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  1. People who think a Socialist system can be made good are only fooling themselves.  The ideology is flawed from top to bottom.  It is a great system for the powerful unions.  They get whatever they wish and end up controlling the system.  Canada is on a downward projectory because most Canadians fall for the lie that Socialism is good.  They don't even dare call it Socialism.  It is called public services, but it is actually a welfare state which is basic Socialism.  Most Canadians think they are entitled to everything.  This will not end well in the long run because democracy does not compensate for failing Socialist systems or systems that go broke and fall into great debt.  When many people vote, they are voting for what they think government will give them, without thinking about where the money will come from or how it will be paid for.   That is a recipe for disaster.  It is one of the weaknesses of democracy.  Socialist politicians milk it for all its worth by promising everything.  That is the way Canada is heading.

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  2. 1 hour ago, Aristides said:

    Communism is the state owning everything,

    I doubt there ever was a true Communist system if you go strictly by that definition and include everyone is absolutely equal.  The Communist leaders always made sure they themselves were well taken care of and they had all the privileges while everyone else had to struggle to survive.

  3. 1 hour ago, Aristides said:

    There may be a lot of Russians who yearn for the old days but Russia isn't remotely communist. Communism is the state owning everything, today's Russia concentrates wealth among its oligarchs with a dictator oligarch holding the power, the opposite of communism. 

    Very few of the world's autocracies are communist. 

     We often call them Communist because they have a lot of characteristics, i.e. absolutely no human rights.  Individuals have no human rights and can be thrown in prison indefinitely at the whim of the dictator and his puppet followers.  China calls themselves a Communist system.  

    When you call them dictatorships, you are letting them off very mildly.  That doesn't describe the horrific human rights violations that they inflict on many people.  Maybe you don't understand what goes on in those countries.

  4. 16 minutes ago, Aristides said:

    Russia is not communist,

    No, it is not communist, but as this article indicates it is not really democratic either and there are still lots of people in Russia who believe in Communism.  But it is more of a capitalist totalitarian country.  It doesn't have democracy.  The proof is it assassinates opposition leaders as it recently did.

    "

    Is Russia Communist: The Communist Party of the Russian Federation

    Although president Boris Yeltsin banned the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in 1991, the CPRF took its place. Although United Russia has a majority of over 60%, the CPRF is the second-largest political party in Russia. This means that there are still communists in the opposition and that quite a lot of Russians still believe in communism.

    The nation has evolved toward a parliamentary democracy, but as international watchdog organizations have thoroughly documented over the years, Russia’s democratic foundations remain weak. Vladimir Putin has been in power longer than most Soviet premiers and has similar levels of power. While the trappings of communism no longer remain, the effects of the ideology and the nature of power politics in Russia have a strong line of continuity with its past."

    Is Russia Communist Today? Find Out Here! - History (historyonthenet.com)

  5. 19 minutes ago, QuebecOverCanada said:

    You made the promise to be a bilingual country to appease us, and it was never applied.

    I am curious what you think "bilingual country" means.  I live in B.C. and everyone speaks English.  People are free to learn to speak French if they so choose.  Schools have French classes.

    But nobody needs to speak French in B.C.  It is not spoken publicly anywhere I have been.  

    If you think it needs to be forced on everyone across Canada, you are making a serious mistake.

    Nobody has the right to do that.  Everyone should be free to speak whatever language they want.  Government should not be in the business of forcing people to speak a certain language.  That is totalitarianism.  People should be free to choose what they want to speak and depending on the area they are living in, should probably choose the dominant language of that area.  But beyond that, government has no business in forcing people to speak anything in a free country.

  6. On 1/2/2024 at 10:58 AM, Army Guy said:

    Not sure why your hung up on this topic...you seem to bring it up every occasion you can....regardless of why NATO was put into play, nothing has really changed, The Russians still pose a threat to Europe,

    Not sure exactly why he believes Russia and China are no longer a threat to the west.

    Unless he is some kind of agent or Commie sympathizer.  There is no excuse for not knowing what is going on in the world with all the sources of information, media, internet, books, etc.  But I suspect there are a lot of Commie supporters in Canada.  They have been brainwashed by the ideology.

    The NDP even has some kind of Communist bent.  All Jagmeet can talk about is the "greedy corporations".  That sounds more like a commie line.  It is meant to brainwash the masses.  Many in Canada have fallen for the Socialist lie.

  7. 10 hours ago, August1991 said:

    This current 21st century world is much better. Ordinary people are free.

    This is bizarre.  

    Heads of FBI and MI5 issue strong warning about threat to the West from China (nbcnews.com)

    Read it or don't read it.  You probably won't because you are convinced there is no threat from China and you somehow won't accept any reports from anyone to the contrary.  I don't have time to waste on someone who won't listen to anything. 

    Canada is loaded with entirely brainwashed Communist sympathizers.

    Jagmeet is one.  All he can come up with is "the greedy corporations".  Sounds like a Communist/Marxist mantra.

  8. 9 hours ago, August1991 said:

    Blackbird, you kinda lost me there.

    You said Russia and China are not a threat to the west.  

    I just gave you an article with all kinds of information countering your claim.

    There has been many articles, books, commentaries by experts, describing how China has a history of violating human rights, how they are a threat to the U.S., how they interfere in Canadian elections.  How China is working to become the main superpower in the world.    But you don't seem to believe or accept any of it.  You are completely out of reality.  You don't seem to know what is going on in the world.  

    9 hours ago, August1991 said:

    Ordinary people are free.

    What are you talking about?  What ordinary people?

    People in China are not "free".  They are free to do what the Communist Party has decreed. 

    China has a history of violating human rights and this has been pointed out repeatedly by governments in the west.

    China uses their agents in the west to force Chinese people in America and Canada to do their will.  They use intimidation, threats to their relatives in China.   The CCP considers Americans and Canadians of Chinese descent under the authority of China.  You don't think that is violation of human rights?  Seriously.

     

  9. 48 minutes ago, August1991 said:

    China and Russia are nowadays not a threat to the West

    "

    The director of the FBI has said that acts of espionage and theft by China's government pose the "greatest long-term threat" to the future of the US.

    Speaking to the Hudson Institute in Washington, Christopher Wray described a multi-pronged disruption campaign.

    He said China had begun targeting Chinese nationals living abroad, coercing their return, and was working to compromise US coronavirus research.

    "The stakes could not be higher," Mr Wray said.

    "China is engaged in a whole-of-state effort to become the world's only superpower by any means necessary," he added.

    The spying game: China's global network

    Could TikTok be banned in the US?

    The Hong Kong crisis and the new world order

    In a nearly hour-long speech on Tuesday, the FBI director outlined a stark picture of Chinese interference, a far-reaching campaign of economic espionage, data and monetary theft and illegal political activities, using bribery and blackmail to influence US policy.

    "We've now reached a point where the FBI is now opening a new China-related counterintelligence case every 10 hours," Mr Wray said. "Of the nearly 5,000 active counterintelligence cases currently under way across the country, almost half are related to China."

    The FBI director mentioned a programme called "Fox Hunt", which he said President Xi Jinping had "spearheaded" and he said was geared at Chinese nationals living abroad seen as threats to the Chinese government.

    "We're talking about political rivals, dissidents, and critics seeking to expose China's extensive human rights violations," he said. "The Chinese government wants to force them to return to China, and China's tactics to accomplish that are shocking."

    FBI director: China is 'greatest threat' to US (bbc.com)

  10. 51 minutes ago, August1991 said:

    The Soviet Union and Maoist China are no more.

    What does that mean?  Russia and China are still a huge threat to the west.  Chairman Mao is gone but the Xi Jinping is the Chairman now and he is a dangerous leader.  No less than Mao.  China is very powerful now.

  11. The Governor General's position is to represent the monarchy in Canada.  It is an appointed position for a five year period.  The GG from what I understand is not supposed to be involved in politics.  The GG has certain non-partisan functions and represents the King.  Therefore it seems wrong for the present GG to be involved in promoting a proposed bill being brought forward by the Liberal government.  She was not elected by Canadians.  Yet holds a very influential position.

    Governor General Mary Simon hosts Bill C-63 supporters at Rideau Hall (msn.com)

     

  12. 56 minutes ago, eyeball said:

    I think the closer a region's politics and decision making processes are to the ground that everyone calls home the better.

    I am not sure what this has to do with the question of mixing private and public health care.

    The health care system is failing us in a serious way.  The reason I see is because of politics, bureaucracy, powerful health care unions, and a lack of sufficient funds  This is the way of Socialism.  Socialism has failed wherever it has been tried.  Canada is no different and can expect the same results.  Public health care has been failing for years in Canada.  

    Countries in eastern Europe have been changing slowly ever since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989, but they have a lifespan of ten years less than western European countries.  The average person dies at 73 in Romania and in western Europe the average lifespan is 83 years.

  13. Before Quebec holds the referendum, I hope they know they are not going to take all the land that the province encompasses now.  Removing certain areas could negatively affect the rest of Canada and are not likely to be given up.  Before they actually separate, there will have to be negotiations.  They do not have the right to unilaterally declare a sovereign state of Quebec.  They are part of a confederation and the Federal government represents all of Canada under the authority of His Majesty the King. That means, separation requires negotiation.  Quebec is not a sovereign country yet and doesn't have the power by simply holding a referendum to declare themselves a sovereign state.

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  14. 20 hours ago, herbie said:

    It's incomprehensible how people can not see drug and mental issues as health issues, only in criminal terms needing enforcement in Gestapo like responses. Stuck in 100 year old reactions that didn't ever work, and discard anything else.

    Lock them up until they are ready to be rehabilitated.  Then keep them in a secure rehab centre until they are clean.   Why inflict drug addicts on society?  NDP are brainless.  NDP have no conscience and don't even try to protect society from criminals and drug addicts.  Addicts are unpredictable and some are dangerous.  The primary job of government is to protect law-abiding citizens, not criminals.

  15. CTV news just reported half of Canadians are living from pay cheque to pay cheque.  Many are facing difficult decisions because they can't make the rent payments or mortgage payments.

    The health care system is in a crisis and needs major changes to vastly improve the service.

    One way to do that is to increase private participation because a large enough private contribution and participation would bring in a lot money.  Medical insurance for people who could afford it could make a major contribution to improving the health care system.  We need to remember the people with more money would be contributing to the overall health care by taking the burden off the public system. 

    Lots of people are listening to the leftists who are driven by failed Socialist ideology and for that reason they oppose allowing private health care to join in.  They don't realize a private system would be contributing a lot of money to provide health for Canadians who could afford it.  This would make far more sense than watching people with a lot of money fly off to other countries to obtain urgent health care.  The money would be better spend in Canada and would contribute to the overall improvement of private and public health care by taking the pressure off the public system.  It would speed up the provision of urgent care for people and hopefully reduce or completely eliminate waiting times and lists.  That should be one of the goals.  This could also lengthen the average lifespan of Canadians.

    We need to kick Jagmeet Singh's butt down the road.  He is obsessed with Socialist ideology and that is all he cares about.  He has no practical or real ideas to improve the health care system.  He is also beholden to the big unions that make it very difficult to improve the health care system.

  16. I believe employees or professionals who are not up to the job, after a reasonable period under supervision, should be fired and not protected by their unions or associations.

    That is one of the problems.  These are essential services that the public depend on.  Organizations such as the police or health care.  The public and patients should always come first.

     

  17. 9 minutes ago, Michael Hardner said:

    1. You have changed the question to "will restructuring happen" ?  That's not what you asked before.

    1.  No, I did not change the question.  You just introduced a new subject, restructuring.  I am simply replying that I don't see how that will make a difference.

    The subject is will a mixture of public and private health care make a difference,  not, will restructuring make a difference.

    Restructuring is just tinkering with a failed system.

    9 minutes ago, Michael Hardner said:

    Until then, be thankful for my time.

    Yes, thank you for your time.  It would be nice if you were able to see my point of view sometimes.  But I think you are biased somewhat.

    You sound like you are a knowledgeable person.  But the question is why do you trust a Socialist, public system that has proven a failure?   

    Surely you understand private systems, without the powerful unions ruling the workplace, would run much more efficiently.  Private systems can hire professionals and should be able to fire people who are not doing the job adequately.  Do you think people should be fired who are not really up to the job?

    Public systems are bureaucratic and protect the workers first, not the people they are supposed to be serving.

  18. 2 hours ago, Michael Hardner said:

    1. Yes.

    1.  The government and health authorities have had years to re-structure the system and don't appear to have done so.  So why would they change now?  The failing system will continue to fail.

    2.  You have not answered the point I made that unions and associations have too much power.  I went into great detail.  The associations protect and keep unqualified people in critical positions.  The system is set up to protect the workers and professionals, not the patients.  The government allows this.  "nothing to see here folks" would be the standard answer.

    You like to answer with number and often a curt, meaningless reply as in your number 1. yes.

    So you basically just write off the failed health care system and have no solutions that anybody will take seriously.  Restructure is not solution.  There is no proof it will change anything.  A bureaucracy with inherent flaws is still bureaucracy with inherent flaws after you restructure it, whatever that is supposed to mean.

  19. On 2/24/2024 at 10:29 AM, Aristides said:

    Rights are a human invention, there is no such thing in nature.

    God has laid out the ten commandments and guidance for mankind in his written word, in English, the King James Bible. 

    The western world developed it's belief in human rights from Judeo-Christian civilization down through the centuries.  

    Rights are not a human invention.  Humans are fallible and sinful.  Some humans did over time recognize the value of the individual and they respected that everyone has certain rights.  But that is more a result of the human conscience that God gave man.  Then later God taught man through his Holy Scripture right from wrong.  Man on his own has always proven a failure.  Without God there is no hope.

  20. On 2/24/2024 at 1:54 PM, herbie said:

    People took those rights, demanded them. Often by force.
    Governments & rulers surrendered them and some even acknowledged those rights.
    God had S.F.A. to do with it.

    Why do you always parrot Satan?  God is omnipotent.  No matter what you say, you will one day find out you are dead wrong.  You are as a speck of dust in the universe and your life is as a vapour that will come and go.  You need to get down on your knees and ask God to be merciful to you.  Read the New Testament and be born again.  That is your ONLY hope.  Jesus is Lord.

  21. 11 hours ago, Michael Hardner said:

    Well.  Yes and no.  We need someone with a large business background to restructure.  All Harris did was hold things back until later.

    Do you seriously think just restructuring a failing health care system would fix the problems?

    Eastern Europe had a Socialist health care system and after the USSR collapsed beginning about 1989, they have been struggling for decades to try to repair the health care system.  One website reports the lifespan of people in Romania is about 73 while western Europe, which has varying degrees of private health care and public health care combined, has an average lifespan of about 83 years.  That is the average person in western Europe is living ten years longer than people in Romania.  Likely the same scenario in other eastern European countries that are struggling to break free of government controlled everything.

    My own personal experience with care in the ER when I had a heart attack tells me our system is a disaster in some cases.  It may have taken many years off my life.  It has left a huge negative impact on my life.  Sometimes supposedly medical professionals are in critical positions that should not be there.  We the public are paying the price.  

    In a private health care system, I believe people are expected to produce good results and the bad apples may be more easily removed or kept out of the critical positions.  I think you should consider that and don't stick with Socialist ideology just for the sake of ideology.  We should have a system that produces the best results for the people, not the best for the bureaucracy or staff as far as shielding poor performance.

    In public systems, I believe staff and people in critical positions have less scrutiny and have too much job protection no matter if they are not qualified for the job.  I suspect private systems have more freedom to move people out of jobs they are not suited for.

    I see unions and associations as a serious threat to health care in public systems if they call the shots for everything and cannot be controlled.  Perhaps private systems with no union or very limited power for associations would be much better for the patients or public.  Unions and professional associations have their place, but when they essentially control the system, then we should realize they are not there for the best interests of the patients, but are putting their own members first in every way.

  22. Why should these separatists think they should have more than their share of the seats in a federal system.  It is just an excuse to demand more or separate.

      Seems to me they have more powers than the other nine provinces in many areas plus they have received a lot of money in equalization payments over the years.  Yet some are still griping.  I don't think the separatists speak for the majority in Quebec.  But we will see what happens.  I think they are far better off in Canada than they would be on their own.

  23. A book has been written:  Welfare, Choice, and Solidarity in Transition: Reforming the Health Sector in Eastern Europe 
 by Janos Kornai and Karen Eggleston
 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001), 365 pp., $69.95 (cloth), $24.95 (paper)

    There are probably lots of lesson we can learn from studying material like this and various other articles.

    The book says in part:

    "The book advocates the establishment of supplementary insurance markets. The authors wonder why such a market has not yet taken hold in most of Eastern Europe. The answer appears to have both a demand- and a supply-side dimension: Private insurers want a piece of the entire health insurance pie and are lobbying policymakers to introduce a lucrative private health insurance market. On the other hand, there is little consumer demand for supplementary insurance (requiring regular premium payments) in an environment where a reasonable under-the-table payment gets you the same level of service in case you need it (without monthly premiums)."

    In Canada, if politicians want to reform the health care system, they probably realize they would be entering a political minefield.  Half of Canada are Socialist-minded and expect government to be their paternal father and take care of them from cradle to grave.  Surprisingly or not so surprisingly, these same people oppose paying anything more for health care and likely oppose supplementary insurance that would require regular payments.  Unfortunately there is no such thing as a free lunch and that clearly applies to health care.

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