Fear that Quebecers will catch a new variant of COVID-19 on vacation is what’s driving demands by the Quebec premier for Ottawa to ban non-essential flights to the country. Premier Francois Legault repeated once again this week that his government believes it was vacationing Quebecers during spring break in 2020 who brought the virus home, allowing it to spread earlier and more widely in the province than elsewhere in Canada. Legal experts say a ban on non-essential travel would violate the mobility rights guaranteed in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which states, “Every citizen of Canada has the right to enter, remain in and leave Canada.” The question, experts say, is whether a ban can be justified.
It turns out that the delay in Canada’s Pfizer vaccine delivery will be worse than originally reported. While it is known that Canada will go an entire week without getting any of the Pfizer vaccine, it is now being revealed that the government is expecting less than one-third of the previously expected amount as of February 7th, even when including the one-week delay. Furthermore, Major General Dany Fortin has noted that – according to the CP – Canada ‘doesn’t know’ how many doses we will be getting the following week. Canada is facing delays that are longer than some other comparable countries, while the US is facing no Pfizer delay due to strong domestic production.
Watch: Manitoba’s Top Public Health Officer Says “Public Health Orders Don’t Apply To Any Levels Of Government”
While Canadians can face arrest, fines, and social shaming for violating public health orders, politicians always get to apologize and then just move on without punishment. And now, we know that is entirely by design. In a recent press conference, Manitoba’s top public health official Dr. Brent Roussin said it straight up: “Our public health orders don’t apply to any levels of government. So they don’t apply to federal provincial, or municipal governments.” The criticism here shouldn’t be with Roussin, it should be with the politicians who really put this stuff into place. They exempted themselves, while threatening the rest of us. It’s the ultimate in arrogant elitism, “rules for thee, but not for me.”
These are tough times for the Conservative Party. While the Liberals put forward real ideas (albeit the terrible ideas of excessive regulations and massive government intervention), the Conservatives find themselves constantly on the defensive, fighting internally, divided, and unable to define themselves in any consistent way. Previously, I had shared thoughts that a potential solution to this issue was an embrace of a more Canadian form of populism, based on being an inclusive party that was still willing to use the federal government to achieve big goals for the nation while pushing back against political correctness on certain issues like immigration, trade, and more. However, this past year has shown that even ‘conservative’ leaders cannot be trusted with massive centralized government power.
This is about more than just a disastrous appointment as Governor General. The resignation of Julie Payette this past week as the Queen’s representative in Canada goes to the heart of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s toxic mix of incompetence and arrogance — again. Winston Churchill once said of Clement Attlee, his successor as British prime minister, “He is a modest man with much to be modest about.” Well, our PM is also a man with much to be modest about, but one who demonstrates no modesty whatsoever. Trudeau believes he is the most aware, sensitive, caring, inclusive, “woke” person in any room. You can see this self-assured conceit in the choice of Payette in the first place.
U.S. President Joe Biden’s rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline once again reveals the fundamental problem with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s leadership. He values style over substance, which results in poor decision-making in which Trudeau repeatedly over-promises and under-delivers.
Remember when you couldn’t buy yeast to make bread at the beginning of the pandemic? Seems like such a long time ago. Now, cross-country skis and gym equipment are out of stock, backyard rinks are on the rise, but people stuck at home are enjoying spending time in their kitchens.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau publicly vowed he’d attempt to convince U.S. President Joe Biden to change his decision nuking the Keystone XL pipeline. I didn’t believe him for a second. What Trudeau wants, instead, is an exemption from Biden’s Buy American program because it would harm key manufacturers in Quebec and Ontario. He just won’t say it. His phone call Friday with Biden will likely smokescreen this. Alberta, in dire need of some good news in its devastated oil sector, can go rot on a vine as far as Trudeau is concerned. This, I believe.
A former senior employee with the Ontario government has repaid more than $11 million in COVID-19 benefits the province alleges he took fraudulently, his lawyer said Friday. The unproven civil claim named Sanjay Madan, who had a senior IT role and helped develop the computer application for applying and approving the benefit for families with children. In a brief statement, Madan’s lawyer Christopher Du Vernet confirmed his client had made the repayment.
I’d be asking, how long are we going to put up with being mauled and mocked and stymied and blocked, by forces within Canada and without? He couldn’t wait. Joe Biden didn’t let the sun set on his first day as president before coming down like a ton of bricks on Alberta. Almost with his first breath, he smashed Keystone XL. And Justin Trudeau didn’t let 24 hours go by to assure Mr. Biden he understood. Ever so kindly he “acknowledged the new president’s decision to fulfil his election campaign promise on Keystone XL.” The promise to kill it on the first day. My guess is, to borrow a phrase that the now defunct governor general, Julie Payette, and Trudeau have both found useful in tight situations, the citizens of the province of Alberta “will experience the decision differently.”