Non-Coalition Coalition that’s Definitely NOT a Coalition…

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MP Anthony Housefather says he will remain in the Liberal caucus despite his concerns about the party's support for a motion on Palestinian statehood.

"The adoption of the motion and all the events that preceded it have angered me as much as they angered most of the Jewish Canadians that I have communicated with," the Montreal MP said in a press release late Friday.

"But I also know that my core values remain Liberal ones and after serious reflection, I believe my greatest value to Canadians is staying in caucus to advocate for the centrist classical Liberal Party that I believe in."
Sick. 🤢
Yup .
 

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A call for the prime minister to meet with Canada’s premiers on the carbon tax got support from the House of Commons Wednesday, as the NDP (?) joined with the Conservatives to demand the meeting??

Jagmeet will flop, but it’s interesting showmanship before the NDP/Liberals side with the Liberal/NDP before push comes to shove.

A Conservative motion calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to meet with the premiers for a televised conference on the carbon tax passed with NDP and Bloc support. The Liberals remained opposed. The motion, while non-binding, demanded Trudeau hold the meeting within five weeks.

Oh, non-binding. Got it. Had me curious for about 15 seconds there.
NDP/Liberal MP Laurel Collins accused Conservative Leader Pierre Poliievre of not having a serious plan to tackle climate change and said many Conservative premiers are also unwilling to tackle the issue directly, but still argued the conference would be a good idea.

(Laurel Collins MP (born May 7, 1984) is a Canadian politician who was elected to represent the riding of Victoria in the House of Commons of Canada in the 2019 Canadian federal election. That means she’ll be able to get her full pension due to Trudeau’s slight of hand sliding the next election date to Oct 27th, 2025)

The Opposition (NDP/Liberals) are already opposing the Opposition (Conservatives) for the benefit of the government (Liberal/NDP’s). The Sun didn’t suddenly rise in the west or anything. Phew….gotta guard the PM and the Oct 27th 2025 election date at all costs.

Trudeau told a CBC interviewer last week that he had met with (some, but not these ones in particular) the premiers over the carbon tax in 2016.

Trudeau defended his policy and accused the Conservatives of standing in the way of legislation (which is numerically impossible due to the non-coalition coalition that’s definitely not a coalition-type coalition) that would double the current rebate for rural residents, something the Liberals introduced last fall.
 
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We tolerate this why?
This is interesting all by itself.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is currently topping out as the highest-spending individual member of Parliament in the House of Commons, while Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre ranks as the lowest?

Coincidentally the two “Opposition” leaders outside the Bloc & the vast Green Umbrella Party.

The latest figures on MP expenses were released in late March, and they show that for the first three quarters of the last fiscal year (April 1, 2023 to Dec. 31, 2023), Singh expensed $533,533 in his capacity as the MP for Burnaby South.

In that same time period, Poilievre claimed $143,201 in expenses related to his role as the MP for riding of Carleton, roughly a fourth of Singh’s total.

Poilievre was also one of only a handful of MPs whose constituency expenses didn’t include a single dollar for “travel” or “hospitality.”

To be sure, both Poilievre and Singh rack up far higher expenses each year in their capacity as party leaders. But in terms of expenses incurred as individual members of Parliament, Singh charged the most, while Poilievre charged the least.
It makes sense (but not $385,000.00+ sense) that the two would have wildly different travel expenses, as Singh’s riding is 4,000 kilometres west of Parliament Hill, while Poilievre represents an Ottawa suburb.

Singh, though he was born in Scarborough, Ont., and having previously represented Toronto-area ridings while a member of Ontario’s provincial parliament, opted to run in Burnaby South (a shoe-in Gimmy riding in his case) in the 2019 election and has represented the city near Vancouver since then.

Between July 1 and Sept. 30, his travel expenses of $65,836.58 almost exactly matched those of Lori Idlout ($66,181.59), a perennial high-spender in parliamentary travel due to the simple fact that she represents Nunavut.

Singh’s costs for paying salaries to staffers working in his offices are nearly double those of Poilievre. In the most recent quarter for which there are numbers, Singh had $63,790.64 in salary costs to the $33,808.68 expensed by Poilievre.

In the second quarter (July 1 to Sept. 30), the spread was nearly triple: $94,051.82 to $33,751.19.
 
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Ron in Regina

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Liberal/NDP’s are making stern but sad Selfies regarding NDP/Liberals but at least they don’t have to be concerned about that non-coalition coalition that’s definitely not a coalition-type coalition agreement for mutual pension benefits, etc…
 

Ron in Regina

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Singh gave Trudeau a target to try and out-Left in the race to the extreme edge of the political spectrum.
Sad thing when the politicians "keeping their job" is more important than their "doing their job". Surely this is Trudeau's last kick at the can.
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Everything holding steady the week before the budget was officially announced. Libs might get a temporary bump due to the budget from those that need some time to math the situation & let it sink in…
 

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This is interesting all by itself.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is currently topping out as the highest-spending individual member of Parliament in the House of Commons, while Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre ranks as the lowest?

Coincidentally the two “Opposition” leaders outside the Bloc & the vast Green Umbrella Party.

The latest figures on MP expenses were released in late March, and they show that for the first three quarters of the last fiscal year (April 1, 2023 to Dec. 31, 2023), Singh expensed $533,533 in his capacity as the MP for Burnaby South.

In that same time period, Poilievre claimed $143,201 in expenses related to his role as the MP for riding of Carleton, roughly a fourth of Singh’s total.

Poilievre was also one of only a handful of MPs whose constituency expenses didn’t include a single dollar for “travel” or “hospitality.”

To be sure, both Poilievre and Singh rack up far higher expenses each year in their capacity as party leaders. But in terms of expenses incurred as individual members of Parliament, Singh charged the most, while Poilievre charged the least.
It makes sense (but not $385,000.00+ sense) that the two would have wildly different travel expenses, as Singh’s riding is 4,000 kilometres west of Parliament Hill, while Poilievre represents an Ottawa suburb.

Singh, though he was born in Scarborough, Ont., and having previously represented Toronto-area ridings while a member of Ontario’s provincial parliament, opted to run in Burnaby South (a shoe-in Gimmy riding in his case) in the 2019 election and has represented the city near Vancouver since then.

Between July 1 and Sept. 30, his travel expenses of $65,836.58 almost exactly matched those of Lori Idlout ($66,181.59), a perennial high-spender in parliamentary travel due to the simple fact that she represents Nunavut.

Singh’s costs for paying salaries to staffers working in his offices are nearly double those of Poilievre. In the most recent quarter for which there are numbers, Singh had $63,790.64 in salary costs to the $33,808.68 expensed by Poilievre.

In the second quarter (July 1 to Sept. 30), the spread was nearly triple: $94,051.82 to $33,751.19.
Singh has been working from home in the GTA for the past three years. Coincidence the wife just had his second kid.
 

bob the dog

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His riding is Burnaby BC, why would he live in Toronto?
He is from Scarborough, only running in Burnaby because it is apparently a safe NDP seat although his gig must be wearing thin even on them. Appears fairly active in the Toronto area going by his website. I could be wrong.
 
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He is from Scarborough, only running in Burnaby because it is apparently a safe NDP seat although his gig must be wearing thin even on them. Appears fairly active in the Toronto area going by his website. I could be wrong.
From Scarborough living in Burnaby....for now.
 

Ron in Regina

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Canada’s top labour leader says that there is no point in advancing workers’ rights with Pierre Poilievre, a Conservative leader whose anti-government message nevertheless appears to be resonating among the working class.

“We want to make inroads with politicians that consistently will stand up for workers and that will consistently engage with us and listen to the issues that we bring to the table. That has not been our experience at the other end,” said Canadian Labour Congress President Bea Bruske, at a national meeting of union heads who gathered in Ottawa to discuss election strategies.

“We're going to continue to champion those (issues) with politicians that have an interest in actually championing those points as well.”

The CLC, an organization made up of unions representing more than three million Canadians, has a history of working to elect prolabour parties like the New Democrats.

That’s perhaps why Poilievre was deliberately excluded from Thursday’s confab, while Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh were featured guests.

Well, surprise…surprise. Trudeau of the Liberal/NDP & Singh of the NDP/Liberals, but Poilievre is excluded because he’s not broadcasting preferential treatment to union members over the balance of the population? What a bastard that Pierre guy must be!! What an impartial prick he is!!

But both Trudeau and Singh, who have a parliamentary alliance that's produced a key labour demand to introduce legislation banning the use of replacement workers, used Poilievre's absence (from an event he wasn’t invited to?) to paint the leader as no friend to workers?? So, if union members are 10% of the population, what are the other 90%? Just potential SCABS?

“The Conservative leader likes to pretend he's there for workers,” said Trudeau, who at one point nodded to his time as a member of the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation when he worked as a schoolteacher in the province.

“He continues to show with his voting record, with his approach on things regardless of the populist reach out that he’s given to workers, that he hasn't changed in his 19 years he's been a part of Parliament.” Damn consistent non-Flip-Flopper! He must eat kittens and hate workers!!

Singh took shots at both of his political rivals, saying Poilievre “hates unions because unions give more power to workers and take away power from the big bosses,” and that Trudeau, who had (conveniently) left by the time Singh spoke, fails to act with urgency because he doesn’t understand the struggles of the working class like us Rolex boys in our Armani Suits and cloaks of hypocrisy?
But Poilievre’s snub didn’t mean he was entirely out of the mix.

“After nine years of Justin Trudeau’s inflationary deficits and punishing taxes, Canadian workers have never been worse off. Under his Liberal-NDP government, work doesn’t pay and thousands of hard working union members can’t afford to put food on the table or a place to live,” his spokesperson told the Star in a written statement.

“While Jagmeet Singh has sold out working Canadians to secure his own pension and a spot in Justin Trudeau’s government, Pierre Poilievre is the one listening and speaking to workers on shop floors and in union halls from coast to coast to coast.”

Last week, Poilievre met with delegates of the Laborers' International Union of North America’s Ontario Provincial District Council. That broader union, known as LiUNA, is an American and Canadian labour union that represents construction and energy workers — and it’s also a member of the CLC…but that’s neither here nor there…
 

Ron in Regina

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Justin Trudeau’s Liberal/NDP government is veering to the left. They have determined that this is where the votes lie for them when an election is eventually called this year or next. They have put Jagmeet Singh’s NDP/Liberals on notice.

The leftward tilt runs all the way through Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland’s budget Tuesday. It is there in the plans for government-supported housing. It is there in Freeland’s decision to ignore deficits. And it is particularly there in the Liberal/NDP government’s flirtation with tax reform.

The Liberal/NDP are setting out on this leftward course at a time when the NDP/Liberal appears unusually confused. Singh has largely ignored the capital gains controversy. Instead, he blasts the government for failing to take on “corporate greed” — whatever that means.

On the climate-change front, Singh has sent out equally contradictory signals. Sometimes he says he supports the Liberal/NDP carbon tax. Sometimes he suggests he opposes it.

On the foreign affairs front, the NDP/Liberal confusion continues. It has called on the government to recognize Palestine as a state. And it has also called on the government to do no such thing.

Now that the Liberal/NDPs have made it clear that they are heading even further leftward in the next election, the NDP/Liberals are left in an unenviable position: What is the point of Singh’s NDP/Liberals? If the Liberal/NDP are willing to support leftish policies, ranging from tax reform to limited pharmacare, why not just vote for them?
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