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To Those Who Blame Justin Trudeau for CPP Investment in Mumbai

I saw this article on Facebook. I saw the comments on CBC’s website and on Facebook. Many people are blaming Justin Trudeau and the Liberal government for this. Many think it’s his doing. Many think he’s the one who decided to do this. If you’re one of these people, read this very carefully:

You are wrong.

 

The CPP Investment Board is independent. The Canadian government does not control it. CPPIB’s decisions are made by them and by them only. The Canadian government has no say in what they do, nor do they appoint anyone to the Board.

Another thing people don’t understand is that they invest in projects that are low risk and see a high return. Their goal is to make money on investments.

So, if you’re still blaming Justin Trudeau for this, then there’s no hope for you. You are thick-skulled and are only blaming Justin Trudeau just because you want to blame him. Honestly, get over it and do some damn research.

Edit: Correction. The board members are appointed by the Finance Minister and provincial Finance Ministers. However, they still operate independently of the government. Also, the current board was appointed under Harper’s administration.

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Canada’s New Liberal Cabinet

I think this was the first Canadian Federal Election I’ve been interested in to such a great degree. I watched what was going on for several months, seeing the rise of the NDP, the fall of the Conservative Party, and the eventual huge win by Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party.

Trudeau is young. He was a big question mark for a lot of people. Too young, too inexperienced, lived a privileged life. After the swearing in and the selection of the Cabinet, I have to think he did a pretty good job so far. Of course, it’s still early.

The Cabinet is quite interesting. Fifty percent are women. There’s a fair number of south and central Asian members. Two are Canadian born Indian, two were born in India, and one was born in Afghanistan. One is now the Minister of National Defence. And one of them will be my Member of Parliament, as I’ll be living in his riding next year. Not only do we have a Minister of Environment, but she’s the Minister of Environment and Climate Change. That’s right, a minister who’s in charge of climate change! You can see the full Cabinet at the Liberal Party’s website.

It looks like Justin Trudeau is serious about diversity in the government and climate change. I’m interested in seeing what happens next.

If you’re Canadian, what do you think of the Cabinet?

Election Day Is Monday – Vote!

The day to vote is coming soon. It’s on Monday, October 19th. I can’t vote because the Canadian government is now enforcing a law that states that expats who have lived outside of Canada for more than five years cannot vote. So, my voice is silent in the polls. However, I can encourage others to vote.

So, that’s what I’m doing. Don’t be one of those people who says your vote doesn’t count. It does. Because in the last election, more than half of eligible voters did not vote. If those people had voted, the outcome could’ve been completely different. Combined, all those missing votes could have made a huge impact.

So go and vote!

Political Debates – Some Kind of Bizarre Reality Show

In both the US and Canada, there were a couple of political debates that could help decide the fate of a few politicians.

In Canada, we had the first political debate consisting of four of the five main political leaders (Bloc Quebecois seemed to be absent, not that they’re popular anymore). I didn’t watch it, but I had the impression that Trudeau liked to tell Harper that he was always wrong. The Conservative Party’s falling behind the NDP. Bye bye, Stephen. It seems that Mulcair has become the focus of several memes, using his humourous expressions caught on camera. And May was the apparent winner from what many people have said. Not that the Green Party will win any election. At the end, all of the leaders declared themselves the winner. Huh?

In the US, we had the Republican debate to help determine the Presidential candidate for the Republican Party. Now this was definitely a reality TV show. Again, I didn’t watch it. But it sounds like Donald Trump was being The Donald, as usual. In other words, insulting, misogynistic, and just an all around idiot. He’s out of touch with reality. He’s out of touch with everything. If he becomes the Republican Presidential candidate and wins the election and beats whoever beats Hillary Clinton (if she loses), then the United States has become a circus. No, it should become another reality show. Why not just slice the US up into little pieces, because there’d probably be civil war? It’s not just Trump, it seems the entire group of Republic candidates is full of religious fundamentalists who have no better things to do than try to tell people how they’re supposed to live, tell scientists they’re incorrect about evolution and climate change, and basically want the US to regress back to the time of the ice age. The Republicans are a train wreck. Next year’s election will be interesting, that’s for sure.

Canada’s election later this year is important. It actually seems sane, and is quite likely to completely change the face of politics in the federal government. The American election just seems like the audition part of the X-Factor, America’s Got Talent, or American Idol filled with rejects.

Are you looking forward to the elections?

I’m Unimpressed, Indiana

With all the news about the Indianapolis state government passing a law that is “not about discrimination,” it sure sounds like it enables business owners to discriminate against the LGBT community.

It’s been said that Indiana’s not the only state, that there are several others have similar laws.  That is true.  But Indiana’s case is happening right now, and it’s important to talk about this.  The other states will be looked at as a result of this discussion.

But you may ask me why I care.  I’m Canadian, I don’t live in the US.  Well, I have friends in the US, including some in Indiana and other states that have these laws.  They have friends who could be affected.  And these days, it’s become internationally known that the US is a hotbed for bigotry, especially with the way the Republican party (particularly the old tea party group) has been going out of their way to discriminate against gay people (not to mention pretend that climate change isn’t happening, but that’s another story).  The US has been having race problems a lot, too.

I’m not an overly emotional person, but I have this to say:  Grow up, you morons! Why can’t you just learn to get along and let others live how they like?  Why do you have to push your religious and political agendas down everyone’s throats, as if gay marriage is a threat to your own way of life.  It is not a threat!  Only bigots think this way.  I mean it.  If you think that gay marriage threatens your own personal way of life, you have no intelligence whatsoever.  I dare you to try to give a rational explanation that justifies discriminating against people different than you.  Go ahead, do it.  I bet you can’t.  If you want to try, the comments below await you.

For everyone else who is levelheaded, has compassion, and accepts people for how they are, I’d also like your input.

So Far from Canada, Yet Feel So Close

With everything that happened in the last few hours in Ottawa, I have never felt so close to Canada while being half a world away.  It’s strange.  I’ve been in Japan for nearly ten years, and for much of it, I felt a disconnect from my home country.  I’ve been living in Japan, I see what happens in Japan, and I feel a stronger connection to events in Japan.  However, this attack on Cpl. Nathan Cirillo by Michael Zehaf-Bibeau has brought my thoughts firmly back to Canada.

This has me angry.  The response I’ve seen from various people also makes me angry, as I feel a lot of it is misguided and potentially dangerous.  Some sources are connecting the shooter to ISIS and Canada’s announced involvement in the fight against them.  Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has even linked this incident to terrorism.  Zehaf-Bibeau has a criminal record related to robbery and drugs, and has had his passport revoked because he is a travel risk.  However, the terrorism link is not confirmed, and people should not start pointing fingers until we know what the motives were.

What I’m angry about seeing is that many people are condemning Muslims in general. I know some Muslims, and they’re all wonderful people who would never think of doing anything like this.  In fact, they would condemn this act.  So before people start attacking innocent Muslims over this incident, remember that most of them are as dumbfounded and upset about it as you are.  They are not the enemy.  Reactionary attitudes like this are extremely harmful.  That is all I’m going to say about this.

And to those of you trying to politicise this whole incident and make it a Conservative versus Liberal thing, shut up.  A man died.  All sides of the government are in agreement in this situation.

One thing I love about Canada is the tolerance people have for other cultures.  Please don’t let this incident turn into an excuse to exercise intolerance.