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Big Government lies

Postby ninetyninepct » Dec 22nd, 2018, 9:41 pm

Posted with permission of John Feldsted. Pass this on to your MP, MLA and every Canadian you know.

The big lies

Federal governments have been lying to us for decades.

There are no ‘three levels’ of government in Canada. There are not even two.

Our constitution enumerates a list of subjects and responsibilities for the federal government. It also contains a separate list of subjects under exclusive provincial jurisdiction. The lists are separate, and do not conflict.

If a subject or responsibility is not listed in the constitution it automatically becomes a federal jurisdiction. Residual power under the constitution rests with the federal government.

Cities, municipalities and towns are created by, under jurisdiction of, and granted powers by the provinces. Cities, municipalities and towns do not exist under the constitution. The decision to give local governments authority and powers is a provincial jurisdiction.

Provinces have jurisdiction over resources within their boundaries. They do not have jurisdiction over the environment. The environment is not listed in the constitution and by residual power default is a federal responsibility.

The Mayors of Burnaby, BC and Montreal QC have no jurisdiction over the environment and do not have legal power to speak for their provinces. The notion that Burnaby can sue or take to court an interprovincial pipeline project, which is under federal jurisdiction, is insane. Check the British Columbia Municipal Act and show me where the City of Burnaby has the legal power to sue the federal government.

Our government is lying when it contends that it has to await the outcome of law suits to restart the Trans Mountain project. The federal government has exclusive jurisdiction over environmental matters, and over interprovincial works that benefit one or more provinces and for provincial works that benefit Canada.

If Alberta wants to construct a refinery to turn heavy oil into lighter crude for distribution to the rest of Canada and foreign markets, the federal government can declare it a works of benefit to Canada and take jurisdiction over construction and environmental permits. Done deal, dead simple.

A series of pipelines running from coasts to coast are also under exclusive federal jurisdiction. No one, including aboriginal bands, has the power to stand in the way. Some, but not all aboriginal bands have treaty rights which do not mention pipelines or the environment.

Our transcontinental rail lines and highways run through aboriginal lands. Aboriginals cannot claim that they have not benefitted from existence of those links. Aboriginal bands should be compensated for public works that run through their lands. We have a system of compensation for public works that run through privately held land. Use it.

Our current federal government is so busy trying to fix the world and combat climate change it does not realize the house should have been painted ten years ago, the back fence has fallen down, and the front yard is an unsightly mess of weeds spreading seeds throughout the neighbourhood. The federal government must pay attention to the duties and responsibilities it has under our constriction and quit pretending that it has jurisdiction over provinces. It does not, except in a few matters set out in the constitution.

The regulation of trade and commerce is an exclusive federal jurisdiction. Only the federal government can impose trade barriers such as tariffs. Provincial trade barriers are unconstitutional. All the nonsense we hear over having to negotiate free trade between provinces is another lie. The federal government only has to ask a court to declare provincial trade barriers unconstitutional and the wrangling and political burbling is over.

Our federal government is squandering $ billions on foreign aid, United Nations fees and support, buying votes, and messing around in areas where it has no jurisdiction while it allows its resource furnace to rot away in the dirt.

We need to kick this lot of idealistic nut-bars to the curb and replace them with people who have a spine and a commitment to building a better Canada. We can help fix the world when we have our own operations in order and are not pitted against one another.

Patriotism is not a dirty word. It is what links us as a society and national community. We are first and last proud Canadians. Proud of our heritage, proud of our accomplishments and proud to be a nation that immigrants envy and want to come to. Those who come here to join us and fit in are welcome.



John Feldsted

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A Look Back on What Should Have Been the Future

Postby Mordu » Dec 23rd, 2018, 10:00 am

I'm not bickering: I'm a climate action tracker.
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Re: Big Government lies

Postby Merry » Dec 23rd, 2018, 2:42 pm

The following two statements resonated the most with me, because these particular "lies" (and yes, that's what our Government's been doing on these issues for all these years) have cost our economy millions, and resulted in hundreds of thousands of job losses. All for political (not legal) reasons.

ninetyninepct wrote:Provinces have jurisdiction over resources within their boundaries. They do not have jurisdiction over the environment. The environment is not listed in the constitution and by residual power default is a federal responsibility.

The Mayors of Burnaby, BC and Montreal QC have no jurisdiction over the environment and do not have legal power to speak for their provinces. The notion that Burnaby can sue or take to court an interprovincial pipeline project, which is under federal jurisdiction, is insane. Check the British Columbia Municipal Act and show me where the City of Burnaby has the legal power to sue the federal government.

Our government is lying when it contends that it has to await the outcome of law suits to restart the Trans Mountain project. The federal government has exclusive jurisdiction over environmental matters, and over inter-provincial works that benefit one or more provinces and for provincial works that benefit Canada.


The regulation of trade and commerce is an exclusive federal jurisdiction. Only the federal government can impose trade barriers such as tariffs. Provincial trade barriers are unconstitutional. All the nonsense we hear over having to negotiate free trade between provinces is another lie. The federal government only has to ask a court to declare provincial trade barriers unconstitutional and the wrangling and political burbling is over.


BOTH major political parties have been guilty of perpetrating these lies, and it's time that we, the Public, demanded change.

Because decisions need to be made for the benefit of the country and it's citizens, instead of for the benefit of whichever political party is in power.
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Re: Big Government lies

Postby Merry » Dec 23rd, 2018, 2:47 pm

To Mordu: Yes, consultation in an effort to reach some sort of consensus is a desirable and important first step BUT, if consensus cannot be reached, it is incumbent on the Government to do what it is constitutionally empowered to do for the overall benefit of the country and it's citizens.

Constantly pandering to special interest groups simply doesn't work.
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Re: Big Government lies

Postby Veovis » Dec 23rd, 2018, 7:58 pm

Merry wrote:To Mordu: Yes, consultation in an effort to reach some sort of consensus is a desirable and important first step BUT, if consensus cannot be reached, it is incumbent on the Government to do what it is constitutionally empowered to do for the overall benefit of the country and it's citizens.

Constantly pandering to special interest groups simply doesn't work.


Well stated Merry. You can't cater to everyone, but you can care for everyone.

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Re: A Look Back on What Should Have Been the Future

Postby Mordu » Dec 25th, 2018, 6:57 am

I'm not bickering: I'm a climate action tracker.
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Re: Big Government lies

Postby hobbyguy » Dec 25th, 2018, 1:30 pm

It is entirely disingenuous to take a narrow view of the pipeline controversy.

The mess created relates more to a concerted effort to gin up opposition at every turn than anything else. We know that foreign money, mostly US money (and much of it "dark") has been flowing into Canada, that phony "citizens groups" have been set up to oppose anything that advances Canadian resource development, and as per some FN leaders - to "red wash" an agenda that works against Canadian interests.

Stop and think about it. Where does a tiny FN (of about 80 people) that is "opposed to everything" get the cash for trips to UN conferences, lawsuits and lawyers against everything?

We know that there are unresolved constitutional issues. No government has been willing to take them directly since the failure of the Charlottetown "agreement". That leaves the indirect pathways of the SCOC as the only resolution, and it is messy, especially when the parties involved are ideologically bent on destroying the consensus and are funded by those with other agendas.

There is even a not totally resolved scrap over who represents FNs. Do hereditary chiefs hold sway, or do elected FN councils? The SCOC sided with elected councils during the Petronas process, but now we see where "clans chiefs" and "house chiefs" are posing another round of challenges. Jody Wilson-Raybould, herself a FN person and former regional chief of the assembly of FNs for BC, has stated that BC should have perhaps 20 FNs - not the 100 plus we see today. If this gets fractured further into "houses" and "clans", then then the possibility for agreement becomes zero - although I doubt that the SCOC will confirm standing for "houses" and "clans".

There is a lot of effort toward reconciliation, which is a good thing, however there remain some who who would rather seek retribution. It will be a long process.

Add to that political snollygosters, like Derek Corrigan, who for purely partisan reasons, used the City of Burnaby to throw up legal challenges. It was indeed unnecessary, but as they found a judge who gave them standing, it did cause delays. Eventually the SCOC ruled against such nonsense, however it did fit with the political, ideologue and foreign agendas of "death by a thousand cuts".

That agenda, "death by a thousand cuts", is what this is all about. Perhaps 15-20% of Canadians fall for the propaganda wars we have seen launched and supported by foreign interests, and that is enough to keep the legal delay, delay, delay machine rolling. Greenpeace, a discredited group who have lost charitable status in Canada and more recently in New Zealand, are professional agitators that exemplify the problem we have with a whole industry that supports itself and its executive very nicely by conning people. They spread disinformation, sprinkled with some legitimate facts, to play Luddite and monkeywrench the whole country. There are many other groups that have morphed into 75-80% disinformation and professional agitation (we see this with Alaska salmon "ranchers" funneling money in dark ways to attack fish farms for purely commercial advantage to them).

There is no question that this activity is a result of the explosions in internet activity. The relative anonymity of the internet creates a lot of opportunity both for legitimate expressions of opinion and access to information, but also for nefarious uses of disinformation and false opinions. The general public will evolve to deal with this, but in the meantime, we have a time of turmoil. Perhaps we will see some form of editing, but the editor mechanisms of brick and mortar newspapers etc. has been lost, with very little to replace it. People are both empowered and disempowered by this phenomenon and there is no question that it plays into the subject.

In the end the TMX will be built, and the delays will appear to have cost us as Canadians a lot. In a sense, that is a "no pain, no gain" situation. The TMX is a flashpoint but also a turning point. The impatience of the previous federal government failed miserably against the onslaught of "death by a thousand cuts". The current government appears to have both the resolve and strategic patience to find a way through the morass and defeat the tactics of "death by a thousand cuts". Every legal wrinkle will have been challenged, every arrow in the quiver of the professional agitators shot, and the "death by a thousand cuts" strategy defeated. In the process, we will have built a firm legal framework and a better social one for future challenging projects that are in the national interest.

That will make us a better country and stronger.

We may find, and I believe we will, that premier Higgs of New Brunswick has the general idea of how to proceed in the future with such projects. It is different, but national interest projects must be defined ahead of time and the terms of that national interest generally agreed upon by political leadership across the jurisdictions - and only then put out for private sector bids - and if those bids are unacceptable, then perhaps such projects become public ones.

Such a process might be slow and deliberate, but in reality, such care is what most Canadians want, carefully thought out economic development that is responsible and as fair as possible (some nimby interests will always lose out) - and unifying rather than dividing.
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Re: Big Government lies

Postby Merry » Dec 26th, 2018, 12:22 am

hobbyguy wrote:It is entirely disingenuous to take a narrow view of the pipeline controversy.

The mess created relates more to a concerted effort to gin up opposition at every turn than anything else. We know that foreign money, mostly US money (and much of it "dark") has been flowing into Canada, that phony "citizens groups" have been set up to oppose anything that advances Canadian resource development, and as per some FN leaders - to "red wash" an agenda that works against Canadian interests.

Stop and think about it. Where does a tiny FN (of about 80 people) that is "opposed to everything" get the cash for trips to UN conferences, lawsuits and lawyers against everything?

We know that there are unresolved constitutional issues. No government has been willing to take them directly since the failure of the Charlottetown "agreement". That leaves the indirect pathways of the SCOC as the only resolution, and it is messy, especially when the parties involved are ideologically bent on destroying the consensus and are funded by those with other agendas.

There is even a not totally resolved scrap over who represents FNs. Do hereditary chiefs hold sway, or do elected FN councils? The SCOC sided with elected councils during the Petronas process, but now we see where "clans chiefs" and "house chiefs" are posing another round of challenges. Jody Wilson-Raybould, herself a FN person and former regional chief of the assembly of FNs for BC, has stated that BC should have perhaps 20 FNs - not the 100 plus we see today. If this gets fractured further into "houses" and "clans", then then the possibility for agreement becomes zero - although I doubt that the SCOC will confirm standing for "houses" and "clans".

There is a lot of effort toward reconciliation, which is a good thing, however there remain some who who would rather seek retribution. It will be a long process.

Add to that political snollygosters, like Derek Corrigan, who for purely partisan reasons, used the City of Burnaby to throw up legal challenges. It was indeed unnecessary, but as they found a judge who gave them standing, it did cause delays. Eventually the SCOC ruled against such nonsense, however it did fit with the political, ideologue and foreign agendas of "death by a thousand cuts".

That agenda, "death by a thousand cuts", is what this is all about. Perhaps 15-20% of Canadians fall for the propaganda wars we have seen launched and supported by foreign interests, and that is enough to keep the legal delay, delay, delay machine rolling. Greenpeace, a discredited group who have lost charitable status in Canada and more recently in New Zealand, are professional agitators that exemplify the problem we have with a whole industry that supports itself and its executive very nicely by conning people. They spread disinformation, sprinkled with some legitimate facts, to play Luddite and monkeywrench the whole country. There are many other groups that have morphed into 75-80% disinformation and professional agitation (we see this with Alaska salmon "ranchers" funneling money in dark ways to attack fish farms for purely commercial advantage to them).

There is no question that this activity is a result of the explosions in internet activity. The relative anonymity of the internet creates a lot of opportunity both for legitimate expressions of opinion and access to information, but also for nefarious uses of disinformation and false opinions. The general public will evolve to deal with this, but in the meantime, we have a time of turmoil. Perhaps we will see some form of editing, but the editor mechanisms of brick and mortar newspapers etc. has been lost, with very little to replace it. People are both empowered and disempowered by this phenomenon and there is no question that it plays into the subject.


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Re: Big Government lies

Postby Catsumi » Dec 26th, 2018, 8:57 pm

Rex has a different take on pipeline holdup. He actually states the obvious.

https://nationalpost.com/opinion/rex-mu ... oplay=true
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Re: Big Government lies

Postby The Green Barbarian » Jan 4th, 2019, 12:13 pm

Catsumi wrote:Rex has a different take on pipeline holdup. He actually states the obvious.

https://nationalpost.com/opinion/rex-mu ... oplay=true


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Re: Big Government lies

Postby Snman » Jan 5th, 2019, 2:19 am

Merry wrote:To Mordu: Yes, consultation in an effort to reach some sort of consensus is a desirable and important first step BUT, if consensus cannot be reached, it is incumbent on the Government to do what it is constitutionally empowered to do for the overall benefit of the country and it's citizens.

Constantly pandering to special interest groups simply doesn't work.


I cannot disagree with you but would point out, if I may, that pandering to special interest groups does work...if re-election is your only goal. Sadly, this is the goal these days. IMHO. Someone might say "Oh, is that right Snman?" to which I would reply "It's not right, but it's true".
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Re: Big Government lies

Postby Catsumi » Jan 5th, 2019, 9:28 am

Good point Snowman

Anyhow, to brighten our weekend here is the erudite Rex Murphy who compares the dishonest carbon tax to a $2,000.00 cat door.

https://nationalpost.com/opinion/rex-mu ... 0-cat-door
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Re: Big Government lies

Postby Merry » Jan 5th, 2019, 9:40 am

This is the part people need to really understand
within Canada, any serious response to our own Paris commitments would require “… drastic economic overhaul … hiking the price of gas by up to 100 per cent, ceasing development of the oilsands, radically reducing the number of Canadians who drive every day, along with many other actions — and all within a period of 10 years.” It would require crippling industrial output in every sector, with the further inevitable burden of a great reduction in what we regard as essential government services. That’s not a “price on pollution.” It’s a determination to greatly lower living standards for a higher cause.

If the government really believes its own rhetoric on global warming, there’s the real cost, and anything less is a sham. Which may be defined as the glossy embrace of a virtue you are exceptionally unwilling to practice.


So, keeping in mind that even if we do all that it still wont make even a tiny dent in the global reduction of carbon dioxide, are we prepared to make those kind of sacrifices? Because if the answer is no, then why the heck are we accepting the imposition of this useless tax? We already pay more than enough in taxes to the Government.
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Re: Big Government lies

Postby Merry » Jan 5th, 2019, 9:50 am

If our Government ever decides to stop pretending to be doing something to improve our environment, and instead take action to actually DO something to improve our environment, they could start by reducing emissions standards on all industry. Followed by imposing restrictions on unnecessary packaging, and outlawing things like plastic grocery bags (go back to paper), and those awful plastic pop bottles that result in your pop going prematurely flat.

Limits on how many vehicles a person can own would also be a good idea (I remember one forum contributor telling us he owns 4), and regulations requiring all vehicles get a minimum number of km per litre (with possibly a few exceptions for certain work vehicles). How about a limit on the number of televisions in a household (do we really need one in every room?), or limits on the square footage of an average house? Limits on lot size as well while we're at it. And the list goes on.

My point is that, whether you agree with any of my suggestions or not, every single one of those would do a lot more to help "save" our environment than merely imposing a tax on carbon dioxide would.

The so called "carbon" tax is simply a way for Government to pretend they're doing something for our environment, while in reality they are doing very little. In other words, it's a political ploy that will make certain people (who can afford it) feel good about themselves, while hitting the rest of us very hard in the pocket book.
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Re: Big Government lies

Postby Smurf » Jan 5th, 2019, 10:32 am

I might be the one you mention having 4 vehicles. An everyday SUV, a classic car, a motorhome and tow vehicle. However I don't believe they make that much difference. I am willing to bet that we never drive 2 at the same time 5 times a year. If we are both going out we always go together. The classic and the SUV are stored when we travel or go south. About the only thing we do is pay ICBC a lot more money. I will agree that the motorhome and tow vehicle might be a bit overboard but for now it is the lifestyle we enjoy and is our home for part of the year meaning our actual home is shut down so there is a trade off. No excuses just enjoying our retirement while we can. Worked hard for this.
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