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Friday, November 27, 2015
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
What’s in a name? Cabinet positions and name changes show which ministries will deliver on Liberals’ priority areas
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet have been sworn in. Ahead of this Prime Minister and these new ministers are weeks of departmental briefings on their current statuses, which areas will need the personal attention of the minister to get things done, and how the department plans to implement the new government’s vision.
Cabinet titles changed:
· Minister of the Environment becomes Minister of the Environment and Climate Change
· Minister of Citizenship and Immigration becomes Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship.
· Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development (which only recently saw its title changed from Indian Affairs) is now the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs.
· Minister of Democratic Reform is now Minister of Democratic Institutions.
· Minister of Fisheries and Oceans is now Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard.
· Minister of Public Works and Government Services is now Minister of Public Services.
· Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development is now Minister of Families, Children, and Social Development as well as another Minister of Employment Workforce Development and Labour.
Cabinet positions removed:
· There is no Minister for Official Languages. This position was formerly held by Conservative Minister Shelly Glover.
· There is no Minister for Multiculturalism. This position was formerly held by Conservative Minister Jason Kenney.
· There is no Minister of Industry. This position was formerly held by Conservative Minister James Moore.
· There is no Minister of Western Economic Diversification. This position was formerly held by Conservative Minister Michelle Rempel.
· There no longer appear to be any regional Economic Development Agencies.
Other items worth noting:
· There appear to be two science ministers, with one (Kirsty Duncan) being named as the Minister of Science and another (Navdeep Bains) being named as the Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development.
· No Leader of the Government in the Senate was named in today’s cabinet. Senate Liberals have already publicly complained that without a Senate Leader, the Senate would rudderless. The Senate Leader helps usher legislation through the Senate.
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
- He laughably promises “open nominations,” despite the fact that at least a dozen Liberal nominations have been called into question for direct interference by Liberal officials or Trudeau himself. That includes an Ottawa nomination where the police were called in to elect Trudeau’s preferred candidate.
- He claims to want to help the middle class, yet can’t define who the middle class is.
- He complained that the Conservatives were supporting Ukraine against Russian aggression and invasion, but would not articulate what he would do differently.
- He complained the Conservatives were not investing enough money in infrastructure, but would not say exactly where the Conservatives’ $33 billion infrastructure budget should have gone.
- He famously said that “growing the economy” would mean the “budget will balance itself,” but would not offer specifics on how he would grow the economy.
- He has no policy on oil pipelines, whether they should or should not be used, and where they should go. Trudeau supports projects such as the Keystone XL pipeline, but blames the Conservative government for the American delay in approving or denying the project. He opposes other projects, often finding a way to blame the Conservatives.
- As a self-proclaimed environmentalist, he railed against “the capitalist machine” but later adopted more moderate rhetoric, admitting he “wouldn’t last two weeks in office” with his far-left beliefs.
- He makes vague claims that Canada should develop its resources “sustainably” and “responsibly,” but will not say what he would change about the Conservatives’ current approach.
- He has continually supported a carbon tax, the same proposal that defeated former Liberal leaders Stephane Dion and Michael Ignatieff. He has made it part of the Liberals’ 2015 platform.
- He has eliminated conscience votes for his current Members of Parliament, telling them and prospective candidates that they all must be in favour of abortion. This drew heavy criticism from Trudeau’s own Catholic church, including a call for Trudeau to be kicked out of the church for going against his faith.
- He has mocked women with a sexist “Ladies’ Night” that proposed “tough” questions like “what’s your favourite virtue?” and “who are your real-life heroes?” When he was asked a real question (which country besides Canada do you most admire?) by a woman who wasn’t there for Trudeau’s nice hair, Trudeau infamously quipped China, “because their basic dictatorship is allowing them to turn the economy around on a dime.”
- He says putting criminals in jail is taking “the easy way out,” but would not give a Liberal plan to better rehabilitate criminals. He says he would repeal mandatory minimum sentences and the mandatory victims’ surcharge, which is used to help support victims of crime.
- He initially voted to keep the long-gun registry, but has since downplayed his support for the failed $2 billion policy, claiming he would not bring it back if given the chance.
- He initially voted to increase penalties for individuals using drugs, including marijuana, but since becoming leader has championed marijuana legalization as one of his core policies.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Yesterday Finance Minister Joe Oliver tabled Economic Action Plan
2015: Strong Leadership: A Balanced Budget, Low-Tax Plan for Jobs, Growth, and
Security. This budget is only the latest in a long string of
Conservative promises that have been made and kept, a proud record that will be
easy to defend with an election only months away.
Sunday, April 19, 2015
One year ago, Liars:
The McGuinty-Wynne Record was released.
Liars is a compelling narrative on
how the McGuinty-Wynne Liberals run Ontario. It is the only book on the market
– positive or negative – that seeks to define and explain the Ontario Liberals’ record of mismanagement under Dalton McGuinty and