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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 July 5th to 11th

Hello once again, and welcome to Day Seven, as we take a look back at the stories and commentaries you and others who visit this blog site found to be the most interesting. 

Let’s get underway ... here’s ...



#10 ... DAN ALBAS -- The numbers, in a word, are staggering (July 9th)

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the deficit for this fiscal year is expected to hit $343 billion. To put that figure into perspective, during the world financial crises in 2009, the federal deficit at that time was $56 billion.

Our total debt in Canada is now expected to hit $1.06 trillion in 2021, significantly up from $685 billion in the previous fiscal year. Keep in mind, this is the spending to date
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#9 ... JOHN FELDSTED -- We don’t need a continuation of current governance with a different brand label on the running gear (July 6th)

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The left is comprised of empty suits, propped up by the hollow slogans, spat out during its protest marches and union strikes. It is comprised of an amoral and greedy social elite of politics; bimbos trying to bamboozle us with their alleged wokeness (awareness of social justice issues), bereft of ethics, and with the intellectual depth of a sidewalk puddle. (Wokeness is American slang first used about 2008) ...


#8 ... JOHN FELDSTED – Justin Trudeau is not far worse than his Liberal predecessors, but he keeps getting caught in shady dealings which they largely avoided (July 8th)

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the consensus, widespread in the political alumni club, and shared across the political spectrum is that Justin Trudeau must be kept away from the serious files. Trudeau is fascinated by using the royal term “we” when he really means “I”. This use of a monarch’s phrasing (We are not amused.) is lost on generations unaware of Queen Victoria’s foibles ...


#7 ... FRASER INSTITUTE -- Canada’s comparatively weak intellectual property protections limit access to life-saving drugs (July 9th)

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because Canada’s protection of intellectual property in the life sciences—including biology and biochemistry—lags behind other industrialized countries, Canadian patient access to potentially life-saving biologic medicines is comparatively limited, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank ...

#6 ... THE SIDEWINDER – WHAT IS A CONSERVATIVE? (July 9th)

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I have always considered myself a conservative person -- both socially and politically -- but this is by my own definition which will almost certainly clash with other people's views of conservatism.

In general terms, being politically conservative means exercising caution when considering change, following traditional ways, and having a practical and ethical social conscience. Being socially conservative means following much the same philosophy in terms of environment and lifestyle
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#5 ... BRIAN PECKFORD -- Trudeau Family Scandal ... ‘We’ Are All In This Together ... (July 10th)

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We are all in this together ... has been the rallying cry for helping each other during the pandemic. Prime Minister (Justin Trudeau) has himself used the phrase. Little did we know that there lurked nearby, really in our midst, another ‘WE”, this one more ominous. It seems clear now that the Trudeau family and the WE charity were very, very close ...


#4 ... JOHN RUSTAD -- These are all tough choices and require a comprehensive plan, political will and vision. None of these are evident with the current NDP government (July 6th)

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Okay, now that we appear to have COVID-19 under control, how will governments pay for their actions? There is still a risk of a second wave, and more issues to come, but the bill for all of the government support is a sure thing ...


#3 ... Our province is home to incredibly innovative companies that want to play a larger role in addressing the challenges and opportunities we face-- Oak Bay Gordon Head MLA Andrew Weaver (July 6th)

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late last week, British Columbia became the first province in Canada to create the option of ‘benefit companies’ ... a new way to do business that benefits people, communities and future generations ...


IT DOESN’T HAPPEN VERY OFTEN ... but we have a commentary from last week returning to this weeks top 10 most viewed post – in fact, this one was #1 last week.


#2 ... After years of challenges the highest level of court inthe nation has advised the approval process (for the Trans Mountain Pipeline)was done correctly under the law’ – Trevor Bolin, Conservative Party of BC (July 2nd)

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on hearing news this morning news that the Supreme Court of Canada will not allow an appeal of the federal government’s approval of the Trans Mountain Pipeline, the Conservative Party of British Columbia was quick to announce satisfaction that legal challenges have finally been put to rest ...


AND NOW ...
let’s take a look at the most read commentary of the week – it’s one which was only posted yesterday ...

#1 ... FORSETH – Leslyn Lewis is the candidate I believe can best lead Conservatives into the next election ... my ballot now has her as my number one choice (July 11th)

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when the leadership race for the Conservative Party of Canada was first announced, I decided I would once again back Erin O’Toole ... just as I had in the 2017 campaign.  Peter Mackay would be my second choice, and after that I would not rank any other candidates. Well that has changed ...



And speaking of the Conservative leadership race ... for those of you who are members, you should have, or soon will, receive your ballot.  Please be sure to complete and send it in, before it has a chance to slip your mind.

Take care ... enjoy the rest of your day ... and I hope you’ll join us again tomorrow.

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