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Tired of the Lies and Politicization of the Fort McMurray Disaster

Have you seen this meme going around on Facebook?

trudeaumemeIt is a lie. It’s propaganda designed to make you hate Justin Trudeau and the Liberal government of Canada. I’m not going to go through why this is a lie. Please read this wonderful explanation about exactly what’s happening with the situation and why the Canadian government will be spending a lot more on Fort McMurray than Syrian refugees.

Before you start sharing political memes on the internet, do a little research. Most likely, it’s not true. I’m finding several people I know are falling for these memes and sharing them, thinking they’re true. Well, they’re not true. I am honestly getting tired of all of the people who share things like this without thinking rationally about it. It’s all emotional. Please stop it.

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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.

Mission Statement – Passions and Beliefs

If you haven’t already done so, I recommend you read the following posts:

And now that you’re all caught up, it’s time for the fourth and final part of my blog Mission Statement. While those three posts talk about what you will see regularly on this blog in the future, this post will talk about some more behind the scenes things, passions of mine, and what drives me.

Education

I’m a big supporter of good education. As an English teacher and a former student, I believe in a good education. I strongly support the sciences, and think that they are an incredibly important part of education. They are what drive industry, innovation, health care, and research. Without these, society would stagnate. I’m extremely disappointed in how educators are regarded these days, and think that they deserve a lot of respect. They are what shape the youth of today and the future leaders of the world.

I’m also against misinformation by groups who deny responsible scientific research, such as anti-vaccination groups, climate change deniers, and creationists who want to take evolution out of science classes. Ignorance is not responsible education.

YouTube

Elsewhere on the internet, I’m active in making videos for my YouTube channel. At the moment, I have a huge number of Japan videos to edit and post, but in the future, I will discuss a lot about books, movies, and TV, as well as science. It’s a bit of a geeky channel. Whenever possible, I’ll be doing travel videos. I highly recommend subscribing.

Politics

In the past, I wasn’t into politics much. These days, I’m constantly watching what’s going on with the Canadian government, as well as other governments. I want to become more active politically, but not through this blog. I’m an Albertan, and my province is the most conservative in Canada. However, I am certainly not conservative. I’ve primarily been a Liberal Party supporter, and I have voted for them before.

Environment

I think this goes hand in hand with education. Good science education allows people to see the world as it is with an unbiased view. I love nature, and I wish to protect it. I’m all for research into alternative energy, and have the greatest hope in nuclear fusion. It’s clean and nearly limitless. I also support hybrid cars and advances in electric vehicles. Having lived in Japan for more than ten years, I’ve come to appreciate the train system here, and would love to see an all electric high speed rail system constructed in Canada, as well as extensive commuter rail systems in the major cities. And of course, let’s plant a lot of trees! I love homes that have trees and greenery.

While you may or may not see some of these things in my blog, I have mentioned them before. They won’t be a major part of the posts I make, but you can see aspects of them in my attitude and even my writing.

So, thank you to everyone for following this blog and reading it. I appreciate you all. You are also one of the biggest reasons I blog. The coming year will be exciting and full of new experiences, lots of writing, and hopefully a lot of books and movies. If you have any comments or questions, please leave them in the comments below.

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?

So, We Have Another Prime Minister Trudeau

The Canadian Federal election has got to be one of the most contentious I’ve witnessed in a long time. Not between the candidates or parties, but between people I know. Tom Mulcair and the NDP didn’t win, so let’s leave them out of this a bit, other than the fact that many people were saying they’d put the country in huge debt.

Let’s talk about Trudeau versus Harper. Stephen Harper of the Conservative Party was the Prime Minister. Many of the people I knew were incredibly happy that Harper is out. He’s been called the worst Prime Minister ever. Someone who has something against science and the environment and more concerned with money and oil. Others have said he was a great Prime Minister and is the best hope for Canada.

Justin Trudeau and the Liberals are now in power with a majority. With the win, many people I know are very happy and think he’s got some very good support behind him in the party. Others say he’ll destroy the country by taxing us too much.

Well, I don’t like being so extreme. Elections bring out the worst in a lot of people. Their favourite party must win or else it’s the end of the world. It happens in every election. I’m optimistic about the Liberals being in power again. The last time they were, the country had a great economy, a big surplus, and had a very good reputation around the world. I’m more of a “wait and see” kind of person than a “doom and gloom” person or cheerleader.

So, let’s see where this new government takes Canada.