11:38 A.M. Right on Doug !!! … Keep goin’ !!! …

Ontario’s highest court has paved the way for a considerable cut to the size of Toronto’s city council just weeks from a municipal election …

This morning , a panel of three Court of Appeal justices stayed a lower court’s Sept. 10 ruling that struck down a provincial bill that would cut the council from 47 to 25 members. The decision … Which basically freezes the lower court’s decision … Means city staff will immediately begin preparing for a 25-ward election Oct / 22 …

In its arguments earlier this week , the province’s legal team said the stay was necessary to provide certainty to the city clerk , who is responsible for upholding a fair election. The timing and circumstances of the election were thrown into chaos when the Progressive Conservatives unexpectedly introduced the council-cutting legislation , Bill 5 , after the campaign period had already begun …

MORBNOTE ; What’s with this ‘ unexpectedly ‘ adverb ?!! … Doug and his party campaigned on this issue  as a major policy point … And it’s a very large portion of the reason many people voted for his party … And the turncoat ‘ conservative ‘ who is now Mayor of Toronto , a lifelong mediocre politician , John Tory , KNEW his attempts to stop or stall it would fail in the courts … But chose to waste taxpayer’s time and money attempting it anyway !!! …

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The city challenged it in Ontario Superior Court , and Judge Edward Belobaba ruled against the province , saying the legislation was unconstitutional because it violated freedom of expression rights for candidates and voters. The Court of Appeal , however , disagreed with his assessment of the legislation , calling it a ” dubious ruling that invalidates legislation duly passed by the legislature … Unfairness alone does not establish a charter breach “…

” Unquestionably , Ontario’s announcement of its intention to introduce Bill 5 disrupted the campaigns that were already underway. However , Bill 5 does not limit or restrict any message the candidates wish to convey to voters,” the ruling said.” While the change brought about by Bill 5 is undoubtedly frustrating for candidates who started campaigning in May 2018 , we are not persuaded that their frustration amounts to a substantial interference with their freedom of expression”… it continued …” Candidates had a reasonable expectation that they would be operating under a 47-ward platform …. However , neither that platform nor that expectation was constitutionally guaranteed. Unfairness alone does not establish a charter breach “…

MORBNOTE II ; Typical ‘ legalese ‘ bullshit … The ‘ candidates ‘ had a ‘ reasonable expectation ‘ of vying for a 47 ward platform … But were ‘ aware ‘ of the intention of Doug’s party in this regard had it won the election … So they should have been prudent to ‘ expect ‘ that possible change also !…

Doug’s party DID indeed win !! … So they should have immediately ‘ expected ‘ the reduction …

Enjoy your first attempts at getting the Premier to facilitate you on all the things on your ‘ wish ‘ list John … Old Dougie’s not the type of guy you want to piss off !!! …

Source: Ontario’s highest court paves way for major cuts to size of Toronto city council | CBC News

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1:01 P.M . ‘ Formidable ’ ?!!! … ‘ Tireless ‘ ?!!! … The ‘ BULLSHIT ‘ never ends with these Liberals and their ‘ Golden Spoon ‘ leader …

A good insight from Mark ;

It obviously doesn’t take much to earn the prime minister’s praise if accomplishing nothing merits adulation. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland , who has been spinning her wheels while getting nowhere with NAFTA , showed up at the Liberals’ love-in-cum-retreat in Saskatoon last week to be lavished by Justin Trudeau for being ‘ formidable ‘ and ‘ tireless ‘ in her determination to get a deal that is good for Canada … All while asserting that no deal is better than a bad deal.

That’s one way of looking at it … It would have been better , however , if Freeland was less ‘ tireless ‘ and had retired for some bed rest instead of making time to attend a summit in Toronto where the topic of ‘ Taking on the Tyrant ‘ had U.S. President Donald Trump likened to such murderous despots as Syria’s Bashar al-Assad …

This represents the height of stupidity when , in the midst of the most important trade negotiations our country has faced in recent history , our lead negotiator sees some kind of wisdom in rattling the ‘ tyrant’s ‘ cage …

This is hardly Diplomat of the Year territory. Conservative MP Michelle Rempel was not wrong when she tweeted that a similar gaffe by a Tory foreign affairs minister would have been ‘ career ending ‘… Yet all Freeland got out if it was more praise from Trudeau …

As I have always said … Junior’s in WAAAAY over his little noggin …

Source: BONOKOSKI: No worries, Chrystia Freeland is apparently ‘formidable’ | Toronto Sun

7:40 A.M. How much ‘ compromise ‘ would you expect from a person opposite to you at the ‘ negotiating ‘ table when you openly refer to them as a ‘ tyrant ‘ ?!!! …

How much good will is the notoriously ill-willed Trump likely to extend once he is informed that Canada’s global affairs minister sat on a stage while a video played comparing him to a rogue’s gallery of autocrats including Russia’s Vladimir Putin , Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Syria’s Bashar al-Assad ?…

All these leaders , claimed the video that opened the panel , use ‘ fear, racism , corruption , anti-immigrant sentiment and misinformation to crack down on a free press , rule of law and political freedom to undermine democracy and consolidate power ‘…

Reasonable people can debate Trump’s foibles and shortcomings , particularly with regard to immigration and a free press , but Bashar al-Assad he is not.

For Freeland to tacitly endorse the comparison , the day before she sat across the table from Trump’s trade representative negotiating a deal crucial to this country’s national interest , was grossly irresponsible.

Unless , of course , the Trudeau government has already concluded that Trump’s demands on access to Canada’s dairy industry , the dispute-resolution system and cultural exemptions on media ownership and content are so unacceptable they’d be better off politically walking away without a deal and campaigning in the next election on having stood up to Trump. That certainly seemed to be the tenor of Justin Trudeau’s remarks ahead of the Liberal caucus retreat in Saskatoon Wednesday , where he congratulated Freeland for “ standing up for Canadian workers and defending our interests ”…

Canada would not sign an agreement that is “not to our advantage,” he said in French. “It would be better not to sign any agreement in such a case.”

Better off for the Liberal Party perhaps … But for the Canadian economy ? Hardly … There is a misplaced sense of confidence on the Canadian side that it is Trump who is in trouble … That if a deal with Canada can’t be struck , the president will be left with a U.S.-Mexico agreement that Congress won’t approve. But beyond that , there is a worrying evangelistic tone to Liberal rhetoric these days that suggests they might be best served presenting themselves to Canadians as the light of the world , a breakwater against a global tide of populism.

It’s not cynical. Many senior Liberals truly believe they have been ordained to fight for Canada at a pivotal moment in its history … The triumph of romanticism over realpolitik. During the Taking on the Tyrant panel Freeland recounted that Trudeau tells his cabinet ( so much for confidences ) that “ Canada didn’t happen by accident , and it won’t continue without intentional effort ”. This sense of manifest destiny will endure , even if a NAFTA deal is struck. But it would be so much more compelling to campaign against the threat to the multilateral rules-based order posed by Trump than to have to exaggerate the menace of Conservative leader Andrew Scheer , widely considered as harmless as a garter snake.

This is not to suggest that if a deal is within reach Canada will reject it ; just that the Trudeau government has one eye on next year’s election and will not make concessions that will be politically unpalatable , particularly in Quebec.

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Securing a commitment from Trump that he will not in future invoke the Section 232 national security provision used to justify steel and aluminum tariffs might be worth risking a breakdown in talks. But protecting the cosseted dairy industry and insisting the dispute-resolution mechanism remains unchanged are not hills to die on.

Trudeau said Canada is prepared to be flexible on dairy … Yet we were ‘ flexible ‘ with the Europeans , offering an increased quota of cheese that could enter Canada tariff-free. As CBC reported Wednesday , only one third of that quota has been imported , as processors active in the domestic cheese industry ( … meaning all the KBec dairy farmers ! … ) have decided they’d prefer to do without the competition.

The Americans won’t be fooled in the same manner.

Source: John Ivison: Liberals eye potential electoral gains from ‘taking on the tyrant’ Trump | National Post

4.44 P.M. ‘Absence of a reasonable logical process’ says Bob Woodward …

Shades of Watergate ?…

fear-trump-in-the-white-house-coverTo Woodward , some of the scenes he learned about and detailed in Fear could only be compared to the days of Richard Nixon ( His investigative reporting , of course , in part led to Nixon’s resignation during the Watergate scandal ) But can he say whether his current work will play a similar role in Trump’s political future ?…

” Obviously , that’s not known . My job is to find out what happened , and present what we call the best obtainable version of the truth” he told Tremonti ( Interviewer ).

He said the president’s fate is now in the hands of the American political system … An especially important observation as the country gears up for its midterm elections in November…

” It’s going to be a fascinating time to watch “…

Source: Trump’s adoption of steel tariffs showed ‘absence of a reasonable logical process,’ Bob Woodward says | CBC Radio

5:26 P.M. Just what we need !!! … Junior ‘s comin’ to town …

If you’re a big fan of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau , you might be very happy to hear that he’s expected to make a stop in Wogtown … er … Brampton this week. The Brampton Federal Liberal Associations is hosting its third annual Community Appreciation BBQ on Saturday , September 15 and Trudeau is expected to make an appearance.

The event will run from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Chinguacousy Park.Event organizers say Trudeau will be the day’s special guest.

Attendees will also be able to meet Brampton Members of Parliament, including Raj Grewal , Kamal Khera , Ruby Sahota , Ramesh Sangha , and Sonia Sidhu.

Organizers say there will be food ( including vegetarian and halal options ) and entertainment.

MORBNOTE ; The last two paragraphs tell ya why he’s come to the city that I , unfortunately , reside in … Gotta make sure he gets those votes !!! …

Source: Justin Trudeau Will Be in Brampton This Week | inbrampton.com

5:33 A.M. More bullshit from KBec …

The Quebec election campaign resembled one that might take place in any other province for the first 14 days. Voters were treated to a large menu of small promises , minor scandals exposing disreputable candidates and acrimony over minor differences …

Then came François Legault’s pivot to identity politics on Day 15. In an era of a dormant independence debate , the leader of the conservative Coalition Avenir Québec ended the week turning the spotlight on two issues that still set Quebec apart : immigration and the French language …

The front-runner for the Oct. 1 vote then combined the two and touched raw nerves as he explained his plan to cut Quebec’s immigration quotas ( a power held by no other province ) is intended to protect the French language.

“ It’s the responsibility of the Premier of Quebec to protect the nation , to protect the French language in Quebec” Mr. Legault said. “ The risk is that our grandchildren won’t speak French. Quebec , in North America , surrounded by hundreds of millions of anglophones , will always be vulnerable”…

Mr. Legault’s immigration policy is long-standing : He wants to cut quotas for new arrivals , test those who do come for French language and adherence to Quebec values after three years and then expel those who don’t pass ( a power the province does not have ) What’s new is the rhetoric. Until now he has framed the policy as a way to boost economic integration rather than a way to protect francophone culture from the existential threat of immigration.Quebec is facing a stark labour shortage and Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard , who favours maintaining current immigration levels , had also framed the issue around economics.

“ We need more workers in Quebec , including workers that come from elsewhere ” Mr. Couillard said. “ It is a grave economic error to reduce those levels , one of the biggest economic errors we’ve seen in recent years from a political party “…

Mr. Legault’s policy is to cut Quebec’s immigration quota to 40,000, down nearly a quarter from the 52,388 people the province accepted in 2017. The shift toward the immigration debate began Wednesday in a gigantic greenhouse operation southwest of Montreal. Mr. Legault toured row after row of towering cucumber plants carefully tended by a staff of 250 workers that includes about 180 temporary foreign workers from Central America. While the low-paid temporary workers are a federal responsibility and aren’t part of Mr. Legault’s plan , they inspired reporters to start asking him about immigration, and he started adding details to the plan.

Quebec sets the overall immigration target of 50,000 but only selects the 30,000 economic migrants among them. The others , who are refugees and family unification cases , are selected by Ottawa. Mr. Legault said he would like to reduce numbers in all three categories but that would require considerable co-operation from the federal government. The Trudeau government has shown no interest in either expelling immigrants who don’t learn French or cutting back in refugee or family reunification cases. ” If a lot of Quebecers vote for the CAQ, Mr. Trudeau will have to take it into account or face the consequences in his own election ”…

Mr. Legault said. Mr. Couillard accused the CAQ leader of threatening to break up immigrant families …“ So if the kids learn the French language but dad doesn’t , we’ll send him away ? What vision of society is this ? ”…

Parti Québécois Leader Jean-François Lisée, running third and well out of contention, dismissed the “ numerology ” of the two leading parties , saying his party would select immigrants who speak French and avoid the debate over quotas. But by Friday afternoon he too was naming his immigration target: 35,000 to 40,000.

Source: Language and immigration come to the front in Quebec election – The Globe and Mail

4:47 A.M. The following snippet of an ‘ opinion article ‘ in the NYT is just that … One man’s ‘ opinion ‘ …

They sat in seats of honor , near the front of Washington National Cathedral. They bowed their heads when appropriate. They looked up pensively and listened.

By all appearances , they were honoring their departed colleague , Senator John Sidney McCain III , during a majestic ceremony on Saturday. And by doing so they were showing America that leaders of both parties reject the hateful , petty , law-defying politics of President Trump. They were showing America what a better nation could look like.

But it was all an act … A cynical , hypocritical act that McCain , who had a keen eye for hypocrisy , would have seen right through.

It was an act for Mitch McConnell , the Senate majority leader … It was an act for Paul Ryan , the speaker of the House … It was an act , most jarringly , for Lindsey Graham , McCain’s dear friend and the senior senator from South Carolina … It was an act for Orrin Hatch , Rob Portman and nearly all of the other Republican members of Congress who attended the service.

It was an act because they have not kept faith with the principles that McCain held dear.

MORBNOTE ; If you read the entire article written by David Leonardt , you’ll see he negates his own ‘ opinion ‘ right off the top by para-phrasing John McCain … It was John McCain who often stated that , basically …

‘ You can disagree with people , yet still respect them for being decent , hard working individuals ‘…

But , true to form , this writer slags all the people that don’t agree with HIM ! …