Trump Garbles Canadian Trade Stats

June 14, 2018

The official U.S. statistics on trade with Canada show that the United States has a trade surplus with our neighbor to the north. The U.S. surplus was $2.8 billion in 2017, according to the Census Bureau. Yet, President Donald Trump has claimed that the U.S. has “close to $100 billion a year loss with Canada” or $17 billion “minimum.”

Both figures refer to trade in goods only, not services. And the $100 billion figure factors in re-exports, which are products that come from a third country to the U.S. but travel through Canada.

The U.S. isn’t “losing” $100 billion on trade.


Trump says Trudeau’s comments are going to cost Canada ‘a lot of money..

June 12, 2018

“When I got out to the plane, I think that Justin probably didn’t know that Air Force One has about 20 televisions. And I see the television and he’s giving a news conference about how he will not be pushed around by the United States and I say push him around? We just shook hands. It was very friendly. … No, I have a good relationship with Justin Trudeau. I really did, other than he had a news conference, that he had because he assumed I was in an airplane and I wasn’t watching. He learned. That’s going to cost a lot of money for the people of Canada. He learned. You can’t do that. You can’t do that.”

Populism and polarisation in Ontario: election analysis..

June 12, 2018

The Tory victory shows a missed opportunity for Ontario’s labour party, but the left must organise now and fight en masse against Doug Ford’s ugly party of the bosses, write activists Doug Nesbitt, Gerard Di Trolio and David Bush (‘Fight for $15’ campaign)..

Trump’s Axis Of Evil..

June 11, 2018

Quebec City anti-G7 protest forced to “run police gauntlet” its entire route..

June 11, 2018

“We live in police states, but people don’t realize it”

‘Catastrophe’ for Poor and Vulnerable as Trumpian Climate-Denier Doug Ford Wins Ontario Election

June 11, 2018

Ford’s right-wing Progressive Conservative Party (PC) ultimately won 76 of the 124 seats in Ontario, despite the fact that over a quarter of its candidates“are currently facing lawsuits, probes, and police investigations..

election numbers.

June 9, 2018

..close to six out of 10 Ontarians rejected Doug Ford and his party. The New Democrats and Liberals combined won about 54 per cent of the vote, more than half..

after the election..

June 9, 2018

“Doug Ford’s election is terrible news for the residents of our city,” said Councillor Joe Cressy, an NDP member whose area went, along with the rest of downtown, orange on Thursday night. “There’s no sugar-coating it. On every file of importance — whether it’s affordable housing or minimum wage legislation or transit funding — this is a disaster.”

Another staunch NDPer, Councillor Gord Perks, tweeted “To the ramparts!” when it became clear Ford had a majority. He envisions a return to the trench political warfare and street protests Toronto activists launched in the 1990s in opposition to the 1990s Mike Harris PC government.

“It’s going to be community level organizing and protests for four years. It’s going to be a very ugly four years. “The Conservative platform has an $8 billion to $10 billion hole and that’s going to come out of things that affect the city of Toronto.”-Toronto Star..

Doug Ford policies

June 9, 2018
  • An increase in the minimum wage to $15 an hour, scheduled for next Jan. 1, will be cancelled.
  • A cap on greenhouse gas emissions, which also raises money to fight global warming, will also be unwound at considerable expense as Ford carries out his vow to end any form of carbon pricing — while also reducing gas prices at the pump. The end of environmental action against climate change makes the first-time victory of Green party Leader Mike Schreiner especially bittersweet.
  • Unprecedented (but unspecified) cuts of about $6 billion a year are coming to the provincial budget — and, inevitably, public services — as Ford finds a way to pay for a massive tax cut that helped win votes with his core supporters.
  • A battle looms in the executive suite at Hydro One, half-owned by the province, if Ford moves rapidly as promised to fire the entire board and its handsomely paid CEO, Mayo Schmidt, whom he mocked as the “Six Million Dollar Man” — despite severance payments that will exceed $10 million.
  • Buck-a-beer prices are coming back as booze moves from supermarkets into corner stores in one of Ford’s signature populist promises.

Fake Populism Wins Big! Doug Ford’s PCs Secure Majority Government..

June 8, 2018