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PM Justin Trudeau's Canada

Over half the world's population are going to have elections in 2024. Unless you are Modi or Putin, incumbent governments are in trouble.

Hopefully the Liberals use their time, to get their shit together.
 
It took them a little over 1.5 to get to this point. It's still an eternity.

Took a lot longer than 1.5 years to get here. How long have we had a housing shortage? How long have immigration levels (including students) been above target?
 
The polling only got here in the last 1.5 years.

The issues moved the polling here. And those issues aren't being resolved anytime soon. They have barely begun even working on these issues. I don't expect they'll recover. I think the question now is whether they'll be the Official Opposition after the election or that crown will be taken by the NDP.
 
The Star out this morning with a curious piece.

A professor in Ottawa obtained a report to cabinet from 2020 outlining the options for different levels of immigration, one which included the option of going to up to 1M per year though the economic-class/points system.

So we now see some of the thought that went into boosting already high levels of immigration.........

Here's the thing w/the piece, it notes the Liberals didn't pick the 1M option and almost comes off suggesting this was moderate.

Except, we did hit and exceed the 1M; while cabinet approved the lower mainstream immigration total ( still a record high), its clear the system was gamed to have foreign students and TFWs make up the difference between the original target and the approved one.


So, in the end, we took in more people than the high end option in the cabinet docs; but with none of the resources the cabinet docs said would be needed if that option were picked.

I don't know that I can be anymore irritated by the Trudeau gov'ts choices here than I already was............. I am irritated w/the author of the piece for misrepresenting what happened though sins of omission.
 
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I just don't think the LPC cares anymore. I think they are now between solidifying the programs they put in place and simply setting up the next government to have as painful a time as possible in office.
 
So, in the end, we took in more people than the high end option in the cabinet docs; but with none of the resources the cabinet docs said would be needed if that option were picked.

I don't know that I can be anymore irritated by the Trudeau gov'ts choices here than I already was............. I am irritated w/the author of the piece for misrepresenting what happened though sins of omission.
When has that stopped the Star from pushing a narrative?
 
OTTAWA—Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly says Ottawa will commit $1 million to support survivors of sexually-based attacks in Israel on Oct. 7.
"We believe Israeli women. And we stand with them in their fight for justice," Joly announced on social media, adding support from the RCMP has also been offered to assist in investigations of the reported crimes.

Why on earth is the Canadian government providing this kind of (undoubtedly necessary) service to citizens of another fairly wealthy country? I understand being even-handed and 'fair' but ....
 
Why on earth is the Canadian government providing this kind of (undoubtedly necessary) service to citizens of another fairly wealthy country? I understand being even-handed and 'fair' but ....

It is things like this that are costing the LPC votes.

It's nice they want to help but it feels like they care more for other countries than they do Canadians.

As a Canadian, I am of the opinion we need to fix our own house before fixing others.
 
I'm not sure why it is so difficult to accept that there are no heroes in this conflict, and that we shouldn't take sides.
 
We need skilled trades workers, doctors.,etc. but the government keeps importing low skilled workers to fill minimum wage jobs.


 
We need skilled trades workers, doctors.,etc. but the government keeps importing low skilled workers to fill minimum wage jobs.



Breaking a half century long consensus on diverse immigration is quite the achievement for Trudeau.
 
Liberal legacy:

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I'm not sure how closely folks have been following the investigation into the ArriveCan app debacle. The committee exploration of the issue has laid bare a culture of consultants, apparently quite often who are moonlighting civil servants, bidding for government contracts and subcontracting nearly all the work. In addition, much of the controls, due diligence etc. these consulting outfits were to be adhering to were ignored. There is a general hollowing out of civil service competency, compounded by a culture of diffuse accountability, and most worryingly a inclination to grift if not engage in outright corruption. It seems this is much broader problem than app development and the federal government. I imagine similar dynamics were at play in the orders-of-magnitude larger procurement for new surface combatants ballooning from the original estimate of $26B to upwards of $80B. And perhaps this might help to explain Toronto and Ontario's ability to spend more and get less for transit investment than almost any other jurisdiction. If we dug into Metrolinx's affairs, would we uncover similar malfeasance?


 

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