Spending Up, Efficiency Down; What Justin Trudeau Promised

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By: Rolf Li

During the Canadian elections from 2015, we saw that the leader of the Liberal Party, Justin Trudeau, promised for Canadians. More infrastructure spending, more public assistance, and more money in the pockets of “us” Canadians, but where have all those promises gone?

Justin Trudeau promised to spend more during his election, and while there is no issue with government spending to boost our economy, going specifically into deficit to accomplish that task is a crime to be court marshalled for. In fact, according to Josh Wingrove of the Financial Post, the way that the current government has been implementing the “new deal” is on an “unsustainable path”, and that spending is approximately “$11 billion” more than it should be. So where did this negligent and ignorant government gone wrong with spending, how about starting with the $4.3 billion spent in his first 100 days in office to fund “international aid” programs, which roughly translates to the fact that Justin Trudeau has been focused too much on “earning selfies” with his political fans according to the Huffington Post. In January 2016, National Bank predicted that the deficit that the Liberal Party will create will be worth around “$90 billion”, which will no doubt be spent on frivolous expenditures like tax-payer funded nannies for Justin Trudeau’s children, more staff for Sophie Trudeau’s “stressful” and “busy” lifestyle. How about this Sophie Trudeau, take a moment and realize that Canadians don’t want to pay for your personal comfort, and that we wanted a government who spends for the people, not for itself.

The problem with this government is that the leader and the party spends too much time and way too much money on aesthetics. Trudeau does not realize that Canadians couldn’t care less if his $7.5 million mansion is in a state of “horror” and “disrepair” to the point that Trudeau must spend more tax money to renovate a house that the previous Prime Minister lived in for 10 years, and did not complain in all that time about. No Canadian still believes that Justin Trudeau will be the “saviour” who would spend money to save our country. The facts are all laid out. When Trudeau promised that “people like him” don’t need public assistance, and that the wealthy did not work just as hard for their money, he really meant that everyone else who has considerable wealth must be taxed at 54% and not receive child care benefits, but him, with his $1.2 million inheritance must not be taxed as such. What kind of deceit did Trudeau pull off to secure his $224, 000 per year salary? What kind of damage will Trudeau do to the economy? These are all questions to be asked, and questions that should be answered.

Canadian Economy Slides; Dollar Shrinks

By: Rolf Li

The Canadian Dollar has not had a good start to the 2016 trading year, dropping to around the $0.68 USD range an remaining low for several trading days. Following a reported slowdown in China, Canadian commodities exporters have seen a serious drop in income, and the new Liberal government seems not to realize that the foundation of our resource-rich country is collapsing into the oblivion.

Canada for the past decade has seen a large increase in income from the commodities sector, particularly oil and copper, with other industrial metals and materials following close behind; however with the demand waning from China, prices has fallen dramatically, and the companies that once defined Canadian job growth and GDP are loosing money at an alarming rate, and nothing is being done. Following the downturn in the economy, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau proclaimed that his government was leading Canada through a period of “diversification” and “growth”, but where is all this growth that has been promised?

It is evident at this point that the commodities sector needs support from the federal and provincial governments to continue operations in these tough times, but the aid is just not there. In Alberta, the NDP have pushed through tax increases and royalty changes, and the federal Liberal government seems to have taken a page out of their book. Business mogol Kevin O’Leary recently pleaded for Rachel Notley to step down and have some real leadership[ in Alberta for once, but that plea has fallen on deaf ears. The Liberal government on the other hand, is pretending to not notice the drop in the Canadian economy, citing reasons of “development” in other sectors. Trudeau it seems, is dealing with this tough economic solution as if it were a story out of a textbook – a drama textbook, as Trudeau would be familiar with. All energy and commodities companies need support, but Canada is letting them down. In the end, Liberal policy seems to state that “doing nothing is something” and “let’s enjoy the ride of the commodities when they make up cash, but refuse support when they need it, although they provided so much for us in the past.”

So what do you think about this ridiculous economic policy?

 

Why I Use “Haha” Instead of “Lol”

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I have been an anti text language crusader for quite some time now. My reasoning for not conforming to this trend is quite simple: I don’t see a need to. Today, I will be outlining why I find “haha” better than “lol.”

I treat texting the same as talking to someone face-to-face. I don’t think anyone would ever say something like “ikr” or “gtg” to someone’s face. I converse on text as if the person I am texting were to be right in front of me. Say the individual were to tell a joke via text. If it were face-to-face I would burst out in laughter, saying “hahahaha” at the top of my lungs. Would anyone ever say “lololololol” when told a joke while conversing to someone face-to-face?! Of course they wouldn’t, well, at least I hope they wouldn’t. When I read a funny text message, I may laugh quietly, I have never muttered “lol.” Saying “haha” is a proper response. It is natural to human nature. Saying “lol” or even “laugh out loud” is completely wrong.

“Haha” is the proper response to a joke whether it be via text or to someone’s face!

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Fighter Jets Out: What’s Left?

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By: Rolf Li

If you followed the news in the past few days, you would have seen the devastation following the Paris attacks, which were carried out by Jihadist Terrorists from ISIS, the menace in the middle east. Justin Trudeau, the newly elected Prime Minister of Canada has just promised to withdraw Canadian CF-18s from their current airstrike and target identification missions and bring them home, as they promised in their election platform, but what other choice is there to fight such a dangerous group like ISIS? Continue reading

BlackBerry’s Final Handset?

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BlackBerry’s final attempt of gaining back lost handset market share has commenced. Preorders have begun for BlackBerry’s newest and perhaps final handset. According to BlackBerry CEO John Chen, his company may quit making handsets if they cannot sell 5 million units of their latest phone, the Priv. As somewhat of a techie, I can tell you, that this phone’s specs are a killer. It comes equipped with a Schneider-Krueznach certified 18 MP camera, 3410 mAh battery, has a 3GB RAM, and has a 1440 by 2560 resolution.

Although these specs may be spectacular (see what I did there), BlackBerry is going to have a hard time trying to sell 5 million units of the Priv. What will it take to get them to sell that many? Clearly people don’t care about specs as the Passport (I own one and can tell you it has amazing specs), hasn’t done amazingly well. The answer to my question is that John Chen plans to woo in different types of users by making the Priv BlackBerry’s first android powered phone. I love the BlackBerry operating system and would be reluctant to switch, however for people who want privacy, the power of the android OS, and a freakin amazing phone, it’s the ideal option. The phone is a slider, meaning the keyboard can be slid up and tucked away when not needed. There will be a choice of using the physical keyboard or virtual keyboard. The Android OS will also be integrated with a security software developed by BlackBerry, in order to create a PRIVate and PRIVledged environment for the user (see what I did there).

A phone as spectacular as this shouldn’t go unnoticed. Hopefully this isn’t BlackBerry’s last. Let’s reach that 5 million mark!

 

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My Take on Mixed Proportional Representation

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One of the promises Justin Trudeau made was that 2015 would be the last time Canadians elect federal government, using the current electoral system. Trudeau also said he would introduce legislation on voting reform within 18 months of forming a government. I’m going to hold him accountable to that promise.

In the case that the current first-past-the-post system gets replaced by a mixed proportional representation system, I wouldn’t be too upset. Canvassing for a conservative party candidate this past election, I came across many people who said “we like the candidate but not Harper.” After all the candidate had done for his riding and constituents, he ended up losing. This really upset me, it’s almost as if the local guy doesn’t matter. With mixed proportional representation, HE WOULD MATTER, and all he did for the people WOULD MATTER. Because of our current electoral system, we suffer from “waves.” Last election, it was the Liberal wave that claimed the jobs of many hardworking MP’s. With mixed proportional representation, people could vote for the local guy, and forget about his leader and party. They could vote for him because of all the things he has done for his people. When “waves” occur with our current electoral system, many unqualified and inexperienced candidates get elected, just because they had their name on the ballot. This last election, many Liberals got elected just because they were liberals. Some of them are flukes, and have no political experience or capabilities. It is just because they were Liberal, that they were elected. With mixed proportional representation, that too, would be eliminated. You could vote for your local guy, no matter what political stripe he is of, and vote for a Prime Minister of your choice.

 

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The Blue and Red Cycle

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Four years ago, the Liberals were destroyed, the NDP made history, the Conservatives won a majority, and Bob Rae’s tires were slashed.

Four years later, the Conservatives lost their majority, the NDP are back in 3rd, the Liberals gained a majority, and Bob Rae didn’t bother sticking around.

It seems almost unbelievable, 4 years ago Canadians essentially got rid of the Liberals by sending them to become the second opposition, and 4 years after, they bring them up so far as to give them a majority. Four years ago Canadians gave the Conservatives a majority, four years later they give that majority to the Liberals. It seems to be a never-ending cycle of blue and red.

I thought Canadians, and specifically Ontarians, would’ve learned by now that majorities never work. A year ago, the people of Ontario gave the Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals a majority in the provincial elections. A year later, Ontarians want out. I bet you all the people who have participated at sex-ed curriculum protests voted her in. I thought we would’ve learned, but the cycle continues. Provincially, everyone in Ontario wants the Liberals and their majority out. Federally, everyone in Ontario wanted the Liberals in and gave them a majority. Heck, the dude who slashed Bob Rae’s tires during the last elections probably voted Liberal, and this is after Wynne endorsed Justin Trudeau.

I believe the problem is that Canadians aren’t very partisan. I say choose a party and STICK WITH IT. Stick with your party through thick and thin, don’t just vote for whoever you feel like every 4 years. If we keep electing a different party and giving them a majority every election, nothing gets done. The first thing Justin’s going to do is repeal all the bills passed by Stephen Harper’s government. NO ONE can object, because the senate is stacked with so-called “liberal” senators, and he has a majority.

The majority government elected last election will have done nothing for our country, because the majority government elected this election will erase all that has been done. Real change, eh?

We’re Looking For Contributors!

Due to the elections, I, alongside with the zakopinion team, had been really busy over the past couple of months. I’m proud to announce that we’re back! Guess who’s also back…. a Prime Minister Trudeau. But this time it’s a different one. His name is Justin, and his plans for Canada are, to say at the least, INSANE. That’s why we’re looking for contributors! Whether you can write for us on a daily, weekly, or even monthly basis, we NEED help!

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The Partisan Wayne Gretzky

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As a hockey historian and Penguins fan, I was always on the Mario Lemieux side of things when asked who the greatest hockey player ever was. I’d still opt for Super Mario, but today I won’t be reopening the debate, for I have found an ideology of Wayne Gretzky’s which I too follow.

On Saturday, I received an email from the Conservative Party of Canada inviting me to an event with Prime Minister Harper and Wayne Gretzky. I was pretty surprised, I never expected the Great One to come out publicly as partisan, especially towards the Conservative Party. After doing some research, I quickly found that Wayne is a full blooded Blue Tory. In fact, he called Harper “One of the greatest prime ministers ever.” Gretzky and Harper share the same feelings towards the Ukraine, and have both been to fundraisers for the cause.

What I also found interesting is the fact that Gretzky, being a naturalized US citizen, still supports the PM even after he announced that Canadians living abroad would be stripped of their right to vote.

I guess it’s time for Wayne to move out of his American mansion and start sleeping in the kitchen of Gretzky’s, well at least for the duration of the Canadian Elections.

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World Markets Recovering After Chinese Slowdown: Was the News Worth Panicking?

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By: Rolf Li

Stock markets around the world have seen several tough summer months, mainly highlighting the weakness in the Chinese economy and a huge oversupply in most commodity markets, such as oil, which has seen surplus per day average at 1.7 million barrels. With all this negativity in the global economy, a correction for the major stock markets was bound to come, right? Continue reading