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Trudeau declares all Truckers, Donors and honkers are terrorists, seize their bank accounts

Extraordinary.  The Ambassador Bridge issue was solved. The protesters in Ottawa are still obeying the law, waving the Flag, and jumping in bouncy castles, and yet Trudeau has invoked the Emergency Act, and declared war, almost, against many Canadians. In a dangerous game of chicken, Trudeau has upped the ante. Instead of being remotely statesman-like, he’s trying to crush the opposition with the full force of the state.

Tucker Carlson — this is a defining moment in the history of Canada.

Justin Trudeau has declared the people dancing in the street in Ottawa are terrorists. Their bank accounts can now be seized, and anyone donating to them can have their accounts taken. The banks don’t need court orders. Truck insurance can be suspended.

Even if this is illegal (and it surely seems to be) this is the Big-State threatening everyone who dares dissent. Even if it is later tested in court, the injustice is here now. Just like the Biden illegal vaccine mandates. Justice takes time, and some crimes can not be undone.

Trudeau is collecting a list of political enemies and all their details, seizing their bank accounts.


From far away, we can write to our MP’s and demand that they speak up as voices of democracy. There is no justification for activating the Emergency Act and suspending democracy.

Will someone ask Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese whether they would ever consider this kind of action  in Australia and under what circumstances? Pick your side of history — are you for the people or against them? Do people have the right to protest freely without punishment?

Remember the BLM supporters demanded everyone in politics declare their public support, and nothing less that “taking the knee” in subjugation was accepted. Neutrality was not an option. Silence is violence! See how it works?

If the Right worked like the Left, every politician would be declaring right now that “free speech is sacred” and “everyone has the right to protest peacefully.”

Ezra Levant explains more of the details in his Rebel News report.

 

Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet is the latest voice to object to the Trudeau government’s use of the Emergencies Act to respond to the ongoing “Freedom Convoy” protests in Ottawa and elsewhere across the nation.

Bloc Québécois, is a political party in Quebec which has 32 seats in the Canadian House of Commons (out of 338 seats).

“Let’s understand clearly that Quebec, Quebec government and us do not want this law to be implemented on the territory of Quebec. It is not legitimate, and it is useless,” he said Monday.

To put this in perspective, Canada’s Emergencies Act used to be called the War Measures Act. But instead of war — the big threat here is apparently 42 cases of “Mischief”:

As of Monday morning, the police had arrested 42 people and seized 37 vehicles, said Windsor Police. Most of those arrested were released and will return to court later to face a charge of mischief, said police spokeswoman Talya Natyshak.  — Wall St Journal / The Australian

Or rather, “alleged” mischief.

Canadian Civil Liberties Association says this doesn’t meet the threshold to declare an Emergency

@cancivlib

The federal government has not met the threshold necessary to invoke the Emergencies Act. This law creates a high and clear standard for good reason: the Act allows government to bypass ordinary democratic processes. This standard has not been met.

The Emergencies Act can only be invoked when a situation “seriously threatens the ability of the Government of Canada to preserve the sovereignty, security and territorial integrity of Canada” & when the situation “cannot be effectively dealt with under any other law of Canada.”

Governments regularly deal with difficult situations, and do so using powers granted to them by democratically elected representatives. Emergency legislation should not be normalized. It threatens our democracy and our civil liberties…

The Truckers are moving the polls of Canada, and politicians around the world are shifting gear

The Truckers have won the moral victory in Canada, and some strategic victories around the world — ones they were not trying to win — but the wounded Trudeau is dangerous. In the provinces of Canada and states all around the world, leaders are watching and some are already bailing out of their own mandates so they can avoid the losing deal that Trudeau served himself up. He could have cancelled the vaccine mandates on day 2 or 3, and the Trucker Convoy would have evaporated before it arrived in Ottawa – a strange unknown moment that existed only on youtube briefly. Instead the world is watching Canada and he has grossly over-reacted.

The whole Tucker Carlson show because it *might* be different to the ABC, BBC and CBC.

And because there are things “bigger than WaterGate”.

Think about the problem of how to donate funds to democratic legal protests now. There will be protesters that need legal support now that the full force of State Lawfare is being thrown against them. How is a good citizen to help fellow citizens voice opinions they agree with?

Are we really down to buying gift voucher cards with cash at grocery stores while wearing a mask and sunnies to avoid the security cameras? Is that Trudeau’s Canada? Will an alternate economy spring up where people barter gift cards for goods?

*Edited post hoc. The post originally said “The Truckers have won” – a blandly empty line that needed a lot more explanation.

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209 comments to Trudeau declares all Truckers, Donors and honkers are terrorists, seize their bank accounts

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    OriginalSteve

    “Macbeth shall never vanquished be until
    Great Birnam Wood to high Dunsinane Hill
    Shall come against him”

    Oh look…trees….

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    David Maddison

    Will someone ask Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese whether they would ever consider this kind of action  in Australia and under what circumstances? 

    I’d be willing to bet both would eagerly do it without question because neither of them fundamentally believes in freedom or democracy.

    The militarisation of all Australian police forces ought to be an alarm bell of how far they are meant to go.

    And they have only militarised the police simply because it’s illegal to use the actual military against Australian citizens and in any case few Aussie soldiers would follow orders to harm Australians

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      Wet Mountains

      We are about to see, real time, if the police and military are loyal to the people and system of government they have sworn to protect and defend, or to the agencies that pay them. Who are the zealots and who are the patriots? Globalism or freedom?

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        Fast Bowler

        Wet M the police have already shown their hand, they have shown total obedience to the duopoly. Blood will be spent.

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      Fuel Filter

      Old quote from American Armed Forces:

      “The beatings will continue until morale improves.”

      And, as an afterthought, this will never happen in America, at least on a National level. Sure, some States, like NY and CA (my old home state) have gone pure Stalinist, but if the Pretender tries this we have 10s of millions gun owners with 100s of millions of firearms that will not put up with this power-grab.

      And they know this…

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        Glen

        Fuel,

        I appreciate your confidence, but it has already happened in America. The folks who protested on Jan. 6th have been in jail, some (maybe all) in solitary confinement for a year. They are being drug through the court system, defamed by the mainstream media….and for what “Misdemeanor Parading” charges. Turd-deau is just following in the footsteps of Pelosi and Dems.

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        David Maddison

        Yes. That is the reason the US Founding Fathers gave the unique innovation of the Second Amendment. They were saying that “the people” were the ultimate power in the United States, not the Government which, at least theoretically, is subservient to the people.

        No other country has ever trusted or allowed the people to have such rights.

        Because of that, America is inately strong, despite the dark days she is going through due to the Left being in power nationally and in many states. The people will only take so much repression, corruption and violation of their legal righrs under the constitution and laws before they fight back. Hence the statement in the Declaration of Independence:

        “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government,…

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          beowulf

          Maybe Canadians are students of Thomas Jefferson:
          The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.

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          max

          Today, the ruling elite are clearly just that — an elite. The average person knows he has no power over political decisions that are devastating his life and wealth. He knows those in power care nothing about his well-being.

          A key obstacle to freedom is the ideas that oppose it, ideas that are now entrenched into society as a form of dogma. “We the People” is one of them.

          There have been a number of revolutions in American history. It began with the American Revolution, which was armed resistance against the lawful government. Then came the revolution that was disguised as an act of Republicanism: the Constitutional Convention of 1787. That was a coup d’état.

          Voters like to imagine that they are sovereign. That illusion goes back to the most effective political deception in American history, the ultimate bumper sticker slogan: “we the people.” It was coined by James Madison. It was attached to a document produced by a closed meeting in Philadelphia in which Madison took the official notes, which were not allowed to be released until every member had died.

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        Robert Sewell

        And yet, not one shot has been fired by these gun owners in support of the stolen election or the draconian lockdowns in the US. Your fervent belief in a push back by the firearms owners has been betrayed by their lack of action.
        The Pretender has pissed on your Constitution and the populace have stood by and watched – waiting for someone else to risk everything.

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      Glen

      “Now I will tell you the answer to my question. It is this. The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from the oligarchies of the past in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just around the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now you begin to understand me.”
      ― George Orwell, 1984

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        DD

        The only way to stop abuses of power is to have certain public officials elected directly by the people. Where the logistics would be cumbersome, a directly elected ‘appointments commission’ would handle the appointments. All of them would have limited terms and be subject to recall.
        But, of course, this will never happen. Power always rests with those who are the most determined to force their agenda on others (or to take revenge on their opponents) and they will NEVER give up that power.

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          Forrest Gardener

          DD many public officials in the USA are directly elected. That is part of their problem.

          It may also be part of their solution with two provisos. First is a sense among the populace that things need to change. Second elections are free and fair.

          Good luck with the second issue because the people who run the elections are themselves elected.

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          No DD what is needed is the Swiss of government with citizens have the ultimate power through citizen initiated referenda and public sector recall. The Swiss citizens can change the constitution by iniated votes. They can refuse budget items. The president only has a reign of one year. Juges can be recalled. The states (Katons) do the taxing and give a fixed amount to the Federal government for things like defence. Australia used to be like that at Federation. We have a system of referenda but question are put by parliament and not the people.

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      John Michelmore

      Wait a minute here in SA and in other States we are still under Emergency Powers Acts. These powers mean politicians have been sitting on their hands while aCHO and Police continue with stupid mandates. Wouldn’t take much to end up like Canada would it!

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      Bruce

      Using the military against the “subjects”?

      Last time I looked, both the old “Military Law” and its replacement, The Defence Force Discipline Act” had something to say on the matter. See also: The Defence Act

      The ADF is on perpetual “standby” to provide “Aid to the Civil Power”. Technically, the STATES have to “ask” the Feds for this “aid”, as per every flood, major bushfire, cyclone, etc. in living memory.

      It has been interesting, over the last forty years or so, to observe as the state and federal police “services” have become increasingly militarized, whilst, with a couple of exceptions, the Army has been reduced to the role of heavily-armed social workers,constantly scrutinized by lawyers and “churnalists” of dubious intent and questionable moral fibre.

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      max

      believes in freedom or democracy

      Democracy Is Not Freedom

      democracy is a system in which, theoretically, what the majority says goes. The reality, however, is more complex and much uglier. In a democracy, various political elites struggle for control of the state apparatus by appealing to the material interests of large voting blocks with promises of legalized graft.

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        Mark Allinson

        Democracy – two wolves and a sheep voting on what’s for lunch.

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        Kalm Keith

        That’s a good description of a “corrupted” democracy.

        When the Elites can own and control every level of government and legal process you are living in a failed, or broken democracy.

        There’s a company that specialises in the repair of broken democracy; The Watt Tyler Government Flushout Team.

        Hoping that his offspring are still in business.

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      max

      max
      Your comment is awaiting moderation.
      February 16, 2022 at 8:27 am · Reply
      David Maddison
      February 15, 2022 at 8:33 pm · Reply
      neither of them fundamentally believes in freedom or democracy.

      You have been conditioned (brainwashed) to accept the word “democracy” as a synonym for freedom, and thus to believe that democracy is unquestionably good. The problem is that democracy is not freedom. Democracy is simply majoritarianism, which is inherently incompatible with real freedom.

      Democracy is rule not “of the people,” but of a majority over a minority, earning Voltaire’s comment that he preferred to live under the paw of a lion rather than under the teeth of a thousand rats.

      Friedrich Nietzsche follows the same idea in Beyond Good and Evil when he says: “The democratic idea proceeds toward the fabrication of a human type fit for slavery in the most delicate sense of the word. Every democracy is simultaneously an involuntary institution for the breeding of tyrants in every sense of the word, even in the spiritual sense.

      H. L. Mencken:
      “The aim of democracy is to break all … free spirits to the common harness. It tries to iron them out, to pump them dry of self-respect, to make docile John Does of them.

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      RoHa

      When I saw that line, my first thought was “Sure they would”.

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      Strop

      I think they’d both leave it to the states to handle protests in their respective states.

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    Henning Nielsen

    They’re smiling! That’s an emergency!

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    Peter C

    Truckers have Won?
    I hope so.

    Can Trudeau last any longer?

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      tonyb

      Truckers have won? is that really so? Trucks impounded. Bank accounts frozen. The truckers have only won if the mass of the population plus the MP’s and the law courts tell Trudeau he has gone too far and gets him to back down.

      Judging by how much people seemed to like being under house arrest and wearing masks I wonder if Trudeau would find most of the sheep approve of his actions?

      That this battle is going on whilst things return to normality in places like England seems astonishing . Its like looking at a parallel universe as does looking at Australia and New Zealand. We know we can get through this without invoking a state of emergency.

      Mind you the Trudeau dynasty were always useless but keep getting voted in.

      Boris is currently looking almost like a statesman

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        The Truckers have won the moral victory. They played within the rules — they have shifted public opinion, and opened eyes. But Trudeau, still has the army, police, the courts, the schools, and the media.

        Around the world, leaders are watching and some are already bailing out of their own mandates so they can avoid the losing deal that Trudeau served himself up. He could have cancelled the vaccine mandates on day 2 or 3, and the Trucker Convoy would have evaporated before it arrived in Ottawa – a strange unknown moment that existed only on youtube briefly. Instead the world is watching Canada and he has grossly over-reacted.

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          *But yes, point taken. That was a terrible opening line, and I’ve rewritten the whole first paragraph. Thanks Tony and Peter. Actually I’ve improved the post quite a lot in other areas too. Thanks to many commenters.

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            Turtle

            You’re doing an amazing job Jo.

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              PeterPetrum

              Hear, hear. We would be in a wilderness of ignorance without her research and publishing. No other site that I am aware of has this much information on this issue at the moment. And I doubt if that will change soon.

              Thanks Jo.

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          StephenP

          If Trudeau cancels truckers insurance and freezes their bank accounts then how long will it take for the whole transport system in Canada to freeze up?
          Tony Blair in the UK had a shock in September 2000 when truck drivers got fed up and went on strike.
          http://Www.theguardian.com/politics/2000/sep/16/uk.labour

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            I would expect them to push a few leaders severely, and “selectively” not enforce it beyond that, hoping that the fear of being punished will cause the rest to self-censor.

            The uncertainty of what “breaking the law” means, now that the law is so vague also helps the communists. No one is sure, even with lawyers to decipher it, what is legal.

            The more complicated the laws become, the better it serves those with money, and those in power.

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          UK-Weather Lass

          The point you make so well, Jo, is that the truckers have and will retain their personal integrity in the face of tyrannical acts by others. That is surely the single most important thing any free minded true liberal can do.

          Trudeau has no integrity and no mind to keep and it shows in his whole demeanour. He has no leadership ability and no conscience but one can see how he got to where he is and it isn’t a pretty picture. Does true democracy even exist anywhere in the so called free world these days or is everything now just theatre?

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      Curious George

      He surely is a good disciple of Fidel Castro.

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      Trudeau shamefully refused to meet protesters, which should have been his first priority if he really wanted to resolve this protest. No he was in hiding for two weeks and just emerged behind this emergency legislation which can empty your bank accounts, negate your insurance policies and deprive you of even more civil liberties.
      Trudeau will be known as Canada’s cowardly PM who represents the big end of town and their leftie foot soldiers like BLM, Antifa, Cancel Culture etc.
      Canada should declare it has no confidence in this impotent, weak kneed pretend PM and get a real one.

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        TdeF

        The idea on the left that you have been elected and you are now God is common. Absolute power. Those who will not kneel will be made to kneel. Or in China, kowtow.

        You are right, a real Prime Minister would have met with them and at least given the idea that he was a man of the people, not an imperious overlord with contempt for his lowly subjects. Trudeau’s Deplorables.

        And critically, he has lost the aspirational support of the perpetually rebellious and left leaning younger generation who have seen first hand how little Socialists care for anyone at all.

        As Communist Green leader Adam Bandt said to me, “you tell them what they want to hear and when you get power, you do what you like”, the mantra of Lenin.

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          TdeF

          I wonder how a vote of no confidence would work in the Canadian parliament?

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          Ronin

          “As Communist Green leader Adam Bandt said to me, “you tell them what they want to hear and when you get power, you do what you like”, the mantra of Lenin.”

          Pertty sure I heard old mate from Midnight Oils, Peter Garrett say it too.

          Every appearance, a sellout.

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        Bruce

        Hmmm…

        “The Coward of Ot-tawa”

        To the tune of that old Kenny Rogers chestnut, but with NO redemptive ending for the guilty bastard.

        A good satire is a powerful weapon, but it is only ONE option.

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        Lance

        Yes. You’re correct. But…..

        The People can choose to withdraw their funds from participating Banks in Tur d’eau’s machinations.

        What might happen if 50% of the depositors at xyz Bank were to demand 80% withdrawal of funds all on the same day or close their accounts and transfer assets to another non-participating bank or credit union? The Bank would collapse in hours, or a few days at most.

        Tur d’eau may enforce his will through the banks, but the People can enforce their will through personal choice and action.

        A widespread “run” on the bank assets will collapse the bank. That’s some fairly awesome power those Little People have, eh?

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      farmerbraun

      Jacinda Ardern could end the stand-off at the NZ Parliament simply by announcing that there is to be no discrimination against law-abiding unvaccinated citizens.
      Law -abiding unvaccinated citizens could return to the jobs from which they have been suspended , immediately , provided they are law -abiding.
      It’s that simple.
      Acknowledge that there is no law that says a citizen MUST be vaccinated against covid.
      What’s the problem?
      That is all that the protests are asking for.
      End the discrimination.
      Jeez Wayne.

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        RossP

        Will never happen famerbraun. Luxon (the new opposition leader for our Aussie friends) is in the media supporting Ardern to the hilt.
        NZ is not quite at the low Canadian level but we are not far away from it

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          farmerbraun

          “End the discrimination.”

          “Will never happen”.

          I fear that you are correct. So be it.

          The only positive to come out of it will be that everyone will now know that National is not a viable option at the next election.
          Our focus must be initially on preventing a National or Labour (coalition) from having a majority in parliament.

          Having a minority government , subject to a majority in opposition , is the only way to prevent the tyranny that National and Labour (+Greens) are committed to.

          Effectively, to free ourselves , vote anyone but National/Labour/Greens.
          Let’s do this . 🙂

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            KP

            You had your chance with the Libertarianz, and now that everything we predicted has come true, you’re all moaning…

            There will be no changes at all, ACT, National, Labour, Winston First, the Greens.. the list gets worse as it goes on, and they are all wedded to exactly the same outcome.

            Funnily enough, no matter what they say, your vote is useless in an election.

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          Bruce

          haul out the geological maps and start calculating thre most efficient way to drop the “Beehive’ into the cold ocean.

          Like all comedy, timing is everything.

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        beowulf

        Jacinda, the expert on “truth”.

        “Dismiss anything else, we will continue to be your single source of truth.”

        Here she is recently, true to form.
        https://twitter.com/continu_um/status/1493029277641887745

        “Seeing people so enraged by things that just aren’t true . . .”

        “For quite some time now I’ve obviously been confronted by protests and what has stood out to me is the fact that so many are based on things that simply aren’t true.”

        And remember:
        “. . . there’s not going to be an endpoint to this vaccination program.”

        Seems a perfectly reasonable position to me . . . for any dictator that is.

        And this from her nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize. Try not to vomit as you read it:

        Wisdom in tranquillity, like courage under pressure, is admirable, but not unknown. But wisdom and courage, both, being displayed in a situation of unprecedented tension, are exceptional. If a Nobel Prize for Peace could be given to a spontaneous statement for wisdom and courage, rather [than] to a person, Jacinda Adern deserves it.

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    John R Smith

    “Soon they’ll cease your bank accounts if you wrongthink.”

    Chalk another one up for the ‘conspiracy theorists’.
    Of course, this neutralizes peaceful demonstration as an option for civic redress.
    Just sayin’.

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      John R Smith

      Although I don’t quite get it.
      ScoMoe and Ford have ended ‘passports,’ which nullifies mandates.
      Ending passports would assuage truckers?
      Amazing.
      This nation threatening conflict over a vaccine that doesn’t work, for a contagion that mostly kills people over 80, and nearly 75% have already complied, and most of the non-compliers are in low density areas.
      A considerable spectrum of the political class have gone mad.
      A now deceased Cuban tyrant had more sense than this.
      Fauci should have photo of himself in a beret, looking wistful, so all the college kids could put it on a T-shirt.

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      welcome to the great reset
      you will own nothing but you will be happy

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      tonyb

      John

      I was just about to send Jo $20000 but I had better not in case my account is suspended through supporting Jo’s site which supports the truckers. What a shame!

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        John R Smith

        The problem with this strategy is the creation of opponents that have nothing to loose. Especially after two years of policies that have left lots of folk with little to loose.

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          Tonyb, Trudeau is hoping you and thousands of others are thinking just like that…

          remember they already have the facebook data, the twitter feeds, and the google searches. They know who is friends with who and what key words they use. By making it a public threat they are shaking people down, hoping to make future donors “think twice”.

          What we need is the exact opposite. The more they push, the more we push back.

          John R Smith. Well said.

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      Governments already think they are above the law.

      For example, the California Franchise Tax Board routinely seizes bank accounts in violation of our 4’th amendment right to probable cause and due process.

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      Bruce

      Does nobody else understand that the ENTIRE point of these many government “actions” is PROVOCATION.

      The The black-clad hordes are briefed and “tooled up”; waiting in the wings.

      Of course there is ACTIVE LSM complicity with this situation.
      )
      When it all goes according to plan, the churnalists will be lined up, typing, as usual, with only one hand on the keyboard, (or microphone, their Manolo loafers squelching in the coagulating blood on the streets and fantasizing about Wankley awards.

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    Jojodogfacedboy

    Trudeau initiated ‘The Bouncy Castles Insurrection’ by strictly following the Obama Administration. Let’s not kid yourself in who’s actually running this shit show.
    On one side, we have bankers, professional politicians(not utilizing actual professionals) and mainstream media with their fake experts vs The People with expertise in a multitude of areas being slowly outlawed by restrictions, regulations and laws.
    The Truckers Convoy will actually listen and act accordingly to the many actual experts among it’s ranks. Don’t fool yourself, they are well organized. The Mainstream Media’s reports gives them clues in what our governments up to. They have no guns and purely want a peaceful revolution.
    Interesting times as they pull out, observing and redeployment in a different location as trained by their experiences and expertise into different supply choke holds.

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      Jojodogfacedboy

      On a brighter note…
      You can expect Canadians to stock up on their cash as they distrust their Banks to now seize and confiscate it on some complaint.

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        Glenn

        Good point. Who would leave cash in a Bank in Canada now, especially if you thought the Dictator or his useful idiots were watching you.

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    LloydWW

    Trudeau shows his true colours. Twerp.

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    Ed Zuiderwijk

    The great Canadian Intelligence Test is now on. It’s called the next election. Justin has shown his true colours. And the colour is black.

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      PeterS

      The same can be said here in Australia. We have a federal election soon.

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      tonyb

      Ed

      I haven’t seen any opinion polls on Trudeau recently or those for your Victoria PM. Firm action-masks and lock downs and vaccine passports- seem very popular with a good percentage of the voting public so is he gaining or losing support?

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        The popularity of oppression is an illusion driven by a deceptive media that unconditionally supports the political left, regardless of the insanity of their causes.

        Any sane person will be against anti-science mandates that are supported with heavy handed coercion. The left has overplayed its hand and its comeuppance is inevitable.

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      another ian

      Sooner than that. Both houses have to approve of the declaration within 7 days

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    PeterS

    Regardless of what happens now, the message is clear. We can no longer trust the major parties as they tell lies so much it’s not funny. There is only one thing to do; place them last in the next election.

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      David Maddison

      Australia is in deep trouble.

      None of the main parties in power truly believe in freedom or democracy and none are truly conservative (i.e. Liberals and Nats).

      Our only hope is the United Australia Party, Liberal Democrats and to a lesser extent One Nation.

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        patrick healy

        David,
        A very interesting point.
        Apart from the illegally deposed US President, I cannot name one opposition party, out side of a few eastern European countries, who constitute an opposition in the whole world.
        Certainly up here in the top of the world in the Scottish gulag, we have zilch, zero, nada so sadly you are the rule rather than the exception.

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          Funnily enough, during the Trucker protests the Canadian opposition tossed out their leader elected a new one on Feb 3rd and Candace Bergen wants the mandates ended.

          Notably, the first and worst thing that Reuters could say about her was that she once worn a MAGA hat.
          The leader she replaced was O’Toole, a more “moderate” conservative.

          https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/main-rival-canadas-trudeau-ousted-after-losing-party-confidence-vote-2022-02-02/

          O’Toole initially distanced himself from the demonstration, which insiders said had infuriated some legislators at a time when they were already unhappy with his performance.

          “The lack of contrition and humility from Mr. O’Toole and how he conducted himself after the election … is ultimately what did him in. There was no plan for how they were going to do things better,” said Jamie Ellerton, a conservative strategist and principal at Conaptus, a public relations firm.

          The liberal strategist assumed it makes it easier for Trudeau if the conservative party became more conservative.

          One senior Liberal strategist said Trudeau’s party needed to avoid sounding triumphant.

          “This might be good for now but nobody can say it’s good for long,” said the strategist, who requested anonymity given the sensitivity of the situation.

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            OldOzzie

            Chris Selley: A draconian Emergencies Act is no substitute for proper policing

            The nation’s capital right now is, in essence, a failed polity. Chief Peter Sloly belatedly accepted the inevitable and resigned. But that doesn’t make this a national emergency

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              OldOzzie

              Carson Jerema: Trudeau facing the consequences for cynically politicizing vaccines

              Invoking Emergencies Act unnecessary

              At this point, it is not entirely inconceivable that the Ottawa protesters will get their wish of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau being forced to step down before they pack up and head home. With public opinion firmly against the prime minister, his caucus, which is already beginning to speak out, may conclude that there is no other way out of this crisis, and start demanding he leave or actively push him out. That is not something to celebrate, as it would confirm that our institutions, from Parliament down, are so completely full of rot that normal governing has become impossible.

              Trudeau’s invoking of the Emergencies Act on Monday was an obvious farce. It was only last week that federal ministers were chastising the Ontario government for not using its authority

              So in less than a month, the prime minister has gone from dismissing the Freedom Convoy as a “small fringe minority,” to invoking legislation that is designed for a foreign invasion or a civil war.

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                OldOzzie

                EDITORIAL: Trudeau has gone too far

                Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s unjustified invoking of the Emergencies Act is deeply problematic and will have long-lasting consequences for the country.

                Ever since the freedom convoy first touched base in Ottawa a couple of weeks ago, the PM has gone out of his way to increase the tensions.

                The Liberal government appeared to be hoping for some sort of Jan. 6 style event as happened in the United States last year. All of their rhetoric indicated they were keen to see such an event go down.

                It never did. The convoy has been peaceful throughout.

                The only real violence so far has been a vehicular ramming conducted against protesters, which sent four people to hospital. You don’t hear much about that though. Trudeau never condemned it.

                Instead, Trudeau has called protesters every name in the book even though they are a diverse crowd in every sense of the word.

                Now he is giving himself extraordinary powers to deal with these protests. One of the most disturbing parts is how they can now dictate that banks freeze people’s accounts without a court order.

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        Lucky

        Ties between UAP and Al Gore and the greens needs elaboration.

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          Ted1

          Anything new there?

          Ever since July 2014 I have been asking how did Al Gore persuade Clive Palmer to thwart the Abbott government’s landslide mandate? Which the PUP did, on both the Carbon Tax/RET issue and the Rudd/Gillard/Rudd government’s reckless spending program.

          In JUly 2014 Clive’s personal business was much less secure than it looks today. Was Al able to leverage that?

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        Agree – anyone but the major Parties. If enough voters supported the minor Parties, we might just have a new balance of power – particularly in the Senate

        After the experience of the last two years, I could not, in conscience, vote for people who saw me as some sort of rogue citizen.

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    Deano

    Our Australian Government quite rightly express outrage when dictatorships arrest and persecute their own citizens protesting in support of democracy yet remain silent when faced with Canada’s actions. And of course those dictatorships also describe their protestors as “terrorists determined to harm our community”. As Jo suggests I think we need to pressure our leaders into declaring which side they’re on (if anyone can get a straight answer out of them that is!)

    Of course, you can’t blame our government for wanting to avoid calling out any other nation for crushing democratic rights to protest. We’re not exactly Snow White ourselves.

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      This is exactly what the BLM supporters did. They made everyone publicly choose sides, and declaring anything less than full support was a crime. “Silence is violence”.

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        Thanks Deano. Added to the post:

        Remember the BLM supporters demanded everyone in politics declare their public support, and nothing less that “taking the knee” was accepted. Neutrality was not an option. Silence is violence! See how it works?

        If the Right worked like the Left, every politician would be declaring right now that “free speech is sacred” and “everyone has the right to protest peacefully.”

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          Deano

          “If the Right worked like the Left, every politician would be declaring right now that “free speech is sacred” and “everyone has the right to protest peacefully.”” – so true, but conservatives generally don’t try forcing their beliefs onto others. In the long game I’d say that’s one of the features that makes conservative ideas more attractive.

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      Earl

      “Of course, you can’t blame our government for wanting to avoid calling out any other nation for crushing democratic rights to protest.”

      And that is the delicious irony of eau d’ Tru stink situation. He went overboard supporting the Indian farmers in their right to protest.

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    David Maddison

    Trudeau calls peaceful truckers “terrorists” but remember when Trudeau paid Al Quaeda affiliated Gitmo detainee Omar Khadr US$10.5 million?

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-terrorists-big-payday-courtesy-of-trudeau-1500229530

    A Terrorist’s Big Payday, Courtesy of Trudeau

    Canada’s prime minister hands millions to Omar Khadr, whose victims may not be able to collect.

    By Peter Kent
    July 16, 2017 2:25 pm ET

    Omar Khadr pulled the pin from a grenade and tossed it at Sgt. First Class Christopher Speer, a U.S. Army Delta Force medic, on July 27, 2002. Those are the facts to which Mr. Khadr, a Canadian citizen, confessed when he pleaded guilty before a Guantanamo Bay war-crimes commission.

    SEE LINK FOR REST

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    David Maddison

    Related video:

    “Computing Forever” channel talks about the serious long term damage covid restrictions have done and continue to do to society and how the bar has been lowered for ongoing restrictions and forced vax in future.

    As Australia (and Canada) are especially fanatical followers of UN decrees things look very grim for both countries.

    https://www.bitchute.com/video/IlnA5jUF9gto/

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    bobby b

    The truckers have won?

    No, the truckers are screwed. A bunch of people with no skin in the game, facing no risk or danger, who have been cheering them on from the sidelines, have “won” because Trudeau now looks more despicable than he did before – quite the feat – but the truckers were basically our duped gladiators.

    Any “movement” that consists of a pile of safe people cheering on a small group taking all of the huge personal risk is bogus. If this is the best we can do, we deserve to watch them make “freedom” an epithet.

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      Anton

      The truckers have the clout to make a difference, because of their job. And many of those cheering have crowdfunded them. You have no idea how the latter would do if the time comes for them to be put to the test. Don’t be so negative.

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        And fair point Bobby, we need to fight for the Truckers. They will need legal support, and supplies, hence my question about how to get help through to the front lines when Trudeau has tried to cut the Truckers off from all the people who were trying to help them with GoFundMe and GiveSendGo.

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          PeterS

          Yes, we do need to support the freedom fighters but don’t forget our society is divided and an indeterminate proportion of the population are in fact on the side of the despot governments for one or more reasons, which I won’t go into here. So, in effect the battle for us is not just with the government but also with a not so insignificant proportion of the people. That’s too often brushed under the carpet as though it’s not important. It’s very important because our despot governments rely on that fact. Otherwise, they wouldn’t be so confident that they can win. Tensions are rising. To defuse the situation, we need new leaders who care more about the nation as a whole than just themselves and those who support them. We are rapidly losing the nation spirit we used to rave about so much. The incident in Canberra where a deranged woman deliberately crashed into another woman’s car simply because she dared to fly the Australian ensign is a case in point. The only peaceful way is through the ballot box but that’s a Catch-22 given as I said an indeterminate proportion of the population are in fact on the side of the despot government. I talk to such people all the time as a few of my relatives see no problem with the vaccination coercion and heavy handiness by our governments, and scorn the freedom fighters. No surprise to learn such people get much of their news from the ABC. What is surprising is they support the Morrison government because they realise the alternative major party is worse. No doubt many people think the same way. The problem of course it doesn’t help the situation, and in fact makes it worse because most people promote the illegitimate thinking that it’s OK to vote for the “lesser of two evils” when in fact it makes no difference in the end simply because both are evil. We need to send a clear message to as many people as possible on the side of the freedom fighters we have lost confidence in both major parties. It’s no longer legitimate to say we should vote for the lesser of two evils. If one really wants to support the freedom fighters then vote accordingly at the coming federal election. Place major parties at the bottom of the list. Otherwise, some will go down a violent path to get their freedoms back, something we should try and avoid but humans being humans that is asking too much especially when push comes shove.

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          another ian

          Jo

          Would that be the same “bobby b” from “Sunday Open” #8 and #42?

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            Indeedy. The clue is the Gravatar image. Those are generated randomly from the email used. Same image = same email. You can override it with any image you choose (see Gravatar.com), but the same image will appear on every comment with that email, and changes now, will be retrospective on old threads too and in any other blog that also uses Gravatar..

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            bobby b

            8 – Yes
            42 – ?? Isn’t that . . . you?

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              bobby b

              Ah, figured it out. 8 was me. 42 was you, telling me that I misread the poll article, which contained the following words:

              “Although Canadians sympathize with the anti-mandate demands of Freedom Convoy, they increasingly hate the protests themselves. A new Maru Public Opinion poll found that 56 per cent of Canadians don’t have an iota of sympathy for Freedom Convoy — and two thirds wouldn’t mind seeing their blockades cleared by military force.”

              . . . and you claim that the poll shows great support for the truckers or something.

              Let me be clearer: I’m not writing here about “the cause.” I’m writing about “the truckers.” My entire point seems to have been that “the cause” may do quite well, but “the truckers” are screwed.

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                KP

                “Get me a list of names Ms Secretary, these 56% must continue to wear masks, isolate and obey the QR mandates, but no-one else needs to. Make another list of these 66% who are never to profit from any action caused by a protest. Oh wait, they’ve changed their minds!”

                If it was Xi or Putin arresting protesters and stealing their money our deplorables in Parliament would be wetting themselves in the rush to decry them. Such hypocrites! A qualification for the job.

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    David Maddison

    This was in The Australian but I can’t supply a link as it was paywalled.

    The Chicomms want Albanese as the next PM.

    The Chinese government’s propaganda mouthpiece, The Global Times, has published an article endorsing Labor leader Anthony Albanese as a better prime minister than Scott Morrison.

    The government-owned media outlet, which espouses the views of the Chinese Communist Party, is promoting an article praising Mr Albanese as a “safe leader”, saying he “positively shines compared to Morrison”.

    By contrast, Mr Morrison is described as a “clown” and is accused of leading a government that is “imploding through corruption, failure to manage Covid-19, and a range of other anti-social programs and prejudices”.

    The Global Times tweeted on Monday: “Albanese will not be a charismatic leader but he positively shines compared to Morrison. Such is the abysmal state of Oz politics. One would like to see a reset in ties with China, but Oz leadership is weak and US pressure is sustained.”

    SHARRI MARKSON

    SEE ORIGINAL ARTICLE FOR REST

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    Anton

    Sophie Gregoire just donated a sum exceeding 25,000 Canadian dollars to the truckers, within hours of her estranged husband Justin Trudeau declaring martial law against them.

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    mc

    Trudeau can’t back down; he’s scared sheetless that if he does the Davos boys will drag him behind the shelter-shed and beat the stuffing out of him.

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    gowest

    There was a time when the elites were scared of the peasants revolting.. History will repeat if they keep pushing.

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      Steve4192

      Yep

      They are operating under the assumption that their grip on power is absolute, but they have forgotten that any society is three missed meals away from anarchy. If you crap on and beat down and steal from the proles long enough, they will eventually reach their breaking point and respond violently. The entire history of the human race has proven that again and again.

      The heavier-handed governments get in stamping out unpopular speech/movements, the sooner that day will come. We’ve already got a toxic stew of historically high levels of wealth/income inequality, and a boatload of disenfranchised young men with terrible prospects and idle hands, both of which are precursors to the kind of violent uprisings that topple governments. And in their brilliance, our leaders are choosing to turn the screws even more rather than letting off a little steam.

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    Fuel Filter

    Good read.

    “If this is true, then….good lord.  It’s a level of evil that is far beyond what I could have imagined, and I’ve seen more than my fair share of sick [sh## ] in my time.  That actually makes resistance that much more important because, if this is truly what all of this has been about, then Trudeau has not only been willfully negligent, but he’s profited immensely off of it.  It certainly explains why he wants a vaccine in every man, woman, and child in Canada, with unlimited boosters to follow.”

    RTWT @ https://bittercenturion.blogspot.com/2022/02/emergency-measures.html

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    So, is a general trucker’s strike now the only alternative to get Justin to **pay attention**?

    I am presuming that one __can’t__ fined for *not* driving one’s truck, so, that is the only recourse left … a strike. No delivery of fuel or foodstuffs to the capital city?

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      Dave in the States

      In that case they will replace the truckers with military convoys. But that really says a lot doesn’t it?

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        beowulf

        Canada would not have anything like enough military transport vehicles to replace private trucks, not even for the basic necessities. I doubt that any country would.

        Remember this is a country whose military has been allowed to wither on the vine for years; a country that buys second-hand fighter jets and choppers from Australia once we’ve worn them out.

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          another ian

          Seems full time and reserves are about 30,000 (Wicki yesterday)

          How many big rig drivers would you think, let alone trucks?

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    Double on Tundra

    Pretty weak Justin.

    The situation here in Canada is far from resolved and yesterday’s announcement of emergency powers has done little other than open a new front for Mr. Trudeau to fight on.

    He had previously been seen as weak and divisive, and still is, but now former stalwart supporters like the Toronto Star are criticizing his obvious overreach.

    As a donor, I find myself unexpectedly vulnerable to Mr. Trudeau’s enablers seizing my house, retirement investments and bank accounts.

    But at this point they can content themselves with confiscating the property of the truckers. Perhaps if this leads a trucker to commit suicide the authorities will also harvest his organs, ensuring the state gets maximum benefit from its powers. After all, it’s all about the greater good, is it not?

    Honk honk, people. Honk as if your lives depend upon it.

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      Double on Tundra: We all walk with you, unexpectedly vulnerable too. Those not on That list are on another one anyway. Which is why we all have to stand up now.

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      Honk R Smith

      Here in America, all the trucks have annoying reverse warning beeps. If honking is illegal they could just put all the trucks in reverse.
      The motto could be ‘Reverse the Mandates”.
      🙂🚛

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      bobby b

      “As a donor, I find myself unexpectedly vulnerable to Mr. Trudeau’s enablers seizing my house, retirement investments and bank accounts.”

      We’re switching to preloaded Visa gift cards for now. No lists. You’re vulnerable to the people handing them out, but GoFundMe and GiveSendGo present that same problem.

      I’m USA, so lists aren’t a problem yet, but give it time . . .

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    Dave in the States

    All Trudeau had to do was compromise early on and it would have avoided all this. But he did not. It was about so much more than the vaccines. Had he compromised then he would have lost ground on all the other agenda items of the Great Reset which he is committed to, and set the precedent that policy should take into account the will of the people, rather than be the will of the administrative state. That is what this is really about.

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    BernardP

    Here is another (updated) little creation of mine for your viewing pleasure:

    https://twitter.com/BernardP_T/status/1493618735747407884

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    Turtle

    Mischief. Mischief!

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    Zigmaster

    Because I live in a bit of an echo chamber I don’t necessarily trust my instinct that Trudeau is toast. Our similar experience with Andrews tells me that moral victories don’t mean much especially when morality gets redefined by a population that has become compliant and fatigued.The Liberal Democrats have as one of their policies recall elections which when you consider that Trudeau was re-elected quite recently would seem a great idea. But would he actually lose.is his collapsing popular support only in my little echo chamber or is it real. I thought they had a real chance of getting rid of Newsom in California at their election but the vote wasn’t really that close.
    So is there credible opposition to Trudeau? Would he really lose? Logic tells me he should get smashed in the polls but I have become quite disillusioned about the populations ability to make the right democratic decision when given the opportunity. I hate the fact that whether it’s Biden in the US or Palaszczuk in Queensland being able to say “ I told you so,” is not very satisfactory.
    Anyway do any of your readers have an answer to the question. If an election was held tomorrow would Trudeau definitely lose ? If the answer is no then moral victories are not very satisfying.

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      PeterS

      That’s how I felt for a very long time. I realise this is an echo chamber but it does offer a reasonable platform to promote the latest information on a number of fronts. I also understand your sentiment. You sound like a realist like me.

      As for whether he would win an election if held now, that’s impossible to know for sure. The same applies here in Australia where we do have a federal election no later than late May. It will be a great litmus test of how awake voters are. My feeling is either the ALP+Greens will win comfortably (ie, voters are asleep and more like zombies) or it will be a hung election whereby one of the two major parties will need the support of at least some of the minor parties to form government. I’m hoping for the latter given there are already many who are so dissatisfied with the majors they are voting with their feet and supporting minor parties that have at least some semblance of support for the freedom fighters.

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      Dave in the States

      Assuming honest elections he would most likely lose. Nonetheless, with so much at stake now, not only within Canada, but also internationally, there is no way that the powers behind the scenes would leave this up to the voice of the people. And your quite right that the modern media culture have upped their propaganda game since 2016.

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      Robert Swan

      Well said. I feel much the same way.

      Another question: what percentage of Canadian truckers agree with the protest’s aims (whether or not its methods)? Do they represent 2%, or 80%? I’ve been looking around, but have only turned up a union leader saying they’re a tiny minority. His name wasn’t Setka, but I still wouldn’t trust him. But all the talk of escalating to a general strike on truck deliveries is a bit hollow if they really are a small minority. OTOH, Trudeau’s extreme measures might win people across, much like the wriggling UK MPs turned a lot of remainers into determined leavers. It is a complicated world!

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      Ross

      The best thing about Jo’s blog is the predominantly honest input from most correspondents. The fact that you acknowledge the lopsidedness of Jo’ blogs in terms of opinions etc is just an example of that honest input. In terms of Canadian politics – I’ve got nothing. All I know is Trudeau leads a minority government.

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    Peppykiwi

    Meanwhile in New Zealand, the Police Commissioner is begging for towing companies to come and tow some protesters’ cars away. The impotence of authority in the face of defiance is a treat to see. https://www.msn.com/en-nz/news/national/jenna-lynch-top-cop-s-towing-ultimatum-with-no-tow-trucks-is-laughable/ar-AATRT5D?ocid=msedgntp

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      Kippax

      Sadly, I will no longer donate to anything that requires my CC details. On one of the Tucker Carlson videos I think he mentioned the name of a crypto platform which Im trying to find. I know that Rebel News have a crypto , but I want to make sure that my money makes it to the trucker.

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      John R T

      From Hanover, Virginia – Patrick Henry’s home – thank you.

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    Anton

    Certainly this is about treason, which has traditionally carried the ultimate penalty. But not the truckers’ treason.

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      PeterS

      Just as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, then the person who is observing gets to decide what is beautiful. In like manner, treason is in the eye of the government and so it decides who is committing treason. There are only two ways to remove such governments, one is peaceful and the other is not. The peaceful way is through the ballot box. I don’t need to spell out the other approach, and it ought to be avoided, if possible.

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    Lance

    “Those who make peaceful protest impossible make violent protest inevitable”.

    (unsure of original source)

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      Destroyer D69

      That is the reasoning behind “The Men Who Want To be Left Alone” When the peaceful populace finally are forced beyond their tolerance point all bets are off.Unfortunately.

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    David Maddison

    Here is a video from Benny Johnson:

    “Castro Jr. Turns Canada into The World’s Largest PRISON As Politicians And Press ABANDON The Tyrant”

    https://youtu.be/T85jlT7E6dk

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    David Maddison

    Ottawa Police Chief resigns.

    https://www.westernjournal.com/breaking-ottawa-police-chief-resigns-canadas-freedom-convoy-protest-persists/

    Breaking: Ottawa Police Chief Resigns as Canada’s ‘Freedom Convoy’ Protest Persists

    Just over a week after saying he had no plans to retire, Ottawa Police Chief Peter Sloly has resigned.

    According to CBC News, Sloly is set to officially announce his retirement after a Tuesday meeting of the Ottawa Police Services Board.

    In recent weeks, he has come under immense criticism for his handling of the “Freedom Convoy” — made up mostly of Canadian truckers who are protesting vaccine mandates.

    On Feb. 7, Sloly was asked by radio show host Leslie Roberts whether he had any plans of retiring amid the criticism. He responded that he had “absolutely none,” CTV News reported.

    “I came here to do a job, and I’m going to get that job done all the way through,” Sloly said. “Absolutely committed, have a great team here, great officers, we’ve got great partners in the city. We’re going to get this done.”

    Sloly had faced criticism from both sides regarding his handling of the trucker protests. Supporters of the truckers felt he had villainized them, while others argued he did not do enough to stop the protesters from overtaking downtown Ottawa.

    SEE LINK FOR REST

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    ExWarmist

    Hubris breeds Nemesis.

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    R.B.

    It’s funny how MSM are happy to play up an Australian’s claim to be Prince Charle’s unacknowledged love child based on some resemblance in photographs. Trudeau’s resemblence to Castro is ignored or comments about it ridiculed, but this behaviour surely answers questions about his paternal lineage.

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      GreatAuntJanet

      Ben Shapiro says (with pretend seriousness) repeatedly and often that it is absolutely not true that Justin Trudeau is Castro’s son. Not true, never, he would never say that, it is not true! Can’t think what he’s getting at.

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    David Maddison

    In regard to the Ottowa police chief who resigned, politicians and public serpents in all Western countries need to decide whose side they are on.

    Are they on the side of freedom and democracy or are they on the side of tyrrany?

    In Australia, it’s alarming that in Victoria, Australia’s most far Left and tyrranical state, the opposition Liberal Party (supposed conservative party) are barely distinguishable from Labor. And not a single Liberal politician (AFAIK) participated in any of the legal pro-freedom rallies.

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    David Maddison

    Good article.

    “The Trudeau family’s love of tyrants”

    https://www.macleans.ca/opinion/the-trudeau-familys-love-of-tyrants/

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    David Maddison

    Leftist “fact” checkers vehemently deny it, but they would, wouldn’t they?

    https://medium.com/@leibowitt/of-course-fidel-castro-is-justin-trudeaus-dad-nobody-has-debunked-anything-4db6fc8a9042

    “Of Course Fidel Castro is Justin Trudeau’s Dad. Nobody Has ‘Debunked’ Anything”

    In the age of sloppy journalism, few authors are sloppier than those who claim they ‘debunked’ the story that Fidel Castro is Justin Trudeau’s biological father. They recite the Canadian governments’ official travel dates to Cuba and painfully avoid the Trudeaus’ extensive personal trip to the Caribbean trip in Spring 1971. It is a fact the Trudeaus were in the Caribbean in Spring 1971. It is a fact they adored Castro. It is a fact the Trudeaus were swingers. This is what you need to know.

    SEE LINK FOR ARTICLE

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    philemon

    Rubin Report: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7ffVyFG6pM

    In parliament: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RE9Tm3DP8bo

    Money: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDRS4cLc3_w

    The Emergency Act seems to have an unintended consequence, namely, undermining confidence in the Canadian banking system. If the government can seize your bank account when it deems you an undesirable, that’s a strong incentive to minimize balances on deposit. Given the general inflationary conditions, there’s already an incentive not to hold cash. This is hardly a smart move.

    This also raises the bigger issue of Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) and the associated risk of funds being blocked or seized. If cash becomes a risky asset to hold, it is an incentive to trade it for another asset as quickly as possible, driving up velocity and price inflation.

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      David Maddison

      I often wonder what is a suitable alternative means as a store of wealth?

      Cash is not safe.

      Government can confiscate bank accounts as Trudeau is doing.

      Precious metals are not practical unless in the form of coinage, which won’t happen.

      Crypto can be wiped out by a global computer virus or even forgetting your password and it is all electronic so not a physical store of wealth.

      Real estate is out because you have fewer and fewer rights about your property. Very obvious in Victoria, Australia especially with greatly diminished property owner rights for rental properties (e.g. allowing tenant to make alterations to your property).

      Shares are subject to market fluctuations if the economy crashes, and Government control.

      The World Economic Forum advocates happiness without ownership of anything, except for the Elites. Many Western leaders such as “Greg Hunt” have trained under them.

      Ultimately, all we are safe with is what’s in our heads and what we ingest is even subject to censorship and propaganda.

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        Custer Van Cleef

        Another tidbit about the WEF:

        Canada’s Deputy Prime Minister is Chrystia Freeland.
        She wrote a book in 2012 — “Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else”.

        Currently on the Board of Trustees at the World Economic Forum. Nice to hear she’s got a second job, you know, helps to keep food on the table…
        Possibly undercover getting new material for an updated version of her Plutocrats book … oops shouldn’t give the game away.

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        philemon

        If looking for alternatives to cash, it absolutely depends on your circumstances, but some general principles hold:

        * Diversification across assets is the closest thing to a free-lunch for lowering risk. Any asset class alone is risky, but in combination risk is reduced. All of the assets you mention have a place in a diversified portfolio, and you can start with small investments (e.g. Silver ounce coins)
        * As you note, practical skills are always valuable, so investing in skills and tools is an inflation hedge
        * There’s also value in your real social network, people you can count on. Finding people with complementary skills to your own is like gold.
        * You can look at what you use in everyday living and build a stock pile. This might be called hoarding, but it’s a realistic way to limit the effects of inflation
        * Stocks are volatile, but owning even a share in a real business is an inflation hedge. It’s important to separate the price from value of the business (see skills above regarding how to value a business)
        * Gardening is an über-skill

        Word from the Trucker Convoy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQIW-80Irf0

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        Ross

        Sounds to me like someone manages their own SMSF? I have the same dilemma about investing (for a good return). There really is few choices. Of your list, Real estate is probably still the safest as a negative geared option. We have a very good rental manager and had minimal tenant problems in over 25 years. But all you need is some socialist government elected and they cancel negative gearing and then that little honeypot evaporates as well. Plus when you purchase real estate you instantly fork out $$ to government in the form of stamp duty. That annoys me. My next real estate investment might be a small parcel of farming land, where gains are in increased value rather than returns. (No money in farming) But they are hard to obtain.

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    Antoine D'Arche

    So we know who the puppeteer is (WEF) and we know the puppets (Trudeau, Ardern etc). The question I posed to my family recently was whether or not they would, in the face of mounting resistance, resign in defeat and prepare for another opportunity down the road, or would they double down now. See the problem for the WEF is that they have laid their cards down. They have declared their plan. They’re openly discussing the great reset, their acolytes are using the phrase “new world order”. They’ve told us that we will “own nothing, and be happy”. They’ve even given us a date! Living in their bubble, I don’t think they really contemplated that people would reject their elite benevolence. That short clip of the woman in white with black hair, telling fellow elites that even though they trusted each other more than ever, we don’t trust them, “in.every.single.poll.conducted”. The cadence of her speech was very telling. So if they retreat now, it’s embarrassment, delay, and possibly a real end to their program. So the only viable course was to go all in. Why so many have said that this year would get worse before it got better. I used to think they were unbeatable, until Covid. I’ve realized that if they had the power and means to do what they wanted, they would have done it already. But they don’t. They have to do it slowly and incrementally, relying on a largely unsuspecting populace, using Covid as a cover, and trying to make people like their ideas, and embrace them. But there are far more of us than them. And they will NEVER get the guns off the Americans. God bless their 2nd Amendment.

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    exsteelworker

    Why is it majority left-wing governments around the world that are turning to totalitarianism using WuFlu as cover? True colours of the left for all to see, ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT! You won’t own anything but you will be happy with what scraps we give you from our ivory towers plebs, now go to work cause my super yacht needs a service.

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    If we had any smart journalists left and if the MSM had been truthfully reporting the Canadian truckers protest, someone should ask one of the state premiers or indeed our PM – that if push came to shove would he/she invoke similar fiscal restrictions in Australia? Seems like a federal jurisdiction, so the question should probably be addressed to either Morrison or Frydenburg. Then Albanese and Chalmers in term. Would be good to make them squirm.

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    Ross

    OMG!! I had been wondering about all those side by side photos of Trudeau/Castro that have popped up on social media of late. Just read posts no 35 & 36 and it would seem another conspiracy theory might be about to become true.

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      Lucky

      Take a look at the top photo from macleans, examine the faces of
      1. Castro
      2. Pierre Trudeau
      3. Margaret Trudeau
      Two of those appear to me to be the obvious parents.

      (It does not matter, but find your fun where you still can)

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    KP

    Hmm.. Feb 16th, that means its Wednesday and I haven’t heard that Russia has invaded Ukraine yet. Don’t tell me those invincible intelligence agencies in the USA are WRONG! Maybe the Russians are waiting for the dateline. “..as soon as Wednesday” the newspaper article said.

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    Turtle

    This is the modern equivalent of the Tsar sending troops out to shoot the protestors outside the palace. In the days of video, you can’t get away with that. So you use the financial and legal next best thing: kill them economically and legally. As to whether they can get away with that — I don’t think they can in the long run — remains to be seen.

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    Turtle

    Jordan Peterson is a dead set legend: The truckers demands.

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      PeterS

      The video makes it clear what the truckers are demanding. They want a peaceful resolution, for the people to listen to their issues and to vote the government out if they don’t drop the mandates and restrictions. Sounds fair and reasonable. Now let’s follow the truckers approach and hopefully we will win the battle.

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    STJOHNOFGRAFTON

    This quote surely applies to Trudeau’s cry-bully attitude to the heroic truckers and their stand against the tyranny of vaccine mandates: “The most dangerous stage of tyranny is when the fraud is exposed and the tyrants begin to sense that they may be held accountable. The cornered rat bites hardest”. (Julius Ruechel comment in Ninety Miles from Tyranny Feb 15th)

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    Lance

    My Uncle was a big rig trucker for 40 years. He explained very clearly that “loads can be refused if the driver believes delivery at destination is unsafe” and “loads can be delayed for a plethora of reasons, for days, weeks, or months”. If the Freight Manager says a load is “dead” then nobody will take it or it will simply circle through “lost and found” till He.. freezes over”.

    Angering the truckies is a dangerous plan. They have a thousand ways to bankrupt the shipper or starve the destination. All legal. All defensible.

    And, No. The Military do NOT have thousands of trained, chartered, big rig drivers at hand. They might retrain some tank drivers in 6 months, but “ready to roll” drivers? No way. And, those “scab” drivers would have to contend with the “mysterious incidents” that render their rigs or loads unserviceable.

    Once the truckies are angered, the ramifications are uncontrollable by politics or law enforcement. The truckies can “walk away” and commerce stops.

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      Honk R Smith

      “The truckies can “walk away” and commerce stops.”

      They have walked away. I’m assuming commerce has taken a hit.
      Empty shelves bad for Justin, but now he seems to be cutting off the pathway for the truckies to return and fill them.
      The smart people so often seem not bright.
      I suspect a lot of the people around him are looking for the exists.
      You can kinda tell from their posture when they’re standing ‘with’ him while he making his pronouncements.

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        ExWarmist

        You can kinda tell from their posture when they’re standing ‘with’ him while he making his pronouncements.

        Not Freeland though, she looks like a cat that has just caught a mouse.

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    David Maddison

    The Left want to dispense with road transport and think everything can be transported by train (or maybe Tesla electric trucks which are vapourware).

    Let’s see how that works for them.

    I am prepared to suffer personal inconvenience for the sake of freedom.

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    beowulf

    SHOCK: Leaked data from Canadian convoy protest fundraiser reveals hundreds of Australian donors! Right-wing extremism at home.

    No problem at your ABC with hackers spreading people’s personal details around though.

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-02-16/australians-donate-to-canadian-convoy-givesendgo-fundraiser/100832928

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      David Maddison

      Remember, the Australian Government and its “intelligence” agencies consider anyone to the right of Hồ Chí Minh or Pol Pot to be a “far right extremist”.

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      GlenM

      The ABC thinks that anybody outside of their commune is far-right and prone to conspiracy theories. A hotbed of nasty, ignorant left wing fascists at the national broadcaster.

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        James Murphy

        They are ramping up the anti-Liberal rhetoric before the elections, this is obvious.

        As I’ve said many times, I would not care if the ABC / SBS was privately owned, or publicly traded like other networks, but their unrelenting, and unashamed bias is horrendous simply because they are government funded.

        It’s not about “right” or “left”, I would feel the same if they were biased towards the “right”.

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          PeterPetrum

          James, they are not “Government funded”, they are funded by taxpayers like you and me and about 14,000,000 others in this country.

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      James Murphy

      The article refers to “the January 2021 attack on the US Capitol”.
      what attack was this, exactly?

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      Graeme#4

      It’s also concerning that the ABC investigations team want to investigate further. Why?

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    David Maddison

    Notice how all the Anglo heritage “democracies”, Australia, Canada, NZ, Once-Great Britain and the Once-United States are all utterly lacking in leadership and have people at the helm who believe in nothing (except that the Left-Elites should be in control), understand nothing, fight for nothing and are rapidly destroying their respective countries?

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    David Maddison

    Paraphrased quote from Plato’s Republic:

    The good are not willing to rule either for the sake of money or of honor. They do not wish to collect pay openly for their service of rule and be styled hirelings nor to take it by stealth from their office and be called thieves, nor yet for the sake of honor, [347c] for they are not covetous of honor. So there must be imposed some compulsion and penalty to constrain them to rule if they are to consent to hold office. That is perhaps why to seek office oneself and not await compulsion is thought disgraceful. But the chief penalty is to be governed by someone worse if a man will not himself hold office and rule. It is from fear of this, as it appears to me, that the better sort hold office when they do, and then they go to it not in the expectation of enjoyment nor as to a good thing, but as to a necessary evil and because they are unable to turn it over to better men than themselves [347d] or to their like. For we may venture to say that, if there should be a city of good men only, immunity from office-holding would be as eagerly contended for as office is now.

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      GlenM

      I’d like to look at this from the historical perspective and class this as an aberration of sorts. Decadence affects the institutions over time and eventually something returns – after all revolution is a return to the start. An ideal system of government has never been found that has lasted long and democracy is as such. Anarchism? With limited government intrusion maybe. Rule of law seems to be a requisite.

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    David Maddison

    This is an excellent 7min 20s segment about Canada from Fox News.

    https://youtu.be/19It4pmXwaQ

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    Mark Allinson

    “Major Stephen Chledowski is a serving Canadian Army officer in New Brunswick. In the following video Maj. Chledowski calls on police and his fellow soldiers to honor their oaths and refuse to support or enforce the tyrannical edicts of the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

    Maj. Chledowski has effectively ended his career by making this video. The army command is aware of the clip, and says it will take appropriate action.

    I’ve seen a YouTube version of this video, but the owner of the channel that uploaded it self-censored two sections of it in an attempt to prevent YouTube from taking it down. This 3Speak version is complete, and includes the censored segments.”

    Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for uploading this video

    https://3speak.tv/watch?v=vladtepesblog/rkqalean

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    another ian

    “Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Refuses to Bring Emergency War Measures Act to Parliament for Authorization Vote
    February 15, 2022 | Sundance | 98 Comments
    Earlier today Conservative Party opposition leader Candice Bergen asked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau when he planned to bring his declaration of the Emergency Act before parliament for authorization. The Canadian Prime Minister refused to answer the question. ”

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2022/02/15/prime-minister-justin-trudeau-refuses-to-bring-emergency-war-measures-act-to-parliament-for-authorization-vote/

    IIRC he has 6 days left

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    Jonesy

    Am I correct in saying the Trudeau government just ripped up Magna Carta and Common Law?

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    another ian

    Anyone else finding that the clockwise indicator of a refresh isn’t shutting off here?

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      PeterS

      It now feels like we have a box seat watching the draconian leaders chest beating how powerful they are yet there’s a fire raging outside that might soon overcome them. Sound familiar? History repeats. I wonder if they will give people even the opportunity to vote. Will elections be postponed? As for our situation in Australia, the way things are going I doubt PM Morrison is keen having an election soon. It appears the chickens are coming home to roost.

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      James Murphy

      It’s the modern version of watching Nero fiddle while Rome burnt, except at least he provided some musical entertainment.

      I’ve watched a couple of my local council meetings online, and it’s definitely a cure for insomnia, until one remembers that the exorbitant rates pay for them to prattle on about nothing.

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    PeterS

    I find it surreal how the Ottawa Chief of police resigned because it makes it clearer to tell which side our leaders at various levels sit; for freedom or for tyranny. There is no middle ground. Vote accordingly. If you want more tyranny then vote LNP or ALP, otherwise support a party that is on the side of freedom. It’s that simple. Anyone who says otherwise is delusional.

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    KP

    ” otherwise support a party that is on the side of freedom”

    I’ll do that as soon as they tell me how much of the welfare state they will dismantle!

    Does freedom have the Govt run the compulsory education so they can indoctrinate our children?
    Does freedom have Govt run the ‘die-while-you-wait’ health system.
    Does freedom have compulsory tax that raises billions so parasites can throw cash around one all their pet projects even if no-one supports them?
    Does freedom have Govts with access to firearms that they have banned the people from owning?
    A trustworthy Govt would have armed citizens to support them, people who really believed in them… seen that recently?

    I’d say freedom starts with people able to electronically vote on every decision the Govt has to make. We have this amazing technological society with everyone on a phone 24/7, yet we have been given no increase in responsibility at all. Govts have taken more and more away from us over my lifetime.

    All I see is a wider range of people trying to get the power to have the great life they see current politicians having. Democracy is a complete failure, it has done nothing for the vast majority except make them feel they have a hand on the lever… So stupid!.

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      Lucky

      Good but all that.
      Voting must by done by physical presence of the human, all on the same day, with ID, in secret, not into a machine but on a piece of paper ballot that can be re-counted and verified. No electronic whizzery. Absentee voting should be ok but with a limit on the number and with strict conditions.

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    YWNBAW

    Ceaucastreau is the new nom de plume

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    another ian

    Maybe Trudeau should have looked more at transportation in Canadian history. Their last major uprising was by

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Riel

    Transport had a big part in dealing with that, as the not quite completed eastern part of the Canadian Pacific Railway allowed the arrival of troops from the east in an “unprecedented” short time

    And when this is sorted out I guess these new financial rules mean the Trudeau Foundation is fair game?

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    Honk R Smith

    This guy reads a letter from Public Service Alliance of Canada, union for government employees, attempting to organize an anti-truckie protest.
    Hysterical, ya’ just can’t make this stuff up.

    https://www.bitchute.com/video/qWKr5rG66fng/

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    CHRIS

    The sooner Canucks realise that the Trudeau dynasty is a blot on Canada, the better. The Trudeaus have only ever had one interest… French-Canadians. All other Canadians are inferior.

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