Tag: Canada

China’s Vast Sovereignty Claims Are Becoming Reality

 

On June 13, China’s foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin held an extraordinary press conference in which he made a series of audacious statements about the sprawling reach of the Middle Kingdom’s territorial sovereignty. Placed in the context of China’s other recent actions and statements, the incredible size and shape of its regional ambitions are brought into sharp relief.

In simple terms, Beijing is determined to thoroughly dominate its region.

Don’t Canada America, Redux

 

What started as a Chinese-style “social credit” financial system focused on protesting truckers four months ago has now expanded to guns, mainstream and social media, and religion.

Following the tragic massacre in Uvalde, Texas last week, Canada’s government, some 2,000 miles away, decided they needed to do something. There is no right to gun ownership in Canada. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, backed by masked and clapping seals from his Liberal Party caucus, announced that legislation would be forthcoming to ban (sorry, a “national freeze”) the sale and transfer of all handguns.

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A favorite podcast is “What the Hell is Going On,” featuring the American Enterprise Institute’s Marc Thiessen and Danielle Pletka. Their most recent podcast featured law professor and former Supreme Court law clerk John Yoo on Roe v. Wade. It is the best discussion I’ve heard of Justice Samuel Alito’s leaked draft opinion to overturn […]

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“The Constitution requires that the president ‘shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union,’ The Washington Examiner began its editorial this morning following one of the most forgettable “State of the Union” (SOTU) speeches in modern times. “From President Thomas Jefferson to President William Taft, this communication […]

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Two Lessons to Learn from PM Trudeau’s Emergency Powers Declaration

 

To many Americans, the shocking invocation of emergency powers by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, while troubling to say the least, still seems distant and somewhat disconnected from daily life.

After all, our neighbors to the north live without the robust protections of the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and reams of U.S. Supreme Court precedent to keep an overreaching government at bay.

Don’t Canada America

 

No posts of my mine receive fewer clicks than ones about Canada. I suspect you have long either taken our northern neighbor for granted or perhaps find the world’s second-largest nation (geographically) north of our 5,525-mile border quaint if not dull.

Consider our respective nations’ unofficial mottos. We have long enshrined “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” from our Declaration of Independence. In Canada, it’s “peace, order, and good government.” Our national emblem is the soaring, sharp-eyed bird of prey, the bald eagle; in Canada, it’s the noble, industrious beaver. Since our war for independence, Canada – whose head of state remains the British sovereign – works hard to be different than Americans, despite common heritage, values, and proximity. Really hard.

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Remember this movie plot: A corrupt head of Government provokes a war with a trade Federation (i.e. people who transport goods from one place to another) in order to invoke Emergency Powers that give him virtually unlimited power? Canada’s PM Trudeau: “Even though the blockades are lifted… this state of emergency is not over.” Preview […]

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It took a little longer than usual, but I did manage to get in to the office today. I went out and got some photos this afternoon, which I’m currently processing and I’ll post in the comments. Apologies for the poor quality of the videos. I used my older cameras because they have better battery […]

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Join Jim and Greg as they salute Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s decisive victory over forced masking in schools. They also highlight former Obama advisor Steve Rattner admitting that too much COVID stimulus is a big reason for the current inflation crisis. And Prime Minister Justin Trudeau groups a Jewish member of the Canadian Parliament with Nazis while Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar slams reporters for tracking down donors to the Freedom Convoy.

Should Canada’s Truckers Go on Strike, or Did Ontario’s Premier Just Show Trudeau a Way Out of His Crisis?

 

In February 1979, about 1,700 tractors descended on Washington, DC’s Mall to protest low farm prices and foreclosures. They irritated Congress, USDA Secretary Bob Bergland, and the locals. They went from villains to heroes two weeks later when a two-foot snow storm made their vehicles the only way to get doctors and nurses to hospitals, and farm spouses took over hospital kitchens to prepare food.

President Jimmy Carter, who had fled town for Camp David early in the protest, returned to paused farm foreclosures, giving protesting farmers a small victory and a reason to return home for Spring planting. Carter shortly thereafter resumed the foreclosures. Farm country (and just about everyone else) responded by overwhelmingly voting for Ronald Reagan in 1980.

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Last night, Canada’s House of Commons had a 5.5 hour emergency debate on the trucker protest, and the Prime Minister came out of hiding to give us a speech about how the truckers and the conservatives are a bunch of fascist plague-spreaders, pretend to answer a couple of questions, and then scurry off to his […]

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Trudeau’s War on Truckers Will Backfire … Badly

 

Freedom lovers around the world have cheered on the Canadian truckers who convoyed into the nation’s capital to oppose vaccine mandates. After arrival, they hung around Ottawa, proving a nuisance to nervous politicians and wealthy residents.

Unlike leftist protests in the summer of 2020, truckers haven’t smashed windows, burned down businesses, or assaulted cops and bystanders. Instead, they’ve held cookouts, helped feed the homeless, and fostered a happy party atmosphere.

Their demands are limited and simple. They want the Liberal Canadian government to end the vaccine mandate on truckers, a common-sense request for essential workers spending 99 percent of their workdays alone in a cab. PM Justin Trudeau and his bureaucracy could have ended this long before the convoy reached Ottawa by agreeing to their sensible position.

When Tractors Rolled Into Washington DC

 

No one knows exactly how many protesting “freedom convoy” truckers are currently encamped in Canada’s national capital city of Ottawa after an estimated 1,700 big rigs arrived on January 29. Thousands more protestors have joined them on the grounds of Parliament and nearby in support. And the protests appear to be growing.

More than $10 million (CAD) has been raised via GoFundMe.com to support the freedom convoy. That’s about three times more money than the governing Liberal Party raised in the last quarter of 2021. From the freedom convoy fundraising site, which has been “paused” pending a “review,” including grammatical errors and typos.

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A working class movement of protest against authoritarian government and corporate interests is labeled as “right-wing” by… the (Manchester) Guardian (A British news outlet positioned even further to the left than the New York Times, the UC Berkeley Faculty Sociology Department lounge, or one of Bill Kristol’s cocktail parties). Canada’s Covid protests highlight rise of […]

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