Andrew Scheer calls for RCMP criminal investigation into allegations against Trudeau
Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer has now publicly “informed” RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki of the serious allegations lobbied against the PM, in a likely move to lobby the commissioner into acting.
Section 139 refers to everyone who willfully attempts in any manner to obstruct, pervert or defeat the course of justice in a judicial proceeding.
while section 423 states:
Every one is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term of not more than five years or is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction who, wrongfully and without lawful authority, for the purpose of compelling another person to abstain from doing anything that he or she has a lawful right to do, or to do anything that he or she has a lawful right to abstain from doing,
(a) uses violence or threats of violence to that person or his or her spouse or common-law partner or children, or injures his or her property;
(b) intimidates or attempts to intimidate that person or a relative of that person by threats that, in Canada or elsewhere, violence or other injury will be done to or punishment inflicted on him or her or a relative of his or hers, or that the property of any of them will be damaged;
(c) persistently follows that person;
(d) hides any tools, clothes or other property owned or used by that person, or deprives him or her of them or hinders him or her in the use of them;
(e) with one or more other persons, follows that person, in a disorderly manner, on a highway;
(f) besets or watches the place where that person resides, works, carries on business or happens to be; or
(g) blocks or obstructs a highway.
In the same letter the Conservative party leader once again called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to resign in order for the investigation to take place.
While the Conservative leader has taken the most aggressive stance he is by no means alone. Jagmeet Singh the leader of the NDP has now called for an inquiry into the SNC-Lavalin.
With the PM facing serious questioning from both sides of the aisle, the only thing remaining is the support of his caucus. In the next few days we will see just how strong caucus unity is within the Liberal party, and in turn whether this majority government can survive long enough to make it into the 2019 election.
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The leader of the Conservative party of Canada (CPC) took time today to announce that although his party had not won the most seats, they had done well enough for him to remain as the leader and continue to hold Trudeau to account.
Under Scheer, the Conservatives managed to win the popular vote and gain more than 20 new seats, although the Liberals still managed to win a large minority government.
During his speech, Scheer pointed to how divided the nation had become as both Quebec and the Western provinces shifted towards decidedly anti-Liberal lines.
Following his announcement, in response to a journalist’s question Scheer stated that he was very happy with his campaign and planned to stay on as leader.
Before becoming the leader of the CPC, Scheer served as the youngest Speaker of the House of Commons under the Harper government.
This is a breaking news story and will be updated.
The Liberals appear to have won the election but decisively lost the popular vote to the Conservatives.
According to Elections Canada, the Conservatives received at least 240,000 more votes than their Liberal counterparts. The Liberals still received 36 more seats than the Conservatives.
This occurred due to the high level of support in Western provinces such as Alberta for the Conservative party, reducing the overall voter efficiency in a similar vein to what occurred in the United States during their recent presidential election. There Hillary won almost 2 million more votes, largely from California, but still decisively lost the electoral college.
While the loss of the popular vote is interesting, the massive overall drop is also itself a story.
The Liberals received roughly 33.1% of the vote, which is by far the lowest level obtained by a minority government, Conservative or Liberal in the nation’s entire history.
I’ll start off by admitting that the CPC was wrong.
Wrong to suggest that Justin Trudeau was “just not ready” to govern four years ago. In reality, it was Canadians who were just not ready for him.
You may have heard the joke that Trudeau makes two types of promises: the ones he breaks, and the ones you wish he would break. Over the past four years, Canadians have had to endure the chaos of pipeline protests, carbon tax cram-downs, abortive attempts to change our voting system, pointless foreign policy fights and messy Liberal family feuds.
Liberal partisans do not understand that their ham-handed attempts to transform Canada are not welcome. They have abused the trust that Canadians placed in them four years ago.
Today, the only people impressed with this government are foreign journalists, ex-Presidents and celebrities who don’t understand Canada or Canadians–and even they are beginning to ask questions.
It’s pretty clear that centrist Canadians voted for a fresh coat of paint in 2015, not a revolution.
A government that was basically competent while looking good would have been just fine. We got- maybe- one of those two things.
On a bad day for the Liberals, we get neither.
Stephen Harper’s mostly cautious approach is looking a lot better these days by comparison. And it’s going to be a long time before Canadians dare to dream big again.
The CPC policy platform, campaign and leader are not flashy. And that’s the point. It’s a plan to repair the damage caused by Trudeau, and get Canada back on an even footing. It recognizes that Canadians are, understandably, a little wary of big plans right about now.
They want to restore the competence and stability that the Liberals have squandered virtue-signaling to the world instead of governing. They passed precious few bills, just so that their leader could make it on magazine covers like Rolling Stone.
The Liberals hate to admit it, but their carbon tax is only popular in theory. Canadian voters do not want to actually want to pay for expensive carbon initiatives.
Canadians have been consigning carbon-tax friendly provincial governments to the graveyard one after another ever since Trudeau took office. That’s why the CPC want it gone, and why they want to let provinces figure out how to deal with climate change.
If you look beyond Liberal spin, you’ll find a few practical environmental initiatives in their platform, such as ending the practice of dumping raw sewage into waterways, and improving technology for monitoring and managing wildfires. Canadians notice the Liberals’ inaction on these close-to-home environmental concerns much more than grand plans to fix the climate change crisis.
Diehard Liberals blame their poor electoral fortunes on a rising tide of populism. It’s ironic because Trudeau was supposed to be the guy who protected Canada from Trumpism and was in large part voted in from left-wing populism–Trudeaumania 2.0.
The Liberals own policies–a handgun ban, offering government-backed loans to homeowners and jacking up the deficit–are populist positions, not informed by sound and responsible research. This isn’t going to help curb polarization. It’ll only make things worse, because they won’t actually address poverty, illegal guns predominantly used in crime or crippling national debt.
The CPC will go back to the drawing board by getting the country’s balance sheet in order, boosting the Registered Education Savings Plan and helping to bridge gaps in health care coverage.
Incredibly, the CPC is the only party that’s taking the issue of affordability seriously. They’re taking the GST off of home heating bills, relaxing the mortgage “stress-test” for Canadians looking to buy their first homes, and restoring tax breaks for transit passes.
It’s certainly not the kind of slash-and-burn Conservative extremism the Liberals are telling you about, just a curtailing of overspending.
Speaking of extremism, look no further than the People’s Party of Canada.
These guys have got no environmental policy to speak of, want to massively slash immigration, a boon to this country, and think getting rid of supply management will create jobs but can’t be bothered to tell us how.
The mostly-online PPC seem to think that there’s a constituency in Canada for their policies. There isn’t. There never has been with the vast majority of Canadians.
Good luck to them building a pipeline in Quebec, or ripping up the Indian Act, or replacing the entire system of federal health transfers. Max Bernier can barely find enough people in his riding to support these ideas, if polls are any indication.
Right-wingers who try to lure Canadians with false promises are no better than Trudeau. They’re playing to an international populist movement, much like the Greens, and then they turn around and label the other parties “globalists”.
Why is it that with all the controversy that People’s Party leader Maxime Bernier has stirred up, he can’t get above single digits in the polls?
Not everything the PPC says is overblown and ridiculous. The PPC will tell you that they exist because the CPC isn’t conservative enough. I believe them, and I also say, “Thanks for coming out,” because–like the Liberals–they are making the CPC look absolutely glorious by comparison.
The CPC recognizes that refugee claimants shouldn’t be able to just walk across the border at Roxham Rd. And they want to help immigrants learn official languages and get their credentials recognized.
They’re going to increase health care and social transfers, while cutting handouts to big corporations. Taxes for lower-income Canadians will be lowered, and it’ll be harder for social media giants to mine your data under a Conservative government.
Instead of frustrating small businesses and tangling them up in red tape, the CPC will repeal old regulations and simplify the tax code.
How anyone could think this CPC are a bunch of extremists with these kinds of policies is a mystery to me.
Canada, like the United States, sorely needs a return to bland, common sense normalcy. That’s what the CPC is offering.
A 40-year-old hunting guide, photographer and IT manager posted a monologue video on Twitter this weekend to respond to People’s Party of Canada supporters angered by the news that political operative Warren Kinsella was hired by the CPC to “seek and destroy” the PPC via a campaign smear the party as full of racists.
DJ Sumanik is just one of many Canadians who have taken to social media to become pundits and political influencers online.
“I watched Bernier’s statement on it and he says that he thinks it went further, that they planted evidence to set him up to paint him as a racist,” explains Sumanik in his latest video.
“Welcome to the big show PPC. You’re going to be painted as a racist no matter what. Anyone that is not firmly far-left progressive in this country is painted as a racist by the media.”
Sumanik continues in his monologue to explain how this is just some of the dirty tactics used in politics.
“If [Kinsella] was just hired to dig up dirt, I don’t know, sorry guys, every candidate out there is facing that same scrutiny. There are teams digging up dirt on whoever they can, however they can, wherever they can. So that’s the name of the game now.”
He then goes onto explain he’s not a huge fan of CPC’s Scheer but that he is voting for him in the hopes it ousts the Liberals.
“Finally, I think a lot of you are operating under the assumption that I’m some sort of Andrew Scheer acolyte, who just believes anything he says. I’m a Canada first guy, but Scheer is the only guy with a chance of beating Trudeau. He’s the card were dealt, like him or not, get with the program, okay? Everything else is pie in the sky for now. We gotta start change with what we can, it’s gonna take time.”
In an interview with The Post Millennial Sumanik explained why he got involved in political commentary online.
“What activated me politically on social media was primarily the systematic attempts by Trudeau’s Liberals to undermine free speech, firearm ownership and hunting rights in this country,” said Sumanik.
“I’m not really a politics expert though, I just say what I think.”
Sumanik’s family has a long history living in the Yukon.
“My grandfather was a major player in the 80s, he brought the cross country skiing world cup to Whitehorse, and they named a nearby mountain after him. My grandma was a world competitor cross-country skier and in my younger days I also competed professionally in MMA and kickboxing.”
“I spent several years in Thailand and my best result was bronze medal at IFMA world cup, heavyweight division in 2011. But my roots are here, a born and raised Yukon boy. My father ran a trapline which I helped on as a kid, he also started a fox, lynx and martin farm for fur exports, and also live exports and breeding for zoos.”
The one seat in the Yukon is a close race between the Conservatives and Liberals–according to 338Canada.com–and Sumanik is concerned the PPC could split the right-wing vote just enough to help the Liberals eke out a win, something he worries could happen across the country.
Sumanik posts his video on Twitter under the name Yukon Strong, where he also shares other everyday-citizens-turned-pundit’s videos.