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Bruce Pardy is executive director of Rights Probe and professor of law at Queen’s University.

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#defundCBC

“The government wants to censor citizens supposedly to protect us from “misinformation” online. Yet the government’s own broadcaster gets caught in brazen dishonesty,” wrote Poilievre before including the #DefundCBC hashtag. 

This week, a number of media outlets claimed a young teen in Alberta had died of COVID-19. While the teen’s death was tragic news, there was only one problem – he didn’t pass away because of COVID-19. When the legacy media started pushing their fake news, the teen’s family came out and revealed that he had actually passed away because of brain cancer. Plus, Peter Mansbridge roasts his former employer and the state broadcaster apologizes for airing fake news. Tune into The Candice Malcolm Show.

Justin Trudeau's vaccine mandate for federal public servants is so broad, it even applies to employees who do their jobs remotely from their own homes. This mandate proves what's become increasingly apparent in recent months, that the federal government is more interested in control than public health, True North's Andrew Lawton says.

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The average Canadian family now spends more of its income on taxes (36.4%) than it does on basic necessities such as food, shelter, and clothing combined (35.4%). By comparison, 33.5% of the average family’s income went to pay taxes in 1961 while 56.5% went to basic necessities.

The Canadian Consumer Tax Index tracks the total tax bill of the average Canadian family from 1961 to 2020. Including all types of taxes, that bill has increased by 1,992% since 1961.

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Canada displays many of the same symptoms of business malaise evident in European nations. Real GDP growth over the past decade was the slowest since the 1930s, productivity has stalled, and reduced competitiveness has hampered our ability to capitalize on trade deals, all of which have combined to lower our share of global GDP.

Canada’s sluggish economic growth in the years before the pandemic reflects a lack of innovation and weak productivity growth that has persisted for decades. The prolonged slump cannot be fully addressed with the current approach of policies targeting specific sectors such as high technology or green energy, or spurring research and development in the hope of boosting one or more of these variables. Worse would be acceding to the endless requests from specific groups, industries, or firms for favours in the name of job creation or higher incomes.

Instead, Canada needs a root-and-branch re-examination of its public policy mix and its commitment to markets, competition, and capitalism, with the goal of creating an environment more conducive to greater business formation and investment. Compared with the United States, Canada possesses fewer of the societal values linked to the innovation and dynamism that drive economic growth over the long term. The lack of values that support innovation and business dynamism also is evident in the reliance of firms on governments to protect them from competition in the marketplace. The resulting weak growth encourages policies targeting the distribution over the creation of incomes, which aggravates the shortfall of growth.

Too many business models in Canada are based on governments using a thicket of regulations, patents, tariffs, occupational licensing rules, restrictions on foreign investment, and price-fixing to shelter firms from competition. These tools to obstruct competition are too easily supplied by governments in Canada’s decentralized federation. The outcome has been a significant loss of business dynamism in Canada, resulting in our leading corporations being shunted from the global stage while lower rates of firm entry and exit signal a slowdown in the process of creation and destruction that is fundamental to an innovative, dynamic economy. An economic development model where governments cater to the interests of individual firms and specific industries ultimately is the opposite of one that promotes entrepreneurship and business growth, not least because it undermines the public’s faith that incomes are earned and not granted and that capitalism can generate innovations that benefit Canada as a whole.

The success of the United States in maintaining a high rate of innovation demonstrates Canada’s lagging performance is not the inevitable result of structural forces that are hard to control. They are more the product of government policies and societal attitudes that are within our control. However, Canada’s innovation policy continues to mistakenly focus on inputs of knowledge in the erroneous belief that education, science, research and development, and government subsidies fuel innovation, despite ample evidence that they do not have a significant impact.

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CANADIAN COVID CARE ALLIANCE -

"Our evidence based response to the imposition of #VaccinePassports Please share widely. We pack a lot of information into 2:20! #RESIST"

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Canada has seen a massive and extraordinary expansion of police power in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic over the last 18 months.

In the first three months of the pandemic, Canadian governments issued more than $13 million in COVID-related tickets. Quebec accounted for two-thirds of charges and three-quarters of the nation’s $13 million in fines. While not all arrests were Covid related, it is clear that Covid raised tensions and inflamed tempers.

Did enforcement during the last eighteen months during Covid go too far?

You decide.

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In a free and democratic country, no one should have to choose between their bodily autonomy and their livelihood. That is not a real choice.

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Fraser Institute (Published on September 9, 2021):

Summary

  • Federal debt has risen substantially during the COVID-19 pandemic and is projected to continue rising for the foreseeable future. Large deficits come with costs and Canadians will have to pay for our borrowing today through additional taxation implemented at a later date.
  • This bulletin demonstrates that Canadians aged 16 to 80 in 2025 can expect to pay an additional $332.5 billion in personal income taxes over their lifetimes (on a present value basis) to pay for the projected federal debt accumulation since 2019. On average, Canadians between the ages of 16 and 80 will each pay $10,498 in additional taxes.
  • Younger Canadians will bear a disproportionately large amount of the burden to pay for the increase in federal debt. For instance, individuals aged 16 to 25 are expected to collectively pay an additional $117.9 billion in personal income taxes over their lifetimes. This translates to 35.5 percent of the total burden imposed on all age groups.
  • On a per-person basis, all individuals who are 16 to 25 can expect to pay a lifetime tax burden of at least $20,000 as a consequence of the increase in federal debt. This means that, while the growth of the public debt should be a concern for all Canadians, it should be a special concern for younger Canadians.
  • There is also a significant risk for Canadian taxpayers due to the potential for higher interest rates in the future. Specifically, rising interest rates could increase federal debt accumulation and impose a larger tax burden on all Canadians relative to our baseline projections.

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Wilson-Raybould says she's mad at herself now for having once thought Trudeau is an "honest and good person, when, in truth, he would so casually lie to the public."

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“Some Canadians might assume that in those provinces that assess them, employer health taxes and contributions cover the cost of health care,” the study said. “The reality is that these premiums cover just a fraction of the cost of health care and are paid into general revenue from which health care is funded.” 

People who bear the brunt of the tax burden are the top 10 percent income earners who are estimated to pay $41,916 for public health care in 2021. Those whose income averages $75,300 will pay $6,521, whereas the lowest income earners will pay an average of $726. 

The study also observed that from 1997 to 2021, the cost of health care insurance for the average Canadian family has risen substantially by 177.6 percent, outpacing average income at 109.9 percent over the same period by 1.6 times. At the same time, it increased 3.4 times faster than the cost of clothing, 2.2 times the cost of food, and 1.7 times the cost of shelter. 

Barua said showing taxpayers how much they pay for health care and how the amount has increased over time will help them to “assess the value and performance of the health-care system, and whether it’s financially sustainable.”

“When people speak of ‘free’ health care in Canada, they are entirely ignoring the substantial taxpayer-funded cost of the system,” the study concluded. 

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"How obedient are you? Do you conform to peer pressure?

If you had been in Germany in 1936, would you have been the one man in a crowd refusing to salute the Nazis?

We all like to think we’d be that guy. But how many of us have done anything — even a tiny thing — in the past 18 months to stop our slide into authoritarianism?

What do you think? Are you a conformist? Or worse — would you actually participate in evil, if someone in authority told you it was OK?

I look around me and I’m terrified with how many people are doing just that."

Ezra Levant

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These Canadian patriots are standing up against government overreach. Calgary firefighters, EMS and police standing in silence today (Sept 8, 2021) at City Hall in solidarity against government mandates.

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Vaccination is an invasive medical procedure and any medical procedure, in Canada, is something to which all Canadians have the right to consent to or refuse to consent to and all citizens of Canada are protected under the medical and legal ethics of voluntary informed consent and there are a number of documents that support this right to informed consent.

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Commentary by: Janice Fiamengo. Janice Fiamengo is retired professor of English at the University of Ottawa. Her latest book is “Sons of Feminism: Men Have Their Say.”

"Reaction to ethics professor Julie Ponesse’s short videos explaining her refusal to accept the COVID-19 injections mandated by her employer, Western University’s Huron University College in Ontario, could have been predicted.

On one side, she has been lauded as a hero for standing up against what many now-sidelined individuals regard as an act of inhumane coercion. On the other (official) side, she has been sneered at as a fool, her various arguments deemed unworthy of respectful response. Whatever else it has done, her public stand has highlighted the vast chasm between those who raise human rights objections to vaccine mandates and our government-supported and complicit intellectual elite."

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Rex Murphy is a renowned Canadian commentator and author who deals primarily with Canadian political and social matters. He is best known for working on and for CBC Here and Now, CBC Radio 1’s Cross Country Checkup, writing for The Globe and Mail and writing for The National Post.

In this special episode, Dr. Peterson and Rex Murphy discuss the Canadian political landscape, Justin Trudeau’s government, the federal debate, the upcoming election and why it was called in the first place.

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