Monday, June 18, 2018


     Americans are in an uproar about illegal immigrant parents and children separated at the border. The level of hysteria surrounding this topic has reached a fever pitch with senators like Chuck Schumer mugging distraught for the cameras at every opportunity. While the shrill voices shriek loudly about the rights of Mexicans and other assorted border jumpers, American parental rights are being stripped from them, unconstitutionally, every single day. (Chuck Schumer has yet to freak out about it on national television.) American parents have lost their due process and Fourth Amendment rights, and most of them don't even know it. Most anyone who has been visited by Child Protective Services can testify to the absolute terror that the state can inflict on a family for very little or no reason at all.


   G&M:  While Mr. Ford’s decision to end to the provincial cap-and-trade system could provoke lawsuits from companies that purchased allowances, the province is also set to join Saskatchewan’s legal fight over the federal government’s right to impose its carbon tax where provinces have not levied their own carbon price, whether by direct tax or cap-and-trade system.
   “They’re going to be quite happy that they won’t pay in the future; it’s putting money back into businesses’ pockets and families’ pockets, [and] I think people will be pleased,” he said. Asked whether the province is facing lawsuits, he said: “I don’t believe so; we’ve looked into that and we don’t see a problem with that.”
  The province is also scheduled to make a payment of US$311,055.40 to help fund the Western Climate Initiative on June 30, the day after Mr. Ford is sworn in as premier.

Sunday, June 17, 2018


   Alberta’s auditor general recently produced a report that highlighted risks to Alberta’s long-term fiscal sustainability. The report highlights a number of problems with Alberta’s approach to fiscal policy in recent years, including the province’s rapid spending growth and the closely-related issue of the province’s heavy reliance on natural resource revenue to fund day-to-day spending.
   Let’s start by considering Alberta’s unsustainable approach to public spending.
   Our studies have repeatedly shown that Alberta’s fiscal problems stem from successive governments increasing spending at a significantly faster rate than that would have been necessary to offset cost pressures from inflation and population growth. For many years, when oil prices were high, successive governments spent freely as though the good times would never end. When oil prices fell in late 2014, the government found itself spending at unaffordable levels, facing a very large budget deficit. Since then, the government’s decision to continue to increase spending has caused those deficits to grow even bigger along with the provincial debt.


  For the first time a major political party has gone into an election with an anti-green platform and won big time. Specifically the Conservative Party platform for the Ontario election on 7th June promised:
This means no carbon tax or cap-and-trade schemes.
Stop sweetheart deals by scrapping the Green Energy Act.
    The Conservatives made some other promises too but what was interesting about dropping the carbon tax etc. was the lack of agonizing over the science, the planet, polar bears, the Great Barrier Reef or anything else. While the Trump administration recently hired a climate agonizer to head NASA, and the head of the EPA hasn’t moved against the endangerment finding on CO2, Ontario voters in a record turnout voted to make global warming a non-problem by forgetting about it, and getting on with their lives.


   Toronto Sun:  According to the National Post, Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna was advised by experts in her department after taking office that reaching Trudeau’s goal of reducing Canada’s emissions to 30% below 2005 levels by 2030 would require a national carbon price of $100 by 2020 (not $50 by 2022).
   In that context, Winter’s estimates of the annual cost of a $100 carbon price on the average Canadian household are:
   Ontario, $1,414; Alberta $2,223; British Columbia $1,206; Quebec $1,324; Saskatchewan $2,065; Nova Scotia $2,240; New Brunswick $1,929; Newfoundland and Labrador $1,718; Prince Edward Island $1,577; Manitoba $1,367.


    So far in 2018 Toronto has seen 41 homicides. And the killers don’t care if it happens in a playground, in Yonge-Dundas Square, or at a bowling alley.
    This is why Toronto Police Association president Mike McCormack tweeted “it’s time for leadership” to stop the insanity.
   It was called opportunism, but what he tweeted was the truth. The truth hurts. That police are not allowed to properly conduct street checks is a deadly truth. It means they don’t have the same street intelligence they once enjoyed. It gives the bad guys a real advantage.
  Time to take that back.

Saturday, June 16, 2018


   The U.S. Trade Representative’s final list of tariffs on $50 billion of  Chinese imports includes 1,102 product lines, mainly focused on China’s Made In 2025 plan to become dominant in high-technology industries such as robotics, aerospace, industrial machinery and automobiles. Consumer goods including mobile phones and televisions aren’t being subjected to the tariffs.
   Hours after the U.S. announcement -- China’s Finance Ministry issued a list of 545 product categories, also covering about $34 billion in exports from the U.S., to be subject to an additional 25 percent tariff starting July 6. They included a variety of agricultural products, including soybeans, corn and wheat along with beef, pork and poultry, plus automobiles. A second set of tariffs to begin at a later date covered other goods including coal, crude oil, gasoline and medical equipment.
   The U.S. imported $506 billion of goods from China last year and exported about $130 billion, leaving a 2017 deficit of $376 billion, according to government figures.