The Disaffected Lib: And the Trudeau Government’s Reaction Is?

A tweet. That’s how the government of Justin Trudeau responded to yesterday’s massacre of Palestinians by Israeli snipers and Justin’s bestie, Benjamin Netanyahu. Deeply concerned by violence in Gaza Strip. We are saddened by deaths + injuries that occurred today + over past weeks. It is inexcusable that civilians, journalists + children have been victims. ...

The Disaffected Lib: Speaking Truth to Powerful Fools

She’s the bain of the Oil Patch and every greasy, dishonest petro-pol in Canada, Justin Trudeau and Rachel Notley very much included. Robyn Allan is a force to be reckoned with. She’s had a distinguished career as an economist. She has been President and CEO of the Insurance Corp of British Columbia, VP-Finance of Parklane ...

The Disaffected Lib: There It Is. I Knew He’d Go There Eventually.

Justin Trudeau says British Columbians wouldn’t be enduring such high gas prices if only Kinder Morgan’s Trans Canada pipeline was up and running. It’s right there in the Globe and Mail. We’ve had two years of living with Justin Trudeau’s claims and his promises, time enough to realize that, if it’s coming out of his ...

The Disaffected Lib: National Observer Slams Canada’s Business Writers for Media Malpractice

…it is not the media’s job to assume that opinions without evidence are equal in worth to opinions which are fact-based. Or to assume that the scale and decibel level coming from oilsands advocates is proof of their cause. A noise meter is not evidence. Or to assume that the voices of opposition should be ...

The Disaffected Lib: What Do The Tyee, the National Observer, DeSmogBlog and Elizabeth Warren Have in Common?

That’s pretty easy. They’re all British Columbian and, collectively, they have laid bare the scam that the Trudeau government is perpetrating on this province so that it can force through the Trans Mountain bitumen pipeline. We all know the election campaign promises Trudeau used to hoodwink British Columbians into voting Liberal. The business about social ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Different directions for divided liberals.

Prime minister Justin Trudeau needs to check the direction in which his mob is headed. It is very hard to get out front to lead them when you are headed in opposite directions. Seeing the directions and concerns of the Liberal Party of Canada at the Halifax gathering last weekend, Trudeau needs to reassess the ...

The Disaffected Lib: What We Need to See For Starters

Even double hulled ships can founder in many ways. Their hulls can still be pierced by rocky projections, especially if they’re battered against those rocks repeatedly in stormy seas. They can lose steerage. It does happen. They can suffer engine failure at a critical moment. Fires always pose a problem given that tankers are full ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: A Confrontation of Confederation.

Even on a government VIP  Airbus, a flight from Lima, Peru to Ottawa is over 11 hours. I did that type of flight more than once and they were always an awful experience. I was able to reset my watch and I knew what time it was. My problem was that for a week, I ...

The Disaffected Lib: You’re Right, Justin. Delusional, but Right.

The prime minister has spoken. Justin Trudeau proclaimed that his pipeline fetish isn’t about “punishing” British Columbia. The man/boy prime minister is utterly, indisputably right. It isn’t about punishing British Columbia. However the Dauphin’s “my way or the highway” approach to the Trans Mountain pipeline is all about steamrollering British Columbia in order to imperil ...

The Disaffected Lib: At Last, An Ally. Merci, Quebec.

Let’s hit bully boy Justin where it hurts, in his home province of Quebec, where the government has come out swinging in support of British Columbia. The first and, to date, only province that has rallied to our side. Quebec politicians are speaking out against Ottawa’s intention to override British Columbia in its opposition to ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Standing with BC’s John Horgan.

It is a memory from many years ago that sticks with you. It is this time of year. After being awakened by the sweeps rowers training on the harbour, you walk to downtown Vancouver from the Bayshore Inn, along streets lined with cherry blossoms in full bloom. You drink in the wonderful freshness of the ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: The environmental crimes of Justin Trudeau.

Our prime minister might not appreciate the charges but he needs to understand what is involved. Whether he likes it or not, he needs to be reminded of the five basic environmental crimes of the proposed Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. Number one: While the stock shots of bitumen mining in Alberta show open-pit ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Has anybody seen Jagmeet?

This is becoming ridiculous. The New Democratic Party of Canada has to have some leadership. Without leadership, it is going to become the forgotten party and the efforts of many fine people over the last 80 years will be wasted. The party can hardly continue as present with no leadership, no direction and no clear ...

The Disaffected Lib: Hey, Canada is in the Spotlight Again. In Case You Couldn’t Guess It’s About the Tar Sands.

The Guardian does like to periodically remind us that, when it comes to climate change, nice, decent, oh so polite Canadians are utter swine. And they’ve got a point. Justin, he’s all for the Tar Sands. Why, that’s how Canada is going to have a green future. Why didn’t he just tell us he’s figured out ...

The Disaffected Lib: The Slippery Slope of Privacy

Those implicated in the Cambridge Analytica/AggregateIQ scandal inevitably contend that their uninvited intrusions and targeted messaging may have been unethical but they dispute that their acts were illegal and close with the assertion that there is no proof that their skulduggery actually changed anything, that it manufactured any votes for the client or suppressed voting ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Trudeau has to dump Morneau.

We have been waiting. We have been patient but it has not happened. Prime minister Justin Trudeau still has that millstone Bill Morneau dragging him down to the depths of neoliberalism. It is not 2018 for this government until finance minister Bill Morneau is gone. It is the story of Jean Chrétien’s government revisited. It ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Ageism and Justin Trudeau.

There was an opinion piece in the paper the other day by a favourite commentator. She was writing about the Liberal government not trusting anyone older than the prime minister. That leaves a very large number of Canadians to be disposed of on the ice floes by this uncaring government. I had always been under ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: There are some real royals.

It is too bad that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was too busy to meet with the King and Queen of Belgium when they were in Ottawa the other day. These are a somewhat different type of royal. They are useful. They are not just figureheads and dilettantes. The Belgian royals brought 150 business leaders and ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: The troubled travels of Trudeau.

Good advice is a treasured commodity in government. Bad advice is plentiful. It seems that our current prime minister has plenty of the latter and not enough of the former. It could also be that Justin Trudeau has lots of good advice but chooses to ignore it. That was how his father behaved in his ...

CuriosityCat: Trudeau’s Government is screwing up the Trump Steel Tariff issue

And why is this happening?  Because the Canadian government has not done its homework.  It has been obvious for more than 18 months that a Trump presidency would pose special problems for the small Canadian economy, but you would never have guessed this from the activities and statements of the Trudeau government. (Read more…) won ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Elitism bites Trudeau’s ass.

It is hard to say what embarrasses Canadians more. Seeing pictures of Trudeau and his family dressing up Bollywood-style to the amusement of the Indian Sub-continent is bad enough. As often as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been warned though about his elitist approach, those chickens have come home to roost. It looks like the ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Joining the #IMBUSYTOO movement.

What can be more appropriate for Saint Valentine’s Day than to recognize true love. And even if it is not true, it is what passes for true love over in Ole Blighty! It is the upcoming nuptials of Prince Harry and his American bride Megan. Have you got your invitation yet? It must have been ...

The Disaffected Lib: Great. Now Notley Imagines She’s Speaking for All Canadians. You Too?

Rachel Notley is taking to the interwebs in her war with British Columbia. If it’s war B.C. wants, it’s war she’ll get. Now the Alberta premier, speaking for Alberta and all Canadians (including you, I guess) is going to expose the recalcitrant coastal curmudgeons, damned hippies and geriatric draft dodgers,  as never before. Speaking to ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Jagmeet’s first challenge.

The new leader of Canada’s New Democratic Party (NDP) has been busier than you think. Taking his party’s leadership was Jagmeet Singh’s easiest task. His journeys around Canada since then have been to convince the party members that an observant Sikh does not have two heads and can also be an effective politician. Now he ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Justin in the pipeline pretzel position.

It is new to yoga. Among the latest postures for the ancient health and fitness practice is the pipeline pretzel position. It is for those who believe they can make money from the tar sands while reducing the carbon we are spewing into our environment. While we might all look silly in the downward dog ...