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“I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind.” ~~ John G. Diefenbaker

DAY SEVEN … the week of November 3rd to 9th

Yes, indeed it is Day Seven … time to take a look at the most read opinion and commentary pieces of the week.  I’m also on day number 12 of a cold that morphed into a bad case of asthma, and I’m hoping it settles down soon -- because I am getting seriously grumpy! 

But enough of my complaining … let’s get underway with a piece that you seem to have rediscovered … it came from March 13th of this year, and I was quite surprised when it resurfaced as one of the most read posts of the week!

#10 … CANADA’S ENERGY CITIZENS: We wanted to show you a headline from this morning (March 13th, 2019)

a lack of leadership has meant tens of billions of dollars of investment leaving Canada. A range of new policies have made our country less competitive while we let foreign oil continue to sail into our country without the same regulatory challenges … jobs for all Canadians have disappeared and are instead being sent to other countries like the United States, Saudi Arabia or Nigeria

#9 … DAN ALBAS -- As Canadians we have been defined by the sacrifices of the brave men and women who serve in honour of our nation (November 7th)

this is why honouring Veteran’s Week is critically important, and on that point, I encourage you to take part in your local Remembrance Day ceremony. When I reflect on the great importance of Remembrance Day, I am reminded of a visit by former British Prime Minister David Cameron in 2011

#8 … FELDSTED -- Instead of operating democratically, political parties operate autocratically stifling discussion and debate amongst its caucus members (November 7th)

parties have taken parliament hostage and ignore their responsibility to electors. It is not electors who are pushing for PR; it is party activists and officials seeking to increase their party numbers even if it costs electors a voice in who represents them. That is repulsive

#7 … LAILA YUILE -- This has never been as much about oil, as it is jobs that pay very well for skills required (November 5th)

I try to cut right to the chase in discussion, asking, “Are you just worried about providing for your family?" The answer is always ‘yes’. And then the follow-up, "Do you at least agree the climate is changing?" The answer is always ‘yes’. Now, you have a place of common agreement to work forward from

…. our history is littered with legislative and executive actions that were racist, discriminatory and deliberately designed to destroy Indigenous communities. This bill is designed to do the opposite. With its introduction, we are reaffirming that Indigenous rights are human rights and our belief that the path forward — though not always clear nor easy — is one that we must walk together ...

#5 … FELDSTED -- Canada stands out as a nation willing to limit economic growth and reduce her standard of living as a disciple of IPCC propaganda (November 5th)

the pretense that nations with moderate or low (GHG) emissions can turn the tide of carbon emissions is silly. The major reason why many nations will not commit to the Paris agreement reductions is that they are not willing to wreck their economies to meet reduction targets

#4 … FORSETH -- This is merely a campaign they hope will give them brownie points with those who fail to scratch the surface and ask ... ‘why is this being done?’ (November 3rd)

… now I don’t want to point out the obvious, however it would seem to me that providing a BILLION DOLLARS in taxpayer money, no small potatoes by the way, should have been allocated based on a well-thought out plan of action. Right?

#3 … Recent Affordable Housing Investment Plan report indicates it’s actually going to take 37 and a half years to reach that lofty NDP goal (November 4th)

no wonder then that the BC Liberal’s are saying the NDP government’s housing plan is a complete failure. Furthermore, that their own report, which the Liberals say government has been keeping from the public, shows over half of promised units don’t even have funding committed to them

#2 … Their approach is being driven by ideology, not science, and that they could care less about who is impacted by their bumbling strategies (November 8th)

… “It’s interesting how many dances the NDP government is doing on the Caribou file”, said John Rustad, the Liberals Critic for this ministry. They have failed miserably in their approaches, so now they are looking for yet another way to cover up their inept approach -- and the fumbling (of) minister, Doug Donaldson

And now we move up to the most read post of the week, which appeared on Wednesday …

#1 … FORSETH -- We had an individual, not yet even 40 years of age, who’d already notched up 69 convictions – and who was NOT IN JAIL at time of arrest (November 6th)

now you did notice, just a moment ago, that I had indicated Oswald was also found to possess ammunition, and also had a loaded handgun in his residence.  He beats a woman trying to leave ... he had in his possession over five pounds of hard drugs including fentanyl ... and now we can add to that the firearms charges

It’s been a pleasure to be part of your week, and I hope that you’ll find more that interests you in the days ahead.

Tomorrow is Remembrance Day -- we have the democracy we enjoy because of those who fought to protect it. Lest we forget!


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