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SLOBODIAN: Suzuki should be arrested for inciting terrorist violence by predicting ‘going to be pipelines blowing up’

Canadians must be wary of individuals — fraudster hypocrites — who have no interest in preserving or improving their quality of life.

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When some fool issues a dire warning about more pipelines getting blown up, the police should be banging on the door of his mansion to have a serious chat with him.

And if that guy spews his reckless rant to the public — talk that could put lives and property at risk — a case could be made that he’s guilty of causing potential incitement.

Just because that guy is David Suzuki doesn’t mean he should get a pass.

In fact, this public figure should be held to stricter standards because he’s in a position to influence people, although with his abysmal track record why he has any credibility left is a mystery.

“There are going to be pipelines blowing up if our leaders don’t pay attention to what’s going on,” Suzuki told CHEK News Saturday.

Shockingly, no one asked him to explain exactly what he meant, or to clarify if he is condoning violent destruction.

A Canadian who truly cared about the welfare of others and the environment would urge filthy terrorists — and that’s what anyone who blows pipelines up is — not to carry out criminal acts. But no, Suzuki didn’t do that.

Suzuki made the comments in Victoria during an Extinction Rebellion Vancouver Island protest named Funeral for the Future. Hundreds of people were in attendance.

“I saw the power of civil disobedience,” said Suzuki. “People in Extinction Rebellion are saying we’re headed in a direction of extinction and we’re rebelling against it. That’s why I’m here.”

Extinction Rebellion peddles itself as a global environmental movement claiming to use nonviolent civil disobedience to force government to take action on this climate change hysteria that has morphed into a multi-billion-dollar industry that’s making a few people, including Suzuki, obscenely wealthy.

Yet, it seems, no one with Extinction Rebellion took issue with Suzuki’s talk about blowing up pipelines, even though there may have been —likely were — unstable people in the crowd just itching to play with explosives.

Suzuki exploited the horrific devastation B.C.is suffering from floods and mudslides by bleating about climate change without offering any proof this is what caused the severe storms.

Some people never miss an opportunity to play on fears when devastated people are at their most vulnerable.

But this self-appointed guru, mysteriously hailed as a renowned environmental activist, wasn’t finished.

According to Suzuki, you and your children will have to start living without fresh fruits and vegetables.

It’s all for the greater good.

Suzuki figures that altering the food supply chain to cut fossil fuel emissions is necessary.

“We cannot go on having a food chain that is 6,000 or 7,000 miles long,” he said. “We’re a northern country, why the hell are we able to buy fresh tomatoes and lettuce and fresh fruit 12 months a year? We’ve got to start living in a way that reflects the place that we live.

“My whole message here?  It’s that so long as we cling to the models or systems that we’ve built our laws, our politics, and our economics — as long as we cling to those — as being more important than everything else? We’re hooped.”

No, we’re hooped if we give any credence to the likes of Suzuki, a Canadian version of the shameless charlatan Al Gore. These people don’t practice what they preach and get stinking rich doing it.

This multi-millionaire Suzuki appears to think it’s OK for him to cling to his opulent lifestyle that boasts of multi-million-dollar properties.

Are they all solar-powered? Does he put on an extra sweater to stay warm?

Have his children and grandchildren forsaken fruits and vegetables to save the planet?

Does he live anywhere near one of those pipelines that may be blown up because of his careless words?

Of course not.

In his doomsday book, It’s a Matter of Survival, Suzuki — a father of five — lamented an overpopulated earth because people were…having children.

“There are too many of us, we consume too much, we pollute too much,” he wrote.

Anyone else would be scorched as racist for this: “One Indian is born every 1.2 seconds, that’s 72,000 a day, the entire population of Canada in one year.”

What elitist audacity to opine on how many children people in India or any nation should have.

For someone so righteous, Suzuki has had no problem taking cash from questionable sources, including millions of dollars from U.S. benefactors including the Tides Foundation which is funded by George Soros, who is devoted to destabilizing countries and has been under investigation by the Canada Revenue Agency.

Canadians must be wary of individuals — fraudster hypocrites — who have no interest in preserving or improving their quality of life.

And those who chatter carelessly about blowing things up should be held accountable. Swiftly.

Or is it careless chatter?

Is Suzuki above the law?

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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  1. Leslie Solar

    November 23, 2021 at 12:06 pm

    A few years ago, the Australians determined to figure out whether global warming cum climate change was a hoax or not. They invited various scientists down under. Dr. Suzuki got invited, since it appeared he had some credentials. At least part of it was televised. As the questions got somewhat technical, he was asked to comment. He finally said that he was not a climate scientist and had done his Ph.d. on fruit fly research. I watched it, and still remember the other participants looking at each other with raised eyebrows.

    Suzuki always declined to debate any of the climate “science”, here in Canada. I recall Ezra Levant chasing after him as he closed the car door and the driver sped away so that he wouldnt have to answer any of Ezra’s hard questions.

    Suzuki is a fraud. Always has been. my guess here is that his comment will be the excuse for some government in Canada claiming we need a new piece of legislation to crack down on Domestic Terrorists (or some such). You know–non-existent pipeline bombers and those who criticize the Covid fake vaccines.

  2. David

    November 23, 2021 at 8:42 am

    Suzuki?

    He used to work for CBC. No one takes him seriously.

  3. Lisa

    November 23, 2021 at 8:06 am

    Thank you for writing this article and pointing out the obvious. Hypocritical individuals like Suzuki (who are funded by global groups that have no interest in the environment) need to be exposed for what they are. FRAUDS! Interesting that he can spew this dangerous rhetoric (and most likely not have anyone censor or investigate him), but our CCP style judicial system could try and muzzle a pastor’s right to free speech here in Alberta. I am not saying I agree with censorship of ANYONE’S speech. Just noting the double standard.

  4. Andrew Red Deer

    November 23, 2021 at 6:31 am

    Oops I posted a comment yesterday defending peoples right to free speech and did not include one word ‘NOT” that changed the meaning of my comment. I repeat the comment here with the correction:
    He has a right to say whatever he wants to say. I will defend his right to the death if need be. IT CERTAINLY DOES NOT MEAN THAT I AGREE WITH HIM. We as a province and country lost our moral compass when the Government went after Jim Keegstra for teaching the holocaust was a lie to his students in school. He should have been fired yes absolutely, just along the same lines all teachers should be fired for spreading CRT, Wokeness, socialism and communism as a better way of living, and unfettered environmentalism etc etc etc WHEN THEY ARE IN SCHOOL AND TEACHING. Think on this people, if you demand one person to be silenced, then we all deserve to be silenced. And that is what is happening in the world today unfortunately, we have let evil out of Pandoras box, and it wont go away until we get FREEDOM.

  5. Claudette Leece

    November 22, 2021 at 6:11 pm

    Sad but the paper had an article yesterday that the inspector told BC, 70% of its dykes were ready to break. That was years ago, guess they should of listened

  6. Left Coast

    November 22, 2021 at 5:58 pm

    Lets hope all of the Suzes kids are VAXED . . .

    I wonder of the Fruit-fly Scientist understands that the Entire Population of the World could stand in Texas today and have enough room to swing their arms.
    You could do the math David if it was not too difficult for you . . . when are you coming back to Australia to tell our Scientists about Gorebull Warming man ? ? ?

  7. Andrew Red Deer

    November 22, 2021 at 1:37 pm

    He has a right to say whatever he wants to say. I will defend his right to the death if need be. IT CERTAINLY DOES MEAN THAT I AGREE WITH HIM. We as a province and country lost our moral compass when the Government went after Jim Keegstra for teaching the holocaust was a lie to his students in school. He should have been fired yes absolutely, just along the same lines all teachers should be fired for spreading CRT, Wokeness, socialism and communism as a better way of living, and unfettered environmentalism etc etc etc. Think on this people, if you demand one person to be silenced, then we all deserve to be silenced. And that is what is happening in the world today unfortunately, we have let evil out of Pandoras box, and it wont go away until we get FREEDOM.

  8. Baron Not Baron

    November 22, 2021 at 1:05 pm

    Arrest this bastard communist garbage. If he makes such a mistake and push the useful idiots to do his dirty work.. I see blood coming. This isn’t about “pipelines” but about “owning nothing and be happy” propaganda.

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BRADLEY: No Central Bank Digital Currency can stack up to Bitcoin

Why Bitcoin will always be the superior digital currency.

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These days, many countries are considering introducing their own Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs).

The Bank of England recently released a research paper discussing the possibility of creating its own digital currency, saying it has “not yet made a decision on whether to introduce CBDC”.

In July 2021, the Bank of Canada issued a discussion paper called “The Positive Case for a CBDC”, citing it “could be an effective competition policy tool for payments” and “could also support the vibrancy of the digital economy.”

But no country is moving faster on this front than China.

The Central Bank of China has already introduced a digital yuan, which is expected to eliminate physical cash and provide a centralized payment-processing network.

As China continues to expand its CBDC implementation beyond its trial run in some cities, more of its citizens will be forced into using the government’s app to identify themselves, store their wealth and make everyday purchases. That means the Chinese government will be able to track purchases and even freeze or close personal accounts, for whatever reason they see fit.

That is a terrifying prospect – and it highlights one of the many reasons bitcoin will always be superior to any currency issued and controlled by any government.

The Bitcoin network uses blockchain technology to track the status of the network, including user balances and transactions. This allows transparency and decentralization by nature. Perhaps most importantly, this means that the system cannot be controlled or influenced by any one person, company or government.

China’s digital yuan – and any CBDC under consideration – have the complete opposite fundamentals. With a CBDC, one central bank has ultimate control and power over the currency, not to mention the ability to track and even reverse everyday purchases.

It’s a particularly worrisome situation in China, where its government has been pushing a social credit system that, at its core, rewards or punishes people for their economic and personal behaviours. As the country implements its digital yuan more broadly, there are fears China could use its CBDC to extend control over even more of its citizens’ rights and freedoms.

We don’t face that threat in western countries yet, but that’s not to say we are immune from the possibility. If Meta’s recent announcement that it’s shutting down the face recognition system on Facebook is any indication, our society is definitely not keen on being monitored, controlled, or surveilled in any way.

From 2013 to 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice ran Operation Choke Point to monitor and crack down on payments for what the government deemed “high-risk activities”, ranging from online gambling and payday loans to pornography and surveillance equipment sales. These activities were not illegal but they offended the government’s moral compass – a slippery and scary slope.

Most recently, in October 2021 U.S. President Joe Biden and his government backed down from requiring the IRS to collect data on every bank account with more than $600 in annual transactions. 

Infringements like these on our privacy are unacceptable. But the likelihood of them happening will grow exponentially if, and when, western governments introduce their own CBDCs.

Aside from a potential loss of personal freedom and privacy, CBDCs would introduce another undesirable outcome: even greater inflation than we’re experiencing today. Governments, including our own here in Canada, are printing money faster than ever, which simultaneously drives inflation and devalues personal wealth.

As Saifedean Ammous writes in his fantastic book, The Fiat Standard: The Debt Slavery Alternative to Human Civilization, “CBDCs would allow for the implementation of…inflationist schemes with high efficiency, allowing for increased central planning of market activity. Government spending would proceed unabated by whatever little discipline credit markets currently exert. Real-world prices are likely to rise, which would lead to more control over economic production to mandate prices.”

To sum this up, CBDCs could lead to higher inflation, less personal autonomy, and more government meddling. For those reasons, whenever I’m asked if the introduction of CBDCs will kill bitcoin and its relevance, my answer is a resounding, “No.”

Central bank digital currencies are not the same thing as bitcoin. They aren’t even competitors with bitcoin, nor will they ever replace bitcoin. They are a distraction. In my opinion, CBDCs will only create greater demand for bitcoin and its many advantages.

Bitcoin offers individuals the profound ability to own sound money, protect their wealth from inflation and keep governments from micro-managing their finances. That is certainly not what CBDCs will do, and it’s why we should all be very apprehensive about giving central banks the ability to issue, oversee and control digital currencies.

No CBDC can, or ever will, stack up to bitcoin.

Guest Column from Dave Bradley, Chief Revenue Officer at Bitcoin Well
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Sponsored by Bitcoin Well

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ROYER: Canada ignores Alberta. Because it can

The only conclusion is that Canada is not a functioning, modern federal democracy. It caters almost exclusively to the needs of the two primary provinces.

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Crickets. That is the sound of Canada’s response to Alberta’s request to consider revisions to the equalization program over a month ago. What does the deafening silence say about Canada?

Trudeau brushed off the referendum saying that he couldn’t unilaterally address the issue, although he clearly can. His government has several bilateral agreements with provinces other than Alberta.  He can agree to change the equalization formula to drain less wealth from Alberta and Saskatchewan in the first place.

The federal Conservative Party’s silence is due to their leader Erin O’Toole’s decision to pander to Ontario and Quebec, taking the West for granted.

The silence has made one thing absolutely clear: Alberta has no voice in Canada. Voting against the Liberals hasn’t worked. Voting in a couple of Liberal MPs hasn’t helped. Relying on protection provincial sovereignty under the constitution has proven to be useless; Trudeau’s government intercedes into those defined powers with impunity.

All that remains is to look at the big picture. Alberta had no democratic input into decisions that dramatically diminished its economy. Wealth continues to be drained from the province and it has no means to stop it. A referendum — the ultimate expression of democratic rights — is ignored. What does this make Canada?

First, it clearly is not a modern democratic nation. Modern democracies give voice to minorities and seek compromise.

We do not have a federal government. There is no structural input from the far reaches of the country in the nation’s decision-making process. It is a central government, serving only the centre.

We are not really a federation either. Rights of the lesser provinces are extinguished at the whim of the central government. Those intrusions are dutifully upheld by the Supreme Court, an institution with a majority of judges from central Canada. The Senate is completely ineffective in protecting the federation. It over-represents Quebec and Atlantic Canada, is appointed at the sole discretion of the prime minister and has very limited powers to disagree with him. Alberta’s attempt to introduce democracy into the selection of Senators has been ignored by the prime minister.

Power is extremely concentrated. Trudeau’s emissions cap on hydrocarbon production is just the most recent example. No discussion with Parliament or the provinces was taken; he just made the decision with his personal staff, and announced it

He has this power because hyper-partisanship, strict party discipline and the overly centralized government concentrates power. We’ve abandoned our historic Westminster Parliamentary system of government and taken on an American style constitutional system with judicial supremacy, but with an all-powerful prime minister that lacks the checks-and-balances placed upon an American president.

The only respectful response to Alberta came from Saskatchewan’s Premier Scott Moe. He called for his province to become a nation within a nation, a status effectively granted Quebec. Neither the federal structure nor the national parliament protect the outlying provinces. They now need to gain near national powers in order to protect themselves from the central government.

The only conclusion is Canada is not a functioning, modern federal democracy. It caters almost exclusively to the needs of the two primary provinces: Ontario and Quebec. The concentration of power and the malleability of federal sovereignties has makes the prime minister effectively an elected dictator. The only check on the prime minister’s power is in an occasional national election, the results of which are determined almost entirely in Ontario and Quebec.

So, what is Canada? It is a country in which the central provinces in conjunction with the central government have dominion over the outlying provinces, and those central provinces elect a prime minister who is given near royal prerogative.

Our country is called (at least officially) the Dominion of Canada, a constitutional monarchy. By the word dominion are we saying that the centre has dominion over the rest of the country? And does constitutional democracy say that the constitution concentrates power into the hands of a single person?

We can do better.

Randy Royer is a Western Standard columnist

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VENKATACHALAM & KAPLAN: Oil and gas production is essential to BC’s economy

Here’s another slice of statistical bread to consider: In 2017 the BC oil and gas industry purchased $5.6 billion worth of goods and services from other sectors.

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Guest column by Ven Venkatachalam and Lennie Kaplan of the Canadian Energy Centre

British Columbia has been producing oil and natural gas since 1952. In fact, as of 2018, BC produced 32% of Canada’s natural gas production and 2% of Canada’s conventional daily oil production. British Columbia collects royalties from oil and gas development, supporting the economic prosperity in the province.

Want to know how important the oil and natural gas industry is to the BC economy? Using customized Statistic Canada data from 2017 (the latest year available for this comparison), it turns out oil and gas in BC  generated about $18 billion in outputs, consisting primarily of the value of goods and services produced, as well as a GDP of $9.5 billion.

As for what most of us can relate to — jobs — the BC oil and gas industry was responsible for nearly 26,500 direct jobs and more than 36,100 indirect jobs (62,602 jobs in total) in 2017. Also relevant: The oil and gas sector paid out over $3.1 billion in wages and salaries to BC workers that year.

Here’s another slice of statistical bread to consider: In 2017 the BC oil and gas industry purchased $5.6 billion worth of goods and services from other sectors. That included $600 million from the finance and insurance sector, $770 million in professional services, and $2.8 billion from the manufacturing sector, to name just three examples.

Spending by the oil and gas sector in BC is not the only way to consider the impact of the industry. Given that a large chunk of the oil and gas sector is next door in Alberta, let’s look at what Alberta’s trade relationship with its westerly neighbour does for BC.

BC’s interprovincial trade in total with all provinces in 2017 amounted to $39.4 billion. Alberta was responsible for the largest amount at $15.4 billion, or about 38%, of that trade.

That share of BC’s trade exports is remarkable, given that Alberta’s share of Canada’s population was just 11.5 percent in 2017. Alberta consumers, businesses and governments buy far more from BC in goods and services than its population as a share of Canada would suggest would be the case. Alberta’s capital-intensive, high-wage-paying oil and gas sector is a major reason why.

If Alberta were a country, the province’s $15.4 billion in trade with BC would come in behind only the United States (about $22.3 billion in purchases of goods and services from BC) in 2017. In fact, Alberta’s importance to B.C. exports was ranked far ahead of China ($6.9 billion), Japan ($4.5 billion), and South Korea ($2.9 billion)—the next biggest destinations for BC’s trade exports.

BC has a natural advantage for market access in some respects when compared to the United States. For instance, BC’s coast is near to many Asian-Pacific markets than are U.S. Gulf Coast facilities. The distance between the U.S. Gulf Coast and to the Japanese ports of Himeji and Sodegaura is more than 9,000 nautical miles, compared to less than 4,200 nautical miles between those two Japanese ports and the coast of BC.

The recent demand for natural gas in Asia, especially Japan (the largest importer of LNG) and price increase for natural gas, presents an exciting opportunity for BC oil and gas industry. The IEA predicts that by 2024 , natural gas demand forecast in Asia will be up 7% from 2019’s pre-COVID-19  levels. 

Be it in employment, salaries and wages paid, GDP, or the purchase of goods and services, the impact of oil and natural gas (and Alberta) on BC’s economy and trade flows is significant.

Guest column by Ven Venkatachalam and Lennie Kaplan are with the Canadian Energy Centre

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