" ... the Prime Minister was caught in a storm of controversy Wednesday afternoon when frustrations in the House of Commons saw Trudeau grabbing one lawmaker and then, accidentally elbowing another. The altercation occurred when members had gathered for a vote on a controversial assisted-dying bill. Trudeau, impatient to get the vote started, is seen on video striding over to Opposition whip Gordon Brown. He grabs Brown's arm to direct him to his seat. New Democrat Party (NDP) Parliament member Ruth Ellen Brosseau gets elbowed by Trudeau in the process." CNN
"What sort of man would elbow a woman!" Evidently Trudeau is that sort of man, and on the floor of the House of Commons as well. Trudeau became impatient with members not quick enough to do his will and waded into a group of them pushing and shoving a bit. This doesn't sound like the Canada depicted in John Candy's comic masterpiece, "Canadian Bacon."
Seriously, sort of, this is the kind of behavior to be expected in the 3rd World. The last time we had something vaguely like this happen in the US Congress was an incident involving Dick Cheney Senator Leahy. The "F" word was spoken in direct address.
Of course in the 19th Century there were various parliamentary skirmishes like the occasion in which Senator Charles Sumner was beaten nearly to death at his desk in the senate chamber. But then, perhaps he needed a good beating.
Poor Trudeau, he may have overestimated the potential power inherent in his position. His nice wife is meeting resistance in her desire to have a couple more flunkies around the Prime Ministerial Lodge or whatever it is called. How ungenerous! What is it called? pl
(This was posted on 21 November, 2015 on Sic Semper Tyrannis)
There is a lot of "bleeding heart silliness" being spouted in the media as US networks try to convince themselves that IT CAN'T HAPPEN HERE! Well, IMO that is incorrect and it probably will happen here.
The US and Saudi Arabia, are, I think the two most important target areas for IS. The US because it represents the new Rome, the great Satan and Saudi Arabia because IS sees the royal family as sinners who should not be in charge of the Haramayn.
We have pretty solid police in the US and robust external border controls at crossing points, but, in fact we have a large and potentially recruitable disaffected segment in our population among racial minorities, resident Muslim youth and the like. Remember. It only takes a few people to pull off such attacks. Weapons are easy to obtain in the US and the materials with which to make explosives are everywhere.
Four of the Paris attack group had entered Europe in the last few months, two on Syrian passports as part of the migration and two on Turkish passports simply traveling within the Schengen area without much trouble. You never know what you don't know and we don't know how many others IS has sent toward targets in Europe and North America, especially before the Paris attacks.
PM Trudeau and his political colleagues are going to admit at least 25,000 "Syrian" migrants to Canada in the next few months. There is no possibility that the Canadian authorities will be able to adequately screen that number of people for identity or prior associations. It will anger Canadians here for me to say so but the US/Canada border is a joke. You can walk across it in thousands of places outside the ken of authorities on either side.
The pattern is clear, IS sends in fighters to reinforce local adherents.
IS has announced its intention to attack New York City and Washington, DC.
We should take this statement of intention very seriously. pl
"The Liberal Party had jumped to a solid lead early in the evening, painting Atlantic Canada red with a sweep of the entire region.
But the key to the Liberal majority was the strong performance in the vote-rich provinces of Ontario and Quebec. In Ontario, the Liberal Party was leading or elected in around 80 seats, having won in the big cities, including a sweep of Toronto, and recapturing many of the coveted seats in the suburban 905 area around Toronto that it had lost to the Tories in 2011.
The Liberals also made huge gains in Quebec where they have been declared the winners in more than 40 ridings.
The Conservatives had held 159 seats in the 308-seat House of Commons and the NDP had 95, with another 18 seats either vacant, held by Independents or shared between the Green Party (two seats) and the Bloc Québécois and a splinter group.
Because of population growth, 30 new seats have been added this election, including 15 in Ontario, six each for Alberta and British Columbia and three more for Quebec." CBC