“You suck!”: Trudeau gets booed before announcing seamen race
One angry Canadian gave Justin Trudeau a piece of his mind earlier today in St. John’s Newfoundland.
The prime minister spoke to a crowd of attendees at the Royal St. John’s Regatta boating competition.
“Hey, democracy would be boring if it was unanimous,” said Trudeau in response.
Despite the negative encounter, most of the crowd warmly received the prime minister before he acted as an official guest starter for the race.
The event was the 201st of its kind. The earliest recorded instance of the St. John’s competition is reported to have taken place over 200 years ago in the year 1816.
While there Trudeau largely evaded reporters and took no questions from the media.
After being ignored for months and months, even having her phone calls and requests for meetings rebuffed, foreign affairs minister Chrystia Freeland finally got a meeting with her Chinese counterpart.
But that “meeting,” wasn’t a real meeting.
It was a quick discussion on the sidelines of the ASEAN summit.
Freeland says she raised the issue of kidnapped Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, and there’s no reason to doubt that she did.
However, the government release issued following the “meeting” makes it clear that no progress was made towards freeing those held by Communist China.
“On the margins of the 52nd ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, held a bilateral meeting with her counterpart from China, His Excellency Wang Yi. The two had a frank exchange of views. They discussed the importance of the bilateral relationship between Canada and China and underscored the deep and longstanding ties between the people of Canada and China.
Minister Freeland expressed Canada’s ongoing concerns regarding Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, who have been arbitrarily detained by China.
Minister Wang expressed China’s concerns regarding the extradition of Meng Wanzhou.
The two Ministers committed to continuing discussions between their two countries.”
That’s all diplomatic-speak for absolutely nothing being accomplished.
Yet again, we see Chrystia Freeland failing on the world stage.
As I’ve pointed out before, while Freeland is regularly lauded by the international elites, her actual record has been one of continued failure.
The new NAFTA featured many concessions by Canada, and will end up costing our country a lot of money. There was no exemption for Canada from “Buy America.” Freeland managed to piss off Saudi Arabia – which isn’t a bad thing – but failed to follow up with any strength, as we took no retaliatory action against their cutting off of investment in Canada, and are still inexplicably selling them weapons. Steel & aluminum tariffs were imposed on us by the United States. Relations with India, the world’s largest democracy, are terrible. And when it comes to China, we’re being humiliated, mistreated, and repeatedly offering nothing in return but weakness.
Here’s the thing:
Not all of this is Chrystia Freeland’s fault. But taken as a whole, the collective picture that emerges is endless foreign policy failure, with no success.
And if Freeland’s reputation as an “award-winning diplomat” was based on reality, wouldn’t there be fewer failures and more successes?
The fact is that Chrystia Freeland, like many international elites, is good at only one thing: Repeating the “correct” set of words.
They can sound smart.
They can sound “measured.”
But they don’t get anything done.
They don’t understand human nature, particularly the ruthless side of human nature. They don’t understand that just because threats, brutality, and intimidation aren’t “nice,” that won’t stop other countries from using them against us.
Much of the world is run by a thug & gangster mentality, and countering that with a “diplomatic” and “intellectual” approach is a disaster, as Canada is discovering the hard way.
A public opinion poll by Forum Research indicates that a majority of Canadians (52%) think that Canada is doing worse than ever before. Of that portion, one third (29%) said that the country is doing “much worse.”
Among those who feel that the country is heading in the wrong direction are the elderly, low and middle-income Canadians, Albertans, and the least educated.
According to the poll, 56% of Canadians aged 45-64 feel that Canada is doing worse under Trudeau. Canadians across economic lines also indicate that they are concerned with the country’s direction, including those earning $20k-$40k (54%), $40-60k (56%), and $80k-$100k (54%). Those living in Alberta
Conservatives, males and people concerned with immigration were also part of this group.
On the other hand, less than half (48%) of respondents think the country is doing better than before. Young people, those with post-graduate degrees, the least wealthy and upper-middle-class Canadians, feel that the country is heading in the right direction.
Of those, only one sixth (15%) believe that the country is doing “much better”.
The results show that 51% of those 18 to 34 and 52% of those 35 to 44 think the country is doing better. Economically, the least wealthy (54%) and those earning $60k to $80k (56%) are optimistic. Post-graduates (59%) and Canadians from Atlantic Canada are also part of this group (60%).
Liberals, females, and those most concerned with the environment also viewed the direction of the country positively.
One of the biggest changes to Canada’s labour market, a change that will have seriously negative, long-term implications for Canadian workers, has been made with almost zero public discussion.
That change is the immense increase of cheap foreign labour through the vast expansion of “guest worker” programs that have been brought in by the Trudeau government.
I recently wrote about it at SpencerFernando.com:
“As reported by the Vancouver Sun, since 2015 the Trudeau Liberal Government has implemented a massive surge in the number of ‘guest workers,’ and foreign students. They have increased the number of ‘international mobility program’ workers (aka cheap foreign labour guest workers) by a shocking 400% in just 3 years.
Now, the government is bringing in 400,000 foreign students, and 250,000 ‘international mobility workers’ PER YEAR. By contrast, 70,000 ‘guest workers’ were brought in under the Conservatives in 2015, and 200,000 foreign students were brought in in 2015.”
The key number here is the surge in guest workers.
Bringing in 250,000 guest workers (AKA cheap foreign labour) is a huge distortion of Canada’s labour market.
It has the impact of driving down the bargaining power and wages of individual Canadian workers, as guest workers are often far more desperate, and far more willing to work for low (even illegally low) wages, and put up with horrendous mistreatment due to their fear of tenuous status.
You’ll notice how, whenever this topic is discussed, the entire conversation is centred around how big businesses view the labour market.
We constantly hear about “labour shortages,” or “being unable to find workers” for certain jobs.
However, the flip side of those things is never discussed.
A “labour shortage” is also a “good environment for workers.” “Being unable to find workers” also means “you have to increase wages or improve working conditions.”
Notice how the same politicians on the left that always talk about raising the minimum wage never talk about reducing the flow of cheap labour into the country, which would cause market forces to increase wages without government action.
Canada is facing a cost of living crisis, with inflation (the real inflation rate people are feeling on the ground) far surpassing any modest wage increases. As a result, debt is exploding and people are unable to keep up.
The best way for the government to fix that problem would be to stem the flow of cheap labour into the country, creating an environment in which companies have to fight harder to compete for workers, offering better benefits and higher wages to entice people to work for them. And that is incredibly simple to do, just by dramatically reducing the number of guest workers allowed into the country.
But instead, the Liberals are doing the exact opposite, and are betraying working class Canadians. Big corporations with connections to the Liberals may like it, but for the vast majority of Canadians, this surge of cheap foreign labour is a disaster.
This must become an election issue. Each political party must make clear where they stand on this cheap foreign labour surge, and anyone who claims to stand up for Canadian workers must strongly oppose Trudeau’s disastrous policy.
Canada was the second country in the world to legalize marijuana (Uruguay was the first). The legalizing act calls it “cannabis” of course. So much more genteel than marijuana, eh? “Cannabis” sounds scientific, well-researched – while marijuana sounds kind of louche and stoned, too close to low-rent, pejorative sobriquets like pot, weed, hash, grass, ganja, reefer et al.
But it’s still marijuana, and I still call it that, because the people who worked hardest to get it legalized did their best to bypass or suppress the actual scientific research that would have slowed legalization down or even stopped it.
Since legalization last October, usage has increased, as one might expect. In the first quarter of 2019, there were 646,000 new users, mostly male, mostly over age 45. Many of the new users are doubtless assuming that the government scrupulously and objectively investigated marijuana’s effects on human health, and that they can be confident no harms will come to them with moderate usage.
That is not the case. Unlike other substances like tobacco and alcohol, where complete transparency on scientific consensus has created hyper-awareness of their inherent perils in the population, marijuana is a substance so swathed in stakeholder propaganda and ideology that the average Canadian, bombarded by claims of pot’s harmlessness and/or therapeutic value, is steeped in ignorance of marijuana’s epidemiologically tracked physical and mental risks.
The medical literature on marijuana has been expanding exponentially over the last 30 years. For an overview of what credible longitudinal research is telling us, I recommend the new book by former New York Times reporter Alex Berenson: Tell Your Children: The truth about marijuana, mental illness and violence.
My focus today is the use of marijuana during pregnancy (and even in the weeks before becoming pregnant). For one of the highly-touted benefits of marijuana is its ability to reduce nausea. It is true that many cancer patients attest to its value in quelling chemo-related nausea. But that does not mean that marijuana is safe for all forms of nausea. Yet unfortunately, many pregnant women who suffer extreme morning sickness are following their example, as though it were completely safe for them as well. Health Canada warns against smoking while pregnant, but clearly more on the general principle of better-safe-than-sorry, and more important, the warning is only issued passively. You need to look for it on their site.
There has been no national educational campaign to warn pregnant women not to use marijuana, nor have women contemplating pregnancy been made aware in any systematic way that marijuana is fat-soluble and can be stored in human tissue for many weeks. Small wonder researchers at the University of British Columbia found that up to one-third of pregnant women believe it is safe to ingest cannabis during pregnancy. It doesn’t help when a major cable outlet like NBC, in a segment on pregnant mothers who smoke marijuana, skews positive, with scant pushback on its deficits, and actually steers viewers to a (Canada-based) support group for mothers who use marijuana.
The mainstream Canadian media has not on the whole shown much interest in exploring the issue in depth. A September 2018 article in Macleans describes the research on pregnancy-related marijuana use as “largely inconclusive.” Actually, quite a bit of research has been done in this area and much of it is conclusive enough to be taken seriously, but it does not get a great deal of attention, because it is, so to speak, cannaboidly incorrect.
For example, one study published just this past May in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology Canada, which looked at data surrounding over twelve million pregnancies informs us that the incidence of cannabis abuse or dependence rose from 3.22 in 1000 births in 1999 to 8.55 in 1000 births in 2013. The report concludes that women reporting cannabis dependence or abuse were more likely to have a preterm premature rupture of membranes, a hospital stay of more than seven days, and an intrauterine fetal demise. As well, neonates born to marijuana-exposed mothers had a higher risk of prematurity.
Up to a five-fold risk of premature birth with marijuana usage during pregnancy is backed up by this study from Australia. “Our results suggest that more than 6% of pre-term births could have been prevented if women did not use marijuana during pregnancy, irrespective of other risk factors,” says lead author Professor Claire Roberts from the [University of Adelaide’s] Robinson Research Institute.
A meta-analysis by the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institute of Health of 24 studies on the link between neo-natal deficits and marijuana published the following results: Women who used marijuana during pregnancy had an increase in the odds of anemia compared with pregnant women who didn’t use. Infants exposed to marijuana in utero had a decrease in birth weight compared with infants who weren’t exposed. Infants exposed to marijuana in utero were also more likely to need placement in the neonatal intensive care unit.
Daniel Hardy, a professor at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, had observed with some concern anecdotal evidence from his obstetrical colleagues that a number of their pregnant patients were self-medicating with marijuana against nausea. He led a study that will soon be published inquiring into the impact of THC exposure in utero. Previous studies have found a correlation with marijuana use in pregnancy and lower birth weight, as well as a body of evidence linking marijuana use in pregnancy with children suffering from anxiety and social disorders, he says. “But no one had looked at metabolic outcomes.”
Hardy’s team did controlled animal experiments. Their conclusion: “Marijuana—THC—binds to two cannabinoid receptors and most people think these receptors are only in your brain, so the effects of cannabis are only in the brain. But we have those receptors in our metabolic organs—in the developing heart, developing adipose (fat) tissue, the pancreas. It made sense to look, long-term whether THC in pregnancy, during a critical window of development of these organs, affects not only the organ weights, but long-term metabolic function. The results are astounding to date.”
Please note: Two of the three studies mentioned above were published after marijuana was legalized. I think it is fair to say that in the rush to impress his progressive voter base with his enlightened views on a subject dear to their heart, Justin Trudeau was more interested in his hipster legacy than marijuana’s fine scientific details. I daresay his government will, if re-elected, and for as long as it can, continue to ignore a growing body of evidence proving that marijuana poses an elevated risk for the offspring of marijuana-using pregnant and even pre-pregnant women.
It will be harder for his government to disregard the more publicized, irrefutably established risks for psychosis in marijuana users up to the age of 25 when the brain is finally fully formed. (The term “reefer madness” is almost invariably employed as a term of ridicule for people who think like me on this subject—and in fact was used in precisely that way by my editorial board at the National Post in 2008 when I warned of the psychosis danger in a column—but won’t be eventually when even marijuana advocates are forced to recognize certain epidemiological truths).
Hardy asks, “Why did they start with legalizing marijuana for all ages and all groups? We need to proactively say this is not a good idea for pregnant women to use this drug. And the message needs to come from Health Canada.” Since it isn’t coming from them so far, please pass the message along to anyone you know who is pregnant or considering becoming pregnant.