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It’s Not Just the Democrats’ HR 1 or HR 4, the So-Called “Corrupt Politicians Act.” Other “Reforms” are Afoot. Canada’s federal election on Monday featured what they call a “first past the post” election – whoever gets the most votes in a “riding” (what they call parliamentary districts) wins the election, even if no one […]

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Canada’s Conservative Party Leader Ran Hard to the Middle and Failed to Win Seats in Parliament. Why?  It is challenging to draw parallels between politics in Canada versus the United States. There are some significant differences between us. Canadians, in particular, are more trusting of their government and more compliant with diktats. But parallels exist. […]

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Two Good Stories to Remember This Day

 

Most of us are reliving, remembering, and honoring the memories and people of that tragic day 20 years ago. We remember the anger and resolve, along with the sadness of losing friends and family. And the weather here, today, just four miles from the Pentagon in Arlington, VA, is eerily reminiscent of that fateful day.

We know that four commercial aircraft were hijacked and deliberately crashed into three buildings, the fourth into a field near Shanksville, PA, about 80 miles from Pittsburgh. Three of the aircraft each had five hijackers; United Flight 93, the one that crashed near Shanksville, only had four.

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Americans are used to focusing on elections in even-numbered years. Only a handful of states – Virginia, New Jersey, Louisiana, and Kentucky – are known for odd-year electoral contests. And Louisiana and Kentucky aren’t due for one until 2023. Some states, like Pennsylvania, have a few local and judicial elections in odd-numbered years. Virginia’s diverse […]

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Hanlon’s Razor, attributed to computer programmer Robert J. Hanlon, is “Never Attribute to Malice That Which Can Be Adequately Explained by Incompetence.” It correlates to Occam’s Razor: when faced with competing explanations for the same phenomenon, the simplest is likely the correct one. Both rules of thumb point to the simplest of explanations, with the […]

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US Conservatives Could Take a Play or Two from the People’s Party of Canada

 

Maxime Bernier says he will not be taking the Covid-19 vaccine. He is the only political party leader in Canada to do so. 

An initial Google search of Maxime Bernier directed me to an article about his arrest in 2021 for attending a protest against the nation’s Covid-19 policies and a shiesty story about his not taking the vaccine. I was also directed to the website for the People’s Party of Canada–which Mr. Bernier founded.

On the website is a page with the heading “Aren’t You Tired of Lockdowns?” The article cites the increased joblessness and declining mental health of Canadians, specifically Canadian youth, while asking the question we have all been asking, “Do lockdowns even work?” Bernier wishes to institute a more  “compassionate and effective approach” by protecting the elderly and allowing everyone else to return to a level of normalcy. 

Ayaan invites Yasmine Mohammed back on to discuss why the Canadian authorities would not help her escape her forced marriage to an Al-Qaeda terrorist. They discuss other examples of governments failing young, vulnerable girls.

Yasmine Mohammed is a Canadian human rights activist who fights for the rights of women living within Muslim-majority countries, as well as those who struggle under religious fundamentalism, in general.

Ayaan speaks with Yasmine Mohammed about her marriage and escape from a man in Al-Qaeda.

Yasmine Mohammed is a Canadian human rights activist who fights for the rights of women living within Muslim-majority countries, as well as those who struggle under religious fundamentalism, in general.

48 Canadian Churches Vandalized or Burned Down in Past 2 Months

 

Though barely mentioned in US media, 48 Christian churches in Canada have been vandalized or burned down in the past two months. The latest occurred Monday, when the St. George Coptic Orthodox Church in Surrey, British Colombia, was destroyed by fire.

Since mid-June, five B.C. churches were set alight, apparently connected to unmarked graves discovered at former residential school sites. The schools were instituted in 1874 as an effort to assimilate native tribes in language, religion, and culture. First Nations children were removed from their families and often moved great distances into the boarding schools. The program officially ended in 1969.

No evidence has shown if the deaths came from natural causes or intentional abuse but most of the Canadian press has presumed the latter. Since the Catholic Church ran 70 percent of these schools, it has borne most of the current backlash. But it didn’t take long for arsonists and vandals to attack churches far from First Nations reserves and unrelated to Catholicism.

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Canada Day Shares The Same Birthday as the Founding of China’s Communist Party. There Are Increasingly Eery Similarities. Today, July 1, is Canada Day. It celebrates the creation of their confederation in 1867. Canada is a wonderful country but is under incredible strain right now. As bad as you may think our leadership is in […]

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Book Review: Superior Rendezvous Place

 

The city of Thunder Bay, in northern Ontario near the far western end of Lake Superior, is a curious city when one looks into it.  As cities go, the entity is quite young, having only been formed in 1969.  But it was formed by the merger of 3 smaller cities, one of which bore the name of Fort William, and Fort William itself had, for a brief moment in time, a crucial role in the settlements of both the Canadian and American interiors.  As its name implies, it was initially an actual Fort – a fortified settlement, but not a military one.  Fort William was a trading and commercial hub, a deliberate outpost of the same sort of ventures that gained India for Britain.  Fort William was the key interior post of the Northwest Company.  As with its more famous British contemporaries, the Hudson Bay Company and the East India Company, the NWC’s pursuit of trade in effect claimed much of what today is western Canada.  Moreover, much of early American trade either crossed through, or crossed swords with the traders of the NWC.  Superior Rendezvous-Place: Fort William in the Canadian Fur Trade, by Jean Morrison, is an approachable history of this settlement, and its significant, if rather brief time as a vital hub of early Canada.

These are 10 man canoes – still much smaller than the big trading canoes.

Superior Rendezvous-Place begins with background history on the discoveries of the interior of North America, French and British explorations, and early commercial networks for shipping manufactured goods in, to barter with the natives in exchange for furs (chiefly beaver), and to then packaged and ship the furs back out to ports, thence to Europe.  In the absence of roads, the many lakes and rivers of the Canadian interior were mapped and surveyed for the purpose of the portage – trade routes navigated by crews in massive birch-bark canoes.  The French developed their network across what is today lower Canada and Michigan, across the Great Lakes, and from there even further into the interior.  The British, by way of the Hudson Bay Company, entered the interior from Hudson Bay.  In the 7 Years War (the French and Indian War), France lost Canada, and the Scottish Clan McTavish, eager businessmen, saw an opportunity to replace the old French network with one of their own.

Senate Approves USMCA

 

On Wednesday, Trump signed “phase one” of a China trade deal that increases agricultural exports to Beijing. Thursday, the US Senate passed the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement by an 89-10 vote.

The House sat on the USMCA for months, distracted as it was by Russia, Trump’s tweets, World War III, Ukraine, Net Neutrality killing the internet, recognizing Jerusalem which destroyed the middle east, Jussie Smollett, the wholesale slaughter of the Kurds (well, those not already dead from Net Neutrality),  and Greta Thunberg’s sailboat. Despite being controlled by Democrats, the trade bill passed the House 385-41. Now it awaits the President’s signature.

The USMCA will replace NAFTA, including stricter rules on labor and car parts and loosens Canadian dairy markets. Canada still needs to approve the agreement once Jussie Trudeau takes off his makeup.

Join Jim and Greg as they appreciate a more stable southern border thanks to Mexico holding up its end of the bargain on border security.  They also shudder at the news that Justin Trudeau will continue as Prime Minister of Canada, even though Conservative Party candidates won more votes nationwide.  And they enjoy watching Democratic insiders wring their hands because they’re worried none of the many Democrats running for president may be able to defeat President Trump and dream of new candidates jumping into the race.

The Progressive Blackface Genre

 

On the one hand, it shouldn’t be surprising that the party of secession, slavery, segregation, internment camps – and more recently of the FBI and the CIA – would elevate blackface to a career-ending art form. But now, even our mild-mannered Friends To The North are not only getting in on the act but seem hellbent on outdoing the Major League Baseball of blackface, the Democratic Party of Virginia.

The top three elected officials in Virginia, you may recall, have been in a months-long Mexican standoff to hold onto their coveted positions. Gov. Northam first denied, then apologized for, then expressed uncertainty about, and again denied appearing in blackface in a school yearbook. In defense of Northam, he was only a 25-year-old medical school student at the time. Were Northam to go full-Republican and resign in disgrace, he would be replaced by Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax. The problem for the Democratic Party of Virginia, though, is that Fairfax (D) has been credibly accused™ of sexual assault. That leaves Virginia’s next in line to succeed Northam, Attorney General Mark Herring (D), who acknowledged his career in blackface during the fallout from the Northam controversy.

Personally, I find blackface funny. But progressives, by definition, do not. And political movements, like individuals, should be judged by the standards to which they hold others, let alone themselves. Enter part-time Canadian Prime Minister and full-time virtue signaler Justin Trudeau, the boy-man whose recent troubles serve to remind conservatives that God loves us and wants us to be happy.

Regretting Socialism, Alberta Elects a Conservative Government

 

While the left-right and conservative-liberal issues dont always line up between Canada and the United States, I think the Alberta Election campaign that ended today can be predictive of the American 2020 campaign. First off, the results:

UCP: 63 seats, 55% of the vote. (United Conservative Party, a recent merger of the Wild Rose Party and the Conservative Party)

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America discuss the sudden political turmoil for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after his former attorney general says Trudeau told her go easy on a major business that was under investigation and then removed her as attorney general when she refused.  They also have fun as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi berates moderate House Democrats for siding with Republicans on multiple motions to recommit and warns that they’ll get less help from the party in 2020 if they don’t vote the way she wants.  And they slam their heads against their desks as Roy Moore considers another run for the Senate seat he lost in 2017.

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I finally got to visit Canada while vacationing with my sister in Glacier Park last week, and glad I did. However, the visit was less than ideal.  First, after the expected questions by an intimidating border official, we were directed to pull into an area off to the side, put our keys on the dash, […]

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According to the Fraser Institute, the average annual cost of Canada’s public healthcare regime is about $4,640 per taxpayer. For most people, that does not include prescription drugs, dentistry, optometry, psychiatry, medical devices (wheelchairs, home oxygen, etc.), or any other medical goods and services delivered outside of a hospital or a GP’s office. It also […]

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While the last few weeks has brought good news for defenders of religious liberty and freedoms of speech and association, civil rights have not been doing as well in Canada. Trinity Western University in Bristish Columbia was looking to found a law school. But since it is a Christian institution, teaching conservative Biblical principles of […]

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