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I wont vote for Trudeau for the brownface but I'll vote because I can't pay my tuition.
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NDP and Bloc Quebecois are the only valid options to me. I'd say green. But Canadian greens smell of green liberalism to me or in other words, virtue signaling while still killing the planet. I understand that NDP is leaning more and more liberal nowadays and has fallen for trying to be an alternative to the Liberal Party while just being the Liberal party, but there's a chance they've learned from their mistakes and will swing farther left like they used to due to insurgent elements within their own party. If they don't again this time around then screw them too, mandatory French lessons and Quebecois supremacy for all the canucks ;)



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Bloc Quebecois being left-wing is a bad guise. Quebec nationalism is very intertwined with anti-Arabism and Islamophobia, and I'd switch them out for the Green party. The Green Party still is pretty leftist, but their issue is that they place environmentalist and pacifist concerns center to and seperate from structural and economic concerns, which are pretty intertwined.

I can only link an article right now, since I'm pretty brain dead from insomnia and a shitty mattress, but for something against Quebec nationalism.

https://www.google.c...a/amp/1.3960181

It's for that reason, as well as other reasons like my bias against French nationalists in general, that I don't support Quebec nationalism.
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EXCLUSIVE: Video shows Trudeau in blackface in 3rd instance of racist makeup

 

The video, obtained exclusively by Global News, shows Trudeau covered in what appears to be dark makeup and raising his hands in the air while laughing, sticking his tongue out and making faces. He’s wearing a white T-shirt, and his jeans are ripped at the knees. It appears as though his arms and legs are covered in makeup as well.

 
It does not appear the video was shot at the same time and place as the other photos of Trudeau in racist makeup.
 
Global News obtained the video from a source within the Conservative Party of Canada and independently verified it to be true with Liberal party officials before reporting on it.

If this were any other politician, they would have been buried by now. One picture? Passable as a mistake by some. Three known instances of racist makeup? Are we talking about Trudeau here, or the leader of the KKK? Maybe it's a sign that cancel culture has died down a bit. In any case, I can't see Trudeau winning the next election, the Liberals are gonna lose big from this. With a split left, it looks like we're gonna have a Conservative government.



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The source did not shoot the video, but Global News subsequently reached the person believed to have shot the video. That person would neither confirm or deny that it was Trudeau in the video, nor would they confirm the time and place of the video.

 

What a shitshow the information age is.

 

EDIT: I think the reason it isn't canceling him is that he's the leader of the liberal party, and his history of public liberal rhetoric solidified his new political character. While cancel culture and outrage often doesn't seem irrational, people can understand that a racist thing someone did 18 years ago when they were young is different than someone tweeting racist comments 2 years ago, or pulling out rhetoric someone held on a public stage without going through a process of public apology or acknowledgement that they changed their opinion.

 

It'll out him as being a big hypocrite, and from now on anytime he tries to feel outraged over social justice issues his opponent will just bring up Prince Trudeau Ababwa.


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Bloc Quebecois being left-wing is a bad guise. 

 

Darn. That's disappointing. The articles I've seen have ignorantly painted them as opposition to the neoliberals without regard for other parts of their platform it seems. Nationalism is this tenuous thing. Sometimes when I see a nationalist party it's not actually nationalist and is just using the word for optics purposes like the SNP in Scotland. Other times it's like the AFD in Germany and the party is full of a bunch of closet Nazis. I was clearly blind in the case of Bloc Quebecois. Not saying that BQ is as bad as the AFD yet, but they're worse than I thought they were. 



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To our Canadian members: what issue(s) are the most important for you this upcoming election?

 

To me it's environmental policy, affordable housing, and innovation.

 

The main issue that has affected me day-to-day is the Trans-Mountain pipeline. I voted Liberal in 2015, my riding went Liberal, and after all the environmental promises made on environment last time around, they decided to ram through the Trans-Mountain pipeline expansion literally right outside my doorstep. Every day for the past few years, I've had to put up with road closures popping up on every street around my neighbourhood because of this pipeline. To be fair though, my MP did oppose the expansion up until it was rammed through by Trudeau, and even joined protestors. I do appreciate that the Liberals banned tanker traffic off the northern coast of BC though. NDP seems to have a much more ambitious environmental policy, although it's true that you only really see a party's real platform once they get into power. I'm encouraged to see Conservatives finally acknowledge climate change is real and man-made, and I was intrigued to hear about their idea to scrap the carbon tax in favour of making emitters pay into a green energy innovation fund. However, let's be real; they're Conservatives and they'll still lick the boots of big oil. 

 

I also have to consider each party's chances of winning. I do believe in such thing as a wasted vote. I don't buy the idea that you should vote for whoever represents your views the best. You should vote for who represents your ideas the best, and has a reasonable chance of winning. If it's a tie up between all parties, then sure you should vote with your heart only. But if your party is standing at 1.5% of the popular vote, and the front-runners are tied at 50-50, it would be much more strategic to vote for the front-runner who better aligns with your views. Conservatives, Greens, and the PPC have no chance in my riding. So for me, this strategically leaves me with two options; Liberal or NDP. My vote can either take away a seat from the Liberals, and maybe give the Conservatives a better chance of winning, and give the NDP (a party with very little chances of having a national impact) an extra seat. Or I can help the Liberals extend their lead over Conservatives. I think out of those two choices, Liberals would be the safer choice.



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^Yes, that's how I'm voting too. My riding is on a head between Liberals and Conservatives so my vote is already picked for me.
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What's your impression of the PPC, Outlook? I think it's a party destined to fail. Populism made some waves in Europe around 2016, but I think they would be lucky to even get a single seat in Canada today. The only way I can see them ever getting a bigger following is if the oil sands fail, or are shut down, and most of Alberta becomes unemployed. 



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I haven't thought of them that much since they're barely here in Southern Ontario. I'm inclined to agree though, populism can't really thrive in Canada on a federal level. Canadians aren't as frustrated as Americans are with regards to their federal leadership. It helps that Canada's fairly insulated from nation-wide populist-sparking issues like a migration crisis and just in general our issues are fairly mundane.


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Voted for the Liberal party today, but joining the communist party tomorrow.
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Voted NDP, the Liberals betrayed us, and my riding especially on climate change. Also, wanted to take away a seat from the Liberals so they wouldn't reach a majority again. I think a minority Liberal government is the best case, as they will be forced to work with the other parties more, and the other parties together can check Trudeau's corrupt tendencies this time around. Not to mention the promise about electoral reform in 2015. Thanks to this, we still have an electoral system that gives Bloc Quebecois 32 seats with 8.8% of the vote, and the Greens only 4 seats with 6.2% of the vote. Trudeau had 4 years with a majority to change this, and he did nothing. A continued attempt to neglect and muzzle Western Canada.



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Yea, I can't help but feel sorry for the green party and NDP. PPC didn't get a single seat though, so there's that. Our riding is still counting ballots, and it's extremely tight but the liberal candidate is in the lead. I campaigned and met the guy a while back, he gave me a ride when we went canvassing, so here's hoping I can brag about having a connect with the house of commons. "Yea, my MP gave me a ride home once"


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Climate Change Deniers Become Extinct in Canadian Election

 

https://www.commondr...nadian-election

 

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(Common Dreams) Canada’s centrist Liberal Party won re-election Monday, but as a minority government, which means it will need the support of either the more left New Democratic Party or the nationalist Bloc Quebecois to survive.

 

But perhaps more interesting is that the only political party that denies climate change is caused by humans won less than two percent of the vote despite its high profile leader, former Conservative cabinet minister Maxime Bernier. The anti-immigrant, right wing People’s Party of Canada, formed by a self-described libertarian after he narrowly lost the vote to become Conservative leader, failed to elect even a single member of Parliament.

 

The four parties that do offer climate action plans (of varying seriousness) collected almost 65 percent of the vote.

 

The Conservative Party, which acknowledges that climate change is real, but offered only magical undefined “technological solutions” as a solution, won 34 percent of the popular vote and 122 seats of the 338 total. The party’s vote is heavily concentrated in rural areas plus Alberta and Saskatchewan, two provinces dependent on the oil and gas industries.

 

Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party, which won a majority of seats in the 2015 election with almost 40 percent of the vote on a platform of progressive promises, including reducing Canada’s carbon footprint and reforming the country’s first-past-the-post electoral system, but fulfilled neither, fell to 33 percent of the popular vote and won 155 seats, based on almost complete results. The drop in Liberal support was generally attributed to the severely diminished popularity of the prime minister (one “corruption” scandal and the bombshell discovery of photos showing Trudeau in blackface) as well as buying a pipeline due to be expanded from Alberta to the Pacific coast, which undermined his credibility as an environmentalist.


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Canadian kids sue government over climate change
 

https://www.nature.c...586-019-03253-5

 

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(Nature) A group of children and young adults filed a lawsuit on 25 October alleging that the Canadian government has violated their constitutional rights by promoting and enabling fossil-fuel development in spite of acknowledged risks from global warming.

 

Fifteen people aged between 10 and 19 filed the lawsuit in federal court, arguing that climate change will impinge on their right to “life, liberty and security”. The lawsuit also argues that climate change will interfere with basic equality rights, given that the most severe effects of climate change will be borne by future generations.

 

“Basically, what we’re arguing is that the courts must hold this generation to account for harms that are being done to the next,” says Chris Tollefson, co-counsel for the plaintiffs and a specialist in environmental law at the University of Victoria in Canada.

 

Ira Reinhart-Smith, a 15-year-old plaintiff from Caledonia, Canada, says that he got involved with climate activism — including the Fridays for Future school-strike movement — last year. “This lawsuit is helping me express my anger and my fear,” he says. “My generation and generations to come are going to be exposed to things that the world has never been exposed to before.”

 

The lawsuit is the latest in a series of legal challenges aiming to force governments around the world to act on climate change. It comes just days after an election in which Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau — whose administration has acted more aggressively on climate change than his predecessors — eked out a win, although his Liberal Party lost its majority in parliament.


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'Monstrous': Docs Show Canadian Mounties Wanted Snipers Ready to Shoot Indigenous Land Defenders Blockading Pipeline

 

https://www.commondr...indigenous-land

 

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(Common Dreams) In an exclusive report Friday that outraged human rights advocates worldwide, The Guardian revealed that Canadian police wanted snipers on standby for a January 2019 crackdown on Indigenous land defenders who were blocking construction of a natural gas pipeline through unceded Wet'suwet'en territory.

 

The Guardian reported on official records—documents as well as audio and video content—reviewed by the newspaper related to the police "invasion" that led to 14 arrests:

 

Notes from a strategy session for a militarized raid on ancestral lands of the Wet'suwet'en nation show that commanders of Canada's national police force, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), argued that "lethal overwatch is req'd"—a term for deploying snipers.

 

The RCMP commanders also instructed officers to "use as much violence toward the gate as you want" ahead of the operation to remove a roadblock which had been erected by Wet'suwet'en people to control access to their territories and stop construction of the proposed 670km (416-mile Coastal GasLink pipeline (CGL).

 

Indigenous land defenders established the Gidimt'en checkpoint—where the police operation took place—as part of a broader battle against pipeline builder TC Energy, formerly known as TransCanada. The RCMP action was an attempt to enforce a court injunction that came in response to the Unist'ot'en camp established on Wet'suwet'en territory in opposition to the pipeline.


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When it comes to climate hypocrisy, Canada's leaders have reached a new low
 
Wed 5 Feb 2020 10.30 GMT
 
Americans elected Donald Trump, who insisted climate change was a hoax – so it’s no surprise that since taking office he’s been all-in for the fossil fuel industry. There’s no sense despairing; the energy is better spent fighting to remove him from office.
 
Canada, on the other hand, elected a government that believes the climate crisis is real and dangerous – and with good reason, since the nation’s Arctic territories give it a front-row seat to the fastest warming on Earth. Yet the country’s leaders seem likely in the next few weeks to approve a vast new tar sands mine which will pour carbon into the atmosphere through the 2060s. They know – yet they can’t bring themselves to act on the knowledge. Now that is cause for despair.
 
The Teck mine would be the biggest tar sands mine yet: 113 square miles of petroleum mining, located just 16 miles from the border of Wood Buffalo national park. A federal panel approved the mine despite conceding that it would likely be harmful to the environment and to the land culture of Indigenous people. These giant tar sands mines (easily visible on Google Earth) are already among the biggest scars humans have ever carved on the planet’s surface. But Canadian authorities ruled that the mine was nonetheless in the “public interest”.
 
Here’s how Justin Trudeau, recently re-elected as Canada’s prime minister, put it in a speech to cheering Texas oilmen a couple of years ago: “No country would find 173 billion barrels of oil in the ground and leave them there.” That is to say, Canada, which is 0.5% of the planet’s population, plans to use up nearly a third of the planet’s remaining carbon budget.
 
 
 
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I remember when people used to consider Trudeau as a younger Bernie Sanders; what a fucking joke that is now. I've talked with several Canadians during a visit to NYC during New Years, and they all were sick and fed up with the empty promises and betrayal of their Prime Minister.



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I have never liked Trudeau. He was always a subpar Jack Layton, he has the media wrapped around his finger and people are growing very tired of both the Liberal Party and Canadian Media. Get a somewhat charismatic conservative even if they are somewhat like Trump and Trudeau is toast.

 

Smh.







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