Is A Vote For Phillipe Couillard A Vote For A Backstabbing Liar?


Phillipe Couillard, promised a lot of things during his last run for office. Unfortunately for Quebec voters, Couillard’s election promises were bold-faced lies. They were lies told by him to make English-speaking Quebecers, visible minorities, the elderly, the sick, the poor and religious minorities feel that he was different the other separatist parties.

Phillipe Couillard talked and swore that the English for example were not second class citizens in Quebec and promised to stand up for all citizens rights and be the protector of minority rights in the province of Quebec. Premier Couillard, has spent most of his time as Premier of Quebec acting more like the Parti Québécois he ran against.

Life for the English, the sick and visible minorities under a Couillard majority government, has not improved one iota. I believe it has gotten worse.

The Parti Québécois put forward a motion in the legislature inviting shop staff to only greet customers with a warm “bonjour” , it was passed unanimously with the Liberal Party of Quebec not only in power but sitting with a majority.  This is because Couillard only took exception with the original word “irritant,”  included in the original wording. Once the word, “irritant,” was removed, Premier, Phillip Couillard, voted in favour of the Parti Québécois motion, that once again was trying to eliminate even the smallest and insignificant usage of English being used in Quebec.

Couillard says in a speech, in English, “Although French is our official language, the English language is not a foreign language in Quebec.,” He later added in French that he had underestimated the reaction from English-speaking Quebecers.

In January, after six men were gunned down as they knelt praying in a mosque in the province of Quebec Couillard said in  speech that he chooses “confidence, openness, a citizenship that is truly and fully shared for all, regardless of the colour of our skin, regardless of our beliefs or of who we love.”

On June 22, Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard, made an  Islamophobic comment while commenting on  the stabbing of a Flint, Mich. security officer on June 21 by a Montrealer named Amor Ftouhi  who allegedly yelled “Allahu akbar!”   Couillard said, “(We cannot) disconnect these types of events — terrorism — from Islam in general.”

“Bill 62”, Quebec’s racist, bill and anti religion bill. Phillipe Couillard and his ministers speak about this bill as though they are trying to help Islamic women out of an oppressive practice forced upon them by over bearing men…The truth is that politicians like Premiere Couillard, are targeting a Muslim woman’s right to wear the religious garments mandatory to the practices of her faith, or denying her the religious freedoms guaranteed her in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Why do other religious bodies not have to seek religious accommodation to comply with Quebec’s, Bill 62, like:

  • Christians visibly wearing crosses and rosary beads?
  • Jewish men wearing Yarmulkes, or Jewish or orthodox women wearing shawls over their heads when they leave their homes?
  • Sikhs wearing turbans?

When it came to the health of the people of Quebec this one-time medical professional cut services to the poor and middle class in Quebec in away that deprived many of access to life saving medical treatment and medications. Premier, Phillipe Couillard’s, constant flip-flopping on important issues, makes me long for the days when the Parti Québécois was in power and non-francophone Quebecers and visible minorities at least knew that no political party had their backs. There is a kind of stability and a sense of independence, that gives way to self-reliance in a people, when they are honestly told by politicians that no political party gives a damn about what they want or need. To give hope to people knowing that you have no intention of honoring them, in my opinion makes you a backstabbing liar, unworthy of my vote..

I consider language rights and the rights of minorities extremely important issues, but it is Premier Couillard’s, and Minister of Health, Gaetan Barrett’s  actions in the health file, that deliberately and willfully  endangered and caused the senseless suffering and deaths of  poor and elderly Quebec patients, that I find to be the most reprehensible and cannot forgive.  Premiere Couillard cut back on medical services, and treatments prescribed and ordered by their doctors. Overnight life saving medications once covered by RAMQ were no longer covered, or covered for shorter periods of time, leaving the poor and elderly without access to medications they required the government’s assistance to get.

Whether it is the cutting back on how many  blood strips are covered in a year by RAMQ (300), leaving patients not able to check their blood at least once a day, or  the forcing of people to get special codes from their doctors to get needed medications like, Sandoz Omeprazole 20 mpg Capsule for debilitating heartburn, the premier’s actions on the health file confirmed to me that Couillard does not care whether the sick, live or die, or whether the dying do so with dignity or  in the most comfort that is possible.

Sadly, I have concluded that as an English, visible minority, sickly senior, I have a choice to make in the upcoming Quebec provincial election. I can elect a politician that says up front that he or she intends to go right on treating me as a second-class citizen or vote for a politician that will lie about changing things for the better for me to get my vote and will continue to try to kill me with his changes to RAMQ and medical services.

Is it better to be a live second-class citizen, or a dead citizen killed by the practices of a backstabbing liar that I voted into office? This is the choice that some of us will have to make if we vote in the Quebec provincial election this October. Why should anyone have to make this choice in a democratic country? Is Premier Couillard a backstabbing liar? I think so.

 

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Canada and Her Allies Keep Falling For The American Good Cop Bad Cop Routine


Make no mistake Donald Trump and his administration are not alone in this unprecedented attack on Canada and what used to be the USA’s closest allies. Why else would the American Congress and Senate stand by and do nothing but voice verbal and written complaints as one elected official attempts to weaken its most staunchest allies?

Donald Trump is:

  • weakening the economies of its staunchest allies;
  • abandoning every defense alliance, the USA created to protect and foster liberal democracy;
  • walking away from treaties and alliances which took decades to cultivate;
  • making the USA the most untrustworthy and most unreliable nation to do business with and form an alliance of any kind with in the world.

I believe that Donald Trump, his administration along with the American Congress and Senate,  are having a great time playing good cop bad cop with the people of the United States of America, Canada and the rest of their closest allies.

Donald Trump is a bold-faced liar whose inability to tell the truth has turned everyone that works for him directly or indirectly into a liar. Trump like a terminal, highly contagious disease has infected people without prejudice.  Americans from every walk of life, career background, ethnicity, and religious persuasion, have had their credibility and moral integrity questioned and their futures ruined. In some cases his associates and employees have been charged with crimes that could see them do jail time. Could Donald Trump be a Russian sleeper agent posing as the leader of the free world?

This is:

  • the liar and egomaniac that the American Republican Party chose to be their candidate in the last presidential election;
  • the presidential candidate and the political party the American electorate voted into office with a majority in both the Congress and the Senate;
  • the president that the Republican Congress and Senate complain about, but refuse to do anything about;
  • a Republican Party that is as guilty as the president, because they have stood and backed what they knew to be morally and legally wrong, for the sole purpose of holding on to governing power;
  • a president, a legislative body and a political base of people who should never have been trusted in the first place to govern one of the most powerful nation in the world;
  • a president guilty of trying to destroy every alliance, liberal democratic institution, group and organization that dares to speak out against its racist, protectionist, America first agenda;
  • a president and administration that has threaten to make Canada and Canadians suffer economically if it does go along with Trumps ill-conceived and hurtful foreign policy and agree to all his demands concerning NAFTA.
  • the lying, scheming, bullying, anti Muslim, anti poor, anti-immigration, protectionist president and administration, that Canadian politicians and the Canadian media insists that, the rest of the democratic world including Canada, must flatter and pretend to trust for fear of angering the bully and having to face the consequences of his wrath.
  • is a president who put minor children, some still in diapers in detention camps separated from their parents in an attempt to force democrats to give him money for a border wall.

No matter what your political stripe or whether you have ties to the USA or not, if you are a Canadian, or another ally of the USA, you must be saying enough is enough when it comes to Donald Trump and the USA’s, America First agenda.

The first rule of good business is that those entering into business together must trust each other to honor the terms of whatever agreement is reached. This is not possible when dealing with president Donald J Trump, whose word means nothing.

Donald Trump before becoming president had a history of not living up to the terms of contracts that he entered with contractors…refusing to pay or trying to lower the payment after the work was completed. It makes me wonder as to the sanity of other world leaders who thought and still think that he would or could be different after becoming president.

It is time for Canada and the other allies’ of the USA to wake up to the fact that under Donald Trump’s presidency the USA is no longer their ally. President Trump by his own definition of what is a national threat has openly threatened Canada’s and other American allies national security by attacking their economies with unwarranted and illegal tariffs.  When Trump threatened to put tariffs on Canada’s automotive industry, he said that, he knew he will be hurting Canada where it economically hurts the most.  This is not the actions of a friend or ally. These are the actions of a leader that cannot and should not be trusted.

Canada is at the mercy of any American President’s definition of the term, “National security threat”. Canada’s economic survival has been openly threatened by President Trump’s definition of the term. and must raise the question of whether on a whim our very sovereignty could be considered a risk to this president’s definition of national security threat.

Since January 2017, Donald Trump and his administration has:

  • withdrawn from the Paris climate accord;
  • left the U.N. educational and cultural organization;
  • pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal;
  • most recently left the United Nations Human Rights Council.

The USA has also slapped tariffs on steel and aluminum against key trading partners and allies under the guise of national security and recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and moved the U.S. Embassy there from Tel Aviv.

Since World War II, the United States has proved itself to be the most frequent quitter of international organizations that were created to stabilize the world, for domestic political reasons.

The United States withdrew from:

  • Interpol between 1950-1958; 
  • the International Labor Organization between 1977-1980; 
  • the International Criminal Court in 2002.

The USA has also threatened to withdraw from NATO and NAFTA.

It is time for the nations who still believe in the laws and values of liberal democracy to speak out against Trump and his administration, who with the support of the Republican party who control both houses of the legislature have turned against their allies and are no longer worthy of their trust.

It is time to give the USA a taste of their own medicine. By this I mean avoid trading with the USA, get what is needed trade wise from countries that honor trade deals and respect treaties and agreements. Canada’s drug of choice is products from the USA. Canadians are addicted to American culture, but there is hope. All addictions can be eradicated through tough love and an organised system of withdrawal.  Canada and its allies need not play the tariff game with the USA. Instead they need to halt all trade and refuse to import anything made in the USA, until the USA realizes that it cannot stand alone and is not in charge of anything but is an important part of an alliance that shares common values, goals and interests.

It is time to stop relying on the USA to protect and guarantee Canada’s sovereignty, because this president has proved that the USA is only interested in aligning themselves with leaders, ideologies and values that are incompatible with that of Canada.

The Trump administration:

  • praises dictators while calling who follow the rule of law, and the rules of liberal democratic governance weak and liars;
  • unconditionally supports killers of innocent men women and children;
  • pulled out of just about every liberal democratic international group that it helped to create;

If the president of the USA can state openly that he likes and supports the methods and actions of Km Jung Un and thinks that Russia should be let back into the G7 while still annexing Crimea from the Ukraine illegally, why should Canada not think that if the circumstance presented itself and his base wished for it, that Trump would not promise them to annex a part of Canada, to make America great again?

 

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Is It A Waste of Time for The Canadian Government to Try to Negotiate and Sign Agreements with First Nations?


Justin Trudeau has allowed himself to fall into a never-ending cycle of trying to make a deal where none is possible when trying to deal with First Nations on a nation to nation basis.  The makings of any deal between the Canadian government and First Nations must include both sides understanding and agreeing on what “Nation to Nation” means, in this circumstance.

First Nations’ leaders are blowing a real opportunity to improve their relations with the rest of Canada and get a realistic deal with real teeth in the areas of self-determination and self governance. Justin Trudeau has championed their cause in a way no other prime minister has before and will ever due again for some time. First Nations have failed to agree on anything as a nation besides the fact that they are not being treated fairly by the Canadian government. This fact diminishes their ability to be taken seriously and makes them a political ticking bomb for any political leader to deal with.

First Nations’ leaders who cling hopelessly to a past and look to a future that has their people owning once again the land air and sea that is now Canada, are leading their people down a path that leads to endless battles, needless suffering and a hopeless future.  Saying that their land was never ceded to the European colonizers repeatedly will not make everything that was once theirs, belong to them once more. This dream that First Nations’ leaders sell to their people is cruel, because it is a dream, that can never be realized…like the carrot placed strategically in front of the mule working a grinding stone. These leaders need to face reality and acknowledge that:

  • there was a war fought;
  • in one way or another, First Nations lost that war;
  • colonization whether through treaty, or war cost First Nations their right to self governance and autonomy;
  • no Canadian government will give them back control and allow them to make decisions for Canada based on their being the guardians of the air, land, or sea;
  • no government in Canada will give them total autonomy, or total self governance, giving First Nations equal power to that of the Canadian government;
  • depending on the United Nations resolutions, or the British Crown to help them in their fight, is ludicrous and proves how naïve some of these leaders are.

First Nations are in no position to take any of what was taken from them back, through war like it was taken from them, so putting up road blocks to more autonomy and some aspects of self governance, through negotiation is counter productive. Sit ins, demonstrations, marches, boycotts and other forms of protest, make great news stories, gets the people riled up for a couple of weeks, but do nothing to improve the lives of those living in poverty on reserves, or improving the future and empowering young First Nations people. Unfortunately, the types of tactics being utilized by First Nation’s leaders, only serve to keep the talking and negotiating going on endlessly, while any chance of meaningful action slips through their fingers, and out of reach.

As horrible as what happened to First Nations was, they were not the only people in the world to experience European, or foreign forced colonization. Most of the world was colonized by the Europeans or other peoples, at one point or another. First nations were not the only genocide of that time, and certainly, not the last. Everyone knows it was wrong, but it is time to state clearly what it is they want as one group, pick leaders that will represent them, negotiate in good faith and accept agreements signed between both sides as binding.  My fear for them is if they lose or waste this opportunity presented to them by the first and only prime minister willing to risk and stake his political future on trying to right the wrongs of the past in their case, they may never get such an opportunity again.

What is becoming increasingly clear to Canadian politicians is that it is a waste of time and very dangerous politically to consult, negotiate and sign agreements with First Nations. Too often after months and years of consultations and negotiations that end with a signing of an agreement, turns out to be nothing more than a waste of time, energy and money.  The only guarantee that any Canadian government can count on when trying to negotiate, consult or settle disputes with First Nations, is that one First Nation group or another will say that the First Nations group that negotiated the agreement did not represent them and declare the process flawed and demand a do over, starting yet another round to the increasing costly court battles.

Kinder Morgan Pipeline is such an example.

  • After years of protesting the pipeline now 10 First Nations leaders representing First Nations and Metis have signed a letter stating, “As the indigenous communities surrounded by Alberta’s oil sands development, we agree that this project is in the national interest.”
  • The Cheam Indian Band is a First Nations band government of the Stó:lō people in the Upper Fraser Valley region of British Columbia, Canada, located near the community of Rosedale. Their chief who has been a vocal supporter of the project, says his Nation is talking about trying to buy a stake in the pipeline.

Settlement for the Sixty Scoop, the enquiry into lost and murdered indigenous women and girls are other examples of months and years of consultations, court battles and negotiations that have led to settlements, only to have those settlements challenged as mentioned earlier in this post.

It is hypocritical of First Nations’ leaders to tell anyone who will listen that they are the guardians of Mother Earth when they and their people:

  • arrive and leave anti-pipeline sit ins and rallies in campers, cars and other motorized vehicles that run on gasoline, instead of  on environmental friendly and pollution free horse back;
  • take to the water to fish in gasoline fueled motor boats instead of the traditional canoes, knowing the damage that gasoline residue does to the water, the wildlife that lives in it and around it;
  • hunt with high-powered weapons to hunt instead of their traditional bow and arrows, showing to the hunted respect with their skill.
  • use nets  made for maximum capture instead of best for preserving the resource;
  • have not converted their housing and business to green energy, like wind and solar energy;

The hypocrisy does not stop there though. In almost everything both in the past and present First Nations’ leaders blame everything on the white man and European colonization. First Nations’ leaders act as though it is okay and their people are not impacted negatively when they:

  • take huge salaries, live in big houses, while they watch their people live in sub standard housing;
  • do not ensure that their children receive the same quality of education as children living off the reserve, because of inadequate funding from the federal government;
  • do nothing to stop the sexual abuse and murder of women and young girls, by male members of their own bands, preferring instead to keep blaming such atrocities being committed by their own male band members on the horrors of  European colonization.
  • do nothing other than to demand more money to increase the good life for themselves and their 1%;
  • block every effort to make money of Canada’s natural resources that could go towards helping to better the lives.

If tomorrow the Canadian government said you are sovereign nations within the borders of Canada, what is it that First Nation’s leaders see as providing their nation’s’ GDP, if the cultivating and selling of Canada’s natural resources are off the table? I ask this, because if they are suggesting that they and they alone should be able to determine which, how and when Canada’s natural resources can be cultivated and sold, they will have proved themselves guardians of nothing and just plain greedy and naïve.

Houses, schools, water filtration systems, hospitals, and roads will not be built for free. These things and all the things that determine a nations quality of life need to be paid for and the money needs to come from somewhere.

Any deal takes opposing sides to first want it. It is impossible to make a deal with someone or a group who cannot even agree amongst themselves what it is they want and who represents them at the negotiating table. This is the story unfortunately for the First Nations and why nothing will change for the better for them.

Instead of throwing up road blocks to the reconciliation process, First Nations’ leaders need to get their act together and agree amongst themselves, what the term, “Nation to Nation” means in away that can be brought to the table and through negotiation put into law that binds all First Nations and the government of Canada to the term.

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Is Premier Philippe Couillard, Guilty of Manslaughter, And Political Opportunism?


This is what the dictionary says about the words and what they mean. I guess it is up to every individual to decide whether the words can be used to describe and charge, Philippe Couillard with any crime.

  • Manslaughter: the crime of killing someone unintentionally or without having planned to do it.
  • Political Opportunism: the attempt to maintain political support, or increase political influence, in a way which disregards relevant ethical or political principles.

Philippe Couillard is guilty of manslaughter and political opportunism, if:

  • Philippe Couillard, by word and deed has personally endangered and caused the needless suffering and deaths of some of the most fragile of Quebec society and continues to do so.
  • Philippe Couillard’s actions fits the definitions of manslaughter and political opportunism, as defined above.

I believe Philippe Couillard is guilty of both manslaughter and political opportunism, because:

  • under his leadership, services to Quebec’s English, religious, and people of color, have been compromised;
  • his government’s dismantling of health care affects the poor and most vulnerable of Quebec’s population and put their health and lives at risk;
  • he has done what he has done knowing those affected the most by his policies are not in the financial position to seek help somewhere else or pay for medications on their own.

The poor, aged, and often visible minorities have been forced to endure the worst of the suffering caused by the lack of help and declining services in the health care system.  With no money, nowhere else to go, Philippe Couillard, is endangering their lives, causing them to suffer needlessly, and in some cases, causing their deaths. Couillard’s denying people access to life saving medications, operations and medical treatments, are resulting in needless suffering, and in some cases death. While murder might be hard to prove, I think that the charge of manslaughter could be sought and won, and here is why:

  • Couillard, is a surgeon and knows the danger to people if they do not take the medication prescribed to them;
  • Knowing what he knows, he personally continues to make laws that put medications, medical treatment and life saving operations out of the price range and therefore reach of the most fragile of Quebec’s citizenry.

The electorate should:

  • consider what is obvious;
  • decide if this is the type of person they want governing them;
  • cast their vote accordingly in the next Quebec provincial election.

I am one of the people that the Premiere’s attack on the health care system is hurting. I have no choice, but to rely on RAMQ. In the last 5 years, I have had operations to:

  • remove a cancerous prostate, 5 years ago;
  • fix an inguinal hernia with a mesh, 3 years ago;
  • have a spinal surgery procedure done, called Anterior Cervical Decompression and Fusion, because of spinal stenosis. I had to fix the compression on my C3 and C4 discs, because I was becoming paralyzed very quickly. I had the procedure done July 18, 2017. I now have a plate, screws and a bone graft.

I am also a type 2 diabetic and need medication to treat my thyroid condition.

All these things have limited my ability to work full-time, limiting my ability to pay for all the medications and life saving test and treatment that I need.

  • Being a type 2 diabetic, I should be testing my blood at the very least once a day according to medical studies and best practices. Unfortunately, the premiere does not see it that way. Philippe Couillard has allowed Gaetan Barrette, his minister of health, to cut the number of test strips covered by RAMQ to 300 strips a year, which is 55 strips less than needed to cover one test a day.  To test once a day now it would cost me $96.00, if I do not have any days that require me to test more often.
  • Suffering from very painful heartburn I must take Sandoz Omeprazole 20 mpg Capsule. Without this medication prescribed by my family doctor the pain from my acid reflux can be so intense that it feels as though I am having a heart attack. The pain is so bad at night that I can only sleep when I am totally exhausted, which amounts to about 2 to 3 hours per night. Now when you Google this medication it says, “Do not stop taking without talking to your doctor.” Unfortunately, the premiere has allowed Gaetan Barrette to stop covering the medication under RAMQ without a special code from your doctor.
  • I have a thyroid condition which of course means that the lack of sleep caused by the acid reflux could cause my thyroid to malfunction and this could kill me.

This premiere has worked in the medical field and knows the dangers to patients who stop taking their medication, so why would he decide, or agree that I and others like me need only have our medication paid for by RAMQ 3 times a year leaving us to pay for it for 9 months a year at a cost of $47.00 per month, or $423.00 per year, or not take it and suffer and possibly die.

Problems caused by the methods used by Philippe Couillard include:

  • No doctor seems to know what is covered, or not. In most cases patients do not know that there is a limitation on their prescribed medication by RAMQ until their pharmacy makes them aware of the restriction at renewal time that they need to back to their doctor and get a special code before their prescription can be filled or pay for it out-of-pocket.
  • Most doctors resent having to write the government for permission to write prescriptions.
  • Pharmacies will not give patients the medications without the required code from the doctor, because without it there is no guarantee that the government will pay pharmacies for providing the prescribed medications.
  • When patients do not take their medication they get sicker, get complications that could result in more frequent and visits to the emergency room, more hospital stays, and operations. which all put more financially and operating stress on an already maxed out system.
  • The justification for the cuts to medicine and treatment they are enforcing have everything to do about saving money and nothing to about creating a system in which all residents of Quebec can receive equal and affordable life saving medications and health services.
  • When all or any of the afore-mentioned things happen, patient’s health becomes forfeit and patients are at greater risk of dying.
  • The time, energy and costs of the premier’s policies are driving up the cost of  healthcare instead of bringing it down.

Philippe Couillard’s cutbacks and cancellations of medications covered in RAMQ, have created a 2-tier medical system in Quebec, which denies certain citizens equal access to healthcare. I am talking about citizens who:

  • are on welfare;
  • are temporarily out of work;
  • cannot afford private medical insurance;
  • are referred to as the working poor, access to the best medical treatment possible.

Making whether a citizen is entitled to the best treatment and medication available, depend on how much money that citizen has and what kind of private medical insurance that citizen can afford, rather than the right of every Quebecer to have access to the best equally regardless of personal wealth.

The council which decides which medicines are covered by RAMQ are supposed to be made up of doctors and other qualified people, so why are they wilfully putting people’s lives in danger for the sake of saving money for the premiere?

This council, because of its medical background knows full well the health risk it is forcing on patients when they force patients not to take their medications as prescribed by their doctors. They are intentionally making decisions that they know are going to cause patients to suffer needlessly, putting their life’s in danger senselessly.  This advanced knowledge of what they are doing, seems to make this council at the very least duplicitous in the suffering of the affected patients, and at the worst guilty of the premeditated murder, of every patient in Quebec that dies due to not being able to get their medications due to:

  • the unnecessary extra red tape that causes delays in the afore-mentioned patients getting their medications;
  • the medications and treatments not being on the accepted list;
  • the lack of medications causing other ailments that were under control to get worse due to complications…like the thyroid worsening by lack of sleep for not taking acid reflux medicine no longer covered by RAMQ, simply to save money.

In closing, I have put down below for all to see the education and medical background of Philippe Couillard and some of his executive council. To me it is obvious that neither the premiere, nor certain members of his executive council can claim they did not know the harm that their policies, cuts and senseless regulations would and are having on the most fragile of Quebec’s society. This to me justifies my accusing Philippe Couillard of manslaughter and political opportunism. I would add that those mentioned below have not only betrayed the people of Quebec but have also betrayed their medical oaths of office.

Premiere of Quebec, Philippe Couillard:

  • holds a medical degree and a certification in neurosurgery from the University of Montreal;
  • was the head of the department of neurosurgery at Saint-Luc Hospital, from 1989 to 1992 and at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Sherbrooke from 1996 to 2003;
  • from 1992 to 1996, he practised in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia;
  • left the medical profession in 2003, to run for the Montreal-area seat of Mont-Royal in the National Assembly representing the Quebec Liberal Party.

Quebec’s Minister of Health and Social Services, Gaétan Barrette. Prior to his election to the legislature, was:

  • a radiologist at Montreal’s Hospital Maisonneuve-Rosemont;
  • served as president of the Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec;
  • served on the board of directors of the Financière des professionnels;
  • was a member of the board of directors of Sogemec Assurances; was a member of board of directors of the Régie de l’assurance maladies du Québec.

Quebec’s Minister of Higher Education and Status of Women, Hélène David:

  • holds a PhD in clinical psychology from the University de Montréal;
  • worked as an instructor in psychopathology and women’s and maternal issues;
  • is a member of various University of Montreal committees, (overseer of psychology graduate programs, deputy director of the Department of Psychology, and vice-rector of academic affairs, international relations, and the Francophonie at the university);
  • received the Simone Chouinard Award from the Montreal Heart Institute Research Centre;
  • received the International Cesare Sacerdoti Award from the International Psychoanalytical Association;
  • is a member of the Quebec College of Psychologists;
  • served for many years on the board of the Montreal Heart Institute.

​Quebec’s, Minister of Health and Social Services, Yves Bolduc:

  • holds a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.), a master’s degree from the École nationale d’administration publique and a bachelor’s degree in bioethics from the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi. He started his studies at the Université Laval where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in health sciences;
  • has worked as a general practitioner;
  • has worked as a coroner;
  • was the general manager of the Health and Social services center of the Vallée-de-l’Or in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region;
  • ran the professional services department of the Lac Saint-Jean Health and Social Services Center for fourteen years;
  • held the position of president of the Council of Physicians, Dentists and Pharmacists of Quebec.

Quebec’s Minister responsible for Access to Information and the Reform of Democratic Institutions, Kathleen Weil, was involved in the health and social services sector as;

  • an administrative member for the Montreal Children’s Hospital;
  • an administrative member for the Régie régionale des services de la santé et des services sociaux à Montréal.

Healthcare is not the only way Couillard and his government are hurting Quebecers. Language rights, Islamophobia and the environment, are other important issues where Phillip Couillard has flip-flopped and even out-and-out lied to Quebecers about where he truly stands. Phillip Couillard is a perfect example of political opportunism at its best. Premier Philippe Couillard in my opinion, is a merciless little man, guilty of manslaughter at best and murder at worst.

I think that it is time that politicians in Canada and Quebec are held accountable legally for the crimes they commit while in office…At this moment, they are getting away with murder.

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Political Apologies Mean Little Without Concrete Action to Prevent Injustices


Until the Canadian government decides to do something in real-time to address Canada’s failure to protect, insure and uphold the rights and freedoms guaranteed all Canadians regardless of where they live in Canada, where they came from originally, what religion they choose to practice, as well as provide services to Canadians in the citizens choice, between French and English, the Prime Minister, can stand up in the House of Commons or in town halls and make all the heart filled tearful apologies he likes, and they will be seen as political gamesmanship, appreciated only by the targeted voting block it is intended to appease. A way to garner the support of a minority voting block without really doing anything for them or their children in real-time.

Quebec politicians have been emboldened by the refusal of the Canadian government to protect the rights of Canadian citizens living in the province of Quebec. The federal government has consistently offered up all of Quebec’s minority citizenry as sacrificial lambs… choosing rather not to alienate itself from French politicians and voters, who they fear would once again seek to separate from the rest of Canada, should the government of Canada intervene, in what Quebec feels is its right to do as a sovereign nation.

Quebec has decided that its laws trump the laws of Canada and has proved so in every case where language has become an issue declaring that they do not care if and action violates the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms…Quebec has its own Charter and those are the rights that anyone living in Quebec will have to live with.  The province of Quebec has been called one of the most racist places in to live in North America and the only advice the federal government will offer to its Canadian citizens living working and paying taxes in Quebec is, “If life is too tough in Quebec, then the English and other minority groups should consider moving to another province.”

When Canada’s leaders abandon Quebec’s Muslims, English and other visible minorities to the racist unfounded fears of Quebec’s provincial politicians and white supremest, it does little to counter Quebec’s assertions that:

  • the federal government has zero authority over what happens in Quebec;
  • Quebec is an independent nation and as such those living in Quebec are subject to its laws and Charter, no matter how racist they are;
  • That the federal government only cares about Quebec’s minority citizenry at election time.

Recently the Quebec Liberal’s passed Bill 62. This bill claimed to be needed to protect and uphold the provinces religious neutrality position, but everyone knows that it is a prime example of Quebec politicians instituting laws that target the religious freedom of Muslim women. Where was the federal government on this one? They were where they usually are: sitting back and doing nothing; releasing statements saying that they are watching the situation closely.

The problem with all this watching and doing nothing is that it does nothing to help the Muslim women who will:

  • continue to be harassed and abused on public transit and other public places in Quebec e.g. being spit on while taking public transit;
  • soon be denied the right to take books from a library;
  • have to take off their religious headwear to ride on public transit;
  • have to take off their religious headwear to talk or interact with hospital staff.

The fear of the English language, Muslims and escape from those who desire ethnic purity cannot be escaped in Quebec at the government level. There is not a provincial party in Quebec that believes that all Canadians residing in Quebec are entitled to the rights and freedoms guaranteed in the Canadian Constitution or the Canadian Charter of rights and Freedoms. The proof is found that the only opposition to Bill 62 was from MPPs who thought that the bill did not go far enough.  This means that no matter who the English, or Muslims vote for they will always be treated as second class citizens, losing right after right at every turn and the right to services in one of the 2 recognised languages of Canada denied them. Is Quebec the shining example of how Canada deals with what it claims to be, proud and welcomed diversity? If not, why has the federal government  not stepped in with action instead of words to halt the ethnocide going on in Quebec at so many levels?

In January, after six men were gunned down as they knelt in prayer in a mosque in the province of Quebec, provincial Liberal Party leader, Phillip Couillard said in speech that he chooses “confidence, openness, a citizenship that is truly and fully shared for all, regardless of the colour of our skin, regardless of our beliefs or of who we love.”

On June 22, Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard, made an Islamophobic comment while commenting on the stabbing of a Flint, Mich. security officer on June 21 by a Montrealer named Amor Ftouhi who allegedly yelled “Allahu akbar!”   Couillard said, “(We cannot) disconnect these types of events — terrorism — from Islam in general.”

Mr. Bissonnette was motivated by hatred and fear of Muslims and migrants. His actions clearly satisfied the Criminal Code’s legal definition of terrorist activity. (intentionally caused death for a “political … or ideological objective or cause” with the intent to intimidate “a segment of the public”, namely Muslims and perhaps all migrants, “regarding its security.”)

Quebec prosecutors not only chose not to charge Bissonnette with one of 15 specific terrorism offences but presented a doctor to give expert testimony under oath that although the killing of the six praying Muslim men was racist, it was not a terrorist act. This proves that in Canada and Quebec, white, Christian people do not commit terrorist acts, because to qualify for this charge you must be Muslim.  Where was the federal government on this? They put out another statement saying, “We are observing the situation and will take the appropriate action when and if need be.”

Phillip Couillard is also responsible for “Bill 62”, Quebec’s racist, anti religion and anti-Muslim women bill. This bill has nothing to do with maintaining religious neutrality in Quebec, but everything to do with Quebec politicians targeting approximately 100 Muslim women’s right to wear the religious garments mandatory to the practices of their faith. If this were not true other religious bodies would also have to seek religious accommodation to comply with Quebec’s, Bill 62, like:

  • Christians visibly wearing crosses and rosary beads?
  • Jewish men wearing Yarmulkes, or Jewish or orthodox women wearing shawls over their heads when they leave their homes?
  • Sikhs wearing turbans?

Why has the federal government stepped in to protect the rights of these 100 Muslim Canadians?

What is the Canadian government waiting to see in Quebec before they act? I guess in a few years one prime minister or another can apologise for the treatment that the English, Muslim women and other visible minorities were forced to endure in Quebec, while the federal government ignored their plight.

Quebec is not the only place where you find racism, but it is the only place in Canada where politicians get away with making laws that are obviously racist and are immune to federal government intervention.  The video that showed a drunken white woman verbally and racially abusing 2 Muslim men proved that.

After causing a scene telling the men that they were not Canadians and go back to their country, the Denny’s waitress told the Muslim men that they would have to pack up their food and leave, while she apologised to the offensive White woman.  After the video was uploaded, there were the usual apologies and recrimination from local and federal politicians, but interestingly, not one charge filed against the woman and not one politician promising to make it tougher on people who engage in such behavior.

Racism is alive and well in Canada. All provincial politicians in Quebec, some federal MPs, and White supremacists found all over Canada, have been emboldened by the federal governments unwillingness to take divisive action to stop it.

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Canadian News Reporting No Longer Fundamental To Canadian Democracy


When those responsible for bringing Canadians the news are called out for being fake, or not bothering to check if what they are telling their audience is accurate, they claim that, by attacking their credibility their accusers are undermining one of the fundamental tools of democracy. Their complaint goes on to suggest that without a free press there would be no mechanism to hold those in power to account, no entity willing or able to speak up and bring to the attention of Canadians and the world when those in power violate the civil, moral and human rights of their people or workers, etc. Those who report the news would have Canadians believe that the job that they do is so fundamental to democracy that any challenge to their reporting of it, is an attack on democracy and democratic principles, and values, that could undermine all that democracy and democratic governance, stands for.

There was a time not too long ago that I would have agreed with them. I would have agreed that the Canadian press is fundamental to Canadian democracy. I would have agreed that they were one of the only ways for the average Canadian to get a non-biased, factual accounting of domestic and international, trivial and life altering events taking place. Unfortunately, I see no evidence to make me believe that the assertion by those in the press, is still based in truth.

Once reputable news agencies /owners have succumbed to the threats of their advertisers. They have allowed themselves to be bullied into becoming little more than propaganda spouting tools for politicians, and in turn become the political and social voice of their biggest advertisers.

Ethical reporters of the past would have resisted the pressure to compromise the integrity of a story. Todays reporters however for the most part are merely puppets reading from a teleprompter, spouting words written by someone else.

Truth, facts and journalistic integrity have been replaced, by:

  • the too often used and relied upon, anonymous source;
  • news programs with hosts and guest panels of political pundits.

News reporters have caved into the demands of those who pay their salaries. They now shamelessly, distort and slant the news…turning the coverage of every news worthy story, into little more than political theater. Reporters now read their script and tell the version of the story that will please their bosses, because it pleases their boss’s advertisers. Reporters know that they are misleading their audiences by passing off unsubstantiated information as verified and factually true, but the hallmarks of journalistic integrity, mean little or nothing in 21st century news coverage. This leaves the average Canadian no place to hear just the facts of a story regardless and despite personal feelings, financial considerations, and political whoring.

Canadian news agencies can no longer be considered the back bone of Canadian democracy, because at every level this once credible organisation, defender and guardian of the democratic process and principles, has sold out, for profit. Reporters are no longer reporting just the proved facts, they have joined in with those who seek to gain political, financial and moral power by manipulating facts and distorting reality…using a steady bombardment of half-truths and innuendo, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

They (The owners of news agencies,) seek to justify their betrayal of Canadians by saying they had to do something to halt or slow down the loss of their market share, or get run out of business by non-professional, unethical online reporters, who were not bound by the rules of journalistic integrity. Rather than lose to online reporters, they chose to become like them and adopt their rules and behavior.

News Agencies decided that they needed to:

  • make the news entertaining, rather than just a factual, unbiased sharing of information. CBC did a promotional ad with Ian Hanomansing, saying just that;
  • slant the news toward one side or the other if they could find a way to blame the opinions and unproved allegations on a third-party.

In today’s world programs such as, Power& Politics and Power Play are aired daily, and passed off as real news. These programs consist of a host asking questions and requesting opinions of a panel of political pundits, about the daily news.  At the end of these programs the station uses a disclaimer, stating “The views expressed on the show, were that of the panelist, and do not necessarily represent, or reflect the views of the station.”

News agencies/owners are now controlling the false narrative. They are intentionally misinforming their audience, while trying to counter and shield themselves against any accusations of intentionally violating the rules of journalistic integrity, with a fall guy. Advertisers who already control most politicians with financial support are now firmly in control of the daily news and for them it is never what is for the good of the people…it is always what is good for their bank accounts.

News how it is being delivered today is no longer important to holding those in power to account in a properly functioning democracy, because the delivers of the news are now complicit and duplicate in its corruption. Once they decided to take sides on issues and support political parties they turned off their ability to tell the whole truth no matter who it offended or hurt. They became a weapon rather than the guardians of the fundamental democratic principles which are the back bone to any governing democracy. Unfortunately for Canadians rather than telling all the news, news agencies are intentionally controlling what and if you hear the whole, unaltered truth about any news story.

Those in the news business are no longer reporting what can be proved, instead, they are trying to determine who in the story is right or wrong: guilty or not guilty, should be elected or shouldn’t be. They have decided to become the judge, jury. and political king-maker or breaker.

High jacking Canadian politics was the next logical step and they did so, masterfully. Canadian news agencies have now become Canada’s non-elected Loyal Opposition Party and governing party at the same time.  They have become known politically and ideologically as left or right-wing. They are in the business of getting their political choices elected and promoting their sides agenda no matter the cost to truth, or the damage they do to Canadians and the principles of democracy…both things they once stood up for and protected.

Bombarding audiences with opinions, half-truths, unproven allegations, and innuendo, leaves Canadians no better informed then the people of North Korea when it comes to state-run propaganda type news coverage.

If those responsible for bringing Canadians the daily news ever want to be considered as defenders of the people and guardians of Canadian democracy and democratic principles, they must:

  • do so and stop selling out to their advertisers;
  • go back to uncovering and exposing those who would stand in the way of things like freedom of religion, equality for all people under the law;
  • remove opinion and non-substantiated information from news casts and programming;
  • return to a neutral position when bringing the story to its audience.

Democracy was never introduced to bring equality to all under the law, or issues like, who had the right to vote, or an education, as well as what language could be spoken in a province would not keep occurring and being fought for by Canada’s people, throughout Canada’s history.

It was and will always be the principles of a democracy that ensure that those being governed are treated equally under the law and are entitled to the basic freedoms and rights recognised as fundamental to the well-being of all in a democratic society.

Getting rich was not the goal of those who first brought the news to the common man, but exposing injustice and informing a community of current events was.

The industry needs to find its way back to its reason for being, or forever be referred to as, “Fake News”… little more than propaganda spouting tools for politicians, and the political and social voice of their biggest advertisers.

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Canadian Voters to Blame for What Government Views as Its Agenda Priorities


Canadians need look no further than themselves to answer questions about who, and why programs and policies that would benefit all Canadians are rarely dealt with by their federal government, as a priority.

Canadians elect politicians and political parties into office that offer to fix the one thing that they feel would benefit them the most, rather than for politicians that offer the best plan to improve Canada and in doing so improve the lives of all Canadians. The problem with this is voting strategy is, that whenever any Canadian is left behind, there will be economic and social consequences for Canada and all Canadians.

The blame for the senseless suffering and deaths of Canadians due to government inaction lays squarely on the shoulders of every Canadian of voting age. Voters who do not bother to vote are just as guilty as those who vote for leaders who prioritize legalizing recreational marijuana, instead of ensuring that:

  • universal Medicare and Pharma Care are accessible to all Canadians, in a sustainable program;
  • university and higher forms of education are free, making them truly accessible for all Canadian children who have the marks and the desire to get a higher education;
  • every person in Canada has access to affordable housing;
  • every person in Canada has access to clean drinking water;
  • every child gets enough to eat every day;
  • no Canadian will ever die again after waiting hours to be seen by a doctor in an emergency room;
  • no Canadian will ever die again after waiting for a life saving medical procedure, for the lack of staff, doctors, or recovery beds.

Canadians seem content to elect leaders that seek to resolve serious problems facing Canadians, by making it easier and legal for them to do addictive things.  An example of this is the prime minister’s legalization of online gambling. There is no upside to the federal government legalizing yet another form of gambling in Canada. The financial and social burdens of this policy change will be paid for by many generations of Canadians to come. These burdens, far out ways any temporary, quick fix, created by government financial mismanagement. Using the weakness of addicts to allow government to make financial gains through taxation and permits, does not seem to bother Canadian voters, or politicians.

Addictive gamblers, neglect their responsibilities to their families and fail to provide the necessities of life for their families, such as food and shelter. Their shame and guilt, also leads them to abuse things like alcohol and drugs. All of these addictions combine to the growing severity of domestic and child abuse.  It is the non addicted Canadian who gets to foot the bill for the health services, social services for the addicts and the families that they neglect and abuse. The cost of supporting their neglected families, ultimately are passed on to the middle class Canadian and those working hard to get there.

The same can be said for the use of recreational marijuana. Canadians do not seem to care about any of this though, or the negative effects that marijuana will have on their children’s developing brains.

In the 2015 election the Prime Minister of Canada was not elected and given a majority government, because he campaigned on making sure that:

  • universal Medicare and Pharma Care are accessible to all Canadians, in a in a sustainable program;
  • university and higher forms of education are free, making them truly accessible for all Canadian children who have the marks and the desire to get a higher education;
  • every person in Canada has access to affordable housing;
  • every person in Canada has access to clean drinking water;
  • every child gets enough to eat every day;
  • no Canadian will ever die again after waiting hours to be seen by a doctor in an emergency room;
  • no Canadian will ever die again after waiting for a life saving medical procedure, for the lack of staff, doctors, or recovery beds a priority of his government if elected, but rather for his promise to legalize the growing and recreational use of marijuana.

This was one of the prime minister’s key campaign promises, and one of his clearly stated priorities during the 2015 campaign. This was also one of the first things he set out to accomplish after winning the election.

Canadians do not seem to care that the government keeps getting caught trying to make money to support its programs by allowing the Canadian Revenue Agency to do things like:

  • tax retail workers on employee discounts;
  • deny sick children and adults the Disability Tax Credit when diagnosed with illness such as diabetes, autism, Multiple Sclerosis and PKU, just to name a couple.

As Canadians we also seem okay with any government that is willing to represent some Canadians rather than all Canadians.  The prime minister was sent to Ottawa with a majority government, because of his promise that his government would reflect and represent all Canadians. Since being elected the prime minister has shown that his vision of inclusion all, need only extend to:

  • women;
  • First Nations;
  • Sikhs;
  • and LGBTQ community.

I am pleased that all the above mentioned have gained representation in the government, that governs them. I am also delighted that they have received apologies for the wrongs that past governments of Canada had exposed them to, but what of the other Canadians? Who represents the Black, Muslim, senior, veteran, homeless, poor, and medically challenged, Canadians? Unfortunately, the answer is no Canadian political party, or leader. To them and their backers, helping and standing up for you can’t be translated into votes that could sway an election one way or another.

When the prime minister took to the podium and made official government apologies to First Nations people, the Sikh community and the LGBT community I felt happiness, and said to myself about time., and waited patiently for the apology that had to be coming for Black Canadians…I am still waiting.

I picked on the prime minister today, because he sits in government with a majority and is capable of doing so many good things for Canadians and Canada, but instead he wastes the opportunity prioritizing on things like, legalizing recreational marijuana use and legalizing online gambling…fulfilling the promises that got him elected, by you the Canadian voter, but that are definitely not good for Canada or middle class Canadians and those working hard to get there..

I wish I could say that by getting rid of one leader, or their political party would change things but I do not thing that this would be true.  Canadian politics has nothing to do with what is good for Canada and Canadians, but has everything to do with what Canadians vote for. Right now, Canadians are voting for all the wrong reasons and as a result all of the wrong things.

As government after government, party leader after party leader, fails to make policy changes, that would end the senseless suffering and dying, all Canadians will suffer financially, because all levels of government will pass the financial cost of righting past wrongs and bad policy decisions onto the middle class and those working hard to get there. Standing on the podium and saying we are sorry and throwing money at a problem is how all levels of government seek to quell civil discord and political unrest.  This works for the short-term, but without being backed up with changes to policy to prevent the same problems from resurfacing somewhere else down the road, a vicious circle is created that is not good for Canada, or Canadians.  Unfortunately, it will our children and theirs that will be paying for our bad voting practices.

Conservative Party of Canada leader, Andrew Sheer, Premier of British Columbia, John Horgan; Premier of Quebec, Phillip Couillard, and United Conservative Party of Alberta leader, Jason Kenney, are examples of more Canadian political leaders who do not care what Canada, or Canadians need, but instead count voting bloc numbers to decide their party’s agendas.

 

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