I saw a meme which had a comment from current Conservative Party of Canada leader Andrew Scheer about being Centrist and then had a quote by former Conservative Party of Canada leader (and Prime Minister) Stephen Harper about conservatives claiming to be centrist and I thought it was very astute but wanted to fact check. And lo and behold, it was pretty much true. I have linked to the Toronto Sun article interviewing Andrew Scheer and Ben Shapiro interviewing Stephen Harper and ummm…did Harper hand Scheer a Smackdown?
““We have an opportunity to say that we are a pragmatic centrist party with room for lots of different views on lots of different issues…”
Then on the Sunday Special with Ben Shapiro a mere 2 weeks later on November 18th, 2018, at the 5:55 mark of the interview Stephen Harper says this:
“..often you will see the same things happen in Canada, ‘I’m a pragmatist, I’m a centrist’, and of course coming from the mouth of a conservative often means they are actually left of centre but somehow want to be in a conservative party.”
You can view it by clicking the on the video below and the response is at the 5:55 mark. (You can see the conversation with the question starting at the 4:46 mark.)
So does Andrew Scheer have a problem? Most conservatives are huge fans of Stephen Harper so I would say yes. He is OfficiallyScrewed.
Many of those who know me know I do not support Supply Management as it artificially changes the price of goods. I used to work for a dairy co-operative and heard the stories of drivers taking their milk loads and dumping them in the middle of a farm field as part of the process of ensuring the supply did not get into the system.
So how did we get to the point of an auto tariff trade war with the USA?
Well back in 1971, Pierre Elliot Trudeau’s government passed the bill authorizing Supply Management. Little did he know his son would be in power when it became a major sticking point between US/Canada trade relations. Trump is now threatening to levy tariffs on Canadian made automobiles and siting Supply Management (for how little it really affects things) as one of the major reasons why the USA is considering this aggressive trade move.
We are quickly getting to a point in which Baby Trudeau will need to either double down on his father’s legacy and seriously jeopardize Canada’s economy or eliminate the unfair trade practice. Pretty ironic if you ask me. In fact, my view on Baby Trudeau’s stance of measured and proportionate tariffs is this. We can bloody the nose of the USA with equal tariffs but what good is it if we are buried 6 feet under?
If you don’t agree with me, why not take Amanda Lang’s view on it? She is not a raving libertarian like me but even she knows if push comes to shove and the USA proceeds with this, our economy in Canada will be crippled.
or in other words…we would be Officially Screwed.
OfficiallyScrewed.com is a website dedicated to logically degrading, demoralizing, and deflating those that our society chooses to shower with press, praise and perfume (not to mention MONEY) for being imbeciles and officially screwing us, usually politically.
We stand for the Average Joe who wonders…
- Who the hell is running this world?
- What the hell is this world coming to?
- When the hell did it change for the worse?
- Where the hell did all the normal people go?
- Why the hell is common sense so uncommon?
- How the hell do we get out of this mess?
To delve deeper, OfficiallyScrewed.com is the brainchild of a fiscal conservative/libertarian who lost it after hearing about the Liberal Sponsorship Scandal. In essence, the feeling was that we were all being “OfficiallyScrewed”.
Not having any other outlet to vent, this site was created in 2005 to provide a voice to it’s creator. Because the bottom line is You either pay attention or pay through the nose. And I would rather pay attention.
Look out world. I am back….and with a vengeance
Acorn Ottawa picketed in front of Money Mart’s in the east end to protest the density of agencies that provide temporary loans. They say these agencies corner citizens and trap them like animals leaving them in an endless loop of poverty.
So what are they asking for? A minimum distance between agencies and higher licensing fees.
Let’s take these two items and look at them.
Minimum distances between agencies to be mandated.
This will reduce the number of agencies in the area giving the patrons fewer options. It also means that should a patron want to compare prices they would have to travel further to determine which location or outlet is offering the best deal. So in effect, this request would make it harder on patrons to do what is best for them and leave them at the whim of their closest outlet.
This also reduces the supply of services which, if we pay attention to microeconomic supply and demand curves, will drive up prices further hurting the patrons of these businesses.
Higher License Fees to Operate a Money Loan Establishment
Higher license fees to operate the business means one of three things.
- The people who work in the outlet will get paid less because the business will have to absorb the costs, or
- Prices for the services they offer will have to go up to compensate for the added cost, or
- The businesses will eventually go under leaving those with poor credit and the need for money nowhere to go in emergency situations. This is the most dangerous as those advance loans often go towards buying food for the patrons family.
All of these options hurt the local community.
So what does this all add up to? ACORN is actually hurting those it is most out to help because it does not understand the simple concepts of supply and demand. Shame on ACORN. You are OfficiallyScrewing over Ottawa residents with your antics.