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COVID-19 reveals many “Emperors have no clothes”.


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COVID-19 is an eye-opener in that it revealed to the masses the incredibly large number of naked Emperors there are.

3 Emperors stand-out with wardrobe intact.

Prime Minister Trudeau remains clad as he helps individuals, businesses, NGOs, provinces, industries and various sectors with cash and subsidies.

Ontario Premier Ford remains clad as he humanizes the issues facing his province, exposes his weaknesses and admits his failings.

Alberta NDP leader Notley remains clad because she stood by her convictions and did not line up with cap in hand for Trudeau’s cash and subsidies for her party.

Alberta Premier Kenney seems to be the loudest Albertan in the line for Trudeau’s cash.

Kenney often comes across as the school yard bully picking on nerds, teachers, doctors and environmentalists, stealing public servants lunch money (pension) to feed his oil and gas addiction, but he needs Trudeau to create jobs, subsidize Alberta’ economy and also to subsidize his party’s 8 member staff because his fundraising has fallen short.

Notley, who Kenney said was conspiring with Trudeau, isn’t asking for subsidies for her party’s 8 member staff.

For many years Trudeau Sr. was demonized for the NEP, National Energy Program, and blamed for every bad thing that has happened to Albertans. Will Trudeau Jr. be thanked for his NSP, National Subsidy Programs? Probably not.

I wonder how many of those Emperors of free markets and smaller governments are asking Trudeau for money while trying to look regal in their birthday suits?

Will anyone remember their time at the trough after this is over or will it be a blocked memory?

Trudeau will face a reckoning over the money he openly spent, but other politicians like Premier Ford will be remembered for their openness and humanity.

Alberta Premier Kenney has started facing his reckoning, if social media is any indication, for his destructive actions under the guise of Covid-19, towards, doctors, teachers, students, environmentalists, the environment, pensions, municipalities and Albertans. His inaction towards diversification, growth, jobs and health will be critiqued. The idea that Alberta could survive let alone thrive under his leadership without Ottawa to pay for his mistakes, without Ottawa to create jobs, without Ottawa to subsidize Alberta’s economy in times of crises and even before the crises occurred just shrivelled.

All the other emperors will be viewed with scepticism and remembered for their lack of clothes as they used their silver tongues to demand more money from the Trudeau government.

While these emperors sat on the sidelines hands out for donations the true Emperors buckled down, adapted, survived, thrived and kept this economy going, mostly under the radar and never once worried about their wardrobe.

Covid-19 is an eye-opener hopefully they remain opened and not lulled back to sleep. The time to see is now, when times are tough. Just look. Thank you.

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Opposition requests Auditor General look into 900 million dollar outsourcing to WE Charity

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Last week Prime Minister Trudeau announced WE Charity was going to be hired to pay post-secondary students between $1,000 and $5,000 for volunteer work. The outsourcing of a contract of nearly a billion dollars to deliver a government program is setting off alarm bells with the Conservative Opposition.  Pierre Poilievre has responded by writing the following letter to Canada’s Auditor General.

Dear Auditor General,
WE may have a problem.

Ms. Karen Hogan
Auditor General of Canada
240 Sparks Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0G6

June 28, 2020

Dear Auditor General Hogan,

On Thursday, June 25th, the Liberal government announced they will be outsourcing the Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG), a $900 million-dollar program, to the internationally mandated WE Charity. The CSSG will pay post-secondary students and recent graduates between $1,000 and $5,000 dollars for volunteer work. Outsourcing a $900 million-dollar program designed to pay students and recent graduates for volunteer work to a third party raises justifiable concerns and a number of questions. In addition, the connections between WE Charity and the Prime Minister are well documented.

In a display of cross-partisan collaboration, the House of Commons mandated your office to conduct an audit of the government’s COVID-19 spending. Your office included the COVID-19 spending audit in its top three prioritized audits to be completed. On June 9th, the Standing Committee on Finance passed a unanimous motion (10 YEAS to 0 NAYS) calling on your office to audit all programs associated with COVID-19, and for the government to provide your office with sufficient funding to do so. During your appearance at Finance Committee on Monday, June 22nd, you stated:

“We viewed the committee’s motion as reinforcing the importance of our work and its value to parliament. We pride ourselves in supporting Parliament to the best of our abilities. Given our current resourcing and funding levels, we need to be selective when deciding on the audits that we conduct; we will not be able to audit each, and every federal program associated with Canada’s COVID-19 response.”

Auditor General, we are writing to ask your office and team of auditors to include the $900 million-dollar CSSG program and the government’s outsourcing of it to WE Charity in your final report to Parliament on the government’s pandemic spending. By outsourcing this program to a third party, the proper channels for Opposition scrutiny, the very bedrock of our parliamentary democracy, have been circumvented. Indeed, it is your office that will provide the most legitimate and transparent examination of this program.

The Trudeau government has brought forward unprecedented levels of spending and administration of programs due to COVID-19, but this does not mean that accountability, transparency and value for money should be ignored. Simply put, they can never be ignored.

Auditor General, we look forward to your response to our request to include the government’s $900 million-dollar Canada Student Service Grant, and the administration of this program to the internationally run WE Charity, in your final report to Parliament on the government’s COVID-19 spending.


Hon. Pierre Poilievre, M.P.
Shadow Minister for Finance

Dan Albas, M.P.
Shadow Minister for Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion

Raquel Dancho, M.P.
Shadow Minister for Diversity, Inclusion and Youth

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Calgary Centre gets higher COVID classification amid condo outbreak

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CALGARY — The number of active COVID-19 cases in a Calgary highrise condo building has prompted provincial officials to change the area’s regional classification on the weekend from “open” to “watch.”

According to Alberta Health, more than 60,000 people live in Calgary Centre and there are 34 active cases there — all of which spokeswoman Karin Campbell says are associated with Verve Condominiums.

According to Alberta Health’s website, a watch is issued when there are at least 10 active cases in a region and there are more than 50 active cases per 100,000 people, and it says Calgary Centre is just over that at 51.4 cases.

It says that during a watch, the province is “monitoring the risk and discussing with local governments and other community leaders the possible need for additional health measures.”

The next level up is enhanced, where “risk levels require enhanced public health measures to control the spread.”

Campbell says there have been 45 cases associated with the condo building and that 11 of them have recovered.

Doctor Deena Hinshaw, chief medical officer of health, said last week that the situation is an example of how easily the illness can spread from one person to many if given the opportunity.

Alberta reported 39 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday but no new deaths. There are 216 active cases in the Calgary zone.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 28, 2020.

The Canadian Press

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