Philippines President threatens war against Canada over “garbage”
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to declare war against Canada. The reason? Trash economy.
Duterte also threatened to send the “garbage” back himself, according to news outlet The Inquirer.
According to local media reports in the Philippines, the trash was sent to the island nation more than six years ago and has been a burden ever since.
“I want a boat prepared. I’ll give a warning to Canada—maybe next week—that they better pull that thing out or I will set sail to Canada and I’ll pour the garbage there,” said Duterte.
“I cannot understand why they are making us a dumpsite,” Duterte said his nation will “declare war against [Canada]” if Canada does not heed these warnings.
Directly translating Duterte’s words from Tagalog, he says that “we’ll fight with Canada. We can take them down. I’ll return their trash, just wait and see.”
“I’ll load the containers to a ship, and I will advise Canada that your garbage is on the way,” Duterte said. “Prepare a grand reception. Eat it (the garbage) if you want to.”
Duterte is referring to the garbage that was sent by Canadian plastics exporter Chronic Inc. six years ago. The president of the southeast Asian country alleges that the company dumped more than 100 shipping containers of trash disguised as plastics for recycling into Filipino waters.
The company denies these allegations, saying that the containers are almost entirely filled with recyclables. It calls the allegations ridiculous, stating that it would cost more to ship garbage to the Philippines than it would cost to dump it closer to home.
The trash is alleged to consist of newspapers, plastic bottles, and used diapers. Some experts claim the garbage would be in direct violation of international law.
Over the past year, Duterte has had many a conflict with team Trudeau after the PM cited human rights abuses against Duterte and his government in the Philippines. Duterte even went so far as to cancel a business deal between Canada and the Philippines after Canada ordered a review into the contract over those same human rights abuses.
Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer has taken to social media to honor the anniversary and memory of two Canadian Armed Forces members who were murdered by terrorists in 2014.
Oct. 20 is the five-year anniversary of the death of 53-year-old Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, who was deliberately run down while on duty in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. Two days later, Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was gunned down while standing guard at the National War Memorial by Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, who was later shot dead while storming the halls of Parliament.
Scheer wrote the following message in a Facebook post and on Twitter: “Five years ago this week, two Canadian heroes were murdered simply for wearing the uniform of the Canadian Armed Forces. This tragic anniversary reminds us that Canada is not immune to the threat of terrorism. We must stand vigilant and ensure that we continue the fight against threats to our security. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with the families of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and Corporal Nathan Cirillo.”
The attacks were both immediately deemed terrorism, something relatively uncommon in Canada, and Canadians rallied to give their condolences. The attack on Parliament Hill is still remembered on the anniversary each year to commemorate the deaths of the two Canadian Armed Forces members.
“Warrant Officer Vincent and Cpl. Cirillo both had very important jobs: to defend our rights and our freedoms as a people,” Governor General of Canada David Johnston said in 2015. “They stood up for our democratic values of tolerance, of diversity, of equality, of fairness and of the rule of law, by which I mean the constant, relentless pursuit of justice.
“This is who we are. Our Parliament is a symbol of who we are. It too was attacked last October.”
As of writing, the other federal party leaders have yet to commemorate the fallen soldiers on home soil.
With a minority government scenario a distinct possibility in the outcome of Monday’s federal election, The Post Millennial offers a primer on how it would shake out in Canada’s Westminster parliamentary system.
First, even if Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives win more seats than the incumbent-Liberals, if it’s not the magic majority number of 170, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau retains
“It’s a complete fiction that whoever wins the most seats (in a minority) gets to form the new government – Trudeau’s the incumbent so he gets the ability to try and maintain confidence in the House.” explains Dale Smith, a parliamentary reporter in Ottawa and author of The Unbroken Machine; Canada’s Democracy in Action.
“He can do that by asking other parties to support him or he can enter into a formal arrangement, whether it’s to prop his government up, or a coalition which would involve having members of other parties involved in the cabinet, a less likelier possibility… he does not need to ask the Governor General’s permission to do that.”
Interestingly, a third-place finish for Trudeau would give him that ability as well, according to Smith, unless he concedes defeat or follows his father Pierre Trudeau’s famous footsteps into the snow.
“Trudeau would need to resign, or signal his intention to resign for (other parties) to cobble together whatever kind of agreement they would want and let the Governor General invite someone else, Scheer presumably, to form a government,” says Smith.
“But until Trudeau makes that decision, it’s his decision to make basically. It’s not the Governor General’s decision, it’s not Scheer’s decision.”
If Trudeau were to recall the House in a post-election minority situation – entirely within his purview as incumbent-PM – issue a Throne Speech and lose the subsequent confidence vote, resignation or asking the Governor General to dissolve parliament and plunge the country into another election remain options.
It is at this juncture that the
Budget bills are also considered a “test of confidence” for sitting governments.
Several Liberal and NDP candidates have apologized for their decision to frequently advertise with openly antisemitic newspapers.
The activity of the candidates was first discovered by B’nai Brith Canada, who has been tracking the activity of the “Ontario-based Arabic-language newspaper” al-Forqan.
One NDP candidate, Brian Masse, and three Liberal candidates, Sandra Pupatello, Irek Kusmierczyk, and Audrey Festeryga all advertised with this newspaper, which has continually advocated for political Jihad and the need to bomb Israel.
“In 2016, B’nai Brith exposed an editorial in al-Forqan that praised terrorist attacks in Israel as a “sacred duty of jihad.” This prompted the Multicultural Council of Windsor and Essex County to cut ties with Mohammed Khalifeh, al-Forqan’s Managing Director,” writes B’nai Brith Canada.
This is the same newspaper that found it appropriate to publish “The Hour [of Judgment] will not come until the Muslims fight the Jews and kill them” and lines such as “Lying is an attribute inherent to the Jews!”
The other newspaper is the Toronto-based al-Meshwar, which has also praised terrorist attacks and openly advocated for the elimination of Jews.
Scarborough Centre MP Salma Zahid had been advertising with al-Meshwar, saying that he was completely unaware of such posts and advocacy and will never advertise with them again, reports B’nai Brith Canada.
In a broadside against the tide of political correctness that has seen statues removed and buildings renamed over the past several years, Andrew Scheer promised that a Conservative government would honour Canada’s past, warts and all.
“Because I believe Canada’s history should always be celebrated. Now is it perfect? Of course not. But we must never allow political correctness to erase what made us who we are,” Scheer told reporters in Ottawa Monday, ahead of the federal leaders’ debate.
“We can and we should celebrate the giants of our history, like Macdonald, Mackenzie King and Laurier.”
Scheer also promised to make all of Canada’s national museums free to the public and “designate the grave sites of past prime ministers and governors general as national historic sites.”
The push to sanitize Canadian history got a bump under the Liberal government of Justin Trudeau, which renamed Langevin Block – where the prime minister and Privy Council operate – to the Office of the Prime Minister and Privy Council.
Trudeau made the Langevin announcement on National Indigenous Peoples Day in 2017, a moniker which he also changed from National Aboriginal Day; presenting both as reconciliation gestures.
In addition to being a founding father of Canada, Hector Langevin served as attorney general, postmaster general, secretary of state and superintendent general of Indian Affairs, where he contrived the residential school system that displaced thousands of aboriginal children, many of whom fell victim to abuse.
Langevin served under then-Prime Minister John A. Macdonald who described Indigenous Canadians as “savages” who should “acquire the habits and modes of thought of white men”; one of a litany from the 19th century leader’s opinions on solving what he called “the Indian problem.”
Shortly after Trudeau’s Indigenous Day proclamation, a call to strip the country’s first PM’s name from the nation’s schools was spearheaded by the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario.
At the time, the union described Macdonald as “an architect of genocide against Indigenous peoples” and therefore “his namesake buildings can contribute to an unsafe space to learn and to work.”
EFTO’s demand was never acted upon, but it stirred much debate. Forced to weigh in, then-Premier of Ontario Kathleen Wynne acknowledged Macdonald was “far from perfect” but ultimately disagreed that his name
Next stop for the history sanitizers was Halifax.
There a statue of the city’s founder, Lieutenant General Edward Cornwallis – who paid bounties for Mi’kmaw scalps in 18th century British efforts to clear the peninsula for settlement – became flashpoint in the Nova Scotia capital for detractors and those who wanted the statue to stay.
Ultimately, Halifax regional council voted overwhelmingly to remove Cornwallis’ monument, which occurred at the end of January 2018.
On the other side of the country, the anti-John A. Macdonald movement was gaining traction with Victoria City Council and by August 11, 2018, council had voted for and removed Canada’s first prime minister from the city hall steps.
Opinions on the removal were far from unanimous and spurred a host of indignant letters to Trudeau that The Post Millennial obtained through access to information. The following is a sampling of writers expressing both criticism of Victoria City Council’s decision and the PM’s lack of response.
“Your silence about the removal of the statue…is shameful,” writes one on September 4. “As a Prime Minister, the defence of Canada’s history is one of your responsibilities…you should know that history must be taught in the context of the period it represents.”
Another writes the same day that, “I can’t begin to share my disbelief and disgust when unilaterally some one has the power to remove a historical statue…if we are going to go back in history and tear apart, bit by bit, each and every Prime Minister will we be able to retain the great endeavours each has done for the country?”
And in a shorter letter, one writer gets straight to the point: “This is gross insult to Canadian history. Without the historic deeds of this great man, Victoria B.C. would be a backwater US town.”
And Scheer’s comments in Ottawa this morning are very much in synch with these letter writers, as the Conservative leader noted, “despite those who wish to sweep some of these leaders under the rug, they have left their mark not only on our country, but on the entire world and they are worthy of honour and respect.”
“We can look to the past, acknowledge and learn from our mistakes and celebrate achievements at the same time,” said Scheer. “If we look back on our history and our leaders and only see the blemishes, we miss out on a beautiful story of a country that has progressed into one of the safest, freest and most prosperous in the world.”
How Scheer’s take on Canadian history will resonate with voters remains to be seen.