Canada Rex Murphy: Starship Canada takes the federal budget where it's never gone before
Bruce Pardy: Surveilling a judge was wrong, but we must keep a close eye on government officials
Last week, while hearing a case challenging the constitutionality of Manitoba’s COVID-19 lockdown rules, Judge Glenn Joyal of the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench said that he had reason to believe he was being surveilled. John Carpay, the president of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF), which was acting for the applicants, acknowledged that he had retained a private investigation firm to observe top officials in the Manitoba government for public non-compliance with their own COVID restrictions. Carpay said he had included Joyal in the list of people to be observed and apologized to him for doing so.
I saw a most interestingin Wednesday’s National Post, the burden of which is that we, Canada, could possibly not see a balanced budget till 2070. (I’m all for “long-term planning” but this seems a little extreme.)
However, given the magnitude and speed of expenditures by Justin Trudeau’s government, some people might consider 2070 a shade optimistic. No less an authority on responsible government spending than Stephen Harper has offered a rare public comment on the present expenditures, noting they are a serious “.”
USA TODAY Sports picks every medal for every Olympic event
Simone Biles will lead the way for the Americans with five golds in our projection, which has Team USA winning 133 medals, its most since 1984.That total estimate would be the greatest number of medals earned by the U.S. since the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics when the host nation raked in 174. Fifty-nine gold medals would be the U.S.’s best since earning 83 in Los Angeles. The U.S. ranked No. 1 in total medals and gold medals for the past two consecutive Summer Olympics in Rio (121 total, 46 gold) and London (104 total, 46 gold).
However, based on the Post story, and the very timely cautions from Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux about the “picture of unsustainability for finances, both federal and provincial combined,” plus his reference to the great, grey white-tusked beast in the room “that nobody seems to be worried about or wanting to address,” I’d like to offer a little scenario for the great year 2070, in which the Starship Canada — cue theme music: budgets go where no budgets have gone before — finally hits fiscal balance.
It is the year 2070.
So much has changed.
The Earth is a sea of windmills.
Come to think of it, the sea is an earth of windmills.
The main thing here is that there are a LOT of windmills in 2070.
Lifestyles have changed since the old days.
Rough day for stars Simone Biles, Naomi Osaka at Olympics
TOKYO — Simone Biles came into the Olympics as perhaps the biggest star of the Games. Naomi Osaka was such a big headline act that she was given the honor to light the Olympic flame in her native country. In a matter of just hours on Tuesday, Osaka was knocked out early from the Olympic tennis tournament and Biles pulled out of the gymnastics team competition with what USA Gymnastics described as a “medical issue.” USA Gymnastics did not specify the nature of Biles’ medical issue, saying in a statement she “will be assessed daily to determine medical clearance for future competitions.” Biles is scheduled to defend her Olympic title in the all-around final on Thursday.
Since 2050 people have stopped breathing out. Inhaling is fine. But exhaling is now illegal. Violators are exiled to Jeff Bezos’ old space stations where they can breathe any way they want.
The CBC has been formally acquired by Greenpeace and the David Suzuki Foundation. It was a friendly takeover.
The pandemic is in its 51st year and 17th wave. (They’ve run out of Greek letters for the variants.)
However there are no more lockdowns. This is because since net zero was achieved in 2050, as predicted by Prime Minister Trudeau the Second, there are no shops or stores. In fact there is no economy. When the carbon tax reached $900 an ounce everything closed and global warming stopped everywhere.
There is a huge debate whether wearing four facial masks (after triple vaccinations) is sufficient.
"Jarvis": Blue Origin works at secret project in Spacex-Manier
Jeff Bezos' Space Group Blue Origin is to work on a reusable upper level for his launcher New Glenn. A "Jarvis" praised secret project is based on the Rivals Spacex. © Blue Origin New Glenn rocket of Blue Origin - Soon with reusable upper level? After rumors, Blue Origin wool in the material of his launcher New Glenn like Spacex completely changed from aluminum to stainless steel, did not reserve, another interesting information came to daylight.
The administration of Prime Minister Trudeau the Third is in its 14th year. There have been great changes in how Parliament works.
The House of Commons is now conducted entirely on submissions to TikTok. Question period is done in rap rhymes of 30 seconds or less.
Nonetheless 2070 will go down in the history books as a great year for Confederation. Because, in 2070 Canada has finally achieved a balanced budget, a target first set in the long-ago days of 2015.
And they said it couldn’t be done. It is difficult in 2070 to in any way understand why people back then thought a Trudeau government, any Trudeau government, would never reach a complete and balanced budget. They were just a bunch of noisy cynics.
Well, how does that crow taste now? It only took half a century, just 50 years — a blip in the life of the cosmos — to bring Canada’s finances back to the sane level they enjoyed in 2015, the remarkable year the second Trudeau arrived to ornament the office of prime minister. (It’s since become, as it should, hereditary. Check Bill-C 170, the Keep it in the Family Act.)
Five of the most underrated players in the NBA draft poised to be major steals
As Finals MVPs Giannis Antetokounmpo (No. 15, 2013) and Kawhi Leonard (No. 15, 2011) have shown, some franchise-changing picks come later in draft.Take Phoenix Suns star Devin Booker, as an example. The gifted scorer who just helped spearhead the Suns' run to the NBA Finals was drafted No. 13 in 2015 after he was the sixth man on John Calipari's talented Kentucky squad. That's not to mention Giannis Antetokounmpo going No. 15 in the 2013 draft or Kawhi Leonard also being picked 15th in the 2011 draft.
They said way back then they would “build back better.” Have they ever! And then some.
I think the real surprise here is that it really didn’t take that long to smother the economy. It was a struggle, but with the global warming crusade and the lockdowns it was finally possible.
True, there were a few hiccups. Alberta is now a partner-state with Rhode Island. The Quebec nation is a full-fledged member of what remains of the European Union. And there is a movement on Newfoundland’s Fogo Island, world-class vacation venue, to join up with a newly democratic Cuba. Frost and sunshine, an experience.
Canada may be smaller in 2070. There’s very little of a noticeable economy. But the books are balanced, there is peace in the land, and Mr. Dressup is finally available on Netflix.
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Federal environment minister calls on Sask. to take climate change seriously .
On Wednesday, federal Minister of Environment Jonathan Wilkinson chastised Saskatchewan's government for not taking climate change seriously. "There are certainly provinces in this country like British Columbia and Quebec and Nova Scotia and others that have strong targets and strong plans. Unfortunately, Saskatchewan is not one of those right now," he said, speaking in Saskatoon. "For those of us who have children or grandchildren, we should be very, very concerned about the future that we are creating for future generations.