Thursday, December 17, 2015

How Does the Future Look for Canada?

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Rocco Galati and the lawsuit against the Bank of Canada
Published on May 8, 2015
Colourful and controversial. Rocco Galati isn't your average advocate. He's a kind of legal David, known for tangling with Goliath-sized courtroom opponents. His peers seem to approve. Electing him to the bench that oversees them. His latest case may his most contentious of his career.

The Decline and Fall of Canada. Prepare Yourself Accordingly
Published on May 19, 2013
Stefan Molyneux, host of Freedomain Radio, deconstructs the myths of Canada's economic strength. Prepare Yourself Accordingly.

Canada Trillion Dollar Debt COLLAPSE & Real Estate CRASH!  
Published on Jul 28, 2014

Justin Trudeau On Bilderberg, Power Corp, And The Bank Of Canada
Published on Oct 12, 2012
Justin Trudeau has announced that he is running for head of the Liberal party. As he has traveled from city to city on the campaign trail. There has been nothing but people being starstruck by him. This trend needed to change, he needed to be asked some real questions!
Trudeau gambling with Canada's future   
Toronto Sun Staff/Reuters
Sunday, August 30, 2015
In the parlance of gamblers, Justin Trudeau went looking for some “action” last week.
Throughout the summer, national polling has shown the economy is the top concern for Canadians in this election campaign.
We are worried about jobs, youth unemployment and whether we will have enough to retire in comfort.
With his campaign stuck in a dead heat in the race against Prime Minister Stephen Harper and NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair, Trudeau made what could be a risky bet.
That Canadians will buy his plan to stimulate the economy with a national infrastructure plan that would almost doubling spending on public transit, social infrastructure and green projects to $125 billion over the next 10 years.
Trudeau would kick start spending by running deficts capped at $10 billion in the first three years of a Liberal government.
“These investments have been put off for far too long,” he said during a press conference in Oakville. “They are vital if we want to grow the economy.”
Trudeau insists he could create jobs, eliminate the deficit and balance the budget by 2019.
Harper and Mulcair, who are both pledging balanced budgets, heaped scorn on Trudeau’s infrastructure plan.
“Mr. Trudeau has made tens of billions of dollars of spending promises,” Harper told reporters. “He has no idea what he’s taking about when it comes to these things.”
“That’s why you could be sure that his small deficits will become large deficits and would get Canada into the same pickle of high taxes and program cuts that we had under the last Liberal government,” Harper said.
The prime minister is running on a record of increasing by three times what the former Liberal government spent on infrastructure — while cutting taxes and balancing the budget.
Mulcair has also struck a decidedly conservative fiscal tone in the campaign — promising to add an extra $1.5 billion annually to infrastructure funding for cities through the existing federal gas tax fund.
Like Harper, Mulcair rejected Trudeau’s stimulus proposal.
“I’m tired of watching governments put that debt on the backs of future generations,” he said.
Which now becomes a key question facing Canada’s voters — do they support borrowing billions in a bid to fuel the economy, or does credit card financing on a national scale dig the country into a deeper hole?
A recent Nanos poll suggests 54% of Canadians support a new round of deficit spending by the government to stimulate the economy.
However, we asked the generation of younger Canadians: "What are your thoughts on borrowing billions to stimulate the economy now, and saddle future generations with more debt?"
•Madeline Hanson, 22, from Toronto:
“I think it would be worth it. I think Toronto especially needs it, particularly our subway. Our subway system is lacking, I find. I think it’s something that has to happen, whether it’s now or later. It’s one of those things where it has to be done.”
•Kate MacLean, 21,:
“I would think twice about it.”
•Joel Winter, 20, of Georgetown:
“I feel like it’s kind of our responsibility to do that.”
•Matthew Winter, 23, — Joel’s brother:
“The one thing I’m not sure about is putting people, putting us in debt — basically it’s a risk. It sounds risky, at least, to me. So I don’t know what the right answer is, to be honest.”
•Aparnaa Nandakumar, 18, from Markham:
“I understand a whole greater future and taking it slow but I feel like right now, we don’t need additional taxes because it’s already been put on us.”
•Sam Kabiling, 22, from Brampton, said she could see the merit in investing billions of dollars in transit.
“I’m for it, I agree with it. It’s obviously for the better of the community — less cars, less traffic.”

Oh Canada Movie - Our Bought And Sold Out Land
Uploaded on Oct 31, 2011
This 2009 entertaining documentary film explores the history of banking, the selling out of the prosperity of Canada, the clearance sale of Canadian businesses and the political liquidation of public infrastructures to the multi-national corporate oligarchy. How has this led to the biggest economic crash / recession / depression in Canadian history? Could it have something to do with our politicians listening to international bankers and corporations instead of the people Canada? How does the Canadian banking system really work? How does the central Bank of Canada compare with the American Federal Reserve?
This movie presents these issues that affect every Canadian from the perspective of and delivered by concerned youth in a astute and colourful manner. This is a serious journalism piece that asks the tough questions directly to such politicians as Former Prime Minister of Canada Paul Martin, Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, Ontario Gas Man Dan McTeague, NDP Leader Jack Layton, Mayor of Oshawa John Gray, Former Prime Minister of Canada John Turner and many more!

1974 The Year Canadians gave away their future to the BILDERBERG GROUP
Published on Jun 8, 2013
Canada's future depends on Aboriginal youth
By Paul Davidson and Roberta Jamieson Guest Columnists
Volume: 28, Issue: 8, Year: 2010
If the future of a country is its youth, then Canada’s future is increasingly Aboriginal. Canada’s Aboriginal youth population is growing at three times the national average. It is and will be a force to be reckoned with. But whether these youth are a force for positive change and economic growth will be determined by the actions all of us take.
Improving Aboriginal education is not an issue we can ignore. It affects every Canadian. Aboriginal youth are the least likely to graduate from high school and are far behind Canadian students generally in terms of completing a post-secondary education. At the same time, our country is aging and record numbers of workers are set for retirement. Young workers are needed to fill these jobs and sustain the Canadian economy.
The hard-nosed economic facts are that unless we do something about education of Aboriginal youth, hundreds of thousands of youth will not be available to help Canada deal with this demographic crunch. Just as important is the impact that highly skilled and educated Aboriginal people can have on their communities, the much-needed engineers, doctors, nurses, teachers, entrepreneurs. In other words, inaction means human tragedy with significant economic consequences.
The National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation and the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada are working together to advance a positive agenda. Canada’s universities and NAAF have identified the crisis of First Nations, Inuit and Métis education as one of the most compelling national issues facing Canada.
We recently held the National Working Summit on Aboriginal Postsecondary Education at Six Nations Polytechnic at Six Nations of the Grand River. We were joined by university and college presidents and staff, charities, Aboriginal organizations, private sector companies and Aboriginal educational institutes, all of whom are actively involved in this issue.
All of the more than 50 participants shared in the belief that as a country we can improve the results that Aboriginal Canadians are currently getting from the post-secondary education system. This will give them the skills to get good jobs and contribute to their communities. But we know that hope is not good enough.
Summit participants were asked to commit to actions. This commitment included some shared principles: to work collaboratively and share knowledge and to take a holistic approach to ensure more Aboriginal students start and complete their post-secondary studies.
Of course, it will take more than just the group we assembled at the summit to achieve the task ahead of us. We are calling on others to join us, to build on the work of this summit by investing time and money in their communities, so that more young Aboriginal Canadians can fulfil their dreams, so that our country can grow stronger.
There is a clear and compelling argument for the federal government to act. In spite of increased numbers of qualified Aboriginal students, the number of students supported by the federal Post Secondary Student Support Program is decreasing. In 1996-1997, the program supported 26,493. Ten years later it supported just 23,780 students.
According to the Assembly of First Nations, the national organization representing First Nation citizens in Canada, more than 10,000 Aboriginal Canadians were denied funding from the program between 2001 and 2006; and an additional 2,858 were denied aid in 2007-2008. Put simply, many qualified students are not able to continue their education.
In 2008 and again in 2009, the federal budget indicated the federal government’s intention to reform student financial assistance. More must be done to build on the work of the Prime Minister’s apology for residential schools. With more First Nations people than ever before wanting to attend post secondary education, Ottawa must do more to assist them.
Federal funding for Aboriginal post-secondary education has been inadequate for too long. We are calling on the federal government to increase student financial aid to First Nations peoples, to better support the college and university programs that help these students succeed and to work with those organizations who participated in the working summit to improve educational outcomes for Aboriginal Canadians.
We are proud of what the summit achieved. We know it is only a start, but it is a strong one. Given the economic and demographic challenges facing Canada, fostering success of young Aboriginal peoples is essential. When they succeed, we will all benefit.
Paul Davidson is the president of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada. Roberta Jamieson of president and CEO of the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation.