Then everyone needs to get educated on
all the facts and start to talk to each other about a real solution. And get
our industries, politicians, and every Canadian on board with a solution that
And please, please, please, don’t take your
information from this subject off some rogue website, that’s for or against my
stance. Take the time to get your facts from vetted and fact checked
No one should get their facts from a nameless
person shouting on the internet. So, my name is Demian Newman, and the two kids
I’m leaving this planet to are Olivia and Liam. And both of them need to grow
up in a country which is thriving as a world leader, both economically and
environmentally – as anything less would be un-Canadian.
P.S. If you don’t have time to look up
information on everything I’ve mentioned above. Here are a few links:
This first one is on personal energy use and personal
accountability. Fun fact: If each of us does a better job to minimize our
individual carbon footprint, the industries selling it won’t need to produce as
much. Scary fact: literally every economist has said we will use more energy
each and every year. This article does a good job expanding on that…