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Can’t make this up: tax ‘n spend NDP MPs caught not paying their own FAIR SHARE of taxes.

Hypocritical much?

CTV.ca
MONTREAL — The NDP has suspended a member from its shadow cabinet because of his chronic, long-term failure to pay taxes.

Tyrone Benskin has been stripped of his role as official-languages critic until he pays the taxes he owes.

The announcement follows a report that Quebec’s revenue agency has contacted the House of Commons to seize part of his salary because of more than $58,000 he owes the province for unpaid taxes between 2007 and 2011. …

Well at least they suspended him. But yes, it’s hypocritical much. It’s a veritable hypocritical sandwich, on a stick, a la mode, au gratin (he’s from The Nation Of Quebec). Or it at least it could be. The trouble is, the way the CTV news tells it (and the NDP’s CBC news division), it’s served-up as a sort of a tiny vegetarian sandwich-ette.

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MP Tyron Benskin – An NDP-er who failed to pay his own “fair share”.

The fact that CTV and others have dared to reveal just one tiny story about the truth with regard to one of their fellow progressives, at all, amazes me. But their stories are all like a sandwich with the crusts cut off and lacking the juicy red meat sitting right there on the counter, uncovered.

They should have (and I’m damn sure they would have if he were a conservative) made a much, much bigger sandwich. If he were a conservative, they’d have made a club sandwich with which to literally club all conservatives over the head. For this one, for the filling, they could have at least threw in a slice of the fact that Tyrone Benskin (an actor, so probably already a huge beneficiary of copious tax relief — hello!), who failed to pay his “fair share” of taxes (hello?), recently tried but failed to introduce a tax-related bill in parliament which would be totally self-serving with regard to his own tax-paying problem, namely a private member’s bill, C-427 (here’s a PDF: Bill C-427: Income Averaging for Artists). That new tax law for all Canadians would have helped him personally. With his tax problems. Hello? Is this thing on?

That’s some red meat right there.

Additionally, as it turns out, Benskin isn’t the only NDP MP allegedly caught allegedly not paying their fair share of taxes, at least not when they were due to be paid. (Yeah, lots of “allegedly” sauce. I’m not going to give them any red meat to sue me with, here).

In a story which even further exemplifies the even more crass and strident hypocrisy of socialists and progressives generally and the NDP specifically, another tax and spend NDP MP has, according to a report by Sun News, allegedly been caught not paying his own FAIR SHARE OF TAXES. This one, Hoang Mai, is known (by at least one person in the NDP, I guess) for his active campaign to  —  get this  —  fight tax evasion.

Seriously. Well now it’s a sandwich buffet.

He built a whole campaign and continues to fight this overtly populist (particularly among the progressive left and far-left) campaign to fight those tax evaders (you know  —  the “1%”) who all hide their money in those scarey “tax havens.” But hey who knew Canada and credit unions in Canada were also tax havens? Well I guess the NDP knew!

Here’s a page from the NDP.ca web site, dated April 24, 2012. I screen-grabbed it because I can’t imagine the NDP not deleting that page, just to avoid the shear irony of the situation.

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As you can see, so compelling is Mai’s campaign that the whole NDP is behind it. They call it the “NDP proposal” in the sub-head of the article at NDP.ca. I wonder if the NDP are really behind their own li’l 1% club when they  —  just like the much-hated, income-paying “rich”-folk  —  don’t pay their own “fair share” of taxes in a timely manner. Well I bet they are, actually. Because in private, they’ll eat anything that tastes yummy, even if it contains trans fats and salt.

The story about Mai piqued Sun News’ attention when they found that Hoang had filed, with the federal authorities, information which acknowledged his latent debt to the tax-collectors of his home province of The Nation Of Quebec.

The allegation is not that Mai is a tax evader, of course. I’m sure he’s not. I’m sure neither Hoang Mai nor Tyrone Benskin are tax evaders. The stories are about irony and hypocrisy and embarrassment. But they do serve as a good lunch for people who aren’t allergic to truth and honesty and openness and actually standing by the principles they claim to believe in.

 

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Justin Trudeau thinks only Quebecers can run Canada properly; Canada belongs to Quebec!

Sun News busts out another of the Liberal-exposing stories that matter to Canadians this week, forcing the liberal-luvin’ Canadian lamestream media to once again — very reluctantly and begrudgingly — follow their lead. Well, “follow their lead” with copious whitewashing, and excuses, and those ever-important “context” filters applied. Sort of like how the state-owned CBC treated Sarah Palin, (as in when Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head: “Many people say that Sarah Palin … must share part of the BLAME!”), only exactly the opposite in every which way.

Justin Trudeau:

“Canada isn’t doing well right now because it’s Albertans who control our community and socio-democratic agenda. It doesn’t work.”

Then he was asked if Canada was “better served when there are more Quebecers in charge than Albertans?”

 “I’m a Liberal, so of course I think so, yes. Certainly when we look at the great prime ministers of the 20th century, those that really stood the test of time, they were MPs from Quebec… This country – Canada – it belongs to us.”

In sane-ville, this absolutely kills one’s chances of winning the leadership of any national political party, in this case Trudeau’s pursuit of the Liberal Party; and obviously his chances of being the leader of my country would now be construed as a joke. And in fact the whole party has sufficiently revealed itself this week, as if it hadn’t already, as being a party of elitist Ontario and Quebec-centric asses.

And at the very least, this would obviate his immediate resignation as an MP.

But then the media is only just now coming to his and their rescue. By the time they’re done, you won’t even recognize this story.

But at least this gives me the opportunity to once again trot out my old Justin Trudeau is so Groovy video!

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Golly! Who’ll win in The Nation Of Quebec? A “progressive?”

I don’t care. The candidates are all socialists/progressives, including the current premier, “Liberal” Jean Charest. It’s only a question of degree, and wordsmithing. (Yes, that means you, CAQ. If I may quote Canadian Press’s Jonathan Montpetit from an article at CTV.ca:  “So the difference between the CAQ and its rivals, especially the Liberals, may be one of degrees”.)

So I don’t care. I’m not even paying attention. No, Jimmy crack corn  —  oh sorry  —  Mme Jacqueline craque maïs  —  I just don’t care.

What I do care about is that we get this over with so we can go back to the important things. Like doing whatever we can to help get Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan elected in the U.S., which will help set the stage for Canada  —  and much of the western world which isn’t already a write-off to the socialist/progressive-left cause  —  to once again give moving forward toward freedom and free-markets a try. Or in clearer English, conservatism.

And I also care that I was pretty much spot-on in my July 31 blog entry in which I ruminated about how Charest’s next possible socialist move, after nationalizing the means of production called Rona (yes the home improvement store) to stave off an American company’s takeover bid, he might start “funding” or “investing in” (–wink, comrade!) erstwhile private Quebec companies in their quest to take over the market in other countries outside of Quebec. Like the Bizarro-World hypocrites of mammoth proportions  —  and socialist or liberal fascists  —  that they are. Or in plainer English:  progressives.

Here’s part of what I wrote:

… But do they even think these things through? I mean these kind of takeovers have happened and will continue to happen all the time. Is the government going to buy all the target companies involved  –  all of those means of production  –  moving forward? Well I suppose this signals that they are. Are Quebecers really ready for the communist state? I also suppose that they are. They did vote overwhelmingly for socialists last time around when they elected all those brilliant NDP kids to the federal parliament.

As many Canadian banks have taken over U.S.-based banks and investment firms in recent years, and more Canadians than ever before now own U.S. businesses and commercial and even residential real estate, is The Nation Of Quebec OK with that? Because it sure would be odd to not be OK with that, and yet ever so hypocritical. Maybe the state will simply assume ownership of citizens’ private property and investment assets, as well.

And will they be OK with a state like North Carolina acting to prevent a government-owned Rona from expanding in and buying up anything in their state by, say, offering a competing bid for it? Or using some other big-government power to mandate corporate behavior? Is Quebec ready to “compete” with other governments ten times richer and more powerful? Go ahead. Go crazy. Test that theory. Be sure to ask Mikhail Gorbachev about the theory too. …

No wait! Attendre! Here’s a link from just yesterday’s news headlines: Charest promises $1-billion fund to help Que. companies take over foreign competitors.” Hurry and read it, as the company that owns the newspaper is a Quebec-based company, which, if it becomes successful enough, the state might take over and re-write their own copy  —  in French only (except in English-speaking markets where it competes against private companies).

It’s like I live in a land of socialist loons. So no, I just don’t care who wins.

 

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A Canadian provincial government threatens more socialism to prevent a corporate takeover?

The so-called Liberal government of the far-left Nation Of Quebec, in a stunning display of the ease with which it is willing to slide, full-on, into abject socialism, threatened to buy another means of production today. This time it is the home improvement retail chain Rona. This is ostensibly to prevent a non-government-owned American company from doing so instead.

Even the radical progressive U.S. President Barack Obama was OK with the Italian firm Fiat buying the venerable American firm Chrysler a few short years ago. But then that was mostly to help save his huge financial sugar-daddy, the labor unions, and of course he also went ahead and took over General Motors, turning it into Government Motors, so maybe that’s how he sleeps at night.

This sort of meddling in  —  interfering with  —  ruining  —  the free market by governments is a proven failure, a hundred times over. Take the state-owned CBC. No really  —  take it to the garbage dump where it belongs.  Governments totally distort and ultimately wreck the free marketplace. I think the “Liberals” (which I can quite rightly put in scare quotes as evidenced by the facts in this very blog entry) of The Nation Of Quebec know that full well. That’s what makes this even scarier.

Politically, it signals to all of us who weren’t yet convinced by my repeated warnings, that the Liberals hold in utter contempt any semblance of freedom in the marketplace, and for capitalism writ large. And that threatens freedom as a general matter.

But do they even think these things through? I mean these kind of takeovers have happened and will continue to happen all the time. Is the government going to buy all the target companies involved  —  all of those means of production  —  moving forward? Well I suppose this signals that they are. Are Quebecers really ready for the communist state? I also suppose that they are. They did vote overwhelmingly for socialists last time around when they elected all those brilliant NDP kids to the federal parliament.

As many Canadian banks have taken over U.S.-based banks and investment firms in recent years, and more Canadians than ever before now own U.S. businesses and commercial and even residential real estate, is The Nation Of Quebec OK with that? Because it sure would be odd to not be OK with that, and yet ever so hypocritical. Maybe the state will simply assume ownership of citizens’ private property and investment assets, as well.

And will they be OK with a state like North Carolina acting to prevent a government-owned Rona from expanding in and buying up anything in their state by, say, offering a competing bid for it? Or using some other big-government power to mandate corporate behavior? Is Quebec ready to “compete” with other governments ten times richer and more powerful? Go ahead. Go crazy. Test that theory. Be sure to ask Mikhail Gorbachev about the theory too.

And as Americans are twice as likely to be conservative than liberal, and in a country which still values some of its free-enterprising spirit and capitalism, will a state-owned, state-run Rona run afoul of local American values and be un-welcomed, as per Chick-Fil-A in Boston and Chicago? That would be an interesting test. (We can be quite sure a state-owned, state-run Rona would be welcome in those cities!)

This is troubling on so many levels. Freedom-loving Canadians who understand the freedom inherent in free-market capitalism  —  and who understand that at the root of it, this really is about freedom as opposed to serfdom  —  should be up in arms about this.

 

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Church, state, hijabs

Lots to write about this week, so I have to be a little eclectic.

In Quebec a girl was told she couldn’t play soccer while wearing a hijab and the usual suspects screamed “Islamophobia.”

Actually there are two very simple solutions to this. The young lady must either remove the hijab, or she must not play soccer in that particular league. It’s called obeying the rules, and while you don’t have to like it, you do have to observe it.

The argument really stops there, but if you want more here goes. Wearing a burka is not a religious requirement as the Qur’an only demands modesty, but it is an outward symbol of a cultural statement, and in many ways it is more political than theological.

There are several forms of Islamic covering, but the hijab is the Muslim Brotherhood-prescribed version. Organized soccer does not allow political expression.

A hijab might cause an injury or might give the girl an unfair advantage when heading the ball, but that’s largely irrelevant.

Playing soccer is not a fundamental human right and religion does sometimes require sacrifices. Sorry dear, play somewhere else or do what Christians are always told and change with the times.

Oh, and just to do the irony thing, in Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Afghanistan, where the hijab is compulsory, women have been killed for watching soccer, let alone playing it.

In the United States, the ever-shrinking Episcopalian Church — Anglicans with American accents — voted to ordain transgendered people. “Bless us Father Mother Father, for we have sinned.”

So many have left this church, as well as the Anglicans here and the Church of England in Britain, that it’s said there will soon be more ministers than congregants. Good Lord, pretty soon they’ll be more transgendered ministers than congregants!

At the United Nations, Iran was appointed to be a member of the international Arms Trade Treaty conference. Iran being, by the way, another one of those countries where women have been murdered for watching soccer. And boys executed for being homosexual, and transgendered people slaughtered.

But those good old Episcopalians still insist that Iran should be listened to and singled out as the cause for the region’s problems — yes, you’ve guessed it — Israel, where gays and transsexuals have full equality and anybody can watch soccer.

Back in Canada, there are still hardly any Liberals willing to openly declare their intention to fight for the party’s leadership. The most notable so far is Deborah Coyne, and if she’s notable, imagine how anonymous and bland the others are.

She’s best known, of course, for being the mother of one of Pierre Trudeau’s children. He wanted to remove the state from the nation’s bedrooms, while finding his way into Coyne’s. Pierre was 71 when his daughter was born. So he could father a child but, one assumes, not pick her up.

Coyne is no fool, so she must know she can’t win and she’s probably jockeying for position for when the Liberals form another government. Whoops! You’d be better off waiting for the Afghan women’s soccer team to win the World Cup. Or Episcopalians to fill their churches.

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The Quebec mobs explained in 16 words.

The mobs of spoiled pseudo-students in The Nation Of Quebec?

They’re liberals*, raised by liberal parents, taught by liberals, and entertained and informed by the CBC.

And now you know the truth.

 

* the word “liberal” is interchangeable with progressive, and in many cases socialist. Some are Marxists.

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