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Now that May is here and there’s serious talk of re-opening provinces to citizens and businesses, it’s time to realize just how much power has been granted to the provinces and how much the federal government now holds sway over our lives and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

 

Conservative finance critic Pierre Poilievre has a good handle on this.

  • “Much has indeed been given to government authorities in two months. Think about this: outside of the conscription powers during the world wars, Canada’s governments have never had more control over our lives than they do now. Government spending has almost doubled overnight. Deficits are monstrous. Work is largely banned. The state decides who gets paid and how much. If they run out of money (they have), they print more. Most of all, politicians and bureaucrats dictate what we can do and how we can do it. Best of all, with Parliament largely shuttered and criticisms generally stigmatized as “petty” during crisis, the all-powerful state enjoys near-total freedom from accountability and scrutiny. So much has been given and so little has been asked of the government.”

 

 

Beyond financial government intervention is the “Big Brother” mentality that has infected Canada. As bad as spread of the virus is, the spread of authoritarian rule across Canada is just as worrisome, if not more, as people are way too accepting of these restrictions.

 

Snitch lines abound and there are countless instances of people being fined for things like walking a baby and a dog, walking in a park or playing basketball, all in the name of safety for citizens. Various polls show support for these rules – granted under provincial emergency acts.

 

But, it’s not just at a provincial level. George Orwell’s “Groupthink” comes into play as the federal government has been trying to crack down on “misinformation” that puts them in a bad light – in particular, to this pandemic.

And as usual, the Liberals pulled out their predictable race card and anyone who legitimately attacked Dr. Tam’s response to this pandemic was labelled as “racist.” You can agree or disagree with Conservative Party leadership candidate Derek Sloan’s criticism of Dr. Tam, but the fact that he is being censured both by the Liberals and other Conservative leaders and MP’s says more about trying to silence alternate voices than it does to what was actually said.

 

Now, as the next stage begins of “normalization” begins, so does the economic nightmare that is coming. According to the C.D Howe Institute, Canada is already in a recession and it is no time for further government financial bailouts. This was not the same situation as the 2008 financial crisis that was created within the private sector.  Closing down Canada is all directly related to this government’s lack of action on many fronts when this virus first reached our shores.

The mentality of the left is to “never let a good crisis go to waste” and under cover of this pandemic, our left leaning leaders at all levels, along with provincial and federal representatives coupled with lobbyists and experts, are salivating at the possibilities for increased government control. They are looking at a modern day “Marshall Plan to get Canada back on track. The Marshall Plan was the enormous, government-funded effort to rebuild Western Europe after the Second World War.

 

Poilievre notes this in his article:

“As we slowly move from a health crisis to an economic crisis, expect more appeals for expanded government power.

Former Unifor economist, Jim Stanford recently wrote that after COVID-19: “We will need equally massive fiscal injections. And we will need a similar willingness to use tools of direct economic management and regulation — including public service, public ownership and planning — to make it all happen.” Government ownership, central management and planning of the economy caused mass starvations in China, the USSR and everywhere else they have been tried. Western countries experimented with milder state interventionism, but after nearly going bankrupt they restored free enterprise in the 1980s to bring economies roaring back to life.”

Mr. Stanford continues on, saying this: “Some policy-makers and politicians will dust off standard arguments about the dangers of big government. They are silent for now: I don’t hear anyone calling for “small government” or “low taxes,” when society is suddenly and clearly dependent on government’s capacity to act for our very survival. But once the immediate emergency passes, traditional fear-mongering about deficits and debt, red tape and market distortions will get louder. Those arguments should be rejected.

Yes, deficits will be huge in the coming years. Expect federal deficits of $150 billion or more this year and next, with more red ink at the provincial level. Public debt will soar past 100 percent of GDP within a couple of years. Indeed, anything less than that would be a sign that government is literally not doing its job to protect Canadians from this crisis.

Far from worrying about that debt, we should in fact celebrate it. And we should be ready to issue more of it to finance post-pandemic reconstruction — just as we did after the Second World War. In the context of a shattered economy, public debt is just the flip side of public investment. And we will need lots of that.”

 

What Canada and other countries need now is for the private sector to step up on the road to recovery. During the crisis, many large and small industries stepped up to the plate to manufacture and distribute Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as what was here was either sent to China or not stockpiled properly. What this pandemic has done is exposed our dependence on China for all facets of our lives, from PPE to household goods to prescription drugs. We need less dependence on China and more on our own once robust manufacturing sector.

Canadian companies retool to make supplies for frontline workers

 

As SUN columnist Anthony Furey notes in this essay:

As countries argue over the shipment of medical supplies and worry about food security, it has become clear how the global supply chain is in and of itself a national security concern. What if the current chilly relationship between an increasing number of the world’s countries and China degenerates into a cold war or even erupts into a hot war? What Canadian supplies will be threatened? At that point, our Liberal government’s river of platitudes about the Chinese regime’s cooperativeness, transparency and good faith will count for naught. 

Free-market mantras carried the most force when the world functioned under the postwar rules set by the United States and its allies. Now that China is slowly rewriting these rules, Canada must adjust accordingly. We will need to enact policies that identify those goods and services that are needed for the survival of the economy and enact protective measures, including tariffs, against foreign goods that threaten our vital domestic markets.

 

Capitalism is not the enemy: While climate activists seek a revolution, the only practical path to economic recovery will be to let business flourish.

 

Legitimate economic concerns underscore why Canada’s natural resources sector is a blessing to be celebrated. This is an economic and security advantage that countries without such a bounty of resources can only dream of. We also have the Canadian talent and largely home-grown technology to make the most of them, exporting our energy and energy-producing technology worldwide and supporting our own prosperity from coast to coast.”

 

Canada’s abundance of tech and resource talent should be fully valued and harnessed to support our own prosperity.

 

As it stands now, Canada’s left – from Justin Trudeau on down to the many activists that populate Canada see this pandemic as the perfect time to lessen Canada’s dependence not just on fossil fuels, but to completely gut our resource industry.

Who leads that charge? None other than the United Nations – bastion of corruption and purveyor of a green economy throughout the world.

 

The biggest thing is that Canada needs right now to move forward in this post-pandemic world is to move away from Justin Trudeau’s idea of Canada as a “post national state” which, according to Trudeau, “there is no core identity, no mainstream in Canada.”

While this has been Trudeau’s dream for years, according to Anthony Furey, “It has thoroughly infected the federal government and can be seen almost daily in the federal Health Minister’s increasingly bizarre defenses of the Chinese regime – as when she dismissed a reporter who had referenced the official U.S. intelligence assessment of China’s dishonesty concerning the Wuhan virus as “feeding conspiracy theories”.

Furey continues – “The key to articulating a national identity is to highlight how our similarities matter more than our differences.  A strong Canada-first agenda is the most inclusive agenda possible. It is the opposite of divisive; it is unifying. Anybody who agrees with its fundamental tenets, from any walk of life, is welcome to join and share in the positive vision, its liberating way of thinking and its many concrete benefits. There is a place at the table for everyone.“

 

A Canada-first agenda would promote common values and opportunity for all to benefit.

 

Of course, the elephant in the room is Liberal immigration policy especially when as the pandemic ramped up. It took shaming and threats from the USA for Trudeau to finally close our borders to travelers from around the world – including Chinese travelers from Hubei province, along with refugees and the illegal immigrants coming in through the notorious Roxham Road crossing in Quebec. Once that flow was stemmed, fewer than 10 asylum seekers tried to cross into Canada from the USA. 

Roxham Road crossing – Quebec

 

As this recovery phase moves forward, it’s more important than ever to have politicians who have the courage and backbone to stand up for Canada, putting Canada “first” and not the agendas of the activists and the global concerns coming out of the UN and the WHO.

As it stands, the Trudeau government’s hated carbon tax went into effect on April 1st – a fitting day for it to come into effect – that has to be one of the first things to go.

 

The biggest threat to Canada right now is not the “climate emergency” that these activists have brayed  about endlessly since Justin Trudeau became Prime Minister, right up to when the COVID-19 pandemic  hit. If that were the case, single use (and sanitary) grocery bags would still be banned instead of being brought out of storage and used at all stores now. The biggest threat is that our economy will collapse – thanks to the Liberals and their reliance on “freakonomics” which, according to Pierre Poilievre, would all but gut businesses relying on the Liberal wage and business subsidies.

 

The C.D. Howe Institute put forth a recovery plan which includes “simplifying rules, restrictions and regulations on businesses. Reflecting the delicate times, it makes no mention of imposing new clean-energy burdens, carbon taxes or otherwise obsessing about climate change.”

As another writer notes, “If we have learned anything from the suffering brought on by the pandemic and its painful cure, it’s that economic destruction, not climate change, is the single greatest threat to our way of life. And we should do all we can to avoid more of this sort of self-inflicted damage in the future.”

Avoiding that “self-inflicted damage” involves politicians that shun the “Groupthink” that has infected Ottawa these days. Instead, buck the trend and put forward sensible policies that benefit Canada and Canadians, not foreign entities that have way too much sway over what passes for policy these days.

 

As Orwell wrote: “It is the liberals who fear liberty and the intellectuals who want to do dirt on the intellect…. If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”

 

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