Elizabeth May’s National Energy Program

Green Party calls for Canada to stop using foreign oil — and rely on Alberta’s instead.

This is actually just the 21st century version of Trudeau Sr.’s “National Energy Plan.”

You may recall that one key objective of the NEP was “ultimate independence from the world market.”

There is nothing wrong with buying foreign oil per se.

The problem is that Ottawa’s bungled energy policy and interventions have created economic advantages for foreign oil and economic disadvantages for Canada’s oil. Canada would be a much more competitive producer than it is now but for Ottawa’s foolishness.

If you read the article and think about the totality of what the Green leader is proposing, it’s hard not to think “NEP.” She would block foreign oil imports and simultaneously cripple Alberta oil production. The only result would be major impoverishment.

More Hints of Trudeau Corruption

It’s been awhile since we’ve had anything new for you, so we’re delighted to provide this latest submission from our newest contributor, Scoot Newperson.

Corruption allegations have been following Trudeau for quite some time now, the most high-profile example being the SNC Lavalin affair. But that’s just the small stuff.

Shady Business at the Trudeau Foundation
Submitted by: Scoot Newperson

John McCall MacBain gave a gift for $928,000 over two years (428k in 2015, 500k in 2016) to the Trudeau Foundation. John McCall MacBain who just so happens to be the former Chair of the Board of Directors for the Trudeau Foundation.

Interestingly enough, when you do some searching for these details you find a stub on the Trudeau Foundation website which has seen been locked down/removed.(http://www.fondationtrudeau.ca/en/activities/news/largest-gift-foundations-history).

Google preview of the link says “Sep 9, 2016 – McCall MacBain Foundation makes largest gift in the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation’s history John H. McCall MacBain, Marcy McCall …” – there is no record of this URL on the Internet Archive but the link still is indexed on Google.

It could be the page was removed from the Trudeau Foundation page in response to the appearance of impropriety revealed in articles like this:

Money began to rain on Trudeau Foundation once Justin took over Liberals, analysis shows

The only other link I can find tying MacBain to Trudeau is from a new article dumping ground (http://www.bloggingtories.ca/forums/viewtopic.php?p=107740 ) which reference an article here — which has also since disappeared.

In addition to this oddity MacBain, who is a Canadian now living in Switzerland, also happens to be the Founding Chair of the European Climate Foundation.

In 2015, Trudeau announced in Paris that Canada was going to contribute 2.65 Billion over 5 years to ‘combat climate change’ , increasing Canadian contributions from 236 million in 2015 to 800 million in 2020.

300 million of Canada’s pledge goes directly to the “Green Climate Fund” . An article extoling the virtues of the “Green Climate Fund” can be found here (http://news.trust.org/item/20180719154640-yj9ih/) written by a man named Laurence Tubiana.

The same Laurence Tubiana named CEO of the European Climate Foundation in 2016 (https://europeanclimate.org/laurence-tubiana-appointed-as-ceo-of-the-european-climate-foundation/).

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out how this works.

Young People Have No Faith in Notley

We always hear about how young people tend to lean “left” and approve of more “socialistic” policies.

Unfortunately for Notley and her gang, this might not be true in Alberta.

Take a look at this table from a CBC survey. Let me know if you see anything interesting:

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That might be a bit hard to read, so let me just point out what I find interesting here.

The 18-24 year old crowd gives the Alberta NDP a pathetic 18% support on the question of which party will best be able to defend Alberta’s economic interests. That is encouraging even if our other Alberta political parties are quite bad.

Also interesting is that the only group shown here that appears to have more faith in the NDP than the UCP is the “post grad” crowd. Even then, they only beat out the UCP 42% to 38%.

For the NDP, that’s pretty sad because if they can’t count on overwhelming support from the over-educated, underpaid post-grads (who are often losers who work at universities and spend most of their lives whining for more government funding), who can they count on?

Notley Will Buy Trans Mountain Pipeline from Kinder Morgan?

Notley’s stupid schemes just keep getting dumber and dumber…

Not only because Alberta’s treasury is empty…

But for anyone who thinks big pipelines are scary now, wait until the government owns them!

If Kinder Morgan can’t build the pipeline why should the Alberta taxpayer bail them out? Does that not simply put the taxpayer on the hook for major financial damage if Trans Notley Pipeline wallows in limbo forever?

The opposition facing Trans Mountain doesn’t go away if Notley buys the pipeline or loans them money.

What an outrageously bad idea.

Rather than half-baked schemes like buying the pipeline or banning BC wine imports through the provincial wholesale monopoly, perhaps Notley should turn her sights on Ottawa and ask why the province pays nearly $30 billion more into confederation than we get back each year when Ottawa and other provinces are blocking market access for one of our most important products?

 

 

Climate Change Will Destroy Half of Alberta’s Boreal Forests?

CBC thinks we should be afraid afraid that half of Alberta’s boreal forests will be wiped out by climate change and fires (most of which will surely be caused by climate change).

And the trees won’t grow back because of climate change.

It is really sad.

But perhaps we can take comfort in the fact that CBC is a consistent peddler of clickbait climate change trash like this.

Take this article from 2009, in which we are told that scientists are predicting ice-free summers in the Arctic by 2013.

Obviously that didn’t happen, not even close.

CBC has no credibility on this issue. For decades they have promoted fear-mongering junk science, with such dire and confident predictions that we should all be dead by now.

CBC News is not a news organization, it is Ottawa’s Ministry of Propaganda.

CMR Law 44: CBC is garbage.

Worried about Oil Spills?

It’s becoming less and less of a problem as the years go by.

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The Equalization Scam: Ontario the “Have” Province Gets $963M

The School for Public Policy published a useful review of the 2018-2019 equalization payments.

Let’s take a look.

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Looks pretty typical in a lot of ways. West (+Newfoundland) pays East.

Also, while Quebec gets a lot of flak for getting the biggest payment, they are far from the biggest recipient on a per capita basis.

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But wait a second, didn’t Ontario just become a “have” province? Why are they getting a big cheque?

And that leads to the most interesting part of this year’s equalization:

This brings us to Ontario. The $963 million it will receive in equalization is entirely composed of adjustment payments. Absent these payments, the total equalization program would cost $17.2 billion and Ontario would receive nothing. But at $70 per person for receiving provinces, the adjustment payments add $1.76 billion, which brings the total cost of the program to the $18.96 billion dollars paid in 2018/19.

A Costly Quirk?

Why should adjustment payments be made at all? And why should they be paid to Ontario, a “have” province prior to this stage of the formula? The limit was put in place by the previous government in 2009 to keep costs under control and limit uncertainty. But why does it also act as a floor? And… must it? The Fiscal-Arrangements Act is somewhat ambiguous on this point.

Nope, this doesn’t appear to be a redistributive scam at all. It’s not like Canada already has the federal health and social transfers, or that the federal government already spends money in provinces at different rates.

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Kids Love Happy Meals

So naturally Ottawa needs to put an end to that.

Equalization 2018

King Trudeau?

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What if Justin Trudeau became the King of Canada?

I recently reread an old Hans-Hermann Hoppe essay entitled “On Theory and History. Reply to Benegas-Lynch, Jr.”

To summarize briefly, it responds to criticisms leveled against Hoppe’s innovative argument that absolute monarchy should, all things being equal, be less exploitative than democracy. The original paper in which this argument appeared and to which B-L directs his response is quite brilliant and is enough to make most people at least contemplate their long held prejudices (“democracy is bad but everything else is worse”). That paper is available here — it was used as the first chapter of Democracy: The God That Failed. 

Hoppe’s reply is very worth reading as it provides a helpful overview of how one should use economic or ‘praxeologic’ theorems to analyze history — and how one must take care when using history to evaluate such theorems.

It’s a shame this reply was not included as an appendix to Democracy: The God That Failed like Hoppe’s “Four Replies”  in The Economics and Ethics of Private Property.  It is classic Hoppe.

In his original critique, B-L attempts to score a rhetorical headshot against Hoppe by asking, basically, what would happen if Bill Clinton became King of America (remember, this exchange is from the 90s). Clearly, he thinks, that would be much worse than the status quo of America’s democratic system.

Unfazed, Hoppe describes why this would represent a huge improvement.

Just for fun, I thought I would adapt this section of Hoppe’s response to political milieu of the True North. Read on:

What if Justin Trudeau were to become hereditary king of Canada; wouldn’t this make matters worse than they are now with him as prime minister?

The answer is a decisive No.

First off, given Trudeau’s obviously high degree of time preference, by making him owner rather than caretaker of Canada, his effective rate of time preference would fall (as high as it might still be). More profoundly and importantly, however, the transition from a Trudeau prime ministership to Trudeau kingship would require substantial institutional changes (for instance, the abolition of Parliament and parliamentary elections, the elimination of the Supreme Court, and the abandonment of the Constitution), and these changes could not possibly be implemented without King Trudeau losing thereby most of his current power as prime minister.

For with everyone except Trudeau and the Trudeaupians barred from politics and political participation, and with Trudeau installed as the personal owner of all formerly public (federal) lands and properties as well as the ultimate judge and legislator for the entire territory of Canada, popular opposition against his and his clan’s excessive wealth and power would bring his kingship to an end before it had even begun.

Thus, if Trudeau really wanted to hold onto his royal position, he would d have to give up most of the current – democratic-republican – government’s property, tax revenue, and legislative powers. Even then, in light of Trudeau’s less than exemplary and shining personal history and family background, his United Kingdom of Canada would almost certainly be faced with an immediate upsurge of secessionist forces all across the country and quickly disintegrate, and Trudeau, at the very best, would end up as King Justin of Ottawa.

 

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