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Trudeau appoints a member of the Trudeau Foundation to investigate donations to the Trudeau Foundation – PPC leader Maxime Bernier

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While opposition parties form positions on the Prime Minister’s appointment of former Governor General David Johnston as his Special Rapporteur, PPC Leader Maxime Bernier is expressing extreme outrage.

In this newsletter Bernier is using to both spread the news, and to raise money, Bernier points out just how closely tied the Trudeau family is to the former Governor General.


Another day, another example of Liberal corruption in Trudeau’s government.

To address increasing concerns around Chinese interference in our elections, Justin Trudeau said earlier this week that he would appoint a “special rapporteur”—whatever that means—to conduct an investigation.

Yesterday he announced he would be appointing former Governor General, David Johnston, to this position.

Trudeau is describing Johnston as a “Harper appointee” to try and make it seem like an impartial appointment when in reality it is anything but.

Johnston is a standing member of the Trudeau Foundation, the charity that accepted a $200,000 donation from the Chinese Communist Party laundered through a Chinese Canadian businessman.

Is this for real? Trudeau appoints a member of the Trudeau Foundation to investigate interference which involved donations to the Trudeau Foundation?!

It’s a clear conflict of interest!

To make things even more suspect, on multiple occasions, Trudeau has lovingly described Johnston as a “family friend,” having grown up alongside Johnston’s children.

Don’t believe me? Listen to Trudeau describe their relationship!

More recently, Johnston has been the Commissioner of the Leaders’ Debates Commission since it was established in 2018.

An organization whose mandate is to interfere with our elections!

As Commissioner, Johnston was responsible for trying to exclude dissident media organizations, like Rebel Media and True North, from covering the debates and holding the party leaders to account.

He was responsible for the absurd debate formats designed to protect the establishment narrative.

He was also responsible for wrongly excluding me from the debate stage during the 2021 election!

This was at the height of the covid craziness, when having me on national television would have completely destroyed the mainstream narrative.

This is the man who’s supposed to investigate interference in our election?

It’s absurd, but I can’t say I’m surprised. Canada under Trudeau has quickly become a corrupt banana republic.

We saw the exact same playbook with the Freedom Convoy Inquiry.

  1. Trudeau appoints a compromised individual to oversee things.
  2. They delay and push things back to allow public pressure to fall.
  3. Trudeau’s bought and paid for media runs cover for the establishment narrative.
  4. The commissioner/special rapporteur finds nothing is wrong and the conflict is swept under the rug.

This is absolutely unacceptable behaviour on Trudeau’s part! He continues to make a mockery of our democratic institutions.

The level of corruption and incompetence we’ve seen from this government is unprecedented.

Duane, we need to clean the house. We need to vote out every one of these corrupt, career politicians and fill the House of Commons with honest PPC MPs who will put the interests of Canadians first.

Help me accomplish this mission with a $10 donation today!

Thank you so much for your support,
-Max

P.S.: If you have trouble finding where you can donate, you can just click this link! https://www.peoplespartyofcanada.ca/donate

After 15 years as a TV reporter with Global and CBC and as news director of RDTV in Red Deer, Duane set out on his own 2008 as a visual storyteller. During this period, he became fascinated with a burgeoning online world and how it could better serve local communities. This fascination led to Todayville, launched in 2016.

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Toronto, Vancouver named “Impossibly Unaffordable”

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From the Frontier Centre for Public Policy

By Courtney Greenberg

Two Canadian cities — Toronto and Vancouver — have earned the title of “impossibly unaffordable” in a new report.

“There has been a considerable loss of housing affordability in Canada since the mid-2000s, especially in the Vancouver and Toronto markets,” according to the Demographia International Housing Affordability report, which is released annually.

“During the pandemic, the increase in remote work (working at home) fuelled a demand increase as many households were induced to move from more central areas to suburban, exurban and even more remote areas. The result was a demand shock that drove house prices up substantially, as households moved to obtain more space, within houses and in yards or gardens.”

Vancouver was the least affordable market in Canada, and the third least affordable out of all of the 94 markets observed in the report. The West Coast city’s affordability issue has “troublingly” spread to smaller areas like Chilliwack, the Fraser Valley, Kelowna, and markets on Vancouver Island, per the report.

Toronto was named as the second least affordable market in Canada. However, it fared slightly better than Vancouver when it came to the other markets, ranking 84 out of 94 in international affordability.

“As in Vancouver, severely unaffordable housing has spread to smaller, less unaffordable markets in Ontario, such as Kitchener-cambridge-waterloo, Brantford, London, and Guelph, as residents of metro Toronto seek lower costs of living outside the Toronto market,” the report says.

The findings of the report have “grave implications on the prospects for upward mobility,” said Joel Kotkin, the director at the Center for Demographics and Policy at Chapman University, a co-publisher of the report along with Canada’s Frontier Centre for Public Policy.

“As with any problem, the first step towards a resolution should be to understand the basic facts,” he said. “This is what the Demographia study offers.”

The report looked at housing affordability in 94 metropolitan areas in Australia, China, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada. The data analyzed was taken from September 2023. The ratings are based on five categories (affordable, moderately unaffordable, seriously unaffordable, severely unaffordable, and impossibly unaffordable) with a points system to classify each area.

The report determined affordability by calculating the median price-to-income ratio (“median multiple”) in each market.

“There is a genuine need to substantially restore housing affordability in many markets throughout the covered nations,” said Frontier Centre for Public Policy president Peter Holle, in a statement. “In Canada, policymakers are scrambling to ‘magic wand’ more housing but continue to mostly ignore the main reason for our dysfunctional costly housing markets — suburban land use restrictions.”

Toronto and Vancouver both received the worst possible rating for affordability, making them stand out as the most expensive Canadian cities in which to buy a home. However, other Canadian markets — like Calgary, Montreal and Ottawa-gatineau — stood out as well. They were considered “severely unaffordable.”

“This is a long time coming,” senior economist with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives David Macdonald told CTV News.

“We haven’t been building enough housing, we certainly haven’t had enough government investment in affordable housing for decades, and the chickens are coming home to roost.”

The most affordable Canadian city in the report was Edmonton, which was given a rating of “moderately unaffordable.” The city in Alberta was “at least twothirds more affordable” than Vancouver.

Overall, Canada ranked third in home ownership compared to the other regions observed in the report. The highest home ownership rate was in Singapore, at 89 per cent, followed by Ireland, at 70 per cent. In Canada, the rate was 67 per cent.

First published in the National Post here, June 17, 2024.

Courtney Greenberg is a Toronto-based freelance journalist writing for the National Post.

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Government subsidies cost more than EV capital investments

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From the Canadian Taxpayers Federation

Author: Franco Terrazzano

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is calling for an end to corporate welfare following today’s Parliamentary Budget Officer report showing government subsidies are 14 per cent more than the capital investments corporations are making in the electric-vehicle supply chain.

“Putting taxpayers on the hook for more money than these corporations are spending to build their own factories is an awful deal for ordinary Canadians,” said Franco Terrazzano, CTF Federal Director. “Taxpayers are being taken to the cleaners with this EV corporate welfare.”

The PBO released a report regarding recent government subsidies for EV factories.

“For the $46.1 billion in investments (capital expenses) across the EV supply chain, PBO estimates total corresponding government support (for capital and operating expenses) to be up to $52.5 billion, which is $6.3 billion (14 per cent) higher than announced investments,” according to the PBO report.

Of the $52.5 billion in taxpayer subsidies, the PBO estimates $31.4 billion is coming from the federal government and $21.1 billion is coming from provincial governments.

“These lopsided numbers show that these corporate handouts are nothing more than a vanity project for politicians,” said Jay Goldberg, CTF Ontario Director. “If these politicians want to grow the economy, they should cut taxes and red tape rather than make bad bets with taxpayers’ money.”

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