A Trump and Trudeau weekend, as well as Ontarians and Albertans hurt by their provincial government carbon tax and climate regulations and laws

The twin-T’s dominating headlines this week.  Donald Trump with his news conference during which the president-elect refused a question from CNN, accusing the network of being the deliverers of “fake news.”  This following Buzzfeed’s printing of a two page supposed addendum to a document on intelligence about the Russian hacking of the DNC during last year’s federal election campaign.  The two page report was unsubstantiated, not verified and the author was (initially) anonymous.

The Senate confirmation hearings of Trump administration cabinet members also generated headlines with Florida GOP senator Marco Rubio somehow thinking he should call out Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson and demand of Tillerson that he declare Vladimir Putin to be a “war criminal.”

Tillerson did not take the bait and if you give it a few seconds thought, why would he?  What kind of working relationship might exist with the Kremlin out of the gate for the Trump administration if the Secretary of State declares the Russian president to be a “war criminal?”

Justin Trudeau claimed the headlines again as the Canadian PM somehow couldn’t or wouldn’t deduce for himself that a vacation on a private Bahamian island with the Aga Khan, who is lobbying the federal government for many millions of dollars to support his charitable Foundation, is ethically challenged.  That Trudeau would then consent to use the Aga Khan’s private helicopter to ferry him about is another ethical standards parliamentary breach.  Since the president of the federal Liberal Party was present, as was Liberal MP Seamus O’Regan, it appears the Liberals are either ignorant of ethical requirements, or, and perhaps more likely, indifferent.  I’ll be speaking with you about this situation and with Trudeau’s former parliamentary seatmate.

What is the most prudent and effective manner to deal with the terror threat to so-called ‘soft targets’?  Shopping centres, sidewalks filled with people and even airport baggage collection areas.  Lt. Colonel (ret’d) Steve Day will join me Saturday.  Colonel Day is the former Commanding Officer of Canada’s elite national counter terrorism and special forces military unit Joint Taskforce Two (JTF2).

and last weekend two callers concerns resulted in a great deal of feedback.  From Ontario a mother of two afraid she will be evicted from her home because she is having great difficulty paying the hugely increased electricity costs directly traceable to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne’s policies concerning the sale of Hydro One and Wynne’s climate change positions.  And from Alberta a man recovering from a heart attack and living on $895 per month in an RV was extremely worried and suffering chest pains because he doesn’t know how to pay for propane to heat the RV in minus -35 temperature.  Premier Rachel Notley’s provincial carbon tax has added $20 to the cost of a bottle of propane.  That’s $20 our caller did not have.
I’ll play back both calls and then we’ll open the phone lines to others in Ontario and Alberta who have been hit hard by electricity increases and/or other carbon tax related laws these two provincial governments have unloaded on the people of Alberta and Ontario.

Just some of what’s on this weekend.  We’ll be opening the phone lines for most of our segments.
Roy

Some of what you’ll hear on today’s show, Sunday, Jan 8, ’17

A friend of mine received notification in Ontario that her electricity would be cut off on December 24, if ….. and I’ll read her email to me describing the situation, as well as the notification she received from Burlington Hydro.

We’ll follow up on our carbon taxes discussion.  Huge input yesterday and not one caller (and we didn’t screen for what would be said) supports carbon taxes, including cap and trade, as a ‘save the planet from climate change’ initiative.  Redistribution of wealth as the motivator for carbon taxes was the unanimous point of view.

More than 4,000 people were shot in Chicago last year and 795 people lost their lives.  I’ll be speaking with the Chicago physician who founded ‘Cure Violence’ and who treats gun violence as a public health issue. The program has gone international, including in Canada has is described as one of the top 20 NGO’s in the world.  Will it reduce gun violence in Chicago and elsewhere…and do you have a personal experience with violence?

Megyn Kelly’s move from Fox News to NBC and her turning down a $20 million per year contract extension from FNN.  Mass media studies professor Paul Levinson joins us to speak to the money being paid media stars in the U.S., as well as the view expressed that MSM has lost much credibility during and since the election of Donald Trump as POTUS. Biased reporting, or false news reporting are cited.  Professor Levinson’s latest book Is about false news.  We’ll include your calls.

and the Golden Globes on Global Television beginning at 6pm this evening with the Red Carpet.  We hope to be able to arrange for ET Canada co-host Rick Campanelli to join us with a preview of tonight’s film/television awards night.

Lots to talk about and call in with your views.
Roy

Carbon tax for Albertans. Cap and Trade for Ontarians, while Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall reminds Prime Minister Justin Trudeau the courts may have final say on the carbon tax.

Firstly, trust everyone had a great Christmas and Hanukkah, as well as a positive start to the new year.

Over Christmas and New Year weekends we aired ‘Best of’ shows from ’16. This Saturday and Sunday we’re back to live programming and after the Albertans and Ontarians have felt the first pinches of a carbon tax and cap and trade scheme respectively, we’ll hear your feedback.   I write the “first pinches” because as the year moves along the pain of carbon taxation and cap and trade will increase.

I’ll have much to share with you and you with me I’m sure.  It’s the elderly and those on fixed lower incomes who will be most challenged.  As the executive director of a rural Ontario United Way told us on air several times, she worries the out of control electricity pricing in the province will claim lives.  Half a million residents of Ontario cannot afford their electricity bills and choose between food and heat while Premier Wynne only admits to having made a “mistake.”   One huge mistake according to the provincial Auditor General who (and I’ll share this with you on Sunday’s show) has concerns that government deception will accompany cap and trade arrangements between Ontario, Quebec and California.  How did that triumvirate ever see the light of day?  Oh yes, of course, Ontario, Quebec and California.

If you’re in Alberta you’ve been struggling with a challenged provincial economy for some time now.  You’ve seen thousands of provincial jobs disappear while the new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promised to deliver $2.6 billion to the UN to fight climate change, which you Albertans and your oil sands are responsible for, eh?  Does Trudeau show up with a cheque book for struggling Alberta?  Nope!  However, he did sign off on $220,000 moving expenses for five staff members of his office after the Liberals won the 2015 federal election. That’s a cool $54,000 per move on average.  Although we do recall Mr. Trudeau’s most senior advisor Gerald Butts (formerly Dalton McGuinty and Kathleen Wynne advisor) billed taxpayers $127,000 for his move from Toronto to Ottawa and the PM signed off on that bill until public pressure caused Mr. Butts to return a portion of the amount to the treasury.

While Ontario and Alberta were introduced to new and expensive carbon taxes to save the planet according to our PM, the prime minister had the Canadian military roll out a government Challenger jet and ferry him and his family to the Bahamas for vacation. Taxpayers funded the use of the plane, the fuel and the cost of keeping a crew on standby while Mr. Trudeau’s bill would have been the equivalence of airline economy fares for himself and each family member with him.

The PMO tried to cover his tracks, refusing for days to reveal where Justin Trudeau had gone on vacation.

I don’t begrudge the man and his family a vacation, although he does a fair bit of international selfie-touring to various conferences chattering “Canada is back” and with outsized delegations, like the one he ferried to Paris for the UN Climate Conference.  Canada’s delegation was larger than that of the United States.  No cost, no carbon footprint …eh?

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall is the thorn in Justin Trudeau’s life these days as the Premier has publicly said (and on air with me) that he is very closely investigating taking the federal government to court over its carbon tax demands.

Mr. Wall jabbed Mr. Trudeau into submission during the news conference following last month’s Premiers/PM meeting on carbon taxation. Mr. Wall pointed out such a tax is excessively punitive for Saskatchewan’s agricultural sector (farmers), to which the Prime Minister replied the carbon tax money would be returned to Saskatchewan which caused the Premier to point out ‘you’re going to collect a carbon tax from our farmers, then return to money to the province so we can return it to the farmers?’  “What’s the point?”  Exactly!

We’ll have lots to talk about concerning carbon taxes, cap and trade and your view of the governments which impose these taxes and whether you agree they are beneficial in saving the planet from cataclysmic global warming.  Or, do you have a differing point of view?

I’ll have one of Canada’s business leaders speaking about how carbon taxation will affect Canada’s business community (you know, the employers) and how much damage Ontario’s punitive electricity prices (up 70% over the last 10 years and projected to climb another 23% between 2015 and 2020 by the provincial Auditor General) may do.

There’s much more and I’m looking forward to hearing your views. Pro, con, or still thinking about it.

Roy