Arthur Weinreb

Arthur Weinreb is an author, columnist and Associate Editor of Canada Free Press. Arthur's latest book, Ford Nation: Why hundreds of thousands of Torontonians supported their conservative crack-smoking mayor is available at Amazon. Racism and the Death of Trayvon Martin is also available at Smashwords. His work has appeared on, Drudge Report,

Older articles (2007) by Arthur Weinreb

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Piers Morgan: Canada’s Leader of the Unofficial Opposition

Feb 12, 2018 — Arthur Weinreb

Piers Morgan: Canada’s Leader of the Unofficial Opposition

As the entire English-speaking world knows by now, Canada’s prime minister recently made a fool of himself by correcting a woman’s grammar. At one of his town hall meetings, designed to bolster Trudeau’s sagging popularity, a woman asked him a long convoluted question. When the woman said the word “mankind,” Trudeau rudely interrupted her and said we don’t say “mankind,” we say “peoplekind.” At least the PM said “we” instead of “Canadians.” Who the “we” is will undoubtedly remain one of life’s mysteries.

The news of Trudeau’s silly political correctness went around the word with a great deal of coverage in the U.S. and the U.K. It was all critical of our beloved Sock Boy although some in the left wing media pointed out it was only those who are “right wing” who were critical of Trudeau.

Trudeau compares ISIS fighters to Greek, Italian, Portuguese immigrants

Feb 4, 2018 — Arthur Weinreb

Trudeau compares ISIS fighters to Greek, Italian, Portuguese immigrants
This was bad. Even for him.

On Thursday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau held one of his town hall meetings. The PM is currently crisscrossing the country in an attempt to bolster his sinking popularity. While many things coming out of the mouth of the most unqualified prime minister in history are bad, this comment was particularly disgusting.

Related: Justin Trudeau: Maybe he is just really, really stupid

The role of the media in the demise of Patrick Brown

Jan 28, 2018 — Arthur Weinreb

The role of the media in the demise of Patrick Brown
Of all the blame dished out surrounding the resignation of Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown, the media seems to be getting a pass in their role in the scandal that rocked the party.

Wednesday night, Brown spoke at a hastily called press conference. He had been contacted by CTV News about two hours before. He was told the network was airing a story later that night alleging he engaged in sexual misconduct with two young women years before and given the opportunity to speak to these allegations.

Brown, almost in tears, vigorously denied these allegations, said he has contacted his attorneys and will fight to clear his name. He made no mention of stepping down as leader. The Ontario election is scheduled to be held on June 7 of this year.

Justin Trudeau: Maybe he is just really, really stupid

Jan 24, 2018 — Arthur Weinreb

Justin Trudeau: Maybe he is just really, really stupid
Most Canadians who do not spend their evenings drinking the Liberal Party Kool Aid do not like the way Justin Trudeau is running the country. They realize as leaders and politicians go, he is not the sharpest knife in the drawer. But it is possible even these people are actually overestimating his intelligence. As far as his mental abilities are concerned, he is probably a lot worse than most of us think he is.

In a Toronto Sun column, Lorne Gunter wrote everything Trudeau does is done because he is “naïve.” The major problem with the columnist’s thinking is he is being too kind to the selfie-taking Sock Boy. As far as naiveté goes, Trudeau is looking at it in the rear view mirror. The reality is he is simply not bright enough to hold any job requiring more intelligence than his work experience before entering politics required; part time drama teacher, snowboard instructor and bouncer.

Will universal daycare come to Ontario?

Jan 15, 2018 — Arthur Weinreb

Economics is not an exact science. This is why President Harry Truman asked for a one-armed economist because he was tired of being told “on the one hand…, but on the other hand…” But it is basic Economics 101 that if a business’s costs increase, that business will end up raising its prices.

On Jan. 1, 2018, Ontario’s minimum wage increased from $11.60 an hour to $14 an hour, an increase of 21 percent. And this percentage does not include related increases employers must pay for contribution to their employees’ costs for Employment Insurance and the Canada Pension Plan. Also not included in the increase are other wage hikes employers will have to give their workers who made more than $11.60 an hour at the end of 2017 but less than the now minimum wage. This large increase is a disaster for the province.

How Tim Horton’s Blew it Bigtime!

Jan 9, 2018 — Arthur Weinreb

No matter how destructive you think Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne’s idea was to increase the province’s minimum wage law a whopping amount, a couple of Tim Hortons’ franchisees and the franchisor played it wrong. In the end, with the help of the business-hating media, Wynne has emerged the winner in the battle over whether the increase in the minimum wage is good or bad.

Ontario’s Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017, took effect on Jan. 1 (You know a law can’t be good when it contains the word “fair.”) Among its provisions, the provinces minimum wage increased from $1l.60 an hour to $14. Under the legislation the minimum wage is set to increase again to $15 an hour in January 2019. Although businesses should and do expect minimum wages to increase as other prices do, the 2018 increase represents a 23% increase in low wage levels. As employers have to contribute to the employees Canada pension and Employment insurance payments, the cost to these employers will be more than just the $2.40 increase in the hourly wage.

Everyone who loves Justin Trudeau should support Jagmeet Singh

Oct 12, 2017 — Arthur Weinreb

On Oct. 1, Jagmeet Singh won the leadership of the third party New Democratic Party on the first ballot. Singh’s election should have Justin Trudeau very very worried. Singh is everything Trudeau loves but can never be.

To begin with, Singh is a Sikh which means he is not white. And as we know Trudeau hates whites. He loathes the white race even though he is a member and he has never made a secret of that fact. The Little Potato especially hates the old stock Canadians; he even said as much. The man who is the highest elected official in this once great country said he prefers immigrants to Canadians who were born in Canada. This is because immigrants choose to come here. Okay, Singh is not an immigrant having been born in the subway-deprived Toronto area of Scarborough. But as we know, perception is reality in politics and Singh looks like an immigrant. Justin never can.

Western NY Poll: 71% against protests during national anthem

Sep 28, 2017 — Arthur Weinreb

A poll was taken on Monday, the day after the numerous protests by NFL players during the Sunday games. The survey of Western New Yorkers was conducted by the Buffalo-based Big Daddy Strategies in conjunction with Remington Research Group. As the poll was conducted only in Western New York, the questions and answers pertained to the Buffalo Bills.

A total of 1,390 adults who are likely to vote in general elections were polled. Of these 1,390 people, 71 percent of respondents disagreed with players kneeling or otherwise protesting while the national anthem is being played. These respondents agreed there were other times players can protest other than during the playing of the anthem. Only 23 percent agreed the timing of player protests was acceptable.

Whatever happened to ...Omar Khadr?

Sep 25, 2017 — Arthur Weinreb

Remember Omar Khadr? The little Terror Tyke. A proud member of Canada’s First Family of Terrorism, Khadr was in Afghanistan in 2002 working in the family business of jihad when he killed U.S. Army medic Christopher Speer and wounded Sgt Layne Morris, blinding him in one eye. The darling of the left ended up in Guantanamo Bay and pleaded guilty to terrorism charges before an American tribunal.

Khadr sued the Canadian government demanding he be repatriated back to Canada. In 2010, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled Khadr’s rights had been violated under the Charter because he was subjected to such things as sleep deprivation and Canadian officials who interviewed him in Guantanamo Bay were partly responsible for this breach. Although Canada’s top court found his Charter rights were breached, the justices refused to force the government to repatriate him. Although Khadr was entitled to a remedy the top court was silent on what that remedy should be. After this decision, the Harper government did arrange for the little terrorist to be brought back to Canada.

Poll: Over 40 percent of Canadians think science is “a matter of opinion”

Sep 20, 2017 — Arthur Weinreb

A poll was conducted last month by Leger on behalf of the Ontario Science Centre. Respondents were asked whether scientific findings were matters of fact or of opinion. Of those polled, 43 percent of those asked answered scientific findings were a matter of opinion. (Global News, Sept. 18)

Respondents were asked to describe themselves; whether they based their beliefs on intuition (or gut feelings) or whether they were analytical. Those who said they were analytical were more likely to say scientific findings were based upon objective facts.

Trudeau won’t adopt Scheer’s plan to control the border

Aug 29, 2017 — Arthur Weinreb

CPC leader Andrew Scheer has been relatively quiet this summer causing criticism from some conservatives. It seems the newly elected leader preferred to do the barbeque circuit rather than speak out against serious issues facing Canada such as the $10.5 million payment to terrorist Omar Khadr and the erasure by the Trudeau government of the country’s southern border.

It is true Scheer made some comments about these matters but left the bulk of the border crisis to Michelle Rempel, the party’s immigration critic. Rempel’s solution was to simply spend more and more money to hire more immigration officers and Immigration and Refugee board judges and support staff in order to process these illegal border crossers more quickly. The faster they can be processed, the sooner they can be deported back to their countries of origin. Rempel’s solution to simply throw more money at the problem was truly Trudashian.

ESPN needs to fire Bob Ley

Aug 26, 2017 — Arthur Weinreb

As everyone who has been at least semi-conscious in the past few days knows, ESPN pulled Asian American Robert Lee from covering the opening college football game between the University of Virginia and William and Mary. The reason Lee was replaced was because his name is the same as Confederate General Robert E. Lee. The network, now being referred to in some circles as MSESPN, was afraaaaiiiiiid memes might appear on social media about Robert Lee marching into Charlottesville. As well, given the current climate we all know anyone named Robert Lee will bring horror to the multitude of little snowflakes currently found in the United States.

The Charter’s Notwithstanding Clause and Canada’s border crisis

Aug 22, 2017 — Arthur Weinreb

So many illegals have been walking into Canada lately, even Justin Trudeau is starting to worry. Yesterday Trudeau said if he could talk to “asylum seekers,” he would tell them, there is no advantage to just walking into Canada. He added those seeking refugee status will be subjected to a “rigorous screening process” and “our rules, our principles and our laws apply to everyone.” Cue the laughter. (CBC, Aug. 20, 2017)

During the first two weeks of August, 3,800 people were apprehended by the RCMP walking into Quebec. This does not include those who were caught walking to other provinces or those who managed to enter the country without being caught by the authorities. And there is no indication these numbers are about to decrease anytime soon.

Trudeau helps Trump ‘Make American Great Again!’

Aug 14, 2017 — Arthur Weinreb

President Donald Trump has said a lot of complimentary things about Canada’s prime minister. Gushing over Justin Trudeau at the recent G20 meeting, Trump said, “We have a great neighbour in Canada and Justin is doing a spectacular job in Canada. Everybody loves him and they love him for a reason so congratulations on the job you’re doing.” (National Post, July 8, 2017)

Trump’s statement, and other similar utterances surprised a lot of people. Trudeau, like President Obama, is engaged in a fundamental transformation of Canada. One of the differences is Trudeau is proceeding at a pace much faster than Obama did during his eight years in office. Trudeau even specifically said Canada is the world’s “first post-national state” with no core identity and no mainstream. Not only is he destroying the country but he brags about it. The U.S. president is the polar opposite. He won the election by rejecting the globalization trend and making it clear his main concern was for the United States.

The Tories seem totally unconcerned about securing Canada’s border

Aug 10, 2017 — Arthur Weinreb

Last week, the Canadian government released statistics on the number of illegal immigrants crossing into Canada from the United States at points other than official ports of entry. These numbers include only those who were intercepted by the RCMP while illegally entering the country. It has been estimated hundreds of illegals are walking into Canada every day.

In June, the last month these statistics are available, 884 illegal border crossers were arrested coming into Canada. A whopping 781 of these “asylum seekers” crossed into Quebec. The resources available to house, feed and process these “refugees” are strained with some of them having to be housed in Montreal’s Olympic Stadium.

Trudeau government: Respect for human rights of others only voluntary

Jul 24, 2017 — Arthur Weinreb

The Canadian Press has obtained a copy of a draft citizenship guide the Liberals are working on. These guides are used by people studying to pass their citizenship test. The last time the guide was updated was in 2011 under the Harper government. While some of the changes to the guide were expected based upon Trudeau’s criticism of the Tories’ guide, others were totally unexpected.

When former Immigration Minister Jason Kenney released the 2011 guide, the booklet stated “barbaric cultural practices” such as honour killings and female genital mutilation were criminal offences in Canada and not wanted. Trudeau had his knickers, no doubt halal knickers to match his socks, in a knot over the use of the term “barbaric.” The Little Potato obviously found little if anything wrong with immigrants who kill their family members as a matter of honour or who practise female genital mutilation. These acts apparently paled in comparison to Harper’s use of the word “barbaric.”

Did Officer Mohamed Noor get his job just because he’s Somali?

Jul 22, 2017 — Arthur Weinreb

If he did, it would not be the first time.

Christina Benson was a civilian employee of the Ottawa Police Service and her job was to conduct background checks on those applying to become police officers with the Ottawa police. Last summer she conducted checks on 19 new recruits. Benson found 18 of the 19 applicants passed the check while one failed. She forwarded her findings to Charles Bordeleau, Chief of the Ottawa police. The chief has the final say on who gets hired and who does not. The man Benson determined not to have passed her background check was a Somali.

On July 24, 2016, Abdirahman Abdi, a 37-year-old Somali Canadian, became involved in a confrontation with Ottawa police after officers received information about a groping. During this confrontation, Abdi suffered a medical episode and died in hospital the next day. There was outrage as there always is when a black suspect dies at the hands of police.

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

Jul 15, 2017 — Arthur Weinreb

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.

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

Jul 5, 2017 — Arthur Weinreb

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.

Because you’re a comedian does not mean everything you say or do is a joke

Jun 5, 2017 — Arthur Weinreb

Because you’re a comedian does not mean everything you say or do is a joke

Although I have not been writing much lately, I have written thousands of articles for Canada Free Press and its hard copy predecessor, Toronto Free Press, during the last 20 plus years. Although I have occasionally thrown in an “I,” I have always avoided writing in the first person.

Expressing an opinion by inserting something like “I think” gives the reader the opportunity to say “Who cares what he thinks?” And besides, I’m not all that interesting. But on this occasion, there is no other way to do it.