Trudeau fiddles (in Africa, and Europe) while Canada's railways & economy grind to a halt

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  1. 4Rules

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    CN Rail and Via Rail are shutting down huge sections of their railway networks as Indigenous blockades continue to cripple the country's transportation systems. Via Rail is temporarily ending most passenger services nationwide, expanding an earlier work stoppage that restricted train cancellations to the Toronto-Ottawa-Montreal corridor. Teamsters Canada, the union which represents over 16,000 workers in the rail industry, said Friday the shutdown could lead to roughly 6,000 layoffs. Last weekend, CN Rail obtained a court injunction to end the illegal Mohawk demonstration. The injunction has been ignored by the protesters.
    https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/cn-rail-shutdown-1.5463266

    MUNICH — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he has no plans to order the RCMP to end the blockades of vital rail links across the country. “We are not the kind of country where politicians get to tell the police what to do in operational matters,” Trudeau said Friday in Munich, where he was attending a global security conference.Earlier Friday, Trudeau had said there are no easy answers to the dispute. “You need to know we have failed our Indigenous peoples over generations, over centuries. And there is no quick fix to it,” Trudeau said, adding that all parties must move towards reconciliation. “We also are, obviously, a country of laws. And making sure that those laws are enforced, even as there is, of course, freedom to demonstrate free and to protest,” he said. “Getting that balance right and wrapping it up in the path forward … is really important.”
    https://ottawacitizen.com/pmn/news-pmn/canada-news-pmn/pipeline-protests-expected-today-governments-to-meet-with-first-nations/
     
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    Talk about the "tail wagging the dog" , the Canadian people are finding out this "narcissist" joke of a leader has zero leadership skills. Last time I looked the Indians were a conquered people and somehow trying to go back to the way things were 200 yrs would make them happy is a "pipe dream" 90% of them wouldn't survive or couldn't "hack it". No amount of money, or land or whatever, will make them happy.
     
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    Wow, the Canooks have really gone soft. Didn't they oppress their indigenous people fairly heavily all the up to like the 1980's?
     
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    Trudeau, like Obama, is just a puppet taking his orders from the Swamp. The Swamp hasn't figured out what to do yet, when it does, Trudeau will make a statement.
     
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    Meantime PM I’m-out-of-the-country-again sends bulletins of feeble non-assurance from sunny Senegal. And such bulletins they are. “PM urges quick resolution …” As VIA Rail shuts down, and his own deputy prime minister is denied entrance to the Halifax mayor’s office, the globe-trotter PM “urges quick resolution.” When there is a national crisis, and there is a national crisis, to whom do we justly look for a resolution? Why the prime minister of the nation. Instead of leadership in this case however, we get a statement that surely implies he thinks the “resolution” is in some other hands. Further in the same statement — and I love this — he called for “all parties to dialogue.” Whenever in any really tense situation a politician hauls out the infinitive “to dialogue,” you may take it to the bank he has not a clue about how to handle it.
    https://nationalpost.com/opinion/rex-murphy-climate-zealots-have-taken-canada-hostage-and-our-pm-is-missing-in-action
     
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    Video captures RCMP officer pointing gun at Indigenous pipeline opponents at northern B.C. camp
    https://globalnews.ca/news/6556771/wetsuweten-indigenous-pipeline-protest-rcmp-gun-video/

    The social-justice extremism that till now has been largely confined to campus life and obscure CanLit publications has metastasized to the world of normal human beings. And so the victims now include families going to weekend weddings and funerals, students trying to visit home on study break, blue-collar workers who don’t own cars and can’t afford plane travel. Of course, most Canadians want to do the right thing for Indigenous people, despite the bad will produced by all this bien-pensant hectoring. But anyone who’s followed this controversy knows that the rail shutdown has nothing to do with Indigenous rights — because the B.C. pipeline that’s being protested already has been approved by democratically elected Indigenous bands that are prioritizing growth and self-sufficiency over environmental puritanism.

    https://nationalpost.com/opinion/jonathan-kay-railroading-of-elected-bands-betrays-progressive-hypocrisy

    “There’s a lot of people that aren’t from these communities, that aren’t Aboriginal, that are saying hereditary leadership has full authority, and they’re not doing it based on any facts. It would be like me saying that the elected leadership of B.C. and Canada has no authority, and it’s the Queen who has all authority,” said Ross, now the Liberal MLA for Skeena, B.C. “That would be a very destabilizing remark to make. It’s a very irresponsible remark to make.” Five Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs have claimed they have title to a vast 22,000-square-kilometre area, about four times the size of Prince Edward Island, and that the elected chiefs only have authority over reserve lands. Ross questioned the validity of this point of view given that Aboriginal title belongs to Indigenous communities and is not held by any specific individual or group.

    https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/who-are-the-protesters-theres-a-lot-of-people-that-arent-from-these-communities-that-arent-aboriginal

    In a statement, the RCMP confirmed the video showed recent actions taken during enforcement of a court injunction against Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs and their supporters who were blocking construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline in the area. According to RCMP, the ERT member was only using the scope of the rifle “as a magnified observation device in a manner consistent with police training,” despite being issued binoculars. “Due to a rapidly evolving situation, a scope on a rifle affords safety and efficiency to the police officer,” RCMP said, adding police had been informed prior to the operation that there were hunting rifles at the camp.
    https://globalnews.ca/news/6556771/wetsuweten-indigenous-pipeline-protest-rcmp-gun-video/
     
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    OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has cancelled his planned trip to the Caribbean this week amid criticism over his government’s handling of a series of anti-pipeline protests that have disrupted rail service in parts of Canada. The Prime Minister’s Office announced the cancellation Sunday evening, the night before Trudeau was scheduled to fly to Barbados where he was expected to pitch Caribbean leaders on why Canada should get a seat on the United Nations Security Council. “Following the government’s ongoing efforts to address infrastructure disruptions across the country, the prime minister will convene the Incident Response Group tomorrow to discuss steps forward,” a statement from the PMO reads. Exactly what the cancellation means for Trudeau’s Security Council aspirations will remain to be seen.
    https://nationalpost.com/news/trudeau-to-take-pitch-for-un-security-council-seat-to-caribbean-starting-monday
     
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    Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer was denounced by other party leaders Tuesday for giving a speech that, according to the NDP, amounted to “absolute racism” in response to the government’s handling of the continued Wet’suwet’en crisis. Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took the unusual step of speaking to Canadians about the crisis. He urged patience and called for “peaceful, honest dialogue” with willing Indigenous partners. “There are those who would want us to act in haste, who want us to boil this down to slogans and ignore the complexities, who think that using force is helpful,” the prime minister added. “It is not. Patience may be in short supply and that makes it more valuable than ever.” Scheer responded by calling Trudeau’s “word salad” speech the “weakest response to a national crisis in Canadian history” and one that lacked a “clear denunciation” of the illegal actions of “radical activists.” He noted the lack of an action plan to put the Canadian economy back on track and called for the government to “enforce the rule of law.” NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said that Scheer had belittled First Nations by calling them names and was sowing division by suggesting he knows “who is a real community leader and who is not.” “What he said was so divisive that it rises to the level of racism,” Singh told reporters. After his address, Trudeau held a special meeting with Singh, Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet, and Green Party parliamentary leader Elizabeth May. Trudeau excluded Scheer from the talks, despite noting in his speech that populism is resulting in people only listening “to themselves and to people who agree with them, and not to people of another perspective.” The prime minister said: “Mr. Scheer disqualified himself from constructive discussion with his unacceptable speech earlier today.” Quebec Conservative MP Gerard Detell said Trudeau had a particular vision of democracy if he was only choosing to meet with leaders who agree with him. “We are the official Opposition. Do I need to remind the prime minister that we received more votes than him?”
    https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/andrew-scheer-anti-blockades-speech_ca_5e4c715fc5b6eb8e95b45f89
     
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    Its amazing. Reading Trudeau's response is liking reading nothing.
     
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    What pathetic, weak, impotent leadership... "We're not going to tell the police what to do... we have failed our Indigenous people ... getting the balance right is important."

    He's worse than Obama.
     
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    Less than 12 hours after a blockade was set up on CN tracks by protesters opposed to a pipeline in B.C., counter-protesters dismantled a wooden makeshift barrier and trucked it away. Shortly after, Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Paul Belzil granted a province-wide, 30-day injunction against the protesters. Police can be called to serve and enforce that order.
    https://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/protesters-block-cn-rail-line-in-west-edmonton

    One of the organizers, who was wearing a balaclava and called himself Poundmaker to protect his safety, said they had planned to maintain the blockade until Prime Minister Justin Trudeau intervened and the RCMP left Wet’suwet’en territory in B.C. Confrontations with counter-protesters at the site, however, led Poundmaker and the others to abandon the blockade. They said they wanted to keep it peaceful.
    https://nationalpost.com/news/blockade-supporting-wetsuweten-hereditary-chiefs-set-up-on-rail-line-in-edmonton?video_autoplay=true

    An Ipsos Canada poll revealed that a majority of Canadians want tougher action against the protesters, although there was a wide regional divergence on the issue. The poll conducted over the weekend found that 61 per cent of Canadians don’t think the blockades are justified. In Alberta, 76 per cent of people are inclined to think the protests are not justified with British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba reflecting a similar but slightly lower number. In Ontario and Quebec just over half the people in those provinces believe they are not justified. Young Canadians are most inclined to see the protests as legitimate, with 58 per cent of people aged 18-34 saying they are justified. And while 53 per cent of Canadians — and 69 per cent of Albertans — support police intervention, that number drops to 42 per cent in Quebec and 48 per cent in Ontario.
    https://nationalpost.com/news/canad...e-intervention-poll-finds?video_autoplay=true
     
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    Not sending in the police will hobble the economy, further alienate the West and leave a radical fringe in the driver’s seat of the reconciliation agenda, sidelining their own leadership. And the resulting public outrage will then be … wait for it … a major setback to reconciliation. Either is a crisis, and either would be yet another body blow to the prime minister’s already battered political brand. Either is a defeat for reconciliation. Seen in this light, you can understand the reluctance to act, or say much of anything. You can see how the prime minister ends up giving the kind of mealy-mouthed statement he gave in the House on Tuesday. It cannot help matters when he refuses to engage with all parties — snubbing Andrew Scheer by not inviting him to a meeting with the other opposition leaders looks petty and vengeful. But this situation can’t last forever: there’s a hard deadline on how long this can drag on. Whatever answer Trudeau is hoping for, he’d better find it before the Maritimes start freezing and the Quebec economy grinds to a halt. Because if he thinks he’s in a tough spot now, wait until millions of normally placid Canadians start demanding the police clear the blockades, reconciliation be damned.
    https://nationalpost.com/opinion/matt-gurney-indigenous-leaders-understand-the-dangers-of-this-moment-does-trudeau?video_autoplay=true

    Via Rail says it will be temporarily laying off up to 1,000 people as rail blockades in B.C. and Ontario have brought the passenger rail services network to a virtual standstill.
    https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/via-rail-layoffs-1.5468617

    “Diversity is our strength” gave rise to the prime minister’s careless tweet when the immigration crisis in the U.S. and elsewhere was prime news: “To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength. #WelcomeToCanada.” The impulse behind that glib moment was mainly to advertise that Canada, now that the Liberals had come home again to government, was no longer the cruel country run by former prime minister Stephen Harper, or anything like the one being run by U.S. President Donald Trump. That puff of a boast sounded like an open invitation to come here and it’s hard to see how it could have been read any other way by anyone outside Canada who was seeking refuge from war or poverty. Our immigration system, in so far as it is a system, has been paying the cost of that little blurb since the day it hit Twitter. This is the trouble with virtue-signalling: people are going to believe you meant what you said and expect real policy and action to flow from those sentiments. From Day 1, Trudeau has most mightily declared that his ambition to repair and elevate relations with Aboriginal citizens was his top priority — perhaps even greater than his intense commitments to global warming. Aboriginal relations have been by far the most sensitive and obdurate issue this country has had to face. It is better not to talk about it at all than to talk lightly. If signals are sent, if pledges are made, if promises of a new arrangement are held out, they better be serious. In this domain, words really matter. This is one area where a government that excites hope has a real, unbreakable obligation to satisfy that hope. This is also one dimension (I stress one, as there are many) of the the situation we now find ourselves in, with Aboriginal protesters blocking construction and shutting down rail traffic in large parts of the country. Trudeau, by his own words, very much expanded the hopes that substantial change was on the horizon. Yet as the National Post’s John Ivison argued in a recent column, Trudeau’s failure to improve relations with First Nations led to the current crisis. This government has been content to drift on the expression of fine sentiments, to earn the lazy applause that comes from saying the right things — such as on climate change and now on Aboriginal discontent. These two issued are now intertwined. Opposition to a pipeline is the flash point of a crisis that’s expanding outward to engulf the whole country. And as the blockades swell and continue, discontent in the Western provinces grows. There are two great winds astir in Canada, and it will take far more than slogans to calm them.
    https://nationalpost.com/opinion/rex-murphy-this-is-the-outcome-of-justin-trudeaus-disastrous-sloganeering
     
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    QUEBEC — Premier François Legault says Quebec is ready to move in and dismantle the freshly installed St-Lambert railroad blockade. “There was an injunction requested,” Legault told reporters. “As soon as the injunction is granted we will dismantle.” About an hour after Legault’s remarks, a CN spokesperson confirmed to the Montreal Gazette that the railway had obtained an injunction to clear the tracks in St-Lambert but would not comment further on the situation. But Legault said the government feels having the police move in is legitimate because unlike Kahnawake, the land in question is not considered Indigenous territory. “Yes, there is a difference,” Legault said. “It is land that belongs to Quebec, it is not land that belongs to Indigenous peoples.” He said it will be up to local police force to apply the injunction.
    https://montrealgazette.com/news/quebec/quebec-is-poised-to-dismantle-st-lambert-rail-blockade-legault-says
     
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    In the US we solved the Indian uprisings in the 1800's. It wasn't pretty or very fair, but we stopped them from messing with the railroads.
    Now it's time to play Cowboys and Muslims.
     
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    Sounds like Trudeau is in way over his head.
     
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    Correct, Mr. Mcblackface is a pawn of the NWO.
     
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    When former Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson issued her 2017 report on Trudeau’s excellent adventure at the Aga Khan’s island she wrote that the PM viewed much of his role as “ceremonial” and that the work he does is “centred on relationship building and ensuring that all parties are moving forward together. Specific issues or details are worked out before, subsequently or independently of any meeting he attends.”

    Trudeau does indeed see the position as Prime Minister as mostly Ceremonial, and it is ... there is a Deep State and Trudeau is it's mascot. You don't have to be Einstein to realize this. How could an Airhead run a Country, unless he really isn't running the Country.


    That's the problem with Trump, he has taken control, not like the airheads, Bush and Obama, and Clinton etc.
     
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    Is the pipeline referred to in the text, the one which connects to our Keystone Pipeline?
    If yes, I suspect our Govt will place some pressure on Ottawa to resolve this issue...either way, I hope it does not end in violence...despite their firearm laws being more strict than ours, many of the protesters either own or have access to firearms...this could get ugly!