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Canada. Elezioni del 21 Ottobre. Sondaggi.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2019-08-22.

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Nel 2012 il Canada aveva un pil di 1,829 miliardi Usd, che a fine 2018 si era attestato a 1,711 miliardi.

«Quarterly GDP improves in Canada in first quarter

Gross Domestic Product of Canada grew 0.1% in the first quarter of 2019 compared to the previous quarter. This rate is the same than in the previous quarter.

The year-on-year change in GDP was 1.3%, 3 -tenths of one percent less than the 1.6% recorded in the forth quarter of 2018.

The GDP figure in the first quarter of 2019 was $327,967 million, leaving Canada placed 9th in the ranking of quarterly GDP of the 50 countries that we publish.

Canada has a quarterly GDP per capita, of $10,069, $388 higher than the same quarter last year, it was .

If we order the countries according to their GDP per capita, Canada is in 14th position of the 50 countries whose quarterly GDP we publish.»

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Il 21 ottobre si terranno le elezioni politiche.

I precedenti evidenziano grossolani quanto repentini mutamenti di umore dell’Elettorato.

Justin Trudeau, premier canadese, si era palpeggiato Mrs. Rose Knight.

Canada. Ontario. I populisti di Mr Doug vincono 76 seggi contro i 7 dei liberal.

G7. Volano gli stracci. Figuraccia di Trudeau il trombato.

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I sondaggi elettorali danno una situazione di testa a testa tra il Liberal Party of Canada, il partito di Mr Trudeau, ed il Conservative Party of Canada, al momento alla opposizione. Si noti come il GPC, ossia i verdi, sarebbero saliti dai pregressi 3.4% all’attuale 13%. Questo fenomeno potrebbe rivelarsi cruciale nella formaione del prossimo governo.

Molto verosimilmente sarà una manciata di voti a decretare il successo di uno dei due contendenti.

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G7 Biarritz. Si preannuncia un altro G7 inconcludente.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2019-06-24.

G7 Leaders Summit in Canada

A fine agosto dovrebbe tenersi a Biarritz la riunione del G7.

Il presidente Macron ha cercato di costruire un’agenda densa dei temi che gli stanno a cuore.

Elysee. A G7 fighting inequality

Elysee. A renewed format for the G7

Elysee. Regions committed to finding solutions

Elysee. G7 Ministers commit to improving access to health care for all

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A tutt’oggi on è dato di sapere se Mr Trump sia o meno presente al summit: non ha ancora risposto alla richiesta di adesione. Di certo si potrebbe soltanto dire che:

– “U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo chose not to attend” alla riunione preparatoria.

– “The Trump administration pushed the G-7 nations to water down a declaration on gender equality last week as part of its broad effort to stamp out references to sexual and reproductive health”

– “Environment ministers of the G7 nations met in France Sunday, a day ahead of the release of what is expected to be another alarming report on the state of the planet …. But Andrew Wheeler, the former coal lobbyist appointed by President Donald Trump to head of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), told the meeting too much attention was being paid to the worst-case scenarios on climate change.»

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Inutile sottolineare come la eventuale assenza di Mr Trump decreterebbe la morte del G7. Ma anche una sua presenza scettica non concorrerebbe a rinvigorire questa istituzione.

Da quanto sembrerebbe di poter capire, Mr Macron ha stilato l’agenda senza quasi consultarsi con gli altri paesi membri, molti dei quali potrebbero avere seri dubbi in proposito.

Poi, i capi di governo che si riuniranno avranno ciascuno le proprie grane.

Mr Trudeau, premier canadese, tra qualche mese andrà incontro alle elezioni politiche che lo vedrebbero sconfitto secondo i sondaggi.

Mr Macron risulterebbe essere indebolito dalla rivolta dei Gilets Jaunes, ma soprattuto dal fatto che nelle ultime elezioni il suo partito sia stato battuto da RN di Marine Le Pen.

Frau Merkel è ancora cancelliera tedesca, ma è reduce da una impressionante serie di rovesci elettorali e si appresta a delle elezioni nei Länder orientali che dovrebbero sancire la morte politica della Cdu.

Al momento in cui si scrive, il Regno Unito non ha ancora eletto il nuovo premier a sostituzione di Mrs May: ma chiunque esso sia avrà forse più problemi dalla gestione della Brexit che non da quella del gender nel globo terraqueo.

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Ad oggi almeno, sembrerebbe preannunciarsi un G7 inconcludente.

Sarebbe in tal caso un altro ridimensionamento alle ambizioni di Mr Macron.


Reuters. Doubts persist over Trump attendance at French G7 summit: French official

«U.S. President Donald Trump did not confirm he would attend August’s summit of the G7 group of rich nations in southwestern France city of Biarritz when he met President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday, a French official said.

A G7 foreign ministers meeting held in Britanny earlier this year was overshadowed when U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo chose not to attend, underscoring how tough agreeing common ground between allies has become at the annual big power summit.

Along with the United States, France and Britain, the group includes Japan, Germany, Italy, Canada and the European Union.

Tensions between the United States and its European allies have meant that where they were once largely in accord, they now seek the lowest common denominator at international gatherings.»

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U.S. Quietly Waters Down Another Communique on Gender Equality

«The Trump administration pushed the G-7 nations to water down a declaration on gender equality last week as part of its broad effort to stamp out references to sexual and reproductive health in international institutions, according to people involved in the process and drafts reviewed by Foreign Policy.

It is only the latest iteration of the administration’s hard-line stance against any language that might suggest approval of abortion in the official documents of international institutions that include the United States. The heavy-handed diplomatic strategy has put Washington at odds with European allies and drawn criticism from women’s advocacy groups for undercutting wider efforts to improve global gender equality.

The Group of 7, representing seven of the most advanced economies in the world, issued a communique on women’s equality this month that was pared down in some sections from initial drafts circulated in advance among diplomats and experts.

U.S. officials raised red lines on what should be axed from the communique, including a seemingly innocuous section praising the G-7’s Gender Equality Advisory Council, an independent group of experts and diplomats working on gender equality, and language on reproductive health.

The measures follow a pattern that has played out at the United Nations, where the Trump administration last month went as far as threatening to veto a U.N. measure to prevent sexual violence over language on sexual and reproductive health (though last-minute diplomatic wrangling averted the veto).

U.S. officials under President Donald Trump have argued that the phrase “sexual and reproductive health” refers specifically to abortion. Experts and advocacy groups disagree and point to the phrase being used consistently in international institutions and treaties for decades.

The G-7—which includes the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, and Japan—has traditionally avoided contentious debates on gender-related health issues as part of the group’s broader discussions on political and economic priorities. Recent G-7 summits, normally carefully choreographed and diplomatic affairs, became anything but under Trump. At the 2018 G-7 summit in Canada, Trump refused to sign the joint statement and derided Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as “Very dishonest & weak” in scathing tweets after the summit over disagreements on trade.»

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Cnbc. Gloomy forecast for Davos: crises aplenty, but few world leaders

«-  Crises to keep Trump, Macron, May away from Davos

– Somber mood expected at Jan 22-25 elite gathering

– Trade row, recession fears and global tensions dominate agenda

An array of crises will keep several world leaders away from the annual World Economic Forum in Davos next week, which takes place against a backdrop of deepening gloom over the global economic and political outlook.

Anxiety over trade disputes, fractious international relations, Brexit and a growth slowdown that some fear could tip the world economy into recession are set to dominate the Jan. 22-25 Alpine meeting and the mood will be somber.»

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The Local. G7 environment ministers meet to discuss climate crisis

«Environment ministers of the G7 nations met in France Sunday, a day ahead of the release of what is expected to be another alarming report on the state of the planet.

Ministers from Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States gathered for the two-day meeting in the northeastern city of Metz.

They were due to discuss measures to tackle deforestation, plastic pollution and the degradation of coral reefs and try to form alliances between nations to act on them.

Joining the ministers were delegations from the European Union as well as Chile, Egypt, the Fiji Islands, Gabon, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Niger and Norway. ….

But Andrew Wheeler, the former coal lobbyist appointed by President Donald Trump to head of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), told the meeting too much attention was being paid to the worst-case scenarios on climate change.»

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Japan Times. 2019-04-05. Glaring U.S. absences raise questions about relevance of G7

Foreign and interior ministers from the Group of Seven countries are gathering in France this week to try to find ambitious solutions to world security challenges. Putting a dampener on that are two glaring American absences: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

The fact that ranking U.S. officials are skipping the Thursday-Saturday meetings in Paris and the resort of Dinard raises questions about the G7’s relevance and effectiveness at solving the very international issues it has laid out as crucial, including fighting terrorism and human trafficking.

The interior ministers’ meetings started Thursday in Paris with a lunch focusing on migration issues, human trafficking and the fight against smugglers.

U.S. President Donald Trump has made no secret of his disdain for the G7, especially since Russia was pushed out of the gathering of major world economies after its annexation of Crimea in 2014. The U.S. absences signal that the Trump administration has downgraded the group — which also includes France, Canada, Japan, Germany, Italy and the U.K. — in its list of priorities.

Pompeo is in Washington this week, far from French shores, hosting NATO’s foreign ministers to mark the alliance’s 70th anniversary. Nielsen is staying behind to deal with border issues in the U.S.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, meanwhile, announced she is attending both the NATO meeting and the G7 summit in Dinard.

In fact, alliances are fraying everywhere, even at NATO as Pompeo shines a spotlight on America’s involvement in the military alliance. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg acknowledged internal NATO disagreements this week on trade, climate change and the Iran nuclear deal, but insisted the 29 allies are united in their commitment to defend each other.

France, which took over the G7’s presidency in January, is hosting a summit of interior ministers in Paris on Thursday and Friday, which overlaps with a summit of G7 foreign ministers on Friday and Saturday in Dinard.

U.S. Homeland Security official Claire Grady is standing in for Nielsen at the interior ministers’ meetings. Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan will stand in for Pompeo, discussing “a broad range of issues, including the deteriorating situation in Venezuela, destabilizing Iranian behavior in the Middle East, the responsible conduct of states in cyber space, and the final denuclearization of North Korea,” the State Department said.

It said these conversations will “set the stage” for the August G7 summit France will host in the southwestern city of Biarritz.

Last June, Trump roiled the -7 meeting in Canada by first agreeing to a group statement on trade only to withdraw from it while complaining that he had been blindsided by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s criticism of Trump’s tariff threats at a news conference. In an extraordinary set of tweets aboard Air Force One, Trump threw the G7 summit into disarray and threatened to escalate his trade war just as Canada released the G7’s official communique.

France’s Foreign Ministry listed the main issues under discussion this week as cybersecurity, the trafficking of drugs, arms and migrants in Africa’s troubled Sahel region, and fighting gender inequality. That includes ways to prevent rape and violence against women, especially in Africa.

The French presidency says the interior ministers’ meeting aims to set joint commitments on security and counterterrorism, including how to deal with citizens who have joined Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq, or their wives and children.

Many IS fighters have been captured and imprisoned in those countries.

A top official at the French Interior Ministry stressed that the instability of the region, after U.S.-backed forces declared military victory over the Islamic State group in Syria last month, still poses a challenge. The problem has grown more urgent since Trump announced his intention to reduce the U.S. military presence in Syria.

“We need to coordinate our policies to prevent that risk. We must avoid a dispersion of foreign fighters, avoid that they gather together elsewhere,” the official said, speaking anonymously ahead of the meeting in accordance with French government practice.

The U.S. has called for countries to take back their citizens and put them on trial, if necessary, but Western countries have largely refused to take back their detained citizens. France says French fighters must be tried wherever they committed their crimes.

U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters, who are holding some of the IS fighters, have called for an international tribunal for IS detainees.

The G7 interior ministers will also discuss ways to fight terrorism and extremism on the internet, possibly by imposing regulations on internet giants like Facebook, Twitter and Google.

Interior ministers from Niger and Burkina Faso are joining Thursday’s lunch on migration to put a focus on Africa’s Sahel region, a source of migration to Europe as well as a transit region and destination for smuggling.

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Canada. Alberta. Trudeau perde 23 a 64 lo stato petrolifero canadese.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2019-04-19.

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«Embattled Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau suffered another major hit to his reelection hopes this fall as voters in the western province of Alberta on Tuesday threw one of his political allies out of power in favor of a conservative leader who campaigned as a fierce critic of Mr. Trudeau’s leadership and energy tax policies»

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«Alberta Premier-elect Jason Kenney and his 2-year-old United Conservative Party faced an electorate full of anxieties about the province’s sluggish energy-based economy. Voters directed their anger at Mr. Trudeau and his environmental allies for failing to push through a key pipeline and, conservatives said, piling costly regulations on Alberta’s large oil, gas and mining sector.»

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«Already reeling from a financial scandal that has engulfed the government in Ottawa, Mr. Trudeau saw his political allies thoroughly repudiated»

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«The result, in which Mr. Kenney’s fledgling UCP took a projected 63 seats to just 24 for the leftist New Democratic Party, was even more painful because the NDP ended 44 years of conservative rule in the western province just four years ago»

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«Of Canada’s 10 provinces, just three small ones are under the control of Mr. Trudeau and his allies.»

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«Alberta became the third major province in Canada in the past year to elect a conservative-leaning government»

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«Mr. Kenney argued strongly that Mr. Trudeau’s environmentalist agenda focused on fighting climate change had not produced for Canada.»

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«Attacks on the country’s oil production have fostered a boom in American production and have not reduced by “one barrel energy coming from OPEC dictatorships or Vladimir Putin’s Russia,”»

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«Mr. Kenney rode a wave of popular discontent that offered a preview of President Trump’s reelection»

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La situazione è brillantemente riportata da Affari Italiani.

Elezioni Canada: vittoria dei conservatori ad Alberta, Trudeau in crisi

«Canada: vittoria dei conservatori ad Alberta, Trudeau in difficoltà

Sarà il conservatore Jason Kenney il prossimo premier in Alberta (che si trova nel Canada occidentale), grazie alla netta vittoria del suo partito alle elezioni provinciali, affermazione che di fatto apre un nuovo fronte critico per il primo ministro Justin Trudeau a sei mesi dall’aperture delle urne a livello federale.  Come ampiamente previsto dai sondaggi, il partito conservatore unito di Kinney si è assicurato una comoda maggioranza assoluta, ottenendo oltre 60 seggi su 87.    

In sostanza, deve fare le valigie la leader del Nuovo partito democratico (Npd), Rachel Notley, alleata di Trudeau, che si era imposta nel 2015 in quello che tradizionalmente era considerato un bastione conservatore, e vince uno dei critici più implacabili dell’attuale premier nazionale. Già potente ministro del procedente governo guidato da Stephen Harper, il cinquantenne Kenney aveva imposto la sua campagna elettorale prevalentemente sui temi economici, promettendo di rilanciare l’industria petrolifera dopo la crisi del calo del prezzo dell’oro nero nel 2014.      

Trudeau non ha atteso di mandare le sue felicitazioni al vincitore in Alberta: “Sono impaziente di collaborare con il governo provinciale per creare nuovi posti di lavoro per la classe media, avviare nuove infrastrutture e far cresce le imprese e le industrie che fanno prosperare l’Alberta”, ha affermato il premier. Aggiungendo che promette di lavorare con il nuovo governo regionale “per avviare misure decisive nella lotta contro i cambiamenti climatici”.»

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Un altro baluardo liberal nel mondo è crollato come un castello di carte. L’Alberta è strategico nei rapporti con l’America di Mr Trump.

Il nuovo eletto del ‘clima’ se ne fa un baffo ed ha promesso a tutti un sano bagnetto del petrolio.

Eppure non esiste perversione sessuale che i liberal non abbiano reso legale:così come avevano legalizzato ogni sorta di ruberia del pubblico denaro.

Canadesi gente strana: vogliono pane e lavoro e del ludico da affamati se ne fanno ben poco.


Conservative ‘wave’ dings Justin Trudeau’s reelection hopes

TORONTO — Embattled Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau suffered another major hit to his reelection hopes this fall as voters in the western province of Alberta on Tuesday threw one of his political allies out of power in favor of a conservative leader who campaigned as a fierce critic of Mr. Trudeau’s leadership and energy tax policies.

Alberta Premier-elect Jason Kenney and his 2-year-old United Conservative Party faced an electorate full of anxieties about the province’s sluggish energy-based economy. Voters directed their anger at Mr. Trudeau and his environmental allies for failing to push through a key pipeline and, conservatives said, piling costly regulations on Alberta’s large oil, gas and mining sector.

“We have been targeted by a foreign-funded campaign of special interests” that have cost the province “tens of billions of dollars in investment and tens of thousands of jobs,” Mr. Kenney said.

Already reeling from a financial scandal that has engulfed the government in Ottawa, Mr. Trudeau saw his political allies thoroughly repudiated. The result, in which Mr. Kenney’s fledgling UCP took a projected 63 seats to just 24 for the leftist New Democratic Party, was even more painful because the NDP ended 44 years of conservative rule in the western province just four years ago.

Alberta became the third major province in Canada in the past year to elect a conservative-leaning government. Of Canada’s 10 provinces, just three small ones are under the control of Mr. Trudeau and his allies.

“When Justin Trudeau was first elected, he looked around the table at premiers and he saw a lot of friendly faces,” Nik Nanos, chairman of the polling firm Nanos Research Group, told the Calgary Herald. “That’s all out the window.”

Mr. Kenney argued strongly that Mr. Trudeau’s environmentalist agenda focused on fighting climate change had not produced for Canada.

Attacks on the country’s oil production have fostered a boom in American production and have not reduced by “one barrel energy coming from OPEC dictatorships or Vladimir Putin’s Russia,” Mr. Kenney said.

“There is a deep frustration in this province, a sense that we have contributed massively to the rest of Canada but that everywhere we turn we are being blocked in and pinned down,” Mr. Kenney told cheering supporters as the results came in Tuesday evening. “Today we begin to fight back.”

Sinking polls

When Mr. Trudeau led his center-left Liberal Party to victory in 2015, he was riding a wave of popularity. But scandals and a spotty record of achievement have eroded his image. A recent poll by Toronto’s Forum Research puts the opposition Conservative Party at 42% support and Mr. Trudeau’s Liberals at just 29%. Canada must hold another general election on or before Oct. 21, giving Mr. Trudeau a shrinking window to turn around his fortunes.

The government has not fully recovered from Mr. Trudeau’s clumsy attempts to save Canada’s engineering giant SNC-Lavalin from criminal prosecution in a scandal that resulted in the resignations of two Cabinet ministers and his closest personal aide. His carbon tax faces legal challenges from the governments of Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and New Brunswick.

Mr. Kenney rode a wave of popular discontent that offered a preview of President Trump’s reelection hopes south of the border. While Mr. Trump has abysmal popularity ratings in much of Canada, he gets a favorable rating of 41% in Alberta. Like Mr. Trump, Mr. Kenney’s election strategy featured angry attacks on outside elitists and liberals.

On the campaign trail, Mr. Kenney’s supporters wore red and white “Make Alberta Great Again” baseball caps and cheered his economic message that he would help the province’s 200,000 jobless and struggling small business owners by letting the world know “Alberta is open for business.”

“I’m not sure Kenney likes to govern, but he likes to campaign. My sense is he will be in permanent campaign mode pushing hot-button issues for the next four years,” said Roger Epp, a political science professor at the University of Alberta in Edmonton.

Mr. Kenney, 50, held federal Cabinet posts including minister of employment under Conservative Party Prime Minister Stephen Harper. A conservative Catholic, Mr. Kenney is a lifelong politician who began his career in the late 1980s battling pro-choice activists when he was on the student council at the Jesuit-founded University of San Francisco.

Mr. Epp said Mr. Kenney could rise as the natural leader of the other conservative provincial premiers in Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Quebec, who oppose Mr. Trudeau’s leadership.

Forum Research President Lorne Bozinoff said Mr. Trudeau’s main political rival, Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer, is not a galvanizing figure but Mr. Trudeau’s negatives are also rising. If the prime minister doesn’t turn those around, then he will lose, Mr. Bozinoff predicted.

Mr. Epp said Canadians can expect a polarized campaign with lots of fearmongering on both sides. The Conservatives are already attacking Mr. Trudeau’s government as corrupt, incompetent and out of touch. In response, Mr. Trudeau is presenting himself as the only progressive alternative to the conservatives, a defender of the environment and protector of Canadian “civilization.”

In Ontario, Progressive Conservative Premier Doug Ford said Mr. Kenney’s victory and his successful attacks on Mr. Trudeau’s carbon tax idea were promising signs for the coming federal elections.

“We see just a [conservative] wave going across this country from west to east,” Mr. Ford told Ontario’s Parliament on Wednesday. “We’re building an anti-carbon-tax alliance like this country has never seen.”

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Geopolitica America del Nord

Canada. Trudeau incespica sul problema demografico.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2019-04-06.

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Canada. Ontario. I populisti di Mr Doug vincono 76 seggi contro i 7 dei liberal.

Canada. Trudeau. Crisi di governo sugli scandali. I numeri del fallimento.

Canada. Trudeau precipita nei sondaggi. A ottobre si vota.

La situazione politica canadese è nel chaos.

Già lo scorso anno i liberal di Mr Trudeau avevano subito una cocente sconfitta in Ontario: i populisti avevano vinto 76 seggi mentre i liberal erano crollati a 7 deputati.

Poi è venuto fuori lo scandalo che Mr Trudeau si era palpeggiato perbenino Mrs Rose Knight, fatto che per un liberal è un peccato irredimibile, ed infine è esploso in tutta la sua virulenza lo scandalo della SNC-Lavalin, ove Mr Trudeau ha messo il muso nella greppia.

I liberal erano crollati dal 39.5% delle passate elezioni al 30%, mentre i conservatori erano passati da 31.9% al 40%.

Due giorni dopo questo ultimo sondaggio, la Nanos Research è uscita però con una nuova proiezione che stima i liberal al 34.6% ed i conservatori al 35.1%.

Sono differenze apparentemente inspiegabili.

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«Trudeau government tables budget as support drops and time runs out before October’s election»

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«The Liberals are trailing Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives and Trudeau’s party has taken big hits in the demographic groups that helped deliver a majority Liberal government in 2015»

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«So if today’s budget includes measures targeted at those very groups, don’t call it a coincidence»

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«the Liberals are shedding support in all age groups and with both genders.»

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«But they have taken a particularly big hit among millennials — down about 10 points»

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«The Liberals still hold a narrow lead in this age group, with an average of 31 per cent support to 28 per cent for the Conservatives and 27 per cent for the NDP — but before the 2018 budget the Liberals were ahead by 17 points among millennials»

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« in the 2015 election …. among voters between the ages of 18 and 25, the Liberals took 45 per cent of the vote — 20 percentage points more than the second-place New Democrats …. The Liberals also have lost their lead among women, men and middle-aged Canadians»

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«the NDP has seen disproportionate gains among millennials»

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«The loss of younger voters to the NDP and middle-aged voters to the Conservatives is a combination that could prove electorally problematic for the Liberals»

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Il Conservative Party of Canada, CPC, propugna un Conservatorismo sociale e fiscale, grosso modo un centro-destra, mentre il New Democratic Party sostiene una socialdemocrazia, alquanto simile a quella dei democratici americani.

I giovani stanno razionalizzando che in pensione non ci andranno né oggi, né domani, né mai: perché dovrebbero votare liberal?

Riportiamo in calce l’editoriale di Aljazeera sul partito di Mr Scheer: è scritto in un ‘politicamente corretto’ da manuale. Chi ha orecchi per udire, intenda!


Cbc. 2019-03-19. As Liberals slip in key demographics, they hope the budget can stop the bleeding

Trudeau government tables budget as support drops and time runs out before October’s election.

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Today’s budget will be the last one presented by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government before this fall’s federal vote. An election year budget is a high-stakes exercise in any context — but this one comes as the Liberals find themselves in their worst position in the polls since coming to power.

The Liberals are trailing Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives and Trudeau’s party has taken big hits in the demographic groups that helped deliver a majority Liberal government in 2015.

So if today’s budget includes measures targeted at those very groups, don’t call it a coincidence.

The CBC’s Canada Poll Tracker puts the Liberals about three points behind the Conservatives, at 32.7 per cent to 35.3 per cent. That’s far below where the Liberals were on previous budget days.

When their first budget was delivered in March 2016, the Liberals were in the midst of their post-election honeymoon — nearly 16 points ahead of the Conservatives. By March 2017 and the unveiling of Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s second budget, the Liberals were still ahead by about 11 points.

Last year, polling conducted before the budget was tabled — and before Liberal support took a dive in the wake of Trudeau’s botched trip to India — showed the Liberals in the lead by about 5.5 points.

This undoubtedly is a worrying trend line for Trudeau, who is scheduled to face the electorate in just seven months. But the profile of the voters who are drifting away from the Liberals should worry the prime minister even more.

Liberals losing support among millennials

Comparing the demographic breakdowns in three polls conducted in the last few weeks by Ipsos, Nanos Research and Abacus Data to surveys conducted by these polling firms in the months prior to the 2018 budget shows that the Liberals are shedding support in all age groups and with both genders.

But they have taken a particularly big hit among millennials — down about 10 points. The Liberals still hold a narrow lead in this age group, with an average of 31 per cent support to 28 per cent for the Conservatives and 27 per cent for the NDP — but before the 2018 budget the Liberals were ahead by 17 points among millennials.

This was a key voting bloc for the Liberals in the 2015 election. A post-election survey done by Abacus found that, among voters between the ages of 18 and 25, the Liberals took 45 per cent of the vote — 20 percentage points more than the second-place New Democrats.

Normally, younger Canadians don’t vote in big numbers. But that wasn’t the case in 2015, when new turnout records were set for this historically apathetic cohort.

The Liberals also have lost their lead among women, men and middle-aged Canadians, while they now trail the Conservatives by double-digits among seniors. Instead of the narrow one-point advantage they held just prior to the 2018 budget, the Conservatives are now ahead by an average margin of 43 per cent to 33 per cent for the Liberals across the Ipsos, Nanos and Abacus polls.

The Conservatives have not seen their support take off among women, however. The Tories are up only three points with women voters over the last year, compared to a gain of eight points among men. There isn’t any significant difference between age groups in the changes in Conservative support.

But the NDP has seen disproportionate gains among millennials. The party is up by an average of five points among younger Canadians in these three polls, while the party as a whole has dropped by one point. This decrease has been driven primarily by a fall in support for the NDP among men and older Canadians.

Budget a chance to reverse the trend lines

The loss of younger voters to the NDP and middle-aged voters to the Conservatives is a combination that could prove electorally problematic for the Liberals — costing them urban seats around universities on the one hand, and suburban seats full of commuters on the other.

The budget provides an opportunity to address some of these vulnerabilities. CBC News has reported that the budget is expected to contain funding for lifelong learning and adult skills training programs and measures to assist first-time home buyers.

But the bleeding is coming from all quarters. It puts the Liberals in an unenviable position for a first-term government.

The last few first-termers were in a better position than Trudeau is today. At the time of Harper’s last budget in his first term in 2008, the Conservatives were ahead in the polls by about a point in a minority legislature. They succeeded in increasing the size of their minority government in the subsequent election.

In 1997, when Paul Martin tabled the last budget of Jean Chrétien’s first term, the Liberals were ahead of the Progressive Conservatives by a whopping 31 points (the Reform Party and Bloc Québécois, who had more seats in the House than the PCs at the time, were even further back).

Brian Mulroney’s PCs, however, were trailing by about six points at the end of 1987 — just a few months before his government tabled its last budget before the 1988 election. That election turned on the free trade debate and Mulroney was able to secure another (reduced) majority government.

This fall’s federal election is unlikely to be dominated by a national issue of such importance, so Trudeau will have to bank on something else to turn things around. Today’s budget is a chance for the Liberals to try to do just that.

Such opportunities are going to be limited in number between now and October. So could the Liberals’ remaining days in office if they aren’t successful in changing the channel.

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Aljazeera. 2019-04-03. Canada’s probable next PM is courting the far right to win

Like Trump, Andrew Scheer is looking to the far right to help him win a tight race.

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It is said that you can take the measure of a man by the company he keeps.

By that objective calculus, the toxic company that Canada’s Conservative leader, Andrew Scheer, stubbornly keeps ought to disabuse anyone of the silly notion that Canada is an antidote to the pestilence of white nationalism infecting other, Western “liberal” democracies. 

Scheer has a long history of courting white nationalists by appealing unabashedly and overtly to their ugly, nativist, xenophobic and racist temperaments (to describe them as “ideas” is antithetical to the word).

Serious attention should be drawn to Scheer’s relationship with Canada’s extreme right wing since, if accurate, a recent spate of public opinion polls suggest that the Conservative chief may well become prime minister come the next federal election scheduled for October. 

Of course, Scheer is a faithful disciple of former Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper who besmirched himself and, perhaps more importantly, the country he served by championing racism-infused “policies” as a means to mine the support of Canadian bigots who would be attracted to such malevolent policies at election time.

Harper’s sorry, signature gambit in this regard was the unveiling – stripped of its government-sanctioned rhetorical embroidery – of a “snitch” line, where Canadians were encouraged to report other Canadians guilty of culturally “barbaric practices” deemed “incompatible” with “old stock” Canadian values.

Harper’s legion of apologists insisted that his snitch line and use of the benign “descriptor…old stock Canadians” weren’t Exhibit A and B of how to practise sectarian wedge politics. So, stop hyperventilating you perennial politically correct types, the apologists cried.

Today, the same cavalier defence is being employed by the same band of apologists to dismiss as inconsequential Scheer’s undeniable associations with notorious white nationalists that should, if decency had any currency in politics, be disqualifying.

On February 19, Scheer spoke at an event on Parliament Hill organised reportedly by “disgruntled pipeline workers” who had travelled from Western Canada by picayune convoy to Ottawa to “have their voices heard”. He was joined by several members of his Conservative caucus who took dutiful turns praising the “protesters” and pledging fidelity to their amorphous cause. 

“We are fighting for you. We are standing with you,” Scheer told the small, yellow-vested gathering. One Conservative senator was less trite, urging the assembly to “roll over every Liberal left in the country”. His invitation to violence was predictably greeted with hoots and cheers. 

The rumble-ready “United We Roll” contingent that Scheer and company welcomed, encouraged and applauded, included attendees who – anti-hate groups detail – celebrate their white nationalist, white-supremacist, anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim credentials online.

Still, for the doubters, the “protesters'” convictions surely became apparent when Faith Goldy was also asked to speak at the “rally” as their marquee guest. 

Goldy has, for years, flaunted her white nationalism on a variety of media platforms. Among her other noxious “beliefs” is the “theory” that the white race is facing “genocide” and is on the precipice of extinction.

In December 2017, Canada’s racist-in-residence, who also thinks launching another Crusade to retake the Holy Land is a laudable geopolitical strategy, recited, with little prompting and with evident glee on a racist podcast the white supremacist clarion call, The Fourteen Words: “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.” 

A few months earlier, Goldy displayed her white nationalist bona fides again by appearing on a podcast affiliated with [neo-Nazi website] the Daily Stormer while in Virginia.

Goldy described her tete-a-tete with Nazis as a “poor decision.”

Scheer knew all this and more when he chose to attend the same event, organised by the same people who thought it appropriate and right to invite Goldy, who told Indigenous peoples who assailed her presence on Parliament Hill: “If you don’t like our country, leave it.” 

Rather than say no, Scheer and his caucus colleagues opted to stand – figuratively speaking – rancid shoulder to rancid shoulder with a racist in the rank pursuit of parochial, political self-interest. And with that, the nexus of traditional “conservatism” and the wretched right wing was fashioned – married by two speeches in one place, at one time, separated by just a few metres. 

Scheer and Goldy have shared more intimate moments. Before she was fired over her “poor decision” to enjoy a convivial chat on a Nazi podcast, the telegenic Goldy was a host on a network featuring a cavalcade of frothing, perpetually indignant, anti-establishment personalities called Rebel Media.

In early 2017, then-Conservative leadership candidate Scheer was Goldy’s chummy, featured guest on her defunct programme On the Hunt – for what precisely remains a mystery. 

In any event, the “hot” topic du jour was a non-binding, symbolic motion introduced by a Liberal MP to condemn Islamophobia and all religious discrimination in the aftermath of the Quebec city terrorist who murdered six Muslim men praying in a mosque. 

Scheer told Goldy he would emphatically vote against the motion because, like his effervescent TV pal, he was concerned that denouncing the hatred that fuelled the butchery of Muslim worshippers by way of a parliamentary motion would inevitably morph into an “attack” on free speech. “Absolutely,” Goldy said, approvingly. 

Fast forward to the horror in New Zealand, when another racist who referenced “white genocide” and “The Fourteen Words” in his “manifesto” slaughtered 50 Muslim children, women and men and grievously injured scores of other innocents because of where they prayed and who they prayed to.

Scheer’s response? Not surprisingly: muted platitudes on Twitter. “Freedom has come under attack in New Zealand as peaceful worshippers are targeted in a despicable act of evil. All people must be able to practice their faith freely and without fear,” he wrote without naming the faith of the massacred or the sites of their massacres. You see, “freedom”, not Muslims, was “attacked”.

That vapid, perfunctory tweet was consistent with Scheer’s reluctance to offend the odious likes of Goldy et al for fear of alienating a potential well of votes during a likely close election. Donald Trump has proven that racist overtures – blatant or cloaked – can afford a winning edge in a tight race.  

Only later, after a torrent of criticism, did Scheer issue a second statement on Facebook, daring to mention Muslims and mosques. By then, it was too late. His initial response indeed reflected the measure of the man and the company he keeps.

Despite claiming now to shun the decaying network, Scheer holds other Rebel Media alumni close to his bosom. His 2019 campaign manager was a founding director of Rebel Media.

Like his mentor Stephen Harper, Scheer is intent on, it appears, leading Canada down a dangerous, sinister slope.

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Geopolitica America del Nord

Canada. Trudeau precipita nei sondaggi. A ottobre si vota.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela

2019-04-02.

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Nel 2013 il pil canadese era  1,842.627 miliardi Usd ed a fine 2017 era 1,853.043 Usd.

Nel 2013 il pil procapite ammontava a 52,497 Usd mentre a fine 2017 era 45,095 Usd.

Per paragone, nel 2013 il pil cinese era 9,635.025 miliardi Usd, ed a fine 2017 ammontava a 12,237.701 miliardi Usd.

Questi sono i numeri del fallimento del Governo Trudeau.

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Il Canada terrà le elezioni politiche il 21 ottobre 2019.

Il Governo Trudeau, liberal socialista, a tutto il 2018 pareva essere fortissimo e da riconfermarsi: in ciò erano concordi tutti i sondaggi elettorali.

Già però dal giugno dello scorso anno iniziavano a sentirsi i segni di un qualche scricchiolio.

Canada. Ontario. I populisti di Mr Doug vincono 76 seggi contro i 7 dei liberal.

In Ontario il partito populista guidato da Mr Dougaveva inflitto a quello di Mr Trudeau una débâcle memorabile: 71 seggi conquistati contro i soli 7 seggi di Mr Trudeau. All’epoca si disse che in fondo erano solo elezioni tenute in uno degli stati della federazione.

Poi iniziarono ad emergere molti nuovi elementi a sfavore di Mr Trudeau.

Justin Trudeau, premier canadese, si era palpeggiato Mrs. Rose Knight.

Sia chiaro: che un maschio si palpeggi una femmina sarà sicuramente un gesto di pessimo gusto, ma non certo quell’orribile reato irredimibile che si vorrebbe fosse di questi tempi. Si resta davvero perplessi a vederlo equiparato a reati maggiori.

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Canada. Trudeau. Crisi di governo sugli scandali. I numeri del fallimento.

Canada’s Trudeau denies pressuring justice minister on SNC-Lavalin [Reuters]

Trudeau. Verosimile voto di sfiducia. L’affaire SNC-Lavalin.

Già. Con perfetto tempismo emerse in tutta la sua virulenza l’affaire SNC-Lavalin. Mr Trudeau, che si presentava come il novello Catone il Censore era stato pescato con le mani nella marmellata. Ma questo sarebbe anche stato il meno: aveva anche cercato di manovrare l’iter della giustizia.

«evidence of efforts by politicians and/or officials to pressure the former Attorney General to intervene in the criminal case involving SNC-Lavalin»

Molti ministri del governo Trudeau dettero le dimissioni.

«Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is under new pressure after his former justice minister released new documents relating to the SNC-Lavalin affair»

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«Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is under new pressure after his former justice minister released new documents relating to the SNC-Lavalin affair»

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«Jody Wilson-Raybould says government officials tried to persuade her to shield the company from prosecution in a corruption case»

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«She gave an audio recording and other materials to a Commons committee»

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«Mr Trudeau has denied any wrongdoing by either him or his staff and maintains nothing untoward happened»

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Gli effetti sui sondaggi elettorali sono evidenti.

Il partito liberal socialista di Mr Trudeau, Lpc, aveva vinto le scorse elezioni con il 39.5% dei voti e nemmeno un mese dopo era stato accreditato al 55 %: ad oggi sarebbe invece crollato al 30%. Il partito conservatore, che alle scorse elezioni aveva preso il 31.9%, per scendere dopo pochi giorni nei sondaggi al 25%, ora quota 40%.

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La caduta di Trudeau, espressione di una famiglia politica ereditaria ed anche molto numerosa, potrebbe comportare notevoli sommovimenti nell’America del Nord. Sembrerebbe infatti molto verosimile che un governo conservatore che condivide appieno molte linee politiche del Presidente Trump, possa ristabilire gli usuali buoni rapporti diplomatici e commerciali con gli Stati Uniti.

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BBC. 2019-03-30. Secret tape increases pressure on Trudeau in SNC-Lavalin affair

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is under new pressure after his former justice minister released new documents relating to the SNC-Lavalin affair.

Jody Wilson-Raybould says government officials tried to persuade her to shield the company from prosecution in a corruption case.

She gave an audio recording and other materials to a Commons committee.

The files were released publicly on Friday and are likely to increase pressure on Mr Trudeau.

He has struggled for weeks to contain the fallout from the controversy.

What are the allegations?

SNC-Lavalin is facing claims that former executives paid bribes to win contracts in Libya under Muammar Gaddafi’s regime, which fell in 2011.

The Liberal prime minister has been accused of pressuring Ms Wilson-Raybould to push for a legal favour for SNC-Lavalin that would allow it to avoid prosecution and instead face alternative penalties like a fine.

The affair has seen the prime minister lose two top ministers – including Ms Wilson-Raybould, who resigned from cabinet in February – Canada’s top bureaucrat, and a senior aide.

Mr Trudeau has denied any wrongdoing by either him or his staff and maintains nothing untoward happened.

But opinion surveys indicate that the controversy has shaken Mr Trudeau and his government’s popularity months before a general election due in October.

What’s on the tape?

The documents made public include an audio recording, lasting nearly 18 minutes, of a December phone call between Ms Wilson-Raybould and Clerk of the Privy Council Michael Wernick about the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin.

The former justice minister and attorney general said she took the “extraordinary and otherwise inappropriate step” of recording the call without Mr Wernick’s knowledge because she wanted a precise account of the conversation.

She said she was concerned about what she saw as attempts to interfere in the case.

In the call, there is a lengthy back and forth between the pair, during which the senior public servant repeatedly notes that the prime minister is interested in having the firm avoid prosecution in favour of an agreement.

Mr Trudeau and his officials have said they are concerned that thousands of jobs are at risk if the engineering firm is convicted.

She pushes back, warning she felt the conversation was inappropriate and that continued communications about the matter could cross the lines of her prosecutorial independence as attorney general.

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“The recording allows members of the committee to decide for themselves” about whether or not she was pressured by Mr Wernick, Ms Wilson-Raybould writes.

Mr Wernick stepped down as Canada’s top bureaucrat this month.

What is parliament doing to investigate?

The Liberal-dominated justice committee dropped the inquiry into the SNC-Lavalin affair earlier this month, saying its objectives have been achieved.

After the committee ended the inquiry, Ms Wilson-Raybould announced that she would submit further materials to back up her testimony.

Some 40-pages were released, which include copies of texts and emails, as well as Ms Wilson-Raybould’s elaboration on her view of the events.

Opposition parties had wanted Ms Wilson-Raybould to return to committee following her bombshell testimony in February, where she accused Mr Trudeau and members of his inner circle of spending months trying to politically interfere in the SNC-Lavalin matter.

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Senza categoria

Trudeau. Verosimile voto di sfiducia. L’affaire SNC-Lavalin.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2019-02-28.

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L’affaire era nell’aria già da tempo.

Canada former AG quits amid political interference controversy

«Canada’s former attorney general resigned from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet on Tuesday amid controversy over the prosecution of construction and engineering firm SNC-Lavalin.

“With a heavy heart, I have submitted my letter of resignation to the prime minister as a member of cabinet,” Jody Wilson-Raybould said in a Twitter message.

Wilson-Raybould had been the nation’s first indigenous attorney general and justice minister until last month when she was shuffled to the veterans affairs portfolio, ahead of October elections.

The Globe and Mail newspaper, citing unnamed sources, last week reported that Trudeau’s office had tried to pressure her to intervene in the SNC-Lavalin case, but she refused to ask prosecutors to settle with the company to avoid a costly trial.»

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Poveretto Mr Trudeu! I suoi nemici populisti, lebbrosi, hanno imparato più che bene i metodi liberal socialisti.

Canada. Ontario. I populisti di Mr Doug vincono 76 seggi contro i 7 dei liberal.

Fu una débâcle memorabile.

G7. Volano gli stracci. Figuraccia di Trudeau il trombato.

Poi gli era caduta addosso l’accusa delle accuse, quella che da sola vale una sentenza all’ergastolo passata in giudicato.

Justin Trudeau, premier canadese, si era palpeggiato Mrs. Rose Knight.

Se almeno Mr Trudeau si fosse palpeggiato un gitone sarebbe stato in armonia con i tempi e con il suo credo politico: invece aveva cercato di apprezzare le carni glutee di una femmina, Mrs Rose Knight.

Tutti sanno che l’aver soppesato le carni muliebri genera in queste una terrificante sequela di orrifiche e persecutorie stigmate che alla fine impediscono loro di svolgere il proprio servizio di ierodule, con severi danni economici, che solo una congrua riparazione milionaria può lenire. E noto che i poveracci non siano mai citati per sexual harassment.

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Adesso la persona che Mr Trudeau si era coccolata, perché femmina e perché indigena, gli si è rivoltata contro come la serpe in seno.

Se non fosse una frase da peccato mortale maschilista, si dovrebbe dire: “vatti a fidare delle femmine liberal”!

Canada’s Trudeau denies pressuring justice minister on SNC-Lavalin [Reuters]

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«Canada’s former attorney general on Wednesday accused Justin Trudeau’s inner circle of attempting to head off the fraud prosecution of an engineering giant – a case that has caused the prime minister major embarrassment eight months before elections»

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«Jody Wilson-Raybould made her accusations before the House of Commons justice committee, which is investigating purported political meddling in the prosecution of the Montreal-based firm »

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«”I experienced a consistent and sustained effort by many people within the government to seek to politically interfere in the exercise of prosecutorial discretion, in an inappropriate effort to secure a deferred prosecution agreement with SNC-Lavalin,” one the world’s top construction and engineering firms »

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«She also told the committee that she faced “veiled threats” and advice from Canada‘s top bureaucrat, Clerk of the Privy Council Michael Wernick, that “a collision with the prime minister on these matters should be avoided.”»

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«For weeks, Trudeau’s government has been rocked by allegations first reported by The Globe and Mail newspaper that undue pressure was put on the former attorney general for an out-of-court settlement with SNC-Lavalin»

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«The Canadian company was charged in 2015 with corruption for allegedly bribing officials in Libya between 2001 and 2011 to secure government contracts during former strongman Moamer Kadhafi’s reign. The firm, its international arm and another subsidiary are accused of having offered Can$47 million (US$36 million) in bribes to officials and of defrauding the Libyan government of Can$130 million (US$98 million). The charges relate to the world’s largest irrigation project — the Great Man Made River Project — to provide fresh water to the cities of Tripoli, Benghazi and Sirte»

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«The Canadian company was charged in 2015 with corruption for allegedly bribing officials in Libya between 2001 and 2011 to secure government contracts during former strongman Moamer Kadhafi’s reign. The firm, its international arm and another subsidiary are accused of having offered Can$47 million (US$36 million) in bribes to officials and of defrauding the Libyan government of Can$130 million (US$98 million). The charges relate to the world’s largest irrigation project — the Great Man Made River Project — to provide fresh water to the cities of Tripoli, Benghazi and Sirte»

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«The prime minister asked me to help out, to find a solution for SNC, citing that if there is no DPA (deferred prosecution agreement), there would be many jobs lost and that SNC would move from Montreal»

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Si tratta di un siluro pesante lanciato ad otto mesi dalle elezioni politiche, il risultato delle quali apparirebbe al momento incerto.

Ma questa volta l’accusa è quella di truffa, più tutti i soliti reati di conserva.


France 24. 2019-02-28. Trudeau faces calls to resign amid claims of interference in fraud case

Canada’s former attorney general on Wednesday accused Justin Trudeau’s inner circle of attempting to head off the fraud prosecution of an engineering giant – a case that has caused the prime minister major embarrassment eight months before elections.

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Trudeau responded that he “completely disagrees with the former attorney general’s characterization of events.”

Jody Wilson-Raybould made her accusations before the House of Commons justice committee, which is investigating purported political meddling in the prosecution of the Montreal-based firm.

“I experienced a consistent and sustained effort by many people within the government to seek to politically interfere in the exercise of prosecutorial discretion, in an inappropriate effort to secure a deferred prosecution agreement with SNC-Lavalin,” one the world’s top construction and engineering firms, Wilson-Raybould said.

She also told the committee that she faced “veiled threats” and advice from Canada‘s top bureaucrat, Clerk of the Privy Council Michael Wernick, that “a collision with the prime minister on these matters should be avoided.”

Wilson-Raybould, who also was minister of justice, said she believes she was shuffled to another portfolio in January over her refusal to take action in the case.

For weeks, Trudeau’s government has been rocked by allegations first reported by The Globe and Mail newspaper that undue pressure was put on the former attorney general for an out-of-court settlement with SNC-Lavalin.

The Canadian company was charged in 2015 with corruption for allegedly bribing officials in Libya between 2001 and 2011 to secure government contracts during former strongman Moamer Kadhafi’s reign.

The firm, its international arm and another subsidiary are accused of having offered Can$47 million (US$36 million) in bribes to officials and of defrauding the Libyan government of Can$130 million (US$98 million).

The charges relate to the world’s largest irrigation project — the Great Man Made River Project — to provide fresh water to the cities of Tripoli, Benghazi and Sirte.

SNC-Lavalin has argued that those responsible for alleged wrongdoing left it long ago, and that holding it accountable for their criminal actions would severely hurt its business.

Trial set to proceed

It heavily lobbied the government, including senior officials in Trudeau’s office, for an out-of-court settlement that would include paying a fine and agreeing to put in place compliance measures.

But Wilson-Raybould refused to ask prosecutors to settle, and the trial is set to proceed.

She quit Trudeau’s cabinet earlier this month. Trudeau’s longtime friend and principal secretary Gerry Butts also resigned days later. Questions remain over their specific reasons for leaving.

After her four hours of testimony, which the opposition called damning, Tory leader Andrew Scheer urged the Liberal prime minister to resign, saying Trudeau “can no longer and in good standing with a clear conscience lead this nation.”

He also called for a federal police investigation into possible obstruction of justice by Liberal officials.

Trudeau has steadfastly denied any wrongdoing, saying again Wednesday that he had made clear to his former attorney general that the “decision around SNC-Lavalin was Jody Wilson-Raybould’s and hers alone to make,” which she confirmed in her testimony.

“I strongly maintain, as I have from the beginning that I and my staff always acted appropriately and professionally,” he said.

Wilson-Raybould testified, “The prime minister asked me to help out, to find a solution for SNC, citing that if there is no DPA (deferred prosecution agreement), there would be many jobs lost and that SNC would move from Montreal.”

“I told him that I had done my due diligence and had made up my mind on SNC and that I was not going to interfere with the decision of the director (of public prosecutions),” she said.

Wilson-Raybould went on to say that 11 government officials, including the finance minister, raised similar concerns that SNC-Lavalin might move its headquarters to London without a deal, or could face massive job losses if it was found guilty at trial — in an election year.

They “urged me to take partisan political considerations into account, which was clearly improper,” she said.

And they continued to “hound” her from September to December after she made her decision not to offer SNC-Lavalin a deal and had made it known.

That pressure was “not illegal,” she opined, but “raised serious red flags in my view.”

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo

Canada. Elezioni del 21 ottobre. Sondaggi elettorali. Previsioni incerte.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2019-02-21.

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La situazione politica attuale del Canada è fortemente tesa.

Canada. Doug Ford, un replicante di Trump, potrebbe vincere le elezioni.

«Il Canada ha avuto un’alternanza tra governi formati da due partiti nel corso del XX secolo: il Partito Conservatore Progressista, di centro-destra, e il Partito Liberale, di centro-sinistra. Fino agli anni ottanta, entrambi i partiti sono stati favorevoli a un significativo intervento dello Stato nell’economia, finché l’elezione di Brian Mulroney, a Primo Ministro ha sancito la svolta dei Conservatori Progressisti a favore di privatizzazioni, meno regolamentazione e meno tasse per le imprese e per i più abbienti. Con il ritiro di Mulroney nel 1993, il suo partito ha però subito un tracollo di voti e di seggi alla Camera dei Comuni, consentendo ai Liberali di tornare al governo, contando soprattutto sulla propria supremazia in Ontario.

Il terzo partito è stato tradizionalmente il Nuovo Partito Democratico, collocato a sinistra dello spettro politico. Negli anni novanta questo partito, così come i conservatori progressisti, hanno subito un’emorragia di voti e seggi a favore dei partiti regionali nati in quel periodo: il Blocco del Québec, favorevole all’indipendenza del Canada francese e collegato al Partito del Québec presente solo nel Parlamento provinciale; e il Partito Riformatore del Canada, con base nel Canada occidentale, conservatore e ostile a concessioni a favore del Québec, che nel 2000 ha assunto il nome di Alleanza Canadese, rispecchiando l’intento di unificare tutto l’elettorato di destra. L’Alleanza Canadese nel 2003 si è fusa con i conservatori progressisti, dando vita al Partito Conservatore del Canada (al governo dal 2006). Il Partito Verde del Canada non ha ottenuto rappresentanza in Parlamento, ma ha comunque raccolto una quota significativa dei voti alle elezioni nazionali.» [Fonte]

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Attualmente il Canada è governato da Mr Justin Pierre James Trudeau (Ottawa, 25 dicembre 1971), un politico canadese, ventitreesimo Primo Ministro del Canada in carica dal 4 novembre 2015 e leader del Partito Liberale del Canada.

Il 21 ottobre 2019 i canadesi torneranno alle urne per eleggere il loro parlamento federale.

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Canada. Ontario. I populisti di Mr Doug vincono 76 seggi contro i 7 dei liberal.

«Ford will now lead Ontario, a province that is home to nearly a third of Canada’s 36 million residents as well as much of the country’s financial and manufacturing sectors.»

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«In some ways, Ford’s win echoes the rise of populism in countries such as Poland, Hungary and Italy, …. He’s very much a populist»

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«he saw Ford’s victory as a rejection of the governing Liberals, who had steered the province to the left»

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«The Liberals, led by premier Kathleen Wynne, were reduced to seven seats – one seat shy of the eight needed for official party status»

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In Canada si confrontano due grandi partiti politici.

LPC, Liberal Party of Canada, ha ad oggi 179 / 338 seggi in parlamento, House of Commons. Esprime il Presidente Trudeau, che si era in passato distinto per un particolare buon gusto.

Justin Trudeau, premier canadese, si era palpeggiato Mrs. Rose Knight.

Peccato che l’avvenente ragazza non avesse gradito.

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CCP, Conservative Party of Canada, ha oggi 96 / 338 seggi in parlamento e 31 / 105 in senato.

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Come si constata in Tabella, il duello tra Lpc e Ccp è serrato. Anche se al momento sembrerebbe che il Ccp sia in vantaggio, non è certo detto che lo mantenga fino alla scadenza elettorale.

L’unico risultato significativo è quello relativo ai trend: in decrescita per l’Lpc ed in ascesa per il Ccp.

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Medio Oriente, Senza categoria

Arabia Saudita e Canada. Congelati gli accordi commerciali. Espulsi gli Ambasciatori.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2018-08-06.

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I fatti.

«Canada is gravely concerned about additional arrests of civil society and women’s rights activists in #SaudiArabia, including Samar Badawi. We urge the Saudi authorities to immediately release them and all other peaceful #humanrights activists.»

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«The negative and surprising attitude of #Canada is an entirely false claim and utterly incorrect. ….

We have been briefed by what the #Canadian foreign minister and the Canadian embassy to the #Kingdom released on what they named “civil society rights activists”, and we affirm that this negative and surprising attitude is an incorrect claim. ….

The Canadian position is an overt and blatant interference in the internal affairs of the Kingdom of #SaudiArabia and is in contravention of the most basic international norms and all the charters governing relations between States. ….

The Canadian position is a grave and unacceptable violation of the Kingdom’s laws and procedures. In addition to violate the Kingdom’s judiciary and a breach of the principle of #sovereignty. ….»

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«We consider the Canadian ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia persona non grata and order him to leave within the next 24 hours.»

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Questo il testo ufficiale dell’Arabia Saudita, che riportiamo in fotocopia.

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Considerazioni.

Per comprendere al meglio quanto è successo sarebbe utile richiamare alla mente alcuni elementi.

Fino alla fine degli anni settanta del secolo scorso l’Occidente rendeva ragione di oltre l’80% del pil mondiale: governava economicamente l’intero globo terraqueo. Se sicuramente l’economia non è l’unico fattore che concorre all’umano benessere e felicità, la potenza economica e familiare poneva l’Occidente in posizione egemone. Ma le cose sono cambiate e stanno evolvendosi in modo turbinoso.

«International Monetary Fund World Economic Outlook (October – 2017)

Le proiezioni al 2022 danno la Cina ad un pil ppa di 34,465 (20.54%) miliardi di Usd, gli Stati Uniti di 23,505 (14.01%), e l’India di 15,262 9.10%) Usd. Seguono Giappone con 6,163 (3.67%),  Germania (4.932%), Regno Unito 3,456 (2.06%), Francia 3,427 (2.04%), Italia 2,677 (1.60%). Russia 4.771 (2.84%) e Brasile 3,915 (2.33%).

I paesi del G7 produrranno 46,293 (27.59%) mld Usd del pil mondiale, mentre i paesi del Brics renderanno conto di 59,331 mld Usd (35.36%).»

Questi dati evidenziano come l’Occidente, inteso almeno come G7, conti grosso modo il 30% del pil ppa mondiale, mentre i Brics stanno evolvendosi a ritmo serrato. La Cina in particolare è proiettata per avere nel 2020 un pil ppa del 20.54% di quello mondiale. Per riscontro, gli Stati Uniti sarebbero proiettati al 14.01%, ed i paesi dell’Unione Europea a frazioni marginali di questo indicatore.

La conseguenza è evidente: l’Occidente non può permettersi di fare la voce grossa con nessuno.

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Ma la situazione forse peggiore per l’Occidente è stata l’influenza delle ideologie liberal e socialiste, che per qualche decennio hanno anche gestito i governi nazionali ed attivamente partecipato alla Alleanza Progressista.

In estrema sintesi, in Occidente ha preso campo il vezzo di voler imporre la propria Weltanschauung a tutti i paesi non occidentali per quanto concerne il credo liberal, specialmente poi nei settori etici e morali. La situazione è stata anche forzata fino al punto di condizionare i rapporti economici alla accettazione di ciò che i liberal denominano i propri “valori“.

Orbene, codesti “valori” non sono per nulla condivisi a livello mondiale e l’ascesa dei movimenti sovranisti negli Stati Uniti e nell’Unione Europea dovrebbe renderli in breve oggetto di studio da parte della storia della filosofia e dell’economia: i liberal ed i socialisti si stanno rapidamente estinguendo.

Significativo è l’atteggiamento cinese.

Cina ed Africa. Una politica di rapporti internazionali paritetici.

Kenyatta: Gay rights is a non-issue for Keny

Cina, nuovo leader mondiale dei Paesi mussulmani. – Al Arabiya

Ma alla avanzata cinese, che considera i rapporti internazionali su base paritetica e non interferisce con le situazioni interne degli stati con i quali intrattiene rapporti economici, fa riscontro una lunga serie di insuccessi diplomatici occidentali.

Merkel. Una gran brutta figuraccia in Arabia Saudita.

Macron in visita nel Burkina Faso. Per poco lo accoppano. Incidente diplomatico.

Cina. Grande Muraglia contro la Germania. – Handelsblatt.

Macron licenzia in tronco l’ambasciatore in Ungheria.

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«Saudi Arabia has said it is freezing all new trade and investment with Canada over its “interference” in the Gulf Kingdom’s internal affairs»

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«In a series of tweets, the Saudi foreign ministry said it was expelling the Canadian ambassador and recalling its own envoy in Canada »

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«The move comes after Canada said it was “gravely concerned” about the arrest of several human rights activists.

Among those arrested was Saudi-American women’s rights campaigner Samar Badawi»

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Tranne che per i liberal e socialisti ideologizzati gli “human rights activists” non sono altro che agenti sovversivi al soldo di potenze straniere: nessuno li vuole sul proprio territorio, così come non gradiscono le ngo dalle quali dipendono. Per non parlare poi di cosa i liberal considerino “diritti umani“: una concezione giuridica scazontica e rigettata dal resto del mondo.

«what they named “civil society rights activists”, and we affirm that this negative and surprising attitude is an incorrect claim.»

Poi, da quale pulpito arriva la predica? Da Mr Justin Trudeau?

Canada. Ontario. I populisti di Mr Doug vincono 76 seggi contro i 7 dei liberal.

G7. Volano gli stracci. Figuraccia di Trudeau il trombato.

Trudeau. Un altro leader liberal arrostito sulla graticola. – Bloomberg.

Justin Trudeau, premier canadese, si era palpeggiato Mrs. Rose Knight.

Non siamo fini conoscitori dell’ideologia liberal e di quella femminista che ne deriva, ma avremmo seri dubbi che il palpeggiare le femmine sulle mammelle e sui glutei, nel tentativo di farsi strada verso zone ben più strategiche, sia conforme alla dottrina che Mr Trudeau professa.

«Canada is gravely concerned about additional arrests of civil society and women’s rights activist»

Ripetiamo. Sempre che esistano i “diritti delle femmine“, rientra nel loro diritto essere palpeggiate da Mr Trudeau? Lui sì e gli altri no?

Nota.

L’anno prossimo si terranno le elezioni politiche in Canada ed, a meno di grossolane variazioni del quadro politico, Mr Trudeau potrà tornate a fare lo spogliarellista in un qualche locale gay.


Bbc. 2018-08-06. Saudi Arabia freezes Canada trade ties, recalls envoy

Saudi Arabia has said it is freezing all new trade and investment with Canada over its “interference” in the Gulf Kingdom’s internal affairs.

In a series of tweets, the Saudi foreign ministry said it was expelling the Canadian ambassador and recalling its own envoy in Canada.

The move comes after Canada said it was “gravely concerned” about the arrest of several human rights activists.

Among those arrested was Saudi-American women’s rights campaigner Samar Badawi.

Ms Badawi had been calling for an end to Saudi Arabia’s male guardianship system.

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What did Saudi Arabia say?

The foreign ministry said it “will not accept any form of interfering” in its internal affairs.

It referred to last week’s statement by the Canadian foreign ministry, which urged Riyadh to “immediately release” civil society and women’s rights activists.

The Saudi ministry described Canada’s position as “an attack” on the kingdom, saying it would now:

Freeze all new trade and investment transactions between the two countries

Consider the Canadian ambassador persona non grata and order the envoy to leave within 24 hours

Recall the Saudi envoy in Canada

Reserve the right to take further action

Canada’s government has so far made no public comments on Saudi Arabia’s diplomatic measures.

The arrests are at odds with the progressive image the government has projected this year under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

He drew widespread praise last year when they announced that the decades-old ban on women driving would end on 24 June.

Saudi women’s rights activists, including those who have been imprisoned for defying the ban, had celebrated the decision.

But they also vowed to continue campaigning for the end of other laws they consider discriminatory.

Women must adhere to a strict dress code, be separated from unrelated men, and be accompanied by or receive written permission from a male guardian – usually a father, husband or brother – if they want to travel, work or access healthcare.

The Saudi crown prince has also spearheaded a sweeping anti-corruption drive which resulted in dozens of princes, government ministers and businessmen being detained in November and generated an estimated $107bn ($80bn) in settlements.

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Trudeau. Un altro leader liberal arrostito sulla graticola. – Bloomberg.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2018-07-26.

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Mr Justin Trudeau, assieme a Mr Macron ed a Frau Merkel sono gli ultimi tre capi di governo liberal nel mondo occidentale.

La devoluzione dell’ideologia liberal e di quella socialista li sta mordendo inesorabilmente ai fianchi.

Frau Merkel al momento conta più ben poco: il 24 settembre 2017 alle elezioni ha subito una sconfitta epocale, e con lei i suoi sodali della socialdemocrazia. Come tutti i superbi, si è inzuccata a voler restare cancelliera: sicuramente ne ha conservato il titolo, ma oramai quasi privo di contenuti. Basti solo pensare agli smacchi subiti al G20, al G7 ed infine nel Consiglio Europeo. Grazie a Lei la Germania conta politicamente molto poco.

Mr Macron, il delfino della massoneria francese, si sta similmente rovinando con le sue stesse mani. Basti solo pensare al caso Benalla: quando un Presidente della Francia deve difendersi dicendo che “Benalla non è il mio amante” non ci fa gran bella figura, anche perché il suo amante è un agente dei servizi segreti russi. Il suo indice di popolarità è sceso sotto il 20%.

Adesso anche Mr Justin Trudeau inizia a somigliare ad una salciccia valtellinese messa sulla graticola. È un liberal di chiara fama. Ma anche il Canada sta cambiando, e la devoluzione dell’idealogia liberal e di quella socialista è sempre più evidente.

Canada. Doug Ford, un replicante di Trump, potrebbe vincere le elezioni.

Canada. Ontario. I populisti di Mr Doug vincono 76 seggi contro i 7 dei liberal.

«Doug Ford will now lead Ontario, a province that is home to nearly a third of Canada’s 36 million residents as well as much of the country’s financial and manufacturing sectors.»

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«The Liberals, led by premier Kathleen Wynne, were reduced to seven seats – one seat shy of the eight needed for official party status»

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In Ontario il partito liberal di Mr Trudeau ha subito la più cocente débâcle del secolo. Ma il 21 ottobre 2019 i canadesi torneranno alle urne e le prospezioni attuali li danno come annientati.

Mr Trudeau ed i suoi sodali, amici di convivi alla mensa del denaro pubblico, gemono al pensiero di dover abbandonare l’agognato potere che consente loro una vita da nababbi.

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«PM being drawn into debate over which values are more Canadian»

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«Flow of asylum seekers from U.S. ‘contained’ after 2017 spike»

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«The issue has the Canadian prime minister caught between demands for tighter security and his own pledge of open arms»

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«The controversy has ramped up in recent weeks, in part because of Ontario’s election of a conservative government led by populist Doug Ford»

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Bene.

L’esercito dei ‘lebbrosi‘ sta affilando le armi elettorali: Mr Trudeau non si illuda più di tanto. I ‘populisti‘ hanno ottima memoria.

Nota.

Cadute le tre teste di cui sopra e nominato un altro Giudice della Corte Suprema americana dichiaratamente repubblicano, i liberal saranno sconfitti su scala mondiale. Hanno ancora molta forza nei deep state, ma senza potere politico la loro fine è segnata. Saranno trattati per come hanno trattato: saranno loro i veri ‘lebbrosi‘.


Bloomberg. 2018-07-25. Immigration and the Border Are Suddenly Tough Issues for Trudeau

– PM being drawn into debate over which values are more Canadian

– Flow of asylum seekers from U.S. ‘contained’ after 2017 spike

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Justin Trudeau’s latest headache is unusual for a country bounded by three oceans and just one neighbor: the border.

Canada has seen a steady flow of asylum seekers since Donald Trump’s election, with people who fear the U.S. will deport them or reject their bids for asylum crossing the 4,000-mile undefended border and filing a claim. While the total numbers are relatively modest, the influx has strained resources and prompted calls for more funding.

The issue has the Canadian prime minister caught between demands for tighter security and his own pledge of open arms. The controversy has ramped up in recent weeks, in part because of Ontario’s election of a conservative government led by populist Doug Ford. He and two other premiers have called on Trudeau to act, and a political sparring match is underway over what values are more Canadian: welcoming refugees, even those arriving illegally, or securing the border?

Trudeau moved to quiet the storm last week by naming Bill Blair, a former police chief, as minister for border security. “When conservatives across the country are playing the fear card, we need strong, reassuring voices to counter that,” the prime minister said Wednesday after shuffling his cabinet. He warned that his rivals have begun “a very dangerous game” by “pitting Canadians against each other and raising the kinds of anxieties that quite frankly don’t help solve problems.”

Quebec Crossings

Canada and the U.S. have signed a Safe Third Country Agreement, which means they generally don’t accept refugee claims already being made in the other nation. But there’s a hitch: Someone who enters Canada anywhere other than a regular border crossing, such as an airport, can make a claim, even if the act of crossing is illegal.

The issue is most prominent in Quebec, where it’s been percolating for 18 months. A makeshift processing center has even been built in the French-speaking province, at a border crossing that had been little more than a dirt path through a ditch.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police arrested waves of people as they exited taxis, dragged out luggage and crossed over from New York state. Last August, more than 5,700 people were arrested crossing illegally into Canada — nearly all in Quebec, where at one point Montreal’s Olympic Stadium was commandeered to help handle the influx. But this year, the arrest average has been about 1,800 per month nationwide. The province has nonetheless asked Ottawa to speed up processing times for asylum claims and warned it won’t ensure housing to an unlimited number of migrants.

“These days, it’s contained,” said Jean-Pierre Fortin, head of the Customs and Immigration Union, which represents border workers and has been pressing the federal government for more resources. “If we get a spike like we got last year, that’s where we do have some major concerns.”

Ontario Fight

Despite that, the rhetoric is becoming heated. A meeting of Canada’s immigration ministers this month saw Trudeau’s lead on the file, Ahmed Hussen, criticize those who conflate regular immigration with asylum seekers as “not Canadian.” Ford’s immigration minister, Lisa MacLeod, fired back and demanded Hussen apologize. “There is a problem at the border, the border must be enforced,” she said, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. “Ontario should be made whole for all of the costs that we have incurred.”

Government data show her province hasn’t had any illegal crossers detained all year, but some claimants are moving to Ontario. The country’s federal Conservative Party, which governed from 2006 to 2015, has called the situation a crisis, but recently pulled an attack ad that showed a black man crossing into Canada over the text of a tweet from Trudeau welcoming refugees.

The premiers of Quebec and Manitoba — which, largely due to geography, received the most illegal crossers last year — joined Ford in confronting Trudeau last week. The trio issued a statement calling on the prime minister to “allocate the necessary resources to ensure the security of Canada’s borders as part of a comprehensive, long-term plan” and to compensate provinces for services provided to asylum seekers.

Trudeau Tweet

Canada admits roughly 300,000 immigrants per year under several categories, such as skilled workers. Trudeau champions that — and conservatives say that’s part of the problem. The tweet featured in the pulled ad, which the prime minister sent shortly after Trump’s inauguration, was seen to have left a false impression that all claims are accepted, when in fact the country deports those whose refugee claims it doesn’t deem legitimate.

“To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength,” Trudeau wrote at the time. His government later dispatched lawmakers into certain U.S. communities to get the word out about what the rules actually are, while it scrambled to deal with an influx at the border.

Voters are uneasy about the illegal crossers, often referred to as “irregular” migrants, because they are legally entitled to make a claim even though the physical act of crossing a border like that is a crime. An Angus Reid poll released in September, just after the number of crossings peaked, found 53 percent of Canadians thought the country was being too generous to people who cross the border illegally. For past conservative voters, the number was 75 percent.

“Governments all around the world have to figure out how to respond when numbers go up and down. Canada has not always been that great at it,” Janet Dench, head of the Canadian Council for Refugees, said in an interview. “It’s like responding to fires — you don’t get to plan how many fires you have or on what day of the week.”

In too many countries abroad, politicians demonize refugees for political gain, she said, calling it “a very immoral thing to do, because you’re picking on extremely vulnerable people.” Dench added: “We’re very anxious that Canada can continue to be a country where politicians know that you’re not going to win votes by attacking refugees.”

Pubblicato in: Cina, Stati Uniti, Trump

Cina. Commento ufficiale al G7 ed a cosa ha fatto Mr Trudeau.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2018-06-11.

Pechino-Cina

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«China.org.cn offers broad access to up-to-date news about China, with searchable texts of government position papers and a wealth of basic information about Chinese history, politics, economics and culture.

The authorized government portal site to China, China.org.cn is published under the auspices of the State Council Information Office and the China International Publishing Group (CIPG) in Beijing.»

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Riportiamo il commento ufficiale del Governo cinese sulle vicende del G7, ed in particolare sul comportamento di Mr Justin Trudeau. Si consideri che usualmente questi commenti sono scritti in linguaggio diplomatico, comprensibile bensì ovattato.

I contenuti esposti sono tali che ogni ulteriore commento sarebbe inappropriato.

«Trudeau’s statements are “amateurish” and “sophomoric” only “for domestic consumption»

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White House blasts Trudeau over G7 statements

Two senior White House officials on Sunday blasted Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over his earlier statements during the just concluded Group of Seven (G7) summit.

Trudeau announced on Saturday that all G7 members had endorsed the joint communique; however, he noted that the U.S. tariffs are “insulting” and Canada “will not be pushed around.”

The remarks have enraged U.S. President Donald Trump. He tweeted hours later that he had instructed U.S. representatives not to endorse the G7 joint communique “based on Justin’s false statements at his news conference, and the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs to our U.S. farmers, workers and companies.”

Saying Trudeau is “dishonest & weak,” he also threatened “tariffs on automobiles flooding the U.S. Market!”

Also in response, Larry Kudlow, director of the White House’s National Economic Council, said on Sunday in an interview with CNN that Trudeau betrayed Trump with “polarizing” statements on U.S. trade policy.

He added that Trudeau’s statement risked making Trump look weak before his meeting with Kim Jong Un, the top leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in Singapore.

“He really kind of stabbed us in the back,” he said, adding Trump “is not going to let a Canadian prime minister push him around on the eve of this … he is not going to permit any show of weakness on the trip to negotiate with North Korea.”

Saying Trudeau’s statements are “amateurish” and “sophomoric” only “for domestic consumption,” Kudlow said it was Trudeau’s remarks that had prompted Trump to pull out of the joint communique.

“He held a press conference and he said the U.S. is insulting. He said that Canada has to stand up for itself. He says that we are the problem with tariffs. The non-factual part of this is – they have enormous tariffs,” Kudlow said. “Don’t blame Trump. It was Trudeau who started blasting Trump after he left, after the deals had been made.”

Trump’s trade adviser Peter Navarro also lashed out on Sunday at Trudeau’s statements, saying they represent “bad faith.”

“There is a special place in hell for any for leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door and that’s what bad-faith Justin Trudeau did with that stunt press conference, that’s what weak, dishonest Justin Trudeau did,” Navarro told “Fox News Sunday.”

Trump “did the courtesy to Justin Trudeau to travel up to Quebec for that summit. He had other things, bigger things, on his plate in Singapore. … He did him a favor and he was even willing to sign that socialist communique. And what did Trudeau do as soon as the plane took off from Canadian airspace? Trudeau stuck our president in the back. That will not stand,” he noted.

Trump’s decision to withdraw his support for the communiqué has drawn sharp criticism from Germany on Sunday.

“In a matter of seconds, you can destroy trust with 280 Twitter characters,” German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said when asked about Trump’s decision. “We have seen this with the climate agreement or the Iran deal.”

Canada’s Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland spoke against the United States over its tariffs on steel and aluminum on Friday during the Group of Seven (G7) summit in Charlevoix, Quebec.

“Canada will not change its mind when it comes to the illegal and absolutely unjustified application of tariffs on steel and aluminum, not only coming from Canada, but on the steel and aluminum sold by all the G7 allies who are assembled here, to the United States,” Freeland said in a news conference at the summit.

Noting the U.S. imposition of tariffs was officially stated as a national security consideration, Freeland said: “We are very clear that Canada does not pose a national security threat to the United States. On the contrary, as part of the U.S. law, we are part of the national defense base of the United States.”

“Canada has already raised cases at the WTO and at NAFTA, and we will retaliate,” she said. “But we say that with great sadness.”

Last week, Canada hit back at Trump administration by announcing retaliatory tariffs on up to 16.6 billion Canadian dollars (12.8 billion U.S. dollars) worth of U.S. steel and aluminum as well as a diverse list of other products. Those countermeasures are set to take effect on July 1.

James Brander, an international trade expert at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, said Freeland’s comments were meaningful.

“I think she is outlining Canada’s actual position and is outlining actual steps that have been taken and are being taken,” he told Xinhua in an interview.

G7 includes the seven leading industrialized countries of Britain, the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Canada.