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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 January 19th to 25th


Hello again, and welcome to Day Seven ... a look back at the top ten post which you read the most this past week. Starting us off this Sunday we have now retired Reform and Canadian Alliance MP Paul Forseth ...

#10 ... PAUL FORSETH:  Iran will make international deals and promises, but as soon as the Regime sees an opportunity, it will break promises and again push forward its aggressive ideology (January 20th)

... the fall of an ideological regime starts with the collapse of its fundamental myths.  A central one is that their Islamic political system from the years of the 600's, has any relevance or utility for societies in a modern world



... living in this vibrant democracy is not easy. We all recognize the constitutionally protected right to protest, but when these acts of democratic engagement impact our daily lives, it can be hard to stand behind those foundational principles. Things are often easier in theory than in practice ...



... I also have concerns about the ever-shrinking list of potential candidates now that both Pierre Poilievre (Conservative finance critic), and now retired former interim leader Rona Ambrose, have bowed out ...


#7 ... FORSETH:  With a number of rural, interior, and northern communities hanging on by a thread, bankruptcies are up in BC as businesses close up shop, and services are removed (January 21st)

... this government needs to be replaced, at the earliest opportunity, by one which realizes the people of BC cannot succeed without good paying jobs, and without seeing new business open, and existing ones expand ...



... critics have stated thatJustin Trudeau's government is empowering foreign officials and disempowering Canadian citizens. He is kowtowing to American imperialism.”  From my perspective this is an area where, despite my being a member of the official opposition, I believe that the Trudeau Liberal Government has created a necessary balance in order for pre-clearance to have the opportunity to work successfully ...


#5 ... SURVEY SAYS, half of respondents were pessimistic about the future of BC's natural resource sector; may reflect slow pace of project approval in BC, and well-publicized opposition to resource development (January 24th)


... more than 1,000 individuals responded to the survey, representing a broad cross-section of British Columbians comprising a healthy mix of income and education levels, geographic regions, and spanning diverse political affiliations. Half of respondents had no ties to the resource sector, while the other half either worked in natural resources or had a family member or acquaintance affiliated with the sector ...


#4 ... FORSETH:  None indicated that the process would be open, and lead to something the people of BC could embrace – instead it now appears the governments agenda was always how things would proceed (January 25th)

... Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive”, is a quotation by Sir Walter Scott – a quote it seems which, by all appearances, seems well fitted to the situation regarding the whole mess surrounding talks, discussion, meetings, secret meetings, and consultations surrounding possible solutions the recovery of the woodland caribou herds ...



#3 ... MANITOBA:  Brain Pallister calling on feds for a fresh evaluation of their Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan, and to cap the carbon tax on Manitobans (January 22nd)

...our plan puts a price on carbon that is low and level, like the Prairies, and keeps more money in the pockets of Manitobans while getting the same amount of emissions reductions as the rising federal carbon tax.  Our Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan is better for the economy, better for the environment and better for Manitoban families ...



... placing a tax on ‘so-called’ pollution isn’t a realistic way to lower greenhouse gas emissions, it’s little more than another revenue stream, and a way for those holding the reins of power to attempt to persuade the people of BC that something is being done. It’s not!  In fact, burdening business with excessive taxes only takes away financial resources that should going towards truly making a difference ...


And now we come to the post most read by you, during this past week.  Here is ...


... down the hall, Bruce Ralston will now be the Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources. I found it interesting to note that rather than beginning a description of his duties, as they related to the actual advancement of this sector, especially given there have been now new mines brought in to production during the past two year, instead his ‘key priorities’ (the words of government) will include the ...


And, that’s a wrap for 2020’s second edition of Day 7.  We’ll be back with more tomorrow, as we begin a new week ... I hope you’ll join us.

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