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Canadian Senior: I’m impecunious and in need of financial aid

Most Honourable Prime Minister and Premiers,

I am 81 years young, retired and live in Kelowna, BC, a caucasian having been born, raised and bred in Alberta to hard-working caucasian parents.  I didn’t think that I would come to this but my income from OAS, CPP and a small RRSP is insufficient for my living.  And there are millions of Canadians in the same position.  I have been working since the age of six at harvest time or picking and packing vegetables in farmers fields.  I’ve worked for the CNR as a call boy and crew dispatcher, in the residential heating business, in the oilfields in Drayton Valley and in the mines in Flin Flon, Manitoba.

By Guest Column -- Alexander S. Romanchuk- Sunday, July 23, 2017 - Full Story

34 per cent of businesses might sell, close or move due to Ontario’s minimum wage hikes

Toronto—After being shut out of today’s committee hearings in Toronto on legislation to increase Ontario’s minimum wage by 32 per cent in only 18 months, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) has released preliminary results of an on-line survey that spell disaster for Ontario’s economy and job creators.

An astonishing 34 per cent of Ontario’s small- and medium-sized businesses would consider selling, closing or moving their business outside of Ontario as a result of proposed minimum wage increases to $15 and beyond by 2019.

By News on the Net - Friday, July 21, 2017 - Full Story

The gang that can’t scoot straight

When it comes to screwing up there’s no one more proficient than the 292 Republican members of Congress. They couldn’t properly handle a case a diarrhea if their lives depended on it.

Think about it; in 2008 the Democrats were handed both houses of Congress and the White House. They then proceeded to pass the Affordable Care Act (ACA) aka Obamacare, the single most unconstitutional and draconian piece of legislation ever to come out of the US Government, Chief Justice Roberts notwithstanding.

Ever since, Republicans have vowed to repeal and/or replace this travesty with a plan that makes sense.

By Klaus Rohrich - Thursday, July 20, 2017 - Full Story

Ontario electricity prices fastest growing in Canada; Toronto bills highest nationwide

TORONTO—Ontario electricity prices increased twice as fast as the national average over the past decade, and the average Toronto resident now pays $60 more per month than the average Canadian for electricity, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian policy think-tank.

“Electricity is a necessity, and Ontario’s high prices pose a serious burden for many families who, after paying their hydro bills, have significantly less money to spend on other important priorities,” said Kenneth Green, Fraser Institute senior director of energy and natural resource studies and co-author of Evaluating Electricity Price Growth in Ontario.

The study also finds that electricity prices in Ontario increased 2.5 times faster than Ontario income levels between 2008 and 2015 (the latest year of income data).

By Fraser Institute - Thursday, July 20, 2017 - Full Story

Canadian Values means paying terrorist millions

While this is old news here in Canada, Fox News recently discovered the fact that the Government of Canada, under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (son of Pierre), gave al Qaeda terrorist Omar Khadr a $10.5 (CAD) Million ‘settlement’ because his Charter rights were violated as a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay. Somehow this only makes sense to progressives and members of the Liberal Party of Canada, as the alleged “violations” of “rights” happened in a place over which the Government of Canada had absolutely no control and where Khadr was being held as a hostile foreign combatant who killed an American soldier and blinded another following a firefight in Afghanistan.

Trudeau’s rationale for paying off Khadr was that we are obligated to protect the rights of all Canadians, “even when it’s unpopular.”

By Klaus Rohrich - Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - Full Story

Concerns about Canada’s $2 trillion in household debt overblown; net worth has increased to $1

VANCOUVER—Canadian household debt has increased significantly since 1990—but so has the value of household assets, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

“Despite alarmist headlines, concerns about Canadian household debt levels can be overblown. When looking at debt levels it’s important to consider the degree to which Canadians are also using it to increase their net worth,” said Livio Di Matteo, a senior fellow with the Fraser Institute, professor of economics at Lakehead University and author of Household Debt and Government Debt in Canada.

By Fraser Institute - Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - Full Story

The Liberal War On English Canada

A recent payout of $10.5 million dollars to convicted terrorist Omar Khadr represents a watershed moment in the history of political correctness in Canada. As endorsed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Mr. Khadr has hit the jackpot and can now settle into a life of luxury upon Canadian soil. Not bad for a terrorist convicted of murder.

While there isn’t a politician past or present who has disgraced our country with the vigour of Justin Trudeau, the road to the loss of our national dignity did not originate with our current prime minister. This we can attribute to the founder of Canada’s collective self- loathing— his father.

Pierre Trudeau is the most misunderstood figure in Canadian history. A maverick political figure from day one, Trudeau Sr. thumbed his nose at western institutions of his day while embracing socialist ideology discovered during his travels as a student in Asia.

By Brad Salzberg - Monday, July 17, 2017 - Full Story

If Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer wants to beat Trudeau, he’s going have to get tougher

The $10.5 million payment made by the Trudeau government to terror tyke Omar Khadr handed Andrew Scheer and the CPC party a great issue to defeat the Liberals in the next election. But Scheer is going to have to do better than he is now doing if he hopes to capitalize on the gift he has been given.

Hours before Americans began their July 4th celebrations, news was leaked the government intended to pay the $10.5 million to the most prominent member of Canada’s First Family of Terrorism. Two days later, it was revealed the money had already been paid, no doubt to prevent the funds from being seized by Tabitha Speer and Layne Morris. Speer’s husband Christopher, an American medic was killed when Khadr threw a grenade at him in Afghanistan in 2002. Former Sgt. Layne Morris was blinded in one eye.

By Arthur Weinreb - Saturday, July 15, 2017 - Full Story

CARP Calls for Sustainable Solution for Sears Pensioners

CARP is pleased that Sears Canada will extend its employee benefits and pension payments for an additional two months. However, the advocacy group still has concerns about the pension deficit and how the company will continue to fund payments beyond September 30th.

“This two month extension gives a bit of breathing room but now all parties need to turn their attention to a sustainable solution to protect pensioners,” said Wanda Morris, VP of Advocacy, CARP.

CARP is calling for critical legislative changes to better protect employees.

By News on the Net - Thursday, July 13, 2017 - Full Story

What would Canada’s economy and finances look like without Alberta?

CALGARY—Between 2007 and 2015, Albertans contributed $221.4 billion more revenue to federal coffers than they received in federal transfer payments and services—a much larger net contribution than any other province, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

It’s very clear that over a decade, Alberta disproportionately contributed to the economic success of the country and to federal finances,” said Ben Eisen, director of the Fraser Institute’s Alberta Prosperity Initiative and co-author of A Friend in Need: Recognizing Alberta’s Outsized Contribution to Confederation.

Each year, Albertans send far more tax dollars and other types of revenue to Ottawa than they receive in transfer payments and federal services.

By Fraser Institute - Thursday, July 13, 2017 - Full Story

Financial disclosures that inspire dancing

This column first ran in the National Post and is now free to reprint.

It’s a bit odd for a happy dance to breakout after a court ruling about financial reporting, but when Charmaine Stick got the decision from her lawyer, she held hands with her kids and did a little jig.

“This is a victory for all First Nations people out there who’ve been fighting for transparency and accountability,” said Charmaine. “In our culture, you know transparency and accountability is first and foremost, especially when you’re in leadership.”

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation - Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - Full Story

Khadr’s Compensation: 71% of Canadians say government made wrong call by settling out of court

July 10, 2017 – The vast majority of Canadians say the federal government made the wrong decision in settling a lawsuit with former child soldier Omar Khadr and instead apologizing and paying him $10.5 million in compensation for his treatment as a prisoner in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

A new survey from the Angus Reid Institute indicates more than seven-in-ten (71%) are of the opinion the Trudeau government should have fought the case and left it to the courts to decide whether Khadr was wrongfully imprisoned.

By Angus Reid Institute -- Angus Reid- Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - Full Story

Slapping new taxes and regulations on AirBnB won’t cure cities’ housing woes

This column first ran in CBC Opinion and is now free to reprint.

We all know that many cities across Canada are grappling with out-of-control housing prices. In the Greater Toronto Area, young families can’t afford the cost of million-dollar “starter” homes, and young professionals are struggling with monthly rents averaging $1,800. Vancouver has the most expensive housing in the country, and though activity there slowed for a while, the market returned to near-record levels in May.

Enter city politicians who claim they will cure our housing woes with ... new taxes and regulations?

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Christine Van Geyn- Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - Full Story

B’nai Brith Canada Condemns Federal Funding for Anti-Israel Exhibit

LONDON, Ont. – B’nai Brith Canada is strongly condemning an anti-Israel art exhibit on display at Western University’s McIntosh Gallery that received grants from a federal funding agency, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

The display, entitled “Choreographies of Resistance,” glorifies the actions of Palestinian protesters, including stone-throwers who promote violence under the guise of resistance. In Israel, a reported fourteen civilians have been murdered by Palestinian stone-throwers, including infants such as Adele Biton and Yehuda Shoham, as well as three Israeli Arabs who were attacked because they were mistaken for Jews.

The creator of the exhibit is Rehab Nazzal, the sister of Palestinian terrorist leader Khaled Nazzal. In 2014, Rehab drew condemnation for a similar display at Ottawa City Hall which glorified Khaled and other Palestinian terrorists. Rehab continues to justify terrorist attacks plotted by her brother, including the 1974 massacre of 22 Israeli schoolchildren, describing him as a “martyr” who fought for “justice.”

By B’nai Brith --Aidan Fishman, Campus Advocacy Coordinator- Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - Full Story

What’s a Canadian soldier’s life worth?

It should not be the end of the matter that Canada’s juvenile terrorist Omar Khadr got a C$10.5 million payout for temporary sleep deprivation at Guantanamo, and no lasting disability.

For background, Khadr was born in Toronto and therefore his Canadian citizenship is not in question. His father and mother were immigrants from Egypt and Palestine respectively. During Khadr’s formative years, the family shuttled between Canada and Pakistan. His father became a close associate of Osama bin Laden and he was killed in a raid by a Pakistani helicopter team in 2003.

Under the influence of his parents, and perhaps implied compulsion, Khadr joined the anti-government guerrillas in Afghanistan. He became involved in an engagement with American forces during which he is said to have thrown a grenade that killed combat medic Christopher Speer, and blinded another soldier, Layne Morris, in one eye.

By Colin Alexander - Monday, July 10, 2017 - Full Story

The Khadr $10.5 Million and Ruling Class Rot

The Canadian government will pay $10.5 million to Omar Khadr, 30, a Canadian-born al-Qaeda militant who killed an American soldier, Sgt. Christopher Speer in a 2002 firefight in Afghanistan. In addition to the $10.5 million, Khadr will get an apology from the Canadian government. The case marks a stark contrast to the Canadian experience.

When Canadians have fought abroad they have joined Canada’s allies and engaged in combat against Canada’s enemies. My grandfather Lorne Henry Billingsley was with the Canadian forces at Vimy Ridge and other major battles of World War I.  He was one of the first victims of German mustard gas attack but never received a monetary award in seven figures.

His son James Richard Billingsley, who recently passed away at 94, fought in the World War II Battles of Groningen and Oldenburg, on the enemy’s home turf. He was wounded in action twice, once by a German sniper, but duly returned to his regiment and fought on. The Canadian government never issued this hero a monetary award, let alone anything in the millions.

By Lloyd Billingsley - Sunday, July 9, 2017 - Full Story

CTF petition opposing $10 million payout to Omar Khadr reaches 52,000 signatures

OTTAWA, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) announced this morning that the organization’s petition calling on the Trudeau government to revoke its offer of a $10 million payout to Omar Khadr had already reached 52,000 signatures.

“With over 52,000 names in under 48 hours, it is clear this issue has struck a nerve,” said CTF Federal Director Aaron Wudrick. “The notion of giving $10 million in taxpayer money to Khadr is so outrageous that many Canadians are simply beside themselves.”

The CTF is looking forward to delivering the petition to the Trudeau government, but wants to ensure all Canadians wanting to sign the petition will have their chance before delivery.

The CTF’s petition opposing the $10 million financial payment to Khadr is available HERE.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation - Thursday, July 6, 2017 - Full Story

Critics of Ontario premier erroneously assume she’s trying to do the right thing

Not only is Kathleen Wynne unpopular in the province she governs but she has the lowest approval ratings of any premier in Canada. In a poll late last month, while 70 percent of Ontarians disapprove of her performance, almost half of all Canadians (48 percent) disapprove of her job performance.

Back in March, an Angus Reid poll gave her a record low; only 12 percent of Ontarians polled approved of Wynne’s performance. As the late Finance Minister Jim Flaherty might have put it, she reached Elvis territory; the percentage of people who like the job she is doing is about the same as those who think the singer is still alive.

Watching her majority government headed for what could be third party status after the next election scheduled for June next year, Wynne took action. In May, Wynne announced the province’s minimum wage, now at $11.40 an hour, will increase to $15 by 2019. As of Jan.1 next year, the minimum wage will be increased to $14 an hour. Under the premier’s plan, the minimum wage will increase by a whopping 32 percent in less than two years. Other measures announced such as workers being paid for three hours if their shifts are cancelled and workers being entitled to 10 days of personal leave (two of them paid leave) have been announced.

By Arthur Weinreb - Wednesday, July 5, 2017 - Full Story

Toronto housing boom driving economic growth in Ontario; masks weak business investment

TORONTO—Weak business investment in Ontario has the provincial economy increasingly dependent on Toronto’s housing market for growth, leaving the province especially vulnerable if the market slows, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

“Toronto’s hot housing market is the one leg propping up Ontario’s otherwise weak and vulnerable economy, making the spectre of a possible housing bubble burst or even just a slowdown all the more worrying,” said Philip Cross, former chief economic analyst for Statistics Canada and author of Ontario’s One Cylinder Economy: Housing in Toronto and Weak Business Investment.

The study finds that housing—both homebuilding costs and record high prices—accounted for more than a quarter (29.0 per cent) of Ontario’s economic growth in 2016.

By Fraser Institute - Wednesday, July 5, 2017 - Full Story