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  1. McDonald's is replacing plastic cutlery with wooden cutlery. Plastic straws are now paper. It's biodegradeable but it is better to be cutting down more trees?
  2. I think a big problem in democracy is that parties are catch-alls for all issues. You only get 1 vote, but there's dozens of key issues to decide. The few most important issues usually decide elections but all others the citizens get no say on.
  3. You can formally reject your ballot. Rejected ballots are counted. Spoiled ballots aren't, well no different than if someone accidentally marks their ballot wrong. If the government forced me to vote i would probably reject my ballot as an F U. People always whine about the system when they don't get the result they want. I mean mandatory voting, really? Just take the loss and deal and stop telling other people what to do.
  4. The forms you fill out on your way back into the country is for the things you're importing into the country with you. You don't have unlimited rights to import goods into the country. However, you are free to leave and return to the country as you please and the government can't stop you. It's in the Charter.
  5. Yeah sounds like corruption. "Paul Cullors, brother of the co-founder, received a large sum of US$840,000 for providing security services to the organization." LOL.
  6. Every Canadian has a Charter right to leave their country and return to their country. Only the items they bring into the country can be denied, not they themselves. If you had no luggage, as far as I know as long as you prove your identity and citizenship status (via your passport or whatnot) you don't have to answer any questions from Canadian border officials because of these rights. Just like you don't have to answer any questions from cops. During the pandemic i could see the questions on this app being necessary but at this point I think we're good, and no need of it from mid-May until the fall when COVID cases are so low. For the Liberal Party, for some reason the Charter is so often inconvenient to them, they clearly either don't understand it or don't respect it. They definitely have little respect for the privacy of Canadians.
  7. Trudeau is pretty unpopular among Canadians according to polls. The CPC also won the popular vote the last 2 federal elections. So his support is overstated in the OP.
  8. 1. Homeowners aren't making money if when they sell their home they have to buy another home, which is the vast majority of people because everyone has to live somewhere. If housing prices rise to 2 million on average you can sell your house for 2 million then have to buy another house for 2 million, or downsize to a condo that costs 1.5 million. You didn't make any money. If home prices crash and cost 200k on average you sell your home right now for 200k and then have to buy another home for 200k or a condo for 150k. You didn't lose any money. The only way to make money in selling your primary residence is to move into an entirely different market that is much cheaper and not affected by these housing prices, which doesn't much seem to exist in North America. The only way you make money is by having a second residence you're speculating on, or you're a developer or a bank. A home is a basic human need like food and clothing, it shouldn't exist primarily for profit by speculators, developers, or banks. Every extra dollar spent on a mortgage is a dollar your standard of living has decreased because you can't spend that dollar on something else. Canadians spend a higher % of their income on housing than any other developed country. Homelessness is rising. Our politicians have screwed them by permitting the speculation for decades. Many of them have investment properties too, they're in on the screwjob. 2. Politicians have different factors to consider before making an economic policy decision. They listen to economic advisors, lobbyists/donors, public polling etc. This crisis was created by policies at different levels of government that have lasted decades. A few years ago my city council and mayor elections started allowing private donors to donate. They previously hadn't and have since banned the practice. They publish the donations publicly. The number of housing developers and individuals associated with them on the list was alarming. Your city is no different: https://acorncanada.org/blogto-all-toronto-city-council-alleged-have-accepted-donations-developers
  9. 1. Well i don't. As I said factors need to be weighed. Studies and analysis need to be done. I'm no expert but it doesn't seem like allowing foreign speculators to buy up Canadian housing is serving Canadians very well. The car example was just an example, i'm no expert there either. 2. True. Just giving an example. 3. Sometimes. Example: Trudeau's gov would only sign the TPP after the other countries agreed to rename it the "The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership" because they wanted to rebrand it as "progressive" in order to virtue signal. But to be clear I think corruption, election calculus, and economics drives the large majority of decisions in our trade policy, not wokeism. Our politicians are selfish. Their primary motivation isn't the good of the country, it's to remain in power. For Trudeau he also wants to look good in front of everyone. Trudeau has a big ego and wants to appear to be saving the climate, saving women, saving indigenous etc. so he looks like a hero. That's where a lot of the wokeness comes from. I'm not saying wokeism is the only factor in Trudeau decisions, again many factors involved, but he doesn't deserve the benefit of the doubt that the national interest is his primary motivation. 4. Again, many factors at work. The last of the 5 eyes to ban Hauwei. Weak leadership. I'm sure much of that was fear of China trade retaliation. Maybe Hauwei is in their pockets too, who knows. I'm sure we'd be alarmed at how much the CCP has paid off our politicians over the decades. But letting them use 5G would be unpopular with voters so they can't allow it. If the public didn't care who knows what Canada would have done, we've been sold down the river before. Liberals and Harper were weak on national security re: China, probably due to corruption. It's not like CSIS wasn't ringing the alarm for over a decade. Canadian corporations want to trade with China too, good for profits, so of course they'd lobby too. Canadian developers and banks have made tons of money from foreign real estate speculators. High housing prices are wonderful for them.
  10. 2. What is a "frothy platitude"? Here's a good explanation I found: 3. I'm not anti-trade deals. A government's primary job is to advance the interests of the nation and its citizens. If a trade deal does that, great. As you say, there are usually winners and losers in any trade deal. This needs to be factored and weighed. I am a populist, as opposed to an elitist, therefore what benefits the general populace should be given priority over what benefits the wealthy and gov elites etc. I also support orienting toward nativism over globalism when interests collide, meaning what government policy that benefits Canada/Canadians is far more important (generally, some exceptions apply) than what benefits people/companies/countries outside Canada. The problem in Canada is that we have had politicians for decades that have oriented too much towards elitism and globalism to the detriment of Canadians and Canada's national interests. I suspect much of this is due to corruption, some of it due to ideology, in Trudeau gov's case. For example, allowing car manufacturing jobs to be exported means auto employees lose, but car buyers in the country win due to lower car prices, and car companies win from higher profit margins. The alternative is keeping high paying union auto jobs and slapping on tarrifs to foreign cars being imported so domestic car companies can compete, which will result in more expensive cars for Canadians. Sounds like exporting those jobs is the right thing to do. In terms of housing, allowing foreign speculators to buy up Canadian housing is good for foreign speculators and Canadian developers, but bad for any Canadian wanting to buy a home as it lowers supply and increased demand for housing, raising prices for Canadian homebuyers. Frothy translation: foreign investors and Canadian developers can suck it. If orienting towards globalism/globalization for a certain policy advances the national interests and/or interests of everyday Canadians I will support it. If it doesn't, I won't support it. This goes for just about every other government policy, with allowance for some basic human rights. ie: I won't support our government bombing a village in Africa so we can steal their gold and increase gov revenues. So the problems are: 1. our politicians are corrupt, and 2. some of them are too concerned with political correctness and virtue signaling to stand up to foreign interests in favour of Canadian interests for fear of being called racist, discriminatory or making some ethnic constituency PO'd etc. If a Canadian politician is corrupt, and/or too cowardly to make a decision that some may deem racist but actually isn't and they aren't able to act in Canada's best interests they should resign or be voted out.
  11. You keep asserting that the only other option besides softness is cruelty, aka the only other choice to deal with problems besides a progressive approach is a conservative approach. False dichotomy. We keep thinking like this and society will crumble.
  12. https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-trudeau-promises-to-address-high-rates-of-indigenous-incarceration/ We have a PM who wants to reduce the "over-representation" of indigenous people in our prisons and has automatically assumed, without providing any evidence whatsoever, that indigenous peoples in Canada are overrepresented because our justice system is racist. Maybe it is. Can we get some evidence on the scope of the problem before we start drawing conclusions so our PM can signal his virtue? If he wants to really fix the problem he should spend lots of money to educate them so they can get good jobs and not be stuck in generational poverty. The link between poverty and crime is clear. The last time the gov did this they sent them to residential schools, so they can't even do that right.
  13. You are presenting a false dichotomy. There's a happy middle between letting him rot in Gitmo and allowing him to fly around on Air Canada flights.
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