CBC, in True Pravda Fashion, Omits Gas Plant Conviction on Friday’s ‘The National,’ But Has Time to Look Back at Host’s Archive Footage and for Trump, Trump, Trump

The state broadcaster is at it again with it’s disgraceful propaganda. CBC’s “The National” — pathetically in third place in the TV ratings for a Canadian nightly news broadcast, despite being given a $1.2 billion advantage over its competitors courtesy of taxpayers — disgustingly neglected to report on the conviction of former Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty’s chief of staff on Friday.

(The only time Wynne and the OLP seem to make the CBC’s nightly news is when they’re championing some socialist agenda like the minimum wage or their aides are acquitted on charges.)

It’s not every day a former premier’s top aide is criminally convicted over the deletion of public records revealing the Ontario Liberal Party canceled two gas plants, estimated to cost upwards of $1.1 billion overall to taxpayers, all in the self-interest of saving a few Liberal seats. But the CBC doesn’t have time for THAT! No, Friday was such a wild news day that they just couldn’t possibly fit a report on something that is so like 2012 news. Not that the OLP’s gas plant scandal was ever considered much of a story even then by the CBC. No, you see, Liberals can burn money with impunity as far as CBC is concerned, just so long as CBC is still overfed at the taxpayer trough. CBC, back around the same time as the gas plant scandal, instead focused on Nigel Wright cutting a $90,000 check for Senator Mike Duffy so he would pay back taxpayers for sketchy expense claimes. The only time CBC suddenly cares about Canadians money being blown is when a Conservative is caught, like Bev Oda and the infamous $16 glass of OJ. CBC really couldn’t care less about taxpayer money being wasted and the crippling debt that’s being incurred and the billions wasted in servicing the debt. They only feign outrage over wasted taxpayer money when Conservatives are in power and are the culprits because they know conservative voters don’t like to tolerate waste.

How else can you explain the CBC’s “The National” ignoring the verdict in the gas plant scandal, which, again, cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars?

Oh, sorry, I forgot, it was because Friday was an insane news day.

CBC needed to spend five minutes on Dear Leader at a reserve still in dire straights despite his by and large empty promises in the last two years. If CBC really cared about the welfare of people on the reserves they would still be hounding Trudeau over scrapping financial transparency of the chiefs and reserve band councils. But no, everything is all about keeping up appearances for the CBC. How else could you explain CBC turning a Gucci-sunglass-wearing, luxury SUV-driving  Chief Theresa Spence, whose people were homeless while she lined her and her boyfriend’s own pockets, into the next Mahatma Gandhi?

CBC also needed to spend nine minutes on a feature of two American women’s opinions on Trump’s first year. Yes, a whole nine minutes was needed for this, including a 15-second pause when one woman tries to think of one thing Trump did that was good. Groundbreaking journalism to be sure.

CBC just couldn’t afford to spare any time from a story on an Olympic speed skating coach that had alleged sexual relationships with American speed skaters in the past when he worked for the US team. Still waiting for CBC to address similar allegations made against CBC idol Peter Mansbridge.

CBC needed another four-and-a-half minutes were need to talk about the US government shutdown, as if this doesn’t ever happen or is affecting Canadians. Of course the CBC had nothing, even on its website, about the story blowing up late Thursday night on a classified memo, which Republicans in Washington are demanding be released to the public, allegedly showing the FISA warrants to spy on the Trump campaign were made on the “unverified” and dubious Trump dossier, which looks like collusion of top officials at the Obama Department of Justice, CIA and within the Obama administration itself to help the Clinton campaign and intervene the election process. Forget all the trumped up charges over the Trump campaign’s collusion with the Russians, the real smoking guns in apparent election meddling are in the Democrats’ hands. Not according to the CBC though.

CBC spent another four-and-a-half minutes on the alleged Toronto serial killer, yet somehow totally missed the revelation that Bruce McArthur was connected on social media with several of the men who disappeared in the gay village in the past seven years. Sloppy journalism to be sure.

CBC also spent five-minutes on the acquittal of three train workers in the Lac-Mégantic disaster. An important story for sure, but you’d think they could’ve reported it in three minutes and spent two minutes on the conviction at the gas plant trial?

Finally, “The National” also needed to include an airplane landing in strong winds, a bear eating cake, more union-organized Tim Hortons protests inflamed by the CBC a couple weeks ago with selective reporting and two minutes spent between the three hosts — Rosemary Barton, Adrienne Arsenault and Ian Hanomansing — discussing archive footage of Hanomansing back in the eighties.

Here’s a reminder of how CBC hammered Bev Oda over her “extravagant expenses” on a trip. Where was CBC’s “The National”‘s report on the news Friday (although admittedly first reported by the CBC, but not given prominence or making the flagship program) that the Health Minister’s Twitter account costs $100,000 per year to run? There could be countless stories on extravagant spending from this drunk-on-spending and big deficit Trudeau government.

Sadly the average Canadian still thinks CBC is a trusted news source they want to see get $1.2 billion from the federal government. This needs to change. The state broadcaster does not have the interest of properly informing Canadians on the shenanigans our politicians are up to, but instead feeds citizens carefully-selected pablum and agitprop, focusing on emotions and feelings instead facts and finances, that confirm their institutionalized socialist biases. May the CBC’s “The National”‘s ratings continue to tank.

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The Worst Moments From The Liberal Gas Plant Scandal

By Josh Lieblein

At long last the estimated $1.1 billion saga of the Liberal Gas Plant Scandal is at an end. Justice Timothy Lipson ruled that Dalton McGuinty’s former chief of staff, David Livingston, was guilty of attempted mischief and illegal use of a computer. Liberal staffer Laura Miller was charged but found not guilty.

(We can argue over semantics all day, but the fact of the matter is the Liberals blew hundreds of millions of dollars of public money to save their own skins.)

You’re going to find quite a few timelines of this scandal that omit some of the most brutal details. Here, for your lack of enjoyment, are some of the worst moments:

October 24, 2011: The Liberals Continue Building The Power Plant After Promising to Move it

You knew this was going to be a under-covered scandal right from the get go when it took weeks for people to notice that just because the Liberals said they were going to move the plant, they hadn’t actually stopped construction. Read the coverage and marvel in the slightly bemused tone of the journalism, as if the writer knows something is up but won’t/can’t say so outright.

“You mean that the Liberals said something that wasn’t true? No way!”

October 23 2012: Whoops! We Found MORE Power Plant Documents After We Said We Released Them All… Honest Mistake!

So, the Legislature had been assured repeatedly that all power plant documents had been released only to be told that a poorly executed computer search had excluded 20,000 documents which were later made available. Predictably, the Opposition freaked out and accused the Liberals of lying, but nobody was ever blamed or fired or punished because incompetence is business as usual in Ontario politics.

June 25, 2013: McGuinty Blames The Whole Thing On A Conspiracy

In a gross display of Liberal false outrage, Dalton McGunity — who had already resigned — went before the Justice Committee and accused the Opposition of… you guessed it… using “political tactics.” (Because the idea of politicians being political is a bad thing, and because McGuinty wasn’t being political at all, no sir.) Hilariously, the ex-Premier also made this prediction: “The ultimate result and outcome of this investigation, I’m very confident what it’s going to be: no grounds for laying any changes of any kind.”

July 30, 2013: The Liberals Might Have Pressured Speaker Dave Levac To Not Find Chris Bentley In Contempt

For the longest time, Energy Minister Chris Bentley was looked at as next in line to succeed the leadership of the Ontario Liberals. Then the gas plant mess landed in his lap and a finding of contempt was brought against Mr. Bentley by Tim Hudak’s PC Party of Ontario, forcing him into retirement before he could be possibly found guilty. Emails showed that top Liberal strategists — including Laura Miller, who was narrowly found not guilty on Friday — were hoping that Levac would “change his mind” and that “we need better here.” The finding of contempt stood, and the Liberals looked like a bunch of hacks. Naturally the whole matter was dropped without consequence.

November 7 2017: The Liberals Try For Two Times Lucky

Shortly after the case against two Liberals in the Sudbury byelection scandal crumbled, the Liberals, deciding that the public was sick of all this scandal-mongering anyway,  thought they could get a two-for-one deal and let things go back to the way they were. No such luck.  They did, however, manage to get the biggest charge — breach of trust — dropped. Why didn’t they ask to have the charges dropped before the Sudbury scandal fell apart? Your guess is as good as mine.

 

Hijab Hoax: Unanswered Questions for Toronto Police, Some Questions Answered by the Toronto District School Board

So the appalling Toronto story that made international headlines of a man committing a hate crime against an 11-year-old child by attacking her with scissors and cutting her hijab twice turned out to be a hoax.

Here was the curt update from Toronto Police Services at 10:38 a.m.

“After a detailed investigation, police have determined that the events described in the original news release did not happen.

The investigation is concluded.”

Wait, not so fast. Does that mean there will be another investigation into the child’s family to pursue possible charges under the Criminal Code for public mischief for making a false statement?

On a Zoomer Radio podcast Toronto Police Services Unit Commander/Director Mark Pugash for Corporate Communications said the case was closed repeatedly.

“Are investigation is concluded. I won’t anticipate anything further coming from it.”

“No, as I just said, the investigation is concluded and I wouldn’t expect there to be anything else to arise from this.”

“We make decisions in every case based on the evidence we have, what is appropriate as far as any action we take in regards to any action we take in charging people. And we’ve decided with the conclusion of this case, and the finding of the events that were described on Friday did not happen, that we will not be taking this any further.”

“Again, I don’t think it’s appropriate for us to go into speculation about how it might have started or who may have been involved, our concern was that there were very serious allegations, which caused alarm and dismay to people in the city and beyond investigators worked very aggresively to gather a significant amount of evidence that they looked at, that they tested, that they analyzed, and the only conclusion that they could come to was that it didn’t happen.

It seems odd that the Toronto Police wouldn’t pursue an investigation into the family over what appears to be an elaborate hoax that has similar red flags — family participating in press conference, poised children, a phony story grabbing a lot of publicity —  like the Balloon Boy, whose parents had him participate in a hoax that fooled media into believing the boy had flown away on a large balloon. In the case of the Balloon Boy, his parents were sentenced to jail time, probation, community service hours, and fined.

(I’d include Clock Boy as well, but that has never definitively been proven to be a hoax, although Ahmed Mohamed’s father is a well-known publicity hound and the story of how he brought in the guts of a clock that looked very similar to a bomb and that his sister had said disturbing comments prior and that Mohamed basked in the spotlight all raise red flags.)

Of course laws are different in Ontario than in Colorado.

In Canada, charges can’t be laid on anyone under 12 years old, and for good reason, but if the mother or someone else was involved in hatching this hijab hoax, coaching the children to make a false report, then certainly the police should pursue the investigation and possibly laying charges.

It’s no laughing matter to waste considerable amounts of police resources and time on a false report and if any adults were involved they should face legal consequences.

I’ve reached out to Pugash for further comment on why they wouldn’t pursue investigating who was involved in this hoax and how much Toronto Police time and resources were used on this case. I will update this story if and when I hear back.

Re-watching the below video, where the girl tells the tall tale, it certainly seems suspicious now. The mother looks expectantly and nods her head when her daughter says “I felt really scared” and “I didn’t feel comfortable”, signs suggesting she might have coached her daughter.

(I found this video doing a search and don’t know or endorse the account @BasedMonitored.)

It also seems unlikely two siblings would concoct an elaborate plan on their own to cut twelve inches of a hijab and then make a false report that would trick police and the press (the police had the sliced hijab in their possession as evidence).

Although false reports are relatively rare, Toronto Sun columnist Anthony Furey pointed out — in “Hijab Hoax Girl Family Owe Canadians an Apology” — that another false report ended up with the offender getting off scot-free.

“There are too many questions remaining for the cops to leave it like this. Last August, police considered charging a man in Durham Region for misleading them about a false Islamophobia complaint. Section 140 of the Criminal Code covers public mischief. It says that ‘making a false statement that accuses some other person of having committed and offence’ could see you locked up for up to five years. They even arrested a homeless man in the case, only to later find the complainant’s story didn’t add up.”

I think the majority of Canadians would agree that they would want to see people giving police false reports punished.

There has been much furor from right-wing circles online over politicians and the press rushing to report and comment on Friday’s ongoing investigation, suspending any disbelief in a story that should’ve smelled fishy from the get go.

Although some healthy skepticism had being voiced, a lot of it descended into far-fetched, far-right conspiracy theories that will only grow now that it’s turned out it’s a hoax.

Perhaps the media do deserve some blame for not pushing back on the child’s narrative that didn’t seem to add up, but reporters were put in a difficult situation. It was an international story blowing up and they needed to quickly send copy to their editors. Furthermore, who wants to question a child on their story or believe that she is lying about being attacked by a man that morning? (Although, the original story certainly does fit the agenda of progressives in the media who tried to claim hate crimes were on the rise because of the so-called Trump-effect, with CBC being the worst offender in trying to bait people into buying white supremacist T-shirt after the U.S. election so the state broadcaster could falsely prove a non-existent trend and reconfirm their confirmation bias.) And only bigoted individuals would think these actions of kids, and perhaps her parent(s), have anything to do with the Muslim community at large.

Nevertheless, on the other side of the coin, leftist commentators should not immediately believe that this was just the imaginings of two children, simply because they don’t want to find out whether or not a Muslim mother put her children up to this. People should be judged upon their actions, and if it turns out the family was involved there should be consequences in wasting the police force’s time and resources, as well as for putting men, who fit the false description given to police, at risk of being arrested by police and possibly in danger.

With all that being said, I think it was unfortunate how quickly the political class in Canada were quick to comment on an incident that had just started to be investigated. Politicians helped raise the profile of this story to an incredible magnitude to score political points, which now makes it all the more difficult for the girl and boy to move on from this unfortunate chapter in their lives.

(Why would the PM use the girl’s name? And why is the tweet still up and/or not corrected? The original story did play into the Liberals’ hand, since they may advocate strengthening hate speech laws to protect Muslim-Canadians in the wake of the mosque shooting. It’s worth pointing out that there are far more hate crimes committed against Jews in Canada than Muslims (not that it’s a competition, but to point out the disparity in the coverage), since the media and Liberals might make you think otherwise.)

(At least Toronto Mayor John Tory, or his staff, had the sense to delete his original tweet and update the record.)

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Retweets still on the TDSB Twitter page. TDSB has not tweeted out an update.

I also reached out to the Toronto District School Board — criticized in the past for being overly political correct and ideologically left-leaning in its teaching — to get comment. Below is the email exchange.

To whom this concerns,

I’m Toronto-based freelance journalist writing a piece on the alleged Friday attack that turned out to be a hoax.

I realize TDSB has released a short statement and says it will not be commenting any further on this matter.

However, there are still some unanswered questions many in the public likely still have for TDSB that I will be addressing in a column. I would like to give the TDSB the opportunity to answer them.

1) Why did the TDSB think it was a good idea to hold a press conference within the school and to have the attacked student take questions at that same press conference? Should TDSB not have been protecting the girls identitiy?

2) Why has the TDSB suddenly decided to not speak to the media any further after being so open back on Friday?

3) Are the young girl and boy being disciplined by their school for lying to school teachers and administrators?

I look forward to hearing from you and getting some clarification on these questions.

Thank you for your time.

Regards,
Graeme Gordon

Hi Graeme,

Here’s a statement that we’ve provided with regards to how the media avail came to be on Friday. I think this answers your questions.

“On Friday morning, Toronto Police tweeted about an initial report of an assault at the school involving a man cutting off a student’s hijab. As a result, a TDSB spokesperson was dispatched to the school, where multiple media outlets were already present and wanting to speak to the student and/or her family. At no time, did the TDSB call a press conference, however spokespeople from the TDSB and Toronto Police made themselves available to answer any questions. This was done inside the school due to the bad weather outside. After expressing concern that they were going to be approached by media outside while trying to leave, as well as a concern that no members of the community be subject to the alleged perpetrator, the family was asked if they would like to join the TDSB spokesperson as she spoke to media. The family members said they would speak to media and it was our understanding that this happened after, not before, they provided statements to police. Once again, we are very thankful that this assault did not in fact happen. Our motivation for commenting on the issue at the time was only out of compassion, care, concern and support — as did many elected leaders nationally, provincially and locally via interviews or social media.”

With regards to any possible disciplinary action, for privacy reasons, I’m not able to provide any more information on that. Hope you understand.

Thanks,

Ryan [Bird, TDSB spokesperson]

(The CBC loves to include comments from the PM in many reports unrelated to his job.)

Expect some on the left to want to move on from this story because it doesn’t fit their ideological agenda that free speech needs to be curtailed because of supposedly rapid rises in hate crimes on Muslims in Canada. And expect some on the right to be somehow convinced that this was an elaborate conspiracy, coordinated by politicians and the press.

Below are excerpts from an email sent from Rebel founder Ezra Levant, eager to exploit the situation and whip up anger by making sweeping statements. I’ve also included the video included in the email.

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CBC is Obsessed with Trump Circus and Trudeau Acting Skills, Neglecting Follow-up Reporting on Trudeau Government’s Scandals

 

The last few hundred thousand viewers still watching CBC’s The National (it gets crushed by CTV’s National News which easily gets triple the audience), in its new unpopular and painfully slow format (four hosts?!), as their primary source of news wouldn’t know anything about Liberal MP Geng Tan acting as an intermediary on a government trip to China for a Canadian-Chinese businessman now accused of fraud (you also won’t find anything on the Geng Tan story on CBC’s website). Joshua Boyle being arrested on 15 charges a few weeks after being granted a private meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the PM’s office barely registered in its programming. The Ethics Commissioner clearing Liberal Finance Minister Bill Morneau of wrongdoing — no surprise, really, since she had told him the letter of the law allowed him to hold on to his shares when he decided on that poor course of action back in 2015 after misleading the public into thinking he was putting his assets into a blind trust — the CBC treated it as if it were practically a full vindication. No follow-up questions on why he misled the public or how he benefited greatly. Instead CBC took Morneau at his word, like they did when he told them he was putting his assets into a blind trust, that he was donating all the money to charity, and no skepticism was applied on how he would still benefit from the profit of his shares earned while in public office because he can use the donation as a tax write-off.

No, instead these developments on Liberal scandals or screw-ups, depending on their severity, like Trudeau being found to have broken four ethics laws for essentially taking what looks like a quid pro quo (scandal), only get a few minutes coverage and then are scuttled away from CBC viewers’ attention.

According to CBC and ilk, what’s more important for Canadian audiences is to have endless coverage of every controversial thing President Trump says or does. Apparently CBC’s The National needed to devote six minutes on Trump’s alleged “shit-hole” comment and another three minutes on his cancelled London trip for Friday’s broadcast. A whopping 12 minutes was devoted to a sit-down interview with the Fire and Fury author, several days after the story first broke, in which Rosemary Barton lobbed softball question after softball question to Michael Wolff, eagerly lapping up his every word (even a progressive friend of mine, who bought the book as soon as it was released, doesn’t believe a lot of the tall tales told within). Despite many journalists and publications questioning Wolff’s spotty record on reporting the facts, when his book was released CBC’s Paul Hunter’s four-minute initial report completely glossed over this and instead personally vouched for Wolff’s integrity after several glaring errors had already been pointed out in the media about his book: “His columns at the time were like this book, rich in detail, full of anecdotes, whispered quotes, casual observations about what was actually going on around us. I just reread them in light of this new book and feel now as I did fifteen years ago when I first read them — to an experience I went through — to which I can attest, he nailed it. Bang on, I wouldn’t change a word.” Sounds a whole lot like gossip and yellow journalism to me. I’ll take the late, great David Carr’s word over a CBC leftist journalist desperately wanting to believe any negative story fed to them about Trump. There are already plenty of real controversies as it is with Trump, there’s no need to seize onto tall tales that will undermine your own credibility in presenting Wolff’s shaky gossip as the gospel. But CBC is always looking for the next Trump-bashing authoritative expert to put on The National to give its audience another long lecture denouncing Trump on its program. The National also bizarrely spent twelve minutes of a program interviewing comedienne Samantha Bee on Trump and #MeToo and eight minutes for another expert to claim Trump is undermining democracy (with scant proof provided).

Say, CBC, if you want to give celebrities and experts extended periods of time to discuss a foreign leader’s lies and faults, why don’t you do the same for PM Trudeau by having on Theo Fleury and Brett Wilson.

I’m not sure if CBC is aware of this, and most of the rest of the mainstream Canadian media at that, but Canadians can now use this thing called the internet to access way better and more informative coverage of American politics from American news outlets. A Canadian journalist’s job is to report on Canadian news, other than the odd Washington correspondent, no matter how unexciting it may be in comparison to President Trump’s shit show. If the majority of the media weren’t so busy tripping over themselves in excusing away Trudeau and his ministers’ bungling of government files and the PM’s poor judgement in accepting a free trip to the Aga Khan’s island or meeting Boyle despite his checkered past, on top of the breathless Trump coverage, they might find some pretty compelling stories of our own. Digging up more dirt on these controversies and others, e.g. the Canada 150 slush fund (I’m in the midst of auditing it), would provide them with plenty of compelling stories Canadians would be far more interested in learning about from Canadian journalists.

(Hey self-described conservative writer writing for the $1.5-million-government-subsidized Maclean’s and husband to the Liberal Environment Minister, try reading Terry Glavin’s — one of a handful of intrepid Canadian journalists actually holding this Trudeau government to account — reports on how Trudeau seems to be selling us out to China and maybe do a column on how the PM is a “Manchurian Idiot.” I won’t hold my breath. I guess the best way to not get called out for your conflict of interest with the Liberals, but to still help their cause, is to deflect and distract from your wife’s government’s screw-ups by writing endless columns about Trump’s antics. Below are more of his insight on Trump and American politics from Ottawa. Feel free to quickly scroll past all the chaff.)

I could also show you many of Gilmore’s colleagues similarly spilling pools and pools of ink on Trump instead of on pressing issues in our own country, but I think you get the point. What are some of those pressing issues not being covered you may ask? Well how about illegal migrants still walking across our border for one? The coverage for that has completely dropped off and I’ve seen no reporters keeping up the pressure on the PM on how he’s done nothing to stop it or to increase bureaucrats at the Immigration and Refugee Board, which I pointed out early last year, that Maclean’s has finally picked up on by reporting how they’re now flooded with applicants they can’t process in a timely fashion. Or how about CBC looks into how Vice-Admiral Mark Norman appears to have been thrown under the bus by the Trudeau government and potentially its former reporter, now working for the Minister of Defence, for simply doing his job? Or how about investigating how the Canadian Heritage continues to spend billions of dollars on dud after dud in arts and culture programming? Or how about looking into who is actually running the country and report about them (CBC et al reported way more on former Trump advisor Stephen Bannon than they have ever done on Trudeau’s top advisors) since Trudeau sees his role as PM as more ceremonial in nature than hands-on.

Sadly, what little air that’s still left in the room, once Trump coverage has sucked out most of it, ends up being sliced up between a bit of the happenings of the day and the rest on whatever the latest PR stunts Trudeau’s handlers at the Prime Minister’s Office have concocted. Right now Trudeau is on his second town-hall tour meant to distract from the aforementioned screw-ups and scandals by having Trudeau putting on a show by using his gift of gab to change the channel. Although disgruntled attendees inevitably pose unwanted questions regarding these screw-ups and scandals, Trudeau usually can rely on a green crowd (many of these town halls are strategically held on university campuses which ensures the crowd is filled with naive and impressionable youth willing to believe their “cool” PM over some nobody in the audience) to back him up when he deflects and obfuscates the truth when answering. He can also rely on his friends at the CBC et al to only keep the most dramatic moments in their reports, like seasoned politician Trudeau dismantling an outmatched angry heckler, and make that their story. When CBC’s The National took time last week to report on the town halls it was mainly to admire Trudeau’s ability to fend of hecklers and win the crowd over (your guess is as good as mine as to how this helps inform the public). The National now has accompanying articles on the CBC website, and one of the useless articles was entitled “Trudeau turns to Seinfeld tactics to tame town hall hecklers.” The first news segment even took time to reminisce on last year’s town halls (again, who cares?) and had spin doctor/CBC poll analyst Eric Grenier claim it didn’t hurt him in the polls (I’ll be revealing more on Canada’s crappy polling industry and Grenier’s shaky methodology in the near future). The second news segment from last week on the town halls was a real masterpiece in CBC doing propaganda for their paymaster. The whole segment was about how Trudeau deals with hecklers (I’m old enough to remember when these disruptors used to be called activists and protesters when Harper was PM) and “wins the crowd over” (segment starts at 24:50 if you want to see the gross admiration of Trudeau’s PR).

Trudeau charming much of the media into reporting puff pieces, meanwhile letting him get away with murder by letting the public coffers be robbed blind, reminds me of the Broadway show Chicago (which I saw for the first time in NYC last month). In the musical a lawyer named Billy Flynn “razzle dazzles” newspaper reporter Mary Sunshine into writing glowing stories about his client, a murderess and adulterer aspiring to be a vaudevillian star.

 

So, What Ever Happened to Those (Possibly Ex-)Liberal MPPs Accused of Sexual Harassment Years Ago?

By Josh Lieblein

Oh, I’m sorry — did you forget how Wynne revealed that at least two Liberal MPPs were accused of sexual harassment, long before #MeToo started trending? Because she totally did. I’ll wait a minute while you get back up to speed.

All done? Great.

Isn’t it strange how people keep needing to be reminded of Liberals who’ve behaved in this way towards women? I’ll bet you already forgot about Scott Andrews and Massimo Pacetti, two Liberal MPs who Trudeau dealt with summarily. Then there’s Darshan Kang and Hunter Tootoo (his technically not harassment, but disgraceful nonetheless), who received a bit more attention before and after they resigned. Then there’s the case of Liberal MP Nicola Di lorio joking that Conservative MP Dianne Watts was a stripper in front of other colleagues after hearing her ringtone, which Liberal-friendly online publication iPolitics thought was funny enough to include in its end-of-the-year top ten list of funniest stories in Canadian politics.

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Excerpt from the iPolitics article.

Liberal MP Sherry Romanado tried to even the score a bit by leveling accusations of harassment against Conservative James Bezan that one time, but seeing as how he had been open and transparent about what he’d said and his attempts to apologize and make the situation right, it didn’t have the desired effect.

The media seem pretty content to let the Liberals deal with these cases internally. No articles about whether the Liberals as a party have a sexual harassment problem, like the endless ones they do positing if conservatives have a racism or extremism problem on even weaker evidence. Not many real follow-ups to determine the nature of the allegations. No questions about how the investigations are proceeding or how they work or what the victims want or would like.

But at least we know the names of the men accused in the case of the five MPs I mentioned. As for the two, and possibly more, that exist for the provincial Liberals? Not even the names of the accused have been given.

We know that ex-Liberal MPP Kim Craitor (and his son) were accused of sexual harassment. Was he one of the two? Quite possibly, though there isn’t a definitive answer as of now.

Did Craitor become an ex-Liberal MPP for this reason? Christina Blizzard seemed to think so. Martin Regg Cohn, as is his wont, praised the Premier for “sacrificing” a riding to show how seriously she takes the issue despite acknowledging in the same column that she only acted after the complainant took her concerns to the media.

Is the other MPP(s) still in caucus? No one can say. All we get is the most wild speculation. Could it have been Bas Balkisoon, the Scarborough MPP who resigned suddenly in 2016? Shrugs all around.

Does the Opposition have their own cases they’re dealing with? Is that why they don’t try to resurrect this story? Are they satisfied with the process enacted by the Premier? Some things the public are just not meant to know, I suppose.

What we do know is that media in this province do a shoddy job of following these stories that it’s hard to tell whether this trail went cold out of negligence or lack of resources or a desire to shield the Premier — and by extension the province and alleged perpetrators — from scandal.

 

 

 

 

Kathleen Wynne and Loblaw’s Subsidy Bobble

Photo Credit: Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press

By Josh Lieblein

Woke Ontarians have been going on for weeks about all the ethically responsible and socially conscious things they’re going to do with the $25 gift card that the soulless corporatist monsters at Loblaw Company Ltd. have been giving out to get themselves off the hook for fixing the price of bread over the last fourteen years.

Let’s not exaggerate the situation: being caught with one of these gift cards in your wallet is the equivalent of branding yourself with a scarlet letter “A” for Asshole. Lynne Beyak wearing a MCGA (Make Canada Great Again) hat tweeting that we should just raise the minimum wage to $1M/hour so that EVERYBODY can be rich would be more popular in today’s Ontario than these gift cards.

There seems to be a widespread consensus that going along with Loblaw’s slimy attempts at reputation management schemes is NOT who we are as Canadians. And as is the case with the Tim Hortons’ minimum wage fight or the brouhaha over Beyak, the speed and alacrity with which the left went into formation over Loblaw’s price-fixing suggests to me a co-ordinated campaign by the Liberals and their union allies in achieving that consensus.

The thing about these full-court presses is that even the Liberals can only focus on a few at a time, and they tend to forget that Loblaw recently bought 25 of Tesla’s new all-electric trucks “as part of our commitment to electrify our fleet…” — trucks that Premier Kathleen Wynne offered a rebate of up to $75,000 for.

(I won’t get into the somewhat related issue of former Liberal MPP Glen Murray’s former chief of staff landing a job with Tesla early last year, or how in that same month the former chief of staff joined Tesla then-Environment Minister Murray announced rebates of up to $14,000 for luxury cars, including Tesla models. Woke leftists can only manage a few selective outrages at a time and I don’t want to overwhelm them any further, especially with an issue surely to leave them with cognitive dissonance in feeling happiness over more money being thrown at new green schemes and anger over Loblaw getting a gift of nearly $2 million from the government.)

So, I have to ask: is Loblaw’s attempt to green-wash their image by buying Liberal-subsidized, i.e. discounted trucks courtesy of Ontario taxpayers (some Loblaw’s customers or former customers), trucks less reprehensible than their attempt to buy goodwill with $25 gift cards to fix the PR disaster of them admitting to fixing the price of bread? Or does the fact that the Liberals gave the electric trucks their seal of approval over a supposed green energy initiative excuse Loblaw in this instance?

I think I may have an answer to this conundrum. You see, while Tesla’s electric vehicles aren’t economically viable to exist without some form of government subsidy, Loblaw Companies Ltd. has received no corporate welfare from Industry Canada.

While the left sneers at big business partnering with the state, it seems that they have much more time and energy to go after companies that the government can’t control. So while it’s convenient for the Liberals to have Loblaw opt into their subsidy scheme, the fact is that Loblaw could, until recently,  fix the price of bread behind the government’s back — and that’s a big no-no. Lucky for Loblaw corporate that they admitted their sin and apologized, so they only got their chains yanked on social media, instead of getting pummeled by the full wrath of the Liberals and their union overlords that Tim Hortons is now in the midst of receiving.

The selective outrage at Loblaw and Tim Hortons from those on the left is really the Liberals whining that there are still barriers to them achieving absolute control over businesses in Canada.

 

Vilification of Tim Hortons and Ontario Small Businesses another bleak sign Canada is in a slow lockstep march towards socialistic collapse

 

Leave it to the premier of Ontario and Canada’s state broadcaster to stoke anti-business ire by using Canada’s once-beloved homegrown coffee chain as their scapegoat.

After Premier Kathleen Wynne rammed through new legislation hiking the minimum wage by 21 per cent at the start of 2018, without conducting any impact assessment and going against her old pledge to not raise it above inflation and giving only six-months notice, the CBC had the perfect news report to whip up proletarian anger at the business community, which would deflect blame from the unpopular Liberal premier.

The CBC’s report on the Tim Hortons heirs cutting paid breaks and reducing benefits at two Tim Hortons store locations resonated with everyday Canadians and their general sentiment that fat cat millionaires are exploiting their workers to line their own pockets. The article was wildly popular, shared over 185,000 times and with over 7,000 comments, with many top commenters suggesting more than one way to skin the cats.

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After CBC teed up this story for the premier, Wynne drove home the false narrative that nasty business owners are keeping Canadians from making a living wage by mimicking US President Trump’s style of attack tweeting her opponent (ironically she has repeatedly chastised the US President for his bombastic behaviour in the past, now she’s taking a page out of his populist playbook).

 

Now, I’m not suggesting CBC conspired with Wynne, but it’s worth asking why CBC chose to lead with this particular story when there are countless other stories out there of small family businesses struggling to survive under the new conditions imposed upon them by Wynne’s government, and these small business owners are putting forth similar cost-saving measures. The CBC has a long track record of attacking businesses in Canada (some of it fair game obviously, but then you have ridiculous cases like the Subway fake meat fiasco which has led to the sandwich franchise suing the CBC, i.e. Canadians, for $210 million for defamation). When it comes to the CBC going after left-leaning governments, the public broadcaster’s paymasters, the ferocity is lost.

The Tim Hortons heirs, likely very wealthy from their inheritance (which Wynne inappropriately points out as if it has relevancy to whether or not their Tim Hortons locations are making a profit), who own two franchise locations in Cobourg are an anomaly compared to the average small business owner. CBC’s use of these Tim Hortons heirs as the case study of a business reacting to this government’s rash, self-serving and disruptive hike of the minimum wage distorts the real picture of average small businesses trying to cope. Furthermore, the CBC’s viral report doesn’t mention the huge additional cost small businesses owners like a Tim Hortons franchisee are now saddled with. Only at the end of one of its several reports on CBC’s The National last week did the public network briefly mention the cost to an average Tim Hortons location. According to Great White North Franchise Association, admittedly a biased source, when factoring wage increases, CPP, EI, and training the additional costs for Tim Hortons is just under $7,000 per full-time employee or $243,889 per year per average franchise with 35 employees. Even if those numbers are inflated, the wage increase alone means the average franchise is spending close to $200,000 more a year. Yet, CBC’s coverage from last week barely touches on this and and instead focuses on the public firestorm they unfairly unleashed on franchisees. Of course the CBC doesn’t give the NDP or Progressive Conservatives any airtime either.

By the end of the week they were still bashing the Tim Hortons franchise owners. While Ian Hanomansing was interviewing the author of a book on the iconic Canadian coffee chain he asked the author how much an owner typically makes from a franchise annually. After the author tells Hanomansing the average pre-tax amount is between $300,000-$400,000, the host says, “[Franchisees] work hard, as you know from the research you did in your book, but still $300,000 to $400,000, you know there are a lot of people in Canada that will look at that and say, ‘So franchisees are complaining about a small, depending on your perspective, increase in the minimum wage?'”

Small, eh?

$200,000-$243,889 is no small amount in additional costs that the franchisee is apparently just supposed to absorb. And if you factor in their pre-tax income is $300,000-$400,000, after taxes many franchisees could be left with very little annual income now. No wonder, with Tim Horton’s head office not allowing price increases and asking franchisees to eat all of the additional costs on their own, they’re now resorting to rolling back employees’ benefits and paid breaks (perks they already offered their employees without a government decree). This also doesn’t factor in the incredible risk and investment a franchisee has to pony up to buy a Tim Hortons location, and possible debt they’re paying off from the initial loan on that investment.

Instead of pointing all of this out, Hanomansing and CBC perpetuate the false notion that these franchisees are greedy by suggesting $300,000-$400,000 is a lot of money (which it is if they actually got to keep all of that and not have to pay off the initial investment and taxes). Never mind how hard many franchisees work and how they’ve created jobs for dozens of people, no, instead they shall be vilified by the public network. And the CBC was remiss in not pointing out in its coverage that the independent Financial Accountability Officer, employer groups, banks, and employers have all warned against this steep and sudden increase in the minimum wage and how it would cause inflation, cuts to workers’ benefits and hours, and a net loss of tens of thousands of jobs. The CBC, in spite of Ontarians being largely fed up with their premier, only seems to give Wynne national coverage when it puts her in a positive light.

Much of the chattering class also chimed in with their two-cents, joining in on the anti-Timmies bandwagon.

All of this isn’t to say I’m a pro-business absolutist. And it’s important to point out that Tim Hortons is largely owned by a Brazilian company now and deserved a lot of flack, along with the previous federal governments, for exploiting the temporary foreign workers program. And don’t get me started on how stupidly patronizing Tim Hortons ads are in trying to exploit Canadians into thinking buying Timmies is somehow their patriotic duty, but that the majority of mainstream media cheered on or didn’t push back against the premier vilifying small businesses by implying they’re all bullies and greedy by using the Tim Hortons heirs as symbolic of business owners as a whole or distraction from the whole, is the latest sign that Canada is becoming increasingly anti-competitive and socialist.

(The Ontario Liberal government has encouraged businesses to increase prices in order to pay their employees the higher wage, yet Tim Hortons head office isn’t allowing franchisee to do so, so really protests outside franchises and the boycott are misplaced.)

This anti-competitive malady is especially dire when our only neighbour down south has just slashed taxes, making us even less competitive, and the federal Liberals closed tax “loopholes” for small businesses while allowing the 0.0001 per cent to continue to reap the benefits of the tax loopholes that benefit these fabulously wealthy individuals.

You need look no further than the corporate welfare given to Bombardier — or the company’s lucrative government contracts like the one with the City of Toronto for its apparently defective street cars it can’t deliver on — or the relatively easy time Galen Weston and Loblaws have had over the bread price-fixing scheme — or the company’s sweet deal with Wynne’s government of up to $75,000 per-Tesla-electric-truck rebate for its new fleet to see that this country, like any country descending into socialism, vilifies competition while simultaneously and quietly declaring certain large corporations the winners. In other words a kleptocracy.

(I’d be remiss not to point out that The Globe and Mail and National Post had editorials calling Wynne out on her grandstanding. Even the Toronto Star had allowed a guest column pushing back, but the overall sentiment from many in the media, especially the state broadcaster that has immense sway in this country, and the general public has been one foolish contempt for small business, the lifeblood of any healthy economy and democracy. Bizarrely, National Post’s Andrew Coyne responded to the latest Tim Hortons brouhaha by suggesting the government mandate a guaranteed income instead. I guess the old saying needs to be revised to “The only things guaranteed in life are death and taxes and and income. Yes, even a top supposedly conservative columnist thinks everyone should get a guaranteed income, i.e. expanding welfare to all, and seems to be even more socialist than the oversized left on this issue.)

In one CBC segment on Friday the public broadcaster briefly included an independent coffee shop owner, before returning to bashing Tim Hortons again, and she had this to say about having to raise her rates 22 per cent,  “We’ve had two customers already leave and say ‘Tim Hortons hasn’t raised their rates.’ So we’re losing business because of this.” She also said she would likely have to close up shop for good.

For as stupid as the outrage at Tim Hortons and franchisees is, with things like #boycottTimHortons (a great way to put their employees out of work, while letting chains like McDonalds off the hook), the real people who will suffer are mom and pop shops like the local grocer owner, corner store owner, laundromat owner, restaurant owner, tailor, retail owner, etc. and the many workers who will lose hours, benefits and jobs over this reckless increase in the minimum wage. Tim Hortons or the franchisees will weather this storm fine, but small independent businesses and startups, what fuels a better life and increased wealth for us all through competition and innovation, will take the brunt of it.

In the coming days and weeks more unfortunate stories of middle class business owners closing up shop and layoffs of workers will come to light as the full effects of the minimum wage hike are felt. Also, everyone will see and feel the inevitable rapid rise in inflation from the minimum wage hike.

Perhaps Ontarians will eventually look past Tim Hortons franchisees trying to cope with being squeezed by their government and head office and look at how this reckless Liberal policy is hurting fellow Ontarians and doing further damage to our economy. All of this, and the “free” medication for anyone under 25 has me asking in my latest Loonie Politics column, “Are Ontarians Hopelessly Addicted to ‘Free’ Stuff and Money From Their Government?” The continued irrational lashing out by Ontarians at Tim Hortons franchisees, whipped up into a frenzy by their premier that has led the province to become the greatest indebted sub-sovereign nation in the developed world, seems to answer my question with an exuberant “Yes!!!!”

Canadians would do best to stop reading the fictional dystopias of Margaret Atwood and start reading about real-life nightmares, past and present, of the Soviet Union, Greece, and Venezuela.

 

 

Hack Or Flack: Rosemary Barton Edition

By Josh Lieblein

Christmas came early for the Conservatives and NDPers this year as Justin Trudeau became the first sitting Prime Minister to be found in violation of a federal statute, despite the interventions of the “Not A Thing” brigade who tried to downplay, and will continue to downplay this story since it broke last year. (The same usual suspects that couldn’t drone on enough about the so-called “Duffy affair” for two years running and tried desperately to pin it on Harper.)

The Liberals rolled out several damage control strategies, including what was supposed to be a predictable question from Liberal-friendly journalist Rosemary Barton that STILL went disastrously awry.

 

We at Raving Canuck have had our eye on the Trudeau selfie-taking, Chris Alexander-slaying, Elizabeth May-protecting member of the Social Justice League that currently heads up The National in it’s new God-awful, ratings-suicide format. Some Conservatives were praising Barton for being the person to ask the question about the island trip that Trudeau flubbed, so we have prepared another of our popular Hack Or Flack quizzes to remind them that Rosie the Red is no friend of theirs.

Unlike our last endeavour, where it needed to be shown that Aaron Wherry’s blandishments were indistinguishable from Liberal talking points, in this quiz you get to pick which outrageously Liberal-friendly — or just plain silly — thing Barton actually said or tweeted.

#1: During her recent high-profile interview with retiring Supreme Court of Canada judge Beverly McLachlin, what turn of phrase did she joyfully apply to describe the outcome of the Harper government's clashes with the Court?

#2: Which journalistic oversight did Ms. Barton commit during the recent group of by-elections?

#3: December 7 was not a good day for progressives. Three of the following stories broke on that day, but only when Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister thanked the chair of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce for wearing high heels did Barton tweet out "Things that make you go hmmmm". So, which story was Rosie NOT trying to deflect attention from?

#4: Which happening in the House of Commons elicited a "boom!" from Rosie?

#5 : When the Canada 150 skating rink opened on Parliament Hill, Barton did the following:

#6: Rosemary has been very active in commenting on sexual abuse allegations against Roy Moore and Donald Trump. When this non-Republican man was accused of sexual harassment, however, Barton tweeted out: "I really liked [INSERT NAME HERE]. Sigh."

#7: On Nov. 26th, Rosie took time on the National to throw shade at a Canadian singer's fashion choices. Who was the unlucky victim?

#8: What excuse did Rosemary use to excuse the PM's absence from QP on Nov 22?

#9: When Australia complained that Trudeau snubbed them during the TPP talks, Barton retweeted a tweet dismissing this concern as.....what?

#10: Finally, because doing all of the above has given Rosemary quite the sense of self-importance: What potentially inflammatory term did she culturally appropriate to refer to getting her makeup done?

See, there’s a reason PM Justin Trudeau thanked Barton as one of his loyal “lickspittles” at the Parliamentary Press Gallery dinner a couple years ago. Whilst some in the audience mistook the PM doing a deadpan joke, it’s more likely he was being dead serious.

And now, for our fun references!:

1. The ignominious quote can be heard at 10:38 here. Curiously, this line didn’t make it into the written summary!

2. Right here. I’d link to the tweet where she retracted or updated it in light of this, but it never happened!

3. Barton’s original tweet is here. On that date, Dec 7, Kent Hehr was found to have been a jerk, Franken’s disgrace was complete, and Trudeau was about to depart the Middle Kingdom empty handed. We would have to wait for Dec 9 for McKenna to tweet out the dying polar bear photo, however.

4.  Right here. Notably, the Trudeau finding of rule-breaking did NOT elicit a “boom!”

5. Retweet of nauseating advertorial for the rink is here, pic is here. National segment where she mentions that you can’t play hockey on the rink, but doesn’t follow it up is right here.

6. Yuck.

7. Got to go right to the end for this one. Slagging another woman’s fashion choices is SUPER FEMINIST, BTW.

8. Because the best SCORCHING HOT TAKES always defend the Prime Minister and the Liberals.

9. It was a “highly effective diplomatic strategy”, according to Barton’s retweet, anyway.

10. Here. And she didn’t even name or credit the lady who did her makeup!

 

Hack or Flack: Aaron Wherry Edition

By Josh Lieblein

Here at Raving Canuck we specialize in tugging on the capes of Canadian journos who are a little too obvious in their sucking up to the Liberal government as they contend with each other for crumbs tossed to them by Gerry Butts and other such functionaries. Sometimes it’s hard to tell where the Parliamentary Press Gallery ends and the Prime Minister’s Office begins!

As we all know, a Canadian Journalist’s main job is to smooth over any rough spots and shush away worries as the Liberal government plunders the public purse to pay for technocratic solutions to problems we didn’t know we had while adopting a laissez-faire attitude to the problems we do have. If the Opposition has a point, it falls to a Canadian Journalist to correct the record and say that, well, actually, no they don’t.

Few journalists do this better, or more subtly, than Aaron Wherry, “senior writer” for the CBC. When he writes an eye-glazing opinion piece trumpeting the Liberals’ new website patting themselves on the back for keeping less than a third of their campaign promises or praising them for breaking up several omnibus bills, it’s less obvious partisanship as it is burying any criticism of the party under a deluge of blandness and buzzwords.

To prove this point, let’s see if you can tell which of the following 14 statements were made by CBC Aaron Wherry (Hack), or by an actual Liberal mouthpiece (Flack).

“Stephen Harper has a long track record of making the wrong calls on Canada-US relations. Now he wants to sell the farm. Nice!”

"Always good to see an opposition MP doing his or her job and putting the health of our democracy before the potential threat of irony."

"The Liberal government has also eliminated a half-dozen tax measures that disproportionately benefited higher income families, including income splitting and the children's fitness tax credit."

“The Economic Update announced yesterday shows that our plan is working. Higher benefit payments 4 families, lower small biz tax are results.”

“Superclusters will energize regional economies and help build a skilled workforce, enhance Canada’s global competitiveness and create thousands of well-paying jobs for this generation and the next.”

"Why shouldn't Prince Charles speak out on climate change?"

"Does anyone, other than Maxime Bernier, want to mock "economic development"?

"Compared to Prince Charles, Julie Payette was pretty gentle on climate change skeptics."

"For the United States, it is for the country's better angels to somehow see it through. For Canada, the task is perhaps to learn from our neighbour's troubles."

"Though income inequality is not as extreme in Canada as in some countries, it is a concern here too. There are too many communities in our prosperous nation where people do not feel prosperous – where they instead feel left behind by an economy that is increasingly divided between the wealthy one per cent at the very top, and everyone else."

"The minister of finance worked extensively with the conflict of interest and ethics commissioner when he came into this job and followed all her recommendations as we expect everyone to."

"Morneau saying that a Conservative MP came up to him and said he "shouldn't take this personal, it's just a game" is cold blooded."

"The time has come to look beyond the boundaries of 'what politics can do for me.'" Great piece by @Bill_Morneau

"The concerted Conservative campaign to devote great gobs of QP day after day to Morneau is an interesting gambit."

Give up? Well, if you did, then that’s kind of the point.

Maybe #4 and #1 were the easiest tells for Liberal FLACKs. Those are Liberal MP Wayne Easter and former Trudeau advisor Roland Paris, respectively. #10 probably surprised you- that’s a speech given by Liberal Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland. #5, which looks like the sort of dry explanation you would find in a CBC piece, is actually from a press release from ISED Canada, and #6 is from the Prime Minister’s Principal Secretary himself, Gerald Butts.

#9, which directly criticizes the USA’s democracy, and #3, which puts a positive shine on the Liberals tax measures, as well as #7, a direct shot at Maxime Bernier, are from CBC HACK Wherry. Here’s #2 and #8 were also penned or tweeted by him.

The last four are, of course, people shilling for Bill Morneau. #10 is from that ridiculous press conference where Trudeau actually spoke for Morneau and told a journalist that they would have a chance to speak to the PM. #12 might look like Wherry at first glance, but it’s actually Catherine McKenna from back in 2015, before the election (which shows you how little the Trudeau Liberals deviate from their talking points). #11 and #14 are Wherry’s. I would like to blame “great gobs of QP” to someone like Gerald Butts, but I can’t.

Again, it doesn’t matter whether Wherry is actively being influenced by the Liberals or whether he just spends so much time in the Ottawa bubble that he doesn’t realize how much it’s affected his reporting.

And let’s be clear: Aaron Wherry is not part of the CBC’s Op-Ed section, like Neil MacDonald or Robyn Urback. Ostensibly, this playing defence for the Liberals falls under the purview of “journalism.” Which would be fine- if our public broadcaster actually reported in a manner than actually represented the public at large.

References:

  1. https://twitter.com/rolandparis/status/924071135490097152
  2. https://twitter.com/AaronWherry/status/926483347265806336
  3. http://oianews.com/trouble-in-paradise-justin-trudeaus-rich-friends-keep-making-things-awkward
  4. https://twitter.com/WayneEaster/status/923195737290272768
  5. http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/government-of-canada-promotes-innovation-for-economic-growth-and-jobs-in-ontario—shortlisted-superclusters-initiatives-will-energize-regional-economies-and-create-jobs-650415073.html
  6. https://twitter.com/gmbutts/status/927162542283214850
  7. https://twitter.com/AaronWherry/status/927621852725436417
  8. https://twitter.com/AaronWherry/status/926174305943277568
  9. http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/wherry-trump-canada-1.3692417
  10. https://www.canada.ca/en/global-affairs/news/2017/08/address_by_foreignaffairsministeronthemodernizationofthenorthame.html
  11. http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2017/10/16/trudeau-morneau-scheer-press-conference-watch_a_23245141/
  12. https://twitter.com/AaronWherry/status/926154276036136965
  13. https://twitter.com/cathmckenna/status/599318549891555328
  14. https://twitter.com/AaronWherry/status/925791375383318528