Below are a few updates on recent issues
Trump wants to buy Greenland
Historically, buying large tracts of land from another country was common practice, be it the Louisiana purchase in 1804 from the French and Alaska purchase in 1867 from the Russians. However, that was during the era of colonialism and whatever benefits or down sides of US buying Greenland, it is not Trump’s to decide. In a liberal democracy, people get to decide who governs them so the only way Greenland ever joins US is if the majority of its people vote in favour of joining the US, which I think there is almost zero chance of happening. So while good laughs, it is a dumb idea and I seriously doubt it will ever happen. Also suggests Trump thinks money comes ahead of popular will which it does not.
Ford gas stickers
Ford is mandating all gas stations at every gas pump have stickers showing the federal hike in carbon tax or face a $10,000 fine a day. Whatever one thinks of the carbon tax, this is a clear abuse of power and waste of taxpayer’s money. This likely violates the charter on free speech and it is not the job of gas stations to do Ford’s bidding on the carbon tax. Even Alberta and Saskatchewan premiers who oppose carbon tax will not go this far. Hopefully a court challenge succeeds and hopefully Ford accepts the ruling and doesn’t use the notwithstanding clause. What is also troubling is why no one in caucus is speaking out. Lets remember that had Patrick Brown not had his downfall, Ontario would have a carbon tax and the vast majority of candidates signed up to run when Patrick Brown was still leader, so did their views really change on carbon tax or are they just afraid to stand up to the bully. Likewise Ford is hurting Scheer federally and I think this just keeps him in the news. Trudeau deserves to lose, but I fear he is favoured to be re-elected for the simple reason; Ontario is the largest province and people really don’t like Ford there and everytime he is in the news, he reminds many of the risks of voting Conservative despite the fact Scheer is different than Ford.
Early polls suggest the damning ruling from the ethics commissioner is having zero impact on public opinion. While it is early and often bombshells take time before the full impact is seen; I would not be surprised if this has no impact. For those who already dislike Trudeau, this just further re-enforces their viewpoint, but for those who support him, it would have to be something a lot worse to shake them loose. Never mind elections aren’t about voting for the ideal candidate; its about voting for the best or least bad and a lot of people are still weary the Conservatives are too far to the right. I don’t think Scheer will be a right wing extremist, but the party is going to have to deal with this perception if they want any chance at forming government this fall.
Citizenship revocation on Jihadi John
UK has revoked the citizenship of Jihadi John who is a dual British/Canadian despite being born in UK and living his whole life there. I believe we should protest this as this is a supposed ally dumping their problems on us which is not fair. Some say Trudeau should have left in place Harper’s law to revoke such citizenship, but I believe the reverse could have happened. My view is terrorist should have dual citizenship revoked, but only if they were not born in the country revoking it and are not a present resident of that country. If either of those two, it just creates problems. A better solution would be to do away with dual citizenship altogether. Many people get dual citizenship due to different citizenship rules as most of the Old World does citizenship based on parent’s nationality while most of the New World based on place of birth. While it may be difficult and I am not sure if workable, I do think the idea should be explored. Requiring one to renounce their citizenship upon becoming Canadian or revoking one’s Canadian if as an adult they take out another are possibilities. Likewise for those born with dual, one possibility is by age 21, one must decide which one they want. Admittedly this is a difficult issue and I am on the fence here, but perhaps a committee should look at this and maybe getting rid of dual citizenship is a good idea as a committee recommended back in 1993 or maybe it is not. I don’t know, but this is a good time to have a review of it.