Scheer tells Trudeau to recall Parliament on Nov. 25
Conservative leader Andrew Scheer is calling PM Trudeau to recall Parliament just five days after Trudeau is expected to announce his cabinet.
According to the CBC, Scheer made the demand a day before the two leaders were supposed to meet.
There are moments when it begins to become clear that there has been a sea-change in public opinion.
And with it now being a year since Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor were arrested and held hostage by communist China, such a moment has arrived.
The clearest example is what happened to Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman, who Tweeted what he apparently thought would be an innocuous photo of his meeting with China’s ambassador to Canada Cong Peiwu.
Bowman was absolutely slammed for the Tweet, which went so far as to “thank” the ambassador for the meeting and mentioned working on “human rights,” while completely ignoring China’s horrific human rights record and failing to mention anything about Canada’s detained Citizens.
Bowman was totally ratioed, with over 500 comments and just a couple-dozen retweets. Bowman was slammed by some MPs, and even by Canada’s former ambassador to China.
But it was the response of regular Canadians that really stood out. People from across the political spectrum were outraged by Bowman’s fawning weakness.
The response reflected something that has been bubbling below the surface among Canadians: A real awakening to the danger posed by communist China, and a sense that enough is enough.
We Canadians are generally an easy-going people, but we have a strong inherent sense of right and wrong. And while the Canadian political and business elites may be able to overlook China’s actions, the Canadian People are not overlooking it.
Canadians have turned against China’s communist government, with surveys showing 90 percent having a negative view of the government led by Xi Jinping.
Whether it’s the destruction of freedom in Hong Kong, holding Canadians hostage, putting millions of Uighurs in concentration camps, forced organ harvesting, or the Orwellian surveillance state, Canadians are looking at China and seeing a country that simply doesn’t share our values, and is in many ways hostile to Canada itself.
There was a time when someone like Brian Bowman could have gotten away with his fawning Tweet, but that time has passed. Sooner or later, Canada’s elites will be forced to realize that they can’t hide the truth about China’s government, and they can’t suppress the real views of Canadians.
The pressure is mounting for a tougher approach to China, for reducing our reliance on China, and to move towards a political and economic decoupling from the ruthless communist State. Whether it starts happening now or down the road, the demands of the Canadian People will be translated into policy one way or another.
December 6 marked the two-year anniversary of a proclamation made by United States President Donald Trump, stating that the U.S. would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and instructed for the American embassy in Tel Aviv to be relocated to Jerusalem.
To the worldwide Jewish community, prayer is always pointed towards Jerusalem. The concept of Zionism comes from the yearning for a return for Zion, a hill in the city limits of Jerusalem, and the idea to ensure that there is a Jewish state that has the right to exist.
Historical and political evidence overwhelmingly proves that Jerusalem is the rightful capital of Israel.
Jerusalem is the holiest city in Judaism, it is the location of the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism. The holiest site that Jews can pray at, the Western Wall, is in the Old City of Jerusalem. It was in Jerusalem where the sacrificial binding of Isaac took place.
Jerusalem has always been the eternal capital of Israel for over 3000 years, well into the time of King David. There simply is a double standard set by the world at large that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.
On May 14, 2018, the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the state of Israel, Trump’s embassy promise was realized upon the opening of the American embassy in Jerusalem. An important proclamation was quickly delivered to Israel and to the Jewish people around the world.
Unfortunately, Canada has not followed the lead of the United States. It still does not recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, even though its parliament, supreme court and residences of both the President and Prime Minister are located in the city.
Instead, Canada houses its embassy in Tel Aviv, where the majority of the world also houses their embassies.
For the most part, in the past decade, Canada has had a very good record of supporting Israel (besides a very disappointing anti-Israel vote last month), has a vibrant pro-Israel community in the country and even hosted the President of Israel, Reuven Rivlin this past spring.
The world knows that after the United States, it usually Canada that comes to mind of being the strongest ally to Israel. Furthermore, the important alliance that Canada and Israel share is well known and documented, from coast to coast to coast.
The Jewish community is united regarding this very issue and has frequently called on the federal government to finally follow on the lead President Trump has set, and move the embassy to Jerusalem.
At last year’s Conservative Party of Canada convention, the membership voted to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. During the election, the Tories promoted that they would recognize Jerusalem.
Yet the federal government, led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has failed to recognize Jerusalem or move the embassy from Tel Aviv. Refusing to do this action will continue to leave a stain on Trudeau’s legacy in dealing with Israel and the Jewish community at large.
Trudeau continuously portrays the image of Canada and Israel being such strong allies, even though he and his government do not recognize the capital of their closest ally in one of the most hostile regions in the world.
The longer the Canadian embassy is in Tel Aviv, and Jerusalem is not recognized, the longer a continued strain grows. In a time when anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism are on the rise, the federal government must realize that now is the time act on a foreign policy matter that is long overdue that would be celebrated around the world.
As the United States and Guatemala have done, Canada does not need to move the embassy into East Jerusalem, rather into West Jerusalem, an urban area within the city limits of Jerusalem.
At this point, a good start would be the opening of diplomatic offices in Jerusalem as many other countries, such as Brazil and Hungary have done. Opening a diplomatic office, such as a trade office would provide concrete evidence of the federal government taking an active role in further recognizing that Jerusalem is the de facto capital of Israel.
Canada is far behind the United States in real initiatives that have supported Israel. Moving the embassy is indeed a major initiative that needs to be carried out, and there are still other matters in which Canada lacks the United States with regards to support for Israel.
Canada has not frozen any funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), an organization that in part, funds terrorism and promotes anti-Semitism. The federal government has neither recognized the Golan Heights as sovereign Israeli territory or stated that the Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria (commonly known as the West Bank) are legal.
Under Stephen Harper, Canada froze funds to UNRWA and after Trump’s lead, the recognition of Jerusalem would have been proclaimed and plans certainly would have been underway to move the embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.
In an interview with Israel’s largest newspaper, Israel Hayom, Harper said that “now that the U.S. has done it, there is really every reason for the government of Canada to do it, and certainly my successor as leader of the Canadian parliament.”
Joe Clark, the short-lived Prime Minister of Canada from 1979-1980 had also promised to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, however, due to security risks, the plan did not go through.
Jerusalem is the heart and soul of the Jewish people and of the world’s only Jewish state, Israel. Ensuring that this special city, which is also heavily documented capital of the Holy Land, must finally be recognized.
Trudeau and his Liberal government need to finally act on what is right and ultimately, recognize Jerusalem and commence plans to move the Canadian embassy to the eternal capital of Israel.
It may not be a decision that the international community may condemn, but to Jewish Canadians, and the worldwide Jewish community, this is a moment that is worth rejoicing over.
The time is now for Canada to rightfully proclaim that Jerusalem, the golden jewel of the Middle East, is the true capital of Canada’s closest friend in the region, Israel.
Donald Trump Jr. trashed Canadian PM Justin Trudeau via Twitter on Friday, citing job growth in America in comparison to job losses in Canada.
“For perspective the US is about 10X the population of Canada so this would be the equivalent of America shedding 700,000 jobs. Yikes,” tweeted Trump Jr.
“Maybe Justin should watch @realDonaldTrump & learn how to create jobs… or go back to being a substitute drama teacher,” he added. “Either way Canada wins!”
This tweet came as U.S. President Donald Trump boasted adding 226,000 jobs to the American economy this month, while Canada lost 71,200 jobs.
This put America’s unemployment rate to 3.5 percent, while Canada’s grew from 5.5 to 5.9 percent.
This point of heightened tension between Trudeau and Trump comes as a video emerged of the latter mocking him on camera. In response, Trump called Trudeau “two-faced” on camera.
“Well, he’s two-faced… And honestly with Trudeau he’s a nice guy, I find him to be a very nice guy. You know the truth is, I called him out that he’s not paying two percent [GDP on military] and I guess he’s not very happy about it,” Trump said at a NATO press conference on Wednesday.
Lately, Trump also shared a Facebook post ridiculing Trudeau for his job loss.
Leaders from both sides of the aisle, NDP and Conservative, criticized Trudeau’s remarks at the summit.
Trump tweets “Great Jobs Report!” as U.S. adds 266,000 jobs—Trudeau tweets nothing about economy as Canada loses 71,200
Justin Trudeau may be feeling like a funny guy after his “hot-mic” moment at the NATO summit, but now that reality has set back in, he’s facing a pretty horrible contrast with the guy he was laughing at.
Following the latest US jobs report, which is being called a “blowout report,” Trump tweeted in celebration of the US adding 266,000 jobs:
“GREAT JOBS REPORT!”
“This is a blowout. Look at these manufacturing numbers, a blowout.” @MariaBartiromo”
The US added a whopping 54,000 manufacturing jobs, and the overall report defied economists’ expectations of a slowdown.
So, things are going very well for the US economy.
Considering the strong growth in our neighbour to the south, you might think the same would be happening here in Canada.
Well, not so much.
If you’re looking for Justin Trudeau’s Tweet on the jobs report you’ll be looking for a while.
Unlike Trump, Trudeau hasn’t Tweeted about the economy today.
Perhaps that’s because, in contrast to the huge jobs gains in the US, Canada posted huge job losses.
The Canadian economy lost a staggering 71,200 jobs in November, the worst jobs report since 2009, when Canada was still dealing with the aftermath of the 2009 global economic crisis.
Additionally, the US unemployment rate is now 3.5%, closing in on the lowest unemployment rate since the Korean War in the 1950s.
Meanwhile, Canada’s unemployment rate has surged from 5.5% to 5.9%.
What we see once again is that Trudeau is constantly focused on virtue-signalling, rather than results.
Sure, he had a fun time laughing at Trump during the NATO summit, but that doesn’t change the reality that America can defend itself and Canada can’t, and it doesn’t change the reality that the US economy is strengthening while Canada’s is weakening.
At some point, reality is unavoidable, and no amount of virtue-signalling can disguise the damage being caused by terrible government policy.
The Liberals are putting the boot of government regulation on the throat of the Canadian energy industry, tearing apart our national unity, piling more and more carbon taxes on the Canadian People, and pushing investment to other countries.
So, it’s no surprise that while other countries are getting richer and richer and creating jobs for their citizens, Canadians are struggling under a mounting debt burden, and are falling further and further behind.
The contrast between Trump’s Tweet on the economy and Trudeau’s avoidance of the topic just goes to show that the US and Canada are moving in different directions economically, and that’s very bad news for Canada at a time when things are already looking increasingly bleak.