Nazis? Just when you think he can’t get any lower, Trudeau does

“Dirty Jew.”

It’s the Summer of 1986. The place: Caroline, Alta., just outside Red Deer.

The slur has been uttered by Terry Long, the “High Aryan Warrior Priest” of the Canadian branch of the Aryan Nations. I’m at the fenced gate leading to Long’s acreage. On either side of me are Meir Halevi and Irv Rubin — the Canadian and American leaders of the Jewish Defence League.

And Long has just called Rubin “a dirty Jew.” One of his followers, holding a rifle, laughs.

It’s a couple years later, Canada Day weekend 1988. I’m in Minden, Ont., at night, outside the rural property of John Beattie, one-time leader of the Canadian Nazi Party. A hundred or so neo-Nazi skinheads have gathered at Beattie’s property — for a cross burning.

As the cross is set alight, I can hear a hundred young voices shouting, their voices echoing through the woods: “Sieg heil! Sieg heil!”

Hail victory.

And now, it’s many years later. Things have gotten worse. A lunatic is in the White House, one whose very first promise was to bar Muslims from the United States. Far-right “populists” are seizing power all over. Racist and anti-Semitic crimes are surging, around the globe.

And Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has just suggested his principal opponent,  Andrew Scheer, is in league with white supremacists. Or neo-Nazis. Or both.

“The Conservative leader refuses to denounce white supremacists!” Trudeau yells in the House of Commons. One of his ministers follows suit, and says that Scheer is “associated” with a neo-Nazi leader. Another minister says that Scheer “shares platforms” with white supremacists.

None of these things are true — Scheer has repeatedly denounced white supremacy in the House, and is in no way sympathetic to neo-Naziism. But it doesn’t matter.

The Liberal government, desperate to move on from the Lavscam scandal, has landed on a repellant strategy: brand the Conservative leader a Nazi sympathizer.

It’s dishonest and it’s despicable, but Trudeau is also undeterred. The Liberal leader is double-digits behind the Tory leader, some polls suggest. He is frantically attempting to change the channel from Lavscam.

But what Justin Trudeau is doing is dangerous. And it’s bad for the very minority communities Trudeau professes to support.

Here’s why.

This writer has been writing about, and researching, and opposing, the racist right for more than three decades. I wrote a national bestseller about subject, too, called Web of Hate.

I helped, along with my wife Lisa and others, get a Holocaust-denying newspaper barred from the postal system, and pushed to get its publisher and editor convicted of promoting hate against Jews and women (their sentencing is next Friday in Toronto).

So, take my word for it: Andrew Scheer is no neo-Nazi. I’ve gone face-to-face with real neo-Nazis — Hell, that one in Caroline, Alta., jammed his rifle into my chest — and what Trudeau and his party are doing is so, so wrong.

Suggesting someone like Scheer is a Nazi minimizes the actual crimes of actual Nazis, such as Adolf Hitler. Suggesting a political opponent is a white supremacist makes it harder to identify and oppose real white supremacists.

And, most of all, it trivializes the suffering of real victims of Naziism and hate. It makes people cynical and dismissive about calls to oppose the real haters. And it makes things that much easier for the Jew-hating High Aryan Warrior Priest, or the hundred skinheads screaming Hitler’s name one night. It helps them.

So, what Justin Trudeau is doing is more than disgusting. It is disgraceful.

Because when everyone is a Nazi, Prime Minister, then no one is.


Twitter is a joke

I reported this to ⁦‪Twitter‬⁩. They said it isn’t a violation of their end user agreement. Guess I’ve got to sue them again.




#LavScam latest: Trudeau wants to give these creeps a sweetheart deal

An excellent Lavscam investigative report by CBC, no less.  And it’s a doozy.

Millions of dollars in a safe to facilitate bribes.  Massive fraud.  And Justin Trudeau’s favourite engineering firm still up to its ears in slime.  The same firm which, also this morning, we are hearing in the indispensable Hill Times that what I reported weeks ago is true: they are going to get the deferred prosecution sweetheart deal that Jody Wilson-Raybould fought, and was martyred over.

Some of the CBC yarn below.  Full story here.

If called to testify at an SNC-Lavalin trial, he could expose who else in the senior ranks may have known about $47.7 million in bribes and $130 million in fraud tied to projects in Libya — crimes the RCMP alleges were committed by the company between 2001 and 2011.

SNC-Lavalin has been lobbying hard behind the scenes to secure what’s called a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) to avoid going to trial. The company, as well as its supporters in government, argue thousands of jobs are at risk if it is convicted and barred from bidding on federal contracts.

But a CBC News investigation reveals why 12 top directors who left the company years ago also have plenty at stake if the case goes to trial. SNC-Lavalin’s former board is an influential who’s who of the corporate elite that includes former senators, banking executives and members of the Order of Canada. They will all likely face close — and very public — scrutiny if called to testify about whether they knew of any corruption happening on their watch.

By piecing together public records, including past testimony, exhibits, depositions and separate civil suits involving the company, CBC News has uncovered a string of instances where those board members were allegedly told of financial irregularities — including a $10-million stash of cash kept in an office safe in Libya.

…if the claims and allegations are true, it means the company, despite red flags, continued its lavish spending to win contracts from Libya’s Gadhafi regime.

In 2008, SNC-Lavalin played host to Saadi Gadhafi. The playboy son of the Libyan dictator spent three months in Canada, visiting Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver in a trip arranged by Ben Aïssa.

Outside auditors raised concerns about the bills totalling $1.9 million.

RCMP forensic accountants have since scoured 44,000 pages of company records. At the 2017 preliminary hearing for bribery charges against an SNC-Lavalin financial controller, Stéphane Roy, investigators testified that they uncovered bills for private security and hospitality that included:

  • $30,000 for escorts.

  • $180,000 for a stay at the Hyatt Regency in Toronto.

  • $193,501.81 for limousine rides.

  • Cash advances of up to $15,000.


Lisa Kinsella on the Ford budget – and indigenous people

OPINION: Ford government’s budget lacks commitment to Indigenous peoples

BY LISA KINSELLA

“There’s some positives to it and there’s some negatives and there are a few things that just don’t make any sense,” said Joel Abram, the Grand Chief of the Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians.

That pretty much sums up the Ford government’s budget commitments to Indigenous peoples.

Surprisingly, funding to Indigenous Affairs has been cut despite new initiatives announced in the budget.

And let’s not forget that the Ford government eliminated a stand-alone Indigenous Affairs ministry when it announced its first Cabinet last year, a move that many saw as the government signaling a weakening commitment to First Nations in this province.

Chiefs across Ontario met Ford’s budget with skepticism.

Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler said: “The first budget by the Ford government makes many commitments…but is lacking in specifics… We are concerned with the funding reduction for the Ministry of Indigenous Affairs and the impact that it will have on the delivery of programs and services to our First Nations.”

This big ideas, smaller budget approach is indeed an odd way to manage Indigenous Affairs.

A consistent issue with this budget specifically, and the government more broadly, is that it states there are opportunities to ensure Indigenous communities benefit from the resource sector, but there are no details yet on how.

Following Thursday’s budget, Ontario Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald said: “There will be a continued need and opportunity to support First Nations through more substantial investments, to not only prevent inter-generational tragedy, but strengthen the success and well-being of First Nations communities and people.”

She could not be more right. This government needs to go further in its engagement with First Nations communities.

Since the federal Liberal Party of Canada formed government in 2015, there is greater awareness among Canadians about the issues many Indigenous communities face: housing, poverty, lack of clean drinking water and inter-generational trauma.

Canadians are now more aware of the effects of residential schools, the Sixties Scoop, as well as missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls — and a great many of us believe that we must right these wrongs.

Over recent weeks, we witnessed the removal from the federal Liberal caucus of two women who had been working tirelessly to do just that — Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott.

Wilson-Raybould, herself Indigenous, a lawyer and a former British Columbia regional chief for the Assembly of First Nations, has become one of the most talked — and written — about people in the country.

The subsequent drop in support for the Liberal Party of Canada and a renewed spotlight on reconciliation and Indigenous priorities should be a big lesson to Conservatives — both those in government and those who wish to form government.

It’s time to do better. It’s time to embrace reconciliation in a real and meaningful way. It’s time for all parties to make this issue a priority and not just a talking point.

This budget demonstrates that the Ford government hasn’t fully committed to First Nations and reconciliation. Not only is that a huge step backwards, it’s a lost opportunity to do the right thing.

— Lisa Kinsella is the managing partner of the Daisy consulting group and runs its Indigenous practice

On Twitter: @lisakinsella


#LavScam by the numbers: Trudeau is losing – badly

Wow.

The Toronto Star, of all media organizations, commissioned a poll after Justin Trudeau martyred Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott. And, according to the most Liberal-friendly paper of all, he’s in a free fall.

Story here, key facts below:

A new poll suggests Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives continue to have the most support among decided and leaning voters, while a majority of respondents to the survey said they disapprove of Justin Trudeau’s performance as prime minister. 

Forty-two per cent of decided and leaning voters said they support the Conservative Party. That compares with 29 per cent who intend to vote for the governing Liberals, and 12 per cent who support the New Democratic Party.

At the same time, 60 per cent of respondents to the latest poll said they disapprove of Trudeau’s job performance as prime minister, while more than half — 57 per cent — said Canada is either “much worse” or “a bit worse” than in 2015, when the Liberal government came to power.