Montreal’s Mayors, Seekers of Legacies and Betrayers of Their Citizens’ Trust

me-5The Quebec provincial government uses the excuse that it has to do what is best for all of the cities in the province and not just cater the needs of one city. It also justifies the spending of money on things like hosting 1976 Olympic games by arguing that there is no price too high for putting Quebec on the international stage as a country in waiting…but this is the subject matter of a whole other post.

Mayors in my opinion are the worst betrayers of their citizens’ trust when it comes to politics, and I believe that Montreal’s mayors are among the worst of them. Municipal governments, led by Mayors are supposed to be on the front lines recognizing the problems, seeking out the solutions then following up with actions that would remedy the problem.

Mayors are elected to serve, but like most political party leaders mayors do not see governing as serving the people. They see winning an election as an opportunity to create their very own fantasy city, that in turn will become their legacy. To this end they concentrate their efforts and tax payer dollars on creating green spaces over highways, building bicycle paths and hosting events like the Olympic Games; allowing these glamour projects to take priority over the fixing of dangerous, failing infrastructure.

Mayors see the dangers posed to their citizens up close and personal, and quite frankly seem willing to ignore those dangers and let their citizens suffer and die.

Over the years Montreal mayors have known:

  • that the city’s highway overpasses were in danger of collapsing, because (A)The engineers that designed the overpasses warned them of the possibility. (B)People living near de la Concorde and Highway 19 told The Gazette they had noticed the overpass had begun to crumble in recent months (C)Carole Hackenbeck, less than a month before the collapse, noticed that there were unusually large gaps and misaligned spacing in the deck-support structure underneath.  (D)several motorists told the French-language all-news network Le Canal Nouvelles that they had called police up to an hour before the collapse to report seeing fissures appearing in the overpass roadbed and chunks of concrete falling to the road below. Only when the center section of the south lane of an overpass (65-foot or 19.8-metre section of a three-lane overpass) collapsed in Laval on September 30, 2006, killing five people and seriously injuring six others, did the city close the autoroute for about a month.
  • the city’s sewer system had pipes which are over one hundred years old, and yet the city avoided replacing the old piping. Homes continue to be flooded, boiled water advisories are issued and sink holes swallow up cars and trucks and still replacement of the old pipes is not a priority;
  • the city’s filtration system from its conception was inadequate to deal with;
  • citizens are faced with the health hazard of having to frequently use public areas like bus shelters and, metro entrances that the homeless have urinated and defecated in, because twenty-four-seven bathroom facilities for them are nonexistent;

No matter the political stripe all municipal parties that get elected to power will:

  • partner with the federal and provincial government on huge projects costing millions of dollars of tax payer dollars;
  • spend millions of dollars propping up failing businesses like Bixi;

I live in the province of Quebec, in the city of Montreal.  Both the province and the city have been plagued by premiers and mayors who have felt that their personal agenda/their legacy would be better served if they participated in joint projects like: bike paths across the city, or hosting the Olympic.

Montreal’s mayors have over the years claimed that there was no money available for things like:

  • fixing water mains;
  • updating the sewage system;
  • doing road repairs;
  • necessary amount safety inspectors to ensure that building pipes, streets and overpasses are being maintained properly and not endangering the safety and lives of their citizenry;
  • shelters for the homeless;
  • affordable housing.

If people hadn’t had to suffer or die, because of Montreal’s municipal governments’ non-action and ignoring of what needed to be fixed in this city what they did find money for might be laughable. The mayors of Montreal have always found it more important to partner with the provincial government spending of millions of tax payer dollars on things like:

  • Mayor Jean Drapeau hosting the 1976 Olympics which put Quebec in debt for 1.5 billion dollars. Quebec, the host province did not pay off the $1.5 billion until December 2006. Montreal mayor Jean Drapeau had famously said: “The Olympics can no more lose money than a man can have a baby
  • Montreal spending $15 million this year to add 57 kilometers of additional bike lanes to its 733-kilometre-long network and maintain what already exists;
  • Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre’s plan to create a new urban space that would better connect the downtown core with Old Montreal, in time for Montreal’s 375th anniversary celebrations in 2017. Cost according to him two hundred million dollars.

How many people will have to:

  • Die eating lunch on a terrace, because a piece of a building breaks off and kills them, before a Montreal Mayor makes funding for more safety inspectors a priority?
  • Fall into a sink hole before a Montreal mayor decides that fixing the city`s failing old pipes takes priority over building green spaces over highways?

How many homeless people have to die in the cold of a Montreal winter, hungry and alone, before a Montreal mayor decides that it would be a great legacy if in their time in office if they actually took the initiative and took the lead to ending the tragedy of homelessness in Montreal?

What will it take for municipal governments to get their priorities straight?

I know all about jurisdictional issues, but to not:

  • warn citizens of dangers;
  • fight for the safety of their citizens;
  • put all monies received toward fixing the things that are within their jurisdiction instead of partnering in glory seeking projects, is to me a  betrayal of their citizens’ trust.

When you consider that Quebec was and continues to be plagued with mayors like those mentioned below is it any wonder that Montreal is falling apart and literally crumbling to dust?

Montreal Mayor Michael Applebaum was arrested at his home by members of the province’s anti-corruption unit. Ironically, Applebaum was named Montreal’s interim mayor last November — because the previous mayor, Gérald Tremblay, was forced to resign due to corruption allegations.

City of Laval asked to be placed under trusteeship, after gangsterism and fraud charges had been laid against its former mayor and 37 others.


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Black Lives Have Never Mattered to The Government of the United States of America or Canada and Still Do Not Today

me-5How can the government of the United States of America, or Canada try to pretend that Black lives have ever mattered in their countries, or do today?  Both countries have apologized officially for acts in their history that in today’s world are considered to be, offensive, unjust, cruel, racist to all. All except Black people. Both the United States of America and Canada have sought to reconcile, apologize, offer monetary compensation to the survivors and the families of survivors who have suffered and died needlessly and senselessly by their countries policies and laws. All except Black people.

To the governments of the United States of America and Canada, Black lives have never mattered, and still do not today.  For some reason both governments feel that the mistreatment of Black people in their countries both in their past and present history requires no:

  • official apology;
  • attempt at reconciliation;
  • monetary compensation to be paid to either the survivors of slavery, or their families.

The Canadian government has officially apologized to the North American Indians, Jews, Chinese, Japanese and Sikhs, but nothing resembling an official apology has ever been offered to Black Canadians for the atrocities that their ancestors were forced to endure upon their arrival into Canada, or for the inequality, racism and injustice that their families continue to endure in today’s Canada.

The Canadian government has instead chosen to remove from its educational curriculum all mandatory teaching of Canada’s involvement and participation in the selling and owning of Black slaves in Canada. Choosing instead to portray Canada as some safe haven where American slaves could run to and find freedom, equality and justice.  Unfortunately, this was lie then and still remains a lie as far as equality and justice are concerned for the ancestors of those Black slaves today.

My ancestors were:

  • stolen from their homeland by slave traders;
  • taken across the sea. Never to see, or be seen by their families again;
  • never to see their homelands again;
  • chained head to toe on wooden ledges, row after row, in the cargo hold of slave ships;
  • forced to lie in their own urine, feces, and vomit for the duration of the sea voyage, which could take months;
  • sold into slavery wherever slaves could be sold and were needed.
  • renamed and so lost their identity and all ties to their families and loved ones;
  • forbidden to speak the language of their ancestors;
  • forbidden to practice their religion;
  • forced to work from sun up to sun down for scraps of food and meager clothing;
  • whipped, raped, castrated, by their masters;
  • sold and resold like live stock.  Breeding and pedigree important…feelings of animal to be sold, not necessary to consider;
  • denied justice, human rights and civil rights.

Millions of my ancestors did not survive the trip and sadly I wonder if they were the lucky ones. They at least were spared the centuries of agony as slaves and knowing that any child that they brought into the world would be just another slave, with no chance of ever knowing freedom. For them at least the agony, humiliation, years of degradation, and the indignity of being treated and thought of as chattel was spared them.

Imagine being one of the women, or one of the young girls who were raped day after day until they finally arrived at their final destination where they were sold at a slave auction for more money based on the babies they now carried in their wombs. Imagine reaching your plantation, working from sun up to sun down in the fields, only to get raped at night in hopes that you would produce children for the master to sell.

Now try to imagine that you were one of the unaccounted for, but claimed to be millions of Black African slaves who:

  • jumped overboard trying to escape, thinking they could swim back to their homes;
  • were thrown overboard, chained, terrified and screaming, because they were sick;
  • were thrown overboard, because the captain of the slave ship would rather lose his cargo then face the consequences for breaking the law.

Imagine now that your government felt and still feels that your ancestor’s treatment and enslavement was not bad enough to deserve:

  • an official apology;
  • reconciliation;
  • monetary compensation.

All over the United States of America Black men are being murdered by White police officers without the guilty officers being punished. Video footage depicting the crimes are ignored, as are eye-witness accounts. As in the past Blacks are told not to seek revenge, keep it cool and try to understand that progress and change will come, but not overnight.

In Canada the provincial government of Nova Scotia bulldozed down an African-Canadian village located just north of Halifax that was founded in the mid-18th century.   Promises to replace the evicted families houses were never kept, monetary compensation for the for many of the evicted was never received.  The mayor of Halifax in 2010 did apologize for the government’s actions.  The victims of the racist government action now have a park dedicated to the memory of their loss. This park is little more than a reminder to the survivors and their ancestors of how little, if at all,  Black lives matter in Canada.

In the province of Quebec, Canadian Black people cannot get the Quebec government to stop using the word “Nigger” when officially naming government landmarks. The Quebec government has used the excuse that removing the word “Nigger” from existing government landmarks, would diminish the historical accuracy of said sites.

In Quebec, Canada, Black face performances are still considered an acceptable form of entertainment and part of Quebec’s cultural heritage.  An art form to be proud of and passed on from one generation to another; no matter how offensive to Black people it is.

If this was your:

  • history;
  • life;
  • immediate future and the future of your children and grandchildren, in both Canada and the United State of America;

Would you think that Black lives mattered to either government?

As a people the ancestors of African slaves lives unfortunately begins and ends with the knowledge that is who we are and all w will always be seen as to the governments of the United States of America and Canada.

Our, culture, language, religion and all that we were and could have become was forcefully taken from us: replaced even in freedom by those of our White masters. We are the only people on this planet for whom there is no going back home.

The deaths of innocent Black people at the hands of White police is an indicator that Black lives do not matter in the United States of America and Canada, but:

  • how we have been forced to live;
  • what was forcefully stolen from us;
  • how we are expected to act like it never happened,  is to me the best indicator of all  that Black have never mattered to the government of the United States of America, or Canada, and still do not today.
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There Are No Heroes Or Villains There Are Only Survivors

me-5There are no heroes, or villains, there are only survivors. There is only the vicious cycle human beings find themselves trapped in. In this cycle of events the conquered and oppressed fight to be free, only to become the oppressor.  In this never-ending cycle of senseless death everyone gets to taste at least once and endure the horrors of war.

The world has been living a lie for so long now, that it believes that there was an upside, or justification for Imperialism and all of the damage that its survivors now are forced to live with.

I do not understand why people keep expressing shock at all of the hatred in the world. I wonder how anyone could think that the state of the world could possibly be any different. Everything that we can piece together about human nature proves that human beings have always believed that it is okay to:

  • take by force what belongs to another;
  • enslave other human beings;
  • kill for the sake of killing;
  • claim that their values, culture religion, and race superior, to those they wish to conquer;
  • believe that lasting peace can be obtained through war.

Human nature has not improved: in fact, if anything human beings have gotten worse over time.

We live in a time where racial, religious, ethnic, cultural and even linguistic intolerance are preached, encouraged, practiced, and sponsored by every major government and religious order in the world.

Kings, sheiks, holy men, governments and big business are still ordering their armies, navies and now air forces to attack other nations, in order to extend their country’s power and influence through military force.

The reality is that the push to control the world by certain groups and countries has never stopped.  The leaders of governments, religion and big business are still motivated to go to war over things that do not belong to them like:

  • foreign lands for governments;
  • natural resources for rich businessmen:
  • the souls of the conquered for religious leaders.

What has changed are:

  • weaponry, now able to kill and injure hundreds of thousands with the drop of one missile, leaving all of the infrastructure intact for use by the attacker at a later time;
  • honesty and transparency about what it is all the dying about is gone.  Now we say that we are killing to make the world a better place, when really we are killing for the same thing as our ancestors did: to make the one percent of the world’s richest people, richer;
  • which nation or religious order is on top.  The western nations and Christianity are on the top of the power struggle at the moment.

What has not changed are:

  • the evoking of God as a justification for invasion;
  • the torture, starvation, and murdering of the innocent;
  • the forced migration of civilian masses:
  • the senseless loss of innocent life.

The use of technology and weapons of mass destruction have given the western nations an advantage, but their enemies have found a way to get around the technology and their weapons of mass destruction. Their enemies have done what was thought impossible and brought their guerrilla war tactics to western shores. A place where the west’s weapons of mass destruction are rendered moot.

Were those responsible for the Roman Empire, Mongol Empire, Russian Empire, Holy Roman Empire, British Empire, Han Dynasty, Byzantine Empire, Persian Empire, Umayyad Caliphate, or Ottoman Empire, heroes? Did the end justify the means?

The empires mentioned above represent only the ten of what we teach our children were the most successful empires in history.

Whether these empires were generated by Christians, Muslims, or some other faction, to this day we teach our children to be proud of our ancestor’s accomplishments.  We proudly talk to our children of how their ancestors brought civilization, law and order, and the true God to the world. We glorify the crusades, jihads and colonization’s and make those responsible for the suffering and the mass killings heroes.  We trivialize, down play and excuse their brutality: a brutality that saw uncountable numbers of people who dared oppose them tortured, spiritually crushed, put to death, and in some cases made extinct.

There are no innocents as far as governments, religious leaders, big business and their followers are concerned. All of the afore-mentioned, regardless of ethnicity or religious belief at one time or another, for one reason or another have used violence to oppress the original inhabitants of lands they sought to take possession of, time after time throughout the history of the world.

There are no heroes, or villains, there are only survivors. There is only the vicious cycle that human beings find themselves trapped in. In this cycle of events the conquered and oppressed fight to be free, only to become the oppressors.  In this never-ending cycle of senseless death everyone gets to taste the power of victory and the agony of defeat at least once. Winner or loser they will all have to endure the horrors of war forever.

I believe in the words below:

The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral,
begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy.
Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it.
Through violence you may murder the liar,
but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth.
Through violence you may murder the hater,
but you do not murder hate.
In fact, violence merely increases hate.
So it goes.
Returning violence for violence multiplies violence,
adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness:
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Part Three Of: Debunking Canadian Political Rhetoric One Fabrication At A Time

Electing a federalist minded party in the province of Quebec or federally will:

  • restore the linguistic rights stolen  from non-Francophone Canadian citizens residing in Quebec;
  • preserve the linguistic rights that non-Francophone Canadians residing in Quebec still have;
  • save Quebec from further destroying its economy through language laws that make doing business too expensive;
  • stop the racist practices that some Francophone Canadian citizens residing in Quebec consider to be part of their cultural heritage as well as a piece of their history that must be preserved, practiced and passed on to the next generation of Quebecers.

No federal or Quebec provincial government will help non Francophone Canadian citizens residing in Quebec.

The Quebec provincial Liberal Party started promoting the idea that there was nothing wrong with officially alienating the non-Francophone residents of Quebec by enacting a law that made French the official language of Quebec. Since then every major federal party has given their consent openly, or through their silence to the racist, ethnocide that non-Francophone Canadians endure on a daily basis at the hands of all Quebec provincial political parties, excluding none.

  • the Quebec Liberal Party in 1974, under the leadership of Premier Robert Bourassa, Liberal Party brought in Bill 22, which made French the official language of the province;
  • In the 1976, the Parti Quebecois was elected for the first time. The next year, the party introduced the Charter of the French Language;
  • sadly since 1976, despite what is happening to the non-Francophone Canadian citizens residing in Quebec, no federal or Quebec government has dared risk the wrath of Quebec’s sovereignty movement, by reinstating, or preserving the linguistic rights of Quebec’s non-Francophone residents.

The New Democratic Party of Canada will be no help, because:

  • Jack Layton thought that the road to an NDP governance of Canada could be realized, if he could get the majority of Quebec voters to vote for the NDP in a federal election. To this end he did what no other federalist party was willing to do and publicly agreed on a 50% + 1 vote formula;
  • under the leadership of Thomas Mulcair, the NDP introduced a private members’ bill that would replace the Clarity Act. It would retain the party’s 50-plus-one formula for victory and require a direct question for a third referendum;
  • NDP MP Thomas Mulcair, a former Quebec cabinet minister said, “Bill 101 brought linguistic peace to Quebec and has played an important role in keeping Quebec within Canada”.

The Conservative Party of Canada has made it clear that they do not believe that they should interfere in provincial language. Stephen Harper has been quoted saying:

  • “I’ve been clear for a couple of decades that I don’t believe the federal government should interfere in provincial language legislation.”
  • “Quebec’s language law has been an asset to Quebec culture.”

At the end of the day it is crystal clear that for one reason, or another, there is no political party, federal or provincial, that is willing to stand up for Canadian non Francophone citizens living in Quebec.  This makes both the federal and the provincial political parties of Quebec joined in spirit and in actions, making who wins a Quebec provincial election moot for non-Francophone citizens of Canada residing in Quebec.

Quebec’s language laws have ruined Quebec’s economy.

Quebec through its language laws, enforced by its language police, continues to:

  • drive established businesses out of Quebec;
  • be at least partially responsible for causing record high unemployment in the province;
  • cost Quebec revenue created through taxation of business, fleeing to neighboring provinces to avoid the high price of doing business in Quebec;
  • stop potential job creating businesses from opening up in Quebec and losing a much-needed economic boost;

A well-known Quebec politician when asked by reporters why any Quebec government would allow its language laws to ruin Quebec’s economy, responded by saying something like, ’I would gladly see Quebec in such a state of ruin that the federal government would see Quebec as such a liability that it would allow Quebec to leave Canada. Then we could rebuild Quebec.’

Quebec politicians no matter the political stripe are willing to go this far even though Quebecers, no longer speak the French of their ancestors.  The language that Quebec politicians claim to want to save, no longer is spoken in Quebec. The French language of Quebec:

  • has been reduced to a patois, called Quebecois French full of slang words and idiomatic expressions;
  • reduced some more to what the French call franglais a derogatory word used to describe the use of too many Anglicisms in a French conversation. An example of this can be found in the use of the English word full in a French conversation: (je l’aime full), full (Le réservoir est full).

Quebec’s cultural heritage full of racist practices.

The cultural heritage that Quebec politicians seem so intent on preserving seem to require the practicing of what is considered by most civilized people, very degrading, racist practices. All governments of Canada appear to be willing to turn a blind eye and a deft ear to this problem and how it affects their citizens, as long as it makes Quebec separatists feel more comfortable remaining in Canada.

When Premiere of Quebec, Pauline Marois threaten to bring into law Bill 60/ Charter of Quebec Values a clear attempt to strip Canadian Muslim citizens and other Canadian minority religious groups residing in the province of Quebec of their right to peacefully practice their religion, where was either the federal government, or the provincial opposition party of the day?

The federal government said that these issues lied within the jurisdiction of the provinces, but  they would keep a close eye on the situation and would act swiftly should they find anything within their jurisdiction that broke Canadian law.

The Quebec opposition party of course denounced it for obvious political gain, but its leader Philippe Couillard pledged during the campaign to put forward a different set of measures on the reasonable accommodation issue

As a Black man living in Quebec, I find it insulting, offensive, and degrading to know that Quebec politicians see nothing wrong with officially naming a stretch of rapids on the on Gatineau River, Nigger Rapids in 1983. Sadly this is not an isolated case:

  • Bouchette has its  (Nigger Rapids) no translation required;
  • Grenville-sur-la-Rouge has its Nigger Eddy Premier, Deuxieme, Troisieme   (Nigger Eddy the 1st,2nd and 3rd);
  • Saint-Armand has its Rocher Nigger (Nigger Rock);
  • Hatley has its Nigger Riviere (Nigger River) now renamed Niger River;
  • Lac-Lenotre has its Lac du Negre  (Nigger Lake);
  • Lac-Lenotre  has its Ruisseau du Negre  (Nigger Creek);
  • Notre-Dame-du-Bon Conseil has its (Nigger River);
  • Les Iles-de-la-Madeleine has its  Le Buttereau-du-Negre (Small Nigger Hill Overlooking The Water);
  • Shawinigan has its Lac a Ti-Negre  (Lake of a 1000 Niggers).

When Bouchette’s Mayor Réjean Major was informed that officially named land marks within his jurisdiction were insulting, offensive, highly prejudice, and bigoted forms of racism directed at Black people,  Mayor Réjean Major decided to protect his municipality’s racist culture and heritage.  Mayor Réjean Major told Radio-Canada that he has no intention of asking the commission to change the name given to a stretch of rapids on the on Gatineau River named (Nigger Rapids).

Claire Hamel  who lives near the rapids feels comfortable making this public statement, “Nobody talks about this, it’s the name, that’s it, like Bouchette, like Maniwaki, like Ottawa.”

The use of Black Face as an acceptable form entertainment is another piece of practiced Quebec cultural that I find insulting, offensive and degrading.  Blackface is obviously insulting and degrading to all Black residents of Quebec and Canada, and yet some Quebec politicians, television personalities, and Francophone students, see it as an acceptable thing to engage in. There has been no law introduced to stop this racist practice. This group of Quebecers would suggest that white people putting black shoe polish on their faces and pretending to be uneducated and buffoonish black people is a part of Quebec’s cultural heritage, and as such needs to be preserved.

Push for Quebec sovereignty, nothing more than a tool to gain leverage to use against the feds.

The truth of the matter is that the Quebec sovereignist elite have never wanted to leave the rest of Canada. I believe that from the beginning they saw the push for sovereignty as little more than leverage.   They bet the farm on an idea that the federal government would be willing to consider its Anglophone citizens residing in Quebec as collateral damage, or as sacrificial lambs: a reasonable and acceptable price to pay for Quebec remaining in Canada,  The political cost of doing business. The sovereignist elite knew that if they ever achieved a sovereign Quebec the con game would be over; their leverage gone, and with it their ability to demand things such as:

  • money;
  • linguistic dominance in Quebec and equality throughout the rest of Canada;
  • the right remove the rights guaranteed to its non-francophone, non-Christian Canadian citizens in the Constitution of Canada, and the Canadian Charter of rights; all without consequences, or federal challenge;
  • the right to use the words distinct society to justify Quebec’s becoming one of the most racist, corrupt, divisive, non-inclusive places to live in the country, and on the planet.

They were right to take the gamble; it paid off.  All federal and provincial politicians will agree that Quebec is a distinct society. What that means however they have no idea.  One Prime Minister actually said that   Anglophone Canadians residing in the province of Quebec should consider moving to Canada, because Canada was powerless to protect them while they remained in the jurisdiction of Quebec.

Electing a federalist minded party provincially or federally will get non-francophone Canadian citizens residing in Quebec absolutely nowhere in terms of their rights and freedoms guaranteed them in the Canadian Constitution, or in the Canadian Charter of Rights.

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For What Reason Would Any Citizen Of The USA Need To Own An AR-15

me-5I do not think that anyone should be killing anyone. I fully acknowledge that this was an act of terror targeting the LBGT community. I agree that it was motivated by the hatred of what the LBGT community represents.  I concede that this heinous act was carried out by an insane person born in the USA.

Having said this it is important to understand that the real threat to Americans on their home soil is insane Americans:

  • with an axe to grind against their government;
  • who have criminal records for committing violent crimes;
  • who are being investigated by law enforcement agencies for supporting terrorist activities;
  • who despite the afore-mentioned, are still able to legally obtain weapons capable of killing hundreds of innocent Americans in a few moments; like the one shown below.

This is a picture of an AR-15. I think that it and all firearms like it are weapons of mass destruction in the hands of anyone with an axe to grind and the will to kill.

13413077_10153975166201130_8684445261855112907_n (2)The AR-15, legally bought in the USA was the weapon of choice used to kill innocent:

  • elementary  school children in Newton;
  • movie goers in Aurora;
  • students and faculty in San Bernardino;
  • party-goers in Orlando.

Despite the AR-15 being the favorite choice of Americans wishing to kill other innocent Americans:

  • the AR-15 and other firearms just like it can be obtained legally in the USA;
  • there are no plans that I have heard of to date that would bar the AR-15  entry into the USA.

Donald Trump the Republican Party’s choice for president of the USA, has stated the Orlando Massacre proves that he is right when says he would bar all Muslims from immigrating  to the USA if elected the president of the USA later this Year.

I say, there will always be crazy people of every race, religion, culture and ethnicity, lurking in the shadows looking to make a statement and draw attention to themselves through senseless violence. Unfortunately there is nothing we can do about that.  Fortunately there is something we can do to minimize the damage and sorrow they cause. We need to stop the crazies regardless of their religious beliefs, place of birth, cultural heritage, or idealistic beliefs from being able to legally purchase weapons of mass destruction like the AR-15.

I find it very interesting that not one Canadian political leader had the courage to mention that those that died in Orlando might still be alive if guns were not so easy to acquire by anyone of legal age in  the USA. Those who advocate for the right to bear arms in the USA, are guilty aiding and abetting a gun wielding murderer.  All those who support the sale of high-powered weapons to US citizens have the blood of those fifty dead and all of those others injured on their hands.

ISIL has claimed this attack on the Orlando night club, but what has that got to do with how they were killed and how it could have and should have been avoided?

Let us never forget that if this American born supporter of ISIL was able to legally get his hands on a weapon capable of killing hundreds of people, because of organizations like the NRA, who have successfully blocked all attempts to make such weapons illegal in the USA. The NRA and all groups of their kind are as guilty of murder in the deaths of those in Orlando, San Bernardino, Aurora, and Newton, as the American born insane person who decided that he had the right to kill and seriously injure over one hundred Americans belonging to the LBGT community.

An American born insane person used the American Constitution to kill other Americans. He used the right for every American citizen to bear arms guaranteed him in the Constitution of the United States of America as he perceived it to defend himself, his family and his country, against a threat to his family, religion, country and way of life.

Of course all sane people know that this is as ridiculous as Donald Trump’s assertion that this act of violence by one insane American citizen justifies his anti-Muslim, Islamophobic rhetoric.

Why would an ordinary citizen need to have this weapon capable of killing so many so quickly and easily? I would suggest that the only reason to have such a weapon is to engage in the mass killing of people.

I think that there has been enough:

  • debate in the USA regarding the constitutionality of tougher gun control laws;
  • senseless deaths caused by insane Americans with violent histories legally obtaining firearms like the AR-15;
  • condolences to the families of these victims by politicians who for political gain fight for the right for such insane Americans to be able to obtain such weapons of mass destruction.

Note: The Orlando Massacre was only the deadliest mass terrorist shooting in the history of the United States of America, if we a willing to forget the:

  • East St Louis Massacre of 1917 where there were anywhere from 200-700 deaths;
  • Arkansas Massacre of 1919 where there were 854 deaths;
  • Tulsa Massacre of 1921 where there were 300-3000 deaths;
  • Rosewood Massacre of 1923 where there were 150 deaths.
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Part Two Of: Debunking Canadian Political Rhetoric One Fabrication At A Time

me-5Canadian politicians seem un-able to resist using rhetoric and fabrications. This can be seen when they talk of this country’s immigration policies and laws.  They speak of immigration laws and policies that have always been and continue to reflect an open and fair immigration process.  That Canada has a history of mistreating certain types of refugees and immigrants does little to stop Canadian politicians from referring to Canada’s immigration laws as being a shining example for other countries to follow.

Politicians at all levels of government, regardless of political stripe continue to make the claim, despite evidence to the contrary, that Canada has always and continues to:

  1. welcome with open arms all those in need of shelter from oppression and, tyranny regardless of race, ethnicity, culture, or religion.
  2. treat those who immigrated to this country in search of a better way of life with respect, fairness and equality, regardless of  race, ethnicity, culture, or religion.

Canada’s history speaks of a Canada that has not so welcoming and generous to refugees and people seeking to immigrate to Canada:  A Canada different from the one praised in the rhetoric of Canadian politicians.

Canadian history shows that time after time, Canada has been guilty of discrimination in its immigration policies and laws.  Canada throughout its history has shown a willingness to :

  • to use certain races of people  as a source of cheap labor, to get difficult and often dangerous jobs accomplished;
  • force them out of the country when they no longer needed.

What the Canadian government and the CPR did to Chinese laborers once the railroad was completed is a perfect example of what I am talking about.

After the Canadian Pacific Railway was completed, many Chinese were left without work. Considered no longer useful to both the CPR and the Canadian government, the government of Canada past The Chinese Immigration Act, 1885 which imposed a $50 “Head Tax” on any Chinese coming to Canada. When this failed to deter Chinese immigration to Canada, the government of Canada passed:

  •  the Chinese Immigration Act, 1900 which increased the tax to $100;
  • the Chinese Immigration Act, 1903 increased the landing fees to $500, equivalent to $8000 in 2003. – as compared to the Right of Landing Fee, or Right of Permanent Residence Fee, of merely $975 per person paid by new immigrants in 1995–2005, and further reduced to $490 in 2006. In addition to federal legislation, municipal ordinances restricted employment opportunities even in industries not desirable to white Canadians, such as laundries;
  • the Chinese Immigration Act, 1923, better known as the Chinese Exclusion Act, replaced prohibitive fees with a ban on Chinese immigration to Canada with the exceptions of merchants, diplomats, students, and “special circumstances” cases. The Chinese that entered Canada before 1924 had to register with the local authorities and could leave Canada only for two years or less.

The Chinese immigration Act, 1923 was not repealed until 1947

Canada’s immigration policy was also unfair to Black people wanting to immigrate to Canada. In the late nineteenth century, the Canadian government had an unofficial policy of restricting immigration by Black people:

  • in 1911  Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier formalised this policy;
  • “His excellency in Council, in virtue of the provisions of Sub-section (c) of Section 38 of the Immigration Act, is pleased to Order and it is hereby Ordered as follows: For a period of one year from and after the date hereof the landing in Canada shall be and the same is prohibited of any immigrants belonging to the Negro race, which race is deemed unsuitable to the climate and requirements of Canada.”

Canada maintained its restrictions of immigration until 1962, when racial rules were eliminated from the immigration laws.

Canada has become an expert at officially apologizing and compensating, immigrants and refugees past Canadian governments have been guilty of mistreating. The proof of this can be found in how many times modern-day prime ministers, premiers and mayors have officially apologized for the Canadian government’s mistreatment of refugees and immigrants.

Three modern-day prime ministers, at least two premieres and a few mayors  have officially apologized for Canada’s mistreatment of refugees and immigrants trying to gain entry to Canada and the continued mistreatment of them when, they did manage to gain entry. Here is a list of a few of them:

  • In 1988 Prime Minister Brian Mulroney formally apologized to Japanese Canadian survivors and their families, for their internment during the Second World War.  Twenty two thousand Japanese Canadians were uprooted from their homes, separated from their families and sent away to camps. Not one was ever charged with an act of disloyalty. They also received a $300 million compensation package.  The $300 million compensation package included $21,000 for each of the 13,000 survivors, $12 million for a Japanese community fund, and $24 million to create a Canadian race relations foundation, to ensure such discrimination never happened again.
  • In 2006 Prime Minister Stephen Harper apologized and made payments of 20,000 dollar each to Chinese-Canadians who paid the head tax or to their surviving spouses.  Premiere Christie Clark  of British Columbia not only indorsed the apology, but also apologized for the BC government of the day supporting the head tax and accepting head tax payments.
  • In 2008 Prime Minister Stephen Harper apologized at an event in British Columbia for the turning away of the Komagata Maru from Hong Kong. It arrived off Vancouver  in 1914, with 376 passengers on board.  Most of them were Sikhs from India. They were denied entry due to immigration laws at the time. The ship was eventually sent to Calcutta, and least 19 people were killed in a skirmish with British soldiers. Others were jailed.
  • 2016 Prime Minister Trudeau apologized for Canada’s 1914 rejection of South Asia immigrants. Canadian officials refused to allow the Indians in, even though they were British subjects.  This differed from the way other British subjects were dealt with by Canadian immigration.
  • 2016 A display now on at the Museum of Industry in Stellarton tells the sad tale of the St. Louis and its ill-fated passengers. In 1939 and 907 Jewish refugees aboard the German transatlantic liner St. Louis, sought sanctuary from Nazi Germany in Canada. Canada refused to take them in and the ship sailed back to Europe, where 254 would later die in concentration camps.
  • The forced relocation of the Africville residents occurred between 1964 and 1967. The last house was bulldozed January 2, 1970. The federal, provincial, and civic government chose not to save this community. Neither did the other good citizens of Halifax, or Nova Scotia at the time. For the most part they were given $5oo. Some people were fortunate and given new homes and property, but most were taken to the city of Halifax where prejudice, and lack of education help to keep them poor. As such the forced relocation became a swap of one ghetto for another.  The memorial to the town of Africville. It reads “Landed Deeded 1848-1969. Dedicated in loving memory of the first black settlers and all the former residents of the community of Campbell Road, Africville and all the members of the Seaview United Baptist Church.”

A Canadian prime minister in the not too distant future, will no doubt be making an official apology to the 492 Tamil refugees sought asylum in Canada, from oppression and, tyranny. They were not made welcome, but were subjected to non-sympathetic Immigration Minister, named Jason Kenney.

Here are some of the actions of former Immigration Minister, Jason Kenney that I believe Canada will be apologizing for:

  • in 2010 he had 492 Tamil refugees ( Muslim men, women and children) found aboard the ship, MV Sun Sea, who were seeking asylum in Canada, arrested and detained;
  • he rewrote immigration law so that he could hold the Tamil refugees incommunicado, thus denying them fair and timely access to hearings and the court process;
  • he ignored that the Tamil refugees were fleeing persecution, and a country engaged in a bitter civil war;
  • he personally helped gay men escape Iran and made it possible for them to jump the immigration waiting list; starting a year earlier and continuing all through 2010;
  • he told Canadians that all must get in line, because Canada could not afford cost of taking in refugees such as found on the MV Sun Sea.
  • 2012 the Bill C-31: An Act to amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act,
    the Balanced Refugee Reform Act, the Marine Transportation Security Act and the Department of Citizenship and Immigration Act .

Douglas Quan , wrote in the National Post on August 6, 2015 , in an article titled,  Five years after the MV Sun Sea’s arrival, crackdown on ‘irregular arrivals’ draws praise, scorn: 

  • As of July 22, 228 passengers had been accepted as refugees and 116 were rejected, an acceptance rate of about 63 per cent.”
  • “Another 26 were ordered deported after being deemed inadmissible because of criminal histories, membership in a terrorist group or for war crimes. Many migrants remain in protracted court battles.
  • “At the heart of many cases is whether publicity surrounding the Sun Sea puts migrants at risk of human rights abuses if returned to Sri Lanka.”

Some people would say that Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party of Canada are changing Canada for the better where admitting refugees into Canada is concerned, but I disagree. I believe that in order to do the right thing by all refugees and immigrants, Bill C-24, or Citizen Act needs to be repealed.

Fast tracking those 25,000 Syrian refugees:

  • showed just how selective and exploitive the Canadian government can be when it comes to helping people who face death on a daily basis, because of their ethnicity, religion, race, or culture;
  • showed that the Liberal government of Canada ignored the suffering of others with the same need, who had been waiting for a chance to escape death longer. so they could look good in an election year;
  • provided Justin Trudeau with some really good photo opts.

The Liberal’s exploitation of the Syrian refugee crisis to gain political points in an election year worked out well for the 25,000 Syrians, but it was so unfair to the millions of refugees who have been waiting in death camps for a very long time now. If taking in refugees and saving lives, is as easy as taking in the 25,000 Syrians, how could Canada have stood by and not helped as those being oppressed, and murdered in Zimbabwe, the Congo, Saudi Arabia, and Mauritania?  Why did Canada not help the  Rohingya Muslim ethnic minority in Burma? They have been called “the most oppressed people on Earth”.

Why did Justin Trudeau and the Liberal government of Canada not make it a priority in the first 100 days of their governance to repeal the Harper government’s anti-immigrant, anti-Canadian, anti-democratic, and unconstitutional Citizen Act, or Bill C-24? It might not have brought a sexy photo opt, like handing out jackets to Syrian families at the airport in -20 degrees for the PM, but it sure might have:

  • given hope to a lot of other refugees who have been waiting in death camps for more than 10 years awaiting their chance to immigrate to Canada, to live in peace and freedom;
  • saved Canada some future apologies and money spent on compensation;
  • brought Canada one step closer to telling the truth when its politicians claim that Canada:
  1. welcomes with open arms all those in need of shelter from oppression and, tyranny, regardless of race, ethnicity, culture, or religion;
  2. treats those who immigrate to this country in search of a better way of life with respect, fairness and equality, regardless of race, ethnicity, culture, or religion.

Note: No Canadian politician has ever officially, or un-officially apologised to any Black person for the immigration policy that unjustly kept Black people from immigrating to Canada.

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NDP’s Thomas Mulcair, Ruth Ellen Brosseau and Nikki Ashton Try To Turn Accidental Elbow Into An Intentional Assault

me-5I have 2 daughters and two granddaughters and I have never raised my hand to any of them in a violent manner.  When my daughter’s grew into young women, started dating and brought the young men home to meet me I made it clear how it would go if I even thought my daughters were  being abused emotionally or physically in their company. When I did find out that at some point there was both emotional and physical abuse going on, let’s just say I put an end to it.  My point is that I hate it when men abuse women.

I also made sure that my daughters understood, that accusing someone of sexual assault, physical, or emotional abuse was serious business. I explained to them that such accusations lead to serious consequences and have the potential to do irreversible damage to the accused. I also explained that once they accused someone of abusing them they should have the person arrested, insist that the case be heard in court and think of themselves as survivors, not victims.

Parliamentarians need to stop trying to gain political points with women’s groups, by turning every misspoken word, every accidental bump at the water, every request for a date, and yes even an accidental elbow into a fight to end the abuse of women in the work place.

The moment the NDP’s Thomas Mulcair, Ruth Ellen Brosseau and Nikki Ashton decided to turn an accidental elbow, into an intentional assault, they crossed the line of credibility. These three NDP, MPs hurt the fight to:

  • end the abuse of women in the work place;
  • create true gender equality in the work place on Parliament Hill, and all over Canada.

The NDP’s Thomas Mulcair, Ruth Ellen Brosseau and Nikki Ashton engaged in character assignation and political opportunism, by making false allegations and accusations with the intent to publicly humiliate and defame the character of the prime minister.

It would seem that going to work  on Parliament  Hill, if you are a male opposition member of parliament is a risky business with these three NDP MPs working there. I would suggest that it would be safer, for male opposition members reputations if they had no interaction with female MPs of the NDP either on the job or in private, unless wearing a body camera, or both are in the presence of credible witnesses.

With these three on the Hill, male opposition MPs run the risk of having their lives ruined.  There appears to be no line that the NDP’s Thomas Mulcair, Ruth Ellen Brosseau and Nikki Ashton will not cross to gain media attention or political points.

I believe that their presence in the work place is beginning to create an unstable work environment for males in the opposition parties and their families.

Ask yourself this:

  • Would you feel good  about going to work, or sending your significant other off to work knowing that it could be their turn to be singled out by Thomas Mulcair, Ruth Ellen Brosseau and Nikki Ashton, and falsely accused of assault?

If you answered no then you agree with me that Thomas Mulcair, Ruth Ellen Brosseau and Nikki Ashton need to apologise to:

  • Justin Trudeau for falsely accusing him of intentional assaulting Ruth Ellen Brosseau;
  • fellow parliamentarians for intentionally misleading the House;
  •  Canadians for wasting time and tax payer dollars by not being ready to vote when the House was reconvened after a thirty minute break.

In a place where everyone is supposed to act like adults and be treated as equals:

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ends up being the catalyst of a shoving, name calling pushing chaos. This kind of childish behaviour is sometimes seen from impatient children in a primary school yard and never tolerated.  This type of behaviour should never be seen on the floor of the House of Commons, by our elected MPs, and every last one of the participants in the melee should feel ashamed of themselves;
  • The NDP decide to score some political points by accusing the prime minister of intentionally trying to injure NDP MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau;
  • NDP MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau claims that the prime minister intentionally elbowed her in the chest and  that it so traumatized her, that she was forced to leave the chamber, and miss the vote;
  • NDP Leader Tom Mulcair adds to the childishness and chaos by screaming at the prime minister, “What kind of man elbows a woman? It’s pathetic! You’re pathetic!”
  • NDP MP, Nikki Ashton adds to the craziness by trying to make this whole thing into a woman’s issue by saying,  “I am ashamed to be a witness to the person who holds the highest position in our country do such an act. I want to say that for all of us who witnessed this, this was deeply traumatic, what I will say, if we apply a gendered lens, it is very important that young women in this space feel safe to come here and work here”.  “He made us feel unsafe and we’re deeply troubled by the conduct of the prime minister of this country.”

We are paying big salaries to MPs that act like children:

  • Trudeau had no business escorting anyone to their chair. Controlling the adult/children that are supposed to be acting in a respectful, efficient manner in the House of Commons is the job of the Speaker of the House of Commons, not his.
  • Tom Mulcair accusing him of intentionally elbowing a woman shows how desperate he is to find anything to bring Justin Trudeau down politically.
  • Thomas Mulcair’s actions during this madness, has proved he has learned nothing by his defeat in the last election and rejection of his party. Thomas Mulcair is the same opportunistic, dishonest politician that cost his party the election and him the leadership of NDP.
  •  NDP MP, Nikki Ashton cheapened herself and the cause she claims to be so passionate about by creating a false scenario of intentional violence, where there was no intention to harm Ruth Ellen Brosseau.
  • NDP MP, Nikki Ashton’s, ‘he made us feel unsafe speech,’ was ridiculous.  Niki Ashton’s willingness to use a lie to tie the unfortunate accident into a gender equality issue in politics, is part of the reason people do not believe women victims of real abuse, at face value on Parliament Hill, or anywhere else.
  • NDP MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau through her theatrics and false accusations has given every chauvinistic, sexist argument ever raised about keeping women out of politics, a chance to resurface and be brought forward.

The truth of the matter is that:

  • there is thirty minutes wait to give MPs the opportunity to return to the House of Commons for a vote that could and should be used for discussion if it is needed. By not sitting down as soon as they enter the chamber  when the House is reconvened to take the vote members are showing a disrespect to their colleagues, causing unnecessary delay in the everyday working of the House;
  • Unfortunately neither the NDP whip nor the Conservative whip had a problem with wasting time and tax payer dollars, chatting and obstructing the working of the House;
  • Justin Trudeau has been the only politician to take responsibility and express regret for his actions, by apologizing to Canadians and his fellow parliamentarians;
  • some may say that his actions belie his claim to want to make the House of Commons a more respectful and civil place to work in, and I agree, but his admission to wrong doing, his apology and promise to do better, shows me that he has made a mistake, but is committed to the changes he has vowed to make;
  • unfortunately Justin Trudeau was the only politician to think that there was a need for a personal apology to Canadians and other parliamentarians for the actions of that day and the behaviour that has followed.

Following up:

In an exclusive interview she gave  on Friday to the Canadian Press, NDP MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau has lashed out at those who think she has taken the accidental elbowing incident too far, and are accusing her of calling wolf.

Quotes from the interview:

  • “If I was a man and I was hit in the nuts, would we be having the same conversation? I don’t know,” Brosseau said.
  • “And then (people are asking), ‘Was she hit hard enough in the breast?’ Do I have to justify how hard I was hit in the breast? It doesn’t matter.”
  • “It is just going to be important, moving forward, what happens to make sure something like that does not repeat itself.”

I think that:

  • Brosseau’s  first question was answered with the outrage and public condemnation the prime minister received for taking the Conservative whip by the elbow and deliberately forcing him to move;
  • if Brosseau is going to give interviews, she should learn to use the word testicles instead of nuts. When Brosseau refers to what happened to her, she uses the correct word breast, not tits;
  • you do have to justify how hard you were hit, be it in the breast, or testicles, if you publicly state that you were traumatized by the elbow, and do nothing to stop you colleagues from making you the poster child  for abuse of women in the work place;
  • considering her exclusive interview with the Canadian Press on Friday was front page news on Saturday, Brosseau could avoid the type of media attention she claims not to want, if she stopped giving exclusive interviews and stopped arguing with people on Twitter and other social media sites, about the accidental elbowing.

Brosseau also said that she accepted the prime minister’s apology right away, and all of the others since, but complained that he had not reached out to her personally.   If I were the prime minister, I would seriously consider:

  • the actions of some NDP female MPs of  the not too distant past, and present;
  • the price male opposition members have had to pay for being alone in their company;
  • not speaking privately with her, or being in her company alone.

Why risk being publicly accused of  saying something out of place,  not giving a sincere enough apology, or  inappropriate behaviour, by Brosseau, or one of her fellow NDP colleagues in an exclusive interview, or on Twitter?  This after all seems to be the method of choice of some members of the NDP to get the public’s attention focussed on them.

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