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Canadian Liberal Party

Discussion in 'TRIBE Main Forum' started by Lojack, Mar 12, 2017.

  1. wickedken

    wickedken TRIBE Member

    She's definitely the star in this government.
  2. Bernnie Federko

    Bernnie Federko TRIBE Member

  3. praktik

    praktik TRIBE Member

    The canadian left love nothing more than to spot a neo-liberal in progressive clothing and won't tolerate good things to be said about her BUT I think she "gets it" when it comes to wealth inequality and what the wealthy class gets away with in a way canadian left wingers should appreciate.

    Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super Rich by Chrystia Freeland – review

    I suppose any cooperation or working from within The System is a taint too far for purists!

    Of course the Problems of Plutocracy transcend left and right and there's plenty of conservative arguments against it too, I just think there's more to like in Freeland than many of her critics on the left want to admit.
  4. Bernnie Federko

    Bernnie Federko TRIBE Member

    The Chinese are monsters, just like Chrystia Freeland illustrates in that 2012 book!
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  5. praktik

    praktik TRIBE Member

    " Indeed, extreme wealth and rampant egotism can be a combustible mix; in China, at least 14 billionaires have been executed over the past decade."

    Killing Job Creators!!
  6. wickedken

    wickedken TRIBE Member

    They're "non-market" billionaires.

    On another note I wonder how long the federal Libs have in power. The CAQ may portend a significant shift for national politics.
  7. Mondieu

    Mondieu TRIBE Member

    They've got as long as it takes for the Cons to unify and get their shit together. ...which ain't happening anytime soon. The populist thing is still fringe here. So are wing-nut religulous zealots. They piss money away like a leaky faucet, just like the rest - so fiscal conservatives aren't a cut and dried base.

    They're basically a fractured party of incompetents, led by an over-breeding, bumpkin fuck-tard, so...

    What was the question again?
  8. wickedken

    wickedken TRIBE Member

    It sounds like these guys were elected on an anti-immigrant issue - how much of this will reflect on Trudeau next year?
  9. Mondieu

    Mondieu TRIBE Member

    Exactly ZERO until #2 unifies and gets it's basic shit together to a degree where they can take advantage of a split vote - resulting from a surge by the party in third.
  10. Bernnie Federko

    Bernnie Federko TRIBE Member

  11. Bernnie Federko

    Bernnie Federko TRIBE Member

  12. Bernnie Federko

    Bernnie Federko TRIBE Member

    Our federal PC & Liberal governments teamed up on this boondoggle :(

  13. wickedken

    wickedken TRIBE Member

    Wonderful things happen when people work together.
  14. Bernnie Federko

    Bernnie Federko TRIBE Member

    Someone's gotta erode and seek an end to the Middle Class
  15. Bernnie Federko

    Bernnie Federko TRIBE Member

  16. You're fucking kidding me.
  17. Bernnie Federko

    Bernnie Federko TRIBE Member

  18. From someone that works in automotive - that's really infuriating to hear. Not that the bail out was made mind you, but more that it was done in secret and that they're allowed to deadbeat their way out of it.

    The bailout was necessary, but the transparency of the bailout was good optics and made it very clear that GM and Chrysler were going to be on the hook for this from a public perspective. This is just shady af.
  19. ndrwrld

    ndrwrld TRIBE Member

    Trudeau is going to keep the Saudi Arms deal. Seems he's too worried about Canada's " reputation ".
    Trudeau is a Piece of Shit.
  20. wickedken

    wickedken TRIBE Member

  21. Bernnie Federko

    Bernnie Federko TRIBE Member

    Trudeau? When did the prime minster take over running statistics Canada?

    Also, do you have any idea what StatsCan is actually doing or nah?

    FYI - banks QA groups do this shit every day while doing datafixes, regression, you name it. They take a copy of Production, scrub it, and then
    execute test cases. There's a bunch of signoffs to manage & mitigate the process/risk for taking a backup of Prod, scrubbing, then loading into a environment to use. It's commonly known as a Production Data in Test (PDiT). Not a big deal.

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  22. ndrwrld

    ndrwrld TRIBE Member

  23. ndrwrld

    ndrwrld TRIBE Member

  24. Bernnie Federko

    Bernnie Federko TRIBE Member

    Fall economic statement sets target of 50 per cent export growth by 2025

    Trade commissioner service set for expansion, no dollar commitment for dairy sector hurt by trade

    Finance Minister Bill Morneau's Fall Economic Statement puts more money where the Trudeau government's mouth is on its trade diversification strategy, in an attempt to nudge more businesses into pursuing export markets beyond the United States.
    A new export diversification strategy allocates $1.1 billion over the next six fiscal years, starting in 2018-19, to improve infrastructure and provide more resources and services for exporters.
    The goal is to boost Canada's overseas exports by 50 per cent by 2025, particularly in sectors that have demonstrated potential in certain parts of the world.
    For example, when Morneau and International Trade Diversification Minister Jim Carr were in Beijing earlier this month, they set a goal of doubling Canada's agrifood exports to China by 2025, and growing farm exports globally to $75 billion annually by that same year.
    Wednesday's economic statement noted that agriculture makes up more than six per cent of Canada's gross domestic product. The government is allocating $25 million over the next five years to "enhance federal capacity to address situations where Canadian agricultural producers may be prevented from selling goods in international markets."

    The Liberal government's trade agenda touts the economic growth potential of opening up new markets for Canadian goods and services. While Canada has negotiated preferential trade deals with every G7 country, its exports of non-energy goods — which represent about two-thirds of total export volumes — have remained largely unchanged over the last decade.

    The economic statement notes that 99 per cent of Canada's oil is exported to the U.S., creating a "near-total reliance" on the U.S. market. Canada will face pipeline transportation constraints until the TransMountain pipeline extension, now owned by the federal government, is built.

    A recent analysis of import and export data for the first months following the implementation of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with the European Union found that Canadian exports weren't significantly up, or weren't growing as fast as EU exports to Canada, under the terms of the new deal.

    Canada's share of goods exported to emerging economies (developing countries) is also lower than the share claimed by the countries it wants to compete with internationally. The Department of Finance attributes this to a reliance on the U.S. market — but given the protectionist measures implemented by Donald Trump's administration, too much focus on American customers is risky.

    Morneau's statement Wednesday announced that, out of the $597 million collected so far through Canada's recent retaliatory tariffs (introduced in response to U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs), $250 million will be put into an existing strategic innovation fund to pay for new investments in the sector.

    New transportation infrastructure funding

    While relying on the American market has drawbacks, taking advantage of new market opportunities presented by American trade policy decisions can be equally difficult. Take soybeans, for example: retaliatory tariffs put in place by the world's biggest soybean buyer, China, have all but shut U.S. farmers out of a key market as other countries have moved in. But Canadian soybean exporters were prevented by limited rail transport and port capacity from moving significantly more of their crop to Asia.

    Morneau's fall economic statement takes nearly $774 million from infrastructure spending announced in the 2016 budget — intended to be spent over ten years — and moves it up to fund investments in marine ports, rail infrastructure and highways over the next five years.

    An additional $13.6 million over the next three years will be spent to improve rail passenger and freight data, to help Canadian supply chains operate more predictably and efficiently.

    The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service will get $184 million over the next five years, boosting its ability to provide advice and services in areas like digital technology, e-commerce and intellectual property.

    Its Can Export program, which helps Canadian businesses find new markets, will be tripled in size. Its technology accelerator program, which has helped Canadian firms raise capital in Boston, Philadelphia, New York City and Silicon Valley, will receive an additional $17 million to expand to Delhi, Hong Kong and Tokyo.

    Other measures in the update meant to help Canadian exporters include:

    • An expansion of a program to help small and medium-sized businesses in the steel, aluminum and manufacturing sectors explore new export markets created by recent trade deals with the EU and Pacific Rim trading partners. A $50 million investment was announced last June, and this economic statement provides $100 million more over six years.
    • $13.5 million for a 'mentors' program for "high-potential exporting firms."
    • $10 million for partnerships with other levels of governments and business organizations to help small- and medium-sized businesses compete internationally.

    No clear amounts for dairy compensation

    Anyone hoping to find specifics about compensation for Canada's supply-managed agriculture sectors in Wednesday's statement came away disappointed.

    The Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership will take effect on Dec.30, opening up new slices of Canada's protected dairy, egg and poultry markets to foreign competition. This market access was a concession Canadian negotiators deemed necessary in order for Canada to receive other benefits from the new deal.

    At the time the original Trans-Pacific Partnership was negotiated, the former Conservative government proposed a large compensation package for these industries, worth up to several billion dollars. The Trudeau government has not yet committed to any specific measures, but has formed two working groups to discuss the future of these industries generally, and compensation specifically.

    A table included in Wednesday's documents includes a line for "non-announced measures" — which could include whatever the federal cabinet eventually settles on as a compensation package — but it's not known what percentage of these figures could be spent on compensation.

    Scant progress on interprovincial trade barriers

    Morneau's statement also re-tells an old story about how the Canadian economy would be more competitive if internal trade barriers were reduced between jurisdictions in Canada.

    Canada has had an internal trade agreement in place since July 1, 2017. Public procurement was opened up across provinces, and discriminatory treatment of businesses from other jurisdictions is now not allowed. A new dispute resolution process is also being implemented.

    But it's not clear how many regulatory barriers have been addressed in the months since.

    It's an issue Canada's premiers have been wrestling with for years. The next meeting of Canada's First Ministers, scheduled for Dec. 7, will revisit the subject again.

    Wednesday's statement includes a list of 23 items in a "work plan," prioritized in four categories: goods transportation (including trucking), food inspection, construction services and alcohol liberalization.

    While the federal government participates in the federal-provincial committee on internal trade, most of these action items fall under provincial jurisdiction. The federal government has addressed just two of them: by eliminating restrictions on organic labelling for aquaculture products and by repealing inspection requirements for some agricultural products.

    Wednesday's statement announced some new funding for the National Research Council to make access to national building codes free — to help small businesses and to provide a boost to the construction sector. Ottawa is working with provinces and territories to encourage them to adopt the national codes, so the industry isn't dealing with different rules across Canadian provinces.

  25. Bernnie Federko

    Bernnie Federko TRIBE Member

    Finance Minister Bill Morneau delivered his fall economic statement Wednesday. Here are the highlights of his fiscal update:

    Growth: 2 per cent forecast next year (up from 1.6) — and slightly higher inflation.
    Unemployment rate: 5.8 per cent next year, down from 5.9.
    Projected deficit: $18.1 billion for current fiscal year.
    Revised 2017-2018 deficit: $19 billion, down $0.9 billion.
    Debt: Expected to grow by $96.7 billion to $765 billion by 2023-24.
    Debt-to-GDP ratio projected to fall each year, to 28.5 by 2023-24.
    New measures announced today: $17.6 billion over 6 years.
    Biggest move: $14.4 billion to allow businesses to write off some capital costs more quickly.
    Trade: Infrastructure spending moved up and other measures to promote trade. The goal is to boost overseas exports by 50 per cent by 2025.
    Support for Journalism: Charitable status for non-profits, local news tax credit and tax deduction for subscriptions.
    Francophone media: $14.6 million over 5 years to create digital platform for French public broadcasters.
    Strategic Innovation Fund: Additional $800 million over 5 years, including $100 million for forestry sector.
    Social Finance Fund: $755 million over 10 years to help charities and non-profits fund social projects.
    Wild fish stocks: $202 million more over 5 years to support sustainability.
    Nutrition North: $62.6 million over 5 years and $10.4M per year after that for food security program.
    Avalanche Canada: $25 million one-time endowment to promote avalanche safety.

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