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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 9:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Justin Trudeau's out of touch with the 99 per cent
The Globe and Mail
Published Monday, Jan. 09, 2017 5:00AM EST
Last updated Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017 8:23AM EST

It’s minus 13 C on an Ontario Sunday morning, and the Tim Hortons up at Highway 9, handily located between Orangeville and Shelburne, is doing brisk business. A steady stream of folks in SUVs and F-150s make their way to the drive-through window to collect their breakfast sandwiches and double-doubles. Their heavy parkas come from Mark’s Work Wearhouse, not Patagonia.

This would be an excellent place for Justin Trudeau to start his listening tour.

Mr. Trudeau’s listening tour, hastily announced last week, is damage control for the revelation that he and his family enjoyed a secret winter getaway at the Aga Khan’s private island in the Bahamas. I don’t know why anybody in the PMO thought they could keep it secret. Their attempts to do so (they cited privacy concerns) simply aroused the slumbering jackals of the media, who sniffed out the story within hours.[Emphasis added]

A winter getaway in the sun is every Canadian’s birthright, and no one begrudges the Trudeau family one of their own. But two things strike me as wrong-footed about his decision to accept the hospitality of the Aga Khan and his attempt to keep it off the record. First, his job involves a certain sacrifice of privacy, alas. People want to know where he’s going, and they're not wrong to do so. Second, the optics. A villa in St. Kitts is one thing (see Christmas, 2015), but being hosted by a zillionaire with a private island, yachts and helicopters is a bit much – especially when your government has made a habit of donating millions of dollars to one of your host’s philanthropic efforts. It looks a bit too chummy, to say nothing of a bit too 0.001 per cent. Barack Obama would never have made that mistake.

Mr. Trudeau may be the most popular prime minister we’ve had in quite a while, but he doesn’t have the populist touch. Why would he? As a trust-fund baby, he was insulated from the ordinary anxieties of middle-class life – how to pay for university, make a living wage, save a down payment for a house, worry about the mortgage, find decent child care, gain name recognition. Instead of an F-150, he drove a classic Mercedes inherited from his dad. He inherited Dad’s friends and connections too (which explains his surprisingly emotional encomiums to the late Fidel Castro). Both the Aga Khan and Fidel were honorary pallbearers at his father’s funeral. Talk about an odd couple.

For better and for worse, the populist touch is critical to political survival these days. Tectonic plates are shifting because people think their ruling class is out of touch. [Emphasis added] Chrystia Freeland, one of Mr. Trudeau’s more gifted ministers, even wrote a book, Plutocrats, about the problem of global elites who live 30,000 feet in the air as they jet from Davos to Shanghai, increasingly oblivious to the lives of the folks stuck on the ground below. Mr. Trudeau (unlike his predecessor) is utterly at home with those elites. But people stuck on the ground resent being ruled by pointy-heads from Harvard and Yale with their postnational obsessions. They’re far more comfortable with a crude entrepreneur like Donald Trump, who, for all his flaws, at least builds stuff.

The concerns that animate Barack Obama and Justin Trudeau are not the concerns that animate the folks at Tim’s.[Em;hasis added] Mr. Trudeau is animated by carbon policies, social licence, aboriginal reconciliation, gender equality and peacekeeping missions in African hellholes to restore Canada’s cred at the United Nations. Tim’s folks are animated by job security, their kids’ employment prospects, whether those kids will ever be able to afford a house in Southern Ontario, finding long-term care for Granny, and hydro bills that are exploding because of the provincial government’s loony green schemes. They feel they’re being nickel-and-dimed to death, with no end in sight. And they’re right.

So here’s some free advice for Mr. Trudeau on his listening tour. Dress warmly, preferably in something from Mark’s. Paste a list of what matters to Canadians on the back of your smartphone. (Hint: Carbon pricing is pretty far down the list.) Next year, stay home and mingle with the 99 per cent as if you mean it. Who knows? You might even learn something.

Not much chance of him mingling with the Timmy's crowd, unless they're young, gushing females. We fired the guy who was speaking for the Timmy's crowd ... I don't really know why. The fascinating thing is that the recognition of the importance of the new populism sweeping the west -- and which makes Justin Sinclair Trudeau the most out-of-step head of state in the western world -- isn't in the picture, as far as our search committee is concerned.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 10:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

RCO wrote:

Liberals aiming to win Harper’s former Calgary Heritage riding

Three potential candidates including former Conservative MP Lee Richardson have filed their nomination papers with the Liberal Party office.

The riding of Calgary Heritage has been vacant since August after former prime minister Stephen Harper resigned from his seat. Liberals want to win this riding in the next byelection expected to be called next month


You have a leaderless CPC;
In the midst of a leadership race you have a divided CPC base,

Its the perfect time to try and pick off the former Prime Ministers riding.

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cosmostein wrote:
RCO wrote:

Liberals aiming to win Harper’s former Calgary Heritage riding

Three potential candidates including former Conservative MP Lee Richardson have filed their nomination papers with the Liberal Party office.

The riding of Calgary Heritage has been vacant since August after former prime minister Stephen Harper resigned from his seat. Liberals want to win this riding in the next byelection expected to be called next month


You have a leaderless CPC;
In the midst of a leadership race you have a divided CPC base,

Its the perfect time to try and pick off the former Prime Ministers riding.

well I agree the cpc might be distracted at the moment and continue to be so until a new leader is chosen , were talking about one of the safest seats in Calgary if not even alberta . this isn't downtown urban Calgary like Calgary centre , were talking about a suburban Calgary riding that has been pc , reform , alliance and conservative but never liberal in recent memory

there also could now be 5 by elections not 3 and liberals will have to defend 3 ridings if that is the case , to go on the offensive in 2 Calgary seats they never win seems rather odd ? polls consistently have the cpc way ahead in alberta its there strongest province

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 9:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( there is also a by-election in Calgary Midnapore and there choosing a candidate this weekend , no word who liberals are running and if they plan to target this seat as well , which is also a reliable cpc riding )

Trio seek Conservative nod in Calgary Midnapore

By James Wood, Postmedia
First posted: Tuesday, January 10, 2017 05:48 PM MST

Jack Redekop
Jack Redekop is a longtime member of the Calgary Midnapore Conservative board and on the endorsements page of his campaign website, the first person listed was Jason Kenney.

Conservatives in the riding of Calgary Midnapore will pick a byelection candidate this Saturday in a race where the issue of endorsements — or non-endorsements — has become a flash point.

Stephanie Kusie, Myles McDougall and Jack Redekop are the three candidates seeking the nomination to succeed Jason Kenney, who resigned the southeast Calgary seat last fall to run for the provincial Progressive Conservative leadership and whose shadow looms large over the race.

Redekop is a longtime member of the Calgary Midnapore Conservative board and on the endorsements page of his campaign website, the first person listed was Kenney.

However, the spokesman for Kenney's leadership campaign, Blaise Boehmer, said in an email that the former MP is not endorsing anyone in the campaign and is remaining neutral.

Redekop said in an interview Tuesday that he did not believe having Kenney listed on his endorsements page was misleading.

"We used endorsement in a very generic sense," said Redekop, the owner of a computer upgrading business.

Redekop — who has been endorsed by Calgary-Fish Creek PC MLA Richard Gotfried — said that when Kenney was asked, he offered the words of support quoted on the web page, where he calls the candidate "a principled, dignified and endlessly generous member of our team."

He said Kusie had claimed at one point to have Kenney's endorsement, an accusation firmly denied by her campaign.

Kusie's website does have a picture of her with Kenney, with a caption reading, "Nominate Stephanie Kusie."

A former member of the foreign service and director of Common Sense Calgary, Kusie boasts endorsements from past and present Conservative MPs, including John Baird, Pierre Poilievre, Lisa Raitt and Calgary Shepard MP Tom Kmiec, as well as former MLAs Heather Forsyth and Cindy Ady.

On the issue of Redekop's depiction of Kenney's role, Kusie said, "I can certainly understand the — I'm trying to think of a milder term than desperation — of other candidates' efforts to obtain good and credible endorsements."

"If all things are considered to be equal to candidates, (endorsements) may be a deciding factor for some people," she said.

McDougall, who said that Kenney had told him personally he would not back a candidate in the race, said endorsements are irrelevant to the campaign.

"We have three credible candidates here ... the issue to me is, what is the specific background and experience required to do the job of engaging other Canadians in discussions of interest to Calgarians," said McDougall, the president of a small oil and gas technology company.

There are about 1,700 Conservative members in the riding eligible to vote in Saturday's contest.

A byelection date must be set by March 22. But the vote is expected to be called by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in tandem with another byelection in Calgary Heritage — vacated by the resignation of former PM Stephen Harper — which must be underway by Feb. 25.

Calgary Midnapore has been strongly conservative over the years, with Kenney taking three-quarters of the vote in the 2015 federal election.

All three candidates for the Conservative nomination point to Alberta's struggling economy due to low oil prices and the responses of the federal Liberal and provincial NDP governments as key issues in the riding.

McDougall said his experience in finance and the energy industry gives him the best understanding of the issues, while Kusie points out she has advocated for pipelines as a diplomat. Redekop said he is the only candidate to have created jobs in the riding.

The Liberals and NDP have yet to choose a candidate for the byelection.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 9:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( there is also a by election looming in Ottawa Vanier however the race seems to be for the liberal nomination as riding is such a core liberal seat )

Liberals square off in Ottawa-Vanier debate, hoping to succeed Mauril Bélanger

Megan Gillis
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Published on: January 5, 2017 | Last Updated: January 5, 2017 9:48 PM EST

Liberal candidates in the federal riding of Ottawa-Vanier before their debate Thursday.

It was standing room only Thursday night at the Richelieu-Vanier Community Centre, as nine of 10 candidates vying for the federal Liberal nomination in Ottawa-Vanier — a seat left vacant by the death of MP Mauril Bélanger — faced off in a debate.

The Liberals clearly see it as a high-stakes contest; their nominee has taken the seat since the riding was formed in 1935.

But there was little drama, with candidates agreeing on priorities such as tackling crime and homelessness, boosting economic development, winning infrastructure investment and getting truck traffic off King Edward Avenue.

“We’ve identified similar issues — we all bring different strengths,” said candidate Francis LeBlanc, who ran Bélanger’s last winning campaign, his eighth.

“We cannot take this for granted,” said Mona Fortier, another candidate and longtime Liberal activist who vowed to work to keep the riding red.

The contenders supported setting up supervised injection sites to help drug users, but said they must be done in consultation with nearby residents.

A date has yet to be set for the nomination vote, which will be decided by ranked ballot. A byelection must be called by Feb. 19.

Bélanger, 61, died in August of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis after his 2015 election win. Bélanger won 57.6 per cent of that vote. Emilie Taman of the NDP, who has already been nominated by her party to run again, got 19.3 per cent. Conservative David Piccini with 19.1 per cent.

The candidates:
• Khatera Akbari: She fled her war-torn country and went on to become a KPMG auditor then began working on Parliament Hill in Senate administration in 2009, focusing on “greater accountability and transparency” and says “Ottawa-Vanier’s diversity is its strength;”

• Jean Claude Dubuisson: A Haitian-born author and lawyer focusing on criminal trials and appellate work, who has worked on local Liberal campaigns and says he knows how to work for the rights of his constituents after fighting for people’s rights in court;

• Mona Fortier: The co-chair of the riding’s 2015 campaign, a board member at the Montfort Hospital and the region’s representative on the province’s francophone affairs advisory committee, Fortier advocates more affordable housing, green energy development, investments in small business and the public sector and helping new Canadians integrate.

• Abdourahman Kahin: An immigrant from Djibouti, he has worked as a community developer, public school teacher in the neighbourhood and immigration counsellor and says his campaign will focus on values of equality, justice and inclusion.

• Eric Khaiat: A Franco-Ontarian civil servant who worked for Liberal members of Parliament since the 2015 election, he touts his experience in government and wants to build on the “magnificent” legacy of Bélanger.

• Francis Leblanc: An economist who managed Bélanger’s last campaign, Leblanc said he would get to work right away advancing the government’s agenda in the riding, including alleviating poverty, helping the middle class, strengthening bilingualism, reconciling with First Nations and investing in infrastructure;

• Ainsley Malhotra: From the family that ran Johnson’s Furniture in the ByWard Market, Malhotra worked as a public servant in finance and export development and says she would address poverty, housing and health needs in the area and “grow a smart, environmentally conscious economy;”

• Persévérance Anta Ekwi Mayer (did not attend the debate): Mayer, a founder of the African League of Canada who vied for the riding’s provincial Liberal nomination last year, describes herself as a “devout militant” for minority and francophone causes;

• Nicolas Moyer: A Franco-Ontarian who founded the Lowertown community newspaper The Echo, Moyer founded the Humanitarian Coalition, which raises money for disaster relief efforts, aims to get more infrastructure investment in the riding, get trucks off King Edward Avenue, boost access to long-term care and help new Canadians;

• Véronique Soucy: A radio host and journalist and volunteer with groups including the Juno Awards committee, said she knows about the“concerns and challenges but also the full development potential of her community.”


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( doesn't sound like these events will be with random Canadians , sounds like you need to ask to attend and provide name , phone # and email )

Liberal party collecting contact data on Canadians who want to attend Trudeau events

Glen McGregor, Senior Political Correspondent, CTV National News

Published Wednesday, January 11, 2017 3:19PM EST

Canadians who want to attend events on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau so-called “church basements” tour this week are being asked to submit their names, phone numbers and email addresses to the Liberal Party of Canada.

Three Ontario MPs that are hosting events in their ridings with Trudeau this week are directing potential guests to event listings on the Liberal website that allows them to RSVP by filling in a form with their contact details.

The form potentially allows the party to harvest this information and store it in their voter contact database for their future use.

Obtaining voter data is a key tool in modern politics and has become crucial to party fundraising campaigns.

The Conservatives track contacts with past and future supporters through the Constituent Information Management System, “CIMS.” The governing party uses a database called Liberalist to coordinate voter outreach and fundraising.

Email addresses that are harvested from an online petition or even a birthday greeting for the leader can be later used to solicit donations to the party.

The Prime Minister’s Office announced this month that Trudeau would launch a tour through smaller communities in an effort to reach out to ordinary Canadians.

“This tour is an opportunity for the Prime Minister to remain connected with Canadians and engage with them across the country, at home in their communities,” according to the Liberal website advertising a townhall meeting in Kingston on Thursday.

The party website has similar pages asking for the same data with RSVPs to Trudeau events this week in Belleville, Ont., and London, Ont.

The whistle-stop tour intended to connect the prime minister with “grassroots Canadians” will also take him to B.C., Alberta, Quebec and Atlantic Canada.

“The Prime Minister wants to hear from you about how you are feeling as we enter the new year,” the party website says.

The tour was seen as an effort to counter media reports of Trudeau meeting with wealthy party donors and his decision to fly to the Bahamas for a vacation on the private island owned by the Aga Khan, a Trudeau family friend and the billionaire leader of the world’s Ismaili Muslims.

Neither the Prime Minister’s Office nor the Liberal Party of Canada responded to requests for comment.


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'Inappropriate': Critics question Trudeau's guest list on Bahamas getaway

Calls mount for ethics commissioner to investigate PM's holiday for potential conflict of interest

By Kathleen Harris, CBC News Posted: Jan 11, 2017 5:44 PM ET| Last Updated: Jan 12, 2017 6:03 AM ET

Liberal MP Seamus O'Regan, right, spent time in the Bahamas with Justin Trudeau during the prime minister's recent family vacation.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau brought along a fellow MP and the Liberal Party president on his family vacation in the Bahamas to the private island property of billionaire spiritual leader, the Aga Khan.

The PMO confirmed that Liberal MP Seamus O'Regan and his husband Steve Doussis, as well as Liberal Party President Anna Gainey and her husband Tom Pitfield, were guests on the family trip. The story and new details were first reported by The National Post.

PMO spokesman Cameron Ahmad told CBC News that no other MPs or designated public office holders were on the trip, and that none travelled on Challenger government planes.

"As the prime minister said yesterday, we are of course happy to answer any questions the [ethics] Commissioner may have. Beyond that, we are not in a position to comment further," he said.

O'Regan, a former television host and long-time friend of Trudeau's, said he flew on his own and did not travel with the prime minister.

"It was personal time, private time. When I returned to Canada I went to the commissioner's office and voluntarily disclosed the trip," he told CBC.

He said he reported the trip to the commissioner's office on Jan. 8, days after he returned home and after media reports on Trudeau's trip. O'Regan declined to comment on how he or the prime minister made their way to Bell Island, and said he travelled from there on to Cuba for an extended vacation.

'It's inappropriate'

NDP ethics critic Alexandre Boulerice said he initially took Trudeau's explanation at his word — that it was a family vacation. But he said the latest developments suggest it was something much different and it "doesn't look good."

"It's less and less a private meeting with a friend of the family and more like a lobbyist trying to get something from the Trudeau government," he said. "And it's inappropriate."

Today, Conservative ethics critic Blaine Calkins sent a letter calling for an investigation into the transportation and hospitality extended on the trip. If Trudeau's relationship is so close with the Aga Khan that he is deemed a "friend" under the rules, then the prime minister was obliged to have an ethics screen and recuse himself from any discussions involving the Aga Khan's foundation, his letter argues.

Calls for ethics investigation

"In light of the many unanswered questions and the serious concerns that they raise, I think it is important that you open a full investigation," Calkins says.

Earlier this week, Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson's office said it was considering an investigation into Trudeau's holiday after receiving a complaint from Conservative leadership candidate Andrew Scheer.

The Saskatchewan MP wrote a letter Monday asking Dawson to rule on whether Trudeau's stay on the Aga Khan's private island is a gift that violates the Conflict of Interest Act.

Prince Karim Aga Khan IV is the hereditary spiritual leader of the world's 15 million Shia Ismaili Muslims and a multimillionaire philanthropist.

Government funds foundation

The federal government has contributed millions to the Aga Khan Foundation to help fund its international development projects. The most recent grant was a five-year, $55-million project to improve health services in Afghanistan that was announced in December 2015 under the Trudeau government.

Scheer pointed to Section 14.1 of the act which stipulates an MP should not accept "directly or indirectly, any gift or other benefit ... that might reasonably be seen to have been given to influence the [MP] in the exercise of a duty or function of his or her office."

Asked about the trip Tuesday, Trudeau insisted it was a private trip and that the Agha Khan is a long-time family friend who served as a pallbearer at his own father's funeral.

"This was our family vacation, and I will answer any other questions that the ethics commissioner has for me," he said. "And I'm sure we will have more discussion about this in the coming weeks."

According to the Open and Accountable Government guide Trudeau brought in shortly after taking office, ministers and parliamentary secretaries must not accept sponsored travel on chartered or private aircraft except in exceptional circumstances, and "only with the prior approval of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner. "


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 8:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( I don't if I have an issue with the people having to provide there name and such info , but whats clear is that these events are partisan liberal events not actual events with average random people and that is where I have more of an issue with this "tour " its just about boosting liberal fortunes on the taxpayers dime )

Justin Trudeau's Ontario road show takes on partisan edge

Canadians who want to meet the prime minister during his upcoming road tour are being asked to first register their personal details with Liberal MPs.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will start his road tour with stops in Ontario on Thursday.

By Bruce Campion-SmithOttawa Bureau

Wed., Jan. 11, 2017

OTTAWA—Canadians who want to meet Justin Trudeau during his upcoming road tour town halls are being asked to first register their personal details with Liberal MPs.

That puts a political taint on the prime minister’s attempt at grassroots mingling, Conservative MP Candice Bergen (Portage--Lisgar) said Wednesday.

“Don’t call it an open town hall when it’s actually a Liberal rally,” she said. “It’s not at all the back-to-the-people tour that the prime minister described.”

Trudeau’s tour, which kicks off Thursday in Ontario, was originally framed as an effort by the prime minister to reconnect with Canadians on their priories.

“The prime minister wants to hear from them on how they are feeling at the start of 2017, what their concerns and anxieties are, and what we can do to help alleviate that,” spokesperson Cameron Ahmed told the Star last week.

But the road trip — which continues on to Quebec, Prairies, and B.C. — has taken on partisan overtones as Liberal MPs hosting Trudeau at some of his Ontario stopovers are using their websites to glean personal data of those who want to attend.

Liberal MP Mark Gerretsen, who is hosting Trudeau’s Thursday town hall event in Kingston, promoted the event on Twitter and Facebook. “The prime minister wants to hear from you about issues that matter to you and our community as we enter the new year,” Gerretsen wrote.

His social media postings directed those who want to attend to sign up on his web page. To register for the event, attendees are asked to provide their name, email, postal code and telephone number.

Liberal MPs Peter Fragiskatos (London North Centre), Neil Ellis (Bay of Quinte), Maryam Monsef (Peterborough-Kawartha), Kate Young (London West), are all doing the same for Trudeau’s two-day swing through Ontario.

Such personal data has been invaluable to political parties to help identify potential supporters.

In an interview, Gerretsen said that people are “encouraged” to sign up so organizers can get a sense of the expected crowd but said registration wasn’t mandatory to attend.

“This is open to the public, this is meant for the public,” he told the Star.

“We’re hoping to get a lot of people out,” he said. “If there’s somebody in the community who wants to say something to the prime minister, this is their opportunity to do it.”

“I’m encouraging anybody who is interested to let us know by registering and come on out,” Gerretsen said.

But Bergen said the organization of the events, including the collection of personal data, raises questions whether taxpayers should be on the hook to pay the tour.

“I think there are a lot of questions about who is paying for it, what are they doing with the information,” she said in an interview.

“What’s he planning via the Liberal website is not a Tim Horton’s, town hall coffee shop event. I think that’s clear,” Bergen said.

Instead, she said it appears these events are “Liberal partisan event where they’re getting data and information and building up their own brand.”

Officials in Trudeau’s office refused to discuss the road tour itinerary this week, even though Liberal MPs have been publicly advertising his stops.

On Thursday, Trudeau is scheduled to make stops in Kingston, Napanee and Belleville before heading to the military airbase in Trenton, where he will meet personnel and spend the night.

On Friday, Trudeau starts his day north of Cobourg, heads to Peterborough for an event with Maryam Monsef, then to Burlington for a session with cabinet newcomer Karina Gould and wraps up in London, with a town hall.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2017 8:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

(I find this tour odd when considering there isn't even another election for almost 3 years , it has all the feel of a pre election tour except there is no election , it makes you wonder what the liberals internal numbers are saying and if things in places like Ontario have got closer or something ? )

Amid cries of elitism and conflict of interest, Trudeau hits the road in Ontario

The Canadian Press

First posted: Thursday, January 12, 2017 09:01 AM EST | Updated: Thursday, January 12, 2017 10:17 PM EST

KINGSTON, Ont. — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reminded dozens of people at a town hall meeting on Thursday that he favoured a ranked ballot system in the past, even though his government insists it has an open mind about how to change the electoral system.

Trudeau, who faced critical questions about issues including the Phoenix pay controversy and the handling of indigenous issues, is at the start of a whirlwind, taxpayer-funded outreach tour.

“If a government gets disconnected from the people we have the responsibility of serving, then not only can we not serve them very well, but they notice,” he said.

Under questioning from two public servants, Trudeau reiterated that the handling of the government-pay system issue is unacceptable.

He was also pressed on issues including the need for a national pharmacare program, his government’s recent decision to approve pipelines and transgender rights.

Earlier in the day, Trudeau visited a community restaurant in Ottawa, the Aquatarium in Brockville, Ont., which features fish native to the St. Lawrence River and the surrounding area, and a highway rest stop.

It’s a schedule reminiscent of an election campaign.

Trudeau is to hold another town hall meeting later today in Belleville, Ont.

The tour comes as his government attempts to fend off recent controversies including questions around a holiday in the Bahamas with the Aga Khan and cash-for-access fundraisers.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2017 8:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( trudeau mania ? like I said earlier this tour is about cooking up the same kind of trudeau mania that supposedly gripped Canada when Pierre Trudeau PM and he is touring the country on the tax payers expense , this is a promotional liberal party tour and should be paid for by them not the tax payer )

Trudeau-mania comes to Belleville

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks to Canadians during a town-hall style event at Belleville’s Empire Theatre on Thursday, Jan. 12.

Belleville News
By Stephen Petrick

Belleville — The Justin Trudeau show played the Empire Theatre on Thursday night.

Canada’s fresh-faced prime minister kept a standing-room only audience waiting for more than half an hour, but eventually took the stage to loud applause for an event that had the same fun energy as a rock and roll show that might grace the stage of the downtown theatre on another night.

Trudeau, looking calm and confident, took questions from the audience for more than an hour, while sitting on a stool on the stage, backed by a carefully arranged group of citizens and a large Canadian flag.

The topics ranged from those of local significance to those that resonate nationally and they allowed for plenty of moments where either laughter or applause erupted from what seemed to be a mostly pro-Liberal party crowd.

Trudeau was introduced briefly by Bay of Quinte’s Liberal member of Parliament, Neil Ellis, who called the first-term prime minister “a good friend” and “my boss.”

Trudeau, acknowledging it was his first time back in Belleville since a 2015 election campaign stop, said the town-hall style event — part of a nationwide tour this winter — is allowing him to hear from everyday Canadians and answer questions on topics that resonate with them.

He wasted little time and began selecting audience members who had their hands up. The question-and-answer session seemed authentic and it didn’t appear as though the question askers had been pre-arranged.

Early in the evening, Trudeau delivered an audience-pleasing answer on the topic of lifetime pensions for military veterans, saying he’s in favour of them.

His election in 2015 was largely aided by staunch criticism the previous Conservative government was getting for how it treated veterans.

“We’ve got a clear mandate to do right for our veterans,” Trudeau said. “There’s more to do. The lifetime benefits are part of it.”

Trudeau also took one critical question from a business owner and weaved it into a positive spin.

The audience member was a small-business owner, who said he was upset over high electricity costs in Ontario. He said a recent comment from the prime minister that he has a positive relationship with Ontario’s embattled Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne “tells me you’re out of touch with the private sector.”

Trudeau used the moment to talk about how his party hopes to do more for middle class people, such as small business owners, by raising taxes for the wealthy and lowering taxes for the middle class.

He said the federal government’s new child benefit program is now improving income for “nine of 10 families.” However, “we need to do more.”

“Unlike the other two parties, we made a commitment to invest in our country,” he continued, adding that the Liberals are investing $180 billion in infrastructure projects across Canada — a move aimed to strengthen cities and create more construction jobs.

The issue of how Canada will respond to the incoming United States president, Donald Trump, and his bombastic personality also arose a few times, leading to funny moments.

When a teenaged audience member asked Trudeau directly how he plans to deal with Trump, Trudeau answered frankly.

“Canadians expect their government to have a good working relationships with the United States,” he said, having already explained that the two countries’ economies are intertwined and that Canada is the largest exporter of goods to 35 American states. “At the same time, Canada is a separate country.”

He said he would never “shy away” from revealing his personal thoughts on an issues “whether it’s proclaiming that I’m a feminist ... or saying that immigration is important for us now and in the future.”

A humorous moment occurred when one audience member broached the topic of election reform. He started by noting “I voted for your father twice.”

Trudeau responded by saying “he ran four times,” triggering laughter.

Another touching moment came when a high school student told Trudeau that young people suffering from mental health are not given enough support.

Trudeau agreed and said Canada must work harder to reduce the stigma around mental health issues.

“We need to do a much better job in giving our young people the mental health support they need. If I wasn’t an advocate for mental health I wouldn't be my mother’s son. And I’m proud to be my mother’s son.”


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2017 11:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

somehow I think this "tour " is a realisation by the liberals that trudeau is more popular when he is out campaigning then when he Is actually in Ottawa Governing . he does better when he is out and about and such and meeting people or liberal supporters

when in Ottawa during question period or news conferences he isn't as impressive and the optics aren't as good

as least that's my thinking , mean why else go on a pre election style tour just over a year into a new government ? it seems odd

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( a candidate has been chosen for Kenney's former seat in Calgary )

Stephanie Kusie voted CPC candidate in Calgary Midnapore byelection

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Published on: January 14, 2017 | Last Updated: January 15, 2017 6:58 PM MST

Candidate Stephanie Kusie poses at the Delta Hotels Calgary South on on Saturday January 14, 2017 as Conservatives in the federal riding of Calgary Midnapore to select their candidate for the upcoming by-election. The constituency was formerly held by the Honourable Jason Kenney. Jim Wells/Postmedia

The Conservative Party of Canada has selected Stephanie Kusie as their candidate for the upcoming byelection in the riding of Calgary Midnapore.

Kusie will run in a bid to succeed Jason Kenney, who resigned his seat in the riding last fall to run for the provincial Progressive Conservative leadership.

I’m very excited to be chosen for the candidate for the Conservative party and I look forward to working very hard in the upcoming byelection to keep Calgary Midnapore a Conservative riding,” Kusie said, while out celebrating her victory.

Voters in Calgary Midnapore have largely cast their ballots for the Conservatives in recent years, with Kenney receiving three-quarters of the vote in the 2015 federal general election.

“I look forward to . . . carrying on the legacy of the values and principles that Kenney stood for,” Kusie said.

The Liberals and NDP have yet to choose a candidate to run against Kusie in the byelection.

Kusie most recently served as the executive director of Common Sense Calgary, a non-profit organization unaffiliated with any political party.

Kusie also ran in Ward 12 in the 2013 Calgary municipal election, losing to Shane Keating.

A date for the byelection must be set by March 22.

The vote is expected to be called by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, along with a byelection in Calgary Heritage, which must be underway by Feb. 25. The Calgary Heritage seat was left empty after the resignation of former prime minister Stephen Harper.

Kusie had many endorsements prior to her nomination, including former minister of foreign affairs John Baird and Calgary Shepard MP Tom Kmiec.

Myles McDougall and Jack Redekop were also running for the CPC nomination in the constituency. Nearly 1,800 Conservatives were eligible to vote in the nomination.


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Khalis Ahmed named NDP candidate in Calgary Heritage byelection

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Published on: January 15, 2017 | Last Updated: January 15, 2017 9:04 PM MST

The only NDP member to throw a hat into the ring, Khalis Ahmed will run for the seat in the Calgary Heritage byelection.

Dany Allard, president of the Calgary Heritage NDP Electoral District Association, confirmed Ahmed’s nomination on Twitter on Sunday night.

Ahmed said he is excited for the opportunity to represent Calgary Heritage. The seat was left empty after the resignation of former prime minister Stephen Harper.

“I want to lead the country for energy, Alberta should be the energy leader of the world,” Ahmed said. “I think Calgary Heritage people like leadership, and they will like me.”

No date has been set for the byelection, which must be held by Feb. 25.

Ahmed previously ran in the riding of Calgary Signal Hill in the last federal election, losing to Conservative Ron Liepert.


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( the tour is continuing out east )

Trudeau holds town halls in Atlantic Canada after rocky start to goodwill tour

By The Canadian Press — Jan 16 2017

HALIFAX — Maritimers will have a chance to question Justin Trudeau about regional issues as he begins the second week of his roving campaign to reconnect with ordinary Canadians.

The prime minister kicks off the Atlantic leg of his national outreach tour in Halifax today with a visit to a local coffee shop and a town hall forum hosted by the city's mayor.

Mike Savage tweeted Sunday that the event has been moved to the 3,000-seat Dartmouth Sportsplex arena due to "overwhelming positive response" over the weekend.

Trudeau will head to New Brunswick on Tuesday for an event in Fredericton and is scheduled to make stops in Quebec, the Prairies and British Columbia as the road trip continues.

The goodwill tour got off to a bit of a rocky start last week with Trudeau facing pointed questions about his Christmas vacation on an island in the Bahamas owned by the Aga Khan, and also Liberal Party cash-for-access fundraisers.

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The situation at the town hall in Ontario was a disaster.

"You've failed me"

I saw that trending then I watched the video,
The Prime Minister tried to come off as compassionate by throwing the Premier of Ontario completely under the bus but I would still imagine that line will be the lasting take away from this tour.

It completely ignores the fact that the Federal Carbon tax which adds cost to the fuel source of the primary means we use to move around nearly good and service in the Country will also likely drive up costs but it was to be expected.

It will be interesting to see what comes of all this;

If he listens then moves forward with the same agenda I have to wonder if it does more damage than good.
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