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SLOBODIAN: Singh lives in the fantasy world of a socialist

There’s nothing original in Singh’s ploy to seduce voters with promises of cradle-to-grave handouts. He echoes the empty vows hard-core socialists always make before they destroy quality of life and country. History proves they all fail.

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During the leaders’ debates, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh wasn’t forced to explain his support of crushing basic freedoms, superseding parental rights, and protecting the safety of immigrants who commit serious crimes over that of Canadians. 

He explained – when pressed – who’d pay for stuff he promises to lavish on Canadians if he’s PM.

The “billionaires,” silly!

One problematic reality in the way of Singh’s fantasy is the shortage of taxpaying billionaires to pick up the tab of the breathtaking billions his extreme plans would cost.

Maybe Singh could import billionaires along with the tankers of oil from Saudi Arabia and elsewhere that’ll arrive with greater frequency to keep Canada running if he succeeds in his quest to shut down its energy industry.

Clever. Dangle shiny objects of free everything in front of voters – universal pharmacare plan, dental and mental health coverage while ending private, for-profit care. Simultaneously, get them too resentful of those selfish rich folk to notice your plan has more holes in it than a sieve.

There’s nothing original in Singh’s ploy to seduce voters with promises of cradle-to-grave handouts. He echoes the empty vows hard-core socialists always make before they destroy quality of life and country. History proves they all fail.

Think dictator Fidel Castro who made similar promises. When he died in November 2106, hungry, sickly, bitter, oppressed Cubans rejoiced.

Not Singh. He tweeted: “He saw a country wracked by poverty, illiteracy and disease. So he led a revolution that uplifted the lives of millions. RIP #FidelCastro.”

Singh tweet

Is it plausible Singh, a slick former criminal defense lawyer, didn’t know about Castro’s death squads, imprisonment of homosexuals, or promises of education and healthcare that never materialized?

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also expressed his “deep sorrow” over Castro’s death. 

These toxic twins Singh and Trudeau agree on a lot, especially the destruction of Canada’s energy industry, and tend to prop up one another’s unpopular policies. 

Different parties, same ideals.

Trudeau made unkept promises to deliver Utopia but still ratcheted the national debt to an astounding $1.1-1.3 trillion. Singh’s making impossible promises of Utopia on steroids that’ll drive it higher. He makes U.S. President Joe Biden’s spending policies look like Reaganomics in comparison. 

Singh put a price tag on his grandiose election promises – after Canadians already started early voting – claiming $166 billion in projected revenues of the $214 billion over five years needed for his programs would come from tax hikes for Canada’s wealthiest residents and businesses.

“There was a time when the super-wealthy paid more of their fair share. That’s what we want to return to, that the burden should not be shouldered by the middle class, by working people. It should be those at the very, very top,” said Singh.

Inevitably, the middle class will pay. They always do. Programs always cost buckets much more than what they’re pitched at. 

They include: health care – $68 billion; reconciliation with indigenous peoples – $30 billion; initiatives to fight climate change and support energy workers in the transition – $26 billion.

Revenue would also come from plans to implement a 20% foreign home buyers’ tax and eliminate oil and gas sector subsidies.

Last month, Singh promised to eliminate a whopping $18 billion in fossil fuel subsidies for oil and gas companies and redirect the savings to the renewable energy sector. 

The problem with that is the oil and gas industry doesn’t get $18 billion in subsidies. It does pay high taxes, and particularly in Alberta’s case, props up the welfare programs Singh loves with equalization payments.

Singh declared war on the fossil fuels industry. He’d finish the job Trudeau started in destroying Alberta. Shockingly, races are hairline tight in some ridings, including Edmonton Centre and Edmonton Griesbach, between Conservative and NDP candidates.

After how former NDP premier Rachael Notley decimated the province, why are Albertans, other resource-rich provinces, and First Nations who want to get their energy projects going, even toying with voting NDP? Imagine if Singh declared his intent to destroy Ontario’s auto industry or Quebec’s aviation industry? 

Singh’s cradle-to-grave socialism that will harm middle-class Canadians and small businesses is hardly all that should worry Canadians. 

Singh promotes division by accusing Canada of being a “place of racism” saying “Muslims are not safe in this country” without offering proof because there is none.

What else does he support?

• Vaccine passports,

• A government-enforced stay-at-home order to combat COVID-19,

• Pouring more money into the wasteful United Nations and World Health Organization,

• Citizenship tests for immigrants covering “very basic and simple topics” to demonstrate their understanding of Canada,

• Canadians struggling to get programs funding for their children in school should pay for free English courses for immigrants,

• Immigrants that commit serious crimes in Canada should only be deported back to where they came from “if it is safe for them to return,”

• Even if the federal government doesn’t improve its ability to screen out potential terrorists, Muslim immigrants shouldn’t be banned from entering Canada,

• Government should regulate online hate speech,

• Children under 18 should be legally able to receive gender-transition treatments, banning parental authority,

• Transgender athletes should be allowed to compete in events even though males have an advantage over females,

• Foreigners residing in Canada should have the right to vote,

• Decriminalizing drug use.

Meanwhile, Canada could lose an important trading partner and ally with Singh as PM. Singh’s support for Sikh separatist groups and his criticism of New Delhi’s human rights record resulted in him being the first western politician to be denied entry into India.

Singh denounced terrorism. But after winning the leadership in 2017, he stirred controversy by appearing on CBC and refusing to denounce Talwinder Singh Parmer, believed to be the mastermind behind the 1985 Air India bombing.

Oh, and Singh, that personable, seemingly harmless guy appearing on the TV ads, says it shouldn’t be illegal to burn the Canadian flag.

Slobodian is the Senior Manitoba Columnist for the Western Standard
lslobodian@westernstandardonline.com

Linda Slobodian is the Manitoba Senior Columnist for the Western Standard. She has been an investigative columnist with the Calgary Herald, Calgary Sun, Edmonton Sun, and Alberta Report. lslobodian@westernstandardonline.com

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Farkas pledges to freeze taxes for four years

Farkas said every year Calgarians are told they have to accept increased taxes or face cuts to services.

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Calgary mayoral candidate Jeromy Farkas released the first plank of his platform Monday, pledging to freeze taxes for four years.

“Over the past 10 years, Calgarians have struggled with lack of opportunity. We’ve witnessed the economy crumble, the tax burden increase, and the city hall establishment become increasingly out of touch. It’s time for that to change,” said Farkas in a release.

“If elected as mayor, I will champion a four-year property tax freeze for homes and businesses. Now more than ever, Calgarians need a strong and growing economy. This four-year tax freeze will throw a lifeline to struggling families, seniors, and small business owners, and give them the certainty that they need to get back on their feet.”

Farkas said economist Jack Mintz reviewed the promise and found it to be an achievable goal, with the millions the city has stashed aside in various reserve funds.

“Implementing a four-year residential and non-residential tax freeze is undoubtedly achievable,” said Mintz,

“The best part is this plan can be implemented without reductions to city services given the excess reserves available and reasonable growth forecasts.”

Farkas said every year Calgarians are told they have to accept increased taxes or face cuts to services.

“It’s time to put this false choice to rest with common-sense financial management,” said the Farkas campaign, adding the tax bill for the typical home has doubled over the last decade while basic city services have remained stagnant or even declined.

“This election is about change versus more of the same. As councillor, I’ve consistently opposed needless budget increases. I have a record of following through on my promises. Change starts now, with a four-year tax freeze,” Farkas said.

Calgarians go to the polls October 18.

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Poll shows Canadians trust the Internet and know what’s fake news

Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault’s department has proposed “concrete action” to police news and information on the internet.

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Despite Liberal attempts to censor the Internet, the vast majority of Canadians think online information is reliable and people can tell when its not, says the feds own internal polling.

Blacklock’s Reporter said Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault’s department has proposed “concrete action” to police news and information on the Internet.

“A majority, 80%, believe the online content they consume is factual and truthful,” said a pollsters’ report.

“Two-thirds of Canadians, 66%, feel confident in their ability to tell if online content is fair and balanced.”

The Heritage department paid Ipsos Public Affairs $164,621 to conduct online focus groups and questionnaires with 5,207 people.

“Almost all Canadians are frequently consuming some form of information online,” wrote researchers.

“Canadians largely believe having access to different sources of information with different points of view is important for people to participate in a democracy.

“Most participants were confident in their abilities to consider various sources and ensure they are being presented with ‘the full picture.’”

Guilbeault last July 2 issued a report to instruct the media on how to report the news.

“We can no longer ignore the challenges and opportunities that come with an increasingly digital world,” said Guilbeault.

“We have to act now to ensure a healthy ecosystem online for all citizens.”

Reporters, editors and commentators must “foster greater exposure to diverse cultural content, information and news” and “contribute to a healthier public discourse, greater social inclusion within society, bolster resilience to disinformation and misinformation and increase our citizens’ ability to participate in democratic processes,” said the report.

The guide defined misinformation as “false or misleading content shared without harmful intent though the effects can still be harmful, e.g. when people share false information with friends and family in good faith.”

The document doesn’t say who within the Heritage department would monitor news deemed to be harmful.

“Ethical journalistic standards should be upheld and encouraged,” said the guide, adding: “Information about media ownership and funding sources should be made accessible to the public and transparent to safeguard a diverse and pluralistic media ecosystem.”

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Twenty percent of Canadians bet pro sports is fixed

Only 6% said they were “very confident” major league hockey, football, baseball and basketball players were not doping.

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One-fifth of all Canadians think pro sports is rigged, says the feds’ own research.

Blacklock’s Reporter noted cabinet legalized bookmaking August 27.

Asked: “Do you think there is match manipulation in the NHL, Major League Baseball, the NBA or CFL?” 21% said yes, according to the Survey On Ethics, Equity And Safety In Sport 2021.

Only 6% said they were “very confident” major league hockey, football, baseball and basketball players were not doping.

A total of 19% of Canadians said they were convinced there is match-fixing in college sports, with 18% saying junior hockey is crooked.

A larger number, 24%, said the Olympics are fixed and 37% agreed “there is corruption within Canadian sport organizations” at the Olympic level.

Cabinet on August 27 brought into force Bill C-218 that repealed an 1892 ban on single-event sports betting.

The bill sponsored by Conservative MP Kevin Waugh (Saskatoon-Grasswood) set no limits on sports wagering through provincial gaming monopolies.

Provinces have said Vegas-style bookmaking will be fully introduced by the year’s end.

The Department of Canadian Heritage commissioned the survey using questionnaires with 10,932 people nationwide. The department paid Advanis Incorporated $78,563 for the research.

“The survey gauges awareness, perceptions and understanding of key issues related to ethics,” said the report.

Questions of honest play were “fueled by negative media and public attention,” it said.

The Centre for Ethics in Sport in June 4 testimony at the Senate Banking, tTade and Commerce Committee cautioned legal bookmaking could see corrupt practices spread to “university sport, college sport or the Canada Games.”

Match-fixing “is already occurring in Canada,” testified Paul Melia, CEO.

“Importantly, it is not an issue that only impacts professional sport In fact, match manipulation is often targeted directly at lower-level sport where athletes are not paid or not well paid and are therefore far more vulnerable.”

“Match manipulation is linked to organized crime. It takes advantage of vulnerable athletes, officials, coaches and other support staff in order to fix the outcome of a sporting competition.”

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