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Feds to spend $4.5 billion to buy Trans Mountain pipeline, B.C. terminal

 

May 29, 2018

 

The Canadian government will spend $4.5 billion to buy the Trans Mountain pipeline, the expansion project and Kinder Morgan’s B.C. terminal.

The announcement was made Tuesday morning, just two days before the deadline offered by the company.

“The parties have also agreed to work together to find a buyer for the pipeline and the project between now and July 22,” said Kinder Morgan CEO Steve Kean in a conference call Tuesday.

 

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Opposition to the news was swift Tuesday morning.

“The Trudeau government’s reckless choice to compel Trans Mountain endangers the lives and welfare of its citizens,” said Ruth Breech at Rainforest Action Network. She also invoked other pipeline projects that have faced opposition, such as TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline project that was cancelled last year.

“Trans Mountain is the third major pipeline project to stall in two years because pipelines spell disaster. Kinder Morgan is a bad investment that no one doing their due diligence would touch.”

 

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Justin Trudeau: 'Insulting' To Say Canada's Steel Is A Security Risk To U.S.

 

https://www.huffingt...-us_a_23449743/

 

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(Huffington Post) OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says it is "insulting'' that President Donald Trump says Canada's steel industry poses a national security risk to the United States.

 

Speaking on NBC's Sunday morning news show Meet the Press, Trudeau said he wants to make sure Americans, and more specifically Trump supporters, hear the message that they are going to feel financial strain and pain from the steel tariffs Trump imposed on Canada last week.

 

"The fact that the president has moved forward with these tariffs is not just going to hurt Canadian jobs, it's going to hurt U.S. jobs as well and neither of those things is something Canada wants to see,'' Trudeau said.Tump imposed 25 per cent import duties on steel and 10 per cent on aluminum in early March, citing national security concerns about the impact those imported products were having on the American domestic industries. He exempted Canada, Mexico and the European Union pending additional talks to ease U.S. concerns.

 

On Thursday the White House said the exemptions were being lifted because no satisfactory arrangement had been reached.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks at a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday.
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Donald Trump's dubious attack on U.S.-Canada trade

 

http://www.politifac...s-canada-trade/

 

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(Politifact) Most of the time, Canada isn’t the biggest target of ire for American politicians. But in a speech to governors on Feb. 26, President Donald Trump took aim at the country’s neighbors to the north, calling out the balance of trade between the two nations.

 

On trade, Trump said, "we lose a lot with Canada. People don't know it. Canada's very smooth. They have you believe that it's wonderful. And it is, for them. Not wonderful for us; it's wonderful for them."

 

…The U.S. has a trade surplus with Canada

 

... if you include both goods and services, the United States actually had a trade surplus with Canada in 2015 and 2016, the two most recent years for which this statistic is available. In other words, Canada for the past two years has bought more from the United States than the United States has bought from Canada.

 

….It’s worth adding that a significant historical driver of the U.S. trade deficit in goods with Canada has been crude oil -- a commodity that the United States has usually preferred to buy from Canada when possible, rather than from overseas suppliers that might be subject to greater political instability. It’s also a product for which the United States is increasingly less reliant on foreign sources overall.

 

"After you take out oil products from Canada’s exports to the U.S., the U.S. runs a massive trade surplus plus against Canada," to the tune of $49 billion in 2016, said Daniel Trefler, a professor of economic analysis and policy at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management. "If we are talking about manufacturing jobs, the U.S. is a huge winner."


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I am so ashamed of this president.

 

Trump Asked Trudeau to Answer for War of 1812 in Trade Spat: 'Didn't You Guys Burn Down the White House?'

 

https://www.alternet...burn-down-white

 

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(Alternet) President Donald Trump had an embarrassing phone call with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on May 25 about steel and aluminum import tariffs that found Trump accusing Canada of burning down the White House in 1812.

 

The exchange occurred when Trudeau requested justification for the stated "national security" interests of tariffs on Canada, since the nation is among the closest and most reliable U.S. allies.

 

Trump shot back, "Didn't you guys burn down the White House?"

 

This inaccurate reference is to an incident during the War of 1812, when British troops burned down the White House, as the Ontario region was then a British colony.

 

At no point did any Canadian burn down the White House.


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'Special place in hell': Canada-U.S. relations reach new low as Trump aides heap insults on Trudeau
— to impress Kim Jong Un
By DANIEL DALE WASHINGTON BUREAU CHIEF BRUCE CAMPION-SMITH OTTAWA BUREAU TONDA MACCHARLES OTTAWA BUREAU
11:26 AM, Sun., June 10, 2018

 

WASHINGTON—Top advisers to U.S. President Donald Trump heaped unprecedented insults on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Sunday, bringing U.S.-Canada relations to a modern low — in an attempt, one of the advisers suggested, to impress North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

In interviews on CNN on Fox News, Trump’s top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, and one of his top aides on trade, Peter Navarro, slammed Trudeau with a series of disparaging adjectives, from “amateurish” to “dishonest,” and accused him of a backstabbing “betrayal” of the president.

It was unclear why Trump and his aides have suddenly begun speaking of Trudeau this way. Until Kudlow explained: Trump is attacking Trudeau because he is trying to show Kim that he is tough.

Never before have senior White House officials gone on television and made such claims about Canada’s leader. The rhetoric was particularly striking given Trump’s positive words this week about Kim, a brutal totalitarian.

 

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Canada should build a wall, that would be hillarious.



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Trans Mountain spill 48 times larger than B.C. government first reported

 

KAMLOOPS, B.C.—Officials say a spill from Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline two weeks ago was 48 times larger than initially reported.

 
The B.C. Ministry of Environment says the spill volume reported from the company’s Darfield station north of Kamloops on May 27 has been revised to 4,800 litres from 100 litres.
 
It says 100 litres is the minimum threshold under the company’s spill reporting obligations, so that’s why the ministry estimated 100 litres at the time.
 
Trans Mountain spokesperson Ali Hounsell says the company never provided an estimate of how much medium crude oil escaped, other than to confirm with regulators that it was over the reportable threshold.

Lovely news, especially seeing as this thing passes through my goddamn neighbourhood. You know, I understand the need to consider the potential economic benefits to Canada as a nation, but I would bet that those slamming environmental opposition to this project are the same types who protest wind turbine farms as "ugly" and "monstrous". Hey at least those turbines don't carry the risk of exploding and leaking a few thousand liters of oil, which for all we know, could very well end up in our water supply without us ever hearing about it. If the pipeline expansion goes ahead (which it will), I don't wanna hear another word from any Canadian about not wanting wind turbines in "their backyard". 

 

Actually, the smart thing for BC to do would be to let the damn thing go ahead already, but on the condition that the federal government increases investment in renewable energy throughout BC. Actually, throughout Canada for that matter. That way, we the taxpayers don't buy out this dirty pipeline (as is currently the plan), and the money goes to local renewable energy projects instead. I mean, if the federal government really wants to splurge $4.5 billion, far better that they do it on a growing and innovative industry. Let Kinder Morgan expand the pipeline at their own cost. That way, Canada gets the much touted economic wonders of this pipeline expansion, and we also increase sustainable development. It's a win-win, really.



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DHS Announces 'Strengthened Northern Border Strategy' Amid Growing Tensions Between U.S. and Canada

http://www.newsweek....tensions-973115

DHS Announces ‘Strengthened Northern Border Strategy’ Amid Growing Tensions Between U.S. and Canada
By Chantal Da Silva On 6/12/18 at 1:16 PM

With tensions between the U.S. and Canada on the rise, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced a "strengthened" Northern Border Strategy that it claims will help "combat terrorism" and "help facilitate travel and trade" at its border with Canada.

In a press release published on Tuesday, the DHS said its new strategy "establishes a clear vision and concrete actions that will improve DHS's efforts to safeguard our northern border against terrorist and criminal threats, facilitate the safe and efficient flow of lawful cross-border trade and travel and strengthen cross-border critical infrastructure protection and community resilience."

While the newly released border strategy opens with a summary calling the U.S. and Canada "two friendly nations with a long history of social, cultural and economic ties," tensions between the countries have become increasingly fraught.

The border strategy's release comes just days after President Donald Trump announced steel, aluminum and auto tariffs on its northern ally, citing a "national security" threat.

more...

 

 

http://www.newsweek....tensions-973115



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Trump has the power to change minds instantly: Favorable view of Canada has dropped from 94% to 66%
 

This, in fact, is the poignant and quite bonkers script in Trump’s head: that the economy was in free-fall until he took office, after which it soared; that he alone has brought black and Hispanic unemployment down; that his administration has accomplished more than any other at this point in its term; that the Democrats colluded with the Kremlin to try to rig the election; that Robert Mueller is a closet Democrat; that climate change is a hoax; that the American-created international trading system was designed to hurt the U.S.; that you can borrow over a trillion dollars in a full employment economy with no consequences in inflation or debt; and that sabotaging the ACA will lead to lower premiums, greater choice, and better health outcomes for all. Each one of these assertions is what he wants to be true. And so they are true. As the chairwoman of the GOP just explained to any skeptics left in the formerly conservative party: “Anyone that does not embrace the Donald Trump agenda of making America great again will be making a mistake.”

The bad news is that a vast chunk of the American public wants all this to be true as well. If you had any doubts that the GOP is now a cult, this week’s primary results should put them to rest. Republican voters have decided that they will follow their leader no matter what he says, and if that means changing their minds on a dime, so be it. Take Canada. Not so long ago, it was funny to attack our benevolent neighbor to the north. Countless episodes of South Park wouldn’t have worked without the baseline of reality that Canada is about as good and boring a neighbor as you can possibly imagine. But Trump has the power to change minds instantly. So in February this year, 94 percent had a favorable view of Canada. Now, only 66 percent have a favorable view, with 13 in opposition and 22 percent suddenly unsure. Only two years ago, free trade was as solid a shibboleth for the GOP as it gets; now, it’s anathema, even for Larry Kudlow! And watching every Republican senator, apart from McCain, Flake, and Corker (all retiring), stay utterly silent after their president praised a mass-murdering dictator and gave him a global PR coup … well, it’s no longer surprising, but it should remain shocking.

 

http://nymag.com/dai...ality-show.html


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Trudeau's popularity rises 12% to 52% since Trump called him weak at the G7.
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Trudeau's popularity rises 12% to 52% since Trump called him weak at the G7.
CTV News.

Trump picking on Trudeau is really a god-send for our PM. He was super popular in 2015, but he really started slipping in the polls, especially after his disastrous India visit (where a purported Sikh terrorist was allowed to enter his gathering). With the next federal election scheduled for October 2019 at the latest, Trudeau finally has a chance to stand up for Canada in the eyes of Canadians. I'm sure it's not news that he's frequently called weak, or to put it in internet terms, a "raging cucklord". Here comes along Trump, and hands him the opportunity to make himself look strong. 

 

Make no mistake about Canadians; underneath all the talk about being a bunch of peaceful, maple syrup eating, pot-smoking lumberjacks, we can still be pretty nationalist. I mean the very fact that we call ourselves the great white north hints that we see ourselves as somewhat special. This is most apparent when we talk about the US; the most common thing you'll hear a Canadian say abroad is "I'm Canadian, not American". The most common country we compare ourselves to in order to make ourselves feel better is the US. It's not so much an obnoxious nationalism where a nation says "we're the best and if you disagree we're gonna burn you to the ground". It's a lot more toned down. Indeed, it's almost like we're proud of not being overtly nationalist (the same kind nationalism as the US or Russia) to the point that it becomes kind of nationalist. Our politicians don't often tap into this buried nationalism, but with the US increasingly acting like a pariah towards its closest allies, I think Trudeau has the chance to really rally some support for himself.


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I'm not sure Trudeau can recover from that 'people kind' comment. Trudeau is even losing popularity among his main voting base, namely women and minorities, because despite all the political correctness, even they don't like a wuss. 

 

 



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Trump basically just gave Trudeau a second term. Like, I'm still not quite totally convinced Trump isn't a deep cover Democratic plant sometimes. 
The thing is, Trudeau's still stuck between a rock and a dirty orange dick. Canada can't win a trade war against the USA. If Trump had any sense of intelligence anymore, he'd know that he'd be able to take Trudeau out with ease if he just stopped pissing tariffs everywhere and instead focused on one country at a time. A directed trade-war with Canada would destroy Trudeau with ease with relatively minimal harm to the US. 
Instead, Trump's spraying and praying to a god that doesn't believe in him, because China can pick up the slack. 
 
The problem is that Canadians don't really hold China in high esteem considering what Chinese millionaires did to property prices and the very obvious economic underhandedness they engage in. If Trump were still sane, he'd recognize that the US and Canada had to team up to counter China fully rather than making sure to apply the 'enemy of my enemy' strategy because now Canada has no choice but to turn to China. They can't turn to Europe either, especially if Europe itself is turning to China.
 
If Trudeau does turn to China, he'll be letting in a foreign power that wants to tear us down and rebuild us in their image the way we tried (and failed) to do to them. But if he doesn't stand up to Trump, he'll be cast as a traitor and a pussy, possibly allowing an extremist demagogue to rise to power fueled by anti-American sentiments, because Canada won't roll over for America in this case.

There'll be hard times for Canada in the coming months and years. 
 

I'm not sure Trudeau can recover from that 'people kind' comment. Trudeau is even losing popularity among his main voting base, namely women and minorities, because despite all the political correctness, even they don't like a wuss.

I'm not sure how "popularity climbing rapidly across the country" translates to "losing popularity even among his voter base" but whatever floats your boat.


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Well, to be fair, the last time I checked Trudeau's popularity was a few months ago. I guess popularity changes on the whim of the public. However, how 'popular' someone is, often changes according to the source. The media has been portraying Justin from the beginning like some kind of rock star, just like his father (Ie. Trudeau mania), but real attitudes on leaders is often quite different. A lot of the youtube comments I have read about Justin, are far from flattering, referring to him with the likes of, 'former substitute drama teacher'.



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That's no different from the way the media treats any leader.

Hell, just look at Trump! There are practically two different worlds online between those who think he's the God Emperor and those who think he's the Orange Fuhrer. 

 

Also, by the way, to answer your question about video embedding, there's something amiss with the forum code and videos don't work for anyone right now (YouTube videos at least; Vimeo works just fine). As it currently stands, we'll just have to wait until the new forum's up and running.


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If Trudeau does turn to China, he'll be letting in a foreign power that wants to tear us down and rebuild us in their image the way we tried (and failed) to do to them. But if he doesn't stand up to Trump, he'll be cast as a traitor and a pussy, possibly allowing an extremist demagogue to rise to power fueled by anti-American sentiments, because Canada won't roll over for America in this case.

There'll be hard times for Canada in the coming months and years. 

 

 

I agree with everything else, but I think the prospect of Canada getting an extremist demagogue a la Trump is very low right now. I mean sure, Ontario just got Doug Ford as premier, but at the federal level there aren't really any crazies. The most likely scenario if Trudeau takes this sitting down is that some boring, old-fashioned conservative like Scheer will take over. 

 

To be fair though, given that the US seems bent on tearing apart the liberal world order that it created, any resulting economic harm to its allies will increase anti-American sentiment. I mean, Trump putting tariffs on our steel isn't enough to have us pulling an Iran in parliament, but if this trade war with China spirals out of control I'm sure many will see the US as the instigator. Yes, the US is right to act against China because of its unfair trade policies, but the way you do that is hand-in-hand with your closest allies. You don't go around backstabbing your friends while you're trying to take down the big bully. You're just placing yourself in a position where it's hard to have sympathy for you. First, you cause direct damage to your allies' economies, fraying your relationships. Second, given that relations are now strained, it will be harder to get your allies to back your plans for China. Third, once shit hits the fan with China and affects us all indirectly, your allies will remember how this started with you slapping billions of dollars in tariffs on them. 

 

 

Trump basically just gave Trudeau a second term. Like, I'm still not quite totally convinced Trump isn't a deep cover Democratic plant sometimes. 

No, more than anything, this goes to show that Trump is either a Chinese or Russian plant. Really, the US is in free fall right now.



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Canada's House of Commons votes to legalize marijuana

 

Canadian lawmakers on Monday voted to legalize recreational marijuana nationwide.

 
The House of Commons voted 205-82 to accept some of the Senate’s proposed amendments on the bill, sending the bill back to the upper chamber for continued debate and a final decision. The bill would lift a 95-year-old ban on recreational marijuana and sets the government up to regulate production, possession and sale of marijuana to Canadians over the age of 18.
 
The House of Commons turned down some of the Senate's proposed amendments, including a ban on pot producers selling branded merchandise and giving provinces the power to ban homegrown marijuana, according to CTV News.
 
The Senate could take its next step forward as early as Monday evening. Lawmakers have said they expect marijuana to be legal and available about September.

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Trump accuses Canadians of smuggling U.S. goods across the border to get around 'massive' tariffs
Source: Financial Post

 

Trump said Canada imposes such onerous tariffs on U.S. products -- shoes, for instance -- that people are forced to 'scuff 'em up' in order to 'smuggle' them home

The Canadian Press
June 19, 2018
1:46 PM EDT

 

OTTAWA — U.S. President Donald Trump is accusing Canadians of buying products south of the border, then sneaking them back home — all because of what he calls “massive” tariffs on American goods.

Trump, speaking to a gathering of small business owners in Washington, is railing again against the North American Free Trade Agreement, saying the U.S. can no longer afford to be the “stupid country.”

He says Canada imposes such onerous tariffs on U.S. products — shoes, for instance — that people are forced to “scuff ’em up” in order to “smuggle” them home.

Trump says he’s looking out for American farmers and manufacturers, and again takes issue with Canada’s supply management system for dairy farmers.

 

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Edit:  First story added below as it sets the context for the second story.

 

Trudeau: Canada to Legalize Marijuana on Oct. 17

 

https://www.courthou...uana-on-oct-17/

 

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TORONTO (AP) — Marijuana will be legal nationwide in Canada starting Oct. 17 in a move that should take market share away from organized crime and protect the country’s youth, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday.

 

The Senate gave final passage to the bill to legalize cannabis on Tuesday, legislation that will make Canada only the second country in the world to make pot legal across the country.

 

Trudeau said provincial and territorial governments need the time to prepare for retail sales.

 

“It is our hope as of October 17 there will be a smooth operation of retail cannabis outlets operated by the provinces with an online mail delivery system operated by the provinces that will ensure that this happens in an orderly fashion,” Trudeau said.

 

The prime minister said at a news conference that the goal is to take a significant part of the market share away from organized crime.

 

 

Canada Is About to Inhale the Global Pot Market. Thanks, Jeff Sessions.

 

https://www.motherjo...ump-canopy-pot/

 

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(Mother Jones) In the dark of a frigid February morning on the outskirts of Ottawa, Canada, a convoy of trucks pulled up to the loading docks of a refurbished Hershey’s factory that’s now the headquarters of the world’s largest marijuana company—Canopy Growth Corp. Horticulturists in Tyvek suits began loading the vehicles with unmarked boxes, each the size of four refrigerators. The boxes were filled with 100,000 baby cannabis plants that had been packaged for transport to a 1.3 million-square-foot former bell pepper greenhouse in British Columbia, just miles from the US border. By the time the plants were flown cross-country and transplanted into their new home, it was dark again—and the greenhouse had temporarily claimed the coveted title of world’s largest grow op.

 

The plants could yield as much as 88,000 pounds of bud when they mature this June. That’s only a fraction of what is predicted to be the biggest legal marijuana harvest in history—as much as 1.1 million pounds—just in time for Canada to corner the international weed market.

 

It has been three years since Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was elected on a platform that included lifting restrictions on recreational cannabis use. Canada is now doing what only Uruguay has done before: legalize recreational marijuana on a national scale. The scope of the pending rollout is unprecedented, even compared with what’s transpired in California, which has 4 million more inhabitants than Canada. It will create a nationwide system in which weed is treated less like a narcotic and more like booze, taxed and sold mostly in state-run stores where any adult can buy. And it’s happening while legal growers in the United States navigate a patchwork of state laws and watch the hands-off approach to marijuana enforcement of the Obama years give way to Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decidedly retrograde anti-weed stance.

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Workers from Guatemala check on recently planted clones in Canopy Growth Corp.’s massive British Columbia facility. 

 

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